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The Prisoner of Paradise (Painted Souls Book 1) by Rob Samborn – Review by Ashley Westerman

The Prisoner of Paradise (Painted Souls, #1)The Prisoner of Paradise by Rob Samborn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amazing! I’ve never been to Venice (always dreamed about going one day) but the descriptions the author gave us made me feel like I was there! I loved all the mysteries that kept me guessing the whole time. I had a hard time putting this book down and having to do adult things! You should check this one out immediately!

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Bycatch by Alexander Blevens

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Genre – Historical, Thriller
Page Count – 233
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Rex Thompson has not spoken of the felony he committed in Vietnam for over two decades. When his ne’er-do-well sons scuttle a shrimp boat in the Biloxi Bay and drown an immigrant fisherman who had witnessed this crime, Rex is flooded with remorse but remains silent.

His secrets seem to wash away in the muddy tide until the fisherman’s daughter, Anh Truong, stumbles upon a wartime journal and confronts Rex with a tale her murdered father never told. As a dragnet encircles his sons, Rex’s life of poor choices unravels, and he must decide to continue his charade or seek mercy from those he harmed.

Bycatch is a story soaked with greed and forgiveness while Southern and Vietnamese cultures tangle on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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Alexander Blevens is an Air Force veteran and a retired orthopaedic surgeon who lives and writes in Mississippi. Originally from California, he married a “New Orleans belle” and developed a keen eye for all things Southern.

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The Prisoner of Paradise (Painted Souls Book 1) by Rob Samborn – Review by Allyson Ware

The Prisoner of Paradise (Painted Souls, #1)The Prisoner of Paradise by Rob Samborn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novel is best described, in my opinion, as interesting. The plot is not at all what I originally anticipated, but it did not disappoint. The anticipation truly kept me on edge until the very end. The only complaint I have about this book is that I could not connect with the characters. Nick is a very determined but selfish man, married to Julia who is independent yet selfless. I have no idea how these two got married and have such an amazing connection, but if Nick was my husband I would divorce him in a split second after the trip he put Julia through.

Aside from the characters, I did quite enjoy the plot. It was intense and left me guessing until the end. If you enjoy thrillers, I would recommend picking up this novel. Just because I did not connect with the characters does not mean you won’t!

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Huntress by Karina Kantas – Review by Tara Johnson Barnes

Huntress: Love and revenge entwine in this dark MC romanceHuntress: Love and revenge entwine in this dark MC romance by Karina Kantas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sofi is shocked when it is revealed that her parents were once in a biker gang before she was born. It is a side to them that she never saw and that was kept well hidden from her. As dark family secrets are revealed she is shocked to learn what a rival biker gang, The Wolves, did to her family many years ago. Sofi decides it is up to her to seek revenge on The Wolves in the only way she knows how. As a writer her pen is her weapon, and she decides to expose The Wolves for all their crimes and take them down by writing a story about them. Sofi dons a new persona as Dior and infiltrates The Wolves by dating a Wolves Member named Buzz.

Buzz is the temporary V.P. of The Wolves while his dad, Mud, the Prez, is in prison. He does not know any lifestyle other than the biker life because that is how he grew up. Dior’s initiation into The Wolves is rough but she is determined to stay the course and follow through with her revenge. Things get complicated when Dior falls hard for Buzz and sees a side of him that his biker friends do not get to experience. Buzz also finds himself falling for Dior and sees a life and world outside of the biker lifestyle that changes how he sees the lifestyle he lives. Dior finds herself enjoying the sense of camaraderie and the feeling of invincibility that comes with the biker lifestyle and starts to identify as one of The Wolves. Will Dior find herself falling hard into the biker lifestyle and give up everything else she knows to be one of The Wolves so she can be with the man she loves? Or will Buzz give up the only lifestyle he has ever known to be with the woman he loves?

This book was full of action, suspense, romance, love, lust, and bloodshed throughout which made it impossible to put down. I loved the character of Sofi, AKA Dior, and admired the courage it took for her to infiltrate a biker gang to expose the truth. I was impressed with the lengths that she went to prove her worth to the Wolves, while also being simultaneously sickened by the abuse she was subjected to. Buzz initially came across as the typical bad boy: cold, abusive and a real lady’s man. That is the kind of man that most women are not attracted to, but Dior saw through his persona and witnessed another side of him. The chemistry between Dior and Buzz was undeniable and I had to read until I knew what would become of them. Would Sofi/Dior get revenge? What would happen when the truth was revealed? Would love really conquer all? Whose lifestyle would win out? This book is a must read!

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Huntress by Karina Kantas – Review by M Policicchio

Huntress: Love and revenge entwine in this dark MC romanceHuntress: Love and revenge entwine in this dark MC romance by Karina Kantas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Sofi learns a family secret, it changes her life in ways she can not imagine. Sofi learns that the lifestyle she has always been drawn to, the biker lifestyle, is in her blood. The revelation of other family secrets lead to tragic consequences. Sofi decides to seek revenge. Sofi becomes Dior to seek her vengeance.

Buzz is the leader of an outlaw motorcycle club in London. Buzz is in this life because it is his father’s life and doesn’t know anything else. A chance meeting with Dior gives Buzz a glimpse of a life outside the biker world. Buzz isn’t sure that he can walk away but knows he wants more.

As Dior’s encounters with the MC become more intense, she has to decide if the revenge she has planned is worth herself, her soul, her life. Dior falls hard for Buzz. Is he just part of her fake world or is he something more? Will she lose everything in the process?

This book has some interesting turns. And, an unexpected ending.

This book contains mature themes and triggers.

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Huntress by Karina Kantas – Review by Jenni Bishop

Huntress: Love and revenge entwine in this dark MC romanceHuntress: Love and revenge entwine in this dark MC romance by Karina Kantas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Huntress is a raw MC thriller and a great read. It is the second book in the OUTLAW series. This is one ride you do not want to miss. This adrenaline fuelled and fast paced story is gritty and makes no apologies when dealing with this MC. Nothing is off limits. It’s ride or die time. Right up my alley.

It is a dark tangled web of a tale of love and revenge but it will have you wondering if the revenge is worth the sacrifice. With violence and danger, lies and secrets, hatred and vengeance, love and pain there is something for the most diehard MC fan.

Revenge and a pen; it is her only weapons but when trying to gain the truth it may just be her undoing.

This powerful and compelling read with have your knuckles turning white from trying to hang on as you ride with the Wolves MC.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Fallen Star (The Divine Devils Book 2) by R Weir – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book 2Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book 2 by R. Weir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an author that I have enjoyed reading from the first book I picked up by him. I never hesitate to pick up his books. I enjoy how he can use his writing skills and details to bring his stories to life. This is the second book in this series which I highly suggest reading the first book as well. This will help with your enjoyment of this author’s books and his characters. This is a well written story that has a little bit of everything in it. It is an engaging story that is hard to put down. The characters are strong and unique. They pull you into the story from the start. They make it easy and entertaining to read. They really made the story for me. The twists and turns are something you don’t want to miss. This is a great story that you don’t want to miss. I highly recommend this book and this author.

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Fallen Star (The Divine Devils Book 2) by R Weir – Review by Jenni Bishop

Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book 2: Mystery Suspense Crime ThrillerFallen Star: The Divine Devils Book 2: Mystery Suspense Crime Thriller by R Weir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fallen Star is the second book in the Divine Devils series and a fantastic crime thriller that has you on the edge of your seat. It has everything to keep the pages turning. This complex plot takes you into the bowels of darkness is full of danger and mystery, suspense and intrigue, action and violence, murder and mayhem.

This intense and thrilling tale draws the reader in and fully invested in the outcome and the characters. R Weir’s gift is definitely in this genre and I am glad to have come across his books.

Former US Marshall Hunter Divine and team are back. He makes no apologies for who he is but there is one thing you can count on and that is he will always get the job done. He is a complex and flawed man who has more baggage than a department store.

This case may help him personally and he will not walk away empty handed.

Beware once you start you will not be able to put it down. Bring on more!

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Prisoner of Paradise (Painted Souls Book 1) by Rob Samborn – Review by Savanah Schwarz

The cover is very misleading. I thought this book would be a quick smash read while reading other books. This is not the case. I love time travel books, but this is more. This is a romance in the present and the past in two different lifetimes. The story takes place in Venice where Nick and Julia visit a museum. Nick begins to hear a voice, a faint voice, calling to him, from a very well-known painting. His wife Julia, is beside herself with confusion and worry for Nick. Throw in a conspiracy and mystery, romance and time travel, and you have yourself one of the best books ever to read. The characters in this story are so easy to get attached to. I loved this book. I cannot wait to read more about them in the coming books.

The Prisoner of Paradise (Painted Souls Book 1) by Rob Samborn – Review by Tanya Wall, September 2022

The Prisoner of Paradise (Painted Souls, #1)The Prisoner of Paradise by Rob Samborn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nike and Julia head to Venice for vacation. While visiting the palace, Nick finds a painting he really likes by Tintorento. It’s intriguing because Nick hears the voice of a woman speaking from the painting. Then to make it even better, he can understand Venetian and finds he has memories of a past life.
This takes Julia and Nick into finding the story of the past which alerts the Venetian Order, who wants the eliminated from the story.
The story is full of danger and suspense and reminded me of reading Dan Brown.