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Lineage (J.J. Morris Book 1) by J.N. Sheats – Review by Jenni Bishop

Lineage (J.J. Morris Book 1)Lineage by J.N. Sheats
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lineage is the first book I have read by J.N. Sheats and I was certainly not disappointed. The story and the characters were very well written and you especially feel for the main character Joey and all she has to go through. She is your typical teenage girl who loves her friends, because really that’s all the family she has since her mother is easily and most certainly not your normal mother figure. Unfortunately Joey’s feelings for her friends may just be her downfall. Will Joey be able to fight against the evil that is threatening all?

The storyline is intense but JN is easily able to write in a way that draws you into the journey every step of the way with characters. Each characters had their own story to tell that pulled the story together really well. The story had you feeling so many different emotions, ups and downs, highs and lows with so many twists and turns that keeps you guessing till the very end. There is lots of danger, suspense, action, mystery, paranormal occurrences and just a little romance. I enjoyed the story to the point I had to read it all in one sitting. JN was very good at setting a visual of not only the town and it’s history but also that of the families connections and how this all fits in with each of the characters.

As much as I enjoyed the book there were a few times that I became frustrated with Joey when she would not listen to others that were trying to keep her safe. As with any typical teenager her impulsive attitude left her in many a precarious situations and I just wanted to strangle her.

This book is a paranormal story for young adults and one that older readers will enjoy too. If you enjoy things like Supernatural you will definitely not be disappointed with what JN has written. I can not wait to read the next book and see where things go. I am sure JN will weave a story just as good as this one.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Akio: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.5) by Alice Rachel – Review by Jana Teppih

Akio: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.5)Akio: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Akio by Alice Rachel is a short story in her Under Ground series that should be read after the second book! Seriously! Read those short stories that she is releasing, man, they give you so much insight into the main characters and the persons important to the main characters!
Alice Rachel, I really really do not like you at times (when I read the short stories)! Why do your characters always have suffered horrible things? These heart breaking things that they have had to survive as children… Maybe I am trying to read too much into it but it simply breaks my heart …
At the same time I also love you Alice Rachel, the way how you have handled Akio’s sexuality, the care you are taking to describe it …. You have my heart!
It is scary how the lines between the reality the writer has created in her world of Under Ground and what we live out here in the real world, have started to blur… Crazy … I cannot wait to see where she will take us!

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Akio: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.5) by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Akio: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.5)Akio: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Akio: A Short Story (Under Ground #.5) by Rachel Alice is part of the Under Ground series. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, I recommend you start. Although this is part of the Under Ground series, it can be read as a stand alone as in this story we get introduced to a new character. This book is a little different than the others in this series but you will enjoy the characters introduced. One of the things I enjoy about this author is her ability to write about so many different characters with so many different views. You will enjoy these characters as they take you on a roller coaster ride of various emotions that include compassion, anger and hope. Find out what happens to these characters as they start their journey of life and its struggles.

Akio is a young man who has lost his mother and lives with an alcoholic father. He lives during a time that the Deviant Law has been passed where his life changes for the worst. He is forced to hide his orientation but once he gets the courage to come out to one person that he trusts. Will he learn to regret his choice? What will happen when his father throws him out for being a devrient? Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways and fate may have other plans. What will his fate be? Will he ever trust again?

Akio is a strong character that really comes into his own by the end of the book. He feels that he will never recover and be with anyone again. He has had to grow up the hard way but I think that he is a better person for it. He has supporting characters that really add to this story. They make the story flow to what it is and it is what helps keeps you engaged in this story. Find out what happens to Akio as he starts a journey he never expected to take. What does fate have in store for him?

I enjoyed meeting a new character in this series by Alice Rachel. In every installment of this series, she never seems to surprise me more until I get into the story and she throws a twist to it. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. Once again she has created a story that is fast paced and will keep you reading until the end. You will want to see what happens with these characters. You will read this story in one sitting and you won’t put it down until you are done. I highly recommend this story as I know you will want to see what happens with this character as he starts a journey on finding himself.

Review by @bjwagner

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Omorrow (Ascenders #3) by C.L. Gaber – Review by Sheri Schrader

Omorrow (Ascenders #3)Omorrow by C.L. Gaber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ascenders: Omorrow by CL Gaber is the third book in the Ascenders Saga series. I was so excited to get to read because I enjoyed the first two books in the series. The story picks up where book two left off. This is a YA fantasy, adventure story. Walker Calllaghan and Daniel Reid are teens who have passed away and have found themselves living in the Midst. The two with several other teens have been sent on a mission to the living world of various decades to find the hidden writings of Albert Einstein. If they can accomplish this task without being killed and erased from all time the treasure will change life for the living and the dead.
The characters are fun and everyone has a purpose in the story. There are popular kids, the geeks, the misfits, and more. This is a great reminder that someone might not fit in but they have a place and a function in society. Walker is strong, independent and coming into her own as the books progress. She has found her strength and become a strong leader. Daniel is strong and the silent one. He is the unspoken guardian to his siblings who passed away with him in an accident. Also, there are many others in on this challenge. I enjoy the references to history and cultural/historical figures that pop up in the Midst. Gaber gives enough of a description so you know who the reference is even without the full name. I look forward to reading more of CL Gaber’s books in the future.

Review by @sherimichelle1

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Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.4) by Alice Rachel – Review by Jana Teppih

Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.4)Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cecilia and Tyreese by Alice Rachel is a short story in her Under Ground series and is it supposed to be read after the 2nd book. I loved the story! It is amazing how much more you can start getting out of Alice’s books when you read these short stories! I always thought that Tia’s mom was such a cold biatch but now, after reading this short story, my heart aches for her!
“Pretense and silence are a woman’s only protections in this world.” What an existence! Ask yourself – could you do that? Think of a life lived with a someone who you cannot stand, someone who humiliates you, abuses you and you have absolutely no escape … I know it sounds very much like our world today and this story can be a warning of what is in store for us, women, if we do not keep fighting for our rights!
Alice Rachel, you are killing me with every single one of your short stories!

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Second Half (Coach’s Shadow Trilogy, #1) by Monica DeSimone – Review by Jenni Bishop

Second Half (Coach's Shadow Trilogy, #1)Second Half by Monica DeSimone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zoey McEvoy has not been whole since the love of her life walked away shattering her, taking her to some deep dark places. They were meant to be a team, the two of them against the world. She has spent the last eight years trying to make herself whole again but has been barely hanging on. Zoey has tried to put herself back together, trying to rebuild herself one step at a time, one piece at a time. Now she is faced with the man who walked away from her and piece by piece she is losing herself again. But the truths she learns tears her heart and show she really didn’t know the people who were meant to love her the most. How can she ever let this man back into her life after what he has done to her? She is supposed to be a strong independant woman but this man can bring hr to her knees. When he learns the truth of what happened all those years ago will he still want her?

Derrick Henderickson chose his career over the woman he supposedly loved. Now he is back and determined to get her back. But when he finds out the secret she has been hiding it breaks his heart. He realises that he did not just hurt her but he completely and utterly broke her to a depth he finds hard to comprehend. How can he win back the one woman he decimated? How can he get her to trust him again? Now he finds himself in a fight for her but will she ever let him back in? How can he prove to her that he will never walk away from her again? How can he prove to her that she has only ever been the one he has ever loved?

Will Zoey and Derrick finally find common ground? Will they be able to find their way back to each other? Can he repair the damage he has done to this beautiful soul?

This is the first book of the series and it is a good read. There is lots of heartbreak and learning to trust again in this beautiful bad sad story. The female characters in this story have so much strength and compassion that you can’t help but want to stay with them every step of the way. Monica weaves a story that you feel to your soul?

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Intoxication (Blue Line, #3) by Brandy Ayers – Review by Jenni Bishop

Intoxication (Blue Line, #3)Intoxication by Brandy Ayers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chief Jon Gallo has never had a relationship, he is married to his job. He has dedicated his life to the Police force force and he would never expect a woman to understand that. His men are his family and he will stop at nothing to stop the crime moving into his community, he is about protecting what is his. He has spent his life alone but he has been content with that. That was until she walked into his station. It was only a chance sighting but it was enough for her to get into his head. He is too old for her and should not be having thoughts about her like he was but he couldn’t stop himself. She has disappeared without a trace, it has been months and no one knew where she is. The only thing he knows about her is that she is somehow involved with the drug ring that is taking over his town. If he finds her he has vowed to himself he will protect her.

Camille Artiga was in pre-med studying to be a doctor but had to leave that behind. She had lost her parents and she was supposed to be looked after, supported and cared for by family but when that family demanded she give up her studying, give up her lifelong dreams she had to take what she could get. had been preparing for a promising life as a doctor, when the person she should have been able to trust more than anyone forced her to give up her dreams for their own selfishness. Camille soon found herself thrown into a world of drugs and crime. A dark world with no compromises, a world that may very well kill her. That is until she manages to escape the horror she has had to endure and finds her way literally stumbling into the Middleburg Police Station.

Can Chief Gallo keep Camille safe? Will he take on more than he thought? Will Camille find her safe haven? Will she be able to escape the terror stalking her?

This is the third book in this series and I have enjoyed each and every one. What more could you want in a story? It is ​fun, sexy, and a quick read. Trust me you will enjoy this book to the very end.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Rage Against The Devil (Wild Beasts Series Book 3) by T. Birmingham – Review by Debi Kircher

Rage Against the Devil (Wild Beasts Series Book 3)Rage Against the Devil by T. Birmingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rage Against The Devil (Wild Beasts Series Book 3) by T. Birmingham

This is way more than a 5 star read!!

Eire Donovan, an Others enforcer, has been assigned to to investigate a string of Others murders. She’s tough, showing no emotion and has been more than once called a cold hearted b**** and she has no problem with that, she’s actually quite happy with that. Her childhood was awful and although close to them once, she doesn’t even keep in touch with her brothers. Her investigation takes her to the town of Montville, New York, the location of the latest murder, where she finds she will have to work with a group of what she considers misfits.

Nicholas Arviso, a lone wolf, that is completely happy living alone and away from everyone. Trying with all he has to escape his past sins. He comes across a murder that has occurred in his own back yard. As he gathers his forces to begin an investigation an unknown shows up claiming to be an enforcer for the Others.

Another war rages on in Montville, and all the participants whether Other or Clan, light or dark will all be required in order to solve it and get the answers they need to solve the case. This story revolves a lot around Eire and Nicholas, and what it takes to be able to accept who they are as they are forced to learn more about themselves and each other, and in the process try to deal with feelings for each other that could possibly destroy them in the end.

This series is so hard to review, there is so much involved in this story that it would normally be hard to follow, but this author describes everything in a way that you have no problems connecting all the dots and just like book one, I’ve never read any books where the epilogues are as jaw dropping as these. I would highly recommend reading these books in order to be able to understand everything going on and getting to know all the characters because each one is important. That’s something else that I love about this series…each person in these books are front and center at one point or another all the way through. I’m not a reader of Paranormal normally, but from here on it doesn’t matter what this author writes I will be one of the first in line to one click!! I can not wait for the next book, and the best part is I will get to read the first ones again when the next comes out so that I don’t forget any one of the amazing details.

Review by @debikircher

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Encroachment (Coach’s Shadow Trilogy, #2) by Monica DeSimone – Review by Jenni Bishop

Encroachment (Coach's Shadow Trilogy, #2)Encroachment by Monica DeSimone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Claire McEvoy’s is continuing to live her life under the fear and hurt and agonizing pain from being assaulted as a teenager. Claire has built a life time of walls, boxes, pu chains on and locked her heart up tight to everyone. Only one good thing came of that violent night and that one thing is her life. She lost so much that night, her innocence, her family and her best friend. Claire has learnt only one way to cope and that is to spend all her time and energy on taking care of everyone else. To make sure her girls have everything and want for nothing. She is never meant to find happiness and is ok with her lot in life. Claire has never let a man into her life since that night and never will. That is until she is rail roaded by the one person that may break down her barriers. But can she let him in?

Jackson Alexander lost it all twenty three years ago. Not only did he lose his best friend but he lost his dreams keeping the terrible ugly secret of that night from the past. He did it for her because he loved her, still loves her, he has loved Claire since she was fifteen years old. Even though she pushed him away, he has decided he is back and he will not let her push him away again. He thought friendship with her would sustain him but no more. Her time for running is over. She just doesn’t know it yet. Claire will certainly push and run but he will push harder. He loves his girls and his mission is to make them his. When he realised the past is in town and threatens all that he loves he vows and declares that he will do everything he has to make them feel safe, loved and wanted. To make sure they have everything they were denied.

Can Claire finally overcome the past? Can she learn to let a man in? Will she finally learn what it means to be loved? Will Claire finally be free of the past or will said past be to much to bear? Is Jackson the one to make Claire whole?

This story is sweet and romantic and had me laughing a few times even though it is based around a violent sensitive tragedy. I enjoyed the family of the characters. This book pulled at my emotions indicating that the author has done a good job at writing.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Rage Against the Devil (Wild Beasts Series Book 3) by T. Birmingham – Review by Jenni Bishop

Rage Against the Devil (Wild Beasts Series Book 3)Rage Against the Devil by T. Birmingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nicholas Arviso is a cop but he is not your ordinary cop. He is a wolf, but he is not your ordinary wolf. He has spent his life hiding and trying to forget the past. A past that he can never forget. A past he can not forgive himself for. A past that continues to haunt him to this day. A past that has kept him partially secluded from the world. A past he tries to run from literally. Whilst running from his past he finds a gruesome discovery, a crime scene near his home, in his backyard. A crime scene that is so brutal that without his sense of smell there would be no discovering the truth. A truth that will change his life forever. A discovery that will cause him to look inward to find the ugly truth. Secrets that changes the way he thinks and all he has known.

Eire Donovan has lived a hard life forsaking family and friends. Things she has had to see and endure have made her dark, cold as stone, a hard bitch with her gifts make her both dangerous and deadly. She is a thing that most fear even evil itself therefore making her good at her job as an enforcer. Now in Montville, New York, she is chasing after a series of deaths Eire finds that a past she thought dead and buried is back to haunt her. Facing family has made her even colder and sharper than she thought she would become. Eire is darkness, she is an Other but despite all that she has known she must finally face the truth about herself. A truth she does not want to know, a truth she has pushed aside and buried deep within. The truth of who she really is.

Will Nick finally let go of the past? Will he finally accept who he is? Will he be able to save on the one thing that would kill him and who could save him? Will the Light and Dark find even ground to defeat the enemy? Will they find that the differences between them is to much? Will they sacrifice themselves to destroy the evil? Will they find the truth to themselves in time to save themselves?

This book is a Paranormal Romance that is complex and the chemistry is hot but it is also heartbreaking, enlightening and awakening. The world created in this story will draw you in! The characters are well written you will want to just keep reading.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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