Unsettled Scores (DAG Team Series Book 2) by Kel O’Connor – Review by Mrs R

Unsettled Scores (DAG Team #2)Unsettled Scores by Kel O’Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although this is the second book in the series, it it technically a standalone, although after reading this book, I wish I’d read book 1 first.
This story keep me on the edge of my seat.
Amy is a complex character having gone through so much, including the loss of her sister – and she is out to seek revenge for her death.
There’s action, suspense, danger and romance. Amy is brought in to find out how drugs are being smuggled into a charity, and she is soon caught up in Henry’s world. I liked Amy, she was interesting to get to know, and Henry was very likeable- together they were a great match.
This is a book that will pull you in from the beginning and keep you there until the end. This won’t be the last book I read from this series.

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No Way Out (Mafia Elite, book 1) by Amy McKinley – Review by Mrs R

No Way Out (Mafia Elite, #1)No Way Out by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great start to a new series. There is action, suspense, lots of twists and romance.
Both main characters were interesting. Liliana was not the defenseless Mafia princess I thought she would be, she was a really strong lead and Max was a typical alpha male.
Liliana’s father wants to use her as a pawn in his business, he allocates Max as her bodyguard, but Max soon realises he has feelings for her. Max has been sent in by her grandfather to try and protect her from her father, but what started as a job to get revenge turns into a women he just can’t walk away from.
I enjoyed getting to know all the characters and where the story took them. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
This story is what you would expect from Amy McKinley, so if you’ve loved her previous books, you’ll love this one too.

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Caught by Him by Tammy Mannersly – Review by Mrs R

Caught by HimCaught by Him by Tammy Mannersly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a short opposites attractive insta-love story.
Brody is a Hollywood actor trying to take a break before his next role. Willa is a free spirit house sitting her grandfather’s place next door.
From the moment they meet there is an instant attraction and Brody starts to realise that he’s been missing something in his life. Willa has an ex that won’t take no for an answer but finds that Brody could be the first guy she might want to settle down with.
These two were so sweet with each other, both finding an instant attraction to the other.
I did not like meddling Carmody, and I’m not sure why she was allowed to stick around for so long. Hayden, the ex, was kind of likeable but also an idiot.
Even though this story was short, you got to know the characters as they got to know each other.

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Repair (Rescue Me Book 1) by Trish Williford – Review by Mrs R

RepairRepair by Trish Williford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It kept me reading from the first chapter. Charlie is the little sister of Tanks best friend, they’ve grown up together and she’s always had a crush on him.
After a one night stand, they don’t see each other for 8 years, but when they do the chemistry is still there, but both are cautious about being hurt again.
This story was really sweet as they got to know each other again and learnt what had been going on during the 8 years apart. I loved Charlie, she wasn’t afraid to say what she felt and put herself out there for something she wanted.
I liked how the book didn’t shy away from talking about past abuse, alcoholism or depression. None were in detail, but included enough to understand what the characters might be going through.
The only thing I found strange was that neither knew anything about the other despite being close to their brother/best friend, surely something would have been mentioned over the years.

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Hold Me ForeverHold Me Forever by Lea Nolan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is your typical small town romance, so if that’s your thing, then you will definitely love this book.
This is book 3 in the series – you don’t need to have read the first two, however they will give away some plot lines from the previous books.
Lark is the opposite of her academic sisters, enjoying her lifestyle of teaching art and travelling to sell her own work – just like her mum. Six years ago she left Hunter, and has avoided coming home but now they have to work together to help Wren & Smith finalise their wedding.
This was definitely a case of opposites attract. Lark & Hunter were great characters, very real easy to like.
I really enjoyed all the mystery surrounding the family history, and it really helped show the reasons behind Lark’s actions years ago. I loved watching them both re-discover the love they had for each other.

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The Heart of Baker Bay by Danielle Jacks – Review by Mrs R

The Heart of Baker BayThe Heart of Baker Bay by Danielle Jacks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had me hooked from the beginning. Jody can’t hold down a job, is unfocused and lacks drive – as her family keeps reminding her. Once again she is unemployed, and when her grandma needs someone to help she’s reluctant to go, thinking she’ll only mess it up as usual. However, once away from her family she has the chance to thrive.
Adam had spent his whole life in Clover Bay and has no intentions of ever leaving. He isn’t sure what to make of Jody, but he’s sure nothing can happen as she isn’t staying for long.
As Jody and Adam strike up a friendship, they start to push each others self imposed boundaries, urging and supporting the other to try something new and live a little differently.
I loved how these two helped each other out and really supported each other. Adam was a total sweetheart, always there to help and support anyone who needed him. Leaving her family was the best thing for Jody as I don’t think she realised how much they influenced her work attitude.
I really enjoyed the ending, it was perfect for these two and the epilogue was so sweet.

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Sex on Fire (Naughty Neighbor Book 1) by Ashley Bostock – Review by Mrs R

Sex on Fire: A Quickie Read (Naughty Neighbor Book 1)Sex on Fire: A Quickie Read by Ashley Bostock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a quick read, but even though it isn’t long you still get to know the characters fairly well, and are pulled into their potential relationship.
Turner and Poppy are neighbours, and she is the only female that hasn’t thrown herself at him, instead they become good friends. Turner has finally had enough and wants to entice Poppy out of her introvert world and invites her to a bbq, only it doesn’t quite go to plan and he risks losing her completely.
I loved how Turner knew how to encourage Poppy and how thoughtful he was with her. She doesn’t believe that someone like Turner could possibly want her, but he is so sweet and patient.

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Mr. Nice Guy (Pierce Brothers Book 1) by Belinda Williams – Review by Mrs R

Mr. Nice Guy (Pierce Brothers, #1)Mr. Nice Guy by Belinda Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. Friends to lovers is one of my favourite tropes.
Chelsea has been dating the wrong kind of man, and her best friend suggests dating her nice guy flat mate to see where she’s going wrong. Tom has has a crush on Chelsea for years, but his past history has made him have serious trust issues.
Together they embark on a week of ‘dating’, where both find themselves facing personal issues they’ve been putting off.
I loved how the dates didn’t alway go to plan, but the two of them took it in their stride and made the best out of everything. For the most part, they were brutally honest with each other and it was so sweet to hear the things Tom says to Chelsea. She finally realises that she has been dating, but never had a relationship, never found someone she wanted to chat to outside of a date and it was a real eye-opener for her. Tom needed to face his past before being able to move on, he just needed a little push in the right direction.
I loved how Nadia got involved towards the end, she was brash but her heart is in the right place, and the text messages at the end were brilliant.
A really great story, a bit of emotion, a few ‘I can’t believe that’ moments but the ending was perfect for Tom and Chelsea.

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Lost Bastard (Dark Sparrow Novel Book 1) AUDIO BOOK by India Kells – Review by Mrs R

I really enjoyed the story in this book. The way all the different threads weaved together kept me reading to the end.
Lots of planning must have gone into this book and there were lots of side characters involved and they really added to the story. They were introduced at a pace so you can get to know them and I can see lots more stories to come involving them.
Deva was a character I really struggled to like, and I don’t think I ever did for the entire book. She escaped the brutal MC life and knew she couldn’t safely go back. Yet she exposed herself to the MC groups when she didn’t need to, opening up a huge can of worms that could have easily stayed hidden. She also constantly put herself into dangerous situations she didn’t need to, causing unnecessary problems to the group. I also felt that she inserted herself as the MC expert, even after claiming to have been kept in the dark due to being female, and staying away for 10+ years.
I was quite shocked at Deva’s first interaction with Alesei, but it did set the stage for their relationship, which was extremely fast paced from the beginning.

I enjoyed the narration voice, however some of the accents weren’t consistent, especially during conversations where he had to keep switching from British to American. I also found the audio slow, and listened at x1.5 speed, which seemed to suit me.

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Motherland (The Tom Grant Series Book 3) by Samantha Adair – Review by Mrs R

Motherland (Tom Grant #3)Motherland by Samantha Adair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book, it had me hooked from the beginning. It was full of suspense, you really didn’t know what might be coming next.
I haven’t read other books in the series but I highly recommend that you do. This book can technically work as standalone, but I did miss out on a lot of background information and it was assumed that previous books had been read first. I am definitely going back and reading them now!
Tom Grant is an amazing character, he has his flaws, and many layers, he’s grumpy, impatient but his sarcastic responses were brilliant. I absolutely loved the conversations he had with Iz and Martha.
Iz needs to visit the Motherland to reunited her fathers Ashes with her mother. However, she defected from Russia and is wanted by many people. Tom goes with her, but it definitely doesn’t quite go to plan. What starts as a quick in and out visit, turns into a very deadly game, of death, kidnapping, lies, betrayal, heartbreak and new beginnings.
I would highly recommend this book, I really enjoyed reading it.

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Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance) (Moonlit Destination Series) by Amy McKinley – Review by Mrs R

Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance)Moonlit Kiss by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
This is a standalone story full of romance. Gianna is in Venice to restore a family fresco painting, however, from the moment she arrives it feels like she has come home, even more so once she meets the handsome Sergio.
The story blends the present day and a tragic past through dreams and flashbacks experienced by Gianna. There are still mysteries surrounding the past and it appears that history may be repeating itself.
The build up of the story was engaging and maintained a level of suspense that kept me reading.
I struggled to connect with Gianna or Sergio, I just didn’t feel like I got to know them very well. Although I was pulled along by their love story, I didn’t feel like I watched them fall in love as there was an insta-love kind of relationship and it was all interlinked with the flashbacks.

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Beneath the Surface (A Gray Ghost Novel, book 3) AUDIO BOOK by Amy McKinley – Review by Mrs R

I am really enjoying this series and I think this book is definitely my favourite so far. Even though this is book 3, it can be read as a standalone, although I’d recommend reading them in order as other characters do make an odd appearance.
Hannah is a sleeper agent for Russia, and is finally activated. Jack works for Grey Ghost and Hannah is the girl that got away.
I loved Hannah’s character, it was a refreshing change to see the female lead be as competent at espionage as the guys, and she was seriously well trained.
I enjoyed the style of the book, the flashbacks to Hannah’s youth, helped explain how she ended up where she did and why her loyalty lay where is did, and why she trusted nobody … until Jack.
Jack is certain that Hannah is his future, but he can’t bring himself to trust her completely after he finds out that she is a sky.
The complex plot of this story was brilliant, very well explained and really does keep you guessing until the end. There are several, ‘I wasn’t expecting that’ moments that really add to the suspense.
Definitely a book and series I would recommend.
The narration by Regan Brown is excellent as usual and I enjoy that the same voice is used for all the books. In the series.

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Miss Understanding (The Miss Series Book 1) AUDIO BOOK by Aubrey Bondurant – Review by Mrs R

I loved this standalone story. It has everything you want for a boss/employee office romance. A loveable, hardworking assistant and a grumpy, workaholic boss.

Kendall has two jobs, attends night classes to finish her degree and spends weekends watching TV with her grandma. Liam is a work obsessed lawyer, with no work/life balance.

When Liam has to return to his hometown during an important case, he takes Kendall with him so he can continue to work.

I loved the thoughts Kendall had about her boss, her sarcastic thoughts and internal responses were highly entertaining.

Forced to spent time together, Liam starts to realise just how unappreciative he makes Kendall feel and this makes him think about how his actions are interpreted.

I really felt these two falling for each other as they spent more time together. It wasn’t all hearts and roses and they were both forced to face their own issues around relationships and their own future happiness. The biggest change was Liam, he needed to deal with his own past in order to figure out what he wanted from his future. He tried so hard, but he was always putting his foot in his mouth when it came to Kendall.

The narration was easy to listen to. Having the duel voices definitely helped with switching points of view.

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Brink of Denial (Sons of Sindicato #1)Brink of Denial by Cam Johns
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After reading Sons of Sindicato I had high hopes for this book, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations.

I did not like Mila at all, and she didn’t grow on me throughout the book, in fact, I think I liked her less the more I read.

Mila and Dane grew up together, were extremely close and were expecting to stay together, but the way she blind sided him and abandoned everyone without any explanation just didn’t make sense. How could nobody know anything about it. The way she kept him hanging on for 11 years was disappointing. I really couldn’t understand how he would still be interested, especially after all the attention and problems she puts on the families. The only reason she came back was because she had to after everything came to light, not because she could no longer stay away from him. I just couldn’t see the love in the relationship, I’d was all about sex and control. I would have liked to have seen more tender moments, where it looks like they might actually care about each other.

What I did really enjoy were the conversations between Seth and Dane. I loved their relationship and the chats they had.

I enjoyed the sindicato storyline, there were lots of things going on to keep track of, but they also all interweaved with each other.

Sister Gia also came into her own a lot more in this book. She’s no longer the little girl being kept sheltered at home.

The ending was very unexpected and will create a ton of problems for the family going forward.

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Dirty Tactics (Special Weapons & Tactics Book 1) AUDIO BOOK by Peyton Banks – Review by Mrs R

This book has every thing you should want in a fast paced military/police romance, hot police officers, alpha male tendencies, curvy strong women and a situation that forces them to face a future they didn’t envisage. However it just didn’t quite pan out for me.

Marcus is SWAT officer, convinced his lifestyle isn’t suitable for relationships. Sarena is a strong willed ER nurse who would love to find the right man a settle down. The two are neighbours who have been keeping an eye on each other, but neither makes a move, until Marcus walks up to Sarena and tells her he’s going to sleep with her and she says OK. There is no build up or flirting, it’s literally the first conversation they have.

I just didn’t feel any building up of a relationship with these two characters, they went from instant sexual attraction, to ‘willing to die for the other’ in a matter of a couple of dates.

The book almost felt like it was in two parts. The first being an erotic romance, the second an action romance and I would have loved to have seen more of a merge.

I enjoyed the action element to the story and you can tell a lot of thought has gone into it, but the romance (or lack of romance), just fell flat to me.

The duel narration was good and really helped to move between the duel POV. I’d gladly listen to either again.

Blue Summer Part Two by Everly Taylor – Review by Mrs R

Blue Summer Part TwoBlue Summer Part Two by Everly Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this lighthearted RH story, it was a really easy read. You need to have read part one before this book.
Lillie is now mated to Zayed and has feelings for more, how could she possibly be attracted to all four. With each guy she start gaining powers but doesn’t understand why.
Erius is still determined to keep kidnapping until he gains the power he craves, using any means he can.
Lillie finds out some surprising things about her past, and it only make her more determined to help save the first place that feels like home.
This story is enjoyable but not complicated. Lillie is a heroine who doesn’t seem to need her guys to save her, but definitely wants to keep them around.

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Dirty Kisses and Conflicting Wishes (Kiss Me Series Book 1) by Danielle Jacks – Review by Mrs R

Dirty Kisses and Conflicting WishesDirty Kisses and Conflicting Wishes by Danielle Jacks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a standalone romance.
This book really took me on a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Will they make it, will they split, I really couldn’t tell at some points.
I loved how the characters felt so real, it wasn’t hearts, roses and instant attractions. Although there is a lot of chemistry between Damien and Zoe.
I felt like it was a more realistic relationship as it didn’t all just fit into place and be tied up with a neat bow. There were tough situations and hard decisions to make, real life made an appearance and it just added to the story.
I really did not like Damien at first, he was a bit of a jack-the-lad and was sometimes downright rude, but I think it was in part to his chaotic lifestyle. Zoe also felt a bit lost and unsure of her future.
Together they are forced to confront themselves, their future and make some tough decisions.
I enjoyed their story and will definitely read more from this author.

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Blue Summer Part One by Everly Taylor – Review by Mrs R

Blue Summer Part OneBlue Summer Part One by Everly Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, the story wasn’t complicated to follow and was lighthearted.
Lillie has been mugged when two Zayed come to her assistance, however her association with them put her in the sights of an enemy.
The blue Zayed people are mysterious, keeping themselves to themselves, but they intrigue Lillie and when they offer to help she accepts. She forms an instant bond with Heath, clumsy Clay, Chief and Brian.
I enjoyed all the characters, they were easy to get to know and very likeable.
They now need to work together to help protect the Zayed village.

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Life’s a Witch (New Orleans Nocturnes Book 3) AUDIO BOOK by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Mrs R

I am really enjoying this series. This is book 3, and although characters appear from previous books, you don’t need to have read them to enjoy this one.

Crimson is a witch with wonky magic and it just keeps getting her into trouble. Demon Mike has had his eye on Crimson for a while but hasn’t had the chance to act on it.

This romcom was just so lighthearted and easy to read, that I couldn’t help but enjoy it.

Holly Jackson is amazing at the narration, she just brings the characters to life. Using slightly different voices so you know who is talking.


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Eye of the Storm (A Gray Ghost Novel, book 2) AUDIO BOOK by Amy McKinley – Review by Mrs R

I really enjoyed this story. It was action packed from beginning to end and really kept me hooked.

Mari has escaped her old life and is trying to get to the US. She has been betrayed and ends up near guerrilla territory, but is then helped escape again on the understanding that she looks after Chris, who has amnesia. So she looks after him to help ensure her safety, hoping that they can escape before his memory returns.

I liked Mari as a character, she was brave and competent in looking after herself, certainly not someone who would normally need rescuing. Chris has to rely on Mari but desperately wants his memory back.

The slow build to their relationship happens with a drip feed of Mari’s past and Chris’s memory returning, I certainly added to the suspense.

I enjoyed the tie-in to the previous book, although this one can certainly be read as a standalone.

The narrator, Regan Brown, does an excellent job and I loved Mari’s accent, it definitely helped with defining the characters. I would absolutely listen to more of her narration.

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Love by Design (The Meraki Series Book 2) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Mrs R

Love by Design (The Meraki series, #2)Love by Design by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book 2 in the series but is standalone. I haven’t read book 1 and didn’t feel like I was missing out on any of the story.
Mia has just got her dream promotion at a brand new magazine, working directly with company boss, Nicholas. However, they just seem to rub each other the wrong way and just can’t get on without bickering. Both do have an attraction to each other.
This book isn’t just about Mia and Nicholas though, many other characters are woven into the story, but it’s done so well that you can keep track of who everyone is and the part they play. The extended family certainly brought some humour into the book. Delving into the history of Mia’s grandma was interesting and also heartbreaking.
As Mia and Nicholas try to work together, they find that they have many things in common, and would be perfect for each other if they could just get past their issues. Both had been hurt in the past and were reluctant to try again. It was refreshing to see that it’s not just women who have relationship hang-ups, men do too. It was extremely frustrating to see Mia, a grown woman, constantly abandon situations rather than actually talk to people, it certainly made for a lot of arguments that could have been resolved quickly had she just stayed and talked.
Overall, an interesting story.


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Fake Fiancé (A Second Chance Office Romance) AUDIO BOOK by Amy McKinley – Review by Mrs R

Fake Fiancé: A Second Chance Office RomanceFake Fiancé: A Second Chance Office Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story was interesting, a little fast paced but definitely romantic.
Adenine has her career path all planned out, and the first step after college is to work for Stone Enterprises. Thanks to her soriety sister, she’s on her way to work as Stone’s personal assistant and away from her clingy ex.
As soon as Adeline arrives in Italy, she feels a connection with the hotel and also a connection to Stone, which she can’t explain.
When Stone needs her to be his fake fiancé for a business deal, she’s more than happy to help out, but on her own terms.
Adeline was a likeable character that seemed to be older than she actually was, she was extremely confident and took charge, not letting anyone walk over her, including Stone.
Stone was a cool headed business guy, but something about the hotel was making him uncomfortable, but he can’t figure out what it is.
The mix of dreams and a past life made this story interesting to read, and also helped explain the instant attraction between these two. The epilogue was also a nice touch.
I listened to this story as an audio book, the narration was easy to listen to and I would happily listen to a book read by Regan Brown again.

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Seductive Prey (Relentless #1) by Vivian Fiano – Review by Mrs R

Seductive Prey (Relentless #1)Seductive Prey by Vivian Fiano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This romantic suspense is the first book in the trilogy and does end on a cliffhanger.
I really enjoyed this book, the story and not knowing has certainly kept me on my toes.
Grant meets Jordan whilst both are attending their National Guard duties and there an instant attraction. But Grant is higher ranking and so the relationship is not allowed. They meet again whist working their civilian jobs when policeman Grant attends a break in at the dance studio Jordan works at.
Following the break in, both start to receive threats, but are unable to find out who it might be, or even if it’s same person.
This story had lots going on and lots of people, which made for an interesting story but also made it so hard to try and figure out who the threats were coming from. You just don’t know who may or may not be involved.
I struggled to like Jordan at first, she just seemed a little too ‘perfect’, but she soon grew on me. Grant was easy to like, he was determined to do the right thing but also had a set career path which definitely gave him a dilemma or two.
There is a lot of description for their time spent whilst on National Guard duties, so you really get a feel for that they have to do.
I’m looking forward to the next book, I really want to figure out who might be behind the threats!

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Sure As Hell (Life Is Hell Book 4) by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Mrs R

Sure As Hell (Life is Hell #4)Sure As Hell by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book, it was really interesting. This is book 4 in the series and I haven’t read any of the previous books. I would recommend reading them as though. I understood the main story enough to enjoy it, but I had no idea who some of the side characters were and I feel it would have been even better had I known who every one was and how they all linked together.
Jaru has stared up on his own, providing contract companions, with the backing and support of Teivel and Oren. He is determined to make it a success and run it on his own, however companions are starting to go missing so he employs Soren as security.
Best friend Lark is now fed up at home and decides to join Jaru in the office, and ends up revealing a secret he’s been keeping.
While Soren, Jaru and Lark work together to try and figure out who is behind the missing companions, they grow closer.
The world building is really interesting and makes me want to go back and read more.

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Shift Happens (New Orleans Nocturnes Book Two) AUDIO BOOK by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Mrs R

Shift Happens (New Orleans Nocturnes, #2)Shift Happens by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this is book 2 in the series, it is a standalone.
This was a brilliant light hearted romance. Sophie has followed her best friend and moved to New Orleans. Now that she knows about the supernatural, she wants to fulfill her dream of being recognised as a witch; after all she has her late grandmother’s grimoire, so she must be a witch.
Getting bitten by a werewolf and being accused of cursing the werewolf pack was not in her plans. Trace just wants to find his best friend and he thinks he knows just the witch responsible, only he hadn’t counted on biting and being so attracted to her.Together they try and solve the mystery of the missing wolf.
I loved the interactions of all these characters, the lighthearted humour just made it so much more entertaining.
I listened to this book on audio and the narration from Hollie Jackson is top class and she brings such a warmth to the characters that you can’t help love them. I would definitelyl isten to other books narrated by Hollie.

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Sons of Sindicato (Sons of Sindicato ) by Cam Johns & Sonya Jesus – Review by Mrs R

Sons of Sindicato (Sons of Sindicato #0)Sons of Sindicato by Cam Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this novella, I really enjoyed how it was based on the wrong side of the law, with the Mafia family being the main characters.
Seth is the son of the Mafia boss, Braelynn is the criminal attorney who saved him from going to prison, and t1hey have been in a secret relationship ever since.
Seth believes his father would disapprove of her skin colour and not being Italian, whilst Braelynn is worried that sleeping with a client could cause her lose the career she’sworked so hard for.
When Braelynn needs Seth’s help, it becomes time to lay everything out and make some tough decisions about their future.
There was a lot going on in this story and I really enjoyed how it all tied in together. It gives a bit of an insight into how the Giordano family maintain their status. The interaction between Seth and his brother Dane was really entertaining to read and brought some light humour to the story.
This is a great introduction to the series and I definitely want to read the next book in the series to see what happens to them all next.

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Forged by Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops, book 3) by Amy McKinley – Review by Mrs R

Forged by Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops, #3)Forged by Secrets by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book 3 in the series but can be read as a standalone.
I enjoyed this book and I love how characters from the previous books make an appearance too.
Melina has a huge secret from her past that she swore she would never tell anyone, however her past seems to be catching up with her and she’s going to need help.
Tyler has been waiting for Lina to be ready for a relationship since they were at school, and he’s certain she will be his happy ever after.
When Melina is accused of treason, she has nobody to turn to other than Ty, and he doesn’t hesitate to help her.
I enjoyed all the twists in this story, and how they all tied into the bigger picture. I got a little frustrated with Lina when she insisted on clinging to the past when she needed to trust Ty and try and move on.
The playful banter between the two was sweet and I loved the subtle messages from Ty and his DVD’s.
This is a another great book to add to the series.

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Hungry Business: A Short Story by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Mrs R

Hungry Business: A Short StoryHungry Business: A Short Story by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a very short story about dating whilst trying to avoid zombies. It was rather bizarre as it is written in 2nd person, and to be honest it’s not a style of writing I really enjoy.
The story takes the reader through a series of dinner dates, whilst trying to avoid being turned into a zombie.
I got the feeling that it was reflecting on dating in general, and that dating is dangerous regardless of potential zombies, that you have to be careful of the situation you put yourself in.
I liked the ending, it really suited the story.

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Twisted Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops Book 1) by Amy McKinley – Review by Mrs R

Twisted SecretsTwisted Secrets by Amy McKinley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was an easy read, full of romance, suspense and action but I think it was below the usually high standard for this author.
Riley is dating who she believes is a man separated from his wife, however she soon finds out he is still married which then turns into a very messy break up. Around the same time she meets Xander, who she has an instant attraction to, but she’s unsure if she can trust again. Xander is a Seal who’s last two missions went wrong, and he has a bad feeling about his new commander.
I enjoyed the main plot of the story and there were a few parts I didn’t see coming which added to the suspense.
The book almost felt like it had two different plots running, one with Xander and the other with Riley. Xander’s part seemed to take the backseat and was never resolved, so I’m unsure if this will continue into the next book.
There seems to be a few discrepancies that need resolving. Riley’s relationship with Ava was confusing, she was introduced as just a customer of the coffee shop, but then a chapter later they were best friends and calling each other all the time. I didn’t quite understand the relationship with Melanie either, for someone who was so jealous it seemed unlikely that she would talk Riley into attending Charles class.
There was a huge amount of description on taking pictures, getting them set up, editing and what the picture portrayed which felt like far too much considering the relevance to the story.
Overall, the story was enjoyable and I will be reading the next book in the series.

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Mythical Alliance: Phoenix Team: The Complete Season by Claire Luana – Review By Mrs R

Mythical Alliance: Phoenix Team: The Complete Season (Mythical Alliance Series #1-6)Mythical Alliance: Phoenix Team: The Complete Season by Claire Luana
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 1-6
I’ve really enjoyed this series.
Zariya is half Nagu, half human. She is devastated at the death of her father and puts her life on hold to find answers, leading her to a secret agency. Together with Phoenix Team, she helps uncover and eliminate supe underworld operations. Each book deals with its own operation, but they do follow on from each.
The world building was really well explained and easy to follow. I really enjoyed the interactions between the team as they deal with the supe criminals, much to the annoyance of their team leader.
I loved the writing style, the story is concise, well written and not dragged out. There’s nothing worse than having scenes go on for far longer than they need to. This style really helped me stay hooked on the storyline, wanting to jump into the next book straight away. This series is full of action, humour, banter, suspense and a whole lot of twists and turns.

Phoenix Team One: Selected
This is an amazing start to the series. I was hooked from the first page, and I really enjoyed the world building which is a human world that knows about different supe species.
Zariya is devastated after the death of her father and refuses to believe is was an accident. Her curiosity leads her to Veil Force, a secret supe special forces agency.
Zariya is strong, stubborn, highly trained by her father and also refuses to give up. The other characters are so far really interesting and I can’t wait to find out more about them.
The world building was explained really well.

Phoenix Team Two: Protected
Book 2 continues where book 1 left off. Zariya has now joined the Phoenix team and is being sent on her first mission. Konstantin is now her boss, and she is still fighting her attraction to him, and she still hasn’t told him about her fathers help.
This book is full of action as the team takes on missions and learn to work together. Zariya is slowly building bridges with her best friends and making new friends with her team, although she lacks patience and is potentially putting her team at risk with her actions, it all adds to the action and suspense of the story.
There is a cliffhanger at the end.

Phoenix Team Three: Captured
Book 3 continues the series and is another action packed story.
Konstantin and Daevin have followed Zariya through the portal and have stumbled into an enemy base. Things don’t quite go to plan and a rescue mission is required.
I really enjoy the writing of the world building in this series, it’s not too complicated to understand but it still pulls me into the story.
The banter and friendships in the group bring some humour into the story and also helps understand the teams personalities better.
The twist at the end was partly unexpected and I can’t wait to see what the Phoenix Team do with the information.

Phoenix Team Four:Trafficked
This was another great book in the series. Another day, another mission for Phoenix Team. This time they are trying to take down a supe trafficking location, with Zariya going in undercover.
I really enjoy the concise style of writing for fight scenes, nothing is dragged out, its dealt with so the story can move on.
There are a few twists in this book, the agency mole is finally revealed and also someone from Konstantin’s past makes an appearance to throw a spanner in the works.

Phoenix Team Five: Revealed
Continuing on from book 4, the team follow Konstantin to the supe underworld (DRC) and to his master. What they find is a lawless society held together with strict punishments. Just when the team think they’ve found the answers, more are revealed.
Again this book is full of action, great characters and a continuing storyline that just keeps adding twists and keeps you in suspense. If you enjoyed the previous books, you will enjoy this one too.

Phoenix Team Six: Betrayed
Book 6 starts to bring all the previous missions and intelligence together, leading to a stand off as each side stands their ground.
The mole is finally revealed to the other teams and Rex returns to the home he abandoned in order to try and help his team.
Again, this book is full of action, but also shows how far the team has bonded. They pull in every resource they can in order to expose the Leviathan network.
I loved the ending and the epilogue, it was perfect for the Phoenix Team series.
There is a great introduction to the next series for Drago Team.

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