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The Girls across the Bay (The Knox and Sheppard Mysteries, Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Girls Across The Bay (Knox and Sheppard, #1)The Girls Across The Bay by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Girls Across The Bay from Emerald O’Brien was a toss up for me most of the way through. I absolutely adore O’Brien’s writing and several of her previous books. This one was a bit difficult for me though. I adored the concept and the final way things turned out, but the reading was a tad confusing for myself at times. Don’t get me wrong I fully feel that the story itself is worthy of four stars easily. It just has to be said that this is wordy. So much so that at times I often confused the sisters dialogue and well just the two in general. I usually love dual POV reads because it gives the insight into each character. This did so but it was so much that at times I couldn’t keep it straight.

The story and mystery itself was intriguing. I loved the background it was set against and felt transformed there on the bay myself. The complex mystery that is woven is on point in suspense and intrigue and kept me reading when I got frustrated. This is typical of O’Brien though, as she really knows how to weave a suspenseful storyline. I will definitely be back for more with book two.

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Proper Irish (Jaded Lily Book 1) by Zeia Jameson – Review by Liz Vrchota

Proper Irish (Jaded Lily #1)Proper Irish by Zeia Jameson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Proper Irish was quite the little tale and I for the most part really enjoyed my time with Padraig and Stella. I will be upfront about it though and say that a few things just fell a bit short for me personally. I struggled to connect and fall for with Padraig. He is a hot head and honestly I would have given up well before Stella. Heck she gave him all the chances, to which I will say made her shine as a strong-willed and fierce woman. She definitely held her own with Padraig and was probably the only one that could.

The overall writing and storyline was good however and I did enjoy the overall book once I was said and done. The characters did eventually grow on me and by the end I too found myself rooting for Stella and Padraig. Zeia Jameson was a new author to me though, and this is a first novel in a series so I simply see it as room to grow and chances for improvement. I enjoyed it enough to be back for more with book two. Overall a solid four star read from a new author is definitely not something to complain about!

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Scarlet Fever (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 1) by David Stever – Review by Liz Vrchota

Scarlet Fever: A Crime ThrillerScarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller by David Stever
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who doesn’t love a sexy and fierce lead? Mix it with the good parts of old detective work and classic mystery movies you get the recipe for a great read. I have not had the pleasure of reading anything from David Stever prior to Scarlet Fever, but I am glad this was my first taste as I will be back for more with baited breath.

I loved how this book read like an old movie, yet it is set in present time. All the good stuff I loved watching in older crime movies was strong assets to this story. It was gripping and I had to follow along quickly to figure out how things were going to end. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t predict the ending quite right. Another positive with a thriller novel.

I don’t wanna spoil the details for you, think they are well worth discovering yourself. But I will say I adored Johnny and Jean Harlow. The other characters we just as fun to read! Even the ones you want to hate you have to hate to love by the end. I can’t wait to see what the next Johnny Delarosa thriller will hold.

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Liz Vrchota

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always know that when I pick up an Amy McKinley novel I am in for a treat. Shattered Melody was no different, in fact it quickly became one of my favorites of hers. I never saw what was coming, let alone that it would rock my world in just the first few pages of this book. While the characters that I loved were shattered, the novel was a story of their healing. And boy was it a beautiful one to read. This is a novella so just a tad shorter than what you would typically expect from McKinley, but never did I feel that affected the quality or enjoyment of the story. I truly can only say it left me wanting more in the sense that I needed more of the MC’s, especially Emma.

I am not going to dive into details about the story, the blurb gives just enough away to not ruin anything and I can’t possibly find a way to add to that without ruining things for the reader. What I can say is this book’s characters are so beautifully written. I walked away feeling as if I personally knew Emma and Reese. I loved them like I would a family member. The details of the scenes make you feel as if you are right there with them as well. A beautiful location where I was able to cool down a bit during these hot summer days. I devoured this in quick measure and I am so looking forward to seeing what we will see next from the ever talented Amy McKinley.

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The Fisher Men X My Heart (The Fisher Men Book 1) by Rebel Nicks O’Dey – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Fisher Men X My HeartThe Fisher Men X My Heart by Rebel Nicks O’Dey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have not read anything from Rebel Nicks O’Dey prior to The Fisher Men X My Heart, but once I saw the fun cover and caught a bit of the blurb I was hooked on the story before I even began. It was a nice surprise to fall in love as much as I did with the whole story inside the covers. I could not get enough of Morgan, Connor, Xander and Zack, so it’s a good thing this is not the last we will hear from them with the promise of future books in a series. Thank God because I am already experiencing withdrawal from these characters. This is a dynamic romance novel with several twists and turns throughout that you won’t see coming. I had no idea things would play out the way the did so later in the novel, but it all made sense in the end. This book has it all and if you are looking for something fun, sexy, and gripping I’d highly recommend you pick up a copy for yourself to devour and fall in love with. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed you did.

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The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale SeriesThe Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Gauntlet: The Soppernaturale Series by Ashley Pagano was such a fun short read! I went in blind, basing my interest solely on the fabulous and eye-catching cover that graces this jam packed little gem. I was pleasantly surprised by how much this book truly sucked me in and gripped me until the very last page. I look forward to seeing what else will come in this series, as well as what else is available by Ashely Pagano while I wait. She was a new author to me when I picked this up and so that is just an added bonus that I get to see discover her other works now as well.

There is so much going on in this little book based around an intriguing and bustling with activity hotel. There is a little of everything you could want in a fantasy and supernatural book, everything from witches and vampires to fae and magic. There is never a dull moment and I absolutely adored following along with Ommily. Might I just say I adore her name and was hooked on her character from the very get-go! I love her and she was just a fun character to read. I highly recommend this book and can’t say enough good things about it. For all the good details though, you will have to take my word for it and scoop it up to devour for yourself! You won’t be disappointed one bit that you did!

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The Fish that Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Fish That Climbed a TreeThe Fish That Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow this book is a complex and complete journey that I did not see coming whatsoever with what we are given on the blurbs. I will admit though, I was a bit unclear on a lot of things as this was a completely new experience reading anything from Kevin Ansbro. I am glad that I dove it however, as this story really was dynamic and multidimensional, one that will stick with me for quite awhile I am sure.

This book is quite difficult to try and summarize, we really get so much. Everything is explored about good and evil that walks among us as we live our daily lives. There is dabbling is discussing the afterlife and what will come. Kevin Ansbro delves into the several evils, ranging from the difficult discussion of rape all the way to murder and then delves into how this is processed and dealt with by each of the characters. It is one that will leave you on the edge of your seat as you try to piece all the components of the puzzle together and figure out what you will get from reading this novel. I will be looking forward to seeing what else is available from Mr. Ansbro now and what may come from him in the future. I can only imagine it will be one to make me think and ponder as well.

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Moves by John Michaels – Review by Liz Vrchota

MovesMoves by John Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My goodness! ‘Moves’ by John Michaels was by far in my top ten mystery/thrillers of 2019 that I have had the pleasure to read! John Michaels was a completely new author to me, but when the stunning cover captivated my eye I just knew I had to know what story accompanied it. I am so glad that I scooped this up, and I look forward to now getting to read whatever else by Michaels that I can get my hands on in the very near future.

‘Moves’ literally gripped me from that very first chapter and refused to let me go well past my bedtime. I devoured this in one sitting and honestly it was a constant struggle between wanting to drag it out and savor the delight or scramble to finish in order to find out what will happen! Robert Jake is the kind of main character that you fall in love with and feel as if you know in real life by the time you finish the book. This man struggles with the grief and guilt of the loss of 18 of his soldiers while under his command and protection. He is also a single father and the host of a popular radio show. What doesn’t even seem fair is when the murders of two innocent women and the district attorney winds up coming connected to him! What will come of the situation? Will Robert find a way to live the remainder of his days in peace with his past so he can enjoy his future? You have to pick this gem up for yourself to find out. I can guarantee it is one story you do not want to miss!

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Children Of The Future by Jane Suen – Review by Liz Vrchota

Children Of The FutureChildren Of The Future by Jane Suen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must start this review with the preface that I absolutely adore Jane Suen, and so every book of hers until this point has been a hit, 5 stars easily for me. I was a tad let down with ‘Children of The Future.’ Upon further looking at reviews and goodreads I found out this was Suen’s first novel and so things really made sense. This is on par with a first time novel from most authors and in the long run it made things easier for me to digest at the end of the day.

Children of The Future is a twisty and mysterious tale of a small town rocked by the sudden disappearance of a bus full of students and their teachers. All have gone without much of a hint as to where except one, Telly. A strong main character among many I still struggled to find his voice in this. The bus driver, also spared from the mysterious disappearing act, teams with Telly, the parents, and the police to try and figure out what happened and how to bring home the children. The trail is complicated and a tad slow, but intriguing enough to wonder what is going on and keep reading. Just as it seems they may have figured things out Telly disappears and even more shocking twists arise. Overall the ending seemed to round out the story and left me for the most part satisfied. While this isn’t a strong five star read for me I enjoyed it enough to give it a solid four stars. I look forward to seeing what else is available, as we await new stuff, from the talented Jane Suen.

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The Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Good NeighborsThe Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOWZERS! This book is so good! There is not a single moment while reading that I wasn’t completely hooked into finding out what was going on at the root of everything. I have never had a chance to read Kiersten Modglin’s work prior to this but I can say now, without a doubt, she is going to be one of my go to for a good mind-bending and twisty thriller read. I look forward to seeing what is already available from her and what will come in the future.

This is such a difficult book for me to summarize and review without spoiling too much of that massive twist that one does not see coming. Trust me, I read the reviews and kind of thought I knew what to expect. Nope, this book takes a whole different turn of events and I loved every stinking minute of it. Harper and Bryant are wonderful and deep characters. I felt as if I was right there with them and experiencing all the emotions that they were having. The detail and world building is fantastic. AS for details those you will have to take my word for it and scoop this amazing read up to find out for yourself. I promise you will love it if you are a thriller fan. I for one will be re-reading soon! Thanks for the fabulous book Ms. Modglin!

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