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Cover Reveal: Away (The Keaton Series) by B.A. Wolfe

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AwayEbook_2014Title: Away (The Keaton Series)

Author: B.A. Wolfe

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: 11/20/13

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Synopsis: 

What good is running AWAY when you only end up lost?

Cassandra Pierce had her whole “perfect” life planned out by her parents. One night of pure weakness and lust has her running away from it all and seeking refuge in Alamosa with her best friend. But it seems life has other plans for her when she finds herself lost in the small town of Keaton.

Jason Bradley is a charming country guy. He lives a simple life that’s nothing like what Cassandra is used to. A single moment in life changed everything he thought he once knew, leaving him with a broken heart and an unplanned future.

What happens in Keaton is nothing Cassandra or her heart could have ever prepared for. The instant connection she shares with Jason is no secret, but what they’re keeping hidden from one another is. Will these two be able to find a way to trust each other or will their secrets tear them apart?

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profileB.A. Wolfe is a girl with a passion for reading and writing, and lives in the good ol’ state of Colorado with her husband (her biggest cheerleader), and her two crazy min pin fur babies. These days, her life is anything but calm, and there isn’t one thing she’d want to change. B.A. spends all her free time either furiously typing stories on her laptop or happily reading through her endless TBR on her Kindle. Her list of favorites would be long enough to fll a book, but most would likely fall under the romance category. She is a sucker for a good love story that makes her cry, and an amazing book boyfriend who will melt her heart. ‘Away’ is B.A. Wolfe’s debut novel.

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Title: Cold Killing

Author: Luke Delaney

Genre: Thriller Crime

Published:  May 21st 2013

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Terrifyingly authentic, London-set debut crime novel with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.

DI Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives. The terrible abuse he suffered in childhood hasn’t stopped him enjoying family life with his wife and two daughters, or pursuing an impressive career with South London’s Murder Investigation Unit. But it has left him with an uncanny ability to identify the darkness in others – a darkness he recognises still exists deep within his own psyche and battles to keep buried there. Now Sean’s on the trail of the most dangerous killer he’s ever encountered. The perpetrator has no recognisable MO, leaves no forensic evidence and his victims have nothing in common. But Sean knows they were all murdered by the same man. Now all he has to do is find the evidence, convince his bosses and stop the killing …before his adversary gets too close to home…

Review:

I’ve been currently reading more thriller books as of late.  Detective and psychological thrillers have been piquing my interest.  Characters broken with a dubious past always makes for an excellent story, and when both the antagonist and protagonist have this makeup it makes for a delectably dark read.

We are introduced to Luke Delaney’s character DI Sean Corrigan in Cold Killing. I picked this one up after a friend, ahem Robbie,  raved about his writing in The Keeper, and boy was she spot on!

Sean Corrigan is not your typical detective from how this story reads.  This is an intricate man with an intricate and deeply troubled past, although this really doesn’t come to light until the very end. Perhaps I should say, the reader has the allusion of this troubled past as we don’t really get the full spectrum of what really happens to him until closer to the end; and even in the end it just barely touches upon it.  But his past is an important part.  It’s his past that makes him better at what he does. It’s how he treats the criminal that keeps him one step ahead, and helps to catch the perpetrator in the end.

What he has is empathy, a sort of criminal instinct that is second nature to him.  That is not to be confused with sympathy, a sentiment he does not waste among the rapists and murders he is after.  But he does have empathy. He recognizes the suspects emotions, the reasoning for the way the suspects acts, and he is able to step into the footsteps of a madman if only for a few moments.  Corrigan is eerily precise as he clinically dissects and assesses the crime scene.  The death of the victims haunts him and he is fueled with the need to stop the criminal even if his driven nature hurts those close to him. Corrigan is not “superman” and I don’t believe he wants to have this gift.  But he is haunted by a past that he cannot escape and to keep from crossing that line of good and evil he needs to believe that he is inherently good, no matter what he feels inside.  And so he conforms to the good guy persona that police officers are usually associated with in our society.

This makes the reader want to cheer him on.  His internal battle is agonizingly frustrating and he hides his flaw amongst his peers and his enemies, lest they use it against him,  or perhaps worse, feel sorry for him. You want to shake Sean Corrigan and say, “You are the good guy mate, you are.” And you want his wife Kate to slap him and to make him believe it too.  But let me interrupt this review for a second to verbalize a pet peeve of mine. Why do authors insist on writing families into a thriller novel?  It really is irritating, because I can feel a domestic crash happening in a future book. I really hope that I am wrong because his wife is a strong figure, deeply committed to a difficult relationship that entails long hours and many nights where they are mere ships passing.   His wife Kate and two children keep him anchored to normalcy. They are his light.  It would be a shame if Corrigan’s family life was destroyed by all the darkness that surrounds him on a daily basis. Please don’t let me hate you Detective. I did that with the Chelsea Cain novels and I wanted throw my tablet across the room.
But back to the review, I absolutely love Delaney’s writing.  You follow along and you really have no idea what the next page will bring. The unpredictability of his story will suck the reader in.  The characters are complex, and at times you have no idea what side anyone is playing on.  No motive, mo mercy, no remorse.  You would think that was the antagonist Delaney was talking about in the front of the book.  Could he be referring to Sean Corrigan? Now I’m not so sure after having read the end.

Before concluding, may I say, that is a killer cover ;-) Just LOL’ing aren’t you?

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Cover Reveal : Temper For You by Genna Rulon 9/4

TFY ebook cover FINALTitle:  Temper for You (For You #3)

This is the Final book of the For You series and can be read as a Standalone

Author:  Genna Rulon

Genre:  Contemporary Romance 18+

Publication Date:  September 24, 2014

Cover Design: G. Relyea

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Synopsis

 

“Life is messy.  Love is messier.” –Catch and Release

Meg Adeio has led a life of isolation—not by choice, by necessity—until one act of heroism forces her out of seclusion. Despite a past shrouded in mystery, Meg is “adopted” by an eclectic group of friends that become the family she never had. Life was good for the first time in…ever.

Or it was until Westly Black reappeared on her doorstep. She knew he was the last man any woman should give her time to—only good for one thing—yet a temptation no woman could deny. Wes might make her life messy, but Meg’s eyes were wide open and she had it under control.  At least she thought she did.

When past and present collide, loyalties are tested, forcing Meg to sacrifice her future to protect those she loves.

Temper For You is a gripping story of regret, deception, and redemption – filled with raw emotion, sarcastic wit, intrigue, and love’s propensity to forgive.

 

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Genna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

 

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Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheradin

20639274Title: Archer’s Voice

Author: Mia Sheradin

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4.5

Synopsis: 

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

Review 4.5 Stars 

For me it’s all about the story.  The physical intimacy shared between two characters is a bonus, but if a good story isn’t there it just doesn’t do it for me. Archer’s Voice was a beautiful story. The beginning takes you into Archer’s world. He shows us a glimpse of what happened to him as a child, but the tragedy that happens to him is what the reader really wants to know. Shifting forward to present time and we follow Bree’s story. A newcomer to a small town, away from a past that continually haunts her on a daily basis. A new life is what she is looking for, hoping that memories and nightmares will subside planting herself far away from her hometown in Ohio.

On her first day she meets Archer. Bumping into him and feeling flustered as her Almond Joys and tampons lay on the ground, she talks to him hoping to decrease the embarrassing moment. Archer picks up said items, but does not talk back. Bree feels an instant connection with him and from that moment forward she is happy whenever she sees him, an emotion she hasn’t felt in awhile. Now I’m not one that really goes for the Love-at-First-Sight kind of story, but this felt different to me.

Archer’s awkward personality is evident from his quiet ways, to his disheveled appearance, and his mistrust of people.  He’s a man with many layers and his long beard and hair, along with his rugged clothing keeps people from really seeing the real him.

Bree considers herself lucky that her cottage is so close to Archer’s home.  As she passes his house to go to the lake, she stops at the tall locked fence and wonders what it is about Archer that attracts her. He doesn’t seek her attention, but she seeks his.

Then one day, the gate to his house is open and she walks in; and the story really takes off.

I love books like these. I love that the characters are so flawed you ache for them.  You can see the characters transform and you feel sympathy during their most vulnerable times. Both are underdogs with the tragedy they have had to live through, but I had such a soft spot for Archer.  I’m not sure how believable some readers may find his character. After all, he was alone most of his life without much socialization. Bree was his lifeline and his relationship with her bordered on obsession. That to me I suppose was realistic. Most of his life he was alone, and when he fell in love Bree, he feared the thought of losing her more than anything.

The ending to me seemed a little rushed and could have done with a more suspenseful and climactic conclusion. It felt a bit like a “let’s wrap it up” sort of ending. That was the only disappointing part. The use of how “beautiful” Archer was also a little redundant.

The epilogue did make up for it though, so this should not deter other readers from picking this one up. It was very well written and edited. No obvious hiccups grammatically and the story flowed very well. I’m new to this author’s work, and quite impressed with it. I’ll be keeping a close eye on future and past works. One-click this if you haven’t already. Certainly a 4.5 star rating for Archer and Bree that kept me reading well past my bedtime.

 

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I’m Mia Sheridan. So nice to meet you! :) I’m an avid reader, and now writer! of romance and erotic novels. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband who is a police officer and my biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). We have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When I’m not sitting on my couch with my head buried in my Kindle, I can be found writing or doing anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. The wild hairs I get know no bounds. My published novels include Leo, Leo’s Chance, and Stinger.

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The Devil’s Edge

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Title: The Devil’s Edge (Cooper & Fry Series)
Author: Stephen Booth
Genre: Crime/Mystery/Detective/Thriller
Publish Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Witness Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins

 

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The 11th in the series of acclaimed thrillers featuring DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry.

The newspapers call them the Savages: a band of home invaders as merciless as they are stealthy. Usually they don’t leave a clue—but this time, they’ve left a body. T he first victim is found sprawled on her kitchen floor, blood soaking the terracotta tiles. Before long, another corpse is discovered, dead of fright. As the toll rises, it’s up to DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry to track down the killers. But the enemy isn’t who they think it is. Beneath the sinister shadow of the mountain ridge called the Devil’s Edge, a twisted game is in play, a game more ruthless than the detectives can imagine.

Packed with nerve-jangling suspense and moody atmosphere, this is a thriller to rival the very best of Peter Robinson and Peter James.

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Stephen Booth is an award winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in thirteen novels set in England’s beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.

Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. Ben Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers’ Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure”.

The Cooper & Fry series is published all around the world, and has been translated into 15 languages.

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Title: The Devil’s Edge (Cooper & Fry Series)
Author: Stephen Booth
Genre: Crime/Mystery/Detective/Thriller
Publish Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Witness Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins

~ Synopsis ~

The 11th in the series of acclaimed thrillers featuring DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry.

The newspapers call them the Savages: a band of home invaders as merciless as they are stealthy. Usually they don’t leave a clue—but this time, they’ve left a body. T he first victim is found sprawled on her kitchen floor, blood soaking the terracotta tiles. Before long, another corpse is discovered, dead of fright. As the toll rises, it’s up to DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry to track down the killers. But the enemy isn’t who they think it is. Beneath the sinister shadow of the mountain ridge called the Devil’s Edge, a twisted game is in play, a game more ruthless than the…

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mrs. poe by lynn cullen : a review.

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Author: Lynn Cullen
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Gallery Books (October 1, 2013)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Book description / Synopsis

The triumphant success of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” compels fledgling poet Frances Osgood to meet her literary idol, a mysterious, complicated man who soon has her under his seductive spell in an all-consuming affair. And when Edgar’s frail young wife breaks into their idyll to befriend her rival, Frances fears that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself. . . .

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Book Review Tour: Ghost Sniper by David Healey

 

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Cover Ghost SniperTitle: Ghost Sniper: A World War II Thriller

Author:David Healey

Genre:Thriller/Adult

Publication Date:January 14, 2014

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Synopsis

On the dawn of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, two snipers find themselves fighting a battle all their own. Micajah Cole is a backwoods hunter from the Appalachian Mountains in the American South, while Kurt Von Stenger is the dreaded German “Ghost Sniper” who earned his nickname on the Eastern Front.

As part of a motley team of Americans and a British paratrooper who has made one too many jumps, Cole is sent deep into the French hedgerow country to spearhead counter sniper operations. Guiding them is a lovely French Resistance fighter named Jolie Molyneux who knows the hidden paths and trails. The presence of a woman creates tension among the men, but Jolie is interested in one thing only–revenge against the occupiers.

The Germans are far more practiced at sniper warfare, but Cole uses his natural cunning and hunting skills learned in the mountains back home. However, the Americans soon face the Ghost Sniper, the deadliest German of them all.

Jolie risks everything to spy on the Germans and clear Cole’s line of fire. Locked in a deadly duel, the hunter matches wits and tactics against the marksman in a climatic final battle, both of them one bullet away from victory–or the ultimate defeat–as Allied forces struggle to gain a foothold in Europe.

D.M Doyle’s Review

Ghost Sniper is a fictional World War II action novel that centers on events in Normandy during and immediately following the initial Allied invasion. Written by David Healey, Ghost Sniper is fast paced and will keep the reader’s attention throughout the novel. Healey has written  several historical fiction novels centering on different eras and military conflicts. His endeavor into the Second World War should not disappoint anyone who is interested in that conflict, or more specifically the D-Day Invasion and the battles that followed in Normandy.

The novel revolves around a ragtag tag team of American soldiers ordered to eliminate a German sniper who is making life difficult for Allied troops in the French countryside. They become a group of “counter -snipers” if you will. The best shooter of the unit is Micajah Cole; a tough as nails country boy who most likely came straight out of the deepest part of Appalachia. Their adversary is Kurt Von Stenger ; an aristocratic German sniper who previously fought on the Russian Front. Von Stenger is cunning and deadly. In reading the novel, I got the sense that Von Stenger feels Americans are not a worthy enemy, and his skills would be put to a more adequate and glorious use if he were still fighting the Soviets.

One aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was how Healey tells the story from the viewpoints of both Cole and Von Stenger. This narration kept me captivated as the story moved towards the thrilling climax.

I would recommend Ghost Sniper to anyone who enjoys World War II action-adventure historical fiction. The writing was straightforward, compelling, and lively. The diverse group of characters also adds to the appeal of the novel adding some comic relief here and there. I believe Healey will continue to write more novels featuring the on going “sniper chess match” between Micajah Cole and Von Stenger.

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David Healey has been a journalist, librarian and teacher. He has written several novels, including the Civil War novel “Sharpshooter” and a mystery, “The House that Went Down with the Ship.” His nonfiction books include “Great Storms of the Chesapeake” and “1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay’s Forgotten War.” His articles and essays have been published in many magazines, including American History, The Washington Times, Blue & Gray, Running Times and Maryland Life. When not writing, he enjoys hiking, working on his old house, and driving his family crazy by pulling over to the side of the road to read historical markers.

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Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One), Nina Lane

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Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One), Nina Lane
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Oh I loved this book, first in a trilogy and for once its erotic without being just sex…some of those are actually a turn off, with no real story, just some vapid sexual encounters. This though – its what I think of as an erotic novel for the real reader, the person who wants everything, sex and story, proper drama, genuine emtions and problems we all have.
Olivia, she’d had such a difficult childhood, but worked diligently and at twenty four is finally an undergraduate. She’s not very confident, thanks to her horrible mother and awful upbringing, so when she meets the sexy and attractice Dean, university professor, she can’t quite belive he wants her and not some long legged, gorgeous, model type woman. He does want her though, and this book starts when…

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The Passionate Love of a Rake, Jane Lark.

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The Passionate Love of a Rake, Jane Lark.

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So having read the first book in Jane’s historical series and loved it I was keen to read this story about older brother Robert.

In much the same way as Ellen from the first book, Jane was also stuck in a lifestyle she didn’t want and couldn’t escape. Her elderly husband has died and left her his fortune, but his estranged son isn’t happy – he’s got the estates and lots of property but he wants the money too. He’s a terrifying man and threatens Jane, telling her he always gets what he wants, and this time its not just the money but Jane herself. He’s got a wife and eight children, but plans to make Jane his mistress. Her marriage to his father was unhappy, she was forced into it by her parents at just…

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