Showing posts with label Killer / Assassin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Killer / Assassin. Show all posts

The Darkest Half by J.A. Redmerski

November 22, 2022


"I know who you are, Victor."

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The Darkest Half by J.A. Redmerski


In the Company of Killers #8
Release - September 19, 2022
Genre - Romantic Thriller
Multiple POV - 1st person
Heat - 1.5 out of 5
Format/Source - ebook borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Length - 210 pages
Publisher - Indie (Lonely Raven Studios)

Other books in the series: Killing Sarai * Reviving Izabel * The Swan & the Jackal * Seeds of Iniquity * Black Wolf * Behind the Hands That Kill * Spiders in the Grove


With the abandonment of Victor Faust and nowhere left to go, Izabel sets out on her own to continue the assassin’s life she has grown to become so intimate with. But she quickly learns the hard way that such a life cannot be survived alone. Within months, she is captured by The Order, with the true identity of the ever-elusive Vonnegut just a hair away. And to make matters worse—or better?—her cellmate is none other than Niklas Fleischer.

While Izabel and Niklas are being left to starve to death in hopes that their capture will result in Victor Faust’s surrender, Fredrik Gustavsson has also found himself in a predicament of his own. Willa, his childhood savior who became the most notorious female serial killer of the modern age, is keeping him imprisoned. But what does she want from him, a woman devoid of empathy or the faintest understanding of human emotion? And what will become of Fredrik if he fails to give her what she wants?

In the suspenseful conclusion of the In the Company of Killers series, Vonnegut will be revealed—to Izabel and Niklas’ shock and devastation—and the lives of the once thriving rogue Order led by Victor Faust will come full circle.

And not everyone will make it out alive.

My Two Cents

3.5 "Is this really the end?" stars

After seven books that had me worrying over the fate of these characters, pulling my hair out, biting my nails anxiously... We're finally here.

It's the final book and yet, there's so much story that could still be told that I'm not holding my breath that this is the real end.

So where does this book leave those we've come to care about?

Izabel and Nick were taken captive and for those that always wanted them to be together... get those thoughts out of your head. It was torture to watch them devolve and slowly die together, all in an attempt to draw out the true target: Victor. And where was our illustrious anti-hero? You'll never guess. And I can't even tell you because with the amount of twists and turns this story took, anything I tell you will spoil it.

Know this... Izabel was still one of the most unaccomplished agents I've ever seen portrayed. Girl still couldn't catch a clue. Her thoughts were so simple. You're about to die... where's your mind at???

And then there's Fredrik. I don't even know how I feel about where his journey took him. I didn't like it and I'm hoping there will be a book out there one day to give his time with us a proper end.

Nora made an appearance, but she wasn't given the true shine she deserved. I'm not her biggest fan, but she played her part and she did it well and I don't think this book did her justice.

All I know is this: my mind was blown by some things that happened in this book; I'm still on the fence when it comes to Izabel; Nick deserves all the best the world has to offer; and I will never get enough of Victor Faust!

About the Author


J.A. (Jessica) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon best-selling author. She is also an international bestseller and award winner. Jessica is a hybrid author who began indie-publishing in 2012 and later signed several titles with a traditional publisher. Her works have been translated into over twenty languages and have been optioned for film and television.

In addition to writing books, she works with various programs to create her own cover art, interior art, design, formatting, and fantasy maps. Jessica loves The Golden Girls, Xena: Warrior Princess, nature, the universe, anime, manga, bookstores, and fantasizing about the apocalypse. She is from the United States but currently lives in Mexico with her husband.

Visit http://jessicaredmerski.com for more information

Review // Devil of Dublin by B.B. Easton

October 14, 2022

Devil of Dublin by B.B. Easton

The need to fill her overwhelmed me. And it didn't stop with my body. I wanted to give her everything I had. My f*cking life. My splintered heart. My hateful, hell bound soul. She could do with it what she pleased. I didn't care. None of it belonged to me anymore, and it hadn't since I was ten years old.

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Devil of Dublin by B.B. Easton

Devil of Dublin by B.B. Easton


Standalone
Release - September 22, 2022
Genre - Contemporary Romance / second chance / virgin hero
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 3 out of 5 / a few vaguely descriptive scenes
Format/Source - ebook borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Length - 365 pages
Publisher - Indie

I can’t remember anymore if my grandfather’s eyes were blue or green, but I’ll never forget the way they wrinkled at the corners when he laughed at one of his own jokes. Or the way they sparkled with mischief when he told me tales about the magical creatures that dwelled in the forest behind his humble Irish sheep farm—shy fairies who liked to eat tea biscuits, cruel witches who liked to eat children, a moody lake spirit with a taste for expensive gifts.

As a child, I believed every fantastical word. But when he warned me about the mute boy who also lurked in those woods, the one the priest had declared to be the spawn of Satan himself, I refused to listen. Kellen wasn’t evil. He was kind, and beautiful, and special, and hurting. He was my friend. And with every summer I spent stolen away with him in those enchanted woods, he grew to become so much more.

But when I return to Glenshire as an adult, grieving and engaged to someone else, all those legends quickly morph into nightmares.

My grandfather had been right about everything, especially the boy.

If only I had listened.

WARNING: If you are a sensitive reader or find certain topics to be emotionally triggering, please exercise self-care and select a different book. Devil of Dublin is intended for mature audiences who enjoy dark subject matter, tortured anti-heroes, explicit adult content, graphic violence, heart-pounding suspense, fairy-tale worthy love, and gorgeous Irish scenery. If that sounds like you, then welcome to Glenshire!

My Two Cents

3.5 "I'm still waiting to be triggered" stars

This author can write!
I was immediately captivated by the setting, the characters, and what ended up being a beautiful story.
Who wouldn't fall for two kids discovering each other and finding love everlasting?

I have to be honest though... I was waiting to be triggered.
With all of the warnings about this book, I was expecting this story to go dark.


I'm still waiting.

And there's nothing wrong with it not going dark.
I absolutely adored these characters so much.
I didn't need to know the details of what they went through.
I was able to infer a lot from the way they were depicted.
Their actions and behaviors spoke volumes.

An atmospheric romance, this story was more character driven than anything else. At least for me.
Two people. Different upbringings. Both were forced to face such ugly things, but it didn't break them.
They were so fierce together and for each other.
I'll tell ya... Darby will definitely take you by surprise.

Kellen and Darby were incredibly sweet together. With a backdrop of being hunted, scary shootouts, and tons of intensity, I was often caught up with how adorable this couple was.

And with a touch of something mystical, this author delivered a story that was magical.


The Author

BB Easton is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, the hilarious, steamy, tell-all memoir that inspired the Netflix Original Series, SEX/LIFE. Within the first month, SEX/LIFE was viewed by 67 million households worldwide, making it the 3rd Most-Watched Netflix Original Series of all time.

BB was a stressed-out school psychologist and mother of two when the inspiration to write 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN struck. Through that process, she rediscovered her passion for writing, became dangerously sleep-deprived, and finally mustered enough courage to quit her job and become a full-time author.

BB went on to publish four more wickedly funny, shockingly steamy, and heartwarmingly autobiographical books in the 44 CHAPTERS series: SKIN, SPEED, STAR, and SUIT. Since then, she's been hard at work writing fictional stories that appeal to her love for us-against-the-world romance, including a dystopian trilogy (PRAYING FOR RAIN), a psychologist-client romantic comedy (GROUP THERAPY), and a dark mafia romance (DEVIL OF DUBLIN).

Visit http://www.authorbbeaston.com for more information

ARC Review: THE RED LEDGER: 5 by Meredith Wild

September 12, 2018

The Red Ledger by Meredith Wild
Tomorrow isn’t promised…

I’ve seen death. I’ve watched my place in the world fall away. Every day, the life I’ve chosen with Tristan changes shape. It’s not the life I wanted for us, but it’s ours. I accept this, as unready as I sometimes feel to face the dark side of humanity he knows too well.

Now the person who’s responsible for putting us on this path has slipped from our grasp. Our grand plans to free Tristan from the life of a mercenary are unraveling. Friends are looking more like foes, and the truth we’ve been searching for is uglier than we could have ever imagined.

Every tomorrow brings a new fight I pray we can win. But what if tomorrow is something I’ve taken for granted all this time? What if we’ve met our match? What if tomorrow never comes?

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ARC Review: THE RED LEDGER: 4 by Meredith Wild

August 14, 2018

The Red Ledger by Meredith Wild
There’s no turning back…

The second I spared Isabel’s life, everything changed. I used to deal in death wishes. Now the instinct to protect her charts the course. Because every time I turn away from her, something turns me back. She’s uncovered a side of me that I can no longer ignore. Doesn’t change the fact that she doesn’t belong in my world.

Isabel’s learning to hold her own, but nothing can prepare her for the life I’m being called back into. With a long road ahead of us, I won’t make promises I can’t keep. She can barely accept the dark deeds of my past—a bloody history spelled out in a ledger she’s more preoccupied with than I’d like. When an old associate sets a dangerous plan in motion, I can’t hide who I really am. And there’s no turning back…

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ARC Review: REBORN (The Red Ledger Parts 1-3) by Meredith Wild

August 06, 2018

Reborn by Meredith Wild
He’s death for hire…

Some people measure life in hours. Days. Weeks. I measure mine in kills. A covert military mission gone wrong robbed me of my memory and any link to my past. This is my existence now. I execute and survive. Nothing more, nothing less. I was ready to write Isabel Foster’s name in my ledger of unfortunate souls until she uttered the one word that could stop the bullet meant for her. My name.

She knows my face. She knows me. She’s the key to the memories I’m not sure I want back. Now nothing is simple. I still have a job to do, and my soul isn’t worth saving. I’m not the man she thinks I am. I can’t love her. And sparing her life puts us both in the crosshairs.

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ARC Review: FREAKS by Callie Hart

July 25, 2018

Freaks by Callie Hart
Fix Marcosa is at war.

The battlefield: New York City.

He knows every street like the back of his hand. The darkened alleyways and back streets conceal secrets only he knows.

Somewhere out there, an unknown element is threatening the life of the woman he loves.

Fix doesn’t mind shedding a little blood to get protect those close to him, though.

He doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.

And when he goes to war…he sure as hell doesn’t lose.

Sera Lafferty knows what it’s like to run.

She’s been running her whole damn life.

With death now looming over her, it seems as though she must run again if she wants to survive.

The dark, storm-kissed stranger she met in a motel room offers another solution, however.

Fix is a challenge. An enigma. A savage force of nature. He will be her shield against the coming darkness, if only she will let him.

But can she trust the tortured ex-priest to keep her safe?

Should she run from New York as fast as possible?

Or should she stand and fight?

Freaks is the final instalment of the Dirty Nasty Freaks series.

ARC Review: SAVE ME by Tia Louise

Save Me by Tia Louise
Jessa Steele shoots to kill.
She does not fall in love.
She does not get captured.

Mason “Mace” Moscaretti can retrieve the worst of the worst.
No capo or drug lord is too clever to escape him.
When he meets Jessa embedded deep with a Colombian target, he’s determined to capture her heart and walk away from active duty.

And he does.

Six years later, Jessa and Mace are happily married, burning up the bedroom, and ready to start making babies when a job arises Jessa can’t resist. What she doesn’t know is this client won’t stop until they’re both dead.

NO Cheating; NO Cliffhanger! SAVE ME is a SAFE, white-hot, STAND-ALONE love story, featuring a fearless husband and wife team ready to lay down their weapons and start making babies. It’s short, sizzling, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the well-earned HEA.

(SAVE ME is a 23,000-word novella.)

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ARC Review: THE RED LEDGER: PART 3 by Meredith Wild

July 15, 2018

The Red Ledger 3 by Meredith Wild
She can’t outrun him…

Isabel should have died the night we met. She has a gift for looking danger in the eye and coming out unscathed. She narrowly escaped DC with her life, and now she’s on the run again. I’m hardly her guardian angel, but I’m determined to keep her safe. More, I refuse to give her up. She’s under my skin, sparking more than a few latent memories. She’s made me feel again. Showed me I’m human in ways I never knew possible.

I’ll find my way back to her, even if that means contending with the organization that has promised to keep her hidden. Except they have a different way of doing business than I’m accustomed to. Now I have to decide who I really am. Man or mercenary.

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Review: THE RED LEDGER: PART 2 by Meredith Wild

The Red Ledger 2 by Meredith Wild
She’s the only link to his past…

Six years ago, Tristan Stone was everything to me. My whole heart, my future. We were unshakeable, bound tighter by any force that tried to drive us apart. Then he disappeared from my life, leaving me in tatters, broken and running away to one of the most intense cities in the world. Somehow he found me, but now nothing is the same…

Tristan claims someone wants me dead. He’s scarred and dangerous, but all of that seems to melt away when we touch. I might be the only one who can give him his memories, but I want more. The lover I could never forget is trapped inside the heartless man he’s become. I won’t stop until I reach him. I won’t stop until I find the answers he’s not giving me.

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Review: THE RED LEDGER: PART 1 by Meredith Wild

July 14, 2018

The Red Ledger 1 by Meredith Wild
He’s death for hire…

Some people measure life in hours. Days. Weeks. I measure mine in kills. A covert military mission gone wrong robbed me of my memory and any link to my past. This is my existence now. I execute and survive. Nothing more, nothing less. I was ready to write Isabel Foster’s name in my ledger of unfortunate souls until she uttered the one word that could stop the bullet meant for her. My name.

She knows my face. She knows me. She’s the key to the memories I’m not sure I want back. Now nothing is simple. I still have a job to do, and my soul isn’t worth saving. I’m not the man she thinks I am. I can’t love her. And sparing her life puts us both in the crosshairs.

Goodreads | Amazon


Review: NASTY by Callie Hart

July 07, 2018

Nasty by Callie Hart
“When you’re with me, you’re not vulnerable. When you’re with me, you are safe. When you’re with me, you will never be alone. And as for your heart, Sera Lafferty…I’ll make it beat so fast you’ll never feel it ache.”

Sera Lafferty isn’t insane.
She’s always made the smart decisions.
She has a career. A loving sister. The carefully mapped out, peaceful life in Seattle that she’s craved since childhood. So why, then, does she suddenly find herself on a scavenger hunt, traveling across the country with a stranger? And not just any stranger. A maddeningly sexy hitman, who’s been paid to end her life.

His past is shrouded in secrets, and his eyes are filled with ghosts. Sera knows she should head back to Seattle, to sever all ties with her handsome man in black. But leaving him might not just hurt Sera in the end. It might end up getting her killed.

Fix Marcosa damn well knows better.
He’s been focused on his goals ever since the fateful day he swore to avenge his friend’s brutal attack. Booze. Drugs. Violence. Sex. Nothing has distracted him from his mission. But Sera is more potent than alcohol, more addicting than any opiate. She makes the fury in his blood sing. And her body? Her body is utter perfection, and he just can’t keep his hands off it. Or his mouth for that matter.

Fix is determined.

Screw the money. Screw the consequences, and screw anybody stupid enough to stand in his way.

He isn’t going to end Sera Lafferty’s life.

He’s damn well going to save it.

Review: DIRTY by Callie Hart

Dirty by Callie Hart
Face of an angel.
Body of a god.
And a mouth so dirty he could make the devil blush…

Fix Marcosa’s time can be bought with money, but he isn’t selling sex. Murderers, rapists, criminals: if you’re on the wrong side of Fix’s moral code, you’re in trouble. The kind of trouble that winds up getting you killed. As a hitman for hire, Fix is no stranger to violence. He’s merciless. Relentless. A true savage, down to the roots of his very soul. You can beg. You can plead. You can pray, but it won’t do you any good. Once the tall, dark stranger arrives at your doorstep, it’s already too late to repent.

Sera Lafferty’s no stranger to heartbreak. With an abusive father and a dependant sister, her life has been one of sacrifice and compromise. As soon as she sets eyes on Felix ‘Fix’ Marcosa, she recognizes the darkness in him and makes a vow: she will not get involved. But trapped inside a motel room with the sexiest man to ever walk the earth? Throw in some tequila and the storm to end all storms, and Sera finds herself worshipping at the altar of Marcosa.

She knows she made a mistake.

She knows she needs to run.

But when she witnesses the assassin at work first hand, she knows it’s far too late. Thrown into the back of his sleek black ride, Sera finds herself trapped, and in more way than one. Fix is deadly. He’s demanding, he’s dirty, and he’s determined to claim her for his own.