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Nite Fire: Chain Reaction by C.L. Schneider – Review by Naomi McDonald

Chain Reaction (Nite Fire, Book 2)Chain Reaction by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nite Fire: Chain Reaction is the second book in the Nite Fire series. Even though you can pick up on the story pretty well in this book, I would still suggest reading the first book (plus, it is just freaking awesome). The overall mystery story arc is left open in this book, but the main part of the book gets wrapped up.

The Nite Fire series is a fascinating adventure. I loved this book just as much as the first one. Chain Reaction is full of action, adventure, a splash of romance, snarky humor, and a brilliantly written villain. Of course, having a strong female lead character is one of the great things about this series! I also love Evans, Coen, and Creed. Each one brings a new layer of intrigue to Dahlia’s life.

One of my favorite lines from this book is, “And friends don’t let friends get eaten by dragons.”
I cannot wait to continue this adventure in the next book!

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Caught in Cross Seas (The Caught Series #1) by Sharleen Scott – Review by Naomi McDonald

Caught in Cross SeasCaught in Cross Seas by Sharleen Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Caught in Cross Seas is the first book in the Caught series. It can be read as a standalone.

It took a few chapters for me to get into the story, but once more layers started showing up, it became entertaining. At times the story is a bit predictable, but the drama keeps you reading. It is essentially the sweet-girl-with-a-past-meets-famous-person-who-can-fix-everything tale. The last third of the book is intense and probably the best part of the story. And I won’t lie, I may have needed some tissues near the end. Not a bad diversion from reality for a few hours.

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Naomi McDonald

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series. This story is left open to pick up in book two.

I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of sports so I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t like this book, but it actually had me sucked in from the beginning. It isn’t sports heavy and focuses more on the mystery and intrigue aspects. I found the first-person story line for Joey an interesting choice considering what happens to him. One thing I found interesting is that a lot of the characters you kind of have a love/hate relationship with. They’ve all got something that makes you cringe a little bit, but also parts of them that make you love them in some way or other, at least most of them. There were a couple characters that were just…evil. I am interested to see how things play out in the next book.

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Written in the Stars (Fallen Eagles MC Book 2) by T. Birmingham – Review by Naomi McDonald

Written in the Stars (Fallen Eagles MC Book 2)Written in the Stars by T. Birmingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Written in the Stars is the second book in the Fallen Eagles MC series. It can be read as a standalone, however it does make references to events that happened in the first book. If you want to find out the details of those events, go back and read the previous story.

I think in some ways, I like this book better than the first one, and the first one was good. I really related to Winter’s character, the “otherness” and her particular brand of sensitivity. This book does deal with some serious events involving murder, the process the murderer uses, and other issues that may trigger some readers.

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The Lies We Tell by Brittany Butler – Review by Naomi McDonald

The Lies We TellThe Lies We Tell by Brittany Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Right off, I will tell you that if you are looking for a fluffy romance novel, this is not it. The Lies We Tell is full of dysfunctional characters and the sticky situations they get themselves into. Overall, the story was good, but I wasn’t really into the switching back and forth between the past and present. I would just be getting into the story and then it would change lanes, which works in some books, but I think a chronological telling would have been a smoother read.

The main character is…perpetually messed up and full of bad decisions. I really wanted to like her, but she comes across as a basket case. And the people she has in her life aren’t much better. I think this book shows just how important open and honest communication is in relationships, and just how devastating it is when people don’t have those skills.

While I wasn’t completely taken in by this book, the more down-to-earth story can be a good change of pace once in awhile.

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Alive (Sundown Series Book 3) by Courtney Konstantin – Review by Naomi McDonald

Alive (Sundown Series Book 3)Alive by Courtney Konstantin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alive is the third book in the Sundown Series. It can be read as a standalone. There are main parts of the story that wrap up by the end, but the overall story is left open.

I’m not a huge fan of zombie apocalypse type stories, but this one was very well done. It was not over-the-top in gore and unnecessary violence. Action, adventure, and a smidge of romance made for an entertaining read. There were a few times I was so into the intense moments in the story I am surprised my grip on the Kindle didn’t crack it, lol.

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A Terrible Beauty (Fallen Eagles MC Book 1) by T. Birmingham – Review by Naomi McDonald

A Terrible Beauty (Fallen Eagles MC Book 1)A Terrible Beauty by T. Birmingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Terrible Beauty is the first book in the Fallen Eagles MC series. It can be read as a standalone.

It took me a couple of chapters to get into the book, but once it got going, it kept up a good pace. A Terrible Beauty deals with issues that may trigger some readers. There were a few parts that made me tear up, so you might want to have some tissues nearby, just in case.

One quote from the book that stood out to me:
“Just as the road to hell was paved with good intentions, so too, sometimes, the path toward ‘beauty’ was paved with all that was ‘terrible’ and ‘ugly’ in the world.”

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Flash Point (Nite Fire, #1) by C.L. Schneider – Review by Naomi McDonald

Flash Point (Nite Fire, #1)Flash Point by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nite Fire: Flash Point is the first book in the Nite Fire series. It can be read as a standalone as the main story focus is wrapped up, however there are other pieces of the story that are left open for the next book in the series.

This story starts off at a fast pace and never slows down! I was hooked from the first chapter. The author does a fantastic job of weaving a believable story and introduces interesting and complex characters in a timely manner. Nite Fire has tons of action and adventure mixed with a splash of romance. A gripping and spectacular reading adventure!

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Paladin’s Hell: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #1 by Manda Mellett – Review by Naomi McDonald

Paladin's Hell: Satan's Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #1Paladin’s Hell: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #1 by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paladin’s Hell is the first book in the Satan’s Devils Colorado Chapter series. Even though this story could be a standalone, I recommend reading books in the previous Satan’s Devils series to get more connected to the characters this book mentions. You’ll have a much better time understanding the club environment shift from Arizona to Colorado.

Even though this book didn’t grab me right away like other Satan’s Devils books I’ve read, it still turned out to be a pretty good read. It starts out a bit slow, but picks up the pace toward the middle and things get good. As with the other books I’ve read in the MC series, Paladin’s Hell deals with some heavy subject matter and may contain triggers for some people.

This book is kind of a bonus in that you get two stories in one. There is the main story of Paladin and Jay, but you also get to know the Colorado club president and his wife and how they ended up together. And for me, in some ways I felt like their story overshadowed Paladin and Jay’s a bit. It is so intense.

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The Debt Collector (An Underground Bad Boys Romance) by India Kells – Review by Naomi McDonald

The Debt Collector (An Underground Bad Boys Romance)The Debt Collector by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Debt Collector is part of The Underground Bad Boys series. It can be read as a standalone. There is one part of the story involving Gage that is left open, probably to be explored further in another book.

I read this book in just a few hours because it kept me hooked so I couldn’t put it down. The interactions between Locke and Gage…wow…I thought my Kindle was going to catch fire, lol! Definitely not a book for anyone under the age of 18.

The author has done a wonderful job of creating complex characters with interesting personal histories. Although I was actually more entertained by the dynamic between Locke and Gage, the Tessa character definitely bridged between them well by adding a compassionate strength to offset their physical presence.

Hot! Hot! Hot!

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