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Generally, I don’t review the books I listen to nightly on audio, but this has been a slow reading week for me.  So I thought I’d share some of my listens/reads from the week.  I’m not writing reviews for them, however, I have rated them all on Goodreads.  Below includes the synopsis and link to purchase, maybe you’ll find something you like as well.  ~L


TI16139598TLE:  Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
AUTHOR:  Katie Alender
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Suspenseful 


Heads will roll!

Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette’s beheading. The queen’s ghost has been awakened, and now she’s wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge.

And Colette may just be one of those descendants . . . which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of betrayal, glamour, mystery, history–and one killer queen.


51oWcFXgZuL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_TITLE: Moth to a Flame
AUTHOR:  Ashley Antoinette
PUBLISHER:  Urban Books
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Hard-Knocks living


In the little city of Flint, MI, the good die young and the people left standing are the grimiest of characters. With reign over the city’s drug trade, Benjamin Atkins made sure that his precious daughter, Raven, was secluded from the grit that the city had to offer. But when Raven’s young heart gets claimed by Mizan, a stick-up kid in search of a come-up, there’s nothing Benjamin can do about losing her to the streets. She chooses love over loyalty and runs off with Mizan, but her new role as wifey soon proves to be more than she can handle.
Puppy love always feels right, but things turn stale, and she soon finds that everyone she loves has disappeared. All she has is Mizan, but when hugs and kisses turn to bloody lips and black eyes, she realizes that Mizan is not who she thought he was.

Raven becomes desperate for a way out, but this time, Daddy can’t save her. Every time she finds the courage to leave, fear convinces her to stay. Like a moth to a flame, Raven is drawn to Mizan, even though she knows he’ll be the death of her.

When the hood life she chose becomes unbearable and the only way out is in a coffin, what will she do?


12813630TITLE: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
AUTHOR: Holly Black
PUBLISHER: Little Brown
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Vampire/Dystopian 


Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

TITLE: I am the New Black
AUTHOR: Tracy Morgan and Anthony Bozza
PUBLISHER: Speigel & Grau
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Enlightening


The outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising story of Tracy Morgan’s rise from ghetto wiseass to superstar comedian.

Who is Tracy Morgan? The wildly unpredictable funnyman who rocketed to fame on Saturday Night Live? The Emmy-nominated actor behind the sly and ingenious character Tracy Jordan on the award-winning hit sitcom 30 Rock, whose turbulent personal life often mirrors that of his fictional alter ego? Is he Chico Divine, the life of the party–any party, anytime, anywhere–getting ladies pregnant everywhere he goes? Or is he a soulful, tender family man who emerged from a hardscrabble ghetto upbringing and, against all odds, achieved superstardom, raised a solid family, prevailed over a collection of lethal bad habits, and is still ascending new heights and coming into his own? The answer is: Tracy Morgan is all that. And a bag of potato chips with a 50¢ soda.

When he was just a boy living in the Tompkins Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, being funny was about survival. With the right snap, Tracy could shut down the playground bullies who picked on him and his physically disabled older brother. And with a wild enough prank, he could exact revenge on whoever stole his Pumas at the community pool. Later, being funny was about escape–from the untouchable sadness of his father’s death, from the desperation of the drug dealer’s trade, from the life-and-death battles waged on the streets of the South Bronx in the age of crack. But these days being funny is about living his dream–a dream born in the comedy clubs of Harlem and realized on shows like Martinand Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast member for seven years, and in movies like The Longest Yard and Half-Baked.

With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows–from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life to the private and poignant end of his twenty-year marriage. In his singularly warped and brilliant way he muses on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.

Hilarious, inspiring, searing, and touching, I Am the New Black is a fascinating peek inside the minds of one of the most compelling and defining comedians of our time.



30371TITLE: Temperatures Rising
AUTHOR: Sandra Brown
PUBLISHER: Bantam Books
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Seductive 


Darkly handsome with an arrogant edge, architectural engineer Scout Ritland is the kind of American man who spells trouble. Chantal duPont should know, for she has experienced the best and worst of the country and its people—including one who broke her heart. Yet here she is, home on sultry Parrish Island, putting herself in the way of another bold Yankee. This time, however, it’s for a good cause: Scout is the one man who can help her village, and she’s not about to let him get the better of her—no matter how much she may want to.

Fresh from completing his work on the island’s new luxury resort, Scout’s ready for a little recreation—though being kidnapped and shot isn’t on his agenda. But when he catches sight of an exotic beauty with electric blue eyes, events quickly spin out of control. Scout should be outraged to find himself held captive, but an abductor as alluring as Chantal makes it hard to stay angry.

Soon Scout is swept up by Chantal’s need to help her people—and the role he is to play in her ambitious plan. With each passing day, the work and the woman present him with challenges he could never find at home. But as the project progresses, intrigue and adventure burn hotter than the island’s volcano—and two people who have met their match in each other face a future that could tear them apart….

⚡️ Pain teaches some and drives some to insanity! ⚡️

📚 Revival by Stephen King 📚

TITLE: Revival
AUTHOR: Stephen King
PUBLISHER: Gallery Books
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Electrifying 



51vNbL-8w0LA dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.






It’s been a long while since I’ve read a Stephen King book. This one didn’t disappoint…much.

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This book starts in 1962 with 6 year Jamie Morton, playing with his toy army collection when he meets Harlow Methodist church new preacher Charlie Jacobs.  Jacobs is straight out of divinity school with his first parish, a small church in Maine.  Flash forward a few years and tragedy strikes.  When Reverend Jacobs, loses his wife and son tragically his faith in God and religion is lost as well.  Jacobs becomes a lost soul in search of answers that he may never find.

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Pain teaches some and drives some to insanity!

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Through the years that pass, Jamie Morton travels down a path that most wayward band members eventually go down.  Drugs and Rock N Roll.  Throughout the book when Jamie is at low points, he runs across what King calls, 5th business.  These are the times that Jamie and Charlie once again cross paths.  This time, as Jamie is deep into his drug addiction Charlie Jacobs saves him.

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Jacobs is an obsessed man.  The painful loss of his family changed his life dramatically.  Through the span of years, he never regained his faith and his obsession grew more.  Living life on the edges, Jacob has used his compulsion to experiment on the folks that crossed his path, which he believed he could help.

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As the tension mounts and the story progresses, King embellishes on the supernatural fringes and the horror of the story wanes.  Many have compared this ending to ones of some of his greater works.  For me the story although written well doesn’t compare to the likes of IT!  The ending left me less than impressed.  I would still recommend this book since the story was electrifying and captivating.

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🗡I am a King among peasants and a wolf among sheep…🗡

📚 Tainted No More by Blacc Topp 📚

TITLE: Tainted No More
AUTHOR: Blacc Topp
PUBLISHER: BlaccStarr Media Group/ InkSlinger Publishing
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️  Demented

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I am a King among peasants and a wolf among sheep……

With Jasmine locked away safely, Monica may be able to concentrate on the pursuit and capture of King Kochese. If there was one thing that the DEA and FBI had taught Agent Monica Deitrich , it was to check everyone and trust no one. Between Millicent and Noisy Boy they keep her busy and content, that is, until a new love interest threatens to tear down everything that she’s built.

A series of gruesome murders are happening simultaneously, spanning from the east coast to the Midwest and they have Jasmine and King’s signature style written all over them. Monica can feel it in her gut that King is behind the murders, but Jasmine is tucked away in a government asylum awaiting trial.

The body count is rising and all roads lead to King Kochese, but how can Monica track a ghost? How can she corner a ghost with unlimited resources and connections, capable of ruining not only her career, but her life with a snap of his cold-blooded and calloused fingers.


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Where do I begin, when the previous book left off, King Kochese and Jasmine were discovered to be the dreaded insane Monopoly Killers.  The most deadly duo, leaving a gruesome body count spread like the game.  I’ll never look at the game the same… Fast forward, King is on the run and Jasmine is locked away tight in an insane asylum.

Torn between her job and her only family left, Monica Deitrich still reaches out to her sister on a regular basis.  However, the person staring back at her is no longer the little innocent girl.  Jasmine, pregnant and cuffed to a hospital bed, hates her sister with a passion.  Her loyalty lies with King Kochese.

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If money is the root of all evil, then King Kochese is the banker.  Having billions in his reach as the heir to CrossTech Industries, King Kochese defies the odds again on the run.  Genius and insanity often go hand in hand and with Kochese’s sick mind, he devises a plan to not only reunite his family but to take revenge on the woman who first stole his heart then brought down his empire.

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A spree of murders, set to be grimmer than the Monopoly killings are taking place across the country, leaving the DEA and FBI scrambling to track the killer or killers.   As the bodies rack up, Monica Deitrich is once again forced to defend the job she loves and the blood ties she holds.  Having to deal with that and face the reality that her feelings for the King, leaves her mentally depleted and in the arms of those she may not be able to trust.

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The action and page turning plot of this book is not for the faint of heart.  I highly recommend this series, the author has constructed a plot of mayhem and murder that is surely a classic tale of horror.

📚 A dead body, a quirky librarian & a jaded detective.📚

☕️ Murder in the Aisles by Olivia Hill ☕️

TITLE:   Murder in the Aisles
AUTHOR:     Olivia Hill
PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing

RATING:  ☕☕☕☕☕ Suspense/Mystery  🔪

Murderous intent is no match for killer intellect accessorized with stiletto heels.

51KYxU8CpDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A Felicia Swift Mystery, Book 1

If there’s one thing Felicia Swift likes more than sex, it’s books. But her dream job at the Library of Congress takes a macabre turn when she finds a linguistics specialist lying dead between his least favorite subjects: Anthropology and Astrophysics.

Worse, the utterly sexy detective seems to have his eyes on Felicia’s curves more than the evidence, which she is convinced points at the wrong man. And she plans to convince him of just that—right after he buys her an apple martini.

Mark Rizzo plans to wrap up this investigation as quickly as possible. Until he realizes the witness isn’t some dumpy, wizened librarian, but a researcher with endless legs, bottomless intellect, and a bulldog determination to complicate this open-and-shut case all to hell.

As Felicia and Rizzo dig closer to the truth, the real culprit gets jittery enough to try something desperate. Leaving Felicia to wonder if their investigation will lead them down the aisle of no return.


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Review: 🔪

A dead body, a quirky librarian and a jaded detective.

Felecia Swift is not your ordinary librarian, her dream job at the Library of Congress suddenly turns into a dark nightmare one morning after discovering a fellow co-worker dead in the aisles.  Felecia believes Dr. Dresden’s death is no accident, being a language specialist he wouldn’t be caught in the aisles of stars.  Mark Rizzo, the detective assigned to the case sees it as an open and shut case until his conversations with the sexy researcher convince him otherwise.

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Felecia, the tortured genius suffers from OCD, anxiety and several quirks.  She’s meticulous in her work and keeps relationships at bay.  Her dark past remains a mystery throughout the book and her sexual appetite is evident.  Rizzo is instantly attracted to her and finds himself digging deeper just to be close to her.

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The sexual tensions in this book were captivating.  As the suspense builds and unravels the mystery of who killed Dr. Dresden, the plot thickens. While the detective and librarian fight their obvious attraction, the flames burn hotter.  This was a very good suspense mystery book.  I’m looking forward to Felecia revealing her darkness and growing closer to Rizzo.



📚 What we’re reading this week 📚

☕️ Murder in the Aisles by Olivia Hill ☕️


Murderous intent is no match for killer intellect accessorized with stiletto heels.

A Felicia Swift Mystery, Book 1

If there’s one thing Felicia Swift likes more than sex, it’s books. But her dream job at the Library of Congress takes a macabre turn when she finds a linguistics specialist lying dead between his least favorite subjects: Anthropology and Astrophysics.

Worse, the utterly sexy detective seems to have his eyes on Felicia’s curves more than the evidence, which she is convinced points at the wrong man. And she plans to convince him of just that—right after he buys her an apple martini.

Mark Rizzo plans to wrap up this investigation as quickly as possible. Until he realizes the witness isn’t some dumpy, wizened librarian, but a researcher with endless legs, bottomless intellect, and a bulldog determination to complicate this open-and-shut case all to hell.

As Felicia and Rizzo dig closer to the truth, the real culprit gets jittery enough to try something desperate. Leaving Felicia to wonder if their investigation will lead them down the aisle of no return.

Warning: Contains a jaded detective with more scuffs, scrapes, and scars than a well-loved pair of Timberlands. Plus a more fashion-forward (and probably better smelling) sleuth than Sherlock Holmes who’s as picky about her lovers as she is about her shoes—and make no mistake, she’s had plenty of both.

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Get your copy on kindle: Murder in the Aisles

☕️ War Room: Prayer is a Powerful Weapon by Chris Farby ☕️

51RtHUvdRxL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all—yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.

Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own. As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.





Grab your copy on kindle or paperback: War Room

👀 Deep down you already know the truth…maybe! 💑

☕️ Never Felt So Good by Barbara Joe Williams ☕️

TITLE:   Never Felt So Good 
AUTHOR:     Barbara Joe Williams
PUBLISHER:  Amani Publishing, LLC
SERIES:        No

RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️  An OMG moment




Mack and Natalie Burney have been married for seven years. Mack suspects that his wife is cheating on him with a younger man, who happens to be her boss. When Mack hires a friend to go undercover, what will he discover about Natalie and himself?






Well you know how the saying goes if you go looking for something you just might find it.  Mack Burney, a traveling pharmaceutical salesman, believes his wife, Natalie is pulling a creep on him.  Super suspicious, Mack enlists the services of his friend Bobby J, to do recon surveillance on his wife… (insert ba dum tish here)

will smith sherlock holmes fresh prince mystery investigateMack returns after a month of being away from home, only to find that Bobby has been on the job relentlessly.

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Distraught, Mack hatches a plan to give his wife enough rope to hang herself…

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One thing I like about this book is that the tables are turned.  Usually, the wife thinks her husband is fooling around on them…

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But after Mack set his plan in action and for the most part things were turning out the way he suspected…

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The time of reckoning came.  Did things turn out the way Mack imagined?  Or did he finally talk it out with his wife Natalie and learn how to make love feel as good as it is now?  Find out if Mack gets it Straightened out…

Grab your copy on kindle here: http://amzn.to/1VC6YXs

👊 You better be careful what you do to me…✋

☕️ Woman at the top of the stairs 2: Sweet Revenge by

Deidra D.S. Green ☕️

TITLE:          Woman At The Top Of The Stairs 2: Sweet Revenge
AUTHOR:    Deidra D. S. Green
PUBLISHER:  Rathsi Publishing
SERIES:       Book 2
RATING:      ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️  Includes Graphic Violence



You met Gina. She is the woman at the top of the stairs who repeatedly hears Zenobia’s agonizing screams as she is repeatedly victimized at the hands of her partner, Percy. With Gina’s help, Zenobia rids herself of Percy, leaving him abandoned and alone-but is he gone for good? Yvette also found a way out of her miserable relationship. Is that the end of her story? And what about Gina’s ex-husband, Mac? Is she finally rid of him, or does Mac have plans of his own? With the introduction of Ashleigh and C’ne, there is new drama in Gina’s life. All questions will be answered in Woman at the Top of the Stairs II, Sweet Revenge.



REVIEW:  I hate cliff hangers! Most of the time I want to throw my book or paperwhite across the room.  movies angry book throw

However, when we left off with Gina and Mac, Zenobia and Percy, and Yvette.  I was anxious to see who got molly whopped at the end of the book.  Yes, this cliff-hanger didn’t leave me mad as usual.  It’s my opinion when done properly instead of just being cut-off to make a part 2-22, it heightens the intrigue and pulls you right back into the characters lives.

Back in the ER, Gina and Yvette are dealing with the same traumas day in and day out.  Running on sheer adrenaline co-mingled with frustration, Yvette makes a faux pas when dealing with a return patient.  This introduces Ashleigh to Gina and us readers.  Keeping with the theme from the previous book, Ashleigh is in a volatile relationship, only her partner C’ne isn’t male. This twist takes the book and the emotions to a whole new level.  The author doesn’t disappoint with the OMG moments and layers of utter frustration, but as I’ve said before when a Woman’s fed up…wait no not for this one…

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When women take matters into their own hands and decide they are no longer victims, the aftermath is explosive.  This book contains graphic material and is not for the faint of heart!

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