Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Winds of Fear (Fearless Series #3) by Glede Browne Kabongo


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Winds of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo. This blog tour was organized by Xpresso Tours. On my stop, I have my review as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Winds of Fear
Series: Fearless Series #3
Author: Glede Browne Kabongo

Publisher: BrowneStar Media
Publication Date: October 23rd 2019

Print Length: 343 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller

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Their dark secret could destroy her family.

When Abbie Rambally meets the couple next door for the first time, she’s convinced something isn’t right. Why are the Paynes so fascinated with her oldest son and why do they ask so many probing questions about him? Then Abbie’s loyal and dependable nanny quits without giving notice, and Jenna Payne is only too happy to step in and help out. But Abbie begins to suspect that the Paynes’ choice of neighborhood was no accident.

Though Abbie wants to believe she can trust her neighbors, too many things about the couple don’t add up. So when a stranger in a café calls Jenna by a different name and insists they’ve met before, one thing becomes clear. If Abbie doesn’t uncover what the Paynes are hiding, her family will be in terrible danger.

From an award-winning author comes the latest installment in the “gripping and powerful” Fearless Series. This nail-biting psychological thriller can be read as a stand-alone, and will leave you breathless until the final, jaw-dropping twist.

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REVIEW:
I have a thing about thrillers involving neighbors and false identities, so when I got the opportunity to read Winds of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo, I jumped at the chance!

When Jenna and Charlie Payne move into the house next door, things start going bad for Abbie Rambally, especially after Jenna takes a special interest in Abbie's 10 year old son Lucas. Before long, Abbie starts suspecting that her neighbors aren't who they say they are and that their intentions could put her family in mortal danger.

The synopsis really sucked me in. I had to know what was up with Abbie's neighbors, so I dove into Winds of Fear right away. The pacing is fairly slow for the first half of the book as Kabongo sets up the backstory for each character. However, once I got to the second half of the novel, the pacing sped up, and I was hooked! I could not stop reading even though it was way past time for me to go to sleep. I felt like this was where the most action really happened and where the actually plot and the meat of the story was. Kabongo is heavily into describing each and every thing which was a bit tedious, but in the second half of the story, I was hooked on every word, so I didn't really mind. There were quite a few plot twists in Winds of Fear. In fact, every time I thought I had something figured out and felt smug about it, a plot twist would smack me right in the face! Though this book the third in the Fearless Series, I felt like it stands alone quite well without reading the first two books. Kabongo does a fantastic job of explaining what happened to Abbie (and her family) previously quite well. There is a fourth book that will be released in the series, but I found that all my questions were answered in Winds of Fear.  However, I will be reading the next installment in the series because I want to know more about Abbie's life!

The characters in Winds of Fear were very fleshed out and well written thanks to all of Kabongo's backstory she added throughout the book. I enjoyed the character of Abbie although sometimes I felt like she was being a little too suspicious too early on after just meeting the Paynes...her paranoia just felt too rushed. However, Abbie was a very well written character besides that. I could feel how much she loved her kids, her husband, and her life. My heart went out to her when she was torn between her duties as a mother and advancing her career. I was beside myself when everything went down involving Lucas. Her pain and worry felt very realistic. I would have liked to see more of Ty, Abbie's husband. Ty came across as such a fantastic man. I couldn't help but love him myself after reading about him. His love for wife and children were obvious from the get-go. The Rambally children (Alexis, Blake, and Lucas) were all so smart and adorable. I just wanted to hug them all! I loved their close relationship and how they all wanted to help each other out. Blake and Lucas were fantastic with how inquisitive they were. I also loved Olivia (Liv). She seemed like such a sweet girl. I won't go into much more detail about her, but I was saddened that I didn't get to read more about her. Jenna and Charlie were also fantastic characters. I kept trying to figure out what they brought to the table and why they were so wrapped up with the Ramballys. Also, with the Iceman, I felt he really did live up to his nickname!

Trigger warnings for Winds of Fear include mentions of sexual assault (not graphic), drinking alcohol (although not to excess), violence, murder (not very graphic), kidnapping, and blackmail.

All in all, Winds of Fear is quite the psychological thriller. It's got relatable characters, an interesting plot, and it makes you try to guess just to be wrong. I would recommend Winds of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo to those ages 18+ to those who love to be sucked into a good book!
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(A special thank you to Xpresso Tours for providing me with an eBook of Winds of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

GLEDE BROWNE KABONGO writes gripping psychological thrillers–unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Fearless Series, Swan Deception, Conspiracy of Silence, and Mark of Deceit. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where her town library overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. She was trading books and discussing them with neighbors before Book Clubs became popular.

Gledé holds a Master’s degree in Communications, and was a featured speaker at the 2016 Boston Book Festival. She leads workshops on publishing and the craft of writing and hopes to win an Academy Award for screenwriting. Gledé lives outside Boston with her husband and two sons.

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43 comments:

  1. The book sounds incredible. Thanks for the review.

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  2. Psychological thrillers are my jam! This sounds really good!

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  3. Thanks for telling me about this book

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  4. I love thrillers! This sounds like a very well written and compelling story! Glad you liked it! :)

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  5. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful book.

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  7. From the book description, it sounds like reading this book would keep you on the edge of your chair!

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book. Thanks being an author and sharing you stories with the world.

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  9. Im really excited about this book!

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  10. Thanks for taking time to share your book with us and it's always a pleasure in our family to learn about a new one.

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  11. This book sounds intense.
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  14. My favorite genre in fictional reads and am so glad that this can be read as a stand-alone. I know I'm going to enjoy this read, sounds great!

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  15. I love thrillers and trying to guess the ending. Nice cover!

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  16. this looks like a great read

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  17. I enjoy thrillers and this sounds like a good one.

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  18. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks. :)

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the cover!

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  20. How long did it take to write your book?

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  21. I liked the blurb. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. You are are a new author to me.. have to check your books out.. Thank you and best of luck...

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  23. This sounds like a powerful book! I have a feeling I won't be able to put this one down!

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  24. Sounds like a good read! Thank you!

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  25. Sounds great, thanks for sharing.

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  26. This sounds like an exciting book

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  27. Intensely mind tripping ~ love it

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  28. Sounds like a suspenseful read! The cover is captivating.

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  29. Sounds like a great series! Nice cover!

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  30. I love thrillers and this book sounds so good!

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