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Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency, #5) by Heather Silvio – Review by Angela Hayes

Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency, #5)Jumping the Shark by Heather Silvio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Jumping the Shark is the fifth book in the Paranormal Talent Agency Series by Heather Silvio. As I have come to expect from Ms. Silvio, this was a really fun paranormal mystery, with some supernatural elements, politics, murder, intrigue, danger, some suspense, quirky and interesting characters, and of course, a sweet romance.
This book may be a short, easy read- but there is nothing lacking about the content. I was really intrigued about following Barbara through her story- especially considering her involvement in previous stories. I wasn’t sure her ‘story’ would live up to the other books, but I shouldn’t have doubted Ms. Silvio, because Jumping the Shark certainly doesn’t disappoint- in fact this has become my favourite of the series, so far- with only one book left to come! I love how all the books combine to build a bigger picture and things that were ‘started’ in previous books finally begin to/come together in this book. We catch up with familiar characters from previous books, as well as a few new ones- which added an extra element of interest to the story. I really enjoyed the clever mystery and the great tension that Ms. Silvio managed to create in her story. I could tell she put a lot of thought, imagination, heart, and soul into her work- the story is a credit to her writing talents.
This definitely has an original spin on the paranormal romance/mystery theme. And as I have said previously with the other books, that I think that the stories and premise would make a fun television series, too.
I am excited to read the final instalment, although it will be a bittersweet moment!

Thank you, Ms. Silvio!

 

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Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1) by Laura Hawks – Review by Angela Hayes

Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1)Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms by Laura Hawks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Gumshoe and the Mysterious Mushrooms is the first book in the Gumshoe Mysteries series by Laura Hawks. I was taken with this book the moment I laid eyes on the beautiful cover- and as I had read several of Ms. Hawks’ books before, and had really enjoyed them, getting this one was a no-brainer.
It is a YA mystery, with is a paranormal elements, action, adventure, humour, fun, and a bit of whimsy. The story was intriguing, even though it was a little predictable in parts, and even though it is targeted towards younger readers- I still really enjoyed it.
The characters are well developed, fully realised, quirky, and entirely interesting. This is a very original, fun, quick, and easy read- it has a pretty fast pace and a smooth flow- which enabled me to devour the book very quickly.
Ms. Hawks has always intrigued me with her clever storylines, and this story was no different. I loved meeting Mia, but particularly Gumshoe- who really stole the show.
My favourite of Ms. Hawks’ books, so far!

Thank you, Ms. Hawks!

 

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The Girls across the Bay (The Knox and Sheppard Mysteries, Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Angela Hayes

The Girls Across The Bay (Knox and Sheppard, #1)The Girls Across The Bay by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

The Girls Across the Bay is the first book in the Knox and Sheppard series by Emerald O’Brien. It is quite a clever and thrilling mystery- with plenty of intrigue, suspense, and dramatic moments. I was definitely caught up in the web of intrigue, wondering at all the possibilities, looking for clues, and being suspicious of everyone and everything- all while hunting for the killer. The story twists and turns, which left me guessing- and when I thought I finally had everything pinned down, BAM, another twist.
This proved to be quite a complex and multi-layered storyline, with several threads playing out at the same time and throughout Ms. O’Brien orchestrated everything quite seamlessly. A couple of minor issues for me were that there were moments where the story was a little slow, such as in the beginning as the foundations were being laid out. And there was a lot of inner dialogue from the two main characters, whose perspectives drive the story. Madigan and Grace had been through quite a lot, but through it all had formed such a close bond, which still stood strong after all the years. But some of their inner dialogue was quite negative and defeatist- and I understand why it was written that way, but knowing didn’t make it any less frustrating (for me). And at the same time, I really felt for them and wanted to tuck them under my wing and ‘mother’ them.
I liked that we got to see the characters grow and develop a little over the course of the story, and I hope that they will continue to do so through the rest of the series. I will definitely be reading the other instalments in the series- to see what’s in store for the characters next. I like the ‘direction’ the storyline seems to be heading in, which holds a lot of promise for the other books books.

Thank you, Ms. O’Brien!

 

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Orion’s Kiss by Claire Luana – Review by Angela Hayes

Orion's KissOrion’s Kiss by Claire Luana
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Orion’s Kiss by Claire Luana is a wonderful YA paranormal adventure- with mystery, action, drama, suspense, discovery, myths/Greek mythology, an ancient deadly curse, Gods & Goddesses, danger, a little romance, visions, seers, oracles, fate, and reincarnation.
I loved the Greek Mythological aspect to this story- it gave it added depth and an extra element of interest. As always, Ms. Luana has woven a really great story, pulling me in and entertaining me the whole way through. I first fell in love with Ms. Luana’s writing when I discovered the Moonburner Cycle Series, and have read most of her books since then. So, I had high expectations for this story, and she definitely didn’t let me down. But it will take something truly exceptional to top the Moonburner Cycle series for me- and this was a great read, but it doesn’t top Moonburner in my eyes, but still deserves a 5 Star rating.
I enjoyed the story, although parts of it were a little predictable- but Ms. Luana’s fantastic world building and endearing characters made up for that minor detail. The whole story is told from Merope’s point of view, and I really wish we got a little of Orion’s perspective too.
This was a fun adventure, another wonderful creation by Ms. Luana- and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Thank you, Ms. Luana!

 

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Irresistible Heroes – Heroes of Your Heart by Various Authors – Review by Angela Hayes

IRRESISTIBLE HEROESIRRESISTIBLE HEROES by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Irresistible Heroes is a superb Anthology of stories from some very talented, best-selling and award-winning authors. The stories are all so great- all quite individual to the author, but all are based on the same theme- which is “Irresistible Heroes”. We get to meet all kinds of heroes, and heroines- from cops, to fire fighters, Military personnel, Veterans, and Doctors- there’s a hero here that is bound to capture your attention, and a piece of your heart in the process.
This Anthology is made up of eight wonderful stories that are all really well written, interesting, engaging, and entirely enjoyable. The stories are:

 

Two Heart Unlikely Heroes By: Tamara Ferguson

This was definitely one of my favourites of the collection. I love Ms. Ferguson’s books and have read pretty much everything she has written. This is the ninth book in the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series- but you don’t need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy this story- as it reads wonderfully well as a standalone. But having said that, you, like me will probably develop a bit of an addiction to her stories and get the desire to explore the rest of her books. Something I have discovered now I have read a lot of her books is the way Ms. Ferguson has cleverly built a bigger picture, a cast of believable and endearing characters, and a supportive community in which to base her stories (for the most part). Everything comes to life, and through each book you begin to see more interconnected details, characters, and situations.
This book is one of my favourites of her, bringing suspense, terrorists, danger and intrigue to Crystal Rock- as we follow Captain Samantha Caldwell and AFOSI Agent Captain Ben Nash on a bit of an adventure as the danger mounts and they try to piece everything together.
As always, Ms. Ferguson doesn’t disappoint!

 

Simply Love By: Natalie Ann

This is the third book in the Love Collection series by Natalie Ann. It is such a sweet, and emotive story that had me rooting for the characters right from the get go. Gemma and Blake have both endured quite a lot of emotional pain in their lives. So, will they finally find the new beginning and second chance they have both searching for? This book is really worth the read to find out!

 

She’s Having a Baby By: Suzanne Jenkins

Oh Ms. Jenkins you’ve done it again! Another great read- but I highly recommend having a box of tissues on hand, as this story will give your emotions a bit of a battering. This is the first book in Ms. Jenkins new series, The Saints of San Diego.
With friendship, family, duty, action, drama, love, loss, heartache, pain, joy, and new beginnings- this story may be short, but it packs quite a punch. We meet our main characters, but also a whole cast of wonderful secondary characters- a family of heroes who completely won me over. What a memorable way to start off a new series- and if this is any example, the rest of the series is set to be just as great! I can’t wait!

 

Johnny’s Girl By: Cynthia Cooke

This is the second book in the Deadly Secrets series by Cynthia Cooke. Full of intrigue, mystery, danger, suspense, action, drama, and more- this romantic suspense had me hooked right from the get-go.
This is my first read by Ms. Cooke and I really didn’t know what to expect going in, but now I am happy to say that I will definitely be exploring more of Ms. Cooke’s work in the future. This is one of the main reasons I love reading anthologies, because it’s a chance to discover new authors to add to your TBR, and therefore more books to explore!!! WIN-WIN!!
Well done!

 

Fire Me Up By: Alicia Street

We meet a hunky firefighter looking for a fresh start and a shy schoolteacher who shakes things up and brings a bit of a spark to his life. This was such a quick and easy read- a sweet story with a witty, captivating (second chance) romance…. which also has an emotional element to it too. Well worth the read!

 

Seal of Refuge By: Alyssa Bailey

Who doesn’t love a sexy Navy SEAL- so add a unlucky in love school teacher, a few surprises, a little bit of drama, and a wonderful romance- and this story really takes off. I didn’t expect to like this story as much as I did- they characters really won me over. A great story to start off Ms. Bailey’s Guardian’s of Refuge series. I for one, can’t wait for the next instalment!

 

Never Gone By: Stephanie Queen

This is the first book in the Zero to Hero Series by Stephanie Queen. Another 5 Star read in this exciting collection. I love Ms. Queen’s books and was really excited to see it was the start to a new series. Zero Go Team is made up of so many heroes, I can’t wait to follow all the character’s stories as they release.
As expected from Ms. Queen, this story is really well written, sexy, spicy, intriguing, and original. The characters pulled me into the story, and I became completely invested in them and their story- devouring every word! I loved meeting Joe and Mae- and I can’t wait for more.

 

Handle With Care By: Patrice Wilton

Handle With Care is the second book in the Wounded Warrior Series by Patrice Wilson. Shane Dawson was a medic serving in Iraq when he is captured and tortured. He may be home from the war, but he left a piece of himself behind, trading it for a whole lot of pain and some difficult personal demons.
Lauren Reynolds is a skilled ER doctor- a single mother with a young son who has ADHD. Things haven’t been easy since her husband died, but she and her son Josh make a pretty good team.
Meeting Shane sets them both on a path they never expected. Taking a chance on love doesn’t come easy, or without some risk. What happens you ask? Well you really should read all the emotional details for yourself…. it’s definitely worth your time.
A story of trauma, pain, addiction, struggles, emotion, friendship, trust, romance, spirit, redemption, and love.

 

As you can see, we meet a variety of charming heroes who will all inspire, captivate, and entertain you. They will entice you into the book and keep you there, avidly turning the pages to follow each as their story unfolds.
So, if you are looking for a book that is full of heroes, romance, and stories that you can connect with- then this is definitely the anthology for you…… And hello, eight books for the price of one…. WINNING!!!!

Thank you to all the contributing authors!

 

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The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano – Review by Angela Hayes

The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale SeriesThe Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars

The Gauntlet is the first book in The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano. It is a short, easy, original, and intriguing paranormal story that really was so much fun to read. I loved Ms. Pagano’s Never Fear the Reaper series and so when I saw this pop up in my recommended books feed, I knew I just had to read it. Gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb aside- this book is full of action, adventure, magic, secrets, supernatural and paranormal beings, fate/destiny, discovery, battles, and finally finding where you truly belong.
The story is set in The Soppranaturale Hotel which is actually an ’undercover’ sanctuary for paranormal & supernatural creatures. It is run by a vampire who is much, much, older than Christ himself- where all the inhabitants do their part to keep things running and contribute to The Soppranaturale. So, what happens when the very last two Fae cross paths at the hotel? What is The Gauntlet and how does it play into the story. Will Ommily get all the ‘answers’ she’s been searching for? Will Link finally find the ‘cure’ to his loneliness? Is there a future for the all at The Soppranaturale? If you love a well written, light, fun, and interesting paranormal story- then you really should read this book and discover all the fun details for yourself!
Looking forward to more from Ms. Pagano’s incredible imagination!

Thank you, Ms. Pagano!

 

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The Fish that Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro – Review by Angela Hayes

The Fish That Climbed a TreeThe Fish That Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars

“Rather than simply being the fish that swims to the shore, you have to believe that you can be the fish that climbs a tree.”

The Fish that Climbed a Tree is the first book that I have read by Kevin Ansbro, and after today, it certainly won’t be my last. What a surprisingly memorable story this has proven to be, and nothing like I had expected- not that I really know what I was expecting, except to say that the title intrigued me enough to want to find out what it was all about.
I discovered along the way that Mr. Ansbro has a very detailed and descriptive style, which showcases his clever and imaginative storytelling. There is a lot going on in this book, in a great way- I was hooked very early on and remain engaged throughout the tale. It’s full of vivid imagery- weaving a tale of life, death, humanity, the afterlife, murder, mystery, violence, friendship, emotion, humour, good & evil, tragedy, heartache, mysticism, faith, love, redemption, history, literary and pop cultural references & icons, and plenty of thought provoking moments.
The story is written in such a way that it is entirely realistic and believable- with a touch of the dark and disturbing- this is so much more than just a murder mystery, or a bit of a ‘ghost’ story- and while the story itself is quite intriguing, it is the characters who really drove this story. They are all so well thought out and crafted- they’re fully realised individuals with their own particular quirks and flaws… so well done!
This story has stayed with me long after I had finished, I continue to ponder it , and for me that is a sure sign of a great book.
Looking forward to more from Mr. Ansbro in the future.

Thank you, Mr. Ansbro!

 

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Out of the Box Collection by Jennifer Theriot – Review by Angela Hayes

Out of the Box CollectionOut of the Box Collection by Jennifer Theriot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Out of the Box Collection is a three book boxed set which contains the complete Out of the Box series for you to enjoy. It is an emotional rollercoaster ride from beginning through to the end. You will have your heartstrings pulled and plucked, tossed from one emotion into another- but the story and characters will pull you back for more.
Definitely worth the read.

The collection contains:

 

Out of the Box Awakening (Book #1)

4 Stars

Out of the Box Awakening is the first book in the Out of the Box Series by Jennifer Theriot. It is an emotionally charged women’s literature/contemporary romance with an older, more seasoned main characters. It isn’t what you would normally expect from a romance, as Ms. Theriot takes us one a deeper, more realistic and emotional journey. This is a second chance romance, with new beginnings, finding oneself/self-discovery, learning and growing, and much more.
We meet Olivia Petersen who has her ‘perfect’ world turned upside down by her husband’s betrayal, leaving her out of her depth, confused, and away from her comfort zone.
Ash Harper is Liv’s husbands’ former army buddy, who has experienced much pain himself. He has baggage and secrets- but they share a connection that neither can deny.
Fate throws they together, and there will be choices to be made… so will they find comfort and happiness in each other? Is he her Mr. Right- Or just Mr Right Now?
You really should read the story/series and discover all the emotional details for yourself!
An enjoyable story, even though it was a little cheesy and predictable in place, the emotional content helped to balance the story.

 

Out of the Box Regifted (Book #2)

4 Stars

Out of the Box Regifted is the second book in the Out of the Box Series by Jennifer Theriot. This story starts off where the first book left off, so I really recommend reading Book #1 before starting this one, as there is important character details and storyline contained in that book which will give you a greater appreciation of what’s happened/happening her, and knowing all those details will enhance your reading experience of this book.
I really appreciated getting some more insight into the characters, secondary characters included. The story also was less predictable than the first book, which I also liked. We follow along as Ash and Olivia’s story unfolds, getting a front row seat to all the developments, as well as the obstacles they encounter along the way- which will test them, while also adding drama and angst to the story.
Another emotional addition to the series and has me highly anticipating how their story will play out! Bring on Book #3!

 

Out of the Box Everlasting (Book #3)

4 Stars

Out of the Box Everlasting is the third and final book in the Out of the Box series by Jennifer Theriot. It packs quite a punch, and not just emotionally. It is quite intense, suspenseful, dramatic, and nerve-wracking… and is my favourite of the three books.
It was a little bittersweet to read as I wanted to know how everything would play out, so I was completely invested in what I was reading, but also a little sad that the series was coming to an end.
There was so much character development and growth throughout the series, especially for Olivia- who grew the most. There was heartache, emotion, romance, love, mystery, suspense, tragedy, secrets, twists, unexpected developments, and much to overcome for the characters on their journey towards happiness. Ms. Theriot certainly put them through their paces, that’s for sure.
Again, this story picks up where the previous book left off. So, having said that, I really recommend reading all the books, in sequence, so you have all the details that you need to full appreciate this book, and the series as a whole.
As expected, Ms. Theriot didn’t disappoint, as this is both clever, and a fitting conclusion to the series!

 

 

If you love to read realistic and relatable stories, with plenty of drama and emotion, and interesting and likeable characters- then this is definitely the book for you. Three books in one- you can’t get better than that. #Winning!!!

Thank you, Ms. Theriot!

 

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Out of the Box Everlasting (Out of the Box Series Book 3) by Jennifer Theriot – Review by Angela Hayes

Out of the Box Everlasting (Out of the Box, #3)Out of the Box Everlasting by Jennifer Theriot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Out of the Box Everlasting is the third and final book in the Out of the Box series by Jennifer Theriot. It packs quite a punch, and not just emotionally. It is quite intense, suspenseful, dramatic, and nerve-wracking… and is my favourite of the three books.
It was a little bittersweet to read as I wanted to know how everything would play out, so I was completely invested in what I was reading, but also a little sad that the series was coming to an end.
There was so much character development and growth throughout the series, especially for Olivia- who grew the most. There was heartache, emotion, romance, love, mystery, suspense, tragedy, secrets, twists, unexpected developments, and much to overcome for the characters on their journey towards happiness. Ms. Theriot certainly put them through their paces, that’s for sure.
Again, this story picks up where the previous book left off. So, having said that, I really recommend reading all the books, in sequence, so you have all the details that you need to full appreciate this book, and the series as a whole.
As expected, Ms. Theriot didn’t disappoint, as this is both clever, and a fitting conclusion to the series!

Thank you, Ms Theriot!

 

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Out of the Box Regifted (Out of the Box Series Book 2) by Jennifer Theriot – Review by Angela Hayes

Out of the Box Regifted (Out of the Box, #2)Out of the Box Regifted by Jennifer Theriot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Out of the Box Regifted is the second book in the Out of the Box Series by Jennifer Theriot. This story starts off where the first book left off, so I really recommend reading Book #1 before starting this one, as there is important character details and storyline contained in that book which will give you a greater appreciation of what’s happened/happening her, and knowing all those details will enhance your reading experience of this book.
I really appreciated getting some more insight into the characters, secondary characters included. The story also was less predictable than the first book, which I also liked. We follow along as Ash and Olivia’s story unfolds, getting a front row seat to all the developments, as well as the obstacles they encounter along the way- which will test them, while also adding drama and angst to the story.
Another emotional addition to the series and has me highly anticipating how their story will play out! Bring on Book #3!

Thank you, Ms, Theriot!

 

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