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The Sacrifice (Dragonpets Book 1) by R. L. S. Hoff – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

The Sacrifice (Dragonpets #1)The Sacrifice by R.L.S. Hoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought this was such a sweet, romantic, and exciting story. Rilla was such a well written character and she was definitely feisty and not afraid to stand up to a dragon. Vidar the dragon was such a sweetheart, it was heartbreaking to learn his backstory and they he had been trapped in his dragon form. Rilla is supposed to be some sort of sacrifice for him, but instead they begin to form a bond and relationship. I thought it was adorable how they worked together to learn more about the evil dragon and grow together. I loved the ending and I am so excited to read the next book in the series!

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this story; I couldn’t put it down until the very end as I wanted to see how things would turn out. I loved the author’s descriptions of the Texan wilds and life on a ranch. This was a well written story about intrigue and family drama. Emma was a strong female character who loved her life, but when taken in by The People, she worked hard to earn their trust. Emma consistently looked for ways to get home, but while living among her new people, she found a way to try to help them with her education and knowledge. I enjoyed how the story would switch back and forth from Emma’s point of view to her mother, Josie’s point of view. It was heartbreaking reading her mother’s anguish over her missing daughter and the pressures of the legacy of Thorn Ranch. I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a fast paced story about love, drama, and family.

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Raine Down (The Shadow Guardians Book 1) by CB Samet – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

Raine Down (The Shadow Guardians, #1)Raine Down by C.B. Samet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fabulous beginning to a fast paced, action packed, paranormal/supernatural series. We meet Raine an intelligent, strong willed, butt kicking heroine with supernatural powers. Then we have Will, a hard-working, open-minded FBI agent who has to learn how to work with a partner, while searching for a serial killer. I loved how the story started right in the action and kept the pacing throughout the whole narrative. I love mythology, and while my Norse Mythology isn’t as sharp, it was done in a way that even a lay person would enjoy it, especially if they, like Will, watch Marvel movies. From the moment they meet, Raine and Will’s chemistry is off the charts and it was a delight seeing them grow together, while still keeping the story moving at lightening pace as they work to stop a killer. I couldn’t put this book down and I can’t wait for the next one!

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Master Catteneo (Masters of the Consulate Book 5) by Sylvia Black – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

Master CatteneoMaster Catteneo by Sylvia Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, this was such a great paranormal romance story that was extremely steamy and sexy. I had not read the previous stories in this standalone story, so some of the characters backstories were unfamiliar to me, but the author did a great job of summarizing so it didn’t feel like I was missing huge gaps of information, but definitely made me want to check out the rest of the series! Master Catteneo and Alessia’s instant chemistry is electric and hot. This series has vampires, witches, psychics, and werewolves among other paranormal beings. I loved that the females were strong independent women who didn’t let the alpha males make their decisions. The story-line was fast-paced and full of intrigue, along with politics, hidden agendas, and revenge. I devoured the book quickly; I just couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and the upcoming books!

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Hot for Teacher by Felicia Carparelli – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

Hot for Teacher - Shakespeare Made Us Fall in LoveHot for Teacher – Shakespeare Made Us Fall in Love by Felicia Carparelli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such a cute story with a dash of drama and suspense mixed in with the romance. We meet our main characters in a summer literature class, where Juliet is the teacher and Jim is a diamond in the rough student. They have an instant attraction, but Juliet is far more cautious, while Jim is impulsive and ready to jump in feet first. As they find the parallels with their love and Shakespeare, Jim is looking for ways to make it work, while Juliet’s caution makes her gun shy. I thought it was a very sweet romance story about second chances and that love doesn’t play by the rules. I thought both characters were very sweet and the story-line flowed well. I loved all of the Shakespeare quotes sprinkled throughout the story as well! It was a semi-quick read that I couldn’t put down!

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The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty Book 1) by C.B. Lyall – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty #1)The Virus of Beauty by C.B. Lyall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You can’t escape your fate, as unwilling wizard Wilf discovers the hard way, in this well written fantasy novel about wizards and witches and magic. It’s a wonderful coming of age story mixed with magic. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started a book about beauty being a bad thing, and while it is a huge piece of the story, the main focus is Wilf’s journey to discovering who he was meant to be and how he can help support the battle between witches and wizards. The author did a wonderful job of describing the characters and creating a well thought out world. I enjoyed watching Wilf’s and Katryna’s relationship progress and his selflessness to help support her. Wilf’s journey unfolds in an emotional manner while still keeping the pace and action intriguing. The story had multiple twists and turns, and just when I thought I knew how it would end, the story had another curve ball for me. I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy and see how things end for Wilf.

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Lucas the Spy Cat (Jake the Growling Dog) by Samantha Shannon – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

Lucas the Spy CatLucas the Spy Cat by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an adorable story from start to finish. I loved the creativity about the ideas of where Lucas might be going and what he might be doing. The story flowed and rhymed nicely. I loved all of the interactive activities at the end of the story as well. I thought it read well on a kindle and the pictures came across well too. It’s definitely a great story for parents with young children who enjoy interactive and creative stories.

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The Final Bite by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

The Final BiteThe Final Bite by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a quick and adorable story about second chances, full of action, and romance. Quinnlan has been chosen for a second chance at life, but with just 3 days, in a small town, his options are limited, and the opportunity for happily ever after is slim. Despite the shortness of the tale, the pacing was well set and the action well written. The heat between Quinnlan and Garrett is smoldering right from the start and just continues to get hotter. If you love paranormal stories with fast action and romance, this is a great story for you!

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Better Gnomes & Gardens (Mysty Haven Mystery Book 1) by Casey Cardel – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Mysty Haven Mystery)Better Gnomes & Gardens by Casey Cardel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story, but it did not disappoint! We meet Bob, who has moved to a new town for a job at the newspaper, but due to his first story about Bigfoot instead of Elvis impersonators, he loses his job. He ends up taking a job helping one of the towns people find his missing gnome. I found the story hilarious, because it’s clear that something is up with the citizens of Mysty Haven, but Bob doesn’t seem to know what the joke is. People will discuss supernatural things in front of him, but due to the fact they think he understands, and there is usually enough ambiguity that Bob doesn’t seem to understand what is going on, but the residents think he does. We get to meet all sorts of wacky and fun characters throughout the course of the story and we get enough information on them, which I am excited to see what happens next in the series! It was a quick and easy read, that I finished in one sitting and it’s definitely a must read for fantasy lovers who enjoy a mystery twist.

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Elemental Fire (The Hidden Realms Book 1) by EG Manetti – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

Elemental Fire (The Hidden Realms #1)Elemental Fire by E.G. Manetti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! This story blew me away right from the start and I wasn’t able to put it down until I had finished the entire book. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the book, but it definitely had so many elements placed in the story, but it didn’t feel overwhelming or rushed at all. I loved Sin and Rad’s relationship and how it progresses throughout the story. They both are willing to trust the other and we get to see the awesome things they accomplish when they work together. We have a steamy romance, nonstop action, intrigue, secrets, family drama, and fantasy all weaved together in a story that you won’t be able to put down! I love that this was book one and it did an amazing job of explaining the worlds and setting up future adventures for our characters. I am so excited to read the next book!

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