Review: Honor Among Thieves 

Synopsis:

Honor Among Thieves is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that gives the reader an in-depth look at inner-city life. The plot revolves around the Alexander family, a vicious crime syndicate, and a detective hell-bent on bringing them to justice. The Alexander family has been a main focal point of local law enforcement, but after the brutal murder of an undercover narcotics agent, a federal task force is assembled to dismantle the family once and for all.

After the family’s patriarch, Clarence “Blue” Alexander, is apprehended by detective Hopkins, the head of the task force over the Alexander investigation, the heat is turned up and the family’s prowess is put to the test – a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Honor Among Thieves by Larry Singleton is an exciting yet short urban fiction thriller. This, piece held a lot of violence, drugs, and crimes. However, it’s main focus was on family loyalty. Despite what a family member does, they stick together in the good and in the bad. It was heartbreaking in that way. Even though these were bad guys…the words created emotions that made me feel for the characters. I felt some respect for them, even though I don’t condone that lifestyle or that way of living. Honor Among Thieves is a perfect title for this short novella. Exciting, intense, and dramatic. Dangerous, too. Overall, Larry Singleton created a believable tale with realistic characters that glued me inside their story. 

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Review: Dead Silence

Synopsis:

There’s a body buried behind a Mississippi farmhouse
Grace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only thirteen the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.
Grace left the town of Stillwater thirteen years ago, trying to forget, trying to make good. As an assistant D.A. in Jackson, she’s finally achieved the success that was supposed to change her life. But it hasn’t so she’s come back to confront her own history. Which means returning to the farmhouse now owned by her brother and facing the people of Stillwater, a number of whom suspect the truth.
Widower Kennedy Archer is one of those people. He’s running for mayor and needs to stay as far away from Grace as possible. And yetshe’s an enigma he can’t resist. Even though her enemies are close to finding out what really happened and that could ruin them both.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Brenda Novak is the best writer! Her novels range from suspense to romance. She even writes historical novels. I am awed by Brenda’s talent. She never disappoints me. Her writing is always phenomenal. Exciting, intriguing, and epic. Dead Silence is the first book in this series. A mystery that has gone under radar long enough is now, popping back to surface. For Grace it was a nightmare that she couldn’t forget. Her mother, step-sister, and brother all knew what had happened. They kept it between themselves. Grace comes back home, and something about her being back stirs up trouble. Unwanted trouble. Her other half-sister is wanting to know what happened to her father. And the son, wants to find Gracie and her family guilty for his father’s death. But vegance only goes so far…

Dead Silence is intense. It occurs in a small-town intent on hating one family. Grace’s family. Her mother married a preacher because she had nothing for her kids and didn’t want to lose them. Then, the respected and ever loved preacher turns out to be anything than what he seemed…dark, haunting, and engaging. Brenda Novak has brought her characters to life. The words create visual images that make it feel like I was experiencing the whole thing first hand. Believable and realistic. Themes of loss, family, secrets, and love are found inside this stung tale. I couldn’t put it down once, I started. Overall, Brenda has hooked me again. I highly recommend it to all. 

Review: A Life Removed





Synopsis:

Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have put plenty of criminals behind bars. But a new terror is stalking their city. The killer’s violent crimes are ritualistic but seemingly indiscriminate. As the death toll rises, the detectives must track a murderer without motive. The next kill could be anyone… maybe even one of their own.
Officer Aaron Pimental sees no hope for himself or humanity. His girlfriend is pulling away, and his best friend has found religion. When Aaron is thrust into the heart of the investigation, he must choose who he will become, the hero or the villain.
If Aaron doesn’t decide soon, the choice will be made for him. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Life Removed by Jason Parent is a thrilling criminal tale. Inside, readers will follow an investigation. Murder happening more than once. A former officer once good turns into a monster. With two of the best detectives following the evidence, it’s only time until Aaron Pimental’s life stops. The chase is exciting. The detectives, Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette, are interesting to follow. A killer is loose and it will take time before they stop him. Death, danger, and intrigue are covered on every page. I enjoyed reading this novel. I look forward to reading more books by this talented writer. Overall, A Life Removed is one thriller I recommend to all. 

Review: No One But You



Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes you to Silver Springs, a picturesque small town in Southern California where even the hardest hearts can learn to love again… 
Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn’t enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed—the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options. 
Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he’s innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs. 
As Sadie and Dawson’s professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there’s more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else sees—he has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Brenda Novak is one of my favorite writers. Her work is amazing. Each book has a unique story that grabs my heart. This latest novel, No One But You, is part of a new series. Inside, readers will find that it houses many themes. Ranging from marital problems to domestic violence. Plus, a character has been arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. As readers dig further they’ll find demons everywhere. A town so ready to torture an innocent man, another man who is violent to his wife, and a mother trying to survive…

No One But You pulls at the heart. Sent me on an epic emotional journey. One that I won’t ever forget. The charcaters were believable. As for the plot, it was a bit slow in the begging then sped up as the action took over. Dangerous, intriguing, and a bit sad. Brenda Novak creates another opportunity for readers to explore real world issues in a fictional setting. Brilliant and well-told. I recommend this new novel to all. 

Review: Turn Me Loose





Synopsis:

CRIMES OF PASSION
When she was on the verge of adulthood, Riva Henneman committed a crime and got caught red-handed. Luckily, she was busted by a HOT young cop…who also had a big heart. A one-time SEAL candidate, Officer Ian Hawthorn knew how it felt to have your dreams derailed. So he gave Riva a choice: face prison time or work for him as a confidential informant. But even a get-out-of-jail-free card comes with a cost. . .
Years later, Ian still remembers beautiful, innocent Riva–and the smoldering attraction they shared but both tried to ignore. Will they have a second chance, now that they’re back in each other’s lives? Riva’s work with inner-city children has led to a surprise run-in with Ian, who has his own agenda–one that could put them both in grave danger. Is their desire worth the risk this time?
The high octane suspense and super sizzling romance continues with Turn Me Loose, the third novel in the Alpha Ops series by Anne Calhoun. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Turn Me Loose by Anne Calhoun is a novel to die for. The heat is massive. Raw chemistry increases with every page. The lust has the two main characters locked on each other. But there is more than just lust going on between Ian and Riva. History that brought them together is now, repeating itself. Placing Riva into a difficult spot. One that could endanger all the people she loves as well as her own life. Themes of drugs, violence, abuse, and hope are found within these pages. I was hooked from the beginning. 

Turn Me Loose is exactly as the title suggests. A police officer, Ian Hawthorn, turns himself loose from his career to keep the one woman he loves, safe. He also, turns loose the woman he loved in the past ofor his career. Then, we see that a young guy is turned loose for a second chance at life. Anne Calhoun has once more drugged me with her powerful plot and irresistible charcaters. It was hard not to love both Ian and Riva. Their story pulled at my heart, made me laugh and cry. The ending was just as satisfactory as the rest of the book. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. 

Review: The Streets have No King

Synopsis:

A street thriller of kidnapping, murder, trickery, and love that will have you at the edge of your seat.
After 7 years of prison, multi-millionaire drug mogul Kane Garrett is back on the streets. But instead of diving back into the drug game, he’s teaching a college class, infusing business principles with his signature ruthless edge he developed in the streets. When a student–and heavy heroin dealer–named Basil catches Kane’s eye, Kane takes him on as a protege and together, they build the biggest, smartest drug trafficking business the state has ever seen.
But when Basil meets Moriah, Kane’s only daughter, lines get crossed and their dominant business union becomes a deadly rivalry. Welcome to a world where the kings meet their end and no one stays at the top for long. The crown always lies heavy on he who commands the streets–and Kane and Basil will fight to claim their rule, before power is toppled again, in The Streets Have No King by New York Times bestselling author JaQuavis Coleman. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

The Streets have No King by JaQuavis Coleman is a thrilling read. Dark, gritty, and intense. The plot caught my attention instantly. Here, I met a main charcater who doesn’t go back to his old lifestyle. I would have thought he would, but he didn’t. At least, not right away. Then, he meets a young man who he sees something in and together they go to the main character’s bad way of life. To them, it wasn’t bad…until stakes were involved. Like the previous street king’s daughter. Then, from there…things quickly escalated and heated. Danger, suspense, and intrigue has tied itself around me. Taking me hostage within the book. JaQuavis Coleman’s writing has a way of planting me deep inside a different world. A world where there are no friends and only risks to take. A non ending game of life, death, and chances of the high life. But as with the real world criminal activity always had a way of pulling one down under…and destroying what was once good. Overall, I enjoyed exploring this urban street fiction. I would recommend this novel to adults only due to the high volume of drugs and violence. Interesting read…that contains real life scenarios. I got this copy from the publisher and this is my honest review.

Review: Evil Rises




Synopsis:

THE MAKING OF A MONSTER

Warp speed action. Gripping story. Compelling read.

From China’s ancient spiritual center, the rogue monk Chin arises to redefine Shaolin Kung Fu as a battle plan for his lust for criminal power. Cruelty, murder, and torture are this monk’s hallmarks.

How did Chin become like this? More importantly, as he builds his global criminal syndicate, will no one stop this errant true believer? Can anyone stop Chin and his criminal army? Do they even have the guts to try?

Just like classic literary villains like Tony Soprano or Keyser Söze, Chin gladly spills rivers of blood to force the world’s underbelly to kowtow to his plans.

With cold, unblinking precision, author Wesley Robert Lowe takes you all the way inside this icy criminal empire. Unleashed is the perfect introduction to the psychopathic cosmos of Shaolin Darkness. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Evil Rises by Wesley Robert Lowe is a thrilling read. Every page is full of action, choices, and danger. The suspense was in full force. An epic journey of one man determined to become a monk like the one he met. But once a good man…is now an evil one. I enjoyed watching this particular character go from one end of a spectrum to another. Quite interesting…to watch as it all unfolded. 

Wesley Robert Lowe’s writing is great. I was easily entertained and hooked. The character’s life was becoming a sad one until he left it for another ….then it spiraled out even far worse than it started…and whether it will change for the better or not is for readers to dig in and read. I recommend this dark, violent, and engaging novel to readers everywhere. 

Review: Rayna 




Synopsis:

Rayna escaped the bordello as a teenager. She meets a Buddhist monk that helps her to learn that life is worth living again. She learns different languages and several studies of martial arts. Rayna also has a secret. Without warning, time will stop moving. Only Rayna is allowed to move in this frozen world. She can not control it, but uses it to her advantage to seek revenge on those that have hurt her.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Rayna by R. K. Marts is a wonderful YA fantasy. One that instantly draws out an emotional attachment to the protagonist. I felt her sadness, anger, and frustrations. Then, the knowledge about her birth mom only led my curiosity out further. 

Rayna is a young girl who spent her entire life in an orphanage. The kids teased her because of her pretty looks. She has never known her mother. Soon, she’s adopted and and that’s where the plot takes a knife to one’s heart. Dark, frightening, and sad. Rayna will experience things girls herage never should have to go through…yet it still happens. From there she escapes and friends a monk. A man who defended her. I wanted to hug the monk. After that the plot spirals readers further on a journey of revenge, discovery, and a mission for truth. 

R. K. Marts’ book was easy to read. Following along, was simple. Danger, violence, sex, arejust a few themes inside this tale. I would recommend this YA read to those eighteen or older due to the adult content. Beside that, the story was powerfully told and engaging to read. I recommend Rayna to readers worldwide. 

Review: Surrender to Me 

Synopsis:

Jacob:

I’d said my goodbyes to Damien, my ex-lover, two and half years prior and had moved on, or so I thought. Willow, my girlfriend, was the perfect woman, submissive and lover to me and I loved her unconditionally but something was missing in my life. For as much as Willow gave to me, I felt incomplete, undone, and to make matters worse, for the past several months I’d been dreaming of Damien and calling out for him in my sleep. Can I put Damien back in the past where he belongs before Willow gets hurt?
Willow:

I fell in love with Jacob the moment he walked into my coffee shop and we’d been inseparable ever since. But, I knew I wasn’t enough for him, he needed more, he needed something…or someone other than me to be happy and content. I wish I was enough but I know what he truly needs is Damien St. James. Can I give him Damien and still keep him or am I destined to lose the man I love? Will it even matter when my past comes back to haunt me and I may need to go on the run again?
Damien:

I’d chosen my career over Jacob and had regretted it every day since. I thought, believed, that being involved with a man would ruin me. Now, I have a new career and a new understanding of what it means to have loved and lost. I was determined to get Jacob back, the one true love of my life, but then a red haired beauty with big green eyes enters my life and turns it upside down. Will I need to choose between them or can we make a very unconventional, unusual relationship work? 
Disclaimer:

This book contains male on male sex scenes, threesomes, and BDSM components. If you find these subject matters offensive, please consider one of my other works. Thank you for considering Surrender to Me.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

G.J. Cox has brilliantly created another masterpiece. Another adult romance that creates tears, frustration, and lust. I was wowed from the beginning. Instantly, I felt Willow’s pain of not being enough for her man. Then, there was Jacob’s pain of needing his former lover, Damien. Last, Damien who let the man of his life go and now, wants to do everything possible to bring him back. What neither man expected was for the gorgeous redhead woman to walk I to their lives reuni ting them one more time. Willow is sacred of losing her man to another man. Jacob is scared of losing Willow due to his need for Damien. Damien ends up falling for Willow and fears he will have to choose his past lover or her. Drama, danger, and love. Three lives will forever be changed. Both physically and emotionally. Love has the power to heal and to create. Only time will show if these three find a happily ever after. Surrender to Me is a sexual yet raw piece that will find its way deep into the hearts of its readers. Deep, engaging, and beautifully written. However, due to the scenes and adult content inside, I highly recommend it for only adults. Overall, I loved reading this latest romance novel by G.J. Cox. She is truly a talented writer. Surrender to Me is definitely a must read for all. 

Review: Don’t Trust A Stranger

Synopsis:

Have you ever wanted to date someone online? Do you trust people easily? Sometimes that can be a deadly thing. Never be too careful. Never settle for less than what you deserve.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Don’t Trust A Stranger by Jacquelyn Wiles is a must read for all. Her memoir brings to life the issues many live with and are not aware of or may not have someone there to help them. It was quite frightening to read. I wanted to stop reading only because I thought it was going to get super worse with each page. Yes, the domestic violence upgraded; however, so did the help that the young woman received. I believe that without a supporting family behind her or the evidence and the timing of the police call, that things wouldn’t have ended as well as they did. I was then left with an ending that placed a relief within me for the writer but also a new fear emerged. What was going to happen next?

Don’t Trust A Stranger takes bravery to write and talk about it. I am happy that Jacquelyn Wiles has written this book. She has shared her experience with others who may be in that position right now…and need this to give them the help and motivation they seek. Inspiring and horrifying at the same. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

Review: Everything to Me


Synopsis:

Dana: I’ve always been the smart girl, the careful one.

Not anymore. I feel reckless, desperate. I love him, and it’s senior year.  My last chance with him before I leave for college, so I’m going to take it.
What could go wrong? Oh, my God, I had no idea.
Peter: I’ve spent years trying to hide how I feel about her. It gets harder every day.

For so long, she was my best friend, the first person who truly believed in me, sometimes the only one.
Do I love her? Of course, I do. Can I let her get even deeper into the hellacious mess my life is?

No way. You don’t do that to someone you love.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Everything to Me (book 1) by Teresa Hill is a great read. Teresa Hill has a talent for keeping readers guessing constantly. That may not be some readers’ liking but it still worked out for this read. I thought of the cliffhangers as the ending to an episode of the book. Like shows on Netflix. Everything to Me reads off more like a new adult novel more so than a YA. I mean yes, there are a lot of YA materials that have stuff inside like drugs, sex, and abuse that go beyond what the age groups should read. Yet, I felt with both characters being older teens and the other heading off to college that the story fits in better with a new adult category. The growing relationship among, two friends is one like YA novels present. It has that coming of age vibe and the unknown atmosphere. I liked it. Felt it was an accurate showing of teens in love and growing up. There is a lot of adult content like sex, abuse, and drinking as well as violence. But Teresa Hill has woven it in a realistic yet raw form for all to see. Her characters act like those in real life would. I thought that was great. Readers can easily relate to the main characters. Being friends yet want something more…but don’t want to screw up the friendship. That sounds relatable to all readers. The uncertainty of love and where it will lead them was another great theme. Intriguing, addictive, and entertaining. Both characters have flaws that make them human. Three dimensional. Overall, Everything to Me is indeed a fascinating short read.

Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

 

Synopsis:

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960’s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon Evie, is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Girls by Emma Cline…is indeed a sensational hit. From the first page readers like myself are hit with a strong intensity to know what’s to come of the girls. Including the one that is telling readers about them. Curiosity prickling my mind. The main character, Evie Boyd, makes the girls she sees like an exotic painting that to others can be too bold while other would stare at it with an awe. Evie Boyd is in held in awe of the girls. Something deep lured her straight to them. An imaginary magnet that constantly pulled her to them. So many real life issues were woven into this story. An average girl failing her parents. No raw talents. No exotic beauty. Plain, short, and simple. Parents divorced. Neither seems to notice their daughter and when they do, she’s only a disappointment to them. Sensing that doesn’t help a person achieve anything.  A father with a younger woman who came back wearing the lipstick that belonged to Evie’s mom. A mother going through changes so rapidly that her daughter hardly knew what her mom did when not around her. Then the group of girls that belonged to a cult…were like air that Evie so desperately needed. They caught her attention and dragged her into a world sadder than the one she already knew.

Emma Cline’s writing is superb. It transferred me straight into the life of Evie Boyd. Everything that happened to her felt like I was her. The emotional toll is deep. A thought provoking novel that silently sends messages to its readers. What not to do and how time can go by faster than people thought. Realistic portrayals of life’s issues with the family and teens is strongly evident here.  Growing up…like Evie Boyd did…was like growing up alone. Isolation instantly felt and brought on by her parents. Her lack of abilities and plainness drew Evie into a world none of hope to find. The sighting of the girls brought her mind swirling with more questions than answers. The way the girls presented themselves drew Evie’s divine attention. But like the saying goes…curiosity kills the cat…so too, will Evie’s curiosity plunge her into a darker world. I loved reading every moment of this coming of age story. The Girls by Emma Cline overall, is a must read for all. Once readers read this book, there’s no turning back. I highly recommend it to all.

Review: A Thuggish, Ruggish Love 2

 

Synopsis:

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” – Luke 8:17, NIV

When Mackie, Xavier, Blaze and Aleah all met up in the same place at the same time it was explosive. Nobody knew how their lives were intertwined.
The result left Xavier fighting for his life.

With Xavier unconscious and not able to point his finger at the shooter, detectives begin their investigation into who shot him?

Aleah is falling in love fast and hard. She’s never been a part of anything close to resembling street life but for a chance at love she’s willing to ride or die for Blaze.
Mackie has been thrown for a loop with Xavier being shot. She seeks the comfort of her best friend since childhood as she tries to come to turns with what she’s done.
Diesel has always been team Mackie. He wants to carry her away from the only life that she has ever known. With several obstacles in their way, will they be able to avoid the demons that are chasing them?

Blaze has spent his entire life protecting his little sister. As Mackie’s sins are trying to catch up with her, he continues to put his life on the line to keep her safe. But with the Feds hot on his tail, he must decide if he is willing to continue to put Mackie first or accept a life that includes being locked up.

Keya’s stress level is through the roof. When she finds out Aleah’s role in Xavier being shot, she comes unglued. Their sisterly bond is stretched to the point of popping.
As the anticipation builds surrounding these lives, find out if Xavier is given a lease on life; if Blaze and Aleah can build a life together; if Mackie is able to leave the game behind; and if Keya can find it in her heart to forgive.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

A Thuggish, Ruggish Love 2 by Regina Swanson has just got hotter and more intense than one before it. Wow…the drama and romance heat up inside this new novel. The writing continues to impress me as it lures me deep into four lives that just keep getting more complicated. Complicated, sexy, and emotional…that’s A Thuggish, Ruggish Love 2 by Regina Swanson. The suspense from the last novel’s ending expands into this title and it’s impressive. The old and new issues get tangled and loyalties blur. Where will Keya, Xavier,  Aleah, Mackie and her brother Blaze end up…then there’s a new character who gets more attention…and Keya might just find a bit of happiness for once. The big questions that keep readers on the edge of their seats are whether or not siblings will stick together or go with what finally makes them happy.

A man is left hospitalized and his sister, new lover, and wife are worried if he’ll make it out fine. Then there’s his sister who works hard at her job and trying to help her brother and his wife with their issues. Blaze doesn’t want the thug life but his sister loves it and now it’s coming back to bite them both in the ass…only thing is Blaze willing to go to the lengths to protect his sister from what he tried telling her not to do or will he do what he needs to do to be happy? Aleah is in a rut. Her husband went from a loving great man to very abusive faster than she could ever imagine. He stops with abuse but ignores her all the time and then finally goes after another woman. A woman that is highly dangerous…and living a dark lifestyle that’s about to crumble….a simple fight ensues and all of them are involved in some way or another. Will they survive or fall trying? A Thuggish, Ruggish  Love 2 is steamy, fast-paced, and intriguing. Regina Swanson doesn’t disappoint. Her characters have once again, dragged me deep into the center of their lives. Their world became my own…Overall, I highly recommend this urban street romance to all.

 

Review: The Alphas’ Bliss

 

Synopsis:

Micha, King of the Vampires and Devin, Leader of the Wolves, are two alphas who must learn to share one mate. They will also need to work together to convince said Mate to accept them both while trying to keep her safe and alive from a pack of rogue wolves who are dead set on capturing and killing her.

Bliss has lived most of her life thinking she was half human and half vampire. She soon finds out that she’s also part wolf and the mate of the Lead Alpha of the Wolves. News not so well received. While she’s dealing with all these new changes in her life, a rogue pack of wolves is also out to capture her and kill her for unknown reasons.

Will she accept her mates in time for them to help her through her vampire/wolf transition? Will her mates be able to keep her safe from the threat of the wolves?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Alphas’ Bliss by G.J. Cox is a sensational masterpiece that instantly hit home with me. I was immediately blown away by the strong male and female characters. G.J. Cox’s writing is superb. Anyone that opens up any one of her novels knows this…no matter what genre she experiments with…this talented writer can succeed at such levels that readers will feel a tug to her writing and characters. The scenes pop off the pages and once again the characters are definitely three-dimensional. Inside this particular novel, G.J. Cox wrote her first paranormal contemporary romance packed with several surprises. One such surprise is having two alpha males from different sides that are also best friends find their mate…the issue is that both claim she’s their mate. What happens next sent me on a thrilling journey and wild choose chase as the victim and alphas searched for the suspects. Suspects because the danger is so close to home that it’s frightening. The strength of the males is intoxicating…and the heat packed inside is scorching hot. So hot I felt myself blushing as I race to turn the pages in haste to finish reading it all. Overall, I loved this new title and was amazed by the raw beauty of the story at hand. Sure many will say it’s just a romance novel packed with lots of sex, but those who really read this will find that it’s so much more than just that. I felt the characters’ emotions as though I were te only one experiencing the fear, the tears, and the heightened pleasure…a crazy but fun filled world that over took me senses from page one.

 

Review: Desert Dark

 

Synopsis:

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

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

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

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

Review: The Moral Line

 

Synopsis:

After being rejected and left alone, Alexandria finds herself going down a moral line. Slightly desperate for money, she takes a one-time ‘job’ as a paid for companion by a not so attractive but very nice wealthy man. Is getting paid to be in the company of men really such a bad thing if it feels good? She falls into a world of clients that are wealthy, powerful, successful men with fancy cars and country club lifestyles. But she sees the fragility in all of these men, the loneliness and need for acceptance that is the human condition. Alexandria becomes ‘Catherine’ a high-end escort with a beautiful laugh who finds the goodness and attractiveness in all men, falling in love with all of her clients just a little. By accepting these men and seeing the goodness in them, she pleases these men in many ways. Is it possible by pleasing others maybe Alexandria/Catherine can find her true self and find happiness?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Moral Line by Vanessa Bogenholm is one journey readers won’t ever forget. A woman who loves her husband and loves being intimate with him…then to lose it all. Her life then spirals into an unknown place. How will she survive? Then life takes an interesting route and she finds a way to keep her feet firmly on the ground and her head up. Catering to men to support one’s self is a risky business. It can be challenging and difficult. Especially, when some men attract one’s heart to them. Lines can be blurred. Hearts can be worn out until there’s nothing left.

The Moral Line shows readers an inside glimpse into love’s good and bad sides. Readers especially women will see the fragile side of men. Men can be violent and cruel. Sometimes bitter and this can change a woman. A woman just like Alexandria. At first love was good then went sour. This story is one adventure that will leave readers breathless and intrigued. Every page will lure readers deeper into its irresistible plot. The one remarkable strong going woman like Alexandria give women hope. Hope that they can carry on when life gives them lemons. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written story to readers everywhere.  Vanessa Bogenholm is a talented writer whose words can persuade any reader to her fictional masterpiece.

Review: Jack of All Trades

 

Synopsis: 

It seems a dream job for Jack, a small builder in Forest Gate, when he gets the job to repair the summerhouse of a millionaire couple in Chigwell. The two months work will pay his debts, and give him space to sort out his personal demons. Except, the couple are at war, both having affairs, their marriage beyond salvage. The husband fires Jack, she takes him back on – and suddenly he is too involved with their scheming. Complicated further when he falls for her secretary. And when there’s a murder, using his tools as the weapon, Jack is prime suspect.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Jack of All Trades by DH Smith is an intriguing tale full of drama and excitement. This is the first novel, that I have read by DH Smith. Readers will definitely find enough action to keep them glued to the pages. There are times, when readers will think something is about to happen and then doesn’t due to another character popping on scene. Then there’s  a romance that is dead and the sole cause of trouble.  Next, there’s one man doing his best, with his failed marriage and staying away from one sin. Mystery, suspense, and murder can all be found in this brilliantly well-written novel. For fans of Clue and of Agatha Christie’s novels, this is a must read.

DH Smith has masterfully woven many lives together in this stunning novel. Jack of All Trades fits perfectly with the overall story. A man, who starts his own business, is soon doing work that might be the end of him. Jack of All Trades…is exactly that. Jack finds himself doing major work for a couple. Stuff that goes out of his comfort zone and yet he agrees. Money is definitely worth what they ask for until it goes too far. Exactly how far his employers will go and in what direction will be for readers to discover. Not only that but readers will see the inner workings of a nasty affair, a man being beaten almost to a pulp, and an innocent man being framed. Readers will feel like they are there experiencing the scenes first hand. DH Smith has masterfully created a way to lure readers.  Readers will easily connect so deeply with the characters. The conflicts are plentiful and the suspense hangs thickly in the air. Overall, I highly recommend reading, Jack of All Trades to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: White Nights, Black Paradise

Synopsis: 

In 1978, Peoples Temple, a multiracial church once at the forefront of progressive San Francisco politics, self-destructed in a Guyana jungle settlement named after its leader, the Reverend Jim Jones. Fatally bonded by fear of racist annihilation, the community s greatest symbol of crisis was the White Night; a rehearsal of revolutionary mass suicide that eventually led to the deaths of over 900 church members of all ages, genders and sexual orientations. White Nights, Black Paradise focuses on three fictional black women characters who were part of the Peoples Temple movement but took radically different paths to Jonestown: Hy, a drifter and a spiritual seeker, her sister Taryn, an atheist with an inside line on the church s money trail and Ida Lassiter, an activist whose watchdog journalism exposes the rot of corruption, sexual abuse, racism and violence in the church, fueling its exodus to Guyana. White Nights, Black Paradise is a riveting story of complicity and resistance; loyalty and betrayal; black struggle and black sacrifice. It locates Peoples Temple and Jonestown in the shadow of the civil rights movement, Black Power, Second Wave feminism and the Great Migration. Recapturing black women’s voices, White Nights, Black Paradise explores their elusive quest for social justice, home and utopia. In so doing, the novel provides a complex window onto the epic flameout of a movement that was not only an indictment of religious faith but of American democracy.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

White Nights, Black Paradise is an interesting read for all. I have to say, that I found this novel highly intriuguing. Until I read this book, I never heard of the historical events that are protrayed throughout this story. It was a great learning experience and insight for me. The characters, inside this amazing fictional world so brilliantly woven by Skivu Hutchinson, were realistic and shows readers the different lifestyles than we normally see. I kind of admire Taryn the opening character inside because she went through a lot to help and giv eher sister what she needed. A sister bond that lured me deeper into reading more. African Amercian lives were harder than what school texts led us to see. Definitely an eye opener. A church that experiences so many issues that the list in unending. White Nights, Black Paradise is full of many themes that will keep readers hooked until the very last page.  I would recommend this novel to readers world wide.

Book Review: Cry Baby Cry…or Not by DeWandus Johnson

Cry Baby Cry or Not is a stunning realistic novel about life’s choices and decisions.  DeWandus Johnson, has a well written plot that shows us that sad but very real world that we live in. I found the characters to believably real and intriguing. This stunning book is a about a girl whose mother is born both blind and deaf and ends up pouring al her hate and anger at the world into her daughter. That is until her daughter can’t take it anymore and decides to leave. The daughter is soon caught up in a dangerous world that is both sad and ugly. Gangs, violence, and so much is seen by this girl.  One gangbanger in particular sets his sight on her and is instantly attracted to her because of her loyalty. Her personality draws in him closer as well.  Readers will enjoy reader this one girl and her adventure in life and where her decisions and choices lead her. I would definitely recommend this book to readers because it shows the realistic side of our world like it is today, that many do not see. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

The Runaway Part 4

James dropped Amy at her place after the long day. They both agreed to meet at the station at 7am sharp. Walking through her house after unlocking her door then to relock it, Amy went to her bathroom. Stripped down and stepped into her shower.The hot water felt good on her body after today’s work. Wrapping a towel around her,Amy walked into her bedroom.  After dropping the towel to put clothes on, Amy her a door open…
What the hell, she thought. Grabbing her pistol, Amy walked out to investigate the sound. After seeing that the screen door was locked. But the wooden door was open …
Did I leave that open, Amy thought. Walking through each room quietly searching for any signs of an intruder. Having found none..Amy placed her gun down. Turning her back against a shadow.. Amy was knocked unconscious. Her pistol falling to the white tile floor with a loud thud. Everything went black for Amy as her body fell downward.

The next morning at the station, James waited for Amy to arrive. He had more bad news to tell her. The person they suspected was found dead in in he same way as the women. Except he was shot multiple times in the head and chest. And bleed to death. Now with their lead suspect dead..they didn’t know who else to add to the murder suspect list. Sipping his coffee, the clock went off. Alerting him that it was 7am. Where was Amy Reid. She was famous for her punctuality. This wasn’t like her. Maybe she slept in late. Calling her cell phone number, James got her voicemail. Amy wasn’t on time, and her cell was off. Damn this was not good. Getting up, he and another officer head to Amy’s place to check it out.

Meanwhile, Amy found herself tied naked to a fourposter bed. A gag inside her mouth. The stench of the room made her want to gag..where the hell am I, Amy thought. First, she needed to get the restraints off. Twisting her wrists, the tightness of the ropes left red marks on both her wrists. Taking the gag out and covering herself with her tee that was tossed across the room, Amy tries the door. No use. Locked. Turning around she searches for something to use. She had to get out of here before she too died.

Dark World War-Chapter 9

Sabre heard more rumors of Evil One over the course of days. This time, he was reported having had kidnapped Jennifer. One of the teams members. But why?, Sabre thought. To use her as leverage? How could he suddenly have his powers back? What was Evil One’s next move? Would he be returning back to his empire? And where was that male servant of his..
Sabre was snapped put of her thoughts as the Evil One himself appeared in the room.
Getting up, and being to her master Sabre was stunned. He looked younger and happier than before.

“Sabre, I heard you took over while I was away.”

“Yes, master. I just wanted to keep things running smooth. And planning on ways of destroying the team”, she informed him.

Evil One, stripping out of his clothes and walking around her nude..left Sabre speechless. He always had that effect on her no matter what. Coming closer to her, Evil one cups her ass, bringing her closer to his body. His manhood springing to full force was ready to dive into Sabre’s smooth hot liquid core. Kissing her mouth, taking full force, Evil One carries her to his bed..seducing her completely. Knocking away all her pervious thoughts of never letting him near her again. Sighing with pleasure, Sabre wanted more. She never felt like she ever had enough. Sex was good. And with him it was explosive.

After spending the entire night with Sabre, Evil One gets up. Leaving to plan his next moves concerning Jennifer and his godlike child. Not knowing whether it was a girl or boy.  The night with Sabre left him wanting more. It was her power. To seduce and to be seduced. That’s why Evil One had made Sabre and her traitor sister his slaves. He loved bedding with sexy, powerful women. It was one of his weaknesses no one figured out yet. Sabre was completely unaware of what Evil One had done to Jennifer days before.  And he planned to keep it that way for now. Something was troubling Sabre’s mind. He sensed something. But he couldn’t tell what exactly. He never could read her, like her sister Everett.

The Runaway Part 3

Detective Amy Reid and her now partner Officer James Weatherson, have three unsolved murders. And a serial killer on the loose. Who are all three victims? Where were they held captive before killed? Were there more bodies to be found?
Questions after questions, reporters were storming the police station. A fourth victim was found in a park. All victims were women, beaten, and starved. Before let out and killed. Al four have different hair colors. A blonde, a redhead, a brunette, and a blackhaired woman. All had different skin tones too. All four were placed in different locations from each other. And all were shortly killed a day before the other one.
What was the killer’s motive? Something against women?  Feeling frustrated the cornors came up to inform both Amy and James that the women lived in the same apartment together. All of them went to the same college.
When they went around asking other college students if the four women had any enemies everyone said no.
Everyone had some kind of enemy..
Amy felt like someone was falling her around. But shook the feeling off. It was a campus. Students were every where.
Lurking in the shadows someone followed Amy everywhere she went. Watching her every step.
Bidding time..

James found Amy and informed her that the criminal instructor was recently laid off..because he wouldn’t allow women in his criminology class. Saying women were too weak to handle it. Amy felt this had to be their killer. James also informed her that he had officers search his home and they couldn’t find him. That it looked like he hadn’t been there for weeks. His garbage bag stunk up his house. And theres no food in the fridge nor did his bed look slept in. James told her they got a search warrant to go through the house and his garage searching for anyhing thay would end the investigation.

The Runaway Part 2

As the investigation was still being done, lead detective Amy Ried got a call about another woman’s body found. This one was in a back alleyway. What if both bodies had same bruises, cuts, and scrapes? If both women were starved…then they might have a.serial killer on the loose. Heading into her vechile, Amy hoped she was wrong..

Once at the crime scene, Amy showed her badge to police officers before being let in. Walking over to the head officer in charge, Amy sees the victim’s body. This time a red head. The other was a brunette. Bith women shared similar marks and beatings as well as starvation.
Where did these women come from? Were they all held in the same place? Amy shook the thoughts away. Yep there was no doubt a siller killer was loose.
Now they have to find out the women’s identies and find DNA of their killer. If only it was that easy.
It could take them years before catching the bastard.

Police officer James Weatherson, knew after finding out about another victim with the same marks, that a pyscopathic killer was loose some where planning his next victim if not already killing again. He’ll need this detective’s help in solving this case fast before more bodies show up.
Too late. A call just came in. Both Amy and James got into the same vechile,while leaving the bodies to the cornors.

Damn it. A third victim today. They better find DNA or names so they can try and trace the women’s last moves before they ended up dead.
Amy felt sick. Three victims! Damn it! The serial killer was doing this on purpose. Maybe she can call her team and ask them for all te coordinates where all the victims were found and come up wih something til the cornors could tell them more.

Remember Me Part 3

Julia arrived at school the next morning. Heading to her locker, there was a sticky note attached. Meet me at the back of our library in the custodian’s closet. Rushing to the library, Julia ran as fast as she could wit her books in her arms. Who wanted to meet her and why? Why the back of the library in the small custodian’s closet? Nearing the back of the library, Julia knocks on the door. Then watching it open she steps in. And then blind folded. “Who are you? And why meet here? And why blind fold me?”, Julia asked.

“It doesn’t matter who I am. Just know that Matt killed Luke. He talked about it for days and then had us tags along and do the dirty work for him. We changed Luke’s brakes with ones that didn’t work. And another one placed something into Luke’s gas tank. It was just suppose to be a car accident that injured him. Not a murder. ”

“But why did you guys do it? Where’s the evidence to prove it?And why are you telling me now?”, Julia asked the stranger.

“Here’s the evidence that you will need. Call home sick now and take it to the police. Before Matt finds out what’s been done.”

Then hearing a door open and shut behind her,Julia takes the blind fold off. Looking down in her hands was a huge manilla envelope. She had to go to the nurse’s office. Before Matt did find out. Having a tattle tail isn’t good for Matt. Nor was it good for the one who gave her the evidence. If Matt ever found out, the informer would pay..just like Luke did. Except probably worse. It was up to her now to give the police what was in her hands.

Hiding the envelope using her jacket, Julia rushes to the nurse station and calls home. Asking her mom to come pick her up. It was an emergency! Five minutes later, Julia’s mom picks her up. Then as Julia tells her mom everything, that happened just today, her mom drives to the police station. Walking with her mom inside the station the soon meet with a detective working Luke’s case. Inside the envelope the detective finds all the pictures of evidence that would put Matt behind bars forever. As well as his friends who took part in it.

Thanking Julia and her mom, the detective gets a call. There’s been another accident. Another student was found head this morning. About the time when Julia called her mom. Julia tells the detective about how she got the evidence. The detective agrees that is wasn’t an accident, but an attempt at a cover up.

Getting a force together the detective and other officers head out to arrest Matt and his buddies.

Remember Me Part 2

Jake just walked right through me! Impossible, but so..true! It was chilly when he did so, but I did feel a sense of goodness too. Jake was just standing there. In the kitchen, like his death never happened. I have so got to be hallucinating.

“You’re not hallucinating, you are seeing me. And yeah I’m dead. But we have a bigger problem.”

“Like trying to prove that Matt killed you”,I asked.

“Yeah there’s that and we have to stop him before he does it again.”

“Does what again?”, I asked him.

Too late though. Jake’s ghost disappeared. Matt was up to something else again. But what?
Oh no, Jake probably meant murder. If Matt murdered Jake, and he was up to it again..then I had to be the one to stop him. Otherwise another student will die. But when, who, and why? I already knew he killed Jake and the reason why, I just needed to figure out how and when he did it. Maybe it might lead me to what Matt was going to do next.

Logging onto my lab top, there weren’t any messages from Jake this time. I go to Facebook, checking to see if Matt posted anything. Looking for any clues.. Wait! Hold on..backing it up, there was a post by Matt, announcing his big after school party. Everyone is invited. Matt’s parents were going to be out of town for a few days. That would give him, enough time and the place to distract others from his plan of murdering. Does Matt do the killing by himself or do his best friends help him?  So many questions..with many different variables. Only by attending, would I be able to find out more. Time to go undercover and solve Jake’s murder once and for all. Also, by going I might be able to stop another from happening..
Unless, Jake can give me more clues. This could be dangerous. I know what Matt is like. I would never want to be left alone with the jerk especially a murdering jerk.

Writing Challenge #10-10 Thriller Supense Novel

Write about how someone is copying off a notorious murderer and leading police and FBI on a while goose chase. How are all the victims killed? How does the copycat killer leave behind his own signature? Who is the copycat killer and why? Write how this copycat killer  mail corresponded with the notorious killer. Is the notorious killer aware of who his copycat killer is? Write this novel’s setting in Louisiana. How easy is it to get away with murder there? Who does the copy cat killer go after from the FBI? And why? Does this FBI agent survive or will the agent just be another helpless victim? Write all this in 2500 words!