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Nocturnes & Nightmares (The Sandman Duet Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07RBPRKC7
- Language : English
- File size : 4849 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 254 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 109609049X
- Best Sellers Rank: 158,391 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Money as always is tight but to help ease the burden she has advertised for a lodger to reside in the annex to the back of her home. By nature she is a pessimist but her cup runneth over when she finds a lodger who is eager and willing to pay over her original asking price.
Her out of place, somewhat rude and reclusive lodger is Rhett Voss. He’s dark and sleek and she can’t seem to shake off the something being amiss with him. He reeks of money and luxury, but her instincts are correct when it comes to whiff of danger that hangs in heavy plumes around him.
As readers we are introduced to the man behind the mask with Voss. We know Nola should heed her reservations about him, but yet, knowing his reasons for being there change the game completely. In honesty I didn’t second guess my ease in thinking of him as a dark hero. He’s admittedly frightening, but I must say I shivered for all the wrong reasons. The story is a perfect balance of danger, exhilaration and fear, wound together tightly with tension that is set to break in spectacular fashion.
Keri Lake is an author whose stories come off the page and play like a reel in the mind. The words fall away with the images she conjures, and the hair-raising sense of anticipation that starts as a prick soon turn into full blown shudders that race down your spine.
Rhett Voss doesn't lose, he learned at an early age the consequences of losing and has no intention of entertaining the emotions as an adult. He doesn't hurt, he doesn't love...he's been hardened into what those consequences forced on him and now he's become the secretive, sadistic, most sought-after assassin for the organization known as The Gallows. Why? Because Voss doesn't fail, Voss doesn't lose.
Nola Tensley's life is colored with tragedy and loss, some would say crippling loss, but Nola is a fighter and a survivor and she has Oliver, her young son. Struggling to provide Oliver with something close to normal, after their devastating loss, life has other intentions for this mother and son as the demons from Voss' past come creeping into Nola's present and suddenly, unbeknownst to her, the game is on.
This is book 1 of The Sandman Duet. The story is intricately woven with an off the charts creep factor, as we not only get the view from inside the heads of our two MCs but also the Sandman. The crazed serial killer has set his sights on Nola and now Voss has to play his game in order to keep Nola safe.
For Voss...failure is not an option.
This one will leave you dangling a bit over the edge as you turn the last page, but fear not, I understand we don't have long to wait to find out what happens next. If psychological thrillers with a side of romance are your jam, you don't want to miss this one.
Nola is a struggling single mom whose husband was brutally murdered. She rents a room above her garage to Voss, a sexy stranger, to help cover her monthly living expenses. She’s unaware that she’s landed on a killer’s radar.
Book one ends with a number of secrets still remaining. There’s a psycho murderer on the loose. I’m a little anxious to find out what Oliver saw the night his father was murdered. I think I know the identity of The Sandman, and I can’t wait to see if I’m right. Nola and Voss are both great characters, each with troubled pasts, and I’m thoroughly enjoying this Duet so far. Can’t wait to see how everything plays out.
I didn't so much have a problem with the intense sex or some of hallmarks. However, my imagination can fill in for a LOT, so I didn't feel I needed as many graphic descriptions of mutilation and rape. One or two in order to highlight the villains' perversions is okay (though may be a little triggering to some), but it became difficult to focus on the story and get through the book after a while because it was so frequent it became a distraction.
I had the same challenge with book two as well. Oh, also, both contain several spelling and apostrophe errors. Not awful, but somewhat distracting.
The story takes place in Chicago with a young mother, Nola Tensley, trying to raise her recently traumatized son who has gone mute after watching his father die. Nola is struggling to make ends meet both by working as a waitress in a diner and working to try and break through to her son and get him to communicate. When strapped for cash, she decides to rent the apartment over the garage and that's when Rhett Voss enters the picture. He's obviously white collar rich, Wolf of Wall Street, so to speak, and Nola for the life of her cannot figure out why he wants to rent her shoddy little studio and is adamant upon offering an ungodly sum of money to entice her to give it to him. But Rhett isn't just there for the intentions he says he is and his job is way removed from Wall Street. Rhett has a deeply completely f*cked up past and after having received a taunting and deadly message in New York from a ghost he'd long thought he put to rest in Chicago years ago, he's back to take on the challenge and stop the past from repeating. That past has put Nola Tensley in the crossfire and for the first book she is blissfully unaware.
There is also the issue of the serial killer, The Sandman who has been abducting young socialite type girls from clubs and doing macabre twisted things to them before leaving them to be found with his signature touch. This all ties back to the message Rhett received at the beginning and the very reason he is literally planted in Nola's backyard.
Nocturnes and Nightmares was a romance where the mystery/thriller/suspense came first and foremost and the romance was a slow burn that organically evolved over the course of the book. When Rhett and Nola were finally together it was hot and steamy. This is a dominant man with a very dark side and kink to him which he held back a little with on Nola. But if he's the predator then she's definitely still his prey no matter how much he restrains his true sexual desires. The whole book revolved around 3 POV's - Nola's, Rhett's and The Sandman's. Reading the Sandman's chapters was not only creepy and sadistic, it was also completely cray cray. This is one master manipulator and one sadistic son of a bitch. The book ends of course on a cliffhanger, not so much for where Rhett and Nola are at that point but definitely with the Sandman's last thoughts. One knows these 3 are going to end up coming head to head and the idea is absolutely appalling and terrifying. It left me one the edge of my seat and completely unable to do anything but jump to book 2 because I was so hooked.
Absolute hit out of the ballpark for an author's first try and thriller/suspense and I loved it all 5 stars and back again!