I’ve been hearing praises for this series ever since I finished reading the available books in The Artists Trilogy. I’ve fallen in love with Karina H
I’ve been hearing praises for this series ever since I finished reading the available books in The Artists Trilogy. I’ve fallen in love with Karina Halle’s writing over the last few months and I really couldn’t wait to read more from her.
So, DARKHOUSE to me had a lot of the feel I found in THE DEVIL’S METAL. Obviously this was written before so it was the original, and it’s set in today’s world instead of the past. But a lot of the same elements and “scare tactics” apply.
DARKHOUSE is the story of Penny. A 22 year old who has confidence issues because she’s a bit overweight and is…well…she sees things. Her whole life she’s had episodes where she’s seen people and talked to them that nobody else could see. She still lives home with her parents and younger sister and is trying to move up at her company and get a better job. Even though she hates it. Did I mention she drives a bike? Anyway, I fell in love with Penny from the very beginning. She has a silent strength to her and a core that needs to come out. The experiences set forth in this book are bound to do that and I can’t wait to see that happening.
But this is not all about Penny. See, she goes on a family trip to visit her uncle who happens to own some land that has an unused lighthouse. Wreckless that she is, she goes off in the night, alone, drunk, into the lighthouse. Things quickly turn creepy in there but it turns out she’s not alone. There’s a cute guy with a camera there, yeah he broke in, trying to document any paranormal activity. That’s Dex. A little scraggly, a little psycho. He offers Penny an opportunity to be the star of the paranormal web-show he was trying to pitch to his boss. For that, they have to go back to the lighthouse and shoot some good footage.
And that’s when things really get creepy. I’m not going to lie, I was reading this at night and kept looking over my shoulder until finally I flipped on my back to read this and made sure my feet and hands were under the covers. Karina Halle doesn’t pull any punches nor does she leave you thinking about what might be there. You get the full on detail.
This is just the beginning of Penny and Dex working together and I’m very excited to see what other trouble they get into next.
For the romance lovers…there is a connection between Penny and Dex and I’m sure we’ll see more of that in the future. But in this book, Dex is unavailable and I’m happy the author kept things the way she did so that it also shows respect between the characters that they didn’t go jumping into situations that would hurt others.
I do have to say I think there’s something off with Penny’s parents and I wonder if they’ve been hiding something from her.
If you want a refreshingly creepy with a dash of scary read, then this is the one for you. Karina Halle’s writing made this story and this book totally unputdownable. Literally....more
Wow! I am in awe of the complex story MERCILESS ended up being. I truly enjoyed every moment of it. This booThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Wow! I am in awe of the complex story MERCILESS ended up being. I truly enjoyed every moment of it. This book took me on a wild ride that at times I didn’t know if would come out on a happy note.
Mercy is now working for the FBI and her first real case is a brutally murdered teenager. While trying to uncover who the killer is and working with the native cops, she will also have to learn to keep her relationship to Dawson separate from her new job as an FBI agent.
And can I just say that Mercy is one smart chick! If the FBI didn’t have her on this case they would’ve never found out what happened and stopped a crazy. Because when it came to who the killer was, let me just say that I did not see that coming. Crazy is the right word, that’s for sure. But amazing job, Ms. Armstrong for writing so well that it kept me guessing the whole time. And when it came down to a final showdown, there was no shying away from an epic battle.
This is by far my favorite Mercy Gunderson book to date because of the many layers this story had. There was Mercy, Dawson’s girlfriend; Mercy, Lex’s stepmom; Mercy, the FBI agent; Mercy, the sister; Mercy, the native; Mercy, the ex military. I could go on. And as seeing every aspect of Mercy’s life, I felt more connected to her.
I was excited with her at discovering clues and putting pieces of the puzzle together. I got freaked out with some of her discoveries. Some just made my skin crawl. And with so much happening in her personal life as well, I couldn’t help but shed a tear or two for her.
MERCILESS was heart pounding from beginning to end! A nail biting, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat read. If you haven’t read Mercy yet, you should rectify that. Ohhh and Dawson…yep, I’m crushing on him big time. Can’t wait for the next one, hope the wait is not long this time.
I think I really need to give this up. I keep doing it to myself. I had already complained when I read the fThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I think I really need to give this up. I keep doing it to myself. I had already complained when I read the first book in this series that this was just a supernatural version of the Stephanie Plum series. As in the characters seemed to be the same just with different names, the plots had only changed the bounty hunter for the supernatural but still had the same feel to them.
WICKED BUSINESS is more of that, even though I will admit that maybe with the exception that the plot in this one felt maybe just a tiny bit more original.
I guess if you've never read the Stephanie Plum series and pick this one up it would probably seem like a funny series and you might even enjoy it. For fans of Janet Evanovich who have read Plum, not so much. I just had to roll my eyes when some of the same scenarios and lines kept popping up ("Breathe, cupcake" or the putting Lizzy's head between her legs, etc).
Diesel is very cute and adorable and sexy, but he is sooooo like Morelli! The story in this one is that Diesel and Lizzy are looking for a stone that has the power of lust. The concept of the series is that each book deals with one of the seven deadly sins.
My favorite part of the book? Diesel's sidekick monkey, Carl. Eeeeep. Carl is so cute and hilarious!
I truly don't know if I'll read the next book, maybe, maybe not. I'll see how I feel about it when it comes out. Not because I don't enjoy them but I just don't want to keep reading the same story in a different package....more
It’s official…I’m a fan. Mercy is just my type of girl. She always wants to do the right thing, noThis review was posted at Under the Covers
It’s official…I’m a fan. Mercy is just my type of girl. She always wants to do the right thing, no matter the cost to herself. She’s kick ass, she gets into trouble, she goes after what she believes in. Now if only we could get her to see things straight from the very beginning…
In this book, Mercy is working as a bartender when her old army buddy, Jason, comes into town looking to convince people to put an oil pipeline through their ranches. And then, Mercy’s life being always so messed up, she finds his dead body outside the bar one night. When no one cares about this, and the sheriff won’t investigate, she starts taking matters into her own hands. Doing the investigative work, and even running for sheriff herself. After all, it was her dad’s job before.
Things of course get more complicated as she delves into the whys and hows of her buddies’ death…even more so when another army buddy of hers, Anna, comes into town looking for revenge.
As always, Mercy is awesome. Maybe even more so in this book because she doesn’t have as many issues as she did in book one, at least in my opinion. Then there’s the Native American element. I think Ms. Armstrong does an amazing job at weaving in the culture of the place into the story and making it also an important part of how the story develops. You really feel as if you were there.
And then there’s the actual story. Always full of suspense and just a small dash of sexy. I really like the way Ms. Armstrong surprises me with Mercy’s stories go. I can’t wait to be surprised again in the next one....more
I’ve been wanting to read Lori Armstrong for a while. Mainly because this is the mystery alter ego of one ofThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I’ve been wanting to read Lori Armstrong for a while. Mainly because this is the mystery alter ego of one of my favorite authors, the talented Lorelei James. I’ve always loved a good mystery book to begin with and this sounded right up my alley.
I couldn’t have been more impressed. This book is original and engaging. The storyline kept me on my toes, and surprised me as well. Just when I thought I knew how things would happen, something would go a different way.
And then there’s Mercy. She’s the driving force in this book, at least for me. She could quickly become one of my favorite heroines. She’s damaged by everything she’s been through in the military. She has to stay strong against the rest of the town who doesn’t think she can come back and take over her father’s ranch. She has to be strong for her family. But she’s so vulnerable. I love that side of a strong woman....more
I am both highly disappointed and happy about this book. As far as storylines go, I was glad to see a little bit of a different feel to the chasing skips we get with every Plum book lately. And there are three people trying to kill Stephanie. The skips are crazy as usual, there's an old guy who thinks is a vampire and sleeps in a coffin at the funeral home, the sleezy guy who always seems to have a boner. The humor and inventiveness was back!
Stephanie is still just as clueless as to what to do. The bail bonds office was burned down previously so they are working out of Mooner's bus. Mooner! He was truly hilarious! I never get tired of reading his lines. And then Vinny, the slimeball, decides to advertise by making flyers with a picture of Lula and Stephanie, dressed provocatively, and of course digitally altering Stephanie's breasts. And if that's not embarrassing enough, the same picture is blown up and painted on the outside of the bus! Can't miss them now!
And Lula. I love Lula. She's always wearing crazy outfits, tasering people, and just plain getting in trouble when there shouldn't have been any!
Now onto my complains. I drool over Ranger as the next girl does. However, Stephanie just PISSED ME OFF. She is sorta dating Morelli. They agree to an "open" relationship. And then Stephanie thinks Morelli grandma puts a spell on her that makes her horny all the time, and the first thing she does.... JUMPS RANGERS BONES! Now... normally I would be all for jumping his bones, but not when she's dating Morelli, AND if that's not bad enough, the day after shagging Ranger she has sex with Morelli. And then she goes on a job with Ranger and wants to have sex with him again in his Porsche. What The Hell? When did Stephanie turned into a whore who doesn't care about anyone's feelings?
Morelli doesn't find out, but he's been on excellent behavior. And Ranger, why would he accept this behavior and just be content with getting Stephanie's scraps? They both deserve better than her at this point.
Then there's the Plum family. They are a train wreck, a circus, a comedy show! Stephanie's mom is trying to fix her up with some other guy who apparently went to school with her. He's turned out to be a bit of a loser, but her mom has given up hope on Morelli, so she's trying for another guy. Thank God Stephanie is not interested in bachelor #3. Her mom goes back to ironing.
I suspected who the killer was early on, so I was not surprised at all when we find out at the end. I was not expecting the motives. This guy was nutso!
I really wanted to see a resolution with Stephanie's love life in this book. I've come this far in the series, so I'll def read the next one, because at this point, I have to know what happens on principle. But I don't agree with the authors perspective of dragging out the love triangle until the last book of the series. Believe me, you wouldn't lose readers by letting Stephanie make a choice. You might gain back some you lost. We all still enjoy the humor in these books, we just want Stephanie to mature and stop acting the way she has been and not drag around two wonderful guys. If she has such a problem deciding, I'll take one off her hands *cough* Ranger *cough* ...more