New Release and Review for The Hangman by Mary Burton

Julia Vargas is a cop with a mission. When she’s not chasing down bad guys, Julia dedicates her time to investigating the Hangman serial killer…the same unsolved case that her father, Jim Vargas, was working on when he supposedly shot and killed himself three decades before. While rumors continue to swirl around her father’s death, Julia attempts to hunt down the truth.
The case once again hits dangerously close, however, when a woman’s bones are discovered in a historic downtown home, together with a photograph of Jim and Julia as a young girl. As horrifying as this discovery is, it may just be the break Julia has waited for. Working alongside Tobias Novak, a homicide detective with whom she shares a complicated—and steamy—history, she’s forced to confront her own past even as the Hangman looms in the shadows. But as the mysterious killer circles closer, Julia can feel her own noose begin to tighten…

The Hangman by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The past is not always long dead.. Sometimes its just been lying dormant and we all knows what happens when you start poking a sleeping bear.

The Hangman’s reign of terror was thought to have ended 24 years ago. But the daughter of the undercover officer who had been tracking him all those years ago and who committed suicide at the same time The Hangman took his last victim brings the case front and center again right at the same time a body that has been dead for 24 years turns up and looks to be connected to the long cold case.

Julia Vargas is a cop with the Virginia State Police. Her whole life she has had to live with the whispers that her cop father who killed himself was possibly the killer called The Hangman. Even though her father wasnt around much during her childhood due to always being undercover she knows in her heart he was a good man and could never been a killer. Losing him at such a young age hardened her and she is not big on trust. Her one goal has been to clear her father’s name and to bring the right killer to justice – no matter the cost.

Tobias Novak is a homicide detective whose own past is full of tragedy that has left him hardened too. A wife that tried to take their infant daughter with her in her suicide. Years later with that daughter now in college he has embarked on a sex only relationship with Julia with neither asking nor interfering in the others personal life. When Tobias gets the case of the woman who had been dead for 24 years and finds a connection to both Julia’s father and her he crosses the personal line with Julie to both help his case and because he realizes he wants more then just “benefits” with her.

The secrets and people that started crawling out of hibernation when Julia and Tobias started poking was a long list of characters from both the past and present. Lots of sordid going on’s 24 years ago.

Both Julia and Tobias did a lot of changing over the course of the book. Julia was the long hold out of not wanting to allow herself to care for anyone but the solving of the case and the tenacity of Tobias and his daughter finally softened her hard heart..

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New Release and Review for Celeste Files: Primal (Psychic CORE #6) by Kristine Mason

Fear the living, not the dead…
John Kain’s wife, Celeste, has been abducted. With little evidence, the CORE investigator enlists the help of their clairvoyant, three-year-old daughter. He attempts to connect with Celeste through his preschooler, but he’s left with more questions than answers, and even more fear. Using psychic visions, his little girl somehow takes him into the paranormal world and shows him the horror his wife is facing—if he doesn’t find Celeste soon, he might never see her alive again.
Celeste has woken to a living nightmare. Thirty-five years ago, a psychiatrist obsessed with the supernatural had kidnapped her psychic mother. Although her mom had survived, the twisted doctor had murdered five other people like her, and thanks to her mom’s testimony, was sentenced to life in prison. Spurred by vengeance, the psychiatrist’s son is determined to continue with his father’s experiments, and he has a special room just for Celeste.
With the help of the dead, Celeste is doing everything possible to save herself from being tortured. But she’s running out of time. Her kidnapper believes he can enhance her psychic gift through brain surgery. The doctor is in….and he’s insane.

Celeste Files: Primal by Kristine Mason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the book it seems I have been waiting for in this series. The past is revisited in many ways and long held secrets are finally out in the open.

With Celeste’s mother having died before we as readers got to meet her and with her mother keeping so many secrets from her daughter, we didn’t know the full extent of her psychic abilities nor her real reasons for keeping them hidden from her daughter and also the actual reasons she didnt want Celeste to know Ian – her real father.

When a son and mother of a a killer that has been incarcerated for 35 years kidnaps Celeste to continue his sick experiments, the past comes crashing down on Celeste along with new abilities being awakened. We also get to see how strong John and Celeste 3 year daughters abilities have become when she becomes the catalyst to finding where her mother is.

Celeste is now a force to be reckoned with her new abilities and with her children looking to have the same abilities future books should be very interesting for this family.

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New Release and Review for 14 Weeks by Jessica Gadziala

I was a bit of a wild child.
I had a past.
I had gotten into trouble.
All that was behind me, though.
And for the first time in my life, trouble had found me.
When the other private investigators wouldn’t help me, I found the huge, hulking Tig willing to lend his expertise. What I didn’t expect was the growing attraction between us or the crazy series of events that would put our budding relationship to the test.
Tig + Kenzi’s story.

14 Weeks by Jessica Gadziala
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love being surprised while reading a book and boy did this one manage that. I always look forward to seeing what stories this author comes up with for characters we’ve known for a while. Kenzie had been a force to be reckoned with in previous books and I have been curious who would be the man for her.

Tig hasnt been as big a player in the previous books as some as the others but we’ve known about him as he works for Sawyer’s PI firm. By the end of the book we’ve learned about his sad childhood and what made him into the man he is today. He, not knowing a lot about Kenzie’s history, was the first to step up to look into the threats she had been getting with the latest being sick and twisted. These two wouldnt from the outside look like a match but they ended up being perfect for each other.

Not going to get into the “suspense” part of the book as much as it should be experienced – but man is it twisted.

Loved getting to know more about Paine, Enzo and Kenzie’s younger sister Reese. She is the total opposite of her siblings – mild, meek and bookish. Personally I think she had the best line in the book.


“What kind of men do you like?” a man had asked her at a bar once when I forced her to go out for her birthday. “Fictional, mostly,” she had answered quickly, truthfully.

Loved the book and cannot wait for the next one. I could read this woman stories 24/7.

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New Release and Review for Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads

First in a chilling new paranormal romantic suspense series from award-winning author Abbie Roads He’s found her at last Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man, his only saving grace the extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch murderers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his own horrific past-and only one woman could know what it means. Only to lose her to a nightmare Mercy Ledger is brave, resilient, beautiful-and in terrible danger. The moment he sees Mercy, Cain knows he’s the one who can save her. He also knows he’s beyond redemption. But the lines between good and evil blur and the only thing clear to Cain and Mercy is that they belong together. Love is the antidote for blood-but is their bond strong enough to overcome the evil that stalks them?

Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, totally devoured this book. It was a bloody good read – both figuratively and literally. This author has one sick and twisted mind that makes for fascinating stories.

Saving Mercy starts a new paranormal series but as with her first series its frightening addicting with tortured characters you immediately are immersed with and feel their pain and sorrow.

Reading a book by this author is like going on a mind bender – lock your seat belt and just hold on for the crazy ride!!

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March 21-22 New Releases

Girl meets boy…
On the worst night of her life when she’s decided to take a drastic step that there is no going back from.
Girl is used to sitting by, letting fate deal cruel hand after cruel hand to good people with soft hearts and she’s had enough.
Girl thinks it’s time to fight back against fate and against men who aren’t careful with all the precious things a woman in love has to give him.
Fate shows girl who’s boss and turns her world and plans upside down without breaking a sweat.
Boy meets girl…
On the best night of his life when he’s decided that he’s going to make moves to be the man he was always meant to be instead of the man he was trained and conditioned to be.
Boy is used to a solitary life, quiet in the woods and knowing the only thing that might be looking for him is trouble and trouble is no longer his stock in trade.
Boy thinks it’s time to show trouble who’s boss, even if this trouble has big blue eyes and a body made to make men stupid. Trouble only gets the upper hand if the boy falls prey to its temptation.
Trouble turns the boy’s quiet, serene life sideways without any effort.
Trouble is fun and fate has a wicked sense of humor when it comes to this boy meeting this girl.

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes readers to the town of Silver Springs, where surprises wait around every corner!
The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch’s owner, that she’s really her daughter? Cora’s not sure she can do that, not unless she’s confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner, Aiyana’s adopted son and ranch manager, that decision becomes even more difficult.
Although Elijah can’t deny his deep attraction to Cora, he’s always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there’s something about the ranch’s newest employee that isn’t exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he’s long been waiting for.

USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne concludes the Surviving Ashes series with an explosive story where the strength of love rises against the loss of humanity…
Van Overton had given years of service to his country. He’d paid his dues and he no longer needed to put his life on the line. He could live out the rest of his days doing what he did best—making money from inside the heart of the world’s fastest paced financial system.
Allie James had wished time and again for something—anything—to happen just so she didn’t have to open another eviction notice. She adored the hustle and bustle of the city, her cozy apartment in a good neighborhood, and the rugged looking man across the hall wasn’t half bad to look at either. Regrettably, she’d been thinking more along the lines of winning the lottery than an approaching apocalypse.
Van should have known his luck wouldn’t hold out, but a supervolcano eruption? It was a good thing his time in the military had taught him to be ready for just about anything. Unfortunately, his next-door neighbor didn’t fit into anyone’s idea of a survival plan. Allie was everything he tried to avoid in a woman, but she was definitely the one who had the ability to steal his heart.

Bryce Slater was not living up to his parents expectations. He had a major chip on his shoulder. His father, a decorated military officer now with the FBI, had expressed the need for Bryce to learn some self-discipline. So that’s why the summer going into his senior year, Bryce was sent to work at a horse ranch in Bristol, Virginia. His parents wanted their oldest son to learn the value of hard work and become a responsible adult. But Bryce quickly assumed the reputation of being Bristol’s party boy with an attitude.
Enter Avery Sinclair, also 17, and a girl from wealth and power. Her father was a judge, and her grandparents owned the horse ranch in Bristol where Bryce was sent to work. An accomplished equestrian, Avery didn’t care much for Bryce’s cocky attitude and lack of commitment to his job. She especially didn’t care for his dismissive attitude where she was concerned. Avery was used to getting a lot of attention at the ranch.
When opposites attract, the teenage angst is palpable.

Here is a list of some more New Release you may enjoy:

~Spies & Stilettos (MacKenzie series) by Liliana Hart http://amzn.to/2o00y9q
Never Surrender (MacKenzie series) by Kaylea Cross http://amzn.to/2nw8pin
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Wicked Hot (MacKenzie series) by Gennita Lowhttp://amzn.to/2n3EknY
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The Struggle by Jennifer L. Armentrouthttp://amzn.to/2moqsr2
~Dirty Souls by Karina Hallehttp://amzn.to/2moqCPa (Jay strongly recommends)
The Brave Line by Kate Stewarthttp://amzn.to/2nhN8Zn
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Hitched by Christine Manzarihttp://amzn.to/2mPQuQm
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Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowenhttp://amzn.to/2nvPeFv
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The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydmanhttp://amzn.to/2n3wsCH
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Pushing Her Limits by Sparrow Becketthttp://amzn.to/2n3k7OP
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Bound Together by Christine Feehanhttp://amzn.to/2nvQAQR
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Make Me Beg by Rebecca Brookshttp://amzn.to/2n3qHVI
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Alpha’s Challenge by Lauren Danehttp://amzn.to/2nvPpAG
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Rising Flames by Kennedy Laynehttp://amzn.to/2mof3rq
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New Release and Review for Brighter than the Sun (KGI #11) by Maya Banks

As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he’s assigned to, but when it comes to love, he’ll keep his distance. He’s content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated. Zoe’s had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she’s determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly. But it’s the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface—and threaten to tear them apart…

As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he’s assigned to, but when it comes to love, he’ll keep his distance. He’s content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated.
Zoe’s had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she’s determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly. But it’s the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface—and threaten to tear them apart…

Brighter than the Sun by Maya Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Six years ago we met the Kelly family and the six brothers that Frank and Marlene bore that run The Kelly Group International whose missions include hostage and kidnap victim recovery, Intelligence gathering and handling jobs the US government can’t. Along with the Kelly brothers we’ve also had the stories of the men and women who run and are a part of the KGI teams. During this series we were also introduced to Rusty who was a teenager from a bad home life that Marlene accepted into her home as part of her family and eventually adopted. No this technically isn’t her story – its the youngest of the Kelly brother’s Joe story but Rusty plays a huge part in this book for which we all know is the set up to us fans finally getting her and Sean’s long awaited book.

Rusty in all the years she has lived around the KGI guys has picked up some useful tricks of her own. She uses her hacking skills to help a friend in need with a new identity. Zoe is on the run from a man who wants to kill her because of her father who runs a criminal empire. Rusty gives her a new identity and then takes her home with her thinking the Kelly/KGI ranch would be the safest place for her to hide out.

Joe Kelly is the last single brother and he likes it that way. Problem is as soon as he sees Zoe both an attraction and warning bells go off in his head. He knows she is scared of something which also means she is hiding something pretty bad in her past. He first befriends her to try and find out what that is but ends up falling pretty hard for her.

Zoe is extremely insecure due to how she was raised. She believes she is the scum of the earth and not worthy of anything. She has never seen a family like the Kelly’s and how they love unconditionally. These are things she has never experiences in her life so Joe’s attention to her has her pretty skittish at first.

Through out this book we get to see all the previous characters along with Sean who is still at odds with Rusty. That finally comes to a head in this book with a not so happy outcome.

I stepped away from this series a couple books back but the author gives great recaps of all the couples and their stories through out so it was easy to ease back into things. I’ve been waiting for Rusty and Sean’s story for a long time and had heard this book had some pivotal moments in their relationship in it and in part that was one of the main reason’s I wanted to read this one – that and it was the last of the Kelly’s brothers stories. I was not disappointed at all on that front. I hope its not a super long wait for till we get their story.

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New Release and Review for No Darker Place (Shades of Death #1) by Debra Webb

They want revenge. They need each other. Detective Bobbie Gentry has one objective: to stop the serial killer who robbed her of her husband, her child and her life. Nick Shade understands Bobbie's pain—and her desire for vengeance. He's on a mission of his own, and the murderer known as the Storyteller is next on his list. Nick knows that the best way to find his target is to stick close to Bobbie. But as she becomes more and more reckless in her attempts to lure the Storyteller out of hiding, he has to make a choice. Will he protect her from herself even if it means passing up the chance to take out one more monster? As for Bobbie, she's forced to decide just how much she can trust this stranger who knows so much about her. And both of them are about to learn whether or not two broken people can save each other.

They want revenge. They need each other.
Detective Bobbie Gentry has one objective: to stop the serial killer who robbed her of her husband, her child and her life. Nick Shade understands Bobbie’s pain—and her desire for vengeance. He’s on a mission of his own, and the murderer known as the Storyteller is next on his list. Nick knows that the best way to find his target is to stick close to Bobbie. But as she becomes more and more reckless in her attempts to lure the Storyteller out of hiding, he has to make a choice. Will he protect her from herself even if it means passing up the chance to take out one more monster? As for Bobbie, she’s forced to decide just how much she can trust this stranger who knows so much about her. And both of them are about to learn whether or not two broken people can save each other.

No Darker Place by Debra Webb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This edge of your seat thriller gives you chills. The sick and twisted things the killer known as the Storyteller does to his victims is the stuff a nightmares.

First off – be sure to read The Blackest Crimson before reading this book. That prequel, is where the killer destroyed Bobbie’s life and helps you to understand her determination to bring him down no matter the cost to her own life. Detective Bobbie Gentry has spent over 7 months recovering from both the physical and mental damage the Storyteller did to her. She’s lost everyone that matters to her along with her will to live. When it becomes clear that the killer is back for her she vows bringing him down will be the last thing she does.

In this book we are introduced to the other main protagonist of the series. Nick Shade starts off as a mysterious man who inserts himself into the investigations of finding serial killers and helps bring them to justice. He has been following the Storyteller for while and becomes even more fascinated with finding him after finding out Bobbie Gentry survived her ordeal with him but knows that’s just going to make the killer more determined to get her again and Nick will be waiting.

Both Nick and Bobbie have been through hell in their lives and are at different places mentally when this book starts. Nick being the son of one of the worst serial killers wants nothing more than to put as many as he can behind bars – to do this he must stay detached from all emotions – which becomes harder the more he is around Bobbie. Bobbie doesnt even look to the future – she doesnt plan on being in it so she has emotional distanced herself from those who care for her. By the end she manages to come to terms with her grief to a point enough that she wants there to be tomorrow.

Solid start to what looks to be a great series. Can’t wait for future books.

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