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Jake Wolfe Series Bundle Box Set: (Books 1-2-3) Vigilante Justice Thriller Series by Mark Nolan – Review by Maura Harper

Jake Wolfe Series Bundle Box Set (Jake Wolfe #1-3)Jake Wolfe Series Bundle Box Set by Mark Nolan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Vigilante Justice Thriller Series” features Jake Wolfe and his dog Cody (and don’t we all love a good book with a good dog?) and the many adventures they take while taking care of business.

Each book could be read as a stand-alone (I read 2 and 3 before book 1) but read in order is a treat. There are common threads and relationships that flow so well through each story. Each character is well developed including Cody. Cody a good boy and a great companion to Jake. We even get to hear his thoughts at times.

This is a series that is filled with suspense and fast paced action, at times I was reading as fast as I could because I just had to know what happened next. Sometimes the outcome what not what I expected.

I absolutely recommend this series, especially when it is packaged as a box set. What a treat.

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The Fat Girl’s Guide to Loving Your Body by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Maura Harper

The Fat Girl's Guide to Loving Your BodyThe Fat Girl’s Guide to Loving Your Body by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AWESOME PLAYLIST

Wonderful way to discover about relationship to food and continue to explore changes in thinking. The way this is written is by the author’s experience, strength and hope which helps us to not feel so alone.

AMAZING JOURNAL PROMPTS (I’ve downloaded this to my phone so the prompts are always with me).

I am looking forward to utilizing this book every single day.

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Singles and Other Singularities (The woman Scientist Trilogy 2- The Italian Saga Book 8) by Gaia B Amman – Review by Maura Harper

Singles...And Other SingularitiesSingles…And Other Singularities by Gaia B. Amman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

This is an extremely detailed story that I don’t this can be jumped right into because it starts “in the middle” of Leda’s story and can be difficult to follow if you don’t know the backstory. It is my recommendation that “The Italian Saga” be read, in order, first.

It is wonderful reading about women in the STEM field and how there are STILL different standards for men and women Ph.D. candidates.

As with other stories I have read by this author, the writing is incredibly detailed and I did skim quite a bit. At the core of this story are relationships of the most complex type. Intricacies in human behavior and how one reacts to different settings and personalities.

Well written and plotted, this story can continue for years to come as life unfolds.

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Rule (The Larussio Legacy Book 1) by Via Mari – Review by Maura Harper

Rule The Larussio Legacy (#1)Rule The Larussio Legacy by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

RULE is the first book in “The Larussio Legacy”; a new series by Via Mari. This is a spin off “The Prestian Series” and I always appreciate being re-introduced to previous characters to make way for new.

RULE is told in multiple POVs and once the cadence is grasped the story is easy to follow. This is classified as a romantic suspense and, as with other books by this author, there are twists and turns and mis-directions along the way.

I will absolutely be adding future installments of this series to my WTR pile.
****

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The Crown of Stones: Magic-Borne (Book 3) by C. L. Schneider – Review by Maura Harper

Magic-Borne (The Crown of Stones, #3)Magic-Borne by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

MAGIC-BORNE is the third book in “The Crown of Stones” trilogy. This is a series that has to be read in order. You would be doing yourself and the series a disservice if you read it all wily nily out of order.

This was the (I believe) the longest book of the trilogy and it took me a bit to read it. I was reading the books one right after the other, but I found I had to pick this one up and down a few times to be able to finish it. There is a lot going on… Action, adventure, intrigue, redemption and time travel.

The overall arch of the trilogy was well plotted. These three books together form an epic fantasy adventure with very clear cut beginning, middle and end. i would guess this author is NOT a “pantser” and probably has a timeline with pins and threads tying everything together.

While this is the end of Ian’s story, there is room for more. The universe this trilogy is set in has lots of untold stories and I feel like it could go on for a bit more.

I recommend this series and thing it would be an enjoyable read from YA to Elder.

tags: KU, Book 3, trilogy, 4 stars, 500+ pages

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The Crown of Stones: Magic-Scars (Book 2) by C. L. Schneider – Review by Maura Harper

Magic-Scars (The Crown of Stones, #2)Magic-Scars by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Crown of Stones: Magic-Scars is the second book in “The Crown of Stones” trilogy and I highly recommend reading this series in order.

As with Magic-Price, this tale is told in the first person narrative and is full of action. I’m so grateful that I am reading these stories after the entire trilogy has been published. I can’t imagine having to wait for the next to be released.

The story is almost told from a moralistic point of view. Decisions that are made ALWAYS have consequences. When a faction suppresses natural “order” sometimes the price that must be paid is higher than the results initially gained. Manipulation of societies is NEVER a good idea and perhaps folks in today’s socio-economical environment could learn a thing or two from reading this fictional account of good vs evil. – I digress…

As an arch from book 1 to book 3 the story flows forward and the protagonist has some growth that was good to see. This is a fast paced adventurous tale that I did skim a little bit. There were times when things felt a little repetitive, but that is to be expected I think.

On to book 3…

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A Song to Remember: A Crescent City Wolf Pack Novella (Mystifying Music Book 3) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Maura Harper

A Song to Remember: A Crescent City Wolf Pack Novella (Mystifying Music Book 3)A Song to Remember: A Crescent City Wolf Pack Novella by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Song to Remember: A Crescent City Wolf Pack Novella (Mystifying Music Book 3) is a quick “one sitting” read that has werewolves, witches, romance, discovery and so much more.

I absolutely recommend everything this author writes. Great character development and world building.

*****
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Courage of Us (Code of Honor Book 1) by Brooke May – Review by Maura Harper

Courage of UsCourage of Us by Brooke May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

COURAGE OF US is the first book in the “Code of Honor” series

I think this may be the first book I’ve read by this author and I will absolutely be reading more in this series.

This second chance, military romance is full of feels and emotions and breath taking moments. The story is written very clearly and is full of detail. There is a very strong beginning, middle and end with great world building and interest building to keep a reader interested in turning the pages.

4 Solid Stars
****

tags: KU, second chance, military, new series, book 1, Code of Honor

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The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by C. L. Schneider – Review by Maura Harper

Magic-Price (The Crown of Stones, #1)Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

MAGIC-PRICE is Book 1 in “THE CROWN OF STONES” series and is an epic fantasy. It is one of those tales that has a moral built into the story and it could actually be applied to some of events in currently present in the world. Good vs Evil – Action vs Reaction – Life vs Death.

Addiction [əˈdikSH(ə)n] NOUN: the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. One wouldn’t think addiction to magic could be real, but clearly the main protagonist is addicted to his gift. The compulsive transfer from one addiction to another without treating the underlying cause is the theme to this book.

There are many characters that we are introduced to. This is a story that is told from the MCs POV and each character he introduces us to is explained so as to prevent any confusion. The story seems well plotted and has a very strong beginning, middle and end. It’s a story that keeps the reader engaged by moving from one situation to another in a well defined time frame, always moving the story forward.

This is not a story I read in one sitting. It is a little different from the books I normally pick up and I’m glad I had an opportunity to read this one.

I look forward to the next installments of this epic trilogy.
****

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Burning Greed (DI Tanya Miller Investigates Book 2) by Diane M Dickson – Review by Maura Harper

Burning Greed (DI Tanya Miller investigates Book 2)Burning Greed by Diane M. Dickson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I initially cracked the binding of this book, I thought i had it solved within the first few pages. which I believe is where the author wanted my mind to go. THEN as the story unfolded and I was 100% wrong with what I thought. THAT’S the sign of a good story.

I go back and forth on this one. It was extremely detailed but the as the story unfolded I lost my compassion for the female protagonist. It seemed like there were a lot of unnecessary risks (and yes, I am aware this is fiction) taken that could have ended very different.

The characters are well developed and with the exception of a few little hiccups (which could have been the mental space I was in), the story flowed well from beginning to end. I had very little empathy while reading the story but it was a decent tale to escape into on a snowy day.
****

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