A Study in Spirits by Byrd Nash is the second book in A College Fae Magic series. The author says there will be four books in the series, one for each year of school. This is a fairly short, quick read but the author accomplishes a lot in those pages. In this book Brigit has been accused of stealing answers and vandalism. With her friends she must clear her name or be expelled from school. I enjoyed the characters of Brigit and Logan as well as the secondary characters in the story. This is a nice get away from the day to day isolation from being at home giving out a bit of magic to all of us. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Marked for Death by Amy McKinley is the sixth book in the Gray Ghost series. These can be read as standalone stories but I recommend reading in order. Each has characters which carry over from story to story. This is about Keegan who is on a rescue mission in Venezuela. He has tried to not go to this country and has a past he’d like to forget. His mission is interrupted by Kara who has an overlapping mission but is not there to help him or his crew. The two met before and they quickly remember their past. This has action, adventure, and suspense with lots of romance to keep it steamy. This is a great read to get away for a bit. I also love the familiar faces of the past popping up in the story.
Red Riding Hood (Down the Rabbit Hole) Anthology has contributions from Autumn Sand (Author), Amy Allen (Author), CeeCee Elaine (Author), D.A. Stein (Author), Darlene Tallman (Author), Jess Bagnall (Author), Kay Elle Parker (Author), Laci Paige (Author), Lia Fairchild (Author), Lorah Jaiyn (Author). In these stories there is something for everyone and the genre they like to read. The stories include everything from romance, reverse harem, paranormal, and horror to name a few. A few of the authors were familiar to me while others were something new. These are quick stories and entertaining to read.
Ruby by Autumn Sand is romantic and inspiring all at once. Ruby has a lot of challenges in her life and still has so much strength to keep going. I really enjoyed this character and her story.
Cloaked by Lia Fairchild was a fantastic up to date retelling of Red Riding Hood. The main characters of Vanessa and Luke are fun to read. This is a fast paced story that I read in one sitting and left me wanting more.
Lisa: Coming of Age by KM Lowe is the first book in The Guardian Shifters series. Lisa was abandoned as a child but loves her foster parents. But like any curious person wants to know about her family. She has Marcus her best friend who understands her better than she understands herself. What she finds out will change her entire life? This is a paranormal shifter story with a bit of romance as well. I enjoyed the story from the beginning and was left wanting more of the story when it ended. I look forward to reading more about these characters and the adventures they will go on while discovering more about their destinies.
Imposter: An Ash Park Novel is book seven in this series by Meghan O’Flynn. Normally this far into a series I have fallen off or everything becomes stagnant. O’Flynn kills it with this book. Detective Petrosky is trying to get answers after someone who had been kidnapped suddenly commits suicide. Nothing is as easy as it seems. This has twists and turns which kept me on my toes while reading. Detective Petrosky is a gritty seasoned detective who has seen it all and even he is unsure of what is going on. I enjoy these books because there is a sense of urgency to get to the bottom of what is going on which a lot of crime and mysteries forget. I look forward to reading more from Meghan O’Flynn in the future.
Mountains Loved by Phoebe Alexander is the third book in the Mountains series. This is the continuation of the story of James and Sarah. The first three books have to be read in order because the story is ongoing between the three books. The pair has faced many hardships. There are times where I was tearing up and other times I wanted to strangle the characters. There is a whole range of emotions and yet I did not want to put the book down. This is a fantastic continuation of a series. I am looking forward to more of the books in the series.
Flowers in December Trilogy by Jane Suen contains the books Flowers in December, Coming Home, and Second Chance. This is a wonderful series and it is great to get it all in one set together. Flowers in December by Jane Suen is an honest, heartfelt story. Connor returns home after the death of his mother to get everything in order. He starts contemplating his life and the decisions he has made in his life. This hit home for me since I have lost a parent. There are a lot of steps that come with the loss of a close family member. As we age many of us question our decisions and where we are in life and this beautiful book caught all of that. I laughed and I teared up while reading. This book ran me through a range of emotions because of being honest and truthful.
Coming Home by Jane Suen is the sequel to Flowers in December. The story picks up with Connor returning to his childhood home for the holidays after the passing of his mother. I recommend reading the first book because it goes into the background and the characters before delving into this story. This is an emotional read and proves it is good to return home sometimes. Connor is great and I like that he is dealing with loss but also moving on with his life. Mary Ann, Dottie, and Alana are great also. I really like the story and that there were some twists to break away from the expected. The book is a quick read and relatively short but impactful.
Second Chance by Jane Suen is the third and final book in The Flowers in December Trilogy. This can be read as a standalone but I think it better enjoyed if read with the other two books. Connor and Mary Ann had parted ways but Connor is back in town. Will Mary Ann allow Connor back into her life. This is happily ever after but the two have to go over some obstacles to get there. This is a sweet small-town romance that will have you rooting for the couple to find their path together. I enjoyed the characters and the progression of their story over the course of the series.
Blood Rebellion by Nadine Travers is the first book in the Supernatural Intelligence Agency series. I picked this book up and read from beginning to end in one sitting. This has a bit of everything going for it romance, action, adventure, supernatural, and suspense. The main character Casey is really fun to read and she does not take crap from anyone. What I liked was the introduction of characters to Casey and her mission. She is having to work out who is really there to help and who is running their own agenda. Also, I like the take on vampire affairs and how it works in this world Travers has created. I look forward to reading more in this series to see where it goes.
Mountains Series Boxed Set: Books 1-3 by Phoebe Alexander is a great deal. I am just getting started on the third book in this series but have to let you know you will not be disappointed. Mountains Wanted by Phoebe Alexander is the first in the Mountains Series books. The first three books in the series are a continuing storyline so you will want to read those in order. The story is about Dr. Sarah Lynde, a single mom, looking for her next friend with benefits. Army First Sergeant James McAllister is looking for the same because he doesn’t know when he will be deployed next. The two of them meet and the steam begins to rise. Despite wanting other people are they the right match for each other?
This is a good read that I read quickly. The story leaves off for the next book so I am looking forward to where the story goes after this book. The characters are interesting and I liked some right off and others I found to like more as I got to read more about them. There are some background characters who are also interesting. I like the story because these are not perfect people but each has its own flaws and problems they bring to the relationship. Unlike other romances, this has some reality brought to the table with this feature. I look forward to seeing where this story goes.
Mountains Climbed by Phoebe Alexander is the second book in the Mountains series. You have to read these in order because the story continues from book to book. With an ending like the first book, I was ready to dive into this read. The story picks up with Sarah trying to move on while James is deployed. Will the two of them find each other and the timing be right? You have to read this story to find out. I always enjoy a happily ever after but I also enjoy a story with realism. Relationships are not always easy and don’t always work the way we hope. This series has two realistic imperfect, perfect people. I really am looking forward to the third book in this series.
I am in the midst of reading the third book and am eagerly looking forward to the rest of the series.
Forget Nico: Falling For The Wrong Italian by Gaia B Amman’s is the third book in The Italian Saga and the first in the Italian Teens series. Leda is a typical teen girl and this is a continuation of her story. What happens when she catches the attention of Alex? Does she have to forget Nico? Amman handles the characters with honesty and humor. Even though set in Italy this story is relatable to anyone who has handled teen strife. I really enjoy these stories and this can even be read as a standalone. I look forward to reading more of Leda’s adventures and seeing her life through the Italian lens.