Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance (Guest Review by @sophiarose1816)

Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance#1Discreet Retrieval AgencyHistorical MysteryPublisher: Minotaur BooksPublished: 9.15.15Pages:  320Rating: 4Format: Print /Source: Purchased/Sellers:  BN | Amazon | +Goodreads 
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In this Prohibition-era caper, society matron Lola Woodby agrees to recover a stolen film reel for its rightful owner, but before she can retrieve it, the man in possession of the reel is killed.
30-year-old society matron Lola Woodby has survived her loveless marriage with an unholy mixture of highballs, detective novels, and chocolate layer cake, until her husband dies suddenly, leaving her his fortune…or so Lola thought. As it turns out, all she inherits from Alfie is a big pile of debt. Pretty soon, Lola and her stalwart Swedish cook, Berta, are reduced to hiding out in the secret love nest Alfie kept in New York City. But when rent comes due, Lola and Berta have no choice but to accept an offer made by one of Alfie’s girls-on-the-side at his funeral: in exchange for a handsome sum of money, the girl wants Lola to retrieve a mysterious reel of film for her. It sounds like an easy enough way to earn the rent money. But Lola and Berta realize they’re in way over their heads when, before they can retrieve it, the man currently in possession of the film reel is murdered, and the reel disappears. On a quest to retrieve the reel and solve the murder before the killer comes after them next, Lola and Berta find themselves navigating one wacky situation after another in high style and low company.

A new quirky, colorful detective heroine emerges in this Roaring 20's cozy mystery that dazzles the reader with high society, gangsters, and Prohibition era murder, and mayhem.

Lola Woodby, her side-kick Swedish cook Berta, and a questionable gumshoe detective take on the mob, filmstars, and Lola's family with the last group being the ones she avoided the most

The tone of the book is light and Lola is on the daffy side so this one felt more cozy mystery than hardcore historical mystery.  It had a nice flavoring of the era though it didn't dig too deep.  Lola is middle-aged, average-figured and a new widow though it was a relief to get away from her womanizing louse of a husband even if she is now penniless and must find a way to earn a living.  She has no idea what she is doing half the time letting her emotions and odd starts lead her through the case.  She's more lucky than good, but it was fun to see her sneaking about and nosing out the clues one by one.

There's a fun cast of quirky characters surrounding Lola that added a good layer to the story.  I felt sorry for Lola stuck with her snooty family, but because they were so stuffy, they were hilarious.  Lola's amateur detecting partner, Berta is a great foil as is Ralph Oliver the private eye who is always around and interested in Lola as more than his assignment and tries to teach her something about the art of detecting.  The other society people out on Long Island, the film folks and the gangsters were the color and did a great job providing the excitement.  And my favorite?  Well that was Hibbers the butler who notices everything, supports Lola, and concocts a mean highball.

The mystery was somewhat trickier than I thought.  It started with a gal willing to hire Lola to get a film canister back and then people started dying as more motives and suspects came into the picture.  I figured out some of the sneaking around and secrets, but I didn't figure out the actual murders before the end.  I would have never worked that out and was a tad disappointed, but I can see how it sort of tied in with the direction I was going for the solution.

In the end, I was well-pleased with the first in a new to me series by an author I hadn't read previously.  I enjoyed the humorous tones, the 20's setting, and the characters.  There was excitement and escapades that made it a tad more exciting than the usual arm-chair whodunnit.

Many thanks to Sophia for stopping by BnB Reviews! 😄

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Turned by a Tiger by Felicity Heaton (Cover Reveal)

Turned by a Tiger (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 12) by Felicity Heaton – Cover Reveal

Turned by a Tiger (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 12)
Felicity Heaton
On the verge of bleeding out and hunted by his merciless torturers, Talon has no choice but to seek sanctuary at Underworld, a nightclub run by a jaguar shifter liable to kill him on sight for being a tiger shifter male. What he finds in the old warehouse isn’t the grim shadow of Death though but an angel of mercy, one who offers him salvation and revenge—one who happens to be his fated mate.
Tending bar at Underworld is never dull when you’re a mortal surrounded by immortals, but when a gorgeous tiger shifter covered in blood stumbles into the club, and set’s fire to her boss’s temper, Sherry’s entire world is in danger of being turned on its head. Something about the mysterious warrior has her stepping in to save him, something that ignites her heart and stirs her soul, and no matter how fiercely she fights it, she can’t hold herself back.
When Talon reveals the name of his captors, and his plan to head back in to save his friends, will Sherry be brave enough to embrace the feelings he stirs in her and step deeper into the world of immortals? And will Talon be strong enough to resist the lure of Sherry to protect his family’s secret or will he risk everything to claim his eternal mate?


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EXCERPTSherry knew the appeal of the no-strings-attached style of relationship, normally went in for that herself.So why did the thought of a roll in the hay with Talon followed by a kiss goodbye leave her cold?She busied herself with the coffee maker while Talon prowled around the small kitchen, taking up far too much space and making it impossible for her to pretend he wasn’t there and get her head straight.And her heart.She blamed it for her sudden desire to have more than a one night stand with a hot guy.“Milk, Tony?” She poured two mugs of coffee.He froze with his head in the refrigerator, withdrew and slowly turned towards her, the scowl back in place.
His deep voice rolled through the room, curled around her and did wicked things to her body.“Talon,” he said with determination, with a hard edge that was both a demand and a command, one that thrilled her as she imagined him ordering her around in the bedroom in that same voice. “Talon. Say it.”A sudden onset of nerves swept through her as she looked into his hard amber eyes, looked at him for all that he was, and realised that if she said his name, the flimsy barrier she had tried to construct between them by avoiding using it would fall.Leaving her exposed.He straightened to his full height, towering over her, at least the same height as Kyter’s six-five. Talon was broader though, heavy with muscle, cutting an imposing figure as he stared her down, silently demanding she do as he wanted.“Tiger,” she blurted and went to face the coffee mugs again.Talon moved in a blur of speed, suddenly pressed right against her, and had her cheek in his palm again, bringing her head back around to face his.“Talon.” His tone could have made diamonds it was so hard, so sharp and pressing.She swallowed hard, trembling from head to toe as she drowned in his amber eyes, watching the gold shimmering among the amber.Her mouth turned dry.She swept her tongue across her lips to wet them.His gaze fell there, grew hungry and heated, and turned the fire up inside her.“Talon,” she whispered.His eyes shot to hers.His throat worked on a hard swallow.“Dear gods,” he muttered and just as quickly as he had closed the distance between them, he opened it up again, disappearing into the living room.She stared at where he had been, reeling from the suddenness of his disappearance, and how shocked he had sounded. How pained.What the ever living fuck?

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Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren

Author: Tiffany L. Warren | Source: NetGalley | Format: ePub | Published: April 25 2017 | Published: April 25 2017 | Series: No | Genre: Romance | Fiction | Available: BN | Amazon | +Goodreads

Whew! Sweet baby jeezup, I really wanted to like this book but lawd, I see that I can’t even finish it and where am I?
*let me check*…hmmm, 25%...chapter 7.

You know what it is? I don’t like this chick. The main character, hell we haven’t even gotten to her HEA and I just don’t like her. That’s right, I said…I don’t like H.E.R! lols.

Her Secret Life starts off with Onika Lewis getting hit on by I assume will be her man by the end of the book (but again I didn’t finish this). But she turns him down because she is homeless and then the books takes you back to the past which is giving you background on how Onika ended up at this point in her life.

This should have been a good lead up to take you into the present and the start of what would be a new relationship right? But oh, no…the author decides IMO to spend way too much time in the past. Because I bet my sweet booty, that by the time I got to the present where Onika has met her “forever”, I would not have cared one damn bit…not a one.

So what was my issue you ask?

Firstly, I had some issues with some of the wordings in Her Secret Life. All I’m going to say is we have to stop with the stereotypes as well. Because when we tell our own stories, they can at times be problematic too. 

Mainly, as I said I was not a fan of Onika. Oh, yes she was a ball of contradictions but it was annoying. I want to chalk these failings up as Onika being young and coming from a bad place. BUT for all this characters talk of not “ending up like her family”….well….

25% into Her Secret Life is enough for me and there are sixty-two chapters! Bish…you know what? No, not this time around Gawd! I don’t have that kind of time, I mean I do but there are too many books in my “Bish we just sitting here” pile for me to be all frustrated and irritated with one. So I must move on.

But hey, everything ain’t for everybody...right? So what I didn’t like you may love. I'm sure there are some folks that love Her Secret Life but I ain't one of em. I will have to try another book by Ms. Warren. 

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