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In The Arms of Morpheus: A Speculative Romance (Antiheroes Series Book 2) by Gaia B Amman – Review by Jonell Collins

In the Arms of Morpheus: A Speculative Romance (Antiheroes Book 2)In the Arms of Morpheus: A Speculative Romance by Gaia B Amman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to say In The Arms of Morpheus: A Speculative Romance (Antiheroes Series Book 2) by Gaia B Amman was not quite what I expected. That is not a bad thing I’m just saying it wasn’t exactly what I expected. It read like a mystery book all the way through it and I was trying desperately to figure it out before I got to the end. Needless to say, it didn’t end the way that I planned. However, the characters are very interesting, and their interactions are all solid. I think the thing that I like best about this book was the interactions between the characters. So much misreading of intention, so much fear of being clear about how you feel. The fear of rejection, the fear of commitment. But isn’t that what we are all made of. Watching Tasha and Josh come to grips with their feelings was quite the roller-coaster. I especially liked the historical notes at the end.

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Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 1) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jonell Collins

Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries)Bird in a Snare by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 1) by N.L. Holmes, is a book that I almost feel like I need to dig my Thesaurus out to review it. I can’t think of enough glowing adjectives to describe my pure pleasure while reading this book. Maybe it was my love of ancient history, or maybe it’s my love of language and a phrase well turned. I do love a good mystery and I can’t tell you how pleased I was that not only is this a confusing, twisting, hard to guess little mystery but the setting of Ancient Egypt was the icing on the cake. The lovely way that Ms. Holmes puts words together made me see the dust and feel the sun. Not only can she make you see the sands of Egypt but the characters she creates are so well described they take up residence in your head. This was a great introduction; I am so glad it is Book 1 because I will certainly board the train for Book 2.

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Confidentiality (Scope of Practice Book 2) by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Jonell Collins

ConfidentialityConfidentiality by Jessica Aiken-Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Confidentiality (Scope of Practice Book 2) by Jessica Aiken-Hall, is like a mystery story told in segments. Its hard to hear the stories of these girls without being sympathetic. Especially if you are a survivor of domestic abuse. I know I planned at least a hundred murders in the 20 years of my bondage. Because bondage it is. The ongoing introspection of Val echoes some of my own. Its hard, really hard not to want her vigilante justice. The darker rooms of our mind will go there. I guess that’s what books are for. That other world. This is a good book to read even if you have never been a victim. A little insight into what makes us tick it does a body good.

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The Wandering Isles: A Crown of Stones Novella (The Crown of Stones Novella Series Book 1) by C. L. Schneider – Review by Jonell Collins

The Wandering Isles, A Crown of Stones Novella (Novella Series #1)The Wandering Isles, A Crown of Stones Novella by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

C. L. Schneider has done it again with The Wandering Isles: A Crown of Stones Novella (The Crown of Stones Novella Series Book 1). Although not a part of the Crown of Stones trilogy it does feature some of our favorite characters. Having left Ian and Jarryd on a boat at the end of the trilogy we get to travel with them on their journey. Dealing with the past is never pleasant but Ian and Jarryd have a past that is particularly difficult. The new characters and the world the author creates is quite interesting and I think new and unique. C. L. Schneider will forever be on my read list.

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Into the Lion’s Den (Reverend Margot Quade Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Sarah Biglow – Review by Jonell Collins

Into the Lion's Den: (A Christian Cozy Mystery) (Reverend Margot Quade Cozy Mysteries Book 1)Into the Lion’s Den: (A Christian Cozy Mystery) by Sarah Biglow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Into the Lion’s Den (Reverend Margot Quade Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Sarah Biglow, is a sweet little mystery. Very fast read. It was a great little book to indulge my reading habit with. You know that habit you have when you really should be doing something else. This little story is guilt free. It was a great little mystery, interesting characters, and a page turner for sure. If you are looking for a good story to scratch that reading itch this is the book for you. You can read this book and get the housework done before the kids get off the bus. Good clean fun, no surprises here.

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The Frontman by Lawrence Parlier – Review by Jonell Collins

The FrontmanThe Frontman by Lawrence Parlier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Frontman by Lawrence Parlier, did not sound like a title that I was expecting much from. It just sounded kind of plain. Boy was I surprised. This is such an awesome book. On so many levels. The scenario in the book is unique, the characters are all marvelous, and there are many. Each one is so well described that they are firmly set in your memory, you feel like you know these people. Another very intriguing thing about this story is there are several stories going on and they all come together in the end. Romance, and who doesn’t like a little romance, without the icky factor, regret, forgiveness. This book has it all. This book is awesome and I just can’t say enough good things about it without sounding redundant. Read this book! I am hoping there is another book in the works, the way this story reads I think that could be a very real possibility. I would sure like to see Calliope and Harry figure things out.

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FALL: The Ragnarök Prophesies: #2 by A.K. Morgen – Review by Jonell Collins

Fall (The Ragnarök Prophesies, #2)Fall by A.K. Morgen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first it seems like this is a story that’s slow to get started. If you’re looking for a rock em sock em action infusion, FALL: The Ragnarök Prophesies: #2 by A.K. Morgen, is not that kind of story. The characters are each unique in their personalities and purpose. This story is all about the slow journey to purpose and destiny. Coming to terms with the things you might not like about yourself and others and finding a way to just “get on with it”. I do have to say I was somewhat moved to jealousy by the love Dace has for Arionna, and hers for him, but certainly not their destiny. Watch out for the cliffhanger, the anticipation is killing.

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Eagle of the Empire (Relic Hunters) by Martin Ferguson – Review by Jonell Collins

Eagle of the Empire (Relic Hunters, #1)Eagle of the Empire by Martin Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although it seems that Eagle of the Empire (Relic Hunters) by Martin Ferguson is a young adult book, I enjoyed it a great deal. I love history and I especially enjoy any fiction book that motivates me to do some further research. The Ninth Legion of Rome provided many rabbit holes for me to trot down. The characters in the story are all strong and intriguing with strong leads into more revelations of each character in the next book. This is a series I will be watching.

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Tompkin’s School: For The Extraordinarily Talented (A Supernatural Academy Trilogy Book 1) by Tabi Slick – Review by Jonell Collins

Tompkin's School For The Extraordinarily Talented (Supernatural Trilogy #1)Tompkin’s School For The Extraordinarily Talented by Tabi Slick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tompkin’s School: For The Extraordinarily Talented (A Supernatural Academy Trilogy Book 1) by Tabi Slick is a great introduction to this series. The Torvik, twins Izzy and Kain are great characters, can’t wait to see their development in future stories. The world the author builds, seems familiar but also new and strange. The story kept my interest and kept me turning pages. I must say I was not prepared for the cliff hanger. I am looking forward to the next one.

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Virtually Gone (High-Tech Crime Solvers Book 6) by Jacquie Biggar – Review by Jonell Collins

Virtually Gone (High-Tech Crime Solvers #6)Virtually Gone by Jacquie Biggar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many of us have tragic things happen in our lives. Things that are never far from our hearts and minds. In Virtually Gone (High-Tech Crime Solvers Book 6) by Jacquie Biggar , detective Matthew Roy…has just that situation. Pulled into a serial killer’s path of destruction Matt will have to deal with the pain from a past tragedy. Will he be able to set that aside to catch this killer? It’s an enlightening journey to get into his head. This story comes with a promise of a future romance. I really like those slow starters.

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