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Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla – Review by Lisa Helmick

Beau and BettBeau and Bett by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is loosely set along the Beauty and the Beast storyline. Although the roles are reversed here. I really didn’t see the Beast come out via dialogue or actions. Bett was a surprise to me. I expected her to be snotty, uptight and ungracious. She is none of those things. Beau was a nice guy and he was always looking at the good side.

I wish there waS more on his family that we are introduced to in the beginning. They all seemed so interesting. The chapters were very short and I felt the story moving along quickly that way. There did seem like a bit much of the second by second on some things. I wonder if it could have been glossed over to move the storyline along. This will be a good read for teens.

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Scarlet Fever (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 1) by David Stever – Review by Lisa Helmick

Scarlet Fever: A Crime ThrillerScarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller by David Stever
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fast paced old style mystery. It is full with top notch sleuthing. The characters are full of curiosity and smarts. There are a few main characters and many secondary characters. They made me smile and wonder what could possibly happen next. This story starts off with a bang and keeps moving until the very end. Not sure if I could be a PI…Watching DeLarosa go through the paces to try to figure out who is really behind these incidents. Some times seem very exciting but other times the sitting and waiting would be too much. I did love his insight into his trusting and no trusting of people.

This is a first time author for me. I enjoyed the trip he took me on. If you are interested in sleuthing and mob connections mixed with unknown people and a couple million dollars…pick this up.

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The Girls across the Bay (The Knox and Sheppard Mysteries, Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Girls Across The Bay (Knox and Sheppard, #1)The Girls Across The Bay by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful murder mystery. When a dead body is found the two woman report and investigate upon it. While doing this it brings up the past which was filled with foster homes and abusiveness but also how they became friends. The two ladies were wonderfully written as we learned what haunts them as the story moves forward. Sometimes I am not a fan of the past dumped into the present but this time it was done tastefully. The secondary characters were done nicely as well. They helped move the story along without overshadowing the main characters. This is my first book by this author and she wrote a wonderful intriguing story with great characters. I recommend this if you enjoy a suspenseful tale filled with murder and intrigue.

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The Fisher Men X My Heart (The Fisher Men Book 1) by Rebel Nicks O’Dey – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Fisher Men X My HeartThe Fisher Men X My Heart by Rebel Nicks O’Dey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an AH-MAZ-ING story! The story and the characters are simply wonderful! I LOVED each of these characters. Each of them brought so much to the story! They are quirky, fun and downright serious.

Samantha is the main female character. She made me feel wonderful and horrible then she made me love her. She just filled the story with her thoughts and actions. I loved all her ideas on the Fisher boys. How she can choose one of those Fisher boys is beyond me! But Day-um did she choose a good one!

All of the secondary characters were superb. The females are strong independent along with some fun and sass. All of the males were undeniably HOT. Don’t worry they have other tributes as well. Each was written so well I could easily tell who was who by their thoughts and characteristics. It is so easy to be fully invested in all of these characters.

I love all the little additives that make this story unforgettable. The dinners at the Fishers, the pet names and of course the last couple chapters. SQUEE!!! This literally brought me happy tears!!!

Sweetheart, My Sammy, Sam I Am and My Girl….I just love those guys!

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Lisa Helmick

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a short story. The author did a good job creating this part of Emma’s world for us to sink into. This is filled with drama, suspense and romance. This starts out with a bang. We meet Emma at her worst moment in life. Then we get to see her in her best. Reese is a godsend to his little neighbor. This story is one that will leave you holding your breath for the outcome.

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The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale SeriesThe Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a cool idea for a Paranormal story! A hotel with a floor and secret area for Paranormals to be themselves. I enjoyed these characters! They were fun and full of wonder. It took me a bit to understand who and what Link was let alone why he was so curious and excited about meeting Ommily. Once I figured all that out I was golden!

The secondary characters were fun and added a lot of smiles to the story. I would have hoped each of them would have gotten their own story in future books. I think we will be finding out more and more about Link and Ommily in future books but that seems up in the air. The book ends not on a cliffhanger but leaves the reader wondering how the characters will move forward.

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Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency, #5) by Heather Silvio – Review by Lisa Helmick

Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency, #5)Jumping the Shark by Heather Silvio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the fifth book in the Paranormal Talent Agency series. This one covers Councilwoman Barbara who is the head demon on the LV area. She has been the bad or almost bad guy in the previous books. In this one we learn more about what makes her tick. Plus we learn about her past with a certain gentleman.

This is the fifth book I have read by this author. The story fits in Nicely with the previous ones and moves along at a good speed. We get to see some characters we know and meet some new ones. Another good story in the series.

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Ruin: The El Diablo Chronicles by Autumn Sand – Review by Lisa Helmick

Ruin: The El Diablo ChroniclesRuin: The El Diablo Chronicles by Autumn Sand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The reasons to LOVE this story! First it’s loaded with characters that we have previously met and adore. Second we finally…finally get to learn what’s up with Tallie. Thirdly we learn more about El Diablo and his BFF Chicken. I enjoyed the dynamics between El Diablo and Chicken…I really thought these are two cold blooded killers. El could be so cold and ruthless to people even Tallie. While I hated El upon the first few meetings between him and Tallie I eventually saw through his words to the man underneath. Plus when she was going to walk out on him…in the kitchen…what he said? ….so uncharacteristic of him. That makes me believe in him.

I absolutely loved Tallie’s “real” name. But her earlier life I could have done without. I really felt for this poor girl and can see why she is the way she is now. Her life just ripped my heart out. In previous books Tallie wasn’t a well liked character because of her actions. I am glad she got her own story and her own ending.

This book is full ON emotional and brutally honest. I ran a gambit of emotions while reading including shock more than once. I can see why the author struggled to get this one out. As previously stated I loved these characters before and now that encompasses Tallie, El and even Chicken. This is a stand alone book and not for the faint of heart. For those that love a walk on the darker side….pick this up. I would recommend reading the Twisted Heart Series as some of the characters overlap. As usual Autumn Sand does not disappoint. She is a one click for me.
BTW—Great Cover!!

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Kingdom of War (Kingdom Journals Volume 4) by Tricia Copeland – Review by Lisa Helmick

Kingdom of WarKingdom of War by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is full of action and suspense. Every page I turn there is something else happening. Will Theron find them? What does DJ have that can help them? Will they find all three pieces in time? Will the trinity be able to stop Thanatos? These kids travel all over the globe looking for all the pieces of the Lance. While saving the souls isn’t their only quest in this story…there are repercussions that cause more problems.

While all the characters have been together previously I really enjoyed DJ. He is new to the group(like me reading this). He is fun and cautious but full of energy. He also loves finally having a brother. I love his enthusiasm. Hunter is the MC. He goes through his test and accumulates a lot of power. As he learns to control it some crazy things happen. Will his power be enough to help him win the war? If it does…what happens after?

I enjoyed reading this. The relationships between all the characters were good. There are a TON of characters in here. I have not read the other books in this series and really had no trouble following along. They did reference some things that had happened in the past books thAt sound interesting. So I would suggest starting the series at the beginning. The characters are vampires and witches working together…which I enjoyed. The story flows very nicely and the drama and action easily kept me interested.

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The Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Good NeighborsThe Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WHAT A RIDE! This book was much more than I expected it would be. Definitely a little thriller with a lot of psychological suspense! Do you have a fear of something? Maybe noises or the basement when you are home alone at night? (I mean who doesn’t? Right) This book plays on those fears. The author grabs them and pulls them forward until you can’t help but feel for these characters. Afraid, Scared and Worried. I started this and read late into the next morning. I could NOT put this one down. I needed to see what happens and whose digging the biggest hole. You know that hole right? It starts of with a little slip up then becomes a monster then you don’t know how to fill that hole back up to put things back to normal….and it just keeps growing…and growing. I loved how in this book everything started out small and slowly the characters are pulling their hair out and they don’t know how they got to that point. I mean it’s perfect..just perfect!

This author did an Ah-mazing job with this story! The creation of the situation these people find themselves in can so easily happen in real life. Scary! The writing flowed so nicely and the characters were spot on! This is a first time author for me and it won’t be the last! I plan on checking out her other books and recommending this one to many people!

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