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Taming Beckett (The Playmakers Series Hockey Romances Book 1) by G.K. Brady – Review by Jenni Bishop

Taming Beckett (The Playmakers, #1)Taming Beckett by G.K. Brady
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

Taming Beckett is a sports romance tale, and we all know that sports romances have bad boys at the helm and this one is no different.

Broken and down on his luck but of his own doing NHL bad boy Beckett Miller is on the verge of losing it all. Turning to his friend to see if she can help him turn it all around, he discovers much more than he thought he could.

I liked Beckett and Paige and the trials and tribulations they were going through. The chemistry there and They were good for each other, but I found that I could not fully immerse myself in their story. The pacing felt a little too slow at times and a little drawn out leaving me wanting more. Having said that I will be catching up on the next books in the series to see where GK takes it. There are nine books to the series, so it is bound to get exciting?

If you like contemporary sports romances, then give this book a try.

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If I Had a Magic Wand by Melissa Lavi – Review by Jenni Bishop

If I had a Magic WandIf I had a Magic Wand by Melissa Lavi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I Had A Magic Wand is a message to everyone who share their love of a child/children. No matter where you are in the world or even if the child is not biological or if you are male or female the message is the same love is love.

It is a short story that is told through almost lyrical rhymes and illustrations. A sweet tale of mother’s love their hopes, their wishes and their dreams for her child.

If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?

A beautiful read to be shared.

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Snow in Love by Libby Kay – Review by Jenni Bishop

Snow in LoveSnow in Love by Libby Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Snow in Love is my first foray into Libby’s romance tales. This is a sports enemies to lover’s romance set in an Aspen winter wonderland that should be read cuddled up in front of the fire with a nice hot drink or in my case stretched out in the sun for a few hours of escape.

Snow in Love follows 2 Paralympians who are good at what they do with plenty of passion but not so good when it comes to their personal lives. There is laughter, a little bit of steam but there is also lots of emotions due to their pasts and coming to grips with it. The question is can they move on and open their hearts to what could be? To find out you will have to read it to find out.

There is a lot of push and pull to make the journey interesting to say the least.

If you are a fan of sports romances, you will enjoy this enemies to lovers Christmas tale by Libby Kay.

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Reckless Heart (Second Chance Romance Series Book 2) by Jane Suen – Review by Jenni Bishop

Reckless Heart (Second Chance Romance #2)Reckless Heart by Jane Suen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reckless Heart is one of my all-time favourite stories by Jane. I really enjoy her writing. This engaging emotional tale has all the feels. It is a short story that is a sweet second chance romance. I read the book in one sitting as the story just called to me and the characters were wonderful likeable and well developed. It has everything to delight the sense and keep the pages turning. With high emotions, angst, steam, misunderstandings, pain and hurt are just some of what you get. My only wish once again is that it was longer.

Mary is ready to embrace her new life as a sexy single woman and has her sights set on a certain someone. However, it may be more difficult than she thought.

Brad returns for his sister’s wedding and has mixed emotions seeing his lost crush. Does he have it in him to relive the pain from the past and move forward?

You will have to read this beautiful tale to see what happens. A perfect present for someone for Christmas.

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Knight In The Museum (Jorja Knight Private Investigator Mystery Series Book 5) by Alice Bienia – Review by Jenni Bishop

Knight In The Museum ( Jorja Knight Mystery -Book 5)Knight In The Museum by Alice Bienia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Talk about coming in from the back of the pack, that’s exactly what I have done with this series. I wasn’t aware that this was the fifth book in the series. I am going back to the beginning though because I really enjoyed this one.

There is a bit of humour and a few twists in this intriguing murder mystery and let’s not forget thriller. Where our tough, no nonsense and straight shooter PI Jorja Knight is set on solving the mystery but there is more going on than meets the eye and that something is murder, although it may not be that simple. Is it a dangerous hidden plot or something otherworldly like a curse?

If you like thrilling murder mysteries, then Alice’s Knight in the Museum is just one of the books in this series that should satisfy your thirst.

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Return to Gallanvaig (A Quirk of Destiny Book 2) by Catherine Greenall – Review by Jenni Bishop

Return to Gallanvaig: Beyond A Quirk of DestinyReturn to Gallanvaig: Beyond A Quirk of Destiny by Catherine Greenall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Return to Gallanvaig takes up two years after the first book in this trilogy A Quirk of Destiny and things have only gotten worse. It is a story set in a dystopian world which has gone mad and no longer resembles the world as we know it. It is a world in ruin. The sad thing is that it could well be a reality to come to fruition.

This dark and twisted tale has good pitted against evil. Is one necessarily better than the other? There are global conspiracies, mortal danger, deadly creatures, inevitable sickness and death, zombies and mutants with supernatural powers.

A post-apocalyptic tale like you have not seen before where science fiction meets real science.

How can those behind this terrible conspiracy and bringing destruction to the world be stopped?

Just as the first book did the ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger.

If you like post-apocalyptic sci fi thrillers, why not grab this trilogy and get stuck in.

I wonder how Catherine will bring the story to a close in the next book.

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Amaleigha and the Big Idea by Janice Pratt – Review by Jenni Bishop

Amaleigha and the Big IdeaAmaleigha and the Big Idea by Janice Pratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amaleigha is full of wonderful and colourful drawings that really brighten the story. It is a book aged for kids 4 – 7 who will be delighted as they go on this adventure with Amaleigha.

Amaleigha is one clever girl and has a passion that she wants to share it with others. There is a message here and it is not just for kids. Adults could use it too.

I read this story to my grandbabies, 5 and 3 ½ and they enjoyed it so much I had to reread it to them several times. It is a great idea for birthday or Christmas presents for your kids or grandbabies.

Jan has proven it is never too late to share your passion.

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Kamana Wanalaya by Susan Renee – Review by Jenni Bishop

Kamana Wanalaya for the Holidays: A Grinchy/Sunshine Holiday RomanceKamana Wanalaya for the Holidays: A Grinchy/Sunshine Holiday Romance by Susan Renee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Can even biggest love critic be swayed? To find out you will need to grab a copy of Kamana Wanalaya an over-the-top fun and steamy holiday romance. It is an enemies to lovers tale and is set in one of the world’s most beautiful places Hawaii.

I enjoy a good Rom Com and that is what we get when we go on this journey where the She-grinch doesn’t believe in love and the Love Guru wants a chance to prove it. This hilarious and steamy romance tale will have you needing a good stiff drink. It will also have you laughing at their antics, banter and sassiness.

This is my first time reading anything by Susan, but it will not be my last because it is such a fun read to get lost in for a few hours.

Who doesn’t love some sun, sand, surf, sexy and steamy?

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Murder on Oak Street ( A South Shore Mystery Book 1) by I.M. Foster – Review by Jenni Bishop

Murder on oak streetMurder on oak street by I. M. Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murder on Oak Street is an historical mystery set in New York, 1904. I thought IM was a new author but soon realised that I have read many of her books which are historical time travel romances under her pseudonym.

Two murders two years a part could they be by the same person? Will the killer try again? Time is of the essence to try and find the killer before they strike again. That means that Daniel must reopen a case he worked on two years prior. Can he get the authorities to listen once and for all?

There is plenty of twists and turns, mystery, danger, murder, mayhem, angst, drama and suspense. All of that will keep you engaged and immersed in the story and the pages turning.

IM does a good job of incorporating the history of the time into the story.

I will leave it to you to read the book and discover what happens in this intriguing tale.

Grab a copy to give as a Christmas present.

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Malayeka (Heartstrings Book 3) by Brooke May – Review by Jenni Bishop

Malayeka (Heartstrings Book 3)Malayeka by Brooke May
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Malayeka is the third book in the wonderful The Heartstrings Series. I loved the first two books in this romantic comedy series. With different Cupids throughout the world, you would think that things go smoothly. Wrong! Unfortunately, not everything goes right even though they have the best intensions and an overly positive outlook on all things. This clean romantic tale is Malayeka’s story.

It’s easy to get lost in the story and you can’t help but fall in love with this quirky cupid. Laughing out loud as she tries to right her wrongs and waring families wielding shotguns.

Mala caused a major disaster two centuries ago with life lasting effects. Now she must try to set it right and this is where the adventure begins.

Can Mala finally fix and put to rest her error and find her redemption?

Make sure you grab a copy and settle in for an entertaining afternoon read.

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