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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Cassi Rogers

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*This is a review of the story written by K.L. Montgomery titled Reconstructed Hearts.*
This story was written beautifully from the male characters point of view. Trey has been on the police force for a long while. Of course throughout his career he has dealt with and seen quite a bit of devastation. However, nothing prepares him for the terrible news that is delivered to him by a newer trooper on the unit. The bearer of bad news, Jenna, is younger and beautiful. The two end up becoming friends and try to develop a no-string attached sort of relationship. Things keep coming up and Trey has a hard time dealing with the weight of the trauma and weight of his career. He keeps pushing Jenna away thinking it is the right thing to do.
The push and pull of this story is charmingly frustrating. The emotions and the characters are so easy to relate to. It makes you think about all the things our blue line family has to go through and see on a daily basis. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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Evergreen by Mya O’Malley – Review by Cassi Rogers

EvergreenEvergreen by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evergreen by Mya O’Malley is a short and sweet novel about important things in life… like animals. I am new to this author and I am so thrilled that I found her and chose to get this book. I am so happy that this book integrated shelter pets into it. The characters were nothing short of amazing from the main people characters to the animal characters as well. Sweet June is working at an animal shelter trying to make a difference for the animals there. She wishes she could just bring all of them home, which is what I would wish for if I worked in a shelter. Graham comes knocking on the door one evening after the shelter is closed with a Great Dane that he found wondering on the street. The enormous dog threatens to come between them but also brings them together. This is an emotional story that I related to on a personal level because I have such a big heart for animals.

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Courage of Us (Code of Honor Book 1) by Brooke May – Review by Cassi Rogers

Courage of UsCourage of Us by Brooke May
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Courage of Us by Brooke May is the first installment in the Code of Honor series. It is a precious military novel that I couldn’t put down after I picked up. The plot of the story was highly entertaining and quickly grabbed my attention. The characters were very developed and thought out very well. Patience and Duke were best friends from the time they were in diapers. After graduation Duke leaves and joins the Marines. Patience moves on with her life and falls into a terrible marriage that she cannot wait to get out of. Both Duke and Patience have been through so much in all their time apart and after he gets medically discharged and comes back home, the 2 reconnect. I was very unhappy with the way Duke left Patience, and it seemed like he was forgiven too easy. However I can see why the forgiveness was given over so easily as Patience has secrets of her own, that she also wants to be forgiven for. It was a pleasant read getting to watch the 2 of them rekindle their connection and build a foundation of moving on with their lives.

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Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Cassi Rogers

Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3)Fire & Ice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fire & Ice is the third installment in the Spicetopia series by Phoebe Alexander. I have read the previous two books in the series and while each book can technically be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading them in the proper order so you get the full context and implications of each story. In this particular book we are introduced to Enya and Neve, who are pretty much polar opposites. He is former military and head of security, which means he is a man of very few words. His life has taught him that having a cold heart and steel exterior will prevent people from getting too close to him. Enya is the head of public relations. She is a red headed spitfire who makes her living talking to people. She is always chattering away being all bubbly and cheerful, and her personality makes Neve cringe. The Spicetopia adult theme park is set to make its grand opening soon and some unknown force is doing the best they can to sabotage their special night. Ironically Neve and Enya are thrown together, with the help of their friends to try and get to the bottom and identify the one who is planning such mayhem. This story had more dangerous-like action than the previous two books did, however it had just as many steamy scenes and a lot of humor. I think this is my favorite of this series thus far. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

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Falling For His Badass by Jessika Klide – Review by Cassi Rogers

Falling For His BadassFalling For His Badass by Jessika Klide
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Falling for His Badass by Jessika Klide is a short but wonderful stand-alone novel. Although I finished the book in a few hours, it was packed full of action and excitement. Lizzy has a problem picking guys who are not good for her, therefore she ends up getting her heart broke quite a bit. She agrees to go out on a weekend getaway with her best friend and roommate Tara. They are going to stay at Tara’s boyfriend’s house and he has a little brother they are secretly trying to hook Lizzy up with. However, Lizzy only agrees to go on this trip if she can go out and be by herself for the weekend, she isn’t really interested in meeting the little brother. Lizzy finds herself out and about and becomes dangerously attracted to a man who is all consuming, charming, and smoking hot. She ends up spending the weekend with him and can’t wait to get back to tell Tara that she finally met someone who is worth her time. This book drew me in and held me captive from start to finish. It is short, sweet, and steamy. I would definitely recommend this to other readers.

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Virtue & Vice (Spicetopia #2) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Cassi Rogers

Virtue & Vice (Spicetopia Book 2)Virtue & Vice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Virtue & Vice by Phoebe Alexander is book number 2 in the Spicetopia series. While the description of this series states that it can be read in any order, I highly recommend reading them in order starting with Sugar & Spice. I feel as if you need to read the first book to have a full understanding in what is happening in this book. This book is told from the alternating POV of Moon and Katja, who we meet at the very end of book 1. They are tired of their jobs where they seem to be running on a hamster wheel and are ready for something different. The couple along with Jolie and Cy set off on an adventure of a lifetime to build an adult theme park out in paradise.
Overall this book was amazing and I finished it in a day; it is a quick and easy read as well as being full to the brim with steamy passionate scenes. I love how this book has different content then the average ‘adult romance’. This book was just about perfect, the only thing that I would have loved to see is maybe a few brief chapters with Jolie and Cy’s thoughts on events that play out through the book, especially the big ones! I can say that every book I have read from this author has been extremely well written. The storyline and characters are alluring and draw you in quickly. It can get toy with your emotions very quickly, as it did with mine, as the wrench was thrown into the plans during the last half of the book. Overall this was a great book and I would recommend this to friends.

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Sugar & Spice (Spicetopia #1) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Cassi Rogers

Sugar & Spice (Spicetopia #1)Sugar & Spice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sugar and Spice by Phoebe Alexander is the first book in the Spicetopia series. This was an excellent, easy to read book and I enjoyed every minute of it from start to finish. The characters were very well developed and lovable. Cy Sweet is going undercover in his family’s children theme park to get the inside scoop on a situation that the Sweets are hoping to prevent from progressing. He is thrown off balance by the beautiful, single mom, Jolie Cox dressed to the T in the Red Velvet Queen costume. The two have a great and sparkling connection although there are many untold truths that lie between them. I loved reading about both Cy and Jolie’s life and watching their personalities come into the light. This is a brilliant book that contains an entertaining plot. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

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Battling Beckett: A Contemporary Step Brother Romance by T. Christensen – Review by Cassi Rogers

Battling Beckett: A Contemporary Step Brother RomanceBattling Beckett: A Contemporary Step Brother Romance by T. Christensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Battling Beckett by T. Christensen is a forbidden contemporary step brother romance novel. I know I say this in many of my reviews… but I’m going to say it here too: I had a hard time putting this book down. I stayed up late into the morning hours reading, then went right back to reading it as soon as I got home from school drop off. Let me start this review by saying that this book probably will not be for all readers as it has a high school setting, which some may not like the drama and whatnot. I however LOVED this book! This book alternates between different points of views, which I typically follow really well. With that being said there are times, especially towards the end, where the point of view rapidly changes between 1st and 3rd person so it does get slightly confusing. I found that slightly frustrating because it happened in an important scene, but it wasn’t hard to get through and get the true emotion and importance of what was happening.
The character descriptions were spot on. Greer is shy and introverted, she is a starting at a new private school where she doesn’t know anyone and sticks out like a sore thumb. She has a soon to be step brother, Beckett, who could help make things a lot easier for her. Instead of doing that he decides to be an absolute jerk, which was frustrating for me as a reader because I could feel Greer’s struggles. I alternated between wanting to karate chop Beckett and give him a big hug through the majority of the book, which is what this author was aiming for. There is plenty of action, emotion, and friendships made throughout this story… it will suck you right in and keep you there even after you have finished the book. I would definitely recommend adding this book to your reading wish list.

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Not Fade Away (Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4) by Donna S. Frelick – Review by Cassi Rogers

Not Fade Away: Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4Not Fade Away: Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4 by Donna S. Frelick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Donna S. Frelick has done it again with her fourth book in the Interstellar Rescue Series; Not Fade Away. I’m going to have to say that this book was my favorite out of the series, and although it is technically the last book, it can defiantly be read as a stand-alone. Donna has such an elegant way of writing character descriptions and bringing a great story plot to life. Her writing in this book was flawless as usual and I felt as if I really connected to the characters that she portrays so well in this story.
Rafe Gordon is and has always been an agent with Rescue. Although he is human, he grew up on a different planet and was raised by his parents, who were both agents of rescue. Rafe is very focused on his job and cares more about his work then finding the love of a woman for more than one night. His father, Del, has been diagnosed with a form of dementia that has taken over much of his brain and personality. Despite being debilitated with this disease he becomes the target of alien assassins and they are forced to relocate to a safer place. Rescue figures the safest place for Del and Rafe to hide for a while is on Earth were Del was born, Masey, North Carolina. After being transported to their new home on the mountains, Del is assigned a home health nurse.
Charlie McIntyre is the home health nurse assigned to Dels case. After her very first visit with her therapy dog, Happy in tow, she realizes there is something entirely different about this particular case. Del frequently has spells of occurrences that are inconsistent with his form of dementia diagnosis. These episodes are really otherworldly and the more time she spends around Del and his dangerously attractive son the more she begins to question not only his diagnosis but also the “story” of who they are. Even if Rafe cares for her, more than he tries to let on, he keeps her at a safe distance. Charlie could never know the secrets that he and Del are keeping. Charlie works at breaking down the barrier of secrets as the assassin closes in. Secrets are exposed as the truth behind the questions of why Del was set as a target in the first place, are revealed. What they are up against is not just an assassin who is on their tails but also a machine that is made to kill and conquer all other planets in orbit.

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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly – Review by Cassi Rogers

Calling the CurveballCalling the Curveball by Tracey Cramer-Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I first got the book Calling the Curveball (a Lawson Family Novel) by Tracey Cramer-Kelly, I didn’t think that it was a series. However the ending of the book kind of sets the stage for a next one to take place. I enjoyed this book so much that I hope there is another one to follow because I want to see what happens after reading the last chapter of this one. Jamie Lawson has always dreamed of being a pro baseball player and he was heading in the direction of making that happen. Unfortunately his life took in one instant when there was a wreck that left him injured and his wife dead. Since the accident 6 years ago he has made a life for himself even though he still lives with guilt and regret. Kira Walker has come into town to spend the summer with her sister, and on a whim of courage she ask Jamie out to a date. Reading about these two coming together and seeing the possibilities of a future relationship bloom between them was amazing. There was so much emotion in the pages of this book with not only Jamie and Kira but also their family and friends. This book put some things into perspective for me in my own life. This is a journey of hurt, guilt, love, and forgiveness. Definitely add this one to your reading list.

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