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Best Foot Forward (The Liberty Lawrence Series, #1) by Bea Stevens – Reviewed by Carrie Reed

Best Foot ForwardBest Foot Forward by Bea Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best Foot Forward by Bea Stevens
The Liberty Lawrence Series Book 1
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a wonderful book. There is drama, mystery, romance, and humor all throughout. The story is sweet and flowed very nicely.

Liberty or as she is know by her friends, Libby, is a good friend and a hard worker, but she gets on my nerves sometimes. She is very self conscious when it comes to dating, and she overthinks everything. I love that she wants to investigate the theft for real with her best friend Cassie, and they seem to be on to the person responsible, until there not.

I really like Detective James Harper. At first I thought he was going to be a jerk, but then he turns it all around on me and makes me love him. He doesn’t believe Libby when she tells him who she thinks the thief is, due to her having a very personal issue with that so called thief.

Connor. Libby’s boyfriend Conner also works at the hotel and has recently been spotted hanging out and being way too friendly with the bar maid Bianca. I believe Conner thinks he is God’s gift to women for the way he acts and some of the suggestions he makes regarding his relationship with Libby and his relationship with Bianca!

The ending had me smiling. I was surprised at who the thief turned out to be and the way Libby’s life was turned around. The ending was a beautiful wrap up to such a good book, I could not put it down. I would definitely recommend this book!

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Stepping It Up by Bea Stevens – Review by Carrie Reed

Stepping It Up (The Liberty Lawrence Series #2)Stepping It Up by Bea Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stepping It Up by Bea Stevens
The Liberty Lawrence Series Book 2
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The second book in the Liberty Lawrence series is just as great as the first book. This book can be read as a stand alone but, I think it’s better to read the first one too, to get the background of some of the characters like Tom, Cassie and James.

In this book it seems that Libby is in all sorts of trouble and is getting the blame for everything that happens. She is now working for the paper and is going after stories with her partner Dave. She can’t stand working in the department she is in because there are some snotty girls and then Dave she has to deal with, the only bright side, she gets to be near her friend Tom. Libby still overthinks everything, as she usually does, and gets into trouble more than a couple times with jumping to the wrong conclusions.

When she meets James’ ex-wife Suzanne things start looking grim for her future relationship with him. There is a nice loud argument between Suzanne and Libby at a gala that turns things from bad to worse and, it seems Suzanne will be sticking around because she is trying to sell her and James’ house, but she doesn’t realize she is being conned. James has to spend a lot of his money and time on this case and it is wearing on his relationship with Libby.

James’ ex wife Suzanne is a real piece of work and some of the things she says or thinks she is owed makes me want to slap her. I can definitely understand Libby’s frustration with the situation, but also I am confused why it is taking so long for James and Libby to push forward with their relationship. I loved this second installment and have a feeling there will be a third, and I can’t wait to see what happens next with this hot mess they are all in!

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Pandora’s Poison (Hart & Cole, #2) by Sacha T.Y. Fortune – Review by Carrie Reed

Pandora's Poison (Hart & Cole Book 2)Pandora’s Poison by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pandora’s Poison by Sacha Fortuné
Hart & Cole Book 2
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

WOW! She did it again!! Sacha is killing me with these books! I loved the second book in this series just as much, if not more than the first book. Again it was a rough start for me but as I kept going the story got more and more intense! I would definitely recommend reading the first book before tackling this one, as it gives insight to the characters in the second book.

In this story we get to see Darren and Luisa’s lives, and how the events in the first book are affecting them as a family and married couple. I love that the story is told in both point of views, this way I can get a feeling for both characters and how they are feeling and what they are thinking.

Luisa makes me so mad. She is irritating and not in control of her feelings. Do you love your husband of 12 years enough to fight for your marriage and try to overcome all the obstacles you have faced together? Would you rather sneak around with the man you had an affair with 4 years ago and ruin any chance at keeping your family together? She goes on and on about how she loves her husband and then when he sticks around even through her infidelity, because he does love her and want to keep his marriage together not only for him but the kids as well, but she continually throws Nicole in his face and then still tries to hide her relationship with Gianni. She doesn’t hide her relationship so much as the relationship is now out in the open, but she keeps their conversations private and to me that is still terrible because of Gianni’s feelings for her.

Darren is not innocent in all of this, but he is still pretty bad off. From the first book we know he is in love with Nicole even though he won’t admit it to himself. It does irritate me that he continually thinks about her and has the nerve to complain about Luisa’s actions. I hated how he kept saying Nicole was the one who ruined his marriage when really it was his own fault as well as Luisa’s and they dragged Nicole and Chris into their mess. In the end Darren gives Gianni a proposition and I am overly excited to see how it all plays out.

Overall this series has been a completely fantastic read. The length of the books kind of threw me off at first but, I promise reading this series all the way through will be totally worth it. I finished this book in 2 days and was devastated when it ended. I will be eagerly awaiting the 3rd book.

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Nothing But Trouble (Irresistible Billionaires Series, #1) by Ashley Bostock – Review by Carrie Reed

Nothing But Trouble (Irresistible Billionaires #1)Nothing But Trouble by Ashley Bostock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nothing But Trouble: Irresistible Billionaires by Ashley Bostock
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This story is sweet, funny, sad and beautiful. I had so many emotions with all the different situations happening between the two main characters. This was a nice easy read that left me satisfied with the whole story and how everything played out.

Michael is irritating. After meeting Sophia and having her as his pretend date for the gala and now his pretend fiance, he messes it up. His sneaky, nasty ex finds out where Sophia works and goes and takes pictures of her there to show Michael, and tells him she is a gold digger. Michael believes her and ruins it with him and Sophia. In my mind of course I’m asking, Why are you listening to your horrible ex? Do you really still have feelings for her after she broke your heart? Why don’t you talk to Sophia instead of jumping to conclusions?

Sophia is sweet, but also gets me worked up in some situations. She knows this is all pretend and of course she starts to fall in love, so when Michael calls her out on where she works, and thinks she is only after his money, and voices as much to her, she just kind of walks away. It takes her weeks before she finally says enough is enough and goes to him to tell him exactly what is happening and why she has to behave the way she does. Just when I think the situation has righted itself, Sophia has a tragedy happen in her life and of course pushes Michael away.

This book had me laughing in the beginning, gritting my teeth and crying in the middle and smiling in the end. The story was perfect and I really like how it was laid out. I’m at a point where I think the book is wrapping up and then boom, something happens to draw the story out and throw me for a loop, loved it! I would recommend this for anyone who wants a quick romance fix, this book is perfect and very entertaining.

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The Future Memoir of Ann Jones by Alex Bailey – Review by Carrie Reed

The Future Memoir of Ann Jones: A Time Travel Romance with a Splash of MagicThe Future Memoir of Ann Jones: A Time Travel Romance with a Splash of Magic by Alex Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Future Memoir of Ann Jones by Alex Bailey
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a doozy of a book. The start was slow but as I kept reading I got more and more into the story line. The story is awesome and the characters are very well written. I am truly speechless about how to tackle this review.

It is absolutely crazy to me that the story is based on an imagined life in Ann’s head. The whole time I was reading was like it was really happening and then I get a wake up call in the end, realizing that this was not real life. Each character was more interesting than the next and their stories were just as intriguing. I love that this book offered so much detail and background into each character, the best part being this “knitting club”. Throughout the book and learning more and more about the knitting club perplexed me, how did Frida know to invite Ann to join the club? Why are there so many crazy and scary rules, and what happens if you break them?

I want to say so much more but fear I will give too much away. I will say I HIGHLY recommend this book. This is not my usual genre, but I could not put this book down. You absolutely will not regret reading this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to check out more by this author!

Reviewed by @reedc

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Climbing The Walls by Sacha T.Y. Fortune – Review by Carrie Reed

Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1)Climbing The Walls by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Climbing The Walls by Sacha T.Y. Fortuné
Hart & Cole Book 1
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

WOW!! This book has me at a loss for words. I won’t lie, it did take me a little while to get into the story line, but stick it out and I promise you will not regret it. I have so many mixed emotions for each character, I want to take Kris’ side most of the time but then I want to be on Nicole’s side and my head is just a mess.

Nicole is, as the description says, a piece of work. I want to hate her, I want to smack her and knock some sense into her. I understand her boss is demanding, but at some point I would think she would just say no. No to all the late night and very early phone calls, no to staying at work late A LOT. I want her to say yes to spending time with her family, especially her kids. These wishes, I did not get. Nicole did in fact work late, and took her boss’ phone calls even at the most inconvenient times, and I could feel Kris’ patience with her and their marriage waning.

Kris is a good father, a good husband and sometimes will go out of his way to try and plan something for them as a family, like a technology free weekend. Well you can guess how that turned out from my description of Nicole. I know he loves his wife, but the way she acts and the way she treats him and the kids is weighing on him heavily. I don’t blame him for some of the things he does, his wife’s actions would probably make anyone snap, but I think maybe he did take things a little too far at the end. I thought he had more self restraint.

This review may be vague and I do apologize. I don’t want to give anything away or spoil any of the plot because, I truly want anyone who reads this book to get all of the surprises like I did. This book had me shaking my head, talking to myself and asking questions to nobody. This is a book I normally wouldn’t pick up and read, but the summary had me wanting to give it a try and I am so glad I did. I do recommend this book, and will say again please stick it out because the story is fantastic and totally worth the late night reading sessions to finish.

Reviewed by @reedc

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The Shape of Trust by Brinda Berry – Review by Carrie Reed

The Shape of Trust (Stand By Me, #5)The Shape of Trust by Brinda Berry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Shape of Trust by Brinda Berry
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is my kind of book, it is sexy but mostly has story and build up. This story made my heart ache and smile at the same time. All of the characters are fantastic and very well written.

Webb is a great man, he is wealthy and accomplished but has his fair share of demons. When his daughter is thrust into his life unexpectedly he is freaked out but I think it started a change in him. He suddenly becomes very protective of her and Lily and having her in his life has stirred up emotions he didn’t think he would have.

Lily, bless her heart, is trying her best to make the crappy life she has work for her and her siblings, on top of that she has her own secrets she tries to keep away from the ones she loves, namely Webb. She is fiercely protective of her younger brother and sister as her mom can’t be bothered to care for them herself. Her older brother is in some hot water with drugs and keeps bringing his issues around his siblings which in turn puts them in danger and that really makes Lily’s blood boil. Lily wants to forget her messed up life and be in Webb’s pretty world but their two worlds eventually have to collide.

Overall a fantastic book, I wish it was longer, but I guess that is how anyone would feel with a book they enjoy! The ending is perfect and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romance and drama.

Reviewed by @reedc

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Tapped (The Night Moves Book 3) by Tarrah Anders – Review by Carrie Reed

TappedTapped by Tarrah Anders
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tapped by Tarrah Anders

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Kai and Janae is a sweet and sexy read. I absolutely love a good childhood romance scenario, and this book had a couple twists I didn’t really see coming.

Kai is and all around great character, loyal, sweet and trustworthy, working two jobs and just recently purchased a new house. When he runs into the love of his life from high school, old feelings are brought to light.

Janae is a complicated character but, is a stronger woman than I had originally thought she would be. I didn’t fully understand her hesitation towards a relationship with Kai again but that may be just me wanting them to happen no matter what. The issues that come from Kai being an exotic dancer as well as when Kai’s best friend Slater shows up, the drama that surrounds both of these situations, Janae handles very maturely and better than I would think and that made me like her even more.

This book is a great read, I personally wish there was maybe a little more drama but overall would recommend this to any romance lover.

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The Longer We Dwell by D.L. Pitchford – Review by Carrie Reed

The Longer We Dwell (Billie Dixon, #2)The Longer We Dwell by D.L. Pitchford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Longer We Dwell by D.L. Pitchford is a fantastic, 5-star second book for the Billie Dixon series. More of Billie’s story and life are revealed and the characters are even more relatable and explained.

Billie in the second book really made me so mad! There were so many times I wanted to smack her to wake up and come to her senses. I can understand why she is acting the way she is, due to her past demons, but even with going to her therapist it seems like she isn’t improving at all.

Imogen, Billie’s sister, also gets on my nerves in this book. I know she is just concerned for her sister, as she had to grow up fast and look after her mom and Billie, but the way she over reacts to the whole wedding for her mom is too much. I kind of think maybe she lashes out because she is just overwhelmed and done with being the responsible one.

I love Xander! I think he is a fantastic character. I love that he loves Billie so much, and in this book, you can really tell his feelings for Billie. I was super excited when Billie finally accepts and gives in to her feelings for Xander, but was left disappointed when she gets in the way of her own love.

The secondary characters such as Dahlia and Brent are kind of shady to me. The way Dahlia comes off seems like she is kind of in love with Billie herself and doesn’t want Xander to come in between their relationship. She just seems like a really controlling kind of friend. Brent comes off as a nice guy at first but later in the book he seems to be the type that would treat Billie like her first boyfriend Zane treated her.

Overall this is a great second book, there was a lot of drama and a more in depth look into Billie’s mind. I am so excited and looking forward to the next book in this series. I am hoping for good things, because I do want to see Billie finally overcome all her demons and fears, and I hope to see her and Xander happy.

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The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore – Review by Carrie Reed

The Mother-in-LawThe Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore is a great 5 star psychological book. The characters were all very well written and the story line was fantastic.

Brad and his mother were the most annoying characters. I hated how Brad let his mother slide on everything, thinking she was always right. Brad’s mother Madeline is a real piece of work. She is a terrible human being and so conniving and vindictive, but she adds so much to this story.

Victoria is sweet, I really liked her character and how after marrying Brad she jumped right in to the mother role with his son. I really enjoyed watching her figure out that her mother in law was a big pile of crazy and trying to piece all the secrets the family had together.

In the end, all the family’s secrets come out and I was surprised by some but not by some others. I hated that Andy, Brad’s son, could remember different things and basically helped Victoria put the final pieces together. I was on the fence about the ending, I was pleased but also kind of sad at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good psychological mystery. This is usually not my type of genre but after this book I am itching to read more like this.

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