Second Honeymoon(Honeymoon #2) by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Book Description:

Published: June 24, 2013

A walk down the aisle, a resort hotel, a drink on the beach…for these unlucky couples, the honeymoon’s over.
A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite–and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it’s anyone’s guess which happy couple is next on the list.

FBI Agent John O’Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common.

As wedding hysteria rises to a frightening new level, John and Sarah work ever more closely together in a frantic attempt to decipher the logic behind two rampages. SECOND HONEYMOON is James Patterson’s most mesmerizing, most exciting, and most surprising thriller ever.

Review –

This story dealt with two murder cases, one psycho was killing newly wed couples and the other was killed men all names John O’Hara.

Of course, one of the protagonists in the story is named John O’Hara and we do find out that HE is the one the killer is after but he’s killing others working his way to him. 

The honeymoon killer turns out to be someone not suspected in the least which made for a good twist.

This is a very enjoyable read with lots of action, angst and drama, oh yes, and a bit of romance too.

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Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler

Book Description:

Published: July 9, 2013

Fen Dexter’s quiet life is interrupted one stormy night when a blood-covered man shows up on her doorstep claiming to have had a car accident.He tells her he is on his way to San Francisco to help the police solve the murder of his fiance. The next morning he heads to the hospital where Fen’s niece, Vivi, is a doctor. Vivi is treating the most recent target of a serial killer whose signature move is to leave a note saying “Please Don’t Tell” taped across his victims’ mouths. When Fen’s mysterious stranger comes to have his wounds stitched, Vivi agrees to set him up to talk with the police. But who is this man, really? What does he want with Fen and her family?

Review –

While sick in bed with THE cold I found this audio book for free from Overdrive so took a chance. It was good in that it had a believable plot and well-rounded characters but there were holes left at the end of the book. Never, did it explain why the killer left the sticky note saying “Please don’t tell”  and I’m sorry but why give it that title if you’re not going to explain the meaning in the story, Come on!

It was a bit on the predictable side and I figured out who the killer was but didn’t let it ruin the rest of the book because I liked the chemistry of Fen and her “intruder”.

All in all, it’s not bad, and it did help pass the time while I was sick and feeling sorry for myself.

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Parasite (Parasitology #1) by Mira Grant

Book Description:

Published: October 29, 2013

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.

In Parasite, Mira Grant imagines a near future in which genetically modified tapeworms are a universal health-care solution. Once implanted, the worm provides immune-system support, making its human host healthy for the duration of its life — though like any good piece of commodified progress, the worms have planned obsolescence and need to be replaced regularly.

Sal Mitchell owes her life to her parasite, which brought her out of a coma after a serious car accident. Unfortunately, her memories vanished, and her current personality is only 6 years old. She lives a life that’s half lab rat and half surreal puberty, living at home, dating a doctor (though not one of hers), and relearning language and social idiosyncracies in a treading-water existence. Something’s got to give — and does; people start contracting a bizarre sleepwalking sickness just as Sal starts getting cryptic messages about what she already suspects. This pandemic is no accident.

Review –

This is a very thought-provoking book that causes you to think that maybe a medical  cure could be  worse than the disease and in 2027 that is the case.

SymboGen, the corporation responsible to the miraculous tapeworm implants, has secrets it’s not sharing and Sal and her boyfriend are trying to find out what they are, especially now that her father and sister have been hit with the “sleeping sickness”. Of course, they are blocked at every corner and don’t know who trust, including her boyfriend’s mother, who was a head scientist on the team discovering the tapeworm implant and now is in hiding.

Because of Sal’s unique medical situation, SymboGen does semi-annual check-ups on her and each time it is harder and harder for her to stand all the poking and prodding.  There are memories that want to surface and she’s not sure she wants to face them, but at the end she has to because there is no getting away from the facts. I can’t tell you any more because that would ruin the entire book but, as a reader, I could see the writing on the wall long before Sal did and I was shocked to the core.

Fantastic book. Looking forward to the next installment.

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Buried in a Bog (County Cork #1) by Sheila Connolly

Book Description:

Published: February 5, 2013

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.

In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head…

Review –

Accidentally came across this gem while searching for something free to listen to on Overdrive and it’s a shame this was the only one of this series they had because it really is a good mystery while incorporating the sights and sounds of the Irish countryside.

It shows that no matter where you are in life circumstances can change in the blink of an eye and change your entire life.

A great read for any time and any one.

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The Story of O by Pauline Reage

Book Description:

Published: 1954

The Story of O relates the progressive willful debasement of a young and beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, O, who wants nothing more than to be a slave to her lover, René. The test is severe—sexual in method, psychological in substance… The artistic interest here has precisely to do with the use not only of erotic materials but also erotic methods, the deliberate stimulation of the reader as a part of and means to a total, authentic literary experience.
—Eliot Fremont-Smith, The New York Times

Story of O is a tale of female submission involving a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer named O, who is taught to be constantly available for oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse, offering herself to any male who belongs to the same secret society as her lover. She is regularly stripped, blindfolded, chained and whipped; her anus is widened by increasingly large plugs; her labium is pierced and her buttocks are branded. The full description of the book can be found at this link on wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_of_O

Review –

I’ve heard about this book forever but never read or listened to it, but while I was down with my cold I found the audio version on Overdrive so I listened to it in bed. I also read the book a day or so later.

It is VERY explicit and graphic and you can’t help but feel sorry for O but the thing is-she doesn’t mind the treatment, in fact she likes it and thrives on it.  Sad, very sad.  After I had finished the book I just had to sit and collect myself and then  quickly got up to do a mundane task just to restore normalcy in my mind. 

There are clips of the movie on You Tube and they are graphic also, so beware.

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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Book Description:

Published: September 15, 2015

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

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This is the best “feel good” book that I have read or listened to (I did both)  that I have experienced in a long time.

Being a girl/woman with a bit of extra chubbiness here and there I can totally identify with Willowdean and I know just how she feels when Bo lets it be known that he “likes” her.  It’s a scary thing, especially at sixteen, and I was so afraid that she was going to let the bullies in the book win, but she didn’t.

When Willowdean entered the pageant, as a confidence builder, three other girls, all with her own physical “flaws”, entered as well and whenever they were in a scene together in the book, it was hilarious and heart warming, as well. Willowdean’s best friend El enters too, and this causes a break in their  friendship that lasts for months. El works at Sweet Sixteen, a dress shop that caters to small sizes and has made new friends there and Willowdean feels totally devastated that her best friend is now sharing secrets with girls other than her.

With the death of her Aunt Lucy, her crazy Beauty Pageant focused Mom, missing her best friend, and going from having never been kissed to having two boys that are interested in her, Willowdean’s life is brimming over with drama.

Fantastic book and I have added Bo Larsen to my Favorites Book Beaus List, (swoon)

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The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

Book Description:

Published: March 3, 2015

Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement… if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

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I know that when stating the  theme of a book it should always be put into a complete sentence but to me it is simply LACK OF COMMUNICATION. So, I guess I would say “The lack of communications between people, specifically men and women, can be devastating.”

Kestrel does what she thinks she has to do to protect Arin and his people, so she agrees to marry the Emperor’s son and soon after the Emperor catches her in a lie and says there will be punishment but makes her wait for it. The punishment comes when the emperor has someone slice up Arin’s face with Kestrel’s dagger, which the emperor had taken from her previously. Fortunately, Arin is able to kill his attacker and escape.

Kestrel  sees how horrific the consequences of her actions can be and so continues to try to undermine the Emperor in secret. 

Arin learns of some dreadful things that Kestel has done and returns to the palace to confront her and finds her at her piano but little does he know that her father is hiding in a secret room and can hear everything they say. Kestrel knows her father is there and so is guarded with her words and refuses to tell Arin her true feelings for him but does admit to the horrible things she has done. Arin, washes his hands of her and leaves.

Her father tells the emperor of the conversation between Kestrel and Arin (an enemy of the state) and they accuse her of treason and sentence her to a faraway and cold work camp and fake her death.

Arin, not knowing any of this is despondent and throws the last reminder of her in the sea, her dagger. ( I died a bit when he did that, I couldn’t believe it)

Fantastic story but would have turned out completely different if they, especially Kestrel, would have honestly conveyed their true feelings.

Can’t wait for the third installment which should be released in a bit over a month.

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Touch Series 1-4 by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: April 26, 2013

Touch Book 1: Passionate Encounter
Touch Book 2: Dark Temptation
Touch Book 3: Broken Promise
Touch Book 4: Forever Bound

Kelly Miller had had enough of her cheating boyfriend, his lack of ambition and his habit of tearing her down. She tosses him and all his stuff out and swears off men forever just as the devastatingly handsome Michael Adams shows up in her life. Michael is her boss and he’s used to being in charge, but can he take charge of this feisty and wounded woman? Their relationship grows while their sex life explodes and after a revelation, Kelly realizes that perhaps Michael, the dominant and powerful man, is as wounded inside as she is.

Be warned that this ebook contains very hot and explicit descriptions of erotic activity, BDSM themes and submissive training. Only mature readers should download this book.

Review –

Each of these “books” is more like a short story with 25-30 pages. It involves Kelly Miller and her new boss Michael, who is into BDSM and convinces Kelly that she is a submissive and as we learn from her actions, she is.

The series was pretty much run of the mill with nothing out of the ordinary to separate it from all the other erotica on the market.

I’ve had a cold for over 10 days now and although I’m better, there for a few days, I didn’t know if I would survive. I have never been taken down so low by the common cold and cough. Anyway, while under the weather I had a chance to catch up on my reading and listening and so I’ll be posting one or more every day.

Adult

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The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Book Description:

Published: March 4, 2014

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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I generally, as a rule, don’t read books with story lines in kingdoms or empires past, present, or future.  Something about them are off-putting. Maybe it the wars that are always a part of the story. Of course, there are exceptions, like the Selection series by Kiera Cass’s   which was fantastic but I think the draw for me was that it was mostly a love story and I’m sure there are others, but they escape me now.

The Winner’s Curse is also a love story with war playing a very important part but it stays in the background for the most part. Kestrel is a General’s daughter who has only know the wealthy way of life because she was only seven when the Valorians conquered the Herran peninsula and enslaved its people. She leads a comfortable, even pampered life in the Herrani capital. Her real love is music, but with her eighteenth birthday approaching, she will soon be forced to choose between enlisting in the army or marrying.  In the first chapter of the novel, Kestrel finds herself purchasing a young male Herrani slave named Arin, who comes advertised as a blacksmith as well as a singer of some talent… little does she know that the auctioneer has expectations of placing Arin in the General’s household as a spy.

And Arin, it turns out, isn’t an ordinary slave. A son of a good family before the Valorians conquered the Herrani, he has plans of his own to get back at the foreign oppressors. Which leads to complicated places for both Kestrel and Arin when they find themselves falling in love, or at least deep adolescent lust, with each other.

I won’t go into too much detail, so as not to spoil it, but suffice it to say that things do not go well for their budding romance and there is a huge cliffhanger at the end. I have already finished book two and will report on it in the next couple of days.

Fantastic Read.

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The Professional, Part One (The Game Maker #1.1)by Kresley Cole

Book Description:

Published: December 16, 2013

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comesThe Professional—the first scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?

He makes the rules…
Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Rules are made to be broken…
PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

Are you ready to play?
Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

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OMG!  Once I started listening to this book, I found it almost impossible to stop.

The chemistry between Natalie and Sevastyan  is devilishly  HOT. He knows he shouldn’t “trifle” with Natalie, the daughter of this employer and beloved mentor and Natalie isn’t taking NO for an answer.  The sex scenes are dark, edgy and unbelievable erotic and two personalities clash at every turn.

This is a fantastic read and I can’t wait to start Part Two.

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