#BookReview: Lincoln Shaw (Heartbreakers & Heroes Book 8) by Ciana Stone @CianaStone @CandidBReview

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Publication Day: 12 November 2018
Publisher: Ciana Stone
ISBN: B07GQLQGMS (Kindle book)
Pages: 261
Category:  Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Mystery, Series

Thor mowed through those rednecks like a god, even taking time to give her a wink when she yelled a warning about someone behind him.

Tallulah (Lula) Christmas Duval is a former Olympian gymnast, comic geek, stripper who has been cursed by her dead grandmother.  But that’s not all; she has a dangerous secret that has brought her to Cotton Creek, Texas.  However, when an over-zealous customer gets out of hand at the strip club, her rescuer is none other than the Asgardian God, Thor, or Lincoln Shaw to his family and friends.

Lincoln Shaw is a player who leaves broken hearts behind wherever he goes, but Lula is like no one else.  She’s beautiful, funny, outgoing and honest.  Or is she?  She’s told him about her past, but her current situation is not all that it seems to be, and why is she so interested in the high school football coach? Continue reading “#BookReview: Lincoln Shaw (Heartbreakers & Heroes Book 8) by Ciana Stone @CianaStone @CandidBReview”

#BookReview: The Savage Shore (A Nic Costa Mystery Book 10) by David Hewson @david_hewson ‏ @severnhouse #LoveBooksGroup

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Publication Day: 1 November 2018
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: B07JGM35N4 (Kindle book)
Pages: 499
Category:  Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural

ABOUT THE BOOK

Detective Nic Costa finds himself a stranger in a strange land when he’s sent to infiltrate the mob in a remote part of southern Italy.

Roman police detective Nic Costa has been sent undercover to Italy’s beautiful, remote Calabrian coast to bring in the head of the feared mob, the ‘Ndrangheta, who has offered to turn state witness for reasons of his own.

Hoping to reel in the biggest prize the state police have seen in years, the infamous Butcher of Palermo, Costa, and his team are aware the stakes are high. But the constant deception is taking its toll. Out of their depth in a lawless part of Italy where they are the outcasts, not the men in the hills, with their shotguns and rough justice, the detectives find themselves pitched as much against one another as the mob. As the tension rises, it’s clear the operation is not going to plan. Is Nic Costa getting too close to the enemy for comfort – and is there a traitor among them …? Continue reading “#BookReview: The Savage Shore (A Nic Costa Mystery Book 10) by David Hewson @david_hewson ‏ @severnhouse #LoveBooksGroup”

#Book Review: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall @aramintahall @mcdbooks #psychological thriller #obsession

Publication Day: 08 May 2018
Publisher: MCD
ISBN: B076H4X9D4 (Kindle book)
Pages: 288
Category:  Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Obsession, Mental Illness

I decided to read another book from my TBR pile and remembered that I selected this book because of the author’s acknowledgments page.  She notes, “The first draft of this book was written in a mad spurt of anger at the continued injustices perpetrated against women in our so-called civilized society”.  Though it was published in May of this year, the injustices continue to this day and I couldn’t wait to begin.

When I lived with my mother there were monsters only I could see in the corner of my room, hidden by the cobwebs and filth that clung to our walls. I came to an agreement with those monsters. If I agreed never to look straight at them, they agreed not to eat me. It lessened the terror a bit.

Continue reading “#Book Review: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall @aramintahall @mcdbooks #psychological thriller #obsession”

#BookReview: Go Home, Afton (The Afton Morrison Series #1) by Brent Jones @AuthorBrentJ #serialkiller #suspense

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Publication Day: 25 June 2018
Publisher: Brent Jones
ISBN: B07CBRX77Q (Kindle book)
Pages: 116
Category:  Fiction, Suspense Thriller, Serial Killer, Series

Being plain on the outside was a good aesthetic for a woman planning to commit homicide. It was a style that I liked to call thrift-shop fabulous. It made me a bit of an odd duck, sure, but it kept the human race at a distance, which is just how I liked it.

Afton Morrison’s alter ego, “Animus”, describes her as “a female psychopathic vegetarian librarian with a pet goldfish”.  Afton sees herself as doing good by killing evil, but she hasn’t killed yet, she has only dreamed it.

She is stalking a local man who was accused of sexually assaulting women in her town, but no charges were filed.  She is going to make him pay, but she has a stalker herself, “The Man in the Shadows”, a person from “the incident” in her past.

I picked up this book because of the female librarian serial killer perspective, but I found Afton’s snarky quips extremely engaging and couldn’t wait to see how she pulled off the murder.  The suspense is enthralling not only for what Afton is planning but what is happening to her against her will.  The only “bad” thing I can say is that the first book in the series is way too short at 116 pages.  Yet another series that I plan to continue.  Highly recommend. Continue reading “#BookReview: Go Home, Afton (The Afton Morrison Series #1) by Brent Jones @AuthorBrentJ #serialkiller #suspense”

#BookReview: Icy Heat (Heat Series) by Leigh Wyndfield #romance #scifi

Publication Day: 6 June 2008
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 160504038x (ebook)
Pages: 217
Category:  Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Erotica

I am working on my TBR pile and came across this great read.  I’m a sucker for scarred heroes and Warwick the Enforcer is no exception.

His left hand was covered with a tight leather glove that matched the mask hiding his face. Holes for his eyes, nose and mouth were cut into the leather, giving him a frightening appearance. His head was encased by a leather helm, completing the frightening view.

As a young boy, his body was burned with acid while watching his parents die by the hand of Balten.  After many years as Warwick the Enforcer his time for revenge is near but he wasn’t expecting the distraction of the tall, beautiful, and fiery pilot, Aidan.  He was stunned that she did not cringe at his scarred body like all the others.  She actually preferred him without the mask. Continue reading “#BookReview: Icy Heat (Heat Series) by Leigh Wyndfield #romance #scifi”

#Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover @AtriaBooks #womensfiction #abuse #mentalillness

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Publication Day: 2 August 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: 9781501110368
Pages: 384
Category:  Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

An exceptional read!  My emotions ran the gamut of joy, laughter, anger, and sorrow with this book.  Goodreads Choice 2016 Winner, Colleen Hoover, is remarkable at drawing you in with so much joy and happiness for her characters and then ripping your heart out on the next page.

Lily’s life has not been normal or easy, to say the least.  She grew up in Maine watching her abusive father brutalize her mother swearing she would not let that happen to her.  As a teen, she met and fell in love with a homeless boy who was squatting in the empty house next door, but he moved away.  She meets the man of her dreams (a neurosurgeon) on the top of a building in Boston, but is he too good to be true? She has a wise best friend who gives her the best advice she can give her despite the consequences to Lily’s life. Continue reading “#Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover @AtriaBooks #womensfiction #abuse #mentalillness”

#BookTour #BookReview: Chasing Monsters (DI Will Scott, book 1) by Paul Harrison @PHarrisonauthor @UrbaneBooks

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Publication Day: 4 October 2018
Publisher: Urbane Publications
ISBN: 9781912666041
Pages: 360
Category:  Fiction, Genre: Thriller / Crime

ABOUT THIS BOOK

In a sleepy northern seaside resort, The Eastborough Police Force is shocked into action when a heavily mutilated body is found in a quiet suburb. Murder rarely happens in these parts. Within a short space of time, the body count begins to rise rapidly, as a serial killer runs amok.

DI Will Scott is tasked with finding the killer. In doing he treads paths he never expected to traverse and uncovers a web of deceit that leads to a world where no one can be trusted.

The killer relentlessly continues to strike terror across the community. Then without warning, the killing ground changes. Where will the killer strike next …? Continue reading “#BookTour #BookReview: Chasing Monsters (DI Will Scott, book 1) by Paul Harrison @PHarrisonauthor @UrbaneBooks”

#BookReview: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson @BillClinton ‏@JP_Books @littlebrown

Publication Day: 4 June 2018 [Kindle]
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 0316412694
Pages: 529
Category: Fiction, Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery

ABOUT THE BOOK

As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing…

Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades. And it could all really happen. The President Is Missing is Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s totally authentic and spellbinding thriller. Continue reading “#BookReview: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson @BillClinton ‏@JP_Books @littlebrown”

#BlogTour #BookReview: Losing Time (Knights in Time #5) by Chris Karlsen @ChrisKarlsen1 @BuoniAmiciPress

Publication Day: 16 September 2018 [Kindle]
Publisher: Chris Karlsen
Pages: 293
Category: Fiction, Genre: Historical Romance / Time Travel

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Felicia Wycliff’s peaceful stroll through the woods turned to disaster when her dachshund bolted after a rabbit. One minute Felicia was running after the determined little dog, the next she was hurled to the ground. Gathering her wits after her tumble, she brushed herself off and continued her pursuit—-right into three mounted knights who blocked her path.

They were so authentic looking. They might’ve stepped from the keep of the nearby castle, Elysian Fields. But the old Norman fortress was a ruin and had been for three hundred years.

“Seize her,” the middle knight ordered, the knight who sat tallest in the saddle.
“Let me go.” She fought, striking out when the two knights grabbed her. “Who the deuce are you?”

“I’m the Captain of the Baron’s Guard, and you are trespassing.”

Kidnapped, her confusion and fear consumed her. But when they rode through the gates of Elysian Fields, the castle looking as formidable as the date it was built, her terror exploded.

When she fell she knew exactly where she was. But where the devil had she landed? Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview: Losing Time (Knights in Time #5) by Chris Karlsen @ChrisKarlsen1 @BuoniAmiciPress”

#BlogTour #BookReview: Cabin 12 (Rock Point #2) by Freya Barker @freya_barker @BuoniAmiciPress #romanticsuspense

Publication Day: 13 September 2018 [Kindle]
Publisher: Freya Barker
Pages: 260
Category: Fiction, Genre: Mystery / Romance / Suspense

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Even at thirty-seven, with a challenging but rewarding career as a paramedic, Bella Gomez is treated as the baby of the family. It’s made her allergic to anyone meddling, so she chooses to keep mostly to herself. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop her family from inserting themselves in her life. Nor does it deter the one man she knows she shouldn’t get close to from showing up on her doorstep.

Jasper Greene, an FBI agent with the La Plata County field office, doesn’t even know the meaning of family. His team is his family, which is why–when his boss asks him to keep an eye on his baby sister–Jasper readily complies. Even when the sister in question is a spectacularly developed princess with plenty of attitude.

With a shooter on the loose and corruption running rampant, Bella is a magnet for trouble, and Jasper finds himself with his hands full–in more ways than one. Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview: Cabin 12 (Rock Point #2) by Freya Barker @freya_barker @BuoniAmiciPress #romanticsuspense”

#BookReview: Paulie Zahn Vampire Huntress (The Purloined Pint Series Book 2) by E.M. Sørensen @bookhubauthors #vampires

Publication Day: 24 June 2018
ISBN: B07F1BBP5X
Pages: 368
Category: Fiction, Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal, Vampires, Series

ABOUT THIS BOOK

The last thing Sgt. Paulie Zahn expects when she wakes up in a strange hospital is to be told that a Rogue Vampire bit her.

Worse, she must cope with the inexplicable changes her body’s going through she’s stronger, faster, and she feels and senses things she never believed to be possible. Her mentor, Eddie Vangh, has been a Vampire since World War II. He wants to teach her how to live by the code of his clan, which includes not directly feeding off human beings. Continue reading “#BookReview: Paulie Zahn Vampire Huntress (The Purloined Pint Series Book 2) by E.M. Sørensen @bookhubauthors #vampires”

#BookReview: The Janus Witch by Michael Scott Clifton @michaelsclifton

Publication Day: 1 September 2018 [Kindle]
Publisher: Book Liftoff
ISBN: 9781947946415
Pages: 344
Category: Fiction, Genre: Romance / Fantasy

ABOUT THIS BOOK

A beautiful witch with a violent past forms an unlikely love affair with a compassionate young doctor…until she fears she may end up killing him.

Tressalayne is a member of a murderous witches’ coven. An attack by witch hunters forces the coven to escape through a hastily constructed portal of magic. Ripped from her medieval world, the portal hurls Tressalayne and the coven’s leader, Morganna, into present-day East Texas. Critically injured in the passage, Tressalayne awakes in a hospital with no memory of her previous life.

Lucas Beckett finds himself in charge of the mysterious patient’s recuperation, and soon develops more than just a medical interest in her recovery. However, their blossoming relationship is marred by Tressalayne’s nightmarish flashbacks and uncontrolled manifestations of magic. Continue reading “#BookReview: The Janus Witch by Michael Scott Clifton @michaelsclifton”

#BlogTour #BookReview: Implant (Gardener and Reilly Crime Series #3) by Ray Clark @T1LOM @UrbaneBooks #lovebooksgrouptours #IMPLANT

Publication Day: 9 August 2018
Publisher: Urbane Publications
ISBN: 9781911583981
Pages: 376
Category: Fiction, Genre: Thriller / Crime / Psychological

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Bramfield, near Leeds, a sleepy little market town nestled on the borders of West and North Yorkshire. Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly discover the naked corpse of Alex Wilson, nailed to the wall of a cellar in his uncle’s hardware store. His lips are sewn together and his body bears only one mark, a fresh scar near his abdomen.

Within forty-eight hours, their investigation results in dead ends, more victims, no suspects and very little in the way of solid evidence. Gardener and Reilly have a problem and a question on their hands: are the residents of Bramfield prepared for one of history’s most sadistic killers, The Tooth Fairy?

Implant is the perfect read for fans of Peter May, Mark Billingham and Peter James. Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview: Implant (Gardener and Reilly Crime Series #3) by Ray Clark @T1LOM @UrbaneBooks #lovebooksgrouptours #IMPLANT”

#BlogTour #BookReview: Night Driver by @MarcellePerks @urbanebooks‏ #thriller #crime

Publication Day: 2nd August 2018
Publisher: Urbane Publications
ISBN: 978-1911583967
Pages: 376
Category: Fiction, Genre: Thriller / Crime / Psychological

ABOUT THE BOOK

Heavily pregnant Frannie is facing a crisis. An English woman living in Germany, her marriage is failing, her language skills are hopeless, and she feels like a fish out of water in a foreign country.

In a positive effort to tackle her problems, she learns to drive so she can cope when her baby is born and build a sense of independence. After passing her driving test she drives in the early hours of the morning to gain experience on the eerily empty streets.

But when she encounters a Polish motorcyclist looking for his missing sister, she becomes sucked into a terrifying world of shady nightclubs, autobahn prostitutes, and organ trafficking. And when she crosses serial-killing truck driver Stigelegger, there’s no turning back.

A most unlikely heroine, this nervous Night Driver must stay one step ahead of her pursuer on the darkest of roads in order to survive.

Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview: Night Driver by @MarcellePerks @urbanebooks‏ #thriller #crime”

#BookReview: Writer, Seeker, Killer by Ryan Starbloak #science fiction #psychologicalthriller

Sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

Published 09.18.2017 by Freckles Over Scars / Psychological Thriller/ Kindle format / 101pp / B075R7DX5R

ABOUT THE BOOK

Hinanya Ven has but one interest in this life, and that to know what lies beyond it. This great question has enveloped her into a deranged obsession, a death wish. Her search takes her back to her childhood home of New Orleans, where she returns after a six-year absence following her family’s permanent retreat from the city in the unanticipated catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina.

In the course of her journey, she, through inexplicable circumstances, appropriates a pistol identical to the make, model, and serial number her friend had used to commit suicide several months prior to her arrival in New Orleans. Balancing her own suicidal thoughts, Hinanya finds meaning in becoming a graffiti artist, a writer, amid the New Orleans nightscape. When she takes the mantle of writer, she is better. Continue reading “#BookReview: Writer, Seeker, Killer by Ryan Starbloak #science fiction #psychologicalthriller”

#BookReview: Hating The Sheriff: A Climax Falls Short Story by Nina Silver @author_silver @ScerinaElizaNET

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It all started with a rioting citation, can you believe that?

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I hate him.
As if it’s not enough that I recently returned to Climax Falls after years of avoiding my hometown. I keep running in with the local sheriff, who also happens to be my most hated enemy, my high school bully, the man who tortured me throughout my young years, and currently my neighbor. So what’s a curvy girl gonna do when her most hated enemy turns up sexier and cockier than ever and sets fire to her body? Why, she keeps calling him names!

Ace

I hate her.
As if it’s not enough that the bane of my existence, the woman who single handily made it her mission to ruin my younger years, has returned to town haunting all my usual spots. She also had to turn up smoking hot teasing me with her abundant curves – the exact ones I made fun of in high school – and her stubborn feistiness. So what’s a sheriff gonna do when his most hated enemy turns up sexy AF causing a boner harder than titanium? Why, he keeps calling her names! Continue reading “#BookReview: Hating The Sheriff: A Climax Falls Short Story by Nina Silver @author_silver @ScerinaElizaNET”

#BookReview: Shooter (Burnout #1) by Dahlia West @DahliaWest13

The photo of the Black Hills National Forest on the cover had caught her eye and she thumbed through it, settling on Rapid City as the closest she could get and still feel anonymous.

Hayley Turner is a young woman with a secret.  Arriving in yet another destination to escape the horror of her past, she meets Chris “Shooter” Sullivan, war hero, biker, landlord, and a man that seems to dislike her.  Should she leave before he finds out?

Shooter Sullivan moved back to Rapid City after the horrors of Iraq to open his custom motorcycle shop.  His life was at an even keel with business and his buddies, when beautiful and lonely Hayley Turner shows up hiding something in her past.  Should he trust her?

This story evoked powerful emotions in me.  It depicts two people who have had devastating things happen to them in the past and who discover their path to peace and happiness in each other.  The way Ms. West draws Hayley’s past out is sensitive and credible and the suspense that follows is intense.  Both characters were well-developed and presented well, and I can’t wait to read about Shooter’s buddies in the rest of the series.

If you like broken heroes and heroines and romantic suspense, I recommend this book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I live in North Carolina with so many pets that every time it rains I consider building an ark. I majored in English Education, though most of my jobs have involved using my hands: framing art, grooming dogs, stocking shelves. I started writing about seven years ago to avoid going back to a real job.  I’ve recently taken up roller derby just to test my health insurance coverage.  (Take a look at an interview with Ms. West at AuthorInterviews.)

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#Spotlight Unfinished Business (David Trilogy #2) by S.C. Cunningham @sccunningham8 @rararesources

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He loved being him… he got away with murder.

She loved being her… until she met him.

The steamy roller coaster ride of psychotic David’s obsession with his childhood sweetheart, a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humor and pulsating sex scenes.

With the help of her gutsy friends, fun-loving city girl Tara Warr is the only victim to survive David Howard’s death list. Whilst lounging in prison the hypnotic sexual tour de force enlists an eager recruit, seduces a prison warden and relocates to the sunnier climes of Mexico, a freedom short-lived when his charred remains are found in the fire of a plastic surgeon’s clinic. The police cease their search, finally, Tara and her friends can relax, David is dead. Continue reading “#Spotlight Unfinished Business (David Trilogy #2) by S.C. Cunningham @sccunningham8 @rararesources”

#BookReview: Dating a Cougar (Never Too Late, #1) by Donna McDonald #romance #humor

Do you think fifty is old, Sydney?” Alexa Ranger watched her thirty-five-year-old assistant and good friend take a giant bite of his club sandwich and swing his gaze to hers in shock at the same time. Then she watched him pound his chest to keep from choking as he attempted to swallow the bite around a coughing fit.  “When it comes to age, it’s all about the quality of the preservation,” Sydney said at last, joking to give himself time to think.

Alexa Ranger, 50-year-old retired model and successful lingerie entrepreneur, is having a mid-life crisis and needs a change in her life.  The days of partying and socializing are no fun anymore, but she promised her daughter she would stop by the party to meet her fiance’s cousin, Casey.  Little did she know that her first encounter with 38-year-old, widower and wounded veteran, Casey Carter, would leave a lasting impression that would change her life forever. Continue reading “#BookReview: Dating a Cougar (Never Too Late, #1) by Donna McDonald #romance #humor”

#BlogTour #BlogReview: Cuttin’ Heads by D.A. Watson @davewatsonbooks @rararesources #giveaway

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Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music.

Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother.

Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.

They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.

When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder.

Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away? Continue reading “#BlogTour #BlogReview: Cuttin’ Heads by D.A. Watson @davewatsonbooks @rararesources #giveaway”