Friday, February 27, 2015

REVIEW: Silk (+$20 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Silk
Author: Chris Karlsen
Series: Bloodstone Series#1
Pages: 301
Date Published: December 14th 2014
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Format: Kindle
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him.

In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero, Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his own serial killer to find. Inter departmental rivalries, politics, and little evidence to go on hamper the investigation at every turn. In a battle of wills, Bloodstone presses forward following his instincts in spite of the obstacles.

Adding to those problems, away from the strains of the investigation, he is engaged in the ups and downs of a new relationship with a lovely hat maker.
~My Thoughts~
As you may know from my Let's Get Steamy Celebrations and Steamy Saturdays, I am definitely a fan of Steampunk:Victorian Steampunk in particular. I read a lot of it, so when I read a Historical Fiction piece set in my  domain without any gadgetry or steam I felt a little lost at first. Of course, Jack the Ripper is a widely covered character in steampunk, so with the opening of a newly created murder scene, I felt right at home. 

Chris is very detailed in her descriptions, and imagery positively flowed from the pages, really doing a wonderful job of painting that mental picture. It's so very hard to do so well, and in a way that seems natural and not clunky. Even the best authors struggle to make the picture without losing themselves in paragraphs of irrelevant description. Chris walks that edge of the knife very carefully, making sure that we have all senses covered as we walk along the Victorian streets, but are never overwhelmed by the senses enough to lose the story . Great writing on your part Chris! 

This was a mystery fiction book for the most part.There were hints of romance here and there but for all intents and purposes, the focus was on the mystery and figuring out what was happening. I enjoyed this quite a bit, although I could have used just a touch more sultry sighs and well defined biceps... Rudyard was quite the dish with his noble and honest character and total good guy persona. I did like the alternating POV's so that we got a look into mostly all of the different players' minds. Overall an awesome read if you're looking for a plot-driven narrative! 
~Try an Excerpt!~
He wrapped an end in each hand and pulled. His fingers crept up the silk and he tugged a bit harder still. The material pressed deeper into the flesh of her neck. Bright pink dotted her cheeks and radiated down to her jaw. The veins in her temples popped out and pulsed in time to her heartbeat. She moaned, pushed her hips upward and writhed against him. Her soft pubic hair tickled his testicles. Isabeau’s unsubtle way of letting him know she wanted him inside her. He obliged.

Her hands encircled his wrists. She tugged hard outward, harder than usual. A choked sigh escaped her. He paid no attention. This was standard. Isabeau always insisted he maintain pressure until she signaled for him to release his hold. In the past, when she reached the edge of consciousness, she’d beat along his upper arms. This time she thrashed her head back and forth, something he hadn’t seen before. Her eyes bulged in an unattractive way and she clawed at him. Her nails gouged the skin on his hands, drawing blood.

She hurt him and he wanted to slap her. He almost let go of one end of the scarf to do that. Instead, he pulled tighter. Isabeau tried to insert her fingers into the spot where the material crossed over. Her mouth opened and shut, soundless and fishlike. She swatted at the mattress wildly. Red-faced to the point of being near purple, she bucked beneath him.

She fired his blood with her lack of inhibition. Never had she responded with such intensity. Raw power surged through him, primitive, animalistic. He pumped hard. Ready to climax, William clenched his fists, twisting the scarf one last turn. Odd, feathery touches tapped his biceps, feminine and subtle grazes, and then she went limp. Spent, he released his hold and collapsed on top of her, his heart pounding while he caught his breath.

Isabeau didn’t move and her head stayed turned to the side. She hadn’t cried out the way she normally did when sated. Perhaps she was disappointed with his effort. He gave the thought a mental shrug. At the end of the day, it really didn’t matter. He’d arrange for her departure first thing in the morning.

William rolled over and slung a sweaty arm over his eyes. He tried to decide which was worse, telling her tonight the affair was over or waiting until morning. The idea of doing it after such a rambunctious sexual endeavor seemed bad form, but he wanted to get it over with. He turned onto his side, prepared for histrionics, caterwauling, great tears and verbal abuse.

“Isabeau, look at me. I’ve come to a decision and it will likely distress you.” Nothing. She didn’t stir. “Isabeau?”

He shook her by the arm. Still no response. William let go and her arm dropped listless to the mattress. He raised her arm again and let go. Again, it fell listless. He straddled her and patted her cheeks. Nothing. Her head twisted without resistance first right then left depending on the direction of his pat. He slapped her harder. Nothing. Vacant eyes stared fixed on the ceiling. He bent an ear to her chest. Nothing. William leapt from the bed, snatched a silver mirror from the dressing table, and held it under her nose. Nothing.

“Bitch.” William hurled the mirror against the wall. “Bitch, whore,” he raged and paced along the side of the bed. “I will not allow you to make my life a nightmare. This was your doing. I told you to leave me alone.”
~Meet Chris!
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write two different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.  
Chris will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host


  1. thank you for the excerpt, i enjoyed reading ti :)

  2. Great excerpt, sounds like a good read.

  3. What a great excerpt. I really loved it.

  4. A disturbing look inside his head. Thanks!

  5. "Plot-driven narrative" works for me! Thanks!

  6. I like the excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  7. Loved this book. Enjoyed reading your review.

  8. I loved the excerpt!

  9. I enjoyed learning about the author!

  10. I really like that she is from the Pacific Northwest! Love that area of the country!