Misty Rayburn

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  • Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1) on July 08, 2011

    Evangeline is a social outcast, having spent her teens lonely, friendless and with foster parents who barely even acknowledge her existence. One day she stumbles upon Sophie’s café and in hopes of finding the friendship she craves, accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant. When Sophie takes a sudden trip to Manhattan, Evangeline finds herself swept up in a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds and limitless cash. This generosity, kindness and potential for friendship causes Evangeline to dismiss the monstrous dogs that guard the house or even the erratic and sometimes violent behavior of Sofie and the two men that are playing host to them. She’s even willing to dismiss her strange and rather vivid dreams with mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that hunt her each night. The longer it all goes on, the more of the mystery Evangeline unravels and what she finds is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined. This book starts out with things being odd and then they get a little odder and a little odder until finally it all just comes together at once and you’re just left wondering what Evangeline is going to do! KA Tucker has a very interesting take on vampires here so you won’t find any sparkly stuff and you won’t find vampire cannon either. What you will find is a dark and gripping storyline with some very original ideas. Tucker changed the whole origin of werebeasts, added an interesting way to subdue vampires and gave us a new enemy of the vampire; the witch! I found this personally refreshing and fascinating because it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. The web spun is so twisted that even the reader will be wondering who to trust and it ends on a note that leaves you begging for more. Thank you to Kathleen Tucker for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.
  • Ripped Apart on Sep. 19, 2011

    An Absolute GEM! A brutal accident causes a mother to lose her son. Mad with grief, she asks her husband to do the unthinkable, kidnap the little boy who has her son’s heart beating in his chest. Clare Carson’s world becomes a plummeting rollercoaster in an instant. Her son has been kidnapped after a heart transplant and his abductors want her dead. They already killed the cop that was helping her but with his dying last words, he sends her to former Special Ops Jake Wyatt. He helps her figure out the truth and offers to help get her son back but little does she know that he has his own agenda that could destroy them both. Miriam Minger is an amazing storyteller and this book is an absolute GEM! It grabs you right from the start and whisks you away into an amazing thriller that has everything you could possibly want: Tragedy, heart pounding moments, shootouts, escapes, characters you love, characters you feel sympathy for and characters you absolutely hate. The only thing it didn’t have was an explosion but one was talked about so I guess that counts. It will leave you thinking of the sheer power of it long after you’ve finished. Thank you to Miriam Minger and Walker Publishing for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.
  • Missing in Mexico on Jan. 21, 2012

    Sarah and her family were visiting Los Cabos, Mexico on vacation. Her parents leave early, letting her and her friend spend some time together before college classes start. When the friend comes back but Sarah is nowhere to be found, they hire Stan. The private investigator leaves seemingly no stone unturned and has to return empty handed. This appears to be a cold case until a mysterious letter turns up from someone saying they can help. Will this be the lead to crack this case or will she remain missing in Mexico? Missing in Mexico is a gripping mystery wrapped in the beauty of Mexico that can only be described by someone who has spent a lot of time there. Stuart Gustafson makes you feel like you are right there in Los Cabos with Stan looking for Sarah. You feel his frustration and his disappointment. I found myself wondering if there’d ever be a break for this poor guy and ultimately if he’d ever find Sarah. The descriptions of all the places Stan visits in his search are so vivid that I find myself wondering if you could use this book to actually travel around a bit in Los Cabos. While the case is wrapped up in a way that leaves no loose ends, there are some loose ends for Stan and I honestly wonder if maybe Stuart will do another story or two about him. I’d really like to know what happens. I highly recommend this book for mystery and detective genre lovers that want to really feel like they’re there and love characters that the reader can really care about.
  • Wanderlust on March 26, 2013

    In Wanderlust, Jane Perry travels around from Kenya to Hawaii and follows her heart’s desires. Along the way, she leaves behind men who will never forget her. Meanwhile she learns about who she is and what she truly wants out of life. It’s gripping, spicy and highly addictive. I found myself getting lost in Jane’s story as she traveled around. Wondering what happens next is a continuing thing especially when Jane gets in trouble. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, if you think the erotica genre is all about sex, you’re wrong. Elieba Levine’s storytelling is amazing and the descriptions of the locations make you feel like you’re right there. Wanderlust truly is an erotic odyssey of passion and obsession and I definitely want to read the rest of the series. Thank you to Elieba Levine and Virtual Author Book Tours for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.