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Key to His Heart by Kristina Beck – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Key To His HeartKey To His Heart by Kristina Beck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a sucker for romance, and this book delivered. The author tells Katrina and TJ’s story in such a way that you feel it down to your soul. This idea that there is some sort of mystical connection, that fate could play such a crucial role in bringing two souls together is what all romantics swoon over. Experiencing this book was a heart wrenching journey that I would gladly experience again. The romance was slow, and there was much that needed to be overcome along the way, leaving it a story you just didn’t want to put down. This is my first book by this author and I am looking forward to more.

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Sword of Darkness (The Vigilant Book 3.5) by LM Preston – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Sword of Darkness (Vigilant, #3.5)Sword of Darkness by L.M. Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An easy to read YA fantasy! The book kept me invested from the start. I will admit, I had not realized that this was book 3.5 in a series, but I followed the plot with no problem. I think I would have felt more for the characters had I read the other books, so I intend to go back and do that now to fill in the gaps. Though it was quick, it was interesting enough that I want more. The story seems more complex, this seems like only a small part. I am excited to see where else the story goes!

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Murder Creek (Audio Book) by Jane Suen – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

An intriguing murder mystery with a few twists along the way. Being in the head of a journalist on a mission was interesting and made you feel like you were doing the investigating. I would have liked the mystery to be a bit higher stakes and make it more exciting to follow, but it was interesting none the less. The ending was so heartfelt and concluded the mystery in a great way. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great follow up to Power Play, Body Checked takes it to the next level! I was so excited for this book, since I already enjoyed the little of Bridger and Tia from the first book in the series. I was not expecting to like it more then the first, but here we are! Bridger and Tia’s dynamic is great to follow. I think this book is spicier than the first, and I found myself hanging on to every page! Definitely recommend picking this series up if you are looking for quick and exciting reads with sports, spice and everything nice!

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Caring for Kingsley, Believing in a Better Way When Canine Cancer Comes Crashing Into Your World by Alli Eldridge – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Caring for Kingsley, Believing in a Better Way When Canine Cancer Comes Crashing Into Your WorldCaring for Kingsley, Believing in a Better Way When Canine Cancer Comes Crashing Into Your World by Alli Eldridge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story really hit home. My pets are my family. I love them like children, and the author does an incredible job of bringing that love to life. A cancer diagnosis would be heart breaking for anyone to go through with anyone they care about. Reading Kingsley’s journey showed me how different the last years could have been had I known that cancer was taking my pet before it was too late. I loved the funny stories of Kingsley in his youth, and then the heartbreak a family goes through trying to make the best decision for your pet. Wonderfully written, and almost painful to read, definitely pick this up if you are looking for a true story to tug your heartstrings.

 

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The Vardoger Boy (The Forerunner Saga Book 2) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

The Vardoger Boy (Forerunner Series)The Vardoger Boy by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holy Viking adventure! This book really immerses you in the time period by delving into the surroundings and the way people lived. It was hard to connect to the characters, but I think that is because I did not realize this was a second in series when I picked up, so it was pretty clear that I am missing some background. None the less, the adventure was still easy enough to follow and there was plenty going on in the story to keep you interested. While not my typical read (very much a historical fantasy), I enjoyed the book and will be picking up the first one to see what I missed. Perhaps I will even continue with the series! If you are a fan of Vikings, historical reads, and adventure, definitely give this book a shot!

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The Lie That Binds by Amy Argent – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

The Lie That BindsThe Lie That Binds by Amy Argent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

High school, full of bullies, cliques, and doing your very best to fit in. The book starts with Holly who just started out at a new high school. She wants to get in with the cool kids, like any girl her age would, but she quickly finds out that teenagers can be cruel. Nathan is a jerk, but there is so much more than meets the eye. Intriguing from the start, you find out about what Nathan is really hiding. His secrets lead to more between him and Holly, and the story that evolves is one that will keep the pages turning almost of their own volition. The story had its slow parts, but in general, it was compelling enough to keep you invested. At the start, I thought it was going to be more focused on the bullying and I wasn’t sure how to feel about it. As the story moves forward, there is more to it. Takes you back to that young age where what your friends thought about you felt like the most important thing in the world. I recommend this book if you enjoy a clique high school dynamic, a web of secrets, and characters that have more depth to them then they let on!

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Distant Memories (Nurse Morgan Series Book 2) by Kate MacInnis – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Distant Memories: A Nurse Morgan Series: Book TwoDistant Memories: A Nurse Morgan Series: Book Two by Kate MacInnis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the sequel to Distant Heart Sounds, the story picks right back up where the first ended. Morgan is now living in peace with her ghostly roommates, and she even has a steady romance. All seems picture perfect, but of course, it cannot remain. There is still much activity at work, many more mysteries to solve, and a newer visitor at home that is less then cooperative. Will Morgan find balance, solve mysteries, and stay in her romance honey-moon phase?

The book, like the first, is easy to follow and intriguing. There is still much going on in all aspects of the MCs life, so once again it can be a little difficult to keep track. There will most certainly be some laughs along the way, and some parts that are creepy! In general, the characters are well developed and the story is fun. I recommend picking this one up if you are looking for mystery, paranormal, and an overall fun read, but read the first book first! Will definitely be looking for more from this author!

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Distant Heart Sounds (Nurse Morgan Series Book 1) by Kate MacInnis – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Distant Heart Sounds (Nurse Morgan #1)Distant Heart Sounds by Kate MacInnis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was cute, spooky, and intriguing. My first book by this author, and I am already looking forward to the next. The story follows Morgan, and emergency center nurse who after a near death experience, has the ability to see ghosts. Couple that with a new doctor at the emergency center and you have a whirlwind of murder mystery, romance, spooky situations, and the comradery that comes with working in a high stress environment. So much was going on in the book that sometimes I had to double back. Parts were funny, parts were cute, and parts were spooky. In general, I did enjoy this book as a nice and relatively low stress read. Now on to the next!

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Squid (Moto X Book 5) by Brooke May – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Squid (Moto X Book 5)Squid by Brooke May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Right from the start, the story drew me in. Levi is a party boy that has a lot more going on in his head and heart than meets the eye. His antics at the start are entertaining to witness along side him. It also helps that the story is written in second person and even has moments where the MC engages with the reader to make you feel like you are being told a story from a friend. Once Levi starts putting an effort into putting his life on track, his world view totally changes, and he is put in a position where he is trying to reach a future, and trying not to let his past hinder him. The romance is quite sweet as well. Initially unrequited feelings that slowly start to turn into more. Also, Kindle is such an awesome and powerful female MC. The story is short, but didn’t leave me wanting. The romance seems quick, but was still satisfying. In general, this is a quick, fun, and spicy read that will be entertaining until the very end. This is book five in the series, and admittedly I did not read the others, but I had no trouble following along with the story. I do have the sense that there are many background stories with side characters that I am missing information on, so I definitely intend to go back and read the other books.

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