Be A Good Girl by Tess Diamond (Review + Giveaway)

Be A Good Girl by Tess Diamond

Be A Good Girl by Tess Diamond

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TESS DIAMOND
Be A Good Girl
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In BE A GOOD GIRL, author Tess Diamond introduces readers to a fierce, courageous journalist named Abigail Winthrop, who is doing her best to uncover the truth about the night her high school best friend was murdered. With the help of Special Agent Paul Harrison, the head of an elite FBI unit and one of her closest childhood friends, Abby digs into the past in order to bring a smart and cunning killer to justice.

I freaking loved this book! Not only was it engaging to read and well-written, but the storyline had some fantastic twists and turns that kept me guessing right up until the end. The characters were fresh, charismatic, and easy to like, and the author did an excellent job of bringing them to life on every single page. The scenes were dynamic and entertaining, and easily flowed together to make this an enjoyable, and thrilling read.

If you’re anything like me and you love a good suspense thriller where the good guys hunt serial killers, you need to pick up BE A GOOD GIRL by Tess Diamond. I loved it so much, I read the entire book in one sitting and even then, I was craving more of the world and the characters. They hit all the right buttons for me.

A brilliant romantic suspense read! I highly recommend checking it out!

ABOUT THE BOOK

BE A GOOD GIRL
Author: Tess Diamond
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Suspense
ISBN: 9780062655851
Pages: 336
Pub Date: Mar. 27, 2018
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Other Retailers: iBooks | Avon Books

In Tess Diamond’s third romantic thriller, an FBI agent teams up with the one woman who can offer the salvation he needs as they search for a serial killer.

As the head of an elite FBI unit, Special Agent Paul Harrison seems to have everything figured out, but beneath the surface, an internal war is raging. When he returns to his rural hometown for the first time in a few years, he’s faced with the memories that led to his losing the love of his life.

Fifteen years ago, Abigail Winthrop’s best friend, and Paul’s girlfriend, was murdered by the infamous serial killer, Doctor X. Now an investigative journalist, she’s determined to find the truth. But when Abigail discovers evidence that clears Doctor X, she realizes the real killer is still out there and is striking again when local young girls begin disappearing.

Turning to Paul for help, Abigail joins forces with him. As an undeniable attraction develops between them, they must heal deep wounds from their past—and find a relentless psychopath who could extinguish their hopes for a future together.

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Book Excerpt

From BE A GOOD GIRL:

Abby took a deep breath, her eyes settling on the words. This was it. In just minutes, she’d be face-to-face with him. Her heart was hammering in her chest at the thought.

She turned back to Stan, and was surprised at how troubled the older man looked.

“Are you sure about this?” he asked her.

“I’m a big girl, Stan,” she said. “You don’t have to worry about me.”

“Look . . .” He licked his lips, looking nervous.

“He’s tricky. Really tricky.”

“I’ve heard the rumors,” Abby said.

She didn’t need the rumors. She knew from real life exactly how sick the man she was about to meet was. She had spent the last two years learning everything there was to know about him. She’d talked to every teacher he’d ever had, every relative who was willing to speak to her and not slam the door in her face. She’d talked to every single person who’d even had a modicum of contact with Howard Wells, better known as Dr. X.

She knew him. And she was about to use that knowledge to get what she wanted from him.

“I just want you to be careful,” Stan said. “He knows exactly what to say to get to you.”

“I know he talked an inmate into killing himself,” Abby said.

“Not just one,” Stan said quietly, looking over his shoulder nervously before lowering his voice and adding, “And not just inmates.”

Abby’s eyes widened at the implication. She knew she should press Stan for more information, but she also knew she could ferret out the truth herself with a little research. She didn’t want to make him even more nervous, especially because he was  authorized  to  cut  her meeting short if he deemed the situation unsafe. “I appreciate your concern,” she  told  Stan.

“But I’ll only be asking him questions.”

“Okay,” Stan said. “Just don’t get too close.” He took her through the same rundown she’d gotten when she’d first entered the prison: no contact, no passing the prisoner anything, and no getting within even ten feet of the prisoner. Abby had a feeling that the last one was a specific rule for the man she was about to see.

The solitary wing was quiet as they walked through it to the very end, where a door led to another, even more isolated section.

“Inmate 3847, your visitor is here,” Stan called out. Abby’s skin prickled at the change in his voice. When talking with her, he had been kind, almost grandfatherly. But now, his voice was stern and authoritative, full of “don’t fuck with me” attitude.

“You sit here,” Stan said, pointing his baton at the bench set a good ten feet away from the thick, clear plastic wall that made up the front of Howard’s cell. “Inmate 3847, come forward.”

There was a pause, and Abby had to bite the inside of her cheek as he shuffled into view.

Howard Wells was fifteen years older than the last time she’d seen a picture of him, but he was no less terrifying. Goose bumps—the dreadful, horror-filled kind—spread across her skin as his eyes met hers.

His hair was gray now, slicked back, the comb tracks visible, like he’d carefully groomed it for this meeting. His orange jumpsuit was clean and tidy, his bright blue eyes shining in his craggy face.

His feet were shackled, but instead of his hands being cuffed, he was in a straitjacket, his arms lashed to his sides. Despite this, he held himself like he was the emperor of his own tiny kingdom. Like she was a serf who had the honor of experiencing his presence.

Abby showed no emotion as she sat down, placing her notebook and pen in her lap. Stan hovered in the corner, and Abby gave him a small nod.

“I’ll be right outside,” he said. “Panic button is right here.” He pointed meaningfully at the red button on the wall. “Don’t try any of your manipulative shit, Wells.”

A light tsking sound filled the air as Stan left them alone, and Abby stared at him. He came forward, so he was just inches behind the thick sheet of Plexiglas that kept him from going for her. “Abigail Winthrop,” he said.

“Hello, Howard,” she said. She refused to call him Mr. Wells. And she certainly wasn’t going to call him Doctor. There wasn’t going to be any deference here.

She wasn’t playing his game. She was here for answers—and she was going to get them…

TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY 

To celebrate the release of BE A GOOD GIRL, we’re giving away a paperback copy of SUCH A PRETTY GIRL by Tess Diamond!

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GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Such A Pretty Girl by Tess Diamond.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 4/10/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tess Diamond is a romantic suspense addict with a taste for danger – and chocolate cake. She lives in Colorado Springs with her law enforcement husband, two kids, and ferocious Jack Russell guard dog. She always dreamed of being an FBI agent, and now she almost is – if watching 24 reruns and plotting her next novel counts.

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Such A Pretty Girl by Tess Diamond (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

In a gripping romantic thriller from Tess Diamond, an FBI profiler becomes a killer’s deadly obsession…

Such a Pretty Girl by Tess Diamond

Genre: Fiction | Romance | Suspense
Publisher: Avon | HarperCollins
Format: Mass Market | E-Book
Pages: 384
Pub Date: September 26th, 2017
Add it on: Goodreads
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo
iBooks | GooglePlay

Synopsis: In Grace Sinclair’s bestselling crime novels, the good guys win and the bad guys always get caught. As the FBI’s top profiler, she knows that real life is rarely so straightforward. But her new case isn’t just brutal—it’s also personal. The victims look like Grace. And the FBI recruit assigned to her team is trouble of another kind.

This isn’t how Special Agent Gavin Walker imagined running into Grace again. Two years ago they shared one earth-shattering night, then she vanished from his life. She’s brilliant, fiercely independent, and in mortal danger from a killer masterminding a twisted game…

The body count is rising. Entangled in the case and in each other, Gavin and Grace are running out of time and chances. And as Grace puts the pieces together, she knows she’ll have to confront her own deepest secrets before the final, fatal move is played.

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Such A Pretty Girl By Tess Diamond (Review)

In a gripping romantic thriller from Tess Diamond, an FBI profiler becomes a killer’s deadly obsession…

Such a Pretty Girl by Tess Diamond

Genre: Fiction | Romance | Suspense | Thriller
Publisher: Avon | HarperCollins
Format: Mass Market | E-Book
Pages: 384
Pub Date: September 26th, 2017
Add it on: Goodreads
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | iBooks | GooglePlay

Synopsis: In Grace Sinclair’s bestselling crime novels, the good guys win and the bad guys always get caught. As the FBI’s top profiler, she knows that real life is rarely so straightforward. But her new case isn’t just brutal—it’s also personal. The victims look like Grace. And the FBI recruit assigned to her team is trouble of another kind.

This isn’t how Special Agent Gavin Walker imagined running into Grace again. Two years ago they shared one earth-shattering night, then she vanished from his life. She’s brilliant, fiercely independent, and in mortal danger from a killer masterminding a twisted game…

The body count is rising. Entangled in the case and in each other, Gavin and Grace are running out of time and chances. And as Grace puts the pieces together, she knows she’ll have to confront her own deepest secrets before the final, fatal move is played.

SUCH A PRETTY GIRL REVIEW

In Tess Diamond‘s SUCH A PRETTY GIRL, crime writer and FBI Profiler Grace Sinclair is at the top of her field. Both of them. Brilliant in mind, she holds steady to keeping herself busy and keeping herself safe. Especially when that safety comes to love and romance.

Getting paired with former one-night stand and newly recruited Special Agent Gavin Walker isn’t something Grace expected or would’ve wanted if she’d known the option existed, and yet, Gavin is a man who gets Grace in ways no other man ever has or even could. He’s quick on his feet, naturally observant, and he isn’t afraid of letting her be in charge or of her using her finely honed profiling skills.

Grace is independent, strong-willed, and blunt. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind or call people on their lies or twisted truths. But getting personal with someone…she has no interest in that at all. And that’s where her biggest problem with Gavin lies. Not in who he is, but how he makes her feel and what he makes her want.

As their newest case unfurls and becomes a lot more personal, Grace finds herself leaning more and more on Gavin. Their deep connection to each other and their sexy, taunting banter made this a fantastic romantic suspense read filled with lots of twists and edge-of-your-seat turns.

SUCH A PRETTY GIRL is a wonderfully-delicious suspense read with interesting, compelling characters and a serial-killer case that pulls readers in and takes them along for a thoroughly gripping ride. Grace and Gavin are entertaining and fun, and the perfect pairing to bring this dark, twisted tale to life.

5 “Must Read” Stars

EXCERPT

From SUCH A PRETTY GIRL:

McCord’s Jewelers was a tiny place, tucked in a nondescript brick building just outside of downtown DC. The gold-leaf letters on the door shone bright as Gavin pushed it open, and bells tinkled as they entered.

Gavin automatically glanced all around, taking in the two cameras situated in the room. Surveillance meant tapes. Maybe they’d be able to catch their guy buying the earrings. That’d make this an open-and-shut case, for sure.

An older man with gray hair and a sweater-vest looked up from his place at the counter, where he’d been examining a tray of loose diamonds. “Welcome,” he said with a smile. “How can I help you? Wait.” He held out his hand. “Let me guess. An engagement ring?”

Gavin could feel his cheeks heating up a little as he glanced over at Grace. But she just smiled, shaking her head, pulling out her badge. “I’m afraid we’re here for business, not pleasure,” she said. “I’m Special Agent Sinclair. This is Special Agent Walker.”

“Oh, my,” he said. “I’m Anthony McCord. I own this place with my wife. How can I help you?”

“We’re investigating a murder,” Gavin said. “We believe the victim in question was wearing earrings purchased from your shop.”

Grace held out her phone, the screen showing a picture of Janice Wacomb’s earrings in an evidence bag. “Do these look familiar to you?”

Mr. McCord pulled on his glasses, leaning forward and looking at the phone. “Yes, those are definitely my work.”

“Can you remember who you sold them to?”

“If you get me the serial number, yes,” Mr. McCord said.

“Serial number?” Gavin asked.

“Each diamond that we sell has a serial number engraved on the stone. It’s microscopic; you can’t see it with the naked eye. It’s done for insurance purposes—if a piece of jewelry gets stolen or lost, it can be traced that way. Isn’t that how you found the store?”

“We’re not forensics, but I’m sure that’s how they found you,” Grace said. “Just give me a moment; I’ll get the serial number for you.”

She stepped away and Gavin smiled at Mr. McCord. “While she’s doing that, mind if I ask just a few more questions?”

“Anything I can do to help,” Mr. McCord said.

“What’s your surveillance like here? I see the cameras. Do you save your tapes?”

“We don’t have the capacity for that, I’m afraid. We’re just a mom-and-pop shop. We keep the tapes for only a week. Then they’re erased and recorded over.”

“Okay,” Gavin said. Damn, unless their killer had bought the earrings in the last week, they weren’t going to get a video of him. They would have to rely on Mr. McCord’s memory to discover if he’d been the one to sell the killer the earrings. “And how many employees do you have?”

“Just my wife and me,” Mr. McCord said. “She does the books, I make the jewelry.”

“Sounds like a good system,” Gavin said.

“She’s always had a better head for numbers than me.”

“And what about your customers. Anyone stand out to you lately? Maybe he was nervous?”

Mr. McCord smiled. “I’m a jeweler, Agent Walker. That means most of the men coming in here are looking for engagement rings. And that’s almost guaranteed to make a man nervous.”

Gavin laughed. “Okay, fair enough,” he said. “What about someone who put in a big order? Was there someone in the last few months who ordered multiple pairs of those earrings Agent Sinclair showed you?”

Mr. McCord frowned. “Actually, there was,” he said. “I remember there was a gentleman who came in to buy a pair of earrings for his wife. And then about a week later, he came back in and put in an order for three more pairs. He said that his wife had loved them so much, she wanted their granddaughters to have matching pairs. It was very sweet.”

“You remember when this was?”

“I’d say maybe two months ago?” Mr. McCord said.

“I’ve got those serial numbers for you.” Grace pushed a piece of paper across the counter and Mr. McCord took it.

“Let me go look in my files,” he said. “Just a moment.”

He disappeared into the back room, and Grace leaned lightly against the counter, gazing at all the baubles surrounding her. Gavin couldn’t help but think she shone the brightest, even surrounded by all these diamonds.

“You like this stuff, Sinclair?” he asked, gesturing to the dazzling array of bracelets in the glass case in front of him.

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” she said, but there was a dry note of sarcasm in her voice that surprised him. He looked over to her questioningly, and she shrugged. “I’m more of an art collector,” she said. “Most jewelry isn’t exactly practical in our line of work. I have a few pieces, but they’re mostly sentimental and inherited.”

“From your grandmother,” he said, remembering how she had mentioned her that night they’d spent together. She’d been wearing a necklace then; the sapphires had glittered darkly against her skin, making it seem luminous.

Something flickered in that extraordinary face of hers, her eyes widening in what looked like confusion . . . or maybe surprise. “You remembered,” she said.

Gavin couldn’t tear his eyes off her. He wanted nothing more than to reach out and touch her—any part of her, just to remind himself what it was like. “I remember everything about you,” he said quietly.

About TESS DIAMOND

Tess Diamond is a romantic suspense addict with a taste for danger – and chocolate cake. She lives in Colorado Springs with her law enforcement husband, two kids, and ferocious Jack Russell guard dog. She always dreamed of being an FBI agent, and now she almost is – if watching 24 reruns and plotting her next novel counts.

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