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Amelia’s Children by Greta Cribbs – Review by Jana Teppih

Amelia's ChildrenAmelia’s Children by Greta Cribbs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amelia’s Children is Greta Cribbs’ debut novel and after reading it I am convinced, she will have a bright future! It was a fantastic paranormal mystery worth all of the five stars!
Amelia’s Children is about a 30-year-old murder where the killer was never caught. It starts with a stranger appearing in a southern small town and asking uncomfortable questions. Who is he? What is his connection to the murder? Why did he come? He is David Jenson and he has ‘dreams’ and he is taking us along on a journey that he has set out on with Sarah Hathaway. Sarah is a young woman, she has just returned from L.A. after abandoning her dreams of becoming an actress.
Sarah feels an instant connection to David and throughout the story we keep asking ourselves, will there be more between them as David also feels a connection to Sarah once he starts opening up. I also loved the relationship Sarah had with his brother William and I cried my eyes out when William suffered the incredible and heart breaking loss …
Greta has weaved a great story filled with mystery, adventure and danger. It keeps you on your toes so you cannot put the book down so you better wait until Friday night before you start reading it, otherwise you will be in T-R-O-U-B-L-E! Your boss will not be happy with your level of attention and energy the next day!
The writer has an amazing writing style and takes you at time to a direction you could not see coming! Grab a copy and find out for yourself if David and Sarah do solve the 30-year-old mystery

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The Wanderer (The Sin Bin #1) by Dahlia Donovan – Review by Emma Haverstock

The Wanderer (The Sin Bin, #1)The Wanderer by Dahlia Donovan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Sin Bin series by Dahlia Donovan.
Wanderlust has been one of the best things in Graham Hodson’s life. The itch to travel to new and exciting places and write for a travel magazine makes him who he is and he almost defines himself by it. Boyce (BC) Brooks is a (regretfully) retired professional rugby player who decided to try his hand at innkeeping after his late uncle leaves him an inn by the sea in Cornwall. A chance meeting at a friend’s wedding brings the two together for the briefest of moments for a romantic tangle in a secluded closet. Neither one thinks they are any good at relationships so it’s not too surprising when they go their separate ways shortly after.
Graham’s editor posts him in Cornwall after a trip to Australia and she just so happens to book him at BC’s inn. A concerning succession of illnesses brings him back to Cornwall much sooner than he would have liked as his family and BC push him to get a checkup with his doctor. The diagnosis puts an immediate stop to all travel and BC steps up to make a place for Graham at the inn until he gets better.
This story will make you laugh, cry, and wonder at the love that two souls can share. My only complaint is that it took me a minute to wrap my head around the UK slang but that’s more on me than the author. I can’t wait to see what the next book in the series will be like.

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A Way Back Into Love (Love, #1) by Veronica Thatcher – Review by Jenni Bishop

A Way Back Into Love (Love, #1)A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Way Back into Love by Veronica Thatcher is a contemporary romance book and is written in the third person. The book is full of drama as the story revolves around our two main characters Emily Stevens and Derek Thorpe. The two have been best friends since their first day of school but after one drunken night we see Emily moving out of town. Now years later she is returning home and having to confront a past she thought she had put to rest only to realise that things are not always as they seem.

I must say that I was not expecting some of the twists and turns that occurred but the secrets and lies and deceit you will not see coming. Even though the story goes from the present to the past quite frequently you will not have any trouble following it.

I enjoyed the story even though I did find the story a little on the predictable side but you will find that you have to keep reading because you just want to know what is going to happen next and where the story will lead. There were times when I thought the main characters, Emily and Derek were a little naive and immature, and once they got their act together they were fun and sassy and their banter often had me laughing at their antics. I loved how they immediately returned to their easy best friend relationship despite all the hurt and misunderstandings. Parts of the story line surrounding the hospital, I found reminded me a little of one of my favourite TV shows, Grey’s Anatomy.

So if you like a little romance and drama, fun and an easy read then look no further.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Always Mine (St. Fleur #2) by A.J. Renee – Review by Sheri Schrader

Always Mine (St. Fleur #2)Always Mine by A.J. Renee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Always Mine by AJ Renee is the second book in the St. Fleur series. This can be read as a standalone as I did, but I am going back to catch the first book now. This book is about Lindsey the librarian in the small town of St. Fleur, Louisiana and Marc, and Derek. Lindsey must decide if the sweet history teacher, Derek or the smoldering childhood friend of her brother, Marc. What does a woman do when there are more than one to pick from?
During all her man drama, there might also be a stalker watching Lindsey’s every move. Luckily, Lindsey lives in a close knit small town and has not only her big brother and his friends but also her friends to watch her back. Who will Lindsey pick in the love department? Will her stalker be caught?
I enjoyed this book and will be looking for the first book and third book in this series. The small-town atmosphere is refreshing and the characters are well developed. I enjoy the relationships between Lindsey and her brother’s friends. All of them have known each other their entire lives and have a close bond. The people who have entered their lives since are also embraced and brought into their close family relationship. I also enjoyed the love triangle Lindsey is a having. Who do you pick? The choice can lead her life in two different directions. Do you choose the sweet history teacher or the sexy, childhood friend? I know who I would pick.

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The Talented Mr. Maxwell by Julia Harlow – Review by Jenni Bishop

The Talented Mr. MaxwellThe Talented Mr. Maxwell by Julia Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Talented Mr. Maxwell by Julia Harlow is a romance story that is full of drama and sadness, passion and anger.

Dorrie Applegate enjoys her job at the Omni publishing company and now finds herself on a plane on the way to her first assignment. Her assignment entails a trip to London and a written biography on one well known, male model, Mr Grant Maxwell. However, the hot and sexy male who is sitting beside her has other ideas. He is trying to get to know the lovely young woman sitting next to him, he is smitten with her and wants to get to know her better. Will Dorrie realise who this stranger is? Will Dorrie find more than a story from this man?

Grant Maxwell is one sexy and in demand male model and one really nice guy. He was definitely aware that he was a little different from other models and the most noticeable one was his age. He knew that his age would change his career and that the younger ones on the rise would one day take over. Just what that change would be he did not know.

Dorrie and Grant have sparks flying when they can no longer keep their hands off each other. They are very attracted to each other and they both know what they want and that is each other. As they start to form a relationship they are confronted with jealousy and trust issues, in which I found both of them to be a little bit immature when it comes to relationships. Being as popular as he is everyone thinks he has had whoever he wants whenever he wants when it comes to women, but the truth about his relationships is not what it seems. Dorrie has never seen herself as the beauty that others saw. Due to this and her other qualities it only added to her allure and could stop men but it had been a while.

What will happen when they are forbidden fruit? What happens when someone gets hurt? Will they finally see they are meant to be together or will they walk away for good? Will Grant decide what his heart truly desires?

At times I really wanted to smack Grant and I really had to question some of his motives and judgements. Poor Dorrie I just wanted to shake her and make her take a good look at herself for once. The story will keep you engaged until the end with all the twists and turns and things you never saw coming.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Virtue of Death by Randi Perrin – Review by Jenni Bishop

Virtue of DeathVirtue of Death by Randi Perrin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Randi Perrin has written a little gem with this paranormal romance Virtue by Death. This angelic story is well written and is a romantic story with a twist and is a happily ever after. It is a standalone book but I wonder if Randi has more of those quirky, sassy and yet sweet characters in store for us?

Sera owns her own shop and has always loved baking. By day she is a lover of baking but at night she is the Angel of Death. Sera loves both jobs, but lately she has to fight demons to get to the souls of the dying to heaven before they get to them. Sera also loves her best friend and fellow angel, Cheryl, whom you will adore. Where Sera is sweet and sugary, Cheryl is all sorts of sass and snark but they complement each other beautifully. Even though Cheryl is an angel, she is a different type of angel to Sera, she can save lives. Both take their angelic jobs seriously and adhere to the rules religiously.

Journalist and food critic, Destin, is given baked goods to review for his job and little does he know that this one review will change his life forever. Destin writes his review for a shop that sells baked goods but after reading the review the owner, Sera, can not believe what she reads and decides to give him a piece of her mind.

Will Sera open up about her secret? Will Destin be the one she trusts? Will Destin believe in Sera? Will Destin or Heaven be the one to break her heart? Can Sera forgive and move on? Will Sera be destroyed by the demons or will she eventually outsmart them?

This story is full of friendships and love. We learn that true love is worth any sacrifice and because of this, the strength of the girls friendship is tested when Heaven throws a curve ball their way. I love the banter between Cheryl and Destin which ensures just the right amount of humour when things get a little tense or down. I enjoyed the plot and as well as the sense of humour. This is one book not to be missed.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Not Hiding (Parker Siblings, #3) by Leigh Ann Lunsford – Review by Jenni Bishop

Not Hiding (Parker Siblings, #3)Not Hiding by Leigh Ann Lunsford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cambree Parker is a very independent, sassy, strong willed and a little wild and is the youngest sister of the Parker family. Cambree is in love with Max but is sick of the lies in their relationship so she decides she needs to get away. Get away from the threats, the lies and the deceit and learn just who Cambree is and she figures she can do that away at college. Unfortunately Cambree soon realises that what she needs is the ones she was trying to stay away from. After a vicious attack Cambree decides home is where she has to be to heal and find herself.

Max Baird is an undercover cop working on a case alongside his brother Mitch. Unfortunately neither can share the details of the case with those they love and it is those lies that may tear them all apart. Max and Mitch just want to keep those they love out of harm’s way. Keep them safe from the monster that has taken away so much from this family. Max has been watching Cambree from afar to make sure those monsters don’t get any where near her. When Cambree is attacked Max decides then and there he will do whatever it takes to protect her and make her see she belongs to him.

Can Max get through to Cambree? Can Cambree learn to let go of the past? Will all the lies and secrets be spilled? Will all the lies and secrets finally help those who need to heal? Can they overcome and stop the monster who threatens them all?

Leigh Ann Lunsford knows how to write a great story. Her characters in this series will have you pulling your hair out, laughing out loud and crying along with them and every crazy whacky thing they do. This is one unconventional family that will make you feel right at home and enjoy every step they take with you right by their side.

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Skypunch (Ascenders #2) by C.L. Gaber – Review by Jenni Bishop

Skypunch (Ascenders #2)Skypunch by C.L. Gaber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

CL Gaber is one excellent story teller as she will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat as you read her books. Putting the book down until the very end is not an option, as this series will pull you in and leave you wanting more. These books are definitely not standalone books. You need to read each of them in the correct order to fully understand all the world that CL has cleverly weaved in this story of Walker Callaghan. This book continues with the same characters we enjoyed in the first book, but there are many new introductions to some new FREAKy characters as well.

This book picks right up from where book 1 finished off. The journey continues with Walker and Daniel realm jumping and after they have returned from their visit to the living realm they are sent to be punished. The conditions that they have to contend with will set your heart racing and will have you wanting to wreak havoc on those doling out their punishment. Walker and Daniel find themselves released from their confinement and slaves to a Higher Authority that needs them to return to the living realm to find something long buried. To refuse is not an option. Daniel and his family come face to face with their past in a way they never expected and the chaos that brings to them.

I really enjoyed the growth of Walker and Daniel and their family and all of their friends. I particularly enjoy reading about all the celebrity faculty members and those of the Higher Authority and look forward to who we may meet next and their roles within the stories. There are many, many secrets within secrets in this wonderful world that will keep you captivated from book to book. This wonderfully written book will keep you entertained. You will find yourself smiling and laughing at their antics and rooting for them to overcome all terrible things that happen. The characters are goofy and fun, engaging and clever. I am looking to continuing the adventure with them in the next book.

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Bonded (A Twisted Hearts Love Story book 3) by Autumn Sand – Review by Sheri Schrader

Bonded (A Twisted Hearts Love Story book 3)Bonded by Autumn Sand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bonded by Autumn Sand is the third book in the Twisted Hearts Love Story series. This book can be read as a standalone book. This is the story of Brenda and Magnum. The characters were a part of the other books but in a background, supporting character sense. Brenda and Magnum met through Cyma and Tick. Brenda was one of the nurse’s caring for Cyma’s daughter during her cancer treatment. Magnum works with Tick. The two of them are tough on the outside but are carrying a lot with them from their pasts. The two do not want a relationship but are drawn to each other. When Brenda receives a threat that is when Magnum learns his true feelings for her. With possible peril at every turn can Magnum and Brenda move from their separate pasts into a future together?
I enjoyed the characters and was glad to see them get their own stories. I was shocked at how quick I read this book. I have enjoyed Sand’s other books in the series but this one was a fantastic story of second chances and being able to put the past behind us. There are some sensitive sections dealing with child abuse. It was integral to the story and was handled tastefully and with great impact. It is a reminder that someone might be smiling on the outside but has a battle inside that they are fighting. Her characters are full of fight but also full of love for the right person. As with her other books I look forward to reading more of her stories.

Review by @sherimichelle1

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Not Leaving (Parker Siblings, #2) by Leigh Ann Lunsford – Review by Jenni Bishop

Not Leaving (Parker Siblings, #2)Not Leaving by Leigh Ann Lunsford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not Leaving by Leigh Ann Lunsford is the second book in her Parker Siblings series. This one picks up where the first book, Not Enough left off, so I strongly suggest that you read the first book before this one. Leigh gives so much depth and character to each of her characters and the attention to detail for the world in which the Parker siblings and family live.

Addison Parker and Tyler James have been together since he saw her on the first day of school. Their love is supposed to be the kind of love that lasts a lifetime, or does it? Tyler has made some seriously stupid mistakes in his life and they all revolve around him running from the one person who has loved him unconditionally. The one person who takes him back when he realises his mistakes, but now she is truly shattered and he is the one who has broken her. Addison needs to think about more than herself this time and realises that she can never, ever let him back into her life. He has left her nothing but a shell of her former self. What happens when Tyler returns to reclaim the woman he loves? Can he ever live with himself for breaking her? Can Tyler help Addison find herself again or is he too late? Can he convince her he is still the man for her? Can he convince her he has changed? Will Addison ever let Tyler back into her life?

I really enjoyed both of these characters but wanted to slap Tyler senseless at times and some times I could kiss him. Addison makes you just want to wrap your arms around her and make it all better. She has been through so much and Tyler’s latest stunt has left her numb and alone, even though she is surrounded by family. Each and every character in this series are all strong people and each have their own stories. As I stated with the first book the Parkers are a crazy, fun loving and dysfunctional family. But they work and they are there for one another, no matter the cost. Their bantering and their antics will keep you wanting more. Even though there is heartache and sadness as a family they can overcome everything.

Leigh Ann Lunsford is now one of my favourite authors as this series has fast become one of my favourites as well. I am now off to read book 3 so enjoy!!

Reviewed by @jennadb

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