[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.

Review: Just His Luck by B. J. Daniels

cover158589-mediumShade Sterling has carried a torch for Lizzy Conners since senior year of high school. But the timing never felt right for them, especially since his ex-girlfriend, Ariel, disappeared without a trace years ago. Now, with their ten-year class reunion approaching, Shade is tired of waiting. Determined to move on with his life and take a chance with Lizzy, he’s all in…until a car is dredged up from a local pond and Ariel’s remains are found inside.

As the newly appointed sheriff, Lizzy must investigate every single lead—including the ones that point right to Shade. She knows she can’t let her heart get in the way of an investigation, but she can’t accept that Shade is guilty. Now if she can only prove it—both to the town out for justice and to herself. Continue reading “Review: Just His Luck by B. J. Daniels”

Review: Luck of the Draw by B. J. Daniels

cover151594-mediumHe may get a second chance at his one true love–if someone doesn’t kill her first. When Garrett Sterling leaves for a horseback ride through his family’s sprawling Montana property, he’s expecting a relaxing break from the construction at the Sterling guest ranch. What he gets is something far more sinister. It all happened so fast that it’s hard for Garrett to sort out the facts. But two things are certain: someone is dead and the killer knows there was a witness.When a woman from his past emerges as a key piece of the investigation, Garrett is determined to uncover what really happened that day, how she’s involved–and why everything she’s ever told him is a lie. Continue reading “Review: Luck of the Draw by B. J. Daniels”

Review: Stroke of Luck by B. J. Daniels

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He’s hoping to bury the past. She’s ready to settle the score.

The Sterling Ranch’s season opening isn’t going so smoothly. With the ranch’s lodge full of guests and a Montana blizzard threatening, Will Sterling needs help—and he needs it fast. So when his childhood friend Poppy Carmichael agrees to lend a hand, he’s grateful for a second chance…and more enticed by the woman she’s become than he cares to admit.

For Poppy, it was supposed to be a retreat full of horse rides and hoedowns—with a side of showing Will what he’s been missing all these years. But as the snow deepens outside, the guests’ suspicion and mistrust turn sinister inside, catching Will and Poppy in the crosshairs.

Weathering the storm in each other’s arms is all too easy for Will and Poppy, but will a confrontation with a killer mean their reunion is short-lived?

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author B.J. Daniels starts her Sterling’s Ranch series off with a bang in this suspenseful story of romance and revenge.

I have an affection for cowboys that knows no boundaries, so when I saw this book available for request at Netgalley, I jumped on it.  If you could look at my Netgalley shelf (and well, honestly, my physical bookshelf at home), you’d see exactly how much this appeals to me.  Also, I’ve heard a ton of good things about B. J. Daniels over the years and I thought that I should finally check her out for myself.

Anyway, I’m not sure where to start this review.  So much happened in this book!  I went in expecting a straight forward romance, had no idea there was a mystery angle to it.  Somehow, I must have completely missed ‘killer’ in the blurb.  Note to self: read the whole description, please and thank you!  However, this is a good thing because romantic suspense has become a favorite genre of mine.

The author does an excellent job of keeping the tension tight and keeping the reader from figuring out exactly who the bad guy is.  I went back and forth between suspecting two or three people the entire book.  Admittedly, I was not expecting it to be who it was in the end, either.

On the romantic side, the tension was high as well.  Loved the back and forth between Poppy and Will.  Poppy is such an upbeat and fun woman, exactly the kind of person I’d want to hang out with.  Especially with the way she cooks!  Will is a total cowboy, through and through, but he’s not completely immune to Poppy’s charms either.  They are definitely meant for each other.

Okay, and I have a confession: I love a good cover and this one is gorgeous.  All dark and broody with a handsome cowboy, can’t get any better, right?  But is it just me or does the cowboy look like Zachary Quinto in a Stetson?  Not that I’m complaining, but I was curious to see if anyone else thought the same.  Now, on to the next in the series because I can’t wait to see what else the Sterling brothers got up to while I was away.

4.5/5

*Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review: Lawman with a Cause by Delores Fossen

cover152088-mediumSheriff Egan McCall hasn’t forgiven Jordan Gentry for her role in the death of his fiancée. But when Jordan is attacked, Egan comes to her rescue and discovers a serial killer is targeting recipients of his late fiancée’s organs. Then Egan’s protective instincts—and long-buried feelings—kick in. Wearing a badge means his priority is stopping a murderer and safeguarding a target. If only he could also ignore the sizzling attraction between them… Continue reading “Review: Lawman with a Cause by Delores Fossen”