Thursday, April 27, 2017

Audiobook Tour Miranda Vaughn Mysteries #Dropping the Dime @EllieAshe

Dropping the Dime

Miranda Vaughn Mysteries#2

By Ellie Ashe

Miranda Vaughn was once falsely accused of stealing millions, and now she’s helping others who are facing criminal charges. While being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn’t Miranda’s dream job, she’s eager to prove herself, and her first task is a simple one—protect Kathryn, a shy CFO turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.

Beneath the neatly plotted rows of new homes lurk dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears, even Miranda’s timid client, who is hiding secrets of her own. Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI’s investigation and protect herself from the real thief—all while protecting her heart from the sexy FBI agent she can’t seem to resist.

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I am still loving these Miranda Vaughn Mysteries! Book 2, Dropping the Dime, picks up a couple months after the last installment. Miranda still works for her attorney Rob who is very happily wooing her Aunt Marie....much to her eyes dismay. Jake is forever busy with his FBI cases and has a new partner who thinks Miranda's a fraudster. And hunky rancher bad boy Quinn sets his cap for our heroine but can she see the forest for the trees? Oh, and new client that may bring big prestige or big disaster. Sounds like the makings of a first rate road trip listen!

Less action packed than the first, but by no means less madcap, Dropping the Dime shows Ms. Ashe can craft a well done story with characters you love (or love to hate) and a story that is at once highly complex and simply hilarious at points. Unable to shirk the mantle of former defendant, she happily takes up for her new charge Kathryn who seems to want to bring down a local real estate magnate. When the FBI gets called in, Jake comes to the rescue. Except Miranda wants to rescue herself, mostly.

It's fun, entertaining and highly enjoyable. There are the requisite plot twists and some very nicely paced sexual tension that fuels the storyline. Terri Schnaubelt does a spectacular job once again, capturing the characters and relating with great pace and pitch the story as it unfolds! Read the first book and then relish the second.

I give Dropping The Dime, (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, Book 2), 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by The Audiobookworm for an honest review.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Olive Juice by @tjklune @dreamspinners #REVIEW #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE

Olive Juice, TJ Klue, Dreamspinner Press
It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:

I want to see you.

He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.

David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.

Phillip offers redemption.

Gutted! This book grabbed me by the heart and squeezed.

Klune gives us a unique writing style, the story is told through bits and pieces of flashbacks, but you don't really get the whole story until late into the pages. It's beautifully tragic and hopeful at the same time. I will be honest, I cried through a large portion of the book and it deals with some very difficult subject matter but you will not be able to put it down.

Creative, gut-wrenching, powerful, emotional!


Rating: 5 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Dreamspinner Press.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Darkest Hour Before Dawn by @CharlieCochet @dreamspinners #REVIEW #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE

Darkest Hour Before Dawn, Charlie Cochet, Dreamspinner Press
THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.

YAY.....I was so happy to see that this was going to be Seb and Hudson's book. I have been fascinated with them and their relationship from the beginning.

This book really has several story arcs going on at once and I so could not stop reading. The author dose such great job at character development that they seem real and I always want to know more about them and their everyday lives.

There is laughter and action and awwww moments and one great big "OH NO SHE DIDN'T" moment that I kind of thought, ohhh I wonder if she would go there, surely not, oh Hell yeah she did! This book gives us more insight to what being a marked mate means, and both the advantages and disadvantages that can come about.

I love the family time that Ms. Cochet weaves into her stories and the glimpses we get of the guys and gals when they aren't in kick ass THIRDS agents mode. These are some of my favorite moments in every book.

Nine books in and they just keep getting better. This is a series that I recommend again and again!


RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Dreamspinner.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Day Makes by Mary Calmes @dreamspinners #REVIEW

A Day Makes, Mary Calmes, Dreamspinner Press
Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways - he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community - but he's really not such a bad guy. Over time he's found a home of sorts, and he even learns he's found a place in the hearts of the people he works least enough so that they won't put a bullet in his head because he's outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he'd find one day could change his life, and he's about to discover how wrong he is.

Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It's an improbable idea - a man who deals in death finding love - but it's like it's meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects - if he can stay alive long enough to find out.

This book was so completely different than what I was expecting when I started reading. I wasn't sure I was even going to like Ceaton. He is not necessarily a nice guy, but he has a code that he lives by and he is loyal and he won me over.

There is so much personal development that happens with Ceaton before we ever even get to "that" day and it just adds layers to an already interesting character. He creates the family he never had from some unlikely people and they make quite the motley crew.

For me this was a very different Mary Calmes book and it surprised me. So throw away any preconceived notions you may have, and go into this with an open mind. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

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RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Dreamspinner Press.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Audiobook Tour, Miranda Vaughn Mysteries #ChasingtheDollar @EllieAshe

Chasing the Dollar
Miranda Vaughn Mystery #1
By Ellie Ashe

Miranda Vaughn has spent the last year and a half fighting for her freedom. Arrested for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, she's lost her job at a prestigious investment firm, her fiancé, and her reputation. She walks out of the courtroom a free woman, only to find that life has a few more curve balls to throw her way. The jury may have found her not guilty, but Miranda is broke, in debt to her beloved aunt, and can't find a job because of the cloud of suspicion still swirling around her.
She's not going to be able to move forward with her life until she finds out who set her up. Buried in the evidence against her, Miranda finds a larger scheme, one involving far more money than the $37 million her boss fleeced from unsuspecting investors. Determined to uncover the truth, Miranda begins her own investigation—leading her to Macau and Belize, and into the arms of one sexy FBI agent, who has his own agenda.
When the danger heats up, Miranda finds herself in a race against time to find the person behind it all. Before he finds her…

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I held my breath and looked skyward, as if God would help me in my predicament. As I did, I saw something on the underside of the desk, way back from the opening I’d crawled through. I reached up and touched the packing tape that secured a flash drive to the wood. My fingernail found the edge of the tape and I slowly tugged, but the crinkling of the cellophane tape was louder than I expected. I froze and then slowly drew my hand back, closed my eyes, and prayed that the man in the room hadn’t heard me.
No luck.

He stood and nearly filled the space. If he reached up, he could easily touch the low, sloped ceiling.
His shoulders were broad and his arms bulged under the think fabric of his T-shirt. I found my eyes on the muscles, my thoughts wandering to how they’d feel. I had a strong urge to poke one with my finger, to see if it was as hard as it looked. I resisted.

The bike leapt forward and I looked behind us, unsure of what I was supposed to watch for. There was heavy traffic, but nothing that looked like a car full of private security officers hired by an investment bank.
If there was a threat out there, I didn’t see it.
Unless it was the one I was snuggled up against on a bike racing through Macau.

I had no idea where I was. I didn’t speak the language, and I had no clue who was chasing me. I may not trust him, but at that moment, Jake Barnes was my life line.

The sharp crack of a handgun echoed off the concrete walls. I kept running.
The thin soles of my sneakers slapped against the uneven pavement and I heard the next shot hit metal, probably the trash bin, but I wasn’t about to turn and look.

“Look here, Ms. Vaughn. You’re trespassing in a closed office. In a foreign country. You really want to explain that to the local authorities? Or the security personnel working for your former employer?”
He had some good points, but I wasn’t convinced that it was a better idea to go off with an FBI agent who had already arrested me once.


How much can you love a new series you weren't all that certain you'd like?  A whole bunch apparently.  Ellie Ashe has created something special with her Miranda Vaughn Mysteries.  They are a little like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books but totally not.  A little like Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden series but not really.  She creates something unique and quite captivating if you give her a couple chapters to get rolling.  It's more like Romancing the Stone with it's connect-the-dots-and-find-your-answers mystery and it's awesome.

Miranda Vaughn is a pretty complex character - she isn't really madcap or zany, doesn't try to kick ass and take names - mostly she wants to clear her once good name, ensure her Aunt doesn't lose the bakery and return the $37 Million owed to the investors fleeced by her work colleagues.  She's been humiliated and is near desperation but stays clever and uses her brain, traits that I admire in a heroine.  Jake Barnes, sexy FBI guy, is a jerk, who doesn't trust her and who'd as likely try to scare up dirt on her all the while joining forces when her investigations collide with his.  There is a fair amount of action, with lots of gun fire, plot twists and some very nicely paced sexual tension that fuels the storyline and helps the characters connect along the breakneck travels from Macao to Belize during one wild week.

Teri Schnaubelt does an excellent job with the narration.  Bringing multiple characters to life with pitch perfect story telling and spot on pace. There are books out there that require the speed to be increased just to keep it moving - this is not one.  The humor, tension, romance and action packed drama are all easily relateable and I didn't get lost from scene to scene which can happen in an action filled story at times.

Thankfully, I had the second installment ready for playback as soon as the credits rolled on Book 1.  I highly encourage readers to read in order and to have that next installment ready in this fun, well written and well read new series.

I give Chasing the Dollar, (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, Book 1), 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by The Audiobookworm for an honest review.

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