Thursday, December 26, 2013

Mini Reviews: Day One by Nate Kenyon, Taken by Him by Ray Garnier

Day One  Taken by Him (The Billionaire's Club #2)

Day One
by Nate Kenyon
Published:  October 1, 2013
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
Age Group:  Adult

Cloverfield  meets The Terminator  in this story of one man's escape from New York City as technology becomes sentientScandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he’s agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. Hawke knows something very big is in the works at Eclipse---and he wants to use the profile as a foot in the door to find out more.

After he arrives in Weller’s office in New York City, a seemingly normal day quickly turns into a nightmare as anything with an Internet connection begins to malfunction. Hawke receives a call from his frantic wife just before the phones go dead. Soon he and a small band of survivors are struggling for their very lives as they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone---with no obvious enemy in sight.

The bridges and tunnels have been destroyed. New York City is under attack from a deadly and brilliant enemy that can be anywhere and can occupy anything with a computer chip. Somehow Hawke must find a way back to his pregnant wife and young son. Their lives depend upon it . . . and so does the rest of the human race.

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My Thoughts:  The synopsis for Day One begins with the statement, "Cloverfield meets The Terminator in this story of one man's escape from New York City as technology becomes sentient," which is a very good description of the novel.  It is definitely a thriller, but also has a mystery feel to it.  That combined with the post-apocalyptic end of the world theme makes for a very action-packed read.  You have the man versus machine element, some terrifying horror-filled scenes, and though I haven't really read any James Patterson books, I have heard that if you are a fan of his work, then this is comparable to that.   Technology fans, you will feel like you've delved into a technological smorgasbord.  If you are a fan of end-of-the world novels,  heavy in technology, then Day One is an action-packed, gorey thriller that you may enjoy.  

Taken by Him (The Billionaires Club #2)
by Red Garnier 
Published:  May 28, 2013
Publisher:  St. Martins Press
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
Age Group:  Adult
The Billionaire’s Club: The wealthiest, most powerful men, not only in Chicago, but in the world.  They are used to having whatever they want, whenever they want it.

Luke Preston is the ultimate playboy among his billionaire friends.  Every bad girl in Chicago has surrendered in his bed.  Some good girls, too.  But when he ends up in the hospital after an assassination attempt, his friends suggest he take a long vacation to recoup, regroup and lay off the women until the man is caught.  However, when Luke lays eyes on the stunning brunette across the beach, she inspires every dark, erotic thought his mind can conjure.

Peyton Lane has always been serious and responsible and she’s determined to have some fun for once in her life.  And that means a deliciously, sexy affair with a stranger while she’s on vacation.  So when a blond Adonis named Luke crosses her path at the Cancun resort, she’s determined that he will be the one. But Peyton gets more than she bargained for when Luke introduces her to a passion unlike any she has ever experienced and she discovers that behind that charming smile are secrets and a beautiful, damaged soul.  

Red Garnier takes readers deep into a world of incredible emotion and undeniable power and possession.

Also, don’t miss CLAIMED BY HIM, the first unforgettable story in The Billionaire’s Club, available now.

My Thoughts:  Taken by him is short, 112 pages, but there is as whole lot of hot in those pages.  Definitely an adult read that brings on the steam.  Luke Preston is the billionaire playboy, and he is definitely a player.  While recovering in Cancun after an assassination attempt, he meets Peyton Lane. What starts out as a no strings attached fling turns into more, especially when they each arrive back home.  Taken by Him is a quick, easy, and very sexy read with some humorous moments, and though it would have been great to see the story developed a little more, for a novella, it definitely brings it.  



  1. It sounds like these were both just okay reads, nothing too fantastic but nothing horrible either.

    Nice honest reviews Ellen!


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