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Building Storm (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 4) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Liz Vrchota

Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 4)Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I have learned that grief is another name for love.” ~ Unknown

It is hard for me, yet again, to come up with the words to properly describe how wonderful of a novel Gwyn McNamee has penned with Building Storm. Truly and utterly stunning… I was left lost in my thoughts for a few days before I could come to this review. I have been anticipating this book for some time now as it is the fourth novel in McNamee’s Hawke Family Series. I highly suggest you read the other books in the series and in order before you read this book. This is not a standalone novel! I knew to expect a book that would give me some feels and some steamy sass that we just can’t find anywhere else but with Gwyn McNamee but wow, I had no idea this was coming. It was absolutely beyond expectations! As for plot details and info… you won’t find that here… you will have to scoop this up for yourself. Thank you so much for this wonderful series, and this wonderful book Ms. McNamee!

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Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing – Review by Liz Vrchota

Full Glasses and Burju ShoesFull Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes PLEASE! Give me more books like this Blake Blessing! I’m a true hardcore fan! This book took me from one emotion to the next in two point two seconds. I adored every second of it and I couldn’t get enough. Blessing has only given us two novels and I have had the pleasure of reading both, and the breadth of the genres can only attest more to her skill to weave a multifaceted story.

Full Glasses and Burju Shoes was an emotional read with strong and emotional characters. Both, Emil and Perrin shine but for different reasons. It is this balance in their characteristics that make them work so well together in the book. These two just heal one another, and the process in raw, real, provocative, and adventurous. Most of all I really took away the reminder to live life with ‘full glasses.’ Thanks for the fabulous read Ms. Blessing. I can’t wait to see what will come next!

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Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have really had a fantastic streak of luck with finding some wonderful new authors this new year! Rowena Holloway just made this list with Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes #1). I had no idea what to expect going into this but I knew I would love it once I saw the cover and read the excerpt. It had me just with that. What I found inside was quite the story and I felt like I took a little getaway to London for the afternoon! It was a great escape for the snowy day.

Charlotte Ashe is sick of being the the weather girl. She wants so much more and dreams of covering the big stories one day. An opportunity blows her way in the name of Joey Baptiste, and it may not be the golden story she bargained for all along. In fact it could actually put her and his life in danger! The twists and turns were hard to predict, something I enjoy when it comes to these types of novels. I thought it was quirky which helped with the one part that I did find a bit off, which is the jumps in the timelines. It made the story flow well in the long run. Overall, a great read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one in the series!

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The Lies We Tell by Brittany Butler ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

The Lies We TellThe Lies We Tell by Brittany Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by Brittany Butler before The Lies We Tell, but once I saw that catching cover and the luring blurbs I knew I had to give it a go. I am glad that I did. This was a different bit of a read for me. I knew that I wouldn’t really get along with or connect with the main character very much but still the concept was gripping. Natalie is a liar, and she has no problems admitting it. For me that would drive me nuts. She also has some serious communication issues but that may just be a personal opinion too I am not positive. So we follow the life of a liar, and it is pretty messy and entertaining. My only complaint would have to be the major time jumps. Several were just darn confusing as a reader to piece together. Otherwise I really enjoyed this and look forward to seeing what else is out there by Brittany Butler!

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Written in the Stars (Fallen Eagles MC Series Book 2) by T. Birmingham ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Written in the Stars (Fallen Eagles MC Book 2)Written in the Stars by T. Birmingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was hooked on the Fallen Eagles MC series by T. Birmingham with the very first look at book one, ‘A Terrible Beauty,’ and I have been stalking… watching like a well mannered fan, all things by T. Birmingham since! ‘Written in the Stars’ is the second book in the series and I would highly recommend that you read them in order for that full understanding and enjoyment. The characters do have some crossovers and I had a few a’ha moments that were because of reading the first book as well.

This book has a lot going on! Birmingham has a way of doing that. I wasn’t quite used to it with the first book but by now I am. She writes multi-level stories. While there is plenty of mystery and intrigue to keep you well in your toes from beginning to end, woven throughout is a tale of love and and the drama that life also spins into it. Reading one of Birmingham’s novels always promises to be something like a trip to the cinema in my mind, and this one did not disappoint at all!

I really enjoyed Eagle and Winter as the main characters. These two were a great balance for one another and it just worked. It wasn’t a contrived romance either, something I found rather refreshing! I absolutely can’t wait to find out what we will get with the next book in the series!

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Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Shadow's Keep: A NovelShadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is always a great and exciting adventure to take whilst reading a novel of Megan O’Flynn’s. There isn’t a book of her’s that I haven’t devoured yet so when I saw the new release blitz for this one I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! The countdown was one of great anticipation, and Ms. O’Flynn did not disappoint. If you are new to Megan O’Flynn’s work then you are in for a super mind-bending and blood-tingling story that will keep you entertained from the very first words to the epic and unexpected ending. (Something that Megan seems to be superb as writing!)

Meeting Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan was quite the experience. I truly enjoyed his character. He is determined to keep his quiet and quaint town just that When a killer is on the loose he has to step up his game, especially when the beautiful Cassie Parker, and her kid, are seemingly in the path of danger too.

The details are raw and rich, so much so that you feel as if you are right there with the cast of characters experiencing the book as it happens. This is actually one of my favorite things about the way that Megan O’Flynn writes. She really has the knack for bringing these worlds to life, it is quite unsettling, and in turn makes for a fantastic thriller novel. I personally can not wait to see what will come next from her. All I know is I will be the first in line! Thanks for another great thrill read Ms. O’Flynn!

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Heart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance – Review by Tracy Wilkin

Heart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance HeroesHeart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance Heroes by Nicole Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance. The collection includes 24 stories, and the titles of the stories I am reviewing are Foxxy Christmas by Allyson R. Abbott and  A Kiss Under A Blue Christmas Moon by Tamara Ferguson

Foxxy Christmas is a quirky story about the darker, more sinister side of life, and no matter your beginning, the rest of your life can be better and more beautiful. The characters are deadly and mysterious, and kept me dangling and crazy intrigued. The authors writing was engaging, energetic, and attractive to the adrenaline junkie. Set during the festive season, Foxxy Christmas is a perfect way to disappear from reality for a while and escape into the story. 5 stars.

A Kiss Under A Blue Christmas Moon is yet another intensely good story by Tamara Ferguson. This author is special to me, in the way I am taken to another realm when reading these stories. The storyline is so captivating, I escape into it, blissfully unaware of anything but the characters. This story is no different. I loved the characters. I loved the way their love sustained distance and others trying to keep them apart. Their love stayed stronger than ever, with distance no opponent. Their love was sweet and deep, and I could not help being enamoured by them. A beautiful Christmas tale that I would recommend to all lovers of a heartfelt romance. 5 stars.

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Nite Fire: Flash Point by C.L. Schneider ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Flash Point (Nite Fire, #1)Flash Point by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Flashpoint is the first of the Nite Fire Series books from C.L. Schneider. I have not had a chance to read anything from C.L. Schneider before and so this was a new foray into her worlds and I was pretty impressed. She has a knack for scene building. I often felt as if I could say I was there myself. If I almost experienced first hand the adventures that Dahlia faced along her journey. This kept me on my toes and intrigued when I was a bit dragging in the story line area. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good novel, with a strong storyline. I just had a difficult time keeping everything in order at times and felt as if it was a bit much going on for me in one book. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing what the other books bring in the series, as well as if they will be a bit more stretched out. I feel as if Schneider can take as long as she wants with this series. Its that great, I’d rather have more books spread out than complicated stuffed books.

Meanwhile in Flashpoint we meet and learn all about Dahlia Nite. She herself is a shapeshifting assassin and she is currently in a prickly situation. Hiding from people who want her dead she is in the human realm and hopping from town to town using her special skills to protect the people the way she knows how. There are murders and secrets, mysteries and monsters, magical realms and details that will be sure to haunt your thoughts long after you finish the last page. I can’t begin to tell you how dimensional this story gets. So strap in and prepare for quite the ride. I can’t wait to see what will come next in book two, Chain Reaction! Thanks so much for a great escape Ms. Schneider!

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Tapped (The Night Moves Book 3) by Tarrah Anders ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

TappedTapped by Tarrah Anders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, I should preface this review with my confession that I may be a bit biased with Tarrah Anders. She just happens to be one of my top five fave contemporary romance authors. So it is automatic for me to one-click anything that she puts out, quite often before I even know what the book is going to be about. I don’t care, I know whatever adventure awaits within those pages will be a great one. Tapped is nothing short of great either.

Book three, and the conclusion, of The Night Moves series this still can be read as a complete standalone novel. You will want to go back and catch the rest of the gang’s stories though as they are equally fantastic! We get the story of Janae and Kai. Theirs is one full of second chances and new beginnings. Nothing really ever comes easy and that is what makes the novels glorious to get lost in. I especially enjoy how I felt as if I was vacationing in Las Vegas the entire time I was reading Tapped. All the lights, glitz and glam, and the sultry steam that goes with it was excluded in the writing so well. My only complaint with this was that it ended! I can’t wait to see what will come next from Tarrah Anders! Thanks so much for this amazing read!

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Heart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance Heroes by, Nicole Morgan ,Jocelyn Dex ,Krista Ames ,Stephanie Morris ,Esme Wild ,Kris Jayne ,Stephanie Queen ,Donna R. Mercer ,Candace Sams ,Marie Mason ,Allyson R. Abbott ,Livia Quinn ,Helen Scott ,Devon McKay ,Harper Kincaid ,Rebecca Fairfax ,Sharon Coady ,Christi Barth ,Jane Blythe ,Suzanne Jenkins ,Tamara Ferguson ,Annie Nicholas ,Joann Baker & Patricia Mason ,Deelylah Mullin ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

Heart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance HeroesHeart of a Hunk: A Limited-Edition Collection of Bad Boy, Billionaire and Hunky Romance Heroes by Nicole Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This wonderful collection of romance novels couldn’t be a better deal! When I saw that a bunch of my favorite authors had come together with some new ones to bring 23 stories in one complete package, I had no problem one-clicking it. I am so glad that I got it just as the weather started getting chilly too, because these pages warmed my heart and my kindle many a cold night. I had the pleasure of reading some favorites like, Tamara Ferguson, Allyson R. Abbott and, Suzanne Jenkins. However, one of the best parts of this collection is that there were so many new authors that I found and am now such a huge fan of! Such as Harper Kincaid, author of my favorite book in the anthology, ‘Running Through Wonderland.’ I can’t wait to go back and re-read some of these gems. I would love to leave a big review on each of these fantastic stories but that would be just too much because I would brag all day! For the goods you will just have to take my word for it and snag a copy for yourself. You will be finding all of these great stories and their authors inside!

*Nicole Morgan
*Jocelyn Dex
*Krista Ames
*Stephanie Morris
*Esme Wild
*Kris Jayne
*Stephanie Queen
*Donna R. Mercer
*Candace Sams
*Marie Mason
*Allyson R. Abbott
*Livia Quinn
*Helen Scott
*Devon McKay
*Harper Kincaid
*Rebecca Fairfax
*Sharon Coady
*Christi Barth
*Jane Blythe
*Suzanne Jenkins
*Tamara Ferguson
*Annie Nicholas
*Joann Baker & Patricia Mason
*Deelylah Mullin

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