New Release: The Surviving Girls by Kaytee Robert

A fierce survivor and a fearless FBI agent battle a copycat serial killer in a gripping thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.
Twelve years ago, Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson miraculously lived through the notorious Sorority Row Murders that left twenty-one of their sisters dead. Still wrestling with the trauma but finally out of the limelight, Lei and Emma are now devoted to helping other victims find closure. But most disturbing for Lei—beyond the gut-wrenching survivor guilt—is that the killer was her boyfriend. He’s behind bars, but she’ll never lower her guard again.
When a copycat killer targets Lei and Emma, FBI Agent Dante Young is put in charge of anticipating the sociopath’s every move. But what he doesn’t expect is his immediate and overpowering attraction to Lei. The closer they get to each other, the more desperate and terrifying the questions become: Who wants to finish what the killer started—and why?
Now Agent Young vows to protect Lei at all costs. If they have any chance of a future together, first they have to stay alive…

The Surviving Girls by Katee Robert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Boy, the author stepped up her game with the killer in this one. I thought the last one was depraved but killing 21 in one night – you sir win the sick and twisted killer of year..

Could you image – your whole sorority, except for your best friend who had a front row seat to the massacre, all raped and killed while you were trapped in a room able to hear them all dying.. And if that wasn’t enough to send you over the edge to loonyville – they were all murdered by your boyfriend at the time.

Book picks up 12 years later. The killer was convicted and has been serving many life sentences in jail. Lei and her best friend Emma moved from California to Washington to get away from the horrors of their pasts. Problem is its left Emma unable to leave the house and on an emotional tightrope and Lei now a must stronger woman but yet she suffers from guilt and her own form of PTSD. They live in a heavily guarded house far from any big cities and Lei now runs a cadaver search team with her dog Saul and Emma is her researcher who has also grown proficient in hacking. Their past along with all the emotional baggage that brings comes back with a vengeance when a group of college girls are murder in the same fashion as the ones 12 years ago. The killer is even leaving clues at the scenes that only the original killer could have known.. But how can this be when that killer is locked up???????

FBI BAU boss Britton Washington assigns Dante Yong and Clarke Rowan to the case after realizing the similarities between the two cases. These two couldn’t be more opposite of each other but sure made for some amusing conversations. Dante is immediately taken with Lei when he meets her but knows with the unpredictability of the killer they are chasing and now trying to protect Lei and Emma from him needs to lock that down so he can keep everyone alive.

This was a fast paced thriller that kept you on your toes wondering what was going on and also kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what the killer was going to do next. Really enjoyed this one..

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New Release and Review for Beneath the Scars by Cherise Sinclair

Josie doesn’t need any help raising her son.
Pregnant at sixteen, Josie learned the hard way about men and their empty promises. She picked herself up and is raising her eleven-year-old son. By herself. And that’s the way she intends it to stay. Unfortunately, her impressionable boy becomes fascinated by the scruffy, intimidating biker who lives next door.
The scars on Holt’s face are only the most visible of his wounds.
Out of the hospital after being attacked in his own damn house, Holt is coming to terms with the fact that his scars frighten people. Like his now-ex-girlfriend who ran after one look at him. Like his redheaded neighbor who hauled her boy away as if Holt was a serial killer. Fine. He’ll give the pretty bartender all the space she wants.
The Shadowlands will bring them together…
When Josie starts bartending in the exclusive, private club, she discovers her neighbor is a member. And a Master–a skilled powerful Dom who can make her fantasies come true. Slowly, the firefighter breaks down the walls around her heart, teaching her how to trust. How to love…
But when her son’s choices lead to disaster, can their relationship survive?

Beneath the Scars by Cherise Sinclair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great addition in one of my all time favorite series!!  A scar can be left on the skin or on the soul from wounds inflicted. This story takes us on a journey of a man who bares his on the outside and a woman who wears hers on the inside.

Josie Collier is a single mother to an 11 year old boy. Being a teen when she got pregnant and having no family support until years later, Josie stopped believing in romance and love. She now lives next to her Great Aunt and is a writer of YA books and a bartender. She is having a hard time coming to terms with what used to be her sweet little boy who is now an broody 11 year old.

(Alexander) Holt happens to live on the other side of Josie’s Great Aunt. Fans of the series will remember that Holt was the stabbing victim of Uzuri’s stalker in the last book. He is still recovering from his wounds with one being a large scar down the side of his face. I love how with each book in this series the characters jobs get more interesting. Holt is a Fireman/EMT who also works a second job as a Peds ICU nurse. Along with that of course he one of the Masters at Shadowlands with a sweet disposition and true desire to help others.

Josie’s not too fond of Holt when she first meets him due to judging him by his looks and that he owns a motorcycle. But once she starts working at Shadowlands as their new bartender and finds out about how he got his scars and who he really his she immediately apologizes and the two strike up a friendship – even though Master Holt is looking for much more.

There is equal time spent outside of Shadowlands as there is inside. The inside scenes were comical through Josie’s eyes as it was all knew to her what goes on in a BDSM club – but her years of bartending and seeing all types of people has her adapting quickly. The outside time was split between Josie and Holt’s budding relationship and her son Carson’s issues with school, finding out about his father and some other drama along with his having a hard time dealing with his mother being in a relationship. There was a crap-ton of issues the author brought up in this book – all ones I think plenty of women can relate to. I feel like sometimes I’ve gone through a therapy session after I’ve finished one of her books (I mean that in a good way)

As this is posted on her website I dont think its a spoiler – the bonus in this book is – Mistress Anne and Ben have their baby… Yeah lets just say Mistress Anne not being in control of her body or the how and when that baby comes very hard for her but is amusing to read.

Its always so sad to come to the end of Cherise’s books.. I could read them forever.

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New Release: Her Last Word by Mary Burton

Her Last Word
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Kaitlin Roe’s vow to uncover what happened to her missing cousin pits her against a relentless killer.
Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin Roe was the lone witness to the abduction of her cousin Gina. She still remembers that lonely Virginia road. She can still see the masked stranger and hear Gina’s screams. And she still suffers from both the guilt of running away and her resentment at being interrogated as a suspect. Now, she’s determined to assuage the pain and stop the nightmares that haunt her. She begins interviewing everyone associated with the unsolved crime for a podcast designed to put Gina’s story back in the limelight in the hope of bringing closure to the long cold case.

When a woman Kaitlin interviewed is found stabbed to death, she fears that she’s drawn a killer out of hiding. For Detective John Adler the fear is even greater. He thinks the murders have only just begun and that Kaitlin is a target.

The past is closing in fast and it’s darker than Kaitlin remembers. Soon, her wish will come true. She’s going to find out exactly what happened to Gina. Someone has been dying to tell her.

Her Last WordHer Last Word by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A unsolved disappearance of young woman 14 years ago has one person finally seeking answers and another seeking revenge on those that were with her in her final moments.

Kaitlin Roe made many mistakes in her youth. After losing her brother to suicide at a young age to ease the pain she turned to drugs. Her mom in a desperate plea to save her daughter sent to her live with her Aunt and cousin in Virginia. She was only there for a year but that year forever changed her life. After a night of partying with her cousin and 2 friends, Gina is kidnapped in front of Kaitlin in a gruesome way. Gina is never seen from again and after the police not believing Kaitlin’s story due to her past history with drugs she runs back to Texas. The guilt over not being able to help her cousin Gina that night and not being able to identify the man who took her finally reaches a boiling point for Kaitlin and she returns to Virginia to interview everyone that was involved that night – from the other women that were parting with them, their boyfriends at the time and also those in law enforcement that were assigned the case. What she didn’t know would happen is her returning to town and reopening old wounds would lead to triggering a killer to start his vengeance against those remaining three girls from that night that he feels are responsible for her death.

This story was writing in an unique way. Some of the chapters are the interviews Kaitlin has done giving us all the different perspectives the people who were either directly or indirectly involved along with also giving us short chapters from inside the killers mind and his rationale for what he was doing.

After the first murder homicide detective John Adler and his partner Monica Quinn are assigned the case. The identity of the first victim has them realizing the death it tied to the missing person’s case of Gina from 14 years ago. He and his team simultaneously reopening the old case while also trying to solve the current case which eventually leads to more victims and an also fatal attempt on Kaitlin’s life.

I felt sorry for Kailin throughout the book. Other than using alcohol and drugs and having poor taste in boyfriends when she was younger she didn’t deserve to be as ostracized as she was current day. She had cleaned up her life, got a college education and was a taught classes at college. Thank goodness after a rocky first meeting John realizes she is so much more than her past and knows she needs protecting from the killer.

Even though this isn’t labeled as being part of the Forgotten Files series is has a couple of the characters from that series play big roles in this book. Dr. Tessa McGowan from The Doll Maker is the ME that deals with the bodies and Tobias Novak from The Hang Man is John’s Captain. Always love getting to revisit past characters.

This was a page turning psychological suspense that had me speedreading to get to the end to find out how it was going to end.

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New Release – Loved By Darkness by Autumn Jordon

A two-year-old child is found adrift on the Atlantic. It’s the job of the Cape James Police Chief, Norris Stiles, to learn who left the girl to die. New to the area, and the job as chief, he might be out of his depth. Fortunately help has arrived. Unfortunately, the feisty and beautiful U.S. Marshal could distract him from his obligations.
Burnt out by grueling covert missions, U.S. Marshal Jolene Martinez heads home to the Virginia Coast for a much-needed vacation, only to become embroiled in a heart-breaking child abandonment case. When she saves the child, the case becomes personal for Jolene, and she’s determined to solve the mystery with or without the chief’s support.
As the clock ticks on, both the sweet girl and the charismatic chief pluck at heart strings Jolene believed severed years ago. Duty and desire mix while she and Norris race to eliminate suspects and expose the perpetrator of the sinister act before the tides wash away all evidence and he attempts to harm the child again.

Loved By Darkness by Autumn Jordon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Autumn Jordon’s best book to date! This book has everything you want in a romantic suspense. It absorbs your attention from the beginning when a toddler is found floating in a raft off the Virginia Coast by herself.

U.S. Marshal Jolene Martinez is a tough field agent who needs a break from all the ugly her job has her dealing with on covert missions. She currently visiting her sister and out with friends on a boat when she spots the raft with the child in the water and thinks nothing about jumping in the Atlantic to get to her.

Cape James Police Chief, Norris Stiles left the big city police force for small town life. He loves the quieter pace even if it comes with small town politics. He too is on the boat when the toddler is found and jumps in behind Jolene to get to the child.

The biggest chunk of the book is split between trying to find out who the child is and where she came from and the attraction between Norris and Jolene. The FBI gets involved and Norris has to fight to keep it his case. Jolene, after the young girl forms an attachment bond to her, also throws in the help of the U.S. Marshals. The three law enforcement agencies have to play nice with each other to help solve where the little girl came from.

As the reader we are given glimpses of the abductor through out the story but when all is revealed its a shocking conclusion you didn’t see coming.

I always look forward to reading Autumn’s stories and this was definitely a page turner.

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New Release – The Ghost by Jessica Gadziala

Sloane has everything she thought she ever wanted- a great career, a great apartment, great clothes, a life she had worked hard for.
Until one night, one chance encounter, one decision that changed everything.
With no options left, she enlists the help of Quinton Baird & Associates, who promptly inform her that she has to leave it all – the career, the apartment, the life she had worked so hard to build for herself – behind.
If all that wasn’t enough, her entire future – and life in general – was in the hands of a man whose coworkers called ‘The Ghost.’ Because that was what he did; he ghosted people, hid them, gave them new lives, made them impossible to find.
With no other choice, she agrees to his terms, climbs in a car with him, and travels almost clear across the country toward her new life. But the long hours on the road – and even longer hours in cabins and hotel rooms – together start to show her things. Like how unhappy she had actually been, how hollow her life was, how much she had denied herself in the name of superficial success.
And maybe, just maybe, how much she was starting to see how wrong first impressions can be, and how much a person can begin to mean to you when you decided to let them in…

The Ghost by Jessica Gadziala
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Fixers are comprised of 6 men and one woman who are all kick ass and each has a specialty they bring to the table. Gunner’s specialty is Ghosting.. No not the act where one dater ends a relationship by simply disappearing. Gunner makes people who lives are in danger safely disappear. None of the men or women he has “hidden” were ever found.

His latest assignment is a woman who witnessed a drug lord murdering a man. After the cops and other agencies failed to protect her she is recommended to Quinton Baird’s group. Quinton then gives the job to Gunner.

Gunner’s plans to get his assignment to the location of her new life runs into a few snags. One of the biggest being he falls for the woman who once he delivers to her new life he will never see again.

Love these gruff alpha men who never think they are going to be like their friends who fall hard when they find the one..

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New Release – The Girl With No Name by Lisa Regan

Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms.
A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified…
Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?
As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county. Josie is faced with an impossible decision: should she risk the life of one innocent child to save many others… or can she find another way?

The Girl With No Name by Lisa Regan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tough & Resilient in the Face of Adversity describes Chief of Police Josie Quinn’s struggles through out this book.

Josie has always had a strong moral compass even though her now dead husband, fellow officers and others around her were completely lacking in the moral department. She doesn’t let her personal feelings get in the way of her doing her job or keep her from doing what’s right even if that is at the cost of her own emotion well being.

Its been 2 years since everything went down in the first book. Josie has settled into her new job as Chief of Police with a great team of detectives reporting to her, all while planning her wedding to Luke. In a blink of an eye everything changes.. A call to a scene where a woman was badly beaten and her newborn baby taken, and then shortly after that her fiance disappears all while a woman who claims to not be able to remember who she is and how she came to be at one of the scenes is looking to be a connection between both cases.

If you haven’t read the first book I recommend doing that before reading this one. I was sucked into the story from the start and with each page my anxiety increased for where it looked like it was headed. Not your traditional ending.. Thankfully the third book in the series comes out in August….


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New Release and excerpt from Hold Back the Dark by Kay Hooper

An SCU team investigates an inexplicable string of murders committed by men and women with no memory of their crimes in the latest in this New York Times bestselling series.
Madness has taken ahold of Prosperity, North Carolina. Residents are killing one another, as if in a dream, and waking up with no memory of the monstrous acts they’ve committed–or why. As the death toll climbs, the local sheriff’s department is further rocked by a murder carried out by one of their own. Deputy Katie Cole knows that whatever monster is afoot is beyond her scope…
The Special Crimes Unit is called in for their specific brand of investigation. It will take all their training, all their experience, and every extra sense they can call on to get to the bottom of things in Prosperity. And as a dark pattern begins to emerge, even the most experienced and hardened SCU agents have to wonder if this is beyond their understanding.

Hold Back the Dark by Kay Hooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very creepy addition to the series. A psychic blast was sent out and received by small group of psychics to come to Prosperity, North Carolina. Something evil is going on there and only this group can stop it.

Noah Bishop and his wife felt the blast but were not part of the invitation but they do provide the place in North Carolina for everyone to gather before heading to Prosperity. Hollis Templeton and her partner/lover Reece DeMarco along with 6 other psychic who are not part of Bishops SCU team were the ones that got the summons. Those 6 psychic are aware of SVU but have not wanted to join and instead try to live ordinary lives with un-ordinary abilities. Even though hesitant they know they need to get to Prosperity to help fight whatever evil has taken over the town.

Madness has taken over a few of the residents minds and had them comment unspeakable acts of violence. Sheriff Jackson Archer has never had any trouble in Prosperity. Its a nice, peaceful place to live. He doesn’t understand the heinous murders that are suddenly being committed in his town and only at the urging of his chief deputy Katie Cole who has kept her abilities hidden does he call in Noah Bishop’s special team.

You curiosity was captivated from the beginning. I liked how the author had the book broken up into three sections.. The Summons, The Gathering and then The Darkness. The ending was a little abrupt and I am hoping that we get to see more of the 6 in future books but overall I liked this creepy little addition to the series.

Want a sneak peak? Here is an excerpt from the book provided by the publisher.. 

“Oh, God.” Special Agent Tony Harte groaned, holding his head with both hands. “What the hell was that?”

His boss, Special Crimes Unit Chief Noah Bishop, shook his own head slightly, then grimaced and lifted a hand to rub his left temple, where a rather exotic white streak stood out starkly in his thick black hair. He was far paler than normal, and his sentry-sharp pale gray eyes were darker than Tony had ever seen them, like tarnished silver.

“Vision?” Tony demanded. “Because I’ll swear I saw colors I’ve never seen before. I didn’t pick up all that from you, surely?” He was a clairvoyant, though not a particularly strong one; even so, he had been known to easily pick up information, experiences, and even emotions from other SCU agents, especially if they were “broadcasting” for some reason.

Bishop looked down at the legal pad lying before him on the conference table in the room at Quantico where the SCU teams usually met to discuss cases, and where he and Tony had been, in fact, going over several cold cases, as they regularly did, as evidenced by a dozen or so folders scattered on the table.

“Not a normal vision,” Bishop said finally, characteristically answering only one of the questions asked. He looked at the pen in his right hand with a brief frown before dropping it into a cup of pencils and pens nearby on the table.

“That’s an oxymoron,” Tony said, scrabbling in the first-aid case he had located in a cabinet. “Normal vision. Our kind, I mean. If we’re out of aspirin, I’m gonna kill somebody.”

Special Agent Miranda Bishop, walking rather carefully, came into the room just then, a legal pad beneath one arm, holding something in that closed hand, and holding a large bottle of OTC painkillers in the other hand. She caught Tony’s eye and tossed him the bottle.

“Try these.”

“Thanks.”

Miranda sat down beside her husband at the conference table and held out her closed hand, opening it to reveal several capsules. “Here, take these.” And before Bishop, notoriously unwilling to take anything that might blunt any of his senses, could shape a refusal, she added, “I know exactly what your head feels like. Take them. We both need to be able to think clearly.”

Bishop looked at his wife’s startlingly lovely face, now unusually pale, her electric blue eyes dark with pain, and he swallowed the capsules.

Beloved?

I’m all right. Getting there, anyway. Was worried about our connection since I couldn’t . . . feel you there for a while. But as long as that’s all right, then we’re all right.

Yes, love. We’re all right.

You couldn’t feel me either, though, could you? While it was happening?

No. But we’re fine now. Whatever that was . . . I don’t believe it intended to damage us.

Noah . . . What’s coming . . . Can it be stopped?

If it can be stopped, we’ll do all we can to stop it. We’ve been warned, and a heads-up from the universe is . . . rare.

We weren’t summoned. Not us, not directly.

No. But we were shown enough that I can’t help believing we’re meant to help those summoned. We have resources. Experience. Knowledge most of those summoned can’t possibly have.

But we can’t interfere.

Not once it really starts. Once they’re in place and it all begins to evolve. But I think we have a little time before that—otherwise, why the warning? Time to gather, to plan. Which means what we do in the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours is critical.

Yes. Darling . . . if we fail, if they fail . . .

Then the world will see evil in forms only we’ve seen until now. Forms none of their armies can fight, none of their weapons can destroy.