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Red Riding Hood (Down the Rabbit Hole) Anthology – Review by Lisa Helmick

Red Riding HoodRed Riding Hood by Autumn Sand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a nice collection of stories. They are fun because they all have a common theme running through them. They have genres from horror to erotica and others in between. Some of these were enjoyable. A few of them seemed a bit short and I wasn’t a big fan of the insta-love.

Little Red’s by Darlene Tallman was a favorite. Wolf packs are a story i enjoy and this one filled that void. The characters were believable and the story cute.

Cloaked by Lia Fairchild really drew me in and was very inventive. I liked the characters and enjoyed the twists and turns. I really could have read this one over again.

A few others were Ruby by Autumn Sand and River Runs Red by Kay Elle Parker. I liked them…they were pretty sexy. I just wish there was more to each of them.

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Devil’s Spawn (Satan’s Devils MC Colorado Chapter #6) by Manda Mellett – Review by Lisa Helmick

Devil's Spawn (Satan's Devils MC Colorado Chapter #6)Devil’s Spawn by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! There is really no other way to say it. Stunning, shocking and emotional are all rolled into this outstanding story. Tears…be ready for them because they are gonna roll. Every book this author writes seems to get better and more complex. This is a series that I can’t wait to dive into and I love but hate getting to that last page.

These characters are being broken down. It’s heart wrenching to watch…err read. I can’t imagine what Vanna has been through. She’s had to become strong….only to be lifted higher…then dropped back down to the bottom. The camaraderie and brotherhood between these men and heck even their women is admirable. I enjoy all their times together.

The anger/fear can be felt through the words on these pages. The characters have those emotions just for different reasons and it comes out of them differently. They are worried about the past, the present and the future.

I literally CAN NOT WAIT until I get to read more words from this stunning author. Until then….its rereading stories of this MC life and characters.

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Imposter: An Ash Park Novel (Volume 7) by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Lisa Helmick

Imposter (Ash Park, #7)Imposter by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! This is eye opening. I am almost speechless about what to write. The story just really…really makes you think. I was sickened as well as freaked out on numerous occasions. Then something would happen that would make me laugh. Usually it’s a crazy Petrosky comment or action. Even Jackson a couple times a some good zingers.

This isn’t my first story by this author. Ed is getting back into being Detective, sleuthing
and annoying suspects. I love his go getter take no crap attitude. Jackson smoothes out his rough edges. Morrison is tough to replace but Jackson is getting there.

This is a great thrill ride. One that will shock and surprise you.

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The Bar Next Door (Barflies Book 1) by Katia Rose – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Bar Next Door (Barflies, #1)The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderfully delightful story. The story takes you on a ride through the life of a dive bar. We see wild decor, crazy workers and fun patrons. There are French words and French guys. It covers life and death and a Yorkie with a literary name. I enjoyed all of this and more! I struggled to put this down and was awestruck by the “Red Wine Guy”. I loved the learning and growing period each of these characters went through. They are equal parts wisdom filled and emotion filled.

This is a first time author for me. I really enjoyed the heck out of this book. The words flowed and while I had some trouble with the French words..I liked the addition of English to make me understand. The characters are warm and inviting. I look forward to more from this author. I see Dylan gets his chance next. I really feel like he deserves it and more.

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Rockin’ It Home: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer-Kelly – Review by Lisa Helmick

Rockin' It Home (Lawson Family #3)Rockin’ It Home by Tracey Cramer-Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another sweet story from this author. The story is very smooth and had me reading late i to the night. The characters are deep and lovable yet they have their flaws. The author delves nicely into the life of a rock star. How things are always great until they are not so great. But then we meet Danielle. She is a bright and shiny star on her own. It just takes a while before Ben realizes why he needs her to be around so much.

It’s nice to see a bit of the family from the previous stories. Touch base and see how they are doing. It’s funny how this family seems so perfect but once you really look at them your perception is changed.

This is the third book in the series. In this one I really felt the heaviness of the story. Addiction is a serious subject but some light hearted moments are always a nice reliever as well. There is a teaser for Carly’s book and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this adventurous girls story.

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Lisa: Coming Of Age (Book 1 of The Guardian Shifters) by KM Lowe – Review by Lisa Helmick

Lisa: Coming Of Age (The Guardian Shifters, #1)Lisa: Coming Of Age by K.M. Lowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a story that drew me into It. the writing is smooth and reading it felt easy. It is told from different characters POV which is nice. That way we get to know what each is thinking. At times it did get a little tedious listening to the drama in their heads over and over. Lisa is being taken on an emotional journey. Her life as she knows it is changing forever with a few words to her best friend.

Overall this is a nice story. It didn’t wow me but I didn’t hate it either. It had enough action to keep me interested in her plight. This is a new author to me. I see Jaspers story Is next. I will probably give it a go.

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TWO HEARTS UNLIKELY HEROES (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 8) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Lisa Helmick

Two Hearts Unlikely Heroes (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance #9)Two Hearts Unlikely Heroes by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another wonderful story. The story flows very well and the characters are intriguing. These two characters have met previously under dire circumstances. They have been looking for each other in the past two years. They are thrown together in a rehab program. Although all is not what it seems. I love the connection these two have. It’s easy to feel it coming off the pages. I enjoy seeing some of the characters we have met in past stories. This is a nice easy to read filled with danger, intrigue and love.

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2am Secrets by M. Piper – Review by Lisa Helmick

2am Secrets2am Secrets by M. Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMGosh! This book! These characters! So sexy! I absolutely LOVE the connection these characters have! I can’t get enough. The emotions are just flying off the pages! I literally stayed up late finishing this book! It’s full of drama, tension, love and a secret. This is going on my list of favorite reads to be re-read over and over.

Sadie, Archer and Sam. They have that bond of trust between them. Sister, brother and best friend. It’s a thin line to walk when two of them start to blur that line. I really loved the new couple then started to dislike the remaining one. We all want to protect the ones we love…but how far will they go?

This is a first time author for me! I loved her writing style. It drew me into the story and characters effortlessly. I look forward to more from her. Hopefully Sam’s story.

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Around Midnight by Zarina Macha – Review by Lisa Helmick

Around MidnightAround Midnight by Zarina Macha
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fully immersed into her teenage life that includes playing her saxophone this privileged girl is ignorant of many of life’s pitfalls. She gets to meet some of those head on and they begin to disrupt her dream. She is lost and unsure but she can’t seem to move forward and forget.

This is easy to read and deals with complex situations. There is the surface of each situation but always look deeper. This is an okay book that I took at face value. Girl, dream, bad boy, regrets and struggles. I just looked at it as a typical section of a young girls/teen book. But upon reading the authors note I am reflecting back and I can look at it a bit differently. So if you give this a go make sure you read that as well.

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Out Of The Shadows by Theresa Sederholt – Review by Lisa Helmick

Out Of The ShadowsOut Of The Shadows by Theresa Sederholt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I want to start off by saying I LOVE the quote on the last page. It’s by Ralph Waldo Emerson. He summed up the reason for this book perfectly. Sadly, domestic violence is a problem. This story tells an unusual tale of the male being the victim. It shows his shame and embarrassment as well his loss of what to do. He seems to flounder a lot just trying to survive every day. Luckily there are people out there to help it’s just getting the courage before it’s too late.

This is well written and it makes me think. It drew me in from the beginning and I was hooked until that last sentence. The characters seemed real and I was concerned for them. I have read others by this author and she seems to never disappoint me.

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