Thursday, 8 April 2021

*** BLOG TOUR *** WHAT THE DEVIL KNOWS by C. S. Harris

  54614563. sy475

 Hardcover336 pages

Releases: April 6th 2021 by Berkley Books
ISBN: 0593102665 (ISBN13: 9780593102664)


What the Devil Knows (Sebastian St. Cyr #16)

by
 

Sebastian St. Cyr thought a notorious serial killer had been brought to justice until a shocking series of gruesome new murders stuns the city in this thrilling historical mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Who Speaks for the Damned.

It's October 1814. The war with France is finally over and Europe's diplomats are convening in Vienna for a conference that will put their world back together. With peace finally at hand, London suddenly finds itself in the grip of a series of heinous murders eerily similar to the Ratcliffe Highway murders of three years before.

In 1811, two entire families were viciously murdered in their homes. A suspect--a young seaman named John Williams--was arrested. But before he could be brought to trial, Williams hanged himself in his cell. The murders ceased, and London slowly began to breathe easier. But when the lead investigator, Sir Edwin Pym, is killed in the same brutal way three years later and others possibly connected to the original case meet violent ends, the city is paralyzed with terror once more.

Was the wrong man arrested for the murders? Bow Street magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy turns to his friend Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for assistance. Pym's colleagues are convinced his manner of death is a coincidence, but Sebastian has his doubts. The more he looks into the three-year-old murders, the more certain he becomes that the hapless John Williams was not the real killer. Which begs the question--who was and why are they dead set on killing again?

 



Nothing makes my day like a new Sebastian St. Cyr mystery!   I love the characters in this series.  The recuring characters cross the gamut of easy to love to controlling and sinister.  C.S. Harris’ latest Sebastian St. Cyr story, set in the Regency period, is What the Devil Knows.  Ms. Harris does an excellent job weaving a good mystery with great characters, and interesting historical events perfectly.  Her descriptions and storytelling make the events, characters, and setting come to life. 

In What the Devil Knows, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin is on the trail of a vicious and brutal murderer.   It is unclear to him and the Bow Street runners, how this murder is connected to a string of similar murders three years earlier.  Did they arrest the wrong man the first time or is this the work of a copyist?  Devlin, working with Sir Henry Lovejoy, is determined to put the clues together and figure out the answer to these questions. 

C.S. Harris delivers a tale that is packed with action, intrigue, mystery, and history.  (She always gives me at least one historical nugget to research.) What the Devil Knows is littered with murder and unexpected connections that keeps the reader on her toes.  Sebastian’s need to stand for the dead is his way of making amends for past actions that often haunt his dreams.  By his side, is his wife Hero.  She does her part supporting her husband while carving out a life of her own that is against the norm of the time.     

I could not put the book down.  The plot flows at the right pace and more than once, my stomach was in knots.  The secondary characters are vividly portrayed and add additional dimension to the story.  Some of the recurring ancillary characters are still a mystery and make me wonder where they will take future stories. 

I love the dynamic between Sebastian and Hero.  They are one of my favorite fictional couples.  They pull you into their world from the first page.  Sebastian is a clever mixture of heroic strength, determination, and charisma with a loving heart of gold.  Hero is his perfect mate.  It was an excellent plan to pair Devlin with Hero.  She is tough and determined to change the class system of that time.  Like Sebastian, Hero has a big heart for the downtrodden.  The way they support one another is touching and melts my heart. 

What the Devil Knows has some unexpected twists and turns not only with the mystery but also in Sebastian and Hero’s personal lives.  A wonderful read.  I am anxious to see what comes next.  Don’t wait to read this one!  To appreciate the characters completely, I recommend starting at the beginning of the series, but this book will stand alone.  A must read for anyone who is a fan of mysteries.

ARC received from NetGalley

An added note for all audiobook lovers.  What the Devil Knows, like the other books in this series is performed by the wonderful Davina Porter.  She is among the top in this field.  She uses her voice changes to make the characters jump of the page and come to life.  She does an amazing job.  Her performance keeps me listening to this series multiple times.  An excellent story by C. S. Harris and Davina Porter's narration is combination that can't go wrong.  

 5 STARS


What the Devil Knows is available at your favorite retailer.  


About the Author

Photograph by Samantha Brown

 C. S. Harris is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series; as C. S. Graham, a thriller series coauthored by former intelligence officer Steven Harris; and seven award-winning historical romances written under the name Candice Proctor.

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Saturday, 3 April 2021

*** REVIEW 5 STARS *** SICK HEART by JA Huss

 


SICK HEART  by JA Huss
DARK MMA fighter romance

Cort van Breda has won 35 death matches as a fighter in an MMA circuit so deep underground there are no rules and only the winner gets out alive.

They call him the Sick Heart.

They say he’s a shameless monster.

They say he’s a ruthless killer.

They say he’s as twisted as the man who owns him.

They say a lot of things about Cort van Breda.

But in our world violence is money, and money is winning, and winning is life, and life is the only thing that matters.

Except… he wasn’t meant to win that last fight.

And I wasn’t meant to be his prize.

But he did.

And I am.

And now his sick heart owns me.

WARNING: This is a sweet love story adrift in an ocean of evil. It is about two survivors dealing with their darkest secrets while they fight to change their lives. It is for mature readers only and has descriptions of deeply disturbing situations. There will be pearl clutching.


Sick Heart is the latest release from JA Huss.  My first thought after “The End” was what a beautiful story this is.

Cort van Breada is an MMA fighter in a league where the ultimate prize is your life until the next fight.  The fighters begin training at a young age; knowing early on that their tournament fights are to the death.  Cort has been around the league for a long time, and he is still alive. That alone is a feat few have achieved.  He just needs to win one more fight to buy his way out of this hell. 

Anya Bokori is owned by one of the evil men who run the underground league.  She lived a horrible life at the hands of Lazar.  Anna has survived the unthinkable at his hands.  In their minds she is only a woman and not worth much anyway.  In her world, it is a miracle that she survived this long.   Now, if Cort wins his last fight she is his prize too. 

JA Huss is one of a handful of writers that I need to purchase every book she writes on release day.  She takes me on a memorable journey every time and Sick Heart is no exception.  Following Cort and Anya battle their demons both chilled and captivated me.  Often, I read reviews where readers say they could not put a book down, but when I’m dropped into a world like this, I have to put the book down.  Sometimes it is only for a few seconds, but I must wrap my head around what is happening.  This story is fiction, but it could be going on some place in this world where we live.  Evil is all around us. 

Sick Heart is a romantic suspense thriller (in my opinion) with an MMA backdrop that will keep you turning the pages, but it is so much more than that.  I guess I will use Julie’s phrasing.  At its core, Sick Heart is a love story of survivors.  It is a beautiful story that touches my heart in every way possible.  There is violence (see the trigger warnings) and evil people doing evil things, but there is a lot of beauty too.  There are twists and turns that surprised me.  It is Julie’s way to make me think the story is going one way, then pull the rug out and send me down another path.  Sick Heart is another great story that shows JA Huss is still at the top of her game.  I love Sick Heart.  Now I need the audio to add to my library.  


5 STAMPS





Thursday, 18 March 2021

**COVER REVEAL** DEVIL'S DEAL by Aleatha Romig

 

Release Date: May 18


What is your desire? 

Lust, money, or power? 


I am the man who can make every dream come true, for a price. 

Years ago, a fight for supremacy took place between the two most powerful families in New Orleans. The battle was set in the metaphoric octagon, with the spotlight blazing. The city sat in paralyzed fear, awaiting word of a victor. 

Abraham Ramses versus Isaiah Boudreau. 
One man would emerge victorious and rule the city of sin. 
Neither understood that the devil was in the details. 
Neither lived to see the rising sun. 

I’m Everett Ramses, son of Abraham, and I am the devil. 
I took my rightful place as king of New Orleans. 
Now, my realm is threatened by a man with false claims to the Boudreau family. 
I know what I must have to secure my empire—who I must have. 
The rightful daughter of Isaiah Boudreau, Emma North, must be my wife. Together we will reign stronger than ever before. But first, she must take the devil’s deal. 

*DEVIL’S DEAL is a full-length novel that begins with the prequel FATE’S DEMAND previously titled The Deal. 

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Meet Aleatha Romig
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams and bring your imagination to life!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
In the spring of 2017, Aleatha released her first stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with PLUS ONE, followed by the sweet stand-alone, ONE NIGHT.
Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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Friday, 12 March 2021

*** COVER REVEAL *** SICK HEART By JA Huss

 

SICK HEART  by JA Huss
DARK MMA fighter romance

Cort van Breda has won 35 death matches as a fighter in an MMA circuit so deep underground there are no rules and only the winner gets out alive.

They call him the Sick Heart.

They say he’s a shameless monster.

They say he’s a ruthless killer.

They say he’s as twisted as the man who owns him.

They say a lot of things about Cort van Breda.

But in our world violence is money, and money is winning, and winning is life, and life is the only thing that matters.

Except… he wasn’t meant to win that last fight.

And I wasn’t meant to be his prize.

But he did.

And I am.

And now his sick heart owns me.

WARNING: This is a sweet love story adrift in an ocean of evil. It is about two survivors dealing with their darkest secrets while they fight to change their lives. It is for mature readers only and has descriptions of deeply disturbing situations. There will be pearl clutching.



Wednesday, 17 February 2021

***5 STAR REVIEW** DAWN ~ Book 3 In the Dangerous Web Series by ALEATHA ROMIG

 

Release Date: February 16

“Night never had the last word. The dawn is always invincible.” ~Hugh B. Brown

The Sparrow web world is covered in darkness, yet the dawn is near. 

The dramatic conclusion to the Dangerous Web trilogy is here.

The veil of safety protecting Lorna Murray’s life has been ripped away.

Can Reid Murray convince her that despite the lingering darkness, the sun will rise again?

From New York Times bestselling author comes a brand-new dark romantic suspense trilogy, Dangerous Web. DAWN, the dramatic conclusion, is set in the dangerous world of the Sparrow Webs. You do not need to read Web of Sin, Tangled Web, or Web of Desire to get caught up in this new dangerous and intriguing romantic suspense saga, Dangerous Web. 

DAWN is the dramatic conclusion of the                 DANGEROUS WEB trilogy that began in DUSK,                                                                         continued in DARK and concludes in DAWN.

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There are authors who’s books you always go to no matter how many they write in a year and Aleatha Romig to me is one of those authors.  Aleatha tells a story in a way that you live out that story in your head and you will remember that story and those characters for the rest of your life.

This book is the conclusion to the Dangerous Web Trilogy, and it was amazing.

There is one thing in this series that everyone should know and that is you Do Not Hurt anyone in the Sparrow World and if you do be prepared for Heaven and Hell to fall upon you. 

I have lived through all of these characters and loved every minute of it and I will be sad to see this group go but what a ride we have had, the Sparrow World is full of up and down, in and out, suspense, agony and danger but it is also full of love, support, friendship and togetherness, the kind of togetherness you get with being part of one big family.

Lorna is that type of person who everyone wants to be go to if they need help, she is the backbone of the group, she holds everyone together, she is strong and supportive and very loving, she is the one I would go to if I needed anything.

Lorna and Reed have not had an easy time of things, they have gone through so much and they come out fighting, they are a couple who do not believe in giving up, they believe in fighting for the people and things they love and that makes such an amazing story and such a force to be reckoned with.

Life is never easy but when you have family and friends and loved one is by your side, they make living just that little bit easier to get through.

This series was just perfection, and everyone should read it, they will not be sorry.

5 STAMPS


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Meet Aleatha Romig
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams and bring your imagination to life!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
In the spring of 2017, Aleatha released her first stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with PLUS ONE, followed by the sweet stand-alone, ONE NIGHT.
Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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Monday, 15 February 2021

*** 5* REVIEW *** WHAT THE DEVIL KNOWS by C.S. Harris

 54614563. sy475

 Hardcover, 336 pages

Releases: April 6th 2021 by Berkley Books
ISBN: 0593102665 (ISBN13: 9780593102664)


What the Devil Knows (Sebastian St. Cyr #16)

by
 

Sebastian St. Cyr thought a notorious serial killer had been brought to justice until a shocking series of gruesome new murders stuns the city in this thrilling historical mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Who Speaks for the Damned.

It's October 1814. The war with France is finally over and Europe's diplomats are convening in Vienna for a conference that will put their world back together. With peace finally at hand, London suddenly finds itself in the grip of a series of heinous murders eerily similar to the Ratcliffe Highway murders of three years before.

In 1811, two entire families were viciously murdered in their homes. A suspect--a young seaman named John Williams--was arrested. But before he could be brought to trial, Williams hanged himself in his cell. The murders ceased, and London slowly began to breathe easier. But when the lead investigator, Sir Edwin Pym, is killed in the same brutal way three years later and others possibly connected to the original case meet violent ends, the city is paralyzed with terror once more.

Was the wrong man arrested for the murders? Bow Street magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy turns to his friend Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for assistance. Pym's colleagues are convinced his manner of death is a coincidence, but Sebastian has his doubts. The more he looks into the three-year-old murders, the more certain he becomes that the hapless John Williams was not the real killer. Which begs the question--who was and why are they dead set on killing again?

 


Nothing makes my day like a new Sebastian St. Cyr mystery!   I am a relatively new convert to this genre, largely because of this series.  C.S. Harris’ latest Sebastian St. Cyr story, set in the Regency period, is What the Devil Knows.  As expected, Ms. Harris does an excellent job weaving a good mystery with great characters, and interesting historical events in a way that makes the story and setting come to life. 

In What the Devil Knows, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin is on the trail of a vicious and brutal murderer.   It is unclear to him and the Bow Street runners, how this murder is connected to a string of similar murders three years earlier.  Did they arrest the wrong man three years ago or is this the work of a copyist?  Devlin, working with Sir Henry Lovejoy, is determined to put the clues together and figure it out. 

Once again C.S. Harris delivers a tale that is packed with action, intrigue, mystery, and history.  What the Devil Knows is littered with murder and unexpected connections that keep the reader on her toes.  Sebastian’s need to stand for the dead is his way of making amends for his actions in the past that he relives in dreams that still haunt his nights.   

I could not put the book down.  The plot flows at the right pace and more than once, my stomach was in knots.  The secondary characters are vividly portrayed and add additional dimension to the story.  Some of the recurring ancillary characters are still a mystery and make me wonder where they will take future stories. 

I love the dynamic between Sebastian and Hero, his wife.  They are one of my favorite fictional couples.  They pull you into their world from the first page.  Sebastian is a clever mixture of heroic strength, determination, and charisma with a loving heart of gold.  Hero is his perfect mate.  It was an excellent plan to pair Devlin with Hero.  She is tough and determined to change the class system of that time.  Like Sebastian, Hero has a big heart for the downtrodden.  The way they support one another is touching and melts my heart. 

What the Devil Knows has some unexpected twists and turns not only with the mystery but also in Sebastian and Hero’s personal lives.  This is a wonderful read.  I am anxious to see what comes next.  Don’t wait to read this one!

 5 STAMPS