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Review: The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

This riveting psychological suspense debut by Alex Dahl asks the question, “how far would you go to hold on to what you have?”

Cecilia Wilborg has it all–a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a gorgeous home in an affluent Norwegian suburb. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard…

There is no room for mistakes in her life. Even taking home a little boy whose parents forgot to pick him up at the pool can put a crimp in Cecilia’s carefully planned schedule. Especially when she arrives at the address she was given
and finds an empty, abandoned house…

There’s nothing for Cecilia to do but to take the boy home with her, never realizing that soon his quiet presence and knowing eyes will trigger unwelcome memories from her past–and unravel her meticulously crafted life…

Rating: 3.5-stars

Review:

The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl is a psychological mystery more so than a thriller. Yes, it’s dark. But it has more psychological issues than frightening tones. I found this novel to be more filled with suspense. Every page kept me guessing. I couldn’t figure it out…and I am still left guessing what really happened. Two women have their lives completely tangled and brought upside down…their families have gone through secrets, lies, and deceptions. Cecilia is a tightly controlled woman who breaks apart when her perfect life breaks apart. Who knew picking up a child, would be the start to a hellish nightmare. I did not feel any fear with this tale. It swept me up deeper into the inner turmoils of each woman. Annika is a woman whose life was the darkest and most intense. She was like a shadow lurking on every page. Their stories are so sad. I felt their pain as if it were my own. The emotional journey was well-done.

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Review: Louisiana Catch by Sweta Vikram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A grieving daughter and abuse survivor must summon the courage to run a feminist conference, trust a man she meets over the Internet, and escape a catfishing stalker to find her power.
Ahana, a wealthy thirty-three-year-old New Delhi woman, flees the pain of her mother’s death, and her dark past, by accepting a huge project in New Orleans, where she’ll coordinate an annual conference to raise awareness of violence against women. Her half-Indian, half-Irish colleague and public relations guru, Rohan Brady, who helps Ahana develop her online presence, offends her prim sensibilities with his raunchy humor. She is convinced that he’s a womanizer.

Meanwhile, she seeks relief from her pain in an online support group, where she makes a good friend: the mercurial Jay Dubois, who is also grieving the loss of his mother. Louisiana Catch is an emotionally immersive novel about identity, shame, and who we project ourselves to be in the world. It’s a book about Ahana’s unreliable instincts and her ongoing battle to determine whom to place her trust in as she, Rohan, and Jay shed layers of their identities.

Louisiana Catch is a triumph. In Ahana, Sweta Vikram has created an unforgettable character, strong, wise, and deeply human, who’ll inspire a new generation struggling to come to terms with their identity in a world of blurring identities.” –KARAN BAJAJ, New York Times bestselling author, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent

“In Louisiana Catch, Sweta Vikram brings life to the complex human rights issue of violence against women. Through one woman’s journey to make sense of her past and ultimately heal, Vikram shows us that yoga can reconnect us to ourselves, and that by empowering others, we transform our own lives.” –ZOE LEPAGE, Founder, Exhale to Inhale

Louisiana Catch perfectly captures what it means to be human in a digital world, where support groups meet online, love interests flirt on Twitter, and people get confused with personas. Equal parts tender and playful, moving and hopeful, Vikram’s prose connects us with timeless truths about grief and redemption in a satisfyingly modern way.” –STEPHANIE PATERIK, Managing Editor, Adweek

Learn more at http://www.SwetaVikram.com
From Modern History Press, http://www.ModernHistoryPress.com

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Louisiana Catch by Sweta Vikram is like a drug. It pulls you into its depth and hooks you inside of its journey. This was one epic path that the writer lead me on…I was intrigued. A woman, Ahana, finds herself in one of the most complicated and dangerous situations a woman should never be found in, yet Ahana does. She lost her mother and she soon becomes a victim to her husband’s brutal sexual torment.

Rape is ongoing issue women worldwide still face. This issue should be solved yet so many fall victim. Some never survive that form of destruction, both physically and emotionally. I found myself crying for Ahana. Her losses are so great and many. People she should be able to trust turn out to be the worst. I felt the fear, the risks, and the danger as the plot carries me from beginning to end. Ahana is a strong female protagonist. She may loose her way occasionally but eventually finds it. No one is perfect. Life is messy.

Sweta Vikram captures my attention with the devasting events and the suspense of what will come from it. I felt sympathy and a connection instantly to Ahana. I really liked her. Her colleague, Rohan, is another great character. He was there helping her. Or trying to help her when she was in a bad situation. From the beginning to end of her journey, Rohan supports Ahana. Ahana at times made me want to shake her, for her carelessness but she has grown into a wonderful woman at the end of her journey. This is one unforgettable character that will forever live in the minds of readers like me and countless others. There are so many things that drag readers into Ayana’s sad yet powerful story. Overall, I would recommend this novel to all women including those who have been abused. It shows that even though the world is a dark place, there too, is a light that will eventually shine bright.

Review: The Diplomat’s Daughter by Karin Tanabe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

During the turbulent months following the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, twenty-one-year-old Emi Kato, the daughter of a Japanese diplomat, is locked behind barbed wire in a Texas internment camp. She feels hopeless until she meets handsome young Christian Lange, whose German-born parents were wrongfully arrested for un-American activities. Together, they live as prisoners with thousands of other German and Japanese families, but discover that love can bloom in even the bleakest circumstances.

When Emi and her mother are abruptly sent back to Japan, Christian enlists in the US Army, with his sights set on the Pacific front—and, he hopes, a reunion with Emi—unaware that her first love, Leo Hartmann, the son of wealthy of Austrian parents and now a Jewish refugee in Shanghai, may still have her heart.

Fearful of bombings in Tokyo, Emi’s parents send her to a remote resort town in the mountains, where many in the foreign community have fled. Cut off from her family, struggling with growing depression and hunger, Emi repeatedly risks her life to help keep her community safe—all while wondering if the two men she loves are still alive.

As Christian Lange struggles to adapt to life as a soldier, his unit pushes its way from the South Pacific to Okinawa, where one of the bloodiest battles of World War II awaits them. Meanwhile, in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, as Leo fights to survive the squalor of the Jewish ghetto, a surprise confrontation with a Nazi officer threatens his life. For each man, Emi Kato is never far from their minds.

Flung together by war, passion, and extraordinary acts of selflessness, the paths of these three remarkable young people will collide as the fighting on the Pacific front crescendos. With her “elegant and extremely gratifying” (USA Today) storytelling, Karin Tanabe paints a stunning portrait of a turning point in history.

Rating: 3-stars

Review:

The Diplomat’s Daughter by Karin Tanabe is a historical novel that just never hit it off with me. I felt more distaste for the characters than I have for any other book’s characters. They sunk my interest. The Japanese woman, Emi, was completely unlikable. I couldn’t connect with her on any level. She believes she is far greater than anyone else. She fell in love with two men. When one of them found happiness with another woman more mature than Emi, Emi tore the letter bearing the news. Anger, hatred, and sadness crept into her nature. Yet, there was still Christian remaining in the equation. Hope seeped into her being…and when she found him, she thought he was still the most handsome man he was when she first met him. Thoughts of what if she found him missing an eye or other body part…or what if he became ugly due to war injuries, would she have still accepted him or simply reject him? I could not like her at all. Even at the end, I still did not find anything about her to like.

Karin Tanabe wrote about the war time periods with great detail. I enjoyed that part of this book. The plot was slow and unbearable due to the characterization. The Diplomat’s Daughter was a crazy love triangle that quickly dissolved. Only at the very ending, did one man still hang on for the young Japanese woman. I could not fanthom why he liked her. I could not stand her personality. Looking for romance, do not read this book. If you want a picture of what world wars were like, then read this book. Overall, I would not recommend this to readers.

Review: Secrets of Cavendon

Secrets of Cavendon (Cavendon Hall, #4)

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a stunning, epic novel featuring the characters of the beloved Cavendon series.

 

For years things have run smoothly at Cavendon Hall, with very few quarrels, dramas, or upsets among the Inghams and the Swanns. But since the end of World War II, things have changed. The Secrets of Cavendon picks up in the summer of 1949, with the new generation of the estate at the forefront of the scandal and intrigue. With romance, betrayal, heartbreak, and possible murder threatening to tear them apart, the Inghams and Swanns will have to find a way to come together and protect each other in the face of threats they never could have predicted.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford is an engaging historical read. It’s similar to Downton Abbey. A big enormous place that is getting harder to keep up with…and families that have poured their money into keeping it alive. Then, there’s the secrets and history that are revealed. Plus, it too is set after the war. I enjoyed reading this novel.

As with all wars, things change. Drastic changes affect the Ingham and the Swann families. Finding ways to manage the finances and ways of the heart intrigued my attention. There was a lot of backstory and made this hard to get into quickly. I couldn’t move between pages that fast, because I needed to learn what was going on and who was involved with what.

The history of Cavendon is explored on these pages. Major themes of betrayal, romance, and heartbreak are incorporated into the tale. Some characters I enjoyed following more so than others. One of the ones I loved was Aunt Charlotte. She and Cecily Ingham had personalities that just drew me more into the plot. But others were not as captivating as them. There is a bit of mystery to follow here. Other than that it’s mostly a drama novel. So much drama within this book.

Overall, I was intrigued but bored. It has a historical slash women’s fiction genre to it. The strong characters were the females. The males seemed to be left behind mostly in the background of the story. Secrets of the Cavendon is good, but could have been better.

Review: Pangaea (Saga of the Sun-slinger)

Synopsis:

“Every now and then a Ranger, near the end of his life or edge of her sanity, enters Lyonesse in a last-ditch effort to bring a small measure of hope to the hopeless.

Predictably, their life span is short and violent.”

Lyonesse exists a lawless city under constant siege by malicious crime lords. It is a nexus point between Pangaea’s underworld and its elite, delivering both the best and the worst Pangaea has to offer a broken people. No one, whether Highbourne or Low, whether mortal or High Immortal, can escape the city’s darkness once it takes hold.

In that darkness a young Cougar seeks to shine a small light by helping those less fortunate. And with some luck, atone for past sins committed out of inexperience.

Her protector; an Elf whose past has left him defeated and whose boss seeks only to keep them both under his heel.

A terrible accident can either set them both free or see them forever ensnared, or worse…dead.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Pangaea: Saga of the Sunslinger by Bolivar Beato is a fascinating book. Inside are pages full of myth, fantasy, and paranormal themes. Each page was pure magic, events, wars, and other things. Detailed, carefully planned, and entertaining. The book held a intense environment…breaking into more intense moments. This book is definitely for fans of Stars Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and Dark Rage. The characters are a variety of beings. I loved the mixture. Made every moment interesting. I was deeply intrigued by the scenes. The story is complex. I also enjoyed the dialogue between characters. There was some humor that made me feel like I was transported into the book. Bolivar Beato is a talented writer. Creating worlds that captured my attention and held it until the end.

Review: Protecting the Enemy

Synopsis

Protecting the Enemy was originally published as Honor Bound. It has since been expanded, revised, and re-edited.
Twelve years ago, I gave up the love of my life because my family made the relationship impossible. Now that Ali has come back to me, I’m not going to give her up again.
It’s been years since I’ve seen her, and I know she’s hated me all this time. I never expected to see her working as an event planner for one of my father’s business partners. But here she is, always snooping around and getting into trouble. I’m supposed to be providing security, but I can’t stop thinking about her.
She’s up to something, and it might put her in danger. She sees me as the enemy now. Maybe I am, but I’m not going to lose her again. I might be hired to protect the man she’s working against, but my heart only wants to protect her. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Protecting the Enemy by both Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams is the second installment to their new romance series. This book is another tale about second chances. A romance that existed but never got the chance to bloom until now. But there’s plenty of obstacles to get through first. Love is messy, complex, and complicated. It can leave damage…

Hatred, anger, danger, and sparks ignite in this exciting book. I felt closer to these characters than the previous book. However, I still miss the full fledge magic that Samantha Chase always brings to her books. Seeing as this is co-written, it’s hard to  feel that magic that I’m so used to feeling. But it’s still worth reading every damn page. I was engaged. Hooked. Intrigued by ehatwould transpire between the two protagonists. Writers Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams create a chemistry that lingers far after one finishes reading. Overall, I recommend this second title to readers everywhere. Protecting the Enemy is a contemporary full of heat and action. 

Review: Onyx Webb The Series (book 10)

Synopsis:

Welcome Back to the World of Onyx Webb! This is Book Ten. (Episodes 29, 30, 31, & 32) Haven’t Gotten Entangled Yet? Please Start with Book One.

Book Ten is the end of the Onyx Webb saga with the final pieces of the web sewn together.
Onyx Webb is a complex multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times.
In Book Ten: The Mulvaneys deal with aftermath of the Solstice Eclipse Ball. Stan Lee and Spider Boy finally meet. Readers finally learn the fate of Onyx Webb. Scroll Up and Grab Book Ten Today! 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Onyx Webb: The Series by both Richard Penton and Andrea Waltz is the last installment to this superb series. A paranormal soap opera tale filled with tons of action, adventure, and ghosts. Onyx Webb is by far still my favorite character. Her story was beautifully done. Noah is another character from this series that I loved too. He’s Onyx’s other half. Their relationship is unusual and emotionally engaging. All the other characters were awesome. They added to each featured episode. Fueling the drama, trouble, and mystery.  Richard Penton and Andrea Waltz are two talented writers. Each one spun this entire book and it’s Series into one that readers like myself will never forget. Nothing is easy in this book nor among the characters. Complex, complicated, and exciting. Never a dull moment. The pages flew by fast. I was once more hooked. I can’t wait to see the next book these writers come up with next. Their words brought forth a new world in which readers like myself easily got lost within….addictive. Overall, I highly recommend book ten to all. 

Review: Quills and Daggers

Synopsis:

A Collective Novel 

Season 1, Episode 5 
We’ve set the stage, created the characters, and fashioned a world full of twists and turns. Now it’s your turn to sit back and immerse yourself in this incredible series. Each episode weaves the characters and storylines of ten standalone novels together to give you an epic crossover series. We’ve left you breadcrumbs, tidbits of information intertwined throughout our stories. Can you find them? Can you collect the clues we’ve left and become part of The Collective and solve the case? 
Season One 
No one is safe as a killer goes on a killing spree. Will The Collective stop him in time? Will you? Featured authors in order of appearance- Riley Edwards, Erin Trejo, Ellie Masters, Elias Raven, Chris Genovese, and Carver Pike. 
Quills and Daggers – A second chance at love story – Episode 5 
Dead bodies are bad for business. At least that’s what Ivory thinks when a murder takes place a few blocks away from The Motor Quill tattoo parlor. Inking San Francisco’s finest and hanging out with his older, special needs brother, is a routine he’s grown accustomed to. No need to fix something that ain’t broken. 
Breaking things is what Nikki is best at. When she walks back into Ivory’s life, he finds his second chance at love, but he also realizes the skeletons tucked safely in his closet can’t wait to dredge up dark desires. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review

Quills and Daggers by Chris Genovese is a well-written romantic suspense collection. This writer has gone beyond in creating a super addictive plot line for readers like myself to enjoy. The characters are three-dimensional. Their lives are complicated and messy. Realistically told. Engaging to read from the first page to the last. I haven’t read the previous books in this series but I definitely will after having read this one. 

Review: Restless in L.A. 




Synopsis:

It was an innocent online flirtation…until it wasn’t…

Alexandra Hoffman thinks she has it all together. She lives with her work-obsessed husband Jason and their three challenging children in upscale Los Angeles. She never meant to “friend” her old boyfriend, Matt Daniels. She hasn’t seen him in twenty years. But as Alex’s fortieth birthday approaches, she finds herself re-connecting with Matt online—and re-reading her college journal, which details their intense connection and unresolved ending. But Alex’s hands are full with the kids, one of whom she just can’t help, no matter how hard she tries.

Lonely and alienated by the helicopter moms, and from Jason who is never around, Alex’s flirtation quickly moves from on-line to real-world. Alex realizes—too late—that she cannot trust herself. When she meets Matt for dinner, the attraction is undeniable. And when he touches her face, it’s electric. As her life spirals out of control, she clings to her free-spirited life coach, Lark, to make sense of the mess she’s made. But Lark’s advice is clear: Alex must confront her past and find the courage to face her future, even if it means risking everything.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Restless in L.A. by Robin Finn is a must read for all womne. It instantly took me deep into a married woman’s life. Complicated, complex, and adventurous. A full-time mom, battling the struggles of her marriage and children. One of her children has a lot of symptoms that make it hard for him to fit in within a normal classroom setting. His behavior and learning needs are hard. His school isn’t helping him and Alex knows it. Her son needs more. Something different. Alex tries to tell her husband but he doesn’t agree. It’s like a constant battle between them. Tense, messy, and unraveling. Just in case, Alex didn’t have enough to juggle in her life…there’s a photo of her old lover. A man who made her heart race and feel on fire. She ends up making a lot of mistakes, but she needs to really find herself. Life happens…and it can be both bad and good. Restless in L.A. is a contemporary romance that explores a restless married woman’s life. Funny, sad, sexy, and frustrating. Robin Finn writes extremely well. The first few pages were slow, but the plot build up quickly after that. I was hooked. This story was believable. Robin Finn captured real life in her novel. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. 

Review: Dead is Dead and Other Stories 



Synopsis:

‘Dead is Dead’ is a collection of twenty compelling stories which focus on the complexity of being human. All of the stories have already met with success: broadcast, appearing in magazines or doing well in international competitions.

The title story, Dead is Dead, is set in colonial Africa and is told from the point of view of a little girl. Her father’s gun goes missing and so does one of the servants. Events unfold and end in tragedy, and in the little girl coming to a new understanding.

In ‘This is not Miranda’s story’ a woman observes her neighbour’s wife becoming a mother and, at the same time, sliding into madness. Here’s a small section from it: ‘Tim came round the next Saturday. He brought the big pram with the baby at one end and Hayden at the other. When I asked how Miranda was, he said, “She’s convinced that this little one is a daughter, although it’s obvious he’s not. She calls him Eve.”’ 

‘The Sleeping Handsome’ retells the story of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ but with a male sleeper and set in modern times.

‘My Beautiful Dad’ is written from the point of view of the son of a man who is becoming a woman. Finally the boy meets the woman his father has become: ‘I push open the door to the café and there is ‘Rosalie; quite beautiful, long blonde hair, long slender legs elegantly crossed. She wears earrings that hang almost to her shoulders, silver bangles on each smooth arm, a short skirt, high-heeled shoes, a lacy blouse buttoned up to her cleavage, the hint of breasts. She holds her hand there, the long fingers fiddling with the top button, wanting to undo it .’ 

Matilda is dealing with writing a philosophical essay on the subject of free will and determinism, it is also her birthday and her mother, with whom she does not get on, is coming to stay, next door there is building work going on and bones are discovered. These are the themes for ‘Matilda, the Determined Woman’.

‘Polly’s Day’ is about the awfulness of war for the families whose men have gone to fight. It is set during the Second World War with flashbacks to the first. Here’s a section from one of those flashbacks: ‘Mum was in the kitchen. She was crying like she had been on the way to school, only worse. Gran looked up as Polly came in; her eyes were red and her face all wobbly. But it was Uncle Artie who said it, ‘Your dad’s dead. Killed. In action.’ 

‘When Mum came in from the bedroom, she had pink cream on her face but you could still see the other colours underneath, especially just below one eyebrow where there was a rim of black coming through. Her lips looked sore, too, swollen and bitten and when she yawned, it was almost as if she was trying not to cry. She walked through to the kitchen end of the living room.’ This is the opening to ‘One of Those Days’ a horrific story about a dysfunctional family, a battered wife and mistreated children. 

In ‘Dead Heading the Roses’ the narrator is dealing with an unwanted pregnancy and the request from her neighbour’s son, who has become a paraplegic, for her to help him die. It starts like this: ‘Three years ago, Dylan, who lives next door, slid off the roof. The fall didn’t kill him but now he is unable to walk or talk. He communicates by blinking. One for no, two for yes, several when the right questions aren’t being asked.’ 

And there are plenty more stories, all gripping, all beautifully written and insightful, all of which will leave readers wanting more.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Dead is Dead and Other Stories by Jane Seaford is a brilliant collection of stories. Each story has its own point of view of major issues. Issues readers know and can relate to…I found myself exploring the human nature. Raw, realistic, and complex. Relationships within members of our own family or outside of it..can be messy. Confusion, emotions tugging at war, and the moments that readers will never forget. I don’t know how the writer, Jane Seaford did it, but she captured life in a nutshell on every page of her stories. I was hooked, captivated, and stunned. Her writing style is clear, easy to follow, and powerful. The messages are deep, thought provoking, and will leave readers wondering what next. Dead is Dead and Other Stories is a fascinating anthology of fiction that all must read. Once, I began reading these, there was no stopping…overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere.

Book Review: Onyx Webb Book 6

Onyx Webb: Book Six: Episodes 16, 17 & 18 by [Fenton, Richard, Waltz, Andrea]

 

Synopsis:

Welcome Back to the World of Onyx Webb! This is Book Six. (Episodes 16, 17 & 18)

Haven’t Gotten Entangled Yet? Please Start with Book One.

More questions get answered in Book Six and NEW characters are introduced, several others return.

Onyx Webb is a complex multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times.

The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of your favorite tv series (think: supernatural soap opera like American Horror Story) each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

In Book Six:

  1. The serial killer has taken his ultimate prize.
  2. In 2010, Koda attempts to find the girl in the mirror by crossing over to the other side.
  3. Onyx Webb finally has a new person in her life but like most things, it does not last.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Onyx Webb (book 6) by both Andera Waltz and Richard Fenton is a continuation of the most amazing series on the planet. Once more readers are taken into this multi-genre suspenseful journey. A journey that swallows up readers and drags them into the action-filled scenes. Death, murder, and paranormal activity followed every page. Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton have brought another masterfully woven tale to all. The characters are three-dimensional and will have readers hanging onto the edge of their seats trying to piece it all together. Characters like Onyx, Koda, Catfish, and Declan are also inside this 6th book. I loved following each episode with each group of characters. I felt like I was actually there going through it all instead of just reading along. The talent the writers have goes up and beyond. The anticipation of each new book is absolutely worth the wait. Onyx Webb Series (book 6) continues being held as my favorite drama adventure read. Overall, I highly recommend this compelling fictional world to readers worldwide.

 

Review: House of Curds (2)

House of Curds: Season Two by [Fleegle, Richard]

 

Synopsis: 

Episodes 14-26 offer a lot of fascinating twists to retwist. Frank Underwire has been banished to a hog lot. Frank starts his own religion. Frank strategizes to get some “WOW” in his life. Smoky Buns is out of Frank’s life. Of course, episode 18 is the famous “Curd Hurled ‘Round the World” episode. In episode 19, look for “Animal Planet” to tweak some of the character names and habits so “Curds” can run on their channel. And, naturally, what would the second season be like without a visit to Earth by E.T.? He’s reporting on Frank and others. Episode 25 is the “Just Shy of Treason” offering. And Episode 26 is essential to read if you want to decipher all the complex symbols in “Curds.”

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Once again readers are brought back into the best Netflix show companion book. This title contains the episodes of 14-26 from House of Cards. House of Curds will leave readers reading and re-watching the Netflix episodes all over again. Detailed, hilarious, and a must read for all. Richard M. Fleegle is a great writer. His words have power over readers. Keeps them turning those pages and never losing interest.

Inside season two of House of Curds, readers will experience deals with the devils, phone tapping, Chinese cyber attack campaign, hidden cameras, and threats of arrest as well as more political intrigue. Absolutely, a funny yet highly entertaining read. The characters’ lives are full of nothing but drama, threats, secrets and much more. I couldn’t stop reading. There’s a lot of action and thrilling scenes to keep readers turning the pages. Great book. I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: This Too Shall Pass

 

Synopsis:

Blanca is forty years old and motherless. Shaken by the unexpected death of the most important person in her life, she suddenly realizes that she has no idea what her future will look like.

To ease her dizzying grief and confusion, Blanca turns to her dearest friends, her closest family, and a change of scenery. Leaving Barcelona behind, she returns to Cadaqués, on the coast, accompanied by her two sons, two ex-husbands, and two best friends, and makes a plan to meet her married lover for a few stolen moments as well. Surrounded by those she loves most, she spends the summer in an impossibly beautiful place, finding ways to reconnect and understand what it means to truly, happily live on her own terms, just as her mother would have wanted

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review:

This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets is a deep emotional journey. Readers like myself won’t ever forget it. Milena Busquets brought me to Spain. A place where the events were happening. This was a tale of a forty-year-old woman who has just lost her mother. The daughter is speaking about her life and journey to her dead mother. The shock and sadness that the main character felt and thought became my own feelings. The point of view from the daughter was interesting. I found myself lost in this woman’s despair, discovery, and life. Lots of sex within this read. I enjoyed reading this summer novel. It was definitely a refreshing story from what I have read in the past. The tale is about love and loss. Deep, thoughtful, and complicated. The scenes played before me…but it was like getting tiny glimpses into the forty-year-old woman’s life. I wished it went deeper into how she felt when she did have sex or what made her happy…every other book I have read there was at least one thing that made the main characters happy. Maybe, in this tale, it was Blanca’s mother that made her happy. Once her mother died, it was like everything didn’t have any meaning…Overall, I recommend this novel to all. It definitely has kept me guessing.

Review: The Coalition

 

Synopsis:

From the fiftieth floor of an office building in Denver, Colorado, a long range assassin calmly watches a procession of black Lincolns. When the motorcade pulls to the curb in Civic Center Plaza, a prominent leader, steps from one of the vehicles and takes the stage to make an important speech. Moments later, a loud BOOM echoes through the Plaza and the man slumps to the platform like a stringless marionette. The mysterious sniper, whose very existence is unknown to the international law enforcement community, has just assassinated U.S. President-elect William Ambrose Kieger.

In the aftermath of the shocking political crime, the shooter escapes and a Task Force is swiftly assembled, headed up by Special Agent Kenneth Patton of the FBI’s Denver Field Office. A ten-year vet in Domestic Terrorism, the unconventional Ken is driven to solve the crime by both professional and personal motives. His search leads him to a secret society whose diabolical and far-reaching plot threatens the very highest levels of the U.S. government. Yet the group’s motives, secret membership, and ambitious plans remain elusive. Can Ken and his team uncover the plot in time to save the day? Can they beat the countdown on the clock and catch the assassin and the shadowy group in the background pulling the strings? Or will time run out?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Samuel Marquis is indeed one talented new writer that all should watch for…his writing is suspenseful with each new book. I can’t believe the raw talent and knowledge of the writer. It’s no wonder his tales are addictive. Combining knowledge, expertise and his superb writing…The Coalition is by far stunning. Here, readers are dipped into a more political thrill ride.  Again, Samuel Marquis doesn’t disappoint his readers. Action, intrigue, and adventure are always found. Inside this new title, I was swept away by the conspiracy and assassination. Twists and turns in every chapter. The Coalition is the most highly engaging edge of your seat read. As a reader, I am beyond impressed by Samuel Marquis’s talent. His novel is definitely a must read for all.

The Coalition by Samuel Marquis is a political thriller. It took me through the scary sides of politics, assassination, and the government. Once more I was taken to Colorado. The leading character, Kenneth Patton is a Special Agent of the Denver Colorado’ s FBI division that handles terrorism.  Kenneth is the leading man in searching down the sniper that killed a President of the United States. But as he searches for the skilled sniper, he’s lead into a lion’s den of a secret society whose plans are to destroy the government.  A rush to solve the case before it’s too late has left my adrenaline pumping and palms sweaty. Humor is also be found laced into this exciting thriller. Samuel Marquis has once more left me with riveting new read. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: The Living Miracle

 

Synopsis:

Is Izanagi Okamura a monster or just a man afraid to die?

There is a new world without God, sorrow or love for others, only self. One man attempts to control life. Another tries to reintroduce it.

Hiroto Okamura is given a doll, L4-13354, for his birthday. He quickly discovers that she is special. Together, they struggle to hide her secret until it is time to reveal her true existence.

A greedy perfect world; the choice between morality and covetousness; and the created life that will change everything.

This story takes Hiroto on a journey through life, love, passion, death and spiritual growth. The devotion these two innocent children share is both pure and enduring as they fight to remain together. Follow them as they travel the world telling their story and restoring the Christian faith.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Living Miracle by Donna D. Vaal is truly in inspiration to many. The novel explores so many sides of life and shows that hope, love, and God do truly exist. You can be a nonbeliever and find this story comforting. I definitely did. Readers will laugh, cry, and fall in love with the main characters. Brilliantly well-written by Donna D. Vaal is a Christian tale the combines a few genres into one amazing masterpiece.

Inside this emotionally moving story, readers will notice that science fiction and Christian fiction were combined in making this come alive.  The characters both robotic like and real pop off the pages with every word. A young boy like others his age receives a toy that obeys their command until they’re eighteen.Then, they are destroyed. On his fifth birthday, Hiroto receives his toy. A toy that turns out to be a girl. Hiroto turns out to be more humane than the rest of his people and soon fate places him and his toy into a life of an adventure. A friendship that grows into more as they age and a secret that could destroy and take away what they have…then Hiroto learns from his grandfather who turns out to be his father about his life and the life of his toy…Readers will be kept lured in as the story continues and suspense will hang in the air as they race to finish reading the book.  Donna D. Vaal has taken an entertaining and complex way to bring the message that God exists to readers. The ending is just as great as the beginning and  middle. I loved reading The Miracle and look forward to reading the next book written by Donna D. Vaal. Overall, I highly recommend this stunning read to readers worldwide.

Review: The After Party

 

Synopsis:

From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man who sees her seems to want her; every woman just wants to be her. But this is a highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls. The money may flow as freely as the oil, but the freedom and power all belong to the men. What happens when a woman of indecorous appetites and desires like Joan wants more? What does it do to her best friend?

Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But as Joan’s radical behavior escalates, Cece’s perspective shifts—forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is.

A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, The After Party unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani is a highly entertaining read that will take readers, into an unforgettable journey. A journey of that involves the wealth, beauty, and expectations of women. Anton DiSclafani’s brilliantly well-written novel is a historical read that will forever entice readers to its pages. Friendship is important…but where it may lead us is something that we must discover on our own. Not all friendships are good…

Inside The After Party, readers will meet a woman that makes all envious and needy. Glamour, parties, scandals…will enlighten readers as they race through the stunning plot. Cece is an intelligent yet beautiful woman. She is also the world’s greatest friend. Throughout the novel, she serves as friend, a guide, and a partner in crime to Joan. Joan needs to escape from her mother and Cece wonders if Joan can ever accomplish such a feat. This novel also gives readers an insight on how and what was expected of women during this time period. The 1950’s seems like so long ago until readers pick up this novel and begin reading it. Zap and the next moment your back in time…Anton DiSclafani’s masterpiece will leave readers feeling and experiencing everything that these two women go through…absolutely amazing. Exciting, complex, and the most compelling women’s historical fiction that I have ever read. I enjoyed reading The After Party. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

Review: Anonymous Source

 

Synopsis:

FIND THE SOURCE. BREAK THE STORY. STAY ALIVE.

ONE YEAR AFTER the 9/11 attacks, Alex Vane–a brilliant, fitness-obsessed reporter for The New York Standard–wants nothing more than to break into the flashy world of TV news. But when he uncovers the scoop of a lifetime, his tightly controlled world is rocked: his editor buries his story, a source turns up dead, and Alex finds himself at the center of a violent media conspiracy.

AS HE RECEIVES TIPS from a mysterious source, Alex enlists the help of a captivating professor, Camila Gray. Aided by an Internet genius, a billionaire’s sexy widow, and a washed-up sports reporter, Alex and Camila discover a $500-million secret that could derail the largest media merger in history.

IT’S A SECRET THAT unearths dark memories from Alex’s past. It’s a secret that leads back to the morning of 9/11. And it’s a secret that could get them both killed.

IN HIS DEBUT THRILLER, A.C. Fuller brings you a young journalist chasing the biggest story of his career–from the courtrooms of New York City to the beaches of Hawaii, from a crowded newsroom to a lavish boardroom at the top of a media empire.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Anonymous Source by A.C. Fuller is one riveting read. This thriller will give readers everything and more. Action, suspense, and danger hang in the air like a thick fog on every page. I was impressed with A.C. Fuller’s way of luring readers straight into a tragedy and then into a deadly scenario. A fast-paced adventure that will continue to excite and lure readers to its plot every time. A.C. Fuller is indeed a master at creating a story line that is complex, fascinating, and will keep readers’ adrenaline pumping. Anonymous Source is by far the most promising thrillers I have read in a while.

Inside this brilliant thriller, A.C. Fuller has masterfully woven, a world, showing the dangers of all the good journalists out there. Dark, edgy, and a read that will ensure readers are on the edge of their seats. Anonymous Source takes readers deep into the path of one man. A man who is a  reporter with a company that has just suddenly merged with another company making it the most feared merger of all time. With the help of a woman other friends, Alex, uncovers the big money secret that many are willing to kill to keep hidden. A secret that can destroy the biggest company merger of the digital media world. What happens to Alex and the truth will have to be something, that readers find out on their own. I enjoyed reading this stunning and well-written novel by A.C. Fuller. His writing is incredible. Overall, I would highly recommend the Anonymous Source to readers everywhere.

Review: Mission Hill

 

Synopsis:

Abby Endicott is chief of the District Attorney’s homicide unit in Boston, where she investigates and prosecutes the city’s most dangerous killers. A member of Mission Hill’s elite, and a graduate of the Winsor school and then Harvard Law, the prosecutor’s office is not the prestigious job that would have been expected of her. She has been known to change into an evening gown amidst bodies in the morgue. She loves her job, and is committed to it, refusing all pressure to quit from her upper-crust parents or threats from the city’s most ruthless killers. But among Abby’s many secrets is her longtime affair with fellow prosecutor Tim Mooney, a married father of one.

One night, Abby is awakened very late by a phone call from her favorite detective, who reports that there has been a horrific murder but is vague about the specifics. When she arrives at the crime scene and discovers the identity of the victim, Abby knows the terror and tragedy are only beginning.

In Mission Hill, debut novelist Pamela Wechsler delivers a gripping and very human portrayal of a woman who will stop at nothing to find the truth, even if it challenges everything she believes about justice.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Mission Hill by Pamela Wechsler is one of the most complex novels I have read yet. Readers will find out that this new title has everything a reader could want. The sense of danger, excitement, and romance. This, is the first novel, in a new series, by Pamela Wechsler. A nail gripping legal thriller, that will forever lure readers to her novel. Things seem to go well for the main character until one crime scene has it all falling apart…

Inside this stunning and brilliantly well-written story, readers will meet one woman who defies all other leading protagonists. Rules…are something, Abby Endicott ignores or makes up as she goes. A strong lady, who is in charge of the DA’s Homicide Unit seems to be handling life great…and then a crime has been committed which will leave her secrets coming undone. Mission Hill reminds me of Miss Fisher in a way. A modern woman whom many would tell not to become what she is and yet she still does to everyone’s dismay. Just like Miss Fisher, Abby Endicott, breaks the rules and goes out to do what she wants. Danger follows Abby every step of the way. I really enjoyed reading this title. Following the murder investigation and trial that Abby takes over is incredible. Readers will easily connect with her and be begging for the next fun filled adventure by Pamela Wechsler.

Review: Entanglement

 

Synopsis:

1990s Hollywood, two unlikely friends, one dangerous relationship…

Socially awkward 21-year-old Greta moves in with her best friend Daphne, a troubled young woman with an abusive past. The glamorous and charismatic Daphne teaches Greta how to wear stilettos, tame her wild hair, and navigate L.A. nightlife. Daphne is determined to make it big, and she drags an unwilling Greta into the limelight with her.

But Greta prefers spending time with Timmy, her new boss who has become a lot more than that. Daphne, convinced Timmy’s not the right man for her friend, will do anything to drive them apart—even if her actions throw Greta into the path of danger.

Can Greta survive? Can she forgive?

Tana French meets Donna Tartt in this tense, evocative story of love and friendship—and everything in between. And fans of Lisa Scottoline’s Betrayed will enjoy the strong female protagonists found in Pryal’s novel.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Entanglement by Katie Ross Guest Pryal is one that will captivate audiences from all over the world. Here, readers will see how young women in their twenties act in friendships that are supposed to be more good than bad. The budding friendship between the two females is enough to lure readers in deep. There is definitely enough inner and outer conflicts to keep readers hooked from the beginning until the end. Katie Ross Guest Pryal also shows readers what an obsessive friendship is like, how we deal with it, and what the consequences of it are. Young people can sense or see a conflict yet they will redefine it so as to not make it quite as big as it appears to be.

Entanglement is a confusing and new time for a young woman like Greta. She moves in with another woman who’s tendencies aren’t shown until later in the book. Confused and seeking after something, Greta shrugs it off and lets her new roommate show her how to live her life. At first, the harm isn’t made apparent until danger seeps in and takes over the scene. Unpredictable, complex, and intriguing is one way to describe Greta’s friend and roommate, Daphne. The story as a whole is well-written and is fun to read. Readers will enjoy reading this new adult and coming of age novel. Katie Ross Guest Pryal is one talented writer who has a way of creating a read that readers everywhere can connect with and understand. I enjoyed reading this brilliant piece and I highly recommend it to others.

 

Review: Adam’s Chair

 

Synopsis:

Adam’s Chair is a trilogy of short novels set in Waltham, Massachusetts. It opens with a day in April 1981. The shuttle Columbia orbits above, while below, in Waltham—city of immigrants, electronic engineers, and madmen released from the Metropolitan State Hospital—Priscilla, resident of a housing project, rides her bike at dawn to her work as a home health aide. Her first stop is the home of three elderly sisters, where she tends the eldest, Adie, taking her pulse and assuring her that she’s still alive.

Thus, the day begins. Later, the clients of the Sunshine Club arrive to plan a party for Adie’s hundredth birthday. The shuttle sends down messages. President Reagan recovers from an assassination attempt. Priscilla bathes another client, whose stately pace makes her late for Eulalie, whose husband Alcide has run away. Priscilla chases him on her bike, but he has defecated in the street again and is taken to the police station. She returns to accompany the sisters to the Sunshine Club. A fish is being caught off the Gold Star Mothers’ Bridge. The Mayor arrives for Adie’s party. A parachutist lands in Leary Park. A burial takes place from the French Church, attended by Eulalie who wanders through the cemetery’s ethnic neighborhoods, which mirror the city’s own. Henrietta Rose from the Sunshine Club sets up the coffee for the AA meeting in the French Church bingo hall. Upstairs a supper of beans and franks is served for the homeless.

Later in the evening, Priscilla puts the sisters to bed and discusses interstellar travel with Megan. On the way home, she’s knocked off her bicycle by a white Buick that doesn’t stop and spends the night in the hospital in an exalted state over her unlikely survival. The Professor and The Maggot, two Knights of the Road have a nightcap under the railroad trestle.

Dawn comes. The shuttle Columbia lands. Priscilla’s vitals are pronounced normal. Megan wakes and opens an old copy of Opera News to a description of Fernando Corena descending on the stage of the old Metropolitan in a splendid hot air balloon.

Two of this day’s cast of characters: Rosa an illegal Honduran home health aide, and Henrietta Rose, an elderly client of the Sunshine Club and former drunk, demanded their stories be told at length so these, makeup other two novellas of the trilogy.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Adam’s Chair by Barbara De Le Cuesta is one intriguing novel. So many things are going on that readers will find it hard to ever leave the book. The characters are fascinating beyond words and the world they live in will suck readers in fast. A brilliantly well-written fast-paced plot that keeps readers turning the pages and in high suspense…curiosity will win readers over as they continue the journey inside this stunning novel.

Wow! Barbara De Le Cuesta is one talented mastermind in creating such a wonderful story. Her story takes readers on a historical ride unlike any other. The characters are so real it’s amazing…it’s like being there experiencing scene after scene through the eyes of the characters. Readers will never know what to expect inside this read. I loved how Adam’s Chair took the element of suprise and used it well…as though it were casting a spell over readers to keep them locked into the story. I enjoyed reading this and I definitely recommend this to readers worldwide.

 

 

 

Book Review: The Boys of the Dixie Pig by Stacy Childs

Stacy Childs has created a masterpiece unlike any other thriller I have laid my hands upon. Her story is full of intrigue and suspense from the first page and onward. I couldn’t put the novel down until the very end. The Boys of the Dixie Pig have it all. There’s kidnapping, murder, weapons dealer, incarnated sports stars and much more. Readers will love this magnificent plot. A real page turner. Readers won’t ever know what to expect next, who’s behind it all, and what to think other than how addictive and refreshing this medical suspense/thriller is. I loved reading it and so will every other reader too.

The Boys of the Dixie Pig is a stunning novel from beginning to end. Mark Barton is an interesting main character. Spending four decades running from someone,  a crime boss who wants to kill him, and the CIA blaming him for something that went bad. Mark decides to meet up with his four friends. But little did he and his friends know that they would indeed be having more trouble than any of them could possible dream of.  The possibility of death hangs in the air for them all. Will they be able to handle it all or will all the kidnapping, murder, romance and insanity get to them? This novel makes for a number one read because it contains a little of everything. Everyone, no matter what your reading preferences are will enjoy this rollercoaster of an adventure! Fast-paced, brilliantly well written, and one of the most complex novels I have ever seen. Readers must read Stacy Childs first book in this incredible series. I promise you won’t regret it. Overall, I rate this novel a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Shadow Play by Iris Johansen

Shadow Play by Iris Johansen is indeed one thriller readers can’t miss. The latest Eve Duncan novel written by a best-selling writer whose talent is out of this world. The novel will introduce a paranormal connection, the famous forensic artist, and a killer on the loose. The suspense on every page is enough to keep readers hooked in all night long. The main character, Eve, is one that readers can easily connect with because she has lost her daughter at the age of seven. I loved how Iris used a paranormal element that makes reading the story more interesting. It will be the second time since it has ever happened to Eve.

Iris Johansen brings back her famous character, Eve Duncan.  A forensic artist who is deeply sought after is on another intensifying case. A nine year-old’s ghost who connects with the forensic artist about her death leads readers unto a path chasing after killer. A killer who knows that Eve Duncan is after him and will do everything to kill everyone who finds out who he is. Can Eve solve the murder and help a little girl find peace before the killer gets to her? I highly recommend this stunning plot to readers everywhere. Anyone who loves a sense of great danger, suspense, and a strong female character is in for a treat. Overall, I rate Shadow Play a five out of five stars.