Here on Spooky's Maze Of Books your find book reviews and book hauls as well as readathons and challenges I'm doing plus my monthly TBRs.
Title: The Damned
Series: The Darkest Hand Trilogy #1
Author: Tarn Richardson
Genre: Historical Fiction Horror
Sep, 26, 2019
1914. The outbreak of war. In the French city of Arras, a Father is brutally murdered. The Catholic Inquisition - still powerful, but now working in the shadows - sends its most determined and unhinged of Inquisitors, Poldek Tacit to investigate: his mission to protect the Church from those who would seek to undermine it, no matter what the cost.
Yet as Tacit arrives, armed forces led by Britain and Germany confront each other across No Man's Land. As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British soldier Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields that answers to no human force and wreaks their havoc by the light of the moon. Faced with impossible odds and his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil, and a church determined at all costs to achieve its aims, to reach the heart of a dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world, plunging it ever deeper into conflict.
Morally complex and fast paced, this is a gripping work of dark fiction set in an alternative twentieth century, where humanity's desire for love, compassion and peace face daunting challenges in a world overwhelmed by total war and mysterious dark forces
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read the rest of the books?yes
Would I read anything else by this author? yes
WOW , just WOW , right from the very start this story had me hooked , and I was lost from the begging to the end of it, yes its slow at the begging and some times if a story is slow going it takes me a while to get in to it but surprisingly it works for this story because gives it a more dark , and twisted feel , which made me enjoy it even more , another reason why I loved it was it was how it reminded me a little bit of my all time favorite series, by James Rollins , and that series is the Order Of the Sanguines , and just like that one is one had It is everything in it that made me fell in love with the Oder of the Sanguines series which is : the historical backdrop with supernatural ties, the struggle of good against evil and a little bit of conspiracy!With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review in exchange for my honest opinion
Title: Death At Hazel House
Series: Sukey Reynolds Mystery #1
Author: Betty Rowlands
Genre: cozy mystery
Description Meet Sukey Reynolds: police photographer, proud mother… and amateur detective. Years ago, Sukey was hoping to become a detective but life took a different turn. Now she’s happy to be involved with the local police force, as long as she still gets to work the occasional murder case... When Sukey arrives to photograph the body of Lorraine Chant, the beautiful wife of a wealthy businessman, she’s baffled. At first, it looks like a botched burglary, as the huge family safe has been left wide open and empty. But why does Lorraine’s rich husband claim nothing was taken? And what is he not telling the police? Deciding to do a little investigating of her own, things take a darker turn for Sukey when she is brutally attacked by a masked figure. What do they think she knows? As Sukey finds herself in the firing line, can she expose the true killer before it’s too late? If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this unputdownable novel from the bestselling queen of cozy crime will have you hooked! This book was previously published as An Inconsiderate Death.
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I be reading the rest of the series? yes
Would I read anything else by her ? yes
What a great start to a new cozy mystery series , now that I've read this one I can't wait to read the others that I already have books 2-5 with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it .
Author: Melonie Johnson
Genre: romantic comedies
Out to buy Now
Title: Getting Hot With The Scot
IT’S TIME TO FLIRT WITH A MAN IN A KILT
Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .
Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love?
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read any thing else by this author ?yes
Was sure what to expect , because I've never read anything by this author but I heard from my from friends that this was good and they was right, it was funny and light , the type of story I like to read when I have a bad day or just want something light to read , a story i can just get lost in and not think about anything but what I'm reading, it had me smiling all the way though the book and shaking my head at what was happen . With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it , and I'll be picking up the next to as soon as I can to read.
Title: Barefoot Beach
Series:Harmony Harbor #8
Author: Debbie Mason
comes out to day
July 4 ,2019
Can a summer of love make up for a lifetime of secrets?
Wedding fever has taken over Harmony Harbor this summer, and the local matchmakers have set their sights on Theia Lawson, a former navy pilot who's in town for a stay at Greystone Manor. And while Theia's got her reasons to put this small town behind her as fast as she can, there's a certain tall, dark, and irresistible man that she can't seem to get off her mind.
Firefighter Marco DiRossi wants to beat the matchmakers at their own game so he conspires with Theia to pretend they've already fallen in love. It's only for the summer. What could go wrong? Yet as the beach season draws to a close, Marco and Theia find their pretend relationship has led to very real attraction. But when a secret from the past is revealed, jeopardizing everything they hold dear, can this unlikely couple find their way to a happily-ever-after?
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more of this series? yes
Would I read more by this author? yes
This was my first time reading anything by Debbie Mason and I'm so glad that I picked this up and read it , I can see why mt friend Shelleen loves reading her books and told me she was good because she is , her romances are just like I seem to love them lately, which is funny , and cute as well as adorable with a touch of mystery , secrets , lies , a questionable disappearance or a murder that may or may not have happened mixed with a paranormal feel to it , the characters are likable and you can get lost in the story , she also has away of bring her places that she writes about to life and they seem to jump of the page as does her characters, because once you start to read your hooked , you get pulled in to the story and want to keep reading and seeing what happens next . And the more you read the more you get lost in the story and you won't stop until your at the very end, which is what happened to me , after rereading this one I want to read the rest of this series , and I can't wait to read more by her , with that said I want to thank Forever as well as Grand Center Publishing for send me a copy of exchange for my honest opinion
May Reads :25
March total books read: 29
February : 26
jaunary reads :22 Books
Going to join this , going to try and do all 7 books I picked out , but if not then that's ok
challengs all :
Read a forbidden romance
Read a new adult romance
read a book with pink on the cover
read a romance released in 2019
read a book with a man on the cover
Read an LGBT Romance
Read Seven Books
Reading a Forbidden Romance
Read A New Adult romance :
Read a book with pink on the cover
Read a Romance released in 2019
Read a book with a man on the cover
Read an LGBT Romance
read 7 books
Author: Lisa Jackson
In this riveting page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, a woman searches for the mother she hasn’t seen in twenty years, and uncovers a nightmare of greed and deception . . .
In death, Didi Storm is finally getting the kind of publicity that eluded her in life. Twenty years ago, the ex-beauty queen worked the Vegas strip as a celebrity impersonator, too busy trying to make it big to spare much time for her daughter, Remmi. Shortly before she leaped from a San Francisco building, Didi’s profile was rising again, thanks to a tell-all book. To Detective Dani Settler, it looks like a straightforward suicide, or perhaps a promotional stunt gone wrong. But Remmi knows the truth isn’t so simple. Because though the broken body on the sidewalk is dressed in Didi’s clothes and wig, it isn’t Didi.
Remmi was fifteen when she last saw her mother. Their parting came in the aftermath of a terrible night in the Mojave desert when Remmi—who’d secretly stowed away in Didi’s car en route to meet her crush, Noah Scott—instead became witness to a mysterious rendezvous. Didi handed over one of her newborn twins to a man Remmi didn’t recognize. Subsequently, Didi disappeared, as did Remmi’s other
half-sibling. Remmi has pleaded with the authorities to find them, but there have been no clues. Yet she’s always had the sense that someone is watching her . . .
If the victim isn’t Didi, who is it—and what’s the connection? Remmi is shocked when Noah resurfaces. He was also in the desert that night, and now runs his own PI firm. He too believes it’s time to find out what really happened. As they and Detective Settler dig deeper, the truth about Remmi’s missing family begins to emerge . . . a story of ruthless ambition and twisted lies that someone will kill again and again to keep hidden .
Would I recommend it: yes
would I read more by this author? yes
First off I want to say that this one was way better then her Backlash , while that one made me want to put it down and I struggled with it , this one I didn't have any problems with it, it had me question every thing I knew was going on , and had me wanting to know whiter her mother was a live or dead, if her sister and brother was a live or die , what happened the last time she seen her mother and brother and sister , in fact I would say that it didn't let me down at all ,With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion. .
TITLE: A Rogue By Night
Series:The Devils of Dover #3
Author: Kelly Bowen
Comes out to day May 28,2019
From the author who Sarah MacLean calls "a charming, clever, and engaging storyteller" comes the next regency romance in the witty and sexy Devils of Dover series!
Baron. Physician. Smuggler. Sir Harland Hayward is living a double life as an aristocrat by day and a criminal by night. As a doctor, Harland has the perfect cover to appear in odd places in the dead of night, a cover he uses to his advantage to bring in all sorts of illicit cargo from across the English Channel. He's chosen this life to save his family from financial ruin, but he draws the line at taking advantage of the honest and trustworthy Katherine Wright.
Katherine has returned to Dover to find that her family is working for a mysterious new crime boss. Growing up in a family of smugglers, she knows it's only a matter of time before they are caught—and killed. So after her brother is shot, she convinces her family to move away and start over. After they honor their last contract, of course. With her injured brother and elderly father unable to work, Katherine reluctantly steps back into the life she had left behind. And straight into the path of the merciless Harland Hayward.
Would I recommend it? yes
Would I read anything else by this author: yes
Even though this this is the 3 book in the series and I haven't read the other 2 books in this series , I didn't have any trouble following the story line at all , there was times I couldn't stand Katherine but the more I read she grew on me, loved the historical feel it has .With that said I want to say thanks to Netgalley for letting me read and reviewing it as well as for Forever sending me a copy of it .
title: Sweet Wild Of Mine Series: Where the Wild Hearts Are Series #2
Author: Laurel Kerr Genre:
romance May 28,2019 - out now to buy
Love runs wild at the Sagebrush Flats Zoo... In a bid to revitalize his career, bestselling author Magnus Gray's comes to Sagebrush Flats to write about the local zoo's latest rescue—an orphaned baby polar bear. But Magnus dreads the drama of small towns and is bullishly determined to keep to himself. June Winters is a people person, and delights in welcoming Magnus to Sagebrush Flats, though it seems unlikely she can get the handsome stranger to crack a smile. Until a mishap with an open gate forces Magnus and June to deal with a stampeding flock of fainting goats, an adorable but clingy polar bear cub, a cranky pregnant camel and two star-crossed honey badgers. Never mind small town drama—the lively animals may just convince them that opposites really do attract...
My thoughts rating;5 Would I recommend it? yes Will I read any thing else by this author? yes This is the first book by Laurel Kerr that I've read and I loved it , its funny, and cute and adorable , it had me laughing and smiling all the way though the book , and I loved the characters as well as the animal ones, not once did I want to stop reading in fact I've been enabling my friends to pick it , and now I want to read the first book to this series , so if your looking for a funny, cute and adorable romance this is for you . With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion,
Title: Backlash Author: Lisa Jackson Genre: romance pages:514 Has in it : Tender and Aftermath Dear Reader, Montana has provided the setting for some of my favorite stories. In the late 1980s I wrote Tender Trap and Aftermath featuring Denver and Colton McLean—two brothers returning to their family ranch after years away, confronting the secrets left behind. I’m thrilled that they’re now available in one volume, with a striking new cover and title, Backlash . . . The ranch country of Montana is beautiful, unforgiving, and for Colton and Denver McLean, filled with a whole lot of bad memories. It’s been seven years since a fire claimed their parents’ lives and drove both brothers away. Now their uncle’s death has brought them back to a place where loyalty and love runs deep—but so do grudges. Suspicion still swirls about what caused that tragic fire. It created a rift between Denver and the foreman’s daughter, Tessa Kramer. Now Tessa hopes to buy the ranch, if Denver and Colton will agree to sell, but the property is beset by problems. A prized stallion disappears. Other horses start falling sick. Someone seems determined to disrupt—or destroy—the McLean family’s legacy by any means necessary. And finding answers will turn this homecoming into a time of reckoning with enemies past and present . . .
My thoughts Rating: 3.5 Would I recommend it: no Will I read anything else by this author? yes it had the romance but unfortunately it didn't have the suspense I was hope it would have, there was times I wanted to put it down because of how slow both stories seem to be which was other surprise for me because I tend to like Lisa Jackson's work , but this one not so much, with that said I want to say thanks to Natgalley for letting me read and review .
Title: The Escape Room Author: Megan Goldin Genre: thriller July 30,2019 Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they'll do anything to reach the top. When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare. The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—”now gone but not forgotten”. This is no longer a game. They’re fighting for their lives.
My thoughts Rating : 5 Would I recommend it ? yes Would I read anything else by this author: yes Fast pace, and will have you hooked after the first page, and won't let you go, it had me on the edge of my set wanting to know who and why would someone do something like this to Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam, and what did they do to end up in the predicament they was in , and the more you read the more you find out that there's a something more going on ,plus the more you read it you don't know who will come out on top the game master ( as I called him or her ) or the victims.I should say that its told in the past and future so you get the hole picture of what is going on , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review .