Book Review 28: Pawn of the Phoenix (Memory Collector Series #2) by Jamie McLachlan

Title: Pawn of the Phoenix pawnphoenix-mclachlan-ebookweb
Author: Jamie McLachlan
Release Date: 09 February 2016
Publisher: Penner Publishing

Braxton, 1903

The serial killer known only as the Phoenix continues to roam the streets and a new victim falls prey. For Moira and Detective Keenan Edwards, still on the hunt for the Phoenix, the rules have changed. The killer remains beyond their grasp.

Moira is willing to give into her fierce attraction to Keenan. However, the detective proves to be more reluctant despite a moment of heated passion. Then discovery of a secret Keenan never planned to share creates an unwelcome rift between the new lovers.

Keenan isn’t the only one hiding something. In this continuation of the Memory Collector series, Moira makes a startling disclosure about her past. This revelation will not only test the boundaries of love, but might also prove to be the clue that will finally unravel the mystery of the Phoenix.


Book Review 25: Bride by Chocolate by Alexis Lussone Montgomery

BbC_500Title: Bride by Chocolate
Author: Alexis Lusonne Montgomery
Release Date: 04 January 2016
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

She’s everything he’s not looking for in a wife…

When not-so-sweet sabotage strikes Bebe Waterston’s gourmet chocolate factory, things start looking hopeless. But she’s not a quitter. After sacrificing her personal life to prove she can run the family business, she’ll do anything to save it—including accepting help from an unlikely source: San Francisco’s high society “ Prince Charming”.

Sam Sugarman’s on a mission to marry. And in Sam’s family, finding a wife follows a recipe that starts with a box of Waterston’s Chocolates. When the supply runs out right before Valentine’s Day, the savvy CFO steps in to solve the problem, and finds the cure for his sweet tooth in the spitfire redhead. But now his dilemma is two-fold: convince Bebe he isn’t the serial-dating playboy she believes him to be and keep her safe from the person menacing her and her business.

Thrown together as the danger escalates, the mismatched duo tangles in and out of the bedroom. With a benefit gala and the fast-approaching, day-of-love deadline, they’ll need more than the gold-foil delicacies destined for a bride by chocolate.

Rating: 5/5

I greatly enjoyed reading this story mainly because of its simplicity. The story focuses on Bebe’s business problems, and Sam comes to save the day (and win her over in the process). No complicated backgrounds and dark issues to weigh them down. Besides, who doesn’t like stories with knights in shining armour once in a while? For those who are looking for a feel good read, this is one story I would greatly recommend.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher/NetGalley for an honest review.

Book Review 21: Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore by Rose Pressey

Title: Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore image
Author: Rose Pressey
Release Date: 27 October 2015
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

This looks like a job for the fashion police!

A hot-ticket charity fashion show is the perfect chance for Cookie Chanel, proud owner of It’s Vintage Y’All, to show off her stylistic savvy for a good cause. But when a famous fashionista is fatally flattened, and the ghost of a former private investigator asks for Cookie’s help, she has to scurry to sew up a solution. With clever clues from Wind Song, her psychic cat, and sassy suggestions from Charlotte, her ghost-in-residence, Cookie must unravel the sinister stitches of a deadly design–before she becomes the next fashion victim…

Don’t miss Cookie Chanel’s Fashion Tips

Rating: 4/5

I requested for an ARC of this book because of the nice cover photo and the intriguing description of the story. This is the first book of Rose Pressey that I have read and I enjoyed reading it. Cookie Chanel and her team composed of some humans, two ghosts, and a psychic cat, were all fun to read about as they worked on solving a murder. True to her fashion calling, Cookie does not go on any errand without dressing the part, though readers who are not so much into fashion may not be able to envision every piece of clothing described (sadly, like me). I liked the light atmosphere in the book and the overall sense of humor but sometimes the language used by the characters sounded too formal because of the lack of contractions. Nevertheless, every page had me wondering who the murderer was (and wishing that Wind Song the psychic cat would have more scenes). The story wrapped up neatly with the murderer being caught just in time. However, little bits like what’s going to happen to Cookie and her boys (she has not one but two) and what the heck Wind Song is has been left up in the air so the next book is definitely something to look forward to.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher/NetGalley for an honest review.

Book Review 5: The Vines by Christopher Rice

Title: The VinesTheVines-Cover
Author: Christopher Rice
Release Date: October 21, 2014

The dark history of Spring House, a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans, has long been forgotten. But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate.

After heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party, she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo. Instead, the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.

Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place, and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.


Agatha Christie’s The Love Detectives

The Love Detectives Cover

In Agatha Christie’s short story “The Love Detectives,” mysterious and intriguing Mr. Harley Quin , comes along and works his magic through Mr. Satterthwaite, an old bachelor and shrewd observer of human nature. Mr. Satterthwaite believes that his meetings with Mr. Quin are never a matter of chance and that something is always about to happen wherein Mr. Satterthwaite will play a crucial part. In this particular story, Mr. Satterthwaite tells his friend Colonel Melrose that Mr. Quin is interested in lovers while on their way to Alderway where a crime has just been committed.


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