Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles Book 1) by J.D. Frettier is a five star novel. This novel was completely unexpected and wonderful. The author takes us on a wonderful journey of what the afterlife could be like when Bonnie passes away on her birthday. In this afterlife, she realizes she can have pretty much anything she wants, including surgeries that don’t hurt making her body look back the way it did when she was younger. She spends the novel trying to find a way to connect again with her husband. I definitely recommend reading this book because of its great portrayal of the afterlife and it is a quick read!
Dancing Queen by Charlotte Roth is a five star novel. This book was a fantastic, quick read. I loved the pace of this book and how life for Fiona changes. I love that the job she has has a program to try to help people with their health issues. Whether that is being too heavy or to thin, they have a support group for both at the same time. When Fiona decides to go to group, she is told she needs to find a hobby and that quilting is a great one. After another coworker is encouraged to go to group too, he decides they should join a dancing competition. Fiona just laughs. How could she possibly join a dancing competition when she looks the way she does? She’s been told her whole life that she was too fat to follow her dream of becoming a dancer. Now that she is thirty-five, she really knows she isn’t qualified but skinny Stu is relentless and insists she join with him.
What She Lost and Found by M. L. Garcia is a four star novel. I really enjoyed digging into the life of Daniela. At first, it is a big secret about what happened to Daniela before she started college. Some of the information that comes out and in the amount of detail it is in, could be triggering for some readers. Please be advised of this. When the situations surrounding Daniela’s trauma emerges, we begin to understand why she acts the way she does and surrounds herself with very few people. She changed her major to make her life not as out in the open. She doesn’t even know how she might be able to move on or heal from the tragedies. Maybe finding someone to fill her love life will lead her to healing. But she isn’t sure she can open herself up to love.
Reviewed by @julie-lounello
Trouble’s Wedding Caper (Familiar Legacy) by Jen Talty is a four star novel. When I read about the premise of this book, I was skeptical. I am not a cat lover for sure but it was interesting that this cat, Trouble, is at the heart of this novel and helps his people figure out mysteries. When Annabelle finds Trouble, she knows that he is there to help her and make her life better. She starts seeing Ethan, the sheriff after years of not knowing anything about him. As they try to take care of each other, bad stuff is happening around them and they have to decide to figure things out and revisit their past in order to deal with their past hurts so that they can move forward together.
Reviewed by @julie-lounello
Shattered Love (Forever Us) by Nivia Borell is a five star novel. As a debut novel, you never know what you will be getting into. I loved this book. The first book in the series makes for a page turning, painful memory of how Damien and Bria used to be and a look into what they could’ve been. As childhood best friends, they fell in love at a young age. They promised themselves to each other until that day. When Damien thinks Bria has broken his trust, he leaves and doesn’t look back. At least he doesn’t want to. They both go into a downward spiral of distrust and fear and they pay with individual crises that they have to work out for themselves. I am excited for book number 2!
Movie Star (21st Century Courtesan) by Pamela Dumond is a five star novel. As soon as I started reading this book, it took me back to the first book and immersed me right back into the story of Evie. After reading the first book, I knew I needed to finish this series and could not hardly wait to read more. I read this book in an evening, after working a full day. But what a way to end a long day! This book is steamy, sexy, and intriguing all at the same time. Evie is a contractor where she goes and helps successful struggling men to get their groove back. She has a crazy knack for being able to feel people’s pain or discomfort and then being able to insert herself into their lives so that she can help them work through the pain. When her stalker reappears in her life, it starts to make things go blurry but she tries her best to put it to the side so she can help her newest client Jake.
The Light at Dawn by K. L. Montgomery is a five star novel. I really wish there was more stars I could give this book. Within the first couple minutes of reading this book, I was already in tears. As a teacher, this book was very difficult to read because of the sensitive material contained in this book. But I also believe that the topics we don’t talk about will only continue to get worse. After Angelia suffers a terrible tragedy, her marriage also falls apart. Five years later, she meets another man who she can’t seem to get out of her mind. After realizing they have some very deep core values that differ from each other, she starts to distance herself from him. But after he has also recently suffered his deepest loss, Angelia and Mark rekindle a little flame and see each other only at the rallies they go to on different sides of the fence. Can they find common ground or will they be at odds forever?
Salvation: An Ash Park Prequel Novella by Meghan O’Flynn is a five star novel. I love that this author has taken us back to the beginning with Ed Petrosky so that we could see exactly how he turned out the way he did later in life. We are taken on a journey of discovery when Ed’s girlfriend, Heather is murdered. The other detectives in the office thinks that she is not worthy of figuring out what happened to her but Ed can’t get the bloody images out of his dreams. He knows he needs to figure out what happened and he never expected the dark and twisty road his work would take him down. This book was a page turner and I could not put it down!
Nite Fire: Chain Reaction is the second book in the series. This book by C. L. Schneider is a five star novel. I am not typically a fantasy novel reader but this series has really peaked my interest and I can’t wait to find out more about Dahlia Nite. She is immortal and not quite human although she can fit in with the human race. As she tries to help the human race, she realizes there are things she doesn’t know and still needs to figure out. With lots more of the human race dying, she and her partner Alex really need to figure out what is going on. This book is a page turner from the beginning until the end. I could t wait to find out how this ended and to see the kick butt things that Dahlia was able to accomplish. She is a prime example of a strong woman on a mission.
Killer Lawyer by Mark Nolan is a five star novel. This is the third book in the Jake Wolfe series and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Even though most series are best read in order, this one is ok to be read as a stand alone. The way the author is able to reel in the reader is fantastic. I could not put this book down. Jake is a lawyer, but really doesn’t have many clients. He got his degree online and barely passed the bar exam. He likes to have this professional coverup because he is secretly a contracted killer for the US government. Being a former marine, he is trained to kill and to be stealthy. With his trusted we dog, Cody, next to him, he is unstoppable. Sarah, his sort of girlfriend, might get in the way though because all she wants is for him to be safe and with her knowledge of what he does, she knows that’s not possible. When Jake’s friend is killed by the Random Killer, he knows he needs to avenge her death and will do anything to make that happen. Follow Jake on his journey through the depths of hell to try to keep those he loves safe from harm yet catch this serial killer.