Monday, May 4, 2015

Book Review - Ripple of Secrets: Rose Gardner Mystery Novella #6.5 by Denise Grover Swank

ABOUT THE BOOK


Rose Gardner Mystery Novella #6.5 in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series. 

After her assistant DA boyfriend’s near brush with death, Rose Gardner hopes to make it through the holiday season with a minimal amount of drama. But she can’t forget the promise she made to the king of the Fenton County underworld in exchange for Mason’s life. What’s worse, she’s not the only one keeping secrets—Mason has been working on a hush-hush case in his private time, Joe is grappling with the sudden reappearance of his sister after a mysterious two-year disappearance, and Hilary continues in her single-minded quest to secure a commitment from Joe at any cost—for motives only she understands. 

Though peace and quiet is all Rose wants, it’s the last thing she’s liable to get. And the ripple of secrets in her life threatens to create an undertow that will endanger her and everyone she holds dear. 

Includes POVs from Joe, Mason, Hilary, and Skeeter.

REVIEW


This is probably my favorite book in the series so far, and while it is a novella, it really sets up a lot of story lines going forward.  For the first time we get to see Hilary’s point of view and a rare view from Skeeter Malcom’s point of view.  Swank does a great job of remembering that every character is the hero of their own story, and just because they appear to be antagonists to the main story, it doesn’t mean they are all bad.  After reading this, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

You can find out more about Denise at www.denisegroverswank.com or email her at DeniseGroverSwank@gmail.com