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Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Angela Hayes

Miami Days Havana NightsMiami Days Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell is an intriguing historical suspense story- with drama, action, mystery, and interesting characters
The author has again crafted a complex story- giving us duel stories which unfold on two different timelines- but were tied together by history. The characters are fully realised and very interesting- and all added to the overall storyline.
As noted previously, the authors love of the past, historical detail, intriguing characters, and a great story- really shines through her writing. I wonder what she has in store for us next.

Thank you, Linda Bennett Pennell!

 

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The River Fairy’s Wish: A Lyrical Fairy Tale by Cyrena Shows – Review by Angela Hayes

The River Fairy's Wish: A Lyrical Fairy TaleThe River Fairy’s Wish: A Lyrical Fairy Tale by Cyrena Shows
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The River Fairy’s Wish: A Lyrical Fairy Tale by Cyrena Shows is a delightful children’s book- with a cute fairy story for children aged 2 to 8. It has a lyrical and musical quality to it- set to a wonderful sing-song rhythm which children will love. It’s a story of magic and fantasy- with a pretty fairy, an enchanted crown, a hidden wish, and lots of other quirky and whimsical details. The story definitely has a fairy tale feel, which I found quite adorable. And the artwork is quite beautiful. I think it is sure to be a favourite for reading time, or as a bedtime story.
A sweet story.

Thank you, Ms. Shows.

 

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Elemental Fae Academy (Elemental Fae Academy Book 1) by Lexi C. Foss & J.R. Thorn – Review by Angela Hayes

Elemental Fae Academy (Elemental Fae Academy, #1)Elemental Fae Academy by Lexi C. Foss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Elemental Fae Academy is the first book in the Elemental Fae Academy Trilogy by Lexi C. Foss and J.R Thorn. I am a huge fan of Ms. Foss and have devoured most of her books now- so diving into this book/series was a given. Ms. Thorn is a new-to-me author, but after reading this book and some further stalking, um I mean investigation, I have found a whole new catalogue of books that I can’t wait to explore.
This book was everything I had hoped for, and much more. I am always a little hesitant around reverse harem stories, because I’ve been left disappointed in the past- but this book won me over in the first few pages and happily lost myself in the story for a few hours.
This is a sublime fantasy with a reverse harem/PNR romance. There’s plenty of action, drama, danger, hidden agendas, tension, mystery, and sizzling chemistry. The story is definitely on the sexy side- and the heat is turned up to simmer.
I love how these two authors style blended together so smoothly- I couldn’t tell where one started and the other picked up. The world building is masterful- creating a rich, vivid, and fully realised world in which to set the story. The authors attention to detail, and many creative and imaginative touches really brought the story to life. The characters are really superb- so well developed with their own unique personalities, quirks and flaws. I am so invested in them and the outcome of the story that there is no way I won’t be finishing the trilogy
Claire thought she was a regular, human, college student going about her normal life- until the night of her twenty-first birthday- when she kisses a sexy stranger and all hell broke loose. Her world is turned upside down. She finds herself in another realm, one of Elemental Faes and magic. She seriously wonders if she’s losing her mind- because Faes and magic don’t exist, right? But it soon discovers she is in fact a halfling with destructive elemental powers that are out of control. She also has a legacy which puts her in danger. So, the Fae council decide to send her to the Elemental Fae Academy and appoint guardians and mentors- who are task with keeping her safe and teaching her how to use and control her powers. But that’s easier said than done. There is also a prophecy and a curse to contend with. Not to mention the ‘mean girls’ of the Academy, more power than she knows what to do with, some fiery chemistry, some seriously sexy men, and an intriguing ‘new’ world to learn about. So, when strange and very dangerous things start happening, it becomes apparent that there is someone with a hidden agenda- and Claire and her men can’t help but feel like there is something important that they are missing? What happens you ask? Well I really recommend you read all the spellbinding details for yourself- you’re sure to love it just as much as I have.
The story is told from several points of view- which really gives the reader a greater perspective of what’s happening. It has a great pace, and a very smooth flow- which makes a quick and easy read.
The story is so cleverly woven with intrigue and suspense- and the danger element ramps the tension up to maximum. My mind was swirling with possible scenarios, and potential outcomes- so I was on the edge of my seat at times looking for clues to what was really going on and trying to pinpoint the bad guy. Needless to say, the story is quite unpredictable- and there were quite a few surprising developments. The ending has me chaffing at the bit to get my hands on the next book. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait. Definitely one of my favourite reads for this year!
Brilliant!

Thank you, Lexi C. Foss & J.R Thorn!

 

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Tangles by Sharleen Scott – Review by Angela Hayes

TanglesTangles by Sharleen Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Tangles by Sharleen Scott is a little bit different to the other books of hers that I’ve read. I really loved ‘The Caught” series, so when I saw she had released this book, I was intrigued to see what it was all about. The blurb gives a tiny taste of what you can expect from this story. But it doesn’t convey how much heartbreak and emotion this story contains.
Alzheimer’s is a tough subject to write about, as there are so many people who are living it, and have felt the impact of this horrible disease- whether it’s being diagnosed personally or seeing a loved one succumb to it, Alzheimer’s leaves a huge impact.
This story is more than an Alzheimer’s story- it’s about family, secrets, discoveries, questions, truth, forgiveness, and understanding. Tangles follows Logan, who takes on the responsibility of caring for his mother after his father suddenly passes away- as she has Alzheimer’s. He faces many challenges and experiences many conflicting emotions as he grapples with their situation. But things are compounded when he discovers her old journals which cause him to question everything he thought he knew. What do the journals reveal? How does that affect Logan? What will he discover?
I loved Logan and his mother Lois- they are wonderful characters. I really felt for them both, but especially Logan. The story was really well written and felt very realistic, believable, and relatable. My emotions definitely got a workout with this story.
Looking forward to seeing what Ms. Scott does next.

Thank you, Ms. Scott!

 

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Shameless (The Orphan Train Saga Book 2) by Sherry A. Burton – Review by Angela Hayes

Shameless (The Orphan Train Saga Book 2)Shameless by Sherry A. Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Shameless is the second book in The Orphan Train Saga by Sherry A. Burton. This book is a continuation of the story we began back in “Discovery” (Book #1). This story follows Tobias, who we ‘met’ in the previous book. He is only young but has endured more hardship than anyone deserves to- suffering abuse and neglect due to the family’s impoverished existence- and soon found himself on the streets. But this is not where his story ends. We discover his connection/s to the Orphan Train and what becomes of him, and what he has to do to survive.
Another emotive story woven around this intriguing piece of history. As with the first book, this is a mixture of history, drama, fact, and fiction. While all the characters and situations in the story are fictional, the ‘Orphan Trains’ and the situations that brought them about, are quite factual.
An emotive journey of discovery!

Thank you, Sherry A. Burton!

 

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Rebel Jewel (The Jewel Chronicles Book 3) by Natalina Reis – Review by Angela Hayes

Rebel Jewel (The Jewel Chronicles, #3)Rebel Jewel by Natalina Reis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Rebel Jewel is the third and final instalment in the Jewel Chronicles by Natalina Reis. We’ve been on quite a journey since we set off in “Desert Jewel” (Book #1). The characters have been through so much and they have even more to face in this, the series finale. This is a brilliant fantasy- with action, adventure, suspense, romance, drama, danger, responsibility, intrigue, twists & turns, revolution, good vs. evil, family, and emotion .
As this is the last book in the series, and follows on from the previous two books, it would be advisable to read “Desert Jewel” and “Snow Jewel” before embarking on this journey. The foundations of the story, character information and world development all began in “Desert Jewel”- and then that story is built upon more in “Snow Jewel”, before leading into this final chapter- so having all of that information will enhance your whole reading experience.
Ms. Reis writes beautifully, and her talent is very apparent throughout the book. The characters are wonderful, and the world in which the book is set is rich and vibrant, with exquisitely detailed scene setting. And as I have said before, I think the characters and the fantastic world building are what really sets this story/series apart from others.
This book sees Milenda and Jaali embark on their most dangerous quest yet. There is much at stake- and much to lose if they fail. Revolution always comes at a price- what will theirs be?
This story is so well woven with tension and suspense. There is heightened emotion too, as everything unfolds. And in true Natalina Reis style, there are surprises and a few twists to keep us on our toes.
A superb end to the series!

Thank you, Ms. Reis!

 

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Forbidden (Tales of Passion, Lust & Betrayal Vol. 1) by Autumn Sand – Review by Angela Hayes

ForbiddenForbidden by Autumn Sand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Forbidden (Tales of Passion, Lust & Betrayal Vol. 1) is such a sexy, steamy little story by Autumn Sand. It is a novella length book which makes it a very quick and easy read- albeit a very HOT and spicy read.
I was completely hooked right from the blurb- and I couldn’t wait to dive in. I loved the concept of club Forbidden and the seven doors that lead to all the tantalizingly tales of forbidden pleasures, that seem to get hotter the more we progress.
The book lived up to all my expectations, but it’s Autumn Sand, so of course it would. I really recommend diving in with an open mind and let the book surprise you. I also recommend having something cool on hand because this book is sizzling hot- you will need something cool to alleviate the heat wave these tales will induce.
If you like your stories on the spicy side, then this is definitely the book for you.
Five Red Hot Stars!

Thank you, Autumn Sand!

 

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Darcy’s Caution (Pride & Prejudice & Racecars Book 3) by Zoe Burton – Review by Angela Hayes

Darcy's Caution (Pride & Prejudice & Racecars Book 3)Darcy’s Caution by Zoe Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Darcy’s Caution is the third book in the Pride & Prejudice & Racecars series of books by Zoe Burton. This is an interesting and modern take on the classic story, Pride & Prejudice. This is a sweet sports romance, with fast cars, drama, suspense, danger, stalking, overcoming difficulties, love, and some mystery.
In this story we meet Will and Liz Darcy. They’ve only been married for a short time, and have been through quite a lot together. Their relationship is loving and strong. They are a team. Will is a stock car driver who has attracted the attention of a stalker who wants Liz out of the picture. When Liz disappears Darcy won’t rest till he can find her. Does he find her? Or will he be too late?
This is my first read from Zoe Burton, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I embarked on this story- but I love Pride & Prejudice, so I decided to take a chance on it because I thought this sounded like an interesting take on the story. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book and I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by Zoe Burton in the future.

Thank you, Zoe Burton!

 

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The Time Traveler’s Magic (Magic Bound Saga Book 1) by Anna Applegate – Review by Angela Hayes

The Time Traveler's Magic (The Magic Bound Saga #1)The Time Traveler’s Magic by Anna Applegate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Time Traveler’s Magic is Book One is the Magic Bound series by Anna Applegate. I really enjoyed Ms. Applegate’s Ariya Adams series, so there was no question of if I was going to read this book. I just snapped up a copy, and dove in to see what the story was all about.
This really is a wonderful paranormal romance- with time travel, action, adventure, vampires, shifters, pirates, magic, drama, mystery, and more. There are so many fantastic, original, and surprising details in this story- I was hooked right from the first chapter. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series to find out what happens- especially after the way this book ended.
The characters are well developed- with their own personalities, quirks and flaws. Ember really frustrated me, and I wanted to shake her a lot of the time. I loved Rane- he’s definitely my favourite in this book. I can’t wait to find out where this series will lead in the future instalments, and watch these characters grow and develop as the stories unfold.
A great start to a new series!

Thank you, Ms. Applegate!

 

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The Complete Fenris Series by Samantha MacLeod – Review by Angela Hayes

The Complete Fenris SeriesThe Complete Fenris Series by Samantha MacLeod
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

The Complete Fenris series by Samantha MacLeod is a boxed set containing all five books in the series as well as the bonus short story. Such a great deal- six books for the price of one, and there’s no waiting between books! That’s a real win-win situation.
This is a wonderfully original fantasy series: with romance, paranormal elements, magic, action, suspense, drama, adventure, steamy & erotic details, sexy scenes, ménage, prophecy, rich & vivid world-building- and all based on the Norse Myth of Fenrir, the monstrous wolf, who is also Loki’s son.
I Have really enjoyed exploring all the books in this series as I can always count on Ms. MacLeod to deliver a fantastic, complex, and well developed story. It is a captivating read right from the very first page of Book #1, right through till the end of the final book. Ms. MacLeod is a talented storyteller whose unique take on Norse mythology made for a few hours of spellbinding reading.
All the books in the series are on the shorter side, but the contents are anything but lacking- with a lot happening in a small space. But as usual Ms. MacLeod choreographs the whole series superbly. Weaving twists, surprises and unexpected developments that had me on the edge of my seat. Most of the books end on a bit of a cliff-hanger, and then the next book picks up where it left off. So, this is another bonus for buying the box-set, as you can begin on the first book and follow the story right through to the end, and not miss a thing.

The series contains:

-The Monster’s Lover (Book #1)
-The Monster’s Wife (Book #2)
-The Monster and His Prisoner (Book #3)
-The Monster Chained (Book #4)
-The Monster Freed (Book #5)
-Tempting Fenris Wolf (Bonus Short Story)

I highly recommend this series to all fantasy, paranormal, and Mythology lovers- it’s well worth the read!

Thank you, Ms. MacLeod!

 

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