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One Hot Texas Summer (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge Book 1) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Jana Teppih

One Hot Texas Summer (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge, #1)One Hot Texas Summer by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One Hot Texas Summer is the first book in Nicole Flockton’s new Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge series. I had read her Man’s Best Friend series so after reading the synopsis I decided that for sure, I will dig into the new series as I thought that I knew what to expect and yes, she did absolutely not disappoint!
One Hot Texas Summer is a great summer romance that goes much deeper than it seems on the surface! Nicole gives us the youngest of the Prentice brothers, Tate and Kelly Turner who has been thinking about Tate way too much lately (even though he is a ‘younger man’, well, just by few years!!!). These are two young people who work really hard for what they have – Tate has taken over the running of the family orchard when his father had a stroke, and Kelly took over the local florist shop and turned it into a success. Both of them have their own baggage – Kelly from her previous relationships and Tate from his family dynamics after his mother died when he was just fifteen. Neither of them is ready or wants a relationship but there are sparks, oh my, are there sparks so they have to get on with the program! AND for your information! There are characters in the story that we know from the other series apparently so now I need to go and pick up the Sweet Texas Secret series but I am not complaining as I live Nicole’s style of writing and reading something heart-warming and relatable during the times we are living, it is no hardship!

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Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 1) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jana Teppih

Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries)Bird in a Snare by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bird in a Snare is the first book in N.L. Holmes’ Lord Hani Mysteries that takes us into the 13th century Egypt. This is my first read by this writer but if I am anything to go by what I just finished reading, this will be not the last of what I will have read by her! If you are a history buff and love historical fiction (and not just historical romance) then congratulations, you have a great opportunity to discover a new writer that will knock your socks off.
The writer is giving us a brilliant historical detective, Lord Hani, who is a king’s envoy. He is sent to investigate a murder and what he discovers is a deadly and treacherous plot that takes him on a dark and dangerous journey. The vivid descriptions of Egypt of that era pulls you in, simply close your eyes time to time and you will feel as if you are there, with him as you feel how passionate the writer is about the ancient history. Once you finish the story, you walk away knowing much more than who was behind the murder and the plot, you will walk away knowing much more about the Egyptian history. When I heard that the writer is an archaeologist and university profession by trade, I understood how she had managed to paint such a detailed and real picture. I will need to go and pick up the second Hani mystery now!

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The Slaughter of Leith Hall by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Jana Teppih

The Slaughter of Leith HallThe Slaughter of Leith Hall by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Slaughter of Leith Hall by Lexie Conyngham is a historical mystery story that any history lover can appreciate! If you love Scotland and if you know even a bit of the great historical events of that beautiful country then for sure this book is for you! It was my first read by this writer and I have to say that I had not really read the genre either before so it was a great surprise! I chose to pick up the book because I love Scotland and I love history and … nothing else to add!
The story takes place not long after Culloden and Jacobites are still going strong though they lost so many of theirs. We meet a young man called Charlie Rob who finds himself on a journey under the guidance of John Leith of Leith Hall. It is a journey filled with twist that is always part of searching for justice and truth! He ends in a middle of a mystery murder case and he will all to find out the truth.
I have to say that I am used to having a romance always peppered through most of the stories I read, historical or not (I am a great fan of Outlander series and I think that says it all when it comes to historicals) and in some ways it was a fresh breath of wind to read something that was so interwoven with the history I know of and just have a young man looking for an answer and truth!

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Confidentiality (Scope of Practice Book 2) by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Jana Teppih

ConfidentialityConfidentiality by Jessica Aiken-Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Confidentiality is the second book in Jessica Aiken-Hall’s Scope of Practice series. You absolutely have to start with the first book Boundaries as otherwise you will have no idea what is going on, who is who and why things are happening as they are! It is a brilliant continuation of a mystery that will continue into the third story.
Valerie Williamson’s past is out in the open and everything seems perfect – her personal life is blossoming and she is getting closer to Tim who offers her more than anyone has ever offered her and she accepts it! She is forging a deeper connection with the members of the support group she leads and this connection becomes a compulsion to protect them. There are a lot of moving parts in the story that Jessica has woven and they all play their important part so do not lose sight of them! The writer is touching upon some very sensitive subjects and I commend her for that! I love the care she is taking when doing so and she goes deep … so deep it is painful … Add to the mix a string of murders that Valerie knows are connected so she puts her life into danger when she decides she needs to figure it out as she is sure they are linked to someone she cares for! The end will blow your mind and I cannot wait for the third story in the series that gives us insight into why …

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Virtually Gone (High-Tech Crime Solvers Book 6) by Jacquie Biggar – Review by Jana Teppih

Virtually Gone (High-Tech Crime Solvers #6)Virtually Gone by Jacquie Biggar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Virtually Gone is the sixth book in High-Tech Crime Solvers series where a group of authors have gotten together to write series of techno-thrillers, stories that have a promise of high technology and interlocking cast of characters and where one might just get away with a murder! I had read Jacquie Biggar’s Men of WarHawks series so I expected something spectacular and I was slightly disappointed! I felt that this story was not of the same calibre as the WarHawks series though overall I do not regret that I picked up a copy.
Virtually Gone takes place in Victoria in British Columbia and we meet Julie who is an investigative reporter and Matt’s partner’s Connor’s girlfriend so it makes Matt’s life, who is the lead Detective in this story, a bit dicey! Throw into the mix a serial killer, Matt’s past tragedy and you have a good formula for a great story! It took a bit for the story to really get off the ground but once it did and once I had sorted out the back stories in my head, I could not wait to turn pages and to find out who where and how and I tell you, the technology that they used for the investigations? Mind-blowing!

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Calamity under the Chandelier (A Sleuthing Starlet Mystery Book 1) by Camilla Blythe – Review by Jana Teppih

Calamity under the Chandelier (Sleuthing Starlet Mystery #1)Calamity under the Chandelier by Bianca Blythe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Calamity under the Chandelier is the opening to Bianca Blythe’s new series called Sleuthing Starlet Mysteries. It is my first foray into Ms Blythe’s universe and as I understand, it is her first mystery story and it takes place in the time period between the two world wars, just when the Flapper Era has ended. I can see that her other series have been taking place in further past so it was interesting to start off knowing that this is her first detective story AND it is in the ‘most recent’ time.
We have two American girls in England at Christmas time – Veronica who has married the son of a duke and her friend Cora who has lost her contract with movie studio and decides to take the trip her friend. You can just close your eyes and picture how two American starlets are wreaking havoc in the stiff upper lip crowd! The writer is giving us an interesting view into the upper class of the time when the first rumblings of the discontent are being heard and the next war is just around the corner.
There are twists and turns and there are quite a few unpleasant characters there but on the other hand each of them adds something to the story so they pull you in and you lean back and light your ciggie, drink a glass of absinthe and try to solve the murder with Cora. It was great to see how Cora emerged as a confident and brave young woman after meeting her at the beginning as a shy and unsecure girl.
I can see that there are 3 more stories in the series so if you take a liking to Cora and her Great English Adventure, then you know you have quite a few hours to look forward to! I am sure that the ‘ride’ also gets smoother the more into the era and the characters we get into!

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St. Nick’s Christmas Wish (Holiday Hunks Book 7 – Hot Hunks-Steamy Romance Collection Book) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Jana Teppih

Holiday Hunks-St. Nick's Christmas Wish (Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection Book 7)Holiday Hunks-St. Nick’s Christmas Wish by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

St. Nick’s Christmas Wish by Tamara Ferguson is the 7th book in Holiday Hunks – Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection. It takes us (back) into her Crystal Rock universe in Wisconsin with Emma Caffrey and Nick Hanover.
It is a lovely holiday read that would be a great introduction into Tamara’s universe where Crystal Rock meets Wounded Warriors and I promise you, you will get hooked on it and you will want to go and read EVERYTHING she has written and I promise you many many hours of pleasure! I love how Tamara tells us the story of human depravity that one overpowers with love and care and that there is light at the end of the tunnel and hope, always hope and love! Every single one of stories carries a deeper feeling and gets woven into the fabric and magic of Dragon Pointe.

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TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Jana Teppih

TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11)TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two Hearts Unspoken Targets (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11) by Tamara Ferguson is the extended version of the original Two Hearts Unspoken that I read three years ago. It was one of the first books by the writer and was one of the reasons why I fell in love with everything that Tamara writes so I was more than happy to pick up this extended version! You could read all her books as standalones but I warmly insist that you give yourself a go ahead to read them in order as you will meet certain people prior ‘their’ books and there are different back stories and, I promise, you will not regret it a bit!
I remember originally thinking that the story was way too short so I was delighted to revisit with Elizabeth (Beth) and Zach and Kyle. It was such a heart warming story of two people who for the longest time have thought that they will never find someone right for them. Add to it war wounds and a divorce and an autistic child and … you get the picture!
It is an insta love story and let’s be honest, even though we say we do not believe in love at first sight, deep down we keep our fingers crossed and hope that it is possible. I think it feels real in this story and throughout the story I found myself rooting for Zach and Beth. This story is actually much more than just a simple romance, it touches upon important issues that many people struggle with and that many of us do not have a lot of experience with so I am grateful to the writer bringing the world of wounded vets and the lives of autistic children and their parents closer to us! I have to say now after having read every single one of her Crystal Rock and Wounded Warrior stories that her stories are emotional but at no point do we feel pity for them as they are survivors and an example of how to get back to living to every one of us!

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Wrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan – Review by Jana Teppih

Wrapped Up In YouWrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wrapped Up in You by Erin Bevan is a magical Christmas romance and this one is as cheesy as you can get. Add to this that you might be reading it in the height of a hot July month and you will be wishing for Christmas as well! I hope that you will keep an open mind and pick up the story and stop thinking about Hallmark Christmas movies …well …. Sort of … in some ways I would say that this story is not really about Christmas, it is about so much more!
Wrapped Up in You gives you Santa Claus’ daughter Jenny and Logan who crashes his plane into the toy factory on the North Pole during the gala where Jenny is supposed to choose her husband! There is chemistry and there is memory loss and there is duty and there is love … you start cheering for these two from the beginning and I have to admit that I had to go and read the ending as I could not take the stress of not knowing what Logan’s past was! I spent great couple of hours with Jenny and Logan and the rest of the great characters that the writer gives us and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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Boy on Hold by JD Spero – Review by Jana Teppih

Boy on HoldBoy on Hold by J.D. Spero
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Boy on Hold is a bitter sweet crime story by J.D. Spero that is not your usual run of the mill crime story. This was my first read by the writer and I can say now that it is a story that any crime lover would enjoy reading. It is a story told from multiple point of views that pulls you even deeper into the story that is filled with twists and turns and heart ache and realities of addiction, mental illness, and murder.
In the center of the story is a seven year old Henry ‘Hen’ Trout who witness his neighbour’s, sweet old Miss Sally’s murder during the Cabbage Night in a small Adirondack town. He is a troubled child whose way of looking at the world will fascinate you and steal your heart. It is his older, seventeen year old brother Tyler that is arrested for the crime. All the evidence points to Tyler and his mother and his brother struggle with it being a possibility …
The writer takes us deep into the dynamics a broken family, a single mother struggling to keep it together and small town filled with plenty of shady characters. She tells the story in such a considerate way that even though one could think that surely this story is way too depressing; it never pulls you too down. Still, it is heart breaking and it stays with you for a while, be prepared.

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