This Passionate reader is compassionate about giving back to authors who create incredible stories that help me escape reality. You will find my reviews are honest, genuine and detailed. I review for Indie and Best Selling Authors in the US, Canada, and the UK. On GoodReads, NetGalley, Facebook, Twitter, and this website. *PLEASE NOTE: I only review psychological thrillers, true crime, romance/suspense, medical thrillers, mysteries, medical memoirs, metoo, and romance from the heart

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Review: Shadows Among Us by Ellery Kane

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Blurb:

Evil is closer than you think.


Psychologist, Mollie Roark, had it all. A hotshot husband, a beautiful daughter, a successful career, and a fancy house on the Napa hillside. She'd finally made it. Left her troubled past and her crazy father far behind her.



But two years ago, the unspeakable happened. Her daughter's burned body turned up on the shores of Lake Berryessa just days after her fifteenth birthday. The police seem certain Dakota fell victim to the Shadow Man, the prolific serial killer who had terrorized the Napa Valley for two decades. Mollie's normal life is now anything but. Childless, divorced, and unemployed, she's barely staying afloat. She's got one mission. To find the scumbag who killed her daughter and make him pay.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review: Nobody Else But You (Pacific Vista Ranch: Book One) By Claire Marti

Author Claire Marti 
Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress. 

Her award winning debut novel, Second Chance in Laguna, was a Finalist for Best Contemporary Romance in the prestigious Stiletto Contest, won best unpublished contemporary romance in the Heart of the Molly and third place in the Maggie.
Check out a teaser here: Second Chance in Laguna. Book two in the Finding Forever in Laguna series, At Last in Laguna and Book three, Sunset in Laguna, ​are available everywhere. Sunset in Laguna ​was a Golden Quill finalist.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Review:Date Night by Samantha Hayes

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Returning early from a disastrous date night with my husband, I know something is wrong the moment the wheels crunch the gravel drive of our home. Inside, the TV is on and a half-eaten meal waits on the table. My heart stops when I find our little girl is alone in the house and our babysitter, Sasha, is missing…

Days later, when I’m arrested for Sasha’s murder and torn away from my perfect little family, I’ll wish I had told someone about the threatening note I received that morning.

I’ll hate myself for not finding out who the gift hidden inside my husband’s wardrobe was for.

I’ll scream from the rooftops that I’m innocent – but no one will listen.

I will realise I was completely wrong about everything that happened that night…

But will you believe me?


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Review: Perfect Stranger by Jake Cross


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You let her in. You’ll wish you hadn’t.

Following a whirlwind romance, Rose and Chris’s marriage has been unshakeable for twenty years. But when teenager Katie turns up on their doorstep, blonde, wide-eyed and beautiful, their perfect life threatens to crumble to pieces. Because Katie says she’s Chris’s long-lost daughter, the product of a forgotten summer fling.

The couple is still reeling from shock when Katie tells them she has nowhere to go. The couple is her only hope. Kind-hearted Rose invites Katie to stay, despite Chris’s protests. The poor girl has only just lost her mother – they can’t leave her out on the street.

But soon after Katie moves in, strange things start happening. Someone crashes into a neighbour’s fence. An unexplained fire starts in the couple’s kitchen. And a family friend coming to visit disappears on the way to the house. Chris insists Katie has to go. But it’s Chris who won’t explain where he was at the time their friend went missing…

The couple’s dream life seems to be turning into a nightmare. With dark secrets about Chris’s history with Katie’s mother coming to light, Rose no longer knows who to trust. Soon, she isn’t sure whether she’s invited a dangerous stranger into her home, or whether she’s been living with one all along…

A chilling thriller that will make you question everything you think you know about your loved ones. Fans of The Woman in the WindowThen She Was Gone and The Perfect Child won’t be able to put this book down.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Review: Death Among Us by Stephen Bentley, Greg Alldredge, Kelly Artieri, Robbie Cheadle, Michael Spinelli, L. Lee Kane, Kay Castaneda, Aly Locatelli, Justin Bauer G


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Book Summary

Who knew death could be so eclectic? Relish this mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up of short stories.

The stories include the 2019 SIA Award-Winning Murder Mystery Short Story ‘The Rose Slayer.’

Murder and mystery have been the staple of literature and films for years. This anthology of short stories will thrill and entertain you. Some will also make you laugh out loud. Others will stop and make you think.

Think of this murder mystery short story anthology as a book version of appetizers or starters, hors d'oeuvre, meze, or antipasti. It can be read as fillers between books or, as is the case in some countries, as a bookish meze - in its own right.


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Review: Where I Found You By Emma Robinson

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Your daughter does not speak… But can she teach you how to live?


Ever since Ruby was tiny, she has been unique. Her smiles are magically rare, her building blocks are always colour-coded, and she communicates only in gestures. Sometimes, being Ruby’s mother is hard, but the way she sees the world makes it new for Sara every day.



When Sara’s husband walks out on them, Sara’s world falls apart, and her mother-in-law, Barbara, is the only person she can turn to for help. But Barbara thinks Ruby’s problems are all in Sara’s head; that she just doesn’t know how to raise a child right.



Sara can’t see how she’ll cope alone. Barbara won’t listen. Can a girl who doesn’t speak show them the way?



A powerful emotional page-turner about motherhood, friendship and family. Guaranteed to take your breath away. Perfect for fans of A Boy Made of Blocks, Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Review: Healing Hannah's Heart by Preslaysa Williams


BLURB FOR HEALING HANNAH’S HEART

Hannah Hart may have been burned by the breakup of her rocky marriage, but the ambitious Afro-Filipina model has big plans for her future. Her stunning looks and flawless skin provide the opening she craves to become a celebrity in the fashion world.Then an arsonist’s match brings Hannah’s world crashing down around 
her.


Recovering from the burns that destroyed her skin, Hannah is forced to accept help from the last person on earth she wants, her estranged husband, Jake Hart. Jake isn’t ready to give up on their marriage. The return of Jake’s teenage son from a one-night stand had been the catalyst for their breakup. How can he help both the son who resents his abandonment and the woman he still loves? He can do nothing about the scars on her skin, but can he heal Hannah’s heart?

Review: Waiting on Love by T.K. Chapin


Book Summary

Eli and Amy were best friends long before they became something more. They grew up together, and eventually fell in love. Being with one another was as natural as breathing air. Then the unthinkable happened—Amy had to move away. 
Their two hearts knew that long distance relationships rarely worked out, but that didn’t stop them from trying. Amy and Eli felt that their love isn’t like everybody else’s love in the world. They would make it through the hard times that would eventually befall them. Unfortunately, the two of them found themselves drifting further and further apart until one day all communication stopped.
A decade goes by, and with it lost years of communication not only between Eli and Amy, but for others near to their hearts. When fate brings these two hearts back together once more what will come of it? Will they get the closure they never had? Or will what happened in the last ten years be too much to for their hearts to bare? 
Waiting on Love is a heart-wrenching Christian Romance novel about forgiveness, love, and moving on. It's an inspirational fiction story about how God's will is much larger than anyone could ever imagine, and He always has a plan of good for those who love Him. Read and be captivated by a compelling story of how God can use the bad that happens in our lives for good.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review:The Thing About Cowboys: A Curvy Girl Steamy Romance By Ciana Stone

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Book Summary 

A Curvy Girl Steamy Romance Delilah Jackson. That's me. I'm big. That's no boast, just fact. Not just in my size, but in my zest for life, my passion for what I do and my enthusiasm for men who ping my passion.My business is making people look good in photos. My fun is writing sexy romances. Becoming the next notch on Cam McIntyre's belt isn't part of my plans, no matter how much he strains the gauge on my lust-o-meter. Cam doesn't make it easy to say no. Damn man's sexy as original sin. My best friend Fenny says maybe I should give him a chance. She could be right. I do have this thing about cowboys and Cam's one hell of a sexy Texan. I'd be willing to bet that he'd give a whole new meaning to the word "satisfaction." Maybe I should consider saddling up for a test ride. After all, what's life without a little Sexploration.

Review: Personalized Murder by Jeffrey Holt


Author Jeffrey Holt

Jeffrey Holt has had a thirty year career as a pathologist and genetic researcher. He has performed hundreds of autopsies and did research in the area of personalized medicine. He invented personalized murder as the evil twin of this new medical field. This is Jeffrey's debut novel.


Book Summary 
When the Democratic President and his VP die on Inauguration Day, pathologist Jon Woodlock determines diabetes and heart failure are to blame. The grieving nation revolts when the Republican Speaker of the House is sworn into the highest office. Politicians who protest the stolen election drop dead of natural causes, followed by prominent actors and activists. Jon must find who is causing underlying disease to overtake victims on cue. Many lives, including his own, are at stake. The race is on to figure out what—and who—is behind the deaths before it's too late, and a madman rules the world.

Review: Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

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For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of suspense about how far obsession can go.
Kate Youngblood is disappearing. Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor at Blackwood college, she’s dangerously close to never being noticed again. The follow-up novel to her successful debut tanked. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger. She’s always been bright, beautiful, independent and a little wild, but now her glow is starting to vanish. She’s heading into an age where her eyes are less blue, her charm worn out, and soon no one will ever truly look at her, want to know her, again.
Except one.
Sam Grist is Kate’s most promising student. An unflinching writer with razor-sharp clarity who gravitates towards dark themes and twisted plots, his raw talent is something Kate wants to nurture into literary success. But he’s not there solely to be the best writer. He’s been watching her. Wanting her. Working his way to her for years.
As Sam slowly makes his way into Kate’s life, they enter a deadly web of dangerous lies and forbidden desire. But how far will his fixation go? And how far will she allow it?
A gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illicit attraction, Jody Gehrman introduces a world where what you desire most may be the most dangerous thing of all.

Author Jody Gehrman

Jody Gehrman has authored eleven published novels and numerous plays for stage and screen. Her debut suspense novel, Watch Me, is published by St. Martin's Press. Her Young Adult novel, Babe in Boyland, won the International Reading Association's Teen Choice Award and was optioned by the Disney Channel. Jody's plays have been produced or had staged readings in Ashland, New York, SanFrancisco, Chicago and L.A. Her newest full-length, Tribal Life in America, won the Ebell Playwrights Prize and will receive a staged reading at the historic Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for theirone-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She holds a Masters Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is a professor of Communications at Mendocino College in Northern California.

Watch Me 
By Jody Gehrman
Review by HeidiLynn's BookReviews

First, I would like to thank Jody Gehrman, St. Martin’s Griffin, and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.
Watch Me: A Gripping Psychological Thriller by Jody Gehrman was one of the best books that I have read this year!! I love books in this genre that have you at the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next! This book had something for everyone’s taste: taboo subjects like forbidden professor student flirtation turned into sick twisted fascination, sex, birth of a baby, messed up mom on drugs, murder, criminal investigation, blunt agents, etc.
Even though this book is a Psychological book it had me cracking up laughing at times. An example of this is when he was describing Jess to the readers on her appearance and how he so was not interested. Funny, because he kept turning her down but that didn’t stop her from asking. Sam sarcasm was too funny at times!
I could see this book being made into a movie and it being a box office hit.

Review: Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer

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Zoe knows that it wasn’t really her fault. Of course it wasn’t. But if she’d just grasped harder, run faster, lunged quicker, she might have saved him. And Edward doesn’t really blame her, though his bitter words at the time still haunt her, and he can no more take them back than she can halt the car that killed their son.
Two years on, every day is a tragedy. Edward knows they should take healing steps together, but he’s tired of being shut out. For Zoe, it just seems easier to let grief lead the way.
A weekend in Paris might be their last hope for reconciliation, but mischance sees them separated before they’ve even left Gare du Nord. Lost and alone, Edward and Zoe must try to find their way back to each other—and find their way back to the people they were before. But is that even possible?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Review:Oceans Away by Skye McNeil

 
Author: Skye McNeil
Title: Oceans Away
Series: Atlas, book 2
Genre: Millionaire Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2019
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Soxsational Cover Art
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When the girl next door returns home as a millionaire to face the farmer who never lost hope, she's caught between the man of her past and the man meant for her future.

Adopted as an infant, Ireland Leighton grew up in the heart of the Midwest. After inheriting millions from her biological parents, she is determined to help others any way she can. The only string is a business engagement with another millionaire. Ireland returns to Iowa years later to plan her brother’s tropical wedding. The festivities would be easier if her sexy ex-boyfriend stayed out of reach and her future wasn’t already planned.

Time suppressed his feelings for the girl next door, but Gideon Taggart isn’t about to let Ireland escape again. Farmer by day, veterinarian by choice, his second chance with his first love is far from easy. He soon discovers that no matter how much he loves Ireland, she’ll always choose her family over a future with him.

Oceans Away is book two in Skye McNeil’s stand-alone contemporary romance series, Atlas. Each book contains a millionaire to envy, snort-worthy comedy, and visits to many beautiful cities in the world. Yes, all of that, plus each novel ends with a fabulous HEA.

Review: The Forever Gift: A Heartbreaking Page-Turner about Family, Loss and Love By Brooke Harris

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Author Brooke Harris

USA Today bestselling author Brooke Harris is undoubtedly a bibliophile. She is proud to be someone who opens the middle pages of a book and inhales deeply. 
Brooke loves all forms of art; painting, playing piano, crafting, but, her greatest love is stories. Brooke writes heart-breaking and emotionally led fiction but always with undertones of hope and positivity because Brooke firmly believes that darkness only lasts so long before light follows.

Brooke lives in county Kildare, Ireland with her husband and five young children. She is a keen supporter of mental health charities and creating a greater understanding of mental illness.

Brooke writes women's fiction for Bookouture. She also writes psychological suspense for Lake Union as Janelle Harris.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Review: A Star-Spangled Romance: A Sweet Small-Town Summer Romance

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A Star-Spangled Romance: A Sweet Small-Town Summer Romance A Star-Spangled Romance: A Sweet Small-Town Summer Romance by Melodie March
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, I want to thank Melodie March for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Melodie March is back with a very sweet read that will pull on your heart strings in A Star Studded Romance. Instantly, this cover will grab your attention and put a smile on your face-as it did mine. However, I am a fan of Melodie’s from the Christmas books she has written in the past. So, I had a hunch I would like this book too. Boy, was I right.

I love when authors such as Melodie think outside box and show how creative they can get with their character names, storyline plots, or even career choices they have. The book is more enjoyable to read something that is so different and unique from everyone else has written.

An example of this was I loved the names in the book. Now I am partial to the name Brady as it is my nephews name. So, I had to smile when it was the name of her main character. Other names in the book was Portia, Kit, Eliot, Channing, Pippa, Annabelle, Theo (for a girl name not a boy’s name), Liza, etc.

A Star Studded Romance focused on topic most books don’t cover-service dogs for the disabled. These dogs can be incredibly useful for those in need of assistance physically or even emotionally. In this case it was for a disabled vet Theo. Her story about the accident will pull on your heart strings as you can feel all that she went through. It was an incredibly intense and powerful scene. My heart went out to Theo as she was retelling all of this to Brady.





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