• Review: Ascension

    With a cool disposition about him, Alvise Marangon is hired to protect an attractive female client. However along the way, he encounters some hurdles that can possibly affect the "contract" that he agreed to. In the quiet city of Venice, Mr. Alvise has...

  • Review: Her Every Fear

    "Her Every Fear" by Peter Swanson is suspenseful but a little messy. This is one of those ‘buzz’ books all my friends were reading, so I had to see why it was so popular. Kate, and her cousin, Corbin, switch apartments for sixth months. Corbin moves into...

  • Review: As Red as Blood

    This book intrigued me from reading the synopsis but as soon as I got it in my hands and started reading, I was left confused with no understanding of what was happening and going on. Maybe because this was translated from a Finnish was the reasoning...

  • Review: She Stopped for Death A Little Library Mystery

    If you're a lover of cozy mysteries then this should be on your TBR list. The setting is northern Michigan. As with the first book, this is a curious mystery. The author gave characters that were fun and entertaining, and each character was somehow mixed...

  • Review: Brain Matters An Alie McCull Mystery

    From a journalist trying to protect her family falling prey to a wicked government experiment to a tangled maze of a prominent rouge attorney trying to protect his turf, Alie McGull has taken the mantle of a lone crusader in solving a mystery that eventually...

  • Article: Uncovering – Susan Wittig Albert - Dark Streets

    Another author I’ve recently stumbled across is Susan Wittig Albert . Susan has been a full-time novelist since she left her career as a university English professor and administrator in 1985. A New York Times bestselling author, her books include...

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  • Review: A Death at the Yoga Café Keeley Carpenter

    "Death at the Yoga Café" by Michelle Kelly is a combination of engaging characters and enticing intrigue! This is the second book in the series, but it can easily read as a standalone. Keeley’s Yoga Café is doing much better than anticipated, plus she...

  • Review: Into the Firestorm BOSS, Inc., #3

    This story is full of action, adventure and attitude. And, then, the loving begins. This book is part of a series but can be read without having read previous books. Get ready to jump into the world of bounty hunting. This world can be dangerous, changes...

  • Review: Livia Lone

    Livia Lone is about a woman, Livia Lone, who was sold into human trafficking as a child with her sister. Years later, Livia now works as a sex crimes detective, where she gets a fresh lead on finding her sister and the men who trafficked them as children....

  • Review: Dragonfly Nightmare Once Upon A Secret Book 1

    "Dragonfly Nightmare" is about Allie, a girl with a traumatic past and overprotective parents, who decides to go to summer camp with her best friend and her best friend’s brother. Once they arrive, things feel “off.” With some sleuthing, Allie and her...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Brian Cohn

    Hello Brian. It's great to have you over to chat about "The Last Detective" and your life. What is "The Last Detective" about? It's a sci-fi mystery, a real alien noir detective story set two years after Earth has been invaded and conquered by an alien...

  • Review: The Paris Librarian A Hugo Marston Novel

    “The Paris Librarian” is a Hugh Marston crime fiction book by Mark Pryor. I had not read his books before and so found this novel to be appealing. I enjoy crime fiction and found that this setting in Paris with all the accompanying Parisian sights and...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews E. Michael Helms

    Hi Michael - Thanks for joining us today and sharing your work with us. Please tell us what your latest book, Deadly Spirits: A Mac McClellan Mystery (#4), is about. Private eye Mac McClellan is drawn into a case of "whooodunnit" when girlfriend Kate...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Cynthia Roberts

    Hi Cynthia! It's a pleasure to have you on to chat with us. What is your book "A Pawn For Malice" about? A thrilling, passionate, and suspenseful romance that entails, self-discovery, survival and a love that is so strong, it conquers the evil trappings...

  • Review: Cheddar Off Dead An Undercover Dish Mystery, #2

    “Cheddar Off Dead” is a great cozy mystery Christmas read! It not only gives the reader a good story but some good food too! The plot simmered around the death of a part time Santa Claus, Brad Whitefield, and an undercover chef, Lilah Drake, in Pine Haven....

  • Review: Lost in Shadows Lost Series, #2

    Private security specialist Jeb McCormick is tasked with helping an old army buddy’s cry for help. His sister Caroline Walker thinks she’s in danger. But can he keep his hands off this beautiful intelligent women and find out if she has a real problem...

  • Review: The River at Night

    The narrator is Wini who has just an average life, but as you read, you get the feeling there is something amiss. Her friends as planning a trip into the wild and she gains the courage to go along. Was this a mistake on her part? Things go from bad to...

  • Review: The Guests on South Battery Tradd Series, #5

    I fell in love with this series at first sight and I’ve never looked back. This fifth installment in the Tradd Street series opens with Melanie returning to work after giving birth to twins, adjusting to motherhood and marriage, and coping with weight...

  • Review: Where I Can See You

    A mystery that takes place in a small town. The author gives you so many surprises that you don't know what will happen when you turn that page. The main character, Hud Matthews is quite the man, he is intelligent, stick to your guns, good looking and...

  • Review: Deadly Silence Blood Brothers, #1

    “Deadly Silence” by Rebecca Zanetti is chock full of testosterone and adventure, and provides an action-packed roller-coaster ride with plenty of sizzling interludes. I love the way it starts off with the formation of the bonds that unite Ryker, Heath,...

  • Review: Absolute Trust True Heroes, #3

    “Absolute Trust” by Piper J. Drake is another story about the fascinating military service dogs and those who work with them. I loved reading about Haydn, who is adapting to a prosthetic leg, and learning about the way his hard-won skills can still be...

  • Review: Time of Death A Stillwater General Mystery

    As much as I tried, I could not get into this book . What really caught my attention was the cover and then the title. It’s a great concept but the book was a slow read for me. Frankie was a person who was really just trying to start over and reconnect...

  • Review: Going Deep An Alpha Ops Novel, #5

    In "Going Deep" the sex scenes were great and the characters were well developed. Cady and Conn are two people who are independent and don’t like to rely on people but Cady has no choice in the matter. When Conn is hired to be her bodyguard she has to...

  • Review: Black Diamond Wilds of the Bayou, #2

    Dealing with people who take drugs is not easy and sometimes it can even be frightening. Jena and Cole run into that and a lot more in "Black Diamond". Secrets are a big part of anybody and to a certain extent they both have them. Cole more so than Jena....

  • Review: Woman in the Shadows Clara Vine, #2

    “Woman in the Shadows” by Jane Thynne is the third book in the Clara Vine Series that I have read. Jane Thynne has become one of my very favorite authors. Not only is her subject matter one that I love to read about, but her style of writing keeps me...

  • Review: When She's Gone

    The title was the first thing that caught my attention and then I read the cover and was hooked. "When She’s Gone" is a fast paced book that kept me on my toes. Right when you think you know what’s going on it changes. Ara is awesome but she has some...

  • Review: In the Bag A Celeste Eagan Mystery, #2

    Emery Harper once again delights readers with the adventures and antics of Celeste Eagan in the second book in this cozy mystery series. Celeste is an engaging character. I love her mixture of confidence and awkwardness. Watching her practically bulldoze...

  • Review: Captcha Thief Amy Lane Mysteries

    A security guard assigned to secure the priceless paintings at the National Museum of Wales is brutally murdered. The murderer's goal was to gain ownership of the museum's most cherished painting. What was the interest in this painting? Was it to be sold...

  • Review: Prose and Cons A Magical Bookshop Mystery, #2

    Amanda Flower brings us the second entry in her Magical Bookshop series. This time we find Violet and her Grandma Daisy getting ready for the annual Food and Wine Festival. they plan on having the local writing group, the Red Inkers, present a reading...

  • Review: Black Dawn Dark Light Book 1

    Short and sweet, if a bit under-fleshed. I would have liked to see a bit more of what led Darr to love Isolde, how his feelings changed from his initial thoughts of simply staying away from his previous master, to loving Isolde. After all, he's a demon,...

  • Review: Notes And Roses Stanford Creek Book 1

    “Notes & Roses” by Rozenn (RJ) Scott is an entertaining introduction to a delightful small town family and the members of a music group that they form a relationship with. I was a little disconcerted to discover that this was the first in the series,...

  • Review: The Ghosts of Misty Hollow Ghost of Granny Apples, #6

    The Setting: Massachusetts This is the sixth book in the Granny Apples Mystery Series As Gino Costello works in a historic farmhouse writing his next book he thinks about a medium the family knows, Emma. The book he's writing is about the paranormal....

  • Review: Telling Tails Second Chance Cat Mystery, #4

    Sofie Ryan brings us the fourth entry in her popular Second Chance mystery series. Sarah’s friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer’s purchase when the quick errand becomes a deadly escapade. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered...

  • Review: Custom Baked Murder A Pawsitively Organic Mystery, #5

    Custom Baked Murder is the fifth book in A Pawsitively Organic Mystery series. Kristan “Stan” Connor is working hard on getting everything ready for the opening of her shop, Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Café, when her sister, Christine shows...

  • Review: An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock A Samuel Craddock Mystery

    The author deals with some real life issues, some real hard issues, drugs. murder and racism. A mystery of a small town that has corruption spewing all over. It even spills over into the police department. Samuel Craddock, takes on the job of Police Chief,...

  • Review: No Living Soul A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, #9

    If you think geeks never get away from their computers, you’ve never met Lexi Carmichael and her friends. They have action packed adventures while solving mysteries that require all of their knowledge. In this story, a pandemic has the chance of breaking...

  • Review: Hope's Peak

    Detective Jane Harper, from San Francisco expects sinister murders back there, but not in Hope's Peak, North Carolina. The author gives you vivid images of the murders, such as a young woman found with a crown of vines on her head, like a princess. Once...

  • Article: A New Face for suspense….Gerry Schmitt - Dark Streets

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    I loved the puns in this book! The author does a great job describing the Amish. She also does a great job of explaining the relationships between the Amish and the English. I liked hoe there were true friends that helped each other no matter what, even...

  • Review: The Raven A Coffey & Hill Novel, #2

    "The Raven" by author Mike Nappa is full of suspense and thrills. An actor who performs by using the name The Raven, loves to steal whatever he can from people in his audience while they are watching his show. It is all going well when he gets more than...

  • Review: Good Behavior

    Letty Dobesh is one of my favorite characters of all time. She is so complex that, as a reader, you want more, more, more. Why does she do the things she does? Who hurt her in the past? So many questions and this book didn't answer nearly enough of them....

  • Review: Troublemaker

    This was very different that what I was expecting. I went into this thinking it would be a classic Linda Howard romantic suspense. That's how it is tagged. Unfortunately that's not really how it came across. The plot is that Morgan has been seriously...

  • Review: At Risk

    The book starts out very slow and about the time you're ready to give up on the book, it takes a turn. The main character has been in a relationship with a husband that was terribly abusive but no she is with a man that really loves her. Maybe it's because...

  • Review: Inherit the Bones Detective Gemma Monroe Novels

    The author opens her novel with an account of skeletons of two boys that weren't found until years after their going missing. Deputy Gemma Monroe found the skeletons. To this day she is still haunted by what she found. Now, she is in search of answers...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Michelle Diener

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  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Robb T. White

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  • Review: An Unhappy Medium A Family Fortune Mystery, #4

    I really like the covers in this book series. The covers draw me into read them. I previously read "Be Careful What You Witch For". I loved it! In this fourth installment in the series we learn more about Clyde's family, especially her sister Grace. The...

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    “Bang” is another good story in the B Squad series. This is book two. This story is definitely an attention grabber. I do really suggest that you read B Squad # 1 “Bazen” to really understand what has happened earlier for some of these characters. I loved...

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Gone in the Night Gone in the Night

Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson


Strong enough to protect her. Bold enough to love her. 

When good girl Margo Connelly becomes Lamar "Striker" Jennings's latest assignment, she knows she's in trouble. And not just because he's been hired to protect her from an underworld criminal. The reformed bad boy's appeal is breaching all her defenses, and as the threats against her increase, Margo isn't sure which is more dangerous: the gangster targeting her, or the far too alluring protector tempting her to let loose. 

Though Striker's now living on the right side of the law, he's convinced his troubled past keeps Margo out of his league. But physical chemistry explodes into full-blown passion when they go on the run together. Surrendering to desire could be a deadly distraction—or finally prove that he's the only man qualified to keep her safe, and win her love.

The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White


He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared.

But Detective Angie Pallorino hasn’t forgotten the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card—crosses etched into the flesh of his victims’ foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

Then the body of a drowned young woman, also bearing the marks of the serial rapist, floats up in the Gorge, and the hunt for a predator becomes a hunt for a killer. Assigned to the joint investigative task force, Angie is more than ready to prove that she has what it takes to break into the all-male homicide division. But her private life collides with her professional ambitions when she’s introduced to her temporary partner, James Maddocks—a man she’d met just the night before in an intense, anonymous encounter.

Together, Angie and Maddocks agree to put that night behind them. But as their search for the killer intensifies, so does their mutual desire. And Angie’s forays into the mind of a monster shake loose some unsettling secrets about her own past. How can she fight for the truth when it turns out her whole life is a lie?

Where Danger Hides by Desiree Holt


FROM AWARD WINNING ROMANCE AUTHOR DESIREE HOLT

Book one in the Corporate Heat series - newly edited version!

Taylor’s suddenly thrown into the dangers of the corporate world and her only protector is her hot, anonymous one-night stand.

Taylor Scott thought she had it all—a good life and a great job. No relationship? No problem. But her world is turned upside down when the father she never knew she had first refuses to acknowledge her, then makes her the sole heir to the major conglomerate he owned. It’s the last thing she wants, but circumstances leave her no choice. She steps into a world of corporate greed and treachery where no one is what they seem.

And the only person to guide her through the treacherous waters? The man with whom she had the hottest one-night stand ever, Noah Cantrell. Noah isn’t what he seemed at first, either, but now he’s the only one Taylor can trust.

As danger stalks her at every turn, she must rely on him for everything. The man who makes her scream with pleasure is the only one who can tell her where the danger hides.

Originally published with Ellora's Cave

Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle


He lost his mentor.

He lost his K9 partner.

He almost lost his will to live.

But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.

Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.

Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...

And this time, there's no escape.

Up In The Pines by Katie Jennings


Deep in the mountains of Montana, Deputy Lark Galloway discovers a body. Despite being nothing more than bones, she connects the remains to a resident who disappeared twenty years earlier. As she unravels the dead man’s history to solve his murder, someone tries desperately to throw her off the scent. Meanwhile, famed Hollywood screenwriter Sawyer Matheson returns to town to escape his cheating fiancé, only to find himself at the heart of Lark’s investigation. Sparks fly as things heat up between Lark and Sawyer, but nothing can prepare her for the earth-shattering truth behind the body in the pines.

Man Down by Tracy Tappan


After being shot down by the Taliban on a Special Operations mission, a Navy pilot and Navy SEAL rescue a beautiful humanitarian doctor. While the three of them evade capture in a race for their lives across northern Pakistan, the two former boyhood friends heal a 10-year breach, and the pilot and doctor find a way to let go of their painful pasts to find love.

The only two survivors of a helicopter crash on Pakistani soil, Lieutenant Commander Jason “Casanova” Vanderby and Petty Officer Shane “Mad Dog” Madden barely escape the smoking wreckage of their helo and hike to a nearby aid station for help. The head doctor, Farrin Barr, has recently evacuated all staff from the facility, leaving her alone to deal with the two military men…and the terrorist horde hunting them.

Chased across northern Pakistan in a race for their lives, Jason and Farrin end up running from their own personal demons as much as from the enemy pursuing them. For Jason, being around his childhood friend, Shane, awakens unwelcome memories of an abusive past, while Farrin is haunted by a decision she made that forever changed her life.

In the midst of the chaos, both mental and physical, no one is more surprised by the attraction forming between Jason and Farrin than they are. Both have lived their lives closed off to relationships, unable to let go of the memories that haunt them. But just when they find the courage to move forward together, people from both of their pasts come back and threaten to destroy the new foundations of their love.

Content guidelines: Contains profanity, violence, and adult situations. This is a standalone novel.

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann


The Troubleshooters return in the latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann! Some Kind of Hero showcases Brockmann’s signature white-knuckle suspense, romantic twists, and sexy Navy SEALs.

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

Low Tide by Leslie Tentler


REVISIT THE ST. CLAIR FAMILY IN RARITY COVE BOOK TWO!

Hollywood leading man Carter St. Clair had it all—until a brutal stalker attack nearly takes his life. Seriously injured, he returns to his hometown of Rarity Cove, South Carolina, to recover in private, his outlook on fame forever changed by someone claiming to be his “number-one fan.”

Physical therapist Quinn Reese fled San Francisco to be free of her soon-to-be ex-husband, professional football player Jake Medero. Staying at her mother’s house in Rarity Cove seems like her only option until she can get back on her feet financially. When the St. Clair family makes her a lucrative offer of employment, Quinn sees the potential for starting over, even if it means working with Carter, who broke her heart years ago.

As Carter heals under Quinn’s care, a fragile bond forms between them. Carter also recognizes a parallel between his own stalker and the possessive pro baller who considers Quinn his property. But even as Carter steps into the role of Quinn’s protector, another dangerous storm is brewing…one for which neither of them is prepared.

Reunited with the P.I. by Anna J. Stewart


In this Honor Bound romance, a perilous change of heart looms for two former lovers...

 

Exactly why should P.I. Vince Sutton take his ex-wife's case? Because she, assistant district attorney Simone Armstrong, put his brother in jail? Because the ambitious spitfire still drives him crazy? No, he'll take it because "The Avenging Angel" makes him a deal he can't refuse. Sparks fly when Vince works all-too-closely with Simone to locate her missing key witness...but in the process, they are drawn into a cold case. As much as he tries, Vince can't deny that he's never gotten over beautiful Simone, but can he admit his feelings to her--and himself? And can he save her from the danger that's heading their way?