Monday, September 30, 2019

✱✱AudioBook Review✱✱ Neon Prey by John Sandford


Neon Prey
A Prey Novel Book 29
by John Sandford
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone


Lucas Davenport tracks a prolific serial killer in the new nail-biting number-one New York Times best seller from John Sandford.
Clayton Deese looks like a small-time criminal, muscle for hire when his loan-shark boss needs to teach someone a lesson. Now, seven months after a job that went south and landed him in jail, Deese has skipped out on bail, and the US Marshals come looking for him. They don't much care about a low-level guy - it's his boss they want - but Deese might be their best chance to bring down the whole operation. 
Then, they step onto a dirt trail behind Deese's rural Louisiana cabin and find a jungle full of graves. Now, Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. His quarry is ruthless, and - as Davenport will come to find - full of surprises....





Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

First, let me say that Lucas Davenport is one of my all-time favorite characters and has been since John Sandford hooked me 29 books ago. That said, Neon Prey is not one of my favorites in the series. I still enjoyed it, but it does have its share of problems. This one is more action-driven, and I really missed Lucas' own brand of investigating. We do get a bit of that, but as bad a person as Deese was, he just was not up to par with what we've come to expect for this series. And by about the 75% mark, I decided that Clayton Deese must be the luckiest serial killer ever written. I mean seriously, it didn't take long to figure that he wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, yet he manages to elude capture time and time again. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed catching up with Lucas and company. We get a bit of time with some past favorites and lots of Bob and Rae. I'll admit that I wasn't entirely sold on Bob and Rae when they first came into the series. To be honest, I think it was more that I missed Jenkins and Shrake, but the new sidekicks won me over. They have great chemistry, both together and with Lucas, and I like that they're straight shooters. They don't coddle Lucas, and they don't mind speaking their mind. We do have a piece of this book when Lucas goes through a little bit of a personal crisis. I won't elaborate so as not to give spoilers, but I worried that it would make him 'careful.' Lucas has always been that all-in, no holds barred, whatever it takes kind of guy, and I really didn't want to see that part of him change too much. In the end, I didn't love this one as much as some of the others, but I still enjoyed the listen.  Richard Ferrone does his usual terrific narration. In fact, I've listened to enough Prey books, that Ferrone has become the voice of Lucas in my head when I'm reading. And of course, wit and sarcasm. No one does sarcasm better than Lucas, or maybe that's John Sandford by way of Lucas Davenport. Either way, I'm always glad to see Lucas is still as sharp-tongued as ever, and I'll be anxiously waiting whatever happens next for this character.





✱✱Book Review✱✱ Goalie Interference by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn


Goalie Interference 
Hat Trick Book 2
by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn 


It’s goalie vs. goalie in this brand-new enemies-to-lovers hockey romance from Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn…

Ryu Mori has had a stellar season as goalie for the Atlanta Venom. So when he’s called into management’s office, he’s expecting to hear he’s the new starting goalie for the team, not that some new guy—an incredibly hot, annoyingly bratty rookie—is here to compete for his spot.

Not everyone gets to play in the best league in the world. Emmitt Armstrong knows that, and he’s not about to waste the opportunity after grinding his way from the bottom to the top. If the Venom are looking for a meek, mild-mannered pushover, they’ve got the wrong guy.

Ryu doesn’t want to admit the other goalie’s smart mouth turns him on. Beating Armstrong at practice feels good, sure, but there are other, more fun ways to shut his rival up.

In this league, it’s winner takes all. But there’s more to life than winning, and if Emmitt and Ryu can get past their egos and competitive natures, they might just discover they work better as partners than they ever imagined possible.






Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes, but Goalie Interference was just an okay read for me. Ryu and Emmitt are competitors. They both want the top position, and they both want to be on the ice for the playoffs. There is some back and forth in the very beginning, but other than that, I never really got the enemies to lovers vibe. That fierce sense of rivalry is there, and they both want to win. They wouldn't be valuable players if they didn't, but I just never got that animosity that comes with being enemies. The big, angsty problem is what I expected, and we get lots of moping on both sides, maybe a little too much moping. There is some wit and fun, mostly when Emmitt and Ryu are interacting with the team, particularly Morley. I absolutely love the fun-loving Morley. Given the circumstances, the relationship isn't public knowledge, and Ryu isn't even out, but that isn't a cause for worry here, which was refreshing in this type of romance. I will add that for those who want gameplay, this one gives us plenty of that. As the team heads into the playoffs, the play gets more and more exciting, and the authors do an excellent job of drawing you into the game. In the end, Ryu and Emmitt do have good chemistry, and their story is certainly plenty steamy, but it lacks the highs and lows of enemies turning into lovers while they fight every step of the way. It is certainly worth the read, and I'll be interested to see what's next for this series - I'm secretly hoping Morley gets a turn soon. As for this one, it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, but it did keep me entertained with its engaging characters and gameplay.

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Carina Press



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Release Blitz: Saint Street by Scarlett Hopper

Title: Saint Street
Author: Scarlett Hopper
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: September 30, 2019
Augustana Prescott is used to following the crowd. Having lost herself somewhere along the way, a newly graduated Stana decides to leave her lacklustre life in Los Angeles and flee to London. Hoping to discover who she truly is away from all the noise, Stana gets more than she bargained for when she meets the Ronan siblings, Alistair and Emilia. 
As she and Emilia grow closer, Stana comes to realise that blood doesn't always make family, and sometimes it's the family you choose, and not the family you're born in to, that matters the most. Stana's connection to Alistair, the manager and singer at her local bar, Saint Street, reignites a flame in herself that she thought was dimmed forever, and she quickly finds her footing in London. The sparks between the handsome Brit and the American girl are clear from the start, but that doesn't mean the path to happily ever after will be easy.
As Stana navigates the trials and tribulations of new love and a makeshift family, her perseverance is tested as strong forces back in LA try to pull her home. When it all becomes too much, Stana will have to decide how much she is willing to risk to keep the life and love she not only wants, but desperately needs.
Scarlett Hopper was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Los Angeles when she was 10 years old. Her passion for writing came about at a young age when her sister would read her the works of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath. Three years ago, Scarlett re-located back to Sydney where she studies creative writing and communications. When she isn't writing or reading, she spends her time traveling and searching for the best record stores, while eating at 24 hour diners. After her graduation, Scarlett hopes to move back to the US and begin a new adventure in Seattle.
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