PRE-MEDITATED MURDER is the fifth book in Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog Mystery series. I haven’t read the earlier books but suggest that you read it in order if spoilers are an issue. In fact, the entire plot of PRE-MEDITATED MURDER hinges around a huge spoiler for the relationship between the main character, Kate Davidson, and her boyfriend, Michael.
Kate is expecting Michael to pop the marriage question to her at the expensive birthday dinner he has arranged for her. After all, her best friend, Rene, saw him exiting a jewelry store with a purchase in hand shortly before the big night. Unfortunately, their entire relationship is about to come into question as Kate will have to use all of her yoga calming skills once she finds out Michael has a secret… he’s already married and his estranged wife is demanding a huge sum of money for the divorce! Things only worsen when Kate and Michael try to work things out with Gabriella and she turns up dead, murdered with Michael being the primary suspect. Can Kate uncover who Gabriella’s murderer is? And will their relationship survive?
Admittedly, it’s hard to get thrown into the middle of a crisis in a relationship with characters you haven’t met previously and appreciate the emotional struggle they are undergoing. Tracy Weber, however, does a marvelous job at drawing readers into the heart of the dilemma. Kate’s emotional anguish is palpable from the opening pages as we watch her excitement turn into horror when she realizes Michael has been lying to her.
And oh, how can I not mention Bella, the slightly neurotic German Shephard with separation anxiety? I loved her antics, from her hatred of beards to her protectiveness of the overexuberant toddler she meets. I want to read more of the Downward Dog Mystery series if only to see more of Bella!
PRE-MEDITATED MURDER is easily recommended for cozy mystery readers, particularly if you love animals.
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Dare Collins, former cop turned bartender is working on getting his act together and the last thing he wants is to become attracted to the family’s new innkeeper. The Inn is above his bar and restaurant so he finds himself working with the city girl with new ideas and legs a mile long.
Kenzie Owens, divorced from her abusive husband, goes to Whiskey, Pa. to start a new life. She didn’t plan to fall in love with the aggravating bartender or his family. But their world is hard to resist. It is unfortunate that her past viciously finds her and threatens everything that she has come to hold dear.
Wow – what an amazing beginning to a new series. Author Carrie Ann Ryan has a way of spinning a story that makes you feel as if you are a part of her make-believe world and never want to leave it. The Collins family are awesome, they are there for one another either an ear to listen, a pat on the back or a punch in the face … whichever is needed. There are a lot of things that are complicating both of their lives and Ms. Ryan, deals with each problem in a concise way that adds to the realistic feel of this couple.
Whiskey Secrets is filled with love, sweet and very steamy, family being helpful and/or a pain, real life situations, danger and drama all adding up to form a book that will thrill you.
By Donna Grant
Werewolf Kane LaRue’s family has been battling Delphine, a voodoo priestess who has her mind set on ruling the world, for years. Now things have changes as his brothers, and a number of cousins, have mates. He is single so he takes it upon himself to rid the world of one evil voodoo priestess.
Elise is a veterinarian who after surviving a horrifying event in her past has settled in the bayou. She is living a simple life caring for animals in the area. How could she ever imagine that one night would change her life once again? In an attempt to rescue a very large black dog she comes face to face with the sexiest man she had ever met. This “man” brings out things she just isn’t comfortable with but knows that just that quickly her heart is very much involved.
MOON BOUND is the amazing finale of this series. I am a big fan of author Donna Grant, fell for her Warriors and her Dragon Kings a long time ago, but this is the first LaRue book I have had the opportunity to get my hands on. Moon Bound is Kane LaRue’s story and wow … is it action packed, with just the right touch of romance. I loved Elise, right away and knew that if anyone could, Kane would help her see that she still was a woman who deserved to be loved. Kane is a protector, who is willing to do whatever he must to protect his family, to protect the people he loves even commit the biggest sacrifice … his life. I can’t say much more as it could be construed as spoilers and I hate to do that to anyone. Suffice it to say love wins and evil loses.
Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
INKED MEMORIES is a perfect wrap-up for the Denver Montgomery Ink saga with the final brother getting his HEA. The series has had all the things I love in books: characters that are believable, sweet and steamy romance, family, snarky conversations intermixed with much needed (whether wanted or not) advice, touches of danger that help draw the characters together and, of course, the happily ever after everyone is looking for. Needless to say INKED MEMORIES gives all this with, maybe, just a bit of sadness that it is ending.
I have to admit that, at first, I did have a little trouble with this couple, as she was Wes’ brother’s “friend with benefits” before he met his true love and moved on. This sort of put a bit of “ick” to the story but I put it aside and moved to read it as Wes and Jillian’s story. I am so glad I did. As I read I got a much better understanding of all the where’s and why’s that had them both acting the way they did. As the book progressed, I really liked them, and wanted them to be together.
I always love to revisit past characters and watch as the families mingle with their barbs back and forth, the children who have come along and seeing the satisfaction that they have all found love. I really hope Ms. Ryan will give us a few more looks at this family in future offerings.
Cassie Howard is a hard working data analyst and the last thing she needs is the new analyst, Drew Kerrigan, who has come in and started taking credit for work she has done. Part of the problem is that sometimes things that come into her head just pop right out of her mouth. And some of the things she is thinking about Drew shouldn’t be said out loud.
Drew Kerrigan has always found computers easier to understand than people. But the undercover F.B.I. agent never expected to find his suspect to be gorgeous and sexy. Now he has to work hard on ferreting out the truth or lose his heart.
THE WRONG KIND OF COMPATIBLE is a cute, steamy, sexy and fun read. Author Kadie Scott gives a good look at nerd world of analysts and computers, but in a way that we who are not so savvy can understand. Cassie and Drew are an amazingly perfect couple, but of course, things had to get a little sideways for them. After her mom and his friend talked to them separately they finally managed to work toward finding the truth. Then his grand announcement that he loved her in front of her co-workers was very dramatic and would have garnered applause anywhere. Loved the secondary characters, who seemed like everyday people you would find in any office and even the bad guys came out as a bit of a surprise.
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Author Carrie Ann Ryan brings her readers another winner for her Talon Pack novels! Destiny Disgraced centers on Mitchell Brentwood, Beta of the Talon Pack and young Dawn Levin a member of the rather confused Central pack. The fight he has with himself over his feelings for Dawn is as intriguing as the fight for the survival of their kind. I loved getting to know Mitch more and hearing more of his past made me sad but it also explained why he felt the way he did.
The dialogue, action, and the love that grows between Mitch and Dawn is amazing. I just had to shake my head when they decided to try the friends with benefits route. Don’t they know fate doesn’t work that way? I found myself unable to put the book down even for a minute until I got to the end … and then I wanted more.
The characters in this series are fascinating, they give you a feeling of family filled with warmth and love. But, in the case of the bad “guys” they give you a feeling of evil creeping into this world that is trying to find peace.
Fear not, there is a HEA for our couple and there is also a lot of indication on possible other books that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Please keep the pack coming!
Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
The war may be over but a few beings didn’t get the memo.
Talen Kayrs and the love of his very long life Cara Kayrs plan a simple delivery and then some time together now that she is cured of the long illness that had lingered for most of their time together. She healed and she’s tired of being treated like a fragile idiot. Getting through to an ancient vampire is like pounding on a reinforced concrete wall. Maybe after the vacation and some tropical romantic days he’ll get the message that she is well and very healthy.
Unfortunately, his instincts are right and in no time at all they have demons throwing mind games at them and well … that is only the beginning. How will Cara ever get it through his head that she doesn’t need him to be her protector if danger won’t leave them alone!
I loved visiting Talen and Cara again and getting updates on their lives. I have to admit I still have trouble thinking of the children as grown-up and for heavens sake they are grandparents to a precocious little girl. This is a perfect link between author Rebecca Zanetti’s Protectors and her Realm Enforcers and let’s be honest who doesn’t want a little more Kayrs in the world.
This is an action-packed, reunion of sorts, with vampires, demons, werewolves and some closure now that the war has ended … or has it? Only our beloved author knows that for sure.
Author: Lisa Marie Rice
Nick Mancino has been dreaming about Dr. Kay Hudson since their last meeting when he saved her grandfather. Kay seemed to be pushing him away, but when he finally catches up with her their night is totally mind blowing. Little does he know that within a short time he will find himself caught up in deadly danger with Kay in the center. There is no way danger will get to her unless it goes through him.
Midnight Fever is an action packed read. Sometimes when a series continues the writing seems forced as if it is a chore and no longer a desire for the author. This is not the case for author Lisa Marie Rice and her Men of Midnight series. Each one has the same intriguing feel and the men of Midnight are tough, strong, able men who turn to mush when it comes to their women. Which is something that I enjoy reading. This one centers on Nick and Kay and … wow … do they have a story. I thought it a nice twist that the reason Kay was pushing Nick away was to protect him … he was F.B.I. at the time and she already knew something was wrong with where she worked and was going to become a whistleblower and did not want to ruin his career in the process. That was an ahhh moment for the readers and for Nick himself.
I have to admit that some of the scientific chatter slowed the book down for me but there was enough gun action and steamy action to speed it right back up. I also enjoy the returning of the other members of the team, their wives and growing families, and watching them all work together to end the most recent danger to the world. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next offering by Ms. Rice as there were a few items in this book that lacked a definitive conclusion, so I am hoping the next will offer more information.
If you want high octane action, sweet and steamy romance, with a team of people saving the world from evil then Midnight Fever will fit the bill perfectly.
By Carrie Ann Ryan
Parker Jameson has been hit with a prophecy dealing with threes and a dagger that belonged to the first of his line. Not sure how he can possibly fulfill this prophecy as he is growing weaker and needs to find his mate. The last thing he expects is that Brandon Brentwood, an Omega and youngest of a Talon Pack family would have an important part in his future. Then add in Avery Montag, the daughter of a traitor to the wolves and you have an interesting mix.
I have been looking forward to the return of author Carrie Ann Ryan’s “Talon Pack” books and was immediately drawn into this fast paced world. The wolves are outed and the humans are, of course, mixed in their feelings. Parker, Brandon and Avery will have to work together to bring even a modicum of safety to the wolves and that itself is an amazing process to watch. They have to learn to trust, lean on each other and support each other, especially when it turns out they are mates. I guess I need not say that this is a M/M/F storyline and I admit though it is not one of my favorite scenarios it fits the plot the best.
Fractured Silence is action packed, but the emotional aspect of it was what held me captivated. I wanted to see if they could find their truth and hold on to one another. If you are looking for a fantastic read and love roller coaster rides then Fractured Silence will take you on one.
This book is the end of this particular thread of the Talon Pack series and Ms. Ryan strove to give her readers everything we expected. I look forward to the next offerings by her.
Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko