Monthly Archives: September 2015

Double Indemnity (Stonebridge Mysteries – 1) by Maggie Kavanagh

About this Book:

This was a wonderful murder mystery with several twists and turns but also a slow growing love story between Sam and Nathan. The chemistry between these two was off the charts.  (Intended for Adults 18+)

“Sam Flynn dreamed of being a journalist until a car accident killed his parents and put his brother into a long-term coma. Now Sam spends his days as a landscaper toiling in the New England sun and his nights drunk in bed with the closest warm body. In his limited spare time, he writes about Stonebridge’s local crime and politics on his blog “Under the Bridge.”

Then Sam’s favorite client is found dead in her home—shortly after telling him someone has betrayed her trust. Sam can’t believe her grief-stricken husband Nathan would be a suspect, but the investigation hones in on him. Sam has always admired handsome Nathan from afar, but now he puts his libidinous feelings aside to help clear his name. However, the closer he gets to Nathan, the more he’s told to keep away from him and the investigation—by the fatherly police chief, by an officer on the case who’s hated him since school, and by Nathan himself.
Sam’s determined to expose the real reason his friend died and clear Nathan’s name—even if it’s the last thing he does. Which, considering how fast the death toll is increasing in Stonebridge… it might be.”

My Four Star Review:

Sam has had a difficult couple of years and he’s just trying to keep everything together but at times he’s not doing a very good job.   He has two close friends, Yuri his landscaping business partner, and Rachel a bartender but he has very little time to meet and make new friends.  Sam works 24/7 trying to make ends meet so he can take care of his younger brother.

Nathan is right in the middle of the murder mystery and all Sam wants to do is help his new friend. Everyone wants Sam to stay out of it, but he just can’t help himself.   Due to Nathan’s line of work he found out a few things about himself that changes the course of his life but will he be able to live his life with murder hanging over his head.

The author takes you on a ride with many twists and turns.  It’s full of trust, understanding, comfort, friendship, and love (including steamy scenes) between these two amazing male characters. Maggies writing is wonderful and an absolute joy to read.

Sam and Nathan’s story continues in Maggie Kavanagh’s second book in this series, Inner Sanctum.  I will definitely be picking up the second book!

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Reading Order:

Double Indemnity Book 1

Inner Sanctum Book 2

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

About this Book:

“To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.
You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.
We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.
Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…
I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.
After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?


My Five Star Review:

This book was a sweet, sad, romantic and emotionally charged story that will pull at your heat.  Two young college kids met, became immediate friends and a lot more but the timing just wasn’t right.  Missed chances and missed opportunities changed the lives of these two amazingly well written characters.  I loved Grace and Matt from the start but I loved them even more 15 years later which is one of the factors in my I-couldn’t-put-the-book-down.  Get Before We Were Strangers today and take an emotional journey with Grace and Matt through NYU, the East Village, Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam, cello playing, photography, a wedding, divorce, National Geographic and the J train that you won’t forget.

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Timberwolf by Tom Julian

About this Book:

Timberwolf is an extremely well written, fast paced and highly entertaining military science fiction adventure set in the year 2265.

“Humanity has expanded beyond the borders of Earth into the far reaches of space. Human ingenuity has also expanded—as well as its theology.
On one side of an interplanetary war: a new religious order, dedicated to the expansion of human enlightenment. On another side, loosely connected to the order but hardly on the same page: the military, dedicated to the expansion of human influence.
And then there are the aliens. Worlds beyond understanding. Planets beyond comprehension. Forces which represent threats that cannot be calculated, and so must be eliminated.
Timberwolf is a soldier with too many voices in his head. Gray is a bishop with grander ambitions than his church. Highland is a planet run entirely by artificial intelligence—all of these factors point to the same conclusion: God has a story for everyone—or so the scripture of the day says.
This story is just beginning.”

My Four Star Review:

Science Fiction is not my normal go to read but I have to say I really enjoyed this story.  Tom pulls you into his amazing sci fi world within the first few chapters.  I immediately detested Bishop Emmanuel Gray, I wasn’t sure what Dr. Tier from the Department of Peace Enforcement was up to, I absolutely loved Salla Birdwing Vice Governor of the Outpost the minute I met her and  military man Timberwolf I just couldn’t help but love this guy.  He is the hero, man character and all around typical military man who wants to save the universe.

Tom introduces you to many alien species, many different planetary structures, as well as government, military and clergy personnel.  He paints a picture so vivid you actually see it forming in your mind.  I wondered a time or two if Tom has a little Arnock DNA in his blood.  War between humans and aliens has been going on for over 100 years.  Each group feels they were created in God’s image so of course war is imminent and aren’t most wars started because of Religion anyway.

This book is fast paced, action packed, a little bit violent in places but extremely well written.   There were times when I said, “What the heck is going on?”  But then by the next few chapters I was thinking, “Well there you go.”  Tom did a very nice job of telling a complete story but leaving you wanting more in the end.  There are many threads left in outer space and I’m truly hoping another book is on its way.  I will definitely read other books by this author.

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