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Bound by Grace by Carsen Lane – Review by Colleen Noyes

Bound by Grace (Grace Series, #0.5)Bound by Grace by Carsen Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bound by grace is the prequel to Caging Grace by Carsen Lane. This is a small novella that can be read in a quick sitting. It sets up the beginning of Graces’ story by showing the love that Liam and Aggie had. You are given a lot of backstory for each main character and it gives a little more insight to what you will read in Caging Grace. I love the introduction to Liam, Aggie, Carl, and Mason. The only downside is I wish it was a full novel so we really got even more of Liam and Aggie but that’s just my selfishness lol. You can easily read Caging Grace without reading this one but why would you:)

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Caging Grace (Grace Series Book 1) by Carsen Lane – Review by Colleen Noyes

Caging Grace (Grace Series, #1).Caging Grace (Grace Series, #1). by Carsen Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is my favorite story I’ve read so far this year it had every single aspect that you would want in a contemporary women’s sports fiction. The female main character Grace is bold, fierce, and broken. This character is written so immensely strong I found myself not able to stop reading. She was supported by an equally amazing array of characters but not once did the author stray from this being a book about a strong female character who is fighting through her life, a very difficult one at that. The author was brilliant at how she showed so many signs of this one person. You could feel the strength, the fright, the love, the struggle, the guilt, and the sheer will of determination. I really loved that each character had their own struggles and sense of brokenness but they never once overshadowed or took over from the character of Grace. While there are moments of relationship building the story is clearly about a woman’s journey and finding out who she is, where she wants to go, and where she has been. The story felt like it was written by someone who has experienced those things and I felt so connected to the writing style and the character. This is a book that I will not soon forget and will probably go back and read it a second time after I read the novella Bound By Grace. I cannot wait for more books in the series or more books by this author. If you have ever had to fight through anything in your life then pick up this book and you will find yourself no longer feeling alone.

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Journeys Through AllCreation (Journeys Through Book 3) by James Talisman – Review by Colleen Noyes

Journeys Through AllCreation (Journeys Through Book 3)Journeys Through AllCreation by James Talisman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me start by saying the third book in this series, was hands down my favorite! Not only is there tremendous growth from the author, but you become so incredibly invested in each of the characters. The vivid picture the author brings you will have your mind wandering all over the place wondering if places like this really exist and if so how can I get there asap! The character interaction is at an all time high and I found myself more engaged with them, laughing, rolling my eyes in a good way, and feeling like I finally got to really know them and fully embrace them. There is a lot of action which I felt was portrayed so detailed and realistic. I could see this story playing out in my mind as if I was watching a movie, which made it that much more exciting for me. The author brought back a lot of our favorite characters from previous books and a few surprises along the way. If you liked the first two you will fall in LOVE with this one. It is a true epic fantasy and that’s coming from a gal who doesn’t often pick up fantasy books.

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Collateral Damage (Mafia Elite Series Book 6) by Amy McKinley – Review by Colleen Noyes

Collateral Damage: A Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite Book 6)Collateral Damage: A Mafia Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Collateral damage picks up shortly after Ruthless Heir ends. This is the long-awaited book that is Trey’s story. Trey always comes across as much softer than his family but in this book you discover that he is every bit as protective as the rest. He finds himself in an unpredictable scenario and watching him come to terms with the fact that the love he lost may not have been a once in a lifetime love makes this story pull the heartstrings more than any other book in the series. Enter Hailey who it seems has never really known true love and you find yourself desperately waiting to see what will happen. With her in danger Trey is forced to make hard decisions not just about how he currently spends his time but the future. You get to see all of the sides of Trey in this book and it makes you realize looking back on the rest that this silent hero is the backbone in more ways than one. I loved his interaction with Sandy and his siblings. I once again found myself rooting for this couple and that they would find happiness like the couples before them. I think the author does a tremendous job of giving you so much backstory and insight to each character while still holding back a little. If you enjoy a true romantic suspense with lots of action, some romance, and some humor thrown in then you will absolutely love this entire series and I highly recommend picking it up today.

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Ruthless Heir (Mafia Elite Book 5) by Amy McKinley – Review by Colleen Noyes

Ruthless Heir (Mafia Elite, #5)Ruthless Heir by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luc and Summer Are my absolute favorite couple ever I love they both come from a terrible background and have used that to their advantage to not just grow closer to each other, but they are also using it to integrate themselves into the mafia. I thought that these two had so much heart and I loved that you could see the progress of slowly joining the mafia life where they weren’t born into it.

I love that Summer is portrayed as a survivor and fighter it comes out in droves throughout the story and made her completely relatable to myself.

You could just feel Luc’s complete intensity and more than anything I fell in love with his protectiveness of Summer. This story felt even more realistic than the prior ones in the series I was excited to be introduced to even more families which I hope means the series will continue in one way or another for a long period of time.

One of the things that touched me the most was in this story you felt at the height of what it means to have family whether by blood or not. The bond that they all have with each other and are continuing to build brought tears to my eyes in the greatest way possible. It hit home the fact that family is who you choose. This author did a tremendous job and is becoming hands-down one of my favorite authors ever. If you like a great character built romantic suspense book you will find yourself 100% enveloped and enthralled in the series.

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Savage Secrets (Mafia Elite, book 4) by Amy McKinley – Review by Colleen Noyes

Savage Secrets (Mafia Elite, #4)Savage Secrets by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The 4th book in Amy McKinley’s Mafia Elite series brings us into Marco La Rosa and Elena Caruso’s story. This story had me on the edge of my seat throughout. The author brought in a whole new experience because of the Bratva connection. The amount of secrets, the amount of suspense, the amount of action took this series to a new level. I love that each story is it’s own, but very much connected. I’ll admit this one had me dreaming about it three nights in a row which is how I knew it was a good book. Elena has been on the run for so long, she has no idea what to do. When she is suddenly confronted by her past and a man she once had feelings for you can’t help but wonder where it will all lead. Making this story even more are the secrets surrounding Katya, Nicole, and Yuri. If you love a good romantic suspense story you will love this series. I highly suggest starting with book 1 so you can get the most enjoyment from what this author has to offer.

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Rich as F*ck: more money than you know what to do with by Amanda Frances – Review by Colleen Noyes

Rich As F*ck: More Money Than You Know What to Do WithRich As F*ck: More Money Than You Know What to Do With by Amanda Frances
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this book to be incredible! As a woman who believes in the right mix of faith and manifestation I found the author did a great job of giving tips to remind us of what we should be thinking and just how powerful our thoughts can be. I found many tips in this book useful that I have been using the past several months and many things highlighted that I can go back and reference when I forget. Excellent book and tool to use daily in life.

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The Good Lie by A.R. Torre – Review by Colleen Noyes

The Good LieThe Good Lie by A.R. Torre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I borrowed this book through Kindle Unlimited and it’s my first book by this author. This gripping psychological story will make you second guess just about everything. There is suspense, romance, lies, turmoil, and shock. Dr. Gwen is a very likeable character that you can tell feels what her patients are going through, but that seems to also be her greatest downfall. Attorney Robert is a torn and beat down man who is good at his job and has you saying to yourself what is he thinking? The only character I really could not connect to was Scott, maybe there wasn’t enough about him to really let you get to know him. I found him to be a little unrealistic and not a lot of substance. The overall story and concept we well thought out and the author has a very easy writing style. If you like a good suspense story you will enjoy this book as I did.

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

Betrayal at the Beach (Dangerous Curves #1)Betrayal at the Beach by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Betrayal at the Beach was a great cozy mystery story. You can’t help but be drawn to Sunshine Baker and her amateur sleuth skills. This was just the type of book that you would want to read on a cold and snowy afternoon in a blanket with a nice warm cup of hot chocolate, like I did.

I felt that Sunshine was a very strong character whose quirkiness came through beautifully. This was a lighthearted read and the perfect way to start a new year. The secondary characters all enhanced the story and I’m hoping that as a series goes on will get to know them even more in depth.

It had just the right amount of mystery you would expect for a true cozy book. It was a very quick read that kept you engaged from page one to the last page. I very much enjoyed this authors writing style with just the right amount of humor.

If you enjoy quick reads, and true cozy mysteries, then you will want to pick this book up and give this series a try.

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Flying on the Inside: A Memoir of Trauma and Recovery by Rachel Gotto – Review by Colleen Noyes

Flying on the Inside: A Memoir of Trauma and RecoveryFlying on the Inside: A Memoir of Trauma and Recovery by Rachel Gotto
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked up Flying on the Inside mainly because of the subtitle. I was hoping to find a very heartfelt story about a woman’s incredible journey. While there were a few moments that touched my heart, unfortunately it felt more like an information book about the dos and dont’s when it comes to brain trauma. The parts that she shared about Nicola and Nic felt almost forced into the story which then threw it off for me. It all felt more clinical than heartfelt. I can only imagine the hard journey this woman has been on and I think she is incredibly brave to share it. This book gave a lot of information and I think would be extremely helpful and a good resource for anyone who has experienced the same thing. I think that the author did a very good job of researching and admire that she wrote the book at all. If you are looking for a tearjerker type book to connect to like I was I don’t think this will meet that, but if you are looking for a book that you can connect to on a different level you should give it a try for yourself.

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