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Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Past Storm and FirePast Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas is the story of Val Masterson. Val is a woman who is dealing with many issues, hurricane Andrew and its destruction of the life she once knew, a husband who leaves a lot to be desired. Val has an “active” imagination which she uses to her best ability in order to get through the rough days she is experiencing. What happens when her imagined story starts to become based in reality?
This was the first book I have read by this author, I liked it but I did find it to be a little confusing at times. Will I read something else by Ms. Nichols, I probably will since I was going through her back library, I found some that interest me. So, if you are looking for an interesting concept in a story pick up Past Storm and Fire.

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Drawing Bloodlines (The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 1) by Deborah Garland – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Drawing BloodlinesDrawing Bloodlines by Deborah Garland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Drawing Bloodlines by Deborah Garland is the first book in the Princeton Allegiant series and is a fresh perspective on vampires in my opinion. This story is about Alexander Manning and Elizabeth Lockspier, these characters meet at Elizabeth’s doctor appointment when Alex draws then drinks Elizabeth’s blood. She definitely handled that little scenario better than I EVER could! The story just progresses from there and is a page turner to say the least. I was drawn in from the very beginning. Alex was a strong character who I felt bad for at points throughout the story. As for Elizabeth, she’s an independent, single divorced mom, who is a math teacher that is enamored of the handsome vampire from the beginning.
I liked the fresh take on the vampire culture and the world Ms. Garland has built. Between the hierarchy of the vampires and their “powers” I spent a lot of time on the edge of my seat. I loved the main characters and the secondary characters left me wanting to know what is going to come next and I look forward to the next book in this series. This is the first book I have read by this author but it definitely won’t be the last.

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Lies Come True (The Avery Hart Trilogy Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Lies Come True (Avery Hart Trilogy, #1)Lies Come True by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lies Come True is the first book in the Avery Hart series by author Emerald O’Brien. As a fourteen-year-old girl, new student at a new high school, Avery Hart is attacked on her walk home from school. For the past ten years Avery has struggled to get over what happened in the past. Nobody believed her story when she was young, now the attacker is back and coming for her.
I enjoyed this story for the most part although I did struggle from time to time. The story got disjointed at times making it kind of hard to follow. The storyline was a good one and I didn’t see the twist at the end coming so now I look forward to reading the next book to see what happens next. Hopefully book 2 doesn’t leave me confused, ties up some loose ends and flows better than the first.

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Hate to Love You (Baker’s Bunch Book 1) by Lily Ryan – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Hate to Love You (Baker's Bunch Book 1)Hate to Love You by Lily Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hate to Love You is the first book in the Bakers Bunch Series by author Lily Ryan. Samantha Stone has had a thing for her big brother’s best friend, Cole Andrews, since she was a pre-teen. After an incident forces the two together for one night, they decide they want each other but don’t know how their relationship would affect those around them. Do they take a chance or go back to the place they have always held in each other’s lives?
This was a pretty good story; I did definitely prefer Cole’s character over Samantha’s though. Samantha was definitely a young, naïve and at times highly annoying. Fortunately for the story she does redeem herself. This was my first book by Ms. Ryan but it probably won’t be my last.

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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Lisa Brydalski

SparSpar by Randi Perrin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spar by Randi Perrin is the story of Chloe Darue and Locke Headley and is the first book I have ever read by this author. Honestly, when I picked up this story, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a really good story about two individuals broken by people who should have been all about support and love. There were parts that weren’t easy to read but the characters of Chloe and Locke made it worth pushing through. I highly recommend this book and I know I will be looking into reading more from this new to me author.

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The Reason Why by Izzibella Beau – Review by Lisa Brydalski

The Reason Why: Breathless SeriesThe Reason Why: Breathless Series by Izzibella Beau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Reason Why by author Izzibella Beau is the story of Alabama, an eighteen-year-old girl who hasn’t had the best early years. Her mother would definitely not be winning any mother of the year awards and because of this Alabama ends up going to live with her mother’s one-time best friend and her children. Alabama is unprepared for her new life, she has spent the past eighteen years pretty much being neglected, as a wanted member of a “normal” family. She is also not prepared for Joshua and Hunter and the feelings she possesses for the brothers.
This is the first book I have read by Izzibella Beau and I can honestly say that I hope it won’t be the last. I enjoyed her writing style and was quickly drawn into the story. I laughed many times and I am not afraid to say that there may have been a tear or two were shed. Throughout the book I rooted for Alabama to be given a shot on a life she deserved; I wish she was real so I could give her a hug! So, in conclusion I would like to say, good job Ms. Beau, you just found yourself a new fan!!

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Little Miss Eyes of Blue by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Little Miss Eyes of BlueLittle Miss Eyes of Blue by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Little Miss Eyes of Blue is the prequel to The Woman America Loves a Latte by author Holly Tierney-Bedord. I can honestly say that I read “The Woman…Latte” first and I am glad I did because Little Miss Eyes of Blue filled in a lot of the backstory of Veloura’s early life. This was a little tough to read, I felt so bad for Veloura throughout this. You know the saying that some people should not have kids, well Paul and Marla are two fictional characters that should not have had kids.
Even though it was a little hard at times I am glad that I read this book. It truly shows how some people struggle to live their best lives, as Veloura did. While other people take the selfish route and only think of themselves, as Paul and Marla do throughout. Nobody really cared about the child in this book and she’s pretty much on her own from the age of four. That being said I do recommend this story, either before or after reading The Woman America Loves a Latte.

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The Woman America Loves a Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Lisa Brydalski

The Woman America Loves a LatteThe Woman America Loves a Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Take a ride with the spokesperson for Caprice Cappuccino, Veloura Merkowerowitz, aka Vienna Merriweather, aka The Woman America Loves a Latte as she travels cross country. In this novel by author Holly Tierney Bedord our leading lady Veloura is on the run from a fiancé who wants her gone, a stalker who wants her hurt and a man who wants her, period.
When I first started this story, I thought to myself, what the heck is going on? But the more I read the more I was drawn in. I felt sorry for Veloura, a girl who couldn’t find her happiness. Abandoned at a young age she longs for family and love and ends up just getting more loneliness. I got a good chuckle over Thunder and Ricky Dwayne and their big “plans” and a little creeped out over Eugene. This was a quick paced story and you can’t help cheering on Veloura until the bitter end.

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Flirty Dancing: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles Book 3) by J.D. Frettier – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Flirty DancingFlirty Dancing by J.D. Frettier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Flirty Dancing is the third book in the Green Room Chronicles by JD Frettier. Ever wonder what happens at the end? In Flirty Dancing, JD Frettier brings an enchanting answer to that question. When Kitty finds herself in the “Green Room” she doesn’t know what has happened to her. Where is her husband? Where are her kids? Who are these women and why are they helping her?
A cute story about the afterlife! I enjoyed seeing what would happen after Kitty wakes up in the green room. I loved the tongue in cheek humor regarding the inhabitants of purgatory and plan on looking into the remaining novellas in this series.

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Knights Who Won My Heart (Knights Series Book 4) by Sonya Jesus – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Knights Who Won My Heart (Knights, #4)Knights Who Won My Heart by Sonya Jesus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Knights Who Won My Heart is the fourth and final book in the Knights series by Sonya Jesus. Ms. Jesus definitely pulls out all the stops and ends this series with a bang. Just when you think you know what is going to happen Ms. Jesus throws out a curve ball and leaves the reader clinging to the edge of their seat.
Throughout the series we watch Amelia make tough choices and grow up along the way to become one of the strongest characters I personally have read in a while. Add in a manipulative serial killer who is the only person that knows his endgame as well as a group of “Soccer Gods” and you have the makings of a wild ride. The Knights series is one that catches your attention from the first book all the way to the last page of the last book. It is a different and refreshing read and I recommend it to any reader interested in something a little different.

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