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Serial Date (Leine Basso Series #1)

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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.

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Published February 12th 2012 by Smashwords Edition (first published February 7th 2012)
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Cathy Speight
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
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
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
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
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
I have to admit I hemmed and hawed about requesting this to review. The concept sounded interesting so I finally gave in.
While there were multiple murders on the set of Serial Date, a reality TV show featuring convicted criminals, which probably would be pretty interesting, the majority of the story surrounds Leine. Granted there were several other colorful characters. Like Peter who seemed self-destructive, the Senator also self-destructive, and Gene who got in over his head. Then there was Jen
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
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
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
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
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

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
Marilyn Groves
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
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
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
Sharon Michael
Maybe because I rarely watch TV and absolutely never watch reality TV, some of the plot elements ... and the characters involved ... required a bit too much suspension of disbelief for total enjoyment.

Liked the characters, plot line made sense except for the previously mentioned reality TV setting. A little superficial on some of the characterization and background but overall, entertaining.
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DV Berkom is a slave to the voices in her head. As the author of two popular thriller series (Leine Basso and Kate Jones), her love of creating resilient, kick-*ss female 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 received her BA in political science from the Uni
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Other Books in the Series

Leine Basso Series (2 books)
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