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Hell In A Handbasket (Life is Hell Book 3) by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Hell In A Handbasket (Life is Hell #3)Hell In A Handbasket by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved being back in Juniper Lake and book three in the ‘Life is Hell’ series focuses on Teivel and Oren’s romance. I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in this original series by Naomi Valkyrie and this is another great addition to the series. I love the main characters, bitter tracker demon Teivel Tynan and Demon Hunter Oren, but I also like ‘catching up’ with characters from the previous books. Teivel is in Juniper Lake to help his ex but he’s also very attracted to his ex’s deputy, Oren. Teivel’s fear of loving again, his baggage and the fact that Oren is a Demon Hunter and he’s a Demon are all complications to Teivel and Oren having a relationship. However, when they are forced together to get to the bottom of a mystery and save life’s when a mysterious baby is left on Oren’s doorstep the pair develop a connection, making Teivel believe that a relationship just might be possible after all. The authors wonderfully detailed world building really brings the setting of Juniper Lake alive, making me feel fully immersed in Teivel and Oren’s world. The descriptive narrative and unique characters all add to the overall storyline and ensured that I was hooked from page one. This is a fairly fast paced and exciting read and once I started reading I just could not put the book down.

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Secure Decision (Chase Security Series Book 5) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Secure Decision (Chase Security Series Book 5)Secure Decision by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the previous four books in this series I was really looking forward to this latest novel and was definitely not disappointed. As usual with a ‘Chase Security Series’ book I was hooked from start to finish. Although part of a series this can be read as a standalone story although some of the characters do crossover as the series follows the Chase brothers and their team. In this novel it’s the Senior Executive for Chase Security International, Wes ”Alamo” Crockett’s story. Wes is a Combat Medic and nationally registered Paramedic who has just taken over the Chase Centre for Training in Virginia. Wes is suffering with self doubt over a previous tough mission in New York but has to put his feelings aside to oversee operations including a equine-assisted therapy program for disabled veterans. It’s here where Wes meets the new Director of Equine-Assisted Therapy, Eleanor West.
When a body is found in a cabin on the training centres property Wes has to investigate as well as being assigned to a case involving women being kidnapped, so he definitely does not have time to find himself attracted to Eleanor. Eleanor is also fighting the chemistry between her and her boss as she’s just started a new job and is hoping for a new start after years of running and hiding her painful secrets. However when these secrets endanger those she cares about Eleanor has to make a difficult decision and may have to put her own life at risk to end her nightmare. Meanwhile, Wes must choose between gaining Eleanor’s trust and helping her and the missing women’s case.
This exciting and engaging novel is fast paced and full of drama, suspense and of course romance. The main characters Wes and Eleanor are likeable and realistic and their chemistry really sizzled off the page. I particularly liked that Eleanor is a curvaceous women and her negative body image made her very relatable and was written about in a sensitive way. This is a great addition to the series and I recommend not only this book but the previous four as well. I look forward to book six in the series.

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Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance) (Moonlit Destination Series) by Amy McKinley – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance)Moonlit Kiss by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found myself unable to put this book down as I was hooked from page one by the romantic and suspenseful storyline. Set in Italy the author really bought the cobbled streets and waterways of Venice to life with her detailed and descriptive narrative, and I felt as though I was there with the main characters. Artist and conservator Gianna Bellini leaves on the first flight to Italy when she gets her dream job in Venice, to restore and complete a century old fresco painting. She develops a relationship with a native Venetian, Sergio Vitale after he rescues her when she trips at a cafe by a canal. Gianna asks Sergio for his help in discovering the unfinished design when she finds a panel of the fresco painting is missing.

The longer Gianna is in Venice the stronger the feelings of familiarity that she’s been experiencing become and she starts to believe that she has been to Venice before but not in her lifetime. When she starts having vivid dreams and hear’s haunting whispers she’s even more convinced that she has a connection to the floating city and to the mystery of the unfinished fresco. Sergio is determined to help Gianna uncover the mystery and wants to ensure that they have a future together. I loved Gianna and Sergio as they were both very likeable and relatable characters. The chemistry between the couple and how their relationship developed was very natural and realistic. The storyline had the right mix of romance and suspense and the plot kept me gripped from start to finish. Although part of a series ‘Moonlit Kiss’ can happily be read as a standalone story and I definitely recommend this engaging read.

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Hell Hath No Fury (Life Is Hell Book 2) by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Hell Hath No Fury (Life is Hell #2)Hell Hath No Fury by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this paranormal romance both enjoyable and engaging and having read and enjoyed the previous book in the series I was not disappointed. This story focuses on hedonism demon Sheridan falling in love for the first time with Millicent who is a human and who has no idea about the paranormal world around her. To complicate things further for Sheridan, Millicent also has a secret admirer. Deputy Sheriff Millicent can’t deny the mutual attraction between her and Sheridan but then when a secret admirer starts leaving strange gifts which turn out to be magical Millicent gets distracted. Once the admirers intentions are revealed however, Sheridan worries that his involvement may get Millicent killed. The authors wonderfully detailed world building made me feel, yet again immersed in the story and the plot twists kept me hooked from start to finish. The characters are all likeable and have fascinating backstories which adds to the story. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Kissing Scars by Jim Shomos – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Kissing ScarsKissing Scars by Jim Shomos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I fell in love with this romantic comedy novella which is inspired by a true story. When Sanaya, a computer games designer left her home in India to move to Australia and expand her carer she also had dreams of one day falling in love and having a baby. However, when she meets and falls in love with a mobile games pioneer Leo who is divorced with three kids her clear plan suddenly isn’t so clear, especially when Leo announces he does not want anymore children. Meanwhile, Leo who is a born romantic has promised himself that when his youngest son turns eighteen that it will then be his time to follow his dreams, of writing magazine stories around the world. But then he meets and falls in love with Sanaya but she wants a baby and his romance rule is, no more children. In this heartwarming romance, “they discover love writes its own rules”. This wonderfully written novella took me on an emotional rollercoaster whilst reading it and I was hooked from start to finish. The authors detailed and descriptive narrative bought both the setting and the likeable and relatable characters to life making me feel fully immersed in their love story.

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Dirty Kisses and Conflicting Wishes (Kiss Me Series Book 1) by Danielle Jacks – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Dirty Kisses and Conflicting WishesDirty Kisses and Conflicting Wishes by Danielle Jacks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun lighthearted romance with an unlikely couple which had me hooked from page one. Zoe Merrill and her brother, Tyler’s ex best friend Damien have a mutual agreement to fake a relationship but the longer they live the lie the less fake their relationship feels. This feel good steamy romance has likeable and relatable characters who’s chemistry sizzles off the page. I found it to be a fairly short read but an action packed one which was enjoyable and engaging.

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The Cross of Ciarán (The Cross of Ciarán Book 1) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Cross of CiaranThe Cross of Ciaran by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance with a paranormal twist and could not put this book down. The storyline was fascinating and had me hooked from page one. Archaeologist Caitlin O’Connell unearths the find of the century when a fifth century pagan priest is discovered in Ireland. Caitlin can not believe the perfect condition the Celt’s body is in, after all it was entombed fifteen hundred years ago. Caitlin accompanies the body back to the New York museum where she works so she can study him and discover more about the mysterious priest. However, before she can start work the priest disappears without a trace, leaving rumours circulating about the theft and the excavation’s benefactor pulling out of the expedition. Meanwhile, Ciarán wakes up into a strange new world having been buried alive for a betrayal against his goddess. Having been a priest in the beginnings of Christianity Ciarán seeks help with the parish’s pastor, Father Mike. Although Ciarán slowly gets used to being in his new surroundings and new era he is haunted by dark dreams and disturbing sensations that an evil from his past has followed him.

Caitlin has remained determined to find out what happened to her Celt priest and when she meets Ciarán Donnelly, her Uncle Mike’s new handyman she is convinced that he knows something about the theft. As the mutual attraction between them grows and Caitlin’s personal and professional life starts to blur Ciarán worries that his secrets might prevent them from having a future. This wonderfully written and heartwarming story is full of historical details and along with the descriptive narrative both the characters, the setting and the eras are bought to life. I felt completely immersed in the storyline which flows well and the intriguing plot kept me happily turning the pages well into the night.

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Blue Summer Part Two by Everly Taylor – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Blue Summer Part TwoBlue Summer Part Two by Everly Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blue Summer, Part Two continues where Part One finished so the books do need to be read in order to fully enjoy this entertaining and engaging paranormal, fantasy romance. In this story our heroine, Lillie has been kidnapped again by the evil and powerful sorcerer who is obsessed with gaining even more power and believes that Lillie is the key. Escaping from him this time turns out to be much harder but Lillie is desperate to get back to the Zayed before it’s too late. I liked seeing how Lillie’s character had grown and developed during this story and thought she was a great main character who bought the story together. I also liked how her relationship with Zayed’s, Chief, Clay, Heath and Brian continued and how their chemistry really came across in the narrative, which led to some steamy scenes. This fairly short but fast paced story is full of drama, suspense, magic and romance and the plot had me hooked from start to finish. The authors wonderful world building and descriptive narrative really bought the Zayed and their community to life and once again I was fully immersed in the story.

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Nightfall by TK Lawyer – Review by Jennifer Gordon

NightfallNightfall by T.K. Lawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging paranormal, shifter romance with a twist. I was hooked from start to finish with this novel and felt immersed in Tamara and Josh’s world. Tamara has been burned by men before and is now against dating but she faintly remembers a man, Josh who she didn’t dare take a chance with and wishes she had. Meanwhile Josh, who is actually a wolf shifter is drawn to Tamara and her scent and when he realises that she is in fact his mate he will do anything to be near her, even become her pet. Tamara thinks the stray dog she took in is just her new pet, Nightfall, and could never imagine that he is in fact Josh. Josh soon wants to be more to Tamara than just her pet but is unsure how to get out of the crazy situation he’s in. He decides to convince her that he is the one for her. However, Tamara’s battered heart is preventing her from opening up to Josh and excepting a future with him and Josh knows that he risks her walking away from him for good. The authors descriptive narrative bought both the characters and the setting to life and I liked the twist on the shifter mate relationship, with Tamara thinking that Josh was her pet, Nightfall. The chemistry between Josh and Tamara came across in the story and I enjoyed how their relationship developed as they got to know each other. The storyline flowed well and the plot kept me happily turning the pages, keen to discover what would happen next.

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Blue Summer Part One by Everly Taylor – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Blue Summer Part OneBlue Summer Part One by Everly Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this paranormal, fantasy romance both entertaining and engaging. The synopsis does not give much away so I was looking forward to getting immersed in the storyline and I was not disappointed. Lillie has grown up with hushed whispers about the blue skinned Zayed and has been taught to fear them. However, when she has an encounter with the Zayed she realises that the whispers and rumours are not true and changes her mind about them. When she is kidnapped by a sorcerer who believes she knows more than she does Lillie is taken deeper into the Zayed’s world. As she gets to know, Chief, Clay, Heath and Brian she discovers that she feels more at home in their world than in her own and has to figure out her role to save both herself and the Zayed community. This is a short, fast paced read with an exciting and original storyline which flows wells. The plot is full of drama, fantasy, romance, wit, and suspense all of which had me hooked from start to finish. The authors wonderful world building and descriptive narrative really bought the Zayed and their community to life and I fell in love with all the main characters. The cliffhanger ending has left me looking forward to book two.

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