Wild Man’s Curse by Susannah Sandlin

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Wild Man’s Curse by Susannah Sandlin
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (304 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

The bones said death was comin’, and the bones never lied.

While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered.

With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?

The strength of this novel, which I greatly enjoyed, was in its amazing descriptions. Vivid pictures were painted of the setting, the characters and more. I felt the humidity of the swamps, and I feel as if I’d know the characters if I saw them on the street. Everyone was clearly painted, three dimensional and unique, even those who didn’t spend a lot of time on the pages. Between these descriptions and the characters, I was absolutely intrigued.

The story was interesting, if a bit far-fetched. I enjoyed the look into the various habits and superstitions shared by many on the bayou and how they were shown without prejudice. They just were. I wasn’t as curious about the mystery, to be honest, as I was by the journey the characters were on. Ceelie and Gentry were both wounded and alone and it was fascinating watching them learn about each other and how to be together. I really felt the romance was believable and worth the read.

This was my first book by this author, and I enjoyed her voice and way of writing so much, I’d love to read more.

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

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The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Action/Adventure
Length: Full length (306 pgs)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

Joe Talbert is not just any average Joe. The Life We Bury is a excellent read. Joe may not have came from the best upbringing and he may not have the biggest male frame but he is mighty.

This was our April book club choice and this went down as a book that all members gave the highest rating.

From the first page until the last word this book is one that is sure to hold any reader’s attention. Some times we can’t question why people come into our life, the reason is sure to reveal itself later on. Joe came into Carl Iveron’s life not only at the right time but for a very important reason. With a mother that barely can carry the title as mom proudly, and an autistic brother Joe hasn’t had it easy. When he goes away to college to try to make something productive of himself he gets an assignment to write a paper and ends up meeting the girl that he’s found interest in around campus along with reclaiming a loss that left him feeling un-whole.

This is a book that I highly recommend. The writing style is one that is so poetic in description, the characters are so well developed that I feel that they could be the people next door. The plot is one that is original and built around suspense. You think you’ve narrowed down who the bad guy is, or you think the plot is straight forward but then the authors throws in something you didn’t see coming. I liked having the investigation into the mystery being conducted by a non-professional. It added flare and gave the book a different momentum than the normal investigative cop scenario. This book has it all suspense, life issues, the start of young romance, action. This will be a book that stays with me long after I’ve read it and one that I will suggest to other book readers.

Joe is a strong character. In the beginning I don’t think he even knew his own strength. He has a caring heart and a will to protect those that need it. Carl was in prison for rape and murder and now is dying of pancreatic cancer. Carl seems to have given up on living and given up on proclaiming his innocence. Jeremy is Joe’s autistic brother and boy is he a light of hope, humor and a reason for Joe to fight to be stable and strong to continue being his brother’s keeper. After finishing the book I pondered the thought is this a character driven book or is it plot driven? I still haven’t come to a conclusion.

This would be a good movie. The book plays out so well that I feel like I’ve already saw the events in my mind. The book deals with a lot of life issues and perhaps that’s what gives this book a more to life real feel. It could be that in addition to the awesome talent that the author has in delivering such powerful creative work.

When Bunnies Go Bad by Clea Simon

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When Bunnies Go Bad by Clea Simon
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (255 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Winter is hard in Beauville, where the melting snow can reveal much more than last season s dead leaves. So when a wealthy, obnoxious tourist and his ski bunny girlfriend surface in Pru Marlowe s little Berkshire town, she knows she should stay out of their way. The bad-girl animal psychic has to focus on more immediate concerns, including a wild rabbit named Henry, supposedly tamed and illegally living with an eighty-four-year-old lady in her home. Henry, who seems to be acting out and hiding, avoids responding to Pru. Yet when Pru discovers the tourist murdered and his girlfriend s high-maintenance spaniel falls to her care, she gets dragged into a complicated case of crime and punishment that involves some new friends, an old nemesis, and her own shadowed past. A recent museum art heist draws the feds into the investigation along with a courtly gentleman radiating menace, who represents secretive business interests in New York and shows a surprising awareness of Pru. Her on-again, off-again romance with police Detective Creighton doesn t stop him from warning her to steer clear of the inquiry. The spaniel, however, lures her in. Pru lives in a world where only her crotchety tabby Wallis knows the whole truth about her past, her flight from Manhattan, and her unique gift that surfaced abruptly one day. Fearing the worst, Pru now comes dangerously close to being exposed. With everything in motion, Pru, Wallis, and everyone they hold dear will be lucky to escape by a hare.”

Despite almost having her degree as an animal behaviorist, Pru Marlowe still struggles to make ends meet. By taking odd jobs walking dogs and helping out around the town, she finds a way to keep herself – and her cat, Wallis – fed and happy. She knows Wallis is happy too, and not just by the tabby’s contented purr. No, Pru has a limited psychic connection with animals of all varieties, which makes her day to day jobs both more difficult and more entertaining. So, when she stumbles across a murdered tourist, it’s only natural she’s going to enlist the aid of the critters all around her.

This was my first Pru Marlowe novel and I can safely say it won’t be my last. Although Pru herself is pretty problematic – she has a million and one personal issues – she’s also kind hearted, intelligent, and loyal. The relationship she has with her cat, Wallis, cracked me up because it reminded me so much of how I interact with my own feline. But the way she conducts herself around other animals’ people is probably her greatest strength. Even when the humans don’t deserve it, she’s polite and straightforward for the sake of the animals she cares for.

Some of the best characters in this novel were the animals. Wallis, Pru’s tabby cat, is a constant source of disdain and entertainment since he serves as Pru’s main confidante. Growler, a dog she walks regularly for a rather unpleasant woman, gives her great insights into what other animals might do and think in certain situations. He’s actually one of my favorite characters in this story because he’s such a gossip, giving Pru a running commentary on the neighborhood animal’s activities every walk. Stewie is a little spaniel who is wrapped up in the murder mystery and all he wants is to go back to his person, and you never really know for sure who that is, until the very end.

Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite genres to read. Adding animals and a touch of the paranormal to it only makes it more fun, as far as I’m concerned. Clea Simon does an excellent job of mixing humor, romance, and mystery into one coherent and exciting tale. The humans are engaging and fun, but the non-human characters are even more so. That the author was able to infuse so much personality into animals that really have no voice – as sometimes all Pru can get from them is a vague sense of their emotions – really amazed me. I’ve already purchased the first book in this series because I can’t wait to start at the beginning and discover how this all started.

Star Crossed: The Billionaires by Emma Holly

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Star Crossed: The Billionaires by Emma Holly
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (244 pgs)
Other: M/F, Masturbation
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

A.J. Hoyt is as cynical as she is badass, a former cop turned bodyguard. A lifetime of hard knocks taught her not to trust—a handy trait in her line of work. Given the right motivation, she knows anyone will betray their near and dear. Rather than let them betray her, A.J. keeps her shields nailed up.

On the surface, Luke Channing’s life seems charmed. He’s a Hollywood action hero whose looks inspire fantasies. Known for being easygoing and kind to fans, his latest film made him a billionaire producer. Problem is his high profile has attracted a dangerous admirer.

Threats like the one Luke faces aren’t new. A.J. saved his life once already. Now he doesn’t trust anyone but her to guard him. With a deadly enemy lurking in the shadows, this star-crossed pair better pray A.J.’s skills are sharp!

If stimulating and erotic romantic suspense is your thing, prepare to combust. Star Crossed is not only hot but has a solid romance story that fans of the movie,The Bodyguard can’t help but appreciate. In this novel however, the bodyguard is played by a very capable woman and she’s awesome.

Star Crossed has a multilayered emotional plot which includes an assassination attempt, emotional quagmires, personality conflicts, family dynamics and a mystery that needs to be solved sooner rather than later or someone else is going to die. The clock is ticking, plans are in place and Ms. Holly’s writing creates the suspense effectively.

A reader knows pretty much from the beginning just who A.J. (Alexandra) and Luke are to each other because of what happens early in the book. The thing is, neither A.J. nor Luke has any idea just how momentous and devastating that moment in time affected them into the present. I like how Ms. Holly weaves their fates together at points in their lives. A.J. and Luke grow, mature and become what each will need later in life. Then, the author creates the perfect storm that brings them together again and the rest is romance magic.

The mystery of who the shooter was, the motivation and why the criminal was so determined made for some fascinating reading; I couldn’t put the book down. The best thing is that I never guessed who the culprit was. I thought I had a clue or two but I really didn’t. I liked the surprise. The villain was certainly a few cards short of a full deck, that’s for sure.

The most heartbreaking revelation was Luke’s finally telling the full story to A.J. of what happened to him that lead up to that fateful day. That was powerful writing and it affected me. The sad part is, stuff like that really can happen. I wish there were more A.J.s around; people compelled to help someone else in need even when it’s against the odds.

There were a lot of dialogue moments that made me pause and re-read them again just to appreciate just how profound and effective they were. Ms. Holly certainly had moments of pure genius when working with her characters in this novel. I was very invested in A.J.’s and Luke’s safety and happiness.

Fans of Ms. Holly’s erotic works are given a lot of opportunities to experience what the author writes best when it comes to those scenes. What I enjoyed this time around was that all the spice and heat were between the main protagonists. The excitement and titillation helped foster their budding love and romance and I liked that all that sexy passion proved fruitful.

Star Crossed is a very sexy romantic suspense that delivers on the promise of suspense, excitement and love. It’s a great read and an easy recommend.

Catching Cara by Amy J. Hawthorn

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Catching Cara by Amy J. Hawthorn
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (216 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Single father and sheriff’s deputy, Joe MacDonald, always puts his family and friends first. When Rick Evans, head of Dark Horse Inc., asks a favor, Joe doesn’t hesitate to jump in and lend a hand. When he arrives to assist Dark Horse’s newest member, he’s surprised to find a pretty little damsel in distress. But not everything, or everyone is as they seem.

Cara Gregory is on her way home to care for her ailing mother. She’s just a few miles outside of her hometown when her trouble begins. With a wealth of bad memories, a ghost from her past and enough mama drama to sink a ship, she’s up to her eyeballs in bad news. Sometimes even the strongest and most capable women need a hand and when a sexy as sin sheriff’s deputy appears, it’s awfully hard to say no. Especially when danger comes knocking at her door, putting them all at risk.

This is an action packed romance.

The characters, especially Cara, is not one that I see everyday. Cara is not a damsel in distress just waiting for someone to come and save her. She is an independent woman who has served in war beside her friends–friends who have become a family over time. Though she is self-sufficient, she knows when to ask for help because she knows her friends have her back. When Cara becomes a target, I saw how these group of friends came together to protect her, and in turn unveiled a dangerous liability that could get all of them and a little girl killed.

There are multiple plots and the author has made sure that readers won’t get bored or get lost trying to keep track of what is happening. Joe and Cara’s first meeting was probably seeing her at her worst. In time they got to know each other well.

I would recommend to all readers to start from the first book to fully understand Catching Cara as there is one minor plot that started with the first book, which is still continuing. Though if readers want to read this one as a stand alone, they absolutely can.

Something Shattered by Bailey Bradford

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Something Shattered by Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (126 Pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

When something inside him is shattered by an act of violence, Caleb Tomas doesn’t think he can ever be whole again.

Police Officer Jesse Martin has lived in the small town of El Jardin, New Mexico, for a decade, but he’s never seen anything like the mysterious man who moves in in the middle of the night. The house across the street from Jesse’s trailer is no longer empty. There’s a puzzle waiting to be solved there, in the form of one sexy, but decidedly different, man.

Bruised and battered inside and out, Caleb Tomas flees to the town of El Jardin in the hopes of escaping the terror that haunts him. Instead, he becomes more of a recluse, scared of everything, unable to get more than a dozen feet past his porch before he panics. His head’s a mess, and he knows he needs help, but that’s a step he doesn’t want to take. It’s easier, safer, to stay hidden away with only his adorable puppy, Loopy, and the bird-murdering cat, Mix, for companionship.

But Caleb can’t help but notice the sexy man across the street, and when Loopy escapes from the back yard, it’s Jesse Martin who comes to the rescue.

And he might save more than one bouncy little poodle, if Caleb and Jesse are willing to take the risk.

Something Shattered was the perfect name for the book. That’s what first caught my eye, too!

Caleb has agoraphobia. Now the reason why was one of the reasons why this is a suspense book.

The author did a great job in creating Caleb and painting his picture in my mind. The one thing that I did not like about this story was the suspense. Yes, suspense can be good at times, but for me there was too much suspense so in this case it was not good because I almost lost interest in the book.

Caleb is damaged. Jesse is a dominant and a strong personality but is a compassionate lover to Caleb. I saw the slow changes in Caleb and they were good changes. The conflict comes from their relationship possibly being in danger. In this book, life and love is precious. Their love blossomed and grew, but so did more problems. As those conflicts began to brew, Caleb knew what he had to do, he had to try his best. Jesse was trying equally hard to protect their relationship.

Something Shattered is a good romance with passion and chemistry that has the potential to heat you up.

Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

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Ride Hard by Laura Kaye
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (357 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

A shy and distrustful woman running from a controlling ex-fiance seeks shelter with an outlaw motorcycle club with a tradition of protecting those who can’t defend themselves, and falls under the watchful eye of the club’s mysterious and intense leader who’s intent on discovering all her secrets

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders . . .

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . . .

Ride Hard is an action packed, heart-thumping romantic suspense that leaves a reader at the edge of their seat until the last exciting chapter. The feeling of brotherhood between the men who make up the Ravens comes across loud and clear and gives this novel its gritty and realistic feel.

I liked meeting Dare and Haven. They worked well together and I enjoyed watching how they took turns taking baby steps in revealing their innermost hopes, dreams, hurts and pains. They both come from messed up backgrounds so it makes sense that they’d have a hard time not only recognizing, but admitting to being in love. Yet, each time their eyes lock, they touch, kiss or talk about peanut butter cookies, a reader can feel the emotion and passion between them.

The villain in the piece is very well drawn and he’s evil. Haven is right to be scared; her father has lost his humanity. Proof of that comes in the climactic finale. During that same scene, a reader sees just how far Haven has come in being her own person with her own will. It’s impressive writing.

The bedroom door is blasted right open and readers who enjoy scenes of high-powered, intense and powerful passion will find plenty of opportunities for satisfaction. It helps that they also help grow Haven and Dare’s romance and relationship. That’s important to me for those kinds of scenes to impress me.

Fans of Ms. Kaye should be in their happy place while reading Ride Hard . I’m a first time reader and I enjoyed myself so much that I’m interested in past books written by this author. Her style is such that the men come across as men; they work hard and play harder and when they love, it’s forever. They’re my kind of romance heroes.

The Eighth Day by Joseph John

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The Eighth Day by Joseph John
Publisher: Obsidian Dawn
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (260 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

A warning from a stranger.

“Nothing you know is real. Your name isn’t Shawn Jaffe, you’re not an investment broker, and you’re not from Ohio.”

But the stranger is murdered before he can explain.

Now Shawn isn’t sure who he can trust.

Even his own memories are suspect.

Someone is watching him, controlling him, using him.

To survive, he’ll need to find out who and why.

But the stakes are much higher than one man.

Our humanity is on the line, and on the eighth day, it could be the beginning of the end.

Shawn Jaffe’s world crumbles about him. A stranger warns Shawn his memories are false. This sets off a train of events that Shawn cannot stop. Detective Sam Harrington gets caught up in Shawn’s world to the detriment of both men.

Set in a future that is definitely possible, this book delves into the world of cloning and improving the human body. The commercial companies who run the governments have developed the clones and use them to their own advantage to remove people and objects from their path. Shawn and Sam set out to stop the murder and destruction.

An unusual and intriguing book. It started with murder, then carried on into the mysterious disappearance of a whole finance company along with records of Shawn’s past. The author created a world to fit in with a future Earth and I could honestly believe things might turn out this way.

The only thing I couldn’t understand was the title. The Eighth Day. I presume this refers to the seven days of creation and this development of clones is the eighth, but I don’t believe it fits very well with the book. The end of the book hinted there might be another in the pipeline. I hope so because the story tended to have an unfinished feeling.

Good book, well written and presented. I would definitely read a sequel to this one.

Personal Demons by Gregory Lamberson

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Personal Demons by Gregory Lamberson
Publisher: Medallion Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (386 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Jake Helman, an elite member of the New York Special Homicide Task Force, faces what every cop dreads—an elusive serial killer. While investigating a series of bloodletting rituals executed by an ominous perpetrator know as the Cipher, Jake refuses to submit to a drug test and resigns from the police department. Tower International, a controversial genetic engineering company, employs him as their director of security.

While battling an addiction to cocaine, Jake enters his new high-pressure position in the private sector. What he encounters behind the closed doors of this sinister operation is beyond the realm of human imagination. Too horrible to contemplate, the experimentation is pure madness, the outcome of a hell where only pain and terror reside. Nicholas Tower is not the hero flaunted on the cover of Time magazine. Beneath the polished exterior of this frontiersman on the cutting edge of science is a corporate executive surrounded by the creations of his deranged mind.

As Jake delves deeper into the hidden sphere of this frightening laboratory, his discoveries elicit more than stereotypical condemnation for unethical practices performed for the good of mankind. Sequestered in rooms veiled in secrecy is the worst crime the world will ever see—the theft of the human soul.

Jake Helman is an officer on the New York Homicide Task Force and is on the hunt for a serial killer. Even though he is deep in the middle of the investigation of unsolved murders that doesn’t stop Jake’s cocaine addiction. In fact it seems to escalate it. Where is the old Nick?

The book started off grabbing my attention but as the story starts to unfold the plot gets so murky with too much going on it makes the story lose it’s momentum.

The suspense and action is consistent through out the book but with a story that has a compelling plot of soul stealing, witch-like-zombie bodies along the downtown side walk, a mysterious pharmaceutical genetic business owner, anti-cloning, Marc Gorman with his multiple identities there was just too much being touched on in this novel. I would have liked to know more about Jake and how he ended up on drugs, or more about Marc Gorman how he got started in bleeding souls. A few topics were touched on but there wasn’t an in depth story built to have the reader relate to or come to know a main character that will have a series of stories to follow after this book.

I wouldn’t classify this as a true horror. It just wasn’t scary to me; more along the lines of an intricate paranormal plot twist within a complex and fast paced novel. This is a good story but wasn’t presented in a masterful style that built a memorial main character and the plot structure wasn’t set to keep the story going because the climax touched on so many things.

The writing is a engrossing thriller that shows the imagination and darkness of the author. This wasn’t a five star horror for me but the action and suspense are factors that kept me reading.

Spotless by Camilla Monk

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Spotless by Camilla Monk
Spotless #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (332 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Island Chaptal—nerdy IT engineer by day, romance novel junkie by night—just walked into her messy New York apartment to find Mr. Right waiting for her. No, wait…Mr. Clean.

A gentleman professional killer with a bad case of OCD and zero tolerance for unsorted laundry, March isn’t there to kill her…yet. He wants the diamond her late mother stole for a sinister criminal organization. Island agrees to help him find it, facing the kind of adversaries who dismember first and ask questions later. Good thing she’s got March to show her the ropes. And the guns. And the knives.

The buttoned-up Island is soon having a blast racing from Paris to Tokyo following the clues in her mother’s will, and for the first time, she’s ready to get close to someone. But falling for a hit man may be the very definition of loving dangerously.…

Some very dangerous people think Island knows more than she’s telling.

Island’s life has never been particularly exciting. She has a good job, a great friend, and a serious addiction to romance novels. Everything changes when March blows into her life. March is probably the most unique hit man I’ve encountered in a book. His obsessive need for cleanliness and order is both entertaining and sad at times. While March can be truly terrifying, he is definitely the lesser evil when compared to the other hit man after Island. Unfortunately, Island learns this the hard way. Fortunately, March has no intention of abandoning Island until he’s fulfilled his contract. As March and Island work at unraveling her mother’s secrets, the more Island realizes she didn’t know her mother at all. Island slowly begins to develop feelings for March, but he has secrets too. Will Island ever be able to fully trust anyone?

Island and March are certainly an odd team. March’s rigid standards definitely clash with Island’s more relaxed approach. I enjoyed watching her push his buttons, and a scene involving a stack of road maps was particularly entertaining. As much as I enjoyed following March and Island on their adventures, I must admit I was a little confused by Island’s developing attraction to March. When I finished reading, I didn’t feel as if I really knew much about him. He is very reserved and rarely ever talks about anything personal. I could tell at times that he wanted to say and do more, but just wasn’t capable or ready to take that step. I think that Island could be very good for March if he would let her in. However, March doesn’t think he is good for Island, and I agree. His life is very dangerous, and unless he makes some serious changes, I don’t see a future for March and Island. While I didn’t expect any passionate declarations of love, I had hoped that the end of the story would have been a bit happier. However, I do get the sense that there is still hope for this odd couple.

Ms. Monk’s writing style well paced and easy to read. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter were always a source of entertainment. I found that as I read, I would just glance at the next quote and then find myself hooked into reading another chapter.

Reading Spotless was certainly a wild ride. I never knew what mess Island would find herself in next, and I look forward to reading more about Island and her adventures in the sequel.