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Silent Gavel (A Crawford Mystery Book 1) by Merissa Racine – Review by Angela Hayes

Silent Gavel (Crawford Mystery #1)Silent Gavel by Merissa Racine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

3.5 Stars

 

Silent Gavel is the first instalment in the Crawford Mystery series and debut novel by Merissa Racine. This is an intriguing crime and investigation story- a murder mystery with suspense, danger, action, drama, and interesting characters.
Lauren Besoner left her old life behind for a fresh start. She found a job as the local court stenographer and her life seemed to be getting back on track. But then a judge is murdered, and Lauren finds herself under the spotlight as the prime suspect… looks like she’s going to have to figure it all out herself, before she is pinned with the crime. But a few complications spring up- bringing danger into the mix. Will she figure everything out and avoid further complications, or worse? You really will need to read all the intriguing details for yourself.
Looking forward to seeing what the next book in the series has in store for us.

Thank you, Merissa Racine!

 

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Love’s Refrain (The Stardust Duet, Book 1) by KG Fletcher – Review by Angela Hayes

Love's Refrain (The Stardust Duet, #1)Love’s Refrain by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

4.5 Stars

 

Love’s Refrain is the first book in The Stardust Duet By K.G Fletcher. This is something a little different to the other books of Ms. Fletcher’s that I have read, in that it is a time-travel romance- some of the elements may be a bit different but this has Ms. Fletcher’s distinctive style stamped all over it, as well as the musical connection that she loves to include in her stories.
This story follows Kat Monroe, a jazz singer, who has returned to her hometown for the last performances of her latest tour. She may not live in the town anymore, but she feels that she ‘owes’ this to her fans, performing again ‘where it all began’. But she really isn’t prepared for what happens next. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she is gifted a mysterious locket, and then finds herself transported through time to 1947…. And through Ms. Fletcher’s clever and imaginative storytelling, the era comes to life through her wonderfully descriptive scene setting and attention to detail. What happens next held me completely captivated- I loved every minute of this wonderful story, and I really can’t wait to dive into the second book.

Thank you, K.G Fletcher!

 

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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Angela Hayes

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

3.5 Stars

 

The Book of Carraig is the second book in The Cross of Ciaran series by Andrea Matthews. As with the first book, it is a paranormal romance- with mystery, magic, romance, family, a serial killer, danger, secrets, angst, adventure, drama, suspense, and history.
As this book follows on from the events in Book One, so I highly recommend reading ‘The Cross Of Ciaran’ before embarking on this adventure. This story picks up a year after the developments in book one. Ciaran has returned to his homeland, Ireland- but it is not the home he once remembered. He is determined to ‘wake’ his brother, who has spent centuries in the same sleep state that Ciaran experienced. He hopes that The Book of Carraig has the answers he needs. He just has to locate it- easy, right?
Things do not go according to plan. Add a serial killer threatening the area- and the story gets interesting.
The story continues in ‘The Cave of Rúin Ársa’ (Book Three).

Thank you, Andrea Matthews!

 

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Whisper Creek: A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 7 by Valerie Davisson – Review by Angela Hayes

Whisper Creek (A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 7)Whisper Creek by Valerie Davisson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Whisper Creek is the seventh book in the Logan McKenna Mystery series by Valerie Davisson. This is a crime and investigation story with murder, mystery, drama, secrets, suspense, dramatic developments, danger, and tension.
This series is definitely getting better the further into it I get. With this the seventh book, our leading lady Logan has been through quite a lot, but don’t expect her to get a reprieve any time soon.
Even away from home, trouble never seems far behind. When a murder lands her friends firmly in the spotlight as prime suspects, Logan will have her work cut out for her in order to protect her friends and get to the bottom of things and uncover the culprit before the murderer can strike again.
Wonder what Ms. Davisson has in store for us next?

Thank you, Valerie Davisson!

 

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Saratoga Roan by Bree M. Lewandowski – Review by Angela Hayes

Saratoga RoanSaratoga Roan by Bree M. Lewandowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

3.5 Stars

 

Saratoga Roan by Bree M. Lewandowski is a second chance contemporary romance, with angst, drama, family issues/drama, heartache, new beginnings, discovery, and revelations- in a small town setting.
Cassandra and Rhett have a past history that is coloured with heartache. But when Cassandra is forced to confront her past, she realises that she has never really gotten over her first love. Feeling it is time to take charge of the direction her life has taken, she returns with a hopeful heart.
Rhett feels the weight of responsibility pressing down on his shoulders, he has little time left for anything else, let alone the person who delivered such a huge dose of pain into his life. With his own family drama and business taking up most of his focus, he definitely wasn’t prepared for a blast from the past. Will Rhett set aside his pain and pride and give love a second chance? And what happens when everything finally comes to light?
Happy reading….

Thank you, Bree M. Lewandowski!

 

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Ye Gods! The Law is an Ass! (Donovan Trait Book 2) by Seelie Kay – Review by Angela Hayes

Ye Gods! The Law is an Ass!Ye Gods! The Law is an Ass! by Seelie Kay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

5 Stars

 

Ye Gods! The Law Is An Ass! is the second book in the Donovan Trait series by Seelie Kay and is just as well-woven and intriguing as the first book. Seelie Kay sprinkled a little more intensity over this story but made sure to weave in some light-hearted humour to break up the tension. This is a fun paranormal romantic suspense- with vampires, lawyers, vampire politics and law, agendas, uncovering the truth, and more. And as with the first book, Ye Gods! has an original take on vampire lore.
In Book One, we meet Donovan Trait (a highly respected lawyer- who is also a vampire over 300 years-old) and his lady love, Judge Shirley Magnusen. They had quite the ‘adventure’ in the first book, which also resulted in Shirley being ‘turned’. Because of this and strict vampire laws, the couple made an agreement with the Vampire Coalition (the Vampire governing body) that would allow the vampire scientists to ‘monitor’ the conception and birth of their children. But things don’t quite go according to plan- which forces Donovan and Shirley to flee. Will they find a solution to their precarious position before the powers that be force their own agenda?
If you loved the first book, then you really will want to grab a copy and dive in. If you have yet to read ‘First, We Kill All the Lawyers’, then I highly recommend that you do before starting on this story. There is important backstory, character details, and key information contained in Book One, which will definitely enhance your reading experience of this book.
I can’t wait to continue this series- bring on the next book!

Thank you, Seelie Kay!

 

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Runaway to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, Book 2) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Angela Hayes

Runaway to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, #2)Runaway to the Outback by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

4.5 Stars

 

Runaway to the Outback is the second book in the Welcome To Bunya Junction series by Nicole Flockton. This is a contemporary romance about finding love unexpectedly, with a little drama, emotion, and wonderful characters- which is again (as with the first book) set in a small country town called Bunya Junction in the Australia outback.
This time we get Jonas Carruthers and Pandora Sebastian’s story. Jonas is Sindy’s brother (book one) and he owns the one and only pub in town. Life in Bunya Junction can be predictable- until Pandora arrives and turns his world upside down.
Pandora is pretty famous- the supermodel has had enough though- bolting from her latest a photoshoot when things got far too challenging. She desperately needs to take a step back from the high pressures of modelling life and could really do with a break. After finding herself in the out-of-the-way country town, Pandora decides that Bunya Junction might just be what she needs right now. But what happens when her ‘life’ catches up with her and she is forced to face some harsh realities? This story is really worth the read to find out.
A wonderful addition to the series. Bring on Book #3!

Thank you, Nicole Flockton!

 

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Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager – Review by Angela Hayes

Dating the It GuyDating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

3 Stars

 

Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager is a sweet, cute, YA story- about first love, teenage drama + angst, friendship, dating the ‘popular’ guy, miscommunications, family drama, emotion, romance, self-doubt, grief, and heartache.
It is definitely a YA story- although it isn’t quite so light and ‘fluffy’ as others. This does have an emotional component with the family complexities faced by Emme. The miscommunication and teen drama were a little frustrating for me, but still a nice story overall, with just enough added complexity, angst, and drama to keep things interesting- while still keeping things suitable for the younger (YA) reader.

Thank you, Krysten Lindsay Hager!

 

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Angela Hayes

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

4.5 Stars

 

Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie has a definite Gothic fairytale feel to it. Set in New Mexico, the story is full of wonderful detail and vivid descriptions. The story was so well crafted that I could visualise everything easily. As expected from Ms. DeBlassie, this story is very original, interesting, and quite quirky.
This is a tale of heartache and despair, of ‘the weeping woman’ and her quest for pain and sorrow. With magic, witches, generational trauma, mystery, suspense, and a touch of horror- the story kept me turning the pages to find what lay on the next page- within all the emotional angst and drama, this story also tells a tale of healing, hope, and rebirth.
Well worth the read!

Thank you, Maria DeBlassie!

 

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Kiss Me Before Flight ( Suspenseful Seduction World) by Thia Finn – Review by Angela Hayes

Kiss Me Before FlightKiss Me Before Flight by Thia Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Kiss Me Before Flight is a Suspenseful Seduction World novel by Thia Finn. This is a wonderful second chance contemporary romance with mature characters, a captivating storyline, suspense, emotion, drama, angst, chemistry, tension, and even a touch of humour.
Thia Finn has taken a secondary character from Samantha A. Cole’s “Trident Security” series and spun him a superb story of his own. I have not read any of the “Trident Security” series- but Thia Finn has definitely sparked my curiosity enough to add them to my TBR pile.
Thia Finn always manages to weave an engrossing story that pulls me in and gets me fully invested in the characters and the outcome of their story. And here she not only created emotional story with some intense moments, but also managed to sprinkle in a little humour along the way, giving it some lighter scenes as well.
When Callie finally finds the courage to leave her abusive marriage- her neighbour, Jane, enlists the help of her brother-in-law, who happens to be the pilot for Trident Security. With Conrad’s help Callie is whisked away—- annnnd then— no spoilers here, but what happens next makes for a really great read.
Looking forward to seeing what Thia Finn does next!

Thank you, Thia Finn!

 

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