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Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager – Review by Juls Dick

Dating the It GuyDating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dating the it guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager is a charming YA romance novel full of teenage drama, angst and love. When Emme is forced to attend a summer school after her internship falls through, she does not expect to meet Brendon, the one of the most popular boys in school. When their friendship starts to develop and grow into a romantic relationship Emme starts to find her own insecurities regarding dating the popular guy are growing. She is also struggling with her grandparents ailing health and the other girls sniffing around Brendon. This is a nice story reflecting a lot of the real issues that face teenage girls these days. I would recommend to those who enjoy a YA story.

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Swindler’s Revenge (Karina Cardinal Mysteries Book 5) by Ellen Butler – Review by Juls Dick

Swindler's RevengeSwindler’s Revenge by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Swindlers Revenge, by Ellen Butler is the 5th book in the Karina Cardinals series. This is the first book in this series I have read but I will be definitely going back to read the other books in the series. When FBI agents knock on Karina’s door looking for her ex-boyfriend Mike, who has allegedly stolen $1.2 million from the government, she knows that she needs to investigate it further. Utilising her skills and contacts in private security she is determined to help undercover the plot, especially since the FBI and IRS are following her. When Mike eventually makes contact she is even more determined to help clear his name. This was a really enjoyable novel, Karina is a strong woman who knows what she wants. I really liked the dynamic between the different characters and how they may continue growing in the future.

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No Way Out (Mafia Elite, book 1) by Amy McKinley – Review by Juls Dick

No Way Out (Mafia Elite, #1)No Way Out by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No Way Out: An arranged marriage mafia romance by Amy McKinley is the first book in the Mafia Elite series and I am excited to read more. It a fast paced an exciting novel with lots of action and likable characters. When Max returns to Chicago from Italy, where he has been living since the death of his mother, he is on a mission, a mission to get back what he feels has been stolen from him and is determined to get back his rightful place as head of the family. Supported by his cousins, Max manages to manipulate the situation to ensure the hand in marriage of Lilianna Brambilla, a mafia princess who is suffocating under her tyrannical father. This is a really enjoyable read, there are a lot of characters and it is difficult to remember who is in which family but the author helpfully puts a breakdown at the beginning of who belongs where. I will definitely be checking out more books in this series.

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So Close (Love Grows Series Book 4) by Renee Regent – Review by Juls Dick

So Close (Love Grows #4)So Close by Renee Regent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So Close is the 4th book in the Love Grows series by Renee Regent. The story follows single parent Dahlia, who has recently been promoted into her dream job role at the resort she works at and Levi, who has been hired to work with Dahlia on a time sensitive project. The only issue is that the pair already have a touchy history, from being best friends as children up until they became enemies 7 years ago. The pair had never admitted how they truly felt about each other. When they do finally reconnect, the question is will they be able to rebuild the trust that Dahlia feels was broken and will the other people in their lives let them succeed. This is an enjoyable contemporary romance, ideal for people who enjoy a second chance/friends to lovers’ romance. The characters are written well, and the author does a good job of immersing you in the scene.

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Houses of Deception (The Madeline Dawkins Mystery Series Book 6) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Juls Dick

Houses of Deception (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 6)Houses of Deception by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Houses of deception is the 6th book in the Madeline Dawkins series by Cynthia Hamilton, and this series never disappoints. From the very beginning of the book when Maddie and Mike attend a very swanky party of one of their clients, you know it is going to be juicy. Followed up by the reemergence of their old reluctant tutor to investigate the disappearance of his nephew, you know things are never as straight forward as they first seem. This book is really enjoyable, has lots of twists in the tail that are totally unexpected and overall is a really good read. I have read all of the books in this series so far and just enjoy them more and more each time.

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Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance) (Moonlit Destination Series) by Amy McKinley – Review by Juls Dick

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

Moonlit Kiss: A Venice Romance is part of the Moonlit Destination Series by Amy McKinley. Set in the beautiful setting of Venice, American Gianna, an accomplished artist, is hired to restore an incomplete mural on the side of her employer’s home. From the moment she steps foot in the city she starts to feel as though she has been here before, finding a familiarity on the streets and waterways. The longer she stays in the city the more she starts to connect with the heart-breaking mystery behind the unfinished painting and finds herself falling for the descendant of the artist himself, Italian doctor Sergio. This is a really enjoyable book; the descriptions of the setting really help picture the scene and the character development is excellent. Would recommend to fans of this genre.

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

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

Secure Decision by RL Dunn is the 5th book in the Chase Security series, each book follows a different member of the team and can be read as a stand alone however I find it easier to keep track of who everyone is, as I have read each book in sequence.
Secure Decision follows Wes, a Chase Security Exec who has been tasked with opening and running the companies newest training centre, and Eleanor, who is hired as the head of the equine therapy team. Unfortunately, she is also on the run from her past and it seems that it is starting to catch up with her. When bodies start showing up on the grounds and the team is targeted by outside subjects it becomes difficult for the team to know who to trust. I really liked all the books in this series so far, but this one might be my favourite. It is fast paced, and action packed with a bit of romance thrown in too. It makes you really care for the characters and you find yourself cheering them on. I highly recommend to fans of this genre.

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Love Unexpected by Marina Hanna – Review by Juls Dick

Love UnexpectedLove Unexpected by Marina Hanna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love Unexpected by Marina Hanna is a fast-paced office romance. When a chance encounter at a bar between Jules and Adam sends sparks flying, it is a shock to Jules when she finds out that he is none other than her new boss. Unable to keep business and pleasure separate Jules starts to fall for Adam but the older business mogul has his walls up high and it is uncertain whether he will let her in. I liked this book but really didn’t like Adam to start with, he was too pushy and unable to see how great he had it with Jules but her tenacious nature was really refreshing, she wasn’t one of those heroines who let herself be fooled by the powerful man, she stood her ground and I really liked that. This is a very steamy novel but has a good story and some interesting characters, who I am sure will have fun stories of their own.

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Love by Design (The Meraki Series Book 2) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Juls Dick

Love by Design (The Meraki series, #2)Love by Design by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love by Design is the second book in the Meraki series by Effie Kammenou. I have really loved both books in this series, I really enjoy how the author builds the characters and how they are so in tune with their heritage, I now really want to visit Athens! Also, the added recipes are a great touch. This story follows Mia in her new career as Associate Art Director at a new up and coming magazine. After having met Nicolas for the first time (or so she thought) at an event she was involved with she is delighted when she is hired in his new company, until she gets to know him. This was a sweet and fun novel with lovable characters and a sweet back story. I liked the use of flashbacks to show more about Mia’s grandfather’s history and hope that his story finally gets some closure in the next book.

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Spiteful Punks: dolls and douchebags part one by Madeline Fay – Review by Juls Dick

Spiteful Punks: dolls and douchebags part oneSpiteful Punks: dolls and douchebags part one by Madeline Fay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spiteful Punks – Dolls and Douchebags part one by Madeline Fay is not a book for the feint hearted but I cannot wait to read part 2. It left so many questions unanswered. Poor Tillie has not had a great start to life, brought up in the clutches of the MC her father runs, she is forced into acts that she never wants any part of and is repeatedly broken down by those around her. When she finally gets a chance to escape she is brought to the door of 4 men who may be just as dangerous as the one that she left behind. Tillie is a strong character and I really hope that she gets the break she deserves in the next part. I would recommend this book to those who like a dark read, but there are trigger warnings so readers need to be mindful of that.

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