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Michael’s Heart by Lori Thomas Harrington – Review by Erin Wolf

Michael's HeartMichael’s Heart by Lori Thomas Harrington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Michael’s Heart by Lori Thomas Harrington, 4 stars.

Music is Colbie’s life. She feels so much from it. Besides her daughter, it is the love of her life. But she still feels like a part of her is missing. Then her heart stops after a tragic accident and she meets the man she never realized she needed. She wants to stay with him, but he tells her she has much more to do, she has to go back. Can she thrive with her music and family and friends or is she just waiting for the end?

This was an interesting story. It is very moving, you may be teary-eyed at least a few times. It is also very well written. It is obvious the author poured her heart into this story. You will definitely see things differently once reading this. There is usually a reason people act as they do. You may even learn something you never knew. Colbie is a very strong lead character. She has had much happen to her, but she has survived. As much as I like Colbie, I would love to see more of the other characters that interested me so much in a possible series.

If you like moving books about life and love, this book is for you! But don’t forget the tissues!

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Scarlet Fever (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 1) by David Stever – Review by Erin Wolf

Scarlet Fever: A Crime ThrillerScarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller by David Stever
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Scarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller by David Stever, 5 stars.

Private eye Johnny is floored when his drop-dead gorgeous client walks in. She then gives him a hefty retainer and asks him to find money that was owed to her mother. Of course, it’s not that simple. Turns out this is missing mob money from 30 years ago. Now he has to track down long retired mob guys and runs into trouble along the way. He’s not the only one looking and the others will do anything to get the dough. Will he be able to find it? At what cost?

Ok, first off let me say that I’m a huge fan of the old noir detectives. In fact, I’m listening to a Philip Marlowe radio show as I write this. This book more than met my expectations. It reminds you of the old detectives, but in the modern setting. Having Johnny and his buddies a little older is great too. They are seasoned, have learned from their experiences. And of course there’s the bombshell client. Throw in the mob and you have a complete package. The story is so good and gripping. I could not book the book down. Not to mention the many twists and turns a good detective story should have. The secondary characters are the cherry on top of this sundae. I cannot wait to see them all in the next book. I have a new favorite author thanks to this book!

If you like hard-boiled detective stories with an exceptional story and great characters, this book is for you.

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The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano – Review by Erin Wolf

The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale SeriesThe Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano, 4 stars.

Ommily shows up at the Soppranaturale Hotel and Link immediately feels the pull towards her. But this isn’t possible, is it? Has he finally found another Faerie? He feel so much more around her, and they feel drawn to each other. They are two halves of a whole, created to work together. Circumstances then throw them into the Gaunlet. Can a woman who has just learned what she is and a man who swore to never turn to violence again win against the top ranking team? What will this mean for the future?

This was quite an interesting book. I liked both the main characters and cannot wait to learn more about the secondary characters. They are all so unique and exciting to me. Basing it around a supernatural hotel is also a wonderful idea. I love this concept. It was a very gripping story too. There are many things going on and a few surprises along the way. This seems to be the beginning of a great series and I anxiously await the next book in the series.

If you like supernatural books with action and romance, this book is for you.

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Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency, #5) by Heather Silvio – Review by Erin Wolf

Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency Book 5)Jumping the Shark by Heather Silvio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency Book 5) by Heather Silvio, 4 stars.

Barbara is a demon and mayor of Las Vegas. She has done many things to get and stay in this position, and she is determined to stay at the top. Besides her visions told her this is so, right? But she can no longer trust her interpretation of these visions. Plus there is someone in town who will literally do anything to win the election. Can they be stopped and at if so, at what cost? Will her former lover who reappears in her life give her a second chance? Is that what she really wants?

I have read every book in this series and I love how every one of them is completely different, yet has a feeling of cohesiveness. Barbara is a much more complex character than I ever thought before. The other characters are back too, which makes it even more enjoyable. The storyline is also interesting and intriguing. Is the bad guy who you think? If so, why? You will be kept guessing until the end.

If you enjoy paranormal cozy mystery with romance, I highly recommend this book and series.

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Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1) by Laura Hawks – Review by Erin Wolf

Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1)Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms by Laura Hawks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1) by Laura Hawks, 5 stars.

Mia is a typical teen in high school, she has her own group of friends and she has one main passion – cooking. She’s pretty good at it too, good enough to help her parents put at their soon to open restaurant. Plus, on her 15th birthday, her dad gets arrested and she starts being able to talk with a cat! Can said cat (he says he goes by Gumshoe) help her figure out the mystery behind her dad’s arrest or is everything doomed?

This is a great book! I am leery or YA books because I read too many that don’t appeal to me simply because I am long past that age. After reading the description, I had to pick this book up. Mia is absolutely great. She is level headed and really cares about her family and friends. She does all she can for those in her community. Then there is Gumshoe. I can’t say I’ve met a character like him and I am totally in love with him! The story too is quite interesting. You never really know exactly who is behind it or why until the very end. I like mysteries that keep me guessing. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!

If you like supernatural mysteries with a great teen lead character, this book is for you.

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The Matchmaker’s Match (Man’s Best Friend Book 3) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Erin Wolf

The Matchmaker's Match (Man's Best Friend, #3)The Matchmaker’s Match by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give The Matchmaker’s Match (Man’s Best Friend Book 3) by Nicole Flockton, 4 stars.

Meredith just got out a bad relationship. She decided she doesn’t need a man in her life. However, she sees a sexy man during her layover and decides to go for it. One night stands are not her thing, but it could help get over her ex. Never in a million years would she guess that same man she met in another state would be best man at her best friend’s wedding. And somehow she keeps running into him. Just when she has her life figured out, the powers that be seem to work against her. Is he what she really needs or just another wrench in her plan? And what does he want?

This is a great addition to the series. To be honest, Meredith annoyed me in the beginning of the book. But that is the point and she grows exponentially throughout the book. Lincoln has been a bachelor for so long and has no interest in having kids, but he startd to see things differently when he meets her. He changes in his own way too. The story of the two of them is quite interesting and very realistic. Throw in the dogs, and it gets even better!!

This is a contemporary romance revolving around therapy dogs and I highly recommend it.

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Kingdom of War (Kingdom Journals Volume 4) by Tricia Copeland – Review by Erin Wolf

Kingdom of WarKingdom of War by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I give Kingdom of War (Kingdom Journals Book 4) by Tricia Copeland, 3 stars.
*This review may contain spoilers from previous books in the series.*

This Hunter’s story. The Trinity has been united and now it is Hunter’s time to transition into a full witch. But no one knows just what kind of power he will have. He feels the immense power, plus the new responsibilities he now has. Not to mention the darkness that seems to come with it. But he can not let this stop him. Things are happening and creatures are in danger. He may still be a teenager, but he must do this. He, along with his friends, must travel to find ancient artifacts that will help free the lost souls and work to defeat the evil powers who want to control everything. Will they be able to do it?

This quite an interesting story. This is not a standalone, you must read the other books to understand this one. I will admit, it has been a while since I read the previous books and I had trouble getting back into the story. But the characters were good and the story is quite complex. There is much going on and plenty of twists and turns. This is perfect for the young adult age group, being that the main characters are around 17.

If you are a fan of young adult fantasy, then this book and series is for you.

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A Deal with Death (Crescent City Wolf Pack Book 4) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Erin Wolf

A Deal with Death (Crescent City Wolf Pack, #4)A Deal with Death by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give A Deal with Death (Crescent City Wolf Pack Book 4) by Carrie Pulkinen, 4 stars.

Odette has decided that the best way to live her life is to have complete control over is. So she turns her back on her voodoo religion and never lets her control slip. Until she meets James. This hot werewolf makes her think things she doesn’t want. But she feels so good with him. However, she has bigger concerns. Things are happening in her town that she must help stop. Can she let go of the past and help stop this evil?

This is a great book and nice addition to the series. James and Odette are really good characters and while this fits in with the series, it is different enough to stand on its own. Besides the attraction of the two main characters, the suspense side of the story is quite interesting. I could not put this book down.

If you like paranormal romance with a suspense twist, this book is for you.

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Obsessed (Lila Casey Series Book 1) by J Collins – Review by Erin Wolf

Obsessed: Lila Casey Book 1 (Lila Casey Series)Obsessed: Lila Casey Book 1 by J. Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Obsessed: Lila Casey Book 1 (Lila Casey Series) by J. Collins, 4 stars.

Lila was trying to fight her fear of heights by climbing the stairs in an office building she’s fascinated with. Before she heads back down, she has a panic attack and flees to the closest place to sit down. These aren’t her type of people, but she doesn’t care about that. There she runs into a man whom she can’t stop thinking about. She loves vampire romance and fiction books, is that why she thought she saw fangs? But this is the least of her worries. Turns out there is something even worse after her. Can Adam help her or should she just give up now?

I really enjoyed this book. Lila is a fun, quirky character who really makes this book sensational. But a book can’t rely on that alone. Adam and the secondary characters add variety to this story. The storyline itself has lots of suspense and twists and turns along the way. Lila doesn’t know who to trust or just what to do. I could not put this book down and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

If you like vampire fiction with a quirky main character, this book is for you.

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The Last Dance (The Sorrel Janes Mysteries) by Lonna Enox – Review by Erin Wolf

The Last DanceThe Last Dance by Lonna Enox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give The Last Dance by Lonna Enox, 4 stars.

Sorrel moved to Saddle Gap to start over. She remembers visiting as a kid, and the fact that her aunt left her the house made it seem like the perfect place. No one knows her here and she can finally be safe. But when people start dying shortly after she arrives, police detective Chris starts wondering. Stuff like this doesn’t normally happen in his sleepy town. Is Sorrel guilty? If not is it somehow connected to her? He knows she has secrets, but what does it all mean?

This was a really good suspense novel. I have not read this author before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Sorrel and her cat are great characters, as is Chris. The secondary characters are also so interesting. I would love to see another book with more about this town. The story itself was so good. It harkens back to the Agatha Christie stories and makes for quite a puzzle. You slowly find out what is going on as you get further in, but there are twists coming you will never see. And I was second-guessing the guilty party until the very end.

This is a great suspense/whodunit with an interesting storyline and I highly recommend it.

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