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On The Brink
On The Brink
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, April 15, 2016
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Not really knowing what to expect from this novella turned out an advantage. I laughed all the way through at the narrator’s wry observations and a dozen different kinds of harrowing situations. Bill is a hapless English expat living in Spain with his doting wife. He brings in too little income with his books, with the result that they are dependent on his dragon-lady mother-in-law and her monthly allowance payments. As the novella begins, The Dragon has just left after a torturous two-week stay. They’ve only just managed to survive the visit without completely losing their patience, and with it the expected inheritance. On comes the Skype connection. It’s the Dragon, back in England since yesterday, and she announces she’s coming back to visit again in two weeks. Bill and his wife had thought they had four months till the next visit. This is when Bill’s thoughts turn to murder ... and the rest had me laughing right up to the schocker of an ending. Great fun for an afternoon.


Inside the Lines: Without a Trace series, a contemporary sexy romance novel
Inside the Lines: Without a Trace series, a contemporary sexy romance novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars She Fell for the Scottish Accent, February 23, 2016
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The main character in this book, Lux Trace, has set herself up in her work as a Dominatrix and with great friends who look out for her. But you know from the start something's missing in her life. It's funny how sometimes it takes someone new to crack your carefully constructed protective shield and help you confront the demons of your past. The gorgeous young Scotsman, Fin, plays that role in Lux's life, making for a thrilling story.

The biggest strengths of Inside the Lines are the witty, entertaining dialogue, which crackles with life without going too snarky, and the sex scenes, which occur in the context of the story. They flow naturally, and are essential to the plot while also helping reveal elements of Lux's character.

The characters are well developed and the story moves quickly, never lagging. After getting a taste of Lux's childhood travails late in the book, I found myself wanting to know more. What happened in her childhood clearly made her who she is now. I understand this is the first book in a planned series, so I hope more of Lux's childhood will come out in the next book -- something to look forward to.


The Circle
The Circle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Ending, February 7, 2016
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This is a masterful sendup of our current social-media driven world and the company or companies that seek to dominate in that arena. The dangers of our reliance on these platforms becomes eminently clear, but the story is marred by a boring ending that sidesteps the inherent conflict. The main character, May Holland, should have made a different choice, which would have revealed her as a person with some depth of character and strength. Instead she is revealed as weak and cowardly, and brainwashed, and I'm left asking myself what was the point of reading all the way to the end.


Each Day I Wake: A gripping psychological thriller: UK Edition
Each Day I Wake: A gripping psychological thriller: UK Edition
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serial Killer and a Case of Amnesia, February 7, 2016
I'm skeptical about books featuring an amnesiac, but this one works. A serial killer is at work, and Tom Markland has been framed for the murders, or so it seems. In this book, everything is not as it appears at first, as layers of reality are uncovered, one after another. The crisp dialogue and some unexpected twists and turns in the plot kept me interested all the way to the devastating ending.


The Dohmestics
The Dohmestics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Story, September 17, 2015
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This beautifully crafted tale portrays a group of expatriates living in a walled compound in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, and their nannies. The young women have their hands full with their pilot husbands, gone half the month, spending too much time around attractive flight attendants, and too tired to be a good husband when they are home. They entrust the care of their children to nannies from Sri Lanka or the Philippines. Rosa, a nanny who could have been a beauty queen in the Philippines, faces a crisis with her expanding belly. If she is fired, she will be summarily sent home to face a life of shame. Her friend, Maya, a Sri Lankan nanny, dreams of earning enough to return home and re-open her family’s shop. The shop was destroyed and her family killed in the historic tsunami of 2004. An Englishwoman, Emma, fires her maid because she wants to raise her child herself and would otherwise have nothing to do, causing friction with the other expatriate moms. As the point of view shifts from one woman to another in each chapter, the contrast between the classes comes into sharp focus. The overall effect is a series of heartbreaking portraits of real women, each in her own way struggling to find a measure of peace and happiness in an unforgiving world.


JET: Stealth (Kindle Worlds Novella)
JET: Stealth (Kindle Worlds Novella)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Thriller, July 30, 2015
I’m a big fan of the Jet thrillers, and this newest one kept me riveted from start to finish, like the others. Maya a.k.a. Jet is a former Mossad operative, and this novella finds her in a hijacked plane over a fictitious Central American country, as the action begins. Her instincts avoiding bullets and giving back somehow always ring true as she picks off cartel goons and tries to sort out who’s with her and who’s against her. This is a true roller-coaster assassin thriller, no regrets.


The Lei Crime Series: Torn Roots (Kindle Worlds Novella)
The Lei Crime Series: Torn Roots (Kindle Worlds Novella)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Tear Away from Torn Roots, July 29, 2015
Forget about cooking and eating lunch today, forget about the errands I was supposed to run. I made the mistake of picking up this book and could not stop reading. FBI agent Vanessa Storm has to get to the bottom of an arson attack and possible murder at a construction site for a new marina on Maui. Just reading all the descriptions of local roads and foods and the lilting names made me feel like I was in a lazy tropical paradise, but crimes are committed in the islands, too. Pure enjoyment!


Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1)
Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Rylee Adamson, July 20, 2015
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Got a kick out of this book, reading by the pool and a couple of evenings. You just can’t help falling for this heroine, Rylee Adamson. One foot in the human world and one in that of the supernaturals, Rylee goes after missing children who have been abducted by witches, vampires and other bad elements. She embodies just the right combination of fearlessness, badassery and secret romance, talking her snarky way out of potentially vicious confrontations, battling her way out of others.

I see there are a slew of sequels to this first Rylee Adamson book. I’ll enjoy a few more before the summer is out. Thank you, Shannon Mayer!


Fatal Call (New Breed Novels Book 4)
Fatal Call (New Breed Novels Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action-Packed Sequel, July 16, 2015
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The action moves lightning quick in this magic realism adult adventure, the fourth book in the series. I loved the first entry, Forbidden Call, and probably should have read the second and the third before diving into number four, because I could see that some characters had acquired interesting battle scars while I wasn’t looking ... and formed some steamy new relationships, too.

This series is edgy, with clipped dialogue and quick cuts from one scene to another. The light touch fits well with the characters’ special powers, for instance the ability to “gleam” effortlessly from one place to another. And edgy in the sense of dark, as well. Cancer makes an appearance, as does HIV. It felt like good TV at times, and I liked that not everything was resolved in a Hollywood ending.


THE MASTERS' KEY: A Masters CIA Thriller (The Masters CIA Thriller Series Book 2)
THE MASTERS' KEY: A Masters CIA Thriller (The Masters CIA Thriller Series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Tech Roller Coaster Ride, March 11, 2015
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The suspense builds right from the start in this new high tech thriller by “3 Lies” author Helen Hanson. Clint Masters finds himself the target of a campaign of destruction waged by his former partner and best friend, Todd Westerfield. Westerfield uses computer code and encryption information only known to him and Masters to frame his old friend in a series of technical mishaps leading to accidental deaths in the Boston area.
One of the great strengths of the book is its detail in the descriptions of high tech processes, from the way a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack can be mounted, to the ways corporations protect their systems, how people meet on the Darknet, and even paying with Bitcoin. Another world unfolds before our eyes, a world in which practically anything is possible, if you know which keys to press.
But the geeky stuff is leavened with snarky humor throughout as well. Laugh-out-loud situations and comments abound, even as the situation grows more and more desperate for Clint Masters.
The CIA is deeply involved too, and this is central to the story, but as in all the classic Le Carré or Baldacci thrillers, their support is anything but unconditional. Ultimately Masters has to battle the demons on his own, leading to a sensational, unforgettable finish. Anyone looking for a gripping high tech thriller set in today’s complicated world need look no further.


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