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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Last Seen by Rick Mofina

Setting: River Ridge
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Publisher: MIRA
Author: Rick Mofina
Release Date: February 27, 2018

Every year, I am on a quest to find that book that stands out. It's a book where I can't guess the outcome. It's a book that makes me struggle to work and not toss it all aside to get back to the story. Last Seen is that book.

Faith Hudson is tired. She's tired of having a husband who is rarely there and even when he is, he's focused on his work as a journalist. She's stunned when Cal agrees to spend the day with her and their son Gage. The carnival is in town, and Gage is determined to prove his friends wrong and go into the house of horrors.

It's in that carnival ride that the Hudson's lives are forever altered. They go in together, but Gage never comes out. The last time Faith saw him was on the spinning platform that leads to the exit tubes. Hours pass with no sign of the nine-year-old boy.

Suspicions flare. Secrets are kept. A marriage is on the verge of being torn apart, while both parents try to cope with their son's disappearance. FBI detectives are determined to find Gage before it's too late, even if that means pushing the Hudson's to their breaking points.

Last Seen is a spiraling mystery that goes down many rabbit holes only to find out it was another red herring. I had my suspicions about what was going on, but it wasn't until the detectives were also at that point. Not being able to unravel the truth in advance was refreshing. I didn't want to stop reading.

I've read one other Rick Mofina novel and liked it. This one I loved. I immediately knew I needed to hunt down his other books involving missing children. The pace, characters, and mystery meshed perfectly leaving a story that seemed ripped right from the headlines and that had me hooked. I won't soon be forgetting this novel.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

Setting: Eternity Springs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Author: Emily March
Release Date: February 27, 2018

Caitlin Timberlake's spent several years in New York City working her way up the corporate ladder. While her mom and dad are thrilled, Caitlin is not happy. She longs for true love and a blissful family life in the country.

She's in town for a friend's wedding. There, she gets stuck in a gondola with Josh Tarkington. He seems to be everything she wants, even if he is determined to remain a bachelor. What Caitlin wants, she's determined to get.

The longer he's around Caitlin, however, the more Josh is tempted. He's determined to stay single, but he can't help but also want Caitlin in his life. What's a guy to do?

The First Kiss of Spring is another book in the Eternity Springs series. I've read past books and loved them. I liked this one, but I didn't connect to it as much as I had previous novels. I liked Caitlin and her determination, but one of Josh's secrets fell short with me. I can't understand why he wasn't just honest from the start in terms of one of his big revelations. After going through what he had, I would have thought that being honest would have been a priority for him.

That niggle aside, the romance is steamy and I loved seeing how some of the other characters are doing. For that reason alone, The First Kiss of Spring is worth it.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Darkest Night by Tara Thomas

Setting: Charleston
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Author: Tara Thomas
Release Date: February 27, 2018

After Tilly Brock's dad was charged with embezzling and died just a few months later, her life fell apart. Once part of the elite society in Charleston, she and her mother are forced into a life of poverty. Not only that. It ended the blossoming romance between teens Tilly and Keaton Benedict.

Keaton Benedict is part of the Benedict family, and it's his father that fired Tilly's dad for embezzlement. The three Benedict brothers have always felt something was off with the entire situation. When Tilly comes back into their lives, they can't help but feel protective of her. Plus, Keaton wants to give their relationship a chance.

Between their happiness is a killer. Someone wants Tilly dead. Someone is sending the Benedict brothers sinister messages. No one knows why, but they want to get to the bottom of it.

The Darkest Night kicks off the Sons of Broad series in suspenseful style. There's a mystery at play, there's a killer on the loose, and there are loose ends that leave you wanting more. It's a gripping start, even if I am not pleased I have to wait for answers.