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Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic, #1) by Danielle Annett – Review by Jenni Bishop

Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic, #1)Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic) book 1 by Danielle Annett is an Urban Fantasy Paranormal story that keeps you on your toes. Danielle has left her own stamp on a concept that is not new and has managed to give us a fresh spin on this paranormal world full of vampires, wolves and the like. This first book is a quick read but there is plenty that happens as the mystery and action, lies and deceit, intrigue and the unknown, along with a dash of romance sets a fine pace.

Our heroine is driven and believes and wants to do the right thing and that is solve the mystery behind murders but what she uncovers leaves her wondering how it could be.

I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series to see where the story goes.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Cougarlicious by Lily Ryan – Review by Jana Teppih

CougarliciousCougarlicious by Lily Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cougarlicious by Lily Ryan is a story of second chances after a tragic loss with an added twist of an older woman/younger man. This is not my first encounter with Ms Ryan so I jumped on the story after reading the blurb! It is great to read so skilfully and artfully written books where the dynamics between women and men have turned upside, sort of …. There are not so many stories with older women/younger men that do not come cross too sleazy or …
Cougarlicious is the story of Kim Doherty, who is the mother of an 11-year old Timmy, and Chance Carter, her son’s wrestling coach who is in twenties. I have read the other reviews where they call it a story of forbidden relationship but I think it is only forbidden when you look at it from a narrow moralistic point of view – they are both grownups and consensual and they are not hurting anyone or cheating on anyone … it is the society that looks down on them …
It is a beautiful journey of two people that pulls at your heartstrings and makes you to take stand and keep reading … I would have loved to have heard more ‘from’ Chance as that would have given his characters more depth and layers but at the same time, the writer has taken on a challenge in itself with the topic. I will be on a lookout for more of her writing!

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Shifting Ground: A Short Story Collection by Alice Rachel – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Shifting Ground: A Short Story CollectionShifting Ground: A Short Story Collection by Alice Rachel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shifting Ground: A Short Story Collection by Alice Rachel is a collection of short stories about the characters in her Underground series. Each of the stories are connected in one way or another. I love this because we get to see each character on their own and then they pop back up later in one of the other books. Each of the characters have a struggle of some type that makes them unacceptable to the public. The setting with these characters are such that there is a division of poor and rich. They are all connectable and take me on an emotional roller coaster ride that make me laugh and sometimes make me feel compassion for them. This is a must read book and I would suggest reading the previous books in this series. I highly recommend this book. Find out what happens to each of these 12 characters.

Review by @bjwagner
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The One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth – Review by Debi Kircher

The One That Got AwayThe One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth

5 Stars

This book!! This Author!! I don’t know why it has taken me so long to find this author and her books…Every one of them that I’ve read have been so fantastic, but I have to say at this point..This is my favorite so far! I can’t even begin to explain how real this story is and I’ll just say there were a few times I got a little worried about which way it was going to go, and I can also honestly say I wasn’t sure for a little while how I wanted it all to go.

Not even going to go into the story because it needs to be read without knowing what is going on, I only glanced at the synopsis before reading and had already decided to read it no matter what..The cover is absolutely eye catching and even without that, this author has become an absolute favorite and an immediate one click for me!

I will say about the story that she has made me fall in love with Rome…I’ve always thought about going but now it has been added to my bucket list, and I can only hope if I ever do make it there that just maybe I’ll find Helen’s Lady Gaga…That part of the story was awesome!

In a lot of ways this story touched me personally and I’m so impressed at how perfectly she conveyed the many feelings involved. It didn’t end the way I thought it would at one point, but it ended exactly how I hoped. I read the end with many tears in my eyes, I felt like a tray of ice cream melting in the rain….

Loved Loved Loved It!!!

Review by @debikircher

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Worth the Risk by Izzibella Beau – Review by Jenni Bishop

Worth the RiskWorth the Risk by Izzibella Beau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Worth the Risk by Izzibella Beau is a young adult romance, but is a story that can be read by all die hard romance lovers. Izzibella’s writing of the main characters made them relatable and the depth of them make for a good story. This book was a bit of a rollercoaster ride but enjoyable. There were characters that I to punch and others I wanted to wrap my arms around. Unfortunately society is still very much stuck in the us and them, rich and poor, which is very much a focus of this story.

From two completely different worlds and overcoming insurmountable odds will they take a leap of faith to be together? The struggles of this unlikely couple and the determination they had to overcome everything that was against them, made watching their young love all the better.

If you are looking for a good romance story, then this is one that you need to add to your list of books to read.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Sacrificed (Ariya Adams Trilogy #3) by Anna Applegate – Review by Tracy Manderson

Sacrificed (Ariya Adams Trilogy #3)Sacrificed by Anna Applegate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sacrificed (Ariya Adams Trilogy #3) by Anna Applegate
5 out of 5 stars
Sacrificed is the final installment of the Ariya Adams Trilogy Join Ariya, James, Nick, Caroline and Riley as they conclude their journey together through the toughest trials they’ve yet to face. The characters are well written and the way they play off each other you would think they are real. The plot was great and the writing was easy to follow.
Ariya Adams has a powerful ability that has protected those she loves from every danger they’ve faced. With Audrey, a powerful and malicious being on the loose and determined to overrun the supernatural world, Ariya and her friends are on a mission of vital importance they must find a weapon that can destroy the most dangerous evil the Protectors have ever encountered. The problem is, they have no idea who they can trust.
But, that’s not the only complication though. Ariya has a life-changing secret and must carry out her own mission without her Protectors finding out especially James, who is already watching her every move.
With Audrey closing in, there’s no time to question the magnitude of the sacrifice she’ll have to make to save her friends. Will she save them in time? Can they finally accomplish what must be done and stop Audrey? Or will she succeed in destroying everything Ariya holds dear once and for all?
Even though Ms. Applegate said this was the final installment I thought the story ended in a cliffhanger. This was a great Trilogy and I highly recommend it.

 

review by @tracym

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Worth the Risk by Izzibella Beau – Review by Debi Kircher

Worth the RiskWorth the Risk by Izzibella Beau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Worth the Risk by Izzibella Beau

5 Stars

Its official..After reading two of this authors books I am a forever fan…Her storylines are awesome and have unexpected happenings that you do. not. see. coming. And they aren’t major huge twists and turns, they are just little things that are placed just perfectly and enough to throw you off for a second.

Her stories just flow so smoothly and there is no added “unneeded fluff”, every word is essential to the story. I loved Chelsey, she was so not the typical rich girl, it almost seemed like what she had and what she received sort of ticked her off more than anything, she was so matter of fact about it and that made sense because what she wanted and needed she never received from her home life. I loved Marcus as well, and I loved the back and forth between the two of them. What angered me throughout the story was the families, now THEY were typical judgemental families from each side.

The secondary characters were awesome and even the one I despised throughout turned out to be pretty awesome.

This was just an all around fantastic book and its going in my to be read again file, right next to the first one I read by this author. I highly recommend this and any actually any book by Izzibella Beau…She is amazing!!

Loved It!!

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BECKONED, Part 4: From Barcelona With Love (Beckoned Series Book #4) by Aviva Vaughn – Review by Angela Hayes

BECKONED, Part 4: From Barcelona with LoveBECKONED, Part 4: From Barcelona with Love by Aviva Vaughn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Beckoned: From Barcelona With Love is the fourth part of the “Beckoned” series by Aviva Vaughn. I thought the last instalment of the series was interesting, and the best of the bunch- but this book takes the cake! I certainly wasn’t expecting the way the story played out… my mind had wandered down several possible outcomes/scenarios, but I wasn’t certain which way Ms. Vaughn would take the story, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I read. It really was the perfect way to take the storyline and I love, love, love it. And that ending- OH MY MY MY!!!
The whole story/series has been fascinating and captivating- with Ms. Vaughn upping the ante with each instalment, each book slightly eclipsing the last. I was enthralled through each and every book in a way I never expected to be going into this series. Having read the four books now, I can’t help thinking what a wonderful Television mini-series this would make. It really is different from a lot of other reads- the descriptions and scene setting are so vivid, rich and vibrant- I was ‘seeing’ the scenes play out before my eyes. The sights, smells and tastes of the books/series come alive, along with the characters. I could go on and on about this book and series, but instead I just highly recommend you dive in and read all the wonderful details for yourself. You are bound to love them as much as I do!
How excited am I to discover that there will be a part 5 and 6 coming out!!!! I just can’t wait!!
Another fantastic read from a great author!

Thank you, Ms. Vaughn!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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BECKONED, Part 4: From Barcelona with Love by Aviva Vaughn – Review by Jenni Bishop

BECKONED, Part 4: From Barcelona with LoveBECKONED, Part 4: From Barcelona with Love by Aviva Vaughn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

BECKONED, Part 4: From Barcelona with Love by Aviva Vaughn continues right on from where Part 3 left off and OMG I did not see the ending coming or maybe I did….. But either way Part 4 has left me so heartbroken and I did not like the ending. In this part of the story we see someone make the biggest sacrifice one could make and that made me love them a little more. Angela is always making excuses to the one she loves but how can a relationship stand the test of time if there is no sacrifice. I felt that I wanted to smack Angela for not compromising more but it is her life. Soren is a possessive man but is very dedicated and fiercely loyal but is that enough.

To find out what happened you will have to grab a copy and have a read.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Murder Among Friends by Linda Burson – Review by Jenni Bishop

Murder Among FriendsMurder Among Friends by Linda Burson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murder Among Friends by Linda Burson is a​ crime murder story that is full of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. It took me a little while to warm to the story and the way it is written took me a while to adjust as I am used to stories being written in the characters POV. There are twists that keep you guessing when you thought things would be different. There are secrets and lies and you will be stunned by something you don’t see coming.

This is like a true murder mystery game that makes for good read. If you like Cluedo or Whodunit then you will love this book.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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