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ARC Review: Nocturnes & Nightmares by Keri Lake

Title: Nocturnes & Nightmares
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Dark Romantic Thriller
Type: Book 1 of 2 from The Sandman Duet
POV: Multiple – shifting
Expected Publication: April 29, 2019

 

Four young socialites have gone missing in the Chicago area. Two found dead, bearing the signature marks of a brutal serial killer. With the kind of tragedy that mars Nola Tensley’s past, she should be concerned, but without a pot to piss in, all the struggling single mom cares about is making a normal life for her son. ⁣

After all, she’s clearly not the murderer’s type.⁣
Or is she?⁣

When Rhett Voss, an enigmatic and handsome stranger, answers her ad for the outdated in-law suite at the back of her property, offering double her asking price, Nola really can’t refuse. Even though the supposed Wall Street Wolf seems better suited for a high-rise downtown—a suspicion that quickly turns into hindsight once she submits to the flirtations of her charming new tenant, and consequently, unearths a series of disturbing revelations.⁣

Her curiosities lead her down the path of a madman, whose moniker, The Sandman, only hints at the grisly nature of his crimes. He’s smart. Evasive. A cunning psychopath with a twisted method of disposing his victims.⁣

And his hunting grounds are hitting too close to home.⁣

 

ARC provided for an unbiased review.

Nola Tensley was struggling as life kept pushing her down. With a son to take care of, she can’t afford to let herself drown. So when an unexpected opportunity came, she grabbed it even though she had her reservations especially with unsolved murder cases littering around. Rhett Voss might come out of nowhere, but he could possibly be her salvation or her own demise.

There’s something about her that I can’t quite put my finger on. She’s strong, but vulnerable in a way that doesn’t come off as pathetic. It appeals to me, somehow.

Voss was one sexy, irresistible hero. He had an aura of mystery and untouchability that’s alluring. Nola might be flustered at times, but I love how selfless she was and did the best of her ability to make things right.

The first few moments were his favorite, though. When realization dawned on their faces and their nightmares came to life. Almost magical.

Out of all the characters, The Sandman was the one intrigued me the most. I loved him and his methodical approach in his crime. My favorite aspect of him is his “cold play”.

Playing with her is effortless. Dare I say, fun. It makes me wonder if she’d be so good-humored while tied to a cross, or laid out across my lap.

The story was engaging and I liked the multiple POVs. Both characters had a palpable chemistry and their pull to each other was sexy. What I wanted more is the desperation of fear, which I hope to get in the conclusion of this duet.

Nocturnes & Nightmare is a cat and mouse story dominance and possession. It would appeal to readers who enjoy a dark romantic thriller.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

Books in the series:
Nocturnes & Nightmares (The Sandman Duet, #1) by Keri Lake Requiem & Reverie (The Sandman Duet, #2) by Keri Lake

 

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.⁣ 📖 #CurrentlyReading: Nocturnes & Nightmares by #KeriLake⁣ Coming April 29, 2019! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ★ Book Details ★⁣⁣ Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2VcfTIg⁣ Blurb:⁣⁣ Four young socialites have gone missing in the Chicago area. Two found dead, bearing the signature marks of a brutal serial killer. With the kind of tragedy that mars Nola Tensley’s past, she should be concerned, but without a pot to piss in, all the struggling single mom cares about is making a normal life for her son. ⁣ ⁣ After all, she’s clearly not the murderer’s type.⁣ Or is she?⁣ ⁣ When Rhett Voss, an enigmatic and handsome stranger, answers her ad for the outdated in-law suite at the back of her property, offering double her asking price, Nola really can’t refuse. Even though the supposed Wall Street Wolf seems better suited for a high-rise downtown—a suspicion that quickly turns into hindsight once she submits to the flirtations of her charming new tenant, and consequently, unearths a series of disturbing revelations.⁣ ⁣ Her curiosities lead her down the path of a madman, whose moniker, The Sandman, only hints at the grisly nature of his crimes. He’s smart. Evasive. A cunning psychopath with a twisted method of disposing his victims.⁣ ⁣ And his hunting grounds are hitting too close to home.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

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