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Despite years of treatment, twenty-one year old Lydia still
struggles with trauma from being attacked as a teenager. House-bound with
anxieties and haunted by ghostly visions, she soon comes to suspect her
psychiatrist husband, Myles, of sabotaging her recovery.
Her pursuit of the truth uncovers secrets more terrible than she ever imagined
and it soon becomes clear that nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted
– not even herself.
Lydia sprinted out of the
lounge, through the kitchen-dining room, out onto the back patio and down onto
the grass in her socked feet. Her heart felt like it had multiplied in her
chest and was hammering along with all its replicas out of sync. When she
turned back to the face the house, she saw the girl standing in the upstairs
window, looking down at her. A second later, she was gone.
She had left her cell phone
and everything else inside. She had nothing to protect herself with, so she
hurried to the tool shed near the garage to look for her gardening shears. When
she couldn't find them, she grabbed the garden rake instead and headed to the
gate with it.
When she got there, she
undid the latch and threw the gate open. But she had only taken a few steps
into the road outside when she felt a sudden vertigo descend on her. Various
planes of her vision shifted and an icy-sharpness cut across the surface of her
skin. She staggered back to the gate and inside the compound of the house.
It took her some time before
she could stand up straight. She looked back at the house with dread. The irony
of her situation was not lost on her – that she could no sooner go inside
feeling this way than she could leave the perimeter of the house without
risking another kind of panic attack. She was pitifully stranded.
AUTHOR Bio and
Mehrisa Mex writes mystery-thrillers, neo-noir and international
crime. She often appears in her own imagination lit in the chiaroscuro style of
film noir and narrating thoughts to herself in moody, hard-boiled tones.
J.P. O’Neill is in the fight of his life. A legendary agent with
the DEA, he’s uncovered a conspiracy in his own agency. The only problem is
he’s been arrested for the murder of his partner. If he goes to jail, he dies.
There’s only one solution—escape. The only way to do that is to
kidnap his defense attorney. Lauren Taylor is a high-priced attorney doing a
favor for a friend. Suddenly she finds herself on the run with the most
dangerous man she’s ever met. Will she survive with her heart intact?
“Ms. Korbel generates an incredible chemistry between her two
immensely appealing lovers that will set your heart on fire.” ~ RT Booklovers
first time she saw him, he was unkempt, unwashed and unshaven. And that was
after they’d cleaned him up.
says here you were a DEA agent,” Lauren mused, her eyes down on the file she’d
been handed rather than the bedraggled man who sat across the table from her.
still a DEA agent,” he allowed, his voice gravelly with weariness, his hands
clenched around a foam coffee cup.
already finished the coffee. Now he was tearing little strips off the rim with
his fingers, fingers that were so grimy that Lauren had thought twice about
shaking his hand.
knew his story was that he’d been undercover as a street person, but she wasn’t
sure he’d had to go to quite the lengths he had. James O’Neill smelled like a
cannery and looked like the bottom of an oil drum. His layered clothes were
torn and filthy, his beard gnarled and unruly, a salt and pepper variation on
the nondescript hair that straggled down the back of his neck from beneath a
knit cap. The typical uniform of any of the thousands of lost men who wandered
the streets and slept in parks and under bridges.
that wasn’t what kept Lauren from facing him. She’d sat across from her share of
derelicts. After all, she’d been with the public defender’s office before
joining the firm of Paxton, Bryant and Filmore. She knew how to survive a
pungent odor or two and didn’t think twice about the type of grime in which a
man chose to coat himself.
Lauren couldn’t quite face were James O’Neill’s eyes.
been the first thing she’d noticed, the single startling contrast to the rest
of the picture that made her believe that O’Neill had been, at least until a
month earlier, one of the DEA’s top agents. Brilliant, according to the records
she’d scanned. Canny, daring, a risk taker of the first order who’d netted some
of the top players in the game by running some of the most unbelievable stings
in the history of the agency. A legend in his own time.
file before her also said that sometime around dawn the man who sat before her
had shot down his ex-partner in cold blood in a public park rather than be
hauled in on drug charges.
AUTHOR Bio and
New York Times bestselling, RWA Hall of Fame author Eileen Dreyer
has published 31 romance novels in most genres, 8 medicalforensic suspenses,
and 10 short stories.
2015 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her foray into
historical romance, the Drake’s Rakes series, which Eileen labels as Regency
Romantic Adventure that follows a group of Regency aristocrats who are willing
to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe. She is also working on her
first nonfiction book, TRAVELS WITH DAVE, about a journey she's been taking
with a friend's ashes.
A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with
her husband, children, and
large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant
matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.
Covert Game by Christine Feehan My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the second GhostWalkers book I have read and I had not trouble following the story line. Gino Mazza and Zara Hightower are the next two to get an HEA. Zara starts out in big trouble and in a what seems to be a suicide mission Gino helps rescue her. He is immediately attracted and she feels the same. There is a theme about individuals and what they need that is a big part of this story. That is mixed with a high level of tension as two different groups try for Zara. A nice story about how individuals differ and how friends often put the wrong pressure on because it is not what they would want. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Hero's Return by B.J. Daniels My rating: 5 of 5 stars Tucker Cahill is back. Before Hero's Return he has just been missing for 18 years and we all wondered if we would ever find out why and where he went. We do find out why but not where. A decades old mystery comes into the light and Tucker is part of both the mystery and the solution. Along the way he meets Kate Rothschild whose brother is also part of the mystery. They have a very complicated route before finally solving what really happened and who was responsible. This was a nice way to finally meet Tucker and bring him back into the family life of the Cahill's. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest Review.
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Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks My rating: 5 of 5 stars I dropped into The Embraced series with book # 3 and could tell that I was missing some of the world building and backstory. I think that I would have enjoyed the first part of the book more if I had read the first two. Even so I had no trouble keeping up with Gwennore, who is an elf and General Silas Dravenko who is a dragon. If course the fact that he was a dragon was the big secret in the first part of the book. I knew before Gwennore but it did not take her that long to catch on. I enjoyed the tension and humor in the book. Silas had great dialog and it kept the tone light in spite of the tension generated by the plot. Gwennore is a very strong character who has suffered a great many insults because she is an elf. Turns out she is just half elf and the other half makes her even more important to the story line. Much is solved and much is left unsolved as the story ends. This is a fun series and I look forward to the next book in the series. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Guardian by Anna Hackett My rating: 5 of 5 stars Guardian follows the formula set up in the first eights books of the Galactic Gladiators series. Dayna Caplan is a former cop who was captured with the others from the space station at Jupiter. When she was rescued she had an alien symbiont. The only one who can help her is Rillian who has a symbiont of his own. He is also the owner the the largest casino on the planet. Both are very strong characters. Dayna tries to stand on her own while Rillian discovers he no longer wants to be alone. There is a lot of tension between the two. Added tension comes from the need to find Zaabha and the lost humans still held captive. Again there is a rescue but Zaabha still exists and at least one human is still held captive. Stay turned for more Galactic Gladiators as they work to destroy Zaabha and rescue the remaining human captive.
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Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have to start by saying I was disappointed in Why Kill the Innocent. This is one of my favorite mystery series and I have never missed any. In fact I have read then all in order. So to start this is a nice mystery and we get to watch Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero work to solve the murder of Jane Ambrose, a murder that the crown wants swept under the table. A lot of the actual history of the period is used to solve the murder and makes for some very interesting reading. What I felt missing was the tension between the various characters and any lead toward solving the issues that have been set up as part of the backstory in the series. Where any of that comes up lacks the connection to the series characters. I want Sebastian to still be looking into his past and I want more of a conflict between Hero and her father. That would have added to this story and would have moved the story arc instead of stalling it leaving me with a feeling that the story was just a little flat. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Battle Cruiser by B.V. Larson My rating: 3 of 5 stars This story was full of recycled tropes and it had scenes that were contrived. The voice of the main character did not make him any more likable. He came across as arrogant. In fact I have a name for him but not one I would put in a review. By the end of the book I had gotten used to the voice and since it did not go in a straight line I kept listening just to see what happened next. This was not a audio book I purchased so the things that made this a three star book did not bother me as much as it would if I had been out money.
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His Wicked Charm by Candace Camp My rating: 5 of 5 stars You have to love both Lilah Holcutt and Constantine Moreland. While Lilah tries to follow all the rules Con seem to follow none. After all he is a mad Moreland. Turns out that in spite of all that Lilah tries to do her family is just as mad. This has a big touch of the paranormal (the other books in the series had some but not as much) while following the rules of historical romances. Lilah and Con tell their story with great dialog, with others and between the two. I was surprised by who turned out to be the villain. The afterward was a nice addition. It provided a window into action where we only saw the result. Nice to get the inside scoop. This is an interesting and fun series to follow. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
A Cowboy's Luck by Vicki Lewis Thompson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Roxanne Sawyer and Michael Murphy are side characters in previous books. Now they get their own story. Turns out they have a lot in common but are very different in their approach to things. Michael moves very fact, Roxanne looks a long time before she leaps. However, both have looked for a small town to make their home and have arrived in the same town. I loved the two characters. Michael is so secure and does not mind admitting that he is not a born cowboy; in fact he grew up in Chicago. Roxanne is not that secure. She had a relationship that ended very badly. That is the set up for their romance and boy oh boy does it really heat up fast. A fun tale that sets up the next book in the series. I am really looking forward to that on as it features two more mature people.
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Asimov's Science Fiction, January/February 2018 by Sheila Williams My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really like the double issues and while I do not subscribe I do purchase when some of my favorite authors have a story. Kristine Kathryn Rusch has the Novella The Rescue of the Renegat is this issue. This is a story in the Diving Universe. It is not part of the usual time line. It fills in some of the world building and backstory about The Fleet. I enjoyed meeting the characters and the situation outlined in the story.
Asimov's Science Fiction, March/April 2018 by Sheila Williams My rating: 5 of 5 stars There is a novella by Kristine Kathryn Rusch in this issue so of course it was a must by. This on is a main line story in the Diving Universe and helps set up the next book in the series. Dix was an important character is the previous book. He was not a happy man then and is still troubled. Through this story we get a look into Coop's mindset as he continues to come to term with his path today. A very good story and a great lead up to the next book in the series, Searching for the Fleet.
The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly My rating: 5 of 5 stars With the Gods of Guilt the Mickey Haller series comes to an end. According to the author's web site after The Gods of Guilt Mickey appears in some of the Harry Bosch books so he does not entirely disappear. We left Mickey running for District Attorney at the end of the last book. He did not win and his loss has resulted changed his relationship with his ex-wife and daughter and not for the better. That is a side event as Mickey is again defending a client on a murder charge. This one introduces some interesting new characters and being back so from previous books. A nice ending to the series even though I would love more of Mickey.
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard My rating: 4 of 5 stars A different take on Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The Shadow's Child is a midship who lost its entire crew in an attack in deep space leaving the ship damaged. The ship now makes a living brewing special mixtures to fit individual people. The ship plays the part of Watson and Long Chau a woman who is off to solve a mystery is a take on Holmes. I found the story to be interesting but as I read I kept thinking about the take on the ship. It reminded me of books by Anne McCaffrey like The Ship That Sang and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. There were elements of both in the story and I was distracted from the story as I mentally compared the ships in the other two stories. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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