Category Archives: Megan Hart

13th February 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Megan Hart
Little Secrets
Howling Unicorn Press (US: 13th February 2017)
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With a baby on the way and a brand new house, it seems Ginny and her husband, Sean, are on their way to a fresh start. But strange occurrences and financial strain seem determined to keep the couple stuck in the past. Ginny begins to believe the house may be haunted…or that her husband might be trying to trick her into thinking so. As Ginny researches the house’s former owner and the tragedy that happened there, it becomes clearer than ever that something is in the house with them. The question is, who…or what…is it?

February 2017 Releases

Done with January 2017 Releases? Here are February 2017 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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4 New Covers (Armstrong, Hart, Oakes)

Kelley Armstrong: A Darkness Absolute (UK): Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Megan Hart: All the Lies We Tell: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Megan Hart: All the Secrets We Keep: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Stephanie Oakes: The Arsonist: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Madeline Ashby: COMPANY TOWN (paperback): 18th July 2017: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: ALL THE SECRETS WE KEEP: 13th June 2017: Buy (US)
Carrie Jones: FLYING (paperback): 25th July 2017: Buy (US)
Carrie Jones: ENHANCED: 25th July 2017: Buy (US)
Cindy Pon: WANT: 13th June 2017: Buy (US)
Alexandra Sirowy: THE TELLING (paperback): 25th July 2017: Buy (US)
Alexandra Sirowy: FIRST WE WERE IV: 25th July 2017: Buy (US)
J. A. Souders: REBELLION (paperback): 18th July 2017: Buy (US)
Cristin Terrill: HERE LIES DANIEL TATE: 6th June 2017: Buy (US)
Laura Tims: THE ART OF FEELING: 25th July 2017: Buy (US)
Danielle Vega: THE MERCILESS III: THE ORIGIN OF EVIL: 27th June 2017: Buy (US)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Karen Bao: DOVE ALIGHT: 23rd May 2017: Buy (US)
Jenna Black: NIGHT MAGIC: 30th May 2017: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: ALL THE LIES WE TELL: 21st March 2017: Buy (US)
Laura Lam: FALSE HEARTS (paperback): 16th May 2017: Buy (US)
Laura Lam: SHATTERED MINDS: 20th June 2017: Buy (US)
Veronica Rossi: RIDERS (paperback): 16th May 2017: Buy (US)
Veronica Rossi: SEEKER: 16th May 2017: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: THE GAUNTLET: 23rd May 2017: Buy (US)
Eve Silver: FROZEN: 29th November 2016: Buy (US)
Laura Tims: THE BEST THING ABOUT PAIN: 23rd May 2017: Buy (US)
Alison Umminger: AMERICAN GIRLS (paperback): 20th June 2017: Buy (US)

March 2016 Reads

Yes, this is coming a week late, but it took time to summon up the brainpower to even write a single paragraph about a book. In the end, I reviewed six books, and wrote a paragraph for a seventh.

Megan Shepherd: Her Dark Curiosity: 5 stars
Erica Spindler: The Final Seven: 3 stars: Review
Blythe Woolston: MARTians: 5 stars: Review
Carrie Mesrobian: Cut Both Ways: 3 stars: Review
Megan Hart: Hold Me Close: 4 stars: Review
Robin Bridges: Dreaming of Antigone: 3 stars: Review
Sophie Littlefield: The Guilty One: 3 stars: Review

When Book 1 in a series is worth five stars, you may hesitate to pick up Book 2. What if the sequel can’t live up to the quality of its predecessor? I needn’t have worried, because Her Dark Curiosity is another smashing read from Megan Shepherd. The novel opens with science, which bodes well for the rest of the story, a battle not to cure but to perhaps manage a violent condition. I’m not sure why Juliet shags Edward, but otherwise it’s a fabulous read that I definitely recommend. (NOTE TO ANIMAL LOVERS: There’s a dog character, and he’s alive for the entire book. There are thoughts against him, though thankfully none of them turn into action.)

[REVIEW] Hold Me Close – Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Hold Me Close
Harlequin Mira (US & UK: 24th November 2015; AU: 1st December 2015)
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CONTENT WARNINGS: Abduction, child abuse, sexual abuse, statutory rape, miscarriage.

SPOILER WARNING: This review contains spoilers. If reading on Goodreads, they’re behind a cut. If reading elsewhere, they’re out in the open.

Until now, I didn’t realise how much I include publishers as part of an author’s brand. But in the case of Megan Hart, I automatically add her Harlequin Mira (and before that, Harlequin Spice) titles to my wishlist. I’m not interested in her Harlequin Nocturnes, and her Penguin Berkley books weren’t for me.

The author has upcoming publications scheduled with Chaos Publishing (her self-publishing arm), Samhain, Macmillan Swerve, and Montlake. So I’m hesitant to add those to my wishlist, because I kind of only want to read the ones in the vein of her Mira books. Which probably makes me a terrible person, picking and choosing instead of wanting it ALL 😉

So for the unforeseen future, Hold Me Close may be the last Megan Hart book with Harlequin Mira. And this is a heart-wrenching number. In case the content warnings don’t give it away, this book is DARK. With a happy ending, though, so romance fans will be fine unless you don’t like to read about soulmates rooting other people.

It’s the attention to detail that makes Hold Me Close so good, namely Effie’s issues with food. Because of various things being put into her meals and drinks during the three years she was imprisoned, Effie’s reluctant to eat anything that she or a loved one hasn’t prepared, or food she can’t see through. She drinks a lot of “clear cola”, which I’ve never seen in real life but I don’t live in the US.

Yet with all the grim stuff going on, the ending seems relatively…easy? The kidnapper conveniently dies, so there’s no big final confrontation. The kidnapper’s child fills in the details as to why Effie and Heath were taken, and why Heath was forced to do sexual stuff and Effie wasn’t. (Which seems bollocks, because if you want a teenage girl to remain “pure”, it doesn’t make sense to trap her in the basement/cellar with a slightly older guy for three whole years.)

So had they not been through such trauma together, would they still have had such a strong bond? Would they find better matches with other people? Effie and Heath each try to have relationships with others, but they end up together, so hooking up with other people was…time-wasting? Delaying the inevitable? It just isn’t a satisfying answer for me. Maybe because of the statutory rape. (If you want to argue that statutory rape “isn’t really rape”, please take your monologue elsewhere. It’s at the very least creepy, and an abuse of power.)

Even though I don’t agree with…well, a lot of things in this novel, I heartily recommend it.