Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Inked Killer by A.J. Norris

Romantic Suspense
Tattoo Crimes #2 

The murderer is behind bars, but the town of Webster still isn’t safe…

The psychopath who terrorized the town six months ago is in prison, but more young women are being found dead. Detective Harry Hunter suspects the deaths may be the work of not one, but two copycat killers.

When his two main suspects disappear and the case is suddenly reassigned, Harry fears the body count will continue to rise, while the mystery remains unsolved. But he isn’t about to give up.

His heart is on the line—but the elusive suspects won’t take a vacation to let Harry deal with his personal life…

They threaten to destroy everything he loves, and if he’s to have any hope of catching the inked killer, Harry must make the ultimate sacrifice…




I say this time and time again, but it's true. When it comes to a good romantic suspense novel, I'm a goner! Can't help it! It's my all-time favorite genre and I love it. 

Inked Killer is yet another page-turner from A.J. Norris. I really enjoyed book 1, Tattoo Killer, so I was super excited for this one and the author did a phenomenal job with it. While this book focuses on Natalie and Harry and it's not absolutely necessary for you to read book 1, I do recommend you grab that one first. Two reasons: 1. it's fantastic, duh, and 2. it will help you build a deeper connection with the characters. Grace and Mikey (main characters from Tattoo Killer) are very much present in this second installment, and let's not forget the most adorable little boy, Brayden.

One of my most favorite aspects of this book was that A.J. kept me guessing and wondering who the "bad guy" was. I always formulate theories in my head as I read, and with Inked Killler I was kept glued to my tablet, wanting to find out all the answers. 

I loved Harry and Natalie's relationship. L.O.V.E.D IT! The way they knew each other (swoon) and teased each other (which had me giggling quite a bit) was a joy to read. Seeing them with Grace, Mikey, and Brayden seemed natural and it all flowed smoothly. It was like they each provided a piece to a very awesome and well-placed puzzle. 

Go grab your copy of Inked Killer. Really, you won't regret it one bit. If you haven't read Tattoo Killer, start there and devour these books! FIVE STARS.

Natalie lay on top of the comforter in socks and a flannel nightshirt that had risen up, revealing a bit of her panties. His breath caught, and his manhood woke up. Everything about the day went dormant. Thank God, because he was sick to death of thinking about it. He washed his face and hands then left his clothes on the floor of the bathroom. He walked into the bedroom and immediately returned for his clothes. Better to avoid that look of hers when she saw the dirty pile. Harry was still learning how not to be a disappointing pig. His girlfriend deserved a man who could pick up after himself. With Annie, he’d gotten too comfortable, and never appreciated her enough until after she died.

Natalie stirred on the bed, so he stopped moving. Once she settled he slipped under the covers. However, with her on top, the blanket didn’t quite fit over him. “Hey Nat, why don’t you get under the blanket,” he whispered. She whimpered and he helped her get underneath.

He put his hands behind his head and sighed deeply. Although exhaustion had taken root in his body, his eyes were wide open.

Harry rolled to his side and reached between the covers for Natalie in the dark. She turned and put a hand on the side of his head. “You okay?”

“I know we’re both tired but I need you right now.”

Natalie rolled over and laid on top of him. She kissed his lips briefly. Harry moaned against her mouth. “Mmm, you want me too?”

“You question that? You may be 55 but these arms,” she ran her hands over his biceps, “are sexy. And this stomach of yours, it may not be the six-pack you once had but it’s flat and hard.” She kissed him again.

“Yeah?” He squeezed her bottom cheeks.

“I love this butt of yours. So smooth.”

She giggled. “Really?”

“Yeah, I can’t believe you’re 50.”

“Wait, I’m not 50.” She pulled her head back.

“You’re not?” He smiled even though she couldn’t see his face in the dark.

“No. I’m 39.” “Good. I like younger women.”

Natalie snorted. “I bet you do.”

A.J. Norris is a romantic suspense and dark paranormal romance author. She enjoys being able to get inside someone else's head, even a fictional one, and see what they see. Watching how her characters deal with difficult situations or squirm with the uncomfortable ones makes the hard work of writing all worth it. However, writing and reading weren’t always in her foremost thoughts. In fact, her love affair with writing came as a shock to everyone she knows, including herself. At a young age, she rarely opened a book, unless forced to read something for school. But that’s all behind her now. She wrote her first book several years ago, which turned out to be a surprisingly cathartic process, and she hasn’t been able to stop writing since. 

A.J. loves going to the movies, watching her son play baseball, and communing with other writers. She’s a member of two writer’s groups and RWA. She lives in southeastern Michigan with her family, who are extremely tolerant (at least most of the time) of all her late nights behind the computer.


BOOK REVIEW: Show Me the Way by AL Jackson

The first sexy, captivating, stand-alone novel in the brand-new FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .

Rex Gunner. As bitter as he is beautiful.

The owner of the largest construction company in Gingham Lakes has been burned one too many times. His wife leaving him to raise their daughter was the last blow this single dad could take. The only woman he’ll let into his heart is his little girl.

Rynna Dayne. As vulnerable as she is tempting.

She ran from Gingham Lakes when she was seventeen. She swore to herself she would never return. Then her grandmother passed away and left her the deed to the diner that she once loved.

When Rex meets his new neighbor, he knows he’s in trouble.

She’s gorgeous and sweet and everything he can’t trust.

Until she becomes the one thing he can’t resist.

One kiss sends them tumbling toward ecstasy.

But in a town this size, pasts are bound to collide. Caught in a web of lies, betrayal, and disloyalty, Rex must make a choice.

Will he hide behind his walls or will he take the chance . . .



I posted my review on Instagram when I finished reading the book (and on Goodreads, of course), but just realized I never posted it on here! *facepalm* 

A hot, single dad? Yes, please!!!! I have yet to read a book by AL Jackson that isn’t phenomenal. From fantastic characters to addictive stories, AL Jackson always hooks me from the very beginning. Her words have the most perfect flow that captivate me all the way up until the very last page.

Rex. Oh man...REX. His remorse, his guilt, his PAIN. Holy hell. Talk about emotional angst! He was broken but yet remained the most amazing father to Frankie who’s got to be THE CUTEST little girl EVER. She was beyond adorable!!! Hands-down my favorite character in this book. Too cute!

Rynna had her fair share of issues too. What happened to her that made her run all those years ago about broke my heart into a thousand pieces. And her grandma! Oh man. My heart was sad for them...

I cannot say this enough, AL Jackson is brilliant with her words.

I am so looking forward to the other books in this series. There is some unfinished business with Ollie which I am curious about and Kale? Well Kale is just VERY dreamy and you can safely say I’ve got the hots for him! LOL! Seeing the important role he played in Rex and Frankie’s life made me swoon a lot!

If you’re in the mood for a roller coaster type of romance full of ups and downs and beautiful second chances, this is the book for you. FIVE STARS!!!


A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for A.L. Jackson’s upcoming novel, SHOW ME THE WAY, the first stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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