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Moscow Bound

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Moscow Bound by Adrian Churchward

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Ekaterina Romanova, the estranged wife of Russia’s wealthiest oligarch Konstantin Gravchenko, asks Scott Mitchell, an idealistic young English human rights lawyer who is being intimidated by the authorities, to find the father she’s never met. She believes he’s been languishing for decades without trial in the Gulag system. Meanwhile, General Pravda of military intelligence, though an advocate of transparency, is determined to protect a covert operation that he’s been running for years. General Pravda hinders Ekaterina and Scott at every turn and lawyer and client are forced to go on the run for a murder they didn’t commit. As they descend into the Hades that is the world of international realpolitik Scott is compelled to reconsider his own values, and Pravda’s life’s work disintegrates, when Scott uncovers a 50 year-old Cold War secret, which both the Russian and US governments are still trying to hide from the public domain.

Scott Mitchell has just won a case against the Russian military. Needless to say he has made a name for himself but he has not made many friends. Ekaterina Romanova is on the hunt for her missing father and she turns to Scott to find him. But every where they turn they run into trouble.

General Pravada was assigned the task of watching over some men years prior and has learned the Scott and Ekaterina are interested in one of those men. So, he tries his best to detour them from finding him. But he starts questioning his job when secrets start coming out.

This is an interesting book. I couldn’t help but get wrapped up in the story, especially with that prologue. This book is so detail oriented I felt right there along with Scott and Ekaterina trying to find her dad. I like the dynamics on the search. Ekaterina has more information than what she is giving Scott but it’s like pulling teeth to get it. And Scott, after his legal battle with the military you would think that he would know now to trust any of them.

I admit that I don’t really read that many stories along the line of this book but I’m really glad that I did. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. This is a great, fast paced book with lots of twists and turns. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Moscow Bound or to purchase it, be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Adrian Churchward’s website.

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Ark Storm

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Ark Storm by Linda Davies

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The Ark Storm is coming—a catastrophic weather event that will unleash massive floods and wreak more damage on California than the feared “Big One.” One man wants to profit from it. Another wants to harness it to wage jihad on American soil. One woman stands in their way: Dr. Gwen Boudain, a brave and brilliant meteorologist.

When Boudain notices that her climate readings are off the charts, she turns to Gabriel Messenger for research funding. Messenger’s company is working on a program that ionizes water molecules to bring rain on command. Meanwhile, Wall Street suits notice that someone is placing six-month bets on the prospect of an utter apocalypse and begin to investigate. Standing in the shadows is journalist Dan Jacobsen, a former Navy SEAL. War hardened, cynical, and handsome, Jacobsen is a man with his own hidden agenda.

Linda Davies’s Ark Storm brings together the worlds of finance, scientific innovation, and terrorism in a fast-paced thrill ride that will leave readers gasping.

Gwen Boudain has developed weather tracking software and has reached out to Gabriel Messenger for funding to help her software expand. But Gabriel has a creation of his own. He has used Gwen’s software to create rain or even prevent rain in selected areas. This has the potential to help out areas in need or the ability to be used for a weapon. And that is exactly what is happening.

Gwen has been followed and her weather software is about to be stolen by a man that wants to use it to destroy America. Gwen then teams up with ex-Navy Seal turned reporter Dan Jacobson to hunt down the terrorist and stop the destruction to come.

I really enjoy Gwen as a lead female character. She is well written as strong yet having trouble in her past that she is working over. The story is well written with the development as the main focus. You don’t even really get into the fear of the storm happening until later in the book. I love the science behind it that just made this even more believable.

There is so much going on in this story that you can’t put it down. I love how it was written and now I want to read more of Linda Davies stories. Make sure to put this one on your TBR list.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Linda Davis’ website to purchase Ark Storm or for more information on her other books.

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Trolling for Trouble

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Trolling for Trouble (Lynlee Lincoln – 1) by Olivia Hardin

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Magical and undead creatures can get into plenty of sticky situations. Lynlee Lincoln loves her job as a neutralizer, but she needs a break from the supernatural chaos after an ultra-busy Halloween night. Coming home, she’s ready to collapse into her bed and forget the day… until she discovers two children scavenging through her refrigerator. One look at the pair and she feels a tug on her heartstrings, then she learns their father is the man she spent years trying to forget. When Beck pleads with her to help save his daughter, Lynlee gets thrust into a heap of trouble.

Lynlee policies the magical and undead creatures, those that have dropped the ball and have been seen by humans, it’s her job to clean up the mess. It has been one busy Halloween and all Lynlee wants to do is go to sleep. But she discovers two children in her house followed by an ex true love that is completely against the while witch thing.

What is Lynlee to do? Kick them out? Help the man that broke her heart? But what about these cute little kids that tug at her heart? She finally agrees to help and goes on the hunt for a troll that has been harassing Beck’s family.

This is a great novella. I read it in my spare time at work. Well, I got sucked into the story and work really became spare time. I really like Lynlee and loved the different ways she came up to help cover for the magical and undead.

This is a great, quick read that will leave you wanting more. Make sure to check out Tangled Up In Trouble, book two.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and Olivia Hardin’s website to purchase Trolling for Trouble or for more information on her other books.

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War of the Wives

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War of the Wives by Tamar Cohen

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Think marriage means happily ever after? Think again…

Selina and Lottie are complete opposites. Where Selina is poised but prudish, Lottie is quirky and emotional. Selina is the dutiful mother of three children and able manager of their stylish suburban home. Lottie lives with her eccentric teenage daughter in a small city apartment fit to bursting with color and happy chaos. But these women also have one shocking similarity: they’re married to the same man…and they’ve just found out he’s dead.

Selina has been married to Simon Busfield for twenty-eight years, Lottie for seventeen. Neither knew a thing about the other until the day of Simon’s funeral, where the scandalous truth is revealed in front of everyone they know. Another wife, another family… And they’ve only just scratched the surface of Simon’s incredible betrayal.

With dark humor and razor-sharp wit, Cohen expertly unravels a story of deception and betrayal, where two very different families will discover they are entwined in ways that will change them all forever.

Selina is a well to do lady with three children ranging in ages from 17 to in their 20’s. Lottie is more of a free spirit with a 16 year old daughter. The only thing bringing them together is the fact that they are both married to the same man and just mysteriously died.

Of course there is the usual arguments, hatred, betrayal, denial, and acceptance as you follow these two women as they try and figure out how their husband could keep a secret like this. There is also a hint of something else with some shady business dealings that may have been Simon’s downfall.

I have to say that there might be a part or two from both women that I could agree with, I would hate to be in their shoes and I’m sure that I would act just like them. But in the end I almost understood why Simon had to wives, to get away from the other one for a while. I did like the mystery of how Simon died, I didn’t expect that one. But the end just felt weak.

This would be a good beach read or for someone that just loves stories along this line.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads to purchase War of the Wives or for more information on other books by Tamar.

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Downside Girls

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Downside Girls by Jaine Fenn

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The floating city of Kesh rests above the uninhabitable planet of Vellern. For the Topsiders life is about luxury and opulence, while for those of the Undertow day to day survival takes precedence. Kesh City is a democracy by assassination, where the Angels – deadly state-sponsored killers – remove those unworthy to hold office.

When Vanna Agriet accidentally spills her drink over an Angel it could spell death, but instead it leads to a rather peculiar friendship. The downsider Geal hopes for a better life topside, only to find herself embroiled in a ‘removal’ by the Angel Thiera. Downside, Isha’s brother Rakul brings a little black box home with him, and sets Isha on a journey that takes her to a meeting with the most powerful man in Kesh City. Larnia Mier, a talented topside musician and instructor, is injured after witnessing a removal first-hand. As her abilities diminish, new possibilities open up.

The city of Kesh floats above an uninhabitable planet. This city has two sides, Topside which is filled with the most privileged people and the assassins they employ to keel everything running to their approval. The Downside is the more impoverished side that has to fight tooth and nail to survive. Then there are the Angels, these are the assassins that keep the world in line.

This is a collection of four stories relating to this world. The first, Collateral Damage, starts with a Downside girl spilling a drink on an Angel. Instead of the instant death sentence she makes a friend. Death on Elsewhere Street has an innocent person mistaken by an Angel and hunted down. Angel Dust has a Downside girl’s brother bringing home a black box that everyone is willing to kill for. The last story, The Three Temptations of Larnia Mier was in an accident that could ruin her music career, especially when her religion prevents her from getting treatment that could help her.

I really liked the first three stories. They were a quick over view of the city of Kesh. I like the dynamics and I will be looking for other stories. The last one relates to just one person so it felt like the odd one out. It almost feels like an after thought to the book.

Over all I really liked this book. I can’t wait to read more stories by Fenn. Make sure to check out this book, it is a great book to read.

I received this a long time ago in exchange for an honest review.

Make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Jaine Fenn’s website for more information on Downside Girls and other books.

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