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Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Heather Bahm

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rowena Holloway’s Bad Things Happen is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series. This gripping psychological suspense was a thrilling page-turning read. The element of suspense was expertly timed keeping me fully engaged within the story. The details that were embedded into the story were rich and well thought through. Charlotte’s character shone in this story with her ambitions to move out of where she was presently in life. However, things don’t always play out the way you would anticipate and that is absolutely the case for Charlotte when Joey comes into her life and changes everything. The unknown was riveting to read in this story and seeing where it took the characters within the story.

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Tapped (The Night Moves Book 3) by Tarrah Anders – Review by Heather Bahm

Tapped (The Night Moves Book 3)Tapped by Tarrah Anders
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tapped, by Tarrah Anders, is the third book in the Night Moves series. This contemporary romance brings Kai and Janae together in the most unlikely of places after years apart. This story was a fun read and the locale where it was set was perfectly described and in tune with the overall story. The way Tarrah Anders tackled this second chance romance was ingenious and I really liked how she overlaid several different dynamics within the story itself to create a multi-dimensional story with intrigue and attraction. I don’t want to give away any details of the story, the characters each have their own lives they’ve been living and choices that have shaped who they presently are. How they maneuver around one another in the present was evident of that, but how they come together was amazing. Tarrah Anders did a remarkable job with this story.

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PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela Dumond – Review by Heather Bahm

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pamela DuMond’s Player is the first book in the 21st Century Courtesan series. This new adult/college romance that has been set as a stage for a potentially epic series. Evie is unforgettable. She is such a strong and capable character as more and more of her character is unearthed through the story. The paths she’s to embark will lead on a journey and as a reader, you question where exactly the author is going to drive her. Dylan’s character was exquisitely written, you could feel the emotions, thoughts, feelings rolling off his character with the details that are added. Pamela DuMond has a remarkable writing talent that shines in this novel, to such an extent that I cannot wait to read the subsequent books within the series.

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The Way You Are (Carolina Connections Book 5) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Heather Bahm

The Way You Are (The Carolina Connections, #5)The Way You Are by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Way You Are, by Sylvie Stewart, is the fifth book in the Carolina Connections series. This new adult/college romance was a fun and enjoyable read. Liv and Brett were hilarious in their interactions, friendships and overall beings – it was hard not to find these two characters unforgettable. A great addition to the series, The Way You Are, fit perfectly with Liv and Brett’s personalities. The camaraderie between friends was a riot and some of the hi-jinks were outrageous. However, there were serious points/parts within the story and the author over laid those with the humor perfectly. Sylvie Stewart knows how to deliver an exciting and pleasing story!

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Surviving Jordan (Surviving Series Book 3) by Virginia Wine – Review by Heather Bahm

Surviving Jordan (Surviving Series Book 3)Surviving Jordan by Virginia Wine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surviving Jordan, by Virginia Wine, is the third book of the Surviving Series. This is another well written romantic suspense featuring Ben and Jordan’s story. I really enjoyed seeing characters from the previous book(s) carried through into each subsequent book. It added additional depth and intrigue to the story/series. The author has expertly woven suspense in this story to make it more full. The emotions that are invoked in this story were beautifully done. Add in the chemistry and the story was truly divine.

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Surviving the Storm (Surviving Series Book 2) by Virginia Wine – Review by Heather Bahm

Surviving the Storm (Surviving Series Book 2)Surviving the Storm by Virginia Wine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surviving the Storm, by Virginia Wine, is the second book in the Surviving series. This contemporary romance features Alexander Kincaid Storm III who was introduced as a supporting character in the first book of the series. In this story, Alexander has his work cut out for him and what he wants may not be as available as he wishes. The chemistry between Alexander and Madison is off the charts, though their paths are not easy ones. Virginia Wine continues this wonderful series, continuing to give the romantic feels, but at the same time giving the reader the needed drama and suspense to make this a worthwhile and thorough read.

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Caught in Cross Seas (the Caught Series book 1) by Sharleen Scott – Review by Heather Bahm

Caught in Cross Seas (the Caught Series book 1)Caught in Cross Seas by Sharleen Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Caught in Cross Seas, by Sharleen Scott, is the first book in the Caught Series. This romantic suspense was well written with amazing characters. The mystery, suspense, drama, chemistry, regrets, want/desire were all there. The author created a story with a full cast keeping you guessing who is guilty versus innocent, who is lying versus being forthcoming. The reader is kept engaged in the story while the author continues to weave the tale bringing the reader to the climax of the story wondering how it’s all going to finish. Harlie and Clay were excellently paired and I really enjoyed the push/pull dynamic of them. This is a story/series that I highly recommend.

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A Christmas Wish (A Manhattan Dream) by Engy Neville – Review by Heather Bahm

A Christmas WishA Christmas Wish by Engy Neville
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Engy Neville’s A Christmas Wish is part of A Manhattan Dream series. This contemporary romance was a story full of growth, realizations and determining what’s truly important in life. I found that I enjoyed the dynamic between Amy and her love interest. My heart broke for her when she felt that her life was falling to pieces, but at the same time, it forces her to take a closer look at the importance of those things in her life and what truly matters. This was truly a sweet romance that sparks warm feelings and becomes the most beautiful Christmas wish.

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Heart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance Heroes – Review by Heather Bahm

Heart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance HeroesHeart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance Heroes by Nicole Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance Heroes featuring a collaboration among a wonderful group of authors. Two of the stories I read were Blue Moon Christmas by Tamara Ferguson and Foxxy Christmas by Allyson R. Abbott. Each of these stories featured heart-warming characters and a fabulous story they each built upon. From second chances at love to making a new beginning with someone dependable and charming, how can you resist some of the best fantasies to be combined into this alluring set of stories?! I am a fan of anthologies, while I get to read authors I am familiar with, I also get to read stories by authors I may not have previously taken the opportunity on. Any romance lover would enjoy these stories from sweet to down right forbidden fun, these stories were a great read.

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The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore – Review by Heather Bahm

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

The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore was a suspenseful read that kept you on the edge of your seat. At times, I could not turn that pages quick enough to see what was to happen next – I was completely involved in the continuing story. Victoria and Brad had a love that couldn’t be ignored and they both grabbed on to it and pursued that relationship to it’s fullest. The drama immediately begins as they moved forward to spend their lives together – enter the mother-in-law. Judy Moore has given the allure of evil incarnate in this story in the form of a mother-in-law. However, not everyone sees the facade that is seen from the outside. The story continues to build and you really don’t know which way the author will have the story climb to until it all comes to a peak. Truly a well written suspense with a remarkable ending.

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