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Virtue & Vice (Spicetopia #2) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Sheri Schrader

Virtue & Vice (Spicetopia Book 2)Virtue & Vice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Virtue & Vice by Phoebe Alexander is the second book in the Spicetopia series. This can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading them in order. Moon and Katja are part of a team bringing adult’s everywhere a place to play with a bit nice with much naughty. It was also cool to see the story from their view since the first book was from the view of Cy and Jolie. As always, I enjoyed Phoebe Alexander’s writing and how each of her characters are distinct individuals. This is a fun, quick read and left me wanting the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see where this continuing story leads.

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Rebel Jewel (The Jewel Chronicles Book 3) by Natalina Reis – Review by Sheri Schrader

Rebel Jewel (The Jewel Chronicles, #3)Rebel Jewel by Natalina Reis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rebel Jewel by Natalina Reis is the third and final book in The Jewel Chronicles series. I highly recommend reading the first two books before reading this one. This is an ongoing story and much better enjoyed as a series versus a standalone. Milenda is back from exile and she is the final catalyst needed for revolution. Does she want to take this on and endanger many including her husband and young daughter?
I have really enjoyed this series it has action, adventure, romance, intrigue and much more. Also, the characters are really great and help drive the story forward. I did not want to put this down because I had to know what would become of everyone and where the story would end. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Sheri Schrader

Miami Days Havana NightsMiami Days Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell continues her story of Liz Reams, American Crime professor. This story is about Sam who gets involved with Moshe Toblinsky in 1926. Sam does not know what he has gotten himself into after witnessing a mob hit. Can he get himself out of the mob’s control?
Liz Reams is back at researching the past and has the love of her life proposing. Why doesn’t everything feel like it is falling into place? She sets out on a journey which intertwines the past and present. I really enjoy how seamlessly the author brings the two periods together. This allows me to fall in and not want to stop reading. I really enjoy the story of the past and find Liz to be relate able and interesting. I look forward to more in this series and am excited to see what is next.

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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Sheri Schrader

Of War and TatersOf War and Taters by Ashley Chappell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of War and Taters is written by Ashley Chappell is a book that kept me laughing. I have read some of her other books but this one is something completely different. Her other books are fantasy and this one is what starts out as a fourth-grade schoolyard battle and develops into something beyond crazy. The characters kept me in stitches and I couldn’t read this fast enough. Not only do you have the students but crazy media, a ghost making his comeback, and a Sheriff trying to keep everything together. I have always enjoyed her books but this has me as a fan. I love the small town could be any small town getting up to all sorts of shenanigans. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

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The Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery Series by Claire Luana – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery SeriesThe Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery Series by Claire Luana
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery Series by Claire Luana is a fun series to read. I recommend reading them in order because the series is in chronological order.
The first book in the series The Confectioner’s Guild starts the series. This book is full of mystery, magic, and cooking. Wren is an amazing cook and soon finds herself in the Confectioner’s Guild. Here she learns more about herself and that she has special magical powers. After the death of the head of the guild after eating her cupcake she learns more about not only herself but this guild that she has been brought into. The characters are well written and the story drew me in from the beginning. Not only is Wren a great character but there are also many others.
The second book is The Confectioner’s Coup continues this series. The story continues for Wren and things are not looking good for her and others in the guild. Guild members are going missing and the King is out of control. I have enjoyed this as well as the first book and the novella. The writing is well written and entertaining. This is a twist and turn thriller that at times kept me on the edge of my seat.
The Confectioner’s Truth is the third book. The story continues with Wren and the members of the guild. There is a new ruler who is beyond bad. He rules like a madman and things are not stable for anyone. I recommend reading the other books in the series. The characters have grown and matured through the course of the series. I enjoy Wren because she is not cocky or self-centered. She is unsure of herself and does not always make the best decisions. She is rash at times and at other times she is centered and in total control. These traits make her easy to relate. There are many past characters who are back and some new ones as well.
The Confectioner’s Exile by Claire Luana is a prequel novella to The Confectioner Chronicles. This is the backstory of Hale Firena and his life. He has always had everything he could possibly want but his life changes drastically. He must learn how to survive without relying on others. I really enjoyed this prequel and read it before I read book 1. The writing is great and the action was also good. After reading this novella I was even more excited to read the series.

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The Flood by Meghan O’Flynn – Review by Sheri Schrader

The FloodThe Flood by Meghan O’Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Flood by Meghan O’Flynn is a look at humanity in desperate times. This book hooked me from the beginning and I really got invested in Victoria’s story. What has started to become a commonplace weather problem of a flood takes on a whole new level of horror in this story. Victoria and her husband Chad are rescued from their roof by someone who tells them of a safe space with food and water to wait out the continuing storms and rising waters. What they discover when they arrive is most disturbing. I really have enjoyed this author’s books in the past and this did not disappoint in the least. The characters are well written and it tests what people will do when put in a desperate situation.

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Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Sheri Schrader

Al Capone at the Blanche HotelAl Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell is a story set in both contemporary times and the 1930’s. The story starts with Jack Blevins witnessing a body being moved in Lake City, Florida at the Blanche Hotel. What has he seen and who is involved in this crime? Move forward to the Gainesville, Florida in 2011 and you have Liz Reams who is a historian interested in crime. Will she solve the mystery behind the summer of violence and Al Capone’s involvement.
I really enjoyed the time periods and locations introduced in this book. I am a fan of historical fiction and love stories from the early 20th century. This checked all my boxes. I enjoyed how the story unfolded and the characters were interesting. There is a bit of romance but not over the top. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
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Tails Always Wins (Chasing Tails Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Sheri Schrader

Tails Always WinsTails Always Wins by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tails Always Wins by C.A. King is the first in the Chasing Tails series. I was excited to see a new series from this author and I was not disappointed. Brodie has always hidden his second nature from society. What started as a simple ban on several breeds of dogs has grown to causing some to become extinct. The ban has even progressed to infringe on the rights and lives of shifters. Does Brodie join the fight or keep himself hidden?
This is a great story which draws parallels to events which are taking place in society. I really enjoyed the story and the struggle which Brodie goes through. Tails is a great character also and I want to get to know her better. I am glad to have found this new and interesting series and look forward to the next book to come.

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Regency Love: Reflections of a Young Lady by TL Clark – Review by Sheri Schrader

Regency Love: Reflections of a Young LadyRegency Love: Reflections of a Young Lady by T.L. Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Regency Love: Reflections of a Young Lady by T. L. Clark is a great story for those who are fans of historical fiction, Jane Austen, or the Regency era in general. Lady Anne Frithringham, daughter of the Duke of Hesford is of the marrying age and is scared about her prospects. She is heading into this search without all the notions of romance but of the importance of finding a suitable husband. I love this period because as far as women have come there are still some common factors between the periods. Parents want a good match for their daughters, men are not always the most uprights, and fortunes can be won or lost overnight. This story is well written and was a quick read for me. I like that Lady Anne is reasonable and not a flighty female. She has her head on straight but must navigate her role as daughter and wife in the eyes of society. I am going to keep this author on my watch list for further books in the future.

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Eternity (Captivity Series Book 3) by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk – Review by Sheri Schrader

Eternity (Captivity Book 3)Eternity by Sarah Biglow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eternity by Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk is the third and final book in the Captivity series. Aiden, Lorelei, and their group have made it to Sanctuary. Will they final be able to let their guard down and relax? Read this exciting book to find out. This is a quick read that I knocked out in one sitting and was worth every minute. I am actually sad to see this series end. I hope the authors delve more into other books in the same vein. I recommend reading these in order because the story is ongoing from book to book. Also, there is a build up on the characters and seeing their development. I really enjoyed this and recommend you to pick it up also.

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