Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: The River House by Carla Neggers

I'm so happy to be featuring Carla Neggers' latest in her Swift River Valley series, The River House. Carla is a definite favorite go-to author who I have the privilege of reviewing for RT Book Reviews. For those not familiar with the series although her town is made up it showcases an actual area in Massachusetts where she grew up. And even though its a series they read well on their own.
i'm also including my review courtesy RT Book Reviews


ISBN-13: 9780778330837
Publisher: Mira
Swift River Valley #8
Release Date: 3-27-2018
Length: 384pp
Source: For Editorial Review
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n this charming novel about the search for love, home and family, New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers takes readers on a journey to an irresistible town they’ll want to return to over and over again

Felicity MacGregor loves organizing social events for others but her own personal life is a different story. After a brief but failed attempt at a career as a financial analyst, she returned to Knights Bridge where she enjoys running a thriving party-planning business.

Then Felicity’s life gets a shake-up when her childhood friend Gabriel Flanagan returns unexpectedly to their tiny hometown. Now a high-flying businessman, Gabe always vowed to get out of Knights Bridge, but he is back for the local entrepreneurial boot camp Felicity’s been hired to organize. Together again, they’ll finally have to face each other—and their complicated past.

Gabe and Felicity soon realize their reunion is stirring up long-buried emotions. While Gabe has big plans for his future, Felicity is discovering that hers doesn’t depend on fate—she must choose what’s right for her. But if they can find a bridge between their diverging paths, they may just discover that their enduring connection is what matters most.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Showcase: Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks

When I saw this title, #3 in Kerrelyn Sparks The Embraces series I knew I had to showcase it and and am stomping at the bit to read my copy.

Plus I'm happy to share a fantastic review of the novel by Angela @Angels Guilty Pleasures.

ISBN-13: 9781250108258
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Release Date: 3-27-2018
Length: 448pp
The Embraced #3
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“Deeply satisfying, delightfully swoon-inducing.”—Publishers Weekly on Kerrelyn Sparks’s Love at Stake series


Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it—a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic—one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she’s entered a whole new world of trouble. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon. So why does making a deal with the devil feel so good?

Silas has no way of saving the royal family he’s served for years. But when a beautiful, innocent elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a way he’s never felt before. But how can he trust a sworn enemy. . .and how can he live without her, in Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Showcse: Hero's Return by B.J. Daniels

It's my pleasure to showcase BJ Daniel's latest Cahill Ranch novel, Hero's Return.

ISBN-13: 9781335013309
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 3-27-2018
Length: 384pp
A Cahill Ranch Novel
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The prodigal Cahill is back—and ready to confess
Tucker Cahill disappeared from Gilt Edge, Montana, hoping to escape a secret that has haunted him for nineteen years. Then, when a young woman’s remains are found in the creek near his family’s ranch, he has no choice but to face his demons. The truth that sent him running years ago could take away his freedom now.

Kate Rothschild came to town looking for vengeance—and Tucker Cahill. What she finds is a tortured and irresistible man who’s more than meets the eye. Caught up in the past, they are drawn deeper into a twisted game that’s not over yet. And the consequences could prove fatal for them both…

Friday, March 23, 2018

Audible Review: Blood Fury by J.R. Ward

Blood Fury is the third in J.R. Ward's Legacy series which for those readers living under a rock is a spin off of her unbelievably amazing Black Dagger Brotherhood series. These stories feature vampire civilians who the brotherhood are bringing in as fighters in their life or death struggles against the Lessening Society.

    Blood Fury

    Black Dagger Legacy, Book 3


A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.
Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.
As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews: I Hate Everyone by Michelle Franklin

It's once again time to turn the blog over to the very capable hands of Sophia Rose, today she's reviewing a non-fiction about how an introvert handles humanity and is a sequel to I Hate Summer.
Take it away Sophia Rose!

I Hate Everyone:  An Introvert’s Miserable Adventures With Mailmen, Children, Chocolate, The Outdoors, and The Human Condition by Michelle Franklin
Publisher:  Self
Published:  1.30.18
Pages:  351
ASIN:  B079HB53X1
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:
This is a book about how one introvert tries to understand humanity.

It is also about chronic illness, biscuits, tea, strangers, metal, and death.

While the previous book in this series was about my war with the seasons, this book is about my trials in trying to relate to people and how I brook the nonsenses of humankind more than it deserves. The world has become a cacophony of complaints, a morbid symphony with too many untuned notes, and though I might not understand why the orchestra plays the way it does, I still listen, trying to decipher some sort of purpose in the upper notes.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: In The Midnight Hour - Flatiron 5 #3 by Deborah Cooke

Deb Cooke is one of my all time favorite authors and I eat up everything she writes, In the Midnight Hour is #3 in her fabulous Flatiron Five series set in Manhattan featuring a very cosmopolitan fitness club and the enigmatic owner operators. I've been waiting a long time to learn where the enigmatic, mysterious Damian goes every Friday at Five and it was worth the wait.

ISBN-13: 9781988479248
Publisher: Deborah Cooke
Release Date: 01-25-2018
Flatiron Five #3
Source: Author
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Damon has a secret…

Every Friday night, the F5 partner who is the quiet powerhouse leaves on the dot of five without explanation. Where does Damon go? What does he do? His partners want to know, but Damon can’t bring himself to share the truth about his mom’s battle with cancer. She’s the anchor in his life and he doesn’t know how he’ll go on without her. In the middle of the night, when he’s most alone, he wants to control all the variables for someone, to prove he’s not completely powerless. He doesn’t expect to find such a willing, or seductive, volunteer.
Haley loves solving mysteries…
Especially ones like the gorgeous guy who visits her favorite patient every Friday night. He must be Natasha’s son, but is he also the model on the billboard for that fitness club downtown? Where did he learn therapeutic massage? Even though she’s a nurse, Haley’s interest in him and his skill isn’t just professional. She wants to feel those hands on her own skin, for as long as possible. One night, she takes a chance and asks for a lesson from him, only to discover that she has a hunger for the sensation only Damon can satisfy.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

#Giveaway Showcase: The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth is a fantastic author, in fact I chose her The Things We Keep for my Library in-person book club April read. So I'm so excited to be showcasing her latest St. Martin's Press release The Family Next Door. Sally's publisher is also sponsoring a #Giveaway, details below.

ISBN-13: 9781250120892
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 03-06-2018
Length: 352pp
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America's next favorite Australian author!

"With jaw-dropping discoveries and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies." —Library Journal, starred review
Small, perfect towns often hold the deepest secrets.
From the outside, Essie’s life looks idyllic: a loving husband, a beautiful house in a good neighborhood, and a nearby mother who dotes on her grandchildren. But few of Essie’s friends know her secret shame: that in a moment of maternal despair, she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better, but she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby.
When a new woman named Isabelle moves in next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in the neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married with children? Why renting, when everyone else owns? What mysterious job does she have? And why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie’s friends voice their disapproval, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident. And that her presence threatens to bring shocking secrets to light.
The Family Next Door is Sally Hepworth at her very best: at once a deeply moving portrait of family drama and a compelling suburban mystery that will keep you hooked until the very last page.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Audio Review: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

When the opportunity arose to review the latest novel in audio of one of my favorite authors I jumped at the chance. #1 NYT Kristin Hannah always delivers a remarkable and unforgettable tale and The Great Alone her latest offering is one of the best books I've read ever.
Enjoy this showcase, my review and an audio sample!

ISBN-13: 9781427287540
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 2-06-2018
Length: 15hrs-20mins
Source: Macmillan Audio
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Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.
At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.
In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska—a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night audiobook about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Showcase: The Sheperd's Calculus by C.S. Farrelly a Partners in Crime Tour

Welcome to my stop on The Shepherd's Calculus blog tour learn a bit about the book then be sure and scroll down to enter the #Giveaway.

The Shepherd's Calculus

by C.S. Farrelly

on Tour February 1 - March 31, 2018


When journalist Peter Merrick is asked to write a eulogy for his mentor, Jesuit priest James Ingram, his biggest concern is doing right by the man. But when his routine research reveals disturbing ties to sexual abuse and clues to a shadowy deal trading justice for power, everything he believed about his friend is called into question. With the US presidential election looming, incumbent Arthur Wyncott is quickly losing ground among religious voters. Meanwhile, Owen Feeney, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, is facing nearly a billion dollars in payments to victims of sex abuse. When Feeney hits on a solution to both men’s problems, it seems the stars have aligned. That is until Ally Larkin—Wyncott’s brilliant campaign aide—starts to piece together the shocking details. As the election draws closer and the stakes get higher, each choice becomes a calculation: Your faith, or your church? Your principles, or your candidate? The person you most respect, or the truth that could destroy their legacy?

When the line between right and wrong is blurred, how do you act, and whom do you save?

Monday, March 12, 2018

March #LibraryLoveChallenge - American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin

The March edition of the #LibraryLoveChallenge is another non-fiction, this time about the Patty Hearst kidnapping; her "alleged" crimes and trial. It's not my favorite type of non-fiction as it doesn't read as a story but a journaled detail heavy account of a tumultuous time in our country's history. I did enjoy it and I know that tonight's discussion will be a lively one.

ISBN-13: 978-0345803153
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Release Date: 08-02-2016
Length: 480pp

Source: Library - Book Club Read

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American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin
A National Bestseller

From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Nine and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history

On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst Family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation Army. The weird turns that followed in this already sensational take are truly astonishing—the Hearst family tried to secure Patty's release by feeding the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; bank security cameras captured "Tania" wielding a machine gun during a roberry; the LAPD engaged in the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event was broadcast live on telelvision stations across the country; and then there was Patty's circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term "Stockholm syndrome" entered the lexicon.

Ultimately, the saga highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. American Heiress portrays the electrifying lunacy of the time and the toxic mic of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and captivated the nation.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews: The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch

It's once again time to put the blog in the capable hands of my friend Sophia Rose who has a wonderful historical mystery set in 1850 London.
Take it away Sophia Rose!

The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
#.5 Charles Lenox Mysteries
Historical Mystery
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
Published:  2.20.18
Pages:  296
ISBN:  1250139465
Format: eARC
Source:  Net Galley
Sellers:  Amazon -  Barnes& NobleKobo
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GoodReads Blurb:
This chilling new mystery in the New York Times bestselling series by Charles Finch takes readers back to Charles Lenox's very first case and the ruthless serial killer who would set him on the course to become one of London's most brilliant detectives.

London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective...without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime--and promising to kill again--Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself.

The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer's sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.

In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this newest mystery in the Charles Lenox series pits the young detective against a maniacal murderer who would give Professor Moriarty a run for his money.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: Dark Guardian trilogy Interview: I. T. Lucas

I. T. (Isabell) Lucas became a favorite new author to me because of a suggestion from a friend who knows I like the Paranormal Romance genre and since I'm always looking for the next big thing I gave her a try and fell into a rabbit hole and have devoured everything she's written ever since.
Her Children of the Gods series is amazing, refreshing and unique and flips a genre that has sometimes gone flat on its head. This is not a series you can play around with as each novel builds on the one before. And another unique thing about this series is that she devotes at least 3 books to each love story. (I know right)
In this post I'm featuring her Dark Guardian trilogy which is the 4th couple's story in the series
Plus my curiosity led me to reach out to Isabell and beg her to do a Q&A with me which you will also find below.
Dark Guardian
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Found                                 Craved                               Mate

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Review: Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham has quickly become an auto read for me.  I love how she brings a piece of Canadian history front and center in each of her novels and how her characters will embed themselves in readers/listeners hearts. I'm hoping she'll become a US household name because she is a fantastic storyteller.
This novel showcases a tumultuous time in Canadian history and a pivotal moment for the future of the Country.

Promises to Keep

By: Genevieve Graham
Narrated by: Alexis Quednau
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
Release date: 09-19-17



An enchanting and poignant story about the unfailing power of love in a world turned upside down by war - from the best-selling author of Tides of Honour.

Summer 1755, Acadia
Young, beautiful Amélie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pré, Nova Scotia, content with her life on their idyllic farm. Along with their friends, the neighbouring Mi'kmaq, the community believes they can remain on neutral political ground despite the rising tides of war. But peace can be fragile, and sometimes faith is not enough. When the Acadians refuse to pledge allegiance to the British in their war against the French, the army invades Grande Pré, claims the land, and rips the people from their homes. Amélie's entire family, alongside the other Acadians, is exiled to ports unknown aboard dilapidated ships.
Fortunately, Amélie has made a powerful ally. Having survived his own harrowing experience at the hands of the English, Corporal Connor MacDonnell is a reluctant participant in the British plan to expel the Acadians from their homeland. His sympathy for Amélie gradually evolves into a profound love, and he resolves to help her and her family in any way he can - even if it means treason. As the last warmth of summer fades, more ships arrive to ferry the Acadians away, and Connor is forced to make a decision that will alter the future forever.

Heart-wrenching and captivating, Promises to Keep is a gloriously romantic tale of a young couple forced to risk everything amidst the uncertainties of war.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Speed The Dawn by Philip Donlay

Once again I'm showcasing a fabulous eco thriller from award winning author Philip Donlay staring his main man Donovan Nash who's battling a villain from the sky.  It's on my shelf and after you read a bit about it I'm sure it'll be on yours too. Philip's publisher Oceanview is sponsoring a giveaway of this novel, details below.

ISBN-13: 9781608092307
Publisher: Oceanview
Release Date: 3-6-2018
Length: 336pp
Donovan Nash #8
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In the style of Clive Cussler, best-selling author Philip Donlay climbs to a new height of terror in his 8th Donovan Nash thriller.
Hundreds of white-hot meteor fragments plunge toward Earth near Monterey Bay, California. Huge fires ignite the tinder-dry landscape and, as the sun sets, the power grid collapses and the fires grow, illuminating a nightmare created in hell itself. Donovan Nash realizes he is trapped.
Injured and growing desperate, his options dwindling, Donovan fights to keep himself and a small band of survivors alive until dawn when they can make one last attempt to escape the inferno.
Meanwhile, Donovan’s wife, Dr. Lauren McKenna, arrives on the scene. Working with the Pentagon as well as the Forest Service, she envisions a bold idea to try to stop the fire from spreading all the way to the Bay Area and the seven million residents living there. She’s terrified that if not executed perfectly, her plan could cause the death of thousands of people—including Donovan.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir Macmillan Audio review

I had the pleasure of reviewing The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir for RT Book Reviews so when it was one of the selections for Macmillan Audio's February choices I jumped at the chance to review the audio version. I've also included my review courtesy RT Book Reviews magazine.

ISBN-13: 9781427294401
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 2-13-2018
Length: 13 hours 40 mins
Source: Macmillan Audio
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From Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir comes a thrilling and unique audiobook series
The Legacy is the first installment in a stunning new audiobook series from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel.
The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim’s seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she’s not talking.
The Legacy is the first installment in a fantastic new series featuring the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.
Newly-promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn’t best pleased. But she’s determined to keep little Margret safe.
It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He’s telling a dark and secret story—but can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Interview with Tara Thomas - Darkest Night

I'm so happy to be interviewing Tara Thomas who some of you might know as Tara Sue Me about the first novel in her brand new romantic suspense Sons of Broad series, Darkest Night. 
ISBN-13: 9781250138002
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 2-27-2018
Length: 352pp
Sons of Broad #1
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SHE THOUGHT SHE’D LOST HIM FOREVERTilly Brock has learned—the hard way—how to take care of herself. Once a pillar of Charleston society, her family lost everything in the wake of a shocking scandal. And then Tilly lost the only boy she ever loved.
BUT NOW THAT HE’S BACK IN HER LIFEKeaton Benedict is Charleston’s most notorious bachelor. But in spite of all his advantages—the money, the women, the family name—he longs for more: the heart of the young woman he still can’t forget.
THE DANGER HAS JUST BEGUN…When Keaton re-enters Tilly’s life, after all these years, she is torn between feelings of doubt and desire. Can they put the past behind them and learn to love again? Tilly is willing to try. But Keaton is afraid that a vengeful enemy is watching—and waiting to destroy them. Can the rekindled flame of their love defeat the deadliest rival and light their way forward in the darkest night?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Wolf in the Woods by Nancy Allen Blog Tour - A Partners in Crime Tour

A Wolf in the Woods

by Nancy Allen

on Tour March 1-31, 2018


McCown County assistant prosecutor Elsie Arnold is prepping an assault case when a girl is found beaten and bloodied at a roadside no-tell motel. Elsie tries to convince the teen to reveal who attacked her, but Mandy is too scared—and stubborn—to cooperate… and then she disappears. Elsie’s positive a predator is targeting the Ozark hills, yet the authorities refuse to believe their small town could be plagued by sex trafficking.
Then middle school student Desiree Wickham goes missing, but only Elsie suspects it could be connected to Mandy’s assault. As she digs deeper into the events leading up to Desiree’s disappearance, she stumbles upon an alarming discovery: local girls are falling prey to a dubious online modeling agency, and never seen again. Elsie shares her concerns with Detective Ashlock and the FBI, but they shut her out.
She takes matters into her own hands and lands an interview with the head of the modeling agency. But when she meets him face-to-face, she discovers the fate of Desiree and Mandy… and becomes his newest captive. Elsie’s desperate to free the girls—and save herself—before the unspeakable happens. And she’s in for the fight of her life.