The Alligator Man by James Sheehan

The Alligator ManThe Alligator Man by James Sheehan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Roy Johnson was not a good man by any means. In the past he was being investigated for drug trafficking but was never caught. In the current day he had been CEO of Dynatron in which he cashed out of the company making off with one hundred million just before it shut down costing twenty thousand employees all of their jobs, pensions and insurance. When Roy’s wife reports him missing after going for a walk one night near the swamp pieces of his clothing and wallet are found so the press then dubs him the “Alligator Man” since it seems he fell victim to the alligators in the swamp until a witness comes forward saying they saw a hit and run that night.

Kevin Wylie is a lawyer from Miami who shortly after losing his job receives a phone call from his estranged father’s girlfriend to let him know that his father is battling cancer and may not have very long to live. Kevin decides to go meet the man who gave him up twenty eight years before to get some answers but while there an old family friend is accused of the murder of Roy Johnson so Kevin takes on his case.

I was completely caught up in this story from the moment it starts through the investigation and trial. A well written, intense, fast paced legal thriller. The story changes the points of view from several characters to start which seemed a bit confusing at first but once you get going it was very hard to put this one down. Interesting characters, plot and conclusion. Definitely would recommend.

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

Falling Under (Ink & Chrome, #2) by Lauren Dane

Falling Under (Ink & Chrome, #2)Falling Under by Lauren Dane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Duke Bradshaw has had his eye on his neighbor Carmella Rossi for at least a year. When a position opens up at his business Twisted Steel he offers Carmella the job as he knows she’s been unemployed. Even though Camella has had a thing for Duke for a while too with the two working together and her track record for relationships she’s determined to keep it professional but the sparks soon fly for the pair.

Falling Under is the second book in the Ink and Chrome series by Lauren Dane but could be read fine as a stand alone novel, each book in the series has featured a relationship with one of the men of Twisted Steel.

I didn’t quite enjoy this as much as Opening Up. It was still plenty steamy and a nice relationship developing between Duke and Carmella but I think at times Carmella was just too closed off or jealous for my taste. She had an incredible past and a tough time trusting but Duke was such a laid back good guy that it got somewhat frustrating waiting for her to see it.

Still a good read though and will be looking forward to the next in the series.

Kiss Kill Love Him Still by Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller

Kiss Kill Love Him StillKiss Kill Love Him Still by Jamie Blair
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie all have one thing in common, Jackson Landis. When Jackson turns up murdered the girls all have their own reasons to want to find out what happened and their own secrets to protect. Reggie is the campus drug dealer, Haddie the quiet one from the school library, Val the girlfriend of Jackson’s best friend and Livie was Jackson’s girlfriend. How and why did all these girls fit into Jackson’s life and just who killed him?

Kiss Kill Love Him Still is told from alternating points of view from Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie. None of the girls are what you would call upstanding students, everyone involved had reasons to want Jackson dead themselves. Full of secrets and lies and the intertwining lives of all those involved with Jackson it’s easy to get caught up in the story and wanting to know just what happened the night of Jackson’s death. Unfortunately I didn’t really care for the ending of the story but I did enjoy my time reading until then so I debated on the rating for this one. Had it a better wrap up I would of rated a bit higher.

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

Safe in His Arms (Unexpected Heroes, #0.5) by Melody Anne

Safe in His Arms (Unexpected Heroes, #0.5)Safe in His Arms by Melody Anne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Natalie Duncan accepts a teaching job in Montana she comes in completely unprepared for the weather and the matchmaking crew of ladies that already have plans to set her up with the town’s most eligible bachelor Hawk Winchester the fire chief. After being paired up together on many occasions Natalie and Hawk find themselves becoming more involved than either planned or hoped for.

Another lovely little holiday read taking place from Thanksgiving to Christmas time. This one would be great for anyone ever checking out the sexy firefighters as Hawk is certainly a steamy male lead. Natalie was also great, her back story was very touching and couldn’t help but feel for her and enjoy her strength.

This was also another one of those small town reads where everyone knows each other and such a feeling of family and togetherness. Great book to cozy up to on the cold winter nights ahead!

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

Thirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Case by A.M. Rosenthal

Thirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese CaseThirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Case by A.M. Rosenthal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

On March 13, 1964 Catherine “Kitty” Genovese was returning home from work around 3am when she was brutally attacked and murdered near her building. The attack took place over a period of thirty five minutes with thirty eight people in nearby apartments listening to her screams but not helping or calling the police.

This short true crime book mainly covers the journalistic side of the case of Catherine Genovese and the fact that so many people were a witness to the crime but did not help in any way. Had any one of them called for help shortly after hearing Kitty scream she would have survived the attacked. There is a a few short explanations of the entire episode of the attack with a few images of where it took place and a bit of a follow up on what happened with the attacker but the majority is focused on the lack of help.

Overall, not a bad read but felt it could have covered the actual crime a bit more.

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

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