glad i won this read, i believe it was from a Goodreads giveaway so fun thankful love the cover edge of your seat kind of read i appreciate that style or genre such a new fan can be read through KU, if u have that service look forward to from Paul soon enough Rick Philips Isn T A Fighter But He Is A SurvivorHaunted By Memories Of A High School Shooting, Not Even The Bottle Can Wash Away The Gnawing Guilt And Creeping Feelings Of Inadequacy That Batter Rick S Conscience DailyHis Life Has Been A Mess Of Broken Marriages, Writer S Block, Terrible Choices, And The Morbid Pity Of OthersWhen He Meets Harriet At A Writer S Conference, The Record Doesn T Scratch As He Falls Back Only This Time, He May Not Get UpHarriet Bristol Wheeler Is A Dark Temptress And Self Confessed Serial KillerHarriet Has No Problem Killing And Even Fewer Issues Blending Back Into The Background After The Act With The Cool, Calculating Eye Of A Practiced Social ChameleonManipulative, Unpredictable, And Exceptionally Intelligent, She S Rick S Worst Nightmare And The Ideal Subject For His Next BookA Book That They Are Both Desperate To WriteTime Is Running Out But The Sadness Will Last ForeverRick Has No Choice But To Enter The Cracked Twilight Of Harriet S World And Confront The History Of Her Murderous Choices Up CloseAs Rick Starts To Gather The Evidence For His Long Anticipated Book, He Finds Himself Looking Into Answers That Put Him In Even Danger Than Before But This Time, He May Not Survive At AllIn The Vein Of Stieg Larsson And Thomas Harris, Combustible Punch Is A Memorable Novel That Captivates Readers And Lingers Long After The Last Page Thriller Suspense Paulmichaelpeters Bestseller Bestsellerauthor Serialkiller Psychologicalthriller Psychologicalthrillers Set in modern day America 2010s it appears , is a story with an interesting premise where Rick Phillips, the sole survivor of a high school shooting, ends up entwined with a devious, cold and calculating serial killer Harriet Bristol Wheeler.Neither of the main characters scores highly on the likability scale Rick Phillips is a barely functioning alcoholic at Dupont University with a solitary book about his survival of the high school shooting to his name Pressure from his superiors, to write another book, is getting to him as his bank balance plummets to below zero An encounter at a convention leads to Phillips being caught up with Harriet Wheeler.As the story continues, we learn about Phillips and the chameleon like Wheeler There is an almost disjointed feel to the pace of the narrative as the unlikable characters exhibit few, if any, redeeming features Wheeler tells Phillips about those individuals that she has killed and why with Phillips to compile these murders in the next book to bear his name.Paul Michael Peters manages to cast a continuous, unremitting, unpleasant atmosphere There are a few plot twists but overall the novel felt somewhat shallow Would I read a story by this author again Possibly.Thank you, Net Galley, for an ARC. Unique storylineInteresting read with a unique plot The characters are well developed I especially found the main character compelling in his quest to overcome his weaknesses by delving into the mind of a serial killer. Not a bad psychological thriller involving a school shooting survivor and a female serial killer Writing was fine, story flowed well, although I detected some plot holes that I can t explain without spoiling There are a couple of at the end twists as well.I received this as an ARC through NetGalley, and am very appreciative Although, I seriously hope that someone was hired prior to publishing to correct all of the grammatical and punctuation errors, missing and duplicate words It was really egregious and I would be embarrassed were I the author. I received an autographed copy of this novel from the author, Paul Michael Peters, as a gift for attending his podcast reading of Combustible Punch When liquor and words go together, you get one disastrous author Rick Phillips being the has been author of a thrilling book never thought his worse dreams would end up being his latest claim to fame While attending a writer s conference, he got hammered to the point he really didn t remember much, except for the gorgeous woman that was sexing him up through the night It didn t seem to matter, at the time, that his sex capade was captured by other hotel goers with his curtains being open for the world to see Rick was in pain, and he didn t seem to mind who witnessed it.Once his drunken stupor wears off, his gorgeous one night stand has him in a bind of sorts His lover seems to know exactly what she s doing, but something about the way she has his body twisted, it would appear that she s done this sort of thing before It was at this point that Rick sensed he was in trouble His best course of action was to remain calm and try to reason with this strong woman who had his arms in a bind It was at this moment when she whispered to him a deep dark secret Her name was Harriet and she s a serial killer Hmm, Rick thought This woman had the strength of ten men, and she seemed to be able to dominate her situation She definitely had all the ingredients to be a serial killer, but what on earth did she want with him What wasn t apparent to Rick was that she was at the same writer s conference as him, so she obviously wanted him to write something But what Oh that yes, she wanted Rick to write her story about being a female serial killer Rick knew that, although very rare, women were quite capable of committing multiple murders the same as their male counterparts Was this woman being for real or was this a hoax How could he be certain she committed the crimes she spoke of However, the burning question of the night Rick wondered, why would she do this As the reader begins to venture down a deep and dark path of lies, lust, deceit and murder, it becomes very apparent that Harriet Bristol Wheeler has many layers to her being than what meets the eye, with Rick being at the center of it all It s only a matter of time to see who will be Harriet s final victim.You know what struck me as odd with this story is that there were times the novel seemed to venture in one direction where it was a little boring and then the next second the story began to pick up speed Normally, I wouldn t appreciate that in a book, but I have to say, it worked nicely in this story There were so many moments where I felt I was losing interest only to have Harriet tell Rick something that had my eyes glued to the page I m not sure if that was what the author was going for or not, but I m so glad Peters gifted me his book This was pretty damn good, if I say so myself and I do chuckle Overall, this story had a little bit of everything tied in together and I really enjoyed Rick s character the I got to know him There s a sense of sadness about him, but he s lovable and I can appreciate that in a character Harriet was something else all together different, but again, what you think you re getting with a person, might not always be what is I really liked this story.The Sexy Nerd gives Combustible Punch four knockout hits If you re looking for something a little different with lots of mystery and pizzazz, this story will do that for you To read original post, please go to you. Once I started this book I had to stay with it and finally finished it at 3 00 a.m.Rick Philips is an alcoholic, a man down on his luck, not a professor but teaching several classes at the college, while living in a bare bones graduate apartment in a not so nice, older section of the college He at least owns a nice chair and one coffee cup among other things Divorce number 2 has virtually left him penniless, living check to check He has published one book many years ago with his former wife Rick has not been able to really write anything worth publishing since then.He has been speaking at a writers conference where he meets up with Harriet Bristol Wheeler After a night of heavy drinking and abusive sex, Harriet tells him that she wants him to write her story confessing to him that she is a serial killer.He leaves not really believing her Then she meets him to discuss the book and blackmails him with pictures of her nude body with various bruises, scratches and nasty red spots from their wild night of brutal sex He is shocked and, no, she wont tell him how she got those pictures.Still friendly with his former wife, who helped him write his first book, he finds himself telling her about Harriet and the fact that she claims to be a serial killer She encourages him and wants to be his agent She helped him write his first book and of course she will help him, after all it will mean money for her.After making a list of what he will want from her Rich meet with Harriet once again She agrees to everything She is dying and wants money for her daughter from the published book Rick is finally convinced when she takes him to one of the twelve bodies and he finds it just as she described Harriet doesn t like bad people and they seem to have this bloom or aura around them.He keeps drinking even though he promised his former wife that he wouldn t while writing his book His drinking helps with his terrible headaches and the remembering of being shot while in high school He seems to operate in a daze or numbness as he continues to investigate.As he begins his research into serial killers and mass murderers, he begins to fear that he will become victim number 13 She entices him with her stories of who she killed, the whys and hows as she leads him to the bodies.One night Rick walks outside his apartment on the walkway around the apartments, when he realizes that he has locked himself out Noticing a light on in the apartment 2 doors down, he is freezing when he knocks on her door and Sam, a graduate student, lets him in Seems like this has happened before and with a tool she gets his window open It seems that they are both lonely and she drops by often and become friends What would you do if you met someone claiming to be a serial killer What if you were an author and the killer wanted you to write their biography That is the heart of Combustible Punch by Paul Michael Peter.Combustible Punch by Paul PetersRick Philips is an award winning author who has been struggling to publish something new His first book was a true story recounting how he survived a school shooting That book catapulted him to fame and a job being a college writing professor.Stuck in a slump Rick lives paycheck to paycheck while drinking himself to oblivion Until he meets Harriet Bristol Wheeler, who claims to be a serial killer Female serial killers are rare, telling the story of a killer before they are caught has never happened before Rick needs to take the job she is offering.Before he will start writng Rick wants proof As they travel to provide him the needed proof Rick starts to get excited and have reservations Should he call the police Can he stop her from killing again Might he be the next victim Is she for real or is this just some game The book made for an interesting read It had a page turning plot and a perfect amount of humor A topic like this can get dark, so having a bit of humor keeps it from becoming too bleak.Author Paul Michael Peters seems to have done some homework about killers and investigations When Harriet gives parts of her backstory and how she was not caught it all reads believably.If you are in the market for an original story idea with a well thought out plot pick up Combustible Punch by Paul Michael Peters It will release on August 13 so preorder it now.A free review copy was provided via NetGalley for this unbiased review. I was very disappointed with this book, it starts out with the description of an alcohol infused night of raunchy sex with a stranger picked up in a hotel goes downhill The book is the memoir of an alcoholic writer turned college instructor who engages in the juvenile like behavior of the students he teaches.I got tired of the same basically poor decisions made by the main character the constant referral to an unquestionably traumatic incident from his childhood as an excuse for his inability to grow up live act like the adult he supposedly was I could not finish the book do not plan to pick up again. This book is the definition of Don t Judge a Book by the Cover Looking at it, you have no idea what it s about or how wonderfully written it is You don t know that you will likely lose sleep to read just one chapter The author writes about a female serial killer Harriet who, coming to terms with the failure of medical treatment and her imminent death, decides she wants a tell all book written about her life and the favors she s done for the world ridding it of devious wicked people Rick Philips tragic past leads to a wasted future which he is living penniless and drunk when his path crosses with Harriet She shares than just her dark secrets with him to lure blackmail him into writing her biography Reading this book is like being with Rick on his journey We re with him as he learns about her victims We re with him as he learns the faces she shows and as he tries to draw out the parts she hides Harriet is smart though and Rick is playing with fire Is he really about to get a second chance at life as the author of a promising book Or is he just her next victim unaware of the upcoming horror that awaits The author conducted research into serial killers to make the story believable while at the same time, taking creative liberties to make his character stand out And she does, stand out Beautifully This book was enjoyable from cover to cover Fast paced throughout.