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Addie: To Wager on Her Future (Other Pens, Mansfield Park book 5) by Leenie Brown – Review by Angela Hayes

Addie: To Wager on Her Future (Other Pens, Mansfield Park #5)Addie: To Wager on Her Future by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Addie: To Wager On Her Future is the fifth book in the ‘Other Pens, Mansfield Park’ series by Leenie Brown. This is a great regency romance which is full of drama, trouble, danger, risk, angst, emotion, and even a little humour -which was well placed to balance all the drama and angst.
Ms. Brown is a ‘new-to-me’ author, so I wasn’t sure of what to expect going into this book. But I do enjoy a good period piece- and the blurb intrigued me, so I took a chance and jumped in. I am happy that I did, because this story delivers everything you could want from a great regency romance.
The characters are fully developed, with their own personalities, quirks, and flaws. The have been so well crafted that the became ‘real’ and very believable. Some characters were entirely likeable- whilst others were quite detestable- and Ms. Brown easily sways us in either direction. The story is well woven- having just the right amount of drama, angst, and tension to keep me hooked.
Addie is unlike a lot of women of her times- strong, capable, determined, independent, and forward thinking. She has grown up in and around the world of horse racing, and horse breeding. When her father is taken ill, she stepped up and has been running things ever since. But her brother brings trouble home with him, which threatens everything she holds dear. What happens when a new ‘friend’ steps in with a solution. Will this bring and end to their problems, or will this complicate things even more? It is well worth the read to find out.
This may be the fifth book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. But having said that, I am intrigued about what the other books may hold, so I will definitely be going back to meet the other characters and follow their stories.

Thank you, Leenie Brown!

 

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Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours Book 2) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Angela Hayes

Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours, #2)Love & Omens by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Love & Omens is the second book in the Crescent City Ghost Tours series by Carrie Pulkinen. You will notice while reading my review, that the word “love” is used frequently- I apologize (sorry not sorry)! But I freaking LOVE this book/series!!!
The first book, Love & Ghosts was completely captivating- so there was no way I was missing this instalment. I couldn’t wait for it to release, and as with the first one, I was absolutely thrilled to finally get my hands on it.
This is a fantastic paranormal romance- with ghosts, second chances, visions, omens, supernatural elements, new beginnings, paranormal investigations, mystery, suspense, action, danger, drama, obsession, and plenty of sizzle….. which is all set against the vibrant, colourful and mystical backdrop that is New Orleans.
I really didn’t think it was possible to love a book more than I loved the first instalment- so I had incredibly high expectations for this story. But, we are talking Carrie Pulkinen here, so it’s no real surprise that she absolutely nailed it!! I love this story just as much as the first, if not more.
The characters are fully realised, interesting, and endearing individuals, who really brought this story to life. I particularly love that there are recurring characters from book one, who we get to ‘catch up with’ as well (and even one from another loved series). They were really interesting and very well developed. I love Sydney and Blake- OMG they were just soooo perfect together, even if they tried to resist their chemistry at the beginning. I was definitely rooting for them the whole way through! And I love how Ms. Pulkinen kept the tension levels turned up to ‘high’- ramping up the suspense and weaving in a few twists as well. It kept me glued to the pages- avidly reading along to discover how everything would play out. The ‘action’ and intensity were exhilarating- but it was the emotive quality and the camaraderie between the characters which really gave the story an added depth- and making it truly memorable.
I have said this before, and I will say it again here: I have a severe addiction to Ms. Pulkinen’s work- and it’s one that I am more than happy to indulge- no rehab needed, EVER! She’s definitely one of my favourite authors, and I will never get enough of her work! I’m so looking forward to the next book!

Thank you, Ms. Pulkinen!

 

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Loving Jake (Almost Perfect Series Book 1) by Lisa Lanay – Review by Angela Hayes

Loving JakeLoving Jake by Lisa Lanay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Loving Jake is the first book in the Almost Perfect series, and emotive debut novel by Lisa Lanay. This is a contemporary romance- with drama, angst, secrets, second chances, and more. Ms. Lanay employed a tried and tested ‘recipe’ for her debut, giving it her own ‘spin’- and delivers a polished and enjoyable read. Was the story a little predictable?-Yes. But the story was written in such a way that I couldn’t help but invest in the characters, and their story- and in the end the predictability didn’t really matter. I enjoyed the journey.
I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series!
Well done!

Thank you, Ms. Lanay!

 

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Chasing Clay (The DeWitt Agency Files Book 3) by Lance Charnes – Review by Angela Hayes

Chasing Clay (The DeWitt Agency Files, #3)Chasing Clay by Lance Charnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Chasing Clay is the third book in The DeWitt Agency Files by Lance Charnes. I love a great mystery, so when this book showed up on my radar, it immediately piqued my interest. This is a twisty little mystery- with suspense, action, danger, intrigue, drama, and more. I did enjoy the story, even though it was somewhat ‘wordy’ in parts and felt a little ‘slow’ for me in the beginning. It took me a bit of time to ‘get into’ the story. But once the pace picked up, and the story unfolded a bit more, everything flowed better, and I found my groove.
Even though this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone without feeling like you are ‘missing’ anything. I did note that the first two books in the series centre around Matt Friedrich as well, and so I will definitely be going back to read them too, and finding out what else Matt has been up to.

Thank you, Mr. Charnes!

 

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The Rise of House Valdis (House Valdis Book 1) by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Angela Hayes

The Rise of House Valdis (House Valdis #1)The Rise of House Valdis by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Rise of House Valdis is the first intriguing story in the House Valdis series, and debut novel by Naomi Valkyrie. This is a very original fantasy, with sci-fi elements, action, danger, ‘powers’, responsibility, discovery, and more. I fell in love with the cover, before I even knew anything about the book. I wanted to read it as soon as I laid eyes on that gorgeous cover. I was so curious to find out what it was all about and couldn’t wait to dive in.
As I said, the story is quite original, with quirky characters who were really well developed and interesting. I definitely wanted to follow Xenobia and the rest of the cast to see how everything would play out in the end. The danger and suspense that was woven into the story added a great level of tension and drama. There was also an emotive quality to parts of the story, which also added to the overall ‘feel’ of the book.
The story is told from multiple, alternating points of view, which gives the reader a broad perspective of everything that’s going on. Naomi Valkyrie style is descriptive and detailed, painting each scene in vivid detail. But I did find that at times the story lagged a bit as we get a little ‘lost’ in the descriptive details. Then at other times I felt there were aspects which weren’t detailed enough- where I had to draw a few of my own conclusions, or where I felt I may have ‘missed’ something (but hadn’t). I did re-read some parts because of this and still was left wondering. This didn’t distract from my overall enjoyment of the book- and I feel it was just a case of Ms. Valkyrie ‘finding her feet’ as a new author. I have debated over what to rate this book , trying to decide between 3 and 4 Stars, but finally settling on 4 for originality. She also deserves credit for a job well done, producing an enjoyable story for her debut.
The ending definitely leaves an opening for another book, or books. After the way this ended, I am intrigued to see where the story might lead us!

Thank you, Naomi Valkyrie!

 

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The Hazed Series Boxed Set by Brittany Tarkington – Review by Angela Hayes

The Hazed Series Box SetThe Hazed Series Box Set by Brittany Tarkington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Hazed Series Box Set contains Books 1-3 in the Hazed series Brittany Tarkington. This is a college romance- of opposites attract, good girl falls for bad boy- with secrets, lies, obsession, and addiction all playing a part in this dramatic story.
We meet Taylor Thompson who thought college would bring her the freedom she desperately wanted, getting her away from her incredibly strict father and the small town she called home. Getting a job as a waitress, introduces her to Hayze Clark, the sexy, tattooed, bad-boy bartender- who turns her world upside down. I won’t go into too much detail, as I don’t want to spoil it for you. But what follows was hard to read at times- in a nutshell it’s a little dark, intense, and confronting.
The characters are really well developed, but I just couldn’t connect with them like I wanted to, and I really can’t pinpoint why that was. The story (books) did hold my attention though, and I definitely don’t regret reading them.

The Hazed Series Box Set contains:
Hazed (Book #1)
Unfazed (Book #2)
Ruined (Book #3)

I am looking forward to seeing what Ms. Tarkington does next.

Thank you, Ms. Tarkington!

 

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Winds of Fear (Fearless Series Book 3) by Gledé Browne Kabongo – Review by Angela Hayes

Winds of Fear (Fearless Series #3)Winds of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Winds of Fear is the third thrilling instalment in the Fearless series by Gledè Browne Kabongo. This is my first read by Ms. Browne Kabongo, and so I was excited to see what she could do. The blurb certainly promised a thrilling and suspenseful read- so I was sold- happily one-clicking a copy for myself and diving in- and I am happy to say it was every bit as good as I hoped it would be.
Even though this is the third book in the series it can be read as a standalone, which is exactly what I did. Anyway, this story has made me want to explore the other two books to see what they hold. It looks like they may be about Abbie, our main character in this book- so I am intrigued by the ‘backstory’ that may be contained there.
This book is an intriguing, suspenseful, chilling, and ‘edge of your seat’ thriller. It grabbed me from the get-go and had me avidly reading to discover just how everything would play out.
We follow Abbie Rambally who is working on getting her PhD. With her husband and three young children, they have a busy, but loving household. When new neighbours move in, strange things begin happening and Abbie’s motherly instincts are triggered when the neighbour shows a little too much interest in her oldest child. Things take on a more sinister edge when their nanny quits out of the blue, and later found murdered. What is going on? With danger close at hand and suspicions all round- you’ll need to hang on for this thrilling ride.
I am definitely looking forward to exploring the rest of this series, and anything else Ms. Browne Kabongo has/or does release.

Thank you, Ms. Browne Kabongo!

 

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Revive (Rewind Book 3) by Rowan Shaw – Review by Angela Hayes

Revive (Rewind #3)Revive by Rowan Shaw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Revive is the third book in the Rewind Series by Rowan Shaw. It is an M/M bisexual romance, with plenty of angst and drama. As with all Rowan Shaw’s stories, it pulled me in right from the beginning. The story is quite emotive- it is so well written that the characters and situations were completely ‘real’ and believable. And as I have said previously- Ms. Shaw certainly knows how to tell a great story- writing a complex, thought-provoking, moving, and memorable story.
This is Patrick and Brandon’s story. Brandon is about to discover that the man he just slept with will turn out to be his new therapist. Oops. Now what? Will they be able to keep things ‘professional’- or will their chemistry blur the lines between therapist and patient?
A beautiful story about connections, overcoming prejudices, being true to yourself, self-discovery, romance, issues, and so much more.

Thank you, Rowan Shaw!

 

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Holiday Terminal by Gwyn McNamee & Christy Anderson – Review by Angela Hayes

Holiday TerminalHoliday Terminal by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars

 

 

“ “Artemis Warren. Please head over to the office.” I freeze. No. The cup slips from my hand. The Styrofoam hits the ground, and scalding-hot liquid splashes against my bare legs. I hardly feel the burn. It can’t be. Not here……I scan the rest of the terminal. Maybe I misheard. It couldn’t be him. Fate wouldn’t toy with me like that. Right?”

 

“It was instant. Even as a teenager, barely out of high school, I knew I would love him. I knew it was something bigger than me. Bigger than him. Us. It was too big. Too powerful. Too damn much for a kid to think that way, feel that way. But I let it overtake me with every shy glance we shared. Every smile. Every touch. I knew it would be something epic. A fairy tale. One I would hold in my heart forever. And damn if I wasn’t right. I just never imagined it would come to such a catastrophic end.”

 

OMG! First of all, this book is sooooooo freaking goooood! It needs to be made into a movie so I can watch it over and over again, especially leading up to Christmas!!! I have already read it 3 times and will probably re-read it many more times in the next few weeks. I am a sucker for a great Christmas/holiday story- especially one that grabs you by the heart-strings. This one gave me all the emotional content that I love so much, tugging on my heart-strings, giving me that ‘feel-good’ experience at the end, where I sat back with a big smile on my face, because I am so happy to have this book in my life.
Holiday terminal by Gwyn McNamee and Christy Anderson is a wonderful holiday romance- with a massive snowstorm, a small airport in the middle of nowhere, a twist of fate, some drama, angst, push-pull, surprises, steam, emotion, and second chances. I am a huge fan of both these authors individually, and both are on my favourite authors list- so when they decide to collaborate on a book- I AM ALL IN!!! No questions asked. #TAKEMYMONEY #ONECLICK #WINNING
Now after reading this story, I am soooo impressed by what they have produced- but I really shouldn’t have been surprised- because DUH, it’s Gwyn McNamee and Christy Anderson- both such excellent authors- and I should have known that anything these two talented writers came up with would be brilliant. I was hooked right from the start- this story is my crack- totally addictive- and it’s one addiction this junkie is happy to feed.
The story takes place in a tiny airport terminal in the middle of nowhere, when a twist of fate throws two ex-lovers together in the snowstorm of the century. Past hurts are never far from the surface- but neither is their electrifying chemistry. But, with their past pain, miscommunication, and a bug secret- will these two find their second chance, or will this twist of fate bring even more heartache.
I LOVED Art and Pen, so so so much! Thant’s not to say there weren’t a few moments where I wanted to shake them. Their miscommunication drove me crazy. And I found myself yelling a t them several times through the story. They are perfect for each other. I really can’t wait to read Archie’s story- I really NEED it STAT! Like yesterday!!!
So, what are you waiting for- seriously, if you love a fantastic holiday romance, an emotive- well written story, and wonderful characters- then this is definitely one book you won’t want to miss. And if this book is outside of your preferred reading, why not take a chance and dive in- you may be surprised by how much you like it too! There really is so much to love about this book!

Thank you, Gwyn McNamee & Christy Anderson!!!

 

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Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Angela Hayes

Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3)Fire & Ice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Fire & Ice is the third instalment in the Spicetopia series by Phoebe Alexander. Fire & Ice is my favourite of the series (so far). I know I say this with every book Phoebe Alexander releases, but I can’t help it, her books just seem to get better and better- as each new book slightly eclipses the one before it.
This is such an engrossing romantic suspense- with an enemies to lovers element to the story, as well as drama, action, mystery, intrigue, humour, spice, passion, BDSM, and erotic fun. The story has a few surprising developments thrown in to hold our interest. This was definitely one book I wasn’t putting down till I’d read every word.
This book follows Neve Romano and Enya Moore. Neve is ex-military and the new head of security at Spicetopia. He is the ‘strong-silent-type. A man of few words. Disciplined and controlled. Holding people at arm’s length, gives him a cold-as-steel facade. This makes him the complete opposite of Enya- a chatty, friendly ‘people-person’, (and at times fiery) redhead, who is perfect as the Director of Public Relations. Her personality grates him and makes him shake his head. She thinks he has a huge chip on his shoulder. They’re oil and water.
With the Grand Opening of Spicetopia fast approaching, someone is hell bent on Sabotaging the whole thing. Neve and Enya are thrown together to try to figure things out and get to the bottom of it all, before it’s too late. And things are about to heat up!!!
Another addictive addition to the Spicetopia series! Bring on book 4!

Thank you, Ms. Alexander!

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