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Death & Mirrors (All Things Dark & Deadly Book 1) by SF Benson – Review by Jasmin Marie

Death & Mirrors: All Things Dark & Deadly, Book OneDeath & Mirrors: All Things Dark & Deadly, Book One by S.F. Benson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a great start to this series! While I have never read anything by this author, I was interested in picking up this book based on its description– “a darker, grittier Alice in Wonderland” and I was not disappointed. This fantasy story includes everything you might be looking for — a mirror world, magic, family, loss, danger, adventure, and more! The main character, Evaline, has hopes of becoming a detective but due to a recent tragedy, her father has hopes of her marrying their (older) neighbor. When a stranger asks the family for help, Evaline finds her chance to follow her dreams. Her adventure begins as she is sucked into a different dimension to battle a doctor of death with a goal to stop him from reaching London. The beginning was a bit slow but once the action began, I could not put this down. I am looking forward to reading more in the series.

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Levi (The Brothers of Creekside Ranch Book 1) by Edith Mackenzie Review by Jasmin Marie

LeviLevi by Edith Mackenzie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a cute book! It reminded me of a sweet romance movie that you might find on TV. This book centers on Levi, a retired Navy Seal, and Bella, a key witness in need of protection. Levi finds the perfect cover for Bella and is “hired” to care for his younger sister after the death of their parents. Levi, Bella, and his siblings quickly form a bond. This great story brought a bit of everything, including suspense and romance. The characters are great and easy to relate to. Levi and Bella help each other heal and grow– which is what love should be about. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and this series!

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The Happily Ever After Bookstore by Bernadette Marie – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Happily Ever After BookstoreThe Happily Ever After Bookstore by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great happily ever after and it all begins in a bookshop. Leona is the owner of this little bookstore and she loves to interject/meddle in the lives of her customers. Leona works her magic and forms three happily ever afters in this book. I loved the characters and the overall theme of this book. Great summer beach read!

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Finding Starlight (Quimby Grove Book 1) by Shannon Nikole – Review by Jasmin Marie

Finding Starlight (Quimby Grove #1)Finding Starlight by Shannon Nikole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An excellent debut novel! I absolutely loved the characters. Ellawyn is relatable, kind, and all-around someone I can imagine being friends with. Beckett is charming, thoughtful, and just perfect for Ellawyn. The other characters, though minor, add extra elements of emotion to the story. The small town vibe that makes up Quimby Grove is exactly what I needed from this book! The characters kept my heart in this book, but the drama and twists left my brain wanting more and more. There were a few inconsistencies in the story, hence the 4-star rating, but I am looking forward to reading more about this small town and from this author!

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The Wolf’s Shadow (The Lycanthropy Files Book 1) by Cecilia Dominic – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Wolf's Shadow (The Lycanthropy Files #1)The Wolf’s Shadow by Cecilia Dominic
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good thriller and I LOVE a good werewolf novel. This story is an excellent combination of both. Although it took a little while for the story to pick up, I was intrigued by the plot line, characters, and the connection between Joana’s research and the mysterious town of Piney Mountain/Crystal Pines. I felt that the descriptions of people and places was just enough without giving too much away about each character. I liked that I wasn’t sure who I should trust and was kept guessing until the very end. Excellent story, I look forward to reading more from this author.

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The Last Cabin Girl (Detective Josie Thompson Series) by Tom Swyers – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Last Cabin Girl: A totally gripping thriller full of twistsThe Last Cabin Girl: A totally gripping thriller full of twists by Tom Swyers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novel is well written and absolutely thrilling! I could not put this down. With every chapter, the author surprised me with twists and turns. The characters were well developed and interesting. What I liked was that I could not read all of the characters and was surprised throughout the novel by what motivated and guided them. In the end, they might surprise you! I highly recommend this book! It will not disappoint.

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The Cruiser (The Hustlers Trilogy Book 1) by Rowan Rossler – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Cruiser (The Hustlers Trilogy, #1)The Cruiser by Rowan Rossler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I highly recommend this book! I could not put it down! I woke up around midnight and couldn’t sleep, figured I’d read a few pages and slowly drift off. Nope, next thing I know, I’m 80% through and it’s 5 am. The writing was phenomenal, I have never been to Monaco, but felt like I was there. I absolutely loved the chemistry between Morgan and Vandana. This book is the perfect combination of romance and suspense. Plus, I couldn’t help but love the luxuries of yacht-life.

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Hush, My Darling (Benoit and Dayne Mystery Book 2) by Winter Austin – Review by Jasmin Marie

Hush, My Darling (Benoit and Dayne Mystery, #2)Hush, My Darling by Winter Austin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first read from this author but it won’t be the last. This book is suspenseful, mysterious, and will keep you guessing until the end. Although a second in the series, it could be read as a standalone. Highly recommend!

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Forbidden Love: Book 1 of the Forbidden Duet by KM Lowe – Review by Jasmin Marie

Forbidden Love - Book 1 of The Forbidden DuetForbidden Love – Book 1 of The Forbidden Duet by K.M. Lowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great start to this series! I enjoyed this writer’s style, I was pulled into this story from the very beginning. Kally and Clark have a forbidden love but when family obligations come into play, their fate is put to the test. I liked Kally and Clark’s chemistry. I thought that both characters were very realistic. This was a well written contemporary romance with plenty of action and plot twists!

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(UN)Loved (Mixed Emotions Series) by Katy Hunter – Review by Jasmin Marie

Until there was youUntil there was you by G. Colgrove
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book in an afternoon! Its an incredible, but not basic, romance story! The author did a wonderful job of giving us realistic characters who face twists and turns throughout the story. Jeremy and Regan had such a good connection and I kept wanting to read more. If you like contemporary romance novels, I suggest this book!

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