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The Girls across the Bay (The Knox and Sheppard Mysteries, Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Moriah Venable

The Girls Across The Bay (Knox and Sheppard, #1)The Girls Across The Bay by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Girls Across the Bay is the first novel in the Knox and Sheppard series by Emerald O’ Brien. This is my first novel by this author.

I really enjoyed this mystery novel involving two girls that are in foster care and are separated but meet again as adults because of their careers. It made me curious how much the two had changed as the years passed and how much the past affected their lives. The author does an amazing job of weaving the past and present giving the reader just enough information without spoiling too much and still leaving some questions to be answered.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this novel or not. Sure it had some flaws such as some things didn’t feel all that realistic but it didn’t take away from the story just because some things were described or in depth.

I loved the characters as well as the twists and turns. I don’t want to give away too much.

This a series I look forward to continuing.

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Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1) by Laura Hawks – Review by Moriah Venable

Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1)Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms by Laura Hawks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gumshoe and the Mysterious Mushrooms is the first novel in the Gumshoe Mystery series by Laura Hawks. This is my first novel by this author.

On her 15th birthday, she sets out to clear her family name after her father is arrested. Her partner is a cat named Gumshoe, who is her familiar.

This was a really good novel and very refreshing. I haven’t read much in a while so I was really enjoying this funny YA cozy mystery. Gumshoe had me laughing often while reading. He is a cat that drinks coffee and wine and tries to help Mia with the investigation. What secrets will the two uncover?

From the title, one isn’t sure what to expect but this is cute read and I am excited for the next book.

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Children Of The Future by Jane Suen – Review by Moriah Venable

Children Of The FutureChildren Of The Future by Jane Suen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Children of the Future is a novel by Jane Suen. This is my first novel by this author.

In the small town of Rocky Flats, the weeks starts like any other but when 25 students and 3 teachers disappear, the town rallies together to solve this mystery. With help from the bus driver whose name is Telly and another student, follows clues in search of the missing people.

From the title of this novel, I thought the plot had something to do with the future like kids from the future coming to the past for an unknown reason. But the mystery is more than even I thought it was going to be.

The novel started out slow, but it did keep me interested. With the holiday, I wasn’t able to do a binge a read like I usually do, so I had to keep putting it down, but once it got into the story, I was reading it more quickly.

For anyone who wants to interesting and unique mystery, I would recommend.

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A Deal with Death (Crescent City Wolf Pack Book 4) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Moriah Venable

A Deal with Death (Crescent City Wolf Pack, #4)A Deal with Death by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Deal With Death is the fourth novel in the Crescent City Wolf Pack series by Carrie Pulkinen. This is my fourth novel by this author.

Odette Allemand is a woman who doesn’t fear death since she practices Voodoo. She also gets reincarnated after she dies whenever she meets her soulmate. Not wanting to die this time, she is sure she can beat the cycle.

James Malveaux is werewolf who hasn’t seen Odette in years but once the two meet again, his wolf wants to claim her as his mate.

Can the two change fate and have a happy life together?

This is my favorite of the series so far. The premise was different than anything I’ve read before and the romance between the two felt refreshing and different because of that.

I loved the main character’s name because it was unique and it made me think of the Swan Princess movie.

I hope there is another novel in this series soon.

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Steele Resolve (The Hawke Family Book 6) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Moriah Venable

Steele Resolve (Hawke Family #6)Steele Resolve by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Steele Resolve is the sixth novel in the Hawke Family series my Gwyn McNamee. This is my ninth novel by this author.

Words can’t describe how I feel after reading this. This author is one of my favorites and I have to read whatever she writes when I see she has something new coming out.

This was just as emotional and roller coaster ride as the previous novels and I loved this one to pieces. It had me sad, cry, happy and at times I wasn’t sure what to feel.

I read that this was the last installment in the Hawke family series. I am not ready to say goodbye to these characters. In fact, I may just reread the series including the novels I did not get a chance to read.

I don’t read a lot of M/M romances but I am going to start putting this on my list especially anything as engaging as this with Romeo and Juliet vibe (which is my favorite play).

I look forward to authors next novel even if the book is not this series.

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Devil’s Due: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter #3) by Manda Mellett – Review by Moriah Venable

Devil's Due: Satan's Devils MC Colorado Chapter #3Devil’s Due: Satan’s Devils MC Colorado Chapter #3 by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Devil’s Due is the third novel in the Satan’s Devils MC Colorado series by Manda Mellett. This is my third novel by this author.

I haven’t had much time to read lately because of school, but this was nice and needed break.

I am starting to become hooked on this series and like the previous books, it feels like each book gets better and better.

I don’t wanna give too much of the plot away but I will say this novel will leave you on the edge of your seat. From their first meeting, the female protagonist Stevie, and the male protagonist are on a roller coaster ride of twist and turns and sassy personalities which I loved.

The male protagonist wasn’t looking for a relationship, after getting out of one, but he can’t help but feel drawn to Stevie. Stevie has this self reliant personality about her and I loved reading her history. Made me love her all the more.

I don’t read many books involving bikers, but I may start finding others similar to this.

I may be behind in my schoolwork now, but this novel was definitely worth it. Each cover is so unique that it helps pull you into the story.

I hope we get another novel in this series.

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A Protector’s Touch by Parker Sinclair – Review by Moriah Venable

A Protector's TouchA Protector’s Touch by Parker Sinclair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Protector’s Touch is a novel by Parker Sinclair. This is my first novel by this author.

April is a character who is trying to move forward in life after an abusive relationship. Slowly she started to take control of her life and become a more stronger and confident women after meeting Shan who helps her.

This may be short but it’s told in a well written and inspiring way.

I don’t want to give too much away. I highly recommend this novel

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Dinner with The Wolf (Misfits & Rogues Series Book 2) by Kimberly Forrest – Review by Moriah Venable

Dinner with The Wolf (Misfits & Rogues Series Book 2)Dinner with The Wolf by Kimberly Forrest
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dinner with The Wolf is the second novel in the Misfits and Rogues series by Kimberly Forrest. This is my first novel by this author.

Taking place after the first book,which follows Vivian after she has made a contract with Thane to not lose her beauty. She is an actress but she didn’t read the fine print and would be in Thane’s debt for 200 years.

Knowing that Thane will kill her after what she did, she runs and in this book she tries to keep a low profile in order to not be found. Jules Kincaid, who doesn’t like her, is tasked with bringing her back, something he doesn’t want to do. Jules is also having trouble with his wolf, and slowing starting to lose his sanity.

Will these two continue to argue and hate each other or is it just cover for their attraction to each other?

It has been some time since I was able to read a paranormal romance novel and there were a few elements I enjoyed. One, being enemies to lovers. No matter how many times I read it, I never get tired of it.

I will admit this was the first time I was not very fond of the female protagonist. She was self centered and just came off vain. Over time, she was more likeable and her character began to develop more.

Overall, I recommend this novel and I look forward to reading the next time.

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Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors (Book 3) by C. L. Schneider – Review by Moriah Venable

Smoke & Mirrors (Nite Fire #3)Smoke & Mirrors by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Smoke and Mirrors is the third novel in the Nite Fire series by C.L. Schneider. This is my second novel by this author.

While I have not read the second novel, I was excited to start this. I was not confused much while reading.

Dahlia and her partner Alex Creed work on a case involving dismembered bodies that are not human. While investigating, Dahlia is forced into worlds: the world of humans and the world of the supernatural. Will she be able to solve the case and find the one responsible?

I really enjoyed this novel and loved the two worlds aspect with Dahlia feeling conflicted which fit with her personality. I love reading about her. She is a strong, interesting, female character that is relatable and shows a lot of emotion.

With school starting again, it hard to get into a book, but this book was a rollercoaster that left me wanting to finish reading even though I had papers and assignments to finish.

For anyone looking for a interesting take on the supernatural genre, I highly recommend this series. The covers are so pretty, they just pull you in.

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Crafting Love (Wine and Furniture Series Book 1) by A. E. Gamrat – Review by Moriah Venable

Crafting LoveCrafting Love by A.E. Gamrat
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crafting Love is the first novel in the Wine and Furniture series by A. E. Gamrat. This is my first novel by this author.

Kelly is a small town girl who works who two other women, Delilah and Daisy. Kelly also has a Youtube channel with a few thousand followers. Kelly is the type of woman who prefers to stay busy.

One night, Kelly goes to karaoke and meets Kirk. While there is an instantly attraction, Kelly is apprehensive about a relationship because of a previous relationship in the past.

Kirk moves in with his cousin for a fresh start and instantly falls in love with Kelly. But both are hiding secrets of their own. Will the secrets tear them apart before they even have a chance to get together?

I really enjoyed this story. It was cute, funny and relatable. I love the cover and the premise caught my attention.

I enjoy the progress of Kelly and Kirk’s relationship from being friend to slow becoming more.

I noticed that this is a series and look forward to reading the next book.

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