Review of Just a Little Junk by Stylo Fantome

After a night of partying, Jodi Morgan finds a dead body in the trunk of her car in Just a Little Junk.So she goes to her neighbor and best friend Archer Calhoun to help her solve the mystery. When people start trying to kill them, it becomes obvious that they’re in over their heads. But the one place Archer knows to go to for help could lead to him loosing Jodi forever.

This was a great story. It was snarky and funny. Jodi and Archer have great banter and excellent chemistry. Jodi’s been secretly in love with Archer since she was thirteen when he was her brother’s fifteen year old best friend. Archer has a thing for Jodi too, but because of circumstances she knows nothing about, he’s stayed away from her. The whole situation they find themselves in is actually pretty funny in a serious way. Someone really is trying to kill them and they keep finding themselves in dangerous situations. But it’s all worth it in the end.

Review of Ripples by Aleatha Romig

Twenty year old Natalie Rawlings is on her way to spend the holidays with her family in Europe when she’s abducted off the plane in Ripples.Dexter Smithers has been planning the abduction for some time, so he’s ready when he finally has an opportunity to get at Natalie when she’s alone. He spirits her away to his family’s home in Austria, determined to make her his, regardless of what Natalie wants. Over months time, Dexter takes over Natalie’s life and trains her to be the woman he wants her to be. But Natalie’s family hasn’t given up looking for her. What will happen when they finally find her?

First off, I want to say that this is billed as a stand alone novel. It isn’t. It’s left VERY unfinished, leaving you not really knowing what’s going to happen or maybe exactly why it did happen. Secondly, I was not really happy with this story. At least in the Consequences series, Anthony Rawlings was redeemed at the end. I can’t say the same for Dexter. He comes off as an abuser and poor Natalie as his victim. It’s more like she’s suffering from Stockholm Syndrome than actually in love with Dexter. She’s been brainwashed. Lastly, there’s no real depth to either of their characters. You have no real clue who Dexter is as a person by the end of the story. And Natalie comes off as more victim than submissive. True submissives choose to live that lifestyle, they’re not forced in to it like she is. I really wanted to like this story, but I honestly didn’t enjoy it all that much.

Review of The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney

When a woman is killed and another missing in The Lost Child,Detective Lottie Parker will have more than a standard mystery to unravel. More deaths and another missing person ramp up the pressure to solve the case, but when Lottie finds out it might be connected to her own father’s death, it adds another level  of tension. Was this a drug killing or revenge? Was there more than one killer? The answers to those questions will be hard won, but the truth could be more than Lottie can handle.

Lottie is still having trouble coping with life in general in this story. Between drinking and taking Xanax, she’s a little bit of a mess. Her children aren’t much help, expecting her to still clean up after and feed them, when they’re perfectly capable of helping out around the house. Now there’s a new baby in the house as well and Lottie’s own mother appears to be having issues. On a good note, Lottie and her partner Boyd appear to be getting closer and I’m hoping she finally does really let him in to her life. She needs something good for just her.

Review of Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

Zara Rossi thought her flirtation with copper haired Dave two years ago was just a good time in Bountiful.Then she found out she was pregnant and wasn’t sure of Dave’s last name or how to get in touch with him. Now, professional hockey player Dave Beringer has returned to Vermont for another vacation and found out he’s a father to an adorable little girl who shared his hair color. Dave didn’t have a good childhood and never thought he would have a family of his own. Zara had a father who was never around and doesn’t want the same thing for her daughter. The attraction between them hasn’t dimmed, but with a daughter to care for now, will Zara trust Dave enough to take a chance on happiness?

It was great to see how Zara’s story turned out after we first met her in Bittersweet.It’s kind of her fault that she never really has any personal information about Dave, not even what he does for a living. Any time he brought anything like that up, she immediately shut him down, not wanting to get attached in the first place. Dave was very cute learning how to be a father. He takes to it pretty well and even baby Nicole is pretty accepting of him. Zara’s family, on the other hand, is not. They feel like Dave abandoned Zara when he never even knew she was pregnant. But Zara never told them what had happened, so it’s kind of unfair. This is one of those series that keeps getting better and better and I can’t wait to see whose story will be next.

Review of Ghost Ship by James Rollins

When Commander Gray Pierce and his girlfriend Seichan go on an extended vacation from Sigma Force, they end up at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and become embroiled in the hunt for a lost ship and it’s cargo of gold in Ghost Ship.A group of researchers made the find, but someone sold them out and now pirates have come to steal it, killing and kidnapping some of the scientists. Now Gray, Seichan and their associate, Benjamin Brust, will risk everything to rescue the scientists and save the day.

This was a nice little preview before the main attraction when The Demon Crowncomes out in December. I love all things Sigma and this was no exception. Gray and Seichan work so well together, especially because he trusts her and lets her do her thing. She’s not someone he needs to protect and truthfully, she’s probably better at that job than he is. We also get a little sneak peak at The Demon Crown at the end of this story. Unfortunately, we have to wait six weeks to read the rest of the story.