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Ink’s Devil (Satan’s Devils MC Colorado Chapter #5) by Manda Mellett – Review by Shani Kenny

Ink's Devil: Satan's Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #5Ink’s Devil: Satan’s Devils MC (Colorado Chapter) #5 by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ink has had the kind of life that has made him swear off relationships and keeps to his very strict rules for himself. Don’t get involved, and just have fun. But like with life, nothing is set in stone. The only ones he trusts are his brothers, not those outside the club who can easily muck up his way of life. he’s happy with where he’s at until he meets Beth. She changes his life in more than one way.

Beth has seen a lot in her life that has left her wanting to walk away from people. She knows what it means to be hurt and bullied. It’s because of others stupidity that she leads the life she does, its why she doesn’t trust many. But when she sees how trusting and opening up has worked for her friend, she thinks maybe she can be that way too. She’s fascinated by Ink when they meet, and she wants to know more. Even if she has one moment with him, its a memory that can last her forever she thinks.

Neither one expected to have their feelings catch and hold on. They get lost in each other until the moment it all blows up. Because of her idiot brother, their world implodes and suddenly Ink is ripped away from Beth. He’s unfortunately on the receiving end of setup and he takes the fall. Beth is tired of letting herself be walked over and this is the time to step up and fight for what she loves, or in this case, who she loves. Together they have to make things right, make sure the right one takes the fall and then figure out where they go with their love story.

I loved the roller coaster of emotions that are brought out by this book! I felt so connected to both Ink and Beth and wanted so badly for their story to be a happy ending. Of course, you know, my heart had to be ripped up and thrown around a few times before it was put back together as they made their way to the end. I really respected their core values as people who wanted to do good in the world even if it was frowned upon. This was a fantastic book that is so worth the binge read!

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Lillie (Maggie Trilogy Series Book 3) by Mya O’Malley – Review by Shani Kenny

Lillie (Maggie Trilogy Series Book 3)Lillie by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Naomi has returned in the 3rd installment of the Maggie series, to once again find closure for spirits that are in need of peace.

As she settles into her life with Bryce and Holly, she’s feeling like she’s finally able to rest. She’s had an eventful year or two and its reasonable to say she could use some serious quiet time. All does not stay quiet as she’s revisited by a spirit from her childhood, Lillie. Even when she had interacted with Lillie as a child she understood that there were parts of her that were not ok, mean spirited and downright scary. As she got older, she no longer heard from Lillie and in fact, she had pushed those memories so far down that she had forgotten. But it was one of those moments of exploring that she became face to face with a harsh reality, Lillie wanted something from her. But what is it?

Along the way, she’s asked to help out on a special case where a woman is killed. There aren’t many clues and it believed that Naomi’s special abilities can help them find out who did it and why. Combined with the difficulties of Lillie’s tormenting, her new relationship with Holly and the new case, Naomi feels like this will all be her undoing. How can she find out who was truly behind what happened to Lillie, the homicide victim and save her family at the same time? It’s one thing after another and she’s determined to not let anyone take her happy ending away.

I loved this series, even the moments where it startled me! My heart ached for Lillie, even when I wanted to scream and yell at her. The emotional pull with this whole story got me and I couldn’t put it down. It’s so well written, and so spot on with the ghostly moments. It’s the perfect read for anyone that loves more realistic paranormal books with a side of suspense and romance!

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Game of Fear – A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist (Fearless Series) by Gledé Browne Kabongo – Review by Shani Kenny

Game of FearGame of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Abbie knows what she wants out of her life and she knows that she has to work hard to accomplish those goals. For her, dating is a distraction, one she doesn’t want to toy with. She’s kept herself on the straight and narrow for so long. But even she is susceptible to mistakes. Someone out there knows of her mistake and is determined to make that moment be known to all. If this comes out, it ruins her dreams. Her family has already had to deal with her mother being framed for a murder and her father’s battle with cancer. To share the burden with them would cause more unnecessary hurt she feels. So she thinks she has no choice but to play the dangerous game the “avenger” wants to play.

Within all of the gameplay, Abbie lets down her guard, agreeing to date she finds out what it’s like to have the best of both worlds. She becomes closer to her friends, even opening up about what’s going on. Through them, she’s able to sort through the clues to reveal more and more dangerous levels the cruel avenger is willing to go to. In the end, who does it really end up being, a friend or a stranger?

I had read the 3rd book in the series by accident first and was determined to go back to the beginning. I’m so glad I did! I loved this book so much. It gives me so much insight into where Abbie ends up later in the series. Even though I thought the avenger was one person, the little bit of doubt was constantly there, messing with me. I felt like the answers were there, just out of reach! Through the whole book, I was sucked in and was ready to throw away my work for the day in order to just read more. I’ve already started book three and I plan on re-reading book 3! This was a fun thriller to read, and one that I’d love to go back to. It’s very well written and just fascinating!

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Naomi (Maggie Trilogy Book 2) by Mya O’Malley – Review by Shani Kenny

NaomiNaomi by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Naomi finally feels like she’s moved past Maggie and Ryan’s story and starts her life for the better. Not only does she have the man of her dreams, but a daughter as well. With her career furthering quickly, she feels like she can really breathe and enjoy. But of course, nothing is ever that easy for Naomi.

Suddenly two people show back up in her family’s lives for very different reasons. One wants her to feel the pain and anguish that he has felt for so long. He doesn’t want peace to take over his inner agony, instead, he wants Naomi to pay for what she’s done for him. This means at any cost. The other one threatens to break up her new family, even if that means taking away her new husband and daughter. What she doesn’t expect is how these two people fit together in the latest mystery. The bigger question is, how does she find answers and make it all end?

I really loved how diverse this next set of supporting characters that were in this story! There is more back story to both Bryce and Naomi’s history as well as newer developments which add to a very fascinating layer. I found myself second-guessing the who’s, why’s, how’s and what the hecks of this truly fantastic book. My favorite thing was the layer of paranormal that was very believable and honestly, a bit freaky. The mix of repeating characters with new ones, some old mystery and new ones all jumbled together makes for an epic suspenseful drama!

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A Sun So Bright (Reigning Hearts Book Three) by KG Fletcher – Review by Shani Kenny

A Sun So Bright (Reigning Hearts, #3)A Sun So Bright by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fiona is a woman who has put her personal life on hold a little after so many disastrous meetings with the opposite sex. Because she’s a woman who hardly has to worry about making ends meet, it makes it harder to meet someone genuine and interested in her as a person rather than the dollar signs that follow her. It’s hard being someone in so many spotlights and be unattached. She needs a buffer for those events, someone she can lean on to get her through some of it. In reality, she needs a compatible relationship. Even if it’s a forced and fake one.

Chris works hard for what he has and isn’t afraid of the challenges that arise in his personal life. He knows that in order to get where he wants in life, he has to work hard and play less. For him, working as a bartender helps to build his dream of rehabbing his home and making it special for years to come. In a bold move, Fiona offers him an opportunity of a lifetime that will help him get closer to that goal. Be her fake fiance and help ward off the lecherous advances of others as well as keep her company.

But it’s not long before their fake relationship starts to turn into a real one and their love affair becomes a complicated one that leaves them both questioning what they’re doing. For the first time in her life, Fiona is shown what it’s like to have a real love and be on the receiving end to sincere affection. For Chris, he’s pulled back the curtain and seen beyond the persona that Fiona has built around her. For the first time in his life, he allows himself to feel a little more and give in to the pull of their emotional journey.

I love a good fake to real fiance/partner story!!! I loved this one as there were so many raw and real feelings. Oh man, the feels! Fiona may have started off for me as a meh type character but she quickly evolved into one that I loved reading about while she got her happily ever after. This was an awesome, emotional, entertaining, and steamy read.

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Maggie (Maggie Trilogy Book 1) by Mya O’Malley – Review by Shani Kenny

MaggieMaggie by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Naomi fell in love with her little house that was built centuries ago, with a backdrop of a cemetery in her backyard. She was drawn to it for many reasons, even some she3 doesn’t recognize. Her life has been a bit chaotic and she finds herself suddenly wrapped up in one crazy mishap after another while trying to navigate her social life. Much to her dismay, her friend Amy convinces her to go on blind double dates over and over, trying to help her to overcome the aftermath of a disastrous relationship. In the course of these adventures, she meets a mysterious man who piques her interest in many ways. He’s kind, adventurous has a lof of life and full of kindness she hasn’t always known. His interest in her life feels just so good. Then walks in Bryce and she’s suddenly trying to maneuver her feelings for both men while tackling her writer’s block and a beloved cat’s antics that have her scratching her head.

What Naomi doesn’t see coming is the appearance of Maggie, the ghost of a young woman who is in peril. She can’t move on, is restless and is in desperate need of peace. In order to find that peace, she’s drawn to Naomi and attempts to get her to help her find what she seeks. Through their interactions, Naomi is faced with a mystery she’s determined to figure out. She’s going to figure it out, even if it costs her the love of a good friend, a budding relationship and oddly enough, some of her sanity.

Through this whole adventure, she’s on, I found myself totally enraptured. The characters are well built, entertaining and have a touch of rawness that makes them so real. I never saw it coming, the truth behind Ryan, what really happened to Maggie and even Nick’s involvement in some of it. I loved how I was so caught up in their story. I felt all the emotions and then some. It’s such a good book with a paranormal spin that added a terrific layer to the mystery. I commend the author for making the paranormal happenings believable and real. I felt an awesome connection to Maggie and Naomi. It’s such a fabulous read!

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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Shani kenny

Hennessey on the RocksHennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charlie has loved Johnnie since she was 5 years old. He became her best friend quickly, someone she could count on and love. Through their life together they faced many ups and downs. Too many downs were the catalyst for destroying their marriage. Charlie is an overachiever in many ways and has strived to do good for herself for so long. All she has wanted to do was to cook, feed those she loves, be the best at what she does and take care of her kids the best she can. What she wants, and what she gets are two different things.

Johnnie has loved Charlie his whole life. He’s not loved her, and he’s never lived without her in his life in some capacity. When she makes her move with the kids back to their home town, he knows he has no choice but to follow. Charlie has been his best friend for too long to not go after her, even if its a door in the face again. He’s faced his demons and the darkness helped to ruin his marriage. Because of his own issues, those who have loved him have suffered. He wants a life back that includes them, his career, the chance to be a better person and to have a solid foundation. What he wants, he’ll fight for.

Through their move apart, together and beyond, they go through so many more ups and downs, tragedies, confusion, increasing emotions and just plain grief. In all of that though are Jace and Abie, the lights of both their lives and the reason for their beating hearts. The two of them make for some pretty entertaining dialogue. But also, some very spot on and witty advice that had me go “awwwww” quite a few times.

This is a fun second chance love story that will have you feeling all the emotions with them. As a parent, I understood both sides on so many levels. It’s a beautiful story that I enjoyed immensely. I would have liked to learn more about their history though, as it fascinates me to know where they began and all the in-between. I’d also love to see another book or two done with the supporting characters!

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Renegade (The Mercenaries Series Book 1) by Raven White – Review by Shani Kenny

Renegade (The Mercenaries #1)Renegade by Raven White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eliza is a woman who knows what she wants. Right now, what she wants is to be able to fulfill her life’s dream of being a successful musician. She’s worked hard for the chance she’s been given to be in a band that is making a name for themselves and she’s beyond excited that she’s headed out on tour for the first time. What she doesn’t want is to wake up one day at the hospital to find out she’s survived a brutal attack where she was left for dead. What she really wants then is to heal and move on. But when Renegade becomes part of her protection detail, she learns quickly that getting what she wants isn’t going to be that easy.

Renegade is a man who knows what he wants as well. He’s served his country in many ways, and he wants to continue his career protecting those who need it most. When he’s called in on a favor, he never expects what he gets. His protection detail this time is a feisty woman who challenges his every move and sometimes his sanity. But when she lets go, he finds that maybe what he wants can change.

This was such a fun, steamy, entertaining quick novella! I loved the fact that they are such opposites. Renegade is used to being more stealthy and in the shadows, whereas Eliza is flashier and likes the stage lights. They’re both extremely hard-headed with huge hearts to match. Their love story was well written and sweet. I’m really intrigued by the supporting characters too and am interested in seeing where this goes next!

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Running In Snow: A Holiday Novella by Renee Regent – Review by Shani Kenny

Running In Snow, A Holiday NovellaRunning In Snow, A Holiday Novella by Renee Regent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Noelle has faced a tragedy at a young age that has left her a bit anxious about the holidays as she’s gotten older. For her, they hold very bad memories along with the wish to just skip them altogether. She’s been lucky enough to have met a man who not only respects her wishes but doesn’t push to hear the reasons behind it. Within a visit to his family during the holidays she is confronted with her past, faced with the reality of what the bitterness and sadness can do to her in time as well as how deep her love runs for her boyfriend. Can that love help her overcome the bad?

Eve has had a good life, enjoying her relationship, work and is happy. But new years eve has been a day of unease for her since she was dumped. She’s content with keeping to herself on that day and hiding from the world. Instead, her house works against her and makes it difficult. When she decides to take a chance with an offer to spend time with her neighbor it isn’t what she expected. She’s faced with yet another bad memory in the making, realizes she misjudged and has to decide if its time to turn it all around. Can she open up her heart again to find a happy memory?

With short stories its sometimes difficult to capture the true essence of a character’s story from the background, to the present. However, I didn’t experience any lacking of depth in either story. I felt a connection to them both of the women, they’ve had to conquer some pretty bad moments. I loved their journey and had a few aww moments along with a tear or two for Noelle. This may be a quick read, but it’s such a good one! It’s the perfect pairing for some hot cocoa, a blanket, the book and some quiet. Which is exactly what I did.

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Addie: To Wager on Her Future (Other Pens, Mansfield Park book 5) by Leenie Brown – Review by Shani Kenny

Addie: To Wager on Her Future (Other Pens, Mansfield Park #5)Addie: To Wager on Her Future by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love historical romances that introduce such a strong-willed female character as it wasn’t necessarily a “thing” in the time period. In this book, we’re introduced to Addie who is as strong-willed as they come. She doesn’t want to be like most other women who are brought up to follow a certain regime as a lady. Instead, she wants to ride her horse astride rather than to the side, be viewed as an equal, have her knowledge and opinions celebrated instead of looked down upon. Because she prefers the company of her horses than actual people, she is able to hide away from a lot of social rules.

When she suddenly has to take on the role of caretaker for her family’s business and farm, it’s a lot more than she bargained for. With her father’s illness, it isn’t easy for her to balance everything, but she’s determined to do so and make them not only stay afloat but a success. Things make a turn when her brother ends up in some trouble and brings along a man that will do what it takes to get what he’s owed, even at someone else’s expense.

Robert too loves horses and is surrounded by them every single day. He’s followed his family into business and has loved everything about it. It’s his life’s work and he wants to expand and do more. His own determination in life mirrors Addie’s. Upon their meeting, it’s clear to him that she is something special.

Together they try to figure out how to help her family, keep things going and figure out if they should ignore the attraction that courses between them. Their chemistry is so on point, and steamy! I really loved the way the author portrayed her characters. They fit the time period so well, but yet there are modern traits visible in all of them. I adored Addie! Her journey isn’t easy, but it really makes up who she is. This is such a sweet, yet steamy historical read. It’s fantastic!

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