*Cold-Blooded Liar by Karen Rose

*Cold-Blooded Liar by Karen Rose
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Larkspur

Sam Reeves is a kindhearted psychologist who treats court-ordered clients. After one of his patients—a pathological liar—starts revealing plausible new details from a long-unsolved serial murder case, he’s compelled to report anonymously to the SDPD tip line, though his attempts to respect patient confidentiality land him facedown and cuffed by the aggressive (and cute) Detective McKittrick.

San Diego homicide detective Kit McKittrick loves the water. She lives on a boat, and when she’s not solving crimes with the SDPD, she’s assisting her foster sister with her charter fishing business or playing with her poodle. But there’s nothing that intrigues Kit more than a cold case, so when an anonymous caller leads her on the path of a wanted killer, she’s determined to end the decade-long manhunt.

Sam is soon released but goes home with both a newfound distaste for the SDPD and a resolve—not unlike Kit’s—to uncover the truth. Kit and Sam repeatedly butt heads in their separate investigations but are forced to work together to find one of the deadliest serial killers the city has faced in years.

Cold-Blooded Liar is a fast paced, thrilling ride. It is filled with colorful and entertaining characters, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. I was quickly turning the pages because I needed to know what would happen next in this intriguing story.

The main character in the story is Kit, a homicide detective. She works hard on all her cases and also tries to solve many cold cases when she has some free time. She has a good reputation and is respected by her peers.

Kit meets Dr. Sam Reeves, a psychologist when he becomes a suspect in a serial murder case she is working on. Sam is a good guy who gets in trouble trying to do the right thing.

There is an immediate attraction between Sam and Kit but neither of them take the next step while trying to solve the case. This is a slow burn romance with an unresolved ending to Sam and Kit’s romance. I wish there was an epilogue at the end of the story letting me know how everything worked out between them.

I love reading suspenseful stories and I like everything Karen Rose writes. She knows how to paint a picture with intricate plot weaving. The characters in this story are believable and easy to relate to and I found myself devouring every word.

Reckless Road by Christine Feehan

Reckless Road by Christine Feehan
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Suspense/Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

While Gedeon “Player” Lazaroff is one of Torpedo Ink motorcycle club’s roughest members, he’s also one of the calmest. Little rattles Player, except for the times his gift gets the better of him. When that happens, he has to just lie down in the dark and hope for the best. But on a night when he’s on the verge of losing it, he meets a woman who manages to soothe his fractured mind.

Zyah is a striking, ethereal beauty who seduces him with every word and move. Their night together is one of pure, exquisite bliss. But when Player gets confused and thinks their intimate encounter was nothing more than a dream, his careless dismissal leaves her humiliated and angry.

Now, Player will have to devote his every breath to convincing Zyah to give him a second chance. Because she might be the only one who can save him from himself.…

Wow, this novel is ripe with exciting paranormal spy woo-woo. Meaning what a reader ultimately finds out is that there is a most unusual, diabolical paranormal-esque scientific kind of potential for extreme intrigue and damage stemming from the exuberant pursuit of ‘what-if?” from a genius mind. Sounds convoluted? Readers are in for a wild time before they even get to that exciting bit of story reveal. Never mind the mental landmines that dog the hero, Player, throughout the novel plus sized adventure. This is one romance story that has so many irons in the fire, that a reader will be hard-pressed to put it down, even for a minute.

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The hot, graphic demands of the physical nature of a dominate man in the bedroom is met head to head, heat to heat by the heroine, and Zyah gives as good as she gets. She’s a strong woman in her own right and she stands up for herself whenever it’s required of her, yet she’s compassionate, loving and loyal. All good qualities that will help Player heal and overcome some of his worst nightmares. Fans of the series will understand where those nightmares stem from, and what the nature of them will most likely be.

This romance novel is well-written, exciting, has lots of depth with opportunities for readers to feel like they’re in the thick of things, and enough hot and heavy sheet action to appeal to the habanero level of romance readers.

Some of my favorite scenes in the book all seem to happen at The Floating Hat. I believe readers are going to giggle, laugh or chortle at the antics of Preacher and Sabelia. It was completely out of character for Preacher to get all frantically excited, demanding, rapturous and argumentative all at the same time. It was comical and I enjoyed every sentence. I hope those fiery sparks mean something for a future book. That would be cool. But other things happen at The Floating Hat that aren’t as comical but no less fascinating. I enjoyed the time the author had her characters spend there.

The HEA is great and it was written well, giving me assurance that Player and Zyah are going to be okay. There will still be subjects they’ll have to work out, but that is actually realistic to life. As time goes on and people learn more about the other, compromise, forgiveness, laughter and love will see them through. The heroine and hero have a strong base to work from.

Parts of the ending wrap-up were anti-climactic. There was such a buildup that I had high expectations and yet once all the cards are on the table, I thought to myself, “That’s it? That’s all there is?” The interpretation of the eyes and how it ends felt like a letdown. As weird as this sounds, I thought it resolved too fast, too … happy? Considering how stressed everyone was, with good reason, you’d think I’d be happy it eventually led to something surprisingly unpredictable, but I’m kind of not. Not totally, anyway. Perhaps my anticipation was because of misinterpretation? I don’t know and it’ll be up to readers to decide for themselves.

Overall, Reckless Road is a wonderful addition to the series and quite a good read. It kept my interest from the first chapter until the very end and there was a lot of emotion and feelings affected along the way. I liked Player and Zyah, her grandmother, Anat, and a few other characters. The feeling of family is still solid and I think it’s one of the strong points of the novel and series as a whole. I think fans of the series are going to like this one. I know I did.