Monday, February 17, 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Publication date: March 11th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
In Hollywood, image is everything.
Being part of a power couple can mean the difference between your star rising or being iced out of roles. No one ever said the relationship had to be real.
Stephanie, an actress and the daughter of Hollywood royalty has made a thriving business out of posing as a girlfriend to celebrities who need a bit of a PR boost. Everything is scripted and when the contract ends everyone goes their separate way.
No feelings, no risk, just acting.
Devon is just another client – no matter how handsome he might be, how compatible they seem. The arrangement works perfectly. It’s all business. Definitely just business.
Unless it’s not.
Lily is a Colorado native enjoying the fantastic climate of Southern California with her family and cranky cat after surviving more than a decade in hot, humid places where hurricanes get their own season and Winter is a myth.
The written word is her favorite thing - reading or writing, she doesn’t discriminate. Left to her own devices she can read about a book a day; that HEA is a powerful drug!
As an only child she grew up inventing elaborate stories for her dolls to act out. She started word processing on a computer around age 10 and never looked back. After suffering the heartbreak of catastrophic drive failure a regrettable number of times, she has finally learned to back things up appropriately and often.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Thursday, February 6, 2020
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Holy smokes...what do I say about this book???
Something good? Something bad?
Neither, because Anna Zaires is a genius at her chosen craft.
Peter is a bad bad man. Heck, he's not just bad...he's downright ruthless. He water boarded the heroine, threatened her, kidnapped her and took advantage of her. He made her life a living hell. The poor woman was on surveillance wherever she went...she was being watched EVERYWHERE she went. She was a prisoner of her own LIFE. Oh, it's so crazy! Peter was OBSESSED with her. (Maybe obsession is a loose term...he would kill any man who looked her way!)
Any NORMAL reader would despise a character like Peter, but what did THIS author make me (the reader) do??????????
She finally made me sympathize with a cold-blooded killer. She made me HOPE Peter would kidnap the heroine. Heck, she made me DREAM of Peter convincing his victim to love him.
Oh, and Peter PROMISED his victim that she would love him and he'd stop at nothing to make sure it happened.
Honestly, when I first started reading this book, it disgusted me. Peter totally disgusted me. After a few weeks of wondering and wondering what was going to happen, I picked this story back up and couldn't put it down.
Oh, my, the tides changed. Anna Zaires just waves her magic pen and abracadabra! She's messed with my head and made me read on.
Oh, this book as IT ALL! Suspense. Terror. Fear. Although I didn't care for the graphic love scenes--it's not a big problem to skip over those. Who needs love scenes when you've got so many other things going on?
Need I say what my review is?
Yes! This was a Double Shot of Espresso. UP ALL NIGHT READ = 5 BRIGHT STARS!
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I did enjoy this book by Tim Miller-the first one of his titles that I've read. There were some interesting twists throughout the story and I was hoping for a big twist at the end, but when I finished the book I still wasn't disappointed.
I see some reviews slapping the author for similarities to The Exorcist, but I think the book stood plenty strong all on its own. Miller's characters, their motives, scenes, setting and dialogue were completely original. I hope the author has more creepiness in store for his readers.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Okay, so book one was a three star-not a bad beginning. BUT nothing like this installment! Oh no, Veil of Shadows has redeemed this series.
Will I continue to book three?
Yes, yes, yes!
Even as my finger hovers over the buy now button, I must first share the highs and lows of Veil of Shadows.
* The dots were beginning to connect on the spirits residing in the Llewllyn mansion. Every story needs a great antagonist and Frances has the stage. The wicked sister-in-law is effortlessly reaching the pinnacle of evilness. She's more than willing to spill blood to achieve her goals. She'll stop at nothing. She's a bad bad seed, folks!
* New characters were introduced. A pair of spiritualists come to the aide of Adeline and Eldren, upping the ante. And oh boy, do things get interesting!
* Eldren gives in to his 'no hanky panky' policy. Thank goodness he makes his poor, neglected wife a non neglected wife in every sense of the word. I was so tired of Adelaide's whining about it.
* Presumably, Eldren and Adelaide have a unique solution to their haunted house problems. Who needs holy water when an arsenal of dynamite will blast the spooks away?
* A single afternoon with a fortune teller grooms Adelaide to be a seasoned spiritualist. Suddenly, she develops the ability to decode ancient writings and discern a murder in the works when only weeks earlier, she boarded a ship that was destined to sink.
Obviously the editor of this book (assuming there was an editor...although I have to wonder) realized that Adelaide's newly developed talents were too much for the reader to swallow at this early stage. The author does some damage control through Eldren's dialogue. He mentions to Adelaide on several occasions that he doesn't understand her newly found talents. So, the fortune teller reveals to Adelaide that she's always had the gift, but wasn't coached on how to use it.
Okay, this is only fiction so I'll give the author some wiggle room, but there were other timeline discrepancies in the first book that have not been addressed. I was hoping they would be resolved by now, but that's not the case. (Its always a good idea to pay an editor before publishing anything)
* A relationship between the spiritualists blossoms into a full blown marriage material in ten seconds flat. Not sure why this is a plot point or why it's written into the story. Perhaps the answer will come in book three.
THE WRAP UP:
Frances is in cahoots with the entities haunting the estate (she confessed to the murder of the footman who impregnated her). We are left in suspense...will Frances have the ability to cause more problems from the walls of a sanitarium?
Ah, can't wait to find out in book three!
Single Shot of Espresso was needed the next morning = Four Stars
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Saturday, February 1, 2020
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