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Frost Bitten (The Portal Prophecies, #3) by C.A. King – Review by Sheri Schrader

Frost Bitten (The Portal Prophecies, #3)Frost Bitten by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Portal Prophecies: Frost Bitten is written by C.A. King. This is the third book in the series. These books are best read in order because I do not see them as standalone or out of order type of books. The story picks up where book two left off in the adventures of Willow and her friends. This time Willow and gang are up for a new challenge and learning more about themselves. The call has come and they are needing to help. This story is a Christmas/Winter theme. I enjoy how each new story is a new challenge and process for Willow and her gang. Also, that each story has a different season or theme involved.
Everyone is turning against Willow and her friends. Can they help Lance and survive King Cornelius’ wrath all at once? As their world and experiences are expanding so are their obligations and chances for conflict. I enjoyed this story and am getting pulled in deeper to the world that C.A. King has created for Willow and all the different characters. Willow is fun, strong, and adventurous. She has grown since the first book and so have her friends. They are learning quickly but are also challenged at every turn. I enjoy that they have some tough decisions and must weigh the consequences of their actions.
This is not a series for people who want a simple, boring story. Each book takes the reader on a different adventure. I am glad that there are more books in this series and look forward to reading them.

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Intoxication (Blue Line, #3) by Brandy Ayers – Review by Sheri Schrader

Intoxication (Blue Line, #3)Intoxication by Brandy Ayers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Intoxication by Brandy Ayers is the third book in the Blue Line Series. This is a standalone book but in my opinion, is better enjoyed if the rest of the series is read. The story is about Police Chief Jon Gallo and Camille Artiga. Chief Gallo has dedicated his life to serving and protecting Middleburg. Now he is combating an ever-growing drug ring that has made its way into his town. Upon meeting Camille Artiga, Gallo realizes his life is going to change. She has been pulled into a life of crime and drugs and forced to give up her dream of medical school. Gallo helps her when she is left for dead. Can the two overcome all the odds against them?
I have enjoyed this series and certainly was happy to see a book about Chief Gallo. He is kind, compassionate but knows how to take care of business. He cares about his family, his officers, and the town he protects. Has he finally found his someone special? Camille is tough and innocent all at the same time. She has been used by those she has trusted and finds it hard to trust. Somehow she feels a security with Gallo that she hasn’t felt in a long time.
This has a HEA but is well worth it. I always enjoy Ayers books and this one as well. She has great characters and good story lines. The books are fun to read and are a nice break away from some of the seriousness of the world. We all need more happy endings.

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Omorrow (Ascenders #3) by C.L. Gaber – Review by Sheri Schrader

Omorrow (Ascenders #3)Omorrow by C.L. Gaber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ascenders: Omorrow by CL Gaber is the third book in the Ascenders Saga series. I was so excited to get to read because I enjoyed the first two books in the series. The story picks up where book two left off. This is a YA fantasy, adventure story. Walker Calllaghan and Daniel Reid are teens who have passed away and have found themselves living in the Midst. The two with several other teens have been sent on a mission to the living world of various decades to find the hidden writings of Albert Einstein. If they can accomplish this task without being killed and erased from all time the treasure will change life for the living and the dead.
The characters are fun and everyone has a purpose in the story. There are popular kids, the geeks, the misfits, and more. This is a great reminder that someone might not fit in but they have a place and a function in society. Walker is strong, independent and coming into her own as the books progress. She has found her strength and become a strong leader. Daniel is strong and the silent one. He is the unspoken guardian to his siblings who passed away with him in an accident. Also, there are many others in on this challenge. I enjoy the references to history and cultural/historical figures that pop up in the Midst. Gaber gives enough of a description so you know who the reference is even without the full name. I look forward to reading more of CL Gaber’s books in the future.

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The Spark (The Carolina Connections, #2) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Spark (The Carolina Connections #2)The Spark by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Spark by Sylvie Stewart is the second book in the Carolina Connections Series. This is a standalone book but is better enjoyed after reading the first book, since characters are introduced in the first book. The story is about the fun, vivacious Fiona Pierce and the known manwhore Mark Beckett. Fiona is spunky, fashionable, and a force of one. She is a great friend, daughter, and an ok employee, but something is always lingering in the back of her mind. Mark is a great son, brother, employee, but does not have any complications in his relationships. The two are brought into a situation that will take a bunch of willpower not to kill one another but for the greater good of helping someone close to Mark. Will there be a spark between the two?
Fiona is fantastic. She has a mouth that does not know when to stay shut but she is devoted to those close to her. Mark is incredibly sexy and does not know how to deal with “shortcake” aka Fiona. I enjoyed the playful verbal sparring between the two characters and the interactions between all the characters. I was happy to read this after enjoying the first book so much already. The story is fun and flirtatious and was a quick read. The characters are well described and become a life of their own. I was anxious to see if they could overcome their personal obstacles. I now look forward to reading the third book in the series.

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The Lucky One (Carolina Connections # 3) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Lucky One (Carolina Connections # 3)The Lucky One by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lucky One by Sylvie Stewart is the third book in the Carolina Connections Series. I was anxious to get to this book since I enjoyed the first two so much. For those who have not read the first two, great news this is a standalone book also. I recommend reading the others so that you have some history with the characters but that is not necessary to enjoy the book. This story is about Bailey and Jake. Bailey is beautiful but is very much a tomboy. She works for her family’s construction business. She holds her own against men and find that she can relate to them well. Jake has just made his way back to his hometown. He is into landscaping but that is not how the two meet. At a wedding, Bailey’s brother’s to be exact, she is feeling very womanly in a dress and heals. She catches the attention of Jake and the story takes off from there.
This is a HEA story like the others in the series but despite the predictable ending is fun to enjoy the ride. The characters are fun but realistic. Bailey is against “girly” things but realizes that she also can enjoy being a bit girly at times. Jake is fun and a challenge against everything Bailey thought she knew. The story reminds us that you never know where your someone special will be. It could be someone you know or someone new. We just have to let our guard down and enjoy the journey.

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Road-Tripped (Ad Agency #1) by Nicole Archer – Review by Sheri Schrader

Road-Tripped (Ad Agency #1)Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Road-tripped by Nicole Archer is the first in the Ad Agency Series. The story is about copywriter Callie Murphy and Shimura’s advertising manwhore Walker Rhodes. The two have ended up on a cross-country trip in an RV for a client’s ad campaign. Callie is brash, has a bad attitude, and does not like Walker or his good looks. Walker thinks that this will be the trip from hell versus time to find his passion for photography again. Can the two get along and survive for the two-month trip?
The characters are great in this story. Callie is small but fierce. She has been hurt in the past and does not want to let anyone in especially Walker. Walker is handsome and a Southern gentleman. All the women love being around him. Is there more to Walker than Callie can see? The development of the characters is good and reminds us not to judge a book by its cover, or a person. I could relate to Callie and her having to deal with people after her past experiences. Walker is great and is artistic and fun.
The two are fun and engaging. I enjoyed the story and could not put it down, while led to a long night. Ms. Archer pulled me into a fun story and I look forward to reading the next books in the series. After reading the book I want to take a cross-country road trip myself to see what all the fun is about.

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Head-Tripped (Ad Agency #2) by Nicole Archer – Review by Sheri Schrader

Head-Tripped (Ad Agency #2)Head-Tripped by Nicole Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Head-tripped by Nicole Archer is the second in the Ad Agency Series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. This story is about violinist, Effie Murphy and Elias aka “El Love”, a rock star. Effie has moved to New York City to rebuild her life. She is having a tough go of it. While doing a favor for a friend she runs into Elias. She has no idea who he is, even though he is a well-known rock star. Something about Effie catches his attention and he is intrigued by her.
After a fantastic weekend of music writing with Effie, Elias must leave town. His band is going on tour in Europe and he knows that he will not be seeing Effie again. When the two cross paths again the sparks are lit. Some of the characters are from the first book in the series so if you read the first book the reappearance of characters will be even more enjoyable.
I was so excited to get my hands on this book. The characters are fun and sexy. I felt for Effie as she must make tough decisions. Elias is great and very human. He is realistic and struggling with how to handle his relationship with Effie and stardom. I could not wait to find out how they would handle all the challenges of love and Elias’s rock stardom. I tore through it as quickly as the first book. I look forward to reading more of Nicole Archer’s books.

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12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla – Review by Sheri Schrader

12 Hours in Paradise12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla is a young adult romance. This is my first time reading this author and it was a pleasant surprise. This is the story of Dorothy Patmont and Arash Atkinson. Both are in Hawaii and bump into one another thanks to Chester, Dorothy’s brother. It is Dorothy’s last day in Hawaii and Arash is there for a school trip. Her and Arash decide to sneak out of their rooms and meet up to talk and have a romantic adventure.
This is a sweet story of two good teens. They both understand that by sneaking out they are risking getting in trouble. The longer the evening goes the greater the risk of being caught. The two decide to use an app that promises love if they answer thirty-six questions together. The challenge will they finish the questions before getting caught.
The two of them are cute, sweet, and young. The story reminds us you never know when you will meet your love. Also, that one should be open minded. Arash was not the first boy she spotted, but he was the friend. We might not see someone as being perfect for us at the beginning but once the layers are stripped down and we get to know the real person everything can change.
I would recommend this to anyone who needs an uplifting story. I enjoyed the story and longed to find out if the two will finish the questions or will be caught out.

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Unwilling (Unwilling #1) by K.D. Wood – Review by Sheri Schrader

Unwilling (Unwilling #1)Unwilling by K.D. Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unwilling by K.D. Wood is the first book in a new series. I thought that this would be the typical teenage romance with someone trying to break up the couple and some adventure. I was so wrong! This book totally took me by surprise. A huge surprise that I am still reeling from. The story is about Neely McIntire and Hayden Nelson. The two are graduating and have been friends their entire lives. The challenge is that both are in love with one another and they haven’t admitted their feelings to each other. Neely is confused about what to do concerning Hayden. At their graduation party, Andrew Huckley, Neely’s admirer, grabs Neely’s attention. This is the start of the craziness to ensue.
Let me just say that Neely has been having dreams that prophesied the events to happen but has never known what to make of them. I will not go into more detail because I do not want to wreck the story for anyone. Also it would take a lot to explain all the events that happen to everyone. This is was a great surprise of a book, which is rare for me. I was shocked and drawn into the story. I didn’t want to put it down. The characters were well developed and again the storyline was fantastic. There was romance, adventure, paranormal, and suspense. I highly recommend this and am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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The Fix (The Carolina Connections #1) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Fix (The Carolina Connections #1)The Fix by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Fix by Sylvie Stewart is the first book in the Caroline Connections series. This is a fun, romantic novel about Laney Monroe and Nate Murphy. Laney is a 25-year-old single mom trying to balance work, being a mom, and helping her immature brother. Nate has moved back to town to help at his family’s construction business. The two meet when her brother finally decides to go out and get a job. Little does Laney know that her brother getting a job would be such a great decision for her love life as well.
Laney has so much going on in her life except a love life. She is relatable on many levels. She is trying to do the best with what life has given her and be a good mom at the same time. Her brother lives with her since her parents moved out of town. He’s finally got her hints to go out and get a job. In her neighborhood, there is new construction and come to find out it is being built by her brother’s new employer. What will happen when life brings Nate and Laney together?
This is a fun, sexy novel with some great characters. The topics of how to balance family, work, and love is a such a relatable, realistic theme. This is a hard balance to find and sometimes opportunities arise when we least expect them. I enjoyed that the characters had to make decisions that were real and can have a long-term effect on themselves and others in their lives. I am looking forward to reading the second novel by the author.

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