Book 145: DEVIOUS Review

I pulled another book from my personal TBR pile and read Devious by Lisa Jackson. Let me tell you this was a really good, if not great, example of romantic suspense. The action takes place in New Orleans with some familiar detectives at the helm, Montoya and Bentz. As with previous stories involving these members of New Orleans finest, there is some personal interest.

Montoya dated the first murder victim, Camille Renard, back in high school. If that’s not personal enough, his younger brother Cruz dated the lady that found that body. What makes this all the more interesting is that both ladies are now nuns. Camille’s sister, Valerie, is shocked over the murder especially since she knew that Camille was planning on leaving the church due to a pregnancy. What is even more surprising, is that Sister Camille was evidently having a relationship with one of the priests? Is it possible that Father Frank is the murderer? Both the Catholic Church and New Orleans have been hit hard in recent years, but can the Church survive a murder spree of nuns and novitiates that all appear to have had relations with one of its priests? There’s a lot more going on that meets the eye with this story. The heat gets turned up a notch when Cruz Montoya returns to New Orleans and tries to restart a relationship with Sister Lucia. The heat gets even hotter when Valerie’s estranged husband, Slade Houston, shows up on the very night that Camille is murdered. Slade’s presence forces Valerie to re-evaluate her belief in her sister’s word, namely that Slade attempted to seduce her rather than vice versa. (Hard to believe that someone so focused on sex that she’s willing to attempt seducing her brother-in-law wanted to be a nun? Oh yeah, that probably explains her pregnancy and affair with the priest!) Thankfully there’s a diary that reveals almost as much as it hides.

The twists and turns in this story are just as devious as the actions of the murderer. Just when you think you know who the culprit is or where the story is going there’s another unexpected twist to shake things up and keep you guessing. It is for these reasons that I enjoyed reading Devious. If you’re into romantic suspense or just suspense then this is probably a good book for you.

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Coming soon:
I’m reading and will be posting reviews of The Sweetness of Tears by Nafisa Haji and The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen as well as another book from my personal TBR pile – Blood Ties by Sharon Sala. Happy reading until then…

Book 142: WICKED LIES Review

I’m sure most of you realize by now that I enjoy reading. If I don’t read each and every day (even if it’s only a few pages) it feels as if something is missing. The past 5-6 days have been rather rough due to a series of severe migraine headaches that interfered with my day-to-day living as well as my reading. The physical pain was excruciating but not being able to read was almost intolerable. Needless to say when this last headache became bearable with pain medication the first thing I did was read. 

I chose to read from my ever-growing TBR pile and one of the books read was Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush. I’m so glad I began with this book. It is filled with suspense, romance and drama. Imagine being raised in all-female (namely sisters and an aunt) and rustic environment and leaving for the big city at age 18. Well, that was the life of Laura “Lorelei” Adderley. Now she is dealing with her cheating ex-husband and a deranged killer that’s on the loose. A killer that’s out to finish what he started years earlier . . . killing all of the women from Siren Song, her family’s home. If that’s not enough to deal with, Laura must also contend with an unplanned pregnancy and a burgeoning romance with a reporter, Harrison Frost.

Yes there’s a lot going on in this story (and I didn’t even mention everything) but it all makes a weird kind of sense in the end. Ms. Jackson and Bush have crafted a delightful romantic suspense tale in Wicked Lies. This isn’t a short book but it is definitely worth reading, at least in my opinion.