A Good Killing

A Good Killing (Anna Curtis, #4)A Good Killing by Allison Leotta

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: Touchstone

Synopsis:

Anna Curtis has returned to her Michigan home town to help her sister, Jody. Jody has been wrongly accused of murdering the beloved high school football coach. Anna’s doing everything she can, even enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Cooper, to prove Jody’s innocence.

Proving Jody’s innocence will not be as easy as Anna hoped, though. Jody’s not being very cooperative and it’s well known that Jody had a thing for the married coach. The entire town thinks she’s guilty and they’re going out of their way to make things uncomfortable for the Curtis sisters.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A Good Killing begins with Jody describing to Anna her first interaction with Coach Fowler. The chapter was three and a half pages long and I was completely hooked by the end of that fourth page. The story didn’t slow down from there. It raced, alternating between Anna’s current POV and sprinklings of Jody recounting her relationship with Coach Fowler to Anna, to the conclusion.

I couldn’t put down A Good Killing. I read it in one night. I loved everything about it: the writing, the characters, the bit of romance, the way the mystery slowly unravelled and the way the truth presented itself. Allison Leotta is one of the best crime writers I’ve ever read.

I also loved that even though this is the fourth book in the Anna Curtis series, it was easily read as a standalone novel. There were references to Anna’s recently called off engagement and characters that I didn’t really know, but they didn’t take over the story or bother me at all. In fact, they just made me curious about the other books in the series. I’m looking forward to reading more of the Anna Curtis series.

I highly recommend A Good Killing to anyone who loves a great crime mystery.

Thank you to Touchstone for opportunity to read and honestly review A Good Killing.

Other books in the Anna Curtis series:

Law of Attraction (Anna Curtis, #1)  Discretion (Anna Curtis, #2)  Speak of the Devil (Anna Curtis, #3)

Again

Again (Fate #4) by Elizabeth Reyes

Publication Date: August 3, 2015

Synopsis:

Twenty-nine-year-old Sydney Maricopa knows what it’s like to fall in love with his best friend. He knows how much it sucks when said best friend is in love with someone else. He’s been there, done that. He’s not going through that again.

So when Sydney meets adorably hot nineteen-year-old Emi in his apartment building, he’s determined to keep things strictly platonic. One, she’s too young for him and two, their lives are too interconnected.

It doesn’t take long for Sydney to realize he’s in way over his head. He’s in love with the girl he said he wouldn’t fall for. Once again, she has a boyfriend. But this time, Sydney’s not backing down. He’s going to tell her how he feels.

Sydney’s plan to woo Emi is on track until something he never expects happens. Now, Sydney’s stuck making a decision that could ruin their friendship and possible relationship forever.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

When I saw that Elizabeth Reyes was going to be releasing Again, I was super excited for a couple of reasons. One, I love Elizabeth Reyes’ books . Two, I’ve always wondered what happened to Sidney after Forever Mine (The Moreno Brother’s #1).

I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Reyes’ novels because I absolutely love the characters she creates–especially the guys. She knows how to make the best alpha males. They’re all gorgeous, sexy, sweet, strong, smart, determined and jealous. Yes, I said jealous. It feels weird to be complimenting jealousy, but the jealousy these guys exhibit is pretty hot.

Sydney was all of those things. He may not have been as “rough” as some of the other guys from The Moreno Brothers or Fate series, but Sydney was all man. It was fun to get to know him in a way other than Sarah’s friend.

The women Reyes writes are great, too. They’re all strong, independent, beautiful and they know how to put those jealous guys in their place! Emi was all of those things, but what I liked best about her was she was just so darn adorable. Well, until her jealous side came out and then she was as crazy as any other nineteen-year-old.

My favorite thing about Again was the story of how Sydney and Emi went from friend zone to romance. I loved the way the book started out and then how I was able to see the progression of their relationship. They had such great chemistry and were so adorable. It was such a fun friends to lovers story.

I wanted to give Again 5 stars really, really bad. There were just one tiny thing that bothered me a bit. I wasn’t big on Sydney’s storyline and choice near the end. It was foreshadowed, but it felt really abrupt. I guess I was thinking it was going to go in a different direction than it did. But other than that, I loved this story!

Again is a great friends to lovers story. It’s definitely for a more mature audience. I would also recommend reading Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers #1) prior to reading Again to be familiar with Sydney’s previous storyline. (It’s FREE to download right now on Amazon!) You wouldn’t need to read the entire series before reading Again, but there are references to friends and family from both The Moreno Brothers and Fate series.

Other books in the Fate series:

Fate (Fate, #1)  Breaking Brandon (Fate, #2)  Suspicious Minds (Fate, #3)

Books in the related The Moreno Brothers series:

Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #1) Forever Yours (The Moreno Brothers, #1.5) When You Were Mine (The Moreno Brothers #1.6)  Always Been Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #2) Sweet Sofie (The Moreno Brothers, #3) Romero (The Moreno Brothers, #4) Making You Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #5)  Tangled (The Moreno Brothers #5.5)

Saving Toby

perf6.000x9.000.inddSaving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link

Publication Date: August 26, 2013

Synopsis:

Everyone in town knows the Faye boys are bad news, but Claudia can only remember Toby Faye as a nice kid. So when Claudia receives a job offer that will have her working with Toby and his mother, Julia, she accepts it.

Claudia never thought working near Toby would be such a measure in self-control. Toby’s made it obvious he wants her. Claudia can’t deny that she wants him, too. Just as they’re beginning to fall for each other, Toby is linked to a brutal hate crime. Claudia knows Toby couldn’t be involved, but her policeman father isn’t so sure.

As the police investigate, Claudia is be forced to choose sides and try to hold together a relationship that may have been doomed from the start.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved Saving Toby. It was fun, romantic, intense and fast-paced. The chemistry between Toby and Claudia was amazing.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Toby’s cocky personality. The way he antagonized Claudia made me smile. It was just what her uptight personality needed. 

Despite her age, Claudia was very mature. I was surprised at how mature she was through the second half of the story. I don’t think many young adult women could handle things the way she did.

The hate crime part of the book was so intense! I could see what was going to happen and I was so worried for Toby! (I admit I may have had to take a little break from reading because it was stressing me out — but in a good way!)

Overall, Saving Toby was an amazing New Adult read. The writing was excellent and I was completely drawn into the story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Keeping Claudia. I would highly recommend Saving Toby to fans of authors Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, and Jessica Park.

Thank you to Suzanne McKenna Link for the opportunity to read and honestly review Saving Toby.