My name’s Tevy and you’ll find me staring out the window of a psychiatric center. I’m not crazy, I don’t think. I see angels. Not the sweet faced, flowing robe kind either. I see sword-wielding, flying over our heads and killing each other angels. Everyone thinks I’m nuts, which is why I’m in here. For a while, I thought maybe that something went wrong in my head, maybe from my parents dying. But I was wrong, terribly wrong about everything: my parents, the angels, who I truly am or rather what I am. Once I’m out, I have to dodge the angels without raising anyone's suspicions including the boy next door that has some secrets of his own. Dylan soon learns I’m not as normal as I pretend to be, but will he tell? Crazy or not, I can’t go back to the isolation ward.
What doesn’t kill her … had better start running. How awesome of a catch line is that?! Seriously. I love it. This is the second book in the series and yes, you do have to read them in order. Kellen is in an awkward place after recovery some of her memories. She’s living with her former boyfriend who she can’t quiet remember and her daughter, who she hadn’t felt a connection to. In order to escape these overwhelming feelings, she takes a job. Simple. Easy. That is until the hired assassins arrive and she finds her young daughter has stowed away…
What a ride! I really like Kellen. She’s come such a long way in the series already. From an abused woman, to a guarded loner, to a woman with an unknown family. I couldn’t wait to sink into this book. In fact, I started the book at eleven pm telling myself I’ll just read a few chapters. I was over a hundred pages in when I realized the clock read two am. I just couldn’t put the book down. The action is great and then, Kellen finds her daughter in the back of the van. Oh my God, I literally gasped! The van’s going go blow. Killers are on their tail. They’re stuck in the woods! I did find it completely odd that when they met those bikers they didn’t ask for help. Really? That made no sense. At the very least, tell the bikers what’s going on so they can get out of there to retrieve help. I’m also confused as to why Max didn’t call her army buddies for help. He finds out the love of his life and his young daughter are being hunter so he just goes there … by himself? That makes no sense. Call her army buddies. Call Nils who set this whole thing up for help. Do something other than the whole Rambo, I’ll deal with hit myself crap. Then there’s the rescue itself. They finally get Nils to help them. He flies a two-person helicopter onto the mountain. Two-person helicopter for four people …*head desk*. This felt like a ploy to get the romance between Kellen and Max going. One more issue was the wedding dress. To save her child Kellen has to face off against the bad guy or girl, I’m not telling you which. She’s doing it in her wedding dress. Really? She’s a captain in the army! Why would she not rip that dress off, or at least, take it off and go save her kid in a slip or bra or nothing. It’s her kid for crying out loud. Kellen would rather fight in a big fluffy dress. So, there are some plot issues however I still really loved the book.
What Doesn’t Kill Her has suspense, action, light romance and wonderful characters. I had to find out who the psycho is and it is a bit out of left field but had a good ending. There’s a cliffhanger that leads to the third book. I’ll definitely be reading it.
I just finished reading Carnivora by Lea Bronsen. I’ve read her romance/erotic before and really enjoyed them. I have never read a thriller by her and let me tell you I CAN’T WAIT TO READ MORE!
Tomor is in prison when he’s suddenly kidnapped. He’s also the only one that may be able to break open the case about child sex trafficking. This crime lord isn’t innocent and he isn’t weak…
Wow, a thriller is right. I could not stop turning the pages in this book. I had to find out what happened! This is definitely a dark subject so I’d warn you about trigger but I do recommend you give Carnivora a try. Tomor is not the hero that you route for, he’s the bad guy you want to succeed. There is just action upon action upon intrigue upon intense suspense. Tomor, David, Luz, Vincent Ed: Each character has a distinct personality. I think Luz is my favorite so far. The only issue I had is the point of view. It’s first person and third which is a little distracting. If thriller is your thing than Carnivora should be at the top of the to read list!
Casey is a detective but she has a secret, she's killed a man.
That's the opening line of the blurb. How awesome does that sound? I couldn't wait to read this book. Casey and her friend, Diana are both in the cross hairs of dangerous. Diana finds out about this town that is in the middle of nowhere, not on any map, and is supposed to be for people who want to dissappear. When they arrive, they find out a detective is just what they needed because there's a killer on the loose. Who's telling the truth? Are these residents victims or criminals?
This book is told from the point of view of Casey and I think that really brings the mystery to a great peek. She has no idea who to trust and everyone, EVERYONE, has a secret. Even the hot sheriff that is both annoying and compelling. There's a sweet romance between them that I wish became a bit more heated. There are a couple of things that Casey does that made me roll my eyes. It's the only reason for not getting 5 stars. She's a cop with a traumatic history some of her reactions to things just don't make sense such as the guy following her in the parking lot. She assumed and ignored, really?! There is so much amazing in this book though. Rockton is such an interesting idea. I love the characters, they all have depth and secrets and shadows. The mystery is fantastic! I was stuck between two characters on who is the killer. Luckily, it is one of the two.
If you love romantic suspense then City of the Lost is going to be a highly recommended read!
Nevin meets Marco in the most unlikely of places, the basement of a serial killer…
And that starts the blurb! You're damn right I picked this book up and devoured the story. Nevin just lost his mother and he's moved upstate for a new job. The job as a stripper is a bust and the date afterward ... knocks him out. When Nevin wakes up he's in a cage in some dark basement. Marco has been here a while. He's angry, exhausted and hopeless thoughts are in his mind. But then Nevin arrives and together, they have to face the serial killer.
Holy crap! So many emotions! Shocked. Scared. Sad. Upset. Stunned. Aww. Excitement. Romantic. Omg! Oh, sexy. Okay. Okay. You need sentences. Gotcha. So, Nevin is adorable. Poor guy just lost his mother and then is kidnapped. That's not the worse part. There is a glossed over rape scene that broke my heart. It was very brief and there were no details. Marco is also in bad shape. He's been beaten and humiliated. My heart was breaking for them! I can't give away too many details but their romance was an amazing roller coaster. They're both damaged, some issues obvious, but others not. I'm actually really blown away by this series. This is the third book and they've all been fabulous. Beauty Has Balls is my favorite book so far. If you've read the previous books you will probably know who the killer is but the ending is so damn satisfying. I literally was on the edge of my seat and shouting, "Yes! Damn right!" I cannot wait to read more in The Cox Club.
Beauty Has Balls is a must read. Period. You have to read this romantic thriller!
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Prize list book: Denise and Linda
DANGER: THIN ICE, THICK BOOK.
Julie Lavoie, the widow of an RAF pilot is marking time at her accounting job, the loss of her husband still a painful memory. A holiday visit from her son, 18 year old junior-A goalie Thierry LeBeouf makes life bearable, but when Thierry goes missing enroute to a tournament shortly after Christmas, Julie learns what you still have is more important than what you've lost, and that moving forward is the only way to let go of the past.
This novel is a complex read, the author weaving a rich tapestry of plot lines into the work. While quite enjoyable, the extreme level of detail made it difficult to decide in which genre it belongs, or who the story is actually about. A good plot is essential to a good story, but twists and subplots are a bit like salt in a recipe. The right amount makes it flavorful. Too much and all you taste is the salt. I was drawn to the book by its hockey theme and enjoyed the admirable hockey knowledge displayed in the writing, but in the end discovered it was more about Julie and her budding romance with FBI agent Luke Lucas.
That said, Thin Ice is a tremendous accomplishment in storytelling and an engaging read. The love story between Julie and Luke is heartwarming, and Thierry's upstanding personality and desire to do the right thing amid scary circumstances are admirable. Every hockey mom would want him as a son.
Those who like a bit of romance along with intricate multi-layered crime dramas will enjoy it. The rest of you, keep a pencil and scorecard handy.
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Thin Ice winner: Linda
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Only the lonely...
Despite three siblings and his late parents all working in the "family business," Raphael Wilder prefers to go it alone. The life of a sentinel is a lonely one at best, but Raph shuns connection of any kind when pursuing his prey which includes ghosts, demons, ghouls, poltergeists and any other ethereal bad-asses that murder human beings. Feeling responsible for his father's death, Raph won't risk involving anyone in his quests, but never counted on the strong and beautiful Bette Spencer getting involved of her own choosing. Their attraction is mutual, but can only lead to heartbreak when Raph knows he will leave when the case of Bette's nephew's murder is solved, or worse, when one or both of them is dead in the attempt.
It's truly delightful when a book this well written comes along.The story flows naturally and is effortless to read. The characters are believable and very well done. The action is spooky, suspenseful and arrives at a heart-thundering climax without being hokey or contrived. It's exciting, fast paced and has an intriguing premise. Bette Spencer is haunted by the unnatural deaths of her mother and nephew, unable to shake the feeling that something not of this world is responsible. Raph Wilder is not only haunted but tortured by his birth-ordained vocation that has robbed him and his entire family of a normal life. It's understandable that he won't risk getting close to anyone, but the matter is out of his hands the minute he meets Bette. This pair are supernaturally made for each other!
A few minor characters dot the story as well, and though appearances are brief each one of them seems fully developed and has a major contribution to the plotline. I would have wanted to get to know siblings Ariel and Cassiel a bit better but big brother Gabriel really steals the "best supporting actor" title with his sharp wit and "father knows best" attitude. The story clicks along without ever dragging or getting bogged down in extraneous subplots or inner dialogue. I can't say enough good things about this book...it was as refreshing and satisfying as a cold drink on a hot day.
Kudos to author Evie Jayne for a stellar kickoff to a series that will thrill the socks (and pants) off many readers to come!
Nicky is a college drama professor with a crush on an assistant professor, Noah. As bodies start popping up all over, the two of them gravitate towards each other romantically as well as trying to solve the murders. Nicky wants them solved so that Noah can be cleared as a suspect.
The two characters stumble and bumble their way through the mystery. You are kept guessing as to “who done it”. The sex is hot, but not the focus of this story. I feel it is there to further the relationship between the two main characters and it does do that. The couple is cute and I want them to be together. At times it is a little hard to get a real handle on just who Nicky and Noah are. There is a long cast of interesting secondary characters, that add to the overall fun of the story. The story was campy, maybe a little over the top, but a fast paced and fun read. It has so many places where you laugh out loud. The author seems to have taken bits and pieces of from different mystery icons. There parts remind me of different television shows and sleuthing styles from classic detective stories. Maybe sometimes the author tries adding to many different bits.
I look forward to the next book!
by Cait Jarrod
Genre - Romance adventure
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 2/5 - Flirty
Pamela Young is very content with her small town life, where she has all her good friends and runs her own cafe business. One day her life is turned upside down, when she starts getting threats about returning stolen bearer bonds that she is not aware of having in her possession. FBI agent Jake Gibson returns to his hometown after having been in hiding for several years after an undercover operation gone wrong. He is handed Pamela´s cases and Jake quickly realizes that he will do anything to protect Pamela, even put his life in jeopardy along with his heart.
This is certainly high octane action from start to end. The author has a very pleasant way of writing and the story flows very nicely. The author has managed to weave in many twists and turns in the plot.
Although the characters are well developed, their backgrounds are almost too complex, with details that leaves the reader wondering about them, as they never really matter for the story. Although Pamela and Jake are a lovely couple, you never get that nice sizzling build-up of their relationship as they are thrown from one bone-breaking situation to the next.
I enjoyed the book and would love to read about the other people in Pamela and Jake´s group of friends.
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Evil Water by Inger Wolf
Genre: Crime Thriller
Rating: 4 stars - A Recommended Read.
When the decomposing bodies of two missing women are found buried in a pair of suitcases under a pile of stones, Detective Inspector Daniel Trokic quickly anticipates that this investigation is going to
be a tricky one and he is not wrong! With the discovery that both women were bled to death by leeches comes a whole heap of other considerations and complications. African Tribal Ceremonies, religious insanity and a rare species of flower are all quickly linked to the investigation but how are all these
different factors connected? When a third girl goes missing, Trokic knows he is working against the clock but where does he go next when all his leads appear to be a dead end?
I really liked this a lot and thought it a highly competent European crime thriller with lots of nice twists and turns in the plot. I found the writing style a little rough in places but this was no doubt due more to the fact that it has been translated from the Dutch language for a wider audience than in the actual writing itself. I liked the way that nothing is really properly resolved until the last pages and though there might be a few out there who might be able to piece all the clues together quicker than me, still I was pleased that I personally wasn’t able to guess the true culprit before they were revealed!
Hopefully this will be only the start of a series that will go on to become equal or rival to Wallander as I thought it was every bit as skill full and entertaining. Certainly I was able to warm to the characters and found the whole story very easy to get in to and involving. I knocked a star off my rating because I think it just missed out on total excellence but this is not a criticism, merely an observation and definitely
Wolf is an author that I would like to see more of in the future as I didn’t really think I got to know as much of Trokic and his team as I would have liked in this opening novel.
If you like good, competent crime thrillers with a tough, European edge, then this is for you. If you have never picked up any foreign language authors before and the thought of reading something
translated has always put you off, you should likewise give this a go. Much as with many foreign language movies, you will be missing out if you don’t give this a chance and that would be a crying shame as this is definitely worth picking up!
Eden by David Holley and Jeremiah Pinto
Genre: Horror/ Adventure thriller
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read!
Whilst on an Orbital Space Plane travelling from London to New Zealand, Mia, one-half of a pair of twins, experiences a vision of impending disaster. Her reaction to what she sees is the deciding factor that dooms her parents but saves herself and her brother from certain death. When members of a terrorist cell activate a device capable of disrupting the controls of the Orbital Shuttle, the Plane is
torn in half; one section crash landing on a remote island just off the coast of mainland New Zealand, the other lost beneath the turbulent seas. Among the survivors is Noah, a former Special Forces soldier who has recently left the Armed Forces, and his strong-willed wife, Evelyn, who together unite to lead the
stranded passengers across a hazardous and perilous terrain in a bid to reach civilization and safety. Along the way, the survivors encounter tsunami, landslides and an erupting volcano that threatens to engulf the island in ash and molten lava. But even when they reach civilization, they quickly learn that
everything is not quite how they left it.....
This was an engrossing thriller, set in the near future, that quickly swept me up in its enthralling plot. I found the tale of Noah and his fellow survivors to be extremely fast-paced with lots of action and which wasted very little time before getting down to the main crux of the story with very little unnecessary
preamble. Though many elements of this novel were far from original (there was a T.V disaster movie in the Eighties, starring Lee Majors I believe, that featured an Orbital Space Plane almost crashing on its maiden flight and the whole stranded-on-an-island-miles-from-anywhere idea has been recently used in the popular cult T.V show, Lost). For me this didn’t matter as I thought the authors still managed to bring something new to the table. It is true that their editing needed work. Many questions are left unanswered, hopefully to be resolved in the next installment one hopes, and though the climax takes a bit of a different and quite unexpected turn, still I look forward to reading what happens next. It is difficult to talk about the ending without giving anything away but needless to say, the twist in direction that this novel takes almost makes its final act feel like a whole different novel altogether. Whether or not this entirely works I am not sure, and I strongly expect that there will be those who are left alienated by this novels ending, but personally, I thought it a clever twist that throws everything else that comes before it into a completely different ballpark.
Would I read future books by this author co-op partnership? This is a question I ask myself a lot when writing reviews, whether I would come back again for more, and here, my answer is a definite yes! Eden manages a very respectable and very strong four stars and a recommendation that if you are looking for something different with a lot of thrills, chills and spills then this book is definitely for you!