Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sacred Sins 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers
Sacred Sins (SS/BV, #1) 
 4 of 5 stars false 
Combining explosive suspense with sensual passion, Nora Roberts turns up the heat in this classic tale — the sizzling story of a man and woman on the trail of a demented killer, a search that will plunge them headlong into danger....

In the lazy days of summer, a merciless heat wave is the biggest story in Washington, D.C. But the weather is knocked off the front pages when a young woman is found strangled to death. A note left behind reads Her sins are forgiven her.

Two more victims soon follow, and suddenly every headline is devoted to the killer the press has dubbed “the Priest.” When the police ask top-notch psychiatrist Dr. Tess Court to help with their investigation, she comes up with a disturbing portrait of a twisted soul.

Detective Ben Paris doesn’t give a damn about the killer’s psyche. What he can’t easily dismiss is Tess. Tall, dark, and good-looking, Ben has a legendary reputation with women, but the coolly elegant Tess doesn’t react to him like other women he’s known — and he finds the challenge enticing.

Now, as the two are thrown together in a perilous quest to stop a serial killer, the flame of white-hot passion flares. But someone also has his eyes on the beautiful blond doctor ... and Ben can only pray that if the madman strikes, he'll be able to stop him before it’s too late...


  Ben is looking for a man who is killing women and leaving a religious calling card. The police department calls in Tess a local psychiatrist. Ben doesn’t like psychiatrist, he does have a thing for Tess though. While trying to find the killer, Ben and Tess begin a relationship. Bens prejudice towards psychiatrist and Tess belief that people can be helped are not the only problems that they have to deal with. The killer has decided that he wants Tess dead and Ben has no idea who he is. Tess is a strong beautiful woman and she really cares about her patients. Ben is a hot womanizing detective who doesn’t put anything before his job. They have problems in the beginning and Tess standing up to Ben was humorous. She made him look like an idiot without even trying. Ben was dedicated to his job, while he may be a jerk at times when he finally admits he loves Tess he is just as dedicated to her. There was some suspense and I was a little surprised at who the killer turned out to be. The characters were well developed and the story line was good. The writing itself was good as well; this book was a good easy read.

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Public Secrets 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers
  Public Secrets
 5 of 5 stars false 
Emma. Beautiful, intelligent, and radiantly talented, she lives in a star-studded world of wealth and privilege. But she is about to discover that fame is no protection at all when someone wants you dead.

All Emma has to do is close her eyes and she remembers the day Brian McAvoy swept into her life. A frightened toddler, she didn’t know then that she was his illegitimate daughter or that he was pop music’s rising new star. All she knew was that with Brian, his band mates, and his new wife, she felt safe. And when her baby brother arrived, Emma thought she was the luckiest girl in the world—until the night a botched kidnapping attempt shattered all their lives . . . and destroyed Emma’s happiness.

Yet now, even though Emma is still haunted by flashes of memory from that fateful night, she has survived. She’s carved out a thrilling career and even dared to fall rapturously in love. But the man who will become her husband isn’t all that he seems. And Emma is about to awaken to the chilling knowledge that the darkest secret of all is the one buried in her mind—a secret that someone may kill to keep.


  Emma has spent her entire life growing up in the spotlight, her father Brian has been a rock star for as long as she can remember. She still has flashbacks of the night her little brother died and while she did see what happened she can’t remember. Emma marries a man that she thought she loved, even though she is still hasn’t forgotten the son of the detective who investigated her brother murder. The man abuses her and when she gets away she runs into the detectives’ son who is now a detective himself. Michael remembers teaching Emma how to surf and has wanted her for a long time. When he finds out about the man has hurt her he does everything to protect her. When Emma finally starts to be okay someone finds out that Emma is starting to remember what really happened to her little brother. I loved this book; they main characters meet several times before they finally get together. Emma has to go through some really rough things to get a good place with a good man. The back story with the rest of the band members is done really well. It shows what hardships rock stars have and how when they play into the stereotype it can really ruin everything. The romance aspect was not overplayed and the who really did it parts added a bit of mystery. The book had a nice slow and even pace.
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