Booktrib's Bites: From Dark Romance to Political Commentary


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CaptivatedCaptivated by Jessica Rooker

Quinton Starks is a vain, self-absorbed, philandering playboy and company president whose life is work, partying, and one-night stands. He treats women as sexual objects rather than equals until he finds himself enthralled with a sweet and humble innkeeper, Amelia Johansson. Only there's one small problem—she’s married!

Once Quinton realizes Amelia isn't unattainable, he executes a plan to ensure their paths will cross again. Fate gives Quinton the opportunity to make Amelia his. He decides to sweep her away on a platonic trip with his gang in tow. After the trip turns steamy, Amelia realizes she cannot return to her normal life. Quinton’s full-service, fast-pace, and fun-loving lifestyle brings Amelia back to life—both mentally and physically. Read this hot romance that captures what the heart desires in a new relationship fueled with lust and love! Purchase at


Dead to RightsDead to Rights by Bailey Herrington

For readers who enjoy mystery novels sprinkled with political and social commentary. David Elliott from What the Barber Knew returns in a new, action-packed thriller.

 1953. David is a college sophomore American Literature major who also plays baseball and has a propensity to jump into things without looking. When his revered professor Steven Jeffrey ostensibly commits suicide, David receives a coded letter from him a day later. With the help of his cousin Judy, David is determined to decipher the message and make it public.

However, they quickly become entangled in intrigue, murder, and peril masterminded by a cadre of CIA operatives. Only their courage and ingenuity can save them from also falling victims to staged murders. During their fight, David and Judy face personal and political revelations that will upend their lives. Purchase at


What happens nextWhat Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson

"Everyone has a story, and maybe everyone needs a little help toward healing."

Popular podcaster and ex-reporter Faith Byrne made a name for herself telling stories of greatness after tragedy--but her real life does not mirror the stories she tells. While her daughters spend the summer in Hawaii with her ex-husband, she must manage on her own. That changes when she's asked to spotlight her childhood best friend's missing person case on her podcast.

Dora Crane never accepted that her younger daughter could be dead. But when her husband leaves her and her older daughter intervenes, she agrees to counseling if Faith comes to Deep Valley and sheds light on the cold case. Will these two women finally get the answers they need to reconcile the past and the future? Purchase at


Wrongful ActsWrongful Acts by Tony Sclama

Two years ago, Nobel laureate Dr. Allisyn McLoren unexpectedly left her prestigious research position. Since then, as FDA commissioner she has restored the legitimacy and reputation of the troubled agency plagued by prior mismanagement and numerous deficiencies. But now she finds herself under pressure from government sources and a prior colleague to circumvent protocol and personally expedite approval of a bio-tech firm’s new form of gene therapy, and she’s at a loss to explain their motive.

When a homicide detective’s investigation of a deadly altercation between two friends leads him to Allisyn, they uncover a conspiracy to defraud the government that has deadly consequences. In her pursuit of the evidence to expose the deception, she must overcome a response that threatens her reputation, career, and even her life. Purchase at