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Sacrificial Muse

(Sabrina Vaughn #2)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  39 reviews
She is his muse, and the fates require sacrifice.

San Francisco Detective Sabrina Vaughn is able to shrug off the nine red roses being delivered to her office every day. But when only eight roses arrive on the same day a Berkeley student's mutilated body is found, Sabrina fears that the killer is taunting her. Forced into a partnership with a deceitful reporter who somehow
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Paperback, 378 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Midnight Ink (first published July 1st 2014)
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Linda Strong
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This is second in the series featuring Homicide Detective Sabrina Vaughn, and a re-read for me. I now have the 3rd in the series, PROMISES TO KEEP, and I wanted to read again so as to not miss anything.

Sabrina's background is that she was abducted when she was a teenager, held for 2 months, being tortured and raped on a daily basis before being left for dead. Book 1, CARVED IN DARKNESS, has Sabrina returning to her hometown and looking for the man who not only 'killed' her, but all the women he
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Cindy
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gf-suspense
Thank you to Midnight Ink and net galley for allowing me to read and review this book.
Picking up where Carved in Darkness left off Meagan Beaumont will keep you guessing once again. Sabrina continues on with her troubled life and her determination to protect her loved ones and take down anyone who is a threat to them. There is not as much detail in the actual killings in Sacrificial Muse as there was in Carved in Darkness but I felt the story was very well written & followed Carved extremely we
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Grand Admiral Tofu King
This was disappointing to me. While I enjoyed the representation of the MC's PTSD after the events of book one, I also felt that the focus of it dominated the main narrative, which detracted from the other subplots that were going on. It also wasn't as intense or fast-paced as the first book and ended up dragging towards the last one-third to one-fourth. ...more
Blood Rose Books
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
You NEED to read the first book within this series, Carved in Darkness, before picking up Sacrificial Muse. It is not only an excellent thriller, if you do not read it you will be missing as to who Sabrina is and how she became the woman she is today. So pick up Carved in Darkness or read my review of that book before venturing below :)

Maegan Beaumont is back with another Sabrina Vaughn Thriller, where even though the monster from her past is gone, it does not mean that the killings stop:

She is
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OpenBookSociety.com
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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sacrificial-muse-maegan-beaumont-sabrina-vaughnSacrificial Muse by Maegan Beaumont is a great murder/suspense book. But to me it was almost as much of a story about a damaged homicide detective. It is a story about how much the human body and mind can take before totally crumbling.

Sabrina Vaughn is a homicide detective who has returned to work after being held captive for 83 days. During her time of captivity she was ra
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Book Chatter-Cath
OMG, I both love you and hate you right now Maegan Beaumont!!!
wow, what a read, full review to come....

and here it is:

I read Maegan Beaumont’s debut novel Carved in Darkness a year ago and was completely blown away. It was gripping, dark, seductive, and it left such an impression on me that I still think about it regularly! Carved in Darkness was my favorite read of 2013 – so yeah; this was always going to be a tough act to follow, especially when the first book was a smash-it-out-of-the-park am
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Sharon Obelenus Holland
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 3!!!

After all Sabrina had gone through, she was finally home. Now all she has to contend with is the press constantly stalking her and her boss, who feels she shouldn't be on the force anymore. Things should be going back to normal, but aren't. She has a bullet wound in her leg and a voice in her head (Wade).

One of the reporters, has started stalking her and writing about her at every turn. Which brings out the people calling her hero and the crazies that send her confession
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Mrs. Kenyon
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-audiobooks
Detective Sabrina Vaughn is still recovering from psychological and physical damage she endured during the events chronicled in “Carved in Darkness.” Every day she receives nine red roses from an unknown person and passes them off to different people within her department. She doesn’t think much about this until the day she receives eight roses, a Berkeley student is murdered and the killer begins to send her messages and clues. Through circumstances beyond her control, she must work with the ne ...more
Amber
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

Another edge of your seat read. I really love Ms. Beaumont's writing style. She sucks you in and makes it very hard for you to put the book down.


I would definitely recommend reading book 1 before reading this one. It does refer back to what happened to her but to get the full effect of this story you really need to know what happened to her.


I really like Sabrina. All this stuff keeps happening to her but she's just so strong. For some reason the crazies are always drawn to her. I really root f
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Bookworm LLC
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cindy-bookshelf
Picking up where Carved in Darkness left off Meagan Beaumont will keep you guessing once again. Sabrina continues on with her troubled life and her determination to protect her loved ones and take down anyone who is a treat to them. There is not as much detail in the actual killings in Sacrifical Muse as there was in Carved in Darkness but I felt the story was very well written & followed Carved extremely well. Kudos Maegan! See you at Bookworm for a signing in August!! Very excited!!!!!
Megan
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
amazing!!.. maegan wowed me again..and this time whoa watch out!. her story is so creative and new and refreshing I am in complete love. I thought I had the killer pinned but then I was totally shocked and found I was wrong. but never been so pleased to be wrong because it made the story that much better. I'm hoping there will be another book because I want to see what happens between sabrina and Livingston shaw. sacrificial muse is an easy 5 stars and a must read! If you haven't read it go get ...more
Louisa
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, loved this sequel, thrilling, and terrifying, that he wanted to rise to be become a god, and yeah, can't wait for the 3rd book! ...more
Larissa
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Carol
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book just as much as the first one! You definitely must read #1 first. I'm starting #3 immediately. This is one of the best series that I have enjoyed. There is lots of action! There were some editing issues, but my love of the story and characters far exceeded any annoyance about editing problems ...more
Alexis Stankewitz
Feb 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Everything that I really disliked about " Carved In Darkness" was amplified x100 in the book. I really didn't even enjoy the Antagonist POV (which I did in the first book.). I didn't enjoy this book at all,not even to continue to the third book in this series. ...more
Jean
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this as a standalone book - Many characters but written where it is easy enough to understand how each "fit" with the story & crimes - plenty of action - murder - romance - family - long time relationships -
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Michelle Witt
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Sabrina Vaughn Series is AMAZING!!
Deb Ward
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addicting

I am definitely addicted to the characters in this series. I am not getting much else done because I can not stop reading
Sara Marquez
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously?!

Love murder mysteries? You can not repeat can not put the book down! I would wake up 2am to read a chapter or 2... Can't wait to start the next book!
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Crystal Marie
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to be very careful in writing this review because book one is full of suspense and shocking events and the beginning of book two gives away those spoilers. As I write this I am trying to find a perfect balance because a huge part of this book is Sabrina recovering and accepting the truth of her torment from book one. So I will focus this review on events that the synopsis talks about to prevent ruining book one for you but please know that there is so much more to Sacrificial Muse than wh ...more
Tbird London
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to be very careful in writing this review because book one is full of suspense and shocking events and the beginning of book two gives away those spoilers. As I write this I am trying to find a perfect balance because a huge part of this book is Sabrina recovering and accepting the truth of her torment from book one. So I will focus this review on events that the synopsis talks about to prevent ruining book one for you but please know that there is so much more to Sacrificial Muse than wh ...more
The Book Whisperers
The Sabrina Vaughn Series is AMAZING!! As a long time lover of murder mysteries and thrillers this book covers all the best elements of that genre and then it goes a step farther and gives us believable and four dimensional characters. I absolutely loved this book when I checked it out from the library unsuspecting and unknowing it was the second book in the series. From page one I was captivated by the dark feel of this story. Sabrina Vaughn is a character you can empathize and sympathize with. ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell

Maegan Beaumont is back with another Sabrina Vaughn Thriller. There is a new serial murderer in town. I sometimes wonder how one person can go through so many serial killers

Anyway, Sabrina is the Muse of this serial killer. He starts by sending her 9 red roses every day. After the first murder there are 8 roses and a notecard - with a message in Latin. He knows that she is the one and she will be impressed with all the sacrifices he has made for her. Detective Sabrina Vaughn has become a househo
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Normalene
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I really love this author, the number of times I wanted to seriously slap Sabrina has increased to the point of being annoying. She goes off half-cocked, doesn't plan, ignores thing she doesn't want to deal with, has serious issues with authority and a kinda-sorta death wish that talks to her in her head with the voice of Wade. Yeah, the half-brother that she killed who raped her and murdered very many people in the first book and was very icky to read about. Her issues with Michael and Ni ...more
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
I don't normally read a whole series in one go, preferring instead to mix up authors. But after finishing Carved In Darkness I just had to find out what happened next. This book, which picked up where the previous one left off, did not disappoint. Sabrina is in the crosshairs of another deranged killer (how much can one girl take) and Michael is keeping his distance to protect her. You can sort of imagine where it goes from there. Another real thriller but a character driven one - so very enjoya ...more
Amy
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent follow-up to Carved in Darkness. Very engaging and hard to put down. I did get frustrated with Sabrina's stubbornness and shutting out Val and the kids. They were such a large part of the first book, and I was a bit sad they weren't in this one as much. Still, this book was very well done and kept me on the edge of my seat. ...more
Breia
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first (Carved in Darkness) but the sequel rarely lives up the premiere.

I generally do not like lead females, they are written too weak or sappy with too much emotion and male desire. Not this author, not Sabrina.

With the short chapter and fast pace, this is a series I will definitely follow and continue to read. Well done.
Ashley
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first book in the trilogy (Carved in Darkness) was better then this one in my opinion. More in depth about the deaths and more suspenseful. BUT, I still enjoyed this book a lot, and am onto the last book. I am really liking this trilogy and will for sure be looking into more of this author's books. ...more
Steve Adelman
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good work from a new author

I have read the first two books in this series. I welcome Maeghan Beaumont to my list of must-reads along with Connelly, Crais and the Preston/Child duo. Sabrina née Melissa is a fully developed heroine, tough as nails and vulnerable to her core. Keep up the good work, Ms. Beaumont.
Barbara
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the second book in the Sabrina Vaughn series so much that I already have book three downloaded on my Kindle. Well-written, interesting characters, including secondary characters, clever plot, spot-on pacing - Beaumont's books have it all. ...more
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Maegan Beaumont is the author of CARVED IN DARKNESS, the first book in the Sabrina Vaughn thriller series (Available through Midnight Ink, spring 2013). A native Phoenician, Maegan’s stories are meant to make you wonder what the guy standing in front of you in the Starbucks line has locked in his basement, and feel a strong desire to sleep with the light on. When she isn’t busy fulfilling her duti ...more

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