Posts Categorized: Mystery/Suspense

Book Review: BREATHING BLACK by Piper Payne (@Piper_Payne)

December 9, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Romantic Suspense 0

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Released December 2, 2014

 

About Breathing Black

 

GRITTY. INTENSE. EMOTIONALLY HONEST.
A stunning debut novel that will leave you breathless.

A desolate childhood; a scarred, jaded, damaged girl. Larkin Grant knew she couldn’t end up like her mother … so she ran. All her belongings packed in the back of a rusted, brown Cadillac, her best friend June in the passenger seat as the co-pilot, she fled Aspen and never looked back.

A new life in a new city, Larkin was finally starting to breathe again, an unfamiliar sense of happiness seeping into her lungs. Landon Black, the boy she loved from afar, came back into her life despite leaving him and her awful memories buried hundreds of miles away. A weakened pulse brought back to life.

He said she was beautiful. She was starting to believe him. He pursued her and changed the course of everyone’s plans. Life had dealt Larkin a cruel hand, but maybe this was it. Maybe the boy that never knew she existed finally saw her and came to free her from the darkness of her past.

But we are never truly free. There are secrets that bind us and lies that unravel from the most beautiful of lips. Blackness that suffocates and makes us question everything we thought we knew. Larkin and Landon are intertwined in ways they never imagined, their future unclear as ghosts come back to haunt them.

Friendship. Revenge. Love. Drugs. Murder. Deceit.

The first in a two-book series, Breathing Black is a mix of suspense and breathless romance. It’s a provocative tale that challenges what one is willing to do to protect the ones they love. An emotional journey where trust isn’t an option and falling in love never hurt so bad.

 

My Review

 

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“When I was younger I was never shown what love was. I didn’t even know what it felt like. I could barely remember a time when I was hugged or kissed. I had no physical or emotional connection to the world. The line between love and hate had always been so this for me that sometimes it was hard to decipher the difference.”

Heartbreaking and filled with raw emotion, complicated romance, and thrilling suspense, Breathing Black is a breathless page-turner. Starting as what seems like a second-chance romance for a broken girl and her high-school crush, it quickly becomes obvious that there is way more to this story. Something feels amiss as we weave through flashbacks of Larkin’s dark past and her present relationship with Landon Black. It was impossible to put the book down, never knowing quite what was in store or who could be trusted.

I thoroughly enjoyed the group of characters in this book. Larkin and June with their tragic pasts and the new family that they have made with their close friends. They are a funny and caring group, looking after each other. Larkin and June have made what they could of an awful situation and have moved on, but their past is not completely buried and it’s been there all this time, just lurking in the shadows. I loved how they stick together and support and protect each other, even in a potentially life-threatening situation.

As far as romance, this book has a few surprises. It definitely did not turn out the way I expected and I was very happy about that. I only hope that the exciting romance that seems to be just beginning as the book comes to a close can survive what’s to come.

Larkin’s story is that of a broken girl, struggling just to keep going when her world seems to be spinning out of control. She hopes for love but never believes she deserves it, and that just broke my heart. The author bravely tackles the horrors of substance abuse, sexual abuse, and self-harm with honesty. This gritty, intense, and emotional story is multi-layered, with engaging characters, and a lot of darkness punctuated by tiny pin-points of light. Just maybe, if Larkin and June can finally put their past to rest, they can have the love, peace, and happiness that I wish for them. We won’t find out, however, until the next book is released. If you are not a fan of cliffhangers then I recommend waiting for the second book to be released before reading the series. I am anxiously awaiting the next book and can’t wait to read more!

“I want him because when he touches me it feels honest, when he comforts me I feel a flicker of peace, and when he makes me smile I feel happiness deep in my chest.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

My love for literature and writing is an addiction. My mind is continually telling stories and I have a queue of books I want to write being stacked up in my brain. I don’t know how to write pretty and perfect so I write perfectly flawed and unpredictable. Just like life.

I’m married to my best friend and I’m mother to three little miracles. I love going to farmers markets, bookstores, and long drives with my family in my ruby red Bronco. I also have an unhealthy love for makeup, Oreos, Halloween, queso dip, psychic readings, sushi, massages, and Redd’s Apple Ale.

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5 Star Book Review: SINK by Scarlett Dawn (@ScarlettDawnUSA) #FaveAuthor #SexySciFi

November 21, 2014 Book Review, Fantasy Romance, Mystery/Suspense, New Adult, Sci-Fi 0

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About Sink

 

The second installment to the bestselling Cold Mark serial launches with Sink, where fear and willpower battle from within…

Braita Valorn’s pampered existence with the Plumas of the west was cut short by her own hand. Being their Soul only complicates matters as she hides inside their enemy’s territory. Danger lurks, and Braita’s lack of knowledge of the planet, Triaz, is now abundantly clear.

Braita’s only strength against the deadly Mian is the blessed sun that lights the day hours.

On a mission to find her best friend, Jax, she must infiltrate the Crank Pit, a brutal complex where Mian enter, only to leave absent a heartbeat. Nothing transpires as planned. Braita’s reckless behavior lands her right into her adversaries’ custody—the Plumas of the east. Will Braita find the answers she’s been searching for…or will she sink further into a sensual world she never thought possible?

 

My Review

 

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My Rating: 5 Stars

“Huffing and settling under the covers, I muttered under my breath- in English, ‘Barbarians.’ Dark eyes, so very captivating against his white, long hair, held mine steadily. ‘That we are.’ “

As a reader, I’m a fan of the cliffhanger. I love the anticipation and the reward I get when I finally get to read something I’ve waited for; it makes it that much more exciting for me. Sink was well worth the wait. So worth it in fact that I’m questioning my devotion to the cliffhanger. I really don’t know if I can wait for the next one! (Note: If you are not a fan of cliffhangers I would wait until the completion of the Cold Mark Saga before diving in.)

I love edgy, exciting, fun, unique, and sexy sci-fi romance, and Sink is all those things. It’s totally transportive and easily and immediately pulled me deeper into the mysterious world of Triaz. We’re learning about the planet right along with Braita, and each new discovery adds another layer to the story that started with Fall. Braita is a really enjoyable female character to read, tough and brave yet vulnerable.

I can’t fail to mention that Braita is surrounded by some seriously hot, but seriously violent alien men. The combination of raw sexuality and danger is pretty captivating. The story is fast-paced and sexy, with exciting twists, turns, and surprises, all highlighted with the author’s clever sense of humor that I’ve come to love so much. I totally recommend this to fans of sci-fi romance, and if you’ve been thinking about giving it a try, the Cold Mark Saga, with it’s short installments is a great place to start. I’m waiting not so patiently for the next one.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of honest review.

We have to wait until February for Book #3, but check it out HERE!

 

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About the Author

Scarlett Dawn is the author of the Forever Evermore new adult fantasy series, which include King Hall and King Cave.

She lives in the Midwest, where she loves to ‘people watch’ and daydream. She adores her music loud and her fries covered in cheese.

Scarlett Dawn’s website: http://www.scarlettdawn.net

 


Book Review and #Giveaway: ILLUSION by J.S. Cooper (@JSCooperAuthor)

November 17, 2014 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Past Giveaways, Romantic Suspense 0

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ILLUSION IS LIVE!!!

What would you do if you woke up on a deserted island tied to a mysterious hunky stranger?

Do you like hot, sexy romances that are full of mystery and surprises? Then it’s time for you to read Illusion.

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My Review

 

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My Rating: 4 Stars

” ‘I never said you could touch me,’ I whispered softly, not wanting him to stop.

‘Sometimes assent doesn’t come from the mouth, it comes from the eyes.’

‘My eyes told you it was alright to touch me?’

‘Your eyes told me it was alright to fuck you.’ “

This book kept me glued to the pages with both suspense and sexual tension. There were times that I thought I was beginning to understand what was truly going on and unravel the mystery, then something would happen to throw me right off course. Ultimately, one of my theories turned out to be true, but until it was proven in the end, I could never be certain.

Our main characters make an interesting couple. They have both been kidnapped and put on a deserted tropical island. We know Bianca’s story and motives, but we can’t be sure of why Jakob is really there. What we do know about this couple is that they have some sizzling sexual chemistry. Even though I found Bianca a little annoying, and I couldn’t decide whether Jakob was the good guy or the bad guy, I just wanted them to get it on already! There’s a great slow build in their relationship and somewhere along the way, real, complicated feelings became involved, and it’s clear that even with the deceptions and mysterious circumstances, this couple has a genuine connection.

One of my favorite things about this book: it left me wanting more… now! If you’re not a fan of cliffhangers, I would recommend waiting for the series to finish before starting. Though this chapter in the story has a conclusion and some questions are answered, many more are raised. I’m pretty sure that this sexy and thrilling story is only just beginning and I can’t wait to see where the author takes this couple. If the rest of the story is like this first book, it’s sure to be intense and full of twists, turns, and spicy romance.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

Read an excerpt of Illusion below:

“I have you in the palm of my hands,” he whispered softly and leaned toward me.

“What do you mean by that?” I whispered back at him, my stomach jumping as his fingers brushed my wet hair away from my face.

“Nothing.” He shook his head. “I’m just saying, I could do what I wanted to you right now, but all I’m doing is saving you. I hope you’ll trust me after this.”

“Untie me and I’ll trust you.” I nodded, unblinking.

“Can I get a kiss as well?” His eyes sparkled as his lips came dangerously close to mine.

“What?” I closed my eyes and waited to feel his lips on mine.

“Open your eyes, Bianca.” He whispered against my lips. I could feel his breath gliding over my skin as I opened my eyes slowly. I swallowed hard as I stared up at him.

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: GIRL OF LIES (Rachel’s Peril #1) by Charles Sheehan-Miles (@CSheehanMiles)

December 26, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Favorite Books, Mystery/Suspense, Past Giveaways 0

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I’m so excited to share my review of Girl of Lies, the newest chapter in the Thompson Sisters and first book in the Rachel’s Peril series! I LOVE the Thompson Sisters and couldn’t wait for more of their story! Also, enter to win a signed copy of Remember to Breathe, an earlier Thompson Sisters book 🙂

 

About the Book

 

Andrea Thompson is smart, assertive and beautiful. She’s also desperately lonely. Raised in Europe by her grandmother, she struggles knowing neither of her parents wanted her, and she has no idea why.

When Andrea receives an urgent call from her older sister Carrie, she agrees to fly to the United States to help. Carrie’s newborn daughter Rachel needs a bone marrow transplant.

What Andrea doesn’t know is that her return to the United States will launch a chain of events that will uncover secrets hidden for decades. Secrets which will rock the Thompson family and ignite a political firestorm.

Secrets that some will kill to protect.

 

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My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

“Adelina Thompson and her daughters were likely in a great deal of danger.”

I’m still trying to catch my breath! I was so excited to read more of the lives of the Thompson Sisters. Julia’s story has always been my favorite but the others touched me deeply as well. BUT, I had no idea of the larger picture. There’s an entire story behind the girls: a web of lies, violence, conspiracy, and deceit at the highest levels of international government and intelligence. Through no fault of their own, the Thompson women and those they hold dearest are in very grave danger.

Sheehan-Miles writes mystery and suspense beyond anything I could have hoped for. (I know, where’s the romance?) Even without the stories of the sisters’ romances, there’s such intense and palpable emotion woven through every thread of the story. These women have endured such heartbreaking losses, difficult lives, complete family dysfunction, and yet remain as strong as they can. It’s clear they will need every ounce of that strength for what is to come.

I loved this book. The action is intense and heart-pounding, their are mysteries and surprises around each corner, it is expertly written, and there are the sisters: characters that I adore and feel close to. My heart has loved with them, hoped with them, broken with them, and felt loss with them. I’m so excited to share in the next chapter of their exciting journey. I’m already completely invested in this next chapter of their lives, and it seems this newest story, grander in scale than I could have imagined, is only just beginning.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

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Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America’s Future.

Find out more at http://www.sheehanmiles.com

You’re also invited to join the Remember to Breathe Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/remembertobreathe/

 

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