Audiobook Review: The Good Spy Dies Twice

Author: Mark Hosack

Narrator: Mark Hosack

Length: 10h 19m

Publisher:Wide Awake Audio⎮2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 19, 2017

Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.

Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970’s.

Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate’s execution . . . and the old killer’s final words: “The good spy dies twice.”

Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter from his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel’s hundred or so “guests.”

Everyone is a suspect.

Described as James Bond in a Stephen King novel, THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE is the explosive first book in the Bullseye Series. Part spy thriller, part whodunit, this fast-paced novel introduces an exciting new hero, the intrepid, conspiratorial journalist, Jake Boxer.

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This is an audiobook that was very much to my taste. It was very well realized, with sounds that amplify the intensity of the actions and with a narrator that was very much involved in the events. With twists at every step of the way, “The Good Spy Dies Twice” deserves 5 stars, if not more.

In regards to the action, we have Jack Boxer in the center of attention, always trying to uncover a mystery, to solve a puzzle. More so if the said puzzle is his new wife. After years of being an investigative journalist, he finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy, face to face with the powerful players of the world.  I was captured from the start and could not believe how many changes happened to our main character.

Jack’s determination to find the truth is admirable. I like him as a character – he is funny, smart, and ready to sustain his point of view with arguments. His fears or the emotional changes that happen to him are very well detailed and pulls the reader closer to the action.

As for the narration, I can only say that the narrator (who is also the writer of this great book) did a great job when telling the story. I felt closer to his way of interpretation for the other characters as well. His voice is clear and easy to understand, so I did not have any issues on this aspect.

All in all, I do recommend this book, especially in audio version. The experience is unbelievable and with all the music that we have, it really creates the special atmosphere. With a complex action and a great character, this would make a great lecture so put at bay any dull moments.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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Book Revew: Issaura’s Claws

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Issaura’s Claws by Katharine E Wibell. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 10 till 23 April. You can see the tour schedule here.

Issaura's ClawsIssaura’s Claws (The Incarn Saga #1)
By Katharine E Wibell
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 29 November, 2016

Blurb:
According to legend, when the world was young, the goddess Issaura appeared among men. Those who treated her with kindness received the gift of the gods—the ability to transform into an animal form. This was a great honor but one that separated this race from other humans. Before Issaura departed the mortal realm, she promised to return if her people were ever at the point of destruction.

“Now a threat is rising from a land across the mists of the ocean, a threat that will push this race to the brink of extinction. Responding to the call to war, seventeen-year-old Lluava heads off to find her destiny, one that will carve her name in history.”

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My Review:

A great book, that opens up a story about gods and two populations: Humans and Theriomorphs, a book that builds up characters. And this is the strongest point that I can identify.

Lluava has the ability to shape shift into a white tigress. She is proud of her origins, in a world where being different means not being accepted. A war is about to start and she volunteers as a representative of her family. From here on, we get to experience what means becoming a soldier and taking part in a war.  This is a strong story, which shows the glory, but also the horrible side of war – except the gods-related aspects, which I am not planning on touching.

The book is divided in two parts,  first one being focused in Lluava’s developments, second one following the war and how the team manages to work together. From writing perspective, the author has done a great job in pointing out all emotions for all characters. Most of all, depicting the war scenes. Even though I felt the action as being dragged as some point, later on I understood why I had this feeling.

I loved how the main character was presented – from start to end. She started apparently as a lonely person, constantly living with the idea of being different, all the while trying to fit in. She does however show us, even from the first pages, a strong character with a good sense of justice.  But what actually impressed me was how the reader gets to experience her development: from a girl to a soldier, a leader. She will push herself far beyond her limits, only relying on her own strength. Lluava can become a model heroine.

Without any unnecessary comments, for me this was a lovely read, with a main character that is now among my favorites. It is a series that I will for sure follow.

 

 

 

About the Author:Katharine E Wibell
Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her first literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.

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Book Review: Mine, Forever and Always

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 mineTitle: Mine, Forever and Always

Author: Tammy L. Bailey

Published: March 16th 2017 by Tammy L. Bailey

Source: ARC received in exchange for review from Reading Alley

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Blurb:

Just shy of fifteen years old, and during a fake and impromptu wedding ceremony, Lily Scott married her best friend’s brother, Henry Dalton.

It seemed harmless enough until he leaned in and whispered to her his true feelings, amorous words she has been unable to forget: Now you’re mine, forever and always.

Unfortunately, growing up pulls them apart and transforms Henry into a pompous scoundrel. When they meet again at a house party hosted by Henry’s sister, will Henry remember his once faithful promise to Lily?

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My Review:

After some time away from books, this was just what I needed to get back on track. I quick read, full of emotions, with some smart and funny characters. Set up in a time of arranged marriages, gossip that weighted a lot and women with a reputation to defend, “Mine, Forever and Always” is a story than blends very well!

Lily Scott has been waiting since her fifteenth birthday for Henry Dalton to honor their vows that she will be his, vows said in a pretend marriage ceremony. This was a moment that weighted a lot in her heart, but that created confusion when Henry left without so much as an explanation. Now being face to face with him again and with an arranged marriage with a man that she did not love, Lily will have to keep her feelings in check.

I loved the way the story develops and how the main characters come to rediscover each other. Even though it is not a long read, the pace is steady without rushed moments. There are also some funny scenes that will definitely bring out a smile – but the smart kind of funny. The language was adequately used to suite the era. Having the POVs of both characters gives the reader a complete image of the relationship and a better understanding of why one of them took certain decisions. No complaints from this perspective from my end!

Characters are amazing! Lily, though still young and inexperienced, has an intelligence that make her stand out. Her quick mind finds a way to steal a lost love letter from Henry’s pocket, though this has cost her an emotional turmoil. With a passion for books and a secret writing career, she still aspires to have a loving husband (maybe her dream husband). I liked that she was portrayed like independent somehow and strong enough to understand her obligations to her future husband. She was not the whiney type, not even too rebellious either. On the other hand, Henry is somewhat of a mystery for the beginning of the book. We do not receive right away his explanations, though his feelings are quite clear. He wants to see if Lily is the same innocent girl he’s left years ago. He is strong, firm on his decisions and equals Lily in intelligence. They make a great couple! Let’s not forget the matchmaker of it all, Henry’s sister. For me, she was the surprise of this book. An exuberant character that brings more life into the story. I think she outsmarts everyone!

As a conclusion, obviously 5 stars are in order for a book which features smart characters, an amazing love story with a dose of amazing writing! Congratulations to the author and can’t wait to see how Henry’s sister will do with her own romance.

 

 About the Authortammy

I’m a LEO wife, mother, and third-generation veteran.

I have been writing for thirteen years. My debut novel, LORD BACHELOR, earned second place in The Heart of Excellence, Reader’s Choice Award in 2016. This novel was also featured in InD’tale Magazine for receiving a Crowned Heart Review (4.5 stars). Although I enjoy the contemporary romance genre, my first love is historical romance. There’s just something about a man in a pair of Hessian boots.

When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my husband and two boys, ages 13 and 11. Without their sacrifice and understanding, I would have never been able to pursue my passion of writing or my accomplishment of becoming a published author.

No matter what I write and read, there ALWAYS has to be a happy ending.

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Audiobook Review: A Human Element

Author: Donna Galanti

Narrator: Chase Bradley

Length: 10h 8m

Publisher:Auspicious Apparatus Press⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 10, 2017

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Evil comes in many forms…

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.

But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.

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Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books) and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools. Visit her at www.elementtrilogy.com and www.donnagalanti.com.

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Chase was born and raised in a quiet town in upstate New York. He concentrated on musical pursuits through most of his younger years, excelling in anything that had to do with using his voice. He attended college in Potsdam, NY, where he studied Wilderness Leadership, Sociology and Vocal training at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Chase’s dream since he was a kid was to be a voice over artist and professional musician, but after college he decided to spread his wings and explore the world a bit first. He worked as a mountain guide in Alaska, leading Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, and Backpacking trips. He traveled all over North and South America for work and and pleasure, climbing and skiing everything that stood in his way. After meeting a beautiful woman (in Alaska of all places!) and falling in love, he settled down in Lake Tahoe California, where he currently resides with his wife and two children. Chase has finally returned to his roots and works as a full time voice over artist, and plays weekly shows with his band. Things have come full circle, and the dream has been fulfilled. Chase does commercial voice over work, but has found that his true passion is narrating audiobooks. He has narrated 14 audiobooks to date, with more to come! Chase is constantly looking for ways to improve his narration, and deliver the best possible performance for the authors and listeners.

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A Human Element is a story beyond its actual topic.  It covers a lot more issues than the alien – human contact. I loved every chapter, as the action and the characters are very complex and well developed. The structure is as well very interesting – presenting how the lives of our main characters change in a parallel way. Ben, Laura and X-10 have a common source: the meteorite that fell when Ben was only a child, the incident in which his parents were killed, but same incident that gave life to X-10 and Laura. Their paths will intersect at one point, for sure.

Ben has had to live a life in foster care, being abused even. He has had to learn to be strong the hard way. Even later, he has had to endure abuse and violence. He has always feared coming back to the place where it all started, though he still feels this attraction.

X-10 is the unlucky alien half that has to suffer the consequences of being different. After his birth, he was raised by a man whose only intentions are purely experimental: to harvest his DNA, maybe even create super humans. His life is one full of hate for mankind, deprived of freedom and happiness. His only comfort is killing and the idea of revenge. Revenge on his better half.

Laura, as opposed to X-10, has been luckier. With a family that loved and cared for her, she has learned the beauty of life and what means to offer kindness. She discovers her unique abilities at a young age and since that moment she has only used them for good. She will soon discover she is not alone and that will have to face X-10.

As I mentioned in the beginning, we follow the life of each of the characters. The reader can understand the tension, the struggle each of them has. And this is very well captured in the book. Except that, we have several themes like accepting the ones that may be different, offering a smile before judging or even homosexuality, as part of our society.

Regarding the narration, I must admit I did not quite enjoy it as much as I would have expected. The voice was more or less flat and the emotions were not very well transmitted with a proper intonation. It felt… read. On the bright side, the words are spoken clearly and I had no understanding issues.

All in all, I give the story a 5 out of 5 stars, but the narration will not receive so many from me – my apologies. This was a great audiobook, with a strong well-structured plot and also well-developed characters. Congratulations to both the author and the narrator and thank you for bringing us this lovely audiobook.

 

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Book Tour: Tiago

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Title: Tiago
Series: A Kurupira Romance #1
Author: Reily Garrett
Genre: romantic suspense, paranormal
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Synopsis

Where would you run when there’s no place to hide?

Twenty-four hours ago, Brielle stood helpless while an intruder murdered her mother. Her struggle to stay ahead of the psychopathic stalker seeking her DNA and birthright necessitates she flee her glass and concrete jungle.

Tiago, an immortal challenged with protecting the rainforest, faces a genius scientist who has created genetically specific bacteria and needs only the crystal worn by a foreigner to create hell on Earth.

Two strangers must learn to trust and work together in order to save the ones they love.

An exciting blend of action, adventure, and romance between a man not looking for love and a woman desperate to survive.

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My Review:

I have declared several times already that Reily Garrett has become one of my favorite authors, due to her stories, her writing skills and the way she brings life to her characters. I was happy to have received a copy of “Tiago” in exchange for a review and I do encourage you to give it a shot.

The story is well developed, the surroundings are great and the idea of a rainforest protector getting involved with a human is making this story amazing. I liked the determination each character had in following their objective; I liked how Belle and Tiago got close to each other and leaned to trust.

Belle proves to be strong even when witnessing her mother’s death. Her struggle to find out the truth and be prepared for every challenge is well presented. On the other hand, we have Tiago, whose determination to protect Belle is as equally powerful.

I will keep this review short, mostly because I have too many things to say about the story and I’m afraid I might spoil the fun. It has it all, fantasy, romance, mystery, paranormal. I could not wish for more.  So I will mention again my full appreciation towards Reily Garrett and all her books! Out of the 4 I’ve read, not one has disappointed me until now.

To close my review, obviously 5 out of 5 stars for “Tiago” and I am so looking forward to a new book in the series! Enjoy J

 

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Macabre shadows crawled across the tile floor to coalesce in a growing pool, bathing the kitchen in dark comfort as Brielle closed the back door. A long day of sorting microbes had induced residual eyestrain she’d love to deep six in favor of a long vacation where her closest neighbors hung by their tails, ate bananas, and cavorted on liana vines.

The last day of work before leave always entailed loose ends needing a quick tie-off. To make matters worse, her panty-whispering boss hit on her for the hundredth time, not understanding the word no. Perhaps some longhorn beetles deposited in his lunch box might change his point of view as far as women equating rabbits, waiting to be bred. If she had to make a comparison, she’d have likened herself to a lynx, solitary and a little wild, preferring dense forest to the concrete and glass modern world.

She’d chalked the day’s pall of trepidation up to the inevitable catastrophe encroaching on her horizon, bearing down at a speed her mind failed to comprehend. Heavy rain drumming on the roof didn’t help her mood. Now, her gaze scanned obscure corners of the room for the source of her tension.

Soft snoring from her mom’s bedroom drifted down the hallway as she eased into her own room, those precious, breathy sounds she’d not hear much longer as the ravages of cancer devoured her mom’s strength. She’d never expected fairness in life, but the avalanche of disaster plunging downhill threatened the fabric of her sanity. She and her mom were all she’d ever known through the highs of earning an advanced degree to the lows of her social awkwardness.

Muted rays of moonlight sifted through shivering autumn leaves to highlight two airline tickets sitting innocently on her dresser. Next trip—there’d only be one. Within weeks, she’d lose her only known family, the only person who’d understood the unique complexities of her character and loved her anyway. They’d wanted to see the Amazon River basin one more time, together. Making special arrangements had taxed her mental reserves as if that very action brought her closer to orphan status.

Sitting on the end of her bed was more an act of weakening legs than design. When hot tears finally glazed her cheeks, she feared the tidal wave of emotion would smash her wall of stoic determination and drown her in its flood to wash away any trace of her existence. The soft tapping raindrops against the windowpane emulated a metronome from hell, counting down her mom’s remaining heartbeats in cold, mechanical precision.

Holding tight to the necklace at her throat gave little comfort tonight. Normally, it served as a constant reminder of its origins and the semi-annual trips they’d taken to the rainforest, but now the cold crystal brought images of her mom’s failing health despite every effort to stop the cancer’s invasion of her liver and lungs. She’d never taken it off or even shown it to another living soul, per her mom’s warning.

“Oh, Mom, please don’t leave me. We have to find a way to beat this.” Yet the ineffectiveness of the latest round of chemo echoed in her mom’s new hand tremor and the wheeze punching the air even on short walks.

Through it all, self-pity had not become her master or companion, yet to see the only one she loved defeated and accepting the inevitable broke her in a way nothing else could. Day-to-day deterioration made her long for the calming sights and sounds of the Amazon. Its varied existence softened the harsh reality of her life. A cold Guarana might soothe right now, but the caffeine would keep her awake, and her mom wanted to talk on the plane tomorrow morning. Finally, she’d hear the story of her birthright. Water would do just fine—for the moment.

Mechanical movements of packing in low light and reserving an early AM taxi had become rote with years of practice. One of her peculiarities provided her with unusually keen sight, negating the need for a bedside lamp. If only her mind were as keen and could fathom a way to destroy the insidious invasion claiming her mom’s life essence hour by hour, minute by minute.

Light clinking of dishes as she put away the air-dried, dinner plates reminded her they wouldn’t be eating their next weeks’ meals in what Uncle Jack called civilized society. From their first trip to the southern hemisphere long ago, she’d preferred the simpler way of life, but her mom had insisted it wasn’t time to move south. Not yet. The basis for that decision remained a mystery, to be solved at thirty-thousand feet the next morning.

“I wish we’d relocated years ago. Maybe the shaman could’ve found a cure.” Small pools of low light from cylindrical pendant lamps over the sink provided the only illumination in the kitchen and a soothing balm to her fracturing soul.

The fine hair on her nape prickled, alerting her to danger, yet no stealthy sounds disturbed the atmosphere. No subtle change in air currents brushed her face. She could move like that, too.

Figurative bands tightened around her chest.

She stilled.

“I’m glad you didn’t.” The sultry feminine voice held as much arrogance as threat.

Whirling around in shock, Brielle dropped the porcelain plate. Its shattered pieces skidded across the porcelain tile to stop at a black, steel-toed, jump boot, the rhythmic tapping indicating her intruder’s agitated frame of mind.

A sharp inhale supplied further information as the mystery guest swayed her arm left-to-right, right-to-left. Her six-inch blade handled as an extension of her fingers and reflected narrow beams of light to dance along the ceiling. Beads of moisture clung to her leather jacket and pants, perpetuating the chemical smell filling the air.

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Reily Garrett is a West Coast girl transplanted to the East Coast. Past employments as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and military police officer has given her a host of different environments to add a real world feel to her writing.

Though her kids are her life, writing is her life after. The one enjoyed…after the kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop, surrounded by her shepherds, to give her imagination free rein.

In life, hobbies can come and go according to our physical abilities, but you can always enjoy a good book. Life isn’t perfect, but your imagination can be. Relax, whether it’s in front of a fire or in your own personal dungeon. Take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions over a coffee with your best friend (even if he’s four legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.

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Book Review: The Difference Between You & Me

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Title: The Difference Between You & Me

Author: Celia Hayes

Published: March 1st 2017 by Aria

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

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Blurb:

Can stepping out of your comfort zone lead you to ultimate happiness? A feisty rom-com, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Tracey Bloom.

Trudy Watts has everything she’s ever dreamed of: a job that she loves, a successful boyfriend and an ultra-modern apartment in one of the most fashionable parts of London. With a long-awaited promotion due to come her way and her wedding just around the corner, Trudy’s life is just perfect…

That is until catastrophe strikes and her life is turned upside down. She’s transferred to Turriff, a remote Scottish town to manage a small, struggling bank branch.

Her arrival is traumatic and she wishes she was anywhere but here… Until she sees him – Ethan, the charming pub landlord, who seems to enjoy nothing more than to tease her. And it’s right there, in that pub, that her life will suddenly change…

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I loved it! I believe mostly because I could relate to the character but also because it made me laugh so many times! It just made me feel good. And it is just what I needed.

What would you do if one day you realize that what you thought was a perfect life, actually proves to be full of flaws? Well, for starters, you run! I mean, I would go someplace far, try to start all over, or at least put some distance for a while.  That’s what our main character does as well – even though she takes this decision in a not so clear state of mind. Regardless, she ends up in Turriff, a place somewhere far from civilization – in her opinion at least.

Let’s dispel this bloody stupid myth of love at first sight, all this tear-jerking romance you see in films, all this overwhelming passion. They’re feelings I just can’t conceive of, which are capable of reducing an individual who was previously perfectly self-sufficient into a human wreck suffering from all the most worrying psychiatric disorders, from obsessive-compulsive disorder to abandonment anxiety.

The story is so full of funny incidents and funny dialogue that it captured me from the very beginning. I loved the writing, as it seemed so natural and believable. It starts and it ends in the same funny manner – and trust me, it has the most original Acknowledgements (Yes, I do read the Acknowledgement at the end of every book, as it bring me a little closer to the author).

Happiness is an elusive concept that, if we wanted to, we might compare to a haute couture fashion show – exclusive, expensive and , if you’re lucky, lasting a full season. It’s a pervasive feeling that makes you perform weird , wiggly dances of celebration, in thrall to devastating mental imbalance. So, I wonder, am I really happy? Can I actually, in all honesty, say that I want to burst into I Feel Good using the TV remote as a microphone? No, I guess not.

I was mentioning in the beginning that I could very much relate to the character. I am as well a workaholic and I know what is like to put work before everything else. I sometimes struggle with the same issues as Trudy. But coming back to her, I liked the fact she knew she was as guilty as her ex-future-husband in the distance settled between them. She never blamed solely him, but she never imagined this outcome for her relationship. She is now looking for comfort where she knows she is really good: in the office. Still, when she ends up with a hot landlord, her planned six months may turn differently.

“And what can I bring you to drink?” she carries on relentlessly.

“Cyanide,” I hiss through clenched teeth.

“Hmm… I don’t know if we have it.”

“Huh?”

The relationship between Trudy and Ethan is full of crazy. They argue, they cannot stand each other. He brings out a side in her she has never let out. It is very intense and at the same time really, really funny!

“You evil demon, what have you done to Trudy Watts? Trudy, can you hear me? Do you want me to call an exorcist?”

“Ethan, there’s no Internet!” I start to shout.

Honestly, I loved it and I would read it again. It made me feel good, it kept me from putting it down… what more could I have asked? A big thank you to Aria for providing me with a copy and my congratulations to the author for this great story!

 

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Celia Hayes works as a restorer and lives in Naples. Between one restoration and another, she loves to write. Her book, Don’t Marry Thomas Clark reached #1 in the Amazon Italian eBook chart.

Celia’s previous book, DON’T MARRY THOMAS CLARK is out now!

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Book Review: Under Her Authority

Sleeping with the enemy is
never a good idea, especially when she’s your boss.
UNDER HER AUTHORITY
L.T. Shade
Released Feb 14th, 2017
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No one
tells Shane Williams what to do. His world. His rules. Which is why he ran away
from home at eighteen to pursue his dream of making a name for himself outside
of small-town Georgia. Ten years later, he is one of the hottest creative
directors on the east coast and the majority shareholder in a digital media
firm in Charlotte. Handing over the business portion of his company to his
trusted friend and business partner, and keeping his true identity as the
founder a secret, has its perks. But Shane is about to find out one of its
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At the expense of her relationships, Rosemary Berkowitz has always done
what it takes to succeed. As a female leader in an all-boys tech field, she’s
tougher than nails. She may be a sweet country girl, but underneath her
innocent exterior, Rose is a boss with an iron fist. She never backs down from
a challenge, and when she wants something, she goes after it full force.
 

No matter how sexy his smile is, the attention of a tattooed bad boy is
the last thing Rose wants. After a club outing with her best friend turns into
steamy night with a mysterious stranger, Rose wants nothing more than to move
past her one-night stand—however amazing it was—and continue to mend her broken
career. Little does Rose know that fate has other things in store for her.

 

Reader
Advisory: This book contains some scenes of public sex.

My Review:

That is one amazing story! I loved it from start to end and I was so caught up in the relationship between our main characters that I lost track of time. It is still difficult to believe that this is a debut novel, as the writing is impeccable and the way the plot was built is also amazing.

Even from the very first pages, I started to admire Rose. She is not afraid to admit she is still heartbroken after her ex, but strong enough to understand that it could have never worked out. The author has done an amazing job showing her sensitive side, but also the braveness in her personality. Determined to focus on her career, she still has dreams of falling in love and be loved and respected.

Sparks start as soon as she meets Shane – sexy, with a bad boy attitude and a dominant personality. The attraction between them is up in flames, one night stand and all that. Things get even more interesting when they find out Rose is his boss at the office.

I love a romance that combines professional needs with personal ones. I love how the characters struggle for balance and I love the twists their story has. A book that screams “Passion” all over!

Suffice to say I enjoyed it very much and that I cannot wait for L.T. Shade’s next book. Her debut is amazing and I wish her all the luck in the world J

Lauren
goes by the pen name L.T. Shade and lives in Miami, FL. She
loves black coffee and sexy heroes. Not exactly in that order. Nothing makes
Lauren happier than writing, or reading, about strong and capable heroines and
their happily ever after’s.
When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, overdosing on Cuban
coffee, interning as a book publicist and hanging out with her amazing family
and her American Cocker Spaniel, Princess Albie.

 

 

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