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Saved by Love (Bellevue Bullies Book 7) by Toni Aleo – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Saved by Love (Bellevue Bullies #7)Saved by Love by Toni Aleo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evan has returned to school after stepping away from his hockey career to focus on his mental health. (Kudos to the author for tackling this difficult and overlooked subject). He takes a position as a training for the female gymnastics team. This is where he meets Callie. Callie is a gymnast. She is a fierce character that loves those close to her with all she has. Callie has had a crush on Evan for years…and now he’s part of her team’s staff. She knows that she wants to get to know him and be a part of his life.

Their relationship is filled with understanding, support, and a love that most strive for. While coming to terms with his own struggles and finding a way to work on his own mental health, he finds that Callie is in his corner as his biggest supporter. These two melted my heart and I could feel the emotions coming off the page. This series has had many great couples…but these two are probably my favorite!

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Devil’s Breath by Lang Johnson – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Devil's BreathDevil’s Breath by Lang Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off, I highly recommend you just jump right into this book. Do not ready any reviews….you don’t want anything given away. This book had me on the edge of my seat ’til the very end….I had no idea which way it would go.

I’m going to try to do this review justice without giving too much away. Sera is a great FMC. She works hard, knows what she wants, and is good at what she does. As a hired assassin, she usually has no problem with the follow-through…until him! Cassius is a wise and kind-hearted man. However, he feels something is amiss with his meeting of Sera…he just needs to figure out what it is. These two have amazing banter, some H-O-T scenes, and the gamut of emotions (lust, love, hate, betrayal….you get the picture). However, at the end of the day, Sera must decide if she will follow orders or her heart? And how will Cassius deal with the fact that someone close to him has betrayed him?

This book was one of the best books I have read this year! It is filled with the kind of back and forth that kept me turning the pages until the very end!! It has been a while since I have been so enthralled with a book that I did not notice the passage of time….I just sat and read from beginning to end!

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Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 2) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Body Checked (Astoria Bay Thunder #2)Body Checked by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We met Bridger and Tia in the first book of the series…but this story is all about them. Bridger is a playboy Enforcer for the team. He is knows for his antics both on and off the ice. He is on thin ice with the team due to his poor playing and needs to clean up his act. He has an idea that may get him some more positive press.
When Tia joins her best friend as she photographs a hockey team for a charity calendar, she is not expecting the immediate attraction she feels for one of the players. She has sworn off bad boys due to a past relationship that still haunts and affects her to this day. Bridger and Tia decide they need just one weekend to work through their attraction so they can both move on. What they don’t expect is the friendship they form.
However, as they usually do, feelings start to creep their way into their friendship. Keeping their “friends only” relationship gets harder and harder to maintain. When they both find themselves in trouble…will they turn to each other? Or will their rules keep them from seeing what they truly need could be each other?
This was another good book in an enjoyable series. I love a good hockey romance and this one kept my attention the whole time. Tia and Bridger are both great characters. I enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book make appearances. I look forward to seeing where this series goes in the future.

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The Lie That Binds by Amy Argent – Review by Rosanna Ingram

The Lie That BindsThe Lie That Binds by Amy Argent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nathan has a secret that he will do anything to hide….including lie and bully others to keep the focus off of himself. But, when Holly finds out, she promises to keep his secret. What starts out as a farce to keep everything under wraps soon evolves into real feelings. However, the popular girl is not a fan of this and his secret is threatened to come out. Will he come clean or continue the lies to keep it hidden?!?

Throughout the story, Holly is compassionate and sees Nathan for who he is despite what he is hiding. It was almost heartbreaking how deeply Nathan wished to keep his secret and just how mean high school kids can be. This book dealt with with real issues in a believable manner and I was here for it!

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Burned by Fire (Firehouse 13 Book 4) by Danielle Jacks – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Burned by Fire (Firehouse 13, #4)Burned by Fire by Danielle Jacks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sol has been forced to retire due an injury he sustained. This has led to him turning to the bottle to to deal. Ember is new rookie firefighter who has looked up to Sol as a mentor…while also harboring a crush. When they bump into each other, Ember wants to help him heal (heart and soul). However, they have her job and their age difference fighting against them! Will they give their love a chance? Or are they doomed from the start to be nothing more than a spark?

I enjoyed these characters. Ember is wise beyond her years. She is passionate about her career and mature than most her age. Sol is older…but not dealing with the loss of his job in a mature way. There were a few times when I had a hard time understanding his decision making, since he was a veteran firefighter, but I’m sure losing the ability to do what you love will make you do crazy things.

Overall, this is a quick read that is written in a way that makes you feel as though you are a part of the story. I have read a handful of books from this author and have never been disappointed. Another good story that I enjoyed reading!

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Bake Off (Bake Believe Series Book 2) by Cori Cooper – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Bake OffBake Off by Cori Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cat has made the road trip with her family to see the family bakery and to (hopefully) figure out how to control her emotional baking. Instead of just sitting down and laying out the family history, CG creates a scavenger hunt that gives Cat and Robyn a more “hands on” approach. But, Cat is observant, and is noticing that there are lots of things not being said from different members of her family…and she is determined to figure it out. Turns out there is more going on than everyone is letting on.

I enjoyed the first book in the series and was happy to see Cat get some answers that will help her. This book is definitely written for a younger reader (maybe 10-14 years of age), but I still enjoyed it. And…there is a recipe at the end of each chapter that sounds super yummy!

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Flame and Crystal Thorns (Fae and Crystal Thorns Book 1) by Kay L. Moody – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Flame and Crystal Thorns (Fae and Crystal Thorns, #1)Flame and Crystal Thorns by Kay L. Moody
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chloe is an apothecary in the mortal realm. She is the one the townspeople come to for help. However, when a fae from her past shows up unexpectedly, telling her she must return to Faerie to help save it, her instinct is to deny his request. Her last time there she was forced into a war and betrayed….so she does not want to be put in that situation again. When he tells her that her sister is in danger, she knows that she must return to keep her safe.

From the moment they arrive in Faerie, Chloe and Quintus are finding danger every turn they make. Chloe’s selflessness, and need to protect others before herself, just might be her downfall. Can she save her sister, and the rest of the fae, before it’s too late? What does her newfound magic, and bond to Quintus, really mean?

This book leaves on quite a cliffhanger…so I will be looking forward to the next book to see what happens. I enjoyed the characters and the action just never seems to stop. Chloe never gets a moment of peace…it seems as though she is always in danger (sometimes from herself). I was engaged with the story from beginning to end.

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The Wolf’s Shadow (The Lycanthropy Files Book 1) by Cecilia Dominic – Review by Rosanna Ingram

The Wolf's Shadow (The Lycanthropy Files #1)The Wolf’s Shadow by Cecilia Dominic
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dr. Joanie Fisher is having quite the go in life, recently…which has led to the demise of her relationship and the loss of her job. However, a new venture has dropped into her lap in the form of her inheritance of her grandfather’s estate. A series of child abductions has Joanie’s best friend, Lonna, joining her as she moves in.

Joanie, who was researching CLS (Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome) prior to her lab burning down, finds herself being sought out by locals to continue her research. Unfortunately, there are other who do not want it to continue. But, what happens when she finds out that her research has a much more personal stakes than she could have ever imagines? It becomes apparent that there are much more sinister things going on in the town of Crystal Springs than Joanie and Lonna could have imagined. Can they catch the culprit(s) in time? Or will they fall victim to the undercurrent of the town?

This was an interesting take on the typical shifter story. It focused more on the medical “why” and “how”, compared to other stories. I did find it a tad hard to connect to Joanie….not sure if it was her attitude of what…but I pushed through because the storyline was quite interesting. There were quite a few unanswered questions at the end…which hopefully will be answered in upcoming books.

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Witch Switch (Bewitch Me Book 2) (in Midnight Magic Anthology) by Louisa Bacio – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Midnight MagicMidnight Magic by Gina Kincade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Witch Switch (Bewitch Me Book 2) by Louisa Bacio

Cheyenne and Rafe are in love. Unfortunately, Rafe has been promised to Meredith, another witch. Although he is willing to break it off, they will also have Rafe’s family to contend with. But, they believe their love is worth it. When Meredith starts playing dirty, Cheyenne wishes her powers would return to so she could defeat her on her own. But, when Cheyenne gets some test results back…she will learn that love and family can be stronger than even magic.

This was a pretty quick read that I was able to finish in one sitting. But…there was a lot happening in so few pages. I was engaged with the story from beginning to end and found myself invested in the characters and their outcome. Overall, a good story.

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Captivated (Hybrid Lovers Series Book 1) by Toya Richardson – Review by Rosanna Ingram

Captivated (Hybrid Lovers, #1)Captivated by Toya Richardson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Angelina is a human living a normal life…if you don’t count the H-O-T dreams she is having about two guys at night. Her life is turned upside down when she finds herself in danger…and those two same guys show up to save her. Imagine her surprise when she finds out that she is the mate of both of these vampire/angel hybrids.
Salvatore and Luca will become even stronger when they bond with Angelina…which is why there are forces out to stop it from happening. And if it doesn’t happen…then the world as they know it will cease to exist. When Angelina is forced to make the decision that will determine the course of the world…what will she do?!?
This was such a good book. It is a twist on the normal fated mates book by adding a second mate and all the different characters determined to keep it from happening. I was entertained the whole way through…and am excited to see what happens next!

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