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#Review of Movie Magic (Sleight of Hand Series) by Michelle Garren Flye w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @michellegflye

Movie Magic

by Michelle Garren Flye

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GENRE:   contemporary romance

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BLURB:

Lights…camera…magic!

Sabrina Parker has spent her professional life creating unbelievable stunts and magical effects for movies and stage magicians. Now she needs some special magic to help her bring her movie to life. Her search leads her to the very unlikely stage of Walt Bryson, host of a long-running children’s television show in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Walt isn’t terribly happy about taking Hollywood’s call. He’s never sought the same notoriety as his colleagues Ian Logan and Andre Hawke. But there’s something about the beautiful, levelheaded Ms. Parker, and when he reads her screenplay, he knows he wants to work with her. For the first time in years, he’s willing to put tragedy behind him and make real magic.

Can Walt and Sabrina use love as their guide or will their past mistakes haunt their future?

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Excerpt One:

“How long can you stay?”

He drew away and looked at her in amusement. “I’m here all night.”

“No, I mean this trip. How long is it?”

“Just til day after tomorrow, why?”

She couldn’t hide her disappointment. “Oh. Okay.”

He sat up on his elbows, looking down at her. “Why do I get the feeling that’s not the answer you wanted from me?”

She shook her head, trying—too late—to reassure him. “No, it’s just that Dylan has this actor who’s looking at a part in the movie. The male lead. And it’s kind of a big thing for the movie, and if you were there, you could see if he would even be able to learn the tricks. You know. For the movie. But it’s not—”

“I can stay.”

“What?” She looked at him incredulously.

“I can stay.” He brushed her hair back from her face with a gentle smoothing motion. “The show’s wrapped up, and I’ve got no plans for the rest of my life. What’s another couple of days?”

“Oh. Fantastic.” She relaxed into his arms. “That means there’ll be more time for this, then.”

“And that is the best news I’ve heard all day.”

 The first book to be reviewed in 2018.  I’m glad it I picked this one to be it.  I adored this story.  It’s magically.  I know, sounds cliched since it revolves around magic but it truly is.  I loved how Ms. Flye uses imagery in the telling of Walt and Sabrina’s story.  Plus, come on.  Their names.  Walt and Sabrina.  All I could think about is Walt Disney and Sabrina, the Teenage Age Witch.  BTW, I loved Sabrina.  But I digress.  Also, the setting in the small town is perfect, too.

So, while I loved the story, I did have some issues.  Just minor ones.  I didn’t like the whole Collette subplot.  While she is necessary for Walt to finally move on with his past, I felt like in the end that her part of the story could have ended after the storm.  She just felt like she was being the “other woman” and I wish that Walt had owned up to his feelings about her to Sabrina earlier.  Another thing that bothered me was how Walt and Sabrina danced around their feelings for too long.  Their romance is strong but the back and forth, will they or won’t they because of their work kinda bugged me a bit.

What felt really real to me was Sabrina’s relationship with Dylan.  At first, I thought it was kinda creepy but in the end, Dylan just wanted Sabrina’s movie to just do well.  Which leads me to the auditions.  Ms. Flye had me at the tattoos.  I don’t think I’ve ever been that invested in a secondary character before and I had actual tears.  While I had problems with Walt and Sabrina’s romance going back and forth, it felt real to me.  I could understand the “why”.  The scene at Walt’s house…*swoon*  Ms. Sabrina had game and I loved it.

This is a great stand-alone romance.  I haven’t read the others one in the series and trust me, you don’t need to.  However, I just loved how Ms. Flye writes.  Her characters are great and her imagery like I’ve never experienced before from an author.  I can’t wait to read more from her.  This is a definite keeper for me.  Plus, it has pirates.  Yes, pirates.  And a Johnny Depp reference.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.”

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.

 

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Blog: BREATHE: http://michellegflye.com

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Movie-Magic-Sleight-Hand-4/dp/1976147190

 

 

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#Review o Power Struggle (a Detective Madison Knight book, #8) by Carolyn Arnold w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Carolyn_Arnold

POWER STRUGGLE

by Carolyn Arnold

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GENRE: Suspense/Mystery

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BLURB:

One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…

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Excerpt Three:

This was really happening. Constantine was back for her and her family. Her first thought went to Troy but was followed quickly with images of her sister and her nieces. Her parents lived in Florida and should at least be safely out of his reach, but the rest of them? She fumbled as she tried to get her phone out of her coat pocket.

God, who should she call first? She needed to make sure everyone was safe—right now. Maybe if she called Troy and then the station, she could have officers go by her sister’s, to her nieces’ school and the youngest one’s daycare, to her brother-in-law’s office, and after that, she could make a call to the local Florida cops to check in on her parents, just in case.

She pressed the speed dial for Troy and let her gaze continue to skitter over the parking lot for any sign of Constantine. She was too exposed and vulnerable standing there, and tremors shot through her. But if he was just going to pull a trigger, why the taunting note? She had a horrible feeling a single bullet wouldn’t inflict enough torture for Constantine’s liking.

Troy’s phone continued ringing in her ear.

“Pick up!” she cried out.

Two women were walking toward her with quizzical expressions on their faces. Madison made eye contact with one of them.

“Are you okay?” the woman asked.

Madison bit down on her bottom lip and ran a hand through her hair. She nodded. “I’ll be fine. Thanks.”

The one who’d asked how she was shrugged and bugged out her eyes at her friend as if Madison was crazy. They kept walking toward a sedan parked two down from Madison’s Mazda and got in.

“You’ve reached the voice mail of—”

Madison hung up, gripping her phone tightly. Why wasn’t he answering?

Troy had the day off. He was planning to go into the station later for her meeting with Winston and the police chief, but otherwise, he could be anywhere. If Constantine knew where to find her this morning, he’d likely tailed her from Troy’s house.

She got into her car and tugged on her seat belt.

Maybe Troy was just busy, or his phone was on mute, or…

She tried him again, and it rang to voice mail once more.

This time she left a message. “Troy, it’s me. Call me back the second you get this,” she rushed out. “Constantine’s back.”

She ended the call and thrust the key into the ignition, ready to tear out of the lot, but there was one more number she could try to reach him. It was primarily reserved for his boss in case a call came in requiring Troy’s SWAT team since he was on call 24-7, even on his days off.

She tried that number. It went to voice mail, too.

She pressed her phone to her forehead.

Please don’t tell me he’s…

Madison put the car into gear, and her phone rang. She answered quickly. “Troy?”

“You got the T part right, but this is—”

“Terry, something’s happened,” she blurted out, panic shredding her insides. She pushed the button on the kiosk to lift the barricade at the parking lot’s exit.

“What is it?” Terry sounded nauseated, as if he’d already been struck with bad news. “Are you all right? Where are you?”

“I’m fine, but—” She checked her mirrors. Constantine could be watching her right now.

“Maddy?” Terry prompted. “You’re scaring me.”

She pulled out onto the street. “Constantine’s back.” She swallowed the mouthful of bile that had risen in her throat. The sour taste hit her tongue, but it was nothing compared to the unsettled and knotted ball in the pit of her stomach, nor the one in her chest. What if he had… No, she couldn’t even finish the thought. She just had to get to Troy. She floored it through a yellow light.

So I’m back with a review of a mystery/thriller w/romantic elements and to say that I’m hooked on Madison Knight would be an understatement.  This is the first book that I’ve read by Ms. Arnold and it will not be my last. To say that my pulse pounded in my throat, my anxiety hit the roof and I could not put this book down until the very end.  Yep, this is that book.  True, I read a lot of romantic suspense, mysteries, mystery/thrillers but I got much more than that in this book.

Madison Knight is a detective in a major crimes division (LOVE the show Major Crimes) and is the only female.  Her boyfriend, Troy is part of the S.W.A.T. team and they have their ups and downs in regards to their relationship.  She has confidence issues that need to be dealt with in regards to Troy and let’s not forget that she also has to deal with a mother that still can’t accept the fact that she’s a cop.  To say that Madison has some things outside her job would be a lie.  But that’s what makes Madison so human and real to me.  I felt like I knew her.  And yet, I didn’t know her.

But what really got me about this book is how real and authentic to felt.  I watch a lot of cop shows on television and no one can match my love for Jack Ryan/Tom Clancy but Ms. Arnold has written one of the best female cops that I’ve ever read.  And yes, I love Eve Dallas and her yummy Roarke but I connected with Madison on a more personal level.  She cares too much for her family and after everything that she has been dealt with Constantine, it is still raw for her.  I liked how Ms. Arnold didn’t shy away from the effects of how Madison is dealing with it.  Most authors wouldn’t go that far but Ms. Arnold does and its brilliant.

I swear this book near lets up.  I didn’t take a break until I absolutely had to go the bathroom.  That’s how involved I was with it and I never wanted it to end.  That said, it did and it totally blew me away.  I have got the first book in the series to read and I can’t wait to see how it all began for Madison.  Madison is just one of those characters that will stay with you after you finish.  Not to mention the story itself.  Ms. Arnold writes a fast-paced, taunt, thrill ride that you will not forget.  Just remember not to drink anything so you can read right through.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Mr. Dirty (a London Billionaire standalone) by Nana Malone! @givemebooksblog @nanamalone

Title: Mr. Dirty
Series: A London Billionaire Standalone
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2017
Blurb

*This is a standalone novel with a HEA!

I have a dirty mouth. That’s the truth. Women love it. And I have no plans on changing. Why would I?I like my life. The women, the partying, the fun.

Until I meet my new neighbour.

She’s messing with my good thing. She’s annoying, and persistent, and a pain in the…well you get the idea. She’s also gorgeous, and smart…and completely immune to me.

And now she needs my help with a little Ex payback and I’m more than happy to lend my expertise. Now all I have to do is keep from falling for her in the process. How hard can that be?

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Oh.My.God.  This is such a fun book.  And dirty.  And emotional.  And smart.  Yes, smart.  Ms. Malone is one of my go-to authors and she doesn’t disappoint in this offering in her London Billionaires series.  I read Mr. Big but don’t worry, you don’t need to read it to enjoy this one.  When I say smart, its written more in the tone and voice of Nathan and I loved it.  I really enjoy the male POV and besides the alternative chapters, most authors won’t tackle it but Ms. Malone does and she does it brilliantly.
Nathan is the manwhore that you fall in love with from the start.  The opening of the book sets the tone for him but he is so much more than just having a different bedmate every other night.  He really cares for Sophie.  From the very beginning.  The “lessons” that he decides that she needs is just a ruse to get to know her and yes, sleep with her but in the end, that’s not what happens.  I also loved that even with all the issues that he has with his dad, he can talk to his stepmother.  The scenes near the end of the book with her just about broke me.  What grown man, billionaire talks to his mom about falling in love?  Nathan does and it is beautiful.  Plus, he buys a theater.
Sophie is the complete opposite of Nathan but that’s why the relationship works.  The complete each other and in ways they didn’t even know.  But what’s even better about Sophie is that she didn’t want to fall in love with Nathan, but she did and when they black moment came up, it was her, not him, that had to realize that she never let him explain.  She just reacted and walked.  In most books, it’s the other way around but Ms. Malone just knows to twist it just a bit and her…she just knows.  And that’s why I love Ms. Malone.
Ms. Malone writes a fast-paced book.  Nothing ever lags and I appreciate that in more ways than I can ever express.  Her writing is tight, fluid, and emotional.  Manwhore or not, you will fall in love with Nathan.  And Sophie.  I will warn you though that it is written in British English.  *sigh*  All the slang is there and at times, I really felt like I was in London.  Plus, the romance between Nathan and Sophie is relatable, emotional, funny, dirty and just plain fun.  He might be a billionaire but he’s just a regular guy falling in love and hating the pain that goes with it.  Sophie is just a lady that wants to be loved and not forgotten in the process.  *sigh*
One of the best books that I’ve read this year and you won’t be disappointed.
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Author Bio
USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.
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