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Taming Beckett (The Playmakers Series Hockey Romances Book 1) by G.K. Brady – Review by Beverly Finnie

Taming Beckett (The Playmakers, #1)Taming Beckett by G.K. Brady
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Taming Beckett, should’ve been called Taming Beckett While Finding Myself. Actually Taming Beckett is better, but that’s exactly what this book is about. Learning about one’s true self. I thoroughly enjoyed what the author wrote and if I’m being honest I can’t wait to dig into book 2 as well as the rest of this series!
Beckett is spiraling quickly into rock bottom. He’s losing his hockey career, he lost his restaurant, he lost all his money and his drug addiction almost killed someone.
Paige has her company and a marriage she’s trying to save. A husband she loves but he’s always traveling for work, or so she thought.
When these two meet again Beckett unloads on her, not realizing who she is. But in the end these two may be what each other needs. It might take some time but Beckett remembers Paige, well Andie as he called her, she’s the only one who ever told him “no.”
A budding friendship forms between these two broken souls. Broken long before their current life situations. The author takes one on adventure while these two discover who they truly are and what makes them happiest. The growth by both characters is beautifully written, especially Beckett.
This is one of those books I didn’t want to put down. I only did because I had no choice and now that I’m done I want more!

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Reckless Heart (Second Chance Romance Series Book 2) by Jane Suen – Review by Beverly Finnie

Reckless Heart (Second Chance Romance #2)Reckless Heart by Jane Suen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A story about two people reuniting after humiliation, heartbreak, and vindictive behavior broke them apart. Reckless Heart is a second chance romance. The author takes a while to actually get to the root of the back story. Majority of this story is written over a day, with a lot of flashbacks.
Mary and Brad secretly had a thing for one another when they were growing up. That is till Mary crushed his heart by humiliating him by going for his best friend in front of all of their friends. Yet 10 years later he still feels protective of her. He fights a battle within himself while they spend a day together. Mary, freshly single, still feels an attraction to Brad, but feels she doesn’t deserve him after what she did. How these two navigated the day they spent together was sweet.
Does Brad forgive her?
Does Mary want to be with him?
The author put together a story that had all its working parts. It felt a little lost at times in the beginning, but that was cleaned up as the book went on. I liked the story that was presented. It makes one dwell on their own past and memories.

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Kiss Away Your Pain (Wounded Hearts Series Book 2) by Debbie Cromack – Review by Beverly Finnie

Kiss Away Your Pain (Wounded Hearts, #2)Kiss Away Your Pain by Debbie Cromack
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved it! Kiss Away Your Pain was sad and sweet. The author wrote a wonderful book to add to the series. I read Nicco and Destiny’s story, so I was excited to jump into Candi and Enzo. These two characters have been through so much tragedy it’s hard to believe. Though it’s a book of fiction these tragedies are very much real. So be mindful in regards to your own history it could be a trigger. Besides that, don’t even pass this book up. It has so much to offer. It’s a book that could be the first steps to healing a broken heart. Well that’s what it is to me.
Candi lost the love of her life. Made a decision at that point she would remain single for life. She never expected Enzo to blow into her life. He’s rocked her existence. He’s shown her that her dreams are still possible.
The question is, is she brave enough to go for it?
Or will her fear of leaving Dom behind hold her back?
Enzo never wanted anything serious. He just doesn’t have time. But when Candi walked into his life, that all changed. He wants more with her. He wants to break down her walls. He identifies with her on such a deep level, he refuses to give her up.
Will he get her to see how good moving on could be?
Candi’s growth is beautiful, slowly blooming as the book progresses.
I enjoy Candi’s spitfire, no nonsense attitude. I’m sure you will too. Beautifully written as a standalone but it’s definitely the next book in a series. Saying that, read it!

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Glass Houses by Sinister Styx – Review by Beverly Finnie

Glass HousesGlass Houses by Sinister Styx
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well definitely not what I expected. Glasshouses is a short story of deceit, denial, revenge, and murder. A continuous cycle that just keeps repeating itself. What the author wrote easily got that point across even though it was a short story. So much happened in the few pages this story took.
Ivy and Falcon accuse the other of being unfaithful. Falcon, so hurt by this, decides he will make the accusations accurate. In front of everyone they know, he humiliates her by dominating someone else.
The story itself was well written, it just wasn’t for me. Doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. It won’t take much time so give it a try.

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The Rom Com Movie Club (The Rom Com Movie Club Book 1) by Bernadette Marie – Review by Beverly Finnie

The Rom Com Movie Club - Book OneThe Rom Com Movie Club – Book One by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Her best friend’s getting married. She should be happy for her. But she’s a broken soul trying to find her way through life.
He’s the brother of the groom, and he can’t take his eyes off her.
The Rom-Com Movie Club was an entertaining and fun book to read. It’s quirky, full of humor, happiness, sadness, and some tears. The author makes you feel it as if you were the character. Well some feelings. The Bridezilla best friend, yeah I didn’t feel that, but mostly the things everyone else went through yeah.
Lisa is a lost soul, who doesn’t really know what true love is. Growing up in the foster system she moved constantly and as well as had a new family, it became easier to be alone. And it worked for sometime till she met the 3 women who have since become her family. Best friends who meet once a month to have a rom-com movie/sleepover. What happens when someone enters her life that doesn’t want to leave?
Ryan just moved home and his brother is getting married. Jilted on more than one occasion, the hopeless romantic in Ryan hasn’t given up just yet. When he meets Lisa for the first time, he knows she’s special. He can’t keep his eyes off her, but he’s been warned to stay away. Now that he can.
Will Ryan heed the warning to stay away?
Will Lisa let him in?
These two have been through some things, things that could keep them together or tear them apart. The character growth that is written throughout for Lisa and even maybe for the bride to be Bridzilla. It’s phenomenal what the author did with these characters.
I feel maybe another story for these friends now that Lisa’s brother is moving home. I can only hope. Till then check this book out!

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The Kidnapping by Linda Burson – Review by Beverly Finnie

The KidnappingThe Kidnapping by Linda Burson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

He saved her life.
She revived his.
He also taught him what love is.
What would you do if someone dropped an envelope in front of you with $10k and instructions to be followed?
The Kidnapping was surprisingly unexpected. In a good way. I was hooked from the first chapter. It’s been a while since a book has gotten me that quickly. I didn’t want to put it down. The author takes us on a whirlwind adventure. One that just when you think it’s over, boom not quite. The way the author wrote the two main characters they are both easy to love for their own reasons. Plus the growth throughout is beautiful.
Andy and Jenna had no idea they’d cross paths, or that it would change their lives forever.
Jenna is lonely in life. Proof that money can’t buy everything. All people want her for is what she can give them, the things she could buy. And she’s just sick of it all. Ending up at a dive bar on the other side of town gives her a chance to let go and unwind.
Andy is moping through life. Having suffered great loss and numbingly starting over. Frequents the same dive bar. Fortunately for him, one day a lady gave him an envelope with $10k and instructions on who and how to kidnap someone. That someone being Jenna. So what does he do? He decides to meet her and tell her.
Instant connection, instant chemistry that they both choose to ignore. Though Jenna’s plan could throw a wrench in that. She wants to stay with Andy, and figures it’s the best way to keep her safe. That is till they figure out what to do about the letter. There’s strong connections that her ex-fiance Steve has his hands all over this mess.
So come join us, for an unexpected rollercoaster, lots of romance, lots of awkward holding back. While these two navigate their new situation.
Do they figure it out?
Does Andy keep Jenna safe?
A book that was a lot lighter than I expected, will keep one interested for hours. Check it out!

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The Perfect Mrs. Claus by Barbara Matteson – Review by Beverly Finnie

The Perfect Mrs. ClausThe Perfect Mrs. Claus by Barbara Matteson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet Christmas story. The Perfect Mrs. Claus is the book you cuddle up with a mug of hot chocolate on a cool December day. A wonderful story when all is said and done.
If I had one knock on it, it’s the constant flashbacks. Early on they were all over the place and I was really confused. As the book progressed the author cleaned up the transition between past and present. I still think it was a lot though. And just because I say that doesn’t mean that takes away from the story the author wrote.
This book is about love, loss, and hope. What Savannah accomplishes in this book reminds me of what I wish I could do. To selflessly help others in ways I currently can’t. Doesn’t always work out that way, but I hope my life leads me there some day.
Matthew and Savannah are two lonely souls. Both of their children are overseas. Savannah is a widow, while Matthew is a divorcée. What are the odds life leads them to one in an unexpected way?
He’s in charge of the yearly Christmas display and he needs a Mrs.Claus. In walks Savannah into the store that will change their lives forever.
The growth of these characters individually as well as together is beautifully written. It makes you root for these characters and makes you keep turning the page.
If you enjoy Christmas novels it’s worth a read!

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A Crossbow Christmas by Ann Swann – Review by Beverly Finnie

A Crossbow ChristmasA Crossbow Christmas by Ann Swann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading A Crossbow Christmas was like stepping into a Hallmark movie in my head. Though it was a little longer than 2 hours and no commercials. I’m a sucker for a good Christmas novel and this one hit all the feels. I wasn’t too sure what I was jumping into, because with Christmas novels I haven’t read a bad one yet. So I decided to jump right in with this one.
The author wrote 2 characters that have had a heartbreaking last few years. Between family loss and the pandemic it was a lot to deal with. But the author wrote it beautifully and it kept me wanting more!
Carina is a mother of 4, with 4 grandchildren. Happily married or is there trouble in paradise. She has been through a lot. Losing both her parents as well as her sister in the last few years. She also had a long and tiring battle in the hospital with Covid. She needs a break, a vacation. She does everything to get her family to go away for the holidays, to no avail. Well her one son agreed, which made her decide to do it!
Max is a late 20s doctorate student, who lost the love of his life to cancer. He met Carina through a grief group on Facebook and they’ve been great friends since. He offered a cabin that his wife inherited, and they renovated to make it so much more. Located in a ski town of Crossbow CO, he thought it would be great for her family to spend the holidays there.
Carina goes through a rollercoaster of emotions on her journey. Sometimes the author had me frustrated with her. Other times I could relate because I’m the same way. When one feels alone, they are the only one who gets to break through those feelings to change that.
A feel good Christmas story for all to love!

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Defiant Princess (Mafia Elite Series Prequel) by Amy McKinley – Review by Beverly Finnie

Defiant Princess (Mafia Elite Prequel)Defiant Princess by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was sad when I thought this series ended, but the author strikes again. The Mafia Elite Series is revived by the Defiant Princess prequel!
Yes I love this series!
Yes, all the books are well written!
Yes I’ve read them all!
And absolutely Yes you should too!
If this is the first time you’re coming across a book in this series, you’re in luck because it’s the beginning. What happens in Defiant Princess comes up a lot through No Way Out so it’s a perfect place to start.
I wonder why it wasn’t titled Princesses because it’s told from the point of view of all 4 mafia princesses, Liliana, Emiliana, Sofia, and Marissa. When tragedy strikes the five mafia families of Chicago stick together. Which is demonstrated beautifully is this short novel prequel.
Five Families that you will fall in love with throughout this series if you haven’t read it before. If you have, we have another book to read! It’s not over yet!

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Faultless Love (The Bennetts of Langston Falls Book 1) by KG Fletcher – Review by Beverly Finnie

Faultless Love (The Bennetts of Langston Falls, #1)Faultless Love by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Selfless Teddy taking the fall for something he didn’t do. An instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Faultless Love is a second chance romance, a second chance at life, and a redemption story for our main male character.
The author wrote a wonderful story about a man’s struggles getting through the last 6 years of his life and his new found freedom. Not quite free he’s still on probation, but almost free. Teddy’s growth over his time from when the incident happened and now was written impressively. Being back with his family, making contact with the woman he loves, those are things that kept him going.
Robyn knows he’s home and still feels guilty that he was put away because of her. But she still loves him, and rekindling that romance does take long. Robyn, unlike Teddy, didn’t really grow in the 6 years. It seems the author wrote Robyn in a way where she regressed due to guilt. She had a small bit of growth at the end but you have to read to get there.
I enjoyed this book, a little slow at first for me, but once it picked up I was invested. Everytime I read something old but something new I’m intrigued. Something old meaning the genre, something new meaning the basis of the story itself.
If you enjoy a redemption story, strap in and jump into this roller coaster of a story. The author wrote a wonderful book, and I look forward to checking out others.

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