Genre: Suspense

CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

CONSUMED by J. R. WardConsumed by J. R. Ward
Published by Gallery Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Source: Publisher

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

J.R. Ward’s Consumed is a terrifically terrifying adventure from start to finish! From the first scenes in Consumed there is no doubt this book will be intense.  I’m not sure if I have ever been so engrossed in the first few pages of a book that nothing could distract. It’s been a little bit since I finished the book and I still get nervous butterflies when thinking about Consumed. The beautifully tragic imagery brought forth will leave you gasping for air…literally!

Ward brings her signature writing style to her new series giving the reader the multifaceted storytelling they adore. You always know going into a book from Ward that you will not be denied any of the characters point of view.

All of Anne Ashburn’s life she has been determined to follow in the family footsteps and leave a shining legacy within the fire department.  Tragic circumstances force her to completely rethink her life and what she wants from it.  Danny McGuire is the fire department’s golden boy until events lead him to begin taking unnecessary risks.  To say that these characters are deep would be a gross understatement. It’s impossible to miss the wealth of emotion that drives and sometimes helps these characters thrive.

Consumed, as cheesy as it is to say it will consume you from page one.  This exceptional suspenseful drama will have you dissecting the characters motives to discover the bad guy!  Anne and Danny’s romance is a slow burn in all the best ways.  We really get a chance to know them both and what is driving them. Both are complex and picking up the pieces after a life-changing event.   I fell incredibly in love with these two!

Enthralling, Exhilarating and Explosive are just a few of the words I would use to describe J. R. Ward’s Consumed. It’s most definitely a Recommended Read!

IN MY SKIN by Shannon McKenna

IN MY SKIN by Shannon McKennaIn My Skin by Shannon McKenna
Series: Obsidian Files #3
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Suspense
Source: Publisher

 

 

 

Author Shannon McKenna continues her exciting Obsidian Files series with In My Skin.

Luke is hunting for a way to return the memories he locked away to protect those he loves.  Now all he wants is to remember the people he risked so much for.  There is just one complication…Daniela LaSalle.

Dani is a nurse whose life is turned upside down when an old friend arrives at her home on death’s door wanting help. Before she can get the whole story, her friend dies and leaves her in a world of trouble.

Luke is determined to discover what Dani’s friend said to her but is sidetracked by a fierce need to protect the beauty.  As killers come out of the woodwork with a mission to capture Dani they must go on the run. The only problem is Dani doesn’t know who to trust.  Can they survive what’s coming for them?

In My Skin is a sizzling thrill ride from page one.  Luke and Dani share a passionate chemistry that ignites immediately.  Luke Ryan has been put through hell. I had been wondering what would happen to him after all the atrocities he faced in the previous books.  He deserves some happiness.

Luke and Dani go on one heck of an adventure.  I loved their banter back and forth especially Dani’s smart-mouth retorts. The amazing action sequences leave you on edge while the powerful emotions will have your heart swelling.  Ms. McKenna definitely knows how to choreograph impressive action sequences in her books. They always leave me wanting more.

I thoroughly enjoyed In My Skin! Luke and Dani are fantastic, and the ending was out of this world! I loved it!

If you’re looking for lots of suspense and drama mixed with steamy sex, then In My Skin is for you!

 

MY NEXT BREATH by Shannon McKenna

MY NEXT BREATH by Shannon McKennaMy Next Breath by Shannon McKenna
Series: Obsidian Files #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Suspense
Source: Publisher

Zade has a plan…a foolproof one at least that’s what he thinks.  Zade plans to use Simone to find his missing brother Luke.  The only problem with that plan is the instant attraction that leads to a powerful connection.  Now that he’s gotten to know her he must decide what to do next.

Simone hasn’t been happy for a long time.  Unlucky in love and unhappy in her job she has decided to change things up.  The only problem is the fact that her boss aka her stepfather refuses to let her go.  Little does she know her stepfather’s agenda is more diabolical than she could ever imagine.

Zade and Simone have phenomenal attraction that sparks the moment they cross paths.  It doesn’t take long for Zade to realize he’s in trouble. Simone is nothing like he imagined and now he struggles with his deep feelings for her and an overwhelming need to find his brother.

Author Shannon McKenna’s My Next Breath is a sexy adventure heavy with emotion.  Zade’s desperation to find his brother mixed with the need to protect Simone ramp up the urgent suspense in My Next Breath. Shannon McKenna gives readers excellent stories with her Obsidian Files series.

Simone and Zade have both been dealt a crap hand in life.  Now is their chance to find some happiness if they survive the onslaught of people that want to capture and kill them.  These two were great with just enough sizzle paired with intense action scenes. I cannot wait to find out what happens next. I especially hope that Zade brother’s Luke finds love and his way back to his family.

PROMISE NOT TO TELL by Jayne Ann Krentz

PROMISE NOT TO TELL by Jayne Ann KrentzPromise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Suspense
Source: Publisher

Virginia Troy is the owner of an art gallery in Seattle.  When one of her artists turns up dead, Virginia has a good reason to believe that it was murder.  Virginia is one of the few survivors of a cult that was destroyed when she was a child, and the missing author was one of her mother’s few friends with in the cult.  Virginia knows she can’t take her suspicions to just anyone; but Anson Salinas, the man who helped save the children from the fire, happens to be a partner in a private investigation firm.  He is the one person Virginia knows she can hire that will take her seriously.

 

Cabot Sutter is one of the surviving children from the cult who was adopted by Anson.  He is also one of the main investigators in the firm.  When Virginia shows up with her concerns and wants to hire the firm to find out exactly what happened when the artist was killed, Cabot is assigned to the case.  Cabot and Virginia certainly have some past history in having lived in and survived the cult.  As a result, both are wary in letting anyone get too close, yet they quickly become a firm partnership as they start to follow the clues and every lead to find out not only  what happened the night an artist fell off a cliff, but also just what exactly happened the night the fire destroyed the cult compound.

 

Quinton Zane was the cult leader who decided to try and kill all of his followers when the law came down on him.  During the events of the evening, it was unsure if the cult leader had been killed somehow or if he got away when it was all over.   As Cabot and Virginia begin getting a few answers, they begin to suspect that Quinton got away and still lives.  The danger multiplies as more answers are located and, even as each turn seems to bring even more danger, Virginia and Cabot also discover that some of the sparks are actually coming from them.  It seems that romance doesn’t care what is going on around you when love is meant to be.  The final answers prove Virginia was right, and yet it is a surprise on who was actually behind everything.  The question is: Is all the horror of the cult and its ending finally, over or is there more out there to be discovered and ended?

 

Scars on the inside can be much more harming than those on the outside as both Cabot and Virginia learned growing up as survivors of a cult that went out in a deadly blaze in Promise Not To Tell.  I really loved how Virginia and Cabot forged forward even when the outcome brought out things they really didn’t want to think about again.  I also enjoyed trying to figure out the clues as I read along during their adventures.  I was surprised at how well Cabot and Virginia matched up once their attraction was undeniable.  At first, I was sure they were just too far apart, even with the shared background.  If you love a great suspense, then you can’t miss with giving Promise Not To Tell a read.  While not a series, one of Cabot’s other adopted brothers is the hero of When All The Girls Have Gone.

DEAD GIRL RUNNING by Christina Dodd

DEAD GIRL RUNNING by Christina DoddDead Girl Running by Christina Dodd
Series: Cape Charade #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Source: Publisher

I have three confessions to make:
1. I've got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don't remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams...and that's half a lie.

Girl running...from a year she can't remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There, amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder...then another.

Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen's driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she's come to call home. Yet she wonders--with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past, could the killer be staring her in the face?

Author Christina Dodd begins a new series with Dead Girl Running. This is the first full length novel in the Cape Charade series which is a spinoff of Dodd’s popular Virtue Falls series.  There is also a novella available, Hard to Kill.

Dead Girl Running is an intense story that moves at a breakneck pace.  Dodd does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing. The characters are incredibly unique.  I loved the thrilling suspense Ms. Dodd built throughout the story with these characters.  Her creative blend of misdirection had me thinking everyone had a motive for murder at one point or another.

My only complaint was that there is not enough romance for me.  I went into this a bit blind. I didn’t know Dead Girl Running was the beginning of a series until the head-splitting cliffhanger left me with an incomprehensible desire to know what happens next! I am looking forward to romance in the next novel! The chemistry between Kellen and a certain man is riveting.

Author Christina Dodd creates a chilling tale set in the middle of a picturesque resort.  Dead Girl Running is a killer read for lovers of the modern whodunit mysteries.

BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU by Christine Warren

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JUDGEMENT ROAD by Christine Feehan

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EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

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ROYALLY RUINED by Nora Flite

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BEFORE THE DAWN by Cynthia Eden

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GOING DARK by Monica McCarty

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TWISTED TRUTHS by Rebecca Zanetti

Twisted Truths is book 3 in Author Rebecca Zanetti’s Blood Brothers series.  It brings the reader a no-holds-barred adventure and startling conclusion. Denver Jones has been living the last year of his life a shell of his former self.  A year ago, he was forced to leave a woman to protect her from his darkContinue Reading

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

Elect is the second novel in Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series.  The story picks up after the end of the first book Elite.  Thank heavens because I was so not done with Trace and Nixon or the rest of the Elect. Trace found herself thrown into the complex and confounding world of the ElectContinue Reading

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

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DEADLY SILENCE by Rebecca Zanetti

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