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review 2017-02-15 18:20
All Too Real – Giveaway – Redemption by Jaye Frances @jayefrancesnews
Redemption - Jaye Frances

Redemption is the finale of the World Without Love trilogy by Jaye Frances

 

The sensitive and adult nature of Jewel’s story may not be for everyone, but I must say, I am glad that I walk on the wild side and stretch my horizons, so I don’t miss fabulous books like Redemption!

 

I was reading along and I saw…Sherry. The character is the house shrink for Jewel’s new boss. Cool…I’m in a book. And I must say, I am very good at my job. LOL

 

Redemption (World Without Love, # 3)

 

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Because Redemption is Book III in the World Without Love series, even the blurb may contain more information than you want to know.

 

Redemption is the finale for the World Without Love trilogy and I must say Jaye Frances did not let me down. I have come to expect excellent writing and a storyline that makes the book unputdownable and she has done that from beginning to end.

 

Jewel’s story began in Book I, Betrayed, when she was forcibly kidnapped…beaten, raped, tortured and sold. Human trafficking is an ugly business and she lives the horror that human slavery entails.

 

This has been a terrifyingly realistic novel of one woman’s journey through a nightmare you cannot imagine if you don’t walk in her shoes. It has been an all too real glimpse into man’s inhumanity and debasement of other human beings.

 

I cringed, shivered, screamed and raged. I am disgusted, ready to pick up a gun and take care of them myself…but that would be too good for them.

 

She made a friend or two along the way, sometimes the most unlikely person was the one to come to her aid. She is a woman driven to survive and save the woman left behind.

 

I love the direction Jaye took for the next stage of Jewel’s life. It caught me by surprise and that doesn’t happen often enough.

 

I love trying to figure out a character’s motivation for their actions. Whenever Jewel felt doubt or needed a nudge to do what’s necessary, she would think of Annie and the torture and fear that are her life. Her desire to save Annie, drove her.

 

Jaye Frances’ excellent writing and the depth of Jewel’s character shows a strength and determination that makes me think, somehow, she will be okay. I have been eagerly anticipating how Jaye Frances will wrap up this series. 

 

The ending…amazing! Fabulous! Not what I thought it would be, but then none of this story was and the twists and turns, the good and bad, kept me mesmerized and believing…this could be a true story.

 

All the chips are on the table…

 

“…Life can be like a poker game and you just never know who’s holding the winning hand.”

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Redemption by Jaye Frances.

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review 2017-01-12 14:46
Enter Her World…If You Dare – Reunion by Jaye Frances @jayefrancesnews
Reunion (World Without Love) (Volume 2) - Jaye Frances

Jaye Frances can spin a tale and she continues Jewlel’s dark story in Reunion.

 

Adult Only.

 

This series will not be for everyone and it is rare for me to step into the genre, but Jaye Frances hooked me with her writing and not all of her books are erotica, so check them out below. You may be pleasantly surprised and find one that is for you.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Such a beautiful cover for Reunion by Jaye Frances, but I can guarantee you that the story inside is VERY far from simple. Violence, torture, rape and abuse beyond my imagination keep me riveted as I eagerly anticipate Jewel getting her revenge.

 

“Even in hell, there are rules…”

 

Reunion is Book II in the World Without Love series and it does need to be read in order.

 

We pick up where we left off and I was eager to read more of Jewel’s tragic story. Reunion did not start the way I thought it would and I love it when an author can surprise me.

 

I still concentrated more on the story than the sex, but it seems at this point, she is so lost that she’ll fuck anything that walks. I love figuring out why characters do what they do, so I am trying to figure out Jewel’s motivation. Is it her horrendous experiences making her reach out for human contact that is not about force or torture? Is it about control?

 

How evil must a person be to take someone to the edge of death for their own pleasure, smiling and enjoying the experience?

 

I can’t help but blush at the sex…but I do read it all. To me, it is pivotal to the story.

 

I must give this 5 Stars for scaring the crap out of me! It shows just how easy it is to get into something over our heads because it is hard to believe how EVIL, sadistic and savage people can be. BUT, I believe. Sooooo…be careful of who you trust.

 

I didn’t see the twist at the end coming and…OH NO…I am left with a huge cliffhanger. No worries, Book III, Redemption is out, so I will not have to wait for the conclusion of Jewel’s story.

 

To sum it up, I am surprised at how much I LOVE this twisted story. I can hardly wait to find out how she gets her revenge!

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Reunion by Jaye Frances.

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review 2016-08-15 07:34
The Girl Before
The Girl Before - Rena Olsen
ISBN: 9781101982358
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 8/9/2016
Format: Paperback 
My Rating: 4 Stars 

A special thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THE GIRL BEFORE is a riveting complex psychological suspense debut by Rena Olsen, where lines are blurred, between victim and perpetrator, from then and now.

A well-written, disturbing portrayal of human trafficking, the haunting damage-and the road to acceptance, healing, and recovery.

As the novel opens, Clara Lawson is separated from her daughters and husband. This is not an ordinary home invasion or kidnapping. Glen her husband tells her to say nothing. Now Glen is in jail. Why, she wonders.

Not your ordinary “run of the mill” mystery suspense; told in alternating chapters, we hear from a confused woman who is dedicated to her husband and daughters.

From “now” and “then” we hear from Clare-mysterious and dark, a broken life, from counseling sessions, a naïve young girl, the past is slowly unraveled, from a family business, innocent girls, and a haunting sex trafficking operation.

Why does Clare think she has a loving husband and family? Yet the girls in the support group are saying something different? Surely, she was no part of this life. Is she in denial? Has she been brainwashed by these people?

She has been a part of this family of Mama and Papa G, the owners and then a relationship with Glen, their son. (All calculating, ruthless, and controlling). The son takes over the business. Where does Clara fit and her role? Who are the girls which she calls her daughters? Why does everyone think her husband is a monster? She needs to keep quiet to protect her husband.

Is she responsible for causing harm to other girls? What about her own family? When everything Clara thought was good and perfect; in reality, is dark and evil. Will they ever know freedom? From trafficking and murder. Guilt and atoning for sins.

From an institution, a psychiatric facility, FBI interrogations, therapy, and support groups, she is called another name, “Diana.” They are accusing her husband of horrific crimes. What darkness was she involved in, and what part did she play with the lives of other innocent girls?

Will she face the real truth about her past and be able to move on with the future?

"Every choice is an intricate result of many factors." When getting in a car with someone leads to consequences. For many rescue comes too late.

The author cleverly crafts a disturbing look at a woman who appears to be in denial. As a reader you are hearing of daughters, which are not her children, but the girls she grew up with at Mama and Papa’s house.

As we often read, in this type of situations, the girls have been told they were not wanted by their parents and have been taken in by this couple. They all are trained for their clients (men). From young girls and women--- the author delves into the psychological mind of a woman which is both the victim, and the victimizer.

At times you will want to shake Clara for being naïve; however, as you move along when the reality comes, the novel really takes shape when all of the pieces of the puzzle become connected. I also purchased the Audible version, while traveling, narrated by Brittany Pressley for an emotionally charged performance.

 


An impressive gripping debut, keeping readers glued to the pages to learn Clare’s real story. The suspense and tension is slow burning, and you know something else is coming next lurking around the corner.

The author’s background is reflected throughout the pages, with her vast expertise: a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Also a licensed therapist.

Highly recommend to psychological suspense fans. A definite author to follow! Cannot wait to see what’s next.

JDCMustReadBooks

 

 

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text 2016-07-24 08:05
Blog Tour - RECKLESS

 

 

About Reckless

 

Synopsis:

 

The new London office of Benson Security hasn’t even opened its doors yet and already it’s neck deep in its first case…

 

If the mission doesn’t kill him, his sexy partner just might.

 

Dimitri Raast and Megan Donaldson have a common enemy—the head of an organisation that specializes in human trafficking and sexual slavery.


They have similar motivation—Dimitri’s sister was taken by the organisation, and Megan’s sister is threatened by it.


They have the same goal—eliminate their enemy and save their sisters.


Given they have so much in common, you would think working together would be a piece of cake.


You would be wrong.


While Dimitri brings skills and experience from years as a US Army Ranger to their partnership, Megan brings a background in failed career choices and an ability to cause trouble wherever she goes. Yet, even with so much at stake, Dimitri can’t resist Megan’s particular brand of crazy. She’s wild, she’s sexy and she’s fearless. An irresistible combination for a man who lives his life completely in control. Now, after almost a year with one all-consuming focus, Dimitri finds himself torn between rescuing his sister and protecting the woman he wants - from herself.


Before she gets them both killed.

Available at: Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | B&N

 

Excerpt:

 

They were meeting Johnny Rotten in a dark alley. Of course they were meeting a guy called Johnny Rotten in a dark alley. Megan rolled her eyes. Obviously Johnny went to the TV movie school of how to be a bad guy.

 

“You stay here.” Dimitri pointed at a dumpster. Yeah. A dumpster. She half expected some guy with a camera to shout cut and make them start again.

 

“You don’t mean in the dumpster, right?” Because—eew!

 

“No. Beside it. In the dark.” He didn’t even try to disguise that he was losing patience. “Don’t move, don’t make a sound, don’t interrupt.”

 

Blah, blah, blah, let the big boys play. She was so tired of hearing the same old tune. It was time to change the radio station.

 

“Right,” Dimitri said. “I’m going to drive round and come in from the other end.”

 

“Why can’t I just wait in the car? It’s cold and it stinks here.”

 

“Because…” He stretched the word out. “You’re supposed to be my hostage. I can’t just let you hang out in the car.”

 

“I can pretend to be drugged.”

 

“No. Too dangerous. He might spot you, know who you are and that Rudi wants you. Then what would stop him deciding to eliminate me and take you to Rudi himself?”

 

She stamped her feet to get her blood circulating before the chill removed her toes. “Why didn’t you just take me back to the office?”

 

“You’re my backup.” There was a silent ‘idiot’ attached to that sentence, she just knew it.

 

“The backup that hides in dumpsters?”

 

“The backup that phones for help if it looks like things are going south.”

 

Megan blushed, grateful he couldn’t see it in the dark. “So, I need my phone?”

 

He put his hands on his hips and looked skyward for a moment. “Where is it?”

 

“Car.” She gave him what she hoped was an apologetic smile.

 

He stomped off, cursing under his breath and came back a few minutes later with the phone. “Sorted now?”

 

Megan nodded. It probably wasn’t the best time to tell him she really needed to use the bathroom. She could hold it. How long did it take to have a covert meeting in an alley anyway?

 

She gave him a thumbs up and watched him march back to the car. Leaving her alone in a stinky, dark alley. Alone and not thinking about how good Dimitri’s lips felt against hers. Nope. She wasn’t thinking about that at all. She was a professional—nearly. She had a job to do. She backed into the shadows and tried to become invisible. Ninja Megan. She could do it. It was all about the power of the mind. She closed her eyes and took a few calming breaths.

 

That’s when her stomach rumbled. Her hand smacked flat on it as she bit her lip. Maybe all that fried food wasn’t such a great idea after all. Not that she would ever admit that to Dimitri. She was still mad at the man. Sure she’d been the first to say they weren’t in a relationship, but he didn’t have to agree so enthusiastically. He’d sounded affronted. As though she was the last person on earth he’d consider dating. It was insulting. Her stomach made a strange bubbling sound as she saw Dimitri’s SUV pull up at the other end of the alley. He got out and stood under the yellow glow of the street lamp. Waiting. Alert. Moody.

 

Megan’s stomach rumbled again. Loudly. This wasn’t good. So much for not making a sound. Her own body was working against her. She crouched down in an attempt to dull the noise, and hoped it worked. She closed her eyes, tried to calm her stomach and think thoughts that made her invisible.

 

That’s when she farted.

 

It wasn’t silent.

 

Megan dropped her head to her knees. If the bad guys didn’t get her, she’d die of humiliation.

 

And then her stomach rumbled again.

 

© 2016 Janet Elizabeth Henderson

 

 

Guest Post with Author, Janet Elizabeth Henderson:

 

 

Music to write by

 

I am probably the last person on the planet that should write about music. My sister has long said that I have the musical taste of a tone deaf eighty year old! But what the heck, I’m up for humiliating myself in public…again…

 

Okay, we’ll start with my weirdest quirk first and get it out the way—I write all of my sex scenes to a repeating loop of Alive and Kicking by Simple Minds. I’m not exactly sure why, other than I had a very romantic experience at a Simple Minds concert as a teen and most likely have subconsciously twinned the song with all things sensual. It’s either that, or I’m just weird. Whatever. Moving swiftly on…

 

As for a playlist for each book? I’ve only done that for one book, the second in my series set in the Highland—Goody Two Shoes. The hero in the book is a Sinatra type singer so I played all of Michael Buble’s albums throughout the writing process—mainly because it felt wrong not to!

 

For all other books I have one playlist I always listen to, called (originally!) writing songs. There is no logical reason behind the choices on the list, but I get angry if someone tries to add or remove anything from it. (After the ‘Hozier episode’—see below—my husband tried to delete the track from all of my media. I nearly deleted him in return!) This is my sacred writing playlist:

 

Rolling in the Deep—Adele

The Quiet Mind—Ruby Blue

Everybody’s Talkin’—The Beautiful South

You Got Me Wrong—Alison Moyet

Son of a Preacher Man—Dusty Springfield

I’ll Be Waiting—Adele

Sweetest Devotion—Adele

Stars—Simply Red

Alive and Kicking—Simple Minds

Is this Love?—Alison Moyet

Coming Home Baby—Michael Buble

Remedy—Adele

Grenade (Acoustic)—Bruno Mars

I Go To Sleep—Pretenders

Yellow Flicker Beat—Lorde

Take Me To Church—Hozier

Kissing a Fool—Michael Buble

Make You Feel My Love—Adele

Lovesong—The Cure

(To play this on Spotify from the playlist created: CLICK HERE!)

 

 

I tend to shove this on repeat, until I don’t even register it anymore—I want the words to become background noise otherwise they pull me out of my writing. Apart from playing the same songs over and over for hours on end—until my husband demands I put on my headphones—I also sometimes get one song stuck in my head. This usually happens when it somehow fits the scene, or the voice of the character, in my mind. It happened with my last book, Here Comes The Rainne Again, where I got Hozier’s Take Me To Church stuck. I played that song, back to back, for hours until the scene was finished—much to my family’s delight. (Hence my husband’s sneaky attempt to delete it!)

 

Oh yeah, and when I suffer from writer’s block, I play Mozart’s flute concertos or The Best of Julie London. I’d like to state for the record (and for my sister) that I no longer listen to Doris Day.

 

Bet you’re wishing you hadn’t asked about my playlist now, aren’t you?! ;)

 

 

 

About Janet Elizabeth Henderson:

 

I grew up in Scotland, but now I’m living in New Zealand - married to a Dutch man whom I met in America. (It can get a little confusing in my household!) When I'm not living in my head, I'm a mother to two tiny kids, three pet sheep, three miniature horses, three alpacas, one dog, two cats, several chickens and an escape artist goat.

 

5 random things about me:

 

1. I accidentally mooned a crowd at a Bolivian wedding.

2. I've been chased by a gang of baboons. And I mean gang. They were organised and vicious. All that was missing was their leather jackets and tattoos!

3. I wrote my first novel when I was 22. It was a cross between Star Wars, Monsters Inc. and Tinkerbelle. Funnily enough, no one wanted to publish it. Odd that...

4. I was a portrait artist on the streets of Amsterdam for a time.

5. I worked night shift as a security guard at Stirling Castle in Scotland while I was in art college. The castle was on a terrorist hit-list back then. To defend it they gave me a flashlight, a two-way radio that only worked one-way and made me wear a polyester A-line skirt...

 

If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, which happens sporadically - usually when books are being released - then you'll find a form on my website. I hope you enjoy my books. Happy reading!

 

Find out more: Facebook / Website / Twitter / Goodreads

 

 

 

 

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2 grand prize winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

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review 2016-06-14 20:49
Marked for Life
Marked for Life (Jana Berzelius) - Emelie Schepp

By: Emelie Schepp 

Series: Jana Berzelius #1

ISBN: 9780778319566

Publisher: MIRA

Publication Date:  6/14/2016 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 4 Stars 

 

A special thank you to Mira and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Swedish author, Emelie Schepp delivers her US debut,MARKED FOR LIFE, the first in the crime trilogy, (Jana Berzelius #1).

A prosecutor leading a high-profile investigation- for a dark chilling multi-layered twisty plot leading into a human-trafficking operation, and the protagonist’s own intriguing mysterious personal past.

Both subtle and grisly, a delicious Nordic noir. The author delivers complexity and inner turmoil, exemplified by Jana’s character and the bone-chilling Scandinavian setting.

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius grew up in a household where emotions were kept at a distance. With a retired prosecutor father, who would never congratulate his daughter on a successful court case. Jana was accustomed to his taciturnity.

Even her mother Margaretha, who was warm and loving during her childhood, seemed to prefer to clean the house rather than play games with her. At age thirty she treated her parents with the same unemotional respect with which they had raised her.

Jana is called by her superior to assist on an investigation. A woman had been detailed after she called the police to report finding her husband Hans Juhlén dead. The official in charge of migration asylum issues in Norrkoping. Shot. Murdered. Age fifty-nine. They had been married since age eighteen. The wife says she did not killer her husband, only found him. Forensic experts say the murder took place in the home.

Mia Bolander (rivals) was not thrilled to be working with Jana (the one with no personality, stiff, formal, arrogant diva upperclass girl. Jana was old money, while Mia with her working-class background was mortgaged. Now working on the case Henrick Levin, Mia, and Jana.

From clues of threatening letters, messages, cash, and fingerprints belonging to a child whose body turns up a few days later. The couple did not have children.

 


His work had made him vulnerable. The decision process for asylum was difficult and he did not like turning seekers away. People were desperate and not everyone qualified. Threats, revenge, blackmail? Had he gotten to close?

During the case, we receive flashbacks from Jana's childhood. Strange dreams she had been experiencing- like nightmares. Was the case bringing back repressed memories? Her scar. Adopted. Four letters. Six numbers. Shipping containers. Innocent children.

A girl, a boy, and a woman. A mission. A boy is found. A scar. Child trafficking. A Mirror. Who is looking for the lost children?

 



Her own dark past? Carving by a child’s hand. Letters carved in the skin. A stolen childhood, murdered parents.

Refugees, drugs, money, smugglers? First Hans Juhlen, then the boy and last Thomas Rydberg. Mass graves at sea.

To protect her own hidden past, Jana must find the suspect behind these murders, before the police does. She had been told she had fallen down onto a rail track in the underground and hit her head so hard she lost her memory.

Jana Berzelius has not told anyone that she woke up at a hospital without any memories when she was nine years old.

Memories or fantasies? Images and fragments through dreams. She has to know who she really is, while searching for the truth of the boy.

“From a crushed child you can carve out a deadly weapon. A soldier without any feelings, without anything to lose, is the most dangerous there is.”

The Scandinavian crime fiction or Nordic noir, is compelling --from dark secrets and hidden hatreds.

Comprising crime fiction with common characteristics, of cop procedures, an engrossing mystery, suspense and forensics, the author explores the dark, morally complex mood, of Jana. Her identity- delving into her own childhood, making the intensity high and personal. Fascinating, and unique. Staying one step ahead of the police.

Marked For Life is an intriguing beginning to the dark, enigmatic and absorbing Jana Berzelius trilogy. Looking forward to the next!

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