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Confidentiality (Scope of Practice Book 2) by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Naomi McDonald

ConfidentialityConfidentiality by Jessica Aiken-Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Confidentiality is the second book in the Scope of Practice series. You need to read the first book in order to get the full picture of what is happening in book two.

In the first book, I related to some of the main character’s attributes, but there is a side of her that I don’t relate to so much. That part of her life started in book one but is further explored in book two as things start spiraling. I found myself wondering how I could relate to a character’s personal attributes so much, but not align with her actions, even though I understand her motivation for it initially. The author has done a great job of layering the main character to give her complexity.

I enjoyed the anti-hero aspects of the story as well. Even though I had it figured out pretty quickly, I thought the choice was interesting.

Overall, this was a great continuation of the first part of the story in book one. As with book one, sensitive readers should note that there are potential triggers in this story.

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Boundaries (Scope of Practice Book 1) by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Naomi McDonald

Boundaries (Scope of Practice, #1)Boundaries by Jessica Aiken-Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Boundaries is the first book in the Scope of Practice series. The main story line wraps up, but the ending does leave room for more in the following book.

The way the main character, Valerie is described at the beginning of the book made me relate to her almost immediately. The way she keeps to herself, doesn’t like the unknown, can’t seem to keep up with time, and her feeling of being awkward are all things that I can relate to very much.

The way the author has written the story, you don’t know Valerie’s past right away. Because I related to her so much in the beginning, I had to keep reading to find out what her story was.

Boundaries is full of mystery and intrigue. At times it can be heavy on the emotions. And, there are some interesting twists that keep you turning the pages.

Overall, a good read. I look forward to seeing where Valerie’s journey takes her in the next book.

Note for sensitive readers – there are potential triggers in this book.

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TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Naomi McDonald

TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11)TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two Hearts Unspoken Targets is the eleventh book in the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior series. It can be read as a standalone.

The overall story has promise, and I really wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, the Kyle character is written in a way that personifies the stereotypical perception of Autism by the neurotypical community. As a person with Autism myself – and a person who has two children on the Autism spectrum, I appreciated the author’s willingness to include an Autistic character. The issue that I have on the whole is that almost every book I’ve read with an Autistic character ONLY includes a character with the severe side of things and with the attributes that most people think Autistic individuals display based on stereotypes, this book included. Perpetuating these stereotypes reinforces the stigma that Autistic people face every day while trying to interact in the world. When I read the blurb for this book I was hoping for a different portrayal. A person can be Autistic with challenges that require more assistance without being violent or having a mental impairment. I would have loved to see other challenges addressed instead.

And on a side note, I really wasn’t pleased that Beth called Kyle a dope at one point. I felt like that was demeaning and unnecessary. Many Autistic people struggle with self-esteem issues because they feel different. Using that kind of language can be hurtful.

It was a tough decision between three and four stars, but I’m giving a rating of four stars on this because, even though I was unhappy with the way the Autistic character was portrayed, the overall premise of the story was good.

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The Wandering Isles: A Crown of Stones Novella (The Crown of Stones Novella Series Book 1) by C. L. Schneider – Review by Naomi McDonald

The Wandering Isles, A Crown of Stones Novella (Novella Series #1)The Wandering Isles, A Crown of Stones Novella by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Wandering Isles is a novella that follows the Crown of Stones trilogy. Even though you can read this story as a standalone, I highly recommend reading The Crown of Stones books. They are amazing!

As with The Crown of Stones, The Wandering Isles is expertly written. I was sucked into the story within the first paragraph and felt like I was living in the book with the characters. The world building in all of the books I’ve read by this author is excellent, and this book is no exception. I can see it like a movie in my mind as I read.

You really get to know the characters on a deeper level in this book as it’s a novella focused on a specific event. Even though it’s a shorter story, you don’t feel like you are missing anything.

I thoroughly enjoyed this dark fantasy adventure!

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The Slaughter of Leith Hall by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Naomi McDonald

The Slaughter of Leith HallThe Slaughter of Leith Hall by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Historical fiction is not my usual read, but sometimes I like to try out new things. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book after I read a few chapters. I found the period speak cumbersome and it was a bit slow moving. Once the true mystery of it all started, though, I found myself turning the pages to find out how the whole thing played out. The characters and world building were excellent and really brought the story to life. Despite the slow start, and a couple of slow-moving pieces elsewhere in the book, overall, it was a good read.

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Being Lost (Satan’s Devils MC San Diego #1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Naomi McDonald

Being Lost (Satan's Devils MC San Diego #1)Being Lost by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being Lost is the first book in the Satan’s Devils MC San Diego series. While you can read this as a standalone, you will have a better reading experience if you’ve read Ink’s Devil (Satan’s Devils MC Colorado Chapter #5) to get some foundation for the characters in Being Lost.

I have read many of the Satan’s Devils books and have really enjoyed the author’s ability to weave real life issues into her writing in a way that engages your emotions. That being said, this book did not grab me as much as the others. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great read, it just didn’t have the same intensity as the other books.

I did enjoy the fact that the characters in this book are older and that the author addresses finding love in later adulthood. That’s something you don’t see too often. I’m also enjoying the bit of mystery that has started around who is shadowing the MC.

Overall, great read!

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Heart of Malice (Alice Worth Book 1) by Lisa Edmonds – Review by Naomi McDonald

Heart of Malice (Alice Worth #1)Heart of Malice by Lisa Edmonds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heart of Malice is the first book in the Alice Worth series. And, I have to say that the series is off to a great start!

The first chapter starts out with action which sucks you right into the story. I liked the unique way the ghost is portrayed in chapter two. I also found the interaction between the ghost and Alice amusing. Alice sort of reminds me of Jessica Jones.

Something I’m wondering about is how the author decided on what is in the Supernatural and Paranormal Entity Registration Act. I’d be interested to know what went into that process. It’s a good detail that adds a more realistic feel to the story.

All of that rambling to say, this is a good read. The only thing I wish had been different is that Alice demonstrated more of her power. And, maybe that changes in subsequent books as the character grows. I’ll have to read and see.

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Ashes To Ashes Boxset (books 1-3) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Naomi McDonald

Ashes To Ashes Boxset (books 1-3)Ashes To Ashes Boxset by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I highly recommend getting this set so you can binge read this entire series. The Ashes to Ashes series is an intense, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you up at night turning the pages.

The characters in these books are complex. The world building is amazing! And, the story line is a winding road of mystery, suspense, danger, drama, and intrigue. There are many layers to uncover along with the characters as you read.

This series is a non-stop roller coaster ride you won’t want to get off of.

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Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5) by Seelie Kay – Review by Naomi McDonald

Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5)Martimus by Seelie Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Martimus is the fifth book in the Feisty Lawyer’s series. You can read this as a standalone, but you’ll probably have a better experience if you read the previous ones to get the background on the other characters.

I like the premise of this book. I had a difficult time getting past the way the main character, Cate, was written when she has to slip into her undercover role. There is something about intelligent women acting less than their smarts that just grates on me when it is written in certain ways. Now, on the flip side of that, I did feel an emotion when I read those parts, so the author has definitely given you an emotional connection. In that respect, it is written in a way that does engage you.

Martimus is full of action, suspense, and mystery as the characters are searching for missing socialites. It also has some steamy romance to spice things up. The use of the underwater habitat was interesting and gives added dimension to the story.

Overall, once I got past my initial aversion to the previously mentioned aspect, it was an entertaining read and kept me turning the pages.

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Dead Magic (The Sanctuary Chronicles, Book 3) by India Kells – Review by Naomi McDonald

Dead Magic (The Sanctuary Chronicles #3)Dead Magic by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dead Magic is the third book in the Sanctuary Chronicles series. It can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend the previous books because they are awesome!

This book grabbed a hold of me in the first chapter and didn’t let go. The action starts almost right away and it leads you on a journey with Finn to find Violet and save her.

I love the characters in this book. Who doesn’t love a brooding vampire and witches, right??? Especially when they are drawn together but don’t want to be. You connect to the characters right away, which keeps you invested in their story and the outcome.

Superb read! Get this book! You will not be disappointed.

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