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Face the Fire (Moore Family Saga Book 5) by Michele Sims – Review by Felicia Bates

Face the FireFace the Fire by Michele Sims
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Face the Fire was the first book I’ve read by this author and I jumped right into the series in book five. The synopsis describes this as a standalone and I really never felt
lost while reading without any prior knowledge of the series. I thought that the characters were truly strong and well written. I liked Bella and felt as though she was as relatable woman. She was emotionally strong and outspoken and I admired that. This book was not as fast paced as I had hoped it would read for me but the attention to detail was really there. The scenarios and conversations between characters played out in my mind like scenes from a movie. To me, that’s always the proof of strong writing. Overall, the genre itself was out of my norm, but I would definitely be open to reading more in the future.

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Swipe Right to Bite (New Orleans Nocturnes Book 6) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Felicia Bates

Swipe Right to Bite (New Orleans Nocturnes, #6)Swipe Right to Bite by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Swipe Right to Bite was a cleverly fun read from start to finish. I love a book that has me smiling ear to ear and this stand alone read had that and more. The storyline was unique and fun all the while fast paced. This is the first book I’ve read out of the New Orleans Nocturne series and not once did I feel confused or out of place. I am definitely interested in reading more from this author/series in the future.

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Fall to Pieces by Becky Flade – Review by Felicia Bates

Fall to PiecesFall to Pieces by Becky Flade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Several years ago I read a book series about a male detective haunted by his past and trying to outrun his demons. I absolutely loved it. Something about Fall to Pieces brings me back to that series and it thrills me to know that the main character in this dangerous read is a female. In a genre that could be so overdone this storyline remained unique to me, and I really admire the author’s writing for that. While it sounds unoriginal to say, this book hooked me from page one as I patiently awaited for Lexi’s story to unravel. I have read so many great books in the recent past but this one really reminded me of my love for the romantic suspense genre and my need to dive deeper into it again. This is without a doubt a 5 star read in my eyes.

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Practically Pagan – An Alternative Guide to Magical Living by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Felicia Bates

Practically Pagan - An Alternative Guide to Magical LivingPractically Pagan – An Alternative Guide to Magical Living by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a spiritual person, the title of the book piqued my interest. Right before stumbling upon it, I found myself browsing the aisles of my local bookstore loading up on pens, journals and looking for that perfect book that would resonate. I really appreciated the author’s view and personal tie in the information she offered throughout the book’s pages. Some of the suggestions and points surrounding magic in your everyday life were things that I had promised myself I would start being more mindful of. The timing of this book couldn’t have been more perfect and I highly recommend it to those looking for a daily dose of subtle magic.

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Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? by Susan J Berger Illustrator: KC Snider – Review by Felicia Bates

Mom, Is There a Santa Claus?Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? by Susan J. Berger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Every year the spirit of Santa enters the hearts and minds of people willing to listen.”

I am 32 years old and it is hard to convince me there is no such thing as Santa. I’ve been fortunate enough in my short life to have seen so many instances where the spirit of Christmas and the kindness of others has kept the hope alive for me. I think this is why Mom, is There a Santa Clause was such a big hit for me. I loved the way Lucas’ mom kept his dream alive so that Lucas could do the same for his younger siblings and classmates. My children are still young enough to be swept away by the magic of believing but this is the perfect book for that “stage” in life when they’re no longer so sure. This book kept a sentimental smile on my face throughout each page (and maybe got me a touch emotional too).

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A Sweet Christmas: A Sweet Confections Novella by Nicole Richards – Review by Felicia Bates

A Sweet ChristmasA Sweet Christmas by Nicole Richard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As soon as the end of October/ beginning of November comes around I am in Christmas mode. My favorite part about the holiday approaching is reading a good, wholesome holiday romance. Think made for TV movie, in book form. I loved this novella from start to finish. It truly had everything I’ve come
to love in a holiday romance, cute, relatable characters, a believable storyline and a strong writing style. It isn’t often I find myself liking both main characters, I often find female main characters as needy or over the top, this wasn’t the case in this storyline. This is a new author to me so as always I didn’t quite know what to expect. She exceeded my expectations and I look forward to looking into her writing more in the future.

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Come Back Tomorrow (Embrace Tomorrow Duet Book 1) by Amy Argent – Review by Felicia Bates

Come Back Tomorrow (Embrace Tomorrow, #1)Come Back Tomorrow by Amy Argent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Come Back Tomorrow is the first book I’ve read by Amy Argent and I look forward to reading more in this series. While the storyline was raw and emotional ( not unlike I was expecting) it was really well written and engaging. I think when I got into this book I was anticipating a companionship less like a romantic relationship. While this story did not play out like I was anticipating, the characters were as heartwarming and relatable as I had hoped. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that wants to read something resembling an emotional roller coaster (in all the best ways). This was a great start to a new to me series and a greater introduction to a new to me, author.

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Snowflakes & Stockings (A Wilton Hills Christmas Book 4) by Marianne Rice – Review by Felicia Bates

Snowflakes & Stockings (A Wilton Hills Christmas, #4)Snowflakes & Stockings by Marianne Rice
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, despite Snowflakes and Stockings being the fourth book in the Wilton Hills Christmas series. I am a sucker for a good holiday romance the second the seasons shift so this cozy read hit the spot. I loved all the characters and while I usually find myself
more drawn to the male lead character in romances, Liberty was an exception. I enjoyed both she and Sawyer and their chemistry was adorable. I loved that the storyline had a lot of family involvement and the feel of the book was honestly small town, warm and welcoming (if that even makes sense). Snowflakes and Stockings was a great way to kick off my annual holiday book spree and I look forward to exploring more of Marianne Rice’s writing in the near future. 5/5 stars for me!

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Felicia Bates

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was drawn to the novella Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie, firstly because of the GORGEOUS cover art, secondly because I have come to know and love this author’s writing style. I thought I couldn’t love this author more after reading Hungry Business but this story even has that one beat. I was captivated by the writing from the very first page. The storyline is fast past with rich imagery. I am a sucker for a strong, independent heroine and not a leading female character that is portrayed as whiny or helpless. I really enjoyed Mercy and felt she, like the story overall, was strong and well written. I would give Weep, Woman, Weep 5 stars!

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Whisper Creek: A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 7 by Valerie Davisson – Review by Felicia Bates

Whisper Creek (A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 7)Whisper Creek by Valerie Davisson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whisper Creek is the 7th book in Valerie Davisson’s Logan McKenna series. I’ve enjoyed this series a lot because it centers around a strong, independent woman and each book seems to get more intriguing than the one before it. I feel this is in part to the character growth we have seen since the very beginning. While this book is better having read the ones before it, Valerie Davisson has written in a way that you could follow along regardless. Whisper Creek was an exciting addition to this series with several twists and turns that helped the story flow seamlessly.
I have really come to love Logan (and even Ben) and look forward to what more is to come from
this author.

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