Cut Short – Julia Wolf

Rachel is divorced, works long hours at the salon she is part owner of and is not prepared when she meets the man who rejected her as a girl fourteen years before.
Joe is delighted when he runs into Rachel, but she turns and walks away after a quick greeting. Can they rekindle their feelings of the past? Should they even try?

I love a good romance, steamy or not, and this one sparkles with humour and wonderful characters. I was hooked from the first page. If you want a feel good read with a generous amout amount of steam, this is definitely one that fills the bill. You’ll laugh a lot, sigh, and generally just love it. Highly recommended.


This is an amazing thriller written with compassion and integrity. It tells the story of a double murder….a very high profile double murder…and clearly illustrates how the well connected can skew an investigation to suit their needs.

The main character, Michael O’Higgins, is one of the detectives on the case. He is a tortured man, having just come back to work after months of leave following the death of his wife in a tragic accident. His story is the mainstay of the book for me. A veteran of the war in Iraq, he wades through his guilt about his wife’s death with little direction, despite his ongoing therapy. But though his mind is troubled, he has an inner strength that will not give up.

Asha’s husband, Rishi, was murdered in their home, along with her nanny. All Indian nationals, the high profile family is splashed all over the media in the US as well as their homeland and Michael (along with his partner) is pressured to resolve the case quickly.

I loved this book! The characters were exceptionally well developed and the storylines intricately interwoven. It is a carefully crafted tale of one man’s journey from despair to healing; of his determination to do the right thing, whether that appeases the powers that be or not.

It’s gripping, emotional and the insights into Hindu culture were fascinating. Highly recommended.


Veiled – Cyana Gaffney

Veiled is the story of a young woman’s trip to Saudi Arabia, which goes to hell in a hand basket from the moment she lands. Hailey is arrested by the religious police when she lands in Riyadh and is taken on a journey of horror and fear from that moment on. No spoilers here though.

I stepped out of my comfort zone in reading this Christian Thriller novel, but I was seduced by the blurb and I was not disappointed at all. This is an excellent suspense novel, filled with emotion and fear, and takes you on a journey that will both amaze and horrify you.

I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn’t overly enamoured with the main character, but as she gained inner strength and determination, it was hard not to be right there with her. Your pulse will race as the suspense builds…over and over.

It is a story of pain and fear of the unknown; of capitulation and inner strength, but it is also a story of love, of humanity, and rediscovery of faith.

Though this book may horrify many readers as they uncover this very different culture, the story is told with a good measure of sensitivity and understanding. The suspense is palpable and the outcome not really certain until the end, where it leaves you on a cliffhanger.

Will I read the next book? You betcha!


Dean Harrison is a high-flying trader and the world is his oyster until the day it all comes crashing down around him. When he drives to Beachy Head to fling himself over, (his charmed life in tatters), he meets an old man who sends him on an unbelievable journey that will open his eyes and change him forever.

This is an oustanding debut novel! It kept me reading well into the night as I could not put it down. It is hard to define this as belonging to any one genre as it is definitely a thriller, a mystery and a suspense novel, but there is also fantasy and romance. However you define it, it most certainly belongs on your reading list.

Lince has an easy writing style that involves you right away and makes you feel right at home. His characters are brilliantly developed and it’s hard not to engage with them all. There was not one part of the book that was predictable, which is why I read it in one sitting – that ‘need to know what happens’ thing kept me glued to my chair and kept me turning pages.

This book has a lot of depth. It is about life, death and fighting for what really matters; about finding – perhaps again – the person you really are and recognising your faults. But it is also about strength, love and appreciation of the wealth that surrounds you. All that is wrapped in a well told story that will thrill and keep you on the edge of your seat.

This is a truly wonderful novel for readers of many genres. It is entertaining, compelling and wonderfully moving. I am definitely looking forward to Mr Lince’s next novel.

Highly recommended!


Vileness – Rowan Waters

The story follows Samantha Brooks as she works within a secret network (run by her brother) specifically to help women escape from domestic violence situations. When two women Sam helped disappear turn up dead, certain similarities in their deaths start to play on her mind.

Having moved to the small town of Clanwallace and unexpectedly started a relationship with the town sheriff, Harley Crouch, she is able to learn details she might otherwise not have known. Feeling partly to blame, she secretly starts an investigation of her own and is drawn into a darkness she could not have imagined.

This is a truly gripping read! It grabbed me on the first page and built up suspense steadily until I was on the edge of my seat, and there I remained till the explosive finale.

The characters are wonderful, well developed and easy to connect to and the relationship between Sam and Harley provided depth as well as adding humour through snappy dialogue.

The story is well paced and left no room for distraction as I was compelled to keep reading….long into the night. This was a truly awesome book!  Highly recommended.


Jax is one strong woman. As a teen, she was too easily coerced into doing things she wasn’t sure about. Not anymore. Thirteen years later, the daughter she gave up as a baby has been rejected by the only family she has ever known and is on her way to live with her. However much that excites her, it also scares her to death.

Jack is a detective who worked in the Mt Maria area once before. He met Jax then and the chemistry between them was palpable. However, on their first date he received a call and left Jax alone to take it. When he returned, she was gone. Now, he has come back to take over while the local police chief goes on holiday. But he is still working undercover and he is determined to make everything right with Jax. However, she is not of a mind to forgive him so easily.

While Jax struggles to get her daughter (Frances) to settle in, Jack polices the town and tries to win Jax’s heart. But he is also embroiled in strange things happening around town and with someone messing about on Jax’s land. He pulls out all the stops to make sure she and Frances are safe and as strange happenings pile up, he is sure there is a connection to his case.

I have read and loved many books by Ms Jones and this is no exception. The setting in the outback is wonderfully drawn  and as a visual reader that’s really essential for me. The characters too, are well developed; down to earth, real people with real issues, making them easy to relate to. I just adored the old women, who are a bit of a mystery in themselves.  It is an emotional journey, this book, but so well worth it. There is uncertainty and fear, reassurance and friendship, and of course the sense of community that comes with living in a small town.

It is a great romance, with plenty of suspense and loads of humour – I found myself laughing out loud several times. It’s definitely a book I’ll read again at some point. Highly recommended.


Published by MIRA, 2018

Samia lives in New York City after escaping imminent death in Iraq 17 years earlier. She works as a housekeeper for a cold ruthless woman, but everything she does is so her son can have a good life in the country he was born in. His life though, has not been all roses as he moves through isolation, racism and bullying. But he studies hard and is a good boy.

Samia is filled with guilt for a past she had no control over. She wishes little for herself and is filled with love for her son and for the friendship of her best friend.

Almost a decade after 9/11, her life destroyed, she finds herself back in the place she fled from so many years before.

I really enjoyed this book, although maybe “enjoy” is not quite the right word. The story is wonderfully written and it is compelling reading. The characters in this book are exceptionally well developed and it is almost impossible not to develop a relationship with them.
Samia is quite a simple, straight forward character, but has a complex past, yet her tyrant boss is a very complicated lady and not particularly likeable for the most part. Aazim, Samia’s son, unaccepted by his peers, manages to keep focusing on his studies until his one friend is betrayed.

The situations that arise within the story are realistic and quite horrifying, but it is the overall picture the author paints that will stay with me. It is a story full of emotion; great loss, hope and love, but it also speaks of friendship and forgiveness. That racism/religious prejudice are also featured is a given. It is thought provoking and very moving. Highly recommended.


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