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Book Review: Conspiracy in Death (In Death #8) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Read Count: 3 times

Review:

It can be years since you last read a book and it still has the power to grab you and pull you in. That’s the way it was with Conspiracy ID. Eve’s latest case embroils her into a fight with people who have the power to make her life hell. I’ve seen a lot of corruption and it’s disheartening when I see people succumb to it, when I see their greed and how they crush others to get what they want.

When Eve hit too close to the culprits in this case, she was threatened. Like the badass she is, she didn’t give an inch. And that cost her the one thing that had held up during the worst of her life. The one thing that made her who she was. That was heartbreaking, how it blindsided her. It shook her foundation, so she stumbled, lost and blind.

What was good to see was her friends’ unshakeable loyalty to her. Their belief in her. Roarke’s love for her. I think what happened to her was a turning point that made her stronger. Because it showed her what mattered most to her. And I think it further fused her and Roarke into a unit.

It was such fun to meet the new characters who would have permanent roles in the series: Trueheart, Louise. I enjoyed Eve’s interactions with them a lot.

Eve’s ideals, her values, her integrity don’t allow her to be anything but who she is. I’ve always admired that about her. As far back as I can remember, Eve Dallas has been my hero.

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Synopsis: Streetwise cop Eve Dallas and her trusty sidekick Peabody face a methodical killer in this latest addition to the In Death series by J.D. Robb, better known as the bestselling author Nora Roberts. In the late 21st century, on the streets of New York City, a street sleeper is found murdered, his diseased heart removed with surgical precision. His death would typically drop to the bottom of a list of senseless and inexplicable killings, but Lieutenant Dallas, who “would stand for the dead and the living,” is not about to let that happen. When her research uncovers similar crimes in several cities that were dropped under mysterious circumstances, Dallas knows she’s facing a killer cruel enough to prey on the weakest in society and powerful enough to conspire an extensive coverup. To complicate matters further, Dallas faces an equally troubling threat to her career when she’s linked to the death of a fellow cop. Now she must fight to restore her good name as well as track down the killer.
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Book Review: Holiday in Death (In Death #7) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Read Count: 3 times

Review:

I didn’t write a review for this series the first time around. Back then, I didn’t even know about Goodreads. So I decided, better late than never. It’s my third time reading this series so that in itself proves how cool it is.

Eve’s life has never been easy. Case in point, it’s her first Christmas with Roarke and Fate decides she needs more misery and throws her in a rape-homicide case. With her past, such cases bring back nightmares for her and it’s heartbreaking to watch her suffer through them.

You can’t help but love Roarke for being there for her, caring for her. You can feel the depth of his love for her. What they have together is what saved the both of them. They fit each other like puzzle pieces and that is so beautiful to see.

The humorous scenes between Eve and Peabody, the wonder of futuristic tools for police investigations, Peabody and McNab’s spats—all added spice to the overall story. Eve’s absolute bafflement over buying Christmas gifts was hilarious.

I enjoyed reading Holiday ID very much and couldn’t wait to dive in to the next book in the series.

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Synopsis: No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York’s most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. As the murders continue, Eve enters into an elite world of people searching for their one true love–and a killer searching for his next victim. A world where the power of love leads men and women into the ultimate act of betrayal…
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Book Review: Vengeance In Death (In Death #6) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Read Count3 times

Review:

I’m still stuck with the loathed reading slump. So what do I decide to go and do? Why, re-read the In Death series from Book 6 to 46 (I’d already re-read 1 to 5 several times previously at one point). That’s about 40 books in all, not including the novellas in between. Holy cow. What was I thinking?
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Book Review: Chesapeake Blue (Chesapeake Bay Saga #4) – Nora Roberts

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Read Count: 3 times

Review:

Seth, all grown-up. I remember when I first read the stories of the Quinn brothers. Seth was still a snot-nosed kid and Nora Roberts hadn’t written his story yet. I remember how much I wished that she’d tell us his story too and she did. Since then, I’ve read Chesapeake Blue twice and this is my third re-read.

It felt so good to read this book again, to see Seth as an adult. The Quinns saved him and changed his life, gave him a future, a family. Seth the nomad, who’d traveled and nurtured his artistic talent, been true to it. Now he’d come home, to face his past and carve a better future for himself.

Drusilla was a big part of making that happen and somehow, despite their different backgrounds, she and Seth fit like two puzzle pieces. She was the yin to his yang, straightening him up when he made a mess of things. I absolutely admired her for her independence, her clarity and her decisive way of handling a situation.

It was hilarious how Cam needled Seth over his relationship with Dru after all the grief the ten-year-old Seth had given each brother when they fell for their respective other halves.

What I loved best about Chesapeake Blue was the family moments, to see Cam with his kids and the kids themselves were a hoot. Those scenes were a delight for me. Overall, I had a blast re-reading this book.

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Synopsis: It’s been a long journey. After a harrowing boyhood with his drug-addicted mother, Seth had been taken in by the Quinn family, growing up with three older brothers who’d watched over him with love. Now a grown man returning from Europe as a successful painter, Seth is settling down on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, surrounded once again by Cam, Ethan, and Phil, their wives and children, and all the blessed chaos of the extended Quinn clan. Finally, he’s back in the little blue-and-white house where there’s always a boat at the dock, a rocker on the porch, and a dog in the yard. Still, a lot has changed in St. Christopher’s since he’s been gone—and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks. A city girl who has opened a florist shop in this seaside town, she craves independence and the challenge of establishing herself without the influence of her wealthy connections. In Seth, she sees another kind of challenge—a challenge that she can’t resist.

 

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Book Review: Shelter In Place – Nora Roberts

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Romance

Review:

I’ve never witnessed a mass shooting, never been subjected to that terror or the yawning grief of losing a loved one and I hope to God I never do. I don’t have to experience it to know what it’s like, not when Nora Roberts made me feel as if it was happening to me. Continue reading “Book Review: Shelter In Place – Nora Roberts”

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Book Review: The Waiting Sky – Lara Zielin

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

I bought this book on a whim, when I was on my vacation in Canada last year (Ikr! How awesome is that?) and I got it at a steal, and in such perfect condition! The cover wowed me over and I wanted it, bad. And the story? It totally suited that fantastic cover. Plus, I’ve always been fascinated by tornadoes so this book already had an in with me lol 😉 Continue reading “Book Review: The Waiting Sky – Lara Zielin”

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Book Review: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) – Victoria Schwab

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Dystopia

Review: 

I read this book over two weeks ago and ever since I’ve been trying to find words to express how hard Our Dark Duet hit me. I loved This Savage Song but Our Dark Duet gripped my heart and devastated me.

The events of This Savage Song had changed both August and Kate in different ways, forced them to grow up before they had to. And they had to do that growing up apart. Continue reading “Book Review: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) – Victoria Schwab”