Note: I owe a huge apology to author Addison Brae and Goddess Fish Promotions who were expecting this review and my participation in this tour to appear as a post on August 5. I am sorry for the tardiness! Due to a scheduling error on my part as well as the fact that I’m on vacation, I did not become aware of the situation until now.
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June 10, 2020
Blurb: Cybercrime doesn’t talk. It creeps in and destroys lives right under Gillian’s nose when a cryptojacking scheme lands her boss, Pinkie, in jail. Gillian had just started over with a new career, boyfriend, and confidence after escaping a vicious murder investigation that shattered her ability to trust. Then Pinkie’s arrest leaves her struggling to run his two bars while also unraveling the conspiracy.
Gillian will not let her mentor and friend go down for something he didn’t do. Neither will Jon, the most talented musician on the bar’s stage and the perfect boyfriend…until his good fortune sends her reeling. Gillian forces herself to trust the cops, people who hurt her, and known criminals. Will it be enough to free Pinkie and save her life?
Dark Energy by Addison Brae starts out with a bang. Gillian and her boss, Pinkie, have opened a second bar/restaurant, Pinkie’s Too, when suddenly they are raided by the FBI who not only confiscate computers but arrest Pinkie, leaving very young Gillian to manage two locations.
Readers will enjoy Dark Energy the most if they approach it with a suspension of reality regarding proper police procedure and general matters of the law. In other words, if you go with the flow and don’t think about it too much, you’ll be happy.
A subplot revolves around situations from the first book, Becker Circle, which the reader can glean without reading.
My favorite part of the story was Gillian’s boyfriend, Jon, who is like the most perfect boyfriend ever. Not only is he a rockstar, almost literally, but he cooks gourmet meals for her and is always there to support her. After some of her behavior in Dark Energy, I’m not altogether sure she deserves him.
Dark Energy could have used some editing and a bit more research, but I think a reader looking for some escapism would find it generally pleasing.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Six months ago, I slipped away from Boston for a few days for job interviews in Dallas. My ex never knew. The trip was only a month away from my finals and also the last time he could threaten me, in person at least.
I’ve come so far since then. Taking the bartending job was a blessing and a curse. It’s how I met Jon but also where I saw Bobby die. It led me to Pinkie and my new career but almost got me killed. It’s been difficult, especially when things got so dark. I never meant to get in so deep, trying to find Bobby’s murderer.
Karma’s been on my side the whole way.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Addison Brae lives in Dallas, Texas on the edge of downtown. As a child, she was constantly in trouble for hiding under the bed to read when she was supposed to be napping. She has been writing since childhood starting with diaries, letters and short stories. She continues today with articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant.
When she’s not writing, Addison spends her time traveling the world, collecting interesting cocktail recipes and hosting parties. She’s still addicted to reading and enjoys jogging in her neighborhood park, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with her artistic other half and their neurotic cat Lucy.
Addison writes new adult and adult romantic suspense and young adult contemporary fiction. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, RWA Kiss of Death chapter, Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Writers’ League of Texas.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Addison-Brae/e/B07B443K8P/
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-energy-addison-brae/1137002173
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