Monday, October 5, 2015

ARC Review: Pop Goes the Weasel (Helen Grace book 2)

Title: Pop Goes the Weasel: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller (A Helen Grace Thriller) by MJ Alridge
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: advanced e-copy was received from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 416 pages
Genre: Mystery Thriller

This title is due to be released October 6, 2015

Synopsis: A man's body is found in an empty house. 
A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children.

He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.

Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is—or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase....

Review: Detective Helen Grace and her co-worker Charlie are still struggling to get back on their feet after what happened at the end of book 1.  Now with a new boss, who seems to want to take all the glory but not actually do any work her team is faced with a new challenge.  Men are being murdered and their hearts are being sent to their families. With her team falling apart, her boss doing everything she can to remove her from the case and the reporter who seems to know her every move, DI Grace is running out of time to solve this case.

Since I read a galley copy of this book I am assuming some of my issues will be solved when it is published but there were transition issues from one character to the next where I found myself confused. Paragraphs ran together leaving me having to go back and figure out whose story I was reading and this was distracting.   Despite this I found that I enjoyed this book more than I did Eeney Meeney, book 1 of this series.  I'm finding the development of DI Grace to be intriguing and it will be interesting to see how some of the other main characters either evolve or disappear in coming books.

All in all this is a good suspensful mystery thriller.  Chapters are short which keeps the book moving and you turning the pages.  The next book in this series is due out in the US in February 2016 and I find that I'm actually anxiously awaiting it. I hope this series just continues to improve.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Book Review: Ruined

Title: Ruined: (A Decadence after Dark Epilogue) by M. Never
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: Kindle
Pages: 102 pages
Genre: Erotica, romance, BDSM

Synopsis: ***Content Warning***
Claimed is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

Kayne Roberts.
Kayne Rivers.
Kayne Stevens.

No matter his name, one fact remains the same. He's the man who enslaved me, ensnared me, claimed me and ruined me...For all other men that is.

My life.
My love
My happiness.
All belong to him.
I belong to no one but him.

He owns me.
And I own him.

(68)Review: The finale to the Decadence After Dark series, a very satisfying ending to this series.  Once again it is smoking hot and well done. Will Kanye and Ellie have children? What will happen to thier relationship if they do? Can Kayne deal with his past in order to move foward with his future? Jett and London, now married with kids help move the story along and also have some fun along the way. I almost feel that these two couples should just buy a big mansion and move in together, and oh how hot that would be! Yikes, I take that back, the house might burn down!

Great short ending to this series.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Review: Claimed

Title: Claimed (Decadence after Dark Book 2) by M. Never
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: Kindle
Pages: 269 pages
Genre: Erotica, romance, BDSM

Synopsis: ***Content Warning***
Claimed is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

With one look he consumed me.
With one touch he marked me.
With one kiss he owned me.
With one whisper he claimed me.

Ellie Stevens thought she had moved on from the domineering man who abducted her. Now living in Hawaii and following her dreams, no one is going to keep her down. But things aren't always as they seem.

Kayne Rivers reluctantly let Ellie go, but just because she's gone now, doesn't mean she'll be gone forever. She is his, and he won't stop until he's reclaimed her as his own.

(67)Review:  I had some problems with the beginning of book 1 but they worked themselves out, book 2 is just as hot, just as smoldering and maybe more real. I was really happy to reconnect with these characters.

As Ellie struggles with her feelings toward Kayne, Kanye struggles to live without Ellie.  When she finally gives in to seeing him again she awakens something inside herself that she now has to accept or it will not allow them to move forward.

We learn a lot more about Kayne's background and Kayne's best friend the super sexy Jett and his lovely girlfriend London are of course major players in this book as well.

Of course what would a romance be without some conflict so when someone abducts Ellie, Kayne loses his mind, hoping he saves her in time.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ARC Review: Owned

Title: Owned (Decadence after Dark Book 1) (A Decadence after Dark Novel) by M. Never
Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: I received an advanced E-book copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review through
Pages: 237 pages
Genre: Erotica, romance, BDSM

This book is due to be released in paperback on Oct. 3, 2015 
but you can download a kindle version now. 

Synopsis: ***Content Warning*** Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo’s most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes - until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo's infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn’t just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts.

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she’s about to be Owned.

(66)Review: If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey this may be too much for you...while 50 shades of grey was 50 shades of terrible,  M. Never takes you into the dark and wickedly erotic world of BDSM, and while I didn't appreciate the way in which Ellie came to belong to Kayne, I felt Never did a good job of explaining that this wasn't the norm and that most submissives were willing participants.  I will admit when I first started to read this book I was a little pissed, and almost stopped reading I felt that it was perpetuating a negative stereotype of the BDSM world, but by the end I understood what was going on and wasn't as angry about it.  For those who want to jump to conclusions before really getting anywhere in the book I'm sure there will be some negatives reviews, but keep reading, besides being filled with some amazingly HOT scenes there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.

The play between Kayne and Ellie is smoldering and Jett just adds dimension to the characters adding tidbits of information that help you understand there is more going on and gives you a little insight into Kayne to help realize he isn't the raging bastard you think he is in the beginning.

By the end you are panting along with Ellie and want nothing more than them to be together forever. The end of the book takes you on a ride that tears at your heart and leaves you wanting more...which is why I wound up downloading books 2 and 3 immediately.

Much more realistic than 50 shades of Vanilla, the chemistry between Ellie and Kayne is enough to keep you reading. The kink in this book is more on the level with The Story of O or Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series.

Monday, September 21, 2015

ARC Review: A Song of Shadows

Title:A Song of Shadows: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
Publisher: Atria Books
Format:Advanced e-copy from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 448 Pages
Genre: mystery, thriller

This title is to be released on September 29, 2015

Synopsis: Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.

His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.

But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.

For something is emerging from the shadows . . .

(65)Review: This book takes place a few months after Wolf in Winter ends.  Charlie is recouperating from his near death experience. His friends found him a home in a small town in Maine close to the hospital where he is doing his physical therapy.

A single mom moves into the house next door.  Charlie tries to keep his distance but feels that there is something amiss with this new family.  When a dead body washes up on the beach and his neighbor starts acting stranger than normal Charlie doesn't seem to be able to help himself and finds himself looking into the investigation.

If you have an interest in World War 2, Nazi Germany, and Nazi war fugitives than this Charlie Parker book will have you hooked and turning pages. The information is plentiful and very interesting I think Connolly really put some research into this one.  I even learned some things I didn't know or wasn't familiar with that I am now going to have to look into.

I am totally in love with this spooky, dark and violent series I can't put them down.  Charlies friends Louis and Angel are also some of the best characters I've ever read, I love them.  I want to be friends with them and how many contract killers can you say that about?

The ending was completely satisfying and leaves me wanting more but not in a cliff hanger way, plus there is a new mystery brewing. Not only can we continue to wonder what Charlie is -because he does seem like an avenging angel...but now we are starting to see more glimpses into his daughter and she has some things going on that even Charlie doesn't understand.

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