Darkness Take My Hand (Kenzie and Gennaro #2) by Dennis Leanne

Book Description:

Published: July 12, 1996

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro’s latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they’ve seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate. But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike as secrets long-dormant erupt, setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything–including the truth.

Review –

The above blurb does little to prepare the reader or the listener for what lays ahead. Lehane’s latest is an explosive story that is at once gut-wrenchingly violent and achingly melancholy.

Having not read or listened to the first book in this series, I knew nothing about the bond between Patrick and Angie but it doesn’t take long to pick up on the sexual chemistry and tension between them.

Patrick Kenzie and Angie Dimassi have known each other since they were six-year-olds running wild on the playgrounds of South Boston. As grown-ups, they’re partners in a detective agency, and the dangerous spots they’ve encountered together have strengthened the old bonds. Angie is coming out of an unhappy marriage, and Patrick is happily in love, when a series of brutal murders intrude. As Angie and Patrick try to find out what kind of human being could perform such horrifying acts of rape, mutilation, torture, and dismemberment, they soon find that the killer’s motive is disturbingly rooted in their own distant past. The two work frantically with the Boston cops, the FBI, the local Mafia, and folks from the old neighborhood to unearth the killer. The culminating showdown is unpredictable and unforgettable with the greatest horrors being those closest to home. Every character will be forever affected by the outcome of this book. This book is dark, edgy,  and horribly violent so if you are squeamish, don’t read it. Otherwise, I highly recommend it. I’m looking forward to reading the rest in the series including the first one which I have in my quench’s now.

Five stars *****

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Greed (White Collared #2) by Shelly Bell

Book Description:

Published: July 8, 2014

In the second installment of Shelly Bell’s four-part serialized erotic thriller, law student Kate Martin enters a world of dark secrets and seductive fantasies at the exclusive sex club Benediction.

Restrained by duty
Reeling from a threatening phone call and frightened that her past will be revealed, Kate turns to the one man she can still trust: Nick. She can’t deny her attraction to him, yet she craves the passionate connection she has with Jaxon.

Bound by passion …
Undercover at Benediction, Jaxon introduces Kate to the sensual pleasures found in exhibitionism and voyeurism. While they mingle with the club’s patrons, Jaxon and Kate unearth clues about his wife Alyssa’s last days that could lead them to her killer. But as she investigates further, Kate is shocked to learn of a cold case that is eerily similar to Alyssa’s murder … and when the evidence ties Jaxon to yet another death, Kate begins to question everything she knows about her enigmatic lover.

Review –

This book starts off like the 1st- with an intro from the POV of the killer.

Kate and Jax agree to  begin to embark  on their undercover work at the BDSM club. In preparation for this there is some REALLY HOT STEAMY  sex that takes place.

Kate still has some lingering feelings for her boss, Nick, but he seems to be conceding to the fact that she has feelings for Jaxon. It’s a very interesting dynamic between the three of them.

We start to find out things about Jax’s past as Alyssa’s funeral takes place. Just when Kate starts to put her guard down she find out things that make her question everything. There was another murder in the past with the same M.O. and  could be connected to Jax.

On top of her own reluctance to fully submit to Jax, she is still holding onto her secrets. I am dying to know what she is hiding!

But all of this isn’t nearly as important as what happens in the end. Can you say CLIFFHANGER?

Can’t wait to read the next installment.

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Bound to You (Millionaire’s Row #1) by Vanessa Booke

Book Description:

Published: May 5, 2014

Arrogant, brooding, domineering, possessive, dangerously handsome, and a playboy. These are all the characteristics on Rebecca Gellar’s Run-Like-Hell list for men, but she’s about to meet a man who’s the epitome of these and more…

After breaking off her engagement with Hollywood actor Miles Storm, Rebecca is ready for a change of scenery in her life and in her bed. So when the opportunity to work for StoneHaven Publishing, one of New York City’s most respectable publishing empires, presents itself, Rebecca doesn’t hesitate moving to the Big Apple.

Convinced she can show the owner of StoneHaven Publishing that she has the ‘right stuff,’ Rebecca agrees to a six-month trial as the personal assistant to the owner’s playboy son, Nicholas StoneHaven. This is her big chance. If she can just get through these six months without strangling Nicholas with his Armani tie, she’ll be okay—easier said than done. Nicholas is the last person Rebecca thought she’d find herself pining for, especially when he hits every category on her list

Review –

This is volume one in the Millionaire’s Row Series and I came upon it by accident and I’m very glad I did!

Rebecca’s is a curvy, average, all American girl who’s dating a move star.  Miles is caught up with his co-star and Rebecca is having none of it. No matter how much Miles tries to make Rebecca believe he had sex with his co-star to create more on-screen chemistry, Rebecca isn’t having it and dumps him.

Wanting to leave LA and try something new, Rebecca takes a chance and applies for a job with her dream company, StoneHaven Publishing in New York.  She gets the interview.

Halfway into her flight across the country, things are looking up when, by accident, she meets (falls in his lap) a handsome gentleman in First Class. He’s very attractive and sexy looking, but she believes there’s no way – especially so soon after Miles.

Rebecca has several  chance meetings with this  hunk  from First Class and has her realizing she wants him, badly. Passions begin to flare and then his fiancé walks in. End. 

The characters are well-defined and very likeable, except for Miles, of course and Rebecca is described as curvy so I guess she’s supposed to be a BBW. Usually this means she wears a size 14, but I think the author has done a good job of describing her larger frame in the most flattering way.  I’m looking forward to reading the other two books in the series because you can just tell that sexual sparks are going to fly.

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Fear You (Broken Love #2) by B.B. Reid

Book Description:

Published: May 11, 2015

What happens when she’s had enough?

Lake Monroe has given in to her childhood tormentor too many times. She knows it, he knows it, and even their enemies know it. When he returned after being found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit—a crime he thought she set him up for, he returned darker than ever, demanding her body and her submission. To survive him, she knew she had to give in to fear once more or suffer the deadly consequences…

But Lake experienced what it was like to submit to the dark and demanding boy who invaded her dreams. Now she’ll experience what it’s like to fight him.

What happens when he wants more?

Keiran Masters has a past that is both shocking and dark. Once enslaved, he now has demons he can’t escape—demons that have followed him for ten years, demons he blames his beautiful obsession for. He promised to make her pay. He promised to make her break…

But after Keiran had conquered her body and tasted her submission, he found a new addiction instead—one he has no intention of giving up.

As secrets unfold,
Identities are revealed,
Danger closes in,
And they both discover what it really means to fear…

Review –

This book is so hot that it is combustible. I rated it five stars *****.

When the book begins Keiran is incarcerated for murdering two high school students by burning them alive. Only, he didn’t do it.  Lake turned him in, again, and when she did, she honestly believed he was guilty.  By selling him soul to a person worse than the devil, he gets out and he and Lake go at it again, hating each other and loving each other. There is so much sexual tension and actual sex taking place that at times it’s hard to stay focused. (I did my best) We learn so much about Keiran’s past and about what really happened to Lake’s parents and numerous other pieces of the puzzle fall into place. This is an edge of the seat book and I can’t wait til Fall of this year for Fear Us to come out. Even though Keiran is so dark and damaged he is one of my all time favorite male book characters.

Adult

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With You (Tear Asunder #0.5) by Nashoda Rose

Book Description:

Published: January 11, 2014

Sculpt is an illegal fighter.

He’s also the lead singer of a local rock band.

No one knows his real name.

And from the moment I met him, he made me forget mine.

In order to convince Sculpt to give me self-defense lessons, I had to follow his one rule—no complaining or he’d walk. I didn’t think it would be a problem. I could handle a few bruises. What I hadn’t anticipated was landing on my back with Sculpt on top of me and my entire body burning up for him.

I tried to ignore it.

I failed of course. And having a hot, tattooed badass on top of me week after week, acting completely immune to what he was doing to my body—it was frustrating as hell, so I broke his rule—I complained.

Then he kissed me.

Author’s Note: This novella is Sculpt and Emily’s beginning and how they met. It is an extra and not required to be read before “Torn from You”. Their story and what happens to them is the novel “Torn from You”. 

Review –

I don’t normally read erotic literature (okay, I did read the Fifty Shades of Gray series, but didn’t) but this one was free and sounded promising.

It was everything anyone could want in this type book, sexual tension, chemistry between characters,a real plot,and explicit sex and violence. It is not for the faint of heart. I knew when I reached the end that I would HAVE to read the next installment. I was hooked.

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The Witches Stone by Dawn Brown

 

 

 

 

 

Book Description

 

 April 24, 2012

 

A devastating tragedy cost history professor Hillary Bennett her job and her marriage. Desperate to rebuild her life, she travels to the quaint Scottish village of Culcraig to research a legend and salvage her career. But when she arrives, she finds her hostess dead and her hopes for the future pinned to the woman’s black sheep heir—Caid Douglas.

The last thing Caid needs is a decrepit manor house to remind him of his estranged family, but he does need the money selling the house would bring to pay off his debts. When haunted, down-on-her-luck Hillary offers to pay him to stay at Glendon House and view his great grandfather’s journals, he sees a way out of his mess.

But Glendon House harbors a sinister secret behind its great stone walls. And a killer will stop at nothing to keep it.

Review –
Great read for a lazy afternoon. Takes place in Scotland, has spooky graveyards, an old creepy house, murders, and sexual tension and romance. What could be better than that ?

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