Phoenix Rising (A Fortis Security Novel Book 7) by Maddie Wade – Review by Cindy Mayberry

Phoenix Rising: A Fortis Security Novel Book 7 (Fortis Security Series)Phoenix Rising: A Fortis Security Novel Book 7 by Maddie Wade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Phoenix Rising
A Fortis Security Novel
Book 7
Fortis Security Series
By Maddie Wade
This is a suspenseful romantic story, with a twist of adventure.

Megan Bennett secretly has fallen in love with a forbidden friend of her brothers. Just a one night stand has come to mean so much more to her. After all she is an adult, soul don’t she be allowed to love who she wants? Now she is stuck with keeping the secret or facing the music. Oh and let’s throw in some suspense and you have a story.

Daniel Thompson should stay his path and keep his heart out of it. His priority is keeping his daughter safe. He has already lost his wife, and the mother of his daughter. Running a security company is more than enough to keep him busy. Now his best friends sister has taken a part of him. All this and add someone out to kill them all.

Maddie Wade has done it again. Her stories are so intense. This series has proven that. I love her characters, but more then that, I love how their stories come together. This is a must read series. Can’t wait to see where she takes this series. Job well done !

Reviewed by @cinful

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Truthsight by Miriam Greystone – Review by Anna Hirsch

TruthsightTruthsight by Miriam Greystone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truthsight by Miriam Greystone
5 Stars

Miriam Greystone weaves an enchanting tale of ancient supernatural creatures. The characters and their stories are so real it’s as if you are there beside them. I was intrigued from the moment I started the book and remained enthralled until the very end. I couldn’t put the book down, needing to know what would happen next. I loved the fact that she used mythical creatures such as centaurs, pixies and gnomes instead of the usual vampires and werewolves. She even introduced a creature from Slavic folklore which really impressed me. Her research on all the creatures was spot on which added depth to not only the characters but the story as well. I loved the book.

Amy is a doctor who turned her barn into a night clinic for all the creatures that live in the forest. Her patients includes pixies, gnomes, trolls, harpies and even centaurs. Amy is a Mage and healer. She has the power of truthsight which allows her to see the real you. The part which you hide away from the world, your true self. She has been on the run for years with mages hunting her. When she taps into her power to save the foal of a centaur, she knows they will find her.

After being captured, waiting to be executed, a creature rescues her. Hearing about her abilities to heal, he knows she’s his only hope of saving his father. Things don’t go according to plan and both their lives end up in danger. All creatures must stand together to fight a common enemy and save not only Amy but themselves as well.

Review by @annahirsch
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A Leap into Destiny By Michelle Sullivan – Review By Heidi Eich Woodring

A Leap into DestinyA Leap into Destiny by Michelle Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Leap into Destiny by Michelle Sullivan is a wonderful read full of love, unhappiness, and so many twist and turns. Michelle Sullivan writes a story so true, you feel it’s real and draws you in instantly showing that even single parents need love and a happy ending. This book has the romance, has the drama, and has you sitting on the edge of your seat. It’s a perfect combination for any readers, I know I am suggested this read to many of my friends who loved it as much as I did.

Isabella and Mikie meet at the park and instantly hit it off, both are also being raised by single parents. Alli, who is the mother of Isabella was left alone in a hospital to give birth when Seth, her ex, left her. She has many issues with men because of this and her support system is her mother. Jason, who is the father to Mikie, is grieving for his wife that passed and has had issues bonding with his own son. After time, the friendship they have changes into something more serious. Jason knows he is attracted to Alli but he has guilt about “cheating” on his wife. But even Jason cannot deny the pull to Alli. When the past comes back into Alli’s life, she worries about her safety and Isabella’s. Jason fears that he could lose yet another women he loves with all his heart.

What I truly loved about this story, is the believable factor. It was like I was reading a true story and enjoyed every minute of. There was enough angst and twists and turns that will leave you at the edge of your seat. I love how slowly the sparks became so much that they both just gave in. I love what a mother Alli is and I just adore how Jason treats Alli. They both are on the road to a happy ending all FOUR of them deserve and so need. I happily give this book 4 stars and would recommend this to book to everyone. Once you dig in you will not want to stop.

Review by @heidiew1977
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Awaken by G.R Thomas – Review by Anna Hirsch

AwakenAwaken by G.R. Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Awakened by G.R. Thomas
4 Stars

Sophia Woodville is an ordinary girl who never liked being the centre of attention. She never had a normal childhood. She lived with her Nan and was homeschooled until junior high. She has a birthmark that covers half her face which she covers up whenever she goes out. She has an innate ability to heal so it was a natural choice for her to become a nurse.

Unfortunately for Sophia, she is far from ordinary. Circumstances happen and she finds herself fighting for her life. Thrust into an ancient world, in the middle of a battle between angels and demons, she must find her strength and self confidence. So far out of her comfort zone, she learns about the origins of humanity and original sin, about the fall of angels and the beginning of demons. She discovers that she is the key to the saviour of all mankind. No pressure there! Nothing is as it seems. She finds new friends and finds out who she can and cannot trust. Will an angel make her fall from grace? Will a demon save her soul?

This book was very intriguing for me. It mixed the belief of heaven and hell, Angels and Demons and the concept of aliens creating the earth. It sounds bizarre but it actually worked. There were many heavy ideas to digest but the author did an excellent job of explaining every detail so it was simple to comprehend. There was a lot of intrigue and some serious action which will keep you wanting to find out what happens next. The book ends in a cliffhanger so now I wait in anticipation for the next book.

Review by @Anna Hirsch
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The Catch by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Shannon Fowler

The CatchThe Catch by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally!! A story about a big girl! A happy, confident big girl! Paisley is a serious, hardworking, sexy, big girl. She really doesn’t take crap from anyone and doesn’t care what people think. If only there were more people like Paisley in the real world! Paisley would make a great BFF, she could probably even convince “vanilla” people to try other “flavors”!
And then there’s Calvin…swoon…Calvin is patient, kind, dedicated. Did I say patient? Even his “caramel-colored skin” makes Phoebe’s “girly bits” excited, he looks like one of those hunks on His “vanilla” way of life is not the usual turn off for Paisley, so when these two become friends anything is possible!
Other characters that enter Paisley’s life through out this story are Cap, Leah and Casey, all three are Paisley’s bosses at The Club. Trent, Jason and Alison also bring out the Paisley everyone knows. While walls are built around Paisley’s heart, she loves others unconditionally. Will there be someone who can break through? Can they accept Paisley for her past and her present?
Phoebe Alexander writes a fun, adventurous romantic mystery with a twist. This story takes a few taboo subjects, (sex, therapy and weight issues) and makes them a little less taboo. Looking forward to what else I can read from Phoebe Alexander.

Review by @shannonlovesbooks

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Rush (The Boys of RDA #1) by Megan Matthews – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Rush (The Boys of RDA, #1)Rush by Megan Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rush is the first in the ‘Boys of RDA’ series by Megan Matthews. Written in first person, we see the story from Aspen’s POV, which I felt really enabled me to connect with her character. This was my first read of this author’s work and I absolutely loved it!

After completing grad school, Aspen is starting a new chapter of her life in San Francisco. She has a new job, new apartment and a solid life-plan; she thinks she has everything under control. A control is exactly what comes with the lease on her new home, along with a list of ridiculous rules she has to follow. Alongside this, her best friend requires support through a nasty break-up, all while sticking to her plan of having no new relationships for the first year in this new city. Everything seems do-able, apart from the last past. Why can’t she seem to control her feelings every time her new neighbour is around? Hot, smart and always around when she needs someone, Finn is like her own personal hero. With a geeky-yet-hot-as-hell style, this video-gamer is not included in Aspen’s life-plan. But while he seems to get more perfect by the day, can Aspen trust he is who he says he is? Or is Finn playing her, just like he plays one of his games?

I’ll go right ahead and say it: I LOVED THIS BOOK. I only stopped reading this book for sleep, and that was because I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I really could not get enough of Aspen, Finn and their relationship. Aspen is one of my favourite I have read this year. She is a strong, independent female lead and I just adore reading these characters. She also had a really interesting backstory and her relationship with her brother, Ben, was one of the highlights of the story for me. Her relationship with her friends was also something that stood out, as so often with romance novels the girl is so in love with her hero, she forgets all about her friends! Yes, I know this happens in real life too, but I just hate to think of people doing this! Aspen was not one of these people, and that only added to her likeability. She felt real, believable and someone I desperately want to be friends with (if we ignore that fact that she doesn’t actually exist).

And I think her character was balanced perfectly with Finn’s. My favourite thing about him? He is not your stereotypical hot-guy hero. He is a video-game playing, computer obsessed geek; and I love this (I realise I love a lot things about Rush). He is totally not what you expect from a romance-story, and this makes the book so unique. While it makes me sad that this is so unusual (I want more geeky heroes!), it’s also what makes Rush so special and enjoyable to read.

Along with these fantastic and well-written characters (supporting ones like Ben, Marissa and Trey included), the story has a brilliant plot; there are some shocking revelations, so be prepared! I also want to do a special shout-out to Jake the driver, as I think he is a majorly underestimated character; I want more Jake! Overall, I really cannot recommend Rush enough. I will definitely be reading the rest of the Boys of RDA series, and urge others to read them too. Thanks to the author for such a fun read!

Review by @ashleighw

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Incapable By Marie Skye- Review by Nicole Alamillo

IncapableIncapable by Marie Skye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Incapable by Marie Skye
I seriously don’t even know where to begin about this book… It’s simply amazing! I give it 5 stars and in all honesty, I would give it more if I could !! I got sucked in immediately! It’s extremely well written and thought out! I absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to find out what happens in the second book! Marie Skye is one of my new favorite authors!! Love her!!
Emmalin is a sweet, innocent and thriving woman. She is used to taking care of herself. She depends and trusts no one these day.
Grayson is an extremely rich, controlling and demanding man. He goes after what he wants…and more often than not, he gets it!!
Grayson is instantly attracted to Emmaline. He hasn’t felt this way about anyone in years. But it also frightens him a great deal.
She has a past, like everywhere else. But she tries to let Grayson in her life. But she is scared just as much as he is.
Can they both get past their fears and demons and move on… Together? Or will their past get the best of them?
I absolutely loved these characters.. They’re so raw and seem so darn real! Marie Skye has a real way with words!!! I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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