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Review of THROUGH FIRE by Freya Barker

Freya Barker does it again with this heart wrenching tale from her “Portland, Maine” series. Be sure to have a box of tissues on hand when reading because you’ll need them. Full of heart, hope, pain, anguish, and redemption. This book will grab your heart and throw it in a blender. But, despite the emotional turmoil this book will subject the reader to, you will come out of it feeling restored and hopeful. Some things had to be forged THROUGH FIRE to reveal their true form. Definitely recommend.


Violence corroded her…

Obedience defiled her…
Fear kept her chained…
Freedom is hard to embrace when she’s never learned to trust. Yet in the span of a second, she grabs a single opportunity and runs toward it. Straight into the sanctuary of a pub at the end of a wharf.
She doesn’t understand the concept of friendship. She’s never felt the connection of a relationship. She’s as innocent as the driven snow and yet tainted with corruption. Still, she finds herself surrounded by people who accept her, without even knowing the first thing about her.
But one of them is determined to dig deeper.

He treasures his friends, yet he’s steered clear of committed relationships. He likes his life comfortably predictable and entirely controlled. Until it isn’t. For months he’s avoided interacting with The Skipper’s newest addition. Perhaps realizing that once he looked deeply into those liquid brown eyes, he wouldn’t be able to turn away.
When his present and her past puts them both on the brink of change, they are forged through fire as one.


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Review of GIRL IN THE SHADOWS by Gwenda Bond

Looking for a YA book full of mystery, romance, and suspense? GIRL IN THE SHADOWS will definitely fit the bill. Smooth moving plot and well drawn characters will suck you in. Readers will be eagerly turning pages to get to the exciting ending. Definitely recommend this fantastic tale! 


Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.
But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.

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Review of NINE by Jennifer Raygoza 

Dark and twisted tale that will suck you in from the very first page. The story of Nine, a high priced escort, and Trig, the hitman, will keep you engaged and wanting more. Despite their unconventional occupations, their characters show a lot of emotions and you can’t help but get a glimpse of their gleaming potential. Full of heat, heart, danger, and aching vulnerability, this book is a great read. Be sure to check it out! Author Jennifer Raygoza


The number one paid escort in Las Vegas calls herself Nine. She’s become very wealthy with three hundred very loyal VIP clients. Trig is also the best at what he does. He works for the biggest drug dealer in Vegas, as his personal executioner. 

One night with the wrong client and everything spirals out of control when Nine and Trig collide. Watch what happens when two of the best in underworld trades go against the grain, against the rules, and against all odds of making it out alive. 
“I’m breaking all my rules here. I’m breaking them all for him.” -Nine 

“Baby, do you know what you’re worth? Men should be fighting over you. I sure as hell would.” -Trig 

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Review of THE FINAL SEVEN by Erica Spindler

***Coming February 11th***
Fast paced and suspenseful with characters whose lives you can’t but be sucked in by. Mick is a strong female character who kicks butt while still maintaining a soft spot in her heart. Her new partner on the New Orleans police force, Zack, is cocky and self assured with extra powers to investigate crimes. If you are looking for an intriguing story with lots of suspense, this is the book for you. It is the first book of a series and I can’t wait to read more! Definitely recommend.
*ARC received from NetGalley for an honest review


The first Saturday in July. . . 

A missing coed . . . 

The number seven carved into her door . . . 

The countdown has begun. 

New Orleans Detective Micki Dee Dare is a seasoned, no-nonsense cop. She doesn’t need a partner, especially not Zach “Hollywood” Harris, an irreverent charmer, fresh out of an experimental FBI program. And her assignment — keep him alive while he fights crime using the special skills he brings to the table — is not what she signed up for. But the die has been cast and there’s nothing she can do about it.
Micki soon realizes there’s more to her partner than meets the eye—and more at stake than catching bad guys and closing cases. There’s a new kind of evil at work the Crescent City, more cunning, more powerful than any she’s ever encountered. And she and Zach may be the only ones who can stop it.
As another coed goes missing and the darkness closes in, Micki must face a terrifying truth: this time she might not make it. This time the evil they’re facing might destroy them all . . .
Full of surprise twists and unexpected turns, The Final Seven is a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. 
Praise for THE FINAL SEVEN: 

Edgy and charged with atmosphere, The Final Seven is exactly what a supernatural thriller should be: a battle royale for the human soul. Spindler knows her stuff. 

– Laura Benedict, author of Charlotte’s Story and Bliss House. 

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“Erica Spindler has long been an innovator, but she’s created something truly special with this debut in her new thriller series, THE FINAL SEVEN. Engrossing, exciting, and genuinely scary, Spindler takes you on a relentless ride that doesn’t let up until the last line. I can’t wait to read the next The Lightkeepers installment featuring Detectives Michaela Dare and Zach Harris – Spindler has created a partnership for the ages.” 

– J.T. Ellison, NYT bestselling author of WHAT LIES BEHIND 

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[New Orleans is city with a magnificent, shadowy heart, and Erica Spindler has her finger on its unearthly pulse.] The Final Seven makes the impossible believable: occult forces of evil are gunning for us, and only those with extraordinary heart can defeat them. Spindler is the new dark mistress of the supernatural thriller, and I can’t wait to read more. 

– Laura Benedict, author of Charlotte’s Story and Bliss House.
About the Author:

Erica Spindler is the New York Times and International Chart bestselling author of thirty-two novels and three eNovellas. Published in twenty-five countries, she has been called the “The Master of Addictive Suspense” and “Queen of the Romantic Thriller.” The Lightkeepers is Erica’s first series, something she’s wanted to do for years. All she was waiting for was the right characters. She found them in Micki Dee Dare, reformed southern belle turned kick ass cop, and Zach “Hollywood” Harris, a charming bad boy with some very cool, save-the-world skills. Erica splits her writing time between her New Orleans area home, her favorite coffeeshop, and a lakeside writing retreat. She’s married to her college sweetheart, has two sons and the constant companionship of Roxie, the wonder retriever. Erica is currently at home in New Orleans, writing Micki and Zach’s next adventure, TRIPLE SIX.

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Review of TRUE NORTH by K. R. Conway

***Coming SOON***
Releasing on Monday, February 8th, this third installment of the #Undertow series can’t be missed! I fell in love with this series and #TrueNorth kept up the momentum and left me wanting more. This #YA book is filled with romance, mystery, suspense, laughter, and tears. I definitely recommend all of the books but #TrueNorth might be my new favorite of the series!!!
*ARC provided by NetGalley for a honest review 


For Eila Walker, history has become its own demon. After months of trying to keep ahead of those who are hunting her, Eila is more than ready to end her days of running. But her ancestor, Elizabeth, has left a twisted legacy in her wake that shadows Eila still, nearly 170 years later. When her grandfather reveals that he has kept a priceless piece of the past hidden in his vault on the island of Polaris, Eila and her friends are hopeful they may finally find the answers they so desperately need.
But just when Polaris is beginning to feel like a safe haven, a brutal attack leaves the group shattered. Eila, desperate to end the violence, soon finds herself drawn into the decadent underworld of the Mortis, where lies become truths, and allies . . . become killers.

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Review of HARGROVE HOUSE by Allie Harrison

***Available NOW***
Looking for a book filled with mystery, suspense, AND romance? #HargroveHouse will grab you from the first page and have you eagerly turning pages until you reach the exciting ending! I received an ARC from NetGalley and it was FANTASTIC! Be sure and check it out. Definitely recommend!

As a child, Torrie Reynolds entered the haunted Hargrove House on a dare. Terrified by what she’d heard while inside Hargrove House, she avoided it since. Now fifteen years later, Torrie is an interior decorator. When Will Dalton buys the infamous Hargrove House and offers Torrie the job of refurbishing it, she has no choice but to take the offer to keep her business afloat. As the house is restored and rooms come alive with character and color Torrie brings to them, her fear of the house fades. Hargrove House begins to even feel like home to her. With each finished renovation project, it is harder for Torrie to leave. It is even harder for her to leave the comfort of Will Dalton’s arms. But she discovers there are things more terrifying than ghosts when she learns why Will is digging in the dark, frightening cellar.

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New release, DEAD RINGER, by Jessie Rosen

***New Release***
Be sure to check out this new #YA #thriller from Jessie Rosen (20-Nothings.com)!! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from NetGalley and I couldn’t put it down. A definite must read!

From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren’t the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say.
It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn’t just anyone—it’s Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.
Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.
But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.
What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?
After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl.

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Review of UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN by Renee Collins

***Coming November 1st, 2015***

Mystery and romance are in full force in this wonderful tale of star crossed lovers. It is a terrific story that grabs your attention from the first page to the last. You will be eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next. Well drawn characters and a smoothly flowing plot will keep the reader engaged. Definitely recommend!

*ARC was received from Net Galley*


They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.

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Review of UPPER HAND by Freya Barker

***Coming October 8th, 2015***
I love all of Freya Barker’s books and was very excited to read the latest installment of her Cedar Tree series. Clint has always been a favorite character of mine and it was great to finally read his and Beth’s story. Clint is such a lovable guy even when he’s acting like a macho idiot. He means well but sometimes his brain is trailing too far behind his mouth and it gets him into trouble, especially with the equally fiery Beth. Fireworks definitely abound in this story! I love the excellent mix of romance, humor, and mystery that is woven through the book. A page turner from beginning to end. Definitely recommend!


More often than not, Clint Mason has his foot firmly wedged in his mouth, which tends to get him in plenty of hot water with the ladies. Although his laid back good ole’ Southern charm does not fly far with the female population of Cedar Tree, the big burly contractor hides his dark side well.

The only one Beth Franklin allows herself to rely on is Beth, and so far that has served her well. Just when her son disappears after dropping his little guy off on her doorstep, her life seems to spiral out of control. For the first time ever, fearing for his safety, the fiercely independent waitress is forced to be on the receiving end of a helping hand. 

That’s not easy for her, especially since the shovel-sized hand belongs to a man whose approach has run hot and cold the last year, leaving her feeling off balance. With a steady and commanding force, he exposes her softer side, while doing everything he can to keep her and those close to her safe.

**Due to some content of a sexually explicit nature, this book is recommended for a mature audience only.**

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