Her Free Reads

Sex in a Sidecar by Phyllis Smallman Summary (from the author’s official site): Florida has two seasons. The rainy season brings hurricanes, the dry season delivers tourists – both can be nasty.

Sherri Travis is tending bar at the Bath and Tennis Club where two women have been murdered. A rich socialite, who comes in daily for her quota of side-cars, decides to commit suicide by being the next victim,but first she has to decide who the murderer is.

Sherri pours the drinks and listens to the stories, trying to make sense of it all.


I wish there was a little more time spent on some of the extra characters or some would have been omitted completely. Many only appear once and don’t contribute to the story. The killer felt too obvious, but somehow managed to catch me a little off guard at the same time.

Sherri is enjoyable throughout the book. I instantly liked her from the moment I started reading. Despite having the tendency to ramble, the action sequences and the hurricane fly by very quickly and in a believable way. I will be adding the Sherri Travis novels to my wishlist.

Verdict: 7
A murder-mystery crossed with chick-lit this book is a lot of fun. It’s worth a read if you are into similar types of books like the Stephanie Plum and Bubbles Yablonski novels.


The Keepers - Heather GramSummary (from the author’s official site):

At the core of New Orleans lie the otherworldly vampires and shape-shifters that hide in plain sight among mankind. As one of the Keepers, an elite group possessing superior skill and strength, Fiona MacDonald’s duty is to maintain peace in a place where one vampire’s bite could ignite war. When Detective Jagger DeFarge, a vampire, is called in at the discovery of a body drained of blood, both the detective and Fiona must join uneasy forces.

Jagger will stop at nothing to find the murderer—including working with the sensual and suspicious Fiona. As more die, it becomes clear that this isn’t the work of an ordinary vampire. No one is safe. So when the killer’s attention turns to Fiona, will Jagger risk destroying his own species to protect the woman he so passionately desires?


Generally, I’m not a huge fan of the paranormal genre. In fact, paranormal-romances tend to fall slightly farther down on that list. I do, however, love a good mystery which is why I decided to request this one.

I had a hard time putting this one down. The chemistry between Jagger and Fiona felt a little forced at first, but did feel more natural as the book moved along.  The mystery aspect was great. I did have some parts of it figured out, but the ending had a few twists I didn’t see coming. I would definitely love to read more about the MacDonald sisters and their supernatural charges living in New Orleans.

I’ve never read anything by Heather Graham before, but she is definitely going on my “must read more of” list.

Verdict: 8
If you’re into paranormal, mystery/suspense, and/or romance you’ll probably like this one.

.~*♥ Shannon

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