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Nectar of the Gods

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Nectar of the Gods (Beyond the Gods – 1) by Mary Bernsen

Passion doesn’t always follow the rules of fate…

Ambrosia has spent her life preparing for the day she would avenge her mother’s death. Working undercover as a prostitute, she draws in the man who took her mother’s life. Not realizing who Ambrosia is, the man admits to her that her mother is still alive – and he’s on a quest to finish what he started twenty-three years ago. Desperate to find the mother she’s never met, Ambrosia convinces him to let her help. It’s a partnership of necessity, and founded in deception – but slowly Ambrosia is faced with an uncomfortable truth: this man is not the monster Ambrosia has always envisioned him to be – and worse yet, and she finds herself drawn to him…craving his touch. How can she reconcile these intense feelings for the man who has shattered her life?

The first novel in the exciting new Beyond the Gods series from author Mary Bernsen, Nectar of the Gods is a fantasy romance steeped in Greek Mythology; full of passion that will leave you breathless.

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 Mary Bernsen

Author’s Bio

Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is the Amazon Best Selling Author of Healing The Bayou, The Ganga Shift, and Beyond the Gods series.

She also writes young adult romances under her pseudonym, M.E. Rhines.

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My Review

5 stars

Ambrosia is determined to the find the man that killed her mother and kill him. She spends her time as a prostitute as she hunts. Then she finds him and learns that he mother may not really be dead. Ambrosia decides to partner up with Perseus as he hunts down her mother down. Ambrosia is waiting for the best time to exact her revenge when she realizes that she is starting to fall in love with Perseus.

I love stories with mythological characters in present day. It’s always fascinating to see where authors picture the gods and demigods in modern jobs. Ambrosia is determined to get even for the death of her mother but ends up learning so much more. Perseus is not as bad as she thought he was. It also worries her that for someone that likes to be alone how she craves his touch.

This is a great story and the first in a series. I love the retelling of Greek mythology and I can’t wait to see what is in store for book two.

I received Nectar of the Gods from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Forget Her Name

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Forget Her Name

Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she?

As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited about her future. But when she receives an anonymous package—a familiar snow globe with a very grisly addition—that happiness is abruptly threatened by secrets from her past.

Her older sister, Rachel, died on a skiing holiday as a child. But Rachel was no angel: she was vicious and highly disturbed, and she made Catherine’s life a misery. Catherine has spent years trying to forget her dead sister’s cruel tricks. Now someone has sent her Rachel’s snow globe—the first in a series of ominous messages…

While Catherine struggles to focus on her new life with Dominic, someone out there seems intent on tormenting her. But who? And why now? The only alternative is what she fears most.

Is Rachel still alive?

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About The Author

Jane Holland is a Gregory Award–winning poet and novelist who also writes commercial fiction under the pseudonyms Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Beth Good and Hannah Coates. Her debut thriller, Girl Number One, hit #1 in the UK Kindle Store in December 2015. Jane lives with her husband and young family near the North Cornwall/Devon border. A homeschooler, her hobbies include photography and growing her own vegetables.

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My Review

5 stars

Catherine, Cat, is getting ready for her wedding to Dominic. But when she receives her sister’s snow globe with an eye floating in it things take a turn for the worse. Rachel was a trouble maker when they were little with Cat getting the brunt of her torment. But Cat was told that her sister died on a skiing holiday years ago. How can she be dead with the things happening to Cat are a lot like what she went through as a kid. If not Rachel, then who is out to get Cat?

Oh my goodness, what did I just read??? At first this seems like someone is just terrorizing Cat before her wedding. But the more you read, the more comes to light. But the more I learned of Cat then less I trusted her ideas and when you see how others are treating her it makes you wonder what is happening beyond the initial story.

This story is going to keep you twisted up, down, and around not knowing what is going to happen next. And just when you “think” you might know, surprise, something in the opposite direction comes to play.

This is a killer story that will leave you guessing up until the end. This is my first book from Jane Holland but it will definitely NOT be my last.

I received Forget Her Name from Rachel’s Random Resources and Netgalley for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Legacy Series

Legacy Series by Ellery Kane

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Legacy (Book 1)

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours.

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

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My Review

4 stars

The society that we know if gone in 2041. Drugs that alter your emotions are rampant along with those that abuse them. Alexandra “Lex” Knightley is that daughter to the woman that has created these drugs. Although eighteen and scared she is determined to connect with the group Resistance, who is trying to stop these drugs. Along the way she meets Quin McAllister, a recruit from the Guardian Force. We learn how the Guardian Force uses these drugs to make a super soldier.

Can you imagine living in a world where you can take a pill and stay calm and relaxed? Of course, you are going to have those that abuse this drug, like the Guardian Force and the super soldiers they are trying to make. Lex knows this and also sees how this is destroying what is left of this world. And she should know what there drugs can do, her mother is the one that created them. Although scared, Lex is determined to stop this mess.

Quin was bipolar and the love interest for Lex. I love how they had that love where there are there for each other even though they each are going through some crap. I admit that I lost my patience with Quin several times.

Overall I enjoyed this story and thought it was a great start to a new dystopian story. I’m curious to see where Ellery Kane is going to go from here.

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Prophecy (Legacy Book 2)

Over a year has passed since Lex Knightley journeyed alone into desolate San Francisco. The Guardian Force is disbanded, emotion-altering drugs banned, and citizens allowed to return to the seemingly resurrected city.

For Lex, life is almost normal, but normal is precarious. Normal has a way of falling apart.

One rainy night changes everything. Out on parole, Quin McAllister’s father is arrested for the brutal murder of his new wife. As the Resistance resurges, claiming a conspiracy, Lex doesn’t know what—or who—to believe. When old enemies resurface in new disguises and trusted friends start keeping secrets, normal splits right down the middle, leaving Lex and Quin on opposite sides.

Prophecy—the second novel of Ellery Kane’s Legacy trilogy—continues the story of Lex and Quin, testing the strength of friendship, forgiveness, and love.

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My Review

5 stars

It is one year after Legacy. It seems everything is almost back to what can be considered normal. Then it all shatters. Quin’s father is out on parole but then he is arrested for the murder of his new wife. Quin believes that George is innocent even though Lex thinks he is not. But then there is a divide between Quin greater than just his father. It seems that the pills have a serious side effect to some people and Quin maybe one of those people. To keep Lex safe he distances himself from her.

Lex is having a hard time without her mother. She does have her father but there is some tension there. Everything else seems to be going well. Quin even seemed to be acting more normal until his father is arrested again. Then comes the breakup. I understand what Quin is thinking but that doesn’t make the whole situation any better. Especially when other girls are trying to step into Lex’s place.

If that was not tough enough to go through, then Lex is kidnapped by Augustus and is sent on a mission while high on Emovere. Of course Quin takes the kidnapping and killing badly since he was not there to protect her.

And get ready for one heck of a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see how this series ends.

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Revelation (Book 3)

Lex Knightley is keeping count. It’s been seventy-five days since Quin left for Los Angeles. Seventy-five days without one word from him. Sixty-one since she made a deal with a devil. A deal she already regrets. And exactly thirty-nine days since Onyx-the deadliest emotion-altering medication yet-hit the streets, leaving an escalating body count in its wake.

With Zenigenic promising a new drug-an anti-Onyx to make the world a little kinder and a lot more compliant-it seems Xander Steele will stop at nothing to satisfy his desire for power and control. Quin’s dramatic return brings more questions than answers. Lex suddenly finds herself right in the middle of it all . . . on a run for her life.

It’s a race against the clock to uncover Steele’s diabolical plan as the fate of San Francisco hangs in the balance. Can Lex finally fulfill her mother’s ambition to expose Zenigenic-or is it already too late?

Caution: Emotion-altering medications are in the air. Find a mask. Hold your breath. Get ready for Revelation, the page-turning conclusion to the Legacy trilogy.

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My Review

5 stars

It has come down to the end of the line for Lex and her friends and family. They have to prove that Zenigenic and Steele Founder have nefarious plans for the drugs. But Lex has to do it without Quin. She misses him greatly but is still trying to prove his father’s innocence. But is everyone really trying to stop Xander? Not everyone’s motives are as clear as Lex first thought.

This has been one heck of a ride since the first book. Lex is such a strong woman and has some great friends and family to help her out in this final battle. She is heartbroken from the loss of Quin and I hoped and prayed that he would be back. The final battle with Xander is amazing and action packed.

I have loved this series from the start and enjoyed the ending. I am sad to see it come to an end but everything was all wrapped up and was perfect. This is an amazing series. I strongly recommend it to anyone that likes dystopian thrillers. Even if you don’t, check it out, you may find a new genera.

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Legacy Series Box Set

Available together for the first time—all three books in the award-winning Legacy Trilogy. Perfect for established fans who want to own the entire Legacy collection or readers new to the series. This e-book bundle contains Legacy, Prophecy, and Revelation, and AWOL, the never-before-released prequel to the series.

Imagine a world where your emotions are entirely within your control. How do you want to feel today? Want to be fearless? Bold? Exhilarated? Blissfully happy? In 2041, the choice is yours. Changing your emotions is as easy as popping a pill. But, choose wisely. A quick fix always comes at a price.

Eighteen-year-old Lex Knightley ventures alone into deserted San Francisco not at all prepared for what or who she will find. A magnetic soldier with a haunting past and his loyal pup; a cold-blooded conman; a general with a heart of stone; a spiky-haired jokester; and a medicated army of super soldiers incapable of fear. As she uncovers the city’s secrets, Lex begins to realize no one can be trusted, not even those closest to her. The mysteries of this emotionally-engineered world begin to multiply, sending Lex on a race for her life. Can she unravel the clues before it’s too late?
Embark on a stirring, edge-of-your-seat adventure with the Legacy Trilogy. Then, journey back to the beginning with AWOL, the prequel novella, told from the perspective of Quin McAllister. Long before Lex Knightley crosses the Golden Gate Bridge into a deserted San Francisco, Quin makes a run for it, leaving the Guardian Force, General Ryker, and an army of medicated super soldiers behind him. But if there’s one thing Quin knows, it’s that you can’t outrun the past. And his past—foster kid, screw-up, delinquent, hopeless case, soldier, wanted man—is coming for him. AWOL includes thirteen scenes which offer a glimpse into the heart of an anti-hero and set the stage for the epic adventure that is the Legacy trilogy.

I received all three books in this series form Ari at Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of these books.

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 Ellery A. Kane

Author’s Bio

Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing–professionally and creatively–for as long as she can remember. Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery’s writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. And she’s heard her fair share of real life thrillers. An avid short story writer as a teenager, Ellery recently began writing for enjoyment again, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Ellery’s debut novel, Legacy, has received several awards, including winning the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, young adult, e-book category, and the Gold Medal in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, teenage category. In 2016, Ellery was selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition.

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The Ganga Shift

The Ganga Shift

Publisher: Parliament House Press

Life hasn’t been easy for Isabella. She spent most of her childhood in the foster care system, and now at twenty-two she has landed herself in prison on drug charges. Her troubled past is what makes her a perfect candidate for the government’s latest scientific endeavor, Operation Gene Re-sequencing. No one will miss her. No one will question her absence. But, when it’s discovered Isabella is immune to their DNA-changing drugs, she is selected to be used as prey for those who aren’t.

Chase and Brayden couldn’t be more opposite; Chase is calm, reserved, and completely insistent that he will control the changes the virus is causing in his body. Brayden, on the other hand, has always been wild and uninhibited. He welcomes the new animalistic nature coming over him. The one thing they have in common? They both have a taste for the cute little Asian inmate who is now sharing their cell.

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Mary Bernsen

About the Author

Mary Bernsen is a Florida native living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child whom she affectionately calls husband. She is the Amazon Best Selling Author of the Villain’s Love series and also writes young adult fiction under her pseudonym, M.E Rhines.

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The Ripper

FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Published Date: November 19th 2017
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One hundred twenty-five years to the day after Jack the Ripper committed his first gruesome murder, a young woman is killed in a picturesque Spanish town. As if the eerie timing isn’t enough to unnerve Commissioner Carrillo, the murderer has mimicked the Ripper’s grisly method almost exactly.
 
Soon more women are murdered and their bodies horrifically mutilated. Tips and accusations fly wildly, sending the commissioner and his fellow officers chasing after suspects who might be innocent. Adding to the confusion, the killer is creating his own trail, carving mysterious signs on the bodies of his victims and texting the commissioner puzzling messages.
 
When the murderer reveals who his fifth victim will be, Commissioner Carrillo’s blood runs cold—he now has a personal stake in solving the atrocious mystery. Who is this villainous fiend posing as Jack the Ripper? Can he be caught before he commits his final murder?

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Carmelo Anaya has published ten novels, including three previous books starring Commissioner Carrillo: The Yellow Earth, The Guardian of My Brother, and Baria City Blues. He lives in Almeria, Spain, where he works as a lawyer and a criminalist.
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Excerpt
I wonder if the women will appear to their killer in dreams, as they do in mine. Diana Carolina Mieles was a cleaning lady and carer. She bathed the elderly, picked rubbish off the ground, worked hard. She was deserving. Cristiana Stoicescu, Naima Medari, Sandra Okeke, Rosario Minguez — none of them knew anything in this life but exploitation. Their flesh was eaten.
I know my life would be meaningless if I didn’t stand up for every Cristiana Stoicescu, every Diana Carolina Mieles, Naima Medari, Sandra Okeke, Rita Oehlen and Rosaria Minguez.
The law is like a dam. Sometimes it saves you; sometimes it drowns you. It needs vents so justice can get through. We can’t see it all. We can’t know it all. If we knew about every horror happening around us, every minute of every day, we wouldn’t be able to stand it. It’s not a limitation; it’s relief.
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The Charitable Bastard

The Charitable Bastard (Bastards of Corruption Book 1) by [McCrory, Jessica]

The Charitable Bastard (Bastards of Corruption – 1) by Jessica McCrory

Norah McNamara thought she had found the perfect man. Sure, he had his anger issues, but given his charity work, she belived Clayton Matthews’s good qualities far outweighed the bad. What she didn’t count on however, was the secret life he lived behind the scenes of his generous organization.​

Harley Andrews is damn good at his job. An ex-cop turned private enforcer, Harley is brought in to investigate Clayton Matthews. ​​Instead, Harley finds himself putting everything on the line to protect the bastards beautiful fiance.

After an unforseen attack during one of Clayton’s charity banquets, Harley throws himself into a spray of bullets to protect Norah. And as Norah finds herself thrown into Clayton’s dark world, she discovers she has only one man to count on, and it’s not her fiance.

Because as it turns out, Clayton Matthews was quite The Charitable Bastard.

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Jessica McCrory 

Author’s Bio

Hi everyone!!!My name is Jessica and I started writing when I was a teenager. I have always had a love of reading and that influenced me to write my own stories!! I am married to a wonderfully supportive man and we have two beautiful kiddos together! I spent seven years in the Texas Army National Guard and after I got out, I started putting more time into my writing! My absolute favorite genre is fantasy romance or anything that is considered paranormal. The different worlds you can visit through those types of books absolutely fascinate me!
I love red wine (its my end of the day treat to myself) and I am a sucker for sappy love stories, but who isn’t right?

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My Review

5 stars

Norah McNamara had a rough start in life after being abandoned by her parents and having to grow up in homeless shelters. But now that she is older she tries to give back to those that need the help. She meets Clayton Matthews and thinks she has found a keeper since he is into charities and such. But Clayton has a dark side and a secret. Enter Harley Andrews, former cop and on the hunt for a killer that disguises himself as a charitable person. Harley blows his cover to keep Norah safe. He then needs to find out what Norah knows about Clayton.

I loved this story. Norah has come so far from being abandoned. I can’t help but love how she has turned out and wants to help those less fortunate. Unfortunately she falls for Clayton. He is charming and seems perfect but he truly is a bastard. And then there is Harley, oh my. Talk about a hero to the rescue. I couldn’t help but cheer him on in his hunt for the killer.

This books has a little bit of everything in it. It is a great story and the first in a new series from Jessica McCrory. I can’t wait to see what she has planned for in The Runner’s Daughter.

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Mask Beneath Her Face

Horror

Date Published: October 14, 2017
Publisher: Neoplastic Press
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            During the 1980s, slashers terrorized America. With machetes and masks, these unstoppable killers stalked college campuses, quiet suburbs, and lakeside cabins.
            Thirty years ago, Bobbi Metzger survived a massacre at her 16th birthday party. She spent decades putting her life back together.
            Tonight, Bobbi will face a new killer: a high-tech slasher hell-bent on opening the doorway to an abyss of unimaginable horror.
            How long can Bobbi survive this nightmare? What will she do to protect the people she loves?
            How much blood is she willing to spill?
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Rafael Chandler writes novels (Hexcommunicated, The Astounding Antagonists), video games (SOCOM 4, Rainbow Six: Lockdown, MAG), and tabletop role-playing games (Teratic Tome, No Salvation for Witches, Lusus Naturae). He’s a metalhead, gorehound, and kaijuphile. For more information, please visit http://www.rafaelchandler.com.
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My Review
5 Stars
 Thirty years ago Bobbi Metzger survived a serial killer that slaughtered those at her birthday party. She has spent the last thirty years putting her life back together. She is not alone. Jesse Counsel is another survivor of a serial killer. And then there is Cristina Vargas who dreams of becoming one of the elite killers herself. Together along with several others we will follow along as Bobbi and Jesse try to stay alive.

I love the slasher movies from the 80’s. There is nothing like blood, guts, and gore with a great story. This story follows along that same line. It makes you think about what happens to those that lucked out and survived their night of terror. Do they just go on in their lives or are they destined to come back to this same point of horror.

I loved this book. It took me back to the time of good horror flicks, not the blood and gore stories we see in theaters now. It has a great story of some survivors and a blooming killer as she comes into her goals. If you like slasher films you will love this book. Make sure to check it out.

I received Mask Beneath Her Face from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

 

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