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Solomon’s Compass

17697175by: Carol Kilgore

Pages: 352

Published: 2013 by CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781481850

From Goodreads: A missing belt—her uncle’s prized possession. The lure of buried treasure. And a sexy former SEAL who makes U.S. Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell crazy. What more could any woman want. Right?

Taylor is on a quest to unearth her uncle’s buried treasure—a journey so far out of the realm of her real life she can barely fathom it. There’s one other minor glitch. Taylor’s certain the buried treasure was all in Uncle Randy’s dementia-riddled mind. Now he’s dead.

All the same, Taylor is in Rock Harbor, Texas, to settle her uncle’s estate, including following his directions to the treasure. When someone tries to kill her, Taylor’s quest becomes personal. She tosses Randy’s official cause of death—Drowning Due to Accident—out the window and starts looking at his Rock Harbor acquaintances. Could Randy’s treasure be real?

Jake Solomon is in Rock Harbor under false pretenses. He loathes the charade dictated by his father’s plan to protect Taylor Campbell. But Jake will do what it takes to protect Taylor from the fate that befell her uncle and the other members of a tight circle of Coast Guardsmen called the Compass Points who served together on Point boats in Vietnam.

Due to the danger involved, Jake’s dad has ordered him not to become involved with Taylor. Disobeying his father was Jake’s first mistake.

Taylor is attracted to Jake as well, but she refuses to wait for Jake to locate the killer when she knows her plan will force her uncle’s murderer into action.

But the killer’s actions are just what Jake is afraid of.

 

This book is honestly not something I ever would’ve thought to pick up on my own. I found it incredibly interesting though. These characters are very complex and that makes the story so much more interesting. I was never entirely sure where the story was going to lead next and that made me not want to put the book down. I would highly recommend this book to people who are big fans of mystery. I normally find myself zoning out when a book goes into a huge amount of backstory, but that wasn’t the case at all for me with this novel. I was interested in everything every character had to say. I thought the love story was kind of interesting too. It didn’t seem like the normal kind you read about. These characters felt real to me, it didn’t feel like they were in the kind of world that could never exist in real life. I really did enjoy this story and I think it would be great for readers who are looking for something that will keep them on the edge of their seat that’s a little bit different from most of what’s out there. 🙂

Cupcakes: Romantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic Suspense

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Extreme Measures

17969456by: Rachel Carrington

Pages: 228

Published: May 20th, 2013

ISBN: 9781484078464

From Goodreads: Four years ago Erin’s life changed drastically. Her drug-addicted brother killed her parents, and her marriage disintegrated. Her husband, Matt, an FBI agent, had done his duty when he’d arrested Stuart, but she’d been too caught up in her own grief to allow him to help her move through the shadows of pain.

Now Matt is back, but it isn’t to attempt reconciliation. Her brother has escaped from Attica, and Erin is his next target. Matt will stop Stuart by any means necessary. But Stuart is a desperate man, and desperate men will do anything to get what they want.

Thrown together by treacherous circumstances, Matt and Erin fight a battle to stay alive and possibly figure out how to put the pieces of their destroyed lives back together again.

 

I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories. I love past loves that have to deal with each other again and get back together. I don’t know why, but they always make for some of my favorite stories. So right away, I was interested in this book. There was a lot of drama and it made me want to continue turning the pages. I read it in almost one sitting, even though it’s over 200 pages. It’s an easy read, but very satisfying. It’s also very fast-paced. I wasn’t ever bored while reading this. I loved the relationship between Matt and Erin. I also loved how strong Erin is, she’s someone that I would hope I would be like in a situation like that, but I’m sure I wouldn’t even be close. She’s amazing. The parts with her brother, Stuart, are incredibly creepy, but they add a lot of realism to the story. You can get inside his head and see how messed up he is. I really enjoyed this story and I think that anyone who is a fan of romantic suspense will feel the same. There’s a lot of heart-pounding action and it’s quite an enjoyable read. 🙂

Cupcakes: Romantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic Suspense

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Sophia: Within

17609202by: Jordana Lizama

Pages: 476

Published: Feb. 17th, 2013

ASIN: B00BHMOQSC

From Goodreads: Only time will tell if Sophia, Alec and the world are ready to accept the mission that has been passed down for many generations. This is more than a story of reincarnation. This is a story that never ended following the reign of the Greek gods.

What has been hidden for thousands of years is about to surface in a small New England town. The impact on this rural village is ageless, but only the chosen time travelers know what is happening, the reason it is happening and how to control the outcome.

The Men of Ages have walked the Earth unnoticed since the time of Greek mythology and have kept their ancient war alive by transporting the lead warrior in a most unusual time machine. There is only one way to stop the cataclysmic demise of the human race and Sophia is the answer. But, Sophia is a teenage girl faced with many human and nonhuman desires that create a tortuous path from antiquity to the present day. Love conquers all; or, so it seems.

 

There were things I liked and didn’t like about this book. I liked the whole concept of the book. I don’t know nearly as much about Greek mythology as I would like to, so I’m always interested in books that are related to that. I’m also a sucker for YA romances and this definitely had all of the elements of a good romance. I just had trouble with some of the writing and the way everything was presented. I felt like the book could have been a lot shorter if a lot of unnecessary things had been cut out. I got frustrated with Alec because he never seemed to share any answers, even though he knew them all. I felt like he was just holding in all of this information just so there could be some suspense and drama. It drove me a little crazy. I also felt like there wasn’t enough of a connection between Sophia and her connection to the Greek goddess. She only struggled a little bit, but seemed to overcome it easily enough. There were also more than a few simple writing mistakes and grammatical errors. Most of the time I’m willing to overlook these if the story has completely captivated me, but since this wasn’t the case they tended to bother me. I really went into this wanting to absolutely love it. Maybe if everything was cut down and the tension was built up to be more than just someone withholding information, I would be raving about it. As it is I would say it’s a fairly simple YA romance with some fantasy elements. It does read very quickly, but it’s still a long book. I don’t think you’d be able to get through it in one sitting, so you’d have to be looking for something a bit longer to read. I know that my opinion isn’t the same as everyone’s though. So if you’re a fan of this genre, I encourage you to read it for yourself and write a review. I’d like to know other people’s opinions! 🙂 I do absolutely adore the cover though, it’s gorgeous!

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

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