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Surrender the Dead: A Novel by John Burley – My Review

Title: Surrender the Dead: A Novel

Author: John Burley

Release Date: January 12th 2021

Genre: Medical Thrillers

“John Burley is a fearless talent.”  — Glen Erik Hamilton, award-winning author of the Van Shaw series

From the award-winning author of The Absence of Mercy comes a chilling psychological thriller about a family and community divided by tragedy, and the dark secrets that will set their town aflame.\

When Erin Reece left Wolf Point fifteen years ago after graduating high school, she’d planned to never set foot in her childhood hometown again. But an urgent phone call from her father’s doctor leaves Erin with no choice but to return to a place filled with painful memories and wounds that never closed. Two decades ago, people in Wolf Point started disappearing without a trace—including Erin’s mother—and no explanation was ever found.

It’s been years since the last disappearance, but the town is still steeped in suspicion and haunted by the ghosts of the missing. No one is thrilled to see Erin back, including her former best friend, Robbie, who has changed from a spirited, fearless boy to a reclusive shut-in.

Then a body is discovered, buried in a makeshift grave for years . . . on the Reece family’s land. The police reopen their investigation, and the evidence against Erin’s father is damning. After such a long time without answers, the community wants justice. It’s up to Erin to clear her father’s name, but the path to the truth will force her to unearth long-buried secrets and confront a terrible evil. Because in Wolf Point, everyone knows more than they are letting on . . .

“John Burley has an eye for detail, a feel for story, and a deep sympathy for his characters.”  — Lou Berney, award-winning author of November Road

Dark and twisted. This book will haunt you long after you’ve finished. 

A town haunted by its past. The ghosts of the past are everywhere. Right from the beginning, I was pulled into the story. It has a dark haunting vibe to it. The pacing is a little slow in some places but not enough to deter me from the story. As the story progresses, you can feel something building and you just know it’s going to shake you to your core. With the many twists and turns the author threw in there, I was both surprised and delighted at the ending. The author did not disappoint! 

This is a new to me author. I really enjoyed his writing and storytelling style. Great suspense! I can’t wait to see more from this author. If you love suspense and those thrilling books, this one is for YOU! Grab your copy today! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


My Song’s Curse (Duet of the Gods Book 1) by Poppy Minnix – My Review

Title: My Song’s Curse (Duet of the Gods Book 1)

Author: Poppy Minnix

Release Date: August 31st 2020

Genre: Mythology, Paranormal Romance

Ultimate control has its downside, especially when it comes to romance. But will it be enough to keep them together?

As a siren Lula Aglaope can bend anyone to her will with the smallest whisper, but she’d give up her power for one meaningful, honest conversation.

She wants a normal life, like the open, true connections the humans seem to pull off with such little effort.

When she meets Alexiares, God of Warding off Wars, all thoughts of normalcy fly out the window. The beautiful demigod cannot be controlled! He’s frustrating, irresistible…and utterly off-limits.

Alex has watched Olympus slowly fall apart. The old gods continue their archaic control of the Universe, denying the progress of humans and other deities. But Alex has plans to repair the damage, and Lula is a major player.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Falling for her is the worst idea. And just when things move in the right direction, danger arises that no one expects, plunging the sirens into the deadly Olympian spotlight.

With Lula’s sisters missing, and a pile of broken laws surrounding them, will Alex and Lula change the Universe for the better or destroy it?

If you like Kevin Hearne, Molly Harper, and Shannon Mayer, you’ll love this fun paranormal romance steeped in mythology!

Fabulous read! Demigods, Sirens, and danger oh my!

The attraction between Lula and Alex was HOT! They truly have a connection and it was fun to see that blossom as the story progressed. The story is engaging and I love the mythology woven throughout. From beginning to end, this book will have you on the edge of your seat. Those sex scenes will have you wanting more! Alex and his friends are dreamy and totally book boyfriend worthy! There is also a great balance between action and steamy in this book. I also have to take a moment to appreciate that cover! It’s gorgeous and very eye catching! 

A fantastic debut for Miss Minnix! The story is well written with some wonderful characters that you’ll quickly become attached to. I love her storytelling style and anxiously await more from her! If you’re a fan of fantasy and mythology, this book is for YOU! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Pretty Little Wife: A Novel by Darby Kane – My Review

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Title: Pretty Little Wife: A Novel

Author: Darby Kane

Release Date: December 29th 2020

Genre: Domestic Thrillers 

Debut author Darby Kane thrills with this twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?

Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems.
A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….

With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.

Fasten your seatbelt because this book is one crazy ride!

Is it possible to read a story where none of the characters are likable and yet you still enjoyed the story? Yes. Yes it is. This story has suspense and mystery. Secrets and lies and I was there for it. Most if not all the characters didn’t do it for me but I found Lila interesting. She gave nothing away and did not apologize for anything. I respected that. There’s a lot of twists and turns. Some I saw coming and others surprised me. As the story progressed, I found myself more and more invested and was rapidly page turning because I knew the ending would blow my mind. It sure did! Wow…..

I highly enjoyed this book! I really liked the dark vibe it gave off and the many twists the author threw in there. It made my little black heart happy. Darby Kane is a new to me author. Her storytelling and writing is really good. I can’t wait to read more by this author! Add this to your TBR if you love suspense with a dark vibe. I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The First Day of Forever (Romance in Chicago Book 2) by Lisa Keifer – My Review

Title: The First Day of Forever (Romance in Chicago Book 2)

Author: Lisa Keifer

Release Date: September 22nd 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

What do you do when a secret catapults your steady relationship onto rocky ground?

Christabel and Eric’s wedding preparations have had their ups and downs—including a cancellation!–but she just knows their big day will be absolutely perfect. Their relationship already is.

When Eric drops a bombshell three months before the scheduled nuptials, Christabel must navigate through her heartbreak. Eric, the first person she would normally run to in times of trouble, suddenly becomes the only person she wants to avoid.

Until she’s sure whether this is a break or a break-up, Christabel decides it’s best to pretend things are just fine to their loved ones. Admitting the truth would only make it all too real. Why can’t a real fiancé be a fake one, too? But, at some point, she must decide if trusting Eric—and loving him—is worth the risk.

Find out what happens now in book 2 of the Romance in Chicago duet!

They’re back! I love Christabel and Eric’s love story. Their chemistry is pretty awesome! Eric is definitely book boyfriend material. Totally swoon worthy! What is a wedding without some sort of drama. Right? Christabel finds herself dealing with one heck of a bombshell. I haven’t always been a fan of her choices but in some ways I found myself relating to her more in this book. She still doesn’t make some great choices in this book either but the hurt she is feeling is real and relatable. Jetta is the bestest friend a gal could ask for!

This is a good read. You smile and you’ll shed a tear or two. The love between these two characters is truly heartfelt. You’ll be rooting for them throughout the story! If you love romance, this book is right up your alley. I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The First Day of Us (Romance in Chicago Book 1) by Lisa Keifer – My Review

Title: The First Day of Us (Romance in Chicago Book 1)

Author: Lisa Keifer

Release Date: April 26th 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Can true love conquer all if you don’t believe in it?

Christabel is notorious for dating the wrong men. Lately, her hot-and-cold relationship with boyfriend Logan has been more cold than hot. But she’s just fine with that. Christabel doesn’t believe she is in the market for a love connection, with Logan or anyone else.

Along comes charismatic Eric. Within moments of meeting him, everything she thought she knew about romance is flipped on its head. Afraid of her growing feelings for him, she insists they are and will only be friends.

The stress of having two men in her life takes a toll on Christabel. She finds herself yearning for something more than her current situation. Her memories and her hopes for the future battle for control of her heart. Old romance vs potential new romance. When the moment comes, she wants to be ready. The trick is in knowing which moment is the right one.

Christabel has a god job and a good boyfriend. What more could she want? All of that starts to change when she meets Eric. He’s funny, smart, and very handsome but he can only be a friend, right?

Right from the start, I loved the chemistry between Christabel and Eric! They’re so cute! They had some playful banter and some intense moments. Oh Christa girl, some of the choices you made….oh no. I didn’t agree with some of them but I was still rooting for her. Her friend Jetta is pretty awesome too. That ending was everything I had hoped for! Thank you Miss Keifer!

This is good read! If romance is your thing, this book is for you! I can’t wait to read more from one of my favorite couples. I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Taking Control (The Control Duet Book 2) by Lindsey Powell – My Review

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Title: Taking Control (The Control Duet Book 2)

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: December 8th 2020

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Choices can make or break you…

Lucy Fields has the fight of her life on her hands.
Emotionally broken.
Physically bruised.
Her heart destroyed.
Lucy will need to find her inner strength to battle a man that claims to love her.
A man that hurts her.
A man that punishes her.
A man that abuses her.

She wants to break free.
She wants to be strong.
She wants to leave her nightmare behind.
She doesn’t want to rely on anyone to save her, but sometimes we can’t survive our nightmares alone.
She wants to slay her monster.
She wants her life back.
She wants to take control.

Will Lucy escape her nightmare?
Will a long-time friend be the one to help and show her that true love still exists?
Or will Michael’s reign of terror leave her fighting for more than her freedom?

Taking Control is book two of The Control Duet.
*** Trigger warning: contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence***

Broken. Healing. Hope. 

What an emotional rollercoaster this book was! The presentation of what Lucy goes through is heartbreaking and well done. Miss Powell has such a way with words. Through her storytelling, she is able to elicit a range of emotions from readers. Anger and sadness are some but most of all, hope. I was all in my feelings with this book! I felt such compassion for Lucy because I have experienced something similar. I know I am not alone in this. The author is brave for taking on such a subject. Lucy’s journey is not an easy one and I was rooting for her all the way! You are strong!

This is a wonderful read. Make sure you have some tissues handy. You’ll definitely need them! A perfect follow up to the first book. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Take It Back: A Novel by Kia Abdullah – My Review

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Title: Take It Back: A Novel

Author: Kia Abdullah

Release Date: December 8th 2020

Genre: Legal Thrillers

From author Kia Abdullah, Take It Back is a harrowing and twisting courtroom thriller that keeps you guessing until the last page is turned.

One victim. 
Four accused.
Who is telling the truth?

Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest legal minds, shattered the expectations placed on her by her family and forged a brilliant legal career. But her decisions came at a high cost, and now, battling her own demons, she has exchanged her high profile career for a job at a sexual assault center, helping victims who need her the most. Victims like Jodie Wolfe.

When Jodie, a sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, accuses four boys in her class of an unthinkable crime, the community is torn apart. After all, these four teenage defendants are from hard-working immigrant families and they all have proven alibis. Even Jodie’s best friend doesn’t believe her.

But Zara does—and she is determined to fight for Jodie—to find the truth in the face of public outcry. And as issues of sex, race and social justice collide, the most explosive criminal trial of the year builds to a shocking conclusion.

A sensational read! 

I was not ready for this book. The story is thought provoking and the message is powerful. The topics such as race, religion and rape aren’t easy topics to write but the author did a wonderful job in blending them all into the story. Many emotions were felt as I was reading. A lot of it was anger. I also felt hope. There are different points of views and opinions, sure to get you thinking. The pacing is good. You’re kind of jumping around through different characters. There are many twists and turns. I didn’t see that ending coming, which kind of left me speechless. Bravo Miss Abdullah!

This is a must read for anyone who is a fan of thrillers. This story is a breath of fresh air and will have you guessing till the very end. This is my first Kia Abdullah book and I look forward to what she comes out with next. Don’t wait! Read this book today! You won’t be sorry. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


She Lied She Died by Carissa Ann Lynch – My Review

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Title: She Lied She Died

Author: Carissa Ann Lynch

Release Date: December 4th 2020

Genre: Domestic Thrillers

A gripping new page-turning thriller from the USA Today bestseller!

Best friend. Teenager. Murderer.

A young girl found dead in a neighbor’s field.

A fourteen-year-old who confesses.

Just a child herself, could Chrissy Cornwall really be a cold-blooded killer?

Years later, the murderer is getting out and Natalie Bryers, unable to forget the night of Jenny’s murder, still has questions.

Did Chrissy lie then or is she lying now?  Did she really kill Jenny?  And if so, will she kill again?

I did not expect this book to pull me in the way it did. I didn’t put it down. It consumed me. There was a sense of urgency to get to the end. The pacing of the story is great. I was engaged the whole way through. It’s very well written. The characters were interesting and a bit sinister. I really liked Chrissy. I probably wasn’t supposed to but I hardly follow the rules. There is way more to her than people know. That ending….mind blown! I did not see that coming. 

This is a highly enjoyable read and also the kind that will consume you. It’ll grab a hold of you and won’t let go even after you’ve finished. I enjoy this authors writing style and look forward to her next book! I give this 5 stars. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Hell in a Handbasket: A Demon Romance (Sin Demons Book 2) by Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks – My Review

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Title: Hell in a Handbasket: A Demon Romance (Sin Demons Book 2)

Author: Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks

Release Date: December 3rd 2020

Genre: Paranormal Romance

See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil. Sleep with no evil… If only it were that easy.

Between being kidnapped by a psycho dragon-shifter, influenced by ancient relics, and fighting for my freedom, I’d say my hands are full. But really, my troubles have just begun.

Cain, Dorian, and Elias are wickedly dangerous, scorching hot, and all too tempting. They’re devils in disguise. Literally.

I don’t know why they’re collecting these relics, but it looks like I’m not the only one with secrets. Despite all the risks, I might be falling for the three of them. But there’s a good chance this Hellish relationship ends up being the death of me.

To make matters worse, there may be something more to my shadow than I originally thought. Something evil that’s set on taking over me entirely if I let it. With each passing day, I find myself falling deeper into its darkness and further under the demons’ deadly charms.

There’s no other way around it… Things are quickly going to Hell in a handbasket.

Read the sinful and captivating sequel to the Sin Demons Series by bestselling authors Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks! 1-click to continue this fiery demon romance today!

Hell in a Handbasket is book two in the Sin Demons Series.

This picks up right where book one left off and it’s off to an exciting start! 

Between Aria and the demons, I can’t decide who I love more. Aria is witty and tough but she also has a vulnerable side. The demons are so alpha and protective! Did I also mention hot? I devoured this book! I couldn’t put it down. The pacing is great. Unforgettable characters. It’s got everything you could possibly want. Action, wittiness and steamy hot scenes. Note to the authors, how you gonna end it like that?! 

Highly entertaining read that will have you rapidly turning those pages till the very end! I NEED the next book ASAP! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Wicked Hour: A Natalie Lockhart Novel by Alice Blanchard – My Review

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Title: The Wicked Hour: A Natalie Lockhart Novel

Author: Alice Blanchard

Release Date: December 1st 2020

Genre: Mystery

The day after Burning Lake’s notorious, debauched Halloween celebration, Detective Natalie Lockhart uncovers a heartbreaking scene—a young woman, dead and lying in a dumpster. There’s no clue to who she is, save for a mystifying tattoo on her arm, and a callus underneath her chin. She’s not from around here. No one knows who she is.

As Natalie retraces the young woman’s steps leading up to her death, she uncovers a deeper, darker horror—a string of murders and disappearances, seemingly unconnected, that may have ties to each other—and explain the abrupt disappearance of her best friend years ago.

As she digs deeper within the mind of the hunter, Natalie finds a darkness she could never have imagined. And as she draws closer to the truth, the killer is weaving a trap for her that may prove inescapable.

Right from the start, the story has an eerie and haunting vibe to it. It kicks off with Halloween! I am so here for it. 

We follow Natalie as she investigates a murder, all while dealing with grief she’s been carrying around from previous events. The pacing of the story was great. We had all kinds of interesting characters. I really had no clue who could be the suspect. I was along for the ride. I have to mention that this is book two in a series. I felt it could have been helpful to read book one prior to this. There are certain events and characters that are mentioned and we as the reader don’t know what has happened. That being said, this was a really great read despite not having read book one. I was engaged and the twists kept me guessing. I was surprised at that ending. Bravo Miss Blanchard! 

This is my first book by this author and I will definitely be looking for book one! I really enjoyed her writing style. This is a fabulous start to the series and now I am a huge fan of Natalie Lockhart. More please! I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*