Jessica Jesinghaus

Random Thoughts of an Author & Book Junkie

Book Review: Hart of Hers (Cale & Mickey Book 3) by Annie Arcane

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 stars

This is yet another un-put-downable installment of the Cale & Mickey series.

I cannot get enough of these two! Their banter & ripostes are so fast as to leave you breathless, their love & passion undeniable. If you’re looking for a fast paced read with witty dialogue this series is certainly it! If you’re looking for me, I’ll just be in the corner sulking until the final installment is released. 

If you haven’t read Hart Broken or Hart of His, by all means do so! Then grab Hart of Hers HERE. All three can be read free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. 

Book Review: Written in Blood by Alex R. Carver

⭐⭐⭐⭐💫4.5 out of 5 stars  

I really enjoyed this read! Alex Carver has fashioned a breakneck-paced murder mystery full of false leads and red herrings that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat from the very first page.

This is my fourth Alex Carver read, and it is by far and away my favorite. Characters were well developed, with fully fleshed personalities. I could relate to each character, but I particularly loved Constable Melissa Turner. She’s a young (read greenhorn) constable in a teensy tiny English village, so when her community is rocked by the murders of multiple teenaged girls, she is forced to learn a lot about ‘big-town’ police work in record time. Her heart and moxie almost jumps off the page, even as she’s being thwarted by her superiors. 

The village itself plays a vital character role too, one that shouldn’t be overlooked. The author created a very realistic small-town vibe, replete with the requisite nosy neighbor, town gossips, and suspicion of the new man in town… because Lord knows the killer couldn’t be a trusted local resident! 

The early scenes in which our nameless / faceless killer attacks his victims were downright terrifying. The panic. The desperation. It was all so vivid! Bravo.

Currently, this title is available in paperback on Amazon HERE but if you check back ebooks will be available soon. 🤓

Book Review: Step Right Up (Sirkus av Magi Book 1) by Lichelle Slater

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars  

Step Right Up is a very interesting read. Part sci-if space saga, part magical fantasy, with a murder mystery to solve, and a healthy dose of coming-of-age thrown in there’s a little bit to love for everyone. I felt I could identify with the MC Crystal right from the get go. She’s young, with something to prove and a father she idolizes. So when Crystal finds her father’s dead body and tracks his killer to the spaceship of a traveling circus…what’s a girl to do? Sneak her way on board and find the murderer of course!

Along the way, she makes many friends and allies, each as likable as the last. Far and away the crowd fave though, I’m sure, will be Ite: a grammatically-challenged size-changing furball with a heart of gold. To say I want an Ite in my life is no joke. He’s adorable!

The storyline and writing bridges that young adult / adult gap nicely. It’s a book I can see my 9 year old daughter loving, same as I’m sure her brother (13) will. If you’re looking for a book to read aloud as a family I highly recommend this one!

Crystal travels to some amazing places and meets a ton of folks, not all of them human. Each was described well by the author, in such a way as to give the reader a lovely sketch upon which to let our imagination color. Brilliantly done. 

Be forewarned though: major cliffhanger ending! If that’s a big deal to you, consider yourself warned. Otherwise, this is a highly enjoyable book your whole family will love. 

Unlike most books I’ve reviewed here as of late, this one is not enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. But it’s currently available to download for only 99¢ HERE. Worth every penny!

Release Day! Fly by Night (Criminal Elements Book 2) by Cris & Clare Meyers

It’s a big weekend for Indie Authors! Today is the release day for Fly by Night, book 2 in the Criminal Elements series and written by the dynamic duo of Cris & Clare Meyers. 

I’m so excited! I snapped up my copy this morning and will be digging in soon as I finish a beta read commitment (less obligation and more honor, really, but that’s another story). 🤓

Book blurb from Amazon:

The game has changed.

Rook is a wisecracking hacker, a shapeshifter who prefers the name ‘were-crow,’ and former underling to a Talented crime boss. But as supernatural powers go, he’s no heavy hitter.

After a job blew up in his face, Rook thought the worst thing he’d have to deal with was criminal unemployment. But when he starts losing his mind to mysterious voices, being broke takes a backseat. And once his apartment goes up in smoke, Rook knows he’s in trouble.

Out of his depth and trying to dig his way out of a hole not entirely of his own making, Rook must put his survival—and his sanity—in the hands of people who have their own mysterious reasons for helping him.

With trust in short supply and time ticking down, Rook will need to find a way to make this uneasy alliance work before even more of his life goes up in flames.

Pick up your copy here and if you haven’t read book 1, Playing With Fire, you should check out my review and then get your copy

Book Review: Sweet Discovery (Jessica Sweet Trilogy Book 2) by Aliya DalRae 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars  

Ebook release date: April 2, 2017

Please join Aliya for her Facebook Release Party this Sunday. 

Holy guacamole! Aliya DalRae has done it again. This second installment of the Jessica Sweet trilogy ratchets up the angst and drama while staying true to Jessica’s quirky nature and wry humor. 

Things are not all wine & roses for Jessica and Raven. Women are dying, found murdered (annihilated, really) in a manner not seen since Raven’s former bad-boy self ‘The Rapist’ was in action. Top it off with the fact that Jessica’s had a vision showing Raven-The-Rapist in action, and you’ll understand what I mean when I say things between them are a tad stressed. 

I love love loved the fact that we got to spend time in this book with both King Cat / Malcolm and Harrier. Being in their headspace was fun. These two males brought so much to the story this time! Not to mention they’re both sexy-as-sin. I call that a win-win. 

One of my fave aspects of Ms. DalRae’s writing are her short, punchy chapters. I hate having to put a book down mid-chapter, so this works for me. What didn’t work for me, per se, was the “one more chapter” mentality at bedtime… since they’re short and completely engaging chapters I kept saying one more until next thing I knew it was pretty much morning! Curses! But it was so worth it. 

**I recieved an electronic ARC of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

Paperbacks of Sweet Discovery are available on Amazon now, or check back Sunday for your e-book (also in Kindle Unlimited). Don’t forget about her Release Party! It’s gonna be sweet!

Book Review: Exposed by Alex Carver

⭐⭐⭐⭐💫4.5 out of 5 stars  

This is the second short story (28 pages) I’ve read by Alex Carver, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In very short order and with concise narration, we learn a lot about Julian. I loved the twist of this ‘unique’ individual living such a mundane life and would’ve appreciated seeing that expounded on more, but at the same time the story looses nothing without it. If you enjoy revenge tales with a sprinkling of supernatural this one’s for you!

Pick up your copy HERE, and while you’re at it check out Alex’s other works. There’s bound to be a promo or two going on this weekend (3/31-4/2/17) plus his newest book “Written in Blood” is available for pre-order until April 1st for only 99¢. Don’t miss out!

It’s almost time! SIA Free & Bargain Book Event is this weekend

What better way to kick of Read Self Published month than with a whack-load of amazing indie reads? Be sure to visit the #SIAFBB event page each day for updates, one-day only bargains, and more. With over 125 titles to choose from in a wide variety of genres, you’re sure to find something stellar!

Book Review: The Golden Supremacy (The Golden Desires Series, Book 2) by Ann Pratley 

⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 4.5 out of 5 stars

Isn’t that cover just delicious? Stunning!

In this second installment of the Golden Desires series, Ms. Pratley delivers another captivating tale. While the first book focused on romance and the mystical, this story focuses more on conflict and intrigue. It is a fast read, at just under 200 pages, but it covers a lot of ground. The narrative is lush, Ms. Pratley’s prose quite befitting of the old-world society she has created. 

After events in the first book, Isabella and Trent settle into their life as a married couple. Meanwhile Adrian, steadfast in his friendship with Isabella, yearns for someone with whom he can find such happiness. Life is simple and good. Among their friends and fellow villagers, however, a dangerous enemy hides in plain sight. 

I appreciate that the ending of this book, like its predecessor, is not a nail-biting cliffhanger. Yes, there is still story to be told, but one is able to appreciate the conclusion for what it is: a golden promise. 

**I recieved a paperback ARC of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

If you’re looking to score your own copy, it’s available in paperback and ebook on Amazon.

Free short story: Fractured

Happy Tuesday boys & girls! 

Several weeks ago, I published a short story via Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. As of today, the Zon has finally price-matched it as a FREE download. Yay! So now I can shout it from the rooftops. 

If you’re looking for a quick, suspenseful short story, Fractured should be right up your alley. Please check it out and, it you’re so inclined, don’t forget to post a review! 💋




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