Proper Ink (Jaded Lily Book 2) by Zeia Jameson – Review by Karyn Taylor

Proper Ink (Jaded Lily #2)Proper Ink by Zeia Jameson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Proper Ink is the 2nd book in the awesome Jaded Lily series by Zeia Jameson. Most of the storyline runs concurrently with the first book in the series, Proper Irish. I had devoured the first book in one sitting and this one was a repeat performance. We had met both of the main characters in Proper Irish and I was really looking forward to reading Luca and Kerry’s story.
Luca Cipriani is a wonderful character. Having been seriously heartbroken in the past, he doesn’t let anyone in to his little bubble. His life revolves around the tattoo shop that he owns, Jaded Lily. I loved that we are given so much of Luca’s history, from his heartbreak and to how he came to be friends with Padraig (hero of Proper Irish) and then become a tattoo artist.
Kerry Frazier is a sweetheart. Best friend and working partner of Stella from the first book. She’s intrigued by Luca and wants to help him move on. I loved that this book is told from Luca’s point of view as it really allows the reader to understand the pain and struggle he has gone through.
This series has grabbed me so far and I can’t wait to read more of it. Highly recommended.

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Scarlet Fever (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 1) by David Stever – Review by Karyn Taylor

Scarlet Fever: A Crime ThrillerScarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller by David Stever
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Scarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller is the first book in the Johnny Delarosa Thriller series by David Stever. It is a private detective thriller story that will keep you gripped the whole way through. This is the first time I had read any work by this author and I’ll definitely be reading more.
Johnny is a PI who works out of the pub he co-owns with his former partner in the police force, Mike. He also has the added help of new amateur sleuth Katie, who he rescues from kidnappers at the very beginning of the book.
In this book they are searching for £2 million pounds which went missing 30 years previously. This missing money is related to mob activity so therefore attracts the attention of many undesirables. As the body count rises, several attempts on Johnny’s life happen, and then the disappearance of his client, Johnny knows this is not an easy case. In fact, if his team all come out alive it’ll be a bonus.
Scarlet Fever is fast paced and full of so much intrigue and suspense, you’ll be sucked right into the story and it won’t let you go.
I really look forward to reading more books in this series as, if this first one is anything to go by, we are in for a fantastic series.

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The Fisher Men X My Heart (The Fisher Men Book 1) by Rebel Nicks O’Dey – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Fisher Men X My HeartThe Fisher Men X My Heart by Rebel Nicks O’Dey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Fisher Men X My Heart is the first book in The Fisher Men series by Rebel Nicks O’Dey. All I can say is if the rest of this series is anything as good as this book, then we are in for one hell of a ride. Can I also mention that this book has absolutely nothing to do with fishing. The Fisher Men are 4 adorable brothers with the surname Fisher.
This book had me captured from the very beginning and didn’t let me go. 4 brothers: Morgan, Connor, Xander and Zack are there to protect their neighbour Samantha after a terrifying incident. They will do anything to protect her and have a pact never to date her. The all love her in their own way and she loves and needs them all in return BUT she is in love with one of them and now that she’s older and has graduated college she’s out to get her man. But which one has she chosen?
I have to say that I adored Samantha and all 4 brothers. They were all so different and each had their own amazing qualities. You won’t be able to put this book down, firstly wanting to know which brother she has chosen and then, how can they have a relationship without breaking the Fisher Men rules.
I loved that the author gave forewarning of a possible trigger in the story and also highlighted where the trigger was so that the reader could skip this part if they felt the need to do so.
I can’t wait to see what this author has in store for this amazing family of brothers in the remaining books in the series.

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Proper Irish (Jaded Lily Book 1) by Zeia Jameson – Review by Karyn Taylor

Proper Irish (Jaded Lily #1)Proper Irish by Zeia Jameson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Proper Irish is the fantastic first book in the Jaded Lily series by Zeia Jameson. I had not previously read any of this authors work and I have to hand it to her, I absolutely loved this book. If this first book in the series is anything to go by then this series is going to be right up there among my favourites.
The story centres around Stella Rosencourt who as an events planner is planning a St Patrick’s Day event for the local mayor who originates from Ireland. Unfortunately the mayor’s wife is a complete bitch and making Stella’s life hell. Add to that the mayor’s son Padraig has taken an immediate dislike to Stella. When Stella asks for Padraig’s help to make the event as authentically Irish as possible sparks are soon flying between the 2. As much as they dislike each other, they can’t deny the attraction.
I loved this story and devoured it all in one sitting. Padraig and Stella are amazing characters who are very well written. Padraig comes across as very abrupt and unpleasant to begin with but we soon get to see the much softer, charitable side of him. The interactions between the 2 can be quite entertaining to say the least. The secondary characters add a lot to the story. In particular I loved Padraig’s mum Moira. We are also introduced to Stella’s best friend Kerry and Padraig’s friend Luca who runs the tattoo shop, Jaded Lily, who seem to have hit it off too.
I already have the next book Proper Ink, which is Luca and Kerry’s story on my kindle and I can’t wait to dive in. If it’s anything like this book then I’m sure I’ll be loving that one too.

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The Fish that Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Fish That Climbed a TreeThe Fish That Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by this author so was unsure what to expect. Also, I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone a bit recently and reading different genres so again was tentative about reading this. All I can say is that I loved it. Not quite sure exactly which genre it fits as it could fall into many. It has supernatural, religion, thriller, crime and a bit of romance too.
Although mainly centred around Henry Drummond, there are many characters with a major role in the book. Kevin Ansbro does an amazing job of creating characters that you love, hate, despise and just about every other emotion. The evil Pascal and Yuri are so well written, you get really into their heads and see what makes them the evil gits that they are. Sebastian is another story – on my god can he get his head any further up his own backside!! I loved Henry and Amber, especially the way in which Amber deals with Henry’s poshness (is that even a word?) My favourite character is Mr O’Connor, Henry’s landlord. I love just how he took Henry under his wing and became a father figure to him encouraging him in his ambition to be an author.
Honestly I could write forever about the characters in this book as they are so wonderful. I’m so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something different.

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Never Let Me Go (Bayou Devils MC Book 6) by A.M. Myers – Review by Karyn Taylor

Never Let Me Go (Bayou Devils MC #6)Never Let Me Go by A.M. Myers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Never Let Me Go is the 6th book in the Bayou Devils MC series by A. M. Myers. Although part of a series it can be read as a stand-alone. I had not read any of the previous books in this series before reading this one and I didn’t feel that I was missing out any necessary information.
In this book we have the story of Juliette Shaw and Sawyer Michelson. After a serious car crash Juliette wakes up and has lost memory of the last 5 years of her life. She has no idea who the man who is supposedly her fiancé is. She has trouble adjusting to her new life and decides to run away back to where she lived previously. Her friend gets Sawyer to give her a ride back to Baton Rouge.
Do you believe in love at first sight? It certainly seems to have struck Juliette and Sawyer. The attraction and connection between the 2 of them is instant. It’s as if they have both found their soul mate.
When it becomes apparent that Juliette’s life is at risk, Sawyer and his brothers in the Bayou Devils take it upon themselves to get to the bottom of the story.
This story is filled with suspense. It really drags you into the story and doesn’t let you go. The ending – well I certainly didn’t see that coming! This is a fantastic romantic thriller that I’d definitely recommend to others.

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The Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Good NeighborsThe Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy Hell! What can I say about The Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin? Wow! This psychological thriller will drag you through the wringer. It will grab you from the very first page and take you on a tour through every emotion possible before spitting you out at the end wondering what the hell happened.
When newlyweds Bryant and Harper Page move to Lancaster Mills to start new jobs in their new careers, with their dream house they thought that their new life was perfect. That was until they met the beautiful couple next door Jason and Tori Fuller and then everything they dreamed and hoped for came crashing around them. Strange events start happening and all seems to be due to the strange couple next door. Are Tori and Jason hiding something? Are they the culprits of all the strange events that are happening?
The author throws so many curveballs at you and takes the story in a direction you definitely never saw coming. Even though the story is told in dual POV from Bryant and Harper, you are still left shocked and stunned at how this story unfolds.
If you like a good psychological thriller then The Good Neighbors is definitely the book for you. I loved this book and will definitely be checking out more of this author’s work.

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Ruin: The El Diablo Chronicles by Autumn Sand – Review by Karyn Taylor

Ruin: The El Diablo ChroniclesRuin: The El Diablo Chronicles by Autumn Sand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ruin: The El Diablo Chronicles is a fantastic romantic suspense novel by Autumn Sand. It is a spin off from the Twisted Hearts Love Story series but can be read as a stand-alone. I was gutted when that series ended so was overjoyed that Autumn Sand decided to give El Diablo and Tallie their own story.
I loved El Diablo and Tallie’s story. Their characters are amazing. This story contains storylines that may act as triggers for some readers. There is an element of sexual abuse in the story. This book had everything I love in a book. I was gripped tightly right from the very start and wasn’t let go. You will go through every emotion possible when reading it – anger, devastation, heartbreak, this book has it in spades.
Autumn Sand sure knows how to tell a story. I loved that the characters I had loved from the Twisted Hearts books were back. They don’t overshadow El Diablo and Tallie at all but their role in this book is essential.
I have to say that the author throws a few curveballs at you. I had several WTF!!! moments reading this.
I would definitely recommend this book. Also I would recommend that you also read the 4 books in the Twisted Hearts Love Story series as they are so damn good.

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Kingdom of War (Kingdom Journals Volume 4) by Tricia Copeland – Review by Karyn Taylor

Kingdom of WarKingdom of War by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kingdom of War is the 4th book in the Kingdom Journals by Tricia Copeland. It is a paranormal/fantasy series. This book can be read as a stand-alone although it is a continuation from the previous books in the series, each of which surround one main character. I had not read any of the previous books in the series but the author does a fantastic job of making sure that you are not missing and important parts of the story.
This book centres around Hunter, who at 17. has only recently discovered that he is a witch. In fact, he’s a very important witch with a huge role to play in the future of all witches.
Reading this book was a huge leap for me as this is a genre that I’ve not read since I was a teenager (many, many years ago!) and I was unsure if I’d still enjoy this genre. Thankfully my fears were not realised as I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are many character and the whole plot/story line is quite intricate so you have to concentrate when reading (well, I did) but it’s worth it as this book is a great read. I would definitely recommend this book.

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The Matchmaker’s Match (Man’s Best Friend Book 3) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Matchmaker's Match (Man's Best Friend, #3)The Matchmaker’s Match by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Matchmaker’s Match is the 3rd book in the Man’s Best Friend Series by Nicole Flockton. As the series name suggests, an adorable dog plays a very important role in the story. Each of these books can be read as a standalone. The characters from previous books are part of the story so If you are going to read them all, then I’d suggest you read them in order.
When your life is not going too great, the last person you want to see when you are bridesmaid at your best friend’s wedding is the hot guy that you had an amazing one night stand with as the best man. But when an emergency strikes at the rehearsal dinner Lincoln is the one who is there for Meredith to give her support.
I really loved the interaction between school teacher Meredith and K9 handler Lincoln. There are some funny, sad, emotional, heart-wrenching moment between the 2 of them and many of those surround the gorgeous little scene stealer, puppy Buster.
I loved that we got to see the couples from the 2 previous books and had updates on their stories. They are not just there as scene fillers, they are relevant to the story and are a valuable addition to the story.
I hope there is more to come from the Man’s Best Friend Series as I’ve loved it so far. Definitely worth reading.

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