What do you get when a bullet grazes your head in a grocery store? I mean seriously all Shelby wanted was some carrots to go with dinner, what Shelby got was a gift for trouble.
Colleen Helme is the amazing author who created the Shelby Nichols series, you can find out all about Collen on her website and oh take a look at Shelby's online journal it is a great ongoing companion to the books.
Right now Colleen is busy finishing up book 9 Hidden Deception, which will be out soon. I am super excited about this book for many reasons but one really special reason that I am gonna keep secret until it's published. I wonder if anyone will be able to tell what was extra exciting about this book for me once you've read it.
I really want to know how Colleen will top book 8 Devious Minds because I have to say Shelby's adventure in Paris will be pretty hard to top in my book.
But I digress I need to gush about the rest of the series first before jumping to the most recent...lol.
Shelby starts out in her first adventure Carrots. When we first meet Shelby, she is written as your average housewife, married to her hunky lawyer husband Chris and has 2 great kids Josh and Savannah. Shelby is a very organised woman and her life is, well predictable, stable, some would say boring. So what changes? Everything! Really everything changes that day she walks into the grocery store to buy carrots for dinner and winds up in the middle of a robbery where Shelby ends up with a bullet grazing her head and all of a sudden she can now hear everyone's thoughts.
Some people might think this is a great gift but honestly who really wants to know how their loved ones really feel about them? Personally no thanks....lol. While it might come in handy sometimes, especially if you have gun men chasing you and mobsters asking for favours, there are more down sides to this 'gift', especially when it's all new and scary. Shelby is constantly feeling overwhelmed and I am loving that she was strong enough not to go crazy.
Shelby's family worries about her, especially her husband, and while he struggles to accept Shelby's new gift himself he tries his hardest to be supportive, which can be funny sometimes and not so funny other times but Chris does a good juggling act...lol. In the end they love each other no matter what and that really works for me with this series. Shelby needs someone supportive behind her but no one is perfect. Seeing Chris struggle at times shows us no one is perfect but to make any relationship work you have to put in the effort to make it work by loving and supporting each other.
I really love the relationships Shelby builds along the way with Detective 'Dimples' and Uncle Joey and Ramos. I mean really talk about a juggling act. Shelby has so many balls in the air at times I wonder how she manages it all at once. Between Chris and the kids, Uncle Joey and his special jobs plus his ties to the Mob, then helping out Detective 'Dimples' consulting on cases for the police and stopping people from trying to kill her all while trying to keep her mind reading skills a secret, which at times utterly fails, I am surprised Shelby is still alive...lol. But that is Shelby: she is tenacious, stubborn and willing to do just about anything to get the job done. Most people underestimate her, including her husband in the beginning, but over time when the people close to Shelby see what she can really do they all start to appreciate and admire her more.
This is a series full of mystery, mayhem, action and adventure, toss in some tender romantic moments, great friendships, wonderful family and a few laughs and you have the makings of a wonderful series that you will always remember.
Get the books in this series
Buy Carrots at Amazon
Buy Fast Money at Amazon
Buy Lie or Die at Amazon
Buy Secrets that Kill at Amazon
Buy Trapped by Revenge at Amazon
Buy Deep In Death at Amazon
Buy Crossing Danger at Amazon
Buy Devious Minds at Amazon
Hidden Deception (coming soon)
Elisa Hordon, reviewer. Elisa lives on the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia were she spends her days reading, journaling, painting, cooking and home schooling her daughter. She has always been an avid reader, Elisa loves reading many genres of books except horror; her favourite genres would be mystery, romance and paranormal. Elisa also loves pursuing many creative outlets if she is not relaxing with a book she can be found writing, sketching, painting or cooking. Elisa loves to share her obsession with books especially with her family and friends. Reading and reviewing books is a favourite pastime of Elisa’s.
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