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Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance) (Moonlit Destination Series) by Amy McKinley – Review by Lisa Helmick

Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance)Moonlit Kiss by Amy McKinley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story is a combination of past and present merging together. It is full of rich history and ghost stories. While it’s not a story I favor by this author I am sure others would enjoy it. The characters are good and I did love that first scene of them (Gianna and Sergio) by the water fountain. It is very romantically hot.

Overall it’s a nice story but too enveloped in the past and history for me. This does have a little mystery in here though tha adds to the goodness.

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Secure Decision (Chase Security Series Book 5) by R.L. Dunn – Review by Lisa Helmick

Secure Decision (Chase Security Series Book 5)Secure Decision by R.L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this story had a LOT of twists and turns and intrigue I did struggle quite a bit. The character list is extensive and most of the characters have three names they go by. Its a challenge to follow the main story when all are used along with the quantity. Speaking of the main story…its a doozie. I loved the idea of horse therapy facility especially for vets. This seems a minor plot point. As with most Chase Securities stories there is something bigger brewing.

I think my favorite character in here is Troy “Greece” Bremen. He has been a minor through the last couple books and in here he had a little larger role. I enjoy watching his changes and growth through his recuperation. Wes and Eleanor are both fine but they both are harboring secrets and are very intensely involved in the drama and chaos which is too much for me.

Overall this is a good story if you enjoy lots of action, suspense, drama and twists and turns like I haven’t seen in a while. This can be read as a stand alone but there are a few references to past books. I did enjoy where the title comes from and the actual journey that the MC’s took. I just had a few issues with this one and didn’t feel the connection between the MC because there was so much going on.

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Red Coat by Isobella Dunn – Review by Lisa Helmick

Red CoatRed Coat by Isobella Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a nice romantic story that has suspenseful elements. It has wonderful flow and the characters have some depth to them. The story touches on the lives of these 3 characters. It doesn’t go too deep but I still liked them. I enjoyed the idea of the “red coat”. It worked nicely into the story. I liked this story but didn’t love it.

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BRINK OF DENIAL (SONS OF SINDICATO BOOK 2) by SONYA JESUS AND CAM JOHNS – Review by Lisa Helmick

Brink of Denial (Sons of Sindicato #1)Brink of Denial by Cam Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy..Holy Smoke! This story just blew me away and left me wanting more! It’s a total mind-blowing story. I couldn’t put this down and when I did I couldn’t wait to get back to it. Just to find out what would happen. My emotions have been all over the place.

The characters just held me enthralled and I became immersed in their world. I go from loving them to wanting to smack them on the back of the head….saying idiot! I enjoyed their depth, emotions and honor. I love the mafia element. It makes some things expected but others are complete shocks. I loved getting to know these characters. I don’t have a favorite because Mila and Dane are hoth wonderful. Gia…well I wonder about her. Seems she was going to do something but then the idea just dropped off the face of the earth never mentioned again. I mean they were busy but a slight mention would have been good. Maybe at the party Dane could have cornered her at the beginning.

I did have some problems with Chapter 22. I felt some parts were missing and even backtracked thinking I could find it. Mila went to talk to Dane but never did because someone else was there and a distraction occurred. So in Chap 22 Dane is talking like he knows all everything…I mean everything that she was supposed to tell him plus a bit about Nico. I felt like I missed the telling or it was assumed that she told him?

Overall this is much improved from the first of the series. This has more depth to the story as well as the characters. There are references and some of this story takes place at the same time as book 1/prequel in here so for less confusion it is helpful to read that. I do Love this story and can’t wait for more!

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Forbidden Wolf (The Shadow Chronicles Book 1) by CR Robertson – Review by Lisa Helmick

Forbidden WolfForbidden Wolf by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This started off as a wonderfully romantic story. These two can not be together but they found a forbidden love. Kinda Romeo and Juliet style. Then this story takes a weird turn. A third party shows up and wants Tasha. This part just threw me for a loop. I really couldn’t figure out where this was going. Not sure I am a huge fan of this part. It took the story from paranormal to almost sci-fi. But it certainly is full of action, drama and some great smexy scenes. At times I didnt care for Tasha. For a vamp she is not too confident in her man. I mean he is changing the world…so at times he is a busy beaver…I mean wolf. By the end I was really rooting for her to be strong and him to not lose her.

The secondary characters..well I either loved or hated them. I did enjoy Radar and the relationship he has with Levi. As well as I wonder what that Donovan is all about. I bet he comes out to play more fully in future books.

Overall is it a different kind of paranormal. Full of characters that really get under my skin. I couldn’t help but wish them the best by the end.

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The Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Earl's Scandalous WagerThe Earl’s Scandalous Wager by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story took me on a long long journey. Part of the time I wondered why? It just seemed like I was watching the daily lives of these people. I was struggling to keep turning pages. Then it started to pick up more than half way through the book. The ending all twisty and full of who dunnits.

The characters are a plenty. We the the MC and a few secondary then many on the outskirts. Some I enjoyed, others I couldn’t stand then there are those that impress me with their about-face. I know times were different back then. But what poor Emily had to put up with from well…really everyone is outlandish. Favorite character would be Emily for her strength to overcome and endure everyone around her.

Overall this is an okay story…closer to the end. The parties and day to day living really didn’t further the story in the book so I could have passed on some of those. The beginning though was well done and drew my interest into the story. The slower pace of the story just isn’t for me. The characters seemed well done and the excitement at the end was well done

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The Don (Her Three Immortals Book 1) by Hazel Storm – Review by Lisa Helmick

The DonThe Don by Hazel Storm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story is different than other paranormals I have read. I loved that about it. It really kept me on my toes not knowing who or what was going to happen next. We get to meet all three gods (well one demigod) but learn the most about Grey. I just never knew where she stood with him. He likes her but from afar. He stays focused on business. He protects her from everyone but himself. Then there is Raef aka the gentleman. Thats truly what he seems to be. We get to know that side of him but I am sure there is another we haven’t seen yet. Then there is a few brief encounters with Aroz. I don’t have enough to form an opinion yet but it seems he doesn’t do much without his momma’s direction.

Overall this is a great eye catching story. It didn’t disappoint and kept me curious throughout. Wondering…always wondering. Will she? Won’t she? And now what happens next? While this does end with everything up in the air. The back of the book does have a few chapters into book 2. Which literally continues where this book leaves off. I cant wait to dive in!

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Blue Summer Part Two by Everly Taylor – Review by Lisa Helmick

Blue Summer Part TwoBlue Summer Part Two by Everly Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the second and a continuation fro part one. While it is a nice short story I struggled to connect to the characters. I almost think with this many main ones a longer story would have given me a chance to get to know more and feel more connected to them. Maybe a part of each as a couple or more than just a bio.

The bad guy is classic…pure evil. I did enjoy each of these characters and still liked Heath the best. This is an okay story and perfect for a short quick read.

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Turning Wheels (Satan’s Devils MC #1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Lisa Helmick

Turning Wheels (Satan's Devils MC, #1)Turning Wheels by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this story. It is a wonderful introduction into the Satan’s Devils. I have read many others of this series but not this one. This one answered questions to things I have acquired from the others in the series. I LOvE the characters! That Sophie is one courageous lady. What she went through and survived?!? Wow! I loved when she was talking her “British” words to the boys. Fun! Wraith fell and fell hard. I admire him for not choosing a Sweet butt ever since he met Sophie. It is interesting seeing him as a single because I have only ever known him as married with kids. Plus I liked seeing his relationship with Red (from Vegas chapter) and how long they have known each other.

I enjoyed seeing the Devils in their earlier days. Before they all found their women. I am looking forward to Drummers book next.

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Hell Hath No Fury (Life Is Hell Book 2) by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Lisa Helmick

Hell Hath No Fury (Life is Hell #2)Hell Hath No Fury by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a good story. I wasn’t expecting “that” person as a love interest for Sheridan. That was a surprise. I liked the thought and idea of the story but it was a bit slow at times. It really focused a lot on the thoughts and feelings of a certain character. Sometimes it was her daily life and a lot of trivial stuff and then a nap would happen. But it really picked up the pace towards the end.

I really enjoyed some of the newer characters and some insight into existing characters. I did not feel a connection to either MC. I did not dislike them at all but did not live them either. I love how their “crew” is getting bigger and better with each book. Those added characters towards the end should be wonderful if they show up in upcoming books.

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