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I Love You Today (Trading Heartbeats Trilogy Book 2) by Julie Navickas – Review by Shannon Fowler

I Love You Today (The Trading Heartbeats Trilogy Book 2)I Love You Today by Julie Navickas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love you today. I love this story and this series. The blurb says it can be read as a standalone but I don’t think so. If you don’t read book one you will not understand Austin’s heartbreak. I can tell you his heart is broken but you feel it starting in book one. In this book, book 2, we get to see Austin’s heart break heal as he leans on Casey and learns about the difference in his past, his present and his possible future. Casey is introduced in book one as well. She’s Mavis’ best friend. Casey thinks Mavis choose the wrong brother. But at the same time Casey is glad she’s the one that gets to play ball with Austin. Casey is our main girl in this story. Her character in life is a back seat kind of person. Yes, she is living her life, working, trying to go to school, trying to be happy, trying to be better than her upbringing. Casey lives life but not in a crazy obnoxious way. She’s just wild enough to catch Austin’s eye and even his heart!

I really liked this story. The characters are down to earth and real. The writing keeps me engaged and turning those pages.

Book 3 teaser: Austin and Josh’s sister Lauren gets her turn and her story looks like it may be the story with the most needed tissues. Looking forward to reading it.

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Petty’s Crime (Satan’s Devils MC Las Vegas Book 3) by Manda Mellett – Review by Shannon Fowler

Petty's Crime (Satan's Devils MC Las Vegas #3)Petty’s Crime by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whooo hooo! Another Satan’s Devils Club! This MC is set in Las Vegas this time. And while this is only book 3 in this series, I believe it is one may be favorite from all the series and I have quite a few favorites! RoseLyn and Petty are such great characters. Petty is a character that noone really likes, he’s made some mistakes but his biggest one yet is about to be revealed. RoseLyn is the girl next door who turns into a Diva/Rock star when on stage! Opposites really do attract!

I love that this story brings out so many feelings. Lots of frustration due to the double standard and the sexist classifications. Laughter due to the antics of RoseLyn and her stylist and friend, Kylie. Feelings of revenge and satisfaction when the stalker gets the punishment so well deserved.

This author has the best way with storytelling, especially when it comes to her MC’s. I can’t wait to see what comes next for this club.

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We Blend (Falling for the Rockstar’s Daughter Book 1) by Willa Drew – Review by Shannon Fowler

WE Blend (Falling for the Rockstar's Daughter Series #1)WE Blend by Willa Drew
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a parent of young adults, I am not usually a fan of the young adult troupe. But I took a chance on WE Blend and I am so glad I did! What a well written, passionate, sweet story!

Young adults may claim to know it all but they really are just trying out what they do know and discovering what they don’t. The two main characters, Wil and El learn that money is the root of many problems, whether you have it or you don’t.

This story has all the feels. It made me laugh, cry and even sigh. The situations these characters find themselves in, especially the ones they create, are realistic and believable. Many times, I found myself saying “that’d be my luck!”

This story was easy to read with the plot clearly laid out, what wasn’t clear was how these two were going to get their HEA! I enjoyed reading book 1 and am looking forward to the next story in this series.

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Cooked: The Chef Blows Her Lid by Cari Schaeffer – Review by Shannon Fowler

Cooked: The Chef Blows Her LidCooked: The Chef Blows Her Lid by Cari Schaeffer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a fun interesting story. Olivia is the main character and while she is organized and determined she seems a little scatterbrained at times. I feel this. When she seems the most crazed is when everything is happening at once, deadlines, phone calls, that mother, that soon-to-be ex-husband. Once Olivia realizes she is getting overwhelmed I love how she breaks things down and gets things done. She really shows how amazing she is.

Most of the other characters in this story add to Olivia’s fun filled crazy life. Her choices, while are completely her’s, are based around many of the people in her life. Which makes Olivia the most relatable character!

This story has a fun realistic vibe throughout. I can easily encourage others to read it and look forward to other adventures in Olivia’s life and what others this author can come up with.

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Boss’s Vendetta (Sicilian Gods Book 1) by Via Mari – Review by Shannon Fowler

Boss's Vendetta: Dark Mafia Romance (Sicilian Gods Book 1)Boss’s Vendetta: Dark Mafia Romance by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so, so good.

“I sure as hell didn’t ask for this job, but I will do it as though every life in my family depends on it…because it does.”

Just when I thought the enemy was taken care of another one would jump out. But these characters, Salvatore Larussio and Adrianna Palento take no prisoners and can handle whatever is thrown their way…capiche? As with any good story there are secrets being kept that when revealed will either make the family stronger or destroy the love that is developing between these two.

This is a new series and while these two main characters have a good ending there are too many questions about the rest of the family for it to be the only book. The first of many stories to come, I hope! I enjoyed this story; the wording and language is how I would think a Mafia family would speak. The situations are realistic and hard to believe at the same time…. sounds a little life regular life too. This story also made me laugh on occasion…especially when Salvatore and Adrianna would butt heads.

“A smile crosses my face for the first time all day as I envision the blonde beauty’s fiery blue eyes lighting up with anger in reaction to that order. Maybe it’s not so bad being in charge…”

Looking forward to more from this author!!

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The Intruders by Brett McKay – Review by Shannon Fowler

The IntrudersThe Intruders by Brett McKay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Looking for an interesting thriller type story? This author has one for you. The Intruders are just that…. intruders…beings that don’t belong and don’t mean well for human kind. The story is well written with main character Dex leading the way most of the time. His family is pretty important to him and the story. Other characters stand out as well. Connor, Quinn and Pam just to name a few.

Towards the climax of this story, I did not think Dex would find a way to overcome the intruders…as I write this review, I still have about 10 mins left to read and I am still wondering if all will be well!!! Definitely being kept on the edge of my seat while reading this adventure.

Interesting fun fact. This author includes an author’s note after each chapter. While that is something new to me, it brought a little bit of insight to the story from the author. It was weird at first for me but by the end of the story I was looking forward to seeing what he had to say.

I’d be interested in what else this author writes. Maybe another world saving mission for Dex!

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Mafia Elite Series Box Set Volume 2 by Amy McKinley – Review by Shannon Fowler

Mafia Elite Box Set: Volume TwoMafia Elite Box Set: Volume Two by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This boxset contains books 4-7. Book four continues the story of the Mafia Elite. This is Elena and Marco’s story. Elena’s been in hiding but it’s time for her to rediscover her friends and family. With Marco’s help Elena learns many secrets about her past, some including Marco.

This author has given us two more sweet and sexy characters who have their own secrets, their own desires, and their own special way of handling whatever the Mafia life throws their way.

I enjoyed this story; however, I didn’t find Elena the same kind of strength as the past leading female characters, you know, her friends, Sof, Lil, and Em. El is strong in that she survived a life of secret, hidden away from family and friends, she survived many things so her strength shows through in her determination. Marco, however, shows his strength and determination in finding and saving El, more than once and every time she needs him. This author can certain write strong and sexy male characters!

Book 5 which is Ruthless Heir is the next in the reading order and as always, I read this book in one sitting, this author has a way with storytelling that makes me what to read cover to cover. I love her mafia series and this story is no different. The characters, Summer and Luc can handle anything thrown their way. Which is exactly what brings them together. First by chance and then by another chance. This is a stranger to friends to lovers kind of story. And it is pretty perfect.

“We were at a precipice. The lives we lived were over, and our next adventure had only begun.” ~Summer

This is exactly how life moves. From one adventure to the next. Childhood to adulthood. Marriage to children to empty nest. What will be your next adventure be? What adventure will this author bring to Summer and Luc?

Collateral Damage is Book 6 and all I can say is 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.

As with the rest of the series this story should be read in order 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.

Book 7 is called Rivals and if you have been following along with the Mafia Elite series you will know that all of the books are intertwined with the others. The action begins in the very first chapter, so hang on. This author really knows how to get things started:

A tsunami of dread rose, and I balanced precariously on the crest of the giant wave…

Mia is one tough cookie and has been a Mafia princess her entire life. But in the mafia, princess does not mean what you think it means. No birds singing, no rainbows. Mostly death, blood and betrayal.

Nico is a Mafia prince, son of the La Rosa family boss, Robert. His destiny is with the family. Life is not easy when you are in a Mafia family but happiness can be found. Sometimes in the unlikeliest of places.

This story is not for the faint of heart as there is Mafia mischief and sweet sweet revenge.

Over all this series is 5 stars with some stories and characters standing out a little more than the others.

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I Loved You Yesterday (Trading Heartbeats Trilogy Book 1) by Julie Navickas – Review by Shannon Fowler

I Loved You Yesterday: Book One in the Trading Heartbeats TrilogyI Loved You Yesterday: Book One in the Trading Heartbeats Trilogy by Julie Navickas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story is so sweet, so heart breaking, and so full of love. The main characters Joshua and Mavis, young sweethearts faced with life altering situations, making life changing decisions. Except those decisions are only made by Mavis. After being separated for years, these two come back together and secrets are shared. Secrets that could destroy Joshua and everything he ever loved, including Mavis.

I love this story. I love the way it is written. The author sure didn’t hold anything back. I love that second chance romances exists.

“We don’t need to be the same people we were. But we can give the people we’ve become a second chance.”

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Friends with Benies (Paris in Springtime Book 7) by T.B. Bond – Review by Shannon Fowler

Friends with Benies: An AMBW Paranormal Romance (Paris in Springtime Book 7)Friends with Benies: An AMBW Paranormal Romance by T.B. Bond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a cute fun story. Wednesday is in love with her best friend but that’s one secret she can’t share, with anyone. Ryker is in love with his best friend but that’s one secret he can’t share, with anyone. Funny story, these two are each other’s best friend. They both need to find their mates sadly it isn’t each other…or is it? Wednesday is a free-spirited mage while Ryker is a panda shifter. Surely, they can’t be mates. Best friends yes, friends with benies, well of course but only until they find their true mates.

This is my first book by this author what a great discovery! This story is the 7th in the Paris in Springtime Series however there was no reference to any other story that may have been missed. Since this story was so fun to read, I am looking forward to reading the other stories.

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Jake (Billionaire Blind Dates Book 1) by Toni Denise – Review by Shannon Fowler

Jake (Billionaire Blind Dates Book 1)Jake by Toni Denise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a super cute story that circles around a special blind date opportunity. Lauren and Jake are not looking for love (isn’t that always the way!) They both decide to go on the blind date to get their friends to stop pestering them about their respective love lives. Little do they know that a blind date is exactly what they both needed.

I can relate to the main character, Lauren, with her family problems, money issues, and little self-confidence, she is the most normal and realistic character I have read about in a long time. Jake is down to Earth even though he is wealthy. This author is able to create characters that are real and still fun to read about.

Jake and his sister, Catherine have the best group of friends. Here’s hoping they each get their own blind date!

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