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BLACK BULLET The Order Of The Senary by L.D. ROSE – Review by Gail Guerrero

Black BulletBlack Bullet by L.D. Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

BLACK BULLET The Order Of The Senary by L.D. ROSE

Five Stars

This takes vampires in a new direction. I really enjoyed this story. It was very refreshing to read a vampire story that wasn’t fluffy. There was something intriguing about the way Jon was turned. The author gave each character something unique. They weren’t just vampires but hybrids. Lawan had me in tears. I felt her anguish and relished in her revenge. Normally I cringe at some violence but not this time. I think it takes great skill to write a character that is strong but also fragile. To make them seem unbreakable but also relatable.
Reviewed by @gguerrero89

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Claimed Royalty (Crowned and Claimed Series Book #1) by Betty Shreffler – Review by Angela Hayes

Claimed RoyaltyClaimed Royalty by Betty Shreffler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Claimed Royalty is the first book in the Crowned and Claimed series by Betty Shreffler. This is a little different from the other books of hers that I have read. It is a really great romantic fantasy with some sci-fi elements woven through it. It made for a great change of ‘scenery’ and pace for me- throwing me into a wonderful ‘new’ world to explore- and introducing me to a brilliant cast of quirky characters.
Ms. Shreffler once again proves what a great author she is, by transporting me into an exquisitely detailed world which she crafted so masterfully. She builds such incredible imagery- building beautiful landscapes and weaving vividly descriptive and intricately detailed scenes. From walking the palace halls and grounds , to the excitement and action of the ‘trials’, and even horse riding – were so vivid, that I really felt as if I were right there with Fiora and Matheas as their story played out. Everything came to life before my eyes- in a completely immersive and believable way!
There are a lot of characters, lots of detail, and a lot going on- but everything is stitched together quite smoothly and seamlessly- and was very easy to read. This was such a wonderful, romantic, and sizzlingly hot read. I am never disappointed by anything Ms. Shreffler writes, as I am always completely captivated by her stories and unable to put them down.
This story was a wonderful surprise, and while it was a little slow to get going, the pace soon picked up and I really enjoyed the ride!

Thank you, Ms. Shreffler!

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Light at Dawn by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Robin Rankin

The Light at DawnThe Light at Dawn by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Light at Dawn by K.L Montgomery had me crying from the first chapter and full blown sobbing on and off all the way through. I did manage to smile a few times too. I had to force myself to put this book down just to get the emotions in check and rest my eyes from all of the tears.

Angelia has her heart ripped from her on a day in September and her life will never ever be the same. How she manages to continue to living is beyond me. I don’t know if I could do it if I were faced with what she is.

Mark experiences the same thing only five years later. His experience was harder for me to read without ugly sobbing because of it being his daughter and I am the mother of two girls, one of which is close to the same age.

This book is an absolute must read! I have read several other by Ms. Montgomery and I think this one will be a favorite of mine for a long time. An amazing story that hits all of the different emotions. Stock up on Kleenex before you start.

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Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book #1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Angela Hayes

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3 ½ Stars

Luke is the first book in the Dark Water Security Series by Madison Quinn. This is my first read from Ms. Quinn and just by the synopsis alone, I had pretty high expectations. It wasn’t the intensely dark romantic suspense that I had hoped for- but the story did pull me in and did keep me reading, so I wasn’t entirely disappointed. I would definitely read more of Ms. Quinn’s work in the future (and look forward to reading the rest of this series). The story does have a dark ‘theme’ at it’s core, but it’s written in such a way that the ‘darkness’ is alluded to and not fully detailed.
Luke Simpson, along with his friend Alec run a private security company that not only provides specialist security services for their clients- but they also run a ‘side’ business (which I won’t get into here because it may ruin the story for you)- that plays a big part in the overall storyline. He hasn’t had an easy life, and is tormented by his horrific experience of being kidnapped and held captive as a teenager. Ten years have not been long enough to erase it all from his memory- especially the memories of the young girl held captive with him. If it were not for her, he may not have survived his ordeal- but he carries a heavy burden of guilt and responsibility over her suffering. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t think of her- she’s never far from his mind. But, after finally escaping their hell, he’s never heard from her since.
So, what happens when the new computer specialist that Alec hires, reminds him of the past, of his ‘ray of light’ in the darkness, and of everything they suffered through together. What happens when they need to go undercover and pose as a couple? What happens when secrets are revealed? And what happens when danger comes calling? All these answers, and so much more can be found in the pages of this dramatic story.
I really did feel for the characters, and what they’d been through. My heart ached for them and I would have loved to hug them both. They have quite and intense chemistry that did steam up the screen of my kindle. The suspense was really well done, giving the storyline quite a bit of intensity. But, then it all kind of ’fizzled’ and I was a little disappointed by the final ‘revelation’ of the ‘Stalker’- it was a bit of a let down after such a great build up. I felt it needed to be more explosive/powerful to fit in with all the ‘leadup’. I feel that this issue really prevented the story from achieving its true, epic, potential.
I am intrigued by what Ms. Quinn will do in book #2, due out in March this year- so not too long to wait to find out!

Thank you, MS. Quinn!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore – Review by Jenni Bishop

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

The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore is one heck of a read. All I can say is thank god I do not have a mother-in-law. The book is a suspense with lots of drama and a truly evil and vicious, mother-in-law that is a manipulating, conniving, lying witch. It was a bit slow in the beginning but quickly gained my attention as the story unfolded a few twists and turns along the way. You will either like or hate the characters or have a love/hate relationship with others.

The relationship Brad has with his mother was just weird, almost creepy and I so wanted, no needed, to slap some sense into him. Victoria on the other hand is one brave lady and I admired her will.

The ending was sad but intense and I was a little surprised with some and others I saw coming. All in all it was a quick and interesting read.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Enigma of Life (Enigma #1) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Amber Lange

Enigma of Life (Enigma #1)Enigma of Life by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enigma of Life by Shandi Boyes is a great contemporary romance that really sucked me in. I started reading this and was instantly invested. This was easily a book I could have read in one sitting had I been able to. I loved Isaac and Isabelle and I really liked Harlow. I think I am really going to enjoy this whole series. This is my first book by Shandi but definitely won’t be my last. I loved the writing and characters and the flow of the story. It moved along quite fast and I never got bored. Great story. 5 star rating.

Review by @nerdybrunette456

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Relationship Resuscitation (The Juniper Court Series) by Jennifer Theriot – Review by Debi Kircher

Relationship Resuscitation (The Juniper Court Series)Relationship Resuscitation by Jennifer Theriot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Relationship Resuscitation (The Juniper Court Series) by Jennifer Theriot

5 Stars

I absolutely loved this addition to the Juniper Court Series, I had thought that Power Play would be my favorite in the end, but I’m thinking this one will run right along side it. Each one took a different approach to the empty nest syndrome and while I love them both this one seemed a bit more realistic for me personally. Power Play takes an approach that is like a fantasy for me and although I absolutely love it, my husband and I being empty nesters I can completely see this story being something we would do. I loved the sweetness in this relationship between Phillip and Jayne and the competition aspect made me lol, especially her first go at the competition…That was hilarious!!

I fall more in love with this series with every book I read, and seeing the different sides to some of the same scenes in each book is great…Something else I love about this series is that I’m getting a chance to read new authors..This is my first read by Jennifer Theriot and I love her writing style and the way the story moves so smoothly. I will definitely be looking at what else she has available and look forward to reading more from her!

I can’t wait for the next one in this series, I’m trying to figure out where my house would fit on Juniper Court LOL I love them all and just know I will reread all of these in the future 🙂

Review by @debikircher

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Children Of The Future by Jane Suen – Review by Debi Kircher

Children Of The FutureChildren Of The Future by Jane Suen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Children Of The Future by Jane Suen

5 Stars

I have read all of this authors books and she never ceases to amaze me. Through most of the book you sit scratching your head asking where in the world is she going with this story, savoring every word along the way. This was a quick read, full of content. Not sure how she does it but she can in just a few pages build the best characters and her storylines are always out of this world.

With so much going on in the world today this story was spot on, well maybe not all of it but if you read it you’ll know what I’m talking about. I loved Telly and the part he played and loved how there was enough of a build up that I could use my imagination for his future 🙂 the ending was one I did not see coming…my thought process was way off as it was pretty obvious when the truth came out, but again this author weaves a story that when your done reading you just sit and think for a few minutes.

Thank you Miss Suen for another thought provoking read. I love how she is so unpredictable..you never know what you are gonna get when you open one of her books.

Awesome!!

Review by @debikircher

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Monsters by Melissa Jane – Review by Debi Kircher

MonstersMonsters by Melissa Jane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Monsters by Melissa Jane

5x a million stars

Oh my goodness, I can not even explain how much I loved this book…..Why have I not read anything by this author before, this is a question I can’t answer but something I can definitely change. It all started with the amazingly awesome cover and only got better right from the first paragraph.

What a ride this story was, I loved how the flashbacks to 10 years ago were so perfectly placed and not overdone in any way. Each one served a purpose and was done in the most brilliant way. I loved Gemma, she is now one of my favorite female leads, Even with everything around her crumbling she wasn’t weak and pitiful, it all made her stronger and the minute she decided to take back control I was like holy moly I love this woman!! I don’t know how to explain it but nothing in this story went the way I expected it to, and this is the best thing ever. You start thinking and talking to your characters while your reading telling them to do something, knowing they wont and everything will be made worse because of it, but not this one…Gemma did things before I even had a chance to yell at my kindle telling her to do it.

I’m not going to go into any detail about this book. You have to read it, it is beyond amazing and this author is Brilliant and her talent for telling a story is unmatched. I was emotionally invested in every aspect of this book. There aren’t enough words for me to describe how I loved reading every word…

Many many thanks to Melissa Jane for giving me a couple hours of reading something completely different than my norm and also giving me another favorite author to add to my list!!

I so so so loved this book!!!

Review by @debikircher

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Evanthia’s Gift (The Gift Saga Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Jenni Bishop

Evanthia's Gift (The Gift Saga #1)Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evanthia’s Gift (The Gift Saga Book 1) by Effie Kammenou is​ a beautifully written old fashioned love story and is hard to put down. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride. One minute you are laughing and loving, the next will see you crying and yelling at the characters and wanting to knock some sense into them. There were alot of tears, sometimes in joy, sometimes in frustration and sometimes in heartache. I learnt so much about the Greek way of life and families and history of the war they endured.

If you are looking for beautiful love stories that spans over many years, generation to generation, then Evanthia’s Gift is a must and so is the tissue box!

Reviewed by @jennadb

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