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Peaceful Slumber (Soul Connection Book 1) by Nikki Lynn Barrett – Review by Shannon Fowler

Peaceful Slumber (Soul Connection, #1)Peaceful Slumber by Nikki Lynn Barrett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought I had read other books by Nikiki Lynn Barrett, but to my surprise this is the first! I am so excited to have found a new to me author that I like…no that I love! Even the cover is great and I really don’t care about covers!

Peaceful Slumber is a mystery with a little romance, with a little paranormal, with a big adventure! This is a story that I could not put down. I had to know what was going to happen, who was going to do it and why it was happening! Barrett put just enough suspicion in this story that anything was possible.

I love stories that touch on social situations. Barrett has chosen mental health. While it is a very serious topic, her story gives a little hope to those who also suffer. Finding that one person who is your one is hard enough and being anything different makes it even harder.

Zelda is the female main character and Barrett really puts her through every tough situation you could think of. Except Zelda doesn’t remember any of it. Including her own name. Scott seems like the only one that could help her. They are both lost souls who are a little different and they are perfect for each other. However, with so much unknown in this story it doesn’t look like there will be a happy ending.

The storyline is ORIGINAL…at least from my list of books. I really love this story!

I highly recommend this story and can not wait to read anything by Barrett! Since this is the first book in the Soul Connection series, there will be more!!!

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Auctioned (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 3) by Via Mari – Review by Shannon Fowler

Auctioned (Billionaire Bodyguards, #3)Auctioned by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you Via Mari for continuing to write such great stories! Damian and Bryanna and sexy, sweet, determined, and delicious!

This story continues from books 1 and 2 and it is helpful to read in order. I liked how these characters are the main focus with a little help from their friends. Bryanna is tough and protective and soon learns that Damien is the same way, maybe even more so.

Mari’s writings continue to be an escape from the real world although human trafficking is becoming all too familiar in the real world, this story has a happier ending than real life, making it a great read.

Highly recommend this story and the rest of the Billionaire Bodyguards.

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Goddess of Everything by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by Shannon Fowler

Goddess of Everything: A Blood-Curdling Tale of the Affection of One Mother for Her Son and Her Son's Struggle for Truth, Freedom, and LoveGoddess of Everything: A Blood-Curdling Tale of the Affection of One Mother for Her Son and Her Son’s Struggle for Truth, Freedom, and Love by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DeBlassie has upped the ante with this “blood curdling” story. Unlike any of his other crazy stories, Goddess of Everything is above and beyond normal craziness.

This story is about Mother Juana and her need for…blood, death, obedience and well, everything. Mother Juana’s son Gabriel is torn between his love for his wife, his mother and life in general.

These characters are well developed, enough so that you know if you met up with Mother Juana you would want to run the other way. And if you met up with Gabriel you would see the devotion and love this man has for those around him especially those less fortunate.

The plot of this story is unbelievable, disheartening, and downright disturbing. Way to go DeBlassie. If you enjoy dark stories with a touch of mystery and crazy, this may be one you put at the top of your list.

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Vengeance (The Sundown Series Book 5) by Courtney Konstantin – Review by Shannon Fowler

VengeanceVengeance by Courtney Konstantin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book 5 in the Sundown Series but can be read as a standalone. However, there are references and characters from the first four books that may lead to more questions. I did read this book out of order and enjoyed it quite well. Well enough to get the rest I have missed!

This story, and series, is an apocalyptic-type story with the entire country being “infected” except for a select few. Our heroine Max along with her sister and brother and their new family are trying to right the wrongs and figure out the world without a true government while fighting/killing the “infected” who eat the uninfected humans.

I am left wondering what will happen to the family and how they will continue to survive. With the next threat coming at them questions remain! Looking forward to the next book.

I am also wondering if Konstantin writes other genres as her knack for thriller/adventure is spot on!

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Bound by Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops Series Book 2) by Amy McKinley – Review by Shannon Fowler

Bound by Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops, #2)Bound by Secrets by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another Amy McKinley story with love, misunderstandings, adventure, missed opportunities, 2nd chances and sexy times. Another story worth reading. Bound by Secrets, Deadly Isles Special Ops book 2 is about Kayla and Jaxson, the past they share and the future they want. But the present is trying to kill Kayla, making the future look anything but bright. This story starts out with violence but with hope as well. The journey that Kayla takes is full of surprises, including the one that got away, Jaxson.

I enjoyed this story with all the emotional ups and downs the characters had to face. Looking forward to reading more in this series and seeing what happens next with the other Special Ops.

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A Hole (Alpha Bet Guys Book 1) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Shannon Fowler

A Hole (Alpha Bet Guys Book 1)A Hole by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read A Hole by Phoebe Alexander which was first released in Big City Heat Anthology. This story is a good reminder that friends are so important. And Ace’s friends are hilarious! I hope there are more stories about them! Ella and Ace are the victims of a misunderstanding and friends with good intentions. Hopefully, those friends can help them figure it out.

This is a quick funny and steamy read which, while it is book 1 in the Alpha Bet Guys series, it can be read as a standalone.

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Hungry Business: A Short Story by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Shannon Fowler

Hungry Business: A Short StoryHungry Business: A Short Story by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book by Maria DeBlassie that I have read. The first one was ok, not really something I read but I’ll try anything at least once. So, I decided to give DeBlassie another try with this short story, Hungry Business. I really had no idea what I was getting into. This short story has a very interesting twist on looking for love.

The narrator is clearly looking for love but has faced so many negatives on her search that she is becoming bitter and cold. But she doesn’t give up hope and continues to look for love in all places, including the orange tabby cat across the street in the neighboring building.

Details are good, a little graphic but fitting for this story. Worth the time to read.

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Stormy’s Thunder (Satan’s Devils MC Utah #2) by Manda Mellett – Review by Shannon Fowler

Stormy's Thunder (Satan's Devils MC Utah #2)Stormy’s Thunder by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG what a story, Stormy is a very unlikeable character. But of course, he has the best reasons to be like he is. In a perfect world, he would have reacted differently to his life but what can you do, the world is not perfect, not even in a book.
Mellett has written another story with a character that we love to hate from book 1, a character who turns out to have a very interesting back story. This page turning story leads us to an unlikely meeting between Stormy and Cat.

Smart Cat. “You’re never going to move forward unless you stop looking back.”

There are some references to the other clubs and other characters from book 1 Road Tripped, so this book is best if read in order. The other Chapters have their own series and while you don’t have to read those before this Utah series, you are going to want to read all of Mellett’s series.

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Road Tripped (Satan’s Devils MC Utah #1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Shannon Fowler

Road Tripped (Satan's Devils MC Utah #1)Road Tripped by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Road Tripped is not the first MC book by Mellett that I have had the pleasure of reading. This story has a good story line with an easy-to-read adventure. There are a couple of graphic scenes but since it is an MC story, it is kind of expected.

Road is from the mother chapter in Tucson but there is something going on in Utah. And it’s up to Road to figure it out, report back to Drummer, his prez, and then get on with his life. But what life does he have now that his sport of choice has been taken from him. And when he finds out Utah has more secrets than he can handle, what’s a biker to do? Even though I love Swift doesn’t mean that Road loves what Swift stands for. I love what Swift brings to the Utah Chapter and the Satan’s Devils overall, but can Swift prove that the Utah chapter is above board and not working illegally before Road reports to Drummer or dies trying?

This book is definitely worth the read. Bring on Book 2!

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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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