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Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance) (Moonlit Destination Series) by Amy McKinley – Review by Betsy Melano

Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance)Moonlit Kiss by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Moonlit Kiss: A Venice Romance by Amy McKinley is one of the books in the Moonlit Destination Series written by the author. From the start, I felt like I was in Venice with Gianna experiences the city. The feeling kept me reading more of the story because it was so captivating. The characters are well written and make the story even better. The romance between Gianna and Sergio captured my heart. Add in the mystery of ghosts and the history of Gianna and Sergio makes it even more exciting.

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Ouroboros (Antipodes III) by T.S. Simons – Review by Betsy Melano

Ouroboros (Antipodes #3)Ouroboros by T.S. Simons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ouroboros is the 3rd book in the Antipodes series written by T.S. Simons. You will definitely want to read the books in the order they were released to have the best experience. The book is about a dystopian world interspersed with love, finding a family away from your own family, adventure, and so much more. It also makes you think about your own life and what is important. The search for answers may not always lead you to a happy ending but may make you find things about yourself that you don’t like. I hope you enjoy reading what Cam finds as this journey of discovery and challenges continues.

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BRINK OF DENIAL (SONS OF SINDICATO BOOK 2) by SONYA JESUS AND CAM JOHNS – Review by Betsy Melano

Brink of Denial (Sons of Sindicato #1)Brink of Denial by Cam Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brink of Denial: Sons of Sindicato Book 1 is an awesome book full of action, suspense, and twists, continuing an amazing series. This book concentrates on Dane and Mila who have a past together from when they were young. Mila finally comes to figure out that she misses Dane, who was her first serious boyfriend, and be by his side. Of course Dane doesn’t make it easy for her to be back in his life with the hurt and pain Mila caused him when she left. The authors are great at writing about relationships and how things don’t go as planned. The characters and the experiences they have suck you in so you want to read the book in one sitting!

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Eye of the Storm (A Gray Ghost Novel, book 2) AUDIO BOOK by Amy McKinley – Review by Betsy Melano

Eye of the Storm (Gray Ghost Series Book 2) by Amy McKinley is fast paced and action packed from the first chapter where we meet Chris and Mari in the jungles of Columbia. Mari helped save Chris’ life and she believes he will save her in return. Before that can happen, Mari must help Chris recover from his injuries so he can find a way out of the jungle.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Regan Brown does a wonderful job adding to the story with her narration.

Blood Mug (Red Farlow Mysteries Book 4) by W.F. Ranew – Review by Betsy Melano

Blood Mug (Red Farlow Mysteries: #4)Blood Mug by W.F. Ranew
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blood Mug by W.F. Ranew is the 4th book in the Red Farlow Mysteries series. These mysteries are wonderful to read because you really get to know P.I. Red Farlow through all the books. In this installment, Red is headed to Atlanta to meet with a chairman. When Red gets there, he finds that the chairman has been murdered – there is a dagger sticking out of his back. Through the investigation, Red finds more murder victims and starts working on figuring out the motive. It was really interesting to read about how Red shares about each victim and we get to know them.
This is a great series! It does help to read them from the beginning to learn about Red Farlow and the way he thinks. I sure hope there are more books coming!

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My Sweet GI AUDIO BOOK by T.L Wainwright – Review by Betsy Melano

My Sweet GI by T.L. Wainwright is a romance story taking place in England during WWII. It is a beautiful story that captured my heart from the start. Jenny is a sweet young woman who meets Teddy when he comes into the shop she works at looking for candy. Even though they’re from different countries, they find a connection that pulls them tougher quickly. What will the war do to this connection?

The narrator Rooke Kingston is wonderful at helping the story along and easily makes us realize each of the characters. Thank you Ms. Kingston for the beautiful narration.

The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Betsy Melano

The Earl's Scandalous WagerThe Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson is a tale of a young woman of noble birth who is put up as a wager by her stepbrother due to his gambling problem. When we first meet Emily Brumville, she is in considerable distress because the situation her stepbrother has put her in. Outwardly, she strives to not look so worried & scared. Emily cannot believe all of the gentleman at the table are actually going through with this wager.

This story and how the main characters, Emily Brumville and Phillip Beckely Benton, Earl of Lenbridge start learning about each other and interacting caught my attention right away. I couldn’t wait to read more about the newlyweds and how they build their relationship to each other’s benefit and hopefully eventually to love each other. To add to the mix, Phillip’s family members, the woman Phillip had planned to marry, and Emily’s stepbrother, all seem to be under suspicion as the one causing mischief against the newlyweds. Who could be so against this union? What would be their motive?

I really enjoyed this book. I hope you do too.

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Love by Design (The Meraki Series Book 2) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Betsy Melano

Love by Design (The Meraki Series Book 2)Love by Design by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love By Design (The Meraki Series Book 2) by Effie Kammenou shares the story of Mia and Nicholas. Mia works for a publishing company as a graphic designer who also happens to take professional photographs. When she attends a Community if Creatives in Publishing meeting, she finds her dream guy Nicholas who happens to be a presenter at the meeting. Several months later Mia is offered a new position when the publishing company is going through a reorganization. Wouldn’t you know it, Mia is now working with Nicholas. The hard part is that they don’t seem to get along at all. They both seem to bring out each other’s bad side. Early on, Mia is very worried that she will lose her job because of this. Will she keep her job and will she be able to continue working with Nicholas? Don’t worry my fellow readers – keep reading, the answers will come.
I love how Ms. Kammenou develops the characters. It’s a big part of the reason I loved the first book in the series. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

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Betrayal at the Beach (Dangerous Curves Book 1) by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Betsy Melano

Betrayal at the Beach: A Cozy Christian Mystery (Dangerous Curves Book 1)Betrayal at the Beach: A Cozy Christian Mystery by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Betrayal at the Beach (Dangerous Curves Book1) by K.L Montgomery is a fun, entertaining cozy mystery. Sunshine Baker is the Young Adult librarian in her hometown of Bryce Beach. Sunshine is tasked with planning the annual Friends of the Library Gala this year. The Gala is very important to the library because funds have been cut and the Library needs all the help it can get from this fundraiser. Of all the possible things Sunshine had worried about happening at the Gala, theft of the money raised and of the 400 year old bible that was brought over by the town’s founding members at the Gala wasn’t one of them. When Sunshine finds out that the police think one of the library employees planned the theft, she vows to find the culprit!

This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I love that Sunshine and her librarian friends are women with curves. We all come in different shapes and sizes and this book shows that everyone is important.

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READY FOR FLYNN, PART 1 (READY FOR FLYNN SERIES) AUDIO BOOK by K.L. SHANDWICK – Review by Betsy Melano

Ready for Flynn: Part 1 by K L Sandwick is a wonderful love story that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. Valerie is a 15 year old girl who is strong who refused to “do it” with her boyfriend when he pressured her. When this happened, the boyfriend ended up finding someone else to take her place which happened to be Valerie’s best friend. To help Valerie through this rough time, her family sends her to her aunt’s. While emotionally recuperating, Valerie helped her aunt deal with her home after her uncle’s death.

Valerie’s three older brothers are very protective of her when it comes to guys. When Valerie comes home right before Thanksgiving, she is excited to see her brothers. The brother she feels closest to is Martin. Martin brings his roommate Flynn home with him so Flynn doesn’t spend Thanksgiving alone. Valerie and Flynn have an instant connection but there is no way they can get together because of her young age and her protective family. This doesn’t stop them from learning more about each other and their feelings get stronger between them but Flynn ends up stepping away from her and the family.When tragedy strikes and Rocks Valerie’s world, Flynn comes back to help her and be there for her.

This is a well written story with a lot of growth by the main characters. It grabs your heart and you will want to keep reading. I’m so glad this is just part 1 since I want to learn more of what happens.

The narrator, Anne Marie Damman does a wonderful job. Her narration helped me to really feel what the characters were going through.