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The Widow: A Dark Romantic Fantasy by Naomi Valkyrie & Rebecca E. McEwen – Review by Connie Cranston

The Widow: A Dark Romantic FantasyThe Widow: A Dark Romantic Fantasy by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Widow by Naomi Valkyrie and Rebecca E. McEwen was not at all what I expected. When I first started reading this story, I was immediately drawn in by the emotion portrayed by the main character, Vashti. The authors do a great job at getting the reader invested in her struggles and desires. Once you’re invested, the story takes a dark and mysterious turn. I really enjoyed reading this, and highly recommend it!

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Calamity under the Chandelier (A Sleuthing Starlet Mystery Book 1) by Camilla Blythe – Review by Connie Cranston

Calamity under the Chandelier (Sleuthing Starlet Mystery #1)Calamity under the Chandelier by Bianca Blythe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Calamity Under the Chandelier by Bianca Blythe is a murder mystery set just before WWII. This whodunit story is light and entertaining. It ends with an unexpected twist that main character, Cora, didn’t see coming. If you’re a fan of the game Clue, you’ll enjoy this story as Cora gathers clues to figure out who killed the Duke and how. I had fun trying to figure out who it was and look forward to the next story in this series.

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Calamity under the Chandelier (A Sleuthing Starlet Mystery Book 1) by Camilla Blythe – Review by Connie Cranston

Calamity under the Chandelier (Sleuthing Starlet Mystery #1)Calamity under the Chandelier by Bianca Blythe

Calamity Under the Chandelier by Bianca Blythe is a murder mystery set just before WWII. This whodunit story is light and entertaining. It ends with an unexpected twist that main character, Cora, didn’t see coming. If you’re a fan of the game Clue, you’ll enjoy this story as Cora gathers clues to figure out who killed the Duke and how. I had fun trying to figure out who it was and look forward to the next story in this series.

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Golden Void (Black Blade Book 3) by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Connie Cranston

Golden VoidGolden Void by Alexander Charalambides
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Golden Void (Black Blade Book 3) by Alexander Charalambides follows Megan, a minor character from the previous stories. I really enjoyed reading from her point of view as she once again gets caught up in a magical quest. The author is very detail oriented, so at times the story is a bit slow, however there is plenty of action and drama. With a serial killer Wizard on the loose and a cocky athlete to deal with, will Megan be able to help complete their quest or will she find herself among unlikely enemies? Although this book can be read as a standalone, I would suggest reading the previous ones first.

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Winter’s Wolf (The Cursed Series Book 1) by Lou Grimes – Review By Connie Cranston

Winter's Wolf (The Cursed, #1)Winter’s Wolf by Lou Grimes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Winter’s Wolf by Lou Grimes is a paranormal romance. Louvette can’t seem to control her temper or stay out of trouble. Her mother is constantly having to move to the next town for a fresh start and to check Louvette into a new school. That all changes when Louvette’s late grandfather leaves everything to her in his will and she learns more about the side of her family she never knew about.

Grimes does a great job setting up the world and characters. I loved the relationship between Louvette and her mother. The story is action packed with a bit of mystery. I can’t wait to read the next book on this series.

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Just the Way You Are by Allison M. Boot – Review by Connie Cranston

Just the Way You AreJust the Way You Are by Allison M Boot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just the Way You Are is a fairy tale romance novella by Allison M. Lewis. I love the message behind the story, but I was hoping for more of a triumph of overcoming adversity for the main character. Misty is a disabled princess who longs to see the outside world and fall in love with a prince. Her parents don’t want the monarchy to look weak so they keep her in a tower. Misty plans to sneak out and make the most of her life. The plot is short and sweet. It would make a perfect bedtime story.

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Hansel & Gretel (Down the Rabbit Hole) Anthology – Review By Connie Cranston

Hansel & Gretel: Down the Rabbit HoleHansel & Gretel: Down the Rabbit Hole by Autumn Sand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading the unique stories in this anthology. Each one transforms the original tale of Hansel & Gretel into something completely different. Each author touches on a different theme and will make you feel different emotions. Some made me laugh, while another made me want to cry. It’s certainly a ride down the rabbit hole.

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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Connie Cranston

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading “Love Is What You Bake of It,” by Effie Kammenou! I think what I loved most about it was how realistic the characters were. Life is a mess, and so are the lives of the main characters, Kally and Max. Their stories are full of hurt, struggles, and betrayals, but there’s always still hope. This was such a heartwarming read and I thought the recipes sprinkled throughout the book were great! I’m excited to read more from this author!

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All The Wrong Reasons (Serendipity Falls Novel Book 1) by Erin Bevan – Review by Connie Cranston

All The Wrong ReasonsAll The Wrong Reasons by Erin Bevan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All the Wrong Reasons: A Serendipity Falls novel is the first I’ve read by Erin Baven. I thought this contemporary romance was very well written. The characters feel real and complicated. The story itself has emotion, drama, and enough twists to make you want to cry. It also had the perfect ending for Alex and Max. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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High Fae Academy – Year One: Fae Paranormal Romance by Kaylin Peyerk – Review by Connie Cranston

High Fae Academy: Year OneHigh Fae Academy: Year One by Kaylin Peyerk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

High Fae Academy: Year One is the first in the series by Kaylin Peyerk. I really enjoyed reading this story! Besides it being my favorite genre, I was intrigued by the world and the magic. I did think the character development could be better, but I look forward to reading more about these characters. The story ends on a cliff hanger, so I’m hopeful we’ll get more character back stories and growth. I can’t wait to see how the story progresses.

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