Library book reviews!

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Posted September 28, 2019 in review Tags: ,

I love using my local library for digital downloads. Recently, I finished two audiobook and two kindle books thanks to my library loans! So, here are 4 quickie reviews!

Library book reviews!A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
Length: 11 hours

Series: Lady Sherlock #1
Genres: Historical Fiction
Setting: London, England
Source: Library
Narrator: Kate Reading
Also in this series: The Art of Theft
Also by this author: The Art of Theft
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USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down in the first novel in this Victorian mystery series....

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her.

But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

  •   Loved the twist on the classic Sherlock! Charlotte is brilliant yet still a bit odd.
  •   At times, this book felt WAY too long and it was easy to get lost in the plot because the story felt a bit disjointed at times
  •   Interesting look at what life was like for women at the time and the options (or lack there of) that were available to them
  •   Kate Reading was a good narrator. Her male voices were a tad distracting at times, but otherwise, a pleasant listen!
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Library book reviews!The Defense by Steve Cavanagh
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

Series: Eddie Flynn #1
Genres: Thriller
Setting: New York City
Source: Library
Narrator: Adam Sims
Also in this series: Thirteen
Also by this author: Thirteen
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"If you're a fan of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Brad Meltzer, then you will be a fan of Steve Cavanagh's The Defense." —Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Radiant Angel

Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turns out the two aren't that different.

Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn gave up the law a year ago after a disastrous case, and he vowed never to step foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. The head of the Russian mob in New York City, on trial for murder, has kidnapped Eddie's ten-year-old daughter: Eddie has to take this case whether he likes it or not.

Using his razor-sharp wit and every con, bluff, grift, and trick in the book, Eddie has only forty-eight hours to defend an impossible murder trial. And if he loses this case, he loses everything.

  •   Eddie Flynn is a former con man turned defense lawyer and I love it!
  •   He is forced to defend an obviously guilty Russian Bratva leader-they kidnapped his daughter and strapped a bomb to him.
  •   The plot is twisty enough to keep you on your toes and the characters are fascinating! There is a great bro-bond between Eddie and Harry, his mentor.
  •  Adam Sims is a great narrator-he has that Brooklyn accent down pat!
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Library book reviews!Shelter for Koren by Susan Stoker
Pages: 354
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Series: Badge of Honor #14
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Library
Also in this series: Justice for Corrie, Shelter for Elizabeth, Justice for Boone, Shelter for Adeline, Shelter for Sophie, Justice for Erin, Justice for Milena, Shelter for Blythe
Also by this author: Protecting Cheyenne (SEAL of Protection #5), Justice for Mackenzie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #1), Protecting the Future, Rescuing Rayne, Justice for Corrie, Shelter for Elizabeth, Rescuing Emily, Justice for Boone, Rescuing Harley, Shelter for Adeline, Marrying Emily, Claiming Grace, Rescuing Kassie, Protecting Kiera, Claiming Alexis, Shelter for Sophie, Rescuing Bryn, Justice for Erin, Claiming Bailey, Rescuing Casey, Claiming Felicity, Justice for Milena, Rescuing Sadie , Rescuing Wendy, Shelter for Blythe, Defending Allye, Defending Chloe, Securing Caite, Defending Morgan, Rescuing Macie, Defending Harlow, Claiming Sarah
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Discovering your ex is a serial-killing religious zealot would put anyone off dating for a good long while. That’s where Hudson “Taco” Vines’s head is at when he meets Koren, a woman who looks a little too much like his ex for comfort. But he can’t deny their attraction, and the more he gets to know her, the more Taco realizes how different Koren is from his ex, in all the best ways. It’s not long before he’s feeling things for her that he’s never felt for anyone, ever. After the drama of his last relationship, maybe this is his reward…a supportive, comfortable life with a woman he’s coming to love.


Koren Garner is no fan of drama, and it certainly seems Taco and his friends have all seen more than their share. So you’d think meeting him for the second time at the scene of her own car accident would be enough to warn her away. But Koren can’t resist the sexy firefighter. A little drama might be worth the risk…even when an unknown threat starts targeting Taco’s friends. Someone’s setting fires, and the danger’s escalating with each blaze. Koren and Taco can only pray the culprit is caught before their relationship—and their lives—go up in smoke.

  •   This book was just too long. I really almost just skipped to the end when I reached about the 50% mark.
  •   Taco was a much more interesting side character in the previous book than he was as a hero in his own book. He just felt static.
  •   The story finally picks up and then just ends. Whomp Whomp….
  •   I hate not enjoying Stoker’s books, but this series just doesn’t grab me like her SEAL series do.
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Library book reviews!Securing Piper by Susan Stoker
Pages: 358
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Series: SEAL of Protection: Legacy #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Timor-Leste
Source: Library
Also in this series: Securing Caite
Also by this author: Protecting Cheyenne (SEAL of Protection #5), Justice for Mackenzie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #1), Protecting the Future, Rescuing Rayne, Justice for Corrie, Shelter for Elizabeth, Rescuing Emily, Justice for Boone, Rescuing Harley, Shelter for Adeline, Marrying Emily, Claiming Grace, Rescuing Kassie, Protecting Kiera, Claiming Alexis, Shelter for Sophie, Rescuing Bryn, Justice for Erin, Claiming Bailey, Rescuing Casey, Claiming Felicity, Justice for Milena, Rescuing Sadie , Rescuing Wendy, Shelter for Blythe, Defending Allye, Defending Chloe, Securing Caite, Defending Morgan, Rescuing Macie, Defending Harlow, Claiming Sarah
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What started as an adventure, soon became hell. Piper Johnson’s thrilled to spend time in Timor-Leste with her best friend, a Peace Corps volunteer…until civil unrest erupts throughout the countryside, including an attack at the orphanage the women were visiting. With the aid of a SEAL team sent to extract the government employee, Piper flees with the only other known survivors—three young orphan girls. Piper wasn’t able to save her friend, but she’ll be damned if she leaves the girls to the mercy of child traffickers in the country’s impoverished capital. However, taking them with her to the States requires something drastic, something crazy…something she can’t do alone.

What started as a mission, soon becomes fate. Since nearly dying on a previous op, Beckett “Ace” Morgan has no time for regrets. Life is far too short. So when he learns the brave, beautiful, selfless woman he’s rescued has a better chance of getting three orphans out of the country if she’s married, he doesn’t hesitate. Ace marries her then and there, instantly gaining the family he’s always wanted. With time, he knows his respect for Piper can grow into love, and meanwhile, he’s saved both her and their new daughters from a fast-spreading rebel incursion.

Protecting his girls on foreign soil turns out to be the easy part of the team’s mission. Protecting them from a threat waiting at home may be the biggest fight of Ace’s life.

  •   Securing Piper is another awesome SEAL story; This new SEAL series is really working for me. It reminds me of the original SEAL series and that was when I feel in love with Stoker.
  •   Exotic, dangerous locale take center stage and I really appreciate that Stoker brings attention to countries in crisis (be it civil strife, abject poverty, etc).
  •   There are 3 endearing children that I fell in love with so I totally understood why the characters did too!
  •   This story does fall into the “insta-love” category; now, I am down for that, but I know some people aren’t.
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