Monthly Archives: August 2014
*Review* Where The Dead Walk by John Bowen
For some, ghosts are no more than the wounds loved ones leave in their wake, haunting the living only with their absence. Others take a more literal view…
Kate Bennett, presenter of paranormal investigation cable TV show, ‘Where the Dead Walk’, isn’t sure what she believes, other than she seems cursed to lose all those closest to her.
After investigating a neglected cliff-top house, empty for a decade because its ‘haunted’, Kate is left convinced a spirit within holds the answers to a childhood she can’t remember and an unimaginable crime.
What she can’t know is that the house’s owner, Sebastian Dahl, is searching for something too, and he intends to get it, whatever the cost.
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Reviewed by Ashley 4.5 Stars!
Let me first start off by saying that this was an amazing read and I highly recommend it. This is a haunted house/paranormal book that will keep you at the edge of your seat trying to figure out what will happen next. I have to say, even though Where the Dead Walk isn’t the usual genre of book that I read, it held me captivated and I honestly had an extremely hard time putting it down.
Kate Bennett is the host for a paranormal TV show, Where the Dead Walk. It is a show about haunted houses and trying to see if it is possible for there to be supernatural activity. The show itself, reminded me of the real show Ghost Hunters, where they try to find actual truth rather just rely on stories. Kate has had an extremely troubled life, and even believes at times that she is cursed. Because of this, she puts everything she has into her work and the success for the show.
Sebastian Dahl is an extremely successful businessman, who has brought himself from nothing to riches by being a building developer. He contacts the show because he believes a house that he built is haunted and would like for the team to check it out for themselves. It seems as though he is infatuated with Kate, and really does not want to deal with anyone else on her team or the show when it comes to his house.Dahl’s house is set on top of a hill with the ocean behind it in a completely remote area. It seems to give everyone the spooks, even in the daylight.
“Kate could imagine it being eerie as hell at night, not just due to its creepy aesthetics, but also from the knowledge it had been sealed up for so long, tomb-like, as though it had been left to slumber.”
What is it about the house that the team will find? Will we ever be able to find out why Sebastian is so infatuated with Kate?From page one, John Bowen sucked me intto his story, and I could not help turning the pages to try to unravel what the ending would be. The characters were well developed, and as the reader, you are able to see the story from multiple perspectives to give you more insight to what is going on. This being a first novel for Bowen, I cannot wait to see what other stories he will come up with.
John Bowen lives in the UK. When not playing video-games, catching up on movies, going to the gym, and enjoying time with his wife and children he occasionally finds time to write 🙂 His debut novel ‘Where the Dead Walk’ reached #1 on Amazon’s Suspense/occult top 100.
The five books John most wishes he had written are:
‘The World According to Garp’ by John Irving.
‘IT’ by Stephen King.
‘The New Confessions’ by William Boyd.
‘The Time Travellers Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger.
‘About a Boy’ by Nick Hornby.
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*Cover Reveal* Covertly Strong by N.A. Alcorn
Coming Soon 9/29/14…
Book One in The Strong Series
By: N.A. Alcorn
Add Covertly Strong to your TBR!
She can track down the world’s most dangerous drug lords, hack into any computer, and kill a man in fifteen different ways—but when she comes face-to-face with the only man who’s ever held her heart, it might be her most dangerous mission yet… Or is it?
Sloan Walker. Dr. Felicia Santora. Agent L-55.
Three very different personas, three very different names, but all have one thing in common. They’re all controlled, acted out, and lived by one woman.
Her past has been long forgotten. Ten years have gone by since someone remembered the girl she used to be. The young girl with the big-brown eyes and beautiful dreams of happiness, dreams of love. She now lives a clandestine life. A life filled with top-secret missions and covert assignments. Only a handful of people know the true nature of her job. Her safety is constantly being pushed towards the brink of life-threatening danger.
Then one day someone unexpectedly steps back into her life…
A man who once owned her mind, body, and soul.
A man who held her heart in the palm of his hand.
He remembers. He knows.
And this knowledge could threaten everything she’s worked so hard for. Nixon West is as intelligent as they come and his Navy SEAL training has made him one of the most dangerous weapons in the United States Military. The moment she reappeared into his life he promised himself that he wouldn’t let her go.
But the true question is…what extreme lengths will Nix go to for her?
She will soon face another mission.
And it will test everything.
Time never seems all that important until your life hangs in the balance.
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock…
*Release Blitz* Unhinged by Timberlyn Scott
Have you ever met that someone who steals your breath with just a look? That someone you can’t stop thinking about, no matter how hard you try?
I met her in a dream. Never would I have expected her to step right into my reality, though.
But she did.
Although I can’t explain why, Payton Fowler makes me want things I never imagined I could have. She soothes the chaos in my head. But she doesn’t know who I really am, and she doesn’t see the darkness that lives inside of me.
She’s supposed to be off limits to me. But that’s not a problem because I’ve perfected the art of breaking the rules.
My name is Sebastian Trovato and this is the story of how I met the woman who unhinges me.
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*Release Blitz* Ruin by Lucian Bane
August 28, 2014
To judge and execute. That is Ruin’s power and desire. But Ruin’s memory is empty of how he came to be here on Earth and why. After saving Isadore– a neuroscientist living in the swamps of Louisiana– from a sexual predator, she volunteers to help him.
Ruin soon discovers that judging and executing wicked humans while linked to such a difficult and beautiful woman who can’t help but involve herself in every aspect of his business, is proving to be more difficult than judging the world.
*Cover Reveal* Big Game – Hunted Love #1 by Aden Lowe
Title: Big Game: Hunted Love 1
Author: Aden Lowe
Release Date: September 15, 2014
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES EIGHTEEN AND UP DUE TO EXPLICIT SEXUAL SITUATIONS, AND STRONG LANGUAGE
When a legendary predator decides prize horses should be on his menu, Kate takes the advice of her neighbor ranchers and hires a big game hunter to track the mountain lion and remove the threat. The hunter arrives to take up the trail, but instead of the seasoned older man she expects, he’s young and impossibly sexy.
Freshly back from deployment to Afghanistan as a special forces operative, Jakob needs to clear his head of the horrors of war. When his uncle is injured, Jakob steps in to fulfill the older man’s commitment to hunt down a mountain lion on the other side of the state. The prospect of several days in the wilderness with only his horses and dogs for company sounds like the ideal opportunity. Except the infuriating female rancher insists on going along for the ride.
*Book Blitz* The Other Side of Someday by Carey Heywood
The Other Side of Someday
by Carey Heywood
Carolina Days #1
Publication Date: July 17, 2014
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Falling in love? Courtney Grayson has been there, done that.
Men, who needs them? Love wasn’t everything she thought it would be. This time around she’s doing things differently. She hasn’t sworn off men for good, just isn’t interested in settling. Trusting someone with her heart again? Someday, but not today.
Falling in love? Sorry, Clay Bradshaw is not the guy for you.
He’s never been in love and he doesn’t see it happening. Hooking up can be fun, but more often than not, women are a distraction he doesn’t need. He’s a busy man, and doesn’t have time to date, let alone fall in love. Will someone ever change that? There’s always a chance, someday.
Life doesn’t always go as planned, and love may find them both on the other side of someday.
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*Release Day Blitz and Review* Be My December by Rachel Brookes
I knew the exact moment I’d become a ‘yes’ girl.
December 16th, a cold winter’s night, four years ago.
The night my innocence was stolen, the night I made the mistake of saying no—a mistake I’d never make again.
The dream of a ‘happily ever after’ was now a locked away myth. I promised myself that I’d never return to the place of my worst nightmare, that I’d never let anyone get close, but then again, I never thought I’d meet someone like him.
The intense, confident and beautiful Ky Crawford.
I had no plans to become someone’s Prince Charming.
I couldn’t be. I refused to be. My plan was simple—do whatever it takes to correct my biggest mistake, my one regret that now controlled my life.
I was on track. I had plans, but then everything changed when I saw her—the girl in the red jacket, the girl who I was told couldn’t say no.
The reserved yet stunning Eden Rivers.
A girl who can’t say no.
A guy who craves redemption.
A chance encounter?
It all comes down to this.
Be My December?
Reviewed by Nancy ☆☆☆☆ 4 Stars!
Eden Rivers is a young college girl with her whole life ahead of her having all the typical hopes and dreams that most girls her age have. Then one horrible night it is all taken away from her in such a vile way.
“In the minutes that followed, as the perfect world I knew was destroyed, I ceased to exist as Eden Rivers….. From that moment, I would become a yes girl- as saying no seemed to be the worse decision I ever made.”
Ky Crawford is a young successful man who has everything he could possibly want and yet he can’t get rid of his demons, he lives his life filled with guilt and remorse. Guilt because he couldn’t save the one girl he always knew was his.
Ky makes it his sole mission to help Eden find herself again and you will find yourself routing for him the whole time.
“My urge to kiss you, to touch you, to fuck you overwhelms me. I crave being near you; I need to be near you. You are completely and utterly destroying me Miss Rivers, and I couldn’t be happier about that.”
Their relationship will make you feel so many different emotions at some points you won’t know whether you are coming or going and the whole time you will just be wishing you could reach in and tell them both everything is going to be okay.
“I will make you realize that saying no is your given right and that saying yes can still be a beautiful thing”
I really enjoyed meeting the characters in this book. While there was much sadness in the story, there were also great friendships present and formed that allowed for just enough happy moments as well. This was my first book by Rachel Brookes, but I can honestly say it won’t be my last.
*Release Blitz and Review* Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti
Title: Ten Below Zero
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Release Date: August 28, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”
My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.
A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.
His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.
He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.
Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.
He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.
Reviewed by Shera ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 HUGE Stars!
“A single text message changed my entire life”
Meet Parker….After being attacked in the middle of an abandoned parking lot, she crawled into a deep dark hole of a whole new world. She withdrew herself from everyone and everything. She is reserved, stays at home and first appears shy… But she certainly is far from it. Her roomates are complete drunken whorish losers who rely on her simply for a late night ride and to treat her like crap. She only has herself. One night sitting alone while her friends were out partying she gets a text from a number she doesn’t know. She plays along, pretending to be “Sarah” putting herself out there and ends on a bar stool where she meets the oh so sexy, intriguing, Everett. She is so cold, ten below zero cold. She pushes everyone away, whether walking or running, she ultimately always gets away….but this time she left her credit card…. So their journey begins
“You resist touch, as if the warmth of another human touching your skin will thaw you out too much. You harden yourself to experiences. You don’t say nice things. You inflict pain with your words. You do these things to push people away”
Everett has his own secrets and his fair share of scars. He is sick and after going through surgery only for it not to fix his problem and lost part of his memory, he refuses to lose any more of his life. He blames himself for problems within his family due to his illness and has distanced himself from them all. He is beautiful inside and out and wants to live life to the fullest.. After meeting Parker at the bar, there is something about her. He can see shes hiding and not living life. Even though his choice is made about his life, he refuses to let her go down the same road. He uses that card she forgot the first night and sucks her into his world. He speaks the truth, doesn’t candy coat anything ..
“Lies wrapped up in pretty words don’t benefit anyone in the end” I love that Everett speaks the truth, he says what he wants, does what he wants and goes where he wants, and he wants to go on a road trip to see everything hes ever wanted to experience and convinces Parker to go along for the ride. What an amazing, breathtaking, life altering, eye opening ride it will be for both of them! The Banter between these two is unreal and I simply LOVED it!
This story was simply AMAZING. So breathtaking beautifully written and compelling. What Parker and Everett go through is a super dooper looper rollercoaster ride. She is a beautiful broken girl, he is a sexy smart broken man. Both are broken in different ways, and both need each other to be fixed. The characters were easy to connect with, you will fall in love with the story. I wont lie, tissues will be needed, but rest assured this isn’t a sad story. Its about overcoming what you think is impossible, opening up to the possibility that there is more out there, that there IS someone to love. This journey is one I would take again and again.
“Some of us have scars that arent meant to be seen. “That part was honest, heartbreakingly so.”
We all have scars that aren’t meant to be seen. Some we try to hide, some aren’t visible at all residing deep down in your soul. Whitney this book was heartbreakingly BEAUTIFUL. One I wont forget for a long time. Parker and Everett have a permanent place in my heart. 5 Shining Stars to you and please bring us more!!!!
*Release Blitz and Review* Assumption by Aurora Rose Reynolds
a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof
They say when you assume that you make an ass out of you and me. Kenton Mayson learned this lesson firsthand when he made assumptions about Autumn Freeman and the kind of woman she is based on what little information he had. What he finds out is she’s not only beautiful, but also smart, funny, a fighter, and exactly the kind of woman he wants to share his life with. Autumn made assumptions of her own about Kenton, and now he needs to prove her wrong in order to protect her and their future.
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Reviewed by Nancy ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 5 Stars!!!
Those Mayson Men just keep getting better and better……
“I see you judging me. I know what you’re thinking. She has to be a slut; she works at a strip club and takes her clothes off for money….The people watching make assumptions about who they think I am, or cook up a story in their heads of who they want me to be. I’m just another beautiful face.”
Autumn Freeman has not had an easy life. She has been abused and forced to do things she didn’t want to do. She is judged and made to believe she just doesn’t matter. One fateful night will change her life and view of herself forever.
Kenton Mayson is a bounty hunter who lives life one day at a time loving his family and his job. Little does he realize that a favor he agrees to do for a friend will change his life forever as well.
When Kenton and Autumn meet there are a lot of “assumptions” being made. Autumn assumes that Kenton sees her just like everybody else does, just a beautiful face that takes her clothes off for a living. Autumn sees Kenton as an ass for the way he acts and handles certain situations. But once Kenton realizes he is falling for Autumn he has to make her see herself the same way he sees her and nothing is going to get in his way, not even Autumn.
“I kiss him back, and all the anger I feel towards him goes into that kiss. I bite his lips, bottom then top, and claw my nails through his hair. He growls down my throat, his big body pressing me harder into the wall”
There is just enough of everything in this story, love, danger, lol moments and a great cast of characters. I loved this book and can honestly say you will not be disappointed.
This is book one in Aurora Rose Reynolds new series, The Underground Kings series. Although it is a series each book is a stand alone as well just like her Until series… and let me just say that if you loved the Until series, you will love this one as well. There is also some crossover of the characters from the Until series which is always nice…..
If you have not read her Until series, I suggest you read those as well because they are very well written and each book has a hot alpha male… just saying.