Reviews for Virgo’s Vice

All authors know reviews are important because they help readers to decide whether to buy your books or not, and we are always thankful to people who take the time to write a review, or even a one line comment.

Unfortunately, some readers take great delight in dissing books, and earn themselves the title of ‘troll’. If you don’t like a book, it’s okay to say so and to explain why, but there is no need to be hateful and nasty like the review for Virgo’s Vice from a woman named Libby. If you go to her profile and check out her stats, you can see she is a committed troll.  She’s rated 1019 books and her average rating is 2.92 stars. It appears she was expecting a sweet little innocent romance. She probably doesn’t understand that romantic suspense or suspense thrillers with romantic elements can be dark and intense.
Thankfully, most readers who leave reviews are good people who want to express their honest opinions in a decent and respectful manner. I personally don’t publish reviews if I believe a book is worth less than three stars. I usually contact the author and explain why I feel the way I do and leave it at that.
Here are three great reviews Virgo’s Vice received this past week:
From Ron (4 Stars)
Virgo’s Vice asks, “What if Survivor were about actually surviving?” When a disparate group of contestants, with two camera operators, are parachuted into Africa with few supplies, they are confronted with just that question. Each has a reason to win the contest with a cool million as a prize and each has a reason to make sure no one else does. But how far will they go to win? Literally landing on her butt in the brush, Lexie King is right in the middle of it. When she took on the assignment to film the event, she had no idea what she was getting into. She is haunted by demons from her past and soon finds the present ones can be just as bad. She is confronted with the the possibility that one of the contestants feels that a million dollars worth killing for. Or are other evil forces at work?

Trish Jackson shows her familiarity with the African wilds in this book and uses it as a backdrop for her book. The characters are a varied lot, some good people and some not so good, but all are interesting. You find yourself rooting for some and not caring what happens to a few. It’s a lot like life. In the end, I’m reminded of a phrase from the old TV series, Maude, “God will get you for that.” I must admit that Jake was my favorite character, willing to give his life for Lexie, but I’m a dog person. Still, loyalty and self sacrifice are great qualities in any species. While part of the book is first person, in Lexie’s point of view, Trish also uses third person to let you know what other characters are thinking and seeing. It’s a fun read and keeps up a good pace throughout the book.

From Ken (4 Stars)

Trish Jackson’s fast-paced crime and romance novel “Virgo’s Vice” takes us into the wilderness of Africa. The contestants and two camera people have just been parachuted into the wilds where they are going to take part in a television reality show. Stranded by the failure of the show’s producer to get funding, the characters have to survive a menu of murder, love, and disaster. Using a combination of first and third person narration, Jackson creates the sense that we are watching a television show that has gone out of control. This is a page-turner with strong action and excellent romance.

From Todd (5 stars)

Reality TV…nope, not for me. But a book about a reality TV show in Africa that had a lot of things go wrong… I loved it! There was romance, there was suspense, and most importantly there was a great story behind it all, unlike reality TV. Lexie King the main character in the book is well thought out and described. Her past is the main story in this book to me and Trish does everything right in making this affect her life as a contestant for the $1,000,000.00 prize.

Thank you SO much. I really appreciate you.

Here’s a link to more info and the Amazon page where you can buy this book.


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Review of Lost by D. M. Thornton

Lost by D.M. Thornton is a masterpiece, and a truly great debut novel.

In the beginning, ‘Lost’ resembles the TV show with the same name—a plane crashes in the middle of nowhere and most of the occupants lose their lives. 

The survivors are lost, yes, and yet the word ‘lost’ holds a double entendre as readers will discover at the end.

It is essentially a love story, and the author’s depiction of the progression of the process of the two primary characters falling in love and eventually realizing they can’t live without each other can only be described as masterful. The love-making scenes are graphic yet tastefully written, leaving the reader in no doubt that the couple love one another deeply.

If you love romance and enjoy a fast-paced book that moves forward with each page-turn, you will enjoy this story. 

One word of warning — the cliff-hanger at the end. While it clearly shows that a sequel is in the works, and will leave you hungering for more, you may feel disappointed if you are accustomed to reading romance, in which there is always a happily ever after or happy for now ending.
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Readers Choice Awards Voting Info

I’m thrilled that my two novels, Backwoods Boogie and Aquarius Addiction qualified for the Readers Choice Awards at The Romance Reviews. 


The nomination phase is now open and I need 50 nominations each for them to move forward. 

You have to sign up or be a member of The Romance Reviews. This could benefit you if you’re a reader and like romance, or if you’re a writer and want to showcase your romance novels. All votes will be truly appreciated. 

Here are the links:
Thank you SO much. I truly appreciate your help. 

Review of Aquarius Addiction by Rosie Amber

A huge thank you to Rosie Amber for her great review of Aquarius Addiction.

Aquarius Addiction is a romantic suspense set in and around New Orleans. Arlette Xylander is a psychic who helps the FBI in cases they cannot solve. She’s just been called into a new case on the very day she’s had bad news about her own health. She meets Andre Rossouw, older brother of a young missing girl. There is an instant spark of romance between the pair but with Arlette’s health news and Andre being a client any future for the pair is a no-go.
Arlette lives in an old house inherited from her Aunt. She’s left Arlette the house and a mystery to solve. The house is haunted, but Arlette isn’t frightened.
Susanna is the missing girl that Arlette must find, she goes to the family home and hopes for some visions to give her clues. She gets a couple of glimpses and does a sketch for a photo ID fit, plus she has a couple of names to work on.
The photos cause trouble for Arlette when she’s the victim of a hit and run that leaves her in hospital. However she believes she’s got a lead as things soon start hotting up in the search for Susanna.
In Arlette’s personal life the appearance of a Voodoo priestess has it’s own mysteries and her Aunt urges her to find the women again.
I enjoyed this mystery particularly the links to New Orleans and the Voodoo, plus the sizzling romance between Arlette and Andre which was fun.
Happy to give this 4*’s.

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Review – On Angels Wings by Heather Adams

This is a wonderful debut novel, and the first in a series. The author has a masterful way with words, and has woven true historical events into this period romantic suspense novel about a love that endures everything.

In eighteenth century Britain, a mother dies and leaves her child, Angela, alone and without anyone to support her. Her philandering and heavy drinking stepfather steals all the money and sells her to a brothel. Being a spirited young woman, Angela refuses to accept her fate, and in time, she meets Duke Monroe Enderby, and discovers the delights of falling in love.

The two are secretly married, only to be torn apart by injustice, war, and a jealous servant.

With Monroe away fighting the war, Angela gives birth to a son, Weylin. Years pass, and in time, they travel to the New World, where Weylin becomes involved with the Sons of Liberty.

This story is a must read. Follow the two lovers as they live their own Odyssey. Will they ever be reunited? And what is the secret of the wolves?

Here’s the link to buy it. 

Review — Letting Evil In by Ellie Eden

Kristin, wife and mother of three, tries to be understanding when her husband, Michael decides to travel to Rio de Janeiro on his own. He hasn’t been himself since his accident.

The problems start when he disappears. Kristi and her teenage son, Josh, travel to Rio to try to find him, and against all advice, they head into the crime-ridden slums or favelos.  After some very harrowing experiences, Kristi finds solace and a broad shoulder to lean on in Brazilian Federal Agent, Tony Lamazzo. But is he really to be trusted, or is he on the payroll of the cruel and malicious drug lord O Dentista?

The author has done a wonderful job of describing life and death in Rio’s underworld, and she ratchets up the tension to a terrifying climax. It was hard to put the book down.

Being an animal advocate, I was happy when the homeless kid’s dog found a happy ending.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

You can buy the book here.

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Review – Passion in the Kitchen by Cynthia Ainsworthe

Front Row Center’s Passion in the Kitchen is a cookbook with a difference, guaranteed to bring an extra spark into your relationship!

The author is an accomplished cook who specializes in French cuisine, and she is also an award-winning writer of a suspenseful and passionate romance novel, Front Row Center, which is currently being adapted into a screenplay.

The recipes are all tried and tested by the author, and are not too complex for the average home cook. The categories include ‘Appeteasers’, ‘Warm up Foreplay’ and ‘Between the Sheets’. Each recipe includes a mouth-watering illustration, and all have suggestive names like ‘Smooth Caresses’, ‘Sublime Joinings’, ‘Love Wand of Ecstasy’ and ‘Sweet and Lustful’.

Interspersed with photos of food is a generous serving of pictures of delectably hot men.

But that’s not all… Every recipe ends with a “Cooking Break” – lines of flirtation taken from the novel, Front Row Center. 

Example: ‘Cooking break! 
That’s all right,” she replied softly. “You want some of my …” she opened her palm, “… nuts?”
He blew out a ragged breath.’

If you are looking for something to spice up your life, look no further. 

I received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Pre-Release Reviews for Backwoods Boogie

I’m very thankful for the wonderful people who have taken the time to read and review Backwoods Boogie, my upcoming third book on the Redneck P.I. Series. A couple of people are still reading it, and here are the ones that have been posted on Goodreads only because it won’t be available on Amazon until November 14th.

Here is the pre-order link for Amazon:
Backwoods Boogie

Twila Taunton, redneck detective, reluctantly joins forces with her ex-fiancée to solve the mysterious murder of British resident, Janice Woodward.

Sensing an innocent woman was setup for the crime, Twila assembles a small group of trusted friends and specialists to dig deep and unearth the truth, and needs all her sass and guile to overcome the many challenges they hit along the way.
Backwoods Boogie, the third in the Redneck Series, is a fast-paced journey that spans America’s Deep South to the rainy reaches of Northern Europe, and keeps you reading on and guessing throughout. The characters are wonderfully vivid and you’re transported directly into their gritty setting, observing them first-hand as they slowly piece together the puzzle – but can they do it in time?
This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys well-written detective stories and wily whodunits.

Lee Bullen, Author, UK
****
If you are looking for a delightful story packed full of an eclectic group of witty characters, Backwoods Boogie is the book for you.

Twila Taunton, self proclaimed detective of the Redneck P.I. Agency, is hired to help her friend Pam Taylor. Pam has been imprisoned for a murder Twila is sure she didn’t commit. To make matters worse Pam’s attorney is Jimmie-Ray, the man that left Twila standing at the alter.

Murder, Motorcycles, Aunts Gone Goth and Baby Scares, Oh My!

Flat out Fun! Trish Jackson once agains provides a captivating cast that will having you laughing out loud. A perfect balance of mystery, sexual spice and action makesBackwoods Boogie a wonderfully engaging read. 

Beth at Tome Tender Blog

****

I was pleasantly surprised by Backwoods Boogie. To be honest, I’m not usually a fan of real hard-core country books but for the most part I didn’t mind it in this one. At times, Twila’s rather butch demeanour did get on my nerves but the story was fast-paced enough that I quickly got over it. This book reminded me a little of Charlene Harris and her writing style so if you’re a fan of hers you should enjoy this one.

I did quite like how the last page of every chapter contained a perspective from another character, it did fill in a lot of the plot and provide insight and depth into the characters. The supporting cast was fun.

I don’t quite see why Twila had to travel to London, I think that was perhaps my least favourite part of the book but it was brief. The plot was captivating and action-packed for the rest of the book I thought.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this. It was fun and wild and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery with a hint of romance and a lot of crazy

Jules dePlume, Author

Thanks to those three wonderful people, and I’ll be adding more when they come. Currently there are two others reading a pre-release version.


Review- Iam Ella. Buy me. by Joan Ellis

Ella David is a lost soul. She is not really sure who she is or what she wants from life. She is in a relationship with the handsome up-coming rock star, Tom, but is it really love that she feels for him? And is he committed enough to their liaison to be faithful to her?

The only two truly meaningful people in her life are Wally, the elderly caretaker at work, and Adam Hart, a friend who shares her passion for chocolate and other treats that appeal to the sweet tooth.

This story is set in the time before the terms ‘politically correct’ or ‘sexual harassment at the workplace’ had been dreamed up. Ella is in a dead-end job as an advertising copywriter, with a horny boss, Peter Richards, who makes shameless sexual advances on the women he works with, and proudly boasts of his sexual prowess. Ella has thus far managed to stay out of his bed, but when she is in danger of losing her job, he tries to blackmail her into a ‘little arrangement” on the side.

Peter’s antics and the other eccentric characters Ella has to deal with put her in some hilarious situations. The book is well-written and fun to read.

Four stars.

Review – Doctor January by Rhoda Baxter

I labeled this book, Doctor January,  ‘Un Put-Downable’ on Amazon and that’s the truth. I just wanted to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen.


   Beth Tyler suddenly has one of those moments with her co-worker, Hibs. You know them. The sudden realization that the guy who has always been your friend is actually really hot.
   And then, just at that moment, her longtime boyfriend, Gordon, returns unexpectedly from the US, and their relationship picks up where it left off six months ago. There’s no denying it, Gordon is really good-looking, with his muscular swimmer’s body and handsome face, which kind of makes up for his possessiveness and mood swings. It’s just because he loves her so much, Beth reasons. 
 

 Hibs, who is hopelessly in love with Beth, can only stand on the sidelines, desperately wishing Beth would realize that Gordon is a malicious bully.

   As a fundraising exercise for Women in Science, Beth and the other members are busy compiling a calendar of hot male scientists. When Doctor January withdraws close to the production deadline, they have a crisis on their hands… Who do they choose? Hibs or Gordon?
   The characters are very real, and the author has a great way of drawing the reader in and making them care what happens, and I look forward to the reading next one.
My favorite passage from the book:
“She scrolled through more images, and suddenly there was one (of Hibs) where he wasn’t looking away. He looked out of the screen at her, brow slightly furrowed, his lips parted as though he was in the middle of a word.
She stared.
It was Hibs, but different. It was as though some of the familiarity had been stripped away, leaving behind a beautifully defined face with high cheekbones and serious grey eyes. Was this really the guy she worked next to and joked with every day?”

My rating: ☻☻☻☻☻(Five happy faces = five stars.)