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NightmarZ: Asylum (Z Series Part 1 of 6) by Irma Geddon

Book Review

4/10

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Gabrielle’s life hasn’t always been easy, but her last year in high school is going great. That is, until she gets attacked in her sleep by her own nightmares. When her father arrives, they vanish, but nothing’s ever going to be the same again. She is taken away by paramedics to treat her injuries, only to discover she is being committed to a psych ward instead.

But her dad has seen what happened to her and knows that she is not crazy… He should get her out of there, why doesn’t he?

Held against her will in a creepy asylum where a different kind of monster roams the halls in a white uniform, Gabrielle begins to wonder whether she is cursed… or whether she is really crazy after all.

She knows she must find a way to escape her nightmares, even if it seems impossible. Unraveling the mystery of her curse is the only thing that’s left … before a monster of her own making will come for her and claim her soul.

This is Part One of Six of the Z Series, which is meant to be small installments read in chronological order. NightmarZ: Asylum is a short and quick read ranging around 40 pages. With its short length, the scenes are somewhat quick paced, and the first installment ends in quite a cliffhanger. Not to give away any spoilers, the ending is somewhat questionable in how easy Gabrielle finds her way past her predicament as well as some more questionable story plot situations.

The series has a great premise and story is delivered in the first person view. The cover is well done, and the synopsis is enticing. However, there are some elements in the story that leaves the reader wanting more than what the story delivers. Take this part of the synopsis: Gabrielle’s life hasn’t always been easy, but her last year in high school is going great. This part is never shown, if you didn’t read it in the synopsis there would be no other way to know this. But since this story is delivered in installments more of the story might be revealed in time so this might be a good thing not so much a negative.

The story starts off right when she has the nightmare and wakes up to be attacked by it. Which isn’t a bad place to start, but it takes a few pages for the main character to explain that this is what happened. If the reader wasn’t paying close attention or didn’t read the synopsis they might have been clueless as to what exactly was going on. There were moments that the way some of the other characters were addressed threatened to drive me insane. I had to remind myself that the main character is seventeen, but still, I wish the author had dropped the creepy nurse tag once the person’s name had been revealed instead of using both labels. There were also other name tags given to other asylum personnel that could have been avoided if their names had just been disclosed. The name tags are fun and interesting the first time, but an entire part of the series filled with them is too much for my liking. They distract from the story.

There are some elements or scenes that might not be for everyone. There is a rape attempt and physical abuse that might drive some readers away. It is wise to be aware that this series is intended for an adult audience and even though the main character is only 17 years old there are warnings about such content. There is foul language, disturbing scenes of sex (attempted sex) and or violence (beating up a person), and the author even warns that it may trigger panic attacks.

If you can move past the questionable conditions the story plot gives to move the story along this is a very interesting series, one I would love to finish reading. Unfortunately, it seems the author doesn’t have the rest of the series available anymore. She does have three other books on her Amazon page along with a paperback version of this first installment. I do have Part Two, I had downloaded Part One and Two when they were both available so look forward to a review on Part Two but other than that we might have to cross our fingers that she makes the rest of the series available again. There is still so much of the story that needs revealing.

Thanks for reading and see you in the next review.

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September 2018 Free Ebook Spotlight

Free eBook spotlights returns. These will stay monthly for the moment and might become biweekly or not. Time will tell.

As for this month, I know it is the last day of September but I am still counting it. That is the power of posting in your own blog. 🙂

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Jennet Carter never thought hacking into her dad’s new epic-fantasy sim-game would be so exciting… or dangerous. Behind the interface, dark forces lie in wait, leading her toward a battle that will test her to her limits and cost her more than she ever imagined.

I am subscribed to this author’s newsletter and decided to check out more of her books and found she has a few that are currently free.

All her books have stunning covers and very interesting storylines. If you are into RPG gaming stories this might be the one for you. If you want to start off with this series, this novella is a great way to go. It is the prequel to the series.

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How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox

Book Review

10/10

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What woman can resist a hot man in a hard hat? Beloved author Ruthie Knox kicks off her new Camelot series with this deliciously sexy original novella, in which a good girl learns how to misbehave . . . with all her heart.

As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she’s hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move?

Building contractor Tony Mazzara was just looking to escape nature’s fury. Instead, he finds himself all tangled up with lovely Amber. Sweet and sexy, she’s ready to unleash her wild side. Their mutual desire reaches a fever pitch and creates a storm of its own–unexpected, powerful, and unforgettable. But is it bigger than Tony can handle? Can he let go of painful memories and let the force of this remarkable woman show him a future he never dreamed existed?

How to Misbehave, a novella written by Ruthie Knox, a RITA finalist, is as steamy as its cover. It is a love swept contemporary romance that will warm your heart and rile your senses. The first book in the Camelot series does more than entice, it delivers. Not to mention the sexy scenes burn right off the pages.

Amber Clark is a too good, proper woman who is tired of being ‘good’ and ‘proper’. She is tired of being—boring. She desires excitement, thrill, everything Tony Mazzara can give her. Toss in an innocent offer by the man she has desired and liked since she met him, a tornado to kick it off, and you got one heck of an interesting predicament.

Tony Mazzara is all man and heart too. He is a man who has condemned himself to a future he thinks he deserves. His past is sad and dark, one that deals with a delicate topic. The author handled this extremely well. Not only did she flesh out these two characters by giving them realistic problems, she created back-stories that sizzle and pop, that clash and mend each other.

Some of the conversation that took place in the basement seemed off, it didn’t quite fit the situation. That was quickly set right when one learned as to why such an odd conversation started in the first place. The reason, which was sweet and odd all on its own, I will leave for you to discover.

Overall this book was hard to put down. There were a few things that had me wondering, but not for long.  A truly delightful read.

Sum it up: A steamy novella that is equally as sweet as it is hot.

What I liked most: Everything.

What I liked the least: That it wasn’t longer.

Would you read the sequel(s)? Yes! Looking forward to reading the rest of the Camelot series, Along Came Trouble, Flirting with Disaster, and Making it Last.

I’ve had this book in my ‘to read’ list for a while and I am happy to finally share my thoughts about it with you. Hope you enjoyed the review. Our next book review will be on a book that started off as an online serialization, The Collector by Amanda Meuwissen.