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The Cruiser (The Hustlers Trilogy Book 1) by Rowan Rossler – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

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

Had me invested from the very beginning! The story starts with a bomb dropping and blowing Vandana’s word into crumbling pieces. She is a strong character, however and this will not destroy her. She is the co-owner of a PR company, and she is not by any means one to just lay down and take it. Strained relationships with her family, and close support of her friends, she is now navigating her world with a new perspective. Will she pull the pieces back together? Morgan is every persons kryptonite. A young and successful yacht designer, with his sights aimed for the starts and nothing he can’t have! He is in a position to look to Vandana’s firm to kept the momentum of his company going, but will he stumble across something else on the way? Will Vandana? The story is steamy, fun, and an enjoyable ride. Looking for a romance set a rich man’s playground? Then give this one a shot.

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Manipulator’s War (Ruarnon Trilogy Book 1) by Elise Carlson – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Manipulator's War (Ruarnon Trilogy, #1)Manipulator’s War by Elise Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very fast pace book! I will admit, sometimes it took some concentration to follow. I loved the non-binary representation. Right from the prologue, it is clear that someone or something is working against the MC and that there is more to the issue than meets the eye. The book did not slow down from there. Ruarnon was pushed to lead earlier than they were expecting and it was great to see how their character not only overcomes adversity, but navigates with less than trust worthy people in their midst. Initially, Lihn’s storyline felt totally unrelated, but they blend together nicely. If you are looking for a fantasy book with non-binary rep, and non stop action from the start, give this one a try! I will definitely be looking out for the next!

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An Alien Storm (Soldiers of Saedo Book 4) by Calla Zae – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

An Alien Storm (Soldiers of Saedo, #4)An Alien Storm by Calla Zae
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An alien romance with opposites and a tormented past to overcome? Yes. Please. I was very excited to read this book, but I will say unfortunately the romance and back story fell flat. It felt like things were resolved too quickly and made it hard for me to really feel for the characters. That being said, the world building in this story was well done, and I found myself intrigued on where this book was going and the details of the over arcing mystery. I think there is more than meets the eye with this tale. I am curious to continue!

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Targeting Dart (Satan’s Devils MC #4) by Manda Mellett – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

I don’t think there is a single book in this series that I haven’t liked so far! I appreciate that the author took on the issues of race and body shaming in this book. There were parts that were a bit upsetting, but the book overcomes both these issues fairly well. The story was filled with heartache and adversity. Alex is shy and traumatized. Her story is tragic and heartfelt. Seeing how she changes and grows into herself was great, especially since her body was described similarly to my own. Dart was just another member, but his growth in this book was great to see too. In general, this book has everything you will come to love and expect about a Satan’s Devil’s MC novel: found family, love, tenacity, tragedy, violence, to get to her you have to go through me, and a brotherhood so strong it can overcome all odds. Despite being wonderfully familiar, the author manages to still surprise and enthrall the reader with plot twists and turns you never expect. A perfect balance of exciting and familiar that guarantees I keep picking up her books! Give the Satan’s Devils MC a try. Note that the story has many books, and there is overlap even if the book is based in a difference chapter of the MC. I recommend reading in publication order but pick these up!

 

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Ruthless Heir (Mafia Elite Book 5) by Amy McKinley – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Ruthless Heir: An Enemies to Lovers Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite, #5)Ruthless Heir: An Enemies to Lovers Mafia Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great installment in this series! I enjoyed the dynamic of introducing new characters that don’t share the same origins as the ones I have grown to know and love in the other books. I would have liked more tension in the romance. It felt as though the romance when from uncertain to star crossed a little too quickly. Even so, the story was well written, and the mystery was intriguing. Though the backstories of the main characters in this series is different then I have seen in the other books, it is still heart wrenching. It helps make the characters fit seamlessly into the mafia families I have come to know and love. The found family aspects of the book were well down, and I LOVE strong women, which not only this book, but this whole series is full of. If you are knew to this series, I definitely recommend reading in order. Each book centers around different characters, but there are larger plot points and connections that you will miss if you do not start from the first book! Either way, if you are looking for a mafia romance with action, found family, fierce women, and protective men then definitely pick this series up!

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The Hunted (Vampire Navy SEAL: Sam & Layla) by S.B. Alexander – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

The Hunted (Vampire Navy SEAL: Sam & Layla, #1)The Hunted by S.B. Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good vampire story, and this one did not disappoint. I was intrigued from the start at the things that set Sam apart. The trio of human women were also unexpected. With every page, the author took you deeper and deeper into the mysteries surrounding the characters, and there was a fair bit of tension along the way! Layla was snarky and I loved her take no crap attitude. The close relationship and love between her and her sisters was also great to see. A slow burn forbidden romance, war at your doorstep, and vampires. This book really had it all. I’m intrigued and excited to see where the author takes it from here.

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The-Know-It-All-Pencil (Invisible Magic Wand Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review By Ashleyann Sanabria

The Know-It-All PencilThe Know-It-All Pencil by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cute book and story! The illustrations were great, the adventure was one I think a child would enjoy, and the celebration of one’s unbirthday would make any child giddy with excitement. This starts to give children examples of respect and trade all while still having a nice adventure. I think it would make a good addition to any young person’s library.

 

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story was as beautiful as it was relatable. Looking at this world through Mercy’s eyes was an experience. Mercy is such an incredibly resilient character. From a young age, she consistently fought against a fate that she grew up seeing as almost unavoidable. It was the bond she shared with her best friend that pushed her forward, and later the rage and sorrow that kept her going. I loved the use of La Llorona in the story. I also love how overtime, you see the world around her change. The story ends on such a hopeful tone, really inspiring that dreams are achievable. I would have liked to see more of the story after Mercy has some realizations and shifts her perspective. Beautifully written!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Divine VintageDivine Vintage by Sandra L. Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure about this book, as it seemed like it would be largely historical, which isn’t usually my preference. I am so glad I picked it up despite my initial hesitation! The book ties together a historical plot with romance, and paranormal aspects, while taking place in the present day. The story had me on the edge of my seat for most of it. The mystery was well thought out and keeps you guessing. The romance was full of tension and passion. The book keeps you guessing form the beginning. If you enjoy reading about an old mystery, a romance transcending time, contact with the paranormal, and a new budding romance all at the same time, absolutely pick this title up!

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

AH! This book had me totally immersed in its world. I will admit, I have a weakness for wolf shiters, so maybe that is why I enjoyed this read so much. I loved the way the author showed the playfull side of the wolves along with the side that seeks dominance. If I am being totally honest with myself, I would shift into a wolve, and proceed to chase my tail for at least 10 minutes, haha! I loved Prince Jason, and I actually loved Lily! Experiencing the way her confidence shifts was great. Jason is a cinnamon roll and I am excited to see how he develops in the next books. The book was filled with excitement and action. I wish the main conflict would have been resolved just a little quicker so that I could experience more of what happens next, but I suppose that is what the next books are for! So excited to continue this series. Will be keeping my eyes open for when the next books come out!

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