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Jester by Brielle D. Porter – Review by Shelly Kittell

JesterJester by Brielle D. Porter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a romantic adventure. What happens in Oasis certainly stays in Oasis. Lisette is trying to make a name for herself and Luc is her main competition. He has an edge: real magic. Lisette lost her magic when her father was executed for killing the King. The sparks arise between these two as does some new evidence against the Queen that shows she may have been the one to murder the King. I love the passion and suspense in the story. The back and forth. The characters are so well-developed. The plot ran smooth with some twists in it. This is a story that will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happened next. It sucked me in right from the start. I highly recommend it.

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Ouroboros (Antipodes Book 3) by T.S. Simons – Review by Shelly Kittell

Ouroboros (Antipodes #3)Ouroboros by T.S. Simons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cam has been through hell up to this point. He has suffered tragedy, loss and endless drama and surprises. Reunited with his first wife, Freya, and their children, Cam embarks on a journey for closure on how his second wife, Lae, died. Talk about Pandora’s box, many secrets of the geodome societies come to light. Everywhere you turn there are secrets. Cam is completely overwhelmed by this. There are so many decisions to be made by him and by the community he lives with. This book has not disappointed me at all. The final book in the antipodes series, the author has woven the characters together nicely. You can easily feel them and what they are feeling. The plot ran fairly smooth. I did get lost a couple of times but that smoothed out as I went along. Definitely a series you have to try.

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Ashes of Sin and Stardust (AnchorX) by Lindsay Murray – Review by Shelly Kittell

Ashes of Sin and StardustAshes of Sin and Stardust by Lindsay Murray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trigger warning – please check the note by the author before reading. For those over the age of 18.
This is a well-written romance. The steam rises; there is a bit of BDSM and erotic romance. Reuben has been dreaming of Alicia for 24 years. Now that he’s found her, he wants this to work. You can feel the struggle as they work for this. The characters are well-defined. The plot and topics are well researched. Though an uncomfortable read at times, the topics do need to be brought up as they are part of the story. This was a very good story that needed to be told. I do recommend it.

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Remember to Forget Me (Too Lost to Love Book 1) by Hazel Storm Review By Shelly Kittell

Remember to Forget Me (Too Lost To Love, #1)Remember to Forget Me by Hazel Storm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the doors swing shut, the sexiest voice on the planet chases me through the narrowing gap. “Hey! Excuse me. Do I know you?” Addison runs into Wesley at a legal meeting and realizes he doesn’t remember her after a bad beating he received ten years ago. Sad,she is resolved to go on, but Wes feels she is familiar. The two engage in a journey that takes them down a road that has to be traveled. This is a book that will touch you hard in the emotions. I guarantee you will feel it all. The story is well-written and developed in such a way that a few plot twists thrown in felt normal. These two are very relatable. The only thing I would have hoped for is a snippier line to the new roommate, Charlotte, from Wesley. That chick is messed up and rude. It’s up there as one of the best romance books I’ve read for the year.

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Scandalously Yours (Titans of Manhattan Book 5) by Anise Storm – Review by Shelly Kittell

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

“Me too, however, I heard the Chief of Staff is a real dick.” This has to be my favorite line in the book. We can all relate to Ale talking to Kris about what she’s heard about the Chief of Staff at her new job. Little does she know, he’s the hot guy she’s talking too. Oh, this opens the door to so much drama and challenge. Prior to finishing medical school, Ale was a surrogate to one of the Titan couples. This was an experience that affected her tremendously. I really enjoyed this story because it is so relatable. You can practically feel the emotions in the story. The characters are so well-written and developed that you feel they are part of your group. Ale needed a tribe of women friends and if anything, I do wish she could have more of that in the story. That ex-wife of Kris, so well-written, I felt like I should watch over my shoulder. Scary mother/wife, that’s a large plot to deal with. The challenges they deal with would try the patience of a saint. I did miss a little more interaction with some of the Titans. It’s another knockout of the park.

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Rivals (Mafia Elite Book 7) by Amy McKinley – Review by Shelly Kittell

Rivals (Mafia Elite, #7)Rivals by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A truly bittersweet moment has been had. I have had the pleasure of reading this series from the beginning to what is now the end. The story of the Five Families, aka The Chicago Mafia, has now been told in such a manner that you feel like you are leaving close friends. The main characters in ‘Rivals’ are Nico La Rosa and Mia Tucci. Unfortunately, I cannot share a whole lot with you because it just gives away too much. The author grabs you right from the start. Each book basically picks up where the last one left off. In this book, we also get to visit with everyone except Max and Luc (and their wives) as they were in Italy. Everyone else played a pivotal role in helping Nico and Mia take down the New York Tucci and Amata family. There are moments that will live in your mind such as Mia meeting the other wives and she’s told that they will love her, but they will have no qualms at killing her either. My favorite are the quiet moments between her and Nico. They are tender and romantic in a chaotic environment. The plot just stays right on task with a twist thrown in here and there, and it just comes right back. This author is extraordinarily talented and her writing is also. Her female characters are strong and courageous. This series is one that I recommend to all my friends that love romantic suspense and Mafia. Hot, steamy and fantastic! It would get more than 5 stars if I could give them.

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Bake Happy (Bake Believe Series Book 3) by Cori Cooper – Review by Shelly Kittell

Bake HappyBake Happy by Cori Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“What?” Nate’s forehead wrinkles, “You mean we like Freaky Fridayed?” “I do not know what this means,” Maurice says…”

Nate and Cat are having a mixup of trouble in this, the final installment of this trilogy. Somehow, during a family dinner, Nate and Cat had a heated exchange and set off some events that made for a week of drama, humor and challenges galore. Don’t eat the goodies….those emotions are running free. This book was so entertaining. Cat and her family, Robyn and her family, Jojo, Jake, Nate, Liam, Tobey, and the cast of others make for a story of teen angst and drama that is so relatable. The reference to Freaky Friday was awesome. I’ve been around awhile so I can think back to the original. I also found the story of Evie and Maurice so romantic and heartbreaking. A plot twist for the win. This trilogy has been so entertaining to read plus recipes to boot: Tres Leches Cake; Almond Bark; and many more. A win for all of us.

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Thief (Popov Bratva Book 4) by Leslie Georgeson – Review by Shelly Kittell

Thief (Popov Bratva #4)Thief by Leslie Georgeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bratva, hidden secrets, nothing is as it seems…..This is a love story with some awesome suspense. Dominick is the car thief for the Popov Bratva. He’s got many secrets to hide. Leah is a country singer with a background that she doesn’t want known. One night, an attempted car heist brings these two together and the rest is, as they say, history. Oh my, I love the drama. The sparks fly of the two of them. There is chemistry so hot that I’m surprised the car didn’t melt. These two try to avoid each other and instead wind up closer then ever. The characters are so well-written. They are very relatable. I was shocked with a few of the plot twists. I was rooting for them also. I loved the dialogue. The plot ran smooth even with a couple of sub stories. This is a contemporary romance that is a quick read and quite enjoyable. You should hit that one-click and give it a read. You won’t be sorry. Highly recommend.

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Fairly Royal (The Fair Series Book 4) by Grace Grahme – Review by Shelly Kittell

Fairly Royal (Fair, #4)Fairly Royal by Grace Grahme
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Phillip and Anna, an Earl and his brother’s best friend, is a romance that I truly enjoyed. A romance that makes you smile because he just can’t realize that she is in love with him. He is afraid to put anyone through the mess that comes with loving a royal. He asks Anna to help him with a fake romance. These two commence with a pretend relationship complete with drama. I loved it all. The story had romance, steam, drama and characters that just make the story. I’ve always loved these type of stories because of the rags to riches type of theme. In this case, it was you girl next door romance. How can Phillip make this work when her brother is his best friend? The plot is fantastic. It was very well-written and well-developed. This is a terrific romance that you just get sucked into. You should read this one. You’ll be intrigued and learning the meaning of the language will be fun too.

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The Girl Who Escaped by Mark Nolan – Review by Shelly Kittell

The Girl Who EscapedThe Girl Who Escaped by Mark Nolan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an outstanding mystery/thriller. I found myself on the edge-of-my-seat holding my breath as I was reading. Angie was just trying to do what was right. It’s crazy what can happen when you ignore your gut. The drama is very intense. I loved every minute of it. The story has twists that just may have you looking over your shoulder. I can remember having a stalker at that age. Though the creeps and chills were there for me, I found the characters well0written. Angie and Brenda are very relatable. The plot was well written and scarily true. It could have been taken from today’s headlines. Those are my favorite stories because you feel the thriller, the emotions; you feel it all. The scene at the beginning had me jumping myself, that’s how good it was. I will be adding this author to my favorites list. Get out there and buy this one. You must read this one.

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