Once again we are reunited with Ash, Megan, Puck and Grimalkin only this time Megan is pregnant and has to face a harsh prophecy about her unborn chil...moreOnce again we are reunited with Ash, Megan, Puck and Grimalkin only this time Megan is pregnant and has to face a harsh prophecy about her unborn child. Like the rest of the stories in the Iron Fey series this one made me smile in sheer joy to see the characters together for another action packed adventure. The story also made my heart cry out in horror for Megan's sake and by the end gave me a new respect for the way the author's mind works.
This short novella is one that adds to the readers knowledge going into the spin off series that started with The Lost Prince . (less)
I have wanted to read the series for a long time, just never got around to it so when found first 4 books together as a collection to review on Netgal...moreI have wanted to read the series for a long time, just never got around to it so when found first 4 books together as a collection to review on Netgalley took the opportunity to become acquainted with Samantha Moon.
Detective Connie Giannelli's life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found ou...more
Detective Connie Giannelli's life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her.
Connie’s love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing. Internal Affairs is looking for any excuse to take her badge, but she’s not worried about them finding the missing drugs—her secrets could prove to be far worse.
Now Connie’s racing against the clock to figure out who killed her partners and took the drugs—dirty cops or Uncle Dominic’s friends. And she has to do it before IA pins the whole damn thing on her
After reading the authors debut book in his "Friendship and Honor" series, Murder Takes Time I was delighted to find out that he had penned this first book in his new "Blood Flows South" series, A Bullet for Carlos and even more delighted to snag an ebook copy for my Kindle a few days after it released!
Connie Giannelli is a very likable character, she is a woman of many layers whose one burning ambition in life is to be a "good cop" and at times due to her connection with mobster Dominic Mangini that is an uphill battle as her loyalties are torn between duty and family.
The book begins with a literal "bang" and never slows down. This crime drama is one that is very gritty, very violent in places and has some shockingly graphic descriptions that will make squeamish readers queasy. All of that makes the story feel "real" and gives it the edge that helps make it convincing when the crime scenes are discussed.
This is the type of book that I enjoy sitting down with, it pushes the envelope between fantasy and reality allowing the reader to totally connect with not only the characters but feel like they are part of what is happening as the story unfolds. This is an easy read, it merges several story lines without ever making it too hard to keep track of what is going on and also takes the reader to different physical locations seamlessly as Connie goes from New York to Houston as she works on unraveling the trail that ties an old serial murder case there with the drug bust that cost her partners their lives.
Along the way we are reacquainted with Detective Frankie Donovan and his irascible partner as they are the lead investigators assigned to the undercover drug bust homicides. Connie may have just lucked out but only time will tell as Frankie gets closer and closer to uncovering just where her loyalty lies, with the law she has sworn to uphold or with her family who happens to be on the wrong side of that very legal system.
This is a roller coaster ride of a crime thriller, it will take you places into the evil minds of egotistical people who value nothing but money and the power it gives them so anyone who gets in their way or threatens that power is dealt with harshly.
The graphic descriptions of the crime scenes and victim photos that accompany the Houston serial murder case lend brutal realism as well as shocking insight into just how much we are sheltered by those who uphold the law. To be able to face this type of violence on a day to day basis takes strong will, courage and a dedication that is not found in all of us.
The introduction of a bit of humor, sarcasm and generally out of bounds behavior that is illustrated by the offbeat character portrayed by Houston Police Detective Tip Denton lends a bit of needed relief from the intensity of this book. Not only is Tip someone that is interesting but he has a fondness for animals that totally won me over as soon as I was introduced to his three "ladies". The dogs are not only fun characters in their own right but each of them have a distinct "personality" that the author takes great care to make the reader aware of as he describes their actions and interactions with Tip, Connie and others.
The main villain Carlos Cortes is a suave, cruel, complex character. He has a wife and family and is on one hand a devoted husband and father but on the other hand he is the head of a vicious drug cartel that accepts no excuses as he deals with mistakes by those in his employ with swift deadly force. He also has utter contempt for women and when he finds out that Connie is investigating his enterprise he underestimates her intelligence which is a grave error on his part.
The character that the author calls "Mr Perfect" who finds himself brutally beating, raping and killing young women again and again is not one that would be first choice for the reader to ever suspect of being a murderer. The unveiling of his identity is going to come as quite a surprise to some and not much of one to others as there are clues here and there that lead to suspect his involvement with the heinous crimes.
There is nothing like enjoying the wealth of past experiences that an author uses to create their work. Reading A Bullet for Carlos was like taking a walk through an old neighborhood, the characters were like familiar companions and the stories they shared felt like past memories that were relived in the telling. Not only did this make the reader want to stay immersed in the book but it also allowed it to feel like what was happening could be a headline story on a current news broadcast.
I can honestly say that if like this genre and you do what I did and download the sample chapters of this book you will go right back after reading those chapters and purchase A Bullet for Carlos to read for yourself ASAP.
This was an excellent beginning, I am very much intrigued to see where the next story with Connie and Tip take us!
[Personal copy of ebook bought by me to read and share my thoughts.]
If the author ever does make a full length series out of this story line I would love to read it! Dark, eerily fun and just long enough to get one hoo...moreIf the author ever does make a full length series out of this story line I would love to read it! Dark, eerily fun and just long enough to get one hooked and wanting more.(less)
The premise is simple, highly educated female with a lifestyle that is in way like that of her sexy motorcycle riding tattooed neighbor Bo who she has...moreThe premise is simple, highly educated female with a lifestyle that is in way like that of her sexy motorcycle riding tattooed neighbor Bo who she has secretly lusted after since first sight.
Andrea finds out just how much her neighbor returns the feeling the night her car breaks down and a coworker brings her home.
Warning be ready to need "relief" of your own after this one, it is oh so short but has quite a "sizzle" in store!(less)
This is a nice little read, enjoyed both characters journey to overcome their personal demons and let love heal the wounds of the past. My favorite sh...moreThis is a nice little read, enjoyed both characters journey to overcome their personal demons and let love heal the wounds of the past. My favorite short and sweet road to an HEA was once again eloquently penned by Donna Grant.(less)
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe...more
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
Abby and Travis are two of the most tumultuous characters I have ever met between the pages of a book. Their relationship starts off with a bang and never slows down after that! I do not think my level of emotional exhaustion at the end of book has ever been as strong as it was when I finished "Beautiful Disaster", or my total contentment at how the story was resolved in the end either.
Abby comes to Eastern University with the intention of getting an education and leaving behind the girl she used to be, changing her clothes, changing her demeanor and vowing to stay away from any and all tempting specimens of the male sex. Enter stage right the bad boy Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox, Abyy's good intentions one by one fly out the window as the two get closer and closer.
A more unlikely to work relationship you will never find than Abby and Travis, the slight age difference in the two is no problem but their less than normal formative years have created two powder kegs waiting to explode and they are each others match!
I concur with others who state that this book revolves around two main characters whose actions leave much to be desired, the over protective violence that Travis wreaks on pretty much anyone who so much as breathes wrong on Abby is not romantic but is instead a warning sign that should be heeded. The fact that Abby states over and over that she just wants to be friends and then blows up when Travis acts like a normal healthy male by involving himself with other females is another indicator that their "love" is not exactly one that songs should be written about.
All that said and noted this story will still take you in hand and blow your mind at just how much you enjoy reading it, especially when the secondary characters like Abby's friends America and Finch are just so much fun to get to know.
I think the kicker for me was when Travis first introduced Abby to his father and his brothers, their unconditional acceptance of her was something that brought her to tears as her own home life growing up had been one of heartache and misery. Thanksgiving celebration with the Maddox men cinched it! The other reason why this was a book that will live in my heart long after reading it is because the relationships between all the characters were honestly dealt with by the author, there was no sugar coating, the emotions portrayed were raw and gritty to the point of pain for the reader.
In my mind this may be meant to be a Young Adult read but it is not one that I would ever recommend to anyone under 18, the sex scenes in the book while not belabored are still meant to be between consenting adults, the fight scenes are not too graphic but the violence depicted is very bloody and when Travis protects Abby to be quite honest sometimes his results are bordering on homicidal behavior. All in all this is a mature read which fits in Contemporary Romance category much more firmly than the YA camp it seems to have landed in.
I am a curious reader, this book was one that intrigued me when found it up for review on Netgalley and once I started reading it the book pretty much would not let me put it down until I reached the last page. It is easy to read as far as the author's writing, the themes that are explored in the story however are at times not so easy to read as they hit very close to home with a lot of us for one reason or another. (Especially those of us with impressionable young daughters.)
Personally think this is a good read for me as I am older and not going to take this story as one that would measure my own life with or think that even though in the end Abby and Travis seem to find their peace with each other that it would be all sunshine and roses in reality with real people. The story is meant to be entertaining and it is, it is not meant to be used as an example of what young men and women should aspire to for themselves.
This story will literally leave you exhausted, in a good way from emotional overload.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review.]
No One Quits The Family And Lives To Tell About It."Jax" Pherson has power, enough power to know her future will end in service to the...more
No One Quits The Family And Lives To Tell About It."Jax" Pherson has power, enough power to know her future will end in service to the dark coven her father controls. Unless she can stay hidden in a small community in the mountains of North Carolina. She must find a way to live without magic and deny the darkness she feels welling up inside her-the same dark power that fuels the covens around the world.All she wants is a normal life. A boyfriend. Friends. Some place to belong, but all too soon Jax's barely begun new life hangs in the balance when she discovers that the boy she's attracted to is sworn to kill her kind. He's a hunter with good reason to kill everything that goes bump in the night.Even the most fleeting use of her power is tantamount to signing her death warrant and will bring both hunter and coven down on her. But can she walk away when her friends are threatened by an old evil? Something created by the magic of witches? Jax's only hope of survival is to convince the boy she loves to forget everything he's ever been taught and help her find a way to fight the covens. To believe there is some good in her.
16 year old Jax is a cool character, a teenager with the heart and soul of someone much older. Forced to flee Jax leaves behind a life that she never wanted to live in search of a life that she wants more than anything, friends, someone to love and someone who loves her in return, normal everyday things that humans take for granted.
When I read the book blurb for this knew that I wanted to find out how Jax dealt with her situation, how well she fared on her own while trying to control her magic, how her life was living outside her coven in the world of humans without supernatural power and most of all what her relationships with these same humans taught her about herself.
White Witch is not your typical YA in some respects and in others it very much is but with the added attraction of some really seriously interesting witch lore that has not been explored by others in the same manner this author has done. For my taste it was a perfect blend of magic, mystery, action, romance and teenage angst whose pages just ended too soon!
I enjoyed very much how mature and yet how vulnerable Jax was, was enthralled by her friendship with Toni and eager to see where her budding romance with Kellar would go. Once her friend from childhood and another witch from a different coven, Egan, entered the scene the book really took off.
In less than 200 pages we are captured in the world and by the characters that the author has chosen to create for her debut read, it was a good start and hoping to really enjoy book 2 Bane even more!
Sophie Galen is an advice columnist whose work leaves her neck-deep in other people’s problems. Thanks to her compassion, her gut inst...more
Sophie Galen is an advice columnist whose work leaves her neck-deep in other people’s problems. Thanks to her compassion, her gut instinct, and her magnetic charm, Sophie really knows how to attract little black clouds.
Marek Thurzo is no little black cloud; he’s a maelstrom. Marek is Demivampire, a race with the potential to evolve into vampire. A warrior who’s taken his share of spiritual damage, he hovers dangerously close to destruction.
He seeks salvation. She’s driven to save him. But what if he can’t be saved?
Sympathy for his plight becomes true empathy as Sophie’s hidden nature is revealed. Marek suspects she may be one of the Sophia, oracle and redemption of the damned Demivampire. She alone can turn back the evolutionary clock.
All she needs is the courage to face her fears. Can she save him from Falling?
I have to say that the character of Sophie Galen is a refreshing blend of innocent and jaded, she has seen so much that life has left it's scars on her soul but at the same time she still has so much empathy and compassion for others that she wants to save as many of them from their pain that she possibly can. Sophie meets Marek for the first time on a street corner, she is giving change and a travel token to a beggar and Marek makes a comment about the fact that she is giving money to someone who will either use it for drugs or drink rather than the food she intended it for. Not a very auspicious start to their acquaintance.
Later on Sophie again meets Marek in one of her favorite museum exhibits, this time he is suave and perfectly turned out the better to charm her into chatting and before the two know it they spend hours together.
The relationship grows and the two become closer, one night though things change for Sophie when she and Marek are witnesses to a brutal killing by a "creature" that appears human but when he turns into the light Sophie realizes that he is actually not. Marek is left with no choice but to finally explain to her exactly what he is and exactly what he could become if follows the destiny that fate has laid out for him.
This story has some familiar themes that the author has taken and made her own by introducing a different vampire mythology that has it's roots in Egyptian culture and folklore, not only does it freshen up the theory of where vampires originated but it also opens the reader up to thinking long and hard on what is the lesser of two evils.
Marek has a younger brother Rodrian and together they have spent many years protecting the human population from wholesale slaughter by the dreaded vampires. In doing so they have also made a powerful enemy in the Master vampire who wishes to make Marek give in and embrace his darkness.
Rodrian and his youngest daughter become very close to Sophie as her relationship with Marek deepens. Readers will enjoy their camaraderie together as it provides Sophie a taste of belonging to the family that she has never had.
One of my favorite characters in the book though has to be Sophie's best friend and childhood sweetheart, Jared is now a priest but they remain close and he is her sounding board when she needs someone to help her when she is troubled.
This is not a story about "sparkly vampires", it is a dark paranormal romance with heart and feeling and the themes of friends, family, honor, sacrifice and responsibility are firmly at the fore as one reads.
The author has taken the best of the lore of vampire and used it in this tale to tantalize the reader into turning the pages, along with that she has added her own unique twist of mystical mythology that puts this book that one step it takes to make it stand out from the rest of the genres offerings. I enjoyed seeing how it all came together and think that others who like their vampires to be more than just a "pretty face" will also.
In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from gradu...more
In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.
First let me just say that I really enjoyed this story, time traveling into the past has always been one of my favorite fantasies. The chance to see History as it is being made, or the chance to meet people who are long dead would be either a dream come true or a nightmare depending on where you ended up!
Traveling back in time, meeting your own grandmother and knowing the nation was on the brink of war and everyone you have grown close to whose lives are going to be turned upside down and you cannot say anything to warn them. What a thought and what a predicament to be in!
Joel Smith is one of those characters whose stories just suck you in, the beginning is innocent enough a young man and his best friend out on a road trip to clear their heads before taking their college finals. The excursion that Joel's curiosity leads him to take is one that a lot of people might think would be interesting. Old abandoned mine boarded up, what is the harm in taking a peek inside? Joel finds out that continuing the journey on the more traditionally travelled path rather than heading off on a lesser known one is a very prudent course of action when he finds himself transported almost 60 years into the past with nothing much but his charm, knowledge of sports history, good looks and a quick mind left to help him navigate the era of no credit cards, cell phones or other modern conveniences he took for granted in the year 2000.
In my mind it would be very hard to travel back in time without causing some kind of major upset in the order of what happens later on in history, to not impact future events is something that truly seems almost impossible to pull off. For Joel that thought is uppermost in his mind, what actions he takes during his sojourn into the past have to be thought out carefully so they cause nothing important to his and his families future to be different. To that end he watches what he says and the only questionable use of future knowledge he employs is that of sports trivia. The atmosphere in 1941 is one that lends itself handily to "betting" on the outcome of certain events, Joel does so time and again bringing home quite a good amount of cash each time taking care to never raise suspicions with his "good luck".
After meeting a young woman and falling in love Joel has another decision to face, if he gets the chance to go back home to the year 2000 should he take it or stay in 1941?
For the answer to that question and many more read "The Mine", it will at times amuse you, it will make you question just how lucky we are to live in such a "modern world", it will restore your faith in the power of friendship and most of all it will make you yearn to experience for yourself the kind of adventure that Joel lived in the pages of this book! (Preferably with all the conveniences that we take for granted of course.)
Recommended for those who enjoy sci-fi mixed with fantasy mixed with romance mixed with drama, this one has a bit of it all in just the right amounts to keep you entertained and keep you thinking as you read.
Join myself and others and take the journey with Joel, watching a brash young man encounter people and situations which lead him to a change of attitude that will endear him to readers even more as the story progresses! A pleasant easy read that will allow you to enjoy some time to escape your own reality in favor of that of the characters in the book.
[Ecopy of book provided by author in exchange for an honest review.]
What a nice way to start my day, reading a short hot romance between the "geeky" librarian and the "hot" cop who inspired many lustful fantasies when...moreWhat a nice way to start my day, reading a short hot romance between the "geeky" librarian and the "hot" cop who inspired many lustful fantasies when they were growing up! Nice to see those fantasies of Rebecca's come to life as she and Justin finally connected after Rebecca finalized her divorce from her two-timing husband. This less than 100 page novella had exactly what I needed to start the day smiling!(less)
It’s 1959. Sixteen year-old Alex Housman has just stolen his fourteenth car and frankly doesn’t know why. His divorced, working class fa...more
It’s 1959. Sixteen year-old Alex Housman has just stolen his fourteenth car and frankly doesn’t know why. His divorced, working class father grinds out the night shift at the local Chevy Plant in Detroit, kept afloat by the flask in his glove compartment and the open bottles in his Flint, Michigan home.
Abandoned and alone, father and son struggle to express a deep love for each other, even as Alex fills his day juggling cheap thrills and a crushing depression. He cruises and steals, running from, and to, the police, compelled by reasons he frustratingly can’t put into words. And then there’s Irene Shaeffer, the pretty girl in school whose admiration Alex needs like a drug in order to get by. Broke and fighting to survive, Alex and his father face the realities of estrangement, incarceration, and even violence as their lives hurtle toward the climactic episode that a New York Times reviewer called “one of the most profoundly powerful in American fiction.”
In this rich, beautifully crafted story, Weesner accomplishes a rare feat: He’s written a transcendent piece of literature in deceptively plain language, painting a gripping portrait of a father and a son, otherwise invisible among the mundane, everyday details of life in blue collar America. A true and enduring American classic.
I am going to start out by saying that this is not a story for those of us who prefer our reading material to be fantasy rather than reality based. It was hard for me to relate to the character of Alex, having myself grown up in a loving household with caring parents, the plight of this young man was one I just had no personal reference for.
Alex Houseman is not a young man who is endearing, he is not a young man who you want your daughter to date or even know for that matter but Alex is a young man representative of his circumstances. A Mother who abandoned her family when her sons Alex and Howard were very young, later on the same woman takes Howard with her but leaves Alex behind. A Father who is so caught up in his problems that he does not begin to acknowledge or address the problems his son is facing instead he drinks and basically leaves Alex on his own to fend for himself most of the time. It is no wonder that Alex gets into joyriding in stolen cars as a way to escape his stifling existence.
Alex Houseman's character is not unique, there are many children who have come from broken homes who turn to a lifetime of crime as the easiest way to get by. However his character is unique in the fact that Alex breaks the cycle, he finally finds the inner courage to stand by what he knows is right for him and in doing so also finds his path in life.
This book is very intense reading as the story progresses we are drawn further and further into Alex's thoughts, his feelings and actions. There is no way to fully describe this tale without actually re-telling it, this is an introspective look at the life of a troubled young man, a young man whose life journey is both fraught with heartache and despair but in the end proves that one can triumph over one's past mistakes.
Upon further investigation into this tale it came to my attention that this is somewhat of an autobiography of the author's own life growing up. It proved to me that a person can be more than they ever thought if only they worked at it hard enough, taking the opportunities that came their way to make a life they can be proud of and a life that they enjoyed living.
Once again I reiterate this is not an easy story to read as it is harshly realistic in it's honest portrayal of a very dysfunctional family that is made up of Alex and his alcoholic father, his younger brother who lives with their easily led astray mother and all the baggage that each one of them bring to the mix.
[An ecopy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]