The Lies We Tell by Brittany Butler – Review by Emma Morreale

The Lies We TellThe Lies We Tell by Brittany Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A plot twist? In a book about lies? What?!
But seriously, I did not see that coming and it made up for almost everything else I wasn’t too fond of.
Natalie is a liar. It’s pretty helpful as an author, I would imagine. But she lies about everything and honestly it got old after a while. The lies were something I could relate to since I was a pretty big liar as a child and it would be about the most ridiculous things that I didn’t need to lie about but it would make whatever situation I was currently in just a little bit easier. As with our lovely main character Natalie, it doesn’t hold up well in the long run. SOOOO many of her problems could have been solved with a short conversation and although I know this is how Natalie operates, but this is really similar to when characters make stupid decisions for drama’s sake. Not a fan of that. This instance is a bit different since Natalie has always been like this but still.
The story gets pretty intense and the twist is worth it.

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The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore – Review by Emma Morreale

The Mother-in-LawThe Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am an absolute sucker for clickbait lists and horrible mother in law stories are some of my favorite. So obviously I saw this book was immediately like “I need this”. Maybe I like stuff like this so much because my mother in law is one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met. IDK
My first thought in this was why would anyone ever get married after knowing someone for only a month? My husband and I got married after dating for 8 years! Victoria just decides she’s ready to be a wife and a mother? Girl is entitled to her opinion but the mother in law she didn’t know was going to be living with sure made her question that decision. Victoria gets tangled in the web of lies that Madeline is weaving, while Brad remains willfully ignorant. There were so many times I just wanted to shake Victoria by her shoulders and tell her to drop everything and leave that house while she still could of her own will!
I definitely got just a pinch of Skeleton Key and Norman Bates in this book and I would recommend it to almost anyone.

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Souls Collide (Collide Series #3) by Kristina Beck – Review by Emma Morreale

Souls Collide (Collide Series #3)Souls Collide by Kristina Beck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The hearts and flames on the cover are they perfect way to represent this book.
I did not read this series in order and while I didn’t feel super lost in some parts, I would recommend reading them in order to get the most out of these books.
Alexa has it all. She has looks, luck, smarts, and doesn’t need to worry about money. Kent doesn’t want the darkness that pervades his life to tarnish Alexa’s even though he is drawn to her.
The connection between the two main characters is palpable and would make this book worth reading if it was just these two going at odds with their emotions. Fortunately, Kristina Beck added so much more. Strangers lurking in the dark threaten Alexa and force Kent to come to terms with his protective instincts and the inescapable pull he feels around Alexa.
Also when I read “Your bright light shines through the cracks in my wall” I giggled like the nerd I am and thought about the crack in Amy Pond’s bedroom and wondered if Prisoner Zero would make an appearance.

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Beachcomber Gone (Beachcomber Investigations 9) by Stephanie Queen – Review by Emma Morreale

Beachcomber GoneBeachcomber Gone by Stephanie Queen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nothing puts the brakes on a prewedding visit to your hometown like finding out what you thought was a closed case has been reopened because of a possible insider. Shana wants Dane to meet her family before they get married but Murphy’s Law is in full effect and everything seems to get worse.
I felt so frustrated and angry for all the curves thrown at Shana and Dane. I love these characters and I just want them to be happy. But then again, that doesn’t make for a very interesting story series. Danger around every turn in Australia? Super exciting and interesting! Each character is explored and has depth. I learn more about the couple in each story and the world building is fantastic. Attention to detail and in character arcs is brilliant. Kevin gives me creepy chills, Shana makes me want to cultivate my game face, and Dane’s deep affection for Shana makes me just want to hug him.
This could absolutely be a stand alone novel but I do not recommend it. This entire series is worth every second of read time.

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It Ends Tonight (Bayou Devils MC Book 4) by A. M. Myers – Review by Emma Morreale

It Ends Tonight (Bayou Devils MC Book 4)It Ends Tonight by A.M. Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can’t get enough of this series! As I’ve said before about other books in this series, fans of SOA and romance will love these books.
Quinn and Lucas have an undeniable bond immediately. Family is the most important thing to them both, unfortunately through horrible pasts and violent deaths. These horrible memories and events come back to haunt both of them after everything seems like nothing could get more picturesque in their lives.
The quick jumps from wholesome to action packed had me tearing through the pages.
I need more of this series STAT!

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Venganza: The Fuentes Legacy by Greta Cribbs – Review by Emma Morreale

Venganza: The Fuentes LegacyVenganza: The Fuentes Legacy by Greta Cribbs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Primogénito first and was pretty confused by it. I finally got the prequel I desperately needed! This book shed so much light on everything that happens in Primogénito that I may actually read that one again.
Fans of Stephen King will enjoy these book just for the sheer creepiness of the Fuentes family. It almost would be less terrifying if these books were set in a fantasy world.
Damian’s father, Leo, is the first to try an escape the life of ritual and torture that has been his family’s legacy for centuries. Renato will not tolerate this act of betrayal by his son and kidnaps his grandson to continue the family traditions. Damian suffers more than any child should have to bear for the sins Renato says Leo has committed. Jenn is Damian saving grace and even though I’m doing my absolute best to distance what I know about Primogénito so I don’t spoil anything, I still think Jenn is the only one with even a shred of common sense even though she loves a man who has gone through worse than Hell and will carry it with him forever.
If you like King levels of dark and twisted, read this first and then Primogénito.

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The Killmore’s (Killmore Book 2) by Martha Sweeney – Review by Emma Morreale

The Killmores (Killmore #2)The Killmores by Martha Sweeney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Laurie and Aiden are killer power couple. Pun intended.
With book one of this series being so good, I had high expectations for the sequel. All in all, Martha Sweeney did a pretty good job. There were bits where Laurie lost faith in herself and it didn’t really sit well with me because she is a total badass and it just didn’t seem to me like that what her character would actually do. It seemed more like drama for dramas sake.
Other than that I enjoyed this book immensely. Aiden never treated Laurie like anything other than an equal and there was never any over the top masculinity stunts that I’ve seen all too much of recently.
More than anything, what makes a book great is a solid cast of secondary characters and believable villians. The Killmore’s has that in spades!

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome to Knollville Book 1) by C. A. King – Review by Emma Morreale

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Truly has no memory of her childhood. Life is pretty bad for her now, so what could her brain possibly consider so bad that her memories refuse to come forward? Jeff is a detective who is seeing deeply disturbing patterns in deaths and will stop at nothing to find the connections between them. Each of them will need to decide which is the lesser of two evils.
This paranormal thriller kept me on the edge of my seat and up at night. I absolutely agree with the warning that is for mature audiences but that could be because I have a pretty over active imagination especially in the worst case scenario department.
C.A. King is a fantastic writer and if you enjoy this book, you should read The Portal Prophecies and The Four Horseman series.

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Killmore (Killmore #1) by Martha Sweeney – Review by Emma Morreale

Killmore (Killmore #1)Killmore by Martha Sweeney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’re life has to be pretty screwy if you’re in Witness Protection and the FBI can’t keep you safe. But that is what makes good reading and television!
Laurie was used as an informant against a powerful Mexican cartel boss and as always, the Butcher’s Bill comes due and will be paid. The man who is tasked with protecting her is sexy, mysterious, and can’t really say anything about himself which is worst case scenario for the distrustful Laurie. But really, who can blame her?
I actually thought she was a bit too trusting, especially in Aiden and the government’s ability to keep her from harm. Maybe that’s because I’ve seen too many movies but I’m a worst case scenario kind of woman and money talks as it always does.
The plot twist about gave me whiplash and the cliffhanger……. THE DREADED CLIFFHANGERS!!!!
But seriously this book is fantastic and I didn’t wait more than about three minutes to calm myself before I jumped into the second book.

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Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders #1) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Emma Haverstock

Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders, #1)Tomb for an Eagle by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Viking who dunnit mystery? More please!
I’ve always been fascinated by the people we call Vikings so I was hooked at the summary. Sigrid and Ketil are wonderful main characters in this historical suspense novel and the attention to detail on every page were such that it wouldn’t surprise me to find some of these locations in real life and wonder if I’d been there before.
There were many twists and turns, red herrings, and I have seldom been more wrong about who I believed to be the culprit.
I can’t wait to read more of Lexie Conyngham’s books.

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