Blog Tour: Dangerous Games (Dangerous Beauty #3) by J.T. Geissinger


Today is the release day for Dangerous Games (Dangerous Beauty #3) by J.T. Geissinger!

Title: Dangerous Games
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Series: Dangerous Beauty #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
The game isn’t over until somebody dies.

Dangerous Games, the thrilling and action-packed conclusion in the Dangerous Beauty Series from J.T. Geissinger, is available now!

Eva knows what it’s like to be imprisoned by a man’s twisted obsessions. But after running, hiding, and finding refuge in a rescuer’s arms, she’s suddenly pulled back into the black hole of her past. Kidnapped by her sadistic ex, Dimitri, and with the love of her life left for dead, Eva is facing down the worst of her demons alone.

If Dimitri wants to play sick games, Eva’s ready. She already knows how dark they can get. But despite her fears, she hasn’t been abandoned. Naz is in hot pursuit. And the last thing Dimitri expects is for a dead man to come calling. For Eva and Naz, worlds apart yet bound by fierce and unbreakable passion, it’s time to beat the devil.

To do it they’ll have to be just as ruthless, seductive, and cunning. With every pulse of the heart, they must risk it all to play Dimitri’s final game to its harrowing end—and win.

Excerpt:
Eva
“Make a sound and she dies.”
His gun pressed to the woman’s temple, Dimitri speaks in Russian, his voice as soft as silk. His smile says he assumes I’ll obey his instruction, because experience has taught him that I will.
This is an old game between us, one I know well. A game called Do What I Say, or Someone Innocent Suffers.
In this case, the someone innocent is a terrified stranger holding a bottle of wine who Dimitri used as a lure. She really could be the woman who owns the Airbnb rental Naz and I checked into, which she identified herself as when I asked through the closed door of the apartment moments ago, but I’ll probably never know.
Because her brains are about to paint the porch red.
Sorry, lady. I stopped taking orders from this asshole a while ago.
My scream is a wild beast of a thing, tearing out of my throat with fangs and claws. It’s long, loud, and composed of a single word.
“Naz!”
The woman jumps, drops the bottle of wine, and bursts into hysterical tears.
Dimitri is so stunned by my disobedience that he simply stares at me in blank disbelief.
I take advantage of his surprise and kick him as hard as I can in his balls.
He doubles over with a roar but doesn’t drop the gun. The woman shrieks like an air-raid siren. Naz calls out from somewhere behind me, a panicked shout, but my attention is caught by the sound of heavy boots pounding up the wooden stairs to the second-story apartment. I only have time to scream Naz’s name again before a group of armed men dressed all in black swarm the landing at the top of the stairs and crowd there shoulder to shoulder.
Dimitri’s soldiers point a forest of handguns at my face.
The woman’s eyes roll back into her head, which makes a dull thud as it hits the landing’s iron rail on her way down to the floor. She flops sideways, unconscious, legs splayed. Her plaid housedress rides up, exposing flabby thighs the color and texture of curdled milk.
“Take her!” snarls Dimitri through gritted teeth. His eyes blaze cyborg blue, but he’s still doubled over, cradling his groin.
I spin around to run but am caught by my T-shirt and yanked backward. My back bumps into a solid surface. A forearm as hard as an iron bar snaps into place around my throat. I scream again, struggling and clawing at the arm that holds me, but my scream is cut short as the arm tightens like a vise.
As stars pop in my vision, Naz emerges from the bedroom with his gun in his hand.
He strides toward us, arm outstretched, fully nude and heartbreakingly gorgeous.
“Stop where you are!” shouts Dimitri in English.
Apparently he’s recovered from my attack on his balls, because he jerks upright and shoves the barrel of his gun under my jaw. My teeth clack together with the force of it.
Naz freezes in place. His eyes are black and wild. His hair is wet. He’s dripping with moisture from the shower, his body gleaming, his chest heaving up and down with each breath.
Each labored, fury-filled breath. I can almost taste his rage. It’s a sharp metallic tang in the air, dangerous enough to cause spontaneous combustion. There’s a moment of electric silence where the only sound is the harsh breathing of the man who’s holding me. His mouth is so close to my ear that his hot breath is a wash of steam down my neck. Then Naz takes a careful step forward, and Dimitri speaks.
“Yes, come closer. If you want her dead.”
Naz freezes again. He’s focused on Dimitri with extraordinary intensity, his eyes unblinking and his jaw like stone. He appears to have no self-consciousness about his nudity and no fear that he’s staring down a dozen muzzles of loaded guns. Every muscle in his powerful body is tensed, ready to strike.
He’s magnificent. David challenging Goliath, the light of vengeance in his eyes.
Please, God, don’t let him be about to die!

About the Author:
J.T. Geissinger is a bestselling author of emotionally charged romance and women’s fiction. Ranging from funny, feisty rom coms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold more than one million copies and been translated into several languages.

She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America®. She has also been a finalist in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

Her first novel was published in 2012. Since then she’s written eighteen more novels. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking wine, surfing the internet, and daydreaming about all the things she’s going to be when she grows up. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles with her husband and deaf/demented rescue kitty, Ginger.

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Release Blitz: Dangerous Games (Dangerous Beauty #3) by J.T. Geissinger


Today is the release day for Dangerous Games (Dangerous Beauty #3) by J.T. Geissinger!

Title: Dangerous Games
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Series: Dangerous Beauty #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
The game isn’t over until somebody dies.

Dangerous Games, the thrilling and action-packed conclusion in the Dangerous Beauty Series from J.T. Geissinger, is available now!

Eva knows what it’s like to be imprisoned by a man’s twisted obsessions. But after running, hiding, and finding refuge in a rescuer’s arms, she’s suddenly pulled back into the black hole of her past. Kidnapped by her sadistic ex, Dimitri, and with the love of her life left for dead, Eva is facing down the worst of her demons alone.

If Dimitri wants to play sick games, Eva’s ready. She already knows how dark they can get. But despite her fears, she hasn’t been abandoned. Naz is in hot pursuit. And the last thing Dimitri expects is for a dead man to come calling. For Eva and Naz, worlds apart yet bound by fierce and unbreakable passion, it’s time to beat the devil.

To do it they’ll have to be just as ruthless, seductive, and cunning. With every pulse of the heart, they must risk it all to play Dimitri’s final game to its harrowing end—and win.

About the Author:
J.T. Geissinger is a bestselling author of emotionally charged romance and women’s fiction. Ranging from funny, feisty rom coms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold more than one million copies and been translated into several languages.

She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America®. She has also been a finalist in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

Her first novel was published in 2012. Since then she’s written eighteen more novels. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking wine, surfing the internet, and daydreaming about all the things she’s going to be when she grows up. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles with her husband and deaf/demented rescue kitty, Ginger.

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Cover Reveal: Hart of Darkness by S.B. Alexander


Today is my stop during the cover reveal for Hart of Darkness by S.B. Alexander.

Title: Hart of Darkness
Author: S.B. Alexander
Series: The Hart #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
The road to love is paved in the dark.

Former gang member Dillon Hart abandoned the streets to join the US Merchant Marines. He feels his life is finally on track until he returns home to discover that his sixteen-year-old sister is missing. With his younger brother in jail and his older brother living a life of crime, it’s up to Dillon to find Grace. After four years of searching, a phone call from a morgue gives him a lead that he can’t pass up. Enlisting the help of a cutthroat reporter may be his only hope.

Crime reporter Maggie Marx has just the right mix of grit and sex appeal to get anything she wants, even the darkest stories on the street. Growing up in a gang, she had her fair share of setbacks and obstacles. When Dillon Hart seeks her help, she’s more than ready to take down the street’s biggest enemy. Her actions could help her exact revenge or land her in the belly of the beast.

As Dillon and Maggie team up to search for Dillon’s sister, they aren’t prepared to find what lies ahead. One family is torn apart. Another is brought together. Hearts are shredded, secrets are uncovered, and love takes on a whole new meaning.

About the Author:
I’m Susan Alexander, and you’ll find my books under S.B. Alexander. A little about me. I’ve been writing since 2012 and started with writing all about vampires. After the second vampire book, I began to branch out in New Adult Romance. I love to read mostly all genres, and I’m always game to try something new. So I tested my hand at writing romantic suspense and just loved it. So you’ll find I write in several different sub-genres of romance.

In between writing, I spend time with my soul mate of 20 years who got a bad deal in life. Three years ago he was diagnosed with ALS. It’s a horrible disease, but we both have been making the best of life, laughing, smiling, and doing what we can together.

But writing is a great outlet for me to take my mind to another place. Plus, I have a great network of family, friends, fans, and so much more. I truly have an angel on my shoulder. My mantra is make the best of life because it’s too darn short.

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Book Blitz: Finding the Fight by Brittney Sahin


Today is my stop during the book blitz for Finding the Fight by Brittney Sahin.

Title: Finding the Fight
Author: Brittney Sahin
Series: Stealth Ops #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
Their well-kept secrets are about to unravel.

Former CIA officer Jessica Scott and Navy SEAL Asher Hayes have worked together for years as part of a black-ops team for the president, but Jessica’s close encounter with death is about to change everything between them . . .

As the team hunts down her abductor and tries to prevent an impending attack, Asher will stop at nothing to protect the woman he cares about. But will his actions push Jessica, aka the Ice Queen, further away; or will he knock down her impenetrable walls?

With their pasts coming back to haunt them, and their insatiable desire for each other pushing them to the brink, Asher and Jessica will find themselves faced with impossible choices–ones that could topple their very world.

In this high-stakes mission, will they be able to find the fight inside of them to win–or will this be one mission that hits far too close to home?

A standalone romantic suspense novel in the Stealth Ops SEAL Series.

About the Author:
Brittney Sahin began writing at an early age, with the dream to be a published author before the age of 18. Although academic pursuits (and, later, a teaching career) interrupted her aspirations, she never stopped writing–never stopped imagining.

It wasn’t until her students encouraged her to follow her dreams that Brittney said goodbye to Upstate New York in order to start a new adventure in the place she was raised: Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, she decided to take her students’ advice and begin to write again.

In 2015, she published her first novel, The Safe Bet. When she is not working on upcoming novels, she spends time with her family. She is a proud mother of two boys, and a lover of suspense novels, coffee, and the outdoors.

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Release Day: Forgiving Keven


Today is the release day for Forgiving Keven, and although this is the seventh book in my bestselling Kennedy Boys series, it can totally be read as a standalone as it focuses on one couple, with no cliffy and a guaranteed HEA. If you are following the series, this time it’s the mysterious Keven Kennedy’s turn in the spotlight. Find out the lengths he will go to to protect his childhood sweetheart Cheryl. You can expect the usual drama, humor, swoony romance, plenty of cameos from the rest of the Kennedy clan, and a healthy dose of suspense. Download your copy from Amazon. It’s only 0.99 for a VERY limited time. It’s also free to read in Kindle Unlimited.

About the book

Forgiving KevenForgiving Keven (The Kennedy Boys #7)
by Siobhan Davis

A suspenseful, second-chance, new-adult romance from the USA Today bestselling author of When Forever Changes and Inseparable.

She’s the one who got away. He’s the boy she can’t forget…

Cheryl
They say you never forget your first love, but I’m determined to prove Keven Kennedy is just a random boy from my past.

It’s not like I still think about him after all this time. Or daydream about how hot his kisses were and what it felt like to have his hands on my skin.

Nope, that’s not me. I’m in a happy place in my life. Engaged to a great man and finishing the last year of my photography degree.

Yet, since I returned to Massachusetts, everything reminds me of the boy who ripped my heart to shreds. Especially when my fiancé’s constant business trips, and dwindling attention, raises old fears to the surface.

And then the unthinkable happens—Keven saunters back into my life, turning it upside down once more.

It’s ironic he thinks he’s protecting me when the only one I need protecting from is him.

Keven
They say you never forget your first love. In my case, it’s true. Most everyone in high school thought Cheryl and I were a match made in heaven and that nothing could tear us apart. Until I messed up spectacularly and lost the best thing to ever happen to me.

Years have passed, girls have come and gone, but no one has laid claim to my heart in the way Cheryl did.

I thought she was lost to me forever when an unexpected encounter with an uptight FBI agent, and an intriguing proposition, brings the beautiful blonde back into my life.

I didn’t hesitate to sign on the dotted line.

I let Cheryl down once before. I’m not going to fail her this time.

Forgiving Keven is a STANDALONE title in the Kennedy Boys world. No cliff-hanger and a guaranteed HEA.

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Excerpt

“Next week, we’re going to study portraiture and capturing the human form. I thought we could have a little introduction to it today seeing as we have a helper.” A few hoots and hollers ring out in the room, and I stop my forward trajectory, suddenly very, very afraid. “Come here, big guy,” Cheryl taunts, struggling to contain her mirth. “You’re not afraid of getting your picture taken, are you?”

“When you say human form, please tell me you mean naked human form,” the girl who did the fucked-up finger licking thing pipes up.

“Hell to the no.” I drill a serious look at Cheryl, and she convulses into fits of laughter. Half the class joins in.

“Spoilsport,” she whispers when I reach her side.

I press my mouth to her ear. “If you want to see me naked, you only have to ask. I’ll strip for you anytime, babe—once it’s a private show.” I lick my lips and discreetly roll my hips.

Her cheeks enflame and, oh yeah, I think I won this round.

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Review: Exploited (Zero Day #1) by A. Meredith Walters

Title: Exploited
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Series: Zero Day #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
In this pulse-pounding novel from the bestselling author of Butterfly Dreams, a vigilante hacker plays a seductive game with the agent who’s chasing her online—and sharing her bed in real life.

At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.

Note: Exploited ends on a cliffhanger. Hannah’s story continues in Aftermath.

My Review:
I got very excited when I first came across this novel and even more excited when I was approved for an ARC and I had been itching to read it. I finally managed to squeeze it into my reading schedule last weekend and it was so worth the wait.

Occasionally, I come across books that I feel were written specifically for me and Exploited is one of those books. Man, where do I start? I loved the perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and romance. I loved the tech/hacker backdrop that had just enough detail to add substance without bogging the plot down in unnecessary or boring passages. I ADORED Mason, the hot, rugged, FBI agent who was ignoring his gut instincts and falling for a girl who was deceiving him. I thought I would struggle to connect to Hannah but I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong – I hated that she was betraying him in the worst way but her heart was in the right place and her initial motivations were pure.

I was suspicious of Toxicwrath from the get go and couldn’t understand how Hannah aka Freedom Overdrive was so trusting. I knew it was all going to end badly. I love books that keep me guessing over the villain’s identity like Exploited did. The end seems to be implicating a certain person from her past but I think that’s too obvious. My money’s on Kyle or Madison or maybe they’re working together. Either way, I can’t wait to read Aftermath to find out.

The romance was great between our couple and it was a nice build up with a fair amount of toing and froing which I love. Hannah was really battling her feelings but in the end, she caved. I was so rooting for Mason and Hannah but I don’t know how the author is going to pull back from that cliffy ending (LOVED it! Pure torture of the best kind!) All I know is I can’t wait to find out!

I’ve read books by this author before and her writing is as sublime as I remembered it.

If you enjoy well written romantic suspense with swoon-worthy romance and complex characters and a mysterious, intriguing plot then you MUST check this one out. Highly recommended, and one of my top reads for 2017 so far.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying an ARC which I have voluntarily reviewed.

Review: The Hero (Sons of Texas #1) by Donna Grant

Title: The Hero
Author: Donna Grant
Series: Sons of Texas #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
THE HERO’S HOMECOMING

Owen Loughman is a highly-decorated Navy SEAL who has a thirst for action. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to forget – his high school sweetheart, Natalie. After over a decade away, Owen is returned home to the ranch in Texas for a dangerous new mission that puts him face-to-face with Natalie and an outside menace that threatens everything he holds dear. He’ll risk it all to keep Natalie safe – and win her heart. . . .

Natalie Dixon has had a lifetime of heartache since Owen was deployed. Fourteen years and one bad marriage later, she finds herself mixed up with the Loughman’s again. With her life on the line against an enemy she can’t fight alone, it’s Owen’s strong shoulders, smoldering eyes, and sensuous smile that she turns to. When danger closes in, she holds close to the only man she’s ever loved…

My Review:
Donna Grant skillfully blends political espionage and second-chance romance in this thrilling read.

The cover and blurb attracted my attention immediately and I was delighted when I got the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book.

Owen and Natalie were high school sweethearts with their futures all mapped out. Until Owen dropped Natalie straight after graduation without a proper explanation. It’s been fourteen years since they last met one another and now fate has thrown them together in the midst of a crisis. It becomes clear that neither of them ever got over the other and that they are still crazy in love. Natalie tries to keep her distance to protect her heart while Owen realizes he made a terrible mistake in letting her go and he wants a do-over.

Owen is forced into the role of protector when Natalie’s job in the Russian Embassy drags her into the middle of an international biological warfare scandal. She faces up to things rather pragmatically and I enjoyed her character immensely. Owen was swoon-worthy in the extreme and who doesn’t love a hot, muscle-bound Navy-SEAL?

Owen’s family background is quite dysfunctional and none of the brothers have spoken in years. The situation involving their father brings them back together. Wyatt and Cullen seem to have interesting backstories too and I look forward to reading their books.

I thought the mix of political intrigue and romance was well balanced. There are times when Owen and Natalie get it on that seemed a bit ridiculous with the threat looming over them but it’s fiction so I just went with it. The romance scenes were well-written and I totally felt the strong connection between our couple and was rooting for them to get their HEA.

Donna is a great writer and the book flowed well – consistency was smooth.

In summary, this was a great read and a fab start to this interesting series. I look forward to reading The Protector next.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review: Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames #1) by Julie Cross

Title: Chasing Truth
Author: Julie Cross
Series: Eleanor Ames #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

My Review:
Chasing Truth was an exhilarating read chock-full of action, suspense, intrigue, and a smattering of swoon-worthy romance. I loved every intense, pulse-pounding, heart-clenching second of it!

Jason Bourne has met his match in sharp, feisty Eleanor Ames. What a fantastic leading lady! Ellie is a superb heroine; struggling to be good, she really wants to do the right thing, to be a good person, even though it’s often hard to let go of her past. She isn’t opposed to cutting corners or breaking rules but it’s all in the interests of uncovering the truth and she would do everything and anything to protect those she loves. It has to be said, she isn’t always likeable – she is dishonest and she tells lies a lot, but her heart is in the right place so I was able to forgive her. I actually found her character to be refreshingly different from the norm.

Miles was an immediate addition to my very-very long book boyfriend list. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling the story, but he had all the qualities I admire and covet in a man. He was the perfect match for our heroine.

Voice and characterization were superb in this book, and I also loved the witty banter between our couple. But what really stood out for me was the whole mystery and intrigue and it had a real “whodunnit” vibe. I constantly changed my mind over the guilty party and I ADORE when books have me second guessing myself. The plot was well thought out and executed.

The last quarter of the book had me on the edge of my chair, frantically biting my nails, and gasping for air (okay, I’m being overly dramatic but you get the gist) – it was intense with a capital I. I would have challenged anyone to pry my Kindle from me at that stage – there was no way I was parting with that sucker until I had devoured the rest of the book. It didn’t disappoint.

The romance, while well-written, was a little on the light side for my liking, but it isn’t a major complaint. The story was mainly resolved in this book but there are elements left hanging. I’m totally invested in this couple now, and I eagerly anticipate the next instalment.

In summary, this is a superb read and I highly recommend it.

Actual rating 4.5 stars. Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Last Kiss (First and Last #2) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Last Kiss
Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE FILLED WITH DARK DESIRES AND DANGEROUS SECRETS…

Emily Wayborn has made a decision.

She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.

Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.

My Review:
A Dark, Dangerous, Seductive Tale of Love, Lust, Betrayal, Manipulation, and Obsessive Control. Not for the faint-hearted!

Laurelin Paige is one of my favorite authors and I have yet to find a book she has written that I don’t obsessively love. I adored First Touch, the first book in this series, and I thought I’d die after that cliffhanger ending – it was seriously good. I was delighted, therefore, to receive a copy of this book to review and even though I have a list of other ARCs and review books to read, I couldn’t resist getting stuck straight in.

However, I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. From a literary perspective, it is an absolute triumph, a masterful, skillfully-woven piece of fiction that has been expertly crafted to the very minutest detail. Seriously well done, Ms. Paige. I think this may be your best yet – and I don’t say that lightly because I have adored every book in your Fixed and Found series.

But I have to admit to absolutely hating reading this at times. This is going to sound contradictory because I did love it too, but it’s because the characters are so real that I really grew to hate and love them in equal measures. Not only has the author buried her way into these characters heads, she has consumed them completely, body, heart, mind and soul. So much so that they felt abnormally real to me. Reeve, Amber, and Emily are some of the most complex characters I have ever read about. I am in awe of Laurelin’s ability to bring these flawed characters to life with so much depth and substance. I can only imagine how stressful it must have been to write this at times, but let me say that the execution was absolutely flawless.

God, this is probably going to come across like a whacko review but my mind is blown apart after reading Last Kiss.

The sex scenes are depraved but hot and the chemistry between Emily and Reeve is explosive. Have a fan by your bed girls!

The plot is decent and moves along at a steady pace. The writing flows beautifully. But it is the characterization that makes this book stand out from the crowd.

There were times when I had to put my Kindle down as I was in so much inner turmoil. Seriously, my insides were twisted into knots reading this, and my anxiety levels were off the charts. I screamed at Emily to stop being such a bloody doormat. I screamed at Reeve to stop playing so many games. I hated Amber with an intensity that is most unlike me. The only sense of relief I felt was at the very end (no spoilers here – read it and you’ll see what I mean.) Does it make me sick and depraved that I actually cheered at that part?!

This book touches on deep-seated issues like child abuse, dysfunctional relationships, sexual abuse and depravity, and emotional and physical torture. It was tough going at times, but ultimately the message is positive in the end.

I’m still reeling and I know this book is going to stay with me for a long time to come. That Ms. Paige can get into MY head in such a manner demonstrates how amazingly talented she is. I cannot wait to read what she releases next.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. If this review is all over the place you can blame the author for doing such a stellar job of messing with my head. Lol.

Highly recommended to fans of well-written erotic romantic suspense.

Review: The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Dead List
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary/ Mystery
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Blurb:
It’s Ella’s senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran’s end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella’s carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.

Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn’t done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn’t the only one being tormented.

With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can’t seem to shake the feeling that there’s a dark pattern hidden in the killer’s every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust.

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: Wow! What a fantastic read! I had a very difficult time putting this book down and only did so to sleep.

Full Review:

The Dead List is a well-written captivating romantic thriller that had my heart swooning and panicking in equal measure!

Read it for the romance as much as for the mystery because let’s be honest, Jennifer Armentrout writes some of the most amazing book boyfriends EVER and Jensen Carver is no exception. Where do I even begin? He’s hot, loyal, honest, supportive, funny, and so, so protective of Ella and I was in love with him pretty much from the get-go. One of the things I especially enjoyed was how confident he was in himself and his feelings for Ella and he didn’t shy away from articulating same.

For example, see how amazingly perfect this quote of Jensen’s is:

“I want to be that guy-the one that when your phone rings, you hope it’s me. The one who holds your hand in the hallway at lunch. The guy who gets to hold you. I want to be the one who gets to touch you. I want to be yours.”

We are told he didn’t date, enjoying casual hook-ups, and while it wasn’t specified I took that to mean he was just waiting for Ella to open up and let him back in and he had no genuine interest in any other girl. That only made me love him more!

Ella was a great character too. A loyal friend to Linds, Gavin, and Jensen, and a nice person to boot. The opening scene when she was leaving the party showed she was a fighter, a survivor, and that only endeared me to her more.

I’m going to be brutally honest -my real interest with this book was the blossoming romance and the mystery/intrigue surrounding the murderer took a back seat for me. I’ve seen some readers suggest this is a horror but I wasn’t scared. It reads like more of a thriller to me. I never felt like Ella was in a genuine life-threatening situation and I was more invested in when she and Jensen were going to get it on than I was in identifying the killer, lol, HOWEVER that doesn’t mean I wasn’t intrigued because I was. I enjoyed how the past and the present intertwined even if it was a tad bit predictable. I liked the flashback scenes. I actually had figured out the murderer’s identity at one point but I kept changing my mind as Jenn threw out different hooks. Love when an author has me second guessing myself and Jenn did a great job here with throwing me off the scent! That twist at the very end was brilliant because I was a bit confused wondering how it was all stacking up and then bam, that came at me and my heart was in my mouth – that was so well written.

I ended up reading this in less than twenty-four hours and then I kicked myself for having read it so fast because I always do that with Jenn’s books and then I’m left feeling bereft.

In summary, this was a fantastic read and Jenn continues to prove she deserves to be at the top of my fave authors list. If you enjoy swoony romance intertwined with intriguing mystery and a fast-paced writing style then you’ll love The Dead List. Highly Recommended.

Thanks to the author and her assistant for providing an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.