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Vampire State by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Jonell Collins

Vampire StateVampire State by Alexander Charalambides
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great little story. It comes along at a great time in our own country. In Vampire State by Alexander Charalambides we get a great story about change. Change is seldom easy, and I think this author does a good job of showing us different aspects of the difficulties of change. Our heroine, Rowena, slowly recognizes her part in the need for bringing about these changes, but she is up for the challenge. Vincenzo and Luka have very different approaches to change but in the end….it works. The real shining point of this story is the dialogue between Dominus and Rowena. It’s there that we see the solution for real change. This is a fast-paced little story and was over too soon. I found myself wanting more. If you are like me and you like the story within the story this is a book that you will really enjoy.

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Testament of Feats: Book of Judgement Book One by K.H. Jones – Review by Jonell Collins

Testament of Feats: Book of Judgment,Testament of Feats: Book of Judgment, by K.H. Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an Oh My God surprise! When I picked this book to read, I thought, this sounds interesting. It was so much more. Such a good book. In Testament of Feats: Book of Judgment, K. H. Jones leads us into a richly woven world. Each culture carefully woven, artfully described. You are in that world. There is so much detail in this story, food, geography, games, weapons, even the animals are thoroughly described. K. H. Jones has taken the slumbering parts of my brain and forced them to build a world that I can clearly see. This book even has romance. Our hero in the story, Scream, is a deep thinker but he doesn’t let it cripple him or lose sight of his objective. A balance of justice and compassion. There are so many things I loved about this book. I am completely and totally sold out to this series. If you like this genre, this is an absolute must read. Even if you don’t you will love this story.

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Ricochet by Kathryn Berla – Review by Jonell Collins

RicochetRicochet by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not so sure where to start with this story. Parallel universes are always an interesting theme. So many ways to go there. In Ricochet, Kathryn Berla, takes us on a journey with four very different girls, but so much alike in many ways. There is a mild, same sex romance in this story that I think opens the doorway to address all the emotions that are on stage in this story. Guilt and shame versus confidence and self-assurance, a life of plenty, a life of poverty, timid versus bold. So many facets of the human nature addressed in this story. Its not a book to just whiz through. It’s a story to think through. I found myself having to back track a time or two just to verify my own thoughts. If you are looking for a good story, that is also mind stimulating this is a book for you.

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler – Review by Jonell Collins

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery, #3)Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do love strong female leads, and a good mystery is always a winner with me. In Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler we get both. This is an excellent little mystery. It is my first Karina Cardinal Mystery Story, but I can tell you it won’t be my last. Although Karina is the star of our show her sister Jillian is every bit in the thick of this as Karina. The dialogue and the interaction between the sisters in this book is spot on., and even better than all of that is the “story within the story”. I always love that. This sweet little mystery is well worth your time.

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Stalking the Stalker (Valley View Mysteries Book 2) by Laura Hawks – Review by Jonell Collins

Stalking the StalkerStalking the Stalker by Laura Hawks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This little mystery is an easy quick to read story. But don’t be fooled, it packs a powerful punch. It’s an intriguing little story with many suspects, turns, twists and surprises. Thought I had it figured then changed my mind, then changed my mind again. Romance but not the steamy kind, just very sweet and touching. But the best thing for me is the deeper story that Laura Hawks is giving us in Stalking the Stalker. Pick this one up, I think you will like it.

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Hang On To Your Shirt Tails (Chasing Tails Book 2) by C.A. King – Review by Jonell Collins

Hang On To Your Shirt Tails (Chasing Tails Book 2)Hang On To Your Shirt Tails by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was just a real good feel good story. In Hang on To Your Shirt Tails, C.A. King gives us a family story. Brodie and Tails are just trying to raise a family. And what teenager doesn’t think they know everything. There are so many things going on in this story you just must keep turning the page. From rebellious teenager, a son that is having massive changes going on in his life, and a desperate desire to start new life, this story mixes it all up and then stirs it with the stick of shadows of the past. Shadows without mercy or compassion. Quite a bit of suspense and several surprises. A laid back tale to enjoy.

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Jax Marlin – To Catch A Marlin by T.K. Toppin – Review by Jonell Collins

Jax Marlin - To Catch A MarlinJax Marlin – To Catch A Marlin by T.K. Toppin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an incredible story! Somehow it managed to have all my favorite things…Pirates?! For Real. Jax Marlin is intelligent, tough and sexy. Michael Pedroni is a cop with a weary edge to him but honest and focused. It’s his job to bring her in. This story was a great adventure, suspense, action, deep introspection. Everything that makes a story good and unforgettable. The main characters are thoughtfully crafted, and have you hooked in at the get go. The main supporting characters are just as carefully crafted. So well described you have no difficulty picturing them. There is plenty of action packed scenes in this book and they are all artfully and thoroughly thought out. This doesn’t feel like an off the cuff story, this feels like and reads like an art form. I love strong female characters and Jax does not disappoint. Not gonna lie, I think I am a big fan of Jax Marlin and I will be looking for more adventures with her. If you’re looking for a good solid read with a wild ride, this is the book for you. You will not regret it.

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Supernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book Collection by Gwyn McNamee writing as D.P. Payne – Review by Jonell Collins

Supernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book CollectionSupernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book Collection by D.P. Payne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Supernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book Collection by D.P. Payne was certainly some unique little tales. Very easy to read, and each one a very different story. Romance and really weird happenings is the common thread here. My favorites were Spirited and Loched. In Spirited the enchanting Margot has been haunting her last place of employment for more than a hundred years. When Blake buys the house to renovate it, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. There is some sexual situations that some may find offensive, but all these little stories are quite unique with new little twists on some old legends.

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Beneath the Fallen City (The Omni Towers Series Book 1) by Jamie A. Waters – Review by Jonell Collins

Beneath the Fallen City (The Omni Towers, #1)Beneath the Fallen City by Jamie A. Waters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I first read the synopsis of this book it didn’t really resonate with me. So, I passed it by on one or two occasions. One day when I just didn’t have anything else going on, I picked this book. And WOW I am glad I did. I have to say I am well and truly hooked into this series. In Beneath the Fallen City: The Omni Towers Series, Book 1 Jamie A. Waters has given us a world that is so well described you come away feeling like you are as familiar with that culture as you are your own. The two cultures in this book are meticulously described and so well fashioned. Kayla is tough, tough, tough and stubborn to boot. Right away you are sucked into wondering what could produce a young woman so hard-headed, and you just keep reading cause, you gotta know……right? Carl our hero of this story……or wait……maybe it’s Alec you just won’t know until you pick this one up and immerse yourself into the ruins and the Omnitower. There are some sexual situations that might be offensive to some, but this book gets a maximum rating from me and I really am looking forward to the next one.

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The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by C. L. Schneider – Review by Jonell Collins

Magic-Price (The Crown of Stones, #1)Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful book! It has a good solid story, great plot, the dialogue was smooth and flowing. C. L. Schneider has written a winner with The Crown of Stones: Magic Price. Ian Troy is unforgettable as are all the well-crafted players in this great book. It gets a little steamy in places but even with all that this book hits my perfect list. Although this is a fantasy it doesn’t feel like one. I can’t wait to read the next one, however I should probably clean my house first because I couldn’t put this one down.

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