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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book #1) by Carrie Dalby – Review by Angela Hayes

Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1)Perilous Confessions by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Perilous Confessions is the first book in The Possession Chronicles by Carrie Dalby. This is a fantastic historical romance with a definite Gothic feel to it- there is plenty of drama, secrets, intrigue, passion, guilt, and lots more.
This story is only the second story that I have read of Ms. Dalby’s, and I was intrigued to see what she had in store for us, with this first book in a new series. I love the way Ms. Dalby is able to build vivid images with her words, bringing her story and characters to life and allowing us, the readers to fully immerse ourselves in the story. Her attention to detail is second-to-none!
The characters were really well crafted- given their own complex personalities that gave them believability. I always enjoy anything historical, if it’s done well- which this book certainly was. I am quite looking forward to the rest of the series now!

Thank you, Ms. Dalby!

 

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Nothing But Trouble (Irresistible Billionaires Series Book #1) by Ashley Bostock – Review by Angela Hayes

Nothing But Trouble (Irresistible Billionaires #1)Nothing But Trouble by Ashley Bostock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Nothing But Trouble is the first book in the Irresistible Billionaire Series by the wonderfully talented Ashley Bostock. It is such a fantastic, steamy contemporary/billionaire romance with a ‘fake-engagement’, and a bit of a modern ‘Cinderella’ story feel to the whole thing- which I really loved. It is an incredibly sexy and erotic story with scorching details that sizzled right off the pages.
Michael Vilander is the thirty-three year old self-made billionaire, founder and CEO of the largest and most successful matchmaking website, TOGETHER.com. He desperately needs a date for a Gala he is obliged to attend, and because of his ‘two-date’ policy he is having trouble finding someone suitable. He decides to create a ‘fake profile’ on his own site to see if he has any luck. When one particular ‘match’ catches his eye, he contacts her, and they spend a fun night chatting back and forth. He asks her if she would attend the gala with him, and she agrees- and so starts this captivating story. But what he doesn’t know is that Sophia has a pretty big secret, one that could change everything- so what happens when he finds out what it is? Then add a nasty, conniving ex into the mix- and the story really gets interesting!
The story is fantastic, and I loved following Michael and Sophia through the story. They are wonderful characters who were really well developed, complex and very endearing)- which made the journey even more addictive.
The story is told from a duel POV; it has a great pace and flows smoothly. It was very easy to read, and I flew through it in one sitting.
Now I can’t wait to read more of this series!

Thank you, Ms. Bostock!

 

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Caught in Cross Seas ( The Caught Series Book #1) by Sharleen Scott – Review by Angela Hayes

Caught in Cross SeasCaught in Cross Seas by Sharleen Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4 ½ Stars

Caught in Cross Seas is the first book in The Caught Series by Sharleen Scott. I came into this series a little backward, as I started in on book #3 first. As I was reading it my curiosity was piqued about the characters and past events, so I snatched up the first two books to find out all about the other characters in the series.
I have really enjoyed this series, as not only are they really well written, but the characters are all so wonderfully developed individuals with their own personalities, quirks and flaws- as well as being a completely engaging and engrossing story. The book has so much happening between the covers, with mystery, suspense, some action, drama, and so much more. The storyline is very intriguing, and I found myself drawn further and further into the pages, to see how Ms. Scott brings everything together in the end.
After meeting Harlie and Clay in book #3, I have now really enjoyed finding out how they (and the series) began. They really are great characters, and it was so easy to get invested in them and the outcome of their story. The whole plot was very interesting, with wonderful details that brought the whole thing to life.
Well worth the read!

Thank you, Ms. Scott!

 

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A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters Series Book #1) by Erica Taylor – Review by Angela Hayes

A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters, #1)A Suitable Affair by Erica Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

A Suitable Affair is the first book in The Macalisters Series by Erica Taylor. This is a really great historical/regency romance- full of mystery, drama, revenge, humour, and so much more. Ms. Taylor is a mew-to-me author whose work I am happy to have discovered as she certainly knows how to tell a clever, captivating story.
Lady Susanna Macalister is twenty-two years old, which in 1830’s London society is getting very close to becoming an old maid. Susanna feels she has a duty to her family to find a suitable husband and takes her responsibility quite seriously. But she feels time slipping away from her, and feels her options are running out. It’s not that she wasn’t beautiful, or independently wealthy- it was her overly protective brother/s, her status, and her confident, non-conformity that had the gentlemen shying away. All except Lord Riverton who had been courting her for the past few months. She expected he would propose any day now, and that should have pleased her, but she just wasn’t all that excited by the thought. He would make a fine husband, safe, reliable, stable and ‘proper’……and oh so boring. She was afraid she was ‘settling’, instead of holding out for an epic romance- one that would sweep her off her feet and leave her breathless. But the chances of that happening are quite slim. SO, what happens when a handsome stranger nearly runs her down with his horse, while she is taking a quiet walk through Hyde Park? Why does he both intrigue and irritate her so? She can’t stop thinking about him. And when their paths keep crossing, the spark between them gets more intense. What about Lord Riverton, who is currently courting her? But, we soon learn that there is more to this handsome stranger than he’s letting on- which adds an extra element of mystery and suspense to the story- and had me flipping pages, reading as fast as I could to find out what his secrets were, and how the story plays out!
I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it to anyone who likes historical romance with a clever storyline. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Bring on book #2!

Thank you, Ms. Taylor!

 

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Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Angela Hayes

Shadow's Keep: A NovelShadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn is another fantastic thriller from this creative genius. I have relished every moment that I have spent exploring all her books, and this one is definitely one of my favourites. Ms. O’Flynn has a real knack for creating a story that not only is engrossing and completely holds your attention, but she is able to build gripping tension and heart-pounding suspense- and made me breathless with anticipation.
Ms. O’Flynn has woven a compelling, creepy story- full of interconnected details, multiple layers, intrigue, danger, mystery, drama, thrills, and chills. She kept me guessing the whole way through. I devoured the book in one sitting, glued to the pages, desperately trying to figure out what was happening.
I am not going to give anything away, or discuss aspects of the story, as I think the blurb does a better job of that than I could ever do, and without giving away any spoilers- but, I recommend going into the story somewhat ‘blind’ and let yourself get swept away by what you will find.
The story definitely lived up to its promise of being dark and intense- with twists you definitely won’t see coming.
Brilliant!

Thank you, Ms. O’Flynn!

 

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Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing – Review by Angela Hayes

Full Glasses and Burju ShoesFull Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing is such a beautiful story. I really didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. I had read and absolutely loved her fantasy story, ‘Marks of the Mazza’, so when I saw she had released a new book, I knew I had to read it. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, as this wasn’t a fantasy that I knew Ms. Blessing excelled at- it is more of a wounded warrior story, so I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this one as much. Well, even though this is different to her previous book, it is also good! Ms. Blessing has proven to be a great writer who can create a great read, no matter the genre.
The characters are beautifully developed and fully realised individuals, with their own complex personalities, but they are also incredibly interesting and endearing as well.
Highly Recommended Reading!!!

Thank you, Ms. Blessing!

 

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An Italian Adventure (The Italian Saga Book #1) by Gaia B. Amman – Review by Angela Hayes

An Italian Adventure (The Italian Saga, #1)An Italian Adventure by Gaia B. Amman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

An Italian Adventure is the first book in The Italian Saga Series by Gaia B. Amman. The story is a fictionalized memoir of the author’s younger years, set against the backdrop of Italy in the 1980’s. It is so much more than I expected, and I loved reading this wonderful coming of age story full of friendship, bonds, love, dreams, adventure, discovery, hope, challenges, learning, and being true to yourself.
The story turned out to be a delightful, fun adventure. There were touching moments that warmed my heart as did the wonderful character/s, who easily pulled me into the story and took me on An Italian Adventure. The entire package, from storyline, scene setting, and well-rounded characters was entirely believable and relatable.
A lovely story that I am happy to recommend, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

Thank you, Ms. Amman!

 

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A Tendency Dark and Dangerous by Emmalyn Danvers – Review by Angela Hayes

A Tendency Dark and DangerousA Tendency Dark and Dangerous by Emmalyn Danvers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

“It was like being entranced by fire get too close
And everything will burn.”

 

A Tendency Dark and Dangerous by Emmalyn Danvers is a surprisingly intriguing and engrossing read. It is sexy, hot, somewhat dark, and quite addictive. The story isn’t like any I have read before- because this is written in ‘free-verse’, and does have a poetic pace and structure to the way the story is told. That did take a little getting used to, and I applaud the author for taking the chance to be different from other books in similar genre’s.
Evangeline is twenty seven- years old and from all appearances, has the perfect life. A great job, good friends, and a loving boyfriend. She is focused on her career in a publishing house, and will soon be up for promotion. She has definitely come a long way from the difficult childhood that she once endured. But her life is quickly turned upside down when she meets Landon Kelly, a sexy, successful businessman- with a dark and commanding edge. She becomes beguiled by him- as he stirs a powerful need within her. He has a reputation as a player, and has a ‘way’ with women- who seem to be drawn to him like moths to a flame. Evangeline is pulled to him, like nothing ever before. Her emotions are all over the place, and especially feels guilty for being so attracted to this man, when she already has a loving, safe and dependable boyfriend. But Landon is nothing if not persistent, and Evangeline can only fight their intense chemistry for so long. When she finally gives in to desire, it starts a fire that won’t be put out. Her ‘perfect’ life begins to crumble as addiction takes over. And we’re right there, with front row seats, to see how it all plays out. Intriguing. Emotional. Heartbreaking. Gripping. Dark. Sexy. Well worth the read!
This story gave my emotions quite a battering, and I really felt for Evangeline. This is a fascinating look at a particular facet of addiction- it’s definitely not a light and fluffy read. I was so angry in parts, there was a certain character whom I really wanted to kick in the ‘family jewels’ for being a total PIG! But I won’t get into the reasons why because it would give away too much and spoil the story for you.
I do recommend looking past the fact that this is written in free-verse, give it a chance because the story is worth your time.
I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Ms. Danvers work!

Thank you, Ms. Danvers!

 

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Best Foot Forward (Liberty Lawrence Series Book #1) by Bea Stevens – Review by Angela Hayes

Best Foot ForwardBest Foot Forward by Bea Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Best Foot Forward is the first book in the Liberty Lawrence series by Bea Stevens. This is such a charming, fairly light-hearted and fun read- I was entirely engaged and entertained the whole way through. This is a great start to a wonderful series, and lays down the building blocks and foundation for the rest of the series to be built on
I loved Liberty, she loves fashion…. And adores shoes!! She’s a little clumsy, fun, and a little off-beat….. which made her very endearing and entirely relatable. This series follows her escapades, with interesting and very entertaining results.
Libby has a job as a junior manager at a London hotel, where we soon discover that her boss’s office is the site of a theft. Libby has a good idea of who the culprit could be, but the handsome investigating officer doesn’t seem interested in her opinion. There’s a lot to enjoy about this delightful tale- and what transpires made for some really great reading.

Thank you, Ms. Stevens!

 

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The Lies We Tell by Brittany Butler – Review by Angela Hayes

The Lies We TellThe Lies We Tell by Brittany Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Lies We Tell by Brittany Butler is an interesting story that took me on quite a ride. Ms. Butler is a ‘new-to-me’ author whose work I was quite excited to dive into. From the blurb, to the cover- this book had me intrigued enough to one-click and jump right in.
The story follows Natalie, a self-confessed liar, and her story twists and turns so many times that I really had no idea how everything would play out. I was left guessing, literally right till the end. There were lots of surprising developments, some humour, drama, betrayal, steamy moments, and plenty of mystery.
The story jumps around quite a bit, from the past to present, and back again- as well as jumping chunks/years of timeline. For the most part the transitions were done fairly well, but I felt that there were times they were quite a bit confusing and somewhat disruptive to the story.
But, I did enjoy it enough to want to explore more of Ms. Butler’s work in the future.

Thank you, Ms. Butler!

 

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