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review 2019-07-08 11:07
BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: 'LOCK EVERY DOOR' by Riley Sager
Lock Every Door - Riley Sager

 

 

IT IS FINALLY HERE.

 

When it comes to 'must-read' authors for me, Riley Sager is one of them. I was fortunate enough to be one of the early readers for his first thriller FINAL GIRLS, and I suddenly had found a new favorite author.

I was then lucky enough to be an early reader and be the blog tour for his second book, THE LAST TIME I LIED, and I was a certified obsessed fan of Sager's writing.

My biggest problem is that I read his books too quickly.

 

His books, which are fast-paced thrillers with gutsy young women as protagonists, have quickly made him a best-selling novelist and a three-time Book Of The Month (BOTM) author.

His new book, 'LOCK EVERY DOOR’ is said to be inspired by his love of the old Gothic apartment buildings in Manhattan, and from the opening dedication to the great Ira Levin, who wrote the brilliant 'Rosemary's Baby' (a favorite of mine, which was adapted into the one of the most iconic horror films of all time), the scene is set and you WILL be sucked in.

 

Read ahead to find out more about Riley’s newest exciting thriller, reminiscent of the classic horror movie, but with a decidedly modern twist.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK: LOCK EVERY DOOR

  

Release Date: July 2nd, 2019

Dutton Books, Hardcover, 371 pages

Find it on Goodreads

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No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen's new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid's disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew's dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building's hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

 

LOCK EVERY DOOR REVIEW

 

It probably comes as no surprise that I’m going to say that this is a must-read. It’s a little hard to talk about it without giving too much away but I’ll do my best.

 

‘LOCK EVERY DOOR’ starts with twenty five-year old Jules experiencing some kind of emergency and frantic that she not return to the Bartholomew.

 

We then transition to six days earlier to when she first is shown the huge, exclusive, and very private apartment inside that very building that she will end up living in, as an apartment-sitter, and being PAID to do so. For someone who was basically homeless, jobless, and penniless when you compare her to the residents of the opulent Bartholomew, this seems too good to be true. Usually when you suspect that’s the case, you’re probably right.

 

Jules Larsen is relatable to anyone who has been in a position where they would consider taking on the responsibility of apartment-sitting in exchange for having contact with the outside world; just having a decent place to live can be a great motivator in these times so I found myself completely understanding why Jules would do this. Shedding her old life and being willing to try something new feels hopeful but a bit naive, but blameless. It would probably be pretty bloody hard to resist living in a huge apartment in one of the oldest buildings in Manhattan overlooking Central Park, no matter the circumstances (or gargoyles outside your window). Cutting yourself from the real world, except for access to the internet, when things go badly feels so 2019. 

 

Sager moves on from setting the stage for Jules’ exciting new chapter to presenting the reader with a cast of characters, all with unforgettable personalities and quirks. The Bartholomew itself is an undeniable presence as well, with its dumbwaiters, patterned wallpaper, old-fashioned elevators, iron floor vents, spiral staircases, and complete with front doorman, and it’s hard not to picture the infamous Dakota building in New York City (which inspired Sager, and is where ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ was filmed). Such a building seems like it would be a marvel, as well as terrifying. 

 

The building changes from being a refuge and a place that fascinates, to somewhere that Jules feels trapped, and the other occupants either end up missing or are acting strangely. Her isolation suddenly becomes suffocating, she realizes she must discover the truth, uncover the secrets of the Bartholomew, and fight like a ‘final girl’ to get herself out. Like Rosemary, she experiences moments of clarity interspersed with those abject fear, and sometimes has to question her own sanity because of the environment she is in.

 

There is real genius to creating a quiet atmosphere of dread that can felt on every page, one of panic, suffocation and confusion, and it’s why this psychological thriller is perfect horror. When the real world takes away your safety nets, it can be terrifying, and this book made me think about that, maybe because I’m going through similar things right now; as humans, we need basics like a home, food, as well as connection to others. When the rug is pulled out from underneath you, it really can be terrifying. You don’t have to have someone chasing you with a knife for you to want to scream and cry and run. 

 

‘LOCK EVERY DOOR’ is quite unlike his other two books, this time paying distinct homage to an iconic horror story, but needless to say, this is trademark Sager. He has a distinct voice that makes you want to devour his books in one sitting, and unlike when I read his first book and was encouraging fellow readers to pick it up, having not heard of him yet, I’m sure this one will fly off the shelves. Plus it’s pink and black, so it’s utterly perfect, you can’t miss it.

 

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN: BOOK GIVEAWAY

 

There is an amazing giveaway to go along with this blog tour; there are SEVEN COPIES of LOCK EVERY DOOR by RILEY SAGER up for grabs, so make sure to enter. US ONLY.

Click on THIS LINK TO ENTER!

 

 

 ABOUT AUTHOR RILEY SAGER

 

Riley Sager is the award-winning pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name. 

Now a full-time author, Riley's first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called "the first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries and a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures. 

Riley's second book, THE LAST TIME I LIED, was published in 2018 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. It was inspired by the classic novel and film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and one horrible week Riley spent at summer camp when he was ten. A television adaptation is being developed by Amazon Studios.

His next book, LOCK EVERY DOOR, inspired by a lifelong fascination with the grand apartment buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, will be published in July.

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he's not writing, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is "Rear Window." Or maybe "Jaws." But probably, if he's being honest, "Mary Poppins."

Website: www.rileysagerbooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rileysagerbooks
Twitter: @Riley_Sager

 

If you are lucky enough to be near any of these bookstores next week (7/8- - 7/11/19), Riley Sager is ON TOUR. I'm sad he won't be anywhere near me, so don't you dare pass this up if you are close! You can still call the stores and order the books for signing.

 

 

Thanks for having me on the blog tour again, Fantastic Flying Book Club!

Here is THE FULL LOCK EVERY DOOR BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE!

 

*Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an early copy of the book for review.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/41837243-lock-every-door
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Restraint by Tabitha Black - New this weekend & on sale!

Restraint_promo 13Today is a huge day for me, as it's release day for Restraint, the first book in my new BDSM series 'His Empire'.

Having spent several years in the kinky scene where I used to live, I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people and to explore a variety of different scenarios. Inspiration, as they say, is everywhere.

But one downside to most BDSM clubs is the time-frame. Parties generally run for a few hours at most, barely enough time to catch up with friends AND play AND practice proper aftercare, especially if you want to watch other people's sessions, as well. Not to mention the fact that you're either forced to drive to a (usually distant) location wearing your leathers or corset or tiny skirt and fishnets, or you have to bring everything with you and change when you arrive.

I was thinking about this one day, as you do, and the idea for Nox Oasis was born. A luxury resort set on a private island, where guests can stay - and play - for as long as they desire. A kinky theme park which is open to everyone, no matter their budget. A lavish hotel and several separate areas catering to all kinds of play... medical, age-play, spanking, and more.

Not to mention a 'ghost train' which takes the rider through the depraved mind of the legendary Marquis de Sade.

And, of course, someone had to build it.

Restraint follows the grand opening of Nox Oasis, with particular emphasis on its very first guests, including longtime friends of Sir Simeon, as well as his godson, Dain, and new, wide-eyed receptionist Hazel.

If you enjoy contemporary BDSM stories with lots of humour, hot sex, realistic sessions and, of course, love, you won't want to miss this. Available from today on Amazon only - free on Kindle Unlimited, or at a special sales price of just $2.99 for the weekend (price will revert to $4.99 on Monday, 15th August). I can only hope you enjoy reading this one as much as I enjoyed writing it!

All best,

 ~ Tabby x

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Restraint by Tabitha Black

 
Love. Lust. Limits.

Sir Simeon Harvey has realized his lifelong ambition: to build a BDSM resort on a private island off the Australian coast.

At last Nox Oasis, with its grand apartments, exclusive membership, and very own kinky theme park, is opening its doors to guests for the first time.

George and Faye have been especially invited by Sir Simeon himself to celebrate the official opening. Having lost the spark in their marriage, they hope to rediscover their one time passion. What they don't expect is for Simeon to make them an offer they can't refuse.

Hazel Jenkins can't believe her luck when she lands the plum job as head receptionist for the Oasis. While she has no experience in the BDSM realm herself, she's fascinated by the whole idea.

Her initiation into Sir Simeon's world is as shocking as it is arousing, and when she meets his godson, Dain Wilcott, the handsome American Dom, she knows just whom she wants to explore her kinky side with.

The question is, does he feel the same way about her?

 
On sale for $2.99 this weekend only (regular price will be $4.99 on Monday, August 1st).  Will be available on other sites (Blushing Books, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, & ARE) on Monday at the full price.  
 
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12 Naughty Days of Christmas 2015 is Here!
 
 
If you missed downloading any of the 12 Days of Christmas stories, now is your chance to have the entire collection in one volume!
 
A Captain for Christmas by Louise Taylor
Hurling mulled wine at a decorated war hero does nothing to help Lady Serena Olston's tenuous reputation. She returns to her family's London home, furious with both Captain Jonathan Luttrell and herself. A huge snowstorm threatens to trap Serena there, just as Captain Luttrell arrives, determined to get to the bottom of their problems. Once he's dealt with the issue of his ruined uniform, that is!

What Mistletoe is For by Kira Barcelo
Balancing holiday preparations with her work as a nurse midwife, Casey Jordan-Minter is surprised when tall, lean and irresistible Preston Fuller steps back into her life. They haven't seen each other in years! She doesn't need another man in her life, but Preston reclaims every part of her heart that had once belonged to him. Will their love get a second chance? 

Daphne's Christmas Flame by Carol Storm
Glamorous London model Daphne Hart is happy to take a winter job in sunny San Reynaldo, her childhood home, but an old flame has a Christmas surprise for her! No longer a poor stable-hand, the powerful South American leader is obsessed with reclaiming her for his own!

A Quiet Christmas Alone - Kinda by Misty Malone
Todd Henderson couldn't face another Christmas, so he escaped to his mountain cabin. 
Lucy Crider was feeling sorry for herself. She didn't feel up to facing her family, so she went to hide out at her cousin's cabin. Their paths crossed when her car got stuck in the snow. Can they find a way to make a quiet Christmas a good Christmas?

Frozen Kisses by Allison West
Alec has little to look forward for Christmas, until he opens his home to a stranded motorist - the alluring Becca Carter. She's beautiful and strangely familiar, but he can't pinpoint where he knows her. Breaking the ice is never easy and after several spankings, Becca soon learns that Alec may just hold the key to her heart.

Santa, Sir by Rayanna Jamison
Becca knew she should be focused on bridging the growing gap between her and her new husband, but ever since she witnessed her sister-in-law getting spanked, she can't seem to get the idea of Mase spanking her out of her head. 

His Winter Princess by Adaline Raine
Wealthy widower Clay Lawson invites Audra to serve refreshments at his winter party. 
He neglects to mention that he and his friends believe in spanking their wives or girlfriends as necessary. 

Training Mrs. C by Isabella Kole
Married to the handsome, sexy son of Santa, Nick Claus, Catie and her husband are being groomed to become the royal couple of the North Pole, the next Santa and Mrs. Claus. Does she have it in her to take over the reins, or will it be too much for her? 

Wrapping up Christmas by Ashlynn Kenzie
Newlyweds approach their first Christmas together with excitement, but also trepidation. Heads up for readers: The solution for the Top comes from having a Bottom up. 

Lady Knight and the Dungeon by Sterling Rose
When lady knight Sophia Rosalind lands herself a long shift of dungeon duty, the only entertainment to be found is a handsome prisoner with many tales to tell. They discover they have much in common and form a friendship - but their first night must also be their last, for he has a date with the executioner! 

The Christmas Cabin by Beth Bennett
Jenna O'Rourke planned to spend Christmas in a cabin in the Rockies, but crashes her car into a tree in a snowstorm. The local Sheriff rescues her and she soon finds herself ensconced in his warm log cabin. Sometimes the best way to spend Christmas is the way you least expect.

Blackmail for Christmas by Bryony Kildare
When Charles discovers Kate's secret on Christmas Eve, he's devastated by his wife's lack of trust. He decides to give her a spanking to teach her that he is the head of their house. Can they move past the breach of trust, or will the sins of the past destroy their Chris
 
  
 
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New #BlushingBooks Blessed Beginnings by Maggie Ryan @BlushingMaggie @BlushingBooks
Blessed Beginnings by Maggie Ryan

 
In the fourth book of the bestselling Hunter's Ridge series, we return to visit the people who have come together for the holidays. Lucy and Louisa continue to blossom under the stern but loving guidance of Lucas and Edward, every day being another step along the paths they have chosen.
But they are not the only ones making choices. Will Franny be able to set her fears of courtship aside and give Samuel Benedict a chance to win her heart? Or will that one impulsive, naughty decision she made ruin her chance of finding true love?
Meanwhile, not one but three men are vying to capture the heart of the vivacious youngest Lady Huntington. Ettie discovers that courtship is thrilling, yet she also learns that there is more than simply love to consider. She knows she needs to feel adored, but can any one of the three make her feel truly cherished?
What path do these two young women wish to take and who will take the journey at their sides? As shopping is done and gifts made by loving hands, the house is full of secrets. Will Lucy decide to share what she has learned? And what exactly is the secret that Louisa is holding close?
Days are filled with skating, sleigh rides and racing across the snow covered fields. Courting abounds, and preparations are made to attend the Grand Ball. Will love and trust be enough to hold the family together when a night of enchantment turns into a nightmare, threatening to tear the family apart?
 
Chapter One is available for FREE
 
 
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On the seventh day of Christmas...
His Winter Princess by Adaline Raine

 
 
Audra Deveraux dresses up as a princess to entertain children and visit nursing homes during the cold wintry months. She never expected to bump into a man who requests her at a social gathering of his close friends, but the amount of money for three hours of her time is more than she usually makes in a season! Despite her initial reservations, Audra finds herself accepting the offer from the very handsome stranger.
Clay Lawson is a self-made millionaire with lofty tastes to make up for his loneliness. He inherited a small, struggling winery after the tragic death of his young wife and turned it into a thriving business. He is captivated by Audra's beauty and grace when he sees her serving residents at a local nursing home. He approaches her and offers her one-thousand dollars to serve his friends refreshments at their annual winter party.
He neglects to mention that he and his friends believe in an old-fashioned mindset when it comes to their relationships and it startles Audra right out of character.
Audra is both shocked and intrigued by the women at the party who are taken in hand and in male dominated households. It leaves her wondering if Clay believes in the same code. She accepts his explanation, but is hesitant to ask the question burning in her mind.
Clay is open and willing to answer all of her questions, even the ones she can't seem to ask, but can they embark on the path towards a relationship or will Audra give him the cold shoulder and be on her way?
 
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New #BlushingBooks Rocky Mountain Rose by Lee Savino
Rocky Mountain Rose by Lee Savino

 
Ever since she was a young girl, Rose longed for a handsome prince to come and rescue her from her life as a saloon girl. By the time Lyle Wilder shows up, Rose has grown into a breathtaking but jaded beauty who's vowed never to fall in love. When an evil man sets his designs on Rose, it's up to Lyle to rescue her. He saves her life, and carries her, kicking and screaming, to safety. Despite her fiery temper, he vows to protect her, even if it means disciplining her to keep her by his side and spanking her bottom when she breaks the rules he's set to keep her alive.

Will Rose let her heart thaw enough to trust him? And can Lyle convince this wild rose that he's the hero she's been waiting for all along?

Set in the 1860s Wild West, the Rocky Mountain Bride Series follows the lives of mail order brides and the strong frontier men who take them in hand. Rocky Mountain Rose contains domestic discipline sessions including otk spankings administered with hand and other implements, including a slipper and a strop.
 
Chapter One is available for FREE 
 
 
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