Chaos by Iris Johansen

Chaos by Iris Johansen

It's been a long time since I've read any romantic suspense and I don't think I've read anything by Johansen before. Our main characters here are CIA agent Alisa Flynn and billionaire inventor Gabe Korgan. They both want to be in charge and while they bicker a lot, the attraction is clear. And that's one thing that sometimes annoys me about romantic suspense: we're in the grimy wilderness, desperate to stop the bad guy and save the teenage girls, but my mind just keeps going to sex. Really?  As a couple, though, they're pretty good. They're both strong, a little short on trust, and long on independence. The bad guys are really awful human beings. The story is violent, with rapes and beatings, but not overly graphic. And while you know Alisa and Gabe will rescue the girls, even Sasha, Alisa's ward, the tension lies is how they'll do it and how much harm will be done to the girls...
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The Caledonian Gambit by Dan Moren

The Caledonian Gambit by Dan Moren

When I was pulling together my to-read list for Sci-Fi Summer, I ran across The Aleph Extraction, which sounded fun, but I decided to start with the first in the series instead, The Caledonian Gambit. Starting with the first in a series, or the zero-ith in the case- the numbering's odd, is rarely the wrong choice. The Caledonian Gambit is a fun spy novel that happens to take place in space. I enjoyed it, but the sci-fi trappings weren't really necessary to the story. It could have happened on earth now, with just minor transportation and weapon changes. And that's fine by me. Basically, we have two political entities at war, a special ops team, and a lost pilot that could save the galaxy. We also have the requisite superweapon that could change the tide of the war. And at the end we have two political entities at war, a special ops team and a pilot who will probably have to...
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A Thoughtful Woman by K.T. Findlay

A Thoughtful Woman by K.T. Findlay

Sally is angry. So is Emma Johnson. They are both widows, their husbands killed by drunk drivers who were not found guilty. Both men, father and son, had the help of the same lawyer and the same cop "misplaced" their blood tests. Those men, all of them, are the ones Sally focuses her rage on and, with Emma's help, she is going to take justice, or revenge, into her own hands. At the same time, two men from a shadowy agency are looking for another man who's been missing for three years, but was also connected with some of the men. This is a tension-filled thriller. Sally is determined and creative and smart. The question becomes are the men or the cops a match for her, especially when she has Emma to rely on? I don't really want to give away too much of the plot, but it's astounding what people are willing to do and how the line between good...
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Mailbox Monday – 3/23

Mailbox Monday – 3/23

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. Tell us about your new arrivals by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky at mailboxmonday.wordpress.com. I receive this for review and am looking forward to reading it. My post should be up April 19. ...
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99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson

99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson

In 99 Percent Kill, Lucky Dey has to find the missing/runaway daughter of a Wisconsin millionaire; a tough enough job in LA, where a pretty young girl is a target for all kind of nasty stuff, made even tougher by the father who insists on riding along. I liked Lucky a bit better this time around than I did in the first of the series, Blood Money. He's still tough, but he's not as mean. He's still single-minded, but this time it comes off as a good thing, an asset. He's also addicted to painkillers. He's one of those characters who has a chip on his shoulder and a black cloud over his head. I think I'd like to see him working as an actual cop one of these days. 99 Percent Kill is action-packed, not surprising when the author started as a screenwriter, but it gives us moments to breathe, essential when most of what we're reading is disturbing and violent....
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Blood Money by Doug Richardson

Blood Money by Doug Richardson

Blood Money is an action-packed thriller with plenty of violence—it's not surprising to learn the author is also a screenwriter of action movies. The book is non-stop, it never gives you time to breathe. There are several people whose lives intersect in disastrous ways. Few of the characters are likable, but you get their motives. Lucky Dey is out for revenge against the man who killed his brother, if he can find him. He is relentless and is basically a renegade cop at this point. He is hard to like. He's mean and single-minded and just a tough guy. He is joined by Lydia "Gonzo" Gonzalez, his "chaperone" from the LAPD, who is my favorite character. She's a single mom who realizes how close to out of control Lucky is, but still hangs on for the ride. Lucky's interactions with Gonzo and her son let you see his softer side a bit, which helps. The man Lucky is hunting is a...
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