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Sunday, August 30, 2015

2015 Book #274: WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

We Never Asked For Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
ISBN: 9780553392319 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780553392326 (ebook)
ASIN: B00R04IQFA (Kindle edition)
Publication date: August 18, 2015 
Publisher: Ballantine Books

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers comes her much-anticipated new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds.
For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now fifteen, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty's parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life.
Navigating this new terrain is challenging for Letty, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she's worked for and her family's fragile hopes for the future.
Vanessa Diffenbaugh blends gorgeous prose with compelling themes of motherhood, undocumented immigration, and the American Dream in a powerful and prescient story about family. 

Letty Espinosa is a single mother with two children and she's never had the responsibility of raising her children, until now. Her parents have always been there and willing to pick up the slack while Letty worked to support the family, but her parents have returned to Mexico. We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh explores the relationship between Letty and her children as they discover how to become a family and Letty discovers what it means to be a mother.

Letty had her oldest child, fifteen-year-old Alex when she was a teenager. She thought she was in love but didn't want to burden her boyfriend at the time, Wes, with the responsibility of being a parent. She knew that Wes was meant for more. Her daughter Luna is six-years-old and has always depended on her grandparents and her older brother Alex for guidance. Sadly, Letty doesn't have the first clue about parenting as evidenced by the fact that she leaves her children at home without any money while she takes her mother to Mexico. Upon her return to the US, Letty realizes that she has to step up to the plate and become the responsible adult. No more alcoholic binges, no more late night parties, and no more working nights and sleeping the day away. She finds a job bartending at the airport during the day and is finally there for her children. She lies about her address to get her gifted son into an exclusive school. Life isn't going great, but it is becoming more manageable until Alex discovers who his father is and his father confronts Letty about having a teenage son he never knew about. If having Wes back in the picture wasn't enough to deal with, Letty is romantically attracted to a coworker and her son Alex is in a relationship that is getting too serious in Letty's mind.

We Never Asked for Wings provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives and loves of the Espinosa family. We witness an inept mother striving to be and do better at parenting. We see the angst and drama of teens in love and making bad decisions. We watch as this family and their friends suffer the consequences of poor decision-making. But most important of all, we watch this mother and two children become a family. To say that Ms. Diffenbaugh has a way with words is a massive understatement. Her writing immerses the reader into the lives of these characters and it was hard, at least for me, not to rejoice with their small victories and suffer through their pains and disappointments. We Never Asked for Wings presents well-developed characters with realistic action and settings. If you're looking for a story about love, life, and family, then look no more, We Never Asked for Wings is the book to read. I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed The Language of Flowers and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Diffenbaugh in the future.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, August 28, 2015

2015 Book #279: FLESH AND BLOOD by Patricia Cornwell

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
ISBN: 9780062325358 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780062325365 (ebook)
ASIN: B00R04IQFA (Kindle edition)
Publication date: June 30, 2015 
Publisher: William Morrow 

It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with her FBI profiler husband Benton Wesley when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny it's as if they're newly minted? Then her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with shocking precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one heard or saw a thing. It's as if God did it.
In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the middle of a nightmarish pursuit of a serial sniper who seems to leave no evidence except fragments of copper. The shots are so perfect, they cause instant death and seem impossible, and the death scenes aren't crime scenes because the killer was never within hundreds of yards of the victims. The victims seem to have nothing in common, and there is no pattern that might indicate where the Copperhead will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then into the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta dives a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. There she must face an unthinkable truth that points in the direction of her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta's own flesh and blood. 

Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday was supposed to be a quiet day at home with her husband at their Cambridge, Massachusetts home, followed by a birthday trip to Florida. The quiet day becomes anything but quiet when Dr. Kay Scarpetta is called to a murder scene not far from her home in Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell.

The murder of a high school music teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts is quickly linked to several other murders in Massachusetts and New Jersey. With the help of her husband, Wesley Benton, an FBI intelligence analyst or profiler, her computer genius niece Lucy, and her friend and police detective Pete Marino, it is quickly determined that many of these deaths have ties to Dr. Scarpetta. If that's not bad enough, it appears that someone is not only targeting people with ties to Dr. Scarpetta, but also trying to implicate her niece Lucy. Kay knows that her niece is volatile and moody, but she also knows that she isn't responsible for these murders. Three murders using a high powered rifle and copper ammo; a poem sent on Mother's Day from Copperhead; and, seven bright and shiny pennies dates 1981. What do these all have in common? Is it possible for Kay and her team to discover the mastermind behind these murders before someone else dies? Who knows all of the players so well that he can manipulate them from a distance?

I enjoyed Flesh and Blood, as I've enjoyed reading many of the books in the Scarpetta series. I found this to be a quick and engrossing read and probably would have finished the book in one sitting if it weren't for a series of severe migraine headaches and a leaking hot water heater (probably the cause of the headaches). It was nice to reconnect with Kay, Benton, Lucy, and Marino and to see how they've matured and changed over the years. Kay no longer sees things as "black or white." Benton is no longer avoiding conspicuous consumption due to his wealthy family background (a superficial change, but a change nonetheless). Lucy is in turmoil over a possible change in her relationship with her lover (read the book to find out what change). And Marino is back on a police force and just as volatile as he has been in the past. Most of the action in the story takes place over the course of a few days, and Ms. Cornwell packs a lot of action in that brief timeframe. There's quite a bit of technical jargon that slowed me down (okay, my eyes glazed over but that could have been the migraine), but it didn't interfere with my overall enjoyment with this book. Whether you've read any books in the Scarpetta series before or not, Flesh and Blood is an amazing suspense-thriller read. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, Depraved Heart.

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Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via Edelweiss and a print copy from the publisher via Partners in Crime Tours. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Author Bio: 

Patricia CornwellPatricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world's top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Prix du Roman d’Aventure. Beyond the Scarpetta series, she has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography, and two more fiction series. Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Book Blast: TROPICAL DEPRESSION by Jeff Lindsay

Tropical Depression

by Jeff Lindsay

August 25 Book Blast


coverNEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jeff Lindsay mastered suspense with his wildly addictive DEXTER series. Before that, however, there was former cop and current burnout Billy Knight. When a hostage situation turns deadly, Billy loses everything—his wife, his daughter, and his career. Devastated, he heads to Key West to put down his gun and pick up a rod and reel as a fishing boat captain. But former co-worker Roscoe McAuley isn't ready to let Billy rest.

When Roscoe tells Billy that someone murdered his son, Billy sends him away. When Roscoe himself turns up dead a few weeks later, however, Billy can't keep from getting sucked back into Los Angeles, and the streets that took so much from him.

Billy's investigations into the death of a former cop, and his son, will take him up to the highest echelons of the LAPD, finding corruption at every level. It puts him on a collision course with the law, with his past, with his former fellow officers, and with the dark aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement. Jeff Lindsay's considerable storytelling gifts are on full display, drawing the reader in with a mesmerizing style and a case with more dangerous blind curves than Mulholland Drive.

Book Details:

Genre:  Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural

Published by:   Diversion Books 

Publication Date:   August 25, 2015 (Re-Release)

Number of Pages:  256

ISBN:   2940151536677

Series: Billy Knight Thrillers, Book 1

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Somebody once said Los Angeles isn’t really a city but a hundred suburbs looking for a city. Every suburb has a different flavor to it, and every Angeleno thinks he knows all about you when he knows which one you live in. But that’s mostly important because of the freeways.

Life in L.A. is centered on the freeway system. Which freeway you live nearest is crucial to your whole life. It determines where you can work, eat, shop, what dentist you go to, and who you can be seen with.

I needed a freeway that could take me between the two murder sites, get me downtown fast, or up to the Hollywood substation to see Ed Beasley.

I’d been thinking about the Hollywood Freeway. It went everywhere I needed to go, and it was centrally located, which meant it connected to a lot of other freeways. Besides, I knew a hotel just a block off the freeway that was cheap and within walking distance of the World News, where Roscoe had been cut down. I wanted to look at the spot where it happened. I was pretty sure I wouldn’t learn anything, but it was a starting place.

And sometimes just looking at the place where a murder happened can give you ideas about it; cops are probably a little more levelheaded than average, but most of them will agree there’s something around a murder scene that, if they weren’t cops, they would call vibes.

So Hollywood it was. I flagged down one of the vans that take you to the rental car offices.

By the time I got fitted out with a brand new matchbox—no, thank you, I did not want a special this-week-only deal on a Cadillac convertible; that’s right, cash, I didn’t like credit cards; no, thank you, I did not want an upgrade of any kind for only a few dollars more; no, thank you, I didn’t want the extra insurance—it was dark and I was tired. I drove north on the San Diego Freeway slowly, slowly enough to have at least one maniac per mile yell obscenities at me. Imagine the nerve of me, going only sixty in a fifty-five zone.

The traffic was light. Pretty soon I made my turn east on the Santa Monica. I was getting used to being in L.A. again, getting back into the rhythm of the freeways. I felt a twinge of dread as I passed the exit for Sepulveda Boulevard, but I left it behind with the lights of Westwood.

The city always looks like quiet countryside from the Santa Monica Freeway. Once you are beyond Santa Monica and Westwood, you hit a stretch that is isolated from the areas it passes through. You could be driving through inner-city neighborhoods or country-club suburbs, but you’ll never know from the freeway.

That all changes as you approach downtown. Suddenly there is a skyline of tall buildings, and if you time it just right, there are two moons in the sky. The second one is only a round and brightly lit corporate logo on a skyscraper, but if it’s your first time through you can pass some anxious moments before you figure that out. After all, if any city in the world had two moons, wouldn’t it be L.A.?

And suddenly you are in one of the greatest driving nightmares of all recorded history. As you arc down a slow curve through the buildings and join the Harbor Freeway you are flung into the legendary Four-Level. The name is misleading, a slight understatement. It really seems like a lot more than four levels.

The closest thing to driving the Four-Level is flying a balloon through a vicious dogfight with the Red Baron’s Flying Circus. The bad guys—and they are all bad guys in the Four-Level—the bad guys come at you from all possible angles, always at speeds just slightly faster than the traffic is moving, and if you do not have every move planned out hours in advance you’ll be stuck in the wrong lane looking for a sign you’ve already missed and before you know it you will find yourself in Altadena, wondering what happened.

I got over into the right lane in plenty of time and made the swoop under several hundred tons of concrete overpass, and I was on the Hollywood Freeway. Traffic started to pick up after two or three exits, and in ten minutes I was coming off the Gower Street ramp and onto Franklin.

There’s a large hotel right there on Franklin at Gower. I’ve never figured out how they break even. They’re always at least two-thirds empty. They don’t even ask if you have a reservation. They are so stunned that you’ve found their hotel they are even polite for the first few days. There’s also a really lousy coffee shop right on the premises, which is convenient if you keep a cop’s schedule. I guessed I was probably going to do that this trip.

A young Chinese guy named Allan showed me up to my room. It was on the fifth floor and looked down into the city, onto Hollywood Boulevard just two blocks away. I left the curtain open. The room was a little bit bigger than a gas station rest room, but the decor wasn’t quite as nice.

It was way past my bedtime back home, but I couldn’t sleep. I left my bag untouched on top of the bed and went out.

The neighborhood at Franklin and Gower is schizophrenic. Two blocks up the hill, towards the famous Hollywood sign, the real estate gets pretty close to seven figures. Two blocks down the hill and it’s overpriced at three.

I walked straight down Gower, past a big brick church, and turned west. I waved hello to Manny, Moe, and Jack on the corner: it had been a while. There was still a crowd moving along the street. Most of them were dressed like they were auditioning for the role of something your mother warned you against.

Some people have this picture of Hollywood Boulevard. They think it’s glamorous. They think if they can just get off the pig farm and leave Iowa for the big city, all they have to do is get to Hollywood Boulevard and magic will happen. They’ll be discovered.

The funny thing is, they’re right. The guys that do the discovering are almost always waiting in the Greyhound station. If you’re young and alone, they’ll discover you. The magic they make happen might not be what you had in mind, but you won’t care about that for more than a week. After that you’ll be so eager to please you’ll gladly do things you’d never even had a name for until you got discovered. And a few years later when you die of disease or overdose or failure to please the magic-makers, your own mother won’t recognize you. And that’s the real magic of Hollywood. They take innocence and turn it into money and broken lives.

I stopped for a hot dog, hoping my sour mood would pass. It didn’t. I got mustard on my shirt. I watched a transvestite hooker working on a young Marine. The jarhead was drunk enough not to know better. He couldn’t believe his luck. I guess the hooker felt the same way.

The hot dog started to taste like old regrets. I threw the remaining half into the trash and walked the last two blocks to Cahuenga.

The World News is open twenty-four hours a day, and there’s always a handful of people browsing. In a town like this there’s a lot of people who can’t sleep. I don’t figure it’s their conscience bothering them.

I stood on the sidewalk in front of the place. There were racks of specialty magazines for people interested in unlikely things. There were several rows of out-of-town newspapers. Down at the far end of the newsstand was an alley. Maybe three steps this side of it there was a faint rusty brown stain spread across the sidewalk and over the curb into the gutter. I stepped over it and walked into the alley.

The alley was dark, but that was no surprise. The only surprise was that I started to feel the old cop adrenaline starting up again, just walking down a dark alley late at night. Suddenly I really wanted this guy. I wanted to find whoever had killed Roscoe and put him in a small cell with a couple of very friendly body-builders.

The night air started to feel charged. It felt good to be doing cop work again, and that made me a little mad, but I nosed around for a minute anyway. I wasn’t expecting to find anything, and I didn’t. By getting down on one knee and squinting I did find the spot where the rusty stains started. There was a large splat, and then a trickle leading back out of the alley to the stain on the sidewalk.

I followed the trickle back to the big stain and stood over it, looking down.

Blood is hard to wash out. But sooner or later the rain, the sun, and the passing feet wear away the stains. This stain was just about all that was left of Roscoe McAuley and when it was gone there would be nothing left of him at all except a piece of rock with his name on it and a couple of loose memories. What he was, what he did, what he thought and cared about—that was already gone. All that was hosed away a lot easier than blood stains—a lot quicker, too.

“I’m sorry, Roscoe,” I said to the stain. It didn’t answer. I walked back up the hill and climbed into a bed that was too soft and smelled of mothballs and cigarettes.

Author Bio:

authorJeff Lindsay is the award-winning author of the seven New York Times bestselling Dexter novels upon which the international hit TV show Dexter is based. His books appear in more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies around the world. Jeff is a graduate of Middlebury College, Celebration Mime Clown School, and has a double MFA from Carnegie Mellon. Although a full-time writer now, he has worked as an actor, comic, director, MC, DJ, singer, songwriter, composer, musician, story analyst, script doctor, and screenwriter.


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

2015 Book #269: THE SECRET SISTER by Brenda Novak

The Secret Sister (Fairham Island #1) by Brenda Novak
ISBN: 9780778317807 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781743691694 (ebook)
ASIN: B00S503T50 (Kindle edition)
Publication date: July 28, 2015 
Publisher: MIRA

Did she once have a sister? Has her mother lied all these years? Why? 
After a painful divorce, Maisey Lazarow returns to Fairham, the small island off the North Carolina coast where she grew up. She goes there to heal—and to help her brother, Keith, a deeply troubled man who's asked her to come home. But she refuses to stay in the family house. The last person she wants to see is the wealthy, controlling mother she escaped years ago. 
Instead, she finds herself living next door to someone else she'd prefer to avoid—Rafe Romero, the wild, reckless boy to whom she lost her virginity at sixteen. He's back on the island, and to her surprise, he's raising a young daughter alone. Maisey's still attracted to him, but her heart's too broken to risk… 
Then something even more disturbing happens. She discovers a box of photographs that evoke distant memories of a little girl, a child Keith remembers, too. Maisey believes the girl must've been their sister, but their mother claims there was no sister. 
Maisey's convinced that child existed. So where is she now?

Maisey Lazarow never imagined herself return to Fairham, but after the death of her infant daughter, her divorce after ten years of marriage, and her stalled writing career her options are limited. The only thing she's looking forward to doing is being there for her older brother Keith. Maisey's return opens up past hurts and then she uncovers a family secret in The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak.

Maisey knows that her family is no one's definition of normal. Her mother can only be classified as cold. Her mother, Josephine Coldiron Lazarow, has been married multiple times and she feels as if she has the right to control her children's lives even though they are both in the thirties. Maisey's mother didn't approve of her ex-husband and doesn't approve of her current romantic interest, Rafe Romero. Now that Maisey is attracted to someone and trying to move on, her ex-husband decides to come back into her life and wants to start again. Maisey is also trying to uncover who the little girl is in pictures that have been hidden away for decades. The more she uncovers the more questions are raised. Does she have an older sister? What happened to her? Why won't anyone discuss her? And the bigger question, is she in love with Rafe?

I found The Secret Sister to be a quick and enjoyable read. I enjoyed most of the characters, especially Maisey, Rafe, and Rafe's daughter Laney. I enjoyed reading about Maisey's quest to uncover the truth about her sister against impossible odds, including her mother's decision to kick her out of a family-owned bungalow and firing her from a family-owned business (told you she was cold). Maisey's brother Keith has mental health issues and is a drug-addict. Needless to say, his erratic behavior adds a lot to the turmoil and drama of the story. The Secret Sister offers romance, tons of family drama, intrigue due to a family secret, and a lot more. If you've enjoyed reading anything by Ms. Novak in the past, then you'll want to read The Secret Sister. If you haven't read anything by Ms. Novak, then The Secret Sister is a good place to start.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 Book #268: FRICTION by Sandra Brown

Friction by Sandra Brown
ISBN: 9781455581160 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781455581177 (ebook)
ASIN: B00US1STWW (Kindle edition)
Publication date: August 18, 2015 
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to desk work and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.
Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford's obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet. 
But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat. 
Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them. 
Friction will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.

Crawford Hunt enters the courthouse in Texas expecting to do nothing more than battle his in-laws for custody of his daughter. He winds up saving a judge's life in the courtroom ambush and chasing down the suspect, but it leads to even more trouble in Friction by Sandra Brown. 

Crawford Hunt is a Texas Ranger that has pulled himself out of depression and the bottle and is now determined to regain custody of his daughter. He has relocated from Houston to his in-law's hometown just to be closer to his daughter. Shortly after the shootout in the courthouse, he knows that the guy caught and killed wasn't the shooter. If that's not enough to deal with, his father-in-law is willing to do anything possible to ensure he doesn't regain custody. Needless to say his attraction to Judge Holly Spencer needs to be put on the back burner, but the mutual attraction won't allow him to take the necessary step back. Judge Holly Spencer was appointed to the bench and is currently campaigning to retain her position on the court. The last thing she wants or needs is a relationship . . . especially a relationship with someone that has appeared before her in court. While Crawford and Holly fight their attraction to one another (they lose), they must also contend with an investigation that seems more focused on them than the shooter and his motives. Will they be able to find the truth behind the courthouse shootout before more lives are sacrificed?

As most of you know, I enjoy reading mysteries, suspense, suspense thrillers, and romantic-suspense, needless to say, I was quite happy when I obtained a review copy of Ms. Brown's latest romantic-suspense thriller Friction. Once I closeted my inner prude (Crawford and Holly have a brief sexual encounter shortly after the shooting), I was able to fully enjoy Friction. I found this to be a fast-paced and enjoyable read with realistic characters and plausible action. Crawford has to deal with a local police officer that suspects him of most of the criminal activity taking place and ignores all evidence to the contrary. His father-in-law is out for blood and willing to do whatever he can to ensure Crawford doesn't regain custody of his daughter. Crawford has reconnected with his alcoholic father, a father that abandoned him after divorcing his mother. And then there's the Judge. Holly Spencer wants to stay on the bench, but she isn't willing to compromise one man's career, namely Crawford's, to do so. She must battle her campaign manager, the local police detective in charge of the case, and her attraction to a man that should be off limits. Friction is filled with plenty of suspense, family drama, and sexual tension. If you enjoy romantic suspense, then you'll definitely want to add Friction to your TBR list.

Read an excerpt of Friction here.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."