Review: Cat Zero

Synopsis:

Artie Marshall is a scientist. She is perpetually underfunded, relegated to a damp basement, and besieged on all sides by sexist colleagues. Added to that she is immersed in a messy divorce. But she’s never been happier: she recently landed her own lab, based in an eclectic think-tank housed in the leafy suburbs of North London.
Artie spends her days studying an obscure cat virus that nobody else in the world seems to have heard of – or cares about. But her arcane little research problem suddenly becomes worryingly relevant as local cats start dropping dead overnight. Matters get worse when people start getting infected too.
Working with her right-hand man Mark, her vet friends and her street-smart technician, Artie races to get to the bottom of the ballooning epidemic. Unexpected assistance arrives in the form of two basement-dwelling mathematicians – a sociopathic recluse and his scary, otherworldly savant mentor. When their mathematical models suggest that the cat plague might actually be more sinister than it first appears, Artie gets drawn into a web of secrets and lies that threatens to blow apart her lab family, undermine her sanity – and endanger her own life. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review

Cat Zero by Jennifer Rohn is an exciting mystery. As an animal lover, the plot was scary. Something like this could happen anytime. I love reading stories that feature a strong female protagonist. Artie is just that. Her world seems to be sinking fast only to leave her in a more dangerous yet complicated situation. A deadly virus is found. Causing not only animals, but humans to die. 

Jennifer Rohn creates suspense with ease. As the characters race to solve the problem at hand, I found myself loving the book more. Death, danger, and intrigue. All wrapped up into a great read. A lot of different elements can be found, here. From science to a bit of romance, there’s a lot happening inside this, tale. However, I still found myself following along. This book, isn’t for everyone…due to the lab stuff. Overall, Cat Zero was good. 

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Review: A Second, Less Capable, Head 






Synopsis:

A Tea Party activist discovers that he is growing another head. A playboy befriends a fickle female only six inches tall. A rape victim confronts her assailant in a maximum security prison. 

James Hanna is a prolific writer whose stories have appeared in over a dozen literary journals. Drawing from his experiences as an adventurer in Australia, a counselor in an Indiana prison, and a San Francisco probation officer, James offers a variety of themes and genres in these nineteen aberrant tales. His stories range from a bizarre experiment (“Fruits”) to a manhunt in the dead of winter (“The Break”). From a flasher in search of the perfect pose (“Exposed”) to a diseased schizophrenic mind (“Hunting Bear”). 

Darkness abounds in James’ cryptic stories. And reading becomes dangerous again. 

A Second, Less Capable Head, The Guest, Exposed, The Stalker, Fruits, The Outback, The Sicilian, Breaking Vials, Honey Bunny, Jimmy Likes Mermaids, The Dress, Hunting Bear, Cheating the Jail Out of Time, The Break, The World Baseball League, The Wall, Hunter’s Moon, Another Will Take Your Place, The Body in the Bay. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Second, Less Capable, Head by James Hanna is a brilliant collection of short stories. Each one ranging in topic. A variety of charcaters and lives lived. Dark, engaging, and thrilling with every turn. I was intrigued. James Hanna definitely knows how to write well. A Second, Less Capable, Head is suspenseful, frightening, and hilarious. There’s so much to enjoy in this collection.  I highly recommend it to readers everywhere. 

Review: About A Girl

Synopsis:

“About a girl” is a short novel that begins with two strangers, a man and a woman, who meet at a bus-stop and go on an impromptu bar-crawl on a cool, winter day. Taking place in twelve hours it recounts the oddball, hardcore, characters they meet and their increasing emotional connection as they fall for each other almost immediately. Infused with sexual energy, pop-culture references, intellectual debate and literary allusions this is an unapologetic, uncensored look at our society through the eyes of the outsider. It is written in a free-flow, spontaneous style with long unhindered sentences that enable the reader’s eye to glide down the page as the story flows and moves to an urban beat of strippers, punk rockers and nightlife happenings.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

About A Girl by Tony Nesca is an interesting and unusual read. No other is like this one. The way it’s written is special. Loose, realistic, and more engaging. Reads like a book of poetry in a way. The sentences run together makes it easy for readers like me. Slipping into the charcaters’ shoes. Their thoughts and actions felt like my own. Crazy. Bold. But very good. Well-written. Uncensored writing that kept me intrigued. Unexpected love, life, and the shadiness of the characters is different but luring. Overall, I recommend About A Girl to readers everywhere. 

Review: Never Fear – Phobias




Synopsis:

For those who like their stories on the darker side …
19 Stories of phobia from New York Times bestselling master suspense authors F. Paul Wilson and Heather Graham with a “krewe” of dynamic award-winning storytellers.
Thomas F. Monteleone

E. McCarthy

Laura Harner

Lance Taubold

Elle J Rossi

Michael Koogler

Crystal Perkins

Richard Devin

Connie Corcoran Wilson

Mathew Kaufman

Aidan Russell

Ed DeAngelis

Jeff DePew

Don Marlowe

Holly Prentiss

Casey Parsons

Jason Pozzessere

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Never Fear – Phobias by 19 NY Times Bestselling Writers is one enormously dark collection. This anthology explores people’s worst phobias and makes them into stuff of nightmares. I was hooked. Definitely, not for those who don’t like so much horror, terror, and gore. Never FearPhobias is anthology readers don’t want to miss. The writing is superb. I enjoyed exploring the depths of each writer’s tale. 

Review: Never Fear – Christmas Terrors





Synopsis:

He see’s you when you’re sleeping …

Authored by Heather Graham, F. Paul Wilson, Lance Taubold, Aidan Russell, Thomas F. Monteleone, Lisa Harris, E. McCarthy, Richard Devin, Lee Lawless, Kristi Ahlers, Don Bruns, Ed DeAngelis, Lisa Manetti, Elle J Rossi, Deborah Grahl, Liah Penn, Crystal Perkins, Greg Linden, Connie Corcoran Wilson, Jeff DePew, Mathew Kaufman 
Twenty-Two Tales of Christmas Terror ranging from ancient Iceland to modern-day Iraq by New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors, including: a new ghost story by Heather Graham, a Repairman Jack Christmas adventure by F. Paul Wilson, a spine tingling tale by master of horror Thomas F. Monteleone, and a special tale of Christmas wonder by Jon Land.
In a unique experience-a story within a story-you will follow along when the MacDonald family discovers an unidentified present under their Christmas tree. Who gave it to them? Where did it come from? No one seems to know. And when they open the mysterious gift, it sets them on a course to a Christmas of terror they could never have expected.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Never Fear: Christmas Terrors is another brilliant anthology collection. Full of horror, terror, and darkness. Thrilling to read. The feel of goosebumps on my arm…the edgy scenes…it was all so real. The short stories were well-developed. Each piece gave a unique brand to the book overall. Once more, I was introduced to many new writers. I’m very familiar with Heather Graham’s writing. I felt that this collection was spooky but entertaining. Don’t read this collection at night…the fear may just take over….I highly recommend Never Fear: Christmas Terrors to readers wordwide. Fast-paced easy to read fiction. 

Review: Never Fear – The Tarot





Synopsis:

13Thirty Books asked twenty-six authors to agree to write stories based on the Tarot, with the cards determining which stories the authors would write. 
Over the course of several months we reached out to some of the best genre authors and proposed our idea. 
Once we had our authors, we took a tarot deck and a list of all twenty-six names. We would read the author’s name, shuffle the deck, and draw a card. 
That tarot card and its traits were all the authors had to go on. 
The card was removed, the deck was reshuffled, and the next name was read off. 
This anthology contains twenty-six stories based on the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana and the four cards of the Minor Arcana. 
Award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors combine their talents to deal out twenty-six dark tales influenced by the Tarot. 
Authored by Heather Graham, Authored by Lori Avocato, Authored by Michael M. Hughes, Authored by Tim Waggoner, Authored by Tara Nina, Authored by C.M.C. Dobbs, Authored by Michael A. Stackpole, Authored by Matthew Costello, Authored by C.L. Wilson, Authored by Tori Eldridge, Authored by Lisa Mannetti, Authored by Patrick Freivald, Authored by Jamie Rush, Authored by Rebecca Paisley, Authored by Edward DeAngelis, Authored by Richard Devin, Authored by Lance Taubold, Authored by Jeff DePew, Authored by Lee Lawless, Authored by Hal Bodner, Authored by Jennifer St. Giles.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Never Fear: The Tarot is authored by twenty-six different writers. This amazing collection was fascinating. I surprised at the depth of this anthology book. Each piece was cleverly written in a way that either chilled readers to the bone or kept them in suspense. Intriguing, well-done, and highly entertaining. I enjoyed reading each short story. Another reason, I’m happy with this collection was that I was able to experience a variety of new writers. The only writer I was familiar with was Heather Graham. Then, I learned that I had been missing out by not reading works from the other 25 writers. Overall, I was throughly impressed. Dark and mysterious. I recommend this to readers everywhere. 

Review: Dead Time

Synopsis:

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?
From award-winning author D. L. ORTON comes book three in the Between Two Evils series…
Shannon fights to stay alive inside a rogue biodome and discovers something totally unexpected… Peter. Lani is forced into the role of the reluctant heroine but rediscovers her street-kid mojo and sets out to find everything she’s lost. Diego receives another dirty sock (and a note) from the poorly aimed fireball express: “The window between universes is closing.” If Diego has any hope of getting back to Iz, he must get to the Magic Kingdom and power up the time machine before it’s too late. 
What could possibly go wrong?
Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Dead Time by DL Orton is book three to an entertaining series. Cleverly written by the award-winning writer. I can see why…her talent shines forth on each page. The plot grabs my attention. Leaving alert for what may come next. Fast-paced, edgy, and thrilling to read. Dead Time takes readers from their seats and sends them forth into the book. I was hooked. DL Orton has once more captured my interest. Her latest novel is a fantasy time-travel adventure that snatches readers up….overall, I recommend this novel to all. 

Review: The Darkness 

Synopsis:

A young man is found murdered, his bones crushed nearly to dust before his body was dumped into New York’s East River
In New York there are hundreds of murders a year, but this one is different. Somebody is sending a message. And shockingly, the victim has ties to my brother, Stephen Gaines, recently murdered by an elusive drug lord known only as the Fury.
For years this kingpin has been shrouded in darkness. Stephen was executed just as he was about to shed some light. Working alongside my mentor, Jack O’Donnell, I’m going to find the truth behind this blood-soaked curtain. But the more we reveal, the more we realize just how dark the Fury’s plans are. And that no matter how brutal the violence has been, we haven’t seen anything yet….

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The Darkness by Jason Pinter is a dark thriller. The plot instantly swept me into its web of murder, drugs, and violence. This novel was full of twists and turns. Intrigued, engaged, and full of suspense. Every page pulled me further into the chase. A deadly game of good versus evil. Blackmail, threats, and death. The fear factor is raised to new heights. Inside The Darkness, a man is found murdered right before he was about to shed some evidence. A message well received. A drug lord has some sinister plans as the duo team continued their search for the truth…the evilness only expanded. I haven’t read any of Jason Pinter’s previous novels but this one was good. It caughtmy attention. Perked my curiosity. It led me on a journey. 

Review: Rites of Azathoth




Synopsis:

F.B.I. criminal profiler Diana Mancuso doesn’t do field work anymore. Not since a tragic mistake that cost innocent lives. But when notorious serial killer Luther Vayne escapes from prison and resumes his campaign of brutal murders, the Bureau convinces her to take one last case. To catch him, she must understand him. She must delve into the arcana that fuels his madness, risking her life and her sanity to follow his twisted path. The trail plunges her into a shadowy world of occult rituals and unspeakable horrors, leading to a secret cabal operating at the highest levels—and a plot to summon the darkest of all powers, to bring forth an evil that does not belong in our world—to enact the Rites of Azathoth.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Rites of Azathoth by Frank Cavallo is clearly a well-written dark fantasy. The title and cover caught my curiosity. Upon reading this tale, I found Frank Cavallo’s talent to entertaining. His novel is a dark mystery and horror combined. A thriller too. A serial killer, a tragic mistake that cost innocent lives, and new murders committed will surely lure readers further into the story. A fast-placed plot with an edge that will frighten and keep readers like myself deeply engaged. Suspenseful with every page. Guessing will occur as readers dig their way through it. Rites of Azathoth is wicked novel full of twisted scenes. Evil is here. Escaping it will be hard. Overall, I highly recommend this fantasy to readers everywhere. 

Review: Train to the Edges of the Moon





Synopsis:

Punk is no ordinary millennial who takes the life as it is. She has a nasty habit of getting in troubles, she shows the middle finger to prejudice and stupidity, she fights against her broken identity and darkness of her soul. She goes against the stream with her heavy, tight shoes, but she still tries to be a better person. Punk’s adventurous journey to become someone who matters starts in a Place Without a Name, continues in Italy and London. Her train is full of sad reflections, laughs, modern tales about our young lives, relationships and occasional heartbreaks. If you’re a misfit, depressed, lonely or tired of people telling you what to do join Punk’s wild side of the moon. It all may seem out of this world, but it is very real. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Train to the Edge of the Moon by Asper Blurry is an interesting contemporary tale. One that spins readers deep into a millennial’s journey. Deep, dark, and emotional. Mental illness and the fight to survive is a common theme seems inside this book. Asper Blurry created a refreshing story. Many readers like myself can relate to the main character’s battle. To be understood, accepted, and happy. Life isn’t that easy nor neat. Humans are greatly flawed. Punk is a troubled teen whose life is anything but nice. Punk has many flaws which were expected. Believable and realistic. Train to the Edge of the Moon is a thrilling and raw. Readers will see the openness of the writer as they flip through every page. The writing by Asper Blurry is very bold. I enjoyed reading this novel. 

Review: Remnants 

Synopsis:

“If you are a fan of murder mysteries, tense crimes, and a great team, then this series is perfect for you.” 

—The Reading Café on Violated (Brandon Fisher FBI series) 
All that remains are whispers of the past…
When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.
With no quick means of identifying the deceased, building a profile of this serial killer is more challenging than usual. How are these targets being selected? Why are their limbs being severed and their bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this person to murder?
The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: The killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

After reading Remnants by Carolyn Arnold, I can definitely see how she is an international bestselling writer. Her writing is impressive. This latest novel of hers, is the sixth book within the FBI series. I haven’t read any of her previous books, yet I was able to connect easily with her charcaters. Plus, The plot had me deeply engrossed. 

Remnants is a thrilling yet suspenseful crime novel. Similar to popular programs like Criminal Minds and NCIS. Police procedurals, hard-boiled mystery, and tons of action. Every page left me guessing as to who was behind the murders. Dead body parts start popping up everywhere and then a full body. Police and the FBI profiler, Brandon Fisher, are puzzled. The count climbs, the intensity of the situation can be felt throughout the book. I loved the dark and edgy vibe as I dug further into the novel. The scenes felt real. It was like I was there investigating with Brandon Fisher. Carolyn Arnold is a mastermind in creating this stunning, clever, and engaging tale. 

Remnants is a suspenseful journey that will keep readers frightened once they finished reading. For those who love solving crime and chasing serial killers, this edge of your seat title is just for you. Overall, I highly recommend it. Looking forward to reading more, by Carolyn Arnold. 

Review: Tell Me How This Ends Well




Synopsis:

Why is tonight different from all other nights?

Tonight we kill dad. 

In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti-Semitic landscape at home. Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles. But their immediate problems are more personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, in various states of crisis, the result, each claims, of a lifetime of mistreatment by their father, Julian. The siblings have begun to suspect that Julian is hastening their mother Roz’s demise, and years of resentment boil over as they debate whether to go through with the real reason for their reunion: an ill-considered plot to end their father’s iron rule for good. That is, if they can put their bickering, grudges, festering relationships, and distrust of one another aside long enough to act. 

And God help them if their mother finds out . . . 

Tell Me How This Ends Well presents a blistering and prescient vision of the near future, turning the exploits of one very funny, very troubled family into a rare and compelling exploration of the state of America, and what it could become. (less)

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson is a dark read. A dysfunctional Jewish family that has more problems than most. Each family member has struggles. These struggles create the craziness and intensity that becomes frightening. Three adult kids each one hates their father in more ways than I can count. Their hatred is so strong that it sends chills over my arms and down my back. Despite hating their father, they all love their mother. They see her a the victim against their father’s terrible iron clad rule. As the pages unfold, I also learned what the father felt and thought of his kids and wife. There was never a good moment between all members. Sad, edgy, and unexpected twits. Tell Me How This Ends Well is a bold telling of one family. Their lives are far from perfection. The family’s pain will stay with readers for a long time. Overall, David Samuel Levinson’s book was a great read. 

Review: White Heat

Synopsis:

A dangerous cult has recently taken over the desert ghost town of Paradise, Arizona. Members worship at the feet—and in the bed—of its charismatic leader, Ethan Wycliff, and obey his orders blindly. They’ve already tried to murder one woman and they’re implicated in the disappearance of another.
Nate Ferrentino, who works for private security contractor Department 6, has been assigned to infiltrate this group. It’s a challenge he welcomes—until he learns that colleague Rachel Jessop will be going undercover with him. Thanks to their shared history, he’d much rather go alone….
The problem is, only married couples can participate in cult rituals. So, like it or not—and they don’t—Rachel and Nate must pretend to be husband and wife.
There’s no choice. Because if Wycliff isn’t exposed, if he isn’t stopped, more people will die. And Rachel might be one of them.
Rating: 5-stars

Review

White Heat by Brenda Novak is an intense yet stunning FBI read. Two FBI agents have to go undercover to catch the bad guy(s). Nate was the guy the wouldn’t let loose…and Rachel is the FBI agent who is beautiful as she is smart. She thought Nate liked her…so, she goes to surprise him…in the way most men wished. But it turns out that was ruined. Nate handled that situation horribly. Seeing Rachel there waiting for him, had him set on fire. But she’s a fellow co-worker. Rachel however feels hurt, embraased and ready to move forward from that situation. But a part of her still yearns for Nate. And Nate can’t stop his feelings toward her…especially now, with a new job where both have to be in close quarters as husband and wife. Rachel takes the drastic measures to get inside the compound they are needing to get into…but the danger is one neither could have imagined. Hearts, lives, and and their jobs are on the line. I loved following both charcaters as the tale unfolded. The heat was hot enough to light a forrest on fire. The suspense made me sit on the edge of my chair waiting as the intensity grew with every passing page. Fast-paced, thrilling and engaging to read. Overall, I highly recommend White Heat to readers everywhere. 

Review: Ghosts of Havana

Ghosts of Havana (A Judd Ryker Novel) by [Moss, Todd]

 

Synopsis: 

A timely international thriller by the former deputy assistant secretary of state and bestselling author.

When four American fishermen stray into Cuban waters and are promptly arrested by Castro’s navy, State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker finds himself called in to negotiate their release. But the more, Ryker digs into the situation, the more things he discovers that just don’t seem to fit, especially now, with relations between the United States and Cuba supposedly thawing.  Who are these men really, and what were they doing there? What is Ryker’s actual mission, and what is his own government hiding from him?

Some people want the new initiative to succeed. Others want to stop it at any cost. Still, others see it as an opportunity for something much more radical. The common factor for everyone, of them: the time to act is right this minute.

The ghosts of Havana are walking, and Ryker is caught in the middle of them all.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Ghosts of Havana by Todd Moss is a masterfully woven tale. One that will plunge its readers deep into an unknown darkness surrounded by conspiracy, murder, and the search for truth. Ryker, the main character will soon find himself in a deadly situation. More questions arise than answers, and it will take everything for Ryker to survive it all. Highly engaging as well as well as entertaining. I was completely absorbed into the plot. Fast-paced and brilliantly told. Todd Moss knows how to keep his readers intrigued from the start to end. This novel made my heart race in anticipation of what was to come. It’s difficult and unseen troubles send readers on a journey that is full of action and suspense. The government can also be one’s worst enemy if not played right. Ghosts of Havana is truly a fascinating thriller that I highly recommend to all.

Review: Resolve, Courage, & Hope


Synopsis:

On December 13, 2007, in the small town of Lake Wales, Florida, Leon Davis Jr. walked into an insurance agency with a gun, duct tape, and gasoline. He demanded money, wrapped two women in tape, doused them with fuel, and flicked a lighter.

In what is considered part of the worst killing rampage in Polk County history, Resolve, Courage, Hope tells the true story of how Scott Headley picked up the pieces after a longtime client deliberately and viciously killed two of his employees, the aftershock of Davis’s murderous rampage, court trials, night terrors, and regaining his sense of self.
Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Resolve, Courage, and Hope by Scott Headly and Alison Nissen was an intriguing memoir. It’s unlike most I have read thus far. It’s about one man’s journey into the darkness. How he crumbles and falls into a black hole. Letting it swallow him up whole. His journey happens so quickly and is quite frightening. I was shocked, scared, and interested. My heart broke into many pieces not just for the man mentioned but for his family and the families of the women who died. Death, destruction, and hope. Nightmares that come and stay forever. Those are images one can never forget. Sad, well-written, and highly engaging. I had to read it all. Needed to know how the memoir ended. Resolve, Courage, and Hope is a new read that I recommend to all. It shows the darkness that haunts our world and plagues those who still survive. Overall, a great read. 

Review: Indecent


Synopsis:

BEING A CRIMINAL ISN’T AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS!

Based on true events!

There was a time when six countries were united by one man named Tito. He defended the country from the tyranny of Hitler, thus establishing himself as a leader. His system of government was Socialism controlled by his Secret Policethe UDBA. Most of the population was thrilled to live such a life and they considered the agents their protectors, but one brilliant kid disagreed.

Zlatan, at the age of sixteen, decides to live outside the system, but that leads him to prison, to serve a sentence of five years. Inside he meets his teacher, Uncle, a former spy for Tito’s Gestapo, who arranges an early release for him, but it comes with a high price.
In front of the prison gates, two agents catch him and give him an ultimatumdo or die. Zlatan agrees to their criminal requests but not for ”King and Country” but for the freedom he craves. His actions lead him to discover something dark in the pit of his mind. He learns there are greater things to fear than the police and other criminals. He must answer the question . . .

IS HE ACTUALLY FREE?

Be the first one to find out in this debut novella by a young author, filled with suspense and psychological battles of an abnormally self-aware man.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Indecent by Ethan Brant is an extraordinary read. Fascinating from beginning to end. The pages whirl by and the action is great. I found myself deeply satisfied with Ethan Brant’s masterpiece. A suspenseful new thriller that I recommend to all. His writing style is lures readers into a dark world of fiction. Putting them on edge.   The danger is a real threat. One that the main character, Zlatan, has trouble escaping. Defiance only gets him deeper into the dark world he knows. His actions have him questioning  if he will ever be free. Indecent brings readers a fast-paced yet heart racing crime fiction. One that young adults and adults will enjoy. I can see this first short story as a crossover that will entertain readers everywhere. This first tale gave off a vibe like that of the Bourne series but on a much younger level. Detailed, stunning, and well-developed. I highly recommend this book worldwide. The characters, the scenes, and the plot are just out of this world. I loved reading it. Indecent is definitely a must read.

Review: The Day Before

Rating:  5 stars

Synopsis:

A body is found in the Alabama wilderness. The question is:

Is it a human corpse … or is it just a piece of discarded property?

Agent Samantha Rose has been exiled to a backwater assignment for the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, a death knell for her career. But then Sam catches a break—a murder—that could give her the boost she needs to get her life back on track. There’s a snag, though: the body is a clone, and technically that means it’s not a homicide. And yet, something about the body raises questions, not only for her, but for coroner Linsey Mackenzie.

The more they dig, the more they realize nothing about this case is what it seems … and for Sam, nothing about Mac is what it seems, either.

This case might be the way out for her, but that way could be in a bodybag.

A thrilling new mystery from Liana Brooks, The Day Before will have you looking over your shoulder and questioning what it means to be human.

Review:

The Day Before by Liana Brooks is a thrilling read. Her main character is one of my new all-time favorites. Sam Rose is faced with obstacles and goes out risking her life. Danger, suspense, and intrigue all perfectly woven into a stunning new series. Mystery is great. But in this book the mystery will drag readers off their chairs and into the novel. Liana Brooks has a talent of keeping her readers guessing as well as entertained. The Day Before has spun a whole new twist on time travel. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was hard to stop reading and it will get readers riled up for the next installment. Adventure of a lifetime waiting…to be opened.  

Review: Forsaken

 

Synopsis:

Journey into the darkness… A child learns that he possesses the power to heal, and the terrible consequences that come with it. Sinister forces rise in opposition when a man tries to atone for the wrong he’s done. Welcome to Forsaken. Where people can’t simply move away after discovering the house is haunted. Where an innocent gift becomes one woman’s heaviest burden. From a friendly game of Russian roulette to a bachelor party that goes completely off the rails, happy endings are overrated.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Forsaken by Bryant Wiley is an excellent collection of short stories to read. All the tales within are dark, edgy, and intriguing. The suspense of what comes keeps me turning the pages in a haste to read it all. The writer’s talent is brilliant. I feel like I was taken from my chair and straight into the book. Each story was like another mini movie that stretched before me. I find it entertaining. Forsaken contains eight well-written and highly developed tales for all to enjoy. I like reading it, and I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Her Darkest Nightmare

 

Synopsis:

THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER
Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her―and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community…even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.


BEGINS WITH AN ESCAPE FROM HER PAST

Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her―the first sign that the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again. . .and that the life she has so carefully rebuilt will never be the same…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak is brilliantly well-written. With this talented writer, I have yet to see a poorly written and undeveloped book. Each of her novels, is better than the one before it. It is amazing what Brenda Novak conjures in each tale. This latest novel is a romantic suspense read that will have readers hooked from beginning to end. The fear is overwhelming. I could feel the raw tensions caused by both they work that the main character does and the romance that stirs between her and the police officer. The attraction is mutual. However, the issue lies with the female doctor who can’t forget the past and embrace her life. Or embraced what her life could be like if she would just let go of her nightmare.

Brenda Novak introduced us readers to a prison where a bunch of doctors wanted to analyze the psychopaths that kill and torture others. They hoped that this facility will give them the research they need to see what causes the killers to do what they do. Their goal was to find out what makes them kill and why in a false hope that they can save people. Monsters housed in one building that has top security. Yet one lady never made it to the facility to work on time…then there’s the sexy police officer who found a woman’s head all bashed in a way that no one could recognize her. He immediately laid the blame on the Hangover House aka prison full of psychopathic killers. But could the killer really be a loose prisoner or someone else that the doctor might know? The suspense as always left me hanging. I was eager to know who died and who the killer is, plus, I wanted to see what lied in the future for the two main characters. Then there’s the doctor who was tormented by her boyfriend. Raped and left for dead…yet somehow she made it through and worked her way to becoming a specialist that works in analyzing men aka killers like her boyfriend. Even though she spent years in therapy, she still can’t let go of the danger that’s bound her in like the prisoners around her. Intriguing, sexy, and phenomenal. Brenda Novak’s new novel, Her Darkest Nightmare, will have left her readers sweating in fear. Overall, I highly recommend this compelling read to all.

Review: Glossolalia

 

Synopsis:

What if your subconscious determined the fate of nations?

SPIES AND POLITICS – CONSPIRACIES/ASSASSINATIONS … No one but her uncle will hire Nancy, considering her habit of snapping out of amnesiac fugues, wondering how she got her bruises and the scent of men’s cologne. When she sees a crime of poison in progress at her uncle’s pesticide company, she chases the truck carrying away the chemical legally deemed too toxic to use or to dump. Her pursuit leads to more earthshaking discoveries than she’d imagined, in a convoluted world of international political intrigue and assassination, dark romance, esoteric occult rituals based on an Elizabethan spy code and CIA practices.

This political conspiracy suspense novel introduces a young woman with an ambiguous past involving herself in a killer organization with the engagement of one layer after another of her psyche. The Agents of the Nevermind series dares to explore the edgiest controversies and the complicated lives that disinformation-dispensing intelligence agents must endure as they create bizarre delusions in order to hide the uncomfortable truth about the financial foundation of their country’s power.

Fights, chases, edgy sex, power to the people, twists and turns, secret rooms, missing time, and bold truth rarely found in novels until now.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Glossolalia caught my attention at first by its cover alone. The cover spoke to me in a way that perked my interest. I looked at the front cover and it appeared similar to what one would see in a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Then the title was the next item that caught my interest. It’s an unusal title that I don’t normally run across on books. I am an avid reader and this book was so peculiar that I couldn’t pass it. I just had to read it.

Tantra Bensko’s novel, Glossolalia, is a complex and most compelling read that I have ever laid eyes upon…the book consists of several different genres and combinations that make it a powerfully engaging read.  Suspenseful, check. Conspiracy, check. Political thriller, check. Science fiction fantasy double-check. Alternate universe double checked. Readers worldwide can find a little of everything within this stunning novel. This tale is full of action and intrigue from page one to the last page. Mind control, murder, and sex. All of these interesting things woven into a surprising story that will blow readers’ minds away. I just finished reading this and now, I am looking forward to the next brilliant adventure by the talented writer.

Here, we have a masterfully woven novel that brings the most unusual events into a fascinating world of fiction. Glossolalia means speaking in tongues. A young woman, Nancy, is the leading female character that instantly grabs readers attention. She does things like chasing after a truck that dumps harmful chemicals, works at her uncle’s firm that kills animals, and fighting. There’s never a dull moment. The main character suffers from bouts of amnesia. She takes us through her entire life and into a mystical land. This is the first book in the psychological suspense series called The Agents of The Nevermind. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this intoxicating fantasy series by Tantra Bensko. Glossolalia takes readers on an environmental and psychological journey. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

 

Review: Money, Power & Sex

Money, Power & Sex: A Love Story by [Love, Norian F.]

 

Synopsis:

Four Lives, four separate motives, one unbelievable outcome. Follow this twisting tale, full of romance, action, suspense, and drama. Watch each person desperately try to reach their desires and discover why they are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to answer one question. How far are you willing to go for Money, Power, and Sex?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Money, Power, & Sex by Norian Love is a powerful love story. Instantly it wraps readers into its depth. It was easy to lose myself, within this novel. Danger, greed, power and loyalty are all wrapped up in this dark read. Some people chose their lifestyles and others force some to fall into the darkness. The characters are both liked and hated. Their lives are messed up from the beginning to end. There only was safe is if you’re dead. Love causes people to do things to protect the ones they care about…and love can also carry a death sentence to those around you. Sad, well-written, and suspenseful. The action kept me turning the pages. Drama can also be found in the urban romance. Norian Love also incorporated a little street life dirt into the story. Street life can be a deadly game. Never know what will or won’t happen. Money, Power,  & Sex is all it takes for motive…overall, this tale is one that readers won’t want to miss. The characters are only left with choices…choices that can drag them down or pull them back up…I highly recommend this edgy read to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Rise of the Chosen

 

Synopsis:

In Sam’s world, there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.

Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp is intense. There are the dead,  and the dead who walk. Then, there’s an army of individuals set on protecting the innocent. One young woman lost her dad and then her mother. After the loss of her mother, Sam was promoted to the highest level of fighting. Her boyfriend ends up being killed but issues out a warning to her. Then, she and her new teammates are preparing to fight a battle. One that is about to break out and only time will tell what happens next.

Rise of The Chosen was well-written. The main character, Sam, is a lesbian. So there’s plenty of F/F action happening. The tale is fast-paced. Packed with tons of action, tough choices, and fighting. Death is everywhere inside this novel. Losing the only family Sam had is a tough emotional journey. Then she also loses a past boyfriend that she cared about like a friend. Work is tough especially when the leading female didn’t have time to prepare or work her way up to the highest level. Lots of science fiction fantasy themes can be found in this exciting read. Anna Kopp is a talented writer. I was fascinated by her book about the dead and the war at hand.

 

Review: Big Bad Wolf

 

Synopsis:

Blythe wants nothing more than to get away from this. Not to just survive it, but forget it.
Strapped down, nearly naked, beaten, scared and drugged she has no idea where this dark and dismal place is. Kidnapped and being set up to be tortured again by the men who hold her, she has to find a way to break free and get away.

Can she dig deep inside and awaken the force that is her alter ego? Can she awaken the beast within? She is drawing hopeless thoughts and losing herself inside of the drugs that are repeatedly given to keep her weak.

Miss Hyde has her own list of ideas and not a single one includes just escape.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Big Bad Wolf by Kindra Sowder is the third incredible part to a stunning series. Once again, readers met with the bone chilling yet gorgeous man killer. She sells artwork, by day, and lures men to her bed by night. Using sex as a way to lure men to their final death. Blythe doesn’t just murder them but rip their bodies into bloody parts. Her inner dark side, Miss Hyde. Appearances are definitely deceiving. Just like the two before this one, the plot is full of action, murder, and dark events to come. Blythe will finally get a taste in what she does to men…however, it might just be the last thing she ever experiences. Then, there’s her friend who is more than beats the eye. Also, there’s more mystery added in this part than the previous books. A man who seems to be a boss that hires Blythe’s female friend and wants her alive…who and why…and more importantly what happens next is something I highly recommend readers to read. Kindra Sowder is a talented writer. Her words on every page are powerful enough to suck readers into her fictional world and to leave them forever in suspense. Big Bad Wolf is dark, murderous, and intense. Absolutely, a must read for all.

Review: Pain-Killer

 

Synopsis:

Blythe is intrigued. It would seem that her escapades into darkness are being watched. A painting, a very personal painting, has arrived in her gallery and the artist seems to know more than she should. A very unforgettable night leads her to realize that her plight into another world that devours flesh and punishes men will not be an easy one. Or will it?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Pain-Killer by Kindra Sowder is out of this world. A talented new writer who leaves readers hanging onto every one of her words. Once the book is opened, readers are led into a fast-paced, dark yet edgy world. Horror, blood, and nightmares. The action is plentiful and it seems the pages go by faster than readers think. This novella is part two of the Miss Hyde series. A young sexy woman who has both a good and a bad side. The bad side is one that men never come back to talk about…relationships no matter what kind are scary enough. Imagine dating someone or having a one night stand only then to be drugged, chained up, and murdered by a psychopath. Will the terror ever stop or will the killing continue to climb higher yet? Kindra Sowder’s writing is once more superb as always. I was immediately taken in by her leading female character. I highly recommend reading Pain-Killer during daylight hours. This tale will leave shivers down readers’ spines and a chill that doesn’t disappear. Overall, this is a must read for all.

 

Review: Friend

Synopsis:

FRIEND is a story about a set of girlfriends who start out inseparable but are slowly torn apart by jealousy, betrayals, and lies from the inside out. The story is told from the perspective of Bonnie, whose friendships are the center of her life for the moment. Her friends are Cora (the good girl), Leena (the giver of good advice but never the user), Jenelle and Jayna a.k.a. “the Twinzies” (and double trouble), and Hazel (the dime piece whose beauty is, unfortunately, often overshadowed by her selfish ways). After meeting as young girls, in different but equally dramatic ways, they become close, growing up together and learning the ups and downs of female friendship and adolescence.

Then, Donna enters the group. She was seeking a crowd she could consider her click after moving into the city, but she chose the wrong crowd. After meeting Bonnie and Hazel in high school and being brought into the group, she thought she found her click. But when Donna starts dating Pay, her alleged friend, the once uninterested Hazel decides all of a sudden she wants to claim something that once again wasn’t hers. When a secret love square forms, the group is forced to turn a blind eye to the unforgivable actions of one of their own at the expense of another. Throughout it all, Bonnie has been caught between her loyalty and her conscience, and Hazel’s other side becomes more and more evident and starts to create a wedge between the crew.

Bonnie and her new boyfriend Drew then become the target of Hazel’s selfishness; Bonnie decides that her friendship with Hazel isn’t worth the drama or her relationship with Drew and begins distancing herself from it all. Quickly things with this once tight group of girls begin to unravel and they are faced with the reality that their friendship isn’t what it once was. Their former rebellious pastime of boys, drinking, and partying with fake ID’s has turned into a dangerous game of lies, secrets, and manipulation. With all the girls forced to choose sides amid the unfolding drama, the line between friends and enemies has blurred. And these former “best friends” have now become “Frenemies”. You know what they say, there’s an “end” in “friend” for a reason.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Friend by Khadija Styles is an intensifying read. The drama is so thick that readers will be holding their breath with every page. The suspense of when all breaks loose is crazy in a good way. Teens taking life as it comes and dishing out what they want when they want it. Readers will find this novel having pieces of Pretty Little Liars and Mean Girls twists to it. Absolutely a dark tale that somehow finds a way of pulling readers into the fast-paced plot. One moment there’s a group o typical high school girls and then suddenly their world of friendships comes to a screeching holt. Fear, anger, and jealousy all on the line. Surviving rounds of hatred, lies, and betrayal will be the ultimate test for this particular group of girls.

Friend is an edgy YA read with adult content on every page. The end in friend might just be a sign for these high school girls. Khadija Styles writes a novel that shows the dark side to teenagers and what harm they are capable of doing if the right pressure and situation occur. But sometimes, things can blow apart even without the extra spice, to set things off. The story read from a first person point of view. I didn’t know what to feel towards the main character showing me what happens in the book. Feelings are complicated but the book is a definite must-read for all.

 

Review: Dark Psychosis

 

Synopsis:

Take a journey into the disturbed, delusional mind of Jack Cyrus … take a journey into Darkview … a small, remote coastal town, deep, within the Scottish Highlands. The sleepy, isolated spot bears a sinister, horrific history, shrouded by a chilling secret. A secret one man must unveil, which will ravage his soul … and sanity! Jack Cyrus is in damnation! After witnessing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, he has become plagued by dark memories and devilish visions, the result of post-traumatic stress.

Compounding his trauma, he is faced with the sudden death of his wife, from cancer, after returning home to Scotland. Lost and alone, and struggling to forget the horrific circumstances surrounding her passing, Jack has developed schizophrenia, experiencing chaotic, disturbed thoughts and demonic hallucinations. On the sixth anniversary of his wife’s death, Jack receives a cryptic, hand-written letter from her, telling him she is still alive.

Suffering and held captive, she pleads with him to return to Darkview, the place she spent her last days, and rescue her from purgatory. Upon arrival in Darkview, strange things start happening, and what appears to be a centuries-old mystery, starts unravelling itself. Jack must piece together the clues and lost fragments of his sanity to solve the unravelling mystery. Is any of it real, or is it just a manifestation of Jack’s mind, or another facet of his schizophrenia?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Darkview Psychosis by R.J Bathgate and M.J. Hall is one of the darkest and most traumatized novella I have ever read. It’s one dark ride after another one. A sadness unlike anything I have experienced is brought forth from the words on every page. A misery of hell that appears to be a nightmare or is it? Readers will be stuck in suspense and intrigue even after the ending. Wow…explosive, edgy, and full of danger. Loss, love, and craziness that leaves more questions than answers. Both R.J. Bathgate and M.J. Hall have a raw talent for creating a thriller suspense that will blow readers away. From the beginning to end I was sucked into the fast-paced plot before me. If this is turned into a movie, I will forever have the worst nightmares imagined…overall, I highly recommend this novella to all. Definitely, a must read.

 

 

 

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: Flotilla

 

Synopsis:

Flotilla is an unyielding exploration of people and technology in a perilous world. When 15-year-old Jim joins his dad on Colony D, he doesn’t see it as the new frontier in green technology and sustainability; he sees a free pass out of rehab to spend the summer on a man-made island in the Pacific. Jim thinks his troubles are marooned on the mainland, but it turns out that his dad has secrets of his own. When things stop adding up, and Jim becomes suspicious, he makes a horrible discovery.

But now, that’s the least of his problems.

The United States come under attack, and Jim’s parents go missing. Drug runners and modern-day pirates are coming to settle a score. All he and his sister have now are an old boat, limited supplies, and each other. Jim must race against time if he wants to escape the catastrophic meltdown of civilization.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Flotilla by Daniel Haight is a science fiction fantasy and post-apocalyptic novel. The story immediately drew me within its adventure. Family and drug abuse are two popular themes inside this young adult read. Daniel’s writing is incredible. His main character, Jim, is a troubled teen. Jim’s mom gets him out of rehab to work with his dad. Then life everywhere becomes chaotic. The world is being destroyed and with both, his parents taken and gone…Jim and his sister must learn how to survive with what they have. Only…their supplies won’t last too much longer. Out in the sea…nowhere to go. Being on land is just as dangerous for them.

Flotilla brings out fear on every level. Biowarfare break-out back home on the mainland. Deadly shootings happening everywhere…and bad guys are coming after Jim and his sister due to secrets his dad kept. Suspense, intrigue, advanced technology make this an unforgettable novel. The scenes are three-dimensional. Characters are believable and Jim is the main voice of the story. How he and his sister, as well as the rest of humanity, will survive is something readers have to dig to find out…Overall, this was the most exciting and thrilling science fiction novel I have read in a while. I highly recommend Daniel Haight’s brilliant masterpiece to all.

Review: Haven of Evil

 

Synopsis:

When floodwaters destroyed Kevin and Sandra Wilson’s home and personal possessions, the couple moved into a house in a town called Havenville. Kevin would learn about the house’s evil past after a series of eerie events.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Haven of Evil by Melvin Rivers is a dark and intriguing story. This book reminded me of Unfortunate Events. It seems like one destructive thing happens after another to this one family. A flood destroying their home and previous jobs. Then, there’s the crappy hotel living situation they are stuck in until the husband’s new job starts. A job that will start within a week. The wife is waiting and hoping that her raise finally comes in so that she can help her family’s living situation. The husband is so desperate for his family to move out of the hotel room, they e makes a bargain with a real estate lady. He waivers…but what he doesn’t know is that the home he and his family will live in is full of evilness. Nothing good will come of their arrival to the house. An evilness that of unthinkable portions happens to be in their new home. What comes of the family and their lives is one that readers will enjoy reading for themselves. Suspenseful, edgy, and well-told. Overall, I highly recommend Haven of Evil to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Marked for Life

 

Synopsis:

When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects, including his wife. But no one expects to find mysterious, child-size fingerprints in this childless home.

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius steps in to lead the investigation. Young and brilliant but emotionally cold, Berzelius, like her famous prosecutor father, won’t be swayed by the hysterical widow or intimidated by the threatening letters the victim had tried to hide. She is steely, aloof, impenetrable. That is, until the boy…

A few days later on a nearby deserted shoreline, the body of a derelict preteen is discovered, and with him, the murder weapon that killed the official. Berzelius finds herself drawn more deeply into the case when, as she attends the boy’s autopsy, she recognizes something familiar on his small, scarred, drug-riddled body. Cut deep into his flesh are initials that scream child trafficking and trigger in her a flash of memory from her own dark childhood. Her connection to this boy has been carved with deliberation and malice that penetrate to her very core.

Now, to protect her own horrific but hidden past, she must find the real suspect behind these murders before the police do.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp is one mind-blowing thriller. It rushes readers through a dark journey that goes deep into a character’s past. A killer is loose and one woman is determined to find the killer before the police do. Readers will be brought into one female prosecutor’s life and digging through demons in order to find clues on the murders at hand. Marked for Life is a chilling and edgy read that will keep readers up all night long.  This debut brings out realistic issues like child trafficking, drugs, and high levels of danger. A team of three forms and the deeper they investigate, the more memories are unleashed.

Emelie Schepp’s novel has wowed me from the beginning to end. I felt my heart pounding and the sweat, build up as the plot continued to unfold. A strong female leading role is evident, inside, this thriller. Having grown-up in a home that lacked the normal emotional journey that families share…leading prosecutor, Jana Berzelius, takes the lead on the murders. A murder weapon… and a container with people inside are found. A murderer thinks that Jana will never piece together the entire mystery…but when she does will it be too late for her and will the killer escape? Jana’s past childhood is darker than she thought…her father isn’t her real father….and her whole life has been dark. Living in the nightmares isn’t something that one wants to live in…and Jana ends up with more questions than answers. I felt sympathy for all the victims and the families that were found in the containers. Not many ended up in a good life like Jana. Marked for Life is a thriller that I would highly recommend to all. It will keep readers guessing…

 

Review: Damaged

 

Synopsis:

One boy. One lawyer. One chance for justice.

Ten-year-old Patrick O’Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick’s grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is, on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick’s true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary DiNunzio might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart…

With Lisa Scottoline’s trademark emotional depth and fast-paced action, Damaged will have readers riveted to the last page as they root for the beloved characters and their fight for justice.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Lisa Scottoline has done it again! She has once more brought readers an intriguing legal thriller that leaves readers on the edge of their seats. I liked that the characters are a variety and how a child with learning disabilities is brought into the light. Just because someone is different doesn’t make them the enemy. Here, readers are taken on a deep journey that’s not just vividly physical but emotional as well. Anything that involves that law can be messy and super stressful. What really happened at a school shooting is a mystery that Mary DiNunzio will figure out…and hopefully come out of it with no worries. A case that seems to be tough gets harder as she digs through the evidence…Damaged is exactly what will happen if Mary isn’t careful.

Inside Damaged, readers are brought a fast-paced action thriller that will keep them turning the pages. A successful lawyer takes a case involving a young boy with dyslexia being accused of a school shooting. Mary NiNunzio works on proving the boy’s innocence. However, what she never expected was to fall in love with the young boy. Mary is also balancing her love life that might just hold a marriage in her future. Is it possible to have everything in life or will Mary lose what she has worked hard for? Lisa Scottoline’s novel is deeply satisfying. Every page is bone deep in suspense. Plus, there is a lot riding on the young boy, Patrick. The why’s and who would want to frame a kid is one that will perk up readers’ interest as the plot continues to roll. Abuse, family, and love are strong themes within this exciting tale.  What I really enjoyed was how one smart woman was brave and bold enough to face the challenges ahead and know what could possibly happen by committing herself to the case at hand. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this masterfully woven story. I would highly recommend Damaged to readers everywhere.

 

 

 

 

Review: Love & Hustle

 

Synopsis:

Sometimes things won’t work out no matter how hard you try.

Brittanya and De’Quan have been looking for love in all the wrong places. Once their paths cross, they assume that the love Gods have finally decided to shine a little light on them. Both have been raised in dysfunctional environments. So when things start to happen that are clear warning signs of a toxic relationship, neither seem to be able to recognize it. The last thing on their minds is going their separate ways.

Brittanya’s thug addiction could very well cost her something that she could never recover from. De’Quan, blinded by what could be may very well lose the most precious thing to him, freedom.

Will Brittanya and De’Quan realize that their addiction to each other has negative consequences for them both? Or will they be able to overcome and find the real love that they both so desperately seek.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Love & Hustle by Willnide Desrosier is definitely a dark and edgy read. There’s tons of drama, trouble, and hearts on the line. Inside this urban romance, readers will find a lot of adult content such as drugs and sex. The main characters are an interesting set. Both come from different sides of the world but share the same kind of experiences when they were growing up…Brittanya is a tattoo artist. She doesn’t want any other job but the one she has. College is not anything she wants either. However, like all women, she wants true love. But in her line of work finding that will be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Then there’s De’Quan. He’s a thug who wins Brittanya’s heart and he too is looking for true love. For De’Quan and Brittanya finding their true love will be difficult and once found it will be even harder to keep. Consequences, drama, and trouble follow these two as their journey deepens. Every page contained a lot of action and enough juicy details to keep readers hooked. Willnide Desrosier’s writing is great. Her characters come alive. The intrigue is thick and heavy. The romance and heat is hot enough to set the pages on fire. Overall, I would recommend Love & Hustle 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: A Thuggish, Ruggish Love 3

 

Synopsis:

How far would you go to protect the one you love? Can you be that Ride or Die Chick?

When Blaze is faced with a lengthy prison sentence, Aleah is given the opportunity to become his savior. With an indecent proposal on the table that can be used to set Blaze free, will Aleah put aside her values and morals so that they can be reunited?

Xavier has Mackie on the brain! She was just that good. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her in his life, including going against doctors’ orders. But this time, will it cost him more than just his time and money. With his body weak and frail, will he put his trust into someone who doesn’t have his best interest at heart?

Mackie has the weight of the world resting on her shoulders. On the run from three different law enforcement agencies and with Blaze and Diesel not easily accessible, she has to decide if life is worth living. As she is pushed to the limit, can she find the strength needed to overcome the possibility of losing everything that she holds near and dear to her heart?

Keya has found the love of her life in Khalil. He’s just what she needed to bring peace to her chaotic life. With Xavier in the hospital and Aleah consumed with Blaze, she learns to stand on her own. Trying to find a balance between loving Khalil and taking care of Xavier stretches her beyond her limits. Soon she will have to choose between love and happiness or putting family first.

Every woman needs a Blaze and every man needs an Aleah. Let A Thuggish Ruggish Love show you why.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

A Thuggish, Ruggish Love 3 by Regina Swanson is superb. Yes, it contains adult content. The sex is steamy hot and everywhere. The attraction among the characters is enough to heat any night. There’s abuse, drama, and romance. The suspense of what is and will happen to Blaze, Xavier, Mackie, and Aleah is stunning. I never knew what to expect. The romance between couples is high and messy. Emotions, as well as hearts, are on the line. Decisions will have to be made. Once again, I found myself deeply lured within Regina Swanson’s brilliant series. A Thuggish, Ruggish Love 3 is perfect. It realistically portrays the urban street life and the hostility between law enforcement and the thugs. Life isn’t all about happily ever afters and starting a family. It’s about finding yourself, being true to yourself and finding a way to survive what one has been dealt with…I enjoyed following the set of interesting characters as well as news ones. The story comes to life with this writer’s talent on every page. Overall, I highly recommend this latest novel by Regina Swanson.

Review: A Thuggish, Ruggish Love

 

Synopsis:

Mackie Carter was ten years old when she put a bullet in her mother’s skull, taking her life. At age fourteen, she learned everything she could about her family’s drug connections. When she turned eighteen, she jumped heavily into the Carter family drug operation.

Blaze Carter had been groomed by his father to be the next Carter family kingpin. It was an inheritance that he rather not claim. But when circumstances beyond their families control left him and his little sister to fend for themselves, he steps up and takes the reigns.

Xavier Thomas proves that the apple never really does fall far from the tree! He grew up watching his mother suffer at the hands of his father. He was brutal in his treatment of her and his entire family. Xavier swore that he would never treat another human the way that his father treated them. Now all grown up and with a wife if his own, that old saying is proving true.

Aleah was on the fast track to success. Valedictorian of her high school class, she set out to make her mark on the world. Freshman year in college, she met her soulmate. She and Xavier were inseparable. The next logical step was marriage.

As the stress of finding a job and taking care of a family begin to weigh in on Xavier, they must decide if their love is strong enough to stand the test of domestic violence, infidelity and just plain old selfishness.

Xavier’s little sister Keya is trying her best to keep her brother and his wife together. Although she knows that the relationship is toxic, she tries to keep hope alive believing that all things eventually work out for good.

As these characters’ paths cross and solace is sought where it shouldn’t be, who will be left standing and reaping the benefits of a million dollar operation?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

A Thuggish, Ruggish Love by Regina Swanson is out of this world. Readers are taken deep into the shadows of a much darker and harder lifestyle. Like that of a drug gangster operation. Regina Swanson brilliantly brings the urban street life to reality within these pages. Her characters are to die for…siblings looking out for another after they lost their parents. With only each other they turn, to a life,that could drag them down or bring them up in the world. The plot thickens with danger and an intensity that blew me away. I was held in suspense as the danger of inner family turmoil as well as the cheating and drug handling operations swayed from good to bad…and then back. The ending will have readers on the edge of their seats holding their breath.

A Thuggish, Ruggish Love is a romance that carries a lot of sex, drugs, and other adult material. However, it shows what the lives of the characters were like and how they struggled day to day with everything. From family to business to relationships…nothing is easy. Especially, when there are violence and others waiting to take the characters down…Regina Swanson’s writing is well told and highly entertaining. There’s never a boring moment in her plot. I never knew what to expect nor what would happen on the next page. I finished this incredible urban street romance in one sitting. Cannot wait to read her second and third novels in this exciting series. A Thuggish, Ruggish Love is addictive….the characters stay with you forever. Overall, I highly recommend this new title to readers everywhere.

 

Review: A Dangerous Love

 

Synopsis:

I’m the local sheriff of a small Montana town. Blue is the owner of the local pub. We have a great friendship, but I’m starting to want more. I’m not sure when Blue had become so important to me, or when I started to see her in a light other than friendship. All I know is that I want her, badly. She’s a little hesitant, at first, to get involved, but I finally convince her to go out on a ‘real’ date with me.

Soon after our initial date, she starts getting harassed and threatened. Her pub is even set on fire. Someone is after her, and we don’t know who or why, but it definitely has something to do with her involvement with me. Will our new, budding relationship survive the turmoil and danger?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

A Dangerous Love by G.J. Cox is superb. I was immediately taken into the life of one very sexy sheriff whose beyond wealthy and a sassy lady who owns a bar. Both of these characters with their personalities, love, and life troubles had me intrigued.  Their instant hot chemistry filled the pages. Both are so crazy about each other and when they suddenly let it all out…the heat burns up…like a one-hundred-degree summer day. Jealousy, danger, and a hot romance all are on the line in this magnificent title by G.J. Cox. This was the first of her novels that I have ever read…and I was blown away by the compelling plotline and the irresistible characters. The story was fast-paced, steamy, and suspenseful. If it’s not one dangerous thing…it’s another…and the two characters…both Blue and her sheriff lover may lose each other if the criminal or criminals are not caught soon. A Dangerous Love is addictive, highly entertaining, and overall a must read for readers everywhere. I highly recommend this romance to all.

Review: The Other Widow

 

Synopsis:

The author of The Pocket Wife explores the dark side of love, marriage, and infidelity in this sizzling novel of psychological suspense.

Everybody’s luck runs out. This time, it could be theirs . . .

It isn’t safe. That’s what Joe tells her when he ends their affair—moments before their car skids off an icy road in a blinding snowstorm and hits a tree. Desperate to keep her life intact—her job, her husband, and her precious daughter, Lily—Dorrie will do everything she can to protect herself, even if it means walking away from the wreckage. Dorrie has always been a good actress, pretending to be someone else: the dutiful daughter, the satisfied wife, the woman who can handle anything. Now she’s going to put on the most challenging performance of her life. But details about the accident leave her feeling uneasy and afraid. Why didn’t Joe’s airbag work? Why was his car door open before the EMTs arrived? And now suddenly someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone. . . .

Joe’s death has left his wife in free fall as well. Karen knew Joe was cheating—she found some suspicious e-mails. Trying to cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that has overtaken her—this feeling she can’t shake that someone is watching her. And with Joe gone and the kids grown, she’s vulnerable . . . and on her own.

Insurance investigator Maggie Devlin is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk—a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a lucrative life insurance policy. Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidences. The former cop knows that things—and people—are never what they seem to be.

As the fates of these three women become more tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge . . . closer to each other . . . to a terrifying truth . . . to a shocking end.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Other Widow by Susan Crawford is an enticing thriller that sucked me right into the novel. Three different women are introduced to readers. One is an actress who is married and was with her other lover when both of them were sent off the icy road. Then, there’s Karen…her husband died and she’s struggling with the nagging feeling that someone is watching her from afar. Karens knows her husband was unfaithful…but does that give her a motive…and last there’s the female officer with PTSD who lands the case of Joe’s car accident that looks a lot more like a murder. This story kept me turning the pages in a rush to find out who was the killer and why. So many lives are brilliantly tangled up in this exciting thriller.

The Other Widow made me feel like I was there experiencing the whole thing from beginning to end. The car accident to theft, to spying and even more danger had me sitting on the edge of my chair waiting in anticipation. Wondered who was next and when…Danger, death, and suspicion hang thickly in the air. I never knew what to fully expect until it happened. The story brought me in deep into the affairs, marriage, and details of the characters. I felt chills going down my spine with every page.Susan Crawford is a talented writer. Intense and deeply satisfying read I have ever read. One never knows who a person really is until something bad happens and then everything one knew is up in the air for debate. Suspenseful, entertaining, and absolutely frightening…The Other Widow is definitely a must read for readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Resort Isle

 

Synopsis:

San Diego Detective Frank Dugan has just become a victim of ruthless criminals, who have passed in and out of prison and continue to perform their grisly acts, in a free society. Dugan wants them put someplace where they can never return and never harm innocents again, and presents an innovative solution to this revolving door crime dilemma to the government. The result is Resort Isle, a lonely tropical dot in the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by the most vicious sharks known to man, a place from which there is no escape and virtually no supervision. This resort is the last vacation the worse of the bad will ever get.

But Detective Dugan never figured that one day he’d be the guest of his own invention, a permanent resident, on this island, where many that he sent there can’t wait to kill him.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Resort Isle by Paul Sekulich is one of the most fascinating, crime thrillers I have read. I couldn’t believe the odds of a man, who created the idea of an island for the worst criminals to be placed upon to be set on there as well. The main character, detective Frank Dugan, is by far the best fictional character ever. He lives quite a normal life like the rest of us. He and his wife are paying a mortgage on their home and have kids. Soon danger comes knocking on the door, and right on the day of Dugan and his wife’s anniversary…bad men come to take jewelry…only to find that they got the wrong Duggan and what happens next tore apart my heart…I could feel detective Frank Dugan’s anger and hurt. The plot is well-developed and one that kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept expecting far worse to happen to detective Frank Dugan…and the talented writer, Paul Sekulich kept me guessing all the way to the last page. Absolutely remarkable…I was instantly hooked by the story from page one. Not many authors can do that…Resort Isle is a place no good person ever wants to go…it’s a dangerous place that even the criminals fear of being sent. Overall, this is definitely a must-read thriller, for readers everywhere. I look forward to reading more of Paul Sekulich’s novels and hope the next  Overall, this is definitely a must read thriller for readers everywhere. I look forward to reading more of Paul Sekulich’s novels and hope the next one features my new favorite detective Frank Dugan.

Review: Field of Graves

 

Synopsis:

The entire city of Nashville is on edge with a serial killer on the loose. A madman is trying to create his own end-of-days apocalypse and the cops trying to catch him are almost as damaged as the killer. Field of Graves reveals the origins of some of J.T. Ellison’s most famous creations: the haunted Lieutenant Taylor Jackson; her blunt, exceptional best friend, medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens; and troubled FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin. Together, they race the clock and their own demons to find the killer before he claims yet another victim. This dark, thrilling and utterly compelling novel will have readers on the edge of their seats, and Ellison’s fans will be delighted with the revelations about their favorite characters.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Field of Graves by J.T. Ellison is by far her greatest work yet. Inside this, stunning thriller readers will get the best of J.T. Ellison’s characters all in one remarkable read. Lieutenant Taylor Jackson, Dr. Samantha Owens, and Dr. John Baldwin team up for this exciting serial killer chase.

A brilliant novel with a mastermind who knows how to lure readers from everywhere into her biggest and most chilling reads. A woman is left very much dead but naked and sitting on a statue of Athena. A message from the killer…the team working te case have their own battles to fight and then with an eerie case like the one at hand…will send shivers down readers spines. Many more bodies will be found…one woman will be used for a serial killer’s scheme…and just maybe with the help of J.T. Ellison’s amazing characters, the woman might just survive the entire nightmare. Then there’s Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and Dr. John Baldwin who have been fighting their feelings of attraction as well as their own demons. It’s hard to convince a stubborn, independent woman like Lieutenant Taylor Jackson that she wants and needs a man like Dr. John Baldwin.The Fields of Graves is exactly that….a field of endless graves of many countless souls who were killed because a lunatic serial killer. Can the team find him, save a victim, and make it out alive in the end? J.T. Ellison is a brilliant writer. Her words have readers looking over the shoulders and constantly turning the pages. There’s never a dull moment inside her thrillers. Readers will find themselves lost and caught up with their favorite characters from other novels by J.T. Ellison. I absolutely loved reading this new title. I always look forward to the next haunting, suspenseful, and full of action read by J.T. Ellison. Overall, I would highly recommend The Field of Graves to readers worldwide.

 

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: The Sword Chronicles

 

Synopsis:

She is a Dog – one of the many children and teens across the empire of Ansborn who have been sentenced to fight in the arenas. There they fight in battle after battle until they die for the sport of the people of Ansborn – an empire built atop the peaks of five mountains.

But one day she picks up a knife… and everything changes.

She discovers she is a Greater Gift – one of a handful of magic users with powers so great they have only two choices: to join the Empire as one of its premier assassins or die as a threat to the Empire itself.

She is no longer a Dog. Now, she is Sword. And she will soon realize that in this Empire, not all is what it seems. Good and evil collide, and she can never be sure whom to trust – not even herself.

She holds life in her hands for some. Brings death by her blade to others.

She is a killer.
She is a savior.
She is Sword.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Sword Chronicles by Michaelbrent Collings is an excellent adventure waiting at readers fingertips. This brilliant world of fiction is a fantasy that will take readers into the heart of life, death, and truth. A journey of discovery, determination, and a rise to a new rank. This novel is definitely for fans of the Hunger Games, Twilight, and The Lord of the Rings, then this novel is definitely for you.

The Sword of Chronicles takes readers on one girl’s journey from her past fate to her future one. She is deemed a dog to fight until she dies just for other’s entertainment…until something remarkable happens. Now, after having picked up a sword…she discovers she has a lot more power than before and is no longer a dog but a sword. Michaelbrent Collings masterfully weaves many elements in this story that will leave readers sympathizing with the character to rooting her on as she goes about full-filling her new destiny. But life just got more complicated and difficult instead of easier for her…she now has two choices become an assassin for the empire or to die…But not everything is what it seems…I highly recommend this brilliant YA novel to readers worldwide. This was the first novel I have read by Michaelbrent Collings and I loved reading it. The Sword Chronicles is stunning, adventurous, and absolutely entertaining.

 

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: Perfect Days

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Synopsis:

A twisted young medical student kidnaps the girl of his dreams and embarks on a dark and delirious road trip across Brazil in the English-language debut of Brazil’s most celebrated young crime writer.

Teo Avelar is a loner. He lives with his paraplegic mother and her dog in Rio de Janeiro, he doesn’t have many friends, and the only time he feels honest human emotion is in the presence of his medical school cadaver—that is, until he meets Clarice. She’s almost his exact opposite: exotic, spontaneous, unafraid to speak her mind. An aspiring screenwriter, she’s working on a screenplay called Perfect Days about three friends who go on a road trip across Brazil in search of romance. Teo is obsessed.

He begins to stalk her, first following her to her university, then to her home, and when she ultimately rejects him, he kidnaps her and they embark upon their very own twisted odyssey across Brazil, tracing the same route outlined in her screenplay. Through it all, Teo is certain that time is all he needs to prove to Clarice that they are made for each other, that time is all he needs to make her fall in love with him. But as the journey progresses, he digs himself deeper and deeper into a pit that he can’t get out of, stopping at nothing to ensure that no one gets in the way of their life together. Both tense and lurid, and brimming with suspense from the very first page, Perfect Days is a psychological thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley—a chilling journey in the passenger seat with a psychopath, and the English language debut of one of Brazil’s most deliciously dark young writers.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Perfect Days by Raphael Montes is one super edgy, dark, and twisted read. Readers won’t find another novel quite like this one. A brilliantly well-written story that sets readers on one of the most dangerous paths ever known. The plot is fast-paced, intriguing, and suspenseful. Raphael Montes keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The atmosphere of this novel will haunt readers for a long time. Absolutelty loved reading this book. A novel that contains so many twists and turns is one that readers can’t miss. A powerful thriller that readers will keep reading over and over again. I can definitely see this stunning novel turned into a big motion picture. The scenes will captivate readers and blow them away.

Raphael Montes has created a read this is scary and enticing. A story that drags you deep and doesn’t let go of you until the end. The Perfect Days is a dark tale featuring a woman who is kidnapped by a stalker turned pyscopath. Their journey together will leave readers feeling a chill done their spines and goosebumps on their arms. I highly suggest reading this novel during the day time. Almost as haunting as the Chucky doll movies…sinister…evil and dark. If you love horror, suspense, and pyschological thrillers then this is definitely for you. Overall, I loved it. I highly recommend this bone chilling novel to readers everywhere.

Review: The Drowning Girls

 

Synopsis:

Liz McGinnis never imagined herself living in a luxurious gated community like The Palms. Ever since she and her family moved in, she’s felt like an outsider amongst the Stepford-like wives and their obnoxiously spoiled children. Still, she’s determined to make it work—if not for herself, then for her husband, Phil, who landed them this lavish home in the first place, and for her daughter, Danielle, who’s about to enter high school.

Yet underneath the glossy veneer of The Palms, life is far from idyllic. In a place where reputation is everything, Liz soon discovers that even the friendliest residents can’t be trusted. So when the gorgeous girl next door befriends Danielle, Liz can’t help but find sophisticated Kelsey’s interest in her shy and slightly nerdy daughter a bit suspicious.

But while Kelsey quickly becomes a fixture in the McGinnis home, Liz’s relationships with both Danielle and Phil grow strained. Now even her own family seems to be hiding things, and it’s not long before their dream of living the high life quickly spirals out of control…

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard is an edgy, dark yet chilling read. Paula Treick DeBoard has brilliantly woven together a story about a family, their secrets, and one person’s major obsession with someone. A suspenseful read that will keep readers, at the edge of their seats. The danger is high and the emotions are intense. It’s hard not to get lost, into the heart of this stunning read. The writer definitely knows how to deliver a novel that will blow readers away. Her writing is very detailed and realistic.

Inside of The Drowning Girls, readers will meet a family who suddenly move into a neighborhood where they don’t belong. Liz McGinnis the wife and mother in this family automatically sense the unwanted arrival immediately. After being introduced to the neighbors, Liz feels that she and her family will never belong to this closed tight society. Then, there’s her gut feeling about one of the girls about her daughter’s age. Something that she can’t put her finger and yet it bothers her. Liz is the kind of woman that is the perfect mother and wife. She wants to make her family happy and keep them safe. Her husband Phil pushes her to mingle with the neighbors. Like he knows better…then suddenly their lives are turned inside out and upside down. The danger sinks in…and it’s only going to get worse…

Overall, I highly recommend The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard. Her novel is one that readers won’t want to miss. Captivating from the first page….fast-paced, well-written, and exciting. I loved reading this novel.

 

Review: Onyx Webb Series (book 4)

Synopsis: 

A 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 a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with mostly 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.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Onyx Webb Series is a must read! Every book, inside this exciting series, is to die for…Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz are the new top favorites for readers everywhere. Their Onyx Webb Series (book 4) has it all. Mystery, suspense, paranormal beings, and drama. There is so much to look forward to, inside of book four. Readers will be taken to many different places, seeing and hearing different characters, and tying up each piece of the whole story. I love the different personalities and lifestyles meet and found inside this novel. Readers will be kept hanging in suspense even when they get to the last page. Both Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz know how to keep their readers guessing as well as turning those pages all night long.  Major cliffhangers…but it’s so worth waiting for the next book with the next episodes.

The Onyx Webb Series is more than just a story. It’s a world full of intriguing characters and fascinating events. Nothing is ever slow…everything moves forward as fast as if the reader was experiencing in reality. Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz have a talent that is so rare to see in co-writers these days. I can definitely see this novel and the previous ones before it, become a TV series. Hopefully, they come to Netflix soon, because I would so love to see their characters on screen! That’s just how good this book is and the one before it. Readers can’t find a series that satisfies every known genre and comes out stunning like this one. Onyx Webb Series (book 4) is a must read for readers worldwide.

Review: The Girl in the Red Coat

 

Synopsis:

Newly, single mom, Beth has one constant, gnawing worry: that her dreamy eight-year-old daughter, Carmel, who has a tendency to wander off, will one day go missing.

And then one day, it happens: On a Saturday morning thick with fog, Beth takes Carmel to a local outdoor festival, they get separated in the crowd, and Carmel is gone.

Shattered, Beth sets herself on the grim and lonely mission to find her daughter, keeping on relentlessly even as the authorities tell her that Carmel may be gone for good.

Carmel, meanwhile, is on a strange and harrowing journey of her own—to a totally unexpected place that requires her to live by her wits, while trying desperately to keep in her head, at all times, a vision of her mother …

Alternating between Beth’s story and Carmel’s, and written in gripping prose that won’t let go, The Girl in the Red Coat—like Emma Donoghue’s Room and M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans—is an utterly immersive story that’s impossible to put down . . . and impossible to forget.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer is phenomenal. Brilliantly well-written…and highly suspenseful, readers won’t want to stop reading this story. From the very first page, Kate Hamer has already taken readers hearts and mind into the most luring read of all time. Readers will connect fast and easy with the mother who…has lost her daughter. A daughter who was only eight years old. The mother’s worry and fear become the reader’s the instant they open this book.  So many years go on by and the mother’s worst fear seeps closer and closer to her like a heavy blanket that won’t lift.

The Girl in the Red Coat is a thrilling, haunting, yet realistically done read that readers will love. Kate Hamer zooms in on the psychological and emotional journey of both mother and daughter. Readers will see that this child abduction is original and refreshing compared to other similar reads.  The ending of this psychological thriller is a twist that readers won’t see coming. It is absolutely remarkable on how Kate Hamer delivers readers a heart-pounding novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The title of this masterpiece ties in perfectly with the ending. The Girl in the Red Coat is Kate Hamer’s debut novel, and I loved it. After reading this book, I look forward to reading more by this talented writer.  This read will open readers eyes to the deeper part of experiencing one’s child abduction.Something that no child or parent should ever have to encounter. Most children never make it back home alive.  Overall, I highly recommend this to readers worldwide.

Review: Unruly

 

Synopsis:

The second novel in Ronnie Douglas’ sexy Southern Wolves motorcycle club series—reminiscent of Kristen Ashley and Jay Crownover—tells the story of an aspiring fashion designer and a biker who discover a desire that knows no limits.

When the daughter of one of the Southern Wolves gets a flat in the middle of a thunderstorm, there’s only one thing to do—strip down to her underwear and get a little muddy. But when Alamo, the sexy biker shows up to rescue Ellen yet again, things are bound to get a whole lot dirtier.

Between the trouble he left behind and club rules, Alamo knows he needs to stay clear of Ellen. He’s not looking for a woman or complications—even when that woman is everything a man could want. Unfortunately, Ellen isn’t playing by anyone’s rules but her own these days and a Southern woman who’s been raised by Wolves is awfully hard to deny.

So when they give in to their raging attraction, both get much more than they bargained for.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Unruly by Ronnie Douglas is hot, exciting, and packs a whole lot of trouble. A young woman soon finds herself attracted to an irresistible man. A man that completely unravels her like she does to him. Rules mean nothing to Ellen. She has her own that she creates…leaving one man falling for her harder than he wants ever intended. Alamo is a man with a past. The kind of past that can bring in trouble faster than a blink of an eye. He doesn’t want to start any kind of relationship that would endanger the woman he’s grown in love with…yet somehow the past makes its way to us no matter how hard we try to avoid it. When the time comes, can Alamo and Ellen survive it all?

Ronnie Douglas has created an entertaining romance that packs not only with heat but with adventure. Two characters with their own stuff to handle and then somehow fate brings them together. But it takes a lot more than a fire hot attraction to beat all the odds. Tough, dark and edgy is exactly what readers get when reading this well-developed novel. Unruly is the first novel I have read by Ronnie Douglas, and I look forward to reading more by her in the future. Ronnie Douglas has a talent for creating believable characters that will forever lure readers to their world. Danger, romance, and suspense all hang in the air. I enjoyed reading this stunning well-written piece. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.