Nose in a Book Reviews: Ash Rising by Melissa Fox

Ash Rising (A DEAd Novel)Ash Rising by Melissa Fox

My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars

Thanks to Melissa Fox for an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.

Ash Rising is a story about rookie RCMP, Ash Beaulieu who’s been assigned to an undercover operation trying to infiltrate an international drug cartel. He’s doing a convincing job until he ends up falling in love someone while he’s deep undercover. His life explodes around him, leaving his life laying in shambles around him.

The book then picks back up a while later after Ash has recovered from that op, only to be dragged back in when an American DEA agent needs his help trying to figure out why the people he was previously entangled with keep showing up dead.

The story is a nice little mystery with a twisty climax to round it out. While I did see the twist coming, it was still a doosey. The characterization and dialogue was smart and well rounded.

I would have liked it a bit more if the ending didn’t feel quite so rushed and neatly tied up in a bow. Otherwise, a great sophomore effort by Fox.

If you’re looking for a smart mystery with a little bit of romance, this is the book for you.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Mine to Take by Cynthia Eden

Mine to TakeMine to Take by Cynthia Eden

My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars

This book was a bit of a thriller.

The story revolves around Skye Sullivan, a prima ballerina who lost her ability to dance when she was in a devastating car wreck. Fleeing back to Chicago, she leaves her life and memories in New York. For a while She’s been feeling like someone is watching her. When her apartment is broken into, she seeks out the one man she knows who will help and protect her, Trace Weston.

Skye’s stalker begins to ramp up his terrorizing and the story continues to leave you guessing who the perpetrator is. I enjoyed that part of the story a great deal. My main issue with it is that the hero was excessively possessive of Skye. So much so that it might have gotten a four if he wasn’t such an ass. I get that the story needed that tension, but yeah… he was a wee bit too intense for my independent, feminist ass.

All in all, a quick, sexy and suspenseful read.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: The Prophet by Ethan Cross

The Prophet: A Shepherd ThrillerThe Prophet: A Shepherd Thriller by Ethan Cross

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

This story was quite good. It was fast paced and definitely kept you on the edge of your seat through most of the book. With that said, it also felt a bit like a roller coaster that went on for a few minutes too long.

The story is told from quite a number of view points, that especially at the beginning, is quite confusing.

The Prophet revolves around Marcus Williams, a member of a secret federal organization that doesn’t really answer to anyone. What the police or the FBI can’t accomplish because of all the red tape, the Shepherd organization handles it instead.

The story is a bit confusing, but weaves itself around trying to catch the Prophet before he is able to fulfill his satanic ritual on the night of the eclipse. Throw in a serial killer fugitive who feels like he’s connected by fate to Marcus and seemingly ‘helps’ Marcus with the investigation by always being one step ahead of him – and you have a wild and crazy ride.

If you like a good suspense book filled with crazy twists and turns you never see coming, pick up The Prophet.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: A Thin, Dark Line by Emma Elliot

A Thin, Dark LineA Thin, Dark Line by Emma Elliot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense



I was extremely fortunate to receive this as an ARC from NetGalley and The Writer’s Coffee Shop.

When does the search for justice become mere revenge? What’s the difference between the two?”

He was silent for several moments. “A thin dark line,” he said.

When I picked this book up, I had forgotten what the back cover blurb said about it.  Going into the book without any knowledge about the plot, I was amazed to be sucked into the story from the very first chapter.

The story revolves around Eloise Carmichael, the town’s librarian who has eschewed her family’s wealth to follow her own path.   When ex-con Cormac O’Malley arrives at the library’s doorstep looking for a job, Eloise decides to give the man a break he so desperately needs.   Unfortunately, the town’s people aren’t nearly as forgiving and are trying to run Cormac out on a rail.  When people suddenly show up dead, Cormac is the first person people look to as the culprit.

Despite the reactions of her family and friends, Eloise won’t back down and continues to allow Cormac to work at the library.

He handled the books with surprising care. And something inside me stuttered as I noticed how he cradled the tattered books in his large, calloused hands…

My God, you would be an easy man to love, Cormac O’Malley.  The thought shocked me. And terrified me.

Elliot’s descriptions and phrasing are all done so simply. So eloquently that nothing feels overdone.  I appreciated the way the mystery wove itself around the growing attraction between the two main characters.  I enjoyed the twist at the end and it was one that surprised me, not an easy feat.  I usually pick out the villain right away.

I loved the buildup of the romantic story and how it wasn’t easy or perfect, because neither main character was perfect.  Their relationship pulsed through the story, the push and pull of the various people, events and emotions in the story all had a factor into their budding love.

Before I could formulate a thought or question, his lips covered mine again. And while the first had been explosive, this kiss was shattering in its tenderness.

A really unexpected and lovely book.  Well done and I can’t wait to read the next story Elliot comes up with.