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Enchanted in Time by Nikki Lynn Barrett – Review by Shannon Fowler

Enchanted in TimeEnchanted in Time by Nikki Lynn Barrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story seems like a dream at first. Getting paid to take care of an aging author, a chance to pick that person’s brain and listens to an accomplished story-teller. See? Sounds like a dream. But wait…there’s a twist. The house seems to have a story to tell as well. And then there’s the vision? The ghost? The guy that Roxanne can see and hear and speak to! What’s his story?! Is he a figment of her imagination due to her personal trauma? Can Roxanne save him unlike the others she couldn’t save? Will her life always be one traumatic story after another?

Famous aging author Claudette Grayson needs help. Help getting out her very last story so everyone knows the truth. Claudette is draw to Roxanne, but is there enough time to find the truth?

This is not my first story by this author and I always enjoy reading her stories. Definitely recommend this author and this standalone.

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Something About Aimee (Girls from the Street Book 1) by S.E. Smith – Review by Shannon Fowler

Something About Aimee (Girls from the Street Book 1)Something About Aimee by S.E. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh My! How can this be the first time I have read a book by this author?!?! Could I have chosen a better book to start off with!? Oh, how fun this story was to read! Aimee is the coolest chick ever! She certainly doesn’t need anyone. Living the way she chooses, even if it isn’t the safest of neighborhoods. She has her friends and her skateboard, which I am surprised she hasn’t named.

When Aimee runs into Qadir things take a different turn.

“How many others were like Aimee; vibrant and capable, but just one unlucky moment away from complete disaster?” – Hits a little personal. So many people are just one unlucky moment, one car break down, one sickness, one unlucky moment away from complete disaster. Is there something Qadir can do to help, to encourage, to teach…

Aimee and Qadir have an instant attraction but neither one wants to believe it. I really love this story and can’t wait to see what else happens to these characters and their friends/family!

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Key to His Heart by Kristina Beck – Review by Shannon Fowler

Key To His HeartKey To His Heart by Kristina Beck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, my goodness this story is so good. If you like to read about insta-love and soul mates with a little mystery added in, then this is definitely the book for you!

Main character, Katrina, discovers many things about herself throughout this story. One thing she discovers is how strong she is with the birth of her son, Toby. Main character, TJ, also learns a few things about himself. He learns to trust the process.

Katrina and TJ meet under strenuous circumstances and feel a connection immediately. But since both have had their hearts broken, they are leery about taking a chance on romance, even though the attraction and pull to each other is so strong.

Katrina has a few secrets that she isn’t so sure TJ can handle. And she can’t handle TJ leaving her. But her secrets are slowing killing her and those she loves. TJ knows something is going on with Katrina, but he doesn’t know how to help her, especially since she isn’t sharing her problems with him.

This story teaches the main characters and the reader to trust the process, seek help, and know that everyone is suffering from something. We are ok. You are ok.

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Levi (The Brothers of Creekside Ranch Book 1) by Edith Mackenzie reviewed by Shannon Fowler

LeviLevi by Edith Mackenzie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story has a sad start, a sad under-lying reason for Levi and Bella to meet. While the reason is sad the rest of the story line and characters are sweet, fun and oh so cute. I really liked how these two characters needed each other and then that need turned into something else altogether. And in such a short amount of time.

This trio of brothers and their sister will make for some very fun stories. Doesn’t everyone love a cowboy? A family man? Levi is just what we need. He’s rough and tough and needs the kindness that Bella brings to the table. She also brings the love that only a female can give, both to Levi and his siblings.

This author’s way with words keeps you engrossed in the story. Even with the sweet story there is a touch of danger since the Russian Mafia is involved. Thankfully Levi is ex-Navy Seal so he should be able to save the girl and the day!!

Hopefully the rest of the family finds their happily ever afters sooner rather than later!!

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Tickety Tock (Wicked Warriors MC Arizona Chapter) by Manda Mellett – Review by Shannon Fowler

Tickety Tock: Wicked Warriors MC Arizona ChapterTickety Tock: Wicked Warriors MC Arizona Chapter by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the stories that this author writes. She has many different series and while each one is set in a different area they will sometimes overlap. Each story in each series can be read as a standalone. Each story is about a different member of the club.

Tickety Tock is book one in the Wicked Warriors MC Arizona Chapter. This story is a little different than most of Mellett’s stories to date, in that there seems to be a haunting and Dwarf needs to find the truth behind it. Whether you are a believer or not this story is well written and doesn’t seem to be trying to convince the reader either way. The haunting is almost too much!

The characters in Mellett’s stories always seem to be looking for validation and love, kinda like real life. The characters of Dwarf and Raven don’t think they are looking for love until they meet each other and discover they need the other.

Looking forward to more from the rest of the club members.

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Caging Grace (Grace Series Book 1) by Carsen Lane – Review by Shannon Fowler

Caging Grace (Grace Series, #1).Caging Grace (Grace Series, #1). by Carsen Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a good story. I love stories with a happy ending. When the main couple can ride off into the sunset after defeating whatever demons they needed to. That’s my usual happily ever after. Grace is the main character in this story and even though the ending is a little different than my usual, Grace does eventually ride off into the sunset.

Dealing with your past and even your current demons is a tough thing to do. Finding a safe outlet for your anger, fear and even confusion, is healthy. Grace was able to find that outlet in the underground fighting ring where her father use to fight. The ring is where Grace finds peace even though it went against what she thought her parents wanted for her. Grace finds it hard to live up to some self-perceived expectations.

This story was my first by this author and I am glad there is going to be more. I want to know what happens to the other people in Grace’s life. Recommend this story.

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Collateral Damage (Mafia Elite Series Book 6) by Amy McKinley – Review by Shannon Fowler

Collateral Damage: A Second Chance Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite Book 6)Collateral Damage: A Second Chance Mafia Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Welcome back to the Mafia Elite life. This story is about Hailey and the good doctor, Trey. Even though these two have met before and the timing was off, the spark was ignited within them both. And Fate began to work her magic.

I love how “innocent” Trey seems, like he doesn’t notice all of the nurses trying to be next to him or catch his eye. How sweet he is. He wants to save everyone. He understands he can’t but he sure tries to. Even Hailey needs to be saved.

Hailey will do anything to prove to her family she isn’t a waste, to prove she is worthy. She has a crappy family, a mother who doesn’t know she’s there and a step father who is sneaky and slimy. Hailey didn’t know she needed saving until her plan backfires. It seems the good doctor is ready to save the day.

This story should be read in order as it is book 6 and while it can be read as a standalone, reading the other books will give you a better feel for the closeness of the family. I love this series and look forward to the next one.

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

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

I really like finding books by new to me authors. Cecilia Dominic is one of those authors. This story has a great story line and is easy to follow even with the questions that arise while Joanie Fisher tries to figure out what happened to her grandfather, her lab and the strange feelings she has about the things happening around her.
The characters in this story are very easy to like, of course except those bad guys, once we discover who they really are. The universe of werewolves isn’t a new one, but this story takes a different look at it.
Since this story was so good, I will definitely read more from this author. Long Shadows is book 2 and I am ready to start reading it and see what happens to Lonna

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Reigning Hearts: The Complete Series (Books 1-5) by KG Fletcher – Review by Shannon Fowler

Reigning Hearts: The Complete Series (Books 1-5)Reigning Hearts: The Complete Series by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This boxset includes 5 great books! Each one about a new couple, each one focusing on hope and love.
While I recommend this entire series, two of the books stood out for me, Book 2, Stars Fall from the Sky and Book 5, A Cold Creek Christmas.
Book 2 is a heartbreaking story from the start! All the elements of a great story: heartache, confusion, sadness, hope, joy, love and peace.

Ginger is a character that I could relate to. I felt her sadness at the turn of events her life took. Jonathan’s guilty feelings were justifiably on point as well. Grief has no timetable and affects everyone so differently. Fletcher hits on these points precisely.

While this is book two in the Reigning Hearts Series, it can be read as a standalone. References are made to the couple from the first book but not enough to distract from this storyline. I suggest reading this story with some tissues handy.

Then there’s book 5, A Cold Creek Christmas which is super sweet and super cute. It is a fast read as it is a novella with instant attraction. The characters are easy to love and there is no real bad guy or evil lurking in this story. Yes, the main character had a sad life, heart breaking even, but she survived. Luckily Gio is there to help Amber learn what she has been missing.

The best quote is from Mama Sentieri
“Only you can make a choice to live a life of joy or regret.”

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The-Know-It-All-Pencil (Invisible Magic Wand Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review By Shannon Fowler

The Know-It-All Pencil (Invisible Magic Wand)The Know-It-All Pencil by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is a very cute kid’s story about a pencil that can write by itself. This pencil takes Caspian on an adventure by writing one-word clues.

This story is short, fun and easy to read. I would have read this to my preschool class and my own children when they were younger. Even the pictures are cute.

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