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Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla – Review by Maura Harper

Beau and BettBeau and Bett by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

BEAU AND BETT is a quick, multi-layered read that is labelled as a “retelling” of Beauty and Beast. While it does have some resemblance to the original fairytale, it absolutely stands in it’s own and I think it can be read by any ages reader.

I recommend this story.
****

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The Girls across the Bay (The Knox and Sheppard Mysteries, Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Maura Harper

The Girls Across The Bay (Knox and Sheppard, #1)The Girls Across The Bay by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it it is also the first book of a new series.

The two female leads are well rounded with strengths and weaknesses and are sisters by choice, not by blood. The writing is descriptive and I was able to visualize the story.

This was an interesting suspense told in a voice I have not read before. It is 1st person and 3rd person within the same paragraph so we have total insight into what everyone is thinking.

The ending sets up the next story in the series nicely and I look forward to reading more.

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Game Changer by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Maura Harper

Game ChangerGame Changer by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy mother of David Beckham’s backside this book was great.

GAME CHANGER, has a sense of humor about itself that I found myself highlighting line after line. There are so many elements that are my favorites… Humor, great friends, loving family, a hot guy and a visit to MOMA.

AT 412 pages, this took a little longer than my normal Friday night read yet it was so good that it provided a wonderful escape after a pretty horrible week.

I have always enjoyed this author’s work and I do believe that this is my favorite. Told in single pov the story moves fast, secondary characters add a great element and the cadence is at a great pace.

I absolutely recommend this book

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Scarlet Fever (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 1) by David Stever – Review by Maura Harper

Scarlet Fever: A Crime ThrillerScarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller by David Stever
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

SCARLET FEVER is one of those books that pulled me in from the very beginning. Each chapter is quick and to the point. I found myself visualizing the words as I was reading this story.

In addition to visualizing, I could “hear” their voices as I read. The female antagonist sounds like Kathleen Turner and the male protagonist sounds like Bob Hoskins.

The story is full of suspense and had a wonderful ebb and flow to it

I absolutely recommend this story

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Maura Harper

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know how sometimes you just want a quick and addicting read without all the extra details that make books longer? SHATTERED MELODY is the perfect book that does just that. It has 1 fade to black sex scene so I could recommend this to my elderly friend’s book club. It has breathtaking suspense, back ground characters who don’t take up any extra time and a clever cat who knows to stay away from the cold.

I read this story in about 30 minutes as it’s only about 60 pages long. Like I said it is quick and right to the point.

I’ve always enjoyed this author’s writing and will continue to read and recommend the stories they write.

Definitely read this quick story, you won’t be disappointed.

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The Fisher Men X My Heart (The Fisher Men Book 1) by Rebel Nicks O’Dey – Review by Maura Harper

The Fisher Men X My HeartThe Fisher Men X My Heart by Rebel Nicks O’Dey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the way this story was written. It is told in past tense with diary entries and through an “interview” with a friend and present tense through dialogue and the occasional blog entry .

One of the unique things about this book is that it has a trigger warning and what might trigger someone is set apart in such a way that you can skip those paragraphs. A great way to move the story along and keep the reader engaged.

The world bonding phenomenon. We are introduced to each brother in such a way that I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

My favorite line from this book is “I am the casual observer today. Its sounds better than stalker.

I very much enjoyed the book and recommend it.

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The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano – Review by Maura Harper

The Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale SeriesThe Gauntlet: The Soppranaturale Series by Ashley Pagano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A refreshing change of pace, THE GAUNTLET is a tale of magical creatures who cohabitate in a way that helps keep the mystical secrets from the human world. Like the blurb says, it’s literally hidden in plain site.

This is the first book I’ve read by the author and I enjoyed the way ze wrote. Great world building, wonderful relationship development, humor, suspense and all around great writing.

I was able to read this in one sitting and absolutely recommend it.
****
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Moves by John Michaels – Review by Maura Harper

MovesMoves by John Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

MOVES is the first book I’ve read by John Michaels. I picked it up and put it down a few times because of the space I was in; I didn’t feel like reading something I had to put too much thought into.

This is one of those stories that you think you know, you think you know how it is all going to flesh out and while reading, things change – just a tiny bit, but it changes the way you look at things.

This story is told in present and past pov so the story unfolds in a very non-linear way that makes total sense. The writing flows naturally and the character development is on point. This was a real page turner and I will go back and read it again to find the nuances and see if it changes my view point.

I absolutely recommend this story.
*****
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Act II. Playing with Fire (Moore Family Saga Book 2) by Michele Sims – Review by Maura Harper

Act II. Playing with Fire (Moore Family Saga, #2)Act II. Playing with Fire by Michele Sims
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the “Moore Family Saga” and I think it’s really important to read the first book to have an understanding of the relationship between the M/m and their families.

ACT II PLAYING WITH FIRE is a very detailed story that contains family “drama”, special abilities, music, sexy times, manipulation and a “free range child”. At times the story is so detailed, that I found myself skimming to find out what was going to happen. I always appreciate the effort an author puts into their work and the author of this book has plotted out an epic tale.

While this isn’t my favorite series of the year, I will read book 3 to find out how The More Family Saga concludes.

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The Fish that Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro – Review by Maura Harper

The Fish That Climbed a TreeThe Fish That Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by this author so I had no idea what to expect. This was definitely out my normal wheelhouse so it took me a little bit to get the pacing of the story down.

It is like poetry. Sometimes it is literal and other times figurative, but it is always visually written. The character development is fantastic and I was invested through most of the story. There were a few times I sat back to think about what I read and then re-read it to understand where it was coming from. Again, definitely not my typical read.

I found this story interesting and thought provoking and I absolutely recommend it.

*****
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