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Blood Relations (The Sorrel Janes Mysteries) by Lonna Enox – Review by Katie Matthews

Blood RelationsBlood Relations by Lonna Enox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Another great read by this author! I was intrigued when I first read the blurb for this story, it didn’t pull me in like I expected but it sounded really different and having read a book by this author previously I wanted to give it a go because I wanted to see where the series was going – I am so glad I did give it a go! I loved that I had no idea what was going to happen, the author threw in some great twists and turns – she has this writing style that captures your interest straight away and doesn’t let you out of the story until the very end. It followed on fro book 1 well and I was back in with Sorrel and her story straight away.
I highly recommend Blood Relation – it’s an action packed read full of suspense and great characters!

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Blackbird’s Deliverance (Silent Secrets Series Book 4) by Lisette Kristensen – Review by Katie Matthews

Blackbird's Deliverance (Book Four)Blackbird’s Deliverance by Lisette Kristensen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Another fantastic 5 star book in this series! I honestly cannot get enough of this author and her amazing writing. Her books are so exciting to read and I just love the characters that she creates. Blackbird’s Deliverance may have been a short story but it was crammed full of action which started straight away. I loved reading more about Blackbird she is such a wonderful character, so strong and determined in everything that she does. There were some great twists and turns and I certainly found myself on the edge of my seat on more than one occasion!
I cannot wait to see if there is more to come from this series – I really hope that there is!!

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The Girls across the Bay (The Knox and Sheppard Mysteries, Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Katie Matthews

The Girls Across The Bay (Knox and Sheppard, #1)The Girls Across The Bay by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Girls Across the Bay was a great read from a new to me author! I will admit that it did take me a little time to get into the story and it was slower in parts than others but I will still on the edge of seat at times and I wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen. I won’t say that this was an easy read; I read it slower than I would normally just so I could fully understand what was going on but the storyline was really strong in my opinion. I liked that the author had chosen to write from multiple points of view, it really enabled me to understand what the characters were thinking and why they did what they did.
I will be looking forward to seeing where the author takes this series; I can definitely see it getting better and better! Overall a decent 4 star read that I would recommend!

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Scarlet Fever (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 1) by David Stever – Review by Katie Matthews

Scarlet Fever: A Crime ThrillerScarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller by David Stever
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Crime thriller’s aren’t usually my type of read however I had seen a lot of recommendations for the story saying how good it was so I thought that I would give it a go and I am so glad I did – the story was really good! I was hooked straight away by the authors imaginative and creative writing style – it is one of those stories that you can easily imagine being made into a movie. I really liked the characters – I thought that they were well thought out and developed well over the story. There were some good twists and turns in the story too which made it very unpredictable!
This book is a definite must read for any crime fans and also for anyone looking for a little something different to read – I highly recommend it!

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Katie Matthews

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Yet again another fantastic 5 star read from the talented Ms McKinley! I’ve read quite a few books by this author now, so many that I don’t even bother to read the blurb anymore because I’m confident I will love whatever I read and as expected Shattered Melody was no exception. This may have been a novella but it definitely was not short on content! I was hooked from the very beginning especially as the action started straight away! I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning and there were some almighty twists and turns!
I fell in love with the characters Emma and Reese straight away. The author wrote about them so beautifully and in a way that I really felt a connection to them, I felt like I really knew everything about them. Although I loved Reese, it was Emma that was the character for me in this story; there really was just something about her that drew me to her straight away.
A truly amazing read that I highly recommend! I cannot wait (as usual) to read more from Ms McKinley again in the future!

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Aiko (The Heartstrings Series Book 1) by Brooke May – Review by Katie Matthews

AikoAiko by Brooke May
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Aiko was a wonderful read; it was funny, romantic and had likeable characters in it. It was an easy story to read and it didn’t take me long to get into it at all. I really liked Aiko, I thought she was such a great character to read about – she hadn’t had the best luck in the past with her job as cupid but I could tell straight away that it wasn’t going to be that way with her new assignment!
The author got it spot on with the world building in this story – her richly detailed writing definitely made the story come alive and I really did fall for the characters.
Aiko was a fantastic, light hearted read that I loved from beginning to end! This isn’t the first book that I have read by this author but it is definitely one of my favourites! I can’t wait to read more from Ms May again in the future!

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

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

 

I loved this book! It is the first book that I have read by this author and will absolutely not be the last! I think I was hooked on this book by the end of the third page! The author hooked me into the story straight away with her engaging and creative writing style. I liked that the blurb was quite evasive so I almost went into this story blind – for me it made it more exciting to read not really knowing what was going to happen. I really liked The Fisher Men, Morgan, Connor, Xander and Zack, I thought that they were great to read about. The time frame of the story spans a few years but it doesn’t feel like that at all, the story telling was seamless and had a wonderful flow to it. There were some very emotional moments in the story and I did feel a good connection with all of the characters, I think this definitely helped by the different POV’s throughout the book. I am really excited to read more from this author again in the future!

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The Trouble With Paradise (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 4) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Katie Matthews

The Trouble with Paradise (Madeline Dawkins #4)The Trouble with Paradise by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Trouble with Paradise was another very enjoyable read in the Madeline Dawkins series! I absolutely love Madeline and Mike – they are such an awesome team and I love reading about them and trying to solve they mysteries right alongside them. The cases that they are involved in investigating always throw up some great twists and turns – I enjoy guessing what’s going to happen and I think the author does an amazing job of keeping the suspense and mystery running through the whole story. There were also some interesting secondary characters introduced into the story too. The two cases in this story were really interesting and I enjoyed reading about how Madeline and Mike unravelled just what happened.
I do really enjoy Ms Hamilton’s writing, I am always engaged in her stories straight away and my level of interest doesn’t falter over the story. I highly recommend this book and this series – they really are excellent reads!

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Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1) by Laura Hawks – Review by Katie Matthews

Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1)Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms by Laura Hawks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

This was such an enjoyable read, I really enjoyed every minute of it! I do sometimes like to read a YA book, I find them really easy to read and whilst I love angst I also enjoy just a nice simple story that and that’s exactly what I got with this story. It was so refreshing to read – I loved the unique storyline (and who wouldn’t love a story with a talking cat in it?!?) and I really enjoyed getting to know Mia and following her story. For 15 I thought she was a really rounded character, she was kind hearted but had an air of determination about her which I liked. There were some great twists in the story and I enjoyed trying to guess what was going to happen – would Mia finally uncover the mystery surrounding her family?
This isn’t the first book that I have read by this author but I think it may be my favourite so far! I thought that this was a really engaging story and I am really looking forward to reading more from the series!

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The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano – Review by Katie Matthews

The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale SeriesThe Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

I thought that The Gauntlet was a fantastic read, it may have been a shorter read but it was packed full of wonderful characters, action and fantasy! I love how original the storyline was – it really captured my attention from the very beginning. The authors’ writing was really easy to read and although as mentioned before it is a shorter than average story it didn’t feel rushed and I definitely didn’t feel like I was missing anything. The pace and flow were perfect. The author’s attention to detail was amazing and this meant that the world building for the story was excellent and I adored her character building – they all developed well over the story.
I am really excited to see where the author is going to take this series, I have a feeling it is going to be an amazing one! I can’t wait for the next book to be released!

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