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The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Hilderbrand returns to the setting of all her books – the small island of Nantucket.

Zoologist Celeste Otis and Benji are to be married at the home of Benji’s parent’s, Greer and Tag Winbury, estate on the water. Celeste’s small, middle-class family includes only her father and mother, who is dying from terminal cancer, but made it to Nantucket to see her only child married. The whole family feels out of place next to the Winbury’s extravagant home and want to make a good impression on their future son-in-law.

The morning of the wedding, Celeste discovers her best friend and maid-of-honor, Merit, dead on the beach. At first glance, the death looks like an accident. However, as police Chief Ed Kapenash begins to interview the guests and major players in the Otis and Winbury families, secrets begin to unravel, revealing several suspects who have motive and could want Merit dead.

Lots of drama amp up the plot to make this another winner from bestselling author Hilderbrand.

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Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Finn lost his girlfriend, Layla, on their drive back to London from France. They stopped at a rest stop and when Finn came back from the toilets, she had disappeared. He had seen a car leaving in the distance and always believed that Layla had been abducted. After an investigation, and without any evidence, the police let Finn go.

Fast forward several years, and now Finn had formed a romantic relationship with Ellen, Layla’s older sister, and the two are engaged to be married. Both Ellen and Layla had a set of Russian nesting dolls growing up but one of Ellen’s had gone missing. Now a Russian doll shows up outside their house, and Ellen wants to believe that Layla might still be alive. Finn has been receiving anonymous emails that suggest that someone knows where Layla lives, but he hasn’t shared any of this with Ellen.

Finn’s behavior and short-temper often seems suspect, so readers will question whether he actually killed Layla. However, Bring Me Back has a twist you probably wouldn’t see coming that made this book a decent thriller.

I’ve read all of Paris’ books, but Behind Closed Doors remains my favorite.


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Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison

Ellison “Ellis” Garrett has completely changed her life. She quit her job as a lawyer, broke up with her boyfriend, and moved back to her hometown. She opened a clothing store for women who just can’t find cute clothes to fit there bodies- the plus size, the tall ones, the short ones, the ones with large feet. She finally feels like herself.

One day at the bakery, she gets into an argument with her ex’s aunt. Coming to her rescue, even though she doesn’t need it, is Michael Edwards. Ellis is shocked. She had a crush on him four years ago when he dated her perfect and thin sister, Dina. But as they talk Ellis realizes that Mike doesn’t remember her. Feeling a little let down, Ellis figures she will never see him again. To her surprise, she finds out he lives here and is on the police force. Now she keeps running into him and he keeps flirting with her. Ellis starts a relationship with him but they are both bringing baggage with them. Will they be able to let go of the past to have a future together?

I really liked this book. Being a plus sized girl myself, I enjoy reading about body positive characters. If you like a cute romance story with funny characters, then I recommend this one!


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Rock Legend by Tara Leigh

PR Assistant Piper Hastings has been able to successfully avoid her ex, Landon Cox, for six years, even though her boss represents Landon’s band, “Nothing But Trouble.” That is, until she runs into him in his dressing room after a show. Their chemistry is undeniable, and she thinks she can have a sexual relationship with him, but won’t ever give him her heart again.

When she was in college, Landon left her with no explanation, like their love was meaningless. But seeing Piper again has ignited something inside him, although he doesn’t know if he can offer her more. After losing use of his grip from a drunken accident, he doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to play the drums again.

Piper has been tasked to take care of Landon until he gets better. This is a chance to rebuilt their relationship, but Landon may be too emotionally damaged from his troubled past to be good for anyone.

King’s (Rock King) sexy romance will appeal to some, but too many different conflicts (drug/alcohol abuse, guilt over an accident, misunderstanding about cheating and more) create unnecessary drama. Hopefully the author will reign in the plot in the next series offering, which will focus on another “Nothing But Trouble” band member.


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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

It’s been a year since Anna Johnson’s parents committed suicide. First, her father took one of the cars from the dealership he owns and jumped off a cliff during hide tide. Several months later, her mom followed with the exact same suicide at the same cliff. Bodies were never recovered, and investigators believe that is because they were drug along the sea floor during the tide.

Anna now lives with her boyfriend Mark and newborn baby Ella at her parent’s house and has a stake in the family business, the business that her Uncle Billy tells her isn’t doing well. She receives an anonymous card on the anniversary of their death that says “suicide: think again.” She is worried that her parents might have actually been murdered, and as the threats ensue she is determined to get to the bottom of their deaths. That is, until, a new revelation shows that some secrets should be left buried.

I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but this thriller from Mackintosh is a winner! There was a decent twist I didn’t see coming that made this one a stand-out. I have read all three of Mackintosh’s books and highly recommend any of them.


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Something In the Water by Catherine Steadman

Newlyweds Erin and Mark are on an extravagant honeymoon in Bora Bora. On their way to a diving excursion, they come across papers floating in the water and something knocking against their boat. The item is a duffel bag filled with diamonds, cash, a burner phone and USB drive. Near the location where they found the bag, Marc dives under to find a crashed plane of what he tells Erin are really bad people.

Mark had just lost his job in banking and this is why they had to cut their honeymoon short. Erin’s salary as a documentary film maker isn’t enough to pay their mortgage or finance the family they hope to start. With Mark’s banking knowledge, they believe they can sell the diamonds and deposit the money in a Swiss bank account without raising any suspicionsl, which means their financial troubles will be over.

But taking money that doesn’t belong to you comes at a price. Erin believe someone is watching her. Is it the owners of the money wanting it back? And as Erin goes back to working on interviewing three inmates for her documentary, the actions of one of her subjects may have the police digging into her personal life. And the more complicated their lives become in hiding the money, the more the lies begin to grow…can they even trust each other?

This page-turner isn’t necessarily a stand out in the crowded psychological thriller genre, but I certainty enjoyed it. Even though I hated the decisions of the characters, the different plot threads kept my interest throughout. Recommended.


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Roomies by Christina Lauren

Holland Bakker has been looking for excuses to visit the subway stop near her apartment as often as possible, just to listen to the musician who regularly plays there. There’s just something about his guitar playing, and well, he’s not hard on the eyes either. But Holland’s never spoken to him – she’s way too afraid that her crush on him would be too obvious. But an encounter with a would-be robber brings them together in an unexpected way. And when the chief violinist of the hottest show on Broadway suddenly quits, Holland brings her uncle – the musical director for the show – to hear him play. Calvin is immediately asked to audition, and when he’s offered the part, he admits that he’s in the country illegally, and will not be able to accept. When Brain, Holland’s snarky and irritable boss says that maybe Holland should just marry the guy, no one expects that she actually would. Now that Calvin and Holland are married, and the show is a bigger hit than ever, will they make the move from awkward roommates to loving married couple?

I’m not typically a huge fan of the romance genre, so I was really surprised at how much I liked this book! It was fun and sexy, without being too over the top, and the characters were easily relatable.  Definitely recommended if you need something light and breezy for summer.