The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity–that she, in fact, is Lydia–their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past–what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?

“Which one is me, Mummy?”
“Darling?”
“Which one is me? Mummy? Which one?”
Oh, help. Oh, God. This is unbearable: because I have no answer. The truth is, I do not know. I literally cannot distinguish between them; in this photo, there are no visual clues. Should I lie? What if I get it wrong?

Can you imagine the pain of losing a child? Can you imagine the agony of not knowing which child you buried? Can you imagine the turmoil it would cause if you thought your child and/or spouse was losing their mind? Meet Sarah and Angus from The Ice Twins.

I could tell from the synopsis that The Ice Twins was going to be one heck of a ride. It is hard to put into words the complexity of this book. There are many layers from grieving the loss of a child, the connection between identical twins, and mental health issues just to name a few. Parts of this book are downright creepy and chilling to the bone.

Tremayne’s writing style is vivid and quite descriptive. I have never been to Scotland, but I could clearly visualize the Moorcraft’s home and what their life was like. The Ice Twins is truly a thriller that kept me completely engaged because each page was better than the previous one. This was an exceptional debut and I look forward to reading more from Tremayne.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of The Ice Twins in exchange for an honest review.


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Fighting for Glory by Rickey Teems II Review

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They say we’re living in the last days. Wars, rumors of wars, disease and poverty are at all time highs as religious radicals, The Movement, have sparked a deadly war on American soil to oppose Christian prominence. Their plight to disrupt the United Nations worldwide may soon be recognized as they build an evil alliance of their own. But when Glory takes a surprise vacation to clear her head of personal and political turmoil, she finds herself in the middle of one of the greatest religious discoveries to ever shed light on who Jesus Christ really was, and an unexpected love triangle that may either prevent or provoke World War 3, and one of the deadliest pandemics in Unites States history. Whether for religion or love, everyone is: Fighting for Glory.

Two words. Ten letters. It does not seem like enough to change lives but when a Persian woman yells “Allah Akbar!” and sets off a bomb it is more than enough. Do I have your attention now? Well, those two words definitely caught mine and that is how Rickey Teems II begins his latest novel, Fighting for Glory.

Fighting for Glory is like reading a book about current events: foreign and domestic terrorism, arguments in the Holy Land over which religion is the most authentic, and individuals curious if religion is even necessary. The story is mesmerizing and one that will have you on the edge of your seat with suspense as you try to figure out everyone’s connection to one another. Teems was quite imaginative yet authentic when writing about the mystery of the beginning of religion.

The topic of religion plays a major role in Fighting for Glory but it is not a preachy, faith-deciding book. Yes, it will make you think and possibly challenge some of your beliefs but that is what an excellent book is supposed to do. All of Teems’ previous books have done an exemplary job of intertwining entertainment, social issues, and religion but it is my belief that Fighting for Glory will be a game changer for this up and coming author!


Elect by Rachel Van Dyken Review & Giveaway

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synopsisNixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family’s enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.

Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family’s sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend… But Trace isn’t ready to give up on a future with Nix–and if he won’t fight for them, she will.

In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .

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I knew the instant she came into the room. It took exactly three seconds for her perfume to float from her body and into my personal hell.

I was lying underneath a giant white down comforter and trying to breathe in the smell of the laundry detergent.

“Chase?” she whispered.

Shit. I squeezed my eyes tightly closed and answered, “What?”

“I’m sorry.”

“Huh?”

The light was off so I couldn’t see her, but I knew she was close. Soon her cold feet were touching my legs as she got out of her bed and lay down next to me in mine. Thankfully, the comforter was creating a really nice boundary between her and my body. Otherwise…well, I would have probably died.

“For whatever I did to make you mad.” Her hand reached out to pat my arm. “I’m sorry.”

“Trace…” I groaned, “you didn’t do anything.” And that was the problem, wasn’t it? My pride was hurt a bit; that much was sure. But, part of me, a small part—or maybe a large part—thought we had something. A connection that she and Nixon didn’t have. What we’d shared over the past few months had been unique, different. I felt it and she didn’t. She shouldn’t be apologizing for being the strong one.

“Come here.” Suddenly I wasn’t so concerned with losing control. I was her friend, she’d put me in that zone, and the last thing she needed was for me to be an ass about her not loving me when her grandfather was stuck in hiding and her almost-rapist was chained to a chair on the grounds threatening to kill everyone. “I’m the one who should be sorry.” I kissed her head and sighed when she wrapped her arm around my chest and tucked her head under my arm.

“What are you sorry for?”

Oh so many, many things. “Not being who you need me to be.”

“You mean like earlier when you were being a jackass in your stupid Betty Crocker apron?”

Chuckling, I squeezed her closer. “Hey, don’t hate on the apron. And yes, like earlier today. I guess…well I guess I’m just not used to all your hormones.”

“What?” Her voice bordered on murderous.

I laughed. “Trace, I’m just used to a lot more violence and killing, and here you show up with a cow keychain, a fetish for every damn squirrel on campus and the ability to make me laugh my ass off, regardless of if you mean to or not. You’re just…”

Amazing, she was amazing.

“Perfect, and your light kind of makes my darkness seem a lot more lonely.”

“But you’re with me twenty-four-seven?”

Yes, just another problem. “Right, but you aren’t mine. Get it? It’s like getting a present for Christmas only to find out someone’s going to take it away on New Year’s.”

“What kind of present am I?” Trace laughed. “Come on, you can tell me.”

“A bike.” I shook with laughter. “Because I would ride you so hard that you’d—”

Her fist knocked the wind out of my stomach pretty effectively, ruining the arousal I’d had going for me about fifteen minutes ago.

We lay there in complete silence for a while, and then she said in a sleepy voice, “Don’t leave me again, Chase. Please.”

“I won’t,” I vowed. “I swear.”

myreviewThere’s nothing like reading a book that makes you think and it doesn’t have a cookie cutter storyline. Elect by Rachel Van Dyken is one of those such books that has a complex storyline that makes it hard to predict what will happen from page to page. Oh, and just an FYI: Elite should be read before reading this one.

Rachel Van Dyken has proven she is quite talented and is a diverse writer. I say this because the Eagle Elite series gives us tons of suspense and action and then she also has the Bet series which is downright hilarious!! Rachel Van Dyken has moved into the category of an author that I will read simply because it is her!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Elect in exchange for an honest review.

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

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