Friday, October 19, 2018

Feared
by Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination—claiming that they were not hired because they were men—Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case. 

The plaintiffs’ lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance —determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end…even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love…or they could lose everything they’ve worked for. Told with Scottoline's trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, this latest thriller asks the question: Is it better to be loved, or feared...


Kritters Thoughts:  Since I have spent the week reading this series, I will say this one more time, but please start at the beginning of this series.  The cases are completely self contained in each book, but you will miss so much by not reading them in a row when it comes to the ladies in this law firm.

This book has quite a few cases going on, but one that is timely and interesting is the reverse discrimination claim that the women in the law firm knowingly do not hire men except the one associate and ex police investigator.  One of their rivals from a previous book is the one to bring on this case and it is so interesting that they have to hire an outside counsel to manage this case.  I enjoyed reading about this case and how they dealt with it most in this book.

The other thing that I loved about this book is that since they were all involved in the case above they all worked together in this book and not one person felt like a main character, it felt like they split this book equally among the three - Judy, Mary and Bennie.  I have come to love reading about these women and how they compliment each other in that they all recognize that the other has strengths that they do not have and that they may need to solve one case or another.  

I really hope there are more books to come in this series and I hope to read them now as they come out one a year or so.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 85 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Exposed
by Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 341
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues—ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.


Kritters Thoughts:  The fifth book in a series and in this one both Bennie and Mary take starring roles and it takes both of them to solve all that is going on in this book!  One of Mary's childhood friends has quite a bit going on in his life and a bit of it needs the help of Mary and her law firm.  

Again as all the books in this series, the case or in this case cases are self contained in this book, but I would absolutely read these in order because you will miss out on so much when it comes to the characters in the law firm.  

I think what I loved most about this book was seeing this entire law firm work as a team to solve all that is going on in this book.  To see all of the three main ladies use their strengths to help the other was so fun.  In the previous books they have mostly worked independently, so it was such a good change to see them work as a unit.  

I really fell more in love with the characters in this one through them interacting with each other.  I think this book was perfectly timed in the series for you to reconnect with the law firm and see them come together to work on one case.  


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 84 out of 100



Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Damaged
by Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 416
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  One boy. One lawyer. One chance for justice.

Ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick's grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick's true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary DiNunzio might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart...


Kritters Thoughts:  Still reviewing the series here that centers around a female driving law firm and their investigations that are spurred on by the cases that are brought their way.  

This fourth book in the series returns the attention back to the new partner, Mary DiNunzio.  She is weeks away from her wedding and a case that is in and out of her wheel house lands on her doorstep.  Part of the case that takes place in this book is about special education and the school system and the other part deals with child abuse.  This book was hard to read at spots.  There were a few moments where I had to close the book and take a step back because as the reader I wanted to reach in and help Mary fight for the good of this kid.  

I have said this earlier about this series, but I love how the cases are all self contained within each book, but there is a lot of character development that helps, so you don't want to skip around in this series.  I felt as though with this book in particular this case really affected Mary's personal life and I just enjoyed seeing her take her work home with her like us normal people do!

Onto the next book tomorrow!


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 83 out of 100

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Corrupted
by Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St Martin's
Pages: 464
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Bennie Rosato the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn't like to fail. Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn't know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures--of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice.


Kritters Thoughts:  The third in the series and as I have said before the cases in each book are self contained, but I would say that there is definitely character development that you would miss if you read them out of order.  And why would you when they start with letters in the alphabet in a row!

This third book takes the focus and shifts it to the lead partner in the law firm, Bennie Rosato.  Like the other two books, the reader gets a full picture of Bennie.  I loved reading about her family and getting to know the person behind the lawyer.  

This book and the case were different from the previous two.  The young man that asks her to represent him in a murder case is someone from her past and the book goes back in time to tell the full story of how they met and what happened then to compel her to take his case now in the present.  The thing I loved about this book was that she was a seasoned lawyer, but she was out of her element representing a murder suspect.  

For the book so far in the series, I think I liked this one the most because the case was so different and in this book the reader spends a lot of time shadowing her in the courtroom.  There was a lot of procedural and it was interesting and different from the other books in this series.  


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel 
(of course there are three more in the series!)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Betrayed
by Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The women of Rosato & Associates return, after the relaunch of the series that started with Accused. This second entry, Betrayed, stars Judy Carrier, who has had the starring role in only one previous Rosato book. When Betrayed opens, Judy Carrier finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Her best friend, Mary DiNunzio, has just become partner and is about to become a bride, leaving Judy vaguely out of sorts. She's not jealous, but she's not happy either and she's wondering where her own career and love life are going. To make matters worse, she is rocked to her emotional foundations when she learns that her beloved Aunt Barb has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She races to her aunt's side, and so does Judy's mother, only to find that her aunt is dealing with the sudden death of a friend who had been helping her through chemo. The friend, Iris Juarez, was an undocumented worker at a local farm, but her death doesn't look natural at all, to Judy. Judy begins to investigate, following a path that leads her into an underground world far more dangerous than she ever imagined. Judy has to dig to uncover what happened to Iris, and at the same time unearth the secrets in her own family.


Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series and when I review series I always like to give my opinion if you can read them out of order or if you should read them in a row.  I would say you can read them out of order because each case is self contained, but you would miss the character growth of the ladies of the law firm.  

I was excited when I started reading this book that it centered around a different character from the law firm - Judy Carrier.  She is an associate who usually works with Mary from the first book.  As in the first book, the reader gets a full picture of Judy and her life.  From getting to know her personal life and her family and then deep diving into her career.  

The case that takes center stage in this book is much more closely wrapped in her personal life than the case from the first book.  I liked that Judy's case had a personal twist as she is investigating the suspicious death of her aunt's best friend.  She meets her aunt's best friend and very soon after the meeting, Iris, her aunt's friend is found dead and it may look like a medical event, but her aunt and she believe differently, so Judy takes it upon herself to get to the truth of the matter.  Like the first book, this mystery is contained in this book so you can end the book with satisfaction.

I like that this series will hop characters.  It helped a lot for me personally as I am reading them back to back and was concerned that if it was the same main character that I would get bored and tired of reading about the same main gal.  I love that this series is like a romance series where the books take place in the same setting but rotate characters points of view.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 82 out of 100
Accused
by Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St Martin's
Pages: 403
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Mary DiNunzio, who just made partner, takes on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by Allegra Gardner, a thirteen-year-old genius from an extraordinarily wealthy family. Allegra’s sister, Fiona, was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; and, most damning, Stall pleaded guilty. But young Allegra believes Stall is innocent―and wrongly imprisoned. The powerful Gardner family and Allegra’s own parents oppose reopening the case, so taking it on is risky. But Rosato & Associates can never resist an underdog. Was justice really served all those years ago? It will take Mary and her team of unstoppable lawyers, plus one teenager, to learn the truth. 


Kritters Thoughts:  The first in a series that has been out for awhile.  This first book was first published in 2013 and this week I will review all 6 books that are out with the latest book just released in August of 2018.

The first book in the series focuses on the newest partner to this law firm, Mary DiNunzio.  She is an Italian with a large Italian family and this book was about both her professional and her personal life.  

The professional part of the book centered around a case.  A young thirteen-year-old girl wants this law firm to reopen the case about her sister who was murdered six years ago.  She believes that the wrong person is in jail and she wants this law firm to try to find the actual killer and bring them to justice.  

I read a lot of mystery books and I always enjoy the book when the person investigating is not a cop and isn't a "professional" when it comes to finding the clues.  I like stumbling along the ride with them and maybe I can pick out a clue before they do!

I also love that there were bits about her personal life.  Her parents are fully involved in her life, maybe too much at times and even help with her investigation.  I liked getting to fully deep dive into this character's life and at the same time the case was self contained in this book.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 81 out of 100



Sunday, October 14, 2018

It was a crazy week at work and a busy weekend, so any reading I accomplished I am proud of!

A
 meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
Accused by Lisa Scottoline
Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline
Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline

Currently Reading:
Damaged by Lisa Scottoline

Next on the TBR pile:
Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

Friday, October 12, 2018

Maybe For You
by Nicole McLaughlin

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  She’s never had a no-strings fling. He’s never had anything else. But maybe this time will be an exception?

After a year of mourning her fiancé, Alexis Parker has worked hard to rediscover what she wants out of life. Fresh out of the military and back stateside, her brother offers her a marketing job at the Stag Distillery. Ready for a new challenge, Alexis agrees to accompany her new co-worker Jake Cooper on a Stag cross-country promotional tour. He may have an infamous playboy reputation, but Alexis is surprised to find out that there is more to him than meets the eye. And she likes what she sees. . .

Jake promised Alexis’s brother that he’d be an absolute gentleman. Of course, that was before he and Alexis hit the road, and they both agree that what Alexis’s big brother doesn’t know won’t hurt him. The plan: to keep their fling confined to the RV, and everything will go back to normal once they head home. Things progress in ways neither of them could have imagined, and Jake realizes that he and Alexis make a perfect mix. Can he convince her that he’s ready to shake things up and give true love a shot?


Kritters Thoughts:  The third in a romance series and if you are new to the romance world, most books in a series are mostly self contained and each book focuses on different characters in the same town or setting.  This series has focused on a distillery and the men that work there and the women that come into their lives.  As I say in most reviews of romance books, it is obvious the ending of most romance books but the joy is in the journey!

This story centers on Jake Cooper who is the last bachelor to work for Stag Distillery and Alexis who is the little sister of one of the other owners of the distillery.  Alexis has made a few appearances in the previous books, but this book takes a deep dive into her life and what has happened.  

I loved these two.  Their story wasn't all sunshine and rainbows and it had distinct ups and downs.  I like it when the path to romance in a book isn't super easy.  This may have been my favorite so far for this series.  

I hope this author has more from this distillery, I like the town and the venue.  I could imagine myself hanging out there and being friends with the characters - I love when a book makes me feel that way.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 80 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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