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New Release & Review – Toxicity (Out of the Box 13) by Robert J Crane @robertjcrane

Book & Author Details:
Toxicity (Out of the Box #13) by Robert J Crane
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Sci Fi, Superhero

toxicityRomeo and Juliet, meet Bonnie and Clyde.

June Randall and Elliot “Ell” Lefavre are young bandits on the run, using their powers to commit a string of robberies along the Florida coast when they run up against the long arm of the law in the form of FBI Special Agent Scott Byerly. But when the dangerous young lovers prove to be too much for Agent Byerly, he turns to his ex-flame Sienna Nealon for a helping hand bring them down. Between the two of them, they ought to be able to give June and Elliot a run for their money.

If they don’t end up killing each other first.

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The author should, in my view, be very proud of what he has produced with this book.

June & Ell are quite the couple. At points, I rolled my eyes so hard at them that I thought that I was going to get eye sprain.  However,  June in particular, is a great bad guy – definitely the “Clyde” in this relationship.  The way she is portrayed is eerie.  Her disconnect between her actions and her responsibility for the same is disturbing to read.

But it’s how close she came to being ended by a nobody; it’s the open door at the end; it’s the emotion that sets this one apart.  I confess that Crane might have had me tearing up a little with this one.

Bravo Mr Crane.  I can’t wait to see where you take us next.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

RJCRobert J. Crane was born and raised on Florida’s Space Coast before moving to the upper midwest in search of cooler climates and more palatable beer. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in English Creative Writing. He worked for a year as a substitute teacher and worked in the financial services field for seven years while writing in his spare time.

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New Release & Review – Voiceless by Robert J Crane & Nicholas J Ambrose @robertjcrane @hive_NJAmbrose

Book & Author Details:
Voiceless (The Shattered Dome #1)
by Robert J Crane & Nicholas J Ambrose
Publication date: February 25th 2017
Genres: Sci Fi, Post Apocalyptic, Space Opera

voicelessAfter a lifetime embroiled in the turmoil swirling throughout Hesperus, an isolated dome on the brink of collapse, Hannah Wright is thrust into the conflict first-hand when a farmer torches the dome’s latest harvest.

Desperate to mend things, she comes across the Voice. Run by Cadence Walker, a city-dweller who has watched the government steadily turn its back on the impoverished at the dome’s edge, the organization vows to unite the dome.

But as a wave of violent attacks erupt throughout Hesperus, tensions rise along with the brutality – and unity may be further away than ever.

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This is not my usual fare – not at all.  Post-apocalyptic space opera?  Not usually my thing.

But.  When two of your must read authors collaborate on a story, there was not a chance that I wouldn’t read it.

So, to the book.  Is it any good?  Actually, yes.  The backdrop to the story might be unfamiliar, but the issues it touches upon are not.  It is, I believe, a mark of the strength of the narrative that, despite the strangeness of the setting, the reader can still easily make a connection to Hannah; to the obstacles she and others around her face; to the oppression they struggle against and perhaps, to the (sometimes questionable) decisions she makes in an attempt to find her way through her days.

Yet this is not just the story of one girl’s struggles. The villains of the piece are not necessarily the ones who protest the loudest.  Sometimes, they are the ones who whisper sedition in others’ ears. And the lengths they go to is perhaps the most disturbing part of this story.

I look forward to seeing where the authors take us with this one.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.

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New Release & Review – Wait For It by M O’Keefe @MollyOKwrites

Book & Author Details:

Wait For It by M O’Keefe
Publication date: February 28th 2017
Genres: Suspense, Romance, Contemporary

wait for it.jpgIn a blistering novel of raw emotion and desire, a tormented woman teaches an alpha male that money can’t fix everything . . . but love can.

Tiffany : After fighting for a new life, I don’t want to play the victim anymore. However, with three kids to raise, I’m getting desperate enough to make a deal with the devil. My estranged brother-in-law, Blake, says he just wants to help, but he’s been trouble since I met him. I don’t know if I can believe this kinder, gentler Blake, and there’s a friction between us that has turned into the sweetest chemistry. He could be my salvation . . . or my downfall.

Blake : I haven’t always had Tiffany’s best interests at heart but I’m ready to make up for my sins. Besides, I can’t help admiring her: The girl’s a genuine survivor, tough and lean, with eyes of steel. But the more I get to know Tiffany, the more I want her. Every inch of her. Which means I’m about to make a bad situation a hell of a lot worse.

review

Don’t.

Don’t wait for it that is.  Just click “buy now”.

This is one of those books that just works.  That grabs you by the front of your shirt and pulls you in.  I really shouldn’t like Blake.  And yet, for ephemeral reasons that I simply cannot pin down, I just did.

This relationship is somewhat unconventional and fiery.  The characters are strong and full of attitude.  And I loved it.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

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