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Tangles by Sharleen Scott – Review by Maura Harper

TanglesTangles by Sharleen Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TANGLES was a blind read for me. The cover intrigued me and I have enjoyed this author’s stories in the past so never questioned what the book would be about.

Told in third person with multiple POVs and set in present and past time, It is real and raw and emotional. It is about discovery and reality and self identification.

A side note: No matter how old or young you are. No matter if you are a parent or not and no matter if you have assets or not, please make sure your wishes are known and someone is able to act on your behalf if you become incapacitated.

I absolutely recommend this book!

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Ailey of Skye by Wendy Hewlett – Review by Maura Harper

Ailey of SkyeAiley of Skye by Wendy Hewlett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

AILEY OF SKYE is the type of book that I thought I knew what was going to happen and settled in for some predictability only to discover, within the first few pages, how wrong I was.

A story of discovering one’s true self and the whole nature vs nurture theory of life (there was very little nurture). Watching the growth of each character as the story evolves held my attention.

This is a well developed story with a realism and honesty about recovery and the tenuous hold we have on it sometimes. Emotionally gripping at times, with twists and unexpected situations, I read this in one sitting.

I will be checking out this author’s other books to add to my TBR.

****
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The Bad Twin by Avery Scott – Review by Maura Harper

The Bad TwinThe Bad Twin by Avery Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE BAD TWIN is a story of mistaken identity (in case you missed that in the title). Good twin vs bad twin. Good being on the straight and narrow, bad following her whims and doing what she wants to with no regards for anyone else. Throw in a billionaire boss and you’ve got a quick and easy read.

While it is predictable, the story line moves quickly. This story has many different facets; deception, misunderstanding (yes they are different), humor, friendship, and so much more.

This is an enjoyable story that I would recommend for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

****

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Rebel Jewel (The Jewel Chronicles Book 3) by Natalina Reis – Review by Maura Harper

Rebel Jewel (The Jewel Chronicles, #3)Rebel Jewel by Natalina Reis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

REBEL JEWEL is the third and final story in “The Jewel Chronicles” and I think it is important to read each book in order. All through the series there is amazing world building and character development.

This is one of those series that I will read again back to back. With each new story, it took me a few minutes to settle in and remember where my brain left off on the last story.

The author is a very skilled story teller and the images she paints with the words she writes is beautiful. At times I thought I knew exactly what was going on and other times I just kind of shook my head.

This is a series and an author I definitely recommend .

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Rogue Wave (The Inland Seas Series Book 2) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Maura Harper

Rogue Wave (The Inland Seas #2)Rogue Wave by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 2 in “The Inland Sea Series”, ROGUE WAVE picks up where SQUALL LINE left off. As there is a continuing arc, I recommend reading this series in order.

“So I’m alive?”
“All your breathing and talking suggests that.”
“Am I gonna make it?”
“Not because of anything you did, but because of modern medicine and the strongest antibiotic…”

Cutter was a real @$$ and I didn’t care for him I the first book. He definitely redeems himself now. He can still be an @$$, but at least I understand why.

The book has a pace to it that moves so quickly at times I was afraid I wouldnt be able to keep up. The writing is so visual, it is like watching a movie and the dialogue is serious, witty, necessary, and reasonable. Throw in a bulldog named Milo and it is just a winning combination.

This is one of those series that I can’t wait for the next edition to be written. It is shaping up to be my favorite series.

I absolutely recommend this series.

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Collision (Shattered Hearts Book 3) by Nicole Banks – Review by Maura Harper

Collision (Shattered Hearts, #3)Collision by Nicole Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

COLLISION is Book 3 in the “Shattered Hearts” series and it should not be read as a stand-alone.

As with the other books in the series, it is told in multiple POVs and there is a lot going on. It is full of suspense and intrigue, friends with benefits, updates and more.

“Life could he a vicious b@$*h when she wanted to be. Nothing ever worked out the way you wanted it to”

I loved Book 1 so much that 2 and 3 weren’t as amazing. I recommend the series and think it is probably best read consecutively.

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The River Fairy’s Wish: A Lyrical Fairy Tale by Cyrena Shows – Review by Maura Harper

The River Fairy's Wish: A Lyrical Fairy TaleThe River Fairy’s Wish: A Lyrical Fairy Tale by Cyrena Shows
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the beautiful things about KU is that I get to read the book to the “littles” in my life without having to go to the physical library all the time.

THE RIVER FAIRY’S WISH is one which I will be purchasing hard copies of in the future.

It can be sung as you read which makes it super fun. The illustrations allow a little to pick out something new with each page turn and it reminds me of a Fairy Garden I saw while visiting Ireland.

Terrific book.

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Truck Stopped (Satan’s Devils MC #11) by Manda Mellett – Review by Maura Harper

Truck StoppedTruck Stopped by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TRUCK STOPPED is the grand finale’ of the “Satan’s Devil MC Series”

This whole series has had ups and downs. Some characters I have liked better than others, a few I actually didn’t like at all but their story was so compelling, I had to read it. This was one of them: I don’t like “sweet butts”… I’m not sure if it’s the term or the fact that women are used (and yes, I understand it is generally with their permission), or that it doesn’t have a pleasing sound to my ear. I have always felt like they could do more with their life than just be a hanger on.

Wow am I glad that I read this story. There are so any emotional elements to TRUCK STOPPED that I had to consciously take breaths a few times. To watch characters grow and age is a really cool thing. Often stories don’t explore life changes such as aging (understandable). There was so much healing in this story and questions were answered that I had forgotten I had.

This will absolutely be going back on my TBRA (to be read again) pile.

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The Traitor (An Underground Bad Boys Romance Book 2) by India Kells – Review by Maura Harper

The Traitor, An Underground Bad Boys SeriesThe Traitor, An Underground Bad Boys Series by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THE TRAITOR is book two in “An Underground Bad Boys Romance” series and can be read as a stand-alone.

Fast paced in both tone and time line, this terrific story is readable in one sitting. Told in third person, these characters are strong and well developed.

Sexy AF, the two male protagonists are former cage fighters who have left their old underground life to start new. The female main character has a lot to learn and these fellas are just the guys to help her get her groove back.

If you like detailed open door sex featuring MM MFM MMF this book could sure made your Sunday afternoon fly by.

Looking forward to the next story in this series.

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Not So Wrong (Love Grows Book 2) by Renee Regent – Review by Maura Harper

Not So Wrong (Love Grows series, Book 2)Not So Wrong by Renee Regent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

NOT SO WRONG is Book 2 in the “Love Grows” Series and can be read as a stand-alone.

This is a well written story about following your dream because life isn’t always “sunshine and rainbows. Money helps tremendously, but it doesn’t solve everything .”

This story has a plotline that flows perfectly with a little angst, family of choice vs family of origin, romance and redemption.

I absolutely recommend this story.

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