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Tropical Date (Postscript Island Book 3) by R.S. Jonesee – Review by Dawn Brown

Tropical Date (Postscript Island, #2)Tropical Date by R.S. Jonesee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Weston left his hometown, he left behind his best friend, Marissa, who he had been dating. Now, five years later he has returned to help his mom with a business proposal. Marissa has moved on and has another boyfriend and does not want to see him. Weston wants to rekindle old feelings. When they end up locked in a room together, feelings can’t be denied.
Opinion
This is a great best friends, rekindling book. I loved that Weston came to rescue his mom and the town. The story has a few cliche parts (like being locked in a room together) but it flows nicely and has a great appeal. This book is perfect for those looking for a getaway on a budget. Reading about the tropical area put me in a happy mood.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Dawn Brown

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Set on finishing high school, Ashley does not have time for the famous musician enrolling in her school. All Ashley does have time for is school, working at the family mortuary and avoiding her stepmother and stepsisters. That all changes when he runs into her, literally.
Harry did the crime and now has to pay the time by attending a brick and mortar school for the next six months. He expects it to be rough with the expectations his publicist has put forth. When he runs into Ashley, the time doesn’t look so bad.
Opinion
This modern day fairy tale is charming. Obviously set off of Cinderella, Ashley needs to learn to stand up for herself. The prince, aka Harry, needs the same. While reading it, I was entranced by the update to a classic. This book will appeal to teenagers and adults alike.

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Blood Sector (V-Clan Book 1) by Lexi C. Foss – Review by Dawn Brown

Blood Sector (V-Clan #1)Blood Sector by Lexi C. Foss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the princess set to inherit the kingdom after her parents deaths, Quinn sets off on a mission to find out who murdered them. Not wanting to leave her kingdom without a leader, she betroths herself to Kieran. For the whole time she is gone, Kieran searches for her. He is not too happy when he finds her because he searched for over a hundred years. Quinn is not quite sure she can trust him so she is less than truthful with him. Together, they must figure each other out and where their relationship stands all the while trying to figure out what happened to her parents.
Opinion
While I like shifter books, they are not one of my main reads. This book could absolutely change that. The amount of tension between Kieran and Quinn had this reader excited to go on to the next chapter (and the next, and the next…) The story line was interesting to me and completely new that I doubt I’ve seen any part of the plot before. Considering how much I read, that is a great nod to the author that I haven’t read anything like it.
This book is part of a series but it is a stand alone. Having not read any other books in the series, I was able to follow the plot with no problems. The author does use some terms for specific shifter actions that are new definitions of the words. It was easy, however, to follow what she meant. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes paranormal or more specifically shifter books.

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Rivals (Mafia Elite Book 7) by Amy McKinley – Review by Dawn Brown

Rivals (Mafia Elite, #7)Rivals by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this seventh book in the series, Mia, a daughter from the New York mafia, escapes her father and seeks out Nico’s help. Nico, a member of the Chicago mafia, is enemies with Mia’s family and he suspects she is trying to infiltrate them. However, Mia is earnest and asks for a marriage to prove herself trustworthy. Mia’s father, however, is not happy with the marriage.
Opinion
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, if you like mafia romances, this series is a must. How Amy McKinley is able to come up with new plots for each subsequent book is beyond me. This book was straight out fabulous. Full of stubborn, strong characters, the clashes could almost be (fictional) comical if lives weren’t at stake. The twist at the end was shocking and satisfying.
The best part is that there is another book coming soon. This book will focus on the New York mafia that was tied to Mia.

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Saved by Love (Bellevue Bullies Book 7) by Toni Aleo – Review by Dawn Brown

Saved by Love (Bellevue Bullies #7)Saved by Love by Toni Aleo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Battling crippling anxiety is not easy. Evan gives up his job in the NHL in order to save his mental health. He returns to college and takes on two jobs. The first as an RA for the school’s hockey team. The second job is as a trainer for the girls gymnastics team.
On day one on campus, he meets Callie, a gymnast, and is intrigued by her. They actually have met before but he doesn’t remember. Even though he plans on staying single and focusing on his mental health, he cannot stay away from her.
Opinion
I love this series. Hockey romances speak to me and this one is a fabulous read. Add in the sweet innocence of their love and this book is a solid winner. The struggles in this book are a bit different than what I’ve read before, especially Callie’s family struggles. It was quite intriguing. Altogether, the book was fabulous.

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Levi (The Brothers of Creekside Ranch Book 1) by Edith Mackenzie Review by Dawn Brown

LeviLevi by Edith Mackenzie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With her life in danger, Bella (aka Beccy) is forced into protection. That protection comes in the form of Levi. Beccy is to live with his family (he is part of triplets), clean and be a nanny to his recently orphaned little sister. What she didn’t sign up for is Levi being so rude and standoffish. He however, is dealing with PTSD and needs some relief.
Opinion
This book brought me out of a reading slump. I had to force myself to finish my last couple of books but this one had me racing to the finish line. The angst between Levi and Beccy was a sweet torture to read. Even better is that this is the beginning of a brand new series, one I intend to see through to the end.

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Distant Memories (Nurse Morgan Series Book 2) by Kate MacInnis – Review by Dawn Brown

Distant Memories: A Nurse Morgan Series: Book TwoDistant Memories: A Nurse Morgan Series: Book Two by Kate MacInnis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Morgan is back in her second book. In this book, she is seeing ghosts everywhere she goes and one in particular, Esmeralda, is after her man. Morgan must figure out how to get rid of Esmeralda and what the other ghosts are up to.
Opinion
If you have not read the first book, there is a nice recap as part of chapter 1. While I would suggest reading book 1 first, it is unnecessary.
The book itself is full of fun shenanigans from the ghosts. While some of them are a bit malicious, the rest left me wondering what it would be like to see ghosts on the daily. I personally enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series.

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Dark Sparrow Box Set: The Complete 6-Book Series (A Dark Sparrow Novel) by India Kells – Review by Dawn Brown

Dark Sparrow Box Set: The Complete 6-Book SeriesDark Sparrow Box Set: The Complete 6-Book Series by India Kells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series, which focuses on six brothers and the women who gain their attention, is a dark series. Each man has their own reason for why they are so dark but it appeals to the special woman.
For those that like dark romances, this one is particularly dark. It will grab hold of you and keep you distracted from your life until you finish the series. The stories are well written and captivating. You will not be disappointed with this series.

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Distant Heart Sounds (Nurse Morgan Series Book 1) by Kate MacInnis – Review by Dawn Brown

Distant Heart Sounds (Nurse Morgan #1)Distant Heart Sounds by Kate MacInnis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Morgan, a nurse, has recently recovered from brain surgery. Upon her return to work, she starts to notice that she can see and interact with the dead. While adjusting to this new development, a new hot doctor tries to get her attention.
Opinion
If you read my reviews, you know by now that I am a big fan of paranormal books. This one is pretty awesome. I relate to the main character because she is over 40 and a bit jaded. Having the ability to see the dead is definitely one of the paranormal qualities I would love to have (I think.)
The book itself is well written with witty comments to make you laugh. Her friends/coworkers help to make the book fun, light and in some cases tense.

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Collateral Damage (Mafia Elite Series Book 6) by Amy McKinley – Review by Dawn Brown

Collateral Damage: A Second Chance Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite Book 6)Collateral Damage: A Second Chance Mafia Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hailey staged her own kidnapping in order to extort money out of her stepfather. When Trey was enlisted to help find her, he realized what her plan was and decided to help her. Together they work to get the money from her stepfather all the while trying not to fall in love with each other. When things start happening beyond their control, they must lean on each other to survive.
Opinion
Of all of the books in this series, this one ends in the biggest twist that I’ve seen in a book in quite a while. It is well worth the read just to see what that twist is. The back and for dance between Trey and Hailey is cute and almost innocent. With Trey being the doctor of the family, there was not enough action for me in a mafia book.

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