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Puppy Love ~ Kelly Moran

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Title: Puppy Love (Redwood Ridge, Book 1)
Author: Kelly Moran
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Comedy
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Date of Release: February 21, 2017
Pages: Unknown
Format: Kindle (Author)

Welcome to Redwood Ridge where everyone knows everyone and everything about you. Fresh from a divorce, Avery Stowe decided to move her daughter, Hailey, to Oregon to be closer to her mom. She never thought she would meet someone like Dr. Cade O’Grady, one of the local veterinarians who own his practice with his two brothers, Flynn and Drake. They get off to a rocky start due to a misunderstanding, but eventually, they warm to each other. Avery starts to work for the clinic, and she gets a job at the clinic. She’s not accustomed to people being so helpful, especially when it comes to Hailey, who is autistic.  Throughout this story, she truly learns the meaning of community.

What I loved most was this wasn’t really an instant love story. It’s funny and charming. You quickly fall in love with all the characters, especially Hailey and the three brothers. The dialogue is great, and quite honestly anyone who can quote “Clue” is my absolute favorite character. This is the first story in the series. It leaves me wanting more, and I have so much to look forward to!

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Blitz: Umbra’s Shadow ~ Andrea Stanet

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Umbra’s Shadow
Contemporary Fantasy
By AndreaStanet
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2017

Keywords: Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Mercenary

Got a problem that needs a kick-ass mercenary to fix it? Merc’s your shapeshifter.

It’s been open season on changelings—human/faery hybrids—until word gets around: someone’s got their backs.

Merc relies on her unique shapeshifting talents to defend the poor and disenfranchised hybrids living on the fringes of a modern-day Hudson valley city. Perhaps her past spurs her to help—orphaned, unable to remember her parents or her original form, forced to survive alone until a kindly Changeling couple takes her in. But Merc also dreams of escaping the poverty and rescuing her boyfriend from the environment that feeds his addictions.

Dúl, a mysterious and seductive full-blooded fey, seems to offer Merc the way out. But the job he proposes will plunge her into the political wasp nest of the Dreaming World and its fey courts. Dúl hires her to rescue the female lieutenant of the Shadow Court’s king. But Morgan isn’t the only full-blood that’s disappeared.

Nothing is what it seems. A hidden player is capitalizing on the animosities within the four courts, and Merc must solve the puzzle before anyone else falls victim. Her investigation exposes the web of betrayals and lies ambushing the courts from without, or maybe from within.

No one could defeat this conspiracy alone. Merc must suppress her solitary nature and learn to work with a team, while Dúl enters into a bitter alliance with his most hated enemy. Amid this treachery, the magnetic attraction between Merc and Dúl deepens into a forbidden bond they are powerless to deny.

 

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Venom & Vanilla ~ Shannon Miller

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Title: Venom & Vanilla
Author: Shannon Mayer
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: 47North
Date of Release: November 1, 2016
Pages: 242
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Welcome to Seattle, where nothing in this world is as it seems, and the Greek gods aren’t dead. They’re just in hiding, and some in plain sight. There’s a deadly virus going around. It’s the type of virus that only a supernatural person can pass on. It’s been said there is no coming back from that virus. Once you’re, sick you die. But what if there’s a cure? What if you can become whatever you wanted to be and better? Be forewarned. It comes at a pretty high price, and one you must be willing to pay.

Alena owns a successful bakery in Seattle until she becomes infected with the deadly virus. She’s offered an opportunity to receive the cure but is she strong enough to take it? Hey, when Merlin shows up with a cure, you don’t turn it down! But like everything that is too good to be true, there’s a catch. You have to give up your old life and become a supernatural. Drama and action ensue. It’s all good until a goddess wants you dead because of your heritage! Alena must defeat Achilles and save her brother, if she wants to save the human race. Can she learn to adjust and accept who she is now to do this or will she revert back to being subservient?

The story was interesting. It started off a bit slow, but if you can get through the first couple of chapters it picks up. The writing was good and entertaining. It was a nice piece of fluff and an easy read. There are humorous moments and moments where you ask yourself, “But why?” I have no regrets and I plan on reading the next one!

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The Lesser Bohemian ~ Eimear McBride

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Title: The Lesser Bohemian
Author: Eimear McBride
Rating: 2 Stars
Reviewer: Shakera
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Date of Release: September 20, 2016
Pages: 320
Format: Kindle (Blogging For Books/NetGalley)

The cover and synopsis piqued my interest. It had the potential to be a truly captivating story. However, I cannot say that it was. It was difficult for me to get into from the very beginning. I gave up after weeks of trying to get through the story. The writing style was a bit choppy and presented quite the challenge. Some of the prose was difficult to understand and felt awkward. I had to read and re-read some passages several times just to get an idea of what was going on, which was disappointing because I did believe this could be an interesting story.

I gave it two stars for making it as far as I did, which was a struggle. While I am sure others will love this book, I don’t believe I was the intended audience. Although I struggled with the story, I believe it should be a chance.

 

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Size Matters ~ Alison Bliss

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Title: Size Matters (A Perfect Fit, Book 1)
Author: Alison Bliss
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Comedy
Publisher: Forever
Date of Release: November 29, 2016
Pages: 337
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

In a world where thin is in, Leah Martin stands out. Being curvaceous with a fuller figure draws constant criticism from her mother, her ex-boyfriend, and most importantly, herself. When Sam Cooper tries to change that, insert foot into mouth! Opposites truly attract in this story. Leah is a bit reserved with a heart of gold but self-conscious. Sam is impulsive, and drop dead gorgeous with good intentions. So when he gets Leah into a situation she can’t out of alone, comedy ensues! Cue all of the misunderstandings!

As a plus size woman, I immediately connected with Leah. I use my self-deprecating humor as a means to protect myself, so it was AWESOME to have a heroine that reflects the average woman, and a man who loves it. It is easy to connect with Leah and her level of insecurities. Alison created such a realistic character that I saw myself in Leah. Now all I need is Sam! Sam was endearing, and you couldn’t help fall in love with a guy who made you fall in love with yourself. With this book, Alison lets you know it’s okay to be curvy. It doesn’t mean you’re unattractive, it’s giving you another look at the standards of beauty.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by NetGalley.