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review 2017-12-15 04:55
Hunting Grounds
The Hunting Grounds (Hidden Sins) - Kate... The Hunting Grounds (Hidden Sins) - Katee Robert

I actually finished this yesterday but didn't get around to reviewing. And since, ironically, the guy I've been dating gave me the "it's not you it's me" schtick tonight, this won't be a very long review. I shall keep it brief. 

 

I REALLY liked this one. I do think it made a better mystery than romance but the romantic element was still there and fairly well done. The premise and the nature of the killer were fascinating and really quite original. I haven't come across a mystery solved by an FBI agent/Park Ranger duo. And really, I can't stress enough how well executed the mystery was. Compared to File M for Murder, this book was comparable with Agatha Christie. The clues were scattered well, I had to keep guessing who the culprit was, and the pay off was well worth it. 

 

Honestly there are only two cons to this book. The first, and more serious, is the ending was far too abrupt. I liked the general direction it had but it was very much so "And we're done!" I wish she had developed the end just a little bit more.

 

The other con is just the romance factor was a little lacking, as I mentioned. If you're looking for a steamy romance, this isn't the one. There are steamy scenes and all, just not as prominent as I expected from a romance novel. Then again, I don't read the genre a lot so take what I say with a grain of salt. 

 

Final rating: 4.5 out of 5. Very good book, especially as a mystery. I'd read it again.

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review 2017-12-15 01:48
Undone By Deceit
Undone by Deceit - Falon Gold

Title:  Undone by Deceit

Author:  Falon Gold

Publisher:  Imperial Publishing House

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Undone by Deceit" by Falon Gold

 

My Thoughts...


This was quite a lovey story involving Mahogany. Majesty and Chance along with some other very interesting characters that will keep you turning the pages from the beginning to the end to see what was coming next.  You will find a lots of hilarious moments that will have you laughing out loud. It is so interesting to see these two [Mahogany & Chance] go back and forth until finally they seem to get it.  Be ready for a lots of drama, secrets and family issues that will keep coming until they get the message that they love each other no matter what all the reasons that had happened.  In the end will Mahogany and Chance get their HEA?  Well to see how well this author brings it all out to the reader you will have to pick up this well written story and see how well this it was delivered. I loved the ending!  

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review 2017-12-15 01:43
Homecoming by Beverly Jenkins
Homecoming - Beverly Jenkins

This is the first novel by beloved doyenne of the historical romance genre, Beverly Jenkins, that I have read.  I was concerned.  Everyone loves her so much and my track record with hugely loved and highly touted works is iffy at best.

Well, I liked the premise.  A second chance at love type of thing, with a school teacher, headmistress, and a buffalo soldier.  Mature characters both.  Lydia comes back to her childhood home from Chicago and crosses paths with Gray Dane, her first love.  Turns out that his love for her as well as hers for him hasn't dimmed, but most probably grown.  So we have some angst, some winsomeness, sexiness, and some humour.  It should all work.  Yet...

I wish I could say I adored the book, but colour me not overly impressed. Mostly with the style of writing.  Very flowery, especially in the love scenes.  For instance, I don't think I'd ever heard/read about one's nipples being dazzled by a lover's fingers, but now I can say that I have.   Also, some of the dialogue didn't work for me, at times I found it stilted and at times it just sounded a wee bit too modern.  And I don't know, there was just something about the writing that felt dated and unrefined (?) to me.  (And not because it's a historical, sillies!)  So I checked.  This novella was published in 2007 according to the author's website, as part of the Gettin' Merry anthology.  Okay, 10 years ago.   Maybe that's why.

Anyway, I have another Beverly Jenkins in my TBR, a more recent one - Forbidden- from 2016.  Hopefully I'll enjoy it more.  :)

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review 2017-12-14 18:16
Review: "Undertow" (Whyborne & Griffin, #8.5) by Jordan L. Hawk
Undertow: A Whyborne & Griffin Universe Story - Jordan L. Hawk

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2017-12-14 10:00
New Release Review! Endless Chase (Dalakis Passion #5) by N.J. Walters
Endless Chase - N.J. Walters

 

 

The final book in the sizzling Dalakis Passion vampire romance series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author N. J. Walters! 

Since the night her parents were brutally murdered, Katya Markova has been driven by a dark quest for vengeance. When her search for the killers leads her to the heart of Transylvania and the ancestral home of the Dalakis, she hopes to finally take her revenge and put her horrific memories and the souls of her parents to rest. Then she meets the mesmerizing Chase Deveraux, and his intensely passionate touch threatens to weaken her resolve as she surrenders to his sensual promise. 

With his life in disarray, Chase has retreated to the remote castle of the Dalakis clan to sort things out in isolation, but instead is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious Katya. Instantly spellbound by her tough warrior exterior and compelling beauty, Chase finds that Katya captivates him like no other woman has before—until he learns of her dark intent and is torn between his own needs and those of his family. 

Because Katya is enmeshed in a world of lies and deceptions, and has brought that world to the Dalakis doorstep. As their unquenchable passion spirals to incredible sensual heights, Chase and Katya will be forced to make a choice, one that could destroy the Dalakis clan for all time or unite the desperate young lovers for eternity . . . 

 

This is a revised edition of a previous published book.

 

 

 

Endless Chase captures reader’s attention right from the start and refuses to let go. The wonderful characters are not only realistic but can be easily related to which draws readers into the story and makes it seem like they are part of all the suspense and romance.  Chase and Katya have super chemistry and readers can feel the sizzling heat of their volcanic attraction but their romance has quite a few stumbling blocks that hold them back from giving their hearts to each other which keeps the emotional turbulence from personal issues just as suspense building as the danger they face the enemy.

 

Thrills and suspense builds as the truth comes to light and enemies make their moves and as the danger increases, Chase and Katya face life altering decisions that make facing bad guys seem easy. The reader becomes so caught up in the story that they can’t stop turning the pages to see what happens next or at least I sure couldn’t because Chase and Katya’s story is one adrenaline pumping, heart stopping book that makes for a super finale to the Dalakis Passion series.

 

N.J. Walters brought another great story to life with well written words and fabulous characters. The Dalakis Passion series if a brilliant and vivid vampire world with a few unique twist that makes it a true delight to read and Endless Chase is an electrifying conclusion that took my breath away.

 

 

 

Endless Chase is the 5th & final book in the Dalakis Passion series!

 

Endless Chase is available in ebook at:

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