Wednesday, December 7, 2016

From The Shadows Science Fiction/Young Adult

From the Shadows

By: KB Shaw
Genres: Scifi, Fantasy, Young Adult

"A THOUGHTFUL, INTELLIGENT WORK" -- "THIS SERIES HAS A CHANCE TO MAKE IT BIG" -- "MORE THAN MERELY A GREAT STORY" -- An exciting science fiction adventure for readers 12 and up. Adults: Share your love of science fiction with your child or grandchild. Young readers: share it with your parents, grandparents, friends, and teachers. In the near future... "There is peace in the world and civility reigns. It's like our idealistic misconception of the 1950s has become real." --Hector Garza, President of the United States GundTech is a giant international corporation based in Oslo, Norway. Its success is built upon the work of a wunderkind who created the multiCom computer, with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) personality at its core. Under the pretext of protecting the privacy of the young genius, the corporation has never divulged his or her identity. MultiComs are pervasive throughout society. They're at work, in schools, and in homes. It has become tradition that users name their multiComs. Personal AIs often adopt the surname of their primary user. A peculiarity of the multiCom AI is that it will only respond if user requests contain a 'please' and are acknowledged with a 'thank you.' Even presidents and prime ministers must be polite to their multiComs. Some sociologists claim that the basic decency requirements have contributed to civility in contemporary society. Now, sixteen years later, the reclusive former child prodigy is about to unleash a technological revolution that could threaten a peaceful world. The Interactive Holographic Transporter (IHT) may render the current computing industry obsolete, instantly shaking the world economy to its core. IHT technology may also be physically dangerous and pose a threat to personal privacy. When GundTech introduces the IHT, they also announce the formation of an IHT academy that will allow select students from around the world to take part in a virtual class. These events set two teens on a path that will entwine their lives with those of a young reporter and the former child prodigy. Cameron Rush and Rosa Costas are best friends, even though they have never met in person. Cameron lives in Troy, a small town in Wisconsin, while Rosa lives on a ranch outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. Unabashed technology geeks, they become friends on the comNet while competing in a contest sponsored by GundTech. They are typical fifteen-year-olds living in their isolated worlds of family, school and friends.
Cameron's schoolmates call him boring. He's an A/B student, second-seat trumpet in the school band, fourth-string halfback, and tenth-man on the basketball team. He is unbelievably meek and takes grief for it from others. He likes a challenge.
At 5'-1", Rosa Costas is vivacious and petite. She is as outgoing as Cameron is meek. A friend once described her as "a hundred-pound package wrapped in a ton of personality." Rosa is also deceptively tough. Her mantel full of rodeo trophies attests to this fact. On the weekends and during vacations, she works as a cowgirl on a ranch. She is adept at languages and, like Cameron, enjoys solving puzzles and overcoming challenges. Meagan Fletcher, technology reporter for the World Broadband Network, has never named her multiCom AI. Because she knows the potential dangers technology can pose, she prefers to use her multiCom in manual mode, bypassing the AI altogether. She doesn't trust it--and she trusts GundTech even less. It is a company that seems too good to be true. Meagan is on a mission to expose the mysterious inventor behind GundTech and discover the computer company's true intent. As Rosa, Cameron, and Meagan race toward their destiny, they are oblivious to the dangers that lie ahead.


Andrew Rating: 5.0 I almost want to say this book is theatrical. By this I mean the writing is dramatic. It's a visual piece that sets a futurist world unique to the author. Some of the best writing happens when authors refuse to give readers a comfort zone. They make things fresh. New. Unique. This is set in an original future you won't read anywhere else. Technology has taken over. One can now experience virtual simulations and long distance communication without realizing the imaging has tricked the eye. This is fantastic in a science fiction sense. The vocabulary and equipment is thick, yet well explained. From The Shadows isn't only meant to entertain, it's meant to educate. Children reading books like this at a younger age, I feel, will be more interested in science in the future. As a nerd myself, that is how it turned out to be for me and so I must thank authors like K. B. Shaw. They show that reading can truly make a difference in youth. This story in particular I believe to be part of a series? The end was a little open, so I imagine there is more to come. Five stars. Recommended for parents of children interested in the fictional sciences. Margie Rating: 5.0 This novel is meant for the youth. I am a full grown adult. The science fiction in this novel still managed to puzzle me! I know it's categorized under young adult, but that is largely due to the younger characters "From The Shadows" is revolved around. The actual themes of this novel are pleasing to all ages, not just children. As I said there is a lot of science fiction in this novel, but also a lot of mystery, as well. Even the ending was mysterious in my opinion. And I will confess that at the end I had to check myself and re-read it because I wasn't entirely sure what just happened, but I can now say with almost 100% certainty that this won't be the end for these kids. There's still a lot left to explore as far as the horror/mystery goes. Spoiler free! But yes I did just let slip that there is a little horror in this. Not enough to really add a genre, but it does get a little dark. As far as pacing goes, I thought this was a fast ride. Once you click with the characters and get an understanding of each of the different plot lines that later meld together, it gets really easy to keep the pace.

Rating: 5.0
From the start of this novel I felt entranced. The text is alluring in ways very few can uphold for any duration of time. Novels that typically start out with this suspenseful, edge of your seat writing style typically lose it over the coarse of the novel. It's rare to find something that manages to hold your interest even after many of the curiosities are revealed. From The Shadows kept my interest the whole way through. I understand how the explanations of the technology could pose a threat to this style, but I found the explanations were brief and executed properly for a young Adult's novel. I didn't feel lost, overwhelmed, or disappointed by the technology stand point of this novel. In fact, I thought it was just right for the length of this story. It was an extra little bit here and there that added to the wonder of this author's original futuristic mystery. As for the rest if this story, it sparked my inner nerd. Cameron was my favorite character because he reminded me much of a friend I had myself as a child. This was exactly the kind of world I would fantasize about growing up, and I love it. From The Shadows makes me feel young and wondrous. It's largely due to this reason that I can't see how a young nerd wouldn't love this. I am recommending this novel to anyone over the age of 12 interested in high tech fiction.

Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
I would have LOVED to find a book like this when I was younger! It's a heavy YA science fiction novel about a group of kids and the incredible developments in science! I must confess, when I read all of those awesome quotes from big time review companies, I thought... "Seriously"? But YES. SERIOUSLY. I could easily see this turned into a science fiction movie or at least one of those mandatory school book reads for young adults in either middle or high school. Aside from the heavy science fiction, you learn a great deal of life lessons in this, too. Particularly, this story revolved around the relationship of friends, since this is about a group of futuristic kids, although mainly a girl and a boy who live very far apart. Thanks to technology, it feels as though there is no distance between them, and I feel if this weren't fiction, the world would be much better off. We'd be in tune, cultured in ways we simply cannot be today, and not nearly as heart broken as we so often are. I felt this novel had a steady pace. It held my interest the whole way through. The fact that the author uses description so beautifully only helps the already engaging plot. I adored the writing style, especially since it is a little unique. I hope this book gains in popularity, because it deserves a chance to hit the spotlight!

Rating: 3.5
I wasn't as impressed by this novel as I expected to be.
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review from myself as well as the other members of my books club. My friends were quite impressed by this author's work, so I suppose I was a little disappointed given my heightened expectations.
I was expecting something heavy in the science fiction department and therefore futuristic and nothing like anything I've ever read before.
Although it's true a lot of the things in this novel were new to me, just as many aspects were familiar.
It's a good children's sci-fi novel.
It simply didn't spark that little something tucked away in every reader's mind. I had to pick up and put down the book numerous times rather than do a solid read through, which usually impacts (in a bad way) my overall opinion of a book.
Like I said, it's good.
The science is solid and characters as developed as one might expect considering this is a children's book. Would I have liked to see a few differences particularly in the speed of the story? Sure. I would have liked it to have a faster pace.
But that is merely my own opinion.

Rating: 5.0
As a huge science fiction nerd, this was kick ass. It's more than technology. This novel has a mysterious element added to it, which helps with the uncertainty of scientific advancements. This book keeps readers guessing, is what I'm trying to say. When you're thrown into a new world/universe by the author's own creation, anything can happen! You don't know what's illusion, what's real, yadi yada.
From the shadows is a mystery scifi written for all ages. It's about the greatest modern advancements, corruption, and yet also innocence.
It's a relatively average read as far as length goes. And the pace is also considered average.
It's steady, as it is solid.
If you're looking for a long term read that will keep your interest for an extended period of time, I think you should give this book a try.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hunter Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance


By: Kethric Wilcox
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal

DESCRIPTION: Nobody ever tells you how hard it is to become a legend.
When Cory Cooper came to Maine with his boyfriend, Kieran Belle, to meet the family, he never imagined the chaos that would engulf their summer break. The seeming safety of the Oisín compound has been shattered. Kieran’s grandfather, the powerful Silver Witch is dead and Kieran has been severely injured fighting off the shifters who invaded his family home. The dark forces arrayed against the young lovers aren’t the only forces in opposition to their quest for Happily Ever After. Camille Belle, reigning matriarch of the shifter hunting House of Beauty, and Kieran’s maternal grandmother, also stands in their way. Can these descendants of rival houses over come the forces that oppose them or is this version of Beauty and the Beast doomed to repeat the sad ending of the past?


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Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
This is a very complicated story about magic and romance. It's mostly a fantasy action novel about family battles and defeating the beast. It's based off of beauty and the beast (I think) but it is nothing like the original and is about as unique as a story can get! I loved the use of bright imagery and all of the different types of magic used in this novel. I'm a novice to that kind of thing so at first I was a little overwhelmed but as the story developed I grew into a HUGE fantasy nerd. This story is as exciting as it is heart wrenching. You never know what's going to happen/who's going to get hurt/or even if the protagonists are going to win! If you're looking for a story that will keep you on your toes, the hunter is going to do just that. Very fast paced story set in a wonderful world of magic.

Black Bullet Fantasy/Paranormal

Black Bullet

By: L. D. Rose
Genres: Fantasy. Paranormal, Romance

DESCRIPTION: Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.
Not even his past life as a former marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight. After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who've wronged her, including every member of Jon's vampire bloodline. But Jon’s soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray. As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear— Love.


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Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
This is a vamp! Justice! Fantasy romance novel full of hard action and blood sucking goodness!
Let me just start out by saying this is novel is amazing. I loved the realistic- almost like ours- world it's set in and even more I love the characters! Jon is a noble man you can't help but fall in love with. He's a perfect protagonist to this vampire battle and you'll find yourself cheering for him both on and off the field throughout the whole thing. Lawan is an alcoholic with a horrifying past.
She hates vampires for what they've done to her and she won't stop until each and every one of them is dead- particularly the ones who share a bloodline with our protagonist, Jon.
When she comes into the story it's kind of like a left field swing. She's a hard and heavy hitter who can only see things one way. But that's all about to change...
The action in this novel was spectacular. You never forget these are super half-dead humans you're reading about and I loved it! But even though they aren't human, they do still have human tendencies that make it easier to relate to them and fall in love with their unusual species.
As far as the romance goes, I was not disappointed.
At first I was afraid it was going to turn into something like Twilight, but not at all. Much better developments and a COMPLETELY different story.
I recommend this for vamp! fantasy fans, for sure.

Friday, November 18, 2016

In Mistletoe

In Mistletoe

By: Tammy L. Bailey
Genres: Romance, Holiday Fiction

DESCRIPTION: At twenty-five, Grace Evans is steadily picking up the pieces of everyone else’s life. So, when her younger sister decides to turn into a runaway bride just four weeks before the wedding, Grace, drops everything to chase after her and bring her back home. Only, when the trail leads to Mistletoe, Washington, she finds herself at the mercy of the town’s most handsome and emotionally unavailable bachelor.
Ex-Army officer, Ayden McCabe, has three creeds in life: never make the first move, never fall in love, and never take anyone to Mistletoe’s Christmas Dance. Wanting nothing more than to keep his matchmaking sister from meddling in his personal life, he agrees to help Grace if she agrees to play his girlfriend. Too brunette and meek for his taste, Ayden believes Grace can’t tempt him enough to break any of his creeds. He could not be more wrong.

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Davi Rating: 5.0 Magical Holiday Romance Toward the end of this novel, there is a ball. (Mistletoe, Washington's Christmas Dance) Why am I bringing this up? That was absolutely my favorite scene of all! It was such a romantic setting and it brought the whole story to a fabulous conclusion! It made me want to drag my Boy Toy to the nearest ballroom, pop on a gown, and make him dance with me! Stunning imagery throughout this whole book and way to get me emotionally attached to these characters, girly! But it's not all dim lighting and classical tunes, ladies. There were quite a few jabs in here that made me laugh so loud I got weird looks from the people riding the bus with me! This main girl, Grace, is to die for. She's such a strong woman in her own way, it was so refreshing to see her let up toward the end, you know? Give up some of that control. As for Ayden, I think that sex god made a perfect hero for our heroine. I love love love love holiday fiction, and this was no exception. It tied romance into the season and create a spectacular meeting and relationship development between the two characters. Only thing that would make this better is if it were longer and all of the add ons were more of that erotica! Melt some of that snow with fiery passion, right, ladies? Gentlemen? Anyway, I loved this.

Rating: 5.0
In Mistletoe is a comedic holiday romance full of light deceit and suspense. The main characters are polar opposites when it comes to what/who takes precedence in their lives.
Grace worries about anyone and everyone but herself (namely her engaged sister) while Ayden refuses to let anyone else into his life. It's a ying/yang relationship that catches both off guard when they realize that despite their differences, they're perfect for one another. In a way, they complete each other.
As far as the actual story goes...
Grace's sister skips town just before her wedding. Since she's vicariously living through her sister's life, Grace doesn't hesitate to play hero in running after her. Where her search leads her? The town of Mistletoe!
Thinking he can help in her search, Grace agrees to deceive Ayden's sister into believing they're in a relationship. I always find these silly little situations hilarious, so I thought that was a warm and welcome development to this story and an appropriate compromise given the characters.
Alright, so no spoilers.
But if you're looking for a warm and cozy holiday romance to kick off this winter season, you can't go wrong with "In Mistletoe".
I received a free pre-release copy of this novel from the author.

Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
This was such a fast read! You pick it up and Bam! Before you know it you've read the whole thing!! From the get go you're caught by the writing style and introduction to these relatable, almost over the top characters. It draws you in with drama, suspense, and intrigue. I could see some of these events playing out in like a TV drama. The bride goes missing, the sister makes it her mission to drag her back for the perfect wedding, the stubborn help who turns out to be some hunky arm candy! Really, the whole thing would make a fascinating movie as far as romantic holiday drama goes. (A guilty pleasure movie I would definitely go see)
The reading flows easy. This isn't one of those novels where the writer tries to trip you up by showing off their ridiculous vocabulary. This author instead focuses on the story and character developments, which I personally prefer. In Mistletoe is a fun, thought out romance that is perfect for reading beside a fireplace with a cup of cocoa in hand!

Rating: 5.0
This is a very sweet romance story about a girl who fixes the lives of everyone but herself. She's very set in her ways, so you can tell she's been doing this for a while. She's so caught up in everyone else's lives that she can't focus on her own!! Sadly, I have been there so I know what that's like. It made it very easy to relate to her character and kept me invested in the outcome. Ayden, the man Grace meets when trying to find her sister, took me a little longer to warm up to. He's got his guard up and seems more than a little stubborn. He does NOT want to fall in love, and he makes it very clear. But with his own family pusher, he thinks he may have found just the right person to bring him back into the clear. Yes, a plot is afoot, for he wants to use Grace as a fake girlfriend in exchange for helping her with her own sister issues. This book has a steady build as far as romance goes, I liked that. Eventually, you warm up to all of the characters and feel your heart swoon the further and further the relationship develops. All in all I absolutely loved this book. It is a perfect holiday romance for the season and I recommend it to all readers of the romance genre!

Rating: 4.5 Ayden, what a SASS hat! OMG he is seriously such a misunderstood tool at first! Not going to lie, tho, I did grow to love that clown. His story is brave and admirable, even if it's not talked about quite as much as Grace's since the story focuses mainly in the fact that she's trying to find a runaway bride. (Her sister- I don't think that counts as a spoiler cuz it's really early in the story!!) Still, his character is certainly described in the most perfect f*ckin way ever just to make you fall in love with that tool. He's a sexy soldier with a heart long since locked away, but the holiday fairies aren't having any of that bull. As date would have it, Grace is about to barreling into his life and right through that steel cage around his cold and dreary heart! Not gonna lie, I found myself fangirling over this pair on more that one occasion. Steady/kind of faster paced story so long as it's your kind of genre. Recommended for romance and holiday fiction fans.

Rating: 4.5 Okay, I have to love a story with a main character that has the same appearance and practically identical personality as me I mean hellooo~ can she get any more perfect? Bland brunette my butt! She is gorgeous inside and out and as the story progresses, IT SHOWS! I love transformation pieces like this. They really catch the reader's attention and leave you with some sort of an after thought. In this case I got a better look of myself through Jess partially because we are spookily similar. She's got that mother hen thing going for her and from experience I do know that can get a bit extreme and overwhelming. It was a good experience for me to see or well, read it, I suppose, on someone else. Noooot always an attractive look, I've realized. Because of Grace's dilemma, she meets Ayden, a real man and her best hope in feeding her "lifestyle"/as it turns out, changing it. As I said this is a transformation story about two very different individuals coming together and changing for the better. Change is a good thing and "In Mistletoe" really emphasizes this point. This is my favorite holiday romance so far and it's made me pumped for the season!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

If I Had You Romance/Women's Fiction

If I Had You

By: Violet Haze
Genres: Romance, Women's Fiction

DESCRIPTION: She made an irreversible decision that tore them apart. He's never forgotten the girl who changed his entire world. Will their future include a second chance at love?
When Darcy catches sight of what she believes is her high-school sweetheart Zachary, the one whose heart and trust she broke a decade ago, she follows him despite knowing he'll make her pay for that betrayal the moment he gets ahold of her. One stolen moment later and her world will never be the same again. Zachary hasn't forgiven or forgotten the girl whose decision impacted both their lives and resulted in him being sent away by his parents. The instant she steps in his path again, he doesn't resist the urge to get his hands on her in whatever way he can, and the result is an explosive confrontation that quickly reignites a passion he's ignored for too long. Complicated lives mixed with past history leaves both of them reeling from their reconnection and faltering in what they've always wanted. Only nothing is simple and neither are prepared for what the future holds.


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Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
This is a surprisingly suspenseful romance about Darcy and her first love Zach, the one that got away. After Darcy makes a huge decision without Zach, he's sent off to military school, never to be seen again. Well... that's what she thought, anyway. At their sudden and unexpected reunion, emotions sprint for the surface, threatening to change the course of both of their lives. They have both long since moved on from one another, but will things change when they reunite? Is the one that got away still within arm's reach? Or is anger the real emotion hidden beneath the surface? This is a heavy, sexual romance with twists and turns galore! At some parts I was rooting for one outcome, in others another, and every now and again I had no idea what I wanted, but the ending was absolutely perfect. In this novel it's hard to predict what's going to happen since there is so much going on, but it's a ride I most certainly enjoyed and was not disappointed by. I recommend this book for suspenseful romance fans.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tipping Point Mystery/Thriller

Tipping Point

By: Tomas Byrne
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

DESCRIPTION: Ex-US State Department terrorism analyst, Joe Hawkins, and ex-MI6 psychiatrist, Kate Farrow, are whistleblowers wanted by the US and UK authorities—wanted for divulging information relating to a corrupt arms-for-oil deal. Exiled from their homelands, separated from the people they once knew, they are hunted and on the run.
When Joe and Kate learn of the mysterious events unfolding at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group, they know it’s their last chance to fight back. Their journey takes them to the Lost Coast of California and on to an American Indian reservation in the Badlands. Only if they can prevent the loss of innocent life and expose the corporate and government forces conspiring against them, can they stop running. Tipping Point is a powerful and complex story of intrigue and deceit that takes readers on a ride into the dark politics of climate change.


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
Tipping point is an exciting thriller! It's based around the characters Joe Hawkins and Katie Farrow. Both have gone into hiding, which you learn after an exciting, murderous beginning. As it happens, tipping point is a sequel to a novel I haven't read, "Skin in the game". Although, as I said, I have not read the set up for this novel, I found it can easily be read on it's own. The novel is about corporate greed and escaping the confines and control of the government.
That said, Joe and Katie refuse to simply run from the torture and torment that's been following them since the happenings of the first novel. They are going to fight back and they are going to make a difference! This plot is riveting. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end and at parts almost feared I'd become TOO invested in these two protagonists.
The themes of this thriller include government corruption, action, heroism, politics, torture, and much, much more. It's truly horrifying to read stories like this because the average person, if this were real, would seemingly be powerless and/or uninformed. So it's a comfort to follow Joe and Katie as they showcase the fact that they are complete and total bad asses, even if they are more or less forced into showing it.
From describing the Iceland hideaway to the characters' fear and adrenaline, this author has mastered it all. It's a poetic, unusual writing style and I've fallen in love with it.
If you're looking for a fast paced, action packed thriller where you'll be rooting for the heroes at every turn of the "page", this is it!

Another Summer Romance/Woman's Fiction

Another Summer

By: Sue Lilley
Genres: Romance, Woman's Fiction

DESCRIPTION: Believing Joe doesn’t love her, Evie runs off to her grandmother’s remote cottage in Cornwall. She falls under the spell of hot rock singer Jake, who sweeps her off her feet and tempts her with the promise of a sexy new life in the sun.
Meanwhile, Joe is shocked to come home and find Evie gone and he is spurred into action to win her back. But finding himself stuck on the road trip from hell, he has to battle through the worst weather the UK has seen in years, as well as his own inner demons, to drive to the other end of the country. But has Joe left it too late to save their marriage? Can he get to Evie before she chooses Jake? Or can he convince her one last time that they belong together?


Rating: 5.0
This is what I like to call a "Grass is greener" romance. Evie believes her husband has given up on them. He doesn't love her so their marriage is over. It's a really sad thing to think, so I completely understand where she's coming from when she runs off to soothe her broken heart. It's in Cornwall where she sparks a new romance with an exotic, sexy, and talented rock singer, Jake.
BUT, little does she know her husband hasn't given up on their marriage just yet! He loves her, truly loves her, and he's not going to stop until she's back in his arms.
Misunderstandings and lack of communication are often the downfall of many relationships. That said, once the rift is set, it's hard to overcome it.
I loved the concept, lesson, and execution of this romance novel. Another Summer has a steady pace that makes it easy to read line after line without losing focus.
The author has a powerful voice for story telling and I hope to read more of her work in the near future!
My only note is that I wish it were LONGER! The suspense was fantastic, so naturally I crave more! (Even if it didn't end how I originally expected-- dun dun dun)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

An Uptown Girl And A Cowboy Western Romance

An Uptown Girl And A Cowboy

By: Lorelei Confer
Genres: Western Romance, Suspense

DESCRIPTION: Samantha, a New York City girl wanna be wildlife photographer, travels to Saddle Creek, Wyoming to begin a new life for herself. After a horrendous travel day she meets a burly, strong-muscled cowboy who instills in her a sexual attraction like no other. After numerous threats on her life, Elliott comes to her rescue. Is he only offering protection or much, much more?
Elliott Bouchard, who thinks he already married the love of his life and still blames himself for her death is wildly entertained by Samantha’s naiveté of country life, and begins to feel again. His emotions run wild when he readily comes to her aid to protect her from villainous terrorization. Will she be the one to set him free? Although Elliott comes to her aid, will he arrive in time to save her or will history repeat itself and she dies in his arms?


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
Oh I am so glad I got approved to read this book! It just looked so gosh darn adorable as far as the description and cover goes, I had to request it! Now I'm happy to say that it follows through with the book's interior, as well! At times, this is a sweet romance story about Samantha, a new to the southern country city girl with aspirations of becoming a wildlife photographer, and Elliott, a strong, handsome cowboy. At other times, this sweet story takes a dark, heavy, suspenseful turn or two. This isn't just a romance, it's a thriller! Elliott lost who he thought was the only woman he could ever love, but when Samantha comes into the picture, he starts to feel something he hasn't felt in a long time. She's a warm little dork when it comes to nature and truly a dove when it comes to her fragility. He wants to protect her from the dangers she's soon to face and this creates a terrifying bond of intimacy between them. This is a lovely suspenseful romance and it deserves all five stars!

The Abduction Science Fiction Romance

The Abduction

By: Ester Lopez
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

KINDLE: $4.99

DESCRIPTION: What if you were mistaken for a criminal and abducted by aliens?
"On a lawless moon of Plexus, a resourceful loner struggles to escape his alien, slave trading father with the help of a beautiful bounty hunter who he realizes is worth more than his ticket back to Earth."


Rating: 4.0
I first picked up this book because I thought an accidental abduction would be a hilarious plot for a novel. As it turns out, this book has more going for it than simply good humor. It's far heavier science fiction than I originally suspected, and because of this I was pleasantly surprised.
Yes, this is first and foremost a romance novel. Genesis is a wonderful, powerful female lead which many people know I look for in ever novel I've ever read. It's important to host non-stereotypical female characters in a story, as you're making an imprint on those who read your work.
Abduction does this.
I didn't feel I've read characters or a story line like this before and the technology makes this novel stand out from a science fiction point of view. I could tell the author put a lot of work into making this an authentic, entertaining piece of work and I appreciate that.
This story is for science fiction, action, suspense, and romance readers. I give it 4.0 for originality, entertainment, and a distinct beginning, middle, and end.

Inception: A Search For Redemption In The Ruins Of The Lies Thriller/Mystery/Crime

Inception: A Search For Redemption In The Ruins Of The Lies

By: Tolman Farrah Geffs
Genres: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

DESCRIPTION: Alex, a college student in California with a secret to reveal, brings together Dolph Sanderson and Cynthia Applegate for the first time since their brief encounter twenty-one years ago, so he can deliver it face-to-face. He discovers that coincidentally, Dolph also has a secret to reveal.
The deception that led Dolph down a path culminating in the darkest recesses of the human heart became a threat to those whom he loves. In the tumult that unfolds, he finds what he had not been pursuing--the love of the woman he had never forgotten.
Dolph had played a key role in uncovering a child porn operation. A most unusual couple, serving as Dolph's security team, identify disgraced Detective Sergeant Timothy O'Haleran, a good man seething with suppressed rage, as one of the porn ring s victims. Together they uncover clues leading to Arthur, a wealthy and powerful society patron of the arts, as the man behind the pedophiles and voyeurs that had destroyed Timothy's life. Tim had come to believe that he was too damaged for human relationships, but the act of eliminating the monster who had orchestrated the ruin of so many young lives finally puts the horrors of his childhood behind him. His capacity to feel some pity for this immensely wealthy but pitiful degenerate restores his humanity; Timothy finally feels like a member of the human race.
Unfortunately, the threat to Dolph and those whom he loves is still very real, as there is yet another individual involved who will not hesitate to kill to shield his identity.
Fate never sleeps as lives that are lost are found again in this romantic thriller about the good that can come from the darkest of deeds.


Rating: 4.5
This is a very dark and almost crude novel about some disturbing topics most wouldn't dare talk about. I appreciate the author's bravery in speaking his voice on the matters at hand.
This book is one of those reads that jump around a lot. It's hard to keep up at points but over all this method kept my interest, making this a fast read.
The mysterious aspects come mainly from information that is steadily unraveled throughout the novel. This helps to not overwhelm the reader since there is just so much going on. If it were written any other way I feel I would have lost interest, so to me this writing style is perfect for the heaviness of this novel. Some dark themes include underaged pornography and well, crime, of course. But there is also a little heart to heart lighting up the pages, as well. Over all I liked the suspense and the mystery. It was a pleasant, VERY DARK read that just so happens to be right up my alley!
I would recommend this to readers who don't mind a dark, mysterious journey that has the potential to get "under your skin", so to speak.
I look forward to reading more of this author's work since I'm assuming this is the intriguing style he follows.
Excellent dark mystery!
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