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BEAST (POPOV BRATVA BOOK 5) BY LESLIE GEORGESON – REVIEW BY Michaela Massie

Beast (Popov Bratva #5)Beast by Leslie Georgeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Annika Popov is his dream, his fantasy, and his salvation. A Bratva Princess he has sworn to protect, from everyone and everything.
Adrik lived a dark and sad life growing up, starting with being attacked by a dog as a child, permanently disfiguring his face. His father was a twisted ad crooked man who worked for the mafia and was the beginning of his trauma.
Adrik is known as the “Beast,” in part from his line of work and his disfigured face. He will do anything in his power to protect his Princess, no matter the cost.

This amazing story follows Adrik and Annika’s twisted story. I fell in love the first page, and I highly suggest you give it a read!!!

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Hairballs and Homicide (A Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery Book 1) Review By Shavon Brown

Hairballs and Homicide (A Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery - Book 1)Hairballs and Homicide by Ruth J. Hartman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If the Kitty Beret Cafe was real I would be the most loyal costumer. That being said any cat lover would fall in love with this book because Templeton is the cutest little baby ever. He has so much personality if at the end of the book he turned out to be like Salem from Sabrina then I would not have been surprised. But spoiler alert that did not happen, he is just a cat that saves the day.

Lets talk about who joined Templeton in this cozy mystery:
Ellie – the owner of the cafe who is accused of murder. A cat lover to her core, she fosters cats and helps get them adopted. She sews cat costumes and dresses them up for there days at the cafe.
Simon- One of the police detectives on the case (the murder of Mary Harrington)
Shirl – Works at the cafe
Hooper – Works at the cafe
Andy – Boyfriend to Shirl, someones tags along on the adoption day drives
Mr. Harrington – husband to the victim
Cat Hate Group – A group of people who hates cats; friend and frenemies of Mary Harrington.

What I liked about this book was the cat love. While this book is a fun read and all the characters in Canyon Creek are mostly fun characters. In this book everyone is a suspect, and I am not exaggerating EVERYONE is a suspect. At one point this book makes it so that everyone is a creditable suspect at one time and I really thought the husband just wanted her out of the way.

That being said the murderer is revealed and it does make sense though no matter how many cozy mysteries I read I will never understand why they fill the need to confess everything.

This book checked all my boxes, funny, fast read, cats, cozy mystery, sweet and great characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of anyting listed above.

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Grave Digger Academy (Grave Digger Academy Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Jaimie Salmon-Colburn

Grave Digger AcademyGrave Digger Academy by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can not wait to read books 2 and 3!!! I LOVED this book! I love most supernatural books, but I love seeing the character’s at a young point and then watching them grow. In this book we are talking about academy age. So your reading about young witches and different skills they can have or already do. Just like everything you have to learn the skills you are meant to have and then develop them. Makalya is entering her first year of the paranormal academy system, but first she must pick where to go! She gets three choices and if none of those accept her, she goes to the back up academy that no one EVER picks themselves! When she gets no word on the first day of school she has to find her own way with a slip from the library. Talk about a crazy adventuress first day! She’s thrown into a sink or swim maze to find where she needs to be. Unfortunately all three of her picks didn’t accept her and when she finds her path it is right to Grave Digger Academy!! All of her other six siblings went to great top schools. What is she to do, being the first of the family to be put into the worst of the worst!?? She hears of a way out of the school and being transferred to another school, but there is no way she will ever earn the top of the top marks in a curriculum that she’s not even interested in learning! She has more than one scolding about her interests, but looking for answers about illegal witchcraft and her being the seventh born are at the top of her priorities right now. As school progresses she’s half learning about grave diggers and what they do, but it’s not until she is thrown into a bet with another student that she wishes she paid more attention! Something is off at the Gave Digger Academy and she’s only just beginning to learn some of it. Will she make it through the year? Does she even want to, when she has to face her family once she returns home?! With the crazy start to the year, how will the year end? They is certainly a lot to learn about the corpses and how temperamental they can be! Will she survive the dangers of the school or will the headmaster expel her before she can get any real answers. Why does she have more questions than answers?! Mystery, danger, adventures, and lots of witches! Read this young adult paranormal fantasy to learn more! I’m off to get book 2!!

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Hard Lover by Deborah Garland – Review By Shavon Brown

Hard Lover (Houston After Dark #2)Hard Lover by Deborah Garland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An erotic novel with a great plot. This book will do more then keep you sated. This book in the series follows Noah and Callie.

They have known each other for six years, but after one unforgettable night at The Stable, a live sex club, they realize that they have feelings for each other and there are more complications then the fact that Callie is Grants little sister. There is also someone from Noah’s past that promises revenge if Noah ever falls in love.

Noah does his best to protect Callie, while keeping everything quiet from Grant. But danger always finds them and it happens in a very explosive way.

This book keeps you hooked from start to finish. It is a thriller, with a very erotic scenes that will make you blush. A fan of Maya Banks, Katee Robert and Helen Hardt will love this book.

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This Night Has Ended (Vampire State Book 5) by Alexander Charalambides – Review by Brittany Carlin

This Night Has EndedThis Night Has Ended by Alexander Charalambides
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the last book in this Vampire Series. It is also the fifth book. It would be beneficial to read them in order as there is not much context in this book, for the previous installments. I typically do not choose paranormal or vampire books to read, but I decided to give this series a shot! The artwork on the cover immediately drew me in. Plus a rockstar female leads the show.

Rowena continues her badass actions in essentially deciding the fate of the empire. I was greatly impressed with this author’s ability to continue on with so much excitement in this series. Unexpected twist at the end, and so much sadness knowing this was the true end of this series.

If you like danger, excitement, and things a little weird – this series will keep you busy for a while!

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Spring’s Showers (Romantically Seasonal Series) by C.A. King – Review by Donya Pedigo

Spring's Showers: Romantically Seasonal: SpringSpring’s Showers: Romantically Seasonal: Spring by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quote from the book
(“We’ve been here throughout time,” Nick answered. “We’ve done everything there is to do, even played games with mortal pawns, using them as we would chess pieces… or cards.”He held up his hand. “I’m not proud of it, but it was something that happened back in those days.)

The Gods have always interfered in the lives of mortals so it should come as no surprise when they make a bet that involves humans. Eros aka Cupid is tired of being low man on the totem pole, thought less of by the other Gods. Who are they to judge him and think his job, of helping everyone and everything find love is easy? True love is easy, that in itself is a joke, but let them just see how hard it is as they attempt to win the wager against him.

This is the first book in this series and I can’t wait to read more. As a lover of mythology I was intrigued by the dynamic of the Gods’ interactions and ways of thinking versus that of mere mortals, but at the core this is a sweet love story. This made such a fast, great read that I highly recommend this book and this author.

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Runaway to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, Book 2) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

Runaway to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, #2)Runaway to the Outback by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With book one in this series, Home to the Outback, author Nicole Flockton became one of my favorite authors and that continued throughout all of book 2. Once again Nicole brings her characters to life with such detail that it is impossible not to get involved in their story and wish only good things for them.
In this book, we once again are taken to small town Bunya Junction and thrust into the lives of Jonas, younger brother to Sindy, the heroine of book one and Pandora.
Jonas is zealous about his work. He owns the pub and inn and works harder in a day than most people in a week. Pandora is a model and while she enjoys it in some aspects others make her feel the need to run. And run she does, straight into Jonas’ pub and in a wedding dress to boot!
Pandora is exactly the opposite of the model stereotype. She is warm, considerate, tender and is no slouch. She works just as hard as Jonas.
Jonas is determined, steadfast and opinionated and as the story plays out these traits make Pandora wonder if he could ever support her in some very difficult circumstances and decisions she must work through.
The characters are very well developed and the story is a page turner. Much like book one I couldn’t put it down. I love the scenes containing previous characters. Especially Ryan and Sindy. Getting to follow their lives together, even as supporting characters, really adds a bit of treasure you don’t get in stand alone stories.
I am in so in love with this town I wanna pack up and move there! Cannot wait for January when book 3, Doctor in the Outback, Scott’s story is released!!

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Home to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction Book 1) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

Home to the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, #1)Home to the Outback by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars are not enough!! This book is phenomenal. It’s a page turner and I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed it so much I instantly picked up book two in the series. If you are looking for a great read with emotion, detail, great characters and an amazing HEA, then look no further this book is for you!
Sindy (btw I love the unusual spelling of her name) is a great character. She is so well described it is hard not to relate to her. I became very invested in seeing her get that great love!! Ryan is the traditional male character who thinks a little too much of himself, but finds his own in the end.
Being in the medical field myself I love how the people are skeptical of the new doctor. In real life it is truly like that when an out going but well loved doctor sells his or her practice. Yet the people of Bunya Junction still trust nurse Sindy. She ingratiates the people of Bunya Junction to Dr. Ryan and really makes them all see how kind and compassionate he truly is.
Author Nicole Flockton is officially on my list of favorite authors and I am willing to bet if you give her stories a chance she will be on yours too!!

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Ride For Me -Review by Charlisa Wahtomy-Alba

Gage Westbrook is a broken man who has moved to a new town looking for a fresh start. When he is thrown into his cousin Mace’s group known as The Crew, the last thing he expected was to meet someone who could potentially make him whole again. Lily McMillan is a woman who had her heart ripped out and stomped on by the man who she thought would be her forever. When she lays eyes on her good friend Mace’s cousin she wasn’t expecting to feel an intense connection. Will these two be able to put together their broken pieces or is their relationship doomed before it even starts?

I liked the flow of this book and the relationship between the best friends. It captured what I have always thought best friend should be. The author did a great job and I look forward to the next book in the series.

Dark Bastard (Dark Sparrow Novel Book 5) by India Kells – Review by Char Wahtomy-Alba

Sam Sarkhan is in a dark place wanting to end it all. He mistakenly puts in the wrong number while trying to reach his brother on New Year’s Eve and hears someone on the other end who is going through the motions just like him. Even though he doesn’t know her background or her name he feels like he has found a kindred spirit and wants to find out more about her. Ellie McLaren is a 9-1-1 operator and loves to help people, but one too many losses has her ready to end everything. If it hadn’t been for that stranger calling in the nick of time she may have gone through with her plan. Maybe Sam can help her out of her darkness? Or they can save each other? Things go sideways when his father comes after him and threatens Ellie’s life if he doesn’t submit to his demands. Sam and his brothers have been trying to stop their father for years with no luck. Will Sam lose the woman he has fallen in love with or will he and his brothers finally be able to best the monster they call father?

The Dark Sparrow series by India Kells is amazing. Every time I see a book with her name on it I don’t hesitate to pick it up without reading the blurb. Any one of these books could be read as a stand alone, but I feel that they are best read together and in order.

Remember My Name (Remember My Name Series Book 1) by Laurencia Hoffman – Review by Charlisa Wahtomy-Alba

Shane has many secrets that he doesn’t want anyone to know about. He keeps people at a distance and has a wall built around himself to protect those he loves, or so he thinks. His prickly, tough guy attitude keeps people from prying, but it’s not always so easy to keep up the facade. Scarred by a dark past, loss of a young love, and later on being abandoned by his first love make his outlook on what love is not so great. When his ex shows back up in town wanting a second chance Shane is unsure how to proceed. Callan has always been able to see through the walls he has so carefully built and he won’t give up trying to find out why Shane is the way he is. Should he forgive him for leaving and start up their romance again? Or should he move on from Callan and never look back?

Callan is back in town and wants a second chance with Shane, but he is being kept at an arms length. He wants to uncover what happened to Shane to make him this way, but how far will be too far? There are those out there willing to do whatever it takes to make the secrets stay hidden.

This is a MM mystery/romance written by Laurencia Hoffman. I found the book intriguing and look forward to starting book 2 shortly.

Bound by Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops Book 2) by Amy McKinley – Review by Caralee Loonat

Bound by Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops, #2)Bound by Secrets by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bound by Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops Book 2) by Amy McKinley
4 Stars!!!!

I really enjoy this author’s series. I have read many of her books and each one just keeps me glued to the page. I find the characters really are written well and there is a good mix of drama and romance. I also like how the author is able to entwine the characters back stories into the book and how it adds to the drama.

I really loved the chemistry between Jaxon and Kayla. I also love how she was able to come to terms with her brothers loss and how all came together. I love how the author is able to balance the romance and not make things predictable. I definitely will read more from this author in the future.
Reviewed by @caraleeloonat
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Elusive: Dark Billionaire Mafia Romance (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 5) by Via Mari – Review by Heather Stanley

Elusive (Billionaire Bodyguards #5)Elusive by Via Mari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the fifth instalment of the Billionaire Bodyguards, we follow Alexis and Sheldon, their romance and the danger that follows. The dynamic between these two is electric and is a bit of a struggle as well, for both of them. They’ll have to compromise and grow together to be able to beat the trafficker! This book is filled with romance, steamy scenes and danger. It was my first read of Via Mari and was enjoyable. Definitely fast paced, light beach read. I was so engrossed that I read it in one sitting! I needed to know the outcome! I bet people who love the other books in this series will be pleased with this one as well.

Reviewed by @heather26

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Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie: A Gripping Thriller (Jake Wolfe Book 1) by Mark Nolan – Review by Krystal Gregory

Dead Lawyers Don't Lie (Jake Wolfe, #1)Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie by Mark Nolan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie: A Gripping Thriller (Jake Wolfe Book 1) by Mark Nolan
4 out of 5 Stars
This book is the first in the Jake Wolfe series and let me tell you that it is very fast-paced. I love crime, drama, mystery, and murder genres. But the book had my head reeling. This wasn’t at all bad at times. I loved the fast action most of the time. Similar to when you are watching a good movie and the fight scene is just THAT good. But I did find myself having to go back and reread a few portions to figure out something because there was much to the plot that I could not remember it all. However, having said all that, If I was ever in trouble, I would want Jake Wolfe to come to bail me out, because, dang. That man can really help a girl out. Jake is a war vet who is determined to protect those around him from the trouble that seems to find him.
This is a good book for lovers of mysteries, suspense, action, and adventure. The character dialogue is hilarious and the action is fast.

Reviewed by @kgregory

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Evil Sushi (Evil Sushi Series Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Caralee Loonat

Evil SushiEvil Sushi by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Evil Sushi by C.A. King
4 Stars!!!!

I stepped out of my comfort genre for this book. I was quite taken with this book. This is a unique story line. I really like what the author has done with this story line. The characters are quite realistic even given the paranormal spin to the book. I found myself at the edge of my seat awaiting to see what would happen next.

I like how the author created the setting. I also like the chemistry between Rod and Sally. I could really relate to the work situation for the fishermen. I was really on edge as the book went on and things took a negative turn for Rod’s discovery. I really cannot wait to read more from this author.
Reviewed by @caraleeloonat

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