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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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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome to Knollville) by C. A. King – Review by Julie Lounello

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly Unfortunate by C. A. King is a five star novel. I have read other books by this author and have loved them all. Even though this is not the normal genre of books that I read, her writing style is fantastic and makes the reader really need to know what is going to happen next. The book continues to go back and forth in time from when Truly was a child and then as she is a twenty something. When Truly is growing up, she feels like she doesn’t belong and no one likes her. The kids at school are brutal. When one of them has an accident and dies, no one thinks twice about it. The girl who died was the typical mean girl and everyone just thought it was fate for something terrible to befall her. But then other people in Truly’s life start dying too. Now it is time to find out if Truly has something to do with it or not. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series when the author returns!

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Killmore by Martha Sweeney – Review by Julie Lounello

Killmore (Killmore #1)Killmore by Martha Sweeney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Killmore by Martha Sweeney is a five star novel. I love how we are thrown into the story right from the get go. Some stories take a while to get the story across but this one starts of right from the start with action packed adventure. Lori got into the thick of things with a Mexican crime lord. When the feds get to her and want her to help them, she agrees because she knows she can’t be a part of this life anymore. Without any trust in her new witness protection, she has to stay on full alert and keep on training so she can be as strong as she needs to be in order to keep herself safe. Just because they are the feds, doesn’t mean they will be able to always be there to keep her safe. I cannot wait to read book #2!

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My Free Life: Prequel to the Brothers of Camelot (My Life series) by Necie Navone – Review by Julie Lounello

My Free LifeMy Free Life by Necie Navone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Free Life by Necie Navone is the third and final installment of the Life series. This is a five star novel. I can’t believe we are done learning about Alessandra and her crazy, hectic mob life. Living in Italy, she is the daughter of the Capo and is set to take over the Family when we father passes the torch. As a twenty year old now, she is not having a carefree life that she should as a college student. She is only biding her time until she graduates from university so she can take off and disappear. I love how this book lets us into the life of the Brothers of Camelot series also. I will definitely be picking up that series next.

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My Tragic Life: Brothers of Camelot Prequel (My Life series) by Necie Navone – Review by Julie Lounello

My Tragic Life: Prequel to the Brothers of CamelotMy Tragic Life: Prequel to the Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Tragic Life by Necie Navone is book 2 of My Life series. This is a five star novel. I love the way the author is able to really get us into the life of an Italian mobster. In the first book, we meet the Family and the Capo. Then we follow Alessandra growing up until she is about fifteen. The second book picks up here and has us even deeper into the life of the Capo and how he treats his family, especially his daughter. She continues to be trained by Uncle Louie and is able to show off her training by beating the boys in her shooting. Now she will star going to family meetings and learn more about what will be required of her when she becomes the Capo. Little does everyone know, she is trying to figure out a plan to escape to America. After her visit there for her birthday, she knows she needs to get out of the life and find true love for herself.

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