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Road to the Mansfield (Express Investigations Book 1) by CB Laurence – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

Road to the Mansfield (Express Investigations, #1)Road to the Mansfield by C.B. Laurence
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a new author to me and when I read the synopsis I decided to dive into this book and I am so glad I did!! Wow…this story, while having 3 different parts to it and then how the story intertwines the characters at the end….fabulous. While the years of when the stories take place are around 1920’s and 1930’s, this is not my normal range to read as far the timelines…..I was so pleasantly pleased and I devoured this book and could not put it down. Turning each page to see what happens to Francie, Rose and Beau.

Francie Roubideaux is a young 17 year old girl living in hardship with her mother and younger brother as her father is in jail. When an opportunity comes along to Francie’s mother to give Francie a life that she deserved by Madam Claire, Francie’s mother does so. Francie befriends a girl named Lula and they are both joining Madam Claire to be proper women….but when tides turn and her Francie’s life is turned upside down….can Francie survive once she ends up at the
Mansfield Supper Club?

Rose Donovan has dreams of leaving her small town for big city dream with her best friend, May. When Rico Valentino enters the Fenders Shake Shoppe..he is already has his eyes set on Rose. The more time Rico and Rose spend together, the more Rose falls for Rico leaving her best friend behind. Nothing is what it seems behind closed doors between Rico and Rose once they are married and set to live in Hollywood. Rico has his eyes set on fame for Rose at the Mansfield Supper Club as a singer.

Beau Hartwell is an up and coming lawyer in Atlanta with a beautiful socialite wife at his side. When Beau’s childhood best friend, Poke, sends his sister Annie to Beau in need of help after being accused of a crime he did not commit…will Beau be able to defend Poke especially after the injustice being ensued by both the judge and officers that are only out for blood?

All 3 character stories really tug at me for different reasons. There are some parts not easy to read for sure…murder, intrigue, abuse, injustice, heartbreak for all….but Beau, Rose and Francie all end up together at the Mansfield Supper Club for one reason or another…..

I cannot wait to get my hands and eyes on book 2!! I need to know what happens next…….

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More Than by Diane Barnes – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

More ThanMore Than by Diane Barnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Fantastic book…I loved this story so much and it felt so real, the struggle and trying to move on.

Peggy is a mother of twins, whom are ready to leave and go away to college. Peggy struggles with the reality of becoming an empty-nester and also still mourning her husbands untimely death. When Peggy’s children, Greg and Grace give Peggy a gift of a “boot camp style” gym …… to work on herself … at first Peggy wanted nothing to do with it. Once Peggy joins and meets new friends in Carmen and Roni..this friendship is what Peggy needed. When Peggy meets Henry..she discovers that there can be a new life to discover after losing her husband….just takes some time to realize. Can Peggy truly move on?

This story is truly a must read…the story flowed so easily and the book was hard to put down. I wanted to keep turning the pages on what is going to happen next for Peggy… fantastic fantastic fantastic read!!

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National Parks: An Angsty Second Chance Multicultural Romance by Laikyn Meng – Review By Lorralei Hoerner

National ParksNational Parks by Laikyn Meng
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Well written new adult, contemporary love story that had me drawn by the beautiful cover. As I turned each page I loved the story of Enzo and Phoebe….but their story is definitely not easy..and many times a gut punch. How you can be in love so hard with every bit of might you have and turn and walk away that leads to guilt, sadness, tears and never feeling whole.

Phoebe is a photographer whom travels the world……she meets Enzo by chance encounter as they were strangers. Enzo ends up following Phoebe to all her beautiful destinations so she can capture the beauty in her pictures…but family pressure leads Enzo down the road to a different path. That path seals the fate for many years for both Enzo and Phoebe. Will their love survive the true hardship that comes their way?

This story is beautiful and moments are hard, but the story is so raw and real. The author really captures the true essence of a love that was broken and trying to find the way back. The use of famous National Parks and the descriptive beauty is very captivating. This is a great read.

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The Rom Com Movie Club (The Rom Com Movie Club Book 1) by Bernadette Marie – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

The Rom Com Movie Club - Book OneThe Rom Com Movie Club – Book One by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I LOVED this book so much…..with my whole heart….this book was so much fun, laugh, romance, tears and a bit of wedding and family drama….adding a mix of rom com movies.

Four friends…Tina, Lisa, Ruby and Mindy are thick as thieves and their friendship is so much more than friendship…they are like “Family”. Every month each of the ladies hosts a rom com movie night with all the fixings…movie, pedicures, face masks…….and a impromptu drop in by Aaron, Tina’s fiancee, and tag-a-long Ryan, this is where Ryan meets Lisa for the first time. Lisa and Ryan have instant sparks…but Lisa is more hesitant. Her past leads her to be cautious and self doubting….but Lisa takes the leap with Ryan… but Tina is planning the wedding of her dreams with her fiancee, Aaron, nothing Tina wants more is no issues nor drama nor anyone taking her wedding thunder down during the countdown the upcoming nuptials. Will Lisa be able to let go of the past to move forward with Ryan and will Lisa and Ryan keep on simmer while their friends are heading down the aisle…

This book is truly fantastic. The story line I loved dearly and flowed so easily..this book was hard to put down….and I love all the rom com movies that are in the book because I watched them all too!! If you love a good romantic comedy story….definitely pick up this book….truly fantastic!

I am so looking forward to the next books in this series.

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Glass Houses by Sinister Styx – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

Glass HousesGlass Houses by Sinister Styx
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a short story read but boy oh boy……it packed a mind blowing punch. I want more!!

You meet Ivy and her husband, Falcon. They love each other tremendously…but there is doubt in the back of her mind from Ivy. Falcon and Ivy both have their own “spies” so to speak…..and this ends up being a heartbreaking story but also filled with doubt, distrust and jealousy….blended with a curse.

This story was amazing and the story line flowed so easily….and turning to the last page…Ahhh!!!! This was such a great read and I am looking forward to more from this author for sure!

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Defiant Princess (Mafia Elite Series Prequel) by Amy McKinley – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

Defiant Princess (Mafia Elite Prequel)Defiant Princess by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I love this series with all of my heart and soul and this prequel was fabulous!!!! I would highly recommend reading the Mafia Elite Series in order that you get to know each and every character from the 5 families..then this prequel will take you to the “before”. As I was roped in I love that the strong and mighty women are the stars of this book.

This story takes place in the eyes of Sofia, Liliana, Emiliana and Marissa..and winter break from college is coming and the women want to have a good time with a bit of freedom but what I finally get is also what happens that one fateful date to Marissa…..can I say I need more!!

I love how this author ties in her story and includes every character and the full circle of the
5 families…I am definitely not ready to say goodbye to this series….I am hopeful for more!!

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A Christmas to Remember by 5 Prince Publishing – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

A Christmas to Remember: An Anthology from 5 Prince PublishingA Christmas to Remember: An Anthology from 5 Prince Publishing by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a fantastic anthology with 7 different stories just in time for the holiday season. Each story is unique and different and I love that is brings me 7 HEA’s as well. Nothing to me warms my heart than Christmas stories full of love, joy and hope….but also some feel good moments, some definite mix ups in communication and wrong assumptions.

I loved each story and quite honestly not one story I favored more than the other, I loved them all. Each individual story had fantastic characters and the stories were well written. Just perfect timing for the upcoming holiday season!

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first book that I read from this author and it was really good. I like that it took me out of my normal comfort zone in my reading and the cover is beautiful.

Magic and folklore….the legend, La Llorona is haunting for sure, sadness surrounds the legend and we meet Mercy whom is trying to be careful about this legend due to her best friend was lost because of
La Llorona. Will the legend come for Mercy and never let go?

This story is very unique, surrounded by sadness and a bit of heartbreak for me as well.

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Dia’s Lure (Solstice Quartet Book 3) by Catherine Peace – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

Dia's Lure (Solstice Quartet Book 3)Dia’s Lure by Catherine Peace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

As I have not read the other previous books, I was intrigued by the beautiful cover and decided to read this 3rd book of the series and it is quite good! The writing is descriptive and beautiful. I really loved Dia’s story and trying to not only keep her family safe but also herself after being hunted and the aftermath of her tribe being destroyed. When Dia is eventually captured…she see’s another person as well in captivity…none other than Kano…whom betrayed her long ago……Dia and Kano work together to save each other from danger and also in the mix with Milos as well?

This is a really good read..I love the different type of shifters, love the paranormal aspect and some danger and sizzle. I definitely want to circle back and check out the first two books in the series and looking forward to book 4!

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Faultless Love (The Bennetts of Langston Falls Book 1) by KG Fletcher – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

Faultless Love (The Bennetts of Langston Falls, #1)Faultless Love by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Fantastic Book. This story gave me all the feels……..family, redemption, second chances, romance, family, injustice and healing. This book was very hard to put down and I wanting me to know more with each turn of the page what may happen next.

Robyn and Teddy have been in love forever, but one fateful night tore them apart. Years later, Teddy is back in Langston Falls looking for a second chance on life, healing to move on from his past and also to be with his love, Robyn. I can honestly say I loved Teddy and the fact he gave up his freedom so Robyn would not lose her freedom, the sacrifice…my heart strings!! Will Robyn and Teddy’s love unite and come back with the spark they had long ago?

This story was amazing…..and I am already looking forward to book 2!! So well done!!!

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