Review of Written in Blood, by Stephen Puleston @books_n_all #Policeprocedural

DC Ian Drake is man who when working on a case will look at all angles to figure out who the murderer is. He has some odd habits, but they help him work things out in his head and keep things straight for him.

Drake’s team is called in when a well known barrister, Nicholas Wixley, is killed and the crime scene resembles a crime scene of a case that the he tried years prior. There are a lot of details to this case and Drake and his team will work hard to make sure that they have the correct person behind bars for the crime. The people involved in this case are all well known public figures and Drake and his team must tread carefully when questioning the suspects.

I liked this book and Drake’s team, they may seem like a misfit bunch, but they work well together and they work hard to find the killer. There is more than one murder and all of the victims are connected. If you are a fan of police procedural and suspense, I would highly recommend this book. The characters are likable and well written. I give this book a 4 star review. This was the first book in the DC Drake series, but it worked well as a stand alone story.

 

RELEASE BLITZ, GIVEAWAY, AND REVIEW:The Hanged Man by Clarissa Wild @wildclarissa #TuesdayBookBlog

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Title: The Hanged Man
Series: Cards of Love
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Romance (Novella)
Release Date: October 15, 2018

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41773646-the-hanged-man

Blurb:
Criminal. Outlaw. Murderer.
That’s only a few of the names people call me, and all of them are true.
I did the unforgivable. I killed a man in broad daylight.
I did it for her.
I paid my dues, did my time.
Now I’m out and I want her back, no matter the cost.
She hates me, but that won’t stop me from hunting after her.
I need her to be mine again.
And there’s a secret I have to tell …
But everything has its price.
I’m willing to pay.
Is she?

The Hanged Man is a Standalone Dark Romance from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Clarissa Wild.
Note: This story contains disturbing content that may be offensive to some readers.

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Troubled teenager girl behind bars
Excerpt #1:
Prologue

Lillian

After

It’s finally time.
I grab one of the dull pencils from the tray and a piece of paper from the stack and place it down in front of me. Biting my lip, I stare wistfully at the sheet, wondering what I should write. If I should even write anything.
There are so many things I want to say, so much I have to explain, but none of the words in my head will suffice. She’ll never understand. She’s too innocent to know the truth.
So I opt for something else instead. Something familiar and loving, so she’ll know how much I care.
“Are you gonna start or what?” the woman across the shoddy table says while glaring at me.
I look up from my paper and gaze blankly ahead. “As soon as I know what to write.”
“You don’t get much time, y’know,” she adds, shrugging. “Suit yourself.”
I nod a few times. Advice is best not taken for granted, so I pick up the pencil and rub my lips together.

Dear Daisy,

You’ll probably never read this letter, but I want you to know that at least I tried. I’ve told your auntie Dana to hold onto the letters I send her until I get the chance to hand them to you myself. As much as I want to, I can’t be with you right now. But I promise it won’t be long. I’ll be with you again soon. Before you even know it.
I know you’ll be good. I know you’ll do great out there in the world.
And you know … I will find you again.

Love,
Mommy

Smiling, I read over the words again before my letter and those of all the other women next to me are taken by the guard as she passes us.
They’ll read the contents and decide whether it’s suitable to send.
This is how it always goes … here in prison.
There’s no choice to make, no autonomy whatsoever. Nothing but sleep, eat, work, and wait.
Wait until your time is up.
Until you can see your baby again.
But I knew the consequence when I did what I did. That I’d end up sacrificing precious time I could’ve spent with her. But it was the only choice I could make, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat if I had to.
It’s no one’s fault. Not mine or his.
Circumstances brought me here, and I accept that wholeheartedly.
Love … is what brought me here.
I made the ultimate sacrifice for my little girl.
For a man I couldn’t stop loving even when that same love ripped her away from me.
For both … I’d willingly hang.

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Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Dark Romance and Contemporary Romance novels. She is an avid reader and writer of swoony stories about dangerous men and feisty women. Her other loves include her hilarious husband, her two crazy but cute dogs, and her ninja cat that sometimes thinks he’s a dog too. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, playing video games, reading tons of books, and cooking her favorite meals.

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A story that makes a parent stop and think, and a story of love for a child above all else. This story made me stop and think as well and agree that I would probably make the same choices that Hanson and Lillian made in order to have more time with my child. The way that this story is written, it goes back and forth between present and previous events. It keeps you wondering what the reason is for Lillian’s feelings towards Hanson. There is love, confusion, and commitment in this story that are so real and raw. The love a parent has for their child should be this way, and the lengths that a parent goes through to protect and keep their child safe should be just the way that Lillian and Hanson are with Daisy.

This was a short read, but a heartfelt read. I liked the story and give it a 3.5 star review. I look forward to reading more of the the stories in the Cards of Love Anthology.

REVIEW: Shattered, by Bry Ann @AuthorBryAnn

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Title: Shattered

Author: Bry Ann

Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Psychological Thriller

Release Date: October 19, 2018

Blurb:

Sometimes, when I really think about it, I can almost feel the way the breeze felt against my skin that day. How it washed over me, cooling my heated skin.

I remember counting the minutes it took to get to my boyfriend’s house. Twenty-two, but it took twenty-three that day. Maybe the extra minute was a warning.

One I didn’t heed, of course.

I wanted love. It’s all I wanted. I would have done anything for it.
It made me an easy victim.

Tell me I’m pretty here, hug me there and I was a puppet on his string. He pulled and pulled until he asked me to do the one thing I absolutely could not do.

It broke me to tell him no. Tore me up. I went over to his house that day to try and find a way to make it up to him. To fix what I broke.

Minute nineteen.

Cool breeze. Sunshine. Hope for love, fear I ruined my chance at it by being disobedient.

Minute twenty.

Black. One minute was all it took for Sage Briar-Rose to cease to exist.

To shatter her.

This is the story of how I lost myself. The story of how my naive search for love left me shattered.

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Biography

Bry Ann is a psychology student at Arizona State University. She spends most of her free time reading, writing and doing homework. Bry Ann has been writing for as long as she can remember. Even from the youngest of ages she was writing about characters with dark pasts and shady stories. As she got older she decided everyone should get a love story so soon her dark stories got happy endings. She loves to hear from her readers and talk all things books so feel free to contact her on any of her social media pages!
MY 5 STAR REVIEW:
This book shattered me. It was heart wrenching and awesome. It made me cry, it made me cringe, and it made me angry, but I loved it. For a story that is about a very difficult subject, it was written so well. It pulled at my heartstrings in so many places and I related to Sage in some situations. I felt her want for any sign of love and to feel like she was worth it and wanted by someone. Everyone needs to feel like they are wanted or needed in life to feel like they matter.
I love that Nix is such a gentle soul and shows Sage the kindness she needs to feel safe. Nix is not a man who shows his gentleness or kindness to everyone, but he is a man with a good heart. He’s just been beat down himself and knows that in order to survive and keep anyone that matters to him safe, he has to abide by his father’s demands.
I read the Roses & Thorns series and loved the characters in that series. When we hear about Sage in that series, it’s hard to believe that she is a woman who is strong and sassy, but this book really shows who Sage is and I love her just as much as I do the women in the Roses & Thorns series. I hope to eventually read a story where Sage meets those women in person and her real strength shines. She is strong, funny, and sassy, and most of all, she is a survivor. She cares fiercely for the women she meets in Shattered and proves that she will do whatever she can to help them. For a girl who never felt love, she loves fiercely and whole hearted.
Thank you, Bry Ann, for writing this book and sharing Sage with us. I cannot wait for Nix’s story. I give this story a 5 star review and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a story of survival, strength, and determination. Be warned though, this book is dark and does have triggers. I can’t wait for Nix’s story.

REVIEW: Love Me Goodbye, by Meg Buchanan @MegBuchanan80 @books_n_all

A story of a woman who needs a knight in shinning armor, and man who wants to feel needed and loved. Can these two find a path together and have both of their wants and needs work?

Adam is a keyboard player in a band getting ready to go on a three month tour and finds himself drinking alone in a bar instead of being at his flat with his band mates and his roommate, who he believes he’s in love with. He really only wants to feel like he is needed and loved and his life might get on track. He’s a man who stays in the shadows of his band mates, but he’s a really nice guy that tries to help anyone that needs it.

Genevieve, a woman who has finally decided it’s time to fly solo and walks into the same bar that Adam is sitting in. She decides that she is going to try to pick him up for one night so that she has somewhere to go to get some sleep before she tries to go back home to her family in Uruguay.

These two will get a few days to get to know each other and they have a few adventures in the mean time. When it comes time to go their separate ways they’ll find that emotions have gotten in the way.

I liked this story and found the characters to be likable. I have not read the previous books in the series, but I found this story to be lacking something. I’m not sure what, but it didn’t grab me and pull me in. I give this story a 3 star review and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a short love story to read.

BOOK REVIEW: The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, by Holly Tierney-Bedord @HollyTierney

A book with those characters you like or love and the dreaded neighbors you absolutely hate.

I was contacted by Holly Tierney-Bedord to read her book and I am glad that I agreed to do it. At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this story, but once I got into the meat of it, I loved it. The first part was a look into some tough information and the introduction of Vivienne really had me wondering. However, the characters are so well rounded and there are so many that you can really like some and then absolutely hate a few. I found that when I was reading about a few of them I was cringing and thinking to myself, “Wow, really??” “Did they really just say that?”

Candice is a warm hearted young woman who has just moved to Port Elspeth because her husband has a new job and they are looking for a new start. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know anyone and has a lot of time on her hands. She decides to start a jewelry making club to get to know a few people and acquaint herself with her new little town. She is in for quite a surprise though when she holds her first meeting at her house. Her husband, Dave, is a man who has to climb the societal ladder and be known for who he is and what he has. This can cause so many problems if both spouses are not on the same page. Audra, an elementary art school teacher who is looking for something to do outside of teaching and sitting at home alone. She’ll become an intricate character in this story and I love her naiveté and her determination in the end. Margo, the town outcast and her mother Pearl are two middle class women who don’t care about the high societal women or their circle. They live their own lives and are happy with who they are. They are women who are honest and true to themselves and their lives. Vivienne, a woman who has so many dreams of being in high society and having a lot of friends in the upper circles. She has a fall from grace and wants to try to get back up where she once was. However, her snobbish attitude only turns the women of the club off. Olivia, Vivienne’s teenage daughter who just wants to be herself and wants to have her mother be nice to her. She holds no illusions about how her mother feels about her and she looks for any reason to be away from her.

There seems to be a lot going on in this story, but in reality, there are a lot of characters involved in the story and they keep you moving along in the book and wondering where they will end up next. The twists in this story are great and they kept the pages turning for me. There was only one character that I wish there had been more on and that was Sandra, Audra’s co-worker. There were some unanswered questions for me about her and some of the things she said to Audra.

I am so glad that I decided to read this book and enjoy it. I give this book a 4 star review and highly recommend it. If you are looking for an interesting read for a book club or just for entertainment, I would suggest that you pick up this book. Thank you for contacting me, Ms. Tierney-Bedord.

REVIEW OF: REDNECK’S REVENGE, BY JOAN LIVINGSTON @RARARESOURCES @JOANLIVINGSTON

This was the first book I read in this series and I am glad that I read it. It was a book of twists, suspense, and small town gossip. Isabel and her mother work well together when trying to figure out a case. Isabel bounces the information and and ideas off her mother and together they come up with ideas of how to proceed.

An investigative story with several people as the killer, but trying to figure out who the real killer is can cause Isabel to lose her life. There are several reasons for the murder, but no one will guess the real reason because Chet was known as a miserable, poker cheating man. His own son was on the list of could be killers. Isabel has to look into everyone on the list and she has to read between the lines of what they are telling her. Some of the information she attains could be hazardous to her life.

I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself being drawn into Isabels life. I was rooting for Jack and mentally telling her to never mind Dave. After reading this book, I want to go back and read the first book in the Isabel Long Mystery series. I hope to read more in the future in this series as well. The women in this story are no nonsense women who can handle themselves and are not afraid of work or danger. I give this book a 4.5 star review and recommend it to anyone who likes crime stories and mysteries. I look forward to more in this series.

Review of “Wings of a Flying Tiger”, by Iris Yang @IrisYang86351

“World War Two. Japanese occupied China. One cousin’s courage, another’s determination to help a wounded American Pilot”. On the front cover.

Ms. Yang brought this book to my attention and I am glad that she did. I do not read a lot of historical books, but this story was very informative, interesting, and heartbreaking. The turmoil and tribulations that all of these characters went through were heart wrenching and life changing.

Danny Hardy, an American volunteer pilot is in China as a Flying Tiger Pilot who went to China to help them defend their country during the occupation of Japan. While flying a mission with his wingman and childhood best friend, Jack, they both take damaging fire to their planes. Jack has to eject from the plane and is vulnerable to the Japanese fighter pilots. He is shot before he can get to the ground and get under cover. Danny witnesses this and finds a new resolve to chase the Japanese pilots and get his revenge for Jack’s death. In his fight against the Japanese pilots, his plane is damaged and he has to eject as well.

Jasmine Bai, a young Chinese woman who lives with her Aunt, Uncle, and younger cousin, while attending college is determined to get to her parents and bring them to Chungking out of the danger zone. Jasmine will go through so much during her journey and she will prove her strength and determination. Jasmine’s older cousin, Birch is a fighter pilot in the Air Force and her uncle is a Colonel in the Air Force.

I really enjoyed this story, although there some pages where I cringed while reading and the whole time I was cheering for Jasmine, Daisy, Jasmine’s younger cousin, and others to fight their hardest and save their homeland and their families. The strength of the characters in this story really pulled me into their lives and kept the pages turning. These characters were very likable and enjoyable to read. I give this story a 5 star review and now I am looking forward to the second book, Will of a Tiger. Thank you Ms. Yang for contacting me and bringing your book to my attention. I really liked the characters and the story.