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review 2017-10-16 10:00
New Release Review: Never Let Go (Lazarus Rising #1) by Cynthia Eden

 

 

He was more than just a man...

Dr. Elizabeth Parker didn't like wild, dangerous men...yet she still found herself falling for sexy Navy SEAL Sawyer Cage. He was her exact opposite--a man she should definitely stay away from, a man who lived for the thrill of danger...but he was also the man she found herself wanting more than any other.

But their secret relationship ended in heartbreak when Sawyer was killed on a mission. Grieving for him, the last thing Elizabeth ever expected was to find Sawyer listed as a test subject for the top secret government project she was heading--a project called Lazarus.

For years, Elizabeth had worked feverishly to unlock the secrets of life and death, and with her Lazarus formula, she finally thought she'd made a breakthrough. Only she never expected to use Lazarus on her lover.

But the choice is taken out of Elizabeth's hands...

Sawyer is given the Lazarus formula, and he's transported to a remote government facility. At that facility, Sawyer wakes once more, only he's not the same man. He's stronger, he's faster, his reflexes and his senses are ten times better than an average man's. The government calls Sawyer a super soldier... Elizabeth still calls him...hers.

Unfortunately, Sawyer has no memory of his life before Lazarus. All he knows is that something about the sexy doctor awakes a primal response in him. He wants her, and he'll do anything to possess her. Soul-deep, he feels that she was meant to be his.

Death waits in the darkness.

But something is wrong inside the Lazarus facility. The test subjects are holding back secrets, and danger seems to lurk in the air. The Lazarus subjects are super-human now, and some of those subjects have a very, very dark side. Twisted cravings drive them to the very edge of sanity. Can Sawyer keep Elizabeth safe from the madness around them...or will the growing darkness consume them both?

NEVER LET GO...a gripping new romantic suspense from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden.

 

 

Cynthia Eden’s newest series Lazarus Rising is off to a great start with Never Let Go!

 

It brings us into a military world full of action, drama, intrigue and romance with a touch of paranormal and as always with Cynthia Eden’s books a thrilling plot that just doesn’t let the readers go. It was medium to fast paced as the situations called for and full of thrills and the uncertainty of not knowing what would happen next which of course meant that I had to keep reading. The surprising twists happened throughout the book but none more surprising than the ones toward the end of the book which kind put a whole new perspective on the story and introduces readers to a character whose cagey, intriguing and leads us to believe that he just may have a few surprises of his own for us readers to uncover in future books.

 

All the characters were dynamic and attention grabbing with Elizabeth and Sawyer’s chemistry exploding from each and every page. Their romance was hot and steamy with some major emotional and turbulent times keeping the reader on pins and needles throughout. The secondary characters also added drama and chemistry to the book and ensured that readers will want to come back for more.

 

It is always a pleasure to read a book by Cynthia Eden and this is certainly no exception with its volatile topic that captures every readers attention as well as their imagination, I mean who isn’t captivated by the thought of bring the dead back to life, right?  Anyway, I am very excited that the next book, Keep Me Close is due to be released in just a few days because this is one series that I can’t wait to find out what happens next in.

 

 

 

Never Let Go is the first book in the Lazarus Rising series

Keep Me Close the second book is due to be released on October 24, 2017

 

Never Let Go is Available in print or ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   GPlay   ibooks   Kobo      

 

Cynthia Eden can be found at:

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review 2017-09-22 23:06
Darkover Landfall
Darkover Landfall - Marion Zimmer Bradley

Erf. I've started re-reading this series, because I remember how much I loved it when I was a teenager... but damn, I didn't remember this one was so bad. (Or is it because I sometimes used to like shite as a teenager, and that was part of it?)

The story in itself is not uninteresting, all the more since it's THE origins book in the Darkover series, but the relationships... especially the way women are viewed and treated... Wow. That was one special level of bad.

I can sort of accept a patriarchal society, women being treated as wombs, etc. in the more 'medieval-like' novels of the series, because 1) it fits a certain conception of 'dark ages obscurantism', as cliché as that may be, and 2) as far as I remember, in those books, it was often presented as something that isn't so good: while it does remain infuriating, it's part of the conflict underlying those narratives.

Here, though, in a group of engineers, colonists, space crew, scientists, where men and women have similar levels of skills, with gender equality laws on Earth? Nope. Doesn't sit with me. Especially not as soon as pregnancies enter the picture, and give yet another reason for males (and some women!) to be patronising, chalk every reaction to 'she's pregnant', veer towards gaslighting at times (because obviously, the guys in the story know better than Judy Lovat who's the father of her child), and go spouting crap about how not wanting children is some sort of mental illness. Camilla's arc was particularly painful, because, yes, she is being reduced to a walking womb, what's with the doctor even threatening to sedate her during her pregnancy (actually, it does happen once), like some kind of stupid, ignorant being who needs to be locked for her own good. Empowering much, right?

So basically, you get accidentally pregnant (not through any fault of hers—ghost wind was to blame, same for her partner), while you thought your contraceptive was doing its job, you don't want to have a child, but you're denied an abortion. OK. Not cool. In the context of colonists stranded on a hostile planet, that poses an interesting conundrum (= it's obvious that either they need to spawn as much as possible, or they'll die in one or two generations). However, was it really necessary to lay it in such rude and demeaning ways? The Battlestar Galactica reboot has a similar subplot, but the episode about it was at least treated with much more gravitas and moral ambiguity.

It is also important to note that, no, Camilla didn't sign up for this, so treating her as a spoiled kid throwing a tantrum was inappropriate. Putting it back into context: she's an engineer and programmer, she signed up to be part of the ship's crew during the trip, not to be a colonist meant to help populate a new planet. And even in the event of staying on that colony, it would've been in a society where she would've had a few years to make the decision.

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I have no idea if anyone considers this book as a 'feminist' work, but if you do, please stop. This is not feminist, it's patriarchy at its worst: insidious.

[To be fair, I didn't remember this book as being the best in the series either, nor my favourite at all, so I'm still going to try rereading 2-3 others.]

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review 2017-09-16 18:35
Review: "Crescendo" (Song of the Fallen, #2) by Rachel Haimowitz
Crescendo - Rachel Haimowitz

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2017-08-09 18:42
Review: "Counterpoint" (Song of the Fallen, #1) by Rachel Haimowitz
Counterpoint - Rachel Haimowitz

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2017-07-25 03:58
Through Her Eyes
Through Her Eyes (Mind's Eye Book 4) - Deborah Camp

Title:  Through Her Eyes

Author:   Deborah Camp

Publisher:  D. C.

Series:  Mind's Eye Book 4

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: 5

Review:

 

"Through Her Eyes" by Deborah Camp

 

My Thoughts......

 

As always this author brings it all up front and center for the readers..."Through Her Eyes" featuring Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker.  Hold on because there will be much going on in this romance and mystery read that will definitely keep your attention. I liked the story that surrounded both of the characters in that they both had some personal demons that they were battling through.  How will they make it though all of it and now looking for a serial killer?  Well,  this is where I say you will have to pick up  this good read to see how these two will catch this serial killer who seem to have 'been murdering for more than a decade' on the streets of New Orleans and now it looks like there maybe someone else who is also involved.  

 

Be ready for a read that will have you holding your breath as you are reading through some horrible details as this author gives to the reader in this well written story.  In the end will  these two find the HEA medium? Will their personal problems be worked out? Will Levi ever pop the question to Trudy that she longs to hear?   Well, again you will have to pick up 'Through Her Eyes' to see how this story comes out in the end that will definitely leave you wanting more from these two psychics.

 

Thank you to the author for the early read of "Through Her Eyes" where I gave my honest opinion of the read.

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