Author: Julie Belfield

Release Day: Calico Descending by Keri Lake

Release Day: Calico Descending by Keri Lake

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Day: Calico Descending by Keri LakeCalico Descending by Keri Lake
Series: Juniper Unraveling #2
on October 29th 2019
Pages: 297
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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In a world of suffering and brutality, she's the key to his humanity ...
I was fourteen when I was sold to the men in black uniforms. Too young to understand I served a purpose beyond that of the other girls they’d taken.
For the greater good.
Now, after four years in Calico, I’ve seen more death and suffering than during my days of surviving out in the Deadlands against the threat of Ragers and famine. I didn’t think this world could get any bleaker. Didn’t think it could take any more from me than it already had.
Not until I finally learned my purpose.
That same day, I walked the dark halls in the bowels of this hell, where the suffering is in silence, and ghosts of the dead whisper through the walls. A place where nightmares are real.
A place where I met my Champion—the most revered Alpha in S-Block—locked away in his dark cell.
For the greater good.
He’s their weapon, their only line of defense against the mistakes of the past: the mutations that could wipe out all of what’s left of us.
Me, I’m his whipping girl. His reward for good behavior. And his punishment for acts of defiance.
Calico Descending is the follow up book to Juniper Unraveling, a full-length dystopian post apocalyptic romance.
SERIES READING ORDER: Juniper Unraveling (Book 1) Calico Descending (Book 2) Kings of Carrion (Book 3)

Rating ~ 3.75 stars

Calico descending takes us back to the dark, dangerous and the dystopian world where zombies, human’s infected with viruses might not be the most dangerous and evil creatures out there, it might be the humans that seem to take joy in making other humans suffer in the all name of finding the cure. This time around, the story revolves around Calithea and Valdys, the prisoners in the Calico.

Calithea has been in Calico for the last four years, suffering and in pain as part of the alpha project. The book starts off with her meeting her campion and an alpha, Valdys. Calithea like all characters in the series, has been through a lot, she lost her mother and then her little sister. She hasn’t had any reason to hope to escape or even attempt one but this all changes when she meets Valdys.

Calithea is very interesting, she’s strong and even though she has been through so much and seen so much still somehow retains her humanity. She’s caring and loving for people even when they might not deserve it. We don’t get to see much of Valdys, but it is clear from what we do see, is he is willing to do anything for Calithea. We also meet the other alphas in the alpha project, Camdus and Titus.

It’s super easy to get lost into this world, its painful, gut wrenching and heart breaking. Often times I was like no no don’t do that. With some action, some romance and some topsy turvy curves to keep the reader interested. And of course Keri Lake’s writing is addictive.

Quibbles: the whole reason why the rating isn’t higher is because of the whole Camdus and Calithea aspect of the book. I didn’t like it at all and the more it went the more I dreaded anytime she was with him. I wish there had been some kind of warning or something in the blurb that suggested this aspect 🙁 This also meant that Valdys and Calithea had slightly less interactions and this interfered with my connection to them as a couple. Also feel like the book could have really benefited from having Valdys pov.

Overall, it’s a good instalment to the Juniper unravelling dystopian world by Keri Lake, its twisted and intriguing and dangerous. It’s just not my favourite book by her. I adore the world building and the complexities of this world and the glimpses we got of what’s more to come in the series makes me excited and am looking forward to the conclusion of Calithea and Valdys’s story.


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About Keri Lake

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal romance. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions when distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

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Review: Requiem & Reverie by Keri Lake

Review: Requiem & Reverie by Keri Lake

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Requiem & Reverie by Keri LakeRequiem & Reverie by Keri Lake, Julie Belfield
Series: The Sandman Duet #2
Published by Amazon Digital Services on May 13, 2019
Genres: Dark romance, Romantic Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 224
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From USA Today Bestselling author Keri Lake comes an intense and gritty romantic thriller that'll have you turning the pages well past your bedtime.

It takes a killer to catch a killer.

And no one understands the motives of ruthless murderer, The Sandman, quite like Rhett Voss.

Having spent his childhood in the shadows of the deranged lunatic, he’s become an expert on the topic. Killing is in his blood, and as a hitman for hire, Voss maintains a steady diet of carnage, himself.

Except lately, it’s lost its appeal. Until he’s enticed to track down the clever Sandman who has his sights set on Nola Tensley.

The stunning single mom is a distraction Voss can’t afford, but to catch his elusive kin, he needs to watch the next victim closely. Consequently, stalking her soon becomes a dangerous obsession, turning a friendly game of cat and mouse into more than he bargained for, when someone close to Nola goes missing.

Suddenly, it’s no longer an old vendetta fueling Voss’s need to hunt down his enemy, but new stakes that are sure to mean more bloodshed. Voss knows better than anyone, though: to draw a killer out of hiding, one must have the right bait.

And both of them want Nola.

*Includes links to dark and light bonus scenes at the end of the book!

We continue on with Voss and Nola, their relationship is very getting complicated and steamier. The Sandman is still out and about and now theres a missing child. Tensions are rising, stakes are higher and Voss is determined to protect Nola and put a stop to Sandman once and for all. Then of course theres the case of Voss lying about who he really is and what he’s doing in Nola life, and when Nola finds out all hell breaks loose. Nola now stands to lose what she holds most dear and it’s bringing her to a very low point in her life.

We go through some twists and turns with amounting dread as the Sandman places the players exactly where he wants them to be, all the while hoping that Nola and Voss will make it through in one piece.

Quibbles: One issues I had for Voss never fully told Nola, what happened with his sister. I was already :/ about that, hoping some way that it wouldn’t happen, but it did and then he just doesn’t tell her the whole story which made me :// even at the end I kept thinking about what her reaction would have been. And Also I was right with who did it, with my theory (and that’s more because I read a lot of RS I guess) which I guess made me slightly disappointed because I was hoping for more AND then I GOT THAT!!! that little twist at the end, that was really good!! which is what gave this book a higher rating because without it, it was pretty predictable. Also Carl hope you’re fiction self is rotting in the fiction hell.

Regardless of these, I enjoyed the books, the author’s writing is great and just addictive. It a very dark, intriguing duet with a creepy serial killer (Really he’s extremely creepy), an anti-hero with a tragic past and struggling single mother. Can’t wait for more books from the author.

About Keri Lake

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal romance. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions when distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

She loves hearing from readers …

Release Day and Review: Nocturnes & Nightmares by Keri Lake

Release Day and Review: Nocturnes & Nightmares by Keri Lake

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Day and Review: Nocturnes & Nightmares by Keri LakeNocturnes & Nightmares by Keri Lake
Published by Amazon Digital Services on 29 April 2019
Genres: Dark romance, Romantic Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
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The most terrifying monsters aren’t found in dreams …

Four young socialites have gone missing in the Chicago area. Two found dead, bearing the signature marks of a brutal serial killer. With the kind of tragedy that mars Nola Tensley’s past, she should be concerned, but without a pot to piss in, all the struggling single mom cares about is making a normal life for her son.

After all, she’s clearly not the murderer’s type.
Or is she?

When Rhett Voss, an enigmatic and handsome stranger, answers her ad for the outdated in-law suite at the back of her property, offering double her asking price, Nola really can’t refuse. Even though the supposed Wall Street Wolf seems better suited for a high-rise downtown—a suspicion that quickly turns into hindsight once she submits to the flirtations of her charming new tenant, and consequently, unearths a series of disturbing revelations.

Her curiosities lead her down the path of a madman, whose moniker, The Sandman, only hints at the grisly nature of his crimes. He’s smart. Evasive. A cunning psychopath with a twisted method of disposing his victims.

And his hunting grounds are hitting too close to home.

Author note: This book contains scenes of graphic sex and violence that some readers may find disturbing.

Nightmares and Monsters are real and no one knows this better than Voss, Nola and her son Oliver.

Keri Lake brings in her A game with an extremely disturbing serial killer, slightly less scary anti hero and a single mother who has experienced too many tragedies but is a wonderful parent.

Rhett Voss and Nola Tensely are very different people, one if a hitman and the other is a recently widowed waitress dealing with her own issues. They are both such compelling protagonists though, they have both their own demons and as with Keri Lake, the chemistry between them is combustible. I loved seeing the more domestic bits we got of them regardless of the real reason of why they were together at that particular moment.

The sandman aspect of the book was very intriguing, actually the whole is very intriguing but especially the sandman/Carl/Voss aspect bit. I think in any suspense book, the element who dun it is very important…it can’t be too in the face or like completely out of left side and I here the I think it’s done pretty well, I have several theories and I can’t wait to see how they pan out, thats part of the fun of reading these books you know, figuring out who actually is it and I’m eagerly waiting for the next book to get answers.

I loved the writing, I have kept this review as spoiler free as I can because you really should go in without knowing because the moment you read the first chapter you’re sucked in.

Also fyi the book is dark romance emphasis on dark, deals with a lot of explicit violence, sexual and graphic content that might be triggering for some so please know that before reading.

P.s I read this book after midnight, which I really wouldn’t suggest anyone doing because not only because I couldn’t stop reading it and had to finish to finish it then, I also couldn’t sleep after I had finished it because of being slightly creeped out by the murders.

About Keri Lake

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal romance. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions when distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

She loves hearing from readers …