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Bellissimo Fortuna by Leigh Ann Lunsford – Review by Jana Teppih

Bellissimo FortunaBellissimo Fortuna by Leigh Ann Lunsford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bellissimo Fortuna by Leigh Ann Lunsford is the first book in her new The Family Trilogy and it is her first mafia based story! I have read most of her other books so I was hoping that even though it is a different genre, she would not disappoint and indeed, she did live up to her reputation so now I can with clear conscience say that I have not read any of her books that I did not like!
Bellissimo Fortuna is the story of Callie and Bronson and they have loved each other since they were kids … their journey is not for the faint at heart, I am sure you can imagine (to certain extent) when remembering that this is a mafia story! I felt for Callie and I cried for her and I was keeping my fingers crossed that she would make it and find her way to happiness … at times I felt there were way too many obstacles on their way but then … most of us struggle and that without having our loyalty tested and our decisions having deadly consequences …
I loved how the writer was using the dual POV to tell the story so that we could get deeper into the characters … on the other hand it also made it so much more painful … Oh man, does Leigh Ann knows how to pull us in and keep us on the edge of our seat and reaching for the next book in the series!

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BECKONED, Part 1: From London With Love (Beckoned Series Book #1) by Aviva Vaughn – Review by Angela Hayes

BECKONED, Part 1: From London with LoveBECKONED, Part 1: From London with Love by Aviva Vaughn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Beckoned: From London is the first part of a new “Beckoned” series and is also the debut novel by Aviva Vaughn. This book is a slow-burn, contemporary women’s fiction story- full of vibrant and vivid descriptions of travel, adventure, food, longing, second chances, and romance. I loved Ms. Vaughn’s attention to detail, and the way she used her words to bring Barcelona, London and all the wonderful descriptions to life. This is a great story, and Ms. Vaughn has certainly made an impression on me. I was captivated by Angela and Soren and really enjoyed following them through this story.
The book has a great pace and a smooth flow. It has the feel of a ‘classic’ read, like a Jane Austin novel. The writers style was very easy to read and made me want to turn the pages to find out what would happen. The adventures are set to continue in the next book- which I will definitely be reading.

Thank you, Ms. Vaughn!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

 

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Then Again by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Jenni Bishop

Then AgainThen Again by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Then Again by Sylvie Stewart is a wonderful story and is one of seven books in this  series all written by different authors. Boy O Boy did Sylvie do the series proud this is  my all time favourite. As always Sylvie’s writing is a style I always get lost in, as she  brings the people the world in which they live come to live and pop off the page. This  story is full of the funniest things between our main character and her sister, which  just adds to the magic of the story and had me cracking up every single time.    If you are looking for a fun and light read Then Again is the perfect book to do so. Nope  you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Fight Song: A Paranormal Shifter Romance (Rocky River Fighters Book 3) by Grace Brennan – Review by Jenni Bishop

Fight Song (Rocky River Fighters #3)Fight Song by Grace Brennan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fight Song: A Paranormal Shifter Romance (Rocky River Fighters Book 3) by Grace Brennan is another delightful book to this series. It is a quick read as the story flows easily and is highly engaging. I enjoy Grace’s writing skills with characters that are relatable and lovable and twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. There are characters from the other books in the series so I would read them in order to understand who they are and what parts they play in the world of the Rocky River fighters. Grace really brings it all together and this is another great read, I really enjoy Grace’s shifter romances and an waiting for the next one.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Waiting for Aegina (The Gift Saga, #2) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Jenni Bishop

Waiting for Aegina (The Gift Saga, #2)Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Waiting for Aegina by Effie Kammenou is the second book to this saga and it can be  read as a standalone and there are back references to the characters from the first book  so it doesn’t feel as though you re missing out but I would read Evanthia’s Gift first. It  is a well crafted story and the world in which Effie has created is something you can  imagine. This story pulls on a lot of emotions and is a lot more power packed and  dramatic than Evanthia’s Gift and is an honest and heartfelt portrayal of a young Greek  girl who is now a woman and her friends and is told by the main character’s point of  view.    All in all Waiting for Aegina is a really enjoyable read.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Jungle Eyes: Stranded in Paradise #1 by Lindsay Marie Miller – Review by Shannon Fowler

Jungle Eyes: An Action Adventure Romance (Stranded in Paradise, #1)Jungle Eyes: An Action Adventure Romance by Lindsay Marie Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is an interesting adventure. The time is the late 1800’s and times call for mothers to marry off their children, hoping for happiness, wealth and maybe even love. Henry’s mother is the epitome of all mothers from that time. Henry, however, is not interested in marriage or even listening to his mother talk on and on about the young girls all over town. Henry’s friend, Charlie, has enlisted to join a group of men for an adventure overseas. Little do they know the fate that awaits them. When Henry washes up on a deserted island, he never dreams he would meet another human being, much less, Elaine.

These two characters… whoa. Their relationship makes me just a little crazy. I guess Elaine was young when she landed on the island and having been alone for so long would make a person a little unsettled. She seems to me a little bi-polar. I can certainly see why she behaves the way she does. I can’t wait to see where Miller takes these two. I am looking forward to a wild adventure!

I have read other books by Lindsay Marie Miller and her books are a little fantasy, a little adventure, a little romance and in this story a little mystery at the ending!

Review by @shannonlovesbooks

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Dickslip (A Scandalous Slip Story Book #1) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Angela Hayes

Dickslip (A Scandalous Slip Story #1)Dickslip by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Oh My!!! This is Gwyn McNamee’s latest stellar release!!! It is a remarkable, refreshingly original, very fun, humorous, witty, and incredibly HOT, Romantic Comedy. I fell in love with the story and the characters right from the beginning and was invested in them and the outcome of their story. There was no way I was able to put the book down before I had red every single word. Ms. McNamee proves time and again what a brilliant author she is by delivering an enthralling read every single time, and in any genre! I am always excited to see/read what ever she produces, because she always exceeds my expectations- Every. Single. Time!
Ms. McNamee is one of my favourite authors and her stories are definitely on my one-click-it, don’t-even-have-to-read-the-blurb, see the cover, or know anything about it, list. She really should be on everyone’s must read list, because her work is always on point, her imagination knows no bounds and her writing skills are quite masterful. I cannot recommend her, or her work, highly enough!!
I really can’t wait to see what she does next.

Thank You, Ms. McNamee!

Reviewed by @angelahayes

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

 

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Shifting Ground, Under Ground Series by Alice Rachel – Review by Jenni Bishop

Shifting Ground: A Short Story CollectionShifting Ground: A Short Story Collection by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shifting Ground is the collection of short stories by Alice Rachel from her Under Ground series. The concept allows us a look at the characters from the series and the lives they lead. Alice writes with so much passion as we see the everyday struggles and horrible times.

There are twelve different stories that make up this anthology and the journey is not always happy. Some will pull on your heartstrings and others will make you angry and want to smack someone but there are those that will put smile on your face.

I love the fact that the proceeds of this book go to such a good cause, The Ally Coalition (an LGBT association helping LGBT+ youth in need)

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Surface (Guarding Her #1) by Anna Brooks – Review by Jenni Bishop

Surface (Guarding Her #1)Surface by Anna Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surface is the first book in the Guarding Her series by Anna Brooks is well written  sweet love story and has a good plot which made it hard to put the book down. I love a  good forbidden love story, where you can’t and shouldn’t get what you want but you  can’t stop yourself, no matter how hard you try. Protecting her is his job but loving  her was his passion. The story had just the right amount of humour and suspense and  twists and turns to keep you interested.    I enjoyed it and can not wait to read more of this series.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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A God of Gods (Dreams of Chaos, #3) by Ashley Chappell – Review by Naomi McDonald

A God of Gods (Dreams of Chaos, #3)A God of Gods by Ashley Chappell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A God of Gods is the third book in the Dreams of Chaos series. It is highly recommended that you read the first two books before you read this one. If you read this one without reading the previous ones, you will not have all of the background that you need.

I love this series! The characters have depth and the story is engaging. My favorite characters at this point are Prowler and Erwin for their sarcastic humor, Miskarot for her no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is attitude, and Eric because he is finding out that his past does not define his character. I also really enjoyed the evolution of Eric and Ali’s relationship, and the way that Crane steps up to acknowledge his connection to Trotter.

Trotter and her friends have been through a lot in the span of the first two books. They have been successful at facing evil. But, now the darkness threatens to end existence and it wants to use Trotter to bring it about. Whereas before they were relying on something larger than themselves to help them fight, now they realize that the gods are nearly powerless against this new enemy. There is one answer that may save them all, but there is a high price to pay.

A God of Gods pushes all of the feeling buttons, at least for me it did. Laughter, sorrow, anger, love, adventure, betrayal…this book has it all.

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