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Bishop’s Gambit (Redclaw Origins Book 2) by McKenna Dean – Review by Angela Hayes

Bishop's Gambit (Redclaw Origins, #2)Bishop’s Gambit by McKenna Dean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Bishop’s Gambit is the second book in the Redclaw Origins series by McKenna Dean.
This book has so much going on in it, in a good way- from espionage, an undercover investigation, history, romance, paranormal elements, suspense, action, danger, and some unexpected developments-which all made for quite an intriguing read.
As expected, the story is really fascinating, and Ms. Dean definitely didn’t disappoint- proving once again that she has a real gift for storytelling!
I am loving everything Redclaw, from the Origins series, to the Redclaw Security- I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Thank you, McKenna Dean!

 

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The Queen’s Dog (An Empire at Twilight Novel) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Angela Hayes

The Queen's DogThe Queen’s Dog by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3 1/2 Stars

The Queen’s Dog is the third book in the Empire at Twilight series by N.L Holmes. This is a very detailed and descriptive historical crime story- a bit of a mystery- with enough drama and interesting developments to keep things interesting.
I have read most of Ms. Holmes’ books now and am always quite taken with the rich historical details she infuses into her stories. As with the other book of Ms. Holmes that I have read, the authors passion for history is very evident in her writing and this passion definitely added to my enjoyment of the story.
As with her other books, this story is a fascinating blend of fiction and historical fact, which is woven into quite an intriguing story. This time, the story is set in a Bronze Age Syrian kingdom called Ugarit- and the age, characters, and storyline come to life with Ms. Holmes vivid detailing.
I found this book to be a little slow to get going, which made it hard for me to ‘get into’- but when the pace picked up and the story developed, things got more interesting.
This book is told from Naheshi’s point of view- he happens to be the Queen’s slave, and a eunuch- which also added an extra element of interest to the story.
So, if you love ancient history and original stories with interesting settings and characters- as well as historical crime fiction, then you will probably want to add this to you TBR.
Happy Reading!

Thank you, N.L Holmes!

 

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The Fire God Tour (Moore Family Saga Book 3) by Michele Sims – Review by Angela Hayes

The Fire God TourThe Fire God Tour by Michele Sims
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Fire God Tour is the third Book in the Moore Family Saga series by Michele Sims. I really recommend reading the previous two books before starting on this one to help you fully appreciate the characters and really understand the story.
Miles is a world famous musician with a passion for fire- it’s as much a part of him as his DNA- and something he is only too happy to incorporate into his shows. He leads an enviable lifestyle- with anything he desires at his fingertips. But what of the downside of superstardom?
Bella Wahlberg is a marketing guru, joining the team as preparations for the latest tour are underway. Soon earning the title of Ice Queen, and with an intense fear of fire, things don’t bode well from the beginning. This meeting of fire and ice really makes for an enjoyable read.

Thank you, Ms. Sims!

 

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Super Sorry by C.A. King, USA Today Bestselling Author – Review by Angela Hayes

Super SorrySuper Sorry by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Super Sorry is another fantastic YA story by C.A King. It is full of teenage angst and struggle; a coming of age story with a difference- interwoven with some really wonderful supernatural and paranormal elements. This fantasy adventure is well worth the read- if for no other reason but to meet her trusty sidekick!

Thank you, C.A King!

 

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Breaking Tessa by T. Christensen – Review by Angela Hayes

Breaking Tessa: A College Sport RomanceBreaking Tessa: A College Sport Romance by T. Christensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Breaking Tessa: A College Sports Romance by T. Christensen is the first book in a new duet, and as the title would suggest, a college sports romance. This is a YA/new adult romance- with a snapshot of college life, basketball, drama, angst, emotion, opposites attract, and a bit of a cliffhanger ending.
It took me a little bit to warm up to Jordan and Tessa- I really can’t pinpoint exactly why, but I was interested in the outcome of the story all the same. I am hoping that they will win me over in book two. The characters were well developed, fully realised individuals with their own unique personalities, quirks and flaws which helped to make the story come to ‘life’.
Waiting on book #2 to see how things will play out.

Thank you, T. Christensen!

 

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The Lies Between Us: A Psychic Romantic Suspense (Deadly Secrets Book 4) by Cynthia Cooke – Review by Angela Hayes

The Lies Between Us: Deadly Secrets Book 4The Lies Between Us: Deadly Secrets Book 4 by Cynthia Cooke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Lies Between Us: A Psychic Romantic Suspense is the fourth book in the Deadly Secrets series by Cynthia Cooke. This is an original and intriguing romantic suspense- with undercover agents, FBI, a cartel, secrets, lies, kidnapping, guns, drama, action, mystery, romance, psychic abilities, and much more.
Tom Phillips is an FBI agent on an undercover assignment investigating a well known drug lord and his cartel- building a case against them when his confidential informant goes missing. Things take an intense turn when Tom is captured trying to rescue her.
With her husband missing, Cat’s world is about to become quite eventful. Secrets will be revealed, and the danger will mount. There is more to the situation, and characters, than meets the eye- making for a great read.
Looking forward to seeing what Ms. Cooke has in store for us next.

Thank you, Cynthia Cooke!

 

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Wendigo Forest by C.A. King (USA Today Bestselling Author)- Review by Angela Hayes

Wendigo ForestWendigo Forest by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars

Wendigo Forrest is a fantastic YA paranormal story by C.A. King. The story is everything I have come to expect from Ms. King- a well written, intriguing, and engaging tale- with wonderful world building, a little mysteriousness, some dramatic developments, and a bit of spookiness that kept things interesting.
This is a very short story, which made for a very quick and easy read- I would like to have read a slightly longer version of this book and be able to immerse myself in the story with more detail, but still an enjoyable book. The characters are well developed individuals who are entirely realistic and believable.
I enjoyed meeting Clara, a teenage Fawn, and following along as the story unfolded. Mystery and spookiness ensue- making for a great read!

Thank you, Ms. King!

 

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Love Surreptitiously by Tarrah Anders – Review by Angela Hayes

Love SurreptitiouslyLove Surreptitiously by Tarrah Anders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

4 1/2 Stars

 

Love Surreptitiously by Tarrah Anders was a wonderfully sexy and fun contemporary romance. I always enjoy Ms. Ander’s books, and this one was no different- it is definitely one of my favourite reads by her.
From an unexpected encounter on a train, as Sydney vented about her job to a handsome stranger- Sydney and Quinn could have never predicted how their worlds were about to collide. Secret and steam. This is an office romance with all ingredients to make a fun read.
Looking forward to more from Ms. Anders in the near future…

Thank you, Tarrah Anders!

 

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Reign (The Larussio Legacy Book 3) by Via Mari – Review by Angela Hayes

Reign The Larussio LegacyReign The Larussio Legacy by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Reign is the third book in The Larussio Legacy series by Via Mari. This is a fantastic romantic suspense series and this book builds on the previous two- there is a lot going for this story, starting with the mafia, then adding of drama, suspense, action, danger, sizzle, romance, a little mystery, and a dose of angst- all wonderfully carried by a really superb cast of characters.
As I have mentioned many times now, I have read all of Via Mari’s books now and have loved them all. So, having said that, I really did have high expectations for this story- especially since the other two are soooo good- so I am happy to say that Via Mari definitely didn’t let me down- as this is every bit as good, if not better than the previous two. I was glued to the pages from the start, entirely invested in the characters and the outcome of the story- especially more so having met Gio and Serena in the previous book/s. I tore my way through the pages, devouring the story- and entirely engrossed the entire time.
As with her other books, there is plenty of suspense woven through the storyline- the tension in parts is quite palpable and had me on the edge of my seat clamouring to know how it all played out.
I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Thank you, Via Mari!

 

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Shattered Reality (Summoned Book 1) by C.A. King, USA Today Bestselling Author – Review by Angela Hayes

Shattered Reality (Summoned Book 1)Shattered Reality by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Shattered Reality is the first book in the Summoned Series by C.A King. It is a fantastic story- entirely original, well written, and very clever. It is a modern retelling, based on the ancient story of Perseus and Medusa. Hello, she had me at Medusa- as I love the old myths. We are back in Knollville- where Ms. King has taken us before- so we know we are in for a paranormal treat right from the get-go!
There is more to Mudesa Black than meets the eye. The psychologist spends her days helping people solve their problems, all the while hiding her own demons from the world. On the surface, she may seem like she has an enviable life, but Mudesa has worked really hard to get where she is. With secrets that weigh heavily on her mind- her past impacts her daily life in a way she can’t seem to escape. She is forced to return to her hometown, when her parents are killed. It’s the very place she worked so hard to leave behind, and the place she never wanted to see again. There is more to the situation that meets the eye- but the past seems determined to snatch her future from her grasp.
My review may seem a little vague, but that is on purpose, as I don’t want to give anything away. This is the kind of story I really recommend going into somewhat ‘blind’ and letting the author, and story, surprise you.
This is a wonderfully twisted tale that definitely kept me entertained.
Another great read from Ms. King’s limitless imagination!

Thank you, C.A King!

 

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