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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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Vantage Point (A Gray Ghost Novel, book 4) by Amy McKinley – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Vantage Point (Gray Ghost #4)Vantage Point by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vantage Point is the fourth book in the Gray Ghost series by author Amy McKinley and if you’ve been waiting for Hawk’s story, like I have, then your wait is finally over. Hawk Ares is the quiet, loner and the sharpshooter for the Gray Ghost team. Stella Klein is the fiery haired and fiery temper waitress neighbor who becomes Hawk’s love interest.
While working on a case Hawk overhears his neighbor, “Red”, arguing with a man and takes it upon himself to protect her. Hawk has been infatuated with Red since his first glimpse of her and after a terrible childhood Hawk will do whatever it takes to protect an innocent. What he doesn’t count on is his past coming back to haunt him.
I love this series and with every book I fall more and more in love. Hawk has been an enigma since his first appearance and his story does not disappoint. I enjoyed his and Stella’s romance immensely. Stella’s backstory was fascinating with the look into her grandmother’s escape from the Nazis in World War II. Hawk’s past was sad and I found myself tearing up at times and glad that he was able to build his own family. If you are looking for action, adventure, suspense and romance this book hits all the marks.

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The Protector: MAC (Cover Six Security, Book 1) by Lisa B. Kamps – Review by Lisa Brydalski

The Protector: MACThe Protector: MAC by Lisa B. Kamps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Protector: Mac is the first book in the Cover Six Security series by author Lisa B. Kamps. I probably would have given this book a fifth star had I known that there was a prequel to it. While it can be read as a standalone the first couple chapters left me feeling like I was missing a good chunk of the storyline.
Once I got past that point though I genuinely was sucked into the story. Tabitha (TR) is a reporter working on a little story for her paper when all of a sudden inexplainable things start happening to her. Gordon “Mac” Macgregor is former military and part of Cover Six Security Company and he’s vowed to protect TR no matter what.
This story packs a punch and has a little bit of everything that makes a good book…action, intrigue, romance…now if I had only known about the prequel. I will have to check it out while I wait for the next installment of the series.

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Immortal Desires Anthology by Various Authors – Review by Lisa Brydalski

Immortal DesiresImmortal Desires by Melanie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An anthology is a great way to experience new authors and if you are looking for a sneak peek at some really good paranormal romance then Immortal Desires is the way to go. Off the top of my head two stories stand out, Flirty Dancing and Artemis’s Hunt. Flirty Dancing tells the story of “Kitty” and her adventures in the Green Room. Artemis’s Hunt is steeped in Greek mythology and shows what happens when a goddess is wronged and the lengths, she must go to in order to fix her life.
The stories featured in this anthology are a pleasant surprise and bring with them hours of entertainment. If you like ghosts, vampires, mythology, etc. there is something for everyone. So, grab a drink and snacks, and settle in for some good reading.

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The Light at Dawn by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Lisa Brydalski

The Light at DawnThe Light at Dawn by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Light at Dawn by K.L. Montgomery is one of those books that are real, a work of fiction that uses today’s headlines and delves into what is happening in our world today. This is the story of Angelia White, a wife and mother, a woman who must navigate through a situation that no parent should ever have to experience. It is also the story of Mark Lyon and his journey through the darkest of days. These two tragic characters learn that no matter what your opinion may be, there is always someone going through the same or similar situation believing differently. Nobody is wrong and nobody is right you just need to learn to see things through another’s eyes and maybe compromise along the way.
I won’t lie and say this was an easy book to read. There were many instances where I had to stop and breathe. Ms. Montgomery paints a very poignant picture at times and makes the reader think “How would I react? What are my views? What is right? What is wrong?” No matter how or when you lose someone there are always questions not to mention those feelings of things never getting better. This author did a terrific job of showing that no matter how bad things are there is always a reason behind them. Read this and cheer for Angelia and Mark to get their light at dawn.

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A Cold Dark Place (Cold Justice Book 1) by Toni Anderson – Review by Lisa Brydalski

A Cold Dark Place (Cold Justice, #1)A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Cold Dark Place is the first book in the Cold Justice series by author Toni Anderson. Mallory Rooney is a newbie Special Agent with the FBI and the twin sister to a kidnapping victim missing since they were nine years old. Mallory has made it her mission to find out what happened to her sister eighteen years ago and she won’t stop until she finds out who took Payton and why. Along the way Mallory finds herself searching for a vigilante who has been murdering suspected kidnappers and pedophiles before the FBI can uphold justice. The search leads to Mallory realizing that maybe there is more going on behind the scenes than she ever expected. Now Mallory must find out what is going on, who is behind the vigilante and when will her sister’s abductor strike again?
Wow! I can’t believe I have never read this author! I am a huge fan of romantic suspense and psychological thrillers and Ms. Anderson certainly gave me an excellent one! From the first page this book had my attention, the author did a great job peaking my interest and holding my attention. This story had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. At one point I thought I had the killer figured out, but no, the author pulled a quick one. There were several twists and turns within the story I couldn’t tell what was going to happen next, truly a mark of a good author and I look forward to ready the rest of this series.

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