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  1.  My Review: 5/5

     This second book in the follow up from book 1 (Dirty Game), starts out in Spain with Max and Annie living the perfectly quiet life with their daughter Layla. Annie Bailey is now Mrs Annie Carter and she loves her life as a happily married woman. Max' brother Jonjo is also there and they are all enjoying the sun until everything goes blank for Annie. When she comes round there is no sign of Max, Jonjo is dead and her daughter missing. Armed with nothing but her determination and her passport, a phone call sends her on a plane and back to London.

    She resorts to staying with her good friend Dolly who runs a brothel to try and work out the mess she is in. Staying there is a dangerous game as it is also in the middle of the Delaney's patch. With the Delaney's being the Carters enemy and arch rival Annie has to carve out her own niche with her husbands firm. Annie has to gain respect from all the boys on the firm to stand a chance at getting her daughter back. Will she be able to, or is it already too late?

    Jessie Keane has created a book with characters that you end up loving and loathing in equal measures. I found that the book was so easy to read and follow. The plots were all linked together without being too intricate and it was a very exciting read from start to finish. The opening few chapters are explosive. We pick up from where the previous book left off and this book left me wanting to find out what happens next for Annie Carter. This was certainly left with room for more and that's exactly what I am now waiting for. Am eagerly anticipating her third book and would highly recommend Jessie Keane. If you are a Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller or June Hampson fan this is something you will love.

  2. Adele Parks Love LIesMy Rating: 4/5

    Remember that dream you had when you were younger about your favourite popstar. If only he could look at you or meet you and realise what you are truly like....he could fall in love with you. Adele Parks makes that dream a reality in this book. Don't get me wrong this is complete and utter fantasy land reading but still...

    Fern is coming up to 30 and decides to give her boyfriend Adam an ultimatum, marry her or leave.

    After making her life's decision to make or break Adam she bumps into Scottie Taylor, the UKs biggest and sexiest popstar. In true fanatasy land worlds they fall head over heels in love with each other at first sight. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that her dreams would turn into a reality. Before you know it, Scotty is doing the one thing that every woman in the UK wants, proposing to Fern in the most romantic way he knows how at his sell out gig in Wembly in front of thousands of people.

    She is taken in by the whirlwind romance and before she realises it she is in LA, the land of dreams. She is living the celebrity life and planning her wedding all with her every whim catered for. As her life becomes all that she ever dreamt of she ends up wondering if it's what she really wanted after all. Why on earth is whe wondering what life would be like back at her little flat in Clapham, and why does Adam keep popping into her head?

    The characters are great although a little too typical and this isn't like her usual style of book. I quite enjoy her books, maybe not as much as other chick lit authors however this was a little bit of fantasy reading which made a change. Her fans may not like this as it isn't like her other books but I enjoyed every chapet (even the predictable ones). There are some funny moments in the book and I liked the character Fern. 

     

    The ending is very predictable and although this book isn't the best that I have read it is pure escapism at it's best. It is complete fairytale reading and would probably suit young girls in their late teens. However, although I may not be a teen anymore I certainly loved being transported back to the heady days where I believed dreams really could come true!

  3. Sean Black LockdownSynopsis: It may be Christmas Eve in New York, but for ex-military bodyguard Ryan Lock it's business as usual. His task: to protect the CEO of the world's largest bio-technology company from a group of radical, and highly determined, activists.

    But when a failed assassination attempt leaves the streets of midtown littered with bodies, and hours later the son of the company's chief research scientist is abducted from his Upper West Side prep school, Lock's hunt for the boy turns into an explosive game of cat and mouse.
     
    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: Well I am a fan of this type of book anyway and wondered whether this would be up to scratch. There is so much competition out there that it is hard to grab the readers attention but can honestly say that Sean Black certainly grabbed mine. This is the first novel with the lead character of Ryan Lock. Lock is an ex-soldier who now works for a Pharmaceuticals company. He runs the operations team there as an elite bodyguard. Things turn sour when an animal protest march goes wrong and Lock is working against the clock to find the people responsible. With his good friend and partner Ty, they hunt down one of the worlds most feared and dangerous women. The story runs smoothly from start to finish and is a real page turner. I loved the style of writing and the book kept me gripped from start to finish. We also meet Locks love interest in this book as well as his partner Ty and I can only hope that they all appear in his next book. I thought only Jack Reacher and Alex Cross were my favourite characters but I can now add Ryan Lock to that list!

  4. My Rating: 4/5

    I am a Lisa Gardner fan and was eagerly awaiting this book. This isn't so much a follow on from the 'Bobby Dodge' series that she has done, it was more of an extension of the series. In the book we meed DD Warren who featured in the last two Bobby Dodge books (Alone and Hide). DD is a tough talking female cop who is on the trail of a missing woman. The Jones are a normal couple. It seems that Jason Jones and his wife Sandra along with their daughter Ree had a normal life, until Jason comes home and finds his wife missing. All there is to prove this theory is a broken lampshade and some missing bed sheets. DD starts the investigation and finds that Jason and Sandra's life seems a little 'too' normal for her liking. After delving, we are introduced to possible suspects for Sandra's dissapearance one of whom is registered in the sex offenders list and just happens to live on the same street as her. Sandra's father is also an unknow in this case and DD doesn't like the vibes she is picking up from him. She finds the case gets incredibly complicated the more she looks into both Sandra and Jason's past.

    This particular book had me (literally) on the edge of my seat. It gave so many suspect possibilities, along with quite a few scenarios that you wondered..."did they do it". I think her descriptions of characters are fantastic and you end up having very strong feelings about them very early on (always a good sign I think). It was just what a good crime book needs and Lisa Gardner (yet again) has delivered it. As usual I will be placing my pre-order months before so I don't miss out on her next book. FANTASTIC!

  5. Sophie KInsella Twenties GirlMy Rating: 4/5

    Now upon reading the jacket of this book I was a little concerned. Sophie Kinsella's style of writing does not normally involve ghosts. To say I was a little scepticle was an understatement!

    The first 5 chapters of the book I spent telling myself that I would give the book a fair chance. By chapter 6 I needn't have bothered as I flowed through the book in no time and actually found myself getting carried along with the story.

    We meet Lara who to be truthful is a bit of a flake. She is pining after her ex boyfriend who clearly isn't interested and attends the funeral of her great aunt Sadie. She had never met Sadie and had no idea what was in store for her when she attended the funeral. To her surprise, her great Aunt Sadie appears in Lara's life as a ghost, and spends the whole time getting Lara to chase around looking for a lost necklace that she so desperately needs before crossing over.

    Along the way we meet Lara's partner in business Natalie, who has done a bunk and left Lara to run her company. We also meet a man named Ed who Lara meets under extreme (and very funny) circumstances! Sadie ends up forcing Lara to perform a lot of strange things for her that Lara wouldn't normally dare do. At first Lara is convincing herself that all she needs to do is find this necklace, give it to her Aunt Sadie and let her cross, so she can move on with her own life. Lara is constantly fighting with her Aunt Sadie over her ex-boyfriend, who Sadie thinks is no good and whom Lara is still in love with. We also meet Lara's Uncle Bill who is famous for making and starting a very popular coffee chain. Lara finds herself becoming closer to Sadie and eventually, with the help of her Aunt, she starts to make decisions regarding her own life and makes changes to herself along the way without even realising it.

    I must say that I didn't start off with high hopes but can honestly say with my hand on my heart I enjoyed this book and the characters thoroughly. Aunt Sadie is very funny and some of the things she did or made Lara do had me chuckling to myself. In turn some of the scenes between Ed and Lara made me feel like I was sitting right next to them. That in itself is a sign of a fantastic writer. Although I had my reservations they were completely unfounded. Although this tale is not the 'norm' Girl meets boy and falls in love tale that we find, I thought it was brilliantly written and would recommend.

  6. My Rating: 4/5

    My Review- Having read and reviewed her last book and rating it as 2.5 out of 5 I didnt expect too much from this. But boy was I wrong! Wendy Holden has exceeded all expectation and written a chunky 600 page plus book full of loveable characters with a great storyline. There are a few characters that you get involved with which makes a refreshing change. There is Darcy the UK actress who "only does plays" and gets the opportunity of a lifetime to star in a US Blockbuster film. Belle the actress whos popularity has faded as quick as she can down a bottle of Champers, Emma the lovely nanny whos only goal is to get a great job in London looking after children and Orlando, the strikingly handsome young lad who is painfully shy and has a mother that wants him to be a social climber. Amongst all these characters we meet a few others along the way which eventually bring all of them together including Christian Harlow the playboy actor with an attitude to match, Ken the papparazzi who takes a break in his career and Totty the awful nanny. This was a cracking read that I read over 2 or 3 days. Fab book, and I would definately say she is back on top form.

  7. Karin Slaughter Genesis

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: After Karins last book I was a little unsure but have to say that this book has taken me back to being an avid fan again. After reading the last book, I missed the characters I had grown to love in previous books. However this book took us further into the lives of Will Trent and his partner at GBI, Faith Mitchell. These two along with Sara Linton make for fantastic characters which I am looking forward to seeing again in the next book. This story sees Will and Faith hunting a man that is abducting and torturing young women. Not only is the story fast paced and edgy but you get to learn about all their strange quirks and what their lives have held for them in the past. This book is a great grounding for the next one and leave the questions hanging in the air regarding Sara Linton, Faith and Will. There were no shortcuts in this book and although quite a hefty read it was well worth it. I think if you havent read Karin Slaughter before I would advise reading her books in order of publication, as you get to know the characters a lot more. You could still pick this book up and love it even having not read previous ones but think knowing more about Saras history makes for an even more thriling read. Cant wait for the next one

  8. My Rating: 5/5

    My Review: Having never read Simon Kernick this book was lent to me. I have to say this story grabbed me from chapter one and didn't let go. It normally takes a couple of chapters to really engross yourself in a book but not in this case.

    Tom Merron is playing with his children in the garden when a phone call comes in that will change his life forever. All he hears is his old and close friend Jack in agony and panting down the phone. He hears jack mutter the first two lines of his address and at the same time he realises he has just heard his friends final words. He knows then that his life along with his children and wife will never be quite the same. With fear in his heart he grabs his children before dropping them with his family and racing to his wife. When he arrives at his wife Kathy's place of work at a University he realises that something is very wrong. He isn't alone and when faced with somebody with a knife he has no clue whether his wife is safe or if this person is out to kill him. He escapes the University but gets arrested by the police who think he is the killer. When he has finally persuaded the police to release him he begins to wonder if it was a wise move. He is worried that he and his family's life are in serious danger but wonders how he can stop it from happening. We also meet the DI Bolt who is on the case and trying to work out what on earth is going on and who is responsible.

    The book is so fast paced and thrilling that I literally couldn't put it down. I had that feeling that I just HAD to keep reading.Fantastic book with all the right ingredients. Will definately be reading more of his stuff.