Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AUTHOR KENDRA ELLIOT--THRILLING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE EXPERTLY BLENDED WITH FASCINATING FORENSICS


 
Bridged (Mason Callahan, #2)
After a congressman’s tortured body is found dangling from a Portland bridge, the FBI joins the Oregon State Police to investigate the case—and FBI Special Agent Ava McLane, still recovering from a bullet wound, hunts the twisted killer alongside the man who captured her heart, police detective Mason Callahan.

But once a third body appears and all evidence points to a serial killer, the public furiously clamors for answers—and the couple’s relationship grows fractured under the pressure. Ava and Mason search in the past for clues that predict the future. And when Ava’s mentally ill twin spins out of control, the FBI agent who battles monsters every day wonders if she shares her sister’s self-destructive streak…

In the latest thrilling romantic suspense novel from award-winning author Kendra Elliot, the past and the present violently collide…and the fallout can be deadly.
Vanished (Mason Callahan, #1)
Author Kendra Elliot continues to shine as a romantic suspense storyteller. Her latest work, "Vanished", brings forward a character from previous books, Mason Callahan, and marks the beginning of her new "Callahan & McClane" series. The murder of his criminal informant is just the beginning of the nightmare for lawman Mason Callahan. A Major Crimes detective with the Oregon state police, Callahan is a combination of smarts, common sense, and good old-fashioned police work. Just as he learns of the brutal death of Josie, the prostitute turned informant, Mason is startled to receive a frantic phone call from his ex-wife, Robin, the mother of his teen son, Jake. Robin's eleven-year old stepdaughter, Henley, vanished on her way to school. When Mason arrives at the home Robin shares with her second husband, Lucas, and their combined family, the local and the FBI are already on the case. Special Agent Ava McClane has been brought in from the Portland Crimes Against Children Unit. Intense, intuitive, and involved, Ava knows there is no time to waste in finding Henley and bringing her home. Working together, using the family home as a base of operations, Mason and Ava find professional admiration beginning to mix with mutual attraction. Just as sparks begin to fly between them, the heat is on in both of their personal lives as Mason fights suspicion that he may be Josie's killer, and Ava must cope with her own sister's messed-up life and substance abuse issues. All the while, the clock keeps ticking, with time running out for the safe return of young Henley. Callahan and McLane have each other, along with their considerable skills, and the resources of the FBI and local law enforcement to help them in their desperate attempt to save a young girl's life and make all right once again with their world--will it be enough? Talented author Kendra Elliot expertly blends thrilling romantic suspense with fascinating forensics and leaves readers looking forward to the further adventures of Callahan & McClane.

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Alone (Bone Secrets, #4)
With each entry into her "Bone Secrets" series, author Kendra Elliot draws us deeper and deeper into the world of those who work in forensic science and law enforcement in its various entities. Her heroines are whip-smart, capable, daring, and all-too-human. Women who write romantic suspense and crime thrillers rock the house, and Kendra Elliot is right at the top. In "ALONE", Victoria Peres, a forensic anthropologist whom we have met in other "Bone Secrets" books, now gets her own story--and what a story it is. Called upon to examine an eerie crime scene--the bodies of six young girls, dressed in white and arranged in a circle--Victoria will discover haunting similarities to another, decades-old crime case. Further disturbing her equilibrium is the fact that the college sweetheart who left her heart in broken pieces is now coming on board to replace the retiring local medical examiner. Seth Rutledge not only wants to make amends to Victoria, he wants her back in his life. Victoria and Seth must work together to stop a murderous fiend who is just as determined to stop them. If the two of them survive working on the case, is there hope for a new life together? Will Victoria overcome the traumatic issues of her own past, and reach out for a happy future with Seth? I highly recommend the "Bone Secrets" series from author Kendra Elliot for lovers of spine-tingling romantic suspense and fascinating forensic science. Treat yourself to the whole series--you'll be glad you did.

 
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Veiled (Bone Secrets, #3.5)
VEILED...
Forensic investigator Lacey Campbell is trying to relax. She and her fiancĂ© have escaped to a high-end resort on the Oregon Coast that they’re scoping out for their wedding venue. But when a murdered woman turns up in the hot tub, there’s no more relaxing for the couple. Neither can resist getting pulled into the case.

 
Tragically, the dead woman is dressed in a wedding gown, even more disturbing for Lacey given she’s about to be a bride. When the victim turns out to be a beloved bartender with a bad-news ex-husband, it looks like a domestic quarrel turned deadly. But could there be something more sinister going on in this tight-knit community?


Buried (A Bone Secrets Novel)



Author Kendra Elliot's "Bone Secrets" series gets better and better with each new book. "Buried" is Book Three, and it blends together elements from the first book with all-new twists and turns for a super suspense-thriller that you won't be able to put down. Investigative reporter Michael Brody is a hard-driving journalist who digs as deep as he needs to in order to unearth the truth. The one resolution to a story which has escaped his grasp is also the most personal. Two decades ago, his own brother, Daniel, along with other children aboard a school bus seemingly vanished from the face of the earth. Only one of the children, Chris Jacobs, had been found alive. Emaciated, near-skeletal, and with no memory, he appeared out of nowhere and was quickly returned to his family. As soon as he graduated from high school, he once again disappeared--this time on his own terms. Twenty years after the bus and the children were lost, an unexpected discovery on a long-time unused dairy farm uncovers the burial site for the children and the bus driver. Only one child's remains are missing--those of Michael's brother, Daniel. Determined to solve the mystery of his brother's whereabouts, Michael seeks out Chris Jacobs through Chris's sister, Jamie, an elementary school principal. Reluctant to aide Michael at first, a violent attack from an unknown intruder in her own home convinces her that the only way to protect Chris is to help Michael. The attraction between Michael and Jamie grows deeper as they come closer to uncovering and exposing an insidious evil--an evil just as deadly as it was decades ago. Will the two of them together be strong enough to destroy the hellish, twisted mind who tortured and killed innocent ones so long ago? Riveting romantic suspense from talented author Kendra Elliot--be sure to also read Book One: "Hidden", and Book Two: "Chilled". Recommended for lovers of thrilling suspense with a just right balance of romance!


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Chilled (A Bone Secrets Novel)


Author Kendra Elliot writes intelligent, capable, attractive heroines who bring back the original appeal that I first found as a young reader of romantic suspense. As I have matured as a reader, so has my taste in reading material evolved. Romantic suspense continues to reinvent itself. As far as "dark or light" goes, it all depends on the story line and the personality that the author builds within each character. Thanks to talented and imaginative authors, like Kendra Elliot, romantic suspense continues to cross boundaries and merge storytelling elements in an increasingly delightful feast for fiction lovers! In "Chilled", Book 2 in the "Bone Secrets" series, Brynn Nealey is a forensic nurse, a highly dedicated professional in a field which in real life includes care to victims of crime, such as sexual and other types of assaults, as well as collecting evidence, performing certain types of death investigations, and working with prison inmates. Assigned to assist a critical rescue team heading to the site of a downed US Marshal Service plane, Brynn is trained to collect vital material in matters relating to the law. Former US Marshal Alex Kinton maneuvers his way onto the team with an agenda of his own. Aboard that plane is the man whom Alex has sworn to eliminate, the man who murdered his brother. When Alex's prey turns out to be the only survivor, a new game begins, and the rescue team finds themselves facing not just the killer cold, but the brutal mind of a murderer. Underneath Brynn's professional demeanor lies great warmth and compassion, and her inner sweetness begins to thaw Alex's hard-edged determination. Brynn is not immune to Alex's appeal, and soon the heat between them blazes to life, but is it enough to overcome the odds against them? Another great all-night page-turner from Kendra Elliot! I am looking forward to more works featuring fantastic females from this talented author.


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Hidden (A Bone Secrets Novel)



Kendra Elliot's debut work, "Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel", is an intriguing romantic suspense with plenty of cold hard facts and sparks-fly, steamy sensuality. The perfect combination for lovers of this genre, told by a new voice. Lacey Campbell is a forensic odontologist, a highly experienced, specially trained dentist who uses her expertise to help identify unknown remains and trace bite marks to a specific individual. Forensic odontologists, or forensic dentists, are typically called in to identify human remains that cannot be identified using fingerprints or other means, and also to estimate the age of skeletal remains. They may be called to work on a case by police officers, the medical examiner, or the coroner. When Lacey is called to an unusual crime scene to examine skeletal remains, she is distraught to discover that the bones are all that is left of her college friend Suzanne. More than a decade has passed since Suzanne was kidnapped by the infamous Co-Ed Slayer. Her fate had remained unknown until now, when her carefully placed remains were sure to be found. The property where Suzanne's skeleton was found is owned by former policeman Jack Harper, who left the force after a tragic incident where he was injured. Intelligent Lacey and instinctive Jack are a high-octane combination, complementing and completing each other in unexpected ways. There are those who wish to come between Jack and Lacey, including her unpleasant ex-husband, Frank, and also a former boyfriend, Michael, neither of whom are fond of Jack's increasing importance in Lacey's life. When new murders begin to occur, suspicion is cast in all directions. The Co-Ed Slayer died in prison, so who is playing this macabre game? "Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel", is a perfect Summer suspense read, and it is also just the thing for a reading "all-nighter". I look forward to more "sensational secrets" in upcoming works by Kendra Elliot.


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KENDRA ELLIOT




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Kendra Elliot won a 2014 Daphne du Maurier award for best Romantic Suspense for BURIED, which was also an International Thriller Writers' finalist for Best Paperback Original and a Romantic Times finalist for best Romantic Suspense. She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. She left the dental world after sixteen years to write full time in 2012. She's always been fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and loves a strong Mai Tai on the beach on Kauai. Visit Kendra at www.kendraelliot.com .

Monday, September 29, 2014

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE FABULOUS BRODY BROTHERS IN AUTHOR CAROL ERICSON'S THRILLING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE SERIES "BRODY LAW"!

 
 
The Bridge (Brody Law, #1)
 
 
 
 
His past is coming back to haunt him, and only one woman can bring this detective the redemption he needs in Carol Ericson's new miniseries, Brody Law.

Under the Golden Gate, Elise Duran refused to be a serial killer's next victim. She was the first of the abducted to survive. And Detective Sean Brody was there to make sure a second chance wouldn't be necessary.

As the elusive murderer sends them messages, both personal and gruesome, the point becomes clear: no one can escape death. But Sean's presence can't be any stronger as he shadows Elise while on the job—and off it—proving she couldn't have asked for a better protector. Though beneath his cool exterior Sean hides a troublesome secret. One that's absolutely to die for…
 
 
MY REVIEW:  If you love an intense, protector hero who meets his match in a strong, intelligent heroine, then you will greatly enjoy "The Bridge", from author Carol Ericson. Kicking off her thrilling new "Brody Law" series, the author sets her story line in atmospheric San Francisco, California. Elise Duran survives the horror of a serial killer's attack, and homicide detective Sean Brody makes it his personal mission to protect the brave, beautiful crime victim and witness. However, the heinous "Alphabet Killer" is relentless, and Sean becomes an unshakeable presence in Elise's life. As protection leads to passion and more, Brody's past threatens his new love and hopes for a happy future, but Elise is not about to let go without a fight. Together, can they bring down a killer and build a new life, one of unexpected joy and adventure? An awesome kick-off to a great new romantic suspense series from author Carol Ericson!


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The District
 
 
 
 
IN THE CITY BY THE BAY IT'LL TAKE TWO EXPERIENCED FBI AGENTS TO BRING AN END TO A SERIAL KILLER'S REIGN.
 

The quicker Special Agent Christina Sandoval brings a serial killer to justice, the sooner she can get back to her daughter. Reason enough for the FBI to send her a partner—who also happens to be her ex-fiancĂ©, Eric Brody.

While Eric's own kidnapping as a child has left him with a sense of justice that never failed, his relationship with Christina had. Now the deeper they dig into the current case, the more personal things get. Trying to capture an elusive killer who seems to know more about Christina than Brody ever did, they'll both need to stop holding back. Or fall victim to this private war, waged without boundaries…
 
 
MY REVIEW:  Author Carol Ericson's compelling "Brody Law" series continues with Book 2, "The District". San Francisco is the atmospheric setting for this intriguing romantic suspense tale which blends factual crime scene investigative procedures with paranormal psychic intuitions. Two FBI agents with an intense personal history are reunited to track down a heinous serial killer. Christina Sandoval never expected to be partnered with her former fiance, Eric Brody. The two of them both worked for the FBI, but in different divisions. Now, brought together on a complex case with personal ties to them both, passions and emotions are running high. Christina's family legacy of witchcraft and psychic abilities is intertwined with tragedies from Eric's own past. His father, a policeman working on a serial killer case, had apparently taken his own life after being accused of the crimes. Eric, just twelve at the time, had been kidnapped and emotionally traumatized by all that had occurred. When Eric and Christina had been previously involved, events took place which made it look as though Christina had become intimate with Eric to gain information about his father for an explosive tell-all book. Eric had broken up with her and fled to whereabouts unknown--all without knowing that she was carrying his child. Now that they are back in each other's close company, the truth will have to come out. Christina can clear her name with Eric, and he will learn that he is the father of a beautiful young daughter. Will clearing the air clear the way for a happy future together? When threats to their safety hit all too close to home, will their powerful combination of passion and professionalism be stronger than the evil around them? Another top-notch romantic suspense tale from author Carol Ericson.

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The Wharf
 
 
 
 
True crime writer Kacie Manning vowed to expose the serial killer suspected of murdering her mother. And she was going to use the killer's son to do it. But Ryan Brody wasn't at all what she expected….


The sexy police chief hoped Kacie could clear his father's name, never expecting the beautiful journalist to have other motives. Then her life was threatened, and Ryan's protective instincts kicked into overdrive. Now, as his past came back to haunt him and Kacie, Ryan had no choice but to find out what really tore his family apart twenty-five years ago. It was a truth he had to face if he wanted to keep Kacie safe—and maybe even in his life.
 
 
MY REVIEW:  The "Brody Law" series from Carol Ericson continues to sizzle with Book Three, "The Wharf". Once again combing suspense and sensuality with scintillating results, the author continues the hunt for "The Phone Book Killer" and the truth surrounding respected San Francisco police officer Joseph Brody's supposed guilt and suicide. Brody's four sons were devastated by the implication of their father being a serial killer, and his suicide via a leap from the Golden Gate Bridge was a stunning loss. Small-town police chief Ryan Brody, along with his three brothers, has never believed his father's guilt, nor has he ever accepted that his father took his own life. Determined to find the truth to bring justice to his father's name and peace of mind for his family, Ryan agrees to work with crime journalist Kacie Manning to unearth the secrets of the killings and bring the facts to light. What Ryan doesn't know is that Kacie has secrets of her own--her birth mother was the killer's first victim. Kacie was later adopted by a family who moved to Seattle, Washington. Back in San Francisco, Kacie is certain that Joseph Brody was the murderer, and she intends to use any means necessary--including manipulating Ryan Brody--to find the answers she seeks. What Kacie never anticipated was the electric chemistry that would ignite between Ryan and herself, and she is caught between duty and desire. Ryan fell for Kacie the first time he saw her--when he rescued her from a near-miss attempt on her life. When he discovers Kacie's hidden agenda, will he forgive her deceit? If the real killer is found and all is revealed, will Kacie be able to live with the consequences? Will there be a chance for a happy future for Ryan and Kacie? A recommended series for lovers of thrilling romantic suspense.

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The Hill (Brody Law, #4)
 
 
 
 
As a P.I., he was used to protecting people. But one beautiful heiress is challenging every move he makes in the conclusion of Carol Ericson's Brody Law miniseries.
 
 
When P.I. Judd Brody agreed to safeguard socialite London Breck, he expected a fluff gig filled with parties and paparazzi. But the bombshell blonde was nothing like the wild princess he'd seen in the media...and his undeniable attraction to her was as real as the threats to her life.

The missteps of London's past didn't compare to the fear she now faced. With her sexy bodyguard by her side, she vowed to confront the conspiracy haunting her family. London couldn't imagine surviving this without Judd. She'd help him get the answers she needed. But she had no intention of watching him walk away once he did....
 
 
MY REVIEW:  "The Hill" is an exciting and entertaining finale to author Carol Ericson's "Brody Law" series. Set in San Francisco, this suspenseful four-book saga follows the adventures of the Brody brothers as they deal with current-day issues and also work to resolve the decades old mystery of "The Phone Book Killer". Their once-respected lawman father, Joseph Brody, had been implicated as the killer, and he apparently took his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. His body was never found, and his sons were left to deal with the devastating emotional aftermath. The author did a great job with this series by creating four distinctive personalities for the brothers, and then finding their match-mates in four equally unique female characters. In "The Hill", youngest brother Judd Brody works as a private investigator and provides protective services for a very elite and wealthy clientele. Beautiful blonde heiress and media magnet London Breck turns out to be far more than a pretty face and paparazzi princess. She's both dazzling and down-to-earth, and she's more than a match for Judd in more ways than he cares to admit. When she hires him to investigate suspicious activity involving the company she inherited from her father--including threats to her personal safety--they discover that their families have a mutual history which may help them to solve the mystery of "The Phone Book Killer". The problem is, they'll have to stay alive long enough to prove it, and then maybe they'll have a chance to found out if the sparks between them will soon burn out or lead to a lasting passion of a lifetime. "The Hill" brings the "Brody Law" romantic suspense series to a satisfying solution and offers readers a terrific twist of events at the exciting conclusion of the book.
 

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