Review: Prefect- D.D. Larsen

Title: Perfect

Author: D.D. Larsen

Publisher: N/A

Pages: 301

Rating: 4/5

TW/CW: Forcible sexual situations, underage drinking, coma situations 

Let’s start off by saying to not let the cover fool you. It looks like a sweet contemporary story, but within the pages lies some extremely hot and steamy sex scenes that definitely made me hot and bothered. We meet Seryna whose on the road to starting college, so she’s taking everything in and doing normal teenage things I suppose. After going to a couple of parties and having to try to defend herself against a couple of horny boys, Seryna tuns into hot, sexy, and older Kieran. Kieran has always been there when those situations would arise like some angel in disguise. Pretty soon Kieran and Seryna become quite fond of each other and Kieran confesses that he’s a FBI agent under cover watching her family because they suspect her father to be involved in an illegal moonshine business. It also is been said that the moonshine contains amphetamines high have been the cause of hundreds of deaths, especially amongst the young crowd. 

Seryna and Kieran’s romance starts to pick up pace. It was so unexpected and under some weird conditions. but Seryna is totally smitten and so is Kiera. She just can’t believe her perfect he is. He wine and dines her. he pays for everything and even buys her a new car, but she doesn’t care about money. She just cares about Kieran, and how amazing he is and makes her feel. Let’s not forget how amazing he acts towards her family and friends, especially after a accident happens that leaves everything up in the air. I mean we all can agree that Kieran was dreamy af, but somewhere down the line I was asking myself why is he so perfect? What’s wrong with him? I will admit the author gave me a scare at the end (you’ll have to read it to find out). There were some spelling errors, but it take away from the story I also would’ve liked to see less of the sexual situations with Seryna and Kieran and more focus on the investigation. As well as more background on Seryna’s Brother. I wouldn’t mind seeing a book in Kerman’s perspective. I’m definitely invested in this story and I’m going to need for book #2 to come out ASAP. Thanks to D.D. Larsen for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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PopCulture Readathon Book #4: Sadie- Courtney Summers

Title: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 308

Rating: 5/5

TW/CW: Pedophilia, sexual abuse, drug use

” You aren’t supposed to answer violence with more violence, but sometimes I think violence is the only answer”.
-Sadie

This is my first Courtney Summers book and I must say that she didn’t disappoint and she gained a new fan of her work. This book made me feels so many things. I don’t know why it took me so long to pick it up.
After overhearing about a case of a missing girl, podcaster West McCray takes on the case of Sadie. After her sister Mattie is found dead, Sadie also seems to have disappeared and her family seems devastated about it…..well only her surrogate grandmother May Beth. Sadie has had a horrible life. She’s felt and been all alone all her life, until her sister Mattie was born and came into her life. She has chosen to take care of her and she really has no choice as their mother is a horrible parent. Things definitely went south when her sister gets killed. Her world is flipped upside down. She goes on a journey from town to town meeting some questionable characters to search for her sister’s killer, all while fighting against the stutter she has that doesn’t let her express herself correctly. With revenge and violence on her mind, she realizes the killer was always closer than she imagined. 

I can’t stress enough how amazing and fast paced this book was. It kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I definitely got worried and a little annoyed at Sadie’s reckless behavior, but you really have to admire her resilience and determination to get justice for her sister. I won’t give anymore details, all i can say is give the book a chance. 

Harlequin Blog Tours- ARC Review: The Darkness We Hide- Debra Webb

Title: The Darkness We Hide

Author: Debra Webb

Publisher: Mira Books

Pages: 352

Rating: 5/5

Even though I didn’t read the first two books in “The Undertaker’s Daughter” series, the author gave good enough information to help you get caught up with what’s going on.

Rowan Dupont knows a thing or two about death. She’s been surrounded by it all her life. Her father was The Undertaker for their family’s mortuary business. So being around dead bodies doesn’t faze her. While she was a Police Officer, her father got killed by a former associate of her mother’s named Julian Addington. She took over her father and became the town’s Undertaker now so she’s on a mission to find her father’s killer and bring him to justice once and for all in the third and what I assume is the final of this trilogy. What’s even more unsettling about all this is that this isn’t Julian’s first murder either.
When people close to Rowan start dropping like flies she knows that Julian is near again, and he will strike again not stopping until he gets to finally reveal a deep dark secret to Rowan. One that will change the course of things. 

I really enjoyed this book considering that I didn’t read the first two installments in the series. However, after reading this one I’m absolutely hooked, especially because it’s a serial killer novel; I’m obsessed with serial killers (not in a bad way:0). The book kept me on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed the author’s writing. Let’s see if we can get that serial killer bookclub huh? Huge thanks to NetGalley and Mira books for a copy of this book in a exchange for an honest review. 

ARC Review: Lost You- Haylen Beck

Title: Lost You

Author: Haylen Beck

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Pages: 320

Rating: 5/5

I’ve never read any of Stuart Neville’s books, but this book was absolutely amazing and mind blowing. I’ve actually become such a fan of thrillers lately. This book takes you on a emotional rollercoaster that will have you asking what’s going to happen next. Beck takes you into the lives of two women who fall into the dark world of motherhood, surrogacy, and a very shady agency. Libby longs for a baby, but her fertility issues are making that all impossible. She gets lost in the anticipation of receiving her baby and commits unspeakable acts to become the mother she always wanted. Anna is in desperate need of some money, and when she’s presented with the opportunity to make some money by becoming a surrogate she immediately jumps at the opportunity. Even though she has signed a contract….she can’t help but start having second thoughts….and her feelings start getting in the way. Throughout this story you will see a lot of going back and fourth, but it’s so essential to the story. 

Libby is a single mother whose marriage didn’t work out. However, she has her little man Ethan by her side to make her happy. Life hasn’t been easy, but now that her novel is going to get published, Libby will embark on a new journey as a published writer. So she takes a mini trip with Ethan to celebrate. Even though she’s ‘s on this trip, libby is overly anxious and very protective of Ethan. Ethan, like every young child is curious and even though it was only a split second, he makes a mad dash for the elevator when Libby was distracted and before she has a chance to react…he vanished! The hotel security and police immediately begin a search for the boy and utilize their security surveillance system….and they come across something shocking. Libby is brought in and right before her eyes, she’s sees a woman….her…taking Ethan.

Beck did an amazing job keeping me at the edge of my seat. When i thought I finally figured something out, he goes and does a total plot twist on you. Fast paced and in your face. I promise this will not disappoint.

Huge thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I definitely will be getting a physical copy.

Review: Beautiful Bad- Annie Ward

Title: Beautiful Bad

Author: Annie Ward

Publisher: Park Row

Pages: 368

Rating: 5/5

In this explosive thriller we meet 3 protagonists with intense attitudes and unique personalities. Maddie, Ian’s, and Joanna will take you on a roller coaster of a ride. 
The book starts off already explosive with a frantic 911 call from Kansas…with blood discovered being everywhere. Where did it come from? Who knows….but buckle up because his book takes you on a ride to get those answers. To keep up with the story, prepare to go back and fourth between dates/events leading up to the murder. Its’s 10 weeks before the murder, and we’re introduced to Maddie, whom is in her therapy session, writing her life away….well at least attempting to remember what happened. You see, Maddie suffered an accident at a camping trip, resulting in a head injury. According to her husband, she fell and hit her head….we the readers call BS and so do the Police. Possible domestic abuse? possibly. In order to try and remember what happened to her, Maddie writes thanks to the encouragement from her therapist. Maddie is also set on trying to protect her son Charlie from potential harm. 

Flashback to the 00’s when Maddie talks and reminisces about her time spent in Europe with her bff Joanna and Joanna’s “friend” Ian, a British soldier who goes on assignments as a security guard. Throughout this narrative we get a glimpse into Maddie and Joanna’s friendship, which at times was rocky thanks to her growing feelings for tall and rugged Ian. Ian may have had great looks, but his actions and demeanor were questionable, especially his excessive drinking. Vodka being his choice. (Oh yeah, if you weren’t a vodka or bourbon drinker at the start of the book, you will be by the end of it). I suppose you can blame Ian’s erratic behavior also on his PTSD (Ian spoke about that and all the awful things he’s been through and seen in his POV). At the end of the book you will realize how his past plays a major role in his present life.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book, the only thing I didn’t really care for was Ian and Joanna’s POV. Everything could’ve been told in Maddie’s POV. The other POV’s slowed the book down a bit and that almost caused me to put this book in my DNF pile. The book eventually picked up and I was able to finish it after all. I’m glad I did.

Review: The Silent Patient-Alex Michaelides

Title: The Silent Patient

Author: Alex Michaelides

Publisher: Celadon Books

Pages: 323

Rating: 5/5

I’ve been wanting to read this book since we got it in at my job. The hype for this book is well-deserved. I simply could not put it down, it kept me on the edge of my seat. We meet psycho therapist Theo Farber who has an obsessive need to get closer to artist Alicia Berenson, and also, accused killer of her husband Gabriel Berenson. Since the murder of her husband, Alicia’s life spiraled out of control, On many occasions she has attempted suicide and has become silent; not talking with anyone. Theo started working at Grove mental health hospital. He needs to know why? When? Where? How? As he does his intensive search into her family and regular life, he starts to fall deeper into her life. But What you don’t know is that Theo has some deep dark secrets himself, secrets you the reader would’ve never thought were true.
Once you read a chapter you think you have the pieces connected, but the author throws you another curveball and it gives you the initative to keep reading more chapters. I would’ve finished this in one day if it weren’t for my adult responsibilities. I definitely recommend this book if you’re into thrillers and suspense.

PS- I’m in love with the feel of the pages and the font.