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Taming Beckett (The Playmakers Book #1) by G.K. Brady – Review by Angela Hayes

Taming Beckett (The Playmakers, #1)Taming Beckett by G.K. Brady
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

3 Stars

 

Taming Beckett is the first book in The Playmakers series by G.K. Brady. This is the first time I have read any of Ms. Brady’s work so I was quite interested to see what I would find.
It is a contemporary sports romance following Beckett Miller, a disgraced hockey player who’s hit rock-bottom- his life spiralling out of control by being caught up in one-to-many scandals. Then enters unlucky in love real estate agent Paige Anderson, and things start to look up. These two knew each other in college, but ten years has passed since then. Both have been burned, and both need someone they can trust. What does fate have in store for them?
I really wanted to love this book, and it really should have ticked all the boxes for me- but unfortunately, I just couldn’t connect with the characters which made it quite difficult to invest in their story. Also, the storyline was quite slow in places which resulted in pulling me out of the story, as I had found my mind wandering quite a lot. I had to continually force my focus back on the story, as it hadn’t pulled me in the way I hoped it would.
As I have been on a bit of a thriller binge lately, maybe that’s why I haven’t connect with this book. So, I have decided that I will revisit it again in a few weeks to see if I still feel the same way, or if I was just having an ‘off’ reading day. So don’t let me put you off grabbing a copy and having your own opinion on the book…
Stay tuned…

Thank you, G.K. Brady!

 

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If I Had a Magic Wand by Melissa Lavi – Review by Angela Hayes

If I had a Magic WandIf I had a Magic Wand by Melissa Lavi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4 Stars

 

“If I had a magic wand that made my wishes come true,
I’d wave it high and wave it low
And use all my wishes on you…”

 

If I Had a Magic Wand by Melissa Lavi is a sweet, illustrated children’s storybook that can be enjoyed by both young and old… It is written is a poetic, lyrical style- which certainly adds to the whole feel of this sweet, heart-warming book.
This is a story of a mother’s wish for her baby/children- passing the wishing wand from mother to mother as they each make wishes for their little ones. The messages are touching, tender, sweet, poignant, and inspirational. As I mother, I can really relate to all of the wishes and definitely wish the same for my children and grandchildren, also.
A lovely story to read your child at bedtime, leaving them with meaningful messages of love, hope, family, and unity as they nod off to sleep….
Happy Reading.

Thank you, Melissa Levi!

 

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Snow in Love by Libby Kay – Review by Angela Hayes

Snow in LoveSnow in Love by Libby Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4 Stars

 

Snow in Love by Libby Kay is a short and entertaining contemporary sports romance set during the holidays. It is my first read by Libby Kay, so I was curious to see what I would find between the covers. It turned out to be a sweet and spicy story featuring a bad boy and a golden girl, Paralympians focused on their winning gold, never expecting to win something far more valuable. Well worth the read to find out how these two opposites attract and find love unexpectedly.
Christmas. Spice. Emotion. Sports. & plenty of Fun!
Happy Reading…

Thank you, Libby Kay!

 

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Kamana Wanalaya by Susan Renee – Review by Angela Hayes

Kamana Wanalaya for the Holidays: A Grinchy/Sunshine Holiday RomanceKamana Wanalaya for the Holidays: A Grinchy/Sunshine Holiday Romance by Susan Renee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4 Stars

 

Kamana Wanalaya for the Holidays by Susan Renee is a fun contemporary romance, with plenty of humour, fun, and banter. An opposites attract, enemies to lovers story about finding love unexpectedly, where our grinch ‘n’ sunshine MC’s are thrown together for the holidays in Hawaii.
Tenley doesn’t believe in all the romantic trappings, love at first sight, white-picket-fences, or even HEA’s- her dedicated podcast extols staying single, offering practical advice on adult relationships and how to avoid the mess of romantic entanglements.
Teagan is the quintessential love guru- his optimistic outlook on romance encourages all things romance and finding love. When his latest article about a couple’s retreat in Hawaii receives quite negative critique from Tenley, Teagan throws out a challenge for her to join him on an all- expense-paid holiday there. If Teagan can’t manage to get her to fall in love, then he will put his hand in his pocket and her podcast will receive a substantial payout. With these two having such drastically different views on love, being stuck together in a romantic Hawaiian setting is sure to shake things up…. and it does in ways neither of them expects… what ensues made for quite an entertaining read.
A sweet, fun, slow-burn, and witty romantic comedy.
Happy Reading…

Thank you, Susan Renee!

 

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Knight In the Museum (Jorja Knight Private Investigator Mystery Series Book #5) by Alice Bienia – Review by Angela Hayes

Knight In The Museum ( Jorja Knight Mystery -Book 5)Knight In The Museum by Alice Bienia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

4.5 Stars

 

Knight In the Museum is the fifth book in the Jorja Knight Mystery series by Alice Bienia. I was unaware going into this suspenseful read that it was the fifth book in the series. But luckily it is able to be read as a standalone without feeling like I was ‘missing’ anything by not having read the previous books. Having said that though, this book has definitely left me wanting- wanting more of Ms. Bienia’s books that is. I was drawn to the book by the intriguing title and interesting cover- plus I love a thrilling mystery- so I happily one-clicked a copy and started the adventure. I was immediately pulled into the story and spent the rest of the afternoon glued to the pages, reading avidly, and devouring the entire book in one sitting just so I could discover how everything played out in the end.
This may have been my first read from Ms. Bienia, but after this engrossing mystery, it definitely won’t be the last. This has whet my appetite for more of Ms. Bienia’s work, and more of Jorja Knight’s adventures, so I will definitely be going back to read the rest of the series- I am halfway through Book #1 already.
Jorja Knight is a Private Investigator who is asked to look into the suspicious death of a friend-of-a-friend. What was supposed to be an accidental drowning leads Jorja to more bodies, and an ever-mounting web of intrigue. Add in an ancient, cursed relic into the mix and the case takes an even stranger turn. The puzzling nature of this latest investigation means Jorja will be tested like never before. With the body-count mounting, and danger circling- it is apparent that sinister forces will do anything and everything to prevent her from finding out the truth. Putting a rather large target on her back. Not everything is as it seems. And Jorja begins to suspect that the fallout could hit closer to home than she ever could have suspected going into the case. What ensues makes for an exciting read.
I love it when I discover an author who can completely capture my attention with their stories- pulling me into their world so completely that I lose all sense of time and place. This book did that for me. Ms. Bienia has cleverly crafted a tightly woven crime and investigation story- a whodunit mystery with a cursed relic, murder, a determined PI, sinister foes, agendas, action, intensity, danger, puzzling developments, twists, adventure, humour, banter, tension, and drama- as well as a lot of interesting and well-developed characters.
Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
Happy Reading…

Thank you, Alice Bienia!

 

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Amaleigha and the Big Idea by Janice Pratt – Review by Angela Hayes

Amaleigha and the Big IdeaAmaleigha and the Big Idea by Janice Pratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

Amaleigha and the Big Idea by Janice Pratt is a sweet, illustrated children’s story that inspires the imagination of both young and old…
She may only be five years-old, but Amaleigha has some really big ideas. She is always off exploring, wondering about the world and nature, taking in everything around her. One day she comes up with a fantastic idea, but it is a bit of a huge undertaking. She explains her idea to her family and so, with their help, her idea comes to fruition.
The story inspires imagination, but also implants the idea that anything is possible. It’s a sweet and fun plot- with bright and colourful illustrations that will hold a child’s interest. The messages are inspirational and easy for children to understand.
This cute and quirky story was engaging and fun, feeding both the imagination, as well as inspiring creative thinking, being productive, family bonding, and contributing to community.
Happy reading!

 

 

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Return to Gallanvaig (A Quirk of Destiny Book #2) by Catherine Greenall – Review by Angela Hayes

Return to Gallanvaig: Beyond A Quirk of DestinyReturn to Gallanvaig: Beyond A Quirk of Destiny by Catherine Greenall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4 Stars

 

Return to Gallanvaig: Beyond A Quirk of Destiny is the second intriguing book in the Apocalyptic (A Quirk of Destiny) Trilogy by Catherine Greenall. This is a gripping dystopian post-apocalyptic thriller with real scientific details as well as sci-fi elements, action, danger, agendas, the paranormal, good vs evil, sinister foes, and plenty of dramatic developments.
As I said with the first instalment, the story certainly packs a punch as Ms. Greenall cleverly weaves a dynamic, detailed, and incredibly descriptive story and paints a truly believable and dramatic picture. I can see this trilogy making a great dystopian movie or TV series.
This book picks up the story we began in Book one, so if you haven’t read the first book yet I highly recommend that you do, as there is a lot of important plot contained in Book #1 that you should know in order to fully understand and appreciate this second instalment- it is a continuing storyline.
If you love intense, post-apocalyptic stories with a highly original plot, environmental messages, believability, danger, and plenty of action- then this is definitely the book/series for you.
This story ends on another cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to get my hands on Book #3 to find out how everything plays out!
Happy Reading!

Thank you, Catherine Greenall!

 

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Reckless Heart (Second Chance Romance Series Book #2) by Jane Suen – Review by Angela Hayes

Reckless Heart (Second Chance Romance #2)Reckless Heart by Jane Suen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

4.5 Stars

 

Reckless Heart is the second instalment in the Second Chance Romance Book series by the talented Jane Suen. It is a wonderful, sweet, clean, feelgood, second chance contemporary romance. As expected from this skilled author, Ms. Suen has once again delivered a story full of emotion, touching and tender moments, friendship, family dynamics, angsty misunderstandings, endearing characters, nasty ex’s, matchmaking, drama, hope, healing, and much more.
This is Mary and Brad’s story- we met these characters previously in Book One, as Mary is Katie’s (MFC from Book #1) older sister, and Brad was also a guest at the wedding (in Book #1). He and Mary share a complicated and somewhat painful past. Having been friends at school they share many fond memories, but there were also secret feelings that were never divulged- and when hearts were broken it tore them apart. Heartache and life led them in different directions- but now, ten years later, fate has brought them back together. Old feelings resurface, simmering embers reignite, and hope blossoms. But will past hurt, miscommunications, and resentment cost them their second chance at finding love and happiness? This is definitely well worth the read to find out…
I love Ms. Suen’s books/stories, but especially her wonderful characters. I loved getting to know Mary and Brad better and following them on their story. The characters are all so well-developed- cleverly crafted into realistic and believable individuals with their own unique personalities, quirks and flaws. Including the secondary characters- most of whom are recurring characters from book one. I love that Laurie continues with her sneaky (and clever) matchmaking schemes. She’s a great friend. I love how quirky and likeable the characters are (except the ones we are meant to not like)…
Another great read from Ms. Suen- can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next…
Happy Reading!

Thank you, Jane Suen!

 

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Murder on Oak Street (South Shore Mystery Series Book #1) by I.M. Foster – Review by Angela Hayes

Murder on oak streetMurder on oak street by I. M. Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

3.5 Stars

 

Murder On Oak Street is the first book in the South Shore Mystery series and debut novel by I.M. Foster. As a debut novel, this proved to be well-woven and intriguing. It is an historical crime and investigation story set in the early 1900’s in Long Island.

We follow coroner’s physician, Daniel O’Halleran who leaves New York city for a fresh start on Long Island after being fed up with all the excessive bureaucracy and political play that came with his job, as well as being left at the alter by his fiancée on their wedding day- he’s definitely ready for a change. When an old unsolved murder case is brought to his attention, Daniel begins to investigate, and this is where things start to get interesting, especially when a new murder occurs. What happens makes for an intriguing and suspenseful read.
Looking forward to continuing this series.
Happy reading…

Thank you, I.M. Foster!

 

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Malayeka (Heartstrings Book #3) by Brooke May – Review by Angela Hayes

Malayeka (Heartstrings Book 3)Malayeka by Brooke May
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

4.5 Stars

 

Malayeka is the third book in the Heartstrings series by Brooke May. I have been really enjoying this fun and original paranormal series, each book bringing more fun, adventure, and romance- and building a bigger picture of the ‘cupid’ world… but, I think this one has just become my favourite of the series, so far.
Ms. May has crafted a wonderful series, each book taking us on a journey with a ‘cupid’ as they go about fulfilling their assignments. But things don’t always go according to plan. This time we accompany Malayeka as she seeks to ensure her mission doesn’t end up in disaster. Something she is all too familiar with. Can she right the wrongs, work her cupid magic, and find a little redemption along the way? What ensues makes for quite a sweet and entertaining read…
Looking forward to more of the series!
Happy Reading…

Thank you, Brooke May!

 

 

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