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Ripped Apart by Miriam Minger

Title:  Ripped Apart
Author:  Miriam Minger
Publisher & Date:  June 21st 2011 by Walker Publishing
Series:  No
Format:  Kindle Edition

Unspeakable tragedy and cold-blooded murder conspire against Clare Carson when her six-year-old son is kidnapped after a heart transplant and his abductors want her dead. A dying cop’s last words lead her to former Special Ops Jake Wyatt, who helps her discover the horrific truth behind her son’s abduction and offers to help her get Tyler back. With nowhere else to turn, Clare entrusts her life to Jake not knowing he has a deadly agenda of his own that could destroy them.


First let me say that this type of book is not my usual read, but I decided to give it a try.  I am not at all disappointed with this book. It is well written, action packed and pulls at the heart strings. The story is about a mother who has a son with a bad heart and without a transplant, he will die. There is a tragic accident involving students on a bus, and 2 little boys lose their lives. Of course the family of one little boy that dies donates his heart and the little boy (Tyler) that needs the heart gets it. This is when the action and more tragedy starts.

One of the little boys killed in the accident is accidentally mistaken for the other, and the wrong child’s heart is taken in the confusion. The parents of the boy that heart that was donated by accident are heart broken and furious that their son was cut open and his heart given to another. The father of the little boy happens to be a drug lord in Mexico, and the mother demands her husband get her son back, even though he is dead.

Tyler is kidnapped by the drug lord father of the little boy who’s heart he now has. He is taken to Mexico and this sets off a chain of events that carry on through the rest of the book. Tyler’s mother desperately wants her son back, so she goes to Mexico to search for her him, and she is NOT going to leave without him.

I am going to stop there because I don’t want to give away anymore of the story. This was a GREAT read and I am glad that I did not pass it up. I will be looking at more books from this author.

Happy Reading!


*I received this book free in exchange for my honest review of the book, and I was not compensated in any way.

Here Comes Trouble by Erin Kern (Trouble, Book 2)

Title:  Here Comes Trouble
Author:  Erin Kern
Date Published: September 12th 2011
Kindle Edition

Lacy Taylor didn’t exactly have a fairytale childhood. After being abandoned by both her parents and raised by her grandfather, she learned to take care of herself at a young age. Fiercely independent, Lacy finds herself back in Trouble, Wyoming working to pay the mortgage on the home her grandfather left her. Though she isn’t pleased to be back in the town that triggers memories from her complicated past, Lacy decides to make the best of her situation until she learns her father has been released from jail and she’s not able to make the payments on the house in time. What’s a girl to do?

Chase McDermott hadn’t thought about Lacy Taylor in years. When he last knew her, she was nothing more than a lanky teenager who was glued to his dorky younger brother’s side. Years later, she’s standing in front of him—grown up and he must admit hot–asking for a waitress position at his restaurant. Even though she doesn’t have previous experience, he offers her a shot and right away her sexy confidence and strong convictions begin to spark something unexpected in him. But when money starts to go missing, the pressure is on Chase to figure out which employee has the greatest motive.

My Thoughts

The two main characters in the book, Lacey Peterson and Chase McDermott, did not draw me in.   The writer did not make me care about them.  The characters were likeable, but the romance between the hero and the heroine was very predictable.  I thought the theft from the McDermott Restaurant would get more interesting and develop more as I kept reading, but it never did.

All in all this was a pretty decent book. I kept reading because I hate to stop reading a book unless it’s just really bad.  This could have been a really great story if the characters were developed more (ie. such as Lacey’s father and the restaurant theft were more of a mystery).

 Happy Reading!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

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