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Unbroken Vow by Bree M. Lewandowski – Review by Shannon Fowler

Unbroken VowUnbroken Vow by Bree M. Lewandowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First book by this author and not a bad job. This story has an interesting twist and interesting characters. This story seems like the two main characters may never get together. Glaive and Ada are doomed from the start. But this author doesn’t let them struggle for long! Although they each do have suffering to bare. The adventure these two must endure for a happily ever after is proof that love conquers all.
The only negative I have about this book is the setting confused me a little. It seems that the world they live in is in the past as they have a King ruling the land with soldiers protecting with swords. But at the same time there are modern vehicles. Travel is occasionally done by horse and by car. It does distract occasionally from the story line.

I really enjoyed reading this story and look forward to the next book in this series. I only wonder if it will be more adventures for Ada and Glaive or new characters

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Twisted Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops Book 1) by Amy McKinley – Review by Shannon Fowler

Twisted SecretsTwisted Secrets by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not my first book by Amy McKinley because the books McKinley writes keeps me guessing, keeps me entertained and keeps me coming back for more. This new series is not any different. The characters are engaging and fun to read about. Poor Riley, if she didn’t have all the bad luck possible, she wouldn’t have any luck at all. Enter Xander. He has his share of crap as well. But as fate would have it, these two meet and try to change their luck.
This story is the first in a new series which does reference another of McKinley’s series, The Gray Ghost Novels. But can be read without reading the other series (but you really should). Warning: this story isn’t overly sexy, but the adventure part is a little…extra. Also, this story has unanswered questions so book 2 is a must.

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Revel (The Howl Series Book 1) by Alden Elway – Review by Shannon Fowler

Revel (The Howl Series, #1)Revel by Alden Elway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first book by Alden Elway and thankfully will not be my last. This book, Revel, ending in a serious cliff hanger and I need book 2, like yesterday.

I was not sure how I felt about this book as first since I did not know what to expect. Was this story a sexy romance? A dark mystery? Or just another run of the mill wolf story? I am here to tell you that Revel is no ordinary wolf story. There is a dark mysterious something that is killing humans. There is a sexy wolf and a sexy human causing Revel to question everything. And there is page-turning action.

The adventure of a wolf pack is crazy enough. Having to keep away from the human world is more difficult than one thinks when the urges are everywhere. Revel proves that in every choice she makes and those she doesn’t make. I loved the characters in this story and can not wait to read what comes next for the entire pack. So many questions left unanswered. Daniel? Jamie? Granddad? And of course, Revel herself!

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Unwrapped by Evelyn Sola – Review by Shannon Fowler

UnwrappedUnwrapped by Evelyn Sola
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unwrapped is a sexy “almost forbidden” love story. Nick and Miranda are proof that you can’t help who you love. Attraction is important for any relationship and Nick and Miranda have it in abundance. At first, they both believe their attraction will be a one night stand kind of thing. But almost right away they realize that their attraction is so much more.

This is my first story by author Evelyn Sola and I enjoyed her story telling ability. The tension she created between the lovers and their beliefs helps to create the “almost forbidden” love affair. This story is a quick read with a couple of taboo situations, the biggest one is closed minded thinking.

Good story for adults over 18. Interested in seeing what else Sola writes.

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The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink – Review by Shannon Fowler

The Sound of SilenceThe Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an amazing, disturbing, encouraging story. The Sound of Silence is a part of the Black Rose Collection.

For abuse victims this story has to have many triggers. I was bothered by the situations and I am not a victim. Reading this story is an eye opener. You never know what is going on behind closed doors or in people’s minds.

However, the author Willink, does a great job of capturing the reader into the story and creating characters that you can love and even one or two to hate! The story had a good flow and was easy to follow. The story itself provides a look into the life of a domestic abuse victim and a domestic abuse survivor. Gianna is both and proves that you can have a happy life after a devasting time.

I recommend this story and even with the warning of triggers, it is still a really good story.

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Grumbler’s Ride (Satan’s Devils MC San Diego #2) by Manda Mellett – Review by Shannon Fowler

Grumbler's Ride (Satan's Devils MC San Diego #2)Grumbler’s Ride by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grumbler’s Ride is another twisted story in Mellett’s MC series. What starts out as a simple photo shoot with Grumbler’s motorcycle turns beyond creepy, beyond troubling, and if possible, beyond evil. Grumbler’s ride gets him into a world of trouble. At first it just seems like a shady photographer. But what he discovers is so much more. However, as much evil as he unearths, he also meets Mary and her teenage daughter Alicia.

I love the fact that this story features an older couple, as did Being Lost, book 1 in this series. 50 and 60 is the new 30 and 40 right!?! This story was easy to read in that the words and plot flowed well. I like how the story ends except: what happens with Mary??!!! I need answers so I really hope Mellett is writing!! I also like how there are enough characters for this series to keep going. Mellett gives just enough details of the other characters so you won’t know whose story could be next. Definitely looking forward to the next one.

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Being Lost (Satan’s Devils MC San Diego #1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Shannon Fowler

Being Lost (Satan's Devils MC San Diego #1)Being Lost by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My love for Manda Mellet and her Satan’s Devils began in Colorado and has now moved to San Diego!

Lost is the name of the president of the San Diego chapter of the Satan’s Devils motorcycle club. Lost is well, lost. And for most of the book he is finding himself. And finding a reason for happiness, which he finds in Patsy who is in danger. Lost makes her his top priority.

Patsy and her son, Dan, are trying to start a new life away from the trouble Pasty’s ex-husband started before his death. But some things are hard to escape. Maybe the help from a Lost man is all Patsy needs.
I like this story and the growth that Lost makes throughout it. I love that this story has older characters as the lead. Not every hero/heroine is a 20-something Barbie girl!

Glad I have the next book in this series ready to go!

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Big City Heat: A High-Rise Romance Anthology (A Steamy Contemporary Romance Box Set) – Review by Shannon Fowler

Big City Heat: A High-Rise Romance AnthologyBig City Heat: A High-Rise Romance Anthology by Hazel Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anthologies are my favorite! 12 stories with different authors. Some new to me and some not. This is the best way to get a taste of a new author.

These stories are set in…the big city…These stories are steamy. The characters are adventurous and daring. Starting at the top with The 57th Floor by Hazel Storm. What a cute and sexy story! Madelyn Harris is every parent’s dream child. Or in her case grandparent’s dream grandchild. Madelyn is a hard, dedicated worker. So dedicated that she doesn’t see what is right in front of her. Luckily Madelyn has her grandmother to help her. Another story that was fun to read is A Hole by Phoebe Alexander. How needs a reminder that friends are important? Ace’s friends are hilarious! I hope there are more stories about them! Ella and Ace are the victims of a misunderstanding. Hopefully those friends can help them figure it out.

Definitely recommend this anthology. These stories are easy and quick to read. Added bonus is that some of the proceeds go to a good cause!

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Shattered Snow (The Mirror Chronicles Book 1) by Rachel Huffmire – Review by Shannon Fowler

Shattered SnowShattered Snow by Rachel Huffmire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time travel!?! Yes please! This book is a great adventure! So fun. At first this story was a little hard to follow with the new characters and the time travel. But it soon became apparent who was who and how they all related to each other.

Huffmire creates a world with colorful characters. My favorites being Bianka, Ammond and Baigh! Fun names with different attitudes, personalities and beliefs. I really loved the slight twist on a certain fairy tale, super cute.

This story is definitely worth a chance. I look forward to reading the next in the series especially since there was such a great and questioning ending!

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She’s No Cowgirl (My Cowboy Series Book 5) by Brooke May – Review by Shannon Fowler

She's No CowgirlShe’s No Cowgirl by Brooke May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

She’s No Cowgirl is actually book 5 in the My Cowboy Series and thankfully can be read as a standalone. This story is about Hunter and Kennedy. The other books in this series follow other couples and I look forward to reading about them.

Hunter and Kennedy are sweet and fun. They are young adults in the early years of college. Instead of being party animals, they both are working hard towards their dreams, him the football star and her a sports journalist. Their love story is sweet and innocent with an added bonus of their love for sports…football in particular. However, just like in sports, there is a bad play in their love story. Kennedy and Hunter must decide if the play is a game ending play for their relationship or just a little time out.

This story is easy to follow and the characters are easy to read about. Kennedy is a strong female character. In fact, both Kennedy and Hunter are strong characters overall, both determined in their choice of careers and the path to get them to their dreams.

I enjoyed this story and will read from this author again.

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