Carnival of Darkness (FaeTAL #1) by Becca Moree

Carnival of Darkness (FaeTAL Series Book 1) by [Moree, Becca]

Title: Carnival of Darkness (FaeTAL #1)

Author: Becca Moree

Price: Free on Kindle $5.99 Paperback

Release Date: July 14, 2016

Description: Brett sold his soul to the devil. Only hell isn’t a fiery pit in the bowels of the earth. Hell is the Carnival of Darkness where the freak shows are real, the screams never end, and the girl of his dreams has become a part of his nightmare.

Charlee has been kidnapped by the freaks that run The Carnival of Darkness. If that weren’t bad enough, she’s harboring a secret that will put her life in even more danger should her captors find out. Now, she has a decision to make – keep her head down and wait on someone to save her, or fight to escape and get back to the ones she left behind.

Brett wants to trust Charlee with the reason he is working at the carnival, but she still has reservations about his intentions. Charlee doesn’t trust anyone, but Brett may be her only hope.

WARNING: This circus and the carnies within are FREAKS with extremely dirty mouths and minds that some may find offensive. COD is filled with dark, demented, horrific, depraved and disturbing things. If you aren’t into paranormal creatures as well as a bit of blood, guts and taboo things this book is not for you! (Trigger Warning)


Oh man. This book. It is DARK and demented. It is definitely NOT for the faint hearted or those that have trigger warnings such as abuse, rape and the like. I think Charlee is my favorite character outside Brett so far. She’s a strong woman who will do anything to protect her daughter’s life and secret while protecting her own secret as well.

The guys at the C.o.D are definitely freaks, minus Brett. I honestly think he’s going to have psychological damage going into the next book after everything he’s been through that we’ve read about in the book plus stuff we don’t know about!

I would highly recommend this book to those that like dark reads. My only issue with the book is that it’s so short at only 106 pages! 4*’s solid!

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Final Target (Dublin Mafia: Triskelion Team #1) by Zara Keane

Final Target (Dublin Mafia: Triskelion Team, Book 1) by [Keane, Zara]

Title: Final Target

Series: Dublin Mafia: Triskelion Team #1

Author Zara Keane

Release Date: March 14, 2016

Price: $3.99 Kindle/ Free KU $12.99 Paperback

Description: As a final job for his mob boss uncle, Lar Delaney agrees to eliminate one last target. Through the crosshairs of his sniper rifle, he realizes that his target is a former girlfriend—a woman who supposedly died five years previously.
Moira Collins is an intelligence agent whose cover has been shot to smithereens. When she finds herself on the wrong side of an assassin’s rifle, she’s appalled to recognize the only mark she ever let herself fall in love with.


Moira works for MI6. She had been undercover in Boston to try and find out if there were secrets being sold between the American and Irish communities concerning governments. Without knowing that her life would be in danger later, she was pulled a day before the pub she had been working at was shot up, resulting in several deaths.

On a leave of absence from MI6, Moira heads to Ireland where she decides to infiltrate Frank Delaney’s club to find information on the bombing that killed her mother, father and brothers. She knows her sister was alive and working in Ireland as a private investigator. She enlists the help of her sister who is very apprehensive about her showing up and not wanting to believe that they’re actually related at first.

Things go from bad to worse before the end of the book. I did NOT see the end of the book coming at all. There were several things I didn’t suspect in here.


Zara Keane is a new to me author. I happened to grab this book on Amazon when it was free on promo. I started reading it yesterday and finished it today. It pulls you in from the first page and keeps you captivated until the end. There’s murder, mystery, intrigue, love, hate, passion, and mistrust. The characters are believable with their feelings and reactions and thoughts. She creates a whole world that you can picture laid out in front of you and  you can see the story happening as you’re reading it. I was honestly surprised at some of the information in the book as well as the ending. Never saw it coming. Definitely my first 5* read of 2017!

I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series to see what happens next in the Dublin Mafia world and to see what happens to the Triskelion Team.

 

Deadly Intentions (Hardy Brothers Security #1) by Lily Harper Hart

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Deadly Intentions is the first book in the Hardy Brothers Security series by author Lily Harper Hart.


Amazon Description: Are second chances worth the risk?
Is a childhood crush something that can ever be fully realized?
James Hardy has everything he has ever wanted in life. Almost. After years spent in the military, he has opened his own security business and employed both of his younger brothers in a world he not only embraces, but enjoys. He likes the adventure. He likes the excitement. He certainly isn’t looking for anything more — until she walks through his door and changes everything.
Mandy Avery has harbored a crush on James Hardy for as long as she can remember — and her memory stretches far. She goes to the Hardy brothers out of necessity, but as soon as she sees James she realizes that old feelings aren’t so easily shoved to the side.
James wants to keep her safe. No, he needs to keep her safe — even though he isn’t exactly sure why. Someone is trying to hurt her, and that’s not something he can tolerate. She’s grown into the type of woman he’s drawn to, though, despite his own rule that dating clients is forbidden.
Mandy wants to find out who is threatening her, but being around James is more than she can bear. Something in her very being is propelling her into his arms — even though she knows her heart is at risk with every kiss.
James eventually gives in — and immediately regrets his rash actions. Unfortunately for him, it’s too late. He’s not willing to give her up — and he’s more than ready to die for her if that’s what it takes to keep her safe.
She’s unsure of their future, but Mandy can’t fight his pull. She’s lost — even before he’s ready for her to find him.
When things come to head, will James be able to save the only woman he’s ever really cared about? And will Mandy have enough faith to believe that what he’s offering is real?


James Hardy became a Marine right out of high school. He served a few years before leaving and starting a security company with his brothers Grady and Finn. One of the people that comes in for help is their little sister’s best friend, Mandy Avery. James hasn’t seen Mandy since he left.

Now she needs their help. She felt like she was being watched. And then someone tries to run her over twice in the courthouse parking lot. Someone broke into her home and went through papers in her office. Someone is out to get her. The police don’t believe her. They think she’s just making it up for attention.

James takes the case and gives her the “friends/family” discount, which is free. He starts crashing at her place to make sure she’s safe since her apartment is a break-in waiting to happen. When he sees the outline of someone standing on her patio during a rainstorm, he decides to move her into his place until the perp is caught.


I liked this book. Mandy is definitely my favorite character. She is sassy and real. She has no overt sense of the world owing her anything. She doesn’t want to be a bother to the brothers but does feel she’s in danger. Man, does she lay into James a few times and it is funny to read what she’s saying.

I read this book in a couple sittings. I wanted to read it straight through in one but alas, tiredness won out. There’s action, adventure and intrigue in this book. The person I suspected of everything is NOT who it ended up being and it really shocked me when I found out who it really was causing all the issues!

I like the author’s writing style. There were a couple small punctuation errors but other than that, her book was perfect in editing/grammar. Everyone who’s read my reviews before knows that editing/grammar/punctuation are a huge thing to me as a bad editor can lead your book downhill. That is not the case with this book and I was glad. I have several of the next books in the series and I can’t wait to sit down and read them as well.


Deadly Intentions Purchase Link

99 cents on Kindle

245 pages

Started: 11/25/16

Finished: 11/26/16

Purchased: 12/27/2014

Purchase Price: Free

The Dreadful Alchemist by Charles Z David

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Charles Z David is a new to me author that I enjoyed very much. I will definitely be looking forward to more books of his. The writing style is nice and being able to do the visualizations his words give you is amazing. Definitely an author to be on the lookout for!

This book does follow ISIS so if you have an issue with that, I suggest not reading it. ISIS wants Uranium-233 which is a new type of Uranium that can be created and isn’t monitored by anyone so that weapons of mass destruction can be made. They know they can’t send in an Arab looking citizen because they’ll be scrutinized the entire time they are there and won’t be able to pull off the heist. So they send in their Aryan looking friend, Ossi. Ossi is a very didicated Islamist and also happens to be very dedicated to ISIS. He went though many extremist groups before being inducted into ISIS and finding his place there.

Ossi has a natural “don’t mess with me” look that makes anyone and everyone avoid him unless necessary. Although, his appearance is the opposite of how he really is. He doesn’t mind that people leave him alone and actually prefers it. Materials start going missing from labs and hospitals across the area. Can the local teams find out who is taking it, what their plans are and stop them before they are able to pull them off? To find out the answers to these questions, you’ll definitely have to read this book for yourself. I HIGHLY recommend this thriller to readers.

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99 cents on Kindle

***I received a copy of this via Kindle in exchange for an honest review***

Trouble in Paradise by Lyle Howard

Trouble in Paradise

Amazon Description:

Even in Paradise things change…

All Cal Mackey wanted was to live out a peaceful existence and put his past in the rear view mirror. How better to live out his dream then to open a peaceful little bar in the Florida Keys? Far from the madness of war, Mackey lives his life on his own terms, mixing umbrella drinks for his customers and maintaining his anonymity.

But even in Paradise things change”…

Out of the darkness a mysterious ship docks behind The Paradise Shack and patrons begin to disappear.

What is the horrific secret that this vessel is carrying?

Now Mackey must rely on the set of skills he so desperately has tried to disavow. The conspiracy he will uncover will have more profound ramifications than just a few missing tourists. The ship’s purpose is more complex than he could ever imagine. A mission that is so unprecedented that Mackey will end up doubting his own loyalties.

No matter which side you find yourself rooting for, Trouble in Paradise will leave you wondering “what if?”

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From the first chapter I knew this was going to be a good read. In the first chapter we have two brothers aboard the vessel Rosalita. They are joined by at least three mercenaries and are searching for what amounts to a ghost ship. There have been stories over the years of the Nocturne but no one has actually been able to find it. When they think they’ve found it, it just turns out to be another freighter. But for some reason, their equipment doesn’t recognize these freighters. All of a sudden, the ghost ship Nocturne shows up in front of the Rosalita and after some quick thinking they manage to avoid being hit and demolished by the MUCH larger vessel.

This book will have you wanting more from the first page. I wasn’t able to put it down until I finished it and it only took me a couple hours to read it, including interruptions from my daughter.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

227 pages

I purchased this book 9/14/15 while it was free on promo.

Almost Perfect by Orly Krauss-Winer

Almost Perfect

Orly Krauss-Winer is an author that is new to me. The cover of the book captured my attention. Before even reading the description of the book, I knew that this was one that I wanted to read.

Alona is arrested on suspicion of murder of her ex-lover who happened to also be a colleague. Nili, her best friend and fellow attorney, accompanies Alona to the police station after she is detained at the law offices where they work. Tamara, one of their fellow friends and colleagues, was the one that was in a relationship with the deceased. The others in the office, who strived to keep a family atmosphere, wanted to all make sure she was okay. But she blacked out.

Meanwhile, Alona and Nili are at the police station where the chief is questioning Alona for a statement. He thinks that her answers are quite suspicious and it’s HIGHLY suspicious that the deceased was found in her car that was stolen but never reported so he arrests her. The officer in charge of the investigation works with Nili but not because he wants too. By her looking into the deceased past, she’s created a bit of a stir and has likely put herself in danger so he only works with her to keep her safe.

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This book was a great read. It will have you stuck to the screen reading from page to page and chapter to chapter. the characters are likable and the story flows nicely. I am loving the writing style of the author. While the story takes place in Israel, a place I’ve never been too, the author creates such a great description that you can’t help but to feel as if you’re actually there in Tel Aviv.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free with Kindle Unlimited

$12.93 in Paperback

360 pages

***Please note that I received this book free in exchange for an honest review***

Fire in a Haystack (Legal Thriller #1) by Erez Aharoni

Fire in a Haystack

I received this book at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

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Ofer Angel tends to be a trouble maker at school. Just the day before, his father was in the vice-principal’s office because he decided to moon some other students. His father didn’t yell at him or belittle him. Instead, they went out for pizza and had a nice day. Then before they separated ways his father slaps him across the face and tells him he needs to man up and quit acting like a child.

The next day, during a commotion in class dealing with a mouse, the vice-principal enters the room and requests for Ofer. He follows her and then she tells him that he needs to return home because there is something wrong with his father. He is escorted home and when he gets there, the apartment is packed. He learns of his father’s death. He overhears a few men talking and learns of his father doing some shady stuff. It was the shame of the shady dealings that led him to kill himself.

Fast forward ten years to the future. Ofer is now in his mid-twenties. He went to law school and is now an intern at a prestigious law firm. He is supposed to stay with a witness to a trail. The witness dismisses him and seeing no problem with leaving him alone, Ofer leaves. He waits in the hotel lobby for the witness, who happens to be one of the men he overheard talking about his father on the same day he perished.

Ofer gets a maid to open the room to the witnesses suite after bribing her with money and stating he’ll loose his job if he doesn’t get him there immediately. He stumbles around, not having a card to turn the light on. He turns over the witnesses suitcase and contents spill everywhere. The maid turns the lights on and they see the horror strung out before them. The man is in bed, naked with a female. Only problem is, the man is dead.

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I loved reading this book. I’m a fan of thrillers but if you make it a legal thriller, it’s much better. I like how the author spun this story. And especially to bring a disease into it that hasn’t been around in a long time. The characters, mainly Ofer, are easy to relate to and to understand. The world that is created through this book is amazing and you can actually picture the events happening and seeing them in your minds eye while reading. A great story and one that will be staying in my collection for the foreseeable future!

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375 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

The Right Wrong Thing by Ellen Kirschman

Right Wrong Thing

I received this book in hardcover edition in exchange for an honest review.

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This book is a great read. I received it in the mail yesterday and haven’t been able to put it down in my spare time.

Randy Spelling is female. She wants to be a police officer. It’s pretty much the only thing she’s wanted her entire life. Most of her family has been officers. Her father and brothers are in law enforcement as well. Her husband is a deputy in the sheriff’s office. So law enforcement is nothing new to her.

We open the book learning about Randy and her psych eval to become an officer of the Kenilworth PD. She passes all her tests with flying colors and nails the psych eval as well. She starts training and becomes a full fledged officer. In the meantime, elections for a new chief of police are underway. There are two candidates: one male (the one that has the backing of the police commission) and a female (who has the backing of the county board). The female candidate wins and starts her tenure in October.

Randy has been a officer now and is on nightshift, where all rookies start. Things go seriously wrong on this shift. Tom Rutgers, her partner, goes down to check out a man that’s laying face down. The man pops up, with a sword mind you, and starts slashing. This man and other homeless men try and get to Tom’s gun. Randy calls for help and then gets in the melee. There’s body parts everywhere and she’s pulled off the pile of people and someone tries to get her gun. She ends up running away.

No one wants to work with her now. They all think she froze up after calling for help. Tom admits she got into the melee but when she was pulled off, he didn’t see her again. So he knows she ran away. No one trusts her to not freeze and do her job or to be able to handle herself now.

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This book is awesome. It’s great to read a law enforcement based book that focuses on female officers. Most of the time, it’s a male officer. This one is packed with different characters, both of the male and female genders. There’s different events that happen in the book. Some you can see coming and a couple sneak up on you and slam you in the face. A great book to read with a strong female lead.

Available for pre-order
$14.95 Kindle

$19.86 Hardcover

One to Go by Mike Page

One to Go

I received this book in hardcover edition in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Tom Booker is an attorney. He’s running late one day to pick up his daughter and her friends to take them to a museum. He gets caught in the elevator by one of the senior partners who isn’t happy about him skipping out for a while on a Saturday, even though he says he’ll be back. He peels out of his parking spot and races to pick up his daughter and her friends, even though he knows he’s going to be late.

Deciding to do something stupid, he starts a text message while driving across a bridge. He ends up causing an accident and hits a van head on. In the van is his daughter and her friends. The van tips up and looks like it’s going to flip into the river below but everything pauses. Another truck is on fire but the flames and smoke are still. As Tom is trying to break into the van to get at least his daughter out and stop the van from flipping, two people run up to him.

They make a deal with him but he ends up thinking he’s crazy and imagined the deal. The scene is reset and the people in the van don’t die….at that moment. Two weeks later, the driver is brutally murdered. This throws him into action knowing that his daughter and her friends are next. This makes him come to terms of things he never thought he would have to resort too in his life.

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I really enjoyed this book. I read it over a few days when I was able too. This is a unique book. I’ve read books before where similar deals were made but never where the person’s family was in jeopardy of dying. This pushes the main character to think faster and react much swifter than in the other books once he realizes it’s not an idle threat. This book is easily read and flows easily from one event into the next. Definitely a crime novel worth reading.

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$7.99 Kindle

$20.31 Hardcover

313 pages

Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere

Phoenix

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Description: Jason Mondy’s world is unraveling.

He’s frustrated with his job.
And his most recent girlfriend has just walked out on him.
Even a simple trip home to find some rest leads his adoptive mother to
share a stunning secret she’s kept for over twenty-six years . . .

Jason has a brother he doesn’t remember existed.

Desperate and uncertain, Jason can only watch as
one by one the pieces of his life fall like dominoes.
The more he uncovers, the more everything he thought he knew
about himself and his past begins to turn to ash.

His truth isn’t true at all . . .

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The book starts off with a memory of a fire that happened a day before. Jason comes home and freaks out because there’s hardly anything left in the apartment. He can’t find his girlfriend anywhere. Somewhere in his mind he recognizes that she left but he’s too tired to deal with it. He goes to bed and sleeps for 18 hours, being woke up at the end by his dreams of the fire. He goes to the store and then decides to check his messages from the past two days since he unplugged his phone. He has over SEVENTY messages, most of them being reporters with a few being other firemen from his firehouse and his friends.

He calls back one of his friends that happens to be a police officer. The officer doesn’t like Kelly, Jason’s ex that took everything and left with no warning. He takes Kelly’s information and promises to do everything in his power to get Jason’s stuff back, one way or another. Jason goes in to work the next day. The captain pulls him into the office. He has a stack of messages there from reporters who want to talk to him really bad. Jason doesn’t want to do it and points out that another firefighter, who was a female, had been there as well. She had received no calls for interviews. Everyone wanted him.

The captain lets on that there’s some trouble coming for the firehouse. Jason needs to do the interviews to put a good light on them. The captain won’t let Jason know what the impending trouble is. Only that it’s not related to their problem fireman who is always  late and whom everyone hates and distrusts.

When Jason returns home after shift, all his stuff was back. His tv, bed, game stuff. Everything he wanted was back. Even though his place wasn’t big, he checked to make sure everything was back and that Kelly hadn’t been vindictive and set some kind of trap somewhere. With that, he falls asleep watching tv.

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All this is in the first chapter. The book gets better as it goes. I was enjoying reading this book. The characters are well-developed. Some of them seem like they could be fashioned after people the author really knows or has known. A great read!

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