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Key to His Heart by Kristina Beck – Review by Katrina Evanochko

Key To His HeartKey To His Heart by Kristina Beck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me a bit to get used to reading about a character with the same first name as me, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be 🙂

Katrina is starting over – she is divorced, pregnant, and hasn’t made any connections with anyone in the small town she moved to. Through a series of coincidences, she meets TJ twice in one day, and he helps her when she goes into early labor. Their connection is instant! What follows is a story that is heartwarming with a couple mysterious happenings. Like many stories, some of the conflict of this story could have been avoided if the characters communicated a bit better, but unlike many stories, the reason Katrina avoided telling TJ what was going on actually made perfect sense and I am not sure I would have said anything either. TJ is a wonderful person and is absolutely adorable with Toby. Everyone should have someone like TJ in their corner!

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Let It Be Love (A Mustang Prairie Romance Book 5) by N.D. Jackson – Review by Katrina Evanochko

Let It Be Love (A Mustang Prairie Romance)Let It Be Love by N.D. Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a super cute romance. It was interesting that this story doesn’t start at the very beginning of Eric and Kiki’s relationship. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like that – usually I want to know everything about how a relationship starts, but in this instance it really worked. I didn’t read the previous books in this series, so I suspect you see the beginning of their relationship in previous books, but it did not detract from this story at all.

Eric and Kiki are figuring out their relationship and trying to make it work. Eric may be the mayor of Mustang Prairie, but that kind of public figure is not quite the same as being a pop star, and it has made him a bit reluctant. But you can tell he truly cares for Kiki, and once he decided he was in, he didn’t waver.

Kiki is dealing with a lot. She is getting ready to tour, is dealing with a smarmy agent, and has been working on songs that are different from what she usually sings. She cares a lot for Eric, but has things in her past that make her hesitate.

The growth of both characters was great. You see them grow both individually and as a couple. The level of communication was better than a stereotypical romance – even if there was something Kiki wasn’t quite ready to share, she acknowledged it was actively looking for when to do so. If she made a mistake, she owned it. I really liked watching them get to their happily everything today.

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Castor’s Kiss (Soul Bonded in the Stars Book 2) by Tai James – Review by Katrina Evanochko

Castor's Kiss (Soul Bonded in the Stars # 2)Castor’s Kiss by Tai James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mia is a slave, kidnapped, tortured, and left for dead only to be found and sold into what is basically gladiator fights. She is a strong woman, who continues to fight while waiting for a chance to escape. Castor’s best friend, Phoenix, found his fated mate in book 1 of this series, and Mia is her best friend. Castor is searching for Mia, and finds her where she is fighting.

I loved Mia’s character. She is strong determined, and didn’t give up. I like that she didn’t immediately trust Castor – she has been through a lot and for her to automatically trust someone would be out of character. Castor fought his attraction, but when he decided he was in, that was it, not turning back. The two went though crazy times to escape and get back to their friends, and it was an interesting and exciting story.

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Caging Grace (Grace Series Book 1) by Carsen Lane – Review by Katrina Evanochko

Caging Grace (Grace Series, #1).Caging Grace (Grace Series, #1). by Carsen Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I went into this book thinking I knew what would happen, and boy was I wrong. This is not your typical romance. It is a book about hardship, determination, and learning how to love yourself. Grace is a character that you quickly connect with and immediately want to see her life improve. She is someone who doesn’t let adversity hold her back and she is determined to do whatever it takes to provide for her sick mother and younger sister.

I am not a UFC fan and know very little about the sport, but you don’t have to know anything to appreciate this story. Grace struggles with choosing to fight for more than just survival, and the reasons behind her feelings are absolutely heartbreaking. The way her story unfolds is well crafted. You are never just told what happened – you see the pieces of it through flashbacks, conversations with other characters, and her internal dialogue, and start to get a picture, and then when you finally see the whole picture, I cried for 14 year old Grace.

The supporting cast of characters are wonderful. Carl and Mason are in the background, but their support is what has gotten Grace through. Alasdiar took me by surprise. You think you know who he is and what role he will play in the story, and he became one of my favourite people. Johnny has his own trauma that he is dealing with, and while we don’t know much about his story, what we do know made my heart hurt for him. When he took down Zach for being disrespectful I wanted to cheer! There are multiple people who could be love interests, and all of them have reasons they could be good, or not good, but my reverse-harem-loving self wants her to have all of them LOL! I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Witch Switch (Bewitch Me Book 2) (in Midnight Magic Anthology) by Louisa Bacio – Review by Katrina Evanochko

Midnight MagicMidnight Magic by Gina Kincade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Witch Switch is just one of the many stories in this anthology. It is the second book in the series, but you don’t need to read the first to enjoy this one. This is a complete story, so you aren’t left hanging. It is about Cheyenne and Rafe, two people who were not supposed to fall in love. Rafe started out trying to do the right thing and following through on the marriage arranged by his family, but instead he chooses love. His former bride-to-be is not happy with this and does what she can to force the original marriage. Because it is short, the story moves quickly and things resolve quickly. I enjoyed this story, though I do feel a bit more setup or background info on the story or characters would make this story even better.

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The Fighter (An Underground Bad Boys Romance Book 3) by India Kells – Review by Katrina Evanochko

The Fighter (An Underground Bad Boys Romance, #3)The Fighter by India Kells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gage, Juliet, and Ten meet when Gage helps Ten with an underground fight. Unfortunately, Ten’s opponent turns out to be someone you don’t want to cross, and all 3 are at risk. In the midst of this, the three are exploring attraction to each other.

There are a lot of hot scenes in this book! The three have some serious chemistry, each with the other, as well as the three together. I really liked how Gage and Juliet met. Their relationship builds quickly, but it doesn’t feel rushed. The story surrounding the romance – the fighting, Mirkle, Bart, etc. is interesting and adds lots of action too. A good, sexy read.

This is the third book in the series, but you don’t have to read the other books to enjoy this one. The characters from the first books make appearances, so if you have read them it is nice to see them again.

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Unabridged (Lovestruck Series Book 2) by Melinda De Ross – Review by Katrina Evanochko

Unabridged (Smart & Sassy in the City, #2)Unabridged by Melinda De Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book made me think of a soap opera – it is entertaining, a touch ridiculous, and fairly dramatic. There is a rich ex-boyfriend who was abandoned and who shows up as the FMC’s new boss, a crazy ex-wife, and a crazy mother, as well as a protective best friend, a cat named Rat, and an absolutely hilarious pen pal. Angelina and Blade’s story is a light, easy, brain-candy read. There are things you can nit-pick if you wanted to (such as Angelina’s reason for leaving Blade without a word being pretty thin), but if you take it as a fun, light-hearted, easy to read story, you will enjoy it.

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An Alien Storm (Soldiers of Saedo Book 4) by Calla Zae – Review by Katrina Evanochko

An Alien Storm (Soldiers of Saedo, #4)An Alien Storm by Calla Zae
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 4th book in the Soldiers of Saedo series, but it can be read as a standalone. There are references to the first books, but you do not have to read them to understand what is going on.

An Alien Storm is a quick, action-packed alien romance with some soft gooey parts. Vanessa is a creative chef who has a traumatic past and is learning to trust her gut again. Arkon is a logical, analytical person who is learning to think outside the box. It would seem they are opposites, but I love how Arkon put it – they are polarities, which isn’t a bad thing.

Overall this story is imaginative, interesting, and well-written. The 2 main characters connect instantly, and they have a whirlwind romance.

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Seductively Yours (Titans of Manhattan Book 3) by Anise Storm – Review by Katrina Evanochko

Seductively Yours (Titans Of Manhattan, #3)Seductively Yours by Anise Storm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I mostly enjoyed this book. It is a fast burn, insta-lust and connection story. Rhyann is a Kansas girl who moves to New York to pursue her dream of being a dancer on scholarship. Mason is a rich club owner and one of the “Titans” of New York. They meet when Rhyann visits his club. They instantly connect but don’t exchange names when they hook up. The twist occurs when Rhyann unknowingly applies for a job at Mason’s club. Mason has a strict ‘no sleeping with the employees’ rule but Rhyann needs the money, so they put a stop to any relationship… or try to anyway.

This is a sexy, read and the characters have serious chemistry. I didn’t understand why Rhyann’s roommate decides to work at the club but that doesn’t detract from the story. The one thing that I had a hard time with was the on-page assault without a trigger warning. The character is not raped, but it was still traumatic and could be an issue for some people to read. I can understand why the author made the choice she did for the story but thought people would want to know about it before reading this book.

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The Ghastly Gumball by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Katrina Evanochko

The Ghastly GumballThe Ghastly Gumball by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is perfect for when you want a unique, quirky, quick story. I kinda wish it was longer because I would love to have gotten to know the characters more and to see the romance develop, but that is always how I feel with shorter stories. Lockwood just wants to get home to go to bed and weird things start happening. He is introduced to a whole new world that he didn’t know existed. I am curious to know more about Brix, and Clyde is amazing! This story is M/M, just so people are aware.

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