Tag: thriller

Sep 15
{Review} Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

{Review} Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Man, oh man do I love the Stalking Jack The Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. Every single book is interesting on its’ own, but together this is a world and characters that I simply cannot get enough of. They are the type of books that has you excited from the very first page until long after you have finished the last page. Escaping from Houdini is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and this is a series that I would recommend reading in order. They follow the same set of characters on a series of different cases. The first book involved the Ripper Murders, the second book dealt with Prince Dracula and now we are in Houdini’s midst, and I have to say I am a huge fan of Kerri Maniscalco’s writing and her world building/story telling ability. I love our main character, Audrey Rose. She is a strong young lady, and I could totally relate to some of her eccentricities. In this book we get… Read more »

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Sep 13
{Review} Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

{Review} Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is such a fantastic story. It is the type of book that has you excited from the very first page until long after you have finished the last page. It is the first book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, and I hope this is one long series, because I can already tell I am never going to get enough of these books. (and curse me and my researching ways…I just discovered from goodreads that the 4th book will be in the final book in the series, and now that I have read books 2 and 3 I am mourning that fact!) Stalking Jack The Ripper, we meet our heroine, Audrey Rose. I really liked Audrey. She is a strong young lady, and I could totally relate to some of her eccentricities. I get what it is like to truly enjoy something that most people just don’t get. Audrey loves working with her uncle in his lab, in a time where it… Read more »

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Aug 31
{Review+Giveaway} THE BOOK OF M by @PengShepherd

{Review+Giveaway} THE BOOK OF M by @PengShepherd

  The Book of M is a dystopian whirlwind adventure by author Pen g Shepherd. The Book of M was a really unique story. I hate using the word “unique” but I truly feel that is the best way to describe this book. It was also completely engaging, and it kept my interest from the first page until the last. Set in a world where people start losing their shadows for some unknown reason. Once their shadow disappears their memories begin to leave them as well, which is completely terrifying.  (that aspect of the story kind of reminded me of the end of Avengers infinity war when If you like thriller mysteries, then you have to grab The Book of M, because this book will keep you guessing until the end. I think The Book of M would make a fantastic movie plot. I don’t want to get into too many of the plot specifics because this is a story that really builds on itself, and revealing any particular detail can… Read more »

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Jul 30
{Giveaway} Emma in the Night by @Wendy_Walker

{Giveaway} Emma in the Night by @Wendy_Walker

Praise for EMMA IN THE  NIGHT “Twisty…a thriller that keeps readers guessing.” —The New York Times “In this searing psychological thriller…Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “A tense thriller explores the bond between sisters and family dynamics that give new meaning to the term ‘dysfunctional’…This thriller aims right for the heart and never lets go.” —Kirkus, Starred Review “Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” —Booklist, Starred Review To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win 1 of 2 Winners will receive a Signed Copy of EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker. Open INT Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Nov 09
{Review} Love and Fat-Free Cheese by Crissy Sharp  @crissydsharp @SweetwaterBooks

{Review} Love and Fat-Free Cheese by Crissy Sharp @crissydsharp @SweetwaterBooks

“Fat-free cheese is okay–unless you’ve tasted real cheese.” This line always cracks me up. I don’t know what it is about it, but something about the title of this book and starting off your summary with that very true and hilarious line drew me in. I am not afraid to admit that I picked up this book for review just based on that line alone. And I am so happy that I did. Love and Fat-Free Cheese was a hilarious and en aging read. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Cheese lovers will delight over the cheese references, so grab a pizza, or a grilled cheese or a mac and cheese and sit down to enjoy Love and Fat-Free Cheese. (not to mention it has a pretty goo thriller element as well.) Love and Fat-Free Cheese is a romanctic comedy thriller by author Crissy Sharp. Calling a book both a romantic comedy and a thriller feels a little strange to combine, but in this case it really worked. I loved both… Read more »

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Aug 23
{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

✮✮✮ THE SAPPHIRE HEIST is here! From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely’s book two in her contemporary romance Jewel Novel series, this enemies-to-lovers series is filled with sex, wit, glamour, and high stakes, with a rugged, ex-military, dirty-talking alpha hero! Don’t miss this explosive and passionate series! ✮✮✮   The Sapphire Heist is the second book in the Jewel series by Lauren Blakely. The Sapphire Heist is an adult romantic suspense series about bodyguards and jewel heists and all kinds of things that are sure to get your heart pumping. The novel is told in dual narrative, which is really my very favorite narration method. Nowadays, whenever I pick up a book told entirely from one person’s point of view, I find myself missing the other person.  I really enjoyed the tension in the air throughout the story, and the passion between Jake and Steph. This was a great read for me and I can’t wait for more. This is a continuation of the first book in the… Read more »

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Jul 18
{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

{Review+Giveaway} The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

✮✮✮ THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR is here! From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely’s new contemporary romance Jewel Novel series, this enemies-to-lovers series is filled with sex, wit, glamour, and high stakes, with a rugged, ex-military, dirty-talking alpha hero! Don’t miss this explosive and passionate series! ✮✮✮   The Sapphire Affair is the first in the Jewel series by Lauren Blakely. The Sapphire Affair is an adult romantic suspense series about bodyguards and jewel heists and all kinds of things that are sure to get your heart pumping. The novel is told in dual narrative, which is really my very favorite narration method. Nowadays, whenever I pick up a book told entirely from one person’s point of view, I find myself missing the other person. The Sapphire Affair was a great entry way into Lauren Blakely’s books. (Can you believe that I have not read any yet??) I really enjoyed the tension in the air throughout the story, and the passion between Jake and Steph. This was a great read… Read more »

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Jun 24
{Review+Giveaway} Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey@mstessabailey @EntangledSelect

{Review+Giveaway} Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey@mstessabailey @EntangledSelect

Raw Redemption is the fourth book in the adult suspense series, called Crossing the Line by Tessa Bailey. Each of the books can be read as standalones, and I tested that theory because I am new to this series. Raw Redemption is a little bit different than a lot of the books I lean towards. It felt darker than most I read, and it was. But it was a keep you on the edge of your seat book. One that I really enjoyed. Raw Redemption is the story of one time cop, Henrik and Ailish. Henrik is the strong and very intense type. Raw Redemption is not what I would calla light and fluffy book. It is dark and gritty and really action packed. Know that going in. I wouldn’t bring this book to the pool. I would read it at night in bed, under covers when I wanted an action/adventure fix. It took a little bit of time for me to fall into the groove of the story because… Read more »

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Jan 19
{ARC Review+Guest Post+Giveaway} Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz @TwoHeadedWriter

{ARC Review+Guest Post+Giveaway} Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz @TwoHeadedWriter

Today I have authors Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz here to talk about some of some of the perks and drawbacks/challenges of co-authoring a novel We’ll start with the perks, because there are a lot more of them. It’s fun! Our “writing process” involves a lot of procrastination, which involves lots of talking about movies, TV, junk food, dogs, and whatnot. It’s not as entertaining to talk to yourself. When one of us gets stuck we can just put “You write this part” in the manuscript. That could also be a drawback—depends on who wrote the note and who has to respond. Laura usually throws any sexy stuff to Melinda, but Melinda actually likes to write it, so there you go. We each have someone to complain to about how hard writing is. Two heads make plotting easier. WAY easier. We are almost always in agreement about what we want to do with the book we’re writing. We’re both former editors, so we can edit each other—and neither of… Read more »

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Dec 08
{Mini Review} The Shakespeare Conspiracy by Jeffrey Hunter McQuain

{Mini Review} The Shakespeare Conspiracy by Jeffrey Hunter McQuain

The Shakespeare Conspiracy is an action thriller that is very much in the vein of The DaVinci Code. Except, for fans of the playwright, William Shakespeare. (obviously.) I loved that the author,  Jeffrey Hunter McQuain is an actual expert on William Shakespeare. I thought that was evident from the writing and plot. I loved the way he was able to weave in the smallest of accurate details. It worked really well and added some fun for the reader of the story. I have a passing knowledge of Shakespeare from college and my time studying at Oxford, but it only really scratches the surface on what there is to know about this man, and about his professional career. Jeffrey Hunter McQuain does an excellent job of making this book seem polished as well as loose and approachable. While the author may be an academic, The Shakespeare Conspiracy reads very easily. I got swept up in Christopher’s journey really quickly. I loved all the clues and hints in Shakespeare’s works. The anagrams… Read more »

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