Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

imageTeo Avelar is a loner. He lives with his paraplegic mother and her dog in Rio de Janeiro, he doesn’t have many friends, and the only time he feels honest human emotion is in the presence of his medical school cadaver—that is, until he meets Clarice. She’s almost his exact opposite: exotic, spontaneous, unafraid to speak her mind. An aspiring screenwriter, she’s working on a screenplay called Perfect Days about three friends who go on a road trip across Brazil in search of romance. Teo is obsessed. He begins to stalk her, first following her to her university, then to her home, and when she ultimately rejects him, he kidnaps her and they embark upon their very own twisted odyssey across Brazil, tracing the same route outlined in her screenplay. Through it all, Teo is certain that time is all he needs to prove to Clarice that they are made for each other, that time is all he needs to make her fall in love with him. But as the journey progresses, he digs himself deeper and deeper into a pit that he can’t get out of, stopping at nothing to ensure that no one gets in the way of their life together. Both tense and lurid, and brimming with suspense from the very first page, Perfect Days is a psychological thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley—a chilling journey in the passenger seat with a psychopath, and the English language debut of one of Brazil’s most deliciously dark young writers.

I won’t get into the story as the synopsis  pretty much covers it.  Teo makes Misery look like a sane and normal human being!  Teo does really unspeakable things to Clarice and he justifies it by saying that she is unstable and he is trying to help her.  He also believes in what he is doing is absolutely fine and justifies what he does as for her benefit and if she would just listen to him he is sure that she would fall in love with him.

This is disturbing, Teo is obviously unstable and just pure evil. He shows no emotion, he manipulates those around him and when he does something vile he feels that he is doing it for the benefit of others and sees himself at the centre of his own little world and nothing and no one will stop him from having Clarice, not even Clarice herself.

This book gave me chills at just how methodical, cool, calm and collected Teo was in hi actions. The lies he told an how well he weaved his web while others fell into it willingly.  I have read some reviews where some readers found this book to be “hilarious and funny!”  I don’t know what book they were reading but it wasn’t this one!  There is nothing funny about this story. It’s dark, twisted and disturbing in many ways….some dark humour but that’s as far as I am willing to go…

4.5 stars


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Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

imageFor five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police’s apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as ‘Six Four’. They would never forgive the authorities their failure.

For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he’d known what he would find.

I have to admit I love Japanese thrillers but sadly this one didn’t cut it for me.  I gave up at about 18%. It’s a book that you really have to pay attention to.  I tried skimming over the less interesting parts but soon realised that you can’t really do that with this particular story.  The writer knows the workings of police procedures in Japan and goes into a lot of detail.  For me that is the problem, there is just too much detail.  It’s not the kind of detail that keeps you interested but more of the kind that bogs you down.  It makes for very slow, dull  reading.  I know that there is a story in there somewhere it’s just having the patience to get to it.  What I did read gave you crumbs when you wanted a bite.  It didn’t give me enough to get into the story or to get hooked on the characters.

I don’t mind a slow book, one that demands time and attention, but in saying that I do want a plot that gives you something to dive into and get lost in.  Six Four didn’t do that for me.  Too much detail and not enough story line strong enough to hold me was the downfall for me.  Maybe if I read this a few years ago when I had the patience to wade through this kind of book I would have managed to finish it, but time has taught me to not be afraid to put aside books that just don’t do it for me.

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Did Not Finish


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Kill the Next One by Federico Axat

imageTed McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. Then the doorbell rings.

A stranger makes him a proposition: why not kill two deserving men before dying? The first target is a criminal, and the second is a man with terminal cancer who, like Ted, wants to die. After executing these kills, Ted will become someone else’s next target, like a kind of suicidal daisy chain. Ted understands the stranger’s logic: it’s easier for a victim’s family to deal with a murder than with a suicide. However, after killing his targets, Ted’s reality begins to unravel.


Ted thinks he is getting involved in a twisted version of ‘paying it forward’ but is it al that straight forward?  For Ted it seems like a win-win deal but as things start to play out it’s a lot more complicated than that.

This book is one that messes with your head.  There are a lot of WTF moments, then when you think you have it figured out you sit back and go “Ahhhh” then just as fast you are back to scratching your head wondering what happened, flip back a page or two, plow on and it all gets straight again….. then rinse and repeat.   Ted seems to be either suffering from the effects of a brain tumor or he’s just nuts and it takes a while to figure out what is happening.  Separating the threads of fantasy from reality is a long and hard process.

It’s a hard book to review without giving away much of the plot because that is the whole part of this book, there are so many things going on you can’t really say because then it gives it away. There are twists so sharp at times it makes your head spin!  I do love how you see only one piece of the picture at a time, trying to solve it like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces that seem to be missing. The writer did an amazing job in creating the shattered mind of Ted, making you feel just as lost as he is.  When things do finally click into place it’s done in such a way that it’s complex but simple at the same time.  The picture of the maze on the cover of the book is the perfect analogy of what the story is like, one big maze in Ted’s brain.  I loved the complexity of the story and for such a short book the writer made it seems like a lot longer that what it actually is.  I felt for Ted at the end and how it ended.  I do have two words of warning, at the end there is some graphic descriptions of animal cruelty, and the second is, beware of the possum!

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5/5 stars


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March Books

Here’s a look of what we are reading and reviewing in March. 


Out March 1. Goodreads Info

  Out March 15. Goodreads

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  Out March 31. Amazon



 Out March 1. Goodreads

  Out (hahaha) March 8. Goodreads
  Out March 17. Goodreads
 Out March 7 & March 28 (2-part serial). Goodreads

Other Books of Interest:

  Out March 1. Goodreads

  Out March 8. Goodreads
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 Out March 22. It’s a standalone.  Goodreads
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  Out March 29. Goodreads
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One Breath away by Heather Gudenkauf


Augie and PJ Baker are staying with their grandparents in Broken Branch Iowa after their mother was burned in a fire back in Arizona. While their grandmother has travelled to Arizona to look after their mother in the hospital they stay with their grandfather, who is a cattle rancher. While PJ settles in and gets along with his grandfather Will, Augie isn’t fairing well and hates being there. Word gets out that there is a gunman in the school and it’s a scramble to find out not only who it is but also why he has taken a classroom of student’s hostage.

There are quite a few characters who feature in this book and while the bulk of the story takes place in the school there are a lot of flashback story telling by the main characters. While it helps with who is who and why they are where they are and how they got to this point in their lives I thought it went too deep into some things that just didn’t matter. The story dragged on and I felt that the book was too long to get to the thrust of the story, which was who was the gunman. I did figure out about a third into the book who it was and once you find out why he did it, the story fell flat.

I was captivated at the start of the book but at the half way point I got bored and it just wasn’t holding me as much as it did at the beginning.

There have been many books written about school shootings and I have read a few of them. The best non-fiction one was Columbine, which I guess is the definitive one. As far as fiction ones, Nineteen Minutes and The Hour I First Believed were two of the better ones, this one just fell flat and it was tedious. This is the first book I have read by Heather Gudenkauf and I wasn’t impressed.

2.5/5 stars



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Buried Agendas by Donnell Ann Bell



A devastating secret drove her from the man she loved. Will a deadly secret lead her back to him?

Diana Reid is a journalist who left her hometown of Diamond Texas after breaking up with her fiancé Brad Jordan after his grandfather exposed a secret about her MIA father. She has spent the last 8 years keeping her past buried away, she keeps secrets that she doesn’t want exposed while exposing the secrets of others. She gets a cryptic message about deaths that are going on at Jordan Industries including a veiled threat against her mother. She decides to go back home and undercover to try to figure out the mysterious deaths and prays that none of the Jordan clan discover what she is up to.

Brad Jordan never truly got over losing Diana, but has moved on with his life and is now mayor of Diamond and is engaged to Susan, the HR manager of Jordan Industries. He gets a phone call saying that there is something going on in the family company. He doesn’t believe it at first but events piling up make him start to change his mind.

I loved this book; it is one of those that keep you reading til the small hours of the morning. I got so involved with the characters that they feel real to you. I got lost in the book and was cheering Diana along. This book had it all, the romantic back-story, intrigue, loads of secrets and suspense. What I also liked about this book is that you had romance and chemistry between Brad and Diana but there weren’t any sex scenes and it worked out so well that you didn’t miss it or need it. At the end I sort of figured it was going to end one way, but I was wrong. It is a book that you can fall into and become so involved in it that the outside world doesn’t exist. It’s the first book I have read by Donnell and it certainly wont be the last!

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5/5 stars


About the Author

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Donnell Ann Bell grew up in New Mexico and today lives in Colorado. A homebody at heart, she concentrates on suspense that might happen in her neck of the woods – writing SUSPENSE TOO CLOSE TO HOME. She is the author of The Past Came Hunting, Deadly Recall and Betrayed, all of which have been e-book best sellers. Buried Agendas is her newest release. Along with veteran police officer Wally Lind, Donnell co-owns Crimescenewriters, a Yahoo group putting law enforcement experts together with writers. Donnell loves to hear from readers.


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Diana curbed a jealous retort and moved to the nightstand. She yanked open a top drawer and withdrew the want ads she’d skimmed early that morning after she’d checked in. In bright red, she’d circled, Help wanted, mailroom clerk, Jordan Industries. High school diploma, drug test required.

“If your fiancée recognized me, I’d be behind bars. I deliberately failed my typing test and listed no experience on the application.”

For the first time, he smiled. The old Brad, the Brad she thought she knew. “What name did you use?”

“Candace Armstrong.”

“Okay.” He motioned to the letter. “So how can a mailroom employee find out what the author meant by ‘people are going to die’?”

“The same way I do every story, by asking questions.”

“Who’s Ronnie?”


Brad pointed to the tattoo on her ankle.

“Oh,” Diana smiled. “He’s no one.”

Brad’s gaze shot to her face, and for a second, she thought she saw pain. Don’t be absurd. The man’s engaged. Irrationally, Diana felt betrayed.

“Seriously, he’s no one. Ronnie doesn’t exist. And neither does this tattoo. It’s henna, and part of my disguise.”

Brad shook his head and he scowled. “You swear to me you didn’t talk to Liz this week.”

“I swear, I haven’t spoken to her . . .” But maybe I should.

“Give me one reason to go along with this?”

Diana lowered her head. She wanted to tell him because the Brad Jordan she’d once known stood for integrity and honesty. The Brad Jordan she’d loved, and unfortunately still did, had wanted to make a difference. She couldn’t believe he’d run for a mayoral position if that wasn’t still true.

Lifting her head, she met his gaze. “Because you know I had nothing to do with that letter, and you want to know what’s going on, too.”

As he traversed the dingy hotel room, Diana sensed he was wavering. He’d asked too many questions to turn her away now. If he said yes, she had a long list to accomplish before Monday. She’d take her physical, head for El Paso, and spend her weekend at the library researching Jordan Industries.

Brad stopped pacing. “I have no doubt that you’re worried about your mom. But when you said you weren’t out to hurt me or Jordan Industries, were you being truthful?”

“I meant every word.”

“All right. I’ll give you two weeks to investigate if you go along with the following conditions.”

She swallowed. “I’m listening.”

“If, after two weeks, you’ve found nothing, you’ll give up this charade and go home.”

She stared back at him. Diana could easily agree to Brad’s terms. She expelled a pent-up breath. “I accept that condition.”

“Second, you will never report a word of what you find or release a word to the media. If you do, I have more than enough witnesses to prove you entered Jordan Industries illegally, and I’ll file charges against you.”

Hurt morphed into anger. “Are you saying if something’s going on, you won’t report it?”

“Not at all. I’ll be the first one to call the police.”

“Then . . . I don’t understand.”

He unrolled his sleeves and grabbed his tie. “I’m saying no way in hell will I allow negative information against my family’s company to benefit your career. I don’t trust you, Diana, especially after what I saw today. We’ll see if you’re really concerned about your mother, or if you’re after a story.” Brad opened the door. “You don’t have to agree to the second part of my conditions right now. I’ll have my answer when you don’t show up on Monday.”


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Operation Paris Blog Tour

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Misty Evans second book in the Super Agents series is out.  It is a re-release that was originally titled I’d Rather be in Paris released in 2009.  I really enjoyed this one and I will post a review further down.  Misty is giving away one copy of Operation Sheba, the first in the series at each blog stop so be sure to enter by leaving a comment and winners will be chosen on Friday the 22nd.

Book Summary: 

CIA operative Zara Morgan—codename Tango—has a reputation in Conrad Flynn’s secret army as a renegade. Once held at gunpoint by terrorist Alexandrov Dmitri, she was seconds from saving herself and arresting Dmitri when Lt. Commander Lawson Vaughn, the sexy leader of a covert ops team, intervened. She’s never lived down the fact that everyone—including her boss—believes Lawson is her knight in shining armor.

Former Navy man Lawson Vaughn doesn’t consider himself anyone’s savior. He lives and breathes protocol and hates the fact that his latest assignment is to babysit Zara while she hunts down Dmitri and stops the terrorist from releasing a biological weapon on the world.

But from the time they touch down in Paris, Lawson can’t resist Zara’s sassy attitude and dauntless bravery in the face of danger. When Dmitri kidnaps Zara and injects her with the contagious and deadly virus, Lawson is once again forced to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not.

With unflinching determination and steadfast courage, Lawson must break all the rules to save Zara, even if it means becoming the one thing he can’t stand…a renegade.

About the Author


Misty Evans:


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USA Today bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.


The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.


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Excerpt from Operation Paris


“What are you so pissed about?”


“I’m not pissed!” As Zara’s voice rang inside the car, she forced herself to take a deep breath and calm down.

“I’m just having a really, really bad night.”


Lawson got out of the car and came over to her side. He opened the door and pulled her out of the seat, putting his hands on her shoulders. “I’m not going to let anything happen to you. I promise.”


She looked into his face, and without warning, burst into tears.


Mortified at her lack of control, she brushed Lawson’s hands off her shoulders and walked to the rear of the car. The tears rolled down her cheeks, and she pressed the sleeve of the robe to her face in an attempt to hide them.


“Hey.” He came up behind her and rubbed her back. “It’s not that bad. I’ve been in a lot tighter situations than this.”


She shrugged his hand off. “You just killed two people and you think I’m overreacting?”


Lights from a passing car touched his face. He guided her to the other side of the Audi and leaned her back against the passenger-side door, planting his hands on either side of her.


“I didn’t say you were overreacting.” He dropped his face close to hers. “Yvette was going to kill you, plain and simple. I took care of her before she could do the job. At that point, it became necessary to stop Giovanni as well. If I’d left him alive, he could have followed us or reported back to Yvette’s friends and then we’d have a classic Chinese goatfuck.”


His gaze traced over her face. “Right now, we’ve dodged the police and whoever may follow up on Yvette’s death. We need to get on the road again before we call any more attention to ourselves, and I need to make contact with Langley.”


Zara wiped at her eyes again, took a breath and regrouped. As she was driving, her brain had red-flagged a couple things Yvette had said. “I think Yvette was tied in with the same group Varina Scalfaro is running for the Mafia. She kept talking about her clients and her business partner. I don’t think Yvette’s playing mistress for a handful of rich men solely for her own gain. I think she was actually running a prostitution ring in partnership with someone else, probably Varina.” She hated herself for what she was about to say. “And in that case, I’m not sure what Director Flynn has up his sleeve.”


In the deep shadows of the night, Lawson nodded. “We just ran out of people we can trust, didn’t we?”

“What are we going to do?”


Lawson eased her to him. “Shhh. Don’t cry.”


“I’m not crying, you moron.” She smacked his chest and attempted to push him away at the same time. Although she wasn’t sure why she was pushing him away. She felt better when he was close. “I had dinner all planned out. We were going to go someplace nice, but not too fancy, because I knew you wouldn’t like that, and…and… Damn it!”


Lawson smiled down at her. “So we have to take a rain check on the dinner thing. The mission isn’t over yet. We’ve still got time.”


“But I wanted to do it in Paris, and now we’re fugitives on the run from there. We can’t go back. Not even for dinner.”


He pushed a stray hair away from her face and hooked it behind her ear. “When the mission is over, our names will be cleared. We’ll have a proper dinner anywhere you want then, okay?”


She studied his expression in the dark shadows of the night. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say you’re trying to placate me. After the mission is over, we won’t be partners anymore.”


“That doesn’t mean we can’t have dinner.”


Her pulse tripped over a couple of beats. “You want to have dinner with me after the assignment is over?”

He lowered his face and leaned his forehead on hers. “Jesus. I’ve spent the past twenty-four hours trying to come up with an excuse to do just that.”


“We don’t even like each other.”


He brushed her lips with his in response.


A jolt of electricity shot all the way down to her toes. This could not be happening. “You are bent, Lawson Vaughn,” she said, smacking his chest again.


“Then we make a good pair.”


This time, his lips were more insistent against hers, demanding and possessive. Zara closed her eyes and kissed him back. One of his hands went to the small of her back, and he drew her in close to his body, pressing her against the car frame and sinking his other hand into her hair.


He held her head as he parted her lips with the tip of his tongue, and she let go of the last of her hesitation and ahhed into his mouth. She ran her hands under his jacket, and the solid muscles of his back tightened under her palms. Rising up on her toes, she pulled their bodies even closer.


She wanted to forget about Yvette and Giovanni. She wanted to forget about being on the run from the police and whoever Yvette worked for. She wanted to forget she and Lawson were running out of people to trust.

At that moment, in the darkness of the French countryside, she wanted to forget all of it, to give up control and forget about everything except the tough, sexy man holding her close.


Review of Operation Paris



Zara Morgan was used to betrayal, she grew up surrounded by it. She can sense it a mile away. From her cheating father, her ballerina mother who gave up her dream to dance, down to her own body after an injury caused her to give up a promising dancing career. Chasing down one of the most wanted men in Europe, Alexandrov Dmitri, a weapons dealer in Paris, she is up against a dangerous criminal. She gets her man only to have him released from prison two months later on a technicality. A derange biochemist escapes the same time Dmitri is released, coincidence? Lawson Vaughn had a hand in helping Zara bring down Dmitri but considers her to be less of a superior agent then her boss does and he orders Lawson to go back to Paris to help her get Dmitri back in custody. He thinks she is more of a liability than help, he thinks her reckless and a spoiled pampered rich girl.

There is a web of deceit that is being spun and neither Zara nor Lawson can trust anyone. As things start to heat up between Zara and Lawson things go downhill fast and it become a race against time to get Dmitri and stop a hideous terror attack from happening.

I loved the first and second third of this book, the story is quick paced and really kept me glued to the book. The middle third of the story dragged a bit for me. I know it was more of a background bit for Zara along with some other things but for me it just seemed a bit slow, I was longing for more action. That is just me though, I guess I was getting greedy for the plot to move on more.

I have ready many of Misty’s books and like the others this one did not fail to please. There was a bit of a twist towards the end. It is the second in the Super Agents series but can be read as a stand-alone book.

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4/5 stars


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