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Vampire State by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Naomi McDonald

Vampire StateVampire State by Alexander Charalambides
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to read this book based on the synopsis. I had no idea what to expect as I have never read a book by this author before. I enjoyed the more unique portrayal of vampires, and the world building is excellent. There is a bit of mystery as Rowena tries to learn more about the Sanguinians and their city, Sanguinia. There are some great twists and turns that keep the story moving so you can’t put it down.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. It’s a quick read that takes you on a great adventure of political intrigue as well as a bit of romance. 😊

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Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours Book 2) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Naomi McDonald

Love & Omens (Crescent City Ghost Tours, #2)Love & Omens by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love & Omens is the second book in the Crescent City Ghost Tours series. It can be read as a standalone, but I think the best enjoyment would come after reading the first book. You’ll get a better feel for the characters from the first book that are mentioned in this one. Plus, the first book was awesome!

Dealing with a psychic gift can be tricky. Syd makes a judgment call but it turns out to be a big mistake. When she gets a second chance at making it right, will she take it? I love second chance stories because it brings up a feeling of hope.

As always, I love this author’s ability to paint vivid pictures and develop intriguing characters. I also loved the use of psychometry in this story. It isn’t a gift a lot of authors write about when choosing the powers their character has.

I hope there are more books planned for this series!

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Revive (Rewind Book 3) by Rowan Shaw – Review by Naomi McDonald

Revive (Rewind #3)Revive by Rowan Shaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Revive is the third book in the Rewind series. It can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend this entire series. I love it so much!

When Patrick was first introduced in a previous book, I was curious about his character. I loved learning more about him in this story, and watching his personal growth. Not going to lie, around chapter 34/35 I started tearing up because of the way things were shaping up. I love a book that will get me so invested in the characters.

I’m super excited for the next book!

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Love & Ghosts (Crescent City Ghost Tours Book 1) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Naomi McDonald

Love & Ghosts (Crescent City Ghost Tours, #1)Love & Ghosts by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love & Ghosts is the first book in the Crescent City Ghost Tours series.

I loved Carrie’s Crescent City Wolf Pack series so I had to check this one out. This book did not disappoint. I’d give it more than five stars if I could. It does have a different feel than the Wolf Pack series, but the characters are just as entertaining and the story is expertly woven. I jumped into this book and couldn’t put it down. You can’t help but keep reading to find out what is up with the box!

One of my favorite things about this book was the costume that Sean wore to the ball and the running theme with it throughout the story.

Perfect Halloween season read! I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

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Hope (Feisty Lawyers Series Book 4) by Seelie Kay – Review by Naomi McDonald

HopeHope by Seelie Kay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hope is the fourth book in the Feisty Lawyers series. There are characters and situations from the previous books mentioned in this story, so it would be a good idea to read the other books first.

Out of all of the books I’ve read in this series, this one is my favorite in regard to writing style. It flowed nicely and it kept a consistent pace for the most part. The first part of the book focuses more on Hope’s development as an agent, whereas the latter part of the book focuses on her in the field. I think the one part that I didn’t care for so much was the catty way the women came across in the Epilogue. The way the story is left it seems like the series might be taking on a new dimension. It will be interesting to see how it develops.

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From The Ashes: a gripping psychological thriller (Ashes to Ashes Book 3) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Naomi McDonald

From The Ashes (Ashes to Ashes, #3)From The Ashes by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Ashes is the third book in the Ashes to Ashes series. I recommend reading the previous books before this one.

This story starts off with a bang. It’s intense right from the beginning and you just can’t stop reading. Part of what makes this book so suspenseful is the back and forth of the timeline. It keeps the answers just out of reach and creates the drive to keep focused so you can figure it all out.

I won’t get into details, because I don’t want to give away any of the plot turns. Suffice it to say, this book is spectacularly suspenseful, marvelously mysterious, and a dangerously delicious read.

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Supernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book Collection by Gwyn McNamee writing as D.P. Payne – Review by Naomi McDonald

Supernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book CollectionSupernatural Love Stories in the Absurd: Four Book Collection by D.P. Payne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection of stories is a good way to pass a couple of hours. The first three felt more like short stories, but the last one is a bit longer. I like the use of a wendigo as a character because you don’t see that very often. The spin on the mummy’s curse is a bit different as well.

The title is apt, because you will have to suspend belief for some of it, lol. But, since I read it during Halloween season, it seems right in the spirit of things. Also know that there are plenty of steamy scenes. 😊 The only thing I had a difficult time with was the collection that Chastity had. The bottles…Gag! That does not belong in the refrigerator beside the food. LOL!

Overall, I’d say this collection is a fun little reading jaunt to spice up your Halloween…or any day, really.

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The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by C. L. Schneider – Review by Naomi McDonald

Magic-Price (The Crown of Stones, #1)Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book so much! I read her Nite Fire series and loved it, so I was pretty sure this book would be excellent. I was not disappointed. The world and character building are superb. You feel like you are right there in the story. I was hooked from the beginning. It has so many layers to it that you can’t help but keep reading.
I liked the different perspective on magic, making it both a strength and a weakness. This story is dark, action-packed, gritty, and intense. I’m looking forward to the next one!

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Higher Elevation Series: Books 1-3 by Renee Regent – Review by Naomi McDonald

Higher Elevation Series : Books 1-3Higher Elevation Series : Books 1-3 by Renee Regent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Higher Elevation Box Set includes books one through three of this series.

I will be honest; I had a difficult time with the first part of book one. It felt like it moved slowly and I had a challenge getting into the story. I stuck it out though, and it turned out to be a great read. I loved the period references of the VW and the eight track tapes, lol.

A plus for getting this box set is that you get to binge read it! This series contains all of the things that make a story great-mystery, suspense, danger, romance, and a little sci-fi. It is a great escape for a few hours.

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Hitting The High Note (A Four Horsemen Novel Book 3) by C A King – Review by Naomi McDonald

Hitting The High Note (A Four Horsemen Novel Book 3)Hitting The High Note by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hitting the High Note is the third book in the Four Horsemen series. Read the previous books in order to get a good grasp on the story thus far.

I enjoyed this story so much. I can totally relate to the part of Bekka that, in her words, “shouldn’t be allowed in public.” I’ve said that about myself so many times. Up until now, we haven’t heard much from Uriel, so it was good to see what he’s really like. Who doesn’t like a man who can use a lasso???

Be prepared for some interesting twists. Everything may not be what it seems.

As with the previous books, the story held my attention and I read it all in one night. I appreciate the thought that went into creating the unique aspects of the powers and the creation myth.

I highly recommend this series. I’m looking forward to the next book so I can find out how it all ends!

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