Juniper Smoke by Sadia Ash – Review by Sheri Schrader

Juniper SmokeJuniper Smoke by Sadia Ash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Juniper Smoke Part I and Part II by Sadia Ash is a story full of romance, twists, turns, and passion. The story is about Juniper Mills who is a junior curator at the museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kyle Paxton is a tech wiz from San Francisco. The two meet at a gala for the museum Juniper works. Juniper is a smart, sassy curator who puts her family and work ahead of her life. Kyle is tall, dark, and handsome. One would not put the two together, but immediately there are sparks between them after Kyle rescues Juniper. Kyle makes a proposal to Juniper that challenges her way of thinking about relationships. I enjoyed that Juniper was old fashioned and not into the hookup scene. Kyle, on the other hand, is modern and plans each relationship with mechanical precision as he does the rest of his business and personal life. What will become the two of them who live a world apart?
I absolutely loved this book. Finally, a female character is who is smart, hardworking, loyal to her family but also kind and a bit innocent. I was leery of Kyle’s character but grew to admire and like him also. I kept rooting for the two of them to find their common ground and be a couple. They are thrown challenges as they are trying to learn about one another. The twists and turns are fantastic. I could not believe I was done when I finished and am looking to the next part of the story.
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Tortured Skye (Hawke Family #2) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Shannon Fowler

Tortured Skye (Hawke Family, #2)Tortured Skye by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

McNamee has done it again. I LOVE THE HAWKE FAMILY! The first book is Savage Collision. A few references to that book are made so it would be helpful to read it first, however this story is about Savage’s little sister Skye, and Savage’s best friend Gabe. And even though Skye is all grown up, Savage is still overprotective. Gabe is Savage’s best friend, actually raised more like brothers. Skye and Gabe should be off limits to each other but you really can’t help who you lust after…or is it really love?

“The look of satisfaction in her eyes sends a flurry of emotions through me—anger, fear, regret, pride, contentment, lust…and something else I can’t quite put my finger on.”

Skye is determined to have Gabe. She’s loved him for as long as she can remember, even when he only thought of her as a little sister. Gabe is determined to hide his feelings for Skye. He feels like he will just drag her down with his war time nightmares, crazy father and with her being like a little sister to him. But hang on to your hats, there’s a hurricane coming! Not only the hurricane of feelings but the actual weather system itself. When things seem to go wrong what can make it right again? How about a little sex?!? The sex between these two is super hot. But they also ground each other, making everything feel right. And then there’s a little more unexpected crazy thrown in and maybe being together isn’t so bad. But then there’s Savage. His name is Savage for a reason!
I really loved this story. The plot twist kept me turning the page. I really needed to see if these two would be able to handle the consequences of their choices. Also the hint of more stories to come has me waiting…as patiently as possible! (I hope McNamee is writing!) Do I recommend this story? Yes. Very much so.

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Two Hearts Unspoken (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior, #2) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Jenni Bishop

Two Hearts Unspoken (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior, #2)Two Hearts Unspoken by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Bowen was was working as a full time accountant at the plant that has closed. Elizabeth is a single mom of an autistic son, Kyle. Elizabeth decides she needs to reevaluate her life and living with a man she doesn’t love and is not accepting of Kyle and his disability is no longer something she wants. Kyle is definitely a handful and now she has the chance to finally get him the help he has needed all his life. There is definitely not the right facilities for Kyle where she is living now so when the opportunity comes up to put Kyle in a vocational facility that will change his life, Elizabeth jumps at the chance and makes ready to embark on a new life and adventure to Wisconsin.

Zachary Logan, is a retired air force captain who now resides in Crystal Rock. He is looking for a new life for himself since he decided to leave the air force. Luke Bryant, his friend and savior after a tragic accident is helping him work toward that new life but Luke doesn’t quite know how deep the scars go. Zach decides to accept the position of an administrator at a new facility set up to help wounded warriors.

Thanks to Kyle, Zach and Elizabeth have a chance meeting at the magical Dragonfly Pointe beach. After the initial awkwardness they find they each have an instant attraction to one another. Neither can ever remember having felt that before. But Kyle is Elizabeth’s life and they come as a packaged deal.

Can Zach learn to love himself again and move forward to allow someone like Elizabeth to love him? Could someone like Elizabeth ever like someone like him? Is Kyle’s disability too much for Zach to handle? Will Zach finally find the life he has been searching for?

As with book 1 this is a lovely story and I feel for the things that soldiers have to face after coming home from war. You will enjoy this story.

Reviewed by @jenna

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A Tangled Web by M.L. Sparrow – Review by Jenni Bishop

A Tangled WebA Tangled Web by M.L. Sparrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seventeen Taiyo is a young teenage Japanese girl who lives with her grandmother, . She is best friends with Ryuu and Kairi who are twin boys. They all attend the same school and have been friends for a long time. The twins could not be more different, Ryuu is the lazy one and Kairi is far more fastidious. As they get older things start to change when Taiyo is asked out and starts dating Kairi and Ryuu asks out Taiyo’s friend, Aya. Unfortunately Taiyo likes Ryuu but is so shy she doesn’t show her true feelings. Ryuu has feelings for Taiyo as well but is just as shy as Taiyo and neither reveal their true feeling to each other. Chaos ensues and after many lies and deceit Taiyo learns that being honest is much better than deceiving the ones you love. She doesn’t want to hurt anyone but that is what ends up happening. Teenagers and hormones are a deadly combination.

When they find themselves at the epicenter of a major earthquake and are then faced with a deadly tsunami that hits Japan their world is changed in an instant. The devastation is insurmountable and leaves nothing in it’s wake. Ryuu and Taiyo are missing and their families scared and very worried. Ryuu and Taiyo skipped out of school and didn’t tell anyone and when they become separated and Taiyo is frantic that Ryuu and the others are dead.

How far will Taiyo go to find those she loves? Will Taiyo, Ryuu and Kairi finally realise what is really important in their lives? Will they be forever changed?

If you want a quick and easy read, grab a copy. As it is a Novella it is a very very short story. You will find yourself immersed in the world of one of Japan’s devastating natural disasters.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Two Hearts Surrendered (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance, #1) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Jenni Bishop

Two Hearts Surrendered (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance, #1)Two Hearts Surrendered by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After arriving at the beach thirteen year old Luke Bryant sees someone struggling in the sea. When he realises there is no Life-Guard around he plunges into the sea to save someone from drowning. Luke has had a rotten, traumatic and violent childhood and after being left with his step father after his mother’s death it only gets worse.

Even at six years old Kelly Callahan is a fashionista. She loves fashion like no other and always wants to look good. After being rescued from a life saving incident Kelly instantly feels a spark and an undeniable connection between her and her rescuer.

Kelly’s brother Dan and Luke become friends. Dan and his family and friends helps Luke out like no one ever has. Kelly is at her sister’s wedding and gets the surprise of her life when she spots the man who stole her heart, Luke. Luke has been in Iraq serving his country, but has returned home on leave and has been asked to attend the wedding. When he sees Kelly he realises just how beautiful she has become. Luke has to return to Iraq and has not been heard of for many months but after some searching he has been found but sadly he is not safe and sound. Finally Luke is coming home but sadly he is coming home with some very serious injuries. He’s feels he isn’t worthy of anyone’s love or self respect and is finding it hard to deal with the loss of not only himself for what he has become but with his friend. He is determined to do it all himself but just can not find the energy or willpower.

Will Luke finally begin to love himself so he can love someone else? Will he finally let others help him? Will his past be too much when he finally reveals the full extent of it? Willy Kelly be able to get through to the man she loves before it is too late?

This is a sad but sweet story but worth the read.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Given to Fly by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Jenni Bishop

Given to FlyGiven to Fly by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Annelise Lowe is a pre-school teacher who loves her job and has done what was expected of her, always pleasing everyone, her family, church and her husband Aaron. Annelise’s family is definitely different and they preach the lord to one and all and are more than happy to call Annelise out for being different in their eyes, they berate her and put her down without a care for her feeling. After getting married Aaron and Annelise have made having children their main priority but getting what they want is not happening and is causing issues. Annelise has always been a bigger girl and her weight is not helping with the dreams of having a child.

Aaron seems to only be concerned with himself, his job and having children. He is always on at Annelise because of her weight and because of this Annelise’s self esteem are at an all time low and she believes that she is the one to blame for the state of their marriage.

Annalise meets Trek Blue a single father raising two children after the loss of his wife to cancer through his daughter, Bailey who has just started kindy after moving closer with his mother to start over. Bailey is struggling and is very bright and Annalise finds herself tutoring Bailey. Annelise and Trek become friends and helps her through some tough times.

Annalise’s sister, Charity is much younger than her and her brothers but they find themselves forming a stronger bond when tough times arise and only a sister would understand.

Will Annalise finally find out what has her husband so driven to patch things up? Will she finally love herself for who she is? Will her family understand and support her when she needs them most? Will she be able to finally live a life she has always wanted?

The overall story is good and my favourite quote from the book is “You’ve been given to fly, my love. You just need to believe you can.” Enjoy!

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Confessions of a Carpool Captive by Dawn L. Chiletz – Review by Jana Teppih

Confessions of a Carpool CaptiveConfessions of a Carpool Captive by Dawn L. Chiletz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Confessions of a Carpool Captive is a RomCom contemporary romance by Dawn L. Chiletz. It is my first encounter with the writer and I fell deeply in love with her writing! I will find time to read some more of her work.
Why did I fall in love with the book? It felt like a breath of fresh air, not your usual RomCom – it is peppered with great nuggets of humor, I laughed and giggled and snorted and … even when I was frustrated with Liz I actually had a smile on my face! It was so easy to relate to ALL of the characters, I could see myself being the invisible passenger in that carpool and they all felt like friends. Even though some of the characters were extremely quirky (and annoyingly obnoxious), the writer showed great warmth and love towards all of them.
So, let’s see, we have an introvert Liz who loves numbers and doesn’t like people (or so she thinks); then we have eternally positive Finn who never gives up; and then we have the 3 mischiefs Emerson, Kel and Ernesto who make the rides hilarious as heck!
If you need a pick up and want to laugh while keeping it real, read Confessions of a Carpool Captive! It is perfect! As the writer says: “There are many roads in life and we choose which path is right for us. Just remember, it’s not about how fast you get there. It’s the journey that matters most. Live for the journey.”

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Desert Jewel by Natalina Reis – Review by Jenni Bishop

Desert JewelDesert Jewel by Natalina Reis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Milenda is the Jewel of the Crown of Natale and is set to become ruler. Ancient traditions state, she must select a husband upon her 18th birthday. Men vying for her hand must face the trial, which is set up in accordance with the Elders wishes. A trial that is as older than the Elders themselves and just as deadly but the men who face the trials do so without knowing that the odds have been stacked against them by these cruel and malicious old men. The men have presented themselves before the Jewel to receive her favour but one sends the fear of death into her upon seeing his face. Milenda has already found the love of her life but knows she can not go against traditions let alone the Elders.

Jaali is a former slave that has won his freedom. He teaches at the university and that is how he met his love, Milenda. He knows that in order to be accepted as one worthy of her hand he must face the Elders and the trial they have set before him before they can be man and wife and Milenda can claim the throne. Jaali is determined to win but he starts to realise that the Elders have their own agenda and that does not include Jaali and a happily ever after with Milenda, the Jewel of the Crown. Jaali heads to the desert to start the trials he has to face his deepest fears and fight for his life.

Meanwhile Milenda discovers that the Palace is full of secrets, lies and mystery when it comes to the Elders, causing her to face the problems thrown at her. The Elders do not want Jaali to survive and marry the Jewel,l in fact the Elders plans are very different to those of Melinda and that of the Goddess and Natale. Melinda has been given a gift, gifted to her by the Orisa. Shel learns that her gift may be the one thing that may save her love and could mean his survival, but is it really a gift?

If you like a book with mystery and intrigue then this book is for you.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Waiting to Breathe (Waiting Duet, #1) by Alyson Reynolds – Review by Jana Teppih

Waiting to Breathe (Waiting Duet, #1)Waiting to Breathe by Alyson Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Waiting to Breathe is the first book in Alyson Reynolds’ Waiting Duet. It is the first book I have read by this writer. I guess you would classify the book as a new adult romance taking place in college.
It is a beautifully simple and striking writing that makes it so easy to relate to Olivia and Nate (and Finn and Cora). Alyson tells the story from both Olivia and Nate’s point of view so you always know what they are feeling which makes the story come alive!
Despite of the writing being simple, the story was emotional, angsty and packed with drama which one would expect when knowing what has lead Olivia and Nate to where they are in their lives when they meet. Also, I liked that the story did not follow the typical college stories stereotypes of a player athlete meeting a nerdy girl etc. Nate is not a player at all, he is very focused on his studies and at times he reminded me of old world gentleman; Olivia is an extremely smart young woman who thinks that she is broken because of what she has experienced prior meeting Nate.
The writer is tackling some really tough topics that young people (and also older people) have hard time to deal with. You question some of Nate and Olivia’s actions and you keep your fingers crossed for them and hope that even when something really terrible has happened in your life, the sun will come out and there is future for you! One can find happiness after a lot of pain.
It is a great read and you will not regret the hours spent with Olivia and Nate. I am looking forward to Cora and Finn’s story!

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Make Me Yours by Charity Ferrell – Review by Shannon Fowler

Make Me YoursMake Me Yours by Charity Ferrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great story by Charity Ferrell. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!! Make Me Yours which is know known as Just Her Bodyguard,  is about movie and TV actress, Stella Mendes and Hudson Barnes, who is a marine, recently home from another deployment.
Stella is a child actress all grown up and trying to make a break into the movie business. She learns who she can trust and who she would like to throat punch. Oh wait maybe that publicist is someone I want to throat punch! Either way Stella learns a few things about the business. One thing is for sure, Stella likes to feel safe and protected. Therefore she has had a bodyguard, Dallas. But Dallas is married and with a sick wife. When Dallas needs a family favor it’s Hudson to the rescue, not that Dallas actually gave him a choice but that’s what families do for each other.
Being a bodyguard to a “princess” is the last thing Hudson wants to do. But with his current relationship hitting the rocks and Dallas’ wife’s health condition, Hudson needs some time away. What he doesn’t expect is Stella actually being someone he could talk to, even become friends , or is it possible, to even love?
Being in Hollywood causes many different feelings and situations to arise. However, not everything is as it seems. Can these two have the kind of love everyone dreams of? Where distance doesn’t matter, jobs don’t matter. Just being together, working things out as they come your way.

“I’ve come to realize that you can make a home anywhere when you’re with the one you love.”

This story was fun to read, except for the heart wrenching parts! I recommend this story and look forward to what’s next with Ferrell!

Review by @shannonlovesbooks

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Savage Collision (Hawke Family, #1) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Jana Teppih

Savage Collision (Hawke Family, #1)Savage Collision by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Savage Collision is the first book in the Hawke Family series by Gwyn McNamee. The author has said that it can be read as a standalone and it is true – you get the beginning and conclusion of the relationship between Savage and Danika. But as the author says, we will meet them also in the other books in the series and this book introduces us to the next book’s main characters.
It is a great story with many what the hell moments! You sit back and relax and start enjoying the sexual chemistry and banter between Savage and Danika and bam, you are hit with a twist from the left! Something that you did not see coming! I loved the book as it played on all of my emotions – I cried, I got angry, I got frustrated, I laughed, I … well, you get the picture!
The couple has to overcome many obstacles, there are many secrets and as we know, secrets are never good and at times, they can be deadly! I recommend the book to anyone who likes alpha men, kick ass women, crazy twists, hot and steamy scenes … I promise you an orgasmic ride (you get?).
It was my first encounter with Gwyn McNamee and she did not disappoint me, I am looking forward to Gabe and Skye’s story and I am wondering who would be the leads in the third book … Gwyn has written a great story with a lot of emotions and an engaging storyline and you simply need to take couple of hours to read it!

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Distraction (Distraction, #1) by Angela McPherson – Review by Jana Teppih

Distraction (Distraction, #1)Distraction by Angela McPherson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Distraction is the first book in Angela McPherson’s Distraction trilogy and I absolutely loved it, all 315 pages of it! I read it in one day and once I was done, I dived into the second book and … guess what, once I was done with the second book, I grabbed the third book … it was a very very long day but it is ok, I really needed it!
The trilogy is a story of Elle and Tristan who have been friends since they were kids. The story is full of angst and emotion and romance and … What do you get when you get childhood friends who have been in love with each other since they were kids, who go to college and hang out at a fraternity and yeah, when Tristan is a football start with a bright future … You can imagine …. At times it got so crazy that I felt like hitting both of them, what the hell, take a chance and go for it! And then I remembered how insecure I was myself when I was young and how you really thought that maybe it is better to at least have the friendship than have nothing …
The story was very well written, it was both from Elle’s point of view and Tristan’s point of view so you were following both of them on their painful journey. It is a story about two people who know each other so well and who are best friends and who understand each other and share everything (or almost everything) with each other and … it is a real life fairy tale and it makes you hope and you root for them and wish for the best and grab the second book!
Do not hesitate! Get the book and spend a weekend with Elle and Tristan and their best friends! And I mean, take a weekend as I can bet my head that once you finish the first book, you want to continue to the second and then to the third and you need time so start Friday night!

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Addiction (Distraction #2) by Angela McPherson – Review by Jana Teppih

Addiction (Distraction #2)Addiction by Angela McPherson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Addiction is the second book in Angela Mcpherson’s Distraction trilogy and she absolutely blew my mind with the second book! I took no breather between the books and it all felt like one long dream (at times a nightmare that you cannot wake up from). Do not read this book as a standalone! You will miss out on so much!
Thank you so much Angela for tackling this horrific and heartbreaking topic, I forgive you for taking it to the direction you did as that is what the real life is about! I was crying so hard; I simply could not stop. I have felt what Elle’s sister Heather felt … It broke my heart but I understand …
The more I read, the more I fell in love with Tristan, he was amazing and I know, we all wish for a boyfriend like him (even if we do not acknowledge it out loud). Also, this book added so many more layers to Elle and got us deeper into some of her behavior and reasoning.
It is crazy what twists the writer threw us into, there were so many secrets and as we all know, secrets have a bad habit of surfacing and biting us in our butt … Angela’s storytelling is brilliant and I knew that I had to go straight to book three when I finished book two as I knew that she would bring the story together, she would not leave us with so much pain, there has to be more!

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Deliverance by Kristy Centeno – Review by Jenni Bishop

DeliveranceDeliverance by Kristy Centeno
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After being born inside the Radcliffe Institute, he has spent 25 years being beaten, abused, tormented, held hostage and made to do the bidding of an evil man but this is the only life he knew. That man, is a man who hides behind his Institute and what goes on there. He was told that humans were not good people and could not be trusted. He was told he was a monster.

He has one mission and that is to break free and find help for those who suffer the same life. Now free he has to enlist the help and gain the trust of others so that he can achieve his one objective. Running for his life he encounters a young woman just a he had been told and hopes that she may be the one human he can trust. What he encounters is more than he ever thought was possible.

The people at the Institute will stop at nothing and do everything and anything just to get him back, he is after all the most valuable prisoner in the history of the Institute.

Will he be able to find his way to where he needs to be? Will he find the help he needs to complete his one mission or will he find something more that could damage his goal, his mission? Will he ever find out what exactly he is or will he always be a monster? Will he find the freedom he longs to have and will he ever be able to live a normal life?

This story will have you captivated from the very beginning until the very end. You will not want to put it down. It has non-stop action and everything supernatural. You will find yourself believing in the characters on their journey for their fight for freedom, a fight for life and wanting them to have it all.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Dogged by Love by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Jana Teppih

Dogged by LoveDogged by Love by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dogged by Love is another fun novella by Holly Tierney-Bedord! It is an absolute blast to read a story written from a point of view of a … dog! I have read couple of more Ms Tierney-Bedord novellas and I have to say that this one was as captivated read as the others!
I admire the writer’s imagination – she writes the whole story from Rufus’ point of view who is the canine companion in this novella. It was so comical at points that I could not stop giggling – I could so easily just picture Rufus’ mischiefs that he gets into to keep his position as the only love of his daddy Edward! But of course it is all in vain, we all know that humans have this need to have other humans in their lives so it is inevitable that things go awry for Rufus.
I suggest you take an evening and sit down with Rufus and join him in his shenanigans while Edward tries to find his way in the dating world! You will spend a fun night and I promise you, you will not be disappointed, Ms Tierney-Bedord knows how to write!

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When Love Breaks by Kate Squires – Review by Jana Teppih

When Love BreaksWhen Love Breaks by Kate Squires
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Love Breaks by Kate Squires was my first encounter with this writer. The blurb was very intriguing so I decided that I want to read it and find out what it really is about, I was not disappointed!
It is an incredibly beautiful love story of Logan and Elora that took its sweet time to come to happen. I loved how the author wrote from both main characters’ point of view – it would have been so easy to dislike Logan when learning about him just from Elora’s point of view. Reading his words, one could so easily relate to his frustration and it all adds an additional layer to the story.
Kate Squires writes beautifully about love and loss, trust and loyalty, ethics mixed with feelings … You feel all the emotions down to your bones – when you cry then you truly cry (not some cute sniffles but real bowling your eyes out), when you laugh at the characters’ quirky back and forth then you truly laugh (not some polite chuckle but out loud so you have to catch yourself if you are sneak reading at work)!
The writer makes us to question ourselves, the world is not black and white, there is a lot of gray and you need to take a stand to “can you give up your dreams for someone else?”, “can you give up your dreams for … love”? What will it be when it comes to it … Take couple of evenings and find out! You will not regret the hours you’ll be spending with Elora and Logan!
I will be on a lookout for Kate Squires next book as she is someone to note down on my new authors’ list!

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Possession: Blue Line Book Two by Brandy Ayers – Review by Jana Teppih

Possession: Blue Line Book TwoPossession: Blue Line Book Two by Brandy Ayers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Possession is the second book in Brandy Ayers Blue Line series. I had not read the first book when I started reading this one. (Just to say, after I finished this one, I had to go and get the first book and now I cannot wait for the third one!) I know that the writer says you can read the book as a standalone but after having read the first book afterwards, I feel I would have benefitted from having have read the first book first.
The two main characters could not be as opposite as they come – Lexis a single mother of a deaf son working three jobs and Bryan is a playboy cop who loves all women! It is a fast paced story with well-developed characters. You get what you see – all the issues get spelled out up front and then you jump on for a ride! It is not to say that the relationship happens overnight, it is just that the writer lets you know of the passing of time without making you wait for it actually to drag …
In the background there is the story of drugs and crime that does not get concluded and will carry over to the third book, at the same time it is well woven into the current story (and the first book as well).
It is a quick steamy action filled read, grab a glass a wine and couple of hours and let Bryan and Lexis to take you away!

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Just Live by Shaan Ranae – Review by Jenni Bishop

Just LiveJust Live by Shaan Ranae
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kathryn James has always wanted the fairytale love and happiness that her Granny and Papaw had. But with the life she has she knew that fantasy doesn’t exist, love does not exist. The life Kathryn has is one of pain and abuse, from the one who should love her. Kathryn finally finds the courage, with the help of her best friend Sylvie, to start a new life a life without fear and pain. As she begins her journey she meets different people along the way but one will change her life and her fairytale.

Jasper Carter is a man in search of his dreams. His dream of being a Jazz musician and is on his way to Vegas to fulfill that dream. Along his journey he finds something that will change his life forever and confront a painful part of his past. Something he wants to leave just there, in the past.

Will Kathryn be able to learn to survive and be able to Just Live? Will she be able to overcome her fears? Will she be to find the fantasy and the true love she has always dreamed about? Will she be able to find a family and home to call her own?

Will Jasper find the dream of becoming a Jazz musician and someone to share it with or will it be all taken away from him?

This is an extremely emotional, painful and abusive yet beautiful story of rediscovery and learning to love again not only themselves but others to. The character Kathryn brought out my emotional side. I can guarantee you will want to read this in one sitting.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Dogged by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Colleen Noyes

Dogged by Holly Tierney-Bedord was a quick and light-hearted read. As a dog owner, I often wonder what my dog may be thinking and this story gives the reader a little insight into that. Through the voice of Rufus, the dog it is not your typical love story about a man and a woman, but more the love story of a broken man Edward, his previously abandoned unwanted dog Rufus, and a woman Mikayla who can help change all of that. This was a story about finding true love, however it also showcases how humans and animals can come from different walks of life, troubles, past hurts, and create a loving family. It was sensitive, loving, and outright funny! I found myself reading with a lot of awe, oooh, and laughing moments. This is a clean and fun book that I think any reader would love whether a teenager or an adult. I felt that the author did a wonderful job of bringing you in and through the whole book I could feel as if I was the dog lol.

The Miraculous Power of Butter Cookies by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Jana Teppih

The Miraculous Power of Butter CookiesThe Miraculous Power of Butter Cookies by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Miraculous Power of Butter Cookies is a novella by Holly Tierney-Bedford. I have read quite a few of her novellas before so I was ready to have fun! Her novellas are short and sweet delivering a mix of humor and deep human emotion.
It is a story of three Buefred sisters that have never been close but their family was always kept together by their mother who was a wizard when it came to making cookies! This short story pulls you in from page one onward and you are on a rollercoaster ride through all 42 pages!
First you might be sort of on the fence about will these sisters really manage to pull it together – it feels like they all are pulling in different directions BUT then …well, you need to read it yourself to find out if they manage to pull it together, remember their mother’s cookie recipes, win the prize ….
I have to admit that so far this is my favorite Holly’s story, it was heartwarming offering hope when playing out oh so often happening ‘sibling drifting apart’ scenario!
Have fun! Grab a cookie and glass of milk and enjoy it!

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Alexa Loved by T.R. Cupak – Review by Jenni Bishop

Alexa Loved (Alexa, #2)Alexa Loved by T.R. Cupak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having lost her devoted parents Alexa is trying to put her life back together with the love of her best friends twins, Jessa and Becca and Devin. It is now graduation day and Alexa is thrown when someone from her past shows up. ​Ethan Gage is back and wants Alexa back in his life. Alexa loves Devin but she can’t ignore her feelings for Ethan.

After Ethan’s finally tells Alexa about his past family history and Alexa can not believe the hell he has had to endure at the hands of his crazy, neurotic step-mother.

Sebastian, Alexa’s father’s friend has been keeping an eye on Alexa. When trouble comes to town Sebastian along with his friend Jeremy, tries to keep her by his side and safe. Just when you think the trouble is under control Alexa is once again put in danger. A danger that not only threatens her life but also that of all she holds dear.

Alexa once again finds herself trying to put her life back together after the biggest tragedy of her life. But from tragedy comes one of the greatest joys of life and her new family are there with her every step of the way. It has been a slow long hard slog but just as she has finally comes to terms with her new life she is yet again faced with one from her past.

Who will Alexa choose? Will Alexa find room in her heart to let someone else in or will she walk away forever? Will Alexa finally be free of all the hardships and heartaches she has endured for one so young? Will Sebastian be able to keep Alexa and her family safe from the past?

OMG this story is heartbreaking and yet beautiful and you will definitely need tissues to see you through to the end. You can’t help but fall in love with all the characters and feel as though you know each and every one of them. T.R is definitely a great writer.

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Her Dark Past by Alexandrea Weis – Review by Jenni Bishop

Her Dark Past (Corde Noire #4)Her Dark Past by Alexandrea Weis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brynn once again finds herself back in New Orleans after the death of her ex husband Nathan Cole. A place that holds many many dark secrets, secrets she has tried so hard to leave behind. Brynn finds herself at his funeral and having to deal with the ruthless men who are members of the Corde Noire a secret society that holds many many terrible and disturbing secrets. Nathan Cole was murdered and the men of the Corde Noire society want his murderer revealed.

Brynn is now a writer and is trying to juggle writing her latest book and dealing with Nathan’s estate but being back in New Orleans has bought back the many bad memories and ghosts. Brynn has always had a gift, one she never shares one her ex husband exploited. Brynn is staying at the Shallows Nathan’s home but the things she sees she can never unsee and it leaves her shaken. Did Nathan Cole make a deal with the devil?

Declan Corinth has a past he is ashamed of but a past that has helped him land on his feet. Ren the leader of the Corde Noire has made a deal with Declan. Declan needs to learn Brynn’s secret and gain her trust but to do so he has to pretend he is something he is not, something that makes him sick to his stomach. If he doesn’t get the information the Corde Noire wants will Brynn’s life be in danger? Will Brynn let him into her life?

Will Brynn be pushed too far and be destroyed in the process? Will Brynn be able to find the answers needed by the Coire Noire before time runs out? Will Brynn be able to finally let go of the past and be able to live a life that she has always wanted but only been able to write about? Is there more behind the Corde Noire and it’s Ren the true leader or just a puppet?

I enjoyed this book, there are so many twists and turns and the intrigue and supernatural elements certainly keep you drawn to the story.

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A Quarter to Twelve (Time #1) by Josephine Traynor – Review by Jana Teppih

A Quarter to Twelve (Time #1)A Quarter to Twelve by Josephine Traynor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Quarter to Twelve by Josephine Traynor is my first encounter with the writer and I really enjoyed it! It is the first book of the series and as we meet also the characters who are the leads in the next book, I cannot wait for the second book.
I assume every one of us has at some point in time thought about joining an online dating service AND most likely actually followed through with it … I luckily did not have the ‘fun’ that Ava experienced with her trial (no unsavory pictures) or maybe it is the Australian thing . I am sure though that all of us have a friend or a friend of a friend with a horror story about online dating so we can for sure relate to what Ava went through.
What I loved about Ava and Patrick, our two leads, that they are completely ‘normal’ – no six packs or size 0 blondes having everything going for them. No, they are like you and me, with their imperfections and baggage and triggers and doubts and at the same time, both of them still hope for someone who puts them first, stands next to them and supports them through thick and thin!
I had such a fun reading this book. I was rooting for both Ava and Patrick! I was screaming at Ava’s mother in my head and I was frustrated with all the twists and challenges they had when trying to meet. I laughed and I cried and above all, I hoped for them to be there for each other and stick it out and prove that there is someone out there for each of us and we simply need to take a chance!
As I said, I will be reading the second book – Chris and Charlotte’s book as well!

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Slaving Over Christmas by Allyson R. Abbott – Review by Colleen Noyes

Slaving Over ChristmasSlaving Over Christmas by Allyson R. Abbott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought this was a wonderful short novella! I loved the characters and it was so true to form about how sometimes things in life happen that you have to work through. I think that the author did a great job with the storyline but would have liked some of the scenes to be a little longer. At times I felt they were hurried and cut off what could have had just a little more feeling to it, if that makes sense. Over all this was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Review by @colleennoyes

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Alexa Crushed by T.R. Cupak – Review by Jenni Bishop

Alexa Crushed (Alexa, #1)Alexa Crushed by T.R. Cupak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alexa Morgan and Devin have been best friends and have lived in each others pockets all their lives. Now the day before her 12 birthday, Alexa’s parents have decided to move and Alexa and Devin are devastated but vow to keep in touch. Alexa after seeing the new house and the hot older boy next door decides things aren’t too bad.

Alexa loves her life, she has wonderful parents, who are devoted to her and she has the best of friends. Alexa is turning 16 and has the day planned to spend with her best friends. Once Devin and Alexa are alone Devin shocks Alexa with a secret he has been hiding. Alexa is devastated when she learns his secret and he walks out of her life. Ethan, Lexi’s bad boy next door neighbor and the boy she has been crushing on since she moved finds her and comforts her.

Alexa is now 18 and has been given the worst most tragic news of her life. Alexa and Ethan become close as she finds herself relying on him after the tragic loss. When Devin shows up after two years Alexa finds herself in the middle of her best friend and the bad boy next door, both of whom want to help her through her loss.

Alexa is finally getting her life on track with the help of her friends and is about to graduate but something from her past is about to come back and knock her on her arse.

Will Alexa be able to deal with the shock or will this cause more trouble than she can deal with? Will it cause her to loose the best thing she has built and possibly her heart?

This book is about a young girl learning to live through tragedy but with the love and support from friends she is making a life for herself. It is a bit of a roller coaster ride as you walk along side Alexa but it is a good story.

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Inevitable (Fated #2) by A.S. Roberts – Review by Jana Teppih

Inevitable (Fated #2)Inevitable by A.S. Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in A.S. Roberts Fated series. I guess you could read it as a stand-alone as the prologue gives you some background into Bella and Nate’s story so you don’t feel lost but just to say, for you to really get the full experience and the nuances, you really should read the first book before starting on this one!
Ms Roberts did not disappoint me, I have to admit that originally I had planned to read the book over the weekend but I could not wait once I had finished the first book so I just dived into it and only came up for air when I had to go to bed so I could go to work the next day! It was an amazingly well written story of family loyalty, unconditional love, abuse, control, the folly of youth with harsh consequences, peppered with steamy moments and tattoos and seedy motels and … I am sure you get my drift!
It was an emotional ride and I cried and I laughed and I swore and cheered and cringed in horror! It felt very real! The writer touches upon many sensitive but oh so important issues that many of us encounter in our daily lives, thank you for giving us all hope and the knowing that the answer to the question “how late is too late?” is NEVER!
I am looking forward to the third book in the series as I really liked whatever I have learned about Jasmine and John Edwards! I am sure it will be as a rollercoaster as Bella and Nathan’s story was! Here’s to my book hangover!

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D is for Dinosaur by Rhonda Parrish – Review by Jenni Bishop

D is for DinosaurD is for Dinosaur by Rhonda Parrish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

D is for Dinosaur is the fourth book in the Alphabet Anthologies series and written by multiple authors
A by Michael M Jones.
Tanith is an angry 16 year old. She is angry at the world around her, but she must learn how to control the beast that lives inside her in. She dreams of monsters but are they real?
B by Simon Kewin.
Bronte is constantly bullied but she has had enough and decides revenge is the way to go. In her dreams she is a raptor but she would rather be a the type of dinosaur that can fly so she can leave the world behind. When she finds out things are not as they seem will Bronte change her mind?
C by Brittany Warman.
This story is written from the perspective of a bird that explains what life is like growing up and what it is like to leave the nest and their family behind. What will this small but brave creature find outside the nest?
D by C.S. MacCath.
This story is about revenge, violence against dinosaurs, leaders who want power and slaves. The power hungry leaders think that extinction is the answer. Will revenge be the answer and just who can they trust? Will that trust be misplaced?
E by Gary B Phillips.
This sad story is about a dad who happens to be a photographer. He has suffered tragedies but those tragedies have helped shape him and hes is able to find happiness and that there is more to life.
F by L.S. Johnson.
Robert and Carol have an unhappy marriage. Robert is obsessed in his belief about a mythical creature that apparently lives some where on an Island. As his obsession takes over his life he becomes abusive. Carol may never recover from Roberts crazed obsession.
G by Suzanne J. Willis.
Pax just wants to protect his friends but he has a destiny to be just like his ancestors but he, along with Evers and Abby become tangled up in revenge, a kidnapping, and a war. Is Pax able to save is himself and his friends? Will they win the war?
H by Megan Engelhardt.
This story is about shifters who are in hiding, never staying to long in one place, always on the move in their quest for water, paradise. But will all be lost when the sun comes up? Will they their paradise?
I by Michael Fosburg.
This story is about the Dreamer who slowly takes the memories and the minds of others. The Inaan people are fighting a life and death battle and are just trying to survive. Can they win the battle and continue to live their lives the way they do?
J by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth.
Bonnie is a smuggler and she always has a back up plan, plans that always sees her through but is she about to run out of those best laid plans? It seems time is getting away. Will Snyder be able to help her in time and will she survive without getting caught?
K by Pete Aldin.
Brynjar and Gunnar are two boys that are stranded and they are desperate to escape the pickle they find themselves. Will they be rescued or can they find a way out and get home?
L by Alexandra Seidel.
Corvy feels like her parents never see her, she believes she is invisible to them. Corvy finds a something which is not from Earth. What is this mystery item and what does it mean. What will become of Corvy and will her parents finally see her?
M by Michael B. Tager.
It’s Eddy’s birthday and Eddy and Julia are planning something. But does that planning include a birthday celebration or is it something mysterious. When they meet a stranger things begin to get crazy.
N by KV Taylor.
After a terrible tragedy Judy’s left behind with an abusive father. Judy has learned that she was gifted with the ability to return others to life. With all she has suffered, will Judy be able to find her own life and live?
O by Amanda C. Davis.
Hazel and Zig have a machine that enables them to time travel to different worlds but what happens to them when their machine stops working?
P by Beth Cato.
Carmen has a friend, Vincent. Is Vincent more than he seems in more ways than one? What happens when Vincent takes over playing? Will carmen become part of something that is much, much bigger.
Q by Lynn Hardaker.
Margaret and John who are looking forward to spending the summer and working with their Uncle Mitch and being away from their father. They find their uncle’s house is full of hidden things and is a very mysterious place. What will they find and will their holiday be all they thought it would be?
R by Sara Cleto.
Lizzie and her sister, Laura love to sing. They uncover something mysterious from their mother’s garden, something that reminds them of a different time but also something that invades their dreams .
S by Jonathan C. Parrish.
This story is about a lady who finds herself lost in her dreams and memories. She dreams of of rooms that are found only in her mind and of the past. When she stumbles upon a new room she finds something. What is this thing she has found?!
T by Samantha Kymmell Harvey.
Maebelle knows what she wants, what she has wanted her whole life and that is to get into the Academy. Just how far will she go & what will she do when things don’t go as planned?
U by Michael Kellar.
Raymond’s grandfather is the reason he has a love for dinosaurs and the world in which they live. He believes they are an intelligent species. Now he has the chance to see the thing he loves most for himself but at what cost?
V by Cory Cone.
Michael, Jessi and Archer are Ghostbuster dinosaur hunters. As with any ghostbusters they rid the world of the infestation of dinosaurs. When called they come but what happens when they get a seemingly normal house call?
W by Hal J. Friesen.
Lisa is trying to save the lives of humans and dinosaurs who are have been genetically changed. How far is Lisa willing to go to save these creatures. Will she survive or will it become dangerous?
X by BD Wilson.
Victor thinks trying to make a difference in the world. He believes in his work and believes he is helping by being a part of an experiment. What is really happening at this institution which Victor believes he is curing diseases?
Y by Andrew Bourelle.
Everyone wants the powerful new drug that is for sale on the streets, one that is exotic and rare due to it’s contents but who and what are they willing to do to get their hands on it?
Z by Laura VanArendonk Baugh.
Brianna has always studied hard for what she wants in life. Her brother Brandon has always taken the easy way out but when Brandon needs Brianna’s help she agrees but at what cost? Will this task bring them closer together or tear them apart?
The stories in this book are all very short stories. They are journey’s full of mysteries and suspense. If you love Dinosaurs this book is definitely the one for you.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Losing Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 1 (Under Ground Book #1.5) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Losing Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 1 (Under Ground Book #1.5)Losing Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 1 by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Losing Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 1 (Under Ground #1.5) by Alice Rachel is the second story in the Under Ground series. This story is a continuation of Under Ground but in this story it is told by Stephen and his point of view of things that happened before we meet him in Under Ground. This story will help you understand Stephen’s character and why he feels the way he does. You will love how the author has given his point of view that will pull at your heart strings and make you feel what he is feeling. This story will make you feel a variety of things from anger, to sadness to compassion. Find out Stephen’s side of things!

Stephen Richards is the twin brother of Chi. Because Chi was not suppose to live, he has been hidden. Not only has he been hidden from the world but also the truth of what their parents really are, monsters. Stephen is determined to hide the truth about his family from his brother. He is afraid if he found out it would destroy him. He can’t stand his brother, he is weak, naive and just too gentle. Find out what happens when decisions are made about their future.

This is my second story by Alice Rachel and I know it won’t be the last, I can’t wait to see what will happen to Stephen and Chi. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. I love that this author has the proceeds from this book going to a great cause, anti-sexual violence association. This is a one sitting read that will leave you wanting more. This story will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions that will leave you feeling what the heck and other times feeling the love of the characters. I highly recommend this story as I know you will find it to be a fast page turner like I did and you will lose yourself in this story.

Review by @bjwagner

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Fated (Fated #1) by A.S. Roberts – Review by Jana Teppih

Fated (Fated #1)Fated by A.S. Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fated by A.S. Roberts is her debut novel and the first one in the series called … Fated! It is a contemporary love story filled with unexpected discoveries that blow you out of water and you feel lost like Frankie.
I got hooked on the story from the first page as it rose my curiosity, the writer is great at spinning a story filled with secrets and flawed protagonists that steal your heart. I spent my whole last Sunday with Frankie and Alex and Nathan and Bella (who are getting their own story next). I cried and I cursed, I chuckled and laughed out loud, I mourned and I hoped. The characters seemed so real – they struggle with their past, the control, the secrets … there is something for everyone in this book!
I lived in the UK for some years and I absolutely loved the British English that was peppered throughout the book, in no way felt it clunky, the story flowed beautifully – I felt like being back over there and having a cup of tea and a scone with clotted cream and jam!
I think something that will remain with me is what was on the note Alex included along with the flowers he sent to Frankie – “A person’s strength isn’t shown by how much they can take before they break. A person’s strength is shown by how much they can take after they have already broken.” What an amazing thought that the writer gifted us with and that we can draw strength from when in despair.
I know what I am going to read next! I have the second book lined up on my Kindle – Bella and Nathan’s story! Cannot wait!

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Under Ground (Under Ground #1) by Alice Rachel – Review by Jana Teppih

Under Ground (Under Ground #1)Under Ground by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When the darkness meets the light, in fear it shall flee.
Not all is what is seems, open your eyes and you will see.
When the chains break apart, the enslaved shall be free.
When the world has changed, a new dawn it will be.
Under Ground is the first book in Alice Rachel’s dystopian series called ‘Under Ground’. It is meant for Young Adults but I don’t see anything wrong with also more mature audience reading it (I am no longer a spring chicken myself). I love dystopian genre and especially when they are complex and the storyline can go off in tangents. Alice Rachel’s series will join Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth and Alan Moore and James Dashner on my Kindle!
I think that her book is very relevant in the world we are living in right now, considering what changes are happening around us – Alice Rachel’s world is a total patriarchal society where women have no rights, they outnumber the men so the men that the right to accept and reject women. The status is all that matters! Obviously, as in the real world, there is a counter power/movement to it all, it is called Under Ground and they are a group of rebels looking for starting a revolution!
The rules and regulations of the world seem too real at times; you question at times if it really is fiction that you are reading … I loved how the writer was able to combine action with steamy romance and heart breaking family moments. I am looking forward to continue my journey towards equality and freedom with Thia and Chi while the juggle their personal relationship. I am also looking forward to finding out more about the other characters I met in this first book!

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