If you're looking for a book to

read this weekend, my latest

review is posted.  I'm already

reading the second book in

this duet (I'm hooked)!

More books have been added

to this week's list of new

releases, too.  Enjoy! 


       Book Review:

   The Darkest Sunrise 

(The Darkest Sunrise Duet #1)

         By Aly Martinez


I’m a little late getting to the

party with this book, but better

late than never.  I’m so glad

that I finally took the plunge

into this book/duet.  It’s

riveting, emotional, and gut-

wrenching, but it also has

some lighter, humorous

moments and banter to help make this a well-rounded reading experience.


*Read my full review...




New Releases!


- Reckoning (Vincent & Eve #2) – By Jessica Ruben - The continuation of the story that began in  RisingRising (Vincent & Eve #1) is on sale!

- Comfort Zone (Awkward Love #4) – By Missy Johnson – Romantic comedy!  Student/Professor romance!​


- The Varlet and the Voyeur – By L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid - Romantic comedy!


More Than Words  – By Mia Sheridan 
The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica

Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince.

They became each other's refuge, a safe and magical

place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen

kissed her--Jessica's first real, dreamy kiss--and then

disappeared from her life without a word.
Years later, everyone knows 
who Callen Hayes is. Famous

composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen's music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons... 


- Wish For Us  – By Tillie Cole 

Nineteen-year-old Cromwell Dean is the rising star of

electronic dance music.  Thousands of people adore

him. But no one knows him. No one sees the color of his

heart.
Until the girl in the purple
dress. She sees through the

walls he has built to the empty darkness within.
When Cromwell leaves behind
 
the gray skies of England to

study music in the South Carolina heat, the last thing he expects is to see her again. And he certainly doesn’t expect that she’ll stay in his head like a song on repeat.
Bonnie Farraday lives for music. She lets every note into her heart, and she doesn’t understand how someone as talented as Cromwell can avoid doing the same. He’s hiding from his past, and she knows it. She tries to stay away from him, but something keeps calling her back.
Bonnie is the burst of color in Cromwell’s darkness. He’s the beat that makes her heart skip.
But when a shadow falls over Bonnie, it’s up to Cromwell to be her light, in the only way he knows how. He must help her find the lost song in her fragile heart. He must keep her strong with a symphony only he can compose.
A symphony of hope.
A symphony of love.
A symphony of them.

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Captivated  – By Tessa Bailey & Eve Dangerfield 

Secret aspiring comedian Autumn Reynolds is a girl gone...not wild exactly. More like lazy. Since her boyfriend abandoned her in New York City for a bunch of improv groupies she’s had two priorities; sucking the nitrous out of whipped cream cans and making sex comics about her mysterious landlord.
Blake hates people—and sunlight—with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see... 

- What Happens at a Wedding:  A Short Story Anthology  - By Lucy Gage, Renee Ericson, Tessa Teevan, Jessica Ingro, Melissa Collins, Elle Christensen, Elle Jefferson – All proceeds will be donated to THORN – www. Wearethorn.org. – Building technology to guard children against sexual abuse.


- Ace of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC Series #1)  - By Chantal Fernando


- Up to You (Love with Altitude #4)  - By Daisy Prescott - Romantic comedy!  Standalone.


- The Life Lucy Knew  – By Karma Brown 

After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she’s known and loved for years—the man she recently married—is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven’t even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after she remembers in vivid detail—right down to the dress she wore to their wedding—is only one example of what her doctors call a false memory: recollections Lucy’s mind made up to fill in the blanks from the coma...

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Ain’t She a Peach  – By Molly Harper 

An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met...


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The Paris Wedding  – By Charlotte Nash

Imagine you are invited to Paris, the City of Love, to witness the wedding of your first love to a woman you’ve never met. Would you go?
It’s been ages since Rachael West has seen the man she once believed she couldn’t live without. Receiving his wedding invitation was bittersweet—she was oddly touched he’s asked her, but knows that facing him on this day would be the hardest thing she’s ever done.
But her friends and family convince her to attend. After all, it’s an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris! Surely she can get through that one day, and discover all the delights of that magical city the remainder of the time.
So Rachael leaves her small town, setting off for the City of Lights with her best friend, two feuding neighbors, and a suitcase full of home-sewn couture in tow. She’s determined to let Paris work its magic—and it does by way of a handsome photojournalist. And before her adventure is over, Rachael will be faced with yet another choice. But this time, hers isn’t the only happiness at risk . . . .
 


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Jar of Hearts  – By Jennifer Hillier - Thriller!

-
Healing Touch  – By Brenda Rothert

​She spends her nights treating patients, but Dr. Jocelyn Drake's own wounds are unfixable. Her ex-husband and his younger, bouncier girlfriend work just a few floors away at Tulane Medical Center, and they serve as a constant reminder of what Joss lost. But a fierce determination to continue her research project and a shred of remaining pride keep Joss from transferring out of the Big Easy.
Carson Stephens recently returned from a tour of duty in the Middle East, and though willing women present themselves at every turn, his closest companion is loneliness. His night-shift work supervising the electrical and mechanical systems at the hospital is a perfect fit - it's solitary work putting broken things back together.
When the electrical system on Joss' floor goes haywire, she's frazzled by the sexy electrician who sparks her dormant sex drive. He's brooding and cocky - so not her type. But if Carson has his way, his hands will work their magic on more than just the wiring, and he'll show Joss a night of passion that restores her shattered confidence. 
But what happens after that night? As their relationship grows into something more, Joss and Carson face ups and downs, and they both realize that the healing has only just begun.
 

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The Bookshop of Yesterday  – By Amy Meyerson 

​ A lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It’s a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become...


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Switch and Bait  – By Ricki Schultz - Romantic comedy!

All through college, Blanche Carter was known as the love doctor in her sorority. Now she's parlayed her talent into a unique consulting business: she runs the online dating profiles of Washington D.C.'s most eligible women.
Armed with a battalion of rules, Blanche expertly helps her clients optimize their profiles and ace that first date. But although she'll happily message handsome strangers (and fend off dick pics) for other ladies, Blanche's most important rule is the one she has for herself: no relationships. She's seen too much heartbreak to believe in real love anymore. 
When a former fling pops up among the matches for one of her favorite clients, Blanche gamely messages him on her behalf. Blanche is definitely over him, and this is how she'll prove it. But if she doesn't watch out, Blanche might end up not only screwing over a client-and possibly tanking her entire business-but breaking her rule about love as well . . . 


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Knocked Up  – By Stacey Lynn - Romantic comedy!

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Survival of the Richest– By Skye Warren - Love triangle!

My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan's harbor.
A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy. Instead he protects me with fierce determination.
That should have been my happily ever after, but then Sutton appeared--ruthless and seductive. He doesn't care that my heart belongs to someone else, because he's determined to win. No matter the cost.
It's an impossible choice, but I can't have them both.


- Tell Me Lies – By Carola Lovering - It had me at -> A thrilling, sexy coming-of-age story exploring toxic love, ruthless ambition, and shocking betrayal, Tell Me Lies is about that one person who still haunts you—the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget!  

Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.
Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.
Lucy knows there’s something about Stephen that isn’t to be trusted. Stephen knows Lucy can’t tear herself away. And their addicting entanglement will have consequences they never could have imagined.


-
Unconscious Hearts (Hearts of Vegas #1) – By Harper Sloan 

Ari Daniels didn’t count on her whole world tumbling down around her in a mess of shredded promises, broken love, and unbelievable heartbreak. Alone and stricken with grief, she shouldered the blame and eventually closed her heart off, refusing to open it for another. After all, anytime she tried, guilt and regret were waiting in the wings to remind her how painful it was.
A bet and one steamy night with a stranger force Ari to confront all she’s been hiding behind. She tries to move on, but he refuses to stand down, wanting what she is terrified to give—herself. This man may very well destroy her in the end, especially when it’s clear he has his own demons. 


-
End Game (Bellevue Bullies #4)  – By Toni Aleo - Hockey romance!

This is going to be Ryan Justice’s year. It’s his last year of college and his last year as a hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies. He’s making all the plays in preparation for achieving his dream of being drafted into the NHL.
This is Sofia Castilleja’s beginning. She is starting her college career as a star member of Bellevue’s brand-new gymnastics team. She’s going to tumble her way to success, first in school and then by realizing her dream of opening her own gym.
Ryan and Sofia didn’t see each other coming, but once they meet, they can’t look away. Their dreams are destined to take them in opposite directions. But it doesn’t take them long to realize that waking up to reality together may be better than dreaming alone.


-
Atticus : A Woman's Journey with the World's Worst Behaved Dog  – By Sawyer Bennett - A heart-warming and deliciously funny story about the world's worst behaved dog and how he trained his human how to love herself again...


-
On the Edge (The Edge #2)  – By CD Reiss - The continuation of the story that began in  Rough Edge.


-
Alannah (Slater Brothers #5.5)  – By L.A. Casey


- Shallow  – By Yessi Smith 

Fake.
Shallow.
Brinley Crassus
Sedlacek College Preparatory High School's princess. 
She belittled the weak, the easy prey, using her victims to cover her own wounds. 
Loner. 
Outsider. 
Roderick Roher
Sedlacek College Preparatory High School's freak.
He didn’t need anyone, only the script that bled from his soul.
He was the boy she turned her back on when he needed her the most. 
When she needed him the most. 
Words tore them apart, and ultimately brought them back together. But once again, callous whispers fell from betrayed lips, threatening to destroy what they’d vowed to protect.
When the echo of their argument leaves their relationship in turmoil, Brinley and Roderick are faced with the ultimate decision – fight desperately together or surrender to lives apart.

 


Happy Reading! 


June 15th, 2018


Book Review:

Hell Divers III:  Deliverance 

By Nicholas Sansbury Smith


​​I’ve been a little bit off of “the series” for a while now.  I like getting into a story, and when it’s done, moving on to the next.  But there is something about the characters that Smith has created that pulled me back in for another dive to Hell.


What I love most about this series is that the story hasn’t gotten at all repetitive.   


Read my full review...

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May 29th, 2018


Book Review:
The Crossing 
By Jason Mott


​​Jason Mott is a new-to-me author.  The Crossing grabbed my attention, I was pulled in by the premise and I loved the tone and atmosphere created by the author.

The Crossing  has to be one of the most eloquently written books I’ve ever read.  There is an elevated quality to the writing that sets it apart from other books, I would almost call it poetic in nature.  

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May 25th, 2018


Book Review:
Obscura
By Joe Hart


​​I don’t think you could find a more appropriate title for this book:  Obscura.  Is it a word?  It has a meaning-ish to it.  But it’s not clear.  In Obscura, everything is blurred, nothing is clean and easy…Who is doing what is kept a mystery until the bitter end.

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May 15, 2018


Book Review:
Mr. Flood's Last Resort
By Jess Kidd


​​Every once in a while the right book comes along at exactly the right time.  I wasn’t very far along into Maud and Cathal’s story before I knew that this was exactly  what I needed.  It was one part  Driving Miss Daisy, with another part Hoarders  and a couple parts…I just don’t know.

The relationship between Maud and Mr. Flood was magical – I laughed, I cried, and I loved them both and wanted to smack them around from time to time.  

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May 8th, 2018


Book Review:
Waking the Ancients
By Catherine Cavendish


​​Whenever I crack open a book, I want to love it.  I’m not someone who loves to write a scathing review.  I don’t understand what people get out of that.  Whenever I see a review for  Dawn of the Dead  that starts off with, “I really don’t like zombie books,” I think to myself, why did you waste your valuable time reading a book if you knew that you wouldn’t like it?  I wanted to love  Waking the Ancients, unfortunately I did not.

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April 17th, 2018


Book Review:
Macbeth
By Jo Nesbo


​​It has been quite some time since I read Shakespeare’s  Macbeth; I think it must be at least a dozen years, as my wife laughs, telling me to double that…and then some.  I don’t consider myself to be a Shakespeare expert, but I’ve read a handful of his plays and enjoyed most of them.  Macbeth  is by far my favorite.

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April 13th, 2018


Book Review:
Ready Player One
By Ernest Cline


​​Do you remember  That ‘70s Show?  It was a show built off of nostalgia and stereotypes that people look back fondly upon.  Do you remember  That ‘80s Show?  No?  You’re lucky, it was bad and too soon.

Ernest Cline has waited the right amount of time for people to have a fun nostalgic look back at a formative time for many of today’s adults.  

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April 10, 2018


New Release & Review:
Devils Unto Dust
By Emma Berquist


​​I love a zombie western, it is quickly becoming my favorite subgenre within the zombie world.  The western has taken a fabulous turn over the past few years, alright, a few decades if I go back to the Unforgiven.  The black and white Stetsons don’t mean what they used to, there is a shade of gray that seems to cover all of the characters.

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April 4th, 2018


New Release & Review:
Rated Z:  Money Shot 

By Brahm Stroker


​​I’m a firm believer in mixing it up.  I’ll go from a mystery to dystopian to historical; switching from dark to disgusting to laugh out loud funny.  I love when an author can push my limits and make me say, “Sweet Jesus, did they just do that!?”  Brahm Stroker was going to allow me to penetrate the world of Dick Shooter and Bunny Hole.

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March 27th, 2018


Book Review:
The Women in the Walls
By Amy Lukavics​


​​Amy Lukavics has a knack for grabbing my attention.  As soon as I finished reading the first chapter, I told my wife to grab the sample and just try to resist.  The Women in the Walls  reminded me of Barney Stinson’s  Get Psyched  mixed tape, it grabs you and never lets you down.

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March 20th, 2018


Greg's Old Shorts:
The Twilight Pariah By Jeffrey Ford


​​What goes together better than drinking and archaeology?  Jeffrey Ford decided to take this concept and run with it.  He tossed in a disturbing horned child in an abandoned outhouse for good measure.

The Twilight Pariah  was a good little story.  Ford captured my interest early on, had some intriguing characters and the story had some definite creep factor.  

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March 16th, 2018


Book Review:
Zero Day 

(The Hatching #3) 

By Ezekiel Boone


​So here we are at the end of the trilogy.  One way or another this apocalypse is coming to an end; it’s us or them.

I’ve been going through a bit of a funk with books in a series, or the never-ending series; I’ve grown to fully appreciate the trilogy, there is something to look forward to, the suspense of a great cliffhanger, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  

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March 13th, 2018


Book Review:
Quiet Places By Jasper Bark


​The key to Quiet Places is the beginning.  I love these stories where the author kicks me in the face with a what-the-hell-is-going-on-here start.  They can then take their sweet old time revealing what causes this freakish scenario that has shocked me to the core.  Jasper Bark did exactly that.

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March 9th, 2018


New Release & Review:
The Last Hour
By Harry Sidebottom


​I don’t know why this happens to me, but it seems to occur with much more frequency than in the past.  I read a synopsis, fall for a book, then when I go to read it, the book is not what I expected.  For whatever convoluted reason, I was expected The Last Hour to be a sort of homage to Colleen McCullough’s  The First Man in Rome, a suspenseful, intricate mystery set in the streets of ancient Rome.  What Harry Sidebottom delivered was something completely different.

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March 2nd, 2018


Greg's Old Shorts:
Tipping By Gregor Xane


The short story is a finicky little beast.  The author has such a short amount of time to captivate me and make me invest myself.  For me, a short story has to do at least one of two things:  grab me with a shock at the start or pull the wool over my eyes with a surprise at the end.  If the author does both, they’ve got my respect and admiration as a master of the short.

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February 27th, 2018


Book Review:
Pandora: Outbreak By Eric L. Harry


​This is a tough review to write.  I’m always on the lookout for something different and unique in the post-apocalyptic universe.  Pandora  seemed to tick off all of the boxes; sometimes there is simply a failure to connect the product offered by the author to the product desired by the reader.

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February 20th, 2018


Book Review:
Lamb By Christopher Moore


​Jesus Christ, can you think of any one person who has had more influence on two thousand years of history?  I think we all know the story – born in a barn, pissed off many important people and ended up nailed to a tree.  Christopher Moore has decided that there has to be more to the story.  If we could sit down with Christ’s best bro from his teenage years back in Nazareth, what stories would we learn?

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February 13th, 2018


If you want a creepy, edge-of-your-seat reading experience, The Ritual  is a must-read!  Oh, and  The Ritual  is now playing on Netflix!



Book Review:

The Ritual By Adam Nevill


The Ritual hit me in all of the right places.  It had everything that I was looking for in a book right now.  It was horror mixed with Nordic Noir.  It was gruesome and

gory.  It felt like it was written just for me.

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February 6th, 2018


Book Review:
Find You in the Dark By Nathan Ripley
Coming Soon!


​This book is marketed as being comparable to Dexter  and  The Talented Mr. Ripley.  These are great tags to pull a reader like myself in, but you have to live up to your own hype.  Once you get to know Martin Reese, the comparison of characters is there.  Let’s see how the story holds up.

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    2 Book Lovers Reviews

Providence

 By Caroline Kepnes

The Brightest Sunset​

​By Aly Martinez

June 15th, 2018