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5 Star Review for Seduction: A Caddy Rowland Psychological Thriller & Drama (The Avengement Series Book #3) #MMF #Thriller @caddyorpims

CoverTitle: Seduction: A Caddy Rowland Psychological Thriller & Drama (The Avengement Series Book #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Caddy Rowland (CFR Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2016 – 213 pgs

Synopsis
Have you ever done something so completely unlike yourself that in retrospect all you can say is, “What the fuck was I thinking?”

Well, multiply that by about a thousand. At least. Yep. That should tell you something about my story.

I’d like to plead temporary insanity, but I can’t. I knew exactly what I was doing. The only problem was once I started, I couldn’t stop. I never knew until then how easily a person’s mind can become addicted to whatever their drug of choice might be.

Mine happened to be a man online. I’m married, and the man online was definitely not my husband.

Yeah. I’m some idiot.

As for the story itself, it’s a story of betrayal, arrogance, innocence lost, and heartbreak. It’s a story about how we never completely know a person—especially when it comes to ourselves.

Most of all, it’s a story about what can happen when you play with fire, not expecting to get burned.

Before you know it, the whole fucking house burns down.

-Cassie Stanford

Karma really can be a bitch—especially when it scores a willing partner.

Themes in this book: revenge, retribution, vigilante justice, internet affair, internet addiction.

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FiveStars

The third book in the Avengement series.  And WOW REVENGE at its best.
Cassie got pulled into the internet like you wouldn’t believe through lust, but it backfired on her.  Her husband was wonderful but he did anything she wanted, I think he was a little to soft.  She betrayed him yet he was there for her.

Of course the red heels came into play in this story again, love how it all came together at the end.  Very good story by Caddy Rowland, definitely a good read.

Sherry

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4.5, TWO 4, 3.5 and 3 Star Reviews for The Brat (Marine Bodyguard #3) by Patricia Logan (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Thriller @PatriciaLogan1

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Title: The Brat (Marine Bodyguard #3)
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2016 – 96,000 Words

Synopsis

Charles Fordham III has been expelled from Oxford and sent home with his tail between his legs. The self-professed “brat” has always gotten away with things because of his father’s influence and money. Poor Chas is in for the surprise of his life in the form of a tall, well-muscled, former Marine bodyguard… but even more daunting days may lie ahead. Have his years abroad prepared him for the expectations of his father when he’s forced to live up to his legacy?

Tate Heston returns home from Iraq when his beloved career is cut short by an IED. He’s used to turning boys into men and then leading them into battle where sometimes the good guys lose. This makes him even more hesitant about taking on a job guarding a spoiled brat, but he believes he can probably do what he does best… make young Chas a man.

Not everyone wants to see the brat succeed in his father’s place. Things have been running just fine for years and the return of Charles Fordham III and the shake up his arrival causes, has his family’s enemies in a panic. But as the boy assumes his rightful place, Tate understands sometimes a man must take his fight to the enemy… regardless of battlefield… or boardroom.

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FourandHalfStars

This is only the second book I’ve read from this author but she is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. This book had mystery and suspense but also love and tenderness. I loved Chas and Tate but completely disliked Chas father. I absolutely dislike people who turn away from the children when they need them the most. That’s what happened between Chas and his father when he shipped him out the country shortly after his mother died of cancer. Chas returns after a scandal while in college and his father hires a bodyguard for him who he completely falls in love with. This book had HOT sex scenes and but it also had mystery. I will definitely be reading some more of this author books.

Lynn

FourStars

I have not read any of the previous books, but never felt lost.

This book was full of heat, mystery and betrayal.  I really disliked Chas’ father – he was not likable at all.  I found it hard to believe that Chas could ever live up to his father’s standards, despite what Grandma preached about how Chas’ father did love him.  I never saw the love, not throughout the story.

Then there was Tate.  Yum!  He is trying to do a good job – seems to be punished for doing that job and just let’s it go – I wish that he had let loose his tongue on Mr. Fordham… He was supposed to be this fierce protector, but when it came to his employment and employer being in the wrong, he was almost meek.

Finally, you have the mystery characters.  I loved how Logan was able to write them in a way that made them mysterious.  And, even though the story and bad guys were somewhat predictable, I found this story to be very enjoyable, if somewhat juvenile.

The chemistry between Chas and Tate is through the roof and they can tear up the sheets with the best of them.  But, there is also a sweetness to them – again, their relationship is almost juvenile in that shy, timid way.  Overall a very enjoyable read.

AvidReader

FourStars

Charles (the brat) gets booted out of college for getting caught cheating…again, but I guess this time he really didn’t do it. His father is an A-grade asshole of course, who forces a bodyguard on his son. The bodyguard is Tate. Hmmm, Tate. Sexy Tate.
Charles annoyed me at first, but I felt for the guy cause really, his parents suck. Well his dad does, but his grandmother is okay. They keep saying that the father does love his son, but I saw no proof of that. I liked the chem between Charles and Tate. I didn’t read the previous books, but it can be read as a standalone if you want.
Cookie

ThreeandHalfStars

Chas has had a lonely life, his mom died when he was young, he was shipped off to school and really had no friends. When he gets kicked out of school again he is sent home and forced to learn the family business. Being in a wealthy family also means there are dangers lurking and Chas needs a bodyguard. Tate is hired to guard Chas. This story had so much potential but fell a little short for me. At times the book was really wordy and most of it seemed really unimportant to the story so I found myself skimming. About 40% into the book is when action finally happens between Chas and Tate and it is smoking HOT. The whole drama with the spy in the house was so easy to figure out who it was, then what was going to happen when Chas decided to jump in full force at the family business. I think if the focus would have been more on Tate and Chas and them learning about each other it would have been a better book. Don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes were hot, but other than that, it was just an ok book.

Angie

ThreeStar

I did enjoy this, and I’m probably only disappointed because this is a Patrica Logan story, the third in a fantastic series and I expected more from it.

The premise is great. There’s a whiff of the Kevin Costner / Whitney Houston film surrounding former Marine Tate and his rich-boy charge Chas. There’s a wonderful chasm between the two men’s life experiences and Tate’s initial reaction to Chas’ privileged life is brilliant.

The connection between Tate and Chas is electric; the sex is hot, though vanilla and infrequent by Patricia Logan standards. The men are separated for various reasons for much of the story, so this remains an adventure with a little romance added in.

I enjoyed Chas’ grandmother. She offers some depth and balance to the story, bringing the entire cast of characters more fully to life.

The research and editing are poor. A simple Google search confirms that it is Eton, not Eaton that Chas attended. Boys attend secondary school in the UK at 11 years of age. And Eton is a boys’ school, not a boy’s school. Chas Fordham’s maternal grandmother would not be called Mrs. Fordham. Errors proliferate through the story and I honestly expect better from a Patricia Logan book.

The plot is also completely overblown. From obvious villains to dastardly double agents to half the US Marine Corps that descends, heavily armed, to protect private citizens on private property, to the extraordinary body count that doesn’t even seem to raise any official eyebrows – the writing just doesn’t start to compare to the subtle and complex story about art theft that started this series.

So – from any other author, this would be an enjoyable action-adventure romp. It just lacks the complexity and attention to detail I expect from Patricia Logan. Which is possibly a completely unfair judgement.

Sarah

Excerpt

Chas whirled on Tate, stalking up to him, probably having decided that he was the whole problem. Hell, Tate was totally fine with that. Better he hate him than his father. Hate was easy to handle but he was really surprised when he stopped right in front of him and shouted at him.

“You have no right to tell me how I should talk to my father, you… you cretin!” he screamed.

Tate was only slightly surprised as spittle flew out of Chas’s mouth when he spoke and he raised his hand. Is he gonna…?

Tate reached up and stopped Chas’s slap inches from his cheek as he viciously swung his hand toward him. Tate managed to grasp Chas’s wrist, stopping the blow and the action brought the young man flush up against his body. For a few seconds their faces were inches from each other and with all of Chas’s rage, the way his chest heaved with anger, Tate inexplicably felt his cock harden in his jeans. His fury is magnificent. Tate didn’t know whether he should stop the kid or just bend him over his father’s desk and fuck him right then and there and get it over with.

He let the thought slide through his mind for a few seconds as he stared into Chas’s magnificent angry amber-colored eyes. It’s probably not the right time… more’s the pity.

Tate hesitated only a second and then tore his gaze away from the man’s, bringing Chas’s arm down and then around the man’s side so that he was forced to turn his back on Tate. Chas cried out as Tate deftly brought his hand up between his shoulder blades, causing him to bend forward to take the pressure off or have his arm snapped in the process. A second later, Chas’s knees gave out and he dropped to his knees on the thick carpet to relieve the pressure on his arm.

Tate bent over him, still holding Chas’s fingers up behind his back with one hand. He laid his hand on the back of the young man’s neck, pushing his forehead firmly to the floor with the other hand.

“Ah! You’re hurting me!” Chas gasped out, drooling down toward the carpet beneath him. His body was shuddering but all the fight had gone out of him and he suddenly went boneless as his body relaxed.

Tate leaned down to speak softly at his ear. “No hitting. No slapping. No getting physical of any sort. That clear?” Go ahead. Fight me, you little fucker. I’ll have your jeans around your ankles and my dick up your ass so fast, you won’t know what hit you.

A second later Chas gave an almost imperceptible nod. His chest was heaving and Tate thought he heard a sob come out of the man as he grunted in pain again.

“Okay,” Chas finally ground out through gritted teeth, “Let me up.”

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4 stars for Transformed: San Francisco (Charley & Electra #1) by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey @suzannefalter #Trans #Thriller #BDSM

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Title: Transformed: San Fransisco (Charley & Electra #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey (New Heights Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 9th, 2016 — 214 pages

Synopsis

Charley McElroy is a handsome, well-heeled travel writer and CIA informant who also happens to be an F to M transman. And he’s having a midlife crisis.

Charley gets suspended by the Agency after forgetting to pay his taxes. Only days earlier, yet another marriage proposal has been spurned. In his grief and confusion, Charley befriends Electra, a high-powered Manhattan socialite-turned-dominatrix rebuilding her life in San Francisco. Then he meets Frankie, a disgruntled lesbian police sergeant who has been demoted by the SFPD for being a whistle blower.

Together they uncover a Christian fundamentalist’s lethal plot to destroy the ‘hedonists’ of San Francisco. Yet, neither the SFPD nor the CIA will take the threat seriously due to the trio’s outsider status.

Can they get anyone to listen to them? Or are they on their own?

Find out in this funny thriller filled with San Francisco’s spectacular scenery and inimitable, quirky characters.

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FourStars

I had a little trouble getting into this book, to tell the truth. Then I sat down and really got past whatever my little hang-up was about, and ended up getting sucked into a great story. There are several themes going on here in addition to the big plot about domestic terrorism. Charley and Pamela – excuse me, Electra, both have issues with being who they are inside. Charley is a transman whose Grandfather accepted him for who he was inside and helped him start his transition at the extremely early age of 10. I wish every trans person out there had somebody in their life like Charley’s Grandpa. Charley has grown up as a male, but he still hasn’t done the last thing to make his change complete – bottom surgery. He lists several reasons for this, most of them pertaining to the fact that the surgery isn’t perfect and there’s a chance he won’t come out of it with functioning body parts. And there’s a lot of scarring involved on other body parts if he goes through with it. He’s contemplating it again, because it seems that his lack of a male appendage is heavily impacting his love life. Electra is trying to find herself after a messy public divorce that included extremely private details about her being a Domme with some of her friends’ husbands. She’s moved to San Francisco to start over in a more accepting environment, only to find that acceptance absent in the circles she moves in. Until she meets Charley.

The two hit it off, in spite of several things, including a significant age difference. There are sparks between them, but Electra tries to ignore them because Charley’s so much younger than she is, and Charley is hesitant because he fears rejection when he reveals to Electra just what kind of man he is. Into this fragile beginning come Frankie and Randy. Frankie is a SFPD sergeant who’s been blacklisted by the corrupt cops she was supposed to be exposing. Randy is a religious fanatic who’s decided the Lord has commanded him to bring His righteous wrath down onto the heads of all those San Franciscan degenerates. When Randy meets Electra, he decides that her murder would be the perfect opening salvo in his moral religious war. Charley, Electra, and Frankie are all that stand between Randy and his goals.

Interestingly enough, there are book club questions at the end of the book that are there to help readers discuss things about the book. I read through some of them and found the questions fascinating, and my answers a bit revealing. I’d love to discuss the book in a book club setting. That would be awesome! Of course, I’d have to be part of a book club first, and second, it would have to be a book club that would read and discuss this type of book.

This book was engaging and entertaining, and kept me turning page after page. It forced me to look at some of my own attitudes and biases. I might not have all of them resolved, but reading more and learning more helps me keep opening my mind and breaking down barriers. I am very much looking forward to another book in this series. I love how the relationship develops between Charley and Electra and I love the ending. I want to know more about what happens next for Frankie, even though she isn’t exactly a main character. I definitely want to read more.

~AmyP

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4.5 Star Review for Strength in Numbers (The Game Players #2) by Brad Vance (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Thriller @BradVanceAuthor

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Title: Strength in Numbers (The Game Players #2)
Author Name: Brad Vance
Publication Date & Length: February 9, 2016 – 192 pgs

Synopsis

They’re back! In their first adventure, Marc Julian, software billionaire, and Jesse Winchester, hacker extraordinaire, survived the evil plans of the Krom brothers and Jesse’s first lover, Chip. But Jesse has old debts to pay to Russian gangster Leonid Ivanov. Now Leonid is calling in those debts, demanding that Jesse find a great treasure for him, and a new game is set in motion…

The mysterious “Satoshi,” creator of the cybercurrency Bitcoin, has been hiding $375 million worth of the currency for years. But now, he has chosen to start a quest for the keys to the Hoard, and he who controls the keys controls the fortune. And this will be a quest that will test the strength, the will, and the character of those who pursue it.

But Marc and Jesse aren’t the only ones on the hunt, as old enemies resurface to try and beat them to the treasure… And even if they reach it first, they must ask themselves – do they really want to give a Russian gangster $375 million to pursue his deadly enterprises? And what would be the consequences if they don’t?

The pursuit will take them from Andorra to Barcelona, through the museums of Tokyo, the streets of Buenos Aires, and the coast of Mexico, in a desperate and dangerous race to keep the fortune in digital gold from the hands of all their enemies…

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FourandHalfStars

Vance did not disappoint with this story.  While there was far less BDSM in this story, the undertones were far reaching.  You are once again thrust in to a story where Marc and Jesse are fighting for their lives.  However, it is much more along the lines of a mystery treasure hunting experience than one of danger.

With the bad guys hot on their tails, it’s up to Jesse and Marc to figure out the clues to save the bitcoin empire.

There is still steamy scenes, a good connection and chemistry between Marc and Jesse, but with the added characters of Ryan and the bad guys, this story really took on a different depth.  Vance was able to draw the story around and around, twisting, winding and plotting until the very end.

I really enjoyed this story and was happy that I got to see more about Marc’s past hurts – what drives him.  I think that expanded my understanding of him that much more.

Overall a very fun treasure hunt!

AvidReader

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEWS: TWO 5 stars for 24/7 by Yolanda Wallace #FF #thriller #romance

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Title: 24/7
Author Name & Publisher: Yolanda Wallace (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 — 240 pages

Synopsis

Finn Chamberlain is a travel writer with more passport stamps than friends. Her career keeps her constantly on the go, leaving her precious little time for relationships. And that’s just the way she likes it—until a charged encounter with a beautiful stranger causes her to call her unsettled life into question.

Luisa Moreno is an officer with the Mexican Federal Police. Her chance meeting with Finn Chamberlain was supposed to be a one-time thing, but it leaves her wanting more. When Finn’s life is threatened, it’s up to Luisa to save her. Will Luisa’s rescue attempt be successful, or will she lose much more than her heart in the process?

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FiveStars

Finn is a travel writer on her way to Cancun to write a story on an all-lesbian holiday tour when she meets Luisa at the airport bar. Luisa is a federale, a Mexican cop, and about to start a new job in Mexico City. They are immediately attracted to each other and end up spending the afternoon in a hotel room really getting to know each other! Once they reach their separate destinations they keep in touch by phone and find out they are both caught up in a war between the drug cartels and the federales.
I enjoyed the deepening of their fledgling relationship by phone and how they both knew they had met ‘the one’. Luisa is investigating her predecessor’s murder and doesn’t know who to trust. Finn meanwhile is getting to know the ladies on her tour and really begins to loosen up and enjoy herself. I loved how the author linked these two stories skilfully together and really upped the tension as the book went on. Both the love story and the case against the narcos were treated equally and this was a great strength. I felt Mexico was very well described and I could imagine exactly where Finn and Luisa were. The contrast between the rich tourist areas and the extreme poverty of the ordinary people was vivid and the fear of the populace regarding the cartels was evident. I also loved the ladies on the tour. They were such a varied bunch and well crafted.
The last quarter of the book was hell-for -leather, with the excitement cranked up and revelations galore. A really great story, with a couple of very interesting lead characters. I hope they come back in a sequel.
~Kitty Kat
FiveStars

An exciting, original and explosive read. This book has you hooked and enthralled from the first to the last page.  The two leading characters are both strong charismatic women each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The plot is spell binding and so unpredictable. The speed and drama which both women encounter keeps you both engrossed and totally captivated.
As the novel goes at breakneck speed towards the conclusion I found myself totally transfixed, then just as you think the turmoil is over you are hit with yet another cliff hanger.
Along with the exhilaration of the chase and the unfolding mystery is a beautiful and gentle love story tenderly and believable unfolding. This gives such extra depth and emotion to an already incredible book.
I can thoroughly recommend this well written powerful and sensational novel. Ms Wallace says she is not a professional writer, after reading this creative and imaginative book I would certainly beg to differ!!! I hope she produces many more books of this ilk.
~Chris

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Pre-Release Review: 5 stars for Dian’s Ghost by Justine Saracen #FF #Thriller #environmental

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Title: Dian’s Ghost
Author Name & Publisher: Justine Saracen (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 — 264 pages

Synopsis

Dana Norland shoots two men in cold blood and flees the US for the mountains of Rwanda. Posing as a biologist, she finds herself caring for gorillas with Kristen, Dian Fossey’s successor at the Karisoke research center. She has plenty of time to think about what she’s done, but can she find peace? Apparently not, for the mountain is haunted both by the ghost of Dian Fossey, and by the men who murdered her. Personal vendetta joins with genocide, and to flee the marauding butchers, the women hide in the rainforest. Among the mountain gorillas they once protected, they learn what justice is. And what it is not.

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FiveStars

I found this novel difficult to classify re genre as in all honesty I could not call it an f/f novel. This novel is one of the most special and hard hitting novels I have read in a long time. Ms Saracen, apart from being a brilliant author, has obviously researched her subject extensively.
The plight of not only the Gorilla’s but the rarely mentioned political turmoil that Rwanda was subjected too was told through a mixture of hard facts and history. Facts were clear and those character’s mentioned real the fiction was the loving relationship between Dana and Kristen. This relationship was so entwined with reality that one could not be separated from the other. The fiction allowed the story to be told for the benefit of readers like me whose only knowledge of Silver Backs was from watching the film of Dian Fossey.
This incredible book was a revelation. At times it brought me to tears, at others times it just brought the Silver Backs to life, at other times I was appalled at the way one human can treat another. This fascinating and astounding book is one that anyone who cares about animals, who cares about equality and who believes in morality cannot fail to be impressed by.
The impression this book  had on me will remain with me. Although it covered a very difficult and at times heart rending subject it was told in such a sympathetic and engaging way it was an enjoyable as well as an educational pleasure to read. I for one cannot recommend this book enough and I look forward to reading further book by this dynamic author.
~Chris

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4 Star Review for Angakok by David Alan Morrison #MM #Thriller @davidalanmorris

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Title: Angakok
Author Name & Publisher: David Alan Morrison (Booktrope)
Publication Date & Length: November 19, 2015 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

San Francisco, 2005: A drunk driver takes the lives of two strangers: Dane and Victoria. They don’t stay dead.

San Francisco, 2006: Dane barely remembers the night he died. He suffers from chronic insomnia, relieved by short bursts of fitful sleep filled with dreams of a mysterious red headed woman. Through her eyes, he watches as she murders random people, powerless to stop her.

Victoria remembers everything. She remembers her death, the journey through the darkness and the shining pedestal holding the Akashic Records. She remembers learning how she and Dane are not strangers; they share many lifetimes spanning back hundreds of years. In each of these lifetimes she was murdered and vows to take revenge on her killers.

When mystic Mrs. Jeremy discovers the connection between the two, she learns Dane must be the one to stop Victoria and balance the Karmic scales. Now Dane must race against time to prevent Victoria from killing his life partner, Jake, who’s next on her list.

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FourStars

So while I loved the authors pretense of this story and the characters I have to be honest and say there were just so many weird and confusing parts in this book too.

Dane and Victoria die when they are hit by a drunk driver but they do not stay dead and what happened to Dane might destroy his relationship with Jake.

There were a lot of paranormal aspects in this book which I loved and on the edge of your seat moments where you hold your breath hoping for the best for these characters too. But there was also parts that were just so confusing and I really had a hard time figuring out what was going on.

You get action and suspense in this book, you will also get mystery too while Dane and friends try to figure out who or what is behind everything that is going on. I am just so on the fence right now on how I feel about this book.

So I will leave this review with I liked this book but I sadly just did not love it due to the confusing and weird parts I am still trying to figure out…

Kara

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