Reading Round Up: May 21st-31st

One Got Away by S.A. Lelchuk – 4 Stars One Got Away was fun and fast paced thriller about Private Investigator Nikki Griffin as she is tasked by a very prestigious family with looking into a man who might be swindling the mother. But nothing is as it seems and Nikki gets dragged into something far deeper than just a good looking con man. This was the second book in the Nikki Griffin series and while I wished I had read the book 1 first it did not hinder my ability to enjoy this book. I am going to go back and read it because I really liked Nikki and want to know more about her! Nikki was a fun character to read about, she rides a motorcycle, is somewhat of a private investigator and also owns and runs a bookstore. I enjoyed the mystery and the characters and I can’t wait to read more.

The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh – 3.5 Stars The Man Ban is my second book by Nicola Marsh and while I enjoyed it I did like The Boy Toy more. In this book we are following Harper who is a food stylist and Manny who is a Doctor and we met in the first book. I really enjoyed Manny’s character but at times I felt like he didn’t stay too true too his character at times. This book had great banter between Harper and Manny but it was very insta love. From the first meeting of the two Manny immediately starts chasing after Harper but Harper is on a man ban. Due to a chance encounter Manny and Harper start spending a lot of time together and both develop feelings very quickly. This is where I started to struggle a little with the book, I am not a fan of insta love and this book felt like that. Overall this was a cute read but it was pretty quick and predictable for a romance. If you like cute romances then I would recommend picking this one up. I really do enjoy the authors writing and am excited to read what she does next. Thank you Berkley and Netgalley for my gifted copy for review.

Far Gone by Danielle Girard – 5 Stars Kylie Milliard is a detective in a small town in North Dakota who met in the first book White Out. I loved that we still get to see the characters in the first book come back in this one. Kylie gets a new case when a set of parents are murdered and their infant daughter goes missing. Lilly, who we met in the first series is still processing and healing after the events of her past, when a piece of evidence shows that Lilly might have a family member she never knew about things get very complicated for her. I love mysteries set in small towns because everyone knows things about the entire town so when secrets are revealed its always a fun reading experience. I do feel like this is a series that would benefit from being read in order because of things that happen to the main characters in book one are still being dealt with in book two. I highly recommend this series if you like thriller/mysteries set in small towns and follows multiple POV’s. Thank you Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley for my gifted copy for review! I can’t wait to read more more in this series!

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon – 4 Stars This was my first book by this author and now I can not wait to read The Winter People! This book had a creepy atmosphere that I loved so much! The story takes place in dual timelines and in the 1930’s we are following a woman who gets married later in life and desperately wants a child. Hearing about a spring that has healing abilities her and her husband decide to take a mini vacation. In the present a woman learns of her sisters death and must travel back home to find out what happened. I really enjoyed this story and the reveal was really good. Highly recommend if you are looking for a thriller that might have a speculative aspect to it.

Quiet In Her Bones by Nalini Singh – 3.5 Stars I don’t think it is any secret on here how much I love Nalini Singh! SoI really hate to say that I just didn’t love this one. This is her second thriller and I think she does a great job with them, I just couldn’t get into this one like I did her first. That being said this is still a good mystery/thriller and I think people should check it out as most people I know loved it! This one follows Aarav who is the son of Nina Rai who disappeared 10 years earlier without a trace and whose body has just been discovered. Aarav is recuperating from a car accident and back at home with his father and new step-mother when his mother’s remains are found and everyone in the cul-de-sac becomes a suspect. I did really enjoy the mystery in this one and some of the twists were really good, I just personally liked her first thriller better. If you are looking for a good mystery set in New Zealand then I would recommend picking this one up.

The Ex-Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon – 3 Stars This book was another case of being very hyped and it did not live up to it for me. This story follows Shay who is has worked at the local public radio station for 10 years. When new comer Dominic comes in and starts getting the spotlight Shay instantly takes a dislike to him. When the station decides to change their show line up Shay and Dominic are asked to host a show about relationship while pretending to be ex’s. This book was ok it just didn’t wow me like I was hoping it to. I never really felt the feelings between the two main characters and was underwhelmed with their romance. If you like stories that take place in the world of radio or podcasts then I would think you might like this one.

Published by Becky Lewis

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Becky and I am a Real Estate Agent/Stay At Home Mom and I live in the beautiful state of Colorado with my husband, two kids, dog and cat. I am an avid reader and read on average 2-3 books a week. I started my blog because I needed a place where I could talk about books and put down my thoughts on all things book related.

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