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Blood & Ravens (The Casket Girls Series Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Michelle Collier

Blood & Ravens: A dark, paranormal romance (The Casket Girls Book 1)Blood & Ravens: A dark, paranormal romance by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blood & Ravens is the first book in The Casket Girls series. I love it so much. Greer is so strong and determined. She has a way about her that just seems to draw you in. Theron is not all that he seems at first look. He is acting out of character and he is not sure why. He is being pulled towards Greer. This world that the author has built is wonderful. New Orleans and all of its charm. A variety of characters that are well thought out and interesting. I definitely can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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Manipulator’s War (Ruarnon Trilogy Book 1) by Elise Carlson – Review by Kirsten Berkebile

world and wind up another, you really feel like you are in the story as well at times. Manipulator's War (Ruarnon Trilogy, #1)Manipulator’s War by Elise Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Manipulator’s War ( Ruarnon Trilogy Book 1) by Elise Carlson is confusing and yet entertaining at the same time. I feel dragged into two different worlds but yet feel like I belong in both. It’s the first book that I have ever come across with a main character that is nonbinary. Not sure how or why the character became nonbinary but it does play a role in my opinion. You start off in one world and wind up another, you really feel like you are in the story as well at times.

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The Scent of Gardenias by Lorraine Haas – Review by Tracy Greenhalgh

The Scent of GardeniasThe Scent of Gardenias by Lorraine Haas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this an enthralling read; A new author to me I was not sure how I would settle to it. I must say that I found it a brilliant read and the author paints emotional pictures of the world as it was, with all the ups and downs that life brings.
Starting off in small town America in the early 1940s, the author has us following Margaret Rose; as she grows from a teenager and matures. Following her hopes and dreams. The difficulties and joy that come with large families living in uncertain times, it is not a positive spin on a these times, touching on many hard points, death, marriages of convenience and certainly the lifestyle of the time where life is run from a man’s point of view.
Young love, which quickly comes to an early and unfortunate end, sees young Margie a single mother and war widow, but life must go on and Margaret moves forward, leaving her hard earnt job.
A second unhappy marriage ends when her husband asks for divorce, 2 youngsters and Maggie trying to handle the hardships of low income through war and post war America.
Finally on her feet we find Margaret moving up in the world with her new husband, who is maybe not what he seems. The Italian family show their true colours. Margaret is whisked away to salvation, she returns to her home town.
More trials are thrown her way as she tries to live with her young family on very meagre resources. With children being involved nothing is easy.
Family, strength and lies, hardship, sorrow and joy weave together in this endearing and emotional story.

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Toby: The (Mostly) True Story of a Former Bad Dog by Stephenie Wilson Peterson

Toby: The (Mostly) True Story of a Former Bad DogToby: The (Mostly) True Story of a Former Bad Dog by Stephenie Wilson Peterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A cute story about a dog that gets a visit from a mischievous cat. Each new visit brings a new adventure. These new adventures always seem to end badly for Toby, but this does not deter him from having a new one each time the cat tempts him.

This is an easy chapter read for kids. It is easy to follow and entertaining. The story moves along quickly, and each new chapter is a new adventure. The dog is a cute character, and it was enjoyable to see his emotions and thoughts. Although this is an entraining story, I feel that the character of the cat was a bit too nasty, especially when you have young minds that soak everything up.

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The Traitor (An Underground Bad Boys Romance Book 2) by India Kells – Review by Kaitlyn Leatherwood

The Traitor, An Underground Bad Boys SeriesThe Traitor, An Underground Bad Boys Series by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book two in the trilogy and all I can say is she definitely keeps the embers burning in this one because it is hot!!! The m/m/f action had me tearing through this story fast. You don’t have to read the first in the trilogy to enjoy this book although I would recommend it to get the full experience. The characters are rich and complex, and the story delivers beyond just the erotic scenes. India Kell’s delivers once again.

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The Debt Collector (An Underground Bad Boys Romance Book 1) by India Kells – Review by Kaitlyn Leatherwood

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

This is the first book in the trilogy and oh boy what a start. It’s erotic and has all the m/m/f action I didn’t realize I was even looking for. Locke and Gage are drool worthy in every way and the honorable/bad boy thing they have going is hot as hell. This will most certainly be a reread for me and a recommendation to others looking for a steamy book with a great plot to boot.

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The Last Cabin Girl (Detective Josie Thompson Series) by Tom Swyers – Review by Luz Toscano

The Last Cabin Girl: A totally gripping thriller full of twistsThe Last Cabin Girl: A totally gripping thriller full of twists by Tom Swyers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everything you want in a thriller is there. Mystery, suspense wanting to know what’s coming next. This is the first book I’ve read from this author & I wasn’t disappointed. Excited to read more of his work!

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Mafia Elite Series BoxSet: Volume One (Mafia Elite Series Books #1 – 3) by Amy McKinley – Review by Angela Hayes

Mafia Elite Series Box Set: Volume One Kindle EditionMafia Elite Series Box Set: Volume One Kindle Edition by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

5 Stars

 

This fantastic boxset contains the first three books in the Mafia Elite series by Amy McKinley. Ms. McKinley is one of my favourite authors, and this series is a testament to her talents. This boxset is a wonderful introduction to the Mafia Elite series- with three books in one, hello- #winning.
But trust me when I say that you are bound to develop an addiction to her books and go searching for more. So, you will be happy to know that there are not only more books in this series, but also an extensive back-catalogue of the authors other books too- which are also excellent reading in their own rights.
This Boxset contains No Way Out (Book #1), Blood Oath (Book #2), and Born In Darkness (Book #3). Below are my individual reviews for these books to give you a little taste of what to expect…..

 

NO WAY OUT (Mafia Elite Book #1):
5 Stars
ALL THE FREAKING STARS!!!! OMG!!! Amy McKinley has outdone herself, AGAIN!!!!
No Way Out is the incredible first instalment in the Mafia Elite series by the supremely talented Amy McKinley. I know I keep saying this with every new release of hers, but this is definitely a new favourite for me.
It is a fantastic mafia romance/romantic suspense, with plenty of action, violence, danger, drama, mafia politics, intrigue, tension, chemistry, sizzle, secrets, revenge, and emotion.
I fell for Max and Liliana right from the beginning- they were such great characters- quite complex, fully developed individuals with depth and their own unique quirks and flaws.
I really don’t want to give too much away and spoil the story for you… But will leave you with this little tidbit. Max has an agenda that has taken a lot of time and planning to finetune before he can now, finally, let it all unfold. He has been tasked with protecting his mentor’s granddaughter, on top of his own plans to exact a little revenge and right past wrongs. He never expected that he would be so drawn to the young woman he was sent to protect. Having more in common with her than he first thought. But she is no defenceless flower, as he soon discovers- she’s one kick-butt mafia princess. But with secrets, agendas, politics, and sinister intentions- it’s not long before they are neck deep in a dangerous situation. It definitely made for an intense, suspenseful, edge of my seat read!!! Another gem to add to Ms. McKinley’s crown!

 

BLOOD OATH (Mafia Elite Book #2):
5 Stars

Second book into this amazing series and Ms. McKinley has hit it out of the park again!!! Blood Oath is the second fantastic book in the Mafia Elite series by Amy McKinley. As with the first book, this is a brilliant mafia romance- a romantic suspense story with an action-packed plot, secrets, dramatic developments, mafia politics, intrigue, tension, chemistry, steamy encounters, emotion, and more…
This book continues what we started in book one, but this is Sofia and Enzo’s story (whom we met in book one as supporting characters). I loved all the interconnected details and intriguing threads that Ms. McKinley is weaving through her stories, and series. It makes for riveting reading. I have a new addiction and I can’t wait for my next fix!!!

 

BORN IN DARKNESS (Mafia Elite Book #3):
5 Stars

So, after finishing this and having read most, if not all of Ms. McKinley’s books now, I have come to the conclusion that she could write the phone book and make it addictive reading! Seriously!!! If you have yet to pick up one of her many books, what are you waiting for? You will kick yourself for missing out this long.
Born in Darkness is another gem in Ms. McKinley’s crown- a stellar mafia romance, it is the third book in the Mafia Elite series by Amy McKinley. A masterfully woven romantic suspense story with action, violence, mafia politics, second chances, family dynamics, friendship, chemistry, sizzle, secrets, drama, intrigue, tension, and edge of your seat developments.
This book is Stefano and Emiliana’s story, I was so excited to dive in- and now I can honestly say Ms. McKinley doesn’t rest on her laurels here, she ups the ante yet again, grabbing me right from the get-go and had me flipping the pages to find out what happens, all while proving once again that this series just gets better and better with each new release.
If you haven’t read the previous two books, I highly recommend that you do, as not only are they fantastic stories in their own rights, they also contain important information that will help you better appreciate this story, as well as building a bigger picture.
I love this series and the wonderfully complex characters that take centre stage here. I have a serious addiction to Ms. McKinley’s stories and need my next fix STAT!

Take my word for it- if you love mafia romance, romantic suspense, wonderfully developed characters, depth, and addictive reading- then you definitely won’t want to miss this exciting BoxSet, or series!!!
Happy reading!

Thank you, Amy McKinley!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Cruiser (The Hustlers Trilogy Book 1) by Rowan Rossler – Review by Jade Thomson

The Cruiser (The Hustlers Trilogy, #1)The Cruiser by Rowan Rossler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love when I start a new series and I start with the first book (I always start with the second or later somehow???)- and, sadly for me (because I NEED more!), there’s only one book in the series so far. This was a fast paced romance and I was HOOKED from beginning to end. Both of the main characters were independent and strong people and thoroughly fleshed out. I love their interactions with each other and the side characters too- it made for a more immersive experience. The story taking place in Italy?? Love it. I am obsessed with Morgan and Vandana- their chemistry is explosive. I felt ALL the emotions reading this! If you need a new romance series: check this one out ya’ll!!!

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The Fighter (An Underground Bad Boys Romance Book 3) by India Kells

The Fighter (An Underground Bad Boys Romance, #3)The Fighter by India Kells
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Juliet and Ten are in a bind and when Ten decides to take a chance at underground fighting their paths cross with Gage. One split decision from Gage turns their lives upside down. Soon the three have the wrong men interested in them. Can Gage find a way to help Juliet and Ten or will the bad guys get to them first?

While I found the storyline of this book an interesting one, I did not fall for the characters. Their story pulls you in at the start, but I quickly found the character development lacking for me. The characters are continually confused which I understand is a major part of the storyline, but it soon becomes annoying. The story keeps changing the direction of the romance and I did not like the build up of the story being a threesome and also highlighting the chemistry between the two men only to go in a completely different direction. In the end I was confused at the direction the romance went after the big buildup and attention paid earlier in the book to the connections between certain characters. The plot moves along at a good pace but ends abruptly and surprisingly for me.

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