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Claimed (The Torzial Affair Book 3) by Via Mari – Review by Lisa Brydalski

CLAIMED (The Torzial Affair Book 3)CLAIMED by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Claimed is the third and final book in the Torzial Affair Series by author Via Mari. This is the culmination of Jenny Torzial and Brian Carrington’s relationship and begins where Bound left off, in the courthouse with the verdict of Jenny’s trial. But just because the verdict is in doesn’t mean that the danger is over for Jenny or Brian. Someone wants Jenny silenced and Brian is willing to do anything for that not to happen.
The first half of this book was centered around the D/s relationship that Jenny and Brian are building which at times became a little redundant. Watch out for that halfway point though because that is where the nail-biting action takes off. There were so many twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat, turning the page as fast as I could, because I needed to know what was going to happen next, who exactly were the bad guys, and would Brian be able to protect his love. By the end of the story I needed a drink it was that good of an ending. I will say, the author leaves you wondering though about certain characters (Jenny’s niece, brother and bodyguard) and whether they will get stories of their own. Hopefully they will and I will be one reader looking forward to reading about them. Thank you, Ms. Mari, for several hours of entertainment!

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Bound (The Torzial Affair Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Bound (The Torzial Affair Book 2)Bound by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bound, the second book in the Torzial Affair series by Via Mari picks up right where Shattered left off. This installment ramped up the action to the point that my heart was racing from the first page to the very last page. Where I felt a little like I was missing part of the story with Shattered, Bound definitely made up for that as it was definitely easier to follow. Jenny’s past is still haunting her in this book and she can’t seem to escape, but where she only had to worry about one person’s deviousness, she now has a big target on her back from another, worse entity.
I definitely enjoyed this story over the first book, maybe due to the fact that it didn’t dwell on what had happened in the author’s previous series but centered around Jenny and Brian and what they were dealing with. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series now especially since this one just seemed to end at an integral part of the storyline.

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The Future Memoir of Ann Jones: A Time Travel Romance with a Splash of Magic by Alex Bailey – Review by Lisa Brydalski

The Future Memoir of Ann Jones: A Time Travel Romance with a Splash of MagicThe Future Memoir of Ann Jones: A Time Travel Romance with a Splash of Magic by Alex Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I started reading The Future Memoir of Ann Jones: A Time Travel Romance with a Splash of Magic by author Alex Bailey I thought I was getting a light hearted rom-com. In reality what I found was a little gem of a story about a middle-aged woman with a “vision”. In this vision Ann Jones finds herself a widowed empty nester who has moved cross country to start her life over. She’s gotten herself a new house, has found a possible new romantic interest and has joined a knitting club in an effort to make new friends. I enjoyed Ann’s sense of humor and overall spunk throughout the story, I enjoyed all the secondary characters as well as the mystery of the knitting club and its members. Overall this was a different kind of storyline that was refreshing in a world of rote ideas and writing.

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Shattered (The Torzial Affair Book 1) by Via Mari – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Shattered (The Torzial Affair Book 1)Shattered by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shattered is the first book in the Torzial Affair series by author Via Mari. The Torzial series is a spin-off of the Prestian series by Ms. Mari and while it can be read as a standalone, I have to admit that I felt like I was tossed into the middle of a scene since I did not read the first series. This book follows Jenny Torzial, the owner of a successful consulting firm as she navigates her life following a devastating personal experience. Jenny meets Brian at her best friend’s wedding and feels a deep attraction to the mysterious stranger. Circumstances beyond their control continue to throw the two together and sinister characters want nothing more than to hurt Jenny but Jenny’s new love interest wants nothing more than to protect her.
There is so much that goes on in this story that at times it got confusing (I need to read the Prestial series) but as I continued reading, I got a better understanding of what had happened to the characters in the previous series. I liked Jenny and Brian together and I especially liked the way the author didn’t write Jenny’s character as being weak or whiny. Jenny was dealing with a lot yet still managed to have a backbone, these are my favorite type of characters and I will be reading the next book just to see how Jenny grows.

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Beneath the Surface (Gray Ghost #3) by Amy McKinley – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Beneath the Surface (Gray Ghost #3)Beneath the Surface by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beneath the Surface is the third installment in the Gray Ghost series by author Amy McKinley. This story centers on Russian sleeper agent Hannah Miller and Gray Ghost member Jack Davis. Hannah finds herself activated while on a secret mission with an American intelligence agency, her plane has been hijacked and the Gray Ghost team, with Hannah’s ex, Jack, are on their way to rescue the crash survivors. Not everything is as it seems and Hannah along with Jack need to find out what is really going on.
I’ll start by saying that I read the first book but not the second in this excellent series and while I didn’t feel lost, I will be going back to read Chris’s story. Onward now…I LOVED this book! I LOVE this series! This series has everything from edge of your seat adventure to steamy romance. It will keep you guessing until the very last chapter and rooting for these two characters who have such sad baggage that you can’t help feeling for everything they go through. The author does a good job filling in the back stories on Hannah and Jack through use of flashbacks that do not hinder the flow of the story. Amy McKinley is quickly becoming a must-read author for me and I am looking forward to more stories in the Gray Ghost universe.

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Not So Broken (Love Grows Series Book One) by Renee Regent – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Not So Broken (Love Grows Series, # 1)Not So Broken by Renee Regent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not So Broken is the first book in the Love Grows Series by author Renee Regent and tells the story of Gibson Colebank and Sacha Rowan. After suffering a terrible blow to his personal life Gibson moves to the tiny town of Tilly, Georgia. A broken man Gibson longs to start a new life away from his family, friends and wealthy lifestyle. He finds that as a handy man in Tilly until he meets Sacha one night and once again his life changes. Sacha has a purpose in life, to remain independent and never to be hurt again as she was by her ex-husband and she now has a plan she is working toward that she refuses to give up but things change once she meets Gibson on a work trip.
This was a sweet story focused on two very strong characters who have struggled in their pasts and carry a lot of baggage. They take a journey to find what is truly important to them. I can honestly say that of the two main characters Gibson was my favorite and I wish there were more men like him in real life. Sacha struck me as a little too harsh at times almost like she was trying too hard to be tough when she needed to listen and maybe even show a little more empathy. With that being said I look forward to reading the next in the series.

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