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​By Helena Hunting

This week's list of new releases

is posted.  Enjoy!


     New Releases!


​- The Controversial

Princess (The Smoke &

Mirrors Duology  #1)  – By

Jodi Ellen Malpas 

Her father is The King of

England.
She is The Controversial

Princess.
Regarded as down to earth by

the press and rebellious by the

King, Princess Adeline refuses

to bow to the royal expect-

ations her title carries. She

knows better than anyone that

the united front of the Royal

Family is nothing but smoke

and mirrors - lies and secrets masked by power and privilege. She wants no part of it, and she will never surrender to the King’s demand to marry a man she does not love. But despite Adeline’s determination to retain her free will, she remains deeply unfulfilled, feeling caged and suffocated.
That is until she meets Josh Jameson. Drawn in by his confidence, Adeline is soon captivated by the scandalously sexy American actor. His ability to penetrate her defences overwhelms her - his touch is pure fire, and his allure overpowering. Nothing has ever made her feel so alive in a world where she’s otherwise slowly drowning. However, while Josh may be Hollywood royalty, he’s not actual royalty, and Adeline knows the King and his advisors will do everything in their power to keep them apart.

But Josh Jameson becomes the princess’s ultimate vice.
And although she bows to no one, she bows to him.

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Marek:  A Cold Fury Hockey Novel  – By Sawyer Bennett 

Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey. 
Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .


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Hot Asset (21 Wall Street)  – By Lauren Layne  - Romantic comedy!

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.
An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.
She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

 
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Rebel Heart (Rush Series Duet #2)  – By Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward - The conclusion to the story that began in Rebel Heir.


Fox (Stone Cold Fox Trilogy #3)  – By Max Monroe  

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Tethered Souls: A Nine Minutes Spin-Off Novel  – By Beth Flynn - This book can be read as a standalone.

My family has secrets. I’m always the good girl, doing what’s necessary to keep my loved ones safe. I've kept the darkest secrets from everyone I know. As painful as it is to hold them all inside where they live and gnaw away at me, that’s where they must stay.
I haven't seen my closest childhood friend, Christian Bear, since I was a teenager—he hasn't changed a bit. He’s still temperamental and plays by his own rules with the law following two steps behind him.
Christian remembers me. But he doesn’t know the first thing about me anymore. I should've shared my feelings with him the day before I moved away with my family, promising him I'd stay in touch. It broke my heart when he didn't keep his end of the bargain. As a consequence, we haven't spoken in years. Even though Christian and I have always had undeniable chemistry, I won't let him shatter my heart a second time.
Christian has shown up in my life again with secrets of his own, and demanding answers. That doesn't mean I'm willing to give them. He'll know my secrets when I’m ready.
Our secrets, the risks we’re taking, and the danger he imposes make it impossible to know what our future holds.
Either our tethered souls will bind back together, or our secrets will separate us forever.


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Fighting for Everything  – By Laura Kaye - Friends-to-lovers!

Loving her is the biggest fight of his life...
Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn't want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he's noticing just how sexy and confident she's become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he's not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good.
Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah--the boy she's crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now--in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he's become--every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it's everything Kristina never dared hope for.
But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found. The brotherhood of the fight club helps him confront his demons, but only Noah can convince the woman he loves that he's finally ready to fight for everything.


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Rogue Royalty:  An Anti-Heroes Collection Novel  – By Meghan March - The final book in the Savage Trilogy.


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The Summer Children (The Collector Series #3)  – By Dot Hutchison - Thriller!


- The Surviving Trace  – By Calia Read - Time travel romance!  I can't wait to read this one!  

Will is my fiancé. The shy man I met years ago in college. The person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with.
This is the life I’ve always wanted until finding a picture of four men changes everything…
Étienne says he’s my husband and the year is 1912. He can’t stand the sight of me, but I don’t know why.
Oh, and he’s one of the men from the picture.
I’ve done the impossible and have become trapped in time and I know Étienne is my key to going home.
The more time I spend with Étienne, the further I fall for him until I’m questioning which time I belong in and if the life I left behind is the one I truly desire.
All I know for certain is I need to survive time.
I need to survive love.
And I need to make it out on the other side alive.


-Rough Edge (The Edge #1)  - By CD Reiss - An intense love story with dark elements.  Sounds good!

Who do you love?
The decent man you married?
The surgeon shattered during the war?
The emotionless Dominant who appears in his eyes more and more often?
All of them?
Even when he breaks you?
Even when he makes you beg?
Is there no pain or pleasure he cannot deliver?
What will you sacrifice to heal him?
Will he sacrifice his sanity to protect you from the exquisite torture of his cruel hands?
This is more than a marriage.
It's a crack at the edges of the mind and heart.
It's a promise written in the heavens and a wound splitting the sky.
Love may be the death of both of you.


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The Red Ledger: 1  – By Meredith Wild - Suspense!

He’s death for hire…
Some people measure life in hours. Days. Weeks. I measure mine in kills. A covert military mission gone wrong robbed me of my memory and any link to my past. This is my existence now. I execute and survive. Nothing more, nothing less. I was ready to write Isabel Foster’s name in my ledger of unfortunate souls until she uttered the one word that could stop the bullet meant for her. My name.
She knows my face. She knows me. She’s the key to the memories I’m not sure I want back. Now nothing is simple. I still have a job to do, and my soul isn’t worth saving. I’m not the man she thinks I am. I can’t love her. And sparing her life puts us both in the crosshairs.


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ACHE  – By M. Never - Angst!

A is for ache. 
C is for choice. 
H is for his. 
E is for Everly. 
I have always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to my personal life. Drug-addicted mother, obsessive stepfather, shitty upbringing, and one soul-shattering, heart-wrenching relationship. 
But everything changed when I met Alec Prescott. I couldn’t stand the cocky hotshot lawyer at first, but after assisting him on one case, my opinion changed drastically. He became the beginning I so desperately needed, even if romantic relations at work are completely forbidden. 
Unfortunately, falling in love with a co-worker is the least of my problems. Funny thing about the past, it’s never truly far away. No matter how fast you run from it, or how hard you try to suppress it, it’s there, lingering like a fog, blinding your vision, impacting your decisions, affecting your life. 
That’s where Tage Andrews comes in. He’s the heartache I can never outrun. The man who saved me from my past all while pillaging my emotions. I want to avoid reliving it—avoid him—but he’s always there, lingering like a fog, blinding my vision, impacting my decisions, affecting my life. 
This is my paradoxical predicament. 
Two men. 
One choice. 
Inevitable heartbreak. 


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Sundays are for Hangovers  – By J.D. Hollyfield & K. Webster - Romantic comedy!

For nearly a year, they’ve been at war. 
Cops. Forks. Eggs.
Two feuding neighbors who couldn’t be more opposite, forced to live next door to one another. 
Neither is backing down.
She drives him crazy with her loud nineties rap music. 
He gets under her skin the way he obsesses over his stupid perfect lawn. 
She fantasizes about having sex with the hot nerd—but with duct tape over his dumb mouth. 
He has dirty dreams of the bombshell beauty where he bangs the crazy right out of her—nightmares of course. 
Anger isn’t the only thing heating up between these two.
They think this is a battle only one of them can win…
The growing attraction between them, though, seems to be far more stubborn than the two of them combined. 


- Drift (Guarding Her Book #2)  - By Anna Brooks - Standalone.




Releasing Later This Week!


- May 23Dirty Rich Cinderella Story  – By Lisa Renee Jones - Standalone.




Happy Reading! 


May 22nd, 2018

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.

Read my full review...


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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Hell Divers III: Deliverance

 By Nicholas Sansbury Smith

May 18th, 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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