Tuesday, August 23, 2016

One Part Human by Viola Grace

Title:  One Part Human
Series:  An Obscure Magic #1
Author:  Viola Grace
Publication Date:   May 1/15
Length:  113pgs
Genre:  paranormal romantic suspense
Shelf:  own
My Rating: ★★★★★
Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo

Back Cover Blurb:

Forced into a one-week ride along with agents of the XIA, Benny tries to hide the fact that she isn’t quite human.

Benny has lived her life in the shadows, avoiding the public eye. Her life as a recipe blogger pays the bills and lets her socialise, but she is about to get the assignment of a lifetime.

Her boss orders her into a one-week ride-along with agents of the XIA, the eXtranormal Investigation Agency. It is the anniversary of the agency, and they need to improve their exposure with the general public.

Against her objections, she is paired with a standard set of agents—a vampire, a shifter and a fey. They are willing to work with her, and it is only when she signs the waivers that she learns why. They all read her column.

A week doesn’t seem like much time to learn about an organisation that deals with things most folk don’t enjoy thinking about, but it whips past when the assignments go from casual crime to murders that have one pivot point. Benny.

My Review:

Grace is one of those authors who makes a story fun and entertaining while also creating an in-depth story that will keep you hooked to the pages from cover to cover. Her vivid descriptions bring this novel to life in an unparalleled manner. The world building allowed me to walk alongside the characters as the exciting plot unfolded.

The characters that Grace has created for this story are fantastically developed and so very real. I love the differences in personalities, yet how the team meshed together seamlessly. I won’t say to much about them as it will spoil the story for other readers, but take it from me, this cast definitely made the tale shine.

This story may have been short and sweet but it was well worth reading. Grace’s seamless writing and intrinsically entertaining world building has created something that must be read and that launches this series with a flair that won’t soon be forgotten.

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Six-Gun Showdown by Delores Fossen

Title:  Six-Gun Showdown
Series:  Appaloosa Pass Ranch #5
Author:  Delores Fossen
Publication Date:  August 1st 2016 by Harlequin Intrigue
Length:  224pgs
Genre:  Harlequin Intrigue
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★★★
Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo - Google Play

Back Cover Blurb:

"I'm not dead."

The voice mail rocks deputy sheriff Jax Crockett to his core. A year ago, Paige was murdered by the Moonlight Strangler. Yet his ex-wife just showed up at his ranch--out of options and out of time. There are only two reasons Paige would come back to Texas with a killer hot on her heels: Jax and their toddler son. Faking her death was the only way to keep them alive. But now it's Jax who's risking everything to protect his family. The cowboy lawman is also reawakening a powder keg of desire. A desire that's primed and ready to explode. Giving in will up the ante, igniting the embers of a love they may not live to claim.

My Review:

There is a dangerous, eerie type of suspense from the get-go of this novel. Fossen draws readers into the world that surrounds her captivating characters and allows us to barrel alongside them throughout the fast paced novel. The setting was developed in a manner that I could easily visualise each aspect of it without detracting from the forward motion of the plot.

Fossen has created likeable yet far from perfect characters to carry this story forward. I love how I didn’t always agree with them but could always identify with them. Jax’s caring nature and tough attitude, as well as his all cowboy way of life, made him an unforgettable hero. Conversely, Paige’s need to protect those around her to the detriment of her health was heartbreaking yet very heart-warming. The secondary characters also added to the story. I love how they were developed on so many levels. They made for a very complete and complex stories.

This novel could definitely be read and enjoyed on its own but has much more impact if you know the backstory from the whole series. This is a fast paced & exciting wrap up to the mystery that has surrounded these characters for the past 5 novels and one that I’d highly recommend to others.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Roadside Assistance and Q&A with author Marie Harte

Q ~ Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 
Hi. I’m a writer, mom, and coffee addict. I love when school starts, because I do best having a set schedule and my kids are occupied. I constantly have deadlines I’m striving to meet, and I’m always plotting a new book that I add to my (TBW—To Be Written) folder. I have over a hundred titles written and am a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Q~ Who is your favorite literary hero(ine) and why? 
That’s such a tough question to answer. I like different heroines for their different strengths. And I’m a fan of so many different books! I will say I especially love Mercy of Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series.

Q ~ How do you think people perceive authors? 
 I think a lot of people view writing as a mysterious process that will net a lot of money. Mysterious? Yes. Lucrative? Ah, that’s really hit or miss.

Q ~ How did you begin writing? Was there a single catalyst or a series of events?
I wrote as a youngster to amuse myself. Then as I got older, I wrote the stories I wanted to read. There was no real catalyst but time.

Q ~ Are you a plotter or a pantser? 
A bit of both, though the plotting is really just a rough story outline. My characters start at A and end at Z, but how they get there just unfolds as I write.

Q ~ How much research goes into your books? 
A good bit. Especially if I’m not familiar with a character’s occupation. I’ve visited many of the locations I write about as well. I’ve interviewed mechanics, nurses, massage therapists, accountants, you name it. The McCauleys and Bad Shop Body Boys have been more research than I’d anticipated, but I’m learning a lot.

Q ~ You get a brilliant phrase/idea/thought at an inopportune time (while driving, drifting off to sleep/in the shower). What do you do?
I’m never driving and thinking about a story, really, paying too much attention to the road. But in the shower, walking, sitting in a coffee shop…I always keep a small notebook by me. Or there’s always my phone to record notes.

Q ~ Why do you think romance readers love reading about bad boys so much?  
Bad boys are sexy, forbidden, and sometimes not so good for us—on the surface. But like chocolate, they’re tasty and make you feel good. *grin*

Q ~ Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release and what inspired you to write it? 
Roadside Assistance is a love story between a confident, rough, single mechanic and the bold, beautiful woman who has to believe in herself to believe in love. Cyn isn’t a small woman. She’s tall, voluptuous, and will never be model-thin. She’s smart, savvy, and confident—in her business skills. But when it comes to men, she’s not so sure. Foley knows what he wants, and he wants Cyn. Unfortunately, he’s not the smoothest guy when it comes to dating. Still, he refuses to take no for answer, not until Cyn gives him a real chance.

Q ~ Is anything in your new release based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? 
Sadly, purely imagination. But if I find the real Foley, I’ll be sure to hold onto him. For research, of course. Ha.

Q ~ What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it. 
 “Should I wait to buy the whole series once it’s all done, to be sure the four books actually come out?”

No, buy them now! The series will be complete, so no worries you’ll start now and not get a satisfying ending. Yes, I’ve been burned before by falling in love with a series and not getting all the books. The Body Shop Bad Boys are nearly all done and have publish dates. Yea!

Q ~ You’ve written works outside of this series as well. For you, do they compare to one another? Do you have a favourite or do they all stand out in their own way? 
Each book I work on is my favorite, until the next one. Since all my stories are different, it’s tough for me to compare them. I love them all! Writing in different genres also helps keep me fresh.

Q ~ Do you have anything in the works at the moment? Care to give us a hint about it? 
I’m currently working on the final Body Shop Bad Boy story—Lou’s story. Lou’s arrogant and domineering, and he really knows women, having been raised amid a bevy of female relatives. But the woman he wants is making him work to get noticed, and she’s driving him crazy. I love that Lou, who’s such a sweetheart but so bossy, has met his match in the somewhat shy, vulnerable yet strong woman who wants to love and be loved so much.

Thanks for having me!

Marie
http://marieharte.com

About the Author:

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, MARIE HARTE is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit marieharte.com and fall in love.


Title:  Roadside Assistance
Series:  Body Shop Bad Boys #2
Author:  Marie Harte
Publication Date:   September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length:  352pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Review
My Rating: ★★★★★
Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo - Google Play 

Back Cover Blurb:

Underneath the axle grease and tats
He's a gentleman


Foley Sanders figured he'll always be content with a life of cars and casual hookups. Until a run-in with Cyn, a statuesque firecracker with a hate-on for men, leaves him bewitched and intrigued-much to her annoyance.

Maybe Cynthia Nichols was a little hard on Foley, that muscular, tattooed, super-hot mechanic next door. But she's tired of feeling defensive about her size and has sworn off men. She's got a new job, new life, perfect plan. Foley has trouble written all over him-no way is she going to fall for his charms.

Foley might look like a bad idea, but underneath, he's all gentleman. Too bad Cyn's not buying it. What's a bad boy to do when the goddess of his dreams won't give him the time of day?

My Review:

What a fun novel! Harte had me laughing so hard I was in tears throughout this novel. She showed life at its finest, while also hinting at the dark undertones that can run through it. At the same time, there were also some real tear jerker moments. The banter between the characters is so real. I love how it brought not only the characters, but the entire story to life.

I love how Harte brought all of the different characters’ emotions to life throughout the story. It really made Foley seem larger than life and absolutely unforgettable. I love the simmering edge of danger in his character. The way that he and Cyn fit together was fantastic. Chemistry vies with real caring to create the perfect foundation for this whirlwind romance. Cyn’s mom was definitely a piece of work. I don’t know how she ended up so well adjusted growing up within this family. That said, seeing Cyn finally gain the courage to stand up to her was fantastic. Sam’s thoughts were almost as intriguing and insightful as those of the main characters. I loved getting to know him on this deeper level and definitely can’t wait to find out his secret when we get to read his story.

Once again Harte has created a novel that readers from all walks of life will fall in love with. The fast pace and complex plot of the story will keep you on your toes as you fall in love with the fantastic characters that we meet.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Dragon Speaker by Elana A. Mugdan

Title:  Dragon Speaker
Series:  The Shadow War #1
Author:  Elana A. Mugadan
Publication Date:   July 15th 2016 by Pen Works Media
Length:  366pgs
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★★★
Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA)

Back Cover Blurb:

Born into a world of magic wielders without any powers of her own, Keriya Nameless isn’t exactly hero material, yet the goddess Shivnath chooses her to save the world’s last living dragon. She doesn’t know why it happened, and frankly she doesn’t care—this is her chance to prove her worth.

Unfortunately for Keriya, countless others are determined to get their hands on that dragon—everyone from smugglers to kings, from the Empress of Allentria to the most powerful warlord who ever lived.

It would be a perilous task for even the bravest of heroes, let alone a na├»ve 14-year-old-girl, and as Shivnath’s chosen dragon speaker, Keriya quickly learns that she’s at the centre of an age-old war . . . a war that will decide the fate of everything.

My Review:

One thing that sets this novel apart was the world building. Mugadan has created a fantastic and vividly unforgettable world in which the characters come to life as they journey and travel through the fantastic quest set before them. Intense descriptions meld with the imagination inspiring plot to create a whole that readers of all ages will enjoy.

I love the main character in this tale. What a blast to get to know. It was a one of a kind feeling to travel alongside her as she gets wrapped up in an age old feud that is both exciting and dangerous. I really enjoyed how Mugadan develops the entire cast well, not simply the main character. It was an amazing feeling, getting to know everyone so well.

This is a great start to Mugadan’s new series. It is a one of a kind story that readers of all ages will enjoy.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti

Title:  Shadow Falling
Series:  The Scorpius Attraction
Author:  Rebecca Zanetti
Publication Date:  August 30th 2016 by Zebra
Length: 400pgs
Genre:  dystopian romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
My Rating: ★★★★
Book Links: Goodreads – Amazon(US) – Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo - Google Play

Back Cover Blurb:

Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Kennedy was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny. Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.

If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. And the way his arms wrap around her tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .

My Review:

I love how Zanetti continues to develop the dystopian world that she began to create in the 1st novel in this series. Vibrant descriptions bring this torn world to life in vivid Technicolor. The plot becomes even more exciting as more characters and events become involved. Zanetti kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

Not only are the characters well developed, but they’re the type of individuals that you really want to get to know. I loved the variety of different ways that they were introduced and that they carried the story forward. I thoroughly enjoyed the way that the two main characters came together. Their differences were as apparent as their similarities. And the chemistry between them? Well, just read it to find out.

This novel is definitely a great second instalment in this series. It was a one of a kind tale that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Interview with author Serena Clarke

Q ~ Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am from sunny Southern Utah. I love the heat and I hate the cold! I have a big, loud family of six girls. I received a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and I’m a member of the Red Mountain Shadows Publishing team. I have loved writing since I was young. I also enjoy designing my own book covers! I have many hobbies, including playing the piano, reading, drawing, painting, and doing DIY projects.

Q~ Who is your favorite literary hero(ine) and why?
I absolutely love Jane Eyre. She is so courageous and independent and full of integrity. She never makes the “easy” choice. She always tries to make the right choice. I admire her level-headedness and understanding of others, her ability to reserve judgement and easily forgive. I am also impressed that she does not sacrifice her standards no matter what. After all, the worldly, experienced Mr. Rochester falls in love with her for exactly who she is!

Q ~ Do you have a favourite author? Do they influence your writing?
I have always loved fantasy and romance. I love the idea of escaping into a world of magic and princesses and fairies. Gail Carson Levine is one of my favorite fantasy authors. Ella Enchanted has always been one of my favorite books. I love the way she creates a whole new world and she took a classic story and made it unique. Her style made me realize that as an author I can create my own world and come up with my own rules.

Q ~ How did you begin writing? Was there a single catalyst or a series of events?
I have loved writing for as long as I can remember. I remember writing silly short stories when I was a kid and then I took creative writing classes in high school and college and loved it. I write in my spare time, but I never thought any of my ideas were good enough to publish. Until this book. I loved writing it so much that I knew I wanted to continue to write more seriously and share my stories with others.

Q ~ You get a brilliant phrase/idea/thought at an inopportune time (while driving, drifting off to sleep/in the shower). What do you do?
Haha! This has happened to me many times! Which is frustrating because I am such a forgetful person that if I don’t write something down right when I think it then it often slips away! I try to keep a writing device handy at all times! My iphone is riddled with notes and ideas.

Q ~ In The Treasure of Isian, you develop a fantasy world that invites readers in. How did you come up with the idea that started this?
Most of my ideas for my books come from dreams I have had. I had a dream about a prince who had a servant who had to do everything he told her to do. He relied on her. And her world revolved around him. And then suddenly she was unable to do everything for him and their relationship changed. When I awoke from this dream, all that day I could not stop thinking about it. What would such a relationship be like? And how would it evolve? And why did she have to do everything he told her to do? I had most of the storyline written in my head by the end of the day. And it became The Treasure of Isian!

The reason I love fantasy so much is that anything can happen. You are not restricted by reality. Your imagination is your limit. You decide what is possible and what is real.

Q ~ Can you tell us a bit about what happens in the rest of the series?
I like the idea of destiny, fate, and prophecies. That is the premise of my series. Each of my characters has a destiny that they need to decide whether or not to accept. These books are about their journeys to gain better understanding of themselves and the world they live in. They need to figure out what is important to them and what they are willing to sacrifice to protect it.

About The Alliance of Isian:

War is coming and all the kingdoms must choose a side. Isian decides to make an alliance with their long time enemies in order to defeat a common enemy. So Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and her new husband, Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war.

With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials or tear them apart? Enjoy the fantasy, danger, mystery, and romance!

About The Secret of Isian:

Many prophecies have been uttered about the impending war and those who will seek to stop it. With the war finally upon them, Rimelda, a talented seer, has heard the prophecies and believes she can help. Prince Ander, doubtful of her abilities and her true intensions, but determined to save his kingdom accepts her help and they proceed on a quest to end the war.

Hindered by enemies as well as their own doubts, Ander and Rimelda must search for guidance in unlikely places and unravel the mysteries of the prophecies.

With the world shrouded in darkness, will Ander accept his destiny in time to save the kingdoms and will he admit his true feelings for Rimelda?

Q ~ Do you have any other works on the horizon at the moment? Care to give us a hint as to what they’re about?

I am really excited for my next book! Fairytales have always been a big influence for me. The Grimms fairytales, the Disney versions, Fairytale Theaters. I just love fairytales. But they are so simple. I always find myself wondering how the characters really feel. I have always wanted to write my own version of a well-known fairytale. I am fascinated by the thought of expounding on the story and giving the characters real thoughts and emotions. That is my current project. I am in the process of working on a version of Rumplestiltskin and I can’t wait to get it published and see what my readers think of it! Hopefully I do not disappoint anyone else who is a fan of fairytales!

Q ~ If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your characters (from any novel you’ve written) who would you choose and why?

That is a difficult decision! I love all of my characters! But I think I would have to choose Elani from The Treasure of Isian. She is kind and optimistic. Her storytelling ability would keep me entertained. And her determination to return to her beloved Prince Garin would give her the courage and strength to do whatever it would take to get off the island and find him!

Q ~ If you could give aspiring authors one piece of advice, what would it be?

Write a lot. Every idea you get, write it down and develop it. And have people read through it and give you ideas on how to perfect and edit your story. Don’t be afraid of criticism. Be confident in your writing. Also, I would encourage those who love writing to write whatever you want! Don't get discouraged about what other people think of your writing style or your ideas. Criticism can be really helpful in developing your talents, but don't get discouraged by it. Not everyone likes the same types of books and that's ok. Don't write what you think other people will want to read. Writing should be a fun experience! If you write what you like, there are bound to be other people who like it too.

Book Links:  
The Treasure of Isian:  my reviewprint - audio
The Alliance of Isian: print
The Secret of Isian: print
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Widower's Wife by Cate Holahan

Title:  The Widower's Wife
Author:  Cate Holahan
Publication Date:   August 9th 2016 by Crooked Lane Books
Length:  304pgs
Genre:  thriller
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★★★
Book Links: Goodreads – Amazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo - Google Play 

Back Cover Blurb:

Ana Bacon, a young housewife, tumbles off a cruise ship into the dark and deadly waters, but did she take her secrets with her?

Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten million dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall. So the official ruling seems to be substantiated.

Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

Cate Holahan looks at the dark underbelly of a marriage from the perspectives of the detective and the victim in her tense and enthralling page-turner, The Widower's Wife.

My Review:

Holahan has definitely created a suspenseful and thrilling novel with this one. The solidly developed plot creates an enviable and unforgettable read that I found myself caught up in. The fantastic descriptions, with a hint of darkness, really set the tone for this tale. The well-researched background really sets the stage for this suspense that will keep you on your toes.

The characters that Holahan develops are one of a kind and really fill the story well. I found myself really wanting to get to know them on a deeper level. The intricacies of the characters are unforgettable. This is a cast that you truly have to read about to get to know.

Once again Holahan has created a one of a kind thriller that you won’t be able to forget. It’s a fantastic read for those looking for a truly suspenseful tale.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry - Giveaway

Title:  Good Girl Bad Girl
Series:  Kal Medi #1
Author:  Ann Girdharry
Publication Date: August 16th 2016
Length:  346pgs
Genre:  thriller
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★★★
Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA)

Back Cover Blurb:
A stalker. A pact. And a deadly secret. How far must Kal go, to face the truth and find her missing mother?
A new, dangerous, psychological suspense thriller


Kal is twenty-eight years old and she’s no fool, though sometimes she might pretend to be, because hiding her strengths is a great way to extract information.
An expert in psychology and skilled in reading other people and their behaviours, she first learnt her craft from her deceased father. He was a man with dark secrets.

When her journalist mother goes missing, Kal investigates. A shadow’s been stalking her family for three generations. Kal will uncover a child trafficking network and to find her mother, she must face her deepest suspicions and a dread she's been avoiding all her life…

Good Girl Bad Girl is a Readers’ Favourite Five Star book and an intense, psychological thriller.
It’s the first in the Kal Medi series.

My Review:

Girdharry has created a suspenseful, thrilling tale with this one. Intricate yet chilling descriptions bring this world to life as readers get up close and personal with the characters in this tale. Although a bit slow to start off due to world and character development, once we get into the story proper Girdharry’s tale is quite captivating. It definitely took me some effort to get that far into the story but it was well worth it. The well woven plot kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the ending.

The characters that Girdharry develops definitely fill this story well. It was a varied and intrinsically captivating cast that made me want to get to know them so much better.

This was a suspenseful, intricate tale that was well worth the time to read. I will warn you, however, the cliffhanger ending will leave you wanting more.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fight For Me by Jessica Linden

Title:  Fight For Me
Author:  Jessica Linden
Publication Date: August 30th 2016 by Swerve
Length:  249pgs
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  Netgalley
My Rating: ★★★★
Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N - Kobo - Indigo - Google Play

Back Cover Blurb:

Raised in the streets, Knox is a battle-worn MMA fighter with no past, present, or future. Fighting every day just to survive, Knox owns nothing but the pride in his victories and the scars on his hands. When his control snaps and he must flee the city to keep his life, he runs into a stunning woman with the same intent. All big eyes and delicate features, she's not cut out to survive on her own. And when finding her own inner strength leads to a shocking act of violence, Knox knows he must protect her at all costs...

Natalie couldn't spend another day under her father's lock and key. Raised to be the perfect picture of wealth and sophistication, she detests the dark, ugly side of her father's greed. Refusing to be held captive by her life a moment longer, she escapes his fortress - and runs right into the arms of the strongest, most dangerous, most desirable man she's ever met. As instant attraction leads to explosive passion, Natalie finds she cannot leave his side. But as their pursuers loom closer and threaten to tear them apart, Natalie and Knox have to decide: is it easier to stand apart? Or is a love this strong worth the fight?

My Review:

This tale is dark & gritty yet very exciting. Linden develops a fantastic, one of a kind tale that had me on the edge of my seat throughout. It was an intense and creatively developed plot with all the fixings. She is an extremely descriptive author who uses every aspect of this world to make the story more vivid. Danger lurks around every corner as the characters find themselves in tight spot after tight spot, all the while getting closer to one another.

Linden’s cast of characters gave me chills. Some of them had me cringing each and every time they were even mentioned. Danger wafted off of them. At the same time, I love how she melded danger and caring in Knox’s character. Knowing what he’s capable of made him seem both safe and dangerous. Linden also goes so in-depth into Natalie’s background that I felt as if I lived it with her. The main characters have explosive chemistry that is vividly real.

This story is hot from beginning to end. This fast paced tale is one that I’d definitely recommend to others. I could barely put it down.

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