Review: That Night in Paris by Sandy Barker

That Night in Paris is a fun romance that follows our main character Catherine as she decides last minute to take a bus tour around Europe after sleeping with her flat mate. On the tour she meets 3 other woman who also booked last minute; Louise who is getting a divorce, Jaelee who realized she was in love with her best friend who just got married and Danielle whose best friend did not invite her to her wedding. While at their first stop on Paris, Catherine gets reunited with her best friend from childhood Jean-Luc. What follows is Catherine building friendships with these 3 other women and reconnecting with Jean-Luc all while traveling around Europe.

What I love about this story is that it’s not just your typical romance, it is also a story about the relationships you make in life. Catherine’s friendship with these other women is great to see, none of them tried to put the other’s down, they were all there for each other when needed. This story also felt like a love letter Europe. While the author was describing the places they visit I could visualize myself there and remember my own experiences, to visiting Sainte-Chapelle and getting baguette sandwiches to eat while in Paris. I also enjoyed seeing the growth of the character as she comes to terms with how she is living her life and being resistant to romantic relationships.

I only had a few problems with this books and it was mainly I think formatting issues with my ebook. There was no real break in dialogue and sometimes it was hard to figure out who was speaking. I also am not a huge fan of second chance romances but I enjoyed this one in that it didn’t focus on them in the past just small glimpses.

If you are looking for a great contemporary with romance and friendships then I highly recommend this one. This book comes out on April 15th. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Book Blitz: The Shrike and the Shadow by Chantal Gadoury and A.M. Wright

The Shrike & the Shadows
A.M. Wright & Chantal Gadoury
Published by: Parliament House
Publication date: March 3rd 2020
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Horror, New Adult, Romance

Men have gone missing before.

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has.

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness.

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever. 

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past.

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.

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EXCERPT:

“See these lines here, my maus?” She tapped the top of Greta’s palms. 

“They are your heart lines. The way it curves, you have a caring soul.” 

“You must have that, too, Mama.”

“Aha!” her mother exclaimed, and Greta jumped. “These love lines! How auspicious, little maus.” 

“What, Mama? What do they mean?” Greta looked up into her mother’s face eagerly. She smiled. 

“It will surprise you, this love of yours.” Her mother paused, frowning for just a moment before taking up her smile again. “But not for many more years. You will be ready then…” 

Greta’s mother stilled, her words falling from her mouth quietly. She barely heard anything after that.

“Mama?” 

“Yes?” 

“Will I be okay?” 

“Oh, of course! But to be sure, we must find your fate,” she said, though somewhat distant. “Here they are. And look! They meet here, at your life lines… goodness, so young for such a burden.” 

Greta frowned at her mother. “Mama, you’re not making any sense.” 

“I know, my maus, I know. I did not expect to see so many… things.” 

“Are they sad things? Because you sound sad, Mama.” 

Her mother grasped at her hands and held them for a moment. She gave a gentle squeeze and said, “Not all, but some, yes. Some will be sad, and others will be happy.” 

“Oh.”

Then, Greta’s mother fell into her with an embrace. She locked little Greta into her arms and rocked her slowly. She had felt so warm in her hold, and so content, she had almost missed her mother’s final words: 

“It will be a fearsome trial, my love. Your fate is bound to a great and daunting endeavor.”

Author Bio:

A.M. Wright is an Ohio native, perched on the shores of Lake Erie for as long as she can remember. She is a graduate of Walsh University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications, with two minors in Marketing and Writing. She has a passion for reading, writing, and drawing; and has a particularly strong love for shojo-manga and all genres of anime. When A.M. Wright isn’t focused on her day job, she is sorting through submissions, writing too many stories to keep track of, and playing video games with her fiance in a townhouse that’s just a fifteen minute drive from “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”

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Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.

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Book Blitz: Sting by Cindy R. Wilson

Sting
Cindy R. Wilson
Published by: Entangled: Teen
Publication date: March 3rd 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult

They call me the Scorpion because they don’t know who I really am. All they know is that someone is stealing from people with excess to help people with nothing survive another day.

But then a trusted friend reveals who I am—“just” Tessa, “just” a girl—and sends me straight into the arms of the law. All those people I helped…couldn’t help me when I needed it.

In prison, I find an unlikely ally in Pike, who would have been my enemy on the outside. He represents everything I’m against. Luxury. Excess. The world immediately falling for his gorgeous smile. How he ended up in the dirty cell next to mine is a mystery, but he wants out as much as I do. Together, we have a real chance at escape.

With the sting of betrayal still fresh, Pike and I will seek revenge on those who wronged us. But uncovering all their secrets might turn deadly…

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EXCERPT:

His fingers brush mine when he takes the knife, and I fight back a shiver, trying to hold my ground.

“Scorpion,” he says softly.

I brace myself for more Pike wisdom, or maybe even a mention of the kisses we’ve shared that we haven’t mentioned.

Instead, he smiles. “You’ve been a very good teacher. Are you sure you want to do this?”

“Yes.”

“If you say so.”

He takes his stance, gaze zeroed in on the board. He’s wearing a simple blue shirt, cut off at the shoulders, and his muscles flex when he lifts his arm.

I exhale just as he throws and the knife zooms to the board, hitting inside the widest ring, but not in the middle.

His eyes narrow. I smile.

“I’d like to see you do this with a distraction,” he says.

My heart flutters, but I nod. “No problem.”

I step to the line, a whole head shorter than Pike. I feel his eyes on me. In fact, he’s so close, I feel the heat from his body. But I’m focused, and all I can see is the red circle I’m aiming for.

I squeeze the blade between my fingers and hold my breath, preparing to throw.

Pike blows on my neck.

Chills race across my skin even as I fling the knife. The blade hits the board with a thud, straight in the middle.

Pike curses softly and shakes his head. I turn to him, unable to help the smile stretching wide across my face. “See? I know a little something
about focus.”

“I’m impressed.”

“Looks like you could use some practice.”

“What about on the mat?” He lifts an eyebrow. “Do you have focus there?”

Uh…no. But Pike doesn’t need to know that. “I have focus anywhere.”

He points. “Mat. Now.”

I lift my chin, toss the last knife at the board, and smirk when it hits the center. Then I walk to the mat. I get into my stance before he joins me. I wouldn’t put it past him to attack right away. Pike’s a big fan of not being caught off guard, and he’s taught me accordingly.

Pike stalks the edge of the mat, knees bent. He feigns a lunge, then laughs when I tense.

“You’re lucky I don’t have a knife,” I say, mock warning in my tone.

He takes a step closer. “Luck has nothing to do with it. It’s all about being prepared. Besides, I don’t want a hole in my side like Mongo.”

“He deserved it.”

Pike gives me his dangerous smile and takes another step. Almost close enough to reach me. “You’re not saying I deserve to be stabbed, are you?”

My chest vibrates with a low laugh, but I’m still on guard. “No, Pike. Not today, anyway.”

His smile lights his eyes. And suddenly he stands fully, shoulders relaxing, and closes the gap between us.

I draw in a sharp breath. “What are you doing?”

“What does it look like?”

His hands skim my arms, making me shiver. I lift my chin to meet his eyes, lips parting slightly.

“Pike,” I say, my voice coming out breathless.

Then he sweeps my legs from beneath me. I hit the mat hard, banging my elbows. I kick out and almost catch Pike’s leg, but he’s too fast. He bends and snags my arm, twisting it behind my back as he pushes me flat on my stomach. My breath whooshes out, but I don’t struggle. Crap. So much for proving I can’t be distracted.

Author Bio:

Cindy began creating worlds as a kid, entertaining her siblings with spontaneous ghost stories before bed. She filled notebooks with novels and ideas and realized quickly she wanted to be a writer as an adult.

Now Cindy lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She’s the mother of three girls who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Visit her website to learn more about her books or subscribe to her newsletter: https://www.cindyrwilsonauthor.com

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Book Blitz: Third Call by Lorhainne Eckhart

The Third Call
Lorhainne Eckhart
(The O’Connells, #2)
Publication date: February 29th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Deputy Marcus O’Connell is blindsided one night after a series of calls comes in from an unknown number, and the caller on the other end is a child. All he knows is she’s six years old, her name is Eva, and there’s someone in her house who wants to hurt her.

Marcus is the ultimate bad boy turned deputy. He knows everything about how to get away with something, considering he was one of the middle of the six O’Connell siblings. He never had responsibility resting on his shoulders like his brother Owen, and he’s never been the center of attention like his little sister, Suzanne. Marcus knows how to find trouble and talk his way out of it.

Now, as the head deputy for the Livingston sheriff’s office, he knows everything about everybody, and no one can pull anything over on him. It’s why he’s such a damn good deputy. But even Marcus dreads what cops know as the third call.

When Marcus takes the call the first time, he thinks it’s a prank. The second time, he knows there’s a problem. The third time the call comes in and is patched through to him, he knows it’s something he can’t ignore. The only thing is, the girl is terrified and keeps hanging up, and Marcus knows someone is in the house with her.

Where are her parents, and who is this mysterious girl who needs his help?

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Marcus shut his eyes, that sick feeling welling in the pit of his stomach. He wanted to vomit. Kids and animals were the most vulnerable. As he opened his eyes, he took in Tommy, who was staring at the gun on the counter. He felt such empathy and fury at the same time, considering it wasn’t so black and white after all.


Author Bio:

With flawed strong characters, characters you can relate to, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart writes the kind of books she wants to read. She is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, and her second book ever published, The Forgotten Child, is no exception. With close to 900 reviews on Amazon, translated into German and French, this book was such a hit that the long running Friessen Family series was born. Now with over sixty titles and multiple series under her belt her big family romance series are loved by fans worldwide. A recipient of the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Favorite Award for Suspense and Romance, Lorhainne lives on the sunny west-coast Gulf Island of Salt Spring Island, is the mother of three, her oldest has autism and she is an advocate for never giving up on your dreams.

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Cover Reveal: Adversity by Melody Winter

Adversity
Melody Winter
(Ascent #2)
Publication date: March 24th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

Athena Harrow is on the run. Destined for a life she managed to evade, she flees with Erebus before his brother’s threat can prove true.

But within their newfound refuge, they discover secrets long held close in the historical city of York—a creature thought to have been wiped out when the demons ascended. A creature whose existence renews Athena’s determination to restore the light.

However, attacks by Erebus’s brother and his promised army shatters those plans. Faced with the responsibility for the loss of numerous innocent lives, Athena makes a choice. To protect those around her, she’ll surrender to the Master Demon’s dark world.

Life with the Master is intolerable, though, and conflicted Athena is not what he expected. With time against her, and the Master losing patience, will Athena find the Master’s secret to restoring the light? Will she manage to escape the Master and the fate she was chosen for on her twenty-first birthday? And will she be able to return to York to reunite with the man she loves?

Tumultuous and emotional, ADVERSITY is the gripping conclusion to this dark romantic fantasy.

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Melody grew up in North Yorkshire, England. She’s a North Yorkshire lass through and through, although she does have a tendency to holiday in Spain. She has dreams of moving to the warmer climate to sip on Sangria as the sun sets over the roof tops of surrounding buildings. But, for the moment, she still lives in North Yorkshire with her husband and two sons.

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February Reading Stats

Hello Book Friends! I don’t know about you but I love posts and videos about peoples reading stats, so I thought I would start doing a monthly one here on my blog. If that is something that you are interested in then keep reading!

I read a total of 11 books this month which is okay for me but what I read was all pretty good. Only 3 of which were on my TBR which is pictured above. The others were all random books I picked up, as I have said before I am a moody reader. Below are the stats that I started with. First up is where my books came from and what format.

  • 6 were physical Books
  • 4 were from the Library
  • 4 were Ebooks and these were all also ARCs
  • 1 Audio book

Below are my Star Ratings.

  • 1 – 3 Star
  • 1 – 3.5 Star
  • 3 – 4 Star
  • 6 – 5 Star

Broken Down by Genre I read :

  • Contemporary Romance – 4
    • Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne – 3 Stars
    • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – 5 Star
    • Love Hard by Nalini Singh – 5 Star
    • A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate – 4 Star
  • Mystery/Thriller – 2
    • The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor – 3.5 Stars
    • What She Didn’t See by Heather Wynter – 4 Stars
  • Non-Fiction – 1
    • Educated by Tara Westover – 5 Stars
  • Young Adult – 1
    • I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver – 4 Stars
  • Historical Romance – 1
    • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore – 5 Stars
  • Paranormal Romance – 1
    • Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston – 5 Stars
  • Adult Contemporary – 1
    • Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman – 5 Stars

My favorite books this month were Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston and Love Hard by Nalini Singh ( you can see my thoughts on all these books in my previous round up )

If you can think of any other stats I should add let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Book Blitz: A Widow’s Tale by Frances Paul

A Widow’s Tale
Frances Paul
Publication date: January 21st 2020
Genres: Adult, Suspense, Thriller

A trained killer. One kill list. A world of hurt.

In this novel, author Frances Paul introduces a complex and driven young lady determined to uncover the truth surrounding the murders of her parents and to bring to justice the people responsible for the cruel act.

Karina Navarre, a Cuban national, lived a life that would be described as anything but easy. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, Karina’s life spiraled out of control, until a former KGB officer agreed to take her under his wing and train her.

Eight years later, the girl who has been discarded and forgotten is introduced to the underworld – resilient and ready to take her life back. But when tragedy strikes again, Karina turns into a force to be reckoned with, a woman out for revenge.

Fueled by her grief, Karina sets off on a breathtaking journey of twists and turns, fighting in a world where women are deemed inferior. But she’s determined to avenge the deaths of those she lost, even if that means risking everything including her own life in the process. Karina Navarre has a list, and she’s crossing off names…one by bloody one.

Thrilling, unpredictable, fast-paced, and powered by a grieved widow’s inexorable sense of duty.

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Prologue
New Year’s Eve
1996
Santiago del Estero, Argentina

“This is fantastic, Princesa?”

“Yes, papa. I saved the best for last.”

“I see that.” Carlos much admired his daughter’s painting of their old house in Trelew, Argentina. In front of the house stood Bella, Karina’s dog. A Maltese who passed a year prior. Bella was an old dog, fifteen years old when she passed away. She was part of the Navarre family and played a major role in Karina’s upbringing. She took the death harder than anyone.

“This is your late Christmas and New Year’s present.” Karina explained to her father.

“It was worth the wait.” Carlos carried his ten-year old in his arms and kissed her temple. Gloria Navarre strolled into the living room with two champagne flutes and offered one to her husband.

“You know what we need to do before the clock strikes midnight?”

“What?” Karina looked up at her mom expectantly.

“Share our New Year’s resolutions.”

“What is a New Year’s resolution?” Asked a puzzled Karina, still seated on her father’s lap.

“It’s a promise you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad in the New Year.”

Karina thought to herself for a moment, “I promise to share more.”

“That sounds wonderful.” Gloria grinned.

 “…and eat all the veggies you sneak into my meals.” Karina quickly added.

Both Gloria and Carlos laughed.

“Let’s set realistic goals.” Teased Carlos.

“What about you, mama?”

A sudden thud behind the door seized Carlos’s attention. He would have ignored it as nothing more than his paranoia playing tricks on him if a second and much louder thud did not follow the first. He quickly stood, forcing Karina off his lap. He edged toward the windows and the first clue he discovered was the foot of one of his guards sticking out in the hallway.

He instantly paled. Gloria noticing her husband’s predicament, placed her finger to her lips, a sign of silence to Karina. She grabbed her daughter’s shoulders and forced her underneath the sofa.

Bang! The door suddenly swung open. Five men garbed in black and carrying weapons marched in with steady steps. They each had blades tucked inside their belts, except for one. The leader! He stepped away from the group, distancing himself from the masses and demonstrating his authority with self-importance. He wore a tailored dark suit and dark dress shirt. His shoes were polished to a gloss. All five men were dressed sharply, but the leader stood out. Gloria Navarre stood terrified, shuddering with terror behind her husband. Karina sensing danger remained unmoving. The ten-year old knew exactly what to do as she had been rehearsing for years with her mother. Gloria always cautioned her, there are many monsters in the world that’d want to hurt us because of who we are and what we represent and she must be ready when and if that occurred. Though Karina never believed or understood her, she went along with the exercise anyway to pacify her mother’s fears. Be as silent as the grave, her mom had told her. Under no circumstance should you reveal yourself or let the enemy know where you are hiding and tonight she did just that. She couldn’t see the faces of the beasts that invaded their home, but she saw their shoes. Her eyes were fixated on the glossier pair. It stood right in front of her father’s bare feet.

“Carlos Navarre,” a deep voice said, probably from the man with the shiny feet, “this was easier than I thought it’d be.” his cold chortle filled the noiseless room.

“Mrs. Navarre.” his voice was deeply aggrieved.

“Tomas?” her father’s voice responded, “You’ve some nerves storming into my home as if you own me. What is the meaning of this?”

“Ah, be careful now.” The deep voice warned, “It’s a new day. You lost before the battle began. I am taking over your empire and there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop me. Your men, at least those in the building are all gone. You are done, Navarre. If you’re as wise as you have in the past portrayed yourself to be, you’ll be reciting your final prayers, pleading for clemency for your soul before I squeeze this trigger.”

“You traitorous bastard. Tell me, what coerced you to act against the hand that has fed you all these years? You were nothing. I made you and this is how you repay me?”

“You are a weak man, Navarre. You call yourself the boss. The Don.” he said with a slight chuckle, “You are a joke, a phony. We did all your dirty work while you sat on your high horse and collected. I don’t answer to weak men, not anymore.”

“You’ll never survive in our world with this kind of betrayal under your belt. No one will trust you. Think very hard about what you are doing.”

“Oh, I have. See, while you were seated on your throne, filling your belly from our blood and sweat, I was preparing for this defining moment. I’ve looked forward to this day for a very long time.” he crowed with insolence.

“You were always in my home, seated at my table with my family, breaking bread and today you kiss me on my cheek?” Carlos said incredulously.

“You give me too much credit. I am no Judas. You sealed your fate, Carlos. I am just here to ensure your crossover goes smoothly.” he released the safety on the gun and aimed it at Carlos’s head. That was the moment little Karina realized she knew the monster. She thought the voice sounded familiar but her feeble nerves had compromised her brain. It was her father’s good friend, Uncle Tomas, but why’d he do this? She mused.

“This is absurd, Tomas. This is between us. Let my wife go, and we can handle this as men.”

“As you wish.” Tomas said right before a loud ear-piercing sound filled the room. Within seconds, her mother’s eyes were gazing directly at her. Blood streaming down her temple. Her eyes were wide open but appeared lifeless and Karina knew right away that her mother was gone.

A deep agonizing scream from her father erupted through the room.

“There it is. I let her go. Now we handle this as men.” Tomas motioned with his weapon between him and Carlos.

Still staring into her mother’s cold eyes, Karina whimpered in absolute silence. Unceasing tears poured down her face, spilling over her hands. “Mummy?” she mouthed.

“I’ll destroy you, Tomas.” her father said, right before another dreadful sound emitted and just as she feared, his body slumped on top of her mother’s. She shut her eyes for a moment and sharply inhaled.

The monster’s feet hovered over the corpses for a long moment before he spoke again, “Let’s get out of this rubbish dump.”

“How about the kid?” One of his followers said.

Silence filled the room like an invisible cloud as the men pondered over the question. Heavy footsteps suddenly hurried through the room, then ascended the staircase. Slamming of doors and screams erupted from every corner of the building. With both her hands covering her own mouth to suppress a harrowing scream from sliding out, Karina closed her eyes tightly and prayed. Her little heart raced frenziedly. It was so loud, she feared the men left in the room could hear it too. Be as quiet as the grave. Her mother’s voice echoed in her ears.

“She’s just a stupid girl. What can she do?” Tomas finally said. To some degree, he sounded hesitant, even to himself.

“Tomas?” One of his men protested.

“Do you want to put a bullet into a little girl’s heart?” Anger spewed out of him.

There was no response.

“Or perhaps you want to adopt her?”

Still, no response.

“Leave that dirty little thing. She’ll just turn into a whore like the rest of them if she’s not dead within two years.”

“Did you find the sleazeball?” he snarled, referring to Carlos’s best friend and second in command, Savio Cardozo.

“Not yet.”

“Find him. The takeover is not successful until he is put down.”

The frightening sound of additional bullets filled the room as he shot extra holes into her father to certify his demise.

After some time, the footsteps receded, and she cautiously dragged her body forward to gain a full length view of the monster who destroyed her entire life in one night before he exited the room. Disheartened, she broke down into hysterical tears when she established, it was indeed, Uncle Tomas.

Leuven, Belgium

Present Day

 

A serene night. The stars shone brightly like diamonds. The full moon hung low, illuminating the path, and casting a glow along her vision as she peered through the night vision scope of Ruby, her sniper rifle. Designed to travel as far as 1.25 miles (2.01 km) to her intended target with no hitches. Tonight, her position from the fat bastard she was contracted forty-eight hours earlier to put down like a sick dog was close to two thousand yards. She sighed, savoring the tranquil moment of the gentle winds blowing through her hair and calming the adrenaline rushing through her veins.

She lived for moments like these. The moment the bullet from her rifle travels undetected through the quiet night and lodges itself at home in the heart or brain. Her reputation to date was unimpeachable. She was considered a Grade A sniper, and listed amongst the top ten of the world’s best snipers. She had no knowledge the true identities of her superiors, or acquainted with their location, nor did she care to know. Her job was to eliminate. Plain and simple. An app was installed on a distinctive phone given to her by the agency, where she received notifications when awarded with a contract. The app was designed to disappear from the phone once a contract has been fulfilled. The details provided were typically the name of the target, location and contract amount, no negotiations. Not that she ever had the need to negotiate. She got paid more than she cared to admit, besides, she hardly needed the money. She hadn’t received a notification in six months. Ruby, her rifle grew restless and so did she. Twice a week during those excruciating six months, she’d dismantle her then put her back together. She repeated the practice daily without breaking a sweat.

Tonight’s kill was greatly required to quench her thirsty dark soul.

In a prone position, lying flat on her stomach with both legs spread apart, her left hand rested casually on the biceps of the right, while her right finger hovered over the trigger. Soft winds whistled in her ears and she heeded attentively. Ruby’s trajectory data was set to its precise setting, and she was anxious to squeeze the trigger her index finger was keenly massaging.

Three black Alfa Romeo SUVs pulled up seconds later. Three men in suits simultaneously jumped down from each vehicle before the target exited the vehicle in the middle. He slickly buttoned his suit jacket, scarcely turning his head to the left. She squeezed the trigger and listened as the bullet traveled in the silence of the night through the calming winds at 1,700 miles (2,735.88 km) per hour. It sliced through the center of his forehead within 2.12 seconds. Bullseye!

In just under three minutes, she’d detached the scope and packed Ruby carefully into its case. Just as she jumped into the backseat of the waiting car that was to transport her to an airstrip to board a private jet, her cellphone vibrated inside the pocket of her jacket. She discarded the red leather gloves shielding her hands from the bitter cold and fetched it. Caller unknown, it read.

“Yes?” she answered with a bit of irritation in her voice.

“It’s Savio.” he said, his tone was grimmer than courteous.

“Why are you calling from an unknown number?” she questioned.

“Are you on your way back home?” he countered her question with another.

“What’s going on?” she repeated the pattern.

He remained silent but his heavy breathing could be heard at the end of the line.

“Savio?” she called, growing impatient. After every kill, she performed a ritual. And that was to sit in silence, meditating for a few seconds and patting herself on the back for a job well done. This ill-timed call hindered with her sacramental process.

“Hurry back. We have a problem.” he cautioned.

“Just spit it out?” she had nothing but ultimate respect for Savio, her father-in-law and late father’s best friend but at this moment, his interruption irritated the energized heartbeat she earned from the excitement she just encountered.

“It’s Thian.”

“What about him?”

“He’s dead!” he whimpered, “Do you hear me? They took my boy.” his voice came in a broken growl.

Her hands fell in her lap. The sudden motion caused the phone to fall and disappear under the front seat. Her stare remained at the back of the headrest in sheer dismay. Her mind bizarrely rid of any thoughts.

“We are here, Ms. Navarre.” Karina heard the indistinct voice of her chauffeur.

She looked up and offered him a blank stare. No idea how long she had been stuck in that stupor state. She assumed a lengthy amount of time as the mileage between her last position and the hangar was just about 40.2 kilometers. Adding up to twenty minutes of oblivion. She gathered her bearings and stepped out of the car, grabbing Ruby from the seat beside her.

The pilot bobbed his head at her as she ascended the airstair toward him but received nothing in return. Once settled in her seat, she stared out the window in silence until the plane was safely in the air. She heaved a silent sigh and stiffened her stance. The nerves in her neck coiled, pulling every vein connecting her inner organs. Her skin inflamed with rage as her body temperature climbed at a reckless rate. She waved away the hostess who approached her with a glass of champagne. BBC news blared through the television hanging from the overhead.

BREAKING NEWS  Petrak Novak, former Czech Prime Minister was assassinated at 21:48 at the front entrance of the Park Inn Hotel where he had been staying for the past two days. No report on whether he was on official duty or a private visit. The Belgian Federal Police team are actively engaged in the hunt for the assassin who might still be in the district. Road blocks have been placed all over the city as the manhunt continues. We will keep you informed as we receive more information on this cowardly act.


Author Bio:

Born and raised in Accra, Ghana and now living in Cincinnati, Ohio. A banker, wife and mother of two amazing kids. She finds writing to be a great passion of hers and a path she was born to follow. She began by writing short stories at a young age. Now, she has four published books and working on a few more projects. She’s a crazy tea lover, loves to travel, eat, and enjoys learning about different cultures. Authors she is inspired by are Sidney Sheldon, Nora Roberts and Jeffrey Archer. Hope you enjoy her books as greatly as she enjoyed producing them.

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Reading Round Up February 21-29

Hey Guys! I hope you had a great reading month in February. I ended up finishing 3 more books which brings me to 11 books for the month. I might try and squeeze one more but not sure if I can do it. February was not my best month but my reads were all pretty great this month, so I am not too disappointed.

Keeping reading if you want to hear my thoughts on my last reads for February.

What She Didn’t See by Heather Wynter – 4 Stars This is a short novella that introduces us to Grace who is on vacation in Italy with her best friend. When tragedy strikes Grace is set on a path she never thought she would go down. I found this to be a fast paced story that was a go from the beginning. I really enjoyed the writing style and was invested the entire time so I could find out how Grace’s story would end. I really hope the author continues because I need to know what happens next! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Love Hard by Nalini Singh – 5 Stars I have said it before and I will keep on saying it, I LOVE her books! Whether its her fantasy series or contemporary or thriller, I know I am just going to love it! This is the 3rd book in the Hard Play series that follows 4 brothers, in this story we are following the third brother Jake who is a professional rugby player and single father. At his brother’s wedding Jake is paired with his high school nemesis Juliet. I loved the chemistry between these two and I am a sucker for a good enemies to lovers story. One of things I loved in this story was that it was on the slower side for a romance but once they decided to be together there was no conflict or miscommunication to separate them or have them work thru. I also loved Jake’s relationship with Esme, she was his priority thru the entire book and all decisions he made he had her mind, talk about swoon worthy! I am so excited for the next book and can’t wait to read Danny’s (the fourth brother) story. I highly recommend this book!!!! This book comes out March 10, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate – 4 Stars In A Girl’s Guide to the Outback we follow start-up expert Kimberly Foster and youth pastor Samual Payton. After finding out that his family’s farm back in Australia is failing Sam returns home to help them out. Meanwhile the ministry that both of them worked for is not doing so well with out Sam there, so Kimberly heads to Australia to see if she can convince him to come back while giving them advice on their farm. This story is an enemies to lover’s romance and that is my favorite trope! The banter between the two main characters was perfect. Both Sam and Kimberly had personal issues that they needed to work thru throughout the story and I thought the author did this very well. There are some great side characters in this as well that we get to follow my favorite is Sam’s Sister Jules. There is also a great portrayal of friendship in this book between Jules and Kimberly and their moments together were some of my favorites. I really enjoyed this book and will look for more by this author. If you are wanting a sweet slow burn romance than I highly recommend this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Book Blitz: What She Didn’t See by Heather Wynter

What She Didn’t See
Heather Wynter
Publication date: February 28th 2020
Genres: Adult, Suspense, Thriller

An American tourist in Rome. A secret service agent on vacation. An international assassin… What could go wrong?

Gracie Colby and Lena Boyd are wrapping up the tour of Italy Lena has planned her whole life.

Luke Barnes, a Secret Service Agent, is on vacation in Rome.

Before she knows what happened to her, her friend is dead, and Gracie finds herself swept into a whirlwind of danger, intrigue, and international forces conspiring to destroy her. Teaming up with Luke to survive, Gracie is forced to question herself and decide if she is capable of outrunning the assassin before he can get to them.

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EXCERPT:

He set off across the street, and she followed, not wanting to be alone in this city of death. Her heel crunched in glass fragments. He held up the tape that designated this a crime scene, and she ducked under it. It was all pretend. She saw herself doing everything, looking like an actor on a cop show.

The car riddled with bullet holes belonged to the movie too. The prop crew had put that tire there for her to cower behind for safety from the gunfire. She peered down at the space where she’d taken shelter from the danger, the place where Lena had pushed her to protect her when the shooting started.

She gulped down the lump in her throat. The last thing Lena did in this life was save her. She didn’t save herself. She was too thoughtful for that. While Grace was thinking about dragging Lena back home to start their lives as adults, Lena was saving her from that … that …

She looked up to find Luke inspecting her. Could he see what a terrible friend she had been? Had Lena’s sacrifice left visible scars on her skin?

“What do you know about the shooter?” she asked to distract them both.

Author Bio:

Heather Wynter grew up in California, where she still lives with her two dogs and three cats which she lovingly refers to as her zoo. She’s a sucker for any period drama and a good romance. When she isn’t reading or writing out what is in her wild imagination, she’s probably at Disneyland or traveling around the globe.

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My Thoughts

I found this book to be a fast paced story that was a go from the beginning. I really enjoyed the writing style and was invested the entire time to find out how Grace’s story would end. I really hope the author continues because I need to know what happens next!

Book Blitz: Forgotten Pieces by Tori Fox

Forgotten Pieces
Tori Fox
(White Creek #3)
Publication date: February 27th, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Eight years ago, I fell for Ryder Thompson.

He knew me in a way no one else did.

He held my heart in his hands.

Until he brought it crashing to the floor.

I picked up the pieces, vowing to never let him in again.

And I never thought I would see him again.

Then one day, he reappeared in my life.

I promised myself I would ignore him.

I lied.

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Tacoma Calloway made me a better man.

To this day I swear upon it, no matter how broken I am.

We weren’t meant to be together when we first met.

We were two lost souls finding solace in the other.

But eight years later, I still want her.

I forbid myself from loving her then.

And I am unable to love her now.

If only my heart would listen.

It won’t.

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EXCERPT:

I thought she was beautiful when I first saw her, but she had a sadness on her face that reminded me too much of my own sadness. But now she reminds me of the fire dancing with the sky. Her head is thrown back in a laugh, her blonde hair billowing in the wind, a smile splitting across her face that makes her look even more beautiful. Her eyes are closed but I know if they were to open a bright emerald would pierce the night, reflecting off the stars in the sky. My eyes roam down her body. Her jeans are so tight they could be painted on, doing an incredible job of showing off the curves of her hips and ass. She has on a tight top that accentuates her large breasts and tiny waist. She must be the dream of every boy here. And I do see a few looking her way as she cackles at the stars.

Before I know it, I find myself walking toward her. I’m drawn to her like a river to the sea. I have no idea what I’m going to say to her or why I am even thinking of talking to her. I know she is young, too young for me. But there is something about her that won’t let me stay away.

Her friend from the ice cream shop nudges her as I approach.

“Hey stranger,” she says with a laugh. It’s then I notice her smoking a joint. No wonder she looks so carefree.

“Hi.”

She squints at me and then a huge smile hits her face. “I remember you now. You were the hot, sexy stranger that came into the ice cream shop the other day.”

Her friend nudges her and whispers, “You can’t say that shit out loud.”

“Well, it’s not like he doesn’t know,” she says as she gives me a once over.

I’m glad it’s dark because I would be embarrassed as hell if she saw the slight flush to my cheeks. “Yeah, I thought I recognized you,” I say, ignoring her comment.

“I’m Tacoma, by the way.”

God, even her name is sexy. “Ryder.”

“Nice to officially meet you, Ryder,” she says as she sticks her hand out to me. I shake it and hold back the urge to pull her closer to me. Neither of us let go of each other’s hands. She smiles up at me, white teeth gleaming, her eyes letting on more than she thinks as I look into the depths of them. I can’t help but smile too as our handshake still holds steady.

Someone coughs behind us and she jumps away from me. “Ugh, this is my friend Laney.”

“Nice to meet you,” Laney says just as someone yells over to Tacoma.

“Yo Calloway, you’re up!”

Tacoma looks over her shoulder and nods to the guy calling her over. She goes to take off in his direction but she grabs my hand first and drags me behind her. “You’re my new partner.”

“Partner for what—?” I start but then see us hauling it over to the beer pong table.

She turns around and walks backward facing me as she talks, her hand still in mine. “You ever play?”

I shrug. “Once or twice.”

“Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t have you as my partner.” She releases my hand and takes another hit of the joint still in her hand.

I smirk at her. “Maybe I’ll have beginner’s luck.”

She blows the smoke out and giggles. “You’re right. Beginner’s luck. Good thing you are with the reignin’ champion.”

“Is that right?” I ask as we walk up to the table.

“Just you wait and see.” She grins and then passes the joint to me. “Want some?”

“Nah. Can’t.”

She raises a brow at me.

“I’m on leave. I still get tested.”

She grips my bicep. “Military guy. Must be why these biceps are so big.”

I laugh out loud at that. “Yeah if it weren’t for the Marines, I’d probably be a skinny kid with more bones than muscle and then you wouldn’t find me hot and sexy.”

A flush hits her cheeks. “I don’t know about that. You do have a pretty gorgeous face.”

“Oh so I’m gorgeous now too?”

She rolls her eyes and passes the joint off to someone standing by the table. “Let’s get this show started.”

The game is set up bracket style with eight teams. And we smoke our competition. Every round we sink the balls in the beer with a turn each. When we get to the final round, I let Tacoma go first and she sinks every single ball. She jumps into my arms when we win and the feel of her body makes me feel things in places I shouldn’t. I know she is young, and this is a dangerous game despite all the flirting between us.

She slides down my body and punches me in the arm. “I thought you said you never played before.”

“I told you beginner’s luck.”

“You are such a liar.”

I wrap an arm around her shoulders before I realize what I’m doing. I blame it on the buzz from beer pong. “How do you think we pass the time on base?”

She bops me on the nose. “You suck.” But she is laughing the whole time. I know I shouldn’t be around this girl but her carefree spirit is addictive.

She starts pulling me toward a crop of trees. Trees I noticed earlier is where people go to make out. I stop her before we get past the cars. Stopping between two pickup trucks.

“Why are you stoppin’?”

I give her a stern look. “I know what goes on over there.”

“And why do you not wanna go?” she asks with a cute pout on her face.

I cross my arms and lean against the truck at my back, giving us some distance. “How old are you?”

“Old enough,” she responds, copying my pose against the truck at her back.


Author Bio:

Tori Fox loves books. So much so she decided to write one. It didn’t go well. But after genre changes, many rewrites, and lots of editing she finally finished. And now that she is done, she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Besides writing you can find her curled up on the couch with her dog reading a book or lost in a makeup store purchasing more makeup than is necessary for a human. She is also a fan of hockey and whiskey, especially together. Tori lives with her fiancé in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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