February 28, 2010

Review: The Séduction of Simone by Chérie De Sues

When her aunt Celeste dies, Simone Devereux is shocked for two reasons. First her family didn't learn about Celeste's death until after her accident and cremation. Second, Simone inherits Celeste's estate which would be perfect for her business as a portrait painter. Since her clients pose with their partners in the nude the estate makes the perfect place to offer privacy and comfort if she can turn it into a bed and breakfast.

But danger threatens not only her safety but that of her guests. It seems that Celeste was really murdered. Since Simone looks surprisingly like her aunt right down to the birthmark on her chest seeing this gets the killer ramped up again. Together with her handsome neighbor Simone and Trent need to gather enough evidence against him before he strikes again.

Oh and did I forget to mention??? There are two hot Irish poltergeists that are trapped in the mirrors of Simone and Trent's estates. Being poltergeists they have the ability to come to Simone in that moment between being awake and falling asleep and prove their reputation as womanizers who love sharing one woman between them.

Three words... hot, hot, hot. Okay, technically that's one word but The Seduction of Simone is a heart pumping erotic read that is not overly graphic as most erotics I have read are. It has a storyline with meat on it's bones and loveable characters. I highly recommend this one for anyone who enjoys a read that can get you hot and bothered. Hopefully you're lucky enough to have someone nearby to take it out on. But in that case they'll be the lucky ones. LOL

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February 22, 2010

Giveaway: Worst Case by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge Unabridged on CD

WINNERS: Victoria in California and Mary in Kentucky

One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage. But the criminal doesn't crave money or power--he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance--by killing them.

To Detective Michael Bennett, it becomes clear that these murders are linked and must be part of a greater, more public demonstration. With the city thrown into chaos, he is forced to team up with FBI agent Emily Parker, and the two set out to capture the killer before he begins his most public lesson yet--a deadly message for the entire city to witness.

From the bestselling author who brought you the Alex Cross novels comes James Patterson's most action-packed series yet. With the heart-pounding suspense that only Patterson delivers, WORST CASE will leave you gasping for breath until the very end.

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February 21, 2010

Review: Without Hesitation - The Rasner Effect II by Mark Rosendorf

In book one of this series, The Rasner Effect, Jake Scarberry was forced into cleaning up after frat boys as part of his cover in the Witness Protection Program. Now three months later he's back in the program and working in a bar but it's not as bad as it seems. He's met a woman who just may be the one to allow him to leave the past behind him and begin a normal life.

But just when things are looking up for Jake the government comes knocking. The new head of The Duke Organization, Jennifer Duke, has plans of reuniting the group. The only trouble is that those who aren't dead are in prison or in the case of fifteen-year-old Clara Blue, in The Brookhill Children's Psychiatric Residence. Jen's plan starts with infiltrating the residence by posing as a therapist. Once there she manipulates Clara into recruiting the toughest of her fellow schoolmates. For the withdrawn Clara this is harder than it seems. When all doesn't go as planned its up to Jake to save everyone from Jen but can he be convinced to assist in time?

Mark Rosendorf himself admits to being only 83% sane and I believe it! How else can you think up such mind boggling action scenes? As with The Rasner Effect the good guys and bad guys change with each turn of the page which makes for one very intriguing suspense thriller.

I highly recommend both books for suspense and thriller lovers but I don't feel that Without Hesitation is a standalone read. With all the twists and turns you'll definitely need to have read The Rasner Effect to know who's who and remember what's going on. But get started now because there is a huge cliffhanger that I'm absolutely positive means there will be a Rasner Effect III and I can't wait.

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February 14, 2010

Review: Burn by Ted Dekker & Erin Healy


Only half Gypsy Janeal Mikkado has always yearned to leave the fraudulent world of her Gypsy family. When she's approached by a sinister man named Salazar Sanso she initially thinks this is her way out but when she changes her mind Sanso is not okay with it. He sets fire to the Gypsy Kumpania and many of her friends are injured or killed including her father and best friend Katie.

Now fifteen years later Janeal has made a new life for herself as Jane Johnson thinking she was the sole survivor of the tragedy. But when Salazar Sanso is caught by the DEA Janeal learns that she is only one of three survivors and the identity of one of the other survivors will cause Janeal to question her own sanity.

I enjoyed the shocking twist in Burn but the entire interaction between Sanso and Janeal is so forced that it really throws off the storyline. Nothing about their initial interaction makes sense and it kind of put me off through the rest of the beginning. The only thing that kept this from being a total bomb was that the rest of the book and the ending are really thrilling. I would recommend this one as a library read.

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February 8, 2010

Review & Giveaway: The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer

WINNER: Nora in California

The Last Surgeon

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Product Description:
Four murders.
Three accidents.
Two suicides.
One left…


Michael Palmer’s latest novel pits a flawed doctor against a ruthless psychopath, who has made murder his art form. Dr. Nick Garrity, a vet suffering from PTSD—post traumatic stress disorder—spends his days and nights dispensing medical treatment from a mobile clinic to the homeless and disenfranchised in D.C. and Baltimore. In addition, he is constantly on the lookout for his war buddy Umberto Vasquez, who was plucked from the streets by the military four years ago for a secret mission and has not been seen since.

Psych nurse Gillian Coates wants to find her sister’s killer. She does not believe that Belle Coates, an ICU nurse, took her own life, even though every bit of evidence indicates that she did—every bit save one. Belle has left Gillian a subtle clue that connects her with Nick Garrity.

Together, Nick and Gillian determine that one-by-one, each of those in the operating room for a fatally botched case is dying. Their discoveries pit them against genius Franz Koller--the highly-paid master of the “non-kill”—the art of murder that does not look like murder. As Doctor and nurse move closer to finding the terrifying secret behind these killings, Koller has been given a new directive: his mission will not be complete until Gillian Coates and Garrity, the last surgeon, are dead.

My Review:
Man, this was one seriously good thriller! It felt like I was reading an onion with all the layers that were peeled back when getting to the bottom of the mystery. The killer is truly one of the scariest murderers I've read since The Book of Matthew which gave me nightmares. He's just so creepy with his "non-kills". It makes me think that there really are killers like this in the world.

I thought the romance between Gillian and Nick was a little to convenient but Nick was such a lovable character that I didn't get as bothered by this as I normally would. Palmer comes up with some great characters and even the secondary characters have depth which made this a quick and enjoyable read that I recommend to anyone who loves thrillers.

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Michael has generously donated one copy of The Last Surgeon  and all you have to do to win is visit Michael's website and comment on one thing you learned while visiting. It could be anything.

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