Review: The Better Liar by Tanen Jones #sponsored #Ballantine Books #bookreview #TheBetterLiar

Review: The Better Liar by Tanen Jones #sponsored #Ballantine Books #bookreview #TheBetterLiar

*Thank you Ballantine Books for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own.

Title: The Better Liar

About the author: (credit to Goodreads)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publish Date: January 14, 2020

Publisher: Ballantine Books; Penguin Random House

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What I Loved/Thought: ★★★★★

I loved The Better Liar so much! I went in blind, and fell for each and every twist. It was such a binge worthy debut, and I think I read in one sitting. I loved that it was told with three POVs, each equally mysterious that leave you dumbfounded and needing to get to their POV to see what just happened.

This is one I would definitely recommend, and it’s already put 2020 on the map for thrillers to watch for this year. I’m always drawn into family dramas, and this one served it up well.

About the Book:

hen a woman conceals her sister’s death to claim their joint inheritance, her deception exposes a web of dangerous secrets in this addictive new thriller for fans of Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn, and Paula Hawkins. 

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2020 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY AND POPSUGAR 

“Like most of the dead, I want to be remembered.” 

Robin Voigt is dead. If Leslie had arrived at her sister’s cramped Las Vegas apartment just hours earlier, this would have been their first reunion in a decade. In the years since Robin ran away from home as a teenager, Leslie has stayed in New Mexico, taking care of their dying father even as she began building a family of her own. But when their father passed away, Leslie received a rude awakening: She and Robin would receive the inheritance he left them together—or not at all. Now her half of the money may be beyond her grasp. And unbeknownst to anyone, even her husband, Leslie needs it desperately. 

When she meets a charismatic young woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Robin—and has every reason to leave her past behind—the two make a reckless bargain: Mary will impersonate Robin for a week in exchange for Robin’s half of the cash. But neither realizes how high the stakes will become when Mary takes a dead woman’s name. Even as Mary begins to suspect Leslie is hiding something, and Leslie realizes the stranger living in her house, babysitting her newborn son, and charming her husband has secrets of her own, Robin’s wild, troubled legacy threatens to eclipse them both. 

An electric, twisted portrait of sisterhood and the ties that bind, The Better Liar is a stunning debut with a heart-stopping, twist-after-twist finale that will beg the question: How far would you go to get what’s yours? 

Praise:

“Smart, sinister, and utterly engrossing—this debut delivers.”—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Never Have I Ever

Review: Followers by Megan Angelo #GraydonHouse @HarlequinBooks #Followers #bookreview

Review: Followers by Megan Angelo #GraydonHouse @HarlequinBooks #Followers #bookreview

*Thank you Graydon House publishing for this gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own.

Title: Followers

About the author: (credit to Amazon)

Genre: Dystopian

Publish Date: January 14, 2020

Publisher: Graydon House; Harlequin

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What I Loved/Thought: ★★★★☆

I think we have all grabbed a book and been so fascinated by the timely storylines. Followers was a unique, intense, yet entertaining read, with a dystopian vibe that I loved.

Angelo creates this futuristic world that I could see being not far from reality. It takes two timelines, alternating between Orla’s life of 2015 and Marlow’s life in the futuristic 2051, showcasing the tech world, and how society relies on social media.

I loved the twists and shockingly dark turns this book takes, and I felt like the characters were relatable and complex, and this story really made me think about the social media platforms that I use, including this one. It’s actually kind of scary when you think about what we all put out there for everyone to see, not to mention my dependency of so much of it each day.

About the Book:

An electrifying story of two ambitious friends, the dark choices they make and the stunning moment that changes the world as we know it forever 

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss—a striving, wannabe A-lister—who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady—and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong. 

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity—twelve million loyal followers—Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks. 

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

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Review: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain #bigliesinasmalltown #bookreview #blogreview #stmartinspresspartner

Review: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain #bigliesinasmalltown #bookreview #blogreview #stmartinspresspartner

*Thank you St Martin’s Press for this gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own.

Title: Big Lies in a Small Town

About the author: (credit to Amazon)

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Publish Date: January 14, 2020

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; Macmillan

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What I Loved/ Thought: ★★★★★

Have you read books that took place in your home state or hometown? I haven’t read many books that took place in North Carolina, but enjoyed the fact that this one did!

This was my second novel by Diane Chamberlain, but I knew that as much as I loved reading The Dream Daughter, that I had a feeling I would love her newest release too.

My feeling was right, and then some!

Big Lies in a Small Town had all of the wonderful storytelling that I’ve grown to expect and love by Chamberlain, but it also had a heavy element of mystery to the story too. Two characters. Two timelines: Morgan Christopher in 2018, held in a Women’s Correctional Facility in North Carolina for a crime she didn’t commit. Anna Dale in 1940, an artist who wins a national contest to paint a mural for Edenton, North Carolina.

I loved the way that these two stories intersected the way that they did, and I was so fascinated by the historical elements, but also the heartfelt way that their secrets unfolded. Two strong, talented, amazing women. Both suffering from uncontrollable situations in their life, that had me rooting for them both.

It looks like I’ll be binge reading all of Diane Chamberlain’s novels now!

About the Book:

From New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel in Big Lies in a Small Town.

North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold―until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets. 

North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder. 

What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?

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Review: The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot #MontlakePublishing #TheLastSister @KendraElliot #review

Review: The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot #MontlakePublishing #TheLastSister @KendraElliot #review

Title: The Last Sister (Columbia River #1)

About the author: (credit to Goodreads)

Publish Date: January 14, 2020

Publisher: Montlake Publishing

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Genre: Mystery/ Thriller

What I Loved/ Thought: ★★★★☆

What a compelling mystery! Crime thriller at its best, and I was happy to see that it also included romance.

The Last Sister is the first book in this series, that follows FBI agents Zander Wells and his partner, Ava McClane, in small town Oregon, as they witness a horrific murder. A grisly death tied to dark family secrets.

Weaved in history and racism, the reader begins to see things unfold as the mystery is explained. Is this murder a hate crime?

Emily Mills adds to the story with secrets she has been hiding. Family secrets, eccentric aunts, and questions I needed to know!

*Thank you to Montlake Romance for the gifted digital copy. All opinions are my own.

About the book:

Praise:

An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Romance

“[A] gripping novel of suspense from Elliot (A Merciful Secret)…Elliot skillfully unravels layers of intersecting stories, each one integral to the overall story of the Mills family and their small-town secrets. Readers will want to see more from this author.” Publishers Weekly

“Suspense on top of suspense. This one will keep you guessing until the final page and shows Elliot at her very best.” —The Real Book Spy

“Every family has skeletons. Kendra Elliot’s tale of the Mills family’s dark secrets is first-rate suspense. Dark and gripping, The Last Sister crescendos to knock-out, edge-of-your seat tension.” —Robert Dugoni, bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave

The Last Sister is exciting and suspenseful! Engaging characters and a complex plot kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.” —T.R. Ragan, bestselling author of the Jessie Cole series

Review: All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White #bookreview #williammorrow #allthewayswesaidgoodbye #partner

Review: All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White #bookreview #williammorrow #allthewayswesaidgoodbye #partner

*Thank you William Morrow publishing for this gifted finished copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own

Title: All the Ways We Said Goodbye ★★★★★

About the authors: (credit to Amazon)

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publish Date: January 14, 2020

Publisher: William Morrow; Harper Collins

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What I Loved/Thought: ★★★★★

All the Ways We Said Goodbye was so good! It was written by not one, but three fantastic authors. This story takes three POVs, by three women in three different timelines, with the Ritz Hotel in Paris at the center of each of their stories.

This was such a beautiful story, and it captivated me right away. A beautiful story woven through the timelines of WWI 1914, WWII 1942, and post-war 1960s. I just loved this book so much, and recommend it to historical fiction lovers, and those looking to give HF a try!

About the Book:

The New York Times bestselling authors of The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room return with a glorious historical adventure that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris’ legendary Ritz hotel.

The heiress . . .
The Resistance fighter . . . 
The widow . . .
Three women whose fates are joined by one splendid hotel

France, 1914. As war breaks out, Aurelie becomes trapped on the wrong side of the front with her father, Comte Sigismund de Courcelles. When the Germans move into their family’s ancestral estate, using it as their headquarters, Aurelie discovers she knows the German Major’s aide de camp, Maximilian Von Sternburg. She and the dashing young officer first met during Aurelie’s debutante days in Paris. Despite their conflicting loyalties, Aurelie and Max’s friendship soon deepens into love, but betrayal will shatter them both, driving Aurelie back to Paris and the Ritz— the home of her estranged American heiress mother, with unexpected consequences.

France, 1942. Raised by her indomitable, free-spirited American grandmother in the glamorous Hotel Ritz, Marguerite “Daisy” Villon remains in Paris with her daughter and husband, a Nazi collaborator, after France falls to Hitler. At first reluctant to put herself and her family at risk to assist her grandmother’s Resistance efforts, Daisy agrees to act as a courier for a skilled English forger known only as Legrand, who creates identity papers for Resistance members and Jewish refugees. But as Daisy is drawn ever deeper into Legrand’s underground network, committing increasingly audacious acts of resistance for the sake of the country—and the man—she holds dear, she uncovers a devastating secret . . . one that will force her to commit the ultimate betrayal, and to confront at last the shocking circumstances of her own family history.

France, 1964. For Barbara “Babs” Langford, her husband, Kit, was the love of her life. Yet their marriage was haunted by a mysterious woman known only as La Fleur. On Kit’s death, American lawyer Andrew “Drew” Bowdoin appears at her door. Hired to find a Resistance fighter turned traitor known as “La Fleur,” the investigation has led to Kit Langford. Curious to know more about the enigmatic La Fleur, Babs joins Drew in his search, a journey of discovery that that takes them to Paris and the Ritz—and to unexpected places of the heart. . . .

Review: The Prized Girl @DuttonBooks #bookreview #ThePrizedGirl #partner

Review: The Prized Girl @DuttonBooks #bookreview #ThePrizedGirl #partner

*Thank you Dutton for the gifted copy for review. All my opinions are my own

Title: The Prized Girl

About the author: (credit to goodreads)

Genre: mystery/thriller

Publish Date: January 14, 2020

Publisher: Dutton Books

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What I Loved/Thought: ★★★★☆

I was looking for a twisty dark thriller, and got just what I was looking for in The Prized Girl!

I loved Amy K Green’s debut, and felt like both timelines for each sister were equally intriguing. The story alternates through older sister Virginia’s current perspective, and bounces back to younger sister and beauty queen Jenny, before she was brutally murdered.

So many dark secrets, and twists. I think I guessed 10 different ways this story would play out, which was one of my favorite parts of the whole book.

About the Book:

From debut author Amy K. Green comes a devastating tale of psychological suspense: a teen pageant queen is found murdered in a small New England town, and her sister’s search for answers unearths more than she bargained for.

Days after a young pageant queen named Jenny is found murdered, her small town grieves the loss alongside her picture-perfect parents. At first glance, Jenny’s tragic death appears clear-cut for investigators. The most obvious suspect is one of her fans, an older man who may have gotten too close for comfort. But Jenny’s half-sister, Virginia—the sarcastic black sheep of the family—isn’t so sure of his guilt and takes matters into her own hands to find the killer.

But for Jenny’s case and Virginia’s investigation, there’s more to the story. Virginia, still living in town and haunted by her own troubled teenage years, suspects that a similar darkness lay beneath the sparkling veneer of Jenny’s life. Alternating between Jenny’s final days and Virginia’s determined search for the truth, the sisters’ dual narratives follow a harrowing trail of suspects, with surprising turns that race toward a shocking finale. 

Infused with dark humor and driven by two captivating young women, The Prized Girl tells a heartbreaking story of missed connections, a complicated family, and a town’s disturbing secrets.

Praise:

“So fun and gritty! Couldn’t put it down, and then couldn’t stop thinking about it once I finished.” 
 Georgia Hardstark, My Favorite Murder co-host and #1 New York Times bestselling author 

“A darkly funny thriller with a shocker ending.” 
 People 

“Expertly told in a crisp, fast-paced style…[with] stunning twists and a shocking surprise ending.” 
—Associated Press
 

“This suspense novel, with its sharp turns, will have you guessing until the very last page.” 
Star Magazine 

“Told in alternating points-of-view between Virginia and Jenny, this is a story that readers will never see coming.”
—The Parkersburg News and Sentinel  

“This disturbing tour behind the scenes of a stolen childhood exposes cringe-inducing truths—and leads to a shocking conclusion.” 
 Kirkus 

Review: Long Bright River by Liz Moore #LongBrightRiver #RiverheadBooks #bookreview #newrelease #5starreads

Review: Long Bright River by Liz Moore #LongBrightRiver #RiverheadBooks #bookreview #newrelease #5starreads

*Thank you Riverhead Books for this gifted copy for review.

Title: Long Bright River

About the author: (credit to a goodreads)

Publish Date: January 7, 2020

Publisher: Riverhead Books; Penguin Random House

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Genre: Literary Fiction, Suspense & Thriller

What I Loved/Thought: ★★★★★

From the past and present timelines, to the suspenseful page-turning, I was hooked immediately! I was drawn to the storyline of two sisters, one who is addicted to heroin and battling the opioid epidemic, while the other patrols the same streets of Philadelphia as a cop.

This was such an emotionally gripping read, and one that I didn’t realize revealed such gritty truth, as the addictions have skyrocketed in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. After reading, I had to google it all, and was shocked that this was such a current crisis. This book gets all the stars, and I can see why it’s getting all the love!

About the Book:

Two sisters travel the same streets, though their lives couldn’t be more different. Then one of them goes missing.

In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don’t speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling.  

Then Kacey disappears, suddenly, at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey’s district, and Mickey becomes dangerously obsessed with finding the culprit–and her sister–before it’s too late.

Alternating its present-day mystery with the story of the sisters’ childhood and adolescence, Long Bright River is at once heart-pounding and heart-wrenching: a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.

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Review: Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey #review #LoveHerOrLoseHer #TessaBailey #romance #bookfeature

Review: Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey #review #LoveHerOrLoseHer #TessaBailey #romance #bookfeature

*Thank you Avon for the gifted copy for review

Title: Love Her or Lose Her

About the author: (credit to Amazon

Publish Date: January 14, 2020

Publisher: Avon Romance; Harper Collins

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Genre: Romance

What I Loved/Thought: ★★★★☆

Tessa Bailey has such a great way of writing characters that I completely fall for. In this second book, I was once again filled with all the emotion as I saw Dominic and Rosie give their relationship another try.

Second chance romance is becoming a new favorite trope for me, and I was drawn to Dominic as the sexy dream boyfriend. Passionate, hard working, and devoted, making their chemistry so hot!

As with many relationships though, over time the passion fizzles out and that’s where this book takes off. I loved their imperfect marriage and the journey to find love with one another again.

About the Book:

New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation… 

Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp. 

Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippie. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything.

Praise:

“Bailey writes banter and rom-com scenarios with aplomb, but for those who like their romance on the spicier side, she’s also the Michelangelo of dirty talk. She wields filth like Da Vinci does a paintbrush, and there’s a lot to be said for an author who can fill such exchanges with all the requisite heat, enthusiastic consent, and yes, even humor, of such a scenario without veering into corny territory…”  Entertainment Weekly on Fix Her Up

“Bailey loads the story with humor and chemistry while still tackling heavy emotions. Sensual sex scenes and irresistible characters will draw readers in to this sweet romance.” – Publishers Weekly

“Bailey once again hits it out of the park in this companion novel to Fix Her Up… From no sex to phone sex to a striptease to an orgy in the woods, Bailey is an expert in those lusty, sexually powered scenes. Perfect for fans looking for a sexy romp with a side of heart.”  – Booklist

“a juicy rom-com”
– Marie Claire (The Most Anticipated Books of 2020)