The Sanctuary Chronicles Box Set – Book 1-3 + Novella by India Kells – Review by Angela Shirley

The Sanctuary Chronicles Box Set - Book 1-3 + NovellaThe Sanctuary Chronicles Box Set – Book 1-3 + Novella by India Kells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Will you be tempted into the world of Vampires, werewolves and mystical creatures, I say YES.

The Sanctuary Chronicles by India Kells is brilliant, I love box sets as you don’t have to wait to get stuck into the next installment and you will be chomping to get to each book in this series.

The boxset has three of the books within this series and a bonus novella which will have you looking to read the next book in the series. Each books builds the story and follows the different characters within the flow of the story.

Broken Magic follows Valeria and when the only thing that had centred her, her magic has become destructive.

Blind Magic follows Sera who loses her sight and is heartbroken when she thinks that her beloved books and research has gone, but the only person who can hep can’t even stand to be in the same room as her.

Dead Magic follows the story of Violet and her interaction with the oldest Vampire, Finn. Will give in to the chemistry which is obviously between them.

I love India Kells writing and this is the first time I have read her fantasy books but they have the same well developed characters and gripping stories as all the other books. This is not normally my usually genre I read but because of the author I thought I would give them a go and was not disappointed.

All three of the books were full of the usual angst and chemistry with the interaction of the secondary characters you find yourself transported to the world of Vampires, witches and all that goes with this wonderful world. I would definitely recommend this series as a gateway to the unknown world of fantasy.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

SAFE HARBOR (A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 5) by Valerie Davisson – Review by Angela Shirley

SAFE HARBOR: Logan Book 5(The Logan McKenna Series)SAFE HARBOR: Logan Book 5 by Valerie Davisson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Logan is dropped into a mystery can she come out of it unscathed?

Logan and Ben have decided to go on a holiday to Oregon with Logan’s daughter, her husband and Logan’s grandchild but as always things don’t stay calm for long.

As they are enjoying the trip with the family Logan is thrusted into a murder but this time she is also one of the prime suspects, can she try and find the murderer in time to clear herself but will this open wounds of the past.

This is the fifth book in this wonderful series and the stories just keep getting better and better. I do have to say that this is the best one so far, the details that are unrevealing and you get to see more into the character of Logan. I love the relationship she has with Ben and he seems to ground the character which is great to read.

The second characters are wonderfully written and I feel give another depth to the story. The mystery element is not rushed and draws you into the story with its twists and turns. A really great read and love to read more of Logan in the future.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Breaking Tessa by T. Christensen – Review by Angela Shirley

Breaking Tessa: A College Sport RomanceBreaking Tessa: A College Sport Romance by T. Christensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What happens when you are the one who is always in the background but then you fall for the rising star in the basketball team?

Jordan is the basketball star who can have anything he wants but when he sees Tessa something happens that he can’t be without her. Tessa is not one for the limelight but with her attraction to Jordan is unmistakable, can this relationship start or last.

This is a young adult contemporary love story and at first I thought it was going to be the same formula of sport superstar falling in love with the small timid girl who is always in the background, but this story also had more substance and the chemistry between these two characters was brilliant.

I enjoyed the conversations these two characters had and that there was more than just romance are the driving for to their relationship. This is the first book I have read by this author and would love to read more books in the future, it’s great to read books were the characters and story are well developed and engaging.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

A Beach Wedding To Die For (Cozy Mysteries To Die For Book 2) by Judy Moore – Review by Angela Shirley

A Beach Wedding To Die ForA Beach Wedding To Die For by Judy Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What happens when you are third time lucky in love, Beck is about to find out with her friend’s wedding.

We are back in the Beach Reads Bookstore with Miss Alice, Beck and her sister Lizzie but what will happen thing time to the trio. This mystery follows Beck’s Friend, Amilea who has decided that this is the one man and that she wants to get married, the only problem this is her third try as her other grooms she has abandoned at the altar and Beck is hoping this time the right one.

This story brings us back into the world and mind of Beck, with her detective skills in full mode will she be able to find out what has happen, the only thing is that she keeps running into the handsome detective Devon Mathis and that the more she see him the more the attraction is building.

This is the second book in this series and I really love the secondary characters like Miss Alice, she is funny and the banter between them in brilliant. The story is well developed and with the twists and turns in the book will have you turning the pages to see what happens next. Although the story can be read as a standalone story, the first book builds some of the relationships which are developed even more within this story. I recommend this book as its easy to read and a great mystery.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Big City Heat: A High-Rise Romance Anthology (A Steamy Contemporary Romance Box Set) – Review by Angela Shirley

Big City Heat: A High-Rise Romance AnthologyBig City Heat: A High-Rise Romance Anthology by Hazel Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a collection of short stories which will immerse you into each of the worlds for a few minutes and leave you wanting more.

The stories and authors are:
“The 57th Floor” by Hazel Storm
“A Hole” by Phoebe Alexander
“Asylum Club” by Aidy Award
“44th & Blue” by Jodi Payne
“Global City Tryst” by Maida Malby
“Felling Bechet” by Stella Williams
‘The Wolf of Wall Street” by Lucy Eden
“Make Me Beg” by Moni Boyce
“Courtney” by Jayce Ellis
“The Glass Tower” by Emily Gray
“The RIght Note” by Bree Kraemer

The collection held stories by authors I love and some authors which I have newly healthy appetite to read more. As i devoured theses stories there are a few which stuck out, A-Hole by Phoebe Alexander, The Wolf of Wall Street by Lucy Eden and Make me beg by Moni Bryce.

A-Hole by Phoebe Alexander – This story is full of humour and is a brilliant short story, the characters are well developed as usual and although this is a short story it does not feel like that, you want to know more. The story revolves around Ella and Ace, with him trying to make her laugh but with her insecurities on high alert as to will she be the butt of the joke.

The wolf of Wall Street by Lucy Eden – This story has a hint of paranormal vibe which is not really my genre but this story was full of deep emotion and a story which will have you turning the pages to finish.

Make me beg By Moni Bryce – This is a mob infested story, full of action and strong characters. It has a good build up and is exciting and I loved the character of Tegean and her internal struggle to love someone she should not love.

Each story has a different angle but is full of strong characters and great addition to my reading library.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Age of Druids (The Druid’s Brooch Series #9) by Christy Nicholas – Review by Angela Shirley

Age of Druids (Druid's Brooch #9)Age of Druids by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

See the origins of the brooch in this final installment of this brilliant series.

This is the final installment to this brilliant series and what a conclusion to the story. This book follows Clíodhna and is set in the 5th century Ireland, the story weaves in and out of the history behind the brooch and puts a lot of the story in perspective.

Cliodhna’s husband has been missing for months and they are becoming more distressed as time goes on, but when she receives help from the local Abbey she can then concentrate on locating her husband.

As the story continues through you get the impression that Cliodhna is regretting her decision as the abbey is more controlling than she first thought, but with her Fae friends help can she progress through on her quest.

I have loved this series through the nine books, within this story you see the character of Cliodhna as a strong, independent women who is struggling to keep her family together and also looking as finding herself within the Fae world. This is not my normal genre but after reading the first book I was drawn into this epic saga from the first word to the last word.

I think this is a brilliant series to get you involved within the world of Fantasy, the stories are full of action, well written and the characters in each book are engaging and well developed.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

A Merry Texan Christmas (The Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge Book 3) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Angela Shirley

A Merry Texan Christmas (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge Book 3)A Merry Texan Christmas by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Trey retired from professional baseball, would he ever dream to move back home and buy a bookstore, but that’s exactly what he did. But will his Christmas display put a certain “Miss Christmas” nose out of joint.

Trey is looking at retiring from Professional Baseball but what can he do, until one day he spots they old bookstore in his home town and instantly knows that’s it. As he is getting things ready, he decides to get into the christmas spirit as the whole town decorate for a wonderful christmas scene. Trey then decorates his shop and the whole town comes out and is talking about it his wonderful display, but there is one person who’s not happy and that’s Maggie who always has the best decorations and is called in the town “Miss Christmas”.

Maggie has always loved christmas it is a magical time of the year, but this year maybe a bit different she has competition i the form of an ex-baseball player and Maggie is not happy when his display is the only thing the town can talk about, can she swallow her pride and enjoy the christmas spirit.

I loved this series, I have read all the Prentice brother’s stories and too be honest Trey’s was my favourite. I loved the way Maggie and Trey interacted throughout the book with the banter and the chemistry between the two of them. The story as always was well written and loved the way the relationship grew through the book, from a enemy to lover scenario was brilliant. Also, I loved the way the other brothers came into the story and you see the family relationship grow which was lovely.

I would recommend this series to anyone, the books are easy to read and the characters are well developed and lovely.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

The Fire God Tour (Moore Family Saga Book 3) by Michele Sims – Review by Angela Shirley

The Fire God Tour (Moore Family Saga)The Fire God Tour by Michele Sims
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When you are attracted to a person you would never think you would be, can you be brave and follow your gut.

Miles Moore is now 26 years old and now has a successful career as Hip Hop sensation “Ari”, living up the popstar lifestyle he can have any woman he wants but why it always the way when you are attracted to someone you never would have looked at twice normally but ther is just something about his Chief of Marketing he can not get out of his mind.

Bella is good at her job, she prides herself in making a good impression but why is working with Ari so hard for her. The attraction to this enigmatic person does not help the situation and she feels utterly smitten. There is only one problem, Ari enjoys pushing himself to the limits and when he has a healthy fascination to fire which Bella can’t stand will there be a time she needs to walk away or too the smouldering chemistry.

I really enjoyed this second installment in this series, it is great to see these characters interaction and the twists in the story enhanced it along the way. The story was full of intrigue and chemistry and not disappointing.

I loved the way the characters grew together and offered a trust to each to let there secrets unravel but will the love they feel for each be enough to carry on the relationship, you will have to read the book.

I hope there are more stories in this series and look forward to reading more.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Love Surreptitiously by Tarrah Anders – Review by Angela Shirley

Love SurreptitiouslyLove Surreptitiously by Tarrah Anders
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What happens when you have a chance of a promotion but in a flash it’s gone. Of course get drunk and have a conversation with a stranger on a train, what could go wrong????

Sidney is expecting the editor job, when her boss decides to retire the job becomes available but when a shock announcement rocks her world, she wonders if life is purposely against her. Until she meets a stranger on a train and pours her heart out to him, they only thing will it be a chance meeting or something more.

Quinn has been given the editor job within a World Tripping Magazine and maybe this is the role he has been looking for, until on his first day in walks the girl who he has not been able to stop thinking about since the chance meeting on the train, the only problem is he is the one is bitter towards for taking her job.

As the story continues through you get to see the relationship between they and what can blossom into beautiful partnership. The story is well developed story with brilliantly characters. I love the way the story takes its turns and from enemy to lovers is always a great story.

The chemistry builds and will have you turning the page to see what happens, although it is a bit predictable in the narrative it is a great story.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Spicetopia Boxed Set (Books 1-4) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Angela Shirley

Spicetopia Boxed Set (Books #1-4)Spicetopia Boxed Set by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Spicetopia Series by Phoebe Alexander is a collection of four stories following the characters who are involved in the theme park, Spicetopia and are a great read for those who like a bit of spice in there story.

Sugar and Spice – This is the first book in the series and follows Cy and Jolie. Cy is the Heir to the Spicetopia franchise but when a suggestion that Cy becomes a undercover boss in the theme park, what could go wrong?

Jolie is a single mother working two jobs to make ends meat, but when a new employee catches her eye will she be able to resist this fascinated character.

This story is full of romance and passion. I love the character of Jolie she was strong and Independent which is a challenge for any man. With them both having their secrets it makes a great read. You just are willing these two people along and hoping that when these secrets are revealed it will not end in disaster.

Virtue and Vice – This follows the relationship of Moon and Katja, there story weaves and you get to see the history of there love and there passion which drives them.
This is a seriously steamy story and is full of action, although this does not distract from the beautiful story of these two great characters.

Fire and Ice – This story involves Neve and Enya is a story of opposites attract.

Neve is the head of security for Spicetopia but when he has to follow the Head of Media on a press tour he is not happy but will Enya get under the skin of this gruff man.

Enya is the Media guru within Spicetopia but when they insist she has security with her will she be able to survive working with Neve the grumpy security man.

This story is full of action, with twists and turns it is a great story. These two characters are brilliant together and secretly this was my favourite story. They leap off the page and you will be hurrying to read each page to see find out what happens.

Naughty and Nice – This story follows Natalie a wedding planner but when Micah arrives Natalie finds herself wanting more.

Natalie has been hired to arrange a wedding and as she is planning the service in comes Micah but he is a man of the cloth and she should not be having these feeling regarding him but oh boy.

Micah is the offciate who will marry the two lovely people but when he decides to arrive a few days early to get the lay of the land will he be able to be professional or will a certain wedding planner be a distraction.

This book was lovely, as this book is about the characters in the story and that Micah although he is a man of the cloth but he is a hot blooded male he tries to resist the beautiful siren in Natalie. These two have a great relationship with each other and its a great lovely story of battling head over heart.

This is a great series and really enjoyed reading each story with each one having a different theme and relationship. I have read many Phoebe Alexander books and I love this unique topic and love the world she has created.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley