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Seraphina’s Revolution (The Seraphina Series Book 4) by Sheena Hutchinson – Review by Natalie Hanley

Seraphina's Revolution (Seraphina #4)Seraphina’s Revolution by Sheena Hutchinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read all of her previous stories, I was really excited to read the next instalment in Seraphina’s adventures and I wasn’t disappointed.
Following her battle with Lucifer, the now familiar characters of Nate and Sera are settling into their normal life and trying to adjust to the results of the latest battle. Suddenly that calm life is swiftly thrown into chaos when Nate is kidnapped by Lucifer in a bid to ignite Sera’s evil side.
In steps Arelia, Seraphina’s appointed guardian to keep her on the straight and narrow and reveal a few truths to her. Together with the other guardians they fight to help Sera fulfil her destiny as “the Chosen one”. An epic battle internally and externally will test Sera on all sides…but who will win? Good or Evil? No way I’m spoiling that one!!
Sheena Hutchinson creates such wonderful characters who, although they are supernatural, have enough human traits to make it easy for us to feel for them when things go wrong. She adds just the right amount of drama to her stories and “Revolution” is another triumph. Full of angelic, demonic and many other characters, this is highly recommended to fans of Supernatural drama. Perfect way to end off a series.

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Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles Book 1) by J.D. Frettier – Review by Natalie Hanley

Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine (The Green Room Chronicles #1)Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine by J.D. Frettier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the concept of this book: The fact that there was a green room where you could meet up with loved ones in the afterlife and rekindle your love. It was a perky, positive book with a different outlook to the traditional Heaven/ Hell ideas that we are sold. I liked the main character of Bonnie and her sidekick Dee. I also liked the fact that her husband Peter was able to feel her presence while he was alive and she was in the green room and that they would be able to meet up later to relive the early days of their love. The love scenes were hot but tasteful and plentiful.
It was a short book but the good news is there are more to come from this author. I will soon be delving into the next book…once I’ve brought my temperature back down!

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Miss Apple Pants: Lost in Love (The Miss Apple Pants Series Book 2) by Charlotte Roth – Review by Natalie Hanley

Lost in Love: Miss Apple Pants (#2)Lost in Love: Miss Apple Pants by Charlotte Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the “Miss Apple Pants” series by Charlotte Roth but it is fine to read as a standalone. I hadn’t read the other books but was quickly enchanted by the characters. I found them original and very easy to identify with. I loved the humour of this book and found it easy to follow. It was a good paced story with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. I liked that some of the characters were older as young characters seem to be the norm.
I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a love story or a family drama.

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Happily Ever After (An Italian Relationship) The Italian Saga book 6 by Gaia Amman – Review by Natalie Hanley

Happily. Ever After?Happily. Ever After? by Gaia B. Amman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book I have read by this author and it was another entertaining tale. Gaia creates characters that are easy to identify with and that makes the reader want to follow their journey.
Happily Ever After finds lead character Leda at University following her dream of becoming a scientist. She finds herself attracted to Sergio, a self-confessed pothead and a free spirit who is her complete opposite. The story follows the ups and downs of what she initially calls her “relationshit”. Loved this description, I’m sure we have all been in at least one of them in our time. I found myself both liking and loathing Sergio at different times of the book. I think that’s the sign of a good writer, you go on a journey with the characters and never know exactly where you stand with them.
I’d recommend this book to those who like family sagas and coming of age stories. A good read.

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The Inheritance: The story of an unlikely submissive by India Kells – Review by Natalie Hanley

The InheritanceThe Inheritance by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What a first book to read by this author! This compulsive story just hooked me at page one and didn’t let go. It was a short book but packed so much in. Lani is an aspiring artist whose financial struggles look like they will come to an end thanks to an inheritance from her rich uncle. Unfortunately for her, the inheritance comes with conditions. A former friend of her uncle, the handsome but reclusive Max Landon, must help her fulfil the conditions. So begins a thrilling journey that took my breath away at times!
The characters were well written and the storyline moved at exactly the right pace for me. I liked the final chapter as a sort of epilogue too.
A triumph of a book. Highly recommended.

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There be Demons (Andor Demon Wars, #1) by MK Theodoratus – Review by Natalie Hanley

There Be DemonsThere Be Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set in a near future the story centres around 14 year old Britt who is just trying to make it out of the projects alive and with good enough grades to secure her future. Her life changes when she and her friends are recruited to hunt the demons that are threatening to take over her home town.
This book was imaginative and the characters and world-building were very impressive. I liked the way the story flipped back and forwards from the identifiable “human” world to the demon world. The main character of Britt was strong and feisty, just like a lead character should be. I found myself cheering for her in many parts of the book. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

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Feathers – A Novel by Kylie Stewart – Review by Natalie Hanley

Feathers - A NovelFeathers – A Novel by Kylie Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It had a powerful start that set the scene for the rest of the book. Although our introduction to Charlotte was harrowing, ultimately this was a story of hope and love. I liked the characters of Lottie and Hawk very much. I thought we were given enough background to appreciate why they behaved the way they did and how they could love with such passion and dedication. I liked the respect Hawk gave to Charlotte when he could have been selfish and the way he flipped between calling her by her full name and his nickname for her. I liked the minor characters too, Melody with her unwavering loyalty to Charlotte and Mrs Ames. I enjoyed the fact that we saw Charlotte go from the Hell of the first few pages to the Heaven of the last, without missing out the everyday struggles in between.
I would have liked to see more about Hawk’s mom and what happened to her. Perhaps that is fuel for another story? I await that with baited breath. Overall a great love story, highly recommended.

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Coming Home: Sequel to Flowers in December by Jane Suen – Review by Natalie Hanley

COMING HOME (Flowers in December, #2)COMING HOME by Jane Suen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading Jane Suen’s books is like a quick dose of therapy – a short hug that you need at the end of a busy week. Coming Home is no exception. This is the sequel to Flowers in December and centres around Connor coming home to his home town for Christmas, several months after his grief-stricken departure following the death of his mother. When he was last in town he had struck up a friendship with florist Mary Ann but would his return rekindle that spark, or had she moved on in his absence? Can he help Alana, his childhood friend who is also coming home after a long absence? I won’t spoil it for you… read and find out!
Jane’s novels are shorter than those I normally read but that doesn’t put me off, because she crafts such lovely characters and a warm setting that the reader doesn’t need pages and pages to get into the mood of the novel. I can empathise with the characters and cheer for them to get their happy endings almost immediately. Although I have never been to small -town America, the descriptions make it easy to imagine myself walking down the street and popping into the coffee shop.
A lovely heart-warming read.

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Shattered Love (Forever Us Series, #1) by Nivia Borell – Review by Natalie Hanley

Shattered LoveShattered Love by Nivia Borell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Shattered Love – the first book in the Forever us series. Review by Natalie Hanley
Bria du Mont and Damien du Sky have been in love as long as they can remember, and Damien is planning to propose on her 18th birthday so that they can be forever together. Then one night a cataclysmic event pulls them apart and shatters them both. How can they recover? Both bury themselves in work but can’t resist each other and at different periods through the book they find each other and rekindle their passion.
I really wanted to love this book, but I couldn’t bring myself to feel empathy for the main characters. Bria and Damien loved each other but couldn’t see past one event. I found their conversations quite difficult to follow and the way they discussed their past felt too lengthy and a bit forced. I didn’t really get a sense of where the book was based. Were they in Zurich, London or New York. There was no real base or explanation of where the characters came from or where they lived. I would have liked a little more back story but I guess this might be because this is a series and the author will reveal more as the series goes on.
What I liked was the idea that Bria had a father-figure to turn to when she was abandoned by her own family but I would have liked more explanation of who he was and why they were such good friends. I think this may appeal to romance fans but it was not my cup of tea.

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The Monster’s lover (The Fenris Series #1) by Samantha MacLeod – Review by Natalie Hanley

The Monster's LoverThe Monster’s Lover by Samantha MacLeod
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Monster’s lover (The Fenris series book one) is a fantasy romance & wow this was a firecracker of a book. A world away from the sort of book I normally read, this fantasy novel really lit a fire in me and I will definitely be delving into this genre again. With descriptive writing and imaginative characterisation, this will appeal to anyone who enjoys historical or legendary fantasy.
Sol is the only daughter in an impoverished family and finds herself promised to evil King Nøkkyn. While wandering in the woods one day she stumbles across a handsome stranger who she mistakes for a Demon. Fenris will become her lover and later her protector in this fascinating fantasy romance.
As well as the plentiful love scenes, I liked the reference to Norse legends like Thor, Odin, Askgard whose names are now familiar to fans of Marvel films like myself. Overall a fun romp in the forest.

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