Tuesday, March 1, 2016

review || TIED BOND { blog tour } by Emma Hart

Self-Published | February 25, 2016 | Romantic Suspense
Holly Woods Files, book 4


Holly Woods is going to hell in a handbasket—but this time, Satanists aren’t to blame. Halloween is. 

Nonna doesn’t understand why there are skeletons and demons everywhere. Mom is threatening to stitch a devil into Nonna’s pillowcase if she doesn’t shut up. Bek is bumbling over a date with Jason, the handsome FBI agent who conveniently got himself relocated to Austin, and I… Well. I’m considering running away to a town without the crazies.

Nothing new here.

Everything is going smoothly—too smoothly—and I can’t shake the feeling that something is about to happen. Drake insists I’m being paranoid… But when a body turns up at the Holly Woods Halloween party, we have a whole lot more than a murderer to worry about.

Because the prime suspect is his mom.

And it’s my job to prove she’s innocent.

{ about emma hart } .

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

{ excerpt } .

I pinch her. “Don’t you have a date to be on?”

“A date? You have a date?” 

“That’s the third time someone has asked me that. Why is that so surprising to everyone?” Bek holds out one hand, fixing wide eyes on Drake.

“Because your last ‘date’ was signing up to Match-dot-com,” he reminds her.

Looks like he’s dropped the arresting thing.

Damn it.

“It was right after Tinder Dick turned out to be fifty years old and cheating on his wife,” he goes on.

Ah. Yeah. My bad on that one. I had a gut feeling that Tinder Dick wasn’t the hunky summin’ summin’ in his picture. Let’s just say Carlton was pretty scared and tried to get a day off after being subjected to the horrors of a fifty year old man’s penis.

Not that I’m saying fifty year old men have horrid penises. I guess cock shots while the Viagra is still in the shot would be pretty damn scary to a twenty-something guy in the prime of his life.

Bek shudders. “Thanks for the reminder.”

“Who’s your date with?”

“Why do you want to know?”

“I’m nosey.”

“Who has a date?” a familiar voice interrupts.

“The hell did you come fro—what the fuck are you wearing?” I stare at my youngest brother.

“I’m Thor. You know. The superhero.” Brody tugs on the cape.

“Doesn’t he have a hammer?”

“Yep. But he isn’t the only one that can lift it.” Brody grins, prompting Drake to laugh next to me.

“I’m not even dignifying that with a response, Brodes. That’s the worst pick up line I’ve ever heard.”

“That’s what she said before she picked it up.”

“How old are you?” I wrinkle my face up.

“Can we get back to the question? Who has a date?”

“I have a date!” Bek snaps. “Yes. I have a date. It’s not that surprising.”

“You have a date?” Brody frowns. “Since when did you date?”

“Since before you knew how to get your cock hard, idiot.”

“Oooh, damn,” Drake hisses under his breath. His fingers twitch against my waist.

No shit. It’s like tension is carpet bombing the fuck out of us. I feel like an intruder, and that’s saying something.

Brody’s eyes narrow. “You’re starting to piss me off, Bek.”

“I’m sure Melanie will cheer you up when you show her your hammer.”

“What is your problem?”

“Apparently my problem is that I have a date!”

Yeah. If that’s the problem, I’m a drunk, lesbian nun with triplets and a pet skunk.

Brody looks at the glass in her hand. “How much has she had?”

“Not enough for your bullshit, clearly,” Drake claps him on the shoulder. “You should go find Melanie before whatever is in Bek’s glass ends up on you, man.”

Smart man. That’s why I like him.

That and he hasn’t run away screaming yet.

{ review } .

This series has been So. Freaking. Fun.

I love the family intricacies, and crazy yet well-meaning Nonna, as well as the relationship that is Drake and Noelle. Just when you think their relationship can't get any strong, or break for that matter, a new murder pops up on Noelle's radar, and it's Drake's mother who is the prime suspect.

When I think of the Holly Woods Files series, I think of it as a cross between the Plum books and the Dallas books -- you have a super funny whodunit type series by Janet Evanovich and a super serious with a side of consistent chemistry in a series by JD Robb/Nora Roberts. Every moment of this series has been enjoyable -- from the family, to the relationship, to the murders that need to be solved. I especially love how real Noelle and Drake's relationship, as it's one that continuously spans the books in this series.

Emma Hart has proven again and again how consistent her writing is with this series and I know without a doubt, that any book I pick up in this series will keep me on my toes and loving every moment.

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