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Stone Sober: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 3) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Jenni Bishop

Stone Sober (Hawke Family #3)Stone Sober by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stone Sober: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 3) Gwyn McNamee was not what I expected, it was better. Gwyn is a great story teller and this is one of my favourite series. I have loved the other two books in the series but this is my favourite so far, they just keep getting better and better, if that is even a possibility. Gwyn weaves lots of twists and turns that will have your heart pumping and emotions running all over the place. There are laughter and tears, sorrow and doubt, confusion and heartache, love and heartbreak and that is just naming a few. It is a little dark as well and that just adds to the excitement, drama and thrills.

Stone is the baby of the family and has just returned home but he is not so sure that is a good thing. He has a secret that only one other person knows, a secret that has led him down the wrong path, a secret that he uses vices to try to escape from. Now he has found a new vice and knows he needs to stay away or ruin a beautiful thing.

Nora is smart and sexy and turned away from a brilliant career to strip but no one knows her reasons and no one understands but it is the perfect job, it is freeing and that is just what she needs for now. But when she finally finds out who hides in the corner, in the shadows her life will forever be changed.

Trust me this is an amazing story and you will not want to put it down. It is hot and dark and forbidden and oh so good.

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Tortured Skye: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 2) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Jenni Bishop

Tortured Skye (Hawke Family, #2)Tortured Skye by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tortured Skye (Hawke Family Novels) is the second book in the series by Gwyn McNamee and is an erotic contemporary romance that will set you on fire. I love anything Gwyn writes and the Hawke Family series is fast becoming one of my favourites. The emotions that Gwyn instills in her stories has the ability to grab you from the very first page and keeps you titillated right until the very last word.

Skye Hawke has lost one half of herself and is still trying to comes to terms with it by hiding her pain behind her stubborn and hot headedness and down right rudeness. She also has a secret, a secret she has had since she was sixteen years old.

Gabe Anderson doesn’t do commitment, but now that he has noticed his best friends little sister is no longer little, he has more to lose which ever way he turns. Love the woman and lose the best friend or keep the best friend and lose the woman.

Gwyn McNamee is a must on everyone’s to READ list. I can’t wait to demolish her next book.

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Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 4) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Jenni Bishop

Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 4)Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 4) Gwyn McNamee just blew me out of the water. I thought Stone was my favourite and now Building Storm has surpassed my expectations. Gwyn is an amazing writer and and I always know I am in safe hands when I read one of her books. This story I devoured in one sitting, even though I had to get up for work the next day I absolutely could not set it aside. I was so wrapped up in the story time was gone before I even came up for air. Gwyn knows just the right ingredients to weave together to give you an experience you will not forget. Your heart will be pumping and jumping out of your chest and your emotions running all over the place. I felt as though I was the one in the story as I felt it all. I laughed, I cried and sobbed, my sorrow and love was real, my heart broke and at times I could not breathe.It is as beautiful as it is dark, it is as wonderful as it is sad and it is raw and powerful. The complexity of the characters and their lives and the plot is a work of art.

There will be no spoilers on this review as the story speaks for itself. There are a multiple of other books I can see from some of the other characters in this series and I really, really can not wait to see where Gwyn may take us.

This is the most amazing story that no one should miss. It is brilliant.

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Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing – Review by Jenni Bishop

Full Glasses and Burju ShoesFull Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing is a romance like no other. This is only the second book I have read by Blake but it is one that I really, really enjoyed. The story is engaging and enthralling and is so full of emotions that it really stirred me up and made my heartache. Having gone through PTSD I felt everything Emil and his war buddies were going through. There is a lot of turmoil that put me on edge and had my heart racing and I could not put it down. I read it all in one sitting. The characters are so raw and real and hurting and loving and scared. There was no way I could put it aside, I had to know now what was happening and felt like I needed to be there for the characters and I wanted to wrap them up in big hugs.

Emil has recently returned from being deployed overseas and is desperate to have a normal life but what is normal when you come home from war.

Perrin has known loss but she has never had to deal with anything like the god-like man who has gotten her offside from the get go.

OMG, there were many tears and some laughter but the lows felt like they kept on coming and it was one twist after the other. Blake has really impressed me with this story. I can not recommend this book enough!

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A Christmas Wish (A Manhattan Dream) by Engy Neville – Review by Jenni Bishop

A Christmas WishA Christmas Wish by Engy Neville
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Christmas Wish (A Manhattan Dream) by Engy Neville is the second book in the series and is an interesting read. It is a Christmas romance story that had all the right ingredients but I felt like there could be more. The story is sweet and entertaining but I struggled with Amy. At first I liked her but as the story went on, I thought she was a bit too self involved and I felt really frustrated with her, but she seemed to redeem herself towards the end. Likewise with the relationship between Amy and Richie, at times it didn’t seem like there was a true connection between them and I felt the romance was often missing.  Overall I get where the author was going but it didn’t quite hit the mark for me,  some things were overstated and others understated. I did however like the ending when a nemesis becomes a friend and love does find a way.

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Tapped (The Night Moves Series) by Tarrah Anders – Review by Jenni Bishop

TappedTapped by Tarrah Anders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tapped (The Night Moves Series) by Tarrah Anders is the third book in the series and is just as fabulous as the first two. I get excited when I see Tarrah’s name, it means I have another book that I know I will love. She is great at what she does, and that is writing contemporary romance stories and characters that you fall in love with. Not only are the stories sexy, smoking hot and sizzling between the sheets. They are also fun and sweet and have me laughing out loud at the banter and wit.

Janae loves her friends, her job, but when an unexpected face turns up in her happy place, she gets the shock of her life.

Kai just wants a place to call home. So when he turns up to start his new job, he comes face to face with the one that got away.

Tapped is a quick and delightful second chance read, that had me enjoying each and every page as I know it will you. I can’t wait to see where Tarrah takes us to next.

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Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) ​by Rowena Holloway – Review by Jenni Bishop

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

Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) ​by Rowena Holloway is full of dark secrets and fraught with danger. This psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat while the suspense keeps you on your toes. The story often goes back in time but does so little by little just giving you a hint of a little bit more until the whole truth is revealed and boy does it have some twists.

Charlotte Ashe is a weather girl working in London. When a hint of a story is thrown her way, little did she know that it would come with deadly consequences, secrets and lies, painful truths and so many cover ups that she would never be the same. With so many players uncovering the truth from the lies, before it’s too late may just be her undoing.

I look forward to see where the story goes next.

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Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Jenni Bishop

Shadow's Keep: A NovelShadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn is a twisted and dark tale that Meghan is so good at writing. Shocking and chilling, thrilling and crazy town have a name and that it Meghan and her imagination. The vividness that is written is compelling and nightmare inducing but you can not stop this crazy ride, page after page is turned to find out what happens. Meghan cleverly infuses clues in her twists and turns that you don’t see until the explosive and shocking end, in fact you can never guess where the story is going so it certainly keeps you on your toes..

I recommend you read this book if you love a thriller that is dark and oh so twisted.

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The Way You Are (Carolina Connections Book 5) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Jenni Bishop

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

The Way You Are (Carolina Connections Book 5) by Sylvie Stewart ​is another remarkable story that is fun and captivating. It is a quick read that is an enthralling page turner and is told in several POV’s, which I love. It is a little quirky in its telling as is Sylvie’s way and her characters will find their way into your heart. The main characters are wonderfully cute as they dance around one another.

Brett is a gentleman who is sweet and adorable and every woman’s dream. Liv is a bad arse and far from shy, she loves what she does and those she is loyal to. Together they are hilarious and so so sexy mexy and hot, hot, hot, if only they can get on the same page.

This is an easy, light and fun read that absolutely needs to be on your read list.

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PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond – Review by Jenni Bishop

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

PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond ​is bittersweet and an original story that is multi layered in its telling. There is lots of emotions, highs and lows and is complex and mysterious, as it is sexy and as suspenseful, as it is dramatic, and it is definitely captivating in its uniqueness.

Evies life has been plagued with mental health issues. Everything she has done is so she can take care of her family and that is why she is where she is today. She has a unique ability, that makes her highly sort after by the rich and famous but who is able to help her?

It is as beautiful as it is bittersweet. I am a definite Pamela DuMond fan after this read and there is so much more story to tell and I can not wait for the next book in the series.

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