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Tracking You ~ Kelly Moran


Title: Tracking You (Redwood Ridge, Book 2)
Author: Kelly Moran
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Date of Release: May 23, 2017
Pages: 250
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

For years, Gabby has always been the good girl and Flynn’s best friend. Both Gabby and Flynn are always passed over, Gabby because she’s sweet and innocent; Flynn because he’s deaf. Yet, dating each other didn’t seem to be an option. But what is awesome is the power of suggestion. Once the thought is put in your mind, it’s kinda hard to get out. The Battle Axes are playing matchmakers with some help from Brent and sparks fly!

Flynn has always had a crush on Gabby, but not wanting to lose their friendship he pushed those feelings away. Once Flynn gives in, something amazing happens. They click. They are meant for each other and everyone knows it, but when is the other shoe going to drop? The story of going from friends to dating was nicely done (with a pretty hot love scene!) The insecurities on both sides just grabbed you and refused to let you go. I was almost in tears in quite a few scenes. This may be my favorite book of the series, although I am looking forward to Drake’s story. Excuse me, I have to go reread this book! (Click the cover to purchase!)

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To Win Her Back ~ Mackenzie Crowne

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Title: To Win Her Back (Players Series, Book 4)
Author: Mackenzie Crowne
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Date of Release: January 24, 2017
Pages: 216
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

For 3 books we have been following Victoria “V” Price, indirectly. Each book making you more curious than the last about what her story could be. It is quite the story, indeed. Fifteen years ago, V accepted the marriage proposal from her high school/college sweetheart, Sam Fitzpatrick. After an injury derails his pro-football dreams, V made the toughest decision of her life. She left, with no warning. Both have spent the last 15 years trying to come to terms with the decisions that have led them to where they are, and neither ever thought their paths would cross again, until The Marauders need an offensive line coach. Sam is the perfect man for the job.

Two adults fighting their feelings, one hiding a deep, dark secret, a teenager with spunk and a reunion with some beloved characters equals quite possibly the best book in the series. This story starts off as a revenge plot, but as the story progresses it becomes a second chance story line. With some match making from GGG (Gracie’s Gridiron Girls), Lucy (Sam’s daughter), and Caroline (V’s and Sam’s boss)… V and Sam have no choice but to put their stubbornness to the side and learn to bend. This teaches you that you don’t always get a second chance. If you are fortunate enough to get a second chance, don’t waste it! If this is the end of the series, it ended on a high note and I am grateful to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review the series.

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Claiming the Billionaire ~ JM Stewart

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Title: Claiming the Billionaire (Seattle Bachelors, Book 4)
Author: JM Stewart
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Forever Yours
Date of Release: January 10, 2017
Pages: 240
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

 

Claiming the Billionaire has a lovable leading man in Staff Sergeant Tyler Benson and a not so likable leading lady, Cassandra Stephanopolous. For 3 years, Tyler was held as a POW in Iraq and suffered so much that you feel relieved when you find out he’s alive. Now that he’s home, he wants nothing more than to have Cassie back at his side, just like old times. Only, Cassie has closed off her heart. This won’t be an easy task.

While the story was emotion-filled and I rooted for Tyler, there were moments I felt myself rooting against Cassie. I just didn’t find her to be that likable. There were moments you can see her softening up, but the wall went back up almost immediately. I cheered at the end, but at times it hard to get there. Once you get pass all the frustration you have for Cassie, it’s a nice love story between two people who had their lives changed in a matter of 3 years. I enjoyed the romance aspect of the story and who doesn’t like a HEA?! I look forward to starting this series from the beginning.

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Thief of Lies ~ Brenda Drake

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Title: Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, Book 1)
Author: Brenda Drake
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date of Release: January 5, 2016
Pages: 400
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Imagine being able to visit any library in the world with just a key phrase… pretty cool, right? This becomes a reality for Gia. She doesn’t know she do it until quite possibly the most handsome guy she’s ever seen vanishes. This starts a journey she couldn’t even dream of, but was destined for! One wizard wants total control and revenge, however there’s a prophecy claiming a child born to two Sentinels will be the one to stop him. Is Gia the child of the prophecy? If so, will she be brave enough to stop the horrible wizard?

This was an action packed story that flowed quite well. That being said, there was so much going on that at times it was just too much. The world building was a bit slow, but if you’ve ever been to Boston you will have a few points of references. What I found fascinating was the world building of the mystical world and the magic within it. The bravery of Gia and the sincerity of Arik made this an interesting story. The slow build of their romance was perfect. This is set up to be an amazing series and I can’t wait to follow and see where it leads!

 

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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.