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[Review] The Huntress by Alexandra Sokoloff

Posted 28 January, 2015 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

Huntress Moon #1 Book Cover Huntress Moon #1
Alexandra Sokoloff
October 9, 2013

"FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can't believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of "accidents" and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

Roarke's hunt for her takes him across three states...while in a small coastal town, a young father and his five-year old son, both wounded from a recent divorce, encounter a lost and compelling young woman on the beach and strike up an unlikely friendship without realizing how deadly she may be. As Roarke uncovers the shocking truth of her background, he realizes she is on a mission of her own, and must race to capture her before more blood is shed."

I received a copy of this novel for review from NetGalley

In Native American lore, the Huntress Moon is the second full moon in October. It is under this moon that a lone female assassin is believed to be committing vigilante murders.

FBI Agent Matthew Roarke is a former profiler for the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit), trying hard to solve Organized Crimes and fight his calling and gift as a profiler. Somehow, though, this case seems to find him when he watches one of his undercover agents die in a freak accident. Later, he learns it was no accident.

This serial killer is smart, wily, calculating, something that Roarke is both frustrated and fascinated by. As he digs through similar cases, Matthew realizes that this savage killer has a deep secret from her childhood and gifts of her own, a gift that drives her to kill the Monsters. She hunts Monsters.

This book was a moderately paced read and though it could use a quick run through with an editor, well written– descriptive when the scene allowed for it (especially in flashbacks) but straightforward when necessary. I like for thrillers to get to the point and not linger on the unnecessary. The story is convoluted and deep with a few twists– the kind I like. Though I was a little concerned when the book started, I was soon deeply engrossed in this book.

About to start book two of, I believe a trilogy.

[Review] Disarming Detective By Elizabeth Heiter

[Review] Disarming Detective By Elizabeth Heiter

I noted this in my notes while reading this story but I would have enjoyed this novel so much more if it had been straight suspense/mystery. The romantic element was extremely forced and unbelievable. My eyes glazed over any mention of attraction (which occurs, basically, on night one). I am amazed that professionals view a case in which people are losing their lives with the thought, “I’ve got to solve this HEINOUS CRIME. And also my partner is really hot. We’re going to solve this murder but first we need to almost have sex several times and then we just need to give in and also I love you but I have only know you six days…”

[Review] Something True by Karelia Stetz-Waters

[Review] Something True by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Title: Something True Author: Karelia Stetz-Waters Genre: Fiction Publisher: Forever Yours Release Date: January 13, 2015 Pages: 352 Tate Grafton has a tough exterior, but underneath she’s kind, caring, and fiercely loyal. That’s why she first started working at Out in Portland Coffee-it was her way of repaying the shop’s owner for taking her in as a homeless teenager. Nine years later, the coffee shop is floundering and Tate feels like she’s letting life pass her by . . . until she shares an unforgettable night with a beautiful stranger. When the mysterious woman disappears the next morning, Tate doesn’t even know her name. Laura Enfield was supposed to be in Portland for only a few days-just long enough to oversee a simple business deal before joining her conservative father on his political campaign. But when the closeted Laura romances an employee of the coffee shop her company is shutting down, things get suddenly complicated. Now, the lies she’s told for years are beginning to unravel, and her biggest secret is about to be exposed. Laura can’t stop thinking about the barista with the soulful eyes, but after a lifetime of deception, can she finally embrace something true? I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. Something True is a Lesbian romance set in Portland, Oregon, starring a corporate barbie type who dresses head to toe in garish designer fashion and a grungy barista who’s more prone to leather than lace. The two meet by chance in the coffee shop, then meet up later at a dance club and end up together. Unfortunately, Tate has no idea that Laura is in town to shut down Out in Portland, a coffee shop that’s been renting space in a building that’s being sold. By the time she learns what Laura is really doing in Portland, it’s too late… she’s halfway in love and all the way in trouble. Out is failing, sinking fast and there may […]

Review: An Absent Mind by Eric Rill

Title: An Absent Mind Author: Eric Rill Genre: Fiction Release Date: March 1, 2014 Pages: 276 Source: NetGalley/Avante Press “An absent mind”, a riveting new novel from Eric Rill, is about a race against time. The ticking time bomb is Saul Reimer’s sanity. His Alzheimer’s is going to be the catalyst that will either bring his family together or tear it apart. It is equally a story about his relationship with his loved ones and their shared journey. Seventy-one, and a man used to controlling those around him, Saul finds himself helplessly slipping into the abyss in what he describes as his slow dance with death. As we listen in on his ramblings, humor, emotions, lucid moments, and confusion, we are also privy to the thoughts and feelings his family share with us – his wife, Monique, conflicted and depressed; caring, yet angry; his daughter, Florence, compassionate, worried about her father’s health, yet proper and reserved; his son, Joey, self-centered and narcissistic, seemingly distant from his family’s challenges. And Dr. Tremblay, Saul’s Alzheimer’s specialist, who provides the reader with facts and observations about this dreaded disease that imprisons more than 35 million people worldwide”– I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and An Absent Mind by Eric Rill is a multi-POV novel about a man who’s just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. My Uncle passed away from the disease in 2012 and ever since I read Lisa Genova’s Still Alice  (which prompted a character in my own novel, Brunch at Ruby’s- still in editing!), I’ve been keenly interested in the topic of Alzheimer’s, particularly Early Onset. As I read story after story, I make a mental note, sort of a checklist of symptoms, emotions, occurrences of not only the patient but the caretaker, the family and friends. I found this book to be educational from an experience point of view, but clinical and flat. It was a telling and not a ‘showing’, to use a writing […]

[Review] Nothing Between Us by Roni Loren

[Review] Nothing Between Us by Roni Loren

Title: Nothing Between Us Series: Loving On the Edge (#6) Author: Roni Loren Genre: Fiction, Erotic Romance Publisher: Berkley Trade Release Date: January 6, 2015 Format: eBook Pages: 464 Source: Amazon From the New York Times bestselling author of Need You Tonight comes a steamy Loving on the Edge novel that proves watching is only half the fun… Unlike the heroine of her popular thriller series, Georgia Delaune can’t afford to take risks or push sexual boundaries—unless you count spying through her neighbor’s bedroom window, and never missing a single move he makes. Colby Wilkes is more than willing to put on a show for the alluring woman next door. But his dominant side aches to show her the pleasures of submission up close. As a counselor, Colby is sensitive to Georgia’s fears. As a Dom at The Ranch, a private BDSM retreat, he’s the perfect teacher to unleash her passion. But just as Georgia lowers her emotional barriers, an unexpected complication arrives: a bad boy musician from Colby’s past who adds fuel to her heated imagination. Now, the lonely author has two gorgeous men eager to fulfill every fantasy she’s ever written—and one she’s never dared to dream So the phrase “Braaaiiinnnnssss” is never going to mean the same, after reading this book. If I am going to stay up late reading a book, knowing I am going to hate myself in the morning, it’s gotta be a good one. And a Roni Loren book– a highly anticipated book is always a good choice. Nothing Between Us is the latest installment in the Loving on the Edge series, and though I am not a series reader per se, I love. love. LOVE these characters! Once again, we are introduced to the major players, so real that they rise up off of the page. I feel like Georgia could be my next door neighbor. There are no fancy, rich people with nothing better to do than scheme against each other– […]