Book Review and Giveaway Saved by H.L. Anderson

Title: Saved
Author: H.L. Anderson
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Theresa Kent is a wife, mom, and hardworking nurse living in rural Colorado. Life is good until her increasingly despondent, unemployed husband suddenly snaps—his vicious attack leaves Theresa fighting for her life as she tries to escape the insane version of the man she loves.

Ryan Tucker appears to have it all, except he’s been merely existing, not living, for the the last three years. His emotions get a much needed jump start when he rescues Theresa from the torment her life has become in just a matter of days. Ryan feels an instant and fierce desire to protect this stranger that fell into his life.

Hanging over their heads is the knowledge that Theresa’s husband is still out there, hunting for her.

Can two broken souls be repaired, or will the demons of the past and present come between the repressed love that grows between them?

In Saved, two strangers find each other in an unexpected, almost miraculou way. Theresa Kent is a wife, mother and hardworking nurse living in rural Colorado. Her life is pretty good, until her husband suddenly snaps and attacks her horribly. Theresa struggles to escape from the man she once loved who seemingly has turned into a monster.

Meanwhile, Ryan Tucker enters the picture as Theresa’s rescuer. He’s a man who at first glance seems to have it all… except real, genuine emotions. He hasn’t really felt anything for the last three years. That is, until he meets Theresa and decides that he has to protect this stranger, at all costs. With Theresa’s husband still out there, hunting for her, Theresa and Ryan aren’t out of the woods yet… And if a mad man hunting them isn’t bad enough, repressing the growing feelings between them is even worse.

I liked the premise of the story, about a second love, about two broken souls finding each other. More than carried by plot, this book is primarily carried by the characters. Both Theresa and Ryan are intriguing characters with engaging personalities. They have a past, they have quirks, things that make them unique and stand out. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and the author does a good job creating additional tension that way.

Fans of romantic suspense novels will no doubt love this book.


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Book Review and Giveaway Riversnow

Title: Riversnow
Author: Tess Thompson
Genre: Romantic Supsense
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Genevieve Banks is beautiful and successful – and one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses.

While filming opposite Hollywood’s heartthrob Stefan Spencer in River Valley, Genevieve and Stefan form a deep friendship. He wants to take their relationship to the next level, but a violent incident from Genevieve’s past has made her feel intimacy is an impossibility.

When her closely guarded secret is revealed, Genevieve is forced into a decision: Stay silent and let others suffer or bravely confront her violent past and the man who hurt her.

In this fourth installment of the bestselling River Valley Series, author Tess Thompson explores themes of community, friendship and love.

Riversnow is a heartbreaking drama, with a lot of suspense thrown in. Genevieve Banks is one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses. When filming opposite Stefan Spencer in River Valley, Genevieve and Stefan become fast friends, and they have a connection neither of them thought possible. Stefan wants to bring their relationship to the next level, but Genevieve’s past still troubles her, and she’s afraid to take that step. When her secrets are revealed, Genevieve has to make a heartbreaking choice: stay silent and let others suffer too, or confront the demons of her past.

The book is deep and powerful and painful, and a thousand emotions all rolled into one. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put this down. The emotions you feel as you’re reading, the emotions portrayed by the characters, it’s all very real, raw and powerful. The characters are so realistic you could imagine them walking right out of the pages and starting to chat with you. I loved tefan, and I absolutely adored Gennie, and was so proud of her and her strength and resilience.

This is the first book I’ve read in the River Valley series, but it won’t be my last. I plan to pick up another one soon, when I have some spare time (always scarce on spare time) and when I recover from all I felt while reading this book. If you’re not afraid to have your heartstrings tugged, and you enjoy romance books that don’t shy away from some very real hurt in the character’s past, I would recommend this book.

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Book Review and Giveaway: Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla by D.C. Triana

Title: Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla
Author: D.C. Triana
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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One year.

It’s been one year since Agent Damian Trent left for Washington without a word.

One year since he’s seen her beautiful face.

One year since he’s heard his name on her lips.

He’s been recently called back to New York City on assignment, to catch a criminal who’s trying to infiltrate Sunset Reads. The last thing he expects is to work side by side with the woman he turned his back on.

Having her close is an unwanted distraction that he’s more than willing to ignore, if only she wasn’t so damn tempting.

Everything seems under control, until a night of feverish passion has him abandoning all thoughts of reason. Now, he will do everything in his power to get her back, and even more so to protect her.

Layla Reece wants nothing to do with the man who left her a year ago.

The man who took her heart with him, leaving her broken.

After a year of trying to forget Damian Trent, she is finally ready to move on.

But trying to forget him becomes a tedious task when he suddenly reappears in her life.

Although she fights to stay away, his magnetism is too strong and she finds herself giving into the deep timbre of his voice, and the strength and safety of his arms.

Staying away from Damian turns out to be futile, especially when his kisses consume her and his heart shatters the walls she spent so much time building.

Finding herself in danger, she now has to turn to the only man she trusts to keep her safe, but can she trust him enough to give him her heart once again?

Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla is actually the second book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. I could easily follow what was happening, even though I hadn’t read the first book.

Layla’s been trying hard to forget the man who left her a year ago, to get over him, heal and move on. But when Damian returns, she finds that the spark they shared, the chemistry between them is still there. And when she finds herself giving in to passion, and is forced to trust Damian to protect her and everything she holds dear, she starts to wonder if she can trust him with her heart again as well…

This was a fun second chance romance with a lot of suspenseful elements. The characters are great, and I especially liked Damian, but then again, I do have a soft spot for FBI agents. The book is definitely for adults, though, since there are some hot and spicy scenes, which only made the book even better.

The writing was solid too, and the plot entertaining. I look forward to reading more books by this author, and if I find some time in my schedule, I might pick up book one in the series.

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Book Review: The Killing Game by The Black Rose

9780997947410Title: The Killing Game
Author: The Black Rose
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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A seductive story about corruption, sin, lust, and redemption. The series opens as Ives Andrich, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the FBI, is confronted with investigating the woman he has waited a lifetime to find. Because of her more than accurate novel about an Italian crime lord, the Bureau, against Ives’ wishes, asks for her help in infiltrating the internal organization of the nation’s most nefarious Mafia don. When the Bureau’s plan fails, and she becomes dangerously entangled in the private life of the United States’ most wanted criminal, Ives tolerance for Bureau mishaps vanishes. No holds barred, he puts everything on the line to save the woman he loves in the first book in The Killing Game Series, a suspense thriller series by The Black Rose.

The Killing Game is the first book in a crime / detective series, and it starts off the series with a bang. Ives Andrich, Special Agent of the New York Division of the FBI, is forced to investigate the woman who he has fallen in love with, Allina. More so, the Bureau asks her to infiltrate in the internal organization of a crime lord / mob boss, and when she does and becomes dangerously entangled in the web closing around her, Ives puts everything on the line to save the love of his life.

The book was quite long, at about 500 pages, so I had to read it in a few sittings, but nevertheless, it never felt like a long book. The pacing was fast, the writing excellent, the characters engaging, and I was drawn into the story from the start. The author did a stellar job turning Allina and Ives into well-rounded, three-dimensional characters with actual personalities. While each character, even the secondary ones, is crucial, has an unique personality and brings something of their own to the table, Allina and Ives are the two most intriguing characters.

There were so many twists I couldn’t even begin to describe them if I wanted to – which I don’t, because I don’t want to spoil things for you. But let’s say, this book has a lot of surprises! I’m looking forward to reading the second book.

Book Review and Giveaway Crave Her Touch

crave-her-touch-final-1Title: Crave Her Touch
Author: A.K. Leigh
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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An insecure bombshell, unpredictable stalker, and guilt-ridden hero clash in this story of redemption, trust, self-belief, and the lengths people will go to for true love.

Jennifer “Jenny” Abrahams has three goals: to teach women about mixed martial arts, become North Carolina’s first female mixed martial arts champion, and find true love. Two things stand in her way: the stalker intent on claiming her for himself and her emotional insecurities.

At a crossroads in his career as a witnesses protection minder, Peter “Pete” Gandry, is given the opportunity to return to the scene of his only failure––Smithfield, North Carolina. The assignment is familiar: he must keep an eye on Diana King. He agrees, hoping it will help him find redemption and ease the guilt he feels.

Odd things begin to happen to Jenny. At first, she dismisses them as over-reacting to memories of a stalker from her past. Until, she receives an unsettling note. Four words stand out: I crave your touch . . .

Increasingly, the evidence points to someone she knows. Who can she trust? And, who is this mysterious newcomer who has ignited long buried passion within her?

When the sister of an old nemesis arrives in Smithfield, Pete is forced to expose his true identity. The town quickly turn against him. Just when he thinks it can’t get worse, the stalking evidence begins to point to him.

Can he clear his name and save Jenny from the real stalker in time?

Crave Her Touch is the second book in the “Smithfield” series. Book one, See Her Run, tells Diana King’s story.

In Crave Her Touch, our protagonist, Jennifer “Jenny” Abrahams has three goals in life: teach women about mixed martial arts, become North Carolina’s first female mixed martial arts champion, and find true love. Unfortunately, things get complicated when she has a stalker on her heels, and has to deal with her own emotional insecurities.

Peter “Pete” Gandry works in witness protection. An assignment brings him to Smithfield, where he hopes to find redemption for what happened in the past.

As Jenny’s stalking problem takes a sinister turn and evidence points toward Pete, can he clear his name, and save Jenny from the real stalker in time?

This was a chilling, fast-paced read with an intriguing set of characters. I especially liked Jenny. She was such a strong, independent woman, and even though she had some emotional insecurities, I found she had a lot of strength too. The writing was very fluent, and I practically flew through the pages, flipping one after the other, completely immersed into the story.

A great read for those chilling winter months that kept me on the edge of my seat. Perfect for fans of romantic suspense.

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Book Review and Giveaway Abduction

Abduction CoverTitle: Abduction
Author: Nicole Hatfield
Genre: Romance / Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Audrey Green’s life was going nowhere fast. She didn’t think things could get any worse until a stranger at a door proved her wrong.

Mistaken for another woman, Audrey is abducted and thrown into a situation she thought possible only in the movies.

Upon discovering the identity of her gorgeous yet arrogant captor, Audrey is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: Fight for her freedom… or stay and be rewarded.

A simple choice with a huge reward.
Easy decision, right?
Or will her choice and her captor’s secret ultimately lead to more danger than she could ever be prepared for?

In Abduction, as the title suggests, our main character Audrey gets abducted. She’s mistaken for another woman, abducted, and forced into the kind of situations she thought only happened in movies.

Her captor is gorgeous, but arrogant. Liam is not the kind of man Audrey should fall for, but yet she has an undeniable attraction toward him. And then she must make the toughest decision of her life: fight for her freedom, or stay…and be rewarded.

Except that her choice may put her into even more danger.

I don’t want to spoil too much, so I won’t go into too many details. I really enjoyed the book. It was different, and I liked the people I was supposed to hate (like Liam). I thought Audrey was an interesting character. I didn’t agree with all her choices, but I understood why she made them.

A suspenseful, thrilling read with a dose of romance.


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Book Review: The Venus Cure by A.K. Leigh

TheVenusCureByAKLeighCoverTitle: The Venus Cure
Author: A.K. Leigh
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Sometimes, all that is needed is a woman’s touch…

Torrance Monroe couldn’t be happier. She has landed her dream job as a botanical scientist for the Parks and Wildlife Service in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her specialty will be the conservation, study, and propagation of the native plants that have fascinated her since her earliest memories: the Venus Fly Trap.

Dominique Black isn’t happy. As a Wildlife Officer, he has been working at the grass roots level to save the endangered traps from poachers looking to make a quick buck. It is gruelling work, with the majority of offenders going unpunished. How could a scientist with zero experience in the field help him when even the law was failing?

The two are at immediate odds even though they share the same underlying passion for the plants…and each other.

However, after a well-known poacher harvests traps from one of the local swamplands, Tori and Dom must set aside their differences in order to catch the criminal and keep the remaining plants from being harmed.

In the process, Tori learns to rely on the mysterious Venus Fly Trap folk lore she remembers from her childhood. Dom learns to release control and have faith in another person.

The Venus Cure is a fast-paced, erotic, and lightly mystical, romantic suspense novella that centers around the serious issue of Venus Fly Trap poaching. The author chose the title based on five possible meanings. See how many you are able to discover!

In The Venus Cure, we meet with two characters who are at two different ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, there’s Torrance Monroe, who landed her dream job as a botanical scientist. She’ll have to focus on the conservation and study of the Venus Fly Trap, one of the native plants that has fascinated her for as long as she could remember. Dominique Black however, Wildlife Officer, isn’t too pleased with the scientist showing up. She has no experience in the field, and he fears she’ll be a liability more than a help. He’s worked day and night to keep the Venus Traps from poachers, and is very passionate about it too.

Although both characters are very passionate about the Venus Fly Trap, they’re quite passionate for each other too. I particularly loved how the book focused on this plant – I thought a book that brought two characters together based on their mutual love for a plant wouldn’t be that enticing, but I’m proved wrong. As Tori and Dom learn that they aren’t so different after all, and they learn to rely on each other, they form a mutual connection.

I’m not a fan of insta-love, so I enjoyed how the romance wasn’t that spontaneous here, but how both started off at odds. I liked both characters. They were three dimensional, especially Tori, and I felt like I could really connect to them.

The book had several erotic scenes. Those are tough to write, but the author did an admirable job. If you enjoy romance with a touch of mystery and suspense, then I would recommend The Venus Cure.

Book Review: Thursday’s Child: Far to Go by

ThursdaysChild_Cover LargeTitle: Thursday’s Child: Far to Go
Author: Polly Becks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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International attorney and human rights advocate Elisa Santiago believes she has life under control—an impressive career, a solid group of friends in Obergrande, and a handsome law partner for hot “car action” when she needs release. Little does she know that her entire world is about to burn down when she discovers that nothing she believes she knows about herself and her past is true. Can the gorgeous former CIA operative, acting as her guide and guard as she returns to Colombia, the land of her birth, looking for answers, set her world on fire in a good way?

THURSDAY’S CHILD: Far to Go is the fifth book in the eight-book series The Extraordinary Days by breakthrough novelist Polly Becks. The first book, No Ordinary Day, tells the tale of an epic tragedy that changes life forever in a small town in the wild, mystic Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and the mystery surrounding that tragedy.

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 In Thursday’s Child: Far to Go, Elise Santiago is an international attorney and human rights advocate, who believes she has her life under control. Great career, amazing friends, a fling with her handsome law partner… But then she finds out that what she thought she knew about her past, is wrong. In a quest to find out the truth, she leaves for her country of birth, Colombia, and with the help of a handsome CIA operative, she searches for answers.

The story starts off in the middle of action. It’s a fast-paced delight to read. The author knows how to write short, pointed descriptions that make it easy for the reader to picture the scene without distracting from the story. Despite not having read the first books, I could follow along without any issues.

Elise is an interesting main character. I could easily connect with her (and gave her bonus points for being an attorney – I studied at law school, so I felt like we had something in common) and her quest for the truth was slightly heart-breaking. I can’t imagine how tough it must be not to know the truth about your past. But despite that, she went on, not giving up.

We get a detailed description of Colombia as Elise travels through it, so much so that I could actually picture being there. The romance storyline was excellent too.

I would recommend this to everyone who enjoys romantic suspense, and journeys of self-discovery. Great writing and an excellent plot.

Book Review: Hanover House (Hanover Chronicles #0.5)

25394138Title: Hanover House (Hanover Chronicles #0.5)

Author: Brenda Novak

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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Prequel novella to my new Hanover House Chronicles (digital only).
Welcome to Hanover House….
Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the psychopathic mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them?
After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst.
But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries.
He knows what could happen if only one little thing goes wrong…
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For what’s supposed to be a novella prequel, Hanover House is quite a long read. It’s roughly 200 pages, and I felt more like I was reading a full-length novel (and let’s face it, most 200-page books are considered full-length novels, I’d say) rather than a novella. For a book that serves as an introduction to  series, it also read more like it was an actual book all on its own. It had a plot, engaging characters, and it told a whole story. So why this is a prequel novella and not just book one of the series, I have no idea.

Anway, on to the plot. Evelyn Talbot, Dr. Talbot as most people know her, is a renowned psychiatrist who works with the criminally insane, in particular psychopaths. She’s quite obsessed with her test subjects. Even when she gets injured by one, it only makes her more determined to figure out what drives them. This obsession started when she was sixteen years old, and when her best friends got murdered by a psychopath posing as her boyfriend. Jasper. A boy she trusted and loved, and who ended up locking her in a shed for days, torturing her and eventually tried to kill her. While Evelyn escaped alive, so did Jasper, and he’s still on the run. Evelyn hasn’t felt safe ever since.

She’s determined to open up a facility in Alaska, where she’ll put a bunch of psychopaths together and research them. The local community, especially Sergeant Amarok, the police trooper in town, aren’t too keen on her building the facility. But when she tries to convince the locals and ends up in a bar with aforementioned Sgt. Amarok, she discovers feelings within herself that she never thought she could feel, not after what Jasper did to her.

Let’s start with the good. The plot isn’t too bad. It’s what convinced me to read the book in the first place, and the idea of a facility solely occupied by psychopaths, and a woman so scarred by her past she’s devorted her life to discover more about psychopaths? That sounds amazing, if you ask me. The author obviously did some research into the mind of psychopaths too, and that shows while reading. The writing is all right.

But the characters. At first, I rather liked Evelyn. She showed tenacity. Drive. Her past had scarred her, but she hadn’t given up. But then, the moment Amarok walked in, everything went wrong. Now Amarok isn’t a bad guy as such (and he’s a real champ when compared to most of the other guys portrayed in the book). On his own, he’s not bad. Typical cop persona. BUT the main problem here is Evelyn’s past. She’s never had a boyfriend. She herself claims she’s been scarred beyond repair. Yet all it takes to undo all that damage is one drunken night at a bar. Sure enough, she’s not really ready to give in, and Amarok and Evelyn never really make it past first base, but still, that’s an awful lot of progress for someone who spent twenty years dodging relationships and men in general.

It wasn’t insta-love, and heck I can usually manage insta-lust, but not with a character claiming to be as damaged as Evelyn says she is. That’s just plain character assassination there, and Evelyn lost a lot of credibility then.

Either way, as I said, it’s definitely not a bad read. It wasn’t as unique as I’d hoped, and I had some issues with the characters, but it’s an enjoyable book all the same. I’ll pick up the rest of the series to see what happens next to Evelyn, although admittingly more to read about her psychopaths than to read about Evelyn herself.

Book Review: The Connolly Affair by Brett Scott Ermilio

The Connolly Affair front coverTitle: The Connolly Affair

Author: Brett Scott Ermilio

Genre: Romance / Suspense

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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Award-winning writer, Brett Scott Ermilio, delivers his highly anticipated romance/suspense series, The Connolly Affair.

Nicki Connolly’s life has flat lined. Nicki’s dull marriage to her husband, Aiden, flounders further and further into a hopeless abyss. Despite the setbacks, Nicki attempts to balance being a working mother, a successful attorney and relishes the distractions of a budding romance with a man named Taylor Diamond. Nicki has been assigned lead attorney in a massive class-action lawsuit that will make or break her career at the firm of Rapture and Myers. That is when the handsome Taylor Diamond appears in her life.

Taylor Diamond has been named second chair for the big case. Taylor has it all: looks, brains, a strong family name and many connections. But dark forces loom and converge upon Nicki and Taylor. As obstacles grow, the two form a fiery bond just as the case and her life reach an epic breaking point.

The Connolly Affair delivers a suspense-filled thrill ride that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

In The Connolly Affair, author Brett Scott Ermiio combines romance and suspense in a book that kept me onthe egde of my seat. Nicki Connolly isn’t too happy about her life. Her marriage is dull, her husband barely resembles the man she married anymore, and she struggles to combine being a mom with being a successful attorney. When she’s assigned lead attorney in a class-action law suit, Taylor Diamond, the second in command for the big case, sweeps her off her feet. He is everything she ever dreamed of: smart, handsome, well-connected, humorous, mysterious.

Nicki soon finds herself falling for this man, but unfortunately this connection puts her in harm’s way, and dark forces threaten both of them.

The book was intriguing, and the plot was enjoyable. Some of those twists I really didn’t see coming. However, Nicki and Taylor have an almost insta-connection, or insta-love thing going on, and I found that the weak point of the book. It didn’t bother me that much here as it does in other books, since we have the whole suspense angle here too that somehow managed to pull my attention away from the insta-love.

Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy this book, and if you want a light read that will still manage to surprise you, I’d recommend The Connolly Affair.