Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J. R. Ward

When Paradise enrolls into the Black Dagger training program, the first person she looks for is the shy guy she’d met at her receptionist posting. The person who first catches her eye, though, is her annoying friend Peyton. Within minutes of the First Night starting things begin to look bad but Paradise doesn’t have any intention of heading the same way the rest of the glymera females had done for centuries and so she fights.

This spin-off series fits nicely into the Black Dagger Brothers series and offers some new characters with needs of their own. As with all of Ward’s books, there are plenty of adult scenes to ramp up the romance and the intensity of her character building has remained strong. Her strong male and female leads are powerfully driven and exciting.

If you are looking to scratch a romantic itch with a little hardcore vampire action and you want to immerse yourself in the well-created and vastly detailed world look no further.

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Blood Kiss

Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

While Amy is suspended in a long-term coma Alex struggles to go from day to day without letting her alcoholism take control of her life. When she stumbles upon a story far more exciting than the one her editor is expecting she reawakens a chance to solve Amy’s cold case.

This psychological thriller works backward from Amy’s narration and in the present from Alex’s. The parallels between them slowly close in as their lives become entangled together. Not only is Alex getting closer to the truth, but she begins to understand her own illness. The novel feels like it is two stories pulled together and it works. Alex’s struggle with alcohol reminds me of The girl on the Train in some ways and it highlights the problems that surround the topic.

I’m giving this book four stars because although I really enjoyed it I would like to have known more about the emotional and psychological state of the attacker.

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Try not to breathe

My Sister and Other Liars by Ruth Dugdall

When Sam’s sister is brutally attacked and left for dead Sam begins a perilous journey to solve the mystery denying herself food in the process. The journey takes her to places that no child should visit, but she’s not finished. Only from the relative safety of the Ana unit can she fully understand everything that has happened and finally learn to forgive herself.

This is a disturbing and emotional story told in a unique way. Sam’s emotional strength goes hand in hand with her physical fragility causing a juxtaposition within herself. The story delves into some of the darkest subjects imaginable and the innocence of Sam, Jena, and even Rob creates striking characters in a world of pain.

The story is a coming of age novel with a thriller setting and a detective narrative. Dugdall has created something dark, beautiful, and most of all memorable.

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Black Widow (Jack Parlabane #7) by Chris Brookmyre

Diana has been married to her work for so long that relationships seem like an impossible inconvenience, that is until she meets Peter who seems to understand her in ways that no one else has. After a whirlwind romance cracks begin to show in their relationship and just as she’s starting to wonder if she’s rushed into the marriage he dies in a terrible car crash.

Parlabane gets sucked into this case and at first, it looks clear cut. Diana is obviously a cold psychopath with tunnel vision but as he delves deeper something else appears and Parlabane is shocked to his core.

Having not read any more from the series or any of Brookmyre’s work before I found the story difficult to follow but with perseverance I soon found myself hooked. The plot is intricate and dark and unfolds slowly towards a shocking finale. The characters are full and interesting but you get the sense that they never fully give up their secrets. I may have to start the series from the beginning because I think it has plenty to offer a thriller fan.

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Black Widow

 

Murder Any Witch Way (Brimstone Bay #1) by N. M. Howell

The witches in Brimstone Bay are just as shaken as the rest of the inhabitants when a young girl is found murdered. It’s bad news for the Shadow Festival and anyone else with a little magic in them. River is sucked into the mystery and soon finds herself a potential victim of a killer who is trying to frame her friends.

This, not so average, murder mystery is set in an interesting world full of supernatural creatures who live alongside regular humans. It gives an interesting edge to the mystery as do the ghosts who help to solve the case. The added possibility of a future romance sets up interest for the rest of the series.

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Murder Any Witch Way

 

Two Cabins, One Lake (An Alaskan Romance #1) by Shaye Marlow

Helly isn’t a people person so living in the middle of the forest with a lake view in her very own cabin is just perfect. When a helicopter flies over to deliver a ton of people, music, and fun Helly is steaming angry and ready to beat someone. It isn’t until someone tries to make off with her canoe that she really flips.

This is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Helly’s character is full of feisty quips and a stunning imagination when it comes to payback. I loved the interaction with her brothers and the conflict between her and the hot neighbour. I did, however, think the steamy scenes were a little long and ended up skimming through them.

I am giving this book a five-star rating because Marlow has cornered the market with this type of humour and it made me laugh-out-loud several times over.

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The Gift (Mageri #5.5) by Dannika Dark

It’s Christmas time and the whole extended family and friends group in the Mageri world gets together to celebrate. Simon is his usual sweet, funny self, Justus shows more romance than he ever thought was possible and Adam is still making googly eyes at Sadie but what really steals the show is Silver and Logan’s desire to have a child of their own.

This short Christmas addition to the series had me all sweetened up by the cute antics of each family member but if you’ve read Dark’s other series Seven (and I highly recommend that you do) then you will understand why I cried at the ending. Wow. This book might be smaller than Dark’s previous books, but it packs one hell of a punch.

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The Gift