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review 2020-05-31 08:46





I have three months to write my last book. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.
My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn't a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.
This final book?
It's my confession. 






Why did I wait so long to read/listen to this?  This is an amazing story...stunningly emotional.  It had some Verity vibes...or I should say that Verity has some Ghostwriter vibes...since this technically came out before Verity.  It's not in any way the same story, just that it has a similar feel.  Without giving anything away, a few of the similarities is both books are by authors whose usual fare is romance and also the plot's center on having another writer write your story...and of course, the freaky AF twists...which are freaky in totally different ways but still equally jaw-dropping.  One of the differences is Verity will mess with your head...and this will mess with your heart...either way they're both on my favorites list.

Andrea Izzy Anthony did a remarkable performance...in all, I believe she pulled off about 3...maybe 4 POVs.  Usually, I believe that different POVs need separate narrators...but I have to give her props for a job well done.

Overall, a very worthwhile read/listen, with an ending that is really heartbreaking but also really fulfilling...giving each (all except one, but I'm not sure they deserved it) of the characters the closure they need.


Narration Rating 5/5
Plot 5/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 5/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme, Tone or Intensity 5/5
Originality/Believability 5/5
Flow (Writing Style/Ease of Listening) 5/5
Twisty-ness/Mystery 5/5
Ending 5/5

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review 2019-06-16 22:05
Audiobook Review: Tripping on a Halo by: Alessandra Torre (Author), Tor Thom (Narrator), Charley Ongel (Narrator)
Tripping on a Halo - Alessandra Torre,Tor Thom,Charley Ongel



Love takes an otherworldly turn and I may never stop laughing again. Tripping on a Halo is not your average romance. Torre changes the rules when it comes to guardian angels. Autumn and Declan are a breath of fresh air. She knows how to keep life interesting. He's clueless when it comes to love. They shouldn't make sense, yet seem to be a perfect fit. Thom and Ongel, let their sense of humor shine through in this adorably, unconventional look at love.

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text 2019-03-31 18:10
Snakes and Ladders -Final Update!!!
The Readymade Thief - Augustus Rose
The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel - Matthew Quick,Inc. Blackstone Audio, Inc.,Darwin Porter
Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman
Beartown: A Novel - Fredrik Backman
The Long Game - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
If You Dare - Alessandra Torre
The Gone World - Thomas Sweterlitsch
The Exes' Revenge - Jo Jakeman
The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star - Nikki Sixx
Jane Doe: A Novel - Victoria Helen Stone


I've finished my "pick it for me" read (Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone)!!!  What a winner it was, thank you, everyone, for picking such an awesome read.  I managed to dodge all the snakes and hit two ladders.  I actually got lucky, what'da you know about that.

My Stops along the way...

#1~ Prompt:  Author is a Women...I read The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose (finished 2/22/19) Which is not by a woman so I rolled only one dice or die...I rolled a 5 and moved to

#6~ Prompt:  Title has a color word in it...I read The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (finished 2/24/19) Which has Silver in the title so I went up the ladder to  #27

#27~ Prompt:  Set during WWI or WWII...I read Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (finished 03/01/19)  --I thought this was a book leading up to WWII, but it turns out its about 8 yrs. before it...so I rolled one Die.  I rolled a 4 and moved to

#31~ Prompt:  Road Trip...I read Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Finished 0304/19) --A road trip occurs when the Hockey Team travels to an away game...so I rolled 2 dice and got 11 and moved to

#41~ Prompt:  Characters Involved in Politics...I read The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Finished 03/08/19) which has all sorts of political intrigue...so I rolled two dice and got 4 and moved to

#45~ Prompt:  A book that has been on your TBR for more than one year...I read If You Dare by Deanna Madden (Finished 03/11/19) --This whole series has been on my TBR for more than a year...so I rolled two dice and got 7 and moved to

#52~ Prompt:  Has a tree or flower on the cover...I read The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch (Finished 03/16/18) because it has several trees on the cover...so I rolled two dice and got 11 and moved to

#63~ Prompt:  Cover is more than 50% Blue...I read The Exes Revenge by Jo Jakeman (Finished 3/20/19) for the blue cover...since this is a ladder square, I'm moving to

#95~ Prompt:  Memoir...I read The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx (Finished 03/24/19) this is a book that is a year in the life of Nikki Sixx...so I rolled two dice and got 11 and moved to the last spot...

#100~ Prompt:  Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes...I chose these 4 Books...1~ The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger, 2~The Mistake by Elle Kennedy, 3~Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone, and 4~Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff...the winner was Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone (Finished 03/21/19)

This was a fun challenge, and I read some books that I really liked, one of the reasons I love Reading Challenges...they force me to read books that I might not have never gotten around to reading or find new ones to fit a challenge. 

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review 2019-03-19 17:54
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for If You Dare by Deanna Madden
If You Dare - Alessandra Torre

Deanna Madden #3


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Romantic Suspense
Did She or Didn't She
Crime Mystery
Toned Down Erotic-ness
Book #1 Rating: ☆4.5☆ Book #2 Rating: ☆4☆
Series Rating:  ☆4.3☆

With Audio Performed by Jorjeanna Marie



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A fitting ending or a possible non-ending, since at the end of the Audiobook the Author says she is quite possibly going to write another Deanna Madden book at some point in time.  Of which I will gladly listen to.  Jorjeanna Marie is the voice of Deanna Madden, after 3 books of doing so.  I still wish the series had a male narrator for the male parts of the book, though.

The enigmatic Deanna Madden is someone who is unlike any other character I've ever read about.  Her backstory is so tragic, her present so darkly titillating, yet totally compelling...and her possible future, hopefully, involves a little more healing than we've seen so far from her.

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๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 


Plot⇝  4.3/5
Narration Performance⇝  4/5
Main Characters⇝  5/5
Secondary Characters⇝  4.5/5
The Feels⇝  4.3/5
Pacing⇝  4/5
Addictiveness⇝  4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝  4.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  5/5
Originality⇝  5/5
Ending⇝  4.2/5 Cliffhanger⇝
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Book Cover⇝ All the covers are perfect in this Series.
Setting⇝ Tulsa, OK
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-02-18 22:04
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre
Do Not Disturb (A Deanna Madden Novel Book 2) - A.R. Torre

Deanna Madden Series #2



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Psychological Thriller

Romantic Suspense

Erotic Cyber Sex


Homicidal Tendencies



With Audio Performed by Jorjeana Marie


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I didn't like this quite as much as the first book but it was still a solid follow-up to The Girl in 6E. Do Not Disturb has stepped up the romance a bit, between Deanna and the UPS guy, Jeremy. Also, we get to know the elusive hacker, Mike, somewhat. There is a new dilemma with a customer of Deanna's who just got out of jail for Rape and is hell-bent on meeting up her, despite telling him repeatedly that she doesn't do that sort of thing. Things escalate quickly, and she has to deal with the consequences of that. All of this is going on while Deanna tries to deal with her need to kill, plus her newfound need to escape her apartment.


The ending was definitely missing something for me, things tied up a little too quickly and I still wish this had a male narrator for the male parts of the book...but honestly, Jorjeana Marie does do a stellar job as the voice of Deanna Madden.



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๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏


Plot⇝ 4/5

Narration Performance⇝ 4/5

Characters⇝ 4.8/5

The Feels⇝ 3.8/5

Pacing⇝ 4/5


Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5

Originality⇝ 5/5

Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued"

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Book Cover⇝ It also goes perfectly with the series...

Setting⇝ Mostly Tulsa, OK

Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)

Series Continuation⇝ Yes, No, Maybe or Probably

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