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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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Out of the Box Awakening (Out of the Box Series Book 1) by Jennifer Theriot – Review by Angela Hayes

Out of the Box Awakening (Out of the Box, #1)Out of the Box Awakening by Jennifer Theriot
My rating: 4 of 5 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.

Thank you, Ms. Theriot!

 

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MaddJax Series, Boxed Series Set, Book One & Book Two: A Second Chance Stepbrother/co-CEO Romance by Deborah Ann – Review by Angela Hayes

MaddJax Series, Boxed Series Set, Book One & Book TwoMaddJax Series, Boxed Series Set, Book One & Book Two by Deborah Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

MaddJax Series Boxed Set contains both books in the MaddJax Series. It is a fantastic, sexy, second chances, forbidden, stepbrother/stepsister romance- with plenty of drama, intrigue, angst, and chemistry.
I have loved absolutely everything that I have read of Deborah Ann’s- so I did have pretty high expectations for this series. I am really happy with what I discovered, and the way the whole story played out- even though there were quite a few dramatic, and frustrating moments over the course of the story.
I was certainly pulled in multiple directions, avidly reading to find out what wold happen. I really don’t want to get into the story too much, because I don’t want to spoil it for you, plus the blurb does a better job than I ever could anyway- but if you are a second chances, forbidden, or stepbrother/stepsister romance fan- then this series is most definitely one you won’t want to miss.
Looking forward to more from this talented author!

Thank you Deborah Ann!!

 

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Perfectly Played by Holly Kerr – Review by Angela Hayes

Perfectly PlayedPerfectly Played by Holly Kerr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

“Suddenly I have the urge to run, run away from the chapel and the justice of the peace and what is undoubtedly going to be on the top ten list of all-time worst days. Hiking up the dress I bought off the rack at Nordstrom for forty percent off, I run down the aisle to the lobby, with M.K. and Ruthie hot on my heels.
And then the toe of my shoe really does catch on a loose thread on the carpet, sending me careening right into a man standing in the doorway of the chapel.”

Perfectly Played is an angsty second chance romance by Holly Kerr. The story was quite a clever idea, with lots of drama to keep the tension at a high level. The angst, push-pull, assumptions, miscommunication, and misunderstandings which added to the drama, was quite frustrating. There were several moments where I wanted to shake some sense into both of our MC’s.

Flora Shaughnessy owns her own flower shop, “Fleur”. She’s in Vegas to finally marry her long-time boyfriend. On the way down the aisle, she has a realization that prompts her to turn and run- right into an innocent bystander. Little does she know that fate has plans for them, but right now all she wants to do is find the nearest bar and drown her sorrows. With her two best friends in tow, they begin a wild night that will take them on a bit of an adventure. And Flora will find herself in the arms, and bed, of a handsome stranger- before waking up to an empty bed. But fate isn’t done with them yet. And so the angst, drama, and hilarity ensue.

It took me quite a while to connect with the characters. They were really well developed, interesting and likeable- but the drama, indecision, and miscommunication really made it difficult to connect with them because there was so much of it. I felt that a lot of the drama was added just for the sake of it. For me, the story would have worked even better, with less drama. But having said that, I did enjoy the story, reading it in one sitting just so I could find out how everything tied together in the end.

Thank you, Ms. Kerr!

 

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The Vampire Queen (Wheel of Crowns Book 3) by Brandi Elledge – Review by Angela Hayes

The Vampire Queen (Wheel of Crowns Book 3)The Vampire Queen by Brandi Elledge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

The Vampire Queen is the third book in the Wheel of Crowns Series by Brandi Elledge. It’s a completely riveting, action-packed paranormal fantasy- with vampires, witches, werewolves, psychics, soothsayers, supernatural creatures, magic, fate, missing keys, bloody battles, intensity, drama, changes, discoveries, chemistry, friendship, different factions, hidden agendas, twists, jaw dropping revelations, and so much more.
We met Tandi in the previous book, as she is Charlies best friend- and who has only recently been ‘turned’. But she’s not your average fledgling vampire. We discover there is so much more to her, and her new ‘condition’ than we could have ever guessed. And adding Stephen to the mix makes for some spellbinding reading!
Stephen is an ancient vampire prince, who looks like he’s only in his early 20’s. He’s powerful, and broody- with a sexy ‘bad-boy’ vibe. He’s taken Tandi under his wing to help her adjust to the vampire world. So, what happens when the vengeful and conniving Queen of Vampires decides she wants Stephen for herself? What about Stephen and Tandi’s quest for one of the missing keys? What happens when feeling become involved? Squeeeee- I really can’t recommend this book/series highly enough. It really deserves to be read!!!
This book was so great- it’s funny, emotive, exciting, fast-paced, intense, touching, romantic, and just plain incredible. The story is told from Tandi’s perspective, which I loved- but I really wanted to hear Stephens take on it all, too- that would have taken the story to a whole new level. As would exploring Tandi and Stephen’s chemistry in greater detail!!
All the characters are superb- so cleverly crafted and all adding their own mark on the story. Tandi is definitely my spirit animal- I just loved her. Stephen is definitely book boyfriend material- sigh. And Tracker really stole the show- he really cracked me up!
As I have said numerous times now, Ms. Elledge is a gifted storyteller, excelling at original, and intricately detailed world building- easily bringing her stories to life. Sheer brilliance!!! Without a doubt, one of my favourite series, ever!!
And, I seriously CAN NOT WAIT FOR MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bravo, and thank you Ms. Elledge!

 

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Problematic Love (Rogue Series Book 8) by Lara Ward Cosio – Review by Angela Hayes

Problematic Love (Rogue Series Book 8)Problematic Love by Lara Ward Cosio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Problematic Love is the eighth book in the Rogue Series by Lara Ward Cosio. The Rogue books are part of a really great Rockstar romance series. These are not your ‘typical’ Rockstar romance stories, there is so much more going on in each book. They are not hearts and flowers romances- as the books delve much deeper, and are somewhat raw and gritty stories that will work their way under your skin.
If you haven’t read the rest of the series, you are seriously missing out. This book needs to be read as part of the series, as there are relevant details and important information contained in previous books which you will need to know in order to fully appreciate what this book has to offer. At the very least, you will need to have read ‘Looking For Trouble’ (Book #5), and ‘Felicity Found’ (Book #6)- as this is the continuation of Danny-boy and Amelia’s story.
Their relationship hasn’t been a bed of roses, as addiction isn’t something that will let you just walk away, never to be heard of again- and loving an (ex) addict isn’t always easy. So, there are struggles, obstacles, and turmoil to deal with- and we witness all the emotionally charged, and sometimes unsettling details and revelations.
As with the other books in the series, this took me on an emotional journey full of all the highs and lows I have come to expect from Ms. Ward-Cosio. This is ‘life’ in its truest form, and Ms. Ward-Cosio didn’t shy away from giving us a warts-and-all experience. There were scenes that made my heart ache, and there were quite a few tears along the way.
Having the characters from the previous books make appearances in this story was great, I love their connection- and it was like revisiting old friends- and I loved catching up with them too.
I am really looking forward to Ms. Ward Cosio’s next book!

Thank you, Ms. Ward Cosio!

 

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Misfortune of Vision (Druid’s Brooch Series Book 4) by Christy Nicholas – Review by Angela Hayes

Misfortune of Vision (Druid's Brooch #4)Misfortune of Vision by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Misfortune of Vision is the fourth book in the Druid’s Brooch Series by Christy Nicholas. This is a historical fantasy- with prophecy, religion (Christianity vs Druidism) adventure, magic, drama, mystery, aging, challenges, folklore, and fantastic world building. I have said it before, and I will keep saying it over and over again- I really love the attention to detail and vividly descriptive storytelling that Ms. Nicholas excels at- it brings her stories to life and makes them very realistic, believable, and entirely immersive.
As with the other books in this series that I have read, this is really well written, intriguing, and engaging. The story pulled me in and kept my attention right from the beginning. The character/s are complex, fully realised individuals who were cleverly crafted. The story was given an extra element of interest by making the main character Orlagh quite old. Her “life experience” was immediately recognisable and gave her a realistic and relatable quality, even by today’s standards. Things like struggling with daily tasks, getting tired easily, having to rely on others for help, how her body has changed as she has gotten older, experiencing the loss of family and friends who have passed on before her, and feeling her mortality as she acknowledges that her remaining time is limited- are all things we still deal with I our modern world. I found it difficult to connect with Declan though, and I’m not entirely sure we were meant to?
I haven’t read the books in this series in sequence- instead picking books by random- thankfully each book is able to be read as a standalone- but I have read enough of the series now to see a lot of interconnected details, a thread of sorts that runs through the entire series. I can see a link between books in the series, as we travel through time- and am appreciating the ‘bigger picture’ that is being built.
Looking forward to continuing the series!

Thank you, Ms. Nicholas!

 

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That’s a Wrap (Paranormal Talent Agency Series Book #3) by Heather Silvio – Review by Angela Hayes

That's a Wrap (Paranormal Talent Agency, #3)That’s a Wrap by Heather Silvio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

That’s a Wrap is the third book in the Paranormal Talent Agency Series by Heather Silvio. This was such a fun read- with a paranormal mystery, with a touch of the supernatural, murder, intrigue, danger, wonderful characters, and romance.
Mia Fynn is so much more than just a movie producer working in Las Vegas- she’s a Nixie, and is over 200 years old. This mystery begins when one of the leading actors in her latest movie is killed while recording a live promotional video on social media. Mia has her suspicions, and when another actor is killed, she and her friends from the Paranormal Talent Agency, as well as a very determined television reporter, all team up to try and catch a killer before they can strike again.
Add a very hunky police detective named Jacob Dawson, a lot of sparks, some twist, intriguing developments, and some humour- and this story takes off. My favourite of the series, so far.
This definitely has an original spin on the paranormal romance/mystery theme. And as I have said previously, I think that the books would make a fun television series, too.
I am looking forward to book #4!

Thank you, Ms. Silvio!

 

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