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Devil’s Breath by Lang Johnson – Review by Felicia Bates

Devil's BreathDevil’s Breath by Lang Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first picked up this novel. This was a new to me author and not a genre I read frequently. I was drawn in by the synopsis and I stayed for a fierce female main character. I can’t recall ever reading a book where the female lead was the assassin and the “role reversal” didn’t disappoint.
This book had a little bit of everything, action, suspense, spice but it also had a lot of depth not only within the storyline but the characters as well, especially Sera.
I would genuinely recommend this book. You’re in for a ride from start to finish.

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Burned by Fire (Firehouse 13 Book 4) by Danielle Jacks – Review by Felicia Bates

Burned by Fire (Firehouse 13, #4)Burned by Fire by Danielle Jacks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Burned by Fire is the first book I’ve read by this author. It was a short and an easy read, one that I found myself picking up in little crevices throughout my day.
I have to admit I was not a big fan of Sol as a character, I had a hard time connecting and sympathizing with him. Ember on the other hand, was a great main character. She was meant to be young at age 21 but she was mature and reasonable.
I enjoyed that the author alternated between perspectives throughout the book.
There were times where I was uncertain how much time had lapsed and I felt a bit lost but I attributed this to sporadically picking up the book.
Overall, I appreciated the storyline and would recommend the book to others.

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Caring for Kingsley, Believing in a Better Way When Canine Cancer Comes Crashing Into Your World by Alli Eldridge – Review by Felicia Bates

Caring for Kingsley, Believing in a Better Way When Canine Cancer Comes Crashing Into Your WorldCaring for Kingsley, Believing in a Better Way When Canine Cancer Comes Crashing Into Your World by Alli Eldridge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can write anything I want about this book- the writing style, the author but the main thing that comes to mind is how absolutely therapeutic it must have been to get this story out on paper. I am one of the few that consider themselves “not a dog lover”. I have a hard time wrapping my head around loving a pet as if they were my own blood for them to leave me too soon. The story of Kingsley and the love he was shown reminds me of why so many find the journey worth it. This was a tough read for obvious reasons but a story of hope and love all the same. There were times that the author repeated herself- I don’t say this as a criticism, it made the writing feel more authentic, as if we were talking about the experience over coffee or a friendly visit.
I could go on and on about various aspects or personal thoughts but I’ll leave you with the recommendation that you should read this with the expectation that your heart will break and simultaneously warm with hope.

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Finding Starlight (Quimby Grove Book 1) by Shannon Nikole – Review by Felicia Bates

Finding Starlight (Quimby Grove #1)Finding Starlight by Shannon Nikole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was drawn to this book initially because I LOVED the cover. Secondly, I don’t was intrigued by the synopsis, as intended. The book itself did not disappoint. I felt the author’s writing was strong from the very beginning. I didn’t notice that the author spent too much time focusing on description yet at the same time, felt like I had been within the pages myself. Both main characters were fantastic. The kind of people you find yourself rooting for, just like an old friend. The storyline was not always light and fluffy and I felt the author navigated some heavy, darker topics that may be triggering to some, very well. I really can’t say enough about this book, I am so excited to see what more the author has in store.

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As Close to Perfect by Maria Jane – Review by Felicia Bates

As Close to PerfectAs Close to Perfect by Maria Jane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Close to Perfect was a fun, fast paced read that really showed the trials and tribulations of the dating world. I really liked Bree as a main character and felt that above all else, she was relatable. Who hasn’t had “enough” bad experiences to swear they’re “never” doing that again? I really enjoyed the growth of Bree throughout the storyline and the way the author’s writing just flowed. While this is a part of a series, I thought it read really well as a standalone and I never had difficulty keeping up. I would definitely recommend this book, especially as the summer months are coming and everyone is looking for a good beach read!

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Collateral Damage (Mafia Elite Series Book 6) by Amy McKinley – Review by Felicia Bates

Collateral Damage: A Second Chance Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite Book 6)Collateral Damage: A Second Chance Mafia Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was really looking forward to reading this book and as of right now, I would call it my favorite in the series. I was really looking forward to read more about Trey, I feel like he is such a multidimensional character with all he’s been through and I have a soft spot for him. I feel like the medical/surgeon aspect has not been done in many (or at least any I’ve read) Mafia novels. As a nurse myself, I’m always drawn to plots or characters involving the medical field. As much as I loved Trey, I feel that Hailey is just as strong and relatable as a character. The book (or series) is a must read. Never short of excitement, strong characters and a stronger plot. I’d strongly recommend this novel.

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The Scent of Gardenias by Lorraine Haas – Review by Felicia Bates

The Scent of GardeniasThe Scent of Gardenias by Lorraine Haas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could probably count the number of historical or historical women’s fiction I’ve read in my life, on just one hand. When I stumbled across The Scent of Gardenias, I fell in love with the cover and couldn’t help but give it a chance. I really fell in love with the story pretty quickly. The author really told the story with such imagery that I felt like it was my vivid memories being retold. I loved the range emotion that I felt while reading and I felt personally connected to Margaret as I watched her navigate through life. I would highly recommend this book, even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of historical fiction.

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The Last Cabin Girl (Detective Josie Thompson Series) by Tom Swyers – Review by Felicia Bates

The Last Cabin GirlThe Last Cabin Girl by Tom Swyers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven’t read anything by this author before stumbling across this novel. While I wasn’t sure what to expect from the author’s writing style, I was optimistic as the synopsis intrigued me and the book fit my “preferred genre”. I am pleased to say the book did NOT disappoint and I look forward to reading more from this author in the near future. There are so many aspects of this story that I loved. I was drawn into the storyline from the very start and not once would I say my interest wavered. I really appreciated that the pandemic was a part of the storyline, especially since this is the first book I’ve read that incorporates it. I liked the writing style very much. I usually enjoy when books flash back or use letters to give us a bigger picture, so I really appreciated that the author included journal entries throughout. The writing was really strong with just enough of that element of suspense throughout. I would give this book 4 stars, from the well written plot to the depth of characters.

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Ruthless Heir (Mafia Elite Book 5) by Amy McKinley – Review by Felicia Bates

Ruthless Heir: An Enemies to Lovers Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite, #5)Ruthless Heir: An Enemies to Lovers Mafia Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have really grown to be a big fan of this author, or so I thought. It wasn’t until recently that I stumbled across this series. I was happy to learn that even though I picked up several books in, it was easy to follow along the storyline. It read well as a stand-alone. I would be curious to read more from this series and learn more backstory from supporting characters. I felt like the writing is really strong with a fast storyline. Of all things, Summer was my favorite part of this book. She is a strong, likable character. I would definitely recommend this book to others and I look forward to
starting this series from the beginning.

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The Sound of Murder (Musical Murder Mystery Series) by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Felicia Bates

The Sound of MurderThe Sound of Murder by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been a long time since I read something by this author but I wasn’t disappointed. I loved this cozy mystery. It had humor, great characters and of course- mystery. It was a really quick read but a lot of enjoyment. The storyline flew by and I couldn’t put it down. A great escape from reality… Five stars from me!

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