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Book #49: Drawn In Blood

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Writers go a long way to satisfy their readers’ hunger for more.

Andrea Kane went out there, got her research done, came back and wrote Drawn In Blood. I am a sucker for thrillers – be it laced with romance, suspense etc – and when I saw this book at one of my local bookstores, I had to have it.

I don’t intend to give away the entire book, so I’ll make it short as this is my first Sloan and Derek book and this book happens to be part of a series. I liked the characters and the plot, but when do FBI agents get all the time in the world to romp around in the sheets all weekend long? But what do I know, eh? I watch Criminal Minds and even the agents on the show don’t get enough TLC time.

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This story roped me in and I liked it.

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VERDICT:

3

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Toys by James Patterson

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Book #18: Still Lake

Author: Anne Stuart
Publisher: Forever (August 01st, 2002)
Pages: 379

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Buying a run-down farm in a beautiful Vermont town is the start of a new life for Sophie Davis. She moves her mother, Grace, and her half-sister, Marty, out of the city, hoping the change will help both women sort out their complicated lives. And for Sophie, turning Stonegate Farm into a quaint country inn is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. She doesn’t even mind that the farm was the scene of a grisly multiple murder twenty years earlier….

Then a stranger comes to town.

When a stranger moves in next to the farm, Sophie believes the sense of peace she has built for herself and her family is being threatened. Because there’s something different about John Smith. It’s clear he’s keeping secrets…and that he’s come to Colby, Vermont, for a reason. And that reason has something to do with Sophie and Stonegate Farm.

Now her dream is becoming a nightmare.

Who is John Smith? Why does his very presence make Sophie feel so completely out of control? And why is she beginning to suspect that this mysterious stranger will put in jeopardy everything she’s dreamed of—maybe even her own life?

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…REVIEW!

I love books, but I have to be honest when it comes to reviewing because then, what sense would it make if I lie about the book being 5-star material when it doesn’t even deserve one? Over the past few months I’ve been reading books that friends/family recommended to me, and this is another one.

How do I say this nicely? I wish I did not read this book.

We have old Grace trying to get her adult daughter laid. She doesn’t care how or who Sophie do it with, she just needs to get laid. Good looking out for your daughter, mom. Good looking out. When I first met Doc, which was basically in the first chapter, I just knew he was the killer. He had some kind of God complex thing going on (Thanks, Criminal Minds!). I really should have closed the book after figuring out who the killer was.

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Grace is a true crime fanatic and at one point, we bonded over the Encyclopedia of Serial Killers. As for Sophie, I actually found her annoying and when she riled John Smith (how very original!) up, it irked me. Doc never killed the same way twice. He was very shrewd and knew EXACTLY who this newcomer John Smith was to Colby, but he strung him along and tried to plant seeds of doubt in Sophie’s head.

As for the romance, John Smith and Sophie’s chemistry was off. Maybe its due to the fact that he had zero interest in her because she was plump and round and not his type. His view on this changed when he realized that she liked his XJ6 ’74 (a classic jaguar), but nothing changed about their underdeveloped chemistry. She was still unattractive and plump in his eyes when he took her virginity.

In the dark.

On the floor.

Everybody in this book had a nice mouth especially John, Sophie, and Patrick. Every time I turn the page, mouths are being described. This author had an oral fixation and it was rather repetitive. There’s the moment where Sophie disappears down the lake path after John outing himself as Thomas Griffin only to get lost. I mean, how the heck could she get lost after she ran down that same path right after he stole her virginity and she managed to find the lake perfectly in the dark? I don’t like any characters in this book.

John/Thomas was almost always rude, downright nasty and insulting. Sophie was too stupid and blind with lust for her own good. Grace and Marty tied for super annoying. Doc should have killed them all. I would have loved watching them go up in flames. There is no room for romance in this mess. The love was one-sided in the end. Sophie fell for Thomas, but he didn’t return her feelings instead opting to think about her in his bed. I think the problem with romantic-suspense is the writer. Pages have to be 250 plus long so they have to lengthen scenes, write unwanted fillers and bore the reader to death with repetitions. The men in these genres are forceful, bold and rude. They tend to talk to women as if they’re children. Had this book been mine, I would have set it on fire and watch it burn.

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QUOTABLE:

“Good for you,” Doc said approvingly. “It’s refreshing to find a girl who’s saving herself for marriage.” – chapter 10; page 164

Yet we don’t find such so-call heroines in these stories. All we find are hot-blooded desperate random females.

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River of Ruin by Jack DuBrul

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Book #17: Pitch Black

Author: Susan Crandall
Publisher: Forever (June 01st, 2008)
Pages: 375

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Journalist Madison Wade decides to move to Philadelphia when one of her articles on violence in the city hits too close to home. Madison and her fourteen-year-old adopted son, Ethan, take refuge in Buckeye, a small town in eastern Tennessee where her father had grown up. Despite the tranquility, Madison and Ethan feel like outsiders. But Gabe Wyatt, the local sheriff, is determined to welcome them to the town. He immediately falls for this beautiful journalist from the city. Madison resists Gabe’s advances, but he’s persistent and unlike anyone she’s ever met before. As a romance develops between them, Madison becomes comfortable in the rural setting, and when Ethan becomes friends with Jordan, a fellow outsider at school, Buckeye begins to feel like home. 

But a tragic death changes everything for them. When Jordan’s father is murdered during a weekend camping trip, Ethan becomes the prime suspect. Gabe’s investigation of the murder causes a rift in his relationship with Madison. As small town gossip builds a damaging case against Ethan, Madison races to discover the truth. Heartbroken and lost, she struggles to find anyone who will believe in her and Ethan, despite their past.

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…REVIEW!

This story was well written although I ran out of patience and couldn’t wait to flip the last page of the book. This book did not keep me on the edge of my seat wondering who the killer was because I had figured who was behind the killing Ethan was accused of in the early chapters. I started speed reading thereafter.

Overall, the suspense build-up was good, but I wished I had gone straight to the last chapter when I found out who the murderer was early on. Characters so bland that all I can say is blah! I kept hoping for a twist, but it never came.

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RATING:

2

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Still Lake by Anne Stuart

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Book #10: Blackout

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Author: Annie Solomon
Publisher: Warner Forever (April 01st, 2006)
Pages: 354

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A month ago Margo Scott was a book dealer with family and friends. Now, suddenly, she can’t remember the last four weeks of her life, everyone close to her has disappeared, and she’s the prime suspect in a murder. When an intruder attacks, she responds with lightning-quick moves she has no memory of ever learning. Undercover agent Jake Wise has her in his sights and can’t decide if this mysterious woman is an assassin or a pawn. Is he tempted to protect her because she’s innocent or because he’s falling for her?

Thrust together, these two loners realize that trusting each other is their only hope of survival. Because the good guys and the bad guys have one thing in common. They all want Margo Scott dead—the sooner, the better.

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…REVIEW!

*cracks fingers* Here we go!

When Margo Scott wakes up with a month worth of memory wiped from her psyche, she immediately tries to remember what events led to her catatonic state but most importantly, who was she? Was she an innocent bookseller as her bookstore proclaims her to be? Was she some rogue agent her weapons of mass destruction hidden away at her apartment says that she was? Or was she a cold-blooded murderer as the police and FBI claimed that she was?

Jake Wise is an undercover agent ordered to watch Margo by Frank Temple, but when Frank is found murdered, Wise immediately suspects Margo as evidence seems to point to her. At first, he disbelieves her about her sudden bout of amnesia. He felt that she was a murdering ruthless con woman and wanted revenge on Frank’s behalf.

They eventually became allies as they set about to discover the truth walking into a web of lies, betrayal, and deceit together.

Jake Wise’s jokes were sometimes lame and I did not like him that much.

Margo Scott was great but sometimes I just wanted to slap her for no apparent reason.

As for the person behind Margo’s situation, I figured it out before the end and was tempted to turn to the last page to be proven right.

I won’t call this novel a Romantic Suspense. There is no romance between Jake and Margo. They didn’t share an emotional connection and the sexual tension felt a little force between them. They just used each other for meaningless sex.

Quotable:

She looked very Marseilles today. A clingy shirt in black-and-white stripes with a boat neck that showed off her shoulders. She’d wound a red scarf around her throat, and a black beret perched at a jaunty angle on her spiky white hair.

– Chapter 26; Page 127

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RATING:

2

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The Pied Piper by Ridley Pearson

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