Friday, December 1, 2023

Review: Killer Lies by Eva Chance & Harlow King

Killer Lies by Eva Chance & Harlow King
Series: The Chaos Crew #2
Publication date: December 26th, 2021
Pages: 310
Spice: 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

Lone wolf or part of the crew?

My life has turned out to be a web of lies.

All I know for sure is that the hitmen who took me into their home aren't the real villains in this story.

As the Chaos Crew helps me track down answers about who I am and what happened to me all those years ago, I can't help wondering if their home could become mine too. Especially when I discover just how delicious each of them can be in their unique ways.

But to work alongside me is a dangerous game. My unknown enemies are ramping up their attacks, and we're all in the line of fire now.

Will winning the loyalty of these brutal men guarantee me survival--or send them to an early grave?

Killer Lies is the second book in a new gritty contemporary romance series from bestselling Eva Chase (writing as Eva Chance) and Harlow King. No major triggers, just hot murderously-inclined men, a deadly heroine out for revenge, and an enemies-to-lovers romance where the girl gets all the guys. Prepare for total bloody chaos!

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Everything that Dess had thought was true was a lie. Where she came from, who her targets were, and even the validity and morality of the organization she had worked with. When she came face-to-face with her handler again she had no idea just how deep it went. In fact, she had no reason to ever suspect that she was in any danger other than the sort she had with the cops turned hitmen that she was shacking up with. That all came crashing down around her when the rose-colored glasses came off. Now she must rely on the same men who she thought had ruined her life to try to figure out who she was before she was kidnapped and brainwashed on a very young age. All the while her presence in their lives brings danger for all of them. But she struggles to walk away. She feels at home with the Chaos Crew and is starting to form bonds with each of them in her own way. How could she abandon them now? And even if she could, would she when they could be the people who could actually help her figure out who she truly is?

Dess is back and just as badass as she was in the first book. Although now she is a little less hardened assassin and a little more of a confused amnesiac desperately trying to find out where she came from. Was she kidnapped as a child and trained to be a cog in the Household's organization? Are her parents even still looking for her? How do they connect to her previous handlers? All these answers and more are the things Dess is desperately trying to answer. Thankfully she has the Chaos Crew willing to help her any way they can. After they were so wrong about who she was and role she played, how could they not help?

The guys are starting to let Dess in more and I am loving seeing her interactions with each of them. She has a special bond all their own. Talon, the silent one, can understand her better than anyone else. He feels her emotions and he understands how she feels better than anyone. Her emotions are not traditional because she was raised in such an odd way. But Talon lets her know she is not alone. Garrison challenges her. He pushes her to be better and to do better if for no other reason but to shut him up. She pushes him too to drop his abundance of masks he wears for work and show her the real him. For him to say things and mean them. Julius pushes Dess as well but he does it more in a fatherly sort of way. That is not to say their connection isn't headed but he guides her when she isn't sure what her next step should be. He wants what is best for her and lives to be proud of her. And finally, Blaze. Blaze wants to see Dess happy at any cost. He will sacrifice his own wants and desires as long as he can bring her a level of peace and contentment she has never felt before. He is the one that calms her. Each of them have their roles to play and it's great watching them slowly grow.

This book was a lot more fast paced than the first. While the first was heavy on trying to establish the character and the plot, the second was focused a lot more on the romantic and emotional attributes. It still had an abundance of plot and intrigue but the sprinkling of romantic connection was more of a smattering. I enjoyed this book much more than the first. It kept me engaged and I never felt I needed a moment to take a break because I was bored. I look forward to seeing what more is instore for the Chaos Crew and their Ghost.

Book Blitz with Excerpt: Take Me Home Now by Oby Aligwekwe @obyaligwekwe @XpressoTours

Take Me Home Now by Oby Aligwekwe
Publication date: November 21st, 2023

Four adventure seekers win an all-expense paid trip to Costa Rica through an advanced dating game, but things take an unexpected, sinister turn in this short psychological thriller series.

With each swipe right on his Q phone, Eli dreams of a chance to escape his lackluster life with Jesse and find new love. But as his dreams near realization, he begins to wonder if the contest organizers have revealed everything there is to know about the prize.

When the contestants arrive at their destination, their lives converge in unsettling ways. They discover they are at the center of a lethal plot with more far-reaching implications than they could ever imagine. As the situation escalates, their survival depends on who they choose to trust. But will it be too late?

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Book 1 is available for a discounted price of 99 cents. And all 4 books in the series are enrolled in KU so members can read for free.

Eli had begun to lose hope in ever meeting 102 when his cell phone rang a few minutes after he dozed off one morning after Jesse left for work in her Honda. He scrambled out of bed to pick it up from where he had left it on top of a pile of clothes during his late-night binge.

"Hello!" he answered, his chest heaving in excitement as he waited for the caller to speak.

"I'm from Tidal Tours. I hope we didn't get you at a bad time," the high-pitched female voice on the other side said after pausing for a second.

"Did you say Tidal Tours?" Eli said breathlessly.

"Yes. I'm an agent of the company. Is this a good time to speak?"

"Absolutely! I've been expecting your call for months now. Please go on... Continue!" 

"First, we need to confirm a few things. Are you Eli... Dubrowsky?"

"Yes! This is Eli," he said, now unable to contain himself.

"What is your contestant ID," she said tersely.

"Erm... 104."

"Everything checks out with the information we have on file. One more thing. Can you please confirm the contestant ID for your match? I promise that will be the final verification step before I tell you why I called you this morning."

"That's easy. 102," Eli blurted out like a fourth grader with an axe to grind.

OBY ALIGWEKWE is the award-winning author of Nfudu, Hazel House, The Place Beyond Her Dreams, and the Take Me Home Now psychological thriller series. In 2021, The Place Beyond Her Dreams won the National Indie Excellence Awards in the Young Adult Fiction Category.

When Oby is not writing, she enjoys traveling to exotic locations and bringing pieces of her travel with her. She lives in Ontario with her family and supports her community through her charity Eclat Beginnings.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Review: Killer Beauty by Eva Chance & Harlow King

Killer Beauty by Eva Chance & Harlow King
Series: The Chaos Crew #1
Publication date: November 6th, 2021
Pages: 322
Spice: 🌶️🌶️🌶️

I'm the girl you'll never see coming.

Blink and you're dead, another target checked off my list.

But one night everything in my carefully ordered existence falls apart. A bloodbath and a car crash later, I find myself in the grasp of four gorgeous intimidating men.

Are my captors cops like they claim or something far more sinister? They sure know how to bend the law. And seeing how skillfully they handle a gun or a knife, I can't help wondering what their hands would feel like all over me.

But I have vengeance to wreak, and no man, no matter how powerful, is going to keep me caged for long.

They think they've caught a wounded little mouse. How could they know they've brought a killer into their home?

I'll bide my time, learn all I can, and when I'm ready to strike...

They'll never know what hit them.

Killer Beauty is the first in a new gritty contemporary romance series from bestselling author Eva Chase (written as Eva Chance) and Harlow King. No major triggers, just hot murderously-inclined men, a deadly heroine out for revenge, and an enemies-to-lovers romance where the girl gets all the guys. Prepare for bloody chaos!

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When Dess heard her bedroom door open one day and the woman who took care of her stumble in in a bloody heap, she knew her life was going to suddenly be very different for her. Leaving the bloody remains of everyone she had ever known in a home where she had been a passive soldier bent on following any mission laid out to her to a 'T', Dess heads out to try to find out who has taken out her entire life and exact revenge. What she didn't expect was to be picked up and all but kidnapped into the care of four undercover police officers who were on the hunt for the same people who had taken out her family. However, what Dess doesn't know is that the people that she was searching for were right under her nose and the officers she is in the care of may have found the reason for why their own mission has gone so catastrophically wrong. Can the five of them help each other to find answers or are they to be the downfall of the entire group?

Dess is an absolute firecracker. She doesn't lie down and take anything given to her. She wants to earn it herself and she wants no help in doing so. She was raised to be independent and to be the killing machine she was. She didn't need four men to guide her and protect her. She could protect herself. But she is absolutely oblivious to all the signs around her. She throws herself into dangerous situations where she has to be saved. She doesn't trust anyone but herself and that only makes things worse. She is like a child in a grown woman's body. But with her upbringing that lacked a lot of care or affection, it's not really all that surprising. I kept desperately wanting to shake her and get her to let down her guard a little and not automatically assume everything is a plot against her. Even when... 9 times out of 10 she was fairly right in her assessment. Either way, she was beautifully written to the point where I could commiserate with her, want to coddle her, and also throttle her at any given page turn.

Out of the men - Talon, Julius, Garrison, & Blaze - I would have to say that Garrison is one of my favorites. He was the one who was the hardest to win over and who seemed to hate Dess on sight. He was weary even when the others started to relax at least a bit around her. I do love that he was so protective of his crew that he wasn't even willing to admit he might be the slightest bit attracted to Dess. We all saw it, Gar, you're not fooling anyone! 

I found the mystery and intrigue in the book to be delightful. Normally I am fairly good at guessing the plot twists before they happen and then just seeming to roll my eyes when I am right. But there were a few times when I had a "well that's new" feeling that made me devour the book in one sitting. The synopsis doesn't do the book as much justice as it should. However, there were points where it did feel there were unnecessary fluff added in to create drama for seemingly no reason. There were gems amongst the coal but it was a prospecting mission a bit of the time to get there. I did hope that the second book picked up a bit more than the first. But I will definitely be reading on in the series.


Release Blitz with Teasers: A Forever Love by Vikki Jay @GiveMeBooksPR

A Forever Love by Vikki Jay
Series: The King's World #4
Publication date: November 30th, 2023

Carter King -- first and only love of my life -- a man who became my happy place after my mom's death. It didn't matter that he was eleven years older than me or that he was groomed to be my dad's boss, I loved him with every bit of my teenage heart.

But mine was an unrequited love, at least until now.

I'm returning home after four years of college, hoping I've finally purged Carter out of my system. But he's no longer the carefree man I remember. Instead, he's a brooding CEO, wrapped in tom ford sophistication and a touch of vulnerability.

Did I say, I wasn't ready for this changed version of him?

All my attempts to stay away fall apart and it takes no time for the old friendship to rekindle, evolving into every bit of my teenage fantasies.
Carter kisses me in front of hundreds of his business associates, and promises me the all consuming love, I'd dreamt of since I was a little girl.

But despite the familiar, there's so much unspoken between us. He needs to know what made me flee four years ago. Will my dreams shatter once more in the face of truth?

A Forever Love is a heart-felt, swoon-filled, friends to lovers, billionaire romance set in a small town.

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Second True Love by Vikki Jay (The King's World #1) - Goodreads | Amazon
Promised Love by Vikki Jay (The King's World #2) - Goodreads | Amazon
Protected Love by Vikki Jay (The King's World #3) - Goodreads | Amazon

In those early morning hours when I'm alone, my imaginations run wild and I pen down the life of people living in my head. All my life, I have lived in small towns in different parts of the world. The friendships, the camaraderie that people share around me inspired me to create Cherrywood and St. Peppers, the two towns where all my stories take place.

I write about beautiful coincidences, finding love in unexpected places and times, and fighting hard to get that happily ever after.

I reject to read, see, write anything that does not promise a HEA.
My characters are sexy yet shy, strong yet reserved...

I am married to a man whom I fell in love at an age of 15, proposed him at an age of 23 and married at an age of 30. He has no clue what I write or do when he is snoring quietly in the next room.