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Found in the Lost (Special Forces: Operation Alpha)(The Leonidas Corporation Book 1) by Tarina Deaton – Review by Liz Vrchota

Found in the Lost (Special Forces: Operation Alpha / The Leonidas Corporation Book 1)Found in the Lost by Tarina Deaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have not had the chance to read anything from Tarina Deaton prior to picking up Found in the Lost. This is book one of The Leonidas Corporation Books and part of her Special Forces: Operation Alpha sets. I loved this book way more than I even anticipated that I would. It was packed with action, adventure, intrigue and some sweet romance to sweep you away when things seem to be getting too heavy with the story line. I loved the characters and their strength, dedication, and charisma. They truly made this novel as great as it is. Deaton writes them in a way that you feel as if they are real life characters that you want to reach out to and get to know better. By the end of the novel you feel as if they are old acquaintances.

Kinley is a sweet and spunky gal that I could really relate to with her energy. She loves her job and she is about to embark on her first archaeological dig. Little does she know that danger will be around every corner and she will be involved in finding a treasure that has been lost for a really long time. Shane wants to enjoy a very needed vacation and plans to roam the jungles of Guatemala. Things don’t pan out quite as relaxing as they anticipated when danger licks their heels after helping a stranded woman. As you can imagine things get pretty adventurous and crazy. I look forward to seeing what is available by Deaton while I wait for the next book in this particular series of hers.

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Vampire State by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Liz Vrchota

Vampire StateVampire State by Alexander Charalambides
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vampire State is the first book that I have read by Alexander Charlambides so I was not exactly sure what to expect with this other than I loved the cover and had to know what would happen between them. I am glad I took a gamble, especially since Vampire novels usually have super high standards for me being an avid fan of the classics. I loved the way the characters were developed and brought to life right before your eyes as you read. The world building was fantastic and made the story believable and realistic even with the fantasy elements. I loved the added twist of romance with the love triangle blooming between Rowena and Vincenzo and Luka. Not only does Rowena have to determine her future as either a vampire or a pale but she is going to have to make a decision regarding her heart. I loved this adventure and look forward to seeing what else is available and to come from Alexander Charalambides. I am sure it will be something I can sink my teeth into as well.

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Love in the Lowcountry (A Winter Holiday Collection Book 1) Featuring Poinsettias for Carly by Michele Sims – Review by Liz Vrchota

Love in the Lowcountry: A Winter Holiday CollectionLove in the Lowcountry: A Winter Holiday Collection by Savannah J. Frierson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love in the Lowcountry is a sweet and heartwarming collection of winter themed stories conveniently in one nice package deal. I loved the vast array of novels that cover many genres from paranormal to the second chance romance. I am going to leave a little tidbit about the sweet second chance romance novella, Poinsettias for Carly by Michele Sims, an already favorite author of mine.

I loved that the title, Poinsettias for Carly also mentions A past unresolved is never the past… I feel like that gives you a good indication of what you are in store for with this little read. I love that while this was a short and fast paced read I never felt slighted or bored and like I was missing pieces. Carly was a fun character who brought the emotion to life in the tale of her finding the spirit of Christmas and dealing with a past that has come back to face her in the future. Will she get her second chance at love and a happily ever after? For that and more fantastic other reads you will have to pick up this set for yourself!

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Pigs by Daniel James – Review by Liz Vrchota

PigsPigs by Daniel James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I must say first that I expected a lot from this novel. Probably more so than normal considering I have never read anything by Daniel James prior to Pigs. I was never, not one second disappointed either! The cover of this book draws the reader in much like one would die to see what the movie would be like it is gripping and telling yet leaves you wondering what the heck… perfect. So imagine that the novel inside will literally read like the next best horror/thriller movie. (My personal opinion, this should get a screenplay.) The author takes you to this world where revenge is literally like the air the characters read. I devoured this with chills scurrying along my spine for the majority of the novel. Be prepared for some gore and violence to shock the reader but it truly makes things seem so realistic and terrifying that you can’t tear yourself away.

Isaac Reid is our main guy with equally loud supporting characters. Isaac is released from prison to find his family brutally slain and it turns him into a literally revenge god. He is dead-set to avenge their deaths and make the murder pay. If you think that sounds like enough of a story plot to keep you enthralled expect more! There are multiple layers to this book and it is written in a way that absolutely keeps you guessing and engrossed. Not one moment does the details become too much. I loved that. I am not going to give much more away on this but be assured I will be adding this one to my re-read and own the actual book list. I look forward to seeing what else is available and to come from Daniel James.

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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 Liz Vrchota

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

I love this collection of steamy and short romance novels with a centric point of view, first responders. I love a man in a uniform like most of us women I know and this brings you ten of them by some of the best romance authors. I have a lot of favorites on the author list but also some new ones to check out so that is an added bonus. I will just leave a snippet on the K.L. Montgomery novel, Reconstructed Heart. I will have to come back and dish on the others as I finish them but loved Reconstructed Heart so much I had to come share now! This would make a great gift for the reader this holiday too!

Reconstructed Heart by KL Montgomery is a short but packed and entertaining little read. I adored Trey and Jenna and their chemistry was outstanding. I was on one heck of an emotional rollercoaster throughout the story. I found the little tears struggling to escape several times while reading but it was balanced with just the right amount of sweet love to redeem my hearts faith in love. I adore that attention is being brought to our first responders, regardless of the line of duty, and how they make our world a better place to live in for very little thanks and appreciation. I can’t wait to read what else is in this collection and look forward to seeing what will be the next thing from KL Montgomery as well as the rest of the talented authors.

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Chasing Clay (The DeWitt Agency Files Book 3) by Lance Charnes – Review by Liz Vrchota

Chasing Clay (The DeWitt Agency Files, #3)Chasing Clay by Lance Charnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was intrigued by the cover of Chasing Clay. I have never heard of Lance Charnes or his previous work until now so it was a gamble going in totally based off of the cover. I am happy that I chose to dive in and will in the future be finding more by Lance Charnes. I will say this book took me a bit to get into. I am not sure if that was because it is actually book three of a series, The DeWitt Agency Files and so I needed more back story, or if it was just a slow build up in general. I was happy I stuck to it however. This book really does blow up into a fantastic and suspenseful read that I couldn’t get read fast enough so I could know how it would all wind up. I won’t go into much more detail than what the author has divulged with the blurb because that would just ruin the way things unfold in this novel. I can’t be a spoiler, but I will tell you to take my word for it. If you love a suspenseful and twisty read then look no further this is your next read!

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Revive (Rewind Book 3) by Rowan Shaw – Review by Liz Vrchota

Revive (Rewind #3)Revive by Rowan Shaw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rowan Shaw has brought to life another beautiful and sweet couple that I just couldn’t get enough of in Revive. I might be a bit odd but I enjoy the premise of the story. Something about the situation makes it seem so much more realistic and I love reading about how things go down. The first two books in the series were a bit heavier reads as far as subject matter so this was also nice to have a bit more of an airy and light tone to it.

Brandon and Patrick really make Revive shine. These two had no idea that the one night stand that blew their minds would come full-circle the way it does. How do you keep a professional mind about your therapist when you realize you slept with them??? As you can imagine this left room for laughter and some pretty hefty emotions too. It was a well balanced though and I enjoyed the way I felt as if I was there with the characters. Shaw really can build up a scene and make you feel like you went on a magical adventure. I look forward to seeing what will come next from Rowan Shaw!

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

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

Once again I am in awe at an Alliance Agency book from the super talented ladies, Maddie Wade and India Kells. These two are some of my favorite romance authors so seeing them team up to bring us the books in this series is really a neat treat that I have devoured and enjoyed immensely. I look forward to seeing what these books will bring for us. I happened to read them out of order but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the books. I can see where it would be a benefit though just for story enrichment on my end if I were to go back and read them in the right order sometime, which I plan to do so.

Knight Watch brings us the story of Kingsley and Sydney. I really loved these two together and separately. The story is a fast paced one full of adventure and drama to break up the seriously sexy romance that is playing throughout. Kingsley has found himself in America seeking a fresh start with the Alliance Agency. How can his first case go anything but right? Will he be able to handle things or fold under the pressure? Sydney has been battling her past again when when she happens upon the man who could change everything and save her. Will she be able to accept his love and support or will her past ruin her chance at any happily ever after? I can’t wait to see what we will get with book three! I am sure that I will love it just as much as the first two.

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Supernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book Collection by Gwyn McNamee writing as D.P. Payne – Review by Liz Vrchota

Supernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book CollectionSupernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book Collection by D.P. Payne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

DP Payne is one of those must read authors, especially when it comes down to PNR. I had read a few of the Supernatural Love stories prior to this box set being released and I am so glad that I got the chance to scoop them all up in one neat package to devour at my own pace and time. I also adore box sets when they are from my favorite series and authors because it makes the ability to gift them to family and friends and spread that author love. Each book could be read in whichever order and at your discretion but I read them as they were arranged and loved every moment of it. The option to bounce around is there as long as you read them all, because they are too good to pass up. Ill give you a touch on each book but these really should just be scooped right up and devoured. You won’t regret it once you do. I look forward to finding out what else we will get from DP Payne in the near future! I am sure it will be wonderful!

~Parched~
This scooped my heart up and crushed it, then proceeded to put it all back together in a way I never knew I needed. Yes this has it all and dives into the greedy, dirty, sexy parts of life. Each of the characters shined in their own way and complemented the story perfectly grasped my attention for the next awaited book. There is 4000 plus years of angst packed into this short and sweet love story that will give you a taste of the dark paranormal as well. All around a five star read on its own.

~Cursed~
We get a bit more time travel with this one and of course some more of that paranormal and dark twisty love that we love reading from DP Payne. I was so excited to see the woman heroine shine in this novel and it made for some funny parts as she stood her ground. The names caught me up a tad in this book, simply because I am a fast reader and sometimes I found the flow thrown off with trying to make sure I got the name to sound right in my head. All a personal preference though so this book comes in at a strong four stars. Not my favorite of the group but I still loved it nonetheless. A very mummy like trip that I really was happy to have had the chance to read. I am so ready to get my hands on Spirited though!

~Spirited~
Margot and Blake steal the story with Spirited, and the favorite spot for me with this series. I adored Margot, in fact she reminds me of myself in some ways for sure. I can be a bit of a smartyalec and she is the epitome of one. I found myself high-fiving and cheering her on a few spots. I really loved her lol. I also enjoyed the setting of New Orleans, it really shined in the novel and took me away. Blake was a blast to follow as well and I really just overall enjoyed this book! Murder, laughter, dark and magical feelings, and of course the heat of romance all combine to make this one shine the brightest of them all!

Each of these books are different yet alike, something I really enjoyed and even more so was something that broke up the monotony of reading that I sometimes find myself in. I can’t wait to share this with some friends and reread them for myself in the near future! Hope to see more of these box sets as well!

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Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Liz Vrchota

Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3)Fire & Ice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fire & Ice is the third book in the series, and I would recommend that you read the other two before reading this one just to have the full enjoyment. It is possible to read them as stand alone novels if you should choose to do so however. This has to be my favorite so far of the series, but I say that lightly because I am super excited for the next book, Naughty & Nice so I can see that eclipsing this love. I am sure either way I will love it as much as these others.

I loved the premise in Fire & Ice, it has a bit of differences that kept me a tad more engaged in the story than before. I loved the added suspense and drama that made me hanging on to the last page to find out what would come next. Neve and Enya steal the show as they navigate each other and Spicetopia. Neither have any idea what the future will hold in store for them but handle it perfectly. I adore these two and the way the played off each other. Neve is not your outgoing type and prefers to be a man of little words. Enya on the other hand loves her voice and her life and it shows in her vibrant and chatty character. When the two are forced to work together the sparks between fire and ice are indescribable. Bring on Naughty & Nice!

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