domenica 8 settembre 2019

RECENSIONE: VITE RUBATE di Monica Lombardi



Titolo: VITE RUBATE

Autore: MONICA LMBARDI

Pubblicazione: 17 maggio 2019

Buy link: Amazon.it

Paula Wellman è una donna sola e un’agente FBI. Sa bene che si tratta delle due facce della stessa medaglia, come sa che il fatto di non avere famiglia le fa guadagnare un viaggio in Alaska alla caccia di un tenue collegamento tra l’esplosione di un’auto in cui è morta un’adolescente e un cold case. Sa anche che molti dei suoi colleghi maschi non mandano giù il fatto di dover lavorare con una donna, forse anche Dan Fusco, l’agente che viene esiliato al freddo insieme a lei.


Dopo che la moglie Adele è morta in circostanze mai del tutto chiarite, la vita di Zachary Walsh e della figlia Alice è stata sconvolta e Zach sta cercando di riscriverla. Per farlo ha messo quanti più chilometri possibile tra loro, un trauma doloroso e un passato per certi versi scomodo, e ha scelto di trasferirsi a Willow, dove abita la sorella della moglie e dove si muove Sam Pitka, il protagonista della sua fortunata serie di gialli.


Zach non è felice di vedere l’FBI presentarsi alla sua porta e di essere di nuovo sotto la lente investigativa.
Paula si trova spiazzata di fronte a un uomo che sembra non fare nulla per allontanare da sé i sospetti.
Attorno a loro un gruppo di adolescenti ribelli, annoiati, che raccolgono e rilanciano sfide e delusioni, e l’inverno dell’Alaska alle porte, pronto a coprire tutto con il gelo della sua neve.


Tornando al mondo di Mike Summers, il poliziotto di Atlanta protagonista della sua prima serie, Monica Lombardi tratteggia un giallo raffinato che si intreccia a una storia familiare di rapporti fragili, danneggiati, forse vicini al dissolvimento. Il tutto in un’Alaska fatta di boschi sconfinati, stellate che tolgono il fiato e abitazioni isolate, un’ambientazione unica che sentirete sulla e sotto la vostra pelle.



Con Vite Rubate, Monica Lombardi torna a dar vita al mondo di Mike Summers (se ancora non avete letto la serie, vi consiglio di farlo!). In questo libro ritroviamo Paula Wellman che, insieme al collega Dan Fusco, partono per un’indagine niente meno che in Alaska.

Questa è un’indagine fuori dagli schemi: qui non si deve solo scoprire chi è il “cattivo”, ma si devono anche ricucire ferite e legami familiari. Questo doppio filo che si intreccia, forma una trama ricca di suspense, colpi di scena, di ricordi, di riflessioni sul rapporto tra un padre e una figlia, ci regala uno spaccato sul mondo degli adolescenti di oggi, senza dimenticare l’amore. 

Vite Rubate non dà spazio alle mezze misure. Le scene “thriller” sono intense, di quelle che ti tengono incollata al libro, che ti immergono in un mondo oscuro. Le scene “familiari”, la relazione amore/odio tra padre e figlia, le ho sentite vere, reali. L’autrice è bravissima a descriverne le sfaccettature psicologiche. Le scene “d’amore”, non tantissime (lo preciso solo perché io ne avrei volute molte di più!), sono delicate e passionali, il mix giusto per non distogliere il lettore dalla storia principale.

Ho amato tutti i personaggi, ma Zachary Walsh ha conquistato il mio cuore. 

Zach è vedovo, la morte della moglie è uno dei motivi che porta Paula in Alaska. È uno scrittore. È un uomo solitario e schivo, quasi rude. È un padre, di una figlia adolescente rimasta senza mamma e che lui ha “obbligato” a trasferirsi dalla California all’Alaska. Non si direbbe proprio un personaggio positivo. Quello che mi ha sorpreso di lui è stato il suo farsi conoscere poco alla volta, in sordina, rivelandosi un uomo estremamente intelligente e perspicace, affascinante e passionale, con un pizzico sarcasmo che lo rende ancora più attraente. E arrivata alla fine della storia ho pensato “anch’io voglio uno Zachary Walsh!”.

I personaggi femminili in Vite Rubate sono, tutti a modo loro, pazzeschi. Da Paula Wellman ad Alice Walsh a Samantha Bennington.

Paula incarna in apparenza la donna fredda e determinata che fa un lavoro in un mondo prevalentemente di uomini, con gli “attributi” giusti per nuotare in mezzo agli squali. E nel suo lavoro è molto brava: precisa, intuitiva, intelligente. È anche una donna alla quale proprio quel lavoro che tanto ama, ha portato via affetti e un uomo che amava. Arrivata in Alaska tutto poteva aspettarsi, ma non di trovarsi davanti a un uomo come Zachary Walsh, che le farà battere forte il cuore, e questa volta con un altro tipo di adrenalina.

E poi c’è Alice: un’adolescente ferita e arrabbiata. Le sue “cartoline dall’inferno” non sono solo uno sfogo, ma anche un grido d’aiuto. Attraverso il suo rapporto con il padre, l’autrice ci fa vivere quelle dinamiche che sono familiari a molti lettori: l’amore/odio tra genitori e figli e le problematiche adolescenziali.

I capitoli raccontati in differenti POV (Zach e Paula) e le cartoline dall’inferno, rendono il racconto vibrante e diretto.

L’ambientazione in Alaska è molto suggestiva e rende la storia ancora più accattivante, dando secondo me un'atmosfera ancora più “thriller”. 

Quando finisco un libro di Monica Lombardi dico sempre “questo è il più bello”, e invece al successivo mi sorprende con una storia ancora più bella. Amo il suo stile, brillante, attento ai particolari, mai scontato. Se tanti lettori la definiscono “la regina del romantic suspense italiano” un motivo c’è!


venerdì 26 aprile 2019

BLOG REVIEW: A PERSON COULD DISAPPEAR HERE by Terri George


Title: A PERSON COULD DISAPPEAR HERE
Author: Terri George
Publication: February 28th 2019
Genre: Thriller/Suspense




None of us can truly know all we would be capable of until we are driven to it.

When the man Abbey met on Facebook turns out to be anything but the caring, thoughtful and romantic person she thought him to be, she finds herself trapped in his isolated house on the outskirts of a small town in western Nebraska. Despite her overwhelming despair and the chances of her escaping being somewhere between slim and none, Abbey knows she has to get free… Or die trying.

Back home in London, England, no texts or calls from Abbey has alarm bells ringing for her flat-mate. When Abbey fails to make her return flight, Cristina heads to the states to search for her best friend, but where does she even begin to look for her?

A Person Could Disappear Here is a tale of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, never giving up hope, friendship, secrets and lies.



This was not the book I expected to be; it was more, much more. 

A Person could disappear here is an amazing thriller, but above all it’s a story about love, friendship, courage, faith and hope. 

What grabbed me the most was the reality of the situations, that at times were raw, intense and emotional, not easy to read.
At some point it was so hard reading about Abbey story that I wanted to give up and close the book, and yet I was compelled by it at the same time.
The kind of friendship Abbey and Cristina shared, touched my heart.

I loved all the excursus about history, philosophy, science, life, that speaks a lot about this author: talented, brilliant, clever, with high culture.

I loved the British vs American English; I think the author did a great job because words can be tricky and knowing how attentive and judgmental some readers are, she took a big risk that was worth the result.

The dual POV (Abbey and Cristina) was like a puzzle: all the pieces at the end fitted perfectly.

I always find Terri George’s writing elegant and engaging.

The message in this book is loud and clear: 
“No matter how dark your situation may seem, if you look hard enough, you’ll find hope clinging to the edge”

In this book you will find out that love is powerful and confusing, that for love you can do everything, bad things or good things, and that love can be your damnation or your salvation.



giovedì 14 febbraio 2019

NEW RELEASE: Passion, Pleasure, Pain: An anthology of Dominance and submission


Title: Passion, Pleasure, Pain: An anthology of Dominance and submission

Release Date:  February 14, 2019

Cover Art: Lesli Richardson

Editors: Sandy Ebel from Personal Touch Editing, Ekatarina Sayanova from Red Quilled Editing LLC, Tracy Damron-Roelle

Keywords:  BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Dominance Submission D/s, MF, MM, Gay, Historical, Voyeurism, Spanking, Apparatus, Bondage, Interracial, Older hero/heroine, Transgender, Futanari, May/December, Addiction, Dark, MMF, Political romance, Political fiction, Governor Trilogy, Ménage, Shifters, Hotshot, Fire Fighter, Wildfire, Friends to Lovers

In each other they found the piece of themselves they hadn't even realized was missing.

This D/s anthology was put together by writers who hold author, Doris O'Connor, near and dear to their hearts because the genre is one that was near and dear to Doris as an author. #F*ckCancer #WeLoveDoris

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Titles, blurbs, & author links:

You Belong to Me by Lynn Burke
Alabaster by Kastil Eavenshade
Risqué by London Saint James
Back on Top – A Wylde Shore Novella by Jan Graham
Hell’s Mercy by Katherine Wyvern
Deb by Name, Sub by Nature by Raven McAllan
Once Upon a Time by Erin M. Leaf
Shade Addiction by Lea Bronsen
Yes, Governor by Lesli Richardson
Entwined by Elyzabeth M. Valey
Burn by DC Stone
Claimed by the Stranger by R. Brennan


You Belong to Me by Lynn Burke

My entire life is one bold-faced, fucking lie. Son of Victor Laurent and sole heir to the entire Laurent fortune built up from a few great grandfathers back in the Civil War times, I’ve been raised—groomed—to be the perfect Southern gentleman. Proper and full of self-control, a man who can keep hold on the vices that help me live my daily life of pure, fucking drudgery.

I know what it means to be controlling not just of myself but of the woman who will one day kneel at my feet. The one who belongs to me, however, is promised to another—and claiming what is mine could cost me everything.

Author Bio:

Lynn Burke is a full time mother, voracious gardener, and scribbler of spicy romance stories. A country bumpkin turned Bay Stater, she enjoys her chowdah and Dunkin Donuts when not trying to escape the reality of city life.

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Alabaster by Kastil Eavenshade

Alixandre Chastain enjoys the darker side of Paris. A Libertine by trade, no flesh is barred from his roaming hands, no matter what lay betwixt their legs. Except when news of his lustful ways reaches his God-fearing parents, they strip him of title and cast him out. Alixandre’s now adrift and with an uncertain future, but an interesting proposition by Comte Phelipe Richelien promises to replace everything he lost with a new world of decadent pleasure like no other. But can Alixandre submit to his new Master? And will his guarded heart be laid bare by one spoken word—Alabaster.

Author Bio:

Kastil Eavenshade is multi-published author pandering her romantic shenanigans. When not catering to the whims of three rescued kitties, she’s dreaming up her next heart-beating tale. No period in history–past, present, or future–is safe from the clutches of her muse.

Her passions beyond writing are drawing, cooking, and watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey. She credits her parents for her free spirit as they’ve always supported her in every aspect of her life. Without them, she wouldn’t be here. She finds pleasure in writing anything from fantasy to romance-which sometimes parallel each other.

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Risqué by London Saint James

Alex
Camilla Maria Campanelli. I’d caught glimpses of the woman when she popped into my Manhattan gallery—there to collect a commission for the paintings we sold for her. So let’s just say I never expected the wet-dream version of Camilla to sashay into Indigo House, an exclusive member’s only club that catered to very specific clientele with extremely particular desires.

Camilla
The night I stepped out on my balcony, I hadn’t intended to be a voyeur though I ended up being one. And what shocked me even more than my uncharacteristic behavior? I’d actually been aroused watching two strangers get their kink on. But I wasn’t into D/s. I’d never even read those Fifty Shades books all my sisters went on and on about.

So why was I affected?

I needed some real, solid answers. And there was only one way to do that.

Author Bio:

London Saint James has lived in many places but never felt “at home” until she met the real-life man of her dreams and settled down in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. London lives with her husband and their fat cat who thinks he owns them.
As an award-winning, international bestselling author, London is living her childhood dream. She knew all the scribbling she did, that big imagination of hers, and all those clamoring characters running around in her head would pay off someday.

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Back on Top – A Wylde Shore Novella by Jan Graham

Barry Reid never imagined becoming friends with three Doms and their subs would change his life so dramatically. When he settled into marriage and family life with his wife, Meg, he set aside his dominant tendencies, happy to lead a vanilla life. With Meg’s newfound interest in BDSM it’s up to Barry to connect with his inner Dom and figure out how they can make the lifestyle work for them—even if it’s only in the bedroom.

Author Bio:

Jan Graham is an author of Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense. Her stories contain erotic elements, with some including elements of BDSM. She has numerous published titles to her credit, with more to come once she overcomes her current bout of procrastination. Jan lives in Newcastle, Australia where she writes, reads, feeds her Netflix addiction and drinks coffee with friends.

For those who enjoy labels and tags, as well as being an author, Jan is a submissive, an aunt, dyslexic, a lover of all things tempting and naughty (including chocolate), a participant in the BDSM community, a widow, an orphan, and sometimes a wild child.

In short, she is generally a bit of an eccentric who lives her life slightly left of center. You can find out more about Jan and her work by visiting the following links.

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Hell’s Mercy by Katherine Wyvern

Wealthy, charismatic, influential and damn near immortal, Lukan Løvensgård looks like natural Dom material, and in fact he has never, but never submitted to anyone in his long life. But among all the bizarre and fantastic people roaming the far planet of Cydonia, there is one who stole his old, cold heart.

Her love comes at a price. Complete surrender.

With her impressive presence and unusual equipment, Helenay is the hottest and trendiest professional Domme in Neu Venedig and she hardly has the time to top for pleasure these days.  But she knows what her old friend Lukan needs, something he never suspected. Release from power.

Author Bio:

I have entered that age when looking at beautiful male models in their prime probably makes me a cougar, ahem.

Almost all my heroines are short: that’s because I look at the world from hobbit level. Being so small I am three times more concentrated (read: obsessive) than anybody I know. I am exhaustingly creative in writing, arts, crafts... Sometimes my brain gets friction burns from hurtling at such speed from one universe to the next.

I love animals, plants, and occasionally even people.

Like Highlander I come from a lot of different places. I was born in Italy but lived here and there and consider myself simply and deeply European. I love Europe passionately, its antiquity, its diversity, its quirkiness. All my books are set in Europe, or alternate versions of it.

I have been writing since I can remember.

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Or follow her on Instagram @katherinewyvern


Deb by Name, Sub by Nature by Raven McAllan

He can command his men…
But can he command Deborah?
Major Oliver Cantor, newly back from the continent, has always wanted Deborah. However she is an innocent. A lady who has no idea just what Oliver wants, needs and desired.
Or does she?
She knows he is dominant and wants someone to be his submissive.
She also knows it should be her.
Now all she has to do is persuade him of that fact.
You’d think it would be easy, but…

Author Bio:

Raven lives in Scotland, along with her husband and their two cats—their children having flown the nest—surrounded by beautiful scenery, which inspires a lot of the settings in her books.

She is used to sharing her life with the occasional deer, red squirrel, and lost tourist, to say nothing of the scourge of Scotland—the midge.

Her very understanding, and long-suffering DH, is used to his questions unanswered, the dust bunnies greeting him as he walks through the door, and rescuing burned offerings from the Aga. (And passing her a glass of wine as she types furiously.)

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Once Upon a Time by Erin M. Leaf

Charlie has never been in love because he’s never believed in happily ever after. He prides himself on being a good friend and a good Dom, and that’s always been enough for him, except lately nothing feels right. He doesn’t know if he’s having a mid-life crisis or what, but his best friend suddenly looks hot as hell, and nothing about that is normal.

Ryan’s straight friend Charlie has always had his back: when he came out, when he got married, and when his husband died. He’d do anything for the guy he’s been secretly in love with forever. So when Charlie suddenly proposes a spanking scene under the guise of “relaxing” him, he almost runs the opposite direction. Except, what if this is his one chance to finally show Charlie what real love feels like?

Author Bio:
Erin M. Leaf is a romance novel devotee, the steamier the better, with a specialty in edgy erotic tension.

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Shade Addiction by Lea Bronsen

Ex-boxer Mike Logan struggles to put a brutal past behind and make ends meet as a bus driver. When a young runaway settles for an all-night ride, he seizes the chance to do a good deed—get her home safely. But first, they’ll drive around and talk.

What he doesn’t anticipate is that this broken night angel is also a sexy little minx needing a lot more…and not just the gentle kind.

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Lea Bronsen likes her reads hot, fast, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, historical romance, and dark erotic romance.

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Yes, Governor by Lesli Richardson

As chief of staff to the governor of Florida, Carter has a well-deserved rep as a bastard extraordinaire. But when he’s dealing with two governors for the price of one on Christmas Eve, will the Master find himself outmatched and outmaneuvered by his wily political pets?

Note: This standalone short story takes place after Chief (Governor Trilogy 3) and can be read as a standalone independent from the trilogy.

Author Bio:

Author Lesli Richardson, who is better-known by her more prolific wild-child Tymber Dalton pen name, lives in the Tampa Bay region of Florida with her husband (aka “The World’s Best Husband™”) and too many pets. She writes a wide variety of heat levels and genres, from mainstream sci-fi all the way to scorching ménage.

The two-time EPIC award winner and part-time Viking shield-maiden in training loves to shoot skeet and play D&D with her friends. She’s also the bestselling author of over one hundred and fifty books and counting, including The Reluctant Dom, the Governor Trilogy, the Suncoast Society series, the Love Slave for Two series, the Triple Trouble series, and many others.

She lives in her own little world, but it’s okay—they all know her there.

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Entwined by Elyzabeth M. Valey

Mallory Brown doesn't go home with strangers, and while she's all for a great spanking, she doesn't do BDSM relationships. Fantasizing is more her speed. And when she catches a glimpse of Master Murphy, fantasies fill her brain.

But Master Murphy has other plans. He enters her life full-steam and won't take no for an answer. While she's compelled to say yes, is she really ready to say goodbye to her world as she knows it to become permanently entwined with His?

Author Bio:

Ely Valey is a writer of sizzling, sexy romance who firmly believes in happy ever after. From paranormal to contemporary, fantasy, or historical, she enjoys exploring her characters' darker side and writing stories about tortured heroes, strong heroines, and all that comes between them and their love.

When she's not writing, she can be found walking in the Spanish countryside with her black Lab and Golden Retriever mix, exploring castles, or enjoying some tapas with her friends and family.

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Burn by D.C. Stone

Cain Silvers is the Captain of one of the nation’s best Hotshot fire fighter groups there is, and his world has turned upside-down when his best friend’s kid sister, Chloe Crowley joins the team. Chloe has always made him uneasy with her attraction to him, something he refused to act on because of who she was and how innocent she is.

Chloe wants to make a difference in the world, and following her passion to become one of the few females in an all-male industry is just the start. She’s set on proving herself to her team, but still follows her own rules, ones that could get her into a lot of trouble.

Passion collides with desire in their story, leading up to actions that could burn everybody.

Author Bio:

DC Stone has over sixteen years of investigative experience, including working as a criminal investigator in the United States military. She currently works as an internal affairs investigation manager by day and a romantic suspense author by night. She has her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is dubbed, “The Investigative Whisper.” She provides numerous workshops that help authors gain insight into “digging” into a character’s mind to better understand motives, create suspense, and help maintain conflict.

When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, RomVets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She served as the 2014 Vice President and Conference Chair for NJRW. Find her at the following stops: Facebook PAGE, Facebook PROFILE, Twitter, and her Website.

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Twitter: @DCStoneauthor