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Savage Start (Hidden Valley Elite Prequel) by Isla Vaughn – Review by Kerry Baker

Savage Start: A High School Bully Romance: Hidden Valley Elite PrequelSavage Start: A High School Bully Romance: Hidden Valley Elite Prequel by Isla Vaughn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book packed so much more of a punch than I expected. It is quite a short story but the author manages to fit so much depth and development. I was hooked on this story as soon as I started reading. I loved the main characters. They just seemed to fit so well together. They had a strong connection and I wanted to read more about them.
I thought the way the author progressed the story was brilliant. It was an amazing story and I loved how it was all weaved together. I read this book in one sitting and could have read for longer. I cannot wait to read more of this series.

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Titanian Warrior (Titanian Chronicles Book 3) by Victoria Saccenti – Review by Kerry Baker

Titanian Warrior (Titanian Chronicles #3)Titanian Warrior by Victoria Saccenti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is my favourite one of the series so far. What a connection between the main characters. You could feel it from the moment they interacted and across each and every page. They drew me into the story and had me gripped right to the end.
This series is honestly getting better with each book. I thought this one was so well written and engaging. I could have kept reading it long after the book ended. This author was already one of my one click authors and this book is exactly why. I loved this story and cannot wait for whatever comes next.

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Throwing the Curve (Playing for Keeps Book 2) by Lauren Fraser – Review by Kerry Baker

Throwing the CurveThrowing the Curve by Lauren Fraser
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is exactly the sort of one that I love to read and this was a brilliant example. I loved the twist that throws Peyton and Ryan together. In my experience, it is unusual for their journey to start out this way but I really enjoyed the edge it gave the book.
Although this is the second book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone. It is a well developed story that is engaging and truly interesting. It was easy to connect with the characters and the storyline. I wanted to see how things would play out and if the characters would overcome their issues. This is a thoroughly enjoyable story that I would highly recommend.

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Talisman (The Talisman Series Book 1) by Tam DeRudder Jackson – Review by Kerry Baker

Talisman (The Talisman, #1)Talisman by Tam DeRudder Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although the storyline to this book is one that is a fairly common theme I really enjoyed that this book felt fresh and not over done. The author has written a book that is exciting and has left me looking forward to the rest of the series.
Rowan and Alyssa are definitely what this book is all about. Their chemistry was undeniable and I loved watching the dynamic between them as it developed throughout the story. I never really knew where things were going to go with this story. The author has done a great job of keeping you on your toes, throwing in curve balls when you least expect it. This was a really great book and a brilliant way to start a new series.

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Straight for the Kill (Benoit and Dayne Mystery Book 3) by Winter Austin – Review by Kerry Baker

Straight for the Kill (Benoit and Dayne Mystery, #3)Straight for the Kill by Winter Austin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a well crafty thriller that certainly keeps you guessing from the start. As the third book in this series I would highly recommend reading it in order. There are a lot of details you would miss out on if you were to start from this book, although it would still be enjoyable.
I think the character development is done really well. This book builds on the character arcs we have seen in the previous books and made it feel like we were getting to knew them even more. I really enjoyed the overall story too. The author keeps you guessing, throwing in twists and turns. The book has been well written and has a fast pace to it. This is definitely a book worth reading and one that I would thoroughly enjoy.

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Sharing His Nanny (Forever Our Girl Book 2) by Tori Chase – Review by Kerry Baker

Sharing His Nanny (Forever Our Girl, #2)Sharing His Nanny by Tori Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading the blurb of this book I went in expecting it to be a sexy, romance with not much depth, the perfect type of book to get lost in. But I was surprised in the best way when the book offered so much more. The focus always felt like it was more on family than it was on the sexual aspect and I really enjoyed that about the book. the connection between the characters was obvious but it also felt real.
I think the book was really well written and is probably my favourite one by this author so far. I enjoyed the direction the story went in and how the author controlled it. Often, I find a harem story can drive the author rather than the other way round but this author did a great job taking it where she wanted. This was a great book that I would highly recommend.

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Saving the Bellydancer (Green Brotherhood: SEAL Team XII Book 3) by Debra Parmley – Review by Kerry Baker

Saving the Bellydancer (Green Brotherhood: SEAL Team XII Book 3)Saving the Bellydancer by Debra Parmley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you love SEAL stories and romance then this is the book form you!! The main characters are brilliant. They were so easy to engage with and I really enjoyed their story. The element of the ex-boyfriend adds a layer of excitement too. I couldn’t stop reading as I wanted to know what was going to happen.

This author is still relatively new to me but each book I have enjoyed, with this being another to add to the list. It is an exciting and fast paced story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Hit on You by Brooke May – Review by Kerry Baker

Hit on YouHit on You by Brooke May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a brilliant dark romance by an author who never fails to impress. I never know what I am going to get when I pick up one of her books as she has done such an amazing job at making sure they are all different.
For me, this book had a real intensity about it that I hadn’t been expecting. It drew me into the characters and the story going on around them. I found that this book lingered with me when I wasn’t reading it. I kept thinking about what might happen and found myself making excuses to be able to pick the book up again.
This author really does know how to write an amazing book. This has strong characters and a great plot to support them. This book is definitely worth your time!

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Kerry Baker

Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is always excitement on the nights when we have a Lois Wickstrom book to read in our house. And I think this one has to be one of our favourites. It had a slightly slower start than some of her others and normally that would cause my two children to lose interest straight away. However, the fact that they not only kept reading but were actively engaged is testament to how much they love this author!
The story was fantastic, as always. It was engaging, lively and fun. We all seemed to connect with it and we have already read this book multiple times. My daughter is looking forward to when we have time to follow the craft instructions provided at the end. Yet another hit but a brilliant author. I can’t wait to see what is next.

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Fear Inc: Volume 3 by Melinda Valentine – Review by Kerry Baker

Fear Inc.: Volume ThreeFear Inc.: Volume Three by Melinda Valentine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For quite a short book this one really packs a punch. It was a great second chance romance and I loved the main characters. They had such a great chemistry even in the face of a complicated past. It felt like the story really supported them and their journey.
Although this is the third book in the series it can be read as a standalone. However, I would definitely recommend reading them all just because of how good they are. This book is intriguing, fast paced and exciting. I really did enjoy every second of it and cannot wait to read the next one.

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Chasing Redemption (The Quimby Grove Series Book 2) by Shannon Nikole – Review by Kerry Baker

Chasing Redemption (Quimby Grove #2)Chasing Redemption by Shannon Nikole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book in this series so was excited to start on this book. This book was even better than the one prior. It ticked all of the boxes for me and I could not put it down once I had started reading. I loved the main characters. Their connection felt so real and believable. It drew me into the story and I just had to see their ending.
This is an author that I am only recently familiar with but I am enjoying what I see so far. This series has been a strong series and this book has easily been my favourite so far. I love discovering new authors and I cannot want to discover more from this one.

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Whispers in the Waters (Blood of the Fae) by Sarah Chilson – Review by Kerry Baker

Whispers in the Waters (Blood of the Fae, #0.5)Whispers in the Waters by Sarah Chislon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t realise going into this book it was a short book so was a little disappointed initially. However, that soon dissipated when I started reading. The author has managed to pack so much into this book that it really didn’t feel like anything was missing. If was an interesting storyline. I loved discovering all about this world.
The characters fit well with the story b the author was trying to tell. The were easy to connect with and I wanted to find see where their journeys would take them. This is a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed and vin am looking forward to the next book.

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Kerry Baker

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is another successful addition to a series that is clearly shaping up to be amazing. I am always blown away by how easily I get into one of these books, the storyline and the characters. The author weaves the two together in such an effortless way that I cannot help but be drawn in.
This book picks up where the previous one leaves off so I would recommend reading them in order. However, this can be read as a standalone without too much being missed. Via Mari has easily become one of my go to authors and this book is a great example of why. It is so easy to read her books as it feels like the pages turn themselves. This is an amazing story and I cannot wait for the next!

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Things are Shaking (Invisible Magic Wand Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Kerry Baker

Things are ShakingThings are Shaking by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I say except this is yet another hit for this serious. My daughter gets so excited every time I tell her we have a new book to read by this author and I can see why. As usual this book was well written, engaging for the whole family and pure entertainment, even while touching on more serious subjects. The author does an amazing job at connecting with audiences of all ages – I enjoyed this book just as much as my 2 year old did! We have read this book multiple times and can wait to read whatever comes next.

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The Taste of Light (The Winemakers Book 2) by Giovanna Siniscalchi – Review by Kerry Baker

The Taste of Light (The Winemakers, #2)The Taste of Light by Giovanna Siniscalchi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was hesitant when starting this book as Pedro hadn’t been a character I particularly enjoyed in the first book. I found it hard to imagine how the author would turn him around. I am so pleased to be able to say she absolutely did! I cannot believe how much I connected with the character in this book and how much more I wanted to read about them. The character development was amazing to see and I really enjoyed every part of it.
The story was just as good as the characters in this book. It was exciting and jam packed with so much going on. I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy this book too much but I have come away thinking it is even better than the first. This is a great story that I cannot shout about enough!

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Handle With Care (Chase Care Book 1) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Kerry Baker

Handle With Care (Chase Care Book 1)Handle With Care by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the Chase Security series by this author and was excited when I saw that she had done a spin off series, this time focusing on doctors. As with her other books I found myself engaging with this story immediately. I liked that this book felt like it was part of the same world as the other series but had a different feel to it due to the different focus of the characters. And it was nice that the main basis of the story was the romance, it felt like there was so much more going on.
The characters were instantly relatable. I enjoyed their story and getting to learn about their past. The author has done an amazing job with this book and I already cannot wait to see what the rest of the series holds.

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The Husbands by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Kerry Baker

The HusbandsThe Husbands by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It felt like it had been far too long since I had read a new book by this author so I was beyond excited to get my hands on this one. I knew from experience to set aside enough time to read this book in one sitting because I wouldn’t be able to put it down, which is exactly what happened! I loved the characters in this book. Dorian and Augustine were absolutely perfect together. They made the book so interesting.
The overall premise of the book was fantastic as well. It was well written, exciting and just what I was looking for when I picked up this book. This author really has become one of my favourites and I cannot wait to read even more of her work.

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A Dowry of Snails and Mud by Brittany Tucker – Review by Kerry Baker

A Dowry of Snails and MudA Dowry of Snails and Mud by Brittany Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book turned out to be so much embittered than I was expecting. Historical romances I find hard to really fully connect with the characters because their journeys feel so far removed from me and yet this one I had no issues with at all. I thought the main character was so well written. It was easy to tmsee things from her perspective and really become invested in what was happening with her.
The story itself was well thought out and had such great detail to it. I really became absorbed in the storyline and enjoyed how the author had written it. This is my first unexpected read of the year and I am excited to discover more of her work.

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The Hawke Family Complete Collection by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Kerry Baker

The Hawke Family Complete CollectionThe Hawke Family Complete Collection by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This us a fantastic series from start to finish, with each and every book juat getting better and better. The first time I read a book by this author I honestly didn’t think she could live up to the hype I had seen. I am so pleased to say that not only was I wrong but her work completely blew me away. And this series is the perfect example of why. It is engaging, complex, intense and has some amazing characters. With each of these books I haven’t been able to put them down, needing to finish then all in one sitting. This author is now one of those that I will buy without even looking at the book description. I wokke urge everyone to try her work today!

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Son of Asmodeus by Barb Jones – Review by Kerry Baker

Son of AsmodeusSon of Asmodeus by Barb Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a fan of the show supernatural this book really appealed too me. I thought the concept was interesting and quickly became engrossed in what was happening. I thought the characters were all great. Each had their part to play and it felt like they all contributed to the overall story development.
This is an author I have only n recently become familiar with but so far I am enjoying her work. This book has been my favourite so far and I am looking forward to the next book.

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Night Hawke (The Hawke Family Second Generation Prequel) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Kerry Baker

Night Hawke (The Hawke Family Second Generation #0.5)Night Hawke by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is officially my first 5 star book of the year and the moment I saw this authors name I was in no doubt that it was going be! As usually the author has completely nailed it when it comes to incredible writing, amazing characters and a simply unputdownable book. I was hooked from the moment I started reading, just captivated by the story. I was right to leave myself enough time to finish the book in one sitting because I could not tear myself away from what was happening.
If you haven’t yet discovered the author or this series then I would urge you to change that today. It is absolutely fantastic and this author is easily one of my favourites.

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My Pearl Heart by J.N. Sheats – Review by Kerry Baker

My Pearl HeartMy Pearl Heart by J.N. Sheats
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has so much more to it than infiest expected it would. I started this book expecting a enjoyable second chance romance but found that it was much more emotionally charged than I anticipated. I connected quickly and easily with the characters, becoming invested in their journey. When I read the blurb I expected the story to go a certain way but the author managed to keep it interesting. The characters have a strong chemistry and really draw you in to what is going on. This is a great book and I really enjoyed each and every page.

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Married Blind (King of Screen Book 2) by Morgana Bevan – Review by Kerry Baker

Married Blind (Kings of Screen, #2)Married Blind by Morgana Bevan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great book to start 2023 with. This was entertaining from the start but had much more depth to it than I was expecting. And I think that enemy came down to the characters. Their stories had detail and an emotional connection that to don’t always get from a book like this.
The author has done a great job at writing this book. It is engaging, fun, emotional and such an enjoyable book. I can’t wait to read more of this authors books and more books like this in the year to come.

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Ladybugs for Loretta (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Kerry Baker

Ladybugs for Loretta (Loretta's Insects)Ladybugs for Loretta by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story is so fitting for my life at the moment. My daughter has just discovered bugs and is in the naturally curious phase and this book really seemed to hit on that. We both loved learning new things about ladybugs and it really sparked my daughters imagination. Loretta was just the perfect character for this story and the author really brought her to life.
This author just seems to get better with every book we read and she is really solidifying herself as a family favourite. This is definitely going to be a book that is read multiple times and I can’t want to see what we pick up next.

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Delicious Death (Madame Chalamet Ghost Mysteries Book 2) by Byrd Nash – Review by Kerry Baker

Delicious Death (Madame Chalamet Ghost Mysteries #2)Delicious Death by Byrd Nash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great follow up to Book one this is. I thought the author did a great job of bringing us back into the life of this character and I found her just as interesting to read about this time. The book was quite fast paced but knew exactly How to hold my attention. Everything was well thought out and I really enjoyed watching the connection between Elinor and the Duke grow. As the second book in the series it gives my high expectations for what is still to come.

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Where Do Pirates Go on Vacation? by Kim Ann – Review by Kerry Baker

Where Do Pirates Go on Vacation? : Fun pirate story that encourages imaginative and creative thinking. Ages 3 to 8, preschool to 2nd grade.Where Do Pirates Go on Vacation? : Fun pirate story that encourages imaginative and creative thinking. Ages 3 to 8, preschool to 2nd grade. by Kim Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was an instant hit with both of my kids even though they are 3 years apart. The rhymes and the story fully engaged my daughter. She was listening as I read and quickly picked out her favourites.
My son loves the pictures. He identified the pirates straight away and kept trying to turn the pages to look at more. For me this was a genuinely fun book to read. I didn’t mind reading this multiple times because the kids enjoyed it so much. I am pleased to see if it’s a series.

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Much Ado About Dying (Guardians of the PHAE Book 2) by Rowan Dillon – Review by Kerry Baker

Much Ado About Dying: An Irish Urban Fantasy Novel (Guardians of the PHAE #2)Much Ado About Dying: An Irish Urban Fantasy Novel by Rowan Dillon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This author has such a knack for creating exciting and detailed stories. As with the first book I was pulled straight into this one. It was such a fast paced story ans I really enjoyed the characters that were within the pages. The story line was well thought and it really felt like it took me on a journey.
This is only the second book in the series and it is truly a great addition. I am really looking forward to where it will go next.

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Falling Home (Buckeye Falls Book 1) by Libby Kay – Review by Kerry Baker

Falling HomeFalling Home by Libby Kay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a lovely second chance romance that has some really festive cheer to it. This book, for me, was all about the characters. They were so easy to connect either, really engaging and heartwarming. You could tell right from their first interaction that their connection was still their.
This author is still a relatively new author to me but if this is the standard of her books then I am excited to read more!!

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Spellbound Seduction (The Brightley Sisters Book 2) by Halley Larkin – Review by Kerry Baker

Spellbound Seduction (The Brightley Sisters Book 2)Spellbound Seduction by Halley Larkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a brilliant historical romance all about second chances at love. I was drawn to the character Bella straight away and thought she was one of those characters that carries the book. I loved watching her develop as the story progressed and seeing her connection to Thomas.
The author really connects the story to the reader. The book has a bit of everything and it matches the strength of the characters. This was an easy book to read because I enjoyed it so much. I am looking forward to seeing what else is to come from this series.

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Amaleigha Loves a Good Story by Janice Pratt – Review by Kerry Baker

Amaleigha Loves a Good StoryAmaleigha Loves a Good Story by Janice Pratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a short and engaging story designed to make children think about the world around them. Although the themes of the story were probably slightly beyond my little ones this book certainly got my eldest interest in libraries. And while she may not have understood everything she loved looking through the images.
This is only the second book by this author that we have read but it was just as enjoyable as the first book. It is one we could all sit down and read together and I am looking forward to us all being able to discover more of her work in the future.

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