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Stepping Stone (The Stone Series Volume 2) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by May Leadstone

The scenes are never dull or boring with Krystina and Alexander! I find myself hoping the story hurries up to the next little steamy nugget! Krystina is trying to stay independent and show she doesn’t need anything, but I think everyone needs to be able to have someone to lean on…and, let’s face it, it doesn’t hurt that it happens to be a billionaire! Krystina is my favorite persona by far in this genre, granted there are many to explore, but right now she is at the top of my list! The story was good overall, but I feel like the pace of this book was way faster than the previous one, and I found myself trying to not think about how fast it was and just enjoy the story. Again the narrators are a bit monotoned and put inflections/stresses on words or sentences that don’t need it, but I was better prepared for that this time. Otherwise, this book was a great “Stepping Stone” away from reality for a little bit!

Mountains Wanted (Mountain Series #1) by Phoebe Alexander-Review by Amanda Kimble

Mountains Wanted (Mountains #1)Mountains Wanted by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5/5 Stars

Mountains Wanted (Mountains Series Book 1) by Phoebe Alexander

This isn’t the first book by Alexander I’ve read. This new series is great and I loved every minute of it. Mountains Wanted is the first book in the Mountain Series.

Sarah is a single mom to two wonderful kids. Meeting James at a sub place she couldn’t keep him off her mind. When she meets him again a few days later things change. The quote I chose for Sarah is: “With all due respect, let’s say your life is on the line in the heat of battle. Would you rather have a gay soldier who is one hundred percent focused and loyal to his fellow soldiers by your side, or a straight soldier whose mind is nowhere near the battlefield? The truth of the matter is people have the ability to be professional and put their recreational and sexual desires aside when needed. This ability has absolutely nothing to do with sexual orientation. It has everything to do with integrity and work ethic.”

James is home for good. He’s teaching ROTC and encourages his students to attend Sarah’s lecture. When he meets her one on one he can’t keep her off his mind. The quote I chose for James is: “Being deployed in a war zone, it’s obviously not like everyday life. In order for the men to stay focused, accomplish their missions and stay alive, it requires—more than anything else—mental discipline. If an individual loses focus and doesn’t see something they ought to have seen, it may not only get them injured but the person next to them as well. It’s imperative to keep distractions to a minimum. It’s focus and discipline that make the difference between frightened boys and professional soldiers who get the job done. That’s also why drinking and sex are discouraged while deployed.”

Highly recommended for Contemporary Romance lovers.

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In His Kiss (The Unrequited Series #1) by Ava Alise-Review by Amanda Kimble

In His Kiss (The Unrequited Series Book 1)In His Kiss by Ava Alise
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5/5 Stars

In His Kiss (The Unrequited Series #1) by Ava Alise

This is the first book I’ve read by the author. Alise had me hooked from the get go. I can’t wait until the next book comes out.

Xia has had a crush on her best friend Jordan for as long as she can remember. When the unthinkable happens it destroys her. Now she can’t trust the one person she should be able to. Especially when things with Jordan didn’t work out. The quote I chose for Xia is: “He told me, Jordan. I asked him if he cheated and he didn’t deny it. He just looked … guilty. God, Jordan. What the hell?”

Jordan has always thought about the benefits with Xia, but doesn’t think she feels the same. He doesn’t think twice when she kisses him. Then he breaks her heart. The quote I chose for Jordan is: “Come on, you know I’m not going to let you face this alone. It’s what we do for each other, right?”

Highly recommended for Contemporary Romance lovers.

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Forbidden Wolf (The Shadow Chornicles #1) by CR Robertson-Review by Amanda Kimble

Forbidden WolfForbidden Wolf by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5/5 Stars

Forbidden Wolf (The Shadow Chronicles #1) by CR Robertson

This is the first book I’ve read by the author. Robertson knows how to draw readers in and keep them interested. A page turner for sure.

Tasha is a vampire and has always been told that Lycans are bad people. When she meets a black wolf things change. Young and in love is what she is. Twenty years is what they promised, but can they make it? The quote I chose for Tasha is: “We all have to join the army the September after our twenty-first birthday. I don’t want to but there is no other choice.”

Levi was minding his business until a sexy vampire took him down. The bite she left him caused more to happen. Fated mates. He’s heard of them and now his wolf will do nothing but get to her. The quote I chose for Levi is: “You need to back the f*** up. I don’t know who you are or who you think we are, but we’re leaving.”

Highly recommended for Paranormal Vampire lovers.

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Brink of Denial (Sons of Sindicato #2) by Sonya Jesus & Cam Johns-Review by Amanda Kimble

Brink of Denial (Sons of Sindicato #1)Brink of Denial by Cam Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5/5 Stars

BRINK OF DENIAL: A Dark Mafia Romance (Sons of Sindicato #2) by Sonya Jesus & Cam Johns

This isn’t the first read by Jesus and Johns. Brink of Denial is a great read. It is the second book in the Sons of Sindicato Series but it can be read as a standalone.

Mila is back and this time it’s for good. Coming home had seemed to bring troubles for everyone. Trying to get back in Dane’s good graces is proving to be harder than she thought. The quote I chose for Mila is: “Follow me. I’ve been thinking about you all day.”

Dane is the oldest of three and is tired of having his heart torn out by the same girl. Mila will be the death of him it seems but he welcomes it. When he learns that she’s in trouble he helps her out. Why wouldn’t he, she is his after all. The quote I chose for Dane is: “Clearly. If you want to go and live Mila’s life, Dad shouldn’t stop you. Maybe talk to Mila first, and ask her how all the fame and fortune is going before you pack your bags and fly away from here. Mila’s life isn’t as beautiful as you think.”

Highly recommended for Romantic Suspense lovers.

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Brink of Denial (Sons of Sindicato Book 2) by Sonya Jesus and Cam Johns- Review by Micalah Weatherholtz

Brink of Denial (Sons of Sindicato #1)Brink of Denial by Cam Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a super wild ride all the way to the very last pages which totally blew me away! In sons of sindicato we get the story of Seth and Shaw and we get snippets of Dane and Mila. Brink of denial explored everything that makes them Dane and Mila together and apart. They are wild, forceful, aggressive, but madly in love! They have been their entire lives and we get their story in book #2. After that ending it will be a rough wait until book #3 is released!

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Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott – Review by Jerricka Brown

Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic #2)Carnival of Shadows by Leslie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first read from this author and I am very satisfied. I had such a hard time putting this down. Everything from the plot to the characters developed nicely. I love how it brings everything to life in an intriguing paranormal way. Highly recommend it. I can’t wait to read more from this series.

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Nightfall by TK Lawyer-Review by Amanda Kimble

NightfallNightfall by T.K. Lawyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5/5 Stars

Nightfall by TK Lawyer

This is the first book I’ve read by this author. Lawyer has found a new reader in me and I will be looking for others. Nightfall is such a great read.

Tamara finds, what she thinks is, a stray dog on her porch. Deciding to keep him as a pet and falls for the dog. She starts hearing a voice in her head that doesn’t belong to her. The quote I chose for Tamara is: “Josh, this is Ruben. He’s a very good old friend of mine, we used to work together. Actually, all three of us did. Ruben, Vee, and me. I haven’t seen this man in a year. And it’s been what, six months since you stopped talking to me?”

Josh is Tamara’s dog Nightfall, but he’s not a dog. He’s a wolf shifter. Tamara is his mate and now that he’s found her he won’t let her go. The jealous streak hits him like a freight train. The quote I chose for Josh is: “Today was absolutely miserable for me. I’m deeply in love with you, Tamara. You’re the one for me, the only one. Now that you’ve shared with me the reason you’ve been holding back, I can’t leave you—not until I give you a true chance to be with me. I know we’ll be happy together, because I’ll do anything to bring a smile to your face—anything Tamara.”

Highly recommended for Werewolf Romance lovers.

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Blue Summer Part Two by Everly Taylor-Review by Amanda Kimble

Blue Summer Part TwoBlue Summer Part Two by Everly Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5/5 Stars

Blue Summer Part Two by Everly Taylor

Blue Summer Part One needs to be read before Blue Summer Part Two. This picks off after book 1 and I’ve got to say what a fantastic read. Taylor sure knows what she’s doing.

Lillie is once again captured by Enuris. She escapes and meets up with Heath and friends. Once again they are trying to stop the evil sourcer. The quote I chose for Lillie is: “I guess, we just take it one step at a time from here then?”

Heath is Lillie’s first mate. When she is taken from under his nose things get tough. When They figure out what she is, things make sense. The quote I chose for Heath is: “Neither did you. It wouldn’t be fair to hold your mother’s decisions against you . Hell, you have only tried to help us since the moment you were kidnapped. It’s no wonder the Universe chose you for us.”

Highly recommended for Paranormal Romance lovers.

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Heart of Stone (The Stone Series Volume 1) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by May Leadstone

A whirlwind romance with a dark side is how I would classify Alex and Krystina’s story! I found this story to be a very enjoyable and delicious read! Though this story is very reflective of others in this genre, I find Krystina’s story more inviting and relatable than previous reads of mine in this category. Her reactions and thoughts throughout the story are the way I might have reacted if it was me in this situation. In most other books I have read, the woman always seems to be “weaker” or “damsel in distress” and this was nice to have someone who is trying to do better than that! Who DOESN’T WANT THAT! Thank you Ms. Willink! The only real issue I had was the way the narrators performed the story! I wanted them to be more expressive than monotoned as well as their emphasis/inflection at places it didn’t sound right to have it. Sometimes they would find the right place other times not..it was hard to get past. I gave it 3 stars as it was something I got used to it and I wanted to satisfy my curiosity about what happened at the end of the novel!! I am looking forward to the next volume!