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Shameless (The Orphan Train Saga Book 2) by Sherry A. Burton – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Shameless (The Orphan Train Saga Book 2)Shameless by Sherry A. Burton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From time to time there is a book that makes me have to gather my thoughts and feelings before I can even venture to write a review that explains the depth of what I have spent so many hours reading and imagining. Sherry Burton has done it again with the second book in her Orphan Train Saga, Shameless. If you are like me you never heard of the Orphan trains in school and how they were used to take homeless or unwanted children from the cities out west to families that wanted children.
I strongly recommend reading this series in order as this is Tobias’s (aka Mouse) story and answers questions from the first book, Discovery. I can honestly say that after reading Mileta’s story in the first book I wasn’t really looking forward to Tobias, but I am glad now that I picked it up, and probably should mention that I liked this book more than the first!! It shows the reader the reasons behind Mouse’s actions from the scared six year old to the adult Mouse just trying to protect what was his. This is a hard book to read at points, because, come on, who could see a child suffering and not want to help? There were many times my eyes teared up and just as many times I cheered for Mouse.
If you are looking for a different storyline I recommend the Orphan Train Saga. The only problem is waiting for the next installment, which is Anastasia’s story, can’t wait for that one!

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Not So Wrong (Love Grows Book 2) by Renee Regent – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Not So Wrong (Love Grows series, Book 2)Not So Wrong by Renee Regent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Spencer Colebank meets Melanie Parker at a party sparks fly and the billionaire is hooked. In book 2 of the Love Grows series, Not So Wrong, by author Renee Regent these two special characters are hiding behind masks and are afraid what would happen if others knew their real selves. Melanie is a singer who may have to give up her dream and Spencer is hiding his dreams in order to make his family happy.
This was an interesting story and I truly felt for the characters. Both were hiding and you had to root for them to achieve their dreams, no matter what. I look forward to seeing what is going to happen next in this series.

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Discovery (The Orphan Train Saga Book 1) by Sherry A. Burton – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Discovery (The Orphan Train Saga Book 1)Discovery by Sherry A. Burton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Cindy starts to go through her deceased grandmother’s storage unit all she wants is to empty it and sell some of the items to hopefully recoup the cost from the past few years. She gets so much more than she bargained for in Discovery (The Orphan Train Saga Book 1) by Sherry A. Burton. Grandmother Mildred was never a warm person to her family so Cindy is stunned to learn there were so many secrets about her grandmother’s life nobody was ever aware of.
I had never heard of the Orphan Train prior to reading this book, and I think that it is a shame that not more people are aware of this movement. This book shed a bright light on living conditions for these unwanted children and what they had to go through at such young ages. I ran through a gamut of emotions reading Mileta’s story from sadness, to joy this young girl’s life was far from easy and I don’t think I could have gone through half of what she did at such a young age. This story tugs at the heartstrings and I for one can’t wait to read the next story in this series. I’d like to thank the author for writing this story and bringing to life the trials and tribulations of these characters.

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Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Al Capone at the Blanche HotelAl Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two young boys, Zeke and Jack, see a body dumped into a sinkhole in Lake City, Florida in the summer of 1930. Thus starts the book Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by author Linda Bennett Pennell. Liz Reams is a teacher, writer and researcher, in 2011, with a penchant for bad boys, especially depression era gangsters like Al Capone. When she transfers to Gainesville, Florida to follow her boyfriend she stumbles upon the fact that Al Capone spent some time in Lake City in 1930 so she decides to do a little research and find out why old “Scarface” was in the area for an unusual amount of time. Liz gets drawn into the small town’s history and begins to unravel decades of hidden secrets centered on a violent summer where the KKK, lynching’s, prohibition, and deceit are in excess and where innocence is lost too soon.
This was an excellent book, which for all intents and purposes, is made up of two separate stories: the story of Jack and Zeke and the world they inhabit in the 1930’s South as well as Liz’s story centered in 2011 where her interest in the bad boy leads her to question just how she has been living her life. The author does a great job tying the two stories together and coming to a satisfying conclusion. My only issue is that it wasn’t longer. Thank you Ms. Pennell for a great story!

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Love Me, Dreamy (Love Me Series) by Laura Burton – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Love Me, DreamyLove Me, Dreamy by Laura Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love Me, Dreamy by author Laura Burton is a young adult romance set in the paranormal genre. When we meet Amelia, she is on a park bench and she is questioning how she got there when she is approached by a younger man, Toby. This is where the adventure begins for these two and what a roller coaster ride it is. Will they end up together? Who are the strange people in black following them?
This was my first book by Laura Burton and it was intriguing, a little confusing in the beginning, but worth it by the final page. While not normally a fan of sci-fi/paranormal this was different enough of a story to keep my attention.

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Undercover (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Undercover (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 2)Undercover by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s Matt Benagert’s turn to find his lady love in Undercover, book 2 in the Billionaire Bodyguards series by author Via Mari. While Matt is working undercover in the Chicago mafia world he comes into contact with Marenah Koslov and the sparks fly. Marenah is beautiful, blonde, and Russian with an ocean’s worth of secrets. Matt is taken by this beauty right from the beginning but once some of Marenah’s secrets come to light he has to decide if Marenah is worth all of the danger that comes with her.
This was a great addition to this series, I’ve been a fan of Matt’s since the Prestian and Torzial books by this author and have been looking forward to Matt getting his HEA. Marenah was the perfect foil for Matt. She was tough, strong willed and independent while having a heart of gold and an integral need to help the underdog. I can’t wait to see who is up next in this series.

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Proper Impulse (Jaded Lily Book 4) by Zeia Jameson – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Proper ImpulseProper Impulse by Zeia Jameson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Proper Impulse is the fourth book in the Jaded Lily series by author Zeia Jameson and my only complaint about this story is that it was too short. I’ve read each book in the series and I can honestly say that Milo and Juni are my favorite couple yet. While I enjoyed each character these two just had something the others missed. I loved Milo and his strait-laced approach to life. Milo definitely benefitted from having a little Juni in his life with her “hippy”esque look at life. Even though she comes off as a bleeding heart you just can’t help loving Juniper Jensen. It was fun seeing the other characters from the previous books, especially Luca and Padraig. I, for one, can’t wait to see what Ms. Jameson has in store for her readers next.

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Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels #1) by Laura A. Barnes – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Whom Shall I Kiss... An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels #1)Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? by Laura A. Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whom Shall I Kiss…An Earl, A Marquess, or a Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels Book 1) by author Laura A. Barnes tells the story of Sidney Hartridge, a bluestocking, living in Regency London, after watching her acquaintances get ruined by scoundrels Sidney decides to run a little experiment herself to see whom she can expose to the Ton as a scoundrel. As we all know, in the fictional world, nothing ever goes as planned. She doesn’t count on one of her targets being the man of her dreams.
This was a cute premise for a story, unfortunately the author lost my attention a time or two and while I liked the heroine she was at times, annoying. I enjoyed her best friend Sophia the most and I really want a Sophia of my own. This was an interesting story and I am looking forward to reading Sophia’s book to see who she ends up with.

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The Fisher Men X My Heart (The Fisher Men Book 1) by Rebel Nicks O’Dey – Review by Lisa Brydalski

The Fisher Men X My HeartThe Fisher Men X My Heart by Rebel Nicks O’Dey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Fisher Men X My Heart is the first book in the Fisher Men Series by author Rebel Nicks O’Dey and is about four brothers and the girl next door and about the love they have for on another. After an incident occurs during their youth all the Fisher brothers make a pact to take care of Samantha in a brotherly fashion making am unavailable to each one. But the heart wants what the heart wants and Samantha falls in love with one of them. When she comes home from college she must decide if she loves him enough to possibly end relationships with the rest of the Fisher family. Which Fisher man has she chosen? Read the story to find out!
This was a story that was cute at times and sad at others with a good story line. Unfortunately for me something was missing. The back and forth with the diary entries and interviews kept throwing me off, so maybe that was it. Plus at times, Sam came off a little whiny but I did love the Fisher men and they were the characters that I fell in love with and they were the characters I finished the book for. Will I continue this series? Absolutely! I’m too invested now with the guys and I can’t wait to see who they end up with as their love interests.

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Moves by John Michaels – Review by Lisa Brydalski

MovesMoves by John Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Moves by John Michaels tells the story of Robert Jake, Disc Jockey and former military man. Having survived an attack that killed 18 of his men in a war zone all Jake is trying to do is live a normal life, doing his job and taking care of his teenaged daughter. Unfortunately, the death of a District Attorney and two women change the course of his life. Is the killer trying to pin the murders on Jake or is the killer trying to protect Jake using a sadistic game of chess?
Moves is the first book I have read by this author and while I was confused in the beginning this story dragged me in to it in no time flat. I’m glad I took a chance and now I have one more author to add to my one click buy list.

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