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The Reader by M.K. Harkins – Review by Lisa Helmick

The ReaderThe Reader by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Reader (The Immortal Series)
by M.K. Harkins
Rated 5 stars

Wow! What an amazing story! The world building was perfect. The characters drew me in and didnt want to let go. They were fun, serious, different and strong willed. I even chuckled and said “Oh!” A couple times. I loved the story of the readers, the jacks and the seers. Ann, Archer and Devon were Intriguing and I just kept turning pages until I knew all about them and all their secrets. I was amazed by Ann more than once. She might have no memory but those memory muscles….they work perfectly. Ha ha. Right Devon?? I loved the idea of “The Lost One”. Some of the history was tedious but it was needed as well to understand the future story. I enjoyed learning about where The Readers lived and how they made things work. Very smart!

If Ann is the Lost One she will need to soul bond with either Devon, Archer, Lucy Or Marcus. What happens if more than one feels the beginnings of the bond. Who will Ann choose?

This is not my first book by the author. I enjoy all of her stories. They are inventive and interesting. This one was no exception. There was action, action and more action. The wording flows nicely and the story catches my attention. I loved the world and the characters.

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Redemption: An Ash Park Novel (Volume 5) by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Lisa Helmick

Redemption (Ash Park, #5)Redemption by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Redemption (Ash Park #5)
By Meghan O’Flynn
Rated 4 stars

Ed Petrosky is a crochety old detective, who has been imagining his last days for a while now. He struggles mentally and physically to make it through every day. After losing his daughter and partner he is planning on seeing them again soon. Can his new partner and a youngster from Vermont make him whole again? What about Shannon and the kids? He can’t shut everyone out.

Finally….Finally someone who doesn’t take Petroskys crap!! I love this lady/Petrosky’s new partner already! She is quick, smart and has an aura or some might call an attitude. I was worried about Petrosky. He has had some horrible thoughts these last few books. They were becoming more prominent. Hopefully this *new* partner can “shake him out of his funk”….as Shannon would say.

The murder of Petrosky’s daughter Julie has haunted him through all the series. He was never able to find out who killed her. Thinking about her has led him down dark paths thinking he failed her. Will he finally get his redemption?

This is a good book but not my favorite of the series. There was too much inner dialogue or demons to contend with. The story was solid and a fitting ending for the series. I miss the characters that make me smile while reading all the sick and twisted scenes. They kind of balanced out the darkness.

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Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Lisa Helmick

Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set (Books 1-3)Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
By K. L. Montgomery
Rated 5 stars

This box set includes Fat Girl, The Flip and Plot Twist. I wasn’t a fan of Fat Girl to much due to way too much thinking in the characters head (I prefer action and dialog) but the character themselves were good. This proved to be true as you get to see each of them in the other two stories. The Flip was the a lot more enjoyable to me. The silly things that happened and the outrageous characters really added to the story. The two main characters had a fiery relationship. I enjoyed a lot of back and forth banters…..so full of sass. Plot Twist was full of humor and I really felt like a friend or maybe an extra on the set :). The characters really drew me in and I enjoyed reading this book immensely. The secondary characters in this one(as with the previous two) were out of this world. They all had such great roles and added to the story. Along with making me laugh and chuckle.

This is a definite series to read if you want to be taken on an adventure, or fall in love with the characters, make new friends and enjoy a good chuckle. They all have a nice message included as well from characters that seem like they could be your bestie or neighbors.

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Deadly Alliance: A Fortis/Purgatory Crossover Novel by Maddie Wade and India Kells – Review by Lisa Helmick

Deadly Alliance: A Fortis/Purgatory Crossover NovelDeadly Alliance: A Fortis/Purgatory Crossover Novel by Maddie Wade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deadly Alliance: A Fortis/Purgatory Crossover Novel
By Maddie Wade and India Kells
Rated 5 stars

This story completely drew me in and I was surprised and shocked over a few things that happened. This is a great meeting of these two agencies. I have never read the Purgatory Series but I have spent many a lovely evenings with Fortis Security. Meshing these two together is so seamless. It’s like they have been together all along. I certainly didn’t feel like I was reading two different stories.

It was nice meeting some new characters and seeing how they interact with each other. I get to hang out with some old favorites as well. The story moved along and I never got bored. There was excitement, some thrills, some wit and sass banter.

Doing this was a brilliant idea and hopefully (please *grin*) a new spin off will result. perfect title as well!!! I love reading each of these authors and blending them together just about made my day. After hanging out with Bea and her crew I need to check out the Purgatory series.

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Must Remember (Solum #1) by Colleen S. Myers – Review by Lisa Helmick

Must Remember (Solum, #1)Must Remember by Colleen S. Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Must Remember (Solum #1)
By Colleen S. Myers
Rated 4 stars

This is an interesting story. The plot was good and I struggled to put it down and read it fairly quickly. The characters caused me to worry and wonder about them. Who is telling the truth? What will happen if they get caught? This story starts by introducing Elizabeth or Beta. She wakes up on the ground and she doesn’t remember where or why or how she got there. The Fost are instantly suspicious because she is dressed like their enemy. While they try to get answers from her, Beta comes into contact with an assortment of characters. Some are very hard to figure out. Others show their true colors very quickly. The magic that is displayed throughout the story was very cool. I don’t want to say much but….lucky her!

The author did an amazing job describing the background and letting the characters fill us in on their background. Neither were boring or dull but kept me interested in this different world. What happened to Beta slowly comes out through the story. So that is a huge draw to keep me going in the mystery/alien romance. So this is my first book with aliens in it. I think because they were somewhat like humans it seemed a smooth transition.

I have read other books by this author. She seems to deliver a smooth storyline with interesting characters. This one is no exception.

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Joker’s Fool (Satan’s Devils #8) by Manda Mellett – Review by Lisa Helmick

Joker's Fool (Satan's Devils MC #8)Joker’s Fool by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Joker’s Fool (Satan’s Devils #8)
By Manda Mellett
Rated 4 stars

Well this book didn’t leave me astonished or slack jawed. Well correction….it did just not for the normal reason. It did give me insight into some of the sick perverse thoughts that people have against a different sexual lifestyle. Jokers parents are horrible people! Normally I am not a fan of flashbacks. But in this story. I really felt they were warranted and helped me understand what Joker has had to deal with his entire life. His parents….Grrr!

I loved Jokers character. He was pretty complex and grew so much during the story. I was able to understand how Joker was having such a difficult time with his sexuality and always trying to be “normal”. Lady’s Man was the perfect complement to Joker’s character. Where Joker had fearfulness Lady’s Man was confident and calm. I think he scared Joker to pieces with his openness. He was such a help in all areas and I could see how Joker really needed him.

This briefly touches on the stories and characters from all the previous books. So if you have read them some of this will be old hat and you can focus on Joker’s story while reminiscing. I started a couple books ago so some stories were new. What surprised me the most was that Joker and Lady we’re together so long before anyone mentioned/noticed it. I remember the “church” meeting from previously and I thought they were newish characters just being introduced. But they have been background characters through all the stories. Such a neat idea to bring them forward!

Prez’s speech at the end (*sniff* ) just brought a smile to my face and happy tears to my eyes! I am so pleased with the ending of Joker’s story. No one deserves it more!

Another great story of the Devils. Manda Mellett did an amazing job of keeping me entertained as well as moving the story forward. I’m sure this type of story isn’t new but it’s still a story that needs to be told to remind us to not be so judgemental of different people, cultures and races.

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Touchdown: A Steamy Football Romance: The Big Apple Series Book 1 By Alexa Summers – Review by Lisa Helmick

Touchdown: A Steamy Football Romance: The Big Apple Series Book 1Touchdown: A Steamy Football Romance: The Big Apple Series Book 1 by Alexa Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Touchdown: A Steamy Football Romance: The Big Apple Series Book 1
By Alexa Summers
Rated 4 stars

While I liked the story it wasn’t a favorite. I will say that the book got much better the further into it I got. The two main characters started out very rough. I really didn’t care much for either of them. Each one had a agenda and it wasn’t on the positive side. But as the story grew so did my appreciation for each of these two. They had more depth to them and I ended up really liking Brett. He really worked toward his dream(s) to accomplish it. He showed honor near the end. I was impressed.

I liked meeting some of the secondary characters. Most of them helped move the story forward but a few were just there to enjoy. Those were the best. They added a nice layer and mostly were feel-good characters.

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Give and Take (The Thorne Brothers #2) by Lee Kilraine – Review by Lisa Helmick

Give and Take (The Thorne Brothers, #2)Give and Take by Lee Kilraine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Give and Take (The Thorne Brothers #2)
by Lee Kilraine
Rated 5 stars!

Wow this book has it all! Great characters, amazing lines and it makes me laugh. Those are all things I look for in a great book. I love characters that get me involved with their stories. I care about them can’t wait to get back to hanging out with them again. Most times I wish I could live with them. This story is full…I mean full of amazing lines. They are witty, give insight and make a person think. My favorite one is

“He sort of thinks I’m great, no matter what I do”.

Ok that right there is what everyone wants. But his comeback line just seals the deal!

“I think you are amazing”

This book had me cracking up and laughing. There is nothing that gives me more joy than reading a book that can make me laugh. When I am around other people they want to know what I’m reading that is so funny. The brothers in here….man they have overcome a lot and they have such a great camaraderie with each other. I just want to hang with them. Oh Wait! I want to be their receptionist! ( inside joke….ha ha…read the book)

Each of these characters were very enjoyable. The brothers with their banter. The sisters with their snark. It’s hard to pick a favorite. I think Wyatt grew the most but that wouldn’t have been possible without Rhia being so irritating to him. While reading I kept getting the impression this is not the first in the series. At the back it shows book 1 (Give it Up) so now I have something to occupy my time while I wait for the next book.

The best thing is I know their story isn’t done. I love catching back up with beloved characters in future books. This is easily a favorite book for me and I will be keeping an eye on this author.

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Neverland by Melissa Jane – Review by Lisa Helmick

NeverlandNeverland by Melissa Jane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Neverland by Melissa Jane
Rated 5 out of 5 stars!

OMG!!! I am wrecked! This book! This story! I am sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks! My heart is wounded. The writing in here is outstanding! I could not put this book down. So be prepared to read late into the night. This story made me feel for these characters-empathy, desperation, hatred, hope and love. From the monster who is possessive and obsessive to the girl who only hopes for a chance at a better life. I was so sucked Into her life. It’s hard for me to even imagine what this girl goes through. I really wished my Hope and Love could be felt by HER through the pages so she would know someone is rooting for her. Dang! This girl!

The blurb drew my inquisitive mind to this book. I was NOT disappointed! This is my second book by this author. She can really weave a tale and make me *feel* things. Like disgust, hate and a sliver of hope even appalled! All of these characters drew me in and I hated some and adored others. Pretty sure this book will be on my mind for a while!….and that title? I Can’t help but get tears in my eyes when I think of it. That is a perfect all encompassing title!

If you want to read a book that is psychological, suspenseful, a thriller and has
some romance. Pick this baby up!

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Hidden (Ash Park #4) by Meghan O’Flynn – Review By Lisa Helmick

Hidden (Ash Park, #4)Hidden by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hidden (Ash Park #4)
By Meghan O’Flynn
Rated 5 stars

When I started reading this it felt like coming home…back to where I am familiar. I get to hang out with Shannon, Morrison and Petrosky. The two cops have a great friendship and wit about them. They are enjoyable to read. I love their camaraderie with each other. Add Shannon in and they are an unstoppable team. Then after reading I couldn’t stop the OMG that kept coming to my head. This book…….Dang! It’s a tough read! So many emotions……mostly anger and devastation mixed in with WHY??….and WHAT?…..along with a smidge of humor and don’t forget the tears. This book deals with many of the demons that live within Petrosky as well as the evilness that his job enlists him to do. This is a stubborn case that in the past has affected all three of the main characters.
Many of the secondary characters discussed were in the previous books. So while you could probably get by without reading the first 3 stories I would recommend reading them to get insight into the main characters. Building relationships takes time and investment. These main characters have done that through the last three books and they continue in this one. That being said….I’m not sure how I’m going to read the last book…..Everything is changing.

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