Category: thriller

BLOG TOUR: To Love a Prince by Nana Malone

cover nana malone to love a princeBook: To Love a Prince

Series: Prince duet #2

Author: Nana Malone

Release date: 21 May 2019

Main characters: Ariel Scott, security expert trying to figure out who wants her lover, Prince Tristan out of the way. Prince Tristan, close to getting everything he wants, but still with so many secrets…

Plot: Ariel is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Tristan’s enemies. He won’t open up about the secrets he’s keeping, therefore she’s resolved to take matters into her own hands…with the Queen’s help.

Tristan has Ariel back in his life and he’s keen to keep it that way. The secrets of his past must out, but he wants to hold on to Ariel for as long as he can. Once she knows the truth, he’s sure she won’t want anything to do with him. He just needs a little more time.

Ariel knows that Tristan isn’t being completely honest with her, but she’s willing to let that slide for now. She has a killer to find and needs to identify the members of the Guard who aren’t loyal to the Crown. She’s closing in on the perpetrator(s), but as one mystery is solved, another pops up in its place. Will she manage to decipher them all before another attempt is made on the man she loves? Time is running out…

Why you should read it: My goodness! This book had action, romance, lovers’ spats and intrigue in spades! I loved the multiple POVs and really enjoyed the insights from the other peripheral characters. This instalment had a lot of ground to cover and the secrets and lies kept coming. I loved the mystery and the burgeoning relationship between Ariel and Tristan. The misunderstandings were done with, so the pair were working on building their trust in their future and their relationship. The book was hot, hot, hot. As a couple, there was mutual respect and the female characters ran the show in this book!

What you may not like: Not much to hate on here. It was full of action, the angst was low, it was just good, old-fashioned romantic suspense that kept me turning the pages and desperate to get my fill!

Rating: 5/5 for a truly satisfying end to the duet – and a doozie of a segue into Zia’s adventure. I’m so ready!

Sinful by Nana & Minx Malone

4BAEF00F-3921-400F-A3AB-B94026A5CD8ABook: Sinful

Series: Sin #2, a duet

Authors: Nana Malone, Minx Malone

Release date: 19 June 2018

Blurb:

Leave it to me to finally learn how to drive stick…with a woman who’s nothing but trouble. Protecting people is what I do. But with Gemma everything is different. There was a time when she was my everything and I would have given my life to protect her. Now she’s back and this time I won’t fail her. I’m ready to put it all on the line to keep her safe. My past finally caught up with me and I had to make a choice. Leave or destroy my family. I’ll do anything to keep them safe…including walk into enemy territory.

Why you should read it: This is the conclusion to the duet focusing on Matthias’s back story. If you enjoyed the prologue Before Sin and Sin then you’ll want to know what happened after that huge cliffhanger! Sinful had plenty of drama, sexual heat and action. Matthias has a lot to deal with and he’s more than ready to succeed so that he and Gemma can be together.

What you might not like: This book seemed rather disjointed to me in places. The action chopped and changed and at times it felt as though I’d skipped a few pages. For example – at the end of book two Matthias hates Gemma. At the start of book three, their reconciliation has totally been skimmed over. This happens in a few places, which made it a little confusing at times, not to mention a bit frustrating. Without dropping any spoilers, this duet has been building and building to a huge climax, but in some respects the showdown was a bit of an anti-climax. New plot-lines were added in towards the end that had me scratching my head as it was brand new information! I don’t know, maybe my issues with the book will be ironed out at editing stage, but for me, the scenes I wanted to read just weren’t there.

My other issue with the book was that Gemma is a trained machine, just like Matthias. But in this book, she doesn’t get to kick ass much at all!

Rating: 3/5 – all in all, an enjoyable read, but it wasn’t a perfect read. Bit disjointed but worth your time.

 

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHORS

NYT & USA Today bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and their two sons. She holds a master’s degree in Business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalised by how she’s using her expensive education.

Independently published, she has sold more than 1/2 million e-books in her two series, THE ALEXANDERS and BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES. Since starting her indie journey in 2011 with the runaway bestselling novella “Teasing Trent,” her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than a dozen times.

She’s now a full-time writer and spends 99.8% of her time in her pajamas.

Website: http://www.minxmalone.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/minxmalone

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/minxmalone

USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.

It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channelling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.

While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.

Website: http://www.nanamalone.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nanamalonewriter

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nanamalone

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Release blitz: Double Down by Alessandra Torre

DOUBLE DOWN by Alessandra Torre is LIVE!

The stunning conclusion to the All In Duet…

In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man… and I fell for him.

I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way.

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death.

*Note, this book is the second and final book in the All In Duet. It should be read After Even Money.

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Release blitz: Surrender by Elisabeth Naughton

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SURRENDER 

The leaders of my House want her dead.

The men I’ve secretly aligned myself with want her punished for screwing up their coup.

I’ve been sent by both to deal with her, but one look at the feisty redhead and I’ve got plans of my own.

Before I carry out anyone else’s orders, she’s going to give me what I want. And only when I’m satisfied will I decide if she lives or dies.

Depending, of course, on just how easily she surrenders to the House of Sin

 

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(1001 Dark Nights has a 3-month exclusive deal with Amazon. On September 12, 2018, SURRENDER will be available at all retailers.)
Quotes about the House of Sin Series:

“The minute I read the blurb to Elisabeth Naughton’s new House of Sin series I knew I needed to read it. Edgy, intense, sexy and full of suspense that kept me glued to the pages.”—Bookgasms Book Blog

“Start the series today. It’s a fresh premise…that will leave you begging for MORE! “—Obsessive Reading Disorder

“Bravo Ms. Naughton, you have my full attention and I cannot wait to see what happens next in the Salvatici House.”—Up All Night With Books

“Provocative, sensual, and utterly addictive, Forbidden once again proves that Elisabeth Naughton is a master of romance.” —NY Times Bestselling Author J. Kenner

“Naughton strikes the perfect balance between romance and suspense.” – RT Book Reviews

 

Excerpt

She was standing at the bar, sipping what looked like a scotch or bourbon or whiskey as she scanned the room. Most women I’d met didn’t like strong alcohol, though, so I was sure I had to be wrong. I moved up next to her—not too close, not too far away—and signaled the bartender. As he moved my direction, I said, “Large Laphroaig. On the rocks.”

“Ten year?” the bartender asked.

“Eighteen.”

A nervous look crossed the bartender’s face. “That’s a very rare bottle, sir. I’m not sure we have that.”

“I’m sure you do,” I responded in my practiced Spanish accent. “I’ll wait while you find it.”

Beside me, the blonde lifter her auburn brow that didn’t match her hair color and sipped her drink, continuing to look out over the crowd of people drinking, laughing, flirting—some even dancing to the low, sultry beat of some jazz. Umber I didn’t recognize.

The bartender disappeared into a back room and returned several minutes later with a bottle in his hand. “Turns out we did have it.”

Shocker. The masters of the universe running this masquerade didn’t drink the cheap shit themselves.

The bartender added ice to a glass and began pouring. Beside me, the blonde’s perfume—something that included gardenias, my favorite flower—drifted to my nose. Another enticement I couldn’t refuse.

I pulled a generous tip from my wallet and set it on the gleaming wood as the bartender handed me my glass.

“Thank you, sir,” he said in his clipped British accent.

I lifted the glass to my lips and took a large sip. As the bartender moved to help someone else, the blonde said, “A whisky connoisseur. That or you were just trying to see how cheap our host is.”

I smirked and turned toward her. “They always hide the good stuff.”

“Sounds as if you know from experience.”

Her accent was very posh. And very un-commoner. A dead giveaway she was from the upper British crust and not the mind-washed kitten she was pretending to be.

“Here?” I worked to accentuate my own accent so she wouldn’t realize where I was really from. “But at rich parties like this, they always keep the good stuff hidden.”

I offered my hand. “Marc Garcia. I’m in the computer business.”

I figured that was a boring enough cover. And a partial truth to my name would keep me out of trouble.

“Computers, hmm?” Her silky fingers slid over mine for a split second before disappearing way too fast. “What are you doing here, Mr. Garcia?”

There was definite interest in her eyes. I hadn’t been wrong earlier when I’d thought she was checking me out. The little minx was as attracted to me as I was to her. She was just working hard to hide it.

But I could also tell from the spark of curiosity in her eyes that she was feeling me out, trying to discover just what House Castellano in Spain was doing at this party. Most of the attendees were from House Merrick in the UK. A few from House Richelieu in France. No other Houses had been invited.

“One of my British business associates invited me. We’re negotiating a big deal on some, well”—I purposely acted evasive just like a jackass newbie making shady deals with these people would act—“surveillance software. I think he was hoping this party would persuade me to accept his offer.” I glanced over the masked couples and frowned as I sipped my drink. “Afraid to say, it’s really not all that exciting from where I’m sitting, though.”

She smirked and lifted her glass to her lips. “And what do you find exciting, Mr. Garcia?”

Blood rolled through my veins and gathered in my groin as I pinned my eyes on her. “Very proper British women who eye-fucks strangers across the room and act shocked and dismayed when they’re called out for it.”

For a heartbeat, she didn’t respond, then slowly swallowed what was left in her glass and turned my way. “I wouldn’t dream of appearing shocked and dismayed.”

 

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Sin by Minx Malone and Nana Malone

A man with toned abs and muscles lies seductively on a bed.Book: Sin

Series: Sin Duet #1

Authors: Nana Malone, Minx Malone

Release date: 29th May 2018

Main characters: Matthias, mysterious young man and a deadly genius. ‘Gemma’, seemingly a damsel in distress, but who is she really?

Plot:

Matthias’s middle name might as well be ‘mystery’ because not only can he hack into just about anywhere, he’s also very good at handling himself and those he cares about. In fact, he’s pretty deadly.

He tries not to let his past dominate him and stays focused on his life now with his colleagues, who are a second family to him. It’s his job to keep everyone safe and that’s exactly what he intends to do.

When Gemma walks into his life, beaten and bruised, he springs into action. Something about her awakens and amplifies his protective instincts. So much so, that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to let her go when she heals.

Gemma Boyd has a mission – get in, get the target, get out. Only, once she’s in, she’s not sure she wants to get out…

Why you should read it: Wow! What an intriguing and sexy read! Matthias is complicated – full of fury and in many ways, he hasn’t fully developed as an adult. Inside his head is pretty scary, but the way in which he tries to keep his demons at bay, will wrench at your heart. He could have had a completely different life, but for a run of bad luck. There’s plenty of testosterone flying around in the book, and if you’ve the Shameless series, you’ll be familiar with Matthias’s friends. They’re all extremely manly and capable and you wouldn’t mess with them!

What you may not like: This is a duet and it’s very exciting, but being left hanging on a particularly steep cliff is not every reader’s favourite thing. My advice? Binge read the entire duet once it releases! (Only because I loathe waiting for books!) Besides the waiting, (it’s really not a massive wait, only a week or so) there was nothing I didn’t enjoy about this book. It has a virgin, virile male, who’s very complex but does have feelings beneath the depths. Gemma’s backstory will grip you and you’ll enjoy the push-pull dynamic they have.

Rating: 5/5 for an exciting read – I want more and I want it NOW!

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Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton

28498782Book: Repressed

Author: Elisabeth Naughton

Series: Repressed #1

Main characters: Samantha Parker, chemistry teacher and unwilling returnee to her hometown of Hidden Falls. Ethan McClane, a psychiatrist and also a native of Hidden Falls who doesn’t count on falling for the chemistry teacher.

Plot: Samantha Parker is back home in Hidden Falls trying to sell her late mother’s house. Once her business is finalised, she has every intention of getting the hell out of there and heading back to California.
A series of events designed to intimidate her happen in quick succession, and Sam’s determined to get to the bottom of it.

Dr Ethan McClane is back in town to take on a special case concerning a troubled young man. He has his own share of unhappy memories from the town and can’t wait to get out of dodge before the town gossips put two and two together. But he didn’t bank on meeting Sam. She captivates him from the beginning and it’s not just the myriad secrets she’s guarding either. He wants to know her, and when he finds she may be in danger, he’s fixated on keeping her safe.

Why you should read it: oh my goodness! This was high octane intrigue with some steamy romance thrown in. Piecing together the clues was fun and I couldn’t put the book down. Sam was strong, determined and vulnerable in many ways. I felt for her and she does the best she can.
Ethan is a complex character too. Their chemistry worked for me and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for all the secrets to emerge.

What you may not like: there’s some pretty gruesome scenes in the book and a bit of violence but other than that, it was exciting, romantic and engaging.

Rating: 4/5 – for a good old suspenseful yarn and a damn good romance thrown in too!

Blog tour review – Sugar Free by Sawyer Bennett

28587653Book: Sugar Free

Series: The Sugar Bowl #3

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Release date: 11th October 2016

Main characters: Sela Halstead, (the heroine) Beckett North (the hero) and Jonathon Townsend (the villain)

Plot: Overnight, Sela has changed the course of both her and Beck’s life over a very stupid decision. Now the couple have to deal with the fallout. Convinced that nobody will believe the course of events were a matter of survival, Beck is determined to protect Sela at all costs. Even if that means he’ll lose both his freedom and the love of his life.

Sela cannot believe that events have led her to this point. She slowly realises the implications of what has happened and cannot bear to let Beck take on the burden of her actions. Making him see things her way however, is not so easy. There is nothing she wouldn’t do for him and so decides to make the ultimate sacrifice…

Why you should read it: It’s tough writing a resume of a plot and trying desperately not to give away too much! I enjoyed this final installment more than I did book 2 Sugar Rush, as Sela finally stops being a damsel in distress. She still does some questionable things, but I felt like I finally understood her and her motivations. Beck is her stalwart. Love is everything to a guy who didn’t experience much of it growing up. His singlemindedness was admirable and he’s a great hero.

Why you might not like: Sela is young and naive and doesn’t always see the big picture until it’s too late. This at times, was very frustrating, but she more than makes up for her failings by trying to do the right thing at the end. It was an exciting ride and I couldn’t put the book down. I loved this couple’s dynamic.

Rating: 4/5 for an exciting, nail-biting end to the series – all’s well that ends well? Not telling – you’ll have to read it to find out!

About the author
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett

SDBook: Sugar Daddy

Series: Sugar Bowl #1

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Release date: May 24th 2016

Main characters: Sela Halstead (the wronged heroine), Beckett North (the hero) and Jonathon Townsend (the villain)

 

Blurb: Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner.

The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the naïve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever.

Why you should read it: I don’t read a lot of suspense/thrillers – usually 1 or 2 a year. My heart just can’t take more! This book is a tough read – not due to the way it’s written, but due to the opening scenes of the book. Heed the trigger warnings if you’re vulnerable. After you get past the opening chapters, the story begins immediately and you are drawn into a plot of deceit and revenge. I stormed through it – I had to know what was going to happen. Sela is a tough cookie and I think you’ll be on her side throughout. Her burgeoning relationship with Beck is interesting. They’re both feeling their way through their situation – neither knowing the first thing about relationships. I totally enjoyed their dynamic, but was waiting for the other shoe to drop. And boy did it!

What you may not like: I know some of you hate cliffhangers, trilogies, stories dealing with very difficult topics. If any of these apply to you, then maybe give it a miss. This is a new departure for Sawyer – she’s never written anything this heavy before. It was difficult but a very accomplished book in my opinion. The tough scenes weren’t for titillation – but I guess the reader needs to be the judge of that.

Rating: 4/5 – it was edge of the seat stuff. I now have to wait a month until book 2 – not great for someone with no patience whatsoever! It’s not for the faint of heart, but I’m hanging on for the day of reckoning!

Veiled Obsession by Dori Lavelle

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Book: Veiled Obsession

Series: His Agenda #1

Author: Dori Lavelle

Review by: Onnica

 

Basic story: Hayley is the envy of women everywhere. She lives in a beautiful mansion, with a successful, handsome man. What more could she possibly ask for? The night Jude Macknight helped her escape a situation that could have gotten her put away forever, she thought she’d finally met her knight in shining armour. He tells her he will handle everything and she should forget all about her past. The closer they become, the more she feels she loves him.

Things are perfect for a while and Jude can’t show her enough attention. Until she makes an innocent mistake. Then the real Jude Macknight shows his true colours. He’s controlling, prone to fits of rage and determined to isolate her so that she relies solely on him. Hayley’s love for him has died and she’s resolved to leave. But Jude isn’t used to being left and is clear that he won’t let her go. Ever…

Why you should read it: I know this is a romance blog, but don’t be fooled – this isn’t a romance. It isn’t dark romance – it’s a thriller and damn good one at that. Hayley is amazing. She doesn’t descend into one of those heroines with Stockholm syndrome, making excuses for Jude’s volatile behaviour. You live the action with her and root for her completely. She never gives up and I can’t wait to see how she evolves as a character going forward. Jude. What can I say about Jude? There is no danger of my falling for this ‘hero’. Dude is cray-cray. I can’t wait to see him get his comeuppance.

What you might hate: Ok – this is a survivor story. That means there is brutality, there is offensive language, there is rape and very, very uncomfortable scenes of violence. You’ve been warned. If this is not your bag, then for the love of God – don’t go there! This is not a hero with control issues. He is not Christian Grey, there are no redeeming qualities. This is why I said this is not a romance. What it is is a gripping read. I really want to see where things will lead and whether Hayley will remain the strong heroine I like so much.

Rating: 4/5. This is a new author for me and I like her style of writing. She doesn’t over-complicate, but weaves a story well. I cannot wait for the rest of the trilogy. Oh yeah, did I mention it was a trilogy?!

 Veiled Obsession is out now.