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THE BEAUTIFUL EVIL
THE BEAUTIFUL EVIL
Price: £2.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Psychological Thriller, 18 May 2012
This story is deeply disturbing and stuck with me a few days after I finished reading it. That is why I am rating it 5 stars! Rarely have I come across a psychological thriller that explores a character's psychosis in such a vivid way that I felt like I was living in the character's mind. This is what author Robbi Bryant accomplishes as she takes us along for the manic journey of Constance, the main character of this book.

The mythological aspect of the story adds an extra layer of interest, but I think that with or without this layer, Constance would still have suffered a psych. break as she seemed on the edge from page one. This characterization makes the story highly believable despite the fantasy spin. As a bonus, there is plenty of action, suspense, and truly frightening moments to keep you turning pages rapidly to the end. I highly recommend this for fans of Stephen King type novels.


Come the Shadows (The Campbell Creek Mysteries)
Come the Shadows (The Campbell Creek Mysteries)
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Murder Mystery with Great Plot Twists, 17 May 2012
In "Come the Shadows", big money land developers come to Campbell Creek and bring a murder mystery with them. Although Officer Will Harmon is not assigned to the case, he decides to do some investigating on his own. Meanwhile, his wife pursues her own agenda to keep the land developers from ruining the sanctity of the small town and its established small town culture. As one would guess, the further these two dig into all that has been happening in Campbell Creek lately, the more trouble they find until finally, they literally have to run for their lives!

This book is an easy read with a great flow. You'll find the expected elements of suspense and mystery, but you'll also encounter love of all sorts and strong relationships. The plot twists are really great as well and the ending sets up the next installment of this series nicely. I did not particularly connect with the characters and sometimes their actions in the story seemed to be contradictory to who the author wanted us to believe they were. (e.g. Will's wife does something completely irresponsible that doesn't seem to match her persona) However, I am looking forward to reading "Red Sky Warning", the next installment of this series, and seeing how the characters have matured.


MALAIKA
MALAIKA
Price: £2.54

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant Love Story of a Different Sort, 1 May 2012
This review is from: MALAIKA (Kindle Edition)
"Malaika" is a poignant, poetic love story of a different sort. Instead of the complexities of human relationships, the author explores the relationship between man and wild beast as illustrated through the story of Thomas, the American turned Kenyan transplant, and wild lioness Malaika who he encounters on the outskirts of the Serengeti. This place that Thomas has chosen for his retreat from a troubled life in America is well described and one can easily feel the heat of the day and breathe in the exotic smells of the things mentioned throughout the story. Overall, what appears to be a dangerous, even life-threatening meeting, turns into a friendship and spiritual connection between man and beast.

Though this story is on the shorter side in length, it has an infinite depth because of the heavy issues that it subtly introduces to the reader for contemplation. Prejudice, ignorance, social rejection, the need for acceptance... these are just a few of the points of contemplation that you can glean from "Malaika", a magnificent big cat who turns out to be a teacher for mankind. My only complaint is that I wish the story was longer because there was so much potential to expound on the complex issues of the book. However, there is a brilliance in the length as it leaves the reader to construct his own answers and ideas rather than provide room for a detailed guide from the author.


Megan's Way (Family Drama, Women's Fiction)
Megan's Way (Family Drama, Women's Fiction)
Price: £3.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner in Style and Story, 1 May 2012
Megan's Way is a symphony of highs and lows, joy and sadness, melody and dissonance. Because of the storyline, one would expect the main character, Megan, to be written as almost a "fairy tale" like character in order to garner as much sympathy for her plight as possible. Instead, the author makes her incredibly real, complete with flaws and dysfunction. The realness of the characters combined with the staccato writing style of the first half of the book give a realistic portrayal of how life would pass for someone in Megan's position - in flashes, with the emphasis on memorable moments. The calmer, smoother second half of the book illustrates a return to a more normal pace for the characters, a transition that stays true to the action of the story and leads the reader to the final resting place of the last page. Megan's Way is sure to have a lasting impact on anyone who ventures into its pages and I highly recommend it for both story and style.


Lame Excuses, Revised Edition
Lame Excuses, Revised Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars A Delectable Story!, 1 May 2012
Within the first few pages of this book, I was reminded of the writing style of Dorothy Allison in "Bastard Out of Carolina." The pleasant, leisurely pace of the story speaks beautifully to its southern fiction genre and you can almost feel the heat and hear the insect buzz of a southern summer evening. Emily, the main character of the story, is engaging and I found myself more and more interested in her life and who she was becoming throughout the story. The imagery of the story is wonderful and will definitely leave you craving the gourmet delicacies that are the silent characters of the book. A bonus for this story is that although it is fiction, it addresses very serious health issues and teaches a lesson that we can all benefit from. I expect that Alle Wells will go far as she continues to write.


Have You Seen Her?
Have You Seen Her?
Price: £1.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rhythmic Drama & Hot Romance!, 1 May 2012
This story literally held me hostage for a full day because I could not put it down until it was finished! Author Chicki Brown skillfully weaves a story of strength, courage, and love in the face of violence and trauma. The main characters, Marcia and Taylor, are both complex and real, creating the perfect chemistry for readers to fall in love with their story and cheer for their success. The ebb and flow of the story as the plot unfolds is perfect for my reading preference and the romantic elements register as a HOT on the sensuality meter. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for beautifully packaged drama, love, romance, and justice.


ASYLUM
ASYLUM
Price: £3.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Read; Good Twist, 1 May 2012
This review is from: ASYLUM (Kindle Edition)
I downloaded "Asylum" during a free promotion for Kindle because I was intrigued by the title and description. As a fan of psychological thrillers, I felt like I would enjoy the book and it did not disappoint. About halfway in, I did figure out the plot, but was still surprised at the extent of the twist at the end. The heavy detail in the book slows the pace down a bit and as a fan of psych. thrillers and horror, I would have liked to have gone deeper into the psychology of the main character. However, "Asylum" is a solid read that kept me coming back until the last page. I will definitely be trying other titles by this author again.


My Emily
My Emily
Price: £1.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant & Inspirational, 1 May 2012
This review is from: My Emily (Kindle Edition)
After reading the book description for My Emily, I expected a deeply moving story. I was not disappointed. This book tells the poignant tale of a very special little girl from her father's point of view. It goes without saying that sadness is an element that one will encounter in the story, but more importantly there is the overwhelming presence of triumph and healing. I applaud this father for having the courage to share his story and to give the gift of Emily to the world. Her joyous and loving spirit can be felt radiating from every page.


Deadly Reunion (Taci Andrews Mysteries)
Deadly Reunion (Taci Andrews Mysteries)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy Mystery Laced with Wit and Hot Romance!, 1 May 2012
"Deadly Reunion" is a sassy, quick-paced mystery that had me laughing out loud from page one. Amy Manemann masterfully blends action, humor and smoldering romance throughout the entire book. The main character, investigative reporter Taci Andrews, is amazingly witty with just the right blend of snark and sarcasm to draw you back to the pages continuously to "hang out" with her. Her moody and ultra hot romantic interest, Tony the Firefighter, brings the sizzle to the story. Their cat and mouse flirtation is youthful enough for contemporary readers, yet strongly sensual enough so that readers will never mistake these two for anything but hot-blooded adults.

In the midst of the romantic heat, Taci finds herself in serious danger during her latest investigation into the disappearance of the daughter of former high school classmates. Of course, things are not what they seem at first glance, keeping this story true to it's mystery roots, and the twists, action, and triple surprise ending do not disappoint. At the end of the book, there is a teaser for the next installment of this series and, based on the excerpt, it promises to deliver a great read just as this first one did. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.


The Halo Effect - Erotic Psychological Thriller (The Butterfield Institute Book 1)
The Halo Effect - Erotic Psychological Thriller (The Butterfield Institute Book 1)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling Thriller with an Intricate Plot, 1 May 2012
I'm a sucker for psychological thrillers, especially when they are well thought out and have an intricate plot. "The Halo Effect" did not disappoint. This is the story of Dr. Morgan Snow, a sex therapist who finds herself pulled into the investigation of a serial killer and the disappearance of one of her clients. The plot lines surrounding both of these facets of the story were entertaining and had just enough twists to create intrigue while remaining realistic.

I did suspect who the killer was early on in the story, but there was still enough mystery and uncertainty that I couldn't be 100% sure until the end. The sensual aspect of the plot, plus a sexual rediscovery of sorts for the main character, add a heat factor that gives this novel an edge over your standard crime novel. Add in the amazing detail and scene description that flows throughout the book, and this could easily be a candidate for a movie along the lines of "Basic Instinct".


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