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Vampire State by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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

Vampire State by Alexander Charalambides

5-stars

Vampire State by Alexander Charalambides was a unique and exciting vampire novel. Rowena’s father returns from war having rescued an important person from the Pale population. This provides them with the opportunity to go from living life as poor to having access to things the rich people do. The only downside is they are on borrowed time and must decide to join the Pale population by receiving “The Gift” or becoming something like slaves or worse. She is pulled into the world of politics by charming Pale Vincenzo in his ploy to find progress and equality. Luka, who is different and unique in his own way, sheds a different light on the issue. She has to make a choice though, to die or not to die.

This book was exciting, creative, and invigorating. I loved this new world the author created and how detailed the scenery was. The characters were also developed well. I loved Rowena and Vincenzo the most. I found Luka fascinating but Vincenzo stole my heart at the start. I definitely recommend this book. It is not a traditional vampire read and I loved the change up it gave me.

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Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours Book 2) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours, #2)Love & Omens by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours Book 2) by Carrie Pulkinen

5-Stars

Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours Book 2) by Carrie Pulkinen was a romantic and fun read. Sydney and Blake once dated in the past and meet again when the Crescent City Ghost Tours decides to take on a partner. They want to add a haunted museum with artifacts from murders. An ominous vision distracts Syd from the conversation with her boss regarding adding Blake and she is shocked upon seeing him. Things happen and the two must work together to figure out how her vision is tied into someone’s death. Can they figure it out before death stakes it’s claim?
The characters in this novel were amazing. Sydney was a strong heroine with a spunky attitude. She stood her ground in tough situations and went for what she desired. Blake was also an excellent main male character. He was hunky, down to earth, and fun. These two also had amazing gifts. I loved seeing them come together and work with the team.
The storyline also had great flow and was easy to follow. I was hooked immediately from the beginning. This book is the second in this series but could easily be read as a standalone. Significant events that played a part for this book were mentioned in the storyline to keep readers from becoming confused. Having read the first novel and this one as well I do recommend reading them both. This book was amazing and such a fun read. I highly recommend it.

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

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

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

5-Stars

Knight Watch (An Alliance Agency Novel Book 1) by Maddie Wade & India Kells was an excellently written book. Kingsley is a former bomb tech from the UK with a sexy British accent. He is part of a team hired to find Sydney Rutherford, which is the new agency he works for, first case. Sydney having experienced a traumatic abuse at the young age of fifteen has been haunted for years. Her past has now caught up with her. Kingsley is here to be her knight in shining armor but their secrets increase their danger.

I loved the characters and setting of this novel. Sydney was brave, fearless, and strong. I don’t think I could have handled the things she dealt with in this story. Kingsley was charming, handsome, and a gentleman. He was every readers fantasy guy. I found myself carried away by this story. It was so good and I highly recommend it!

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Revive (Rewind Book 3) by Rowan Shaw – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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

Revive (Rewind Book 3) by Rowan Shaw

5-Stars

Revive (Rewind Book 3) by Rowan Shaw was steamy and romantic. Two hunky men and amazing fun. I loved Patrick and Brandon. All the ups and downs and the shocking surprise if Brandon being a client after the hook up. Wow. This story was a lot of fun to read. It had an easy flow and fun vibe. It seemed professionally edited and developed well. The story had a good plot and climax. I also loved how developed the characters were. This book is part of a collection of books in a series but can be read as a standalone. Brandon was my favorite character. I loved that he could play the piano and shared with others by teaching it. His ex wife was also hilarious this book. I highly recommend it!

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Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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

Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3) by Phoebe Alexander

5-Stars

Fire & Ice (Spicetopia #3) by Phoebe Alexander was an exciting romantic read. It was steamy and invigorating. At times it was intense and others comical. Neve and Enya were magnificent characters and realistic. I loved how they were total opposites but found a way to work together. It was an excellent story following them. I felt that they really helped the storyline move along. The story seemed edited well and was easy to follow. It can be read as a standalone but I definitely recommend reading the first two books in the series. This novel was a wonderful addition. Main character Enya as now at a tie with Jolie in my heart as my favorite character. I can’t wait for what comes next!

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Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

Lost in CarmelLost in Carmel by Terri Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee

5-Stars

Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee was emotional, raw, realistic, and wow. I was hooked by Natalie’s story. He retelling of her life was heart warming and tearful. As I read, I felt like I was in the room with her. Herr emotions were palpable and its almost as if I felt them right a long with her. I was amazed with the authors ability to portray these feelings from the pages of this book. I easily got lost in her work. This book was way more than I expected when I first picked it up. I was very impressed. It had an easy storyline that was organized and smooth. It was also descriptive and the author made it easy to visualize each scene. It was by far one of my favorite reads.

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Ricochet by Kathryn Berla – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

RicochetRicochet by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

5-stars

Ricochet by Kathryn Berla was an interesting and exciting read. I was thrown for a loop with the introduction of each version of Tatiana and her life in the various time lines. It was fascinating and everything came together as the story progressed. This story was definitely well thought out and organized. It ended up being easy keeping up with the differing lines. I loved it. The author also did an excellent job with the development of each version of Tatiana. They were all the same but at the same time different. This was a fun read. I highly recommend it!

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Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery, #3)Diamonds & Deception by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler

5-stars

Diamonds & Deception (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 3) by Ellen Butler was an excellent read. I loved how the author opens up the story at the beginning. I also loved that this novel can be read as a standalone. The storyline was inspiring, mysterious, and fun. It easily flowed from start to finish and kept my attention. I enjoyed the various characters and how much thought went into them. They were realistic and developed well. The various scenes were also descriptive enough to picture myself as a bystander watching the events take place. I was very impressed with this authors writing style and how addicted I was to the book. I highly recommend it.

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Evergreen by Mya O’Malley – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

EvergreenEvergreen by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evergreen by Mya O’Malley

5-Stars

Evergreen by Mya O’Malley was an excellent and fun read. I loved how this novel incorporated shelter pets into it. The characters were developed well and realistic. I found it easy to relate to them having several rescue pets of my own. I also found that the storyline was easy to follow and get lost in. It made it difficult for me to put this book down. I also loved the cover art. It is very eye catching. I highly recommend this book!

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The Rise of House Valdis (House Valdis Book 1) by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

The Rise of House ValdisThe Rise of House Valdis by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Rise of House Valdis (House Valdis Book 1) by Naomi Valkyrie

5-Stars

The Rise of House Valdis (House Valdis Book 1) by Naomi Valkyrie was a fun and romantic read. This novel. Was full of magic and supernatural beings. I loved the variety the author used in creating her characters. She demonstrates a fun imagination especially with main character Xenobia. I kept trying to figure her out at first but wow! I really enjoyed this novel and could not put it down. The author also did a great job organizing this book keeping each point of view separate with it’s own chapter. I look forward to more from this author in this series in the future.

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