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The Plot by Melinda De Ross – Review by Gail Guerrero

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Plot by Melinda De Ross

Four Stars

I might still be in shock after reading this story. The Plot is a thrilling sad story that had my mouth dropping with every moment. Yoko has had a very hard life. It is unimaginable the amount of suffering she has been through. You know these things happen to people every day. But when you read about it just breaks your heart. This story may be fiction but it is someone’s truth. I really enjoyed how the author laid this story out. It wasn’t just some story about a girl getting revenge it was a story of a girl doing better for herself while plotting her revenge. Yoko knew she was meant for something more and she didn’t let her past get in her way. She held a lot of hurt in. I am glad I have this story a try. It definitely gave me a view from the other side. The author really kept me flipping from page to page.
Reviewed by @gguerrero89

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The Plot by Melinda De Ross – Review by Maura Harper

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that the blurb doesn’t do it justice. I was a little hesitant to read it because I thought it was going to be heavy on human trafficking. While it is a major part of the story, it’s in the past and is the thread that ties the story together.

This is a story of revenge and redemption and self-forgiveness. A complex story that is told in a fantastic way. It was easy to read and flowed well and quickly. The characters were well developed and I was rooting for Yoko from the very beginning. I was able to read every word in this book from beginning to end in one afternoon.

This is the first story I’ve read by this author and I will absolutely read more.

Review by @mauraharper

The Plot by Melinda De Ross – Review by Erin Davidson

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Plot by Melinda De Ross is a suspenseful and haunting tale. I was hesitant buying this book, due to its content, but I’m so glad that I did. Yoko’s story was an incredibly harrowing tale to read, that took me on a roller coaster of emotions. Don’t let the romance fool you, this is a tale of suspense, mystery, drama, intrigue, and revenge. Yoko was abducted from Japan and falls prey to a human trafficking organisation that forces her to give up her innocence to the highest buyer. After escaping her world of nightmares, Yoko swears revenge on the man that ruined her life, and the life of many other young girls. On Yoko’s journey of revenge, she meets Mark, and things couldn’t be more difficult for Yoko as she grapples with the horrors of her past. This book was extremely emotional, and made my sick in the pit of my stomach. The way De Ross described the horrors that Yoko and the other girls went through was harrowing. I was so emotional and devastated whilst reading this. To know that these stories aren’t just fiction, and that human trafficking is still a prevailing issue in our society. I really loved this book for the way it made me think, and absorb the story it was telling. I highly recommend it, to anyone that wants to read a challenging story, that isn’t your classic romance.
4/5 stars

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The Plot by Melinda De Ross – Review by Samantha Scannell

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yoko is a very intriguing strong willed character you can’t get enough of. She has a plan to take down the people who stole her youth and innocence. She doesn’t plan to fall in love, especially with her past. This book has suspense that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The story of this book is so powerful and so passionate. I wanted to hear more about Yoko story the beginning and even what happens after this book. She is a character you will love and just want to be friends with and help her through all her struggles. The author has a great writing style that is so beautiful. I can’t wait to read more or even just to read this again.

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The Plot by Melinda De Ross – Review by Angelina Frazzini

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Plot by Melinda De Ross is a pretty unconventional romance. Some of the subject matter may be difficult for some readers. This book was a very emotional book. In the beginning of the book it was easy to keep some distance especially due to the topic. Once the story moved in favor of the heroine you could feel the whole story shift.

Yoko and her best friend finish high school and come to America with the hopes they can get good jobs and send money back home to their families in Japan. She didn’t expect that she would fall victim to human trafficking. The girls manage to get free but Yoko feels like she needs revenge. While Yoko is working out her plan, she meets Mark who offers her a good job and it seems a little too good to be true. Can Yoko let herself trust Mark and believe the good things he is offering?

I was glad the beginning of the book glossed over a little bit the harrowing experience Yoko had. The book was suspenseful though knowing Yoko wanted revenge for herself and other girls like her. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how she would go about her revenge. I had hope for Yoko and Mark. She had a horrible past but he felt for her just the same and I really hoped they’d both be able to work passed it all.

I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

Reviewed by @angelfra6
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The Plot by Melissa De Ross – Review by Krystal Gaston

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Plot written by Melinda De Ross. This is a modern day Geisha story. The storyline was good it had a nice build up and the characters were well thought out. Yoko is the main character and she’s been through a lot, her story is one that has a lot of sadness in it along with the endurance and strength to make her situation better, knowing how to survive until she had the chance to gain her freedom. As she moves on with her life she faces new struggles and The Plot is how she moves forward in her life and also seeks revenge on those who hurt her and will continue to hurt others in the same way.

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The Plot By Melinda De Ross – Review By Stacey Baxter

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novel was a very emotional story covering a very sensitive and controversial subject human trafficking and prostitution the author wrote it in a way the it really grips you and gives you a better understanding of this sensitive horrific issue. I can honestly say i read this novel in one sitting i just couldn’t pull my eyes away i found it so touching and emotional it’s a beautiful sensitive touching story one i highly recommend reading outstanding read!

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Love, Christmas – Movies You Love (The Holiday Series Book 2) Anthology – Review by Robin Rankin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, Christmas – Movies You Love (The Holiday Series Book 2 is an amazing collection of short stories by various authors including Tamara Ferguson, Suzanne Jenkins and Natalie Ann. I enjoyed each of the the stories I read but decided to spotlight a few by authors that are new to me.

A Royal White Christmas by Leanne Banks

Holly’s life is already in chaos, she is helping run her brothers farm. She meets the handsome stranger thanks to Brandi the Beagle.

I’m a sucker for any story that features a dog, but I’m partial to dogs that remind me of dogs I know and Brandi reminded me of my sister in laws dog Westley. Always getting into some and escaping. Very sweet ending.

Miracle on Christmas Tree Street by Alicia Street

Hannah and her daughter Abbie are starting a new life by running her Aunt’s Bed and Breakfast. After she gets there she finds all sorts of unusual little things happening all of which lead to a Christmas miracle and a happy ending.

The Holiday (Christmas) by Nancy Radke

Jodie is spending the holidays in one of the most beautiful places I have had the pleasure of going to, Hawaii. She is trying to escape a lot but has no clue what she’s going to find when she gets there.

This was another great story with a happy ending.

If you’re looking for great short stories to start getting you into the Christmas spirit then I would suggest you start reading now.

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Love, Christmas – Movies You Love (The Holiday Series Book 2) Anthology – Review by Michelle Austin

Love, Christmas - Movies You Love (The Holiday Series Book 2)Love, Christmas – Movies You Love by Mimi Barbour
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, Christmas – Movies you love was a great 5 star read.
I loved this book and the 26 stories within the pages.

These are all new romance stories from so many great authors. Some were new authors for me and there were favorites as well. I love the twist on holiday movies with these stories, my emotions were all over the place with each of them. You can take your time and read a story here and there or sit and read them all at once. They range from second chance romance to historical romance and so much more.

A Wonderful life was an emotional read for me. Noel is about to make a drastic decision, he has too many people that will be impacted by his choice and his guardian angel couldn’t let him follow through with it. Than he meets Mary and things change for him. He was saved to help Mary and protect her. Will they get a HEA?

I was a mess reading Finding Love. When Lucy goes to her father’s cabin for Christmas. Lucy lost her father to a plane crash and being at the cabin makes her feel close to him. Then she meets Maverick the next door neighbor. Maverick feels like he’s known Lucy from all the stories her father shared with him. These two end up having sparks between them and develop some feelings. Will they have a HEA?

A Christmas Getaway pulled me right in and brought me to tears once again. Ryder goes on a ski trip to sulk in booze and get away. When he gets to the cabin he discovers it was double booked to Olivia and her son. He wasn’t happy about the situation. We learn as we move forward some of Ryder’s history, have the kleenex ready.

There are so many more great stories and I highly recommend you 1-click and get reading. I look forward to reading more from all of these authors. What a great way to get in the holiday mood.

Reviewed by @mab54615

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Love, Christmas – Movies You Love (The Holiday Series Book 2) Anthology – Review by Shannon Fowler

Love, Christmas - Movies You Love (The Holiday Series Book 2)Love, Christmas – Movies You Love by Mimi Barbour
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, Christmas is a mix of 26 magical stories, that happen to revolve around Christmas time. Each story is well written with characters just wanting a little Christmas love.

Tamara Ferguson has captured my heart with Two Hearts Home for Christmas. This story is part of her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior series. It is book 9. This story is about Nancy and John, who find each other when they are just seniors in high school. Each planned to enlist in the military. Of course, they couldn’t enlist in the same branch, that would be too easy and not what the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior series is all about. After several years apart Nancy and John are hoping to find each other again. They must meet back at DragonFly Pointe in hopes that a little Christmas magic has kept their love alive.

Can She Get Home for Christmas? is written by Rebecca York. This is my first story by York and I can not wait to read more. She too captured my heart with her story of Samantha and Jax. Jax is keeping secrets and I hope Sam can handle them when she finds out. They certainly have a little mystery unfolding in their lives. I look forward to reading about what happens to them because this story is not finished!

Each story brings you something different but just like the movies they are written like, you get an enjoyable story with new characters and adventures. I suggest you get this anthology as it is full of stories that will touch your heart.

Review by @shannonlovesbooks

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