RELEASE BLITZ – STATELESS by Meli Raine

Author: Meli Raine
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 15, 2019

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When you’re born without a trace, no one knows you’re a weapon.

I lie for her.
I hunt for her.
I kill for her.
And above all, I betray my mission for her.
She doesn’t know why. She doesn’t care why.
I do.
Treason comes in many forms.
Love is one of them.
Our training taught me to be a sociopath. A machine. A pawn. Nothing more than a tool for a larger goal, without attachments or feelings.
Our teachers forgot one important detail:
Pawns shouldn’t have hearts.
Yet we do.
It turns out our emotions are our greatest weapon.
And I know exactly where mine are aimed.

The Stateless Series also includes:
Traceless (releasing 11.19.19)
Fateless (release date TBA)

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EXCERPTS

Stateless Teaser 6

#1

I do not sleep.
Kina does, though, and that matters more.
Sleep is a luxury when we are in Woods. She knows it. I know I should catch an hour or two, especially with my five-night punishment and determination to go for six, but I can’t.
What did I just say?
What did I just do?
Kina has the dreams. I have the dreams. I’ve never told anyone else anything that wasn’t one hundred percent part of The Mission.
To confess emotion, to confess my own dreams that do not fit The Mission, could be punished by death.
Or worse. What if I really am so weak? Emotion is shameful. It’s disgusting.
We fail every time we feel.
She knows this. I know this.
And yet we both spoke. Shared.
Confided.
Why?
What does this mean?
With her sleeping beside me, I let my mind wander, giving in to the luxury of imagination. For years, the dream has been the same.
A burning wood fire.
A screaming boy.
A woman with long hair being shot.
A man with a shaved head and blue eyes like mine beaten by another man with a log.
And me with my bow and arrow. My hands are tiny, the skin around the knuckles dimpled. I’ve worked with the four-year-olds here at the compound. I know what young hands look like.
Why would I dream like that?

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#2

“Thank you,” I choke out.
“For what?” His eyes cut away. The air between us has changed. I can’t explain it. Suddenly, I’m uncomfortable.
And yet I just want to be with him.
“For killing for me.”
As the words come forth from my mouth, I cringe inside. I did not mean to say for me. “For me” implies that he killed the bunny out of some attachment to me.
We are not allowed to have emotions for one another. It puts us at risk.
“I did it for me,” he says, louder than he should need to.
“You did?”
“Yes.”
“Why?”
“To challenge Romeo.”
“Why would you do that?” My voice goes up to a sharp squeak at the end, incredulous.
He laughs. “Because we are taught to destabilize power structures.” He looks around. “What do you think the compound is?”

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#3

The word feel is foreign. It’s as if Callum speaks another language. My heart jumps inside the cage of my chest.
“Feel,” I murmur.
Just then, Callum’s hand brushes against mine.
My organs have become trampolines, it seems, because my heart jumps into my throat.
He slides his index finger against mine, the touch no more than an inch of skin.
Revealing a mile of need.

MY REVIEW

Absolutely loved this book, from the first page to the last I could not put it down.  It has been a while since I read a book all in one day but this one had me gripped right from the start and kept me engrossed until the end.

Kina and Glen are identical twin sisters. Having been at the compound for as long as they can remember they know no other way of life. Callum, their friend, has been with them since childhood but it is Kina and Callum who have the stronger connection, a connection that cannot be broken, unlike the rules of the compound.

No emotion is the key to being Stateless.   Everything they have been taught, all the training they have completed, their lives up to this point have been planned and executed to perfection with one goal in mind…The Mission.

But what if everything you believed in is a lie, those you trusted the most betray you.  Your life as you know it is not what you thought.  Where do you go? What do you do?

I knew I was going to like Callum as soon as he was introduced in the story.  The strength and power behind his character is evident, even in the younger years.  His unyielding emotional attachment to Kina is evident in his desire to protect her.  Having read the previous series I was aware of the relevance of the mission he has been given.

I’m not yet sure what to make of Kina.  After everything she has been through I want to believe she is what she appears to be and that her feelings for Callum are real, I just have a feeling that not all is as it seems.  And don’t even get me started on Glen! What a… sister!

This story is told from the views of both Kina and Callum.  The majority of the timeline is set nine years ago when the pair where teenagers, in the final year of their training, coming up to the present towards the end.

If you have read the previous series by Meli Raine then some names will be very familiar, such as Romeo who is a prominent figure in this story. This is a stand-alone series, so can be read independently, however I would recommend reading at least the series before but all the series link together.

Suspense, lies, secrets and betrayal.  Fighting for their lives and for their love.

COMING SOON

#2 Traceless – Releasing November 19, 2019

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Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them. Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.

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The Sleepover – Detective Natalie Ward #4 by Carol Wyer

REVIEW

DI Natalie Ward and her team work hard and fastidiously to unearth the pieces that will connect all the dots in this latest mystery.

Oh WOW!  Where do I start with this one?  DI Natalie Ward’s family life is falling apart around her but when a young girl is found dead in a house fire, a house she shouldn’t have been in, then she must put her personal issues aside to lead her team in this investigation.

Everyone connected with the fire and the young girl, Roxy, seems to be lying, whether it is to Natalie, to their families, or to them themselves. The case becomes even more in-depth when Roxy’s mother goes missing, only to turn up dead the next day.  When a third body is found, Natalie must race against time to find the culprit before they kill again.

I’m not sure what was more exciting in this book, the murder investigations or Natalie’s personal life.  David is keeping secrets from Natalie again, but in all fairness Natalie is keeping a few of her own.

Her kids are going through the rebellious teenage faze, her husband is falling off the wagon, and she is having feelings for her work colleague that she perhaps shouldn’t be having.  Trying to juggle life and work is taking it’s toll and something is going to break soon. At least the team seems mostly settled now, except for Ian who is still undecided about his work/relationship situation.

I do need to comment on the end of this book because…..

Spoiler Alert (do not read any further if you do not want to know what happens between Natalie and Mike)

Oh My God!  Finally they kissed! I really do think they are much better suited but it is going to be interesting to see where this development goes. And David saw the whole thing.

Can’t wait to see what happens in the next book in the series – The Blossom Twins – due to be published 12th December 2019.

Listen to via Audible. Narrated by Diana Croft

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Roxy had a secret. Now she’s gone.

When fourteen-year-old Roxy says she’s going for a sleepover at her best friend Ellie’s house, Cathy sees no reason to check her daughter’s story. The two families are neighbours, and the girls are in and out of each other’s homes every day.

It is a decision she will regret. A day later, Roxy is found murdered in exclusive Linnet Lane, miles across town, in a house owned by two brothers with no apparent connection to Roxy. Detective Natalie Ward, called to lead the investigation, is determined to get to the bottom of why Roxy was in the basement of this grand Victorian mansion when she should have been eating chocolate in her pyjamas with her best friend.

As Natalie begins to look closely at Roxy’s stepfather and three brothers, she discovers that Roxy had recently been admitted to hospital with suspicious injuries. Her mother Cathy seems very jumpy and Ellie refuses to talk. Who are the people that knew Roxy best in the world protecting?

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears.

When Cathy’s body is discovered close to where her daughter was found, Natalie is forced to face the grim fact that the killer is just getting started. She is troubled by the reaction of Roxy’s brother Seth to the tragedies and when his alibi falls through she brings him in for questioning, certain she is making headway.

But while Seth is in custody, one of Roxy’s school friends is found murdered and Natalie knows she must cast her net wider. Things take a more sinister turn when Ellie vanishes, her mobile phone switched off. What is Ellie hiding about the night Roxy died that could put her in terrible danger? And can Natalie work it out before another innocent life is taken?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46285397-the-sleepover)

Stateless – Stateless #1 by Meli Raine

REVIEW

Absolutely loved this book, from the first page to the last I could not put it down.  It has been a while since I read a book all in one day but this one had me gripped right from the start and kept me engrossed until the end.

Kina and Glen are identical twin sisters. Having been at the compound for as long as they can remember they know no other way of life. Callum, their friend, has been with them since childhood but it is Kina and Callum who have the stronger connection, a connection that cannot be broken, unlike the rules of the compound.

No emotion is the key to being Stateless.   Everything they have been taught, all the training they have completed, their lives up to this point have been planned and executed to perfection with one goal in mind…The Mission.

But what if everything you believed in is a lie, those you trusted the most betray you.  Your life as you know it is not what you thought.  Where do you go? What do you do?

I knew I was going to like Callum as soon as he was introduced in the story.  The strength and power behind his character is evident, even in the younger years.  His unyielding emotional attachment to Kina is evident in his desire to protect her.  Having read the previous series I was aware of the relevance of the mission he has been given.

I’m not yet sure what to make of Kina.  After everything she has been through I want to believe she is what she appears to be and that her feelings for Callum are real, I just have a feeling that not all is as it seems.  And don’t even get me started on Glen! What a… sister!

This story is told from the views of both Kina and Callum.  The majority of the timeline is set nine years ago when the pair where teenagers, in the final year of their training, coming up to the present towards the end.

If you have read the previous series by Meli Raine then some names will be very familiar, such as Romeo who is a prominent figure in this story. This is a stand-alone series, so can be read independently, however I would recommend reading at least the series before but all the series link together.

Suspence, lies, secrets and betrayal.  Fighting for their lives and for their love. Can’t wait to see what happens with Kina and Callum in the next part of the series – Traceless

Reading order recommended:

  • Breaking Away
  • Coming Home
  • Harmless
  • Shameless
  • False
  • Stateless

ARC copy courtesy of Give Me Books promotions and Meli Raine

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

When you’re born without a trace, no one knows you’re a weapon.
I lie for her.
I hunt for her.
I kill for her.
And above all, I betray my mission for her.
She doesn’t know why. She doesn’t care why.
I do.
Treason comes in many forms.
Love is one of them.
Our training taught me to be a sociopath. A machine. A pawn. Nothing more than a tool for a larger goal, without attachments or feelings.
Our teachers forgot one important detail:
Pawns shouldn’t have hearts.
Yet we do.
It turns out our emotions are our greatest weapon.
And I know exactly where mine are aimed.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44285623-stateless)

RARE19 LONDON – Once Upon A Time

This year’s RARE London was aptly named “Once Upon A Time” and I certainly felt like I was in a fairy-tale. With so many of my favourite authors in one place how could this not be a magical experience. Make A Wish

My day started very similar to last year’s RARE.  Up early ready to catch the train.  I think I may have caught an earlier train this year, or I was just more aware of what I was doing and where I was going, as I definitely arrived at the venue earlier than last year.  The weather was also a major improvement!

Waiting in queues is not everyone’s idea of fun but I like to take this time to talk to the people around me.  Everyone is there for the same reason but not always the same authors, so it’s nice to hear who they enjoy and why.

This year the registration occurred at the queuing stage which made entry into the building much quicker and more efficient. Great work done by the RARE Team and Volunteers (this will not be the last time I congratulate them on their hard work).

Upon entry into the room an overwhelming sense of awe takes hold.  Moving away from the lift I had to pause for a moment to take in the room and the atmosphere.  Ladies, let me just say that although 5 hours does not seem long to get round all your authors it really is worthwhile to just stand still and take it all in for a few minutes, the atmosphere is amazing.  When you are ready consider you attack plan, have your table map to hand and then delve right in. A really good idea that one lady had, actually I think her husband did it for her, was to laminate her table plan. Mine was a screwed up mess when I finished but this would make a really good keepsake.

I knew exactly where I wanted to go as soon as I’d taken it all in…Tiffany Snow, one of my favourite authors for this RARE. Sometimes things do not always go to plan and I found this as approached the table where Tiffany should be…it was empty! No sign of her anywhere.  Don’t Panic! I knew she was there because she had posted on Facebook just that morning but now the fun began tracking her down.  This was actually really good as it gave me a chance to have a look around and see where all the other authors where situated.

My day progressed in a procession of autographs, photos and fun.  I visited all the authors I wanted to and I met some new authors I haven’t read yet.  Please don’t avoid an author just because you haven’t read their work yet, it is a fantastic opportunity to discuss their work with them and find new reads. Also don’t forget the Swag.  I will admit that last year I was a  bit hesitant when taking swag, I only took something when the author offered it but I was much better this year.  They lay it on their tables with the intention of you taking it, so take it!

Swag

I did make an epic error in judgement this year.  I decided to take some books for tsbooks.jpgsigning…7 in total plus my autograph book.  I carried everything with me in a rucksack as I was travelling by train and thought this would be easiest.  It may have been easier but that bag was heavy! It also meant that I was unable to buy any books while I was there as I had no room to carry them.  Do yourself a favour and get either a crate or suitcase with wheels, you will be grateful for this little piece of advice.

Onto my authors.  I had several circled that I wanted to visit and my absolute favourites I managed to have photos with.  Authors are more than happy to have a photo taken and generally with have someone on hand to take it for you, this is normally a volunteer assistant.  So here are mine and I thank each and everyone of them for making RARE19 a fantastic experience.

Tiffany Snow

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Jane Harvey-Berrick and the very lovely Gergo Jonas

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Laurelin Paige

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Julia Quinn

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Melinda Leigh, Catherine Bybee and Kendra Elliot

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An amazing experience and fun time meeting wonderful authors and readers alike.

Thank you to Amy Jennings and all the Team at RAREvents, and a massive shout-out to all the volunteers who helped with author tables, line management and registration.

 

Gym or Chocolate? by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick

REVIEW

My instant thought to this title was “Duh! No contest!” Chocolate is the obvious answer but what if we could have both?  Well, oddly enough we can, who knew?!

Gym or Chocolate is an emotionally, hilarious story of two opposites attracting and meeting somewhere in the middle…of a donut. Cady Callahan is a happy, contented radio host who has battled with her weight for years, finally learning to accept that she is who she is and other people can either like it or not.  Rick Roberts is the sullen, stubborn,   gym-owning fitness freak who has the pleasure (or not!) of gifting Cady with a year’s free membership and personal training at his gym.

When Cady finds herself being ridiculed on national television she accepts not only the gift but also agreeing to run the next New York marathon.

Rick and Cady definitely get off to a rocky start but as their friendship grows they both realise that there is more to the other than mere physical appearances.   But can their relationship outlast the marathon or are their differences just to great.

I loved Cady and her enjoyment of all forms of food.  I was seriously empathising with her throughout this story. As a woman of larger build who has had weight issues since a child, I could relate to Cady and her desire to just be who she is.  Her take no nonsense attitude had me laughing and cheering especially when it was directed at the despicable Molly McKinney (never liked her in Undefeated and Model Boyfriend).

Rick Roberts took some warming to.  I’ll be honest and say that if he treated me the way he did Cady at the beginning I’m not sure I’d have continued to go but he did soften eventually.  Much prefer the cake and cream eating version 🙂

My favourite though, has got to be Vin, Rick’s best friend.  His shame knows no bounds, he has no filter and although he appears chilled and relaxed, he would be the first person to stand by your side when you needed him.  Really hoping he gets his own book.

Another fun, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable book by the awesome writing duo of Stu Reardon and Jane Harvey-Berrick.

ARC supplied by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Rating 5/5 

Synopsis

Career girl and radio host hotshot Cady Callahan has never met a chocolate she didn’t love. She has curves and doesn’t care.

She’s shocked when a raffle ticket bought to support a veterans charity means she’s won a year’s membership to Body Tech, an exclusive Manhattan gym, where all the top athletes train and all the A-list actors go to get in shape for their action roles. She’s also won a personal trainer in the shape of far too tantalizing Rick Roberts.

Rick is less impressed when Cady’s arrival leads to a media circus. The retired British rugby ace runs a serious training facility, and he definitely doesn’t have time for anyone who doesn’t want to work hard.

When curvy Cady challenges him to train her to run a marathon by the end of the year, it seems a solution to both their problems. If … when she drops out of training, his gym will go back to normal.

But Cady isn’t planning on losing the bet—she just wasn’t counting on any complications. And surly Rick is very complicated. And as tempting as the tastiest treat…

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45302950-gym-or-chocolate?ac=1&from_search=true)

 

 

The Dare – Detective Natalie Ward #3 by Carol Wyer

REVIEW

When a young girl goes missing then turns up dead the next day, Detective Natalie Ward finds herself on a case that hits a little too close to home.

Natalie and her team are back on the hunt for a killer.  Savanna Hopkins is the first girl to go missing and later found dead near some bins, but when a second girl also disappears, could they be searching for a serial killer.  Natalie is baffled by the lack of connection between the two girls until leads start linking them together.  It seems the girls have more in common than originally thought but who is telling the truth and who is lying?

When a dare website, ‘Disappear’, turns up that both girls have looked at the disappearances take on an even more sinister twist. But time is of the essences when Natalie’s own daughter disappears!

Another fantastic mystery by Carol Wyer.  From start to finish the story grabs hold and keeps the reader guessing throughout. I love trying to figure out the who, why and how but there is always that little piece missing until the end.  I also get distracted by the team’s side-stories, Natalie and her family are having problems, Lucy and her baby, Ian and Murray’s continued altercations, plus the obvious tension between Natalie and Mike.

Listen to via Audible, narrated by Diana Croft

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Jane’s daughter is a good girl. What is she hiding?

When thirteen-year-old Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come straight home from school, as she always does, her mother Jane immediately raises the alarm.

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward whose daughter Leigh is the same age as Savannah. Soon Natalie’s worst fears are confirmed when the teenager’s broken body is found in nearby shrubland.

Evidence points towards a local recluse, but just as the net is closing around him, one of Savannah’s friends, Harriet, is reported missing.

As Natalie delves into the lives of both girls, she soon discovers a sinister video on their phones, daring the girls to disappear from their families for 48 hours.

But Natalie isn’t quick enough for this killer, and she is devastated to find Harriet’s body on a fly tip a day later.

Caught up in the case, she takes her eye off her own daughter and when Leigh goes missing after school she knows she must be in terrible danger. The clock is ticking for Natalie. Can she catch this killer before her little girl becomes the next victim?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43704495-the-dare)

Sunset in Central Park – From Manhattan with Love #2 by Sarah Morgan

REVIEW

All the friends are back together for the second installment of the ‘From Manhattan with Love’ series.

Paige, Frankie and Eva are gradually building up their new business although much to Frankie’s horror it seems to be the season for weddings.  With her past still haunting her can Frankie get over her fears and move on with her life.

Matt, Paige’s brother, has been in love with Frankie for a long time but he knows that she doesn’t believe in love or long-term relationships so he plans on taking a slow approach.  Gradually turning their friendship into something further is going to take skill, planning and a whole lot of patience.

When Matt asks Frankie for her help with a new job he has, Frankie takes him up on it, with the full support of Paige and Eva. Working together brings them closer and Frankie soon finds herself opening up to Matt more than she thought she ever would.

Can Matt finally break through that tough, stubborn exterior and reveal the soft, lovable Frankie underneath or will past ghosts forever haunt her.

Frankie and Matt are perfect for each other.  Matt has the patience of a saint, which is needed when dealing with Frankie’s insecurities.  She is not the fairy-tale princess type, more Stephen King meets the Karate Kid! Her toughness hides her vulnerabilities and although she feels herself weak and cowardly she is much stronger than she realises.

A story of overcoming past fears and reaching to a happier future.  Allowing love to reach in and grab hold of your heart and trusting that the person doing the holding won’t break it.

A hearth-warming summer read, perfect for the garden or the beach!

I would recommend reading book 1 – Sleepless in Manhattan first but it is not essential.

Book 3 – Miracle on 5th Avenue is Eva’s story and based around Christmas time so I will be reading this one later in the year.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents’ divorce, she’s seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt–but that’s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…

Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29855735-sunset-in-central-park)