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Practically Pagan – An Alternative Guide to Magical Living by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Lianne Probert

Practically Pagan - An Alternative Guide to Magical LivingPractically Pagan – An Alternative Guide to Magical Living by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author begins this book by saying that all books are magical, I most definitely agree, and as you can guess this one is absolutely brimming with magic.

I picked up this book looking for something different to slightly challenge the normal, and this book certainly achieved that. It can be slightly repetitive at times, although I do think the messages are important ones.
I would say that this book might not be for everyone, you need to have an open mind and a curiosity for finding the magic within your own life. If that’s the case, you will really enjoy this book. This is my first time reading anything of this style or genre, but I will certainly be open to reading and learning more.

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A Sweet Christmas: A Sweet Confections Novella by Nicole Richards – Review by Lianne Probert

A Sweet ChristmasA Sweet Christmas by Nicole Richard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. It was feel-good and easy-to-read which was just what I was looking for.
Sparks fly between Thea and Benjamin as soon as they meet. They have wonderful chemistry that flies off the pages at you. I love Christmas books and the Christmassy feeling runs throughout, it left me feeling ready for the festive season.
This was a really quick read, but the author packed so much into it I didn’t feel as though I was missing out.
If you are looking for something light and fun then I would recommend this book

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Surprise Baby for Mr. Fischer (Curvy Ever After Book 2) by Stephanie Harrell – Review by Lianne Probert

Surprise Baby for Mr. Fischer (Curvy Ever After, #2)Surprise Baby for Mr. Fischer by Stephanie Harrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surprise Baby For Mr. Fischer is the second book in the Curvy Ever After series by Stephanie Harrell.

This was such an enjoyable read. Harper knows what she wants. She wants to travel the world searching for antiques and collectibles for her family business, but her family thinks she needs to settle down. When she meets Lincoln on a night out she has no idea that he is set to be the next big star, she just knows that a weekend spent with him will be hard to top. She never expected to find herself pregnant.
I thought that Harper and Lincoln were such lovable characters. Lincoln helps Harper see past her insecurities. They both have some big, life-changing decisions to make now that they are having a baby. They help each other through this and have many obstacles to overcome on the way. There was so much chemistry between Lincoln and Harper right from the start, they were a great couple to read about.
This was my first time reading anything by this author, but I will be going back to read the first book in the series now.

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The Mating Call (Long Claw Pride Book 1) by Brooke May – Review by Lianne Probert

The Mating Call (Long Claw Pride Book 1)The Mating Call by Brooke May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mating Call is the first book in the Long Claw Pride series by Brooke May.

Lane and Cheyenne are Lion shifters and destined to be mates. As soon as the couple meets there is no ignoring the chemistry between them. This was my first lion shifter book, I’m more used to hearing about werewolves, there are lots of similarities though and I really enjoyed it. The love story between Lane and Cheyenne is not a smooth one, they both have pasts to contend with but this just adds to the story and makes you root for them even more. The fact that they both have obstacles to overcome makes the couple much more relatable. This was an easy-to-read story, the pages turned so fast I couldn’t read it fast enough.
I’m looking forward to book two.

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Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship (The Perfect Pairing Series Book 1) by Parker Fairchild – Review by Lianne Probert

Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship (The Perfect Pairings Series Book 1)Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship by Parker Fairchild
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christmas Cookies On A Cruise Ship is the first book in the Perfect Pairings series by Parker Fairchild.

If you are a fan of super sweet Christmas stories that give you a warm festive feel, this is the book for you.
Forever finding herself in the shadow of her supermodel twin sister, Olivia needs to escape. She finds herself on a cruise ship with some very special guests who are using the spirit of the season to make dreams come true. Jace and Olivia are such a cute pairing but is it too much for them to believe that they are destined to be together? Jace is the perfect guy to mend Olivias bruised heart and show her that she should be in the limelight for a change.
This story has everything you need from a Christmas story. It’s full of love, hope, and a stocking full of Christmas spirit.

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Blood Oath (Mafia Elite, book 2) by Amy McKinley – Review by Lianne Probert

Blood Oath (Mafia Elite, #2)Blood Oath by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blood Oath: A Friends To Lovers Mafia Romance is book two in the Mafia Elite series by Amy McKinley.

This story kicks off with a bang and never really slows down. There is so much action packed into one book I found it a little hard to keep up at times, I still really enjoyed it though. I had already read the first book in the series, which I’d say isn’t essential but will definitely help you understand a little more when it comes to links between characters.
I loved the main characters. Sofia and Enzo are both strong personalities and there is chemistry between them from the get-go. The author includes flashbacks which not only helped me understand the story better but also the characters. Sofia is such a strong, resilient female lead. Being brought up surrounded by such violence has made her sharp, strong, and fiercely loyal. Enzo needed to match up to this, and he did. I always have a soft spot for a protective bodyguard, and Enzo was no exception.
This was a great second installment to this series.

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Snowflakes & Stockings (A Wilton Hills Christmas Book 4) by Marianne Rice – Review by Lianne Probert

Snowflakes & Stockings (A Wilton Hills Christmas, #4)Snowflakes & Stockings by Marianne Rice
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Snowflakes And Stockings is book four in A Wilton Hills Christmas series by Marianne Rice. This is my first time reading anything from this author and the series, this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

I’m a huge fan of a festive-themed book and couldn’t wait to get started this year. Stockings And Snowflakes was a great book to kick things off with.
Liberty is up for a promotion, and it’s pretty much a guarantee if she can solve the most recent mystery…who is the famous secret Santa?
I loved the warmth of the story and the Christmassy feel that this book had, it was such an easy and cosy read. The characters are likable and relatable, and I really enjoyed the building up of the relationship between Liberty and Sawyer. Their chemistry made this story even better.
This book was a lovely accompaniment to a gloomy (sadly, not snowy) Sunday afternoon.

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Tenacious (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 6) by Via Mari – Review by Lianne Probert

Tenacious (Billionaire Bodyguards # 6)Tenacious by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tenacious: Dark Billionaire Mafia Romance is book number six in the Billionaire Bodyguards series by Via Mari. Having not read the rest of the series, I can confirm that this can be read as a stand-alone story, although I’m tempted to go back now and start at the beginning.

This story is about Allie and Nick. I loved both of these characters right from the start. Their chemistry bounces off the page at you, but of course, the path of true love never runs smooth. Both are strong characters and I love how Allie can hold her own against Nick’s dominance.
This story is action-packed from the beginning and never really slows. The fast pace means I read this book super quick…I needed to know what happened next.
If you’re a fan of stories with plenty of chemistry and danger, I would definitely recommend this.

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Love’s Refrain (The Stardust Duet, Book 1) by KG Fletcher – Review by Lianne Probert

Love's Refrain (The Stardust Duet, #1)Love’s Refrain by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love’s Refrain: A Time Travel Romance is the first book in The Stardust Duet series by K.G. Fletcher.

I am already a fan of this author and was not disappointed with this book.
This truly is a love story. When reading the description I was a little apprehensive with regards to the time travel aspect, but I ended up loving this part. It added so much depth to both the story and the characters. I enjoyed both the past and present-day parts of the story, but I found myself especially looking forward to the parts where we were transported back to 1947.

This story was magical and I was hooked from the start. It’s the type of story that you find yourself thinking about even when you’re not reading it. The descriptive writing style is fantastic, I love it when the author takes time to set the scene so I can immerse myself properly in the story, and that is definitely the case here.

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Born to Fight (Can’t Resist You Book 1) by Brittany Anne – Review by Lianne Probert

Born to Fight (Can't Resist You, #1)Born to Fight by Brittany Anne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Born To Fight is the first book in the Can’t Resist You series by Brittany Anne.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world, nothing is as we know it now, and the presence of good and evil is very real.
Rain has lived alone for two years. When she comes across an injured man she knows she cannot leave him to die, but worries about her vulnerable position. Taking Hunter in turns out to be a life-changing decision, as she nurses him back to health they get to know each other, although both know that the other person has more secrets to tell.

I really enjoyed this story, Rain and Hunter are a sweet couple with lots of chemistry. There are also lots of other strong supporting characters which help to bring the story to life. I enjoyed that the story was told from different points of view so that, as the reader, I got the full story and range of emotions. I’m looking forward to seeing how the series develops.

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