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ARC: Return to Poughkeepsie (#2) – Debra Anastasia

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Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he’s struggled to become.

“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or for worse until death does part.

5 OUT OF 5

My review of Poughkeepsie

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My Review

If you have been with my from the start of my blog, you will remember that Poughkeepsie and the characters were a major part in the 30 Day Book Challenge and you will also remember just how MUCH I freaking love Poughkeepsie…i think its obvious as its one of my top books this year. When I received a tweet from Debra asking me if I wanted an ARC of Return to Poughkeepsie, I actually could not keep the grin off my face and the second it landed in my inbox I was a goner.

Before you read this review, I want you to buy both Poughkeepsie and Return to Poughkeepsie and read them. I promise you you will not regret divulging your time in these stories and with these characters…you will actually pretty much love them all  (and hate the ones you are supposed to). The story is gritty, its filled with crime and murder…many murder scenes I had to read quickly, but both books are filled to the brim with love and loyalty and despite the fact that Beckett is a murderer, he is so loyal to his brothers that he will do whatever he can to protect them and that they wish and ask for nothing, and that is exactly what he does.

We all know what went down in Poughkeepsie, well the ones of us who have read it and Return to Poughkeepsie is Beckett and I’d say, Eves story too. Beckett is on the run, he wants to redeem himself and after 5 years, 5 years with no contact to his family, one phone call from Blake is all he needs to return. We go through the motions, following Beckett, Eve, Cole and Kyle, Blake and Livias storylines, which all entwine within one another in some way or form. We are also introduced to new characters. Some evil such as Mary Ellen, some I was in two minds over because I adore my Beckett, but in the end I was loving Ryan and I fell in love with Ghandi…you will know who he is and love him too! 😉

All the evils have reasons to go after Beckett; they want to overpower Poughkeepsie for themselves and its up to Eve and Beckett to make sure this doesnt happen. So what in the fucking hell is going to go down with Beckett’s return?

Let’s start with Eve. God, Eve is such a bloody badass! Like seriously, she is deadly, murderous and a girl after my own heart. Hiding a knife in her hair? Uhhh you are awesome. Knowing how to assassin, clear a murder scene, make sure she doesnt get caught, Eve is the epitome of someone who is trained to kill, someone who is careful in her ways but someone who has let love into her heart, no matter how much she told herself she would never love again. Eve was once happy but now? She has seen death, has had her heart ripped out, and this made her change. She’s a trained killer and a bloody good one at that!

She aims to protect her family, and will do whatever she can to do that…if it means going undercover. She has to get information and stay close to Mary Ellen, despite just wanting to kill her. Eve is most definitely a strong character. She loves Beckett even after five years but there is just something about Ryan, the undercover copper she is working with to take down Mary-Ellen. Their banter made me giggle, they had sweet moments too and when shit hit the fan, you knew she cared about him but he didn’t have her heart. She does something in a moment of carelessness but you know the love of Beckett will save her anywhere, any time she needs it. And I was pleading for him to turn up at the right time. She’s strong willed and hides her fear underneath, not wanting to show it at all. I admire Eve a lot, especially with everything she had been through in life. I just hope she had a happy ending…well as happy as can be in book three.

Beckett is a wanted man. We know his crimes, his murders and now on the run from Poughkeepsie, all he wants is to see his family, but he knows the moment he steps foot in Poughkeepsie, the cops will be on him. He thinks everyone will just be better off without him if he dies but something stops him. He wants to be a better man, but its hard for him. He’s always lived this crime riddled life since getting out of the foster system, he built up his empire so his brothers would be safe and cared for, needing nothing when they too get out of the system. He did it for them. We see Beckett try to redeem himself, he tries for five years to be a better man, to help those in need, to care, to not murder and let people deal with things in their own way. He misses Eve like no tomorrow, but he tells himself that he’s not worthy of her, despite loving her and hating the fact she could be with someone else.

His family will always come first and he will always drop everything to run back to safe them, and that is exactly what he does when Livia gets taken. I love Beckett a lot, and if you look past all the murders, there is someone who loves with everything, loves his family, wants them safe and protected and if that means not being around them, not having contact then he will do it. But it kills him not knowing about their life for the past 5 years. We watch him kick into ‘boss’ mode and get all his old ’employee’s’ to help him take down Mary-Ellen and her father from overtaking Poughkeepsie . Yes, its Beckett’s turf, although not being around for 5 years and he can still turn on the charm and the fear into people.

I did enjoy seeing two sides to Beckett. His old self returning and the calmer one, the one who wants to redeem himself, helps other people, even owns a shop! Despite seeing this whole other caring side, you know deep down that it could be enough, but its not enough. He wants Eve with him, wants his brothers and sister-in-laws with him and you know he still has the murder inside him. But WELCOME BACK BECKETT, you utter babe you, with your fierceness, your pet names, your banter and your heart full of love for everyone.

We indulge into the lives of Cole and Kyle so much more in this book. Their story is most definitely heartbreaking and clutches at your chest because of everything they go through. But Cole is there, every step of the way with Kyle when a part of her dies every month and a bigger part of her dies after something happens. She is distraught, blaming herself but Cole is there, holding her, soothing her best he can, telling her just how much he loves her, how he is not going to let her go. You seem them both struggle in their own ways, but their love never falters between them. You know Cole will be there in a heartbeat when Kyle needs him and you now Kyle will do the same.

EEEE Blake and Livia ❤ One of my favourite couples. I loved seeing their story advance. They really went through so much shit in Poughkeepsie and to be standing strong together, to have a family of their own, jobs, a house, it was pure bliss to witness them. To see their love grows each day, that they will fight to their dying day to be together…which is technically what happened, but these two hold a special place in my heart. They banter, they confess their love, they have others who have their heart now too, and they are perfect. When Livia gets taken, Blake will do whatever he can to get her back, and her reverts back to his ‘tramp’ days to find her. Love definitely overpowers these two and I was so glad when Livia was safe and sound, back with Blake and her family. I liked seeing Blake overcoming his sun fear, the one which killed me a little in the first book. We see him overcome so much and it was amazing to see him so content and happy with his life, with his family, with his love for Livia. These two definitely deserve so much happiness together.

The suspense over what will happen will keep you on your toes and turning the pages. From the first page…no the first sentence I was hooked and I knew, I just knew that Return to Poughkeepsie would be another book that stole my heart and had me reading well into the night/morning, not wanting to put it down, needing to know what the eff was happening or going to happen with each and every storyline and character.

Grab it now and get to know each and every character. Fall in love, be on tenterhooks and bug Debra for book three now! I need it after that little teaser in the back.

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Poughkeepsie links:

Amazon UK || Amazon US

Return to Poughkeepsie:

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Posted in Erotica, New Adult

ARC: Lover Undercover – Samanthe Beck

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He’s undercover. She’s in over her head. Yoga instructor Kylie Roberts is the good twin. At least she was—until an accident forces Kylie to step into her twin’s sexy stilettos at a posh Hollywood “men’s club.” But nothing could’ve prepared Kylie for the dead body in the club’s parking lot or the ridiculously hot detective who insists the killer is targeting her regulars.  Detective Trevor McCade needs Kylie’s help to draw out the killer. It means long nights undercover and long dances where Kylie’s body tempts him with sensual promises. Dances that leave them both wanting more. But despite Kylie’s hidden identity and the danger lurking in the shadows, it’s only a matter of time before Kylie and Trevor take this undercover operation under the covers…

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My Review

*Thanks to Publishers via NetGalley for approving me of reading Lover Uncover in exchange for an honest review*

Kylie and Stacy Roberts have been joined at the hip since forever, well they are twins. People back in their home town always had expectations that they were never amount to anything especially Stacy who is deemed the ‘bad’ Robert, so why not live up to that reputation. When they were old enough to move away and try to prove them wrong, L.A came calling.

Kylie is the ‘good’ sister and is a yoga instructor, focussing all her time and effort on her job, which means romance and dating has taken a backburner since…well forever. When her sister is involved in an accident, Kylie is forced to step into her twin’s shoes at a posh Hollywood ‘men’s cub.’ Cursing her sister for making her pretend to be her so they can pay their rent, Kylie couldn’t have imagined she’d find a dead body after her first night or that a smoking hot detective insists the killer is targeting her regulars.

Detective Trevor McCade needs Kylie to help him with the investigation to make the killer strike out again…at him. This means long nights undercover at the club and long dances where Kylie’s body seduces him into a frenzy. Her dances are leaving both of them wanting more and it’s only a matter of time before Kylie and Trevor take this whole undercover service under the covers.

After reading Private Practice by Samanthe Beck, when I saw this book was by her and when I read the synopsis, I clicked ‘request’ and was so happy when I received an email to say I was approved to read it. Gosh, I loved every single moment of reading this book. Samanthe keeps you in tenterhooks, with the investigation, wondering who the killer is, to Kylie’s journey and discovering it’s okay to have people help you and to open yourself up to romance and of course, the ‘undercover’ romance between both Trevor and Kylie- hot, hot, HOT!! Swooooosh!

Samanthe Beck’s writing is engaging; it draws you in so you have to keep turning the pages and its all kinds of sexy and informative – with the police investigation and the sexy scenes. With the investigation and how it was handled, it seemed that Ms. Beck has done her research on how victims should be handled and treated, how secret you must be when undercover and how fast you must react when the killer strikes. Although there are obvious some scenes that in no way would be allowed to happen, it all added to the fun of this book. It all interested me until the very end and I had many different men on my list of suspects. I can guarantee you probably won’t guess who it is…I sure as hell didn’t.

When her twin sister Stacy breaks her leg, she cons Kylie into pretending to be her until its healed as Stacy is technically the one earning the money to pay their rent. Kylie isn’t happy at all, not wanting to pretend to be her sister and to be a stripper but if they want to stay in their house, its something she has to do. Kylie is literally the sweetest character you can imagine. She’s taken a backburner on the dating scene because her mother royally screwed up around men and with her bad parenting, whereas her sister went the other way, screwing men then leaving them, not thinking she is good enough for a relationship.

Kylie is loyal, bright, determined and straight-thinking, yet she’s fiercely independent and doesn’t like the thought of a man coming between her and her dreams of opening her own yoga studio. Because of her mother, who was so dependent on men, it’s turned her the other way to not want a man and to not let him stop her in any way. I kind of admired that about her, yet it annoyed me too. Being in a relationship, you can still have you independency whilst leaning on them to help you with your dream. But I think with her up-bringing it just made her cautious and that is why she was the way she was.

Trevor is a detective who has recently been given a case suddenly has a link when a stripper is seemingly connected to the two men who have been beaten to death. The two men who were regulars of this stripper. Both loyal to Stacy. But with Kylie pretending to be Stacy, its Kylie who had to keep up appearances and who is slap bang in the middle of this investigation into finding the killer. Going undercover, Trevor knows that the more time he spends with Stacy (Kylie) the more he is falling for her but first he needs to know what she is hiding.

Trevor is a loyal character, he’s lovable, a hard worker and protective. He also has a big heart, and the way hes attracted and falling for Kylie is just so sweet, even when he finds out the truth. He wants to be there for her, prove that not all men will ruin your dreams, he especially will help her at any costs to achieve hers. His protectiveness for Kylie throughout catching the killer pulled my heartstrings. He would do anything for her, to make sure she is safe. He is such a cutie.

The attraction that Trevor and Stacy (Kylie) have is instant. They both feel the pull, the need to get closer to one another and when Trevor is the detective on scene of the death of a man Kylie found, that first proper meeting he is there every step of the way with Kylie, both undercover and in real life. You can see the chemistry and that Kylie feels nervous around him…well she is lying about who she is…but also shes never felt the way she does for ANYONE and now Trevor has turned her into this gooey mess. But she’s also turned him into this gooey mess, especially when she dances for him in his undercover-ness. The more he has to pay for dances and pretend to become a regular to get the killer after him, the more its becoming harder for the two of them to not jump one another and just have sex right then and there in that private room as the dances were particularly steamy!

That epilogue. Holy shit, it reminded me of another book in some ways, but I’m not going to mention what book as it could potentially spoil the ending, but dear god, let me find a guy to do that please! Or let me be Kylie so I can have Trevor. It was the perfect ending and perfect for both of them to be ended like that in the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is a lot I haven’t mentioned, but I want you to read it yourself to find out what occurs. I have given you the bare minimum to at least catch your attention in reading Lover Undercover and I truly hope it makes you want to buy it when it comes out!

Pushing aside the investigation and the sexy scenes, Lover Undercover takes Trevor and Kylie on a journey. More Kylie really. It takes her on a journey of growing up, of self-discovery, of love and acceptance and a journey that not all men want you to give up your dreams; you just need to find the right one who will support them. From being a shy women to growing up and blossoming into a confident women, who now knows what she wants.

If you loved Private Practice, you will definitely love Lover Undercover too!

Posted in Guest Reviews, Romance

GUEST REVIEW: Devil’s Bride – Stephanie Laurens (Cynster #1)

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When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire ton by offering his hand in marriage. No one had dreamed this scandalous rake would so tamely take a bride. As society’s mamas swooned at the loss of England’s most eligible bachelor, Devil’s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date.

But Honoria wasn’t about to bend to society’s demands and marry a man just because they’d been found together unchaperoned. No. She craved adventure. Solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, but once the crime was solved, Honoria was set on seeing the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?

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Review by Anna Crosswell of  Martini Times Romance Book Reviews

This book is superbly written and beautifully descriptive without being overdone. Instead each word paints the picture of ducal times where the mighty Cynster family reign supreme with warrior like noble men that personify Alpha males to the extreme in a way that leaves you titillated.  
 
Sylvester Sebastian “Devil” Cynster, head of the family barrels down the lane on his demon horse and happens upon Honoria Prudence Wetherby…and a dying man. 
 
From the beginning I was engaged and loved every moment Honoria and Devil traded quips and all the tender moments they encountered. 
 
I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary books lately, but historical romances are my first love and this was a perfect story to get caught up in. 
 
I read this in one sitting and did not want to put it down. Devil is so sensuously hot. He is my perfect man- Tall, dark, extremely handsome you can’t tear your eyes away, and dominating and commands respect from everyone but allows his woman to be the exception. Because in the Cynster family, when a man finds his wife, she rules over his heart completely.
 
I love a good story where it’s the man who knows what he wants and tries to convince his woman that it’s the best course of action. 
 
“I am not marrying you just so I can go to bed with you. I mean-” She caught herself up and breathlessly amended, “So that you can go to bed with me.” 
 
…Grimly, he nodded. “Fine.” Tightening his grip on her hand, he tuned and stalked on… “You,” he stated, as they rounded the corner of the house, “can marry me for a host of sensible, socially acceptable reasons. I’ll marry you to get you into my bed.” 
 
The love scenes are smoldering and tangible. Ms. Laurens writes them as they’re meant to me, breathtaking and beautiful with so much heart and palatable love.  I encourage every fan of a good romping romance with a mystery to solve to give this book a try. I loved every minute of it and believe you will too. 
 
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Poughkeepsie – Debra Anastasia

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He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she’s surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.

Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.

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My Review

“No one has really seen me in years… But when you saw me for the first time, you actually saw me. You saw me, and then you smiled like I was just the same as everyone else on that platform.”

Blake Hartt spends his days sitting at Poughkeepsie train station waiting to see the girl who has him captivated, waiting to count her smiles towards him. Blake Hartt is homeless, but seeing the girl day in, day out makes his days so much better. Livia always sees him sitting there, in the shadows, never asking for any handouts. She sees him, for him. It’s not until some bullies were picking on him that she stands up for him and that is when Blake and Livia finally meet. She finally gets to see his green eyes up close after nicknaming him for so long.

After that initial meeting, Livia spends more time with Blake before her morning train and after her night train. She has a boyfriend, but she’s been trying to dump him for a long time and when things seem to progress with Blake, she knows she definitely cannot continue the relationship with Chris. Her heart is calling out to Blake. When she finally finishes with Chris, he doesn’t accept it. He won’t be the laughing stock of Poughkeepsie and he feels he’s been shamed by Livia for choosing the homeless guy over him. He decides he’s going to do everything he can to get rid of Blake and get Livia back, thus starting his plan to win her back, even though Livia wants nothing to do with him. This starts part of the story, but you’re going to have to read this book to find out what happens.

Blake was a beautiful soul to read. Albeit, he was homeless and afraid of the sun as he seemed to think it changed his appearance. But he was gorgeous; he never asked for anything and would never accept handouts until he felt he deserved it. He was tormented about his past, but he was charming, chivalrous and well spoken beyond any means. Growing up in foster care, he knew how to look after himself after living on the streets for so long, yet he was a gentle soul. He absolutely worshiped Livia, grateful for every moment they spend together.

He has two ‘brothers’ whom he met at his foster home and they were everything to him. They all had matching tattoos and looked out for one another. Beckett is the naughty brother. His business is anything but legal and being the first out to grow out of the system, he felt it was up to him look after his brothers so trying to gain respect in the community was something he had to do so when Blake and Cole came out of the system, he could protect them and make sure he gave them everything he could. Although what he does is illegal on so many levels, the love he has is fierce and he will do anything, even die for the two of them. Cole is also a tormented soul. He lives in the church and is trying to become something better of himself. His past, as you will read, is horrific and he had been brought up afraid of love as he thinks love is pain. But then comes along Kyle, Livia’s sister, and everything changes for him. He’s found his purpose and he’s found love and those two were a treasure to one another.

The three of them each carry heavy baggage, but together they have come a long way since their childhood and foster care and although they aren’t blood related, they couldn’t be closer or more bonded in any other way.

Livia was a strong, independent, level headed young woman. She didn’t care that commuters would talk about her when she was with Blake, she only cared about him. She was kind, caring, full of love, but she could be tough and wouldn’t hide from dangerous situations, as you will find out when you read this book. I loved how much she felt for Blake. She didn’t care that he was homeless, she saw him, for him. She didn’t care that he had no money, she just knew that she wanted to be with him, homeless or not. She loved him and made sure to help him through his childhood issues, without being judgmental and she was there every step of the way .The love they had for each other poured from their core and with everything thrown at them, it only made they stronger.

Kyle, Livia’s sister also had a tormented soul. She felt it was her fault her mother had left when she was born so she set out to punish herself over it. It’s not until she finds Cole and he tells her she has to be her, that she stops hurting herself over her mother’s departure and she finds solace with Cole. Their journey isn’t one without harm but their love for one another is strong to fight anything. Kyle becomes the woman she was meant to be when she found Cole and Cole became the man he was meant to be with Kyle. A match made in heaven…literally.

I have to say, I completely fell in love with Beckett and Kyle. They seemed like people who I’d love to be my best friends. They had potty mouths that kept making me laugh at the things were they saying and to be honest with you, I can have a potty mouth too, so I would definitely be joining in with the banter those two dished out to everyone. I also loved that they were fiercely protective of their loved ones. You hurt their family and friends and you were a goner. Family was immensely important to them and I really enjoyed how much everyone protected one another, especially when everything blew up with Beckett’s business drama and with Chris’ revenge. The two dramas interact and all hell is blown up that you become engrossed over what is happening. I literally could not put the book down.

I could never say that the characters outside of Blake and Livia were secondary, because you see everyone’s story and it combines into the book. You see everyone’s past and why they are involved the way they are, and how it formed them into the person they are today. All the stories are really heartbreaking.

The ending to me was one of perfection. Blake and Livia got their happy ending after everything that had happened in the book and you could tell that they really were made to be together; they were soul mates. This book has a little bit of everything wrapped into it. It has romance, banter, murders, kidnapping, jealousy, revenge, love, steamy moments, friendship, bonds, midnight mass but most of it, it’s about finding love and protecting those you love. It truly is a beautiful book to read and you would be mad not to give it a read.

It really did captivate me and I cannot wait for book two, where we get to read about Beckett.

Posted in Suspense

Graveyard Games – Sheri Leigh

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Dusty has always been the hothead in the pair — her twin, Nick, he was the calm, cool and collected one. But now Nick is dead, found murdered in their local cemetery, and Dusty, on forced leave from her job as a Chicago police officer, goes back to her childhood home to attend the funeral.

It becomes quickly apparent to Dusty that the local authorities aren’t being straight with her, or anyone else, about what’s been going on in the little Midwestern town she grew up in. The detective in her kicks in and she decides to find out what–or who–has killed her brother, so she moves in temporarily with her father and stepmother, takes a job in a local bar, and starts asking questions.

Her focus soon fixes on Shane, her brother’s best friend–the town bad boy and bad seed. The tension between the two of them has always been palpable, and nothing has changed. Sparks fly as they collide, and while Dusty finds herself sinking in deeper with Shane, the mystery of what happened to her brother–and an ever growing list of victims–grows even stranger.

Dusty finds her past haunting her everywhere she goes as she continues to dig deeper into the circumstances of her brother’s death, and her future looms large as her fate as a police officer is about to be determined back in Chicago. With everything coming to a head, she focuses on one thing: What happened the night her brother was killed in the cemetery? She’s sure Shane knows… something… and she’s determined to find out what it is, one way or another.

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My Review

This book was free on Amazon, and as I’ve said before, I love reading the free books because many of them turn out to be such a good read and this was…at the 80% mark.

Graveyard Games starts off pretty fast, with Dusty, attending her twin brother Nick’s funeral, rewinding on some parts of a conversation between the two of them the night before he died, as he had moved back to their hometown after being ‘fired’ from his job.

Dusty has been suspended from her job in Chicago and so when she comes back to her childhood town, she’s determined to find out who or what has killed her brother, not believing the story that the local police and the local newspaper are running about an animal being the main suspect in the vicious deaths of not only Nick, but other people as well, people she was close to when she was younger.

After the funeral, it does start to become a little slow, not much happens apart from Dusty getting a job in the local bar, befriending a guy called Sam, who, as the book states ‘is a little slow’, has a plan to ‘get with’ her brother’s best friend Shane, whom she allegedly hates so she can get the truth about Nick’s death from him – as she doesn’t believe he doesn’t know what happened, as Nick told her the night before he died he was going out with Shane and their friends.

To be honest, it only really got exciting from about 80% onwards as Shane tells Dusty what killed Nick and they get a gang of them together to go hunt this ‘creature’ down in the cemetery and that’s when all the action happened and I was sitting up straight, gasping over what was happening and hoping that none of them died. I actually had an inkling over who the creature was, and although it wasn’t the person I thought it was, they were still related to that person.

This book – albeit – sounds like a thriller, it’s not a thriller at all. I don’t really read horror books, as I get scared easily when the author describes the deaths in details, what the body looks etc, but in this book, sure, Nick is described in Dusty’s dream, but I could handle the little amount of description of his messed-up body.

I actually had no idea how old the characters were, because they still acted like teenagers, drinking in the woods, making bonfires, and some of the characters are married with kids, so forgive me if I was a little confused over why they were acting immature nearly every night. Searching for their ages, I think they were in their mid twenties? Anyway, as I said, they were acting like they were still in school.

I did love the scenes between Shane and Dusty as Dusty was convinced she hated him from a young age although she had loved him and he her, since they were younger but Nick had stopped Shane from inviting her anywhere with them because Nick had a big secret that you find out when Shane tells Dusty how he died. Although she was only planning to be with Shane to get information, they both slipped back into being in love with each other and when everything happened in the Graveyard at the end, I was on knifes edge wondering who was going to die and who was going to live.

Anyway, if you want a thriller/horror, this probably isn’t the book for you, but as it was free, I can’t complain about it because it ‘eased’ me into wanting to read more books like this, albeit, not the gory kind but we’ll see if I get to that stage eventually.