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Sunday, 5 July 2015

DIRTY by Eve Vaughn


The Book

Dirty by Eve Vaughn
Genre: contemporary romance erotica


About Dirty:
The secret…
To the outside world, rising star Simone Carter seems to have it all together, including a dream career envied by many. Appearances can be deceiving, however, because Simone hides a dirty little secret that could send everything crashing down at her feet. Using the excuse of her work to keep all prospective suitors at arm’s length, she’s determined to avoid all emotional attachments. But her decision to remain single is challenged when one man refuses to take no for an answer.

The double life…
Paul Winters wanted Simone from the moment he laid eyes on her. When she rejects him he bides his time, waiting for the moment to claim the woman he knows is his. While he waits, a specter from his past comes back to haunt him, pulling him back into the gritty life he walked away from a long time ago. He soon finds himself immersed in a lifestyle that could destroy all he’s worked for, and could ruin his chances with the woman he most desires.

Paul and Simone are both set on a path to self-destruction, but when these two come together, things get hot, passionate, and a little bit….
Source: Info in the About Dirty was from the press kit from the publicity team.

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Meet The Author

About Eve Vaughn:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Eve Vaughn has always enjoyed creating characters and stories from an early age. As a child she was always getting into mischief, so when she lost her television privileges (which was often), writing was her outlet. Her stories have gotten quite a bit spicier since then! When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, Eve is reading, baking, traveling or kicking butt in 80’s trivia. She loves hearing from her readers. She can be contacted through her website at: www.evevaughn.com.



Saturday, 4 July 2015

Review: A SONG OF SHADOWS

A Song Of Shadows by John Connolly
Read by Jeff Harding
Book 13 of the Charlie Parker series
Genre: crime fiction
Format: kindle ebook & audiobook


About A Song Of Shadows:
Grievously wounded, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

Broken, but undeterred, private detective Charlie Parker faces the darkest of dark forces in a case with its roots in the second world war, and a concentration camp unlike any other . . .

Recovering from a near-fatal shooting and tormented by memories of a world beyond this one, Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to recover. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. She is hiding from the past, and the forces that threaten her have their origins in the Second World War, in a town called Lubko and a concentration camp unlike any other. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.

His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.

But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.

For something is emerging from the shadows . . .
Source: Info in the About A Song Of Shadows was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24565629-a-song-of-shadows on 28/06/2015.

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My Thoughts:
I took a bit of time from finishing this book to reviewing it because I needed to digest it before I could put words into paper. I already know that this was a great book right off the bat, but, I needed to think about what makes it great (other than the fact that I am a Charlie Parker series fanatic fan). The world building and character development have been established a long time ago, and of course that contributed greatly to making this book a very good read... It could be that the plot of this particular book is the best yet in the series. Or, at least, it feels like it... Or it could also be that the last book had such a fluffy plot that this one took on a "great" feeling. Either way, I liked the plot immensely! On top of that, this book did not have those annoying unrelated add-on narratives that some books in this series had. Kudos to that! However some "hanging threads" from previous books are still not explained. Like who hired Jackie to bomb The Collector's lawyer? I'm still hoping that these hanging threads will get answers sometime down the line. I also like the fact that new aspects of Sam is being revealed. Ohhhh! Delicious tantalizing revealations!! Can't wait to read more about Sam! And of course more of Angel and Louis! Again this book reinforced the fact that the character development is simply masterful! And maybe because of this, that no book in this series could ever get a low rating.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (13 hrs & 38 mins)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries


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About John Connolly
John Connolly
John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States.

This page is administered by John's assistant, Clair, on John's behalf. If you'd like to communicate with John directly, you can do so by writing to contact-at-johnconnollybooks.com, or by following him on Twitter at @JConnollyBooks.
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About Jeff Harding
Jeff Harding
Jeff Harding is one of the most active American actors based in Britain. He is regularly seen in film and TV but he maintains interest in fringe theatre. He is particularly active in voice-over and radio. Having competed in rowing for many years, he still lives by the Thames and rows regularly – an appropriate sport for the reader of Ben Hur.
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FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

THE LIVES BETWEEN US


The Book

The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo
Book 3 in the Destiny series
Genre: contemporary drama


About The Lives Between Us:
How far would you go to save the one you love?

Reporter Skylar Kendall has run from commitment all her life, pushing people away before they leave her, until her niece worms her way into Skye’s heart and settles in tight. Skye relaxes into a career she enjoys and relishes being a doting aunt.

Then her niece becomes gravely ill. Unable to bear yet another loss, Skye is determined to find a cure, but the girl’s only hope lies in the embryonic stem cell therapy Michigan Senator Edward Hastings repeatedly opposes. When Skye fails to find alternative treatment in time, she vows to end the senator’s political career.

Curious about the woman behind the scathing articles on his best friend, Mark Dutton pursues Skye. Dating Mark gives her access to Hastings’s life and secrets that would launch Skye's career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only she hadn’t counted on falling in love. Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?
Source: Info in the About The Lives Between Us was from the press kit from the publicity team.

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The Buzz
“This charming novel gracefully addresses embryonic stem cell research and garnishes it with a powerful, tender romance… The author handles the complexities of science and morality with tremendous care and nuance; there are no hypocrites or villains here, only loving people doing their best in terribly difficult situations. Contemporary romance readers of all political leanings will be enthralled.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly


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Meet The Author

About Theresa Rizzo:
Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty-two years. She’s raised four wonderful children who are now scattered across the country.


 
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