South of Salem by Janni Nell Review

Allegra Fairweather is back but this time it is her family who needs her special skills. South of Salem by Janni Nell begins with Allegra receiving a phone call from her Senator’s perfect wife mother, something has happened to her step-father and her mother fears that if something isn’t done soon his political career will be ruined forever.  Having always been considered the ‘strange’ daughter Allegra is willing to help out her family but as events escalate, Allegra starts to worry she won’t be able to stop the events until all the members of her step-father are dead.

To make things worse Casper, Allegra’s guardian angel, is involved in the Guardian Angel Awards and has been missing more than usual. Allegra worries that if Casper wins she won’t ever see him again and she worries what will happen when no one is around to save her from the dangerous situations she always seems to find herself in.

South of Salem is a great follow up to Allegra Fairweather, Paranormal Investigator (you can read my review here). Allegra’s unique approach to situations and ability to find herself in the largest amount dangerous is entertaining but it is her willingness to jump in to help the family that has always looked down upon her profession that makes this story so heartwarming (of course hot Casper helps). South of Salem, while being more an urban fantasy (which I don’t usually love, you can read more about the difference here), is a great read and I look forward to the next installment in this series.

You can read an excerpt here.

Allegra Fairweather Mystery:

Allegra Fairweather

South of Salem

Book 3 (date unknown)

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Title: South of Salem

Author: Janni Nell

Format:  eBook

ASIN: B004T4LQGK

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: May 30, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Carina Press

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.

 

Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller Review

Conner Creed has always been the good twin, staying home to take care of the ranch left to him and his brother by their father and cared for by their Uncle. Everything is great until Conner’s twin comes home. In Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller Conner is having a hard time accepting that his brother is back and wanting his share of the ranch. To further complicate matters Conner has been getting close to Tricia McCall, a woman only in town for a short time.

Tricia McCall has returned to Lonesome Bend only long enough to sell the property left to her by her father. But as the property takes longer to sell than she expected and Tricia finds herself drawn more and more to Conner she starts to wonder if the dream she is trying to pursue is the wrong one.

I really enjoyed A Creed in Stone Creek (you can read my review here) so I was excited that the twin cousins who were always fighting in that novel got their own story. Conner really is the good son from the Prodigal Son story, while he brother went of rodeoing he stayed home taking care of the ranch, just paying out checks to his brother for his half of the proceeds from the profitability of the ranch.  As always, Linda Lael Miller’s contemporary westerns are the perfect blend of western charm and modern reality. For me it is always about the secondary characters, many authors can get the hero/heroinne right but if they don’t have good secondary characters it just doesn’t do it for me but Miller’s characters are great! I loved Tricia’s Nana and can’t wait to get the background story on Brody, Carolyn and the beat up truck in The Creed Legacy.

You can read an excerpt here.

Montana Creeds Series:

Montana Creeds: Logan

Montana Creeds: Dylan

Montana Creeds: Tyler

A Creed Country Christmas

A Creed in Stone Creek

Creed’s Honor

Creed’s Legacy (July 2011)

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Title: Creed’s Honor

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0373775804

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: May 31, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, 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.

 

 

Revelations: A Jane Perry Novel Review by Laurel Dewey

Sergeant Detective Jane Perry is good at her job, really good. In Revelations by Laurel Dewey, when she is called to work a case in Midas, CO, she is hesitant, it’s supposed to be her vacation. Jane has just found out that she has an abnormal pap smear and could more then likely have cancer. She is ready to take a long break from work and from life, but her “Boss” Sergeant Weyler needs her help to solve this case. Unfortunately, going from Denver to a small town can be difficult, especially when the Sheriff is a jerk.

I love the way the story starts out! It begins with you following Jordan Copeland through the woods and he is running from himself. He finds that he has blood on his hands, but doesn’t know how it got there or even why it’s there. Now Jake Van Gorden is missing and they have Jordan in custody for his murder and abduction. Can Jane prove that her gut is right and Jordan had nothing to do with it, or will she just prove the State’s case?

There is the use of the f* word quite a bit and some other swearing. I was pulled into the story quite quickly with Jordan Copeland’s story and was intrigued to find out more about him. I was disappointed with all of the swearing that happens. I would recommend this book to someone who doesn’t mind swearing and some violence. I hope you can enjoy this book and find out if Jordan really is a killer.

You can read an excerpt here.

Jane Perry Series:

Protector

Redemption

Revelations

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Title: Revelations: A Jane Perry Novel

Author: Laurel Dewey

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 479

ISBN: 978-098419055-3

Publisher: Story Plant

Release Date: June 14, 2011

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.

 

 

Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne Review

A prophecy has been unearthed predicting the destruction of the vampire race. In Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne, half-vampire half-human twins James and Brigit believe that the salvation for their species, however, they need scholar Lucy Lanfair to translate an ancient tablet that will give them hints as to what they need to do to save their people.

All Lucy has every wanted to do was be a scholar, running at the first sign of trouble she has managed to keep her world small, secure and predictable. When Lucy translates a tablet that predicts the end of the world she finds herself thrown into a world she didn’t know existed, wanted by the government and kidnapped by vampires, she doesn’t know who she can trust or what to believe. As Lucy gets to know James she finds herself drawn to the man but can she believe what he is telling her or is he only using her for his own ends…

Jumping into the middle of a series is always difficult but it is especially true when the series spans so many novels. For those we have read The Wings in the Night series, Twilight Prophecy is a continuation of the world that Maggie Shayne has created, many characters from the previous novels appear in this one. If you are like me and haven’t read any of Maggie Shayne’s previous novels, the story can stand alone although I did feel like I was missing out on not knowing the characters better and I felt there were sections in the story where I would have been more emotionally involved with the trial’s the characters had. James’ gift, beyond the normal vampire skills, was interesting and unique and his decision to live the life he did was an interesting twist to a genre that has been written so much about. I suspect that Brigit will get her own love story in one of the following novels and look forward to her finding someone who can handle her particular talent. Overall, the novel was unique in its take on the vampire world and I enjoyed it.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Wings In the Night Series:

Twilight Phantasies

Twilight Memories

Twilight Illusions

Beyond Twilight

Born in Twilight

Twilight Vows

Twilight Hunger

Embrace the Twilight

Run from Twilight

Edge of Twilight

Blue Twilight

Before Blue Twilight

Prince of Twilight

Demon’s Kiss

Lover’s Bite

Angel’s Pain

Bloodline

Twilight Prophecy

Vampires in Paradise (July 2011)

Twilight Fulfillment (October 2011)

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Title: Twilight Prophecy

Author: Maggie Shayne

Format: Paperback, eBook, Audio book

Page Nos.: 474

ISBN: 0778329801

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: May 1, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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