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She's Cold Blooded

Today I'm hosting award winning author Lisa Regan on my blog for release of her new book, Cold Blooded! I've had the opportunity to read both Cold Blooded and the first in the series, Hold Still. Read on for the book info and my reviews!

Cold Blooded:

Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney’s killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live,

he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all.

Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.

I'm sitting here thinking, "Where do I begin?" as all Lisa Regan books make me wonder. The art of storytelling was not lost on this author and she weaves a tale of lies, infidelity and murder unlike any other. Cold Blooded had everything I look for in a thriller. A plausible plot line, strong detective, twists and turns leaving you sure one minute and unsure the next, and a touch of romance to round things out.

Jocelyn Rush is a scarred detective, mother, and lover, who is faced with the realities of her life every time she looks at her hand, and into the face of her four year old daughter. Determined to come home every night to Olivia, she quits the police force and opens her own detective firm. When the Sydney Adams case falls into her lap she has no idea just how quickly life was going to come full circle.

Writing a review for a Lisa Regan novel can be difficult because spoilers are at every turn in her books. She is the master of character development and she leaves you hanging on every word Jocelyn, Caleb, Kevin, and Knox say. She touches your heart with the fear and worry Jocelyn feels for her daughter, and makes you smile when she second guesses her prowess as the woman in Caleb's life. Saying much more will give something away from Cold Blooded, or the first book Jocelyn Rush shows up in, Hold Still, so all I can say is stop reading this review and go get Hold Still! That will tide you over until you can get your hands on Cold Blooded. Trust me when I say you won't be able to put either of them down. Well done, Ms. Regan. It isn't often that I end a thriller with a smile on my face with a side of red misty chills.

I give Cold Blooded five cups of bone chilling coffee!

Hold Still:

After years as a patrol cop, detective Jocelyn Rush is almost immune to the depravity that stalks the meaner streets of Philadelphia…almost. After saving her three-year-old daughter from a carjacking, she ends up in the emergency

room—and discovers that Anita, a former prostitute and acquaintance from her old days on the beat, has been hideously mutilated in a brutal assault.

With the help of her partner and Philadelphia’s Special Victims Unit, Jocelyn discovers that Anita isn’t the first victim of these attacks and it looks like she won’t be the last. When the violence hits closer to home, Jocelyn knows she must do whatever it takes to stop the sadistic attacker—even if it means confronting a terrible secret from her painful past.

Holy thrill ride Batman! I was given an early ARC of Cold Blooded for Ms. Regan's blog tour and though I'm a fan of hers, I had missed reading Hold Still. Am I ever glad I remedied that! I'm a little sleep deprived so forgive me if this seems rambling, Regan had me up until the wee hours as I furiously turned pages to see if Jocelyn would be able to pull herself out of this one with any semblance of a life left. 

I could give you a complete rundown on this book, but all you have to do is read the back blurb to know you are in for a great ride. What I found the most gripping about the book was how Ms. Regan took the character of Jocelyn Rush and made her so multidimensional you felt like you had known her forever. In fact, Jocelyn or "Joce" as her friends call her, felt like a real life friend with all the flaws and messed up family that we all see in our own lives. Yet, she managed to do it with two edges, the hard edge of a detective, and the soft edge of a sister and mother. She didn't always know which one would be the edge that came out in each situation, but no matter what, she was always true to herself, her daughter Olivia, her sister Camille, and her partner Kevin. 

As a romance writer I loved that there was such a romantic thread to Hold Still. Jocelyn meets Caleb Vaughn in the process of this investigation and discovers something in herself that had been hiding since she was seventeen, desire. Caleb is easy going, hands on but hands off, and willing to take what she's willing to give while giving her what she needs. 

In the end when it was 1 am and I was blurry eyed and exhausted I knew it was worth the lost sleep to finish this book. I'll be experiencing a book hangover for quite a few nights as I won't even be able to think about the characters in another book until I've let Jocelyn and Caleb go. 

If you're looking for a well written and compelling thriller with a side of real life people then you need to read Hold Still and Cold Blooded!

I give Hold Still 5 cups of holy hell Batman coffee. 

Lisa Regan was born in Philadelphia, a product of two large Irish Catholic families whose roots run deep in her neighborhood. From the moment she was able to put words onto the page, she was writing: poems, stories, and even novels. At age eleven, her parents bought her a typewriter, on which she wrote her first full-length novel. By the time she was eighteen, she had written four terrible young adult novels. Between eighteen and twenty-two, she had a crisis of confidence and although she kept writing, she was unable to finish any novel-length projects. She spent her time working in bookstores while completing college. She spent two years at the Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Bloomsburg University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master of education degree. To make ends meet, she worked as both a certified nurse assistant and a karate instructor. 

In 2002 she finally finished her first adult novel, which remains on a flash drive in her nightstand. In 2006, she finished what would become her first published novel: Finding Claire Fletcher. After being passed over by more than 150 agents and then more than a dozen publishers, her first novel was published in December 2012, followed by her second novel, Aberration, in June 2013. Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner-up for Best Novel in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. It was a finalist for the Kindle Book Review's Best Kindle Book Awards in 2014. In December 2013, the novel reached number one on Amazon's Bestselling Kidnapping Crime Fiction list; in the same month, her second novel, Aberration reached number one on Amazon's Serial Killer Crime Fiction Bestseller list. Lisa currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter where she works full time and works on her future novels while waiting in line at the local post office.


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