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Review: The Secrets She Kept

 

Synopsis:

The rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is dead. The police say it’s suicide, but Keith, her estranged son, doesn’t believe it.

Keith bears scars—both physical and emotional—from his childhood, but he’s worked hard to overcome the past. After walking away from his mother and her controlling ways five years ago, he’s built a new life in LA. He’s also accumulated a fortune of his own. But as soon as he learns of his mother’s death, he returns to Fairham. He feels he owes it to his grandfather to put the family empire together again—and he’s determined to find his mother’s killer.

Problem is…coming home to Fairham puts him back in contact with Nancy Dellinger, the woman he hurt so badly when he left before. And digging that deep into his mother’s final days and hours entails a very real risk.

Because the person who killed her could be someone he loves…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Secrets She Kept is the sequel to The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak.  This story continues with a twist the characters didn’t see coming and one that will keep readers intrigued until the very last page. Suspenseful, engaging, and emotional. A journey unlike any other. Family can be so many things. Secrets, hurt, and damaged relationships are all woven beautifully, inside the tale.

The Secrets She Kept is about a controlling mother who ruled like a dictator is now found dead. Her housekeeper found her in a tub with light candles. This was definitely something the mother wouldn’t do especially with her schedule. The situation raises more questions than answers for her children. Once more readers will meet the troubled brother, Keith who believes his mother was killed not suicidal. Then there’s Maisey the sister who, like Keith think it’s more than what the police say it is. But if it is not what it looks than who could possibly be the murderer? Then there’s the other sister whom they  found and now they have to live with their mother’s death. Just as things were looking up for all three siblings…life went and took the rug from under their feet. There’s danger, mystery, and romance for all to enjoy. Brenda Novak has once more brought another great masterpiece to her readers. I was thoroughly impressed with her writing style. Tragedy, love, and abuse. This is definitely a novel worthy of every reader’s attention. So many issues at hand were mentioned. They are brilliantly put together to create a compelling story.  Overall, I highly recommend The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak. I absolutely love this writer’s tales. Never disappoints her readers.

 

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Review: The Lost Ones

 

Synopsis:

Single, childless and reduced to writing celebrity profiles, investigative journalist Suzannah Quinn’s life is not going to plan…

Then, during an interview with top publisher Roland Winterbourne, she meets Jamie Davis.

It’s love at first sight and within hours she has agreed to marry him.

But Jamie insists on inviting no friends or family to the wedding and Suzannah’s millionaire father quickly suspects him of being a fortune hunter.

At first, the couple is blissfully happy.

Suzannah’s only worry is Jamie’s mysterious past, which he refuses to talk about.

However, when Suzannah suddenly inherits a flat off Portobello Road, everything changes.

Whilst she is eager to reconnect with her happy childhood roaming the market before her father made his money, Jamie loathes Notting Hill.

The move quickly triggers a change in their relationships and it’s not long before the arguments start.

Then one morning, after a particularly bad row, Jamie goes to work and doesn’t return.

Suzannah thinks he’s sulking, but when he still hasn’t returned after several days, she fears something’s happened to him.

His colleagues are unconcerned because his job as a sales rep often takes him off the radar, but Suzannah becomes increasingly frantic.

When she finds a scrap of paper in his jacket pocket with a name and address in North Devon, she is eager to investigate.

What she discovers when she goes there brings her world crashing down.

After a visit from a mysterious woman, who brings even more life-changing revelations, she realises that in order to move on she must find her missing husband and discover the truth about him once and for all.

If Jamie is not what he claims to be then neither is her beloved Notting Hill, beneath whose perfection beats a dark and rotting heart that is finally exposed over a horrific Carnival weekend.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Lost Ones by Vena Cork is a dark psychological thriller. The story left me guessing as well as hanging onto the edge of my seat. I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the main male character was just a con man…until he disappeared. Then, my curiosity got to me. I turned the pages in haste to figure it all out…then, Vena Cork pulled a surprise on me. Never would have guessed…maybe true love does exist. A love that drags people together and left them so emotionally wrapped up that when their loved one disappeared, it’s heartbreaking…thoughts like he lied and conned me felt like real answers to what happened. But when I saw one thing, it turned into a whole different and deadly situation. A former investigative journalist falls helplessly for a man. Not just any man but one with a dark hidden past and one whose looks can melt any woman, on the spot. Soon, their love develops to a boiling point and then cuts off…but real love doesn’t just end…it lasts even when they think it has ended…The Lost Ones by Vena Cork is highly engaging and sucked me straight into the book. The plot was fast-paced. Vena Cork’s writing is phenomenal. I was taken on a power yet emotional journey unlike any other. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

Review: Follow the Screams

 

Synopsis:

Robin had made the ultimate sacrifice; losing life, love and fate in the process.
Or so it seemed. When all hope was lost her destiny was finally made clear. What would you do if you were trapped in a prison where most were put there by you? You rise…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

 

Follow the Screams is an enticing paranormal urban read. This novel is book 2 in the Executioner Trilogy. Once more readers are lured back into a fast-paced plot full of danger and suspense. The writing portrayed within is superb. I couldn’t get enough of the characters and their journey. Plenty of action and thrills for all readers. The fight or be killed is a lesson one learns fast within the tale. Never turn your back for a second…Kindra Sowder brings excitement on every level. Whether it’s an emotional, physical, or psychological thrill ride, Kindra Sowder packs the best of everything into one place. I highly recommend her Executioner series. Books one and two have blown me away. Follow the Screams will leave readers begging for the next installment.

Here, readers are brought to an executioner’s worst nightmare. Being placed into the same place where all the bad guys were sent. Especially sent in by that executioner…life and death hang in the air. Readers hold their breath as they wait for the next moment. Will the characters survive or perish? Being sent to hell and trying to make one’s way back to the life she left will be one unforgettable journey. Again, Kindra Sowder has worked her magic in Follow the Screams. Satisfying, deep, and edgy. Overall, this paranormal read has made it on my top reading list.

 

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 Lie

 

Synopsis:

This was no accident…Haunting, compelling, this psychological thriller will have you hooked. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Daughter.

I know your name’s not really Jane Hughes …Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist. Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women. Jane has tried to put the past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves …

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Lie by C. L. Taylor is brilliantly told. This novel reminds me of the famous TV program called Pretty Little Liars. Both have a deep and haunting past that comes back to scare them in the present. Another similarity between the two is that the group of friends may look like they are super close to another but in reality they are much further than that think. Friends should know everything about each other…yet there are secrets that have been kept and someone knows. As with my favorite drama and suspenseful program, this too brings out a dark psychological tale that swallowed me whole. I never knew what to expect. The talented writer kept me guessing with every page. The Lie is indeed a perfect title for this stunning story. Readers will be captivated by the danger, drama, and the unknown factors that kept me on the edge of my seat. Dark, intense, and superb. I loved reading this fast-paced plot that kept switching between the past and present…exactly like my favorite show. C.L. Taylor’s novel, The Lie, has now become my new favorite read. I look forward to reading more by this writer. Overall, I highly recommend this juicy compelling read to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Walleye Junction

 

Synopsis:

When outspoken radio talk show host Philip Long is kidnapped and murdered, Detective Macy Greeley leaves her young son in the care of her mother and heads up to remote Walleye Junction, Montana to take charge of the investigation. It is initially believed that Long’s murder is the result of a controversial radio show he’s done on the rise of far-right militias in the state. Within days, the two kidnappers are found dead following a massive heroin overdose, and the authorities are hopeful the investigation is finished. But there are too many discrepancies for Macy to settle for obvious answers. The kidnapper’s bodies have been moved, their son is on the run and a series of anonymous emails point investigators toward the murky world of prescription painkiller abuse. Macy soon finds herself immersed in small town intrigues as she races to find who’s really responsible for Philip Long’s murder.

Meanwhile, Philip Long’s daughter Emma is dealing with her own problems. It’s been twelve years since she left Walleye Junction after her best friend died from a drug overdose. Emma finds that little in Walleye Junction has changed in her absence. She is also becoming increasingly uneasy as the familiar surroundings stir up memories that are best forgotten.

With Walleye Junction, a taut, propulsive mystery, Karin Salvalaggio will once again grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Walleye Junction by Karin Salvalaggio has everything that readers look forward to within a thrilling mystery. This is Karin’s third novel and it automatically plunges readers deep into the dark plot that has past events tied to the danger at hand. Murder, suspicion, and danger compel readers forward in the exciting tale. Fast-paced and well-written, Walleye Junction was the first novel I have read by the talented writer, Karin Salvalaggio.

Walleye Junction is a small town, where four murders take place. A controversial radio talk show man is found dead. Then two kidnappers are also found dead. A woman dies from being overdosed. What starts off to be something related to the talk show turns out to be much more deadly and more serious than authorities would like. Kidnapping, murder, and drugs. There is enough action to keep readers interested from the beginning to the end. Karin Salvalaggio creates an emotional journey that is easy to connect with on every level. Her characters’ stories within this one are quite impressive. Somehow they all connect and make for an explosive yet haunting read.  As I read Walleye Junction, I was constantly on the edge of my chair wondering what happens next. The words created a shadow…where readers could feel and experience everything first hand yet not know what to expect. The dialogue is just as great as the non-dialogue parts. The characters’ personalities and dramas pop off the pages. The ending…left me hanging. I can’t wait to see what happens next in another masterpiece by Karin Salvalaggio. Overall, I highly recommend this crime fiction to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: The Invisible Guardian

 

Synopsis:

Already a #1 international bestseller, this tautly written and gripping psychological thriller forces a police inspector to reluctantly return to her hometown in Basque Country—a place engulfed in mythology and superstition—to solve a series of eerie murders.

When the naked body of a teenage girl is found on a riverbank in Basque Country, Spain, homicide inspector Amaia Salazar must return to the hometown she always sought to escape. A dark secret from Amaia’s past plagues her with nightmares, and as her investigation deepens, the old pagan beliefs of the community threaten to derail her astute detective work. The lines between mythology and reality begin to blur, and Amaia must discover whether the crimes are the work of a ritualistic killer or of a mythical creature known as the Basajaun, the Invisible Guardian.

Torn between the rational procedures of her job and the local superstitions of a region shaped by the Spanish Inquisition, Amaia fights against the demons of her past in order to track down a killer on the run.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo is one riveting novel. It holds the power to transport readers deep into unknown territory where danger, murder, and mythology all come tumbling out…but are the growing numbers of deaths caused by a myth or a serial killer at large? The scenes are so vivid that, a chill escapes down my spine as I follow the female investigator. So many have died. The leading investigator has her own demons to go through and then dealing with this kind of crime only heightens the suspense. Family, work, and death, are all related somehow…finding the answers won’t be easy.

The title of this masterfully woven novel comes from the myth called The Invisible Guardian. The people that live where the body count rises…blame The Invisible Guardian for all the bloodshed. But anyone who works in law knows myths don’t kill people. It only creates and spreads fear.  Dolores Redondo is an excellent writer. Her tale is very compelling and kept me guessing with every page. The story is about a community that finds itself in danger. Women’s bodies have been piling up…and no one knows who, how, or why. Soon, Amaia Salazar is asked to investigate te case. She’s the best investigator that they  have and it’s up to her to figure everything out before it escalates even more out of control. The ending definitely glued me to the edge of my seat…as the shocking news that the marks on one woman’s body match that with others that have been dead way before the serial killer was born. The human teeth marks on the dead bodies may or may not match their serial killer. The lure of who killed all those other women is now a leading question that leaves readers hanging in a cloud of suspense. I cannot wait for the next novel by this writer. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers worldwide.

 

 

Review: The Urban Boys

 

Synopsis:

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds. It introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative!

Overview: The story’s small town of Danville Heights, a carefully crafted universe, contrasts with the dark, gloomy town of Sandry Lake, where evil abounds. Upon the boys’ mysterious incident with the energy source, they’re instinctively called to Sandry Lake to root out evil. Their senses guide them each time. However, secrecy about their mission, furious battles with evil thugs, extreme fatigue, and stress and pressure soon overwhelm the boys, but they must find a way to embrace their fate. A lurking, Dark Stranger seems to know their plight, and a strikingly beautiful, fearless girl leads the way to heightened confusion. Shocking details about these two characters, and the evil antagonist, the dreaded truth, twists and grinds the story even further. Despite the tension and fierce battles, will the boys hold it together long enough to fulfill their destiny?

Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for young and mature readers alike!

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:

I received this novel in exchange for an honest review. The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith is an exciting tale that packs a lot of adventure, suspense, and paranormal twists.I wasn’t sure what to expect, inside this story. But what I found was highly entertaining. It is here that readers will meet a group of boys who gain a superhero element. Their destiny is unknown to them and they must figure out how to handle their new power as well as the evil that lurks around them. Fighting evil is never easy, and these boys will be tested to their limits before they fight the evil that can destroy them all. The survival means that others will be safe and without them the evil may win…but the question is can they rise to the challenge and the changes they are faced with?

K.N. Smith has masterfully woven a story whose images comes off like vividly and engage readers like myself deeper into the enchanting plot. For me the story didn’t kick off until chapter two…there it felt solid and more like a journey through memory lane. Imagine a forest that is talked about constantly…you go to see it…and when you do…you experience dark things and see violence…like one young couple. An energy source lives within the forest, the place, that no one should be…but still some daringly enter on their own. The tale at first takes readers between places and introduces a variety of characters. One’s fascination…takes on a roller coaster ride. There is so much to see and find out before the dangerous journey ahead occurs. A battle between good versus evil is one theme that will forever attract readers in like honey to a bee. The Urban Boys…are five boys all in all. Each one has a unique sense that will help them fight against evil. Crime and peace sit side to side inside this intriguing read. This brilliantly well-written novel reminds me almost of The Great Gatsby where good and evil themes are also tied in… however, K.N. Smith’s fantasy adventure is a crossover novel. Readers of all ages can easily find something to enjoy within this title. Action, family, morals, and growing up…are some of the things readers like myself can find and connect to…despite it being entirely fictional. Overall, I highly recommend The Urban Boys to readers everywhere.

Review: I Am No One

 

Synopsis:

A mesmerizing novel about memory, privacy, fear, and what happens when our past catches up with us.

After a decade living in England, Jeremy O’Keefe returns to New York, where he has been hired as a professor of German history at New York University. Though comfortable in his new life, and happy to be near his daughter once again, Jeremy continues to feel the quiet pangs of loneliness. Walking through the city at night, it’s as though he could disappear and no one would even notice.

But soon, Jeremy’s life begins taking strange turns: boxes containing records of his online activity are delivered to his apartment, a young man seems to be following him, and his elderly mother receives anonymous phone calls slandering her son. Why, he wonders, would anyone want to watch him so closely, and, even more upsetting, why would they alert him to the fact that he was being watched?

As Jeremy takes stock of the entanglements that marked his years abroad, he wonders if he has unwittingly committed a crime so serious that he might soon be faced with his own denaturalization. Moving towards a shattering reassessment of what it means to be free in a time of ever more intrusive surveillance, Jeremy is forced to ask himself whether he is ‘no one’, as he believes, or a traitor not just to his country but to everyone around him.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery  reminds me so much of the Person of Interest shows that I love. Similar to that show, I Am No One, will leave readers in a nail-biting, and the edge of your seat suspense. Readers don’t know the why’s, when, or the how’s but the most important question that keeps readers going is the who. Who would go out to great lengths to make the main character feel hunted down for a reason? The reason is left unknown and the plot comes with enough action to keep readers reading all night long. The main character is a man of mystery within himself. I love a good book that keeps a reader guessing and interested even after they finish the book.

Inside this popular read, I Am No One, takes readers into one particular man’s life and shows that someone is out to get him.  What is puzzling is that even the main character has no idea why, nor who is behind it all. It leaves for a deep thought provoking storm on the main character’s part and will entice readers further into the juicy plot. Someone is following Jeremy O’Keefe, sending anonymous calls to his mother, and leaves him with records…Patrick Flanery has mastered in creating a mystery within a mystery and leaves his readers begging for more. Readers will feel the paranoia and fear kick in as they make their way through this first person point of view read. The danger isn’t far behind…I enjoyed reading this psychological  and political thriller. Overall, I recommend I Am No One to readers everywhere.

Review: Edge of Surrender

 

Synopsis:

The scorching-hot romance between Emma and Ryan that began in At the Edge: Alpha Crew Part One concludes in Part Two of this sexy, suspenseful adventure!

Ryan had one job: keep Emma safe at all costs. But after a night of passion, Emma takes off and Ryan soon realizes he’s not the only one looking for her. Can he figure out who’s after the beautiful government aide, and why, before she falls into the wrong hands…if she hasn’t already?

Emma’s fighting to get justice for her fallen comrades, but she can’t do it alone. She needs Ryan’s help, but that means trusting him–and dealing with the out-of-control desire blazing between them. Can there be any future for a marked woman and a man trained to kill? She hopes they live long enough to find out…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Edge of Surrender by Laura Griffin is a short yet fast-paced action thriller that will instantly grab readers. From the first page, readers will feel connected and deeply satisfied with having picked this novel. The scenes are realistic and give a suspenseful edge to a story that is more than what readers think. Danger, intrigue, and hot sexy characters are all a part of Laura Griffin’s finest handiwork.

Laura Griffin never disappoints her readers. Every novel is brilliant. Contains everything readers need and want in a book. Readers that will cause you to let down your emotions…scenes that make your heart race, and sweat dripping from your forehead in anticipation and fear, from what might happen…Then there’s the kidnapping, near death experience, and the heated passion between two main characters. No other novelist can make readers say wow…with each and every new book like Laura Griffin does. Inside Edge of Surrender, one strong woman is fighting a fight but then life brings her help in the form a tough Navy Seal. Both might just find themselves on the edge of surrendering their hearts, souls, and lives…I absolutely loved reading this second exciting part in Laura Griffin’s new series. I am definitely looking forward to the third part, and I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

 

Review: The Stopped Heart

 

Synopsis:

Internationally bestselling author Julie Myerson’s beautifully written, yet deeply chilling, novel of psychological suspense explores the tragedies—past and present—haunting a picturesque country cottage.

Mary Coles and her husband, Graham, have just moved to a cottage on the edge of a small village. The house hasn’t been lived in for years, but they are drawn to its original features and surprisingly large garden, which stretches down into a beautiful apple orchard. It’s idyllic, remote, picturesque: exactly what they need to put the horror of the past behind them.

One hundred and fifty years earlier, a huge oak tree was felled in front of the cottage during a raging storm. Beneath it lies a young man with a shock of red hair, presumed dead—surely no one could survive such an accident. But the red-haired man is alive, and after a brief convalescence is taken in by the family living in the cottage and put to work in the fields. The children all love him, but the eldest daughter, Eliza, has her reservations. There’s something about the red-haired man that sits ill with her. A presence. An evil.

Back in the present, weeks after moving to the cottage and still drowning beneath, the weight of insurmountable grief, Mary Coles starts to sense there’s something in the house. Children’s whispers, footsteps from above, half-caught glimpses of figures in the garden. A young man with a shock of red hair wandering through the orchard.

Has Mary’s grief turned to madness? Or have the events that took place so long ago finally come back to haunt her…?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Stopped Heart is just as frightening as Edgar Allen Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart. Scary, suspenseful and the most intriguing novel yet. This new thriller by Julie Myerson is incredible. Readers will feel the sweat dripping from the foreheads and their hearts pounding with fear. The story is my first novel read that was written by Julie Myerson. Her words grab readers and pull them in fast to the action at hand. Readers will never know what to expect as Julie Myerson takes them back and forth from the past and present. Terrifying events that seem to haunt one family in particular. Julie Myerson’s novel is definitely a must read for all.

Julie Myerson takes readers on a roller-coaster ride that seems to repeat itself from 150 years ago. The Stopped Heart takes readers to the first event that will send chills down readers spines and set their hair on end. When a dog who is friendly to all except to a stranger who looks like he just came from hell himself…that usually means to get away as far as possible…the children understood but the parents didn’t. Now readers are taken back to the present where Mary goes back to a home that gives her the creeps. Hearing people call her name makes her jumpy…the home is one that she and her husband are trying to make their own…yet something about it gives Mary the nightmares. Readers will keep turning the pages in a race to find out what happened then and what is happening now. Will the nightmares ever end or will it keep on happening? The Stopped Heart is a thriller that will bring readers goosebumps every time. Julie Myerson’s stunning title will be addictive and heart stopping. Overall, I highly recommend this read to everyone.

Review: Desert Dark

 

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley is delighted to earn a spot at an elite, government-funded boarding school. Nothing sounds better than leaving behind her fraught relationship with her ex-boyfriend and moving to faraway Arizona for a spot at Desert Mountain Academy.  But the Academy is more than Nadia bargained for: it’s a covert CIA program training high-achieving students for the Black-Ops. Nadia struggles to keep up in her new classes while gaining the trust of her assigned teammates. Things get worse when news leaks that there is a double agent on campus, and someone is framing Nadia.  Nadia discovers dark secrets about her fellow teammates and learns one of them is the deserter.  With a setting that is Hogwarts meets The Bourne Identity, this debut YA thriller will make readers mad with suspense.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Desert Dark by Sonja Stone is brilliantly stunning. Her novel is set for YA; however, adults like myself will lose themselves inside this incredible read. I found it enticing, suspenseful and packed with action. There’s also, a mystery surrounding the events that keep readers intrigued from the beginning and until the ending. This new title in YA is exciting, hot, and carries a lot of themes such as family, loyalty, and friendships. I absolutely loved reading this new novel by a very talented writer. Desert Dark is the first novel I have read by this writer and I am now looking forward to book two. Hopefully, there is one. These characters are funny, unpredictable, and sweet. They are also, realistic, smart, and can kick butt.

Inside this suspenseful spy covert mission book, readers will follow a young girl as she is being sent to a private school that she has never signed up for…it gives her a chance to start over rather than staying home having to face her cheating boyfriend and ex best friend. Desert Dark totally fits in with the overall story. As the new girl, Nadia finds herself in the middle of a dessert with a top security governmental school, she finds there are indeed dark things going on…Nadia is smart and a tough student. She soon realizes how far behind she is and works daily to bring herself up to standards with her four-man team. Her roommate has a southern accent and is a little OCD when it comes to keeping things clean…but their friendship blooms despite that…but Nadia soon finds out each member of her team is holding onto a secret. Especially their hot team leader whose secret may crush what they both feel towards one another…then there’s a diary Nadia finds…and it’s after that her whole life gets messier than she ever expected. I loved reading this spy thriller. Desert Dark is not just for teens but can also be for adults. The plot, characters, and the pace were amazing. I couldn’t stop reading it. Overall, this is definitely a novel to read by all.

Review: Black Diamond

Synopsis:

Over the weeks following her disappearance and the discovery of a long-silenced secret, the yellow brick road to Sophia Cavall’s happiness becomes littered with minefields.

Enter Oliver Black and his irresistible persona. He’s strong, caring, and doesn’t question her need for freedom. Sophie is Oliver’s feminine equal—the lioness in his lion lifestyle. She is his eyes and ears and has his heart in her pocket. They have enough passion for painting the town red, with love, and a lurking dangerous rival fears their union is a problem.

The price of fame and a high-profile relationship collides as the media spins a yarn to boost their ratings. Before they know it, the romance begins to falter. Can the two reconcile their opposing views before it is too late or will they lose the greatest love they’ve ever known? A devil of a choice is in order.

The odds are stacked against Sophie and Oliver in this second installment of the Diamond in the Rough series. What is the truth? Who is the real enemy? There are no two ways about it—ready or not, he will come.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Black Diamond by Elisa Marie Hopkins is the second exciting novel in this brilliant series of hers. The first novel, was one I couldn’t put down …and had me begging for this one. Black Diamond takes readers where the first one left off…and it’s just as addictive, suspenseful, and enticing as ever. Readers will be pulled head first into this stunning story following Sophie and Oliver as their journey continues…

Inside this riveting book, readers know someone is after Sophie. That someone wants her dead…and yet she survived. But she knows it won’t be long before that same person comes after her again. Then there was the blossoming romance between Sophie and a rich bachelor, Oliver. Now, it seems Sophie was right. The media has done its best at pulling them apart…but does that mean these two irresistible characters are done with one another? Elisa Marie Hopkins is the queen of suspense. Her novels are the best romantic suspense thrillers, I have ever read. She beats my favorite bestselling writers in this genre. For fans of Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh, J.D. Robb, and Lisa Jackson, then this is a must-read for you.

Black Diamond intrigues readers from page one. Sending them spiraling straight into danger, entangled romance and a race to survive death. Elisa Marie Hopkins is indeed a talented writer. Her characters are so real and her scenes are believable. The plot is well-written and moves at a fast pace. This book keeps readers, at the edge of their seats waiting for what happens next…suspense hangs everywhere…Black Diamond is an impressive read. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: Deep Dark

Synopsis:

The moment detective Reed Novak steps onto the crime scene, he knows the case is going to rock his world. A beautiful young woman murdered at home. No sign of forced entry. No motive. She’s obviously not the killer’s first victim, and Reed’s instincts tell him she won’t be his last. Reed’s first clue comes via a mysterious text that links to a dating profile, but even more intriguing than the clue is the person who sent it.

As a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center’s cyber investigation unit, Laney Knox sneaks into some of the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet looking for predators. Laney would prefer to stay away from Austin PD’s most recent murder case, but she can’t ignore the chilling similarities between that crime and her own brutal attack years ago. Laney offers to help the sexy lead detective, but he wants more from her than just a promising tip—Reed wants her trust. Laney resists, but as their relationship deepens she’s tempted to reveal the closely guarded secrets that could make her a key witness…or the killer’s next victim.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

WOW…Laura Griffin has done it again! I don’t know how she does it but all of her novels are absolutely stunning. Not one book is a bad apple…This latest novel of hers, Deep Dark is definitely a must read. For anyone who loves cyber crimes, forensics, and hot steamy romances then this is for you!

Laura Griffin’s talent never surprises me anymore. Her work just keeps on staying amazing book after book. I love reading her novels. There’s always a deep dark and intriguing mystery case to solve and sexy hot heroes for readers to fall in love with…as well as a fast-paced plot full of danger. Deep Dark is highly intensifying with suspense, romance, and a crime that will leave readers feeling chills down their spines. Laura Griffin will always keep readers on the edge of their seats, especially with this hot new novel. Overall, I highly recommend this read to readers everywhere. There is a reason why Laura Griffin’s books are my favorite…they pack so much heat and intrigue that it’s addictive.

Review: Death Unmasked

 

Synopsis:

A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s reason d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier.
Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Death Unmasked by Rick Sulik is a novel that will blow readers away…This is not one’s everyday typical mystery/thriller. It’s so much more than readers think before reading it. There’s poetry within…romance, reincarnation, suspense all perfectly wrapped into one marvelous story. Readers won’t want to miss reading this title.

Death Unmasked is beautifully told, well-written, and highly entertaining. There is so much going on, readers will soon find themselves finishing this great book within one sitting. I found it hard to put this novel down…the suspense keeps readers turning the pages. Readers won’t know what to expect until after it happens. Rick Sulik is a master at creating the best paranormal thrillers. Murder cases….past lives…and redemption are all a part of the masterfully woven story. I loved it. Rick Sulik’s novel can definitely be turned into a big motion picture…I would love to see his characters in live action. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

 

Review: See How They Run

 

Synopsis:

Digging up lost secrets is always dangerous.

For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother’s murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest.

But the truth has only made her a target.

And the past?

The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.

On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim; love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive; and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review:

Ally Carter is one of my favorite YA authors. As a teen and young adult, I have read every book of hers. My all time favorite was the Gallagher Girl series. When, I first heard of Ally’s new series, Embassy Row, my heart was thumping with excitiement to get my hands on her new novels. See How They Run, is well-written and the characters are indeed well-developed. I would not have expected any less from this talented best-selling writer. Ally Carter has brought back a world of secrets to share once more with her readers from everywhere. Readers can explore a deeper inside view of how politics, glamour, and family life all come hand-in-hand within this exciting read. See How They Run will take readers on one magnificent heart-pounding thrill ride.

See How They Run is book two in the Embassy Row series by Ally Carter. Here, readers get to meet a whole new line of characters. The main character, Grace, and her world is quite similar to the Gallagher Girls world of spies yet holds a lot more action and edge of your scenes. Readers will find the ending just as surprising as Grace did. Ally Carter definitely knows how to leave her audience hanging and waiting for the next great adventure. Although, I didn’t quite feel the same deep connection with Grace as I did with Ally’s famous Gallagher Girl, I still enjoyed following this new series of hers. This novel, unlike any of Ally’s previous books, holds a little of everything. Action, suspense, and a cloud of msytery all masterfully created for everyone’s entertainment. Readers will never know what will happen next as they follow Grace on her journey. Overall, I highly recommend this read to all.