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Spicetopia Boxed Set (Books 1-4) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Maura Harper

Spicetopia Boxed Set (Books 1-4)Spicetopia Boxed Set by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The SPICETOPIA boxed set is a great way to read this hot and spicy series.

Spicetopia is an adult theme park which is family run – family of blood and family of choice.

It is a well written series full of open door sex, suspense, BDSM, rollercoasters and romance… .Each book moves forward at a great pace, contains interesting characters and situations. There are erotic elements mixed in with everything which makes for very interesting reading.

The Boxset contains:
-Sugar & Spice (Book One)- Cy and Jolie’s story.
-Virtue & Vice (Book Two)- Moon & Katja’s story
-Fire & Ice (Book Three)- Neve and Enya’s story.
-Naughty & Nice (Book Four)- Micah & Natalie’s story.

*****

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Naughty & Nice (Spicetopia #4) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Maura Harper

Naughty & NiceNaughty & Nice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in the SPICETOPIA series. NAUGHTY AND NICE is just that.
NAUGHTY
AND
NICE
This is a series that has evolved in such a way that it doesn’t feel old or recycled. There is a fresh outlook to each story and I think it is best read in order.

While this is the story of Micah & Natalie and they are two very unique individuals. Each has a strength and resolution which surprise themselves.

This story is well written, has a great cadence and moves through the arch seamlessly.

*****

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Amy’s Santa (Satan’s Devils MC Second Generation #1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Maura Harper

Amy's Santa (Satan's Devils MC Second Generation #1)Amy’s Santa by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

AMY’S SANTA is book one of the new series “Satan’s Devils MC Second Generation”. it is my opinion that while this can be read as a stand-alone, it is important to read the preceding series’ in order because it relies heavily on relationships we’ve met in the previous series. I have read almost all of the books and had to pause a few times to remember different circumstances that were being referred to.

The story is well told and while it does include some extremely graphic scenes, they were well done and not overly gory. It is a classic MC romance with a bit of a twist that was super intriguing to read.

Amy and Drew are kids who are kind of products of their upbringing but each has made independent decisions on how they want to live their lives. Their story takes place 20 years from the prologue and I appreciated the maturity of each character. We get to revisit with characters we met in previous series and see how the club is growing and changing.

I hope that Dr. Hottie gets his own story because I found him very intriguing and would like to know his story.

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Forbidden Love; Written by Lisa Jones Gentry, As Told by Joe Steele – Review by Maura Harper

Forbidden Love: Written by Lisa Jones Gentry as Told by Their Son Joe SteeleForbidden Love: Written by Lisa Jones Gentry as Told by Their Son Joe Steele by Lisa Jones Gentry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As racism and bigotry rears its ugly head in America again, I am reminded that “acceptance” is a relatively new phenomenon when you look at the timeline of the country.

FORBIDDEN LOVE is the true story of a nun and a priest, told in past and present tense. This is a book that was told to the author by the man who was a product of the FORBIDDEN LOVE. This is a fascinating story and I found myself searching online for more information.

This is an intricate story that is riveting and one that I will just say it is absolutely worth reading and researching a little more.

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Running In Snow: A Holiday Novella by Renee Regent – Review by Maura Harper

Running In Snow, A Holiday NovellaRunning In Snow, A Holiday Novella by Renee Regent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

RUNNING IN SNOW contains two holiday novellas.

The first one was a 3.5 read for me. It is about a woman whose past defines her present. It bothered me that this seemingly successful woman hadn’t dealt with her 8 year old self yet and lived in such an extreme state for so long.

The second story was a 5 star read for me. A classic holiday romance.

Both stories were quick and easy to read and while the first wasn’t my cup of tea, it was still a well written story.
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Misplaced (Joined Book Two) by Mara Gan – Review by Maura Harper

Misplaced: Joined: Book TwoMisplaced: Joined: Book Two by Mara Gan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

MISPLACED is book two in the “Joined” series and I appreciated that this one was about 100 pages shorter than the first, yet still held all of the colorful descriptions and world building that moves the story along. I still found myself skimming a bit because I really wanted to find out what was going to happen next.

This continues to be a journey of epic proportions with suspense and twists and turns along the way. The cadence of the story moves it along seamlessly.

****
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Hidden Obsession (An Alliance Agency Novel Book 2) by Maddie Wade & India Kells – Review by Maura Harper

Hidden Obsession (An Alliance Agency Novel #2)Hidden Obsession by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

HIDDEN OBSESSION is book 2 in the “Alliance Agency” series and the way these authors co-write allow the reader to become immersed the story even if they are reading the series out of order.

While we are only on book 2, this is my favorite series from these writers to date. There is action and suspense and romance. The pacing is fast, timing is impeccable and the story is easily read in one sitting.

I absolutely recommend this book, this series and these authors.

tag: KU, book 2, great series, cowritten
*****
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Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane, K.L. Montgomery, Harlow Layne, Amanda Siegrist, A.K. MacBride, Jody Kaye, Syd Ryan, Alyne Hart, Kelsey Cheyenne, Larissa Gail – Review by Maura Harper

Risking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First RespondersRisking Everything: A Steamy Anthology of First Responders by Kara Liane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“IN UNITY, THERE IS STRENGTH”

RISKING EVERYTHING is an anthology of stories featuring first responders. Some are super sexy and some are super sweet. There are stories filled with angst, romance and friendship.

Each story can be read as a stand-alone, and some have threads that come from a series that I will be adding to my “want to read” list.

Reconstructed Heart by K.L. Montgomery was one of my favorites. Often times in life, things happen that have a domino effect and we don’t know why until we can look back. That is what this story is about and it was heartbreaking and fantastic all at the same time.

5 stars

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Hula Girl by Lara Ward Cosio – Review by Maura Harper

Hula GirlHula Girl by Lara Ward Cosio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

HULA GIRL is a contemporary romance that was an easy breezy read.

Told in dual POV, this story takes place in L.A. and Hawaii and at times it reads like an Island vacation guide and I’m totally in.

I really enjoyed this story and was able to escape into it on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon.

I absolutely recommend this book.

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Irresistible At Christmas (Irresistible Romance Book 2) by Tamara Ferguson, Natalie Ann, Suzanne Jenkins, Cynthia Cooke, Alicia Street, Alyssa Bailey, Stephanie Queen, Patrice Wilton – Review by Maura Harper

IRRESISTIBLE AT CHRISTMAS (Irresistible Romance Book 2)IRRESISTIBLE AT CHRISTMAS by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a brilliant anthology of Christmas stories. These are all full length novels and while I’ve previously read two of the authors, the others were all new to me. While each book is a stand-alone, it is easy to see that some are part of a series. I was never at a loss for who is who or what came from where.

TWO HEARTS’ CHRISTMAS GIFT was written by Tamara Ferguson and is based on her Crystal Rock / Dragonfly Pointe Inn series. “Dragonfly Pointe was supposed to be magical; especially at Christmas.” The story is the perfect blend of holiday romance and redemption and, of course, magic.

That is just one example of the brilliant storytelling in this glorious anthology. I was feeling a little bah humbug and then read these stories over the last few days and my spirits were lifted.

I absolutely recommend this book.

tags: KU, anthology, Christmas stories, 5 stars

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