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Serial Date (Leine Basso Thriller #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  223 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
In an unexpected turn of fate, former assassin Leine Basso is offered a job working security in Los Angeles at a gigantic hit reality show called Serial Date--where beautiful young women get to date ex-cons posing as serial killers. Though L.A. brings her bad memories, Leine can't just ignore $2,000 a week, especially when she needs the money.

Already there's been one murde
Published February 12th 2012 by Smashwords Edition (first published February 7th 2012)
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Cathy Speight
Nov 11, 2014 Cathy Speight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this, this is what thrillers are made of: grit, spunk, no-nonsense and one-hundred-and-ten-percent unputdownability. (Yes, I made that word up.) I’m not going to make any excuses for using those frequently bandied-about words like 'fast-paced', 'action-packed', 'page-turner' because this book quite simply is all of those things and more.

So, by now you’ll have realised that I really liked this book. I just love picking up a book by an author I’ve not read before, thoroughly enjoying the book
Nov 28, 2012 Mayra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serial Date was a surprisingly entertaining read filled with witty writing and dark humor.

In an unexpected turn of fate, former assassin Leine Basso is offered a job working security in Los Angeles at a gigantic hit reality show called Serial Date–where beautiful young women get to date ex-cons posing as serial killers. Though L.A.brings her bad memories, Leine can’t just ignore $2,000 a week, especially when she needs the money.

Already there’s been one murder: one of the young women on the sh
Mikel Miller
Apr 05, 2015 Mikel Miller rated it really liked it
From my Amazon review: If you like fast-paced thrillers with strong female characters, this book is for you -- Leine Basso is as tough as they come. She made her mark as a hired assassin knocking off bad guys around the world, a career that took its toll in many ways. Her marriage crumbled, her daughter became estranged, and Leine's trying to pick up the pieces of her single life in Seattle. A call from an old contact in Los Angeles disrupts her "retirement", and she agrees to help solve a murde ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gritty and raw, entertaining and suspenseful: this dark comedy is a crime story that echoes Carl Hiaasen's and Tim Dorsey's black humor and includes a compelling and strong female protagonist. Just some of this main character's back story is revealed bit by bit in the story, and I look forward to learning more about her past. This was an extremely engaging novel, and while the language and content are not for the squeamish, it is well worth the read. I can imagine HBO picking this up for a serie ...more
Sherry Fundin
Serial Date + Serial Murder = Serial Killer

Serial Date is a fast paced, tension filled suspense thriller that had me engrossed from cover to cover. The quirky and twisted characters made me wonder who was running the asylum. I love her covers. The colors are vibrant and they foretell the story inside.

A brutal, heinous murder on a reality TV show brings in Leine Basso, an ex Agency assassin, to watch over the contestants. The show consists of ex cons dating hot women and pretending they are seria
Feb 15, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2013
Oh, yes, the dreaded “reality” show. How real are they? At least in the case of the fictional Serial Date, not as real as the producers would like you to think. The male “serial killer” contestants are ex-cons, not the murderers the audience is led to believe, nor is all the action on the show as unscripted and spontaneous as they want you to believe. When a female contestant is killed, the producers have a potential public relations nightmare on their hands.

The premise of this book is a great f
What a wonderfully engaging surprise this book was. Well written perfectly paced mystery. Leine is a real kick a$$ chick!! Plenty of wonderful twists to keep you on your toes. I love the book from beginning to end!! High suspense!!I would love to read more from this author!

The book is fast paced with a mixed narrative coming from several POV. Mostly it comes from Leine, who has a whole different sort of perspective! She is a tough as nails kind of gal, which is awesome!!! She really has a lot t
Marilou George
Jun 01, 2012 Marilou George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is without a doubt one of the most engaging, complex and enthralling mysteries that had me totally in its grip. I was swept into this story so much so that I finished it in one sitting.

Serial Date has everything a mystery/thriller needs to be successful, fast-paced and action packed, strong and memorable characters and a story that will grab you from beginning to end.

Madeline “Leine” Basso is a character that is hard-nosed, strong and fearless yet compassionate and vulnerable at the s
Aug 02, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-goal
'Serial Date' had an interesting storyline. Full of mystery, drama, deceit, secrets and overall a good thriller. The way the story played out was a cat and mouse type game. The premise behind the reality show Serial Date seemed out there, but it wouldn't surprise me if it actually exists at one point. The characters were an array of personalities. Leine was a kick-ass lead. With her past, she is full of surprises. Jensen seems like he's going to be a great addition to this series. This book is a ...more
Aug 23, 2015 diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read!

I loved this book, I had a lot of fun reading it and I must say it was suspenseful and well written. I have a few criticisms however. I feel that I didn't really get a clear understanding of the killer. What made him tick? how was he able to plant surveillance in her home and on her phone without her suspecting anything, especially since she was portrayed as a kick ass assassin? How could she go and get so drunk that she was unable to answer a call from the killer who had her daughter
Dec 27, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I don't do very good reviews. That said, I found the first 20% of the book slow going due to being introduced to so many characters. After that, when the people started to make more sense, I found I really wanted to know how it all ended. The story is about a gigantic hit reality show called Serial Date--where beautiful young women get to date ex-cons posing as serial killers. A former assassin, Leine Basso, is offered a job working security on the set. Bodies start piling up and L ...more
Jen Blood
Apr 22, 2012 Jen Blood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Berkom is an intelligent writer who understands the nuances of plot, the importance of pacing, and how to create complex, sympathetic characters. In Serial Date, she does exactly that against the sordid backdrop of reality television, with great success. You won’t find life lessons or profound statements on the nature of existence in Serial Date, which is one of the reasons I loved it: It’s unapologetic camp of the best kind, sure to keep you glued to the page as you try to guess what comes next ...more
Barbara Rauch
Jul 15, 2013 Barbara Rauch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, as you read a book, you have some empathy for the bad guy. This is not one of those books. This bad guy is really evil, depraved, and twisted and does unspeakable things. The other less-bad guys are seedy, sleazy and greedy but have a bit of humanity. The organized crime types seem downright civilized in comparison. The main character, a woman who was a professional assassin, is tough yet vulnerable. The romance that arises between this character and the police detective investigating ...more
Leine Basso has issues. First she got messed up by her former boss who messed up her life, lied to her, and told her daughter lies about her which has resulted in her daughter not speaking to her for years. Just as she thinks she has a chance to make up with her daughter, things got worse.

Detective Jensen has his life planned out, but Leine Basso throws a monkey wrench in the works, and he’s not sure he knows it. Santiago Jensen is dark, brooding, and gorgeous.

This book is great. The suspens
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This book is a mix of intrigue, humour (Bountiful is a particular favourite), romance, and a great selection of dysfunctional relationships all of which result in an enjoyable but light reading experience. What I had the most difficulty accepting was the idea of the reality show 'Serial Date', perhaps this could have been explained more with a short scene (I?m thinking the director pitching the show to executives) but more likely it has something to do with my in-built dislike of reality shows.. ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Peach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Former assassin, Leine Basso is a kick-ass heroine. She is smart, strong, creative and quick on her feet. In this book, she was hired as a security consultant for a reality show where the contestants were murdered one after another by a serial killer. The stakes began to escalate when her estranged daughter was kidnapped by the serial killer and Leine was coerced to carry his insane requests. She had to be creative - carrying out his requests while trying to track and capture him before he kille ...more
Mary Rowe
Sep 06, 2015 Mary Rowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flawed Heroine, readable, engaging

Liked the heroine's inner dialog. Enjoyed the whodunit and whydunit. Nice beach read for the end of summer. Just might invest in future volumes.
Aug 18, 2015 MELBA L HUTTON rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

book was fantastic story. It keeps your attention keeps you guessing who done it. If you like thrillers, this the book for you to read
Jul 17, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SERIAL DATE tells the story of murder and greed at a television station for a new hit television series, Serial Date. The concept of the show is odd enough (which I won't reveal), but then the unthinkable happens: Murder under everybody's nose. As the young victims are ruthlessly killed, the "big wigs" are more concerned about how this will affect their status rather than mourn the young life or the family left behind. Behind all of this is Leine, who was asked to investigate alongside the polic ...more
Lauren Kilinc
Jun 21, 2013 Lauren Kilinc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If I could give it more stars I would!
What a gripping, addictive page turner! This author truly has a gift for thrillers! I found this book unstoppable, it grabbed me and I couldn't let go until it was finished. Amazing plot, characters were well developed and the mystery kept going until the last page. I really enjoyed the mystery throughout and thought Berkom excelled in describing the sordid spoilt life that came with instant fame and fortune! Well worth a read and I would highly recommend i
Nov 06, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The other reader reviews were right on -- this is a well written book.
Marilyn Groves
Sep 13, 2013 Marilyn Groves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good solid four - creative plot, plenty of action and well edited. I'll probably read another by the same author...

Premise: The reality show Serial Date pairs ex-cons with beautiful young things. When one of the contestants is brutally murdered, Leine Basso is hired to provide additional protection. Leine has a past she's trying to forget, but the killer is determined to remind her.
Jennifer Conner
Apr 01, 2012 Jennifer Conner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is a great black comedy. Reflecting on our love of reality TV, when girls start getting killed off, who is the killer. Keeps you guessing with a million twists and turns. I've enjoyed D.V. Berkom's other action adventures in the Kate Jones series, this hits the same fast paced fun writing. D.V. Berkom
Dec 18, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" A cannibal with a social agenda." Whew, this one hits the WOW factor. I look forward to reading more of Leine's adventures. Leine is a strong independent woman who knows how to handle herself. Barkom know how to deliver the chill and thrill for her readers. If you love a good gory fast paced read don't miss this one!!
Joyce McKune
Aug 17, 2015 Joyce McKune rated it really liked it
Laine came back to LA to do security on a reality show where the contestants were being murdered. When her daughter was kidnapped by the killer she decided to find him and kill him.
Dec 27, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

A few things I had problems with, but a nice read. Great characters and an interesting story. Nice, strong female lead.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and I enjoyed the story. The main character was a strong female lead with a "secret agent" type past. The plot was interesting and left plenty of room for the "who-dun-it" aspect of the book. As I read the book, I definitely became interested in the individual characters. Sprinkled throughout the book were tid-bits from each of the main characters lives, and as I read, I assumed that at some point, those tid-bits would all be brough ...more
Black Butterfly
Aug 24, 2015 Black Butterfly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Shelves: action, crime
alice Tileston
received this book free from 1of the many sites I frequent.
well thought out, you can picture yourself right there as part of the team.
will definitely read more by this author!
Ksb Nh
Sep 17, 2015 Ksb Nh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raw and gritty, indeed. Perhaps too much so for me. The female main character was quite believable, some of the others less so. I am tempted to read another in this series.
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DV Berkom is the award-winning author of two action-packed thriller series featuring strong female leads (Leine Basso and Kate Jones). Her love of creating resilient, kick-ass women characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.

Raised in the Midwest, she earned a BA in political science and p
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