In the same pulse-pounding style as Maya Banks and Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair delivers a sizzling erotic romance about a sexy billionaire who’s on the run—and the hit-man-turned-handyman who’s supposed to kill her.
Sex with a stranger. Learn to drive. Learn to cook. Learn to pole dance. Sex under the stars. Buy a truck. These are just a few of the things on Amelia Wentworth’s bucket list, but as the CEO and face of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetic empire, she’s never quite found the time to do them.
Until, after a series of accidents, Amelia discovers that someone wants her dead. But who? And why? She has no time for questions as she changes her name to Mia, buys a secluded fixer-upper near the Louisiana bayou where no one will recognize her, and starts checking things off her bucket list like there’s no tomorrow—which there might not be.
Meanwhile, Cruz Barcelona is a hit man who’s promised himself this will be his last job. Then he’ll take the money and move to a warm, sunny place where he doesn’t have to hide anymore. But when Cruz goes undercover to Mia’s ramshackle house, he starts to realize there’s far more to this poor-little-rich-girl than he thought—and he starts to fall for her. Which is going to make his job a whole lot harder…
Che Milan’s life is falling apart. Not only has her longtime lover abruptly dumped her, but her eccentric, demanding mother has recently died. When an urn of ashes arrives, along with a note reminding Che of a half-forgotten promise to take her mother to Canterbury, Che finds herself reluctantly undertaking a pilgrimage.
Within days she joins a group of women who are walking the sixty miles from London to the shrine of Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, reputed to be the site of miracles. In the best Chaucer tradition, the women swap stories as they walk, each vying to see who can best describe true love. Che, who is a perfectionist and workaholic, loses her cell phone at the first stop and is forced to slow down and really notice the world around her, perhaps for the first time in years.
Through her adventures along the trail, Che finds herself opening up to new possibilities in life and discovers that the miracles of Canterbury can take surprising forms.
I have so much trouble with peace. It scares me. It feels too much like death.
Life will always be a mystery. Whatever you think you own can be taken from you in an instant and-even more confounding-all the things you once thought were lost can come rushing back.
It’s that time of the week again where we feed our Hungry Hearts & Thirsty Thursday (hosted by Unconventional Book Views)!
Here’s my entry. Cheers!
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Literary Fiction | Fantasy | Mystery
In the tradition of Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott Smith (The Ruins), and Jason Mott (The Returned), award-winning playwright Robert Levy spins a dark tale of alienation and belonging, the familiar and the surreal, family secrets and the search for truth in his debut supernatural thriller.
When up-and-coming chef Michael “Blue” Whitley returns with three friends to the remote Canadian community of his birth, it appears to be the perfect getaway from New York. He soon discovers, however, that everything he thought he knew about himself is a carefully orchestrated lie. Though he had no recollection of the event, as a young boy Blue and another child went missing for weeks in the idyllic, mysterious woods of Starling Cove. Soon thereafter, his mother suddenly fled with him to America, their homeland left behind.
But then Blue begins to remember. And once the shocking truth starts bleeding back into his life, his closest friends—Elisa, his former partner in crime; her stalwart husband, Jason; and Gabe, Blue’s young and admiring co-worker—must unravel the secrets of Starling Cove and the artists’ colony it once harbored. All four will face their troubled pasts, their most private demons, and a mysterious race of beings that inhabits the land, spoken of by the locals only as the Other Kind…
I love that LRJones didn’t make ALL OF ME unnecessarily long by including other characters’ storylines that would’ve muddied up this sweet story. It was entirely about Chris and Sara and I can’t help but swoon and be swept by how much they love each other. Yes, I am jealous because who doesn’t want to have a man/hubby like Chris Merit?! Forget his movie star good looks and fat bank account, the man is a good lover and a better friend, there’s not much to complain about! Same goes for Sara, she has been Chris’ rock, wall, and ground, Chris would be stupid to let her go.
Fans of the Inside Out will definitely love this ending. Also don’t fret because this world is far from over, Chris and Sara might have bid us goodbye but according to LRJones, Ella’s story, Sara’s friend and the original owner of Rebecca’s Journals, is getting her own story soon! It’s crazy suspenseful I can tell, I’m getting a white slavery/Euro mob vibe from it and I can’t wait to ride this new roller coaster LRJones has in store for us! Also I hope Mark Compton’s novellas continue, I’d like to read more of his relationship with Crystal and hopefully they get to say their I Do’s soon too!
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Historical | Mystery | Paranormal
Postbellum America makes for a haunting backdrop in this historical and supernatural tale of moonlit cemeteries, masked balls, cunning mediums, and terrifying secrets waiting to be unearthed by an intrepid crime reporter.
The year is 1869, and the Civil War haunts the city of Philadelphia like a stubborn ghost. Mothers in black continue to mourn their lost sons. Photographs of the dead adorn dim sitting rooms. Maimed and broken men roam the streets. One of those men is Edward Clark, who is still tormented by what he saw during the war. Also constantly in his thoughts is another, more distant tragedy–the murder of his mother at the hands of his father, the famed magician Magellan Holmes…a crime that Edward witnessed when he was only ten.
Now a crime reporter for one of the city’s largest newspapers, Edward is asked to use his knowledge of illusions and visual trickery to expose the influx of mediums that descended on Philadelphia in the wake of the war. His first target is Mrs. Lucy Collins, a young widow who uses old-fashioned sleight of hand to prey on grieving families. Soon, Edward and Lucy become entwined in the murder of Lenora Grimes Pastor, the city’s most highly regarded–and by all accounts, legitimate–medium, who dies mid-seance. With their reputations and livelihoods at risk, Edward and Lucy set out to find the real killer, and in the process unearth a terrifying hive of secrets that reaches well beyond Mrs. Pastor.
Blending historical detail with flights of fancy, “Things Half in Shadow” is a riveting thriller where “Medium” and “The Sixth Sense” meet “The Alienist”–and where nothing is quite as it seems.
As individual characters, Lucy is very feisty, witty, and such a go-getter, a truly likable character. How she landed as a medium was quite a tale, it was tragic and her gumption was what saved her so to speak. I’m just not sure how long she can keep running from her past though considering the can of worms that was opened here. As for Edward, I don’t know what to make of him. He’s not necessarily my type of hero, he blushes and faints, his methods in terms getting a story wasn’t impressive to me, he’s not swoony yet I found him rather entertaining. His backstory is heartbreaking, see his dad is in prison for murdering his mother and naturally Edward condemned his old man but there’s some new evidence that came to light that may or may not exonerate his father. After 15 years of not speaking, Edward finally came to see his dad and my heart just clenched in sadness because of how desperate his father is and how Edward is so bitter and angry about the whole affair. Yet another reason why a sequel is needed, I sure would like to see father and son reunite and get closure.
My favorite thing about this novel is how atmospheric it was. You can tell that AFinn did his research in painting an authentic backdrop for THINGS HALF IN SHADOW not just in terms of scenery but in the feeling it wanted to convey. I felt like there’s a gray cloud covering Philadelphia from the grief that’s stemmed from the war and the devastation it caused. Everyone was affected and everyone’s looking for some sort of comfort from their loss even if it means embracing unconventional ways such as seances and the like, anything to get them reconnected and reunited with their dearly departed. The plot down to the personal stories of each character were well told, carefully fleshed, and empathetic. It was easy to understand why these people went to such great lengths, pay these mediums ridiculous amounts of money, they would do and trade anything just to have another moment with their loved one. The mystery was cleverly planned covered in layers of spirtualism and murder, it was quite the guesswork trying to figure out who killed Mrs. Pastor. The revelation was quite the production, it sure gave me goosebumps and it was done so perfectly and very reflective of the plot.
If you’re a fan of Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties, or Jamie Lee Moyer’s Delia Martin, our you just enjoy ghost stories, I highly recommend you read THINGS HALF IN SHADOW.
- It takes place in Philadelphia in 1869. I picked that as the setting and time period because Philadelphia is chock full of history and seemed the best place to set a tale about mediums and murder.
- The book contains several séances. Some are real. Some are fake. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between the two.
- A few of the tricks and illusions used during the fake séances in the book really were employed by sham mediums in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Others, however, were made up to suit my story. I’ll never tell which is which.
- Although there are spirits in the book, THINGS HALF IN SHADOW isn’t really about ghosts. At least, not quite.
- P.T. Barnum, the famous showman, is a minor character in the book. He throws a masked ball, which was perhaps the single most fun thing I’ve ever written.
- Many of the Philadelphia locations found in the book still exist today. The most interesting is Eastern State Penitentiary, which is said to be haunted.
- The title THINGS HALF IN SHADOW came from a song in the movie “Mary Poppins.” I was watching the movie during the early stages of writing, when I was struggling to come up with a title. Then Bert the chimney sweep sang, “There’s things half in shadow, and halfway in light.” Bingo! I knew right then and there that it would be my title.
Alan Finn is the pen name of an acclaimed author of mysteries. He has worked as a writer, editor, journalist and ghost writer. He resides in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is hard at work on his next novel.Stalk Alan
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From Kyra Davis, New York Times bestselling author of Just One Night, comes Book Two in the Pure Sin series that Sinfully Sexy is calling “angsty, intriguing, and off the charts sexy.” The beautiful, angry Bell has revenge in her heart and Lander Gable in her sights. She’s seduced her way into his arms with the intent to destroy his wealthy family. But now that she’s there, lust and passion have begun squeezing out that desire for vengeance. It’s a dangerous game Bell is playing, and sex, mystery, and lies are the most intriguing game pieces of all.
In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t fight to live, I fight to win. – Bell
You can’t work for the devil without expecting to catch a little hell – Lorella
Heartache will age you faster than time ever can. – Jessica
There has never been a woman who has loved a Gable man who hasn’t lived to regret it. Even when we don’t mean to, we always end up crashing whatever heart has been handed to us. – Lander
Best gift you got for Christmas
We do Hanukkah but it’s a toss up between the beautiful Helmut Lang sweater my husband got me and the Neil Gaiman books my son bought me. My boys know how to spoil me!
Holiday gastronomical must have dish
New Year’s resolution
I don’t think New Year’s resolutions work so I choose a New Year’s word. Last year it was progress, this year it’s faith. Not just religious faith, but faith in myself and my work. Faith in the people around me who have earned my trust and who have my love. Faith in my own instincts and so on. If I don’t have faith in what I’m doing, the people I work with or surrounded myself with then I’m living in conflict with my 2015 word and I’ll need to either find that faith within myself or change the situation so my faith will be merited.
Last book read & how was it in one word
All The Light We Cannot See: Magnificent.
Will you be watching FSOG the movie?
My husband’s in the Academy so hopefully we’ll get a screener for a…um…intimate viewing (cough-cough).
Kyra is an internationally published author of the Sophie Katz mystery series, and So Much For My Happy Ending. Her first Erotic Fiction Trilogy will be released in January 2013.
Aside from that, She’s a single mom; addicted to coffee and True Blood (the show, not the drink). She’s happy with who she is yet she’s always striving to be better; She has more bad hair days than good ones and loves a challenge but not fearless, she’s….well…just Kyra.Stalk Kyra
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Kyra Davis, the New York Times bestselling author of Just One Night, returns with book one in the thrillingly erotic Pure Sin series featuring a beautiful young woman out for revenge—until she falls in love with the one man whose secrets are as dangerous as her own.
Ever since Bell’s mother died while serving time for a murder she didn’t commit, Bell’s been focused on one thing: revenge. She knows her mother was set up by Jonathon Gable, the head of both the powerful Gable family and an international banking corporation. Now she’s determined to take him down—from the inside.
Bell needs access to the Gable home and offices, so she poses as a bartender to seduce her way into the bed—and life—of Jonathon’s rebellious youngest son, Lander. He’s not a typical Gable, spending more time in the dive bars of Harlem than the posh cocktail lounges of the Upper East Side. He has an attraction to danger, a vulnerability Bell isn’t shy about exploiting. It should be easy to uncover the secrets she needs to destroy his family and clear her mother’s name.
But it turns out Lander is much more complicated than she ever imagined. He’s enticing, intelligent, mysterious—plus their sexual chemistry is off the charts. Even though Bell knows he’s the enemy, she can’t help but be moved, both physically and emotionally, by the man she swore was just a target. When he finds out the truth she’s sure both their hearts and her plan will be crushed…until she begins to realize that Lander might be hiding his own secrets, darker than she ever imagined.
NOTE: This book includes Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 which are no longer sold separately.
Because he’s chosen despair over anger. It’s a bad choice. Despair will kill you. Anger’s more useful. – Lander
The rich disguise their sin so well. Their vices are actually made pretty… before they turn ugly.
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Indie sensation and New York Times bestselling author of the Ex Games series and the Private Club series, J.S. Cooper introduces the Swept Away series—three new, dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on a desert island with a mysterious stranger—but is he friend or foe?
The day started like every other day…
Bianca London finds herself kidnapped and locked up in a van with a strange man. Ten hours later, they’re dumped on a deserted island. Bianca has no idea what’s going on and her attraction to this stranger is the only thing keeping her fear at bay.
Jakob Bradley wants only to figure out why they’ve been left on the island and how they can get off. But as the days go by, he can’t ignore his growing fascination with Bianca.
In order to survive, Bianca and Jakob must figure out how they’re connected, but as they grow closer, secrets are revealed that may destroy everything they thought they knew about each other. (less)
- The blurb contains spoilers.
- It was easy to figure out who the bad guy is because the prologue was spoilery too. Why bother with the mystery in the first place? Smh!
- There were a few redundancies especially in the beginning. Too much use of the same word in a single paragraph it was maddening!
- You get abducted and find yourself in a deserted island and only God knows where you are. Instead of trying to figure things out, Bianca was preoccupied flirting and getting it on with the handsome stranger, Jakob Bradley, whom she previously sort of met in a cafe early on in the story. I get the purpose distracting oneself in the middle of a stressful situation but it’s obvious that Bianca’s priority is somewhat skewed.
- Let’s walk around the island in our underwear because it should be sexy. Meanwhile our clothes are okay and can be worn intermittently throughout the day. I liked in a tropical island and I’m VERY surprised that Bianca and Jakob didn’t get malaria or dengue fever or any other disease induced by insect bites. I guess their hot bodies worked like Off lotion, we need to bottle that shit out then and send it to Africa, Haiti, etc.
- There was a shack somewhere in the island and maybe for the purpose of bringing the sexy factor in, Bianca and Jakob preferred to sleep on the beach regardless of the weather conditions. If you found some sort of a shelter wouldn’t you grab the opportunity and camp there instead? Protect you from the elements?
- Lastly, and I just griped about this a while ago, let’s skip the condom because I’m clean. Yup, you take the word of a virtual stranger who admitted that he’s been around the block a few times, after all venereal diseases are easy to cure much like the common cold right? In connection to this, Bianca supposedly has intimacy issues but Jakob’s magic tongue and penis cured her of whatever issues she had concerning sex.
- And the cherry on top, Bianca proves she has a bad case of TSTL so when her house of cards finally fell she has nobody to blame but herself and her stupid vagina.
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Literary Fiction | Time Travel
A compelling tale of two Scotlands-one modern, one ancient-and the woman who parts the veil between them.
The medication that treats Maggie’s seizures leaves her in a haze, but it can’t dull her grief at losing her daughter to the same condition. With her marriage dissolved and her son away at school, Maggie retreats to a cottage below the ruins of Dunadd, once the royal seat of Scotland. But is it fantasy or reality when she awakens in a bustling village within the massive walls of eighth-century Dunadd? In a time and place so strange yet somehow familiar, Maggie is drawn to the striking, somber Fergus, brother of the king and father of Illa, who bears a keen resemblance to Maggie’s late daughter. With each dreamlike journey to the past, Maggie grows closer to Fergus and embraces the possibility of staying in this Dunadd. But with present-day demands calling her back, can Maggie leave behind the Scottish prince who dubs her mo chridhe, my heart?