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In A Pointed Death by Kath Russell, Nola Billingsley is trying to recover after her dot com business. She starts back to work in the biotechnical industry. One day as she takes her shorthaired pointer, Skooch, for a walk, she comes across the dead body of her former employee, Roger Chen. Unfortunately, the last time she saw Roger was the day she fired him for embezzling funds from her company. Nola starts finding clues that lead her from her dot com business into her biotechnical business that involves Roger Chen. As she pursues her leads, she gets some help from Detective Robert Harrison, the man assigned to her embezzling case.

Can she fall in love and try to solve a case at the same time? Is she going to mess things up with Detective Harrison by trying to find out what Roger Chen was up to when he was killed. And why is there a connection between Roger Chen and the biotechnical industry?

This was a very good book. I really enjoyed Kath Russell’s writing! Kath did a great job of connecting the reader to the characters. I was glad she took the time to explain some of the biotechnical industry and what it does exactly. There is a bit of swearing and the use of the F* word and quite of a bit of sex. I would have to rate the book a 4, and I would recommend it, as long as you don’t mind the swearing and the sex. I would have to rate the book 5 stars for sex, because it is quite graphic. I hope you get the chance to enjoy A Pointed Death, by Kath Russell.

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Title: A Pointed Death

Author: Kath Russell

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: 978-1450563093

Publisher: Createspace

Release Date: August 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

Elly St. Clair moved away from her family and her academic job after realizing that her fiancée, Cooper Boone, didn’t love her, but now she finds herself needing his help when one of her neighbors has gone missing in her new town of Cadence City. Ghost Hunter is the third book in the Ghost Hunters Series by Jayne Castle, Cadence City, like most major cities in Harmony is built adjacent to the  alien ruins and Elly’s neighbor, Bertha, is a ruin rat, someone who searches the ruins for alien artifacts with a permit. Elly knows she needs Cooper’s skills find Bertha but she worries that her heart won’t be able to be handle being close to Cooper again, who she stills loves six months after she gave back his ring.

Cooper has never considered their engagement terminated and he has come to Cadence City to get Elly to realize that fact and return with him. But instead of being able to focus on Elly, Cooper finds himself having to deal with the strange events that are going in Elly’s neighborhood and threaten her safety. Cooper has carefully planned out every step of his life since he was nine years old but he never factored Elly being a part of that plan, but now that she is a large part of his plan he finds himself having to adjust because she never reacts in the way he expects. As the danger escalates, so does their relationship and they both start to realize this danger may be coming from Elly’s past.

Ghost Hunter is the third book in Castle’s Ghost Hunters series that takes place in the world of Harmony, colonized by humans when a curtain opened in space but now cut off from Earth. You don’t need to read the books in order but I think it does help to keep what is happening in the Harmony world straight because you do meet some of the characters from the previous novels but Castle does a great job of giving you enough of a back story to allow to follow the story without having to read the prior books.  I love the entire series, I got sucked into the series a couple of weeks ago and read the entire series in less than a week. Castle’s alien landscape is detailed and intriguing but it is her character, the dust bunny, that really stole my heart and sold me on these novels. A creature that looks like a giant ball of lint when relaxed they become sleek and are predators by nature. They have four eyes, two of which only open when they are hunting, and six legs with sharp teeth that can cause damage. In this novel Rose attaches herself to Elly and the two form a physic bond of sorts, Rose is attracted to shiny bracelets and wears them around her neck like a show-girl.

The entire series is a great mix of sci-fi, paranormal, romance, and intrigue that doesn’t get stale and keeps you coming back for more.

You can read a sample here.

Ghost Hunters Series:

After Dark

After Glow

Ghost Hunter

Sliver Master

Dark Light

Obsidian Prey

Midnight Crystal

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Title: Ghost Hunter

Author: Jayne Castle

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.:  340

ISBN: 9780515141405

Publisher: Jove Books

Release Date: May 2006

Available for purchase: Amazon, Google Books,

Reviewer: Jessica


Devlin Raines is the last remaining bachelor of the Raines brothers and has plans to remain that way. Against the Law by Kat Martin the third book in the Raines of Wind Canyon begins with Lark contacting Devlin to help her fulfill her dying promise to her sister to find the child her sister gave up for adoption to make sure the child is okay. Devlin is immediately attracted to sexy successful Lark but realizes that she would not be one of his usual no-strings attached affairs. Agreeing to help her with her case as a favor to a man who saved his life, Dev finds himself spending more and more time with Lark, getting to know the confident woman who would do anything to fulfill the dying promise to her sister.

Lark expected that tracking down the child her sister gave up would be a quick and easy process, that the child would be with a loving family and she could return to her successful designer purse business. But as the search becomes more difficult Lark starts to wonder if she can step up and provide care for a child she has never met, if needed. To make things more complicated Lark finds herself attracted to Dev but now is not the time to bring a man into her life with the possible addition of a child looming on the horizon.

I flew through the first two books in this series but this novel took a little for me to get really into. Part of that was that the bulk of the mystery and action didn’t begin until about half-way through the book but once it started I hard a time putting the book down. I like Kat Martin’s heroines because they are strong successful women in their own right and Lark continues this persona. When things get dangerous she refuses to stay home in comfort and demands Dev take her with him to solve the problem. (I am speaking in general terms because I don’t want to give away the story). I enjoyed the entire series and really enjoyed each of the rough and gruff Raines brothers.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Raines of Wind Canyon Series:

Against the Wind

Against the Fire

Against the Law

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Against the Law

Author: Kat Martin

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 416

ISBN: 978-0778329404

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: February 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon.com, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

What should have been a simple burglary has turned into a much bigger task when Cat gets caught by the Earl of Kilronan.  Earl of Darkness by Alix Rickloff begins with Aidan Douglas, at his wits end in trying to get his murdered father’s personal journal translated and the final straw is when he catches Cat trying to steal the journal. When Aidan realizes that Cat can read the writing he decides to make a deal with her, he won’t turn her over to the authorities is she agrees to stay at his house and translate the journal. Since the murder of his father Aidan has spent all his energy into trying to fix the family finances by selling off property, getting engaged to a woman of suitable wealth and in figuring out what caused his father’s death.

Cat was just trying to make some money to survive, some poor choices in her past have made eking a living difficult and she is wary of the Earl’s offer.  Cat’s ability to translate any language and perform some magic has been something she has hidden from everyone as most of the world is not aware of the existence of magic. Cat is surprised to realize that Aidan is a mage and she suddenly finds herself in middle of the battle that goes one between the different magic groups. Even as the battle starts, Cat finds herself drawn to the sexy Aidan.

The world Rickloff has created is intriguing and sets up a large arching storyline with the series. A decades long battle between different magical factions is interesting and the end of this first novel leaves the story wide open for the rest of the series with the main protagonist not being captured. The relationship between Cat and Aidan is tense filled and Cat’s back story is heartbreaking.  The story seemed to ebb and flow with tension building and then slowing down but I was interested throughout to see what was going to happen. The one thing I didn’t like was it seemed like a lot of characters died needlessly. I am always disappointed when the author kills off characters that I have bonded with and liked but I understand sometimes it is necessary to  progress the story and in a paranormal war this is bound to happen.

You can read an excerpt here.

Heirs of Kilronan:

Earl of Darkness

Lord of Shadows (July 2011)

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Title: Earl of Darkness (Heirs of Kilronan)

Author: Alix Rickloff

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 368

ISBN: 978-1439170366

Publisher: Pocket

Release Date: December 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon.com,

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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