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Code Name: Vulture: Dark Vampire Romance (The Order of the Condor Series Book 1) by Maya Daniels & Sylvia Black – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Code Name: Vulture: Dark Vampire Romance (The Order of the Condor Series Book 1)Code Name: Vulture: Dark Vampire Romance by Maya Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Danielle is a curator for the Brandian Arts Museum, a job which she loves, but she also misses being out on the ground where she can dig in the dirt and put the pieces of a puzzle together, but on this night, she is at an auction and about to bid for a relic which she knows more about than she should, thanks to an old friend who has just passed away. As she is preparing to bid on this relic, she is in her element and cannot wait to finally have this in her possession, despite the fact that the auction was a last minute affair and the listing were not posted beforehand like they usually are, however, soon she is outbid by a man with a gravelly voice whom she has never seen before and who disappears immediately after he has won the prize. A couple of weeks later on and she is at her office at the museum where her best friend is telling her to snap out of the mood she has been in since this stranger waltzed into her life and took something she wanted right out from under her feet, so that when they go for a meal and a few drinks later on, she enjoys herself until she falls asleep in the taxi home.

Vulture is a brother in the Order of the Condor and a Pureblood Vampyr, he is a ghost with only a code name to identify him by and he is the most dangerous predator out there by miles, so when he is given a contract to retrieve a relic and a museum curator, he thinks no more of it until they collide at the auction. Vulture is dangerously captivated by her angelic looks and fierce personality, but the information he has to retrieve from her is not as forthcoming as he had hoped. Meanwhile, Danielle is coming to terms with the huge adjustment she will need to make to being in a cage and having to spill her darkest secrets to the man who she can’t deny she is attracted to, but as her containment continues, she realises that she will not be able to hide one of her secrets, but that she must hide the other in order to survive.

As Vulture tries to fulfil his contract and realises that something is amiss and when a last minute change of plans tests his patience to the limits, he realises just how much Danielle means to him and what he could lose if something happens to her, but will they be able to keep each other safe so they can explore the connection neither of them can deny, or will the worst come to the worst and their bond be broken? This is a dark paranormal romance with danger round every corner as fated mates struggle to stay by the others side as they solve a mystery eons old together, this fast paced and entertaining tale will keep you on your toes right up until the end.

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Potager Plot: A witty cozy mystery with a hint of romance. (A Backyard Farming Mystery Book 5) by Vikki Walton – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Potager Plot (A Backyard Farming Series, #5)Potager Plot by Vikki Walton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anne Fremont is back in this new gardening tale, where she is giving a talk to the specialist interest group of the local gardening club where she will be talking about how to grow a good forest with a mix of flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs on one place with little to no tending needed. She is happy to be there and has been looking for a gardening group to join and this one seems right up her street. The next day she has agreed to go and see the president of the club and discuss the designs she has in mind for her garden, so she gets ready for the day and sets off over in her car.

When she arrives, she knocks on the door, however, when she doesn’t get an answer after the third try, she decides to go and look in a window to see if they are home, however, when she sees the owner is unable to answer the door, she rushes in only to find that she is dead. Anne phones the authorities and reports what has happened and to all intensive purposes it looks like an accident, but the more she thinks about it, the more something doesn’t ring true for Anne.

She decides to ask around about what happened that morning and how people feel about it, but the more questions she asks, the more secrets are uncovered leading to more possible suspects. There are rumours and accusations flying of extra marital affairs and the possibility that someone has silenced the woman who has died, but will Anne be able to discover the culprits identity before she is the next victim? This is a lovely cozy mystery where secrets and ulterior motives abound, all while gardens are being created and tended to by the close knit gardening group.

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Spooked by a Suspicion by Risa Nyman – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Spooked by a SuspicionSpooked by a Suspicion by Risa Nyman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rocky and his girlfriend Olive are back and Rocky is awoken one day by a smell which can only mean a special breakfast is being prepared, but he is not sure why, that is until his mum announces that she is going to get married to a guy called Ted, this is news to Rocky, but it is not welcome news in the slightest. His mind is whirling as he thinks about this momentous news, he has seen Ted around the house a lot, with his eyebrows which are constantly on the move, a beard that looks more like it should be on the devil himself and black beady eyes which scream suspicious behaviour, but he thought it was just work related and as if that isn’t enough, she announces that he is coming to watch Rocky’s football game that day too. Rocky is stunned and upset by this turn of events and believes that one big life change is enough for one kid and he has already had that, so why has he got to have another one?

Rocky immediately talks to Olive about the situation and what he can do to stop it, she gives him some ideas and Rocky starts working on his sleuthing prowess immediately, well, after he has played in the football game anyway. As they head to the game, Ted peppers Rocky with questions about football as he knows nothing about it, but as he plays, Ted shouts something from the bleachers and then it comes true, but this makes Rocky even more suspicious and angry that it causes them to lose the game. As the next few days progress, things keep happening to Rocky which coordinate with Ted saying something related to it before it happens, it is after one of these events during an award assembly as school, his teacher mentions that there is a letter for his mum in with his award, it turns out that it is an invitation to attend a creative writing camp over summer, but it is at the same time as soccer camp, which is way more important, unfortunately, Rocky is unable to attend the soccer camp and ends up going to the creative writing one in the end anyway and he is now convinced that it is Ted causing all the issues with his evil magical powers.

When Rocky’s mum tells him that although she is proud, she will miss Rocky terribly, so arranges to go with him, as does Ted, but plans change and it is only Ted and Rocky who go, but things do not go smoothly and Rocky is again in trouble, but will he be able to prove his innocence and convince everyone that he didn’t steal anything from anyone, or will things just go from bad to worse when he bumps into an old hermit living alone in the woods near the summer camp and will Rocky and Olive be able to prove his suspicions about Ted and stop the marriage between him and his mum? This is another fast paced mystery for all ages where suspicions are raised and secrets are all around, as events play out and things are uncertain for everyone involved.

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Swallowed By A Secret by Risa Nyman – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Swallowed by a SecretSwallowed by a Secret by Risa Nyman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rocky is your typical twelve year old kid, but he has had a string of unfortunate life changes recently, his dad died and he and his mum have moved away from his childhood home in Whitman, to live with his grandpa in Tucker. They moved straight after the funeral, away from everything that he knew, where all his memories were made and he couldn’t understand why and whenever he asked about it, instead of answering him, his mum would just shut down and ignore the question.

As if it isn’t bad enough that Rocky is trying to come to terms with his dads death, he also has to start a new school mid way through the school year and so has to go and meet with the new school counsellor, but he doesn’t engage as much as she wants him to, his mind is too filled of memories to concentrate, especially a specific memory where he overheard his and his best friend’s mum talking about what to tell him about the way he passed away which makes Rocky determined to find out what that secret is. However, his day doesn’t go smoothly when he suddenly hears a vey familiar voice as he is walking to his first class of the day, it is his dad’s voice, he runs into the nearest bathroom to try and calm his racing heart and has a conversation with the voice in his head, but should he be doing that and is it even possible?

He eventually gets to his class and after finding out how behind he is in this subject, he is paired up with a girl called Olive to help him catch up, she is a force of nature and completely steamrolls with a confidence Rocky wishes he had and he agrees to swap numbers and meet with her later. At lunch he comes across a kid who is rude and leaves him alone at his table before finding another and is joined by Olive, as they get to know each other and agree to meet up after school, they develop a study plan, but when they start really talking, Rocky opens up about the mystery he is trying to solve and Olive is more than happy to help him along the way. Will Rocky and Olive be able to reveal the secret haunting his past, or will they be stumped at every turn and how does his dad’s disembodied voice come into it, will it be a help, or a hindrance? This is a cozy mystery for all ages which deals with a lot of themes in an easy to read way which keeps you entertained while engaged throughout in this fantastic story of a young boys life changing after a very sad event.

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Jake the Growling Dog Shares His Trail: A Touching Tale of Sharing, Disability Awareness, Kindness, and Overcoming Fears by Samantha Shannon – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Jake the Growling Dog Shares His TrailJake the Growling Dog Shares His Trail by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jake the Growling Dog is back in another adventure where he is enjoying life and part of that is walking on the trail he loves to go down everyday, it helps him to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of life in the woods near where he lives. He likes to see what new sights and sounds are around, especially when his best friend Neet is with him, but one day he is walking down his trail when something doesn’t look or smell right and it makes them worry that it is something he might not want to share his trail with.

As Jake and Neet try to figure out what has made the strange tracks on the ground and whether whatever made the tracks is dangerous, their legs start to shake and their minds go spinning until they hear something start to pass by and they get scared and so they go and hide. When they are safe and alone they come out and go home, but the experience has made Jake’s head hurt and when he tried to get to sleep, he had bad dreams, but when his friends Bodhi and Luna come to visit, Jake tells them what happened and how he might not want to share his trail and how it is making him feel when he thinks about it.

Will Bodhi, Luna, Jake and Neet be able to work together to figure out the mystery of the new tracks and smell on the trail, or will their fears get the better of them? This is a beautifully written story about sharing, facing fears and not being afraid of something new and different which can be enjoyed by adults and children alike with some excellent activities at the end around the themes contained in the story.

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Journeys Through TimeSpace (Journeys Through Book 2) by James Talisman – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Journeys Through TimeSpaceJourneys Through TimeSpace by James Talisman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The three young students on Earth are back in their next journeys through space and time in which they are drawn into the ways of ancient wisdom, mystical energies and entities. They leave their place of safety to travel across the globe and hike on foot to a hidden place in the Himalayas, on this journey they make friends with those guiding them, face dangers and uncertainties, but it is all worth it when they arrive. Meanwhile another reptilian species is making its way to a planet in another system to find an ancient relic which will aid them in powering their ultimate weapon to use in their fight for domination, but it isn’t all smooth sailing as they encounter traps and dangers of their own.

As the students begin to learn what their masters are teaching them and using the techniques to explore the vastness of the past and future of Earth so that they are able to retrieve and use the ancient aero facts and knowledge they are sent to retrieve. However, in New York, another past enemy is intending to thwart their plans with some of their own and when a new master joins them, it is a race against time to find the ones they are looking for.

As time passes and plans develop and change, these three groups of people race against time to find the important elements they need to complete their mission, but who will come out victorious, the reptilian humanoids, the three students or the other mysterious group plotting against them all? This is a thrilling journey across space and time which will keep you hooked into the adventure as mysteries are revealed and the players in the multiverses come together at last.

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Hazard in Hawaii (A Doctor Danger Mystery Book 1) by Heather Silvio – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Hazard in Hawaii (A Doctor Danger Mystery Book 1)Hazard in Hawaii by Heather Silvio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sarah Danger is an assistant investigator while also working towards her doctorate in comparative mythology and counselling, she enjoys all the parts of her life, however, this trip to Hawai’i with her boss to investigate his latest case is a once in a lifetime opportunity, although the reason they are investigating is less than happy. The client who has hired them has asked them to investigate a mysterious illness which is currently affecting one of their family members, it is an illness which causes the affected person to have a progressive nausea, a headache, a fever which cannot be treated and which raises until the person’s organs fail and someone has already perished.

As they prepare to arrive in Hawai’i, Sarah’s boss asks her to come up with a plan for when they land, she decides to conduct the interviews with the patient and their family members first, followed by the doctor treating them and finally the family of the person who died, they agree that it is the best course of action before going for a meal and settling in so that they can get an early start the next day. As the investigation progresses, Sarah has to call on her clairempathy during the interview to try and find out about the emotions the interviewee is feeling and how it corresponds with the answers they were giving, however, things don’t quite go as planned when one of the team ends up in hospital and another has to be brought in and Sarah is thrust into a leadership role she is not sure she is comfortable with.

As more information is found and more cases are found, a pattern emerges and t is looking more likely to be a supernatural rather than a biological nature, this is where Sarah’s expertise really comes to the fore as she researches into the new possibilities with her team. Will they be able to figure out who and what is behind the mysterious illness and how they can remedy it before those affected succumb to its affects? This is a cozy mystery with a supernatural element, which will draw you in and keep you reading through the twists and turns until the conclusion.

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Boy Released by J.D. Spero – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Boy ReleasedBoy Released by J.D. Spero
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is ten years after Tyler Trout was sent to psychiatric rehab after his mental illness caused a psychotic break and his family are still reeling from the murder of their next door neighbour Sally Hubbard and to help with their grief, they moved to the small resort town of Lake George Village and bought the Blue Palm Motel where they now live and work. Hen has grown up into a handsome young man and helps out doing the domestic work in the rooms while his mum, Marcella and Bernie, her partner handle the finances and the odd jobs, meanwhile Tyler has just returned and is living in one of the cabins as he starts to work towards some sort of independence.

As they are all settling into a routine, Tyler is managing to hold down a job at a local store, but his mental health takes a dive when someone from his past turns up and sets back the progress he has made, meanwhile, Hen is taking on more responsibility as the busy summer season starts and preparing for the transition to adulthood in just one short year when he will have to make some serious decisions about his future, whether that involves college or continuing to work at the motel, as well as deciding what to do with his inheritance money once he comes of the age to take ownership of it, all while trying to support his mum and keep up some semblance of normality by spending time with his friends.

All this comes crashing down around the Trout’s when Marcella is attacked at the office and Tyler is the only witness to the altercation, however, the information is locked inside his mind and the turmoil in which it constantly spins, however, when he approaches the office after the attack happens and incriminating himself in the process, his family have to confront Tyler’s illness all over again. Will Tyler be able to make anyone understand the information he holds in his mind and how important it is, or will they believe that he is capable of hurting his family and keep him in detention? Can his family overcome their own personal views of Tyler and help him to reintegrate into society, or will they fail to see beyond his diagnosis? This is a heart rending tale of mental illness and how it can affect those around them, as well as being an emotional rollercoaster of emotions as you become invested in the lives and trials of a family many can relate to.

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Forbidden Mate (The Shadow Chronicles Book 2) by CR Robertson – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Forbidden MateForbidden Mate by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tasha the Vampire and Levi the Lycan return as they continue to fight for their survival, the Hellspawn are back after a few months of precious respite and now are back to attacking them on a nightly basis, but they are evolving and the way that they attack them is changing too, meanwhile, the two forbidden lovers and mates continue in their fated romance as they swap between being fearless leaders in front of their fellow warriors to being able to show each other their true feelings behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, they are trying to study history of the two races, as well as their genetics and see what they will reveal about their origins and therefore the Hellspawn, but whenever they think that they have found something it just reveals more questions than answers. They are all just trying to use their skills to keep their heads above water and out of the mess created by their enemies, but with each step forwards, they are starting to feel like they are going two steps backward and the tentative and slightly unstable alliance takes just as much work to maintain as hiding the some critical truths from those around them.

Cant the two fated mates find out what is hiding behind the wall of secrets and think of a way to keep the Hellspawn and others who want to destroy what they have at arms length, or will things come between them and rip them apart for good? This paranormal romance is filled with tension and excitement from the get go and keeps you reading as the story unravels before you, it is a rollercoaster of ups and downs which keep you off balance and always guessing what is around the next bend.

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Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

EffacementEffacement by Hieronymus Hawkes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cole Westbay is a man living in a digital society with a neural interface the same as everybody else, in fact, he was the one who designed and created it, Vitasync received such a positive reception that now everyone has one and it is connected to a worldwide neural network where every citizen uploads their every thought, feeling and action into a lifelog. This neural chip has been integrated so seamlessly into everyday life that as the US Government reorganised and recognised this, they chipped away at the freedoms and liberties the general population had and they accepted it and as time progressed the lifelog became a necessity instead of a luxury, this is something that Cole didn’t agree with at all, but he couldn’t do anything about it. As Cole settles into his work at BioNarratus, he is called into his boss’s office where he is given a promotion and even though it is taking him away from the lab work he loves, he accepts it, but when the work becomes extremely demanding, especially as a file to do with untoward deaths which have been suggested that the Vitasync may have been dysfunctional and the causes of the deaths, so he finishes his most important work and them works on boards to try and find links between the deaths and what he finds is the opposite of what he wanted.

One day Cole wakes up with a splitting headache and none of his usual visual overlays are active, in fact, none of his technological advances are active and he has lost his most recent memory, he has no idea how the blood in the back of his head got there, or why when he sits up, his house is a complete mess, it has been ransacked and he fears he has been robbed. He feels so disconnected from everything that it takes some time for him to process his new situation, it also means that he can’t call anyone to check in with them, so in order to call the police, he has to visit his neighbour in person, it is awkward, but is a means to an end. As he waits for the police to arrive, Cole thinks about how different the world around him looks without his neural interface chip, he feels extremely disconnected and his anxiety is through the roof, but when the Officer eventually makes his presence known, it isn’t in a way that Cole expects and the fact that his lifelog isn’t active lands him in hot water and he is arrested.

As Cole starts to try and figure out what has happened to him and why, he ends up feeling like he can’t trust those around him, so after having to see a doctor about the wound on the back of his head, he goes into work to figure out what he was working on and see if he can pin down a timeline for the last couple of days. It isn’t until he manages to become somewhat connected thanks to a second hand interface system that he realises how being disconnected may not be such a bad thing after all, especially when he is mobbed by reporters until help arrives from a group of people who prefer to remain off the grid. Will Cole be able to figure out who was behind his attack and work out who he can trust out of those he is surrounding himself with, or will he end up more permanently disconnected in the process? This is a dystopian sci-fi adventure which creates a world that doesn’t feel too distant from the one we are living in now while discussing the pitfalls of technology in such a way that it really makes you think and keeps you intrigued all the way until the end when the conclusion is revealed.

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