The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Cass’s life had been wonderful until that fateful night but when she chooses the shortcut home, it changes the course of her life. Between the menacing calls and the constant forgetfulness, Cass doesn’t know where to go or who to turn to but she knows that she can’t keep her secret for much longer.

This thriller comes from a fragile woman’s point of view and it is terrifying because the reader feels Cass’s vulnerability and loneliness. It is an uncomfortable read which all thrillers should be and it certainly builds in suspense as the story moves forward.

I found the ending very satisfying, and I was quite relieved when Cass started eating again because food and drink had featured so prominently in the beginning. I like Paris’s ability to keep you guessing until the end.

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The Breakdown

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

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

 

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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Risk (Mageri) by Dannika Dark

Ella is a difficult learner that Hannah can’t wait to be rid of. When Hannah arranges for Simon to train her learner, he doesn’t know what to expect but he certainly doesn’t expect her to be deaf. A mage with disabilities is unheard of in their world and he sets about putting the learner to the test. He soon finds out that not only is she a brilliant fighter who can compensate for her inability to hear but they have a unique gift between them.

Stepping out of Silver’s life and into Simon’s we get a different perspective of the Mageri world. Simon is the ultimate playboy with a liking for leather trousers and weird humour but he’s also a strategist which makes him one of the most interesting characters in Dark’s Mageri world.

Ella is a fantastic strong female with a unique sense of strength, humour, and abilities. Dark has a real talent for crafting brilliant, strong female leads and Ella has to be one of my favourites. She matches Simon’s intellect and compliments him in every way making me itch to read more about the couple.

The story has an ongoing theme to fit into the series but it also really explores a different side to the Mageri world and with every story I read this series just gets better.

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Risk

 

 

Royally Bad (Bad Boy Royals #1) by Nora Flite

Sammy struggles to find a balance between building her new business, designing wedding dresses, paying the bills, and taking care of her sick mother. Maybe it wouldn’t be so hard if she didn’t have such a big heart giving away dresses that should have paid the rent. When the very rich Kain Badd enters her life and throws a whole heap of money at her to finish his sister’s dress overnight, she takes the job thinking it will be the answer to all her problems. Little does she know that her problems have only just started.

Sammy’s character is typically sweet and Kain comes across as the bad boy from a dangerous family but it soon becomes clear that their roles aren’t typical at all. The story strides the sweet romance genre with a large dash of thriller thrown in and that’s what makes this story a great read. I couldn’t put it down.

The cover of the book doesn’t mirror the story and I feel it’s missing a sparkly Cinderella shoe.

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Royally Bad

 

Gravity (Mageri #4) by Dannika Dark

Silver’s life is growing more and more complicated. There is more to her story than she thought was possible and her strengths show as she fights for those she loves. Her relationship with Logan is tested time and again but the Chitah remains by her side even when a new bond develops between her and her guard.

This series just gets better. Silver is such a strong character that her story alone would carry the book but add it to the unfolding lives of those around her and the story becomes a fully developed saga full of action, romance, heartbreak, humour, and everything in between.

This series is highly addictive and emotionally stirring, prepare to be completely immersed. I can also recommend the audio version of this story because the narrator is brilliant.

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Gravity