8 Dark reads for the darker days of winter

Here in Kansas the easy breezy days of summer are gone and have been replaced with sweater weather and heated blankets. When the weather changes, so do my reading habits. I like the darker, grittier books than the typical beach read. So, without further ado, I give you 7 dark readsfor the darker days of winter.

  1. Lisa Gardner’s Detective D.D. Warren series (all of them are excellent) mystery/suspense  http://amzn.to/2iWpVfn
  2. JA Redmerski’s In The Company of Killers series (assassin’s) romantic? suspense http://amzn.to/2A8qzKH
  3. The Girl in the Spider’s Web  David Lagercrantz  http://amzn.to/2xMYjf4
  4. Bry Greenwood’s All The Ugly And Wonderful Things (starts a little slow, but keep going) nontraditional romance (maybe?)  http://amzn.to/2iTEBvI
  5. Alessandra Torre’s Black Lies romance  http://amzn.to/2zZwOj4
  6. JA Huss’ Three Two One twisted romance? action  http://amzn.to/2xNhIg5
  7. E.K. Blair’s Bang Holy wow is this book twisted action suspense romance  http://amzn.to/2xNADr2
  8. CJ Roberts’ Captive in the Dark    dark romance http://amzn.to/2xOhg0Z

There you have it. 8 dark reads for cooler/winter time.

Mr and Mrs Book Review

Mr and Mrs Book Review
Mr. Perfect, Mr. Romantic, Mr. Corporate, Mr. Mysterious, and Mr. Match found what they were looking for and now it’s time to seal the deal. Five Aston hasn’t quite found his happily ever after yet… not quite. But he will. And he’s about to host the party of the century for all his family and friends.

If you loved Happily Ever After, you can’t miss this one either. It’s the delicious cherry on top of the most perfect dessert and all your favorite characters will be back for one… final… swoon-worthy story.
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A great epilogue to what happened after all hell broke loose. We get to see Ollie as an adult, and we find out the the original crew are now grandparents. That’s not a spoiler because you find this out on page one.
This book doesn’t have suspense and mystery like all the other books. It may be the most “sweet” book Julie has ever written. Now, it is not all sweet. I’m just saying this is her most sweet book she has written.
If you have read the other books in the series, you are going to love this book. It fulfills our thirst for more story about the crew. If you haven’t read the other books, don’t read this one or it will ruin the series for you.

Book provided to me for an honest review.

five-stars

About JA Huss

JA Huss is the author of the Amazon bestselling Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

I’ve been in a book funk….but now I’m not

I’ve been in a book funk….but now I’m not
Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different - more serious, more personal - and she's sure it'll be her breakout book...if it ever sees the light of day. Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his standards - in six weeks - or no deal. Nora's gruelling writing sessions with Zach are draining...and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous - staying away from him... or returning to his bed? Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.
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I’ve been in a book funk almost all year. Yes, I have read several books and started more than I’ve read. I just couldn’t get into anything. Well, I finally took the advice that I’ve seen so many people give when you get in a book rut. You reread books that you have loved.

I don’t give a whole lot of books 5 stars because I’m picky and the book must blow my mind. I feel like 5 stars is given out so easily and now people have moved to this 6 stars business. Well, no ma’am. 5 stars is all there is for me and if I give it 5, it also means people’s 6’s.

So what book did I reread that has me writing this post and back into enjoying books again? Well, it’s Tiffany Resiz’s (pronounced Rice) book series: The Original Sinners. Specifically The Siren, The Angel, The Prince and The Mistress. This is the second group in the Original Sinners series called The Red Years. If you haven’t read them yet, (what the heck are you waiting for) start with The Siren. She has a second group of the books, also in the same series, called The White Years. Two different time frames. I’ve included the information for the first book in the series above. I’m sure you seen it.

five-stars

About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz The Confessions of Marcus Stearns from the Original Sinners series

Tiffany Reisz (pronounced Rice) lives with her fiancé (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
If she couldn’t write, she would die.

Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Dating-ish by Penny Reid
Now a USA TODAY BESTSELLER‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?
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The Handy Men by Jamie K Schmidt

 

About The Handy Men:

Jack and Dean love each other, but they’re missing the woman to complete their triangle. When newly divorced Paige Richards buys a Bed and Breakfast on Hamlet Island and employs them to help her fix the inn up, Jack and Dean are sure they’ve found the one they’ve been looking for. Despite the playful, sexy clues they drop, luscious Paige is reticent about getting involved, even when they set the stage so she can stumble on them in action. They can tell by her responses she wants to join them, but rumors travel fast on the small island, and tales of a threesome could get back to the conservative, family vacation crowd who won’t patronize those with an alternative lifestyle. And the last thing they want for Paige is the B&B’s rooms…and her bank account…to remain empty. But Jack and Dean will stop at nothing to prove to Paige that she can have it all…with them.

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USA Today Bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt is a hybrid author who has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines, and a variety of novellas and books online. Her Club Inferno series from Random House has been in Amazon’s top 100 ebooks sold and Barnes and Noble’s top 10. She has a dragon paranormal romance series at Entangled Publishing. Book one of the Emerging Queens series is The Queen’s Wings.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. You can reach her at Twitter: @jamiekswriter or at her website www.jkschmidt.com

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Bombshell by CD Reiss book review

Bombshell by CD Reiss book review
Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it's the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever. Cara DuMont isn't exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs. But as soon as Cara meets Brad and his adorable little girl, she knows she's in for a world of trouble. Because there's something about the way Brad looks at her that makes her believe that some rules are meant to be broken...
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Normally I save my 5 stars for books that have an unique trope to them, or a super weird twist, but Bombshell doesn’t really have those crazy things. Yes, it has some twists and turns, but that isn’t what stuck out for me in this book. I just loved the whole idea of this book, and the writing was fast-paced and oh so good. This wasn’t a suspenseful page-turner, but it was a page-turner because I just couldn’t get enough of it.
It didn’t have a lot of sex in it (two scenes,) but the all the characters had amazing chemistry and it all just made sense.
Bombshell is a great, easy read that can be consumed in a couple days. (although you will want to read it in one) Definitely a good read.

five-stars

Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven book review

Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven book review
Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York's socialites can't get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he's careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn't fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.
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Review:

OMG, I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. I swooned in so many places throughout this book that I felt like the main character. I don’t know how Leisa does it, but man, I fell in love with Mister Romance too.
I honestly can’t think of a single thing about this book that I didn’t enjoy. That is so very rare for me. So far, this is my favorite book I have read this year. Please give it a read.

five-stars

Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre Cover Reveal

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Trophy Wife - Book Info

Title: Trophy Wife

Author: Alessandra Torre

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 19, 2017

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Everyone in Nashville knows Nathan Dumont. That’s what happens when you develop half a town and sleep with the rest.

Five years ago, his fiancee disappeared.

Last night, he proposed to me.

I had wanted to escape my life, the seedy strip club and the mountain of bills. I had seized the opportunity to live in a mansion, fill my days with country clubs and caviar, my nights with romance and sex.

Maybe I should have done my homework first.

The Trophy Wife is a standalone erotic romance. It is approximately 70,000 words. An earlier edition of this book was previously released in 2013 under the name The Dumont Diaries, this is an expanded and rewritten edition of that novel, with over 50 pages of new content.

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Author Photo Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She has also served as the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.
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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of ten novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Books that I just wasn’t into

Hey guys. It’s been awhile now and I haven’t blogged much. To-be-honest, I just haven’t been into the books I’ve been reading, leaving the blog very neglected. I thought today I would just serve up the books I’ve read and give you my opinion on why I wasn’t into them, or if I liked one, but just haven’t blogged about it.

The Bone Witch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

The Bone Witch releases in March and is a YA fantasy book. The Bone Witch needs a good edit. It was so slow. I learned so much about the character and the world that they live in, but not much about the plot. I couldn’t finish the book it was so slow. A really good edit will help this book and make it unique on the bookshelves. It has great potential.
Let me just take a moment for how beautiful the book cover is. Who ever did it deserves recognition. It is one of the best ever!

mr-president

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.

He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.

Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.

We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.

Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.

I read this book right after reading Sierra Simone’s, “American Queen.” American Queen is the best book I read in 2016, and is a top all-time read for me. The books are similar as they are about Presidents, but I found Mr. President to be slow. I wasn’t feeling the relationship between the two main characters and felt like the book needed a kick in the pants. It was a did-not-finish read for me, which sucks because I usually love Katy Evans. I will say that while I loved Katy’s, “Real” series about Remy the boxes, I found her second series not-my-cup-of-tea either.

a exaltation of larks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.

September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he’s long suppressed.

Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11’s, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.

“Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn’t yours.”

Across three decades and two continents, Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.

While my most trusted book friends raved about this book, it just wasn’t for me. I need a fast-paced book and this would be described more of a slow burn. I found myself bored reading it. It doesn’t mean it is a bad book, but it was just too slow for me.

jezebel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

30 years of affection.
10 years of soul shattering love.
8 years of happy employment.
2 months of turmoil.
1 week of truth.
A lifetime of betrayal.

Would you have seen it coming?

Annabelle Fortin landed herself in a bit of trouble. Mandated to community service at an assisted living facility for early onset dementia she meets Jezebel, one of the residents. This is the story that unfolds over the course of Annabelle’s court ordered six month sentence. Nothing is what it seems.

I found this book so very slow. I kept reading it bc a trusted book friend swore it was amazing and had lots of twists.
I seen the twists coming and was not surprised.
The book picked up a bit around 69%. That’s a long way to wait for a story to start getting good. It was dry like a college class.

superficial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

Since the publication of his last book, Andy has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher despite his mother’s conviction he was not intellectually prepared, hosted NBC’s Primetime New Year’s Eve special, guest edited Entertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo’s Then & Now with Andy Cohen, offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa “Namaste” Giudice, from a brief stint in jail. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama’s boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance.

If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed “the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila” by Jimmy Fallon, Superficialis a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades—personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes—Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it.

I was excited to read my first Andy Cohen book. It is written just like a diary with very short notes. I am not a fan. The book was more about him eating pot lolli’s and worried about his dog than any real tea being served about celebrities. I wanted some meat to the book, but I had to listen to Andy’s low self-esteem about just about everything. I did not finish this book because I couldn’t stand listening to him talk about the dog, Wacha. The style of writing, while in diary form, needed more expounding on the stories to make them interesting.

the nowhere man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, returns in the sequel to the breakout national bestseller Orphan X.

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them.

Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and trained as part of the Orphan program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man. But the new head of the Orphan program hasn’t forgotten about him and is using all of his assets—including the remaining Orphans—to track down and eliminate Smoak.

But this time, the attack comes from a different angle and Evan is caught unaware. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. They think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage but they don’t know who they’re dealing with—that they’ve trapped themselves inside that cage with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans.

Continuing his electrifying series featuring Evan Smoak, Gregg Hurwitz delivers a blistering, compelling new novel in the series launched with the breakout national bestseller, Orphan X.

3.75 stars. I loved the way it started but 3/4th of the way it kinda stalled. I was ready for the action, but it took forever to get there.
I was disappointed with one specific part of the storyline, but I can’t say what since it is a surprise. I said in my head,”really? That was lame.”
The very end was a little flat. It needed more. It was all wrapped up in the very last pages of the book. Like the very last pages. Then in an almost after thought, it was left open to continue the series.
I feel like he could have still continued the series and wrapped this story up tight, but he didn’t. It rubs me the wrong way when I can tell the author is leaving stuff just so they can write another book. This series doesn’t need that option. You don’t need characters left over to come back, you can have a completely new storyline and not have any problems. He’s an assassin. That leaves a lot of options for the story.
Overall I liked the book, but the last third of the book could have used some more work.

last-girl-before-the-freeway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

The definitive book about Joan Rivers’ tumultuous, victorious, tragic, hilarious, and fascinating life.

Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities. But Rivers’ career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.

A juicy, intimate biography of one of the greatest comedians ever-a performer whose sixty year career was borne, simply, out of a desire to make people laugh so she could feel loved-LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY delves into the inner workings of a woman who both reflected and redefined the world around her.

I was excited to read this book. I love Joan Rivers! However, I was reading the introduction and it summed everything up in the book. I actually got bored reading the intro. It was very sterile, like the author had no interest in writing the book, but was writing a book report of sorts.
Starting chapter one, it was a recap of what I just read, without anymore interesting detail.