Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Book Review: Rogue Wolf Hunter: A Sexy Paranormal Wolf Shifter Romance (Execution Underground #1) by Kait Ballenger


Title: Rogue Wolf Hunter: A Sexy Paranormal Wolf Shifter Romance (Execution Underground #1)

Author: Kait Ballenger

Star: 2


Rogue Wolf Hunter is unremarkable, disjointed lack of focus story telling with graphic detailed of a murder victim. 

 Jace is a broken hero who isn't much for being nice and Frankie is protector and will do anything to protect her pack. In the end it just feels like "Mortal enemies" who want to spend a lot of sexy time together while hunting down a killer.  

I wish I could say I enjoyed Kait Ballenger Rogue wolf Hunter, yet I have to be honest it was a difficult read with the lack of focus and disjointed story.

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of Kait Ballenger Rogue Wolf Hunter.



Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind—or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…

About The Author:

When Kait’s not preoccupied writing “intense and riveting” paranormal plots or “high-voltage” love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a good book. She lives in Florida with her husband and two young sons.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Murder by Rosalind Stopps


Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Murder 

Author: Rosalind Stopps

Star: 4


I will admit I wasn't sure what to expect with after all three 70-year-old women and one teenage girl.  

The story starts off with the back story of the 3 and what made these women want to protect the teenage girl and well plan a murder.  Rosalind Stopps uses a lot of current questions ask by many older generations which is when did we become invisible to the world? 

A Beginner Guide to Murder is a dark murder mystery that will have readers laughing and falling in love with three little old ladies. Yes just the right twist to keep readers hooked.

Thank you to Netgalley for advance copy of Rosalind Stopps A Beginners Guide to Murder


Grace, Meg and Daphne, all in their seventies, are minding their own business while enjoying a cup of tea in a café, when seventeen-year-old Nina stumbles in. She’s clearly distraught and running from someone, so the three women think nothing of hiding her when a suspicious-looking man starts asking if they’ve seen her.
Once alone, Nina tells the women a little of what she’s running from. The need to protect her is immediate, and Grace, Meg and Daphne vow to do just this. But how? They soon realize there really is only one answer: murder.
And so begins the tale of the three most unlikely murderers-in-the-making, and may hell protect anyone who underestimates them.

About The Author:

Rosalind Stopps lives in Margate and southeast London with various humans and dogs. Her short stories have been published in five anthologies and read at live literature events in London, Leeds, Hong Kong and New York. The Stranger She Knew is her debut novel and was shortlisted for the Paul Torday Memorial Prize 2020. 

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Book Review: The Last Lie Told (Finley O’Sullivan #1) by Debra Webb


Title: The Last Lie Told (Finley O’Sullivan #1)

Author: Debra Webb

Star: 4


The Last Lie Told is the first of the Finely O'Sullivan series.  The author has the ability to tell a compiling story that will have readers questioning everyone Finley comes across even Finley herself at times. 

I have to admit I am not a lawyer and yet at times I found that Finley seem to be breaking the law and will be protected because of who her family are.  Which can be frustrating at times because you will find you like Finley but using her family powers as a way to justify breaking the law.

This can be seen as the author knows little about being a lawyer.  Debra Webb is showing the world how she sees that if you have powerful family, they will protect you no matter what.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy of The Last Lie Told.


Legal investigator Finley O’Sullivan searches for evidence the police overlooked, wading through secrets, lies, and betrayal to find answers. With the unsolved murder of her husband still very much on her mind, Finley must confront her own personal trauma on a daily basis. Lies are part of her livelihood, but they’re also the reason she can’t get justice for the man she loved.

When a man imprisoned for murder recants his confession, claiming he cleaned up the mess for his girlfriend—the victim’s own daughter—Finley takes on the case. She discovers the victim had identical twin daughters…and the sisters have very different accounts of the crime.

As she dives headlong into the twins’ traumatic past, Finley will have to contend with her own demons to get to the truth—before it’s too late.

About The Author:

Born in Alabama, Debra grew up on a farm. She spent every available hour exploring the world around her and creating her stories. She wrote her first story at age nine and her first romance at thirteen. It wasn’t until she spent three years working for the Commanding General of the US Army in Berlin behind the Iron Curtain and a five-year stint in NASA’s Shuttle Program that she realized her true calling. A collision course between suspense and romance was set. Since then she has expanded her work into some of the darkest places the human psyche dares to go.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Book Review: Hotshot Hero on the Edge (Hotshot Heroes #6) by Lisa Childs


Title:  Hotshot Hero on the Edge (Hotshot Heroes #6)

Author: Lisa Childs

Star: 4


If Lisa Childs goal was to create two of the most unlikeable characters from the start of the book? She was successful.  Luke comes across annoying, whiny and unlikeable. Willow comes in second with her lack of understanding. Losing a baby is difficult there is only so much of the blame game a reader can handle. 

This isn't really a stand lone book in the Hotshot hero's series.  The author does a wonderful job catching readers up fast on the other books and what happened in the previous books and why everyone is looking at him as a slime bag killer.

The story moves along quickly as readers find the author rhythm in her story telling.  Lisa Child has an ability to tell a fast-paced action-packed story just not with these two characters.  

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of Lisa Child Hotshot Hero on the Edge. 


Unable to stand the stress of being a firefighter’s wife, ER nurse Willow Garrison asks her husband to leave. Not long after, however, she realizes she's carrying his child! When his reputation and life are in danger, she lets Luke back into her life. But just who wants to destroy him? Guilty and suspicious, Willow admits her lingering feelings. Can she trust the hotshot to prove his innocence and keep them safe?

About The Author:

Born one dark and stormy Halloween night, Lisa Childs was predestined to write suspense novels. She loves spinning dark and twisty stories that keep readers awake because they’re either too busy turning pages or too scared to sleep. Lisa Childs is the prolific author of more than seventy published novels. In addition to romantic suspense, she also writes women’s fiction, paranormal and contemporary romance.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Book Review: Aphrodite and the Duke by J.J. McAvoy


Title: Aphrodite and the Duke

Author: J.J. McAvoy

Stars: 4


The heroine in this tale is an exquisite Lady of great beauty who happens to be of mixed parentage. She was named after the Goddess of Love and her siblings also carry like names as their father is an avid patron of early history. Having been out of London for four years owing to heart break caused by the marriage of her first and true love. She returns for a London season owing to the coming out of a younger sister. Fate, as is usual, brings her into contact with her first true love who is overseeing his younger sisters  coming out. Although he is now alone her family puts stumbling blocks in both of their paths. Can true love find a way to overcome the various trying obstacles they encounter. Oh, did I mention that her mother is also his godmother which only makes for a more interesting and enjoyable read.
I found this book to make a refreshing change and read it in only three settings. I highly recommend it if you enjoy regency romance stories. I have given this a 4 star rating.
I received an ARC for my unbiased review and the above thoughts are entirely my own.
Thank you, Frank, for your review.


Second chances are even sweeter. . . .

Aphrodite Du Bell has always resented her name. While the members of the ton, and even the queen herself, praise her warm brown skin, perfect curls, and exquisite features, Aphrodite can't help but think that living up to the literal goddess of beauty is asking a bit much. Her renowned loveliness certainly didn't stop the love of her life from jilting her and marrying another woman four years ago.

When Aphrodite's formidable mother summons her back to London to aid in her sister's debut, she has no choice but to acquiesce. But Aphrodite is determined to ignore one man in particular: Evander Eagleman, the Duke of Everely, the man who devastated her all those years ago. Yet why does her guileless heart still flutter at the sight of him?

Evander Eagleman lost his chance for true love, but now that he is an unattached widower, he is determined to win back Aphrodite's trust--and her hand in marriage. But just as the couple make strides to mend old wounds, Evander's true reason for rejecting Aphrodite threatens their coveted future . . . and even their lives.

About The Author:

I’m a twenty-year-old something born in Montreal, Canada but currently living in Virginia for school. I would tell you want my major is however after two years I still have no idea what I’m doing.

So I’m a writer (duh that’s how you found me), movie enthusiast, and self-proclaimed chef. I love music even though I can’t sing or dance to save my life. (That doesn’t necessarily stop me but you’ve been warned.)

I started Ruthless People the summer of 2013 in hopes of giving myself a new type of love and crime drama. I never knew so many people thought like me! I feel truly blessed to have fans like you all! Writing is my true love and having you all enjoy my words is a dream come true.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Book Review: Agent Zero (Region Two #1) by Janet Walden-West


Title: Agent Zero (Region Two #1)

Author:  Janet Walden-West

Star: 2 1\2


The story starts off with an attack on Bruce and while there are some humors moments and lots of action. With supernatural attacking humans.  As the story progresses Bruce turns into a love interest for Vee who is a lethal cryptid who goal is to keep people safe and lives for her job.  

The story really doesn't stand out from any other supernatural story and at times struggles with keeping a basic story line.  Between Sexy and action scenes there isn't much substance to Agent Zero.  

I thought I had started a series maybe three books in but nope this is book 1 and as a reader I found myself lost and confused as to the purpose of the story. 

The positive is the story has a strong woman protecting a weaker man.  Bruce is unlikable character who whines more than he cooks.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of Janet Walden-West book Agent Zero.


He owns the spotlight, she lives in the shadows.
My only purpose? Keep lethal cryptids in check, and our Company existence secret.
Sometimes a girl needs a night of karaoke and tequila though. Instead, after a vicious new cryptid species crashes the party, I end up saving and carting home a way arrogant, way hot chef. With Bruce Kantor now a temporary roommate it seems like the perfect time to indulge my forbidden civilian fascination—especially the friends-with-benefits part. But the feelings he ignites threaten my oath and mission.
Damn right I’m the bad boy of the culinary world.
I live for the limelight, and the legions of #BruceTheBastard fans love my temper as much as my food. After stomping out of one high-profile gig, all I’m looking for are directions to my next. What I get is a giant Komodo Dragon-wannabe, and Vee Ramirez, the most infuriatingly irresistible woman to ever hit my radar.

Even if we survive the relentless monster on my trail, our future is toast unless I can convince Vee there’s more to life than the Company.

About The Author:

Janet Walden-West lives in the Southeast with a pack of show dogs, a couple of kids, and a husband who didn’t read the fine print.

She pens inclusive Urban Fantasy and Contemporary and Paranormal Romance.

A PitchWars alum and Mentor and RWA Golden Heart finalist, she's the author of contemporary romance series, SALT + STILETTOS: South Beach Romances, and the paranormal Region Two Series.

She is represented by Eva Scalzo of Speilburg Literary Agency.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Book Review: All the Broken Girls by Linda Hurtado Bond


Title:  All the Broken Girls

Author:  Linda Hurtado Bond

Stars: 4


Lina Hurtado Bond creates a mystery using the Cuban culture in Florida as the black drop and several characters that readers will hope will come back for another book by the author.

The story doesn't as well as others author as the story slows down and speeds up giving readers a little whiplash.  In the end the story is a whodunit that readers of mystery and a romance will want to get their hand on this book.  Hope for more.

Thank you to Netgalley for the Advance copy of All The Broken Girls.


Crime reporter Mari Alvarez was never able to solve her mother’s murder ten years ago. But when a woman is gunned down on the doorstep of her West Tampa neighborhood, Mari can’t shake the eerie sense of connection.

The others will break

Now there have been two murders in two days. Each crime scene awash with arcane clues—and without a trace of DNA from the killer. And for each victim, a doll. The first is missing an eye. The second is missing a heart. But are these clues leading to the killer…or messages for Mari?

Unless she plays the game...

Caught up in a maelstrom of Old-World superstition, secrets, and ties to her own past, Mari has only one option. Put the puzzle together before someone else dies—even if it destroys her career. But there’s no escaping the hungry spider’s web when it’s been made just for you…

About The Author:

Author Linda Hurtado Bond is an Emmy award winning TV news anchor and an author of romantic thrillers.

She’s worked as a television news reporter and anchor in Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa Florida. For the past twenty years, she’s shared important information with viewers on the latest medical breakthroughs and has written emotional, human-interest stories on those who have the courage and spirit to fight for their lives.

She writes every day, under deadline, but has always loved losing herself in a good fiction story. Her love for writing fiction actually started in high school, but a thriving, busy professional life, along with five kids ( 2 step-kids, an adopted son from Cuba and 2 daughters ) kept her busy for many years.

Entangled Publishing released three romantic adventures Alive at 5, Cuba Undercover and Flatline. Think James Bond meets Romancing the Stone. Cuba Undercover is based on her own true life love story.

She has received numerous writing awards for Alive at 5 , Flatline and Cuba Undercover.

Her latest book, All the Broken Girls, releasing in 2022, features two Cuban American characters and a deep dive into Cuban American culture.

Linda has won 13 Emmy awards, numerous Society of Professional Journalist awards, Associated Press awards, as well as a Florida Bar award and an Edward R. Murrow award.

This former baton-twirling beauty queen from The University of Georgia, now lives in Tampa Florida with her husband and kids.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Book Review: In the Pines (Mercy Kilpatrick #7) by Kendra Elliot


Title:  In the Pines (Mercy Kilpatrick #7)

Author: Kendra Elliot 

Star: 5


I thought that Mercy Kilpatrick story was done and guess what she is back and better than ever! I love to see how the couple has moved forward in their lives raising two kids and lots of cats. 

Treasure hunting make people do stupid things which includes murders and missing killer.  I have to admit Kendra Elliot at times had me wondering if she knew who the killer was as she was writing the story because nothing pointed to whom it was until she wanted you to know. 

Mercy is still Mercy but has grown and changed as the stories have moved forward. Reader will love the changes that have happened to Mercy and excited to see what adventures are next.  

The author brought back Evan Bolton and readers are going to hope for more stories featuring Evan in the future.

Zero Sexual romance 100% Mystery that readers will love. FYI yes there is swearing.

Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for advance copy of In The Pine by Kendra Elliot.


A national treasure hunt with a $2 million prize has driven obsessed fortune seekers to overrun the small town of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. The hunt’s cryptic clues and the lure of wealth have exposed the desperate side of human greed: theft, fights, trespassing—and even the motive to kill. Police chief Truman Daly craves peace in his town but has a murder on his hands instead. Now the big prize isn’t the only thing hiding in the pines. So is a killer.

When a young boy walks into the local café and claims his mother and baby sister have been missing for weeks, FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick investigates and exposes a disturbing twist in his story. Deep family secrets and lies that started sixty years ago have burst into the present, bringing with them deadly consequences.

Mercy’s and Truman’s investigations lead down a path of murder, revenge, and buried secrets to uncover two intertwined mysteries as dark as an Oregon forest.

About The Author:

She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her family and three cats. She's fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and dreams of living every day in flip flops. UPDATE: She now lives in flip flops and watches the sun rise over the ocean every day.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Book Review: Quicksand (The Champions #3) by Janet Dailey


Title: Quicksand (The Champions #3) 

Author: Janet Dailey

Star: 4


I didn't read the first 2 in the Champions series and the author does her best to update readers what happened in the other two bools while keeping the story moving forward.

Tess Champion is the female lead who is guarded and protective of her family.  Brock Tolman just wants to belong and help the Champion family once again as long as he can get closer to Tess.

Janet Dailey knows how to write a story that readers will hold on to years later after putting the book down.  Readers will fall in love with the Champion family as they come to life on the pages.

Quicksand is the perfect title for the story as reader will be pulled into the story unable to stop moving quickly though the story in hopes of finding the HEA.

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of Janent Dailey Quicksand.


Tess Champion knows better than to trust Brock Tolman, the rancher who once swindled her late father in a land deal. But with the Alamo Canyon Ranch in foreclosure, Tess is forced to accept Brock’s offer of a partnership. Brock claims he only wants to breed the Champion bloodline into his own herd. In exchange, he offers Tess one of his own young bulls. Soon enough, Quicksand is the rising star of the rodeo circuit, which only proves Tess is better at picking bulls than she is men. Because she’s way too tempted to surrender to her attraction to Brock, despite her certainty he’s only out to steal her family ranch.

It’s not until the tycoon’s private plane crashes in the wilderness, stranding him with Tess, that the truth of their relationship will come out. The Champion family’s future is on the line, but it’s Tess’s heart that will take the hit if she’s fallen for the wrong man.

About The Author:

Born in 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa, she attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska before meeting her husband, Bill. Bill and Janet worked together in construction and land development until they "retired" to travel throughout the United States, inspiring Janet to write the Americana series of romances, where she set a novel in every state of the Union. In 1974, Janet Dailey was the first American author to write for Harlequin. Her first novel was NO QUARTER ASKED.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Book Review: The Lies I Told by Mary Burton


Title: The Lies I Told 

Author: Mary Burton

Star: 3


The Lies I Told has so much going on that at times I wasn't sure what the purpose of the story.  Too many times to count the story slowed down and at times the author created an unnecessary scene.

The story was dragged out to the point I didn't really care who the killer was. As the story unfolds the killer is pretty easy to figure out and the reason why is pretty thin as to why it happened.  

The characters were dull at best as well as the reasons for the lies they all told.

This was a disappointing Mary Burton book this is my suggestion do not wait the time on The Lies I told.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of Mary Burton The Lies I Told. 


Twin sisters Marisa and Clare Stockton were sixteen when Clare’s body was found in Virginia’s James River. No arrests were made. Fourteen years later, Marisa’s friends and dedicated career as a photographer help her to cope with the open wound of the past. But Marisa still feels the hurt—and the unsolved murder isn’t the only thing haunting her.

A recent car crash has erased ten days of Marisa’s memories—a black hole leading up to the accident that’s left her disoriented. Every text and phone call from that crucial missing time has vanished, along with her phone. A photograph she took of the river has disappeared. A new neighbor Marisa believes she knows introduces himself as if he were a stranger. And there’s the growing fear that her near-fatal accident was no accident at all. As dreams of Clare and nightmares of the crash begin to converge, so do two disturbing puzzles fourteen years apart.

Putting the pieces together could be fatal. As she struggles to remember everything, Marisa closes in on a killer—without realizing that he’s already closed in on her

About The Author:

Mary Burton, whose latest novel is NEAR YOU, loves writing suspense, getting to know her characters, keeping up with law enforcement and forensic procedure, morning walks, baking, and tiny dachshunds. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner, and Fresh Fiction likened her writing to that of James Patterson.

Mary is routinely featured among the top ten writers in Amazon’s Author Rankings for romantic suspense, thriller and mystery. Upon publication, her novels, including 2020’s NEVER LOOK BACK and BURN YOU TWICE, consistently rank high on the Kindle eBooks Store Bestseller List. Her novels CUT AND RUN and YOU'RE NOT SAFE were nominated for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Romantic Suspense.

A Richmond native, Mary is the author of forty-five published novels and five novellas as Mary Burton and as Mary Ellen Taylor.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Book Review: Overkill by Sandra Brown


Title:  Overkill

Author:  Sandra Brown

Stars: 5


I haven't really read any books by Sandra Brown I always thought of her as older generation romantic suspense.  I couldn't have been more wrong Sandra Brown creates an entire world that reader will be sucked into and unable to walk away until the very last page.  The characters are likeable and very normal almost as if you could meet them walking down the street.  The author classic mystery style writing with romance that has the readers falling in love with Zach Bridger and his past that he wish could be kept hidden. The balance of Romance and suspense is 100% perfect.

The stand-alone novel is a perfect pool read (For this momma) or the beach either way you will not be able to put the book down.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy. 


Former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Zach Bridger hasn’t seen his ex-wife, Rebecca Pratt, for some time—not since their volatile marriage imploded—so he’s shocked to receive a life-altering call about her. Rebecca has been placed on life support after a violent assault, and he—despite their divorce—has medical power-of-attorney. Zach is asked to make an impossible choice: keep her on life support or take her off of it. Buckling under the weight of the responsibility and the glare of public scrutiny, Zach ultimately walks away, letting Rebecca's parents have the final say.
Four years later, Rebecca's attacker, Eban—the scion of a wealthy family in Atlanta—gets an early release from prison. The ludicrous miscarriage of justice reeks of favoritism, and Kate Lennon, a brilliant state prosecutor, is determined to put him back behind bars. Rebecca’s parents have kept her alive all these years, but if her condition were to change—if she were to die—Eban could be retried on a new charge: murder.
It isn’t lost on Zach that in order for Eban to be charged with Rebecca’s murder, Zach must actually be the one to kill her. He rejects Kate’s legal standpoint but can’t resist their ill-timed attraction to each other. Eban, having realized the jeopardy he’s in, plots to make certain that neither Zach nor Kate lives to see the death of Rebecca—and the end of his freedom. 

About The Author:

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

In 2009 Brown detoured from romantic suspense to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving historical fiction story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Book Review: Stalk the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity #19) by Alexandra Ivy


Title:  Stalk the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity #19)

Author: Alexandra Ivy

Star: 4


I will be honest I am a fan of Alexandra Ivy romantic suspense series and have read a few of her Guardians of Eternity.  The author created a supernatural world that is just about believable as if you could see yourself in the world she created for her readers. 

I haven't kept up with the series and only bounced from different books in this series.  It took a little time for me to figure out who was who but after a few chapters it was easy enough with the authors ability to pull in a few other backstories from the other books.  Different characters from past stories are brought into Stalk the Darkness.  The story moves quickly and with an imaginations readers will love the different supernatural creatures from didn't lore's. 

The ending was very abrupt and tied up in a nice little bow for readers.  That being said I could have been drawn out a little more giving reader a more complete ending.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy of Stalk the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy


Becoming a vampire nearly killed Satin. After decades in hiding to reach fighting strength, she swore never to be weak again. Instead, she flings herself into the joys of life. Like “combat practice” with Marco, the owner of the wildest club outside of Chicago. Getting a workout with the sizzling Were is the ultimate no-strings-attached pleasure. Until a chaos-strewing demon leaves Satin with an impossible, infuriating diagnosis: Vampires don’t get pregnant.

Marco prides himself on being the perfect Were—strong, savage, and barely housetrained. But with Satin gone on her mysterious quest, he’s compelled to follow. This raven-haired warrior might be his mate for all eternity. But a dark presence hovers around her. If Marco and Satin can’t solve its riddle in time, there won’t be any future to worry about .

About The Author:

I'm not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother's knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I'm not admitting how many) I'm still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Book Review: Hunted by Allyson Charles


Title: Hunted

Author: Allyson Charles

Stars: 3


Hunted started off quickly pulling readers in wondering where the story would go.  To this readers disappointment the story soon falls on the sword of typical romantic suspense where the romance takes and the two lead characters end up in a push pull relationship that is unbelievable.  

The author uses a lot of inner monologues to tell the story from different point of views that doesn't move the story along.  The middle of the story slow to a snail's pace leaving readers to choose to keep reading or leave the story behind.

Pushing though the story it ends like it expected leaving this read very unsatisfied. 

Thank you to Netgalley for advance copy of Allyson Charles Hunted. 


A tough special forces operator who’s never run from a fight. A woman about to give him the biggest battle of his life.

Marine Raider Jake Skinner has a nose for trouble. He never expected to find it in a beautiful woman adrift at sea. But once he has her in his arms, he knows he’s never letting her go.

Caroline only had one rule when it came to dating – no military men. When the sexy Marine pulls her from the ocean, her resolution goes to war against his resolve to break through her walls – and goes against her own secret longings. 

As a drug cartel sets its sights on Caroline, Jake is determined to move heaven and earth to keep her safe. But if Caroline can’t learn to trust her heart, it could spell the end for them both.

Meet the men of Alpha Squad. Protective, strong-willed, and tough, they go hard after what they want. And when they set their sights on a woman, they’ll use every weapon in their arsenal to make her theirs.

About The Author:

Allyson Charles writes small-town, contemporary romances with heat and humor. A former attorney, she happily ditched those suits and now works in her pajamas writing about men’s briefs instead of legal briefs. When she’s not writing, she’s probably engaged in one of her favorite hobbies: napping, eating, or martial arts (That last one almost makes up for the first two, right?). She also writes steamy historicals as Alyson Chase.

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