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The Dysfunctional Test ~ Kelly Moran

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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.

 

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Redemption ~ Laxmi Hariharan


Title: Redemption (A Many Lives Story, Book 3)
Author: Laxmi Hariharan
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Lotus and Sun
Date of Release: March 14, 2017
Pages: 221
Format: Nook (Author)

Leana is a shifter who made one mistake in her past and now she’s paying for it. She cage fights for money to help her orphanage. Mikhail has no memory of who or what he is. What he does know, he wants Leana. Rohan is Leana human cousin who has fallen in with the wrong crowd. The book starts off with Leana in a cage match. You get a glimpse into her mindset, but as the book progresses her mindset changes and she becomes stronger. I love a strong female lead.

There are so many rich characters and elements to this story that you’ll have to read this twice to appreciate it all! There are vampires, shifters, and humans. Add to that, this book can cross so many genres. There’s mystery, thriller, romance, fantasy/sci-fi. What is awesome about this story is Ms. Hariharan gives just enough backstory without retelling previous stories. It’s easy to follow along without having to read the previous stories, however it’s written in such a way that you are intrigued in other characters… so you HAVE to read the previous books. Since I am NOTORIOUS for reading series out of order, I have some catching up to do. And it will be totally worth it!

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City of Skies ~ Farah Cook

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Title: City of Skies (ShadowIslands Saga, Book 1)
Author: Farah Cook
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Norse Myth, YA
Publisher: Lindhart Publishing Ltd
Date of Release: March 3, 2017
Pages: 264
Format: Nook (Author)

Every so often, there’s a book that comes along that has you yearning for the next installment. You wait patiently (for a year!) and when the second installment comes out, you make a weekend of it. You turn off all technology, you find a comfortable place (and position), you get your favorite snacks and drinks, and you get down to business. The ShadowIslands Saga will be that for you!

Nora is an intelligent young girl who is competitive by nature, but also has powers that she is trying to hide. Nora is badass and I don’t think we have seen the full extent of her potential/capabilities and that makes me excited for the next installment. Frederick has me wanting to know more about him. While he is complexed, he’s also mysterious. That leaves me excited! The world building and character development is absolutely stunning! It’s a futuristic Norse myth, for crying out loud!

This is a book that can easily be read in one sitting because you just need to know what happens next. The first couple of chapters are a bit slow, but not annoyingly so. This will put you in the mind of Hunger Games, The Giver,  and  Divergent, however it’s done so well that not only does it make you excited to see where this goes next, but you will also want to re-read those stories! I can’t wait for the next installment! (Click the cover to purchase!)

 

I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

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His Desire ~ Sheila Kell

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Title: His Desire (HIS Series, Book 1)
Author: Sheila Kell
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Cunningham Books
Date of Release: November 3, 2014
Pages: 212
Format: Paperback (The Romance Reviews)

There is something about a guy willing to risk everything to keep you safe. Jesse inadvertently put Kate’s life in danger, while they were both in danger of losing their hearts.

Kate is tough as nails and Jesse has a gruff exterior with a soft teddy bear interior. They balance each other very well. While they don’t agree very often on how things should be handled, both agree justice should be served. I didn’t quite predict the ending, which is awesome… but I wasn’t quite surprised by it either.

What Sheila Kell does is create a series that would be intriguing to read and find out the story of every member of HIS Protection. Would it be a long series, sure… but it would be TOTALLY worth it! (Click the cover to purchase!)

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Resisting Miss Merryweather ~ Emily Larkin

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Title: Resisting Miss Merryweather  (The Baleful Godmother, Book 2)
Author: Emily Larkin
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Self Published
Date of Release: December 5, 2016
Pages: 159
Format: Kindle (BookReview22)

Sir Barnaby committed a terrible mistake a few years ago. While regrettable, he has learned to live with it. He has carried that guilt the entire time and has deemed himself unworthy of any social contact of any kind. After a dreadful confrontation with Cosgrove in Unmasking Miss Appleby, Barnaby has practically withdrawn from society and Cosgrove wants to bring him back into the fold. Can Barnaby forget the past and be the person Cosgrove knows he can be? Or will he wallow in guilt and continue to think he’s unworthy?

Thankfully, Merry doesn’t agree with Barnaby! Merry is great at reading people and she sees right through Barnaby. Through a series of interesting events, the two are brought together in life, death, and redemption. It was a nice story about redemption and learn to forgive yourself. The writing was great, but I wasn’t as in love with this story as I was with Unmasking Miss Appleby. There are at least 2 more stories in the series and I can’t wait to read them! (Click the cover to purchase!)