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Hard as Steel: Book four (Surviving Series) by Virginia Wine – Review by Maura Harper

Hard as Steel: Book four (Hard as Steel: Book four by Virginia Wine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by the author and I really wish I had read the others in the series first. I was a little frustrated at first trying to figure out who was who and how they connected. It was like opening a book to the middle with no introduction. Once I figured stuff out, I was ready.

Nichole and Steel have a past, their characters have developed over time and they seem to have a trust and inner language that each other understands. They surround themselves with people they can trust because each knows what happens when you trust someone you shouldn’t. They are both Alphas with their strength and fortitude.

This is a fantastic suspense/romance that is so twisty and twisted I was gobsmacked a few times about how wrong I was with what I thought was going on.

A few tips with this story:

DON’T SKIM – there are a lot of twists and turns and there are words that are very important to the story.
DON’T ASSUME – I caught myself relaxing a few times thinking I knew what was going to happen.
DON’T MISS BOOKS 1-3 – Honestly, I went into this book blind and when I realized I had missed so much background, I went and read reviews on the previous books in the series. Those reviews that recap the entire book so I could be comfortable with this one.

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Tomb For An Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders, #1) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Cindy Mayberry

Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders, #1)Tomb for an Eagle by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tomb For An Eagle
Orkneyinga Murders
Book 1
By Lexie Conyngham
☆☆☆☆
This is a suspenseful murder mystery. Set back in time.

Lexie Conyngham has written what I consider to be a historical suspense story. The names were old, with a touch of imagination. Which makes them unique. So I know I did not pronounce them correctly. The book was filled with suspense and kept me reading. Lexie Conyngham did a great job setting her book up. She gave plenty of background. That made you feel as though you could see the village as you read the book. I love the characters. Such a great story. So I don’t give any spoilers, I will not tell you about who is who, in this story. You just have to read it. Well done Lexie Conyngham! I will be checking out your other stories as well as keeping up with this series.

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Say When (A Cedarville Novel Book #9) by Bree Kraemer – Review by Angela Hayes

Say When (A Cedarville Novel Book 9)Say When by Bree Kraemer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Say When Is the ninth book in the Cedarville novel series by Bree Kraemer. Even though it is the ninth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone without feeling like you are missing vital information or leaving you confused. I love the fact that each book in the Cedarville ‘family’ focuses on a particular couple- but there are recurring characters, who we have met previously, who make appearances, which really gives this book a charming quality. I really enjoy Ms. Kraemer’s writing- she always weaves a wonderful story that entices me in and keeps hold of me right through to the end. This series just seems to get better with each new instalment, not losing momentum or appeal. The characters are so well crafted that they bring the whole story to life. This is definitely one of my favourites of the series, and I really wanted to hang out with them and eat cupcakes 😊.
Dani, who we have met previously, as she bakes the desserts for Wes’s restaurant “Dockside” (After All These Years- Book #7) is so quiet, introverted and chronically shy that it has held her back from truly living and following her dreams. This fear has almost taken over her life, and Dani will have to learn to face her fears and overcome them in order to have a ‘real’ life. She’s passionate about baking and always has been- she’s an extremely talented baker who creates incredibly delicious morsels. The very same morsels that a certain chef at “Dockside” can’t seem to get enough of, devouring the tasty sweets daily. What happens when he finally meets the shy baker? Find out in this super sweet story….

Thank you, Ms. Kraemer!

 

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Famished (Ash Park, #1) by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Jana Teppih

Famished (Ash Park, #1)Famished by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Famished by Meghan O’Flynn is the opening to her Ash Park series that introduces us to Detective Petrosky who will be our lead throughout the series. How do I know? Well, I happened to pick up the fourth book first and realized that even though it sort of seemed like a standalone, I needed to come back to the beginning …
This opening to the series was a bit underwhelming, at least that is how I felt as I had read the fourth book … I know though that it will get more intense with each book as the writer gets more and more into the characters, giving them more dimension … it is a great start to a twisted labyrinth of violence where everyone has too many skeletons in their closets. The writer gives us a cat and mouse serial killer universe that leaves you doubting yourself and guessing at who it is.
I loved that the story was told from multiple characters’ point of view as it added dimension and layers. I have to warn you that it is very graphic so it is not for faint at heart! I will forge on to the next book in the series!

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Across From You by Amabel Daniels – Review by Angela Hayes.

Across From YouAcross From You by Amabel Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Across From You is a hilarious romantic comedy by Amabel Daniels. It has humour, misadventures, funny banter and antics, a sprinkle of drama, and a lot of fun.
Ms. Daniels is on my ‘must read author’s list’. So, when I saw this book, I didn’t hesitate, grabbed myself a copy and dove right in. Compared to her other books that I’ve read, this one seemed a little slower to get going, but then the pace picked up a few chapters in and the story took off from there and flowed much better. From that moment on, I was along for the ride, laughing out loud at what was happening. I really enjoyed getting to know these wonderful characters, as Ms. Daniels creates interesting and well-developed individuals that are so easy to like.
Lexi Regan swore off men after getting dumped via social media and having the post go viral. She doesn’t like being in that kind of spotlight and is determined to take a break from the dating scene. When her best friend Carly wants to drag her out to an art class, Lexi really couldn’t be bothered, but goes anyway just to shut her up. Then she discovers that it’s a ‘life drawing’ class with a live model. She wasn’t expecting that, let along the hunky model who walks in and takes a pose. She can feel his eyes on her constantly and sees the smirk that he tries to hide. That just confirms it that men are all blockheads!
Just when she thinks the worst may be behind her, she finds on the weekend after her art class, that Mr. Hunky Model is also part of the bridal party in her cousins wedding. And what happens next makes for quite a hilarious romp.
An entertaining and light-hearted read.

Thank you, Ms. Daniels!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Fifth Knight: An Arthurian Legend Reverse Harem Romance (The Knights of Caerleon Series Book 1) by Claire Luana and Jesikah Sundin – Review by Candida Hopper

The Fifth Knight (The Knights of Caerleon #1)The Fifth Knight by Jesikah Sundin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Fifth Knight: An Arthurian Legend Reverse Harem Romance (The Knights of Caerleon Series Book 1)
By Claire Luana and Jesikah Sundin
I enjoyed reading this book, from the moment I started reading I was drawn into a world of fantasy, magic, action, and romance. I couldn’t put it down till I had read every page. I really liked the twists and turns on this version of the Legend of King Arthur. I think the Reverse Harem part of the story was written very well. The heroin Fionna is an awesome character, she is strong, and independent and I loved her. This is a must read to find out what sort of twists and turns there are in this particular story, but I will tell you that this is an exceptionally well written story that kept me captivated throughout. I highly recommend this book.

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Siren Call ( Eastern Shore Swingers Book 3) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

Siren CallSiren Call by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Star
Siren Call ( Eastern Shore Swingers Book 3) by Phoebe Alexander is the third book in her Eastern Shore Swingers Series. Although this series can be read as standalone I do recommend reading the other books in this series as well. I love this series. Get ready to be taken on a emotional rollercoaster ride.I love this author’s style of writing and her ability to draw you in from the beginning and keep your attention till the end. Her characters are very connectable and I love them all. I had a hard time putting this down once I started reading. This is Jessie and Sirena’s story.Jessie has wanted to be a cop for a long time.She loves helping people. Sirena has a past with secrets and the club is her escape. Can these two trust each other? I highly recommend reading this book especially if you want to know what happens. I can’t wait to read more from this Author.

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The Nearness of You by KG Fletcher – Review by Ashleigh Harrington

The Nearness of YouThe Nearness of You by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Nearness of You by KG Fletcher is a standalone contemporary romance that will pull you in from page one and not let go until well passed the last. Following the story of Lauren Rose and David Randall. Lauren is such a strong character, her independence and ability to overcome adversity really draws you in. When singing at her regular gig in the St. Regis Hotel, she gets to see allot of high-profile guests, but none really caught her eye until she was courted by a British supermodel after her late show. While Randall and Rose come from two completely different worlds, this seems to draw them together. While things heat up behind doors, an attraction that they can’t deny builds around them. The more time they spend together, the end of their romance seems harder to believe. When life intrudes with David’s assistant, Lauren will have to find a way to work to show this woman that she loves David for more than his work. Will this woman be the reason these two love birds can’t find happiness? Can David rise above those around him to go for the girl that stole his heart with her voice? Fletcher made this story such a great read, pulling her readers in from the get go and creating an overall amazing experience. If you are looking for an author that will sweep you away with her writing than KG Fletcher is one that you need to pick this story up. I can’t wait to see where KG Fletcher takes us next.

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The Nearness of You by K.G. Fletcher – Review by Maura Harper

The Nearness of YouThe Nearness of You by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the “Southern Promises” series written by this author so I was looking forward to getting comfortable and opening this book.

This is a book that fulfills many girls dreams. The “what if I meet that famous person, would I be able to handle myself? Be true to myself?” This story explores that theme.

The main character is a strong woman who, while not ashamed of her situation, doesn’t downplay it or use it to her advantage when talking to someone of means. She holds true to her values and doesn’t mold herself to what she thinks she should be. A nice change of pace was how nice the lead male is. Sure he’s got a great accent, is smoking hot, has a good head on his shoulders – he’s also kind and nice. They have a meet cute and the story goes on from there.

The characters are quickly developed and have all the earmarks of a classic tale. The story flows well from beginning to end and I was able to stay totally comfortable while reading this quick tale.

I recommend this book and this author.

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Mouse Trapped (Satan’s Devils MC #9) by Manda Mellett – Review by Maura Harper

Mouse Trapped: Satan's Devils MC #9Mouse Trapped: Satan’s Devils MC #9 by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

MOUSE TRAPPED is the 9th book in The Satan’s Devil MC Series. I’ve only read a few of the others and was able to settle right into this book, so it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone.

I would like to review this book from a slightly different perspective. Sure it’s a story involving a motorcycle club, a computer geek and a woman who needs help. That stuff is pretty standard in MC books. What’s unique about this book is the WAY it’s told. It is not the cookie cutter “pretty white girl meets hot alpha white male and everyone lives happily ever after”. This is a story that takes a look at the overlooked in “romance” books (gosh I’m using a lot of italics tonight). This story talks about immigration rights and multi-racial stereotypes and discrimination. It shows us how not everything is as we want it to be or we think it to be. It took a non-partisan look at how the US really is – and that’s a scary place to some. This is a book that makes me think about others besides myself. Opens my eyes to topics that I am currently being distracted from by the use of ridiculous tweets. This is still a real problem and it reminded me that I have pay better attention to what else is going on around me.

Having said all of the above, MOUSE TRAPPED is also a story that allowed me escape into a book. It is a well written story that gives us a glimpse at characters we’ve read in other stories in this series and gives us a deeper look at Mouse (it’s about time he got his story told) and what it’s like to not fit in ANYWHERE. The story flows well from beginning to end and I would recommend it. Also the cover model is HOT, so there’s that 😉

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