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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Erin Davidson

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense is the first book in Rowena Holloway’s Ashes to Ashes series. Charlotte never thought she’d be willing to kill someone for a story, but when her informant ends up dead under mysterious circumstances, Charlotte might just end up doing that or end up dead herself.
The book definitely took its time to ease you into the suspense, but once it had you in its clutches it did not let go. I found the start of the novel to be a little clunky; it dumped a lot of information and some of it was poorly explained. I spent a lot of time trying to understand the relevance of certain side plots and characters. As well as the various characters and their motivations. Eventually it did all make sense, and I found myself enjoying the book a lot more. But it took a hot minute to get there.
This book will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat, and have you reeling after all the twists and turns. Overall I gave this book 3/5 stars and look forward to reading the second book Less you Know, in Holloway’s Ashes to Ashes series.

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Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Erin Davidson

Shadow's Keep: A NovelShadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn is a new thriller suspense book that leaves you chilled to the very core. I mean who doesn’t love a book that begins with a dead body found in the woods, with a cause of death labelled as suspicious. This is why you never go running in the woods, 90% of the time you’ll find a body, the other 10% will be running into spider webs and being eaten alive by bugs.
I found this book a little difficult to get into, as I struggled to understand and sympathize with William as a character. I think this was mainly due to the writing style and getting into the way Meghan framed the narrative. I much preferred Cassie as a character, and really enjoyed her character as it progressed throughout the novel. After getting in the story I really started to enjoy it and was left stumped at all the twists and turns that the novel took. I’m really starting to like Meghan O’Flynn’s books and the way she weaves a masterful story. Can’t wait to read another book from her. 4/5 stars

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Rising Star by Susannah Nix – Review by Erin Davidson

Rising StarRising Star by Susannah Nix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rising Star by Susannah Nix is the first book in her new Star struck series. The book follows Alice, a sociology student trying to complete her dissertation and gain the PhD that she’s been working on for the last five years. As if that wasn’t stressful enough her roommate needs her to move out, so he’s boyfriend can move in, and her job as a background extra on the show Las Vegas General, is finished as it wraps up its final season. Now Alice is basically homeless with no income and a looming dissertation dead line fast approaching. Thankfully in walks the up and coming actor Griffin, who’s been playing the smoking hot doctor on LA General, and in desperate need of a dog and house sitter while he films the latest blockbuster hit in Atlanta.
Rising Star was a cute, fluffy, enjoyable romance, in the way that all well written romances are. It has the perfect moment when the two main characters realise that what they’ve been looking for has been in front of them all along; as well as the right amount of angst and cheesiness. Susannah Nix also tackles more serious issues of the #metoo and TIME’S UP in the field of academics, that is vastly underrepresented in popular culture. Alice was a very believable character as she faced these issues, and her demeanour to sweep it all under the rug, rather than face social and academic backlash is incredibly relevant. Many young women are scared to speak up, or undervalue themselves when something terrible like this happens. And just as Susannah made clear in her novel, none of this is ever ok. It’s your body, and your choice.
This novel was very inspiring, as well as a cute romantic-comedy novel, that I really did enjoy. Overall I gave it 4/5 stars.

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The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore – Review by Erin Davidson

The Mother-in-LawThe Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore is a suspense thriller novel that would be more aptly titled monster-in-law. This book is the perfect poster child for why you should never marry someone that you haven’t known more than a month. Which is exactly what Victoria does. Too her it was a fairy tale; she found true love and put a ring on it as fast as she could. But not all fairy tales have a happy ending, especially if there’s an estranged mother-in-law.
This was slow thriller book. It took a long time for suspense to build and motivations to be revealed, which after a while began to drag. I wish there was more suspense to this book, and there was more of a payoff in the end. A lot of the chapters felt as though they were acting as fillers to make the book chunkier, and didn’t add anything to the plot. Especially when comparing this book to Judy Moore’s Murder in the Vail, which had me hooked from the very beginning. In the end I found that I had no real connection to any of the characters, and their relationships didn’t affect me. Which truly is a shame, as I fell in love with the premise of the story, thinking I was in for book filled to the brim with suspense, but instead it all fell flat for me. I still loved the writing, and level of detail that went into in the book, as well as thought the idea was very creative, it just could have been executed a bit better. Alas, I still look forward to reading more from Judy Moore in the future.

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The Confectioner’s Truth (The Confectioner Chronicles Book 3) by Claire Luana – Review by Erin Davidson

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

The epic finale to Claire Luana’s highly anticipated Confectioner Chronicles has arrived and it did not disappoint. The Confectioner’s Truth is the final book in Claire Luana’s amazing new series that I highly recommend it to every man, woman, and child. It is so good and the finale wraps everything up deliciously. I absolutely adored this series and there isn’t much I can say about this final book without spoiling it for anyone. But seriously read this series, starting from the Confectioner’s Guild, you will not be disappointed by a tale this yummy. I cherished all of Claire’s characters, as they are incredibly well developed and rounded. They all read as real people, with their own back stories and motivations. Claire’s world building is also incredibly well done. Her magic system is flawless and perfectly executed, as she expands the world over the three novels. But I feel like one of the most underappreciated gems of the series was Claire’s ability to describe food and drink throughout the series. My mouth watered the entire series, due to her descriptions being so impeccable. I wish I could give this book a 6/5 star review, but alas it will have to settle for 5/5. Thank you Claire for another amazing series!

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The Confectioner’s Coup (The Confectioner Chronicles Book 2) by Claire Luana – Review by Erin Davidson

The Confectioner's Coup (Confectioner Chronicles, #2)The Confectioner’s Coup by Claire Luana
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Confectioner’s Coup by Claire Luana is the delicious second book in her newest series, the Confectioner Chronicles. The plot thickens in the latest instalment as an army arrives at the gates of Maradis, and the Guilds are thrown into dismay as the King struggles to gain power over them once more. But the Guild members are tired of answering to a blood thirsty King and his demands for Gifted produce from them. With an army fast approaching and Gifted guild members going missing, Wren must join forces with unexpected allies to help save the missing members and stop the King tyranny once and for all.
If only Wren’s life could be a piece of cake, first she’s framed for a murder she didn’t commit and now the possibility of a rebellion and war. The girl needs a holiday, where she can enjoy her delicious baked goods. I really loved this second installment of the Confectioner Chronicles, Claire’s writing is phenomenal and captivating. She will have you hooked after the first line. All her characters are well developed and constructed, that you can see them as real people. And her descriptions of all the food in this story will have you drooling over your book. Every time I read a passage I immediately start craving baked goods and chocolates, then I have to put the book down and go out and get some. Thankfully I work in a cake shop and chocolate is never hard to come by. Absolutely loved this book and to see how the story continues to get bigger and bigger. I can’t wait to read the third book in the series.
5/5 stars!!

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Rhapsody and Rebellion: Once Upon a Widow (Enduring Legacy Book 7) by Aubrey Wynne – Review by Erin Davidson

Rhapsody and Rebellion (Enduring Legacy #7)Rhapsody and Rebellion by Aubrey Wynne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rhapsody and Rebellion: Once Upon a Widow, is the seventh book in the Enduring Legacy series. An anthology series that tells the tale of a Scottish family and their descendants, that are blessed with three magical gifts; sight, empathy, and Truth. The gift is passed down the family, often skipping generations and only coming forward in a time of great upheaval. And with England and Scotland always at each other’s throats, the family must hide their gifts from those that wish to destroy them. In Rhapsody and Rebellion: Once Upon a Widow, Aubrey Wynne tells a harrowing tale set in the Scottish Highlands in the 19th century. The story follows Gideon, Earl of Stanfield and his principled black and white view of the world, that begins to falter when his mother tells him of her eerily accurate dream foreseeing his cousin’s death. Thus causing them to travel back to his mother’s ancestral home in Scotland, where he meets a recently widowed Alisabeth. Could it be love at first sight, or just a simple flare of lust between them?
This series is a perfect read for fans of Outlander, and lovers of historical fiction. Wynne did excellent research for the story does not make any inaccuracies and her tale. I really enjoyed the story, but found it to be a little short. I would have loved to have more, and really space out Gideon and Lissie’s relationship, as it did come across rather rushed and fast. But if you’re looking for a quick steamy story with Scottish Highlanders, then this is perfect for you.
Overall I gave this 4/5 stars!

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Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True Book 1) by Alex Bailey – Review by Erin Davidson

Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True, #1)Once Upon a Romance by Alex Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once Upon a Romance is the first book in Alex Bailey’s a Dream Come True series. All books will be set in Walt Disney World, and follow different couples as they find love in the most magical place on earth. Once Upon a Romance focuses on Sophie and her adorable niece, Ariel, as they make their way to Disney World for Christmas, as per Ariel’s Christmas wish. Except it is all sunshine and rainbows for Sophie. After losing her sister to breast cancer, the last place she wants to be is the Magic Kingdom, reliving her childhood, without her sister. But as fate would have it, she meets Professor Disney, that vows to help her make sure Ariel has the most magical Christmas she could ever dream of.
I really enjoyed this fluffy Christmas romance. It may or may have not made me plan my next holiday to Disney World. I absolutely adore all things Disney and romance, and could not turn down a book that ticks all the boxes. I fell in love with Ray, and his extensive knowledge of Disney and all things nerdy. I’ll take two of him any day. I also really enjoyed the building chemistry between Ray and Sophie, and how they interacted with Ariel. I also loved the level of description Bailey went into when describing the park, and all the rides; it felt as though I was right there next to them. Which only made me even more desperate to get to the nearest Disney Land, which happens to be on the other side of the world (the joys of living in Australia). I do wish there was more of an ending and I got to see a bit more of the characters, but it still ended very cute and fluffy.
I gave Once Upon a Romance 5/5 stars

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F*cking Frank (Smirk Series Book 1) by Jen Luerssen – Review by Erin Davidson

F*cking Frank (Smirk Series Book 1)F*cking Frank by Jen Luerssen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

F*cking Frank is the first book in Jen Luerssen’s Smirk Series. The book is a steamy hot romance, that I only recommend to those over the age of 18, because it sure is erotic. The story is about Frank, a down right prick at the best of times, and a man that could give the Grinch a run for his money. All the man wants to do is make sweet music and surf the perfect wave. Until her meets his doppelgänger in female form, Mikey. She is his identical twin from another bin. The similarities at first turn them on in a narcissistic kind of way, before they begin to get uncanny and slightly unsettling.
I found the story overall to be very engaging and entertaining. It was well written and the two main characters were believable, they just weren’t my cup of tea. I think it was because they were so believable that I couldn’t relate to them or feel empathetic of their situation. They became real people in my head, that I knew I would never associate with, because of how they treat their friends and interact with other people. I still thought the story was very entertaining and an enjoyable read, but for once I could not sympathize with a main character; purely based on my own personal preferences. I still recommend the book to friends who enjoy characters like Frank, that have very dry humor and break the fourth wall.
Overall I gave F*cking Frank 3/5 stars.

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Can’t Forget (Solum Series Book 2) by Colleen S. Myers – Review by Erin Davidson

Can't Forget (Solum, #2)Can’t Forget by Colleen S. Myers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Can’t Forget is the second installment in Colleen S. Myers’ Solum Series, that takes off right where the first one ends. Elizabeth (Beta) Camden is struggling to understand her memories of the time she was with the E’mani. She’d thought that she had repressed them and lost them for good, until they begin creeoing their way back into her head. Unable to understand then and what the E’mani did to her while she was captive, sends her on the path of revenge to take down the E’mani’s stronghold in the dead of night. If Beta can’t forget her past, she won’t have a future.
It took me awhile to get into this series and enjoy the books, as all the new information is thrown rapidly at the reader, and it takes a minute to orientate yourself. Which can sometimes be an effective writing device, but other times it can feel a bit rushed and things get lost in translation. I found this to be the case for the start, and had to go back and forth to make sure I understood everything clearly and correctly. After I settled in and got the hang of everything I really started to enjoy the series and this book in particular. Marin and Beta’s chemistry together was fantastic and will leave you feeling flushed and giddy. Their tension was very well written and almost had me wanting more. I also enjoyed the creativity that went into writing this series and combination of magic and technology. I thought it was done very well, as it’s not a combination that you see often, or that works well together. But the author definitely proved that wrong.
Overall I gave Can’t Forget 3/5 stars.

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