Book Review: The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman

The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman

348 pages/ Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

About the book:

One cop’s lie has set a killer free.

Four years after serial killer Rudy Cutter was sent away for life, San Francisco homicide inspector Frost Easton uncovers a terrible lie: his closest friend planted false evidence to put Cutter behind bars. When he’s forced to reveal the truth, his sister’s killer is back on the streets.

Desperate to take Cutter down again, the detective finds a new ally in Eden Shay. She wrote a book about Cutter and knows more about him than anyone. And she’s terrified. Because for four years, Cutter has been nursing revenge day after stolen day.

Staying ahead of the game of a killer who’s determined to strike again is not going to be easy. Not when Frost is battling his own demons. Not when the game is becoming so personal. And not when the killer’s next move is unlike anything Frost expected.

My take on it:

I wouldn’t want to be Frost. I wouldn’t want to be neither Eden nor Rudy Cutter because both were downright evil and wicked to kill.
What I would however love is to look Mr. Freeman in the eye and say “that was one hell of a chase! You’ve practically got me to steer clear of 3:42 am!”

I did not look forward to any psychological twists when I requested to read this book off NetGalley.

  • I was intrigued by the title, the blurb and I was looking forward to taking a break from all the romance and poetry I’d been soaking up.
  • This book offers an uncanny pace because where I expected Frost to use his detection skills and hunt Rudy Cutter for the sick serial killer he was, Frost took time to reflect on his sister’s life and murder.
  • Frost’s actions went against the grain of my expectations and this made reading this book such a thrill.

If you’re looking for a psychological thriller laced with some action and a good detective on the hunt, then this would be right up your alley.


I’m going with a four star review because the ending left me wanting more and knowing for sure that Tabby and Frost have unfinished business and I’d love to know how he’ll work his way through that one.

Reviewed on: NetGalley & Goodreads

Get a copy of the book on: Amazon

About the author:

Brian Freeman is a #1 Amazon bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton, and Cab Bolton series.

His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his “you are there” settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots.
Check out his website for more: Brian Freeman Books .  Brian Freeman


Book Review: Drakon’s Past by N. J. Walters

Drakon's Past by N.J. Walters

As far as romance, drakons, dragons and ancient artifacts go, this story is definitely worth reading.

You have Nic, a drakon and wealthy businessman who gets a call from a dealer about some statue. He knows they are priceless and they have something to do with his kind and in the wrong hands, this being the Knights of the Dragon, then all shifters like him would be hunted and killed. What he doesn’t know is that the dealer, Mario, also made the offer to another ruthless man, Dent. When the owner of the statues, Constance, comes at Nic claiming that he kidnapped her sister, Abigail, to get her to give up the statue, then he knows things could get worse. He’ll walk into a trap but at what risk and why?

In the midst of all this, the author did stick to the notion of mates for ancients, and Nic discovers that Constance is his mate. There are people after them but then the greatest barrier is Nic’s inability to trust, not just everyone but any woman due to the greatest betrayal that scarred him for life.

The author’s writing style makes for an easy read. The action fast tracked the story making it an enjoyable read in one sitting. The author also threw in a twist to Nic’ story towards the end that I did not see coming, I relished it.

I know there are other drakons who are like brothers to Nic and inasmuch as I would love to read their story, I would love to read Oscar’s story more. I wonder what kind of bind he’s be in to call Nic and the other Drakons for help, now that would be a story! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book and all the thoughts and opinions are mine. I’d recommend this book to anyone who is into romance.

Also reviewed on: Goodreads

Expected release date: January 29th 2018

About the author:

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it. Check out her site: here

Poetry review: Concerto al-Quds by Adonis

This is my first encounter with Adonis’ work and I am grateful to NetGalley and the Publishers for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I do not believe that my words could do justice to the awakening this collection gave me. I know not of your religion as you read this, but have you ever read a Psalm or the Songs of Solomon? Better yet, have you ever read a hymn? If not, well, this is akin to that. It is raw, unapologetic, bitter, hopeful, challenging and it does not relent in painting what we are as humans.

What if we counted the skulls that tumbled and rolled (in your name) into history’s tunnels and coliseums?

It is what I’d call the feast of truth; you have a plate set before you, there are dishes arraigned and you sit with people like you, people you like and dislike, and await the guest of honor.

Is a woman’s dress part of her skin? I admit to a sip of alcohol in my question. Can Solomon speak to his cave. – Solomon’s cave

I could quote this collection, but then I’d be doing the author an injustice, because I’d only share bits and pieces that stuck with me and we know a reading experience is relative.
I’ll leave it at that because I might contradict myself in the next few sentences.

Buy a copy: On Amazon

Alluring Shifter Romance

Shifters+ Trouble+ Traps+ Romance= A very happy Dora!
Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright333 pages, Romance/Fantasy.
Publication date: November 21, 2017
This started out with Gwen, a human, who witnessed an assault on a shifter called Andie. She refused to withdraw or alter her statement despite the pressure from the Sheriff and the Moores, who seem to be the richest people in town, ready to throw their money to get their son, Brandt out of trouble.
Zander and Bracken are shifters, wolves to be precise, and they are part of the Mercury Pack who happen to be staying at the motel to attend a will reading when Mr. Moore comes to threaten and buy off Gwen. They decide to stick around and see what they can do to help.
Gwen’s not buying it that easily and Zander’s wolf is not so trusting of Gwen either.
The two dance around each other you’d think they were in a ring waiting to see who would strike first, and if you’ve had your share of shifter novels then your guess is probably right, Zander makes the first move.

I loved this book because I love a shifter romance. I am not so big on vampires and werewolves but shifters; bears, wolves, cougars, tigers…I’m all in. I also loved the fact that the relationship between Zander and Gwen was all about giving and taking. It was not a whirlwind romance, but rather, one where they took time to get to trust the other person and that felt relatable.

I wonder, is there a story on Bracken, because the guy is to Zander, what Marlon is to Gwen!
I also found the complex relationship between Gwen and her father, Kenny Cogman, interesting. I did not expect it to play out as it did and that added to the confrontation with the Moores.
If you are lounging home this weekend and are looking for something wild, fast-paced, sweet and alluring to read, then this would be a great recommendation.
I did get a copy off NetGalley and that would not have swayed me to be as happy as I am with this book, well, because I am hopeless shifter romantic, wait…does that even exist?
 Get a copy on: Amazon
About the Author:
Suzanne Wright lives in England with her husband, two children (one angel, one demon), and her bulldog. When she’s not spending time with her family, she’s writing, reading, or doing her version of housework – sweeping the house with a look.Suzanne Wright
Check out her author page: here

Mad Librarian by Michael Guillebeau

Serenity, the MAD Librarian aka Lie-brarian, served me some Southern grit, charm, hope and tough as knuckles personality in this book.

MAD Librarian by Michael Guillebeau

When the library runs out of funds and Serenity, the Head Librarian, is on the verge of giving up, she stumbles upon some residual account with all the money she could need to keep the library doors open and she takes it. She thinks, why not rip off the same city that has been ripping her off for years and it’s all about the books and keeping her doors open to everyone.

I was drawn to this book by the title. I love books and librarians are the most resourceful people I know and to have one that’s “MAD”, well, that was reason enough to pique my interest.

I loved the bookish references and how there were opposing forces for Serenity from the beginning. The sexism did piss me off, especially when the Mayor is keen on Serenity’s views on his interior decor and hat instead of talking about finances, partnership and keeping the library open. I also fumed when they wouldn’t give her time to air her views during the council meeting, that was just downright mean.

Serenity is all about books and it was quite nerve wrecking that she had a husband who lived by the book. Joe’s decision to stick by the law was the one thing that hurt more in this and in a way, I am grateful that the author was realistic because well, at some point it was clear that Serenity could not have her cake and eat it.
The pace was even in the first seven chapters and after that it felt like a drum rolling downhill. There was a part where Serenity was talking to Joe about fighting a losing battle that I found to be as honest as she could ever get in the book,

…Now that I’ve been in the normal world for twenty years and should be some kind of pillar for the community, it seems all I do is smile and pretend and take crap. Even that’s not enough anymore.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s mad about books. You’d agree with the author that public libraries do need funding and I’d be lying if I said that I find myself hurting just a bit more when I visit the public library here in Kisumu, Kenya.

Given the pace, the quirkiness of the characters and the unraveling of the plot, I’d say that my rating’s a 3.5 stars we should introduce that point five rating option.

I received an advanced readers copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. It’s been a mad read and is there any way I could get to name a pet Faulkner?

Reviewed also on: Goodreads

Book Review: In Search of Paradise by Annemarie Musawale

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I am not a huge fan of apocalypse because I exist in this happy-go-lucky place where I hope we’ll never come to a World War Z or The Walking Dead times.
In Search of Paradise by Annemarie Musawale142 pages/ $2.99 Get the ebook–> here
The story revolves around three main characters; Ben, Anders and Zawadi. It is told from two points in time, before an asteroid strikes earth causing chaos, great rifts and deaths and the immediate aftermath. Ben is Luo and a rugby player who is attracted to Anders when they first meet. He is also living a double life because he has a girlfriend yet he’s clearly gay. Anders lives in Mombasa with his aunt and sister-Zawadi. The dynamic in their relationship is that Anders is the one who wears his heart on his sleeve while Ben in clearly doing his best not to incur the wrath or hate from those who know him as Esther’s boyfriend.
The back and forth was a bit distracting to me but I understand the author was trying to give two dimensions to her story.

One thing is certain, the author started writing the story and somewhere in between she introduced lots of sub-themes that took away the pace, intrigue and mystery, from the story.
When the author introduced the Egyptian gods, Seth, Osiris and Isis- she had me asking myself “really?” This was also after they’d covered half the desert and somehow Anders was keeping watch and the next thing it was pitch black and Ben was now talking about ‘intel’ and acting like he was on Survivor? However, I might be reading too much into this because the introduction of the Egyptian gods and their story felt more like a mirror image of the relationship of the two lead characters. Seth is the god of chaos and Osiris is that of fertility and he also guards the realm of the afterlife hence he’s in-charge of resurrection. Then, there’s Isis, the goddess of magic and nature who is believed to have conceived Horus with her brother Osiris. Now, in the author’s story-there’s also Ben and Anders who are clearly not brothers but they are dating and one is the chaos to the calm of the other.

In conclusion, this jolted me out of my realm of genres, and the author’s writing has proven to me over time that she is anything but conventional.

PS: Hey, Anne, could we have a side conversation about the ending?

Review also posted on:
About the author
Annemarie is a full-time writer and ghostwriter, who never gets enough sleep and lives with her dog and her son – when he can spare the time. She has written several books in various genres. The overarching theme is relationships. All kinds. She loves feedback, tea, and fanfiction. Visit her blog: Child of Destiny

Book Review: Aphrodite’s Tears by Hannah Fielding

“You are my passion, agapi mou. And each time you reject me, dousing my fire, my desire, like the phoenix, rises from the ashes, stronger and more determined.”

277 pages/ Fiction/ Contemporary Romance

Release date: January 25. 2018 . Pre-order on: Amazon UK

Book’s blurbIn ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Heracles was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams. Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Lekkas. In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger’s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her. Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian’s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both?

My Take on it:

Oriel is an archaeologist and her decision to respond to a job advert takes her to Greece, the island of Helios, and being on such a beautiful island brings back memories of an encounter with a mystery man she’d had one night. It’s been ten years and she’s never stopped thinking about that night and the man.

She is ushered into this world and she is eager to start diving for ancient artifacts and history except the one she’d be working for happens to be the man she’d met and loved that night. Ten years…a lot can happen in that time and Damian stirs the passion in her but she’s got a lot to deal with. He has a scar that runs from his face to his chest. Unlike Oriel, Damian is relentless in his pursuit of the woman he loves and cannot stop thinking about. He is also aware that his past, the dark secrets of his family, murder of his brother and his personality stand in the way of their love.

I loved the playful banter between Oriel and Damian. This book was filled with references to Greek Mythology and the stories of the gods.

When Oriel thinks about her feelings and being with Damian at some point she thinks that, “what was happening to her was worthy of a romantic novel,” and she’s right about that! 🙂

Damian decides to give Oriel time to come to the realization that she is in love with him and they share more than passion. It’s a difficult thing for him but he acknowledges: “It’s funny how sometimes the people you’d take a bullet for are the ones behind the trigger.”

What I love most about the author’s romance novels is her take on the setting. She does not just write about a place, she takes you through every rock, every plain, every home, the food, music and the people. Having read the Andalucian Nights Trilogy and loved it, I was looking forward to an adventure when I received a copy of this book from the author, instead I got carried away to Helios and enjoyed every bit of it.

I have neither been to Greece nor do I speak Greek but when Damian constantly refers to Oriel as agapi mou I instantly felt the love he had for her.

As I was reading about the island and the team’s diving all I could think of was something serene as these pictures: (I got them off and they are of Santorini and Crete but don’t the blue waters make you want to dive in?)

crete greece sea view ocean Santorini sunset greece amazing

However, there is a uniqueness to the author’s portrayal of her heroines. In the books I’ve read, she begins their stories with a journey. Her heroines often travel from one country to another and in doing so they awaken their exploration of the places and people they encounter.

Though the story revolves around Damian and Oriel, she did introduce strong characters in the book who in their own way contributed to the story of the two leads.

I do wish you’d be swept away by this book as I was. I promise you, she’ll not only serve you a story, but she’ll give you passion, desire, and while I’m at it…food. Yes, the food and the fruits mentioned here made me feel as though I’d never eaten anything exotic in my life!

About the author:

Hannah FieldingHANNAH FIELDING is a multi-award winning romance author who was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. She has written six novels: Aphrodite’s Tears; Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy (the Andalucían Nights Trilogy); The Echoes of Love and Burning Embers. She is a member of the association for Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her website and blog can be found at