Kara, Shieldmaiden of Eire (Forerunner Series Book 4) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review by Kerry Carr

Kara Shieldmaiden of Eire (Forerunner book 4)Kara Shieldmaiden of Eire by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in the Forerunner Series. I have loved all these stories from the beginning. They are packed full of action and adventure and the characters are so well written that you feel like you are viewing their lives as it happens. The books are aimed at young adults, however I have found them all enjoyable. I do recommend reading the series from the beginning as some characters from past books make appearances and it give the characters more depth when you know what they have gone through to get to where we find them. The stories are historical fiction and the authors attention to detail and research of the times is what really brings the stories to life for me.

This story mainly focuses around Kara. She is an amazingly strong and determined woman. In a time where women were meant to just marry and be happy Kara set out to destroy that notion from the beginning. After fleeing an arranged marriage she tries her hand by trying for the Dublin guard. When she proves her worth on the battle field to be as good as any man her life seems set on the course she wants. But things aren’t that simple, with battles looming, confusing feelings and her family in danger will Kara be able to keep all the plates spinning or will her dreams crash around her?

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My Darling Rogue (A Wicked Rogues Romance Book 1) by April Moran – Review by Kerry Carr

My Darling RogueMy Darling Rogue by April Moran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a historical romance with a sexy steamy twist. The author does an amazing job of setting the scenes and the story along the lines of the time but by injecting some sexual chemistry between the characters making this one story I couldn’t put down.

Gabriel Rose is the illegitimate son of a nobleman but because of this is he has a lower standing in society. However he has his eye on a particular lady, even though he should. He can’t deny his attraction to Lady Celia Buchanan. Knowing that his affection and attraction to her isn’t allowed he has turned away and kept his distance until things change and what was thought impossible becomes possible.

Lady Celia has secrets of her own. She is a very strong, determined young woman, who because of circumstances in her past has become a bit of a flirt. She feels an attraction to Gabriel, there is something about the dark mysterious man that keeps drawing her in. Will the secrets he hold be enough to heal her pain and make her feel whole again? Or will the fact of his parentage or lack of mean that their connection can never be?

This story is beautifully written, you really get a feel for the era and how society viewed certain things such as a woman being a flirt and a man with interests on a lady above his social standing. The way the character come together and their personalities beautifully complement each other and takes this romance to another level.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Kerry Carr

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great, modern retelling of the Cinderella story. It is a young adult romance with a sprinkle of fantasy and magic as well. The author does an amazing job of filling the story with so many twists and turns that it keeps the reader guessing every step of the way but the link to the Cinderella story of meeting “a prince” and leaving behind the “wicked stepmother and stepsisters” is all there.
Even though there is an element of a fairy tale in this book the story is also set and is relatable to modern day and modern life for young adults. From the romance between our 2 main characters to the group of girl Bullies that want to make Ashley’s life miserable at school just like she is at home.
This is a great story and one I really enjoyed.

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The Colors of Love (The Colors Trilogy Book 2) by K.R. Raye – Review by Kerry Carr

The Colors of Love (Colors Trilogy, #2)The Colors of Love by K.R. Raye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 2nd book in the Colors Trilogy.
We are back with Lance, Imani and Melody as they try to navigate college life. Dealing with new stresses, Romance, demons of the past and their future the 3 friends are going through their life’s facing different situations and finding and losing love.

After the devastating events of the last book it has sent shock waves through the 3 friends. Now they are all trying to rebuild their lives and all the challenges that they will come against. As young adults there is a lot of angst. Love and romance are confusing concepts. One thing none of the friends want is a repeat of the last time one of them fell in love.
With Melody’s past relationship and the terrible end that came too she is reluctant to let another man close to her. Is she right to keep herself guarded and closed off?
Imani is always strong and sensible but when she gets into a long- distance relationship with DJ she finds herself feeling and confronting emotions she’s never felt before .

And finally Lance. Lance is definately a ladies man. However now he main focus is looking after his girls and becoming a professional athlete. So how will he react when there is another danger aimed at his girls or when his promiscuous history comes back to bite him.

This story is full of emotion as they all deal with their own problems but their love for each other and unwavering support shines though the pages.

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Ashes of Sin and Stardust (AnchorX) by Lindsay Murray – Review by Kerry Carr

Ashes of Sin and StardustAshes of Sin and Stardust by Lindsay Murray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really dark BDSM romance. There are trigger warnings with this book that the author makes the reader aware of right at the beginning so it may be a trigger for some people.
The authors writing is really good. The way the author talks about mental health, ways people deal with it and the thoughts and feelings people suffer through was really eye opening but was dealt with in a way that was respectful and informative.

This story is a romance around the BDSM lifestyle but it is so much more than that. The characters of Reuben and Alice are both damaged in their own way and their back stories are really heartbreaking. But it makes their connection even more powerful and beautiful. It was also different to read a romance from the perspective of people in the BDSM lifestyle and to realise that even though for some people it is just a kink for others it’s way to manage stress and anxiety in their lives.

This story is very emotional, your heart will break hearing Alice’s story and you will laugh at how sassy she is and how much she tests Reuben’s boundaries.
Can a Brat be trained? Or will Reuben find a way to make Alice submit to him willingly?

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Thief (Popov Bratva Book 4) by Leslie Georgeson – Review by Kerry Carr

Thief (Popov Bratva #4)Thief by Leslie Georgeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the 4th book in the Popov Bratva series. These books can be read as a standalone however since I’ve read this one I definately want to go back and read the rest of the books in this series. This story is a perfect mix of danger and Suspense teamed up with characters who have a love/hate relationship but the chemistry between them is so hot you just know one or both of them are going to get burnt.

This story is about Dom and Leah.
Dom is a Mafia Prince who’s job is acquiring things for people. These things are something not obtained in a legal way but he’s never not completed the job. The is until he meets Leah.
When he tried to steal her car, Leah’s fiesty attitudes makes her fight to stop him from stealing her car.
Not wanting to get caught Dom does the only thing he can think of. Kidnap Leah and steal the car.
But Dom didn’t really think it all the way through and when it turns out Leah is a famous singer, the simple kidnapping becomes a whole lot more trickier.
Add to this the secrets that Leah’s past holds and the unmistakable attraction between Dom and Leah and this is one story that will keep you hooked.

How can a singer destroy the career of this Mafia prince? Would she turn him in if he let’s her go? Would it be so bad to keep her beside him forever? And is he wanting to keep her so she doesn’t go to the police or is there something more between them that makes their connection hard to ignore.

This book has so many twists and turns that you never know what to expect you just have to hang on for the ride.

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Jester by Brielle D. Porter – Review by Kerry Carr

JesterJester by Brielle D. Porter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this fantasy adventure. It is a fast paced story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s a story full of different aspects such as revenge and redemption. There is also a enemy to lovers romance which at first you don’t expect. The main character Lisette is very strong willed and determined to succeed, however sometimes her plans to do that could be seen as questionable.

Lisette has been left on her own since her father was executed for murdering the king. Now she has to struggle through life trying to get out from the disgrace her father caused by commiting that crime. Lisette’s dream is to become the Jester however this will be no easy feat considering she doesn’t have any real magic. When she enters into the challenge to become the Queens Jester its a highly dangerous thing to do and when her worst enemy Luc also joins the challenge things just get worse for her. After all Luc has what she doesn’t. Luc has real magic not an illusion like Lisette.
As the challenge progresses Lisette sees evidence go show the Queens involvement in her husbands death.
Was Lisette dad really to blame for the Kings murder? Now Lisette has a choice. Does she strive to clear her family name and lose her dream or does she live under the disgrace of her fathers supposed crime and fulfil her dream of being Queens Jester? Is that even an option with Luc in the competition?

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Scandalously Yours (Titans of Manhattan Book 5) by Anise Storm – Review by Kerry Carr

Scandalously Yours (Titans Of Manhattan #5)Scandalously Yours by Anise Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 5th book in the Titans of Manhatten series and omg. I have loved all these stories but this one really tugged at my heart. The emotion that the author puts into the story is so real that the reader feels everything from pain and sadness, to happiness and everything in between.
This story is about Kris and Alessia.

Kris had it all. A good job, lovely wife, amazing kids. His life to him was perfect and he wanted for nothing. That is until his world crashed down around him when he found out his wife was cheating all throughout their marriage. Now he’s on his own fighting to see his kids and pushing hard for the promotion he wants. He plans to enjoy single life and just focus on him, his kids and work.
That is until he meets Alessia

Alessia has just got her dream job working in the emergency room. Like Kris her focus is her family and her career.
When she runs into Kris the connection is instant and when they give into their attraction one night of passion changes both their lives forever.

Alessia knows she should stay away from Kris not only do they work together, but with a very public messy divorce in progress it’s not ideal for a blooming romance but things get worse when a scandal looks to ruin all that they have.

Will they survive all the turmoil? Or will the pressure of Kris’s past be too much for them to overcome?

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Remember to Forget Me (Too Lost to Love Book 1) by Hazel Storm Review By Kerry Carr

Remember to Forget Me (Too Lost To Love, #1)Remember to Forget Me by Hazel Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really beautiful love story. I was a bit confused at first about the characters as they seemed to have a connection but I couldn’t figure out why, however it all made sense as I carried on reading and it made the feelings and emotions understandable and a lot more realistic.

Addison and Wesley were young sweethearts. What a tragic event happened their were both injured, but Wesley ends up losing his memory of everything. Including his love for Addison.
After the event Addison is forced to cut all contact with him which breaks her heart even more but she does as she has been told. Why does she need to keep her distance?

Fast forward 10 years and they meet again. Wesley has a feeling he knows her, it’s like his heart knows her even though he has no memory of why he feels that way. Addison remembers Wesley all to well and her love for him has never left, so when Wesley asks to spend time with her she agrees.
What will happen if his memory returns? Will they be a happily ever after couple or will things come to light that will make Wesley hate her?
And without side forces working against them do they stand any chance at all?

This is a beautiful story about love, heartbreak, regrets and redemption. If 2 people have been in love, can that love still have survived even without them being aware of it?

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Rivals (Mafia Elite Book 7) by Amy McKinley – Review by Kerry Carr

Rivals (Mafia Elite, #7)Rivals by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This the 7th book in the Mafia Elite series and omg I absolutely love this series. The stories are full of danger, twists and turns, loyalty and a really good steamy romance. These stories for me really captivate me and this book was just the same.

In this story we follow Mia and Nico. Both of them are part of different Mafia families.

Nico is considered quiet but is a very smart calculating underboss. He’s looking for a way to bring down the other Mafia boss. His research keeps bringing up one name. That of the bosses daughter Mia. He know she could be the key to finding a way to destroy the other boss but how will he get her to talk?

Imagine his surprise when Mia turns up to see him with a proposition. One that will get Nico everything he wants but will also change his life forever.

Mia is a confident, strong, fiesty women. For years she has been kept locked up by her father. But she holds a secret. She is the rat in her father’s family and she is determined to bring him down. The only way she can do that and protect herself is to team up with another Mafia family.
So she approaches Nico asking for marriage so that she is protected from her own family.

Will Nico accept her conditions? Will they successful bring down Mia’s father and his illegal actions? And what happens when a proposition of convenience turns into something more real and intense?

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