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Book Review: The Secrets Between Us ~ Jennifer Ann

The Secrets Between Us


Title: The Secrets Between Us
Author: Jennifer Ann; Narrator: Troy Duran, Keira Stevens
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Jennifer Ann
Date of Release: August 21, 2017, March 29, 2019
Pages: 268 (6 hours and 47 minutes)
Format: Audio Book (Audiobook Obsession)

How far would you go to get revenge? What would you do to keep the love of your life in your life?  Quinn and Lincoln will have the battle of their lives and the secrets revealed are bombshells.

Quinn and Linc were high school sweethearts and found out the hard way one decision came change a lot of lives. Sacrificing himself to do what he thinks is right and will protect Quinn, Linc is arrested and sets in motion everything he was trying to prevent. After being in the military and away from home for 7 years, Lincoln is back to hopefully reclaim his love, but man have things changed! Quinn has changed and her secrets are doozies! Quinn was strong and independent, but there were times I questioned her thought process. Will they get a second chance at love, or will their secrets be too much to overcome?

It felt like there was a secret revealed on every page! This book will keep you hooked until the very end. The narration was great, but I wasn’t expecting the deep, richness of Troy Duran! That was pleasantly unexpected and the personality Keira injected into Quinn was perfect. This was the first book I’ve read by Jennifer Ann, I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve added her to my list of authors to look out for!

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Book Review: Promise Me ~ Samanthe Beck and Robin Bielman

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Title: Promise Me
Author: Robin Bielman and Samanthe Beck
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: NA, Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Date of Release: April 15, 2019
Pages: 278
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

As Kendall tries to escape memories of her past, she decides to house sit for her aunt in sunny California. Her first night there, she meets Vaughn and saves his life… not knowing her life will not be the same. She’s struggling with the decision of becoming a lawyer like her father or following her dreams of being an actress. Can Vaughn teach her to live in the moment?

Told from a dual point of view, you see the demons both Kendall and Vaughn are facing. This looks as though it’s set up to become a series, I think is great. You meet Kendall’s two step sisters and Vaughn’s two roommates. In the beginning, I wasn’t fond of her two sisters  due to their treatment of Kendall, but as the three sisters grow close, you grow to like them. I thought was absolutely adorable. He was understanding and patient… sometimes too patient, but I appreciated that about him. Kendall was trying at moments, but given her circumstances, I understood.

This was my introduction to Samanthe Beck and Robin Bielman and it was absolutely wonderful! I hope this becomes a series because I can’t wait to see where this goes!

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Book Review: Blinded ~ Lyz Kelley

Blinded


Title: Blinded (Elkridge Series, Book 1)
Author: Lyz Kelley
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Belvitri Services, LLC
Date of Release: February 6, 2017; February 12, 2019
Pages: 324; 9hr, 30 minutes
Format: Kindle (Amazon); Audio (Audiobook Obsession)

What initially drew me into this story was the murder mystery and I have to admit, Mara being blind. I was interested to see how that storyline would be navigated. It’s easy to ruin a story, but this Blinded was tastefully done. Joey is one of my favorite main characters, and he was absolutely perfect for Mara. This was well written and tender.

This was my introduction to Lyz Kelley and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was nice to get the perspective of both Joey and Mara. The pace of the story was nice and even, flowed very well. Meghan Kelly’s narration was spot on! What initially drew me to this story was Meghan Kelly (OMG!) and the synopsis was great and drew me in. The characters of Joey and Mara were great and worked very well together. Second chance romances are slowly becoming one of my favorite tropes and Lyz Kelley has done a spectacular job.

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Book Review: Layla’s Chance ~ Mika Jolie

Layla's Chance


Title: Layla’s Chance
Author: Mika Jolie
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Mika Jolie
Date of Release: April 11, 2019
Pages: 130 (approximately)
Format: Kindle (Author)

When you feel lost, the best thing you can do for yourself is to take some time and find yourself. That’s exactly what Layla does. Past up for partner at the law firm she’s been busting her behind for, in favor of someone younger, Layla takes a trip to Martha’s Vineyard to get to know herself and what she really wants to do with her life. With a little intervention from fate, she falls head over heels for Chance Santos, quite literally. Can Layla figure out what she wants in life before the opportunity of a lifetime passes her by? Can Chance get Layla to loosen up and live in the moment, and out of her own head before it’s too late?

Layla is a 40-year-old lawyer is sweet and completely relatable. She’s stuck in a rut and has no idea how to get out of it, or if she CAN get out of it. She did what most people don’t do or would do, and that was taking time for herself, her mental health. Chance is a 27-year-old world-famous musician who completely lives in the moment. He has an interesting family dynamic and outlook on life. When he loves, he loves hard. Layla and Chance balance each other perfectly.

While this is a novella, there was so much depth and meat to this story. The character development was perfect. It was nice to watch Layla, a 40-year-old woman who doesn’t completely have her life together be okay with the fact that she really wasn’t okay, but was getting there. I loved everything about Chance. It took him some effort to get her past the age difference, but he didn’t push her. He was quite perfect for her and Layla was everything he needed. If I had any complaints, it would be that I wished this was longer. I enjoyed reading Layla’s and Chance’s story. I would love a “Where Are They Now?” story for them!

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Book Review: A Tangled Fate ~ Aidy Award

A Tangled Fate


Title: A Tangled Fate (Fated for Curves Series, Book 2)
Author: Aidy Award, Narrator: Gwen Cross
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Coffee Break Publishing
Date of Release:  July 23, 2018, December 13, 2018
Pages: 130 (4 Hours, 37 Minutes)
Format: Audio Book (Audiobook Obsession)

I finished this story a few days ago and my mind is still trying to process everything! Ash doesn’t people well, which is why she prefers science to people: People lie, numbers don’t. This entire time she thought she was working for the good guys, but just imagine finding out, not only do you work for the bad guys… you have two mates… and they’re right in front of you… in a rescue mission! Twin brothers, Russ and Dunn, have always grown up thinking they weren’t meant to have a mate because it would kill the mate. Imagine their shock when the person they needed most happens to be the scientist they are rescuing to save to the universe! I thought the first book was great, but this book is fantastic! There was humor (who doesn’t love nerd humor?!), romance, betrayal, and discovery. Gwen Cross was amazing as the narrator, bringing each character to life while reminding you of characters from the previous book. This book was absolutely fantastic and I’m glad I got the chance to read it! I can’t wait to read the next book!

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Book Review: Dangerous Currents ~ Kathryn Knight

Dangerous Currents


Title: Dangerous Currents
Author: Kathryn Knight
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Wicked Whale Publishing
Date of Release: May 3, 2018
Pages: 282
Format: Kindle (Author)

Coming home after 7 years, Malorie Montgomery returns home to Cape Cod. While out on a run with her dog, they stumble across a dead body. When she screams out, never in her wildest dreams did she imagine the person who would come to her rescue would be her high school sweetheart… who broke her heart. Dean Slater never imagined he would see Malorie again… and definitely not under these circumstances. As Malorie and Dean grow close again, can the two of them solve this mystery before Malorie is next?

This was a very emotional second chance romance. Watching Malorie’s and Dean’s relationship blossom was something to see. Both characters have secrets from their past, which lead to misunderstandings and unnecessary heartache. The development of their relationship was perfect… and so were the love scenes. Second chance romance typically isn’t my thing, but I might have to change my stance that after reading Dangerous Currents.

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Book Review: Niccolaio Andretti ~ Parker S. Huntington

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Title: Niccolaio Andretti (The Five Syndicates Series, Book 2)
Author: Parker S. Huntington
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Mafia, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: PSH Publishing House
Date of Release: July 18, 2017
Pages: 322
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Step into the past with Niccolaio Andretti, and see how he becomes the outcast of his own family. Watch him become a walking contradiction, all the while being hot, funny, sweet, and dangerous. He made a choice that will follow him and change his life. Family can be a funny and fickle thing.

One week before graduation, and Minka almost has a lock on a potential husband. With her degree a given, she’s almost there with getting custody of her sister. She thinks she has to put herself out there to get what she wants, but she’s about to find out there’s a different way.

Parker S. Huntington is amazing, she took a character I despised in the first book and made me feel for her. Minka wasn’t a bad person, and she’s intelligent. I quite enjoyed her, but I loved Niccolaio. He was mysterious and intelligent. They were well matched, and I would love to have a series of just the two of them. Add in Minka’s sister, Mina, and this story is quite amazing! What I love about this series is each book has a theme. Revenge, family, love, redemption. This series is absolutely fantastic. Asher Black is my favorite (so far), but I absolutely loved this!