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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Erin Wolf

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders, 4 stars.

This is a great anthology, but I would like to focus on Reconstructed Heart by K.L. Montgomery. The story is very unique, not something I imagined when I started it. It shocks you right away, and then throws the main characters for a loop. Trey is devastated by what he finds out when he responds to a call, and he doesn’t know how to fix it. He also has feelings for a fellow cop, but they feel so wrong given the circumstances. Not to mention he doesn’t feel worthy of her. The struggle for him is quite clear. But Jenna does not give up. She sees something in him. This is a very emotional story, have some tissues on hand just in case. I don’t know how the author wrote this without tears in her eyes. But at the same time, you feel attraction between these two, and a pull that’s more than just sex. For a shorter story, it really is complex.

But this is just one amazing story from this book. If you enjoy your romances on the hot side, and like to read about first responders, this book is definitely for you.

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Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Erin Wolf

Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3)Fire & Ice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Fire & Ice (Spicetopia Book 3) by Phoebe Alexander, 5 stars.

I have read all the books in the series, and this book exceeded my expectations for this, the next book. First, the main characters are wonderful. Neve, the man whose heart has hardened from precious experiences, vows never to love again. But he seems unable to resist the pull towards this woman who has been driving him crazy — and not in a good way. Then there is Enya, a very outspoken woman who has led a fairly boring life when it has come to men. But Neve shows her things wild and extremely enticing. And just may have taken her heart too.

Besides the attraction between Neve and Enya, there is also the mystery surrounding the adult amusement park they both work at, Spicetopia. If you have been reading the previous books (not necessary, but I highly recommend it), you will know how hard everyone has worked to make this park a reality. But someone seems to be sabotaging everything they have worked for. And Neve and Enya just may be caught in the middle. This storyline made the book so much better. Yes, the romance is great in itself, but the suspense pushed it right over the edge to spectacular.

This author has such a wonderful way with words and weaves a take of sex, romance, suspense and even some sadness, while creating such memorable characters in the process. Not a very long book, I finished it in one sitting. A book definitely meant for adults only, this is not a book for those who do not like to read about BDSM and such things. If this does not bother you, I highly recommend this book.

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Ricochet by Kathryn Berla – Review by Erin Wolf

RicochetRicochet by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Ricochet by Kathryn Berla, 5 stars.

I didn’t know what to expect with this book. It was a little confusing at first with the four characters with similar names, but I quickly caught on where it was going and was pleasantly surprised. The premise of the book is like nothing I have ever read, having 4 different versions of the same character in parallel universes. But each one is unique in their own way, but there are similarities too. I really enjoyed comparing them and also seeing who has what in common. The author essentially made 4 main characters, each with their own world and secondary characters. In my opinion, she did a wonderful job of this, it could have easily gotten confusing. I really would love to learn more of each of the versions, they were great. And it was hard to pick a favorite, I liked them all for different reasons.

But there’s more than just the girls. In their own way, each one discovers more about their family. Some knew parts, others knew nothing. Their search leads them into trouble though. This is a YA scifi book, but it’s so much more too. It’s about discovering who you are and what you will do, the importance of loved ones, and finding the perfect balance. There is love, suspense, action, and some parts that will make you quite sad.

Overall, this is a well-rounded book and I highly recommend it.

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Stalking the Stalker (Valley View Mysteries Book 2) by Laura Hawks – Review by Erin Wolf

Stalking the StalkerStalking the Stalker by Laura Hawks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Stalking the Stalker (Valley View Mysteries Book 2) by Laura Hawks, 5 stars.

This is a great mystery whodunit that caught me by surprise in the beginning and kept surprising me the whole way through. First off, it leads with the death first. I love this concept. The author does not draw things out, making us wait. Boom, murder first. Then we go back in time leading up to the murder, then finally afterwards and the investigation. If have read mysteries like this before, some of them where not nearly as clean as this one. But the author does this so well. The victim herself wasn’t really innocent and became someone most people couldn’t even imagine. Now it comes to the suspects. The more Detective Mitchell looks into it, the higher the suspect list becomes.

A whodunnit at heart, there is also possible love blossoming along the way to make this even more intriguing. The people are great too, every one different, and many have motives. I didn’t guess who it was until the end. This is also the type of book that makes you feel torn about the victim. Yes, she was murdered, but she was doing some pretty crazy things. But was she really crazy or did something drive her to it? I believe you could sit down and argue about her for a long time. Which again, make this book all the better.

A shorter read, I finished this book in one night. If you are a fan of whodunit mysteries, this book is definitely for you. I cannot wait to read the next one.

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Hope (Feisty Lawyers Series Book 4) by Seelie Kay – Review by Erin Wolf

Hope (Feisty Lawyers Book 4)Hope by Seelie Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Hope (Feisty Lawyers Book 4) by Seelie Kay, 4 stars.

If you have read the previous books, you have met a younger Hope. I really like the progression of this character. She is a bit overconfident, but not a snob about it. She just hates to fail. The other characters in this series are back too, and they are just as great as you expect. The are real people, not just background placement.

The story is wonderful too. While we have have read about the different relationships and people of this secret group (if you have been following the series), the author yet again makes this one different from the others, showing us Hope in training and putting her in a situation different than we’ve seen before. There is much going on here for a shorter book, you will not be able to put it down.

The fourth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, but you will experience more if you read them all. This book has it all — sex, action, humor, the importance of family, and the adage to save those needing saving.

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Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan Book 1) by Paige L. Christie – Review by Erin Wolf

Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan, #1)Draigon Weather by Paige L. Christie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Draigon Weather (The Legacies of Arnan Book 1) by Paige L. Christie, 4 stars.

This a fantasy story focusing around Cleod and Leiel. It starts out in Cleod’s life in his present day, but goes back and forth to their childhoods, starting around the time they first met. It slowly shows in great detail how each one of them grows and the paths they chose throughout their lives. There are many hardships and sad times, they become people they never imagined. The story is very moving. You feel Cleod’s determination to keep his promise while is young, and his guilt as an older adult. Leiel’s story is heartwrenching. The ones who are supposed to love her instead hate her. She could give up and let it break her, but instead she hides her time. Then things become clear that she never imagined.

The places and events are described so well, you feel like you are part of the story. While I have read stories involving dragons, I have not read one quite like this. The concept is unique and interesting, another reason I could not put the book down.

If you enjoy fantasy stories showcasing two people who strive to do one thing, but end up destined for something else, this book is for you.

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Erin Wolf

Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas #1)Chicken Scratch by Becki Willis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) Becki Willis, 5 stars.

This is an author I have not read before, but I quite enjoy cozy mysteries and the story looked interesting so I thought I would give it a try. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. Having it set around chicken house/chicken farming is unique and not something I have seen in a cozy mystery before. That is big here in Southern Delaware and a coworker of mine actually has some chicken houses, so I was pleasantly surprised that I could easily follow along. The author has obviously either had experience with this or has done lots of research. That speaks highly to me of the author.

But there is much more to this book than that. We have a gruesome death discovered, a family relocation from the city to a very small town, and former love interests thrown in to boot. This book has something for everyone. The characters are great, they feel like people I would want to know in the real world. Madison herself struggles with trying to make ends meet while also making sure her kids are happy. When she is thrown into the middle of a murder investigation, she feels like she has to help. But she doesn’t realize the danger she is putting herself into.

A cozy mystery with a compelling, unique story and very lovable characters, this is a book I highly recommend.

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler – Review by Erin Wolf

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery, #3)Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler, 5 stars.

This is one of those series where I forget just how good it is until I pick up the next book. I absolutely love Karina. She is fun, quirky, real, has a big heart and so likeable. I would love to have her as a best friend. This time, she tries to stay out of things but gets pulled in by her sister. You can’t say no family. But she has learned from her past experiences. She asks for help from the guys at Silverthone Security. These guys are great too, I would love to see more about each of them — maybe a book dedicated to them? Karina, her sister, and the security guys try to get to the bottom of things to find who is really guilty and just what is really going on.

Besides the characters, the story itself is so compelling. It begins when Katrina’s sister Jillian attends a fashion show with her coworker. The night ends abruptly when the coworker is accused of stealing diamonds and arrested. Now they have to figure out if she is guilty, not to mention prove it. This would be enough for some mystery/suspense books. But wait, there’s more! They later discover something even more sinister is going on and find themselves thrown right into it. There were a few times I thought the book may soon be over, only to realize there was much more to go. The the author switching gears on us and leading us in a different direction is done so smoothly and so effectively it kept me from putting the book down.

I highly recommend this series and book to those who like real, strong female characters in their whodunnit/suspense books.

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From The Ashes: a gripping psychological thriller (Ashes to Ashes Book 3) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Erin Wolf

From The Ashes (Ashes to Ashes, #3)From The Ashes by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give From The Ashes – a gripping psychological thriller (Ashes to Ashes Book 3) by Rowena Holloway, 4 stars.
**This review may contain spoilers from previous books in the series.**

Charlotte had her career and life go up in smoke. Now she has decided to follow some possible leads and check out a brain injury clinic. The best way for her to do that it to get a job there. In reality, she needs the paycheck as much as she needs to find the truth. But the more she digs, the deeper the mystery appears. Plus it seems to tie into someone she can’t stop thinking about — Tyrone. Who is behind all the mysterious deaths? Can Charlotte get to the bottom of it in time? Are the people around her really what they seem?

The conclusion to this series, this is a superb book. It leads you off with the ending, then you go back and forth in the viewpoints of the different characters, following both what happens to lead up to the event and what happens directly after. The story is very gripping, you want to just who is to blame for everything, and I admit, I did not know until the end. Charlotte is a great character, she wants to know what is going on, but at the same time, she feels for these patients. Then there are the other people for whom we see viewpoints. Each and everyone different, but real. You are held on the edge of your seat until they can find out just who did it and why. I love this type of book.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, this series and book are for you.

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Hang On To Your Shirt Tails (Chasing Tails Book 2) by C.A. King – Review by Erin Wolf

Hang On To Your Shirt Tails (Chasing Tails Book 2)Hang On To Your Shirt Tails by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Hang On To Your Shirt Tails (Chasing Tails Book 2) by C.A. King, 4 stars.
**This review contains spoilers from book one. **

Tails and Brodie are now living peacefully in the middle of nowhere, away from everyone to keep their adopted children safe. They are happy, but they know this peacefulness cannot last forever. When issues and discontent arise with their children, they are put back into the path of danger. Their goal is to keep their children safe — at all costs. They will do whatever it takes, but little do they know just how dire the situation is. With some help from unexpected places, can they escape? What is the price they have to pay?

I really enjoyed book one and was interested to see where this book would go. It went in a different direction than I was expecting, focusing more on a couple of the children than just Tails and Brodie. I liked this idea, it showed me things from a different perspective. Of course, the parents still play major roles too, so you don’t feel like it is a completely new series. I like the growth shown in the characters, especially the one child (I don’t want to give anything away, so I am withholding names). The story itself has action almost from the beginning so you are pulled in right away and kept in suspense until the end of the book.

Not a very long book, it shouldn’t take you long to read it. There is so many possibilities with future books, I anxiously await the next one. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, I highly recommend this book and series.

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