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Coven at Collington by Shereen Vedam

Coven at Callington*

Witch Wars, Intrigue, and Romance in Fantastical Regency England

Fresh from fending off an attack by hellhounds, Guard of the Green Cross–a secret arm of the Anglican Church meant to handle evil forces and entities if they rise from darkness–the Earl of Braden gets new orders from the Archbishop that are directly opposed to a central tenet of the guard’s code: do not interfere in disputes between witches and warlocks. Centuries ago witch hunts blackened the name of guards (then known as knights), so meddling is now forbidden. Braden has been tasked with retrieving the son of a warlock, who was supposedly taken by a demon, as well as destroy the coven in the area. More is happening at Callington than Braden imagined, and he is more than tempted to enlist the aid of the coven protectress, Merryn, to help figure it all out. Merryn believes that the same warlock who killed her younger brother has taken the boy.

Will Braden succeed in rescuing the boy? What exactly is going on between the warlocks and witches in Callington? Will Braden risk his position to follow what he knows is right? Will he fall for the coven protectress?

The author has done a fantastic job of creating a magical version of Regency England. I love how the first scene in Regency times a flame in a streetlight is talking! I literally did a double take to see if I was reading correctly! There are other magical elements as well, some of which are not truly explained until later. I thought the idea of having this secret group of guards under direct orders of the Archbishop of Canterbury was inspired. Braden is a complicated, fascinating hero to watch wrestle with right and wrong, on both personal and professional levels.

With elements of fantasy, the paranormal, intrigue, and romance . . . what’s not to like!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Daring the Detective by Riley Cole

Daring the Detective*

Mismatched Pair Seeks Answers

Zadie, the heroine, is immediately uneasy when she comes to the Restitution League to ask them to take her case. She was expecting to find fellow thieves and other reformed criminals, not a police detective. Not quite sure whether to trust sharing the full story with the Sweets and the detective, she ultimately decides that her aunt’s life is more important than the possibility of arrest. Her aunt has gone missing under suspicious circumstances, and she fears that her business of retrieving stolen objects has led one of her victims to strike. Detective Caleb, the hero, believes he knows her type and suspects she is keeping details from them. The League does take up her case, but will everything change when other law enforcement believe that Zadie is not only involved in her aunt’s disappearance but also in her murder? Will romantic sparks fly between this honorable detective and a tarnished lady?

For those who read the two previous books in the Restitution League series, it will come as a surprise that this book is not about one of the Sweets. After all, Briar still hasn’t met found her mate. The writing in this book is not quite as snarky and humorous as the first two books, but this read about a very mismatched pair who have a hard time trusting each other in the face of danger is a compelling one. Detective Caleb puts his career in jeopardy, and Zadie’s very life may hang in the balance.

Seducing the Scientist by Riley Cole

Seducing the Scientist*

Edison Meets His Match in Female Scientist

If you’re familiar with the first book of series about the Restitution League, you know about the cousins who are the core of it. This is Edison’s story, and has he ever met his match! The league investigates a case brought to them by a man who is clearly lying about it and find themselves embroiled in a need to protect a female scientist on the brink of sharing her world-changing discovery. Will the League be able to keep her safe? Will her invention fall into the wrong hands? Will others take credit for what she has done?

Just like the first book, I found this story to be delightfully well-written. In the parts narrated by Edison, he comes across as cocky, slightly jaded, and on the prowl for his next adventure or female. His commentary is often quite amusing, like when he said the heroine had “the delicacy of a stevedore,” which made me laugh out loud. Other sections are narrated by Philomena and Ada; the former is Edison’s sister who was the heroine of Book 1, and the latter is this book’s heroine. I love Ada. She’s a strong, smart woman who has taken care of herself and her grandmother while pursuing her interest in science. Ada is a smart cookie but vulnerable, too, especially in her dealings with men about whom she might have a romantic interest as well as those who would belittle her mind and discoveries.

Those who enjoyed Philomena’s and Spencer’s story in Book 1 will be happy to hear that we continue to see their relationship grow and flourish in this book.

This delightful series about the Restitution League is for readers who appreciate strong women, good-hearted rogues, witty internal monologue and external dialogue, and stories where good–even if in the guise of reformed criminals–triumphs over evil. Personally, I can’t wait for the next installment!

For whatever reason, this book is listed as Saving the Scientist on Goodreads.

New Suspense Jan 27

Here are some suspense novels that were published last week! I’m trying out a new format; just click and the cover and be taken straight to a preview!

New Suspense Jan 13

Here’s some new suspense coming out this week. All books are available by direct purchase as well as through Kindle Unlimited. Most aren’t reviewed yet…so be the first.


Free Suspense Jan 5

Here are some free suspense novels I found today! Many are the first in a series (whether or not it is mentioned). Copycat killers, partial amnesia, runaways, missing art, witnessing murder, a newly minted Secret service agent on a mission…

Click on the book cover to be taken to its page at Amazon.

 

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Eleven women have been strangled in Montreal. While homicide investigators seek their man, a copycat killer has found the perfect cover-up. Kyle uses a popular dating site to target his prey – “attached” women seeking intimate encounters. Dana is studying why women have affairs for a thesis in psychology, and arranges interviews with women through ConneXions. She links the killer to the dating site. To prove her theory, she, too, must play his game.
Tara Shiloh knows she’s not a drug addict. She’s positive she’s a good mother and hard worker. So why is she in an alley with a needle in her arm? With her memory spotty and the circumstances incriminating, Tara must fight to learn the truth. Reid Holliston defends guilty people for a living and it’s slowly killing him. He’s certain there is no such thing as a truly blameless client anymore. When his phone rings with a voice from his childhood his jaded views make him certain Tara is just one more criminal claiming innocence. Best friends from a lifetime ago, the two must find a way to trust each other again in spite of how the years apart have changed them. Can a promise made in childhood be enough to save them both?
College student Courtney Hartford’s worries are confined to doing well in school and having an active social life. That is, until she witnesses a murder. And then recognizes the murderer. His warning not to tell, coupled with his threat against her life and the life of her mother, pushes her to make a difficult decision–tell the police the truth, or let the people who are threatening her control her life.
Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful, and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After training, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Bulgaria to Moscow and finally, to Milan…
Everyone makes mistakes, but some are far more dangerous than others… Fin McLaughlin wanted to make a difference in the FBI. Fin is determined to make amends for the mistakes he’d made six years earlier that had almost cost him his career—and his life. Those mistakes had cost him Agent Ana Sorin, and he would never forget that. Ana had spent six years recovering from the nightmare explosion she’d shared with her former partner Fin. When Fin walks into her office as her new boss, Ana is at a loss for words.Too many issues had been left unresolved between Ana and Fin and between them and the man responsible for the bomb that had nearly killed them both. Too many things had just been left WAITING for all of them.
Locked in a psychological cage, Lisa Richards pushes the boundary for self-expression in her erratic marriage. Hiding her dreams from the people with the desire and the means to crush it takes every bit of cunning a desperate housewife can muster. But time is running out. Her sanity is questioned. And her family legacy is about to be wrenched from her hands. If she survives.
When a thief in Cairo steals a mysterious painting, the art collector asks a world-famous team known as the “Treasure Rebels” to recover it. But with one catch. The painting now lies on the bottom of the Nile River in the submerged ruins of a WW2 fighter plane…surrounded by crocodiles. The team agrees, but once the Rebels swim beneath the surface they soon realize that the Nile crocodiles are the least of their worries. “Nile River Scorpion” is the first in a series of adventure novellas that feature fast-paced action and intense suspense set in exotic and wild locations around the globe.
Don’t talk to strangers… Faced with his parents’ divorce, eleven-year-old Lucas runs away from home in the hope that his family will get back together to find him. While walking through the empty streets, he is picked up by a mysterious woman, who offers to take care of him and provide him with a loving family. The boy then wakes up in shackles, confined to a bed in a decrepit house in the middle of nowhere and will have to face his deepest fears in order to survive in his new home.
Deception. Torture. Murder. At a remote cabin, a man kidnaps and kills women to practice the gruesome “cleansing” procedure he plans for Sweet Cheeks—Jewels—the woman of his dreams. Within a radical domestic terrorist organization called Jefferson’s Warriors, he’s known as the mysterious “Commander” and concocts an elaborate plan to possess Sweet Cheeks. Jewels, an award-winning investigative reporter, is hurled into a web of deception when she receives a desperate call from an old high school friend with urgent information; life and death information that can only be safely shared in person. Before Jewels can figure out the meaning of her friend’s warning to not “trust the old times” or decipher the map, she’s kidnapped and held prisoner in a secret mountain compound. Jewels must escape before the mysterious Commander takes possession of her and performs the hideous cleansing ritual…
The potential treatment for cancer originating from the laboratories at the University is progressing well and is soon to enter clinical trials. However, the future of the clinical trial unit, ClinTry, looks in doubt unless it receives a financial lifeline. When a benefactor steps in to save the business everyone is reassured but the road ahead may be still be troublesome. Can the momentum be halted before irreversible damage is caused? At the same time, the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Persford is under threat from factions whose aim is to spread hatred and intolerance. Can they be stopped, or will the town be shaken by their actions? Emotions run high on many levels in this complex story of beliefs, desires, relationships, and of course a hint of science.

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