S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline

S.E.C.R.E.T.S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This review is courtesy of a first reads giveaway. Initially, my husband chose this book because it seemed to resemble the plot of 50 Shades of Grey, which I had read earlier this summer. However, it was a much different storyline. S.E.C.R.E.T. was a refreshing change to the romance novel genre. Most of the books I have read of the same type were a classic story of one couple and the trials of their relationship. S.E.C.R.E.T. tells of woman,Cassie, who has become lost in her life of monotony and loneliness. While living in a city as mysterious as New Orleans, she stumbles into an intriguing society whose sole existence is to liven sex lives of those just like Cassie. Throughout most of the story, the book describes Cassie’s journey from a “spinster” lifestyle ( as her neighbor puts it) to a sexual goddess. I would recommend this book to any romance novel fan.(less)

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Review of: Dreams of Gold by Jonathan Chambers

Dreams of GoldDreams of Gold by Jonathan Chamberlain
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(This was a free read via onlinebookclub)
This review is over ‘Dreams of Gold’ by Jonathan Chamberlin. This novel was published January 2nd 2012 by Long Island Press.

With the London Olympic Games only six weeks away Tibetian monks are peacfully demonstrating outside Westminster Abbey. It turns out that not only the monks but many nations are disgruntled over the way the games are handled and who is allowed to participate. The Olympic committee decides to hire an official poet (Rowan Jones) of the games to try and distract from the protest coverage. Regrettably, this plan fails when Rowan’s opening poem naively calls for the denationalization of the games.

First, one of the most appealing aspects of this novel for me was the character development. They were well developed and you immediately understand their little quirks and character traits. I do not usually read sports books but this is definitely more of a character driven book that I found myself getting involved in pretty quickly. Despite all the characters (and there are a lot of them) it is never confusing and it is obvious who is who. In fact, I found myself curious as to what the background stories would be like for most of the characters.

Second, the author’s humor infused storytelling reads like a movie script. The short chapters kept the pace along with the descriptive lead in’s to move the reader’s focus forward.

Lastly, the plot for me was a little of the mark. At times throughout the book I tried to figure out when it would pick back up, but for the most part was content with the underlying humor and character involvement. In the end the author pulled it all together for a very nice read.

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Review of: Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker

Crime of PrivilegeCrime of Privilege by Walter Walker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This review is over ‘Crime of Privilege’ by Walter Walker. This novel was published May 28, 2013 by Ballantine Books. Full Disclosure: I received Crime of Privilege as an ARC book for free through the Goodreads First Reads program.
Rating: 3 Stars, but if I was able to I would rate it at 3.5 stars.

Anyone with an interest in politics will be eerily reminded of the Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick incident while reading this book. A lawyer name George Becket is pulled into a story full of political corruption and deceit which could very well be his undoing or salvation. Somehow George is directly tied to not only a rape but pulled into a murder investigation that spans three continents. His investigation involves a prominent high society family whose political ties and powerful allies tend to keep their reputation from being tainted. As George continues his search to prove the families guilt he finds skeletons in closets he didn’t know exist as well as friends that were enemies bought by greed. As he struggles for redemption George is pulled into the world of the truly wealthy and must come to grips with the decisions he must make.

In the beginning I felt the story was slow to develop but half way through I could not put it down. The mystery involving the whereabouts’ of those present the night of the murder peaked my interest. As the story unfolded I not only wanted George to solve the crime but I wanted justice to be served. Mr Walker created characters that were as complex as the story itself not to mention adequately describing the arrogance of the rich and famous.

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Review of: Screenshot by John Darrin

ScreenshotScreenshot by John Darrin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is over ‘Screenshot’ by John Darrin. This novel was published April 1st 2009 by Kunati Inc.

James Patterson’s “cookie cutter serial killer” meets Tom Clancy’s Net-Force!

What do you get when a reporter, an F.B.I agent, and an eccentric scientist walk into a serial killers lair? WOW! Fast pace action, harrowing twists and turns, and a nice vacation from reality! Against his own will, Reporter Seth Mathias is mysteriously invited by email to attend the live streaming video execution of a reported drug trafficker. As the F.B.I and the nations news media becomes involved the serial Killer who calls himself “screenshot” begins to terrorize America through his various machinations and psychopathic methods.

Finding myself sometimes rooting for the bad guy it was interesting to see the author use today’s technology to drive a psychopaths agenda. A great read to pass the time of day and immerse oneself in Screenshots world. Even though the story evolved around one key figure it was refreshing to see the duties of a hero juggled between a few individuals throughout the story. These unlikely heroes kept me guessing on who might stop screenshot which in turn added suspense and mystery to the plot.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a new author. John Darrin pens a refreshing look at the techno thriller genre with fast-pace action and roller-coaster dips and dives.

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