I loved Even If It Kills Her and highly recommend it! Author Kate White has yet to write a book that I don’t enjoy. Her stories are typically mysteries, filled with humorous details and this particular one focuses on heroine, crime writer Bailey Weggins who is often the center of Kate’s novels.

I knew from page one that I would enjoy Even If It Kills Her! I immediately went to Goodreads to see how many other books Kate has written so I can be sure to read them all.

Here’s what you need to know:

Like many thirty-somethings, Bailey Weggins has a few regrets, some involving her career and others her love life. But running into Jillian Lowe at her book signing, Bailey comes face to face with perhaps her biggest regret to date. For more than ten years, Bailey has felt guilty for not staying in closer communication with Jillian, her college roommate, after Jillian’s family was brutally murdered. Jillian had left their school in the middle of their sophomore year right after the tragedy, leaving Bailey to wonder how her friend’s life turned out.

Bailey is shocked to see Jillian and is even more stunned when her still-gorgeous former roommate approaches her with a case. The man accused of murdering her family has been cleared of the crime through new DNA evidence. With the real killer walking free, Jillian is desperate for Bailey’s help to identify him and finally secure justice for her family. As the two women return to Jillian’s childhood town to investigate, secrets from Jillian’s past begin to surface. And it doesn’t take long before they learn not everyone is happy with their sleuthing—not the local police, not family friends, and certainly not the true killer.

With someone watching their every move, Bailey and Jillian find themselves in grave danger and must decide how much they are willing to risk to finally uncover what happened that terrifying night.

Paris is at the top of my list for places I want to visit. I like reading books about this city since I probably won’t be going there soon. I let good stories carry me away to the streets of beautiful places.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George is a lovely book that takes place in, ready for it? PARIS.

Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage.  After forty-one years, she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany, also known as “the end of the world.” 
 
Here she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals who surprise her with their warm welcome, and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life’s small moments. And, as the parts of herself she had long forgotten return to her in this new world, Marianne learns it’s never too late to begin the search for what life should have been all along.

I started The Currency of Love by Jill Dodd late (for me) one the evening and was completely hooked causing me to read well past my normal bedtime. This is the story of how a young, beautiful model fell in love with a charismatic Saudi billionaire.

As a struggling model, Jill headed out to parties and places to see and be seen. Modeling was not easy and living in a new city (Paris) had its own set of challenges. At one particularly wild party, she meets a man with whom she has instant chemistry and she cannot stop thinking about him.

They end up dating, only it’s not normal dating of dinner and movies, it’s being whisked away into a world of luxury and excess since this man is a famous Saudi billionaire.

Jill is determined to make her way in the world without his financial help and she continues to work and support herself through modeling though quitting and depending on him would be so much easier for her. Helicopter rides, yachts, designer clothes, fancy parties, this is what she experienced and its jaw dropping.

Things with the billionaire get serious, she falls in love and officially becomes one of his ‘pleasure wives’. But is this the life Jill wants for herself?

I read this book quickly, there’s a lot of really crazy and interesting things that Jill writes about which puts the reader right in the world she occupied for a while. It’s a super fascinating look into a place many of us will never know.

Ultimately Jill goes on to create the ROXY brand but its what happens between her past and present which is nearly unbelievable and worth your time to read.

PS I love Roxy clothes!

Last night I started The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey and whoa! It’s dark and creepy and exactly what you want in a thriller/suspense. I’m not all that far into it but I am looking forward to sitting down with this book later and getting a little more into it.

To those writers who can craft a novel that is full of suspense, I salute you, it’s not an easy task. And to those readers who like a gritty crime novel, put this one on your To-Read list immediately!

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The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.

As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?

Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets–an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past.