Today’s 4th Anniversary Celebration Giveaway from Simon and Schuster / Kate Meader

Today’s 4th Anniversary Celebration Giveaway from Simon and Schuster & Kate Meader

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Notorious by Carey Baldwin – a Review

Notorious by Carey Baldwin – a Review

 

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The woman everyone loves to hate is dead.

Dallas socialite Cynthia Langhorne is infamous for her beauty, her philanthropy, and her home wrecking–until she’s found shot through the heart and posed nude at a fundraising ball. The case is high profile, and there’s a bigger problem: Cindy is the wife of a decorated FBI special agent–the prime suspect in her murder.

When the Bureau sends FBI profiler Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy to Texas on behalf of Dutch Langhorne, the special agent-turned-suspect, they’re suspicious of the very man whose interests they’re supposed to protect. But with a psycho hitman on their heels and a trail of evidence leading up the food chain, it quickly becomes clear this is no ordinary case. The truth points to someone–or something–larger than Spenser and Cassidy ever thought possible. Solving this case is no longer a matter of clearing Dutch’s name–it’s a matter of national security.

 

Review:

You’d think a third book of a series might show signs of slowing down? Carey Baldwin has bigger plans for Caity and Spense in Notorious, and we are grateful for it! When we last encountered our H/H, they were set to explore their personal relationship in Tahiti (the stars were finally aligning). Lamentably, Special Agent Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Caitlin Cassidy were summoned to Texas by a fellow “feebie” (FBI), Agent Dutch Langhorne.   First introduced in Fallen, as part of the Fallen Angel Killer case, Dutch is too stoic a man to request assistance regarding the murder of his wife. When things are just too close, when the case forces Dutch to think outside the box, Dutch astonishingly reaches out to Spense and Caity, and loyalty comes first — no hesitation. Fret not, the chemistry and compatibility are safe in Carey Baldwin’s capable hands (love finds a way). Notorious is a psychological thriller with engaging subplots, baffling psychosis (replete with gruesome details), and swoons, unforgettable swoons, which make Caity and Spense an exciting, complex couple.

“But in truth, the crushing weight of her charmed life made each demure step as torturous as a death march.”

You know the saying about not knowing someone unless you’ve walked in their shoes? Meet Cindy, the wife of Dutch, living a life of excess…to the untrained eye. Someone murdered Cindy and there are a bevy of suspects, including Dutch himself. Carey Baldwin takes us through the memories (and regret) of an unknowing husband. Dutch was aware of Cindy’s infidelity, but the extent is a hard pill to swallow. Dutch sucks up his pride, painfully aware that his indifference contributed to Cindy’s demise, and remains fiercely protective; at the ready to find her killer. Spense and Caity try their best to remain detached as they navigate through the layers of proof and compromise in an effort to exonerate Dutch (diaries, the perfect confidante). Interesting wrench in the collaboration process is that Spense and Dutch don’t really care for each other. Ms. Baldwin volleys witty banter and outright jabs between the alpha men to elicit hearty laughs and big smiles. Caity’s pulling double duty keeping her keen eye on their tension and recognizing their similarities (they’re too arrogant to see it, lol).

While Caity, Spense and Dutch are on the brink of discovery, the real killer is mirroring their steps, dangerously close, and his intrigue is nefarious in nature; he intends to beat them to, and with, the proverbial punch.

They were no longer just looking for a fugitive. They were now on the run from a cold-blooded killer.

Profiling is where Caity and Spense meet, and excel, and Carey Baldwin displays her badassness (even when our beloved leads have become the prey). From the exciting profiling to the intriguing subplots, Ms. Baldwin writes engaging characters that matter to us. When Spenser handed off his Rubik’s Cube to the kid, there was an instant reaction; it was an undeniably sweet gesture, but where’s the nearest Target — Spenser functions better with it! When lines blur for Caity, to tell Spenser or not to tell Spenser, we cringe and recognize that it is delicate ground she walks; indecision so out of character, we fear for what can be jeopardized. These connections are special because we have come to love our unique heroes.       

Spense and Caity continue to grow and inspire; a dynamic duo who doesn’t feel intimidated by the other’s prowess. Their steadfast professional camaraderie enhances their evolving personal relationship. It’s what my 13 year old daughter refers to as “goals”.

For as much notoriety as the killer earned, he left one too many job jobs undone. Shotty work makes you a target. I had a suspicion early on as to who the killer was, but the story unfolded, details cleverly doled out, purposeful and designed, to grip you until the actual revelation. Loved it! I have enjoyed every installment, every development of this series.

Reviewed by Carmen

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Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb – a Review

Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb – a Review

 

Brotherhood in Death
In Death series – Book #42
by J.D. Robb
Release Date: February 2, 2016

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Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

 

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Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb is the 42nd book in her fantastic In Death series. Most of you already know that I am a diehard fan of this series, and absolutely love my favorite couple, Eve and Roarke. As I have said before, besides this fabulous couple, are some of the best characters in any series that we always get to spend time with; Peabody (the banter is such fun), Mira, Nadine, Summerset, Galahad, and Eve’s great team, including McNab, Baxter, Feeney, & Truheart. In Brotherhood in Death, we get to spend more time with Mira’s husband, Dennis, who is such a sweetheart.

A quick refresher for those who have not read this series (really you need to start on this).   Eve Dallas is our heroine throughout the series, and she is a tough bad ass cop; this series is all about murder, violence, terrible villains, mystery and top notch exciting police work to find the killer before they kill any more victims. The wonderful hot sexy wealthy Roarke, who is the love of her life, also helps her solve these crimes.

Brotherhood In Death begins with Eve ready to leave the office and head home for a nice early evening with Roarke. A call comes in from a very upset Mira, telling her that Dennis has been hurt.   When Eve arrives, she learns that Dennis was trying to meet with his cousin Edward, to interfere with him trying to sell their grandparents old home. When Dennis enters the room, he sees Edward bleeding and then is bashed on the head unconscious; when he comes to, Edward is missing.   Eve takes on the case, even though there is no body. Since Eve is close to the Miras, she is determined to help them in what will become a dark adventure that will bring back horrific memories of her past. With Peabody at the scene, they do discover blood and missing tapes. But it will be at night, when she and Roarke will discover Edward’s violently abused dead body. When another victim is found in the same manner a few days later, Eve begins to suspect that the murders are revenge sex crimes by a woman or women,

What follows is an ultra exciting, very intense and emotional storyline that becomes darker as more victims are found. Eve, Roarke and her team are in a race against time to find out the women with ties to these men, before another murder happens. Eve begins to have her nightmares again from her childhood, which makes this case too close to home. This is a terrible case that will make us think if justice was indeed served.

It was an amazing story, one of the best by Robb, that had us on the edge of our seat, unable to put the book down.   The investigation that will open our eyes to politics, power, horrible crimes going back many years, and the emotions that are pulled as we feel Eve’s pain, and even sympathy. But she is cop, who follows rules, and will do what it takes to bring in the murderers.

J.D. Robb has done it again, with another sensational story with our favorite couple. I also loved the sweet and sexy scenes between Eve and Roarke. I adore the characters that have slowly been added to Eve’s life over time, and how she begins to care more and more about her friends. I can’t wait for the next book, and pray Robb will never stop writing this series.

Reviewed by Barb

 

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Today’s 4th Anniversary Giveaway-Say My Name by J. Kenner

Today’s 4th Anniversary Giveaway-Say My Name by J. Kenner

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Tratchars by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

Tratchars by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

 

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After a horrifying ambush by the Demons, the Elves realize that it is only a matter of time before the war is brought to the forefront once more. The younger generations have come of age and are expected to take their places beside their parents in battle. It is something they trained hard for and are ready to do. They begin by looking into the past for other battle techniques that might have been lost to them over the millenniums. The one who is the most vigilant on that front is Ennacas, an Elf who seems to always have to learn everything the hard way.

In her studies, Ennacas has learned that Tratchars were once the most feared warriors. She wants to know why and there is one Elf she can turn to for answers. As an ancient, Rothliel was fully trained to serve the Empire as a Tratchar Warrior. At her request, he will share the knowledge that has been lost to those who share their talents. Only one Tratchar cannot attend his classes, Endiku, for the war in the Free Lands, where he lives, has not abated.

The order of the Great Guardian of the Free Lands to bring Ennacas leaves Endiku no choice but to face his Life Mate, for The Great Guardian has a quest for them that will take their combined talents to complete. When the time comes for him to collect his bride, he is apprehensive. He has not spoken to her for centuries and is unsure of his welcome. She is a woman now, and there is nothing more dangerous than a female who feels she has been taken for granted, especially one who is a Tratchar and an Eagle Claw.

 

 

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Tratchars by M.A. Abraham is the 9th book in her Elven Chronicles series. This series just keeps getting better and better. Two powerful Tratchars join hands in battle and love to fight the Demons.  M.A. Abraham has given us another wonderful, thrilling adventure, with our favorite Elves.  Tratchars brings forth the younger generation, as Ennacas (Eden and Gabriel oldest daughter) and Endiku, who is her lifemate, are the leads in this story. It starts with a young Ennacas being punished for sneaking out at night with her cousins, after being found by Endiku (who just arrived in the kingdom). Ennacas is punished by her parents to learn all facets of being an Elven warrior, as well as a Tratchar, with no time for fun. This will take over a hundred years. In Tratchars time flies, but the Elven world time is different than our time, though I did find it kind of weird to see in different parts the major lapse in time.

The crux of the story is that the Demons have now started in full force a war that bring all the kingdoms together to fight a very strong and powerful evil that threatens the lives of all the Elves we have grown to love. The Great Guardians (Sentinels) are slowly being destroyed in each Elven Kingdom, and Ennacas is the chosen one who is sent on a mission by the Guardians, that will bring her together with Endiku, who will help protect her, and Rothliel, possibly the oldest and most powerful Tratchar, who will work alongside her. Their mission: they must dig below each Great Guardian, and remove the light that keeps them alive with memories. But along the way, the evil Demons are ready to attack the Elves with dangerous slithering snakes that not only are destroying the trees, they will also destroy those who come save them. Ennacas, Endiku, Rothliel and their warrior/tratchar team will visit each Kingdom and bring what was taken from each Guardian to be placed in a safe place where the demons cannot get to in order for the Great Guardians to be reborn.

Rather than to tell too much more, this was a wonderful story, which is not only exciting, but brings everyone (all the Eagle Claw family, the Elves we have loved, and those we met over the 8 books) together to fight evil, as well as giving us a beautiful romance between Ennacas and Endiku. The Elven Chronicles is a fun series, and in Tratchars, it is a bit more serious with the upcoming war; but so great to see the children growing up and joining the elders in the battle for freedom.  M.A. Abraham does it again with a wonderful story.

Reviewed by Barb

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Naked (Body and Soul #1) by Gina Gordon -a review

NAKED (Body and Soul #1) by Gina Gordon-a review

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 26, 2016

Violet Walker has been hiding. Withdrawn after a terrible car accident, she is worried about going back to her high-pressure job, where she’s expected to project confidence and sleek refinement. Allowing herself a distraction, she’s been watching her sexy neighbor work on his house. But when the shirtless, grinning hunk catches her in the act, Violet is struck by the unmistakable jolt of physical chemistry, a sensation that’s both thrilling and terrifying.

Noah Young is used to moving from one construction job to another, never laying a firm foundation. The same goes for the women in his life—until Violet changes all that. His beautiful voyeur embraces his rough edges and shows him a hint of real love. But even Noah can tell that she’s holding back, hiding her body and her heart from what they both truly want. If only he could get a little help convincing Violet to see herself as he sees her: perfect in every way.

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REVIEW: NAKED is the first installment in Gina Gordon’s contemporary, adult BODY AND SOUL romance series. This is the new CEO of Walker Industries Violet Walker, and construction foreman Noah Young’s story line.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Violet and Noah) NAKED follows the building romance between new neighbors Violet Walker, and Noah Young. Approximately one year earlier, Violet was injured in a car accident that killed her fiancé, and left our heroine badly disfigured from the neck on down. Enter Violet’s neighbor Noah Young, a construction worker who is unaware of Violet’s past, and the secret she keeps about her plans for the neighborhood in which they live.

NAKED is a story line about perceived perfection of beauty; the aspirations of one woman whose entire life has prepared her for something big; something more, but a life now scarred by an accident that Violet blames on, no one else, but herself. Violet is about to take over the CEO position at Walker Industries, and is determined to experience life before life experiences her. Violet is a woman who is confident about her abilities, but lacks the self-confidence to reveal herself to the world. As a heroine, Violet’s strengths and weaknesses were one and the same.

The relationship between Noah and Violet is one of friends with benefits that grows into something more. Violet enters into her relationship with Noah never expecting to fall in love with, or to discover that her physical and emotional scars run more than skin deep. Violet hides behind colorful scarves and conservative clothing meant to mask the scars she has yet to reveal to her family or to the man with whom she is falling in love.

NAKED has a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Violet’s parents, several members of the Board of Directors of Walker Industries, and Noah’s large and loving immediate family. We are also introduced to Harper Jones-a young woman who specializes in boudoir photographs and getting woman to accept who they are-scars and all; and Body and Soul tattoo shop owner Luke, who may or may not have a thing for his co-worker Harper.

NAKED is a story about contradictions; about the perception of beauty; and about the secrets we keep. The premise is a slow build to a happily ever but I was a little lost with regards to a certain aspect of the conflict resolution and Violet’s plans for the neighborhood rebuilding project. While Violet’s business outline was in complete contrast and opposition to Noah’s plans, there wasn’t a clear explanation or answer to the final outcome. Confusion reigns for the perceived future.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Hard Ever After (Hard Ink 4.6) by Laura Kaye-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

HARD EVER AFTER (Hard Ink 4.6) by Laura Kaye-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

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HARD EVER AFTER
Hard Ink 4.6
by Laura Kaye
Genre: adult, contemporary, romantic, suspense
Release Date: February 2, 2016

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Justice served. Honor restored. Team reunited.

After a long battle to discover the truth, the men and women of Hard Ink have a lot to celebrate, especially the wedding of two of their own—Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt, whose hard-fought love deserves a happy ending.

As Nick and the team shift from crisis mode to building their new security consulting firm, Becca heads back to work at the ER. But amid the everyday chaos of demanding jobs and their upcoming nuptials, an old menace they thought long gone reemerges, threatening the peace they’ve only just found.

Now, for one last time, Nick and Becca must fight for their always and forever, because they know that when true love overcomes all the odds it lasts hard ever after.

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Some Background: Laura Kaye’s adult, contemporary Hard Ink romantic suspense series focuses on a group of ex-special forces soldiers trying to prove their innocence in an Afghanistan mission that went horribly wrong. One year earlier, the five surviving members of the twelve man team returned home to discover they had been dishonorably discharged and their records falsified. HARD EVER AFTER begins shortly after the events of HARD TO LET GO wherein the team of ex-Special Forces had been cleared of all wrongdoing, and the people responsible got what they deserved.

HARD EVER AFTER follows the celebratory preparations for Nick and Becca’s upcoming wedding, but also focuses on a threat against the woman Nick loves. Becca’s return to work finds our heroine trapped between the past and the present, unsure whether she has lost her mind, or the devil has returned to finish the job. While the gang prepares for the wedding, Becca and Nick must deal with another threat to Becca’s safety and their future together.

Laura Kaye blends romance and love; action and suspense; friendships and looking towards the future. The story line revisits some of the past as well as all of the couples we have grown to love who gather together to protect one of their own. HARD EVER AFTER is a heartwarming and dramatic conclusion for the original Hard Ink heroes. The premise is climactic; the characters are inspiring and spirited; the happily ever after is long overdue.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Nick dove into the truck’s cab. “Go, go!” “Fuck!” Shane punched the accelerator and pulled the truck into a hard U-ey. Another round hit the back quarter panel. “Get down, Becca,” Nick said as he reached for the Glock at the small of his back. But she was way ahead of him, tucked in a ball on the floor behind his seat. He didn’t have a clear shot of anything, especially with chaos already breaking out around the ER’s entrance as people dove for cover and the couple of on-site police officers rushed into defensive positions. In what felt like long minutes but was only a few seconds, they were clear of the area. Shane ran a red light to get them away from the hospital altogether. Twisting in his seat, Nick looked out the cab’s rear window. “Watch for a tail.” “On it,” Shane said. “You need to alert the team, Vance, Chen.” “Yeah,” Nick said, but first he needed to check on Becca. Christ, every reassurance he’d offered the past week had just been blown to shit. His gut was a wreck, his mind unhelpfully crafting one horror story after another about what might’ve happened if Chen hadn’t called. Or if Nick hadn’t returned to the hospital immediately. Or if Coleman hadn’t been able to pull Becca off the floor. “Becca, are you okay?” “I don’t know,” she said, her voice shaky. When she looked up at him, her skin was ashen. He reached back and clutched her hand as he dialed Marz. “Yo, hoss, wassup?” Marz said. “We’ve got a situation,” Nick said, filling him in. “Let everyone know what’s going on. And if you have a chance, scan the security feeds around our neighborhood looking for anything potentially suspicious. We’ve been keeping an eye out for the wrong damn car.” “You got it,” Marz said. Nick had just hung up when his cell rang again. Chen. Nick put it on speaker. “I heard about the hospital. You okay?” Chen asked by way of a greeting. Nick wasn’t surprised that Chen had information that was only minutes old. “Yeah, we’re in one piece,” Nick said. “But it was fucking close. Too close.”

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Laura Kaye NewLaura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

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Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh – a Review

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh – a Review

 

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Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

 

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Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh is a YA Sci-fi novel. I have never read Will McIntosh, and when I was given the chance to read this book, I accepted after I read the description. It looked like something I might enjoy, and I am happy to say I loved Burning Midnight.

This is a very different and unique world, which is set in a somewhat modern day setting. Years before, hidden spheres were discovered, each in different colors, with different powers. If you burn a pair of the same color spheres, you will receive special abilities. The lower range spheres can offer white straight teeth; or make you a little taller; middle to high range spheres can erase bad memories, make you become more attractive, faster, or smarter, etc. The rarer the sphere, the more powerful it is, not to mention most expensive.

David Sullivan (Sully) is our young hero in Burning Midnight. Sully lives with his mother, and they just barely make ends meet. Sully a while back discovered a rare sphere, and sold it to powerful millionaire Alex Holiday, who holds many spheres. But Holiday cancelled the 2.5 million dollar check he wrote to Sully, when he said the sphere did not do what was expected. Sully continues to search for spheres, trading and selling the small or medium range spheres to help pay the bills. Then he meets our heroine Hunter, a young girl, who sells him a medium range sphere. Sully and Hunter then begin to work to gather in an arrangement that will help both of them financially.

Hunter excels at finding spheres, and with Sully’s help they find another high range sphere that will make them a lot of money. But a betrayal by friends, cause them to be attacked and losing the sphere. Hunter doesn’t trust Sully friends, and their new found friendship will suffer. In a short period, Sully convinces her to trust his friend Dom and Mandy, and when they find a new powerful sphere (gold), all four of them will embark on finding the second gold. Along the way, they are also hunted by Alex Holiday, who wants the gold sphere and will kill to get it. They are thrown into a wild dangerous situation, when the world as they know it will cause destructions and possible loss of lives. How can they stop this massacre?   Who can they trust?

Anything more would be spoilers. What follows is an awesome exciting and captivating story that will have us on the edge of our seat. I could not put this book down, as I needed to know what would happen. McIntosh has created some wonderful characters and villain, and despite this unusual world with spheres, he had us believing it. Though the ending was exciting and climatic, I would have liked a little more explanation about the spheres. However that being said, I loved Burning Midnight.

Reviewed by Barb

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