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.
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!
Review by @julie-lounello
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.
Review by @julie-lounello
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.
Review by @julie-lounello
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.
Review by @julie-lounello