Two Quickie Reviews: Bloody Valentine & Bullseye

18709246 Will Robie is closing in on his next target when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist–and he’s taken hostage alongside Oliver Stone. But is this just a simple bank job, or are the robbers after something even more valuable–and dangerous–than the cash in the vault?

I’ve been a fan of David Baldacci’s for some time now, however I’ve stuck mostly to his King & Maxwell series.  Until now, I’d not read any of his Will Robie series so, when I stumbled across this short story, I thought I might as well give it a shot.

I’m grateful I did.  While I don’t have any idea what the heck the Camel Club is (this was book 2.5 in the series), I’m now very interested to find out.  I want to know more about Will Robie and what got him to the point he was in this short story.  Color me intrigued if nothing else.

 

9593938 Mega rich restaurant owner Jack Barnes and his second wife Zee are very much in love. However, their plans for Valentine’s Day are about to be torn apart by the most violent murder.Who is the strange figure plotting this sick crime? Who hates Jack that much? There are plenty of suspects living in Jack’s fancy block of flats. Is it them, or could it be the work of an outsider with a twisted mind? One thing’s for sure, the police have got their work cut out solving this bloody mess.

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors.  He has this precise way of writing that makes the books very readable and quick to get through.  That doesn’t mean he skimps on the plot either.  I don’t know how to explain it, but I enjoy whatever it is.

This didn’t remind me of anything I’d read of his before, but it was still very enjoyable.  It was a little grittier and gruesome than his others, but the story was still engaging.  I have a couple other shorts by him, I do believe, and I need to read them soon.

[Blogtober] What Villian Would I Be?

Webb-OBSESSION-ebook1Quite a few years ago, the site I review for offered up the first three books in this series.  On a whim, never having heard of the author before (how, I don’t know, because she’s written a ton of books), I said, sure.  Why not?

I was immediately hooked.

Debra Webb is an amazing author.  She knows how to draw you in, ramp up the tension, and steam up your glasses all at the same time.  She also writes amazingly devilish bad guys.

The main baddie in her Faces of Evil series is Eric Spears, better known as The Player.  He’s smart, he’s handsome, and he’s rich.  Oh, and he keeps slipping through Jess’ fingers.  There’s one scene where Jess is pushed or falls, I can’t remember exactly (it’s been a minute since I’ve read these), and someone helps her up.  As she looks around to see who it was, she realizes it’s him – Eric Spears.  That he could be so brazen floored me.

I’m still a bit bitter about how his storyline was tied up, I thought it was a bit anti-climactic, but when you’re half in love with the guy you’re supposed to hate…

If you’re into romantic suspense that is both sexy as heck and a rollercoaster ride of thrills, you have got to look into this series.

[Blogtober] Three Books I Meant to Read Last Year

…and flopped at.  Hah!

Although I’m going to tweak this just a tiny bit and change it to books I should have finished last year but didn’t.

And I Darken by Kiersten White.  I was really into this and then received a review book or something from Netgalley or saw something shiny… who knows why I stopped, but I did.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  I have started and stopped this monster book a thousand times.  However, I have made progress – I’m finally at the 60% mark!

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves.  An online book group I belong to LOVES Ann Cleeves so I picked this up to read so I could join in with their adulation of the author.  Trouble is, it’s a huge paperback and… my hands hurt after only a few minutes of holding a print book.  I need this to go on sale for the Kindle.  Stat.

So, this is my tale of woe.  What does yours look like?