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

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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…
From Sweet Dreams Boxed Set

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 Ghosts of Peppernell Manor by Amy M. Reade

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Author: Amy M. Reade

Genre: Romance, Mystery, Suspense

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

“Do you know what stories Sarah could tell you about the things that happened in these little cabins? They’d curl that pretty red hair of yours.”
Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, beyond hanging curtains of Spanish moss, at the end of a shaded tunnel of overarching oaks, stands the antebellum mansion of Peppernell Manor in all its faded grandeur. At the request of her friend Evie Peppernell, recently divorced Carleigh Warner and her young daughter Lucy have come to the plantation house to refurbish the interior. But the tall white columns and black shutters hide a dark history of slavery, violence, and greed. The ghost of a former slave is said to haunt the home, and Carleigh is told she disapproves of her restoration efforts. And beneath the polite hospitality of the Peppernell family lie simmering resentments and poisonous secrets that culminate in murder—and place Carleigh and her child in grave danger…

All right, so for some reason, I expected The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor to be a ghost story. Jeez, could it be… I don’t know, the title? Or the synopsis that focuses so much on ghosts!  And with ghost story, I mean remotely creepy. It’s not. It’s a romantic mystery (with not even that much of a mystery), and only a limited amount of suspense. There is a ghost, yes, but she’s mentioned so scarcely she may as well not be mentioned at all.

We do meet the ghost, Sarah, in the prologue and sporadically throughout the novel (although we don’t see her, we just hear about her from another one of the characters) but rather than scary, she just comes across as tragic. Then we focus on the main character, Carleigh, and from that point on, the book stays stuck on her POV. Carleigh and her young daughter Lucy have come to the plantation house, Peppernell Manor, to refurbish the interior. Carleigh is glad to escape her ex and to spend some time with her college friend, Evie. The renovation is not entirely approved by all the members of Evie’s family though – some of them seem keen on selling the property to investors, while Evie’s grandmother wants to keep it in the family. With all these lies and secrets buried underneath, Carleigh finds herself in the middle of a family drama, that may end in a bad turn…

So, when leaving out the ghosts, the book is actually not all that bad. But the synopsis is so misleading! It keeps on focusing on the ghost, and then the murders, as if they’re connected somehow, which they aren’t. A lot of time is spent dealing with the renovation – seriously, I almost feel like I know how to start renovating a house now! And I wouldn’t have minded that, had the plot not been so dull and straightforward. Even the characters lack complexity. Carleigh makes some weird choices sometimes, and she’s not always likeable either.

The problem is: the plot, the writing, the characters, none of it is bad. But it’s not good either. There’s no excitement, no tension, no suspense. I’d only recommend this one if you don’t mind a slow plot, or if you want a story about house renovation.

 

Book Review: Unbreakable by Emma Scott

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Author: Emma Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Alex Gardener has her life planned out, down to the smallest detail. She has a skyrocketing career as a litigation attorney, a close group of socialite friends, and is engaged to one of the most successful businessmen in Beverly Hills. Everything is just as she wants it: comfortable, predictable, secure…if lacking passion. Fire.

Cory Bishop is a struggling working man, trying to make ends meet while fighting to keep custody his young daughter. He knows that working hard is the only way to achieve his goals, but lately it seems everything he wants hangs just out of reach.

The bank robbery changes everything.

Alex and Cory spend three harrowing days as hostages locked in a bank with fifty frightened people and six criminals who grow more desperate–and dangerous–by the hour. Alex and Cory find comfort and safety with each other and reveal their deepest hopes and fears and secrets, unknowingly building a bond forged out of desperation and fear, one that they can’t break, even once outside the bank’s walls.

Their lives are turned upside down, irrevocably altered, and they seek to move on and put the robbery–and each other–behind them.

But some bonds, once forged, cannot be broken.

When I read the synospis for Unbreakable, I knew I wanted to read it. Alex is a strong character. Up until now, she’s had her life completely planned out, except it lacks one thing: passion. But the robbery changes everything, and from the moment it started, and Alex was taken hostage, everything moved so fast, its pacing relentless.

Cory is an interesting character too. He struggles to make ends meet to keep custody of his daughter. He’s brave, caring, and I loved him right away. Alex and Cory form a strong bond due to both being hostages, and they share hopes and dreams, and it brings them so close together. It was an amazing story, suspenseful and entertaining. I had to keep reading until the end.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Unbreakable

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I’m hosting a starter day party today for the book tour for contemporary romance / romantic suspense “Unbreakable”. The tour runs from March 16 to April 16. I’ll review the book on March 23. Stay tuned for the review, and enjoy the tour!

During the tour, there’s also a giveaway for a $15 Amazon gift card. Scroll down to participate!

Tour Schedule

March 16th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

March 17th: Book Excerpt @ Charles Reads

March 18th:  Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

March 20th: Promo Post @ Bedazzled Reading

March 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

March 23rd: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

March 26th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

March 28th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

March 31st: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

April 2nd: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

April 4th: Book Excerpt @ Sunshine Book Promotions

April 6th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

April 8th: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

April 11th: Book Review @ Dreams Come True Through Reading

April 12th: Book Review @ PRATR

April 15th: Book Excerpt @ Books Direct

April 16th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

About the Book

frontONLY_LTitle: Unbreakable

Author: Emma Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense

Alex Gardener has her life planned out, down to the smallest detail. She has a skyrocketing career as a litigation attorney, a close group of socialite friends, and is engaged to one of the most successful businessmen in Beverly Hills. Everything is just as she wants it: comfortable, predictable, secure…if lacking passion. Fire.

Cory Bishop is a struggling working man, trying to make ends meet while fighting to keep custody his young daughter. He knows that working hard is the only way to achieve his goals, but lately it seems everything he wants hangs just out of reach.

The bank robbery changes everything.

Alex and Cory spend three harrowing days as hostages locked in a bank with fifty frightened people and six criminals who grow more desperate–and dangerous–by the hour. Alex and Cory find comfort and safety with each other and reveal their deepest hopes and fears and secrets, unknowingly building a bond forged out of desperation and fear, one that they can’t break, even once outside the bank’s walls.

Their lives are turned upside down, irrevocably altered, and they seek to move on and put the robbery–and each other–behind them.

But some bonds, once forged, cannot be broken.

Author Bio

me ringEmma Scott lives and works in the California Bay Area with her patient husband and two feisty little girls.

Links

 http://emmascottblog.blogspot.com/

http://on.fb.me/1LHCVJn

https://twitter.com/EmmaS_writes

Giveaway

There’s a tour-wide giveaway for a $15 Amazon gift card!

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Book Review: Saving Jamie by Carol Braswell

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Author: Carol Braswell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Her secret can get her killed!

The only thing standing between Jamie and the Cartel is FBI agent Rex Garret, but he can’t protect her when she disobeys orders. When a dead body turns up and evidence places Jamie at the scene she becomes the number one suspect. Will he have to arrest the woman he’s come to care about or will he find her dead?

Can he save her this time?

Jamie Kenner barely escapes abduction alive, but at what cost? A traumatic head injury leaves what little memory she has left almost useless. An unlikely friendship with a reclusive, but kind rancher eases her pain and frustration. Yet something isn’t right. Fear haunted her. A secret is locked inside her head, dancing just out of reach…a secret someone is willing to kill for.

When I read Carol’s first book, Finding Amy, I really enjoyed it, and had no idea that I would enjoy the next book by this author even more. Saving Jamie is a thrilling, suspenseful read where things aren’t always what they seem, and with romance hiding just behind the corner.

Jamie is a great protagonist. She showed personality, courage, and sometimes a dash of stubbornness. Her life is in danger, and she’s traumatized by fear, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to find out the truth, and trying to unlock the secrets she’s hidden in her mind. I liked Rex too – he was sweet, caring, reliable, but also firm and confident.

The book was a quick read – it’s over three hundred pages, but it feels much shorter. All the characters are well-developed, and each of them has a distinct personality. Jamie was my favorite character though, since we get to spend most time with her.

Recommended to all fans of romantic suspense.

Book Tours: Release Day Party Francesca of Lost Nation

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We’re happy to celebrate the release today for romantic suspense novel “Francesca of Lost Nation”. Get your own copy of the book today!

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Author: Lucinda Sue Crosby
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Winner of Four Literary Prizes / Author selected as one of “50 Authors You Should be Reading” by The Authors Show online media outlet
This family saga is “funny at times and filled with little pearls of everyday wisdom, it is as much a romantic thriller as it is a perfect little capsule of a time gone by. It is a book about love of all kinds – between grandmother and child, between child and dog, between man and woman.”
If you like Old Fashioned Romance Reads similar to Norah Roberts or Kristin Hanna for kindle, you will want to add this one to your collection:
Here’s a little about the story:

When a mysterious man named Matthew appears in the small Iowa town of Lost Nation, his sudden arrival raises questions about his past. Quiet with an apparent taste for rum, Matthew makes it clear he doesn’t want to make friends. He isn’t too pleased to be dropped off at Home Farm where the independent and eccentric Francesca doesn’t accept bad manners or booze binges.

Matthew doesn’t want to form personal ties and intends to move on as soon as his damaged leg from a recent plane crash heals. But a series of events draw him into reluctant relationships: One with the feisty Francesca, the second with her 10-year-old granddaughter Sarah.

In spite of her own reservations, Francesca finds herself falling for this brooding pilot but his past looms between the pair and what neither knows is that Sarah, Francesca’s 10-year-old granddaughter, has encountered a stranger of her own … leading to a climatic confrontation that will put her and her grandmother’s life in danger.

Those that enjoy family sagas or family drama will also embrace this story

There are plenty of eccentric characters, including Francesca who is quirky and full of secrets – she keeps the town gossips busy. There are some dramatic family dynamics that cause tension and uneasiness at times. Because the story is told through the wide-eyed 10-year-old Sarah, this romance mystery is humorous at times.

Readers love this kindle romance fiction, because it has a touch of everything: friendship, humor, romance, adventure and mystery.

Author Bio

Magazine photoLucinda Sue Crosby is an International Kindle Bestselling author and award-winning journalist and environmentalist as well as a published and recorded Nashville songwriter. She’s also a former film and television actor, professional athlete and sports commentator. Lucinda Sue has always had a love affair with the written word.

Links

Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/Francesca-Lost-Nation-Lucinda-Crosby/dp/1460919815/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1398883403&sr=8-1

Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Francesca-Lost-Nation-Lucinda-Crosby-ebook/dp/B003MGKA5Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1398883403

 

Release Day Party Fatal Snag

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We’re happy to celebrate the release day party today for romantic suspense novel “Fatal Snag”. You can buy your copy today on Amazon.

Book Excerpt

Surprise flashed through his brain, but he narrowed his eyes before it had a chance to erupt on his face. He edged closer. In her heels, her nose usually touched his chin, but now the top of her head came under his chin. Her breath curled around his cheek, exerting an agitated pull on his hormones that left him shaky and hesitant. He camouflaged that hesitation with cockiness and confidence.

She inched her nose higher. He leaned down to look at her, his face a fingerbreadth from hers. “Maybe that’s your problem,” he grumbled. “Maybe you can’t get over the fact that I never tried to kiss you.”

He closed in on her, pinning her against the wall as he settled his hands on the wall near her head. She couldn’t move with him so near and he made a point to trap her.

He remained that way for several seconds, staring into blue eyes of defiance as they breathed in each other’s breath. His pulse hinged precariously close to plunging overboard and disrupting his steady poise, but for now he held on.

Then he kissed her. Hard. Briefly. Fervidly. Heat traversed from his toes, agitating his shaky thighs and roosting in his loins only to explode behind his eyes.

She deepened the kiss, a slight brush of her tongue against his. He held on another brief moment then dropped his hands and backed away before his point became futile. Swiping a hand across his mouth, he pinned her with a hard gaze. “Is that better?”

“I’m not here to ask your forgiveness.”

About The Book

Fatal Snag CoverHollywood fashion consultant Naomi Fisher is happy to use her obsessive-compulsive planning to assist with her cousin’s wedding, but her history with the sexy and sullen Chayton Chambers, the groom’s brother, terrifies her. When the groom is kidnapped at his own wedding, Chayton and Naomi rush to find an important relic to satisfy the ransom before her cousin becomes a widow before a bride. Naomi trades garters for guns as survival, and love becomes a deadly game impossible to resist.

Information about the book:

Title: Fatal Snag

Author: Angela Smith

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: 17 March 2014

Amazon Buy link:

http://ASIN.cc/sPcNqL

About the Author

Angela(2)During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read Brer Rabbit to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before actually learning to read. She’s always enjoyed stories about the adventure of love, and getting involved in the legal field developed her love of suspense. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys creating, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day.

Angela Smith LOVES talking to readers. You can contact her in the following ways:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAngelaSmith

Twitter – https://twitter.com/angelaswriter

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7173505.Angela_Smith

Website – http://www.loveisamystery.com

Email – angela@loveisamystery.com

Book Review: Bird of Prey and The Plot Thickens (Sémya Slotin Mystery Series)

Bird Of Prey updated CoverTitle: Bird of Prey and The Plot Thickens

Author: Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Who killed the infamous Johanna Cartier? Sémya Slotin is thrown back in the business of solving mysteries when she found her body. With the help of her best friend Polliannah Koch, DCI Ally Gibbons and the mysterious but extremely sexy Josh Heinz, she vows to see this through.

This was supposed to be an easy case… 

Sémya Slotin had spent the last three years living in London with her best friend Polliannah Koch staying away from solving cases. After Hawaii, she was taking a break from puzzles, cases and mysteries that could potentially get her killed. Instead, she had been doing her second and third favorite things, drinking and selling expensive vintage wines and having earth-shattering sex with the mysterious, sexy, beautiful but ever so secretive Josh Heinz. Life in London was good….until her funds ran out. Too much wine drinking, not enough wine selling!

 When fashion designer and adoptive mother, Annika Slotin, summoned her back to Paris to hire her for what Sémya considered being the easiest case of her amateur sleuth career, all she could think of and see was money signs and a well-deserved Cuban holiday once it was solved.

What Sémya didn’t see was her stumbling on the fresh corpse of supermodel Johanna Cartier. She didn’t think that male model turned fashion designer Julian Marais-Caldwin, who also happened to be Sémya’s ex, would be suspected of brutally murdering her. Johanna was his girlfriend, his muse and he loved her. Sémya didn’t see the dead bodies piling up or the conspiracy theories.

Sémya was a little rusty. But then again, it was supposed to be an easy case and she was going to solve it. One vintage wine at a time… Sémya Slotin was officially back in business!

In Bird of Prey, Sémya Slotin has to make end meets after living like a king for the last few years, selling expensive wines with her best friend Polliannah – or Polli, if you like to keep it short. With the two of them almost running out of money, Sémya accepts a job from her mother, even though she wants nothing to do with the woman. The job involves corporate espionage: Sémya has to check out some design sketches by a competitor’s fashion house owned by Julian, Sémyas ex-boyfriend. But when Sémya runs into Julian’s new girlfriend, Johanna Cartier, she knows the woman is hiding something.

A few days later, Sémya stumbles upon Johanna’s corpse. The cops point to Julian, but Sémya is convinced he didn’t do it. Desperate to prove his innocence, she starts investigating the case herself, but for every stone she turns, she uncovers one more secrets. Some people weren’t who she thought they were at all, and this case may have sounded easy at first, but it’s anything but.

Sémya was an okay character. She was a bit arrogant at times, but apart from that, she sounded like a fun person to be around. I liked how she put everything on the line to save her friend (and ex-boyfriend, Julian), while at the same time she did everything she could to stay close to her current boyfriend, Josh. Her life definitely wasn’t easy. My second favorite character was Polli. She was fun, laid back, and relaxed, but also quite brave.

The writing was good. It didn’t venture off into endless descriptions, but instead told the reader the story in an easy, laid back way. It kept things simple whereas the mystery was anything but simple. The plot was pretty good, and it took me about as long as it took Sémya to crack the mystery.

In The Plot Thickens, a novella that is set during the story of Bird of Prey, the main character is Polli. The novella focuses on Polli’s relationship with John Allen, who she believes is her very own Prince Charming. Unfortunately reality is no fairytale, and John may not be who he seems after all. He has his own agenda, which is quite dark – I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it’s quite a bit darker than what we saw in Bird of Prey – and to accomplish his goal, he needs to get close to Polli. Little does he know that by trying to get her to fall for him, he might fall for her as well.

I actually enjoyed The Plot Thickens more than the first book. It was overall a bit darker, and I don’t mind my mysteries dark and suspenseful. Bird of Prey was a tad lighter. Even though a murder mystery, it still took place in the world of fashion and drama. Both books were solid reads though, and when read together, they make a great start to a new mystery series.

Book Review: Trapped by George Bernstein

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Author: George Bernstein

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon, B&N

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The darkness is still, silent. Jackee Maren’s heart pounds reverberating through her body as fear sears her veins. Someone’s coming. No way out. This time they will kill me. Her breath is short, her chest burns. Must run. Faster. Faster! Her eyes fly open, her heart still racing with blinding fear. Jackee breathes deeply with relief and stares at the ceiling desperately trying to calm herself. The same dream. Something, someone is watching . . . and waiting.

A tragic car accident leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren in “Locked-in Syndrome,” completely paralyzed, able to move only her eyes. Jackee’s physical therapist, Kevin, seems more invested in her well-being than her husband, Phil, and teaches her to communicate by blinking her eyes.

Soon she discovers she has the ability to sense others thoughts, but hides this talent from everyone but her sons, not knowing who she can trust. Then she discovers her car accident was no accident, and vows to expose the person who wants her dead before they get a second chance. Exercising her new psychic ability, Jackee finally learns who masterminded the accident but feels helpless to stop them from trying to kill her again.
Fading physically, she doggedly embarks on a psychic plan to not only ensure her boys are safe forever, but to exact revenge on her would-be murderer.

Jackee vows not to rest until this killer understands what it is to be TRAPPED! But she must hurry, with only months left to live.

The premise for Trapped was great. After a car accident and a surgery gone wrong, Jackee is trapped inside her own body. The only thing she can still do, is blink. Her husband seems to take sadistic pleasure in her current state, but at least she still has her therapist to talk to. When Phil, the husband, decides to bring her home and arrange for nurses to take care of her, she thinks he does it out of the goodness of his heart. But the more time passes, the more she figures out something is wrong. When she nearly dies, Jackee grows convinced someone wants her dead. With her new-found ability to read minds and influence other people’s thoughts, she manages to communicate with her sons and other people in her household. Unfortunately the one person she longs to communicate with the most, her physical therapist and best friend, Kevin, can’t hear her mental messages.

Jackee swears to take revenge on the one’s who put her in this condition and ruined her life. But trapped in her own body, she’ll have to play it smart if she wants to get her vengeance…

I liked the supernatural aspect of this book. After she gets trapped in her own body, Jackee gets the ability to communicate with others in her mind, which I thought was kind of cool. There’s also plenty of suspense, with the attempts on Jackee’s life. It’s quite obvious from the get-go who the culprit is though, but it’s still fascinating to find out why he did it, and I kept wondering how exactly Jackee was going to get her vengeance, and if she ever would.

Some parts of the book I didn’t enjoy all that much. Rhonda, for instance. I had no idea why Jackee liked her, or why Kevin did. She was obnoxious and boring, mean and cruel. It made no sense for them to like her at all. I kept on hoping Rhonda wouldn’t get a happy ending, because she certainly didn’t deserve one.

There were a few unexpected plot twists, the most notable one at the end. And may I say, thank God for that one. Else I probably wouldn’t have liked the book all that much, but that last plot twist really saved the day.

If you like romantic suspense with a darker-themed plot, then Trapped will probably be a good choice for you. The overall theme is rather dark, kind of reminiscent of gothic horror. The book has a rather claustrophobic feel, mostly because half of it takes place in Jackee’s mind, and because our main character, Jackee, is in a rather claustrophobic spot herself. If you’re looking for light-hearted romantic suspense, then this is not it – it’s too dark and depressing for that. However, I thought the depressing atmosphere actually added to the book, and made it more intriguing than it would’ve been otherwise. Either way, it’s well written and suspenseful, and with plenty of romance.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Trapped

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I’m hosting a starter day party for “Trapped” today, a romantic suspense novel. I’ll be reviewing the book on my blog on October 8th. Meanwhile, you can visit all the other tour stops!

Tour Schedule

September 16th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

September 18th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

September 20th: Book Review @ Bookish Madness

September 22nd:  Book Excerpt @ Brooke Blogs

September 24th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

September 26th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

September 28th: Guest Post @ Snifferwalk

September 30th: Book Review @ Rambling Voices In My Head

October 1st: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

October 2nd: Guest Post @ Mama Knows Books

October 3rd: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 4th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

October 5th: Book Review @ Endazzled Reading

October 6th: Guest Post @ Auggie Talk

October 7th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

October 8th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

October 9th: Book Excerpt @ Deal Sharing Aunt

October 10th:  Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

October 12th: Book Excerpt @ Book suburbia

October 14th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

October 15th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

October 16th:  Guest Post @ Editor Charlene

About Trapped

TRAPPED reduced cover 3Title: Trapped

Author: George A. Bernstein

Genre: Romantic Suspense

The darkness is still, silent. Jackee Maren’s heart pounds reverberating through her body as fear sears her veins. Someone’s coming. No way out. This time they will kill me. Her breath is short, her chest burns. Must run. Faster. Faster! Her eyes fly open, her heart still racing with blinding fear. Jackee breathes deeply with relief and stares at the ceiling desperately trying to calm herself. The same dream. Something, someone is watching… and waiting.

A tragic car accident leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren completely paralyzed, mentally alert but trapped in “Locked-in Syndrome,” able to move only her eyes. Jackee’s husband, Phil, is devastated and her two young boys left with nothing but a shell for a mother, but still, Jackee senses the foreboding of an evil presence and knows time is short.

Slowly, Jackee learns to communicate with her physical therapist, Kevin, by blinking her eyes. As evidence comes to light that her car accident was no accident, Jackee knows she must expose the person who wants her dead before they get a second chance.

While Jackee works her mind to put all the clues together, she discovers she has the ability to sense the thoughts of others, but she hides this talent from everyone but her sons, not knowing whom she can trust. By actively exercising her new psychic ability, Jackee finally learns who masterminded the accident but seems helpless to stop them from trying to kill her again.

Slowly a psychic plan forms to not only ensure her boys are safe forever, but to exact revenge on her would-be murderer. Jackee vows not to rest until this would-be-killer understands what it is to be TRAPPED! But she must hurry, with only a year to live.

 

Author Bio

GeorgeGeorge Bernstein is a youthful seventy-seven-year-old, with a B.A. from Northwestern University, now living in south Florida with Dolores, his wife of 54 years. He is the retired president of a publicly held Chicago company.

George’s main interest now is as a serious novelist. He has attended numerous writers’ conferences and seminars, including that of famous fiction agent, Donald Maass, and he has worked with independent editor, Dave King, all with the goal of improving his craft.

George’s first novel, Trapped, is published by TAG Publishers, after being a finalist in their Next Great American Novelcontest. Dee Burks and her staff really love the story, and have put a lot of effort into comprehensive editing and revision suggestions, making Trapped the best it can be. Trapped was also a finalist at the 2012 Florida Writers Association RPLA fiction contest, and has since acquired over seventy 4 & 5-Star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

George has also recently released his 2nd novel, A 3rd Time to Die, which has been received with several 4 & 5-Star reviews. The most common comment for both novels is: “I couldn’t put it down.”

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