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Painter of the Damned (Painted Souls Book 2) by Rob Samborn – Review by Angela Shirley

Painter of the Damned (Painted Souls, #2)Painter of the Damned by Rob Samborn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nick and Julia have had enough, trying to get to the American Consulate to get home from the horrendous trip away, but unbeknownst to them Salvatore is hiding in the wings ready to get them transported back to Venice.

Salvatore is convinced that Nick has the lost knowledge to find the location of the manuscript, but can Nick get the information required before he is consumed with his past life. Julia must work to try and help her husband release his past life and take Salvatore down in the process.

Can Julia help her husband and bring him back from the past, you will need to find out?

Oh, my lord, I have come into this series with this book and although I did struggle with some of the back knowledge from the first book it did not distract me from the utterly mind shattering story. The story was captivating full of magic and mystery with a sprinkling of ancient Italy. The added complexity of past lives and twists and turns leaves you wanting more.

The story is fast paced and will draw you into worlds of treachery and mysteries of the past which will have you turning the pages to try and discover more. To be fair this would not be a book I would instantly be drawn too but was recommended by a friend and oh my I can’t wait to read more by this wonderful author and this wonderful series.

Master Catteneo (Masters of the Consulate Book 5) by Sylvia Black – Review by Angela Shirley

Master CatteneoMaster Catteneo by Sylvia Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lucianna has been Kidnapped and Master Catteneo has been tasked to recuse her and bring her back into the fold. Catteneo decides to seek the help of the most powerful seer and when he arrives, he is stopped in his tracks by the grand-daughter, Alessia, who does not trust the vampire with her precious grandmother.

Although in the end Alessia is destined to help Catteneo with his quest and the two start having feelings for each other, although Alessia is a different type of woman to Catteneo as he is used to people following his orders and this woman has her own sassy and determination with the tasks ahead which infuriates him. Can they locate Luccianna and complete the tasks along the way and not let the attraction get in the way.

This is the fifth book in the series and although I felt this could be read as a stand alone so insight in the first four books does give you a grounding to the world of the Master of the Consulate. I love the way this series draws you into the stories and you feel like you are engaged and part of the world that Sylvia Black creates.

This book delves deeper into the world and brings together two unlikely companions but as the story goes through you see the attraction building and creating the love story between these beautiful characters. The story is fast paced, full of suspense and thrilling to read as always, the intensity of the story has you at the end of your seat trying desperately to turn the next page to see what happens. If you are a fan of the paranormal world, then this has it all.

I can’t wait for the next instalment in this series, thank you for allowing us into your world.

Gunner (Hollins & Haring Book 3) by T.J. Beach – Review by Angela Shirley

Gunner (Hollins & Haring #3)Gunner by T.J. Beach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gary and Debbie work together at the Detective Agency, although they get on well there is always something at the back of Debbie’s mind that Gary seems to have had a hard life. As the time goes on Debbie is devastated when her mother becomes ill with COVID her world falls apart.

As the world comes under siege by this mysterious virus and is thrown into Quarantine, with her mother ill and Debbie not being able to get to her so becomes reliant on Gary to help her through this time. Gary has his own demons and with the help of Debbie offering an ear when he needs to decompress the relationship grows.

Gary’s history is rocky, and can Debbie help him be the man he wants to be.

This was the first book I have read by this author and although this story is the third in the series it was easy to read as a standalone. I loved the characters and the interactions they had needing each other in the times of great solitude and pressures of the pandemic in Australia. The story from Gary was heart-breaking and really delved into his character and who he is now.

I loved this story and can’t wait to read the other two books in this series to understand the relationship got to this point from these characters and hope to read book four in the future.

A Christmas to Remember by 5 Prince Publishing – Review by Angela Shirley

A Christmas to Remember: An Anthology from 5 Prince PublishingA Christmas to Remember: An Anthology from 5 Prince Publishing by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Christmas to Remember is a collection of eight books with a Christmas theme running through them with each a unique story and full of romance.

Falling for Christmas – When Gabe comes into town and takes over the Savings and Loan there is a low hum around town especially when he decides to make changes which the town are not happy with. Nat decides to speak to Gabe and from the moment they meet the attraction is there, but can Nat keep on track and not get whisked away by Gabe.

Christmas Pizzo – There families have been emeries seem like forever but Valentina and Sal try to make each family see that they need each other, plus with the attraction between Sal and Valentia can they all come together in the end.

Mrs Clause – Abbey as been left money but as all things it comes with a clause that Abbey needs to be married before her 35th Christmas to inherit but trying to find her true love in two months that might seem a tall order but can she find the perfect man.

I loved this collection of stories and with a Christmas who could not resist. Each story is full of charm and is written beautifully, with characters you can invest in and stories which have you turning the pages. If you are looking for a good read with a little bit of everything you need to read this collection.

Faultless Love (The Bennetts of Langston Falls Book 1) by KG Fletcher – Review by Angela Shirley

Faultless Love (The Bennetts of Langston Falls, #1)Faultless Love by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Teddy is just being release from prison, but will he be able to live life again. Once arriving on his families farm he is shocked at the changes that have happened over the six years he has been imprisoned.

Robyn was en-route for college and then law school until one fateful night when all there worlds were turn around, her boyfriend sent to prison for something he never did and with that injustice she lost all fight of becoming a lawyer, but seeing him again has evoked the feelings that never really went away.

Can they rekindle the lost love and can Teddy be released from the guilt of ruining his family and his life because of one stupid mistake.

OMG, get your tissues at the ready. I love this author and her style of writing and this was a brilliant, emotional story from start to finish. I so felt sorry for Teddy and the emotional upheaval one mistake can take and also the gracious guy who did not blame anyone for the huge mistake that occurred in his life.

The family dynamic was lovely to read and that his family stood by him and strived to help him integrate in society again. The feelings that this story brought up was heart-breaking and you felt like you were on the journey with Robyn and Teddy throughout the story. I have read many books by this author and this one does not disappoint one bit, I am hoping the next book in the series is James and Sam’s story. I can’t wait to read more.

 

Devlin by Angela K. Parker – Review by Angela Shirley

DevlinDevlin by Angela K. Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Devlin is a businessman and a womaniser but there is one woman who has driven him insane from the first meeting five years ago, Eve.

They are brilliant as a team and with there biting banter and flirtations is just that flirting but when Eve suddenly becomes single all bets are off, the only problem there are certain rules within the office and dating a co-worker is right up there.

One night they have two much alcohol and not much sense but will one night be enough.

This book is a standalone story involving the characters of Devlin and Eve, the chemistry between these two-character jumps off the page at you and feeling of forbidden love is always on the cusp of their banter. The story although short offers you an insight into the world of these two people from the frenemy’s aspect of the story to the relationship that develops after the night together.

The story is full of action and with them trying to keep their relationship a secret is fun to read. This is not the first book I have read by this author and certainly won’t be the last.

Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Angela Shirley

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Katarina’s past has always been the driving force to her life, scarred by her mother and driven within her career she has never really enjoyed life, until she meets the dark and mysterious Chase Prestian. With his relentless nature to make her his and the chemistry between them sparks will fly but can Katarina open her dark desires to him.

Chase has it all money, success, and a revolving door of woman but none has piqued his interest like Katarina, with the chemistry and the willing to show her the dark side of life will she be as open to a relationship with him once he shows her his other side.

This book is full of action and steamy scenes, I am always drawn to a Alpha male and Chase is more than that. The action within this book is full of intrigue and suspense, with the characters each having their own flaws and problems to overcome. I love the interactions between the two main characters and the way Katarina discovers this about herself personally along the way.

Although the book has a vibe of the Sub/Dom relationship this is done in a way to enhance the characters relationships and provides and interesting look into both. I loved the strong character of Katarina and although she shows her submissive side to Chase there is always a sass to her character and style. Overall, this is a brilliant start to the series and can’t wait to read more and discover more of this world.

A Crossbow Christmas by Ann Swann – Review by Angela Shirley

A Crossbow ChristmasA Crossbow Christmas by Ann Swann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Carina has had her fill of tragedy and heartbreak over the past year. Covid hit the world and in her small world was even worst, with losing her mother, Sister and father in the space of the year and contracting COVID which left her near deaths door her whole world has been drape with darkness.

Carina feels lost and wandering the path of life with no purpose anymore not quite understanding were she fits in; her husband has just carried on with life. Her children have grown and flown the nest a while ago and she is no come to a point where she feels she is does not fit in.

The only thing she looks forward to is her chats with Max a young man who knows the heartbreak of losing someone close to them as his young wife passed away from cancer which has left him lost as well. So, when a conversation occurs, and Max offers his cabin to Carina is she brave enough to take him up and start building her world back up.

I have to admit this book at the start was “Where is this going?” but I have to say the more I read the more I related to Carina in a way I have not thought about. We all struggled through the pandemic no matter where you were in the world and if you lost someone close it must have been a horrendous time. I live in the UK and my father passed away through cancer not COVID but the restrictions around his funeral were more heart-breaking than the funeral itself.

I also related to the fact of trying to “get back to normal” whatever that is in this time now, this book highlighted the struggle some people are having with the life in general. It was a great thought provoking but which I would recommend people to read just to say you’re not alone in this.

Thank you for writing a book with the characters so personable and a story which was well written and flowed beautifully through the thoughts and actions of these characters.

Defiant Princess (Mafia Elite Series Prequel) by Amy McKinley – Review by Angela Shirley

Defiant Princess (Mafia Elite Prequel)Defiant Princess by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OMG I am obsessed by this series and thought it could not get any better, well I was wrong. This book is the prequel to the night of Marissa’s death and what went down, the only drawback this is too short and leaves you hanging.

This introduces the Princesses into the world and is written with the same intrigue and twists as all the books in this series. The characters are the ones we love and cherish, and it is great to see the characters in a time of free-spirited woman and how the fibre’s such strong friendship was founded.

I hope there is more in the series as I’m not sure I want to say goodbye to the Five Families just yet,

Bycatch by Alexander Blevens – Review by Angela Shirley

BycatchBycatch by Alexander Blevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A man’s choice years ago will ripple through the years and has embedded into the soul of Rex, when something happens with his son’s his past in the Air Force comes rushing back with a visitor, he was not expecting to confront him.

Can Rex try and help his son’s and right a wrong from the past, you will need to delve into this wonderful book.

This is the first book I have read from this author and to be honest I was not sure what to expect, this is not normally a book I would gravitate to, but I was recommended to take a chance on it, and I was not disappointed. The story is quite a heavy subject matter but the way the author weaves you through the past to the future is refreshing and quite easy to read. I love a good, flawed character and Rex is one who has tried to recover from his past but as hard he works, he never seems to catch a break. The story has an added depth with the mystery of his sons and the accident of the fisherman which just brings more memories to the front for Rex.

Overall, the story is well written, with the twists and turns and anticipation will have you glued to the book until the last page. The story is full of angst and what if’s which ends up making me think about decisions in life and how they affect people in my life. I recommend this book and can’t wait to read more by this wonderfully discovered author.