Top Ten Tuesday – Some More To Look Out For!

Good morning, folks! ūüôā Yesterday was a bank holiday in the UK (re: Day Off! Woot!), so Manic Monday was spent with family members until my ears zoned out with all the chatter. LOL But today we have our second Top Ten Tuesday, where I feature another ten authors and their books for you to check out! So without further ado, in no particular order, here are this week’s must-have-on-your-virtual-bookshelves…

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Price: $2.99

Blurb: Your first job out of college. It’s supposed to be a stepping stone or a transitional job, not the single defining decision that will alter the course of your entire life. Sienna Kennedy never signed on for the craziness, danger and even love that her new job thrust into her world.

But she didn’t run either.

Assigned to a maximum security floor of Western State Hospital for the mentally ill, the last thing she expected to encounter was a reminder of her past.

Cade Collins’ animal magnetism draws her into an unseen world filled with creatures from her wildest imagination. Discovering his story, as well as the very institution in which she works, becomes her obsession. Her every waking moment is consumed with unearthing a way to free the man that has stolen her heart, body and mind.

The secrets Sienna finds will free them of their bonds…or lead them to their doom. Fate flung the two destined souls together, but how can any love survive in such a demented place, filled with peril and danger?

 

Genre: Erotic Romance

Price: $4.81

Blurb: A love at first sight story. Two people hungry for love. Something draws Cassie
to Dominic and it’s not just that he’s gorgeous.
Dominic struggles with a secret and the intoxicating degree of his love for Cassie.
A winter warmer. A delicious love story with a twist.
Cassie¬†and Dominic’s love is written in the stars.

When¬†Dominic Reed looks out of his study window and sees Cassie, he’s not sure what¬†to make of her at first. That’s before he sees her lovely gray eyes and pretty¬†skin. He’s a writer and works alone, which to his sadness has become his way of¬†life.

When¬†he asks Cassie to have coffee with him, it’s the start of an intoxicating¬†romance for the both of them. If only Dominic didn’t have to hide some of his¬†writing, if only he hadn’t inherited a strange gift from his great uncle¬†Aubrey.

 

Genre: Erotica/Horror

Price: $1.15

Blurb: Pomba Gira Mysticism. Creole Voodoo. The zombie apocalypse. Sex, drugs, magick. Paranormal erotica.

Meet Pierre von Minzle and Mary Moore. They are the Adam and Lilith, definitely not Adam and Eve, of today’s zombie apocalypse.¬†Fables of the Reconstruction¬†is a playful yet graphic sexual adventure consisting of what might have been, combined with what possibly might be happening now. It contains Pomba Gira mysticism, Creole voodoo and the seeds of the zombie apocalypse set in Victorian London’s notorious Whitechapel District. Sex, magick , zombies. This¬†ain’t¬†your daddy’s shotgun zombie story. Mature content warning.

Genre: YA/Romance/Magical Happenings

Price: PERMA-FREE!

Blurb: Alyssa Worthington is the daughter and sole heir to the most prestigious coven in the witch world. Her childhood has been spent in the mundane human world learning to blend in and hide who she truly is, and it is here, during her last year that she meets a striking ex-high school quarterback from a small town in Montana who will turn her world upside down.

Alyssa holds the element of fire, unlike her best friends Lisa and Megan, who are both air elementals. It is the elemental powers that reside inside which require positive thoughts and positive actions in order to maintain this magickal connection. What would happen to a witch that let this get out of control? How can evil become the driving force behind revenge and death?

Dark secrets, dark magick and a desperate desire for revenge will bring Alyssa to the brink of destruction. She is being chased, but this pursuit is a silent one and her chaser has but one goal, Alyssa’s complete and total destruction. Will she overcome this dark threat and begin to live out her destiny? Will she survive and if so, will she lose herself as part of the price for being alive? Or, will her destiny rest on being crescent bound?

With all these dark forces creeping around silently in Alyssa’s life, her coven pushes for answers, some of the answers about an eighth and missing coven, in the witch world, lie with her new interest. Marcus may be the key to unlocking the mystery of the silent darkness threatening the seven remaining covens.

Genre: Crime Thriller

Price: $2.99

Blurb: A cult has been killing children for its rituals and only one cop knows who they are. Detective Stan Brookshire knows but his past keeps people from believing in him. Can he rise above the stigma that shrouds his past and stop a cult from taking yet another innocent child from her mother’s arms before it’s too late?

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Price: $3.99

Blurb: The Evil Trilogy
Despite growing up together in their trendy Beverly Hills neighborhood, three best friends hide dark childhoods. The lives of Kit, Baylee and Quinn have been anything but perfect. Little do they know a stranger is about to unravel long, buried secrets, bringing the past back to life with a vengeance.

Just Evil 
Kit Griffin has finally overcome a painful childhood at the hands of her mother, former actress Alana Stevens. No longer living in the grasp of the cold, tyrannical woman, Kit’s life is finally on track. That is, until Alana is found brutally murdered on Mother’s Day, pulling Kit back¬†to the dark horrors of her past. To make matters worse, the police consider Kit the prime suspect.

Jake Boston is an old family friend and the man Kit has loved since she was a teen. He’s fighting his own demons as a suspect in his wife’s murder two years earlier. Despite his past, he’s determined to win Kit over once and for all. But before that can happen they need to convince the police there’s a killer working his way down a list with cold-hearted vengeance in mind.

Forced to delve into Alana’s dark past, Jake and Kit uncover a forty-year-old double murder leading them straight to the door of a legal dynasty.¬†Soon they find out just how far the heirs will go to keep the past buried.

Genre: Anthology/Asian Literature

Price: $1.18

Blurb: Stirring Winds is an Asian Literature Anthology, centering on the theme of life changes and significant moments. It contains six stories ranging in length from 900 Р3000 words.

Two stories included have won prizes and have been previously published: The Wind Blew the Wrong Way (First Prize, Five Stop Story, Sep. 2011) and Ice Walls (Third Prize, Meridian Writing, Spring 2012).

Three Ballerinas and The Smell of Peaches were both shortlisted in online writing contests (Meridian Writing and A Very Short Story). Sapporo Skies and The Waiting World were written exclusively for this collection.

Three Ballerinas: Elise left Japan nine years ago, but still regrets the decisions she made then. She hopes that returning to Nagoya will set her heart free.

Sapporo Skies: Masa and Hikari celebrate their anniversary every year with a hot-air balloon ride in Hokkaido. This year, a long-kept secret is revealed.

The Smell of Peaches: Mayumi is a new mother recovering from childbirth. She prays her son will chase away the ghost haunting her dreams.

Ice Walls: Two Russian ice-sculptors compete in the annual ice-sculpting competition in Harbin, China. Will Katinka and Aleksei finally overcome their rivalry and be friends?

The Waiting World: From behind the veil between worlds, a man watches his beloved wife celebrate his birthday at Matsumoto Castle.

The Wind Blew the Wrong Way: Junko is turning thirty. While visiting her favorite temple in Kyoto, she has a second chance with an old lover, but will fate bring them together or keep them apart?

Genre: Thriller

Price: $3.94

Blurb: Nick Hunter used to be a contract killer. Now he’s cut all links to his former lifestyle and can at last relax and live a normal life. He settles down to married life. He has a son. He adores his little family. Unbeknown to him, shadows from his past step forward to shatter his short-lived peace. His wife is dead, his four-year old son kidnapped and it looks like someone is trying to frame him for murder. Under pressure, broken, is there anything Nick wouldn’t do to rescue his son? Would he kill the villains, despite the promise to himself to stop his life of crime? Would he kill innocents? Would he hurt the people he loves most in his need to protect his son? A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat read that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Price: $3.10

Blurb: A funny, hot, and sexy new release from N.M. Silber

Once upon a time two lawyers fell in love across a courtroom …
Gabrielle Ginsberg was a public defender with plenty of nerve and Braden Pierce was an assistant district attorney with a whole lot of swagger. Gabrielle wanted Braden and Braden wanted Gabrielle.
And Cameron wanted Gabrielle.
And Marla wanted Braden.
And Cole wanted Gabrielle.
And Mrs. Mason wanted Braden.
And an anonymous letter writer wanted to keep Gabrielle and Braden apart.
Together Gabrielle and Braden discovered many important things, like which doors at the courthouse actually locked, and that desks could be useful for more than writing. They also found out that the path of love was not always smooth, and it was sometimes tread upon by some really wacky people, like a confused fanny grabber, an eighty-two year old pothead and a gentleman who threw a wine and cheese party in his pants. Could true love overcome a lack of privacy, interference by jealous rivals and the insanity of the criminal court system?

NOTICE: This book contains explicit descriptions of sexual situations and mature language. It is intended for readers over the age of eighteen.

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Price: $2.99

Blurb:¬†After literally bumping into a gorgeous stranger, Mackenzie succumbs to a night of passion with him. When she wakes up, he‚Äôs gone. But that‚Äôs only the start. Three years later, the stranger, Drew, shows up‚ÄĒand she‚Äôs pissed.

Drew isn’t all he seems, either. An evil greater than he can battle alone wants something that belongs to both Mackenzie and himself. Their daughter. They fight to find a way to keep Drew’s master from taking Sophie, while battling his fellow soul brokers who are fighting for their freedom.

Unable to defeat his master alone, Drew asks his father for help. Will they survive long enough for his deal to be brokered? Or will they succumb to the evil of Drew’s master?

As always, I hope you do decide to pick some of these great books up – if not all! – and hopefully enjoy them! Remember, an indie author puts a lot of work into a book that will cost less than that coffee and chocolate bar you were going to pick up ‚Äď yes, I know! ‚Äď and it‚Äôs going to leave you with that happy feeling for an awful lot longer. Plus you get to go back to it if you really loved it, and you‚Äôre never going to make that chocolate bar come back. So go on, grab one of them before your sugar craving kicks in. ūüėČ

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Review of Gypsy by David Menon

Good morning everyone! Just two days to go until the weekend-it’s getting closer! Now a few weeks ago I interview the lovely David Menon, and reviewed one of his novels. Today I have the pleasure of reviewing another one of his novels, ‘Gypsy‘. He’s also been kind enough to give us a little piece on why he wrote ‘Gypsy‘. ¬†So without further ado, grab your coffee, get settled, and enjoy!

 

‘ … it was a Wednesday morning and I drove down from my home in Manchester to the peak district town of Matlock to meet up with some old friends from nearby Wirksworth.¬†As¬†I pulled up in the centre of town, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Gypsy’ was playing on the car radio and it’s always been one of my favourite Stevie Nicks songs so I waited until it had finished before I went on my way.¬†The song is about going back to when life was simple and somehow easier to manage, so¬†I thought, what if I’d come back to Matlock for the first time in years? What if life had been intolerable back then because of lies and catastrophies that had almost destroyed me and I was coming back to finally put things right? Why had I stayed away so long? Why hadn’t I¬†come back in the intervening years? What if I’d become a great success in my chosen profession but there was still a dark secret waiting to¬†try and destroy me again? I’d been a ‘Gypsy’ and gone all over the world but could I cope with more murder, love, loss, and betrayal? These were all the reasons why I’d left town in the first place.¬†And could I deal with finding out the truth about my own identity whilst tracking down a killer from thirty years ago? … ‘

That’s how it happens to us writers … a favourite song on the radio, a town you’ve always found inspiring, an imagination that takes you into some kind of parallel universe. You know how it is, Miranda. And from all that, the story, plot, and characters of ‘Gypsy’ found their way into my head and there was no way I could ignore their story.

 

When Danny Holdsworth returns to Matlock, the Derbyshire Peak district town of his birth, after being away for thirty years, his intention is to find the killer of his best friend, Nigel Slater, who was murdered back in 1982, a crime for which Danny was once a suspect but which still remains unsolved. Now a respected international journalist, Danny decides to use his temporary position as editor of the Derbyshire Times to campaign to finally bring Nigel’s killer to justice. But almost as soon as he’s back he runs into his old flame, Caroline, who’s very unhappily married to Danny’s childhood nemesis, Ben Reynolds. Caroline would like to rekindle her romance with Danny but he’s interested in someone else, someone much closer to Caroline than is comfortable for either of them. Ben’s haulage business is in deep trouble and he resorts to desperate measures with shady Russian businessmen to try and save it, risking the lives of himself and his family in the process, until Danny suggests a way out. Against this background, Danny believes he’s getting close to finding Nigel’s killer when he discovers a connection between the crime and his own identity that shocks him to the core and makes him wish he’d never come home. Some secrets should be left buried with the past.

 

 

Good Points

David Menon mentioned to me that this book ‘was his baby’, and I can see why! I am blown away by Mr Menon’s first offering. The characters were definitely my favourite-and being from the North of England, I chuckled a little at his embittered Northern ladies made their way onto the pages, as I’m sure I know a few! All of them were vivid, colourful, and (I felt) true to life, and I the main protagonist really shone through, with both his good and bad. There was also enough drama in this novel to put any soap opera to shame! You all know I don’t give away spoilers in my reviews, but the main character, ‘Gypsy’, does¬†something¬†to one of the female characters and someone close to her that will make you go, “Uh oh!”. The suspense was cleverly weaved in, and crafted so that you were questioning everything all the way until the ending-which was unexpected and I didn’t see coming at all. The story flowed very well, it was fast moving, but nothing was missed and skipped.

 

Bad Points

That now I’m going to have to read the rest of David Menon’s novels? Seriously, I couldn’t find anything wrong with this novel, and I was impressed that this was his first novel.

 

Overall

This is a wonderful offering, and if you haven’t got a copy yet-go and do it now! The book is a finely tuned detective story, with element of homosexuality, Russian businessmen, vivid Northern women, and the past, all crafted in and delivered in an amazing package. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to devour the story.

I give this book……5/5 Stars!

Interview and Review with David Menon

Good morning people! I have a treat for you today! Not only do we have a review, I also have another fabulous author interview! Today we have David Menon, author of Fall From Grace, here with us at the blog.

I’m 51 years old, I was born in Derby but I’ve lived all over England including Berkshire, Manchester, and Blackpool. I now live in Paris with my partner John who is a retired diplomat. My mother was English and my father was Indian,¬†my favourite food after French cuisine is curry.
I worked as cabin crew for British Airways for 24 years and for the last 12 of those I was the onboard manager flying on 747 and 777 aircraft around the world and being responsible for a cabin crew of up to 16. One of my ‘claims to fame’ is that I once made a cheese sandwich for the actress Julia Roberts on a flight to Los Angeles, and I once mistook Matt Damon for Leonardo diCaprio.
I’ve always been politically motivated and I joined the Labour party back in 1986. I stood for election twice, once to the European parliament, and once to the Westminster parliament, but although I remain active, mainly in the northwest region, I¬†don’t intend to stand for office again. I left BA in 2009 under a scheme of voluntary redundancy so that I could finally set out to achieve my lifelong ambition to become a writer of crime fiction.¬†¬†¬†¬†
I love my fictional Manchester DCI, Sara Hoyland. She likes wine, men, and sex, she has an interesting backstory but she isn’t some terribly emotionally injured adulterous drunk that a lot of detectives in crime fiction are. She likes to get the job done and she won’t stop until she feels the truthful result has been¬†achieved. She would have no time for sending the wrong suspect to prison and won’t give in to pressure until she feels the job has been done and the right culprit apprehended. If they were to make a TV series of the books, I’d love Katherine Kelly, who played ‘Becky’ in Coronation Street, to play her.

Hello David, it’s a great pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog!

Random question first as always in my interviews! You used to work as cabin crew for BA for 24 years before you became a writer; I bet you met some interesting people there! Do you have any stories for us nosy people?

I do have lots of stories from the 24 years but I’m kind of afraid of being sued! All I will say is that a very famous British TV actor who plays very ‘smooth’ types was once arguing with me at the boarding door because he couldn’t be upgraded to First Class, even though he had no entitlement to First and his justification for ‘needing’ to be upgraded was that he’d spent all day interviewing Sharon Stone.¬†Puh-lease! Actually, a lot of people, not celebrities just regular passengers, try it on with regard to upgrading¬†but I have to say that airline staff, both on the ground and in the air, have heard it all before and at the end of the day, you wouldn’t go into Tesco, pick up a can of baked beans and expect it to be upgraded at the check out to a bottle of scotch just because you fancied a drink! Other than that, there was the white lady who refused to sit in the middle of a group of black people on a flight from Toronto, just because they were black. So I upgraded the black people and left the lady in economy. She was furious because of course she’d wanted the¬†upgrade but I wasn’t going to pander to her disgusting racism. i felt very happy going home that morning. I never experienced any technical emergencies in 24 years but I and my crew did get surrounded by an angry mob of people in a West African country who threatened to take us all hostage if we didn’t allow them on the flight to London.¬†The flights had been overbooked all week and I did understand their point of view but it was probably the scariest moment. I had to negotiate to get us away which wasn’t easy either. But we were okay in the end, thankfully, and they all did get away over the following couple of days.

Wow! Lots of stories then-but we won’t press you for any more, I promise. We don’t need the police back after the other author incident! *wink* So your newest novel, Fall From Grace, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

Yes, it’s the first in a series to feature my fictional Manchester DCI, Sara Hoyland. In it she has to investigate the extradition case of a Derbyshire man who’s been revealed as a Nazi war criminal and has been given sanctuary by¬†a woman of similar age who’s the richest titled lady in the land, a fervent Nazi supporter and the owner of Gatley Hall. But the more Sara and her team investigate the more they uncover about the¬†activities of this couple during world war 2 that led to a potentially innocent man going to the gallows for murder in 1940. There is also a connection between the titled lady and a social worker in Salford who’s coming to terms with the loss of his beloved dying father and¬†the fact that he hasn’t heard from his soldier lover Jake, out on a tour of duty in Afghanistan, for weeks. Young girls are also going missing from a local estate and once Sara cracks the link between it all it’s a race to stop any murders happening today as a consequence of what happened ovber 70 years ago’.

So what inspired this novel?

I’ve known for a long time that the British aristocracy, going right up to the then Queen herself, were wanting the British government to make an appeasement agreement with Hitler that would’ve protected the British empire which was the source of their wealth. I was also fascinated by the idea of what would’ve happened if Rudolf Hess had succeeded in negotiating with the British and by a documentary I saw in which some British aristocrats, now very old, still were unapologetic about their fondness for Hitler. I wanted to see how I could match all of that with a contemporary crime story to introduce Sara Hoyland and the story just grew from there.

A very interesting subject to write about. And an important point in history, it’s a great idea you have had to write about it. What books do you normally read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

I read mostly crime fiction because it’s the genre that genuinely excites me the most.

And why do you write in the genre you’ve chosen?

Because the crime fiction genre is best for reflecting everything to do with society. Everything to do with gender, sexuality, rich, poor, privilged, disadvantaged, it can all be covered. I’m interested in ordinary people pushed into extraordinary situations and seeing what they do.¬†I’m also interested in writing for those people out there for whom life never quite works out because of the malicious actions of others.

So what advice would you give to others who wanted to become indie authors?

Keep writing, keep at it, keep believing in yourself and your talent. Don’t be put off by anyone or anything. Becoming an indie author means you’ve got control of your work, so put it out there and see what happens.

If you could be a character from one of your books for a day, who would you be and why?

Well I’ve got a character in my book ‘Gypsy’ who is engaged to his fiance until he finally breaks it off because he’s gay. Thirty¬†years later he’s back on friendly terms with her until she finds out that he’s having an affair with her 24-year old son! There’s a small world for you.

I can see that ending only one place-trouble! ūüôā And where can we find your novels?

David’s novels can be found at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Smashwords, and Waterstones.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Well the second in the DCI Hoyland series, ‘Beautiful Child’, is out now as an ebook and will be out as a paperback in the autumn. The inspiration for this came from the forced migration of children from childrens homes in England to Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. Sara has to investigate a series of apparently random murders arouind Manchester that are linked to a Catholic¬†church in Salford where there used to be a childrens home where many were sent from.¬†There’s also a prisoner in HMP Manchester who’s nearing the end of a life sentence for murder and is being given counselling before his release. He has a strong Australian accent¬†so at first Sara doesn’t think he could have anything to do with the murders. But then she starts to think otherwise and when the wife of one of her officers is caught up in it and murdered,¬†she knows she has to crack this one and soon.
I’m also writing the third in the series called ‘Outside the Rain’ which starts off with a terrorist bombing of Manchester’s Piccadilly station when Sara is there with her sister-in-law who ends up being killed in the attack. All the fingers are pointed at a group of Islamic terrorists but Sara isn’t so sure and becomes convinced that British intelligence is hiding something from both her and the public. But if she is going to expose the truth she’s going to have to risk her career for the sake of it.
You can also expect a novel from me in the autumn called ‘Storms’ which is a sort of follow up to my previous novel ‘Gypsy’ and is set in the Derbyshire Peak district. This is a dark tale of the long term effects of child sexual abuse and¬†when one man gets his revenge on his former abuser.
I’ve also got a collection of short stories coming out called ‘Kind of Woman’ which all have a kind of Roald Dahl ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ type ending.
Sara Hoyland will also be back in at least three more stories that i’m planning for her, I’ve got anothere detective series in the planning stages set in Blackpool,¬†and I’ve got a story that is set entirely in Australia which I’m excited about but I don’t want to give too much away at the minute.

Lots to keep you busy for us readers then. And final random question! We all love James Bond, and you say that you think that Daniel Craig is by far the best Bond since Sean Connery, but…..if you could choose anyone else to play Bond, who would it be, and why?

Well if it was today, I’d say Clive Owen because he’s ‘got it’ where Bond is concerned but I’d rather Daniel Craig did at least three more and then they gave it to an actor called Danny Miller who until recently played the part of ‘Aaron’, the troubled teenager on ‘Emmerdale’. He’d be a perfect Bond because he can do mean really well but he also has flashes of emotion and humour which are all important for the Bond role. Even if he didn’t get the Bond role I do think Danny is going somewhere.

You can find out more about David Menon on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. Thank you for being here, David, any parting words?

My parting words – ‘Please buy my books and then tell me what you think!

 

And now scroll down for my review of David’s novel,¬†Fall From Grace….

 

Paul Foster is a social worker trying to make a difference. But what links him to an aristocratic Nazi sympathiser accused of harbouring a war criminal? And what has happened to his soldier boyfriend Jake over in Afghanistan? In this, the first DCI Sara Hoyland mystery, the intrepid detective with a murky past enters a long-forgotten world of political intrigue. Long-held grudges and several families’ secrets re-surface to further muddy the waters.

Grab your copy from the links above!

 

 

 

 

Good Points

I thought this was one of the best detective thrillers I’d ever read. There, I said it. It was written with a crisp, flowing style, where not a single word was out of place. The characters were strong and leapt from the page; however, this was a description-driven story, and the characters still shone through. Which moves us onto the descriptions, which were vivid and well-thought out, everything that you needed to see in that one passage. I also loved the basis for the story, I thought it was a great (almost forgotten) part of history to add the the book, and it definitely gave it even more of a touch of realism. The other important point of this book is that it encompassed several of humanities’ social problems, weaving it into the crime story with ease. The twists and turns in this book were amazing, each one leading you to a conclusion that three minutes later was swept away altogether.

 

Bad Points

The amount of twist and turns-and this isn’t really a bad point, but I had to put something. ūüôā I personally love lots of twists and turns, I do it in my own books, but I can see some (very few!) people getting confused by the different sub-plots happening at once.

 

Overall

This is a fantastic start to what I hope will continue to be a great detective series. The writing was perfect, the storyline original and great to follow, the characters were engaging…..everything you want from a good novel and more. I would recommend this novel to anyone who wants a new crime thriller with a twist of something different in it. I thought this book was superb, and I cannot wait to see what else David Menon has up his sleeve.

I give this novel……5/5 Stars!

Review of Redemption in Blood by Tara Wood

Murder is serious business among vampires. If you kill, so do they. They are the Penitent ‚Äď a military order among vampire society charged with one task only. Execute the condemned.

Vesper Hyde is a model Penitent. Solitary. Skilled. Deadly. Only once has she ever lost a target, even though it almost cost her life. Now the one that got away is back with a vengeance, and this time he’s determined to finish the job. She needs to overcome the whispers of doubt and let her instinct and training take over to redeem her failure. But on this second time around, she doesn’t expect a sidekick. A very sexy, stubborn, human sidekick.

Homicide Detective Decker Price has seen it all, including the murder of his wife at the hands of a twisted serial killer. When another murder pitches him headfirst into a world of vampires, witches, and sorcery, he is given a chance to mend shattered parts of his soul. But Vesper’s world is as dark and alluring as the Penitent herself and he will come face to face with echoes of his past in order to help her keep a vicious enemy at bay.

If they are to succeed, they will need to push aside both their failings and work together to ensure the balance of their worlds remains unchanged. Redemption comes at a cost ‚Äď is their love worth the price?

You can grab your copy by clicking here, or on that appealing cover there.

Good Points

Okay,¬†whoa, let me just take a deep breath. Because there are a lot. I’m so impressed that in just two days I have had the pleasure of reading two great novels that I loved! In all seriousness, I have met the lovely Tara Woods via Facebook, and am always aware of still reviewing friend’s novels despite being friends with them. However, I truly loved this book. The thing that stands out in Ms Wood’s novel the most are the characters. Vesper is truly ass-kicking, more Buffy than Bella, and says exactly what she thinks, but has her flaws. And Decker is a strong kind of guy, but holds his own, and the electrically charged arguing between them really builds towards their inevitable relationship.

On top of this, I think Tara Wood totally gets my need to have characters who are sexy and hot, and yet psychotic and bloody-minded, in the form of Victor and Howard, who you will love to hate. The writing has just the right pace, and pulled me in from the first page, where we first see the complicated character that is Vesper.

Not to mention that the sex scenes are HOT! They don’t glaze over things, nor are they too drawn out with a plethora of unnecessary flowery language, and I had to fan myself quite a few times to stop my blush spreading over my face! ¬† On top of all this, the storyline is original and unique, with a twist on vampires I haven’t seen done before. I also loved how the worlds of humans and vampires were intertwined, rather than the two being¬†separate worlds that met occasionally. ¬†Ms Wood also left quite a few tempting morsels of the stories yet to come, with Marcus and Lorelei!

Bad Points

That the next one isn’t out yet? Hurry up and write it Tara!

Overall

This was a novel that I literally didn’t put down until I had finished it-literally. If you are looking for a paranormal novel that is neither romance or fantasy, and yet somehow both, with a crime thriller laced in, and just a dash of horror, then this is your book. The storyline is compelling, the characters are vivid, and will play out the story in front of you as clearly as if they were in your room, and there are plenty of moments that will make you gasp, make you smile (probably slyly to yourself after a furtive look around), and will make you scream, ‘No, don’t go there!’. Just download it now here, and wait impatiently for the next one, just like I now will!

I give this…..5/5 STARS!