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No Pistol Tastes the Same (PTSD Disaster Book 1) by Jacob Paul Patchen – Review by Shea Gilkerson

No Pistol Tastes the SameNo Pistol Tastes the Same by Jacob Paul Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book made me feel a whole range of emotions. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I read it very quickly and have spent a lot of time thinking about it, since. The last part of the book, while it offers the catalyst for the main character to heal and save his family/humanity, felt a little detached from the rest. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and haven’t gotten it out of my head, yet.

JP Grimm was deployed to Iraq. One day, his fellow soldiers were approached by a child that looked a startling amount like his young son. His appearance is what made JP pause, and thanks to that pause – the child bomber killed soldiers. JP comes home a broken man, intensely suffering from PTSD and having it destroy him and affecting everyone in his life. The last portion of the book introduces an electromagnetic activity. This activity allows an opportunity to save people and feel as though he redeems himself.

This can be very heavy at times. It is intense. It is emotional. It is raw. And it is utterly beautiful. Highly recommend this read.

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Victoriously Yours (Titans of Manhattan Book 4) by Anise Storm – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Victoriously Yours (Titans Of Manhattan #4)Victoriously Yours by Anise Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kenzie is a chef. At the moment, she is doing catering gigs out of her small 1 bedroom apartment with her roommate, but she has experience as well as finely honed skills. The only thing she doesn’t have is the money or right connections to really accomplish her dreams. When she hears of a competition for CHG in Manhattan where the prize is an exclusive contract, she knows she and Reece have a chance to really make it! Little does she know, the “C” in CHG belongs to Jonas Courtland – the boy who broke her heart and upended her life in high school.

Jonas is a notorious playboy and proud of his status as both a bachelor, and as a Titan. His sucker friends all got taken down by women, but not him. He was an ingenious businessman in the luxury hotel world, as well as a man who has a different woman in his bed every night. Jonas is a very busy man with a very busy social life, but when he sees McKenzie again, everything becomes a little less clear.

This book has such a wild range of emotions and series of “are they or aren’t they?” keeping you on your toes. Several times I thought there wouldn’t be any more surprises, but I was wrong every time. Jonas and Kenzie kept me interested.

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Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack Book 1) by Nicole Howl – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Claiming My Mate (Wolf Hollow Pack, #1)Claiming My Mate by Nicole Howl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first read by this author, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As with most werewolf romance stories, there are several common themes – werewolves are primal and violent, there are fated mates and the goddess, and there’s evil men and valiant men. There are a few seductive moments, suspense, shape shifting and violence. It was interesting enough that I’ll continue to read the series to see what becomes of Lily and Jason.

Lily is a human servant of the Wolf Hollow pack. She has a grueling schedule for terrible masters. The king and alpha is a cruel man who enjoys making others fear him. Everyone in his presence strictly keeps their eyes away to avoid challenging him. Lily has a miserable life as a servant to the wolf pack, but has made a couple of friends that look out for her. When she is cornered and attacked in her bedroom by an abusive soldier, she is rushed to the royal families medical facility. It is here she really meets Prince Jason, the future alpha. As a human, she expects and anticipates the prince to mistreat her and is determined to stay out of his way…but Jason has caught her scent and realizes she is his mate. He is drawn to her, uncaring of the status difference between them. Once he learns who Lily’s attacker is, he challenges Callum.

This story is pretty fast paced and kept me interested enough to keep reading. It is a shorter book and the interest made for an especially quick read. It seems as though it could be a bit more polished, but was enjoyable and has you cheering for Lily and Jason and liking Dean and Amara.

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The Prisoner of the Dead (Dead World Book 1) by Megan Mackie – Review by Shea Gilkerson

The Prisoner of the Dead: Zombie Thriller Dystopia (Dead World Book 1)The Prisoner of the Dead: Zombie Thriller Dystopia by Megan Mackie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An apocolypse caused by a virus, pockets of virus and zombie outbreaks, a hero and heroine, outrageously beautiful world building, and characters you can’t wait to explore more and follow make for such a good book!

Baron is a lonely man – simple man on the surface, but his complexities keep him alive in an apocolyptic world where he just wants to find more people. In village after village, he finds destruction and death, or zombies he is trying to flee. He ends up following his instincts after meeting a man and killing him – and then he meets Talia. Is she the answer to ending the virus? The dynamic between them is wonderful and kept me from putting the book down. I can’t wait to learn more about them in the rest of the series!

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Class Clown (Ghost Girl Series) by Allan Evans – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Class ClownClass Clown by Allan Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book originally caught my eye when I saw the spooky cover – and further when I saw clown in the title. I’m not a fan of clowns in general, but love spooky stuff, paranormal, dystopian kind of reads. This book, and Abbey, are not the “norm”. When you do something so different from the rest, it is either a great move or disastrous, and the author with this move did something outstanding.

Abbey Hill has always had spooky events happen to her with ghosts being drawn her way. Most are friendly, or just confused, but some are downright evil. So many relationships have been lost thanks to her “talent” – and that’s not what she would consider it. After taking a fun family trip to the circus with her parents, Abbey begins noticing ghost clowns everywhere she goes. While that is bad enough, her friends then start disappearing. Is Abbey the cause of her missing friends? Can she fix this?

Abbey is really a great, strong, fun character and carries the story incredibly well. I love her sense of self, her snarkiness, her taste in music – on top of all the other dramas and messes of high school, everything blends so well and is a really intoxicating read. I’m thrilled to find several more books by this author to dig into next!

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Shea Gilkerson

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sweet Rourke is a 7th grade boy with mysterious neighbors, a crush, younger twin sisters, an autistic older brother, and severe anxiety. I’ve been saying for years that adults forget how stressful it is being a kid, and this book gives a perfect example of how accurate that is. This YA story speaks so wonderfully to young people, but offers a wonderful point of view to adults reading it, as well.

You never know what someone is going through, their thoughts, struggles, home life, mental health…you truly never know. This book was a wonderful read and checked all the boxes. I was brought to tears a few times, laughed and related to the awkwardness many more – and was very satisfied with the ending. I’m glad I took a chance on this book and really feel like I am taking something away from it. A delight.

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The Clockwork Solution (The Clockwork Chronicles Book 2) by Michelle D. Sonnier – Review by Shea Gilkerson

The Clockwork Solution (The Clockwork Chronicles Book 2)The Clockwork Solution by Michelle D. Sonnier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the last book, Arabella finally discovered her magic. As the 7th daughter of a 7th daughter who had never before discovered her magic, she was treated poorly her entire life by everyone she knew – to the point of flat out abuse from her awful mother, the head of the most powerful coven of witches possibly in the world.

In this book, Arabella is joining the Sisterhood of Witches as the first ever technomancer and her first assignment has found her sent to help find a solution to the famine in Ireland. 2 witches from the Sortilege line have already succumbed to the famine, will she be able to use her unique abilities to solve such a huge problem?

While I wish things didn’t end so abruptly, I enjoyed the descriptions and ideas shared in this book like I did the first. It still has me interested in more continuation.

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The Clockwork Witch (The Clockwork Chronicles Book 1) by Michelle D. Sonnier – Review by Shea Gilkerson

The Clockwork WitchThe Clockwork Witch by Michelle D. Sonnier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the world building and descriptions in this book. The idea of blending magic and technology is a new approach, and the theory of it is very interesting.

Where I had issues was the bullying and snarkiness in this book. Whether it be towards witches, sisters, daughters, neighbors, etc, there was a lot of nastiness towards people in this book. That treatment also led to Arabella being meek and immature, which would realistically be how an abused person could be…but it was to the point that it sometimes it was distracting from an otherwise very intriguing storyline and beautiful descriptions.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story and think it is a wonderful idea to blend magic and technology. The descriptions of how Arabella saw magic and that that is how other witches see it made it easy to picture in my head, exactly how the author envisioned it in their writing. I’ll follow future additions to this series!

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Forbidden Wolf (The Shadow Chronicles Book 1) by CR Robertson – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Forbidden WolfForbidden Wolf by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 1 in the Shadow Chronicles books, Forbidden Wolf, was so much more than I expected it to be. Most paranormal romance style books follow the same trope, and although I still read them – they don’t come across as terribly unique. This book has so much more happening than the 2 species and a forbidden romance. I was invested in the mystery of this book, and it also still offered steamy scenes and action.

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Forbidden Mate (The Shadow Chronicles Book 2) by CR Robertson – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Forbidden MateForbidden Mate by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Levi and Tasha are back, and their story is as well written as before. My one complaint is that Tasha seems to have to tone herself down because she relies so strongly on Levi, but partnership always has some give and take. This is a paranormal romance unlike others I have read, and book 1 to book 2 is well carried over. A new level is added to the story in this book, but it doesn’t leave past issues forgotten. Looking forward to some solved mysteries in book 3, and finding out if love continues to win between 2 different species.

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Forbidden Moon (The Shadow Chronicles Book 3) by CR Robertson – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Forbidden MoonForbidden Moon by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The saga of Levi and Tasha is wonderfully completed in this book. The mystery was so interesting, the story is so well done, the partnership and love is so intoxicating, that it was kind of sad to read this final story. I found myself invested in the story from the first page of the first book, so it felt a little like I was leaving friends behind. You won’t regret reading these books and getting to know these characters.

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Embracing Jared (Thrill of the Chase, #3) by Anna Paige – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Embracing Jared (Thrill of the Chase, #3)Embracing Jared by Anna Paige
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the first page, this book brings you into the emotions and attachments felt by our characters and it keeps its hold all the way through. Jared and Madison are magnets drawn to each other, unable to resist the pull. Christopher is the central point that brings them together, and so many aspects of him lead to the many peaks and valleys of this roller coaster ride.

These characters feel so relatable and flawed and natural and beautiful. We have so many people throughout our lives that trigger these same emotions and desires and moments – they feel like home, like our own lives. Jared and Madison have so much chemistry, and yet are so afraid to explore it. Christopher is suffering dementia and his happiness is so bright when he is happy that it is blinding. This book brought me to tears multiple times – throughout so many interwoven aspects. Healthcare needs and the health of our loved ones, the ways it can affect how we treat others, the way it can feed into fears of needing and loving someone, the ways our parents can make us feel, even as grown adults with thoroughly chaotic lives of our own. It could have been almost any of our stories, but told so much more beautifully than I think we would have remembered our experiences.

I’m looking forward to going back through the first 2 books of this series to see what ties together and what is standalone, but I didn’t really feel like I was missing anything reading this as a standalone. I think I found a new favorite author!

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Born in Darkness (Mafia Elite Book 3) by Amy McKinley – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Born in Darkness (Mafia Elite, #3)Born in Darkness by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 3 in the Mafia Elite series does it again.
A great mix of the down and dirty world of mafia families, passionate stolen moments and personal vendettas.

Stefano and Emiliana have eyes only for each other, but have to wait for Stefanos father to die off in order to be safe. Stolen kisses in secret have to be enough to satisfy them, but it ends up getting them caught and the witness turns out to be a rat.

This book is great standalone, but I love reading the prior books in a series and having some back story on fringe characters in the later offerings.

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MURDER OFF ROUTE 82 (Eve Sawyer Mystery Book 3) by Jane Suen – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Murder off Route 82 (Eve Sawyer Mystery, #3)Murder off Route 82 by Jane Suen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first experience with Eve Sawyer, but the 3rd book in the series. I’ll be going back to book 1! This book was easy to follow and a fine stand alone story, but I always enjoy the extra from reading a whole series and having more backstory to characters. This is a really great, fast paced, quick read.

In this book, Eve has just finished solving the mystery from book 2 and is returning to school – but her success as a sleuth has brought attention to her in the form of a mom looking for her college student child who didn’t make it home. Will Eve figure out what has happened? Will she stay safe and get back to her college student life?

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Black Canvas by Laura Rossi – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Black CanvasBlack Canvas by Laura Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was such an awesome read, even if you aren’t regularly a psychological thriller fan. It is dark, it is beautiful, it is about the different parts of ourselves and who we want to be. There are many moments when it feels obvious what has happened, but you get more nuances and details and find yourself at a loss for guessing the story, over and over.

Control makes people do crazy things – sometimes to seek control, sometimes to let go of it. Aria’s story is so wonderfully woven that you won’t stop thinking about it after you’ve completed the book. This book is about the different parts of her and the occurrences that have led to the telling of her story. The author filled this book with so many excellent zigs and zags, I didn’t want to put it down.

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Strega – Magic: The Spirit Never Dies by Lynne Russell – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Strega - Magic: The Spirit Never DiesStrega – Magic: The Spirit Never Dies by Lynne Russell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The baptismal font cracked in half in the local church on the day that Annie was born – a very bad omen to her italian-american family. They resorted to baptising her in her grandmothers salad bowl.

This is just the beginning of this engaging book about Annie’s very interesting life. As she ages, the whispers she has always heard begin getting louder and louder. Every stage of Annie’s past and present are wonderfully shared in this book and it kept me turning the pages. A new author for me, but not one that will get old.

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Conveniently Yours (Titans Of Manhattan BOOK 1) by Anise Storm – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Conveniently Yours (Titans Of Manhattan #1)Conveniently Yours by Anise Storm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Preston. Caspian. Grandfather and grandson. 2 mega players in the world of business.

Caspian leads a lifestyle people are jealous of. He has worked extremely hard to have his pick of women, cars, vacations…you name it. And he takes weighing all of his options VERY seriously. His grandfather hits him with news he didn’t expect – unless he marries someone, and stays married for a year, he will not achieve his goal of being made the CEO of the company his grandfather operates. Caspian is not willing to forgo his dream and what he has worked so hard for, so he has to come up with a plan.

Paisley is having the worst luck of her life. When she and Caspian, childhood friends, happen to run into each other – that’s when he comes up with his plan. If Paisley agrees to marry him, and stay married for 1 year and 1 day, he will be willing to monetarily solve her problems. Will it really be the solution to both of their problems? Will Caspian be able to have his cake and eat it, too?

The first couple chapters of this book are a little hard to read – but still kept me interested. After those first 2 chapters, it was a total turnaround and I couldn’t put it down! Caspian and Paisley prove to be likeable characters that are drawn to eachother and keep you interested in their story and how it comes together. This is a new author for me, but I’ll be seeking them out to get to know them better!

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Rock Me To The Top (Gracefall: Vicious Love Tour) by Victoria Zak – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Rock Me To The Top (Gracefall: Vicious Love Tour Book One)Rock Me To The Top by Victoria Zak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t wait to follow this series! Joe Grace has finally hit the big time in his band, Gracefall, where he is the drummer. He has everything he could ever want…except THE girl – his best friend, Mel. Mel’s father is a rock legend, as well as the one who taught Joe everything he knows about the world of rock n roll – including the lifestyle.

Mel has sworn to never date a rocker after watching what it did to her parents. Joe has never wanted to hurt Melody, and she is his endgame. They both look at past experiences in their lives to lead them to make the choices they have. Will becoming Gracefall’s tour manager give them the opportunity to get to know each other on a romantic level amongst all the sizzling chemistry, or will it push them towards others? Will tragedy lead them to being together and making their relationship stronger than ever? This book is definitely worth the read to answer your questions.

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No Way Out (Mafia Elite, book 1) by Amy McKinley – Review by Shea Gilkerson

No Way Out (Mafia Elite, #1)No Way Out by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Strong start to a mafia series! Suspense, politics, a large cast of characters (both likeable and ones you love to hate), assasins, mafia princesses, arranged marriages, bodyguards…this book has so many aspects that keep you enthralled, and it’s put together beautifully by an author who knows how to keep you involved in her world. Lil is an excellent female protaganist, Max is a dominant alpha male, and this story is an enthralling trip through their relationship as it grows and changes. I’ll be reading more books by this author!

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Blood Oath (Mafia Elite, book 2) by Amy McKinley – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Blood Oath (Mafia Elite, #2)Blood Oath by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 2 keeps a great pace in the series. This time around the story centers on Enzo and Sofia…best friends, love interests, willing to stay away from each other to protect the other. This is it’s own stand alone novel, but I think it’s better if you read book 1, as there are a few familiar characters and connections that improve the overall experience.

This author offers characters with nice development, a robust backstory, plenty of intrigue and romance to keep you following. These books make for a pretty quick read, as they are hard to put down! Check out the series!

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Broken Chains by Karina Kantas – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Broken ChainsBroken Chains by Karina Kantas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you missed my title – TRIGGER WARNING. There are multiple scenes of explicit abuse and torture in this book, and very harsh situations throughout.

If you can get beyond your discomfort of the graphic scenes described, this book has some really great character development. The opening finds you watching Elizabeth Finley as she spies on the spies, curious about their reality. Once she meets Alex, her life takes a pretty dramatic turn. Liz’s character development is strong, and the author doesn’t sway too far into helpless damsel, as many books in this genre tend to do. You delve into her mind and begin to understand her as she undergoes some graphic torture scenes. She makes for a very beautiful heroine of the book and comes upon a big surprise in the end.

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Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship (The Perfect Pairing Series Book 1) by Parker Fairchild – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship (The Perfect Pairings Series Book 1)Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship by Parker Fairchild
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun, sweet story that puts you in the mood for romance and Christmas. Fun characters I’d like in real life, as well as some that are not as likable, but we can relate to having them in our lives! Not overdone on romantic scenes, which I think puts it firmly and fairly into that sweet/fun read category. The writing and editing I think could use a touch more of a heavy hand, but I really enjoyed the base story, under some strange addings on about Mrs. Clause. Overall it was a fun read and I’d read more by this author and in this Perfect Pairings series. I can see myself reading it again closer to the holiday when I need a quick break from all the busy, busy.

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Practically Pagan – An Alternative Guide to Magical Living by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Practically Pagan - An Alternative Guide to Magical LivingPractically Pagan – An Alternative Guide to Magical Living by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am notoriously guilty of finding something I’m interested in and then immediately overwhelming myself with so much information that I don’t know where to start. The practice of magic is something that has interested and entertained me for as much of my life as I can remember. Like most other things, any knowledge I gathered seemed overwhelming and I didn’t know where to start and not screw something up.

Maria DeBlassie does a phenomenal job of making the practice of magic be much more achievable in this book, and reading it has made me finally understand how I can do every day things with intent, and use my intentions as a way to bring a little magic into my life and the lives of those I love. There are no magical requirements listed in this book other than learning to accept and love parts of yourself you have been trained to let wither, and use them to strengthen your connection to your sense of self as well as understand your strengths and the kind of magic that is available to you when you do that. She does a wonderful job of sharing her own practices and what led her to them – as well as what parts of her life led her away from them before she started down the path she leads.

I’d label this book as self help more than a “witchy” book, but it is honestly the first book on paganism and a magic lifestyle that I have truly felt I connected to, and helps me provide a wonderful base to now start adding on to. The things I’ve read in the past were much more practice based, involving divinations, in depth knowledge already required, and this book made me feel seen – like someone knew where I needed to start. This book feels like Marie is talking directly to me, leading me to the beginning of the path to start daily practices for better self care, living with intent, and understanding what my goals are. I don’t think I was ever able to really visualize my witchy goals before this book, as it was more of a daydream of what I could do “when I had time”.

I loved this book and am very thankful I found it. I look forward to reading the other Practically Pagan books, as well as more by Marie DeBlassie.

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A Spell of Rowans by Byrd Nash – Review by Shea Gilkerson

A Spell of RowansA Spell of Rowans by Byrd Nash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book did not turn out to be what I was expecting, but I think I like it more than what I expected. Byrd Nash weaves a wonderful tale that has a dash of magic, as opposed to a magical fantasy land with mystical creatures. It is a much more contemporary read with talk of traumatic life events, murder, mystery, and a touch of romance.

Rachel Rowan used her magical talents to traumatize her neighbors, and used her kids as pawns to use their talents in her favor. When their mother dies, Phillipa, Victoria and Liam are left to fit together the pieces of the messes she made and the fallout her choices lead to.

It’s a little hard to put a genre that fits the whole of the book, but I was hooked and happily surprised my interpretation of what the book WOULD be turned out to be incorrect. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Twilight’s Curse (Twilight Realm Series Book 1) by K. M. Wray – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Twilight's CurseTwilight’s Curse by K.M. Wray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was wonderful from the first page! KW Wray does a fantastic job immersing you in the world of her book with her excellent story telling and in depth descriptions. I haven’t read young adult fantasy in a very long time, and it’s just as wonderful and beautiful as I remember.

Magic, beauty, tragedy, romance, battles, hope, elves, brownies and dragons are all enveloped in this book.

You will want to meet Zoe and Nix as they tell their stories. I really feel that there is some good points about life buried in this book that will speak to many people. Even if you’re not into young adult or fantasy/magic stories, if you like an engaging tale with a wonderfully immersive world – check out this book. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy!

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Check Out (Bobbins Sisters Series Book 1) by Debra Parmley – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Check OutCheck Out by Debra Parmley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I truly enjoyed Check Out by Debra Parmley. It felt like I was treating myself to read it.

Betsy is a librarian in her local library. She has some trouble getting along with her family and struggles with her past. Nash is an injured veteran suffering from PTSD from his time in the military – he is new in town, jaded, and mysterious. They are interested in one another, but Betsy thinks it is best to wait to get to know each other better while she awaits a visit from her younger sister, Leeann. Once her sister shows up with news she may have a stalker, we find the catalyst that draws Nash and Betsy to one another.

I’d like to see where the relationship between Nash and Betsy goes, as the book ends pretty abruptly. That being said, this was a good read with characters that drew me in and kept me interested. It is pretty quick to get through, and the author has a 2nd book in the series that extends into a story with Leeann after this ends. I will continue to read Debra Parmley!

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Check In (Bobbins Sisters Series Book 2) by Debra Parmley – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Check InCheck In by Debra Parmley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Check In offers suspense, romance, camaraderie, a POV of someone with some past trauma due to being in the military and the things he saw, and great pointers on what you need to pay attention to in the case of a crime being committed around you. The characters are likeable and relatable. I didn’t care for the implication that the robbers were not sober, but it wasn’t overtly stated.

Len and Leann offered a lot of input via their inner voices, which was a nice way to explain a lot of backstory and former trauma, why they react the way that they do, as well as show the ways they complement each other. This is a quick, easy read – can definitely put it away in one sitting. I enjoy Debra Parmley’s use of detail to draw you in, and am looking forward to seeing more from this author.

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The Groomsman (Unexpected Series – Book 2) by Marina Hanna – Review by Shea Gilkerson

The GroomsmanThe Groomsman by Marina Hanna
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marina Hanna pulls you in immediately with her style of writing and ability to build a story. Likeable and relatable characters, modern day stories and situations, wicked sense of humor.

The story opens after a one night stand between Mark and Lauren, and the chemistry is sizzling from the first page! There is sexiness, fun and flirtation, a touch of drama, and so much more. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Death under Palm TreesDeath under Palm Trees by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Death Under Palm Trees by Carmen Radtke is a Jack and Frances mystery, book 4 in the series. I haven’t read the first 3, but with how much I enjoyed this book and its wonderful visuals of 1931 culture in Nice, I will be checking them out.

Jack and Frances are supposed to be on a relaxing holiday after their previous endeavors, and brought along Uncle Sal, the former vaudevillian performer. Their trip begins with a stop in London to see Jack’s mother, who reveals she told them she needed help. but really called them away to give them a chance to unwind and enjoy the European countryside. The visuals of the landscape, clothing, and cities drew a wonderful, clear picture in my head.

It has been discovered that Aunt Mildred and Tommy need help finding a spy! Jack and Frances have to take on characters to investigate from different angles and get to know the guests and employees, in addition to having to pretend they don’t know each other. Will their relationship be discovered? This Jack and Frances mystery was a fun book to read, had great visuals, and characters that are strong, smart, relatable and likable across the board. I’ll definitely be checking out the first 3 in this series!

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Fool Me Twice by Gledé Browne Kabongo – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Fool Me TwiceFool Me Twice by Glede Browne Kabongo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fool Me Twice is a fast paced read, as well as a fast read. I really didn’t want to put it down! There are multiple stories to follow in this book, but it is easy to follow. Not all of the subplots come to a satisfactory conclusion, but overall I enjoyed the writing as well as the story.

Shelby Cooper is a scientist, mom of 2, and wife living with her family in a suburb near Boston – and she has secrets. When she starts gets strange messages and being pursued by vehicles, she knows her secrets are going to be revealed soon. Shelby isn’t the only person with secrets in this book – Will Shelby find out who knows her secrets and is framing her for murder? Will she and Jason be able to trust each other again? Will her family stay together? Stay safe?

If you like psychological thrillers, crime, etc – carve out a day or 2 and read this book. I really enjoyed it!

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