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

NEW RELEASE!

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

NEW RELEASE

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

NEW RELEASE

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

NEW RELEASE

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*


When the Wind Chimes by Mary Ting – My Review

Title: When the Wind Chimes

Author: Mary Ting

Release Date: November 16th 2020

Genre: Holiday Fiction

SOMETIMES ANGELS COME IN HUMAN FORM.

Kaitlyn Summers is heartbroken.

When she receives an invitation to spend Christmas with her family on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, she feels it may be the perfect medicine.

She throws herself into helping her sister’s struggling art gallery, even taking a temporary job for extra money by looking after a little girl from her nephew’s school. She also begins to paint again, something she’s been unable to do since her breakup. It’s tempting to stay on Kauai, but she has obligations back in Los Angeles.

Life gets more complicated when circumstances keep putting her close to Leonardo Medici. Not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he’s a local celebrity. But Kaitlyn can’t shake the feeling he’s hiding something.

Should she believe the rumors that he’s romancing half the island’s single women?

Or is the random sound of wind chimes when he’s close-by a sign that an angel is near and the secret to her happily ever after?

A delightful story of family and the love that binds them. 

This story is lovely. It has all the feel good moments and will have you smiling all the way through. The story has great pacing and ever greater characters! I love the wittiness and playfulness the characters have with each other. I also love where the story is set in. I imagine beautiful landscapes! *sighs dreamily* Most importantly, the close bond between the families. 

This is my first Mary Ting book and it won’t be my last! If you love romances that make you happy and feel good, this book is for YOU! Get cozy with it today! I give this 5 stars.

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

 


And The Creek Don’t Rise by R. M. Gilmore – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: And The Creek Don’t Rise

Author: R. M. Gilmore

Release Date: November 24th 2020

Genre: Fantasy

On her twentieth birthday, Lynnie Russell—just a little ol’ thing from down in Havana, Arkansas—falls in love under a full silver moon.

Waking up the next morning naked and caked in blood, Lynnie is faced with a horrifying truth. She’s death incarnate.In a race to unearth what she’s become, Lynnie must hide her beastly thing from those she loves most.

If only to keep them alive.When an unexpected ally offers help, how can she refuse?

The thing with fate or destiny is you can’t change it. What is meant to be will be. Lynnie Reynolds had to learn the hard way. There’s a lot she must endure but in the end, she is a warrior.

The story has a peculiar and interesting take on fae and shifter. The author has added her own twist on fae/shifter folklore and created a world where magic does exist. Secretly but it does exist. I appreciated the little details she added such as the language of magic spoken and names of the other world. The characters were quite entertaining! Mama Lee was one of my favorites. I like the fact that Lynnie had to figure stuff out on her own. Learn as you go. Her choices had consequences. Some of the sayings had me laughing! There were some I hadn’t heard before. I even shed some tears at some heartfelt and crushing moments. Ah good times. 

This is a pretty good read. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. If you’re wanting a different take on fae, magic and shifters, check this book out. I give this 4 stars.

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


Daughter of the Serpentine (A Dragoneer Academy Novel Book 2) by E.E. Knight – My Review

Title: Daughter of the Serpentine (A Dragoneer Academy Novel Book 2)

Author: E.E. Knight

Release Date: November 17th 2020

Genre: Fantasy, Dragons

As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel.

Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement becomes less certain after she’s attacked by an unknown enemy, and Ileth begins to suspect that someone deadly may be hiding within the walls of the academy.

Outside of the walls there is a different challenge. The Rari Pirates are strangling the Vale Republic. What they lack in dragon firepower, they make up for in the brutality of their ever-expanding raids, making hostages or slaves of the Republic’s citizens. Surrounded by enemies, Ileth will need to learn what kind of dragoneer she wants to be. And as she makes decisions about her future, Ileth will have the chance to uncover the secrets of her past. Both will irrevocably change the course of her life.

Adventurous. Fantastical.

Daughter of the Serpentine is book two in the Dragoneer Academy series. Ileth is now an apprentice. She still is proving herself to everyone there. She isn’t afraid to work hard. Her dream is to be a dragoneer with her own dragon. A lot of obstacles are thrown her way, along with political matters. Ileth must make choices and hope she is doing the right thing.

I was excited to read more about Ileth! She is a survivor and I wanted to know what adventures she would find herself on in book two. The pacing of the story is slow. I had to start and stop numerous times. I struggled through most of the beginning of the book. I felt a lot of the scenes and information were more filler than actually advancing the plot and could have been left out. The story picks up around 60% and I am there for it! There is action and dragons! A bit of romance and of course, some sort of betrayal. I find it interesting how Ileth always seems to find herself in certain situations and always ready for adventure. A brave one she is! 

As a whole, this book is entertaining and a wonderful follow up to the first book. The book is well written and I love the world building along with the characters. Oh and DRAGONS!! I can’t wait for the next adventure Ileth will have! I give this 4 stars.

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


The Grey Queen The Wanderland Chronicles #3 by J.M. Sullivan – My Review

NEW RELEASE

Title: The Grey Queen The Wanderland Chronicles #3

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Release Date: November 10th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

When Alice defeated the Red Queen, she thought the worst was over.

Until the Grey Queen rose.

Ever since her sister, Dinah, contracted the momerath virus, Alice Carroll’s world has been twisted upside down. Spurred by a desperate determination to save her sister, Alice has braved every peril Wanderland has to offer–rogue momerath, hostile survivors, and treacherous queens. But now, there is a new threat creeping in on Alice, one that leaves her facing an impossible choice.
Does she follow her heart and save her sister, or abandon her to save the world?

It’s so hard to say goodbye….

The conclusion of this wonderful series has me all in my feels. These characters and I have been through so much! Sigh. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I NEEDED to know how it ends but on the other hand, I didn’t want it to end. This book is highly emotional. While I loved it, there were certain things that happened that made me yell out loud. Did I curse the author? Yes. Yes I did. She knows why! The story is a rollercoaster ride of danger, action and suspense. It will have you on the edge of your seat and also have you reaching for tissues! This series is a must read and I highly recommend it. What a ride! Thank you Miss Sullivan for writing this amazing series. I give this 5 stars!

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


Interview with an Author Featuring Tasha Lewis

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Tasha Lewis! Her newest release, Deserted (An Enemies to Lovers ) released on October 30th 2020.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes. I was 12 when I fell in love with the feeling books brought on. So, I started writing my own, about four high school friends. My friend started doing it with me, but writing her own. And I read her story, and threw mine away. I told myself that I’ll never be good enough. 

However, a story has been running through my head since. I might not have pended anything until about 5 years ago, but the burning desire and thread of what if, never stopped.

What time of the day do you usually write?

It depends. I work full time and have two doggo’s so, I fit in time when I can. Sometimes it’s early mornings, if I can talk myself into getting up early. Other times it’s late at night. And others, just weekends. With 2020 being what it’s been, it’s just been a when I can. But with Nanowrimo this month (where writers strive to write a book in a month), I’m trying to be better about having planned time and sticking to it.

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

Ooh! I’m a thinker, so loads. I think out the town, the map, the placement of everything that is needed. Then I add in little things into my head as time goes on. I try to leave my world open enough to fit in what the characters spring on me! And usually it works. But I’m a thinker first, and then I’ll sit and write.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

All… I mean, each has it’s own joy tied to it. My most recent novel, Deserted, was fun write out the first draft, I had NO plot planned. And that’s not like me, I plan everything! But with this one I just lept and trusted that Easton would show me his world. And boy did he! It was all from a male’s perspective too, which was fun!

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

I admire so many. Currently, it’s Jennifer Probst. I’m currently reading her news novel, Write True, and it’s exactly what I need right now. It’s like she wrote this book for me as a big sister and is trying to give me all the guidance and wisdom that she can.

As for other authors, Katrina Marie, she’s my author bestie for sure. She can craft stories that just bring you in and treat you as if you are apart of the circle. She writes amazing friendship connection. Another is Mel Walker, he’s a male romance writer, and I for sure think people need to know about him. You can’t tell his a male author! He’s words aren’t overly objectified, he brings you into the world, makes you feel allll the emotions, and then sends you on your way. I could keep going on and on. I think that’s one of my favorite thing about being an author, talking about other’s books! Dee Lagasse, Kelsie Rae, Ashely Erin, Hollis Wynn, Andi Jaxon, Staci Hart, Kandi Stiner, Rachel Van Dyken, Jessica Marin, Kira Berger. Like for real, I love books!

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I have a reader group, Tasha’ Kissable Krew, on FB, and we talk all the time. I LOVE knowing about their life and what’s happening. The new babies, the fun trips (until 2020), how they are finding ways to deal with life (colorstreet nails!), so much. We talk books, we sip tea, and just get real. Their support and words are what keep me going when my mind tells me to stop. I love my readers! And reading their reviews, yes, I read all of them, gives me the ability to keep doing what I love!

Favorite book when you were a kid?

The Outsiders!

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, Caring, and Inspiring.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Write. Believe in yourself, your words, and write. Don’t worry about everything else, it will all come! Just sit and write out the story. Without a story, you won’t get far. And seeing your baby in a paperback… GAH! It’s life. Seriously. It’s amazing! Keep at it. Message me and I’ll be your cheerleader if you need!

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

That with each story, you will feel emotions. I believe all emotions are good, and must be felt in order to process and move through this thing we call life. I’m not angst, but I write emotional books! As for me, Thank You, for believing in me and picking up my book. For allowing me to transport you to a different place. Sending you a big hug from Utah! 

Thank you so much Laura and Readers for allowing me to talk about my love of books for a few moments. Keep at it, 2020 is almost over, and know that I’m here if you ever want to contact me. I believe in you!

 

Thank you Tasha Lewis for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Deserted today!

~Synopsis~

Shipwrecked.

Deserted on an island with no social media, no fans following me around, and no uncle breathing down my neck.

I’d call it a vacation, if I weren’t stuck with the one woman who can’t stand me. Worse, she doesn’t talk, which has me focusing more on her body and not so much on the language. Despite a promise I made once upon a time, I can’t keep my hands off her.

Every day we’re alone together, I want her more, longing to be less of the player I used to be.

…But then life intervenes, reminding me of who I’ve always been.

A Little Mermaid retelling told from the point of view of Easton McCoy, the Internet Famous Blogger of the Sea

Tasha Lewis is a sweet contemporary romance author who grew up with her head in the clouds. Her passion for life has always kept her dreaming and moving forward. She believes in fate and is a true romantic at heart. Tasha is certain that anything can be solved with a good cup of coffee and a dog or two at your side.

When she isn’t reading, which isn’t often, she is usually working on a craft or three – she can never just stick with one. Join her on her journey of publication, crocheting, and any other craft she is working on.

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Losing Control (The Control Duet Book 1) by Lindsey Powell – My Review

New Release!

Title: Losing Control (The Control Duet Book 1)

Author: Lindsey Powell

Release Date: November 3rd 2020

Genre: Domestic Thrillers, Romantic Suspense

A series of moments can change your life… And it isn’t until you are in too deep that you see how far you have fallen…

Lucy remembers the first hit as if it were yesterday.
The first time his hand connected with her cheek.
The first time that he caused her physical pain.
The first time that he shattered her already fragile heart.
He preyed on her vulnerability. He took her confidence away from her. He ruined her perfect ideas of a loving relationship.
She let him control her.
She let him abuse her.
She let him break her.
She doesn’t want to be this person.
She doesn’t want to be weak.
She needs to save herself, but to do that, she must understand why.
Why did she let him dictate?
Why did she let him hurt her?
Why did she lose control?

Will Lucy find the strength to leave a man that has destroyed the person she once was?
Or will it take a deeper love from a long-time friend to help her see that there is another way out?
A turbulent romance, a desire to find love, and a familiar face that may just be her saving grace.

Losing Control is book one of The Control Duet.

*** Trigger warning: contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence***

Touching. Heartbreaking. Emotional. 

You ever read a book that touches your soul? Losing Control is that book for me. I’ve been Lucy. A lot of what Lucy experiences resonated with me. There’s a pattern. You don’t see it until it’s too late. Many emotions such as anger and sadness were felt while reading. That’s a good thing! Miss Powell did an amazing job in channeling all the emotions and feelings that go into Lucy’s journey. It isn’t an easy topic and one that happens more than we care to admit. Bravo to the author for taking such a subject on! 

I highly recommend this book. This is powerful read and it’s wonderfully written. Make sure you have some tissues handy as this book may have you ugly crying! I give this 5 stars.

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