The Guests on South Battery by Karen White

619bct1f69l-_sy344_bo1204203200_Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Tradd Street #5

I didn’t like this book nearly as much as the last two. Things are different now that Melanie and Jack are married with kids. Despite them finally being a couple, they still didn’t feel like a team. They didn’t work together as much as they did in the other books. Jack didn’t make as many witty comments that get Melanie all flustered. He is my favorite character in the series, and I wanted more of him. Melanie is anal retentive and obsessive compulsive about certain things, but it’s funny and endearing. It’s expected that there will be some drama since no one can live up to her lofty standards. But does there have to be a quasi love triangle in every book? The other man/woman never goes anywhere serious as a potential love interest, and it’s obvious it won’t. I’m okay with them having problems, but I want them to be sure that they are 100% committed to each other for a whole book.

Although I love the cast of characters which made the book worth reading, this wasn’t the best mystery ever. About half way through I figured out what really happened to Hasell and who Jayne really was. The clues about Jayne were numerous and obvious. There wasn’t anyone else whose child she could possibly be. I wasn’t thrilled with the plot probably because I’m not a fan of secret baby storylines. A few other minor things were easy to figure out. It got annoying after awhile that the characters weren’t figuring any of this stuff out. More things got on my nerves than normal, but I will gladly read the next book if there is one.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hold My Heart by Esther M. Soto

22698577Rating: 2 stars

Series: The Heart Series #1

Too much pointless drama. Ileana and Tommy were FBI agents. Just like every other book with characters who are in law enforcement, they had bad childhoods. They were trying to catch a serial killer although this was forgotten about for large portions of the book. In the first third of the book it alternated between Ileana’s and Tommy’s POV. She was attracted to him but was in denial about it. He wanted to be with her although he mainly thought about how sexy she was. Of course neither of them would express their feelings so there was lots of drama all due to miscommunication. That alone was enough to make me want to DNF this.

Then Ileana went back in time to 1940’s. Unfortunately time travel didn’t make this book more exciting. It was even more boring in the past. All of the characters there were too similar and nice. I would have expected her to be more driven to find her way home. Most of the time her FBI case and partner Tommy were forgotten about. She did meet some relatives in the past, but none of that revealed anything interesting.

When she went back in time, she met Will. She was instantly attracted to him for no other reason than he was gorgeous. They barely knew anything about each other but had strong feelings for each other. Will was boring. I didn’t like him because he wanted her to conform to what he expected a woman to be like rather than letting her be herself. Then she was torn between wanting Will and Tommy although they weren’t in the same time period. I hate love triangles. I never would have read this if I had known there was one. It ended with a dramatic cliffhanger, which ensured I will not read the rest of this series, not that I would have anyway.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Scryer by Sinden West

25361744Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Scryer #1

Ivy was a scryer, which meant she could tell people’s futures from touching them. Being close to people was complicated. Isolation was the easiest way for her to deal with her situation. Even when she did find one of the rare people whose futures she couldn’t tell, she didn’t want an emotional connection with them. Her family had a special connection with the Corin family. An old pact between the two families required scryers to spend one night a month with a member of the Corin family. Only they had the ability to force scryers to tell them what they wanted to know about the future after having sex.

Ivy was not happy about her fate. She was bitter and cold as a result. Her misery made her hard to like. Yet I did sympathize with her. She was in a difficult situation was was dealing with it the best she could.

There was a love triangle of sorts, but it wasn’t angsty and aggravating. Ivy had some interest in two men. Lake was her ex who has spurned her, but she couldn’t entirely let go of her feelings for him. The other guy was Caleb, who she mainly enjoyed using for sex. Both men were assholes. Nothing about her situation with the two guys was romantic or sweet. She didn’t let them walk all over her either. There was an unconventional HEA, but it wasn’t really about love.

The scryers were alarmed because someone was killing them. I had been surprised to discover who was behind it. Almost every character in this story was bad or just downright evil, which made it harder to figure out who was killing people. Towards the end the story took a turn in a direction I hadn’t expected. Although the ending wasn’t really pleasant, it worked for this story. A happy, perfect HEA would have been lame.

The Visitor by Amanda Stevens

17204332Rating: 5 stars

Series: Graveyard Queen #4

***There will be spoilers for the previous books***

I waited years for this book to finally be released. It was definitely a wise decision to reread the other books first since the overarching storylines were central to the plot in this. It took a while for the story to get going. The beginning explored Amelia and Devlin’s relationship since he was no longer haunted. While Devlin was off dealing with some personal issues, Amelia found an old stereoscope in her house, which eventually led to a creepy, demented mystery involving a bizarre family. That family had an old, unique cemetery on their property, and they wanted Amelia to restore it. The history surrounding the cemetery was very dark, which resulted in some evil entities. The mystery wound up being very personal to Amelia, but I won’t reveal how.

After Amelia and Devlin survived the grey at the end of the last book, things were definitely changing. Devlin was finally free from his ghosts, but was he really the same as he had been before? He was more secretive than ever. Amelia’s abilities were changing and drawing more attention from the supernatural world.

The tone was different than in the other books, and it was hard to get into at first. Amelia and Devlin were finally free to be together, but things were not as simple as they seemed. In some ways they were closer than ever, but in others they were more distant than ever before. Devlin’s ties to the Coffin and the Claw along with his denial of all things supernatural were slowly driving them apart. I still like them together, but they didn’t seem as connected as before.

The supernatural aspects were much creepier, and those were my favorite parts of the book. There was such an eerie vibe associated with everything and everyone involved in the mystery. By the end I was completely sucked in. I think this is the best book in the series so far. More was revealed about the characters, but there is a lot more to learn. I can’t wait to get the next book, and the wait won’t be long since it comes out in the fall.

Thanks so very much to Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!!!

The Prophet by Amanda Stevens

13024331Rating: 5 stars

Series: Graveyard Queen #3

Amelia was back in Charleston, and I was very happy about it. Although this is the third book in the series, it’s a continuation of the first book, which really makes the second book feel out of place. The ghosts in Charleston would not leave Amelia alone, and they were becoming more dangerous. Amelia was trying to avoid Devlin but the ghosts were drawing them together.

Up to this point, this is the best book in the series. With each book the stories get progressively creepier. The mystery was really good. I’m more curious than ever about the Coffin and Claw and what they do. I’m very interested in learning more about Darius Goodwine. Amelia and Devlin were getting closer, but his ghosts were keeping them apart. Mariama is fascinating and loathsome all at the same time. That was one hell of an ending! What will the consequences of it be?

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

513lc55l3pl-_sx314_bo1204203200_Rating: 4 stars

Series: Graveyard Queen #1

Amelia Gray restores cemeteries for a living and can see ghosts. At a young age her father gave her some vague rules on how to deal with them. The rules mainly involved avoiding them. While working on a job to restore a cemetery, a body was found freshly buried in an old grave. Detective John Devlin needed Amelia’s assistance with the case. Devlin was haunted by two ghosts, and Amelia was supposed to stay away from anyone who was haunted.

She was inexplicably drawn to Devlin, so Amelia didn’t stay away although she should have. He was intense, brooding, and alluring. It was unusual to have a character with such appeal who was private and barely spoke about himself. The side characters were the ones to reveal some of his past although he still mostly remained a mystery. This definitely had a paranormal romance feel where the characters are instantly drawn to each other for no particular reason. Amelia and Devlin didn’t really know each other well enough to feel the way they did, but for whatever reason it worked for me in this book.

There wasn’t much action, but I didn’t find the pacing to be slow. The characters were more interesting than the murder plot. Everyone Amelia knew including her own family was secretive. As she became more involved in the murder case, it brought to light things she hadn’t known about the people around her, and she began to have new supernatural experiences. There is a lot more to learn about about the characters and Amelia’s abilities.