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Operation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette

I was asked by the author to read and review Operation Hail Storm. I’m sorry I accepted. I’m also sorry that I seem to lack the ability to put horrible books down and stop reading them. There is so much wrong with this book. There are a multitude of typos and other errors. It reads like a rough draft rather than a finished book. Good writers know they should show rather than tell. The author occasionally succeeds in doing so, but then proceeds to immediately explain what he has just shown once or twice more. It’s kind of bizarre and kind of like when someone tells a joke and then explains the punchline even though you got it the first time. The dialogue doesn’t feel real. It is usually one character asking a question followed by another character answering for several paragraphs. The president is a complete idiot who doesn’t seem to understand how anything works and makes extremely stupid decisions. The CIA doesn’t seem to know that microdrones even exist and are just amazed, and kind of confused, at what Hail can do with his drones. The timeline of the whole thing is completely unbelievable. It’s only been two years since the terrorist attack that spurred Hail to action and, yet, in those two years he’s managed to gather and become the legal guardian of many who were left orphans from the attack and plan, create the tech, train the kids, and begin to carry out his retaliation plan. Most of the characters are rather unlikable and didn’t make me even remotely care about them. Quite simply, this is not a book I recommend anyone bother to read.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 124
Pages Read in 2018: 32,563
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A Thief Consumed by Heather Sunseri

It’s been a year since Dimitri disappeared from Lola’s life. Interpol is closing in on her and Reynard just may be setting her up to fail. When Dimitri swoops in to save her, he may just find she doesn’t want to be saved.

A Thief Consumed is the second in the International Thief series. I liked it even better than the first. It’s very well edited and is filled with surprises that I never expected. There are clearly more books coming in the series, but the end of this one was at a very good point. I highly recommend this book (and the first in the series as well) to adults who like romantic thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 118
Pages Read in 2018: 30,596
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A Thief Revealed by Heather Sunseri

Lola’s a thief trying to pay off an old debt. Dimitri operates on the fringes of legal. When a burglary gone wrong throws them together, Dimitri finds himself irresistibly drawn to Lola.

A Thief Revealed is non-stop action right from the start. I really didn’t see who was responsible coming at all. That was quite the plot twist. Having read the author’s In Darkness series, it was fun to get to explore the character of Dimitri Tobias a bit more. Lola is a very likable character who you just can’t help rooting for. The end is satisfying, but sets up the next book in the series (which I promptly pre-ordered). I highly recommend reading this book to anyone who enjoys romantic thrillers!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 101
Pages Read in 2018: 23,625
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Protected in Darkness by Heather Sunseri

Charley Packstone is now Kate Ward, hiding in Virginia Beach with her four-year-old daughter, Sarah. When she meets a young Navy SEAL, she begins to question all the rules she has in place for herself and all the walls she has put up, but a dead rat on her porch reminds her just how dangerous her life is and why those rules and walls are needed.

Protected in Darkness is a side novella to the In Darkness series. It gives a little more of the story of Charley Packstone after entering the Witness Protection Program. It’s a short, quick read full of whirlwind romance and crazy action. I highly recommend reading it. It can be read as a standalone or at any point after reading the second book of the In Darkness series.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 39
Pages Read in 2018: 9064
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Desired in Darkness by Heather Sunseri

Now that she knows the true identity of Romeo, Brooke is closing in on him. But the closer she gets, the more desparate he becomes, stopping anyone who stands in the way of his ultimate goal. Meanwhile, a woman from Declan’s past shows up possibly preventing Declan and Brooke’s happily ever after from even beginning.

Desired in Darkness is the fifth book of the In Darkness series. This one gives closure to most of the Romeo questions while adding a couple new ones. It’s pretty much nonstop, edge of your seat action. There are some pretty big bombshell revelations scattered throughout, too. I very highly recommend reading this book, but read the other four first for it to make sense.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 38
Pages Read in 2018: 8962
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Shot in Darkness by Heather Sunseri

Unable to answer Declan’s question, Brooke heads to Washington DC to house and dog sit for Ty and James. When a seemingly random mass shooting looks less than random, Brooke turns her focus on Romeo.

Shot in Darkness, the fourth of the In Darkness series, gives us some answers and also some excellent romance between Brooke and Declan. It’s shorter than the other books and so reads very fast. I highly recommend reading it (but read the others first if you want it to make sense).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 35
Pages Read in 2018: 8347
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Covered in Darkness by Heather Sunseri

When severe thunderstorms knock out the power grid to all of Louisville, Kentucky, Brooke is on the case. Soon, it becomes apparent that the storms had nothing to do with the outage and she is really dealing with dangerous cyberterrorists.

Covered in Darkness, the third book in the In Darkness series, is filled with edge of your seat action that had me shouting in my head at Brooke to stop being so Brooke-ish and putting herself continually in danger. This book drops a few more hints about Declan’s background and what Dimitri really is. I very highly recommend reading this book. The first two books aren’t totally necessary to read first, but this one will make much more sense if you do.

5 (out of 5) Stars

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Pages Read in 2018: 8227
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