Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Black Rose by Kris Thompson

From Goodreads: 
Lillian Locke had the perfect life in Boulder, Colorado. She had the boyfriend of her dreams, a wonderful family, awesome friends, and a spot on the track team at a great college. There wasn’t anything life could throw at her that she couldn’t get through . . . until he found her.

Lillian never could have imagined being abducted and chained up in the dark. Worse yet, being just one of many girls kidnapped and held captive by a madman. All she can do now is hope that she survives the brutality of their captor long enough to find a way to free herself and her new captive friends. 

When Richard Haines’ girlfriend goes missing, he makes it his personal mission to find the woman he loves and bring her home to the safety of their loved ones. Seeking the help of friends and family, Richard abandons everything except for his pursuit of Lillian. But when someone else close to Richard goes missing, and the bodies of the abducted girls start showing up in the hills outside Boulder, the only thing he can do is hope that he finds her before it is too late.

Genre: Suspense Thriller / Mystery / Romance
Length:  pages: 230 pages
Price on Amazon: $4.99

R.E. Hargrave's Review
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Talk about a wild ride! Kris Thompson has knocked it out of the park with her debut novel. A gripping prologue hooks you in from the first page, giving you just enough to let your subconscious begin preparing for what is to come.

Lillian Locke has a near-perfect life: a loving boyfriend, supportive friends and family, a spot on the school’s track team . . . a future. From one breath to the next, however, she loses it all. Or that’s how it seems when she wakes up in pitch blackness, chained to a dirty floor. What follows is thirty days of rape, torture, and starvation . . . despair; never seen, though, only heard. 

Lee, or Lilly as her captor likes to taunt her with, is not alone. She’s become part of a psycho's collection. Each encounter heard through the thin walls of their cells serves to bond the girls tighter. The one thing they can offer each other in their dingy captivity, is their voice. You can see the camaraderie forming over the course of the story, but its the graveside scene toward the end which drives it all home. As the survivors stand around the open graves of their fallen sisters, you realize just how much they’d become dependent on one another to survive and attempt to keep their sanity intact.

Black Rose will keep you on the edge of your seat. Thompson’s artful storytelling is tasteful yet no-nonsense. There are no feeble, meek-minded heroines in this story. These girls go to hell and back~those that make it out, that is~and you are right there with them. This one is guaranteed to f**k with your head, and heart. 

**I was given an ARC by the author and TWCS Publishing House in exchange for an honest review**

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Eight Days a Week by Amber L. Johnson

From Goodreads:
Gwen Stone has secrets she’s not ready to reveal. After a recent promotion at work, she needs a caretaker for her children. She’s frenzied and in a lurch and pretty much ready to hire the first person who comes along. So she does.

Andrew Lyons needs to get out of his sister’s apartment, and a Craigslist posting may be the answer to his prayers. But what he thought was an ad for a room rental turns into a job offer he can’t refuse. Accepting the nanny position could change his life, if only he had a clue how to be a grownup.

A working mother, a shirtless manny who looks good in a towel, two children who need more than than a babysitter, and hours of kids’ TV can only spell disaster for everyone involved. 

Because a manny should always mind his own business. 

And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Comedy
Length:  pages: 261 pages
Price on Amazon: $4.99

R.E. Hargrave's Review
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This is my first time reading Ms. Johnson's work, but it will not be my last. *ponders how to find time to read copy of Beatless mocking me from my bookcase*

Seriously, people, if you like a feel good story with a creative cast of characters, you can't go wrong with Eight Days a Week. It'll make you laugh, cry, and root for the little guy. Or, erm, not so little . . . sorry, Don.

Andrew ‘Dee’ Lyons enters the story as your typical “trust fund, its all about me, rich boy” who has run out of his play money. If he wants to get his hands on the rest of his inheritance, he’s going to have to grow up. Insert an interfering sister and a Craigslist ad, and watch the hijinks and mayhem ensue. Starting with the interview where Dee first lays sight on Gwen Stone, becoming tongue-tied and landing himself a job as a nanny, erm, manny.

There’s no other way to put it, except that I loved this story. It had all the right elements to keep me engaged and involved in what was happening to the characters. While Eight Days a Week is not an erotica, there are intense sexy moments (some interlaced with rather humorous moments as well!), therefore making this an adult read. As a mother of three, the scenes involving the kids were priceless, and spot on. 

Kudos, Ms. Johnson, on an amazing book.

**I was given an ARC by the author and TWCS Publishing House in exchange for an honest review**

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Big Game, Hunted Love #1 by Aden Lowe

From Goodreads:

When a legendary predator decides prize horses should be on his menu, Kate takes the advice of her neighbor ranchers and hires a big game hunter to track the mountain lion and remove the threat. The hunter arrives to take up the trail, but instead of the seasoned older man she expects, he's young and impossibly sexy.

Freshly back from deployment to Afghanistan as a special forces operative, Jakob needs to clear his head of the horrors of war. When his uncle is injured, Jakob steps in to fulfill the older man's commitment to hunt down a mountain lion on the other side of the state. The prospect of several days in the wilderness with only his horses and dogs for company sounds like the ideal opportunity. Except the infuriating female rancher insists on going along for the ride.

Genre: Erotica / Western Romance
Length: 80 pages 
Price on Amazon $1.99

R.E. Hargrave's Review
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This is a quick read about two people, Jakob and Kate, who find each other at a turning point in their lives. At the time they meet, neither is looking for, or expecting to find, love. Fairly well-written, the story pulls the reader in from page one and then keeps a nice pace while the leads feel each other out, until neither one can deny what is happening between them any longer. The supporting story of catching the big cat who is destroying the local ranchers livestock numbers provides a solid base for Jakob and Kate to build on. 

While Big Game was ‘in production,’ the teasers and online build-up I saw gave the impression that this was a BDSM cowboy story. While I saw the barest whispers, suggestions if you will, of Lifestyle elements, most readers will likely miss them altogether. I’m making mention of this because, if, like me, you pick this up hoping for some kinky trail scenes, you aren’t going to find them. That’s not to say there are no intimate moments, there are, and they are quite well-executed, just not enough to label this a D/s tale. 

I’d like to commend Mr. Lowe for going in and adding the post-release ‘bonus chapter.’ The extra content was definitely needed to round out the story and give a nice finish, otherwise the reader would’ve been left scratching their head and looking for the rest of the story. 

A great debut release, I foresee great things for Mr. Lowe in the future if this is where he is starting. His style is already good, and he can only get better.

**I was given an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**