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

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

I give Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn, 4 stars.

Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan struggles. There are many things holding him back. He feels like he is just playing a role. Until the vicious murders begin in their quiet little town. The first one is labeled a dog attack, but William has his doubts. He has a feeling there’s more to it. Can he discover what is really going on before even more bodies turn up? Or is it just his imagination, like everyone else seems to think?

This a suspense book like nothing I have read before. It is not what you think. It is very obvious from the beginning that William is quite broken. Everything he lived for is gone. But he still wants to serve and protect. So he tries to put aside his troubles for the better of his town. The story itself has William learning many things, taking him deeper into the mystery. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, guessing what it really going on until the end.

If you like suspenseful stories, this book is for you.

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

The Mother-in-LawThe Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore, 4 stars.

Victoria can’t believe what she just did. She got married to a man she’s only known about a month — in Vegas no less! But there is something about Brad. She fell in love with him right away and goes with her instinct. So she says I Do, quits her job and packs up her former life to move across the country to Florida. She knows Brad has a son and a mother and she is anxious to meet them both. She quickly realized that she jumped in without looking. Brad’s mother is a piece of work. She can’t seem to let Brad go. Is it just the pain of him some belonging to someone else? Or does go much deeper than that?

This was an interesting book. I have to admit, I didn’t know just what to expect. The “evil mother-in-law” has been done many times. But this book does it with a twist. I can’t really say too much without giving anything away, but the ending was surprising and yet satisfying too. The characters were very realistic. I could them being a family I read about in the newspaper.

A suspenseful, gripping story, I highly recommend this book.

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PLAYER by Pamela Dumond – Review by Erin Wolf

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela Dumond, 4 stars.

Evie is an escort that gets paid lots of money to help men with their problems. But it wasn’t always this way. She needed money fast so she did what she had to take care of her mom and sister. This is the story of when things finally turned for her. It all started with Dylan. A man who wanted a girl on his arm for the high stakes poker tournament. But what he needed was much more than that. He was broken and empath Evie was just the girl to help him. She had to at least try, didn’t she? Was he also going to steal her heart in the process?

This was quite an interesting book. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect since this author is new to me. It was incredible. As soon as I started it, I could not put it down. Evie is such an intriguing main character. An empathic escort is something that I never even heard of in a book and this was refreshing to me. Some story angles have been done man times, but this on definitely breaks the mold. The story grips you from the start. There is heartache — deep rooted grief and heartache. But there is also fun and laughter. And hot and heavy scenes too. I cannot wait to see what the next book has in store. Evie is a new favorite character of mine.

If you like romances on the edgy side, with a bit of darkness thrown in, this book is for you.

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Awakening of a Soul Keeper by Brienne Dubh – Review by Erin Wolf

Awakening Of A Soul Keeper - Prequel to the Soul Keeper SeriesAwakening Of A Soul Keeper – Prequel to the Soul Keeper Series by Brienne Dubh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Awakening Of A Soul Keeper: Prequel To The Soul Keeper Series by Brienne Dubh, 4 stars.

Theodora’s husband just got a wonderful advancement in his career, working for an infamous man. So they go to a club to party and celebrate. And that is where it all goes wrong. She’s starts feeling things she has never felt before. Then she is told things she cannot fathom. Her husband’s boss is not human but a soulless vampire. And she is supposedly his soul keeper. This is all too crazy to be true, right?

This seems like a good introduction to a new series. I cannot wait to see where the next book leads us. I do like both Theodora and Lyzander. They are both very strong characters each themselves, but they are forced to be together. This is a new take on vampires, who, let’s face it, have flooded the book industry. I very much enjoyed this aspect to it. The action in the story too is pretty good. You are thrown into it after a brief introduction to Theodora and it does not really stop. Not to mention a few surprises thrown in for good measure.

I thoroughly enjoyed this supernatural book and cannot wait to see where this story will go next.

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The Progeny Assassin by P.A. Wikoff – Review by Erin Wolf

The Progeny Assassin: A Tarnished Lands StoryThe Progeny Assassin: A Tarnished Lands Story by P.A. Wikoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give The Progeny Assassin: A Tarnished Lands Story (Forgotten Woods Book 2) by P.A. Wikoff, 4 stars.

Lara is so tired of her master. Nothing she ever does is good enough. Sometimes it feels like she just can’t take it any more. But her and her master are the only feathered folks left. Then one day, her master heads out to clean up one of Lara’s “messes”. This is unprecedented. Master never leaves the house. To make matters worse, she doesn’t come back. Lara finally decides to go out and look for her. She is smart and old enough, she can take care of herself. Leaving with only a weapon she created herself, the things her master has taught her, and her wild imagination, she sets out on a journey unlike one she could ever have imagined.

This is a great young adult fantasy book. Although not human, Lara resonates with most teens. They think they are ready for it all, but they really aren’t. Not that they will admit it. The story itself is great. The things met along the way, the things she learns, will enrich her knowledge. And the detail you come to expect in high fantasy is here in spades.

I highly recommend this book. Reading book one is not necessary to understand this one, but I do think it should be read because it is so good.

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Hope’s Defeat by Angela McPherson – Review by Erin Wolf

Hope's Defeat (The Fated #3)Hope’s Defeat by Angela McPherson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Hope’s Defeat (The Fated Book 3) by Angela McPherson, 4 stars.
**This review contains spoilers from previous books in the series.**

The evil darkness now took over Blain. Trinity doesn’t know what to do anymore. She promised to never stop. But so many Watchers have died trying to rescue him. So she decides to take matters into her own hands. But it’s not that easy. Melia was nothing compared to the new evil that is lurking. Cronus. An evil god who was locked away and now wants to come back and take over. But will Trinity give him what he wants just to get Blain back? If she does, then what?

I have enjoyed this series and this book is no exception. Trinity has really stepped up to take on the responsibilities required of her. But she still struggles. She is tired of everything getting worse. This makes her real and likable because she is not perfect. Her family and friends really play parts in this too. They have to accept what she really is and her role in all this. The people are what make this book and series. But the story is great too. One enemy has been defeated, but there is one even worse. A god. And the other gods cannot and will not help. This was an interesting addition to this book.

Overall, this was a great book and I highly recommend it to young adult and older lovers of fantasy and urban fantasy who also enjoy a strong female lead character.

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The Confectioner’s Truth by Claire Luana – Review by Erin Wolf

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

I give The Confectioner’s Truth (Confectioner Chronicles Book 3) by Claire Luana, 5 stars.
**This review contains spoilers from previous books in the series.**

It seems like nothing will be right again. Wren has fought to be where she is today, but where has it brought her? Betrayed by a good friend. While another lays dead from something Wren encouraged. And the man she loves — gone from her and she doesn’t know where — or if he’s even alive. She can’t do this anymore. But the new king may just be even worse than the previous. There is a dark plot going on, destroying what little left Wren holds dear. Can she find the strength to help stop it? Does she even want to try? Or should she just flee?

This series has been absolutely amazing. And this, the conclusion, is no different in that regard. Each book seems to have gotten darker and this is definitely the darkest one yet. There is so much despair, especially in the beginning of the book. But there is also action and love amongst the heartbreak. Not to mention the characters. Many of them are back from the previous books. And the growth they have all gone through is astounding. Some for better, some for worse. Some seem lost, others find their true meaning. Plus there are new characters we meet, both ones we love and ones we hate. Some, we’re not sure about just yet.

Yes, this is the conclusion to this series and is does not disappoint in that aspect. It does bring us a certain kind of closure. But my heart breaks, because I really want to see so much more of this world. Dear author, can we please see more of this wonderful world?

For those lovers of fantasy in a world of action and twists and turns, I highly recommend this whole series.

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Fatal Legislation: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Erin Wolf

Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler
*This review may contain spoilers from book one.*

Karina is back and finding herself in the middle of it again. When one of the senators opposes a bill she is lobbying, she wants to know why. While talking to him outside, he literally dies right in front of her. The FBI thinks it was murder and that she could be a suspect. Apparently someone else thinks she may know something as her house is broken into. Not one to ignore her curiosity, Karina decides to find out more about the things that have been happening. Who is behind it? For what purpose? How far does it go?

This is a good political suspense/mystery book. Karina is the main character again, now with her current boyfriend, Mike. She is getting into trouble and needs the help of her friends. It is interesting to see the relationships evolve from book one. Quite a few of them play bigger roles in this book. The story itself involves the political end of things much more than the first one. I didn’t realize that and it took me a little bit to get into it. But the action really speaks for itself and the further you get, the more compelling it is. There are many things that happen that I didn’t see coming.

If you like political suspense/mystery books, I highly recommend this. I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to read book one first, but you will understand this one better if you do.

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Snatching Dianna (Feisty Lawyers Series, #1) by Seelie Kay – Review by Erin Wolf

Snatching Dianna (Feisty Lawyers, #1)Snatching Dianna by Seelie Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Snatching Dianna (Feisty Lawyers Book 1) by Seelie Kay, 4 stars.

Law student Dianna goes missing one morning after jogging. Professor and former undercover agent Janet is alerted to the problem. Some of the details sound all too familiar. It sounds like a slave trafficking racket Janet worked a while back. She thought they broke them up. The more they discover, the deeper they go. Can they rescue the missing student? Or will they be too late?

This was an interesting book. The story was intriguing and the characters were quite good. The only thing was that I felt like I was thrown into the middle of a series. I felt confused for a bit until they got into the search more. But this could have just been me. However, I really did enjoy this book and hope to see more in this series.

If you like a thriller with some hot and heavy scenes, you should pick up this book.

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Claiming Her Mates by Dia Cole – Review by Erin Wolf

Claiming Her Mates (Claiming Her Mates #1)Claiming Her Mates by Dia Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Claiming Her Mates: Book One: (A paranormal shifter romance series) by Dia Cole, 4 stars.

Havana is just surviving. She never thought she would be stripping for a living, but it’s what she knows and she’s good at it. When a possible epidemic breaks out, she doesn’t know what to make of it. Then to make matters worse, three men who are hot enough to melt the North Pole walk into the club looking for her. They want to take her away, to safety they claim. Then they say they are doing this at her ex’s request. Should she really go with them? Is it really that bad? What does her lying creep of an ex want with her? And why is it she wants all three of the men who came for her? What happened to her resolve?

This is a great beginning to a series. It features many things that promise to be a hot and exciting series. I really like Havana. Down on her luck and no one to celebrate the holidays with, she is disheartened. But the men arrive, bringing excitement and possibilities with them. The men are great too. Each one is different but all appealing in their own way. Even if you are not big on multiple partners, you can understand where Havana is coming from. Although there is the constant struggle of each of the characters and their feelings, there is also the action of what is happening to those with virus. Plus the men having to obey both their alpha male and the sadistic Alpha female.

A hot paranormal romance with multiple partners, I highly recommend this book to those not afraid to read something different.

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