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Edge of the Storm (Silent Secrets Book 2) by Lisette Kristensen – Review by Jana Teppih

Edge of the Storm: Book 2 (Silent Secrets)Edge of the Storm: Book 2 by Lisette Kristensen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Edge of the Storm is the second book in Lisette Kristensen’s Silent Secrets series and you absolutely should not read it as a standalone! Start from the beginning or you will be completely lost! The first book will give you all the backstory you need to understand who Sloan aka Blackbird is and who her boss Halo is!
It is a short suspense read that once again reminds us that the betrayal never comes from the enemy. I love our intelligent and strong a** woman Sloan who cannot be stopped when she is determined to find her boss/partner who goes missing when a routine mission goes FUBR! The story keeps us at the edge of our seat and at times it felt as if the writer is telling the story of the world around us today … I cannot wait to see what she has in store for Sloan next!

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Say Something by Jennifer L. Allen – Review by Jana Teppih

Say SomethingSay Something by Jennifer L. Allen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Say Something is a story by Jennifer L. Allen that touches upon many of the topics that we as mature readers feel drawn to – second chances, infertility, divorce …. It seems to be a standalone though I hope that the writer decides to give the other sibling their stories as well, fingers crossed!
Say Something is the story of Jessica and Danny, childhood sweethearts that have their marriage ripped apart due to infertility. They are both very likable. I liked how Jessica took responsibility for behaviour though at times I was a bit bothered by her self-pity … we don’t know though how we would feel in her shoes. On the journey with Jess and Danny it is so easy to see how problems a couple faces effect also their loved ones, even when they try to protect them and never ever intended it to happen. It was great how the story felt so real thanks to those uncomfortable conversations that needed to happen for those two to more forward … towards their second chance …

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Perfectly Played by Holly Kerr – Review by Jana Teppih

Perfectly PlayedPerfectly Played by Holly Kerr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perfectly Played is a charming romantic comedy read by Holly Kerr. It is my first read by this writer and I know that it will not be the last! I am not sure if this story is an opening to a series but I really hope that the writer would give us the stories of all those great supporting characters that she introduced us to in this Flora and Dean universe in Toronto!
We meet Flora in a chapel in Las Vegas when in the middle of walking down the aisle to marry a guy she has been together with for 8 years … she ‘comes to her senses’ and calls it off! While running out she bumps into Dean who is waiting for his bride to turn up … Evelyn never comes, instead she sends a text message to Dean’s best man (and friend) Clay saying she is calling it off …
There are a loads of situations that crack you up or squeeze your heart … The writer takes us on a merry ride and at no point did I feel that it was too much or boring or … mix into it Flora’s BFF M.K. and Dean’s best friend’s Clay’s blossoming relationship, Flora’s cookie niece Ruthie and you will be left panting for more!

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Crafting Love (Wine & Furniture Series Book 1) by A.E. Gamrat – Review by Jana Teppih

Crafting Love (Wine & Furniture Series Book 1)Crafting Love by A E Gamrat
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crafting Love is the first book in A.E. Gamrat’s new series called Wine & Furniture. The series has gotten its name from the store that was the turning point in the main character’s life. It is not the first book I have read by this writer and I was hoping for more of her quirky writing style when I picked up this one and she did not disappoint me! (I have to confess that I had no idea what a Cricut is so before I started reading the book I went and watched couple of YouTube videos!)
We have Kelly who is turning thirty and has more or less given up on love, for time being … she has crazy friends though who will not let her stay hidden at home midst her Cricut and YouTube channel followers … it takes only one Karaoke night and her life takes a turn to … interesting … enters Kirk, a younger man with great hands …
The writer has given us a story that doesn’t only keep us entertained but also asks us to look a bit deeper into ourselves … turning older, disappointing relationships, finding one’s passion, age difference etc. I have great hopes for the next book in the series, I wonder who is the lead in it and what kind of a rollercoaster we will end up being on …

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Fierce Emotions (Marcy Series Book 8) by Linda Burson – Review by Jana Teppih

Fierce EmotionsFierce Emotions by Linda Burson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fierce Emotions is the eight book in Linda Burson’s Marcy series and fortunately for us there is no end in sight yet! We have more beauty coming our way while digging deeper into Marcy and Brad and Liam and the universe they inhabit!
You absolutely cannot read this book as a standalone as each book is linked to the previous ones, it is like building blocks and if one is missing then the whole construction tumbles!
As usual, the writer takes us all through a gamut of emotions, anything form anger to love and heartache to insecurities and understanding and confusion and laughter. I love being able to hang along on the journey that the writer is taking Marcy and her men and I am curious what direction we will be heading next. One thing I am sure of, it is not going to be boring!

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Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas – Review by Jana Teppih

Past Storm and FirePast Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas is a mindblowing read filled with adventure, romance, black magic and mystery that spans a thousand years! It is weird how at some point I started hearing Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years at the back of my head (like a soundtrack to the story unfolding!) It was my first read by this writer and I was happy to see that I had made a right decision by picking it up! I hope that there will be another book like the main character is told at the end of the book!
We have Val whose life if falling into pieces amongst the damage from the hurricane Andrew and her husband’s deceit. She finds relief from daily grind by starting to write a novel based in Iceland over thousand years ago … she gets lost in the world where the past and the present and the future collide … I studied Islandic back at university so I took special delight in the story and the attention to the detail that the writer is luring us in … I truly hope that there is another book bringing us deeper into the story!

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Tainted Saint (The Hawke Family Book 5) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Jana Teppih

Tainted Saint (Hawke Family #5)Tainted Saint by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tainted Saint is the fifth story in Gwyn McNamee’s Hawke Family series and what a series it is! Every single book takes you deeper into the Hawke Family universe and you are left panting for more! Every story is a complete story BUT they do need to be read in order as you would be totally lost if you picked any of them up randomly! Some stories are the Hawke sibling stories and some of them are of secondary characters so I see good news in that as there is a load of writing material for our great Gwyn McNamee!
Tainted Saint is the story of Soloman “Saint” Clarke and Caroline Brooks. We have met both of them in the previous stories! Caroline is best friends with Dani so she meets Saint when visiting with Dani at the club the Hawke guys are running. Saint is protective and has a heart of gold and Caroline tests his patient to no end! Bring together two strong personalities that lust after each other and you get fireworks!
There is some suspense and danger floating around in this novella and it will leave us with a cliffhanger (sort of) so I cannot wait for the next story in the series!

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Wild Bastard: A Dark Sparrow Novel by India Kells – Review by Jana Teppih

Wild BastardWild Bastard by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wild Bastard is the third book in India Kells’ Dark Sparrow Series. I think I have read all the books in her Women of Purgatory series and the other books in the Dark Sparrow series and I have to say that with every single book I read, I get pulled deeper and deeper into the world she has created. It is really cool how her books are in a way standalones while at the same time still connected – you meet characters from different series and they get involved in each other stories! It is such a fun to pick up a book and figure out how and where it fits in India Kells’ universe!
Wild Bastard is a story of second chances – our Kai and Isabelle who met years ago and then Isabelle disappeared from Kai’s life while leaving him emotionally destroyed … the story that the writer has given us is complex, it is full of action and intrigue and suspense and secrets and lies … and sex … and love …
I promise you will be sitting at the edge of your seat and once you are finished with Wild Bastard, you will be reaching for the first two books in the series and you will also be checking India’s website for the updates on when the next book will come out!

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Demon’s Angel: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #2 by Manda Mellett – Review by Jana Teppih

Demon's Angel: Satan's Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #2Demon’s Angel: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #2 by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Demon’s Angel: Satan’s Devils MC is the second book in Manda Mellett’s Colorado Chapter series. I could not wait for it after I finished the first of the series. I have to confess, my MC heart lives with Colorado Chapter now! AND while it is the Colorado Chapter book, we still get to hang out with some of the mother chapter guys as well! Double happiness!
We have Demon, the new president (and the former president’s son). He is what you want your president to be! Strong, 100% alpha (and sexy but that is for our benefit not for the club’s) … he is taking charge and he wants to make things happen! And then there is Violet, our fierce single mother who was in love with her older brother’s best friend, Demon … Her brother is no longer there, 10 years has passed since he died and Demon has fallen down on his promise to his MC brother, to protect his little sister, and now Violet is bringing her desperation and fight to Demon’s doorstep!
I love the way the writer brings the MC world alive for us! She takes us deep into that world and with each book she keeps peeling back the layers! Please keep going as we will keep begging for more!

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Lies Come True (The Avery Hart Trilogy Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Jana Teppih

Lies Come True (Avery Hart Trilogy, #1)Lies Come True by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lies Come True is the opening act of Emerald O’Brien’s Avery Hart Trilogy. It is like sitting down and watching a British serial crime drama television series (think of Broadchurch…) that is taking place in Birch Falls, Ontario.
The writer is masterful in keeping you at the edge of your seat and as Lies Come True is the first of the trilogy then she will leave us with one heck of a cliffhanger that I am sure I am not the only one impatient to read!
We have Avery Hart who survived an attack when she was fourteen. Wind forward ten years and another woman has been attacked and she survives as well … are these cases related? Enter Inspector Noah Cotter who is keen on solving the case while also being attracted to Avery … the writer gives us some intense and detailed police investigation descriptions, a puzzle that I was not able to solve until the pieces had been put together and actually, there are still some things up in the air … I have a slight feeling that we need to get to the end of the trilogy to be able to solve it all!

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