Hot Stuff

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While trying to balance school, work and her family trying to marry her off, Cate’s life is never boring. Now with her roommate in the wind¬†and a mysteries new man in her life, her life is about to become far more interesting.

I love Janet Evanovich, but this wasn’t the best. I loved the characters and I loved the signature comedy in it, but I’m used to her characters taking charge of the situation. Cate isn’t a weak character but she just gets pulled along with everything that is going on. Kellin is awesome, and a very good fit for Care, he’s also a very typical man in most of Evanovich’s books.

There is only one book, so I can’t even say that I hope it gets better as this seems to be a stand-alone book. On the upside, it is a quick read and if you like just a light comedy this would probably be for you.

I think I might just be a little spoiled with Evanovich’s new books as this is an older one. It’s a good book just sadly not one of my favourites.

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Roasted Love Cozy Mystery

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When the owner of the rival coffee shop is killed, the police turn their sights on the owner of Roasted Love due to their ongoing feud. Laila is determined to prove that her boss is innocent. She works closely with a paramedic, named Daniel, to get to the bottom of it.

I’m a little sad that this is the first book of a three book series. I really liked this book. the writing style is nice and easy and really easy to follow throughout the book. The characters are very interesting and we got to get a feel for their relationship. The dynamic within the team at Roasted Love is interesting and almost like a family.

I do like how Laila and Daniel meet in this book. He is a really sweet guy, not sure that a paramedic would really have that much time to do the running around that Laila asks him to do. However, him being friends with people in the police department does help. It is fun seeing a cozy mystery that the main character seems to be falling for someone who isn’t a police officer. I get it that it is the easiest way to make sure that the main character is always in the know with the investigation, but this was a nice little addition.

The characters were really interesting and fun. The murder mystery in this book was different than what I’ve seen before. They took the standard poisoning and gave it a new twist. Larson managed to fit a lot of interesting twists in this book. I did find that it was a little easy to figure out, but it was enjoyable none the less.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the following books in the series.

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When a date night between Laila and Daniel is interrupted by a body found in the restaurant’s freezer. Daniel asks Laila to look into it as he is friends with the owner. While working on the case, Laila finds out a lot more about Daniel’s friend, maybe a little too much. But she must finish everything up before heading home for the holidays.

This was a really fun book. What I enjoy the most is that Laila isn’t a business owner like so many¬†cozy mystery protagonists are. Though she doesn’t slack at her job, she has plenty of free time to investigate what happened and the timing makes sense. She’s written to have a very keen eye and learns quite quickly. She is also very mindful of the evidence, which is lacking in many cozy mystery books.

The new characters that were introduced where interesting. Steve allowed the reader to obtain more information about Daniel and his past before the books. We also get to meet Laila’s parents, though briefly.

The murder was interesting and complex which was fun. It was more of a real mystery that wasn’t clear cut as most. Laila had to connect the dots which was fun to watch.

Overall, it was a good book that was very interesting. It also was a perfect book to read for this season, as the holiday season is upon us. 

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After a sweet homeless man who frequents Roasted love is found dead, Laila is the only one who seems to think that there is something wrong. She looks into the murder as the police’s hands are tied as there were no signs of any the death not being an accidental¬†overdose. Laila is determined to figure it out, however, she may be over her head with this one.

We get to see a bit more of west rock, New York and it’s surroundings in this book. Laila does travel around into a more dangerous part of town and I feel like she took too many risks in this book than previously, and I’m pretty sure that it gave Daniel a heart attack. Though I get not wanting a murderer to get away with murdering your friend, however, I think talking with a drug dealer is a bit much.

Daniel and Laila have on of their first real fights in this book. She should really listen to Daniel more frequently as he does work in the emergency field. He brings the level-headed view in this book. They do make a very nice couple and balance each other out nicely.

The mystery was interesting and though misleading, I found it quite easy to figure it out. ¬†Don’t go into this book expecting a good riddle. ¬†It may be the fact that the reader is on the outside and makes things a whole lot easier to figure out.

I still really liked the book, and I’m sad that this is the last book in the series. If Larson wants to write another book, I would gladly read it.

Peppermint Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #28) + Hot Chocolate Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #29)

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After Amy tries to get Heather to go Skydiving for her birthday, she reluctantly agrees to go look at the airfield but makes no promise of jumping. As she arrives, she spots her husband looking over what seems to be a crime scene. The seeming accident, has all the signs of tempering and murder. With the entire family to look into, as well as the owner and the instructor, this case is a murky as they come. Even after the arrest is made, Heather just can’t seem to shake the feeling that something is wrong.

This book felt a little like a rinse and repeat plot for me, but that might be because it uses a very common plot that is found in a lot of mystery books. The death my Parachute was interesting though. Though I will say that the coincidence that Heather and Amy happened to be going to the air field right after the accident is a bit much.

The victim and her family really wasn’t expanded on much and I felt like had the book been a little longer we could have gotten to know about the family and victim more. After the last book, I was a little disappointed about that aspect. The book was also heavily focused on Heather’s impending birthday which I felt took away from the story.

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After watching her car get stolen, just a few hours later Ryan calls Heather and tells her that it has be used in the murder of¬†Sharon Janis. Sharon isn’t the most well liked in the town, and that’s putting it lightly. However, because it was her car used, she is taking it personal and pours herself into the case more than ever.

This was a fun little book. It took a very interesting spin that couldn’t be figured out in this book. The story didn’t quite follow, and how Heather figured it out, I have no idea. We do get a throw back to the first book in this book however since it was 28 books ago my memory was a little foggy on who the person was until it was explained. This may only happen if you have a horrible memory for names like I did.

The family life of Heather, Ryan and Lilly was definitely looked into and the truth of having a police detective and a PI as parents were brought to the forefront in this book. It added a bit more reality to the book that I felt was lacking in their lives.

It is a good continuation of the book series.


Iced Pumpkin Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #26) + Double Chocolate Pistachio Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #27)
Peanut Butter Fudge Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #30) + Christmas Donut Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #31)