Cover Release – Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter

By Alessandra Torre

Release Date: October 2, 2017

Cover Design: Hart & Bailey

Genre: Psychological Suspense

Synopsis:

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Her books focus on romance andsuspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Fraternize – Rachel Van Dyken

 

Loved this book! It has three of the best characters I’ve ever read. All three were super decent human beings, generous, kind-hearted, open-minded and loyal. The plot involves a love triangle, yet instead of anger or selfishness, there’s generosity of the heart, a bottomless love, of the friend kind, and of the sexy kind. The love triangle consisted of two men vying for the love of one woman.

Miller and Emerson were friends since they were seven years old, later sweethearts. After his mother died, his military father moved him away to Georgia and they lost contact. He hated her for what he felt was her abandonment; she felt he abandoned her, but instead she was hurt and devastated. When he was drafted to play football for the Bellevue Bucks in Washington state, his hometown, they meet up again, six years after their separation.

Emerson finally achieved her life dream of joining the Bucks cheerleaders. She had trouble making the cut because she’s heavier than the other girls. However, she’s healthy and in good physical shape, so she withstands the hard physical training as well or better than the other skinny cheerleaders. Her father used to be a brilliant university professor with a PhD and they lived in a nice lakeside house, but he lost his job because he suffers from Alzheimer’s.  Now, roles have changed and Emerson is in charge of the household and medical debts. She has the cheerleaders practices and an online teaching job, so they now live in a ratty apartment. Her father made her promise to pursue her dream of joining the cheerleaders, no matter how sick he got or how strained their finances became. So she’s cheerleading to comply but has a heavy load in her heart.

On her first cheerleading practice, she meets Grant Sanchez.  The best receiver in the NFL.  Upon meeting, he declares they are best friends, and to the team he declares dibs.  Miller resents Sanchez’s interest in Emerson but since he’s still in hate phase, he doesn’t protest.  What was incredible is that, even though Sanchez is making a blatant play for Emerson’s affections, and Miller is dying of jealousy, still Sanchez and Miller connect as team partners and brothers and play in perfect synchrony.  They even become great friends.

The action of the book is a brilliant manipulation of emotions of these three characters.  Soon Miller and Emerson learn they were conned by Miller’s father and they make up and become best friends again. Sanchez is hot in his pursuit of Emerson and he changes his style.  He’s not the playboy persona he used to be, he’s now sensitive, compassionate, attentive, and pushy.  Emerson was very taken at the beginning with Miller, she had a lot of regret and yearning for what they used to have.  However, Sanchez is front and center in her life whenever she has a problem, solving them with an intuitiveness that Miller doesn’t have.  The change in balance of affection from Miller to Sanchez is very subtle, Miller goes through stages where he wants to assert his stake, then accept he’s not the best man, and conform to being her best friend again.  Sanchez was constant and pushy. Emerson makes a gradual change in affections, but it’s totally credible because it wasn’t overnight, it happened over several incidents that solidified Sanchez lead. Yet, Emerson and Sanchez still have to process their newfound love.

Another thing I loved about this book was the diversity shown.  Emerson was beautiful but big size.  Miller had “mocha colored skin with clear blue eyes”. Sanchez was normal, just huge, cut, and green eyes. Oh and rich LOL.  It was a great read, the page-turner type, and I enjoyed every line, every page.

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Secrets of the A-List, 1 of 12

 

Intriguing! Like the Dallas soap opera, a powerful family with secrets and whose members have rivalry and competition between each other. The family owns an empire that started in the catering business, then branched out into hotels, restaurants, etc. The patriarch, Harrison Marshall, came from poverty and worked relentlessly to make a name for himself. He married into the Santiago family, whose pedigree dates back to when Los Angeles belonged to Spain. Part of the reason he worked so hard was to prove himself to his wife’s family. His wife Marissa, a force herself, has been his partner and collaborator during the thirty years they have been married. They have three children: Luc, a plastic surgeon, Rafe, an interior designer, and Elana, who “works” at the family corporation, but her attendance is just enough to justify her salary. Marissa’s nephew, Caleb, was taken to live with them as a child, because his mother was a drug addict, and he is loved by Hamilton and Marissa as if he was their own. The siblings, however, make sure to differentiate him as apart from the main family.

This is not a book, but the first of a series of twelve novellas. In this book, Harrison suffers a very serious car accident and his prognosis is uncertain. His wife, children, nephew and best friend rush to his side. Then there’s a mysterious character, named “The Fixer”, who has controls over Harrison’s life and his fortune. No one in the family had ever seen him nor heard of him, yet they are about to find out how much control The Fixer has, the hard way.
No romance plot seen at the time, but it seems like a very interesting read. Ends in a cliffie, BTW, so desperation for the next chapter rapidly ensued. I’m pretty sure we’ll be reading dirty secrets about each family member, plus there will be many dirty dealings, high stakes finance games, and lots of riot and mayhem.

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Because of Him – Terri Laine

 

Great read and an intriguing plot. Tade is the adopted son of an US Senator and his wife. His real father, is a criminal facing execution and his mom’s brother. He’s at this University because since it’s small, he has hopes of living under the radar, hidden away from the limelight his parents live in.

Reagan is loving being in the University after being homeschooled and under the care of a severely controlling mother. We know something happened to her mother and as a result she’s afraid of everything and has instilled this fear into Reagan. Thanks to psychological treatment and the support of her father, Reagan’s coming out from under her mother’s smothering and facing the world, trying to conquer her fears.

Reagan and Tade meet at a bar. He’s immediately stuck on her, but she brushes him off for two reasons: she recognizes he’s a player, and some of the fears instilled in her by her mother’s crazy attitudes. They both have roommates who got stuck on each other but they spend the whole book in a back and forth relation. Reagan’s roommate Megan convinces her that Tade is really into her and has been rejecting other girls’ advances. So, Reagan decides to give Tade a chance and they start seeing each other.

Parallel to this story is a plot about the abduction of a young girl. The author inserts several chapters with the POV of this girl and as she lives during her abduction.

All the plots implode towards the end of the novel, we read about where both stories interconnect and the incomplete storylines are sort of completed. In my opinion, the end was rushed and did not satisfy my curiosity about all that had happened in the past to both characters. I also felt that the plot lines weren’t closed completely. Apart from this, the story progresses in a very well paced rate, and the tension increases because you get desperate to find what happens in the end and how both stories connect.

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The Right Kind of Reckless – Rachel Van Dyken

 

Second book in the Restless Hearts series. Collin’s sister, Lia, who we saw as a flighty, hardcore girl, in the first book, is shown here as a broken girl who was attacked by the “nice” guy she was dating in college and almost raped. Before that incident, she was a nice, sweet and shy girl. After the incident, she dropped out from college, hid in her parent’s house for a while, then went out to work menial jobs. She changed her personality and her appearance. Now she sports a lot of piercings and tattoos and hot pink hair. She assumed a new personality, snarky and hardass, but deep inside remains the same sweet girl. She just keeps her hidden very deep. She’s always loved Max but kept her distance because he’s her brother’s best friend. Likewise, Max has always been in love with her, but kept his distance, interacting only as best buds, so as not break the bro code.
During the book, we see Max acting as her protector various times, as she works in a bar. She protests and tries to keep him away, because she gets jealous when he flirts with other girls. There is a lot of back and forth between them as their attraction runs hot and they do the impossible to resist.
Meanwhile, Lia has been finishing her studies, paying for them from the couple of jobs she has, as a barista in Java Java and a bartender in a Jimney’s. Her plans are to get a teaching job, which means moving from her little town where jobs are scarce. As she and Max get closer, her professional plans complicate matters.
Max was also dealing with his meaningless life. He, Collin, and Gavin had enlisted in the Marines and finished their round of duty. Now Max doesn’t know what he wants to do. He had inherited a big chunk of money from his father’s life insurance, so he had no immediate need for money, and was working at odd jobs, not keeping the jobs for long. He was accusing Lia of living an aimless life and she accused him of the same.
I liked in this book that the rest of the gang appear again as strong secondary characters. Lia’s brother Collin and his girlfriend, Addie, Collin’s adorable little daughter Chloe, and Gavin. Also Collin’s and Lia’s parents, and Max’s family appear less frequently. I like the strong family and friends group, their constant support to each other. What we saw as flighty in Lia was really that she was studying and working and was scattered in several directions. She was very devoted to her little niece. There was a lot of introspection and growing up for both Max and Lia.
What didn’t work for me was the constant back and forth between Lia and Max, which made the book drag a little halfway through.

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The Outskirts is Live today!

The Swamp is about to get a whole lot hotter! The Outskirts by T.M. Frazier is LIVE!

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The Outskirts by T.M. Frazier

Release Date: September 12th, 2017

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Sawyer wants a life of her own.

Finn wants to forget he ever had one.

After a tragedy, Finn Hollis escapes

into the swamp to be alone.

That is until Sawyer Dixon shows up,

all SCORCHING HOT innocence,

claiming she owns the land less than

fifty feet from his front door.

Sawyer gets under his SKIN, but even worse?

She makes him WANT things.

Things Finn hasn’t wanted in a very very long time.

Finn WANTS Sawyer gone.

Almost as much as he wants her in his BED.

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T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter.

When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance.

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Billion Dollar Urge – Jackson Kane

 

My first romance book written by a guy.  In his bio, it says he’s an original bad boy, athlete, stuntman, and hopeless romantic.  I was really impressed with this book, it’s very well written, great pace, great story.  There are a couple of places where the action doesn’t seem real to me, but it’s entertaining and the love story is great.

Myles was having a one-night stand with Nicole, but he suddenly realized she was a great girl, different from his usual hook ups.  He decides to invite her to a party at his hotel where the ritzy and rich welcome the new year.  Nicole decides to assist, moved by curiosity to see more of his world.  When she arrives, Myles offers her five million dollars to pose as his fiancée, no questions asked.  When he takes her to meet his sister, she realizes there’s some game being played and she’s a pawn in the game.  Also, Myles sister Victoria had brought Tempest, Nicole’s ex-boyfriend, and from whom she was still getting over.  In shock, Nicole bails on Myles and wanders around the party, alone.  The description of the party was very overboard.  It has held in a sixty-eight floor and yet there were even horses in the party.  It was all very excessive and very expensive. When Myles finds Nicole, they have a conversation about Myles past and then suddenly, Myles gets a new resolve.  On the dot of the new year, he announces that he lost a bet with his sister, which means he will sell the hotel to her, and that the proceeds from the party and donations given from the rich and famous gathered there will be donated to charity, in the form of student grants given to students without funds to attend university. From a degenerate style of living to a charitable person, in just one night, a little hard to believe, but this is fiction after all.

Overnight, Myles is fixed on Nicole and wants to be a better man for her.  They become a couple, he goes to visit Nicole’s parents, but didn’t succeed in winning them over because of his reputation.  It was funny seeing Myles nervous and trying to please and win over Nicole’s parents, where before he couldn’t care less what people thought of him.

Next they go visit a friend of Myles from his days of debauchery.  Both Myles and Nicole get a bad vibe of Sylas and leave soon. He has a nefarious plan with Myles in mind, and they’ll soon learn about it.

What ensues next is a love story with many ups and downs and  high stakes game with the financial realm of Myles corporation.  His sister Victoria is involved and all three work fiercely to save Myles’s company. It was really entertaining and a page turner.

Once I got over the speed with which Myles fell for Nicole and decided to be a better man for her, the rest of the book was fantastic.  I loved his devotion to Nicole and his determination to save his company and help Victoria.  His relation with his sister was damaged due to his self-involvement and crazy life, but once he’s on the right track, they mended their relation and they were getting along.  Victoria understood that Nicole was responsible for his change, so she helped Nicole, too.  A great story of redemption and surpassing odds.

 

 

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Before I Knew – Jamie Beck

 

What a lot of disagreeable people in this book! Maybe the author’s purpose was to present people in all their flaws and good qualities, but I found that almost all were disagreeable to some extent.  Colby lost her best friend Joe in an accident that her husband caused even if inadvertently. When they went to the funeral, Joe’s older brother Alec, refused them entrance to prevent further grief to his parents. Two weeks later, Colby’s husband Mark committed suicide.

Two years later, Colby is on the verge of inaugurating her new restaurant, A CertainTea, and needs a new chef. Her brother Hunter calls her to a meeting to introduce the new chef. Since Hunter is funding the new restaurant, he had the authority to hire the chef. To Colby’s surprise, the new chef is Alec. Alec had enjoyed national acclaim and won the James Beard award for his new restaurant, Une Boucheé, but after Joe’s death, he lost his concentration and his creativity, and he lost his reputation and his restaurant. He disappeared for two years and now he’s back to repair his losses, working at Colby’s restaurant.

A lot of things go wrong here. Colby had let her husband hide his condition, bipolar syndrome, during their marriage. In a manic moment, he had dared Joe to a risky dive and Joe died. Then she was contemplating divorce because she was fed up with dealing with Mark’s illness and his refusal to take his meds and follow treatment. Cue guilt for association to Joe’s death and Mark’s suicide. Alec had received an apology note from Mark, asking for forgiveness, and he never replied. Cue guilt for Mark, thinking he could have prevented Mark’s suicide if he had acted on that note.

Alec had a crappy relation with his dad. Mr. Morgan is a retired cop, very macho man, and he shunned Alec’s career as a chef. He also taught Joe to make fun of Alec because he wasn’t a manly man like them. And I hated that Mrs. Morgan saw all this and didn’t take steps to balance the situation in her home. I would take a frying pan to a husband and son that would dare mock another son.

Colby’s parents divorced when she was a child, her father remarried and had a second daughter who is now twenty-five years old. Colby’s mom is envious about her ex-husband’s success in his company, and the many gifts he bestows on his second wife. She’s even envious of the money Colby and Hunter receive as dividends from the stock they own in their father’s company. She’s manipulative, drama-queen, self-involved, and as Hunter’s phrases, “a black hole of neediness”. She genuinely loves her children but I can’t imagine having to deal with such a mother all the time.

The only characters I whole-heartedly liked were Hunter and Sara, Hunter’s wife. Hunter is working at their father’s corporation, and he is a driven, intense man.  Sara is the perfect wife for him because she makes him take off time for fun and family.  Sara is a great friend of Colby’s, very supportive.  As expected, Hunter is not close to their mother.

With this incredible cast of characters, this book is about redemption and forgiveness.  What I didn’t like about the book is the constant hiding of secrets, which is what powers the plot of this book.  Also, Colby fell into the same pattern with Alex as she did with Mark.  Instead of facing issues straight on, she managed around the truths, she hid some information, she procrastinated and evaded.  Alec faced stuff straight on, except he hid his guilt and the information about the note.  The book felt like a downrolling disaster train, going towards a total meltdown and implosion of everyone involved in the book.  Even though it had a HEA in the end, I didn’t have a lot of sympathy for the characters, except for Colby’s dad and brother.  It was a great read, and the author is a fantastic writer.  I just didn’t like most of the characters very much and felt that Colby kowtowed to everyone too much.

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Bound by the Billionaire – Lexi Aurora

 

Lately I’ve been receiving books with the classic trope of a billionaire looking for a meaningful purpose in his life and the poor girl who fills that need.  In this novella we have Kim Davidson, who divorced her abusive husband and is now working three menial jobs in order to support her five-year old son.  She lives in her widowed mother’s house, who helps her taking care of her son while she works all her jobs.

Robert Miller is a billionaire in Chicago, mid-twenties, lost his parents three years ago and since then he’s lost himself.  He lost his way and is immersed in a world of women, booze and drugs.  He’s so bored with his life, with no purpose and meaning, that in order to find excitement in his life, he’s planning to steal a painting that he had already bought, in a gallery, Rive Gauche, that he also owns.  I found this part ridiculous, but then I thought, filthy rich people do live an aimless life, so maybe they do need to do stupid stuff for thrills.

On the day of the planned heist, Kim is starting her third job, which was cleaning the gallery at night.  There was a party, an exhibit opening, so Kim was waiting for the guests to leave before starting work.  The manager, an old school friend, fixed her up and insisted she stay in the party until the end.  There she meets Robert, who was also waiting for guests to leave, but for a different purpose.  He’s struck with her, found her very different from all the women he had met before.  They chat briefly, and agree on the painting she liked best, which was the same one Robert owns and plans to rob.  Seems like Kim’s future as Robert’s obsession is cast in this moment.

Later at night, Robert is hiding at the cleaning closet, waiting for the right moment to seize his painting.  Kim goes into the closet to pick up cleaning supplies and they have a tryst.  A significant detail of that tryst is that Robert ties her hands at the back, which seems to excite him to the point of madness and allows Kim to surrender freely to her desires and forget her drudgery of a life.  In all subsequent sex scenes, Robert always ties Kim’s hands behind her back, only to release them when they’re done.  It’s a little kinky, no judgements, but also a little strange.  Seems he’s not capable of making love any other way.

Even though this is a novella, I felt that the characters were well-developed.  I knew Robert and I knew Kim.  What I felt lacking was the plot.  Kim and Robert meet a couple of times in the closet, then he invites Kim into his world.  At that moment, Kim feels like they live in worlds apart and she shouldn’t let him get close to her.  He tries to get close but she rejects him.  She feels she doesn’t deserve happiness because of her failures.  The conflict is based on Kim’s decision on whether to trust on Robert and give herself a chance to be happy.  I felt that Robert’s change of mind was fast and a little obsessive.  I felt like he relied on his PA too much, and that he was a little immature, as compared to Kim.  Then at the end of the book, he was a total grown up.  In spite of the short length, it was an entertaining read.

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When We Touch – Tia Louise

 

I found this book to be a little scattered.  It was sort of lacking in details; information to understand the background of the story was lacking or presented in a disorderly manner, or incomplete.  I felt like I didn’t have a grasp of the back story of the characters.  Also, the male character is a lawyer and his professional dealings were not very convincing, they didn’t sound all that lawyerly.  In truth, the plot settings didn’t convince me, even though the story was nice.  In summary, Jackson and Emberly were friends as children, then fell in love during their teens and were lovers in their senior year of high school.  Jackson left to study to be a lawyer with plans to return to Emberly and be married.  That never happened.  Ten years later, he’s a successful lawyer, the youngest partner ever making in a prominent law firm.  However, he’s facing a difficult moment in his career, a case that was won but with hidden information that smacks of corruption, and his career and reputation are in jeopardy.  And what does he do?  Run away to his old hometown, buy a truck that is a junk heap of metal and take on a job to paint three store fronts.  HUH?!?!  Then surprise, he learns that Ember is still home and has a little girl.

Ember is living a restricted life.  She’s trying to make it as a pastry chef, has a little store left to her by an aunt, and her little girl, product of a one-night stand, lives with her mother.  Here the story is a little fuzzy but seems like she was forced to live for three years with her mother once Coco was born.  Now that she inherited the store, she’s preparing the  upstairs to bring Coco to live with her.  Yet, her mother takes care of Coco and pays for her preschool.  She rules the town like a matriarch, rules the church where they go and tries to rule Ember’s life too.  Her best friend Tabby helps her at the bakery.

Ember’s mother is one of those martinet of a woman, supremely religious and pious but cold-hearted and ruthless.  She pretends that Ember and Coco do as she says, which is living to the strict code of conduct that the church demands.  She believes in a God of judgement, not a God of love.  Really, she was so hateful!  Yet Ember has to dance her tune because she holds the money strings.

When Jackson and Ember meet again, first there is anger on both sides because they feel the other lied.  Then they learn that both were lied to, by their parents, in conjunction, to get them apart.  Jackson’s dad didn’t want him married to a little nobody and Ember’s mom hated Jackson and his family.  Again, more fuzzy details about how Jackson’s dad ruined the town and his mother. And Ember’s mother hates Jackson and his family for reasons unknown until near the end of the story.

There’s also references to a car accident that took the life of Ember’s father and older sister.  Her mother changed after the accident and turned into the hateful controlling woman she is at present.  There’s also some fuzzy information about the accident as the origin for all their family situations, the hatred, Jack’s protectiveness to Ember, Jackson’s father desire to leave the town and never return.  It’s only towards the end of the book that the truth about the accident and Ember’s nightmares come to light.

Reading this book was like driving at night with the car lights off.  I could read it but not enjoy it because I didn’t have all the facts and had to ferret them little by little and not completely.  It was an enjoyable read but I didn’t feel like the construction was the best.  Just my honest opinion.

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