Some thrilling books to kick off the summer season! I got a sneak peak at
several of this month’s new releases. Hopefully longer days means more reading
time because you won’t want to put these books down.
BELONG TO ME, by Karen
Rose, a vicious killer is out for revenge and leaving the bodies for
Medical Examiner Lucy Trask to find. Unbeknownst to her, Lucy shares a past
with the killer who will stop at nothing to make her and everyone else pay for
destroying his family. Baltimore Homicide Detective J.D. Fitzpatrick, and his
partner Stevie Mazzetti, are called to the scene when Lucy discovers the
brutally beaten body of a dear friend. In the process of searching for the
killer, Lucy’s many secrets are revealed. Together, she and J.D. must come to
terms with her past as well as the mutual attraction that draws them closer.
Classic Karen Rose, YOU
BELONG TO ME contains the spine-tingling drama we have come to expect. The
killer is evil, and Rose artfully builds the suspense so the threat to the
people involved resonates. The characters have rich histories and I was
particularly intrigued by Lucy’s hidden talent. The ending hints that we might
see these characters again; I hope that’s the case.
The second book in Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, TRACE OF FEVER, brings
back Trace Rivers whose sister was rescued from human traffickers in book 1.
Trace has gone undercover as Murray Coburn’s bodyguard to one of the country’s
largest human-trafficking operation. His mission is complicated by his instant
attraction to Priscilla Patterson who appears unexpectedly with claims that she
is Murray’s long-lost daughter. Priss is out to destroy Coburn for making her
mother’s life a living hell. The shared attraction and mission will draw them
together and into danger. The intense action and high stakes will keep you
turning the pages. Be warned though, that the human trafficking aspect of the
story may be a little dark for some readers.
the second book in Sharon
Sala’s The Searchers series, tells Savannah’s story. Savannah Slade is the
youngest of three sisters who, at the reading of their father’s will, were
shocked to discover that they were not biologically related but in fact had
been rescued by their father out of dangerous situations. Savannah’s dying
mother knew that someone in the wealthy Goss family would kill Savannah just as
they killed her father. Now Savannah has returned to the place of her birth to
learn about her biological family and find justice for her father. This is not
a traditional romance in the sense that Savannah and Judd Holyfield are all but
engaged so they have a pre-existing relationship. They spend much of the story
apart as Judd stays in Montana working his ranch while Savannah travels to
Miami. Their strong relationship and the intriguing mystery and danger of
Savannah’s investigation of her past make for a captivating story.
VICTIM, by JB
Lynn, features Emily Wright. Having escaped from a serial killer fifteen
years earlier, she wants nothing to do with the small town where she was
abducted. She reluctantly returns to care for her teenage sister when her
father is hospitalized. When it becomes apparent that she and her sister are
being targeted by the killer, Emily turns to Deputy Bailey O'Neil. Together,
Emily and Bailey must discover the killer's identity before he claims his next
DANGER HIDES, the second book in Terry Odell’s
Blackthorne, Inc series, tells Dalton’s story. Dalton, one of Blackthorne's
best, is a charming Texan obsessed with putting a Colombian drug lord out of
the picture. When Dalton nearly blows a simple undercover assignment at a
fundraising gala, it convinces his boss to tether him to a dog-and-pony-show
case at a halfway house. Instead, Dalton finds death, drugs, danger, and Miri
Chambers. Miri wants nothing more than to help everyone at the Galloway House
shelter lead new and productive lives, but residents are disappearing without a
trace. An unexpected meeting with Dalton at a gala turns into an assignment for
him, but Miri doesn't think he's taking the job seriously. Trust doesn't come
easy to Miri. When the situation escalates into a combat zone, can she trust
Dalton with her life?
In OVER HIS
DEAD BODY, by Laurie
Brown, Caroline Tucker is trying—and failing—to avoid her ex-husband, town
sheriff Travis Beaumont. But when her niece stumbles across the perfectly
preserved body of a cowboy at Girl Scout camp, Caroline has no choice but to
give Travis a call. But is this actually a crime scene, or just a potential
tourist attraction? As the mystery of the mummy unravels, Travis digs up some
sinister evidence, and the more Caroline tries to keep away from trouble—and
Travis—the more they both come knocking at her door.
MERCY, by Jami
Alden, features Megan Flynn who thought she was falling in love with Cole,
until he arrested her brother for murder. Megan will risk everything to prove
his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic
killer with a hauntingly familiar MO. Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given
up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she
insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked,
he can't stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city's elite
indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a
madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.
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