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ONCE UPON A GHOST – An Erin McCarthy Review

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It’s time for Bailey Burke’s final mystery! After not only discovering that she can speak to ghosts, Bailey chases down the murder of her best friend Ryan, his girlfriend, and a potential serial killer. NOW just when she thinks life has settled down and she can get back to work on her design and staging business, the afterlife rises once more.

Her newest client is double-duty: not only is she supposed to re-do his bachelor pad, he’s also her latest spectral case. After discovering Cezar in his ghastly form, Bailey can’t lose him and she decides to accept her fate and help him figure out what happens. Was he in the mob? Sure. Is he irritating? To no end. But Bailey is as sweet as Irish cream and can’t leave him on his own.

Battling mobsters and sneaky sheriffs, Bailey’s ill equipped to handle these mysteries on her own. Hello Marner! Her sexy cop boyfriend is much more prevalent and swoon in the final Murder by Design novel! He’s caring, he’s protective, but can he handle Bailey’s ghostly secret? Find the killer, save the ghost, get the guy. All in a days work for this design diva!


36347557.jpgWith Bailey Burke’s design and staging business booming- it turns out tangling with a serial killer is the best advertising ever- she has no time to lament her lack of love life, or wonder where her dead friend Ryan’s ghost has gone. She hasn’t seen him in months, but when she finds a body in a home she’s been hired to stage she’s hounded by the dead man’s ghost.

Having been a medium before, this guy is by far the most irritating ghost she’s ever met, with his constant need to talk over her and flick pennies at her head. Without Ryan to guide her, she’s on her own to figure out what the dead man needs from her. On top of all that, cop Jake Marner is back in her life, ostensibly to protect her, but mostly to confuse her as to whether they are dating or not.

Before she can say “Put It Where?” Bailey finds herself immersed in mob dealings, the secret world of male-only sweat baths, and double dealings. When another body turns up, there is no doubt that she’s in over her head… again.

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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over sixty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published.
When she’s not writing she can be found sipping martinis in high heels or eating ice cream in fleece pajamas depending on the day, and herding her animals, kids, and amazing renovation-addicted husband.


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SILENCE OF THE GHOST – An Erin McCarthy Review

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I LOVE the fact that Erin writes about my hometown in this series. It brings such a real flavor to the novel because I know the areas she’s speaking about.

When we last left Bailey, our new resident ghost whisperer, her best friend’s ghost was still hanging around as his (now) ex-girlfriend’s ghost appeared. On the hunt to find out where and why she died, Bailey discovers yet ANOTHER grisly scene. This poor girl can’t catch a break! So now with the mystery of a possible serial killer on the loose she needs to navigate her way through a past serial killer’s motives.

Ryan seems a little less involved during this mystery especially considering that it began with the murder of his then girlfriend. I really enjoyed the fact that we got to see more of Bailey being a true brainiac as she puts the pieces together herself. McCarthy did a wonderful job of giving evidence where my suspected culprit constantly changed with each new discovery.

With an ending sure to give you chills and goosebumps for the next installment!


35445552.jpg Expert home stager Bailey Burke has come to terms with the fact that her friend, Ryan, is a ghost, but she thought after they solved his murder together, he would get sucked into the light. Instead he’s hanging around and interfering in her love life, and mocking her inability to drink Jameson.

When a body is found near her historic neighborhood of Ohio City, mimicking the famous Torso Murders, and she starts hearing voices, Bailey thinks she’s really lost it now. Ryan’s ghost is one thing, but a whole gaggle of undead talking to her? No thanks. But Ryan informs Bailey she’s not nuts…she is a spiritual medium. And with him as middleman between the victims and the police, they can give the dead justice and he will finally get his one-way ticket to heaven. Considering Eliot Ness allegedly went to his grave bitter that it was the one case he couldn’t solve, Bailey doesn’t see how an uptight lightweight like herself can handle the modern equivalent. But now that Ryan has scared off every man she’s tried to date, including his former partner Marner, she has Saturday nights free for murder-mystery solving.

Yet dealing with the dead is more difficult than de-cluttering a hoarder’s house. Bailey finds herself pulled in all directions… and possibly conned by a killer.

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When she’s not writing she can be found sipping martinis in high heels or eating ice cream in fleece pajamas depending on the day, and herding her animals, kids, and amazing renovation-addicted husband.


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GONE WITH THE GHOST – An Erin McCarthy Review

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I’m so glad Erin is BACK! And not only has she got a tale to tell, it’s a freakin GHOST MURDER MYSTERY! And it’s in my hometown so I’ve already got love for this series.

Moving on, I love Bailey: she’s smart, she’s funny, and she has this adorable awkwardness about her where I instantly connected. Her reaction to Ryan’s ghost showing up is so honest and believable. Having a mystery story that really dedicates itself to the story of “who-done-it” versus a budding romance was refreshing. I honestly kept changing who I thought the killer was at every turn! That’s what a great mystery will do to you.

Add in the fact that Ryan has that love-able jerk persona (how do I still find him charming!?) that clashes ever so hilariously with Bailey’s shyness and there is so much comic relief in this story that it makes it a lighthearted murder….if that’s even possible.

That being said…Marner sounds positively delectable and I’m so excited to see where he and Bailey could go. I can’t wait to read on with more adventures that Bailey will get in to! This story reminded me so much of Casey Daniels ghost-talking mysteries set in Cleveland so I’m glad to have another delightful series to turn to!


18519527_1338212479580265_6027734910972881960_n.jpg Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is…

Ryan claims he didn’t commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Ryan’s counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.

An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan’s former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day… and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.

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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over sixty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published.
When she’s not writing she can be found sipping martinis in high heels or eating ice cream in fleece pajamas depending on the day, and herding her animals, kids, and amazing renovation-addicted husband.


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LOVE TAKER – An Erin McCarthy Review

**ARC received from the author for an honest review**

Take one part southern charm, mix in some Hollywood drama, and a dash of girl next door and you’ve got the basics for McCarthy’s closer in the Nashville Nights series “Love Taker”. Elle is the last and final Hart sibling left; her sister found love and her stubborn brother found his soulmate. How come Elle keeps finding the bottom of the barrel? What’s a girl to do when she’s down other luck but call her best friend, Tucker.

Tucker’s the down south good-ole-boy cop I didn’t think I had a thing for but boy was I WRONG! I wish we had gotten a bit more of Tucker in the previous novels but it was so worth waiting! He’s just the right amount of sweet and caring to make any girl swoon. But when it comes time to convincing Elle she belongs with him…oh that man has no problem taking charge!

Nashville Nights entire series got better with each story McCarthy told. But I loved Elle’s story so much! It’s not always easy to go from best friends to lovers. You’ve got to risk it all or you could lose it all. These two fought each other so hard but fought even harder FOR each other by the end. The perfect feel good story to end any tale!


30194174.jpg The Nashville Nights series is burning up backstage in this sensual friends-to-lovers novel featuring a good-guy cop and a woman who’s been looking for Mr. Right in all the wrong places.

Pretty-boy musicians are a fixture of the Nashville country scene—and Elle Hart, hairdresser to the stars, is beginning to think that they’re all total pricks. Elle’s dating choices have been a disaster, but at least she has Tucker. Though he’s easy on the eyes, no one would ever accuse Jason Michael Tucker of being a pretty boy. The humble and handsome sheriff’s deputy from Elle’s hometown has always been there to comfort her—until the evening their friendship unexpectedly leads to the best sex Elle has ever had.

Tucker has been lusting after Elle since they were an item as teens, but he knows that their wild night of passion is a one-time thing. He’s an old friend, nothing more, and they’re too different to become a couple just because they’ve knocked boots. After all, she hates being back in their hometown, and he’s not so fond of the big city. But when Elle comes to Tucker with news that changes everything, he must help her come to grips with her traumatic past—or risk losing her forever.

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When she’s not writing she can be found sipping martinis in high heels or eating ice cream in fleece pajamas depending on the day, and herding her animals, kids, and amazing renovation-addicted husband.


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2016 GoodReads Challenge: Pt. 2

The year is over! And I’ve reached my third reading goal for 2016! I started out with a goal of 80, then 100, and now 115! Check out all my reads below and be sure to add them to your TBR piles for 2017!

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Click here to see the first 80 books from 2016!

I’m so excited for my reads and reviews coming up in 2017!!!

XOXO Nalla

DREAM MAKER – An Erin McCarthy Review

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**ARC received from NetGalley for an honest review**

I was lucky enough to read Heart Breaker and Dream Maker in one sitting. Heart Breaker  unfortunately had an immature to feel to it that I generally wouldn’t associate with Erin McCarthy’s style. I was hoping Dream Maker wouldn’t have the same tone and thankfully it was more impressive.

I loved that Shane held the trope of tortured hero but with a more rock era vibe. He finds Avery after her very-recent breakup (Literally she’s storming out of the truck) and helps her when she’s got nowhere to go. I’m not always sold on the “still a virgin” trope but Avery somewhat sells it in a convincing way.

Shane’s ability to read Avery was fresh and nice to see. These two seemed to have such a laid back chemistry that it felt very old school romantic. It was tough seeing Shane’s angry side when dealing with jealousy and Avery. Predictably it stems from a place of where he’s struggled to deal with the past of his abusive father. One of his sisters got to deal with it though her music but Shane had no outlet where he could purge. He faced is father but it unfortunately felt a little anticlimactic.

I enjoyed Dream Maker a lot and I’m really hopeful for Love Taker, Elle’s story. For some reason she seems to most relatable for me.

Until next review…Happy Bingeing Beauties!

XOXO Nalla

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2016 GoodReads Reading Challenge: Pt. 1

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I’ve reached my goal!! Scroll down to see all my reads from this year…so far!

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Maya Banks: Softly at Sunrise, Forged in Steele, After the Storm, When Day Breaks, Darkest Before Dawn

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Maya Banks: Mastered, Keep Me Safe, In His Keeping

Karen Marie Moning: Feverborn

Erin McCarthy: Burn

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Maya Banks: Safe at Last, For Her Pleasure, Be With Me

Candy Starr: Too Many Rock Stars

Kate Dyer-Seeley: Slayed on the Slopes

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Yasmine Galenorn: Autumn Thorns

Kristen Ashely: Rock ChickRock Chick Rescue, Knight

Jaci Burton: Unexpected Rush

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Kristen Ashley: Rock Chick Redemption, Rock Chick Renegade, Rock Chick Revenge, Rock Chick Reckoning, Creed

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Kristen Ashley: Raid, Deacon, Sebring, Rock Chick Regret, Rock Chick Revolution

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Kristen Ashley: For You, At Peace, Golden Trail

Shiloh Walker: Darker than Desire

Patricia Briggs: Fire Touched

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Drew Jordan: Hide

Kristen Ashley: Games of the Heart, The Promise

J.R. Ward: The Beast

Katie MacAlister: Dragon Soul

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Kristen Ashley: Hold On, Bounty

Kresley Cole: The Player

Jay Crownover: Built, Charged

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Gena Showalter: The Darkest Torment

Maya Banks: Dominated

Kylie Scott: Dirty, Lick

Jay Crownover: Rule

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Jay Crownover: Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy, Asa

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Katie MacAlister: Daring in a Blue Dress

Jay Crownover: Honor

Sherrilyn Kenyon: Born of Legend

Julie Ann Walker: Devil and the Deep

Shiloh Walker: Headed for Trouble

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Katie MacAlister: Ghost of a Chance

Katie Ruggle: Gone Too Deep

Yasmine Galenorn: Flight from Mayhem

J.R. Ward: The Angels’ Share

M. O’Keefe: Burn Down the Night

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Jaci Burton: Don’t Let Go

Shiloh Walker: The Trouble with Temptation, The Right Kind of Trouble

Katie Ruggle: Hold Your Breath

Jay Crownover: Better When He’s Bad

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Maya Banks: With Every Breath

Jay Crownover: Better When He’s Bold, Better When He’s Brave

Katie Ruggle: Fan the Flames

Lynsay Sands: Runaway Vampire

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Lynsay Sands: Immortal Nights

Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter: Blood Red Kiss

Yasmine Galenorn: Shadow Silence

Katie Ruggle: In Safe Hands

Erin McCarthy: Heart Breaker

I’ll add the rest of 2016 at the end of the year with the rest of the stats!

XOXO Nalla

EXCERPT – Erin McCarthy

It’s release day for Erin McCarthy! HEARTBREAKER is out now! Check out the sweet cover below and add it on Goodreads today!

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ABOUT HEARTBREAKER

They’re perfectly in tune—but only when it comes to their music. This sizzling romance from New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy follows Nashville’s hottest country music duo as they fight for love in a city where dreams often cost a broken heart.

 

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When Jolene Hart broke off her affair with Chance Rivers, he left willingly enough, but he threw his guitar in her pool and stole their Song of the Year Grammy off the wall on his way out the door.

She retaliated by putting sugar in the gas tank of his favorite truck and turning his dog against him.

He took up with a blonde named Dixie and Jolene fell into bed with her bus driver. She heard Chance drank too much, and she ate cheesy grits like there was no tomorrow where she had to wear skintight jeans on stage. Together they had been country’s hottest new duo. Separate they were capable of selling almost no records.

Which was why their manager had them locked in an office together to sort out their upcoming album. Jolene wasn’t having any of it. To say that Chance was the same was a serious understatement.

“Unlock the damn door,” he told Ginny, his voice deceptively calm.

But having spent six months dating him, Jolene recognized the signs of impending explosion. His strong jaw was locked. His nostrils were flaring. His disheveled hair was in his eyes and he hadn’t bothered to toss it out of the way. The only part of his body that moved was his thumb, tapping up and down rapidly on the denim covering his knee. He was refusing to look at her, which served to make her temper flare right along with his. The least the bastard could do was look at her. She hadn’t expected flowers or even a smile, but a damn hello would be appreciated considering the man’s penis was no stranger to her mouth.

“No,” Ginny said firmly. In her sixties, she’d been in Nashville since before it was trendy. She turned nobodies into stars and stars into nobodies and took no bullshit off any man. “We’re sorting this out today Chance Rivers, because I’ve about had it with you two. The label wants the album in two months and if y’all don’t produce something you’ll be yesterday’s news.”

Shifting uncomfortably in the wooden chair in front of Ginny’s desk, Jolene knew her manager and mentor was right. Things changed in the business as frequently as she changed her underwear. You either kept up or got left behind and this was only their second album. Their first had been an unexpected runaway success and she’d shot from modestly famous local solo artist to duet superstardom. Since she had no desire to go home to Starkey, Kentucky, home of nothing, or wind up singing in bars around town for a few sets a night, she was going to have to swallow her rancor for Chance and get the job done. Though the idea of writing and recording with him made her want to throw up in her mouth. Or better yet, on Chance.

The man was insufferable.

He scowled.

And yet, he was so very, very sexy.

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