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my mind is BLOWN! “VERITY” by COLLEEN HOOVER

WARNING!  PLEASE READ ALL REVIEWS ON AMAZON  BEFORE READING THIS BOOK. IT IS VERY DISTURBING. 

Sexy. Twisted. Consuming. From the #1 New York Times bestselling and award winning author Colleen Hoover comes “standalone romantic thriller that is tragic, creepy, and brilliant!” -Mel Reader Reviews
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. 
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered. 

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. 

Due to graphic scenes and mature content, this book is recommended for readers 18+.

MY THOUGHTS

My mind is so BLOWN    away by this book I’m not sure I have any thoughts at the moment!

My understanding is that Colleen Hoover is a Romance novelist, and this was a step out of her comfort zone for her!

WOW!

I read this book in one sitting and 24 hours later, I’m still replaying parts of it in my mind!

I CANNOT get this book out of my mind!

I seriously don’t know what to think!

Is Verity as evil as we think? Or is Jeremy the bad one? He seems shady to me.

And Lowen? Is she as innocent as we think?

There were some parts of this book that I read with my jaw totally dropped to my chest.

There were times I had to put the book down for a minute and digest what I just read!

I hate to be obscene on my blogs, but the best word to describe this book is MINDF**K!

You really will think about this book for quite awhile.

Days later, you will still be mulling over it.

Now don’t get me wrong, it has an excellent conclusion.

You are not left hanging, however you are left with questions about things in the story simply because at this point, only the Author knows who is truly the evil one. Or…are there evil ONES?

This book does have some parts that may be difficult for some readers. It is suggested for 18 and up.

However, if you were able to handle the book “YOU” by Caroline Kepnes, you can certainly handle this one!

If you read it, let me know your thoughts and join me on Facebook at the Verity Discussion Group!

~January

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January’s Recommendations: “The Bear and the Nightingale”

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TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP: by BEATRICE COLIN

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My heart my heart…I am not a softy at all (well, a closet softy), and this book is still tugging at my heart. It is a must read. I read this one right after reading All The Light We Cannot See, and wow, what an amazing combo to read back to back even though they are by two different Authors writing on two different themes.

This book will be available for purchase in November on Amazon. Go get it and grab a box of tissues on the way.

Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.

In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France–a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family’s business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth.

Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Émile live–one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman’s place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.

Love this book so much…I’m posting early!!!

download (5)I received an advance readers copy of this book, and you can pre-order it at Amazon.

I am SO in love with this book, that I am posting it pre-publication and before the official re-opening of my blog.

This book isn’t very long, but it tells an incredible story that really makes you think.

What value would you give to your life? To the experiences you have had? I am not talking material items you purchase, but things like a flower or fluffy cloud that made you smile. A light, cooling breeze just when you needed it most…

The characters are well rounded, the story is solid and this is a delightful book. I highly recommend it!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: NICHOLAS TANEK / Author of: Chipped Black Nail Polish and The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself

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Bio:
Nicholas Tanek is an American ghostwriter from New Brunswick, New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Nicholas Tanek grew up as a New Jersey punk rock skater kid who lost himself in the early 90’s New York City rave scene. After years of drug addiction, he got his life together when he was reunited with Lynn, the love of his life, before she died at the age of 37. Instead of choosing negativity, he chose creativity. Losing Lynn inspired him to write his first book, The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself. There is quite a bit of kinky sex, drugs, and music in the life of Nicholas Tanek and he has some unique stories to tell.
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by Nicholas Tanek
A Tribute to A Different Kind of Jersey Girl.
In New Jersey during the summer of 1989, an awkward thirteen-year-old who was obsessed with weird music fell head-over-heels in love with the coolest post-punk rock girl he had ever met.
Nicholas was insecure. He was a daydreamer, wishing for romance when he was told, over and over, that he could not have it. He was a toy, pulled and pushed, wanted and used, dragged along yet held at a distance. Nicholas fell in with the out crowd, and loved every minute of it. He fell in love and got left behind, but not before she changed him forever.
This is an irrational, emotional love story for the teenager inside all of us.
The music is loud, and you’re about to be pushed into the pit.
What some people are saying…
“I should have put you in therapy.” – my mother.
“I can’t believe you’re publishing this. You do not have my permission to use my real name.” – name redacted.
“I insist that you use my real name.” – Kevin.
“Finally, a title that doesn’t scare people off. Not like the first book, The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself.” – Kim Gray, publicist
The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself
by Nicholas Tanek
Link: http://amzn.com/B00GUSAX7G
Okay, so no one actually kills themselves in this book.
The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself pulls you into the early 90’s New York City rave scene, in all its chaotic, psychedelic glory. The narrator grabs you by your wrist and drags you behind two teenage lovers from New Jersey as they tumble through a whirlwind of reckless hedonism that eventually spirals into a dark, devastating world of drug addiction and heartbreak.
As a teenager, Lynn cried, “No one is ever going to write something for me.”
Nearly two decades later, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Nicholas did just that. The gesture came too late for our unlikely heroine, but his heart was in the right place. A broken heart… but a true love.
Reunited after years apart, Lynn and Nicholas embraced their love and sexuality, and embraced each other, despite troubled pasts, despite illness, despite all of their imperfections and mistakes. They shared the kind of honest and shameless connection that few have had the honor of knowing, and most would never understand.
“We’re not hurting anyone. We’re just living life without caring what anyone thinks about us, without caring about the consequences.”
“It’s the coolest way to kill ourselves,” Lynn said.
So turn the page, and pull the trigger.
What some people are saying…
“I used to think that I was a fairly liberal and open-minded person. But this world is truly a world outside my comprehension and comfort zone.” – my sister-in-law
“You will never publish this book.” – my ex-wife
“Are you crazy? I can’t believe you are publishing this.” – most of my friends
“I love the fact that you are publishing this.” – most of my cool friends
“You have disgraced me.” – my mother
“Why is your mother so angry about your book? Make sure you shovel the snow from the driveway.” – my father
Sincerely,
Nicholas Tanek

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee REVIEW by: Shaun Curran

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Having first read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, I was not sure what to expect with the sequel. The hype around the novel was so great, though, that I had to read it.

If you are expecting something better than Mockingbird, you are in for a disappointment. However, if you are looking to get acquainted with old characters, by all means, give it a read.

A grown-up but not necessarily mature Scout returns home to take care of her ailing father, Atticus. It is the 1950’s, and it is a time of great social upheaval in the southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. Firmly believing that her father is a stalwart defender of justice, she is appalled to find her father is not who he seems. During her stay in Maycomb, Scout learns that, deep down inside, there are many people who will continue to hold on to their prejudices despite changing times.

The President Killed His Wife-By: Steve Richer

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The President shoots and kills his wife on live TV while giving a speech to the nation. But…there is more to it than meets the  eye.  Way more!
If you like fast paced thrillers with plenty of twists and turns and non-stop action, I believe you will enjoy this book!
You are  guessing who is behind it all, and which character is good/bad…or both…and who can be trusted.
Be prepared for a lot of surprises!

This book is for purchase on Amazon.

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Golden Eights: the search for Churchill’s lost gold begins again. By: NIGEL SEED

download This is the second novel I have read by Nigel Seed and he continues to impress and satisfy his readers with round rounded characters and  solid story lines.

In this book, Major Wilson (introduced in V4), and his team, go on a mission to find the gold hidden by the British during WWII.

As with V4, this book has a lot of action and twists and turns and surprises.

I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.

My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry- by Fredrik Backman

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This is a delightful heart warming story about Elsa and her Grandmother.

Elsa is seven years old and different, and her Grandmother is seventy seven years old and crazy.

She is Elsa’s only friend and shares stories with her during their times together.

After her Grandmother passes away, Elsa discovers apology letters her Grandmother had written to all those she had done wrong.

This inspires Elsa to start an exciting and sometimes dangerous journey.

A beautiful story, brilliantly told.

You can purchase this at Amazon

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Our Town a Novel by Kevin McEnroe

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I received this book from WordSlinger in exchange for a review, and I honestly let it sit on my desk for a couple of weeks once I put the dots together. Kevin McEnroe is the son of Tatum O’Neal and John McEnroe, so when I read all the accolades for this book on the back cover, I kind of did the eye roll thing and wondered why I was surprised.

Of course the son of an actress and tennis star is going to receive overwhelming approval for his first novel.

It is a pity I had this frame of mind, because it is really a great read.

And Kevin McEnroe certainly had the life experience to do this story justice.

This novel reminds me of some of the novels I picked up in the 80’s that covered the disillusionment of Hollywood, drugs, alcohol, beauty and what is left of beauty at the end.

Dorothy White is the main character in this novel, and she can never quite figure things out. She tries and fails and you are very sympathetic towards her, even though some of her choices are destructive not only to herself, but to her children and others as well.

I highly recommend this book and hope to read future works from Author Kevin Jack McEnroe. His talent  deserves all the applause it receives.

This book can be purchased at Amazon:

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Eye Spy by Tahir Shah

 

 

This is the second book I’ve read from Tahir Shah, and he continues to satisfy his readers with his unusual out-of-the-box tales.

Be prepared to suspend reality with this dark comedy!

The main character is Doctor Amadeus Kaine, an eye surgeon.

While in Central Asia, treating the poor, he is given a small pie to eat.

Eating this pie causes things to happen. Miracles.

Not only is he healed physically, but his mental capacities and skills increase.

But there is a catch…

The pies are made with human eyes taken from convicts in the mines.

Amadeus Kaine is horrified to learn this information, but cannot help himself in wanting more of that delicious pie.

Even knowing this information, the reader will be unable to stop liking Dr. Kaine.

Be prepared for a unique and interesting ride!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have one more book from him to review and I cannot wait to get to it. His work is always unique and enjoyable.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase.

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House of Apache Fires by Morgan Jameson

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As most of you know, I am a WW2 History buff,  so this book was right up my alley!

Thankfully it is Fiction, but while reading it, everything felt plausible and real.

The main character is Jake Ellison, a P-61 Black Widow pilot who flew during the war.

He returns home to learn that his ex-fiancé’s younger sister has been murdered.

While trying to solve her murder he discovers a Nazi plot.

You are drawn into the story from the first sentence and the characters and plot are well developed.

I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review, and I honestly enjoyed reading this book and I honestly lost several hours of sleep reading it! 🙂

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:

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My first character crush! Booker T. Adams! My review of: Booker: Streets of Mayhem by John W. Medford

bookerI have never had a character crush, or book boyfriend, but the main character of this book, Booker: Streets of Mayhem, by John W. Medford sure comes close!

He is inter-racial, which leads to a lot of conflict in this book, he is tough as nails, and soft and humorous in all the right places.

Men who read this book will want to be Booker, and the women will want to date him.

I love when books are an excellent fit for both men and women.

I also love when an Author sets a quick scene and then *BAM* takes you right into the action. And once the action starts in this book, it is non-stop!

A bus explosion on just a regular day in Dallas, (for which a white supremist group takes claim), starts this roller-coaster ride, and will keep you guessing the entire time you are reading.

Author, John W. Medford has created a well-rounded and complete character, and the supporting characters are just as complete. The story is solid and every sentence has a purpose and the story flows without a bump, and there isn’t any confusion for the reader.

I will definitely continue reading this series regardless of whether or not I am offered them for review in the future.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:

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A suspenseful, action packed ride! My review of Across The Pond by: Kenny Luckett

thWhile mourning the loss of his family, police officer and former special-ops Sean Thayer, is called to action against a world wide terrorist threat.

The characters in this book are solid and well-rounded and the dialogue and descriptive plays out like a movie in your head.

The occasional dry humor was appreciated as well.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced thriller.

I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. I hope they turn this book into a movie one day.

Here is the link for Amazon purchase, and it is currently priced at 99 cents. Go grab up your own copy while it is still available at this bargain price.

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SOUTH OF THE RISING SUN: By, J.D. Mccall

1423429148572-Screenshot_2015-02-08-15-46-55-1Reading this book reminded me of the Westerns I watched growing up. In the story, U.S. Marshall Alistair Taggart is in charge of protecting the citizens of Bleeding, Kansas.

Author J.D. McCall makes the story progress with each sentence, and doesn’t waste words in the dialogue. Again, a reminder of the Old West where Cowboys told things direct.

Action, drama and even some humor, this book did not have any slow or dull moments.

A very enjoyable book to read, and I hope to see more from J.D. McCall in the future.

Here is the Amazon link for book purchase:

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: K.D. WILSON

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I am a happily married 49 year old proud mother of four. A published author of three E books: Broken Trust, Past Sins and Whispering Woods. Working on book number four now. My first book “Broken Trust” was originally published in 2001 and has recently been republished in 2014. I have also written several poems in the past which were published in 2001 in the International Library of Poets book. 
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 Broken Trust is a story based upon true events. However, some of the events are fictional. This is Kate’s story about how the “trust” was broken explicitly by the people in her life that she loved and trusted the most. At a young age Kate would learn the hard way how to survive; starting by suffering not only sexual and physical but mental abuse as well by the hands of her father. After suffering years of abuse her father will finally be exploited for the monster that he is. Kate would quickly learn that all but a few of the people that she trusted to help her would quickly turn on her just like her father had said they would. After taking all that she could endure and knowing that it was the only way she could survive, she would try and leave behind all the horrible memories of her father, step-mother and the small town she lived in as she went to live with her real-mother. As she tried to start a new life and trust again Kate found herself in unfamiliar territory as she went from one abusive life to another as she stepped into her real-mothers world of drugs and alcohol. Unexpectedly, she would form a relationship with a boy from her new school. Mike would become a very important part of her life; gradually she would open herself up to him and start to trust again. He would stand by her helping her through some of the most difficult situations that her mother would put her though. There is only so much one can endure though, will he continue to stand by her, or will Mike to break a trust that will devastate her?

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 From an early age, Steven Hatfield has always been an ambitious person, never letting anything or anyone stand in his way from getting what he wants; not even his own family. After graduating from law school he landed the job of his dreams at the Chatman and Bryant Law firm. Determined to become a partner of the firm, he will commit some of the most horrendous acts against those he feels is standing in his way.
Shortly after his own wife’s murder the opportunity that Steven had long awaited for falls right into his lap; when his firm is hired to represent the beautiful actress Tanya Udry for the murder of her husband. When his rival Joseph Linder and his family dies from an unfortunate house fire, Steven is thrilled when he is asked to be the lead lawyer on the case; knowing that this trial could very well land him the partnership that he had so longed for.
Steven knew that he would do whatever it took to win the case, and he is thrilled when one night a stranger walks into his office with information that guarantees him the win. Unbeknownst to Steven, this same stranger that helped him to win the case that took him to the top of his career, will set into motion a spiral of events that will cause Steven’s “Past Sins” to catch up to him.
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 The eerie darkness from the pitfall of trees that surrounded Daniel’s home sent a shiver down his spine. He knew that there was something horrible going on deep within the woods; something so evil that he dared not to step a foot beyond the trees. Every now and then when the wind blew, he swore that he could hear the sounds of drums and what he believed to be a chanting noise drifting in the air. Arising from the porch swing; he quickly retreated back into the safety of his home. Daniel could not help but to wonder if he had made a mistake by coming here. Six months ago to the date he had lost his wife and child in a car accident then three weeks ago he was contacted by the lawyer informing him that his grandmother had passed away. He soon learned that he was the last surviving heir of the Mc George clan; he had been left everything, including this strange farmhouse house that was in dire need of repair. He had been there less than twenty-four hours and already he missed the smog and noisy city that he had left behind. As he reached over and turned out the light he wondered what this quiet little town in Owsley Kentucky held in store for him.
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My review of: Garage Band: The Legend of Dookie Harris

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The tale of Dookie Harris covers failure, dejection and the lesson to never give up on your dreams!

Dookie keeps trying even though stuff keeps happening to him, but he powers through.

He is a character that is real and you will find yourself cheering him on while you read!

Excellent, solid and entertaining writing! I hope to see more work from this Author in the future.

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Whispering Woods by K.D. Wilson -a thriller impossible to put down.

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Daniel McGeorge loses his wife and children in a car accident, and a few weeks later his Grandmother dies, leaving him a home near these spooky woods.

Needing a change, Daniel decides to live there but curious things start happening immediately.

A diary and map belonging to his deceased Mother provides clues, but a letter left by his Grandmother sets things into motion.

Should Daniel and his new friend Sarah Jane flee, or do they stay and confront the truth and make things right in this little town?

I do not like to give ANY spoilers in my reviews, and this book is one which is difficult to keep all the thrilling events to myself.

Brilliantly strange and fascinating, this thriller is impossible to put down.

Go to Barnes and Noble and buy it now! BN ID: 2940045254250

My review of Past Sins by K.D. Wilson

Screenshot_2014-09-17-18-29-11-1I love when an author sets the scene in a few paragraphs and then takes me on a non-stop ride.

Lawyer, Steven Hatfield is a very bad guy. Yes, he is excellent at his career, but he did whatever it took to become successful. And no, I’m not talking law firm backstabbing and “losing” files, this man committed death penalty crimes. He committed some of the same crimes his clients committed.

This book is a story within a story and will leave you guessing on things until the very end.

And remember…past sins can and will catch up with you.

This is the second book I have read by K.D. Wilson, and she continues to satisfy this picky reader by writing strong, solid and interesting stories.

This book can be purchased at Smashwords:  ISBN: 9781466186620

The weather is turning cooler and you know you need some good books to read during the chilly evenings!

A heartbreaking must read: My review of BROKEN TRUST by K.D. Wilson

Broken trust coverRun, don’t walk to SmashWords and purchase this book for your weekend reading! This is Kate’s true story with some Fiction added, (I’m sure just for story flow purposes), and you will read this book from cover to cover in one sitting. Kate lives with her father, step-mother and brother, and has to deal with mental, verbal, and physical abuse from her father, and some from her step-mother.

Her step-mother was both kind and vicious,  depending on her mood or the situation. Or sometimes…just because. Sometimes she was a little kind to Kate, to the point Kate sometimes tried to confide in her,  but mostly she was selfish and cruel.

Eventually even other family members, including her brother, shatter what little hope and trust she may have had in them.

Kate was able to get out of this horrible situation and move in with her real mother, but that situation was just as horrible, with drinking and drugs and countless numbers of people around and not up to any good.

She makes a friend at her new school, and slowly learns to trust, but there are moments and situations where even this small leap of trust takes effort for her.

This book will make you gasp at times and break your heart, but you will cheer Kate on as the story moves along.

I am a big fan of Lifetime movies on television, and I  can easily see this book made into one of their movies.

I reviewed this book by request of the author in exchange for an honest review.

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