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The Girl and the Raven (The Girl and the Raven series) by Pauline Gruber – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Girl and The RavenThe Girl and The Raven by Pauline Gruber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Girl and the Raven by Pauline Gruber is the first book in a new YA paranormal romance series, The Girl and the Raven. Lucy is the main character and she has just discovered more than she ever could imagine about herself and her family. I really like this flawed and likable character. She comes across as realistic because she does not react to what is going on with a wealth of teenage trope attitude. Instead, she is shocked, dismayed, intrigued, and curious. I like this is not another teen story following the same storyline of many other YA paranormal stories. I was curious as to where the story was leading and want to continue reading this series. The interactions between the different factions kept me curious and I really like the characters. They are well developed and focused on the story. I look forward to reading more from this author soon.

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Mr. Nice Guy (Pierce Brothers Book 1) by Belinda Williams – Review by Sheri Schrader

Mr. Nice Guy (Pierce Brothers, #1)Mr. Nice Guy by Belinda Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mr. Nice Guy by Belinda Williams is the first book in the Pierce Brothers Book series. This is a cute, romantic read about Chelsea who has a knack for finding the awful, bad-boy boyfriend and her roommate is sick of the complaining. Chelsea doesn’t tend to give the nice guys a chance, but what happens when she does? This is a fun read that I didn’t put down until I was done. The characters of Chelsea and Tom are fun characters and I enjoyed their interactions. I also enjoyed that Tom is not a boring, nice guy but he has a frisky side also. What a way to play up just against the stereotype that if he is nice he doesn’t know how to be naughty. I enjoyed this series and look forward to reading more about the Pierce Brothers.

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Georgia Clay (Southern Promises Book 1) by KG Fletcher – Review by Sheri Schrader

Georgia Clay (Southern Promises, #1)Georgia Clay by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Georgia Clay by KG Fletcher is the first book in the Southern Promises series. I really enjoyed reading the story of a romance between a country music writer and a career-minded woman. The two seem an unlikely pair but it develops from a long night of talking to a long-distance romance. Can Georgia Clay and Katie Parker make their differences work? I liked these characters because they are not just young, beautiful, and talented but still have a realness to them. There are struggles and moments of being unsure but the two matches each other well. I read through this quickly and did not want to put it down until I finished the story. I appreciate the author putting so much of herself into the book with her knowledge of the music business in Nashville to create a realistic and engaging read. I look forward to where this series goes next and reading more from this author soon.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Sheri Schrader

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes is the fifth book in The Lord Hani Mysteries series. I recommend reading these because it helps to understand the characters and the story elements that continue from book to book. This book features a more complex series of events that ties with Hani. He is such a loyal man, and he is being forced to pick sides. I really enjoy the historical elements and how the author works a mystery and sleuthing into ancient Egypt. Also, I have enjoyed the interactions between the characters. There is always complexity in relationships when government, religion, and personal relationships merge and weave together. I look forward to reading more in this series soon.

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The Arsonist’s Handbook by L.A. Detwiler – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Arsonist's Handbook: A Gripping Psychological ThrillerThe Arsonist’s Handbook: A Gripping Psychological Thriller by L.A. Detwiler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Arsonist’s Handbook: A Gripping Psychological Thriller by L.A. Detwiler is a fiery thriller. This author was a new one for me, but I was not disappointed. This is a dark thriller with two men on different paths that are joined by one person. There are twists and turns and lots of suspenseful moments. I really enjoyed the two stories and how they interconnected. The story is well-plotted and reads quickly. I was quickly engulfed in the story and wanted to finish it in one sitting. I look forward to reading more from this author soon.

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Her Blackened Rose (The Blackened Series Book 3) by Isra Sravenheart – Review by Sheri Schrader

Her Blackened Rose (Blackened #3)Her Blackened Rose by Isra Sravenheart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her Blackened Rose is the third book in the Blackened Series by Isra Sravenheart. I highly recommend reading the series in order because the story continues throughout the books. This time the dark Lady Isra is challenged with trust and deception. Whom can she trust? Astrid and Isra are facing issues and then there is a missing man whose family blames Isra for the disappearance. In this book, the stakes are higher and there is more action and suspense to the story. I like how the series has developed and I have become more interested in Lady Isra’s story. Also, there is an interesting development of what constitutes dark and evil. Perceptions change when there is more knowledge.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing what happens with Lady Isra next.

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Her Blackened Heart (The Blackened Series Book 2) by Isra Sravenheart – Review by Sheri Schrader

Her Blackened HeartHer Blackened Heart by Isra Sravenheart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her Blackened Heart by Isra Sravenheart is the second book in the Blackened series. I recommend reading the first book before this to enjoy the book fully. The story takes us and gives us insight into the past of Lady Isra. There are battles of light and dark and of mortal and immortal. I really enjoyed the new characters and the development of Lady Isra and Astrid. I also enjoyed the development of the ongoing story and am curious as to what will happen as the series progresses. I look forward to reading the next book in this series soon.

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Her Blackened Soul (The Blackened Series Book 1) by Isra Sravenheart – Review by Sheri Schrader

Her Blackened Soul (The Blackened, #1)Her Blackened Soul by Isra Sravenheart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her Blackened Soul by Isra Sravenheart is the first book in the Blackened Series. Lady Isra is a dark witch and the primary character of this book. I enjoyed the idea of the story from the villain’s point of view. She is a dark character who has taken on powers that limits who can see her. I liked that the story is from a different view and that she is a relatable character despite being bad. The story kept me reading and wanting to know how this would work with Lady Isra and her powers. I am looking forward to reading more in this series soon.

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Shield & Shade (Ascended Guardians Book 1) by Misty Hayes – Review by Sheri Schrader

Shield & ShadeShield & Shade by Misty Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shield & Shade by Misty Hayes is the start of the Ascended Guardians series. This book is labeled as a YA story, but adults can also enjoy this. I was interested in the book blurb and was rewarded with a well-written story and characters. The author has included significant attention to detail, and it works well and does not overwhelm the reader. I fell into the story and did not want to emerge until I was done with the book. There are paranormal, romantic, fantasy, and dramatic elements to the story. I look forward to reading more from this author and series in the future.

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Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance) (Moonlit Destination Series) by Amy McKinley – Review by Sheri Schrader

Moonlit Kiss (A Venice Romance)Moonlit Kiss by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Moonlit Kiss: A Venice Romance by Amy McKinley is part of the Moonlit Destination Series. This can be read as a standalone and thoroughly enjoyed. I always enjoy a book by Amy McKinley because there is romance, suspense, intrigue, and more. This book did not let me down. I love and study art and have always dreamed of going to Venice and can relate to Gianna Bellini, the main character. She has landed a dream assignment working with a fresco but senses more to Venice than meets the eye. Opposite Gianna is Sergio Vitale, a native of Venice. Will the city of romance bring the two together? The two have to take on challenges in more than the romance department and find out if they can solve the issue with the fresco. I loved the descriptions of the city and the characters featured in the story. This book was a great excuse to stay out of the heat and read inside. I look forward to reading more from this author soon.

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