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#Consumed by J.R.Ward–Review-4.5 stars–#NetGalley

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Anne Ashburn was not the warm touchy-feely-type of person. She was a focused, strong-willed firefighter; determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. Anne was crushed, however, when she discovered that her dad was not the hero, she’d thought he was. And, her mother, was even more of a doormat than she’d thought. 

Danny McGuire was the love of Anne’s life; not that she wanted him to know that, however. The two of them had a toxic, on again-off again, explosive relationship. Anne was angry and prickly most of the time, and Danny was drowning in guilt. If their relationship were ever to survive, they’d have to become vulnerable and trust one another; something neither of them were good at.  

When a tragic accident occurred, Anne’s life was changed forever. She worked hard, though, at reinventing herself. She had become a fire investigator and an excellent one at that. Anne was never someone to back down on a challenge, even if it was dangerous. And, although she should have been, Anne was not afraid to cross ruthless and influential, evil individuals.  

Wow, what a great start to a new series.  J.R. Ward doesn’t shy away from describing gruesome scenes, and the horrific toll firefighting takes on a person, mentally, physically and emotionally. I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Thank you, Gallery Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

 

 

 

#Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia–Review-4 stars-#NetGalley

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Nineteen-year-old Lucas Blackthorn and his father disappeared in the Minnesota Boundary Waters wilderness, ten-years ago. They were both assumed dead. But when Lucas Blackthorn ransacked a nearby outfitter store, the search for his father resumed. Lucas was sent to a nearby psychiatric hospital. He was mute and unresponsive.

Assistant speech therapist, Maya Stark was assigned to work with Lucas Blackthorn. The staff at the hospital were amazed when Maya received an immediate response from Lucas. It baffled everyone, but Lucas, as to why he would connect with Maya, and no one else. 

Against hospital rules, Maya became emotionally involved with Lucas. She became his ally, and crossed professional lines, risking her job, her heart, and her future. Lucas needed to find his father. Maya did too, but not for the same reason. Maya had her own secrets and agenda. She wanted answers. 

Leave No Trace is a complex and compelling thriller. Although I didn’t find the book entirely realistic, I was engrossed in the story from the first page.

Thank you, Atria Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from Amazon)

Mindy Mejia received her MFA from Hamline University. Her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. The granddaughter of Minnesota farmers, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children. She is the author of Everything You Want Me to Be.

 

#Everything We Give by Kerry Lonsdale-Review-5 stars-#NetGalley,#Lake Union Pub

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Don’t Miss Kerry Lonsdale Newest Outstanding Novel! Everything We Give–Coming 7/3/18

 

Everything We Give is the third novel in Kerry Lonsdale’s Everything Series. Although each one of these books, can be read as a standalone, they are much more enjoyable, clearer, and richer, if they are read in order. Each novel builds upon the one prior. The first book is Aimee’s story, the second, James’s, and the third, Ian’s. I loved every book in this series, but I think book three is my favorite. 

Aimee was content. She had a wonderful husband, Ian, a successful business, and a beautiful daughter. Aimee thought she had moved on from her ex-fiancee, James, the man she thought was dead, but found out, was alive; living in Mexico, under the name of Carlos. When James showed up in her life again, Aimee’s unresolved buried emotions, surfaced. 

Ian is a professional photographer, and one of his dreams was about to come true. National Geographic was interested in his work. Ian wanted his wife, Aimee, to be the first to know about it. Aimee, however, was nowhere to be found. She was with James. Ian was afraid of losing his wife; every woman he’s ever loved has left him, including his own mother. His mother didn’t want him in her life anymore, or at least, that’s what his father told him. But, circumstances and people aren’t always what they first appear to be. 

Ian’s childhood was lonely and heartbreaking. He was an only child of a mentally ill mother and a traveling workaholic father. Ian’s mother suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Ian felt responsible for his mother’s safety against her most dangerous alter personality, Jackie. When Jackie’s behavior finally landed Ian’s mom in jail, Ian blamed himself. He was led to believe that he was the cause of his mother’s worsening mental illness. Ian lived under a heavy weight of guilt for many years until he finally discovered the truth.

Book three, Everything We Give is an engaging well-written novel, with developed and colorful characters, natural dialogue and an emotional but satisfying ending to the series. I read the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved this book. It’s bittersweet, heart-wrenching, touching, and thought-provoking. 

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She is the Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of The Everything Series, and the iBooks audiobook bestseller and 2017 Top 100 Kindle Book ALL THE BREAKING WAVES. She is the recipient of the Lake Union Publishing Golden, Platinum, Sapphire, and Diamond Quill awards, and her stories have placed in numerous writing contests. Her books are sold worldwide in more than 25 countries and have been translated into 22 languages (and counting).

Kerry graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, two naughty kitties, and an aging Golden Retriever convinced she’s still a puppy. Visit Kerry at her website, http://www.kerrylonsdale.com.

 

#Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris–4 Stars-#SMP #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Intense New Psychological Thriller-Bring Me Back-Coming 6/19/18!

 

Broken hearts, guilty consciences, and haunting mind-games are the ingredients that make up this psychological thriller.

Layla and Ellen came from a toxic family unit where their abusive alcoholic father had ruled. Layla was the first to leave the homestead. She escaped to London where she found Finn and fell in love. Finn loved Layla with a passion, so much so, that it scared him; especially the night that she went missing. 

Although Finn didn’t want to fall in love with Layla’s sister, Ellen, after Layla had disappeared, he did. It wasn’t the same kind of intense love, however, but it was enough. After Finn and Ellen’s engagement went public, Finn’s life began to fall apart. Someone was playing head-games with him, insinuating that after twelve years, Layla, was not only alive but trying to contact him.  

The story really begins to twist and turn after Ellen finds a Russian doll, the same doll she believes, her sister had taken from her years ago. Ellen wonders what will happen to her relationship, with Finn, if Layla suddenly makes an appearance in their lives.

Bring Me Back is a true, mind-twisting, psychological thriller. Although this novel isn’t completely believable and dragged a bit in the middle, it was still, captivating and enjoyable. I read the book in two days. This is the first work that I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 37 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK, and has five daughters.

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Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage–Review-4.5 Stars

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Baby Teeth–Coming 7/17/18–A Fascinating and Shocking Novel.

 

Wow, Baby Teeth is one of the darkest, creepiest horror books that I’ve read in a long time. It was a fascinating story, in a shocking-horror-type of way. I couldn’t put the book down, and read it in one sitting. 

 By all outward appearances, Suzette and Alex had it all. They were financially comfortable, had a loving, passionate relationship, and a beautiful daughter.  But, appearances can be deceiving. 

Seven-year-old Hanna was cunning. She knew how to get her way, whether she was at home, in school or just out with Suzette, her mother. Hanna was sweet and loving when she wanted to be. With her mother, however, Hanna was cold, calculating and manipulative. Hanna wanted her father for herself and was determined to do whatever was necessary to make that happen. 

Suzette loved her daughter and wanted only the best for her. And, even though Hanna’s hostile behavior towards her, hurt, she showered Hanna with love. Suzette made mistakes along the way but sincerely tried to give Hanna a better childhood than she had for herself. Alex was oblivious to Hanna’s manipulations. He couldn’t believe that his sweet daughter was capable of the evil deeds being reported to him. Suzette’s life became a hellish power-struggle with her daughter, even dangerous, whenever her husband was not in sight.

Kudos to the author for creating such an unforgettable debut novel. Whether you like the book or not, it’s bound to stir up strong emotions. If you can handle reading about twisted minds, even in a child, then this book might be for you. I rated this book down from 5 stars to 4.5, because Hanna’s behavior to me, seemed too advanced for her age. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 stars out of 5~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Other Mother by Carol Goodman-Review-4 stars

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Carol Goodman’s Newest Release-The Other Mother-Coming 3/27/18!

 

The Other Mother is an intense psychological thriller. It’s confusing and disturbing, but fascinating. Nothing in this book is what it appears to be. There are many twists and surprises throughout the novel. All the pieces, though, do come together in the end.

Daphne Marist and Laurel Hobbs met in a support group for women suffering from intrusive thoughts and postpartum psychosis/depression. The two women became fast friends, confiding in one another their deepest thoughts and fears. Laurel encouraged Daphne to sharpen her appearance. Daphne readily agreed and changed her hairstyle, clothes, accessories, and behavior, to match her new, more confident friend, Laurel Hobbs. Their intense friendship, however, crumbled. Did their husbands sabotage it, or did they break it themselves?

When Daphne’s life began to spin out of control, she split from her husband and took infant Chloe with her. Daphne headed for the Catskills where a job awaited her. She started her new life under the assumed name, Laurel Hobbs. It was there, however, where Daphne’s chaotic world turned into a never-ending nightmare. A world where layers of deceit and betrayals were exposed.

The Other Mother is a cleverly crafted thriller, where cunning characters come to life. A word of caution to the reader, Postpartum Psychosis/Depression, Intrusive Thoughts, suicide and Borderline Personality, are addressed in this intriguing, dark novel.

Thank you, William Morrow Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Today’s New Release!–Anna by Amanda Prowse-#Review–5-Stars

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Anna by Amanda Prowse is Out Today!

In Case You Missed My Review on This Fab. Book, Here’s The Link:

https://write-escape.com/2018/03/03/anna-by-amanda-prowse-review-5-shining-stars