Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert into a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.
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!
Basement level 5: Never scared by L.R.Wright
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Alexa Martinez is a Professional assassin who has worked covertly in the past for the C.I.A but who is now fully dedicated to putting her family first. So when attackers break in to her house intending to do her harm, the first thing she does is to make sure her children are safely
secured with her in an underground Safe Room; especially designed to keep them well away from any possible threat. From her base of operations here, several floors below ground, she then proceeds to try and discover who it is who wants to do her and her immediate family harm. It is an investigation that will take Alexa back into her past and cause her to examine loyalties as it quickly becomes apparent that not everyone around her is as trustworthy as she
This was an okay kind of thriller that certainly kept things moving throughout and never slowed its pace but which was hampered, in my honest opinion, by a cast of all too easily forgettable
characters. I found Alexa and her fellow family members to be slightly lacking in personality and for me, this made this book something of a struggle to complete. The constant flash-backs quickly became very annoying and often provided an unwelcome distraction from the main plot, this despite proving to be somewhat necessary to help explain the motives behind why everything was happening. For me though, despite their necessity, the flashbacks often just
served to break up the flow and quickly became an intrusion that I would have preferred to circumvent.
Unlike some of the books I have read recently, either for review or for personal pleasure, I didn’t think this was particularly badly written, it just wasn’t for me. I wasn't able at all to
connect with any of the characters and, as this was a very character driven book, this put me at a great disadvantage. If you like high octane thrillers with plenty of action, then you’ll probably find something here to enjoy but I am afraid to say it really didn’t do a lot for me and just seemed to lack a bit of depth in my opinion. I didn’t hate it but neither did I take much away from this book....and I would have preferred a bit more style over substance if I
wanted to rate this book any higher I’m afraid..
Quintana Roo, Yucatan by scott harper
Genre: Adventure thriller
Reviewer: Mark Woods
Rating: 4 stars - Recommended Read!
Fresh from a troubled relationship break-up, Rikki Breitenberg leads a expedition out into the deeps of the Mexican Rainforest to investigate a recently discovered ruined Mayan temple. But with the Mexican Government only giving them a limited time in which to explore the ruins, the team soon begin to question whether their Guide is leading them the right way. Left to fend for themselves at the site of a different temple, after a harrowing and dangerous trek through uninhabited jungle, the team, lead by Rikki, quickly learn that they have been placed in the hands of a Death Cult who intend to sacrifice them to their God. A startling and important discovery at the Temple could have ramifications for all the future of mankind and force us to take a fresh look at our origins.....but first, Rikki and her team must survive long enough to share the news of that which they have uncovered....and the odds are slowly starting to stack against them...
This was an interesting novel that started off really well. The description of the team’s trek through the Rainforest was so vivid and rich that I almost had to look around my room whilst reading to check and see if a jungle hadn’t sprung up all around me like something out of the
classic children’s book! The various perils the Archaeological team face on their journey leave the reader literally gasping and there is a real sense of danger conveyed when the team first begin to suspect that they are being lead astray.
However, once the team reach their enforced destination, things do go a bit awry. The plot rapidly descends into a game of cat and mouse between the Archaeological team and their Mexican attackers and though this is all very thrilling, still one cannot help but feel that some of the charm and magic of the early chapters is lost. The big discovery that the team make, which I won’t reveal and spoil, never really takes the story anywhere and could well have been left out with no noticeable absence or decline in plot. It almost feels as though its inclusion is there for the sake of it. That said, I DID really enjoy this and found the characters, for the most part, warming and believable. If you remove the whole “Big Discovery” angle then this is quite a thrilling modern-day adventure tale in the style of King Solomon’s Mines or Indiana Jones. There are enough twists and turns to keep the story moving along and it is quite an enjoyable read ~ however, the ending when it comes is a little unsatisfying and brings little closure to the story, leaving several questions remained unanswered.
Trial & Terror by Adam Penenberg
Genre: Crime thriller
Rating: 5 Stars - A Must Read!
Summer Neuwirth is a Public Defense lawyer who puts her all into her work. So when she wins her first case, you would think she would be overjoyed. Except Summer knows her client was guilty and that he is starting to form an unhealthy obsession with her. As if that weren’t enough her mother has disappeared without a trace, her new client is being uncooperative as she becomes increasingly more likely to face Death Row and Summer herself is being haunted by shadows from her recent past when she was attacked and raped. As Summer tries hard to uncover the truth behind her latest case, events begin to spiral out of control and she soon finds her personal life quickly overlapping into her work as the two become firmly entangled. Meanwhile her former client simply refuses to leave her alone....
Every once in a while a truly great thriller comes along that holds your attention and blows you away. This was just such a book! Summer is an excellently devised character whose story
quickly pulls you in and before you know it, you are hooked! This is a book that is difficult to
talk about without giving anything away but suffice to say there are some great twists and turns here. The plot moves at a ferocious pace leading to a shockingly brilliant climax that even I didn’t see coming! At a time when thrillers have flooded the market and almost become ten a penny, it is refreshing to find something that stands out from the crowd and returns the
genre back to it’s roots! This really was a highly enjoyable read and one I would not hesitate to recommend!
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