New Release and Review for Tripped Out by Lorelei James

Where there’s smoke…
Stirling Gradsky abandoned the corporate rat race for a more laidback lifestyle. So it’s ironic she’s partnered with a hard-bodied, know-it-all scientist who treats her like a stoner instead of a stone cold business woman capable of running a large scale marijuana farm. Dr. Hot and Tattooed with the big…brain needs to stop sampling their product; he’s under the half-baked idea that he’s the boss.
Dr. Liam Argent’s doctorate isn’t in chemistry, but from the moment he meets his sexy new coworker, there’s enough heat between them to short out all the grow lights in the greenhouse. First item on his agenda? Clearing up the sassy, blunt blonde’s hazy notion that she’s in charge.
Sparks fly as their attraction blazes. But can they weed out their differences without getting burned?

Tripped Out by Lorelei James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Only from the mind of Lorelei James could this come from. A very unique and totally hilarious love story.

The setting for this little gem is a legalized cannabis business called High Society which is owned by Stirling Gradsky and her brother Macon. Stirling runs the day to day operations and constantly butt heads with Dr. Liam Argent who runs the lab. These two have been playing pranks against each other for 10 months.. Turns out it was actually 10 months of foreplay as they both had secretly liked the other .

This book was all things cannabis which was both fascinating and funny. Stirling and Liam were two intelligent, quirky, nerdy characters with combustible sexual tension that exploded when they finally got together.

Even though this is labeled as part of the Blacktop Cowboys series it could totally be read a standalone.

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Spotlight on new author Melissa Sinclair’s first book, In the Night

Ten years ago Kara Vanderbilt was abducted and tortured for four days. She fought her way out of the hands of a sadistic madman and struggled to safety, nearly dying in the process, only to have her world shattered once safely home. Fleeing her family home and the only person who loves her, she tries to start over, but distance does not heal all wounds.
Kara goes home seeking closure and gets sucked into a murder case that sounds eerily familiar. But the similarities must be a coincidence, because the person responsible all those years ago died in a fiery crash. With her life in turmoil Kara meets a man she can start a life with. But will it be too late? With the help of Detective Caleb Montgomery, Kara races to find the killer before he finishes the job that was started all those years ago.

In the Night by Melissa Sinclair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This author has one twisted mind. I’ve been reading this genre for many years and I was shocked at the depravity of the killer. And that ending – skin crawling. But the biggest shocker is that this is the first book from the author – home run first time out.

Now a little about the story. When Kara Vanderbilt was 18 she was kidnapped, raped and brutalized. She managed to escape and was told the man who kidnapped her was dead. As Kara’s home life consisted of two unloving parents, which only got worse when she escaped, she left home and got her medical degree in emergency medicine. Now its 10 years later and she has come back to town that changed her life. Even though her parents never gave her any nurturing love, she always had the love and support of her brother Ethan who is now a homicide cop in their hometown. Unfortunately, on the day Kara returns to town another prominent daughter who was kidnapped turns up dead with a message for Kara. Seems someone was waiting for her to come home.

Kara has been unable to have any type of romantic relationship since her kidnapping but after she meets her brother’s partner, Caleb Montgomery, she finds herself having feelings she has never experienced before. Caleb was also instantly drawn to Kara and knows she needs protecting as its looking like the killer (copycat or partner) continued killing during the 10 years she was away and is taunting her that they want to finish what they started all those years ago.

That’s just a little taste of what the books about – my recommendation is to go get your copy and read it!!

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NOW AVAILABLE + Review for Going Dark by Monica McCarty

The members of a top secret SEAL Team can’t keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.
Like Rome’s Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.
After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.
Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she’d intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .
She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven’t exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he’s the kind of man she can depend on. Because he’s gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .

Going Dark by Monica McCarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Monica McCarty knocked it out of the park with her first contemporary romantic suspense. Fourteen men make up Seal Team 9 who are sent in on a secret black ops mission in Russia. Only 6 walked away and had to go dark and pretend they are dead until they can figure out who betrayed them.

The author kept the reader in the dark on who survived that fatal mission for most of the book so in my review other than the heroine I am not going to name any names. Just know it was a thrilling suspense ride with the present day story of ecoterrorist that Annie Henderson finds herself embroiled in and the slow reveal of the fate of Seal Team 9.

Annie Henderson is a Marine ecologist who decides to join her boyfriend on a trip to the Isle of Lewis in Scotland to protest offshore drilling. She is a strongly against offshore drilling after seeing the after effects of a oil spill in Louisiana on the wildlife. Its not long after being in Scotland that she begins to see something is not right with her boyfriend and his friends and that is confirmed when they rent a dive boat captained by a another man who makes Annie uncomfortable but for totally different reasons. Once out on the water Annie discovers that her boyfriend and his two friends are not planning a friendly protest but one far more deadly. She has to depend on the mysterious captain to save her life by getting them off the boat and trekking through a storm on a small craft along with being on the run once they hit land when they are accused of murder.

There are lots of “and the plot thickens” moments through out this book. Both with the ecoterrorist plot and the side plots of the man who trained Seal Team 9 wanting answers about what happened to those 14 men, and a tenacious reporter who is the sister of one of the missing men also looking for answers all while the ones who survived are trying to stay invisible. There is just soo much going on your turning the pages soaking up as much info as you can and wanting more. This is going to be a kick-ass series and I cannot wait for the next installment..

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New Release and Review for Shot in Darkness by Heather Sunseri

Intelligence analyst and former FBI special agent Brooke Fairfax is on the run. Not from anything sinister, but from her past. She’s hiding from Declan O’Roark after he proposed a question she simply wasn’t ready to answer. She finds solitude in Washington D.C. where she struggles to reconcile her feelings about her late husband and a possible future with Declan. Within hours, Declan tracks her down, desperate to save the relationship.
After establishing a tenuous truce, Brooke and Declan meet a suspicious man outside a Georgetown neighborhood bar. Terror begins to unfold just as Brooke realizes the man’s intentions. But what appears to be yet another random shooting spree turns out to be a highly targeted act. Brooke’s and Declan’s lives will be changed forever — if they’re lucky enough to escape.

Shot in Darkness by Heather Sunseri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For this to be a novella there were so many Oh My God moments through out it.

OMG – Chapter 8

OMG – Dimitri

OMG – that last chapter

This is not a stand alone book. You need to have read all the previous books but it such a fabulous series if you haven’t read it yet what are you waiting for…

 

This is a great series.. See all my reviews for each of the books below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exposed in Darkness by Heather Sunseri
My ratiExposed in Darkness (In Darkness #1)ng: 4 of 5 stars

Well written suspense with lots of twist and turns that keeps you guessing right till the end.

This series is about and FBI agent currently on leave after the death of her husband who was also an agent who was killed on the job. Brooke Fairfax was devastated after the death of her husband. She shut herself away from the world, her job and family as she tried to heal. It takes her former brother in law – who is the governor of Kentucky – to bring her out of her self imposed exile when his lieutenant governor is murdered and it looks like he was supposed to be the target.

Through out this book Brooke gets clues and warnings from an unknown source. This source has been feeding her information for years – even when her husband was alive. She calls him Romeo and he is one thread that is not wrapped up at the end of the book. This was a very intriguing addition to the story and one that should be interesting to see how is plays out in future books.

The main back drop of this was the Kentucky Derby. In looking for clues as to who may want to harm the Governor, Brooke comes across millionaire and CEO Declan O’Roark. Declan owns may businesses but two are prominent in this story. His thoroughbred horses that he races and his scientific labs. Brooke figures out pretty quick that Declan is innocent but wonders why someone is trying to frame him. She also struggles with her attraction to him as she feels she is betraying her dead husband. I thought the romance was tastefully done considering Brooke’s past. Declan never pushed her for more than she was willing to give and was very understanding of her circumstances.

Brooke is a strong female character that is great at analyzing clues. There were lots of twist and surprises through out with a large cast of characters who I am sure we will see in the future books. Now I’m off to read the next in the series..

Cut in Darkness (In Darkness, #2)Cut in Darkness by Heather Sunseri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another thrilling suspense in the ongoing series about FBI Agent Brooke Fairfax.

Brooke has now been fully reinstated in her job and along with her best friend and partner Tyler James is heading the Lexington FBI branch. She’s also still seeing Declan but her fears and grief are preventing her from giving a full commitment.

Lots of craziness going on in this one. The ER’s are over run with drug overdoses from an unknown source and mainly from the homeless and prostitutes. The local police are baffled as to what new drug could be causing this. Its not till a daughter of a U.S. Senator overdoses asks Brooke’s dad for help that Brooke gets involved after being assigned to look into who provided the drugs to her.

Before getting the case Brooke had been looking into the OMG (outlaw motorcycle gang) Samael’s Army. Once she does a little digging into the Senator’s daughter case she realizes that the two may be linked.

The plot of this book was like an onion – once Brooke pealed off one layer it revealed another and kept going. Romeo is back and in his “helping” he ends up putting a really large target on Brooke’s back that puts her in big danger.

All those layers kept you turning the pages and in the mist of all of that Declan decides he cant just stand by and watch Brooke constantly be in danger and enlist the help of a person from his past to help discover who Romeo really is before he winds up getting Brooke killed. We end up finding out some pretty deep secrets from Declan’s past and he hasn’t always been the squeaky clean billionaire he is now.

I really liked the first book in this series but I have to say this one exceeded that. The stories just get better with each book.

Covered in Darkness (In Darkness #3)Covered in Darkness by Heather Sunseri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intrigue and suspense galore in this third outing in the In Darkness series. Hopefully no terrorist read this book and get any ideas…

Brooke Fairfax walked away from the FBI to become the Director of Homeland Security of Kentucky. Now you may be thinking that has to be a boring job – what terrorist are interesting in Kentucky. Well, Brooke seems to be a magnet for intense situations and after an intense round of storms tear through Kentucky and the power grid goes down in Louisville what everyone first thought was just an outage due to weather soon morphs into something more sinister.

Brooke and her team at the fusion center soon start getting clues that the outage may be part of a terrorist attack and with the full backing of the Governor they start an investigation. Of course her previous employer – the FBI – including her father who is the Director aren’t to keen on her involvement. But as I mentioned before Brooke is a magnet for all things nefarious and her and her team are getting information the FBI doesn’t have and Brooke waits for no one.

Brooke’s millionaire boyfriend Declan is understandably stressed that she has found herself in the middle of danger again. I have to give him credit though he doesnt forbid her from doing anything (like that would work with Brooke) but he stays one step behind her always having her back and utilizing his old intelligence partner Dimitri to help him again.

This genre is definitely this author forte. She excels at suspense and keeping the story moving at a high rate of speed. And (stalker/informant) Mr Romeo.. I cannot wait to find out who this dude is he is as dangerous as he is helpful and the man has got to have superpowers..

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New Release and Review for The Coldest Fear (Shades of Death #3) by Debra Webb

A killer with nothing left to lose…
Afraid or not, Detective Bobbie Gentry has a monster to confront. The pain of losing her family and nearly her life to a criminal’s vile hunger is still fresh, but now the landscape is different. Now she’s not alone. Now she has Nick Shade to trust. Nick treats the terror of his past with vengeance. He’s dedicated his life to hunting serial killers, and he’d give up his last breath to save Bobbie. When a string of killings bloodies Savannah’s elite society and causes cold cases to resurface, Bobbie is captured in a city more haunted than Nick’s inescapable nightmares. And as the murderer strikes close, Nick and Bobbie will need to become even closer if they’re going to survive.

The Coldest Fear by Debra Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plenty of suspense along with some big secrets uncovered. A 32 year old cold case of 5 young kids who went missing along with the continued hunt for serial killer Randolph Weller all collide in Savannah, Georgia.

Detective Bobbie Gentry has swore she is going to be there for serial killer hunter Nick Shade even if he doesn’t want her to. He brought her back from the brink of not caring whether she lived or died and there is no way she is going to let him hunt for his mastermind serial killer father on his own. Along the way she gets called to help out on the cold case in Savannah not realizing that Randolph is up to his old tricks of manipulating everyone to be where he wants them to be.

Along with some creative murders, the investigation to try and figure out what happened 32 years ago and wondering how Randolph is connected, a main character has some major secrets that were hidden from them come to light.

The overarching thread from the previous books is for the most part wrapped up but I certaily hope this isnt the last book. This is a intense at times, edge of your seat, thrilling suspense series and one I hope there are more books to come.

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New Release and Review for Uncovered by J.B. Schroeder

Eddie Mackey was busy defending his country when his wife supposedly committed suicide. A year later, he has a new mission: finding her murderer. The perfect starting point is the New York City photojournalist who filmed his wife’s last words.
Except Miranda Hill won’t betray the secrets of the dead, especially when she has to protect the living. Not to mention, a terrifying accident left her with PTSD and enough danger to last a lifetime. The last thing she needs is a determined marine jeopardizing her hard-won stability.
When Eddie’s investigation nearly costs Miranda her life, he adds protecting the gorgeous woman to the wrongs he must right. Sparks fly, even as it becomes clear they are embroiled in something far more sinister than they’d imagined. But higher stakes soon erode the tenuous trust Eddie and Miranda have built. With a killer determined to bury them, the only way to win is to dig deep—both inside and out—to uncover the truth and expose evil.

Uncovered by J.B. Schroeder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A man in ruthless pursuit of the truth about the death of his wife ends up embroiled in a game of twist and turns in the hunt that reveals shocking truths.

9/11 is also at the heart of the story which was the turning point in the lives of the hero and his wife. Eddie Mackey went on to serve his country after and his wife who was a paramedic who was at ground zero saving lives ended up quitting and joining the mayors office as part of the hero campaigns. This is where they grew apart from all the time Eddie was overseas. When he returns for her funeral he cannot accept that her death was a suicide. Over a year later a letter convinces him that he was right and he sets out to prove it and to find out what was really going on all those years he was away.

This was a fast paced suspense with lots of red herrings and second chance for Eddie to make up for some of his failings as a husband and even find a second chance at love.

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New Release and Review for Sinful Sacrifices by Kristine Mason

Some sacrifices lead to murder…
A ski trip turns deadly when a bus carrying boys from an elite high school is hijacked and driven to an old abandoned amusement park. With a frozen lake on one side, acres of forest on the other, and up against a blizzard and sub-zero temperatures, the teens are trapped and at the mercy of their kidnappers. They have less than forty-eight hours to escape before the gunmen make good on their threats and begin killing them…one by one.
Chase Sawyer, agent for the criminal investigative firm, CORE, was a badass Crisis Negotiator with the FBI until a hostage situation resulted in the deaths of innocents. In the fallout, he left the Bureau, left the woman he loved, and left town. When a ransom is demanded for the release of fifteen kidnapped teens, Chase returns to Cleveland to work with the FBI and is forced to deal with past mistakes, along with the woman who haunts his dreams.
FBI Agent Summer Raines wonders why she still loves Chase. Before their breakup she’d been questioning their relationship. The man never could commit, and after becoming a crisis negotiator, had turned controlling and distant. Yet, five months ago, when he’d been in Cleveland for an assignment, she’d let him into her house and bed, only to be left brokenhearted once again. Now he’s back and about to get a huge surprise…she’s pregnant with a child he never wanted.
Chase is in for the negotiation of his life as he and Summer work to rescue the hostages and find a killer before more innocent lives are sacrificed…

Sinful Sacrifices by Kristine Mason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An unknown subject is pulling the strings in a game of greed and revenge with the lives of 15 teenagers. The players he has pulling off his twisted game are lacking moral compasses and the body count climbs pretty high.

Core Agent Chase Sawyer is sent to assist the FBI Cleveland Division on the case as one of the kidnapped kids is a US Senator’s grandson. Chase used to work for the FBI as a crisis negotiator. During that time he dated and was in love with FBI agent Summer Raines. His guilt over how he lost a partner and that it also resulted in the killing of a teenager made him so overwhelmed with nightmares and self doubt about himself he walked away from both the FBI and Summer. Coming back to Cleveland opens up a lot of old wounds and demon and along with that having to face Summer again as she is one of the leads on the kidnapping case.

I liked how the roles were sorta flipped in this book. Summer is a strong confident FBI agent and woman. She knew Chase had commitment issues while they were together – even before the tragedy that changed him even more – but afterwards she knew he didn’t think he was good enough for her and let him go when he ran. She still loves him but doesn’t let his rejection poison her mind. She went on to get a promotion to running her own team – even with getting the surprise of her life – an unplanned pregnancy from a one night visit from Chase 5 months ago. I love a woman who can say I love you but I don’t need you. Someone needed to make Chase get his head out of his ass and Summer’s shocking news and her laying we don’t need you gauntlet down finally got through to him..

Now the kidnapping of the 15 boys.. Two acts to this – the before they are rescued and the after.. Author throws some red herrings in and they are pretty good… The first act was suspenseful but the ending of the second act will blow your mind..

Not going to say much on this but Ian Ian Ian – you are a meddler.. Always enjoy a CORE book and look forward to many more..

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