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Wrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan – Review by Angela Shirley

Wrapped Up In YouWrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When you are looking for a husband to help take on the biggest role in the world and then all of a sudden three weeks before Christmas your whole world is crash (literally) what do you do, it’s up to Jenny Claus to sort it out.

This story was original and beautiful, the twist on the whole understanding of Christmas was brilliant and I enjoyed reading every word. Jenny Claus is looking for a potential suitor to become King and then also be knon as “Santa”. While she is receiving the suitors a plane crashes into the world and in walks into her life Logan the pilot of the crashed plane.

The chemistry between the two of them in jumping off the page, but with the toys nearly all destroyed in the plane crash it is up to them and the elves (yes they existence) to get things done before Christmas Eve. As they are working and getting to know each other and getting on great, there is only one problem Logan has lost his memory and can he commit or has he left a family behind.

I loved the uniqueness of this story, anything about Christmas makes me warm and gooey inside and this is no different. The characters are great and well crafted, the story follows and you will turning the page to get to the conclusion and can they save Christmas.

I would recommend this book for a light hearted read, this not the first book I have read by this author and will not be the last.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Angela Shirley

TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11)TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When you feel the world is against you, your stars align and things work out for the best but will love also finds it way.

Two Hearts Unspoken Targets is a true romantic story involving Zach a retired war vet and Beth a single mother who has a young autistic son, will true love find a way for these two great characters. A chance meeting on a beach Kyle, Beth’s son runs into Zach as soon as their eyes meet they both know something special can happen.

As the story goes on you find out that Zach becomes Kyle’s teacher but as the book unfolds you get to see the insecurities from both Beth and Zach, both not knowing if they deserve happiness.

I have read the majority of the Two Hearts wounded warrior romances and this is my favourite, the characters in this series are flawed but they have the strength and determination to carry on and pursue what they want and need. The characters are always well rounded and written excellently.

The stories are always emotional but you don’t feel pity for the characters Tamara writes about, I always feel like I am living the story with them as a friend hoping and praying this work out in the end.

I recommend this book and the series, if you have read this wonderful author you are missing out.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

The Equalizer: Foxxy’s Tipping Point (Foxxy: The Equalizer Book 1) by Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Angela Shirley

The Equalizer: Foxxy's Tipping Point (Foxxy: The Equalizer, #1)The Equalizer: Foxxy’s Tipping Point by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When a dark stranger enters your world and answers all your hopes and dreams, is it just too good too be true?

Foxxy is an escort who has not had a great beginning in life, but when her pimp arranges a hideous act to happen to her she becomes angry and bitter. One night while working she meets Richard who seems like the one person she can trust to get her out of the world in which she finds herself.

Richard believes this woman is the one for him but can he convince her to trust him, things have happened to Foxxy for her to be weary to trust any man but when her roommate is murdered and she believes it is her pimp Eddie has had a hand in it, he will do anything to bring justice.

I enjoyed this story greatly, Foxxy is a character that although she has been through bad things she is still strong, intelligent and brave women. The story weaves through the mystery of her roommate being killed and follows the lines of enquiry as you feel you are with the main characters trying to piece together the motive and answers.The story is fast paced and well constructed and written, this is not the first story I have read by this author and definitely won’t be the last.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Love Comes In The Mourning by Erin Bevan – Review by Angela Shirley

Love Comes in the MourningLove Comes in the Mourning by Erin Bevan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What happens when a second chance in both love and life comes a knocking, are you ready to just go with the flow?

This book introduces us to two wonderful characters, Lesley who after her divorce has been at a loss but when she receives news that she has inherited her Great Aunt’s house this may be on the up.

John is a widower trying to support his family and strive to keep his business afloat. He really needs the contract to renovate Rosalynn Manor but he has an aversion to those city types as he has been burnt once too many times, but upon meeting Lesley there is an attraction he can’t quite point his finger on.

I loved this story from the very first paragraph, these two characters were well created and complimented each other brilliantly. The way the story weaved through kept me engaged and invested with these two people. The way the story delved into the emotional side of each of them was lovely and I love a book that makes me cry.

This is the first book I have read by this author and can’t to read more, I recommend this book to anyone who just loves a good feel good story.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

REBECCA STEELE FINDING A DREAM (REBECCA STEELE SERIES BOOK 2) by JOANNE PATTERSON – Review by Angela Shirley

Rebecca Steele Finding the Dream (Rebecca Steele Series #2)Rebecca Steele Finding the Dream by Joanne Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rebecca Steele is a upcoming Country Star, come on the adventure and see what happens next.

I loved this is story it was just a sweet felt coming of age story as Becky’s career in both music and the rodeo takes off she is navigated through the pit falls, surprises and good friends she meets along the way. When she is dealt a curve ball will she be able to overcome this and more forward.

I had not read the first story but feel that this can be read as a standalone story, you find Becky a well rounded woman who finds she has to overcome a fear and loved how you follow her through the book as though you are part of the story. I think the story was well written and the character where well developed. This is the first story I have read by this author and would love to read more.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5) by Seelie Kay – Review by Angela Shirley

Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5)Martimus by Seelie Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What happens when eight socialites go missing?, its’s up to Agents and the agency to help find whats happened and where they are.

This story starts with a bang and although over the months socialites have been going missing not until the kidnap of a former vice presidents daughter things starts getting more intense. When they are assigned the case its a race again time, but the Vice President mumbling about Martimus they have to try and find out a what this place is and where to locate it if it’s real.

This story has all the twists and turns of a great thriller which keeps you interest in the story and continue through the mystery trying to work out with the characters who is responsible and who to trust. The story is a unique one and with each twist you will be changing the narrative in your head as the author makes you work for the ending with the characters.

This is the first story I have read by this author and this will definitely not be the last one. I recommend this book if you love the adventure of a good thriller.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Golden Void (Black Blade Book 3) by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Angela Shirley

Golden VoidGolden Void by Alexander Charalambides
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Will Megan succeed in this second quest she has been put on the path of or will she struggle to know who to trust and who not too?

This is the third book in this series and I am so glad Megan got a book to herself, within the other stories she has played a vital role in the quests but now she gets to pursue the wizards, magic and swords. Being newly adopted she believes she is now going to have a normal life but when something happen and she has to take upon a magical quest regarding another mythical sword but history is repeating itself when she has to look after Tyson and try and calm his rebellion.

This like the other stories delves into the world of the mythical and magic and I love how the story draws you cleverly into the world with Megan and Tyson to try and discover what is going on. The story twists and turners and opens your mind to fantasy world of Mr Charalambides which is rich and full of imagination. I love the character of Megan through the other books she has a quiet inner strength which you see develop through the other two books but this shows her at her best which I love a strong female character and Megan certainly is.

If you have not read the other books in this series I don’t think that you lose anything from this story and it can be read as a stand alone book but I would recommend the other books just to get your fill of such a rich world.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Another Yesterday (Seashells and Second Chances Collection Book 2) by Angela Christina Archer – Review by Angela Shirley

Another Yesterday (Seashells and Second Chances Collection Book 2)Another Yesterday by Angela Christina Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When your world is thrown into turmoil at a young age can you recover and love and live again.

First off I need to say you will need a box of tissues, a quiet room where no one can see you cry and just soak up this glorious book. I rarely give five stars for books, although the books are brilliant in writing and characters a five star book to me has to hit me square in the chest and I have to have real gut emotion which this book does. OH MY GOSH does it.

The book follows the life of Maggie through her life and the ups and downs which follow her and boy does she have some downs, but when she finds solace in a seaside town and finds a family of sorts she starts to believe that all goods things come to those who wait. As the story goes through her life in this sleepy town it also crosses with her daughter Rachel in her life.

Rachel escaped from Shadow Brook leaving behind her family and close friends, she is a big city editor for a publishing company and has a loving husband. They have strived to have children which Maggie is pleading her to have but as the story goes through she can’t conceive so she has basically given up hope. Until one early trip back from the office to surprise her husband, her husband surprises her which has her running back to Shadow Brook and finding tragedy.

As the stories intertwine you get a feeling of the relationship Rachel had with her mother and the secrets which were buried deep all those years ago but will a stranger in the Inn open Pandora’s box and reveal a secret which has been kept from Rachel for her whole life and will she ever be the same.

I loved this book and cried so much my emotions where all over the place, the characters where rich and warm and I instantly engaged with the story from the first words. Please if there is one book you need to read it’s this one, this is the first book I have read by this author and would love to read the first book in this instalment and the rest. Thank you for letting us into your world.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Boundaries (Scope of Practice Book 1) by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Angela Shirley

Boundaries (Scope of Practice, #1)Boundaries by Jessica Aiken-Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When you feel more comfortable dealing with the dead than the living, will she ever be able to deal with the hurt that is inside her.

Valerie is a social worker but with a difference she deals with the dead, with her office near the morgue and her colleagues calling her the “Anti-social Social Worker” she can’t understand why she has been asked to run a support group. She worries that she has not yet dealt with her tragedies in life so how is she supposed to get these young people to open up about there problems.

While she discovers the death of a nineteen year old girl she wonders and investigates what gone on but she can’t do this alone so she asks for help from her friend and detective, then things start to get real with Valerie having to deal with issues she has buried for a long time and will she finally get to the bottom of the mystery.

I loved this story and the characters worked well together, the subject matter was well written and had me turning the pages to try and get to the next instalment in the story. The twists and turns of the mystery added excitement to the story and a good foundation to the story. This is the first book I have read by this author and can’t wait to read the next book in the series and hopefully carry on this wonderful journey with Valerie and friends.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Angela Shirley

Girl Trap (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 3)Girl Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When two separate investigations seemed to be linked can Mike and Madeline get to the cause and help those who are lost in the wave of destruction.

We are back with Madeline and as usual she is busy with both businesses but when some asks her to open up a 12 year old case she jumps at the chance, but what lies between the investigation is worst than she could have ever imagined.

While Madeline is looking into the 12 year old boarding school case, Mike decides to investigate the missing persons of two people close to his cousin but when delving into the case he uncovers that the two cases may not be that far apart from each and that the two of them are going to get more than they bargained for when secrets start to become uncovered.

This story delves into the world of human trafficking and it leaves you wrestling with the couple to find the answers to the questions of what has happened to these people. I love the relationship between the main characters and there roles have developed through the two books and now the third. Although this flows quite nicely as a standalone book as Cynthia gives you a brief outline for the history of the previous stories I would recommend you to have read these books before hand, not just for the history but they are great stories too.

This story opens up Madeline to yet more heartache and please has this woman not gone through enough but she keeps sucking it up and carrying in which is one her best character traits. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story and thought that it had just the right amount of suspense to keep you wanting to read on to get to the end. I was not disappointed and can’t wait to read the final conclusion of this great series. Thank you for great stories and brilliant characters.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley