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Sunset After the Storm by Michelle Sullivan – Review by Shannon Fowler

Sunset after the StormSunset after the Storm by Michelle Sullivan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, romance, and sex ✔
Ugly cry ✔
Unbelievably great story ✔
Crying from the first page can only mean one thing: I am either going to hate this book or I am going to freaking love it! By the end I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I will recommend it to everyone, especially those looking for a great heart wrenching story.
Have you ever cried so much that your face actually hurt? If not, please pick up Sunset after the Storm by Michelle Sullivan and a few boxes of tissues. I truly didn’t know how to write a review for such a tragic story. But I’ve been thinking, while letting my puffy eyes relax, this story didn’t just tell us about the horrible disease that affects Scotti and Mason, it told us, no it showed us, how important love truly is. Whether that love is 50 years old or 10 days old, unconditional love can make everything easier, even death.
There are clique’s that roll through everyone’s mind when thinking or talking about death; Live life to the fullest, live like there’s no tomorrow, you don’t know what you have until its gone. Scotti and Mason lived these everyday they were together. They saw the bigger picture of life.

“It may seem like no big deal to some people but when you have absolutely nothing in your life, you look forward to those little things that bring you happiness and peace.”

This book and author have moved right up into the top of my favorite list!

Review by @shannonlovesbooks

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Frost Bitten (The Portal Prophecies, #3) by C.A. King – Review by Jenni Bishop

Frost Bitten (The Portal Prophecies, #3)Frost Bitten by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last person that Willow and her friends thought would ever come and ask for their help did. Lance is in dire need to find his sister and has turned to the only ones he feels can help him.

Now that Willow and her friends have survived Halloween they find themselves under the watchful eyes of others with magical powers and creatures. Something is happening in the world but they are just not sure what and they don’t know who they can trust anymore. Everywhere they turn it seems that everyone seems to be against them. Whilst having to deal with the hostility they are on a new mission to aid Lance in recovering someone close to him, his sister, Sissy. As they find each new portal another world opens up with problems and new discoveries. Creatures that are more than they first seem, Guardians long lost, A missing Santa that threatens Christmas and friends that could be enemies. Can Willow and her friends find Santa and save Christmas? Will they find the magic of Christmas? The possibility of losing one of their own has Willow feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders and she is starting to feel more alone than ever. The ever present prophecies leave more questions than answers. Adults who think they know better than the young have many hidden agendas and challenges that seem relatively hard may be easier than meets the eye and vice versa.

Do Willow and her friends make more unlikely alliances or do they make more enemies? Can Willow escape and survive King Cornelius’ wrath? Will betrayal be found? Who can they trust? Will evil finally catch up with them? Can they survive in order to save others? Will the magical world pose a threat and leave more than one fighting for their lives?

Frost Bitten is the third book in the Portal Prophecies series. It is action packed, more emotional and intense and stakes are definitely higher. I enjoy the different characters as they trek through each adventure. Again as with the other books in this series I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading anything paranormal, supernatural and fantasy.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Lucky One (Carolina Connections # 3) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Jenni Bishop

The Lucky One (Carolina Connections # 3)The Lucky One by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bailey Murphy is definitely not your stereotypical girl. She’s from an Irish background and loves her Daddy and give her a beer and football and she is in heaven. The last time she looked she had all the correct anatomical parts but all that girly stuff is not for her. She is sassy and stubborn and definitely a tomboy but under all that is a girl who has been damaged and left insecure by someone she thought had her best interests at heart. Someone that took away her dreams. Someone she has kept hidden from family and friends. Bailey thought she had all her defenses in place, shields up, gates closed, padlocks locked and a wall around her heart that rivaled the great wall of china. But that was before him, one look and one night was all it took. However it was something she did not want or need, right? What she is finally learning is that she is a girl but still not a girly girl!

Jake had just returned home from living away for many years. He has just started his own business and a partnership and he loves his job. He loves his family and friends and is building a life he is proud of. Coming home was a great decision. He considered himself lucky but that was before her, one look and one night was all it took. He doesn’t understand women and this woman more than others.

Will Bailey finally let Jake in? Will Jake give up when all seems lost? Will the two be pulled together in the most unlikely circumstances? Will their lives be changed forever? Will Bailey’s past be too much to handle? Will Bailey finally see herself for what she is? Will Bailey finally decide she is worth being love?

This book is the third one in the series and just like the other two it is a great story. Sylvie Stewart has become a favorite of mine, I find her work rather addictive. She can weave a great story that keeps you wanting more. You will find yourself laughing out loud at the antics and find yourself loving each and everyone of these characters, flawed or not they become family.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Prince’s Game (Mershano Empire, #1) by Lexi C. Foss – Review by Jenni Bishop

The Prince's Game (Mershano Empire, #1)The Prince’s Game by Lexi C. Foss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sarah Summers finds herself facing yet another of her twin sister, Abby’s prank but this time there is more at stake. Oh her sister was dead and pay back was a bitch…. As Sarah finds herself trapped on a reality dating show she finds more than she bargained for but one thing was for sure she would get herself voted off the show the very first chance she gets. But that seems easier said than done. When fronted by the devil himself with a proposition she can’t refuse, Sarah decides to stay. Staying means she will get her dream of owning her own business in marketing and that means helping those she has decided are worth if. But staying is not without it’s risks. Being faced day in and day out with the show finally wears Sarah down but what can she do? An agreement is an agreement and a binding one at that.

Evan Mershano is the billionaire prince of the Mershano empire but with that comes conditions. Conditions that see him playing a game that he doesn’t want to play but two can play the game, correct? He is a bachelor married to his job so marriage itself is not ever on the cards. If he doesn’t live up to expectations he doesn’t get to keep control of his empire. Evan finds a solution staring him in the face, one where he can meet those expectations and conditions and maintain control of his empire. When Evan takes control he finds more than he bargained for. What he once thought he wanted had been twisted on it’s ear.

Will Sarah safe guard her heart? Will she be able to stand the test of time? Will she get more than she ever dreamed or will reality get in the way? Will Sarah learn that all is not as it seems in time to save herself? Will Evan see that there is more to life? Will he lose the one person he thought he could trust? Can he play the Prince’s game and win? But what is the cost if he does win?

I enjoyed reading this story. Lexi knows how to write and capture your attention. I enjoyed the chemistry and friendship between the characters.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Spark (The Carolina Connections, #2) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Spark (The Carolina Connections #2)The Spark by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Spark by Sylvie Stewart is the second book in the Carolina Connections Series. This is a standalone book but is better enjoyed after reading the first book, since characters are introduced in the first book. The story is about the fun, vivacious Fiona Pierce and the known manwhore Mark Beckett. Fiona is spunky, fashionable, and a force of one. She is a great friend, daughter, and an ok employee, but something is always lingering in the back of her mind. Mark is a great son, brother, employee, but does not have any complications in his relationships. The two are brought into a situation that will take a bunch of willpower not to kill one another but for the greater good of helping someone close to Mark. Will there be a spark between the two?
Fiona is fantastic. She has a mouth that does not know when to stay shut but she is devoted to those close to her. Mark is incredibly sexy and does not know how to deal with “shortcake” aka Fiona. I enjoyed the playful verbal sparring between the two characters and the interactions between all the characters. I was happy to read this after enjoying the first book so much already. The story is fun and flirtatious and was a quick read. The characters are well described and become a life of their own. I was anxious to see if they could overcome their personal obstacles. I now look forward to reading the third book in the series.

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Enigma: The Final Chapter (Enigma, #4) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Shannon Fowler

Enigma: The Final Chapter (Enigma #4)Enigma: The Final Chapter by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have really enjoyed reading this entire series. I highly recommend it. Especially to those that like cliff hangers, sex, a little mystery, a little adventure and lots of action and even more sex. There are loveable and hate-able characters in every book and The Final Chapter is no different. I am looking forward to reading more from Shandi Boyes.

Isaac and Isabelle have faced all kinds of turmoil through-out their short intense love affair. Arrests, their own jealousy and even other people’s jealousy, FBI investigations, and just about any other thing Fate and Shandi Boyes could throw at them. But somehow, some way they come out stronger and even more in love, if that is even possible. This book has the greatest challenge EVER thrown their way. Watching the growth of the two main characters and even a few of the friends through the series made my heart grow. I could only imagine how Boyes feels after having written this series.

“It was only then did I realize that life’s greatest accomplishments can’t be calculated by wealth or power. It’s measured by the people you have in your life. And that is why I will stop at nothing to ensure Isabelle once again becomes mine, because she is without a doubt, my greatest accomplishment.”

The first book of this series had so much sex that I wasn’t sure if I could love these characters or enjoy the series. Of course if you know me I will give everything a chance, including things/people I’m not 100% sure of. I am so glad I continued this series!!! I absolutely love Isaac and Isabelle! Each book just got better and better with this, The Final Chapter, the best one. Again I am looking forward to what come next from Shandi Boyes.

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The Lucky One (Carolina Connections # 3) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Lucky One (Carolina Connections # 3)The Lucky One by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lucky One by Sylvie Stewart is the third book in the Carolina Connections Series. I was anxious to get to this book since I enjoyed the first two so much. For those who have not read the first two, great news this is a standalone book also. I recommend reading the others so that you have some history with the characters but that is not necessary to enjoy the book. This story is about Bailey and Jake. Bailey is beautiful but is very much a tomboy. She works for her family’s construction business. She holds her own against men and find that she can relate to them well. Jake has just made his way back to his hometown. He is into landscaping but that is not how the two meet. At a wedding, Bailey’s brother’s to be exact, she is feeling very womanly in a dress and heals. She catches the attention of Jake and the story takes off from there.
This is a HEA story like the others in the series but despite the predictable ending is fun to enjoy the ride. The characters are fun but realistic. Bailey is against “girly” things but realizes that she also can enjoy being a bit girly at times. Jake is fun and a challenge against everything Bailey thought she knew. The story reminds us that you never know where your someone special will be. It could be someone you know or someone new. We just have to let our guard down and enjoy the journey.

Review by @sherimichelle1

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Enigma: The Mystery Unmasked (Enigma #3) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Shannon Fowler

Enigma: The Mystery Unmasked (Enigma #3)Enigma: The Mystery Unmasked by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Each book in this series just gets better and better. However, the title for this book is a little deceiving, the mysteries are not unmasked. Some things have been solved but then more questions have arisen in their place. So I guess that is one of the things making me want more and more of Isabelle and Isaac. Thanks Shandi Boyes!
This book starts off where the last one ended. Each book in this series must be read in order. While the first book was setting the scene for Isabelle and Isaac’s whirlwind of a relationship with more than enough sex, the second book let us see a little more into their personalities. This book, the third in the series, gives us the heart break we need in order to hopefully find a happily ever after in the last book!?
Shandi Boyes has a writing style that captivates the reader. Much like her characters do. I love how we get to see inside both Isabelle and Isaac’s minds because just when I start thinking “what in the world are they thinking?!” Boyes gives me the other side of the situation.
The ending in this book, to me was a given. I just didn’t think it would take so long to actually happen. It’s not a surprise but it sure sucks for Isabelle. She says so herself a few times in this book that the whole world is against them, of course she uses a few choice words that Amazon won’t let me use so you’ll have to read the book to get the actual quote! Trust me on this…you want…no you need to read this series. My recommendation is to go one click the entire series right now!

Review by @shannonlovesbooks

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The Devil’s Pride (Wild Beasts Series Book 1) by T. Birmingham – Review by Debi Kircher

The Devil's Pride (Wild Beasts Series Book 1)The Devil’s Pride by T. Birmingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Devil’s Pride (Wild Beasts Series Book 1) by T. Birmingham

5 Stars only because that’s max, this is an off the star chart read.

Sad I’m done with this book, but happy because I can go right back to page 1 and read it again 🙂

I normally start a review talking about the characters of the book and leave my feelings to the end, but I am putting my feelings first for this one so everyone that doesn’t hit the see more will still see them. I do not normally read paranormal romances or paranormal stories of any kind but this one for some reason caught my attention. I was scared because they normally don’t hold my interest and I then don’t finish the book, which I hate which is why I don’t read them. THIS BOOK!!!! I don’t even have words to tell you how good this book was written, it had me from page 1 and refused to let go till I was finished, and I don’t feel like I took a breath throughout the entire story. This author is AMAZING, and I can not wait to pull up her website and grab anything there that’s part of this series…I want more, and I’m sure you will too. So if you are anything like me and don’t read this book because it’s a paranormal story trust me and give it a shot..you will LOVE it!!

Alexia Maria Garda-Martinez has always known she was different, and if she didn’t know it most everyone let her know by calling her a demon and showing fear when they looked at her. With her red eyes, blood red colored hair, and pale skin. She’s lived for years in foster care and state homes, usually ending badly and forcing her on to the next, she thought she had a home until tragedy struck and she was without a home yet again, until the Martinez’s. Where she now has a family that she loves and that loves her. She has a great career, a full life and a wonderful best friend/roommate Mindy. Along with some very vivid dreams that she can not explain or forget about involving a dark, mysterious man she has named Midnight.

Devon Waters was forced to leave Montville, New York, and his twin brother Cam fifteen years ago. Now he is back trying to reconnect with his brother, who is a detective working on a case, a brutal family murder with unexplainable clues.

There are forces at work in this small town, a war between good and evil. All of the characters in this story are drawn into this war in one way or the other. The story focuses a lot on Devon and Alexia, but there are other characters as well that are just as important.

I can’t even explain anymore of this book, because I could go on for days telling this story, all I will say is that it was outstanding and I do highly recommend it and the epilogue….ugh!!

Review by @debikircher

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When Leaves Fall: A Different Point of View Story by C.A. King – Review by Jenni Bishop

When Leaves Fall: A Different Point of View StoryWhen Leaves Fall: A Different Point of View Story by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

He wakes not remembering who he is or what happened to him. He finds himself in a nightmare he can not wake from. Day after day it only gets worse, he can not find any relief. He finds himself chained to a shed, if you can call it a shed, he is hungry, he is thirsty,he is hurt. Where is his family? Where is the people who love him? What is his name? Who has captured him? Why is he here? He didn’t think he was bad, was he? Can anyone hear him? Why won’t help come? Will help come? My memories are going, my sight is going, I think my mind is going.

As the title says this is definitely a story from a different point of view. When Leaves Fall is definitely a dark thriller with a twist you will not see coming in a million years. It is also very sad at the end. You will not find another story like this one. It is very cleverly written.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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