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Book Review: Timber ~ Remy Blake

Timber


Title: Timber (Men at Work, Book 2)
Author: Remy Blake
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary, NA, Romance
Publisher: Remy Blake
Date of Release: December 14, 2017
Pages: 150
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Being the face of Timber, the new, popular dating app, is a lot of pressure. Magnus Andersen is an absolutely gorgeous man who has everything, but love. He never imagined he would actually USE the app. He’s been a little scarred from his last relationship. Lucy, Avery’s older sister, is the epitome of scarred. The guy she thought she was building a life with, David, decided it wasn’t the life he wanted. After finding out she was pregnant, David takes off. Lucy has been everything to everyone, but now it’s about Lucy. She never thought she’d catch the eye of Magnus on Timber. Will the two of them find love or will this just be a fling?

This is another awesome book in this series. It was a nice continuation from Clipped. What was pretty cool about this one was there’s a scene towards the end of Clipped of Wes and Magnus (business rivals) interacting with each other. You see what happens before and after that scene from Lucy’s and Magnus’s point of view. Both characters are endearing. Lucy is a great mother and down-to-Earth. Magnus is surprisingly down-to-Earth as well and has a slight stutter; which is quite adorable. This is a great series, and I can’t wait to continue!

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Book Review: Dream Keeper ~ Amber R. Duell

Dream Keeper

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Title: Dream Keeper (The Dark Dreams Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Amber R. Duell
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, YA
Publisher: The Parliament House
Date of Release: January 29, 2019
Pages: 288
Format: Kindle (YA Bound Books Tours)

The Sandman is in danger! In an attempt to save himself, he bound the Weaver to his realm of Nightmares. However, to truly keep himself and the outside world safe, he had to plant the dream of what it took to protect the world in someone else’s head. Enter Nora… just about the only person who believes the Sandman is real. Sandman plants the dream in her and protects her every night. But what do you do when the hold on the Weaver weakens and he’s able to send nightmares after her, making all of her nightmares come true? Create a human form, of course! But unfortunately, there’s only but so much you can do with your human form, and Nora has her own free will. Nora makes a choice that not only affects her but it will affect the Sandman and the Weaver as well, and the consequences, well… they are dire!

This story is told from a dual POV of Nora and Sandman, which I thought was great, however, I found myself loving the chapters of Sandman’s POV. Chapters narrated by Nora slightly dragged for me. I also found her to be a bit frustrating. She made decisions based on how she felt in the moment (as people tend to do), but when you are not in your element, can you really afford to do that? I would have loved a POV from the Weaver. He was witty and engaging. I’m intrigued enough to follow the story, but I would love a book of just the Sandman and the Weaver to get some backstory and interactions!

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Book Review: Clipped ~ Remy Blake

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Title: Clipped (Men at Work, Book 1)
Author: Remy Blake
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Remy Blake
Date of Release: July 16, 2017
Pages: 143
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Sometimes people don’t realize how much names can hurt. In high school, names can hurt. No one knows that better than “Anal Avery”. That was a name she couldn’t escape when in high school. It was a name given to her by Wes, who had a massive crush on her… because that’s what you do when you really like someone, you tease them. As a result, Avery couldn’t wait to leave her hometown at the first opportunity, which is college!

Unfortunately, an emergency brings Avery home after being away for 8 years. The first person she sees is Wes, and the sparks fly. Wes is a completely different person than Avery remembers. He helps her sister with her 5-year-old son, he’s a successful business owner, and he wants her! Wes is relentless in his pursuit of Avery, but a misunderstanding can completely undo all the damage he caused back in high school.

Where has Remy Blake been all my life?! Her writing was engaging and I felt like I’ve known Avery and Wes my whole life. The story was funny and heartfelt. It’s the first book in the series and if the second book of the series is as good as the first, I’m in for a really good treat!

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Book Review: Saving Infiniti ~ Rose Garcia

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Title: Saving Infiniti
Author: Rose Garcia
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Ang’dora Productions, LLC
Date of Release: December 14, 2018
Pages: 125
Format: Kindle (Lady Amber’s Review)

Save Infiniti, save the world… sort of. Infiniti is not your average teenager, actually… she is, but that’s about to change! She finds out the supernatural is real and her life is in danger. She finds allies in Havenwoods Fall, making temporary foes into allies to protect her. Can a transhuman, Fleet, and a teenage wolf shifter, Joe, band together in time to save Infiniti?

I thought this was absolutely adorable and a quick, fun read. This appears to be a series with multiple authors. The slightly confusing part is figuring out where this book falls in the series. Infiniti, Joe, and Fleet are all great characters. I do wish the story was a little longer, but I truly enjoyed this. I’ll have to find out where this falls in the series because I’m definitely intrigued and would love to see where this goes!

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Book Review: Asher Black ~ Parker S. Huntington

 

Asher Black
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Title: Asher Black (The Five Syndicates, Book 1)
Author: Parker S. Huntington
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Mafia, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: PSH Publishing House
Date of Release: April 21, 2017
Pages: 307
Format: Kindle (Shifted Sheets)

Sometimes, witnessing something you shouldn’t have it a bad thing. “Lucy” witnesses what she thought was a crime, and calls the police… not knowing who she was dealing with. The reputation of Asher Black DEFINITELY precedes him. Asher wants to know who called the police and he does just that. They both have pre-conceived notions of what the other person is like, and boy are they wrong! With Asher’s reputation of being associated with the mob, he is in danger of losing his company. He’s being made to look unstable because he’s unwed… this needs to be remedied immediately!

I thought this was a great start to a series. It’s listed as 300+ pages long, but they fly by! The interactions between Asher and Lucy are interesting. As the reader, you know Asher is dangerous, but you also can tell he will do anything for the people he loves. Lucy tends to run at the first sign of trouble… as one does growing up in the foster care system, but there’s something about Asher that keeps her from running. I enjoyed this one, and hopefully, I’ll enjoy the next one!

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Book Review: Southernmost Murder ~ C.S. Poe

Southernmost Murder


Title: Southernmost Murder
Author: C.S. Poe
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
Publisher: DSP Publications
Date of Release: January 9, 2018
Pages: 200
Format: PDF (The Romance Reviews)

We get Aubrey’s story!

We meet Aubrey in the Snow & Winter series. Aubrey is a great friend to Sebastian and is located in the sunny location of Florida, providing a nice backdrop to a well-told and hilarious murder mystery. Aubrey is the property manager of Smith Family Historical Home. He’s ready for a bit of downtime with Jun Tanaka, FBI agent, and partner to Aubrey’s ex-boyfriend. There’s a skeleton in one of the closets and this sets off a series of events. You don’t have a “Sebastian” level of interference from Aubrey, but you do get to see the investigation play out… with some instigation from Aubrey.

An interesting aspect of this story was Aubrey’s narcolepsy. Like with Sebastian’s colorblindness, you get details of the condition and it plays a small part in the storyline. It doesn’t overwhelm the story, but it was interesting to get a day-to-day rundown of what it would be like to have narcolepsy. Aubrey and Jun were perfect for each other. They balance each other very well. Aubrey had “in your face” style of humor, whereas Jun’s was nice and subtle. While this could be read as a standalone, you can read it along with Sebastian’s series. (Read it after “The Mystery of the Curiosities”. This takes place directly after book 2). I hope this is the start to a series, it’s that good!

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Book Review: Fighting for Mr. Beautiful ~ Caterina Passarelli

Fighting for Mr. Beautiful


Title: Fighting for Mr. Beautiful (The Eternal City Love Series, Book 2)
Author: Caterina Passarelli
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Caterina Passarelli
Date of Release: November 21, 2015
Pages: 145
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Fighting for Mr. Beautiful picks up, literally, where we left off. Elena saves Leo’s life, but it may be at the expense of her own. Waking up in a hospital with no recollection of how she got there or why she’s in Italy at all was jarring, to say the least for Leo. It means she doesn’t remember falling in love with him. Leo needs a plan and he needs one now! Good thing he’s prepared. He either needs to help her regain her memory or make her fall in love with him again! Easy, right?! Hold your horses! Everything you remember about Elena isn’t the “Elena” she knows. With the help of her friends, can Elena regain the happiness she once knew?

There were a few discrepancies in this one… it didn’t take away from the story, but it could make it hard to follow. There were moments I was absolutely in love with Leo. He was endearing and patient. He was understanding and dealing with a lot. He was fun, flirty, he was perfect. The hashtag usage after a while started to become too much. Not a deal breaker, but it felt like there was #this or #that on every page. With that being said, I devoured this story in one sitting. I read this entire series in one night. I think this could have been flushed out a bit, but that could just be me trying to get a third book out of this series!