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Surviving Grace: Book Five by Virginia Wine – Review by Shannon Fowler

Surviving Grace: Book Five ( Surviving Series)Surviving Grace: Book Five by Virginia Wine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“And most of all, you’ve taught me happiness can only be found within yourself, and to look to others to enhance the happiness you already have.”

This quote is from Surviving Grace by Virginia Wine. It is true for any one, in any situation.

Surviving Grace is the conclusion to Grace’s story which started in Hard as Steel. This series has many characters that over-lap into each book, so I suggest starting with book one in the Surviving Series.

I enjoyed reading this story. Virginia Wine is a good storyteller. Telling Grace’s story couldn’t have been easy, but Wine did it. Wine shows how being happy is in our control and others around us are simply there to help us grow.

I recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Virginia Wine.

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Eight Steps to Alpha by Taylor Sullivan – Review by Shannon Fowler

Eight Steps to Alpha (Nerdy by Nature, #1)Eight Steps to Alpha by Taylor Sullivan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My first book by Taylor Sullivan couldn’t have had a better start! Eight Steps to Alpha is predictable in the way you would expect a friends to lovers story to be. However, the actual plot, turning a “nerd” into an “alpha” is something you don’t read about every day. I believe Elliot and most men have a little bit of nerd and a little bit of alpha already in them. Sullivan just had Fe show Elliot how he could be all that he was meant to be.

This story was easy and fun to read. I look forward to reading more from Sullivan.

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Hard as Steel by Virginia Wine – Review by Shannon Fowler

Hard as Steel: Book four (Hard as Steel: Book four by Virginia Wine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hard as Steel is book four in the Surviving series. This story can be read as a standalone. After reading the first 3 books in this series, I can say that this story takes a darker twist than the others. There are a few characters in this story along with different situations for each person. The situation Grace finds herself in could be triggers for some readers. Flynn’s protectiveness is greater than anything. While Nic and Steel have a working relationship, a respect for each other, and an attraction they have been fighting for a while.

Author Virginia Wine has created another great story with great characters. This storyline took my breath away as I read it as fast as I could.

This story is definitely worth reading.

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Shattered by Via Mari – Review by Shannon Fowler

Shattered (The Torzial Affair Book 1)Shattered by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many reviews for this book said that the Prestian Series should be read first. I don’t always believe other people. This time I was right. This story can be read without the other series. However, will I go read it? Yes. Yes I will, but only because I like the way this author writes.

Shattered is about Brian and Jenny. I love the commonness of these names. I have read many books where the names are so far-fetched I often wondered if the author just threw letters together. Brian and Jenny meet at a wedding, this is where that other series comes into play. The bride and groom are the main characters from that series. But, again, you really don’t have to know their story. So, Brian and Jenny have an instant attraction and they actually start to act upon it but Jenny has a flash back and ends up running. We later discover why she ran and what was going through her mind. In fact, most of the story is about her healing and learning to trust Brian. Brian wants nothing more to show her new ways to trust him. Of course, it’s not going to be easy. What good relationship is all rainbows and glitter! Especially when the two in the relationship aren’t ready for one.

This book has situations that may cause triggers in some readers. However, it is a good story and while the ending isn’t the greatest, it does make me want to hurry up and one click the next book!

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Salvation: An Ash Park Prequel Novella by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Shannon Fowler

Salvation: An Ash Park Prequel Novella (Ash Park, #0.5)Salvation: An Ash Park Prequel Novella by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Ash Park Series had to start somewhere. The Ed Petrosky we know and love had to be shaped by something in his past. Salvation explains how Ed came to be. Salvation keeps you guessing as to where and who the evil really is.

O’Flynn is a master of storytelling. My go to genre is usually romance, however, when-ever there’s an Ash Park story I am there, ready to read. Ed Petrosky is my favorite detective character.

This story is a quick read. Action packed from the start to the finish. I highly recommend this story and this entire series.

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Not So Broken by Renee Regent – Review by Shannon Fowler

Not So Broken (Love Grows Series, # 1)Not So Broken by Renee Regent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was so sweet and really good. Everything was evenly paced until we got to about 90% and then it seemed like a race to the finish. The characters, Gibson and Sacha, acted like they just realized the credits were going to roll and they needed to get everything in before the end. The ending was everything I hoped it would be and I enjoyed the overall story!

The main male character, Gibson, oh he is manly, strong, smart and when understands and cherishes Sacha’s strong and independent character, he is even more dreamy!

“She was a beautiful, strong woman who didn’t need a man. Yet here she was, leaving me in control of her pleasure.”

The main female character, Sacha, is smart, independent, bold and beautiful. She knows what she wants.

While this was my first book by this author I am trying to patiently wait for the next story.

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Beneath the Surface by Amy McKinley – Review by Shannon Fowler

Beneath the Surface (Gray Ghost #3)Beneath the Surface by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the series and the third book I have read by McKinley. What a great continuation for this series! So many questions answered from book 2 but even more to make us wonder what will happen to this crew next!

McKinley has written another story about the guys and girls that make up the Gray Ghost group. This story is a great adventure of who to trust, who to believe and how to stay alive. Hannah is a tough woman. She knows what she is doing and how to get the job done. But McKinley helps us to believe that Hannah may not be the good guy. This story is well worth the read but you really should start with book one so that you know the other characters stories.

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Killer Lawyer by Mark Nolan – Review by Shannon Fowler

Killer LawyerKiller Lawyer by Mark Nolan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mark Nolan just gets better and better with each Jake Wolfe story he produces. There is action, suspense and even a little romance in this story. Nolan takes us into the mind of not only Jake but also the psychopath killer.

This is book three in the Jake Wolfe series. It is best read in order because many of the characters carry over from the first two books. After reading the first two books waiting for the next story was not easy to do. Reading this story was like welcoming back an old friend. Mark Nolan easily brings Jake Wolfe to life.

I can’t wait to read what comes next for Jake and from Nolan.

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The Shape of Trust by Brinda Berry – Review by Shannon Fowler

The Shape of Trust (Stand By Me, #5)The Shape of Trust by Brinda Berry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here’s a funny story with a serious situation, drug abuse. It includes some minor situations, single parenting, dyslexia, trusting other people. Berry has written a story with all these situations and given us the fun and crazy ride of Lily and Webb.

Super cute story with real characters. I loved how this book was able to take real life circumstances and create characters that were unafraid to tackle them.

I highly recommend this story and even though it is book 5 in the Stand by Me series, it can be read as a standalone.

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Written in the Stars by T. Birmingham – Review by Shannon Fowler

Written in the Stars (Fallen Eagles MC Book 2)Written in the Stars by T. Birmingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book two in the Fallen Eagles MC series and out of the two, it is my favorite! I love older men! Davis…strong, protective, safe…sigh…and Winter, shy, fierce, original…love her!

I read the first story in this series and was hoping there would be more! Now that I have read this book I am still wanting to read more about this awesome group of characters. I love the names of the Markham sisters. I love the relationships that develop through out this story. I love the mystery (although the deaths not so much).

I highly recommend you check out this book as well as the rest of the series.

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