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Tahoe Blue Fire


Tahoe Blue Fire (Owen McKenna – 13) by Todd Borg

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The Woman Seemed Paranoid

When Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna gets a call from a woman who’s afraid for her life, it sounds like she is excessively paranoid.

But The Killer Was Dead Serious

McKenna investigates and discovers that two other people have already died. He believes the killer is after something worth millions, a precious artifact that dates back to Renaissance Italy.

The Next Potential Victim Is Famous

When McKenna finds a connection between the victims and a famous retired pro football tackle named Adam Simms, he worries that Simms will be the next victim.

McKenna’s Only Suspect Is Losing His Mind

Simms seems gentle as a teddy bear. But decades of football gave Simms Traumatic Brain Injury, causing loss of memory and worse. When Simms can’t remember details of his relationship to the other victims, McKenna begins to wonder if it’s because Simms is suffering dementia or if he’s a diabolical fake.

The Murderer Is As Devious As He Is Twisted

As McKenna pursues the case, he will need every bit of strength and skill, for the murderer is determined to kill McKenna in the most vicious way imaginable…

Tahoe Blue Fire starts out with a bang, someone getting murdered in a violent way. From there Own McKenna gets a call from a woman that is afraid someone is going to burn her house down with her in it or be shot. When the later comes to play Owen finds himself trying to find the almost illusive killer.

Then he stumbles upon Adam Simms, a former pro-football player that is suffering from serious brain injuries resulting from playing football. If that isn’t enough to peak your curiosity throw in the victims having a love of the Renaissance and Frank Sinatra. People are seriously trying to kill Owen but that doesn’t detour him from finding out what is really going on.

I love all of the Owen McKenna books, I really can’t praise them enough. And Tahoe Blue Fire is no exception to the rule. There doesn’t seem to be any link between the victims yet Owen finds himself in Italy trying to find the link. You will follow him meet Adam Simms and learn how he doesn’t have very long to live yet has a spark for poetry. You will also meet an old timer that loves Frank Sinatra and collecting his memorabilia.

But trust me, this is all linked together and has a spectacular ending that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Once again I didn’t expect the killer until the end, which is a typical Owen McKenna story. And I have to say that I did have a tear in my eye at the end of the book.

The best part is although this is the 13th book in the series, each book can be read as a stand-alone but why would you want to do that to such a great series. Plus I love how everything is based in Tahoe. Since I live 30 minutes away it just makes the book that more special.

For all the mystery lovers, all I can say is you have to read this series. Tahoe Blue Fire is a must read. You will not be disappointed.

To purchase Tahoe Blue Fire, or for more information on the Owen McKenna series, make sure to chekc out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Todd Borg’s website.

I received Tahoe Blue Fire from the author for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Symbiosis (Scintillate – 2) by Karen Tjebben

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A switch is flipped the night of the dance. Something awakens within Kate Archer that alters her relationship with Nick and Alex. Haunting visions of the past begin to plague her. In an effort to maintain harmony within her relationships, she tries to hide the knowledge the dreams reveal to her. Eventually, when the façade that she’s so carefully crafted begins to unravel, Kate realizes that the past has no boundaries, and it has stained her soul. It is then that the truth finally sets her free.

Kate is starting to learn more about her powers, the Asteri, and the Nephilim. But she is starting to dream more and more about Nick and Alex’s past. She feels like an intruder to their past and makes her see them both in a different light. Kate is having a hard time processing the dreams and tries to keep acting normal. But with the Nephilim still trying to kill her and coming into her full power things are not going to be easy for Kate.

I liked Scintillate but I admit that there were a lot of things going on that are left unexplained. No need to worry, these things are explained in Symbiosis. I loved watching Kate come into her powers and going from that naïve little girl to someone that could hold her own. I also liked how much more depth to Nick and Alex. I admit that I’m not a fan of love triangles but the added background gave this a fresh twist to the normal love triangle conflicts.

I recommend reading Scintillate before Symbosis. You will have more background to the story and will enjoy Symbiosis more. I’m really liking how this story is progressing and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book.

If you like young adult paranormal stories, I recommend add this to your reading list.

To purchase Symbiosis, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received this book for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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