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Blossoming Flower (Wildflowers, #1) by Vivian Winslow – Review by Jana Teppih

Blossoming Flower (Wildflowers, #1)Blossoming Flower by Vivian Winslow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blossoming Flower is the first book in Vivian Winslow’s new adult series Wildflowers. It is my first encounter with this writer and I am looking forward to many more hours with her as there are 3 more books (currently) that have been published in the series!
Blossoming Flower is the story of Flor da Lima, the daughter of ex-billionaire Gustavo da Lima who is in housearrest at the beginning of the story. I actually got a feeling that Flor is more resentful towards her mother, a typical Latina drama queen, who is the reason that all the pieces came down tumbling. She is not resentful because her father lost everything, she is resentful for how her mother behaved as a woman… Flor does not care for the trappings of her father’s world; the only thing she really truly loves is horses and her dream of becoming a veterinarian and at the beginning of the story she sets out to the horse ranch Belo Horizonte where the rest of her story unfolds … Here she will grow into her own as a delicate yet fierce woman who speaks her mind … here she meets Collin Taylor, an amazing horse trainer and hottie to die for AND what I loved was the fact that they took it slow and built their relationship slow and sweet until they ended up in bed together.
In addition there were a number of other intriguing characters that I hope we will meet in the next books. As it seems that the characters overlap then I hope to hear more about Flor and Collin as well as yes, there is no cliffhanger at the end but they are young and life can get in the way of all the best intentions. Totally going to dig into next book now!

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Awakened (Ariya Adams Trilogy #2) by Anna Applegate – Review by Tracy Manderson

Awakened (Ariya Adams Trilogy #2)Awakened by Anna Applegate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Awakened (Ariya Adams Trilogy #2) by Anna Applegate
4 out 0f 5 stars
Awakened the Ariya Adams Trilogy is book two written by Ms. Applegate and the second book that I have read by this author. I really enjoyed reading more about Ariya and James and the gang. The characters are well written, and I still enjoyed the storyline, but I thought the story just dragged on…. I mean don’t get me wrong there were some great scenes that made me feel a-part of the story.

Ariya Adams only recently discovered the supernatural world is real, and that world wants something from her. Her blood. Her unique ability to heal both werewolves and vampires with only a few drops gives Ariya a great power. However, that power has put her in unfathomable danger.

James, her sexy vampire boyfriend and Protector, has done well keeping Ariya safe in the past. When a new, more powerful and manipulative evil comes into play, it may prove to be more than they can handle, especially when their forbidden affair makes Ariya more vulnerable to the deceptive new enemy seeking to control her. Her grasp on reality will be tested and twisted as she battles to save James, her friends, and herself.

Despite her determination, she will be faced with a pain greater than she ever imagined. Even the most powerful abilities have limitations, and this time, the power of her blood might not be enough to save those she loves most.
Will her Protector/Boyfriend keep her safe? Can Aryia win the battle when her reality is being tested? If all else is lost, will Ariya survive?
I enjoyed this story and cant wait to read the conclusion to this trilogy…

review by @tracym

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Hagen (Big Series # 1) by Janice M. Whiteaker – Review by Chantelle Smith

Hagen (Big, #1)Hagen by Janice M. Whiteaker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hagen is book 1 in the Big series from author Janice M. Whiteaker. This is my first read from this author but it most definitely will not be my last! She has written a read that is captivating and compelling with some amazing characters and a brilliant storyline that you couldn’t help but enjoy from start to finish! I can’t wait to see what else this author brings to this series.

This book was suspenseful, fast paced & thrilling, it has romance, passion, sexiness. This is an amazing imaginative read that hooks you from the beginning and brings you on this amazing rollercoaster filled ride, with incredible characters such as Rhea and Hagen, Jarrik & Stewart. I don’t think I couldn’t wish for a more brilliant paranormal, sexy read than this.

From the get-go I loved Rhea, you could tell she was going to be an independent, strong women who will go after what she wants. I also like that we got that added extra of Rhea and her special abilities. She awakens them more with being in Greenlee and develops them to be more powerful.
You can tell Greenlee will be a place that will be central to everything thing that occurs in Rhea and Hagen journey, improving it and helping out others that have it tough.

We do get thrown a couple of twist and that we don’t expect but I’m glad that everything works out in the end!

But her dynamic with Hagen straight off the bat is what got me even more invested into this story! The chemistry that is between Hagen & Rhea is instantaneous, yet they both his it from one another, that is until it gets too powerful for them to don’t. you can’t help but fall for Hagen yourself, he is sexy, powerful, strong & your typical alpha male he is caring, considerate and shows more compassion and feeling than others which makes him perfect. At first you think he is just a broody male but after you find out his story and what he has given up and suppresses you can’t help but live him more and feel his pain! I can’t help but route for Rhea and Hagen throughout this entire read, They just seem perfect together and that they could really make a difference together and to top it off they have undeniable passion!

This is an incredible start to a series with some amazing characters, I hope this isn’t the last we hear from Hagen & Rhea, and that they continue to get the HEA they both deserve.

Review by @tillytillzz

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Dust to Blood (Red Slaves Series Book #1) by Tonya Cannariato – Review by Angela Hayes

Dust to Blood (Red Slaves, #1)Dust to Blood by Tonya Cannariato
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Dust to Blood is the first book in the Red Slaves Series by Tonya Cannariato. I was quite surprised that this story had so much going on in it, and not what I was expecting-but in a good way. This is a paranormal/fantasy with some action, mystery, drama, suspense, dragons, witches, the KGB, and a touch of romance. The story has surprises, twists and had me avidly reading right from the beginning. This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Cannariato, and I can confidently say that it certainly won’t be the last.
Anne Crosby finds herself in a very intriguing situation. There are nine mysterious amnesiacs all in the same mindboggling situation and it becomes her job to investigate and unravel the mystery surrounding them. As the story unfolds the developments make for really great reading. I really wasn’t expecting that, and I thought it was quite brilliant on the authors part. The story is creative, imaginative and unique. The characters are very interesting, well developed and individual. Ms. Cannariato has produced a wonderful, polished story that kept me captivated the whole way through. I am looking forward to the second book!

Thank you, Ms. Cannariato!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

 

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Pardon Falls (Phoenix Series Book #2) by Kimberly Packard – Review by Angela Hayes

Pardon Falls (Phoenix Book 2)Pardon Falls by Kimberly Packard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Phoenix is the second book in the Phoenix series by Kimberly Packard. This is a brilliant suspense/mystery- which kept me guessing the whole way through. As it is a continuation of the story, it really should be read AFTER reading book one first. There is a lot of backstory, character information and other important facts laid out in the first book which I think are crucial to getting the most out of this read. This book picks up pretty much where Phoenix finished off, and we get to follow as Amanda heads off on the next stop/s of her adventure.
Aa we discovered in the first book, Amanda Martin had a life that most would have envied. That is until a phone call has her world spinning out of control and the life she’d worked so hard to create came crumbling down around her. She had been played, by her boyfriend and implicated in the misappropriation of millions of dollars. She ends up on the run before stopping to assess her situation in a small country town called Phoenix. She decides the town would make a great pit-stop in her journey. She soon finds a place to stay and a job at the local newspaper. Her job introduces her to the local police officer, David, and even though Amanda tries to keep her distance, their attraction wins out in the end. But danger isn’t far away, and Amanda finds herself in a few precarious situations while investigating a cold case for an article in the paper. Then there is the fact that the authorities are hot on her trail. As book one finishes, Amanda has had no choice but to flee once more- leaving David behind with the knowledge of who she really is and what she’d done.
In this book, Amanda is back on her mission to track down her ex-boyfriend, Josh, for his part in masterminding the whole fraud and for playing her as well. She hadn’t expected for it to take quite so long to locate him. She’s focused her search to Mexico and will have to be quite ingenious in the way she approaches her search, sneaking over the border and back, without being detected. But what happens when she runs into David who’s now working on Border Patrol? Will she be able to find Josh? What has Josh been doing all this time?
This story has so much going on, it really is a ride you won’t want to miss. Again there is danger and threats from various sources which will have you on the edge of your seat, reading along to discover what happens.
This is such a well thought out, intricately woven story full of inter-connected details that had me scrambling to figure it all out and find out what was going to happen next. The story is multi-layered with duel stories running simultaneously. The author orchestrated the whole thing brilliantly and I was completely engrossed by what I was reading. The story is told from several POV’s which gives the story so much more depth, drama, and interest.
I really can’t wait to dive into book 3- I am really hoping the author doesn’t make me wait too long before it’s released, and I can get my hands on it!
A fantastic addition to the series!

Thank you, Ms. Packard!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

 

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Sex, Blood, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and Vampyr (The Bloodline Trilogy, #1) by K.M. McFarland – Review by Jenni Bishop

Sex, Blood, Rock 'N' Roll, and Vampyr (The Bloodline Trilogy, #1)Sex, Blood, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and Vampyr by K.M. McFarland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sex, Blood, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and Vampyr: A Vampire Rock Star Romance (The Bloodline Series Book 1) by K.M. McFarland is a a quick and enjoyable paranormal read. This is the first book that I have read by KM and liked her writing style and the ease of the story telling. The story had me hooked from the very start. The characters and there are a lot of them, are enjoyable and as you get to know their past, their loves and relationships and their quirks and personalities you feel as though you know them and this makes them believable. The story is based in New Orleans where you expect anything to happen that is out of the ordinary and in this book it does.

This is the first book in a series and I can’t wait to find out what is in store for us next.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Road-Tripped (Ad Agency #1) by Nicole Archer – Review by Jessica Leombruno

Road-Tripped (Ad Agency #1)Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Road Tripped by Nicole Archer was a first for me by this author. If you love a good office romance with some funny bantering between the couple then this is the book for you. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into the book, but by the end, I was ready to buy the next book.

Callie really didn’t like any of her co-workers and hated it even more, when she got told that she has to take a road trip across the U.S. with Walker – the office player. Callie and Walker have so many layers to them that it took talking and fighting to get to know one another. But when they started to understand one another better, the sparks were flying and it was steamy.

This was a well written and enjoyable book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Ad Agency series. Never had a cross-country road trip but it sounds like fun, I think?!?

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Protected (Ariya Adams Trilogy #1) by Anna Applegate – Review by Erin Davidson

Protected (Ariya Adams Trilogy, #1)Protected by Anna Applegate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Protected is the first book in the Ariya Adams trilogy, wrote by Anna Applegate. First off I just want to say how cool the author and the main character’s names are; I absolutely love alliteration in names.
Anyway, back to the book. Protected follows the story of Ariya’s senior year in college, where not everything is quite what it seems. Turns out the hot new guys are vampires, and werewolves, and Ariya is stuck right in the middle of it.
I had an issue with the pacing of this novel, and general clichés that are really common in YA urban fantasies. But it was the pacing that really threw me off when reading. During action/fight scenes that sentences were very fragmented and disjointed, rather than keeping the flow of the book and increasing the tension and action.
All the twists and turns were very obvious from the beginning. And some of the choices that Ariya made, had me literally screaming at my kindle asking Ariya what she was thinking. Why didn’t she just write or text important information, if she was worried of being overheard?! So many problems could have been solved this way, but I understand that if she had done this, then I wouldn’t have had such a fun time watching all her misfortunes play out. Kind of like when you watch a horror movie and you’re yelling at the characters not to go downstairs, but they do it anyway.
This book was a lot of fun to read, as it reminded me so much of The Vampire Diaries and all of its vampire shenanigans. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series over the following weeks. I give this book 4/5 stars.

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Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic Series Book #1) by Danielle Annett – Review by Angela Hayes

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

 

Cursed by Fire is the first book in the Blood & Magic series by Danielle Annett. What a fantastic way to start a series- it was spellbinding, sexy and action packed. This is a brilliant urban fantasy/paranormal story full of magic, supernatural elements, vampires, shifters, harpies, drama, angst, tension, danger, conflict… and so much more. The characters are superb, I loved how they were so well developed and had their own unique personalities, quirks and flaws. The way they were written, and the way they continued to grow and develop as the story unfolded really made this story take on a realistic and entirely believable quality. The authors’ world building skills are exceptional, she wove so much into her world but I believed it all and never questioned any of the elements. There is a lot going on in the book, the story is quite complex with various threads all playing out at the same time. But Ms. Annett orchestrates the whole production into a smooth and seamless read.
Aria Naveed is quite a special young woman. She is a human with Pyrokinetic abilities that come in handy in her line of work, being a mercenary. She is called in to look for a missing 7-year-old boy, but when she finally tracks him down she discovers a mutilated body. It looks like his death was caused by vampires. But why? She’s determined to hunt down the murderer/s and bring them to justice. When the local shifter pack becomes involved and send one of their own to help her investigate, Aria soon discovers that there is far more to this situation that she could have imagined. Danger seems to follow close behind- lurking in the shadows and around every corner. Will she get to the bottom of it all? With secrets, lies, hidden agendas, bizarre murders, set ups, betrayal, and nothing adding up- Aria will be tested like never before.
I love Aria and James, and all the secondary characters- they are all so well crafted. The story has funny moments, emotional scenes, as well as witty banter and quips.
I really enjoyed reading this book, I devoured it in a matter of hours and can’t wait to continue the story in the next book. I really hope that Aria and James act on their chemistry and attraction in the next story. They are so great together and I think they’d make a great couple.
A fantastic read!

Thank you, Ms. Annett!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

 

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The One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth – Review by Angela Hayes

The One That Got AwayThe One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth is a wonderful women’s fiction novel. It has a interesting, clean, fun storyline with just enough drama, conflicted feelings, and intriguing characters to keep me hooked. I like how Ms. Roth changes things up a bit with this book- I loved Planet Perfect, but I think this book is even better. I also loved how the story made me think and gave me lots to ponder about how the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and how easy it is to become complacent in a long-term relationship, how important it is to communicate… and much more.
Helen has been happily married to her husband Mark for almost 20 years. But she’s somewhat insecure, feels her age catching up to her, has doubts, and is just a little lost. She finds her ex on social media and can’t seem to stop thinking of him and wondering what life with him would have been like. Helen ends up attending a friend’s wedding in Italy, knowing that her ex would also be there. When old feelings bubble to the surface and social media gets thrown into the mix- and when her husband arrives unexpectedly- Helen will have a lot to work through… and what ensues makes for a funny, sweet, and very entertaining read.
This is a really great, fast paced, and easy read. It is realistic, relatable and entirely believable. The characters are fantastic, very well developed and quite endearing.
I look forward to more from Ms. Roth.

Thank you, Ms. Roth!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

 

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