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

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

The Trouble With Paradise is the fourth book in The Madeline Dawkins Series by Cynthia Hamilton. Madeline Dawkins is a private investigator with her partner Mike Delaney. The Santa Barbara D.A. calls up Madeline about figuring out how two men died. Unfortunately, Madeline isn’t a stranger to troubled marriages. Not only does Madeline have to worry about solving these two cases, but now her ex-husband is trying to clear the name of an inmate. I loved the way the author was able to carry out multiple storylines and how well she was able to tie them together. You’ve got two men dead, one who may have been killed by his wife and the other who may have killed himself. Then there is the storyline of Madeline’s ex-husband trying to clear Lindsay Bartholomew’s name. This is the second story I’ve read in this series and I definitely preferred Madeline in this story. I look forward to seeing what Madeline is up to in the next book.

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Breaking Traditions: The Shifter And The Mage by Madilynn Dale – Review by Kayla Interdonato

Breaking Traditions: The Shifter And The MageBreaking Traditions: The Shifter And The Mage by Madilynn Dale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Breaking Traditions: The Shifter and The Mage is an amazing paranormal, romance novel by Madilynn Dale. Natalie wants nothing more than to have her own bakery business but unfortunately, her parents don’t share in her dream. In a perfect world, they would want Natalie to be a perfect stay at home mom. The main issue with that is her parents want her to be with her ex Theo. Natalie struggles to be true to her shifter heritage but also wants to be happy with her life. Then enter Alex, the mage. Natalie’s wolf side feels drawn to Alex, but this of course is against the shifter tradition. Alex begins falling in love with Natalie but feels that she isn’t being truthful with him. I almost felt bad for Natalie as she struggled through her life. She wants to please her family, she wants to live as a shifter, but she also has dreams of her own. Then I felt bad for Alex too because all he wants is to be with Natalie but he feels like there is something getting in the way of them. Throughout the whole novel, I just wanted the two of them to be happy. The author did a wonderful job with both the paranormal aspects of this novel as well as the romantic ones. I definitely recommend reading this book!

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TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Kayla Interdonato

TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11)TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two Hearts Unspoken Targets is the eleventh book in the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance series by Tamara Ferguson. Zachary Logan is a retired air force captain after suffering injuries while serving overseas. Zach struggles to find his new norm while spending some time in New Orleans with his cousin. After speaking with his friend Luke Bryant, Zach finds himself in Crystal Rock. Becoming an administrator of a wounded warrior facility really hits home for Zach, as he is a wounded warrior himself, and thinks this may be where he belongs. Elizabeth Bowen finds herself in Wisconsin as well, since this is where the new vocational facility for her autistic son is located. When Beth and Zach meet they are instantly attracted to one another. They seem to be accepting of each other’s situations, Beth’s autistic son Kyle and Zach’s PTSD. Zach will be tested when danger presents itself and he must do everything in his power to protect the ones that he cares about, even from a killer. I really enjoyed reading this story and how open the author is about Zach’s PTSD issues and Kyle’s autism. The relationship between Beth and Zach was very heartwarming and you couldn’t help but feel for Zach as he struggles to keep her safe. I look forward to reading other stories in this series.

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Help Me, Harry by Mya O’Malley – Review by Kayla Interdonato

Help Me Harry (Collection: Sun, Sand & A Ring On My Hand Book 2)Help Me Harry by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Help Me Harry is the second book in the Sun, Sand, And A Ring On My Hand collection by Mya O’Malley. This book is a romantic novella that had me hooked from the start. The author makes the characters so relatable. You may think this is just your typical girl on vacation and hot bartender story, but there is so much more than that. Cassie isn’t sure her fiance is “the” one for her, and as she spills her guts to the sexy bartender on the first night of her girlfriend’s tropical bachelorette party, the bartender realizes the same thing. Harry knows the player ways of Cassie’s fiance because he is that kind of guy, or is he? Maybe Harry could change for Cassie. This story is about Harry trying to convince Cassie, and in some ways himself, to take a chance on him because she deserves so much better than Evan. This was such a heartwarming book to read that I look forward to reading others in the collection.

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Calamity under the Chandelier (A Sleuthing Starlet Mystery Book 1) by Camilla Blythe – Review by Kayla Interdonato

Calamity under the Chandelier (Sleuthing Starlet Mystery #1)Calamity under the Chandelier by Bianca Blythe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Calamity under the Chandelier is the first book in A Sleuthing Starlet Mystery series by Camilla Blythe. I absolutely admired Cora picking up her life and going to England with her friend Veronica. Veronica, who is big in Hollywood, just eloped with an English earl. She decided to give up stardom and move to England to be with her husband. After Cora is fired from her job, Veronica asks her to come along to help be a buffer with her husband’s disapproving family. What seems like a typical holiday turns into a chilling murder when a chandelier falls and kills someone. Cora is determined to prove Veronica’s innocence, no matter what everyone else thinks. This was a quick afternoon read that left me wanting more. The author does a wonderful job keeping the readers on their toes with suspense. Also, I loved how the story was based during a past era, back when people didn’t fly to Europe but traveled by boat instead.

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St. Nick’s Christmas Wish (Holiday Hunks Book 7 – Hot Hunks-Steamy Romance Collection Book) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Kayla Interdonato

Holiday Hunks-St. Nick's Christmas Wish (Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection Book 7)Holiday Hunks-St. Nick’s Christmas Wish by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holiday Hunks – St. Nick’s Christmas Wish is the seventh book in the Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection by Tamara Ferguson. The title of this book, and the collection even, did not disappoint. Nick is a hunk, who’s been burned by love in the past. He’s lost all confidence in himself since breaking off his engagement because he caught his fiance cheating. While vacationing in Bali with friends, he spots the beautiful Emma, who is also with friends. Emma tends to run away from men when things start getting serious. Sharing one hot kiss, Nick is determined to get to know Emma more, despite the fact that he isn’t sure if she is after him or his family’s money. Their paths cross again in Crystal Rock during a Christmas charity. As Emma watches Nick play Santa for the kids, she realizes there may be more to Nick than his rough personality. Reading how Nick and Emma start letting their guard down with one another was very heartwarming. I liked the way the author thoroughly introduced Nick’s childhood in the beginning chapters, as it would play an important role for Nick’s personality. I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading others in this collection.

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Into the Lion’s Den (Reverend Margot Quade Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Sarah Biglow – Review by Kayla Interdonato

Into the Lion's Den: (A Christian Cozy Mystery) (Reverend Margot Quade Cozy Mysteries Book 1)Into the Lion’s Den: (A Christian Cozy Mystery) by Sarah Biglow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Into the Lion’s Den is the first book in the Reverend Margot Quade Cozy Mysteries series by Sarah Biglow. Reverend Margot Quade, after serving overseas, has come home to Port Marie, Vermont in hopes of finding where she belongs. A friendly dinner with a unit member of Margot’s turns into a murder mystery. Now Margot is among a murder and is forced to spend the night due to a horrible snowstorm. Her cousin, who lost contact with Margot while she was overseas, is the officer on the case. They must put their differences aside to help solve the mystery. Margot is determined to figure out what really happened and who is the murder behind it all. I loved reading this quick, cozy mystery story. Margot is such a strong female character, but I appreciated how the author uncovered some of her struggles from having been part of the military world. I thought the mystery wasn’t totally obvious which made reading the story much more interesting. I look forward to reading other stories in this series.

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Being Lost (Satan’s Devils MC San Diego #1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Kayla Interdonato

Being Lost (Satan's Devils MC San Diego #1)Being Lost by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author Manda Mellett does it again with another stellar MC book Being Lost: Satan’s Devils MC San Diego #1. Lost is the current President of the San Diego chapter of the Satan’s Devils MC. The only reason he is President is because he used to be VP until his president ended up getting himself killed and then he was voted in. But every day he questions whether he is making the right choices for his club. He’s been asked by the Colorado chapter to keep an eye on a member’s old lady’s mother and brother who have relocated. Soon trouble comes knocking and Lost must decide if this woman is worth jeopardizing the safety of his club. Patsy made a huge decision to move with her son to a new place, secluded from her past life. Unfortunately it seems to catch up with her, but not before Satan’s Devils find her. She knows she needs protection but hasn’t been with a man since her ex-husband. She knows she can trust Lost, but does he believe enough in himself? Yet another amazing MC novel written by this author. I love that she uses story lines from other books to tie together the clubs, but you don’t have to read the other novels to understand this one (although I highly recommend you do). I love the way the author is able to make two unlikely people just fit so perfectly for one another. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to others by Manda Mellett.

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Curse of Seduction (Dark Princes of Purgatory Book 1) by CR Robertson – Review by Kayla Interdonato

Curse of SeductionCurse of Seduction by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Curse of Seduction is the first book in the Dark Princes of Purgatory series by CR Robertson. Ilana has thought all along she is a defective vampire, that is until her path crosses with Ezekiel, and now her witch powers have come to light. The Blood Queen cursed the princes of Purgatory centuries ago and now Ezekiel can’t feed without something happening to his prey. The only way to break the curse is to have his witch mate save him, but for the ultimate price. Ilana is determined to save Ezekiel before the curse takes over her. This thrilling paranormal romantic novel was such a good read. I was a little unsure of the story from the start, I wasn’t certain if I would like the storyline, but the cover had me enticed. I was pleasantly surprised, this story turned out to be quite the page turner. I definitely look forward to reading the next book.

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Wrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan – Review by Kayla Interdonato

Wrapped Up In YouWrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wrapped Up in You is a beautifully written romance novel by Erin Bevan. Jenny Claus is a princess looking for her husband amongst a group of suitors. Her Gala and Christmas for children is at jeopardy when someone crashes into the toy factory. Logan Moss suffers from partial amnesia from a plane crash. He’s become interested in Jenny and when he finds out she has 3 weeks to pick a husband he is hopeful that will be him. Only problem is, he can’t remember if he has a wife already. Jenny has a tough decision to make in such a short amount of time. She doesn’t know if she should follow her heart or keep true to her princess duties. This story was both whimsical and heartwarming, something about Christmas time fills me with so much joy.

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