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review 2018-02-25 14:12
2.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.

 

How far does the apple really fall from the tree? 

 

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her into the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. 

 

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. 

 

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother's daughter.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Lately, I've been reading genres of books that are out of my comfort zone.  This may have been too far out, though. Because ultimately, I was disturbed and saddened by this story, and I wish I'd never listened to this one at all. 

 

If you like to be inside the head of someone who has been abused mentally and psychically and see all their dark twistiness that comes from that, then the inside of Annie/Millie's head might be a welcome place for you.  It's just not for me, though.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 2.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 2.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5

Ending~ 2/5  Cliffhanger~  Not really.

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Book Cover~ It's kind of compelling, I wished that it had warned me away, though…

Narration~ by Imogen Church was fairly well done.  She definitely had the creep factor going…

Setting~ London, England

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-02-20 16:54
I Love The Villain – Vow of Silence by Chris Patchell @chris_patchell
Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2) - Chris Patchell,Monica Haynes

 

Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2)

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MY REVIEW

 

I love that Vow of Silence by Chris Patchell gets right to the action. We have multiple storylines, threats, and danger. Drug cartels, politics, domestic abuse, kidnapping, lies, secrets, and the past…All have their place in the complex mysteries of the characters lives, filling them with danger and betrayal.

 

I didn’t realize this was Book II of the series, but I don’t feel it harmed my reading in any way, though I do recommend beginning at the beginning. It just made me work harder to try and solve the mystery myself. I read a lot of books like that. Funny thing, I was able to pick up the first book, Deadly Sins, for free from Amazon. YAY!

 

Joe Gaines, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was ready to party without the pregnant wife he left at home. He had some blow, which he did a couple lines while waiting for the hot woman he expected to knock on his casino room door any minute. BUT….she was there for more than a private party.

 

Phoenix Police Detective, David Shaw, was excited to be working such a high profile case. It would be good for his career advancement.

 

Jill Shannon, our main character, has money and connections, soon to be married to a prosecutor and the only son of the former governor. She had left behind a dead husband in Seattle, a police officer shot right in front of her in their own home. I feel there is so much more to her story and I aim to learn about it. Jill is super smart, a whiz with technology.

 

I don’t know why I am so drawn to villains. I love when the villain is so likeable I want to root for them and do, but I am still waiting to ‘hear’ the full story.

 

The characters have many personal, as well as, professional problems. The sad thing is, the kids seem to pay a heavy price, even as their parents struggle to protect them. How many lives will be lost as the the mysteries are solved? I keep trying to anticipate who will live and who will end up dead or locked up as the time to pay the piper comes due. Will ANYONE be happy in the end?

 

I love complex, multiple plots, and characters that sometimes make it hard to distinguish good from bad. After all, let he who is without sin cast the first stone and I don’t see any of these characters able to do so, except the children and we won’t ask that of them.

 

Chris Patchell has a way of piling stories on top of stories, intermingling them in such a way that by adding the bits and pieces  the complete the picture is exposed in a spellbinding way. The mystery compounds, the suspense keeps building and I am so happy to know this is not the end of Jill Shannon’s story.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Vows of Silence by Chris Patchell.

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review 2018-02-20 10:00
New Release & Release Day Review! Sons of Broad Series Prequels by Tara Thomas
Shattered Fear: A Novella of Romantic Suspense (Sons of Broad) - Tara Thomas
Hidden Fate - Tara Q. Thomas
Twisted End - Tara Q. Thomas

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me, writing as Tara Thomas, comes an explosive new romantic suspense series.

Welcome to the sultry streets of Charleston, where simmering desire and dark danger rule...

Forbidden love never felt so good...

She’s got a killer to catch.
He just might be it. 
Undercover detective Janie Roberts needs to find out for sure if Brent Taylor is a murderer.
Handsome, wealthy, and sexy-as-sin Brent Taylor. 
She’s got to get close enough to learn his secrets.

But getting this close is dangerous in more ways than one…

 

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me, writing as Tara Thomas, comes an explosive new romantic suspense series.

Welcome to the sultry streets of Charleston, where simmering desire and dark danger rule...

He’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe…

Someone wants Janie dead.
Brent will do anything to protect her from a ruthless killer’s hunt. 
But an enemy this powerful won’t give up easily….

And danger and passion will explode as they fight for each other.

 

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me, writing as Tara Thomas, comes an explosive new romantic suspense series.

Welcome to the sultry streets of Charleston, where simmering desire and dark danger rule...

First comes desire.
Then comes love.
But Janie and Brent need to stop the man out to ruin them,

Before they can live happily ever after…

 

This review is for the three Sons of Broad prequels: Shattered Fear, Hidden Fate & Twisted End.

 

 

Strong, compelling characters pull readers into a thrilling story that fills readers with suspense and holds them hostage until the very end. This new series is off to a strong start with a series of three prequels that are fast paced, full of edge of the seat suspense, lifelike characters and steamy romance.

 

The author brought the story to life with well written words that provided vibrant imagery that makes it easy for the readers to picture each and every scene which keeps them glued to the pages and embroiled in the thrilling danger with surprising twists that keep readers guessing and a romance that is sweet and steamy. The first two prequels Shattered Fear and Hidden Fate end is hair raising cliffhangers, so you do have to read all three to get to the happily ever after but even with the romantic conclusion for Janie and Brent, there are still mysteries to be solved and bad guys to catch so the series will continue with the first full length novel Darkest Night and I am looking forward to reading the coming books in the Sons of Broad series.

 

 

 

Shattered Fear is the 1st of 3 prequels in the Sons of Broad series and

is available February 6, 2018 in ebook at:

Amazon    B&N    iBooks   Kobo   GPlay   ebooks

 

Hidden Fate is the 2nd of the 3 prequels and is available February 13, 2018 in ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   iBooks   Kobo   GPlay   eBooks

 

Twisted End is the 3rd of the 3 prequels and is available February 20, 2018 in ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   iBooks   Kobo   GPlay   eBooks

 

The 1st Book, Darkest Night is set to be released on February 27, 2018.

Keep an eye out for my review of Darkest Night coming next week.

 

& the 2nd book Deadly Secret is set to be released on March 27, 2018.

 

Tara Thomas can be found at:

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review 2018-02-14 10:00
Review! Dragon's Guard (The Dragon Shifter's Mates #1) Eva Chase

 

 

The last of her kind. Four hot alpha mates. A legacy of bloodshed. 

When Ren Landis goes looking for excitement on her 21st birthday, getting kidnapped is a little more than she bargained for. So is finding out that shifters exist—and that she’s one too. As the last of the dragon shifters, she’s got a role to fulfill: Take the alphas of the four shifter groups as her mates and unite all shifter kind. No pressure, right? 

Too bad Ren’s fate isn’t as simple as getting it on with four scorching-hot guys. Someone is out for dragon shifter blood, intent on finishing the massacre they started years ago. If Ren can’t figure out how to kickstart her buried powers, her life’s about to go down in flames. 

*This steamy new reverse harem paranormal romance series is intended for readers 18+. Expect sexy situations, intense action, ongoing storylines, and a quartet of alluring wolf, bear, jaguar, and eagle alpha shifters you’ll wish you could make your mates.*

 

 

 

I have to admit that this story is quite a bit different from what I was expecting which while surprising is a good thing. The story to me falls more in the urban fantasy genre than the romance category. Don’t get me wrong, it has romance, lots of steamy passion and sizzling chemistry but is also full of intrigue and thrills that keep the adrenaline pumping and suspense builds throughout the story keeping readers glued to the pages. The characters are strong and compelling and draw the readers to them which makes it easy for the readers to become caught up in the unfolding story as they find themselves facing their lives that are taking a disturbing turn.

 

The author brought her intriguing reverse harem world to vibrant life with well written words that makes it easy for readers to picture the events as they happen and I was completely caught up in the story from the very beginning although I have to admit it was a bit disappointing when it ended in a cliffhanger, so I must warn you that is a serial romance.

 

 

Dragon’s Guard is the 1st book in The Dragon Shifter’s Mates series.

 

Books 2 Dragon’s Tears & 3 Dragon’s Desire is already available and #4 Dragon’s Fate will be available February 21, 2018

 

Dragon’s Guard is available in ebook at:

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Eva Chase can be found at:

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review 2018-02-11 02:45
5 Out Of 5 "Mercury Infused" Stars.
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner

 

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

 

UNSUB is a brilliantly written novel, with a wickedly intense plot and perfectly executed pacing. It kept me on the edge the entire time I listened.  While driving and listening to this my commute to work was over entirely too quickly, and so was the drive home.  I was completely absorbed by this story.  I got cranky with my husband when he wouldn't just go outside and let me listen to it. 

 

I highly recommend, whether you listen on audio or read the book yourself it doesn't really matter because the story is that good.  Sometimes the story itself supersedes the abilities of the narrator and makes whether they are good or bad a mute point.  Hopefully, that last part makes sense to more than just me…

 

~MY RATING~ 5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~... Sort of

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Book Cover~ It goes with the story perfectly

Narration~ Hilary Huber, she was good, actually, despite her penchant for mispronouncing some words.

Series~ UNSUB #1

Setting~ San Francisco, California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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