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Rebel Jewel (The Jewel Chronicles Book 3) by Natalina Reis – Review by Lisa Helmick

Rebel Jewel (The Jewel Chronicles, #3)Rebel Jewel by Natalina Reis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third and final installment of this series. These two characters are going to be coming back to where it all started…Natale. They have not had an easy life together and things don’t seem to be looking up. I almost feel sorry for these two. They almost seem like puppets being maneuvered by a higher power. But it’s clear to see that everyone seems to be rooting for these them to accomplish what they set out to do.

Many questions are answered as a few new one arise. They will be wishing to change the rules of a nation. But to do that they need many on their side against the Elders.
I enjoyed seeing these characters again. To find out where they are in life and what is coming up. There are quite a few of secondary characters that add some fun and danger elements to the story. This is a fitting conclusion for this series. I would recommend reading the books in order to prevent the reader from having any conclusion.

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SECRETS NEVER DIE by Laurie Lewis – Review by Lisa Helmick

Secrets Never DieSecrets Never Die by Laurie L.C. Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a tale that has a slew of misdirection and incomplete information. The story while interesting seemed to move forward very slowly. There are two stories unfolding. I struggled with this one holding my attention. I could easily put it down for a couple days and not really rush to get back to it. It does have its page turning moments but most of the middle just seems to be information gathering and not too much happens. We get to know more of the towns people and try to figure out Jackson’s reason for being there and who his contact really is.

This has a ton of characters. Some are helpful others are secretive and not helpful. Even the not sharing can be helpful to this story. Tallie has an analytical mind and is able to work through because of her upbringing.

This isn’t my first book by this author. For some reason this one just didn’t work for me.

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The Time Traveler’s Magic (Magic Bound Saga Book 1) by Anna Applegate – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Time Traveler's Magic (The Magic Bound Saga #1)The Time Traveler’s Magic by Anna Applegate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one wild ride! It is full of action that doesn’t seem to stop. I was worried about this book because i do not read time travel stories. I gave this one a go because I have read other works by this author that have been grand. I was pleasantly surprised over that element in this book. There is also an undercurrent of attraction that helps to keep me turning pages. Will they or won’t they? *Turns page* OMG they are so close *Turns Page* That Look…That touch *Turns page* …ARRG!

That sweet romantic attraction isn’t the main story. It’s about finding out about your powers and learning to use them. Saving people and also being glad you are not paranoid hearing all those voices in your head. As well as learning there are Paranormals in this world…Oh and easily hating the MacGregor! This is chock full of many many things.

I love love love this book and read it late into the night. To say it consumed me is an understatement. Just ask my neglected family and my groggy AM brain :). This author is wickedly good at writing this suspenseful tale. The story flows so perfectly and I wasn’t bothered by the time jumps at all. The ending does have a kind of pause button and she is using that as a lead in to the next book. I am not pleased with this as this author writes well enough she doesn’t need to use those ploys to get people to read the next book. The characters were wonderful to get to know. I mean who wouldn’t want a privateer or a vampire to hang out with?
Next please!

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Rogue Wave (The Inland Seas Series Book 2) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Lisa Helmick

Rogue Wave (The Inland Seas #2)Rogue Wave by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is just as entrancing as the last book! The author easily draws me in and traps me with her words. I can’t let go until I have finished this book!! She makes me care about these characters. After the last book I couldn’t WAIT for Cutters book. I wanted to know more about him and WHAT type of woman could handle him. Let me tell you…it was worth the wait! He is a scary, angry, hard and a bad attitude kind of guy! This is not your normal lovable alpha man.

Hanging out with the crew is great as always. They have a wonderful camaraderie and trust in one another. Having War on Cutter’s case about certain things (involving a woman) made me laugh and chuckle.

Another knockout by this author. The writing is so smooth! Easy transitions from one scene to another making it flow so nicely. Everything is just perfect.i can’t wait for the next. Preacher!

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The Bad Twin by Avery Scott – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Bad TwinThe Bad Twin by Avery Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story held me entranced. I just kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Then I wanted to see the blow back because of the switch. And Oo La La did it drop! Not quite what I was expecting but HeLLO….talk about embarrassing and devastating. I had many feelings about these characters. They made me wonder and brought me joy. I also was frustrated at the situation along with fascinated with the art aspect. Hudson…Hudson..Hudson you are a wonderful man. I didn’t like you a first because of you womanizing ways but you redeemed yourself a couple times over. Abby I was concerned you would be too much of a pushover but you showed me that responsibility can pay off.

This is a first time author for me. I loved the idea of this story. It held up to my ideals. The story flowed along nicely and the characters were what kept me coming back and wanting more. This is a wonderful story that kept me guessing.

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Not So Wrong (Love Grows Book 2) by Renee Regent – Review by Lisa Helmick

Not So Wrong (Love Grows series, Book 2)Not So Wrong by Renee Regent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this because it’s about an mid-age couple. Something that you don’t see every day. They are living their life and one chance meeting will alter the course. I loved the idea of Spencer writing music. I can’t even imagine the talent it takes so this always impresses me. I hope the career takes off for him as it seems he has been doing it a while. Singing is great as well (something I only do in my car or alone). I can’t imagine putting myself out there for many years over and over. Melanie seems to have the singing career but is struggling to make that last step. They are both wanting to follow a dream.

This is the second book in this series. It can easily be read as a stand alone. This is my second book by this author. She does a good job on making the characters well rounded and get better as the story moves forward. It was nice to see characters from the first book.

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Truck Stopped (Satan’s Devils MC #11) by Manda Mellett – Review by Lisa Helmick

Truck StoppedTruck Stopped by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is going to be a short and sweet review because I have many emotions running through me after finishing this treasure. Melancholy…that’s my major emotion. Manda Mellett laid it all out and everything fell into perfect place. I am happy, sad and felt myself tear up more than a few times. Some of it is saying goodbye to characters I have seen grow from prospects to old men. They have spent their lives with me. The other is because the main characters rock their story hard! I expect no less from Manda and in this one…with characters we have known for quite a while now?? Well she couldn’t have done them any better.

Allie, a character we have loved to hate, is now one we learn to love. What a turn around! And Well….. Truck? We have loved him from Prospect. Two different characters put through a ringer and come out reshaped on the other side.

I also want to say I appreciate the mention of the body changes to Allie. That is something a woman would be concerned about. Then what Truck did? Was simply perfect!

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…said many times by the Prez.

We’re a family and that’s what we do for each other. We have each others back, Brother….said many times by multiple Satan’s Devils

It’s Club Business…said to a woman or Ol’ Lady

CHURCH…

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A Perfect Fit by Zoe Lee – Review by Lisa Helmick

A Perfect FitA Perfect Fit by Zoe Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a first time author for me. This seems to be the third in the series. I haven’t read the other and I had no problem following along with this one. The story was good and at first we seem to zing right along. I loved the whole looking for Cinderella part. Then something happened. I’m not sure if it was all the puns but the tone of the story seemed to change. It was all fun while he was looking for Cinderella but once he found her and they went out. It was too much. Who wants to hear about other women when you are with a guy? And what he has done with them? No thank you. After that hiccup it seems to straighten back out and take on a romantic tone.

The writing seemed fairly smooth. A few times I needed to go back and reread trying to figure out what the author meant. I did love the bro time that Dunk had with Aden. That was nice and bro talks are always enlightening. The characters had some fun and had depth to them. Overall this is a nice read.

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Fisher Men X-ing Lines (Fisher Men Book II) by Rebel Nicks O’Dey – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Fisher Men X-ing Lines (Book #2)The Fisher Men X-ing Lines by Rebel Nicks O’Dey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a relationship done mostly through texting for about the first year. No meeting in person. They share the same apartment but one is always gone. I thought this was a novel idea. I only wish they could have come together a bit sooner. While apart the story focuses on the story/book that Rika is writing.

I love all the family! Their interactions are really what make this a great read. The razzing, the betting, the head slaps and the teasing. I was really looking forward to reading this after book one. Just to be able to hang out with all these characters and all their zaniness again. But this one just fell flat for me. I struggled getting into and caring about the two main characters. My problems were the subplot-too much and too distracting and choppy and I felt there was too much overlapping from book 1(now it’s from Rika or Connors perspectives). I just found my mind drifting while in these areas. Other than those couple items I enjoyed the book.

This is my second book by this author. I was over the moon with her first in this series. I struggled a bit with this one. It’s a good story and she weaves in the sub plot. The characters are good and we do find out more about the Fishers. I read the Epilogue where we find out who the next book is about….it sound great!

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The Flood by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Lisa Helmick

The FloodThe Flood by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok this is NOT what I thought it would be. I thought it would be about a group of people who all ended up at the same place for shelter. Well I guess this is that but this so much darker or maybe evil is a better word. This story embodies the question of what would you do to survive. Everyone has limits but some are a little further down the line than others. Needless to say the character construction was really good (typical of Meghan O’Flynn). There are layers upon layers with each character. Just when you think…i have it figured out! Guess what? You don’t!

This isn’t my first Meghan O’Flynn Book and It is not my favorite. This was a little gruesome for me and there was too much narrative(too much time spent in Victoria’s head). That’s not to say it’s not a good story because it is…just not my kind of story.

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