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LOVE on the LINE, A Great Expectations Love Story: The Graykens, Book 2 by Laurie Lewis – Review by Amber Lange

kLOVE on the LINE (Great Expectations Love Stories: The Graykens Book 2)LOVE on the LINE by Laurie Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love On The Line by Laurie Lewis is book two in the Great Expectations Love Story : The Graykens. This book is a continuation of Mikaela and Matt’s love story. I really enjoyed book one so I was excited to get to read book two. I really enjoy Laurie’s writing style and I really enjoy the characters she creates. This was a sweet book of love. Although it wasn’t all butterflies it was beautifuly written. I definitely recommend if you have read book one. I look forward to maybe a book with Kate’s story? And more of Matt and Michaela. Overall great story and 5 star rating.

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Salvation: An Ash Park Prequel Novella by Meghan O’Flynn ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Salvation: An Ash Park Prequel Novella (Ash Park, #0.5)Salvation: An Ash Park Prequel Novella by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading the Ash Park novels throughout 2018 was the favorite times of my dark twisted little thriller heart. Each and every one was a dirty little secret desire that I devoured and enjoyed way too much. In fact, all of Megan O’ Flynn’s novels do that to me actually. I can always count on her when I need a good twisty dark read.

Now with every book Of her Ash Park series I have left a glowing review saying how flabbergasted I was this woman could top the crazy and the great that was the book before it, but she delivered time and time again, and I was heartbroken when I thought it may have come to an end for the Ash Park stories. So to say I was excited when I saw Salvation pop up on my feed would simply be an understatement. I devoured this packed full 161 page novella in just a few short hours and was left dying for a reread of the the series again! LOL! If you haven’t gone and read them yet, do so, you won’t be disappointed!!

Salvation gives us the up close and personal, the nitty gritty, on Detective Edward Petrosky. He was always a favorite of mine throughout the series but seemed to leave a lot of unanswered questions about why he was the way he was… Well no more questions yall. O’Flynn gives and gives and twists the knife ever so perfectly. Of course I am not going to give to juicy gory details, for those you will have to one-click and devour this gem for yourself. You will fall in love I am sure and find yourself hooked! Thank you for this fantastic series Ms. O’Flynn! I can’t wait to see what will come next from you!!

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A Tendency Dark and Dangerous by Emmalyn Danvers ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

A Tendency Dark and DangerousA Tendency Dark and Dangerous by Emmalyn Danvers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow… this was a melodious and poetic tale. I truly loved every moment of it from start to finish. Emmalyn Danvers was a completely new author to me when I first picked up A Tendency Dark and Dangerous, but I can tell you this will not be my last foray into her writing mind. I absolutely can’t say enough how much I enjoyed the out of the box writing style that she used. Now I will preface it with I am a huge fan of poetry, and this book read to me like a sonnet, a poem of love and life. I was grasped by the emotion I felt just with the way this story was portrayed in the writing itself. Then to have such a wonderful story to be told by it as well? Well lets just say this was an easy five star read and review for me.

Evangeline would appear to have it all. The perfect job, great friends that she can count on and loves, and the perfect boyfriend that she adores. Life is finally perfect, and she damn well deserves it after the past she has endured. Then one day Landon Kelly walks into her life and everything is about to be turned on its head. Everything Evangeline thought she knew will be thoroughly evaluated and tested… and this makes for some juicy reading. I won’t divulge much more, for that you will have to scoop up this gem for yourself and clear a few hours of your evening. I know I needed it, I finished this in one sitting and could have easily gone back for more! Thank you for such a wonderful story and I can’t wait to see what will come next from you Ms. Danvers!

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Building Storm (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 4) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Liz Vrchota

Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 4)Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I have learned that grief is another name for love.” ~ Unknown

It is hard for me, yet again, to come up with the words to properly describe how wonderful of a novel Gwyn McNamee has penned with Building Storm. Truly and utterly stunning… I was left lost in my thoughts for a few days before I could come to this review. I have been anticipating this book for some time now as it is the fourth novel in McNamee’s Hawke Family Series. I highly suggest you read the other books in the series and in order before you read this book. This is not a standalone novel! I knew to expect a book that would give me some feels and some steamy sass that we just can’t find anywhere else but with Gwyn McNamee but wow, I had no idea this was coming. It was absolutely beyond expectations! As for plot details and info… you won’t find that here… you will have to scoop this up for yourself. Thank you so much for this wonderful series, and this wonderful book Ms. McNamee!

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The Way You Are (Carolina Connections Book 5) by Sylvie Stewart ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

The Way You Are (Carolina Connections, Book 5)The Way You Are by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on ‘The Way You Are.’ It kind of snuck up on me and my newsfeed as a new release just three days before it was to go live and thus hit my kindle and I have to say it was a long three days. But, I was grateful that I didn’t have a longer anticipation time lol. I absolutely adored the first four Carolina Connections Novels. Noting that this is the fifth book in the series, these are all written in a way that they could be read as standalone’s. However, the characters from the previous books also make guest appearances here and there, so that is a bonus!

‘The Way You Are’ was such a funny read. It balanced the perfect amount of romance and comedy just like we are used to seeing from Sylvie Stewart. This is partly why I absolutely can’t help but one-click everything from her. Of course the romance had the zing that made you want that tall glass of wine and a fan. Sylvie has a knack for that slow burn build up too! I could honestly gush about the writing for days but…. onto the goods.

OH, Olivia, Liv… I loved her. Sometimes I wanted to yell at her and others I wanted to cheer for her. A lot like she hackle all those players. Liv loves her baseball. She loves her boyfriend. At least she thinks she does. He is perfect. The ballplayer of her dreams. But, there is her best friend that is starting to look really good. Like, not just friend zone good.

Brett gives up. He really likes Liv. But there is that friend zone. He is infamous for it and really it’s just made it to the point where he is just focusing on his career and enjoying what and who he does have in his life at the moment. What will happen when his chance finally comes and the prince charming messes up big-time?

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Embattled Hearts (Military Romantic Suspense) (Lost and Found Book 1) by J.M. Madden – Review by Liz Vrchota

Embattled Hearts (Lost and Found, #1)Embattled Hearts by J.M. Madden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say right off the bat that I am a bit of a skeptic about most military romances. I am a NAVY brat, and I was raised in a family with generations of family members that served our country or are currently serving. I have firsthand experienced what it feels like to have family in the thick of danger and not knowing if they will come home in one piece, or in a pine box. It’s terrifying and honestly the people we love never come back the same even if they are physically unharmed. A lot of novels can be a bit exaggerated and have that happy ending that is just, in my opinion, not realistic at all therefore I can’t enjoy the novel. This was the complete opposite situation with Embattled Heart! I adored this novel. It was real, honest, and raw. I connected with these characters so much so that I found it so hard to pull myself away from them even after I had finished the book.

I wish that I had read the prequel to this book, The Embattled Road. It didn’t kill me that I hadn’t but I will for sure go back and do so now. It would appear that this is where we get to meet the men that will be present in the forthcoming books in the Lost and Found series. Embattled Heart is the story of John and Shannon though, and it looks like going forward we should get the stories of Duncan and Chad. (I can’t wait!!)

I’m not spoiling a thing for you so a quick ditty is all you get! John Palmer, the swoony man he is, was injured in the war in Iraq. Now he is left in a wheelchair and damaged on the inside just as much. Shannon just might be the one to fix all the broken pieces if he can learn to accept her love. There is an underlying piece of suspense to the story, not as prevalent or important to me as the deeper emotional story, however it was a nice way to balance the emotional parts of the book. As for the rest of the details you will have to grab a copy of the book for yourself and devour it. I am going to buy a few extra and gift a few! Thanks so much for the great read JM Madden! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book Embattled Minds!

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Only This Tuesday: A Copper Mills Novella by Melissa Keir ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Only This Tuesday: A Copper Mills NovellaOnly This Tuesday: A Copper Mills Novella by Melissa Keir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy cow! This was just what the doctor ordered! (Literally I needed a good evening read to get out of my head.) I have only read a small novella in an anthology by Melissa Kier before, which I enjoyed, but I am more and more falling in love with her writing. She really knows how to weave a story with grace and heart in one well written compact package. This novella is under 120 pages, and I felt like I got a 300 page story. I truly enjoyed my time with Tuesday in Copper Mills.

Tuesday has set up her new food truck, Tuesday’s Tacos, and a new life in Copper Mills. She recently lost her mother, her business, and had a brutal breakup. Everything was going so well with business that she needed to hire another set of hands. Little did she know how much crud that was going to cause when she hired the boy she hired… Will it destroy everything she just rebuilt?

Blake Rodgers, the mayor of Copper Mills is another of our MC’s He does all he can for the people of Copper Mills. One trip to the grocery store finds him in the path of Tuesday and in an insta-kinda love. But of course there is always a catch somewhere in the happiness… His crazy ex has other plans in mind, and things start to get really ugly.

I adored this story for so many reasons. I could go on and on, but I feel like I would give too much away. For more you will just have to pick up this gem and read for yourself what happens for these two. I must now go and find some more goodies from Melissa Keir!

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Say When (A Cedarville Novel Book 9) by Bree Kraemer ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Say When (A Cedarville Novel Book 9)Say When by Bree Kraemer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoy my visits to Cedarville. Now, don’t worry too much if you haven’t read all of the previous Cedarville novels from Bree Kraemer before this one. I would really only be concerned that you read “After All These Years” which is book #7. That is where we first get to meet the main characters of “Say When”. All of Kraemer’s Cedarville’s novels are fantastic though. I truly love the cast of characters. They all vary and are like old friends that we get to visit from time to time. I would have to say this one happens to be one of my favorites though and comes as a nice and sweet heartwarming read that I just couldn’t put down until I had devoured all of it in one sitting.

Like I said we have met Dani before in the seventh book, “After All These Years.” There we found out all about her shyness. It really inhibits her ability to live out in the open or find love. But it doesn’t affect her gift of baking. She makes some delicious treats and finds herself making the deserts that are served at the restaurant that Wes runs and opens in the book.

Patrick was hired as the chef of Wes’s restaurant. He himself is a quiet guy. His passion for cooking is sort of similar to Dani’s love of baking. Patrick has also fallen in love with the cupcakes that he has been consuming at the restaurant. He just wishes he knew who made them. One day fate gives him the opportunity to find out just who that it. He is blown away by how sexy and stunning she is. He is even more shocked to learn she is the same shy and introverted girl that he used to know as his sister’s best friend, just all grown up.

What will happen when they both discover that the attractions are mutual? Can Dani overcome her shyness just enough to let herself feel love? Will these two mix up more than just a good dish or treat?
I loved this installment, and I personally can’t wait to find out what will come next for the little town of Cedarville. Thanks for another great read Bree Kraemer!

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Who (Stalker Series #1) by Megan Mitcham ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Who (Stalker, #1)Who by Megan Mitcham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! I have not read anything from Megan Mitcham before, and I am kind of kicking myself for it now. Big time! I loved this novel, and for so many different reasons. This happens to be very good, because I will mostly be rambling about them, for the better part of this review. I would hate to spoil any of this fantastic multi-layer mystery and suspense novel that what I could say about its storyline is quite limited.

I think I must start with the gorgeous cover. I was drawn in right away with its striking appearance. I honestly didn’t even read the blurb, and jumped right into the novel, no questions asked. I was ready for an adventure.

This story promises to keep you enthralled every single second. I was constantly wondering WHO. Which really not only made the title very fitting, but was a really great reading experience. I love a great suspenseful story that will keep me engaged and going, “I didn’t see that coming.” out loud to myself several times throughout. I very much so caught myself doing this.

I absolutely adored that a woman, Larkin Ashford, was a main character and the billionaire. More power to strong women represented. She is one kicka** character and I loved her. She knew what she wanted and she took it. No games. Sometimes it is nice to just get a no mess story. This had the hint of romance but it was a focus and I liked that. It was a balance to the suspense rather than a focus. Mostly we see that Larkin is a strong person and I really loved that.

I would have to say finally, that I am most excited that this is just book one is a series. That means there is more to come! Bonus to being late to the game of discovering Megan Mitcham is while I am waiting I can go check out her other works! Thanks for a great read Ms. Mitcham!

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Neverland by Melissa Jane ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

NeverlandNeverland by Melissa Jane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

521. That, is how many reviews that I currently have on Goodreads right now. So, to say that I have experience writing one is pretty valid. Well, ‘Neverland’ has completely thrown me for a loop. I finished this novel in one sitting a few evenings ago and it has consumed my thoughts since. I still can’t figure out how to do this novel justice with my review. Honestly, I will sincerely do my best, but all I can say for sure is you have to read this one for yourself. Especially, if you are a dark and twisty novel fan like myself. Do not let the warnings get to you. Yes it is a dark book. It is not all flowers and sunshine. Guess what? Life is not flowers and sunshine people! These books that touch us so much are often the ones that are so realistic, because they are relatable. We can see more of ourselves in the characters.

These characters will do just that too. They will suck you in. Every single piece of you. Heart and soul. I was so invested. Every time something happened, good or bad, to the characters I felt it too. My heart broke to a million tiny pieces. Honestly, it still hurts. Especially after that ending. It all makes so much sense now, but I have a feeling this book will stay with me for a long time. Now that I have read ‘Neverland” I have to read another Melissa Jane novel. I have been scouring her works and adding them to by TBR list for days. I do believe that I will start with ‘Little Doll’ next. That one is a part of a series. Thank you so much for this wonderful and mind-blowing novel Melissa Jane. It truly blew me away and left me speechless. This goes on my top ten reads of 2018 list!

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