A MelanieM Release Day Review : Ghost (Sanctuary #9) by RJ Scott


Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


ghost-sanctuary-9-by-rj-scottCan you ever hold on to a ghost?

Elliot is tracking an elusive killer, codenamed Ghost, with ties to organized crime. Every time the Sanctuary team gets close, Ghost slips their grasp.

Cole has nowhere left to turn. With his father dying and his sister in danger, he turns for help to the very people trying to track him down. Sanctuary’s assistance is what he needs to punch another hole in Varga’s organization.

When Elliot and Cole meet, it isn’t just passion that consumes them. When lust becomes something more, Elliot realizes that sometimes you can’t hold on to a ghost, and that sacrifice is often the only way to make things right.

Ghost (Sanctuary story #9) is a terrific installment in the espionage thrillers from RJ Scott.  In Ghost, the author delivers the answers to major series plot points that have been haunting readers from previous stories while bringing us a suspenseful, white-knuckle ride that also happens to include a romance to die for.  I love it when that happens.

Cole has been an enigma since our first meeting with him but now he’s revealed and its heartbreaking.  Both tough guy and victim, Cole is a character you can connect with and you immediately understand why Elliot lets him get so close despite their history and Elliot’s suspicions.  I have always enjoyed the past histories that RJ Scott has created for her characters in this series and Cole is no exception.  The revelations about Cole and his family are huge and I think there’s more to come in the next story.  There are narrative bombshells dropping everywhere in Ghost.  I can almost imagine the glee that  the author felt as she wrote it.

There are huge questions answered about series characters like Simon for instance from his story, Accidental Hero. That’s just a beginning.  Ghost is one giddy festival of plot threads opening, and closing and new ones popping open in their place. We also get our Sanctuary characters from other stories showing up as well, always a plus.  Another RJ Scott staple?  The new couple on the horizon, ready for the next story.

Yes, this massive crime umbrella plot thread is still alive and growing and driving this series like a champ.  I had no idea of the surprises the author had in store for us in Ghost and that Cole was the key to unlocking a whole new chapter of deviousness of evil and villainy. Love when that happens too.  Bring on Book 10!  This series is alive and kicking and I can’t wait for more.

Cover art by BitterGrace Art works for the characters and branding the series.

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Book Details:

Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Love Lane Books Limited
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series: Sanctuary

Love a Thriller Combined with Romance? Check out Ethan Stone’s ‘Hacked Up’ (character interview)



Hacked Up by Ethan Stone
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Twenty Questions with Detective Peter Tao, from Hacked Up

(from Ethan Stone: I’ve done twenty questions with me  but today I’m going to do it with Detective Peter Tao, the main character of Hacked Up.)

  • Do you like blue cheese? 

Peter Tao:It’s not my favorite thing in the world but a salad with a few blue cheese crumbles isn’t the all that bad.

  • Have you ever smoked cigarettes? 


Peter Tao I tried when I was fifteen and my dad caught me. He was furious. That alone was enough to stop me from ever trying it again.

  • Do you own a gun? 

Peter Tao  I’m a cop. What do you think?

  • What flavor Kool-Aid? 

Peter Tao  Is there a vodka flavor?

  • Do you get nervous before a Dr. appt? 

Peter Tao That would mean I actually go to the doctor. I prefer to stay away from anyone wearing a white coat.

  • What do you think of hot dogs? 

Peter Tao Full of some of the grossest stuff out there. I love em.

  • Favorite Movie? 

Peter Tao Probably not the best choice but I love the Dirty Harry movies. I don’t envision myself as Dirty Harry and I’m much more by the book than he is but, damn, sometimes I wish I could do what he does and get away with it.

  • What do you prefer to drink in the morning? 

Peter Tao  Coffee. The stronger the better.

  • Can you do a push up? 

Peter Tao   Absolutely. Try to do ‘em every day to keep myself in shape.

  • What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? 

Peter Tao   I have a ring from my maternal grandmother that is very sentimental to me. It was her wedding ring. If I were straight I’d give it to my wife. Marriage isn’t in my future, even if it is legal. I have no plans to come out. It would destroy my parents.

  • Do you have a favorite hobby? 

Peter Tao   Does work count as a hobby?

  • Do you have ADD?

Peter Tao Nope. I’m skilled at multi-tasking and staying focused.

  • Do you wear glasses? 

Peter Tao  20-20 vision, baby.

  • Who was your childhood idol? 

Peter Tao  George Michael

  • Name three drinks you regularly drink? 

Peter Tao  Coffee, Beer, Vodka.

  • Current worries?

Peter Tao   Figuring out how to have a love life and not have my parents find out.

  • Current hate? 

Peter Tao  Beliefs that exist simply because someone a long time ago said it was so.

  • Favorite place to be? 

Peter Tao   The police station.

  • How do you bring in the new year? 

Peter Tao    Last year was with my best friend, Jamey. This year…depends what’s going on with Bryce.

  • Where would you like to go?

Peter Tao:    Bryce’s bed. It hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully soon.


Blurb for Hacked Up by Ethan Stone

Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?

With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.

Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.

About the Author

Romance on the Edge

Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.

Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.

He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.

Readers can find Ethan online.


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A Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review: Flesh Market (Bodies and Souls #1) by Kate Lowell


Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Flesh MarketSpecial Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.

But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.

Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture–and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.

There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.

This is a riveting, nail-biting, action-adventure with a few very dark moments as two men go undercover to bust a ring trafficking in prostitution and organ harvesting.

FBI Special Agent Leo Gale was planted undercover over a year ago to infiltrate a ring specializing in kidnapping young, well-to-do teens. It’s slow going, and he’s helpless to stop the kidnapping of these young men and women who are trained and sold into prostitution nearly every day. He needs to decide whether to blow his cover and call in a raid, or stick it out. Just after he receives a message saying help is on the way, he finds himself promoted to the procurement team. And when his help arrives, it isn’t in the form of a rescue—it’s another agent, a young man named Julian Fitzroy.

Julian is actually an intern in the analyst division of FBI headquarters when Leo’s boss spots him and decides he’d be perfect for the job of going in as a kidnapped teen. Promising him a spot in the next FBI training class, he gets Julian set up for Leo to procure. The two are immediately attracted to each other, despite the fact that Leo is in his late thirties. He’s never given Julian’s background, but he figures Julian is about twenty-five or so, and he also assumes he’s been an agent for a year or more. Julian’s immediate task is to survive the training, aka torture, without blowing his or Leo’s cover.

He does, and together they uncover the fact that this “flesh market” is not only kidnapping young men and women for prostitution, but they’re also kidnapping those who aren’t so handsome or beautiful for a secondary market—organ harvesting. When they find out that the boys and girls who aren’t able to be broken for service prostitution are moved to the organ harvesting program, both men decide they must put an end to this travesty, no matter what. Julian refuses to allow Leo to call a halt to the operation until they get their hands on the data for the operation, even though it puts him in jeopardy.

The author takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions as Julian manages to survive beatings and a night with a wealthy client and his other “boy.” The descriptions of some of the activities related to captivity and organ harvesting may be too dark for some readers, so caution is advised. However, overall, the story itself is extremely interesting, and the way the author works through the finale and solution to getting the men out of there is very heavy in action and suspense.

There is no HEA, but the HFN is satisfying, and it’s very evident that there will be a sequel. This story would be perfect for those who enjoy age gap, law enforcement, and/or dark themes.


Cover art depicts a young man in the arms of a larger, tattooed man with the profile of another man in the doorway beyond. This scene represents Julian being held, and supposedly trained, by Leo while Leo’s boss looks on to be sure he’s doing his job. It’s a perfect representation of the helplessness of the situation for both men.

Sales Links:  Loose Id LLC | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:

Published November 10th 2015 by Loose Id
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesBodies and Souls #1