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Tracking Numbers (Lost Boys MC Book 1) by Janice M. Whiteaker – Review by Natalie Hanley

Tracking NumbersTracking Numbers by Janice M. Whiteaker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kerri was brought up by controlling father, big boss of a the MC Biker gang and managed to build a whole new life when she left the family home for college. Now a successful Math professor, she tries not to look back, but when her safety is threatened, her father sends one of his team to protect her. While Kerri initially resents this intrusion into her new life, she can’t deny the attraction she feels towards “Tracker”. This attraction could be her undoing, or it could be the making of her…
This is a fun read. Steamy at times, easy to read and keeps the reader’s attention all the way through. The main characters of Kerri and Evan, known as “Tracker” are well-written and easy to identify with. The minor characters were great too, I particularly liked her neighbour Ms Violet.
I look forward to reading other books in the series and finding out more about the Lost Boys.

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Dracones Guardian (Dracones Book 6) by Sheri-Lynn Marean – Review by Natalie Hanley

Dracones Guardian: Dark Dragon, Archangel Paranormal/Fantasy RomanceDracones Guardian: Dark Dragon, Archangel Paranormal/Fantasy Romance by Sheri-Lynn Marean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you love adult supernatural fantasy, then this book is definitely for you! Chloe moves into a remote area of Washington state with her new husband Jeff and is greeted by a very handsome mysterious neighbour Zander. Some years later, Zander and his family help Chloe and her daughter Lilly in their time of need, and she learns a lot more about their supernatural family. Zander is a fallen angel who has sworn to protect his family, but will his attraction to Chloe get in the way?
A fab book with lots of twists and turns. I liked the world building and the different supernaturals and the descriptions of their worlds – Especially Heaven. I thought Zander sounded fabulous and Chloe was a strong and capable woman who had been beaten down by life and needed another chance to shine. Fab message and great storyline. I am thrilled to discover there are more books in this series.

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BECKONED, Part 6: Adrift in New Zealand by Aviva Vaughan – Review by Natalie Hanley

BECKONED, Part 6: Adrift in New ZealandBECKONED, Part 6: Adrift in New Zealand by Aviva Vaughn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The final part of the Beckoned Series did not disappoint. At the beginning of the book we find our hero Soren Lund living a basic and peaceful life in Costa Rica with girlfriend Elena and her son Diego. A chance meeting with an old friend and a new friend set into motion a change of circumstances and he finds himself once again rebuilding his life in New Zealand, still far from his native Denmark.
I really enjoyed this book. I have invested a lot in Soren over the series and I was not disappointed by this final book. It tied up all the ends I wanted it to. I enjoy the way Aviva Vaughn describes the characters and their surroundings with equal passion. For me, one of the beauties of her writing is the illustration of the places the characters visit. I could almost be in the Tivoli gardens, strolling down that boulevard, or on the Costa Rican beach feeling the surf sting my face. I loved getting to know the wider Lund family and the inclusion of such a cataclysmic event as the Tsunami of 2004 and how it affected people who were not even anywhere near it.
Overall, I have to say I was sad to finish the book, I had thrown myself into it and wasn’t ready for it to end! That is always a sign of a good book to me. Well done. Saying that, I could not have asked for more of the ending, it was exactly what it should have been.

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Perfectly Played by Holly Kerr – Review by Natalie Hanley

Perfectly PlayedPerfectly Played by Holly Kerr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an opening to a book! Flora is literally about to walk down the aisle to marry long term boyfriend Thomas when she suddenly realises she can’t. Running from the chapel she bumps into Dean who was there for his own wedding which is also not destined to happen. A chance meeting, a night of passion, then they go back to their own lives, but is this really all there is for this intriguing couple?
Flora is a fab character with lots of pizzaz and enough positivity to counteract the sometimes negative Dean who is disappointed from a failed pro sports career. The minor characters MK and Clay are also entertaining and give us some great moments in the book. What made me laugh very early on in the story was the reference to him looking like a character from Game of Thrones – very current! I knew exactly who the author meant and that cemented this character’s look for me for the rest of that opening part of the book.
This was a light-hearted fun, second chance, “will-they, won’t-they” kind of book that I love to read by the pool on holiday. Totally recommend it!

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The Immigrant: An Italian in America(The Italian Saga Series) by Gaia B Amman – Review by Natalie Hanley

The Immigrant. An Italian in AmericaThe Immigrant. An Italian in America by Gaia B. Amman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another fab read by Gaia B Amman. I like how the action starts from page one. There is no long, drawn- out scene setting with these novels and we can immerse ourselves fully into them from the start, whether we are familiar with the Italian Adventure series or whether it is our first read from this writer. This story follows Leda on her year out to America. She has left behind her home comforts, her parents and the brooding Sergio in Italy and is joining the staff of a pioneering cancer research laboratory in Buffalo, New York. There she makes new friends and struggles with the language barrier which she hadn’t really anticipated. Having read some of the other novels in the Italian saga, it was nice to have snippets of other characters who I had read about which made it feel more familiar, but for me the skill is in the author’s incredibly descriptive language.
I really enjoyed this story. Gaia Amman is not afraid to scatter Italian language in the text which is something I love about her books. As a linguist it is refreshing to me. The dilemmas her characters have is also familiar to me as an immigrant in France many years ago, from the misunderstanding of dialect to the small cultural differences that make her new friends laugh. Another 5-star read for me. Look forward to the next. Grazie, Merci, Thank you!

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Impact (Twisted Hearts Love Story #4) by Autumn Sand – Review by Natalie Hanley

Impact (A Twisted Hearts Love Story book 4)Impact by Autumn Sand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Impact was a New York based contemporary romance/ thriller in the Twisted Hearts series, telling us Manny’s story. Manny’s mother dies when he is young leading to him having to move away from his family to live with his estranged father. While there he develops an obsession with returning to New York to be with his childhood friend Demaris. The result of following this dream would shape his life.
This was the first book I had read by Autumn Sand and it was a mixed read for me. I enjoyed how the action was non-stop and I liked the way the main characters were written but I didn’t entirely identify with them. I am not sure if this was because of the jumping back and forward between different timelines or because I hadn’t read the other books in the series. I felt like I never truly got to know Manny because it was like he was two different characters. Zoe was more likeable but I’m not sure why she kept getting dragged back into the life she was clearly too good for. There were lots of twists and turns in the book and it kept me entertained. A good read for a bit of escapism after a busy week.

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Run to the Sea (Reigning Hearts Book 1) by KG Fletcher – Review by Natalie Hanley

Run to the Sea (Reigning Hearts, #1)Run to the Sea by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fantastic start to the Reigning Hearts series. This novel is based in a sleepy Florida seaside town. Aspiring artist Emeline Fischer has lived there her whole life but her best friend Thomas “Cappy” Capshaw left for college at 18 and didn’t come back. When his beloved grandfather, Pop, dies and leaves him Cap Cottage, Thomas returns home to tie up his will. A chance encounter with Emeline in the local diner, reignites feelings he thought were long-buried, but can he give up his life as a prestigious New York architect for a small-town life after all these years?
I really enjoyed this book, it was just the right balance of sentimentality, feel good and reality. I liked the characters of Emmy and Cappy, and the fact that they weren’t perfect, they made mistakes and had to sort them out. I particularly liked the seaside setting and the fact that Emmy could “run to the sea” whenever she needed to escape. Wouldn’t we all like that? It was a romantic and love-filled story about following your instincts and your dreams, but above all valuing friendship. 5/5 for me. Can’t wait to read book 2.

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Things We Lost (Loving Locksley Book 1) by Shae Banks – Review by Natalie Hanley

Things We Lost (Loving Locksley Book 1)Things We Lost by Shae Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Things We Lost is the first book in the Loving Locksley series. It tells us the story of a second chance romance between Jason Locksley and his childhood sweetheart Nathalie. Nathalie hadn’t seen Jason since he left her 13 years earlier without looking back. When she bumps into him the same day she gets a new job that will move her closer to home, she is reluctant to rekindle their flame but Jason doesn’t give up easily.
I enjoyed this book although I did keep waiting for a wow moment which didn’t come. The lead characters were well-written and the story moved along at a good pace. I liked the fact that the characters could meet up after many years and try to start again, despite the mistakes they had both made in their life. Nathalie’s straight-talking best friend was a breath of fresh air too, although once Jason came on the scene there was not as much from her.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing what Shae Banks has next for the characters.

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Flirty Dancing: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles Book 3) By J.D. Frettier – Review by Natalie Hanley

Flirty DancingFlirty Dancing by J.D. Frettier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Flirty Dancing is the third book I have read in the Green Room Chronicles series and I think this was my favourite. Once again, we are quickly thrust into the thrilling world of the afterlife and we reacquaint ourselves with Bonnie, Dee and Linda, while being introduced to our new lead character of Kitty – a 20 something mother who has met an abrupt end while pole dancing. It has a slightly different feel to the previous two books as the lead character was in the prime of her life and felt like this was a premature death. I love the support she gets from the terrible trio.
As with the previous novels, the characters were entertaining and colourful and their adventures were spicy and fun. I enjoyed this as it was a no-hassle, short read for an evening after a long day at work. It is pure escapism and a little bit of naughty fun thrown in.

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The Reason Why by Izzibella Beau – Review by Natalie Hanley

The Reason Why: Breathless SeriesThe Reason Why: Breathless Series by Izzibella Beau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

18-year-old Alabama has not had an easy start to her life, then her mom is jailed, and she is sent to live with her mom’s old friend Crystal – a lady she knows nothing about and who she has never met. What she finds there is a family she always wanted and lots more. Crystal’s handsome sons Hunter and Joshua both set their eyes on her and she is left wondering should she take her chance with the steady younger brother who has become a good friend to her, or the mysterious aloof older brother who makes her heart race on first sight.
I liked this book and it took me on a real rollercoaster. I felt for the lead character Alabama from the first page and she was a really likeable character. The writer took us on a lovely journey as Alabama discovered herself and how to make friends and create a whole new life outside of the one, she has always known. A fab book and a real escape from reality. Highly recommended.

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