Book Review: Walking the Edge

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Book Title: Walking the Edge

Author: Zee Monodee

Published January 5th 2015

Pages: 230

Blurb:

A woman without a past
Left amnesiac after an accident, Amelia Jamison’s instincts slowly rise from the depths of oblivion to question her life as the wife of a cold, manipulating and distant man. Wisps of a dream show her another man she may have known intimately, but is he a memory, or a figment of her imagination?

A man with too much information
After many aliases, today Gerard Besson is simply a police commissaire in Marseille. When a mysterious woman starts to follow him, he is suspicious. But things aren’t what they seem, and as he reluctantly gets closer to her, dredges of his painful, buried past spring to light and make him question her identity.

Each seems to have led two different lives
But neither is prepared for what awaits them when they cross the fine line between knowing your true self and that of your alter ego.

Danger is the name of the game, and as it catches up with them in the French Provence, both know they better be ready for the inevitable fall.

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My Review:

Finally a book where a woman has to do all the work. Well, most of it anyway. In this story, the heroine has to uncover who she is, has to fight to recover her past, survive the present and build a future. She is strong, determined and extremely brave. She has to fight not only to survive, but to create a life away from drug cartels and guns, next to the ones she loves.

Amelia Jamison wakes up in a hospital after being in a terrible accident that left her with no memory of who she is. She also suffered damage to her face and body, thus plastic surgery has altered her real appearance. She now lives a perfect life, with a husband who provides for her, even if she has to take daily pills for her memory. All until one night when she remembers her lover and much to her surprise, it’s not her husband. Since she does not receive the needed answers from him, once putting a name to the face she dreamed, Amelia embarks in a journey to understand who she really is. First step is to find Commisaire Gerard Besson, her mystery lover. Maybe he can shed light to her dark mind.

A story IMG_20160821_153518with action at every page turn, “Walking the Edge” combines very nicely thriller and romance elements. I was not bored at all reading it. It gave me an immense pleasure to uncover the mystery behind Amelia and see if she manages to have the sense of reality she so desperately longs for. Both main characters are complex and well balanced, but the same can be said about the other ones.

Amelia appears as the frail wife trying her best to remember her life with her husband but as soon as she understands there is more to her life, instinct takes over and she is surprised by her own actions. Seeing that Gerard is not able to recognize her, she is willing to take extreme measures to travel back to her past. The author manages to create a strong woman, one who is not easily scared or fooled, confident and intelligent.

Comissaire Gerard Besson is still mourning the loss of his lover Mirka. His attempts to catch the Russian drug cartel are fueled not only by his desire to put the bad guys behind bars but also by revenge. When Amelia shoes up, he is not convinced by her story, but before taking the decision to trust her or not he investigates her life. He does not leave anything pass his detective skills.

I can say that the author paid great attention to details, leaving nothing at random and adding the correct dosage of love, action and mystery. I loved it and recommend it to all the fans of the thriller + romance combination.

About the Author:

Zee is an author who grew up on a fence – on one side there was modernity and the global world, on the other there was culture and traditions. Putting up with the culture for half of her life, one day she decided she’d stand tall on her wall and dip toes every now and then into both sides of her non-conventional upbringing.

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Book Review: Feel Me Break

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Author: Tara R

Published: May 10th 2016

Pages: 70

Blurb:

Chloe Reed and Nick Grayson couldn’t have more different lives. Where Chloe had a bleak future and was trying to deal with a loss that had left a hole in her heart, Nick was a happy-go-lucky guy, leading a carefree life with a path set.

Until one fateful night, they met and everything changed. The night that gave Chloe hope for the future, left Nick scarred for life. Was their meeting a one-off tryst or was their story just beginning?

 

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My Review:

Oh, wow! I loved every page of this novella. Every single page has emotions that will touch your heart. Even though most of the book presents the problems that each character has to face,  they both represent hope for one another. So I wouldn’t say it’s just a “cry me a river” book.

 So without disclosing too much, both Nick and Chloe have family issues – some they have created, some they just have to bear. When Chloe’s life seems to have no purpose to anyone, she meets Nick who will become her life line, her hope to a better future. On the other and, Nick will still be thinking about Chloe and what has happened to her even after they part ways.

 After Nick’s life altering event, he decides to keep his distance from his family and the home town where his future has been forever marked. When he least expected, but needed the most, he meets Chloe again. Now the roles are changed and he sees her as a sign that all can be all right.

 The ending is quite a great opening for the novel that will cover more of their lives. Even if the short length is more like a teaser, this has in no way bothered me. On the contrary, it gives me a better picture, a better way of understanding the main characters and their lives for the bigger story to come. There are great series out there that start in full action let’s say, but after Book 1 we have Book 0  where the action happens before Book 1… I appreciate the author’s effort to keep the chronological flow of events.

 To close up, this is one of my favorite novellas I’ve read for this year and it represents a good start for the bigger story. I can’t wait to read more about Chloe, Nick and their lives.

About the Author:

Tara lives in the lovely city of Toronto. An engineer during the day, she moonlights as a writer. Her favourite genres are romance, mystery and fantasy. She has been writing since she was 7 and her first story was about a spaceship (BIG Star Trek fan here).

When not working or writing, she catches up on her favourite shows on Netflix and spends time with family and friends.

Release Blitz: Chicks Dig the Accent

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Title: Chicks Dig the Accent
Author: Roxanne D. Howard
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Cover artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella

Release date: 8/23/2016
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ISBN: 978-1-68252-207-3
Word count: 33,170
Page count (PDF): 107
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Molly Ivers has always known she’d marry a foreign man with a delicious accent. Six months ago, in a night of unbridled passion, Molly gave her virginity to her friend and sexy-as-can-be neighbor, rocker Evan Castle. Unfortunately, thanks to his swarm of constant groupies, things didn’t work out, but they remained friends. Now, after having just broken up with her boring, run-of-the-mill, right wing boyfriend Sean, she’s on the verge of finishing her graduate degree, moving to Paris, and is desperate to shake things up!

She’s had a crush on Nicholas Sullivan, her British professor, for as long as she can remember. So when opportunity comes knocking to spice up her appearance in the form of a French life coach, she hires Jean Luc Dubois to help her let her hair down and become more Parisian and hip…to reflect the person she is within. Thanks to Jean Luc’s magic, she starts to catch her hunky English professor’s eye, but the more time she spends with Evan, the more she begins to realize that her Prince Charming might just be the one she’s known all along.

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Author-HeadshotRoxanne D. Howard is a romance novelist who resides in the mid-western United States. Her first novel, At the Heart of the Stone, was published in February 2016 with Loose Id. Roxanne is a U.S. Army veteran, and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. She is also an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and loves everything related to marine biology. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, several pets, and loves to spend time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and she can be contacted at author@roxannedhoward.com. To find out more, please visit her website at www.roxannedhoward.com.

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Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.

Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after she always dreamed of.

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My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn’t until Cynthiaphotomuch later in life I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior. I really don’t fit into one specific niche. Once a story starts to flow, it’s only then I know what genre/sub­genre it will fit under.

I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner, rather than later. Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way. Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel. It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing,

“Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities.”

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Book Review: Playing His Game

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Title: Playing His Game

Author: Audrey Randall

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: August 8, 2016

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Synopsis

Playing His Game

Learning the moves from the best…

Aimee, a teacher, never wanted to be in the limelight, but when her professional videogame playing twin sister asked her to fill in for her at the regional championships, how could she say no? Especially, when the best player of The Celestial Prophesy is her teacher… in more ways than one. All she knows is that she is dying to lick his Star Wars Rebel Alliance tattoo and see if he is the Superman that his other body art implies.

He’s going to school the teacher…

Daemon Ivanov has lusted after Aimee for years. One taste of her and he knows that she will be his. A few nights will not be enough. Daemon plays to win.

Caution: This story is full of lust. So much lust that you might find that you need a fan due to the rising temperature in the room. It’s the first in a series with an HEA, but is a standalone story.

KEEP READING AFTER PLAYING HIS GAME FOR A COMPLETE BONUS TRYST!

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Carey is having the worst day ever! Her expensive new shoe breaks causing her to fall, but to make matters worse, a hot cowboy witnesses it. She never expected that her worst day ever would land her in the arms of her dream cowboy. Don’t forget to read to the end to see Carey’s HEA.

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My Review:

This is indeed one of those HOT books, with hot scenes and burning desires. The fire between Daemon and Aimee started long time ago, but since he did not pay much attention to her she was left with her desire and imagination. When Aimee’s twin sister is forced to retreat from a gaming competition because of an arm injury, she is asked to take her place so that her team is not disqualified. So here comes Daemon, who’s supposed to teach her how to play “The Celestial Prophecy”. But being left alone in her apartment, they start playing a different kind of game J

For a short length story, the book is very well compressed, most of the action happening between our main characters. I can say that the way they begin their relationship is a little frail. Somehow, when Aimee finds herself alone with him is overpowered by her feelings and becomes this bold woman, ready to seduce the man of her dreams. Well, he also gives her the needed encouragements J These moments with the two of them are quite nicely built, the reader can feel the emotions, the passion and the intensity of the moment.

Daemon has tried to avoid Aimee as much as he could. Not sure exactly why, he mot definitely is not a shy guy, on the contrary. Maybe out of respect for her sister, who is his best friend. He will do all in his power to convince Aimee that what he feels for her is not a momentary thing and that he wants long term.

Even if Aimee has had these hidden feelings for him, she has never had the courage to show them. She always believed Daemon will never look her way. The moment he shows her that he is attracted to her as well, she starts exploring, or better yet, living her fantasies. Lucky woman!

The gaming competition comes second to their relationship. At some point I had the feeling it didn’t even matter anymore, even if both kept training. Well, I can understand why you’d put a space shooting game second to … other activities.

All in all, the story was nice, I enjoyed reading how both characters came together and evolved as a couple. I appreciated the clean romance as well – for a short book, an ex would have been an unnecessary complication. Hope you’ll like it too!

Excerpt

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“Daemon!” an insistent voice called over the speakers in his room. He didn’t pay it any mind. He had the sexiest woman in the universe under him not wearing panties. Nothing was more important than that.

“DAEMON!” the voice insistently called.

Daemon looked up to the TV screen to see the press corps sitting with their mouths gaping staring back at he and Aimee. Aimee let out a small scream and scooted out of the camera range, until she accidently fell off the bed with an unladylike thump.

He ran his hand through his hair. How could I have forgotten?! He had scheduled a press conference with the South Korean gaming press elite. As usual, he had left the permissions on his gaming system to bring up the video conferencing screen at the appointed time. When he was playing, he never had time to pause to answer, auto-answering had always made sense… until now.

The press seemed to come alive at the same moment. Loud voices rose through the speakers and the journalists tried to ask their questions all at once. Daemon muted the TV and turned to Aimee, who was kneeling on the floor, peeking over the bed at the TV with wide eyes.

Daemon felt his heart race. He couldn’t lose her now. Not when they were so close. Not over this. He held his hand out to her. “Aimee, I’m so sorry! I had forgotten that I had scheduled this interview.”

Aimee’s muffled voice was hard to make out as she spoke into the down comforter. “Um… it’s okay. They can still see me, Daemon.”

Daemon whipped his head back around to see their projected image in one of the screens. Sure enough, he saw himself laying across the bed with Aimee’s eyes peeking out over the top of the mattress. “Fuck. Just… just… dip down. I’ll take care of this.” He waited until he saw Aimee’s head disappear behind the bed.

He unmuted the sound and immediately the shouting voices of the journalists jockeying for attention almost deafened him. “Please! PLEASE! Calm down! I am happy to answer your gaming questions,” he began, “But, my answer for anything relating to my personal life is ‘NO COMMENT.’”

 

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I’m just a girl who loves romance with heat in my books. From a young age, I used to sneak romance novels to read in the middle of the night. The more smut the better! When I’m not picturing men in kilts, or preferably nothing at all, I like to read, watch movies, and eat as much ice cream as possible!Feel free to contact me! I love to hear from my readers!🙂

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Release Blitz: The Earl’s Return

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Author: Callie Hutton

Genre: Regency Romance

London, 1819. Four years ago, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave fled London two weeks before his wedding to Lady Mary’s sister and married another woman. Now a widower, he has returned to seek a new wife.

One woman catches his eye . . .

At first, Lady Mary doesn’t recognize the handsome lord as the cad who ran out on her sister. After giving him the cut direct in a London ballroom, she finds herself running into him everywhere she goes, and fighting a forbidden attraction. Not only has Mary sworn off men, Redgrave is so very wrong for her. But she cannot stop thinking of his kisses. Redgrave means to stay away from Mary but it is impossible. Passion between two people who can never be together is a dangerous game.

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The USA Today best selling author of The Elusive Wife writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She recently welcomed twin grandsons and loves being a grandma. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you as a “friend” on Facebook. You can contact her through her website: www.calliehutton.com, or write her directly at calliehutton11@gmail.com

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