by K.A. Tucker
Release Date: 3/3/15
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Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington, DC, major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the West coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year-old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.
As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.
Can be read as a stand-alone.
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.
Ashley Montgomery has grown up in a political family. Her father is a governor and her brother is a senator. Her mother has always trying to mold her into “prestige” status but she refuses to follow in their footsteps. She goes abroad to Africa to do relief work. It is there that she is captured and held hostage by Somali pirates. Her family plans to pay her ransom for her safe return. In comes Brody. He used to be her bodyguard until he was fired for being “inappropriate” with a then seventeen year old Ashley. Well Ashley is all grown up now. ..and Brody finds himself protecting her in a small town in Arkansas, in a very small apartment over her brothers bar affectionately called the “Pour House.”
Tension rises when the media finds the whereabouts of Ashley. Brody wants to keep her hidden but she will have none of that. She wants to help people. From his brother, his father…the whole damn community. But can he keep away from her? Or just let her go. In the end it’s Brody that needs the help.
Very sweet easy read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
WOW what did I just read????
Very in-depth. A lot of story line to grasp. This was a looooong book and not the easiest reads but well worth it. Though at times I did want to stop I”m so very glad that I didn’t. The world that the author unfolds is like none I’ve ever experienced before and probably never will again.
Enael is a guarding angel or Guardian. She is assigned “Wards” to watch over from conception to death. Where she returns their souls to Heaven for reincarnation. It’s during one of those assignments that she meets Kaspen, a Guardian over the soon to be mistress of Enael’s ward. She is furious that she cannot control her wards the way Kaspen can and is helpless to sit back and watch as Kaspen’s ward seduces hers.
Ok this part confused me at first. They can travel from earth, heaven and hell. But there are several layers of each. it is in one of these places in Heaven called the garden that she first meets Yasva. A beautiful Muse angel that you could say was an old flame to Kaspen. She is bitter for punishment the council has provoked upon her and revokes her place in heaven. She is immediately stripped of her wings and connection to the source and sent to Hell to live out eternity as a demon.
As an angel Yasva was evil. As a demon she is evil incarnate. And she is J E A L O U S of Enael and makes it her mission to make Kaspen suffer.
They get assigned new wards to guard together and that is when you get to meet Tabitha, I actually cried for her and her tragic story. Yasva does the unthinkable and the results make Kaspen fall..right into the clutches of Yasva.
Enael is determined to save Kaspen and put a stop to Yasva but the only one that can do this is Kaspen himself. But he might be too lost to come back to her.
“I understand you’re Kaspen’s new plaything.” says Yasva
“Says the discarded toy.” The words slipped out before I could stop them, and Kaspen’s eyes went wide.
This is one of those books that I have a special shelf for called “ones I wish to read again”. It’s like watching your favorite movie..it only gets better the more you watch it.
I wish there would have been as a little more intimacy with Enael and Kaspen. As well as at times my head spun from the skips in time. (years sometimes decades) That being said I would recommend this to all of my paranormal fans. But just note this will not be a book that you can approach lightly. The amount of time and research that the author put into it is truly amazing. I think the readers could greatly benefit from a glossary of all the terms in the back.
Again thank you Samantha for letting me have the opportunity to read such a magical book.
How to Date Dead Guys by Ann Noser
Series: Under The Blood Moon
Genre: new-adult, urban-fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: July 15th, 2014
College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.
Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one.
Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.
Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.
My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I’ve chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.
Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.
I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
Whew ok first off I have mixed feelings about this book. I LOVED the first part and didn’t love the second. I rated it a solid 3 stars.
Emma is a sophomore in college with her roommate Chrissy. Chrissy starts has the hots for a guy named Kevin so she drags Emma to a party. Emma hates parties. She would much rather be in her comfy clothes reading. She reluctingly tags along. Kevin’s brother Mike has Emma’s attention from the beginning. She totally crushes on him and when he wants to go for a walk on his 21st birthday she agrees without hesitation…even if he is wasted.
Mike talks her into swimming in the river. She has a really bad feeling about it but goes in because she doesn’t want to say no to him. Then the horrible got worse. Mike disappears. Emma wakes up in the hospital with the police asking her questions. Mike is dead. Kevin blames her and Chrissy moves out. Could her life get any worse? She decides to use the Book of Shadows to cast a spell in hopes to bring Mike back. She found the book in her room after Chrissy’s sister used to to make a love spell between Kevin and Chrissy. It seemed to work for Chrissy so she is hoping it will do the same for her.
Once the spell is cast things start getting weirder. Dead guys start popping up and only appear as their true selves on a full moon, in pictures and in their reflections. Emma has a soft spot for everyone of them and helps them come to terms with their deaths. Just when she gets attached to them they disappear. When the last one is Mike she is desperate to hold on to him but the Book of Shadows has other plans.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read Jennifer’s books. I almost forgot how beautiful she writes dark and intense romance stories. This story was captivating. Your heart goes out for these two broken beautiful people. The entire time I was reading I couldn’t get that line from Rihanna’s song ‘Stay’ out of my head.
Violet is Callie’s roommate in college. Her parents were murdered in front of her when she was six and since she has been from foster home to foster home. Until Preston took her in and showed her how to deal and con to make a leaving. He is only eight years older and since she turned 18 he has started wanting to become “more friendly.” All she has ever known is how to take care of herself and to not let anyone in.
Luke is now in college with Callie and Kayden. If he is not in class he is drinking and partying to dull the pain and abuse he carries from his mother. His mother is a heron addict that since Luke was a very young age made him shoot her up because she didn’t like needles. It royally did a head job on him as well as the fact that his douchebag of a dad wants to become part of his life again….yeah right.
Violet literally falls on top of him one night and his life has not been the same since. He doesn’t understand what it is about this girl. All of his friends thinks he is nuts but he seems not to care. She is the most closed off, confusing, stubborn person he has ever met. He wants to know her but she will not even tell him her last name.
When summer break comes both of them find themselves homeless with the only solution is to move in together. Violet doesn’t know what she is feeling for Luke. But just when she starts to open up tragedy strikes and she will never look at him the same. So she leaves…
Now HUGE F*ing Cliffhanger here. Though I do like cliffhangers more than the average person. Jennifer deserves an award in this category. Let’s just say I’ve made a folder in goodreads called cliffhangers because of her lol.
I highly anticipate the next one. Love her writing. She doesn’t sugar coat. Jennifer’s books are the real deal.
Sophie is a platinum blonde bombshell. She is also a law school drop out turned cocktail waitress. Her family is constantly on her case about her future and comparing her to her “perfect” sister Brynn. In Vegas at her cousins bachelorette party she gets talked into dressing “slutty” for a night on the town. She chooses her thigh high boots and after an unfortunate turn of events, gets stuck on an elevator with the asshole ice king of a man, Grey.
Grey is furious that he gets stuck on the elevator with a hooker. One that can’t see to get herself together. From the crying to the falling on him…he is done. He just wants to get away from the hellish women that could be a twin is his evil ex-fiancé.
Sophie is steaming mad with the arrogant asshole calls her a hooker. Yes she is dressed like one but this is freaking Vegas! She decides to put the whole horrible ordeal behind her but can’t. Somehow being accused a call girl has opened up some wounds and made her do some serious soul searching. So she quits her cocktail waitress job and is currently jobless. To make matters worse her parents have no idea and they are all together to “celebrate” their other daughter (the perfect one) bringing her boyfriend over for the first time. Enter second worse day of Sophie’s life. Her boyfriends is the pompous ass Grey. He is furious as well. No only is girlfriend’s sister not a prostitute but she somehow his new assistant after Brynn’s plea that she needs a job.
The two lock horns immediately. This is where I thought the book dragged a bit. It took almost the entire book for these two to figure out they were crazy about each other. Very well written and humorous.
The ending is SUPER sweet and I can’t wait to read the next book. Will’s story! *Squeals*