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Character Interview: Lexi Carmichael from No Woman Left Behind


‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-laaaa! Introducing Sissy Lu’s first festive Character Interview, featuring Lexi Carmichael from No Woman Left Behind by Julie Moffett. Grab a cup of eggnog or some wassail, but beware the mistletoe!


So, Lexi, give us some small deets below!

Full name: Lexi Carmichael
Age: 25
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Cookie: There is no cookie I won’t eat.
Favorite Hot Beverage: Hot chocolate


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Thicker than water by Brigid Kemmerer

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On his own
Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…


Genres: Mystery, young-adult, suspense-thriller, supernatural, contemporary

Pages: 322

Published by Kensington Books

Released: December 29th, 2015

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Thomas Bellweather is a world of trouble. A newcomer to a small town with his mom who married rather quickly and just as quickly was found murdered inside the house. Everything is pointing to Thomas and at his mother’s funeral, he sees her Charlotte Rooker, a cop’s daughter and sister of three cops. She is the only one who believes he’s innocent…

This is one of those books that I can’t really summarize much of it because to summarize would be to give away the twists and turns that occur in it. The story for me went rather smoothly and while there was some filler in there to occupy some pages it did its job by keeping me engaged.

I wasn’t a fan of Charlotte Rooker, Thomas Bellweather continues to say how strong she is and I think she’s the opposite. If someone is suspected of murder and your cop family tells you to stay away, you do that. On the same note her entire family is overprotective so maybe it’s a justifiable rebellion in the most stupid way – hanging out with a murder suspect?!

At times Charlotte is filled with fear and doubt, she’s constantly finding herself alone with Thomas Bellweather – the suspected murderer, in case anyone has forgotten. Not on this – she seems to always put him in a really bad position.

In the middle of the book, it takes a really odd twist and turn, one that I think could have been smoothed over better to make it blend because it almost seems like it’s an entirely different book halfway in. The first half was decent and the second half was also decent, but together they sort of …. well it was kind of odd for me. Like the supernatural aspect was an afterthought.

All in all, it was a pretty good read. Those 322 pages zoomed by quickly. For those Teens looking for a not-so-dull murder mystery with a spice of supernatural, this is definitely a read for you.


★★★☆☆


 

Five Steps To The Harem by A.M. Helen

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★★★☆☆

 

Genres: romance, suspense, thriller, mystery, erotica

Pages:  325

Series: Single

Published by Teardrop Productions

Release date: October 31st, 2015

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The older I get the less appealing an alpha male is to me, I enjoy strong males who don’t need to flaunt their need for control of all things. I don’t enjoy the aspect of ” you don’t need to know, you just need to trust me.” … There are some exceptions as far as the story goes.

This being said this book is more like 3.5 stars for me because the story is intriguing to say the least. Catherine Moore is a newly widowed detective in England who is working a case involving Lord Redthorn who is a suspect in a double homicide and it just so happens the two victims are part of his harem.

Catherine is disgusted and yet intrigued by him from the start, she becomes obsessed with pinning this murder on him to the point her boss gives her leave. That’s when she decides to take Nicholas Redthorn up on his offer and delves into his harem to see if she can’t figure things out.

She figures things out, but also discovers quite a bit about herself and finds herself entirely lost to Nicholas.

While the story is intriguing, the romance to it is… A little off for me. They’re both obsessed with one another and the way they clicked was fairly insta love which seemed displaced for me. The more thugs the develop the worse this feeling gets to me.

However, the side story of her husband’s cause of death and how that wraps up with Redthorn’s story is quite interesting, a lot of twists here and then the ending… You don’t quite see that coming.

Catherine is forgettable, though, she’s wishy-washy and inconsistent.

I will say this, though, I did read it straight through and it kept me engaged.

Ghostwriter Anonymous by Noreen Wald

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★★☆☆☆

Genres: mystery

Pages:  222

Series: Jake O’Hara mystery

Published by Henery Press

Release date: March 16th, 2016

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I’m new to the mystery genre, I’ve been branching out as of late and I find that I like a good twist in a story, I like engaging characters that don’t leave me feeling like I’ve just read a newspaper and that make me really enjoy the front story as well as the back stories.

This book seemed a little all over the place for me and maybe that’s just because I wasn’t overly into it until the very end. The story itself just seemed to tread water unless you want to count the murders that happen.

All of the characters are flat, kept me disengaged and it was overly nothing to remember. It’s a quick filler read, if you’re sitting in the doctor’s office it’s purely something to pass away the time. The writing wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me.

Kill without mercy by Alexandra Ivy

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★★★☆☆

Genres: romance, suspense, thriller, mystery

Pages:  352

Series: Book 1 of the ARES Security series

Published by Kensington Books

Release date: December 29th, 2015

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*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

A 2.5 stars would be more accurate for this book.

Annie White is a CPA with a haunted past and recently she’s been plagued with nightmares or rather visions that are linked to her past. She found a home with a foster mother and lived a somewhat normal life. Annie is the daughter of the man who was allegedly the “Newton Slayer” a serious killer from Newton, Iowa who targeted young mother’s. Since the visions began she decided to travel back to the source of all her adult issues, Newton.

Rafe Vargas is a military man with extensive knowledge regarding intelligence and surveillance, accompanying him are his brother in arms and they have taken it upon themselves to begin a new life as “ARES Security.” Rafe is in Newton handling some family affairs when he stumbles into Annie.

That’s where the story picks up. The initial meeting for me was more than a little corny and as the story goes on the romance between the two is, even more, worthy of eye rolling. If you are a fan of those sultry, easy romance novels then this is perhaps a book for you, but in my personal opinion the cheap sex scenes draw away from the real focus of the story and that is the mystery involved in it – the murders that are taking place.

It doesn’t take long for the two to tumble into each other’s arms and I’m not overly keen on how weak Annie is made out to be considering she had the moxie to return to a home which plagued her mind. Rafe seems to think she’s this weak waif of an individual and from his perspective you’d certainly think so.

The mystery in and of itself was a fairly decent one, but the romance just threw it off for me, it really brought the book down in rating for me.

There is also a supernatural flare to the series, those of you who are an Alexandra Ivy fan will not be surprised.

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

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★★★☆☆

Well, I’m not sure where to begin. I’m torn over my rating and I think that a 3.8 is more accurate, there are a few too many things about the book [minor details,] that bring my rating down from a 4. For instance, how the book starts off fairly slowly and by fairly slowly I mean things don’t begin to pick up until you reach around 200-250. By the time 250 rolls around, if you managed to stay with the book, things begin to rapidly pick up from there.

We begin our story with a sixteen year old Adele Le Moyne who is just moving back from Paris to New Orleans after a devastating [unnamed] storm has hit the state. The state is a ghost place, where a curfew is set in place and looters are on the prowl. Even though the storm is unnamed when you read it you can’t help but think of the devastation Katrina caused and so it was interesting to view it as that being the storm to cause such havoc.

Adele meets new individuals as she begins to settle into her ‘old’ life and she meets new people, people who confuse her. Eventually, we begin to see her abilities surface and what she is capable of in small dribs and drabs. I wasn’t keen on the lack of explanation of her magical abilities but it does come later [a little bit.]

As soon as she comes into the possession of a diary that belongs to an ancestor of hers [around page 250 or so,] the book takes off and you’re plunged into a world where the Casquette Girls formed and you discover an unlikely coven, vampires and more intrigue.

The book ends and it leaves you with questions that make you want to read the second book and I think I really will read the second installment. This book was a quick read once things actually began to happen, I just wasn’t keen on how slow it was in the beginning. It was interesting though, to see the devastation and how the storm and storms in general destroy peoples lives.

Very interesting read.