A Merciful Secret – Mercy Kilpatrick #3 by Kendra Elliot

REVIEW

Secrets and mystery surround Mercy Kilpatrick as she delves into the world of witches, Wicca and wonders.

After finding a distressed young girl on the side of the road near her hidden cabin, Mercy finds herself desperately trying to save the life of the girls grandmother who has been repeated slashed.  As the old woman’s life begins to slip away, Mercy hears her chanting a strange string of words that make no sense. When a second victim is found with identical markings, an old friend and fellow FBI agent, Ava McLane, works alongside Mercy and Truman to discover the full story behind the secrets in the woods.

The story was exciting and bordered on the mystical.  I loved the twist towards the end and I’ll be honest I did not see it coming, especially the connection between Salome Sabin and Christian Lake.  I have found that quite a bit with Kendra’s books, the ending is not predictable at all and it is often the last person you would expect.

It was great to have a character appearance from another series – Callahan and McLane – in this story, but this was not the only ‘guest’ appearance! I do enjoy when an author has a bit of a cross over with their other work.  I find it brings the imaginary worlds together and gives me a little insight into what some of my favourite characters are doing since their own series finished. I’m very much a person who once they find a good series wants it to go on forever, but even I know that this is not practical and everything has to come to an end, so to have them pop up every so often is lovely.

Mercy and Truman’s relationship is going from strength to strength, long may it continue, as is the relationship with Mercy and Kaylie. I also love Rose, I have great respect for her and really hope that she finds someone to settle down with, Nick Walker sounds promising.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt.

Synopsis

Raised off the grid by survivalists, Mercy Kilpatrick believed in no greater safeguard than the backwoods of Oregon. Unforgiven by her father for abandoning the fold for the FBI, Mercy still holds to her past convictions. They’re in her blood. They’re her secrets—as guarded as her private survival retreat hidden away in the foothills.

In a cabin near her hideaway, Mercy encounters a young girl whose grandmother is dying from multiple knife wounds. Hundreds of miles away, a body is discovered slashed to death in a similar way. The victims—a city judge and an old woman living in the woods—couldn’t be more different. With the help of police chief Truman Daly, Mercy must find the killer before the body count rises. Mercy knows that the past has an edge on her. So does her family. How can she keep her secrets now…when they’re the only things that can save her?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34868170-a-merciful-secret)

A Merciful Truth – Mercy Kilpatrick #2 by Kendra Elliot

REVIEW

Mercy and Truman are back in the next exciting installment of the Mercy Kilpatrick series.

Truman Daly is investigating a series of Arson attacks which bring on bad memories from his past.  When a couple of his deputies are killed during one such attack the FBI are brought in to assist.  Mercy Kilpatrick leads the investigation into the murders and working alongside her boyfriend, Truman, they uncover the works of a possible militia group formed under the guise of preppers.

Mercy’s character is great and I love how she is determined to stay independent but also desperately wants to be loved by Truman, Kaylie and the rest of her family.  Although she does not fully follow in her family’s way of life she has never been able to give up on the prepper life completely. Truman is definitely one of the good guys and is so perfect for Mercy.  He loves her completely but knows he cannot push her. He embraces her way of life and her family.  He loves how she has taken on Kaylie and watches the struggle into forced motherhood that she has taken, but will only intervene when Mercy really needs him.

This story, like the first, had a very unexpected ending.  There are lots of secrets being held in this small town of Eagle’s Nest, in particularly within the Kilpatrick household, but bit by bit they are being uncovered.  Mercy is becoming more accepted by members of her family, although one of them is still very reluctant.

Engaging and exciting.  I really enjoyed this story from start to finish.

Some violence and strong language. No intimate sexual scenes.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt.

Synopsis

Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.

Still shunned by her family and members of the community, Mercy must keep her ear close to the ground to pick up any leads. And it’s not long before she hears rumors of the area’s growing antigovernment militia movement. If the arsonist is among their ranks, Mercy is determined to smoke the culprit out. But when her investigation uncovers a shocking secret, will this hunt for a madman turn into her own trial by fire?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32885178-a-merciful-truth)

A Merciful Death – Mercy Kilpatrick #1 by Kendra Elliot

REVIEW

Mercy Kilpatrick briefly appeared in the Callahan and McLane series by the same author.  I am please that she has now got her own series and this opening book promises to hold some exciting stories for Mercy. I have previously read all the ‘Bones Secrets’ series and ‘Callahan and McLane’ series, so I was very much looking forward to starting this one.

Estranged from her family since the age of 18, Mercy finds herself back in her home town of Eagles Nest, following a spate of murders of local preppers. Trying to keep her presence quiet it is inevitable that some people around town will recognise her and eventually she will run into her family. Working alongside the new police chief, Truman Daly, Mercy suspects a link between the recent murders and attacks that happened over 15 years ago, one of which happened very close to home.

Mercy holds her own secrets throughout this book but as her connection with Truman grows so does her trust in him, however this is a very long process.  Truman is a down-to-earth kind of guy who left the big city following a nasty incident. He has ties to the town of Eagle’s Nest and when Mercy enters his life he finds even more reason to stay.

Mercy and Truman’s relationship is a slow build, mostly on Mercy’s part, but it is (I hope) destined to stand the test of time.  They show signs of being a great complement to each other.

This is an interesting and exciting story.  The whole situation with the preppers and the reason behind what they do and why is very thought provoking in the sense of what would happen in a disaster.  It also highlights how much we all take luxuries, even the likes of electricity and running water, for granted.  The leads that Truman and Mercy follow kept me guessing as to who might be causing the attacks and the ending was a huge, and very sad, surprise. I really was not expecting that.

Contains moderate violence, some strong language. No sexual scenes.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt.

Synopsis

FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past.

Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagle’s Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave man’s latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the fallout…

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29986740-a-merciful-death?ac=1&from_search=true)

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

REVIEW

Utterly Captivating!

I absolutely adored Eleanor Oliphant. The unfolding tale of Eleanor’s life, her childhood, her relationship with her mother, her obsessive desire to meet the ‘perfect’ man, and her friendship with Raymond is beautifully written and held my attention throughout.

Her inability to function within a normal social gathering, along with her straightforward talking, was hilarious on occasions but it also made me want to cry on her behalf.  They say that opposites attract and her friendship with Raymond is proof of this.  Raymond is such an amazing character and shows Eleanor a different route in life, forcing her to try new experiences, going out, changing routine.  Eleanor has a strong, wilful and highly independent personality but even strong, independent people need someone to lean on once in a while.  I don’t think Eleanor would have been able to deal with memories that resurfaced if she did not have Raymond by her side.

Funny yet heart-wrenching. Be prepared to experience a range of emotions and enjoy every minute of it.

 

Synopsis

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than. . . fine?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35900387-eleanor-oliphant-is-completely-fine)

 

Kiss of Death – Detective Mark Heckenburg, Book 7 by Paul Finch

REVIEW

To say I have been left reeling by this latest chapter in Heck’s life is an understatement!

Detective Sergeant Mark Heckenburg is back but could this be last case for Heck at the SCU?

When SCU combines forces with the Cold Case Squad, in order to save departments, they soon realise that they are not the only ones who have been looking for felons gone to ground.  Heck once again follows his instincts to uncover the deeper powers behind the disappearances.

Really enjoyed this book and loved it as the story unfolded every time Heck put two and two together.  The SCU really would be lost without him. There are elements of violence throughout this book but I would say that they are not as graphic and expansive as some of Paul Finch’s previous books have contained, that being said there are still some scenes that made me squirm. I know this is fictional writing but the sad truth is, is that out there somewhere, there are people who are capable of such depraved and unconscionable crimes.  Let’s hope we also have a Heck out there to stop them.

Lots of favourite characters are back again, with a few new faces to make things interesting! Does Gemma have a new love interest? For that matter, does Heck?!

This is a far more emotional book for Heck than the previous stories in the series.  Although he still manages to get himself into scrapes and generally disregard orders from higher up, Heck embraces the inner demons that have been plaguing him of late and faces them full force.  With decisions made and words spoken I was on the brink of happiness but then the end of the book happened…

This was an ARC Review for Netgalley

Release date 9th August 2018

Synopsis

Don’t let them catch you…

A Deadly Hunt
DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg has been tasked with retrieving one of the UK’s most wanted men. But the trail runs cold when Heck discovers a video tape showing the fugitive in a fight for his life. A fight he has no chance of winning.

A Dangerous Game
Heck realises that there’s another player in this game of cat and mouse, and this time, they’ve not just caught the prize: they’ve made sure no one else ever does.

A Man Who Plays With Fire
How far will Heck and his team go to protect some of the UK’s most brutal killers? And what price is he willing to pay?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38613621-kiss-of-death)

 

A Shameless Little Con, Lie & Bet – Shameless #1,#2 & #3 by Meli Raine

REVIEW

Once again Meli Raine has brought us an exciting romantic suspense filled with action, love, betrayal and surprises – lots of surprises.

As with the other series from Meli Raine, I have decided to review the story as a whole because really you cannot read one without reading all three, it is essentially one story broken into three parts.  I have loved the other books by this author and this set is no different.

This series, based around Silas Gentian and Jane Borokov, follows on from the Harmless Series.   Silas is awesome, I loved his character in the Harmless series and so pleased to see him get his own story. He is mistrusting and not at all happy about having to bodyguard for the lying, deceitful Jane, but the longer he spends with her and the closer they become he realises that what he thought was true may not be so clear cut.

Jane has a lot questions surrounding her and they are answered in this series along with so much more.

Since the ‘incident’ with her best friend, Lindsay Bosworth, was so publicly aired, Jane has become the most hated person in the USA prompting multiple death threats against her.  Jane continues to claim her innocence and when the Senator Harwell Bosworth requests protection for her, Silas is the lucky one to get the job.

There is plenty of tension between these two.  Jane is desperate to prove that she did not set up her friend and as her feelings for Silas grow she wants him to believe her more than anyone.  The trust/mistrust that encompasses this story plays throughout all three books and we find out why Silas has such trust issues.  There is, however, definitely no issues in the bedroom when the sexual tension takes over.  Silas, the sly dog, has a secret that we find out about in ‘Bet’ and I was really looking forward to reading more about this side of him but it never came about.  Maybe Meli could write a novella on “Jane and Silas – Bedroom Dominance”?

Many characters from the previous series crop up – Drew and Lindsay Foster, Harry and Monica Bosworth, Mark Paulson, Marshall.  But we do have a couple of new faces as well – Lily and Duff (next series main characters).

Lots of questions arise and most of them are answered.  Secrets are revealed and surprises are in abundance.  This was a fantastic continuation to what is an ever increasing story, told from the point of view of one particular couple in each series.

As one series leads onto the next and interlinks with others, I would suggest reading them in order as characters from all four series will be found popping up in others:

  • Breaking Away
  • Coming Home
  • Harmless
  • Shameless

Looking forward to seeing what happens between Lily, the flower shop girl, and Duff, the quiet and reserved bodyguard, in The False Series.

Synopsis

A Shameless Little Con

I didn’t do it.
I never betrayed my friend.
Last year, I was kidnapped along with presidential candidate’s daughter Lindsay Bosworth, forced to help her assailants, my mother implicated in one of the biggest political scandals in American history.
I’ve been cleared of any wrongdoing, but that doesn’t matter. Once you’re tried by the media, you’re guilty as sin. The truth doesn’t get the public’s attention.
But shame? Shame sells.
And everyone assumes you’re tainted.
Now I have my own personal security team, courtesy of the United States government. Not the one you learned about in civics class, though.
I’m being tracked by the deep state. The shadow government. They’ve assigned Silas Gentian to be with me twenty-four seven. He thinks he knows everything about me – all of it bad — and he does.
On paper.
Like everyone else, he assumes I’m a traitor. A backstabber. A betrayer. Someone who helped a group of violent psychopaths, puppets of powerful men in Washington who made me into a tool.
Yet I see how he looks at me. True desire can’t be faked.
Or hidden.
And that goes both ways.
He assumes I’m trying to fool him.
And he might be right.
But not for the reasons he thinks.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36636115-a-shameless-little-con)

A Shameless Little Lie

I did it. I admit it. I fell in love with Silas. My bodyguard. My protector. My new informant.

We’re playing a cat-and-mouse game. I’m not sure whether I’m the cat or the mouse, but I can definitely tell I’m in a trap. A trap with no way out.

I’m not who everyone thought I was. The truth is out there, finally turning the lie about me inside out. I am the shameless little lie. It’s finally been revealed, and now even more people want to kill me.

As a presidential campaign hangs in the balance, a delicate web of international relations and economic stability at risk, power becomes more important than anything else.

Even my life. Especially my life. I’m a nothing. A no one. Just a tool, remember?

But tools can be used to open locks. Cracking open the truth and exposing it could change the balance of power. Tip the scales. Make a presidential campaign turn on a dime.

Too bad Silas doesn’t believe me when I tell the truth. And that may make him the biggest tool of all.

(http://meliraine.com/book/a-shameless-little-lie/)

A Shameless Little Bet

How do I prove a negative? I need to prove Jane is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. 

Mirrors, smoke, and lies can conjure a truth that isn’t real. Money, bribes, and power can twist reality. What we call proof is all an elaborate magic act. 

So is love.  How do you prove you’re in love? How can you know with unrelenting certainty that the person you can’t live without really loves you?

It’s all about what you believe. Who you believe. And I believe Jane. I love her. But it might be too late.

Or, worse – it might all be an illusion. If proof is just a magician’s sleight of hand, then we’re caught in a sick trick.

A deadly one.  One that doesn’t end with applause.   But with a bang.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37715250-a-shameless-little-bet)

My Champion – Knights of de Ware #1 by Glynnis Campbell

REVIEW

An entertaining and exciting tale of honour, loyalty and love, with a hint of Pride and Prejudice thrown in.

Linet de Montfort has been brought up to believe that all commoners are the same as her money-grabbing mother.  This is the exact opposite to Duncan de Ware’s upbringing. When Duncan first see’s the fiery tempered angel he knows that he can never let harm come to her and vows to protect her with his life.  Linet, mistaking Duncan as a beggar, tries to relinquish Duncan of his vow but the longer they are together and the more trouble they find themselves in, the more her feelings grow for him.

I can understand Linet’s feelings having been brought up the way she was, however her blindness to the true Duncan does get a bit annoying after a while. With all the evidence to the contrary she still believes him to be a commoner and therefore not someone her title would deem suitable for her.

Despite Linet’s prejudice towards him, Duncan is steadfastly loyal to her.  I really liked Duncan’s character.  His whole personality screams loyalty, humanity and understanding.  Besides having many children by many different women it is portrayed in the story that he would be faithful to his wife, although if I was Linet I would want to clarify this with him before I married him….any future children should come form her and her alone.

Knights, Lords, Ladies and Pirates are all encompassed within this fast-paced action story with love at the heart.

Synopsis

Sir Duncan de Ware is a sworn champion of the common man and a master of disguise.  So when he finds plucky maiden-in-distress Linet de Montfort facing off against a notorious pirate, noble Duncan goes undercover to come to her rescue, despite her insistence that she can take care of herself.  When the pirate abducts her, Duncan and Linet are caught up in a breathless adventure of danger and romance on the high seas.  And soon Linet realizes her only hope is to trust her mysterious hero—with her life and her heart.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19009284-my-champion)