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ARC #Review of Picture Not Perfect (a Not So Reluctant Detective #2) by D.E. Haggerty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @dehaggerty

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A picture tells a story. But is it the truth?

When the police find pictures of Melanie hanging up at her murdered colleague’s house, they’re convinced he was stalking her. Maybe she even killed him. Melanie was not being stalked! And she certainly didn’t kill her supposed stalker – as if. But Mel – always up for a bit of drama – jumps at the chance to go search for the real killer. When Mel’s ex-boyfriend, Owen, discovers her plans, he pulls out all the stops to ensure she’s safe and to win her back. No matter what happens with the murder investigation, he’s not letting her go. With the police setting their sights on Mel, he may need to jeopardize his own career on the police force to protect her.

Will Mel find the real killer before the detectives arrest her for murder?

Read an Excerpt:

Melanie opened the driver’s door and slipped into her car. She watched in the rearview mirror as Pru climbed into the back seat. The woman who was almost always wearing flowery clothes was now dressed from top to toe in black. Black tights, black long-sleeved t-shirt, and black knit cap.

“What’s with the knit cap? It’s like 60 degrees out. You’re not sick, are you?” Mel didn’t fancy sitting in a car with someone coughing the entire time.

Pru adjusted her cap to ensure her curly red locks were completely covered. “I thought we were doing a stakeout? I didn’t want my hair to give us away.” She held up the bags she’d brought. “I brought snacks and everything.”

“What kind of snacks?”

Before Pru could answer Mel’s question, Terri butted in. “We’re not doing a stakeout!”

Mel ignored Terri. Of course, they were doing a stakeout. She turned back to Pru. “Seriously, what did you bring? Anything good?”

Terri interrupted her again, “Why are we doing this?”

Mel grunted and turned around and started the car. They fell into silence as they drove the ten minutes to the address Ryder had provided.

Pru handed cups of coffee to Terri and Melanie. “Here. What do we do now?”

Mel took a sip of her coffee before answering, “We wait for something to happen.”

“Like what?”

Mel had no answer. She wasn’t exactly an expert on stakeouts. The previous and only other stakeout she’d been on ended quickly when the bad guys tried to ram their car into hers.

“How do you deal with potty breaks? I’ve got a bladder the size of a pea.”

Terri snickered next to her. “I’m sure we can find a bush for you to squat behind.”

“They never get into these details in books,” Pru grumbled before putting her coffee back into the drink tray without taking a sip.

Yall this book.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  It’s a mystery, its a second chance romance, its amateur women sleuths but underneath all of it is a great story that I couldn’t put down.  I have never read anything by Ms. Haggerty but I quickly bought Terri’s book and I can’t wait for Pru’s.  That said, let me tell you about the awesomeness of this book and why I highly recommend it to everyone.

  1.  Mel – She is funny, loyal, honest and I loved the fact that she did have something wrong with her and felt like nobody would love her for it.  Cue…Owen.  I didn’t read Terri’s book so I’m basing her solely on this one.  I loved her.  I wish my school counselor could have been as cool as her.
  2.  Owen – Mel’s boyfriend/cop – Talk about not letting Mel get away with anything.  He fought for her, stood by her and loved her…craziness and all.  He could have baled but love does something to a person.
  3.  Terri – best friend to Mel and school librarian.  OMG!  I would NEVER rearrange a library like her.  Not using the Dewy Decimal system is sacrilege.  But I digress.  I could write a lengthy blog post just on how kids don’t understand a library anymore.  I liked her because she brought Mel back to earth when she needed it.  Loyal, and not wanting to involve her boyfriend Ryder, I could understand.  Of course, I bought her book.  🙂
  4.  Pru – I loved how she just fit right in with Terri and Mel at school and on the mystery.  She brought a lot to the table and I can’t wait for her book next.
  5. The bad guys/girls – I never guessed who it was and I was honestly shocked but I understood the motivation behind it.
  6.  The mystery itself – I loved it.  It was relevant and I liked how it involved a school.  Not a lot of authors use a school as a setting for a book. It was plausible, plus since I work at a school, I could just imagine the places, attitudes, people, etc. that Ms. Haggery was talking about.
  7. Milwaukee – NO ONE ever sets a story in Milwaukee.  Loved it, just loved it.

I would be remiss if I didn’t address the romance in the book.  It’s there but it is not the main focus of the book.  Owen and Mel broke up and they are getting their second chance.  Ms. Haggerty wrote it with some humor but also with real depth and the ending was perfect for me.  Kisses only.

Ms. Haggerty has got a true sense of humor.  I could sit with her and drink a beer or two.  Sorry, no wine.  Her characters are flawed but realistic.  Loyal, smart and don’t sit around to be rescued.

You really need to this book.  I devoured it in an afternoon and I already miss it.

About the Author:

I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic before returning to the law. But practicing law really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out running a B&B wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where, in between tennis matches and failing to save the world, I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Picture Not Perfect is my fourteenth novel.

Author links:

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Email: dena@dehaggerty.com

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Picture-Perfect-Reluctant-Detectives-Book-ebook/dp/B07KG6ZH33/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/907044
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/nl/en/ebook/picture-not-perfect
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42767307-picture-not-perfect

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#Review of Midnight Girl by Nora LeDuc w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #RomanticSuspense #Mystery

Midnight Girl

by Nora LeDuc

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GENRE: Mystery/Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

When a teenager mysteriously disappears in Hawick Falls, New Hampshire, Lisa Raynes fears her kidnapper, who recently escaped from prison, is hunting girls again. She also believes he’s targeted her for his next victim when she receives a threatening message. To add to her problems, her ex-boyfriend Travis Bodell, nephew of her captor, shows up in town. Five years ago, he promised to love Lisa forever, but he left her to start a new life. Trusting him was a mistake she will never repeat.

Bad boy Travis Bodell has a history of run-ins with the law. The police suspect he came back to aid his uncle, not to warn Lisa she’s in danger. With the investigation going nowhere, Travis focuses on Lisa who identifies with the missing teen and wants to find her. To keep Lisa safe, he offers to help her search. She refuses until loving memories of their past surface, and she finally accepts his proposal. Working together arouses strong feelings of attraction that neither will admit.

As time runs out for the kidnap victim, disturbing threats against Midnight Girl, Lisa’s online name, grow. She realizes the only way to stay alive is to open her heart and put her faith in Travis, but can she let go of her doubts and lingering hurt? Can the couple join forces and win against a cunning criminal fueled by hate?

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Excerpt Three:

Lisa parted her lips to say something. Maybe she was going to protest about his wet clothes. No. He’d had enough talking. He bent and touched her mouth. He meant it to be a quick, stolen kiss, but as soon as he tasted her he wanted more. This might be his only chance.

She gripped his shoulders before her arms slid around him, tightening as though afraid he’d disappear. Forever they stood their tongues tangling together until he could take no more of the heat, the urgency. His fingers were entwined in her hair holding on to her. Never letting her go. The need to run his free hand over each part of her body and listen to her gasps grew into full-blown lust.

“Upstairs,” he said, his voice hoarse.

“Three floors?” She tipped her head back and raised her brows.

“Right.” Five years. Five years without her. He fisted the ends of her white button-down shirt in both his hands before whipping it open. Buttons popped off and dinged on the wooden surface. Underneath she wore a blue lacy bra.  

Banks’s entire unit couldn’t stop him now. He yanked off her top, tossed it aside, and swallowed to keep his tongue in his mouth. “Way too far.” He lowered Lisa stared up at him. Her brown eyes were full of questions and a sadness he longed to erase. Had she thought of him much during the years he’d been away?

She parted her lips to say something. Maybe she was going to protest about his wet clothes. No. He’d had enough talking. He bent and touched her mouth. He meant it to be a quick, stolen kiss, but as soon as he tasted her he wanted more. This might be his only chance.

She gripped his shoulders before her arms slid around him, tightening as though afraid he’d disappear. Forever they stood their tongues tangling together until he could take no more of the heat, the urgency. His fingers were entwined in her hair holding on to her. Never letting her go. The need to run his free hand over each part of her body and listen to her gasps grew into full-blown lust.

“Upstairs,” he said, his voice hoarse.

“Three floors?” She tipped her head back and raised her brows.

“Right.” Five years. Five years without her. He fisted the ends of her white button-down shirt in both his hands before whipping it open. Buttons popped off and dinged on the wooden surface. Underneath she wore a blue lacy bra.  

Banks’s entire unit couldn’t stop him now. He yanked off her top, tossed it aside, and swallowed to keep his tongue in his mouth. “Way too far.” He lowered them to the floor.

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Okay, so I lied.  I totally forgot that I had this post to do.  Happy New Year!  So, I read this book over the holidays.  I needed something to cleanse the palette after the holidays.  My holiday was interesting, to say the least, so I need a mystery/suspense book and Ms. LeDuc delivered.  I normally don’t read “mystery” books.  Yes, I don’t read the cozy ones either but I really liked this one.  It had some suspense elements in it, too and don’t worry about the romance taking over.  It doesn’t.  In fact, I worried about a bit that maybe Lisa and Travis wouldn’t get that “second chance” in the romantic department.

You need to go into the book with the mindset that Lisa was extremely tormented when she was kidnapped.  It was horrific and Ms. LeDuc does a great job of letting us know in small doses what happened to her and her recovery from it.  Travis is the misunderstood bad boy that she dated and is now back in her life when her kidnapper escapes.  I really liked both of them, separately and together.  The relationship between is completely understandable and plausible.  Between Travis being snarky know it all to the cops (trust me, its funny at times) and Lisa’s strength, they are great!

The mystery is pretty straightforward when it comes to her captor but Ms. LeDuc throws in a COMPLETELY different spin and I was way off base when I thought I had figured it out.  I can pretty much figure out but this time…nope.  I was dumbfounded but in a good way.  I loved it and it made sense.  What a tool.  The ending is fantastic, too.  Ms. LeDuc throws in some really creepy scenes and her writing flowed like a fog settling in for a spell.

Do yourself a favor and pick this gem of mystery/romantic suspense.  You will love watching Travis and Lisa learn from past mistakes, take a chance on love and come out stronger in the end.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Nora grew up in rural New England and still lives here. She has enjoyed combining my love of true crime shows with her imagination to produce romantic suspense and mysteries that you keep you guessing.

You can find Nora on her website: NoraLeDuc.com,

Facebook: Nora LeDuc-author,

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Nora-LeDuc/e/B001KI084O

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Guest Post featuring A Good Kind of Trouble by Ellie Ashe w/a signed book giveaway!

 

A Good Kind
of Trouble
Ellie Ashe
A
Trouble in Twin Rivers Novel

Released
May 6, 2015

100,000-word
humorous romantic mystery
Beacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and make her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in jail and fired. It really could go either way.
Her recent streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer.

They once had a bad date of epic proportions—stilted conversation, food
poisoning, burglary, towed car. Then there was the incident with the pepper spray. Lindsey never believed she
d see the sexy lawyer again.
Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail, keep her out of the grasp of a crazed bike messenger and a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.
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What’s next after A Good Kind of Trouble

 

A Good Kind of Trouble is the first book in the Trouble in Twin Rivers series. The tag line for the series is “There’s always trouble in Twin Rivers” and trust me, I’m planning a lot of trouble for the characters in my fictional city. The books in this series will be stand alone novels, so readers will be able to jump in at any point. But characters from earlier books will make appearances in later ones.

For example, the next Twin Rivers book is about Fiona Larkin, one of the other attorneys at the Field Law Group, and FBI Agent Matt Pritchard. I do not yet have a release date, but am aiming at early 2016. Here’s a brief summary:

   Fiona Larkin is a criminal defense attorney and a single mom. She doesn’t have time to deal with an inconvenient FBI agent who keeps popping up in her life—even if Special Agent Matt Pritchard is easy on the eyes. She really doesn’t have time for the dead body that she just tripped over, either. Matt Pritchard needs Fiona to cooperate with him, even if they are usually on opposite sides of the courtroom. She may be the key to unraveling how an undercover informant was killed—or she may be the murderer’s next target.

I hope you’ll join me in Twin Rivers. It’s always exciting, there’s always plenty of romance and humor. And yes, there’s always trouble in Twin Rivers. Bring your pepper spray.

 

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Excerpt:
Beacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the  verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and make her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in
jail and fired. It really could go either way. Her recent streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney and former bad date Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer. 
Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail, keep her out of the grasp of a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.
Here’s a look at Ben and Lindsey from A Good Kind of Trouble.
“We don’t know they’re trying to harm me. Maybe they’re just trying to scare me.”
If so, that plan wasn’t working. From what Ben could see, she was more determined than ever.
“Lindsey, they’ve already hurt you,” Ben said, reaching up to trace the knot on her head. Her eyes
widened at the light touch and he had the urge to continue tracing a path down
her face, her neck, and then…
Get a grip. Kath was standing right next to him, but still his finger and his gaze lingered on Lindsey’s face.
She pulled away first, averting her eyes. “I doubt he meant to. Probably just wanted my bag, or something that was in it. Or just to intimidate me.”
“Doesn’t matter, Lins. As long as you’re on this idiot’s radar, you cannot stay at your house,” Kath
said. “At least not alone.”
Kath let that suggestion hang in the air and excused herself to help an incoming customer, leaving Ben alone with Lindsey amidst the lingerie.
“She’s right, Lindsey. This is serious,” Ben said, watching Lindsey turn back to the stack of filmy
negligees. He picked up a light green silky number by the thin straps, imagining it on Lindsey. She snatched it out of his hands and hung it up to steam.
“It’s been serious for a long time,” she said, whirling around, steamer in hand. “It’s been
serious, but no one believed me. I can take care of myself. I think I’ve proven that.”
She was furious and Ben didn’t blame her. “Of course you can. I’m not saying that. No one is. But you have friends willing to help you.”
Lindsey set the hand steamer down.
She ran a hand through her hair, her face troubled. “I don’t want you to—”
She met Ben’s eye and his breath caught in his chest. God, those eyes. A man could get lost in them.
“I don’t want you to get the wrong idea about the other night,” Lindsey said, her back stiff.
“Well, what part about that night?” Ben asked, his own anger rising. “The part where I helped you
figure out the contracts so you could do your job? Or the part where we nearly got naked and—”
Lindsey’s hand slapped over his mouth quickly. “Shh!”
He grabbed Lindsey’s slender wrist and held her hand, turning it over, kissing her wrist, but not releasing it.

“I think Kath has figured out what’s going on between us,” he said, leaning in close to her ear.
“I don’t even know what’s going on between us,” she protested.
He smiled. Me, either. Then he ducked his head to kiss her, brushing his lips along her jaw, then lower,
tasting the soft skin and relishing her shiver at the contact.
“Don’t do that,” she said.
Her voice trembled, but her hands gripped his shirt and pulled him closer.
“I think I will do that,” he said, tightening his grip on her body and taking her earlobe between his
teeth. She groaned and he pulled her around the corner to the dressing rooms, shutting a door behind them.
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About the Author:
Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily
ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job. 
When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern
California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts
browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.
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