Category Archives: Series Books

Double Down (Ozark Magic #1) by N. J. Young

Double Down by N.J. Young is a Contemporary Romance Ménage with a Mystery and Suspense story that will keep you turning the pages.

It is recommended for adult readers and can be read as a standalone novel.

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My Four Star Review:

Double Down is a very hot and sexy erotica ménage with a really wonderful suspense story thrown in. I absolutely adored Izzy and the brothers Graham and Chris. I will admit, there were several times I wanted to smack Graham in the head for being an idiot but I did love the idiot.

The mystery was action packed with an ending that revealed some interesting stuff. Overall, it was a well written, fasted paced story, with characters that kept me turning the pages.

This is the first book I’ve read by NJ but it will not be the last.  I would highly recommend Double Down and look forward to reading more from this author.

Book 2 – Fierce Temper – Tess and Milo’s story is available now.

More about Double Down:

“Izzy Craig might live in a town called Magic, but her life is anything but. After nursing her beloved grandfather, he has passed away, leaving her to manage a busy lake resort and an unrequited crush on the town’s sheriff, Graham Nolan. Things start to look up when Graham’s estranged brother Chris comes to town. If she can’t have one handsome Nolan man, maybe his twin will do.

Graham’s feelings for Izzy have always been complicated . . . and intense. When he realizes that his brother has encroached on his territory, he’s not sure if he can deal. They’ve tried sharing a woman before, and that ended in heartache for everyone. But when Izzy’s sketchy uncle enters the picture, Graham’s cop senses go on high alert. He may very well have to trust his brother, Izzy, and himself, if he wants to keep the woman he loves safe.”

Find N. J. Young here: Facebook, Evernight PublishingInternet, Goodreads, Amazon.

I received a copy of this book directly for the publisher.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

Curious Minds (A Knight-Moon Novel #1) by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton is a Romantic Comedy with some mystery and the first book in A Night-Moon series.

I recommended this book for readers 16 years and older.

Curious Minds is available August 16, 2016.

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My FIVE Star Review:

I love a well written romantic comedy that makes me laugh right out loud and Curious Minds totally fit the bill.  You first meet Riley Moon, a 28 year old Harvard Business and Harvard Law school graduate working as a junior analyst for a large mega bank.  It’s her second week of work and she is tasked with visiting Emerson Knight, the owner of the biggest mansion in Washington, DC, who also recently inherited his family fortune.  The kicker is, everyone considers him a “nutcase.”  What’s her job?  Convince Mr. Night that his fortune is perfectly safe within their bank.

Riley literally walks into the eccentric and aloof Emerson Knight and what are her first words? “Crap on a cracker.”  Emerson is gorgeous, 6ft 2in of lean man, wavy dark hair, dark eyes and looking like a romance cover model come to life.  When Emerson apologized to Riley for her stabbing him in the foot with her high heel shoe by saying, “Entirely my fault.  I was exercising my power to cloud your mind, so you couldn’t see me.,”  I knew I was going to love this character!  Emerson’s dialog is so very entertaining that it alone keep me turning the pages.

These two characters go on an adventure with several twits and turns and amazing additional characters in between.  I enjoyed Curious Minds so much I truly didn’t want it to end and I’m looking forward to reading more adventures with Riley and Emerson.  I would highly recommend this book.

About Curious Minds:

“Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.”

Check out Janet’s website for a sneak peek at chapter 1 here:  http://www.evanovich.com/curious-minds-excerpt/

Find Janet Evanovich here: Facebook, Internet, Goodreads, Twitter, Amazon.

Find Phoef Sutton here: Facebook, Internet, Goodreads, Twitter, Amazon.

Pick up your copy of Curious Minds today at Amazon: https://amzn.com/B01CBLURCG

I received a copy of this book directly from NetGalley.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

 

 

Thoughts about: You by Caroline Kepnes

You by Caroline Kepnes is a mystery suspense psychological thriller so chilling you can’t help but keep turning the pages!

Recommended for readers 18 years and older.

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Thoughts by Leisha: Five Stars!

I LOVED this book. I can honestly say that this has become one of my favorite books of all time. ‘You’ centers around Joe Goldberg who works at a bookstore in NYC, which is where he meets Guinevere Beck or just Beck as her friends call her. Beck is an aspiring writer and lives and breathes social media. I don’t want to say too much more and spoil anything about this book – it’s just THAT good. One of the things I really enjoy about this book is that it’s told from Joe’s POV, which makes it deliciously creepy. You feel like you’re right next to him, watching and listening to everything going on and everything’s he’s doing.

There is another book after this one titled ‘Hidden Bodies’ but I HIGHLY recommend reading ‘You’ first. I also own the Audible version. As a matter of fact, I joined Audible just to get this book! It’s most definitely a must-read!

More about You:

“When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.”

~Leisha

Into the Nothing (Broken Outlaw Series Book 1) by BT Urruela

Into the Nothing is the first solo novel by BT Urruela and is a Contemporary Romance with some Military and Mystery/Suspense thrown in.  This book has it all: wonderful writing, a sexy leading man, a strong and independent leading woman, romance, a loving family, a little mystery, amazing military men and a loving dog!!

It is intended for readers 18 years and older.

Thank you, BT Urruela, for your military service.

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My Five Star Review:

So a friend of mine asks me if I’ve read BT Urreula‘s book.  My first reaction was, “you mean the really good looking military man, with the great body, excellent tattoos, and keeps popping up all over social media?”  Yes that’s the guy.  To be honest, I’m not really sure what I was expecting when I picked up Into the Nothingbut I was pleasantly surprised at how much I truly enjoyed it.  To me, it was obvious it was written by a man (because let’s be honest, they speak completely different than woman do) but it was refreshing and exiting at the same time.

From the moment I met Xander, I absolutely loved him.  He is your typical alpha male but he also has this softer caring side that was wonderful to read.  He’s been traveling for nine years working his way someplace so he can find closure on his past.  Along the way he runs into Paige Watson and her family.  Paige is a feisty woman who I immediately thought was perfect for Xander.  They did quite a bit of “dancing” with a great deal of sexual tension going on between these two characters and since this is a romance you can imagine where the “dancing” finally leads.   Paige’s written voice was very similar to Xander’s with the use of strong language and some male jargon but to me I thought it fit this woman’s personality. Paige goes through a really rough patch towards the end of this book and my heart was breaking for her but I was very happy with how the book progressed.  (And that’s the only spoiler you’re going to get from me.)

BT takes you on several twists and turns throughout the book and you meet some great secondary characters that I’m hoping pop up in the second book.  To me this book did not leave me with a cliffhanger feeling.  The initial story ends but it’s obvious BT has more story to tell.  I’m looking forward to reading the second book in his Broken Outlaw Series.

About Into the Nothing

“Xander Evans has been on the road for many years. Never settling. Always moving from one place to another, unable to let go of his past. He lived a tragic childhood, spending most of those years in foster care. He’s never felt like he’s had a home. That is until he stops in the small town of Truman Valley, Missouri, where he meets a woman who will change everything he’s ever known.

Paige Watson has it all. A loving family, beautiful home, and a great career. The only thing she’s missing….is love. After escaping an abusive relationship, she opens her heart up to a stranger. He is unlike any man she’s ever met. He came into her life and turned it completely upside down. Everything is perfect. That is, until one fateful night.

A night that would tear the Watson family apart, never to be put back together again.

A night that would send Xander away to prison for life.”

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Want to know more about BT Urruela?  Click here: http://www.bturruela.com/about/

You can also find him here:  FacebookTwitterAmazonGoodreads

Pick up your copy of Into the Nothing on Amazon.

You can find other male romance writers over on Facebook in the Romance & Erotica Author Fraternity group page.  It currently has 8 male authors who love to interact with their fans.  It is a hilarious group, so plan to laugh a lot, and it’s also one of my favorites.

Check out BT’s first book co-written with K.L. Grayson – A Lover’s Lament

BT is also the Brand Ambassador and & Co-Founder of VetSports. Find out more here: http://www.vetsports.org/

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

 

shelter Me (A Shelter Novel-Book 1) by Stephanie Tyler

shelter Me is the first book in a new Trilogy by the amazing Stephanie Tyler.  It’s a contemporary romance suspense/mystery and filled with secrets, well defined characters and of course romance.   shelter Me grabbed me right from the very first page, it sucked me in and never let me go!  I am in desperate need of the second book, pieces of Me!!

Recommended for readers 18 years and older.  Shelter Me is available July 25, 2016.

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My FIVE Star Review:

Cathryn “Ryn” Taylor is an up and coming artist who has no memory of the first 17 years of her life.  As with many artists, she gets lost in her painting for hours at a time and that’s just how she likes it.  She’s a strong female who can defend herself but she’s still considered the “crazy artist.” Her best friend, Brayden, owner of his own art gallery and who has been selling Ryn’s paintings for a few years, wants her to come to NYC for her very own showing.  Brayden is her family and he goes out of his way to keep her protected.

Lucas Caine is a complete mystery.  He’s gorgeous, danger vibrates off him in waves, violence surely follows him, he has alpha male written all over his body and facial features but Ryn can’t seem to get him out of her system.  It turns out, Lucas can get Ryn out of his system either.  The chemistry between these two characters is off the charts hot!

As with any of Stephanie’s novels, the writing is amazing.  She paints such a clear picture of what’s happening and weaves a story together so well that I couldn’t help but get pulled right in.  Her characters are very well developed and keep you guessing throughout the book.  Secondary characters play a very big role in this book and that’s something I truly love in a novel.

Shelter Me is the first in a trilogy and the ending left me wanting the next book immediately.  I wouldn’t say it was a “cliff hanger” ending because the story unfolds with each chapter but it definitely leaves you wanting more of this intriguing story.  I will say that it’s obvious to me that you must read this book before any others in the series.

I absolutely love Stephanie’s story telling style and I would highly recommend all of her books.

More about shelter Me:

“There are ghosts in my past—ghosts I can’t recognize.

My painting heals me, but Lucas Caine has made me come alive. My past could take both those things away forever. What started out as an undeniable need to create was quickly turning into danger as my longing for memories fed the rough canvases I filled.

Falling for Lucas will force me to revisit my lost memories—and possibly lose myself, my art, and him in the process.

And now he has me skating the thin edge between desire and fear as I use a past I don’t remember to leverage a future I’m not sure I want.”

Excerpt:

“I’m prickly with sensation as goose bumps rise on my skin.  Blood rushes, pounding a beat between my ears until it’s all I hear.  The scene in front of me plays out, wordless.  Soundless. Silent slow motion.

And there’s nothing but a palpable danger vibrating through me.  My skin crawls, throat tightens.  I’ve backed up to the bricks which scrape along my jacket, almost catching me to the surface.

It’s like I’m watching something with another layer over it, an overexposed negative of one thing superimposed over another.

In front of me, Lucas is fighting three men.

But in my overexposed memory, I’m fighting someone – something else, even though Lucas isn’t letting any of these men near me.

A sob racks through me but I stifle it.  I need to be strong.

Activity resumes at its normal volume.  The gauzy curtain lifts to reveal real life and I see and hear the fight happening inches form me.  The sounds of bodies scraping against concrete and fists making contact with flesh and bone overwhelm my already fragile senses.

I look down and realize that, at some point, I’ve pulled the knife out of my bag to protect myself in case they come near me, but Lucas was fighting like he could take all of them.

And he could. Because he did.”

Want to read more?

Head over to Stephanie’s website to read Chapter 1.  http://stephanietyler.info/books/shelter-me/

Reading Order: 

shelter Me – Book 1 – Amazon Link – releases July 25, 2016

pieces of Me – Book 2 – Releases November 2016

Book 3 – Releases January 2017

Find Stephanie Tyler HereFacebook, Internet, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Heart Strike (Delta Force Book 2) by M. L. Buchman

Heart Strike by M. L. Buchman is an action packed, military suspense romance with an explosive ending and lead characters you can’t help but fall in love with.  This is book 2 in the Delta Force series and you can absolutely read it as a stand alone, which is what I did, but I do plan to pick up book 1 – Target Engaged.

Heart Strike Releases August 2, 2016

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My Five Star Review:

This book has it all, strong Delta women in leading roles, strong Delta men trying to keep up with them,  a mission, action packed gun fights, explosions, team conflict and let’s not forget the hot and steamy falling in love part.

M. L.’s writing is amazing.  He puts so much detail into his stories that I always have a clear picture of the action and the scene before me.  It is fast paced, the writing is easy to follow and it always leaves you wanting more of his stories!

I immediately loved Melissa “The Cat” Moore. She has a tough mission coming onto an established team and trying to determine how she fits in.  This is also the team with the first female Delta Operator, Carla Anderson.   I loved how the woman hit it off right away but I think that had a great deal to do with Carla.  (Who was featured in the first book Target Engaged and who I need to read more about.)

Now Richie Goldman, the smartest soldier in the world (in my opinion), Mr. Geek who basically has a head full of knowledge and is also a major warrior, completely stole a place in my heart.  I absolutely enjoyed this character and watching him fall in love with Melissa.  His scenes are so much fun to read and I love the way his mind works. The Unit is extremely lucky to have him on their team.

As you can probable figure  out, I enjoyed this story and I highly recommend it.  Grab it, take it to the beach this summer, you will not be disappointed.

More about Heart Strike:

DELTA FORCE: The deadliest elite counter-terrorism unit on the planet
• A precision strike force
• The most out-of-the-box thinkers in any military
• Will die to get the mission done

SERGEANT RICHIE “Q” GOLDMAN: The smartest soldier on any team
SERGEANT MELISSA “THE CAT” MOORE: Newest on the team, determined to be the best

Rescued from an icy mountaintop by a Delta operative, Melissa Moore has never met a challenge she can’t conquer. Not only she will make Delta Force, she will be the best female warrior in The Unit, and woe to anyone who says otherwise. Technical wizard Richie Goldman is Bond’s “Q” turned warrior. A genius about everything except women, he takes point on the team’s most dangerous mission yet. When the Delta Force team goes undercover in the depths of the Colombian jungle, surviving attacks from every side requires that Richie and Melissa strike right at the heart of the matter…and come out with their own hearts intact.

Find M.L. Buchman here:  Internet, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter.

Reading order and Links to Amazon: 

Target Engaged – Delta Force book 1 – https://amzn.com/B011SPAJ74

Heart Strike – Delta Force book 2 – https://amzn.com/B01G5UCXM6

 

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

 

Devil and The Deep (The Deep Six Book 2) by Julie Ann Walker

Fast-paced, action-packed, romantic suspense with sexy ex-Navy SEALs, strong woman and the search for buried treasure.  The search for the Santa Cristina continues in Devil in the Deep the second book in Julie Ann Walker’s Deep Six series which is a spin-off series from Julie Ann’s popular Black Nights Inc.

Release Date:  July 5, 2016

Recommended for readers 18 years and over.

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My FIVE Star Review: 

Devil in the Deep is the story of Brando “Bran” Pallidino (Ex-Navy SEAL and Madison “Maddy” Powers (daughter to the owner of the largest oil company in the US) but you also get a nice dose of Mason McCarthy (Ex-SEAL) and Alexandra “Alex” Merriweather (an educated historian and historian translator) in this book as well.   Devil and The Deep starts 3 months after the first book Hell or High Water.  Six former SEALs join forces to search for the Santa Cristina and the vast treasure she carries in her big belly deep below the sea.  In book one, the search is full on but in this second book, we take a little 24 hour break for some action and of course falling in love.

Bran and Maddy first met in Hell and High Water when Maddy’s father’s yacht was hijacked. Three months later and several e-mail messages back and forth, neither one of them can get the other out of their heads.  Adventure and danger seem to follow Maddy wherever she goes and brings these four amazing characters on an action packed ride.

Julie’s writing is truly amazing.  It is witty, refreshing and just all over fun to read.  The men are of course sexy and the women have no problem keeping the military alpha men in line.  This book didn’t get us any closer to finding the Santa Cristina but I still enjoyed every minute of it.

Mason and Alex’s characters added some amazing comedy to this story and I am so looking forward to their book and story.

Be sure to pick up and read the first book, Hell or High Water, before you dive into Devil and the Deep.  You don’t want to miss out on any of this adventure.

More about Devil and the Deep:

A COVERT MISSION
Maddy Powers’s life revolves around cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events – but she can’t forget the daring former SEAL who appropriated her father’s yacht a few months ago … or the scorching kiss they shared before he disappeared into the deep blue sea.

SPARKS A FLAMING DESIRE
Bran Pallidino carries a dark secret behind his lady-killer eyes – one that keeps him from pursuing a serious relationship with Maddy. But when she’s taken hostage during a trip to the Dry Tortugas, the men of Deep Six Salvage drop their treasure hunt for a sunken galleon and embark on a dangerous mission to save Maddy.

WITH EARTH-SHATTERING REPERCUSSIONS
As they fight her merciless kidnappers, they discover this isn’t a simple hostage situation, but something far more sinister. Passion boils between Bran and Maddy, but what good is putting their hearts on the line if they don’t survive the dawn?

Find Julie Ann Walker here:  InternetFacebookGoodreads

Reading order and Links to Amazon:

Hell or High Water Book 1 – https://amzn.com/B00Q571YD4 

Devil and The Deep Book 2 – https://amzn.com/B01AO207BU

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf