Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Book Review: The Husband Hunt

Anna Buttimore's new novel, The Husband Hunt, is a cute story of finding yourself while you're looking for love.

Four friends reconnect at a high school reunion and since they're all single, one of them proposes a bet---the first one to find love gets her dream wedding paid for by the other three. And then the race is on! Each woman goes on a journey to try and find her happily-ever-after through crazy first dates and realizations of what love truly means. There were some solid character growth arcs throughout the books as each woman realizes things about herself and the men they interact with. There were definitely some laugh out loud moments! The four stories are told in successive chapters so the pacing was difficult to maintain at times, but each one was distinctive and easy to follow. I think I liked Amelia's story the best, but it was hard to choose. There was definitely a surprise ending and I'm really glad we got an epilogue to see what happened to all of them!

You can get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Four girlfriends reconnect at their high school reunion and discover they’re all single. They make a pact: the first one to find a man worth marrying gets her dream wedding paid for by the others. Determined to win, career lawyer Maralee hits the professional dating sites, pursues the office Casanova, and even enlists the help of her handsome secretary, Brend, as she tries to find a man worthy of her. Jen, mother of a teenage girl and reeling from a divorce, asks her neighbor Brian for advice in navigating the dating scene, but secretly wishes he was more than just a friend. Nervous Amelia has no problem attracting men and even goes on a singles cruise, yet the only man she really trusts is her ex-husband Steve. Eco-warrior Dolphin already knows who her “keeper” is—Falcon Storm, the one that got away ten years ago. Dolphin recruits Duke, a rival jewelry maker, to help her track down Falcon.

Who will win the wedding? You’ll laugh at the dating adventures of Maralee, Jen, Amelia, and Dolphin—and root for all four friends to find happiness. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Hawaii Five-O Recap & Review---The One That Was Sweaty and A Teensy Bit Boring

We start off with a quote that talks about how hot weather increases irritability and violent crime. (Hmmm. Well then, shouldn't Arizona, Texas, or maybe even Florida be the most crime-riddled and cranky states in the union? LOL) But it's apparently 100 degrees in Honolulu and Tani is in traffic yelling at people who are honking their horns and watching other people disrobe in their cars. (Are there no air conditioned cars in Honolulu?) When she finally gets to the office, Junior is there watching a football game with a fan on him. She tells him that McG called and HPD is stretched thin, so they need Tunior to help out. Junior wants to meet her downstairs because he's naked from the waist down. In Tani's chair. Ew. (Pro life tip: don't get naked at work to watch a football game because you'll probably get caught. Or be on someone's security camera!)

We cut to a broken down cop car and the woman in the back says she can't breathe. The cops decide to take her out of the car and get her some water. While one partner goes to knock on the door of the house, the other one takes the woman out of the back of the car. Big mistake. She suddenly goes all ninja! She head butts the cop with her hands cuffed behind her back, and then magically, her hands are cuffed in front of her so she can take him down, get his gun and shoot him. Then she shoots his partner. (It was actually one of the more violent scenes I've seen on this show in a while.)

Steve and Danny are at the Restaurant of Ridiculousness filling up coolers of ice for their fish inventory and arguing about which items should go on ice first. (They have a commercial freezer that would probably do a better job at keeping things cool, but Steve isn't too sure.) Even though the power has only been out for half an hour, they are both sweaty---very sweaty. Like drenched shirt sweaty. (Ew. I'm sorry!) Kamekona comes in to take the ice he's been hoarding in the restaurant freezer to use for his shave ice truck. He's apparently the Oracle of Oahu and foresaw this heat wave and was prepared to be the only game in town. Steve's phone thankfully rings.

Steve and Danny drive out to where the policemen's bodies are still in the street, as well as a motorcycle driver. We get a slo-mo scene of the perp killing the motorcyclist and in this shot she doesn't have any cuffs on at all! NinjaPerp lives on! We do find out her name is Tracee Benson and she had an argument with her superintendent and got picked up for assault. McG wonders why she would murder two cops for that since she has no priors?

We then start Grover's storyline. Dog didn't make his tee time with Grover and stayed home instead with an ice bath and lemonade. Grover decides to go ahead anyway and forces his caddy to stay with him. Even though HPD is stretched thin and everyone else is working. And the fact that there is a heat wave and they're walking with no water or shade. (Don't do it!)

Steve and Danny go to the superintendent's hospital room and he's pretty beat up and sedated. The wife fills them in on what happened. She was upstairs when she heard NinjaTracee shouting about the air conditioning in her apartment and, when she came downstairs, NinjaTracee was beating her husband. She tells Steve that service people have been coming in and out all week to fix the air conditioning, but heat makes people do crazy things. Oh, and NinjaTracee was a good tenant before that. She didn't have a job, but scored some insurance money to pay rent on time. Jerry finds out that Tracee Benson actually died three years ago, so now we don't know who NinjaTracee really is since she was using a dead person's ID. Then we get to see Jerry making a smoothie but when he pours the milk in, it's gross, expired, and chunky.

Tunior are in her car, and Tani is aiming the A/C at her armpits. She is also very cranky and ends up doing Danny impressions. (So. Much. Filler. But her Danny impression is pretty good!) They finally get an alert of shots fired and a home invasion in process so they head over. (Okay, yeah, now maybe things will get interesting!) There's a guy on the roof with a gun trained on a group of kids in a pool. Junior figures out the gunman is on anxiety meds that can increase heat sensitivity or cause heat stroke and dehydration. He says the gunman needs to get out of the sun so the guy starts to come down and falls off the roof. The gun discharges and scares the kids. An ambulance appears and takes the gunman away. (That's as exciting as it gets, folks. *sad face*) Tani asks Junior how he knew all that stuff about the anxiety meds. Turns out his sister was on those for a bit and got really disoriented once in heat that wasn't nearly as bad as this. Tani tells him if he ever wants to talk about his sister, she'll listen. When they go to leave, someone is in Tani's car and drives away with it.

It's 106 degrees now and dispatch tells Tunior they have to wait an hour for another vehicle. (Weird. No one can swing by when they're out and about?) Tani says she hates Junior because he didn't take the keys out of the cupholder. His excuse is that they were responding to a call. (Oops. Cop lesson #1 don't leave your keys in the cupholder when there's criminal activity in the area.) He also wants to walk back to the station since it's only a thirty minute walk or they could jog it in fifteen. Tani asks who would exercise in this heat and we cut to Grover. His caddy, Gary, looks terrible, red eyes, sweating. Not good at all. But Grover merely offers to carry the bag since he needs Gary to witness the round of his life. (Oy. Grover knows people can die from heat stroke, right? Sigh.)

Back to Jerry. He's buying milk and the guy in front of him bought the last two bags of ice in the store. A new guy walks in and he needs ice, but the store is out. Welp, if they won't give it to him, he'll just take it! The new guy follows the man with two ice bags out of the store and steals it! Jerry follows him and decides to bash the IceThief over the head with a glass bottle of milk and then cuff him. (Did Jerry really assault that guy in the name of ice thievery?)  But, wait, IceThief has a good reason for stealing! His wife is six months pregnant and having contractions because of the heat, so the doctor said to keep her cool until the ambulance can get there in an hour. (Maybe they should take her to the hospital themselves. Isn't anyone's car working? Or taxis? Or maybe they could go to where Tunior are. The ambulance showed up there pretty fast.) FirstGuyWithTheIce says he only needed the ice for margaritas, but he can't give it to IceThief now anyway, because it already melted.

Kamekona shows up to Flippa's truck with his ice and they triple the price of a shave ice to $15. Price gouging is never cool and the people in line are not happy, but what can they do? (Oh Kame, this is not going to turn out well.)

Steve and Danny go to NinjaNotTracee's apartment and the A/C works. So why was she worked up enough about it to beat the superintendent? Steve looks in the vent and something was obviously there but has been taken out. Danny finds a fingerprint on dishes in the sink and they figure out her real name is Allison Ross and she was part of a bank robbing crew. A job went sideways a few years back and a security guard was killed, but NinjaNotTracee disappeared during a prison transfer along with half a million dollars. They all figure out that the A/C repairman found her money. Tracee obviously went crazy on the super to find out who the guy was and now McG wants to find repair guy before she does.

It's now 109 degrees. McG and Danny are trying to get through to the A/C service and get the name of the repair guy. The secretary finally answers and spills all of RepairGuy's info, including name and address. Oh and she told NinjaNotTracee, too. The boys head to the address. (Okay, you might think this is finally going to get interesting . . . but, no.)

Tunior are walking down a deserted road and he tells her that his sister was killed by a drunk driver who ran a red light. Tani doesn't know what to say. It's awkward. They hear an ice cream truck and each buy a cone. Junior gets sorbet with ice cream and Tani gets vanilla. He likes to live on the edge. She plays it safe. (Yep, ice cream flavor choices are the most exciting thing at the moment.) Someone calls to tell Tunior they found Tani's car ditched at the beach.

Grover gets a thirty foot putt, but Gary is nearly unconscious and didn't see it. Grover tells him his bragging rights and Gary's tip depend on whether Gary will lie and say he saw it. (I'll just leave that right there.)

Steve and Danny pull up to RepairGuy's apartment building and the motorcycle NinjaNotTracee stole is out front. The elevator is broken so they have to hoof it to the top floor to find RepairGuy's apartment. They bust in and he's on the floor bleeding, but still alive. He says the woman left a couple of hours ago. But the motorcycle is downstairs, so maybe she stole a car? Or maybe she's still in the building? Ooh, ooh, the elevator! Steve shimmies down the elevator cables and opens it up. (I'm thinking maybe she'll jump out! We'll get an elevator gunfight. Something!) But no, NinjaNotTracee is dead inside with the money oddly strewn about. (Was she handling it before she stroked out?) (And I was sad we didn't get any fight at all. No takedown. Just everyone looking at a dead person inside an elevator.)

Jerry and IceThief and two other guys bring the pregnant woman into a refrigerated area of the store. She looks like she's actually in labor at only six months along and they should be transporting her to the hospital and forget about putting her in a fridge, but okay. Kamekona's truck is overturned and his place trashed by the angry mob who freaked out over the price gouging. Grover appears at the scene, all happy, which annoys Danny. Grover can't wait to tell them that he shot par. Steve doesn't believe him. So he produces Gary the almost witness. Gary has shave ice in his hands from a two for one place down the way. (If Kamekona was the only game in town with ice, how did anyone else get ice?) Gary starts to confirm Grover's statements, but Grover cuts in to ask where Tunior is. Steve says they had car trouble. Grover is happy because now they can all hear the story twice. (As long as I don't!)

When Tunior approach the stolen car, the thief is still inside. (So when the police said they found it ditched at the beach, did they not check inside of it?) Of course he just borrowed it for the A/C and ran the battery down. He tells Tani it wasn't stolen just borrowed, but she isn't impressed and so he's handcuffed and put in the back of a police car. (That police car appeared pretty fast. Just sayin') Junior wants to forget the whole thing since she got her car back, but Tani says she'll make fun of him for it for the rest of his life. They go back out into the heat and since they'll have to wait for a tow, they decide to take their clothes off and run into the ocean. They're playing around and looking at each other when it starts to rain. Everyone is dancing and lifting their faces to the sky, happy to see the rain.  The End.

Not my favorite episode. After the awesomeness of the first two, this one felt a little on the boring side. I didn't think it meshed that well with the four storylines and some parts didn't make the team members look so great. That might be just me, though.

What did you think? Did you watch?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Truth or Dare is Available in Paperback!

I am so excited to announce that Truth or Dare is finally available in paperback! I loved Kami and Jonah's story (and their matchmaking dogs!) It's a good one to curl up with in your favorite comfy chair and soft blanket, especially as we start into the holiday season.

You can get your paperback copy here for only $6.95

Here's the back copy:

After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Kami Jackson--the girl who once knew him best--he can't hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Kami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a miracle---or at least two matchmaking dogs---for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

My First 2018 Christmas Book Review!

When I walk into stores and see Christmas displays before Halloween I shake my head. But when I had the opportunity to review Camron Wright's new book, Christmas by Accident, I couldn't pass it up, even though it's mid-October!

Carter is an insurance adjuster who loves the written word and doesn't have much love for Christmas. He's got a bit of sass in him and when he meets Abby, a woman who loves everything about Christmas, well, the sparks begin to fly. But are their differences just too big to overcome?

I love how the author used humor in this story to really draw the main characters together. There were definitely some laugh out loud moments! This is more than just an afternoon romance, though. There are themes of love, loss, and healing that will make you stop and think about what is truly important in your life. Readers will find some great secondary characters in the book as well, including Uncle Mannie, who only wants what's best for Abby, but maybe doesn't go about helping her find "what's best" in the way we expect. I thought the author did a wonderful job of making each character relatable and the reader will definitely feel like part of the story as Carter and Abby try to figure out where they stand and maybe even find a Christmas miracle.

A wonderful way to start off my holiday season.

You can get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Carter is an insurance adjuster whose longing for creative expression spills over sometimes into his accident reports.

Abby works for her adoptive father, Uncle Mannie, in the family bookstore, the ReadMore Cafe.

Carter can barely tolerate Christmas; Abby loves it. She can’t wait past October to build her favorite display, the annual Christmas book tree stack, which Carter despises.

When an automobile accident throws Carter and Abby together, Uncle Mannie, who is harboring secrets of his own, sees a chance for lasting happiness for his little girl. But there are so many hurdles, and not much time left. Will this Christmas deliver the miracles everyone is hoping for?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Regency House Party Book Review

I've really enjoyed Jen Geigle Johnson's books and was excited to see that she'd teamed up with four other authors to bring us a Regency House Party series of novellas! Each book is set at the same house party, and while they are standalone stories, you do get to see characters from other books in the series.

I read Tabitha's Folly and it was a really fun read. Tabitha is watched over by her four brothers and their handsome neighbor/best friend while they all attend a house party. She chafes under her brothers' overprotectiveness and wishes that Henry, the neighbor, would notice that she's not a little girl anymore, but a woman. But if Henry admits his attraction to Tabitha, could he ever win her brothers over to his pursuit of their sister and maintain their friendship?

I really enjoyed Henry's character and the sweet moments he has with Tabitha. He's such a good mix of vulnerability and kindness, yet he's still strong and protective. (I think the poetry scene between them was my favorite, but it would be hard to choose.) The author does a wonderful job of really letting the author experience all of Tabitha's emotions as she tries to navigate through the situations she finds herself in. She's a very relatable character and someone you'd want to be friends with. Tabitha and Henry's journey to love is full of twists and turns, as well as several laugh out loud moments. For example, Henry must compete with a singing footman, maintain his camaraderie with Tabitha's brothers and still make an attempt to woo the woman who's he's only recently realized has stolen his heart. There are some great scenes for both of them in those instances and it's plain to see that love is definitely not easy in any time period.

I think readers will enjoy all the shenanigans and sigh-worthy moments as Tabitha and Henry work to overcome all the obstacles in their way and reach for their chance at love. I'm excited to read the other four novellas!

Here's the back copy:

Tabitha's Folly is one of Five books all set at the same Regency House Party Series. While each is a standalone story, watch our characters mingle together with others from the books in the series. The stories can be read in any order.

Lady Tabitha Easton recklessly dodges four over-protective brothers while trying to gain attention from the man who holds her heart. She has many choices of suitors, and with Henry as disinterested as ever, she turns to what is wholly forbidden, an irresistibly handsome footman. While their friendship grows, her trust in him increases while her hurt and doubt in her childhood love and friend pushes her away from all she's ever known as family.

When Lord Henry Courtenay discovers a new attraction to his childhood friend, his role as one of her chaperones at the house party becomes near impossible. Irrationally defensive about any potential suitors and seeking time alone with the enticing Tabby, maintaining friendship with her brothers proves more difficult than he ever imagined. His task becomes all the more difficult when she refuses to understand his growing attraction and often finds herself in almost compromising situations.

When Tabitha's choices might lead her to danger, and doubt and distrust are high, Henry must prove himself or lose her forever.

You can get your copy here

You can find all the books in the series here (Free on Kindle Unlimited!)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hawaii Five-O Recap & Review---The One Where Steve Stays At The Office

Well, we get more CIA shenanigans in this episode. I admit, I'm kind of liking the dynamic here!

We start off with a plane heading into Honolulu---about ten minutes out. A guy who is there with his wife and child goes to use the restroom, but on his way out a man wearing a hideous tank top with a zip up jacket over it confronts him with a gun. TerribleOutfitMan puts on a parachute, blows open the door with a bomb, and kidnaps/tandem jumps with the bathroom guy out of the plane. (Would a plane even be able to stay in the air with a blown door? Hmm.. This is Hawaii Five-O land, though, so it's fine. Nothing to look at here. Carry on.)

Cut to money floating through the air behind Steve's house. As was feared last week, Eddie dug up Kamekona's money and it's in the water and all over the property. Danny is very upset and tells Steve that burying the money was a stupid idea. Steve mentions the hole would have been deeper if Danny had shown up to help dig. Yeah. Moving along to the point of the scene: Steve had a meeting with the governor and the info they fed Greer led to the arrest and capture of three members of the Chinese spy network. Unfortunately, they wised up and pulled the rest of their agents out and no one has any idea where Greer is. Steve's phone rings and it's about what happened on the plane.

McGrover and Danny look at inside footage of the guy jumping out of the plane and they are trying to figure out where those two men might have landed. Very few people could have pulled that jump off and they killed a marshal in order to take his place on the plane and kidnap that guy. But why? (And how did he know when the guy would go to the bathroom?) We also find out that Bathroom Guy's name is Jack Teague and he was just coming to Hawaii for a fun week at the Hilton. Now it's ruined!

The B storyline starts with some recruits processing a fake crime scene and sneezing all over it, touching their nose, etc., and their instructor, Captain Keo, calls them out in front of everyone. When he sees Tani come in, however, he lets all the recruits go. Tani apologizes again for punching Captain K when she was at the academy, but hey, it got her a job with Five-O after getting kicked out. She asks Captain K for a favor, since he's the only person she can trust. (What? I'm sorry, but her not trusting McG or Danny or even Jerry with this is so bizarre. She goes to Keo, the guy she punched out and who was one of the reasons she got kicked out of the academy? *shakes head*) Okay, well, she wants Captain K to run the ballistics on the gun she found in Adam's apartment and keep it off the books. Captain K isn't on board and says that McG isn't a stickler for the books, so why does she need him? Tani says that McG can't know. She has a hunch about the gun and if she's right it will incriminate someone close to McG and if she's wrong it will destroy her relationship with him and the team. (What? How would that gun ruin her relationship with the team? It doesn't make any sense to me. If she knows them at all, she knows they're fair and will investigate. What would they blame her for?) She goes on to say that Five-O is her only family and she can't risk losing them. (She can go behind their backs, though, and say she can't trust them, since Captain K is the only one she trusts. Oookay.) The captain points out that Tani is a woman who cheated on her test and punched her instructor. A rule-breaker. And that's not how he does things so he won't help her. Captain Keo says No. (I really don't like this storyline at all. It doesn't do any favors for Tani when she's talking about trust and loyalty.)

Anyway, back to the Chatting Table. Jerry pinpoints the plane's location when the kidnapper and kidnappee jumped and then Junior narrows the search area down even further. They're able to locate the chute and so Danny, Tani, and Junior head out. Steve stays behind to dig into Teague and Danny is surprised since jumping out of helos is Steve's "jam." Danny promises to figure out why Steve doesn't want to go.

TD & J take Steve's "jam" (see what I did there? Ha!) and they head out to the site, find the chute and start tracking. Danny starts dropping gems on "the kids" like "have hope to catch a break, hope to catch the bad guys." (I hope Danny takes some of his own advice because his hopefulness is sometimes hard to detect on a case.) Junior finds TerribleOutfitMan/the kidnapper from the plane dead on the ground. His neck was snapped.

Steve is looking at Teague's family pics. Grover shows him a pic of CIA Agent Miller waiting at the airport for Teague's plane. Since he should be sidelined as Greer's partner pending a security evaluation, that is very odd. Then, Jerry comes in with Teague's laptop and finds an encrypted partition in Chinese. Uh oh. Those Chinese got to Teague! McG lets Danny know that Teague is a Chinese spy, then we see Teague running across a river. (I wonder where he's running to exactly? Just away?)

McG is driving Renee's minivan and Grover is concerned about the vehicle getting home unscathed. McG claims he's a good driver, so don't worry. (Considering the car chases Steve has done in the past, I actually agree that he's a good driver.) McGrover is spitballing about what could be happening with the case like, maybe Teague got word he was about to be exposed, so he grabs his family and heads to Hawaii under cover of a vacation. But Miller is waiting to intercept Teague and then the Chinese snatch him, but why go to all the trouble? Nothing really adds up. Hopefully Miller has some answers.

Back in the jungle Junior finds footprints. He thinks Teague went upstream and crossed over, but something feels off to Danny. He drops another gem of "When evidence seems too good to be true, it is." Teague knows he's being tracked and the print doesn't look like a running footprint, it looks staged. They decide that Teague went up a tree and crossed over then dropped down. Junior asks Danny not to tell McG about him training a Navy SEAL on how to track someone. (Yikes. Considering the extensive training Junior would have had to go through to be a SEAL, that seems really unrealistic that he wouldn't know how to track someone. But, okay.)  Tani finds an injection device that turns out to be a GPS implant so Teague can be tracked, but the receiver is missing.

Grover knocks on Agent Miller's door but Miller doesn't want to let him in. Grover is friendly, says he just needed to stall him long enough for McG to break into the room. (I guess he scaled the hotel? I wonder how high up they are.) Once McG comes in the patio door, Miller lets Grover in. They get to the point and ask why he was at the airport? They know Teague's working with the Chinese but why were you there? Miller says he's collateral damage to Greer's betrayal and he won't wait for the suits at Langley to clear his name. Oh, and Teague's one of ours. He's a double agent feeding counter-intelligence to the Chinese and the whole thing unraveled when Steve exposed the spy network. (Nice twist!) Teague is spooked, so Miller reached out and offered protection. He sent a Special Activities Division team to search for Teague, but when DT&J find them they're all dead. (Wow. Our Spec Ops teams are really taking a hit in this ep. Junior doesn't know how to track and now there's an entire Special Activities Division team dead. That seems hard to believe as well, considering how Special Activities teams train and the kind of missions they do.) And apparently they were all killed by the Chinese extraction team marching through jungle tracking the GPS. (I guess they scored the receiver. Poor Teague.) Greer is with them.

Teague is shooting at the Chinese team. Danny and the others join the fight. Teague takes off, wounded in the arm and jumps over a waterfall and gets away. Greer is also wounded, but Danny brings her in as a gift to Steve. The strange thing is that the Chinese team with Greer, who seems to have killed an ENTIRE U.S. SPEC OPS team are really terrible shots and DT&J take them all out without any problem at all. Weird.

Greer is put in the Blue Room of Doom and Steve unlocks one cuff so she can make a call and tell the rest of her men in the field to stand down. He reminds her that she took an oath to serve and protect her country and he's counting on one shred of decency and honor that will show she stills cares about that. Greer doesn't and says Steve pretends that the work they do is so noble. They armed governments, interfered in elections, propped up dictators. She also reminds Steve that he's done things. Bad things. He brushes that off and tells her that since this whole thing is about money, she'll have the rest of her life in an 8x8 cell to see if that Chinese payday was worth it. She doesn't seem all that upset about his dire prediction. I bet Steve's asking himself what he ever saw in her . . .

Jerry dumped Greer's phone, and finds out that she's been monitoring Miller. Uh oh. Miller is close to the last known location of Teague! McG calls him, and tells him he's been compromised, but Miller doesn't seem too concerned because he's picking up Teague! (My question is, how did Teague contact Miller? Jungle pay phone?) The Chinese pull up behind him and there's a short car chase. Miller is murdered and Teague gets taken. Again. (All that running through the jungle for nothing! He just gets shot for his trouble, then kidnapped again) Tani and Junior arrive on the scene and confirm that Miller is dead. They try to figure out what kind of car the Chinese had that took Teague. Luckily, they find a broken rearview mirror from the Chinese car, they get the serial number from that and Jerry tells them it's a Chevy Tahoe. They quickly sift through traffic cams and locate the Chinese Tahoe (since they ran a red light that must be the one!) And they're headed to the Chinese consulate. McG hurries over and rams them with Renee's minivan before they can get through the gates. Teague is saved and the Chinese kidnappers are taken into custody. Teague is barely bandaged before they let his wife and daughter in. (I could have sworn Teague calls his daughter Spencer. Did anyone else hear Spencer?)

Now that the crisis has passed, Danny is asking why Steve sent him into the jungle with Tunior. Steve says so they could learn something from Danny. They defer to Steve when they're out in the field, so he wanted to give Danny a chance to teach them what he knows about being a good cop. (Is he thinking about passing the leadership torch? Hmmm) Grover is upset about the minivan and Steve assures him after a couple of days in the shop it will look as good as new. Grover says he won't be able to go home and when he's at Steve's breakfast table in his drawers eating Froot Loops, it'll be funny. (Now that's an image.)

Tani is at her house, when Captain K pulls up. I guess her saying that Five-O was her only family besides her brother got him thinking so he looked into her. (He didn't look into her before? Wasn't he her instructor?) She lost her father two days before the incident in the classroom, but she didn't want to use that as an excuse because her father would have hated that. Captain K says that's pretty noble or stupid, he can't tell which, but he'll run the gun for her. She thanks him, but he says don't thank me yet. You don't know what I'm going to find. Cue serious music. (Please don't drag this Tani storyline out. Just tell Steve already. Sigh.)

Steve takes Greer to the airport and congratulates her that she'll be the first American charged under the Espionage act. She's sort of smirking and says, "Remember Marrakesh? What we did before we jumped into bed? I always worried our enemies would know it was us and retaliate. I had the comfort that you never would have implicated me just as you knew if we were on the same side I wouldn't implicate you." (Uh oh. That can't be good since they're not on the same side anymore.) Steve's just taking it in and says, "You threatening me?" But she's just stating facts, of course. He tells her they were just following orders, but she reminds him that won't matter to people who just want answers. Steve has her taken away and she's put on the helo while Steve watches. We get a slo mo Steve walk as the helo flies away and he has a very serious look on his face. (Hmmm... Oh, Marrakesh. What happened all those years ago?)

So, an interesting storyline overall. I really am liking all the CIA involvement and double agents and betrayals. Can't wait to see where this is going!

What did you think? Did you watch?

Friday, October 5, 2018

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Stabbing Things

It has been a long, tough day. The kind of day where you need a good laugh and some amazing Canadian chocolate. Luckily, my mom sent me a care package with a lot of chocolate in it (Wunderbar, Crispy Crunch, Caramilk, Mr. Big, all my faves.)

And then I saw this:

So I'm going to sit back and eat my chocolate bar and just laugh for a bit. (I think making that into a t-shirt would be awesome, am I right?)

Anyway, I hope you smile, too!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Book Review and a Giveaway!

I was a little surprised when I saw the cover for Traci Hunter Abramson's new book, Proximity. It sort of looks similar to one of the original covers for my own suspense novel, Pocket Full of Posies. Dead/dried roses just have a vibe about them for suspense books, am I right?

Proximity starts off with a strange little aside about a police officer named Colby who didn't end up marrying Lexi and is pretty put out about it. And then we don't see him again for a while, but he's always there in the back of your mind, wondering when he'll pop up again. In the meantime, we get to know Tia, a quirky, fun character who is always late and everyone loves. She meets Evan and they hit it off, but a long distance relationship is hard. Enter Colby and then things really start to snowball, but it's much more than a love triangle. (No spoilers here, though.) The suspense was definitely a slow boil with this book, and then when it ratchets up higher and tighter, you won't want to put it down. Stalker books are so creepy!

I really liked Tia and thought she was a well-drawn character. The romance scenes were fun and relatable and while the plot was a bit predictable, it was still an entertaining read. I also thought it was nice to catch up with a few characters from previous books!

Traci Hunter Abramson fans will enjoy this suspense, but don't start reading the end right before bedtime! You won't want to put it down until you see how it all turns out.

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Here's the back copy:

Tia Parker always seems to fall for the wrong guy. But when she meets Evan Spence at a friend's wedding, it seems like she's finally found Mr. Right. Their spark is undeniable, but reality may extinguish any hope for a future: they are separated by thousands of miles. As the couple struggles with the pitfalls of pursuing romance long-distance, Tia is taken off guard by a new arrival in town. Colby Farren is handsome and charming and has made it clear he's interested in Tia. Yet despite his obvious infatuation, Tia can't seem to get Evan out of her mind. Caught between the attention of two very different men, her complicated love life is soon eclipsed by much more sobering concerns. A break-in at her apartment is just the first in a series of bizarre events, each bringing her one step closer to a dangerous liaison. And knowing who to trust could be a matter of life and death.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

First Chapter of My New Romantic Suspense Second Look!

I cannot wait to share this story with you all next month! Here's the first chapter to give you a little peek at what's happening in Nate's life and what Griffin Force is up to!

Second Look

Chapter One
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Nate Hughes stared into the six foot wide and ten foot long prison cell that had once housed Mahmoud Atwah. The yellowish paint on the walls had chipped away in places and the tiny window covered in metal mesh didn't provide enough sunlight to even make shadows on the floor. One corner held a plastic desk, the other a metal toilet. The bed that Atwah would have slept in was empty and the lack of personal effects was glaring. It looked like it had been cleaned and was ready for its next occupant. But Atwah should have still been inside. He’d once been dubbed “The Ghost" and he'd used his skill to disappear.
But how had he done it?
Nate looked down the hall. They were surrounded by CCTV cameras. There was no way to force an entry. To even get into Belmarsh prison there were fifteen gated doors and a fingerprint check.  Then, to be allowed inside the high-security unit where Atwah had been held, every person, including the guards, was subjected to a metal detector and body search, another gated door and then facial recognition. There was no way that Atwah could have escaped. And yet he had.
Nate slowly entered the cell, looking for anything irregular. Everything was in its place. There was no dust. The bed, that was little more than a cot, was neatly made. He checked under the mattress. Nothing. Not a picture or a piece of paper. Yet, since a chair wasn't provided, this bed had been where Atwah had spent the majority of his time.
Pulling the cot partially away from the wall, Nate noticed a small, discolored spot in the corner, just below where Atwah's head would have been if he’d had a pillow. On closer inspection, Nate could see the spot was actually three small numbers. A four? Maybe two ones?
Nate pulled the bed over to the center of the room and crouched down to take a closer look. The numbers were a rusty brown and the last one was smudged. Were they written in blood?
“What did you find?"
The woman’s voice surprised him and Nate had to steel himself from reacting. He slowly turned and faced the blonde who was staring at him expectantly. He’d obviously taken too long to answer her question.
With a little huff of annoyance, she brushed by him without a glance and squatted down in the spot Nate had been moments ago. Her air of authority, the tight no-nonsense bun on top of her head, and tactical pants easily marked her as someone in the intelligence or military community. But her slight accent and obvious irritation at his lack of response reminded him of his Aunt Sue— only in combat boots. He raised his eyebrows, but said nothing. That was the one thing he’d learned from Aunt Sue— if you don’t know what to say, just listen.
She wasn’t talking, however, merely looking at the numbers on Atwah’s wall as though they’d switch positions if she looked away.
He decided to go the professional courtesy route and introduce himself. “I'm Nate Hughes, with Griffin Force. And you are?”
She didn’t answer him. Instead, she stood and walked over to the desk. After inspecting each corner and underneath it, she pulled it away from the wall and examined every inch behind it. By the frown on her face when she finally faced him, he knew she hadn’t found anything.
“I'm Abby.” She gave him a once-over, but the frown remained on her face. “Do you have any thoughts on what 411 means?"
She hadn’t said what organization she was with, and he couldn’t see any markings on her visitor’s badge, but Nate let it go. They were all on the same side. “Could be a lot of things. Maybe he picked up some American slang and was looking for information. Maybe it’s a date. Maybe it’s how many days he'd been at Belmarsh.”
Abby immediately shook her head. “No, he’d been here for 389 days.” She’d said that fast and confidently, as if she was the front row teacher’s pet answering a question.
“What do you think the number stands for then?” Nate narrowed his gaze, trying to get a read on her. She wasn’t giving anything away in body language or facial expression. Definitely in intelligence, he thought.
“Like you said, it could be a lot of things." She brushed her hands together and started for the door.
Nate matched her pace. “Where are we going next?”
Abby didn’t slow down or meet his eye as she left the cell. “I’m going to the exercise yard. And I don’t need an escort.”
“Consider me a fellow investigator then. Do I detect a little southern accent? My gram is from Charleston.” The longer he’d listened, the more he’d bet good money Abby was from the southern United States. Her accent was faint, but still there.
“My, my aren't you a curious one.” Abby gave him a speculative glance. “Where are you from, Nate? Are you a Charleston native as well?”
“No. My mom was from South Carolina, but she married a Canadian and they moved to Toronto. I grew up there.” They walked down the short hall, the fluorescent lights above them casting a yellow glow over the floors and walls.
She gave him a decisive nod, as if a puzzle piece had clicked into place. “That makes more sense.”
“What makes sense?” Nate asked. She hadn’t slowed down at all and walked with a purpose. Even their conversation had been short and to the point. She was a woman on a mission and he couldn’t take his eyes off her.
“Your polite introduction. I don’t get that a lot in this business.” She briefly looked him in the eye. “You surprised me, and that doesn’t happen often, either.”
Nate watched her enter the exercise yard. She’d surprised him, too. Now he really wanted to know who she worked for now and regretted not pressing her earlier. But she didn’t give him the chance to remedy that and immediately began to walk the perimeter, looking up at the metal mesh that covered the roof. He quickly caught up and a guard from the prison joined them.
“Was Atwah in solitary or was he allowed any associations?” Abby asked the guard, keeping her tone casual while she scrutinized the mesh roof as if it held the secrets to the case.
“He’d been in the segregation unit for a week, but before that, he was categorized as “exceptional risk” and not allowed to mix with anyone but guards.” The man grimaced, as if that were something distasteful. “In segregation, though, he’d get twenty-three hours in his cell and one hour in the yard to walk around and he wasn’t pleased. We were all breathing a sigh of relief that he was going to be transferred to the specialized isolation unit in Frankland prison.” The guard followed Abby’s gaze to the mesh roof, his brows drawn together as if trying to figure out what she was looking at.
“Why were you looking forward to his transfer? Were there problems?” Abby glanced over at him briefly before moving to the nearest wall and looking it up and down.
The guard shifted nervously. “We see a lot of prisoners here and we’re trained to spot manipulation and conditioning. But Atwah didn’t even have to speak. There was something about his eyes. They were so empty and dark. Like he was looking right through you.” The guard shook his head. “He talked a lot about how it felt to be part of a greater good. That joining the fight against the Great Satan was an honor and a privilege. I let all that roll off my back, but when he started describing how some women and children had been maimed during his attacks and it was a mercy to kill them, it got to me.” He hung his head. “No training prepares you for that.”
Abby turned her complete attention to him. “Why did you continue to work on his unit if his crimes bothered you?”
“Reading about his crimes is different than being in the same room listening to him gloating about them.” The guard faced her, blocking her path so she couldn’t move away. “But no matter how I felt, if there’s anything I can do to help recapture him, I will.”
“You think he’s escaped then?” Abby tilted her head and watched the guard closely. Even Nate leaned in.
“I don’t think there are many places to hide at Belmarsh.” The guard shifted from foot to foot, but kept his eyes on Abby.
“How could someone just walk out of a high security prison? It doesn’t seem possible without help.” Abby said the words softly, as if she was tiptoeing through a minefield and didn’t want to speak loud enough to set anything off.
But Nate was standing close enough that he could feel the tension radiating from Abby and knew she was trying to elicit a reaction from the guard. Nate watched the man for any movement. More often than not, someone’s body language would give away what they didn’t want to say. The guard shuffled his feet, subconsciously putting some distance between them. He definitely seemed nervous.
“I’m sure I don’t know.” The guard backed up a step and Abby followed, closing the distance between them.
“The way he talked about his crimes bothered you, and you were glad to see him being transferred.” She held up a finger. “You were looking forward to him being gone from here, in fact. And you think he’s escaped, not merely hiding.” Another finger went up.
The guard’s eyes were wide now. “You don’t think I had anything to do with any of this, do you?” He backed up another step. “I just wanted to help the investigation.”
“What’s your name?” Abby asked quietly, but her tone was firm. She wasn’t leaving without an answer.
“Grant Pillings.” He took a breath and pointed to his ID badge. “You can check my background. I’ve done nothing wrong.”
“I’ll make a note of that, Officer Pillings.” Abby stepped forward and Pillings got out of her way and didn’t bother following her.
Nate, however, matched her stride, wishing he could read her mind. “What are you thinking?”
Abby glanced at him. “Atwah is a ghost. It took years to capture him because he never leaves behind a trace of himself. Those numbers aren’t just a coincidence. Atwah wanted us to find them.”
“Do you really think Officer Pillings is involved?” Nate watched the guard stare at them from the doorway. He clearly wasn’t pleased with Abby’s insinuations.
“Everyone here is a suspect at the moment, wouldn’t you say?” She stopped at the far end of the exercise yard and looked up at the sky. “Nazer attempted to break him out using a helo, and failed. Three days later Atwah vanishes from one of the highest security prisons in the world. He had to have inside help.”
“Maybe 411 is a code of some sort. Initials, perhaps.” But that didn’t sit right with Nate, either. “It was written in blood and since he was in isolation, it was his own. I would think that makes it more significant.”
Abby looked him full in the face and her eyes held a grudging respect. “I agree.” She started walking back toward the entrance to the prison cells. “Now we just have to figure out what it does mean.”
They walked back toward Atwah’s cell, the halls empty and their footsteps echoing hollowly. Nate knew the other prisoner that had been housed here was moved the moment Atwah was found missing. Just two prisoners in the entire wing and one was gone. It was hard to fathom, though he’d seen the emptiness with his own eyes.
When they neared the guard station at the far end of the hall, Colt Mitchell, the new head of the Griffin Force, strode toward them. He eyed Abby curiously, then stuck out his hand. “I’m Captain Mitchell.”
“Abby Caldwell,” she said as she gave him a firm handshake.
Nate quickly committed her last name to memory. She hadn’t given up very many details about herself and he wanted to remember every last one.
“I haven’t heard an American accent for a while. Are you one of Porter’s people?” Colt asked.
Porter was the CIA station chief in London. Nate had only met him once and all he could recall about the man was that he’d had brown hair and brown eyes. Nothing stood out. Which was probably good for a CIA guy.
Abby nodded, but the skin around her eyes tightened. It was almost imperceptible, but Nate was watching her so close he noticed. Did she not like her boss?
“Porter’s a good man to work for.” Colt didn’t wait for her response, but Nate would have liked to hear if Abby had anything to say. Instead, Colt turned to Nate. “Did you find anything?”
“We found three numbers written in blood on the wall of his cell. 411.” Nate gestured toward Abby. “We were just discussing what they could mean.”
Several heads of intelligence were clustered a little further down another hall, with Harry Barton, the new Chief at MI6 right in the middle of it. They were all looking at a device in Harry’s hand and a collective gasp arose from the crowd. Abby, Nate, and Colt looked at each other, then walked toward them.
Harry spotted them and disengaged from the crowd to meet them halfway. “We’ve just got word there have been four attacks.” He was breathless, as if he’d been running, but the look on his face was all business. Nate knew that look. When the news was bad, every intelligence officer had a blank go-to look.
“What kind of attacks?” Colt asked, stepping closer to Harry. 
Nate wanted the details. Now. He didn’t want to wait for Harry to give him a sanitized version or leave out any facts that MI6 wasn’t making public yet. He reached for his cell phone, but remembered they’d all been required to give them to security. “Where?”
For a second Harry’s fists clenched and his face belied his emotion. He looked stricken. “Suicide bombers. In the subway systems. London, Paris, New York, and Istanbul.” Harry’s eyes were bleak as he met Nate’s. “It’s bad. Dozens of people killed or injured. And since they all took place within a few minutes of each other, we believe they were coordinated.”
“Four coordinated attacks. On four of the countries that allied to fight against ISIS.” Nate’s pulse started to pound. The possible meaning for the bloody numbers in Atwah’s cell came to mind. 411. What if these four were the first wave and there could still could be two more coming? Bigger ones. Much bigger, if Atwah were really involved. He looked at Abby. “Were you thinking this was why Atwah left those numbers behind?”
Anger and sadness flitted across Abby’s face before she was able to draw that curtain over her emotions. “It’s likely.” She took a breath and let it out slow. “We’ve definitely got work to do if we’re going to find Atwah before the next attack happens.”
“What do you mean?” Harry asked. Several people were trying to get his attention, but he held up a hand.
Abby looked at Colt, then Nate. “Atwah left us a clue as to what is coming. I’ll let Nate fill you in.”
She motioned toward him before stepping away, but Nate caught her arm. “We figured out the numbers. Let’s keep working on this together. Porter won’t mind.” There was something about how driven she was that drew him to her. What was her stake in all this?
Colt looked between them and chimed in. “I can talk to Porter if you’d like, and we can start coordinating all our efforts. The more heads we can put together, the faster we can find Atwah.”
She gave Colt a polite smile. The first smile since Nate had met her, but it didn’t reach her eyes. “Thanks for the offer, but I won’t be able to accept. I’ll let you know if that changes or if I need any help, Captain.” Without even a backward glance she melted into the crowd of intelligence heads that were now demanding Harry’s attention.
Nate watched her go. She had to be intelligence. She hadn’t given away anything but the barest details about herself. She’d been thorough in searching Atwah’s last known locations and had even given a light interrogation to a guard. She had skills. And he wanted the opportunity to know more about her. An opportunity that would probably never come.
Within seconds she’d disappeared as surely as Atwah had. He didn’t even see her blonde bun bobbing among the crowd. With an inward sigh, he turned his mind back to the mission at hand. Find Atwah and stop the attacks he’d obviously been planning from his cell. All 389 days he’d been there.
And Nate knew he didn’t have much time.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hawaii Five -O Season Premiere Recap & Review---The Man in the Red Suit!

I am so glad the new season has started! It seems like it has been forever since we've had a new episode. In a nod to the original Hawaii Five-O, this is an homage to the original series premiere called Cocoon (and fairly well done and updated!)

The episode starts out with a man dressed in a red latex wetsuit, floating in a large tank face down, hooked up to breathing apparatus. Creepy. He's being monitored and Wo Fat appears and says, "Bring him to me." (Wo Fat! I've really missed him on this show. He's the only baddie we've ever had that was truly a worthy adversary for McG.) They take the man out and strap him down and when they take the mask off it's Steve. And he's dead. (It's a great scene.) Cut to Steve really in the tank, but of course he's hallucinating Wo Fat. They take him out and go through the same scene of strapping him down and cutting off the mask. Then a guy who sort of looks like a poor man's version of Wo Fat says, "Commander McGarrett, are you ready to talk?" That can't be good. Dun, dun, dun.

Cut to two days earlier. Steve and Junior are digging up the back yard with bags of money all around them. Tani joins them and is curious what they're doing. Apparently Steve and Danny can't deposit the money in a bank because it's Kamekona's partnership money and they would need a lawyer to draw up partnership papers and they can't afford that. So they're just going to bury the money. On a beachfront. On an island. Yeah, it doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but whatever. All I was thinking was for McG's phone to hurry up and ring. And then it did! McG gets a phone call and is visibly affected. He heads out.

There's a dead guy on the beach and he's an old friend of Steve's named Tom Hennessey. (Poor Steve. So many of his old friends are dead now.) Hennessey worked for the CIA and helped him track down Victor Hess back in the day. His clothes were found down the beach neatly folded, but Steve knows Hennessey didn't go for a swim and not come back because his brother was drowned years ago and Hennessey never went in the water. He was murdered.

Back at Hennessey's apartment, a man is going through Hennessey's drawers and ripping pages out of a little black book. He burns them, but hears Danny and Steve coming in so he heads out to the balcony. Steve and Danny can't smell the smoke when they come in, I guess. (On a shallow note, Steve is in my favorite blue shirt. Thank you wardrobe people!) Steve sees the open drawer and goes to the open balcony door. Danny sees the fireplace and heads to that. He's trying to piece back some of the already cool-to-the-touch fragments and make sense of them when they're attacked from behind! Hand to hand combat with one guy and Steve and Danny are getting beat! They take some pretty hard shots, but finally Steve gets the upper hand. Unfortunately, the attacker ends up dead. Steve says to "Book 'em Danno," but the guy's dead, so no dice. DeadGuy has no ID, so they want to call Noelani in, but before they can, someone else is coming into the apartment and they head to the door, guns drawn. It's two CIA officers.

The four of them stand around and discuss the dead guy. His name is Chow and he's a Chinese spy. Male CIA guy gives some attitude and surprise! The agency wants to take over the case, but McG won't stand down on a homicide. Once outside, Danny comments that the woman was flirting or  impressed. Or  . . . he's hooked up with her. McG admits he did hook up with her a long time ago before Cath and right after he got his trident. (I love that they made it clear she was before Cath.) Danny wants Steve to stop living like a monk because apparently he hasn't been on any dates since he broke up with Lynn. (So a Cath mention and he's a single man again. Hmmm....)

And just to remind us that Tani has a story, she's randomly driving around with Junior worrying about if/when she should tell McG the whole I-found-a-gun-at-Adam's-apartment-that-may-be-the-murder-weapon-in-Adam's-sister's-murder. Junior encourages her to get the gun tested to see if it comes back as the murder weapon. (The whole scene just seemed out of place with the Cocoon storyline being so intense. Oh well, back to the good part.)

Noelani found white stuff on Hennessy's eyelids that dentists use to plug up holes after procedures. It was also in Hennessey's nose and ears so they were all sealed up with the white stuff. Poor Steve needs some answers.

Steve remembers back in 2001 when he was in Afghanistan taking fire, and Hennessey came to the rescue. Back in present day, the female CIA agent named Greer is meeting him at an overlook. (Steve is still wearing a blue shirt and it looks fabulous with his eyes and the beautiful scenery in the background.) Steve figured after Morocco she might not want to see him. She assures him that even though they spent two days in a Marakesh flea bag, she didn't expect a proposal. He did write her a note that he'd been deployed which was all true, but his life got complicated after that so he never saw her again. Greer tells him that she ran into Lieutenant Rollins a few years back, so she knows. (Interesting that she knows Cath and we have another Cath mention!) Steve pauses, but then gets down to business and asks what was Hennessey working on? Greer says just routine intel gathering. She asked to be on the case because Hennessey was her friend, too. But then she drops the bomb that four other top agents have been killed recently and there's not a shred of evidence that they weren't accidental, but she thinks they're not accidental at all. There must be a mole in the CIA who is selling them out! What? A mole in the CIA? No way. I bet we can guess who it is . . .

Back at the Chatting Table Jerry is piecing together the fragments from the fireplace and they get the word Cocoon and Steve figures out the other one is SS Arcturus. Since Hennessey's car was found near a commercial pier, he must have been watching the SS Arcturus. Of course, Steve and Danny go out and find the ship, sitting low in the water, with workmen welding on it. Steve says that he has to get on that boat, but while a younger him would "SEAL" his way on, older Steve has an easier way. He pretends to be a worker that's working on ship repairs and when everyone goes home for the day, Steve stays and sneaks around. He opens a hatch and finds the large tank. Takes some pics and leaves. All in a day's work for an "older" SEAL.

Steve and Danny meet with Jonathan Cray, Chief of Pacific Operations of Counter-intelligence. He says that Hennessey and four other agents were interrogated and murdered after Steve helped take down the Russian spy ring. All their enemies are running scared and want to know what the CIA knows. Since the evidence Noelani found on Hennessey's eyes, ears, etc. were on the other victims as well, they conclude the cocoon apparatus Steve saw is a sensory deprivation tank used to get the agents to reveal their investigation. What does that have to do with Steve? Well, back at the Chatting Table, Steve tells the team that Cray will leak info that McG found incriminating evidence at Hennessey's apartment, then McG will allow himself to be captured and interrogated to give misinformation to expose all the communication channels. So, he'll feed them false info that will give the CIA eyes and ears on that network and hopefully shut them down when the time is right. The team is worried about Steve being brainwashed, but he reassures them all that this is going to work.

Back at the SS Arcturus, everyone is in position. Steve goes in alone and gets into a fight before he's stabbed with a needle in his neck. He sees Greer before he passes out. (Totally saw that one coming.) When he comes to, he's strapped down in his form-fitting red rubber suit and doesn't even seem surprised. (I have to wonder, who put him in that skin tight suit? Greer? I think it would be really hard to get on an unconscious person. It's tough enough trying to get on tight leather pants fully conscious! I mean, according to people who wear tight leather pants ...)

Anyway, Greer claims she knows this man. (How? From years and years ago?) She doesn't think he'll tell them anything, but PoorMan'sWoFat rambles on about the brain being like a computer, downloading data from moment you're born and when all input is shut off, eventually a starved computer panics. The brain blanks and is compliant and will answer questions. Huh. Weird. Steve asks Greer to tell him why, but she answers with does it really matter? Next thing we know Steve is floating peacefully in the tank.

Danny and Lou are worrying, and it takes six hours before Steve starts to hallucinate. They pull him out and Steve is answering all the questions, remembering Hennessey's apartment and everything they found. He seems brainwashed and blank. Outside, a black SUV pulls up. Greer comes out and the team recognizes her. She glimpses Tani and Junior's not-so-surreptitious movement (really, guys!) and then sends men out to search the perimeter. A firefight ensues with the ship guys and the team/HPD. Jerry uses the car he's in to run down the guys who have Lou and company pinned. Junior also brings down a crane so the boat can't leave. They all head inside.

PoorMan'sWoFat is trying to figure out what to do and Steve escapes. He's fighting with everyone and comes down to the final fight with PoorMan'sWoFat. They end up in the tank and PoorMan'sWoFat gets the upper hand and is choking/drowning him. Danny shoots him, though, and saves Steve. He gets him out and asks a dazed Steve what's my name? Steve finally says Danny. How long have we known each other? Fifty years. (Haha. Nice nod to the 50th anniversary, though.) Steve says it feels like fifty years and it would take more than brain scrub to make him forget Danny. (Here's my question. Is Steve going home in his red rubber suit? Where are the man's clothes?) The team comes in and confirm they know it was Greer, and she got away. Danny says he hopes this ridiculous plan (of passing along false info) of yours works. Steve tells him it will, but he doesn't look exactly sure.

The end.

Well, there are so many other red rubber suit questions in my mind.

Overall, though, I thought it was a great start to the season and a nice nod to the original. Of course I give it bonus points for a few Cath mentions and the Lynn breakup, I'm really excited to see what direction they're taking Steve's personal life, as well as seeing what Greer will do next. Did you watch? What did you think?