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The Fish that Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro – Review by Felicia Bates

The Fish That Climbed a TreeThe Fish That Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Fish That Climbed a Tree
Kevin Ansbro
5 stars
Before I stumbled across the Fish That Climbed a Tree, I was not familiar with Kevin Ansbro or his writing. I will say, after just one book it is clear this won’t be the only piece of writing I’ll read by Kevin Ansbro.
The Fish That Climbed a Tree is different than many of the books I’ve been reading lately and it was a welcomed change. This book provided humor while painting imagery that was truly thought provoking.
The Fish That Climbed a Tree was a unique story that has the feel of a literary classic. I was intrigued by the title, then the cover, then the synopsis really piqued my interest but the book exceeded all expectations. I am looking forward to read more of this author’s writing.

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Never Let Me Go (Bayou Devils MC Book 6) by A.M. Myers – Review by Felicia Bates

Never Let Me Go (Bayou Devils MC #6)Never Let Me Go by A.M. Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never Let Me Go (Bayou Devils MC Book 6) by A.M. Myers
4 out of 5 stars

It didn’t take me long after starting the Bayou Devils MC series before I realized I loved A.M Myers’ writing. Once I read the blurb for Never Let Me Go, I knew I would have to read book six.
While I really did enjoy the book, something felt different to me. I still can’t really put my finger on it but that being said, I really would recommend this book to fellow readers.
One thing I’ve come to love from these stories is the depth of each character and the relatability each one offers, despite having such different backgrounds. Never Let Me Go is no exception to this.
As always, I’m looking forward to see what other fast paced, original storylines A.M Myers has for readers in the future.

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

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

The Matchmaker’s Match
(Man’s Best Friend Book 3)
Written by Nicole Flockton

4 out of 5 Stars

This is my second or third book I’ve read by this author and I’ve honestly enjoyed every exposure to Nicole’s writing as much as the last. The four legged companions in these stories really do make the books!

The Matchmaker’s Match was a fast paced, relatively short read that had my attention from start to finish. Admittedly, I do have a soft spot for stories about one night stands that don’t quite go as expected. This book was a great escape from the day to day grind.

The books in this series can be read as stand alone stories but they really are great stories, you’ll probably find yourself devouring all three pretty close together! I’m looking forward to more to come from Nicole Flockton!

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Wayward (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 1) by Via Mari – Review by Felicia Bates

Wayward (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 1)Wayward by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wayward (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 1)
Via Mari
4 out of 5 stars

Wayward is not my first experience with Via Mari’s writing, it’s the first of the third series I’ve read. While it isn’t necessary to read all of the books in each series, there are characters that show up throughout each and it’s always fun to see how lives are intertwined.
Via Mari has a talent for crafting hot and steamy chemistry between characters with strong storylines. I used to have a preconceived notion that if a book was sexy it couldn’t have substance too, Via Mari shatters that misconception with each book I read.
I have to say I loved Wayward and it may have been my favorite Via Mari book thus far. I look forward to seeing what more is to come.

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Obsessed (Lila Casey Series Book 1) by J Collins – Review by Felicia Bates

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

Obsessed (Lila Casey Series, book one)
By J. Collins
4 out of 5 stars

Obsessed is the first book I’ve read by this author and despite no prior knowledge, I couldn’t pass it up. I am a sucker for a good vampire story.
Overall, I did enjoy the book and will be looking forward to reading more from this author. There were ups and downs without the story for me, times that I loved the book and other times I felt like there was something just “off” for me.
Obsessed ended up being one of those books that I did read pretty quickly, not one that you let sit and “get back to”. I guess with that being said I would say there were way more good aspects than bad!
If you’re looking for a fun, vampire read that really will make you smile, I do recommend giving this a try.

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Saint Code: Lost: Book Four of the Lucky Devil Series by Megan Mackie – Review By Felicia Bates

Saint Code: Lost: Book Four of the Lucky Devil SeriesSaint Code: Lost: Book Four of the Lucky Devil Series by Megan Mackie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Saint Code: Lost
Megan Mackie
4 stars

Lost is the fourth book I’ve read by Megan Mackie as this is the fourth in this author’s Lucky Devil series.
The Lucky Devil Series is one of those that you realize each story is better than the last. This particular story was similar to others I’ve read in the series in that the storyline flowed well and the excitement was never at a lull.
If you’re looking for a fast paced, action packed, break reality then this is the book for you.

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Shattered (The Torzial Affair Book 1) by Via Mari – Review by Felicia Bates

Shattered (The Torzial Affair Book 1)Shattered by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shattered (the Torzial Affair)
Via Mari
4 out of 5 stars

Shattered is the first book in Via Mari’s Torzial Affair Series, this is the second series I plan on reading from this author. The first I read was great but I actually feel more invested in this one.
Via Mari is great about addressing this before jumping into the novel, but some readers may find subject manner triggering.
We met Jenny in Via Mari’s Prestian Series and she was a character I really took a liking to. I’m thrilled to see we are going to see her story.
Overall I’m impressed all around with this book and excited to see how the series plays out.

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Beachcomber Enemy: a Romantic Thriller (Beachcomber Investigations Book 10) by Stephanie Queen- Review By Felicia Bates

Beachcomber EnemyBeachcomber Enemy by Stephanie Queen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beachcomber Enemy is the tenth book in Stephanie Queen’s Beachcomber Investigations Series.
As I’ve come to expect, the book had a great balance of action and adventure as well as the romantic. Dane and Shana continue to be characters you connect with and their chemistry is enough to keep you gravitating toward this series in itself.
Beachcomber Enemy hit the ground running on page one, something I really enjoy about a good book. Once the book kicked off there weren’t any lulls, the excitement was palpable and the story tlowed extremely nicely. As always, I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Jake the Growling Dog (Jake the Growling Dog Book 1) by Samantha Shannon – Review By Felicia Bates

Jake the Growling DogJake the Growling Dog by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jake the Growling Dog: A Children’s Book about the Power of Kindness, Celebrating Diversity, and Friendship
Written by Samantha Shannon
4 out of 5 stars

I read this book with my almost 3 year old daughter this morning and I am looking forward to reading it with my son a bit later when he wakes up as I feel like the book and the additional pages after about kindness and encouraging empathy will really lead to a great discussion with him.
That being said, my daughter and I enjoyed this book. It kept her attention throughout the whole story and she really enjoyed pointing out the animal friends that Jake encounters along the tale. When asked at the end of the story her favorite part, she excitedly exclaimed, “Jake!”
Since this is a children’s book and I was reading the words out loud I did have some parts of the book that didn’t seem to flow correctly, I think I became accustomed to pages that rhymed and if there was a segment that didn’t, the flow felt awkward. Regardless, this isn’t something that would impact the book for a child. It was a story with a great message and I’m sure we will be reading it several more times in our household.

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BECKONED, Part 6: Adrift in New Zealand by Aviva Vaughn – Review by Felicia Bates

BECKONED, Part 6: Adrift in New ZealandBECKONED, Part 6: Adrift in New Zealand by Aviva Vaughn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beckoned, Part 6: Adrift in New Zealand
Aviva Vaughn
5 out of 5 stars

I can not think of a better early birthday gift than the release of the final book in the Beckoned series. I can not even begin to describe to you how invested I am in these books. I’ve read several books over the past two years and this series, Aviva Vaughn’s writing has stuck with me significantly. Beckoned: Adrift in New Zealand brings us to the end of Soren’s journey. When I began the Beckoned series from very beginning, Soren was not a character I was deeply invested in, I am so thankful that the series continued to show us his story and the character growth that he experiences throughout the pages. I’ve probably said it close to a million times but there is a quality in Aviva Vaughn’s writing that is almost poetic, it touches just about every emotion I have.
I truly look forward to reading more from this author. She’s crafted another five star read.

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