New Year’s Resolution for Reading

I’m not a fan of resolutions. It figures that I set myself up to fail by January second. But I’ve been trying to set reading goals. Here are a few:

Read from a variety of genres: I love suspense and thriller novels (clearly!) But in recent years, I have challenged myself to pick up books that I might have passed up in the past. I’ve recently read some of the suspense classics (like the original Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie) but also picked up novels that are completely out of my normal go-to style. Examples include historical novels. I’ve discovered a few gems, like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. But I use to steer clear of the historical genre, judging it without giving it a try. This year, I want to continue the trend of reading from different genres and authors. I want to discover some new authors to add to my favorites list.

Don’t focus on quantity: I don’t need to complete a set amount of novels in a year. I did that last year, but I’d rather have the opportunity to slow down and savor a novel, rather then rush on to the next. I’d also like to read some lengthy novels in the future. Someone recommended The Stand by Steven King, but when I checked it out from the library, it had over a 1,000 pages. Needless to say, my fear of commitment took over and I haven’t read it yet. Maybe this is the year to pick up a long novel, or spend time enjoying what I’m reading without having a daunting TBR list that takes some of the fun out of reading.

Review More: Reviews go along way for authors. Especially on Amazon, reviews can make or break the success of a novel. So, if you want to support your favorite author, then it’s time to post reviews. I’m trying to post to NetGalley, Amazon, B&N, and Audible. Just to get the word out on books I enjoy.

Leave comments with your reading goals for 2019.

Review: Thirst of Steel

Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig is the conclusion to the Tox Files series and this was my favorite. Be sure to read this series in order, or you’ll be lost. The characters you’ve fallen in love with are back, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat as Haven, Tox, Tzivia, and Ram face danger after danger. Plus a new character, Mercy, is introduced, and she definitely adds flair to the story.

The action will keep you turning pages at a rapid pace to find out what happens. The ending was more emotional that I expected, after the long journey through the series. Thirst of Steel is an epic story with an intense ending that will thrill suspense and thriller fans everywhere. 

Review: Breach of Trust

If you love legal thrillers, look no further than the Atlanta Justice series. Breach of Trust is the third in the trilogy, and centers around corporate litigator Mia Shaw. She discovers her friend has been murdered and Mia goes full force in pursuit of justice for the man accused of his murder. But Noah Ramirez thinks the man is being framed. The story unfolds in a tale of a corporate scandal with danger with every turn of the page. Mia and Noah seem to be on opposite sides, but join forces in search of the truth.

Breach of Trust might just be the best in this series. Lots of plot twists keep the reader’s head spinning until the very end. Just when you think everything is resolved and danger is averted, another twist pulls the reader back in. Noah and Mia’s chemistry make the story complete, without being too overdone on the romance side of things. Mia’s character gets thrown a lot of challenges, and her inner strength develops as she faces battles in and out of the courtroom. Also, as a bonus the reader gets to check in on Kate and Sophie from previous novels in the series. I enjoyed Breach of Trust and highly recommend it for fans of suspense and legal mysteries.

I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Burden of Proof

“Take some advice…No relationship lasts when it begins with danger and supercharged emotions.” This quote from Burden of Proof sums up the book for me – danger with supercharged emotions. My advice to readers is be prepared for the ride. Just when you think things are resolved, another twist sends the reader’s head spinning. Lots of twists and turns will take you on a thrilling journey while FBI hostage negotiator, April Ramos, seeks the truth after being abducted by fugitive Jason Snyder. The negotiator becomes the hostage, but Jason’s unbelievable story makes April question everything.

“Take some advice…No relationship lasts when it begins with danger and supercharged emotions.”

I enjoyed this fast-paced novel from start to finish. While the action moves at a rapid speed (I love books that start off right in the middle of all the action), the author still slows things down enough to bring out that small-town feel of the setting and characters. I liked some of the quirkier moments the characters had despite the intensity of their plight. The ending came with a surprise that left me wondering how I hadn’t figured it out. I definitely recommend Burden of Proof if you are a fan of suspense novels.

I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Hidden Peril

Dangerous Illusions is one of my favorite novels from Irene Hannon, but the sequel, Hidden Perils, just took over my #1 spot! This book could be read as a stand-alone, but I enjoy following the same characters from the author’s other stories. Hidden Perils focuses on Kristen Danes, owner of a small import shop who stumbles head first into the middle of a murder with ties to a terrorism. The suspense in this book leads the reader on a chase for justice as Luke Danes tries to keep Kristen safe. But trouble finds Kristen with every turn of the page. The over-the-top intense ending makes this my #1 must-read for suspense fans.

I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

The Curse of Misty Wayfair

I’m a fan of Jaime Jo Wright and not every author can write a story in two time periods and pull it off flawlessly. The Curse of Misty Wayfair follows the intertwined stories of Thea Reed and Heidi Lane. Thea is a photographer from the turn of the century who is searching for the truth about why her mother abandoned her. Heidi experiences a similar quest in present time as she tries to find her identity through her roots in Pleasant Valley. Both take the reader on a journey of self-discovery while revealing dark secrets from the past.

The author writes characters you’ll fall in love with. Heidi’s quest to find her true identity resonated with me. I love stories that aren’t superficial and have a deeper, spiritual point. The author weaves a deep and beautiful message through both characters’ struggles. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked.  The suspense and creepy mystery of the hidden secrets of Pleasant Valley kept me reading to the end, but it’s the characters that eventually drew me in to this intriguing story line.

I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

The Best In Suspense

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Code of Valor

Another fantastic suspense-filled, action-packed addition to the Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason. The story starts in the middle of the action, and the stakes are high. Brady St. John thinks he’s on vacation, until he rescues Emily Chastain from being kidnapped and nearly drowned. And poor Emily has several attempts on her life while Brady, with the help of his brothers, try to put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep Emily alive and catch some bad guys.

I’m a big fan of suspense, and this book is one non-stop chase. As a reader I was on the edge of my seat as Emily fled for her life. But the author brings Emily’s past to the surface and creates a likable character. Despite the threats against Emily, readers get a chance to know her complex history. Brady and Emily’s instant chemistry breaks the tension up and it’s always great to see characters from the previous novels. There are even a few surprise characters from a completely different series! This is a great suspense read that will keep you up all night – you won’t want to put it down.

I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

In Too Deep

In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn is a non-stop action-packed suspense novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very last page. Lots of plot twists as Adam Campbell tries to solve a murder with the help of college professor and computer genius Sabrina Fleming. I love Sabrina’s quirky character as she tries to explore her feelings for Adam. The intriguing story line kept me hooked with the constant threat of danger.

I highly recommend for fans of suspense novels. It’s the second book in the Dive Team Investigation series, but it could be read as a stand-alone (although Beneath the Surface is another great suspense read.)

I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.