They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble

They Call Me CrazyThey Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cass Adams has spent her whole life thinking she was destined to be married to Roland and that she was also “crazy”. The local doctor and her husband have both been feeding her a pharmacy worth of different pills until one night she snaps. She has had enough of Roland’s lying, cheating and emotional abuse so she kills him and buries in him the unfinished koi pond near their rundown shack Roland has moved her to away from town. Unfortunately the rain doesn’t cooperate and starts uncovering the body and when Cass tries to move Roland to the river one of the men from town catches her and calls the local police chief. Cass freely admits to killing her husband but did she really??

A bit of a mystery and a lot of comedy involved in this little gem of a book. I wasn’t too sure what I was getting into when I picked it up but thought it sounded interesting enough to give it a try. Actually really glad I did in the end, I found myself laughing on more than one occasion and really wasn’t sure where it was all going to end up.

The story is told from the different perspectives of those involved. Cass, wife and possible murderess of our victim. Clay, Roland’s older brother. Maryanne, former best friend of Cass who is in love with Roland. Babe, Cass’ psychic grandmother, Daze, town local/friend of Clay and Roland, and Benny, local law enforcement.

Of course being a small town all of these characters have grown up together and everyone knows everyone. This story often reminded me of watching one of those daytime talk shows like Jerry Springer etc which is probably why I laughed during a lot of it…perhaps that’s just my own weird sense of humor though. As with most of those talk shows you have the who did what to who and why in the world would anyone be in that type of relationship drama with just about everyone involved.

Overall, a little bit of crazy that was completely entertaining, would definitely recommend checking this one out.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

High Interest: Book One (The Paragon Series) by Leigh James

High Interest: Book One (The Paragon Series)High Interest: Book One by Leigh James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lauren Taylor has devoted her life to perfecting her medical technology and running her company, Paragon Laboratories. Just as she finally gets a breakthrough with the technology and thinks it will go to market soon she is approached by two very different CEO’s offering to partner with her company. Gabriel Betts is a sexy, successful CEO who immediately charms Lauren and Clive Warren is a former member of Lauren’s board that will do whatever it takes to weasel in on Lauren’s development.

A bit of romance along with corporate espionage made this a great start to what could be a very interesting series. Lauren having dedicated her life to her work is a fierce business woman but very timid around the opposite sex and just discovering life outside of work. Gabe was a sexy billionaire that most woman would be thrilled to have wanting to impress and protect them. Toss in Clive, a rival competitor who doesn’t take no for an answer and you have a series that shows some great promise.

Overall, cliffhanger warning on this little novella as it’s only the beginning to a series but enjoyed reading it so far and would definitely continue.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Scottie Barked At Midnight by Kaitlyn Dunnett

The Scottie Barked At MidnightThe Scottie Barked At Midnight by Kaitlyn Dunnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Liss MacCrimmon is driving home during an ice storm she sees a small dog run out in front of her car causing her to spin out on the icy roads. Liss finds the Scottish terrier limping and immediately takes her to the vet and then searches for an owner.

Liss finds out the dog belongs to Deidre Amendole and is part of an act on a reality television competition known as Deidre and her Dancing Doggies. Unfortunately after returning Dandy to Deidre Liss gets a call from Deidre’s daughter that her mother has passed and since Liss mentioned being a former dancer and the dogs seemed to listen to her, Deidre’s daughter wants Liss to fill in for Deidre in the competition. Liss soon finds that there have been several attempts to sabotage the various acts and Deidre’s death may not have been accidental.

The Scottie Barked At Midnight is the ninth book in the Liss MacCrimmon series but it’s the first of which I have read and seemed to read fine as a standalone novel. A great little cozy mystery with some lovely characters and a couple of too cute canine companions.

Liss seemed like an every day character that just happened to get caught up in an ongoing investigation. She didn’t go out and investigate or act as if she was an amateur detective, she just questions everything and tries to keep herself safe and decide who she can trust while being involved in the show which I enjoyed.

The setting being a live reality television competition adds a pretty crazy group of secondary competitors/suspects. Also, a bit humorous going behind the scenes of this “live” show.

Overall, would definitely recommend if you enjoy a cozy mystery.

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads, receiving a free copy in no way reflects upon my review and all thoughts are my own.

A Promise to Bear (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) (Second Chance Shifters) by Meredith Clarke

A Promise to Bear (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) (Second Chance Shifters)A Promise to Bear (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) by Meredith Clarke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Twila Jacobs’ grandmother passes away it forces Twila to return to the lodge that her grandmother owned, Bear Lake Lodge. Twila had left three years prior after the death of both of her parents due to a bear attack. After the reading of the will Twila finds that she is going to have to stay and run the lodge for a year with her former love, Jasper Blake. The two quickly stumble into some inconsistencies with the books for the lodge.

I have to say I was enjoying the majority of this story until the short story rushed ending happened. I’ll go with a solid three stars for my rating though for this one as the characters were likable, the chemistry between the two nice and steamy and a good overall general idea for an expanded plot besides the relationship.

However, while I liked the general idea for the mystery plot line it really needed a bit more work and focus for my particular taste. A few details seemed to contradict each other and some just seemed kind of silly. Not too bad overall though if not expecting a huge mystery and focus more on the rekindled romance.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Loyal To The Bear (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) (Second Chance Shifters) by Meredith Clarke

Loyal To The Bear (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) (Second Chance Shifters)Loyal To The Bear (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) by Meredith Clarke
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

After Carly Tate’s father was murdered when she was younger she vowed to stay far away from shifters. When she finds out the man she is dating is a shifter she breaks things off and runs as far from him as possible, unfortunately she is still harboring feelings for him. When running into Henry a few years later he tries to get Carly to see not all shifters are alike.

Meanwhile, there’s a serial killer on the loose that is threatening to kill all shifters but he keeps killing human women. Henry and his friends have been asked to help find out anything about what is going on to try to stop the killer.

Unfortunately Loyal to the Bear is one of those cases of a bit too much trying to happen in such a short story. I don’t want to mention details too much as to spoil anything for future readers but events take place as if a light switch is hit and boom emotions change or plot developments get rushed through.

Overall, 2.5 stars for me, not horrible but could slowed down a bit instead of jumping from one thing to another.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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