Saturday, October 29, 2016

Some Other Child Mystery/Thriller/Romance

Some Other Child

By: Sharon Buchbinder
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Romance

DESCRIPTION: Between the responsibility for the care of her injured mother and straightening out her muddled finances, public health researcher Sarah Wright hasn't a minute to herself, much less time to repair a fractured romance. After a much loved aunt goes missing, Sarah is convinced it's a kidnapping but the police refuse to investigate. Former fiancĂ© Dan flies to Sarah's side to help—and it looks like things might come back together for the two of them—until Sarah is arrested for her aunt's murder. As evidence stacks up against her, Sarah must find the real culprits as well as unravel decades old family secrets along the way.


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
Some other child is a fascinating mystery novel that touches on an uncomfortable family topic... abuse.
Sarah is loyal at heart. If she feels obligated to do something, she does it. This is shown early on throughout the story. It's an admirable trait I must admit I DO NOT have! Although I disagree with a lot of her decisions and priorities, she is a very realistic character I know many can relate to. Family situations can be tough, and it's nice to read a story that's not afraid to touch on this subject. Understanding this, the author has weaved an engaging work of fiction that remains sensitive to these real, dark issues quite a few families face.
The mystery in this novel is explored mostly through a little back and forth action about a stranger that curiously ties back to Sarah's own life.
But enough of the dark, depressing aspects of this story! There's a little humor and romance thrown into the mix, as well! Although the romance is light in this novel, it is my understanding that the sequel, Desire And Deception, is packed full of that erotic goodness that keeps love-crazy readers like myself glued to the pages! I look forward to reading the romance side of this two part-er now that I've finished with the dark, juicy secrets!
The curiosity readers feel at the start of this novel is what keeps you glued to the pages.(even without the heavy romance) This is a fast read that holds your interest and leaves you wanting that hot and heavy second round!

The Haunting Of Hotel Labelle Paranormal Romance

The Haunting Of Hotel Labelle

By: Sharon Buchbinder
Genres: Paranormal Romance

DESCRIPTION: When hotel inspector, Tallulah Thompson, is called in along with her pug, Franny, to investigate renovation delays, she meets an extremely annoyed and dapper turn-of-the-century innkeeper. The only problem is he’s in limbo, neither dead nor alive, and Tallulah and the pug are the first to see him in a hundred years. Cursed by a medicine woman, “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Lucius” Stewart is stuck between worlds until he finds his true love and gives her his heart. When he first sees Tallulah, he doesn’t know what he’s feeling. Yet, her stunning beauty, and feisty attitude pull him in. With the fate of Hotel LaBelle on the line, Tallulah with the help of a powerful medicine woman turns Lucius back into a flesh and blood man. She and Lucius team up to save the hotel, but Tallulah can't help but wonder if he will ever let go of his past love and learn to love again.


Rating: 5.0
This paranormal romance blew my mind! The setting was perfectly described, and the work Tallulah does at the hotel tells you the author knows what she's talking about. Same with the paranormal side of things. It's a very solid, well thought out and researched story! I really appreciate when authors take the time to sit down and look into the complex themes they decide to write about.
Anyway, Tallulah comes to Hotel Labelle for an inspection to decide the fate of this old hotel. What she finds is the limbo-stuck innkeeper, Stewart. Cursed by a witch (or medicine woman) many years ago, he is unable to live nor die.
Beautiful Tallulah gives Stewart attention he hasn't had in years, but she's there for business, regardless of the fact that no one has been able to see him since the curse.
What could this mean?
Is Tallulah the missing half he's been forced to wait for??
I found this story very interesting for several reasons. For one, it's not your typical ghost/living romance. Stewart isn't dead. He just needs to learn a lesson. Whether he can move on or not from a past lover will decide his and Tallulah's fate. For two, Stewart is an oblivious little dork who doesn't even realize he's in love! Sometimes this concept can be over played, but I loved the way the author wrote this!
This a very good leisure read. It's got a steady pace that holds your interest by descriptive words and a unique plot!
Very endearing story line with just as endearing, hot headed characters you instantly love! I recommend this for people who love unique paranormal romance novels!

Dark Deliverance Paranormal Romance

Dark Deliverance

By: Tamela Miles
Genres: Paranormal Romance

DESCRIPTION: Elle Connor's life is as grim as she had always feared. Years of demon slaying have left her with nothing to show for her trouble. She's convinced a "normal" life was never meant for her.
Patrick Holt wants nothing more than to be away from the holy wars and has lived quietly for years as an average human. The trouble is that he's anything but average--he's a fallen hybrid angel. When Tagas the guardian angel pairs them up to investigate the brutal slayings of young women in Los Angeles, Elle wants nothing to do with Patrick. As Elle and Patrick begin to understand each other, irritation is forgotten and fiery passion ignites between them. "No ties" is how they both live, but Elle soon begins to long for much more. As they become sucked deeper into the mysterious killings, Elle fears that, in this battle, Hell will win.


Rating: 4.0
Dark Deliverance is a paranormal romance about Elle and Patrick, a couple of demon hunters who live ordinary lives when they're not out protecting the world.
Elle is a very strong female role model, which I loved. It's so hard to find good, powerful, and yet still vulnerable and realistic, female role models in stories these days. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this teacher and hunter.
Patrick is a passionate angel with a heart of soul. Despite his species, he's more humane than most. This becomes more and more apparent as the story and relationship between these two characters progresses.
That said, this story is on the shorter side. It focuses more on the relationship than the demon hunting, but the romance between Elle and Patrick, I will agree, needed a slow, attentive build.
At first, both try to fight the attraction, but they're helpless to the bond that grows between them.
I would have liked to have read more action in this story. Nothing too graphic, but just a little more on the slaying would have satisfied my paranormal sweet tooth.
All in all this is an excellent, fast paced novelette that is written in a sure fire way to hold the reader's attention until the very end.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Hiding Thriller Romance


By: Katherine McDermott
Genres: Action, Romance, Thriller

KINDLE: $4.99

DESCRIPTION: Teresa Worthington escapes her abusive boyfriend, Alex, and flees to Paris to pursue a dream career in art. Alone and wary of men, she gradually makes friends and explores her new home. She is distraught to learn that Alex is still stalking her but is determined to create the life she has always wanted. 

Handsome, compassionate, and brave, Serge Gervais, a young Frenchman, slowly wins her trust. He shows her the sights of France and promises to protect her from Alex. Teresa finds herself falling in love for the first time until the unspeakable happens. Alex tracks her down and forces her into the catacombs beneath the city. Will Serge find Teresa in time to prevent Alex's vengeance?


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
Hiding, as the title suggests, is about the life of Teresa, who runs to a foreign country in an attempt to hide from her crazy, abusive ex lover, Alex. This is a suspense and fluff packed story that has readers experiencing a variety of emotions.
You feel the fear and anger in Teresa as well as the hope, doubt, and trust that later develops over the course of this novel.
It's a slow, steady process, and because of that I found Serge and Teresa's relationship very believable.
Hiding takes you on a journey of mystery, romance, and action that does nicely to explore the development of Teresa's trust.
The French scenery and lifestyle was also explored quite nicely. I've never been, but by the words and phrases used by this author, I felt at home with the comfortable French setting. It sounded both pleasant and safe, which I thought was perfect for helping soothe Teresa's fear/doubt.
Up until Alex appears it's a nice, steady ride. But when he does eventually find her, the story takes a darker, heavier turn.
The words appear to speed up with the new found action, forcing you to turn page after page until you're faced with the resolution!
It was nice to have the change of pace toward the end, there, but I certainly loved the romantic fluff leading up to it.
I recommend "Hiding" for fans of fluff, mild action, and romance!
-Mary Beth, Good Books With Tea Blogger

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Love's In The Cards Romance

Love's In The Cards

By: Becky Lower
Genres: Romance, Women's Fiction

DESCRIPTION: Penny Beedle’s outlook on Christmas, as her favorite holiday, was destroyed by a messy breakup years earlier and a botched wedding last year—both on Christmas Eve. But since she and her sister now own a greeting card store, and the holidays are their crazy selling season, she has to put on a happy face.
Del Madison has loved Penny since kindergarten. Commissioned by a big greeting card company for a line of Christmas and Valentine’s cards, he has to emerge from behind his alter ego and unveil himself to the public. He chooses Penny Beedle’s shop for the big reveal. If he plays his cards right, he just might gain Penny as part of his life.


Rating: 5.0
Holiday romance lovers, come take looksie! Penny is a heart torn sap who needs a good old fashioned love story to cheer up her sour christmas spirit! Luckily for her, Del is just the cure she... hasn't really been looking for??
Aside from charming holiday romance and well done kissing, this book also dives head first into the art of non-romantic relationships. Abbey is Penny's sister. By the way this is written, you can tell Penny loves her sister very dearly. It is too sweet, like, adorable how bad she feels keeping a secret from the darling thing. Then there's, of course, Penny's mother. Yuck. Who's a total "need to know" when it comes to her daughter's life. Not my favorite character in the world, but Penny does give her a little sass at the end there, sooo who can really complain? Eventually, Penny does decide to fess up to both her ma and sis, which does a wonderful job of tying up this holiday fic. (Pun intended! Not the sexy kind, but the gift-wrap kind!)
"Love's in the cards" is a cute holiday romance story.
Penny is the real deal. She's been loved, she's been hurt, and she's not above keeping her business her own. I like that in a main character. Makes them so much easier to relate to when they've got a little sass to them, don't you think?
Anyway, this novel is about heart break, healing, and sweet sweet romance! Or novella, I suppose? It's a little on the shorter side, but that just makes it easier to read since there's no "filler scenes" eating up the pages.
I'd for sure get this for a hopeless romantic around the holidays. I need more holiday romance in my life. Especially since it's getting to that time of year, you know? This is great for lonely saps like me. Don't have a boyfriend? Grab a book, ladies and gents.
Have a lovely rest of your day~

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Secrets And Deceptions Mystery/Thriller/Romance

Secrets And Deceptions

By: Lorelei Confer
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Romance

DESCRIPTION: When Avri Lawrence’s high school sweetheart leaves her to enlist in the military, she nurses a broken heart. When Dillon returns four years later, their attraction to each other is stronger than ever, but life’s experiences has changed them. When her life is threatened she’s not sure he’ll come to her rescue or like what he finds. She has secrets and she’s not ready to share.
Dillon Davidson wants to advance in his military career but didn’t plan on having to kill so many people to do so. On a Special Opps mission he’s captured and tortured for eighteen long months. After his escape, he ends his four-year career in deception. He wants to start over with his soul mate, Avri in Saddle Creek, Wyoming. But are there too many years of separation, too many secrets, and too many memories between them for them to overcome?


Rating: 4.5
This story is the real deal when it comes to the saying "page turner"!
Secrets and deceptions is an excellent source of thrill and suspense! Lovers Avri and Dillon reunite after fours years of separation. Their love for one another is quickly rekindled, (Kind of like a slap in the face, really. The reunion, itself, was suspenseful and brought on several questions that would later be answered.) but at what cost? What's real? What's a lie? Do they even know each other, anymore?
Both have secrets they're keeping from one another, but neither can hold onto them for long. Eventually, the truth is gonna come out.
I thought the concept and play out of this story was very realistic. People have secrets and as time goes on, those secrets/happenings change people. I'm glad a writer explored the affects lies can have on a relationship, romantic or otherwise. It creates uncertainties, as well as misunderstandings.
It's clear Avri and Dillon still love each other deeply, so of course readers want these two darlings to open up and just spill the guts (oops. Spoiler?) already, but the suspense was well played!!
I honestly think this is the fastest I've ever read a novel of this length!
The pacing of this story teeters back and forth from nice, steady, slow builds to fast, adrenaline pumping scenes and developments. There's really a lot going on here what with the past/present plots (and fantasies/night terrors) of two characters on their own as well as together, but it's nicely explored. I never felt lost in the text.
This author does an excellent job of keeping the reader's attention on the book in hand! Because, really, ya gotta know if they're gonna make it!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hope Science Fiction/Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Hope, A Study In Scarlet

By: L. W. Brook
Genres: Science fiction/Suspense/Mystery/Crime

DESCRIPTION: Someone has taken to falsifying records, destroying careers, and killing innocent citizens to bring people with similar names and backgrounds as those of the Old World Sherlock Holmes stories together. Forced into this twisted game, Hope and Watson have no choice but to make sure this classic's rewrite doesn't end in their own demise.


Rating: 5.0
Hope. I love the symbol Ms. Holmes' nickname adds to the story! All "hope" certainly seems lost when bodies dressed in scarlet robes start piling up without a lead. Gregson and his newly transferred partner, Lestrade, have no idea what to make of it until Hope shows up at one of the crime scenes, a pipe in hand.
Immediately, Gregson and Hope feud to give readers an insight on their relationship before she was let go for supposed harassment charges on a somewhat recent murder. She's taken in for questioning but eventually let go on a technicality thanks to her government official brother, Mycroft.
On the other side of London, throughout all of this, Dr. John Watson runs into an old buddy. They drink and eventually Dr. Watson rants about his strange gun shot wound and release. I love this version of Dr. Watson. He's a middle aged gentleman with grandfather-like habits that make him so so so endearing! The relationship between Holmes and Watson is a lot like the older movies with Rathbone and Bruce, if you've ever seen those old films! (Just Hope is a lot colder and less open, I guess?)
I would have preferred more violence for this murder mystery but I have to give it five stars since it made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions. Hope and Dr. Watson are two quirky characters who work really well in this copy-cat killer murder mystery!

Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
The bromance between Holmes and Watson lives on through this futuristic retelling of their classic meet!
As always, L.W. Brook takes readers to a world of her own creation!
After a great and devastating war, London is in shambles. The people have done their best to piece what was lost back together, but the puzzle is still far from complete.
Hope (William Sherlock Holmes Scott-- it's a nickname, I believe) has just been let go from her job as a forensic analyst at Scotland Yard. Supposedly, it's due to her harassing the detectives on their "blatant disregard for the facts" but as she's drawn further in, Hope realizes that has very little to do with it.
Someone else is the cause of her wilted career, as well as one Dr. John Hamish Watson's.
They, and a handful of others, have been set up to partake in a game this will inevitably get many innocent civilians, and likely themselves, killed.
This series is new, it's exciting, and it is certainly one hell of an original take on a classic!

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Rating: 5.0
This is one of those books you have a hard time putting down. Immediately you're taken to 2414, in the healing ruins of London City, where you meet Detective Gregson and his fresh out of diapers partner, Lestrade. Good old humor does well to break up the intense crime solving, strained (or rather forced) relationships, and tragedies that are bestowed upon the post-war city of "After World" London. It's a unique world L. W. Brook takes us to, and I find I enjoy it.
Although this is a Sherlock Holmes story, Hope is NOT Sherlock Holmes! In "Hope", Sherlock Holmes is a fictitious character. His stories? Myth. The copy cat serial killings in this story book character's honor? Very real.
Hope is an anti-social, border line sociopath who constantly loses herself in her work. Because of her background in forensics, she becomes an object of obsession for this "Moriarty" wanna be.
One of my favorite lines went something like "Well something tells me he doesn't find my character very important!"-Dr. John Watson (after having been poisoned and shot at)
Yes, Dr. Watson has been drawn into this, too. But not in the original way.
Purposefully shot and released from the military Doctor Watson is proof of just how much power "Moriarty" has. He can destroy lives and careers in an instant. And although he seemingly wants Hope and Watson to solve his little puzzles, it's obvious he's mostly just toying with them. Like dolls in a 221B dollhouse.
So it begs the question... Will Hope figure out Moriarty's game... or will she and Dr. Watson continue to play pawns until they're inevitably discarded?

Rating: 4.0Everyone loves a classic Sherlock Holmes tale. Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson will forever quest to find truth and solve crime...
This is not that tale. This is something very different.
Instead of Sherlock Holmes you're thrown Hope, an ex-forensic analyst of Scotland Yard and accused serial killer. Instead of Old London, you're thrown far into the future where history is scarce and what little remains is considered sacred. Some of what remains are stories. Classics that have been passed down through generations. One of these classics? You guessed it. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes.

Hope is an odd, socially inept woman with a complete disregard for normalcies. Her full name? William Sherlock Holmes Scott, which makes her a perfect candidate for a psychopath's game of copy cat murders. Harassed into following up on the clues that appear on her doorstep, Hope runs into ex-army doctor, Dr. Watson, another player in this dangerous game.
Neither know who this supposed "Moriarty" character is, but both know he has enough power to destroy relationships, careers, and even lives.
This is the introductory novelette of the series Hope, A Study In Scarlet.
It's an interesting, funny, and unexpected re-telling of a classic. I recommend it for Sherlock and murder mystery enthusiasts.

I received a free copy of this novelette in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.0
I was pleasantly surprised by this series. I read both this story and it's sequel, "The Adventure Of The Engineer's Thumb" before writing this review. Both had unique twists that threw me off at first, but came together quite nicely by the end. It's a mystery/crime/science fiction piece of work that takes place in the year 2414. The base of the happenings in this story is the fact that a "Holmes" addict has decided to reinvent the classic crimes with a variety of new elements that are constantly throwing Hope and Watson off.
Hope, a.k.a. William Sherlock Holmes Scott, the adoptive sister of the infamous Government official Mycroft Holmes, starts off thinking this will be an easy, if not entertaining case to solve. After all, it's based off of a work of fiction, right?
This Holmes addict not only wants to recreate the murders, he wants to change them, as well, which makes the man unpredictable.
Unable to back out, Hope and an injured victim, Dr. Watson, are forced to keep up with this game despite it's dangers and Detective Gregson blockades at every corner. It's an interesting play off of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and a much needed change from the typical murder mystery.
I look forward to the continuation of this series and particularly finding out just who "Moriarty" is, exactly.

Rating: 4.0
Very unique take on Sherlock Holmes!
William Sherlock Holmes Scott was taken in by Mycroft Holmes' family at an early age. However, she strays from that name at every chance she gets. Instead, this genius goes by "Hope", despite people constantly feeling the need to call her otherwise.
In this scifi, Sherlock Holmes isn't real. He's a character is a book that's been forgotten by most after what must have been quite the war. Still recovering from said war, London finds itself in a vulnerable state.
Still, criminals will always be at large.
The most dangerous one just happens to be one of the few Sherlock Holmes fans still left in the "After World".
This man, who calls himself Moriarty, tracks down anyone and everyone he can find with similar names and backgrounds as the Sherlock Holmes characters. Once he finds them, he cripples their lives and brings them together to start his psychotic game of cat and mouse.
It's a dangerous game he's playing, for he nearly kills one of the main players before the game board is even set up!
Not to worry, though, Hope has a few tricks up her sleeve and a forensic genius's mind. She won't quit until this crime is solved and Moriarty is institutionalized.

Consoling Angel Historical Romance

Consoling Angel

By: Denise Alicea

KINDLE: $0.99

DESCRIPTION: Mira wants nothing more than to hide away from the world and its cruelties. Overcome with grief for the loss of her father and burying herself deep in school and her internship, her one respite is her admiration for the Hollywood actor, James Dean, an admiration she shared with her father.
Although Dean is long dead, Mira wishes that she could meet him and tell the actor just how much he means to her. As she closes her eyes on another day to sleep and escape reality, her wish is about to come true… But when she finally meets the Hollywood hunk, it presents her with the most difficult decision she has ever had to make…


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
This is very sweet! Not only does it play off of history well, it doesn't exactly change it, either. Mira is a sweetheart with big dreams of some day becoming a famous writer. She's kind of a nerd and not at all interested in the boys her best friend keeps trying to set her up with.
Because of her father, Mira feels a sense of attachment to one James Dean, the extraordinary actor her pappy always wished he could be like.
So imagine her surprise when she not only wakes up to find herself in the 1950's, but has a run in with young James Dean, as well!
It's just what she needs after the loss of her strong, loving father.
This is a very cute (historical fiction) short story with a little dash of spirituality to get this story to come full circle!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil Crime/Thriller

Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil

By: Tim Symonds
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller



It's the year 1906.
Rumours abound that a deadly plot is hatching - not in the fog-ridden back-alleys of London's Limehouse district or the sinister Devon moors of the Hound of the Baskervilles but in faraway Peking. Holmes's task - discover whether such a plot exists and if so, foil it. But are the assassins targeting the young and progressive Ch'ing Emperor or his imperious aunt, the fearsome Empress Dowager Cixi? The murder of either could spark a civil war. The fate of China and the interests of Britain's vast Empire in the Orient could be at stake. Holmes and Watson take up the mission with their customary confidence – until they find they are no longer in the familiar landscapes of Edwardian England. Instead, they tumble into the Alice In Wonderland world of the Forbidden City.


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
This is the first book I've read by Tim Symonds and I am certain it won't be the last.
I feel like the original author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, left the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes open for writers like this. The story fits so perfectly with the original works, it's no wonder Holmes and Watson keep coming back!
This book is a perfect replication of the original writing style and characterizations. It's in Dr. Watson's point of view, just like the originals, and on more than one occasion does an excellent job of reflecting the good old doctor's sense of overwhelm/amazement onto the readers, themselves!
Holmes has retired to Sussex. But we all know retirement has a different meaning for a man like Holmes and his trusty doctor Watson.
It doesn't take long for Holmes and Watson to find themselves up and running again, solving crime like the good old days. Like the characters, you're taken to a world of wonder that has been beautifully described in Dr. Watson's first person old English.
The novel keeps a steady pace that seemingly picks up when the action and deductions start rolling in. It's kind of like a roller coaster, as far as pacing goes, and I love it! I always found the originals had a similar heart throbbing affect that tend to keep the readers on edge.
Let's just say this action packed mystery will keep you guessing, just as all Holmes stories should.
Are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson capable of chasing clues around this chaotic new world? Or will this be one of those rare cases where the infamous detective gets bested??
I suppose you'll just have to read it to find out...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Vigilante Mine Crime/Paranormal Romance

Vigilante Mine

By: Cera Daniels
Genres: Paranormal, Crime, Romance

KINDLE: $0.99 PAPERBACK: $14.99

DESCRIPTION: Internal Affairs be damned, Detective Amanda Werner's ditching protocol to hunt the vigilante whose bullet landed her on the bench. But this is no vendetta. Evidence suggests he's the zealot offing corrupt public officials--the same zealot who's promised to set the city ablaze by week's end--and she'll risk her career and her life to save her hometown. Too bad she can't find anything stronger than Kevlar to guard her heart against her primary suspect: a masked man with a telepathic German shepherd, unstable supernatural hearing, and lips that invite a whole different brand of investigation.
All businessman Ryan McLelas, a.k.a. Klepto, wants is redemption. But even if Amanda could forgive his itchy trigger finger, Ryan still has to convince her that his alter ego's no serial killer. No small task, with syndicate-paid police officers turning up among the dead. He'd better keep his own syndicate ties close to his chest and Amanda even closer, because if Klepto is unmasked while he's hunting the real killer, their passionate affair could mark Amanda as the next dirty cop on the hit list.


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
The story of Ryan and Amanda is intense. And HOT! Vigilante mine is all about finding a killer, romance, and unlocking the truth. This is done in such a subtle, provocative way that you don't even realize you've been hooked until you're halfway through the story!
Immediately, you're transported to Cera's fictional urban universe. The author's writing style does a magnificent job of setting the scene and characters so that it feels like you're actually there.
I wish there had been more backstory explored throughout this novel, but seeing as how it's a series, I have no doubt the author still has much in store for us readers.
All in all this story has a fast paced, intense story line that's broken up by little snippets of comedy and romance. It's a great story of vigilantes, cops, and an exploration of the romantic subtext between them!
Ryan has got that alpha-male vibe going on. (I feel I need to mention his spirit guide, Romeo, because, well... He's an important part of this story and I ADORE him! His brothers, too, of course, but... Romeo's that fluffy little side kick everyone wants!) Although Ryan's gruff on the outside, it's clear he's got some soft spots. (Especially when it comes to Amanda and his family.)
Amanda is an officer of the law. Internal affairs, is her technical position. Although she takes her work very seriously, she refuses to stay on the side lines when she knows there's more to get done. The personalities of these two characters make them a very endearing and straightforward pairing you want to get to know and, sooner rather than later, love.
Especially together.
I could see this turned into a comic and/or movie.
It's urban paranormal fantasy so I recommend it for urban fantasy/paranormal romance/action/suspense/and crime lovers!
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wilder Hearts Western Romance

Wilder Hearts

By: Lily Gayle
Genres: Western Romance, Crime

KINDLE: $2.99 PAPERBACK: $10.99

DESCRIPTION: When Ellie Wilder takes her sister from their grandfather's home, she's determined to put her family back together and write of their adventures. Then she runs into Jacob Harper, a man who resembles Jake the Snake, a notorious outlaw who once rode with Billy the Kid. Is it possible the outlaw who escaped justice has mended his ways? Or is the handsome Mr. Harper now murdering servant girls in Austin? Finding out the truth could be the journalistic opportunity of a lifetime.
Former Texas Ranger Jake Harper has returned to Texas to help solve the Servant Girl Annihilator murders. But when a similar murder occurs in Harmony, Texas, Jake goes undercover as Jake the Snake to find a connection between the series of brutal murders. Then Ellie Wilder shows up. Her snooping could blow his cover and get her killed, but Ellie soon becomes a bigger threat to his heart than his investigation.


Rating: 5.0
Genres: Crime fiction, Western romance
Wilder Hearts had a lot of cute, embarrassing moments that make the readers fall head over heels for Jake and Ellie. Jake is an undercover ex-Ranger working to investigate a series of murders from the inside. Ellie is a stubborn, need-to-know journalist trying to solve this murder mystery on her own. What's worse? She thinks Jake might be the bad guy! This story is a hot one, so make sure you've got the fan at the ready for this trip down to old Texas!
Usually, in books like this, the build up of tensions between the main characters is either over or under played. I didn't find this the case with Wilder Hearts- that tension is GOLD! As for the pace of the plot, I found it was well written. You get a solid base, an understanding of the characters, and then you get quite a bit of action and suspense in there, too! This is a great read for Western Romance and crime-fiction lovers, alike!

Rating: 5.0
Genres: Western Romance, tragedy, crime
One thing is for sure, Ellie Wilder is a girl who knows how to persevere! When she gets set on something, she makes it happen! It's an admirable trait for the character and a valuable lesson to teach readers-- even if it does get her into trouble!
Ellie is a young lass with big, bold dreams of becoming a hot shot journalist. When serial killings and a man who looks an awful lot like Jake The Snake pop up, she sees this as one heck of an opportunity!
Meanwhile, Mr. Harper aka Jacob has got himself a dirty little secret he desperately needs to keep under lock and key.
When they first meet, Ellie's journalist senses start to tingle. She knows this mysterious Mr. Harper is hiding something and she's going to find out what!
This ensues sexual/legitimate frustrations for both parties that inevitably end in a hot romance!
There were a few twists I didn't expect a story like this to have, so those were fun little surprises! This is definitely an interesting Crime/Western Romance/Tragedy novel.
The actual writing style is playful and engaging. I found it was easy to lose myself in this style, which of course made it a fast read! Great plot, great pace, great romance! It'll keep your heart racing for more reasons than one!

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Intuition Paranormal Romance


By: Anna Durand
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

KINDLE: $2.99 PAPERBACK: $12.95

DESCRIPTION: Torn apart by their haunted pasts, Grace Powell and her fiancĂ© David Ransom are struggling to reclaim their passionate bond. She yearns for a normal life — one without danger and paranormal powers — but David can't renounce his obsession with hunting down rogue scientist Karl Tesler, who abducts and tortures psychics. David endured Tesler's tactics himself, but despite what Grace believes, he's not out for revenge.

Tesler covets her unprecedented abilities and her connection to a vast and mysterious source of psychic energy known as the Golden Power. He will stop at nothing to possess her, and David will do anything — even abandon and lie to her — to protect Grace from the mad scientist.

With a psychic stalker on her trail, Grace charges into a desperate mission to uncover the truth about David's obsession and his secret past. But Tesler's agents are closing in on her, and a terrifying new enemy is rising…

As events drive Grace and David toward a battle of epic proportions, they must risk everything — their relationship, their lives, and even their souls — to defeat an enemy who wields unspeakable psychic power. Can a bond borne of true love save them, and the world?


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
LITERALLY from the first line you're hooked! Intuition is a trilling paranormal romance with mystery and suspense around every corner! I'm going to try to stay away from spoilers because this book is filled with mysteries and exciting plot developments I guarantee you haven't seen before! (At least I haven't, anyway) It's new, it's exciting, it's a story adrenaline junkies are gonna want to read!
I can't say anything as to how well this story played off of the first book in the series since I have yet to read it, but this book can definitely be read on it's own. The author uses powerful imagery to capture their readers and keep them entertained all throughout this novel. Not once was I disappointed by the many plot twists and never did I lose interest. The romance is unique and exciting, as is the story, itself! I've only read a handful of paranormal romances in my life, and most of which are recent. I find they make the aspect of love/love making (oohlala) different and therefore more engaging. That said, this story will have you falling in love with it's characters and make you crave it's prequel (and hopefully sequel??)!
Great work to the author! I recommend this to any and all romance fans, paranormal and normal, alike. (Try something new, traditionalists!)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Inception: A Search For Redemption In The Ruins Of The Lies Suspense, Thriller, Romance

INCEPTION: A Search For Redemption In The Ruins Of The Lies (Family Tree, #1)

By: Tolman Farrah Geffs

GENRES: Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
KINDLE: $2.99  PAPERBACK: $17.95

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 Sargeant 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, and 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.


Inception, A Search For Redemption
Rating: 4.0
-Spoiler Free-
There is a lot going on in this novel. A lot of characters, a lot of subtext, a lot of story lines... In short, it's a tangled mess that's brilliantly unraveled layer after layer by the author of this romantic thriller. This story by Tolman Farrah Geffs will keep readers at the edge of their seats from beginning to end. I liked how the romance was twisted into this story. There was so much dark, depressing context weighing down the pages, it was really nice to give Dolph/the readers something to ease the hurt.
This book is a crime/suspense/thriller/romance novel that does a good job unraveling it's mysteries. The reason I took off a star was because I did find parts of it a little frustrating since there was so much going on. I suppose it's safe to say this is definitely an intelligent read. If you're looking for a mind teaser, this is it! I will warn you, however, there are a lot of dark elements in this novel that aren't for everyone. (Namely, molestation/pedophilia.)
Doesn't bother you/it'll only make you more invested in the outcome? Great! I recommend this!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Blackbird Western Romance

The Blackbird by Kristy McCaffrey

THE BLACKBIRD (Wing Of The West Book Four)

By: Kristy McCaffrey

GENRES: Romance, Historical Fiction, Western
KINDLE: $3.99  PAPERBACK: $12.99

DESCRIPTION: Haunted by a deadly attack, Tess Carlisle turns to bounty hunter Cale Walker to find her missing padre. But in the land of the Apache, can he free her heart?

“The Wings of the West series is a fresh take on women in the Old West and the men they love. I’m addicted to Kristy McCaffrey’s sexy westerns and adventurous heroines!”
—Ann Charles, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Award-winning Deadwood Mystery Series


Rating: 4.0
Although it's true I haven't read many Western romance novels in my time, I certainly haven't read one like this. The author has created a unique, spiritual tale of romance and adventure. It's a well paced story that captures you by the setting and strong hearted characters. Tess, a family oriented beauty, hires a bounty hunter to help find her father. She fears where this journey may take her for reasons you'll have to learn by reading this story yourself. Ha. However, I will say this is a charming, engaging work of fiction that deeply explores the realm of hurt/comfort. (One of my favorite sub-genres for romance.) I recommend this read for fans of heavy Western Romance. It's outside the box and although this isn't my favorite genre in the world, I can honestly say this was a great read.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Layers Erotica Novel

LAYERS By: TL Alexander
DESCRIPTION: Alexia Keith, self-proclaimed nerd and potty-mouth, is a beautiful, scotch drinking, complicated mess. In other words, she has issues, and the last thing she needs is her boss, Jaxson Ryan, CEO of Ryan Acquisitions, messing with her issues. She finds him "hard" and even harder to resist, but she must, he’s off limits.
One of New York’s most eligible bachelors, Jaxson Ryan, is the poster boy for the tall, hot, conceited self-proclaimed manwhores. The only thing he wants is Ryan’s Risk Manager, Alexia Keith. What happens, when a man with a bedpost-notching waiting list, a man who thought he had it all, wants the only woman he can’t have?


Oh my gooood here I go again... falling in love with smexy, well developed fictional characters. I can't help myself, these two are to die for!! If you're looking for a fast paced story that will keep you glued to your seat from start to finish, THIS IS A GOOD ONE!! I need a permanent copy in my library! Alexia is definitely the most spunky, gorgeous potty mouth I have ever had the good fortune of reading about. I liked that the reader put a little explanation before the story because, yes, it's very important to know you're starting from the middle. No worries, the author has done a magnificent job of tying the loose ends to bring this story full circle! Well... I suppose it's not FULL circle. This is a series, and this is only the first increment, after all! The readers are tied into the story by a very unique type of narrative that I found most engaging. It's nice to get little explanations of the characters and events as though Alexia were explaining them to you. This is truly a great story, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for an interesting, non-stereotypical romance. Authors looking to find reviewers! Please take a look at our "For Authors" page! We would love to read and review your work!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Re-Wired Scifi

RE-WIRED By: Greg Dragon
KINDLE: $2.99 PRINT: $6.99
DESCRIPTION: Robotics student Brad Barkley has created the perfect woman. The only problem is she's an android, and her creator realizes too late he may have made her too perfect. After Brad's ultimate failure with women nearly consumes him, he discovers Tricia, his android, may be able to rescue him from a life of loneliness, if he and the human race are willing to pay the price.


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
This is insane. And I mean that in a HOLY MIND FUCK THIS IS AMAZING sort of way. This novel will have you glued to it's pages from start to finish. Greg Dragon has created a unique, science fiction master piece that will confuse the hell out of you! The author uses a mix of robotics, romance, addiction, and those wonderful negative family relationships we all know and love to craft an original story you won't see coming. It starts off with the main nerd, Brad. He's a genius in his own right, but not when it comes to women. Like the description says, he becomes determined in creating an artificial woman to solve this problem. But at what cost? Lose yourself in this engaging sci-fi novel. I promise you, you haven't read anything like it before. I love how the author manages to explore the horrors of poor choices through such an engaging, off beat path I can honestly say I've never taken before. It keeps you invested in the characters, and despite the endless guessing on the reader's part, it will still manage to surprise you. Bravo, good sir. You've successfully made an AI nerd out of me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Moonlight Market Erotica/Romance/Adventure/Fantasy

KINDLE: $5.99
DESCRIPTION: College senior Cory Long tracked his missing sister to the magical Moonlight Market to bring her home. Instead, he found a disorienting world of performers and hawkers, bizarre sights and sounds, and one very familiar showman, Sanderson Beets. Like a drowning man, he latched onto Sanderson, trusting him to navigate the twists and turns of the Market as unerringly as he had steered Cory to passion in their furtive trysts on campus.
But Sanderson was tired of being the quickie in the alley. Sanderson Beets had escaped the Moonlight Market to attend college, hoping to settle into a normal life, maybe meet someone and fall in love. To obtain that new life he made a dangerous bargain. And when the sinister woman known as the Weaver of Dreams is involved, second chances always come with strings attached...and sacrifices. Sanderson’s debt has come due, and the only payment he has to offer is Cory, and their chance at a relationship.


Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
Genres: Erotica, lgbqt, romance, fantasy, adventure
The Moonlight Market is a charming tale of romance, adventure, and magic. At first you're thrown into something hot and heavy. That's the first tug on a long spool of thread (Ha! You'll only get it if you read the story) that is unraveled throughout the chapters of this book. The author likes to keep you on your toes by throwing you all around the story. (Past, present, future, dream, reality) Usually, this kind of writing I find confusing. However, the author of this book has managed to do this in such a way that keeps the story light and engaging. Instead of frustration, you feel excitement. You want to know how these little snippets fit into the big picture. Now onto the story line...
Cory and Sanderson are the two main characters in this book. Personally, I fell in love with their relationship right away. They're both afraid to express themselves, so instead they start out as a steamy hook up. (The sex scenes in this are amazing, by the way!)
It's after the fact that readers learn more about these two. Mainly, you learn about their family lives/how their strained family relationships came to be. I'm trying very hard to keep away from spoilers.
So I'll just say both back stories are explained throughout the rising action of this novel. And both combine to create a heart throbbing climax to this incredibly original story about family, finding what's been lost, and a spectacularly described carnival aka The Moonlight Market. Five stars!

Fireworks Romantic Short Story

FIREWORKS By: Denise Alicea
KINDLE- $0.99

Description: After Sarah’s grandfather passes away, it’s up to Sarah to pack up a lifetime’s worth of his possessions as she comes to terms with her grief. As she goes through his possessions, she finds a picture. The faded black and white picture seems innocuous at first, but something draws her towards it. As she studies the picture and the man inside it, she forgets her grief momentarily. 

However, there’s more to the faded picture of a soldier in 1940s New York than she realizes, and soon she unexpectedly meets him—but he hasn’t aged a day. As they get to know each other, Sarah’s feelings begin to grow…


Rating: 4.0
Genres: Romance, chick lit, short story
The story of soldier James and Sarah is a sweet, but short one. It starts off at a steady pace, then picks up when- WOAH- a guy from the 1940's suddenly pops up in Sarah's apartment! And not just any guy... A well mannered soldier/Sarah's grandather's best friend from war. It's implied her grandfather, who has recently passed, is the cause of this mysterious happening, but who can be sure. If it was, her grandfather is one hell of a matchmaker. I would have preferred a little more hesitation and doubt on Sarah's part, but I know this is a romantic chick-lit, so I suppose I have to give it a pass for that. If you like romantic short stories, you'll probably like Fireworks by: Denise Alicea.

Mary Beth
Rating: 5.0
Genres: Romance, short story, scifi
It's sweet, it's short, it's romantic- it's my kind of story.
After losing her grandfather, Sarah fears she's also lost the only man she'll ever love. Her luck with men is far from the best, but old gramps isn't going to leave his baby girl all alone. No, he's sending her a hunky, well mannered soldier from his time in the war. That's right. James, the soldier. The romantic plot here is fast paced, but this is fiction. I mean, when's the last time your grandfather sent you a WW2 vet with perfect hair and biceps? Exactly, it's fiction. 
This short story is wonderful, as are are all of the characters. James is Mr. Perfect, Jill is that best friend everyone wants to have, and Sarah is the most endearing damsel you could ask for.

Ratif: 3.0
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
This is a sugar sweet story for the feel-good love sap. It's about time travel, falling in love, and both fearing/mourning the loss of someone you love.
Understanding Fireworks is a short story, I found it was too fast for me. I felt like it was over before I got a chance to connect with the characters.
Sarah was the only one I felt any real sense of connection with, and that was mostly because she lost her grandad. I wish there had been more here so that I could better relate to the characters. Vivid flashbacks and more suspense, I feel, would greatly benefit the impact this story has on it's readers. Please note that this is merely my opinion as a reader/reviewer.

Rating: 4.0
This is a very sweet, but very short, read. The theme here is time travel. Despite it's shortness, I didn't feel the actual character introductions, themselves, were rushed. You have time to get an appreciation for the main character and learn a thing or two about her grandfather and the man she inevitably falls for, as well. I wish in the actual meeting there would have been a bit more suspense/less acceptance when it came to the time travel theory, but this is a short story so I understand the speed is going to be different than that of a full length novel. All in all this is very cute!

Mr. Penn M/M Erotica

Mr. Penn By: L. Washington

KINDLE: $1.99


This short story contains explicit male/male sexual exploits, torture, and twisted family morals.

Mr. Penn is my butler. He's taken care of me since the day I was born.
The son he'd never had, he likes to think of me as.
He'll take care of me until his very last breath.
All I ask for in return is that I get to break him.


Rating: 4.0
Genres: M/M Erotica
I was hoping for a little more romance, but as far as master/servant hot and heavy erotica goes, this wasn't bad! Not bad at all, actually. I'm happy to say I wasn't completely traumatized, at least!
Nicholas, the "master" (sorry, this isn't a doctor who reference) in the "relationship" (note the quotation marks) is a psychopath. So, yeah, this erotica seriously lacks in the romance department. Not to worry! It makes up for it with manipulation, torture, and sadism! Ha! Not for everyone. This story is for the lovers of dark, sick, mutated erotica that you have no choice but to bury in the darkest depths of your sock drawer. Heaven forbid the hubby finds it!
Very unique story. Loved the setting! Hated the torture. Fortunately, this short story won me over with some sadistic, grin bearing male on male hand job action at the end, there. Also, I really liked the last few lines. It really ties together Nicholas's insecurities as well as, I'm assuming, foreshadows what's to come in the series.
-Mia, a novice to the reviewer's world of story critique.

Tiny Tim... Holiday Fiction

Tiny Tim And The Ghost Of Ebenezer Scrooge
KINDLE- $8.99  PAPERBACK- $18.79

Review By: Legend Brook
Genres: 90 Minute Short Reads, Holiday Fiction, New Classics
 By: Norman Whaler
-Minor Spoilers-
When I first saw that this was a sequel to A Christmas Carol, I was skeptic. I thought, “How could they possibly follow that up?” By the second page, I was hooked.
Norman Whaler created a masterpiece to follow up a classic. The characters, narrative, setting, it feels like an extension of the original. By that I mean you haven't read A Christmas Carol until you've read Tiny Tim And The Ghost Of Ebenezer Scrooge. You just haven't. This story is what brings A Christmas Carol full circle.
After Scrooge's death, Tiny Tim, now a young man, becomes angry. “It's not fair!” He shouted after seeing the corpse of a man they all grew to love. This reaction, for anyone who has ever lost a loved one, is spot on. It's realistic. Anger at the world, at God, is a natural reaction Tiny Tim succumbs to. But with the help of Ebenezer's ghost, Tiny Tim regains his faith.

“An untested faith is no faith at all”- My favorite line.

Truly, this book is hard to put down. I meant to stop part way through to eat something, but I ended up finishing it all in one sitting.

Full Book Description:
In the sequel to Charles Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim, now a grown well-to-do young man, builds to a crisis of faith that begins with the loss of his love and soul-mate years earlier. It all comes to a head when old Scrooge, his benefactor, friend, and second father suddenly dies just days before Christmas. Blaming God and rejecting Christmas, Tim slips more and more into an uncaring mood with only a tenuous need to live on. Scrooge's ghost now returns to show Tim what he does not understand about true faith when bad things happen to good people and finally begins to understand what Christmas really means in Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge: The sequel to A Christmas Carol.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

M/M Erotica Master Ignazio Review

Master Ignazio
By: L. Washington
(A Mr. Penn Short Story)

Review By: Paige Olivar
Rating: 5.0
I read Mr. Penn by: L. Washington for my book club ( then decided to try out it's sister book, Master Ignazio.
Master Ignazio is basically the same story as Mr. Penn except with one key difference. The reader finally gets to read in Mr. Penn's POV instead of Nicholas Ignazio's. Not only do the events play out in the butler's POV, but the reader learns more about Mr. Penn's personal life, as well.
Our suspicions of "Agatha" being Mr. Penn's lover are confirmed. Also, we learn that Mr. Penn had daddy issues and was therefore "glad" to be sold to the mafia, who he believes to be his true family.
Even though it's the "same story", it feels different. It's hard to tell just how insane Nicholas is, which leads readers to believe that perhaps Mr. Penn, himself, doesn't realize Nicholas is an actual psychopath. I like the alternative POV and I appreciate being able to read the story without Nicholas' disturbing rituals thrown in the mix.
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Review By: Margie
Rating: 4.0
Genres: historical fiction, erotica
I liked reading Mr. Penn's POV. You learn about his family issues which makes his attachment to Nicholas and the Ignazio family all that much more understandable. Unfortunately, there is no torture in this one. It's very clean, like the character the story follows, so I guess that makes sense. Also, by doing that, I feel the writer is trying to imply that Mr. Penn isn't as aware of Nicholas' let's say "habits" as Nicholas seems to think. Hmm... That could cause some serious tension, I think. And perhaps be a game changer for Nicholas' feelings toward Mr. Penn? Or the other way around??

Friday, October 7, 2016


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