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A Christmas Wish by Engy Neville- review by Anna Hirsch

A Christmas WishA Christmas Wish by Engy Neville
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Christmas Wish by Engy Neville
3 Stars

I feel that the title is a little misleading. I started reading this book fully expecting a Christmas romance and instead got a story that took place at Christmas time. It seems like the author wanted to write a romance and also a story about coming of age. Either way I feel it fell short.

The main characters meet and immediately have a perfect relationship. There was no romantic lead up to a relationship. They came across a few issues but Amy made it out to be more than it was. Speaking of Amy, I couldn’t connect with her at all. She was frustratingly self absorbed. She made everything about her as if she was the centre of the universe. She was too much inside her head. There were too many details about nothing and not enough details when something happened.

I did like the evolution of the relationship between Amy and Sarah. It shows the characters changing and growing. This shows me that the author has the potential to be a great writer. These two characters were realistic seeing that there are many people who are insecure and self absorbed. Though the book didn’t quite hit the mark for me, it has potential. If you like stories with Hallmark endings then you will definitely enjoy this one.

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The Way You Are (The Carolina Connections) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Anna Hirsch

The Way You Are (The Carolina Connections, #5)The Way You Are by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Way You Are (The Carolina Connections) by Sylvie Stewart
4 Stars

This is book five in the series The Carolina Connections but it can be read as a stand-alone. This is an easy going romance with not too much drama. I’ve been reading some intense books lately and this was a nice respite. This is my first book from this author and it was quite enjoyable. I will be looking forward to reading more of her books. The main characters were well rounded and likeable ( maybe not so much Troy). The secondary characters were interesting as well. I’m assuming they were in the books prior to this one. I liked that Brett wasn’t portrayed as a Greek god/ billionaire stud. He was good looking and fit but he was also pierced and tattooed yet wasn’t a “bad boy”. He was respectful, smart and had a good job. He is a walking contradiction. All this to say that I loved him. Luv was great, she made me laugh on several occasions. They both had amazing personalities with chemistry that continued to build throughout the story.

I was delighted with the baseball aspect of the story. I love baseball and football so when I get to read a book that involves either sport, I am thrilled. The humour and witty banter definitely made this a fun read. I highly recommend it.

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Player by Pamela Dumond – Review by Anna Hirsch

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Player by Pamela Dumond
4 Stars

Evie Berlinger is a kindergarten teacher by day, escort by night. Evie had a whirlwind of a childhood where she learned to suppress her empathic abilities. Now that she’s all grown up, she realizes that she can use this “power” to heal her clients. These men pay enormous amounts of money to the Ma Maison Agency just to be with her.

Though the blurb on the back of the book speaks of four different clients, this book mainly focuses on one in particular; Dylan McAlister. I’m assuming each book in the series surrounds a client in particular. Dylan is swoon worthy. Him being a gambler kind of turned me off a little but other than that, he’s the man. I believe he’s also good for Evie and I would like to see them together in the end. This story is about Evie becoming who she was meant to be and believing in herself. Dylan helps her with that and more. There is a bit of drama with Glenn (the pervert), some mystery with her fan (stalker?) and many sizzling moments with Dylan. There were a few parts that I found a little long but the story overall kept me interested to keep reading.

There is not a happy ending. This story is a part of Evie’s life. I’m interested to see what will happen with her next client and curious to find out who her fan is. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Awakening of a Soul Keeper (Soul Keeper Series) by Brienne Dubh – Review by Anna Hirsch

Awakening Of A Soul Keeper - Prequel to the Soul Keeper SeriesAwakening Of A Soul Keeper – Prequel to the Soul Keeper Series by Brienne Dubh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Awakening of a Soul Keeper (Soul Keeper Series) by Brienne Dubh
4 Stars

This short novella is the prequel to the Soul Keeper series. It is a good introduction. It explains how the characters all met and the beginning of Theodora and Lyzander’s relationship. Although Lyzander is made out to be the bad guy keeping Theodora and her husband apart, I love him. I know he’s not the true antagonist of the story. He is introduced at the end of the book but we still don’t know who he is. This was smart on the author’s part, everyone will want to read the next book to find out who he is.

I have always loved vampire stories. This one had an original twist to it that I found intriguing; a person being the soul Keeper of a vampire. I tip my hat to Ms. Dubh for coming up with the idea. I really like Theodora, she is an independent woman who speaks her mind and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Her love of comic book characters makes her quirky and lovable. I feel bad for Dam but I think he’s handling things pretty well. Even though I know he loves Theodora very much, I want him to step aside and hurry up about it. I believe the love between Theodora and Lyzander is going to be epic and I can’t wait to read the next book.

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Hope’s Defeat (The Fated Series) by Angela McPherson – Review by Anna Hirsch

Hope's Defeat (The Fated #3)Hope’s Defeat by Angela McPherson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hope’s Defeat (The Fated Series) by Angela McPherson
4 Stars

Another action packed book in the Fated Series. Trinity has to take extreme measures to set Blain free. Now she has to face Cronus and dealing with gods is always tricky business. They never fight fair and it may cost Trinity her life. She’s decided that no cost is too high to save the other half of her soul.

This is a truly fascinating series and being the third book, I’m sad to see it end. It had action, drama, magic and intrigue. It had gods and goddesses based on Greek mythology, which I love. The characters were well developed and evolved with every book as did the plot. I not only enjoyed the main characters but the secondary ones as well. Maybe we’ll be able to see some stories involving some of the other watchers or demi gods? All in all, this was a fantastic series, one I highly recommend reading.

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The Confectioner’s Truth (Confectioner Chronicles) by Claire Luana – Review by Anna Hirsch

The Confectioner's Truth (Confectioner Chronicles Book 3)The Confectioner’s Truth by Claire Luana
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Confectioner’s Truth (Confectioner Chronicles) by Claire Luana
4 Stars

Life is definitely not better under the rule of the new emperor. Wren and her few friends are forced to flee Maradis. In her search for Lucas, she manages to gather an alliance with some new and old friends. They need to take back their city but the craziness has upped a notch putting her life at stake yet again. Will Wren be able to survive or will the evil finally win?

There were so many heart stopping moments in this book. You didn’t know who to trust. With many twists and turns, the author kept you on the edge of your seat. Like any war, there were losses and people had to make sacrifices. Some of them saddened me while others shocked me. This was an amazing conclusion to the Confectioner Chronicles. Though the ending satisfied me, I was a little upset. I enjoyed this series so much that I was sad to see it end. Thank you Ms Luana for bringing this world and these characters to life.

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The Debt Collector by India Kells – Review by Anna Hirsch

The Debt Collector (An Underground Bad Boys Romance)The Debt Collector by India Kells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Debt Collector by India Kells
4 Stars

This book is sizzling hot! The sexual encounters in this story will set you on fire. The chemistry between Locke, Tessa and Gage is incredible. Tessa is a strong, independent woman who manages to get herself in serious trouble. Locke succeeds in saving her but Tessa is now indebted to him and he always collects his debts. Locke is a very complex character. He is very serious and closed off with a touch of OCD. There are reasons for the way that he is. Gage is a monster of a man. He’s a giant sized muscled machine who cage fights for fun. He’s rough and tough but we find out his soft spot. I loved all the characters. Each one was unique and they complimented each other. There was drama and some action and many heated moments. There are scenes that are explicit therefore I would suggest a mature audience but it is so worth it. I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading more about these characters. Hoping the next book centres around Gage.

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The Confectioner’s Coup (Confectioners Chronicles) by Claire Luana – Review by Anna Hirsch

The Confectioner's Coup (Confectioner Chronicles, #2)The Confectioner’s Coup by Claire Luana
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Confectioner’s Coup (Confectioners Chronicles) by Claire Luana
5 Stars

Oh my god, this book was amazing! I could not put it down. It was filled with action, lies, deceit and betrayals. Wren manages to not get executed but ends up in more trouble in this book. Guild members are getting kidnapped and an army is at the gates of Maradis ready to invade. Negotiations for the accord are not going well and there is dissension within the guilds. War is imminent and everything is falling apart, a rebellion might be the only solution.

The action starts right from the beginning and continues straight through until the end. There are so many twists and turns. When I finished reading the book, I was left speechless. Shocking events occur within this book. Characters that I didn’t really like in the first part, I found myself cheering for. Characters that I loved, I’m upset with. My emotions are all over the place. These characters go through so much in this story. Wren’s new found family has fallen apart and she’s adrift in a sea of sorrow. I am right there with her. This series keeps getting better with each additional book, I’m truly blown away. I can’t wait to read part three.

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The Confectioner’s Guild (Confectioner Chronicles) by Claire Luana – Review by Anna Hirsch

The Confectioner's Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles, #1)The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Confectioners Guild (The Confectioners Chronicles) by Claire Luana
4 Stars

I adore this author! I enjoyed her Moonburner series but after reading this book, I know I’m going to love this one! Claire Luana is so talented and imaginative. Who would have thought about putting magic in cupcakes?

Wren doesn’t know she possesses magic and infuses it in the desserts she makes. The secret is revealed to her when she’s asked to join the Confectioners Guild. Unfortunately she’s framed for murder soon after. Now she must navigate her way through the political and magical mess to clear her name. Not knowing who to trust, Wren must get to the bottom of the conspiracy.

This is the first book in this series and it will keep you intrigued until the very end. Just when you think you have it figured out, the author throws another loop at you. I loved the characters and the storyline is so interesting. Towards the end I was literally holding my breath waiting to see what would happen. I can’t wait to read the next part!

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A Kane- Review by Anna Hirsch

Leaving Jackson WolfLeaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A Kane
4 Stars

This is not the type of book that I usually read but I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little. I’m glad that I did, this was a poignant story. On the surface it is a story about two teens who are bullied that become friends but it is so much more. It is a story about a friendship that grew from unlikely circumstances, about growing up and discovering the person you are and the person that you want to be. It is about facing harsh realities and overcoming them. It is about becoming stronger through adversity. It is about the bonds that tie people together.

I think that the book was well written and speaks volumes. It is my first book that I have read from this author and I will definitely be looking for more.

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