Psychocat Reads Review: BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN GIGOLO by Deek Rhew

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Psychocat Reads Review of BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN GIGOLO by Deek Rhew

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

In a stretch where real life has been full of chaos and change, I jumped at the prospect to read and review something that promised to be more fun and less serious drama. Let's see if BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN GIGOLO managed to live up to my hopes.

The Characters: There were four characters in the book I found myself most caught up with. The central focus of the story is on Lindsey, the wife that is pretty much over everyone's shit and ready to reclaim her life. While in real life I may not agree with her choices, as a fictional character I absolutely loved them. There's Stewart, the cheating asshole, that was just too much fun to hate. Then there's Cindie, the "holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend," that makes you sympathize with Lindsey's reaction to the entire mess. Finally, there's Dios as the sexy and at times naive boy toy.  It didn't take long for the author to evoke a reaction from me for each of the, and as the story progressed it was pretty clear my reactions were as intended. 

The Relationships: Messy. If I had to describe the relationships in the book in a single word, that would be my choice. If you read the blurb, you know going in that the marriage between Lindsey and Stewart is going to be nothing short of a train wreck, and those two deliver. But the fun in the book is just starting with those two. 

The Smut: I rate the smut in this one as more of a fun tease that added an edge than anything hardcore. And I don't mean that as a bad thing at all. What's there fits the tone of the book. Anything more would have detracted from what the story was meant to be.

Jen's Final Rating: 4 STARS!! BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN GIGOLO was a short, fun read. It made me laugh, cringe, and shake my head in turns, and I enjoyed the entire thing. Deek's writing is smooth and engaging. On the whole, the book doesn't seem to take itself too serious, and that was just what I was looking for.

Psychocat's Final Rating: If Stewart and Cindie thought Lindsey was hard to handle, they should start running now and pray that Psychocat doesn't get a hold of them. 

 


Title: BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN GIGOLO
Author: Deek Rhew
Released: January 19th 2016 by Tenacious Books

An old party girl turned domestic diva, infuriated by her husband's cheating--and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend--inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god, start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove.

 

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Psychocat Reads Review: FUSION by S. Usher Evans

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Psychocat Reads Review of FUSION by S. Usher Evans.

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

The Book as Part of a Series: As I've said in the previous reviews from books from The Razia Series, they are best read in order. Don't just try to pick up FUSION and expect to seamlessly fall into the story. You'll be missing far to many pieces if you do. Have a little patience, start at the beginning, and it'll be worth the time.

The Characters: One of my favorite parts about a series like this is returning to characters I already know. FUSION didn't disappoint. Lyssa/Razia is as much herself as ever. By which I mean she spends a great deal of the book being a total mess. She has the art of self-doubt mastered, let's her mouth run away with her sometimes, comes off as a rather prickly bitch at times, but is still one of my favorite characters in a book. Whether you agree with her actions and decisions or not, you're almost guaranteed to have a reaction. 

As far as secondary characters go, I believe this is part of where The Razia Series has really started to shine for me. FUSION includes Sage, Lizbeth, Vel, Dorst, and a host of other familiar names to those that have read the other books. In a couple of cases in particular, we're seeing these secondary characters go through some major steps in their own journey as we watch Lyssa's. Honestly, I'd love to see Vel get a story or two of his own (even short ones) based on where we're leaving him. 

The Relationships: Relationships are complicated. Relationships in FUSION are doubly so. This is the book where Lyssa has to figure out where things stand with almost all the relationships in her life and take a good hard look at why things so often seem to blow up in her face. 

Other Things to Note: I'll admit I had something of a false start with FUSION. I got it, opened it, read a bit, and had to step away for a while. Part of it was general chaos happening in my life, but part of it was Lyssa's reaction to the big revelation early on in the book. I'm not going to spoil anything, but if you pick up the book and find yourself thinking you're not so sure you want to keep going after the first couple of chapters, just give it a while longer. It'll be worth it.

Jen's Rating: 5 STARS!! Despite the false start, once I settled back in I had the book done inside a day and am as in love with these characters and their journeys as I've ever been. There were plenty of twists and turns for Lyssa, and some revelations that make her rethink a thing or two. While we may not all be splitting our time between science and piracy or have nearly the complicated family life that she does, there's still plenty to learn from her journey.

Psychocat's Final Rating: The character she loves to hate was back again, though in a much different way that the previous books. Still he stirred up his fair share of trouble, and Psychocat is still gunning for him. 


Lyssa Peate has everything she thought she ever wanted. She's finally earned the respect of her fellow pirates, she's got a finger on the pulse on her scientist life, and she's got a core set of friends (and more-than-friends) that have her back. But deep down, she knows none of this goodness will last. And when she finds out a life-changing secret, she wonders if this is the end of her good life.

Piracy is a game. How do you win?

Fusion is the fourth book in S. Usher Evans' Razia series. Grab the first three books - Double Life, Alliances, and Conviction - and "get sucked" into this fun space opera series.

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Psychocat Reads Review: FILTHY RICH

PSYCHOCAT READS REVIEW OF FILTHY RICH BY VIRNA DEPAUL

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

The Characters: In the very beginning, I had high hopes for Cara. She's one of the few women in a male dominated world , driven to succeed and willing to work hard to succeed. Unfortunately, as the book progressed I found myself a bit frustrated with her decisions and the way she handled herself. It was like she couldn't make up her mind.

Branden on the other hand, kept my interest throughout the book. He's filthy rich, but so much more than just a wealthy playboy. Everything we find out about him as things progress made me love his character just a bit more. 

The Relationships: There's a ton of back and forth with the romance angle of this story. Fortunately, there are other relationships to help round things out. I think my favorite elements of the book involved Branden and his collection of sisters. Those relationships are both adorably funny and oh so sweet. 

The Smut: There's plenty of sexual tension going on between Cara and Brandon. The book has heat, but I wasn't quite as enamored with the sex scenes as I have been in some other recent books. At times the word choices threw me off just enough to dampen the mood.

Too Perfect or Perfectly Flawed: Cara and Branden come up against their fair share (and more of struggles) between Cara's indecision, their positions at work, the past trying to haunt them, and other issues. FILTHY RICH managed to steer clear of being too perfect in my book.

Jen's Final Rating: 3 STARS! Overall it was an interesting story and I found it easy enough to settle in and read. I enjoyed FILTHY RICH, but it wasn't quite enough to make my favorites list. That being said, I've heard great things about the author's other works, so I'm going to check out at least one more before I call for a verdict on where Virna DePaul rests on my authors to read list.

Psychocat's Final Rating: There was more than enough trouble and drama for Psychocat. Where Jen may have been a bit disappointed with some of the smut, Psychocat was thrilled with the hints of violence.

ABOUT THE BOOK

High finance and a sizzling office affair raise desire and passion to the boiling point in Virna DePaul’s seductive new contemporary romance—perfect for fans of Carly Phillips, Lori Foster, and Molly O’Keefe.

Cara Michal has had to fight every step of the way to earn her place in the glittering seven-figure world of Wall Street. Years ago her hardworking father, a small-time investment adviser, was humiliated and wrongfully accused of fraud. Now Cara is at the top of her game, trying to support not only herself but her mother and brother. The occasional night out dancing soothes Cara’s soul, even as a bitter need for revenge against the man who destroyed her father makes inner peace elusive.

Then, in a moment of heat, Cara kisses a sexy stranger at a party—only later to discover that the man is Branden Duke, her new boss, an infamous operator with a wicked reputation in bed and on the Street. Branden is a man who seemingly has it all—except a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that he’s found Cara, he’s not sure he can let her go, even if he should.

In spite of herself, Cara is drawn to this charismatic guy. He is a challenge like none she has ever faced in her life. Their passion for each other is unquenchable, surprising them both with its ferocity. Even as Cara wonders if she can trust this man with her heart and soul, the ecstasy of their love cannot be denied. But when the past threatens the present, the two are faced with a truth from which they may never recover.
 

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Psychocat Reads Review of CONVICTION

PSYCHOCAT READS REVIEW OF CONVICTION BY S. USHER EVANS

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

My how things change sometimes. When I first agreed to review DOUBLE LIFE,  the first book in this series, it sat on my tablet for quite a while before I had to read it for the scheduled review. I'm not usually one to drag my feet with reading books, but I honestly wasn't convinced I was really going to like it. 

Fast forward to this book - I'm curled up in bed in my hotel room looking at Facebook after a really long day when I see a semi-cryptic post on the author's page. I squeal, jump out of bed, and boot my computer back up, prepared to battle the evil hotel wifi because I'm pretty sure CONVICTION is waiting in my inbox, and I'll be damned if a little thing like sketchy wifi will stop me from getting it.

Jump ahead to the next day, and I'm on a plane somewhere between Minneapolis and Atlanta writing this review because I'm finished with the book. 

So let's see if CONVICTION was worth the lack of sleep. 

The Book as Part of a Series: You've got to start at the beginning with the Razia series. The books are about her journey, and you won't appreciate that if you skip ahead or skip around. This book continues to build on the character development we've seen with Razia. It also builds on the relationships we've watched progress in the last two books. It gets solid marks for me as an addition to a series I've already fallen in love with. 

The Characters: Lyssa / Razia remains one of my favorite characters to read. She's smart, sarcastic, a bit of a bad ass, stubborn as hell, and so very insecure. In other words, she is so very relatable. Seeing her incredible growth, and all the associated backward steps and stumbles that go with it, has kept me invested in her adventures and that's not showing any signs of stopping.

The other characters that return for CONVICTION were a delight to revisit, even if some of them are total assholes. Seeing lots more of Sage and Lizbeth was a blast (though I will always want more). Those two just balance Lyssa's character so well. 

The Relationships: As I mentioned, this series has been all about Lyssa's journey. While it isn't a romance (Lyssa would run screaming from that), the relationships in her life are driving forces in her path. Whether it's with her family, other pirates, or her friends, each relationship gives us another clue about who Lyssa / Razia really is. 

Jen's Rating: 5 STARS!! I continue to be head over heels in love with the Razia series. CONVICTION is another strong book that continues to push the lead character. On a whole, the characters are engaging, the story compelling, and the package is worth every minute you'll spend with it.

Psychocat's Final Rating: To that one character in the book - she's coming for you when you least expect it. Psychocat is seriously attached to Razia, and she's coming for vengeance. You've been warned, but I really hope you don't listen.


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Now available - Conviction, the third book in the Razia series! Catch up on this fun, sassy space opera about a wayward scientist living a double life as a space pirate bounty hunter.

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About Conviction:

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Razia is in trouble. Captured by a fellow pirate, she now finds herself back on probation with a bounty worth zero credits. In the cold reality, she begins to question herself and everything she has been working towards all of her life--and what she's willing to do to reclaim her glory.

Piracy is a game. What do you stand for?

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Conviction (Razia, #3)

Sneak Peek:

Razia's eyes snapped open and she grasped at the wall to steady herself. She stood outside the supposed poker game location, in a dimly lit alley that smelled like trash. There was something wet leaking from the bin next to her, so she didn't dare sit down. She had fallen asleep against the dirty brick wall for a split second, but was now wide awake and ready for Loeb to come out.

The door remained closed.

Poker, she reasoned, must be Loeb's chosen vice because he'd been there playing this game for over an hour. She wondered how many times he'd have to go to Temple to ask the Great Creator for forgiveness for this break in his piety.

She snorted at her own joke then burped a little beer. She rubbed her face roughly, hoping the increased blood flow would wake her up. She wished she hadn't had that that third beer (or however many she had from Sage's pitcher) at Eamon's, she wished she had some coffee, and she wished Loeb would just get a move on already. She had other pirates to capture, and he was being awfully selfish with her time.

She jutted her lip out and stared at the door, and her eyes began drooping again.

Her mini-computer began buzzing at her hip and she jumped ten feet. Scowling, she answered it without thinking.

"What." She blinked at the face looking back at her and for a brief moment saw Vel. With another shake of her head she realized it was Heelin scowling back at her. "Oh, it's you."

"Yes, it's me." Heelin looked nothing short of livid. "The brother with whom you are supposed to be working."

She grimaced. "Oh God in Leveman's, I don't have time for this."

"Well you'd better make time, because this stupid planet was approved for membership, so Dorst wants me to accompany you on your next excavation."

Excavation, what was that again? She rubbed her eyes, trying to make sense of the word. Slowly, her brain readjusted from a month of bounty hunting back to her life as Lyssa Peate.

Wait…Heelin wanted to go on an excavation with her? "I don't think so."

"I think that you have to since Dorst ordered you to."

"I think that Dorst can get sucked."

"What is with you lately? You look different."

"I…what?" she said, looking down at the mini-computer.

"And where are you anyway? Are you in some kind of dark alley? Where are your glasses?"

Razia realized with a jolt of fear that she was, in fact, Razia and not Lyssa—her hair down, no lab coat, no glasses.

"Uh…gotta go!"

She ended the call quickly and breathed a sigh of relief. She didn't expect Heelin to recognize Razia from just a simple phone call. Unlike Lizbeth, who was sharp as a tack and made the connection almost immediately, the Peates seemed more eager to ignore that Lyssa ever existed.

Like Jukin.

She swallowed the lump in her throat, hating herself and her drunkenness for bringing him up. She still had no idea why she'd saved him. She'd told Lizbeth at the time it was because she wanted to believe he was a good person, but there was more to it than that. She was still harboring a little bit of guilt that she had been chosen as Sostas' assistant, and not Jukin.

And perhaps she felt a little responsible for everything Jukin had done.

She belched loudly in the alleyway, ending the drunken philosophical train of thought. In some part of her mind, she wondered if it was a good idea to be out in her current state, but then again, she was simply stalking Loeb. He wasn't going to surprise her and walk out…

Her eyes nearly fell out of her head as Jarvis Loeb exited the bar all by himself.

She braced herself against the wall, waiting to see if his body men were going to join him. Loeb got almost a block before she realized that he was alone. Whether this was some great twist of fate, or maybe some gift from the Great Creator, she didn't know, but it was definitely an opportunity.

She nearly tripped over her own two feet as she barreled after him, the beer sloshing in her stomach uncomfortably.

"OI!" she called out, standing in the middle of the deserted street.

Loeb turned to watch her with an amused look on his face. "Hello there, dear. Are you here to capture me finally?"

"Sure am!" she announced, perhaps louder than she should have.

She walked up to Loeb, who seemed awfully sober to her, and she reared back her fist to strike him. But she was moving so slow—slower than ever—and Loeb easily ducked it. She lurched forward, her center of gravity completely off, and watched the pavement fly up towards her face.

Loeb's hand clamped down on her wrist and she felt cold steel encircle it.

About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit. Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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Psychocat Reads Review: EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID

PSYCHOCAT READS REVIEW OF EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID BY M. O'KEEFE

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

The Characters: M. O'Keefe created a book full of characters that will hook  you hard and fast.  Annie may be one of my favorite female leads in an erotic romance in quite some time. She's one of those characters that embodies the idea that life isn't made up of black and white. You can be smart and strong and still become mired in a bad situation. 

Dylan is a man of mystery, but one where you see there is so much more to him than even he seems to realize. I'm anxious to find out more about him in the future.

The Relationships: The relationship between Annie and Dylan is very unique as a result of the rather one of a kind plot the author developed. It works. I enjoyed reading it. Secondary to that are Annie's relationships in the new place she lands. Coming from an abusive relationship, it's great to see her actually taking some chances and being willing to build new relationships. 

Too Perfect or Perfectly Flawed: There are too many secrets involved in this story for it to be anywhere near too perfect of a romance. 

Jen's Final Rating: 4.5 STARS! I'm expecting a 2nd book based on the way this one ended, and I can't wait for it to come. This one is a great mix of plot and heated moments. It's not one for those that prefer light, fluffy, and sweet, but if you enjoy an edge and intensity in your reading, go check it out!

Psychocat's Final Rating: Kitty is on high alert with a few of the characters in this book. Her claws are sharpened and she's ready to teach a few lessons.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID
Author: M. O'Keefe
Released: October 13th 2015 by Random House Publishing Group

I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.
 
And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.
 
His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

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