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No Strings Attached by Lara Ward Cosio – Review by Lisa Helmick

No Strings AttachedNo Strings Attached by Lara Ward Cosio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This author never disappoints! I LOVED this story and its characters. It is very relatable on many levels. It has highs and lows and hits all the emotional buttons.

Its hard to pick a favorite character because I enjoy each for different reasons. We read from each of their POV so its easy to feel what they are feeling. I really enjoyed Tanner because of his work ethic but also his helpfulness and love. I liked that the children were written well and antics are within their age brackets.

Overall this is a definite one click. I loved the humor, sense of family, romance and how this has many layers. This author nailed this one!

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Saratoga Roan by Bree M. Lewandowski – Review by Lisa Helmick

Saratoga RoanSaratoga Roan by Bree M. Lewandowski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the first half of this book. We are getting to know Rhett, his family and his ranch. I really enjoyed that. We also get to learn why Cassandra returned. The second half got wonky for me. There are random words and thoughts running through their heads. Particularly Rhetts. At times I didn’t know what he was talking or thinking about. I tried rereading slowly, going back a page but nothing gave me a clue. Eventually I just called it a kerfluffle and passed it by to keep reading. The ending made me feel incomplete.

I loved the idea of this story. There is ranch/ horse work, family disputes, ana a couple that everyone is rooting for them to be together. As I said..I really liked this (other than issues above).

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Runaway to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, Book 2) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Lisa Helmick

Runaway to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, #2)Runaway to the Outback by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one! The story moves along at a good pace. The characters are spot on and there reaction and dialogue is cute. I really liked Jonas. He is smart, loves his town and his place in it. The meet cute between these two is great! When she shows up on scene she could have been high-browed and snooty but she was cool, collected and made the meet between them fun.

I really enjoyed catching up with Ryan and Sindy as well as getting to know more about Scott. I am thinking his story will be next.

Overall this is a quick, fun story. I enjoyed reading it and getting to know more about Jonas and meeting Pandora

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Home to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction Book 1) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Lisa Helmick

Home to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, #1)Home to the Outback by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a nice story. The two mc haven’t seen each other for years and he is her brother’s bestie from years ago. Those are some of my favorite tropes to read. While I enjoyed this story I didn’t love it. All the elements are there other than the narrative. There is a lot of thinking in their heads even while having conversations. So a couple pages could go by before one would answer the other. To be honest I just started skipping to the dialogue so I could stay in the moment.

I loved the idea of a small town in Australia. It’s different but yet the same and we meet some wonderful characters. Her brothers are great and I could see stories being built here.

Overall its nice, lighthearted and fun. I will check out others in this series.

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THE BOW (HER THREE IMMORTALS Book 3) by HAZEL STORM – Review by Lisa Helmick

The Bow (Her Three Immortals, #3)The Bow by Hazel Storm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am loving this series! This is the third book and while I loved the last book this one really took me on a trip. Its so so good! I love what the author did with Aroz’s life. Not where I expected it to go at all but..wow! Of course while I enjoy seeing the boys..Vanessa is the star of the show. She surely shines and changes and grows in these books. My only regret is that we don’t find out what kind of temper tantrum Greys Mom is going to make. I think that would have rounded it out nicely.

I am eagerly looking forward to the next in the series.

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Deadly Words (Born Bad Book 1) by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Lisa Helmick

Deadly Words (Born Bad, #1)Deadly Words by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This author can write some horrific stories and this one is no exception. We step into the life of a psychotic who is living a normal-ish life. This is written in the past and present and told by his daughter. Both tenses were weaved in to make the stony blend and give us tidbits at a time.

My biggest issue is there were many avenues that were alluded to that just didn’t feel closed at the end of the book. It could be my fault..I might have missed a lot. Its an okay book with twists and turns but not the thrill ride I expected.

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Something Lost (Funerals and Weddings Series Book 1) by Bernadette Marie – Review by Lisa Helmick

Something LostSomething Lost by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a nice story. I like the whole friendship among the guys. How they were always there for each other. That is my favorite thing about this story. Craig and Rachel have a love story over the years. They have a quick relationship but its a slower story in order to bring out all their aches and pains of the past and not being together. This is a wonderful first book of a new series.

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Slow Burn by A.K. Macbride – Review by Lisa Helmick

Slow Burn (Breathing Hearts, #2)Slow Burn by A.K. MacBride
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a delicious slow-burn. There is something to be said for going slow instead of quick and fast all the time. This one delivers it all in spades. We really get to know the characters and their wants and needs. Adam is quite the guy. At first I loved to dislike him but slowly..oh so slowly he turned a corner as I changed my opinion about him. He is a grump and kinda mean. By the end he is a hot dreamboat. There is one scene in here that I highlighted because I loved it so much. Sadly its near the end so I can’t say anything because I don’t want to give anything away. But let’s just say..my heartbeat picked up as I held my breath. Madison is wonderful. She has challenges that are different from Adam’s but I still enjoyed all her turmoil, tears and smiles.

Secondary characters are super. First off can a dog be a character? Sheldon has a smallish part but its a instrumental in the story. Frankie is a great character. Supportive and there for her bestie. I see her story is next and I am excited. There are parents, friends and family that all help these two try to get together.

Overall this is a wonderful read. The suspense of will they or won’t they drove me crazy! Heck even that first kiss! Yowza! I loved seeing the growth of these two and I look forward to more.
The title of this series (Breathing Hearts) fits perfectly.

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Fight for It by Amy L Gale – Review by Lisa Helmick

Fight for It (Sunset Cove)Fight for It by Amy L. Gale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a quick read. I really enjoyed the story for the first half. The characters and their plight drew me in. I cared about them and wondered what would happen. A Fighter (after forced retirement) coming back to his hometown..reinvesting in the town. Great idea! Then meeting back up with his BF sister. Perfect! Then there is her story of divorce from an abusive ex and learning to stand on her own again. Nicely Done.

The second half was not so good. The story went all over the place. The characters really fell flat and things didnt fit in place. The Story/Characters should be like a puzzle where everything fits together. In here I feel like pieces got put in the wrong place. I think a longer, more in depth look at the characters and story would have been more beneficial. Maybe even a look inside Ray’s head. It just felt rushed at times and the story didn’t match up with the great first half.

Overall I liked the idea and premise of this story.

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Unsettled Scores (DAG Team Series Book 2) by Kel O’Connor – Review by Lisa Helmick

Unsettled Scores (DAG Team #2)Unsettled Scores by Kel O’Connor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a story that kept me guessing. I loved meeting Amy! What an amazing character! She really impresses me with her wit, knowledge and quick thinking. She is an asset to the team and her family. Hugh is just completely adorable! I wanted to hug him and run my hands through his curly locks. The sparks were between them since their first meeting and only grew as time went along.

The team are a slew of smart, quick thinking characters. I enjoyed meeting them and their special skills. I have questions that need answers about them.

This is the second book in the series but it is my first book by this author. I had no problems following along as everything is easily explained. I look forward to more.

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