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Cooked: The Chef Blows Her Lid by Cari Schaeffer – Review by Nicole Thompson

It’s her thyme to shine! Chef Olivia is the strong, capable young woman today’s society needs! The protagonist in Cooked: The Chef Blows Her Lid by Cari Schaeffer is a brilliant character with an array of emotions from sadness, empathy, anger, and even joy. As she comes into her own confidence through cooking and owning her own business, she discovers her true self! You absolutely need to add this to your reading list before the year is up!

Kamana Wanalaya by Susan Renee – Review by Nicole Thompson

Kamana Wanalaya for the HolidaysKamana Wanalaya for the Holidays by Susan Renee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Insert Favorite Holiday Movie Channel Here* eat your heart out! Kamala Wanalaya by Susan Renee is primed for a SPICY rom-com holiday movie! This book kept me entertained from the beginning – making me laugh out loud many times as the exceptionally relatable main characters, Teagan and Tensley, made for a perfect romance balanced with equal parts sugar and spice this holiday season. I constantly felt like I was literally right there in this Hawaiian paradise, seeing, feeling, and experiencing each of the characters throughout the storyline. It was clearly the best read to get me out of my slump and I can’t wait to read more from Susan Renee!

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Felines and Fatalities (A Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery Book 2) by Ruth J. Hartman – Review by Shavon Brown

Felines and Fatalities (A Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery, Book 2)Felines and Fatalities by Ruth J. Hartman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The entire gang is back in another Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery and I am so happy about it. I love this series so much that I would still be happy if we were on book 40 and beyond. This series definitely keeps you entertained.

A beloved customer of the cafe has passed away. One of her final requests, have a cat show for sheltered cats. That’s what leads Ellie to find another dead body and that is how our story begins.

Ellie and Detective Simon once again follow the clues.

This is a great read if you enjoy suspense, cats and a good cozy mystery.

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Flipping the Bird: A Paranormal Chick Lit Novel (Shift Creek book 1) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Colleen Noyes

Flipping the Bird (Shift Creek, #1)Flipping the Bird by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not only was this my first Carrie Pulkinen book, but it was my first ever shifter book. Not knowing what to expect I went into it with an open mind and I absolutely loved it! Alice and Maggie are two light hearted fun loving girls that made it feel like the friendship I have with my best friend. They made me smile and laugh out loud several times. Enter Donovan and his mongoose and it was so “stinking” fun to read. I felt engrossed in the story, the characters were extremely well developed and everything flowed smoothly. This is one of the best books I have read over the past 6 months and I can’t wait for more. The story has a happy ending, but leaves a wonderful opening for book 2 and for the characters to grow even more. If you have never read a shifter book, this could not be a better choice to start with, it’s fun, not too serious, romantic, and overall a kick b*tt way to spend a couple of hours.

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CORPORATE CHRISTMAS by BERNADETTE MARIE – Review by Colleen Noyes

Corporate ChristmasCorporate Christmas by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first discovered this author 5 years ago when I read the first Walker series book. So when I saw this one I had to buy it and read it. The author did NOT disappoint, this story is absolutely captivating, Chloe is a strong and independent female who knows her worth. Jason is a good guy with a good heart and a strong sense of trying to do the right thing. I love Byron who I just wanted to call grandpa and hug on him. I wanted to wrap my hands around William and found myself quite often cussing him out. The other secondary characters added even more to the story and I’m hoping there will be secondary books that have Tyler, Gwendolyn and the rest of the crew. The authors writing style flows so incredibly smooth, she connects the characters, and the readers to the characters. There were hysterical moments that made me laugh out loud (just remember stapler), parts that made me scream, and even parts that brought tears to my eyes. This was the perfect book to bring in the New Year with and I enjoyed it tremendously. if you enjoy a good clean romance book that is driven by real romance, laughter, a happily ever after, and just a little office politics you should get your copy today! I promise this author will bring immense joy to you.

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Fake Fiancé (A Second Chance Office Romance) by Amy McKinley – Review by Colleen Noyes

Fake Fiancé: A Second Chance Office RomanceFake Fiancé: A Second Chance Office Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could NOT put this book down! From the very first page it had me invested and the more I read the more I had to carry it with me wherever I went to try to grab a few pages here, a few pages there. The characters are flawless, Adeline has just enough spunk and Stone has just enough manly grrr. The author did a great job of making them relatable and oh my goodness so funny! I fell in love with Adeline’s events and couldn’t wait for the next mishap. This story has humor, sexiness, a little mystery, romance, and fun. The secondary characters were just as impressive and I will be praying daily for this author to write more about these two. One of my favorite 2020 books I’ve read. If you like a strong heroine, laugh out loud moments, a realistic true relationship, and a little put the other person in their place story, this is the one you want to get.

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Coffee and Calicos by Rosie Pease – Review by Colleen Noyes

Coffee and Calicos (The Matchmaking Baker, #1)Coffee and Calicos by Rosie Pease
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first read by this author and I LOVED it! It felt like a true cozy mystery book right from the beginning. It is funny, light-hearted, and engaging. You immediately feel connected to the characters and the humor is spot on. The relationship between the Gram, Mom, and daughter is well written and made this very short story that more enjoyable! I can’t wait to read the next one. If you enjoy, light hearted, fun, paranormal, stories you will want to go get this one asap!

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License to A Paranormal Romantic Comedy (New Orleans Nocturnes Book 1) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Stephanie Dulac

License to Bite (New Orleans Nocturnes, #1)License to Bite by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

License to bite is the first book in the New Orleans Nocturnes series By Carrie Pulkinen. This is the first book that i have read by Carrie Pulkinen and it holds true to the title it is full of romance and comedy. I loved the characters in this book Gaston and Ethan, Jane and her best friend Sophie. I thought it was a fun and super cute read. Jane’s Character is use to getting what she wants and i feel is a little spoiled so when she comes across Ethan and he don’t give her the time or day at first it was fun to read it unravel. I would really like to read more about Gaston and Jane. I look forward to reading book 2 in this series. Thank you Carrie Pulkinen for this amazing book and making me laugh.

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Karma (Endgame Series #2) by Leigh Ann Lunsford – Review by Colleen Noyes

Karma (Endgame Series #3)Karma by Leigh Ann Lunsford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leigh Ann Lunsford has again hit it out of the park. This is the 3rd book in the Endgame Series and it’s rare for the third book to be every bit as good as the first and second but it is.

Mason Adler is a self-assured, arrogant, smart-mouthed player who often takes his friends man cards. However he is also loyal, protective, and a fierce friend.

Brecklynn Collier has had a rough past that she is trying to overcome. She protects her heart like a lioness protects her cubs. She knows what Mason is all about and wants no part of him.

As the two tread into unknown waters, you feel the push and pull. Just as one wall comes down another two go up. When one person has never entered these types of relationships and the other has major trust issues how can there ever be any middle ground? How can they even out the see saw of their life? Then when the unexpected happens these two are thrown into the middle of a crisis. How will they handle it? Will it destroy everything they have been working toward?

What I love most about this series is it’s about a bond that 5 people share as the root of the tree and then like every good tree it branches out. They lean on each other, fight, harass, and pick on each other, but at the end of the day they lean on each other and have a solid foundation.

This story in-particular is hilarious! I found myself laughing so hard, spitting out my drink, and having to stop to read some of it again. Probably my absolute favorite line in the whole book is “It doesn’t make me happy – they both get a reward for screwing me over. I hope her v*gina turns into a Venus flytrap and snaps his d*ck off”. If you read the first two books (and you have to this is not a standalone) then you will be able to actually “see” Mason saying these things. The author does a brilliant job of making you connect with the authors in a way that you can feel like you are there witnessing everything.

I can’t wait for Avery’s story next.

Review by @colleennoyes

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