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The Way You Are (Carolina Connections Book 5) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Heather Lovelace

The Way You Are (The Carolina Connections, #5)The Way You Are by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nice guys winning PLUS snort inducing laughter EQUALS winning combination. Stewart had me engaged immediately and I instantly was rooting for our “good guy” to get the girl. I absolutely loved the plot and the character development. I love a good book that makes me laugh. Relatable and fun, this book is a must read and one you will have a hard time putting down. Loved it.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace

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The Shape of Trust (a Stand By Me novel Book 5) by Brinda Berry – Review by Heather Lovelace

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

Unexpected and fantastic. This book had me hooked on page one. Just when life is perfect…enter the inevitable curve ball. I was thankful to read of a character so well written and formed to be the unexpected single father. Throw in the steamy romance and you’ve got yourself a winner. Loved it!

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The Confectioner’s Truth (Confectioner Chronicles Book 3) by Claire Luana – Review by Amanda Pierce

The Confectioner's Truth (Confectioner Chronicles Book 3)The Confectioner’s Truth by Claire Luana
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Confectioners Truth by: Claire Luana is the third and final book in The Confectioners Chronicles. Much like the other books by this author in this series, once I stared the book I didn’t want to put it down. The sweet treats and characters are unlike any other story I have read. This book will keep you on your toes, and although it’s the last book, it will leave you wanting more. I can’t wait to see what this author does next, I will definitely continue to read her books. I give this book 5 stars easily, because the only complaint I have is I wasn’t ready for the book or series to end. Great Read!!

Review by @amandarae6884

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Wish Upon A Bollywood Star by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Angela Hayes

Wish Upon a Bollywood StarWish Upon a Bollywood Star by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3 ½ Stars

Wish Upon A Bollywood Star by Pamela Q. Fernandes is a Bollywood romance with secrets, drama, some humour, and lots of cultural details.
Vir Seth finds himself in quite the predicament when Soumya Ninan decides to teach him a lesson about his attitude towards women and marriage. Vir’s world will be upended, battlelines will be drawn, while feelings become involved. What happens you ask? Well, you really need to read the book to discover all the details for yourself- no spoilers from me.
This is a very short, quick and easy read. I liked Soumya, but I really found it hard to connect to Vir, or get invested in their story. I think this is because we really don’t get too ‘know’ him all that well. We get Soumya’s perspective throughout the story, but don’t get to understand things from his point of view, which would have perhaps made him more relatable.
I wonder what Ms. Fernandes has in store for us next?

Thank you, Ms. Fernandes!

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Shape of Trust (Stand By Me Series Book #5) by Brinda Berry – Review by Angela Hayes.

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 is the fifth book in the Stand By Me series by Brinda Berry. This series just seems to get better and better with each new release. I have really loved this series, so when this book was released I knew I just had to read it- but I wasn’t sure I would love it as much as the other four books. Well, I should never have doubted Ms. Berry, because the characters and storyline won me over immediately, and this book has now become my favourite of the series.
As with the other books, Ms. Berry has produced a wonderful story with a superb plot and a captivating storyline. Added to that were her endearing, fully developed, and somewhat quirky characters- the combination of these pulled me into the story and kept me wrapped up in all the developments. I was so completely emotionally invested in every detail. I couldn’t put it down, as I really had to know how things would play out- so I ended up reading it all in one sitting. Web and Lily Rose are such fantastic characters, but it’s little Julianne who really stole the show!
Ms. Berry manages to instil bucketloads of charm and emotion into her stories and characters- which gives her books a real heart & soul.
I really recommend this book- you’ll be bound to love it just as much as I have!
I can’t wait to get my hands on her next book!

Thank you, Ms. Berry.

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Shape of Trust (a Stand By Me novel Book 5) by Brinda Berry – Review by Maura Harper

The Shape of Trust (Stand By Me, #5)The Shape of Trust by Brinda Berry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE SHAPE OF TRUST is the 5th book in the “Stand By Me Series” yet it is 100% a stand-alone. It is always fun to see the cameo appearances made by characters from previous stories, so I always recommend reading an entire series for that reason.

Similar to the other stories in the series, THE SHAPE OF TRUST focuses on our M/m as they navigate new situations in life. The characters are well developed and I was immediately invested in each of them. The story has a very clear path from beginning to end and the story-line holds true through the entire telling. There are children as secondary characters that I would like to read about in the future. This would be a fun group to watch grow and morph as the years progress.

“Dog Eared Books” is a fictional bookstore in the story and I hope that everyone has an independent bookstore they frequent in their own town. They are an asset to local communities and bring so much joy to families.

Brinda Berry is definitely an author who I enjoy reading and I always look forward to what she is writing. I will continue to follow her for her stories in the future.

Reivew by @mauraharper

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The Confectioner’s Truth (Confectioner Chronicles Book 3) by Claire Luana – Review by Maura Harper

The Confectioner's Truth (Confectioner Chronicles Book 3)The Confectioner’s Truth by Claire Luana
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE CONFECTIONER’S TRUTH is the third and final book in the “Confectioner Chronicles” series. As this book picks up where the last left off, it is very important to read this series in order.

The entire series was a well written fantasy that had many twists and turns and battles (internal and external). It has a lot of characters to keep track of, but each is pretty well defined in their role. This is one of those series that has it all… Mystery/suspense, fantasy, magic, adventure and action. The world building in the series continues until the very end. New characters are introduced in this story that bring a totally new feel and we get to see the “conclusion” to ongoing relationships.

I definitely have liked and disliked the same characters more than once and have rolled my eyes several times, but I think that is what makes a story interesting. It pulled emotion instead of apathy.

This is a series I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy series. It was cool to watch the characters grow along with the story lines.

Review by @mauraharper

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Degrees of Power (A Prestian Series Book 4) by Via Mari – Review by Heather Bahm

Degrees of Power (Prestian Series, #4)Degrees of Power by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Degrees of Power, by Via Mari, is the fourth & final book in the Prestian Series. This emotional story has carried through four separate books and coming to that final chapters has been a journey of epic proportions. Katarina and Chase have gone through so much, the ride has been full of twists, turns, bumps and more. Their relationship has pushed limits, yet exceeded expectations in other ways. However, not everything that burns brightly can hold on forever. Following them throughout this series and seeing how their story ends was an amazing journey that could not be missed. Via Mari is a talented author and has showcased this well within the Prestian series.

Reviewed by @hbahm

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The Shape of Trust (a Stand By Me novel Book 5) by Brinda Berry – Review by Heather Bahm

The Shape of Trust (Stand By Me, #5)The Shape of Trust by Brinda Berry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brinda Berry’s The Shape of Trust is the fifth book in the Stand By Me series. This new adult/college romance was touching, unique, and rife with pieces of drama filled obstacles that need to be overcome. Webb’s character has demons in his past that he has worked to rise above, but yet still allows that to have some type of impact on the decisions he makes now. He comes across as a charismatic and dependable individual, but yet afraid at the same time. Enter Lily. She’s just an amazing character. Of course, she has her own unique challenges in her life, but she works to make sure they don’t define her and attempts to arise above. These two are certainly the opposite of one another, but yet the ultimate mate to one another. Reading these characters’ stories and wondering if they’ll work to gain what they desire and need within their lives was entertaining, emotional and truly well written.

Reviewed by @hbahm

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Santa’s Little Helper by Shaan Ranae- Review by Gail Guerrero

Santa's Little HelperSanta’s Little Helper by Shaan Ranae
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Santa’s Little Helper by Shaan Ranae

Four Stars

This story was cute and a little naughty. Jake is a jerk but a truthful jerk. He isn’t out here leading women on. He is just real and maybe too honest. His dislike for germ infested little people is accurate and understandable. Lol! I thought Sam was a little unbelievable as a character. No one does what she did and confidently might I add. Over all the book had me laughing and it turned out to be really sweet. Jake learned a lot and it brought him closer to his family. The story was perfectly balanced with laughter, love, naughty moments and family. You felt the lightness with which the author wanted the story portrayed.

Reviewed by @gguerrero89

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