Shadows of Doubt by Merissa Racine – Review by: Jennifer Bartholomae

Shadows of Doubt (A Crawford Mystery)Shadows of Doubt by Merissa Racine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lauren Besoner, who we met in Racine’s first book “Silent Gavel” has declined full-time employment as court reporter for the new judge, her ex-husband. She now finds herself freelance court reporting and having to hustle to make ends meet. She picks up a job that looks to provide some steady income for a while, unfortunately, it’s because her little town of Crawford, Wyoming is experiencing the biggest murder trial it has encountered in years. As Lauren works through the trial, she can’t shake the feeling that the wrong person is on trial so, as is Lauren’s nature, she starts to hunt for clues to find out who the real murderer might be. This journey leads her down a path of intrigue, suspense, and thrill that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat through the very last page.

Merissa Racine hits it out of the park again! She has done a fabulous job of creating a believable cast of characters that you immediately want to know more about and who keep you on your toes throughout the book. Her storytelling is excellent in that it is very easy to imagine what Crawford looks and feels like. She makes her main character, Lauren, so believable and relatable that you find yourself cheering for her and worrying about her throughout the book. She does a fantastic job of keeping the pace of the story and building just the right amount of suspense to keep you guessing. I enjoyed reading her first book and this one did not disappoint either. I am looking forward to seeing where she takes Lauren and the Crawford crew next.

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Tenacious (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 6) by Via Mari – Review by Emily McCoy

Tenacious (Billionaire Bodyguards # 6)Tenacious by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tenacious is the 6th book in the Dark Billionaire Mafia Romance by Via Mari! I’ll admit this is actually the first book by this author I have read and I was hooked from the get go. Allie O’Conner only holds her job and her friends close. As far men go? She is not in the business of getting her heart broken so she plays it safe until she meets Nick who she describes as a blue-eyed devil. She is instantly attracted to him. Nick is used to getting anyone he wants but Allie has walls and Nick is determined to break each one down to uncover her heart. The only thing standing in their way is the men out to tie up loose ends like Allie and her best friend Lexie.

This is a fast paced book, with romance, action, suspense and real characters growth. I really enjoyed this book and will be going back to read the others! Via Mari did a wonderful job!!

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Fool Me Twice by Gledé Browne Kabongo – Review by Nakyshia Leger

Fool Me TwiceFool Me Twice by Glede Browne Kabongo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The words “unputdownable thriller” are perfect for this book! Shelby Cooper lives a life she created for herself after a rough past, a past she chooses to hide from her family. When Shelby is framed for a murder she didn’t commit, she realizes someone is out to get her, and she thinks her past may be connected. Every step along the way, a piece of the past is revealed, and Shelby is not the only one with secrets. The book did change point of views throughout, making it somewhat confusing. Once I caught on, I was drawn back into the story. Gleade Brown Kabongo created a complex depth of characters and a story that keeps you guessing at every turn. Right until the very last page I was surprised!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Decisions and Possibilities is a book that keeps things moving, with multiple team members and mysteries joining Emma’s story. Emma has turned 18 since the first book, and has a lot on her plate. With a business, solving mysteries, and a couple of men in her life, there is a lot happening for her!

It can be a bit tough to stay in the mode with the “Dear reader” and “narrator” asides at times, but this book is fast moving, drew a good visual of 1800’s era, while also having strong female leads with solid male support in their endeavors, which is a nice touch.

If you’re interested in a quick YA crime read, with an admirable female lead and twists and turns, you should check this out.

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Forever: A Diamond Doms Novel by Ivy Nelson – Review by Lianne Probert

Forever (Diamond Doms #9)Forever by Ivy Nelson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Forever is the final book in the Diamond Doms series by Ivy Nelson.

Ivy does a fantastic job at tying up all of the loose ends in this final story (no one wants to end a series with their questions unanswered). Russel and Gemma were a brilliant couple to end things on. I really enjoyed the tenderness and loving relationship between them, as well as the BDSM elements. I felt a little disappointed with Gemma at times, she fell into the background several times when she should have been upfront as the leading lady. Russel, however, did not disappoint. The man is seriously HOT!
This book is steamy and sex is a major part of the storyline, so this series might not be for everyone. The books in this series are best read in order to enjoy them fully.

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To be a Fae Queen (Realm Chronicles Book 1) by Tricia Copeland – Review by Emily McCoy

To be a Fae Queen (Realm Chronicles #1)To be a Fae Queen by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was captivating in all ways from just the cover, to world building, to character development. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy every piece of it immensely. Titania struggles with her own anxiety and dealing with the trauma from her past and all while trying to prove to everyone -Especially her father- that even though she may be young she can lead and will be a great Queen to her people. She sets off to help save her kingdom and becomes a real heroine. It’s a wholesome story that you won’t be able to put down and as always I’m excited to see what else Tricia Copeland has in store for us!

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No Way Out (Mafia Elite, book 1) by Amy McKinley – Review by Jessica Phillips

No Way Out (Mafia Elite, #1)No Way Out by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No Way Out is book 1 of the Mafia Elite series by Amy McKinley. I am a sucker for a good mafia romance and I am also a sucker for a great book by Amy McKinley. And WOW does she kick this series off right!

Liliana is born into this mafia lifestyle and knows that something is going on with her dad. He’s becoming more agitated and always angry. One thing that Liliana knows is that it somehow includes her. And not in a good way. The only problem is will she be able to find out what he’s up to in time to save herself?

Max (undercover as Matt) is working to take down the people who took what rightfully belongs to him. Even though Liliana is a part of the family that he’s going after, he swears to protect her.

I love the character of Liliana. She’s strong and knows that she has to protect herself from the monsters that surround her. And I loved reading about the relationship between her and Max. What a great story!

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THE BOW (HER THREE IMMORTALS Book 3) by HAZEL STORM – Review by Alexandra Leith

The Bow (Her Three Immortals, #3)The Bow by Hazel Storm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book three in the Her Three Immortals series. I always assumed there would only be three books because of the series name but by the way this book ended there will defintley be a fourth!

This series has had me hooked since book one. Each book so far has followed Vanessa and one of her love interests. This installment was about Vanessa and Roz. Vanessa is sent on a time sensitive mission by the queen of the Underworld. AKA the Ice B**ch, AKA Grey’s mom. However, things quickly fall apart and the next thing Vanessa knows is that she is stuck in the Upperworld in a invisible palace with Roz. Once she is there she discovers a prisoner who needs her help and she makes it her mission to do whatever she can to save him while she waits for her own help to arrive.

So far this book is my favorite because of how complex Roz’s story is and how much Vanessa has grown into her role. Don’t get me wrong I have loved each book, but this one is the one I’ve been waiting for because of how distant Roz has been from the get-go. But also because it is full of Vanessa’s “naked” confidence, an openness to love, a prophecy and steam. Lots and lots of steam!

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Stormwood by Luna Mayfield- Review by Lauren West

StormwoodStormwood by Luna Mayfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a fun and short read! A good haunting mystery to give you chills late at night. Luci inherits her aunts estate and quickly moves in. As she and her fiancée Beckett start to settle in strange occurrences begin.
A demonic force within the house has set its sights on making Luci his own, and driving her fiancée out. As mysterious and strange things start to occur and the spooky and creepy come out in full force Luci falls under the spell and Beckett fights to save her. Will the unknown forces when, or do Beckett and Luci have a fighting chance…

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Scarlet Princess (Lochlann Feuds Book 1) by Robin D. Mahle and Elle Madison – Review by Carrie Rowland

Scarlet Princess (The Lochlann Feuds, #1)Scarlet Princess by Robin D. Mahle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Scarlet Princess, Princess Rowan finds herself imprisoned in enemy territory after being caught smuggling…will a new romance be the key to her survival? Will she ever return home?

This was my first time visiting this book universe, but I can’t wait to read more from this author pair! I loved the strong female lead, the enemies-to-lovers/forbidden love vibes, the world building! Fans of fantasy YA romance will love this one. It’s left me waiting the next book ASAP, but it will come out November 2021!

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