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Review|Sense of Deception

23398605Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery #13)

by Victoria Laurie (Goodreads Author)
 4.3  ·   Rating Details ·  1,407 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
In “New York Times” bestselling author Victoria Laurie s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she ll need hard evidence to save the woman before it s too late A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she s guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn t belong behind bars. With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar s attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short and the list of suspects keeps growing. There s no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance “
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Victoria Laurie has done it again. I swear these books get better and better. In this book Abby gets thrown in the slammer and meets a woman on death row. The woman is sentenced to die for killing her son. Abby immediately gets her radar working and believes the woman is innocent. With the help of her trusty sidekick Cassidy and the help of some new friends she sets out to prove her innocence. It is a race against time and Abby feels she may just be too late….Can she beat the clock and save the woman? Guess you will have to read to find out.

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Review|Stronger Within

25344893Stronger Within (The Silver Lake Series Book 1)

by Coral McCallum (Goodreads Author)
 4.25  ·   Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Stronger Within is Book One of the Silver Lake series.
Lori – in recovery following a serious accident, our fragile heroine is at a crossroads in her life and has sought sanctuary at the beach.
Jake – hard working and with a heart of gold, a struggling musician who is chasing his dreams as front man of local rock band, Silver Lake.
Vulnerability meets rock in this tale of two creative souls following their own paths in life. When their paths collide neither of their lives will ever be the same again.
Stronger Within, set in the small town of Rehoboth, Delaware, is a contemporary love story telling a fast paced tale of rock music, convalescence and unexpected love. It’s a tale of friendship, family and following your heart. 
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My Review

This was the first book that I  have read by Coral McCallum.  The book is a long read and is not a story to be rushed through.  The author took her time introducing and building background stories for each of her characters.  The main characters Lori and Jake have a very tight bond.  The book tells the story of how their relationship develops and grows.  It also tells the story of how they came to be the way they are.  Soul Mates pulled together by the universe.

Lori who is a real estate tycoon and graphic artist meets Jake an aspiring rock star, when she lands on her  butt at the beach.  Lori was involved in a major accident and can barely walk on her own.  She has moved to the family vacation home on the beach for recovery.  Jake just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  As the story goes on it tells of how Jake’s career takes off and Lori picks up the pieces of her own life and starts designing again.

In this book you will experience loss, vulnerability, friendship, love and family.  It tells a story of the bond between love and family, which is not always  blood but can be friendship.  Also talks about building new bridges to repair past discretions. This book is a good read.   Reading it is like watching a movie.  It plays out and doesn’t rush through.  It is a really long book, but don’t worry the author keeps it interesting and steady throughout.  I did not get bored with it or lose interest.  The author made the characters to capture your heart, causing you not to put the book down and wanting to know what happens to them.  The book has a lot of British words, but the story itself is set in the US.  This does cause a bit of confusion, as some of the words are not how the US uses them.  (example in the book tyre should be tire, boot is trunk, or hire care should be rental car)   This is not a PG-13 book.  It is an adult novel with adult scenes.   I recommend this book with a four star rating.

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Review|Dead To The World

35691000Dead to the World (Deadlines Mysteries #2)

by Camilla Chafer (Goodreads Author)
it was amazing 5.0  ·  Rating Details ·  2 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews

The sequel to Deadlines…

Chief reporter turned reluctant entertainment columnist, Shayne Winter, is hungry for a hard-hitting headline. All she has to do is convince her grouchy editor at the LA Chronicle to give her a real story; but all he wants her to do is write forgettable snippets and leave the real work to ace reporter, Ben Kosina.

When Hollywood’s hottest starlet, Claudia Gilbert, is found dead, Shayne knows nothing is what it seems. After all, only yesterday Shayne was observing Claudia’s every move, ready to spill the latest celebrity gossip in her column. Shayne discovers Claudia was planning to sneak away on a secret trip, so how did she end up at home, dead?

Despite all evidence pointing to Claudia’s estranged husband being the guilty party, Shayne, unlike Ben, isn’t convinced. Claudia’s whole life and career were orchestrated; couldn’t her death have been too? If Shayne can uncover the truth, she might beat the deadline for a real headline; that is, if she doesn’t end up in the killer’s crosshairs.

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My Review 2

This is the second book in this series and I can say I was not disappointed.  This is the perfect “who done it book”.  Camilla Chafer is one of my favorite authors.  I am on her ARC team and I love it.  She is a wonderful author and sweet as can be.  I really enjoy reading her books.  My favorite series is her Lexi Graves Series.  You should definitely check her out  on Facebook @CamillaChafer.

In this book LA’s newest Chronicle reporter Shayne Winter is back and at it again.  When she gets an interview of the lifetime and her client Starlet Claudia turns up dead, her and Ben are put on the headline story.  The investigation heats up and everything points to Josh, the starlets husband.  Too bad the same can’t be said of Ben and Shayne’s relationship, which seems to be cold.  Will Ben and Shayne work out the relationship and move it to the hot and heavy zone?  Will Shayne be able to find the murderer before it is too late?

 ohhh GIFThis book had me guessing till the end with a twist that was very unexpected.  I love the characters in this series.  Camilla is slowly introducing move characters and building a great background.  Mike is super funny with his trash talking.  He has Shayne believing some pretty  good stories.  Their banter is sooo funny.  Sometimes I wonder if maybe he is interested in Shayne a little more than he lets on.  The story is steady paced and thrilling.  If you love to read a good murder mystery then this is the book for you.  I highly recommend this and all Ms. Chafer’s books.  You will not be disappointed.

I give this book  5 Stars

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Author Bio:

Camilla Chafer*Picture and Bio provided by Amazon

Camilla Chafer is the author of the Lexi Graves Mysteries and the Stella Mayweather urban fantasy series, plus brand new mystery Deadlines, a spin off from the Lexiverse. If she wrote faster, she’d probably be the author of other books too.

Visit Camilla online at www.camillachafer.com for the latest on her novels, series extras including deleted scenes, info about her characters and their worlds, plus an exclusive Lexi Graves short story (even better, it’s free!). Sign up to her mailing list for news on the latest releases and the occasional news such as freebie offers. She wishes she could send virtual cake but hopes you’ll settle for no spam instead.

You can also find Camilla at Facebook and Twitter @camillawrites. Though she is equally chatty on both, she will gasp in horror if the word “procrastination” is mentioned.

Series reading:

The Lexi Graves Mysteries:
1. Armed & Fabulous
2. Who Glares Wins
3. Command Indecision
4. Shock & Awesome
5. Weapons of Mass Distraction
6. Laugh or Death
7. Kissing in Action
8. Trigger Snappy
9. A Few Good Women
10. Ready, Aim, Under Fire
Graves Trouble – a Lexi short story available free on http://www.camillachafer.com
Lexi Graves Mysteries Omnibus Volume One (Books 1-3)
Lexi Graves Mysteries Omnibus Volume Two (Books 4-6)

Deadlines (Deadlines Mystery 1)

The complete Stella Mayweather Urban Fantasy series:
1. Illicit Magic
2. Unruly Magic
3. Devious Magic
4. Magic Rising
5. Arcane Magic
6. Endless Magic
The Stella Mayweather Collection, Books 1-3


Deadlines (Deadlines Mysteries Book 1) by [Chafer, Camilla]

Deadlines (Deadlines Mysteries Book 1)

Shayne Winter thinks she has everything she ever wanted: a job as chief reporter at The LA Chronicle, a swish, new apartment in a fabulous neighborhood, and a California-cool lifestyle. But on the very first day, it all goes horribly wrong. The apartment is less “young professional” and more “young offender,” as the only furnishing is a handsome squatter with roving eyes. Even worse, Ben Kosina, her predecessor at The Chronicle, has returned to claim his former job, leaving Shayne nothing but the obituary column and a simple choice: take it or leave it.

Her first assignment should be easy: eulogizing the accidental death of washed-up former child-star, Chucky Barnard, and filing her column. Yet when Shayne interviews the people closest to Chucky, his sister claims Chucky had everything to live for, suggesting his untimely death could only be murder.

Convinced this could be the perfect headline to put her life back on track, Shayne vows to find the truth, persuade a reticent homicide detective to investigate, and bring a killer to justice, all before Ben grabs her story and the killer makes Shayne his or her personal deadline. Amazon Button

 

 

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Blog Tour|Before You Were Mine

Blog Tour | Before You Were Mine

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Sometimes hope has a way of changing everything…


Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered life.
Then, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to find a way back into her life. Even if it means lying…

While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the events of her early life, he can only try to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them both.

Don’t miss the breathtaking debut Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin! Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Anne Tyler, Joyce Carol Oates.


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Praise for Before You Were Mine: 

A heartbreaking novel about what happens when we don’t have the power to make our own choices. BEFORE YOU WERE MINE is a moving and emotional story that is sure to touch readers’ hearts.” ~ Karen Katchur, author of THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN 

“5 STARS – A love story that surprises in so many ways. Em Muslin has written a great debut book here. Before You Were Mine explores love on so many levels it had me reaching for the tissues more than once. It’s heartening to see people who seem totally self-serving suddenly step up and make things right. I would like to share some fudge pie and coffee with Eli.”  – Jo Ann Mapson Best selling author of  author of:
Owen’s Daughter/Finding Casey/Solomon’s Oak/The Owl & Moon Cafe/The Bad Girl Creek trilogy/The Wilder Sisters/Hank & Chloe; Loving Chloe/Shadow Ranch/ Blue Rodeo

Em Muslin’s Debut novel is heart stoppingly beautiful.
Muslin was born to write, her observations are breathtaking
I was so involved in the story, I missed my stop on the train.’
– Lynn Parson – Radio Broadcaster

5 STARS –Pleasing to the mind, 
​Em Muslin’s debut novel, “Before You Were Mine” is written with a beautiful touch where heartbreak meets love and loneliness meets freedom. Every reader can benefit from reading this book as it grabs onto your heart strings and pulls you in to compelling story that includes all aspects of family. This story is not only a great piece of literature, the story unfolds into much more than just Eli’s obsession but digs deeper into the life she left behind years ago. – Biblio Beauty Book Blog

Publisher: Harper Collins


My Review2I just have to say wow!  This book was a very heartbreaking and emotional.  To not be given any choices in your own life.  This book pulled my heart into a million pieces.  

In this story Eli is a 14-year-old girl who goes into labor and has her baby taken from her as soon as the cord is cut, with no choice of her own.  She is shunned and no one will even acknowledge her in her town.  She marries a wonderful man named Tommy at the age of 17.  He not only shows her kindness, but never treats her as anything other than special and loved.  For thirty years she tries to piece her life back together, even though she is treated as a leaper by everyone except her husband.  One day she bumps into a woman who she thinks is her.  She shares the news with her husband and he is not sure if she is seeing things.  Can Eli prove she is not going crazy?  Can Tommy help her put the pieces together?

Eli has been through so much and yet she still holds out hope that one day she will be reunited with the daughter she was not allowed to have.  I was really disappointed in the way that everyone treats her.  It was so heartbreaking.  Tommy is a saint and sweet man, who tries to stand by her and help her to cope the best he can.  He shows her such kindness and love.  Never looking away but always towards her.  Both their dreams were taken from them at such a young age.  The story is very touching and emotional.  You will be drawn in and wonder how is it that people are so cruel and how can someone who never has much choice in life can survive to be so strong.  

This book is very well written.  I did not really care for the journal entry parts that much, even though they are there to show you how she is feeling at times.  They just spring up and it was a bit confusing to me, flashing back and forth.  Other than that it was an amazing story.

*ARC provided by em muslin and Neverland Blog Tours.

I give this book 4 stars.

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IMG_1388[1673].JPGem muslin has worked in the film and television industry for over 20 years. She first fell in love with reading and writing after experiencing Judith Kerr’s When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. She hasn’t stopped devouring books ever since. 

She loves words that capture an experience or emotion in a singular form: her current favourite, describing herself, isnemophilist

Em’s writing career has included developing a script for a stage musical with Tina Turner, and writing a bitter-sweet comedy screenplay, Last Chance Saloon

Em’s writing focuses on the texture of domestic life, relationships, family and the pressures of social convention. Her characters are often fighting to become the hero of their own story, searching for hope, despite the adversities that life inevitably brings.

 


 

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Review |Professor Next Door

35682692 Professor Next Door

by Summer Cooper (Goodreads Author)
 4.45  ·   Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
I fuck my students… I just can’t seem to keep it in my pants when these young sexy women throw themselves at me!

But now, I must stop behaving like such a d**k, not that my dead wife would care…

If I get caught sleeping with my students, I’ll lose my job.

And if I don’t get my s**t together, they’ll come for the only good thing in my life… my daughter.

But I have a plan to fix all that. I have a plan for the girl next door…

Author’s Note: This is a 50,000 words romance with a HEA. Story contains mature language and scenes, intended for adults only. Bonus books included for a limited time for your reading pleasure. A never before published bonus book Brit Next Door is included in this edition.

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This is the second book from Summer Cooper that I have read for her, and I have to say she did not disappoint me. Her books are definite page turners that you will not want to miss.  I have become a huge fan of hers.

In this book you have Tara a woman who is just lost her grandmother and his transfer colleges start a new life. Upon moving into her new home she gorgeous blonde God emerging from the car in the neighbors driveway and immediately she is mesmerized.  Galen is a professor at the same college that Tara has to transferred to. Galen is rumored to be the hot sexy professor that it’s very experienced. One day Galen get papers from his dead wife’s parents and they are suing for custody over his cute little two-year-old daughter Riki. His daughter means everything to him. Galen will go to extremes to protect her and keep her with him where she belongs. How far will Galen go? As far as asking the mousey neighbor to marry him?

This book was a definite page turner from page 1. It kept my interest and was very fast paced. The story was not rushed and had a great twist hidden at the very end.  Summer does not disappoint her audience with her books.  These books are hot and steamy. The sex scenes are very graphic and extremely well written. They’re not raunchy but they are definitely hot.  Summer has a way about creating her characters, that you just cannot help but love them.  The chemistry between Tara and Galen builds slowly into a fiery inferno. You will be hooked from the beginning. And did I mention he is a cute little kid, major plus. His daughter Riki will have you wrapped around her little finger.  If you are looking for a great little sexy romance reading, then this book is for you. I highly recommend it.  I give this book 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.   

*ARC provided by Summer Cooper in exchange for my honest review.

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