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Building Storm (A Hawke Family Novel) (A Hawke Family Book 4) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Julie Lounello

Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 4)Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Building Storm by Gwyn McNamee is a five star novel. This novel is the fourth installment to the Hawke Family series. First off, I was drawn to these novels because of their amazingly hot covers. I love the black and white images and how the titles have everything to do with the character the author has centered that book around. This author has a masterful way of drawing the reader into her story and making you feel like you could be a part of this family as well. There is so much drama and heat between the characters that you will find you cannot put it down. When Storm realizes she is on her own, she is next to done for. She has no idea how she is going to keep on living and raise their daughter. She also knows what it was like growing up with her mom and promises that somehow, she will figure this out so that her daughter doesn’t have to grow up with a mother who had that look about her all the time also. It might take a while, but she will find herself again. I cannot wait to continue with the fifth and final book in this series!

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Flash Point (Nite Fire) by C. L. Schneider – Review by Julie Lounello

Flash Point (Nite Fire, #1)Flash Point by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nite Fire: Flash Point is the first book in C. L. Schneider’s new series. It is a four star novel. Even though paranormal fantasy is not a normal genre for me to read, I still found this novel moved me and made me continue reading to find out what was going to happen next. The author was able to real me in with her excellent storytelling and realistic fiction. Have you ever wondered if there were “others” living among us? I know I have. Dahlias able to blend in with the humans because she is half human and half dragon. Although she was raised by the dragons, she has since flew the coup and has hidden herself among the humans on earth. She finds it necessary to try to disguise the “others” existence by having the humans see something else and cover up their crimes enough that they look like they could have been committed by a human. Only problem is that now it might be getting to be too much for her and the people looking for her are getting closer to bringing her back home.
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The Memory of Us by Lisa Sorbe – Review by Julie Lounello

The Memory of UsThe Memory of Us by Lisa Sorbe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Memory of Us by Lisa Sorbe is a five star novel. I loved this novel about love, friendship, confusion and loss. Laney was a girl who had lost so much as a young teenager. Her father and brother are just two prime examples of the loss she has experienced. Many years later, when her mom dies, she ends up in her small hometown again and realizes the only love she has had, aside from her family, still lives next door. When she left after high school, she thought it was only right to let him go because she had dreams of leaving her miserable life behind and find herself again in the big city. Even her mom was a different person when she came to visit, away from the dark cloud of loss at home. Arizona Elena is trying to figure out now who she is compared to the Minnesota Laney she left behind. Hopefully she will be able to find herself as who she really is and not who she thinks people expect her to be in either of those places.

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Player (21st Century Courtesan) by Pamela DuMond – Review by Julie Lounello

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Player (21st Century Courtesan) by Pamela DuMond is a five star novel. I am a poker player and it was really fun to read a book that has poker as a part of the story. Also, hearing someone describe their view on other people’s tells was also great to read about. I loved how he analyzed her while he was working her up to have his way with her. Evie is a high end escort but not the kind that sleeps with her clients. She always makes sure to keep that separate, until she meets Dylan. He keeps her at arms length first but then realizes that neither of them can stay away from the other. Evie works to help men who are aging a difficult time to heal. After growing up with a rough life and something she feels guilty for, she knows she needs to help these men so that maybe she can heal herself as well.
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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P. A. Kane – Review by Julie Lounello

Leaving Jackson WolfLeaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf by P. A. Kane is a five star novel. Teenage angst runs rampant in this book and this is my guilty pleasure. I love young adult novels and actually prefer them. I was also drawn to this novel because of the intriguing cover. I don’t know what it is exactly but as soon as I saw the cover, I knew I needed to read this novel. I didn’t look at the synopsis or any reviews or anything before picking it up. I was right in knowing I needed to read this book. Jackson is a teenage boy with a love interest and trouble at school. As we get to know more about him, we find out about his mom leaving and his dad being a bully. No wonder Jackson tries standing up for his classmates who are being bullied. As the book progresses, Jackson and his friends navigate their lives and try to make themselves better people than the crappy role models they have had in the past.

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A Frothy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Julie Lounello

A Frothy Christmas KissA Frothy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Frothy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott is a five star novel. Even though this is the fourth book in the series, it is a standalone. The series only is a series because they are short, happy Christmas stories. This series has been a lot of fun to read and really helped to put me in the Christmas spirit. When the season starts, not all of us are ready, not all of us are happy for it to be here and not all of us enjoy the season as much as others. When trials happen in our lives, it is sometimes difficult to put that on the back burner and still be able to find the joy of Christmas. I feel this series tries to show that in a tangible way. When Kay moves away from home, she finds herself lonely and without her best friend. She finds a hole in the wall coffee shop and quickly finds her place there but because of a misunderstanding is having a difficult time being content. As the book progresses, we find out more about each of the characters and helps to bring them all together. Brian’s story was my favorite part of the whole book!

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A Pink Christmas Kiss (Christmas Kiss) by Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Julie Lounello

A Pink Christmas KissA Pink Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Pink Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott is a five star novel. This is the third book in the Christmas Kiss series. I have loved every book in this series so far and am excited to read the next one. This is a stand-alone book and is a quick and easy read. Billie goes away to the big city for a new and exciting life and left her boyfriend behind. They eventually quit talking and move in different directions. When she comes home five years later she isn’t sure what to expect but it sure wasn’t the hostility from Leroy. Wondering if they will work through it and at least be able to be friends, Billie restores an old car in her father’s garage.

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A Tangy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Julie Lounello

A Tangy Christmas KissA Tangy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Tangy Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott is a five star novel. I loved this book and all the twists and turns! When Mel learns she has to go to Spain, she is very confused and has no clue what she is going to do there. All she knows is her mom is insisting she go. She needs to go take care of her Aunt Rosa who is having surgery. After traveling for days, she is ready to just have a melt down and fly back to the states. Why is everything so hard? She meets a guy who decides to help her out even though they don’t speak the same language. She and then we guy have a lot of issues but can they make it work for a Christmas romance? Definitely not speaking the same language is difficult!

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A Prickly Christmas Kiss (Christmas Kiss) by Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Julie Lounello

A Prickly Christmas Kiss

A Prickly Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A Prickly Christmas Kiss by Allyson R. Abbott is a five star novel. This is the first novel in the Christmas Kiss series. I am excited to continue reading this series. The puns in this book are awesome. I love how every character and place had its’ name for a reason and are all holiday themed. Emma Louise Fallon is the main character and goes by the name of Elf. She cannot believe her friend has bailed on her for their Christmas time apart from family drama. Her new man is no longer because of his lying and cheating ways. She needs this time with her girlfriend to regenerate her love for life otherwise she just might explode. But when she finds herself in this secluded cabin, alone, she isn’t sure if she is going to survive. Then a man shows up and tries to be her Prince Charming. Will she allow him into her life or will she continue to push everyone away?

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The Killmores (Killmores #1) by Martha Sweeney – Review by Julie Lounello

The Killmores (Killmore #2)The Killmores by Martha Sweeney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Killmores by Martha Sweeney is a five star novel. I loved how this novel followed up Killmore nicely, I only did not like how close the titles are to each other because I kept thinking that it was only one novel and not two. It is a must to read these in order. We meet Laurie and Aiden in the first novel along with several bad guys. As Laurie and Aiden find their way in the world moving every couple of weeks, Laurie is determined to not let her past catch up to her. She never thinks she is safe. She convinces Aiden to keep moving with her even though he thinks it is just her paranoia kicking in. Little do they know that her nightmares are soon to materialize and now they both need to figure out how to make it back to each other.
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