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Wrath (The Deadliest Sin Series Book 1) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Liz Vrchota

Wrath (The Deadliest Sin Series Book 1)Wrath by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy freaking Hades! Gwyn McNamee has truly gone to the deep, dark, and gritty world of dark romance and she does it so darn well! Now, I will say that I am a massive fan of Gwyn McNamee’s and so I may be a bit biased with anything that she writes. I pick it up without a glance in a blurb because I KNOW it will be fantastic. However, this one quite possibly just turned into my absolute favorite book of hers. I’m not going to dive much into the details and whatnot because this book is brief (my only sadness and negative comment about this book.) but I will say this, be prepared for a dark, violent, and gruesome ride all while trying your damnedest to not fall in love with the antagonist. I wanted to not like Griff but honestly the way this man is when Jade is around is just too much I can’t help but adore these two together. So with that said I think I am going to leave this review with a repeat of the delicious blurb. I can’t even try to top perfection as far as summarizing things, nor could I bare to give away anything spoiling, so the blurb is what you get. I can’t wait to see what will come next in the following book. Thanks so much for the fantastic read Ms. McNamee!

All I see is red.
Blood.
Pain.
Rage.
It consumes me.
The moment he took her, wrath invaded my soul.
I only have one purpose.
End him and take back what’s mine.
Love isn’t always clean, and wrath is the deadliest sin.
All I see is red.
Blood.
Pain.
Rage.
It consumes me.
The moment he took her, wrath invaded my soul.
I only have one purpose.
End him and take back what’s mine.
Love isn’t always clean, and wrath is the deadliest sin.

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After Wrath (The Deadliest Sin Book 2) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Liz Vrchota

After Wrath (The Deadliest Sin Series Book 2)After Wrath by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Wow! Wow! Each time I pick up a Gwyn McNamee book I swear that there is no way this new one could possibly top the last of hers I just read. Yet, every time I am completely proven wrong. There is no exception to the rule with After Wrath. This is the second book in the Deadliest Sin Series, and I would highly recommend that you start with book one, Wrath, before diving into this one. I suppose if you really didn’t want to you could read it as a stand alone, but I can’t imagine these books being anything but worth every single moment of your time. I love that these are short and sweet, well not sweet but you know what I mean. I was able to fully enjoy this book in one sitting during a rainy evening and it was over just in time for me to get a wee bit of sleep. Of course it be over was devastating, especially considering it will be August before we get to see what will come next in this series. Perfect amount of time to do a re-read however!

Alek, oh my goodness Alek. The man I pictured while reading his story was the perfect ideal, the bad boy type that you bring home to mom just to bug her, yet delicious to and sweet when it comes down to romance with Brynn. We don’t see a lot of details from her considering this is written strictly from Alek’s point of view, but I actually like the way things turned out in that regards. Same heads up as last time, this book is a dark read, one that may have you going uh eww a few moments but honestly so worth every one. I like seeding Ms. McNamee write so dark, it is very suiting for her and quite possibly my favorite books that she writes. I look forward to seeing what else she has in store for us, whether it be with this series or any other goodies she may have up her sleeve! Thanks for this fantabulous read Ms. McNamee!

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Secure Again: A Chase Group Story by R.L. Dunn – Review by Liz Vrchota

Secure Again: A Chase Group StorySecure Again: A Chase Group Story by R. L. Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ohhhh my, I just totally adored this book. I was completely sucked into it and couldn’t put it down until I had soon consumed it in one full sitting. Literally, I never even got up to cook supper this book consumed me that much it lead to a fantastic pizza night in our household!

Elizabeth Reed is everything you want to see in a female lead. A strong and fierce force to be reckoned with when it comes to medical integrity, she truly made this book so delicious to read. I Farmer (Martin) Bailey is the type of man that makes you weak in the knees; delicious, strong, protective, and down-right a hot Alpha lead. Elizabeth finds herself questioning the injuries that are coming in with the inmates from the local jail. As a doctor something doesn’t seem right and she is determined to get the the bottom of it. Just as that is heating up she is also faced with the fact that she is keeping the brother of the man she loves alive. These two do not have a pretty past but can they work together and find a beautiful future together? I can’t wait to see what the next book in the Chase Group stories will bring us.

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Fictional-ish by Natalina Reis – Review by Liz Vrchota

Fictional-ishFictional-ish by Natalina Reis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My goodness I am torn about this book! First of all I love Natalina Reis and all of her books so when I saw this new friends to lovers book with the gorgeous cover I jumped right in without so much as a second glance or blink at the blurb. I truly wanted to love this book and ultimately I did enjoy it, but I just didn’t love it. I had the absolute hardest time wanting to give Kyle a chance from the moment he married the Livie’s enemy. Let’s face it ladies, most of us are not going to put up with that kind of childish and petty behavior no matter how good the love and reasoning is behind it. So I suppose, once I swallowed my opinions and gave the story line a chance I was able to appreciate this as a new twist to an age old love equation such as friends to lovers. My love for Livie’s personality also kept me reading to find out what all she would take and not take. While this was not my favorite of Ms. Reis’ s novels I still find the writing and the ability to keep me reading keeps this at a strong four star read. I will be back for more for sure and am anxious to see what will be next from Natalina Reis.

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Trickster’s Hunt (Three Tricksters Book 1) by Carrie Whitethorne – Review by Liz Vrchota

Trickster's Hunt (Three Tricksters #1)Trickster’s Hunt by Carrie Whitethorne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have never read Carrie Whitethorne before this but I was captivated by the cover to Trickster’s Hunt and then the blurb sold me fully. I must say while things were a tad confusing at times to keep track of and as far as absorbing the new Egyptian mythology, this book was quite the read. I was hooked by the second or third chapter but truly invested right about the time that crazy cliffhanger drops so abruptly. I am trying to decide if I like this because normally I am not a fan of cliffhangers, but I loved the book. I enjoyed the RH/polyamorous notes and felt that Carrie Whitethorne did a fantastic job of writing it. The characters felt very much real to me and are what will bring me back for the next book in the series. I can’t wait for August so I can see what is to come next!

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Beachcomber Enemy: a Romantic Thriller (Beachcomber Investigations Book 10) by Stephanie Queen – Review by Liz Vrchota

Beachcomber EnemyBeachcomber Enemy by Stephanie Queen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This latest installment in the Beachcomber Investigations series literally started off with a massive bang and I was caught up in the aftermath instantly till the very last page. Beachcomber Enemy is the tenth book in the series and I would HIGHLY recommend that you read at the very least several, if not all, of the previous books before you start this one. There is a lot of back story that will not only enhance your reading pleasure, but make the story make so much more sense. I especially enjoyed the focus being on Dane and Shana. These two are explosive in the chemistry department and it truly makes them so much fun to read. I find that the romance really balances the intense action adventure that flows throughout much of the novel. My only complaint as usual is that I didn’t want this to end! I can’t wait to see what else will come next. I am sure it will be as fantastic and adventurous if not more so than this one!

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Minx by Maggie Adams – Review by Liz Vrchota

MINXMINX by Maggie Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Minx by Maggie Adams was so stinking fun to read! I have never had the pleasure of reading anything by Maggie Adams prior to this but now I must say I am dying to get my hands on some more of her work and anything else she may create for readers in the future. Minx is a fast read, one that you could devour on a dreary rainy day to brighten things up, or even perfect for a poolside read. As soon as I started reading about Miranda Blake I was hooked and found myself finished in one sitting. I would love to see more Miranda in the future because I feel like there is still so much story potential left in her character. *wink wink*

Miranda Blake is the exact type of person that I am so it was super easy for me to relate to her on multiple levels. She is such a good-doer for anyone and everyone that she often gets left in the dust with little to nothing left for herself. Now that is all about to change as she grabs life by the horns and starts to find her voice. I loved watching her grow to find that inner sassy voice that she always had but wasn’t sure how to use. Definitely a five star read that I will be finding time to re-read once again soon.

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Perfectly Played by Holly Kerr – Review by Liz Vrchota

Perfectly PlayedPerfectly Played by Holly Kerr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having never read anything of Holly Kerr I completely went into this book blindly based off the gorgeous cover and that catchy line… Can a runaway bride find love with someone else’s jilted groom? Well, frankly I just had to know the answer for myself. I am so glad that I scooped this up! I truly enjoyed the light and fun rom-com feel of the book and was quickly invested in finding out what Flora would end up getting herself after that explosive beginning. Holly Kerr takes a fairly generic concept of the runaway bride and writes a fantastic story about finding love and learning to love oneself. Flora and Dean are both great characters and seem to balance each other quite well making this seem a feasible and realistic read. I personally can’t wait to see what else I have been missing by Ms. Kerr and what else will come from her in the future!

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BECKONED, Part 6: Adrift in New Zealand by Aviva Vaughn – Review by Liz Vrchota

BECKONED, Part 6: Adrift in New ZealandBECKONED, Part 6: Adrift in New Zealand by Aviva Vaughn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not sure still what words I can come up with to properly describe my adoration of this novel and the rest of the BECKONED series from Aviva Vaughn. I’d have to say that I am a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to my emotions, something I tend to find myself often doing when I finish one of her books. I fell in love with book one, Beckoned: Part 1 From London With Love and the characters that would soon find a way into a permanent part of my heart. I have traveled to some amazing places, eaten and very well tasted with the way Vaughn writes, and I have been consumed with the peace that I seem to find whilst reading. I would highly recommend that you read all the books, in order, before you dive into this one, although if there is any that can be read as a stand alone in the series this book is the one.

Soren truly comes full circle in Adrift in New Zealand. I felt as if I could predict where this book would go but boy was I surprised. There were several moments when I was completely sideswiped with the turn of events, making everything seem that much more realistic. I absolutely loved how everything tied up and found its way into the perfect ending. While I am saddened that this is the last of the BECKONED series I look forward to seeing what else Aviva Vaughn will spin out next. I am sure that whatever it will be will soon consume me as well! Thanks for the lovely adventures Ms. Vaughn.

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Edge of the Storm (Silent Secrets Book 2) by Lisette Kristensen – Review by Liz Vrchota

Edge of the Storm: Book 2 (Silent Secrets)Edge of the Storm: Book 2 by Lisette Kristensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by Lisette Kristensen but it will not be my last. The action and adventure that follows Halo really is what makes this book. I wasn’t completely sold on the character at first but as I became more and more involved in the high stakes terrorist fight that unfolds I was quickly swallowed in whole. I would be interested in seeing what else there is to find out about the characters in the first book this time around however. Combined with reading out of order and the short brief and rushed feeling I got with the size of the novel is my only reason really for marking it four instead of five stars. I am definitely looking forward to book three as well.

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