Brimstone by Tamara Thorne


Brimstone

By: Tamara Thorne
Genres: Paranormal Thriller
Pages: 478
Brimstone by Tamara Thorne

Family Secrets
The Brimstone Grand Hotel, owned by reclusive former movie star, Delilah Devine, looms high on Hospital Hill, harboring long-buried family secrets that whisper of unimaginable horrors. Horrors that will echo down through generations. 

Twisted History
When Delilah’s granddaughter, Holly Tremayne, who has seen ghosts for most of her eleven years, first comes to live in the Brimstone Grand in the summer of 1968, she’s delighted by its majestic western beauty - and its chilling history. But as she settles in, making friends and enemies alike, the nightmares begin. 

Terror in the Night
Within the walls of the Brimstone Grand, the past has come back to life, and Holly and Delilah are faced with an ancient familial evil that rages just below the old hotel’s serene facade. An evil that won’t rest until it possesses Holly - body, mind, and soul.  

Also by this author: Eternity, Mother, The Ghosts of Ravencrest
 
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Tamara Thorne has yet to disappoint me. Brimstone, like every other book of hers, has left me in awe of her ability to develop a story that is so unlike anything else I’ve read. At the end of her books, while I’m never really ready to stop reading, I still feel as though the story is complete and I’m satisfied that everything I wanted to know has been revealed. I love that her books are a bit longer than many I come across lately.

 

Thorne has this ability to write the worst possible characters imaginable. Meeks is a vile, disgusting excuse for a human being. The villains in her books have no redeeming qualities, and Meeks fits that description perfectly. I also can’t stand Holly’s mother, Cherry. She’s just a horrible person.

 

Holly’s interactions with both the living and the dead are enjoyable or terrifying depending on the situation. I can understand her Grandmother’s apprehension when it comes to Holly as the girl is easy to like, but with Delilah’s history with her own daughter, I can imagine being afraid of becoming close to her.

Each book of Thorne’s reads like a movie in my head. I can hear the thunder as I’m reading, I can almost smell the rain as she describes it. The basement of the hospital appears terrifying in my head as it would to Holly. I’m not sure how she does it, but she’s amazing at it.

 

This is a great book. It truly is. The mystery and suspense, all tied up with a girl who can see ghosts, a ghost cat, and a whole cast of characters you either love or hate are all worth the time it takes to read it.

 

 

Purchase Link

Amazon

 

About Tamara Thorne

Tamara Thorne has collected ghost stories, true and fictional, since she saw her first Twilight Zone as a tot, and continues to this day. In addition to writing novels and stories of the paranormal, she also writes non-fiction and is an active ghost hunter. She makes her home in southern California with her husband and their feline family and when she’s not writing, can be found haunting ghost towns, phantom-filled hotel rooms, and other spooky places. Tamara loves to hear from her readers. Whether you have questions or comments or would like to share your own ghostly experience,come visit her at her website www.tamarathorne.com.

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Crank: The Devil’s Highwaymen Nomads #1 by Claire C. Riley


Crank

By: Claire C. Riley
Genres: Romance
Pages: 134
Series: The Devil's Highwaymen Nomads #1
Crank: The Devil’s Highwaymen Nomads #1 by Claire C. Riley

The Nomads are alpha males that will take you on the ride of your life.

I found my deliverance in the form of a bottle of whiskey and a woman named Hope.

Hope was the opposite of everything I stood for and believed in; she was innocent and pure and beautiful in a way that was soul deep, yet I couldn’t help falling for her. We only had one night—just mere moments in a lifetime really, but it was enough to change me forever.

Maria tasted like venom and looked like sin. She was beautiful and poisonous. She was dangerous—way more than I knew at the time, and she never pretended to be anything but my worst nightmare.
I never stood a chance.

Whiskey was bad for me, but in the end, Maria was probably worse.
I was young, too young to have seen the things I had. On the run from my past. Chasing my nightmares away with sex and booze and praying to any god that might be listening to finish me off sooner rather than later.
The day our worlds collided was the day that everything came apart. Our lives were set on a path that none of us could change.
Maria was my Demon.
And whiskey was my escape.
But Hope? She was my redemption

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Also by this author: Odium II, Limerence 2, Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella. Part Two
 
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Crank isn’t a book I would have normally picked up to read just because. I’m not a fan of romance or lovey-dovey stuff in general. I chose to read it because the characters in the series have made appearances in another series I’ve read and I wanted to know more of their backstories. I’m glad I took a chance with this book.

 

I’ve read all 3 books in the series at this point in time and of the 3, I think this one has the least amount of sex. Which is probably why it’s my favorite.

The main character, Dillon, has had a tough time in life. Mom was an addict, stepdad was a piece of crap, and he’s headed down a dark path. When he comes across the Devil’s Highwaymen he may be getting a new chance at life.

 

This book was both exciting and heartbreaking. Dillon is such a tortured soul and has never had the chance to learn what family is truly about. You can tell he has a good heart but has been hurt by everyone he’s cared about.

 

I loved seeing Dillon grow as a person and learn what the club has to offer him. He needs stability in his life. Riley has a way of making you fall in love with her characters and you want things to go well for them. But when things don’t go as well as you would like, it’s like learning something bad happened to an old friend. You feel for them and want to fix things for them, even though you know they aren’t real.

 

This is really a good series if you like motorcycle club style books. The later books have A LOT more sex and romance in them. So if you’re into sexy time in your books, this may be a series for you.

 

 

Purchase Links

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About Claire C. Riley

Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author with almost twenty novels of various genres to her credit.

A lover of all things dark and dirty, she likes to write characters you love to hate but can’t help falling in-love with. She isn’t afraid to challenge herself, or her readers, to step outside of their comfort zones.

She also writes under the pen name of Cee Cee Riley, where she writes in the MC romance and post-apocalyptic romance genres.

Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, three daughters and one naughty beagle, where she can be found whiling away her days playing board games with her kids and reading.

 

Author of:

 

Odium The Dead Saga Series

Odium Origins Series

Limerence (The Obsession Series)

Out of the Dark Series,

Twisted Magic,

Beautiful Victim

Blood Claim

 

Co-authored books with Madeline Sheehan:

 

Thicker than Blood,

Beneath Blood & Bone,

& Shut Up & Kiss me,

 

And by Cee Cee Riley:

 

The Ride or Die a Devil’s Highwaymen MC Novel Series

And coming in November – The Devil’s Highwaymen NOMAD series.

Author of:

Odium The Dead Saga Series

Odium Origins Series

Limerence (The Obsession Series)

Out of the Dark Series,

Twisted Magic,

Co-authored books with Madeline Sheehan:

Thicker than Blood,

Beneath Blood & Bone,

& Shut Up & Kiss me,

And soon to be released by Cee Cee Riley:

The Ride or Die Series

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Doll House by John Hunt


Doll House

By: John Hunt
Genres: Horror, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 204
Doll House by John Hunt

Olivia is excited for university. She will be on her own, in a new place hopeful to meet new friends.

On the night she moves in, she is taken off the street by two masked men. She is placed in a room which is little more than a cell. A pink cell. A room made for a doll. She is now part of their collection.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
 
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Doll House is definitely a disturbing book. If I rated it solely on how disturbing it is, I would give it 5 stars hands down. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. I can say I’m glad I read it AFTER I sent my daughter off to college.

 

Olivia’s story of survival and the aftermath is heartbreaking. She’s definitely a strong woman. What she’s been through is horrific and her responses to things are horrific. I’m not sure I could have survived what she did. This story does a good job of giving the reader an idea of what a survivor can go through during something like this and after.

 

While I understand the author’s need to show how the trauma has affected everyone involved, there are parts of the story where I wanted to say, just get on with it. That could be my own impatience, but I found a good portion of the book slow moving and, for lack of another way to say it, boring. But again, that is probably just my own impatience, so you should probably not take that into consideration if you are trying to decide to read it.

 

Overall, this wasn’t a bad book, maybe it just wasn’t for me, but I didn’t love it. I enjoyed the twists in it. I appreciated the look inside the mind of a trauma survivor. I wasn’t super surprised by the ending, I had an idea of things, but nothing definite.

 

Purchase Link

Amazon

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