5 Stars, Aisling Mancy, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Maryann, Shira Anthony

Review: A Solitary Man by Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy



Title: A Solitary Man

Authors: Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 304 Pages

At a Glance: Solitary Man is action packed, suspenseful, has lots of dangerous moments, and it deals with important subject matter as well.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.

Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the eleven-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in the heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.


Review: After the DEA causes the death of two young boys, Xavier Constantine makes a career change, from FBI agent to Deputy Sheriff.  He heads up the Crimes Against Children Task Force in Dare’s Landing. While dealing with the loss, he finds himself educating his team about child sex rings and drug trafficking.

Chance Evan Fairchild, Assistant District Attorney, is still dealing with dark issues from his youth. He’s a loner and doesn’t let anyone get close to him, and is more than satisfied being closeted. He doesn’t like that drug trafficking has come to his corner of the world, and he vows to get to the bottom of it.  He’s not real happy about Xavier, the new deputy sheriff, though. But after a heartbreaking end to a stakeout, Chance’s eyes are opened, and he finds himself teaming up with Xavier to protect a young boy and help to put an end to trafficking.

I think Xavier is a great character. Even though he’s out, he still has to face some intolerance, but he wasn’t portrayed as the “tough guy” character. He’s just a man standing up for what he believes in. I liked the banter with his mother and siblings, even though it was brief. He also shows patience and understanding with Chance, and never put pressure on him to reveal his issues. Sadly, I didn’t get the feeling that this is the beginning of a series, so I would have liked this story to end a little differently.

A Solitary Man has a solid group of characters, including John Carson, Twyla Faye, Sheriff Winston, Ridley, and Billy, who become a top notch team. The story is action packed, suspenseful, has lots of dangerous moments, and it deals with important subject matter as well: child and drug trafficking, and psychological damage that is caused by confinement. Greed plays a big part of this story too, and what sick and perverted people will do for money. Anthony and Mancy did an exceptional job of bringing these issues to the forefront.






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Today we’re so pleased to welcome author RJ Scott back to The Novel Approach to chat about her newest book in the Sanctuary series, Accidental Hero. She’s also giving the chance for one lucky reader to win some great prizes, which includes a $15 Gift Card from Amazon or ARe, plus 2 further prizes of an ebook from RJ’s catalogue. Competition closes 4th December – midnight GMT.

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It’s always so hard to come up with ideas for blogs but this time I thought I would explore bits of my favorite spy/action/buddy movies, given that Accidental Hero is a bit of both.

My favorite car chase is from The Matrix. The suspension of disbelief is vital in all the Matrix films. You have to fully immerse yourself in the concept of nothing being real, and hence carnage on the roads in any action movie is okay. I love the car flying into the helicopter scene in Die Hard (can’t recall which one… lol) and I adore James Bond parking his car remotely into the rental shop.

There is something about flipping cars, and speeding, and the cool way the directors slow down the point of impact. Very clever special effects.

In Accidental Hero there is a car chase, and I wrote it, realizing I wasn’t able to describe the terms, get to the gritty of it. So I called on my petrol-head husband and he detailed the car chase that I then took and added to… so when you read the car chase, remember that at the core of it is a Ferrari loving petrol-head.

Do you have a favorite car chase?


Accidental HeroBlurb: Chicago Cop Simon Grant and Sanctuary operative Cain Brodie, have to be the heroes of their own stories, just to stay alive.

Everyone wants Chicago cop, Simon Grant, dead. Armed with an address, he is on the run and heading for Sanctuary, only to end up at the wrong end of a gun. Is it possible the tall amber-eyed man holding the gun is actually going to be able to help him?

Cain Brodie is in charge of Sanctuary’s new Chicago office, C-Tower. His well organised administration day takes an unexpected turn when he has a man wanted for murder right in his gun sights. Thrust into a situation he has no control over suddenly he needs to be the one in control.

Accidental or not, Simon and Cain have to be the heroes of their own stories, just to stay alive.

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Sanctuary Series:

Book 1 – Guarding Morgan
Book 2 – The Only Easy Day
Book 3 – Face Value
Book 4 – Still Waters
Book 5 – Full Circle
Book 6 – The Journal Of Sanctuary One
Book 7 – Worlds Collide


Excerpt (Chapter One)Everyone wants us dead.

Cops. The entire Drugs & Gangs team. Varga. Any of them, all of them, they all want us gone.

Simon Grant crab-walked backward, reaching the wall and curling his knees up so that he was as far away from the body as possible. Blood pooled in a macabre circle of scarlet, spreading almost to his feet. What was left of Jamie Harrington’s face was toward him, and Simon couldn’t look. He closed his eyes tight, aware the sight of broken skin and shattered bone would never leave his memory.

I’m telling you, we should talk to someone outside the precinct.

The last words Jamie had said just a day before. Mere hours before Simon had found this tableau of blood and gore, laid out before him.

A noise had him plastering himself against the wall, belatedly realizing it was he himself who had made the sound, halfway between a groan and a keen of denial. Horror had nausea rising and he tried to breathe to calm his gorge, but all he could smell was cordite and blood.

“I should have—” not said a fucking thing to anyone. Simon finished the harsh words that had begun out loud and ended inside, where he knew he would keep them forever.

He pushed his hand through his hair, anchoring his fingers in the length of it, blood smearing his skin. Then he crawled over, the wetness of blood soaking his pants, and felt for a pulse.

Jamie had half his face missing, his dark hair and skull matted, and one of his eyes blasted away… no face.

He’s gone, and I checked for a fucking pulse.

Simon froze in place. A gun lay in the blood, obscenely black against the red, just inches from Jamie’s outstretched hand as if he’d been reaching for it, looking up at his attacker and hoping to hell he reached the police-issue gun before he was killed. Why had it been left?

For fuck’s sake, think. Analyze the situation.

Was Simon supposed to pick it up, put his prints all over it? Was the killer watching, waiting for him to fuck up, waiting for him to be blamed for the death of his partner?

He had to box away the horror, push aside the shock and grief, and think.

He counted down from five and considered what next. The apartment was on the second floor. Whoever did this could be waiting or coming for him next; there was a gun in the blood, and Jamie was dead. What if it wasn’t Jamie’s gun? Simon looked around the otherwise spotless room, grabbed the nearest bag he could see—a brown grocery bag—upending it. The apples and cans inside spilled into the scarlet on the wooden floor. Had Jamie been out shopping? Did his murderer follow him home?

Just to one side, a bouquet of red roses lay half in and half out of the pool of blood. The white paper they were wrapped in had darkened in places; petals lay on the ground, weighed down by blood.

Simon used the grocery bag to pick up the gun. Long strings of sticky scarlet linked the gun to the floor for a moment and Simon pushed back sickness again. He’d seen death before, but never one that hit so close to home.

He turned his head to get some fresh air from the open window. The sound of sirens closing in was enough to have him leaving the apartment, turning left instead of right, moving to the back of the building and the way he knew he would be able to get out. Going up instead of down, he made it to the roof in record time, only a little winded. The gun was in the bag, pushed firmly into a pocket of his jacket.

He stepped back right near the edge and centered himself. Counting in his head again, he sprinted toward the next building and jumped the six-foot gap, landing and rolling onto solid roofing on the other side. He fell heavily on the gun, shoving it into his ribs, but he’d made it across and that was no mean feat.

The exit plan had been formed amid teasing and laughter over beers at Jamie’s last get-together for colleagues, on that clear Chicago night.

“You’ll never make it across,” Jamie had said on a belch. “Your short ass and stubby legs will have you tumbling into the alley. You’ll end up in a dumpster, and don’t think anyone’ll come get your stinking body.”

Simon had shoved him. “Five ten is not short, asshole.”

I can’t think of Jamie now. I made it over.

He looked around for somewhere to hide the gun. No way was he getting caught with it. He shoved it into the air intake, pushed it a long way back to a small shelf area. Done.

Why am I even keeping it?

“Because there may be other prints, or a trace, or something,” he answered his own question. “If it isn’t Jamie’s gun, we might be able to….”

To what? Why did you take it? Are you stupid? You took evidence?

With stealth he made his way across the roof and to the stairs, taking them three at a time and landing lightly on the first floor. From there he took a joining walkway to yet another apartment block and finally left that by using the fire escape, stopping only to scrub his face to clear away any blood. Finally he joined the crowds walking the sidewalk with purpose. They parted before him, some acknowledging him with nods, others bypassing him, and some shooting him guilty looks. A couple cursed him as he walked against the flow, but no one stopped him. No one shot at him, no one shouted. There was no recognition of who he was inside the uniform.

He was just another Chicago cop on the beat. Nothing to stand out. As long as he walked steadily and with resolution and didn’t break out into a panicked run, no one would look twice past the badge.

At soon as he could, he stepped into business premises—a coffee shop. He went straight to the bathroom, washed his face and his hands properly, then looked critically at his uniform. There was blood there—Jamie’s blood—but the dark blue of the uniform was enough to cover it. He pulled out his cell and stared at it for the longest time. It was nothing special, but it had all his numbers in there. Including Elliot’s. It also had a GPS chip that could be traced. No way was he calling anyone or reaching out.

He fingered the card in his pocket.

“Here, if you need anything…”

Elliot had told both him and Jamie. Promised them a place where they could get help. Even at that moment Simon had placed his faith squarely in the cops he served with, Jamie as well.

“This is bigger than just you two,” Elliot told them.


RJ ScottAbout the Author: RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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4 Stars, Edward Kendrick, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Maryann

Review: Reaper by Edward Kendrick



Title: Reaper

Author: Edward Kendrick

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 208 Pages

At a Glance: Reaper has action, suspense, and two very likable MCs.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Leading a double life can be challenging, as Reaper well knows.

Take one self-styled vigilante—Reaper. Add his alter ego, successful forty-one-year-old, investment counselor, Zack Ward. Then throw in Dallas Comstock, thirty-two, a beat cop, Zack’s lover and the only person who knows Zack is Reaper. The result is men on a mission. They protect homeless kids living on the streets while trying to find a new building for a soon-to-be demolished shelter belonging to Zack’s mentor, Brian Foster—the man who helped Zack get off the streets.

Someone seems to be kidnapping streetwise young girls. Reaper pulls together a team of street kids—Zip and his boyfriend, Colly, Raven and Sway—to stop the predator. At the same time Zack, with the help of his business clients, sets up a charity ball to raise money for the new shelter, Off-the-Street.

What happens next may strengthen Zack’s and Dallas’ love—or destroy it.


Review: Edward Kendrick’s Reaper is a unique story that I could see as a graphic novel that would appeal to young adults, with a few minor changes. Reaper and Wrath are definitely the superhero types, and the setting seems to take us to another place and time, even though the Rockies are mentioned. This story has action, suspense, and a sense of safety and empowerment.

There are two very likable MCs, Zack Ward and Dallas Comstock, and there’s lots of warmth, humor and love shared between them.  Zack is an investment counselor during the day, and has a very comfortable life, but growing up wasn’t anything like it is now. He lived on the streets as a young teen, and did what he had to do to survive. With the help and encouragement of Brian, he got his life together, and now strikes out to help others who are less fortunate.

Dallas comes from a different family lifestyle.  He’s a police officer and is dedicated to his job. He worries but also understands Zack and his plight to take care of the homeless and the young people who have to survive on the street. There are very few people that know that Dallas and Zack are partners in more ways than one.

There are a lot of supporting characters in this story, especially all the young teens who befriend Reaper and Wrath.  We get to meet these colorful characters:  Zip, Colly, Raven, Sway and many others. Our superheroes also have a special friend in Brian, who runs “Off-the-Street” a shelter for homeless youth, where Reaper recruits Nate Brown to teach self-defense to the young people and helps to empower them to also be protectors for others.






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4.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mary Calmes, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Jules

Release Day Review: Fit to Be Tied by Mary Calmes

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Title: Fit to Be Tied (Marshals: Book Two)

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages


Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are now partners on and off the job: Miro’s calm professionalism provides an ideal balance to Ian’s passion and quick temper. In a job where one misstep can be the difference between life and death, trust means everything. But every relationship has growing pains, and sometimes Miro stews about where he stands with his fiery lover. Could the heartstrings that so recently tied them together be in danger of unraveling?

Those new bonds are constantly challenged by family intrusions, well-intentioned friends, their personal insecurities, and their dangerous careers—including a trial by fire when an old case of Miro’s comes back to haunt them. It might just be enough to make Ian rethink his decision to let himself be tied down, and Miro can only hope the links they’ve forged will be strong enough to hold.


Review: I fell HARD for Miro Jones (still the coolest damn name ever) and Ian Doyle in Mary Calmes’s first Marshals book, so when I found out about Fit to be Tied, I was ridiculously excited. More Miro and Ian could be nothing but Win, right?? Well, of course the answer was ‘Right’. I absolutely loved this book. BUT, instead of doing my usual Mary Calmes book flail – you know the one I mean…OMG YOU GUYS!! THIS BOOOOOOK!! – I wanted to keep it reeled in. So, I’m doing organized gushing (it’s a thing) instead. :) In three parts: Miro My Hero; Dr. Hartley, I presume?; and, The Evolution of Ian (and Miro).

Here we go!

Miro My Hero:

Miro’s heroism in this book knows no bounds. Sort of like my love for him. Ha! Seriously, though, he is beyond strong. Beyond brave. I love the fact that he is ALWAYS thinking about everyone else, and about doing the right thing. And, I love that he knows what he wants, and isn’t afraid to ask for it. There are many places in Fit to be Tied where Miro is different levels of heroic, but there were three standout scenes for me: First, at Ian’s father’s birthday party, he takes care of Ian, making him feel centered and loved after he is completely disregarded by his stepsiblings and stepmother during a video presentation to their father. He then angrily dresses down the stepsister and stepbrother, again showing Ian how important he is.

Next, there is in incident where Miro and Ian save a couple of kids that desperately need help. Miro doesn’t do this singlehandedly – Ian is indispensable as his backup, as usual – but, if it weren’t for Miro giving the little boy attention and treating him like he mattered, while everyone else ignored him, the kids would not have been saved. And, finally, there is a pivotal scene where he has to dig deeper than he has ever dug before, where he shows what it truly means to be a survivor, which will fully blow you away.

Dr. Hartley, I presume?

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to mention Dr. Hartley. I think anyone who has read All Kinds of Tied Down, as well as this book’s blurb, knows that he is going to be somehow involved in the story. Now, I’m obviously not going to tell you how he is involved in the story, but I do want to talk about him. You guys won’t believe how creeptastic this guy is. Mary has KILLED it with this storyline. The things that go on in his head…the things he puts Miro through – as well as anyone in his path, really – are just…*shudders* If she wants to write more of this type of stuff, I fully approve, because WOW.

The Evolution of Ian (and Miro):

I love where Ian ends up in this book. His growth, and really their growth together, is fantastic. He never backs down from anything, as we know; he has to be that way for his job, both as a marshal, and a Green Beret. As this story progresses, though, his eyes begin to open to what it truly means to be with someone, in every sense, not just as partners on the job. This line during an argument with Miro is everything:

“No!” he roared. “Before anything else you’re my life you stupid prick!”

He evolves sexually as well as emotionally, also learning to ask for, and take, what he needs in bed. Their chemistry is just as explosive as it was in the first book, perhaps even more so as Ian becomes a little more…adventurous.

So, yeah, I loved this book. The ongoing disagreement regarding their relationship status was a wee bit repetitive for me a couple of times, but that was just a tiny ripple on a sea of awesome. Run as fast as you can to read this book.

In closing, I’ll leave you with one final two-word reason…Sam Kage.





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4 Stars, Dark Hollows Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed By Carrie, Shannon West

Review: Double Cross by Shannon West

Title: Double Cross

Author: Shannon West

Publisher: Dark Hollows Press

Pages/Word Count: 107 Pages

At a Glance: Double Cross is a little different from West’s usual work, subject-wise, but still follows her writing style, which is always spot on.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: When F.B.I. agent Ryan Tucker gets the job of escorting a federal witness to court in D.C., he thinks it’s just another boring case on his downhill slide from the top. And then the fireworks start.

In Miami, the alcoholic and mediocre F.B.I. agent is assigned to bring the witness Jackson O’Malley from Miami to Atlanta for what promises to be a minor federal trial. Tucker travels there to find that Jackson is an intelligent, belligerent and gorgeous young man who tells him the odds are against his ever showing up in court alive. Tucker learns Jackson will actually be testifying against a Colombian drug cartel, but there’s one serious problem. It’s his twin brother Dylan who saw the murder and Jackson never saw anything. After a serious and almost successful attempt on their lives at the airport in Miami, Tucker learns that someone in the F.B.I. doesn’t care who Jackson is. They simply want him dead, and think that Tucker is expendable as well. Not knowing who they can trust, Tucker and Jackson find a car and start driving toward Georgia and the federal judge familiar with the case.

Somewhere during that long, dangerous drive, they both learn face the truth about themselves and those they trust, as well as their own inner strengths. With everyone out to get them, they’re forced to rely on instinct and ingenuity if they are going to make it to out of this thing alive.


Review: What would you do for a twin? A twin you have been covering for your whole life? Jackson will do anything for Dylan – even go to jail for him. Dylan witnesses a hit on a Columbian drug lord, and the FBI needs him to testify to what he saw, but he panics and calls Jackson, afraid if he comes out of hiding the cartel will kill him. So, Jackson sits in jail in protective custody until the FBI can get someone there to assure his safety on the way to the Federal judge.

Ryan Tucker is a mess – as an agent and as a human being – and he stopped caring a long time ago. Tall, good looking, he keeps his demons on the inside. When he steps into the holding cell to meet Jackson for the first time, instant sparks ignite.

Double Cross is a great crime drama from Shannon West. It’s a little different from her usual work, subject-wise, but still follows her writing style, which is always spot on. Ryan is our wounded alpha, and Jackson is our lighthearted, almost brat, who is the perfect complement to the hero.

As with all good crime dramas, there are hot men on the run, SWAT teams with bullets, and car chases. The twist at the end is fantastic, and really elevates this one to a solid read. I recommend all Shannon West books, but if this is your first one, you will not be disappointed.





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5 Stars, Abigail Roux, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Jules, Riptide Publishing

Review: Crash & Burn (Cut & Run…The Final) by Abigail Roux

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Title: Crash & Burn

Author: Abigail Roux

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 419 Pages

At a Glance: Perfect ending was perfect.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.

There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.

Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.


Review: How do you write a review for the final book of an iconic series that completely changed your life?? Well, I’m going to begin mine as a love letter of sorts…

My story is no different than many others, I’m sure…Two years ago, at the urging of some good friends, I read a book called Cut & Run, and I’m not kidding when I tell you that it changed my life. It introduced me to a genre that I had no idea existed, and a community I can’t imagine not being a part of. Ty and Zane will forever top my list of book boyfriends. And, I know I’m not alone. With this series, Abigail Roux has given us characters we will never forget and a ride that, without a doubt, I will want to keep getting on again and again. Thank you, Abi. <3

On to Crash & Burn

I’m not even gonna pussyfoot around. I loved this book. It goes almost immediately to full throttle, in chapter one, and never stops. It read like an action film: heart-racing, blood-pumping, mind-reeling. But along with the adrenaline, there is also plenty of swoonage, sexytimes, and that laugh-out-loud, eye-rolling humor we’ve all grown to expect from Ty and Zane and Sidewinder. If you’re looking for hilarious banter, you’ve come to the right place.

Now, I want to preface this next part by saying that I know how sensitive people are about spoilers. I am, too. But, I DON’T think it’s a spoiler to talk about Ty and Zane getting married; I mean, is there really anyone on the planet that didn’t think they were going to get married in this book? I have to talk about it, though, because it was one of my favorite things about the book. So, here it is: I loved that the wedding was in the beginning. It would have been so easy to take the predictable route of Action-Drama-Peril—>Victory—>HEA-with-a-wedding – but, Abigail Roux didn’t do that. We get to see them fight this last battle, truly together, knowing that no matter what happens, they got their HEA moment. Fabulous.

Other highlights? As always, all the Gradys. Chester has some moves we did not previously know about, and oh-my-goodness. Watch out, bad guys. Liam Bell. Still the guy we love to hate. Sidewinder. Thank goodness we have more Nick and Kelly and the boys on the way. Zane. His level of Badass knows no bounds. And, finally, Nick and Ty. So many emotions. So much love. Their scenes are written so beautifully; I loved everything about them and their bond.

Crash & Burn constantly kept me guessing. From first seeing the title – ‘Noooooo. What the hell does it mean?!?’ – to those last moments in Miami, you never really knew what was happening. Everyone was a suspect. The gasps kept coming. And, though I hoped I knew what the outcome would be, nothing was really certain. It was a fantastic read.

I was reading with a couple of friends – I think it’s a law that all C&R books must be buddy-read – and when we got to chapter 13 it was like, ‘Moment of silence’. LOL. I wrote in the message window, “The final chapter. Of the final book,” and typing that actually made me cry. Sappy as hell, I know. I went into the final chapter with my feels in Abi’s hands, and she did not let me down. She did so right by these guys.

Perfect ending was perfect.

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5 Stars, Amelia C. Gormley, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

Review: Player vs Player by Amelia C. Gormley

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Title: Player vs Player

Author: Amelia C. Gormley

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 282 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Pushing for change can be dangerous when change starts pushing back.

Video game writer Niles River loves the work he does at Third Wave Studios: creating games with mass appeal that feature women, people of color, and LGBTQ characters. To make his job even better, his best friend is his boss, and his twin brother works beside him. And they mostly agree that being on the forefront of social change is worth dealing with trollish vitriol—Niles is more worried about his clingy ex and their closeted intern’s crush on his brother than he is about internet harassment. Continue reading

4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, EM Lynley, Reviewed by Tina

Things Get Complicated In EM Lynley’s “Bound for Trouble”

Title: Bound for Trouble

Author: EM Lynley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.
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3.5 Stars, C.M. Torrens, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Lana

Corporate Danger Is The Name Of The Game In C.M. Torren’s “Memory Kick” – Reviewed by Lana

“Who are we without our memories?” ― Marta Acosta

Title: Memory Kick

Author: C.M. Torrens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 230 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Lost and missing his memory, Qusay Drazi turns to the drug kick to ease his pain while warming beds to feed his addiction. His years on the space station have taught him nothing is free. Meeting Cameron, who seems to have no ulterior motives, leaves Qusay confused but hopeful that Cameron is different. When Qusay finds the courage to ask for help, he discovers a price on his head for the locked away memories.
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“Bone Rider” Is A Sci-Fi Thriller That Aims For The Stars

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” –Friedrich Nietzsche

Title: Bone Rider

Author: J. Fally

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 310 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley’s truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.
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Riptide Publishing, SE Jakes

SE Jakes Proves “Dirty Deeds” Are The Best Kind

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.” ― Suzanne Collins

Title: Dirty Deeds (Dirty Deeds #1)

Author: SE Jakes

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 94

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Two seasoned operatives finally meet their match: each other.
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Riptide Publishing, SE Jakes

“Long Time Gone” Is Long On Good

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” ― Molière

Title: Long Time Gone (Hell or Highwater #2)

Author: SE Jakes

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 277

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.
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