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Neanderthal Seeks Human ~ Penny Reid

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Title: Neanderthal Seeks Human  (Knitting in the City, Book 1)
Author: Penny Reid
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Date of Release: March 14, 2013
Pages: 403
Format: Kindle (Amazon Purchase)

I had this book for quite some time, but I kept telling myself, “I’ll get around to reading it.” Another book comes along and I moved this to the backburner. Joining Alison Bliss’s book club gave me a reason to read it and I’m so glad this was the first selection. I’m kicking myself for putting this on the backburner.

Janie is having a pretty rough day. She finds out her entitled ex-boyfriend cheated on her, so she needs to move out; making her homeless. She mysteriously loses her job with no reason given, completing the hat trick. Just when she thought it couldn’t get any worse, the security guard escorting her out is the hot guy she watches during her lunch break. Thankfully Janie has a great support system around her. Her knitting group is getting her through this rough patch and giving sound advice, especially when it comes to Quinn, the hot security guard who is definitely more than what he seems. Watching Janie and Quinn get to know each other was refreshing. He’s the silently, but deadly type. She’s awkward and quirky and spouts trivial information when nervous. With a bat-shit crazy sister and an ex-boyfriend who refuses to let Janie go, can Janie and Quinn navigate the working world and courtship long enough to make this relationship last?

Getting to know Janie and Quinn was intriguing. Their personalities complement each other very well. The trivial knowledge she drops out randomly was interesting and it made Janie come to life. I loved her support system, a group of women who form a knitting club. The interesting part is Janie is the one member of the group who can’t knit! The story is witty, quirky and a downright good time.

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Tracking You ~ Kelly Moran


Title: Tracking You (Redwood Ridge, Book 2)
Author: Kelly Moran
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Date of Release: May 23, 2017
Pages: 250
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

For years, Gabby has always been the good girl and Flynn’s best friend. Both Gabby and Flynn are always passed over, Gabby because she’s sweet and innocent; Flynn because he’s deaf. Yet, dating each other didn’t seem to be an option. But what is awesome is the power of suggestion. Once the thought is put in your mind, it’s kinda hard to get out. The Battle Axes are playing matchmakers with some help from Brent and sparks fly!

Flynn has always had a crush on Gabby, but not wanting to lose their friendship he pushed those feelings away. Once Flynn gives in, something amazing happens. They click. They are meant for each other and everyone knows it, but when is the other shoe going to drop? The story of going from friends to dating was nicely done (with a pretty hot love scene!) The insecurities on both sides just grabbed you and refused to let you go. I was almost in tears in quite a few scenes. This may be my favorite book of the series, although I am looking forward to Drake’s story. Excuse me, I have to go reread this book! (Click the cover to purchase!)

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Wondering Sight ~ Melissa McShane


Title: Wondering Sight  (Extraordinaires, Book 2)
Author: Melissa McShane
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Historical Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: January 19, 2017
Pages: 322
Format: eBook (Publisher)

This is the second book in the series, and what I like is that it’s not a sequel to Burning Bright. It’s its own story and while it’s not technically a stand alone, it gives just enough backstory for you to keep up. This didn’t have quite the same world building as the first story, but it’s still enjoyable.

The War of 1812 is over and we meet Sophia Westlake, who has been dismissed from the British Navy under questionable circumstances, one might say. Sophia is a Seer. She doesn’t have visions, per se. She has Dreams. In the Dream in question, she saw Lord Endincott, a local popular politician, embezzling funds from the Army. He was able to disprove her Dream and he’s been tormenting Sophia ever since. She is determined more than ever to restore her reputation, but she has very few allies and one very powerful enemy. In her quest to restore her stellar reputation, she stumbles across something interesting. A counterfeit ring! Enter Mr. Rutledge. He has been keeping a close eye on Sophia from a distance. Mr. Rutledge has been tasked with ending the counterfeit ring before any further damage can be done. He’s going to need some help, but Sophia is reluctant. With each encounter with Lord Endicott, Sophia is positive he’s in charge of the counterfeit ring and is obsessed with proving it. Will Sophia get her justice, or will she become the person she hates to get revenge?

It was a nice game of cat and mouse with a hint of romance. The banter between Lord Endicott and Sophia, plus Mr. Rutledge and Sophia were great. For me, it may have been the best part of the book. It had a pretty strong storyline, it just felt like something was missing. I would very much like to see where the series goes from here. (Click the cover to purchase the book.)

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Blood Will Tell ~ Angel Nicholas


Title: Blood Will Tell
Author: Angel Nicholas
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Author
Date of Release: March 24, 2017
Pages: 271
Format: Kindle (Author)

My word! This book is amazing!!!! A 30-year-old mystery that is just waiting to be solved, a woman trying to forget her family connections, and a man trying to not repeat the same mistake from his past. This book lived up to and surpassed my expectations. Laura Nichols spent her life under the watchful of the media and public and craved a little bit of privacy. What she got instead was a barely alive mangled body and a police chief that’s too sexy for words. Nate moved from the busy city because of a mistake from his past. Not looking to repeat it, he moved to a little podunk town for a change of pace. In turn, he got Laura and an extremely crime scene. Let the mystery unfold!

In a small town where everyone knows everyone and they don’t take to outsiders very well, Laura and Nate have their work cut out for them. Someone is out to kill Laura and Nate won’t let that happen. Because of a guilty conscience, a creepy uncle, and a mysterious guy named “John”, things just keep getting more dangerous for Laura. This was an action-packed book with every chapter getting you one step closer to the killer and revealing events from Laura’s past. Blood Will Tell keeps you on the edge of your seat, greedily needing to know what happens next. Each character draws you in, having you wonder, “Is it them?” This is the first book I’ve read from Angel Nicholas, and it sure won’t be the last! (Click the cover to purchase!)

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The Dysfunctional Test ~ Kelly Moran

The Dysfunctional Test


Title: The Dysfunctional Test
Author: Kelly Moran
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Author
Date of Release: March 14, 2017
Pages: 298
Format: Kinde (Author)

Everyone has a wacky (and sometimes tacky) family, you know, the kind that can frustrate you. This is Camryn’s family. Her sister is getting married and whatever can go wrong in Camryn’s life, absolutely does… in the matter of one day! She loses her apartment, her boyfriend, and her job in a matter of hours. Going home for her sister’s wedding, without a boyfriend, spells disaster. However, Cam’s sister has a solution: find someone who can pass the dysfunctional test. The person they know will pass the test: Troy. Now to just get him on board… Troy has always viewed Camryn’s family as his own. She needs help and he’s willing to do it. Can they convince everyone they are truly in a relationship (even though it’s just a week) without losing their hearts?

This truly a romantic comedy at it’s best. This family has everything. The perfect sister, the mom who thinks you can stand to not eat that… the grandmother who feels her opinions (no matter how crass) should be heard… and the 3-year-old niece who repeats everything she hears. It creates comedy and a huge chance for romance, which Kelly does so well. There were moments where Camryn frustrated me, but I understood where she was coming from. I need this to be turned into a Hallmark movie IMMEDIATELY!!!! (Click the cover to purchase this book!)

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Arrows & Angels ~ Kristin D. Van Risseghem


Title: Arrows & Angels (Enlightened Series, Book 0)
Author: Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Kasian Publishing LLC
Date of Release: March 31, 2017
Pages: 146
Format: Kinde (Author)

My introduction to Kristin D. Van Risseghem was fantastic. This is the prequel to Swords & Stilettos (Next in line to read, thank you very much!) This is the story of Kieran, a guardian angel, who is charged with finding and protecting the special young girl who will stop a war from happening. You don’t know when the girl will be born if she isn’t already. All you know, you’re not the only one looking for her. The Devil’s minions are after her as well and they are causing a bit of mayhem. Can Kieran find her before the monsters, and will he be able to protect her?

Kristin D. Van Risseghem reminded me what it was like to get attached to characters. Kieran is an engaging character and you understand and feel all the conflict and turmoil he feels in this situation. Through Kieran, you meet some really interesting characters who you want to know more about, and hopefully are in future books. I look forward to reading the next installment! (Click the cover to purchase the book)

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Desiring Lacey ~ Erica Lynn


Title: Desiring Lacey  (Fantasies Unmasked, Book 1)
Author: Erica Lynn
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Date of Release: May, 2017
Pages: 128
Format: eBook (Author)

When you want to get out of your comfort zone, go big or go home! That’s exactly what Lacey did. It’s her first party and nervousness is expected. To take a break from the norm is quite desirable for Lacey, but it’s really hard to do when you have baggage. Cameron is simple. Everything is black and white, cut and dry. They hit it off, and we hit the ground running! If you are looking for something to keep you warm… this does the trick!

Cameron is not cocky, but he’s sure of himself. He lives a simple, yet interesting life. (I’m a little envious of him!) Lacey is shy and reserved, but she wasn’t always that way. While she still wears her heart on her sleeve, trust doesn’t come easily. Cameron works hard to break down her walls, and just as they start to tumble… her past catches up with her. Can Cameron and Lacey get past drama, a misunderstanding, and personal feelings to get the happiness they deserve?

Lacey is sweet and endearing. Cameron is utterly charming and I love them both. I would have loved for Lacey’s past to have fleshed out a bit, but hey… this series is just getting started! There is a list of awesome secondary characters that I can’t wait to get to know. GiGi, Lacey’s sister, and Stassi, Lacey’s friend are interesting characters and I’m intrigued to know their stories.

Erica Lynn writes in such a way that you don’t just feel relate to the characters, you know them. They’re your friends. When they’re happy, you’re happy. When they are miserable, you want to shake them and tell them to be happy again because they deserve it. I look forward to what happens next.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.