Tracking Numbers (Lost Boys MC BOOK 1) by Janice M. Whiteaker is a five star novel. First off, the title is fantastic. I love when authors use their character names to creatively title their books. I am a not so creative person, so this always impresses me. This book pulls at all my heart strings, especially because Kerri and I have the same profession. Like her, I thought I should date a guy that was an intellectual, but then I met my husband. The bad boy. The one no one pictures as your type. The one we can save. But maybe they are saving us as much as we are saving them, just in different ways. With Tracker, Evan, a part of Kerri’s dad’s club, will he ever be able to give her what she needs if he isn’t able to put the club behind him?
Squall Line (The Inland Seas Series Book One) by Gwyn McNamee is a five star novel. I have read several books by this author and she has yet to fail to captivate my attention from the first several paragraphs. The author’s way with words is breathtaking and intelligent. The names in the novels I have read, always have hidden meanings and are brilliantly chosen for each novel. War and Grace, the two main characters in this novel are aptly named. Grace is a good girl who is forced into the shopping industry by her father when he suddenly passes away and leaves the family in a lurch. Warwick is a man who was forced into doing bad things because of his upbringing and didn’t fully realize as a teenager what he was getting himself into. As these two are forced into each other’s orbit, they each realize that their main goal in life might be shifting to include each other.
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors (Book 3) by C. L. Schneider is a four star novel. Even though this type of novel is not my favorite, I have grown to really fall in love with the characters and the development of this story. The author is very good at bringing the characters to life, like they were actually a part of my town and I could meet them on the street. Even though this is a longer book, I was still able to read it fairly quickly because of how easy of a read it is. Dahlia is of the supernatural world but lives mostly as human. She works as a police officer by day. When her and her partner start coming across disembodied people, she knows she has her work cut out for her and also knows she will need to use her gifts to make sure to stop whatever creature might be lurking. Will she be able to solve the case and also keep her secret with her partner?
Jake the Growling Dog (Jake the Growling Dog Book 1) by Samantha Shannon is a five star children’s book. This is such a cute book about a misunderstood dog who growled all the time. Instead of a purr, like a cat, Jake has a growl that he lets out when he is happy. But this growl, makes everyone and every animal around him afraid of him. Then he meets a squirrel that tries to help him. As a school teacher, I loved this book for kids because it teaches them that just because someone is different doesn’t mean they are scary or mean or bad. It just means they are different and we can still be friends with them. I loved the extras at the end of the book to continue to help kids learn this important life skill.
Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton is a five star novel. I loved the way this story unfolded and how much suspense I found. This is my first novel by this author, but I cannot wait for the rest of this series to happen. Madeline has the perfect life until her husband gets his hands on some photos of her cheating on him. She has no idea how this happened and wants to get to the bottom of it. She doesn’t even remember what happened that night. How could she not remember? She remembers everything…except this night. What happened to her and how did she get in this predicament. When she loses everything, she decides to take the journey to figure it all out. What else does she have to lose? Absolutely nothing.
Minx by Maggie Adams is a five star novel. I love how the author uses an older character and makes her sexy and necessary again. This was a nice quick read as we got to know Miranda. As an older woman, she thought she needed to take a break from relationships and just find herself. Then she finds herself, literally, in the lap of a complete stranger. He is gorgeous and with a voice that makes her weak. When he offers her a job, she knows she needs to take it even though she doesn’t believe she is qualified. After she starts the job, she realizes she can do the job and she isn’t too bad at it. When she meets her beau’s brother, she can’t decide whom she likes more. Then things start happening at the business the brothers are in charge of and she might have to take sides.
Murder Among Friends by Linda J. Burson is a five star novel. This is my first book by this author and I loved every minute of it. I could not put this book down. There are so many twists and turns in this novel, you will be on the edge of your seat waiting for the next big thing to happen. When Camille finally decides she has had enough of life and needs a break, she goes to her brother’s house in Connecticut to get some rest and some family time. When a woman goes missing, she knows as a private investigator that she cannot let this lie. She takes her own investigative skills and uses them to figure out what happened. Asher brother is also investigating as a police officer, it can get a little hairy. Read this book to find out more about Camille’s journey!
Impact (Twisted Hearts Love Story #4) by Autumn Sand is a five star novel. This novel can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend it. We start the story when Manny is just a little boy. His mother has just died and he knows his life is about to change forever. After going to live with the father he HHS’s never met, he can only dream about being able to go back to the life he used to have and the care of his family that has been torn apart. As hard as he tries, he cannot find any love in his new life. Then he runs off and heads back to New York expecting things to be normal. What he finds there is not what he is expecting. The love of his life is not the same girl as when they were kids. People keep leaving him when he needs them the most. When he finally realizes the love he has for a friend, it might be too late or he thinks he is too damaged. This book will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and just praying for Manny to find his place and find happiness.
The Mourning Islands by Douglas Wells is a four star novel. This novel is full of suspense and drama and will keep you on your toes. As Talmon gets hired to spy on a guy that lives on his boat in the Mourning Islands, he realizes he could actually live in this place that is peaceful and quiet. He loves being on the water and fishing but hates that he has to lie to everyone he meets to keep up the charade so he can keep spying on Rusty. As he gets further into this lifestyle, he meets characters that are all their own and enticing to him in different ways. After a murder happens, he knows he is going to have to dig deeper and not just live his life like he thought.
Tainted Saint (The Hawke Family Book 5) by Gwyn McNamee is a five star novel. I have been in love with this series from the moment I knew it existed! This series will keep you on your toes and create steamy bedroom romance. The bedroom scenes in this novel will have you crying for more, but it is so much more than just that. When Caroline and Saint have their first encounter, they did not know how badly the other wanted that to happen between them. Neither one thought they were good enough for the other for whatever reason. After a month passes, Saint decides to make his move and Caroline at first is a little bit weird about it but she finally loosens up and lets Saint in. When Caroline starts looking into helping the Hawke family with an ongoing issue, Saint tells her to stop but she doesn’t want to.