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Ashes To Ashes Boxset (books 1-3) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Liz Vrchota

Ashes To Ashes Boxset (books 1-3)Ashes To Ashes Boxset by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love boxsets, especially when they contain some of my favorite reads. Rowena Holloway has done just that with having all three of the Ashes to Ashes novels in one convenient place for me to devour again and again, or even to gift. This happens to be one of my favorite series from Rowena Holloway and has a bit of something for everyone in each of the novels. I have included my individual review for each novel below for some insight into what you will be getting with these books. Enjoy!

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)
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 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!

Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes #2)
I was not so sure when I picked up the first book in the Ashes to Ashes, Bad Things Happen, but once I finished it I knew I would be back for the rest of the books in the series. I was so excited when I saw the cover of Less You Know pop up on my new reads list that I dived in first and asked questions later… who am I kidding, the only question I asked is why did that end and when is the next one coming!?!? Rowena Holloway stuns us once again with a fantastic and true to title gripping suspenseful read. I felt as if I was on an up down ride of emotions that I couldn’t make much sense of from one moment to the next. Of course, this is a good thing when you go to get lost in a suspenseful thrilling book. Once again, Charlotte and her friend are the center of this story and we see them much as we did in the first book. Only this time we learn much more about their secrets and all that people tend to be hiding. Even when we think we know them the best. I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book! Thanks for the great read Ms. Holloway!

From The Ashes (Ashes to Ashes, #3)
Rowena Holloway has quickly become an author I can’t get enough of. I have been devouring her books a lot lately and the latest for me, From The Ashes, has to be one of my top favorites of hers. Holloway knows how to write some psychological and twisty suspense. I often feel as if my emotions are put through the ringer each time I embark on a journey with her books. I was on edge from the very beginning until that last bittersweet chapter. I can’t say enough good about the world building and attention to detail that is ever present in all of Rowena Holloway’s novels.

From The Ashes is book three of the Ashes to Ashes series, but they can be read as stand alone novels. I highly recommend that you read them all anyways! We get the story of Charlotte and she has a trippy road to take in this novel. Charlotte is a journalist seeking the truth about some questionable deaths at the Hall. As she starts to find things out and the closer she gets to the truth the crazier things seem. Just as they build to a head a fire leaves Charlotte among a group of missing people. I can assure you this one will have you reading just one more page, or till I figure this out, well past your bedtime! I know I was up well into the night because I just had to know what would come next. I can’t wait to see what will come next from the ever talented Rowena Holloway!

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Be One with Me (Finding Love in Green Springs Book 2) by CA Miconi – Review by Liz Vrchota

Be One with Me (Finding Love in Green Springs, #2)Be One with Me by C.A. Miconi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am kind of a sucker for small town romances. Something about the feel they give me as I am reading, almost as if I am transformed to the place it takes place in and visiting while meeting a new set of friends that I have come to love and care for. Be One with Me by CA Miconi did just that for me. I was instantly taken to Green Springs, Mississippi and tiptoeing through the countryside as I watched Nolan and Sally navigate the new relationship they find themselves in.

I love how these two are literally polar opposites. Nolan is a country boy through and through. He is also recovering from the loss of his wife due to cancer. Sally is very much a city girl who has a lot going for her in her life. Except loss visits her life too and she starts to question what will really make her life a happy one worth living. When these two meet they know the differences but feel the connection. Will they be able to find a way to overcome the differences and heal the one thing they have in common? These two were so sweet and I loved reading all about them. I do think now I will go back and check out book one in the Finding Love in Green Springs series since I fell in love with this one so much. I can’t wait to see what book three will have in store for us as well.

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Dead Magic (The Sanctuary Chronicles, Book 3) by India Kells – Review by Liz Vrchota

Dead Magic (The Sanctuary Chronicles #3)Dead Magic by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so stoked to get my hands on this book, Dead Magic, the third in The Sanctuary Chronicles from India Kells. This has to be one of my favorite series of hers and they are jammed full with action, adventure, magic, mystery, lore, and steamy fun to balance it all out. I could not wait to get the story of Violet and Finn with this one and they did not disappoint. Another side note about this series is the covers, like they literally grab you without even saying a word. I wouldn’t even need a title on these to know they have to be full of some amazing story lines. This one may be my fav because of the purple undertones but it is drool worthy and definitely worth mentioning. I would highly recommend also that you read the first two books before this one. While it can be read as a stand alone novel I feel that these are better read in order so you get that slow and inevitable build up of excitement with each new one you read. This one has my favorite pairing, a sexy vampire, and a fierce witch. These two don’t want what fate is throwing their way. Will they be able to find the common ground and manage a relationship? That is about all I felt safe sharing the rest is only good when read by your own eyes. I can’t wait to see what will come next!

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Golden Void (Black Blade Book 3) by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Liz Vrchota

Golden VoidGolden Void by Alexander Charalambides
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was really excited when I found out the third book in the Black Blade Series from Alexander Charalambides would have Megan in it as the star of the show. We got to see glimpses of her in the past two books and I really enjoyed her character. I was very excited to get to see her shine in Golden Void. Megan has been newly adopted and also is taking on the task of the second quest. She will face magic, wizards, and more fabulous swords, as she finds her way to the end. Will she succeed or will she get lost in trying to figure out who she is rather than the quest. I loved this concept and that the magic and folklore that I enjoyed in the other two novels was present here once again. I will be interested to see who will shine in the next book!

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Love Comes In The Mourning by Erin Bevan – Review by Liz Vrchota

Love Comes in the MourningLove Comes in the Mourning by Erin Bevan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Erin Bevan really hit the nail on the head with this latest novel that I read by her, Love Comes in The Mourning. I must say this is quite the emotional roller coaster of a read that will keep you on the verge of tears, if not ugly crying, throughout most of the book. The couple we meet, Lesley and John both have pasts that would make anyone wanna give up on love but together they will get a chance to rekindle love and try to find happiness once again. Will it be with each other? Can they heal enough from the pasts they have to be able to love again? These two were so relatable and realistic that I often felt as if I was reading a memoir. I loved how they both had a strong anchor in the book and rather than fighting for the limelight they both shined just as equally as the other. I cannot wait to see what we will get next from Erin Bevan. I know for sure I will be right there ready to soak it all up!

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Irresistible Weddings (Irresistible Romance Book 4) Anthology – Review by Liz Vrchota

IRRESISTIBLE WEDDINGS (Irresistible Romance Book 4)IRRESISTIBLE WEDDINGS by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another installment or anthology collection from fabulous romance authors and is themed around ‘Irresistible Weddings.’ I have had the pleasure of reading some of the other themes so I was thrilled to find a wedding theme one to dive into this summer by the pool. This has eight new stories from authors that I did know and authors that were new to me. I was so excited to see that we got a Two Hearts Wounded novella from Tamara Ferguson. She has really won my heart with this series and I was so excited to get my hands on this one as well as the others. Two Heart’s Alliance is definitely one you won’t want to miss but this also had some other awesome stories from authors like Natalie Ann, Suzanne Jenkins, and Stephanie Queen, that I have also enjoyed before. I sincerely look forward to seeing what the next collection will be themed around. I have listed the books and authors included below to give you a hint at what some are. I can’t say enough that each of these novels though are well worth discovering so its a deal you don’t want to miss to find them all together like this!

TWO HEARTS’ ALLIANCE: Tamara Ferguson, USA Today bestselling author

ETERNAL: Natalie Ann, USA Today bestselling author

WEDDING AT FIREHOUSE RANCH: Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today bestselling author

ALL MY LOVING: Cynthia Cooke, USA Today bestselling author

MAKE ME BURN: Alicia Street, USA Today bestselling author

PLAYING WITH THE BRIDESMAID: Stephanie Queen, USA Today bestselling author

BETWEEN BABIES AND GIRLFRIENDS: Mona Risk, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

THE RIGHT GROOM: Jen Talty, USA Today bestselling author

WEDDING KNOT: Patrice Wilton, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

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Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5) by Seelie Kay – Review by Liz Vrchota

Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5)Martimus by Seelie Kay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fifth of the Feisty Lawyers series from Seelie Kay, and probably one of my favorite ones yet. I have read the other books in the series before diving into this one and I feel like while you could read them separately you would enjoy the book and series much more if they were read together and in order. I also have enjoyed watching Kay’s writing grow and flourish into what it is today. I loved this one because it threw in a bit of a mythical piece with the Martimus addition and I really felt that it gave this book so much dimension and intrigue that it was hard to put this down. In Martimus we find Agent Cate working on a new case of trying to find missing socialites. Things get a bit chaotic and starts to play with her relationships. I really enjoyed how things were shared in a way that you felt like you were on the edge of your seat to see how things would work out for Cate. I can sure say that this is one ending you won’t see coming, but it is absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to see what we will get next from Seelie Kay!

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Another Yesterday (Seashells and Second Chances Collection Book 2) by Angela Christina Archer – Review by Liz Vrchota

Another Yesterday (Seashells and Second Chances Collection Book 2)Another Yesterday by Angela Christina Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really stumbled upon a gem with Another Yesterday by Angela Christina. This may be the second novel in the series but it is easy to read on its own as it contains different main characters from the first so you didn’t miss anything from what I have gathered. I do intend to go back and read book one now that I have read this one because I am sure that it will be just as wonderful as this one was.

I really fell in love with not only the characters that are in this novel, but also the scenery and the way the author paints the view for you with her words. I was taken aback by the beauty as if I was smelling the salty air for myself and dipping my toes in the cool sea. This book weaves a family tale right along with the romance plot and it kept things moving at a rate that I was literally struggling to put this book down until I found out how things would come to be for the characters that I had become so invested in. We meet Maggie and her daughter in the beginning. Rachel, the daughter becomes our main character in the book when she finds herself back at the beach inn that once was her mother’s sanctuary. She hopes that she will find the same solace in life but things do tend to throw her a curveball here and there. Especially when the handsome and dashing Luke comes back into her life like a high tide. I was so sad that their story came to an end but I am excited to see what the other books in the series will contain!

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The Matchmaker and The Marine: A Second Chance Small-Town Romance by Lucinda Race – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Matchmaker and The Marine: A Second Chance Small-Town RomanceThe Matchmaker and The Marine: A Second Chance Small-Town Romance by Lucinda Race
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not gonna lie, I really wanted to get my hands on this novel the moment I saw the teasers and cover. I am a sucker for military romance stories being a former NAVY brat myself gives me all the feels of home sometimes when I read about the men and women who serve to protect our country. This one was a sweet spin on the second chance romance and military romance, and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Melinda and Adam.

We meet Melinda, a woman who is set and determined to matchmaker the perfect couple. She only wants to give others a taste of the same love she once held so dear to her heart. She lost her love of her life but others don’t have to miss out too. When she meets Adam at a friend’s wedding she never intended for her heart to start beating the romance tune again but it slowly starts to unthaw and heal. Will these two be able to find a love within each other? This book was so much fun to get lost in. I felt as if I was visiting the coast and soaking in the sun as I watched these two slowly fall in love with each other. I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Lucinda Race’s works!

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Eagle of the Empire (Relic Hunters) by Martin Ferguson – Review by Liz Vrchota

Eagle of the Empire (Relic Hunters, #1)Eagle of the Empire by Martin Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was my first chance reading anything by Martin Ferguson, but I am glad I went in blind. This is one that you will want to leave plenty of time to fully absorb this book as you read because it picks up from that very first chapter and speeds through until the ending that you never saw coming. This was an interesting take on the coming of age story. We get to meet Adam Hunter as he is searching for clues in his missing brother’s journal. He is determined to find him and search for the Eagle Standard and other mythical artifacts. He must face many demons and obstacles and question whether everything is real or made believe. Will he find his brother? There is a nice side story or another layer to this one that alternates with Adam’s side of things and I really enjoyed how the author incorporated that. I loved all the characters we met and I look forward to seeing if and when we will get another with these fabulous characters again.

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