Cold Aim

For fans of police investigations, small town settings, and non-stop suspense

This is the third novel in the Line of Duty series that focuses on Tess O’Rourke, the new police chief in small town Rogue’s Hollow. It’s probably best to start with the first book (Crisis Shot), so you can catch up on how Tess becomes the police chief. 

In Cold Aim, Tess finds herself dealing with protecting a witness in a human trafficking investigation. Cold Aim delivers the suspense, as the bad guys in this novel stop at nothing to track down this witness. All of your favorite Rogue’s Hollow characters are back, but readers get introduced to the mysterious Livie Harp, a prepper with her own fortress of solitude, as she steps in to defend the Hollow. While fueled by action, this novel delves into Tess and her new relationship (don’t want to spoil it in case you haven’t read the first in two in the series). The romance is sweet and deals with how complex Tess’s job is while she balances her professional and personal life. 

I definitely would check out Cold Aim for this summer’s new release. If you haven‘t started the series, there’s no better time to start than right now since Cold Aim comes out 7/9.

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

Storm Rising

For fans of action, military, and an amazing cast of characters

Storm Rising is a spin off from the Tox Files series, so if you’ve had withdrawal after Thirst of Steel ended, you will definitely want to be first in line to read Storm Rising.

Leif Metcalf takes center stage in Storm Rising to form his own team to hunt down a much sought after mystical artifact. Several characters from other novels make some guest appearances, plus new characters team up to fight super powerful storms, an illusion assassin named Viorica, and other mysterious forces.

As a fan of Ronie Kendig, this novel brought all the usual chaos and action I’ve come to love from her novels. The characters work their way into your heart as they face impossibly perilous situations. The author creates characters that readers fall in love with, but of course don’t get too attached, because you never know who might not survive to the end of the story! Cross over characters are a bonus but new ones will keep readers flipping pages. Of course this is the first in a series so expect some cliffhangers.

If you are a fan of gut-wrenching adrenaline-fueled non-stop action and suspense, then this book has to be number one on your summer TBR list. Seriously, stop reading this review and get Storm Rising in your hands. Now. And don’t plan on sleeping anytime soon, because you’ll be tempted to read it cover to cover in one sitting.

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

Binge-Worthy Summer Book Series (Part 2)

Adding to the list of binge-worthy suspense series, here are four more series reviews. These all bring suspense to whole new levels as you kick back on the beach and enjoy the slower pace of summer vacation.

Elite Guardians Series: Always Watching by Lynette Eason

For fans of heart-pounding action, suspense, and intriguing characters

The Elite Guardians series brings action and suspense from the start of the series to the flip of the last page. Moving Target (book three in the four book series) is one of my all-time favorite novels, but the whole series is action-packed and intense. The series focuses on the Elite Guardians, an all-women bodyguard agency. Always Watching introduces the team as Olivia Edwards finds herself protecting Wade Savage from a stalker. This series is worth a second binge-read for me. Always Watching is available for Kindle Unlimited, but it’s the only one in the series on KU.

Private Justice Series: Vanished by Irene Hannon

For fans of romantic suspense and private investigators

Irene Hannon has several amazing series, but the Private Justice series is one of my favorites. The novels center around ex-law enforcement officers who start their own PI firm. Cal Burke takes on an intriguing case when he hears Moira Harrison’s story about a disappearing man she’s trying to track down. Fans of romantic suspense won’t be disappointed, and the romance doesn’t distract from the action and suspense. Book one is available on KU.

Southern Crimes Series: Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris

For fans of great settings, crime stories, and non-stop suspense

Another series worthy of re-reading. All three novels have intricate and overlapping plot lines, with intense action. Dangerous Passage introduces readers to Avery North as she’s in the middle of investigating a serial killer. Book Two (Fatal Exchange) had me on the edge of my seat. Definitely a page-turner! If you do one thing this summer, go to the beach. If you do two things, take this entire series with you as your designated beach-read!

Gwen Marcey Series: Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks

For fans of forensics, mystery, history, and quirky characters

Readers can’t help root for Gwen Marcey. She’s a sassy forensic artist who’s bouncing back from all that life has thrown her way. Gwen has a knack for finding herself right in the middle of mysteries and she doesn’t back down until they are solved. This series is a a must for suspense fans. Book one is available on KU.

Didn’t see your favorite series on the list? Comment with your own recommendations for binge-worthy reads.

Best in Suspense: Binge Worthy Summer Book Series (Part 1)

Summer is here. School is out, life might slow down for a bit. Plus, vacation time means a chance to kick back and grab a great suspense novel.

We live in a Netflix world of binge-watching entire seasons of our favorite TV shows, sometimes sadly in one sitting. The Netflix “Are you still watching?” pop up makes me feel like the laziest person on the planet. Um, yeah, Netflix. I may have just watched 12 back-to-back episodes of Friends, but I would like to continue on.

So this summer, I say let’s binge read entire series! Start with book one. If you like action, spies, FBI investigations, and mysteries, this list is for you. Here are my favorite recommendations, so start with book one, grab a cup of coffee, and let the binge-reading begin.

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If I Run Series by Terri Blackstock

For fans of suspense, murder mystery, chase scenes, and memorable characters

One of my most favorite suspense series. Book 1 is If I Run, and you need to read this series in order. Written in first person with two viewpoints, the series follows Casey Cox. All signs point to her in the murder of her friend, and Casey flees to buy time to prove her innocence. Dylan Roberts is tasked with finding Casey, but questions Casey’s guilt in the crime. This is a fast paced, intriguing story. The whole series is out so you don’t have to worry about cliff hangers. It’s a pretty intense series, and will keep you flipping pages until the third book ends.

Chesapeake Valor Series – Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

For fans of romantic suspense, police investigations, terrorist plots, and danger

The Chesapeake Valor series has four books, all out so you don’t have to worry about cliff hangers. This series keeps threads of the same crime and characters running throughout four books. There’s lots of action and dangers. Cold Shot introduces Griff, Declan and Parker – all college friends who find themselves all working in some aspect of law enforcement. And all of them find themselves in life and death danger more times that I could count! Excellent series for suspense, action, with romances blooming in the midst of things. With four books, you really get to know the characters.

Book one is available on Kindle Unlimited, but only the first in the series.

FBI Houston Series – Firewall by DiAnn Mills

For fans of romantic suspense, FBI investigations, technology, terrorist plots, and non-stop action

Firewall (Book 1) puts the reader smack dab in the middle of an action with an airport bombing, and the pace doesn’t slow down. Firewall follows Taryn Young, who realizes her life is in danger and that the bomb was meant to end her life. She teams with Grayson Hall, the FBI agent trying to bring down a terrorist. The rest of the series follows FBI agents as they investigate crimes. Great for fans of FBI investigations and lots of action.

Discarded Heroes Series – Nightshade by Ronie Kendig

For fans of romantic suspense, military stories, terrorist plots, and action

The Discarded Heroes series tells the story of an elite military team. Book 1 is Nightshade and tells the story of Max Jacobs. His military career has put his marriage on the rocks. I love the series at each character in the group is highlighted in a different book. Plenty of suspense and action, but also some tender moments as these military fighters struggle between their call to duty and the lives they leave behind.

Book 1 is available for Kindle Unlimited so you can try it out, but you will probably be hooked.

Part 2 of this list will have more recommendations for binge-worthy series. I have plenty of favorites to recommend. Don’t see your favorite series on the list? Comment below. I’m going on a cruise this summer, so I’m looking for books to bring.

Darkwater Secrets By Robin Caroll

A mysterious hotel in the French Quarter, a murder, and an endless list of suspects with motives makes this novel a must-read suspense novel.

I know I’m late to this series because the third installment (Darkwater Truth) just came out, so I thought it was time to catch up. Darkwater Secrets creates a suspenseful and intriguing setting and story line.

A mysterious hotel in the French Quarter, a murder, and an endless list of suspects with motives makes this novel a must-read suspense novel. Adelaide Fountaine is the manager of Darkwater Inn, a hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans. A murder at the hotel brings up memories that Adelaide had long buried. Adelaide searches for the truth of the murder, while trying to be honest about her past.

The setting of Darkwater Truth made this novel. The old hotel in the French Quarter with hidden passageways, the rich history of New Orleans, not to mention a voodoo curse, gives extra tension to an already intriguing mystery. The story is told from several view points, and both Beau and Dimitri explore their own struggles, while Adelaide faces her worst nightmare and struggles to be honest about her past situation.

Note to readers that the story line does deal with a past sexual assault. I know some readers are sensitive to the subject. The author handles the topic gracefully, but just putting out a warning.

The Pink Bonnet

The Pink Bonnet is part of a series of true crimes stories. Set in the 1930’s, the novel portrays the scandal with the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and Georgia Tann. Based on a true story, Tann ran an adoption scam and was kidnapping children and selling them to the highest bidder. The story focuses on Cecile Dowd, who’s daughter was given up for adoption without her consent. She hunts down her daughter with the help of attorney Percy Vance, while no one believes that Tann would do such heinous things.

The Pink Bonnet is well-written, fast paced novel, but the topic is not a happy one. If you are sensitive to stories about child abuse, steer clear. It’s hard to believe this novel is based on a true story. While I liked Cecile’s tenacity to find her daughter, the love story seemed a bit contrived at times. Also, the end seemed like it had some inconsistencies. I read a review copy so hopefully the final version will flow better. But as far as a suspenseful crime story, the plot moved fast and kept me reading and on the edge of my seat.

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

The Disappearance of Alistar Ainsworth

Another enjoyable tale in the daughter of Sherlock Holmes series. Told from the perspective of John Watson’s son, the story takes a dark turn into the disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth, suspected of being kidnapped by the Germans during WWI because of his knowledge of classified secrets. Joanna takes the case in tracking the kidnappers moves as Alistair leaves clues.

If you love a good old-fashioned detective mystery, you will love The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth. Filled with secret codes, spies, deception, and some surprising twists, this story gives the readers a case worthy of the great Sherlock himself.

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

Living Lies

Set in small town Georgia, Living Lies delivers page-turning suspense with memorable characters. Lane Kent battles depression and tries to pick up the pieces of her life after the death of her husband. But everything shatters when she discovers a dead body in the woods. Charlie Lynch is the newest Walton police deputy, and it’s hard to fit into a small town where everyone knows each other. But his path intersects with Lane as he works to track down a murder.

If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, this is a novel you’ll want to pick up. For being the author’s debut novel, the writing is up to par with seasoned authors. With an intriguing plot line, the characters are well developed and relatable. I’m more of a suspense fan than romance, but Lane and Charlie belong together. The romance didn’t stand in the way of the mystery. The setting of the small town of Walton added to the story. Both Lane and Charlie struggle with family expectations and work to find themselves in spite of everyone’s over-involvement in their lives.

I would definitely recommend you add this to your TBR list. It’s definitely a well-written, intriguing story.

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