When engineer Avery is offered a last-minute assignment to the rough and tumble border town of Zapata, Texas, she doesn’t think twice. Instead, she’s thrown in the crossfire between warring drug cartels and soon discovers that her captor, Javier, is more than just a power hungry drug lord. He’s crazy.
As lead attorney for the cartel, it’s Alejandro DeLeon’s job to manage Javier. But this time, Javier’s cruelty reaches epic proportions, and Alejandro finds himself wanting to risk everything to save Avery.
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The Caline Conspiracy by M.H. Mead
TBR Reviewer:- Kim
This story is set in the future. Dogs are genetically engineered to be the perfect pets called calines. they are tailored to the needs and requests of the individual owner. One such caline, Madeline stands accused of savaging her owner, a world famed geneticist, and is sentenced to execution. it is up to PI Aidra Scott top get to the bottom of things and find out if Madeline really is a killer or not.
This was a great mystery story and raised some great ethical questions. It was a well paced story with plenty of twists and turns. In a world where genetic engineering is OK for dogs but not so OK for people it painted some interesting picture of what the future may look like, and how far people will go to get what they want. Some parts of the book I found myself asking 'would I do that', particularly the scenes regarding Quinn's baby. The ending was explosive and was right for the book. I do recommend this one, a great read.
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Eternal By London Saint James
Reviewed by: Luta Wolf
Page Count: 210
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
Winter is about to find out that sometimes to get what your heart really wants, you have to give up what you always thought you wanted. You can love someone with all your heart but it may not be enough to hold a relationship together, you have to sacrifice and compromise. Is she willing to compromise herself?
The fourth and final book. This is an author that I will continue to follow as she has proven once again to be a diamond in the rough, an all out original author.
I loved the plot, the vivid imagery, the heart rendering emotions and the anything but generic cast that make up this book but these things are nothing new to us, they are the genetic makeup of this series. What makes this book a five star is actually it’s differences to all its other predecessors. For instance despite being sad to leave the main characters I especially loved
finally having a solid ending. Another majorly, enjoyable difference is we finally see Winter completely blossom into adulthood and while I enjoyed her as a teenager and enjoyed seeing her in her adaptation this was even sweeter.
I was torn how to rate this because in all honesty, I’m still not happy about how these books were broken up. I understand that this is not the author’s fault but most likely the choice of the publisher, however that doesn’t change my feelings that many of the books in this series should NOT have been broken up and didn’t deliver the quality of the amount asked for it. However, rating this book by itself and from what I read, it could stand alone, it full out deserves a five and so I gave it such and so comes the end of my reviews for this unique, enjoyable, slightly controversial series. Many thanks again to the author for ride.
As the countdown begins, the body count rises.
With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.
Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.
Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.
One of whom could be his own daughter.
Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.
About the author:
J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.
After working in pharmaceutical research, then in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put the following to good use: one, her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu; and two, her overwhelming need to write dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant.
Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.
Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.
Rousing Your Muse: 5 Great Sources of Inspiration
“Where do you get your inspiration?” That’s one of the most common questions a writer gets asked. My debut novel, Oracle, was partly inspired by the Olympic Games coming to London, and partly by Greek mythology. Sources of writing inspiration are everywhere. You just need to keep your eyes and ears open for them.
1. The news & history
Current affairs can be a great source of story ideas and inspiration. Could a terrorist cell be planning on striking during the Olympics? How could the current economic crisis affect your protagonist? Could rebels be plotting to assassinate the President of X country?
Similarly, one can find inspiration in history: what are the experiences of a Jewish child growing up in World War Two Germany? What happens to your heroine in feudal Japan if her marriage were arranged for her?
2. Myths & legends
Many books and films have capitalised on inspirations from world mythology, e.g. Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief is based on Greek mythology, and the current crop of vampire
and werewolf stories are reinventions of urban myths and folklore. There are hundreds of different legends to choose from, so don’t just go for the commonly known ones: perhaps a tale from Native American, Australian Aborigine, Chinese or Japanese folklore might inspire your next big idea!
3. People & places
Watching and eavesdropping can be a great way to get ideas. Where is that old man on the bus going? What’s in the tatty old bag of his? Who is the young mother shouting at down the phone? Similarly, interesting places and buildings can be very atmospheric and inspiring: what happened in this crumbling old mansion a hundred years ago? What would you find hidden in the attic?
4. Personal experiences
Snippets of real-life experiences can help make a story all the more realistic. If you have lived it, you could write the emotions more effectively. Be it love, loss, fear, an adventure, or a funny anecdote, jot down those little events and your feelings when it happened. Who knows? It could end up being used in your next book.
What if a man discovers his fiancée was cheating on her with the best man? What if a contract killer’s assigned target was his own father? On a larger scale, what if Germany won World War Two? What if Kennedy was never assassinated? What if Columbus took a wrong turn? What-if situations generate a whole world of possibilities, creating alternate realities populated by your own imagination.
Tell me: what inspires YOU?
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OUR REVIEW OF ORACLE BY J.C. MARTIN
In her first full-length mystery, J.C. Martin has created an exciting story about a police detective chasing a serial killer set in London leading up to the Summer Olympics. As the story unfolds, we are also introduced to an interesting cast of characters, including the two other members of Kurt Lancer's investigating team, his eight-year-old daughter, and his younger misfit brother.
I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery story and how well woven the pieces were into the whole. The Greek mythological theme was carried through beautifully, and I enjoyed how it was first introduced by the bedtime stories Kurt's nearly blind daughter was practicing reading to him. As the killer's motives and m.o. became clearer, so did the various relationships in Kurt's life. I also enjoyed the way Kurt, his brother, and the killer were all portrayed as having come from less than optimal homes, yet the different choices each man made created such different paths. I definitely recommend this read for all the mystery/suspense
The Price to Pay by Raven McAllen
Genre: romance (older woman)
Length: novel (160 pgs. on my Nook)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Set against the background of a traveling fair, this story showcases a younger man who discovers that he believes in love at first sight when he meets his school friend's mother-in-law. Padraig O'Shea is 31 and Vairi McQueen (in her 40s) fights him tooth and nail all the way; first just because of the age difference and later because she feels her trust is misplaced.
Although there were occasional places where the dialect (English and Irish idioms) left me guessing for the meaning of specific phrases, I enjoyed this story. Raig is a very sympathetic character and I felt that Vairi gave him a hard time for no real reason. It was not as if he had actually lied to her, just that they hadn't yet reached a point where everything could be shared. I did like her apology and was interested in the final reveal of his past. I definitely liked Raig's character the best, but that may have been because the story was written from his point of view rather than hers, so the reasoning behind his actions and what he was thinking was usually clearer. This is a good "cougar" story with some funny scenes contained inside it. Some of the "love at first sight" was a little much, and Vairi's reaction to events was also overdone, but the story overall was enjoyable.
The Last Keeper by Michelle Birbeck
Genre: paranormal romance/urban fantasy
Length: Novel (294 pgs.)
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Serenity Cardea is almost the last of her kind - an immortal, whose mission in life is the keep the peace between the various races and humans, which mainly comes down to keeping the vampires in check. The witches and weres keep to themselves, so keeping the vampires from taking over the world is her main focus. However, somehow the vampires have discovered the weakness of the Keepers, their mates and have killed off nearly all of Serenity's family, and the younger generations are not coming into their powers. After 3000+ years of life, Serenity finally meets her destined mate and time is ticking for the Keeper race.
This story had many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and moments that brought me nearly to tears, both sad and happy ones. As the various prophecies that were woven into Serenity's life were fulfilled and as all the events played out, I was continually as surprised as the characters. The Last Keeper is a great story with a unique take on the paranormal worlds we love and villains you love to hate.
A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Astrid Cooper
Shifter, Romance, M/M
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
This is another shifter story in the Monster’s Ink series by Astrid Cooper. This one is about Alex and Kellyn. Alex has dreadlocks and is a recluse furniture artist. I haven’t read too many books with the main character having dreadlocks, which is a shame because they can be damn sexy. Kellyn is a shifter, scared and beaten by his fight with the vampires. Can they help and heal each other?
The beginning was slow moving but once Alex saw the starving cat things were very rushed. Eventually the pace balanced. What really made this story enjoyable were the characters. Kellyn and Alex had such strong back stories and their personalities were fabulously flawed. Shifters aren’t new but the author did a great job of adding to this genre. The plot was solid and entertaining. Again, the characters were really fantastic. Their interaction was so well
A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was a great read and I recommend it!
Supernova on Twine by Mark Alders
M/M, Erotica, Sci fi
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Yay! Another Mark Alders book! Every time he has a new release I get all sorts of excited. Supernova on Twine is about the Diary of the Eternal War. Tink and Mirko have been taken by nasty beings called Eternals and Zane is currently ‘possessed’ by a eternal, Motac, who is trying to help.
I suggest reading the other books in this series first. Believe me, it’s worth it. Mark Alders created a unique, fantastic series here and this is another great addition. As always most of the time the characters are naked which makes for some yummy visuals. What I love about this is that sure there’s a lot of hot sex but there’s also a very intense plot that really gives the story that extra boost. You’d think with so many and a detailed plot things would get confusing but not here. The heat and interaction between all the characters including the
eternals was so well done.
A Lot like a Lady by Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman
Historical, Sweet Romance
TBR Reviewer: Christine
Juliet, a servant, changes places with the lady of the house as she’s forced to go to London to find a husband. When she meets Grey, the ladies stepbrother, the careful plan is turned upside down and she finds there’s something more than just a friend in Grey.
Grey and Juliet had great chemistry. I really enjoyed their banter and eventually their romance. This historical novel was a great addition to the genre. This was such a sweet read and it was a nice change from the more explicit books I’ve been reading.
Title: To Russia with love by Celia Aubrey and Chris Almeida
Genre: Erotic thriller
Following on from the events in Countermeasures, Trevor and Cassandra Bauer are now married, have moved to Dublin and have opened a Data Retrieval business whilst still consulting part-time for the NSA. Trevor is still obsessed with discovering the truth behind his parents disappearance and when a chance comes up to accept a job in exchange for some lost notes of his fathers, he leaps at the opportunity that takes him and his new wife into the
heart of Russia and the arms of the Russian Mafia. As things begin to heat up, are he and Cassandra finally out of their depth?
This is the sequel to the excellent Countermeasures and features all of the characters who first appeared there, continuing their story as Trevor hunts for the truth. It is slightly longer than Countermeasures and is still a highly enjoyable and entertaining read! Once again, parts of the book are not for the faint-hearted as there are again some very explicitly described scenes of a highly sexual nature included in the plot, but this is very well written
and really pulls you into the story. It is great to see the continuation of Trevor and Cassandra’s story and to catch up with them several months along from the first book and I loved the idea of taking them both out of their comfort zone and throwing them to the wolves once more.
I was going to give this only four stars, not because of any deterioration in the quality of writing but simply because I didn’t think this was quite as gripping as Countermeasures or as fast-paced. As this book moves closer towards its explosive finale, the novel ups the ante and the level of tension lifting this back up to a five!
I am still not exactly sure who is this series is aimed at (is it marketed towards those who love Erotic Romance but yearn desperately for more plot or for readers of espionage, spy-type thrillers who crave much more explicit sexual content with their latest James Bond fix?). Tthat doesn’t really matter because what the authors set out to achieve here hits all the right buttons and does it well! This series is both thrilling and highly engaging at the same time.
I really loved this and thought it an excellent sequel. I can’t wait to catch up with the characters again and look forward to getting some more answers next time around but this is one book that I can highly recommend.....both as a stand-alone and as a follow-up to the brilliant Countermeasures. Miss this and you will be missing a treat!
To Russia With Love is a really good, cracking, cyber-thriller with extra added spice and more than a little heat!
Title: Fifty Shades Of Alice In Wonderland by Melinda DuChamp
Alice is an eighteen year old in love with her boyfriend, Lewis. But Lewis is awful at sex. Terrible in fact. To the point that Alice has never once experienced orgasm. In a bid to set things right, Lewis buys her a White Rabbit Vibrator which he presents to her during a picnic in the woods. But after a quick fumble and an even quicker release which sees Lewis promptly falling asleep, Alice is distraught when the vibrator takes on a life of its own and
escapes down a rabbit hole. Determined to retrieve her gift, Alice follows and finds herself quickly trapped in a naughty version of Wonderland where its inhabitants proceed to tease, tantalize and torment her in a bid to teach her everything she has missed!
This is a story DEFINITELY not for kids! Always amusing, often alarming and, at times, highly arousing, this is a very clever novel that successfully parody's Lewis Carroll’s famous classic whilst still managing to contain a heady dose of eroticism. Obviously released to coincide and cash-in on the success of the popular 50 Shades Of Grey books, this nonetheless manages to stand out in its own right as a really good read though it is definitely fair to say that this is NOT for the faint of heart OR the prudish!
This book is also very, very funny! It has been written very tongue-in-cheek and some of the witty asides offered up by some of the characters (all too aware that they are trapped in a parody) help to break up the highly pornographic and extensively detailed sexual scenes that make up the majority of this book. Is it a turn-on? Yes. But it is also delightfully wicked in the way that it pokes fun at the genre at the same time as managing to successfully satire a very popular children's classic in a manner that would no doubt have Lewis Carroll spinning and begging to be dug up!
I loved this and the news that a sequel is in the works (Fifty Shades of Through The Looking Glass) only delights me more! It really is a lot of very adult, naughty erotic fun and if you are looking for something very, very different from anything else you might have read then this is definitely for you!
Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland is deliciously naughty with scenes of bondage, submission and degradation as Alice is taken to the very edges of sexual desire and awakening.