If you're looking for a book to

read this weekend, I have a

review & top recommendation

for you!  More books have

been added to this week's list

of new releases, too.  Enjoy.

       Book Review:

      The Law of Moses

        By Amy Harmon

 *Top Recommendation!*

Five Stars!  I’m not sure that

my words can do this book the

justice that it so deserves.  I

knew that  The Law of Moses

was going to be special, but I

had no idea that it was going to

move me the way that it did. 

Whenever I read a book by Amy

Harmon, I’m always awestruck over her ability to create storylines and characters that are so unique, captivating, and all-consuming.  She doesn’t just tell a story, she makes her readers feel every word, every emotion, and leaves them reeling over it long after the final word is read.  

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New Releases!

- What He Doesn't Know (What He Doesn't Know 

Duet #1)  - By Kandi Steiner - An angst-filled love triangle?

Bring it on!  My current read!

On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

The house was once magical, filled with love and joy and 

plans for the future. Inside its walls are many things that belong to me — my  books, the china from my mother on my wedding day, the beautiful cage once home to two birds, now empty, just like me.

And a man.
A man who also belongs to me.
A man I no longer wish to keep.
A man who, no doubt, has not slept, though the sun is rising. Because the house where he waits is where I laid my head to rest every night for eight years. Until last night.
No one who knows me would believe Charlie Pierce, the quiet, bookish girl who never made waves is pulling out of the driveway of a man who isn’t her husband.
But they don’t know me at all.
I don’t even know me.
Not anymore.
They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases, that’s true. But the one I live inside of? It has three...

- Limelight (NSB #4)  – By Alyson Santos - Rock star romance!  Standalone.

I’m unpredictable.
A genius, an underachiever.
I’m the song, the voice, the passion, the pain.
I am failure.
I do music because it’s what I am, but sometimes that’s not enough.
A slave to my nature, I wait for it to show mercy and drop a gift in my lap.
Because the music chose me.
I’m its victim not its gift.
She destroyed my career.
Ruined my life.
Pushed me from the shadows and exposed my lies.
She’s the fire that destroys lesser men,
and now her flames are aimed at me.
She loves to watch me burn,
but the part we never saw coming?
Sometimes it takes a fire to ignite a spark
And slay the darkness.

- Crazy Madly Deeply  - By Lily White - Contemporary romance!

- Trip (Remember When)  - By T. Torrest - Layla Warren first introduced us to Trip Wilmington in Remember When(which is currently FREE)...Now read his side of the story!

- Craft  - By Adriana Locke - They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in...

INK:  A Love Story on 7th and Main  – By Elizabeth

It’s everything but business as 
Emmie Elliot hadn’t expected
to come back to Metlin,

California. She definitely didn’t expect to stay. She

returned to her childhood  home with a mission: Sell the

building that housed her grandmother’s book store and

move on with her life.
But life doesn’t always go
according to plan.
To reopen her grandmother’s book shop, Emmie will need a hook. She’ll need a strategy. She’ll need an… Ox?
Miles Oxford doesn’t have much interest in quiet bookstore owners. He’s a tattoo artist without a space to work, and the last thing he wants is to get involved with anyone after his last disaster of a relationship. Work and pleasure don’t mix for Ox, but since he doesn’t have any interest in the cute girl with the bold business proposal, he should be safe from any awkward complications, right?
She sells ink. He tattoos it. Unusual? Yes. But a book shop/tattoo studio might be the ticket for both Emmie and Ox to find success on their own terms. As long as they keep their attention focused on business.
Just on business.

- ​​Only You  – By Melanie Harlow

Nate Pearson is ridiculously handsome and wears the hell

out of a suit and tie, but I’ve seen the parade of beautiful

women leaving his apartment across the hall—a different one  every time—and I want no part of it. When it comes to

romance, I’m looking for something real, something

that will last: the happily ever after. 
As a divorce attorney, he loves
to tell me there’s no such thing.
As a wedding planner, I choose to disagree...

The Scars I Bare:  A By the Bay Stand-Alone Novel – By J.L. Berg

Every scar tells a story...
Some are etched on the skin, for the whole world to see. 
Others are buried deep, so deep, only the heart can truly find them.
Dean Sutherland was the quintessential guy next door. Strong and dependable, with a heart of gold, he knew exactly where his life was headed. Until one fateful night at sea ripped away everything. Now he’s adrift, a man without a purpose.
Cora Carpenter thought she had the perfect life. A successful career, an affectionate husband and a daughter who adores her. But soon that perfect world is crashing down around her, and she’s in need of a fresh start. Moving to a remote town on the coast of North Carolina seems like the perfect plan. That is, until she finds herself face to face with a kindred soul from her past...

Two Wedding Crashers (The Dating by Number Series #2)  – By Meghan Quinn - Romantic comedy!  

A wild, sexy, and heart-filled adventure of two strangers who meet in the most unlikely of places. 

Hero  – By Lauren Rowe - He's a firefighter who falls for his physical therapist!

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. 
And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. 
I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words. 
No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit... 

The Power to Break (The Unbreakable Thread #1)  – By Lisa Suzanne - Rock star romance!

As the bad boy drummer for the multi-platinum band Vail, Ethan Fuller thinks he’s invincible. He acts on impulse and has committed to the stereotypes of the rock star life with no regard for consequences. The one girl who had the power to tame him is just a distant memory...

Just Like Breathing (Bring Me Back #1)  – By Diana Gardin - Military romance!

Her broken pieces are the only thing holding him together...
One moment, one twist of fate’s cruel hand--and I lost everything. My soul broke into a million pieces I didn’t know how to put back together... until him.
He dragged me through hell and brought me back. But when he saw the person behind the destruction, he hesitated.
It didn’t take more than a few seconds for the life I knew to crash and burn. With no anchor, I reached out. I didn’t expect to grab onto someone more broken than me... But when she exhaled the first breath of air into my lungs, I knew damn well I wasn’t good enough for her.
The only question was how long could I hold on?

- No Ordinary Love (Sweetbriar Cove)  - By Melody Grace - This book can be read as a standalone.

For journalist Eliza Bennett, summers in Sweetbriar Cove were her happiest childhood memories. Now that she’s been unceremoniously fired, evicted, and dumped (all in the same week), she hopes the small town will work its magic again and help get her life back on track. She definitely isn’t looking for a distraction like the handsome stranger she meets on her way into town… especially when she discovers he might be the man behind her recent misfortunes... 

Where There's Smoke (Sweet Sin #2)  – By Kathy Coopmans - Emotional rock star romance!  Standalone.

- A Life made of Lava  - By Lissa Del - This one sounds tumultuous & emotional...and a little forbidden!

Evie Danvers has three beautiful, if slightly out of control, children; a stray cat named Dr. Moxley and a best friend who drinks unapologetically at 9 a.m. Evie also has stage four bone cancer and a gallows sense of humour that drives her husband, Nick, demented. 
Nick wants Evie to fight. Evie, on the other hand, is almost ready to die. This is not Evie’s first rodeo. She kicked her cancer twice before. But this time around, Evie knows it’s a battle she can’t win. Instead, she focuses on avoiding her oncologist, playing wicked pranks on her mother-in-law and getting her affairs in order, which includes hiring a nanny to take care of the kids after she’s gone.
Having Julia Soanes in his house would not have been Nick’s first choice. Julia smells of memories. And sex. Something Nick hasn’t had in a while. Nick’s moral objections, however, are short-lived. The woman he loves is dying. He can honor her dying wish. Can’t he?

​​- Sometimes I Lie  – By Alice Feeney - Psychological thriller!

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.
Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it.

Nailed (Worked Up #2)  – By Cora Brent - Standalone.  Office romance/second chance!

The good news: Audrey Gordon has just received a dream assignment managing one of the city’s largest construction projects.
The bad news: She’ll be teamed up with cocky office rival and former lover Jason Roma...

Let Me Lie  – By Claire Mackintosh – Psychological thriller!

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They're both wrong.
Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents' deaths, unwilling to accept the verdict of suicide.
Now with a baby herself, Anna feels her mother's absence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as she digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her.
Sometimes it's safer to let things lie....

Playing His Way  – By Erika Wilde

Dearest Ivie:  A Novella Set in the Black Dagger World  – By J.R. Ward - The story of a fiery couple . . . doomed by an undeniable passion.

The Hook-Up Experiment  – By Emma Hart - Romantic comedy!

1.Hate-sc#*w my high school nemesis.
2.Remember to hate him.
3.Prove my brother wrong.
It should be easy.
It isn’t...

Alphas Like Us (Like Us Series:  Billionaires and Bodyguards #3)  – By Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie – M/M romance!  You need to read Damaged Like Us  & Lovers Like Us  before reading  Alphas Like Us.

- The Flight Attendant  - By Chris Bohjalian - Thriller!

A powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened.
Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police - she's a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home - Cassie begins to lie...

- Coming Up Roses: #MeetCuteBooks  - By Anie Michaels - Standalone.

Rose Finch lived by checklists:
- Be an independent woman: check.
- Owner of successful company: check.
- Become a fierce and respected lady boss: check.
- Live within a strict routine as not to encounter anything unexpected: double check.
Aiden Daniels was not on her list...

Possessive  - By Willow Winters - Standalone.

Some men are born with a black heart and a tainted soul. 
I never liked to admit it back then; I thought I could outrun who I am and lie to myself. 
But I accept the truth now. 
It’s in my blood and in my bones. In every impure thought and desire. 
I tried to leave. To do the right thing and walk away from my past. 
But then she came back into my life... 

- Watching You (Hollywood Heat)  - By Leslie A. Kelly - A Hollywood romantic suspense!

- The Wrong Girl:  Hanson University #2  - By McKenna Kerrick - This book can be read as a standalone.  Football romance/love-hate relationship!

 - My Way Back to You (The Second Chances Duet #2)  – By Claire Contreras - The conclusion to the story that began in  Then There Was You.

- Pretty as a Peach (The Sex & Sweet Tea Series #4)  – By Juliette Poe

- Sinner (Priest #3) – By Sierra Simone - This book can be read as a standalone.

I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.
What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18. 
They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.
My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.

- Alpha Foxtrot (Offensive Line)  - By Tracey Ward - A football player partners with a dancer on a hit television dance show!

- Sweet Little Thing  - By Abbi Glines

- Brighter Than the Sun (Cosmic Love #2)  – By Briana Pacheco - Brighter Than the Sun features characters from  A Sky Full of Secrets, but it can be read as a standalone.

I loved love. Some might even say I was obsessed with it. I was the girl who had a fake wedding when I was six and subscribed to bridal magazines by sixteen. My happily ever was all I thought about.
So the fact that I had a crush on my brother’s best friend--a guy who notoriously doesn’t do relationships--was heartbreak in the making. I was forced to do the only thing I could--ignore my feelings and move on.
Years later, after countless failed relationships, my shy heart had slowly stepped away from its fanciful ideas of love. It was going smoothly until the guy who didn’t do relationships suddenly wanted to try having one…with



Happy Reading! 

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 16th, 2018

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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February 2nd, 2018

Greg's Old Shorts:
Fathoms By Rich Hawkins

​This isn’t my first stroll by the seashore with Rich Hawkins.  He can captivate me and keep me glued to the pages of a voluminous book without any difficulty.  He can connect me to the characters and make them a part of my life through the pages of his book.

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January 30th, 2018

Book Review:
The Terror By Dan Simmons

​The more I read, the more I see themes and familiar situations from one book to another.  By no means am I accusing anyone of plagiarism, it’s just that there is a limit to how many ways something can be done.  So, I find myself pulled into books that are different, the ones that go somewhere I’ve never been before.  The Terror  is one such book.

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January 23rd, 2018

Book Review:
Year One By Nora Roberts

​My wife has been after me for quite some time now, “You should give Nora Roberts a chance, she’s really good, and she’s not too heavy on the romance.” When I saw the pre-order go up for a post-apocalyptic book by Nora Roberts, I thought, now that’s the one for me!  There was a sample available, and it only reinforced that I needed Year One.

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January 19th, 2018

Greg's Old Shorts:
Cowboys Vs Zombies By Eric S. Brown

​This one falls within the subgenre of a subgenre, the zombie western.  There are more books in there than you might think.  It’s not a bad addition to the subgenre.  Eric Brown has done something a bit different from what I’ve seen before, and that’s always a good thing.

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January 16th, 2018

Book Review:

Furious By T.R. Ragan

I love a good crime thriller, especially one that leans a bit to the dark side.  Furious is all that and more.  I know that you never get between a mother and her kids, Momma Bear comes to life.

To say that Faith McMann had a bad day is a massive understatement.  Ragan starts this story off with a bang, and keeps the good times rolling.  I was pulled into Faith McMann’s life and needed her to have her vengeance.

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January 12th, 2018

Greg's Old Shorts:
Temple of the Jaguar By J.R.Rain & Aiden James

Can the protagonist make the story?  Temple of the Jaguar  proves that, yes, it can!  Nick Caine is one of the best characters I’ve come across in a long time.  Imagine if Han Solo and Indiana Jones’ love child had another love child with Allan Quatermain and Axel Foley’s love child.  That would be Nick Caine.  He is snarky, sarcastic and trouble follows him wherever he goes.

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January 9th, 2018

Book Review:
The Snowman By Jo Nesbo

I’m always a wee bit leery of jumping into one of these never-ending series.  I’ve had my eye on Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole for a while, wondering if I want/need to start at the beginning.  With the movie being released, it seemed that surely  The Snowman must be able to standalone and must be one of the best Harry Hole books.

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January 2nd, 2018

New Release & Review:
The Woman in the Window By A.J. Finn

It looks like  The Woman in the Window  will be the last book that I read in 2017.  What a fantastic way to end my year of reading.  I always hate to compare a book to another, I feel obliged to make an exception in this case; The Woman in the Window is The Girl on the Train meets Rear Window.  

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December 29th, 2017

Top Books of 2017

Well, another one bites the dust.  2017 has come to an end, it has been a great year of reading. 

At this time of year I think about the books that really touched me, you know, the ones that I kept thinking about long after I finished them, the ones that I still think about.

This year is a mix of old and new, many different genres, but none of them have really left me.

See my top books of 2017...

December 22nd, 2017

Book Review:
The Wolves of Winter By Tyrell Johnson

I’m always on the lookout for a new and exciting book in the post-apocalyptic genre.  The Wolves of Winter  jumped out at me; the cover screamed Nordic noir, another favorite genre, while the synopsis is all post-apocalyptic.  I was ready to saddle up and head north with Tyrell Johnson.

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December 19th, 2017

Book Review:
Frankenstein:  The Prodigal Son By Dean Koontz

Do you remember the first years of American Idol?  When one of the contestants would give a particularly good, unique performance of a “classic”, Randy Jackson would say, “You made it your own, dawg!”  Well, Dean Koontz certainly has made Frankenstein his own.

There is a certain wow factor that an author like Dean Koontz brings to his stories.  He goes well beyond the basic storyline...  

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December 12th, 2017

Book Review:
Nightfall By Stephen Leather

With all of the book options out there, I like to think that I am picky when it comes to purchasing a book.  I’ll be patient, waiting for it to go on sale, and when it does, I’ll read the sample to make sure that it is my kind of story.  July of last year, that’s exactly what I did with Nightfall.

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December 5th, 2017

New Release & Review:
One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning 

By David Moody

When I saw that David Moody was working on more books in the  Hater series, I nearly peed my pants – not really, but I was exceptionally stoked.  It has been a few years since I read  Them or Us.  This was the series that made me question:  Can it be a zombie if it’s not dead?  And, does it really matter how or why it happened or just what we do with it?

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December 1st, 2017

Book Review:
The Macedonian By Nicholas Guild

I’ve always been a fan of Greek and Roman history.  I find that it puts our modern hubris in its place.  The accomplish-ments, voyages, conquests and architecture of this period puts modern technology to shame.  You didn’t need all of our modern conveniences to conquer the world or build awe-inspiring buildings.

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November 28th, 2017

Book Review:
I Am Not A Serial Killer By Dan Wells

Sometimes I like to get up early on a Saturday morning before everyone else, grab the laptop and a cup of coffee and browse through the books online.  It’s my quiet time and that’s how I like to spend it.  I get to peruse all the available and upcoming books at my own leisure and find some interesting books.  This is how I came across  I Am Not A Serial Killer.​​

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What He Doesn't Know​

​By Kandi Steiner

The Women in the Walls By Amy Lukavics

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