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The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
@sarahbailey1982 @GrandCentralPub

#BookReview The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey @sarahbailey1982 @GrandCentralPubTitle: The Dark Lake

Author: Sarah Bailey

Series: Gemma Woodstock #1

Published by Grand Central Publishing on October 3, 2017

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 400

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Grand Central Publishing, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

In a suspense thriller to rival Paula Hawkins and Tana French, a detective with secrets of her own hunts the killer of a woman who was the glamorous star of their high school.

Rose was lit by the sun, her beautiful face giving nothing away. Even back then, she was a mystery that I wanted to solve.

The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.

As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?

Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past.


Review:

Menacing, unsettling, and intense!

In this debut novel, The Dark Lake, Bailey transports us to Smithson, Australia a small town where gossip and deception run rampant, emotions run high, and solving the murder of the beloved local high school teacher may unearth more skeletons in the closet than anyone could have imagined.

The prose is dark and eerie. The characters, including the scarred Det. Sgt. Gemma Woodstock, are flawed, complicated, and self-involved. And the plot, using a past/present, back-and-forth style is a suspenseful thrill ride filled with familial drama, jealousy, obsession, grief, revenge, infidelity, secrets, and murder.

The Dark Lake is truly a well-written, gritty, absorbing story that highlights that rage and resentment fostered over many years can have devastating consequences.

 

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Thank you to Netgalley, especially Grand Central Publishing, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey was born in Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived all her life and currently resides with her two young sons. She has a degree in journalism and has a career in advertising. She is currently a partner at creative agency, Mr Smith. The Dark Lake is her first novel.

 

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The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken
@RachVD @ForeverRomance

#BookReview The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken @RachVD @ForeverRomanceTitle: The Playboy Bachelor

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #2

Published by Forever on April 11, 2017

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 264

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Grand Central Publishing, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8.5/10

 

Synopsis:

She’s no Sleeping Beauty. And he’s definitely no prince . . . Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot’s whiskey-augmented grandmother “buys” Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he’s at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass. Bentley’s just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love-nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that “just friends” will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .


Review:

Emotional, enchanting and sweetly romantic!

This is a second chance romance that combines the pompous, rich Bentley and the lonely, scarred Margot in a well-crafted plot full of entertaining hijinks, deep introspection, exquisite tension, palpable chemistry, sexy innuendoes and unconditional love.

The characters, including a whole slew of meddling supporting characters are intriguing, likeable, funny and well-developed.  And the writing use a past/present style to create an engaging, lighthearted tale about letting go, being brave and learning to trust that will definitely leaving you smiling by the end.

Once again Van Dyken has written a modern-day fairy tale that has a lot of heart and has the handsome prince not only bringing the beautiful princess back to life but finally getting the girl he let slip away.

This is the second book in the “Bachelors of Arizona” series and what a great series it is shaping up to be. If you haven’t had a chance to read my review for “The Bachelor Auction”, book #1 in the series, be sure to check it out HERE.

 

This novel is available now.

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Thank you to Forever Romance – Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and, adorable son. She loves to hear from readers!

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Only You by Denise Grover Swank

#BookReview  #BlogTour  #Giveaway Only You by Denise Grover SwankTitle: Only You

Author: Denise Grover Swank

Series: Bachelor Brotherhood #1

Published by Forever on October 25, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 368

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Grand Central Publishing, NetGalley

Book Rating: 9/10

 

Synopsis:

**NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT**

The first book in a spin-off from Denise Grover Swank’s New York Times bestselling Wedding Pact series (The Wedding Pact, The Player, The Gambler, The Valentine)

“Warm and funny, the first book in the Bachelor Brotherhood series reads like a great Hollywood rom-com.” –iBooks Best Books of June

Never say never…Romance isn’t an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor…

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world’s craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.

After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn’t play by the rules…


Review:                                       

Charming, flirty, and incredibly romantic!

This is a classic contemporary romance story full of heart, humour, and emotion.

The writing is clear and fluid. The characters, which includes some of our all-time favourites from the Wedding Pact series, are quirky, endearing, lovable, and deliciously sexy. And the plot is a good mix of familial relationships, friendship, steamy chemistry, witty dialogue, and true love.

Overall, this is a clever, fun, easy read that will leave a smile on your face and have you wishing for your very own new swoon-worthy neighbour.

This is the first novel in “The Bachelor Brotherhood Series”, and I can’t wait to read the next installment, “Until You”, Tyler’s story, due out in spring 2017.

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy of this story from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

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Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

 

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