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The Only Exception ~ Jennifer Mancini

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I received this book from Book Review 22 in exchange for an honest review.

I’m torn between whether I like the story or not. I’m not indifferent to it. There were parts that I enjoyed, but not many. It was a quick read, which helped. It’s also a part of a series, which I wasn’t aware of that when I chose the book. I don’t think it affected how much I liked the book, but everything just seemed so rushed.

The plus side, I found Dante to be absolutely charming and Olivia to be interesting. I was interested to see where her story would go, there isn’t much detail there. My guess is you have to get book 4 to find that out. I didn’t love, but I didn’t hate either.

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Clockwork Menagerie ~ Karen Kincy

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Title: Clockwork Menagerie
Author: Karen Kincy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Shakera

What a dangerous time to be alive! In 1914 Russia where practically everything is illegal, two men are shipped off to do a little recon work. Their chemistry is quite wonderful. Konstantin has an innocence and naiveté to him, while Himmel has a sultry, “Devil may care” way about him. Together they must stop the evil Countess and her magic and ignore their attraction to each other.

I didn’t know when requesting this book, it’s a part of a series (book 2.5 to be exact). I don’t regret choosing this story. It was a quaint story with two endearing lead characters. There were moments when I chuckled to myself and moments when I teared up. In the end, it’s a story about what can happen when you follow your gut… and your heart. I look forward to starting this series from the beginning!

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Luc ~ J. M. Stewart

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Title: Luc
Author: J.M. Stewart
Review Rating: 4
Reviewed by: Shakera

When is it considered appropriate to move on when the person you made a vow to spend the rest of your life with passes away? Your spouse would want you to move on, to be happy, right?

That is what Liz and Luc are battling and J.M. Stewart perfectly captures that. Ms. Stewart beautifully captures the internal battle within Liz as she tries to move on, without the guilt. Luc is battling the same problem… but in different ways. They see in each other what they never had with their significant other. While they loved their significant other, neither one was ignited by the passion they feel for each other.

The characters, while well developed, aren’t terribly complex. It was a quick read and heartfelt. It was well written with a steady pace. Perfect for anyone who wants a quick romantic read.

I received a copy from The Romance Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

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Touch of Iron ~ Timandra Whitecastle

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Title: Touch of Iron
Author: Timandra Whitecastle
Series: YES! Book 1 of The Living Blade
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Shakera

Can a review be started with “Holy shit!” Wow! This book was amazing! Touch of Iron was everything I expected and more. The plot was fast paced and full of history and legend of this fantasy country with well developed and interesting characters. Nora is a kickass heroine. She’s tough, funny and definitely smarter than anyone gives her credit for. At the same time… she’s spontaneous, careless and at times reckless. As Nora follows her twin brother, Owen, to help the fallen prince, Bashan, find the Living Blade to regain his kingdom, she meets an interesting group of men and danger at every turn.

One of the most interesting in the group is half-human, half-wight Master Diaz. I love everything about him. He is a warrior, a teacher, a gentleman and an outcast. His duty is to protect the innocent and guide the lost. Nora just happens to be both. However, Nora has a major part to play with the Living Blade. Both Master Diaz and Nora have demons they need to battle from their past and an internal battle of what is right and what is wrong versus what needs to be done. With all this going on, Nora must determine who can and can’t trust.

Every page was a page-turner full of excitement and curiosity, history and action, characters to love and hate. The story is compelling and I can’t wait for the second installment!

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Wicked ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Wicked
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Yes
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewer: Shakera

I’m a bit torn about this story.(No pun intended as Torn is the name of the next book in the series). This was a bit better than meh, but not outstanding. Ivy is a part of the Order that protects humans against the Fae. Ren is a transfer from Colorado and very mysterious. Together, they must find the person who is betraying the Order to the Fae, who wants to open the gates to come through to the human world. The story takes place in lovely New Orleans. Ms. Armentrout paints a vivid picture of the city. So if you’ve been there, you have huge amounts of references as to every part of town Ivy and Ren travel to.

While the story itself was entertaining, the dialogue was a bit weird. Some of the things Ren would say to Ivy felt a bit awkward because no one speaks that way in normal conversation. So while the dialogue was a bit off-putting, it didn’t stop me from reading the rest of the book. There are a few supporting characters that have the potential to steal the show! My favorite is Tink, who is obsessed with Harry Potter! Tink can have you in stitches!

I can see why there were such rave reviews and 5 star ratings, for me this was just a bit short. It doesn’t stop me from wanting to read Torn. In fact, I look forward to it!

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The Forest Feast Gathering ~ Erin Gleeson

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Title: The Forest Feast Gatherings
Author: Erin Gleeson
Review Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Shakera

This is quite possibly the shortest review I’ve ever written, but this book (to me) is pretty awesome. It helps people like me who aren’t that creative and it takes some pressure off you!

This is more than just a cookbook! It provides you with ideas and DIYs of place settings while proving great menus. Some of the recipes can easily be made for vegans (THERE’S A VEGAN MENU!!!!!! fist pump pelvic thrust) Each recipe is easy to make with very little prep time. Highly recommend!

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Winter’s Path ~ Kelly Moran

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Title: Winter’s Path
Author: Kelly Moran
Series: YES! Book 2 of Seasmoke Friends
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Shakera

Often times, in most books, when a relationship ends you follow the life of the heroine/hero. In this case, you follow Matt… after his relationship to Summer comes to the inevitable end. Matt makes a transition in his life that brings him to his best friend, Jenny. Both with horrors in their past, believe they are unworthy of love. It could not be further from the truth.

What I love about this story is what I loved about “Summer’s Road“. Kelly seamlessly weaves the past and the present together and it tugs at your heartstrings. I was maybe 3 chapters before I was in tears. If I thought I liked “Summer’s Road”, then I LOVE “Winter’s Path”. Beautifully written with flawed, yet vulnerable characters. The next installment (God, I hope there is one!) cannot come soon enough!