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THE BOX (HER THREE IMMORTALS BOOK 4) by HAZEL STORM – Review by Naomi McDonald

The Box: A Greek Gods Urban Fantasy Romance (Her Three Immortals Book 4)The Box: A Greek Gods Urban Fantasy Romance by Hazel Storm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in this series and definitely not a standalone. Be sure to read the previous books to get caught up on the events that led up to this finale.
As with the previous books, I loved the world building and the unique characters. A couple of new types of characters are introduced in this book and I loved the way they were worked into the story. Of course, there are old favorites like Gorgonita and PK as well. You ‘ll definitely be hooked as you read about Vanessa’s final harrowing adventure!
Great ending to a fabulous paranormal romance series!

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A Sweet Christmas: A Sweet Confections Novella by Nicole Richards – Review by Naomi McDonald

A Sweet ChristmasA Sweet Christmas by Nicole Richard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you like Hallmark type holiday stories, this read is for you. It was a bit to sweet for me as I normally prefer my reads on the darker side, (though sometimes I revisit trying sweet stories just to see if my tastes have changed), but it was a well-written story.
I didn’t really care for the way things played out with Ben when he first meets Thea. He seemed a little creepy, but maybe that’s because he was really forward. It felt very contrasted to the way he is throughout the rest of the story, which I found a little too perfect.
But, if you are looking for low angst, contemporary romance, take-her-to-meet-the-family, and HEA, this is the story you want.

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Still Taking Chances by Roz Lee – Review by Naomi McDonald

Still Taking ChancesStill Taking Chances by Roz Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book, but I gave it a chance. It turned out to be pretty good. I don’t see books about Dominatrices very often so it was interesting to see how that character interacted with Elgin. I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t really read this type of character before, or what exactly, but I couldn’t get the love vibe from it, even though the characters were falling in love with each other. The only time I really got a hint of romantic vibe was after Mary Beth gave Elgin the gift and he’s using it. I totally got the healing aspect from the BDSM scenes that happened in the book.
Not sure Dominatrices are something I would choose to read regularly, but it’s not bad for an occasional book fling.

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Practically Pagan – An Alternative Guide to Magical Living by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Naomi McDonald

Practically Pagan - An Alternative Guide to Magical LivingPractically Pagan – An Alternative Guide to Magical Living by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I had disempowered myself when I stopped valuing my happiness and overall wellness.”
“…remember that beauty standards are often racist, gendered, ableist, and shaped
by a ton of other toxic -isms.”
“Saying no is a form of self-care. No is a two-letter spell for happiness.”

This book came into my life at the perfect time, as all magical things do. Even though a lot of the material in this book wasn’t new to me, it was a great reminder of things that I haven’t thought about in a while.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of performance pressure, especially when it’s essentially what our society runs off of. We’re steeped in it from birth. I love how this book reminds us that even the most mundane thing can be magic if we tune into it and allow it. That is exactly what I need for myself right now.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from the life you want, this book may be exactly what you need.

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Red’s Peril Part 1: The making of an MC Prez (Satan’s Devils MC Vegas Chapter) by Manda Mellett – Review by Naomi McDonald

Red's Peril Part 1: The Making of an MC Prez (Satan's Devils MC Vegas #1)Red’s Peril Part 1: The Making of an MC Prez by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Red’s Peril: The Making of an MC Prez (Part One) is book 1 Satan’s Devils MC Vegas Chapter series. This is not a standalone book and ends in a cliffhanger.
For people who have read all of the related Satan’s Devils MC series, you’ll find a few places that might be a little slow as they recap events from those other books. If this is the first Satan’s Devils book you’ve picked up, some of the recapped events may contain spoilers to other stories.
I have to say, while I always appreciate the research this author does on real-to-life events and have enjoyed all of the books I’ve read in this world thus far, this one has a completely different feel to it. I’m not sure if it was all of the recapping or what exactly, but I found myself skimming through several places to get to the more pertinent parts of Red’s story. I’m not saying it’s a bad read, but as someone who has read other books in this world, it didn’t pack quite the punch the others have. Still, I’ll be reading book two at some point because I do want to find out how things play out based on the events at the very end of this book.

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Shadows of Doubt (A Crawford Mystery) by Merissa Racine – Review by Naomi McDonald

Shadows of Doubt (A Crawford Mystery)Shadows of Doubt by Merissa Racine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shadows of Doubt is the second book in the A Crawford Mystery series. You can read this as a standalone, however you’ll get more of a feel for some of the characters if you read the first book.
After reading the first book and finding it good but a bit slow in places, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one but decided to give it a go. The series is definitely picking up the pace. It’s interesting to have a main character that’s not in law enforcement trying to solve the crime. And of course, nothing makes a great twist in the mystery like uncovering unexpected secrets!
Great rainy day read!

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Cursed Luck (Broderick Coven Book 5) by AJ Renee – Review by Naomi McDonald

Cursed Luck (Broderick Coven, #5)Cursed Luck by A.J. Renee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cursed Luck is the fifth book in the Broderick Coven series. I haven’t read the previous books, but I could pick up on the story between these two characters pretty quickly. Knowing the other characters from previous books probably would give it more depth, though.

I related to the Edward character a lot. Not having a filter when speaking can make it difficult to form strong bonds with people. I liked Edward’s magical ability It’s not one you see very often in these types of stories.

If you like fated mate stories, this series is for you. The attraction is pretty much there from the start and then there is the push-pull of drama around the connection.

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Silent Gavel (A Crawford Mystery Book 1) by Merissa Racine – Review by Naomi McDonald

Silent Gavel (Crawford Mystery #1)Silent Gavel by Merissa Racine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Silent Gavel is the first book in A Crawford Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone.
This book is listed under thriller and suspense, but I found it to be more of just a mystery – something to figure out, but not anything that would put me on the edge of my seat. I had the culprit figured out fairly quickly. Parts of the story were a little slow with extraneous details and I thought that the reveal scene happened a little abruptly. But overall, it was a good story. I’m going to give book two a shot and see how it goes.

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THE BOW (HER THREE IMMORTALS Book 3) by HAZEL STORM – Review by Naomi McDonald

The Bow (Her Three Immortals, #3)The Bow by Hazel Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bow is the third book in the Her Three Immortals series. I highly recommend reading the first two books before you delve into this one, otherwise you will likely be lost on what is happening. This book is not a hard cliffhanger, but there are parts of the story that are left open for the next book to address.

I enjoyed this story. Where the first two books focused mainly on Vanessa’s relationship with Raef and Grey, this book is focused on Aroz. I’m not going to go into details or it will give away the twist, but there is a bit of suspense and danger as you go through the story, because a pissed off Queen of the Underworld isn’t a good thing, lol. There were a couple of descriptions during the intimate scenes that struck me as a little corny, but overall, it’s a great read.

I can’t wait to see how Vanessa and her guys handle the mothers as the story continues in the next book.

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THE GOD (HER THREE IMMORTALS Book 2) by HAZEL STORM – Review by Naomi McDonald

The God (Her Three Immortals, #2)The God by Hazel Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The God is the second book in the Her Three Immortal series. It picks up the story from book one so I’d suggest reading that book first so you understand the events that have happened up to this point. The end of this book isn’t necessarily a hard cliffhanger, but there are some pieces of the story that aren’t wrapped up. If those parts are of interest to you, you’ll want to get the next book.

This book is about Vanessa’s experience in the Underworld. I loved the addition of the Gorgonita and PK characters. They gave the story extra flair. I don’t really want to say too much in detail because it’ll ruin the way everything plays out. One thing I’m hoping we find out in future stories is how the current Ferryman got his position.

Looking forward to the next book!

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