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Blurb: When a border dispute between two bear clans destabilizes shapeshifter relations throughout Europe and threatens to reveal their existence to humans, the Sazi High Council orders both sides to the negotiation table. The peace talks take place in Luna Lake, the American community where all shifter species–wolf, cat, bird, bear, and more–live in harmony.

Diplomats, their families, and security personnel stream into town, among them Dalvin Adway, a Wolven agent. Dalvin is startled to find Rachel Washington in Luna Lake. The last time he saw her, they were children in Detroit. Then she was kidnapped and, he thought, murdered. But Rachel became an owl-shifter as a result of the attack and has avoided family and old friends ever since, knowing they would not understand her. She’s stunned to see Dalvin and learn that he, too, is an owl-shifter.

Their wary friendship is on the brink of becoming something more when conspiracy and betrayal cause the peace talks to break down. The fight between the bear clans will be settled through a form of traditional challenge–a risky tactic that might lead to full-blown war. Rachel is determined to prevent that, even if it means taking up the challenge herself!

Review: Last year, I was fortunate enough to read the first book in the new Sazi series, Forbidden as an ARC (review may be found here) and I have enjoyed how the story is being continued in Illicit.

The second book has been as much fun to read as the first in this new Sazi setting. There are twists and turns and layers upon layers. Misunderstandings, differing loyalties, illusions - and that is just the beginning. All of that covers the parties at the peace talks, the Council members, and Rachel and Dalvin, albeit in different ways and everything is woven and interwoven together.

I look forward to what comes next.

Book provided by publisher for an honest review.

Illicit may be purchased here.

(Cover and blurb (c)Tor)
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Blurb: USA Today bestselling author Cathy Clamp reboots the Sazi universe in Forbidden, a tightly-paced, high-tension urban fantasy thriller.

Ten years have passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and inflicted a horrible “cure” on thousands of Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift.

Luna Lake, isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for Sazi orphans. Now it’s a small town and those refugees are young adults, chafing at the limits set by their still-fearful guardians.

There’s reason to fear: Sazi children are being kidnapped. Claire, a red wolf shifter, is sent to investigate. Held prisoner by the Snakes during childhood, Claire is distrusted by those who call Luna Lake home.

Before the war, Alek was part of a wolf pack in Chicago. In Luna Lake he was adopted by a parliament of Owls, defying Sazi tradition. The kidnappings are a painful reminder that his little sister disappeared a decade ago.

When Claire and Alek meet, sparks fly–but the desperate race to find the missing children forces them to set aside their mutual attraction and focus on the future of their people.

Review: It has been a long while since I had read a Sazi book and I was fortunate enough to have received an ARC to read from Ms. Clamp for an honest review. Reading this book made me realize how much I had enjoyed reading the series and I am glad to have the opportunity.

Reading the book, I have to say that I found little fault with it.

I like the town setting of Luna Lake and everything about it. I enjoyed the characters - the good and the bad, but especially Alek and how he interacts with the others. The storyline - the threads, the pacing, the looking into things - was intriguing and enjoyable.

What I believe I enjoyed the most about Forbidden was how everything tied in together.

Wonderful read and I look forward to more books in the series.

(Image and blurb (c)Cathy Clamp)



Forbidden may be bought here.
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Logan Brandish - writer
Brock Kimble - new editor
Janey Caster - LB's housemate
Frances Barlow - newest editor
Vera and Cassie - new friends met in Vienna, go to ROme with LB
Roberto, Marco
Lucille- LB's Mom
Grace Allenson - Ls & Js next door neighbor
Curtis Little - cardboard box guy, Ls ex

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Blurb: The Taskforce is used to being the hunter, but this time they’re the hunted.

Intent on embroiling the US in a quagmire that will sap its economy and drain its legitimacy, Russia passes a potential weapon of mass destruction to Boko Haram, an extreme Islamic sect in Nigeria. The Russian FSB believes the weapon, a relic of the Cold War, has deteriorated and is no longer effective, but they are wrong. Boko Haram has the means for mass destruction, which will be set loose upon a multitude of unsuspecting innocents on one of the world’s grandest stages.

Trying to solve the riddle of who might be stalking them, Pike Logan and the Taskforce have no idea what’s been set in motion; but there’s another secret from the Cold War buried in the Russian FSB, and exposing it will mean the difference between life and death—not only for Pike and his partner, Jennifer, but for perhaps millions more around the globe.

Review: Days of Rage is another fast-paced thriller with a very relevant storyline in today's world.

The blending of fiction with real-world "what could be" possibilities is riveting. So are the characters (TaskForce, FSB, Boko Haram) and how they work, react, and change throughout the book.

This is only the second book I had read by Mr. Taylor, but will definitely look for others to catch-up on as well as those that will be published in the future.

Received from publisher for review.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Brad Taylor)
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Blurb: THE FUTURE OF HIS TRIBE

Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

THE LOVER OF HIS SOUL

But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?

Review: I found myself liking the characters and premise of the book. The first because of the "what lies beneath" (or behind) their motivations factor and a few twists and turns. The second because of the spin on the vampire legend - very intriguing.

Having said that, for now I find myself preferring what I have read of Ms. Ione's Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. The reason for this is that I find myself questioning some of the elements presented (one of which is how vampires can become enslaved to humans). This book is only the second in the series, so there might either have been a hint of an explanation in the first book (which I have not, as yet, read) or there might be a gradual explanation in future books.

Good read with a good pace and characters, but not entirely satisfactory for me.

(Cover and blurb (c)Larissa Ione, book provided by publisher for review.)
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Blurb: Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to putting their lives at risk—and in The Polaris Protocol it’s Jennifer’s brother and countless more innocents who face unfathomable violence and bloodshed.

Pike and Jennifer are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce—a top-secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law—when Jennifer gets a call from her brother, Jack. Working on an investigative report into the Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups. His desperate call to his sister is his last before he’s kidnapped.

In their efforts to rescue Jack, Pike and Jennifer uncover a plot much more insidious than illegal drug trafficking—the cartel that put a target on Jack’s back has discovered a GPS hack with the power to effectively debilitate the United States. The hack allows a user to send false GPS signals, making it possible to manipulate everything from traffic signals and banking wire transfers to cruise missiles, but only while the system’s loophole remains in place.

With the GPS hack about to be exploited and Jack’s life at stake, Jennifer and Pike must find a way to infiltrate the cartel’s inner circle and eliminate the impending threat. The price of failure, for both the Taskforce and the country, is higher than ever.

Review: Drug cartels, control of GPS signals, and a TaskForce member's kidnapped brother - and that is mostly the beginning.

The Polaris Protocol is a fast-paced, edge of the seat read. There are parts of the book that do not make for easy reading (cartel methods, for example), but they give the story a certain authenticity it might not otherwise have had.

The plot revolving around GPS signals and how they could be (mis-)used by less than savory people was nicely done.

Great recommended read and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Taylor's books.

Originally received as an Advanced Reader's Copy from publisher for review.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Brad Taylor)
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Blurb: When your own eyes betray you, who can you trust?

At the door, the harsh-eyed man and woman surveyed the room in slow tandem, like twin Terminators. Drew leaned on the bar, rattling the ice in his glass. Harper took the Cuervo Gold from the shelf. The first sound was a muffled pop. The man and woman with the gunslinger eyes turned toward the high roller’s booth. Harper’s skin prickled. A second report hammered beneath the drumbeat. It was unmistakable, a noise she knew from the firing range and a thousand TV shows, a sound it seemed she had been expecting all her life: gunfire.

In Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.


When shots ring out in a crowded L.A. club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the crossfire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. L.A. Sheriff’s detective Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her, a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him.

A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shootout has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed.

Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli Syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises.

As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence—and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks.

Review: I looked forward to reading this book (received from publisher for review) as I liked the premise and I had read about Ms. Gardiner before, but had not yet read any of her books.

I enjoyed reading Phantom Instinct very much. It was fast paced, great characters, enough twists and turns to satisfy my reading tastes, and a good plot.

I liked seeing how the characters grew and changed as the story unfolded. I liked seeing how each character dealt with the different issues that cropped up. The themes were something else I enjoyed - who to trust, who to turn to, how far to go, instinct - good or bad.

Great read and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Gardiner's books.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Meg Gardiner)
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Blurb: Single father Danny Goodman would do anything — anything — to protect his teenaged daughter, Abby, from more unhappiness after her mother’s death. Struggling to keep her at the private school she loves, he accepts a favor from an unexpected benefactor: Thomas Galvin, father of Abby’s best friend and one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin offers Danny a loan that would be enough to pay Abby’s tuition and relieve some of Danny’s other financial pressures, and Danny can’t help but be charmed by Galvin’s generosity and kindness.

Danny’s new friend, however, turns out to have some dangerous enemies — including some Federal investigators who think Danny’s in a perfect position to collect evidence against Galvin. The moment Galvin’s loan hits Danny’s account, Danny finds himself trapped into a dangerous undercover assignment that will put both his life and his daughter’s at risk. Danny tells one lie after another to hide more and more secrets, weaving a net that will ultimately require a desperate plan of action.

Review: I received the book from the publisher for review.

Not having read Joseph Finder before, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I was surprised - in a good way. What drew me to the book (aside from a good storyline) is that it had quite a few twists and turns throughout. I also found myself liking the characters - all of them to a greater or lesser degree. Dan Goodman and Tom Galvin especially.

Aside from the above, what I really liked about the book were the themes that I found when reading it - family, the ties that bind, what we do for those we love, things not always being what they seemed, and trying to do what is right.

Enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Finder's works.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Joseph Finder)
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Blurb: Marcy can't wait to see the new exhibit on antique tapestries at the Tallulah Falls Museum, including beautiful kilim rugs. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to alarm when, the day after the exhibition opens, she discovers a dead body behind her store, the Seven-Year Stitch, wrapped up in a most unusual fashion.

The victim appears to be a visiting art professor for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with her boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.

Review: Thread End is my introduction to the Embroidery Series, so I wasn't sure what to expect of the book. What I found was a nice, comfortable book to read. There is murder, yes. There is a mystery, naturally. However, what drew me the most is that there isn't unnecessary violence and "language".

There may be readers for whom this book may not be edgy or gritty enough and that is okay. (I like to read edgy and gritty books myself.) Everyone has their favorites.

I liked the (no pun intended) blend of mystery, crafting, and characters. All of those details make for a great relaxing read and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Lee's Embroidery Series in the future.

Book received from the author for review.

(Cover page and blurb (c)Gayle Trent.)
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Blurb: No one was aware of the storm's sudden force.

Not the Hurricane Hunter crew trapped in its center. Not the family marooned on a resort island while searching for their missing teen. A deadly Category Five hurricane has never hit the Georgia coast in modern times.

Until now.

St. Simons Island, Georgia, has never been hit by a Category 5 hurricane.

Until now.

No one predicted the storm's sudden force. A crippled Air Force recon plane, trapped in the eye of a violent hurricane. An outspoken tropical weather forecaster, fired from his network TV job before he can issue a warning: the storm is changing course and intensifying. A desperate family searching for a runaway daughter on Georgia's posh St. Simons Island, cut off from escape as the hurricane roars toward them. A marriage on the rocks; an unrequited sexual attraction; a May-December romance. All will be swept up by the monster storm.

Get ready for a white-knuckle adventure.

Review: I had originally received this from the publisher as a review copy, but had laid it aside, and it took me a good long while to come to reading it. Having it read it, I wish I had read it sooner.

While, living in Florida as I do, I can't say that hurricanes are a good thing, Mr. Bernard's writing is. He tells a great story and knows his way around invoking an image or three.

I liked all of the characters in the book - even the ones who weren't entirely likable - and how things changed for them throughout the book. Their growth and changing perspectives as the fictional (for this book) Hurricane Janet approached landfall really stood out for me.

I think that, overall, I liked the blend of weather science presented, the behind the scenes "stuff" of how information is gathered, what information is presented (and when it is), and the themes throughout the book (pushing through against the odds with the knowledge of right based on experience, realization of when to let go, tipping points, new relationships, etc.) are what made Eyewall great.

(Book cover and blurb (c)Belle Books)
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Blurb:“You won’t let anybody else have you, Joseph. I won’t let anybody else have you. I want you all to myself.” – Gage Mason

We’ve all had our experience with him. The Bad Boy. The one we’ve been warned about. The one with rips in his jeans and a lazy, devil may care smile on his mouth. The one who makes you do bad things that feel so good.

For me it was Gage Mason. We met when he worked on my Ducati. I knew immediately he was trouble, but something about that Bad Boy drew me in. Maybe it’s his dark eyes that study me like he wants to know everything about me. Maybe it’s the way he makes me feel; the rough touch of his hands, his possessive grip on my hair when we kiss, the way he feels deep inside me. Or maybe it’s the way he needs me, even though he won’t admit it.

For once in my life I’m taking a risk. Despite everything that tells me I shouldn’t, I’m taking a chance to be with Gage. I don’t know if it will end well, but I do know I can’t resist that Bad Boy.

Joseph Naderi

Review: Caution: Review contains mild spoilers in last paragraph.

For me, Bad Boys Need Love Too is a solid three lilies because I wound up with an almost love/hate (or maybe more of a great like/great dislike) relationship with it and the reasons overlap.

First, why I disliked it. For a good portion of the book (about a third to half of it), I was gnashing my teeth a bit regarding the main characters and their personalities. Gage is controlling, manipulative, blows a little hot and cold, and is - at least to me (and, admittedly, I could very well be wrong and this was not intended) - comes across as being a little emotionally abusive. While Joseph fares a little better in the characterization, he's no saint either. He is a reasonably intelligent, ambitious man, yet he stays with Gage for far longer than he would like to have. He also tends to do a "runner" under certain circumstances.

Which leads me to why I do like the book. In spite of what drove me a bit 'round the bend with the characters (and almost had me putting the book away), they are likable in their own way. The reader winds up understanding the whys and wherefores of the characters - what in their pasts makes them the way they are, what makes them tick, what draws them to each other. Another reason why, in the end (and in spite of all the angst and drama), I like the book is that they work at working things out - alone, together, with help, with friends, and with family.

Edits: 1) Correction on character name due to me putting Joshua instead of Joseph. 2) I had kindly received the book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

(Image found on Ms. Tomlinson's BlogSpot page (http://christatomlinson.blogspot.com/?zx=a1319ddf0fd5858b) and is copyrighted to her.)

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Blurb: The New Conservative Woman Speak Out

Popular political news commentator Scottie Nell Hughes tackles the myth of the weak and meek conservative American woman with a fighting spirit that refuses to be intimidated by the mainstream media.

The media and many politicians have defined today’s American woman as a bra-burning liberal who sees men as competitors and children as burdens. According to them, women want federal bureaucrats to run our schools. They need churches to pay for prescriptions that violate religious faith. They trust big government and mistrust our military, and they care more about obscure endangered species than endangered American jobs. Any woman who defies these stereotypes is marginalized and ignored— particularly if her outlook is bold, strong, conservative, and Christian. Scottie Hughes emphatically rejects those stereotypes—and with a ROAR, refuses to be ignored. She describes the strength of the new conservative woman in everyday life and politics, from her deep faith and spirituality to her love for family and children to her independence and refusal to participate in a manufactured war against men.

Review: Ms. Hughes speaks her mind in Roar. While she is diplomatic, she is not shy about voicing her opinions on a variety of topics. Throughout the book, Ms. Hughes shares her background and her views with a fair sprinkling of humor.

While I can't say that I agree with all of her views, her presentation leaves the reader (or at least me) with the feeling that the disagreement is a good thing if done in a respectful, intelligent, and well-thought out manner.

Very good read.

(Received from publisher for review. Blurb and cover (c)Worthy Publishing.)
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Blurb: A one night stand. A lifelong obsession.

One magical summer, Megan Hallberg met—and loved—Prince Stefano Barrali. But his royal duties took him home, and when she discovered she carried his child, she also discovered he was engaged...to a beautiful, worldly aristocrat.

Ten years later, Stefano runs into Megan at the grand opening of a Barcelona hotel, and it's his every sensual fantasy come to life. His memory of the stunning blonde and their passionate summer has haunted his dreams, and a night under the stars gives him the perfect opportunity to reclaim the woman he thought lost to him.

Megan finds herself torn between passion with a prince and a fierce need to protect her daughter. Can the man who captured her heart so many years ago be her destiny...or her downfall?

Review: Love found, thought lost, possibly found again. Conflict, misunderstandings, and a tangle of issues to be sorted out.

Scandal with the Prince was a good read. The book had good characters, a story that sets a good pace from the beginning, and - while some could say that the book follows a formula - the reader (in my opinion) is not "sold" on it in an obvious manner.

Look forward to seeing more from the author.

(Cover image and blurb (c) Nicole Burnham
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Blurb: As childhood sweethearts growing up in a small Texas town, Jordan and Cassie were the golden couple of their generation—the epitome of the All-American couple one only saw portrayed in movies. But after high school ended, and with the promise that nothing could break their relationship, Jordan moved to California to play football in college, leaving Cassie with a broken heart while residing in their sleepy little town.

Six years later, Jordan is now the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. At the peak of his career, he returns home following his father’s health scare, and in the process, learns he fathered a child with his former flame.

While Cassie may have had her reasons for concealing her son from his father for five years, Jordan is determined to be a part of his child’s life—despite being worlds apart from each other.

Unions will be tested as two worlds collide once more in an attempt to restore a former spark, but will it be enough to make a family whole again? Will Jordan believe home really is where the heart is?

Review: I found the book to be an enjoyable read - especially the characters. I enjoyed how the characters, well, 'danced' around each other and worked things out. I liked how Jordan and Cassie worked things out.

What caught my attention, though, is the possible relationship between Nick and Gabby. Maybe a look at a future book in the making? :)

Very nice debut read from Ms. Mack and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.
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Blurb: They say that dreams can come true, but as a dreamwalker, Devlin had yet to experience anything but nightmares. Then again, the druid had been held by sadistic vampires and dark mages for twenty years, forced to do their bidding. Newly escaped, he stumbles upon a dreamrealm where he can’t resist a little werewolf.

Jamie just wants someone to call her own. She feels like she’s been waiting for an awfully long time, when a man who teases her memory begins to visit her while she’s dreaming. From the moment she feels his turmoil, she’s drawn in, wanting nothing more than to heal his broken soul.

Before Devlin can decide what to do, he has to make a trip to Edenton. His first goal is to make sure someone who can’t remember him is safe and happy. The little werewolf of his dreams happens to live there, and she’s even more irresistible in real life.
When you’ve been taught all your life to run, what will make you change? Can Jamie convince her mate to stay and fight? Will he risk everything to have what he needs? Or run to save them all?

Review: Not having read the other books in the series (as of this review), I find myself unable to compare the progress of the series.

This installment, however, gives me an incentive to investigate further. There is enough background information for the newly introduced reader to not be left entirely in the dark, while (at least for this reader) not overwhelming readers who have read the previous books.

Outside of the story, I liked all of the characters - even the bad ones. Each has his/her own reason for doing things, each is reasonably well-rounded, and all of them make the story a great read.

Look forward to reading the other books in the series and to further adventures within the series in the future.

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Blurb: Who among us doesn't desperately need... Love. Period.

Love without conditions ... acceptance that will change the world. Every one of us wants to be more than just accepted; Rudy shows us how to love people who are not like us. By truly understanding what Jesus meant when He said love is the greatest commandment of all, we learn how to love people—of different races, backgrounds, economic status, physical or mentally challenged, or dependent. Love. Period. is a message demonstrating the only way we get that kind of love is by giving it to others.

Review: I found the book to be interesting and very engaging.

What I took away from it is a better awareness of myself and others. Part of that came about from Mr. Rasmus' personalization of the points he was making.

Very good read and highly recommended.

Received book from publisher for review.

(Cover photo and blurb (c) Worthy Publishing.)
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Blurb: A husband and wife are staying in a hotel on a remote islet when the sickness comes. In a matter of days the resort is overrun with the ill and the dying, all of them lost in a psychosis brought upon by the disease. The islet quickly falls, and the only safe haven is Cãlo, a southern township that the locals—the indigenous population who used to serve as resort workers—call their home.

The couple is forced to flee into La Sielve, the wildlands, and what follows is an out-and-out struggle for their very survival, a series of unnerving trials that test their bodies, minds, and their relationship with one another.

They soon learn that the islet is not the only place affected by the sickness, that it's everywhere, and that the carriers are only those with European heritage, and at first the husband and wife—him biracial, her African-American—believe they may be immune, that they may be able to ride out the collapse. But when they begin to notice signs of the sickness in themselves, in each other, they start to wonder if they're really as healthy as they hoped.

A story of love, loss, and the struggle to maintain one's humanity in the face of animalism, The Mortis explores the lengths we will—and sometimes won't—go for each other during the crises we face, and delves into themes as diverse as marriage, culture, race, societal structure, and ideological rigidity.

Review: The Mortis was a good read and the author explored the themes of love, loss, how people handle themselves (and each other) in adversity, and the lengths that people will (or will not) go to very well.

Whether the timing was of my reading the book was off or for some other reason I cannot quite pin down, I could not quite connect with the storyline or the characters. I will re-read the book in the future to see if my opinion changes.

(Provided by Smith Publicity for review.)

(cover image and blurb (c)Jonathan R. Miller
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Blurb: SARAH TAZEWELL, A CEREBRAL, highly intuitive woman, knew from an early age that she was psychic. She and her husband David buy a church confessional from a renovator and convert it into a phone booth for their Queen Anne Victorian. Then Sarah hears jumbled voices the first time she uses the phone and senses a presence in the confessional. Before long, the voices become only one: that of a murderer that rapes and strangles his victims. Though consumed with fear and anxiety, Sarah refuses to be a victim and sets out on a journey to learn more about the confessional.

Sarah’s antagonist is a brilliant, charismatic sexual psychopath who conforms to his own rigid ritual; a ritual of murder and confession. The confessional in the 100-year-old church where he confesses is an integral part of the ritual. Before confessing, he carves the initials of his victims into the confessional wall. His confessions bring him release to begin the ritual once again. When he comes to confess after another murder, he finds “his” confessional gone and begins a frantic search to find it. What might the result of Sarah’s and his searches?

Review: The Confessional was a good, gripping read that provides the read with a few "Is it this character or that character?" opportunities throughout the book.

All of the characters are great (even the ones that wouldn't be the kind of people one would like to know if they were real) and the story had a good flow and pace that provided for a few tense moments.

I would recommend this as a read.

(Provided by Smith Publicity for review.)

(cover image and blurb (c)Reiny Pierson)
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Blurb: "My name is Nyah and I'm a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn't exist, but do."

Seventeen-year-old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker who makes a living by cracking the firewalls of the world's largest corporations. But when the biggest job of her life goes wrong, she's plunged into a desperate situation with only one way out: one last hack that will either save her or kill her. So begins Hacker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering world around us, the seen and the unseen, and reminds us that there's far more to who we are than meets the eye.

Review: Hacker is the latest installment in Ted Dekker's Outlaw chronicles and it delivers a thrill ride.

It has as many twists and alleyways as Eyes Wide Open did (and probably Water Walker as well, but I have not read that installment as yet).

The story, naturally, revolves around hacking. While computer hacking does involve itself in the storyline, I also like Mr. Dekker's twist on it - a clue to be found on the wonderful cover.

Great addition to the Outlaw chronicles and a thrilling, fast-paced read.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Worthy Publishing)
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Blurb: All roads lead home in Snowberry Creek...

After a devastating tour in Afghanistan, all Spencer Lang wants is for life to return to normal. But when he rides into his hometown on his Harley, he learns that his friends and family have tried to move past their heartbreak since he was reported killed-in-action—and the woman he loved is about to marry his best friend. Now, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his life.

Years ago Melanie Wolfe left town, with no intention of ever coming back. But when her father dies, she reluctantly returns home to salvage the family business. Reuniting with Spencer, her high school crush, complicates the already thorny situation, especially when she begins losing her heart to him all over again.

As Spencer and Melanie work to restore order to her family's company, two damaged hearts face an unexpected new future that is filled with possibilities...and love.

Review: I received a copy of A Reason to Love from the author for an honest review.

I have enjoyed reading Ms. Morgan's books since picking up a copy of Dark Defender when it first came out. Like the books I have read since, A Reason to Love has all of the elements that I have come to expect in an Alexis Morgan book.

The first is great characters. Spencer Lang comes back to a hometown that believes he was killed in action. He has issues, but he learns how to deal with them - step by step. He re-learns how to be around not only the people in his hometown, but the surviving members of his unit. Melanie Wolfe is a member (and heir) of Snowberry Creek's founding family and is expected to maintain a certain standard. While she tries to keep the family business afloat, she works on ways to improve it. Neither they, nor their various friends or family friends, are perfect and that is why I like them.

Another element is the setting. I really like the small town setting of Snowberry Creek. It is, in many ways, like small towns everywhere: Everyone knows (or thinks they know) everyone else's business, it takes a lot to overcome the image you had, and the world might very well come to an end if you do something differently from the way your parents did it.

A final element I enjoy is the story itself. Sure, it has been "done before". Soldier comes home, finds girl, etc. Ms. Morgan, however, has a way of writing which keeps it fresh and keeps readers - or at least this one - coming back for more.

Is the book perfect? Of course not. For one, I would have liked to know what has happened to Spence's uncle Vince. It was mentioned in the book that Spence's cousin Austin has changed from their younger days, yet there is no encounter between the two. Maybe more will be learned in a future book. This is also my first Snowberry Creek (I am more familiar with the Paladin and Talion books) book, so there may be more that was mentioned about these two characters in the previous books.

Overall, an excellent read from an excellent author.

(Image (c)Barnes and Noble, blurb (c) Alexis Morgan)

(Review cross-posted to Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads.)

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