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Dinner with The Wolf (Misfits & Rogues Series Book 2) by Kimberly Forrest – Review by Lisa Helmick

Dinner with The Wolf (Misfits & Rogues Series Book 2)Dinner with The Wolf by Kimberly Forrest
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dinner with the Wolf (Misfits & Rogues Series Book 2) by Kimberly Forrest
Rated 4 stars

This is a wonderful story with a huge cast! I did not read the first book in the series and struggled a bit with all the characters. But after a bit it all calmed down and I was comfortable with the story. This has vampires, witches,a werewolf among others. I enjoy reading about vampires and werewolves so this was right up my alley. The story moves along at a good pace and easily kept me interested. The title is perfect because that is where the magic happens. Life is changed with just a dinner. I loved how growly Jules was. It fits in perfectly with his character. Each of the characters had some growth to do and I enjoyed reading that.
This is a lovely Paranormal story. While we didn’t get to spend much time with the secondary characters I would say Margot is my favorite. I can’t wait for her story it’s going to be a blast. I recommend this to fans of vampires and werewolves.

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Trickster’s Hunt (Three Tricksters Book 1) by Carrie Whitethorne – Review by Lisa Helmick

Trickster's Hunt (Three Tricksters #1)Trickster’s Hunt by Carrie Whitethorne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trickster’s Hunt (Three Tricksters #1)
By Carrie Whitethorne
Rated 4 stars

This is a good interesting story. It starts with Maia who considers herself normal. She has this crazy job as a competitive eater. (I loved that). She randomly meets a few different guys who she is “hot” for but not much happens.

This is a slow moving story. I loved learning about Maia and her job. I got stuck on her being 19. She seemed much more than that age throughout the story. She seems very mild in attitude except for a couple times we Saw some fire come out of her. The three men she meet are lovely. I wish there was more commentary between them and maybe some snark to liven up their scenes. I did enjoy how they each had a specific role to play and how they stuck to it. I hope in future stories we will see more development of their characters as well as Maia’s.

What did I love about this? The story idea is original and creative. The characters are interesting and I think have a great future ahead. I would like to say the cat….but I think I like the djinn better. I was sad at the end but it probably makes book 2 more adventuresome….I see a rescue in her future.

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Crafting Love (Wine & Furniture Series Book 1) by A.E. Gamrat – Review by Lisa Helmick

Crafting LoveCrafting Love by A.E. Gamrat
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crafting Love
By A.E. Gamrat
Rated 5 stars!!

I just want to say this is a slow clean story. If that’s not your thing…please read on. If it is…please read on! This is full of sweet romance. Not only that but this also tell the story of amazing friendships. I will say that I had tears in my eyes a couple times. Yes there are obstacles in this but mostly it’s about the lovely relationships that the MC has. The girlfriends…the brothers and the new guy. It’s about life and living it on your terms.

I usually don’t care all that much for a slow romance. I actually tend to skip over paragraphs while reading. This one I did not do that. I actually LOVE this guy! Well this slow romance. He is so thoughtful and kind and nice! I love how he always wants to be touching her, kissing her on the head or neck and those SLAPS on the behind!! That makes him sooo SEXY! I loved reading Chapter 13…..(Kirk’s chapter). Getting his thoughts on some things and his feelings was nice. I wanted to highlight most of that chapter!

Her friends…I LOVED as well! That Grant! Not to mention Grace and the Wine Girls! They were all adorable and really helped move this story along. The writing was smooth as I had questions about a few things but they were answered as the story moved along. Obviously I loved all the characters. Such a great story!

Turning 30 has never been so fun!

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Murder Among Friends by Linda J. Burson – Review by Lisa Helmick

Murder Among FriendsMurder Among Friends by Linda Burson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murder Among Friends
By Linda Burson
Rated 4 stars

This is a great story! If you like a little murder mystery this is for you! The characters were well developed and interesting. The story has many ups and downs. Who did it? And Why? Are the thousand dollar question. While I enjoyed the story there seems to be something off. It I am thinking it’s the too much detail of the conversations. I never thought I would write that in a review. Conversation is my favorite part of a book. It just seemed some of this way day to day stuff not really moving the story forward or cementing a relationship. It was just filler. Now don’t get me wrong the actual murder mystery was well done. But alas I also am not a great fan of the ending. I just can’t see it. But who knows? Are people ever who they seem? Especially in books.

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The Mourning Islands by Douglas Wells – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Mourning IslandsThe Mourning Islands by Douglas Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mourning Islands
By Douglas Wells
Rated 4 stars

This is a tale that takes you in ups and downs. There is some romance in it but it’s not the theme for the book. Mystery and intrigue are what fuel this story. Talmon is hired by a couple to spy on their investment. While doing that he meets a load of new people. They are mafia, con men and lovely ladies. The story drew me in and didn’t let go. I was wanting to know what was going to happen. It seemed like there are two different stories to follow along with. I enjoyed the characters and the trouble they got into.

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Fictional-ish by Natalina Reis – Review by Lisa Helmick

Fictional-ishFictional-ish by Natalina Reis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an great story! I enjoyed reading it. There are a ton of ups and downs and a couple times I wasn’t sure everything was going to turn out alright. The story held my interest and I love the easy going writing style of this author. The characters were fun and lovely. If I could only get that Scottish or Australian accent right in my head it would be perfect! Livie is the star of the book. Her secret love/best friend has just decided to marry her worst enemy. I think Livie does the right thing by moving to another place. That would be the fastest way to accomplish recovery. Sadly everything she is running from….follow her to Scotland. So now she really has to figure out how to deal with her problems. Jenny was a great secondary character. (Well Cal too) I loved how she is always there and avail to help Livie whether it’s business or personal. Yet she never overstepped those boundaries.
Another amazing story by Natalina Reis.

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Edge of the Storm (Silent Secrets Book 2) by Lisette Kristensen – Review by Lisa Helmick

Edge of the Storm: Book 2 (Silent Secrets)Edge of the Storm: Book 2 by Lisette Kristensen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Edge of the Storm: Book 2 (Silent Secrets)
By Lisette Kristensen
Rated 5 stars

This is the second book in this series and all I can say is Wow! So fast paced and full of action! I really enjoyed this one! We get to see the first mission of Blackbird. It and the story completely enthralled me. The characters are smart, fit and have zero tolerance for fun. It’s all business all the time…well except that one brief moment. I feel these stories get better and better with each one I read.
In a side note I have to say…400 pushups? Dayum! That is impressive! I can only imagine the shape she is in. Well done to the author and I look forward to reading more about this character.

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Death and the Crone: Book Three of the Lucky Devil Series by Megan Mackie – Review by Lisa Helmick

Death and the Crone: Book Three of the Lucky Devil SeriesDeath and the Crone: Book Three of the Lucky Devil Series by Megan Mackie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Death and the Crone: Book Three in the Lucky Devil Series
By Megan Mackie
Rated 4 stars

This is the third in the Lucky Devil Series but can be read as a stand alone. The flows very nicely and before I knew it I was caught up in the story. The characters are good. Margaret is a drug addict. She knows there is nothing else in life for her but that. Elias finds her and removes her. He gets her cleaned up to start or finish her life. They each get something they don’t expect out of this.

This is a good story. I kinda figured out the “what” was happening but not really the “why”. It was weird at first but then became intriguing. I needed to know how their story would end. The author did a good job of pulling me into the story until I couldn’t wait to find out what happened

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Problematic Love (Rogue Series Book 8) by Lara Ward Cosio – Review by Lisa Helmick

Problematic Love (Rogue Series Book 8)Problematic Love by Lara Ward Cosio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Problematic Love (Rogue Series Book 8)
By Lara Ward Cosio
Rated 5 stars

Wow! Just WOW! This is a wonderful story. Danny Boy has been portrayed as a bad boy in the past. Problems? He has them. You name it. Once he conquered a few of them his brain/attitude became the problem. He met the lovely Ms Amelia Patterson. He became Daniel to her. He was always trying to be better (Daniel) but sometimes the Bad boy (Danny Boy) takes over. Not sure if he can reconcile both.

Danny Boy has been one of those characters you love to hate. He really added some trials and tribulations to the previous books. This one shows him in the raw. Trying to come to terms with who he is and where he is at in his life. Many times I *felt* for him watching his struggle. It was interesting being Inside his head.

Amelia has the patience of a saint! Actually that should be added to her title :-). She believes in Danny Boy. Bottom Line. No matter what happens she knows in her heart he will overcome. But she wants something out of life and doesn’t believe Danny Boy is capable of giving it to her. She really is as strong as Sophie! Again I am impressed with her and her choices.

It makes me smile seeing(reading) about these guys again. I realized how much i missed their crazy brotherhood. The relationship between Conor and Gavin, Shay and Danny Boy. They have been through some stuff but still came out the other side and remained friends or brothers.
These guys have all grown up and it was quite the ride but a joy as well.

This is a wonderful read! If you enjoyed the Rogue Series pick this up! If you haven’t..give it a go!

Excellent as usual Lara Ward Cosio!

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Love & Ghosts (Crescent City Ghost Tours Book 1) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Lisa Helmick

Love & GhostsLove & Ghosts by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love and Ghosts
By Carrie Pulkinen
Rated 5 stars

I loved this! I really enjoyed this easy to read story. The whole romance is amazingly sweet and very romantic. Sean was an quandary to me. He seemed so normal (and amazing) but there is that pesky “I see dead people” issue. That would be a huge pill to swallow and keep down. Although I was intrigued by that side of him. His past issues and how easy he accepted it. I loved his temperament through the story.

I have never been a fan of ghost books. Oh i loves to tell ghost stories but never in with a romance. This is one that i could easily read again and again. It didn’t insert the whole ghost theme as a romantic partner but as a secondary level. I liked that. I will think a little differently about getting a “chill” in the room now though. The whole ghost part was interesting to me. I would be curious how much is true and I wonder if a trip to the French Quarter should be in my future.

This is a smooth story that sparks your tummy flutters as well as firing your suspicion. It has heart and me smile! Another wonderful story by Carrie Pulkinen

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