Book Review – Queen of Madness by Lee Jacquot

A steamy mafia romance inspired by characters from Alice in Wonderland?! Yes, please!

If you like steamy romances this book is for you. If you like your romances on the dark side, this book is for you. If you love stories by authors like W Winters and Sophie Lark, get your hands on this book!

Z has to do whatever he can to get his mother and sister out of the horrific living situation their in. But the only opportunity that presents itself comes with complications. The biggest complication is the fact that his new boss, Onyx, is irresistible. She’s the powerful head of a mafia family with a dark reputation. And Z is supposed to spy on her for the other crime family in town. But she’s not exactly who he thought she was. As Z learns the whole story and sees who Onyx really is he can’t help but be drawn to her and the attraction is most DEFINITELY mutual. But can they get past the secrets and the dangerous lifestyle? Or will the cost be too high?

This is the third book I’ve read by Lee Jacquot and I am learning that I can ALWAYS count on her to have strong female characters, fiercely protective lovers, and cliffhangers that you will simultaneously hate – because they’re cliffhangers, Duh! – and love because they are so artfully crafted. Jacquot is quickly becoming a “must buy” author for me.

I was given an e-book copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Music and Me – Church (Take Me Back)

This one is so powerful for me. I have such precious memories of my church family from the small country congregation where I spent my high school years. And now I find myself once again in a church family that feels like home.

There was a time that I swore I would never go back
I was blind to the truth, didn’t know what I had
I was running, I was searching
But every place I turned for healing
Left me more broken than the last
Take me back
To the place that feels like home
To the people I can depend on
To the faith that’s in my bones
Take me back
To a preacher and a verse
Where they’ve seen me at my worst
To the love I had at first
Oh, I want to go to church

Words and Music – Baby Grand

This song was recorded by Billy Joel (one of my favorite recording artists ever) and the amazing Ray Charles.  Yes, two of the greatest sing AND play on this song.  It’s a love song, really.  Yes.  A love song to an instrument.  And I absolutely relate.

Late at night
When it’s dark and cold
I reach out
For someone to hold
When I’m blue
When I’m lonely
She comes through
She’s the only one who can
My baby grand
Is all I need

Words and Music – Church (Take me Back)

Feels good to be a part of a church family that feels like home!

Take me back
To the place that feels like home
To the people I can depend on
To the faith that’s in my bones
Take me back
To a preacher and a verse
Where they’ve seen me at my worst
To the love I had at first
Oh, I want to go to church

 

Music and Me – Burn the Ships

Here’s a blast from the past!  Steven Curtis Chapman used a historical event to remind us that sometimes we have to remove the option to quit!

In the spring of 1519 a Spanish fleet set sail
Cortez told his sailors this mission must not fail
On the eastern shore of Mexico they landed with great dreams
But the hardships of the new world make them restless and weak
Quietly they whispered, “Let’s sail back to the life we knew”
But the one who led them there was saying
“Burn the ships we’re here to stay
There’s no way we could go back
Now that we’ve come this far by faith
Burn the ships we’ve passed the point of no return
Our life is here so let the ships burn and burn”