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The Cave
Amanda McKinney (A Berry Springs Novel) Publication date: August 1st 2019

Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

After getting trapped in a remote cave, two strangers must work together to survive while being hunted by a ruthless killer…

Life is full of surprises, rescue swimmer Owen Grayson knows that better than anyone, especially when he’s forced to take an indefinite military leave and return home to pick up the pieces of his dad’s latest mistake. As Owen struggles to settle back into his roots, he is called to a remote cave where he discovers the mysterious death of his uncle wasn’t an accident at all. As the clues begin to unravel, it becomes apparent that the cave is hiding secrets worth killing for… and everyone on site has a target on their back.

Coming off a bad break up and an even worse few days, Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Sadie Hart is brought in to excavate human remains found deep in the treacherous mountains of Berry Springs, in a cave rumored to be haunted, nonetheless. When her team stumbles upon a dead body before they even reach the cave, Sadie quickly realizes this is going to be no ordinary job—especially when she meets a particularly bull-headed Adonis who claims to be related to the victim.

A storm hits, trapping Sadie and Owen inside the cave with nothing but a flashlight and a small backpack with provisions… and someone who wants them dead. As the odds stack up against them, Sadie begins to fear she and Owen will become the next pile of bones found deep in the catacombs of Crypts Cavern…

THE CAVE is a standalone romantic suspense novel.

MY REVIEW

The Cave by Amanda McKinney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one blew me away with just how much I enjoyed myself. My first introduction to this talented author but it definitely won’t be my last this really was the real deal. So in-depth and well researched I was super impressed at the level of detail contained within these pages this author has most certainly done her homework here. Everything here felt so authentic and fresh. I experienced all the feels right alongside these diverse characters and was left feeling like I had traversed the same journey right by there sides. It was like I had been transported right into the landscape itself. I also learned so much and loved that this wasn’t dumbed down for the masses. I am a massive Bone’s fine so loved that this was set in the world of forensic anthropology. This was primarily plot-driven and the romance here was more for me a secondary thing which did work. This wasn’t a graphic book in terms of the heat factor but that really didn’t matter and I could most definitely feel the chemistry here between out two main characters. So the two in the spotlight her were forensic anthropologist Dr Sadie Hart and Search and rescue officer Owen Grayson who is on a temporary sabbatical as he is needed back home. Sadie is called in to excavate some bones at local legendary spot Crypts Cavern. This also had a really great cast of secondary contributors all multi-faceted individuals. Containing Spelunking or potholing if you’re like me and from the UK (I had to look up the former I was like ya what, oh you mean potholing got it) And I really liked that aspect of this story. Lastly, this can be read as a stand-alone novel. This was well written and intense with a gripping and vivid mystery and its centre. I really do rate this one highly it was fabulous from start to finish.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Cave (Berry Springs #7).

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EXCERPT:

SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL. Alluring, magical. A commanding force who had a way of reminding you how little and vulnerable human life really was. How she could chew you up and spit you out without so much as a happy ending. She was powerful, relentless, unforgiving, and tonight, she was in one hell of a mood.

Owen knew her well. He loved her, respected her, and had found a home with her even though she’d take everything from him in a moment’s notice, then build him back up, only to destroy him again. She was addictive, an adrenaline rush second only to jumping out of a MH-60 Jayhawk at a hundred feet, then getting pelted with a 120-knot rotor blast. He’d seen the bodies she’d devoured in her wake, watched the friends and families cry. But the truth was, he’d be nothing without her. She’d made him into the man he was today. For better or worse.

She was a bitch of a mistress, and Owen’s gut told him they were in for a helluva fight tonight.

Owen buckled the waist belt, giving it a quick tug before moving onto the chest straps. The helicopter dipped, dropped, then slowly lifted again causing him to glance up at the pilot, Lieutenant Potts, who was laser-focused on the controls glowing through the dark night. A flash of lightning streaked the sky in the distance, sparkling off the rain-streaked windshield. Up ahead, the lights of a capsized sailboat—the only light in the black, swirling water—swaying back and forth on its side, at the mercy of her angry waves.

Yeah, she was in one hell of a mood tonight.

Author Bio:

Amanda McKinney is the bestselling and multi-award-winning author of more than ten romantic suspense and mystery novels. She wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, in 2017 after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Set in small, southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning murder mysteries packed with steamy romance.

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Release Date-August 8th 2019
Publisher-Random House UK Vintage
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-352 pages

Ruth Ware, the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller returns with another page-turning psychological thriller. 

When she stumbles across the advert, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

MY REVIEW

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story starts with an accused woman incarcerated in jail awaiting trial for a crime she claims she is innocent of. Pleading by letter with a Mr Wrexham to hear her pleas and provide assistance in proving her innocence. As opening statements go this one was such an attention grabber instantly managing to pull me deep into the narrative. We then get the story of events direct from Rowen herself as she explains in exact detail just what went down at Heatherbrae House. So nannying for four children up in the middle of nowhere with a fantastic salary seems a dream come true and when Sandra and Bill Elincourt hire Rowan for the job it seems the ideal chance to leave London and her lowly paid nursery job behind. Instantly thrown in at the deep end Rowan finds herself in sole charge of the children. But her new residence comes complete with uncooperative children, strange noises, creepy footsteps, objects disappearing and lights turning themselves off and on randomly. There are tales of ghosts and a creepy poison garden on the grounds. The house itself is a smart house with voice activation and cameras in every room controlled by her employers. Also what has caused all past nannies employed to quit so suddenly. Add in an unpleasant housekeeper and Rowan isn’t finding things smooth sailing in her new job. Thank god for the lovely live on-site handyman Jack who seems to be her only friend besides the baby. This is most definitely a story of secrets and I was suitably intrigued and then impressed with where this eventually took us. Told Completly from Rowans POV this really did have a spooky gothic vibe to it. Almost like a modern-day ghost story. I did like the eventual conclusion here know I kinda guessed but I also wasn’t a fan of the open-ended direction the finish eventually took. I would have prefered some more clarity in regards to those letters. The ending here is what dropped this a star for me as it did leave me a tad underwhelmed. Despite that I still really enjoyed this it was such an engrossing read.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Turn of the key.

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Release Date-8th August 2019 Publisher-Quercus Books Genre-Psychological Thriller

Kindle Edition-352 pages

The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. From the bestselling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller. . . .

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives–and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .

MY REVIEW

The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Abbie wakes to find herself a cobot. An advanced AI companion/robot Invented by her genius husband Tim five-years after her demise and implanted with her memories and personality. Returning with Tim to her former marital home Abby #2 attempts to acclimatise herself to her new reality with her husband and disabled son. Told in a then and now fashion this skips between the two-time frames the then narrated by an unknown observer and the now with Abbie the Cobot. Gradually a picture of events stars to emerge. This was such a unique and unusual story that captured my imagination almost instantly. This took me places I wasn’t expecting and that finale caught me completely by surprise. This was not incredibly complicated but it was just so gripping a really great psychological thriller that I managed to read in one entire sitting. I also loved the inclusion of Danny and how his autism was addressed. My son has Aspergers totally different end of the scale in terms of functioning but I can still relate somewhat. I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would the only thing that let this down for me was as much as I adored being lead down the garden path here in terms of the grand finale I would still have perhaps prefered a different final destination. That still doesn’t take away from the fact that this was such a unique piece of fiction. That kept me on my toes right until that finish line.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Perfect Wife.

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Release Date-July 30th 2019
Genre-Fantasy Romance
Kindle Edition-242 pages

The world of Under has been remade into what it was long before the Ancients were put in their prison. They are free, and with them comes the reign of the callous, merciless King who was once the man I loved.

I always knew Aon was a monster, and as the King of All he is far worse. But a part of me refuses to give up on him, hoping that Aon might be strong enough to shed the skin of the ruthless King he has become.

But time is running out, and the Ancients are forcing me to choose. Either I let them destroy who I truly am, or fall to my knees and be remade into the one thing the King of All has always wanted, yet has always been denied…

The Queen of All.

MY REVIEW

Queen of All by Kathryn Ann Kingsley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the final instalment in the Masks of Under series and it certainly didn’t disappoint. As usual, this was excellently written and I read it in one complete sitting. I was more than ready to reach the conclusion of what has been one hell of a journey and finally get some closure for Lydia and Aon. I am going to keep this one relatively short as I have no desire to spoil this much-anticipated finale for anyone. Just know that there are things here that will make your heart bleed but amid this pain, there is also an end in sight. One where I was just happy to finally get some much-needed closure and some semblance of normality (or what passes for such in Under). This one was fast-paced, told from multiple POV and managed to answer any lingering questions I had. But as much as I am ecstatic to reach the finish here I am also ever so sad to be leaving behind these vibrant flawed characters who have managed to burrow and dig deep. This has been such an amazing series and one of my standout favourites ever. I recommend this series so highly it has something for everyone. I really cant wait to see what this author brings forth next.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Queen of All (The Masks of Under #6).

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The Rogue King
Abigail Owen (Inferno Rising #1) Published by: Entangled: Amara Publication date: July 30th 2019

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her…

As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.

But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.

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EXCERPT:

The only warning she got that she was being followed was the flick of a shadow in the headlights. Before she could react, a massive golden dragon slammed down on the road in front of her about half a mile out. She almost expected the ground to shake with the force, but the act was near silent.

Dammit.

She gritted her teeth and tightened her hands on the wheel. Rather than stop, Kasia hit the gas, pushing the car to go faster. He wasn’t taking her without a fight, that was for damn sure.

The dragon’s deep golden scales glittered in the oncoming headlights. He didn’t budge. But he did growl, his tail slashing back and forth.

“Move, you scaly bastard,” she muttered.

But she didn’t let up on the pedal.

He lowered his head and let loose a growl of warning, which she responded to by stomping harder on the gas.

“Get out of the way!”

She had no intention of playing chicken. If he didn’t, she’d ram this car down his fire-breathing throat. The hell with it. She didn’t want to go back to that cabin in Alaska anyway. Maul would miss her, but he’d be the only one.

Only the dragon didn’t move. Okay then. Kasia braced for impact.

At the moment she should’ve slammed into him, the beast heaved himself into the air, and she zoomed past, fishtailing underneath him from the force of the wind his wings caused.

He must’ve backed up, because he landed on the road in front of her again.

“You want another go, you oversized flying iguana?” she shouted, and bore down on him.

And again, he hopped out of her way only to land in her path.

Damn. Kasia held in a scream of fear-tinged frustration. They could keep this up all night, getting them nowhere fast. He wasn’t going to let her go.

With a growl of aggravation, though not defeat, Kasia stomped on the brakes. The tires squealed in protest, and the unpleasant odor of burning rubber followed her as she skidded the car to a stop broadside of the dragon, only a few feet away. If she rolled down her window, she could reach out and touch him.

The terrifying creature moved around the car, his movements more of a glide, like golden water flowing around her. He lowered his head to gaze in at her with an eye the size of her entire thigh. He snorted, and smoke trailed from his nostrils as he glared at her.

Please let this be Brand, and not some other phoenix-stealing dragon shifter.

Kasia glared back but raised her hands off the steering wheel in a gesture of surrender.

Author Bio:

Award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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Genre: Erotic Romance/Age Gap

Release Date: August 1, 2019

It started off as a game, sending a pic anonymously. All I’d planned to do was ruffle her feathers, maybe make her blush with embarrassment and possibly desire. I sure as hell had no intention of falling for her. Although I fantasized about her being beneath me, watching her unravel, that would never happen anywhere other than in my wet dreams. Bronwyn James was fine wine to my cheap beer—the two didn’t mix in polite society without a hangover.

But on Snapchat, we were equals. Social and economic standings didn’t come into play, and neither did our age…until my feelings got involved. I’d gone from wanting Bronwyn in my bed to needing her in my life—but that might be too much to ask since I hadn’t been willing to tell her who I was.

MY REVIEW

Mixologist: A Cougar Novella by Mila Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a fun, fairly simple, quick and definitely downright dirty read and I did enjoy it. It’s of novella-length but was actually still a decent size much longer than the usual novella. This one starts with a D-Pick (Haha do they ever work in real time I think not) and though at the beginning Kane does come across as a tad egotistical in regards to woman it soon became apparent that was mainly bluster on his part and he did quickly morph into quite the sweetheart when it came to Bronwyn and his emerging feelings for her. This is an age gap romance and Kane is the younger one here. I am not always a fan of this type of dynamic when it is YM/OW but here it did work for me. This also had minimal angst, was hot as hades and left me with the warm and fuzzies. I liked both main characters and this was told in dual POV which is my prefered way. All in all a romantic but steamy experience that I appreciated.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Mixologist: A Cougar Novella.

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