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Rivals (Mafia Elite Book 7) by Amy McKinley – Review by Amy Brennan

Rivals (Mafia Elite, #7)Rivals by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another wonderful series comes to an end. I have to tell you, I have been so in love with the Five Families throughout these novels, and how close they all are, or how close they have all become to one another. Promising protection, love, and acceptance no matter the consequences. It also opens ones eyes to the differences of folks, regardless of the fact they were all part of the same organization (so to speak.) I have been waiting with baited breath for Nico’s story, and I’m so very glad that it was the finale of the series, as it was one of the best. This author truly knows her way around a pen and a piece of paper.

Mia is in need of someone loyal, encouraging, and who offers protection when others have never done so for her in her life, at least since her Mother passed, and she feels comfortable with Nico long before even meeting him. The want to protect women from an awful end, and getting the help needed from those that we’ve grown to love and for me, obsessed with, is endearing and I’m so glad that this series ended on the page it did. I very much look forward to any and all spin off series, and anything else released by this author. Amazing, a must read novel and series for sure!

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The Liminal Space (Antipodes Book 2) by T.S. Simons – Review by Amy Brennan

The Liminal Space (Antipodes #2)The Liminal Space by T.S. Simons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is incredible. As I will read almost anything dystopian based, I was eager to pick this novel up, especially after being so hooked to the first installment. I enjoy the way that I have been learning more and more about Antipodes, and all the things surrounding such. The portals included in this novel, the way they believe they function, and historical facts and theories, keep the reader eager to know more, not just for the story, but to take that knowledge and build on it.

One of my favorite things when reading this novel is that it’s one of the only ones that I’ve read with a male’s first person narrative. I occasionally forget that, and get a little confused here and there, but that is my own doing, and it’s so refreshing to have that perspective. I have thoroughly enjoyed following Cam’s adventure so far, and look forward to reading the next installment. There were certainly aspects of this one that I didn’t see coming, at all! Highly recommend.

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This Time Around by Jane Suen – Review by Amy Brennan

This Time AroundThis Time Around by Jane Suen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pure, good vibes to be found within these pages. This little novel, with big feelings, goes to show that timing really is everything. You may find your person when you are young, and not ready for that reality, and you go off to live your life and dreams, only to be pulled back into the arms of that same person. There are so many scenarios in which this could be played out, and this author really did the best job at allowing for us to connect with both Katie and Chase, and root for them once all the cards were on the table.

Life really does have some crazy twists and turns, and some changes make us even better. A wonderful read, I admit I devoured it in a day, and had some laughs, cries, and held my breath at the beautiful story that was woven. If you’re looking for a quick read with lots of love, care, and beautiful memories, this is it!

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Princess of Prias by Courtney Davis – Review by Amy Brennan

Princess of PriasPrincess of Prias by Courtney Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes! I love the idea of Elle’s mother running to give up her life for her daughters, for her ‘Aunt’ Sara for doing everything she could to raise her to be her own person and to protect her from the truths until she knew it’d be time for L to take that next step to becoming who she needed to become (whether this was known or not.) The novel itself is a well written adventure, I love when tales are told from different narratives, and how it moves at just the right speed as to keep the reader immersed in its pages.

Strong female lead, strong supporting characters, romance and suspense all woven into this adventure and I certainly made sure I took the time to focus and really focus on the story. I feel like all of us have a certain ‘ I don’t belong here’ aspect to our lives, and how L feels, i felt very much akin to. I very much enjoyed the descriptive nature of the worlds, and the adventure that unfolds. If you’re looking for a lovely quick read, but not too quick, I would recommend giving this a go. I know I will be looking for more by this author soon!

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Something About Aimee (Girls from the Street Book 1) by S.E. Smith – Review by Amy Brennan

Something About Aimee (Girls from the Street Book 1)Something About Aimee by S.E. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To be honest, I picked this novel up because I really love when the novels I read have a character with the same name as I do, even if it isn’t spelled correctly! I absolutely loved the plot of this adventure, and the way that the female lead, Aimee, is a strong, independent woman, that way because she had no other choice. She knows what she wants and goes for it, and puts her all into everything that she does. I love that about a person, and I really was able to connect with her throughout this fantastic read.

One of my other favorite things is that there aren’t any lulls. There seems to be something always going on, and not in a way that makes the reader feel overwhelmed or unsure as to what the real story is. The author has a wonderful way with words, the descriptive nature brings the reader in and doesn’t let them go, even after the story ends. I very much look forward to reading more about the Girls from the Street, and by this author. Well done!

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Caging Grace (Grace Series Book 1) by Carsen Lane – Review by Amy Brennan

Caging Grace (Grace Series, #1).Caging Grace (Grace Series, #1). by Carsen Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Am I ever glad I decided to pick this novel up. I was very unsure as I have never been a fan of the UFC nor any form of wrestling for that matter, but this was so much more than that. The connection you can feel between Grace’s family members within these pages, and the yearning she has to provide for those she loves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this authors writing style, the way the characters are built up and you just get to connect with the main character on the deepest level possible, and as the novel goes on, that love and adoration grows. I very much look forward to reading more of the Grace series, and do hope you decide to purchase this novel as well, you won’t regret it!

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Tale of a Body Thief (Rovena Silvex Book 1) by Kristy Centeno – Review by Amy Brennan

Tale of a Body Thief (Rovena Silvex chronicles Book 1)Tale of a Body Thief by Kristy Centeno
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Where to start, where to start. Honestly, this novel was much different than any other that I have read, and I think that that is a very good thing. Just the back and forth between Rovena and Lakyn would be entertaining enough, in my opinion, never mind the demons and responsibilities that came from Rovena’s line of work. It takes a little while to really get into it, but once connections are established, boy oh boy was it an addictive read.

There is so much tension, sexual and otherwise, fantastic character development, and world building and I felt as though it was just the right length. I love the lessons within these pages as well, such as not judging a book by it’s cover, and by following your gut instinct, and all those delicious life lessons. I very much look forward to reading more by this author, and I think you would do well to give this a read. Well done!

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Amber Waves of Grace by Jessica Berg – Review By Amy Brennan

Amber Waves of GraceAmber Waves of Grace by Jessica Berg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll start off by saying that the amount of faith, despite all the things that Corrie, Aaron, Luke, Violet, and all the other amazing folks in this novel go through, is really incredible. I have never been one to really look to the higher ups, whomever they may be, to get me through the tough times, but after reading this, I can certainly see the mentality behind doing so. Truly, the writing in this novel was very well done, had a great touch of mystery, romance, and family.

I really enjoyed the character building, and found it fairly easy to relate to Corrie and her need to keep the farm afloat, as well as the struggles she went through in the past. The only thing I found difficulties with, is that the past seemed to stick right where it was, and decisions were being made based on such over and over again, which seemed a bit overdone. That being said, everything else was phenomenal, and it just proves that if you have the right people by your side, you can get through anything! I do recommend giving this a read, it will give you the tingles and make you feel as though you can overcome anything!

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Death & Mirrors (All Things Dark & Deadly Book 1) by SF Benson – Review by Amy Brennan

Death & Mirrors: All Things Dark & Deadly, Book OneDeath & Mirrors: All Things Dark & Deadly, Book One by S.F. Benson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do enjoy a good mystery novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed the paranormal and magical aspect that this one introduced. The beginning of the novel, we learn of Evaline is a necromancer, and the daughter of an important man, one who only wants to keep him and his daughter safe, and ensure that she will be taken care of in the manner she has become used to. Little does he know, she has ore of an interest in making a difference and helping people, than she does staying safe and being a ‘proper’ lady.

This rabbit hole was one that brought great entertainment to this reader, the character development and world building was extremely well done, and there were a few different side story lines to the main plot that brought on laughter, gasps, and applause for how strong a female lead she is. Of course, being the first installment, the end of this leaves many questions, and I for one, am very excited to follow Evaline and Del wherever their narrative may take them. Don’t hesitate to pick this gem up!

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Murder in the Lightning Room by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Amy Brennan

Murder in the Lightning RoomMurder in the Lightning Room by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have had the opportunity to read other novels by this author, and I have to say, her writing style calls to my senses and pulls me into the novels pages more than I thought, especially when it comes to this genre. I have been picking up a lot of novels as of late with a strong female lead, based in the 1800’s, and this is definitely in my top five list, if not three. I admire Cora, what with her perseverance after the loss of her father, and then to not have the full support of her mother when it comes to who she really wants to be.

I loved the way the characters were built up, the friendship shared between Dove and Cora, and the respect that the community seems to have for them both. Cora is young, and watching her build a new relationship with Mr. Byrne as well was very fun and entertaining. The suspense, intrigue, potential for romance, and friendship woven into these pages made for a delightful read, one you should pick up, now! Highly recommend this authors work.

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