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Blood Mug (Red Farlow Mysteries Book 4) by W.F. Ranew – Review by Angela Hayes

Blood Mug (Red Farlow Mysteries: #4)Blood Mug by W.F. Ranew
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

3 ½ Stars

 

Blood Mug is the fourth book in the Red Farlow Mysteries series by W.F Ranew. This follows our MC, PI Red Farlow, as he unravels another intriguing mystery. All the books in this series centre around Red Farlow as he investigates various ‘cases’, each instalment can be read as a standalone- but having said that, I think knowing Red, and what has happened previously, would definitely enhance your reading experience of this book and series as a whole.
Again, this is an intriguing murder mystery, with a crime and investigation theme, a seasoned PI, drama, danger, intrigue, a little suspense, and more.
Red Farlow has n appointment with the head of the local Art Centre, but when he arrives Red discovers that he has been murdered. As he investigates, more murders occur- so Red will need to get to the bottom of it all before the body count gets any higher. What is the significance of the murder weapon/s- a medieval battle dagger? All will be revealed.
Again, this is a cleverly woven story full of intriguing and descriptive details. I wonder what Red will get up to in the next instalment.

Thank you, W.F Ranew!

 

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Betrayal at the Beach (Dangerous Curves Book 1) by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Angela Hayes

Betrayal at the Beach: A Cozy Christian Mystery (Dangerous Curves Book 1)Betrayal at the Beach: A Cozy Christian Mystery by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

5 Stars

 

Betrayal at the Beach is the first book in the Dangerous Curves series by K.L Montgomery. This is something a little different to what Ms. Montgomery has done in the past- as this is a cozy Christian mystery, so I wasn’t sure of what to expect, but knew anything she wrote was going to be good- and of course, it was.
I loved the setting, Bryce Beach, a small town beach community- as well as all the quirky and interesting inhabitants of the town. It was the perfect setting and cast for a cozy mystery, so I was hooked right from the start.
Sunshine Baker is one of the local librarians who has worked incredibly hard on the annual fundraising gala hoping to raise enough funds to keep the library running. As the night arrives, Sunshine hopes everything will run smoothly as there is a lot riding on the night’s success. Just when Sunshine begins to think the night couldn’t have been better, a robbery brings the festivities to a screeching halt. Not only has the thief taken the large amount of donations, but also a priceless antique that is steeped in historical significance for all the township. It is now up to Sunny, and her friends, to get to the bottom of it all, to find the thief and return the funds and heirloom, before it’s too late.
This was such a fun little adventure and a fantastic start to a wonderful new series. I can’t wait for book #2.

Thank you, K.L Montgomery!

 

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An Unexpected Bonding (The Unexpected Trilogy Book 1) by Lilly Rayman – Review by Angela Hayes

An Unexpected BondingAn Unexpected Bonding by Lilly Rayman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

An Unexpected Bonding is the first book in The Unexpected Trilogy by Lilly Rayman. This is an original paranormal romance with vampires, shifters, Fae, Egyptian mythology, a secret society, drama, chemistry, interesting characters, and intriguing developments.
This is my first read from Lilly Rayman, so I really didn’t know what to expect- but the blurb intrigued me, so I took the chance and one-clicked myself a copy. What I discovered is a well-woven and richly descriptive story that held my attention the whole way through.
This story definitely has its own flair. It’s an interesting blend of vampires, shifters, mythology, fae, and spice. I enjoyed the authors original take on the ‘lore’. There were a few minor issues with the story- but nothing that detracted too much from my overall enjoyment of the book.
I am looking forward to exploring more of Ms. Rayman’s work.

Thank you, Lilly Rayman!

 

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Cursed Whispers (Broderick Coven Series Book 3) by AJ Renee – Review by Angela Hayes

Cursed Whispers (Broderick Coven, #3)Cursed Whispers by A.J. Renee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Cursed Whispers is the third book in the Broderick Coven Series by A.J. Renee. I know I said this for the previous book in this series- but this is definitely my favourite, so far. The series just seems to get better and better with each new instalment.
This is a wonderful paranormal romance with witches, shifters, chemistry, danger, drama, magic, and more. I was hooked right from the beginning and read the entire story in one sitting.
Max Broderick gave off Dr. Dolittle vibes, as he can literally ‘talk to the animals’. But he’s in for quite a life changing surprise when he rescues a dying wolf. The wolf turns out to be a beautiful shifter by the name of Claudia- who has a complicated story to tell. When everything is revealed, Max will do everything he can to help and protect Claudia. What happens makes for a really great read!
Can’t wait for more.

Thank you, A.J Renee!

 

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Luminoso (The Luminara Series, Book 4) by SJ Molloy – Review by Angela Hayes

Luminoso (Luminara, #4)Luminoso by S.J. Molloy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

3.5 Stars

 

Luminoso is the fourth book in the Luminara series by S.J Molloy. This story follows on from book three, so it isn’t a standalone. The series/books really need to be read in sequence to fully appreciate the story.
I have been on the fence with this series, having read the first three books as a boxset, I had felt that the story was really drawn out and could have been condensed into one or two books- and after reading this one, I still feel the same way- as this fourth instalment still doesn’t conclude the series, as there are two more books (at least) still to come- so I definitely think that they could have been condensed into a trilogy. The whole thing is very wordy and that frustrated me. But, I have warmed up to Lucca more in this book- but still couldn’t connect with Lexi in the way I would have liked, which was disappointing.
As mentioned in my review for the first three books- some of the dialogue/situations felt forced, somewhat awkward, or stilted- which was still an issue in this book, for me- although it does seem to have improved a bit from the first three books- and I did ‘enjoy’ this book more than the first three.
Crossing my fingers as I head into book #5.

Thank you, S.J. Molloy!

 

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Southland Academy for Supernatural Youth by Sandra Tentler and Brooke Tentler – Review by Angela Hayes

Southland Academy for Supernatural YouthSouthland Academy for Supernatural Youth by Sandra Tentler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Southland Academy For Supernatural Youth by Sandra Tentler and Brooke Tentler is such a fun read. This is a paranormal mystery aimed at early teen readers, but really can be enjoyed at any age.
At the Southland Academy for Supernatural Youth, strange things seem to be happening. Things are going missing, and trouble is brewing- but our band of endearing misfits is on the case- and so starts this wonderful little story.
I really enjoyed exploring this book and joining the quirky band of misfits on their adventure.
Looking forward to more from this duo.

Thank you, Sandra Tentler & Brooke Tentler.

 

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Apocalypse NOPE!! (Queerpocalypse) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Angela Hayes

Apocalypse NOPE!!Apocalypse NOPE!! by Deidre Huesmann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

4.5 Stars

 

Apocalypse NOPE!! By Deidre Huesmann is a wonderful YA story that kept me entertained the whole way through. It’s a modern retelling of the four horsemen of the apocalypse story, but with a Deidre Huesmann twist. This is paranormal LGBT romantic comedy done well- with emotion, drama, teenage issues, angst, and more.
I have read many of Deidre Huesmann’s books now and can always count on her to deliver a wonderfully original, entertaining, and yet thought provoking read. And this story was no different. I love the quirky, off-bet characters- and the modern spin that Ms. Huesmann gave to the old classic. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Thank you, Deidre Huesmann!

 

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Myths & Legends: An Indie Love Anthology – Review by Angela Hayes

Myths & LegendsMyths & Legends by Laura Greenwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

3 ½ Stars

 

Myths & Legends: An Indie Love Anthology is a collection of seven original stories all based on well-known myths and legends. From Egyptian Gods to Robin Hood, Arthurian Legends, Hades and Persephone, Greek mythology, and more….there is a lot to choose from.
The stories range from fantasy to paranormal romance- with F/F romance, forbidden love, second chances, self-discovery, finding love unexpectedly, crime and investigation, covert military units, dragon shifters, magic, and much more.
I would like to have read longer versions of these stories, because a few of them felt really rushed and underdeveloped. I love the premise of most of them- but a few were let down by a rushed story and lack of development.

The collection contains:

Mistress of Sky and Stars (Forgotten Gods: Origins) By: Laura Greenwood
This is a forbidden love story based on an Egyptian creation myth.

Queens of the Underworld By: Arizona Tape
This is an original take on Hades and Persephone’s story, but with a twist- it’s a F/F romance.

Frost and Flame By: R.J Truman
This is a paranormal fantasy- with Phoenix’s, magic, fire & Ice, second chances, discovery, drama, and more. While I loved the concept of this story and thought it could have been quite a stellar read if only it had been longer- to allow for more depth and development. It felt really rushed.

In Search of Ghosts By: Paula Acton
This is based on the Arthurian legend of the Lady in the Lake. A fantasy fully of paranormal elements, magic, drama, and fate. Again, this story was fun- but I felt it needed to be a little longer to allow the story to really shine.

Cursed to Love By: Erin O’Kane
This is my favourite of the collection. Based on Greek mythology with Gorgons, curses, betrayal, magic, drama, and more. This was such a great little read- I would love to read a loner version of this story as I wanted to linger longer with the character/s, cos I’m greedy like that lol. The story leaves room for more at the end, so I am hoping to get more in the near future (hint, hint Ms O’Kane 😊)

I Do It For You By: Louisa Line
This is the modern retelling of the classic, “Robin Hood”- and is about finding love unexpectedly, with a little crime and investigation thrown in to keep things interesting.

Dragon’s Heart By: Carrie Austin Malone
Who doesn’t love dragon shifter stories? I know I do. A story full of action, magic, danger, fated mates, romance, covert military units, hunters, hidden agendas, and a secret society….. need I say more 😊

Thank you to all the contributing authors!

 

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Our Wicked Lies by Gledé Browne Kabongo – Review by Angela Hayes

Our Wicked LiesOur Wicked Lies by Glede Browne Kabongo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Our Wicked Lies by Gledè Browne Kabongo a suspenseful story that had me flipping the pages to discover how it all played out.
I would class it as a bit of a psychological thriller- there’s also plenty of emotion, secrets, mystery, deception, intrigue, lies, betrayal, discovery, and tension.
Although the story was a little slow in the beginning, it didn’t take too long before it had me devouring the pages and following along intently as everything unfolded.

Well worth the read!

Thank you, Gledè Browne Kabongo!

 

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My Lips Are Sealed (Sealed With a Kiss Book 1) by Carmen Richter – Review by Angela Hayes

My Lips Are Sealed (Sealed With a Kiss #1)My Lips Are Sealed by Carmen Richter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

3 Stars

 

My Lips Are Sealed is the first book in the Sealed With A Kiss series by Carmen Richter. This is my first read by Ms. Richter, so I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but as it was recommended to me I took a chance and snapped up a copy to read.
I’m going to be honest here- I struggled with this story, I really did. I think I had a preconceived idea of what I was getting into and may have had my expectations set too high.
That’s not to say that the story was bad, it was ok- but I really struggled with the ages of the characters. I think I would have enjoyed this more, and related more to the character/s, if Zoe had been of college age, say 18/19/20- instead of her 16 years. But, that’s just me- there are probably heaps of people that wouldn’t be bothered by her age, but I was for some reason.
Zoe has endured so much heartbreak for someone so young, she has struggled to find her way back from her grief. Pouring her heart out into her music, she decides to perform at an open mic night and sing about her loss. It’s there she meets Elijah, who sparks something in her for the first time since her loss. She feels a small spark of her former life start to kindle within her, and for the first time in months she feels a little hope. Something promising blossoms between them- so imagine her surprise at school the next day when Elijah turns out to be her new drama teacher. They should just walk away- but instead decide to keep what they have a secret. What happens when secrets are revealed? Will this only lead to more heartbreak for Zoe? Well, you will just have to read the story for yourself to discover how everything unfolds.
The story is full of teen angst, friendship, love, loss, heartache, chemistry, secrets, and more.

Thank you, Carmen Richter.

 

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