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CRIME

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.

REVIEW:


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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EROTICA
Mr. Penn: Part One
By: L. Washington

KINDLE- $1.99

DESCRIPTION: Mr. Penn is my butler. The son he never had, he likes to think of me, as. He'd do anything for me. All I ask for in return is that I get to break him.
Nicholas Ignazio is a psychopath with a heart our for his butler, Mr. Penn

REVIEW:

Margie
Rating: 5.0
Genres: Erotica, Historical Fiction, Short Story
As a fan of gore, historical fiction, and male on male erotica, I found this story deliciously twisted. Nicholas Ignazio is the psychopathic/sadist son of an Italian mob boss. He loves to hurt people, be it friend or foe, he doesn't care. What's more, he loves Mr. Penn, his die hard "I would kill for you" butler. It's an odd relationship seeing as how Mr. Penn thinks of Nicholas as the "son he never had" but our little psychopath knows just how to use that to his advantage. 
This story is short, blunt, and wonderfully f*cked up.


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
RATING: 5.0
 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.

MYSTERY

Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil

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

PAPERBACK: $16.95

DESCRIPTION:

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.

REVIEW:

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...

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.

REVIEW:

Margie
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!




SCIENCE FICTION

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.


REVIEWS:

Margie
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!

Lizzy
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?

THRILLER

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.

REVIEW:

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!

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.

REVIEW:

Ali
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!

Margie
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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