Turning the Tide (Eastern Shore Swingers #5) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Maura Harper

Turning the Tide (Eastern Shore Swingers Book 5)Turning the Tide by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I want to start this review with a caveat: There is a subject matter in this book that is a hard no for a lot of readers. It is not a hard no for me, so I didn’t care. While reading it, I had to reverse the genders to understand what was going. I consider myself a pretty forward thinking human, but this story tripped me up and I’m ashamed for that. Once I was able to settle in, I enjoyed the story very much.

I have enjoyed this series. It’s nice to see characters we’ve met in the past make appearances again, and with the other stories in this series – all is not as it appears to be.

This is a multi-layered suspense with twists and turns and great energy. No words are wasted and each character plays an important role in the unfolding story.

As with all of the other stories in this series, it can be read as a stand-alone because it has a very clear beginning, middle, and end. The plot moves at a great pace and I was able to stay engaged in the story from cover to cover.

I recommend this story, this series, and absolutely this author.

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The Woman America Loves a Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Maura Harper

The Woman America Loves a LatteThe Woman America Loves a Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Today is March 23, 2019 and this is in my top 5 reads of 2019. It might be #1.

This is an amazing book told in multiple voices with multiple events that all surround the main character.

I went into this story blind (picked it based only on the author’s name) – I recommend you do the same.

This is a clean read (not sweet) that I would give 50 stars even though I have questions about (purposeful) plot holes and events.

I absolutely recommend this book!!!!

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Taming the Troublemaker (The Hills of Texas Book 3) by Kadie Scott – Review by Maura Harper

Taming the Troublemaker (Hills of Texas, #3)Taming the Troublemaker by Kadie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TAMING THE TROUBLEMAKER is the third book in The Hills of Texas series yet can be read as a stand-alone. I Think recurring characters from previous story’s are very well explained in this novel so you won’t feel lost.

The main characters are cute together. Their back and forth dialogue had me chuckling and the romance had me swooning.

This is one of those light romance stories to settle in with after a long day (that’s how i read it actually). It really is a charming story of redemption and honesty and new beginnings.

This is the type of story that I can picture being easily turned into a “made for TV movie” on one of those cable channels.

I recommend this book, this series and this author.

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Lights, Camera, Action (Paranormal Talent Agency Book 1) by Heather Silvio – Review by Maura Harper

Lights, Camera, Action (Paranormal Talent Agency, #1)Lights, Camera, Action by Heather Silvio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun paranormal mystery that is is also a sweet romance. I believe that if this didn’t have the paranormal element, it could definitely be classified as a cozy mystery

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION is a shorter story that has twists and turns along the way. The female protagonist is someone I would want to be friends with.

This is a great start to what I anticipate will be a fun series. I would recommend this book to book clubs and knitting circles alike.

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Immortal Desires Anthology – Review by Maura Harper

Immortal DesiresImmortal Desires by Melanie James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

IMMORTAL DESIRES is a collection of paranormal romances written by a variety of authors. There are stories about vampires and shifters and dragons (seriously, what’s not to love about dragons!!!) and more. The majority of the stories are full length novels and they are part of a series. Some are the first in the series and others are the third; each was a satisfactory read and I’ve added the series’ to my TBR list. I was able to take my time with this set and I found that anytime I was in between books, i would grab another story from this collection.

I have a few that stood out above the rest (OMG Zane!!!) and all in all each was a great read. I honestly don’t think I would be able to rank them in the order that I preferred them, so I’m just going to list the stories/authors in the way they are listed in the front of the book:

Conjuring Darkness (Darkness Series Book #1) By: Melanie James
Artemis’s Hunt (Sons of War Novella) By: Lia Davis
The Dragon and the Vampire (Supernatural Enforcement Bureau Series Book #1) By: A.K Michaels
His Dream Mate By: Madison Sevier
Alpha Undercover (Big Bad Wolf Security) By: Heather Hildenbrand (Holly Eastman)
Sea Dragon’s Hunger (A Fada Shapeshifter Story: Book #4.5) By: Rebecca Rivard
Luci By: Bella Roccaforte
The Fifth Moon’s Wolf (The Fifth Moon’s Tales Series Book #1) BY: Monica LaPorta
Flirty Dancing (The Green Room Chronicles Book #3) By: Jennifer Theriot (J.D Frettier)
Wet Kisses: Pisces (The Sectorium Series Book #5) By: Susan Griscom
Spell Hell: An Undercover Witch (Witches Brew Series Book #1) By: N.L Hoffmann
Zane (Flames of Vampire Passion Series Book #1) By: Elaine Barris
For Haven’s Sake By: Nicole Garcia
Vengeance Marked (The Alyx Rayer Chronicles Book #1) By: S.J Pierce
Demons By: C.J Hartnett
On The Run (A Sinister Elixir Novella) By: Casey Hagen
Alpha at Home (Brothers of the Heart Series Book #1) By: D.J Bryce
The Dark Delta (Dark Brothers Trilogy Book #3) By: Cora A. Murray
Karma’s Vengeance By: Christina Escue

I am a huge fan of these “new to me” authors and look forward to reading more.

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Terror in Boring Town (A Sam and Rex Adventure Book 1) by Hoot N. Holler – Review by Maura Harper

Terror in Boring Town (A Sam and Rex Adventure, #1)Terror in Boring Town by Hoot N. Holler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am NOT the intended demographic for this story HOWEVER; I very much enjoyed it and actually identified with a few of the “older folks”. Mr. Patel, for example, because he’s always sneaking the kids candy when Mrs. Patel isn’t looking. That’s the kind of Aunt I am – so I get it.

This is a delightful story that I would absolutely give to my nieces and nephews to read. I have a few that don’t like to read and I think this one might change their mind. It’s a delightful adventure of 2 young boys and the things they experience one summer in a town called Boring, MD. Trust me; it’s NOT a boring story.

HOOT N HOLLER is a new to me author (or team of authors) and enjoyed the way they told a tale. I’m not sure who had what voice, but it was seamless in the telling. The story is well plotted and a great read.

I look forward to reading more adventures written by this (these) delightful author(s).


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Misfortune of Song: Druid’s Brooch Series: #5 by Christy Nicholas – Review by Maura Harper

Misfortune of Song (Druid's Brooch #5)Misfortune of Song by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

MISFORTUNE OF SONG is the fifth book in the Druid’s Brooch Series but it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone.

This is a complex tale with many characters, situations and emotions throughout the story. As with the other stories in this series, the author has a way of painting the landscape with her words so that I was able to visualize the story as it played out.

This is an epic tale that spans many situations, relationships and battles. It is light vs dark and good vs evil but in a different way than expected. Based on what I read, I can understand how Faeries went from being nasty to being the super cute things they are today.

This is a fantastic series that I think everyone could find enjoyment in.

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Hazed (The Hazed Series Book 1) by Brittany Butler – Review by Maura Harper

Hazed (The Hazed Series Book 1)Hazed by Brittany Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A good book is supposed to evoke feelings and emotions. This book certainly did that for me. I’m not sure what rating I want to give it so I’m going to free write and see if it comes together for me.

This is a Y/A coming of age/new age story that ticked me off in a lot of ways. The decisions the female protagonist makes are infuriating. I wanted to shake my kindle so that I could shake her and tell her… Well I can’t tell you what I would tell her because then that would just ruin the story for you – wouldn’t it?

This story has a lot going for it. The characters are all meaningful in the role they play in the story. The friendships are strong, family of choice is vs family of origin is explored and parent/child relationships are complex. There is a lot going on in this story but it was all very easy to follow. This is one of those books that I COULD NOT PUT DOWN BECAUSE I HAD TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.

By the time I finished, I really wanted to jump into the next book in the series, but if I didn’t get to sleep I wouldn’t be any good on Monday morning.

How am I going to rate this story? I will rate it 5 starts for a couple of reasons:

1. I finished this story at midnight last night, it’s now 6:20PM and it still owns me and my thoughts. I’m invested in the characters and want – no NEED – to find out what they do next.

2. There is an aspect of the male protagonist that I completely identify with and I like the way his character was written. Instead of being completely vilified, he is still (presumably) a successful student living his life the way he wants to.

3. The family “afterward” is explored in such a way that it felt human and real (even though it totally ticked me off).

I am grateful the next book is already written so I can jump right in.

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If the Shoe Fits (The Liberty Lawrence Series Book 3) by Bea Stevens – Review by Maura Harper

If The Shoe Fits... (The Liberty Lawrence Series Book #3)If The Shoe Fits… by Bea Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

IF THE SHOE FITS is the 3rd in “The Liberty Lawrence” and I strongly recommend reading them in order; if for no other reason than to understand who Liberty is as a human being. She truly is laugh out loud funny even though she doesn’t mean it…

““I notice from your resume, you don’t have any experience in the fashion industry.” “Not exactly on paper… But I do LIKE fashion. In fact, I love it. I wear fashionable clothes all the time and I always like to keep up with the latest looks.”…I lift the Gucci bag a little higher in my lap to give her a better view.”

As with the other stories in this series, this book has mystery and drama (lighthearted of course) and Liberty certainly keeps others on their toes.

This is not a heavy read. It’s the perfect light read for a sunny day. While Liberty is a strongly established character, the author has a way of weaving secondary characters into very important roles. The dialogue is witty, the scenes all move the story in a forward motion and I stayed entertained from beginning to end.

I would recommend this series to book clubs and knitting circles alike.

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Seraphina’s Vengeance (The Seraphina Series Book 3) by Sheena Hutchinson – Review by Maura Harper

Seraphina's Vengeance (Seraphina #3)Seraphina’s Vengeance by Sheena Hutchinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Seraphina Series and I highly recommend reading them in order. There are threads and arcs that follow with each story and it will just make more sense. It has been a bit since I read books 1 & 2 and wished I had skimmed them a bit before jumping in to SERAPHINA’S VENGEANCE.

As with the other stories in this series, this is a complex tale that is constantly twisting and turning along the way. It’s a fluid story and VENGEANCE is a bit darker than the first two. I feel like the underlying moral is that we are always changing and growing and become more comfortable in our own skin. As we grow, others may not grow at the same speed. The voices in our heads are not always in our best interest. (I know this is super cryptic, but once you read the series it will make more sense).

I think the author does a great job of creating a narrative that moves the story along naturally. This is classified as paranormal-fantasy-romance and I think there is a good balance of all. It has been fun watching Sera grow as the stories continue.

I look forward to reading book 4 in this fantastic series.

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