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In an unexpected turn of fate, former assassin Leine Basso is offered a job working security in Los Angeles at a gigantic hit reality show called Serial Date--where beautiful young women get to date ex-cons posing as serial killers. Though L.A. brings her bad memories, Leine can't just ignore $2,000 a week, especially when she needs the money.Already there's been one murdeIn an unexpected turn of fate, former assassin Leine Basso is offered a job working security in Los Angeles at a gigantic hit reality show called Serial Date--where beautiful young women get to date ex-cons posing as serial killers. Though L.A. brings her bad memories, Leine can't just ignore $2,000 a week, especially when she needs the money.Already there's been one murder: one of the young women on the show was brutally mutilated and hidden in the prop closet, and it seems the killer will strike again. But is the killer one of the ex-cons or is he an outsider? Santiago Jensen, the handsome detective in charge of the case, isn't so sure, even though all evidence seems to point out to one of the 'bachelors.'Soon, the police find a letter supposedly written by the killer, a letter that reveals a very focused agenda. Then, Leine's daughter is kidnapped by someone claiming to be the killer. Leine hasn't seen her in years because, unfortunately, her daughter doesn't want her in her life--a fact that tortures Leine every day of her existence.In order to find her daughter, Leine must use her skills as an assassin and come to terms with her own identity, something that secretly terrifies her. Soon, a grim picture emerges: is the killer someone from her past set on revenge?...

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Serial Date Reviews

  • Sean Peters
    2018-11-10 14:13

    Serial Date continues the Leine Basso story after the prequel "The Killing Truth", a brilliant book.Four years later, divorced living a quite life in Seattle, hardly any money left and a daughter that has disowned her...In an unexpected turn of fate, former assassin Leine Basso is offered a job working security in Los Angeles at a gigantic hit reality show called Serial Date--where beautiful young women get to date ex-cons posing as serial killers. Though L.A. brings her bad memories, Leine can't just ignore $2,000 a week, especially when she needs the money.Already there's been one murder: one of the young women on the show was brutally mutilated and hidden in the prop closet, and it seems the killer will strike again. But is the killer one of the ex-cons or is he an outsider? Santiago Jensen, the handsome detective in charge of the case, isn't so sure, even though all evidence seems to point out to one of the 'bachelors.'Soon, the police find a letter supposedly written by the killer, a letter that reveals a very focused agenda. Then, Leine's daughter is kidnapped by someone claiming to be the killer. Leine hasn't seen her in years because, unfortunately, her daughter doesn't want her in her life--a fact that tortures Leine every day of her existence.In order to find her daughter, Leine must use her skills as an assassin and come to terms with her own identity, something that secretly terrifies her. Soon, a grim picture emerges: is the killer someone from her past set on revenge? This story is one step/star below the first prequel, it has it's good points, but overall is a weaker story, a little more far fetched, especially the "Serial Date" show, but still has a reasonable pace story, which builds to a fast paced last chapter.Just not quite so believable, so three stars from me

  • Cathy Speight
    2018-10-26 15:04

    Now this, this is what thrillers are made of: grit, spunk, no-nonsense and one-hundred-and-ten-percent unputdownability. (Yes, I made that word up.) I’m not going to make any excuses for using those frequently bandied-about words like 'fast-paced', 'action-packed', 'page-turner' because this book quite simply is all of those things and more.So, by now you’ll have realised that I really liked this book. I just love picking up a book by an author I’ve not read before, thoroughly enjoying the book and then finding that s/he has many more books tucked under his or her belt for me to enjoy. I can’t wait to feast on this author’s collection.This was the first in the Leine Basso thrillers. Unusual reality show Serial Date hits a bit of a snag when a contestant is murdered…seemingly by one of the other contestants. Leine Basso joins the show as a security officer. Which is rather handy for the killer, who seems hell-bent on revenge on her. The skills she learnt in her former capacity as an assassin are not allowed to rest. She has to draw on every single one of them when he abducts her daughter to lure her to him.Cleverly threaded through the story is Leine’s back story. Subtle snippets here and there until you realise you know a whole lot about her, her marriage, her daughter, her dramatic past, without being overly aware of the information fed to you. Throw in a bit of love interest with the detective on the case, a seedy senator, the show producer with a mentally ill brother, a sadistic killer, quite a lot of blood, and you’ve got one vindaloo of a thriller: hot, spicy, eye-watering, fiery, strong and sharp.Quite simply: brilliant.

  • Lis Carey
    2018-11-17 21:06

    Our protagonist is Leine Basso, former professional assassin. The story is centered around a tv reality show, Serial Date, in which the pretty, young contestants are vying to become True Love of one of the shows "serial killer" hot guys. Of course, the men aren't really serial killers, because that would be way too dangerous and we can presume the insurance company nixed that. However, the young women don't know that until after they've signed the non-disclosure agreement, so we can take it as a given that they have neither standards nor any sense of self-preservation.And of course a real serial killer is stalking the show.Leine, now retired from the paid assassin business, is hired on as additional security after the first killing. She's called in by the current head security guy, Gene, whom she has worked with in the past. This was apparently in her later life as an insurance investigator, though are reasons why this seems unlikely, given facts revealed later. We are supposed to like Leine, and understand that she was a professional assassin for good reasons. We are supposed to sympathize with her because her daughter, April, hasn't spoken to her in years, after she found out her mom was a professional killer, and one of her targets turned out to be someone they knew and liked. For some reason, April isn't interested in her mom's "explanation" of this...But, in all honesty, Leine is hardly the worst character in the book. There's the real serial killer, of course, who hates actors, and really hates that Serial Date obviously isn't using real serial killers and isn't even accepting his helpful advice (via anonymous letters) on how to make them at least seem more realistic. Oh, and he's a cannibal. There's Senator Runyon, who is a major backer of the show for utterly cynical reasons, and is into barely-legal young women, and bestiality.. There's Peter, whose last name I can't remember, the show's producer, who is a great deal more concerned about how the killings will affect the show than about the young women being killed.I suppose in fairness I should mention police detective Santiago Jensen, a good cop and a good detective, whose worst fault is that he's been very shallow in his relationships with women until now.But really, there is no part of this story that is not sordid and distasteful. It's well-written. The characters are well-developed; they're just not people I wanted to spend this much time with. The plot is well-paced, and if there are a couple of continuity errors, it's nothing so big that I wouldn't easily forgive it in a book I liked better. My real objection is just how grim, sordid, distasteful this story and these characters are, and the fact that we're supposed to like Leine and sympathize with her over her daughter's very sensible rejection of her. In the fantasy genre, I'd call this "grimdark," and I think that term applies here, too.But if you like dark, gritty, sordid thrillers, you'll probably like this.Not recommended.I received a free copy of this audiobook, and I am reviewing it voluntarily.

  • Rissa
    2018-10-24 15:17

    A reality dating game for ex cons to find love, and its all fun and games until someone is murdered...It was a fast easy read with typical drama you would expect from a real reality show. When something says thriller i want my heart racing, palms sweating (not literally becuase i would damage the book but you know), and the hair on my arm to stand straight up! This book did not do that for me, it was a fine book (incorrectly marked as thriller) but not a thriller.

  • Amber Foxx
    2018-11-18 20:54

    I’ve been reading this series out of sequence, starting with book three, The Body Market, then the prequel novella A Killing Truth, and now book one. I recommend reading the prequel first. Although the books work well as stand-alones, and the author handles backstory well, giving short doses where needed, Leine Basso is a complicated woman with a complicated life. I understood this story better for having met some of the off-stage characters previously.The other books I’ve read so far by this author (I’m also a fan of her Kate Jones series) are pure thriller. This one, due to the macabre nature of the villain and the crimes, has an element of horror, including the dark humor that’s often found in that genre. Leine is hired as security on the set of a reality TV show that pairs ex-cons with beautiful “bachelorettes.” The concept is bizarre, a satire on the culture of reality television. When one of the contestants is killed, the show’s ratings go up, and one of the contestants' reactions is the ultimate commentary on the loss of reality that can happen in this part of the entertainment industry. I wish I could share it, but it would be a spoiler.Leine is a compelling, unique character. Her emotional life, her relationships, and her professional skills are drawn with finesse. She’s tough, but she’s multidimensional, not just an action figure with an occasional emotion. Detective Santiago Jensen is a perfect complement to her character, and their relationship feels real. Berkom is an unpredictable author, in a good way. I can count on a riveting pace, but I don’t see her falling back on a formula the way some thriller writers do. Each book is different. I plan to keep moving through this series and to read book two soon.

  • Sherry Fundin
    2018-10-23 18:52

    Serial Date + Serial Murder = Serial KillerSerial Date is a fast paced, tension filled suspense thriller that had me engrossed from cover to cover. The quirky and twisted characters made me wonder who was running the asylum. I love her covers. The colors are vibrant and they foretell the story inside.A brutal, heinous murder on a reality TV show brings in Leine Basso, an ex Agency assassin, to watch over the contestants. The show consists of ex cons dating hot women and pretending they are serial killers. There are plenty of suspects, but what happens when everyone is targeted by a real serial killer?It’s pretty bad when the cons are better people than the ones running the circus. So, let’s meet the main characters, even though the peripheral characters are important and have their own impact on the story.Leine Basso – she may be an assassin, but she is no psychopath. She does have feelings and desires, just like the rest of us. It pains her that her daughter, April, holds the past against her and wants nothing to do with her. She cannot escape the past, no matter how far or fast she runs, but maybe she can kill it. Evil and danger come at her from more than one direction.Deliciously hot and sexy Los Angeles Homicide Detective Santiago Jensen is assigned the case and the sparks fly when he and Leine meet. Would he risk his job to be with her? The heart wants what the heart wants and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t stop thinking of her.Peter Bronkowski is a sick and twisted individual. It had been his idea for the show and he is more interested in the ratings than the deaths mounting up around him. He has fears and problems of of his own that do no include Serial Date.Senator Buzz Runyon is a corrupt, arrogant and pathetic politician that visits the pages. He is controlled by his ‘little head” and in a very sick way. The only things he cares about is reelection and his sex games.Leine has no idea what is coming her way, until April is abducted by the serial killer. But that can be said for Azazel. He has no idea of the storm that will be unleashed on him. Revenge is his motivation and he will not stop, until he gets it. Leine will not stop, until she gets her daughter back.Serial Date is the first in a series of suspense thrillers that stand alone. It is easy reading, action packed, loaded with tension and sizzling romance. There are as many weak and twisted men as there are strong and determined women. DV shows the ugliness of human nature, but also the beauty and goodness. I love the taste of humor with my evil and DV deals with this in a way that seems real. After all, the police, medical examiners and others in awkward situations use laughter to get through the badness or discomfort.I read, but didn’t review Serial Date right away, so I reread it. I thought I would just skim it and refresh my memory, but I ended up reading it word for word. I think I enjoyed it better the second time around, because I wasn’t in as big a hurry to find out how everything ended.I would love to have a margarita at the Happy Mermaid with Leine. Gimme a call! :-)I received Serial Date from DV Berkom in return for an honest review. Thank you DV. It has been my pleasure! I LOVED it!

  • Mayra
    2018-11-08 16:58

    Serial Date was a surprisingly entertaining read filled with witty writing and dark humor. In an unexpected turn of fate, former assassin Leine Basso is offered a job working security in Los Angeles at a gigantic hit reality show called Serial Date–where beautiful young women get to date ex-cons posing as serial killers. Though L.A.brings her bad memories, Leine can’t just ignore $2,000 a week, especially when she needs the money. Already there’s been one murder: one of the young women on the show was brutally mutilated and hidden in the prop closet, and it seems the killer will strike again. But is the killer one of the ex-cons or is he an outsider? Santiago Jensen, the handsome detective in charge of the case, isn’t so sure, even though all evidence seems to point out to one of the ‘bachelors.’ Soon, the police find a letter supposedly written by the killer, a letter that reveals a very focused agenda. Then, Leine’s daughter is kidnapped by someone claiming to be the killer. Leine hasn’t seen her in years because, unfortunately, her daughter doesn’t want her in her life–a fact that tortures Leine every day of her existence. In order to find her daughter, Leine must use her skills as an assassin and come to terms with her own identity, something that secretly terrifies her. Soon, a grim picture emerges: is the killer someone from her past set on revenge? I thoroughly enjoyed Serial Date. The author has a distinct style that is witty, smart, and darkly humorous. The prose is sharp and gritty. I love satires and this one was no exception. I especially enjoyed all the subtle, indirect criticism of television and reality shows. I kept chuckling as I read.The story is told in multiple points of view separated by chapters, so there’s no distracting head switching. The pace is pretty quick with a fair share of exciting twists and turns. To add more flavor, Santiago and Leine provide a sprinkle of romance. I have to admit, though, that the fact that Leine was a former assassin bothered me a lot in the beginning, even though the author stresses the fact that she killed criminals. I kept wondering if I was going to forgive her for that. Surprisingly, I did. Leine comes out as a very human character who is deeply sorry about her past and who wants to reconcile with her beloved daughter. This emotional subplot about her and her daughter really brought the story to a higher level for me. Another thing I need to point out, just for those sensitive readers out there, is that there’s a lot of foul language. In short, I highly recommend Serial Date to those who enjoy murder mysteries with a touch of satire.

  • Robert Lalonde
    2018-11-04 19:07

    A Page-Turner Leine Basso is tough, smart and she can take care of herself. Leine (Madeleine) started a new career after leaving the Agency and she gets caught up in what turns out to be a fast-paced story of intrigue and kidnapping. A page-turner – highly recommended.

  • TE
    2018-11-11 19:55

    With a snarky nod toward reality tv and politicians, this murder/kidnap thriller is a real page turner. I didn't have the issues with context/backstory as some reviewers did because I had read A Killing Truth (Leine Basso #5 prequel) before reading Serial Date. I think reading #5 first made this a more enjoyable reading experience for me. The Leine Basso series is darker and grittier than the Kate Jones series and while I think this is a good book, it's not for the younger crowd...18+ please.

  • LooseBoots
    2018-11-04 19:20

    Brilliant read.Wasn´t sure at first with the reality show aspect but stuck with it and glad I did. Fast paced thriller with a promise of more to come. Thoroughly recommend it.

  • Mark Heath
    2018-10-25 19:00

    A good thriller about an ex assassine who must pull all the stops to rescue what is close to her.A good read

  • Charles Ray
    2018-10-28 21:13

    Contract Assassin Leine Basso might not have a socially acceptable job, but she’s one of my favorite literary heroines.In Serial Date by D V Berkom, Leine is at loose ends in Seattle when an old contact calls and offers her a job doing security for a reality TV show, ‘Serial Date.’ Featuring single women and ex-cons pretending to be serial killers, the show is top-rated. But, when one of the contestants is found dismembered in a supply cabinet, things look ugly, so the show’s security guy wants Leine’s help to protect the surviving women. One of the ex-cons on the show is arrested for the murder, but LAPD Detective Santiago Jensen isn’t convinced he’s the guilty party. Then, more girls die and the killer begins to taunt them with notes. He seems to take a particular interest in Leine, and makes it personal when he kidnaps her daughter and uses her to force Leine to perform a series of increasingly dangerous tasks. It doesn’t take her long to discover that the TV show is not the killer’s main target—it’s none other than Leine herself.If you’ve read any of the other Leine Basso mysteries, you can probably guess how this goes. It’s Leine against a highly intelligent and vicious mastermind, and she pulls out all the stops to find him before he kills her daughter.The action is nonstop, and the language is earthy. I dare you to put this book down once you start reading.

  • Roger
    2018-10-26 15:21

    My second read from author D.V. Berkom with a kick ass female lead and we have a winner! I love mystery & espionage & Berkom has both in this book. She's created a character you want to read more about!

  • Cathy
    2018-10-20 22:21

    Enjoyed this. Retired female assassin Leine short for Madeline is hired as security on a reality show called Serial Date. The female contestants start turning up dead and dismembered. Kept my interest. Good read!

  • April
    2018-10-23 22:14

    What a wonderfully engaging surprise this book was. Well written perfectly paced mystery. Leine is a real kick a$$ chick!! Plenty of wonderful twists to keep you on your toes. I love the book from beginning to end!! High suspense!!I would love to read more from this author! The book is fast paced with a mixed narrative coming from several POV. Mostly it comes from Leine, who has a whole different sort of perspective! She is a tough as nails kind of gal, which is awesome!!! She really has a lot to work out from her past and the details of that past are handed out piece mail throughout the story. I really hoped for more info sooner. The supporting cast is really great. A yummy homicide cop, a snarky daughter and a crazy serial killer. There are several dramas going on here other than the main plot, it is tricky to follow which intrigue is happening. lots of possible suspects along the way as well. It gets to be a bit much every now and again.There is a bit of smexy action that is definitely open bedroom door!! Not full on erotic romance detail, but enough to get a gal hot 'n bothered. I could have done with a bit more of that action. It is a little early for the feeling though.I would have liked more about this reality show. It has serious potential for chaos. There was also so much going on with Pete and the Senator. That probably could have been tabled to another book. It was distracting from the main plot of the serial killer. More with his crazy thought process and a bit of show on the taking/killing of the girls. It was pretty much all tell and no show.I listened to the audiobook narrated by James Killavey, who I heard in other books. I enjoyed his read, but his bad guys sound very similar. Great pace that keeps the movement of the story, especially at points where things are slower. While I did not hate this read, it wasn't my favorite.Overall, this was a great read and I am eager to see what happens next in the series. There is a whole lot of potential here. I can not wait to see how everything pans out in the next book.Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

  • Marilou George
    2018-11-04 16:18

    This book is without a doubt one of the most engaging, complex and enthralling mysteries that had me totally in its grip. I was swept into this story so much so that I finished it in one sitting.Serial Date has everything a mystery/thriller needs to be successful, fast-paced and action packed, strong and memorable characters and a story that will grab you from beginning to end. Madeline “Leine” Basso is a character that is hard-nosed, strong and fearless yet compassionate and vulnerable at the same time. She is a retired hired gun hoping to make amends with her daughter and make some sense of her own life. She is called to Los Angeles for a job as security for the reality show Serial Date when a cast member is murdered.Police detective Santiago “Santa” Jensen is in charge of the murder investigation and when he meets Leine there is definitely a strong sense of connection. As the detective is pulled further into the case he is faced with making a decision based on his gut feelings or to go by the book and follow procedure.This book is intelligently written and paced in a way that enables the reader to come face to face with the characters as well as becoming involved in the complexities of the story. The characters are well described and each serves to play an important part in the progression of the story. The writing is strong and convincing with a plot that will hold you hostage. The descriptions of the different backdrops for the story painted a clear picture in my mind which is a direct result of the masterful writing in this book.Serial Date is a fantastic read that I would recommend to all readers. If you do not read this book you will really be missing a Great Read!

  • Charles Ray
    2018-10-30 21:06

    Contract Assassin Leine Basso might not have a socially acceptable job, but she’s one of my favorite literary heroines.In Serial Date by D V Berkom, Leine is at loose ends in Seattle when an old contact calls and offers her a job doing security for a reality TV show, ‘Serial Date.’ Featuring single women and ex-cons pretending to be serial killers, the show is top-rated. But, when one of the contestants is found dismembered in a supply cabinet, things look ugly, so the show’s security guy wants Leine’s help to protect the surviving women. One of the ex-cons on the show is arrested for the murder, but LAPD Detective Santiago Jensen isn’t convinced he’s the guilty party. Then, more girls die and the killer begins to taunt them with notes. He seems to take a particular interest in Leine, and makes it personal when he kidnaps her daughter and uses her to force Leine to perform a series of increasingly dangerous tasks. It doesn’t take her long to discover that the TV show is not the killer’s main target—it’s none other than Leine herself.If you’ve read any of the other Leine Basso mysteries, you can probably guess how this goes. It’s Leine against a highly intelligent and vicious mastermind, and she pulls out all the stops to find him before he kills her daughter.The action is nonstop, and the language is earthy. I dare you to put this book down once you start reading.

  • Al
    2018-10-27 21:20

    Oh, yes, the dreaded “reality” show. How real are they? At least in the case of the fictional Serial Date, not as real as the producers would like you to think. The male “serial killer” contestants are ex-cons, not the murderers the audience is led to believe, nor is all the action on the show as unscripted and spontaneous as they want you to believe. When a female contestant is killed, the producers have a potential public relations nightmare on their hands.The premise of this book is a great foundation for a thriller and could be done many different ways. What I most liked about the approach Berkom took is the main character Leine’s relationship with her daughter, and how this drove the story. Early on, it is apparent that Leine has a past that haunts her and has affected the relationship with her adult daughter, but the specifics of this are a bit of a mystery. As the details fill in and tie back to the main story, I found I was drawn that much deeper into the story as Leine’s plight made me care what happened even more, and made for an engrossing read.**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

  • Paula
    2018-11-17 22:10

    Wow, Serial Date blew me away. This was overall a good read that had me reading well into the night, as I couldn’t put it down. The storyline was a mix of suspense, intrigue, mystery, and some “eww, yuck” moments. I enjoyed how the author, D.V. Berkom, developed the complex characters. Each character seemed to have many layers and were not always what they seemed as you read deeper into the book and their lives. I especially liked one character, Cory, and even though we only saw a short portion of him I enjoyed his character development and personality and I hope he is featured in another book.I liked the strong female character of Leine and the lengths she would go to save her daughter. The story was believable for this type of genre and with all the reality shows produced, I would imagine that some of these things actually occur!! I will be reading more of the Leine Basso series and D.V. Berkom books to see how the characters develop and what happens next in the main characters’ relationship dynamics.

  • Dawn Gill
    2018-10-27 18:55

    This was the first of DV Berkom's books I read, the first on my new Ereader back in Sept 2015. here's the review I posted on Kobo for it...I wish I could write; I'd be so pleased if I had made this. This feels like it was written by a "normal" woman; just enough detail with the things that we girls spot, but that show proper attention to detail. I'm buying the next in the series immediatelyFast forward to 2017 and I am updating my reviews on all the platforms I can think of, after they mysteriously vanished from Kobo's site.I did buy the next in the series; which I loved. I have gone on to buy all the Leine Basso series, which I love. I really want to hang out with Leine; she has all the best bits of a gal-pal; honesty, reality, a bit sweary, not too brilliant at relationships and likes a cocktail. Probably too fit to want to hang with me; but hey. It's fiction, right?!!

  • Mindy
    2018-11-12 15:18

    Leine Basso has issues. First she got messed up by her former boss who messed up her life, lied to her, and told her daughter lies about her which has resulted in her daughter not speaking to her for years. Just as she thinks she has a chance to make up with her daughter, things got worse. Detective Jensen has his life planned out, but Leine Basso throws a monkey wrench in the works, and he’s not sure he knows it. Santiago Jensen is dark, brooding, and gorgeous. This book is great. The suspense is fabulous. The killer is a twist I didn’t see coming. Granted I’m really bad at these things, but I was so far off it wasn’t even funny. I give these books 4 out of 5 clouds.This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews

  • Mikel Miller
    2018-11-01 17:56

    From my Amazon review: If you like fast-paced thrillers with strong female characters, this book is for you -- Leine Basso is as tough as they come. She made her mark as a hired assassin knocking off bad guys around the world, a career that took its toll in many ways. Her marriage crumbled, her daughter became estranged, and Leine's trying to pick up the pieces of her single life in Seattle. A call from an old contact in Los Angeles disrupts her "retirement", and she agrees to help solve a murder that threatens to cancel a TV show featuring wannabe starlets and ex-cons. Nothing is simple in the backstage world of Hollywood, especially when it involves serial killings, and soon Leine's past confronts her with do-or-die challenges. Smart. Sassy. Sexy. Satisfying. For me, that's four out of five.

  • Marilyn
    2018-10-31 22:00

    First of all, I don't do very good reviews. That said, I found the first 20% of the book slow going due to being introduced to so many characters. After that, when the people started to make more sense, I found I really wanted to know how it all ended. The story is about a gigantic hit reality show called Serial Date--where beautiful young women get to date ex-cons posing as serial killers. A former assassin, Leine Basso, is offered a job working security on the set. Bodies start piling up and Leine's estranged daughter is kidnapped by the murderer. The kidnapping starts as just another missing woman, but finally the reason for all the killings is revealed. And to make the story more interesting, a handsome police detective becomes involved in the case. Now, I'm anxious to read the sequel "Bad Traffick".

  • Jen Blood
    2018-10-20 20:10

    Berkom is an intelligent writer who understands the nuances of plot, the importance of pacing, and how to create complex, sympathetic characters. In Serial Date, she does exactly that against the sordid backdrop of reality television, with great success. You won’t find life lessons or profound statements on the nature of existence in Serial Date, which is one of the reasons I loved it: It’s unapologetic camp of the best kind, sure to keep you glued to the page as you try to guess what comes next, who did what to whom, and whether or not the guy will get the girl in this particular outing. The main characters -- Leine Basso and Santiago Jensen -- are compelling, and the chemistry between them undeniable. Fans of the hard-boiled genre or grittier thrillers who don't mind a little rough language and some occasional gore will love Serial Date.

  • Barbara Rauch
    2018-10-31 16:14

    Sometimes, as you read a book, you have some empathy for the bad guy. This is not one of those books. This bad guy is really evil, depraved, and twisted and does unspeakable things. The other less-bad guys are seedy, sleazy and greedy but have a bit of humanity. The organized crime types seem downright civilized in comparison. The main character, a woman who was a professional assassin, is tough yet vulnerable. The romance that arises between this character and the police detective investigating the murders is predictable but the ending of the book leaves you wanting more in future stories.And then there is the Senator and the Barnyard. I really wanted to know more because it just made me laugh. Well done, well done ! I want to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  • Peach
    2018-11-02 15:05

    Former assassin, Leine Basso is a kick-ass heroine. She is smart, strong, creative and quick on her feet. In this book, she was hired as a security consultant for a reality show where the contestants were murdered one after another by a serial killer. The stakes began to escalate when her estranged daughter was kidnapped by the serial killer and Leine was coerced to carry his insane requests. She had to be creative - carrying out his requests while trying to track and capture him before he killed her daughter. I also enjoyed the romance between Leine and Santiago and liked that she was quite forward in their interactions. Kate Jones is an interesting author and had no qualms about including taboo topics in her book.

  • Indie e-books
    2018-11-03 16:16

    This book is a mix of intrigue, humour (Bountiful is a particular favourite), romance, and a great selection of dysfunctional relationships all of which result in an enjoyable but light reading experience. What I had the most difficulty accepting was the idea of the reality show 'Serial Date', perhaps this could have been explained more with a short scene (I?m thinking the director pitching the show to executives) but more likely it has something to do with my in-built dislike of reality shows... So, it definitely piqued my interest when the contestants started dropping like flies. ;)Why should you read it? In a nutshell it's a fast-paced, non-linear story with some creepy elements mashed together with a splash of romance and dark humour. What's not to like?

  • Robyn
    2018-11-07 19:52

    Gritty and raw, entertaining and suspenseful: this dark comedy is a crime story that echoes Carl Hiaasen's and Tim Dorsey's black humor and includes a compelling and strong female protagonist. Just some of this main character's back story is revealed bit by bit in the story, and I look forward to learning more about her past. This was an extremely engaging novel, and while the language and content are not for the squeamish, it is well worth the read. I can imagine HBO picking this up for a series. A copy was received in exchange for an honest review.

  • diane
    2018-11-15 21:54

    Good read!I loved this book, I had a lot of fun reading it and I must say it was suspenseful and well written. I have a few criticisms however. I feel that I didn't really get a clear understanding of the killer. What made him tick? how was he able to plant surveillance in her home and on her phone without her suspecting anything, especially since she was portrayed as a kick ass assassin? How could she go and get so drunk that she was unable to answer a call from the killer who had her daughter and was threatening to kill her if she didn't follow his instructions?????

  • Lauren Kilinc
    2018-11-09 16:10

    If I could give it more stars I would! What a gripping, addictive page turner! This author truly has a gift for thrillers! I found this book unstoppable, it grabbed me and I couldn't let go until it was finished. Amazing plot, characters were well developed and the mystery kept going until the last page. I really enjoyed the mystery throughout and thought Berkom excelled in describing the sordid spoilt life that came with instant fame and fortune! Well worth a read and I would highly recommend it! I was gifted this book for an honest review.