Review: Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

About this Book

Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .


My Review

I love the characters that this author creates. Permilia had such depth and a great personality. I enjoyed her no-nonsense approach to life. I also appreciated how she was happy and secure in herself. She was indeed a great role model. Asher was such fun. He also was a great character with his integrity and his work ethic. Together they were so much fun to watch. They had a give and take relationship that, although I knew where they would end up, it was quite fun to watch it develop.

The story itself was good. At times it was a little slow paced, for me, however, it was fun trying to figure out who was truly behind the threats on Asher’s life. The author does give you some hints, but you don’t find out the true story and the reasons why until the end.

I recommend this book for those of you who enjoy historical romance with a hint of mystery and humor. Many of the interactions between Permilia and Asher were hysterical!

Rate this book at 4 stars!

Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, through I was not required to leave a review.

Review: Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

About this Book

A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.

A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional—the victim’s wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI’s prime suspects.

Clearing Sally’s name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer—and to each other—the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

My Review

Love the basis of this book! As more and more items join the “Internet of Things” the threats are real. In this story our victim has his pacemaker hacked and results in his death.

The story that followed was action packed and kept me guessing most of the story. The author didn’t give a lot of hints to the motive behind Nathan’s murder which made it more difficult to solve it as a reader.

Beyond the action the human elements of this story were wonderful. Tori’s story as well as her FBI partner were touching on many levels. The character development was also excellent, especially Tori.

If you are a DiAnn Mills fan, this book will not disappoint. If you are new to Mills’ work this is a great story to start with. Although it’s a book two, it is independent from book one.

Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher. I was not required to leave a review.

I have the paperback copy I received from the publisher. The first person who emails me their mailing address to books[at]magnusonhouse[dot]com will receive it!


Review: Beyond Justice by Cara Putman

About this Book

Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It’s why she became an attorney and why she’s so driven in her career. When she’s assigned a wrongful death case against the government, she isn’t sure if it’s the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there.

Further complicating matters is Andrew, her roommate’s distractingly attractive cousin. But Andrew’s father is a Congressman, and Hayden’s currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to kill the case—or her. Logic and self-preservation would indicate she should close the case. But how can she, when justice is still just beyond her reach?


My Review

This was a good book, but not a great one. Since it has not been released I was reading a draft copy. My guess is the author will tighten up some of the things that bugged me about the story.

I did enjoy the two main characters, Andrew and Hayden. They complimented each extremely well and I enjoyed watching them grow as individuals and as a team. Emilie was a blast! I hope there is a book featuring her. She had spunk.

The story itself got a little confusing in parts, almost too many story lines that didn’t cleanly intersect. I had another issue that I won’t mention here. However, my guess is the author will clean up some of those “messy” parts.

I do hope to read future books by this author. I think her style has a lot of great potential.

Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, through I was not required to leave a review.