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Keeping You, By Mollie Blake (Review by Minette Lauren)

Keeping You: A Cheshire Love Story (Cheshire Love Stories Book 3)

In Mollie Blake’s, Keeping You, innocent Suzy Harper is working in a bookstore advertising her skills as a freelance Translator. When stumbling into rich and handsome , Lawrence Bane, she is awed by the literal man of her dreams. He hires her to work for him at his impressive opulent home, The Sway, where he begins his intense perusal of Suzy’s innocence. This quaint British story is ooh-la-la and the heat level is smoldering hot! The author sets the tone when she mentions that no men were harmed in the writing of her story. A bit of bondage takes the stage in some of the steamy bedroom scenes, but consent is always clear for the reader. Behind the sexy tone of this erotic story, is a plot involving Lawrence’s not so innocent past. There is never a dull moment while he tries to straighten out the roadblocks in his life. Can he maintain his freedom and hold onto the only woman he has ever loved? This book is for the readers who love a strong male presence and a lot of sexy scenes. (Leave your prude cap at the door.)

Review: Gypsy Souls, a book by Tonya Royston

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Gypsy Souls is the second book in the Gypsy Magic trilogy and it doesn’t miss a beast when it comes to mystic intrigue, handsome high school heart throbs and of course, witchcraft. Tonya Royston, has done it again. This entertaining web of mystery, that lies around this small Northeastern town, is covering up a secret coven of witches living there as ordinary citizens. Surprised that she is one of them, eighteen-year-old, Gracyn, is new to the area and trying to get her head wrapped around her new witchy status. Doing the normal teenage things and torn between the ever mysterious, Lucien, and smart, rocker boyfriend, Alex, Gracyn tries to balance the events surrounding her while seeking more from her guardian, Becca. But don’t think this is the end of all the excitement. If you read the book, you know that your in for all three books to learn the answers. If you like stories about witches and most of all, horses, then you will love this fabulous coming of age YA paranormal…even if you are grown;-)

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Review: Mist

As a reader, I am guilty of choosing a book by its cover. After seeing the cover of Ruby, by Emily Mims, I decided to check out a sample. Realizing that it was a series, I decided to start on book one, Mist, during my vacation to Greece. I love to read everything, but a warm romance laced with some of my own bluegrass roots sounded like the perfect beach read. Emily Mims did not disappoint. Her characters were warm and funny, with real southern dialect, and her background in music leant reality to the main plot. She worked out a mystery that kept me in the story, which I finished reading in about three sittings. The Mist offers steamy romance, musical entertainment and a promise of more to come.

Roller Coaster of a Read!

The world Carr has created is wildly imaginative and completely believable. Jenn’s mad scientist roomie is experimenting and, unfortunately, Jenn becomes a variable. She is transported via funky rock to another dimension where she’s given a choice: die or be reconstructed (add AI unit and vigorously stir) to help a god. Not much of a choice, to be sure. *takes deep breath* And then things really get crazy. Jenn ends up in a beast world—think Planet of the Apes, but a lot more diversity than gorillas, orangs and chimps. One of my favorite things about The Download is the way the characters evolve. I love that the AI (Artificial Intelligence, I know, I know, you knew) unit doesn’t remain static, CALA changes and is as much a character as the flesh and blood ones. If you love a rollicking tale that makes you think, I strongly recommend this book.

Review: Wickwythe Hall

Wickwythe Hall

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Wickwythe Hall, by Judithe Little is an amazing story set during WWII. The collection of real and fictional characters weave emotion and tactical maneuvers into a compelling story about surviving Hitler’s siege. I felt like I was watching an old black and white film, starring Katherine Hepburn as Marbry. I love the rich history woven into the novel along with the very real dialogue. The author does a wonderful job of combining the thoughts and movements of her characters, and is careful to balance the fictional love story with the actual history of WWII. If you love Doctor Zhivago, you will love Little’s smooth flowing tale of a Virginia heiress, a champagne businessman, a French refugee and so much more.

A Hot & Nerdy Romance Comedy

I’m typically not a big reader of romances unless they’re funny and this book delivered big time. Ella Menza’s life has been grounded in politeness and following all the rules. Unfortunately, others take advantage of her good-naturedness. Self-centered Burton, her fiancée is, as Janet, a favorite co-worker aptly describes him, “a cold fish.” Her mother, the Professor, who reminded me a lot of Leonard’s mom on the Big Bang Theory, belittles and embarrasses her. She finds her job as a copywriter unfulfilling. Ella Menza has been a doormat for too long and has had enough.

The book immediately illustrates Ella’s temperament when she needs to leave work for her bridal shower but can’t bring herself to be rude to a co-worker. Ella arrives late and things go downhill from there. The book is atypical because it has several POVs, instead of the traditional heroine only or the POV bouncing back and forth between the hero and heroine. I enjoy multiple POVs, so this was a plus for me. It was refreshing to read about characters who have flaws instead of too perfect ones. Ronnie, Ella’s bestie’s auto-corrected curse words and her wild card behavior made me giggle. A host of quirky characters whirl through the revolving doors of Ella’s life.

One POV was Eddie’s, the brother of Ella’s love interest. I thought it was odd at first, but I would have found him a much more unsympathetic individual without getting a glimpse into his thoughts and at the end of the book, a sequel is alluded to involving Eddie and Ronnie. I love EM Kaplan’s Josie Tucker series and look forward to seeing what the author has in store for the bro and the bff in book 2.

Don’t miss the release date May 24th!

 

Survival isn’t guaranteed…

Years ago, dark magicians opened a dimension to another world and unleashed a new power on the earth. Governments toppled, millions died, and magicians became earth’s most feared predator.

After rescuing her younger sister from the clutches of the coven, twenty-four-year-old Becca discovers her enemies have left an unholy gift behind−a demon bound to her sister’s soul. On the run from Ryma and his twisted coven, Becca joins forces with her best friend, Caleb, and a pyromancer who tempts her untrusting heart.

Desperate to protect her sister and her friends, Becca finds temporary safety with a rogue faction she’s not sure she can trust. As war looms on the horizon, Becca is forced to pick sides in a game where survival isn’t guaranteed.

 

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Some sacrifices cost more than death…

Thirty years ago, dark magicians unleashed new power on the earth fueled by demons. Governments toppled, millions died and magicians ended up on top of the food chain.

Twenty-four-year-old Becca survives these dangerous times by relying on her wits, her fists, and the limited goodwill of her boss, a local crime lord. When news comes of a fire back home and the family she left behind dead, she realizes her dark past has finally caught up to her.

On the hunt for her missing sister, she must rely on Darion, a treacherous ex-boyfriend with ties to the local coven for back-up. Problem is he’s a pyromancer that can’t be trusted, especially with her heart. Becca’s forced to navigate a dangerous web of deceit and must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save her sister.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/DeAnna-Browne/e/B074L9BH72

Review of Halloween Hijinks By Kathi Daley

Halloween Hijinks (Zoe Donovan Mystery #1) by Kathi Daley

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love a good mystery, so of course, I had to get this book. The main character, Zoe Donovan, has many characteristics I admire. She is an animal-lover who fights to find a forever home for every stray and nurtures every hurt or needy wild animal. She has a good heart, and, despite having a busy job as an animal control officer, is one of the first to aid those who need help. Mysteries fascinate her and she is eager to seek out clues.

Since this was the first of a series, much time was taken to introduce the main characters. Zoe has two close friends she has known since they were kids, Ellie and Levi. Levi has his hands full with training the high school football players for a game against one of their biggest rivals. Ellie and her mother run a bakery. Thrown into the mix is Zak, Zoe’s nemesis starting back in seventh grade. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and Zoe makes a couple of surprising discoveries about her nearest and dearest. When a dead body is found, Zoe is determined to root out the perpetrator.

I read a wide variety of books including some very gritty, explicit crime novels, but sometimes I’m in the mood for something sweet. Halloween Hijinks is a clean, cozy mystery that was exactly what I craved, a sweet whodunnit with little violence and sexual content.

Death Promise

Death Promise

 

Action, romance strung along by a murder mystery. The stakes are high and the heat level is super hot between Daniel and Michelle. This couple isn’t new to attraction, but after giving up on love once before, there is no way Michelle will fall for the handsome doctor again. Pulled together by a investigative issue, the couple rolls the story to the glam of Las Vegas and focuses on Daniel’s long-lost teenage half sister. Never a dull moment between the casinos and brothel scenes. If you like action and romance, don’t miss, Death Promise.