Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011 – Book Review(s)

Devil’s Rock by Gerri Hill
Published by www.bellabooks.com

The Summary on the back of the book:

“Deputy Andrea Sullivan had hoped to leave the horrors of Los Angeles behind her, but the serial murders of college students in peaceful, picturesque Sedona is her nightmare case to solve.  The complexities stretch local resources to the limit, and the FBI joins the case with Agent Cameron Ross in the lead.

The crime scenes are covered with trademark signs of the fiendish Patrick Doe, whose handiwork has been investigated by Dallas detective Tori Hunter and others.  But where Hunter failed Cameron intends to win.  She will break the case, find justice and go on her way.  No Distractions.

Unfortunately, Deputy Sullivan is very distracting.  And Patrick Doe has other plans.”

Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Romance and murder intertwined; it doesn’t get much better.  I can’t recall the last time (if ever) where I have read a book and the depiction of the area as much as the characters drew me into th story. Gerri Hill’s description of Sycamore Canyon was so detailed that I had to google it to determine if it was a real place.  Then I had to add it to my list of places I want to visit.  Well a place I want to visit sans the serial killer.  She also does a great job if letting the reader get to know two kick ass, take names later women: Deputy Sullivan and FBI Agent Ross.  From their interactions you find that they have a great deal in common, including the self-efficient, loner persona they both use to protect their hearts.

I was unable to put this book down while I followed the murder investigation and their journey of discovering each other.

Storms by Gerri Hill
Published by www.bellabooks.com

The Summary on the back of the book:

“Estranged for years from her father and four brothers after her mother’s death, Carson Cartwright is surprised when she gets a phone call from her twin brother, urging a reconciliation before their father succumbs to his final illness.  Though she has spent more than a decade trying to forget her family existed, she is suddenly pulled back to the Montana ranch where she grew up.

Carson discovers her brothers divided over plans to change the working ranch into a guest ranch, and their consultant, Kerry Elder, doesn’t seem above using her wiles to get her way.  Kerry finds that while she may have her clients right where she wants them, it’s the wayward sister that may be awakening something she has long denied.”

Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars

When we are first introduced to Carson we find a woman who has been leading a “playgirl” kind of life: traveling the world but never forming any lasting/strong relationships.  Despite, having never been “in love” her father’s betrayal and abandonment taught her to keep her emotions out of relationships.  Love only brings pain.  We follow Carson back to the family ranch at her brother’s request.  Here we meet a wildly dysfunctional and emotionally stunted group of brothers which leads to some interesting interactions between Carson, Kerry, and Carson’s brother Cody.

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