[Tour] Static by S.K. Anthony

Static

by S.K. Anthony

Book Two of The Luminaries series

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Release Date: September 20th 2015

Synopsis:

Kevin Pierce is a teleporter, a ladies’ man, and a loyal friend. Or so he thought.

As a genetically altered Luminary, he helps the government bring down some of the most dangerous criminals. Not very challenging if you have his special abilities. But when a group of rebel Luminaries attacks his Organization the fight for survival begins.

One shattering event after another tests the depth of his relationships, his sanity, and his powers. Emotionally torn, Kevin must choose carefully where his loyalty lies. In the middle of all the unexpected chaos he gets the biggest shock of his life when he’s faced by a betrayal he never saw coming. Angry, injured, and ready to even the score, Kevin goes Static . . .

Excerpt:

I followed her movements, which then forced me to take a good look at her.
She had come in with a gray hoodie, the one she’d stolen from me the first time
she beat the crap out of me in a fight. In my defense, I wasn’t able to really hit
her because she was a girl. I learned soon after that how wrong I was; she was
tougher than most guys I knew. She boggled my mind for so many reasons.
Right now, though, she wore it over a black short skirt, tights, and boots with
three-inch heels. A belt with a big, diamond square buckle hugged her waist.
How she made it look stylish, I had no clue.
“Does that really go together?”
I asked, pointing at her outfit.
“Not really, but it’s cold.”
She smiled, and proceeded to open the belt and take off the hoodie. Underneath it, I found out what an hourglass figure truly looked like. She wasn’t too skinny; she had meat on her, but it was in pretty good proportions. Her black, very tight, long-sleeved top was immediately adorned with the belt she’d taken off, accenting her tiny waist. And her hair?
Well, she even had it loose. It was long and silky. I’d always thought of her as my sister, but this chick didn’t look like she should be anyone’s sister. She sat down next to me.
“What’d you do to your hair? And are you wearing makeup?”
Her brows creased.
“Don’t make fun of me.”
“Well, it looks funny. You —”
I stopped at the look of murder that crept in her eyes.
“It looks nice, it’s just different. I didn’t think you liked being girly.”
“I’m a girl. How can I not be girly?”
“You know what I mean; you are more of a tomboy.”
“That was because I was still trying to learn how to be out in the field and use my powers. Now that I know how, I think it’s perfectly fine to dress up if I want to.”
“Right. Come on, you only dress up for missions if you have to. Like at the club,” I said, laughing. “Even in training you were always more boyish.”
“I was not.”
She frowned.
“Yes, you were. How did you even learn to put on make up? You probably practiced all weekend —”
I saw her fist coming at my face and teleported right on time. Unfortunately, Ryan fell over. I went to pick her up but she stopped
me. Shit. I’d pissed her off real bad. If I was not mistaken, her blue eyes were a bit teary.
“You are an ass.”
“Dude, I’m sorry. I was just kidding. I’m not used to seeing you as a girl,”
I said, and dashed to the door. Man, that was perfect timing on Chris’s part to
ring the bell.
“Well, get used to it. And stop making fun of me or I’ll give your face some scars to match your brother’s.”
“That’s harsh. Jeez,” I said, rubbing my face.
Chris walked in at the same time, and said, “Hey, you look pretty, Ry.”
“Don’t be a prick,” she said and got up. “We have to go.”
“I’m not,” he said frowning. “What’s up with her?” he asked me in a whisper as we followed her.
“It’s not you. I made fun of her before, so now she is all defensive, like it’s our fault she suddenly decided to be a girl.”
“She looks nice as a girl,” Chris said, checking her out walking down the hallway.
I shrugged.
“I guess. But she’s the one who always made fun of them and now she’s all dressed up. Look at her skirt, too tight for her own good — what are you doing? Stop staring at her. She’s going to melt your eyes if you don’t stop.”
“I’ll make her forget,” he said with a grin. “You and your hypnosis. Do you ever confront anything head on, or do you always modify your way out?”
“Modify my way out. Why deal with crap if I don’t have to?” He shrugged.
“Good thing you’d never do that to me,” I said to Chris. “Wait, what was
that look? Dude, that would be very un-bro-like!”
“It would be.”
Chris smiled, and hurried out behind Ryan.

~~~~~

About The Author

S. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!

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[Blog Tour] Waking Eden by Rhenna Morgan ~ Excerpt & Promo

The only hope of saving their race is to surrender their hearts.
WAKING EDEN
Eden Series #3
Rhenna Morgan
Released July 26th, 2016
The only hope of saving their race is to surrender their hearts.
With a long foretold and annoyingly vague prophecy warning of immense change for Eden, Ramsay Shantos is forced to hunt words and legends instead of rebels. For a man of action, it’s the worst kind of agony. Until he encounters a sexy librarian who bears the fated prophecy’s mark. A mark no human should possess.
Tortured by her mixed heritage, Trinity Blair has enjoyed little human touch in her life, let alone intimacy. Even the most innocent contact fills her mind with a person’s deepest, darkest secrets—except for Ramsay. Her immunity to his thoughts sparks a fragile hope
that she might finally experience the passion of her Dark Spiritubrethren…unless he’s the dangerous crossroads her father predicted.
When knowledge of Eden goes viral in the human realm, Trinity is Ramsay’s only hope for quelling mass panic. Can he risk revealing the secrets of his race to the guileless ray of sunshine? Or is she the unknown source of Eden’s destruction?
 
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Excerpt

Ramsay’s voice was quiet behind her, peaceful, and yet a little sad. “My dad brought me here when I was little. The only time I remember ever having him to myself. Eryx and I had fought about something, a worse blow up than normal. Dad thought me having a place to go and gather my thoughts might be in the best interest of the whole castle.”

Trinity paced her breathing and kept her eyes locked on the majestic sun as it tipped into the teal water. She could see this sight tomorrow, or the day after, but the story bubbling up from Ramsay’s memory was huge. The intensity of it crackled and snapped around her.

Aside from Eryx, I’ve never brought anyone here, and even he has only been a time or two.” He pulled in a slow breath. “It was the only thing I had of my dad I didn’t have to share with anyone else.” His fingers tightened on her shoulders. “I wanted to share it with you.”

Honest to God, a battering ram couldn’t have impacted her senses more than his simple, heart-felt gift. She was dumbfounded. Too stunned and humbled to formulate even the basest response.

Look at it, Trinity. That sunset is the same impression you made on me the first time I saw you. Powerful. Colorful. Bright and warm.” He slid his hands around her waist and wrapped her up tight, his mouth at her ear. “Every time I see or think of you, this is what fills me.”

She tried to turn, her body and senses clamoring for eye contact. To anchor herself in his steel-gray eyes.

He stopped her with a flex of his arms. “Not yet. I need you to watch it until it’s gone. To know that it’s the last sunset you’ll see without a mate. And know that the sunrise we watch tomorrow will be ours.”

 
Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.
A native Oklahoman with two beautiful girls and a fantastic husband, her resume reflects her passion for new experiences. Since graduating with a Bachelors in Radio, Television, and Film at Oklahoma State, she’s racked up positions ranging from on-air radio talent, skip tracer, and promotions director, to real estate agent, project manager, and business analyst.
 
Like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. That’s where the romance comes in. Reading, or writing, romance has been her happy place since she cracked the spine on her first Christine Feehan book years ago. Nothing thrills her more
than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who’ll fight to keep the women they want.
Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape for the women who need it.
 

 

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[Blast] Rendezvous With Yesterday by Dianne Duvall

I am so excited to share with you not only the cover for Dianne Duvall’s Rendezvous With Yesterday (The Gifted Ones, #2), but the synopsis, pre-order links, AND an amazing pre-order giveaway!
RENDEZVOUS WITH YESTERDAY
The Gifted Ones Book 2
By Dianne Duvall
Coming October 17, 2016
Special Pre-Order Discounted Price—$4.99
Modern-day bounty hunter Bethany Bennett helps her brother track two fugitives to a forest outside of Houston, Texas. But what should have been a routine apprehension of two bail skippers spirals out of control and ends in violence. After Beth and her brother are both seriously injured, a mysterious figure suddenly looms over her. And, when the smoke clears, Beth finds herself not only in another place, but in another time.
As Lord Robert, Earl of Fosterly, attempts to identify and track down the nameless enemy who has been plaguing his lands and people with violence, the most peculiar woman stumbles into his path. Small, vulnerable, yet possessed of a bold, fiery spirit and wicked sense of humor, she persists in dubbing Robert and his men members of something called a medieval reenactment group . . . until she sees his castle and labels herself mad. It seems bounty hunter Bethany Bennett has come to him from the future, bringing with her laughter and chaos, swiftly winning the hearts of his people and inspiring within him a love he thought he would never experience again. But when Robert discovers a way for her to return to her time, will the love they share be enough to keep them together?
Now Available for Pre-Order! 

 

And don’t miss the book that started it all!
A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones, #1) 


About the Author:
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and The Gifted Ones series. Her books have twice been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and “wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews).

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she has created in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit http://www.DianneDuvall.com. You can also find Dianne online . . .

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Rendezvous With Yesterday Pre-Order Giveaway!
To celebrate the upcoming release and to thank readers who pre-order Rendezvous With Yesterday, Dianne is launching a big Pre-Order Giveaway with multiple prizes, including Amazon Gift Cards, tote bags, signed books, coffee mugs, and more.  You can learn more on her website — www.DianneDuvall.com — or fill out the form below to enter to win:

 

Teaser Tuesday #1

teaser tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB from Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


I haven’t done a Teaser Tuesday in sooo long. I really missed it.

Anyway here are my two sentences. HAHA. No, sorry, I’ve done more, I could never only do two😉

He was so accident-prone that Max actually ordered giant-size bubble wrap for the guy as a birthday present.
Jason hadn’t been amused.
I’d laughed my ass off.
Also earning myself a black eye to match the one Jason had at the time.

~ page 7 from The Consequence of Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken

Share the link to your Teaser Tuesday in the comment section below.

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[Review] Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

About the book

Filthy English
(English #2)
by Ilsa Madden-Mills

ebook
Publication Date: July 11th 2016

**THIS IS A STAND ALONE BOOK**

A smokin’ hot British player…
A jilted girl…
One night of mistaken identity…

Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancé drops her faster than a drunken sorority girl in stilettos. Armed with her best friend and a bottle of tequila, she hops a plane to London to drown her sorrows before fall semester begins at Whitman University.

She didn’t plan on attending a masquerade party.

She sure didn’t plan on waking up next to the British bad boy who broke her heart three years ago—the devastatingly handsome and naked Dax Blay. Furthermore, she has no clue how they acquired matching tattoos.

Once back at Whitman together, they endeavor to pretend they never had their night of unbridled passion in London.

But that’s damn hard to do when you live in the same house…

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*A modern love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet*

f6c05-goodreads-buttonreview~ Book provided by the author in exchange for my honest opinion

I really, really liked Dirty English, the previous book and was devasted when I thought it would remain just a single book. You might be able to guess how happy I was when Isla Madden-Mills decided to write another book in the same setting and therefore making this into a series of stand-alones.

I really hope she will write a third book in this series about Spider *hint, hint*.

I really liked the development in the story of Dax and Remi, those little hints of Romeo and Juliet were cute. Thankfully it didn’t end the way it did in the original story. I have this love for guys with a british accent and while reading it I was picturing Dax with a Jason Statham voice, because have you heard the guy talk? Yum.

What I didn’t like though was the synopsis. It tells you pretty much what happens in the first 60% of the book since Dax and Remi get back to Whitmore pretty late in the book. They are for the most part in London, which I loved. Because London was a really cool town and I loved being there – in real life and I hope to visit it again.

Anyway, long talk short, this book was pretty awesome and I can’t wait for another one.

Rating: 4,25 stars

 

About the author
Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she’s a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education.

When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

She loves to hear from fans and fellow authors. Drop her a line on the contact page.

Website:

http://www.ilsamaddenmills.com/

Author social media links:

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[Review] Could This Be Love? by Lee Kilraine

About the book

Could This Be Love?
(Cates Brothers #2)
by Lee Kilraine

ebook, 320 pages
Lyrical Shine
Publication Date: June 7th 2016
ISBN: 9781601836717

Everyone in Climax, North Carolina, knows the Cates brothers. But Sijan Cates is famous far beyond his quaint hometown–and when he comes back, he brings trouble with him…

Avery Danford urgently needs to get back in touch with her estranged family. If only she could get her picture in the papers, maybe they’d track her down…and what better way to accomplish that than to squeeze into the world’s tightest dress and cozy up to the world’s hottest actor, Sijan Cates? It’s a crazy idea, but it just might work. And though the former actress has sworn off Hollywood hunks, she’s got to admit this desperate measure might be a pleasure…

Scandal-plagued Sijan has come home for some peace and quiet–and to stay out of the tabloids. Then a woman claiming to be his number-one fan plants a hot kiss on him–in front of a pack of paparazzi. There’s only one way to protect his reputation: tell the world they’re engaged. It’s all just a show, as they use each other to get what they need. But in this sleepy Southern town, love stories have a way of coming true…

review~ Book generously provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion

I received this book through NetGalley some time ago and started it shortly after, but the first few pages couldn’t grab me, so I put it aside for later. Later sadly didn’t come for quite a while. I just needed some time and motivation to get myself to read more of it. Thankfully I did. After the initial boredom this book actually was pretty good.

It had some funny scenes, the two main characters, as well as the supportive characters, were really relatable and the romance was really sweet. I was totally rooting for Sijan and Avery. Sometimes the drama was a bit much, but I loved how all was solved in the end. Also this book as some plot holes, but they were minor enough for me, because they only regarded what was told to the press.

I’m normally not into books that deal with Hollywood and fame, but I have to be honest and say I solely requested this because of the cover. The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I know some people have something against people on the cover, but I actually like people on them, if it is nicely done, which is the case here.

Before Could This Be Love? I haven’t heard about Lee Kilraine, but I will be sure to check out her other work as well as her future books in the Cates brothers series. Also I hope for a certain someone to get a book.

Rating: 3,75 stars

About the authorlee kilraineLee Kilraine is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist for her debut contemporary romance, BRINGING DELANEY HOME, the first book in her Cates Brothers Series. If you enjoy Quinn’s story, she hopes you’ll be on the lookout for his brothers, Sijan and Tynan. She loves reading and writing stories with a HEA and if they make her laugh…well, that’s perfect.

Lee lives in the pine woods of North Carolina. When she isn’t typing away on her computer with her golden retriever, Harley, destroying something at her feet, you might find her on her front porch swing plotting her next book while guarding her garden from the local gang of deer. She has a weakness for dogs, bacon cheeseburgers, red wine and Alpha heroes.

[Review] Taking Fire by Cindy Gerard

About the book

Taking Fire
(One-Eyed Jacks #4)
by Cindy Gerard

ebook, 384 pages
Pocket Books
Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
ASIN: B010MHAFXW

Betrayal. Retribution. Redemption?

Six years ago, tough-as-nails military contractor Bobby Taggart met the woman of his dreams in war-torn Kabul—a sexy, whip-smart war correspondent who approached him at a local bar, took him to bed, made him fall in love…and then mysteriously disappeared. In her wake, the terrorist leader he’d been mining for valuable intel was assassinated—then Bobby discovered his phone had been bugged. And he’s pretty damn sure he’s been played for a fool…

review~ Book generously provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion

It’s confession time, guys: I have had the ARC of Taking Fire since around January and only just finished it. My reason for being so late was the fact that I was afraid. Afraid of not liking it. I loved Cindy Gerard’s BOI’s series and I didn’t want to be disappointed by Taking Fire. Also I haven’t read the three previous books of the One-Eyed Jacks series.

Now after reading it I wish I could travel back in time and scold my old self for not starting this book earlier. Except for the overly long prologue – lasted till 27% – I liked Taking Fire a lot.

It was action-packed, the suspense was high and I really like the pair this book featured.

I can’t really say anything about the story without it being a major spoiler, except maybe that I liked how it and the characters developed. The ending was really awesome.

What I also liked was though this is an action book it focused more around the character relationships then other books of the same genre I know. I liked it.

Cindy Gerard’s writing style was as captivative as ever and I really like how she writes the bantering between the team members, hilarious.

Overall a really interesting book I’d wished I picked up earlier, but better late than never, right, guys?

Rating: 4 stars

About the authorCindy’s writing has netted her spots on bestseller lists, numerous RT nominations and awards, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, a National Reader’s Choice Award and two RITA nominations.

Between writing and working full time you wouldn’t think Cindy would have much time for anything else. And while she does find her work and her writing rewarding, there does have to be more. Cindy has more. Much more. She is happily married to the perfect man. Tom’s a cowboy, ladies!

Cindy has a passion for pink depression glass — she always has her eye out for the special piece to add to her collection. Cindy’s down time often takes the form of the classic “busman’s holiday.” She loves to read and most of all, she loves to read at their summer place, a cabin in the woods on Lake Kabetogama in northern Minnesota.

[Review] Island Kisses by Krista Lakes

About the book

Island Kisses
(The Kisses series #9)
by Krista Lakes

ebook, 247 pages
Publication Date: July 20th 2016
ASIN: B01IMIJLNI

After hundreds of catastrophic dates, she never expected to find love.

Harper Thomas loves bad dates. She goes on hundreds of them a year, and then blogs about them online to make her living. When her sister signs her up for a new dating service, Harper’s not expecting to find anything other than more ridiculous men. She certainly isn’t planning to meet him…

Gabe Honors is one of the billionaire owners of Kindling Dating. He also happens to be Miami’s most eligible bachelor, but his search for love has never been successful. That is, until he decided to use his own dating service. The first time he meets Harper, he knew that she was the one. However, in order to make sure that it really was love, he kept his identity a secret. He soon finds out, secrets never mix well with love…

Can a billionaire CEO finally stump this bad-date-blogger? Can Harper look past the money and find the man? Or will they only be left with memories of their island kisses?

Island Kisses is the ninth book in a series of standalone billionaire romances. If you like sweet stories on the beach, then you’ll love this story of a regular girl and a handsome stranger falling in love.

review~ Book generously provided by the author in exchange for my honest opinion

Island Kisses is one of these books that you will end with a smile on your face. It was the right amount of cheesy, drama and spark.

The “twist” was a bit obvious, because I, as the reader, already knew what Gabe’s job was, so if the synopsis would have been different it would have probably worked a bit better. But since that twist was the only thing Krista Lakes could work with, it was ok.

Gabe’s and Harper’s interaction was quite funny and I found myself often chuckling. Also along the way of reading Island Kisses I asked myself if there was a way to purchase a creature as good-mannered and funny as Gabe. If someone has one and doesn’t want it anymore, send that creature my way😉

What I also liked was the fact that Harper was a blogger. Her post about bad dates were hilarious, but at the same time I felt kind of sorry for her and was glad when Gabe came along, finally a good date for Harper.

Island Kisses can perfectly be read as a stand-alone romance and is really easy to understand. The writing style of Krista Lakes was nice and I was surprised at how fast I was through with the book.

So if you’re in the mood for a funny, billionaire romance, you might consider giving this a try.

Rating: 4 stars

About the authorKrista Lakes is a newly turned 30 year old who recently rediscovered her passion for writing. She loves aquatic life and running marathons. She is living happily ever after with her Prince Charming and her bouncing baby boy.

[Review] Son of Thunder by Libby Bishop

About the book

Son Of Thunder
(Stand-Alone)
by Libby Bishop

ebook, 140 pages
Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: July 25th 2016
ASIN: B01HW6Z2XE

Rune is the grandson of Thor, and just as strong. Exiled to the realm of Earth for nearly killing his brother–it was a little misunderstanding– he has to find a way to redeem himself so he can get back to Asgard. And when he lands—literally—in the bed of a fiery redhead with an FBI badge, he realizes that she may be the key to going home. But helping Liv hunt a killer has one big consequence—chemistry. He can’t keep his hands off her, and there’s no way they can ever be together.

Six years ago, FBI Special Agent Liv Winter’s best friend was murdered. Since then, she’s taken a two-week vacation around the anniversary of the death to try and solve the case. She’s used every available resource. Yet, her friend’s killer is still on the loose. She refuses to give up—willing to do almost anything to bring the person to justice.

Apparently, almost anything includes trusting a god. And while she might need Rune’s help with her case, there’s no way she’ll ever trust him with her heart.

review~ Book generously provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion

When I saw this book on NetGalley and saw that it was about a descendant of Thor I knew I had to request it, because Chris Hemsworth, duh!

As much as I liked the premise of the book, I was quite disappointed. By 50% of the book I was convinced I would mainly write a real negative review, because of the following points.

The sex scenes were uncomfortable to read and normally I don’t have any problems with sex scenes, but these ones had something about them that just made me cringe.

Then the fact there was not so much as a drop of chemistry between Rune and Liv. You can’t tell me there was because there sure wasn’t any. Did I mention this is kind of an Insta-lust book?

Then there is the feeling I got that the main story wasn’t really important for most of the book. But it was the whole reason why I requested this book, so I was quite bored by the missing plot.

Also I had this huge question for like 40% of the book, then it finally got answered, kind of… Not really. I just needed a little info about how Liv knew that gods exist.

But! Remember when I said at the beginning of my review I was convinced I would give this book a completely negative review, I was wrong. At 60% the story finally developed. The suspense rose and I was finally invested into the story. So I have to give the first 60% of the Books 2 stars and the last 40% 3.5-4ish stars. Makes a totally of 3 stars for the whole book.

I think if you’re ok with all the points I named above this could be the perfect read for you. For me if was just averaged, but I liked the idea.

Rating: 3 stars

[Review] Hidden Deception by Colleen Helme

About the book

Hidden Deception
(Shelby Nichols #9)
by Colleen Helme

ebook, 303 pages
Publication Date: August 12th 2016
ASIN: B01IMIJLNI

Just back from Paris, Shelby barely has time to get over her jet lag before she is right back in the thick of things. Uncle Joey, the local mob boss, needs her help to find out what his son is hiding from him. Detective Harris, AKA Dimples, has an unsolved homicide on his hands, along with a missing engagement ring. Shelby’s husband, Chris, just got promoted to partner in his law firm, and she has yet to see his new office or meet his new secretary. Add to that the opportunity to purchase a beautiful home, and Shelby is racing from one thing to the next while trying to keep them all straight.

When a courier in Uncle Joey’s organization turns up dead, it’s up to Shelby and her mind-reading powers to find out who killed him and why. The house Shelby wants to buy has a few problems that go beyond the building code, and the murder she’s helping Dimples solve has ties to Chris’ law firm. Even using all of her skills, Shelby finds one hidden deception after another. And if she’s not careful, it might be the one she least expects that will kill her.

review~ Book generously provided by the author in exchange for my honest opinion

Can you believe this is the ninth Shelby Nichols book?! Nine books and I still love this series as much as I did when I first read Carrots five years ago.

I’m currently on summer break and I intended to read all my other review copies, but when Colleen offered me the chance of reading Hidden Deception I put everything else aside, grabbed some popcorn and enjoyed the show. By the way, thank you, Colleen!

It always amazes me how Shelby can, even though she can read minds, get in such a mess all the time and still be alive. A fun mess I have to clarify. Even after eight books, reading Shelby’s new adventure is for sure anything but boring. I laughed so much, sometimes I found myself shaking my kindle thinking “why, why, why, Shelby”. Shelby is such a magnet for trouble. Complicated situations are her forte. I don’t know how she juggles them all, but it’s fun to see her try.

Then there is her family. I love Shelby’s relationship with her husband. In fact I think this is the only series I’m reading where the main character started off in a commited relationship. I’m normally more of a “find and get together”-romance book type of reader, but with Shelby and Chris… let’s say, I’m jealous and I want such a good marriage myself someday in the future.

Shelby’s relationship with the mafia will – of course! – be mentioned in this review as well. Since book one I’ve been a fan of Ramos, hitman of the mafia, and I think that will never change, maybe should he somehow double-cross them all, but I doubt that will ever happen. In regards of Shelby’s relationship with Ramos… I love that Colleen never went down the road of Shelby with Ramos, meaning cheating on Chris, because those two definitely would have the potential for that. Big plus for staying away for that “twist” since I hate cheating in books.

Uncle Joey, head of the mafia and not really Shelby’s uncle, but she calls him that way, had to deal with a lot of problems in Hidden Deception and I liked that he appeared in a lot of scenes. Also he had to deal with some personal problems and I can’t wait to see how that works out in the future books. What those personal problems are, I can’t say without spoiling the previous books for you😉

All these cases Shelby works on this time are interesting and I love how some of them are somehow connected or just helping Shelby to solve a different one. I enjoyed reading how she works together with Dimples, err…. Harris? Was that his real name? Shelby infected me with her way of only thinking of the Detective as Dimples.

I’m always wondering how Colleen can come up with these crazy ideas and how she keeps them all straight in her head. I know I would have lost my thread a long time ago. Kudos to you, Colleen!

Then can we talk about the cover of Hidden Deception? In fact, let’s talk about all the covers of the Shelby Nichols series. Aren’t they gorgeous? Did you know my favourite colour is orange? I especially loved the one of Hidden Deception, because orange😉. What I also love about the covers is the fact that they are always designed in relation to the stuff that happens in the book itself. I love that. Not many covers are that way. Never change them, do you hear me, Colleen?🙂

Like always it was a joy to read another Shelby Nichols book and I can’t wait to see what chaos awaits Shelby in the next book. The downside of finishing Hidden Deception so earlier… I have to wait at least a year or so till the next one comes out. The tenth (!!!) one. We are moving to the double-digits. Exciting!!

Rating: 4,25 stars

About the authorAs the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. “Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble…I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.