The Girl Who Escaped by Mark Nolan – Review by Jess Dimmock

The Girl Who EscapedThe Girl Who Escaped by Mark Nolan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is absolutely, perfectly, written. There’s not a bunch of rambling setup, and it just jumps in to the story hooking you from the very first paragraph. The characters are engaging and the reality of the situation is absolutely terrifying in its possibility.
Angie is a college girl on spring break with her friends who manages to survive a kidnapping attempt. Unfortunately, her friends don’t and she gets blamed for their deaths. Due to a series of horrible circumstances, she winds up in a psychiatric hospital. Enter Brenda, Jake, and Cody. The FBI and Team that are there to help Angie both catch her kidnapper and regain her sense of self. This case is bigger than just Angie and her friends, and will make your blood run cold.
Hold on for the ride with this one, because it’s intense. You’re not going to regret it.

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Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Jess Dimmock

Ritual Obsession (Blood Obsession Book 1)Ritual Obsession by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I went into this one not really knowing what to expect as I’m not usually one to pick up a “cop drama” type novel. Boy, do I need to rethink that. Dunn writes amazing, well-rounded characters, and fleshes them out as they “come into view”. By this I mean as they become more important to the story and the main characters, which I love! I’ve always despised having an entire cast named and described to me, then having to come back some hundred pages later when some of them become pertinent.
Our main characters are Two female detectives, Rose and Bobbi. This follows them through both their personal and professional time while working the case of the Bathtub killer. Both women experience some major growth as characters and we really get to see that. There are some graphic scenes, and the cliffhanger at the end definitely had me screaming at my kindle app! Well played Dunn, well played.

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Undeniable (Central Florida Stories Book 2) by Victoria Saccenti – Review by Jess Dimmock

Undeniable (Central Florida Stories, #2)Undeniable by Victoria Saccenti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forget 50 Shades!!
Now This is Adult Romance in All its Glory! I adore the D/s aspect of the relationship, and that it’s written absolutely naturally. Saccenti Delivers another flawless gem that is devastating to the hormones and the libido. More than that, the characters are so wonderfully written that this reads like a bit of a suspense mystery as well. I adored that aspect and the captivating scenery and imagery of the locales. This one has it all and will keep you hooked from start to finish!

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Truth or Kill (Twisted Legends Collection Book 1) by A.C. Kramer – Review by Jess Dimmock

Truth or Kill (Twisted Legends Collection, #2)Truth or Kill by A.C. Kramer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A dark yet beautiful tale. A very twisted and far from the original take on Cinderella. The writing is flawless as is the cast and scenery. This book was absolutely perfectly written. Beware though, this one is not for the faint of heart. It’s beyond steamy, and our main characters definitely like spice with their sex. There are some amazing sex scenes, but they add to the story instead of distracting from it.
A bit of revenge, some rags to riches, and some murder mystery all stirred up to create this masterpiece of storytelling. Buckle up and enjoy the ride, because this one is a page turner you won’t be able to put down.

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On Viking Seas (The Forerunner Saga Series Book 3) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review by Jess Dimmock

On Viking Seas (Forerunner Series)On Viking Seas by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Third installment of the Forerunner saga, and I really feel like the Author has truly found their voice. This book is Perfection. If George R.R. Martin were to write Viking based novels, these would be it. Not to say that Batista doesn’t have their own flavor, but I’m very reminded of Martin’s style at times.
The Agneson clan has grown up and into their lots in life quite a bit more in this one. Thorfinn has grown into his “gifts” quite well and is surrounded by a crew, including his uncle Karl, that embraces him. Gurid, Kara and Hildie become reunited with old Yeru and the youngest Neeta at Gurid’s brother Cerdic’s home. Cub/Agne has survived and is a slave in the tin mines. Lastly Sorven has traveled with Willa and her husband to get Tormod ransomed back, while Willa is pregnant with her first.
We see Much more of Kara in this book and see a great deal of growth in all the Agneson children’s characters. This series and cast along with the writing style have really got me hooked now. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

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Castor’s Kiss (Soul Bonded in the Stars Book 2) by Tai James – Review by Jess Dimmock

Castor's Kiss (Soul Bonded in the Stars # 2)Castor’s Kiss by Tai James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An interesting new take on a Science Fiction Romance. I’ve read quite a few Sci-Fi Romance novels, but this is the first time I’ve encountered a Romanesque Gladiatorial style one. James blends the past and future ridiculously well here.
Our leading lady has endured tragedy, horror, and torture all before being sold into slavery to a Xaranthian. At our opening, Mia has endured so much, yet realizes that she’s lost something. She chooses to re-embrace her humanity and try to rescue her “partner” in the current gladiatorial match. A female with almost no combat skills, and as one of the top fighters in the arena Mia is Done.
Castor, our lead hunk, has come to rescue Mia in the stead of her crewmates. Crewmates Mia thinks are dead. Only he winds up tricked and set-up by Throl, Mia’s owner and entered into the gladiatorial games as well.
Our two wind up finding a great deal more than either bargained for as they fight to survive and escape. This one is a really fun ride and has a wonderful mix of history and futuristics, along with a stellar cast.

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Romance under Aquarius (Stargazing Series Book 1) by Danielle Jacks – Review by Jess Dimmock

Romance Under AquariusRomance Under Aquarius by Danielle Jacks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Little Mermaid for the next generation.
A star-crossed lover’s tale on several accounts. Maris and Kasper, the Mermaid princess and the human man who has given up everything to find a cure for his brother. Pasha and Ryn, a low caste mermaid who’s never understood why she is so despised and a merman of royal blood.
This tale has betrayal, magic, and lover’s drama. It’s definitely for a slightly more mature audience as there are some scenes that get steamy, but it doesn’t dip into the full erotic. It’s a beautiful balance that I feel will definitely appeal to the High-school crowd and beyond.
With an amazing cast of well written characters, and scenery that makes you want to head for Haiti, this is one beautifully written tale. I can’t wait to see what the other 11 books will be!

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Finding Starlight (Quimby Grove Book 1) by Shannon Nikole – Review by Jess Dimmock

Finding Starlight (Quimby Grove #1)Finding Starlight by Shannon Nikole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautiful story of growth and grief.
Our story centers around Ellawyn, a woman trapped in a relationship that’s abusive, her escape from it, and how she learns to grow and heal from it.
It’s about Benji, an old man with a beautiful soul who recognizes the battered yet beautiful soul in his bookstore every day, and the bond of kinship they form.
It’s about Beckett, the driven man who comes home to the bookstore he loves to be with his grandfather, and the woman he discovers and is captivated by.
These three characters interweave into a masterpiece that talks about grief in different forms and how we heal from it. There are some scenes that could definitely be triggering for survivors of abusive relationships, and deals with stalkers as well, so be prepared. This tale doesn’t pull its punches, but it doesn’t use them as the sole storyline either.
This is a well written masterpiece that will only get better with each re-reading.

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The Vardoger Boy (The Forerunner Saga Book 2) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review by Jess Dimmock

The Vardoger Boy (Forerunner Series)The Vardoger Boy by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the first Forerunner Saga book, we met the Agneson clan. The story mostly followed the main family focusing mainly on Thorfinn the youngest son, and his uncle Karl. In this, Book 2 of the Forerunner Saga, the story switches amongst the family much more evenly as they have gone in several different directions.
Thorfinn has shipped out with his uncle Karl and is learning about the realm between realms from new sources on his adventures. Agne and Cub have joined the call to war from Guthrum and marched off with the clan’s warriors. Leaving Gurid, Yeru, Mae and the rest of the younger children. They are attacked by the surviving Magnussen’s and driven from the homestead.
There is a lot more adventure in this book, and our characters have grown. We see quite a bit more development of the story and characters and I look forward to the next book as this one ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger.

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By: Jess Dimmock

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A YA book, Viking Style!
If you like Norse Mythology or were a fan of the TV show Vikings, this is a great YA book! This book is really in depth into the entire Alfenson clan. The story switches between the family homestead, mostly focusing on little Thorfinn the youngest son and his special gifts, and Karl Alfenson and his Viking crew on their journey.
The story touches on the everyday life on a Viking homestead without feeling like it bogs down in mundane details. Then throws lore from the Gods and magic into the story to really add something extra. I feel like younger readers with a love of Norse mythology and even adult readers will really enjoy this one!

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