Category: Thriller

Review: “Whisper” by Tal Bauer

TITLE: Whisper
AUTHOR: Tal Bauer
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Ron Perry
GENRE: Thriller; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 695 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2018
PRICE: $ 6.99-e-book / Unknown yet – paperback

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The truth is complicated.
On September 11th, 2001, Kris Caldera was a junior member of the CIA’s Alec Station, the unit dedicated to finding and stopping Osama Bin Laden.
They failed.


Ten days later, he was on the ground in Afghanistan with a Special Forces team, driven to avenge the ghosts that haunted him and the nation he’d let down. On the battlefield, he meets Special Forces Sergeant David Haddad. David – Arab American, Muslim, and gay – becomes the man Kris loves, the man he lives for, and the man he kills for, through the long years of the raging wars.


David Haddad thought he’d be an outsider his whole life. Too American for the Middle East, too Arab for America, and too gay to be Muslim. It took Kris to bring the parts of himself together, to make him the man he’d always wanted to be. But the War on Terror wreaks havoc on David’s soul, threatening to shatter the fragile peace he’s finally found with Kris.
When a botched mission rips David from Kris’s life, Kris’s world falls into ruin and ash. A shell of the man who once loved with the strength to shake both the CIA and the world, he marks time on the edges of his life. The days bleed together, meaningless after losing the love of his life.
After being captured, tortured to the edge of his life, and left for dead by his comrades, David doesn’t know how much of himself is left. He vanished one day in the tribal belt of Pakistan, and the man who walks out almost a decade later is someone new: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.
But strange rumblings are whispering through the CIA. Intelligence from multiple sources overseas points to something new. Something deadly, and moving to strike the United States. Intercepts say an army from Khorasan, the land of the dead where the Apocalypse of Islam will rise, is coming.
And, at the head of this army, a shadowy figure the US hasn’t seen before: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.


David is coming home.


When I first was introduced to Tal Bauer’s books downloading them I had a shiver going up my spine. I knew from the very first sentence that I met an author, a man, a human with high moral understanding when it comes to discrimination. His utopian views of the future are aligned with mine, reading him I could connect with him, sharing every emotion, every hope for mankind.

Tal’s tells stories for those who believe, believe in good, believe in God.

God is more than we think we know. God is everywhere, Has infinite aspects, and we are His reflection. As every mirror, we are not perfect, but at the core, we are made reflected in His image.

I’m a believer, a believer in God. Actually, that’s wrong; I don’t believe in God, I know that God exists. And since I was a child, I dedicated myself to study, I read the holy scriptures of every religion, I experienced many ways, I worshiped a lot of ways, and in the end, when I found myself when I found myself in God, I knew I was home. My search has ended, I was finally at peace with God, with myself.

Whisper is about Islam, the real Islam, not the Islam we were taught, and the doctrine people misunderstand. ISLAM means Enlighten, and when Mohammad Sahib told to his devotees that everyone must become Islam, he meant that every one of us must become enlightened.

David/Dawood is confused. He doesn’t understand the world. Once his faith was solid, burned in his soul, lightened his life, but after he was forced to witness his father’s execution at the age of 10 and forced to flee to the US, everything he was taught had been shattered. Until he meets Kris, who awakes him back up. Wakes his believe, his heritage. He knows that Kris is the other half of his soul—a soul broke in two before they came to this earth, and he knows that Kris is the path Alllah was setting him on.

Kris is a CIA junior, expert in Farsi and Arabic, and was approached by the CIA when he was in university. After finishing his training, he was assigned as an Afghanistan analyst when Afghanistan was on nobody’s radar, just a small insignificant spot somewhere on the planet. Then September 11th happens and suddenly Kris finds himself in the center of the nation’s attention. He’s assigned to take out the US nation’s first enemy, Osama Bin Laden. Then when he meets David, for the very first time, he can let go.

They face a lot of prejudice, so they must hide their love. Kris never could hide that he was gay, being fabulously outgoing and big mouthed. He has enemies among his colleagues, colleagues who wait for him to fail. Stubborn, he proves them wrong again and again. Until David was taken from him.

Whisper is a story that will take you apart, break you to pieces, make you cry, and shiver. Learning that this book, up until chapter 22, is based on the real events, makes it more lived or real.

The way some (billions) see Islam is wrong. Islam is about peace. When I was traveling in the Middle East, and I heard the A zan, the Muslim call to ritual prayer, from the minaret of a mosque, I felt at peace. Something inside me settled. And before you ask , no I’m not Muslim, I just believe in God, in all His/Her aspects.

Thank you, Tal Bauer, for writing this fantastic story!

La Ilaha Illa’llah. – There is no God but God.

 

 

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony” by K.A. Merikan

TITLE: Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
SERIES: Guns n’ Boys
PUBLISHER: Acerbi&Villani ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Dark; Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 370 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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We are two halves of the same rotten apple.”
Deep in the Amazonian jungle, there is a mansion with a rose garden and a hen house where juicy tomatoes are the perfect shade of red, and marble countertops glisten.
Inside, where even the shadows don’t reach, something is rotting, and the perfect facade can only hold the stench for so long.
Domenico promised his husband that he would keep him safe, keep him away from the bloodshed and the brutal world of cartel violence. But when a guest arrives to help retrieve a stolen transport of guns, something sinister sneaks into his home, something more dangerous than his enemies. Or has it been there all along, and he just hasn’t noticed?
Seth’s life is what others dream of. Endless leisure time filled with cocktails, a kitchen stocked with anything he wishes for, and a private pool in the sunshine. What’s missing is the man he shares it with, the man he fell in love with. If being cut off from the mafia business was what he wanted, then why is it so painfully lonely in paradise?
Desperate to be the supportive husband Domenico needs, Seth buries his rage, his violent urges, and the anger that simmers inside of him. But he can only hide in plain sight for so long, and when a guest invites him to play with fire, one misstep, one wrong move, could burn their safe haven to the ground.


POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: mafia, cartel, assassin, organized crime, family ties, domestic violence, inequality, betrayal, revenge
Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance / crime thriller
Length: ~92,000 words (Book 7 in the series)


WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists as well as scorching hot, explicit love scenes. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.


Almost three years after the bloodbath that allowed Domenico and Seth to take over Toro’s life and property (Guns n’ Boys 6: Bloodbath), Domenico is the new Toro at El Canto. Seth has everything he wishes, a home, money, security, a beautiful family but something is missing in his sanitized life.

When a snake in the form of a beautiful man named Diego comes into their house and tempts him, Seth finds himself in a dangerous path, more dangerous than anything until now.
Sometimes wishes can be dangerous, Seth and Dom will discover that in the worst way, but this time, can they come back from that?
Oh my, my, my, our guys are back. (No, I don’t squeak, nope, I’m just making happy dance noises with tiny sounds coming from my mouth … that are NOT squeaks).

Dom kept his promise to Seth. When Seth had a meltdown 3 years ago, Dom promises him not to have to kill anyone anymore, to not have to live in fear, and not to have to live with danger around each corner. He does this for Seth, but Dom being Dom, he does this to the extreme. I love Dom, always have, this guy is batshit crazy, a sociopath, in the pure medical term, he has a temper and an ego the size of a planet, but I love him, and not because I’m crazy (maybe a little) but because of how Domenico Acerbi loves Seth Villani. That kind of loves is unique, Seth is his world, literally his whole world, and for that, I love him hard.

Seth has what he asks for, but he’s unhappy. Yes, it’s him who asked not to be involved anymore in all the killing, violence, torture, but at the end of the day, he’s alone. He’s cut off from Domenico, and they don’t share anything anymore, they don’t talk like they used to do because Dom wants to keep him safe, like a damsel in distress. So when Diego makes a move on him, Seth sees the opportunity to escape his golden cage. But Seth being Seth, he ended up in the worst situation that he ever had (worse than with Vincenzo in my opinion).

I loved this book; I loved it a lot. It’s different than the six previous books of the series. This one marks a change in the dynamic of the plot but also in Dom and Seth as a couple. For me, the book is written with two tempos. The first part is slow, a little bit calm, almost sanitized, like Seth’s new life actually, and then the second part is fast, dynamic, almost messy, like Seth’s old life, kinda. I liked it a lot. This book is also the one that puts the most to the test them as a couple, I was really scared for them, but the authors succeed brilliantly in connecting them more than ever, really after what they’ve been through together, I thought they couldn’t be more connected than what they were already, but obviously I was wrong.
This book is a good addition to the series, and it was necessary, in my opinion. With this book we reached a new level, and I can’t wait to read how they’ll evolve from here.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series, the book can’t be read as a standalone, but the journey of Domenico and Seth is worth your time. So far, this series, is my top number 1, before all my favorites books, series, movies, foods, and sometimes…. my son.

It’s 5 OptimuMMs… because crossbow

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Vice City” by SA Stovall

TITLE: Vice City
AUTHOR: SA Stovall
SERIES: Vice City
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 234 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 20, 2017
PRICE: $5.38 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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After twenty years as an enforcer for the Vice family mob, Nicholas Pierce shouldn’t bat an eye at seeing a guy get worked over and tossed in the river. But there’s something about the suspected police mole, Miles, that has Pierce second-guessing himself. The kid is just trying to look out for his brother any way he knows how, and the altruistic motive sparks an uncharacteristic act of mercy that involves Pierce taking Miles under his wing.

Miles wants to repay Pierce for saving his life. Pierce shouldn’t see him as anything but a convenient hookup… and he sure as hell shouldn’t get involved in Miles’s doomed quest to get his brother out of a rival street gang. He shouldn’t do a lot of things, but life on the streets isn’t about following the rules. Besides, he’s sick of being abused by the Vice family, especially Mr. Vice and his power-hungry goon of a son, who treats his underlings like playthings.
So Pierce does the absolute last thing he should do if he wants to keep breathing—he leaves the Vice family in the middle of a turf war.


Pierce is the head enforcer of the Vice Family, a mafia family who controls Noimore city.
One day, he was supposed to “take care” of a young man, Miles, who is a suspected mole.
Without knowing why himself, Pierce decides to spare Miles’s life and takes him under his wing.
Miles has one goal, find his brother Jayden and move out of town. When Pierce saves his life and helps him to find and save his brother, Miles’ priorities change, and Pierce wellbeing starts to be his top list.

Between the turf war with the Cobra, finding Jayden and staying alive, Miles and Pierce have to fight in order to one day leave the town and maybe have a future…together
Ok, so there’re the books that I love and the books that I loooove. This one is the book that I Adooooooooooooooooooore. It’s the BEST NOIR BOOK 2017.
Where I start? I don’t know how to explain my feelings.

The characters are awesome.

If Miles is strong, sweet and sometimes naïve: he’s also loyal and devoted to Jayden and Pierce.
Pierce is SUBLIME. This man is rough, hard, brutal, and violent. He’s merciless, smokes, drinks, fucks and doesn’t give a shit about what people say or think. He’s gay, out and proud. But he’s also loyal, with a code of honor (maybe not the same as ours but still he has a code). He’s also tired. Tired of his dog life, tired seeing the same low life, the same shit, the same dark and painful side of the human race for the last 20 years. He is absolutely sublime when he comes to Miles, taking care of him in his own weird way.

The plot and the story are awesome, and the writing is brilliant. It’s what? The fourth book from the author and she wrote this masterpiece. Hats off to the artist!!
This book is dark, really dark, don’t expect unicorns and rainbows here, nope, we have whores, junkies and murderers. It’s written with Pierce’s pov only, and that’s probably what I loved the most in this book. The entire book we’re in his head, how he lives, how he meets Miles, how their connection start.
It was so brilliantly written, well built, it was dark and poetic, rough and tender, all at the same time.

She realized the incredible thing; to put love in this book, without naming it once, without expressing it once. In the tortured soul of Pierce and Miles, their fucked-up way of being together, there was more love than any “I love you.” (That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to read Pierce and Miles saying those words, Dear New favorite author of my life!).
It reminds me the movie, Sin City, this book is a chef-d’oeuvre just like this movie.

So if, like me, you’re a huge fan of Noir fiction, polar movie, and Gay Love… This book is THE book for you. You can’t finish 2017 without meeting Pierce (My Hubby btw) and Miles.
At the end of the book I was sitting on my couch at 4 am in the morning (2h before I have to go to work…yep zombie face all day), looking in the void trying to understand what’s happened to me, how I can go on with my life after this book. How I will live without my boys and most importantly, WHEN IS BOOK 2 COMING??

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go back sit down on my couch and find the strength to fight this book hangover or maybe re-read it. I hope book 2 will come soon, like tomorrow, because I need to read more about Pierce and Miles, the end of this book was sweet, but not enough, they have to live so much more (like a fucking beautiful crazy love story and a revenge to do). So Dear New Author of my life, please, hurry up!!!

It’s 5 Official OptimuMM’s for me (Unofficially it’s 20 out of 5).

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “Dark Silence” by Katze Snow & Susanna Hays

TITLE: Dark Silence
AUTHOR: Katze Snow & Susanna Hays
SERIES: The Bound Subject
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Dark; Erotica; Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 288 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 29,2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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Fans of FLESH CARTEL will enjoy reading this book because it is ALL kinds of messed up. Not a romance. Humanity does not belong here.

Claude Galen was brought into this world to train slaves, not to want them.

When his latest victim, a twenty-one-year-old boy named Tristan Kade, begins to see Claude for who he truly is, only one thing can be done to stop Tristan from escaping: punish him.

Trapped in a padded white room with no windows or doors, all Tristan can do to stay alive in this world is to obey Professor Galen.

Submit to him.

Yield. Break.

But what happens when Tristan’s body is trained to work against him? When he starts to crave the pleasure instead of fear it? When he begins to see the man behind the monster?

Warning: This story is DARK. It is not intended for those who are seeking a happily ever after. This psychological, erotic MM thriller is meant for those who enjoy the darker side of life. It is NOT a romance and it contains graphic scenes of sexual torture in which some may find upsetting. Other possible triggers include abduction, torture, non con, manipulation, and enslavement. Please consider these warnings before entering the professor’s world.


WARNING. This is a very dark book about kidnapping, torture, brainwashing and this is not for everyone.

Now, with that said, if you like very dark reads with hot sex, then I recommend this book. These authors are very dark and twisted in the way they tell a story. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but let me tell you, I’m a bit twisted because I loved it.

Claude went through excruciating training by his own father to train slaves. He was raised with this theory that his father had that can change a person into someone totally different by torturing them and make them a better person in the end. Claude has known nothing else, and he does his best to impress his father. Claude has finally worked hard enough and gets his own boy to train.

Tristan is a video geek and travels to go to a gaming convention. He tells his aunt he’s going to check out a college. He was sought out for this college, so he agrees to go meet the professor, then will go to the convention. Well, when Tristan meets the professor, he doesn’t realize he will never make it to the convention. Instead, he’s kidnapped and put in a white room with no windows and is kept there for days. Tristan’s life will never be the same.

Claude knew he wanted Tristan from the first time he saw him. He has been obsessed with getting this boy and doing things right this time. Yes, this isn’t his first. Claude had another, but it ended badly as Claude let himself have feelings and dad took care of that situation after the escape attempt.

Tristan is finally released from this white room of hell, but the rest of the torture that this young man endures is unspeakable. But, after a while, Tristan craves Claude’s touch. Can this theory be true? Will Tristan ever be able to escape or, the better question, will he want to?

Can Claude keep this boy from escaping? Will Tristan submit to this evil man? Will they each accept their roles and be ok with who they are in the end? This is not a love story and does not promote happiness. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I got angry, felt empathy and want more.

***I would like to thank the authors for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: ” Detour” by Sid Love

TITLE: Detour
AUTHOR: Sid Love
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Cool Dude Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Corneles Bronkhorst
GENRE: Contempory Romance, Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 333 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $12.99 -paperback
  

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Austin Reyes works as a bartender to support his ailing mother in a small town called Eaton. But his life takes a horrible turn when his boss’ son, Caleb, arrives in town and forces himself upon Austin. There is no end to Caleb’s lustful intentions. Austin leaves Eaton and flees to Denver to start a new life when his mother commits suicide after succumbing to depression. There, he meets Dylan Carver.

Dylan is out and proud. He’s also a well-known actor in the porn industry. When haters damage his car, Austin, now homeless and destitute, is injured and Dylan helps him. In the immediate aftermath, Dylan develops more than a passing interest for Austin, and, though they part ways, chance meetings never stop.

Austin lets Dylan in on the secret about his past, but soon realizes that the man who looked so happy on the outside, has his own baggage. Unbeknownst to them, someone is plotting to get Austin killed.

Even while surrounded by danger, Austin and Dylan’s relationship takes a detour that was always meant to be. Will this detour be Dylan’s undoing? Will Austin finally come to terms with his mother’s suicide and follow his own truth? Or will their lives implode?

Trigger Warning: Content includes a rape scene


Austin’s life is pure hell, he’s raped on a daily basis by his boss’ son, his mother is bipolar, and he needs his job to provide her medications. One night, when Caleb tries to rape him (again), his father saw them. Caleb lies, declaring Austin was the one who corrupted him and raped him. Austin tries to tell the truth, but it’s too late, he loses his job at the bar. When he comes back to his home, tired, hurt, beat, he finds his mother dead. She’s killed herself after she discovered what Austin had been through. Alone, traumatized, scared, and mourning his mom, Austin is attacked the next night after the funeral by Caleb. Caleb tries to rape him, and this time, Austin fights back and runs.

This book is about how you survive and heal when your life is hell.

This story was beautiful. We follow Austin and how he tries to stand up for himself.
How he tries to heal from his past. Heal with his friends, heal with loves, and heal with confidence.

The author did a great job, it wasn’t a “whining” book on how poor Austin is hurt. Not at all, yes, it’s a love story, but it’s also a thriller, and I enjoyed it.
The MC’s aren’t perfect, any of them. And I liked it a lot, I’m tired of the MC’s where one is Mr Perfection and the other Mr. Neurotic.

Austin does incomprehensible things sometimes, and Dylan is far away from being the perfect knight in shining Armor. And yes, I confess, I wanted to slap them, you know, like when you’re watching a movie and the MC does stupid things and you yell “Why did you do that !!!” but 5 minutes later, he does something adorable, and you forget his previous stupidity. Well, it was the same here, even if they annoyed me, it was never too long, and together they are perfect. They spend the book healing each other from their past, their mistakes, their wounds.

The writing is dynamic, the plot interesting. I was hooked on the story at the beginning and couldn’t stop until I finished the book.

That’s why it deserves 4 beautiful OptimuMM’s.
Enjoy
Ivy

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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