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One in A Billion (Pierce Brothers Book #3) by Belinda Williams – Review by Angela Hayes

One In A Billion (Pierce Brothers, #3)One In A Billion by Belinda Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4 Stars

 

One In A Billion is the third book in the Pierce Brothers series by Belinda Williams. I will always snap up a copy of any of Belinda Williams’ stories as they release because she never fails to deliver a very entertaining read. I have enjoyed all her books, so far, and this story was no exception. This one also turned out to be one of my favourite reads from her (to date).
This is a seriously fun romantic comedy, a ‘billionaire’ romance- with humour, banter, chemistry, and just enough tension to keep things interesting.
A notoriously private tech billionaire. A determined journalist on the hunt for a career saving story….. and a tempting offer that can’t be passed up, all make for a really fun read!
Another captivating story in this superb series!
Happy Reading!

Thank you, Belinda Williams!

 

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Truth or Kill (Twisted Legends Collection Book 1) by A.C. Kramer – Review by Angela Hayes

Truth or Kill (Twisted Legends Collection, #2)Truth or Kill by A.C. Kramer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

5 Stars

 

Wow!!! This book is brilliant!!! Deviously delicious and dark– I love A.C Kramer (and her alter-ego) sooooooo sooooooo much!!!
Truth Or Kill is the second book in the Twisted Legends Collection by A.C. Kramer. Twisted Legends is a collaboration by 10 talented authors who each bring you their own twisted and reimaged take of a famous urban legend. Each book is a standalone- but after reading ‘Truth Or Kill’, I am hooked on the theme and can’t wait to explore the rest of the series to see what twisted delights the other authors have produced.
For Truth Or Kill, Ms. Kramer has used the urban legend of “Killswitch”- about a videogame that self-destructs. And let me tell you- it made for a riveting read! What we get is an addictive romantic suspense about a quest for vengeance while revealing some dark truths using a ‘game’ as a means to that end. We join some college students on a retreat at a wilderness lodge during spring break. Without giving too much away and spoiling the story for you, the characters soon find themselves swept into a deadly game where the stakes are much higher than they realise. Not everything is as it seems. We ride along on this dark adventure as things turn deadly! And Wow! I love every single second!!! The twist and turns were quite clever and the whole story was really well thought out, creative, and so well executed! I am really hoping that we might get another couple of books from A.C. Kramer that follow on from “Truth Or Kill” – because I seriously need Judge, and Loki’s stories too. Hint, Hint! Pretty, pretty please Ms. Kramer….
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a riveting story with a bit of a dark and mysterious feel, steaming hot chemistry, and cleverly twisted reimaginings!!!
Happy Reading!

Thank You, A.C. Kramer!

 

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Saved by Love (Bellevue Bullies Book 7) by Toni Aleo – Review by Angela Hayes

Saved by Love (Bellevue Bullies #7)Saved by Love by Toni Aleo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4 Stars

 

Saved by Love is the seventh book in the Bellevue Bullies series by Toni Aleo. How have I not heard o this author before now? OMG, I have been missing out- but not anymore. After getting this little taste I will definitely be going back to read all the books she has already released on her catalogue, as well as keeping an eye out for any new releases.
This is the seventh book in a series, and even though it could be read as a standalone, I get the feeling that it would be an even better reading experience if I’d read the previous books in the series before starting on this one.
This is an emotional new adult sports romance, a bit of a friends to lovers with drama, struggles, challenges, mental health issues, banter, touching scenes, connection, finding yourself/finding purpose again, friendship, support, and also about finding love unexpectedly.
This Evan and Callie’s story. And what a story they have to tell. They are so well developed with their own unique personalities, quirks, flaws, and inner struggles- that made them so realistic, and entirely relatable. I was completely invested in them and the outcome of their story. Their story tugged at my heartstrings. Especially Evan’s struggles with his mental health.
So glad I stumbled on this author- I can’t wait to explore the rest of her work/s.
Happy reading!

Thank you, Toni Aleo!

 

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Castor’s Kiss (Soul Bonded in the Stars Book 2) by Tai James – Review by Angela Hayes

Castor's Kiss (Soul Bonded in the Stars # 2)Castor’s Kiss by Tai James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4 Stars

 

Castor’s Kiss is the second book in the Soul Bonded In the Stars series by Tai James. I love a good sci-fi romance, so when this popped up on my book notifications, I didn’t hesitate, immediately one-clicking a copy and jumping right in.
Tai James is a new-to-me author, so I was excited to see what she could do. This is a great fated mates sci-fi romance, with a bit of a slower burn- some action, adventure, chemistry, danger, intrigue, and battle for survival.
Mia had been kidnapped, tortured, and then tossed into the arena where she has to fight to the death. Her wins, tenacity, and determination to survive soon sees her become a crowd favourite- but Mia worries that with each battle she loses more of her humanity.
Castor is an Atlantean on a mission to rescue Mia. But things don’t quite go according to plan, and they’ll need to team up and fight the odds together in order to survive. What does fate have in store for them? Will they find a future together? I’m not going to ruin the story by giving too much away- but encourage you to read all the intriguing developments for yourself.
The story is well woven and kept me avidly reading the whole way through. The characters are well-developed with their own unique personalities, quirks and flaws. I will definitely be devouring the rest of this series- can’t wait!
Happy reading!

Thank you, Tai James!

 

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The Colors of Friendship (The Colors Trilogy Book 1) by K.R. Raye – Review by Angela Hayes

The Colors of Friendship (Colors Trilogy, #1)The Colors of Friendship by K.R. Raye
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

3 Stars

 

The Colors of Friendship is the first book in the Colors Trilogy by K.R. Raye. This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Reye, so I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book. But, who could resist such a pretty cover, and the blurb did intrigue me- so I grabbed a copy and started to explore.
What I found was a NA contemporary story with themes of friendship, romance, suspense, college life, challenges, lessons, emotion, and abuse. Some themes could be considered triggers by some readers- so be warned (abuse/ domestic violence).
While the story is fairly interesting- I felt it was very slow to get going, and lagged and dragged a lot through the book. This made it difficult to fully immerse myself in the story as I kept being ‘pulled out’ of the storyline. And because I wasn’t fully immersed in the story, I became easily distracted, which I think affected my ability to fully connect with the characters and invest in them and the outcome of their story.
I really did want to love this book so much more than I did, but I as this is the author’s debut novel (she has written 2 more since then) and the first book in a trilogy, I will wait to read the other two books to see if the issues I had here were just a one-off thing or not, and where the story goes from here.
Happy Reading!

Thank you, K.R. Raye!

 

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Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book #2) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Angela Hayes

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4 Stars

 

Body Checked is the second book in the Astoria Bay Thunder series by C.J. Cartwright. This is a frenemies to lovers contemporary sports romance with hockey, banter, humour, chemistry, sizzle, emotion, angst, push-pull, trust issues, and a little drama.
This is Bridger and Tia’s story, whom we met in the first book (as secondary characters). Bridger is known for being quite the player, both on and off the ice. Tia has sworn off the playboy types for good. But the chemistry between them is intense and the sparks fly. Add in a wild weekend that results in a bit of an obsession, a few tricky little feelings that creep in, and some push-pull angst- and we have captivating story!
Can’t wait for more Astoria Bay Thunder!
Happy reading!

Thank you, C.J. Cartwright!

 

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Victoriously Yours (Titans of Manhattan Book 4) by Anise Storm – Review by Angela Hayes

Victoriously Yours (Titans Of Manhattan #4)Victoriously Yours by Anise Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4 Stars

 

Victoriously Yours is the fourth book in the Titans of Manhattan series by Anise Storm. I have loved this series from the get-go, so it was always a given that I would be diving into this book as soon as it hit my kindle.
This story is an engrossing contemporary romance with a second chances element, as well as enemies to lovers, painful past history, hurt, tension, chemistry, sparks, sizzle, emotion, major secrets, angst, revenge, and dramatic revelations. The story was heart-wrenching at time, where I really felt for both the characters. Some of the subject-matter could be considered triggers for some readers, such as mental health issues, addiction, and humiliation- so be warned. This is not a light and fluffy read. These two have been through the wringer.
Though, I have to be honest, even though Jonas has intrigued me throughout the series and I wanted to know more, he didn’t immediately impress me here. He was a real douche there for a while. A bit of an a$(k)hole and ‘player’ of the first order. While I was reading, I began to worry that I would be left hating him. But as the story progressed and I learned more about him, he began to change my opinion, and I understood him so much better. And by the end, he and I were good…
Jonas isn’t my favourite Titan, but that’s because he has some really stiff competition in that department lol, but I am really glad we got his story. I loved Kenzie right away… and really felt for everything she had gone through. I just wanted to hug her so tight. Life is cruel sometimes. So glad she got her second chance at finding happiness.
Colour me hooked on this series! So, bring on Book #5, “Scandalously Yours”- I need it now!
Happy reading!

Thank you, Anise Storm!

 

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The Lie That Binds by Amy Argent – Review by Angela Hayes

The Lie That BindsThe Lie That Binds by Amy Argent
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

3 Stars

 

The Lie That Binds by Amy Argent is a YA contemporary romance story with a strong emphasis on secrets and lies, high school politics/ pressure/angst/drama, trying to fit in, popular kids vs the unpopular, mean girls, cliques, emotion, fear, baggage, and more. I really wanted to love this book far more than I did. I felt so annoyed at times while reading it, and really wanted to shake the characters out of frustration. I didn’t connect with the characters as well as I would have hoped, and this made it difficult to invest in them and the outcome of the story. There seemed to be (for me) a lot of repetition that pulled me out of the story, then, as well, the flow of the story lagged/dragged in parts. This is not a typical reaction from me to one of Ms. Argents stories, as I loved her other books- so I will definitely be going back to revisit this book in a week or two and see if I still feel the same way, or if, perhaps, I was just having an off day when I read it.

Thank you, Any Argent!

 

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Distant Memories (Nurse Morgan Series Book 2) by Kate MacInnis – Review by Angela Hayes

Distant Memories: A Nurse Morgan Series: Book TwoDistant Memories: A Nurse Morgan Series: Book Two by Kate MacInnis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4 Stars

 

Distant Heart Memories is the second book in the Nurse Morgan Series by Kate MacInnis. As with the first book, this is an original, fun and spooky paranormal romance- with humour, ghosts, drama, mystery, and emotion. This book, and series is giving me some real ‘Ghost Whisperer’ vibes, which I really love- but in an entirely original and intriguing way.
As we discovered in the first book, Morgan Cutler is a seasoned ER nurse- with more than 20 years’ experience, and she genuinely thought nothing could surprise her anymore. But life threw her a curve-ball, with a bit of a spooky twist, when a near-death experience left Morgan with new-found psychic abilities. This turned her life upside down- and opened her up to a world she never really believed existed, while finding romance along the way. This instalment sees her dealing with her new found abilities, and all the ghosts that ‘pop’ up everywhere. Her romance with a certain hunky doctor is going well, moving a little more quickly than she expected. Add in her resident spirits, as well as a difficult and determined man-hungry ghost with her own agenda, and life gets a bit tricky for Morgan.
The first book was great, but this second instalment is even better. I am hooked on Morgan’s supernatural ‘adventures’ and can’t wait to see where we go from here.
Happy Reading!

Thank you, Kate MacInnis!

 

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Burned by Fire (Firehouse 13 Book 4) by Danielle Jacks – Review by Angela Hayes

Burned by Fire (Firehouse 13, #4)Burned by Fire by Danielle Jacks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

3.5 Stars

 

Burned By Fire by Danielle Jacks is the fourth book in the Firehouse 13 series, a multi-author collaboration. It is a bit of an angsty and emotional contemporary romance. A story about finding love unexpectedly, with a friends to lovers theme, firefighters, mentor/mentee relationship, age gap, secret crush, struggles with mental health issues, losing yourself to your inner demons, chemistry, connection, finding purpose, hope, and love.
It has some really sweet moments, but this isn’t a light and fluffy read. The story is emotional as we observe our MC struggle with his inner demons. Sol had lost himself when he had to retire early from the fire department due to injury. He gets stuck in a downward spiral of self-pity, regret, and alcohol. He had lost sight of everything that mattered and now risks losing everything. Will the rookie ignite a new passion for him? Will he take a chance, grab hold of a lifeline, find a way to conquer his demons, find love, and discover a new purpose?
I love Danielle Jacks stories; they always find a way to burrow under my skin and into my heart. I think Sol and Ember were perfect for each other, but things weren’t ‘easy’ for them, and they had to work to find their happiness. I did enjoy the book, but I would’ve loved to have read a longer version of this story, as the story felt a bit rushed in places. I would have like more time to fully appreciate the characters and their emotive story.

Thank you, Danielle Jacks!

 

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