Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Review, 10s List & Giveaway: For Love or Money by Cathy Perkins

Today I welcome Cathy Perkins author of For Love or Money, a fun and intense romantic suspense book.  Cathy's here today with a 10s list of the Top Ten Vacation Destinations and then I have my review of this wonderful book.  Then if that isn't enough there is a tour-wide giveaway for you to enter as well.  So for now, please grab your favorite cuppa and sit and enjoy Cathy's Top Ten Vacation Destinations.  

Top ten favorite vacation destinations

Exotic or a retreat, everyone needs time away—from the job, the routine, maybe the kids :)

These are my favorite places to get away with a few for the “bucket list.”

1.      Our cabin in the Cascades – so peaceful and close enough to visit often

2.      Scottsdale – art and sunshine, two of my favorite things

3.      Any South Carolina Beach – 'nuf said

4.      Hvar, Croatia – gorgeous dramatic scenery, people proud of their heritage, and it hasn't been turned into a tourist trap

5.      Madrid – love the mix of old & new (when they say “old” in Spain, they mean Roman!) and the energy of the city; plus the Spanish raised eating to an art form

6.      Washington DC – museums, monuments and restaurants

7.      Santa Fe – another art and sunshine mecca with Anasazi artifacts for additional interest

Three on my bucket list:

8.      Great Barrier Reef – I learned to scuba in the freeze-your-butt-off Puget Sound for this one!

9.      China – the terra cotta soldiers of Xi'an

10.  Greek islands – love the visual of the water, the white buildings, mountains – and the food!

What are your favorite places to get away – or your dream destination?

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My Review:
If you are looking for a great romantic suspense, heavy on the suspense, look no further than For Love or Money.  I found it to be a thrill-ride that I could not get off of.

Holly, I loved Holly, she is so every woman.  She's leery of men with good reason.  She's home to help her mother with the business and she's longing to get back to her high-stakes job in Seattle, or is she?  She's also curious as to what happened to her friend and becomes very embroiled in the case that her ex-fiance, JC is lead detective on.  Of course this leads to sparks of the very interesting kind.  JC isn't as developed as Holly, but I liked his wit.  He's also very determined to solve this case and keep Holly out of it, but finally realizes she won't stay out of it.  The real fun is in their back and forth.  The dialog between them had me laughing and fanning myself as the sparks flew.

The plot drives this one and that's why I say it's heavy on the suspense.  There is romance, but I think the book is mainly about what happened to Holly's friend.  And this isn't one of those books where the lead character bumbles into everything.  Holly genuinely sets out to learn from the various people that surrounded her friend and learns more than JC does sometimes.  I never felt her being involved was far-fetched and I liked how she went about trying to solve things while the whole time she is also facing her demons and learning more about herself.

For Love or Money is a great romantic suspense read.  I had a hard time putting it down and I look forward to reading more by Cathy Perkins.  And also I would like to say how great the new Entangled Suspense imprint it.  This is the second book I've read in the imprint this week and both have been stellar.  If you want to add some suspense to your summer I highly suggest this book!

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the book:

Title: For Love or Money
Author: Cathy Perkins
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 367 pages
Release Date: May 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-097-1
Imprint: Suspense

When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect.

Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.

To protect her future, her business...and her heart...the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass...and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.

About the Author:

Cathy Perkins is a member of the Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters' lives. Her suspense writing lurks behind a financial day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflaged, hide in plain sight, skills employed by her villains.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the setting of FOR LOVE OR MONEY, with her work-a-holic husband, a 75-pound Lab who thinks she’s still a lap-puppy and a Wirehair puppy’s who’s intent on digging her way to China. You can learn more about Cathy on her website

Author Website

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***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***