Book Review: Night of the Bonfire (A Michael Quinn Novel #1) by: Kevin Scott Olson

Publisher:  Roseblood Publications 

Publication Date:  December 4, 2015

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis:  Ex-Navy Seal Michael Quinn, now a CIA special operative, is called in to investigate a key undercover operative’s brutal murder. From the peaceful seaside town of Laguna Beach, the trail soon leads him across the globe, and into a world beyond anything he imagined. 

…Amidst violent twists and turns, Quinn’s journey takes him from the crowded streets of Rome to a quiet cove off of the Mexican coast. Along the way he crosses paths with an oligarch obsessed with vengeance…with a woman of unforgettable beauty…and with a man on the verge of adding the crowning touch to his criminal empire. 

Interwoven with memorable characters, Night of the Bonfire is a riveting novel that takes the reader to an exceptional level of intrigue.

Review: NIGHT OF THE BONFIRE is the first full-length novel featuring CIA special operative Michael Quinn. Investigating the murder of a fellow operative takes Quinn on an adventure which may just cost him his life. Quinn is the consummate professional; smart, innovative, and thoughtful. NIGHT OF THE BONFIRE is an enjoyable spy thriller with richly detailed characters and a smidgen of romance. The author has created a intriguing and entertaining tale of murder, stolen art, and espionage. I recommend you read the Michael Quinn short story, BREAKOUT, too!

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Publisher:  Roseblood Publications  Publication Date:  December 4, 2015 Origins:  From Publicist for Review Synopsis:  Ex-Navy Seal Michael Quinn, now a CIA special operative, is called in to investigate a key undercover operative’s brutal murder. From the peaceful seaside town of Laguna Beach, the trail soon leads him across the globe, and into a world beyond anything he imagined.  ...Amidst violent twists and turns, Quinn's journey takes him from the crowded streets of Rome to a quiet cove off of the Mexican coast. Along the way he crosses paths with an oligarch obsessed with vengeance...with a woman of unforgettable beauty...and with a man on the verge of adding the crowning touch to his criminal empire.  Interwoven with memorable characters, Night of the Bonfire is a riveting novel that takes the reader to an exceptional level of intrigue. Review: NIGHT OF THE BONFIRE is the first full-length novel featuring CIA special operative Michael Quinn. Investigating the murder of a fellow operative takes Quinn on an adventure which may just cost him his life. Quinn is the consummate professional; smart, innovative, and thoughtful. NIGHT OF THE BONFIRE is an enjoyable spy thriller with richly detailed characters and a smidgen of romance. The author has created a intriguing and entertaining tale of murder, stolen art, and espionage. I recommend you read the Michael Quinn short story, BREAKOUT, too!

Book Review: Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed #1) by: Rachel Higginson

Publisher:  Reckless Siren Publishing

Publication Date:  March 13, 2011

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis:  16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can’t seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her. 

She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she’s been to. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won’t leave her alone and seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality. 

To top it off, she is being hunted by men who want to kill Kiran and her best friend Lilly is taken away to a foreign prison. Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war, threatening everything she loves. She alone has to find a way to save her best friend and the boy who has captivated her heart. 

Reckless Magic is an intricate story about mystery, adventure, magic and forbidden love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine determined to save the world and be with her one, true love before it’s too late.

Review: RECKLESS MAGIC starts out with an intriguing scene, a set of twins being split up after their parents’ death. Fast forward 16 years and we meet Eden Matthews, who has had trouble in her previous schools because of strange accidents. Now she is going to Kingsley Preparatory Academy, which is her last chance to make it to graduation. Yet there are secrets she will need to uncover if she’s able to make it through school and in life. Eden’s always thought she was weird and crazy due to her “electricity”, which causes accidents, but she’s about to learn she’s very different indeed. RECKLESS MAGIC has an interesting premise; however, aside from technical/editorial issues which crop up, I didn’t like the characters. Eden doesn’t come across as very intelligent and being kept in the dark about her true nature hasn’t helped much. The fact she allows Kiran to get away with stalker behavior without reporting him or standing up for herself is unsettling – regardless of her feelings for him. Eden hasn’t had any formal magical training or previous control, but somehow she’s able to know exactly what to do when the time comes to fight. The other characters treat Eden as a child, which doesn’t say much for their faith in her abilities, yet time after time she can whip out her powers perfectly. RECKLESS MAGIC has a good background story, but it needs a main character who is sympathetic, not simpering and stilted. RECKLESS MAGIC just wasn’t for me.

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Publisher:  Reckless Siren Publishing Publication Date:  March 13, 2011 Origins:  From Author for Review Synopsis:  16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can't seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her.  She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she's been to. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won't leave her alone and seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality.  To top it off, she is being hunted by men who want to kill Kiran and her best friend Lilly is taken away to a foreign prison. Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war, threatening everything she loves. She alone has to find a way to save her best friend and the boy who has captivated her heart.  Reckless Magic is an intricate story about mystery, adventure, magic and forbidden love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine determined to save the world and be with her one, true love before it's too late. Review: RECKLESS MAGIC starts out with an intriguing scene, a set of twins being split up after their parents’ death. Fast forward 16 years and we meet Eden Matthews, who has had trouble in her previous schools because of strange accidents. Now she is going to Kingsley Preparatory Academy, which is her last chance to make it to graduation. Yet there are secrets she will need to uncover if she’s able to make it through school and in life. Eden’s always thought she was weird and crazy due to her “electricity”, which causes accidents, but she’s about to learn she’s very different indeed. RECKLESS MAGIC has an interesting premise; however, aside from technical/editorial issues which crop up, I didn’t like the characters. Eden doesn’t come across as very intelligent and being kept in the dark about her true nature hasn’t helped much. The fact she allows Kiran to get away with stalker behavior without reporting him or standing up for herself is unsettling - regardless of her feelings for him. Eden hasn’t had any formal magical training or previous control, but somehow she’s able to know exactly what to do when the time comes to fight. The other characters treat Eden as a child, which doesn’t say much for their faith in her abilities, yet time after time she can whip out her powers perfectly. RECKLESS MAGIC has a good background story, but it needs a main character who is sympathetic, not simpering and stilted. RECKLESS MAGIC just wasn’t for me.

Book Review: The Exorcist Who Loved Me (Must Love Ghosts Series #2) by: Jennifer Savalli

Publisher:  Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Publication Date:  December 29, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis:  Hiring an exorcist is not something widowed single mom Holly Archer ever thought she’d do. But the blackouts she’s been having mean someone—or something—is hijacking her body and she wants it stopped, like yesterday.

The hottie who shows up at her door is the first man who’s sparked her interest since her awful marriage. It’s no hardship to give herself over to his skills, and in short order the spirit is ejected—and Holly comes face to face with Celia, the ghost of her dead husband’s mistress.

Lawe Callahan figured this would be an easy case, and by morning he’d be headed for another town, leaving Holly and her witchy amber eyes behind. Until she agrees to help the ghost, who refuses to budge until her killer is brought to justice.

As the investigation heats up, so does Lawe and Holly’s attraction. But their differences not only threaten any chance of something real, their quest for the truth could drive a killer to tie up all loose ends—permanently.

Warning: Contains a footloose exorcist who doesn’t let grave dirt stick to his feet for long, and a woman who isn’t in a hurry to commune with the dead. A little sleuthing, a little more gettin’ nekkid, and a lotta angst.

Review: THE EXORCIST WHO LOVED ME is the second book in the Must Love Ghosts series, but it stands alone very well. I didn’t feel I missed anything by not reading the first book in the series. Holly Archer’s husband, Paul, recently died…in the same car as his mistress. Now Holly is raising their twins alone and feels as if she’s being haunted by her late husband. Holly hires an exorcist, Lawe Callahan, to get rid of the spirit. When she finds out the ghost is Celia, her dead husband’s dead mistress, she agrees to help Celia find out who murdered her and Paul. Between the danger of the investigation and the heat between her and Lawe, Holly’s all discombobulated. THE EXORCIST WHO LOVED ME is a light-hearted romantic comedy with fun and likable characters.

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Publisher:  Samhain Publishing, Ltd. Publication Date:  December 29, 2015 Origins:  From Author for Review Synopsis:  Hiring an exorcist is not something widowed single mom Holly Archer ever thought she’d do. But the blackouts she’s been having mean someone—or something—is hijacking her body and she wants it stopped, like yesterday. The hottie who shows up at her door is the first man who’s sparked her interest since her awful marriage. It’s no hardship to give herself over to his skills, and in short order the spirit is ejected—and Holly comes face to face with Celia, the ghost of her dead husband’s mistress. Lawe Callahan figured this would be an easy case, and by morning he’d be headed for another town, leaving Holly and her witchy amber eyes behind. Until she agrees to help the ghost, who refuses to budge until her killer is brought to justice. As the investigation heats up, so does Lawe and Holly’s attraction. But their differences not only threaten any chance of something real, their quest for the truth could drive a killer to tie up all loose ends—permanently. Warning: Contains a footloose exorcist who doesn’t let grave dirt stick to his feet for long, and a woman who isn’t in a hurry to commune with the dead. A little sleuthing, a little more gettin’ nekkid, and a lotta angst. Review: THE EXORCIST WHO LOVED ME is the second book in the Must Love Ghosts series, but it stands alone very well. I didn’t feel I missed anything by not reading the first book in the series. Holly Archer’s husband, Paul, recently died…in the same car as his mistress. Now Holly is raising their twins alone and feels as if she’s being haunted by her late husband. Holly hires an exorcist, Lawe Callahan, to get rid of the spirit. When she finds out the ghost is Celia, her dead husband’s dead mistress, she agrees to help Celia find out who murdered her and Paul. Between the danger of the investigation and the heat between her and Lawe, Holly’s all discombobulated. THE EXORCIST WHO LOVED ME is a light-hearted romantic comedy with fun and likable characters.