Review: The Last Execution by Jerrie Alexander

Today I am reviewing another great book by Jerrie Alexander.  If you haven’t read her yet you really need to pick up either The Green-Eyed Doll or The Last Execution.  She does a wonderful job of blending both Romance and Suspense.  Be sure to read the rest of my review of The Last Execution after the book blurb.  If you want to read about her first book The Green-Eyed Doll you can click here to read it.

17725563Book Blurb:

To survive, she must put the past behind her. To love, she must learn to trust.

Homicide detective Leigh McBride’s first assignment with the FBI brings her face-to-face with a past she’s tried hard to forget. And when her temporary partner, a cynical ex-marine, lights a fire in her she thought long-extinguished, her darkest secret is threatened.

Scarred both physically and emotionally, Special Agent J. T. Noble is a man of few words. He prefers to keep people at a distance–until he meets Leigh. He’s attracted to her strength and drawn in by her secrecy. But in their line of work, secrets can be deadly.

When the killer they are hunting aims his vigilante justice at Leigh’s past assailant, the fine line between right and wrong blurs. To heal the past–and find their future together–Leigh and J. T. must learn that only through trust and forgiveness can love grow.

Review:

As most of you know I don’t normally read and review too many suspense novels.  I’ve never been a person into the John Grisham and Dan Brown kinda suspense/ thriller books.  But, when Jerrie asked me to review another of her books I couldn’t pass it up.  I’m so glad I didn’t.  The Last Execution takes us on a wild ride through Atlanta chasing a vigilante sniper. We soon learn that it’s not just the sniper we have to worry about. We must also face Leigh’s ex-boyfriend/rapist/stalker.  With two villains comes two parallel storylines held together by JT and Leigh.  For most writers this would be a very tricky task to pull off.  Not only does Jerrie give us the view points of Leigh and JT but she also puts us in the minds of the vigilante and the rapist out for revenge.  Reading this review you may be thinking this could get to be a complicated read.   Don’t doubt there were times I had a take a small breather and recap for myself who was who and what they were doing.   But that is to be expected in such a complex story. It wasn’t just the suspense that was well-managed but the love story was built-in very genuinely and believably.  It would have been very easy for the love story to have just been thrown into the mix, but Jerrie weaves it throughout the story with wonderful fireworks and climaxes (pun intended 🙂 ).  I also loved that the characters and storyline was so believable.  I felt that Leigh’s character, though weepy with JT, pulled off what a modern woman working in a law enforcement position would do and how she would act.  Also, the story of the vigilante sniper I think was so real it could have been pulled from the headlines.  Overall, The Last Execution is one book you are going to want to snatch up.  Once you read it you will want to read more by Jerrie Alexander.  She is easily becoming one of my favorite suspense writers!

Author Bio:

6456327A student of creative writing in my youth, I set aside my passion when life presented me with a John Wayne husband, and two wonderful children. A career in logistics offered me the opportunity to travel to many beautiful locations in America, and I revisit them in my romantic suspense novels.

The characters went with me, talked to me, and insisted I share their dark, sexy stories with others. I writes alpha males and kick-ass women who weave their way through death and fear to emerge stronger because of, and on occasion in spite of, their love for each other. I like to torture people, make them suffer, and if they’re strong enough, they live happily ever after.

I live in Texas, love sunshine, children’s laughter, sugar (human and granulated), and researching for my heroes and heroines.

Review: The Green-Eyed Doll by Jerrie Alexander

I am reviewing Jerrie Alexander’s new book, The Green-Eyed Doll.  This is a contemporary romance with a thriller twist.

Blurb: 

Catherine McCoy is running from her past. She’s been on the move for a year, hiding the secret and guilt in her heart. When she lands in small-town Texas and meets Sheriff Matt Ballard, he ignites a flame she thought lost forever.

Matt has scars of his own. He left the big city after an undercover operation went bad and his partner was killed.
Now, as Matt hunts for a serial killer who paints his victims like porcelain dolls, Catherine becomes a safe haven for him. Two tortured souls finding comfort in each other’s arms—until he uncovers her secret, and their bond of trust is broken.

When Catherine disappears, Matt races to find her, fearing the murderer has found his next green-eyed doll. But the killer has a surprise coming. Catherine will fight to the death before she’ll be a victim. But will her determination be enough?***Blurb provided from Goodreads.

Review:

The Green-Eyed Doll is a romantic thrill ride.  Jerrie Alexander manages to keep you guessing about the killer and build a heart stopping love story.  The characters of Matt and Catherine are so beautifully written I could read their love story over and over.  The added excitement of the killer and Matt and Catherine’s problematic histories just enhanced the emotions of the book.  With Matt and Catherine’s happily ever after all I could hope for was that a few of the other characters got their own books so that they can have a happily ever after too.  I hope for Ash to find that right woman to saddle him and make him into a better man just like Catherine did Matt.  Overall, I would completely recommend this book and suggest you have the time to read it in one sitting because you are not going to want to put this book down.

The Green-Eyed Doll will be published December 7th.  Be sure to stop Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer to pick up this exciting read!

Review: The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake #2) by Laurell K. Hamilton

I am finally crossing off a book from my  TBR (To Be Read) Summer Reading list.  The first of many is The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is the second book in her Anita Blake series.

In the second book of the Anita Blake series, we find Anita still raising zombies for Animators, Inc and waist deep in gore and dead bodies.  Anita is called in by the police to help investigate some very gory crimes.  Families are targeted and everything is pointing to an uncontrolled zombie.  On top of helping police she is being pursued by a very wealthy man who wants her to raise an over 200 yr old zombie.  He is offering to pay a large sum, but to raise this dead she would have to have a human sacrifice.  Anita refuses at every turn, but the two cases collide in a very shocking way.  Power, death and suspense are the common themes in this book.  We see very little of Jean-Claude, the new Master Vampire of the City.  But, it is known he continues to try to pursue a relationship that Anita is trying to brush off all the while trying to investigate the horrible crimes committed by this rogue zombie.

Overall, I thought this was a really good book.  I read through it quickly and it moved very well.  It did set up the next book, Circus of the Damned, and introduced new characters.  Some of the content was very graphic and I had to put it down a few times because of it.  I wouldn’t recommend anyone underage to read this book.  I think it could be a bit too graphic (violence).  I am excited to continue the series to see what is in store for Anita Blake.  I have already started Circus of the Damned, which is not on my Summer TBR list but sometimes you just need a divergence to move forward in you reading.

For more information about The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  For my Summer TBR list you can check it out here: http://wp.me/p2is8i-4j

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