The Divided Twin (The Divided Series Book 2) by M. Billiter with Kyle Thomas – Review by Rosanna Ingram

The Divided TwinThe Divided Twin by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend that you go read A Divided Mind first. That is where you are introduced to the characters and it is definitely worth a read.
Okay…now…the emotional level of this book is set on high. I cried numerous times during this book and had to walk away a couple of times to compose myself and calm down before returning. This book, once again, focuses on mental illness and it just feels so real. I am going to try to review this book without giving anything away because, like the last book, it should be read with no spoilers and with an open mind.
Branson and Aaron are now in college. We are introduced to a third twin, David. David exists in the mind of one of the twins. When their mom gets sick, David starts to make himself more known and things get crazy.
There is a lot going on in this story…and I honestly don’t want to give anything away. If you’re like me, you will get sucked into this story and find yourself questioning what you thought was happening as the book goes on. It is a story that will stay with you long after you set the book down.

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A Divided Mind (The Divided Series Book 1) by M. Billiter – Review by Rosanna Ingram

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. I have been thinking about this book for days since I finished reading it. This book feels raw and real and I enjoyed the way the author presented the story.
The book is told mostly from the POV of Branson and Tara. Branson is in high school and one day he blacks out at school. His mother, Tara, receives the phone call and that sets into motion a series of events where she comes to find out that her son has been hearing voices in his head. This book goes back and forth between Branson and Tara and they come to terms with what that means and how they move forward.
This is one of those books that it is good to go into it without any idea of what is going to happen or how it plays out. I don’t want to give anything away in this review because it is something that each reader should face with an open mind. It deals with topics that are relevant and real…and I enjoyed every word.

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Drawn to Him by Tammy Mannersly – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Drawn to HimDrawn to Him by Tammy Mannersly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found myself pulled into Matt and Erica’s story from the beginning and it held me captive up to the last page. Erica has been burned in the past and is not in the market for a relationship. She has sworn those off. Instead, she focuses on the passion of her work at the local art studio and supply store. Matt recently moved to their small town and is a doctor. He has found himself playing wingman to his best friend Nate which, as of late, is starting to bore him. However, he is also not in the market for a relationship.
A clumsy accident leads Erica into Matt’s office and there is an immediate attraction between the two. While hooking up and keeping it casual is what they agree on, each fights their own reservations about love and relationships along the way which keeps them from exploring what they could really be. When the local single women see Erica and Matt together, they are not too happy…and someone makes their unhappiness known. Can Erica and Matt find out who is behind the mysterious packages and phone calls? Can they put their pasts behind them to explore their future?
I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. Erica is a strong woman who is set in her way. Matt is determined to make her want him and want something more than a friendship. I enjoyed their banter and pulled for them to make it happen. This is my first book by this author…but it won’t be the last.

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The Trouble With Paradise (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 4) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Rosanna Ingram

The Trouble with Paradise (Madeline Dawkins #4)The Trouble with Paradise by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in this series…and it just keeps on rollin’. This book is interesting in that there are two cases being investigated simultaneously…and everything is not quite as it appears to be. Madeline is approached by the DA to look into a suicide when the widow is convinced there is more at play. Meanwhile, Mike is approached by Steven (yes…Madeline’s ex) to look into a murder on behalf of another inmate.
There is a lot going on in this book with the different story lines…but as they move forward, Mike and Madeline find that there are some similarities that could link the two. But, if they are linked, then where is the mastermind behind it all? You will have to read it to find out.
This story, while busy with storylines, doesn’t really move forward in terms of character growth. Don’t get me wrong, Madeline has grown a lot since book 1. Maybe I just want more. Both she and Mike are great people and I want to see more from them. But, all in all, it is another great book in this series!

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One Hot Texas Summer (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge Book 1) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Rosanna Ingram

One Hot Texas Summer (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge, #1)One Hot Texas Summer by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kelly owns her own florist shop in the small town of Sweet Ridge. After her last relationship went awry, she isn’t sure if that forever kind of love is for her. After a lunch with friends, she finds herself in charge of organizing and decorating a secondary location for the town’s upcoming Founder’s Day Festival. If that wasn’t enough stress, she will be working side-by-side with the man she has proclaimed to be the town playboy, Tate Prentice.
Tate is now in charge of Prentice Farms after his mother passed away and his father became ill. As the youngest of three boys, it has fallen on his shoulders to keep the farm running since the other two are living their own lives. He loves the farm, and takes his role seriously, which is why he is not looking forward to planning the Founder’s Day Festival with Kelly.
Once these two get together to start working, sparks fly…and not necessarily all good ones. While there is attraction, there is also some pent up anger issues that each are holding from other areas of their lives that bleed into their working relationship. This story is the ups and downs of building a new relationship in a small town with two individuals who are independent and hard-working.
I enjoyed this book and story was sweet. There was enough drama to be believable without being over-the-top. I enjoyed their banter and when they would call each other on their b.s.. I sat down and started this story and didn’t get up until I was done…it was that good.

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Center of Gravity (An Ice Tigers Hockey Romance Book 2) by Isabella Cassazza – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Center of Gravity (Ice Tigers #2)Center of Gravity by Isabella Cassazza
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After being betrayed, Matt finds himself in Italy. There, he has a one-night stand with a hot Italian woman before heading back to the US where his life is. More importantly…that’s where his hockey team is. As a member of the Ice Tigers, his focus is on winning the next game and winning the cup.

Emilia is sent to Boston to run the Ice Tigers. Her grandfathers expects her to be successful and get the team to the finals. Imagine Isabella’s surprise when her one-night stand from back home is listed as a player on the team. She and Matt need to talk, because their lives are about to be turned upside down. However, Matt wants nothing to do with Emilia or the news she brings to his doorstep.

This book was interesting to read. There is so much going on behind closed doors and behind the scenes that brings depth to characters that otherwise seem shallow on the outside. I enjoyed watching Emilia not only fight to prove herself to her family…but also to herself. And Matt has been burned in the past and does what he feels he has to in order to protect himself. I found their back and forth banter to be entertaining, while I was rooting for to get their acts together along the way. A good addition to the Ice Tigers series that I enjoyed reading.

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The Frontman by Lawrence Parlier – Review by Rosanna Ingram

The FrontmanThe Frontman by Lawrence Parlier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns that The Frontman took. Reading the blurb, I knew it was about the death of Kerry Vance. Kerry is the lead singer of band going on tour. His death is what you come to expect of those leading the rock star life…drug overdose in a hotel. However, those that really knew Kerry aren’t believing what they are being told. Enter Calliope, a woman from Kerry’s past, to start helping those in Kerry’s life find out what really happened.

There were so many twists in this story. Each person who plays a role in this book has a connection to Kerry…but what happens when paths start crossing and everyone’s little pieces of Kerry’s story begin to reveal the bigger picture. This is a story of loss and love…but also self-discovery and healing. I found myself pulled into the story from the beginning, wanting to know what really happened. I liked some characters while despising others. I was also surprised at the link between people and the roles they played in Kerry’s life. All together, a good story that is definitely worth a read.

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Blessed: The Academy of Seraph by Brandi Elledge – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Blessed: Academy of the SeraphBlessed: Academy of the Seraph by Brandi Elledge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the plague was killing the world population, fifteen archangels took it upon themselves to spare the lives of the humans they deemed formidable. In doing so, they passed along their traits and made these humans obtain special powers. However, being caught, they were forced to Earth and became fallen angels. Generations have passed, but humans are still being born from the bloodlines of those saved with special powers. When they turn sixteen, humans are tested for those powers. If the powers are present, they are sent to one of two academies to train.
Gabriella has grown up in foster care and has done everything she can to avoid the mandatory testing since she turned 16. However, officials have finally caught up with her and she is required to test. She tries to fool the test administrator by concealing her powers, but she soon finds herself enrolled in Academy of Seraph. She is immediately on edge because she doesn’t want to be there. The commander of the academy takes interest in her, as does another new student, as she tries to figure out her lineage and her powers. She soon finds she will play an important role in an upcoming war, whether she is ready or not.
I found myself really enjoying this book as it went along. As Gabriella learns more about her past, her connection to those at the academy starts to make sense. There are twists and turns that I did not see coming. The story ends on a cliffhanger…so I will be looking forward to the next book to find out what happens. This was a great start to a new series and I am excited about where it may go in the future.

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Confidentiality (Scope of Practice Book 2) by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Rosanna Ingram

ConfidentialityConfidentiality by Jessica Aiken-Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book picks up where the first book of the series, Boundaries, leaves off. Valerie and Tim are planning their wedding when murders start occurring in the area. Tim is tasked with investigating the murders…but Valerie feels like there is a connection among the killings. Will the connection be made before the killer strikes again? (You have to read it to find out)
This book kept me hooked in for two reasons. First, the story is good with twists and turns that keep you wanting to see what happens. Second, the relationship between Valerie and Tim is relatable. There is banter between the two, as well as support for Valerie as she continues to overcome her past. I found myself rooting for her as a person in the first book and I still am in this book. Other characters from the first book make an appearance as well. I look forward to what happens next in this series.

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Wrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Wrapped Up In YouWrapped Up In You by Erin Bevan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good Christmas story…and this one was easy to love. The premise is unlike anything I’ve read before. Jenny is tasked with picking a husband in the next three weeks. Her husband will also take on the role of Santa. With only a few weeks until Christmas, it is important that she choose wisely. Logan has crashed into a workshop in the North Pole. He wakes up in a land that he always thought to be make-believe and can’t remember much about his life prior to the crash.

Jenny and Logan have instant chemistry…but the missing pieces of his past (like if he has a wife or children waiting for him back home) keep them from exploring their relationship too far. The story that follows is full of magic, great characters, and heart-warming moments. Trying to figure out Logan’s past while following Jenny’s journey of choosing the right husband is a story that I couldn’t put down until the end.

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