Book Escape Review of ‘Journey To Murder (An Alex Warren Novel)’ #Amreading #Suspense

A Wonderful Cozy Mystery With A Great Twist

5 Stars * * * * *

DJ Owen is a new author and her talent to tell a well-balanced mystery without extreme gore or violence was just what I had in mind. I’m usually hesitant to read those types of books because I have a low tolerance for violence, unless it is well-justified. I was not disappointed one bit, and rather amused by the book blurb, so I gave her book a chance and loved it.

Alex is a single mom and since the unsolved murders of parents and her husband, she and her daughter rely on her sister as Alex travels to find her own ‘justice’ in the world by targeting serial rapists and killers to prevent them from hurting anyone else. I know…I was hesitant about this story-line, too, until I read further into the story. It seemed a bit redundant, at first, for her to be a killer and to be going after other killers. But it’s also clear that her conscious is traumatized from the deaths of those closest to her. She will do anything to protect even a stranger from being attacked and feels deep remorse about her actions. In a way, this is a psychological thriller, but on the lighter side.

Kyle is a cop who steps in to help with Alex’s fifteen year old daughter, Amy, when Monica (Alex’s sister), is abducted by a dangerous psycho. I won’t say anything more, because it would tell too much, but the twist at the end was great. It is a short and cozy mystery, so expect predictability. But this book packs a punch with suspense, thriller, a sprinkled in love story, family, and  friendship. It is well worth your time to read this book if you like any or all of those elements. For me, it was just enough suspense to keep me intrigued without grossing me out. I loved it.

A side note: this story also contains the first chapter of the next book, Journey to Redemption, of the Alex Warren Novels series by DJ Owen.

Reviewed by Laurie Kozlowski – also posted to Smashwords

* Being that this book is a new release and isn’t yet on Goodreads or Amazon, I’ve only posted a review to Smashwords, in addition to this blog post.*

‘A Journey To Murder’ On Smashwords (Epub available download for Nook or read it directly, online)

Book Blurb

Alex Warren is a single soccer-mom and freelance writer with a mission — to help prevent the weak from being victimized. Traveling in her Winnebago, she seeks out those who would harm others to prevent them from hurting another person. She begins to fall for a Sheriff’s Deputy causing her to rethink her life when her only sister is kidnapped. Will she save her sister, or are both doomed?

About DJ Owen

DJ currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky.  She published her first newspaper at age six, interviewing her family members, typing her own stories and articles, drawing her own comics, and selling one copy of her one and only issue for a nickle.

She has always loved the written word, reading everything she could get her hands on.  She started out with The Bobsey Twins, then moved to The Hardy Boys.  She never really cared for Nancy Drew, but did read them if she had nothing else around.  Eventually she discovered Black Beauty, and as she moved into junior high and high school she began reading encyclopedias for fun.  She would read Popular Science and Mechanics Illustrated magazines, and then would read her mother’s Ladies’ Home Journal and Redbook… (Bio continued on her blog.)

Read her entire bio at her blog, HERE.

Book Escape Review of Executive Seduction by Jennifer Probst #Amreading #Romance

– Executive Seduction On Amazon –

A Hot Romance with Intense and Tantalizing Seduction

Four Stars * * * *

* This Review Is Not Intended For Any Readers Under The Age of 18 *

A Quick Summary:

Logan is successful, intimidating, and sometimes overbearing…the exact opposite of Chandler, a former business woman. Chandler has left the corporate world and her Dad’s offer of guaranteed millions through the family business to open her own yoga learning center. Her new venture is on the verge of collapse unless she finds a way to fund it.

Logan seems to be the answer until she begins to get to know the man behind the “man of steel” persona the media has built him up to be. Soon, her tough past exterior from her business deal with him is threatened by his attempt to prove to her he’s not like all the bastard business people or shoddy love interests she’s known who have screwed her over to get to her father’s fortune. Only problem is, he wants nothing more than her exclusive loyalty to him with her mind and body.

The ‘strays’ she takes in sets Logan into jealousy and he pursues her harder than ever. Chandler isn’t sure if Logan is too much for her or if she’ll ever be able to trust a man again with her heart. She’s learned the hard way that no one is who they seem to be. Later she finds she may be right on both counts. And be falling for the man of steel with a heart to match.

Review:

The reason why I included a quick summary in this review, is because I don’t want readers to be put off by the four-star rating. I hate giving star ratings because there are really great books out there with less than five stars. Executive Seduction is one of them.

Logan was the epitome of alpha-male and dripped seductive sensuality in his every word. His intensity was amazing, and loved how toward the end, we learn about his softer side concerning the loss of his mother. He is very protective of Chandler, but not in an extreme way or directly to her. He’s always looking out for her best interests, but also appreciates her independent streak and business skills.

The opposite attraction in Chandler being a mild-mannered yoga instructor was a nice touch. Chandler has her father’s demands of her marrying a shark business man to inherit his business looming over her, so she’d cut ties with her dad several years ago in order find peace from the rat race in the corporate world and free herself from her father’s demands of marriage.

Okay, now for the why I rated this four stars. Though the characters were astounding and I loved the intensity, there was one huge thing I couldn’t grasp on to: Chandler had left her dad and fortune behind to start anew several years ago. It won me over, because I’m thinking ‘Oh, good for her. You go girl!’ — but then in the end, after all her hard work of building her yoga business, and enterprising with top executives (implying ‘she’s still got the business shark edge’), this old issue of her dad’s money pops up again…this time with Logan potentially being after ‘her money’ or ‘her dad’s fortune’. But…didn’t she give it up in the beginning? After showing me all of her capabilities, I was baffled at her sudden distrust with Logan. Their connection seemed strong throughout, and Logan has money to help, so why does ‘daddy’s money’ matter?

I always love to read an authors first publication. Jennifer had originally published this book as ‘Man of Steel’ and re-published it later as Executive Seduction. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to readers who love intense characters with the ‘opposites attract’ theme and ‘marriages of convenience’ theme. I, personally, couldn’t connect with this one aspect in the story that I mentioned above, but otherwise, I loved it.

Reviewed by Laurie Kozlowski also posted on Goodreads

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About Jennifer Probst

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Jennifer Probst is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of both sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her novel, The Marriage Bargain, was the #6 Bestselling Book on Amazon for 2012. Her first children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, was co-written with her 12 year old niece, and her short story, “A Life Worth Living” chronicles the life of a shelter dog. She makes her home in New York with her sons, husband, two rescue dogs, and a house that never seems to be clean. She loves hearing from all readers! Stop by her website at http://www.jenniferprobst.com for all her upcoming releases, news and street team information.

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Book Escape Review of The Unbalancing Act by Kristen Lynn #amreading #humor #memoir

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– ON AMAZON –

THIS REVIEW IS NOT INTENDED FOR ANYONE UNDER 18.

A Hilarious And Dark Comedy of Motherhood

* * * * * 5 Stars

Follow Vada into a mental hospital. As a mother of three boys and a wife, she needs a break. She relives several funny, endearing, and sometimes plain-out creepy situations during her stay at a mental institution.

I loved this book! I spit my tea out while reading about her butt-cheek clinching while the doctor inspected her for injuries from the night before. And I never knew the Golden Girls were really linebackers out to get mental patients. Lol.

Oh my God. Every parent needs to read this book on their worst parenting days. Vada obviously loves her kids and husband more than life. I think she’s the kind of crazy we all won’t admit to being…but really are.

The characters had me snorting in laughter, her husband was a great sport, and her kids were adorable. Be forewarned: there is a lot of the F word in here. But I agree with Vada: we should all say the F word more often. But I hope to never run into an overly sexed Bath-Salts-Mary. She was creepy!

Suspense, laughter, and a memoir on motherhood…I don’t think it could get much better. A must read!

Reviewed by Laurie Kozlowski

The Unbalancing Act by Kristen Lynn (book blurb)

Vada Bower, mini-van princess and stay-at-home mother of three, appears to have it all together. No one would ever suspect this always smiling “supermom” to be ridden with anxiety, on antidepressants, or to have an internal dialogue that makes the f-bomb sound like a nursery rhyme.

Vada not only lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder, but suffers from one of the most common dilemmas of motherhood: putting everyone else’s needs before her own. Overwhelmed and pushed to her limit, Vada finds herself in a mental institution. It is in the “nuthouse” where she joins an interesting group of women, all with their own unique stories, including a roommate who she swears has to be “bath salts crazy.” After learning more and more about these women, Vada realizes that her maternal instincts do not have an off-switch. She once again puts herself on the back burner to star in her forever role as the caregiver. Only this time, things do not necessarily work out according to her plan. Vada is in way over her head, and finds that her own mental issues will backfire on her in a way that she never could have imagined.

With a laugh-out-loud plot, Vada takes you with her through the internal struggles of motherhood. No one ever said being a mom was easy, and Vada will pull out all the stops to prove it! Her story will leave you begging the question, aren’t we all a little unbalanced?

The Unbalancing Act is a humorous fiction novel that captures all of the things that you have always wanted to say as a mother, but simply couldn’t. No worries, Vada will take care of that for you!

~ ABOUT KRISTEN LYNN ~

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From Kristen’s blog, The Minivan Princess:

“Hey there, I am Kristen. I am a mother of three boys. I know, I know…but don’t take pity on me. I love it.  I was made for this shit. I am very into mothers supporting other mothers, but not so much on judging them…unless they just totally suck. I live and breathe for my kids and have rocked the “stay-at-home-mom” thing for the last 7 years.  This motherhood thing is a journey for all of us, whether you are a working mom, a single mom, a step-mom, or an octo-mom, it’s hard and fun and crazy and exhausting…and I love every minute of it.  Except at two o’clock in the morning…sometimes I don’t love that.

I write what I think, not necessarily what I say and therefore I am an unfiltered train wreck.  I have a passion for laughing, like gut laughing until I cry. I’m usually so tired that this happens simultaneously without any certain cause. I also have an important mission in this world to advocate for people with Tourette’s Syndrome. It is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. I also have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke, which doesn’t sound that bad, but the numbers would shock you!

My fiction novel, The Unbalancing Act is now available for download in the Kindle Store!!! Check it out unless you hate laughing…or are offended by bad words…or just hate books. But otherwise…get on it! Thanks!”

Kristen Lynn’s Blog
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Book Escape Review of Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense

THIS BOOK REVIEW NOT INTENDED FOR ANYONE UNDER 18 +

Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense on AMAZON  —  BARNES & NOBLE

Enchanting And Wild Read

* * * * * 5 Stars

Chemistry between artist Evan and beautiful and witchy Maggie is off the charts as they pursue uncharted waters of love after a detrimental break-up, courtesy of the cosmos.

Evan was pure Alpha. I loved the way his softer, artistic side brought out his vulnerable passions. When he tattooed a memorial portrait of a widower’s deceased wife on the guy’s arm , it made me absolutely love him to death. Not to mention the scene where Maggie’s heels dig into his waist while he…uh, well, where was I?

Oh, yeah. Buy this book! You’ll fall in love with Evan and will absolutely adore Maggie for her sweet and sexy witchiness. I highly recommend Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense to readers who love a fun love story with a twist of paranormal and hot love scenes.

Reviewed by Laurie Kozlowski – originally on Goodreads, July 2014

About A.D. Marrow:

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A.D Marrow is a a registered Sapiophile, a proud Geek since before Geek was chic and believes that everyone deserves a happily ever after. She lives in the foothills of North Carolina with her ridiculously hot and amazingly supportive husband, three kids that rock so hard there should be a national holiday for their awesomeness, two really stupid dogs and a plethora of Post-it notes with book ideas to last her until she’s 90. Her childhood dream is realized in the fact that YOU have cause to read her bio. She hopes that one day, it lends her enough credibility to live out her second dream, which is to write an episode of Doctor Who.

Her personal mantra echoes that of Morticia Adams; “Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”

A.D Marrow’s Author Website

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Book Escape Review of Kiss Me, I’m Home

Kiss Me, I’m Home – ON AMAZON

An Amazing Story and Addictive Series

* * * * * 5 Stars

She’s done it again. Bella Street has pulled me into the enchanting and very mysterious world of magical suspense and mystical romance.

Morgan, the main character, is a travel agent, often pursued by movie-star looking Hunter and pinned with charming passion by the very shy but sensual Warren. It’s not your average love triangle, though,  as Morgan is potentially drugged before a robbery.

As the stakes are heightened, danger arouses her instinct, and Morgan has to figure out who she can trust while the unraveling of her shady foster-home past looms.

Morgan’s new boss is no help with his super-smarmy attitude and creepy behavior. Her normal life is turned upside down in an instant as an unexpected twist from her past is revealed by a gold coin.

Be prepared to be hurled into the unknown and unexpected alluring story of these characters and their extraordinary world of love, greed, and magic. A must read for anyone who loves the thrill of a good suspense, a touch of dark and enchanting magic, and of course…a sweet and touching romance.

This author kindly offered me a copy of this book after I had bought and reviewed Kiss Me, I’m Irish. I’m buying the rest of the series because I’m hooked!

Reviewed by Laurie Kozlowski , originally on Goodreads on August 27, 2014

About Bella Street:

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Living so close to Nashville has provoked Bella to take up fiddle lessons. Until her tunes no longer sound like amorous alley cats, she writes romance with a touch of weird.

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