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Killer Lawyer (Jake Wolfe Book 3) by Mark Nolan – Review by Emily Walsh

Killer LawyerKiller Lawyer
ByMark Nolan
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Killer Lawyer (Jake Wolfe Book 3) by Mark Nolan was a pretty okay read that has many heart stopping moments.

My first read by this author, I didn’t know what I was getting into. I will say that this book is part of a series, and though this book can be read as a standalone, I did find that there were many things, in regards to character background, development, and past plots; that at times made me feel lost. So I highly suggest reading the other books before this one.

As much as I enjoyed this book, I have a mixed review for you.

This was for me, a slow read, that was a little all over the place. I felt like there were too many sub-plots, too much non-essential information, and way too much overexplaining. The lulls between action were dull, too long, and frankly I got a little bored. To be blunt, I got some Issues with Sara. Now that could have come from me jumping into this series at book 3, but man oh man, she got on my nerves. I don’t like when ultimatums are given, and frankly I found the way she acted towards Jake was immature and closed minded. There has to be give and take, and to make a relationship work, compromise is needed, and one person should not have to give up their entire life/job, when the other party isn’t willing or won’t do the same. I’m a serving member, and maybe I’m pulling at old wounds, but that whole situation was, you could say, triggering for me.

On to the good.

I have a deep love for the amount of research that when into this book. I’m talking the little things, one that got me was the “hurry up and wait.” It’s a common military situation, one I have been in many times. Nothing like to have to show up for 0530, only to be told you’re on standby, but you can’t relax because you might have to jump into action at a moments notice… three hours later and you’re still “on standby“… so yeah, that one made me chuckle.

When the action got underway it was suspenseful, heart stopping, and detailed. I like the multi POV, especially when the killer was narrating. It was a creepy look inside his twisted head, and added a darker, almost panic like layer, that offset the slower parts of this book. I like all the characters, their connections to Jake and even though they gave him greef, you could feel the respect they had for him.

Overall this book is well written, engaging and intriguing. It could use a hair cut, to get rid of some of the unnecessary bulk and filler, but in the long run, I very much enjoyed my time reading this thriller and it gets my high recommendation and my stamp of approval.

Happy Reading.

– Review by @eawalsh

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A Terrible Beauty (Fallen Eagles MC Book 1) by T. Birmingham – Review by Emily Walsh

A Terrible Beauty (Fallen Eagles MC Book 1)A Terrible Beauty
ByT. Birmingham
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Terrible Beauty (Fallen Eagles MC Book 1) by T. Birmingham has me hooked from start to finish.

Not my first read by this author, I knew going in that I was in for a well written, detail hooking read, that would capture me until the very last page. And you know what, that’s exactly what I got!

Strong multi layered characters mixed with an equally strong plot, I can honestly say I was engrossed into this story. And I have to add, this is coming from someone who isn’t a big MC reader. This book, is different, it isn’t like other MC’s and I believe that is what hooked me so. The raw emotions, the graphic scenes, the connections and the flow of this book was, wow. I felt like I was reading an actual world, like I was there looking in. Being in the service myself and having friends that suffer from PDST, I connected in a way most won’t, and seeing it treated with care and raw truth, hit home for me.

With that said I’m going to leave you here, because I don’t want to give anything away. This is a book you need to experience first hand, without spoilers and without bias. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that if you’re not a MC reader like me, I implore you to give this book a chance.

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-Review by @eawalsh

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Emily Walsh

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen
ByRowena Holloway
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes #1) by Rowena Holloway was a suspense thriller that had me holding my breath.

My first read by this author, I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I took that chance and man did it ever pay off. A dark look into London’s football, drugs, secrets and a deadly tip that puts our MC in danger, this read hooked me, and pulled me into the game.

As much as I was absorbed into this book, I will say that the start was a little too info-dumpy. I get that a setting needs to be set, but sometimes holding info back will add to the story instead of just unloading and hoping the reader will stay with you. Also with all that info, I had a time sifting through it, and keeping the facts straight. But once I got pass that, this story dug it’s dark claws in and I got lost in this thriller.

Overall this book is an engaging, entertaining read that will have you guessing, lead astray, and wondering what’s up and what’s down. Paired with an multi layered plot and complex well rounded characters, this book will take you on a dark ride, have you on the edge of your seat and leave you shocked.

So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval that you will not be able to put this book down.

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-Review by @eawalsh

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A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters #1) by Erica Taylor – Review By Emily Walsh

A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters, #1)A Suitable Affair
ByErica Taylor
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters #1) by Erica Taylor was an entertaining, enagain read, that kept me reading until the very end.

My first read from this author, I dove into this book head first not even looking at the reviews, because with that beautiful cover and steller synopsis, there was no need to look any further, well for me anyways. It was a prize gamble because this book drew me in from that first page, that first meeting, and it kept my attention right until the last word was read.

Detail with beautiful writing and rich multi layer characters, this historical fiction has a little bit of everything. You can tell care and research went into making this read as authentic as possible, especially in regards to social etiquette for that time. I fell right away for our lead MC Susanna. She was definitely a head of her time, while trying to follow the strict social rules and expectations for women of that era. I loved her snarky remarks, and how she managed to be witty and sarcastic, while keeping within those norms. I got a little North and South feel, and that connection just made this story all the more enjoyable.

The only thing that got me down, was Westcott, and how though he wanted to be with her, properly court her and marry, he pushed Susanna into trying to break some of those genteel lady rules, that could have severely tarnished her reputation. As nice and sweet as the guy was, (don’t get me wrong I love him as the lead male MC), I felt like he was a little removed from what social norms were. But at the same time, I do get again how that came about, as he does mention that he never really got into the courts, because he left London pretty much as soon as he was able. I believe that the amount of pushing, was for me, longer than necessary.

Overall this book has mystery, romance, witty engaging dialogue, and a multi layer plot, that will keep you on your toes. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval that you will fall for this seamly at odds pair, and have you before you know it, rooting for them.

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-Review by @eawalsh

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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby – Review by Emily Walsh

Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1)Perilous Confessions
ByCarrie Dalby
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby was an engaging, detail tale, full of raw emotions, ups downs, and of course love.

My first read by this author ,I was pulled in right from the first page and was hooked until the last. It’s been a long time since I have read such a pulling and captivating historical fiction. Rich with detail and a multi layered plot, this book was not only well balance it was as close to perfection as one could get.

This was just the book I needed to refresh my reading pallet. With all the contemporary romances I have been reading, I was starting to get irked by the littlest of things, a good sign that a change was in order. This book not only washed away that cloud of unease, it made me fall back in love with romance. I was so engaged with this tale that when it was over I felt a little sad, that I had to leave these wonderful multi layer, complex characters behind. I felt so connected to them, close, like a friend, like I was with them every step of the way, (even if they didn’t listen to a thing I said… god people these days.) The smooth writing and seamless transitions, ensured I was kept in the story, making sure that my mind had no chance to wander. That level of talent is something else, and I will be definitely adding this author to my watch list.

Overall if you haven’t guessed, I give this book my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval.

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-Review by @eawalsh

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Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing – Review by Emily Walsh

Full Glasses and Burju ShoesFull Glasses and Burju Shoes
ByBlake Blessing
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing was a pretty okay read that was full of misunderstanding, raw emotions and second chances.

Not my first read by this author, so I knew that going in that this book would be well written and detailed. I was not disappointed on that front, but, I do have some mixed feelings.

Lets get what irked me out of the way first. I feel like our MC’s weren’t that good of a pair. It showed towards the end when Emil was opening up to Perrin, and she just exploded on him. That showed me her lack of understanding of the job he had to do in a combat zone, and not getting that things in this world are never black and white. Perrin, for me, seemed a little too immature for her age and frankly, got way too angry, too fast, and jump too many conclusions, before even considering a different outcome. It didn’t help that she has a unhealthy outlook on life. Yes I do know it improves as her and Emil relationship grows, but for me, that first part of their love, felt forced and irking. I will give her backing her sister, and being there for her when things weren’t looking good. And yes I do know she agrees that she needed help of her own, but there was this overmature/immatureness, that for me, didn’t mix well.

Now I did love her and Emil first official conversation, that felt natural and special. I think if there was more of that, leading up, and maybe keeping that friendship aspect longer, before getting into the instalove, then I would have believed in them more.

As for Emil, he got attached to her, fast, and that brewing, no F’s, persona quickly went out the window. I could see the unhealthy way he was clinging to Perrin, but, and I do get why, given he’s PDSD. Overall Emil did have the most character growth, and tried to put his broken soul back together. I gravitate more towards him, and having that split POV really saved this read for me.

The writing was solid, and the conversations flowed nicely and naturally. The ending was the ultimate book saver for me. It showed a Perrin that had mulled over the hurtful things that she said, and admitted that she should have listened to Emil before acting like a child. She finally understood the damage that she cause, and found the courage and willingness to fix it. That revelation did lessen my dislike for her. That ending brought me back to the start, to that first special moment, were I did saw a true connection between them, and the epilogue, that finally drove the nail home for me, and pushed this read into that 4 star spot.

Overall I did enjoy this read, even with my mixed feelings. As I like to say, reading is subjective so my reaction will not be the same as yours. There is a lot of good things in this book, and the raw emotions, and struggles of coming home after a combat deployment, were heartbreaking and so very true. Care was taken in writing this book, and it shined a eye opening spotlight on the damaged us serving members have to face. No-one likes a broken hero, and that mentality needs to change. This book, sends that message loud and clear, and I’m proud to see it written to bluntly.

So please take my high recommendation and my stamp of approval that this book will get you in the feels

Happy Reading

-Review by @eawalsh

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Wish Upon a Bollywood Star by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Emily Walsh

Wish Upon a Bollywood StarWish Upon a Bollywood Star
ByPamela Q. Fernandes
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wish Upon a Bollywood Star by Pamela Q. Fernandes was for me a okay read, and that was at times, a little all over the place.

My first read by this author, I was pulled in by the beautiful cover and intriguing synopsis. I have to say, I’m mixed about this book. So let’s just jumped into it, shall we.

First things first, I like drama, who doesn’t. But this book, has, for me, just as many good dramatic moments as it did, not so good dramatic moments. There is one major thing I have to say, the constant fighting, the constant unrealistic way that Soumya handle the situation from the start, was, for me, baffling. I have read books like this before, and frankly, this one was a little rough around the edges and to be bluntly honest, for a short read, I had a time fully getting into this book. Most of that I believe was actually, Soumya’s doing. I didn’t really like her, and as much as she grew on me, it wasn’t enough to carry the story, and fully bring out its’ full potential. Vir, as much as I hate to say this, was the star of this book. I found that he had the most character development, and growth, even with his jerkish moments.

Now as I said, things weren’t all bad. This book got some pretty good zingers, and the one thing I did like about Soumya was the way she stood up for herself. Strong and defiant. I loved the cultural background and I learn a lot. You can tell the author loves writing about her culture, through the care and detail that was constantly present in this book. The timeline was steady, and when I was fully engaged, I enjoyed myself, and at times was smiling and rolling my eyes at their antics. I would have like this book to have had more than one narrator, mainly Vir, since it was third person, that could have been easily done. I feel like that added POV switch would have added a much needed layer, and understanding to their unique situation.

Overall I did enjoy this book, even with my mixed feelings. But reading is subjective so please take my recommendation that just because I found some things that didn’t work, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. Give this book a chance, cause you never know.

Happy Reading.

-Review by @emorreale

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A Talent for Trouble (Bad Boys of Space #1) by Landra Graf – Review by Emily Walsh

A Talent for Trouble (Bad Boys of Space, #1)A Talent for Trouble
ByLandra Graf
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Talent for Trouble (Bad Boys of Space #1) by Landra Graf was a fast pace, addicting read that had me hooked from start to finish.

My first read from this author, I went in blind and just started reading. The cover and synopsis may have invited me in, but the stellar writing, intriguing plot and attention to detail, made me stay.

I will say that this is a little out of my comfort zone, not so much that it’s a sci-fi, but because it was a Mafia style setup, and I don’t normally gravitate towards those types of books. But I’m glad I took a chance because this book was much more than a tale about a drug runner trying to make it big, no, it had a ani-hero vibe and with the added romance to spice things up, I couldn’t stop flipping the pages.

Overall this book, is a must read. Besides the plot and multi-layered characters, there is action, blood, double crossing and an explosive climax that will get your blood pumping. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will want to get lost in this dangerous world set in space.

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-Review by @eawalsh

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Caught in Cross Seas (The Caught Series Book #1) by Sharleen Scott – Review by Emily Walsh

Caught in Cross SeasCaught in Cross Seas
BySharleen Scott
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Caught in Cross Seas (The Caught Series Book #1) by Sharleen Scott was an addicting read that had me hooked from start to finish.

Not my first read by this author or in this series, I actually read the last book first, but they can be read as standalones. Though there were some spoilers for this book, it wasn’t enough to ruin this amazing read. It actually made me what to read the whole series, but because of spoilers and the linear timeline, I do highly suggest reading this series in order.

This book was something, I don’t even know where to start. I can tell you that I can’t find anything that bothered me, nothing negative, and I can tell you that it’s not often I’m lost for words. I was hooked on every word, every sentence and every page. Clay and Harlie were a joy to read about, I mean sure, there were misunderstandings, ups, downs and conflict. But at the same time, all that chaos made them real, and down to earth. But man oh man, there are parts that will have you on the edge of your seat and have you holding your breath. I was in almost tears at the end. The emotions that both Clay and Harlie displayed and expressed, got me right in the feels. I can’t tell you the scene, cause major spoilers, but hell, that ending, my god, my heart was on the floor.

There is so much going on this book, and for a story to have such a multi connecting plot and intertwined side plots, you think things would get muddled. No, this book was as close to perfection as it could get. No plot holes, from the mystery, clues, broken souls, second chances, and a good old showdown, everything was tied up and clean. Info wasn’t hoarded till the end, it was spaced out and given at the right times. Letting us get to know the characters, as they got to know each other. Things weren’t dumbed down, or over complicated, and that real pull made this story not only original and unique, it made it, highly enjoyable, compelling and stemulating.

I have so many things I want to gush about, the words just want to pour out of me. But to save you from my rambles and spoilers; I’m going to leave you here, with my crazy, super high recommendation, and my golden stamp of approval.

P.S. You need this book on your life!

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-Review by @eawalsh

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The Memory of Us by Lisa Sorbe – Review by Emily Walsh

The Memory of UsThe Memory of Us
By: Lisa Sorbe
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Memory of Us by Lisa Sorbe was an engaging, emotional read that had me hooked form start to finish.

Not my first read by this author I was hooked right away. That opening was powerful and set the stage for this witty romance about second chances and starting over. My only complaint is that some of the vocab that Elena used in her head voice as a little, weird you could say. I had to look some up, only to find out it was something simple. I know you have to mix things up, but sometimes, using an odd word for, something simple like, fake, brakes the flow and just makes the sentence sound odd and choppy. Other than that, there was nothing else that broken me from this reading spell.

I fell right away for our MC’s, both Elena and Weston were written so well, and multi layered, that you would almost believe that this was a memoir about their journey rather than a fictional story. The, as I’ve said, raw emotions, the ups downs, the past present, and the growing pains of leaning what it is to be an adult, was real, connecting and at times hit close to home. This book is a must read, and I can’t stress enough how good, honest and just humbling this story is.

If you haven’t guessed I highly recommend this book, and it gets my golden stamp of approval. Now head on over on get it, it will touch your heart and melt your soul.

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-Review by @eawalsh

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