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Wolf (Fairy Tale Series Book 3) by Jody Lynn Daniels – Review by Lisa Helmick

Wolf: Book 3 in The Fairy Tale Series (Fairy Tale Series )Wolf: Book 3 in The Fairy Tale Series by Jody Lynn Daniels
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I downloaded this from KU. It looked like my type of story. Military man and a woman with a great family (I love those secondary characters). That cover drew me in as well! But this one was difficult to read and follow along with the flow of the story. The writing seemed stilted. Many times an action has already happened then it seems to happen again as the next character talks. Once half a chapter was repeated. When conversations are going on sometimes it difficult to figure out who is talking as the conversation moves along. Maybe some she said or Carson/Abby/Logan etc. said periodically would help with the flow. Confused more than once I kept stopping and re-reading to figure out who said what. That just seems to ruin the moment the author is trying to create.

As the story progresses I can’t help but like Carson more and more. Being a career military man he isn’t so stringent. He is good at laughing at himself and having a good time. The only thing that would have made him better was an introduction to his thoughts and feelings about Maggie from the time he met her to his last time with Sean. As a whole I liked his attitude and smile and some of his crazy thoughts. The whole mistletoe thing was great! ( I mean seriously what an awesome idea! Maybe the next holiday party! Yes!). Anyway reading Carson’s thoughts made me smile.

As secondary characters Abby gets the win! She is funny, thoughtful, helpful and always there when needed. She is a perfect secondary who is a joy to read. The other one I enjoyed was Jake. He added some fun times and made me smile for than once. Sasha and Stephen were typical cute kids and Logan is a nice brother who has a few lovely scenes.

This is listed as a fairy tale and if you keep that in mind while reading you can understand why the story is the way it is. I loved the idea of where this was going and with some tweaks it could easily be a higher rating.

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Taming the Troublemaker (The Hills of Texas Book 3) by Kadie Scott – Review by Lisa Helmick

Taming the Troublemaker (Hills of Texas, #3)Taming the Troublemaker by Kadie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Taming the Troublemaker (The Hills of Texas Book 3)
By Kadie Scott
Rated 5 stars

This is a wonderful story! I simply loved it! I like that this was set at the town where the Hills live so we are able to enjoy all of them. Autry was a struggle for me to like at the beginning. He really grew and I actually changed my thoughts about him as the story progressed. Beth is a force to be reckoned with! Between her “accidents” and her brain? Do not mess with this woman!! She also has a heart the size of Texas! Actually that’s what gets her Into the most trouble. She has a love of family and I liked that she grew up there and was familiar with Autry and his family. Speaking of family…I LOVED the names of all these kids. Well…the idea behind them. Kudos to the author for thinking this up.

I was easily drawn to these lovely characters. They have fun and yet have some serious moments. I can laugh at brotherly antics or swoon at those hot kisses. I loved these two (Beth and Autry) as well as getting to see more family dynamics. The story was heartwarming. I could hardly put this down it rolled off so nicely. I have a few bookmarks and highlighted passages. This can easily be a stand alone. I have only read the second book in the series although i look forward to reading the first. I can’t wait for the next in the series!

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Lisa Helmick

North to Nara (Crimson Sash, #1)North to Nara by Amanda Marin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

North to Nara (Crimson Sash #1)
By Amanda Marin
Rated 5 stars

This story enthralled me. I couldnt put it down nor stop thinking about it. It has a dystopian setting and forbidden love. A good combination. I seriously read faster and faster just waiting for the ax to fall. Assuming it would but never really knowing. All I want Is these two star crossed lovers to have a happy ending but it’s so impossible. Arg!!! Frustration!!

My thoughts and emotions ran a gambit while reading. Hope, irritation, scared, love/hate, frustration, and elation and anger are just to name a few. They were for the characters, the world and the situation. Speaking of characters they were all wonderful. Using terms like “lion” to describe the Sufferer really helped me to get a quick idea of his looks and disposition. The friendship between the girls was fun as well as her lovely family. Even the far off secondary characters added some insight and helpfulness. I need to mention them because even though they had little parts the author made their impact large.

This is a wonderful start for a debut book. The author created a world that makes you want to know about it. She invites you in and then dazzles you with characters you can hope for, dialogue you can *sigh* at an intricate society that engages your brain. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes dystopian stories with characters you can love.

I eagerly look forward to the next but sad it’s so far away….

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Seraphina’s Revolution (The Seraphina Series Book 4) by Sheena Hutchinson – Review by Lisa Helmick

Seraphina's Revolution (Seraphina #4)Seraphina’s Revolution by Sheena Hutchinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seraphina’s Revolution (Seraphina #4)
By Sheena Hutchinson
Rated 4 stars

This is a fitting end to the series. It’s is full of action, suspense and some crazy angel fun. At times it was a bit slow in the beginning but once we got half way it really got down to business. The story is the final battle between good and evil. Each trying to turn the other to their side. We see a lot of the same characters from the series and meet a few new ones. While I liked the newer characters it is the older ones are that kept me going. Seraphina, Nate and Jack have a love triangle that has expired for all but one of them. There is a lot of back and forth like a tug o war. But I still like and think of them back in the first book so it’s hard for me to dislike one of them now. I still root for Nate but Jack…you have that great smile and those glorious eyes.

I would highly recommend reading the series in order. There are many references made to previous book. Plus you get to see the characters grow and change as the story moves forward. This isn’t my favorite of the series. It is still a good and needed story to round everything out.

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The Chosen: Book One: The Orb Quest Series by Cari Shaeffer – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Chosen (The Orb Quest Series, #1)The Chosen by Cari Schaeffer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Chosen (The Orb Quest Series, #1)
By Cari Schaeffer
Rated 4 stars

This is a good strong start to a interesting story. I was drawn in right from the prologue and it didn’t let go until the end. This is filled with action, suspense and wonderment. These four have quite an adventure ahead of them! I am excited to read the second in the series to find out what happens next.

This is my first book by this author. The story flowed and engaged nicely and had ups and downs. The characters were easy to identify with and seemed fun and they acquired some exciting powers. I can’t wait to see how they are able to use them in a real world scenario. I enjoy the identifying markers that make these four different. What can they do in the future?

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Yearning Young (Burning Britely Book 2) by Deidre Huesmann – Review by Lisa Helmick

Yearning Young (Burning Britely #2)Yearning Young by Deidre Huesmann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yearning Young (Burning Britely #2)
By Deidre Huesmann
Rated 5 stars!!

I loved this book! I was so happy when I spotted it and couldn’t wait to get to it on my TBR. We meet up with the boys after “the incident” from the last book. This is Braeden’s story to tell and boy Oh boy it will keep you glued to this book. Prepare for late night reading. Braeden is somewhat questioning his path and trying to figure out answers and keep his home life afloat. How he balances everything is beyond me. Practice I guess. Jeff! Jeff! You impressed me immensely! I don’t want to say much but you are amazing! I was impressed with you in the last book and you just keep raising the bar! I had many emotions while reading this. I snickered, had a few tears, was worried and impressed. These two boys and (Maya) hold a special place in my heart. Being a teenager is hard enough…..

This is the second in the series and I was pleased to enjoy reading the continuing story of Jeff and Braeden. Life is not going to be easy but their strength of character is impressive. I wonder what will happen after the summer is over?

This story flows easily. I started this and struggled to put it down. I was thinking about these two even at work today. Trying to help them out with ideas. The characters are flawless and enjoyable to read about. Another stellar story by Deidre Huesmann.

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Tales of the Dragonfly Book III: Extended Flight by Tamara Ferguson – Review Lisa Helmick

Tales of the Dragonfly Book III: Extended FlightTales of the Dragonfly Book III: Extended Flight by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tales of the Dragonfly Book III: Extended Flight
By Tamara Ferguson
Rated 4 stars

Wowo! There is A LOT of stuff going on in this book. Make sure you bring your thinking caps. I was confused for about the first three chapters. Then is settled down and I could easily follow along. But about three-fourths of the way through a lot of stuff from the past started coming to light. Now I am not sure if some of these were touched on in the previous two books. If so, maybe I would have been able to make connections better.

We are following along on two different stories. One person is afraid of being killed while the other is looking for someone that went missing. They randomly meet and find out they know a bunch of the same people. Now I really liked Kiley. I would love to have even a small bit of her talent.

This book is full of intrigue, suspense and love. It is well written and the characters all are busy. There is a lot of activity and plots to follow so again…..bring your thinking cap.

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Dancing Queen by Charlotte Roth – Review Lisa Helmick

Dancing QueenDancing Queen by Charlotte Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dancing Queen by Charlotte Roth
Rated 5 stars!

Dancing Queen is a true inspiration. The main character was very easy to identify with. Her thoughts and feelings could have been mine. With that being said it is interesting how this made me look at people differently. It’s easy to make a judgement on someone but it’s harder to make a friend of that person.

I love the relationship between the main characters. The whole cucumber thing…was great! I couldn’t help but *shiver* at the thought of the first one. Ugh! I really liked Fiona but Stu? He really was the my favorite. He has a great attitude and he always made me smile. His calorie counting was crazy! As for secondary characters Diane was the best! She is quirky and an amazing friend. That’s not to say I didn’t love Lizzie, Lance and the whole rest of the cast.

The writing is so very smooth. It was easy to get brought into the plight of Fiona and Stu. I loved watching them become friends. The author does a good job of making me think one way then changing my opinion later. I really enjoyed this story.

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Knights Who Won My Heart (Knights Series, #4) by Sonya Jesus – Review Lisa Helmick

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 (Knights #4)
By Sonya Jesus
Rated 5 stars!!

OMG!?! I can’t believe what has happened in this book. I went from shock to total devastation to WHAT?!?! This is one of those books that causes people to irritate me. ALL I want to do is sit and read this book and ignore the world until it’s finished.

This is a story that is FULL of Action, Suspense and Thrills like you CAN’T imagine! Non-Stop! It picked up exactly where the last one left off.(So snag books 1-3 and read those first). This book is pretty heavy there is not a lot of room for light heart. There are some moments but this really is all about ending the series and getting answers to burning questions. OH..and finding out who Lia chooses.

I have a special place in my heart for all these characters. They have led me through with tough times, love and laughter. I easily became emotional while reading this and have not recovered yet. I don’t want to let go of these characters. (Thank Goodness for re-reads)

I look forward to reading the Soccer Gods books!

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A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson – Review Lisa Helmick

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

A Cold Dark Place (Cold Justice #1)
By Toni Anderson
Rated 5 stars

This is a great book! I was drawn in from the beginning and it just didn’t let go! I love all the intrigue and suspense. This a quite a story!
My favorite character was Alex. He is silent and deadly. He is self assured in his abilities and I like that he doesn’t let law enforcement or others intimidate him. When they question him…if he doesn’t feel the question is relevant, he just doesn’t answer. No hemming or hawing or fidgeting around. Just a stare and silence. Dang! What that says about him! But the whole Mallory thing blows his mind and he isn’t sure what to do about it. He has never had someone like her before.
This is my first book by this author. I can see there are more of these to dive into. I enjoyed all the characters and the storyline. I can’t even imagine?!? It boggles my mind. This flowed nicely and I would read more of these heart stopping stories

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