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Mailbox Monday 14th May 2012



Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.


Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.
Your host for May 2012 is … Martha@Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf.

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Martha, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


Another good week for author review requests, with the arrival of ‘Skin Games: A crime drama’, by Adam Pepper.

‘Skin Games’, is something of genre switch from Adam’s usual style of urban fantasy horror and dark fiction writing, although the strength of the storyline and characterisations apparent in the synopsis certainly make this book, not one for the faint-hearted reader.



When a mafia princess falls for a two-bit hoodlum an unhappy don plays some rough games in order to separate the two lovers.

Sean O’Donnell is a man who always keeps his word, especially to a lady.  His good-for-nothing old man left his mother flat.  When she gets ill, Sean assures her that he will never be like his father; if he makes a promise he will keep it, no matter what the cost.  When local mob boss Mario Torretta’s daughter Nicole falls for Sean, the Don is not pleased, and makes it known that Sean is not good enough for his princess.  However, Nicole is in love and begs Sean to stick by her.  Once Sean gives his word, no amount of pressure from the Don will weaken his resolve.  Sean will endure and persevere to keep his promise to Nicole, and to his mother.


This crime drama novel, was gifted as a request for me to read and leave my comments about, by its author, Adam Pepper and as such was free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Jessica,

      I have read quite a few romance and contemporary fiction stories just recently, so a hard-hitting crime thriller will give me something to ‘get my teeth into’.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments, I always appreciate it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I am really looking forward to a ‘change of scenery’ in my reading genre and after checking out the author’s website, I am pretty certain that ‘Skin Games’ is going to be quite full-on and intense. I haven’t read a lot of Mafia books, however both hubbie and I love watching any Mafia films which come our way.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

  • Sounds very interesting. What is it about the Mafia that fascinates people? Have a wonderful week, Yvonne, and happy reading.

    • Hi Kaye,

      I am not particularly fascinated by the Mafia as such, the reality of the violent methods the ‘Dons’ employ and the utter control they demand over their territory, is all a bit too violent for me.

      However, in reading a fictional novel based on the ‘family’, I can somehow distance myself from the unsavoury realities and enjoy it for the crime thriller that it is.

      Thanks for the kind thoughts and comments.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Adam Pepper, has been writing fiction novels for several years, however, unless you particularly enjoy Urban fantasy/horror and some very ‘dark’ fiction writing, you probably wouldn’t have come across him before.

      ‘Skin Games’, is something of genre switch for Adam, although I suspect that there is still an element of ‘dark’ writing in there somewhere, as he has selected a particularly violent subject for his foray into crime writing.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to talk with you.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      The storyline doesn’t sound as though this book is going to be dragging its feet, does it?

      There are sure to be plenty of twists, turns and double-crosses, as there usually are when the Mafia are involved in the story.

      The ensuing violence is also a pretty much forgone conclusion, so something completely different to the ‘sweet’ romances I have been reviewing of late.

      Thanks for the visit and comment, much appreciated.

    • Hi Kim,

      That’s the great thing about participating in some of the many available memes, you get to discover so many new authors and books, that you might not ever come across ordinarily.

      That’s not to say that I like everything which is highlighted, but there is certainly enough great stuff to leave my reading lists permanently full and my TBR mountain groaning under the strain.

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I did think of you when Adam wrote to me about reviewing this one, so if you still like the sound of it when I publish my thoughts, just let me know and I will contact him and see if he can arrange to send you a copy for review, as well.

      Thanks for reading and commenting on the post, good to hear from you.

Written by Yvonne