This is a great story with plenty of intrigue, suspense and twists. I hadn’t read any books by this author or the previous books in this series, which would have probably helped establish the characters better. Still, I grew to understand the characters Jack and Frances quickly. I also loved the setting of a voyage to England from Australia, as an Australian being able to understand many of the cultural references, and the historical details were a delight. It’s a kind of cozy read and highly entertaining. Having enjoyed this story, I would read the other books in this series now.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Netania Limhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngNetania Lim2020-12-02 09:48:242020-12-02 09:48:24Murder Makes Waves (Jack and Frances mysteries Book 3) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Netania Lim
Once again a good story by Alexander Charalambides. The story of Rowena and Vincenzo just gets better and better. This story had a few twists and turns but that just made it very interesting. The vibrant world that Alexander Charalambides has created make the novel come alive. I look forward to the future adventures of Rowena and Vincenzo.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Cindy Rushinhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngCindy Rushin2020-12-01 14:17:232020-12-01 14:17:23City Without A Sun (Vampire State Book 2) by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Cindy Rushin
What happens when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, but also have a picture of a murder who has added you to there hitlist.
Jake is a war veteran and is in San Francisco when he takes a picture but does not realised that he may have photographed a killer. As Jake then realises he has placed himself in the middle of this serial killers sights and will he be next on the hit list.
I really enjoyed the twists and turns within the story and that it was constructed really well. The characters are brilliant and enhance the story as it weaves through the world of “The Artist”, with the story exploring Jake’s past it lets you into the experiences which has made this man who he is today.
This is the first story I have read by this author and loved the style of writing which draw me in and I could not stop reading once started. I can’t wait for the next book in this series and to read more about Jake.
Reviewed by Angela Shirley
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Angela Shirleyhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngAngela Shirley2020-12-01 14:14:252020-12-01 14:14:25Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie: A Gripping Thriller (Jake Wolfe Book 1) by Mark Nolan – Review by Angela Shirley
Martin Ferguson does it again with Blood of the Dragon (Relic Hunters Book 4). I love these books so much. I think they are original and unique stories built around legends and myths most of us have grown up with. I haven’t read a one of these yet that I haven’t learned something new. These books never fail to inspire me to do added research. Having said all that, I have done research on Vlad the Impaler, but I missed the whole Ottoman empire thing and the history and geography of Wallachia. Great book, I am for sure a fan.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Jonell Collinshttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngJonell Collins2020-12-01 14:14:072020-12-01 14:14:07Blood of the Dragon (Relic Hunters Book 4) by Martin Ferguson – Review By Jonell Collins
I enjoyed this novel by Alexander Charalambides. I love paranormal novels and especially novels about vampires. Alexander Charalambides has created a new twist to the normal vampire novel. The story of Rowena and Vincenzo is intriguing, and I cannot wait to see how it progresses. Alexander Charalambides has created a vibrant world and I look forward to exploring it more with the continuation of the story.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Cindy Rushinhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngCindy Rushin2020-12-01 14:13:342020-12-01 14:13:34Vampire State by Alexander Charalambides reviewed by Cindy Rushin
Dreaming of Christmas by Joanne Dannon is a wonderful collection of Christmas/holiday romances. This is the first time I have read any of Ms. Dannon’s work, so I was excited to see what I would find. I love Christmas stories, and at this time of the year I tend to read as many as I can- so I was only too happy to one-click a copy to explore. There are five short stories that make up this collection. They are:
-A Magical Christmas in Jerusalem – Another Magical Christmas in Jerusalem – Christmas Kiss, New Year’s Wish – Christmas Kiss in London – Christmas Kiss: But Only For the Holidays
The stories are sweet, cut, and fun- with banter, emotion and interesting characters- made for an enjoyable read. Happy Reading.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Angela Hayeshttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngAngela Hayes2020-12-01 06:26:042020-12-01 14:22:45Dreaming of Christmas: 5 complete, sweet holiday romances by Joanne Dannon – Review by Angela Hayes
I give The Devil’s Day (The Lucky Devil Book 3) by Megan Mackie 5 stars.
This series grabbed me from the very beginning and each book gets better and better. This one is no exception. There is plenty of action and suspense going on, but we also see how much Rune and St. Benedict have grown, and continue to grow. The characters are what really make this series. But they are not the only ones in this book. You will see those from previous books return, as well as some new characters. The story itself is so complex and enchanting. The author does a fantastic job of creating a world and story unlike any other. While in the same world as the previous books and an obvious continuation, this story is unique and enthralling. I hope this series never ends.
If you are a fan of urban fantasy with realistic main characters, this book and series are for you. In my opinion, it can be read as a standalone, but you will understand more if you read the previous books first.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Erin Wolfhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngErin Wolf2020-12-01 06:18:372020-12-01 06:18:37The Devil’s Day (The Lucky Devil Series Book 3) by Megan Mackie – Review by Erin Wolf
Blood of the Dragon (Relic Hunters Book 4) by Martin Ferguson – Review By Gail Guerrero
This is book four in this action packed series. The author has given us so much through these books and I will have to say this one I have enjoyed the most. The characters get put through a lot and you can really see the growth. I liked how the author includes the history into the story. Like it something you’ve heard of but in a different light. We’ve all heard of Vlad the Impaler but now read about him from this authors POV and it makes it interesting. This series is for everyone. Not only for the YA genre. You can feel the energy coming off the pages.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Gail Guerrerohttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngGail Guerrero2020-12-01 06:08:072020-12-01 06:08:07Blood of the Dragon (Relic Hunters Book 4) by Martin Ferguson – Review By Gail Guerrero
This book was awesome! I was pulled in from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down! This is one of those series that I think needs to be read in order. It is full of magic, suspense and a whole lot of awesomeness. This author has a writing style that i really like and she left me wanting more! I am looking forward to reading more by this author in the future and I would recommend this to a friend!
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Anastasia Dodsonhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngAnastasia Dodson2020-11-30 23:58:072020-11-30 23:58:07The Devil’s Day (The Lucky Devil Series Book 3) by Megan Mackie – Review by Anastasia Dodson
The Devil’s Day (The Lucky Devil Series Book 3) by Megan Mackie, is just the next in a series of very excellent and imaginative stories. I have been following this story with avid interest. I’ve really been cheering for Rune to step into her role as Mistress of her house. And the relationship between her and St. Benedict keeps me on the edge of my seat. Slowly but surely all my questions are being answered. This is a great story on its own but its fantastic when you start at the beginning. You owe it to yourself to start at the beginning of The Lucky Devil Series you will be glad you did.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Jonell Collinshttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngJonell Collins2020-11-30 21:22:562020-11-30 22:51:26The Devil’s Day (The Lucky Devil Series Book 3) by Megan Mackie – Review by Jonell Collins
Dead Lawyer’s Don’t Lie by Mark Nolan is the first book in the Jake Wolfe series and was a really good read! This novel was suspenseful, thrilling, and completely entertaining. When I read this book, I didn’t want to put it down. It was full of twists, ones that had me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole novel. The characters were great, and the storyline was very compelling. Plus, the main character has an amazing companion in his dog, and who doesn’t love dogs? Not only was I on the edge of my seat reading this thriller, but the witty commentary of some of the characters had me laughing as well. This novel was definitely a great read!
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Rachel Mosshttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngRachel Moss2020-11-30 20:14:062020-11-30 22:50:30Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie: A Gripping Thriller (Jake Wolfe Book 1) by Mark Nolan – Review by Rachel Moss
The Devil’s Day by Megan Mackie is the third book in the Lucky Devil series, and was a good read. This book is not a stand alone novel, it’s much better to read the other books in the series first. I have read the first book in this series, but not the second book, and because of that I was thrown off quite a bit in this story. I still enjoyed this novel, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I would have read the second installation as well. The storyline was really good, and the characters were great. This series (what I have read anyway) is definitely a good read.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Rachel Mosshttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngRachel Moss2020-11-30 19:57:272020-11-30 22:49:41The Devil’s Day (The Lucky Devil Series Book 3) by Megan Mackie – Review by Rachel Moss
The Devil’s Day by Megan Mackie is the third book in the Lucky Devil series. I highly recommend this book but first, insist you read the other books in the series first. The primary storyline continues throughout the books and I feel you would miss out on a ton of great stuff without reading the series in order. Rune Leveau has a new challenge on her hands and St. Benedict, cyber-spy, is by her side to help her try to get her way through. There is some romantic tension between these two characters but neither is wanting to act upon it, there is just too much at stake. If you like adventure, a futuristic setting, with twists and turns I think you will really enjoy this series. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future with great anticipation.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Sheri Schraderhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngSheri Schrader2020-11-30 19:47:032020-11-30 22:49:15The Devil’s Day (The Lucky Devil Series Book 3) by Megan Mackie – Review by Sheri Schrader
Murder Makes Waves is the third book in the Jack and Frances mysteries series by Carmen Radtke. I loved taking a trip back to the early 1930s with this cozy mystery. Frances Palmer with her fiancé Jack Sullivan take a voyage from Australia to England with Frances’ Uncle Sal. They land their spot on the “Empress of the Sea” by performing entertaining magic tricks and stunts. What seems like a good time suddenly starts to shift as Jack and Frances find themselves running with different crowds. A passenger is found dead so the two decide to solve the mystery of the murder to clear the name of one of Frances’ new friends. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I thoroughly loved each character that the author brought to life. I highly recommend this mystery and look forward to reading others in the series.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Kayla Interdonatohttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngKayla Interdonato2020-11-30 19:27:292020-11-30 22:48:41Murder Makes Waves (Jack and Frances mysteries Book 3) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Kayla Interdonato
This series has kept me going from the first book. I highly recommend reading the first books before reading this one as you will get more enjoyment out of the series. This book sent me on a roller coaster ride. I felt compelled to keep reading. The story kept my attention from the first sentence until the last word. The main character Hani is a great detective who is trying to figure out who is robbing the tombs. He is also having a slight problem with the witnesses ending up dead. Can Hani figure out who is behind the robberies and murders? I highly recommend this book and the whole series.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Erica Fishhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngErica Fish2020-11-30 18:44:062020-11-30 22:48:18Scepter of Flint (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 3) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Erica Fish
The Devil’s Day (the Lucky Devil Book 3) Megan Mackie 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve come to really enjoy Megan Mackie’s writing, specifically the Lucky Devil series. The Devil’s Day is book 3 in the series and though it is a full length novel and longer than my recent reads, it kept my interest and flew by! I have really enjoyed the character development throughout this series and venture to say The Devil’s Day may be my favorite installment! I would recommend reading the series in order as you don’t want to miss a twist, turn or ounce of character growth. Megan Mackie is definitely an author I want to read more from!
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Felicia Bateshttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngFelicia Bates2020-11-30 18:39:412020-11-30 22:47:55The Devil’s Day (The Lucky Devil Series Book 3) by Megan Mackie – Review by Felicia Bates
Dreaming of Christmas: 5 complete, sweet holiday romances by Joanne Dannon. Each story is connected in some way. What a great way to get you into the Christmas spirit! The author did a great job writing 5 connected stories that while being similar in storyline really had their own feel. I didn’t feel like I was reading 5 of the same story. Each one had it’s own flair. The stories are so sweet and romantic and definitely bring the Christmas magic. The characters were very thoughtfully written and you couldn’t help but want to follow the journey of each of them. I couldn’t put these books down!
This is my 3rd book in this series and I’ve loved all three of them. The Devil’s Day is the continuing story of Rune Leveau who is running the Lucky Devil bar that her Aunt Maddie left her and also she is learning how to use her newly found magical powers. Honestly, you have to read these in order. With the way Megan Mackie writes and how well she intertwines everything, you can’t read these as a stand alone and even begin to scratch the surface of this story. Don’t miss out on Megan’s ability to draw in a reader!
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Meg Tyrrellhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngMeg Tyrrell2020-11-30 18:10:402020-11-30 22:46:53The Devil’s Day (The Lucky Devil Series Book 3) by Megan Mackie – Review by Meg Tyrrell
Murder Makes Waves takes you on a glamorous 1920’s cruise full of glitzy luxury and suspenseful thrills. If you’re not busy enjoying the palatial setting with the main cast of characters, then you’re solving mysteries and crimes. I found Frances, a humble young woman from Australia, really charming. Her down to earth attitude and straightforward common sense felt reminiscent of a Nancy Drew type of character. Similarly, her dashing fiancé, Jack, made an equally good Ned Nickerson-esque counterpart. Carmen Radtke did a good job taking classic murder mystery tropes and breathing life into them. I highly recommend this book. It’s well written and a fun read.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Jennifer Wolbeckhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngJennifer Wolbeck2020-11-30 17:44:592020-11-30 22:46:28Murder Makes Waves (Jack and Frances mysteries Book 3) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Jennifer Wolbeck
The North Wind Descends is the 4th book in this series. This was a wonderfully written story that is full of tantalizing situations and uncertainty. I’ve enjoyed every Lord Hani story so far and this one didn’t disappoint. Along with the other 3, this book has great Egyptian history and details. I don’t think it’s necessary to read these in order but I would recommend it. N.L. Holmes has a great way of story building, don’t miss out on this series.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Meg Tyrrellhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngMeg Tyrrell2020-11-30 17:40:322020-11-30 22:45:47The North Wind Descends (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 4) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Meg Tyrrell
The North Wind Descends is a delightful dive into ancient Egypt. If you enjoy historical settings and submerging yourself into ancient cultures, this book keeps you pleasantly engaged. The story follows Lord Hani on a diplomatic mission that unravels as he tackles a murder mystery, deceitful ploys and political intrigue.
My only nitpick would be the pacing. The narrative could have been trimmed down to focus more on the plot. I adore historical fiction, but sometimes even I felt bogged down by the ancient names and terminology. Otherwise, the characters really shone through and I was invested in Lord Hani’s adventure. You don’t have to worry about reading the series out of order either because this was my first Lord Hani mystery and it wasn’t a problem that it was the fourth book. Overall, The North Wind Descends is a pleasant read and a fun escape into the past.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Jennifer Wolbeckhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngJennifer Wolbeck2020-11-30 17:37:442020-11-30 22:45:20The North Wind Descends (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 4) – Review by Jennifer Wolbeck
I’ve followed this series from the first one. The way N.L. Holmes is able to take you to Egypt is fascinating. This time Hani needs to discover who’s robbing tombs. It was a great read with the same great writing I’ve become use to with this author. It’s a great series and I think they should be read in order.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Meg Tyrrellhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngMeg Tyrrell2020-11-30 17:15:162020-11-30 22:44:32Scepter of Flint (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 3) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Meg Tyrrell
This is only suitable for those over 18 due to it’s grapgic nature.
This is a story about a vigilante and a reporter, who will stop at nothing to defend the city they love, but they do it in rather different ways, The Vigilante is an underground protector who uses less than legal ways to deal out justice and the reporter Orla Karlsen works with the law to bring justice through the written word. We start the story with some background of how the Vigilante was created by a group of disillusioned friends and used their skills and abilities to dispense justice in the here and now while also recovering from a loss which tore them open and that one of this group of friends is the Vigilante five years later in Chicago.
Next Orla is introduced while she is shouting at an intern for making her nearly spill her coffee and talking to her fellow journalist and friend Kelli about the story she is trying to write about the Vigilante and how she is frustrated because she isn’t making any headway with it because there are so many differing opinions and conflicting information out there, but she is determined to carry on investigating regardless and at the same time, she will be finding out about a deadly new hallucinogenic drug called Phantom which is about to hit the streets of Chicago and from what she has heard, that is the last thing that she wants to happen to the place she calls home. Orla decides that she needs to talk to some of her sources and goes to see one of them and find out what he knows, so she heads to a more dangerous area of town to his house to find him, he reveals that he isn’t in the network to sell it, but that she really shouldn’t be poking her nose around trying to find out about it, it is dangerous stuff and the people who are going to be dealing with it are smart, organised and extremely dangerous. He also reveals that it isn’t just the mafia who were in the running, a number of people flew out to Europe to bid for it including some MC’s. He directs her to go see Damon Evans, the president of a local MC who might be able to give her some more information, so saying goodbye she leaves for the next step in her investigation, she feels like she is being followed, however, she has no idea that it is the Vigilate himself tailing her.
Next we join the Vigilante who is training and is working hard at it, managing to finally put an end to the match by using speed rather than brawn, he is then told that they all need to meet with the guy in charge and discuss what Orla did the night before and who she met up with. As he is reporting his finds and discussing Orla with the team, he is not just thinking with his head when it comes to her, he also finds her attractive to say the least, however, he tries to keep his head in the game and reports that she is definitely investigating Phantom from what he managed to hear and that coupled with other information they have gained themselves, they know that the distributors will be limited and the recipe kept a secret. They all know that it is only a matter of time until it starts to kill people and that Orla is still their best bet for finding the source, so it is agreed that they will keep tailing her, with some technical back up if needed, but that they still need to stay under the radar and that it will be even more difficult to stay that way with Orla on the case as well, so he decided to do a bit of digging about her himself, but this may have been a bad idea as he develops even more of an admiration for her than he had before.
The next day Orla can still sense that she is being followed and doesn’t like it, so she decided to go to work and act as if nothing was out of the ordinary, later on she goes home to change and go to see Damon, at the El Diablo bar, a strip club filled with bikers and topless females, so taking a deep breath and settling into her adrenaline spike, she goes into the bar and talks to the bartender, at least once she gets past the bouncer outside. She asks whether Damon is in the club and what the best way is to get the attention of him and his bikers and taking his advice, she orders drinks and lap dancers for the group and asks for a card with a question on the back for the man in question, this gets his attention and as they are discussing that it may not be the best idea to threaten those around her on their turf, this as well as Phantom and how he lost the bid for it, she asks for some more information about who did. This is until there is a burst of gunfire and the next thing she knows is that he has been swung over the other side of the bar as she escapes to the outside through the back entrance, it is then that she is saved by the Vigilante and where as he helps her to escape, he tells her to run, but she is more interested in questioning him and as a distraction is planned and produced, he grabs her and takes her for an unplanned car chase on the back of a motorcycle.
When it is safe, he leaves her in a slightly less dangerous area and after questioning her about what she was doing at the bar and what she knows, when he realises it is nothing new, he leaves, but Orla has other ideas and calls in a favour to get Damon’s number, when she gets it, she gives him a call and he suggests meeting up for breakfast, Orla agrees and gets a taxi home. When she arrives back she checks her mailbox and discovers an unknown car key, this leads her down to the apartment complex’s basement where she finds the Viglante has parked a car in her space, it turns out that the distraction was her car blowing up and that this is the compensation for it, but this meeting leads to one sexual experience that neither of them will be able to forget in a hurry.
As the light of dawn breaks and they go their separate ways, they both realise that they are going to have to work together to stop this menace, but will they be able to put their feelings aside, or will it lead to a disaster which could endanger the entire city? Will they be able to find out what they need to in time, or will Phantom start to destroy all that they love? The only way to find out is to read it all and find out whether you will be sucked in as much as I was.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Roxsanne Lesieurhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngRoxsanne Lesieur2020-11-30 16:59:402020-11-30 22:44:04Night Justice (A Chicago Vigilantes Novel Book 1) by India Kells – Reviewed by Roxsanne Lesieur..
The Dog Thief and Other Stories by Jill Kearney. I couldn’t wait to read this book of short stories because I love all dogs and cats and I was not disappointed. Told from the view of an animal rescuer it tells the stories of people from all walks of life and the animals that come into their lives and love them unconditionally thru neglect, no food and no attention. Animals truly are the best things on Earth. These stories tell of the bonds that animals and humans have no matter how bad things are. Dogs and cats will be there when everyone else turns their backs on you. You may think no one cares at all but your animal will always be there with a wagging tail or a flick of the tail to give you unconditional love and these stories tell of those times. If you love beautifully written stories about people and their pets this is the collection for you. Do yourself a favor and read this great book!
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Tausha Treadwayhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngTausha Treadway2020-11-30 16:43:532020-11-30 22:43:27The Dog Thief and Other Stories by Jill Kearney – Review by Tausha Treadway
I was sucked in straight away! At Last is the first book in the Adams Brothers series. It was funny, emotional and highly addictive i could not put it down. Mindy really wrote this book well, the characters were great and had serious chemistry and were easy to like. Bring on Book 2 🙂
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Laura-Jane Minniehttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngLaura-Jane Minnie2020-11-30 15:45:272020-11-30 22:42:41At Last (The Adams Brothers BOOK1) by Mindy Mckinley – Reviewed by Laura-Jane Minnie
This is the next installment of the Vampire State books and it is just as good as the first book, it is full of twists and turns with everything being still in shades of grey and black and as confusing as ever when we rejoin Rowena and Vincenzo as they are getting to grips with their new life living together away from their families in an apartment in one of the Pale areas of the city. It is raining the usual black rain and Rowena is slowly getting used to the different light levels in daytime and nighttime in the city without a sun. She is waiting for Vincenzo to come home, so while she is waiting she checks in on her dad to see how he is finding life as a Pale since he became a citizen, he is enjoying it and the lifestyle and the perks of being a Pale and a politician, he asks after them and then hangs up and by this time Vincenzo is home. They have some toast and settle in to talk about his day and look at the news channels sitting on the sofa together, this includes the backlash from their recent legalisation of citizenship without having to become a Pale, they also discuss Flavius Fortis and the ULA and how they are gaining popularity since the vote, it is looking like they are stirring the pot and blaming it on the humans and the Prince of Kemet and his upcoming trip to Sanguinia.
The next morning Rowena heads out to start her new job at Gargoyle, a Sanguinian news network as their first human contributor which Vincenzo has pulled some strings to get her, she is nervous and sets of early to get there on time and it is a good things she did as she gets slowed down by a protest on the highway, as she is passing by she sees the officers dragging away a sign saying “Honor and Virtue”, but does not dwell on it while she is too stressed out about her first day. When she gets there she decides to give everyone who works there the benefit of the doubt, so she starts this with the Pale on reception whom she asks where to go to get to the offices and when she gets there, she is directed to the editor’s office by another Pale Ernesto. When she meets Corsi she is dismissed after a short introduction to her role at the paper and follows Ernesto to where her new office will be, which is an unusual thing for a new hire, she is told it is because she is famous, yet another thing for her to think about later on. Not surprisingly, there is a post it note with her login details on so that she can access her computer, so when that is done and remembering that part of her role will be on the screen as a presenter, she decides to go and explore the other floors of the building and meet some of the people she’ll be presenting the shows with.
It is busy on the floor she needs, there are Pale’s everywhere with clipboards, headsets and microphones, as well as other equipment, so Rowena passes by the editing suites until she finds the main broadcast room and Titus Serverus, the Pale she will be on screen with, he shows her round the room and warns her about the producer and then as it is lunch time, she asks to join him and ask him more questions about himself and Gargoyle. After Titus excuses himself and Rowena finished exploring, it seems like a good first day and after a few weeks of settling into the job and writing some articles, it is time for her first televised debate against Titus and just before they go on air, Titus leans in closely, covers her microphone and threatens her, he is hoping to throw her off her game and he almost does, but Rowena holds her own and manages to get through the debate and decides that the way she can win against him and others with the same viewpoint is to keep her job and as Titus corners her after the debate, she tells him just that and no matter what he says, she will do things on her own terms. It is when she speaks to Vincenzo about the experience and he didn’t think it was as bad as she thought, although he was supportive, she still ended up angry at the world, her position in it and him and the knowledge that she still had to go back to Gargoyle despite that. It is when she is pulled into Corsi’s office and is told that there have been complaints made about her from the public that she knows her suspicions were dead on and that the only thing she can do is to take a leap and say that she can get an interview with the only other thing that the current news networks are craving, the Prince of Kemet and now she just has to put a plan together to get it.
Has Rowena dug herself a hole which is too deep for her to dig herself out of? Will she survive this next round of political intrigue and will she still be able to stay her individual self? Only by reading the book can these questions be answered.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Roxsanne Lesieurhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngRoxsanne Lesieur2020-11-30 15:23:012020-11-30 22:42:15City Without A Sun (Vampire State Book 2) by Alexander Charalambides – Reviewed by Roxsanne Lesieur.
This is a wonderful opposites attract romance with a festive feel. It’s the perfect book to read to help get you in the Christmas spirit! Set during the festive season, It’s up to the magic of the season to bring unlikely couple Julietta and Luke together “with a little help from a pair of High Heels and Mistletoe” Julietta Romero can not go within six feet of mistletoe due to an allergy which she calls a family curse. Julietta works as a top executive at a prestigious marketing firm and has an impressive five year running record, without a single incident. She spends from January to the beginning of December working and then takes all of her vacation time at the same time. Only this year days before she’s due to catch her flight she is still working all hours on her firm’s biggest deal to date. Her boss will not let her go on vacation until the deal is signed, sealed, and delivered. The only problem is Luke Winslow will not sign off on the business deal even though his father has instructed him to do so until he is sure that Julietta will not escape his charms. Until Julietta, Luke did not want to settle down and have a serious relationship and in fact his relationships only lasted a night at the most as he loved women, parties and the holidays. However, having met Julietta all that has changed and he is ready to settle down and he is determined to make sure that she wants the same thing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas romance and I found myself fully immersed in the story and was cheering Julietta and Luke on hoping they would get their happy ever after. The main characters were great, they were both so likeable, in their own ways, and realistic which made them relatable. The storyline flows nicely and the narrative moves the story along at a good pace making it an enjoyable and easy read. The plot has plenty going on to keep the reader engaged and I literally read the book in a couple of sittings as I was so keen to find out whether the couple would get over all their differences and the misunderstandings and get together or not. I loved this heartwarming and uplifting book and it definitely put me in the Christmas mood.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Jennifer Gordonhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngJennifer Gordon2020-11-30 15:13:342020-11-30 22:41:49High Heels And Mistletoe (Kisses Under The Mistletoe) by C.A. King, USA Today Bestselling Author – Review by Jennifer Gordon
This book is all about fitting in, or is it more not fitting in? This is what Rowena is thinking about, she lives at home with her mum, her dad is a volunteer in the armed forces and she is attending school in her home in Estovia, a place of natural beauty, covered in pine forests with bright sunshine which has been invaded by the Sanguinians. They have grey skin, yellow eyes and pointy ears and they look like something out of a nightmare, but this is no nightmare, it is her reality and it is about to change again, when she returns home from school where she is already feeling oppressed by them, they have changed her school to force them to engage with the Sanguinian curriculum and they watch over them like hawks and when they are old enough, they are drafted into their army.
When Rowena’s mum picks her up from school, something is different and Rowena has to remind her mum about the rules the Sanguinians have put into place and when they get to their house, the black cars which are parked in her driveway mean her mum says to stay in their car until she knows what is going on, but when she says it is safe to come in, but to be careful, then she is extra aware of her surroundings. When Rowena goes in though, she is surprised to see that her father has returned home and he isn’t alone, he is accompanied by a Pale called Legatus Valtiere, it turns out that her dad has saved his life and that they are being given the opportunity to live as his guests in Sanguinia with the added bonus of the opportunity to become citizens of Sanguinia as well. Rowena and her mother are extremely surprised by this news and ask the Legatus for some time to think about his offer and discuss it as a family, especially as becoming a citizen means that they must become Pales themselves, her dad is all for it, but her mum isn’t, but she knows how it will end and resigns herself to the fact that they will be leaving everything she knows for a land which she knows nothing about.
As they pack up their belongings and are taken to the underground train, Rowena is very aware that she hasn’t been able to sleep, but is determined to look on the bright side and the fact that this move will be a lot of firsts, this includes the underground train, she can only tell when daylight ends and night begins by the clock in the carriage, they are the only ones in there, but she can’t sleep, unlike her parents. As she looks out of the window, she gets her first glimpse of the city without a sun and can understand now why it is called that, everything is in shades of black and grey and there are giant columns of smoke which have merged with the storm in the sky. As they leave the station, they are picked up by Quintus, a human who serves the Legatus and are taken via the scenic route to their new home, where they learn a bit more about the family of the Legatus, some of the traditions in Sanguinian society and what some of the more important buildings are. Later on in the evening, Rowena hears someone in the house and goes to investigate, it turns out that it is the Legatus’s son and he has come to take some photographs of the view now that he won’t be staying in the house again, Rowena politely asks him to leave and then tries to get some sleep.
It is the next day when the Legatus and his family arrive with servants in tow for a meal with Rowena’s family to talk more about thor way of life, this is when she officially meets Vincenzo, the Legatus’s son and as their parents start to discuss things, they are allowed to leave so that Vincenzo can go and attend to something, he takes Rowena with him and they see a whole different side to the city revealed, as is the fact that Vincenzo is something of a revolutionary in his spare time, but after a few days pass, nore of the attitudes of the Pale’s is revealed and through circumstances out of her control she meets Luka who is another revolutionary, but a completely different one to Vincenzo and has some rather illegal and dangerous ways to get his message across.
This is where Rowena discovers the reality of being a human in Sanguinia, the dangers associated with it and what the Pale’s really think of them, so as well as having to make the decision of whether to go through with citizenship or not, she also has to contend with a decision between the two men she has met and when the Emperor Dominus and his underlings throw their weight around in the background, will the pressure become too much, or will Rowena be able to stay herself and remain an inidividual?
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Roxsanne Lesieurhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngRoxsanne Lesieur2020-11-30 15:11:112020-11-30 22:40:25Vampire State (Vampire State Book 1) by Alexander Charalambides – Reviewed by Roxsanne Lesieur.
I’ll be honest, I picked up this book to read because I liked the cover which was mysterious and I love Chicago lol. India Kells did a fantastic job of character development, intrigue, and just the right amount of action. I enjoyed the concept of a team from different backgrounds and with different skills working together for a common reason. This story had mystery, adventure, and excitement. You could feel the heat and connection between “the vigilante” and Orla coming off the pages. I really enjoyed that the women in this book weren’t damsels in distress but instead every bit as brave, hard headed, and funny as the male characters. If you enjoy mystery with some romance and action then this is a book you want to pick up right away! I can’t wait to read the next one Urban Justice.
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Colleen Noyeshttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngColleen Noyes2020-11-30 14:45:462020-12-04 11:49:25Night Justice (A Chicago Vigilantes Novel Book 1) by India Kells – Review by Colleen Noyes
Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie by Mark Nolan is the first book in the Jake Wolfe series. This is an amazing start to what is an incredible series and will really capture your attention from start to finish. This book is absolutely gripping and exciting to read. I found it to be fast paced and I really could not turn the pages fast enough. I loved the main character – he was such an interesting person and really made the book all the better. I became really invested in his story and had to read more to find out what would happen. The is such a strong start to a series and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you have don’t so already buy this book today!
https://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.png00Kerry Bakerhttps://itsybitsybookbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IBBB_2020_logo_sq.pngKerry Baker2020-11-30 14:40:322020-11-30 22:39:49Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie: A Gripping Thriller (Jake Wolfe Book 1) by Mark Nolan – Review by Kerry Baker
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