It’s Never Water Under the Bridge by Rianne Moss

It’s Never Water Under the Bridge by Rianne Moss

When Tess Iverson’s husband vanishes one morning, she is left to pick up the pieces. After many years, a mysterious letter arrives in the mail, renewing lost hope. It leaves Tess with a desperate search for answers. 

Andrew Iverson is being held against his will with no idea why. After years of captivity, he begins to lose hope of rescue and wonders if he will ever make it out alive. 

Secrets and truths surrounding his disappearance unravel. Tess and Andrew find themselves in an emotional tailspin neither could have seen coming.  (Summary via Goodreads)

One of my favorite things when reading a book is when the author devotes one chapter to one person’s viewpoint.  In It’s Never Water Under the Bridge by Rianne Moss, that is exactly what I am talking about.  The first chapter starts with you getting to know Tess whose husband, Andrew, has been missing for 5 years.  Tess and their daughter, Hannah, don’t know what happened to him or if he is even alive.    However, you the reader find out when you read chapter 2 where you find out that Andrew is alive but being held captive in a basement.

Throughout the book you volley back and forth where one chapter you are hanging out with Tess and seeing how her and Hannah are dealing without Andrew in their lives and the next chapter you are witness to Andrew and his torture.  I really enjoy this technique writer’s use … it makes you feel like you are really reading 2 different stories even though it is only viewpoints of the characters.

There is a lot that can be said about It’s Never Water Under the Bridge but by doing so it will take some of the nail-bitting, sitting on the edge of year seat, glued to the pages excitement.

It will amaze and frighten you when you see how one person can wreck havoc on people and when you finally find out the reasoning behind it, it will blow your mind !!!  For one person to be so consumed over another person makes you wonder about commitment….in a bad way.  But then on the other hand, you also witness the love and devotion between a husband and wife and you will long for that relationship.

I will leave you with this……  I highly recommend reading It’s Never Water Under the Bridge but make sure the doors are locked and you have a few lights on……because this story is going to take your breath away !!!

Review by Missi S.











The Lawn Job by Chuck Caruso

The Lawn Job by Chuck Caruso

When ex-con Craig Collins began his new job mowing lawns, he was ready to leave his former life where it belonged—in the past. But everything changes when Craig suddenly loses one of his contracts after staring a little too hard at the aging trophy wife of his pizzeria mogul client, Big Gino Pasarelli. Soon, Craig begins to hatch a plan for revenge—along with his transgender sort-of-girlfriend, Juana. Since Big Gino seems to enjoy cheating on his wife, Craig and Juana decide to blackmail him with a sex tape. Their plan goes horribly wrong, and Craig finds himself in deeper and deeper trouble. It might be up to Big Gino’s wife, Sheila, to bail him out, but can she be trusted? The Lawn Job is as suspenseful as it is entertaining, a true thriller written with heart and humor.   (Summary via Goodreads)


The Lawn Job by Chuck Caruso is full of disceit, lies, revenge and blackmail which all combined result in a killer story !!!  One thing I can promise you is that you will NOT go wrong picking this book up and reading it….you may have a hard time putting it down however.

You cannot help but fall in love with bad boy, bad luck main character Craig Collins.  Chapter 1 grabs you instantly and draws you in with Craig being a normal guy and doing what a normal guy will do.  While on the job working landscape for a very rich family, he cannot stay focused on the job when the lady of the house is sunbathing practically naked right there in front of him.  This simple behavior of a man acting like a man sets the reader, and Craig, up for a doozie of a time !!!  Add to that Craig’s “girlfriend” Juana who is a stripper….a transgender stripper…..Craig gets to help plan revenge on the rich man for firing him and you have the perfect answer for an entertaining time.

But if all that doesn’t grab you then how about Craig’s two best friends who he works out with but smokes pot with before hitting the gym ?  And even though he is on probation Craig still agrees to help one of them in a shady manner ?

All Craig wants to do is seek revenge for getting fired by the big man, make some fast money, have sex with Juana, drink beer, smoke pot, hang with his buddies, play video games, and stay out of trouble.  Sounds kind of like the guy who lives down the street from me.

It turns out that that isn’t going to happen for Craig.  And when you read the last 2 pages you are going to be SHOCKED !!!  Caruso definitely did his job as an author by providing the reader with an extremely thrilling and exciting story.  I sincerely look forward to more of his work…….


Review by Missi S.









Sunrise Over Indian Lake: Book Three in the Lost in the Adirondacks Series by Heidi Sprouse

Sunrise Over Indian Lake: Book Three in the Lost in the Adirondacks Series by Heidi Sprouse

Can a life gone wrong be made right? Woodsman Kane Johnson is haunted by this question. Forced to live the life of a recluse by a father who was scarred by the Viet Nam war and took his family into hiding in the wilderness, the woodsman was driven by despair and desperation to steal a woman when he was faced with the loss of his family. Kane had everything taken away from him when conservation officer Graham Scott rescued his future wife, Sarah, and took Johnson in.
Now a fugitive, Kane has attempted to pick up the pieces of his shattered life and make something good come out of the bad. When Scott’s daughter turns up missing during a camping trip on Blue Mountain Lake, the woodsman will become entangled with the conservation officer yet again. It will feel like a Catch-22 as Kane takes two steps forward only to be forced to take three steps back while tragedy after tragedy befalls him. Will he be able to begin a new chapter in his life or will the bridge to the future be burned as the past refuses to be buried?  (Summary via Goodreads)


If you have read the first 2 books in the Lost in the Adirondacks series already, you are already hooked and definitely going to read Sunrise Over Indian Lake.  But in case you haven’t started this amazing series, let me tell you about it….

Graham and Kane are so different yet they are so alike.  Graham wants nothing to do with Kane however they are always pulled together.  It is a force that neither can ignore.

In Adirondack Sundown you are introduced to Graham and Sarah and a love that is unbreakable.  Kane abducts Sarah challenging Grahams devotion.  Then in The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain Graham is severly hurt and it is Kane that saves him and gets him to safety.  Now in Sunrise Over Indian Lake Graham reaches out to Kane to help when Lila goes missing on a camping trip.

In Sunrise Over Indian Lake you will learn more about the man that Kane is and you are witness to his love story starting up with Jill.  Unfortunately Kane has always lived in the woods and is very uncomfortable being around people.  Jill’s love and devotion to Kane is tested a lot throughout the book.

You will also witness a very unlikely friendship between two men where an understanding and bond develop.  Kane and Graham have to rely on each other when there is noone else that they can turn to.  You will see a friendship go full circle between the two men that centers around their families.  These two men will stop at nothing to protect their families and each other.

Heidi Sprouse takes you on an amazing journey through love, friendship, commitment, loss and life…… And she does it so effortlessly.  Take a journey through the Adirondacks with Kane and Graham… might even make you a better friend to someone down the road.


Review by Missi S.





The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain: Book Two in the Lost in the Adirondacks Series by Heidi Sprouse

The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain: Book Two in the Lost in the Adirondacks Series by Heidi Sprouse

The search for Sarah is finally over. Conservation officer Graham Scott is trying to pick up the pieces of his life with his bride-to-be after she vanished for over 6 months. It’s time to move forward. There’s only one problem: Kane Johnson. Sarah’s abductor is a fugitive, on the loose in the vast wilderness of the Adirondacks. Graham and Sarah will soon discover how far Johnson’s reach extends into their lives and their nightmares. Will they make it to forgiveness or fall over the edge?  (Summary via Goodreads)


The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain is the second book in Heidi Sprouse’s Lost in the Adirondacks series.  If you read Adirondack Sundown, Book one in the series, you were completely blown away and totally in love with Graham and Sarah.   Well hold on to your seat because you are not ready for what is in store for you in Book two.

Adirondack Sundown left you in awe of Graham and Sarah and the love that they shared.  To see what Graham did to save Sarah, the extent that he went to, and the pull that Sarah had over him left the reader in a better place…..

However in The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain the reader is shown the strength of their love in an entirely different way.  Sarah is home safe with Graham and Lila and they are moving forward as a family.  But no matter what they do, they cannot shake the feeling that Kane Johnson will disrupt their lives again.  Which he will do but he will again enter their lives in a way you could never imagine !!  ( I will confess that I was completely shocked when I read it….. I won’t ruin it for you but I will warn you….Be prepared.)

Not only are you witness to an amazing love story but you also see the friendship between Graham and Jim.  These are two best friends that will stop at nothing to help each other out, including their families.  They will drop everything to help the other out.

Family is a strong component in this story as well.  We witnessed the family strength in Adirondack Sundown between Graham and Sarah’s parents when she was missing.  As well as the tight relationship between Graham and Lila.  In The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain those relationships continue to blossom and strenghten.

You also learn more about Kane Johnson and what makes him the way he is.  You may start to understand him a little more as well.  It may take you a while to start liking him but I believe by the end of the book, you will like him… a little bit.

Sprouse AMAZES me with her writing.  She captures your attention and has you holding your breath through parts of the story.  There are times I found myself on the edge of my seat reading as fast as I could.  You get so engrossed in her story telling that you will find yourself lost on Blue Mountain……but no fears …. Graham will save you.


Review by Missi S.











One Last Adirondack Summer by Heidi Sprouse

One Last Adirondack Summer by Heidi Sprouse

What do you do when your brother asks for one last Adirondack summer?

John Taylor and Tommy Jackman have been best friends since age eight, the day they made a blood brother pact to stick together through thick and thin. Every year since, they’ve spent their summers at John’s Pleasant Lake Camp in the Adirondack Mountains, and whatever time they can during the rest of the year.

Their pact will be put to the ultimate test when Tommy asks John to take him back to the lake to die. Without hesitation, John packs up Tommy and his beloved dog, Jasper, and drives his blood brother from Colorado to the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

It is the hardest thing John has ever done.

But the friends give each other a precious gift, the chance to share their lives one last time before Tommy no longer has a future. They remember all the firsts they shared: the first drink, the first smoke, the first night with a girl.

As Tommy’s life winds down, John holds on, blood brother scar against blood brother scar, until he realizes it’s not their last Adirondack summer. In this place, where they crossed the bridge from childhood to adulthood together, Thomas Michael Jackman will always be with him.

Take the journey with John and Tommy as they learn the grim lesson of how letting go can sometimes be the best way to hold on.  (Summary via Amazon)

All you need is that ONE friend…the one that you can call anytime of the day or night, any day of the week, for good news, bad news and everything else in between.  It doesn’t matter that you haven’t spoken in a while, you pick up as if you spoke the day before.  And you are there for that ONE friend no matter what….

But what do you do if they call and tell you that they are dying ?  And you are the only person on the entire earth that they want to spend the remaining time they have here with you…..

You JUMP into action.  You go wherever they want to go and you help them cherish their remaining time doing whatever they want.  You think about them and only them and you try to breath…..

In One Last Adirondack Summer by Heidi Sprouse you witness such a friendship.  Tommy and John met when they were 8 years old on the lake and became instant best friends.  They even became “blood brothers” and had the scars to show for it.  So when Tommy called John and said he was dying with cancer and needed him, John hopped a plane and went to Tommy’s.

The one and only place that Tommy wanted to spend his last days was at John’s summer house on Adirondack Lake.  That is the place that their friendship started, where they had so many good times and lots of memories and stories, and where their friendship would see them through to the end.

So John loaded Tommy  and his dog Jasper into Mary Anne, Tommy’s truck and drove them to the lake.  Tommy only wanted John there – no doctors, no hospice, no one.  John did everything he could for his friend.

The strength of their friendship will carry them to the end and will leave you longing for more.  Unfortunately there is no more……or is there ?  The impact that this book will leave on the reader will stay with them for a long time to come.  It will leave the reader raw with emotion and desire.  One Last Adirondack Summer will stay with the reader for a long, long time ……


Review by Missi S.











The Highwayman of Cordovia (The Rebel Series Book 2) by Linda Weaver Clarke

The Highwayman of Cordovia (The Rebel Series Book 2) by Linda Weaver Clarke

Centuries ago, valiant men and courageous women engaged in daring adventures as they helped their fellow man. In the country of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty, but all is not well. A group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?  (Summary via Amazon)

In The Rebels of Cordovia, the first book in The Rebels Series by Linda Weaver Clarke, we met Robin and Daniel.  If you fell in love with them, wait until you read the second book The Highwayman of Cordovia.  Here you meet Christine and Austin !!

Christine is Robin’s friend who works at the bakery and was once one on Robin’s Rebels.  Austin Knight fell in love with Christine when they were teenagers and he stole a kiss from her !!  Unfortunately he moved away.  However he re-enters Christine’s life and falls head over heels for her all over again….but he has to watch his steps, she’s the pastor’s daughter.

Christine is very vocal in her opinion regarding the government and gets the attention of Amalick.  Amalick is scheming to cause a war and take control of Cordovia from the High Leader.  Christine is causing trouble for Amalick and he puts out a reward for her capture.

Austin is pulled into different directions…..protecting the one he loves while hiding secrets from her.  Will Christine, the pastor’s daughter, understand his secrets ?  Will he lose her forever when she finds out the truth ?  Will the pastor give his blessing ?

I LOVE this series.  It is sure a treat to read.  Going back in time when life was less complicated and things were easier.  Even when faced with a crisis, it is handled so much easier than it would be in today’s world.

Fall in love with Christine and Austin as well as everyone else in Cordovia.  I guarantee you won’t want to leave.


Review by Missi S.









The Gulity Child (The Dusky Anne Wild Series Book 2) by D. R. Thorne

The Gulity Child (The Dusky Anne Wild Series Book 2) by D. R. Thorne

There is a fine line between psychic and psycho. How far can you push the lines until they break?

As a child, Trevor Chapel could talk to the dead. Nobody understood what he was going through, and he turned to drugs and alcohol to make voices stop. At the age of fourteen, he was convicted of the brutal murders of his parents and locked away in a mental institution in London, England. Fifteen years later, the night of his parents’ death still haunts him.

Trevor suddenly has visions of a woman and her daughter, and they are in grave danger. Once Trevor identifies the people in the visions, he needs to break out of the mental institution.

The New Scotland Yard’s Captain, Billy Bosom, knows Trevor is innocent. He enlists the help of true crime author Dusky Anne Wild for help.
Dusky traveled from America to England to help on a case. She is willing to help Billy, but she is not fully convinced Trevor is innocent. The possibility he had help killing his parents plagues her mind. However, there is more deception within Trevor’s case than meets the eye. With the help of Detective James Aarons, Dusky will uncover the secrets of this case.

Once Trevor’s case is re-opened, all hell breaks loose.  (Summary via Amazon)

Trevor Chapel did NOT kill his parents.  Trevor Chapel is NOT crazy.  So if both of those statements are true WHY is he locked away in a mental institution ? And WHY has he been locked up for 15 years ?

Captain Bosom knows that Trevor did not kill his parents, unfortunately he doesn’t know who did.  While true crime author Dusky Wild is still in London Bosom re-opens Trevor’s case.  Bosom is hoping with Dusky’s help they can prove Trevor’s innocence and bring the real killers to justice.

As they begin working on the case, strange things begin to happen and people are being murdered.  Someone does not want this case solved and is doing everything in their power to prevent them from finding out the truth.

The Guilty Child is the second book written by D.R. Thorne.  We first met Dusky and company in The Initial Stage of Murder when a case sends her to London.  Now in The Guilty Child Dusky remains in London on Trevor’s case.  Thorne makes you fall in love with all the characters and as you read you get lost in London and may even find yourself making a cup of tea…….  But don’t be surprised if your tea gets cold…this is one book you don’t want to put down.