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Brutal & Raw: Mafia Romance & Psychological Thriller (Beneventi Family Book 1) by Sonya Jesus – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Brutal & Raw (Beneventi Family, #1)Brutal & Raw by Sonya Jesus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. This is the first book in this author’s new series, I can’t wait for the second book. I have read all of this author’s books and this is my favorite yet so far. This is a well written story that has a little bit of everything in it including suspense that left me sitting on the edge of my seat just waiting to see what was lurking in the shadows. Her characters are connectable and both good and bad which makes the story engaging and a page turner. Lyla is on the run from the mafia boss but she is also the one that has the control to bring his organization down. She is a great, strong character that has a great control but what will she do with it? I highly recommend reading this book and find out what happens next.

 

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Brutal & Raw: Mafia Romance & Psychological Thriller (Beneventi Family Book 1) by Sonya Jesus

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Genre – Romantic Suspense

Page Count – 350

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He wanted everything. He could have my nothings too.

My whole life, I’ve been running, living just under the radar. The day I arrived on the East Coast, looking for a new start, I found an end instead. One careless night landed me in the hands of a dark mafia boss, who wanted nothing more than to render me a number—to eviscerate my identity with his brutal mind game.  

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That’s what he called me. That’s all I was to him. 

At least at first, before Breaker Beneventi told me all his family secrets, trickled his way into my heart, and then ordered my death. He set me free, knowing the butcher would find me. 

Now, I’m the girl who escaped. The one with the power to destroy his organization. And he’s relentlessly searching for Lyla Vaughn all over the country, spilling the blood of innocents and losing his control. 

But he’s not going to find me. Because that’s not my name.

From Bestselling author Sonya Jesus comes “Brutal and Raw” a psychological thriller romance full of plot twists, interwoven with dark mafia romance.

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Sonya’s a nerd—a cool nerd—who loves science, books, make-up and unicorns. She even has unicorn slippers and unicorn plushes adorn her office. It’s not an obsession (or so she says), it’s simply an ode to her imaginative side. Storytelling has been her passion since her youth, but her family believes it’s more than that.

Painting, sketching, carpet-making, lyrics, poetry—artistic endeavors have no limit with Sonya. They may not always come out perfect, but art serves as an outlet, which helps balance out the factual, science-driven part of her brain. 

 Though she’s fun-loving, complex-minded, and heart-driven, her philosophy on life is quite simple: Shit happens. Keep going. 

When asked to elaborate, she said, “Believing in yourself is probably one of the hardest things to do, but look in the mirror. You’re still standing. That’s strength. Don’t underestimate yourself.”

Sonya also believes in fairytales and in the beautiful things a mind can conjure. She’s a firm believer in empowering the crazy fictional ideas, putting them down on paper, and letting them flourish into a story. 

 

“There’s so much potential in a dream… a thought… not exploring it seems like such a waste of something absolutely beautiful.”

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH SONYA JESUS

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Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Matilda Reyes & Jennifer Siddoway – Review by Heather Lovelace

Chasing StarlightChasing Starlight by Jennifer Siddoway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fabulous book! I absolutely loved every page and felt like Cassandra was an amazingly well written main character. Filled with fantasy and suspense this book kept me enthralled and reading each page with rapt attention. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend!

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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The Flame and The Blade (Flame and Blade Series) by Meredith Hart – Review by Heather Lovelace

The Flame and The Blade (Flame and Blade #1)The Flame and The Blade by Meredith Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a fantastic beginning to a series I look forward to devouring. Grand world building with relatable characters, Hart has introduced me to a beautiful new universe to dive into. I found the book well paced and beautifully detailed. It felt epic and complete. A wonderful introduction to the author and her series. I can’t wait to continue the saga!

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Mountains Wanted (Mountains Series #1) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Lucy Berson

Mountains Wanted (Mountains Series Book 1)Mountains Wanted by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mountains Wanted (Mountain Series Book 1) by Phoebe Alexander. I have loved every single book by this author!!!! She has easily become one of my absolute favorites.
Dr. Sarah Lynde is a sociology professor, single mom raising 2 kids and what one would call a free spirit when it come to sex. She has fun with whomever she chooses and likes to keep her options open. While giving a lecture, she sees a young, sexy guy. James McAllister, is not only hot and sexy, but he is also a military guy. He is a ROTC instructor and he has his sights on Sarah.
First meeting for coffee, which seems harmless enough, and eventually starting a friends with benefits relationship. (This is where my review gets difficult for me)
Sarah is not looking for a serious relationship and for the last few years, has “seen” multiple people at the same time. Can James be a game changer for her? Did she find love when all she was looking for was fun?
James has always wanted to get married and start a family. When he meets Sarah, is he prepared to change his direction or is Sarah just a fill in until he meets “the one”.
I am looking forward to reading Book 2 in this series to find out what is truly in store for Sarah and James. Will Fate bring them together or are they meant to just be friends?

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Mountains Wanted (Mountains Series #1) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Liz Vrchota

Mountains Wanted (Mountains Series Book 1)Mountains Wanted by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I sincerely can not say enough good things about Phoebe Alexander’s novels and the way she manages to take a taboo or unfamiliar subject and spin it into the beautiful love stories that she pens. Mountains Wanted is a perfect example of that and a series that I have come to love a lot! These new covers, make you want to read the book just from them alone too. In Mountains Wanted we get the story of Dr. Sarah Lynde, a single mum of two and a professor. We also get a glimpse of her polyamory way of life that she lives with her beaus that come into play, James McAllister and others that will come into the picture as well.

I adored how this was so real and raw. I personally live a poly lifestyle so for me this book was such a close hit home. Communication is something that we are always working on, 24/7/365 it is very necessary part of the polyamorous life. You get that from reading Sara’s story and can see how things work a lot like they would in a traditional or mainstream relationship, just multiplied by the amount of people that you find your soul connected to.

One note I want to make is that this book is the beginning of a fabulous series and this story will not wrap up in Mountains Wanted. You will want to read the next book and the next I can promise you that but just a heads up because I know some like to start series all together. I can’t wait to dive in deeper in the next book, Mountains Climbed!

Review by @lizaileen
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Sky to Sea (Crimson Sash Book 2) By Amanda Marin – Review by Debi Kircher

Sky to Sea (Crimson Sash, #2)Sky to Sea by Amanda Marin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sky to Sea (Crimson Sash Book 2) By Amanda Marin

5 ++++++ Stars

WOW!! I loved the first book of this series but I think this one was even better, I have become so emotionally invested in all of these people …I’m not normally a huge dystopian fan, and also not a huge YA fan, but let me tell you if taking YA and dystopian and throwing them together gives me this? Im sold. Throw in some awesome clean romance and I’m done.

Not sure how to explain this author’s style of writing except smooth and with feeling because I felt it all. I’ve even got the whole picture of their room, the park, everything described in this story I saw it clear in my mind. I was literally transported into the story. It was awesome!

Neve and Micah might just be 2 of my favorite characters ever. They were both just so sincere…I just can’t say enough about this whole book. Simply amazing! You truly have no idea what is going to happen or why from one page to another and I could not put it down!

This is a continuing storyline, although it may be possible to read this as a stand alone i do not recommend it and it’s so good you won’t be sorry reading them in order. It does not end in a holy moly throw your kindle kind of way, but does end where you feel like you wont make it till the next is released. Not sure what is in store for Neve and Micah but I know I’ll be one of the first in line to find out!!

LOVED IT!!

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The Flame and The Blade (Flame and Blade Series) by Meredith Hart – Review by Bobbi Wagner

The Flame and The Blade (Flame and Blade #1)The Flame and The Blade by Meredith Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first book by this author, I enjoyed it and will be looking for more from her. This is a well written fantasy book that took me on an adventure of romance, magic and action as well as some humor. The characters are connectable and made me feel as if I was part of the story. Lyria and Vethe have great chemistry as well as work well together. They made the story engaging and kept me reading to the last page. I highly recommend their story.

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Chasing Starlight: Cassandra’s Story (The Daughters of Night Chronicles) by Matilda Reyes & Jennifer Siddoway – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Chasing StarlightChasing Starlight by Jennifer Siddoway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first book by these two authors, I enjoyed it and the journey they took me on. I can’t wait to see more from them. This is a creative, well written story that their attention to detail made me feel as if I was right there in the story. This is a fantasy story that the main character, Cassandra is a strong young woman. She has just taken a new job as a teacher but she also works as a Dream Weaver at night. What will happen when her night job turns complicated, other Dream Weavers are missing and she is now being stalked. This is a shorter story that I read in one sitting as it kept me turning pages. I highly recommend reading this book to find out what happens next.

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The Flame and The Blade (Flame and Blade Series) by Meredith Hart – Review by Laura Furuta

The Flame and The Blade (Flame and Blade #1)The Flame and The Blade by Meredith Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Flame and The Blade (Flame and Blade Series)
By Meredith Hart
5 out of 5 stars

The story The Flame and The Blade (Flame and Blade Series) by Meredith Hart is a romantic fantasy book. It is a story that includes magic, romance, and danger. It is a book that had me turning pages wondering what was going to happen next. It is the story of Verthe Scarvian and Lyria Guardia. Verthe is the descendant of a man who almost destroyed humanity. He is looking for a long-lost betrothal agreement. Lyria is the woman who has been sent to help guard him on his search. Will Verthe find what he is looking for? Will Lyria be able to keep him from harm? Read this book to find out. This story has adventure and a foreboding place called the Demon Forest. It also has some steamy moments as Lyria and Verthe find the chemistry between them begin to rise. The author does a wonderful job of making it seem like you are right there with Lyria and Verthe on their journey. There is attention to detail and great world-building. Don’t miss out on a story that you won’t want to put down until the final page. I would recommend reading it. This is the first book in a series, and I look forward to finding out what happens in the next book.

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