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It's time for a new post I like to call "Recent Reads." I'll share the Look Inside portion of the book from Amazon and my review. At the end of the post, I'll make sure to let you know what I'm reading next.

Everyone Has a Hidden Talent

For Lucky O'Toole it's murder...solving it.

Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heels, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads.

As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas's most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description.

She's good at her job.

She's less good at life. But who has time for a life when there's a killer on the loose?


A woman falls from a tour helicopter to the horror of the 8:30 Pirate show crowd.

Was it suicide? An accident? Could she have been pushed?

Lucky's day began with the invasion of the Adult Video Awards and Trade show convention.

It got more hectic when the spouse-swapping annual event checked in.

And if adding a body to the mix wasn't enough, Lucky's got a new suitor. Her best friend, Teddie, a female impersonator who is pressing to take their relationship to the next level.

Can she really date a man who looks better in a dress?

What happened to the woman over the pirate show?

Will her sleuthing skills catch the killer and save her job?

*I read the box set of the first two books, Wanna Get Lucky and Lucky Stiff. I'm sharing the first one here as it's free.*

I love finding new books and new authors to love and I found both with this series! Lucky O'Toole is my kind of gal. She's no-nonsense, knows her job, doesn't take flak from anyone, and still has a softer side that comes through when necessary. I kind of saw her as a competent Stephanie Plum in her crime-solving abilities, but her outlook and understanding of life are far more advanced. I got plenty of laughs from her while at the same time, trying to solve the mystery faster than she could. If you love Vegas, the sins of Sin City, the Strip, and a little bit of romance, adventure, and mystery all rolled into one, then you'll love the Lucky O'Toole Series!

Darla McKendrick is nine when she first hears her mother and her aunt Didi secretly discussing their younger sister, Rebecca, speculating about her life in squalor. From the moment Darla asks to know more about her mysterious aunt, she is offered nothing but half-truths, distortions, and evasions.

As Darla grows into her teen years, her life is oddly yet profoundly affected by this woman she has never known. She can’t help but notice that Rebecca seems to exist only in dark corners of conversations and that no one ever wants to talk about her—with Darla. Neither Darla nor her three cousins have a clue about their aunt, yet their respective parents appear to recoil in fear at the sound of her name.

SQUALOR, NEW MEXICO is a 1970s coming-of-age story shrouded in family mystery. As the plot takes twists and turns, secrets are revealed not only to Darla but to the “secret keepers” as well. Darla learns that families are only as strong as the truths they hold and as weak as the secrets they keep.

Squalor, New Mexico was a thought-provoking read for anyone. The book is about family secrets, family discord, and the one girl caught up in the middle of it. Her inquisitive nature didn't help those matters any, but when you grow hearing about 'Aunt Rebecca this and Aunt Rebecca that', you'd probably be curious about it as well. Darla was just a regular teenager, going through some not so regular teenager stuff. She had life lessons to learn and there were many people there along the way to help her. I especially liked the character Victoria and the way she helped Darla grow.

My favorite quote of the book was, "For me, it was proof that love was more powerful than the darkness that covered it; stronger than the resentment that refused to see it. That day I saw love in its purest form: Mom and Aunt Rebecca, for those moments - letting go of every grudge, of every reason to turn away, of every she said, she did, of every ugliness that divides a family and crushes the human spirit." Those three sentences sum up the beauty of this book and characters. If you love books about family, healing, and forgiveness, you'll love Squalor, New Mexico.

An impulsive pet spa owner loses her elderly client's prize pooch ...
After a lifetime of impetuous mistakes, Jersey Shore pet spa owner Grace Donnelly outdoes herself when a client's prize poodle, a shoo-in to win the annual Fur Ball, goes AWOL while in her custody. With money, careers, and lives in jeopardy, Grace is not afraid to strap on the leather to go undercover in a fetish club looking for clues. Too bad her helpers consist of an aging hippie aunt, a renegade schnauzer, a drag queen, and a dominatrix or two. Worst of all, the only man truly qualified to help is her former flame, the most domineering male on the eastern seaboard.

A smokin' hot bodyguard has his own dangerous agenda ...
Texas-born security specialist Nick Jackson faces his worst nightmare when Grace's amateur investigation nearly blows his covert operation. Unless he nails the con-artist who scammed his home-town's senior citizens and whacked a witness, his homicidal granddaddy will take justice into his own liver-spotted hands. To salvage his case, his sanity, and his ex-lover's velvety skin, Nick joins forces with the sassy crusader who rubs him the wrong way--and so many right ways too.

Together, they encounter an explosion of murder & mayhem...
Action bounces from the upscale Shore community of Saltwater Estates to a beach harboring washed-up corpses, a yacht no honest preacher could possibly afford, and the bawdiest nightclub in Atlantic City.

With the Fur Ball rapidly approaching and hazards multiplying like bunnies, will Grace find the missing poodle in time, and can Nick nail the con-artist before his granddaddy does?

Fur Ball Fever has a little bit everything that I love including romance, mystery, and schnauzers! The writing is smooth and contemporary and pulls you in immediately. Gracie is determined, hilarious and sweet while Nick is determined to save Gracie from herself, hilariously behind Gracie at all turns, and sweet on the woman all at the same time. The mystery has twists and turns and the added secondary characters like Aunt Beth and Granddaddy Hiram make the story that much more fun. Serious when it needs to be and fun when it should be, Fur Ball Fever would be loved by anyone who loves suspense in a rom-com style setting. This one is sure to please!

Those are a few of my summer reads. I'm about to start Risk Everything by Janie Crouch. I'll be reading and reviewing an ARC for Harlequin, so all I have is the cover and blurb. You can preorder for release on October 1. My review will go live here on the blog on October 25!

The wedding is two weeks away

If they survive until then…

Following a fire at the New Journeys women’s shelter, Deputy Tanner Dempsey is on high alert, and his fiancée, Bree Daniels, fears that one of the shelter’s clients is being targeted. Outmanned and outgunned, Tanner and Bree must make a last stand for justice and unravel the twisted plot of a dangerous sociopath. Will it be “’til death do us part” before they can say “I do”?

1 comment

Lisette Brodey said...

Hello, Katie:

First, thank you again for reading Squalor, New Mexico.

How nice of you to also include your review here on your blog.

I really appreciate it!