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Loving Jake (Almost Perfect Series Book 1) by Lisa Lanay – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Loving JakeLoving Jake by Lisa Lanay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Loving Jake, the first book in the Almost Perfect series, by author Lisa Lanay we meet Jake Taylor, a journalist who returns home to take care of his grandfather. While attending a party at his old friend’s house, he runs into his best friends’ little sister, Kimberly. Kim has been in love with Jake for twenty years but was always too shy to do anything about it. When Jake turns up at Kim’s house looking to rent her extra bedroom Kim decides to take the bull by the horns and make him fall, I love with her. Unfortunately, Jake is hiding a secret from Kim that keeps him from returning her affection, will Jake let his secret hold him back from what he truly desires?
This was the first time I have read anything by this author and I don’t think it will be the last. At times the story was choppy but it was entertaining if you can look past that. I did find Jake to be a little whiny at times but I enjoyed the character of Kim. I felt sorry for Kim at times but she didn’t let her situation and unrequited love keep her down. I look forward to reading more in this series and from this author.

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Ricochet by Kathryn Berla – Review by Lisa Brydalski

RicochetRicochet by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ricochet by Kathryn Berla is a YA science fiction story that centers on Tati, a 17-year-old high school girl who, after taking a DNA test gets the surprise of her life when the results come back. When she begins having seizures and seeing different versions of herself, she is even more confused.
I can’t say that I am a big fan of science fiction but this story had an interesting concept, I mean haven’t we all, at one time or another, thought there may be alternate universes out there? What bothered me and kept me from giving this book 5 stars is the amount of back and forth. It confused me at times and I found myself going back pages to see if I missed something. Other than that, a little more world building and the author would have a solid story that will be enjoyed by many.

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Falling For His Badass by Jessika Klide – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Falling For His BadassFalling For His Badass by Jessika Klide
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Falling for His Badass by author Jessika Klide is a cute, easy to read story that introduces us to Lizzy. Lizzy has absolutely no luck with men, love or relationships so she decides to take a sabbatical after her latest relationship ends badly. A weekend on her own at a nice hotel, a comedy dinner show she has wanted to see and no ex to bring her down sounds just like what the doctor orders. Imagine Lizzy’s surprise when she runs into, literally, B.A. hot guy who couldn’t possibly want anything to do with little old her!!
This was such a cute, quick read and I truly enjoyed these two characters. I wish the story was longer though. Although this wasn’t my first book by this author it was definitely my favorite.

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Hidden Tracks by Zoe Lee – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Hidden TracksHidden Tracks by Zoe Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hidden Tracks by author Zoe Lee is the story of Astrid Sinclair and Seth Riveau. Astrid is a music journalist that is doing an article on the band Downbeat and Seth is the former bandmate who has been asked to join Downbeat for old times sake. When the two meet sparks fly and the story that Astrid has been asked to write now becomes the mystery behind Seth and the feelings, she has for him. Astrid has been burned once by her ex and isn’t ready for another relationship. Seth is a mystery that Astrid finds herself wanting to solve but is she ready for what she might find? Is Seth ready to give up his solitary lifestyle and learn to live again?
This was the first book I have read by this author. The story was a little slow moving in the beginning but soon I found myself intrigued with Seth and couldn’t wait to hear his entire story and what made him tick. I never really felt any connection to Astrid, I actually found her kind of annoying to tell the truth. After the first few chapters I found myself reading for Seth’s story alone. I can honestly say that if the author writes more about Seth’s bandmates, I would definitely read what is put out.

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Devil’s Dilemma: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter #4) by Manda Mellett – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Devil's Dilemma (Satan's Devils MC Colorado Chapter #4)Devil’s Dilemma by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Devil’s Dilemma is the fourth book in the Satan’s Devils MC – Colorado Chapter by author Manda Mellett. After Melissa’s boyfriend pulls a disappearing act, she is left with no choice but to lean on his brothers with the Satan’s Devil MC and especially Pyro who has become a good friend to Melissa. From the start Melissa thinks she is less than, her boyfriend leaving doesn’t help this and Pyro and the guys of the club band together to make Melissa feel better about herself. But nothing is what it seems and the club must once again deal with problems they never saw coming.
I think this series just keeps getting better and better! I think Melissa and Pyro are now my favorite characters. I loved the way Pyro supported Melissa with everything and couldn’t love her enough when she needed him. There were points in the story that I would have loved to have reached into the book and shook people but never Melissa and Pyro they were awesome. I look forward to seeing what will happen next…hopefully back to Las Vegas!!

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Devil’s Due: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter #3) by Manda Mellett – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Devil's Due: Satan's Devils MC Colorado Chapter #3Devil’s Due: Satan’s Devils MC Colorado Chapter #3 by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Devil’s Due is the third book in the Satan’s Devils: Colorado Chapter series by author Manda Mellett. This series just keeps getting better and better. It sucks you in and will not let go until the very end. The characters give you all the feels. From the hero becoming a Nomad to the heroine and her trials and tribulations Ms. Mellett drags the reader from the highest highs to the lowest lows. You can’t help falling in love with them. The secondary characters just add to the story. I love how the brothers band together to help the innocent and I can’t deny that I may have fallen in love with this hero. I can’t wait to see who is next for the Colorado saga. Bravo Ms. Mellett and keep the stories coming!

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Demon’s Angel: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter Book 2) by Manda Mellett – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Demon's Angel: Satan's Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #2Demon’s Angel: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #2 by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Demon’s Angel is the second installment in author Manda Mellett’s Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) series. And boy was it good!!!
When Demon sees Violet for the first time in many years he is surprised to see a full grown woman who just so happens to be a single mother and not just his best friend Nathan’s little sister. Not having his friend anymore Demon promises that he will do whatever it takes to protect Violet and become her stand-in big brother. What Demon doesn’t bargain on are the feelings he possess toward this woman who makes him feel things that aren’t very brotherly!
I really enjoyed this book, I liked the connection between Demon and Violet and I really enjoyed their interactions with the club. I enjoyed the storyline and the war between the factions and I cannot wait to see what is coming next!

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Paladin’s Hell: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter Book 1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Paladin's Hell: Satan's Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #1Paladin’s Hell: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #1 by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paladin’s Hell: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #1 by author Manda Mellett tells the story of Paladin and Jayden and is the first book I have read by this author. I can honestly say that I was a little lost at the beginning of this book that is said to be a standalone novel. The backstory of Paladin and Jayden was told quickly to give some insight into what came before. Once that was done, I found the story to be enjoyable and now I feel like I need to go to the author’s back list and read what I missed. I will continue on with the series since now I am looking forward to seeing what comes next!

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Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Miami Days Havana NightsMiami Days Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Miami Days, Havana Nights by author Linda Bennett Pennell we find Professor Liz Reams trying to build on the success she found early in her career. Liz literally stumbles onto the story of Sam, a 17 year old boy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a mob hit. Sam finds himself indebted to mobster, Moshe Toblinsky. Sam’s life further changes when he finds himself in a new place far away from family and everything he has ever known. As Liz follows the bread crumbs to Sam’s mafia connections she begins to question her life and priorities. Is her work worth it? Why can’t she commit to her boyfriend? What in her life actually matters most?
I enjoyed this book, but I had a hard time connecting with Sam and his story. Since I enjoy the author’s writing I continued to the end and am glad I did. This was quite a journey and I look forward to what the author brings about next.

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The Fisher Men X-ing Lines (Fisher Men Book II) by Rebel Nicks O’Dey – Review by Lisa Brydalski

The Fisher Men X-ing Lines (Book #2)The Fisher Men X-ing Lines by Rebel Nicks O’Dey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Fisher Men: Xing Lines by author Rebel Nicks O’Dey is the second book in the Fisher Men series, and while it is said to be a standalone it really should be read after The Fisher Men X my Heart.
This book is about Connor and Rika who we met in the first book. Connor is one of the Fisher brothers and Rika is the journalist friend of Samantha. The main characters are roommates that have yet to meet in person but this makes for interesting reading. If the story would have continued in this vein, I would have given 5 stars. But there was another story, within the story, and that left me feeling lost. At one point I began thinking I was missing something and had to look at the author’s backlist. Here I found another series with information that I missed. I think I need to read that series before I go on to the rest of the Fisher men books. I think, at times, the author threw out too much information, confusing the reader. The She thread is extremely interesting but really garbled the story lines but that’s just my opinion as a reader.
There were a lot of twists and turns in this story some of which probably weren’t necessary but all in all this was an enjoyable read.

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