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Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti (Blood Brothers Book 2) #review

Rebecca Zanetti hits the mark again in this new Paranormal Romantic Suspense series Blood Brothers with her second installment, Lethal Lies.  Blood Brothers is a spin-off from her popular Sin Brothers series.

Lethal Lies is recommended for readers 18 years and older.

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My Five Star Review: 

Again, Let me start by saying I have not read any of Rebecca’s Sin Brothers books.  I have read just about every other book she has written but I just never picked up Sin Brothers. So my thoughts are, you don’t need to read Sin Brothers before you start the Blood Brothers Series.  I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything that may have happened in the other series.  With that being said, I would definitely encourage you to read Deadly Silence, Blood Brother Book 1 before picking up Lethal Lies.

This series highlights three brothers, Ryker, Heath and Denver who end up in the same boys home at the age of 12.  They may not be related by blood but to these three men are most definitely brothers and will do whatever is necessary to keep each other safe. Twenty years later and they are still together running Lost Bastards Investigative Services. The case they are working on continues where it left off.  I’m not giving anything away by saying each of these men is a bit different and not in a bad way.  You’ll need to read to find out exactly what makes them different.  Each brother also has a past with a childhood they are trying to understand and a woman that changes their life.

Lethal Lies is Heath and Anya’s story.  The investigation into the killings continues with a few twist and turns thrown in.  Heath has a tendency to want to save things especially beautiful women that usually gets him and his brother in hot water.  This particular book is very case driven and I really enjoyed that.  Don’t get me wrong, the heat and chemistry are there but it’s almost second to the investigation and the additional info on the brother’s pasts.

Rebecca is an amazing writer and I’ve enjoyed many of her series.  Her characters are full of depth, I always want to cheer them on, cry with them at times and generally fall in love with every single one.  I would highly recommend all of her books.

More About Lethal Lies:

A deadly secret can’t stay buried forever . . .

Revenge. It’s the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars-even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can’t do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones’s job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it’s personal. He knew the Copper Killer’s latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he’s all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath’s identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath’s every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they’ll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

Find Rebecca here:  WebsiteFacebookPinterestTwitterGoodreads.

Buy Lethal Lies here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Reading Order:
Deadly Silence (Book 1) – Amazon, My Review
Lethal Lies (Book 2) – Amazon
Twisted Truths (Book 3) – Amazon – Releases November 14, 2017

I received a copy of this novel directly from NetGalley.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

Happy Release Day Christopher Harlan and Calem! #releaseparty #giveaway

Happy Release Day Christopher Harlan.  His novel Calem is a Contemporary Romance with a Happily Ever After.  Pick it up today! 

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***CHRISTOPHER HARLAN RELEASE PARTY & GIVEAWAYS***

 CALEM”, Book 1 in Christopher Harlan’s brand new, New York’s Finest series, is live today on Amazon HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Calem-New-Yorks-Finest-Book-ebook/dp/B0757NLYPP/ Every purchase is worth 1 entry into the giveaways below.

About Calem: In Calem, the first of the New York’s Finest series from contemporary romance author Christopher Harlan, a renowned psychologist and an embattled NYPD detective join forces to end the city’s reign of terror, finding salvation and love in each other’s arms in the process.

Dr. Cordelia Summers is a brilliant psychologist. Well respected among her peers and patients alike, she lives only to help others with their problems. While consulting with her colleague on a case, she realizes that her feelings towards him are more than just friendly.

Enter Detective Calem Walters: brave, intelligent, and a reluctant hero, he’s the best the NYPD has to offer. He’s worked some of the city’s most dangerous cases and his latest may be the worst. His self-sacrificing nature calls him to duty, but he’s struggling with the stress of a failed relationship and the burden of a long chase with one of the worst criminals of his storied career. Can Cordelia help unburden him and help him catch the man who holds the city in his grasp? And does he share her romantic feelings?

A Happily Ever After (HEA) contemporary romance series with each book set in a different borough, the New York’s Finest series will follow the interconnected lives and loves of five NYPD officers. The events of book 1 take place in Manhattan. Book 2, Jesse, will be released in the fall of 2017 and will be set in Queens, the author’s home borough.

GIVEAWAYS: to be entered, all you have to do is purchase a digital copy of Calem, and post a screen shot that shows your purchase and your name (the ‘Thank You’ screen on Amazon) to the Pinned Post on his reader’s group, Harlan’s Readers, which you can join here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1801524903449899/ 

Grand Prize is 12 signed books from all the guys in the R&E frat; second prize is a signed and annotated copy of Calem with a bonus original story not published elsewhere, and 3 third prizes include signed copies of the Impressions Series (signed by Christopher & BT Urruela, who appears on the cover of book 2). All the prizes are valued higher than the book itself, so please enter to win. 

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His release party, which he’d love you to attend, is hosted by Bodacious Babes Blog (which you can join here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1582535312012385) from 6-9pm EST (or, 5-8pm CDT/4-7pm MT/3-6pm PDT). ALL the members of the Romance & Erotica (R&E) frat will be attending and posting, including: BT Urruela, Jackson Kane, Mickey Miller, Scott Hildreth, Chris Genovese, Seth King, Dereck Cromwell, and Rob Somers. Christopher’s slot will begin at 8:45pm EST (or, 7:45pm CDT/6:45pm MT/5:45pm PDT), where he’ll be going live to talk to everyone!

 CALEM on Goodreads (over 50 reviews and counting – at 4.7/5 stars)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36008737-calem

 First 2 chapters for free herehttps://www.instafreebie.com/free/Obsj2

 Christopher’s Other Work – The Impressions Series (books 1 & 2)

Impression of You (Book 1) – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXZOKD1  

Impressions of Me (Book 2) – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDSKVGP

Find Christopher Harlan Here: WebsiteGoodreadsAmazon, TwitterFacebook.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Natural Affection by Tristan Cruz #review

Natural Affection is completely different from anything I’ve ever read.  To me, it’s a Mystery/Futuristic Romance with an absolutely fascinating lead character and is a story filled with love.

I would recommend it for readers 18 years and older.

Natural Affection releases on September 11, 2017

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My Four Star Review: 

I haven’t read any of Tristan Cruz’s work, but I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Natural Affection and decided to read it.  This is Tristan’s second novel.  My spoiler free review follows.

The main character, Dr. Lennan Vincent, is a very interesting guy and his way of thinking is fascinating and unique.  Lennan’s life definitely revolves around a great deal of mystery and his ability to love is unmeasurable.   All he wants to do is save people, keep them alive, help them in any way he can, and try to make the world a better place. Lennan’s on a path, a mission he chose based on his thinking and how he wants to world to be.  Cora Vancova, the mother to 3-month-old Nayley,  has a tragic history and certain events put her directly into Lennan’s path. Lennan will tell you their worlds collided based on numbers that are alive and govern the universe.  (Just read the book and you’ll see what I’m talking about.)

You meet several secondary characters along the way.  A Detective Clark, who’s still dealing with the death of his son, and a young girl named Mira who’s in need of a heart transplant.  I found it interesting how differently Mira and Cora handled dealing with Isaac. All I’ll tell you about Isaac is, Isaac is based on vortex math and the golden ratio.  I feel like I received a crash course in mathematics while reading this book.  Have I peaked your interest yet?

I will admit this book does contain a “book trigger” for me and when I reached it, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do.  But I pushed through, continued to read, and I was very happy that I did.  This trigger plays a very big role in this story.

I love to take a chance on a new author by reading their words and I’m glad I read Natural Affection.  Tristan’s writing style is a bit different from other authors I’ve read but I truly enjoyed the complexity of this story.  Thank you, Tristan, for giving me the opportunity to read your book before it’s even published.

More About Natural Affection:

The past is not what interests Doctor Lennan Vincent. His concern has always lied in the present future and the life that would inhabit it. Trying to save every beating heart, and mankind from its own destruction, Doctor Vincent wages war against death in the hospital and outside of it. Dedicated only to his moral code, he never expects to fall in love with a woman whose life was hanging over a bridge.
Only the most tragic events invade the life of Cora Vancova, a simple yet astonishingly beautiful woman, and thrusts her already severed heart into the arms of a man who would fall to his death to save her.
Lennan’s noble life cause is suddenly in question upon saving the life of Cora, causing him to reflect on his dangerous course. Containing powerful secrets only he created, Lennan must decide to continue on his current path or leave it behind him to ensure the safety of Cora. Lying in the shadows of the past, however, exists a secret not even a brilliant mind like Lennan could have foreseen.
Set in the urban chaos of Manhattan, two people fall fiercely in love and try to escape what destiny has in store for them. Lennan, however, understands better than anyone that destiny is a lie.
Fate is the falsest of hopes.
He is beyond any prophecy.

About Tristan Cruz:

Tristan Cruz is a passionate story teller whose interests include photography and film, as well as 3D modeling, and design. He uses his knowledge of these interests to tell brilliant stories that are deeply layered. He utilizes every aspect of his talents to take full control of his writing. This spans from custom inside art to the book covers. With his background in photography and film, Tristan Cruz uses images as inspiration to tell his stories. The deeply layered story telling and poetic writing style will allow visualization of the images that were used for inspiration, impressing upon your mind a story not soon forgotten.
An image can speak a thousand words. One image can inspire thousands of words into one story.

Find Tristan Cruz here: Website, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Wicked Bite (The Realm Enforcers Book 5) by Rebecca Zanetti #review

Rebecca Zanetti  delivers another outstanding Paranormal Romance in book 5 of her Realm Enforcers series.  Wicked Bite is fast passed, action packed, full of fire, witches, enforcers, a few vampires, and let’s not forget a Bear.  It will leave you breathless and definitely want and need to read more.

Wicked Bite is available today and is intended for readers 18 years and older.

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My FIVE Star Review:

Let me start by saying this is book 5 of Rebecca’s Realm Enforcers Series.  You really need to read this series in order and I would also suggest reading Rebecca’s Dark Protectors (DP) series first as well.  (In my opinion, you don’t really need to read the Dark Protectors first, that’s why it’s just a suggestion, however, you will definitely get more joy out of the DP characters in the Realm series if you have a full understanding of them from the DP series.)

Now let’s talk about Beauregard McDunphy (Bear.)  I found out some very interesting things about Bear throughout this series and you definitely find out more in this book.  I know he does not like Witches or anything to do with the Coven Nine.  He doesn’t trust them, does not want to be near them, and wants them and everyone else to stay off his Motorcycle Club land.   In walks Nessa a witch who happens to be on the Coven Nine. I’m sure you can imagine, Bear is not happy with her appearing in his cabin but Nessa has a proposition that Bear really can’t turn down.  Nessa has quite a few secrets of her own and holy cow Rebecca, I didn’t see any of this coming!!!!!

This book is truly outstanding, the action is amazing, the writing is superb, the chemistry is off the charts for our lead characters and there are many appearances from the DP characters we all love!!

BRAVO Mrs. Zanetti!!  You keep writing them and I’ll keep reading them! I would highly recommend all of Rebecca’s books!

More About Wicked Bite:

As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Nessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Nessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . . .

Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Nessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it.

Reading Order for Realm Enforcers Series: 

Wicked Ride (Book 1) Click here to read my review.
Wicked Edge (Book 2) Click here to read my review.
Wicked Burn (Book 3) Click here to read my review.
Wicked Kiss (Book 4) Click here to read my review.
Wicked Bite (Book 5) Coming August 1, 2017

Start at the beginning with the Dark Protectors Series:  (Read before the Realm Enforcers Series.)

Fated
Claimed
Tempted – Novella
Hunted
Consumed
Provoked
Twisted – Novella
Shadowed
Tamed – Novella
Marked

Find Rebecca Zanetti here: WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreads.

A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Wicked Kiss (The Realm Enforcers Book 4) by Rebecca Zanetti #review

Rebecca Zanetti’s Paranormal Romance Wicked Kiss is fast passed, action packed, full of fire, witches, enforcers, and even a few vampires.  It will leave you breathless and definitely want and need to read more.

Wicked Kiss released July 4, 2017, and is intended for readers 18 years and older.
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My Five Star Review:

Another 5 stars for Rebecca Zanetti!  She does it again in this amazing novel filled with characters from both of her wonderful series, The Dark Protectors and The Realm Enforcers.   I really can’t get enough of these characters and I will definitely keep reading as long as she keeps writing them.

Adam is the smart witch, the strategist, follow Coven 9 rules kind of guy and is put to the test while working to rescue Victoria Monzelle.   Tori, on the other hand, doesn’t trust Adam Dunne and wants nothing to do with him.  Well … that’s what she’s telling herself, her body, on the other hand, wants to be as close as possible to Adam.

The story plot of the series continues with the hunt for the Apollo drug and is filled with action, adventure, and love.  Don’t worry, like all of Rebecca’s books, there is a happily ever after for this amazing couple.

If you are a paranormal lover, then I would highly recommend both of her series.

More About Wicked Kiss

Working as an informant for the DEA, Victoria Monzelle is used to living on the edge. But she’s not a big fan of getting kidnapped. And definitely not by a bunch of bad boy witches with fancy-colored fire to shoot at people. So when Adam Dunne shows up and claims to be a witch enforcer, she’s not going to put her life in his hands based on his word, no matter how smooth and smart and beautifully Irish his words sound. But on the run from a tribunal of witches, she isn’t going to make it far . . .

Before she knows it, Adam’s word is all that stands between her and execution. Sophisticated, just-gotta-ruffle-him Adam has vowed to make her his one eternal mate, wild and unpredictable as she is—to save her from a sentence of certain death. But Tori isn’t interested in being anyone’s pity date. And if they think she’s unpredictable now, they should see what’s coming next . . .

Reading Order for Realm Enforcers Series: 

Wicked Ride (Book 1) Click here to read my review.
Wicked Edge (Book 2) Click here to read my review.
Wicked Burn (Book 3) Click here to read my review.
Wicked Kiss (Book 4)
Wicked Bite (Book 5) Coming August 1, 2017

Start at the beginning with the Dark Protectors Series:  (Read before the Realm Enforcers Series.)

Fated
Claimed
Tempted – Novella
Hunted
Consumed
Provoked
Twisted – Novella
Shadowed
Tamed – Novella
Marked

Find Rebecca Zanetti here: WebsiteFacebook, TwitterGoodreads.

A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Enemy Within (The Executive Office #3) by Tal Bauer #releaseday #giveaway

Emeny Within is the 3rd book in this brilliant, outstanding political, military, romantic, mystery suspense/conspiracy series, The Executive Office, by Tal Bauer.  You MUST pick up books 1 and 2, Enemies of the State and Enemy of My Enemy, before digging into Enemy Within.

Enemy Within is not a standalone and you do NOT want to miss even a minute of this complex story!

This story is intended for readers 18 years and older.

Enemy Within releases today, March 28, 2017

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My FIVE Star Review:

How the hell do you review a book like this? Actually, How do you review a series like this one? Well …. My review will not include any spoilers and there are many of them. So let’s see if I can convince you to read it with this review.

First, let me say, I am completely blown away by the entire Executive Office Series.  From the very first book, Tal pulled me in with his amazing complex characters and a story full of adventure, suspense, and mystery.

I really loved how this series had two main characters, President Jack Spiers and Secret Service Agent Ethan Reichenbach, but all the secondary characters had a huge role in this story as well. All the characters played key parts all the way through each book. It’s a full ensemble cast!!  No need to wait for your favorite characters to get their own book, they are already in this one.

From the very first book, I knew Ethan and Jack’s love story was going to be one of my all time favorite romances and I was not wrong.  It was a true joy to watch the relationship between these two men change and grow in size with each book.  It would make me so happy if everyone in the entire world, no matter who they are or who they love, was able to find the kind of love and happiness these two men have.  I feel like I was lucky to be a part of it by reading this series.

Enemy Within was a heart pounding, mystery suspense, action packed adventure from beginning to end.  At one point I thought my heart was going to beat right out of my chest and in the next, it was being ripped in two.  I needed tissues to mop up my face on more than one occasion and then I couldn’t get the smile off my face.

This series is full of so much detail that the research had to be extensive.  I feel like I’ve learned so much about White House procedures, Russia, Russian Arctic, the Kara Sea, Saudi, and so much more.  I would highly recommend this series.  You will not be disappointed.

Thank you so much, Tal, for writing this story. I look forward to reading more of your stories in the future.

More About Enemy Within:

The White House, infiltrated.
The president, running for his life.
A traitorous general, intent on burning the world to the ground.

When everything falls apart, who do you trust?

President Jack Spiers fled Washington DC on the heels of a devastating attack on CIA headquarters, masterminded by one of America’s own, former General Porter Madigan. While the world believes Jack was killed in the bombing, he embarks on a wild infiltration mission, smuggling himself into occupied Russia to rescue the love of his life: former Secret Service Agent and First Gentleman Ethan Reichenbach.

Reunited, Jack, Ethan, and deposed Russian president Sergey Puchkov, along with President Elizabeth Wall—the only person left in Washington DC who Jack trusts—must work together. They piece together a desperate plan, hunting Madigan to the ends of the earth and the bitter frigidity of the Arctic, where Madigan’s world-shattering doomsday plan comes together.

Outnumbered, outmaneuvered, and outgunned, Jack, Ethan, Sergey, and the rest of the team struggle to put a stop to Madigan and his army. In the desolate extremes of the Arctic, their resolve, their strength, and even their love is tested, pushed to the absolute limits as choices must be made: choices that pit the fate of the world against the love in their hearts, and the loves of their life.

As the world crumbles around them, Jack and Ethan find themselves waging a war on two fronts—against an enemy they can see, and another, hiding within their ranks.

Who can be trusted when the enemy is within you?

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Reading order for The Executive Office:
Enemies of the State (#1) – link to my review herehttp://wp.me/p69RB3-gN
Interlude: First Noel (#1.5) – link to my review here: http://wp.me/p69RB3-S2
Enemy of my Enemy (#2) – link to my review here: http://wp.me/p69RB3-Jx
Emeny Within (#3) 

If you are like me and always looking for more of Ethan and Jack, be sure to check out Bauer Bytes on Tal Bauer’s Website.

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About Tal Bauer:

Tal Bauer writes LGBT fiction and romance, bringing together a career in law enforcement, trauma medicine, and international humanitarian aid to create dynamic characters, intriguing plots, and exotic locations. Tal’s stories weave together pulse-pounding adventure, cunning intrigue, and sweeping romance. He is happily married and lives with his husband and their Basset Hound in Texas.  Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.

Find Tal here:  Website, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords

Check out a Sneak Peek of Enemy Within by clicking here.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

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

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Enemies of the State, Special Edition by Tal Bauer #sale #2addition #addedscenes #99pennies

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Enemies of the State, Special Edition by Tal Bauer is AVAILABLE NOW on Kindle for $0.99!!

It has a new cover designed by the amazing Natasha Snow and has over 15,000 new words, new and expanded scenes, and character artwork. This is the special edition you don’t want to miss!

 

Reading order for The Executive Office:
Enemies of the State (#1) – link to my review herehttp://wp.me/p69RB3-gN
Interlude: First Noel (#1.5) – link to my review here: http://wp.me/p69RB3-S2
Enemy of my Enemy (#2) – link to my review here: http://wp.me/p69RB3-Jx
Emeny Within (#3)  – review coming 3/28/17

Find Tal here:  Website, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Goodreads

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf