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review 2018-09-21 12:45
DRAWING BLOOD by Poppy Z. Brite, narrated by Matt Godfrey
Drawing Blood: A Novel - Matt Godfrey,Crossroad Press,Poppy Z. Brite

A good old haunted house story is something I've always loved, so when the narrator of this tale offered me a chance to listen to the audio in exchange for a review, I jumped at it. Poppy Z. Brite is an author I've heard a lot about and I've been wanting to read his work for quite some time. I learned a few things while reading this book and one of them is that Poppy Z. Brite can write.

 

Trevor is a young man returning to the house where his mother and brother were killed 20 years ago. Shortly after his arrival in Missing Mile, his old hometown, he meets a young computer hacker on the run, named Zach. The two immediately feel a connection and together they go to face Trevor's childhood home. What will they find there? Is the house actually haunted? You will have to read this to find out. 

 

While the writing quality here was good, I have to admit that I was disappointed in the story itself. This is not the author's fault, nor the narrator's,  it was my sky high expectations. I expected a scary as hell story- and while there was a little darkness,  there was way too much romance for me. I don't mind explicit sex scenes, (gay or straight),  if they are integral to the story. Now I totally get the term insta-love. These two just met, one of them a virgin, and before you know it they are going at it at a breakneck pace. And going at it again. And again. The sexy times were sexy, don't get me wrong but after a while they finally led me to ask "Can we get to the horror already?"

 

Eventually, we did get to the horror, but after such a long build, it failed to move me much. I'm not sure if I was just bored by that point, or if all the romance had inured me to what should have been an exciting finale. 

 

The narration by Matt Godfrey was excellent as always, I especially loved his Jamaican accent. Yeah, mon! 

 

As I said, I did like the writing, and in a few spots it was nearly lyrical. From what I understand this is one of Poppy Z. Brite's, (now he goes by the name Billy Martin), earlier works. While I didn't find this novel to be a true horror story, I'm told his later works definitely are and I will be tracking those down in the future, maybe even the near future. 

 

Recommended, as long as you're not looking for a horror tale and you don't mind a lot of romance and sexy times! 

 

*Thanks to Matt Godfrey for the audio of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2018-09-17 21:58
Book Review of Hell & Gone: Volume 3 (The Heckmasters) by Allison Merritt
Hell & Gone - Allison Merritt

Tell Heckmaster has always known the day would come when his demon blood overruled his human emotions. Years of searching for a miracle to overcome the name curse placed on him as a child have been fruitless. Now, after Berner has finally found peace, his worst fears are coming to light—he begins to manifest strange new powers and his finely honed control is slipping. Sylvie Duke has enjoyed the hard-won peace her sister and friends fought for. She has almost everything her heart wants—a successful seamstress shop, a loving family, a devoted suitor, and all the flouncy material she can stand. The one thing she doesn't have is Tell. With his powers growing out of control, his attempts to push her away only make her fight harder to stand beside him. The curious thing is, the closer Sylvie is, the less demon-like Tell becomes. A cryptic warning from an old ally will help her protect their loved ones, but if Tell loses all control, even Sylvie's love might not be enough to save them.

 

Review 5*

 

This story is the third and last book in The Heckmasters series. I loved it!

 

First off, I absolutely love the new cover! It fits the story wonderfully, although the original cover did too. Initially published as Tell, the author received her rights back from the publisher when it closed, and she had a new cover made and re-published it herself with a new title: Hell & Gone. I have noticed this series is no longer available in Kindle format, so not sure if this book is going through another round of edits to be re-published in the near future through another publisher.

 

Tell Heckmaster is a wonderful character. I liked this taciturn man when I first met him in the first book, Hell & A Hard Place. Tell is one of three half-demon brothers who police the portal to Hell in the small town of Berner. Unfortunately, his real name was cursed long ago, and if anyone said it, all Hell would break loose. Literally. Fearing his demon-side, he finds that the only thing that holds it at bay is Sylvie Duke, who also happens to be his sister-in-law.

 

Sylvie Duke is another wonderful character. She is just as stubborn and determined as she was when I first met her. No longer a pre-teen, she has always had her sights on Tell, though the idiotic male seems oblivious to the signs. While Tell struggles with his darker nature, Sylvie finds herself drawn even closer to him.

 

This series is a fantastic supernatural/paranormal romance! The book, set in the late 1800s/early 1900s, quickly swept me up and carried me away. The story is shown through the eyes of both Tell and Sylvie; this made it very interesting. There is excitement, danger, mystery and suspense mixed in with the hot romance.

 

The story continues several years after the events that saw the end to the portal. The town of Berner has now grown, populated with humans as well as the demons' that originally lived there. I loved meeting all of the characters again: Wystan and Rhia, Eban and Beryl, amongst others. The siblings' father, Seneca, and an imp called Dochi are included as introduced characters and add to the cast. Seneca is now the ruler of the Gray Lands, a world created by the god El, and Dochi is one of his subjects.

 

The story is full of twists and turns. The mystery of how Tell's real name became cursed becomes revealed, and what it is. I could tell you what it is, but then it would ruin the surprise, so will not do it - I try not to add spoilers to my reviews. There are also several emotional moments which drew tears to my eyes. Dochi, however, had me grinning. His eagerness in serving the youngest Heckmaster reminded me a little of Dobby from Harry Potter, though he does not look like him. He is extremely loyal to the Heckmasters, and his obsequiousness annoys Tell significantly; this gave the story a little light relief from the danger that threatens. The end of the book left me with mixed feelings. I love how the story took me on a fantastic adventure, but it also made me feel sad that this series has now come to an end. I will miss these three couples, as they have become my friends.

 

Allison Merritt has written an exciting paranormal/supernatural romance. Her characters come alive on the page, and her descriptions of the scenes made me see them in my mind's eye with ease. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting. I also love the flow of the story; the scenes flowed seamlessly from one to another. This author has found another fan! I would love to read more of her books in the future.

 

Due to scenes of an explicit nature, I do not recommend this book to younger readers under the age of 16. However, I highly recommend this book if you love erotic wild west type supernatural romances filled with sexy half-demons, or paranormal romances with strong, likeable characters. - Lynn Worton

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review 2018-09-17 11:00
Release Day Review! Saddle Up (Clean Slate Ranch #3) A.M. Arthur!

 

 

Reyes Caldero keeps his past buried deep and his emotions buried deeper. But what he doesn’t say he always makes up for with his actions. When the hot chef he once saved from an abusive ex turns up at Clean Slate Ranch, the quiet cowboy is happy to act on their sizzling chemistry, even if he’s not ready to share his secrets—or his heart.

 

Miles Arlington needs to get the hell out of San Francisco, and heading north for a job near Clean Slate Ranch seems like just the thing. It doesn’t hurt that his secret crush slash onetime rescuer happens to work at the ranch. Miles has never been one for the outdoors, but the superhot Reyes has him ready to saddle up.

 

Reyes is happy to keep things casual, even though his heart has other ideas. And when Miles is forced to confront his past again, Reyes and Miles will have to put all their trust in each other if they want any chance at building a future together.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

 

This book is approximately 86,000 words

 

Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Alissa Davis

 


Saddle Up is a sweetheart of a romance with lots of thrilling suspense and sizzling chemistry. Reyes and Miles are both strong, compelling characters that readers easily connect to and fall in love with. The romance between these two is full of heat and an electrical attraction but these two fight their attraction due to unresolved past issues which keeps this romance on an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs. There are a couple of sensitive subjects brought up in the story but they are not brought up in elaborate detail. The story is also about new beginnings and overcoming seemingly insurmountable issues which is really inspirational as these two try to reach for the their happily ever afters which tugs at the heartstrings and has the readers cheering this couple onward.

 

Suspense and danger adds thrilling adrenaline pumping excitement to this story as the past comes back to torment each of these characters. Miles’ stalker ex-boyfriend and an emotionally torturous event from Reyes past which adds to the emotional turbulence and adds intense friction not only between Miles and Reyes but between family and friends as well. The ranch and ghost town setting really adds to the ambiance of this romance as well adding excitement to the story since that means there are quite a few hunky cowboys in the story and the getting a new ghost town venture off the ground is a fascinating subject on its own, but with these characters, also adds a bit of fun. So while the story is mostly a heartfelt and sweet read, it has uplifting moments and chuckle worthy moments which gives readers an enjoyable read.

 


Add Saddle Up to your shelves at -

 

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Saddle Up is the 3rd book in the Clean Slate Ranch series -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/218343-clean-slate-ranch

 

Author - https://amarthur.blogspot.com/p/clean-slate-ranch.html

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H8KH7P6?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

 

which includes -

 

1 Wild Trail
2 Roped In
3 Saddle Up

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook at -

 

Carina Press - https://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781488097157_saddle-up.html

 

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2MXQChI

 

Kindle - https://amzn.to/2CKNNMu

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/saddle-up/id1364908598?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/saddle-up-am-arthur/1128310951?ean=9781335091468

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/saddle-up-12

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/A_M_Arthur_Saddle_Up?id=O41TDwAAQBAJ

 

eBooks - https://www.ebooks.com/96117608/saddle-up/arthur-a-m/

 

 

 

 

No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance wasn't a thing yet) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments. You can contact her at AM_Arthur(at)yahoo(dot)com

 

 

Website - http://amarthur.blogspot.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5304118.A_M_Arthur

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/a-m-arthur-5a817650-02c1-4b04-bbcd-aa65df95f0db

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/am_arthur

 

Tumbler - http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur

 

Facebook Fan Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/AM-Arthur/491929737588757?skip_nax_wizard=true

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007321836222

 

 

 

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review 2018-09-05 11:00
New Release Review! Cowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas #2) Donna Grant!
Cowboy, Cross My Heart - Donna Grant

 

 

New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant takes you deep inside the Texas rodeo scene, where danger and desire ride side by side. . .

 

Naomi Pierce isn't the type to let a cowboy sweep her off feet. It's not her first rodeo, after all. But when she returns to her Texas hometown, she can't help but be swept up again in the rough-and-tumble world of hard-riding, bronco-busting good-ol'-boys she loved as a girl. She might be here to photograph her Rodeo Queen best friend. But it's one fine-looking cowboy who really captures her eye...

 

Brice Harper is all man, all muscle, and all heart. From the moment he rides into the stadium, he can't help but notice the beautiful stranger with a camera watching him from the stands. It doesn't take a zoom lens to see the sparks of instant attraction. But things really heat up when he meets Naomi up-close--and he discovers that someone is stalking her friend. Brice wouldn't be any kind of cowboy if he didn't offer to help the ladies out. But can the rough rider keep this spirited shutterbug out of danger--without risking his heart?

 

 

Thrilling suspense and treacherous adversaries draw readers deep inside the Texas rodeo scene, where danger and desire ride side by side. Naomi Pierce and Brice Harper are two strong, convincing characters that readers can easily fall for as they are pulled into their story with a magnetic attraction that holds them hostage once they are in. The romance between Naomi and Brice is full of sizzling electricity and red hot passion although the relationship is threatened by the situation that they find themselves ensnared in. There are plenty of emotional turmoil to accompany that situations as well the kind that goes along with any newly forming relationship to keep readers engaged with the characters.

 

While thrilling suspense and exhilarating danger ensures that that they keep turning the pages as the search for a stalker makes Naomi and Bride targets of manipulative and powerful enemies. Surprising twists, family issues, friend issues, a budding romance and adrenaline pumping events guarantees that there is never a dull moment and since the author paints such vivid imagery and has created brilliant characters the readers has no problem becoming caught up in all the thrills and romance.

 

The steady to fast paced plot is further enhanced with believable and realistic issues faced by the characters and the well developed world is enriched by the loyalty and courage of the characters in the Heart of Texas series which enthralls readers and assures that they keep coming back for more.

 

 

Author – https://www.donnagrant.com/cowboy-cross-my-heart/

 

 

Add Cowboy, Cross My Heart to your shelves at-

 

Goodreads – http://bit.ly/2pWuZhX

 

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/books/cowboy-cross-my-heart-heart-of-texas-book-2-by-donna-grant

 

 


Cowboy, Cross My Heart is the 2nd book in the Heart of Texas series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/205221-heart-of-texas

 

Author – https://www.donnagrant.com/category/books/?series=heart-of-texas-books

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GVNBYQT?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 


which includes –

 

1 The Christmas Cowboy Hero
2 Cowboy, Cross My Heart
& #3 My Favorite Cowboy (coming February 26, 2019)

 

 

in print or ebook at –

 

St. Martin's Press - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250169006

 

Amazon - http://amzn.to/2mJAL52


Amazon-AU - http://amzn.to/2pjzuqn

 

Amazon-CA - http://amzn.to/2mXCN2K

 

Amazon-UK - http://amzn.to/2mXzc4E

 

BaM - http://bit.ly/2nopBpX

 

B&N - http://bit.ly/2mhCFho

 

IndieBound - http://bit.ly/2mFI8tN

 

Powells - http://bit.ly/2or3MU3

 

Kobo - http://bit.ly/2pHrUDb

 

iBooks - http://apple.co/2p018bf

 

 

in audible at -

 

Tantor - http://bit.ly/2xB5E0w

 

Audible - http://adbl.co/2zXzkr2

 

 

 

Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

 

In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

 

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.

 

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

 

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

 

 

 


Website - http://www.donnagrant.com/

 

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1141209.Donna_Grant

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/donna_grant

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Donna-Grant/27841130699

 

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Tumbler - http://donnagrantauthor.tumblr.com/

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/105242829600024056540/posts#105242829600024056540/posts

 

InstaGram - http://www.instagram.com/dgauthor/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/donna-grant

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Donna-Grant/e/B00279DJGE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1515779150&sr=1-2-ent

 

 

 

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review 2018-09-03 19:21
Unbury Carol
Unbury Carol: A Novel - Josh Malerman

The premise of this book sounded horrifying and I knew I just had to read it. A woman with a rare condition falls into a deathlike coma, her husband attempts to have her buried alive, but the only other person who knows about her condition is the outlaw, James Moxie. Moxie has to race against time to get to Carol before she is buried alive while staying one step ahead of the man hired to kill him.

 

I did have some questions regarding this woman's choice to only tell one or two people of her condition. What if something happened to the only person who knows? I would be absolutely terrified of waking up in a coffin and make certain enough people knew. I would take every precaution I could! Inside the coma Carol is completely aware of all that is going on around her. She can hear every word her creep of a husband says. She knows if she doesn't wake up soon, she will wake inside a pitch black coffin with no way out.

 

This book was very unsettling for a variety of reasons. Moxie is haunted by a faceless man determined to keep him from going back to Carol, continually playing on his guilt and shame for leaving her all those years ago. Smoke, the legless man for hire tracking Moxie is seeking revenge and wreaking havoc along the way. He is a nasty little man with unconventional methods and an obsession with watching things burn.

 

This is definitely not your usual western, or horror, or fantasy. I'm not even sure how to describe a book like this. I was intrigued and had to keep reading, I needed to know how this one would end. I did enjoy the end, but I can't say all my questions were answered to satisfaction. For example, you get the general idea of how Moxie pulled off the "magic trick" that made him a legend (shooting a man without ever pulling the trigger), but you don't really get the full details and you are left attempting to fill in the blanks. Not a big deal, I just prefer to have the details.

 

If you're looking for something outside the box, this is it. This book is definitely in a class all its own.

 

 

 

-SW

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