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Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders Book 1) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Julie Lounello

Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders, #1)Tomb for an Eagle by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders Book 1) by Lexie Conyngham is a four star novel. This novel is very interesting because of the historical background that is presented. With the author being a historian, the way the Vikings are portrayed are more than likely accurate. All the details that went into this novel must have taken years of research. The way the author portrayed this town and the people living in it had me yearning for more. As I kept turning pages and reading more and more, I couldn’t help but get sucked into the story and the whodunit aspect. This book was full of suspense and kept me guessing right up to the very end.

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My Hidden Life: Brothers of Camelot Prequel by Necie Navone – Review by Julie Lounello

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

My Hidden Life is book one in the My Life series by Necie Navone and is a five star novel. This novel was fascinating to me. I married into an Italian family with much of the mob mentality that is portrayed in this novel. As the novel starts out, we learn about six year old Alessandra. As the only child of the family leader, she is being groomed to take her father’s position when she gets older. She is introduced in a bad way though when she gets shot by a rival family. This story follows her as she grows older and I cannot wait to read the next installment. The emotions that this author is able to bring out in a person is amazing. I feel for this girl and everything she has to go through at such a young age, but also knowing that things are going to get harder for her as she gets older and takes on more responsibility.

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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Julie Lounello

Painting Kuwait VioletPainting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes is a five star novel. I love reading about other countries and how their lives are different than ours. Being written by an author who lived in Kuwait and came back in 1996 after the war, I feel that her depiction is probably pretty accurate. It is hard for me to imagine having a life where I couldn’t be in control of it. As a woman, I live my life, work my job and make my own decisions. In Kuwait, life is very different for women where society is strictly patriarchal. Violet is a young woman just trying to help her family. When her father dies unexpectedly, she realizes she needs to find work to help her family pay off the debts that were accrued by her father. She leaves her homeland to go work in Kuwait. Once she gets there, she realizes things have been happening at her new home where she is a maid that are unexplainable. She soon realizes her boss and her are a lot alike and only want to make their own way in the world to make life easier for themselves and their families. Will they both come out the other side and be successful people? Read this book and you will find out what happens to them.

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Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Julie Lounello

Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set (Books 1-3)Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fat Girl (Romance in Rehoboth #1)
K. L. Montgomery

Fat Girl by K. L. Montgomery is a five star novel and the first book in the Romance in Rehoboth series. When I first started this book, I only had about ten minutes to read before I had to leave to go to dinner. I can tell you one thing for sure, I was late to that dinner! I absolutely could not put the book down. When I finally left, I was reading at the stop lights and trying to get out of the restaurant as fast as I could. Ridiculous, yes. But I am not ashamed to admit when a book really reels me in from the get go and just keeps on going. There is so much sarcasm in the life of Claire and how she depicts her life story that I can relate to. I continually caught myself laughing and laughing and also feeling like she was talking about my life. I felt like she was talking right to me and having a conversation about her life. She is waiting for her divorce to be finalized and raising her son almost on her own. She moves back to her hometown and into her parents house. Then she decides to start writing about her weight loss journey, but then realizes she has to actually lose weight to do that. With the help of her best friend, she starts down this path and is surprised at every turn by the way her life is changing. I cannot wait to read more by this author.

The Flip (Romance in Rehoboth #2)
K. L. Montgomery

The Flip by K. L. Montgomery is a five star novel and the second novel in the romance in Rehoboth series. I have not read the first novel but still felt like the characters were developed and able to be loved just the same. When these two high school nemeses meet again as adults, they cannot believe they are thrown back together again. Andrew’s aunt knew what she was doing when she left her house to both him and Sonnet. They have to find a way to work together to make the house inhabitable again. This book will bring you back to your twenties and make you feel how they must be feeling right now. I am excited to go back and read the first novel and then move on to the third!

Plot Twist (Romance in Rehoboth #3)
K. L. Montgomery

Plot Twist by K. L. Montgomery is the third installment to Romance in Rehoboth and is a five star novel. I couldn’t put this one down. I love when books have regular old teachers as their main characters because that is who I am. Lindy is just a high school English teacher. She feels like she doesn’t have a lot going for her by living at home and helping take care of her aging parents. A relationship just has never felt like it would be in the mix. Meric is a math loving nerd who needs to keep order in his life to help make things make sense. His divorce is almost final and he is unsure how life can go on but he knows getting back on the stage is a good way to get out and do something. When Lindy tries out for the same stage play, they meet for the first time. This book can be read as a standalone novel but the background in the others tie it all together.

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Redemption (An Ash Park Novel) – Review by Julie Lounello

Redemption (Ash Park, #5)Redemption by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Redemption by Meghan O’Flynn is a five star novel. This is the fifth and last installment of the Ash Park series. With Ash Park being a not so nice neighborhood of Detroit, you can imagine lots of bad things happen there. Petrosky is a detective and ready to move on to the next world. He has lost so much and he sees so much hurt and pain everyday that it is getting harder and harder to deal with. Now his only friend is moving away with her kids. He guesses it will be ok though because he doesn’t really feel like socializing anymore anyway. When his cases take a turn and start blurring lines between his daughter’s case and these new ones, he knows he needs to stick around to solve the case of his daughter. How could this guy still be out there lurking and killing without him figuring out who it is and capturing him. A captivating and riveting story that will keep you turning the pages all the way until the end.

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Michael’s Heart by Lori Thomas Harrington – Review by Julie Lounello

Michael's HeartMichael’s Heart by Lori Thomas Harrington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Michael’s Heart by Lori Thomas Harrington is a five star novel. I love sappy love stories, especially ones that make you think and rope you in right from the get go. That’s what this one did. The book starts with a series of events that turns Colbie’s life upside down. Good news and bad news all makes the first several chapters fascinating. Then Michael comes into the story and it is confusing and interesting all at the same time. This is a must read for anyone who loves all those hallmark movies. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one became the next hallmark movie on tv!

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Hidden (An Ash Park Novel) by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Julie Lounello

Hidden (Ash Park, #4)Hidden by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hidden an Ash Park Novel by Meghan O’Flynn is a five star novel. This is the fourth novel in the series and they just keep getting better and better. Like to be scared? Then this is the book for you. The first introduction to this book is inside the head of a killer. The way she was able to write from this deep, dark, mysterious perspective is frightening. I didn’t know at first if I was going to be able to continue reading, but after pushing forward, I am glad I did. Just like the other Ash Park novels, this one does not disappoint. It is full of intrigue, mystery, frightening murders and plenty of work on the relationships of the three main characters. Once I got past the prologue, I couldn’t put it down!

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The Boss Man: A Contemporary Romantic Suspense Novel (The Manly Series Book 4) by Teddy Hester – Review by Julie Lounello

The Boss Man: A Steamy Contemporary Romantic Suspense Novel (The Manly Series Book 4)The Boss Man: A Steamy Contemporary Romantic Suspense Novel by Teddy Hester
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Boss Man: A Contemporary Romantic Suspense Novel (The Manly Series Book 4) by Teddy Hester is a five star novel. I have not read any of the other books in this series but cannot wait to go back and start from the beginning. This book can be read as a standalone. I loved the guarantee in the synopsis that everything would be wrapped up nicely in the end. Sometimes in series, there are good or bad cliffhangers that makes you not want to get involved. I liked that the author was able to be upfront about this one and let us know it wasn’t like that. Jack is a workaholic that feels like he is constantly trying to prove himself. This works well for him though because he is definitely able to prove his worth in the construction field. Jillian is also in a place trying to prove herself. When she first meets Jack, she isn’t sure what to think. This smoldering, sexy man cannot be her boss. How can she work for this guy and not be attracted to him. As they get on each other’s nerves, they also realize how irresistible they are to one another. See how this story continues to unfold in this book that hooks the reader right from the beginning!

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Repressed (An Ash Park Novel #3) by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Julie Lounello

Repressed (Ash Park, #3)Repressed by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Repressed (An Ash Park Novel #3) by Meghan O’Flynn is a five star novel. This novel picks up a few years after book 2. You could probably read this as a standalone, but I recommend reading it as a series because it is much more comprehensive that way. When we pick up the novel, we are thrown into the middle of the police of Ash Park trying to solve a case about sexual abuse and murder of little boys. The killer has escalated and is now killing his victims instead of just pleasuring himself with the abuse. He has gotten away with it so far but the detectives know they need to figure out what is going on and solve the case before anymore children get hurt. This book is fast paced and busy with the detectives interviewing other people and trying to catch the predator. I love how it was able to hold my attention right from the jump and keep my attention the whole way through.

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Just Exes by Charity Ferrell – Review by Julie Lounello

Just ExesJust Exes by Charity Ferrell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just Exes by Charity Ferrell is a five star novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and seeing how the characters interacted throughout the entire book. Gage and Lauren dated in high school. When Lauren left him at 18, he didn’t know why or what to do with himself. He decided a move was in order and left without a trace. Many years later, he returns to his hometown where he keeps his return home a secret from Lauren. When she finds out, she is not happy. She has never been able to get over him, but has done her best to keep that secret hidden. As they keep getting thrust back into each other’s lives, they have to figure out how to cope and learn how to deal with all their feelings that they have tried so hard to suppress.

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