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Review: The Sinful Man by Keith Rommel





Headaches. Hunger. Pain.


Leo needs something . . . his stomach growls, but it can wait. That’s not hunger he must feed. He has to get to his next high, but without money he knows he can’t buy what he needs to sate the voice inside telling him to get more, get more.


Voices. Visions. Addiction.


No luck asking his father. His mother is in no position to help. After failing to steal the money he desperately needs, Leo must appeal to his dealer, the dangerous and infamous Saint Nick—despite the inevitable beating he’ll take for showing up empty-handed. Still, anything to keep the voices and flashbacks at bay . . .


Demons. Addiction. Death.


Leo soon learns that everything has a price—not just money for drugs, but that every choice he makes has a repercussion. Suddenly caught between a world where he can see the sins of his past and a new consciousness that he doesn’t fully understand, Leo finds himself not only chasing the dragon, but being chased by demons of a whole different kind. He must learn the finality of being past hope—all while reliving his missed opportunities for second chances—and truly come to understand that he is responsible for his own undoing before he runs out of time. After a lifetime of bad choices, this Sinful Man discovers the consequences to his actions and the mortal responsibility of exercising free will.



While very disturbing and morbid, this novel is a great read!

A mysterious journey that depicts the life of one very delusional man, the author creatively intensified my interest by alternating the past and present with great skill. I couldn’t help but think of warnings I’ve received from my elders throughout my years, and found myself recalibrating my own moral compass.

While there is mature content, I think this would be an excellent read for teens, as it seems a modern day fable to me.






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Rebecca Andrews knew she was lucky to be hired as a private nurse for an elderly lady who was going on a one-month trip aboard a luxury cruise ship. But there was one big problem. The client was the grandmother of her ex-boyfriend–the guy she was still in love with, the guy who didn’t love her back.


Zach Carmichael couldn’t say no to his grandmother’s plea to join her on a month-long cruise for her eightieth birthday. But he didn’t expect his spritely gran to bring two private nurses with her. One of them happened to be the woman who’d broken his heart–the one he believed lied to him about her feelings.


Aboard a luxury liner, their passion for each other flared again. Was it just a temporary flame brought about by the romance of being on a cruise? How could they give love another chance when they were both afraid to put their hearts back on the line?

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Communication seems to be the problem in this relationship, which is often the cause of many break-ups!  After a short lived love affair, Zach and Rebecca can’t seem to shake what might have been.  Their effort to fight the inevitable becomes much harder when they’re forced to deal with the past.  While they’re trying to mend fences, however, a few vicious tempered individuals keep kicking the posts. 

This was a quick read with a great cast of characters and plausible story line. The erotic scenes were placed perfectly, and the details were on the naughty side!  Too many times, I’ve seen wonderful people torture themselves unnecessarily because of misunderstandings and the work of gossipers.    I could easily place an actual face on some of these vile characters.  The ending brought everything together nicely, though, and I look forward to following the series!

About This Literary Chef:

Ever since I was a young teenager, I have loved reading romance novels.  My auntie used to send me boxes of her books and I would devour them one after another.

Every so often, I would read a mystery or a suspense or a paranormal novel as I love those genres too.  But romance is still my favourite. 🙂

For many years, I wrote technical and non-fiction materials for professional use and had only dreamt about writing a novel.

Then, one day, after a period of binge-reading sexy romances, I decided to sit in front of my computer and start writing my first fiction book.  The result?  My first novel in the hot and sexy Lifestyle by Design series.

After that, I knew that I would love to tell more beautiful love stories through my books.

I live in Sydney, Australia with my amazing husband who lovingly cheers me on (and yes, sometimes irritates and annoys me 😉 ) in my journey as a novelist.

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Review: TRUE COLORS (The Masks Series #1)By: Melissa Pearl




Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama…until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

 Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and her high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends now appears terrified, but masks her fear behind a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

 Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…


The creative and beautiful cover for this novel is an exemplary example of what lies underneath.


I was immediately taken by the sweet and naïve heroine, as I was much like the young woman in my youth.  After her true nature is tested, Caitlyn is given an unusual gift that jolts her face-first into reality.  We all hide our true selves at some point, be it to spare feelings, or simply to protect our own.  While Caitlyn was aware of how many times she had done this in the past, she had never considered someone hiding a dark agenda behind the façade.  Being a pure soul, she soon finds herself unable to ignore her new talent, and follows her heart.  Of course, the young tend to forget their mortality, which means danger is never too far behind.

This is an extraordinary YA novel with a wonderfully unique concept!  It’s always a treat to discover a fresh story line with a superb cast of characters.  The slight touch of romance is sweet and fitting, considering our hero and heroine, and beautifully written.  Full of suspense, comedy, and the paranormal to boot, I highly recommend this novel to all YA fans!  I cannot wait to read more from this splendid author!


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Connected by the Sea (Hawaiian Crush Book One)



Sydney is attending University of Hawaii on Oahu where she’s majoring in Marine Biology. She loves her friends, her job, and her school. Since her ex-boyfriend cheated on her six months ago, she hasn’t moves onto anybody new yet. When Coen catches her eye, she’s immediately attracted to him in a very carnal way. She refused to let herself feel that way because he’s a heartbreaker just like her ex was. But when she’s called to her professor’s office because she’s asked to tutor someone, she doesn’t realize it’s Coen. Will he convince her that he really is boyfriend material or will he turn out just as she suspects?


This debut was a quick, romantic read!

Ah, to be young again!  Sydney’s a sweet and very intelligent college student, that’s full of ambition.  Her brilliant mind, academically, isn’t matched with common sense; however.  She’s in denial about her best friend, too accepting about her “family”, and not aggressive enough with her own needs.  I couldn’t help but like her, though, as she has a heart of gold and carries a tragic secret that would break a weaker person.

Coen’s my type of hero.  A sexy bad-boy with a reputation was always my green flag, and I just love the quiet ones! The stories have a way of twisting into the worst thing imaginable, which leaves no room for the truth.  In Coen’s case, he’s been pegged both right and wrong.  I had fun as he revealed both the devil and angel inside of him to Sydney.

There were scenes that were sensually enticing, and some that were downright erotic.  I was entertained, frustrated, and intrigued throughout.  The ending satisfied a few things, but left plenty of room for more.  I look forward to the rest of the series!

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LOST GIRL (An Oracles Novelette) By: Dax Varley

lost girl by Dax Varley


Juniper Lynch has a flair for all things psychic – a gift she inherited from her dearly departed granny.

When her best friend, Gena needs help finding her missing retainer, Juniper is quick to try scrying, aka crystal-gazing. With no crystal ball handy, she goes the easy route and gazes into a glass of water. But the image that appears is not what she expected. The shriveled face of a missing girl floats to the surface. Juniper is seized by a mystical connection and the countdown clock begins.

Can she find the lost girl before they both wither away?


You know that you’re in for an adventure when the Ouija board gets pulled out!

After Gena loses her retainer and is threatened with six weeks away from her besties, she’s willing to try anything that will help her find it.  Fortunately for her, Juniper has inherited a unique gift that may be able to locate its whereabouts.  Unfortunately for all of them, however, the gift has a mind of its own.  As their focus begins to hone in on a missing girl in Junipers vision, they forget the dangerous situation they’re putting themselves into.

Juniper, Gena, and Anne are a comical and adorable trio.  The freak, the geek, and the beauty are a very relatable combination.  I can think of several little groups that I’ve known over the years that would fit their profile perfectly.  I laughed, and held my breath, as the amazing young women worked together without doubting Juniper’s gift.

I love Dax Varley, as her novellas are intelligently written, fast paced, and so much fun!  She has such an enchanting way of combining the paranormal with the thrill of a mystery, while giving the narrative from a teenager’s point of view.  This story is entertaining, creative, funny, and touching.  As with any book from this author, I highly recommend this to YA fans!

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LOST GIRL (An Oracles Novelette)




About the Author:

daxvarleyWhen Dax Varley isn’t reading, she’s slinging words onto a page. She lives in Richmond, Texas with her husband and a half-dozen imaginary friends.

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