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Being Lost (Satan’s Devils MC San Diego #1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Lisa Helmick

Being Lost (Satan's Devils MC San Diego #1)Being Lost by Manda Mellett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So I was looking forward to reading this. I loved Darts book where some of these characters were introduced. I did struggle a bit with this one. It seemed like a lot of feelings and not much happened til later in the book. I enjoyed learning a bit more about Lost and following the story of a couple who are over fifty. That set a different tone to the story. Patsy was in a bit of a situation but really she didn’t do much for the story. Maybe that’s part of the older characters, I’m not sure. We have met Patsy and Dan previously from Ink’s book. It was fun to see Ink and Beth again. I did like the idea of seeing what happened after their story.

It just seemed most of this story was talked about. There isn’t a lot of action. Maybe it’s the vibe of this club. They just recently had trouble so they are on the down low. Action did pick up near the end. But with Lost’s self doubt even the plans were rehashed numerous times.

This isn’t a favorite and I am saddened by that fact. I wanted to love it so bad. But I just got bored at times.

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Wrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan – Review by Lisa Helmick

Wrapped Up In YouWrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

his story is just adorable! I love the holiday aspect with the twist. It’s lighthearted but has that “what is going to happen to these two” vibe that kept me reading. The characters are delightful and easy to love. All the elves have adorable names with great personality traits that make me smile. But life in the North Pole isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Jenny Claus has to marry before her twenty-first birthday or her family lose their Claus family rights. Duty and honor vs love and happiness..what’s a princess to do?

This is not my first story but this author but I think it’s my favorite. The story has a nice flow and has a perfect blend of dreamy fantasy. The characters (even the reindeer) are easy to like and made me smile at their antics. Overall it’s a fun, lighthearted make me feel good story. Perfect for a holiday read or really just anytime of the year.

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The Divided Twin (The Divided Series Book 2) by M. Billiter with Kyle Thomas – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Divided TwinThe Divided Twin by M. Billiter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one crazy story! It took me on a ride with some high highs and low lows. I was shocked and surprised more than once. In here we continue following the twins as they are almost done with college. The last book left me confused and this one took some of that away. I wasn’t a fan of the misdirection throughout because later in the book things change…which made me doubt what I had previously read. So cryptic yes..but I don’t want to give anything away. These characters are very well done and had me feeling for them and hoping they do well.

Anyway by the end I forgave the author and just sat dumbfounded and saddened. Mental health is no joke. This shows the stigma attached to certain monikers. Listening to those kids in the Depression group is enlightening. Even What the twins have gone through and how people act toward them. Over this is a good read. I would recommend reading book 1 first. It will help with understanding some aspects of this one.

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Love Comes In The Mourning by Erin Bevan – Review by Lisa Helmick

Love Comes in the MourningLove Comes in the Mourning by Erin Bevan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story started out with a bang! Interesting and sassy characters but then it fizzled. It became slow and it struggled holding my interest. I didn’t care for the secondary story about the aunt. I see why it was added at the end but at the time I thought it was filler.

The characters building was good but again it just went poof and they seemed to be stuck. Each of these characters had something to overcome. They did work on that a bit as well as try to come to terms with their feelings. I did enjoy the whole dove aspect. That was cute and a way to tie things to the story. The secondary characters were nice too.

Overall it is an ok book. There are elements that are endearing. I felt like it was supposed to be more than just a romance.

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Be One with Me (Finding Love in Green Springs Book 2) by CA Miconi – Review by Lisa Helmick

Be One with Me (Finding Love in Green Springs, #2)Be One with Me by C.A. Miconi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed book one in this series. This one seemed so different. I just didn’t really feel the connection and it seems more of a story about Sally’s life. Almost the romance is a secondary story. Sally and Nolan don’t really spend too much time together. She was sassy with him upon first meeting but after that it just went downhill.
The story by itself is nice. Chapters are relatively short but I did find myself drifting because I wanted to get back to the couple’s story. The characters just didn’t do anything for me. Secondary’s are better… we do get to see Meg and Drew again.

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Golden Void (Black Blade Book 3) by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Lisa Helmick

Golden VoidGolden Void by Alexander Charalambides
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third in the series. Megan gets her own story in this one. I enjoyed her in past stories so I was pleased she gets her time. It is easy to get lost among these pages. It is fast paced and the characters bring this story to life. Megan recently gets adopted thinking her life will be normal. She is in for a surprise and is taken upon a magical quest. We see some familiar secondary characters and others are new. But the question is who can Megan trust?

This is an intriguing YA story that can be read as a stand alone. I would recommend the other two if you want a fulfilling experience.

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Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5) by Seelie Kay – Review by Lisa Helmick

Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5)Martimus by Seelie Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a story filled with danger and surprises. I love reading about this group. They are so smart and are able to pool their resources to finish their quests. This mostly is a bout Tillie whom we have met in past books. She is not a favorite of this group but she does get the job done.

My only problem was I was drawn to this because of the lab under the sea. There is a relative short time spent there then it’s not really mentioned again. So I was a bit saddened over this. I was looking forward to more.

Over all this is filled with nonstop action. It is still an enjoyable read. The character are fun, ruthless and intriguing.

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Dead Magic (The Sanctuary Chronicles, Book 3) by India Kells – Review by Lisa Helmick

Dead Magic (The Sanctuary Chronicles #3)Dead Magic by India Kells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is quite the story that took me on ups and downs with this couple. I really was looking forward to this book as I loved the fire and spice between this witch and vamp. We get taken on a journey with these two. One has been damaged and finding help is what spurs them. They are each thrown off kilter in their individual worlds as well as their joined world.

It is great seeing all the crew from previous stories again. Plus we get a bit more of Hunter the human. He really has become invaluable to these paranormals. I was also happy to see that Abrams the ghoul got a bit more of a part as well since he is intriguing.

This is the third in the series and could be read as a stand alone. While I was eagerly awaiting their story I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. I just didn’t feel their fire and spice like I expected. It’s still a great story that takes the reader to different places and touches on the dark side of things. Overall it was very enjoyable and I didn’t put it down until I found out what happened with these two.

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Heart of Malice (Alice Worth Book 1) by Lisa Edmonds – Review by Lisa Helmick

Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, #1)Heart of Malice by Lisa Edmonds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story! It really kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was happening next. I was surprised and hopeful all at the same time throughout this one. Then there are the characters. They breathe life into this story. Alice Worth is one to keep an eye on. She has a past that is sooo secret and a new life that she shields to keep her past quiet. Trust issues are one of her biggest hang-ups. Then we have the lovely secondary characters. Mal, Sean and Charles. I have to say Mal is pretty high on my list. He is an amazing and helpful sidekick. The other two are each paranormals high in society who covet Alice and hinder each other’s pursuits.

Overall this is a wonderful beginning to this series. It makes me want to read more and more. Next please!

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Summer’s Stolen (Seasons of Magic Book 2) by Sarah Biglow – Review by Lisa Helmick

Summer's Stolen (A Seasons of Magic urban Fantasy Novel)Summer’s Stolen by Sarah Biglow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an exciting sequel. We get to see more of our favorite characters and add in some new ones. Plus there is some new magic that we get to learn about. Ezri and Jacquie are on a search for kidnappers. Once it hits close to home things really get serious. I enjoyed seeing these characters again and look forward to more.