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Born to Fight (Can’t Resist You, #1) by Brittany Anne – Review by Emily Walsh

Born to Fight (Can't Resist You, #1)Born to Fight
ByBrittany Anne
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Born to Fight (Can’t Resist You, #1) by Brittany Anne was a raw, too real, feels gripping, post-apocalyptic read, that had me hooked from start to finish.

Wow what a read! My first read by this author and I am impressed, more than impressed I just found a treasure and I need more. This sci-fi dystopian read is unique, original and it is hooking. The tone, and writing rhythm has a oomph that instantly pulls you into the story. It’s been awhile since a dystopian has hooked me like this, and it has rekindled a lost love that I didn’t know was gone.

Told in multi POV we get this tale from both our MC’s, and seeing it that way, especially this type of romance, really adds na extra layer of realism, and gets you more connected to this characters. There is a weird magic about it, and frankly I believe that all romance no matter what genre should be told in dual POV. It’s proven in the way this story was executed.

Now outside of the love plot the world building was pretty freaking cool. It paints a devastating picture of what could happen if we lose our insta world connecting, electricity and satellites. It makes you feel the dread, and adds a very dark and gritty element, making the love plot that much more raw and compelling.

Overall this book is a must read, it has everything you’ve been wanting in a, or better yet it has everything you didn’t know you wanted in a post-apocalyptic romance, that may be doomed before it even starts. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval that you will not be able to put this book down once you start.

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Isabella’s Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1) by Ellen Butler – Review by Emily Walsh

Isabella's Painting (Karina Cardinal Mystery #1)Isabella’s Painting
ByEllen Butler
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isabella’s Painting: A Notorious Art Heist Mystery (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 1) by Ellen Butler was a entertaining, fast pace, fun read, that had me hooked!

My first read by this author and I will tell you I will be adding Ellen Butler to my watch list. I loved her writing style, witty and engaging dialogue, and of course I loved how Ellen turned a real life mystery into a fun, light hearted thriller of an adventure, with a ordinary MC, who just happen to be in the wrong place at the right time.

I was captured right away with this tale, it was like magic. The pacing was on point, the detail was rich and it makes you feel like your right there with our MC, trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and how in the world this crazy adventure sucked you in. It had a touch of romance, family revelations, and of course a smart, well rounded, kick ass female MC, that really made this story shine.

As much as I loved the mystery and the danger, Karina, for me, stole the show and brought this story to life. Okay, yes the other characters were great as well, and were just as well constructed, but Karina, she was on a another level. I can’t fully explain it, you’re just going to have to read this wonder to find out for yourself.

What that said, I will leave you with my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval. Believe me you will not be able to put this book down.

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Small Town Hero: Small Town Brides (Book 1) by Kim Koby – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

Small Town Hero (Small Town Brides, #1)Small Town Hero by Kim Koby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Small Town Hero: Small Town Brides (Book 1) by Kim Koby

Small Town Hero by Kim Koby is a clean romance following Rebecca after she discovers her fiancé in bed with her best friend. She leaves and just drives until the point of exhaustion. After pulling off at a gas station to fill up and rest she wakes up 4 hours later to a car that refuses to start. After harassing her for loitering Ryan takes it upon himself to help her. After discovering that the nearest hotel is closed down for remodeling he offers to let her stay at his place in the guest room. Little does he know how much this small gesture would impact both of their lives.

I was amazed at how well Rebecca handled everything. If I were in her place I probably would have shut down and fallen into a world of despair. I loved how she was able to move past everything and even bring new joy into Ryan’s life. This beautiful novel was well written and clean. It focused mostly on n renewal but also shared how important the main characters faith was. I really enjoyed this novel and give it an easy 5-star rating.

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New Bloom (Bloom Duet) by A.E. Gamrat – Review by Emily Walsh

New BloomNew Bloom
ByA.E. Gamrat
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

New Bloom (Bloom Duet) by A.E. Gamrat was a coming of age story that will grip your feels and take you on a emotional rollercoaster.

My first read by this author, I didn’t know what I was getting into, as I don’t really read these types of books. But it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone. I will say this book wasn’t what I was expecting, and I do have some mixed feelings about it.

Let’s start with some aesthetics, the writing was smooth, clean, and easy to follow. The detail was rich and painted a vivid picture of the world that A.E. Gamrat has created for us. I felt like I could jump in and be apart of the story. I loved how the tone shifts matched the scenes and added to that emotional kick that this story will give you.

Now, why do I have mixed feels. Well, it has to do with how sheltered our MC is. It was borderline abuse, and as someone who grew up in a very rural town, I’m talking the middle of nowhere, about 200 people give or take. I know what it’s like to be sheltered. But at the sametime I wasn’t naive about. There is just so much information in the world, that the way our MC was present it, made me feel like she was locked in a box most of her life. That part of it was a little, unrealistic for me. So I did have a hard time connecting at first. But she did grow on me as the story went on. Now the mother… she had more mood swings, and character shifts then I could shake a stick at. I didn’t care for her, and frankly the I didn’t feel much for her, just for Gwen.

Overall this book is a engaging, entertaining read that will hook you. The overall plot, and storytelling is addictive and you can’t help but keep reading. So please take my high recommendation and my stamp of approval that you will get lost in this tale about what it is to grow up and make those adult like decisions.

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Broken Circle, A Gray Ghost Novel book 1 by Amy McKinley – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

Broken Circle (Gray Ghost #1)Broken Circle by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Broken Circle, A Gray Ghost Novel book 1 by Amy McKinley
5-star novel
Liv’s world is turned upside down when she discovers that her dream has been a lie. Her husband is involved with a terrible drug cartel and its family. She knew there was a reason for not ever meeting them. With her life possibly at stake she makes a run for it after she becomes stuck in Colombia with her husband. She has to get away from all the death and blood. In her escape she is aided by several people but those who are caught are killed. Can she get out of the country and stay hidden?

This was an exciting and gripping story that I could not put down. Readers will love Liv and will be pulled into her story. My heart ached for the loss she experienced in this novel. I loved that she stayed strong though.

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The Confectioner’s Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles #1) by Claire Luana – Review by Emily Walsh

The Confectioner's Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles Book 1)The Confectioner’s Guild
ByClaire Luana
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Confectioner’s Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles #1) by Claire Luana was a fast pace, unique read that had me hooked from the first cupcake till the last.

My first read by this author, I went in with a open mind, as I love these types of weird quirky books. What a fun read, it was everything I was hoping it would be and more. Claire Luana open this book running and quickly the plot is under way, and we are just as shocked, confused and bewildered as poor Wren. That type of opening can be tricky, but the with the author’s smooth, detailed writing, it worked beyond belief.

As for Wren our MC, I liked her from the start. Right away she gives you some of her sad backstory, her life but still left something hidden, that you don’t get to know until later. She has a good head on her shoulders and it helped her throughout this adventure. You can see her change as the story goes on, she get less skittish and, gains confidence lacked before being snached away.

As for the overall plot and mystery, I will say I had that figured out pretty fast, but it didn’t take away form the funnes that it this read. As I said the writing is solid, detail and a treat to the eyes. But I will say though I had the main players figured out, I didn’t see all it coming. That added that extra something special, that made this story all the more wickedly good.

Overall this book is a must read, so please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that this book will hook you, if not for the adventure, then it will be the cupcakes.

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Ring Tru (Thick as Thieves Book 1) by Janice M. Whiteaker – Review by Emily Walsh

Ring Tru (Thick as Theives Book 1)Ring Tru
ByJanice M. Whiteaker
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ring Tru (Thick as Thieves Book 1) by Janice M. Whiteaker was a fast pace, edgy read, that had me hooked from start to finish.

My first read by this author, I was super excited to dive into this book. I love books with thieves, a little cat and mouse, and of course drama. But you’d be surprised now weirdly untouch this plotline is. So when I see these books pop up, I get excited. Ring Thu was not a disappointment. It had a Heartbreakers/The Italian Job feel. (Two movies that I love!) It kept me on my toes, it was captivating, and thrilling.

At first this is just another job for out MC Tru, her last and one to set her and her bestie up for life. You’ll find out right away, from the first page, how this has that Heartbreaker feel. Tru’s mark isn’t exactly young.. you know what I’m saying. Trouble brews when her ex appears as her “hubbies” security detail. This get complicated, fast, and that’s where the fun begins. I love their interactions, they attraction. It isn’t forced, and you can feel how that no matter the hurt, the time, or the reason, they still are madly in love. It was always a joy watching Tru get all flustered and crazy when Will was around.

Besides that mess, they are there for the same reason, but different all the same. Making things again, complicated. You want to root for Tru, cause of what Will did, but then you get to know him, and hear why he did what he did. Pity sets in, and now, you don’t know who to root for, because damn, both of them deserves it. So yeah, this couple will have you switching sides, while making you want to slap them both.

Then there is the underline danger, the weird pieces of the puzzle, and the lingering feeling that maybe there won’t be a happy ending for them.

This story has it all, and like I said, it hooked me first from the first page and I could not put it down. Coming in a 225 pages, you could say, it is a fairly shorter read. But still chalked full of madness, mystery, and a hot couple that can’t decide what to do with each other. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval that you be captured by this outstanding, lush, dangerous read, that might just steal your heart…(haha..see what I did there?….I’m amazing I know..)

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The Fifth Knight (The Knights of Caerleon #1) by Claire Luana & Jesikah Sundin – Review by Emily Walsh

The Fifth Knight (The Knights of Caerleon #1)The Fifth Knight
ByClaire Luana & Jesikah Sundin
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Fifth Knight (The Knights of Caerleon #1) by Claire Luana & Jesikah Sundin was a fast pace, entertaining read that had me hooked from start to finish.

What a start to a new series, and being that this is the first book I have read from this author, I have to say I will be checking out other books Jesikah Sundin has written. I’m no stranger to RH, though I don’t read it as much as I use to, but it’s still a genre I like. In saying that, there ways to do it wrong and there are ways to do it right, and this my friends, is an exemplary example of a RH done, all kinds of right.

I’m going to be real with you, it wasn’t the RH that caught my eye, no it was the fact that this is a King Arthur tale, and I love anything that has Arthurian elements. This is more a retelling with our MC tossed into the mix. Now I will say that our MC Fionna is for the lack of a better word, a Mary-sue.. yes, yes, I know, I have dissed on that before, how I don’t like, it.. But.. I have also said there are ways to do it right.

To be even more honest, Fionna, though has all the markings of a Mary-Sue, also has many elements of a OP(Overpowered) character as well. Normally that mix, isn’t a good one, but, and there is a but. The writing, the character development, and the complex multi layers of Fionna, offset those two, normally, annoying traits. Jesikah Sundin managed to humanize Fionna, causing the reading(me) to connect. Fionna was nice, she wasn’t a, –I’ll do it myself, then have to get rescued– type. She wasn’t mean or mlishious to other female character (Which is the most annoying of the mary-sue tropes). She was witty but, was also flawed. I loved her as a lead characters and despite having everyone she met fall in love with her, she was probably one of the best female MC’s I’ve read about this year.

This just goes to show you, that you don’t need to following the normal “outline” of a character, to have something amazing.

Overall this book is worth your time, energy and brain power. I know I was gushing about Fionna, but I just feel like she carried the story and truly outshone the others. Yes King Arthur and his knights were well developed and great to read about, but I was drawn to Fionna. This was all due to knowing how to write a OP character and not make it cringe otherly. And for me, really showcased the authors magical writing talent.

On that note I will leave you with my super high recommendation and, my stamp of approval.

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Famished (Ash Park, #1) by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Emily Walsh

Famished (Ash Park, #1)Famished
ByMeghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Famished (Ash Park #1) by Meghan O’Flynn was dark, gritty, and apart from having my heart in a vice, it had me hooked from start to finish.

My first read by this author I didn’t know what to expect. I just thought I was in for your normal, thriller mystery, like a CSI/Criminal Minds mix… No, no, no.. It was more on the darker side of Criminal Minds. Not only did I get attached to Hannah, I felt for her, somehow connected to her, and, I don’t even know what to say or think anymore.

Hannah was a good character, like I said I connect with her, and every minute of her hellish life I wish I could have been there to give her a hug, and just, put her in a bubble. Strong in her own right, Hannah was that MC you root for, hope for and just want all the good things for.

Damn Meghan O’Flynn, you managed to not only rip out my heart, but just when I thought things were looking up, you ripped it out again and stomped on it. Thanks….Sometimes there are no happy endings, and this book shows us, will for me I felt, it showed the real look at what goes on when trying to catch a killer. The grunt work, the long hours, and the constant feelings of guilt and grief that, you weren’t fast, or strong enough.

This book will push your emotions, will make you think it will end like your normal TV drama. Be prepared for some gut punching feels, and a good slap to the face. And that my friend is where I leave you, but yes, before I go, I give this book my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval.

I will now dive into the next book.

What is wrong with me? Good writing that’s what

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-Review by @eawalsh

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The Sound of Love (The Sound series #1) by Maria Watts – Review by Emily Walsh

The Sound of Love (The Sound series #1)The Sound of Love
ByMaria Watts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Sound of Love (The Sound series #1) by Maria Watts was a okay read that shows a different side of the teen crushes, and the dreamy boy bands of the 90’s.

My first read by this author, I didn’t know what I was getting into. Though I read YA, it’s more fantasy, dystopian and paranormal. I don’t read much of the contemporary romance types. And this book again showed me why I don’t dwell much into that genera. Why? Well like others I have read, there is a bit of a unrealism to it, yes I know it’s fiction, but if you don’t have some semblance of realisisim for a story, that’s set in the real world, then it makes the story feel silly and unconnecting. And for me, parts of this tale were just that.

The first half of this book was great. Now I wasn’t sold of the whole “I was giving the wrong number, so I punched in some random ones, and low and behold, it worked!” So yeah that was, so far-fetched that it was cringe worthy, but, I put it aside cause Nina and Chris’s conversation were very interesting, fun and sweet. Nina called Christ out on his BS, and Christ was learning about what being a normal teen is like. It reminded me of the days, before internet, and social media. There was almost a cute innocents to it, that just warmed your heart.

Then, she met him, things weren’t as they were one the phone. I’m not going to say what, cause I don’t want to ruin the story. But there’s a personality shift, and frankly, it blindsided me. We spent so much time learning about someone, that who wasn’t not only who Nina thought, but me. But at the same time, I know why it was done, and I’m going to give the authors propbs, for leading both of us stray. Bravo.

And that’s where I’m going to leave this review. It’s one of those books where I have just as many likes as dislikes, and I don’t’ want to go down a rabbit hole. So let’s just end this with my overall impression.

As a whole, this book isn’t bad. It matches its target audiences, the writing is smooth, professionally well crafted and, has a very nice rhythm to it. I liked how even though I had problems with scenes, or plot points, the writing kept me well engaged and pulled into the story. I truly believe this is a good book to give your teen to read, especially if they’re currently obsessed with a band or singer. It will show them what goes on once the lights of the stage goes off and that mask of perfect is stripped away.

In ending, this books gets my recommendation and gets my approval

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