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Fictional-ish by Natalina Reis – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Fictional-ishFictional-ish by Natalina Reis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fictional-ish: A Friends to Lovers Romance is the first book I have read by Natalina Reis. It was a cute romantic comedy that I enjoyed. The story line was pretty predictable, but still had cute parts to stand apart from the rest. Two best friends, that finally realize they are in love. Well, Livie always knew, Kyle just took a decade or two to realize it. I always hate the parts of stories where someone gets emotional and jumps to conclusions, just to realize they blew things out of proportion. So aside from that scene, I liked the book. It has a lot of funny parts, and good supporting characters. The chemistry between Livie and Kyle, and their friends was great. The unique details to this story make it stand out from other stories of similar plot. But for the most part, we know how the story is going to end. I will read more by the author.

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Say Something by Jennifer L. Allen – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Say SomethingSay Something by Jennifer L. Allen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Say Something by Jennifer Allen was an amazing book. It’s the first I have read of hers, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. It had me feeling so much emotion that I didn’t expect. I have never dealt with infertility, and until you do, I guess you don’t really think about it. All the feelings of guilt and blame, as well as sadness and loss for what could have been. This was a beautifully written story about love, loss and second chances. The characters were wonderful and I enjoyed the supporting characters as well. Very sweet book and I recommend anyone who is looking for a romantic story to curl up on the couch with. Just bring a box of tissues. I look forward to reading more by the author.

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Beachcomber Enemy: a Romantic Thriller (Beachcomber Investigations Book 10) by Stephanie Queen – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Beachcomber EnemyBeachcomber Enemy by Stephanie Queen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beachcomber Enemy is the newest book in the Beachcomber Investigations series by Stephanie Queen. It is the 10th book, but you could probably enjoy it without reading any others. The characters do overlap, and to get the best backstory, read them all. I started mid series, and love them all so far. The story, like all the others, follow Dane and Shanna on their adventures. This story is a little different in the sense that it is Shanna’s past causing their current problems. They always seem to run into danger, and this book is no exception. I love that its a balance of thrill and suspense, with a hint of romance. The steamy scenes are intense, but not saturating the book. This book also put the relationships on edge, and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next. Highly recommend this book, and the whole series.

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Evolution: Awakening (An Ash Kyndal Novel) by Hope Anika – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Evolution: AwakeningEvolution: Awakening by Hope Anika
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evolution: Awakening blew me away. It is the first book I have read by Hope Anika, but I want to read more now! The summary drew me in and I thought it would be interesting, but it far surpassed my expectations. The book starts right in the middle of the action, no need to start slow and set the ground work. It set off with a bang, and never let up. The story did take a long time to get to the WHY, which was frustrating. However, I never let up- I read the book in less than 2 days. It is one of the most fascinating stories I have read, with great imagination and story building. I like the way it was told in two parts, to the same story. There is the story of Wanda, Eva and Wylie, on the run from madmen. And the other half of the story is Ruslan and Ash trying to solve the mystery from the back end. The description doesn’t tell much, so I don’t want to spoil anything, but wow oh wow. Highly recommend this suspense filled mystery. Parts of the puzzle are slowly uncovered for a big reveal. Couldn’t put it down!

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Run to the Sea (Reigning Hearts Book 1) by KG Fletcher – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Run to the Sea (Reigning Hearts, #1)Run to the Sea by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved Run to the Sea by K.G. Fletcher. It is the first book in the Reigning Hearts series, and I cant wait to read more. The story was so sweet and while it had some sad moments, the happily ever after was appreciated. This is the story of Emeline Fischer and Thomas Capshaw. They were best friends as children, and lost touch after Thomas, or Cappy, went to college. He finds himself lonely and trapped in New York City, stuck in a job he doesn’t enjoy and in a relationship with a woman he doesn’t love. He returns home to settle his grandfather’s estate after he passed away, and ran into Emeline, or Emmy, on his first day back home. Their reunion was not pretty, and she all but storms out. She is a waitress in a diner, as well as works various jobs throughout town. She is the epitome of a struggling artist, painting in all her free time. But, destiny quickly brings them back together and the friends reunite. With their shared passion of art, and a box of photographs left behind from Thomas’s famous photographer grandfather, they become best friends again. Read the story to uncover their love for each other and steps they take to make things work.

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Lies Come True (The Avery Hart Trilogy Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Lies Come True (Avery Hart Trilogy, #1)Lies Come True by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lies Come True is the first book in the Avery Hart Trilogy by Emerald O’Brien. It is the first book I have read by this author but I loved it. The cover art drew me in, and the suspense filled story line kept me engaged until the end. I cant wait to read book 2. Avery Hart escapes an attack in the woods as a teenager, and spends years in therapy as a result. Just when she has a handle on life, the killer turns back up. First a body of a young woman is found in a park in the same town. Then a second victim manages to escape, and the stories are eerily similar. Avery works with the detectives and victim to try to help solve the crime and put her fears to rest. Very intense suspense filled book, but I loved it!

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Until Fools Find Gold (Providence Gold Book One) by Mary B Moore – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Until Fools Find GoldUntil Fools Find Gold by Mary B. Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Until Fools Find Gold is the first book I have read by Mary B Moore. It is the first book in the Providence Gold Series, and overlaps with her Until Series. I loved this book and I cant wait to read more, as the couples in this book are all great. The story starts out pretty intense, with us not knowing what exactly happened to Luna. But, that makes sense because the Townsends don’t know what happened to her either. She has been best friends with Levi for years, and her family took her in as one of their own, until one night she disappeared in the middle of the night. She had a crush on Levi’s older brother Noah since she was 6 years old, but was never able to act on it. Until now. After returning home, she soon realizes Noah feels the same way, and before too long, they end up getting drunk and married. To make matters worse, they both wake up hung over and are no longer together. But don’t fret, it all turns out okay in the end! Highly recommend this book and am glad to have found a new series or two to read!

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HEELS OF FORTUNE: PJ Santini Series: Book Two by Lynne Russell – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Heels Of Fortune (PJ Santini Series Book 2)Heels Of Fortune by Lynne Russell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heels of Fortune in book 2 in the PJ Santini series by Lynne Russell. I liked this book better than the first, as the character development is done and we could focus on the story. It should be read following book 2, as it is the continuation picking up right where book one left off. PJ Santini is a private investigator, as well as a TV reporter, who just helped solve the murder of another local reporter. She has strong family ties and her family is very much Italian. She has a good solid network of family and friends that help her solve crimes as well as report them. In this book she has someone after her, and must uncover the truth about her dead husband in order to stay alive herself. This story is entertaining, as it has suspense, romance and comedy wrapped up in a perfect trifecta.

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After Hurricane Nina, Rand’s Resolution (Hot Hunks-Steamy Romance Collection Book 8) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

After Hurricane Nina, Rand's Resolution (Hot Hunks-Steamy Romance Collection)After Hurricane Nina, Rand’s Resolution by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After Hurricane Nina, Rand’s Resolution is book 8 in the Hot Hunks-Steamy Romance Collection. Each book in the collection is a stand alone book, written by a different author. This one is written by Tamara Ferguson. I love her work, and am a big fan, so I obviously loved this book too. This is Rand’s story following Hurricane Nina hitting Bali Indonesia. He is working for the U.S. Embassy while living in Bali, under the cover story of living off his inheritance. He met Ciara when he was a teenager, and fate seems to have brought them together in Bali years later, while she is on vacation with friends. They instantly hit it off again and end up working together to rescue people after the hurricane hits. I love that all of Ferguson’s books seem to center around soldiers or wounded warriors, and all have a tie to the Dragonfly Inn. While each book is a stand alone novel, the characters overlap and build on each other. Highly recommend this book, and any of her work to others!

 

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A Person Could Disappear Here by Terri George – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

A Person Could Disappear HereA Person Could Disappear Here by Terri George
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I did NOT see that coming! A Person Could Disappear Here is the first book I have read by Terri George, and it left me blown away. I will offer a trigger warning, as it is a story of a woman who is kidnapped, and kept locked up and sexually abused. The story alternates views between Abbey, who is the prisoner, and her best friend Cristina, who is on a mission to rescue her. Abbey and Cristina are like sisters, and live together in London. Abbey has an online relationship with a man, Jensen, and decides to fly to Denver to meet him in person. He seems amazing at first, until he takes her to his grandfather’s house in the middle of nowhere in Nebraska. He takes her phone, and her falling off the grid is what raises alarm in Cristina. She decides to travel to the US with her brother, in search of Abbey. The story has a lot of suspense and I didn’t want to put it down. The ending is not what I expected, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. However, I highly recommend it. It was well written and heartfelt. The characters and their relationships are wonderful. Cant wait to discover more by Terri George.

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