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And The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery of Leah Marcus by A.J. Ullman – Review by Jonell Collins

And The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery of Leah MarcusAnd The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery of Leah Marcus by A.J. Ullman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me say that I have been reading for many, many years. In all those years of reading I can’t recall reading any book that blind sided me like this one. And The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery of Leah Marcus by A.J. Ullman is so skillfully written it will have you looking up these people on Google. Especially if you, like me, missed the page that says “This book is a work of fiction”. It doesn’t feel like fiction. The author has so skillfully woven his fiction into the tapestry of truth it’s almost indiscernible. I like that “Gotcha” moment. It so rarely happens. A.J. Ullman is an author I will definitely be reading again.

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SPOUSE TRAP: Madeline Dawkins Mysteries (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Jonell Collins

Spouse Trap (Madeline Dawkins, #1)Spouse Trap by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a horrifying mess poor Madeline had to overcome. It seems nearly impossible. SPOUSE TRAP: Madeline Dawkins Mysteries (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton, was an excellent read. I so appreciated Madeline’s journey. I have to say I am proud of her. This is an excellent first book in a series because I can tell you I am hooked. The characters, especially Madeline were all well fleshed out and intriguing.The world Madeline lives in is well put together. There is just nothing about this book that doesn’t feel real. It pulls you in. Great writing, great story, I can’t wait for book two.

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HIT AND RUN by Diane Hester – Review by Jonell Collins

Hit and RunHit and Run by Diane Hester
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hit and Run by Diane Hester is a great page turning thriller. I must confess I read it all in one sitting. I really could not put it down. So many twists and plots you really can’t put it down. The slow burning romance is just right. The action, and deep thinking to solve the mystery all came in just the right doses to keep me in this book till the end. To say I was not disappointed is an understatement. Diane Hester is a name I will remember when looking for a good book to get lost in.

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Bargaining (Hero High Book 3) by Mina Chara – Review by Jonell Collins

Bargaining (Hero High, #3)Bargaining by Mina Chara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a book with quite a different flip on the super hero stories. Bargaining (Hero High Book 3) by Mina Chara by Mina Chara was an interesting read. Anyone who is into super heroes will enjoy this story. Some good clean romance that I can see leading to more stories about Hero High as this little romance seems an impossibility. David’s confession to Friday that he was gay seems an odd hanging thread unless it too will launch another story. Lots of possibilities for future reads in this little book.

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Torch (Lovelock Book 2) by Tricia Copeland – Review by Jonell Collins

TorchTorch by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just love dystopian stories. Torch (Lovelock Book 2) by Tricia Copeland did not disappoint. It’s geared towards the young adult crowd but adults will enjoy this one too. I loved the story, the characters and the great world the author has set up for us. I got a little bogged down in the preparation details but hey I am old. Folks that are really into dystopian novels and survivor type details are really going to love this one. This one is book 2 and I for sure will be reading book 3. Cause you know, I gotta know.

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How (Stalker Series Book 3) by Megan Mitcham – Review by Jonell Collins

How (Stalker Series, 3)How by Megan Mitcham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How (Stalker Series 3) by Megan Mitcham is a good little psycho thriller. It didn’t turn out quite how I imagined but I was close. Now come on don’t act like you don’t try to figure out the who-done-its. A little twist here and there. Of course, there is romance a bit more sizzle than I care for but hey different strokes for different folks. Definitely not a book for young adults. If you like to be kept guessing this book will do it for you.

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Phoenix Team One: Selected (Mythical Alliance: Phoenix Team Book 1) by Claire Luana – Review by Jonell Collins

Phoenix Team One: Selected (Mythical Alliance: Phoenix Team Book 1)Phoenix Team One: Selected by Claire Luana
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fun little story Phoenix Team One: Selected (Mythical Alliance: Phoenix Team Book 1) by Clair Luana was. Some sadness, a little romance, plenty of action and mystery. This story is a quick little read and well worth your time. It’s well written and the lead character Zariya Chanji is quite enchanting. Reads like the start of a really good series to me.

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Arrows Tipped with Honey (Natural Forces Book 2) by Jean Gill – Review by Jonell Collins

Arrows Tipped with Honey (Natural Forces #2)Arrows Tipped with Honey by Jean Gill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Just wow! I don’t mind telling you, I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting. Because….Yes it is that good. This is a story about perfection. Who says what perfection is? Is it the same for all? Should it be? And if it’s not what happens to the “others”? Such great characters and such a wonderful world the author has led us to. Although Arrows Tipped with Honey (Natural Forces Book 2) by Jean Gill is the second of this series, it was my first read through this world. I will be rectifying that issue before dawn tomorrow. In many ways this book reflects some of the social change that is going on in our world today, but it is so skillfully written you almost don’t notice. If you are looking for a great adventure….Read this Book!

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Kat’s Conundrum (Raven and Hummingbird Book 3) by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Jonell Collins

Kat's Conundrum (Raven and Hummingbird Book 3)Kat’s Conundrum by Nikki Broadwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have enjoyed the Raven and Hummingbird books. I’m pretty sure Kat’s Conundrum, Raven and Hummingbird book 3 by Nikki Broadwell, is my favorite so far. Kat and Bran are quite interesting characters, and in this third book MS. Broadwell paints even more character into their personalities. Not only theirs but even the supporting players in this little tale. The new characters she introduces are no less interesting. Wonderful, rich worldbuilding, and not just one, the many dimensions that Kat has access to are well described and artfully crafted. I love this book and the ending was so perfect. This is a story you won’t want to miss.

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Hawk’s Cry (Satan’s Devils MC Second Generation #2) by Manda Mellett – Review by Jonell Collins

Hawk's Cry (Satan's Devils MC Second Generation #2)Hawk’s Cry by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are a fan of stories about Motorcycle Clubs, Hawk’s Cry, Satan’s Devils MC – Next Generation Book #2, by Manda Mellet will not disappoint. There is of course, what you would expect from a motorcycle club, adult language, rough men, tough women, and detailed action. But, the deeper story here is the most compelling thing about this book. It’s a story about losing yourself and how slowly that sneaks up on you, until you’re so deep in the hole you can’t get out. As quietly as it sneaks up on you, sometimes even the ones we love don’t see it coming either. Eli is so lost he doesn’t have the slightest clue how to find himself. Don’t just surface read this one, this book deserves more than that.

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