Review: Veer (Clayton Falls #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

After the death of her mother, and her falling grades at law school, Becca needs a break. And what better way to spend Summer vacation than in Clayton Falls, North Carolina - home to her best friend Molly?

Before she even makes it into town however, Becca's car breaks down, and she is rescued by none other than local cop Gavin - only to immediately get on his bad side. Both Gavin and Becca are running from their pasts, unfortunately because of this, they can't see all the reasons they need each other.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Another wonderfully written new adult contemporary novel from Ms.Ivy,Veer brings back some old favorites while seamlessly bringing "new girl" Becca into their midst. I enjoyed "catching up" with some of the characters we met in Derailed (and how sweet it was to see Molly and Ben again). Veer also brings to the forefront a new side of old characters (like Jake) while expanding on the ones we've already grown to know and love (I'm looking at you Gavin). Once again Ms.Ivy does a fantastic job of revealing the more deeply buried inner layers of her characters, making them even more realistic.

The relationship between Becca and Gavin is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was nice (not to mention interesting) watching it develop. Whereas most "romance novels" have the characters falling in love almost immediately, this was not the case with Veer. In fact, just when it seemed like they might finally get it together, something happens that puts them at odds - again.
It was especially nice that Veer is written from two different perspectives - Gavin's and Becca's. This leads the reader to a more deeper understanding of why they do the things they do, and what is really going on in their heads. This just proves Ms.Ivy's talent for writing characters that are relate-able - and characters the reader can care about and sympathize with.

Veer is a realistic look into what life could (and in my opinion would) be like for a twenty-something year old woman who has had a rough time in life (the death of her Mother a huge part, although not the only part). Becca not only has to overcome her past, but let go of her fears of the unknown as well.

All in all - I absolutely cannot wait to read the third installment of The Clayton Falls series (tentatively titled Wrecked), and I want to know what happens next!

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DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of Veer in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

Review: Derailed (Clayton Falls #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Devastated after her fiance's sudden suicide, Molly makes a life-changing decision. She drops out of Law School, and moves back to the house she grew up in. Clayton Falls, North Carolina is your typical all American small town, where everyone knows everyone else. And unfortunately for Molly, everyone remembers her, and her high school sweetheart Ben is still there. Ben is a part of her past that Molly was looking to leave behind, if only that was as easy done as it is said.

Instead of finding the escape she thought she wanted, Molly instead finds herself remembering the girl she was - and realizing that sometimes, all you need is to go home.

My Review: 4 out of 5 Stars

Derailed is a book about finding love after loss, and regaining hope in the face of unspeakable tragedy. It reminds the reader that you can find love again, no matter what bad things have happened in your past.

Derailed is considered a "New Adult" contemporary novel, so while there is sex mentioned it always "fades away" before any of the more graphic "sexual elements" can take place. Because of this fact, I believe this book will appeal to both people who do not like strong sexual scenes in the "everyday romance" novel, as well as those that appreciate a good old fashioned love scene.

All of the characters featured in Derailed are new and unique to the story (while still retaining their small town appeal), which in my opinion, makes them more believable  While reading, you want the "good guy" to persevere regardless of the mistakes they may have made in their past. In fact, the chemistry between Molly & Ben is undeniable, and their love (both past and future) is the foundation for a this love story. Whereas some authors would have fallen short, I believe Ms. Ivy found a way write her characters so that they will continue to live on, both in future stories, and in our imaginations.

The ending of Derailed could not have been any more perfect. All of the loose ends were wrapped up in a way that left the reader feeling satisfied. In my opinion , Ms. Ivy could have left this as a one-shot deal the book would have been just as perfect. However, because she didn't, the story is left wide open for the next installment to pick up where this one left off.

I absolutely cannot wait to read the rest of the books in the Clayton Falls series (however many that may be)!
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Book Tour & Review: Too Good To Be True by Christy McKee

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of Too Good To Be True in return for my honest review. This does not in any way reflect upon my review. All thoughts/opinions of this novel are 100% my own.

Gabrielle March has always known her place in the world and it is clearly not in the ranks of the rich and famous. Now she’s about to get an amazing gift from someone who is rich and famous that will rewrite her past, change the course of her future and put her life in danger. As someone who’s always considered herself merely a spectator in life, Gabrielle will have to break out of the confines of that mind set to make her dreams a reality. All she needs is a mega dose of courage and some positive thinking— two traits in short supply—to finance her own video production company and take her rightful place in a world that should have been hers all along.

After surviving the divorce from hell, corporate king pin, Pierce Hastings, is back in the game. Finding the right woman was not happening until the exasperating, opinionated, utterly charming Gabrielle March invades his life. He’s baffled that a woman so outwardly bold and confident harbors such self doubt and low self esteem beneath her skin. Pierce wants to spend the rest of his life with her but first Gabrielle must learn to love herself and believe in her amazing talent. Known as the “fixer,” Pierce wars with himself to remain “hands off” until Gabrielle figures things out for herself and chooses to become the woman he knows she can be.
  My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
  Review:  First, let me get the one negative thing I have to say out, I did not care for the book cover. It did not seem to convey what the story was about once you became involved with it. In fact, just based on the cover alone, this was probably not a book that I would have chosen.

 That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed "Too Good To Be True".  The banter and love/hate relationship between Gabrielle and Pierce was thoroughly amusing . Its much different from your "typical romance" novel, as they don't fall right into bed together, but rather, spend half their time at adds which (in my opinion) leads to a more enjoyable and believable story-line. In fact, Ms. McKee has a way of writing all of her characters so that they are unique and believable even with their private flaws.

 As this is considered a romance novel, there are some sexual scenes included in "Too Good To Be True" that may make some readers uncomfortable, but they are well written, and do not distract from the overall story.

 The ending of the novel ties up the entire story beautifully, closing the story in a way that not only answers all of the questions posed throughout, but also in a way that leaves the reader satisfied. Half romance, and half mystery, "Too Good To Be True" is full of twists and surprises that will keep your interest, and keep you guessing up until the very end.
  About the Author:
In one media or another, Christy McKee has written her entire life. In middle school, she started a neighborhood newspaper in her hometown in Ohio. Stories about whose poodle just had puppies or where the Millers spent their vacation were pretty boring—at least to her— so she embellished with a few bits of overheard gossip which got her into big time trouble with the neighbors. Amid a flurry of apologies issued by her parents, Christy’s news operation folded overnight and she was shipped off to a nearby summer camp. Clearly she was not cut out to be a newspaper woman. Christy’s degree in Radio-TV-Film opened a world of creative possibilities. She enjoyed her work as a reporter and news anchor in Missouri and Ohio, but after a few years she gave in to her creative itch and moved into production. Although not as glamorous as being “on air” it satisfied her growing passion to create a story and characters—even if those characters only existed inside a 30 second TV commercial. It was a short time fix for someone who craved a more diversified range of opportunities. Christy took a brave leap—sacrificing a regular paycheck— to work as a full time freelancer, writing/producing everything from travel brochures to radio commercials. It wasn’t enough— she wanted to create her own fictional world and fill it with unforgettable characters. Finally three years ago, Christy beat back self-doubt and embraced the risk and exhilaration of writing and never looked back. After four incarnations and a year under the bed, Christy’s debut novel Maybe Too Good to Be True was released in August, 2012. She lives in Ohio with her family and her two “Lab” assistants, Gracie and Lambeau.
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The Angel (The Original Sinners) by Tiffany Reisz

Best selling erotica author (and world famous Dominatrix) Nora Sutherlin is doing something she never would have thought possible. She is hiding. While her owner, and lover, Søren, has reporters breathing down his neck due to a potential promotion (one that his fetishes would more than ruin if came to light), Nora has taken his advice, and gone to stay with Griffin Fiske - a wealthy and uninhibited playboy.

Upon Nora's arrival, Griffin meets her companion, the young and inexperienced Michael. With his angelic beauty, and submissive tendencies (he is in fact being trained by Nora), Michael is the perfect match for Griffin - if only Søren would allow it.

But while Nora's mind can't stop wandering back to Søren, wondering if he is OK wondering how close to the truth the reporter may come, she is distracted to say the least. And unfortunately for her, that is the least of her worries.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

The Angel immediately catches your interest with the way the plot immediately begins to take shape. It introduces new characters while bringing back old favorites (even touching base with Zach and Grace from the first book).

Just like The Siren, The Angel, has just the right amount of humor to keep it form becoming "too serious". It's beautifully written and guaranteed to take you places you've never been (or even dreamed of going). It will evoke many different emotions from you, some of which may not be all that comfortable.

The twists and plot-lines seem to run deeper in The Angel than they did in The Siren. There is more insight into the characters (including their struggles), that keep you guessing (and glued to the page). One instance of this is the way Søren is portrayed. I was not a fan of his after The Siren; however, after the way The Angel delves into his past, you can't help but feel something for him.

The way Griffin stands up for Michael was too sweet, as was the romantic theme running under the the BDSM of the novel.

Then ending left me with one question, a question I sincerely hope is answered by The Prince; is there hope of a future (however short) between Wesley and Nora?

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DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of  The Angel in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

Review: A Song After Dark by Grant Palmquist

Norman is your typical "outcasted" high school student. He has no friends, no social life, and lives under the thumb of his over-bearing father. So when he meets Zach, he thinks he's won the lottery. Zach opens up a whole new world for him, a world of partying, doing drugs and meeting more girls than he ever thought was possible.
Unfortunately, Zach isn't all he pretends to be. He is hiding a dark and deadly secret. One that if revealed would be the end of him. Of course, only Norman's bad luck could drag him into Zach's world, throwing him head first into something he could not have anticipated.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
A Song in the Dark is told from two different points of view. The first is that of Norman, written in the first person, so that you get a glimpse of what he's really thinking and feeling, while the second is told in the third story person about Zach. His deeds, and to an extent, his thoughts.
Most of the characters in this are not likable in the least. As a Junior in High School, Norman is too old to be spanked, something his Father repeatedly does. His parents treat him as little more than a prisoner, even giving him grief for cutting his hair "without their permission". When he can't go out, and his parents calling his phone all of the time, its easy to understand why Norman has no friends, harder to understand why his parent's don't see that.
In fact, you begin to feel almost sorry for Norman early on, the way he desperately clings to Zach even when they are doing things he knows are wrong, and he doesn't want to do them, he still finds himself "caught up in the moment" in fear of losing Zach's friendship.
The only complaints I have with this novel are the graphic scenes in which animals and humans are tortured and killed, this novel is very descriptive, to the point of disturbing in some parts, and is definitely not for the faint of heart.
I also had issue with the way it ends, at least for Norman. What happens to him? Does he tell the truth? There are several questions left hanging after the final chapter which I wish were tied up better, however overall this was a gripping novel, and one I would recommend.
Due to the graphic and violent nature of this story, I would suggest it NOT be read by anyone with a weak stomach, who gets squeamish over the mention of blood and murder (especially that of animals), and by anyone who is under the age of 13.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of A Song After Dark in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.
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Correctional Officer Paul Constantine is plagued by an unfulfilled life. His wife is a drunk, and nothing he does can ever be right in the eyes of his father-in-law. When his childhood friend Roy Pellerin is brought into the prison where he works on the charge that he played a part in someone's murder, Roy does his best to ignore him. That is, until Roy, a former circus performer with snake-like skin, escapes the prison, forcing Paul to track him on a cross-country man hunt.
Set in 1879 South Carolina, Normal will have you question everything you've believed about judging others on the basis of how they look.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
This book has everything a good book requires; smooth, engaging writing, a promising story-line that delivers, and characters that are well-developed.
As the story progresses, you really do get caught up in the live and sufferings of the characters. Especially Roy, as you see time and again the injustices he is forced to endure. You begin to root for him, even when in the beginning he was a character most would be unsure of.
This book, to me at least, was less a piece of fictional writing, and more of a testament to the human spirit. How we are able to bounce back time and again in the face of suffering. We pick ourselves up when the world strives to kick us down, and this element appears again and again through-out this story.
However, I found this book to be very hard to get into, to be honest. And some scenes were just not my cup of tea at all (for instance there is one graphic scene of a dog being drowned). This was a book that I had to keep putting down and walking away from, and while it was good when finished, it wasn't something I'd read again.
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Review: Trial and Terror by Adam L. Penenberg

What is the only bad thing that can come about a public defender winning their first case? The knowledge that their client is guilty.

Unfortunately for Summer Neuwirth the case involving the brutal rape and kidnapping of a young woman hits too close to home, and what is more unsettling is the client she just helped walk free knows entirely too much about her own past.

As Summer diligently works on her next case, this time a murder trial which will take everything she has to keep an innocent woman off death row, certain aspects of her own past will come to light that makes her reconsider everything she has ever known.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Trial and Terror begins with a murder, something that is not only hard to overlook, but that draws the reader in from page one.

Your first glimpse of Summer is in the courtroom as she wins her very first acquittal as a public defender. Unfortunately, her client (that she has just now allowed to walk free), has psycho stalker tendencies... and his attention is now focused on her.

The twisting story-lines that encompass this book keep you guessing until the very last page. Who is Summer really? And where has her mother been all these years? The questions keep coming, and keep the reader gripped, right up until two surprise twists take the book to the ending you've been hoping for, and the one you didn't see coming.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received an advanced copy of Trial and Terror in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

High school student Aaron Stevens accidentally stumbles upon the hiding spot of five million dollars, money recently stolen from the Pineville bank. Whilst in hiding, he becomes an eyewitness to the murder of one of the robbers, and finds the money in the process. After a daring escape in which one of his friends is fatally shot, Aaron takes the money to the closest place he can think of - his own high school.

He tells his tale to the Sheriff and his deputy, both of them are less than eager to believe his story, especially when they can find neither of the bodies Aaron claims to know about, nor can Aaron lead them to the place where he stashed the backpack full of money he had brought back with him.

In fact, it seems the only person that does believe him is is drama teacher Amanda, but will she help him or hurt him when the mastermind behind the robberies shows up at the school and puts them both on lock-down?

My Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

The Pineville Heist is an fast-paced, action-packed thriller that keeps the reader glued to the pages until the very end. It has all the elements a good suspense novel should have: A bank robbery gone wrong, teenagers who are unable to mind their own business, a hero and a villain (or in this case a group of villains), and enough unexpected plot twists to keep the story moving in new, and unexpected ways.

During the course of the story, Aaron unquestionably transforms before your eyes from an unpopular, normal teenage boy into an adult and a hero overnight. He has to face some pretty scary (and not to mention deadly) scenarios, and fight to keep not only himself, but his teacher alive as they navigate the school, trying to evade a madman hell bent on getting his money, and tying up loose ends.

I was pulled into the story the first chapter, and was unable to put it down until I had finished. I didn't want to wait another minute to find out what happened to Aaron and Amanda. Would they survive? Who was behind the heist? Who could be trusted? All of these questions (and more) are answered as the story concludes in a completely unexpected ending that is sure to leave readers guessing (and surprised), right up until the very end.

Due to the graphic nature of this story, I would suggest it not be read by anyone with a weak stomach, who gets squeamish over the mention of blood and guts, and by anyone who is under the age of 13.

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DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of The Pineville Heist in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

Stranger: A death valley mystery by Melissa M Garcia

Ex-con Alex Delgado and her brother Ric have left California for a new start in a small town in Nevada, where they believe they will finally be safe from the ghosts of their pasts. Taking over operations (and ownership) of the Death Valley Motel, the siblings believe they will finally be able to start over.

So when the body found on the bloody floor of Room 110 of their motel turns out to be the murdered corpse an ex-gang-member, the Delgados are put just where they don't want to be, in the spotlight of a murder investigation.

Even more unfortunate for them is the Detective that gets the case. Detective Will Stellar takes one look at the pair, and realizes they have something to hide, something worth hindering his investigation over. But what? As all three race to solve the mystery in their own ways, they manage to uncover more then they bargained for, and too soon they learn that someone in the town of Lake City believes that some secrets are worth killing for.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

After reading the first few chapters of this novel, I debated on giving up on it. At first, it seemed too unrealistic. The first characters you meet are the Delgados' and its no secret that Alex is a recently released convict. So why would someone who has been on the inside of a jail cell not call the police to investigate a man's murder until she has personally seen the inside of the crime scene? Until she has personally removed something from the crime scene?

As the book moved on however, I was immediately drawn in by the characters, and then held by the ever twisting plot as it wound through the course of the book. There were so many different facets of investigation, so many characters interacting with each other, each offering their own truths (and lies), that the reader is left guessing up until the very shocking ending.

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DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of Stranger: A death valley mystery in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

Fireproof by Eric Wilson

From Goodreads: Inside burning buildings, Captain Caleb Holt lives by the firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner.

Yet at home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, his wife Catherine always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter . . . just like her father. Now, after seven years of marriage, she wonders when she stopped being "good enough." Countless arguments and anger have them wanting to move on to something with more sparks.

As they prepare for divorce, Caleb's father challenges him to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare." Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb reluctantly agrees, not realizing how it will change his world forever.

Surprised by what he discovers about the meaning of love, Caleb begins to see his wife and marriage as worth fighting for. But is it too late? His job is to rescue others. Now Captain Holt must face his toughest job ever . . . rescuing his wife's heart.

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

+ Excellent fire/rescue scenes

- This "40 day love dare", how exactly is it supposed to work if BOTH partners are not involved/actively participating in it?
- All of the wife's "issues" could possibly have been resolved through simple communication without need of the "love dare"
- The wife's flirting with someone else - it makes her seem uncommitted.
- The interaction between the couple. She turns down dinner, after making a HUGE scene and for what? She is portrayed as a bitch for no reason.
- Going along with the above statement, why was the book written out as though men are always to blame?

Again, COMMUNICATION is key for ANY RELATIONSHIP to work, "love dare" or no "love dare". This book just came across in all the wrong ways.  It would have truly been a better read if both characters had known about and had been actively participating in the "40 day love dare". Although the premise is strong and catching, the book just does not back it up.

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Review: The Hoard by Alan Ryker

When an accidental fire breaks out in a Kansas prairie plagued by drought, no one thinks anything of it. But what they don't realize is that underneath the piles of trash, a new organism has been holed up, waiting. The fire drives the new organism out, and into the home of local elderly woman Anna Grish. That may have been the end of the new species, as it needs filth to survive  only Anna Grish is a hoarder, and her home is the perfect breeding ground.

After Anna is found by her son, buried alive and injured under piles of her "possessions", she is taken to the hospital, where a concerned doctor calls Adult Protective Services to assess her home conditions. It takes only one visit from Rachel, a worker from APS, to determine that Anna's house is uninhabitable  and Anna is forced to move into her son's home with his wife and two son's.

At first, Anna seems to be adjusting to life with her son and his family. She gets to spend time with her two grandsons, and annoy her daughter-in-law merely by breathing, but it doesn't take long for the family to realize there is something wrong with Anna. First she is found burrowed under her grandson's bed, after moving all of his possessions to the floor, effectively barricading herself inside. And then there is her need to return to her home, a need that no one can stop, even though its been condemned and set for demolition.

When local people start turning up missing, the police immediately begin investigating, but nothing could prepare them for the Hoard.

My Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

The Hoard was a deliciously creepy book, with a completely original idea that was well executed, which made it all the more disappointing when the ending seemed to fall flat and leave the reader with more questions than answers.

I found the character of Peter to be a bit.... annoying though. It is reiterated throughout the book that he is a "good" son, a "loving" son, he even takes his mother Anna supper each night. So how is it that he was unaware of the unhealthy condition of her home? The author stated that after a certain point, Anna would no longer allow her son inside her home, but at the same time, mentioned that Peter and his family had notice an "odor" coming from her. At what point do you step in and see what is really going on? Peter was able to gain access to his Mother's home when she had fallen using a key she did not know he had. Why didn't he use this key earlier? Why was this allowed to go on for as long as it did? Had he only gone in to begin with, the house would have been demolished long before the fire, and the Hoard would have had no place to go.

However, the details of Anna's condition were extremely well written, and it was obvious that the author had done his research on the subject as it was depicted with a realistic understanding and delicacy of the disorder while managing to not overlook the more horrific elements that can happen.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, I felt that it was a quick read as my interest was kept by the originality of the idea, and the way Anna's mental health quickly declined. I found myself unable to put the book down until I had found out what happened to Anna, Peter and the rest of the Grish family.

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DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of The Hoard in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

Review: Unintended Consequences by Marti Green

Nineteen years ago, in Indiana the body of a female child was found buried in the woods in Indiana. The child was burned to the point that not only was she unrecognizable  but there was no hope in identifying her through fingerprints either.

After a lengthy investigation, police received a tip that implicated George Calhoun, a Pennsylvania resident whose own daughter had disappeared at the age of four, never to be seen again. When his wife confesses that she and her husband killed their daughter Angelina, its an open and shut case. George Calhoun is sentenced to death, while his wife is given life in prison.

George's defense? That isn't his little girl. That isn't his Angelina buried in the woods. He didn't kill her. But that is all George has ever said, he has never told anyone what really happened to his daughter. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his life is set to be over in weeks. Unless HIPP can help him.

Enter Dani Trumball, an attorney working for HIPP, or the Help Innocent Prisoners Project. A non-profit organization that helps convicts on death row prove their innocence. At first, Dani rejects George's letter, but when she finds herself drawn to it again and again, she can't help but reach out to him. Before she knows it, Dani and her team are locked in a battle to save a man Dani believes is innocent, raising more questions than she's getting answers. If the body that was found and buried isn't Angelina Calhoun, then who is she? And what did happen to little Angelina? What could be so horrible that George has not spoken of it even when his life was hanging on the line?

Finally George opens up to Dani, weaving a story of what really happens, or so he says. One thing is for sure, George's story would change everything for him, if it is proven to be true, and there is someone out there that desperately wants to keep the past buried.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Unintended Consequences is a beautifully executed legal thriller that keeps the reader glued to the pages until the very end (its true, I finished this book in a day). The characters are all well-developed with different (and sometimes clashing) personalities which make the story that much more believable  You find yourself caring about these characters, especially Dani and George. Is he really innocent? And if so, will she be able to clear his name before it is too late? Before you know it, you find yourself rooting for Dani, sharing in her disappointment and her frustrations, while biting your nails over the fate of what might be an innocent man.

While the book contains many twists and turns, and a lot of surprises, some of which leave you just as frustrated as Dani and her team at the wall of dead ends, the ending ties up everything nicely, leaving the reader with a feeling of fulfillment.

They have done everything they could. The murder has been punished, the child finally identified. But was it Angelina? You'll have to read it to find out.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received an advanced copy of Unintended Consequences in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

Review: The Road to Nowhere by Lee Argus

A man awakes from a coma in an abandoned hospital. His amnesia leaves him full of unanswered questions. As he tries to piece together his lost past, a few dim memories resurface, leaving him with more questions than answers.

After leaving the hospital, the journey begins in the city of Las Vegas, where humans seem to be missing. The roads are left impassible; abandoned cars have been left in place. Buildings and homes look as though they had been hastily fled from, although in some... a deadly secret awaits.

Our hero, choosing the name "John", teams up with some unlikely allies as he tries to navigate this "new world".

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The story moves quickly, the scenarios seemingly realistic (if you can consider a zombie like Apocalypse real). Each of the characters are unique and interesting, each bringing their own skills, life story and expectations with them. It is hard not to identify with these characters  to begin to feel emotion for them. Will they make it?

Throughout the book, good ideas and strategies are employed, and new characters are brought in throughout, keeping the overall story fresh and interesting. From the main characters, to the minor ones, you want to see everyone survive this "outbreak".

I cannot wait for book two to be released so I can continue on this journey with these characters and see where they end up in this new world.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received an advanced copy of The Road to Nowhere  in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

Wideacre by Philippa Gregory

Beatrice Lacey, the strong willed, gorgeous red-headed daughter of the Squire of Wideacre, refuses to conform to the customs of her time. Realizing that upon her marriage, she is destined to lose not only her family name, but the only thing she has ever loved (Wideacre Esate) as well, our (anti) heroine, will stop at nothing protect her what she considers "hers". Seduction, lies and murder -- Beatrice's desire to own her own land is without apology or conscience. "She is a Lacey of Wideacre," her father once warned, "and whatever she does, however she behaves, will always be fitting." Yet no one could have expected the depths Beatrice's scheming could have produced.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

The first thing about this trilogy that I have to commend is the attention to detail that the author holds herself to. Ms. Gregory paints such a picture that you are able to see the land as she intended.

From the beginning  Beatrice is described as someone who is very spoiled (although I think it would be safe to say she has several "father issues" going on). Given the times she was born to, it is obvious Beatrice was raised as a Squire, not as a young lady, which only goes to hurt her later on.

On the positive side: Beatrice's determination to stay on the land in which wshe was raised, and change it for the better, is admirable considering the times. So much so, that you actually feel sorry for her at the callous way she is pushed to the side upon her brother Harry's return.

This feeling continues on for the first part of the book, it seems unfair the way Beatrice is treated after all she has done for the estate to help it prosper over the years , given the fact that to them she is "only a woman" and therefore "does not exist".

As the story progresses however, anything admirable about Beatrice is lost as it becomes clear that there is absolutely nothing she won't do to keep herself on the Estate, and to put her son in the Squire's chair. She truly thinks of nothing but herself and her precious land. Even when a man comes into her life that truly loves her and would give her anything (even staying with her on the Estate instead of forcing her to move), she cannot see past the tangled web of lies she has carefully constructed. Its obvious she cares for this man, she perhaps even loves him in her own way, but she is still unfaithful, and her deceit brings nothing but more pain, and she carelessly throws away her husband's reputation, as well as their marriage, to keep her secrets buried.

Her son Richard, becomes the most important thing to her. When she thought she was going to lose him, you do get a glimpse of the human woman inside of her. Her fear is palpable, and you can't help but hope her son makes it. Until it becomes clear that while she is worried about her son's life, she is also fearful that should he die all of her scheming and hard work will have been for nothing.

She destroys the land, selling off crops out of state, mortgaging land, and turning her people against her and her family with the goal of leaving Wideacre to her son. In the end, she manages it, but due to her plotting, she leaves him little more than a worthless estate, and a ruined name.

The ending was more that fitting, tying up a lot of loose ends while leaving it wide open for the story to continue (as it does in The Favored Child - review coming soon).

                   Wideacre is available for purchase from by clicking HERE.

In the days following the death of Al-Queda leader Osama Bin Laden, a Saudi-born diplomat is ruthlessly gunned down in New York; a bomb rips apart historic Downing Street in London; in Paris the French President is assassinated while spear-heading a NATO summit; and the flow of oil in the United States is being disrupted.

With society as we know it on the verge of collapse, former Scotland Yard cop Eddie Mallon’s personal connection provides the unique insight critical to figuring out what it all means.

While law enforcement agencies, the FBI, the CIA, and other high ranking people across the world struggle to understand what exactly is going on, Eddie must rely on nothing but his former international contacts, as well as the CIA special agent he has just met to find the terrorist behind the attacks and figure out what his ultimate goal actually is.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Puzzle Master grabs your attention immediately with action packed scenes, leaving you both reeling and craving more. The novel is fast-paced, with action packed scenes that keep you guessing until the very end. There are so many different layers to the story which keep it twisting, and moving, and irresistible. From assassinations and outright bombings, to explosions, sabotage and dirty bombs, the action just keeps going.

With a very well written, and brilliantly executed story-line  The Puzzle Master is one of the best "new" novels I've read in a very long time. Even though at first glance, its 52 chapters seems a lot, they are short, and pass by before you know it. I was unable to put it down due to the fact that just as soon as you thought it was over, BAM, something else happened to keep you glued to the pages. This fact that made the surprise ending all the more enjoyable.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good suspense thriller (especially if you are a fan of Dan Brown as Mr.Boyle's work is reminiscent of Mr.Brown's).

                  The Puzzle Master is available for purchase from by clicking HERE.

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of The Puzzle Master in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Author Nora Sutherlin is famous for her erotica novels, each one selling more copies than the last. But her latest work of fiction is different, and she is certain this will be the book that breaks all her other records, if that is, she can get it published.

British editor Zachary Easton holds the fate of Nora's book in his hands. The demanding editor agrees to work with Nora on her book under one very tough condition, he gets complete control over it. And Nora has to deliever a to-his-high-standards revision in only six weeks, or the deal is off.

Revising her most personal book yet is more grueling than Nora can imagine, made more so by the undeniable sexual tension between her and her editor, her complicated feelings for her intern/roomate Wesley, and of course, her need for her former lover Søren.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Siren is an intriguing story within a story, as the characters each struggle to overcome their own obstacles. The writing is smooth flowing, and written in such a way that it immediately grabs your attentions, and holds it until the very end.

Keep in mind, The Siren is an erotica novel with a BDSM twist, but the sexual scenes do not detract from the overall plot at all. In fact, they are used to farther explore the characters of the story. From the ex-sub turned Dominatrix turned erotica author Nora, to the stuffy British editor forced to work with her, each character has their own demons, and their own flawed personalities that serve to make them more relateable to the reader.

Speaking of characters, Nora, is presented with a more "human" side than I would have expected given her background. Some of the choices she makes are not something you would think someone with the backbone to be a world famour Domonitrix would be capable of making, which is just another delicious thread in the storyline.

I have already begun reading The Angel (Original Sinners #2) and I look forward to spending more time with the characters that have intrigued me so much.

                         The Siren is available for purchase from by clicking HERE.

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of The Siren in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren

After her father is killed in a fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons can remember only one thing: the fight they had shortly before. Her guilt drives her away from the world as a whole, and into what she believes is a safe position, working in the grants department of a foundation office.

When Rachel is asked to assist her former lover in gathering long lost relics from a sunken Chinese ship, she has every intention of stopping him at every turn, at least until her brother is kidnapped by gangsters and she becomes his only hope of freedom.

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Severed Threads combines the three most important elements in a good story - a great cast, an interesting story-line, and enough plot twists to keep you guessing throughout. Although there was one cliche' and laughable sex scene, the overall story-line was more than enough to keep this story afloat. Severed Threads is a definite recommended read for anyone!

Severed Threads is available for purchase from by clicking HERE.

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of Severed Threads in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.


Little Red Riding Crop by Tiffany Reisz

Poor Nora is in dire need of a vacation. She might be the one of the most well known Dominants in the business, but her boss Kingsley, never gives her a day off. After Nora is arrested, and Kingsley must come and fetch her from the police station, they strike a tempting deal: Nora will get one whole month off from work plus a trip to Europe if she can only gain access into a rival BDSM club and earn a face to face meeting with its mysterious owner. Unfortunately for Nora, she will need more than her snarky, Dominant attitude and her little red riding crop when she comes face to face with Brad Wolfe, the only man standing between her and her vacation.

My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

I was immediately drawn in by the main character Nora. I've never been a big BDS&M reader, but the idea of a female Dom as a character was new and interesting. Ms. Reisz has a natural talent for weaving the story so that you often forget you are reading a BDS&M novel, instead you feel as though you are merely experiencing a normal day in the life of the characters she has created. Better written than Fifty Shades of Grey, Little Red Riding Crop has new and original characters, characters that you can't help but want to know more about.

I am intrigued to know more about these characters (especially Nora, how was it she could so easily switch from her role as a Dominant to that of a Submissive)?

The ending of this novella was so unexpected, it left me craving more. I look forward to reading (and reviewing) more of the Original Sinners books from Ms. Reisz.

Jimmy (Red, Hot & Blue #3) by Cat Johnson

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

From Goodreads:  Social butterfly and a soldier in the Special Forces—a match made in…bed.

Red Hot & Blue, Book 3

Special Forces gave Jimmy Gordon the undercover skills of a chameleon, but nothing prepared him for Amelia Monroe-Carrington, the governor’s hot, redheaded daughter. She thought she was seducing a banquet waiter, and he let her.

His next assignment pulled him from her bed and into the worst six months of his life. Images of Lia were what kept him alive imprisoned in Kosovo, and even now he’s home and recovered, she’s still in his head.

For her father’s political career, Lia has always done the appropriate thing, right down to dating a senator’s son. Her one rebellious act, an incredible night with a totally inappropriate man, ended when he disappeared. And then never called.

When they unexpectedly meet again, the pull between them is stronger than ever, tempting Lia to stop sacrificing her own happiness for the family dynasty.

This book has been previously published and has been revised and expanded from its original release.

Warning: Contains incredible one-night-stand sex hot enough to withstand time, distance, and some really nasty terrorist torture.

It seems that I have become a bit addicted to the "Red, Hot & Blue" series by Cat Johnson. Each book is fresh & different (although a bit too short in my opinion), and it would seem that "Jimmy" is no different.

"Jimmy" is set six months before "Trey". It brings a lot of the original characters (including Carly) into play, and it gives you another insight into the dynamic between the brothers. I found the dynamic between Jimmy and Lia to be fantastic, even when he comes back into her life after six months of being held hostage by terrorists (facts that she did not know leaving her to believe he had dumped her). I did find a slight issue with their circumstances surrounding their original one night stand, wouldn't there be security in place to keep the Governor's daughter from taking random men into her hotel room? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad there wasn't as that scene really set the stage for everything to come, but it seemed like there was something missing.

I admired Lia at the end, her openness about her sexuality and her ability to go after what (and who) she wants. Also, the way she stood up for what she loved, and did what was best for her life was nicely written and easily relate-able.

My final words on Jimmy:

-  Too short! I would have loved there to be more to this book. What happened after Lia moved in? There seemed to be so much potential for the characters that was left untapped. I'd love to see more about them!
- I wish there would have been more details around his capture. How did it happen? What happened when he was rescued? I feel more about his rescue could have been touched on here as well.

+ It is a quick, easy & enjoyable read
+The banter between the brothers is all too relateable. Especailly the part about being "smacked with a wooden spoon" . It made the book seem more like an actual "re-telling of events" than a "fictional story".
+ I absolutely adore the "true love" theme that has been present throughout these first three books.

 DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of Jimmy (Red, Hot & Blue #3) in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

Season of Lies by Monica Shaughnessy

Suspected of killing her brother Martin, 17 year-old Robin Callowey is locked in a mental institution and forced to admit a bizarre secret: she can talk to animals. Blessed (or Cursed as she believes) with the ability to hear, see, and smell what others cannot, she copes with her overactive senses by “sleepwalking," or turning her brain "off" to everything she does for periods of time.

Desperate to clear herself, Robin escapes into the Texas countryside during hunting season and journeys back home to Calloway Ranch hoping the trip will jog her memory enough to be certain she had no part in her brother's murder.

By using her gift with a special herd of deer, she does, in fact, learn the details of her brother's death. But in doing so, she discovers a trail of lies that puts her in the path of a killer... someone she knew and trusted.

My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Because my rating on this novel is so low, I am going to start out by focusing on the positive aspects of the novel first.

You immediately learn of Robin's ability to understand and talk to animals. This gift, immediately catches your attention, and allows you to, for a moment, believe in the paranormal.

The ending of this novel is superb A lot of things happen and are revealed that you would not expect. Even though the ending was a bit sad, it holds the promise of so much more.


The formatting/editing of this book was ATROCIOUS. I had to force myself to continue reading, due to the grammar used. Words like "Nekkid", "Woulda", and "Unloosed" are used during the course of the normal narrative (to mean it wasn't the way a certain character spoke).

Phrases such as "that weren't no better" and "timing was so dad-gummed perfect", take away from the overall plot of the story, and to be perfectly honest, make it understandable why the author had to be "self-published" instead of picked up by a mainstream publishing house. Although the premise is strong and catching, the book just does not back it up.

Overall, I would say the book is worth reading, if only for the ending, but only if you can get through the horrible wording.

 DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of Season of Lies in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

50 Shades Darker by E.L James

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

After taking so long to get through Fifty Shades of Grey, I must admit, I was hesitant to begin this book so soon after finishing the other. However, I felt it was important to do just that while the characters were still fresh in my mind. Honestly, I must say I was thoroughly impressed while reading Fifty Shades Darker the whole.

It was a clear (and definite) step up from the original "Fifty Shades of Grey" story. This installment seemed to flow well, and at a steady pace (although, once again I believe there were far too many sex scenes that did nothing as far as adding to the plot). Fifty Shades Darker also gave us a much deeper insight into Christian Grey, even explaining (to an extent), why he was the way that he was. However, I did find the sudden change in his sexual “tastes” and "desires" to be shocking to say the least. It was romantic that he would try for "more" of a "vanilla" relationship with Ana, but for someone so steeped in that lifestyle for that long, the sudden change did seem a bit uncharacteristic. I would have expected him to "slip up" more often than he did.

One thing I did notice about the sex scenes in this installment; they seem to come in more as a page filler than anything else, And at times, they did border closely on pornographic rather than erotic. It seemed as though one minute Ana and Christian were talking, learning something knew about each other, and possibly on the brink of a revelation when suddenly BOOM! It went straight to sex. It read less like two people in a relationship, and more like Ms.James was suddenly unsure of the direction she intended to go with the scene, or felt she was about to reveal too much too soon, so she fell back on sex.

There was also a lot more interaction with the other “minor” characters, and I thought that the introduction of some of Christian’s “ghosts” was a nice touch (although what he was thinking taking Ana to that salon for a haircut is beyond me)! They kept the story fresh and interesting while adding another piece to the puzzle that is Christian Grey. The way he worried about Ana and her safety while worrying at the same time about Lelia and her state of mind, proved that deep down he did care on some level for his former "subs", that they were more than just a playmate to him.

The final meeting between Ana and Leila was gripping and kept me glued to the story. I had a hard time putting the book down for anything, I was so caught up in the characters and what was going to happen next.

I am very much looking forward to reading (and reviewing) the final installment of this trilogy, and I hope it continues to exceed my expectations.

My final thoughts on Fifty Shades Darker:


- The sudden 180 change in Christian’s sexual tastes. It seemed too sudden and too complete a change. I understand he "loved" Ana and "wanted more", but it was still too much, too soon. I don't understand how he could suddenly make that complete 180.

- Again, the sexual dialog. Too many “Oh!” and “Ah!” and “F*ck yeah!”. It was overkill, and distracted from the overall plot. It seemed as though the scenes were all the same as far as dialog and actions. Also, it seemed that these scenes were used when the plot direction was unsure, or there was a need to up the word count.

- Going with the above, the scenes did not seem "erotic" in nature, but more "pornographic" in nature. With just a few minor changes, it would have been better.

- Too many unnecessary scenes (mostly of a sexual nature), and the word structure/flow in places left something to be desired.


+ The “ghosts” of Christian’s past coming back to haunt him. They gave you another look at who he was and (to an extent) why he did the things he did.

+ Fast paced story-telling.

+ Finally learning why Christian cannot bear to be touched

+ More interaction with “minor” characters. It kept the plot fresh and interesting. In fact, some of the interactions were down right page turning!

+ Ana’s backbone when standing up for herself (especially when dealing with Christian's "Mrs.Robinson"). My “inner goddess” applauded at the way Ana handled herself during the party.

This second installment has definitely left me looking forward to the third, and final book in the series. I still have some questions that I sincerely hope are answered in "Fifty Shades Darker", if they are it will be a trilogy worth reading (perhaps more than once).

Mirror of Shadows by T. Lynne Tolles

Ella McKaye has always been close to her Grandmother. So when she passes away, Ella is devastated The funeral is barely over when she finds out that in addition to a large monetary inheritance, she has also inherited a rundown Mansion named Grey Manor. A Mansion that once belonged to her Grandmother, although Ella herself had never known of its existence.

Before Ella has time to process this information, she is involved in a fight with her greedy (and immature) mother, who is furious to learn that the will stipulates that Ella is to share nothing of her inheritance with her. In a rage, Ella's mother demands that Ella leave immediately, leaving Ella with no choice but to take up residence immediately in the old Mansion.

Regardless of how she came to be there, Ella tries to make the best of her situation, taking in a stray kitten and hiring someone to come in and make all the necessary repairs to the Mansion right away. Things seem to be working out for Ella, until the old mirror in the hallway begins showing her ghastly images of a young woman's death. A woman that looks strangely like Ella. After being involved in two nearly fatal accidents in nearly as many days, Ella begins to wonder if she's angered the spirits of the house, or if the ghosts are merely trying to warn her?

My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Smooth flowing, Mirror of Shadows grabs your attention almost immediately, and the twists and turns as the book unfolds, will keep you from putting it down until the very end. The characters are interesting, and well developed, each with their own motives for doing the things that they do.

The ending had a surprise twist that I did not expect, however the only negative thing I can say about this book is the "fast forwarding" of the ending. I would have liked there to be more details surrounding the killer's arrest.

Aside from that, the book was a quick and enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend.

 DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of Mirror of Shadows in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

50 Shades of Grey by E.L James

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Ahhhh… 50 shades of Grey. It seems like this book has been the subject of many reviews, both positive and negative in recent months. In fact, you can hardly ask anyone to recommend a book these days without having this particular trilogy brought up. And, being that I’m only human, I could only take the temptation for so long……

Now as I get into my review of this book, there are a few things you need to know about me:

1. I am a fan of the Twilight series. In fact, I read all four books in three days. So I was stoked to find out that 50 shades started out as a fanfiction of Twilight. I’ve read so many great stories over the years, that I was intrigued immediately. How much detail had she changed? Would the books beginnings be obvious? Unfortunately… reading this book reminded me too much of Twilight. Like Ms.James was trying too hard to be Stephanie Meyers. For example, her main character Anastasia ”Ana” Steele, called herself “one of the most uncoordinated people in Washington State”. Which as we know, was a title Bella Swan also held. In Washington State nonetheless. At one point Christian Grey even says “I’m breaking all the rules now”, which to me, was even more of a direct a reference to his humble, Twilight beginnings.Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for fanfiction. I always have been. But should we really make someone a “best selling author” for characters she’s taken from someone else and altered?

2. I am not familiar with the dom/sub lifestyle. So reading this book was a real education for me. I’m not sure how much of it was taken from the actual lifestyle, but their interaction was enough for me to determine that its just not my cup of tea. And being that he was Ana’s first sexual partner, I somehow can’t see her just going along with some of the things she went along with just to please Christian.

I felt that there was a definite lack of character development. There was so much untapped potential for Ana and Christian to take on more of their own personality. To go less from their twilight “inspiration” and become more their own people, their own characters. The sex scenes took away from the plot instead of adding to it. Yes, I understand this is an “Erotic” novel, but I stand firm in my belief that not only were there too many scenes of a sexual nature, they were laughable. Too many “Oh” and “Ah” for my tastes. Although, and maybe this should go under “positive”, Christian Grey has some amazing stamina.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ana’s “inner goddess” musings. Where at first they seemed like pointless thoughts to add to the word count, they became downright amusing at times.

All in all…. parts of this book flowed smoothly, and were enjoyable, and parts of it were incredibly hard to get through. I did enjoy the ending, probably one of the only times Ana shows any kind of backbone at all. It also left the series open to hopefully be better!


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