Book Review: Protecting Kyleigh by Elizabeth Brooks

When Kyleigh Taylor walks into a restaurant to pick up her last paycheck, about a dozen of her former co-workers are murdered by a gang of drug runners, and Kyleigh is injured. And traumatized. At the hospital, two police detectives are anxious to speak with her. One of them has a soothing voice, and the more he speaks with her, the more comfortable she feels around him. His comfort is exactly what she needs and craves.

From the first moment Detective Jordy Mitchell sees her, he feels a connection, a need to protect her. Sharing an experience of PTSD helps form an instant bond. Jordy knows he should stay away from her—otherwise, he risks the case and his career. Now Jordy has to deal with his angry police captain, Kyleigh’s grudge-holding ex-boyfriend, and a drug-running thug with one thing on his mind: find Kyleigh and kill her. Mitchell knows she’s the perfect woman for him—he just has to keep her alive long enough to prove it to her.

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I really enjoyed this romance suspense story. The opening started with a bang. Kyleigh was heading into her old job to get her last paycheck, and the restaurant was gunned down by thugs. I felt for her when she lost her good friend, died right in front of her eyes. I thought the author did a wonderful job with plot and setting. There wasn’t any boring moments at all; I could picture everything vividly like a Lifetime movie.

I liked Kyleigh and Jordy getting to know each other, but I’m not going to lie, I loved Rodriguez getting to know Kyleigh’s best friend better. Maybe because those two had flaws and were more relatable. Kyleigh was a Mary Sue and Jordy was a Gary Stu. I loved the scenes when the detectives hung out with the ladies, especially at the gym.

Two things that annoyed me: 1) when everyone dismissed Kyleigh’s panic attack at the bar after seeing a guy walk in 2) the detectives being okay with going to a “secret” spot where one of the thugs knew the whereabouts. I felt like the detectives really dropped the ball on providing safety for Kyleigh. If Jordy was thinking like a cop, instead of a boyfriend, then he may have been more responsive of potential dangers. But, if the characters were thinking logically, then the author couldn’t have written an interesting story 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Book Review: Five Midnights by Ann Davila Cardinal

***I received an unformatted ARC copy from NetGalley in order to write a review***

Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.

If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they’ll have to step into the shadows to see what’s lurking there—murderer, or monster?

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I loved this YA horror and suspense novel. The opening scene began with July 4th; Vico, turning 18 soon, was in old San Juan with cocaine in his book bag. It was a chilling scene (in a good way!) when the monster snatched Vico up. I was surprised, thinking he was a main character, but he died within the first few pages. I loved how this tied into next meeting Lupe, who’s 16. It was her first time visiting Puerto Rico without her dad, and she met her uncle who was working on the “murder” case.

The author was great with the setting details. I could picture being in Puerto Rico, even though I’ve never visited. All the scenes were interesting, moving the plot along. When two boys robbed a store, that was a pretty intense scene. I adored Lupe’s feisty nature and thought Javier’s crush on her was cute.

I really liked how the teens teamed up to try and solve the mystery. Since I have an open-mind about monsters and such, like Loch Ness Monster and BigFoot, I loved that they believed in the monster that was haunting Javier and his friends. The teens were relatable, regretting their past. I also liked that the author wasn’t afraid to portray the bad guys, a gang, as awful human beings. I hated that they were trying to hurt Javier (hated them in a good way, that the author did a great job with characterization).

My favorite lines: 1) He loved the way the decaying cement and wooden shacks were painted in bright colors. And the smell: salty ocean with notes of frying plantain, beer, garbage, and urine. Life. 2) “Monsters don’t come unless someone calls them!” 3) “You’ve been watching too many movies. Things just aren’t that interesting in real life.”

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

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Yawatta Hosby

Perfect Little Murder is here!

I’m happy to announce book #6 is available! What would you do if someone killed your brother? Cry? Get revenge? Check out my new suspense to see what Loren does.

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Franco was my brother, my best friend, my protector. He never missed any of my ballet practices.

Until Kina…killed him. I don’t care how many times she denies it. I know she killed him. And for that, she’ll have to pay.

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***If anyone wants a free copy so they can write an honest review, please email me: author.yawatta.hosby(AT)aol(DOT)com. I can gift the book at any book site or give a PDF, ePub, or Mobi file.

Right now, Perfect Little Murder is only available as an ebook. Once my proof copy arrives, I’ll be able to publish the paperback too 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby