Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours Book 2) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Lisa Helmick

Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours, #2)Love & Omens by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another amazing story from Carrie Pulkinen! She is able to pull in the sights and sounds of The Big Easy making them into a wonderfully interesting and thrilling story. It amazes me how the characters don’t seem afraid but I’m not sure I could live in the museum. I understood Blake nervousness at times. I also loved the whole Wonderland theme throughout! Very cool!

I loved getting Sydney’s story. Blake seems like the perfect guy for her and he seamlessly fits into the story. This also introduces some new characters…Claire—-GAH! We also get to see the ghost/tour crew again and see what they have been up to.

This story surprised me and gave me shivers all at the same time. I loved that! That makes me want to keep reading for the shock value plus the romance story. I look forward to more from these characters.

PS…I didn’t realize that the Macey we meet here is the same Macey from her other series til the note at the end. Great Crossover!

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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Lisa Helmick

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like how all the books are around the main theme but each is so different that it doesn’t bother me to read book after book on the same genre. Most of these are new to me authors. They cover police, fire, EMT and even Ski Patrol! Oh the 9-1-1 operator one is ingenious as well. I don’t think I have ever read a book on ski patrol or a 9-1-1 operator before. I liked the variety and wished some of these have other books in a series or with the same characters I could pick up. These all have some drama, suspense, humor (83yo Lolly comes to mind), tears and steam.

My three favorites are:
Going Down by Jody Kaye. This one is the ski patrol one and this also includes a hairless cat. It’s full of thought provoking ideas on life as well as how to stay positive and keep your wild side. Very enlightening and enjoyable!

Walk the Line by Harlow Layne. This one has twin Clark Kent looking cops that are easy to love. Gage and Claire really drew me into their story. I loved how he cared for her. But I would love to get Tate’s story. This has suspense and drama.

Beautiful Persuasion by A.K. MacBride. The reason I LOVED this one is all Thatcher! He is the secondary character but makes a huge impact. He has that protective older brother thing going on when he gets on (sister)Rae about staying out overnight. Then they noogie it out. Haha! The story is great too between Rae and Griffin but Thatcher and his bossiness/protectiveness just called out to me. I would LOVE to see his story.

Overall this is a great collection of stories. I enjoy books like this for the introduction to new authors. there are many to chose from and always some you will like.

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Knight Watch (An Alliance Agency Novel Book 1) by Maddie Wade & India Kells – Review by Lisa Helmick

Knight Watch (An Alliance Agency Novel #1)Knight Watch by India Kells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knew this was going to be a good new series and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s full of action and suspense and some romance as well. I got to see who was going to be on the new team. I like this new crew! Especially Caitlin and her K9’s. Not to mention all the Brits and their sexy accents.

These are not new authors to me. I enjoy each of their books Individually so writing together they are the BOMB! I also got a sneak peek of the next book and I KNEW IT! this one should be amazing as well with these two characters leading.

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Revive (Rewind Book 3) by Rowan Shaw – Review by Lisa Helmick

Revive (Rewind #3)Revive by Rowan Shaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wanted to read this because it’s finally Patrick’s story. But I really really disliked him at the beginning. Once he started making internal changes I changed my mind and settled in to enjoy the rest of the story. Then came the feelings of sadness and heartbreak.

I was glad to meet Brandon. He is different than other characters we have met in the series. Wei added some fun times and laughter to the story. I was glad she was added. I liked the French cuisine info and how it differed and sometimes is non existent in America. Brandon’s reaction to French food was as much fun as Patrick’s to American food.

I have loved this whole series. This one is no exception. I love seeing/reading about the love of a person. These guys have all been through the ringer and have come out on the other side. I saw the next book and I am looking forward to more from this group of friends and lovers.

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Evergreen by Mya O’Malley – Review by Lisa Helmick

EvergreenEvergreen by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a lovely story that revolves around pet adoption. The clinics, the people that work there and the dog that brings people together. I liked the idea of this book. The reading of it was a bit of a struggle for me. I couldn’t keep my interest in the story. The characters were nice. I liked them but didn’t love them.

The ending was nice and the evergreen thing was cool. I did like that the story swirls around pet adoption and brings awareness to the no-kill shelter

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A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe Anthology by Susan Fisher Davis, Leslie Garcia, Melissa Keir, Debbie Desmarteau, Stephanie Berget, D’Ann Lindun – Review by Lisa Helmick

A Cowboy Under the MistletoeA Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Susan Fisher Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who doesn’t love a good Cowboy story? Then add in the magic of Christmas! Sparkling Magic occurs! Below are my thoughts on each book:

A Cowboy for Christmas by Susan Fisher Davis is a wonderful to start the book. I loved this story because it was so sweet but also sad. Former Bullfighter and his best friends widow. I loved their connection but could easily see the conflict as well. This one brought out a few tears from me.

The Cowboys Christmas Hand by Leslie P Garcia was confusing to me. I struggled to make a romantic connection between the main characters. This does have a little suspense thrown in that made the story round out nicely.

Tempting the Cowboy by Melissa Keir. This one involves alcoholism and working on recovery. I usually enjoy this authors works but this one Seemed to sad for me to really get into the characters. It is filled with Hope and that’s a wonderful way to end it.

A Different Kind of Gift by Debbie Desmarteau. I loved how Nicholas was all in! He was very romantic, polite and kind And with the help of Lily he was able to get Destiny on a date. The Mom situation with Destiny was a wonderful add. Very Complex! I loved how things worked out and that her mom even became a friend and advocate for Destiny. This is one of my favorites and I would be interested in more from this author.

Saving a Cowboy by Stephanie Berget. While I enjoyed this story and the characters I felt the connection between Gina and Drew was pretty non existent. Gina seemed way to mannish and standoffish. I would have loved some sort of Femininity in her thoughts, actions or really anything. I get her aloneness and she did make giant steps forward. The family (brothers and wives) were wonderful additions. They added some fun and flair to the story.

Another favorite story is Noah’s Christmas Faith by D’Ann Lindun. It’s a lovely story between Faith and Noah. I could see and feel the romance building between them. I loved how This town is full of other characters stories. I can see them all with the random people Faith met around town even though I have not read them. The ending seemed a little rushed but that could be because I was at 99% and the couple were still in a disagreement. Maybe a little more closure would have worked or something. It was enjoyable and I would look into more from this author.

Overall this is a good collection of books. I have Even found some new authors to look Into. Enjoy!

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Falling For His Badass by Jessika Klide – Review by Lisa Helmick

Falling For His BadassFalling For His Badass by Jessika Klide
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That first kiss??? The way she described what she was feeling to what he was doing? Wowzer! That. Is. Awesome. I really enjoyed this book. He is the ultimate BadA**. He is a SEAL, strong, sexy and protective….also a bit possessive! This is my type of guy! Lizzy is a fun gal. She seems to be strong and is confident. Who else can walk into a bar/dance area alone and not be confident in their self.

I wasn’t a fan of the quick ending. I wish there was a bit more closure. Overall I liked the story. It has a nice flow to it and It was fun and sexy. Plus there is Brody 😃

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Stars Fall From the Sky (Reigning Hearts Book Two) by KG Fletcher – Review by Lisa Helmick

Stars Fall From the Sky (Reigning Hearts #2)Stars Fall From the Sky by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one emotional roller coaster! I mean reading the synopsis gives a bit of a clue so I was prepared for the tears. But then a few pages later….anger. Yes I was shocked then I got mad. Not at the book. One certain character….well maybe two. You will know what I’m talking about if you read this. This author played me like a violin. Sad…Irritation…disbelief then shock and anger. Well let’s end on a good note…there was happiness too. Especially when the good Doctor was holding Daisy. So cute!

It was nice to see Emeline and Thomas so heavily involved with this story. I was able to catch up with them while getting Ginger’s story. Very well done.

I always enjoy this authors books and this was no exception. I feel she really writes from the heart.

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Hope (Feisty Lawyers Series Book 4) by Seelie Kay – Review by Lisa Helmick

HopeHope by Seelie Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the first half of the story. It moves along and has enough excitement to keep me glued to the pages. That Hope! She is Wonder Woman! When the action started in the second half of the book I was again hooked. What these people go through is crazy! I enjoyed this book and this series. It seems it might start a new direction after this one. We shall see!

It is great to see some of the characters we have come to love in previous stories. I look forward to more.

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Lisa Helmick

Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas #1)Chicken Scratch by Becki Willis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really just couldn’t get Into this. I liked the beginning. It was snappy and easily drew me into the story. After that, things seemed to fall apart and i just couldn’t care about the characters or the story. Well I was Inretested in the murder but it seemed to veer away and too much other stuff became important. History of the town..I understand why they needed to tell about it. It got better closer to the end but I really struggled With this as a whole. I’m not sure what is wrong but I seemed to get bored and was easily distracted while reading. Just not for me.

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