Review: Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower

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4.5 unseated Stars

Motives. They change everything, don’t they? You can look at a situation on its face and judge it one way and then you read the background, you talk to someone involved and learn all of the behind the scenes dirt, you find the inside story and suddenly everything you thought was true, no longer holds. The emotions, the past, the motivations that drive us all, color everything we do. Change the context in which everything is received and seen. Sometimes they let us get closer to the truth – giving us insight into the reality of a situation we had already judged. But sometimes they can sweep the rug right out from underneath us – take the solid ground upon which we could have sworn we were standing and land us in unfamiliar territory, leaving us questioning everything we thought we knew.

Monster in His Eyes is exactly that. I’m writing this from unknown territory having had my world just tilted.

Karissa Reed is 18 years old. She is a freshman at NYU, trudging through a pain in the ass philosophy class. Trying to keep up with her frisky and over the top roommate. Trying to take care of her mother from afar. Trying to live her life. She’s got her head down, focused on what is right in front of her. She’s not looking for a life altering love or anything really except to make it through the current semester in college and move on to the next.

Ignazio Vitale invades Karissa’s life like a ninja but the impact is more akin to a nuclear bomb. He changes everything. He wakes up pieces of her she never even knew were there. He subtly and not so subtly moves right into her life and makes himself the very center of it. He is a live wire – covered and directed into the proper conduit, it’s useful and perfect, but peel back the protection, re-route it and it’s suddenly incredibly dangerous and will hurt you without even thinking twice.

Together they are intense and gorgeous and they fall so completely in love with each other, there were times when I thought I might be able to reach into the pages and touch their faces. When their passion was so palpable that I thought I might actually be in the same room with them, inhaling their combined pheromones, letting them inject me with their breadth and depth.

J.M. Darhower has written a hell of a book. From the very beginning you know there is something lurking, waiting to be unveiled. You find yourself not wanting to trust anyone. Not the characters. Not the setting. Not the events as they unfold before your eyes. But the halfway through I realized that I was caught in the web just as securely as Karissa and I found myself perfectly happy to be there. I didn’t want to leave Naz’s side, I didn’t really want to know the truth, I just wanted to move forward despite the nagging knowledge that not all was as it seemed.

Darhower took me on a ride so beautifully told that I didn’t want it to end. Even when the ugly truth steps forward and I was screaming at the top of my lungs, I just wanted more. I wanted more Karissa and Naz, more story, more everything that made me scream and pant and beg.

I knew stepping into this book that I would emerge the other side different in some way. I knew it would leave me unsettled and gasping. And it absolutely delivered. What I did not expect was to fall so completely in love with the whole package. I did not expect the man behind the curtain to be so utterly beguiling. I didn’t expect motivations to matter quite so much. But they do and they always have.

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Review: Penumbra by Logan Patricks

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4.5 rising above Stars

Betrayal. It’s one of the oldest literary themes. It’s one of the oldest themes in civilization. People have been stabbing each other in the back since the dawn of time. If anything the driving factors have only gotten more complicated and convoluted. But regardless of motivation, a knife in the heart delivered by someone you love is always one of the harshest and hardest things from which to come back.

Penumbra picks up almost exactly where Semblance left off – Calisto has tilted the entire world off of its axis with her betrayal of Shadow, Aria, Lincoln and The Midnight Society as a whole, creating a splinter organization she has named, The Revenants, after murdering the top members of the core leadership to be replaced by no one but her.

Life as Shadow, Aria and Lincoln know it is in ruins. All three are wracked with guilt, grief and seething anger. Calisto’s manipulations have pit Shadow against Aria within their love, making them both second guess everything that has happened between them and whether they ever really had a future. Lincoln is left to wonder how he should chart his new course as a murderer, knowing the love of his life forced him to pull the trigger.

To say that they are all starting from nothing is generous. No matter what trials and tribulations they may have endured individually in their past, their current situation makes that all look like a carousel ride.

Shadow is riddled with crippling doubt about his entire life in the face of Calisto’s betrayal and turns to his self-imposed to-do list to cope instead of turning into the waiting arms of his love. Aria is caught up in the spin of a tornado of grief, overwhelming guilt and confusion in the face of being turned aside to by Shadow. Lincoln is walking tall, safely tucked behind his playboy façade, completely unwilling to externally confront his own feelings of loss and anger

Watching these three individuals walk the road laid before them with the sole goal of finding Calisto and making her pay would be interesting enough given each of their mental states. But because they are such incredibly complicated, intense, intelligent characters they aren’t content to simply tick line items off their to-do list. We get to watch them all tackle their individual and group demons in a grueling fight for their lives, love and future in an extraordinarily gritty, authentic and intelligent way.

Logan Patricks has crafted another brilliant thriller laced through with incredible heat, fantastic humor and genuinely larger than life characters. He exquisitely paces this story by expertly weaving complimentary, new characters and challenges to overcome throughout. He continually ups the ante by peppering in teases, taunts and temptations for all setting up the reader to constantly be checking whether there is still solid ground under our feet.

Patricks has rendered a perfect balance between mystery, a character driven narrative and a flat out fun story to read. Although the core theme of this series is betrayal, readers will never question or regret their investment in characters or story. Like its predecessor, Penumbra delivers everything you could possibly want.

Review: Five Weeks by Dannika Dark

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4.5 second chance Stars

The one who got away. I think we’ve probably all got at least one. Regardless of how deep the regret flows, whether it be a particularly weighty glance from across the room that you wished you had followed up on or the bone deep knowledge that you lost the love of your life, we’ve all got something at which we wish we could have a second chance.

Jericho Cole is a rock star. He’s also a wolf shifter, drop dead sexy and a shell of a man. He’s spent the last two decades trying to forget the one woman that ever really mattered. He’s tried drowning that regret in drugs, alcohol and women only to succeed in almost ending his life. He’s found a level space in which to exist, but he’s not really living.

Isabelle Monroe has spent the last 20 years basically on the run. She’s not running from anyone in particular, except maybe herself. But as anyone who has ever been on the move for that long knows, that’s enough to keep you moving. Until one day, starting a new job in a new town, Izzy comes face to face with the one who got away and her whole world tilts on its axis.

Jericho and Izzy were best friends once upon a time, existing in the friend zone as a protective buffer for their unspoken feelings for each other. But when they come face to face again two decades later, all bets are off. Unfortunately, Izzy is unwittingly eyeball deep in a mess that is entirely out of her control and ends up landing right on the doorstep of Jericho’s pack.

As we’re taken along for the ride of figuring out this mess, watching Jericho and Izzy come back together and watching the ripple effects of both, we get a gorgeous lesson in what it means to walk on this earth with an open heart. Izzy builds her life around second chances and it’s an extraordinary philosophy because in the midst of all of the crazy and scary and unknown, she is continually committed to finding the absolute best in every single person.

Dannika Dark continues to amaze me with her insight into human nature and her skill at investigating that nature so thoroughly and so adeptly. She is able to unspool these two characters’ motivations and intentions so effortlessly that you don’t really realize the impact of this story until it’s done and you’re sitting with it afterwards. When it all settles into place and you realize that you’ve just watched two soul mates overcome 20 years of distance to find their way back to each other.

This book is perfectly paced. This book is gorgeously written. This book is moving, sweet, funny, sexy as hell and stealthily weaves its way into your heart when you aren’t looking.

Regardless of whether you’ve read the other two books in this series, regardless of whether paranormal romance is your typical genre, regardless of whether you think this book is in your wheelhouse – read it anyway. It will touch you. I promise. Give it a chance, you won’t regret it.

Release Day: Five Weeks by Dannika Dark

Five Weeks
(Seven Series, Bk #3)
By Dannika Dark 
Blurb:
Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she’s recently decided to settle down—as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.
Jericho isn’t the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion—until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.
Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.
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Release Day: Taste by Cambria Hebert

 

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TASTE is released!!!

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Coming soon to ibooks and to paperback

About Taste

One taste is never enough…

Spencer Waller’s main purpose in life is to protect and serve. After spending years in the military, he gets a coveted spot on the Secret Service detail protecting the president. Spence doesn’t have time for women or all the work having a relationship with one requires. But just because he isn’t looking for a lady doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate a beautiful one when he sees her.

And he makes it a point to see one in particular every single day.

Elle Bond has literally chopped and fried her way to the top of the food chain. Earning a coveted position in the White House as the president’s personal chef, she figures her professional life can only get better. Her personal life, on the other hand, could use a little bit of an overhaul, and because of that, she tries to ignore the charm-dripping cookie thief every time he comes into her kitchen. After all, she knows better than anyone that just one taste of something good is never enough.

One night after work, Elle is assaulted, threatened, and given an ultimatum. She can’t go to the police, and she sure as hell can’t do what she was ordered.

But she has to. Or else.

Pale, shaken, and scared to death, Elle confides in Spence, and his protective instincts take over. Together, Elle and Spencer have to uncover a sinister plot and stop it before someone ends up dead.

 

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FYI- for those that purchase TASTE there is an EXCLUSIVE first look at the Trashy cover reveal! You get to see it first!!

There is also TWO recipes included in the back – Spencer’s favorite cookie recipes!! You can make them and enjoy at home!

 

Spencer’s Cookie in a Mug Recipe

A fast treat to enjoy while you read Taste!

Ingredients

1 tbsp melted butter

1 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tbsp brown sugar

Pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

¼ cup flour

2 tbsp chocolate chips (mini’s work great!)

Directions

Mix all ingredients into a microwavable safe mug. Microwave for 60 seconds.

Serve to the cookie monster in your life!

 

Thank you all so much for your support!! I hope you download and enjoy Taste!

Blog Tour: Red & Wolfe Series by Ella James is Complete!

This is an erotic fairy tale inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.

The first installment was originally featured in the BEND Anthology

Red & Wolfe: Part 1 by Ella James

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Contemporary Erotica 35 Pages
When Sarah “Red” Ryder loses her job as an art critic for a Boston newspaper, she’s brokenhearted. Worse than that? She’s broke. Her boyfriend recently left her – for a tatted-up hottie with a dick – so she’s stuck paying her hefty apartment rent alone. After two months unemployed, there’s no money left. With no immediate family to turn to, Red reaches out to her estranged grandmother, a reclusive writer living on an island off the coast of Charleston. Several days later, Red receives $30,000 and an invitation to visit.

James Wolfe is not Red’s grandmother. But he beckons her. Red has the ability to give him something he needs. He won’t take “no” for an answer, and he doesn’t mind screwing her over. He lost his conscience six years ago, when he was tried for the murder of his wife. Since then, life is about him – and the paintings he does under the mysterious pseudonym “W.”

Wolfe needs the island to keep painting. To live his life away from prying eyes. To keep up the anonymity of “W.”

Once he sees Red, he finds that he needs her, too. And Wolfe will have her. Any way he can.
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Return to Rabbit Island for the erotic second installment of Red & Wolfe, the sensual story of exiled playboy James Wolfe and writer Sarah “Red” Ryder.

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Red & Wolfe Part 3 by Ella James
Contemporary Erotica 55 pages
Return to Rabbit Island with Red & the illusive Rafe for the hottest serial installment so far. I’d bring at least two pairs of extra panties if I were you.
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Red & Wolfe Part 4 by Ella James

The FINAL installment!

Contemporary Erotica 112 pages

Return to Rabbit Island for the heart-pounding conclusion to Red and Wolfe’s story. Don’t forget your extra panties – but this time, you might also want to bring your gun.

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Blog Tour: Sparks by RS McCoy

~Sparks Blog Tour~
“Everyone in
the world has a Spark, a light inside that guides them, keeps them alive.”
Myxini School for Children specializes in training young
men and women who have powerful Sparks. Strikers are taught to manipulate fire.
Trackers learn to find animals in the most formidable terrains. Handlers are
instructed in communication with large predators. But forty years have passed
since the last time they had a Reader – a student with the ability to read
minds.
When Lark Davies enrolls at Myxini, he knows there aren’t
many like him, but he doesn’t realize just how rare his abilities really are.
He thinks nothing of being asked to keep his Spark a secret; after all, he can
barely control it. Thoughts and emotions flood unbidden into his mind until he
can scarcely walk or hold a conversation. But just when he needs it most, his
ability fails him.
Lark meets Khea, a small frightened girl who mysteriously
ignites his protective nature. He has no explanation for the curious strength
of their relationship, and it doesn’t help that she is one of the few people in
the world whose thoughts can’t be read. As he struggles to get to the root of
their unique bond, Lark begins to unravel more power than even his mentor
expected, but in the process makes himself a target to political leaders eager
to take control.
~Spirits Released July 28~
 
“Loving her was easier when I thought we were going to die.”
Lark Davies sleeps in a gilded palace and eats the finest foods, but he would trade it all to change that one night. Unable to use his talent for mind-reading to prevent a series of murders, Lark’s dreams are ravaged by gruesome memories. Robbed of sleep and slowly losing his sanity, the devoted lover and expectant father can only watch as his life continues to spiral out of control.
Whispers of invasion threaten what little peace their new life might have offered. Khea, the new queen of Nakbeand his only light in the nightdeclares human sacrifice to be a necessary component of the island culture, forcing Lark to assert his disapproval. For the first time, the unifying bond he shares with her isn’t enough to keep them together.
With his mentor at his side, Lark’s only hope to stand against the queen and avert a future of death lies in his unexplored ability to manipulate physical elements of the world. The two men search out the spirits that control water, fire, and wind in hopes of ending two thousand years of violent traditions before rival nations invade.
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RS McCoy didn’t ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel has been released on Amazon and her second novel is in the works. She is a wife, mother of two, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.