Raced (Driven Series) by K. Bromberg-Review and Release Week Blitz

Raced (Driven Series) by K. Bromberg – Review and Release Week Blitz

Raced

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 15, 2014

The Colton Points of View Collection

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a companion novella to the Driven Trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed). This novella is a compilation of reader requested scenes from the series retold through the eyes of Colton Donavan.

Colton Donavan lived life in the fast lane, but it took Rylee Thomas to teach him what racing was all about.

Arrogant, Rogue, Broken, Conceited, Dirty-Talking, Rebel, Egomaniacal, Voodooed, Bent, Reckless

You think you know me?

Think again.

*Raced is not a complete re-write of the Driven Trilogy. This companion explores pivotal scenes as well as some new ones written in Colton Donavan’s point of view that were not previously published in Driven, Fueled, and Crashed. Hear his thoughts, experience his inner-turmoil, and laugh with him on his journey as he overcomes his demons and accepts what it means to love.

This novella is for the devoted readers of the Driven series. It is recommended that this companion be read after Driven, Fueled, and Crashed.

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REVIEW: RACED is the companion novella to K. Bromberg’s wildly successful Driven Trilogy focusing on billionaire race-car driver Colton Donavan and the love of his life Rylee Thomas. The book is written from Colton’s POV and covers some of the timeline throughout the Driven Trilogy.

K. Bromberg takes the reader into the mind of Colton Donavan. We are privy to his private thoughts, his anxiety, his needs and his desires. Colton’s past has formed the man that he is today and we are up close and personal with the demons that have all but destroyed his mind. Colton is a man possessed, who believes he is not worthy of love or affection, and a man who is on a path of destruction from where there may be no return.

K. Bromberg introduces each new chapter with a bit of history and explanation as to why she chose that particular scenario. Some reasoning includes a better understanding of Colton’s mindset at the time or the introduction of a completely new scene that was never written because the original trilogy is told from Rylee’s POV. From emotional rants to pages of self-debasing, Colton is a man who wants and needs Rylee like the air that he breathes but he believes he will destroy her faith and her love. He continually pushes away the woman that he loves because he is too frightened to admit that his need for Rylee may be stronger than her love for him.

The storyline is heavy with graphic language and profanity-almost stereotypical and clichéd of the male species. As the author has explained, DRIVEN is not a complete re-write from Colton’s POV but addresses specific plot points and events throughout the trilogy. Colton’s one –on-one time with his best friend Beck reveals a bromance, of sorts, with the man who will soon get a story of his own.

If you are a fan of K. Bromberg’s DRIVEN Trilogy then RACED is a revealing addition to the series. RACED is not a stand alone storyline-the DRIVEN series must be read in order to understand the significance of the outtakes and Colton’s POV throughout the novella. The DRIVEN series is about a tragic hero; a man whose public persona hides a past mired in abuse, devastation and such low self esteem that even his heroes have a difficult time finding their way to save a little boy when he needs them the most.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Driven
Driven #1
by K. Bromberg
Release Date: May 2013
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance

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DrivenRylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule.

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

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Fueled
Driven #2
by K. Bromberg
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Genre: adult, contemporary,erotic, adult

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Fueled CoverWhat happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn’t supposed to, and I sure as hell didn’t want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.

Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. She’s seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she’s still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

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Crashed
Driven #3
by K. Bromberg
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance
Release Date: March 3, 2014

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Crashed-AmazonWhen life crashes down around us, how hard are we willing to fight for the one thing we can’t live without, each other?

Life is full of moments.

Big moments.

Little moments.

And none of them are inconsequential.

Every single moment prepares you for that one instance that defines your life. You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything.

Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she’s worth the fight…but how do you fight for someone you know you don’t deserve?

Love is full of ups and downs.

Heart stopping highs.

Soul shattering lows.

And none of them are insignificant.

Love is a racecourse of unexpected twists and turns that must be negotiated. You have to break down walls, learn to trust, and heal from your past in order to win. But sometimes it’s the expected that’s the hardest to hold on to.

Colton has healed and completed me, stolen my heart, and made me realize our love’s not predictable nor perfect—it’s bent. And bent’s okay. But when outside factors put our relationship to the test, what lengths will I have to go to prove to him that he’s worth the fight?

Whoever said love is patient and love is kind, never met the two of us. We know our love is worth it—have acknowledged that we were meant to be—but when our pasts crash into our future, will the repercussions make us stronger or break us apart?

 

Driven  Series

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excerpt

 

I raise my head and look into her eyes. Last chance, Ryles. Escape while you can. But she stands her ground, unwavering, accepting of the warning in my eyes and the dominance in my stance.
“Come.” God help me because when all is said and done, I think I’m going to need it to walk away from her. She bites her bottom lip to stop it from quivering. Even she knows I’m inviting her into the lion’s den.
I give her a soft smile, pretending I can’t see the vulnerability in her eyes, ignoring it as I draw her further in … and that makes me even worse of a man than I already thought.
We walk, desire leading us and desperation owning our thoughts. I think I mumble an explanation that I have a room, but I’m not sure because my thoughts are consumed by every single thing about her. Fucking consumed when I’ve never been this way before.
I usher her into the elevator, unlock the penthouse all the while my dick is begging me to push the red button, halt the elevator right here, right now and take her on the floor. Feed the greed and be done with her.
Return to familiar ground and be the asshole I know that I am.

 

 

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K. Bromberg New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard.

K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on two stand alones, Slow Burn and Sweet Ache, as well as an untitled novella to the Driven Series.

 

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In addition: K. Bromberg will be hosting a contest on her Facebook author page. On Sunday September 14, K. Bromberg will post a cover image of RACED and any reader who changes their profile picture to the RACED image and then types ‘done’ in the Facebook comments beneath her post, , will be in the running for several signed paperbacks of RACED to be chosen at random at the end of the week. The important thing to note is that when K. Bromberg picks the winners on Saturday, their profile picture must still be the Raced Cover Image in order to win.

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King’s Daughter by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

King’s Daughter by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

 

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King’s Daughter
Elven Chronicales series.- Book #6
by M.A. Abraham
Release Date: September 20, 2014

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A flicker of eye contact is all King Liessen needs to know he has met his Life Mate and he realizes he knows her, not personally but through prior missions they have completed together. The biggest surprise comes with the knowledge that she is Garoldth’s daughter. The second surprise comes when he finds she is waking emotions he thought himself incapable of feeling. In the past, he laughed at the possessiveness of male Life Mates, but he quickly realized they were mild in comparison and how close he wants to keep his.

Aredhel didn’t notice the Dark King Liessen standing beside Daroth. She has always held men in contempt, only willing to acknowledge them if they deserved it. So why is this male different? Why does he make her heart skip a beat whenever he comes near? She doesn’t have time for this. She needs to stay focused. She is on a mission and it doesn’t include an Elf with a bad reputation.

 

 

Review:

King’s Daughter by M.A. Abraham is the 6th book in her wonderful Elven Chronicles series. We knew from the last book that the rescue mission was on for King Garoldth’s brother being held a prisoner by Demons for over a thousand years. Garoldth’s daughter, Aredhel has already begun her own rescue, before Lothrariel, Rotheil and Eol, with the Elven warriors on their way. It is the Dark King Liessen who has been secretly following Aredhel from a distance, to protect her, as she is his Life Mate.

These demons are very powerful, wizards, who have captured and tortured the prisoner all these years. Just when Aredhel makes a rare mistake, and gets herself captured, Liessen has to reveal himself to save her. By then, Lothrariel and the others have come to help rescue both of them

What follows is an exciting adventure, with a lot of humor to lessen the tension. Aredhel has no interest in men, especially a lifemate. Liessen, at first forces his attentions on her, and despite her determination not to get involved, she finds herself attracted to him. Before we go to the exciting adventure, I do have to say I was not a fan of Liessen early on. They were in the midst of a dangerous war, and all he could think of was bedding his lifemate, forcing his attention on her. That did change a bit later, when Aredhel recognized that she is bonded to him. But early on he kind of annoyed me. Aredhel is a warrior, one Gabriel’s female elites, and though Liessen admired her, he wanted Aredhel to become his Queen, and not be the warrior she was. Another somewhat annoying macho attitude

The rescue attempt was very exciting, with lives on the line often. Besides Aredhel, Liessen being in danger, the other elven warriors, including  Lothrariell, Eol were also in deep in those dark caves. What the demons did to the prisoners was horrific. It will take all the power and magic of these Elves to hope to rescue the prisoner and survive.

During those tense moments, it was Eol who always made us laugh and lighten the moment. M.A. Abraham gives us a wonderful exciting and tense storyline that will require the survival of the fittest. This was a somewhat different type of story, and very well done. M.A. Abraham has an uncanny ability to blend humor in her stories that will make you laugh, even when you are in the midst of extreme intense situations. If you are reading the Elven Chronicles, you must read King’s Daughter, as it is one of the best, though a bit darker.

Reviewed by Barb

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Immortal Obsession by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom: Review and Interview with the Author

Immortal Obsession by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom: Review and Interview with the Author

Immortal Obsession

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 1, 2014

As her Protector, he was bound to oblige her every desire.
A rogue group of human-hating vampires have overtaken London. But the elite immortals who own much of the city may have found the key to protecting their territory: Madison Chase, an American newscaster investigating a story about missing teenagers. If she can convince someone to help her infiltrate the dangerous faction, she just might stem the bloodletting and find her brother in time….
St. John can’t escape his dark family legacy. But the instincts that keep him from being fully human also make him the rogues’ worst enemy. His desire for the ethereal redhead is immediate, all-consuming—and forbidden. And as the investigation escalates, Madison must discover if St. John is her trusted Protector—or if she’s being seduced by a monster.

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REVIEW: IMMORTAL OBSESSION is the latest instalment in Linda Thomas-Sundstrom’s Vampire Moons adult, contemporary, paranormal romance series focusing on the Immortal Seven-descended from the originals and protectors of the golden chalice. This is Immortal Christopher St. John and American news anchor Madison Chase’s storyline. Although IMMORTAL OBSESSION is part of a series it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty. Linda Thomas-Sundstrom weaves background information and the history of the immortal/vampire into the storyline so that we are acquainted with different factions of the supernatural lore.

The storyline follows Madison Chase as she searches for her missing twin brother, last known whereabouts in London, England searching for the mythological vampire of lore. Madison knew her brother was determined to prove the existence of vampires but what she found was the story of nightmares. Enter Christopher St. John a man who professes to be Madison’s protector but a man who is definitely part of the supernatural race. Christopher suspects that Madison’s brother may be in over his head, but he never suspected the betrayal from one of his own.

The relationship between Madison and Christopher is one of immediate attraction. Christopher is drawn to Madison like a moth to a flame but there is something about the American newscaster that is dark and deadly. The sex scenes are intimate, sensual, and heated with lust and desire. There is no denying that Madison wants Christopher but is she compelled towards the man or is it of her own volition?

The secondary characters are as dark and dangerous as are most immortals. We are introduced to the most deadliest of night creatures as well as get up close and personal with a child of the moon.

IMMORTAL OBSESSION is an intense and passionate storyline where reality meets fantasy; where betrayal is an act of destruction; where romance draws two people together regardless of their DNA or purpose in life. Linda Thomas-Sundstrom pulls the reader into a dark world of the supernatural one storyline at a time.

Copy supplied by the publisher.

Reviewed by Sandy

Interview

TRC: Hi Linda and welcome to The Reading Café. Congratulations on the release of IMMORTAL OBSESSION.

We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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Linda Thomas SundstromLinda: I’m a teacher by day and a writer by night, and always wanted to do both of those things. I guess you could say I followed my bliss. I live in the West on a big stretch of land, and have a great family, as well as a very nice Muse. I thank my lucky stars every day that I’m this happy.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Linda: I spring from a family of story-tellers. Friday night by the fire sort of stuff where we had to make things up… most of them scary. My mother is an artist at heart, and my dad could really get us going on long car trips across the west, with stories about phantom lights and diners that refused to die along old section of Route 66. All of this was prime inspirational fodder for a writer of the paranormal kind. *smiley face*.

TRC: When not writing what do you do to relax?

Linda: Oh gosh. I don’t relax. That’s the truth. I don’t take time to smell the roses these days… but plan to in the near future.

Immortal ObsessionTRC: IMMORTAL OBSESSION is the latest adult, contemporary, paranormal release in your Vampire Moons series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Linda: Having studied ancient lore in college, I became fascinated with the Aurthurian Tales, and had questions. Like… why Lancelot was so beautiful and undefeated in battle? What made Galahad so special? So… in my Vampire Moons series, I took seven knights from the Round Table, and gave them a history. They were unearthly beautiful because they were unearthly. Seven knights chosen for a secretive, very specific task having to do with the Holy Grail, that brings them up to our world, in the current time.

Each Blood Knight has his own book. In Immortal Obsession, my latest, we meet Christopher St. John in London… and meet the woman who challenges his long-held vows.

TRC: Will each of the ‘Immortal Seven’ have a storyline?

Linda: Yes. In the full Nocturne books, it’s Lance Van Baaren in Golden Vampire. Mason LanVal in Guardian of the Night. Christopher St. John in Immortal Obsession.

TRC: Do you believe that each of the instalments can be read as a stand alone or should the storylines be read in order?

Linda: Each book is stand-alone. Readers can pick up any one of these books and catch a hint of the background of the Blood Knights. Their goals are the same. Their vows are the same. They have long ago separated as a force and are spread around the globe, and we find them in different countries.

TRC: Does the Vampire Moons series overlap with the Wolf Moons series and if so how important is the information found within each series as it pertains to one another?

Linda: The Wolf Moons series (another book comes out in February) is its own beast. The two series don’t mix… though Weres always make an appearance in my Vampire Moons books. I do get quite a lot of mail asking to tell Stan’s story (you’ll find him in Golden Vampire).

TRC: If you could virtually cast the leading characters – Christopher St. John and Madison Chase -which actors or models best represents your ideal image?

Linda: Amy Adams for the fiery Madison Chase. Lee Pace with light hair for St. John. (Loved him as an arrogant elf in the Hobbit movies!)

TRC: Will Madison’s brother Stewart get his own storyline and if so, do you see ‘redemption’ for his character?

Linda: No story for Stewart in the works. The Vampire Moons books center on the original Blood Knights. Sorry, Stew!

TRC: What do you think is the appeal of the paranormal vampire/werewolf series in the genre of romance storylines?

Linda: Love that goes against the odds, and survives. Major conflict, not only of storyline, but in the mixing of species = pairing normal mortals with not-quite-so-normal Others. I just love writing about that.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular series?

Linda: None to speak of, really, I’m happy to say. I had quite extensively studied about the Holy Grail, so creating the SEVEN and giving them a background that answers the questions I had about the Aurthurian Tales was like manna from above. A true writer adventure.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Linda: I’m in charge of the strings, though the characters have a say in their own lives, and often take me to surprising places. For Nocturne, I turn in an outline/overview of about 12-16 pages. Within the actual writing phase, however, anything goes. *insert another smiley face here*

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

Linda: I believe that writers have to be fully invested in what we’re writing. If this happens, we’re right there, not only creating but experiencing every moment. It’s fairly easy to tell when a writer is just trying to get something done, versus being what I call “in the zone.” The Zone is a gift that doesn’t always happen, in truth, and that’s the challenge we strive for. I call this “Telling the Truth.”

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Linda: Write lots more books. Take some time to smell the Roses. Meet new readers who connect with what I have to say, in the way I have to say it. Keep my family happy. (Not necessarily in that order).

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Linda: Hey, secrets are secrets…. *wink*.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Linda: I just turned in another Wolf Moons 2 book, will be getting edits any day now on February 2015’s Wolf Born, and have started writing an Urban Fantasy.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Linda: Thanks for hosting me here, Reading Café. What a blast! I’d love to meet all of you reading this, and connect. Please see what I’m up to on my web site: http://www.lindathomas-sundstrom.com and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LindaThomasSundstrom

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite TV Show = Game of Thrones

Last Movie You Saw = Guardians of the Galaxy

Dark or Milk Chocolate = Dark

Secret Celebrity Crush = Lee Pace

Last Vacation Destination = Hawaii

Do you have any pets? = not at this time

Pet Peeve = messy offices (mine)

TRC: Thank you Linda for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success. We wish you all the best.

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Second Chance Ranch (Hope Springs) by Cindi Madsen-a review

SECOND CHANCE RANCH (Hope Springs #1) by Cindi Madsen-a review

Second Chance RanchABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date: September 15, 2014

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Sometimes love is right where you left it.

Sadie Hart has a plan: return to her small town of Hope Springs so she can regain her confidence—and bank account—before giving one more shot to her country music dream. The dream that means more to her than anything. The dream she chose over her high school sweetheart, the brooding and sinfully handsome Royce Dixon.

Royce has moved on from his memories of the beautiful Sadie. Now he’s focused solely on running Second Chance Ranch, where he rehabilitates troubled teens through ranch work. But when he needs a new employee and Sadie’s the only one to volunteer, he has no choice but to offer his old flame a job.

Whether riding a horse with the wind in her hair or mucking out the stalls, Sadie can still get Royce’s heart beating like no one else. But Nashville is her dream, and Royce can’t settle for second best.

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REVIEW: SECOND CHANCE RANCH is the first instalment in Cindi Madsen’s contemporary Hope Springs romance series focusing on the people of Hope Springs, Wyoming. This is Royce Dixon and country singer Sadie Hart’s second chance storyline.

The premise follows Sadie and Royce as they dance around their attraction to one another. With her country music career floundering Sadie returns home to Hope Springs where she will find a job working at The Second Chance Ranch for at-risk teens. Royce Dixon, her high school sweetheart and former lover is the owner and manager of the Second Chance Ranch and Sadie is hoping to rekindle their relationship-if only for a short time.

The attraction between our leading couple has never wavered. Six years earlier Royce asked Sadie for her hand in marriage but Sadie had dreams of making it big in Nashville. Broken hearted, Royce has never forgotten about Sadie but seeing her again brings back too many painful memories. He knows Sadie is only in town for a short time but isn’t prepared to lose his heart all over again.

SECOND CHANCE RANCH is a sweet storyline about a second chance at love for two people who have never stopped loving one another. There is no foul language or graphic sex (only implied) ;there is a little bit of romance and a rekindling of a friendship. The secondary characters include some of the teens at Second Chance Ranch as well as both Royce and Sadie’s family.

If you like a quick, romantic read with no cliffhanger, and a happily ever after, Second Chance Ranch by Cindi Madsen is for you.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Midnight Betrayal by Melinda Leigh – a Review

Midnight Betrayal by Melinda Leigh – a Review

 

Midnight Betrayal

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Curator Dr. Louisa Hancock left behind Maine and her troubled past for Philadelphia and a job at a prominent museum. Just when it seems that Louisa’s new life is safe from her dark secrets, the body of a museum intern is found—the victim of a brutal and baffling murder.

Louisa realizes this is no random crime. And when another intern goes missing, the abduction is linked to the only man who has ever tempted Louisa’s heart—Conor Sullivan, the sexy owner of a Philly sports bar. Louisa’s past has taught her to be wary, but her heart refuses to believe Conor is guilty.

Now Conor and Louisa must dodge a police investigation—and their growing desire—as they race to find the real killer before another girl turns up dead. But trusting Conor could be deadly, especially as the evidence against him mounts…and as a merciless killer targets Louisa as the next victim.

 

Review:

Louisa cannot catch a break. Six months ago, her pleasant life in Maine took a turn for the deadly (Midnight Exposure). Now she’s in South Philadelphia trying to rebuild her career and more significantly, her social life, when her past catches up and places her in the spotlight. Midnight Betrayal is book 3 of Melinda Leigh’s Midnight series and she’s made us proud!

For the second time, items stolen from her museum had been used by a killer. Six months ago in Maine, a madman had used stolen museum pieces in bizarre Celtic rituals that killed several people. Now it was happening again. Connor Sullivan had pulled her into the investigation.

If a colleague’s murder wasn’t terrifying enough, Louisa’s young assistant has gone missing and Louisa is mad with worry. Good thing Conor lives by. Good thing Melinda Leigh loves her fans! :D In spite of their brief interaction in book 2, Conor and Louisa’s collaboration was effective, pivotal to a case, and laced with attraction. I knew this book, their book, would be great – Ms. Leigh tempted us and delivered! Midnight Betrayal finds Louisa seeking out Conor for his assessment of the disappearance and assistance figuring out this mystery.

But the simultaneous disappearances of the replica knife and two young women tainted his pleasure. There were too many twisted connections in the events with Louisa, her intern, and the museum for Conor’s comfort. Something was brewing.

Can I just say that I loved Conor’s no-nonsense approach to Louisa?! He was so happy she sought him out. After listening to her concerns, his inclination to just take her hand was refreshing (as was all the other steam he directed her way). Swoon. Yes, her instinctual walls came up, pretty flimsy since she’s just as interested, but his 38 year old pride wasn’t so wounded; he was confident they’d figure it out. The stars have aligned – Louisa’s swooning pretty hard herself! ;D

When Conor turns out to be the prime suspect in the disappearance of Louisa’s assistant (whaaaat?!), Louisa is unfazed. Though their relationship has not progressed to professions of love, Louisa believes in Conor’s innocence and together they initiate a private investigation. It’s the fact-finding search that leads to the actual culprit, but the process is what enables them to pursue matters of the heart. I couldn’t love this book more! Conor and Louisa aren’t from the same walks of life, an issue that will undoubtedly make you want to wring Conor’s neck, lol, but their personalities are complimentary and the results rewarding.

In the middle of solving the case, Melinda Leigh weaves in another tense subplot: Louisa’s past. A deplorable man resurfaces alongside her despicable aunt whose presence only serves to taunt Louisa. Ms. Leigh knows how to entice her readers and allowing the POV of a murderer was an exciting, albeit disturbing element. The ramblings were gripping as you tried to decipher clues!  

There are murders to solve, friends to trust, hearts to heal, a love to grow. Midnight Betrayal stands as another success in Melinda Leigh’s awesome series. We are treated to updates on the Sullivan family (Jayne and Reed as well as Danny and Mandy), but the luster of Conor and Louisa was as brilliant as their predecessors. I miss them already! Not sure if there’s a next installation, she’s busy creating a new world for us to love, but we can always hope for more…more ANYTHING by Melinda Leigh!  

Reviewed by Carmen

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A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian – a Review

A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian – a Review

 

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Description:
Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever…

But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail.

When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see.

The person who owns her heart…

 

Review:

A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian, is the 2nd book in her adult dystopian thriller series, Chaos Theory. When we last left off in The Wicked We Have Done, the terrifying Compass Room had a malfunction, and three of the doomed survived. What is the Compass Room? In case you did not read my review of TWWHD, it is a place that violent criminals are sent for a one month stay. It is a place where their nightmares come alive, with each reliving the crimes they committed. It is rare to survive The Compass Room, which Evalyn, our heroine, Casey, and Valerie did. The rules dictate that if you survive you are then free. But because of the malfunction, the country was in uproar taking sides as to what is really happening in that Compass Room.

Evalyn, Casey and Valerie are tried again, with the government willing to free them, if they would quietly say nothing about what happened. Because Valerie lost someone important to her, she wants vengeance and wants to expose the government. While the lawyers negotiate, the three of them are kept at their homes waiting. Evalyn runs away to hide, since she is trying to protect Casey, the love of her life. As she surfs the net daily to follow the comments discussing them, Evelyn begins to get messages from someone who says they will help her, and her friends discover the truth. Can she trust this mystery person?

What follows is an exciting story where Evalyn and Casey are taken and helped by a revolutionary group called Reprise. They are hackers, and some former programmers of The Compass Room. We get to meet some really cool characters in Wes, Piper and Maliyah. Can they help save Evalyn, Casey and Valerie, and destroy the evil Compass Room?

The last 1/3 of the story was intense, scary and action packed. Evalyn is willing to go back to the Compass Room to discover the evidence to stop the government running this program. We hold our breaths on every step that Evalyn takes and it is a credit to the writing of Sarah Harian that she can grab a hold of our emotions in this exciting finish.

There is sort of a cliffhanger, but the ending does nicely tie things together, not leaving us in suspense waiting for the next book. I look forward to more of Sarah Harian, as the Chaos Theory will reach its conclusion in the next book, with our heroes helping to expose the horrific truth about The Compass Room.

Reviewed by Barb

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MInd Sweeper by A.E. Jones – a Review

MInd Sweeper by A.E. Jones – a Review

 

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Description:
An angel, a demon and a vampire walk into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s just another day in the life of Kyle McKinley.

Kyle was born with the ability to erase memories, and the inability to keep her opinions to herself. She and her teammates – a vampire who looks like a sexy pirate with fangs, and a Shamat demon with a penchant for Italian pastries – provide supernatural damage control when humans see too much. Today’s problem? A sword-wielding angel and a demon had a supernatural smackdown during happy hour in a Cleveland bar, leaving behind a headless vampire and a dozen human witnesses.

This latest supernatural slip-up is attracting all kinds of attention. So much attention that the police step in, and Kyle has to deal with Joe Dalton, a know-it-all human with the sexiest turquoise eyes she has ever seen. Kyle has no room in her life for yet another human who will treat her like a freak. However, Dalton definitely makes her naughty parts sit up and take notice, and it’s more than mutual. But before they can act on their attraction, they must join forces to solve a dangerous puzzle. And when they uncover the truth, the apocalyptic ripple effect forces Kyle to make a choice. Learn to trust again, or risk losing everyone she cares about, including Dalton.

 

Review:

With an opening like that, I expected a corny book, what I got was an excellent read.

Kyle is actually a girls name in this book. And she is totally human, but can readjust your mind, so she can place visions. It can be used for both good and bad, but as Kyle is a private investigator, you have to assume its for the use of good. She works with a vampire and a demon, and the three of them make for a great team.

The other human is Dalton (Joe). He works in the police force, And as soon as Kyle and Joe meet, there are sparks. But Kyle doesn’t want another human on the team, so she goes about trying to get rid of him.

The story is well told, lots of details, and very descriptive.  The interaction between the four main characters had me in stitches at times. Misha, the demon I totally loved, his love of pastries made for fun reading. Jean Luc is a vampire. He’s cool, confident and protective. Both are very protective of Kyle.

It starts with the team investigating a supernatural killing, the surprise … An angel beheading a vamp, and the demon trying to protect it !! The team are called in to alter the memories of the humans in the bar.

It all gets a little interesting, as old scores are settled and new lines are drawn up, power struggles are start to occur. And even Kyle’s boss is suspect !!

There are a few surprises and a few moments that caught me out. I’m hoping this maybe a series, as I would love to read more about these four fantastic characters.

Reviewed by Julie B.

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Midnight Everlasting (The Undercity Chronicles #2) by S.M.Stelmack-Review & Guest Post

Midnight Everlasting (The Undercity Chronicles #2) by S.M. Stelmack-Review and Guest Post

Midnight Everlasting

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When a brutal massacre rocks London’s underworld, Zephanie Sweetly must uncover why the legendary Rawheads have suddenly reappeared, shattering the age old truce with her bloodline.

Ten years ago Thomas Coyle’s son disappeared, the trail leading beneath the city’s streets to a shadow world ruled by secret clans.

Now, bound by the prophesy of an ancient lineage, the two must fight their way through a web of lies to save those they love from the wrath of an unknown enemy. But sometimes the deadliest enemies are the ones closest to our hearts.

London’s Rat Queen arises, and it’s time to pay the piper.

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REVIEW: Wow !!! What a ride

After reading the first book, I couldn’t wait to read the next book.

Tom is approached by Zephanie Sweetly, she is offering information regarding his missing son, who in turn wants his help in locating a missing client. A top computer hacker ( a twist I hear you cry )

For ten years Tom, a private detective has been searching for his son, believed kidnapped and taken into the tunnels underneath London. I liked this character, very much. Zephanie, isn’t your typical heroine. A leader of one of the most powerful criminal clans inhabiting the underground network of tunnels.

Again this writing duo knocks me off of my feet with their unique blend of Writing. This second installment in the UnderCity Chronicles takes place in and under London. And for me, it was even better than book one. There just seemed to be a so much more going on. A whole lot of new characters, and the ever present Rawheads, (these were the creatures from book one, who live underground and have recently started appearing to terrorise the underground dwellers).

It’s a fast paced book, and will keep you turning the pages until the end. (Which had me on the edge of my seat)

Who is the rat queen ? What is the prophesy ? And will the Rawheads be stopped ?

It’s a thriller, a little comedy, tons of suspense, and a dash of romance. What more could you ask for in a book ?

Highly recommended

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Reviewed by Julie B.

The Undercity Chronicles

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Guest Post-Black and Green

If All Else Fails, then It Must Be A Story

You know the old adage about doing what you love? For writers that translates into writing what you love. Easy enough when you’re one person, but when two people with different tastes in fiction come together to create a story you get…well, you get what we write—a mash-up of science fiction, horror, paranormal, urban fantasy, thriller and romance.

When we published Undertow a year and half ago, we were eager to hear what category readers would assign it, because we hadn’t a clue. Turns out neither did they. They loved it but had no idea what it was. Kind of like having a long conversation with someone next to you on a plane and parting ways without getting their name.

With our second in the series, Midnight Everlasting, we seemed to have more elements that could be construed as urban fantasy, so we’re currently marketing it as that. But our fans still don’t know what to make of it. And we can tell you that our third book, Necropolis of Light, will not be any easier to pigeonhole because the urban fantasy elements are now swinging more to political conspiracy thriller. With romance, but not like the romances in the first two. Still with horror and paranormal, but introducing more contemporary science fiction elements. Choosing category words for our Amazon listing is a nightmare because we’re only allowed two.

We don’t see things changing. The UnderCity Chronicles has taken on its own milieu and momentum, and we’re happy to report that the genre blending will continue. We tell stories. Stories that men and women enjoy equally, that romance lovers can curl up with and science fiction/fantasy fans can explore.

Read a history book and you won’t find the stories to be neat and tidy. Politics goes hand in hand with both war and peace, which in turn are inspired by courage, terror, villainy and love. The most moving tales of real life are all romances, action adventures, horror yarns. Humans aren’t simple caricatures. We all have dreams and desires. Great strengths and secret weaknesses. To be really interesting, fiction must mirror that.

That’s why we strive to make our novels the same as every other good story out there, real or imagined. We are absolutely committed to the universal principles of storytelling: unforgettable characters, heart-stopping tension and compelling ideas. Because the tale is everything, so damn the genre.

~~S.M. Stelmack~~

About The Author Black and Min

SM StelmackS. M. Stelmack is our pen name, short for Serge & Moira Stelmack.

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We aim to give what we like in a story— gutsy men and women, high stakes and LOL lines. Serge is the storymaster who blasts out the beginning, middle and end. Moira comes behind, clucking and hemming, as the story undergoes countless rewrites till it meets our vision. She’s also the media relations manager, senior editor, marketing VP, director of operations (domestic and foreign), comptroller and the one who makes sure that Serge has a steady supply of cola while he works.

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We live with our two kids, and several other strange pets, in a land of wintertime sunshine and snow and summertime mud and mosquitoes. Actually, it’s not that bad. The snakes in the local lake aren’t venomous

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