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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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Light of Dawn (The Crucible Series Book 2) by Angela Colsin – Review by Sheri Schrader

Light of Dawn (The Crucible Series Book 2)Light of Dawn by Angela Colsin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Light of Dawn by Angela Colsin is the second book in The Crucible series. This is a standalone book which is great because I had not read the first book in the series. I will now go back and read the first one because I enjoyed this one so much. This is the story of a draconian mercenary, Ulric Dra’Kai, who is in search of a curse box. Charlotte Mulligan is brought into his life, by way of advice to Ulric. Charlotte is stubborn and smart. She has not only caught the eye of Ulric but possibly his heart.
As well as looking for the box, Ulric is searching for his destine mate. Lots of adventures ensue with Ulric trying to protect Charlotte while on the hunt for the curse box. As they are drawn together Ulric worries how she could be his mate. He is immortal and his mate should be immortal also. There is something different about Charlotte and gives Ulric hope for her continuing in his life past this mission. The two of them go against vampires who are hunting Charlotte while trying to keep the curse box and Charlotte safe.
I enjoyed this story. A steamy romance, vampires, supernatural, and more. This was a great balance of story, action, and romance. I was drawn into the story quickly and looked forward to reading to learn more about the story of Ulric and Charlotte. I look forward to reading more from this author and from this series.

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Juniper Smoke by Sadia Ash – Review by Sheri Schrader

Juniper SmokeJuniper Smoke by Sadia Ash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Juniper Smoke Part I and Part II by Sadia Ash is a story full of romance, twists, turns, and passion. The story is about Juniper Mills who is a junior curator at the museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kyle Paxton is a tech wiz from San Francisco. The two meet at a gala for the museum Juniper works. Juniper is a smart, sassy curator who puts her family and work ahead of her life. Kyle is tall, dark, and handsome. One would not put the two together, but immediately there are sparks between them after Kyle rescues Juniper. Kyle makes a proposal to Juniper that challenges her way of thinking about relationships. I enjoyed that Juniper was old fashioned and not into the hookup scene. Kyle, on the other hand, is modern and plans each relationship with mechanical precision as he does the rest of his business and personal life. What will become the two of them who live a world apart?
I absolutely loved this book. Finally, a female character is who is smart, hardworking, loyal to her family but also kind and a bit innocent. I was leery of Kyle’s character but grew to admire and like him also. I kept rooting for the two of them to find their common ground and be a couple. They are thrown challenges as they are trying to learn about one another. The twists and turns are fantastic. I could not believe I was done when I finished and am looking to the next part of the story.
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Skypunch (Ascenders #2) by C.L. Gaber – Review by Sheri Schrader

Skypunch (Ascenders #2)Skypunch by C.L. Gaber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Ascenders: Skypunch” by C.L. Gaber is the second book in the Ascenders series. This book continues the adventures of Walker Callahan and Daniel Reid in the Realm. They have returned from the living world after realm jumping but now must face their punishment. Without giving too much away, they are given a deal by the Higher Authority. Will they fulfill the challenge or back out?
This book continues with many of the characters we enjoyed in the first book, plus introduces some new characters also. I enjoyed the continued development of Walker, Daniel, and the Reid family. Also, their friends from the Academy such as Iz, Bertha, and Tosh. We are introduced to the students of Freak U. such as the Claires and Tor and revisited by the Wargo boys from ITT. I especially enjoy the special teachers, members of the Higher Authority, and other members of the faculties involved with the various schools.
I loved that the second book picks up right where the first one left off. Keep this in mind and read the first book first. I’m sure it could be read as a standalone but would not be as suspenseful. The development of the characters and the concept of the Realm is different and entertaining. The story is original and different. What a concept that teens who pass too soon have a chance to continue their stories. I was excited after the first book still is after reading the second book. I cannot wait to see where the story continues.

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Ascenders-High School for the Recently Departed (Ascenders, #1) by C.L. Gaber – Review by Sheri Schrader

High School for the Recently Departed (Ascenders #1)High School for the Recently Departed by C.L. Gaber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed by C.L. Gaber is the start of the Ascenders Saga. This is an interesting paranormal young adult book. The idea is new and interesting and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. The story is about the recently departed Walker Callahan. She is now attending high school in the Realm. This is where teens go when they pass away. Life continues for them and they must keep going to school and learning.
Once at the school Walker meets Daniel Reid, who passed with his siblings in an accident. His mission in life is going back to rescue his baby brother who did not make it to the Realm but is caught as an Earth bound spirit. The Realm is a place of almost no rules. The only rule in the Realm is that you cannot go back to earth. How will Daniel get around the rules? Will Walker take this path with her new love Daniel?
I really enjoyed the new concept and look forward to where this series will go. The addition of deceased celebrities as the faculty was a fun addition. Where else do you have class with Kurt, Heath, Steve, Julia or school counselors George or Miss Elizabeth? Also the concept of teens being able to keep progressing is a nice concept especially when you consider how many have a life cut short by an accident or illness.
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The Reader by M.K. Harkins – Review by Sheri Schrader

The ReaderThe Reader by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Reader by MK Harkins is not your typical YA read. This is a mix of paranormal and suspense. The story is about Ann, who is fantastically feisty and smart. She wakes up alone on the beach in the Pacific Northwest with no memory. She has been shot and doesn’t remember a thing about herself or the life she lives. In walks two young men, Devon and Archer, who claim she knows them. She does not remember them. Should she trust what they say?
Suddenly she has to believe their story for the safety of their lives. She goes with them to a remote, mountain location. There she meets people she did not even know existed. These people claim to be mind-readers and she is supposed to be one of them. Not only one of them but The Lost One.
The story is fantastic and takes all sort of twists and turns. The people turn against one another. Can civilization be saved? Can the people find a way to unite? I enjoyed this book because although set in a different setting tackles matters that are currently relevant. Can people learn to live together peacefully despite their differences? I was instantly taken with the character of Ann. She is a strong, opinionated, feisty female. I would have loved to have had more background into the characters, but ultimately enjoyed this book. It is a fun fast-paced read for any age with lots of twists and turns and interesting characters.
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First Kill (Heaven Sent #1) by Mary Abshire – Review by Sheri Schrader

First Kill (Heaven Sent #1)First Kill by Mary Abshire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First Kill by Mary Abshire is the first in the Heaven Sent series. The story is a paranormal romance. Andrew is an angel that is sent from heaven to kill demons on earth for punishment for his sexual promiscuity. Emily is on the run and finds Andrew in the middle of the road. Can the two of them be helpful to one another?
Andrew has demons to kill while abstaining from sex or his time on Earth will be extended. Emily is running from her problems. The two of them go on the adventure of their lives while learning to trust a stranger. Will Emily eventually learn to trust Andrew? Can she accept that he is actually an angel and that he is on a mission to kill demons?
The story is well paced and left me wanting to read the next adventure. Andrew is funny with his comparisons about Heaven and Earth. Emily is a sweet, well-meaning young lady who has had some tough luck. I was rooting for both of them to succeed and come closer, but not too close. I am anxious in seeing where their story progresses.

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