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Book Review: Magnolia Mystic ~ Lisa Kessler

Magnolia Mystic

Title: Magnolia Mystic (Sentinels of Savannah, Book 1)
Author: Lisa Kessler
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Date of Release: July 23, 2018
Pages: 79
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

This was a fun read… we have a psychic who doubts herself and an immortal pirate who is the champion of Savannah, GA. It doesn’t get any better!

Skye is having a severe case of self-doubt after a relationship gone wrong. She is trying to swear off men, but there is something about Colton she can’t quite put her finger on. She likes that he gets to do what he loves and that is playing the role of a pirate. What she doesn’t know, he’s a real-life pirate! Who didn’t want to be a pirate growing up?! Colton, as quartermaster, has made it his mission to protect the city of Savannah against his former captain, Ian Flynn, who wants to build a hotel in the city. The only thing stopping Ian is Skye. She owns the last piece of property he needs to purchase in order to make his dream a reality. Can Colton get to Skye before Ian? What will happen when she finds out who they really are?

Colton, the handsome devil, has a heart of gold, and up until meeting Skye, he let every day just pass him by. Skye can’t seem to trust herself after her last relationship. Her previous relationship left Skye wary of all men, but Colton was a breath of fresh air. This is a whirlwind romance that will keep you tuned into the story. My only complaint, it was too short! I needed and wanted more, however, it does make me want to read what happens next. What would be great while waiting for the next book, is finding a prequel! I can’t wait for either or both! (Preferably BOTH!)

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Book Review: Must Love Babies ~ Lynnette Austin

Must Love Babies

Title: Must Love Babies (Book 1)
Author: Lynnette Austin
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Release: June 5, 2018
Pages: 416
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

It’s wedding season in Misty Bottom. The Wylder brothers are looking to relocate and Molly Stiles is hoping her “To-Do” List is coming to fruition. So far, so good. She’s 27, owns her own business, The Little White Dress, and plans on getting married in 3 years. The only problem, Brant Wylder makes her challenge everything about her list. Brant Wylder is a fixer. He and his two brothers not only fix cars, but they also do vehicle restorations. His family is in trouble, Brant to the rescue. The brothers are looking for a new location to set up shop, Brant goes looking for the perfect place.

Brant’s sister, Lainey, gets into a drunk driving accident and lands herself in the hospital. With the father out of the picture and Lainey in the hospital, someone will need to take her son, Jax. Brant to the rescue! Never having raised a child before, Brant and Jax are in for quite an experience. Fortunately, he’s in Misty Bottom and southern hospitality is a real thing. Practically an entire town is there to help, and the most important person is Molly. Brant has not only bonded with Jax, but he has developed feelings for Molly. The only thing in his way is her list. How can Brant make Molly see her list is holding her back? Will Molly realize too late she missed out on something great?

Must Love Babies had every element you love in a romance novel… an amazing hero, a sweet leading lady, an adorable baby, and a life lesson. Sometimes you have to live in the moment because not everything will go according to plan. Everything will happen when it needs to. Be spontaneous, don’t miss your shot! This is set up to be a series, and it looks like Brant’s older brother, Tucker, will be next. I can’t wait!

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Book Review: Giving Up the Boss ~ Victoria Davies


Title: Giving Up the Boss
Author: Victoria Davies
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence
Date of Release: July 9, 2018
Pages: 195
Format: Kindle (Entangled Publishing)

We’ve all been in the situation when we wanted something/someone we couldn’t have. In this case, Lori wanted Jackson Sinclair, sexy, CEO, billionaire, and… her boss. There’s no way she can continue being his executive assistant, so she does the logical thing. She quits! In the process of quitting, she sorta, kinda… runs him over with her car and gets amnesia. He wakes up in the hospital a completely different man. To save his company, Lori and Jackson must make the company, competitors, and his board believe everything is absolutely fine. Can they keep up the charades without slipping up? Will regaining his memories revert Jackson back to who he was?

I thought was absolutely adorable. Lori was a godsend to Jackson. She was a complete gem she didn’t think he paid attention to. This was a charming story which included an office romance. The Jackson Sinclair the readers get to know is completely different from the Jackson his staff knows, and he’s truly lovely and down to earth. Lori was sweet and you felt for the predicament she was in. Do you tell the truth and watch him grow to hate you, or do you tell him the truth and hope the person he is now will be the same person after he regains his memories? It was a tough situation, and it was well told. This was engaging, funny, and sweet. This was my introduction to Ms. Davies, but I look forward to reading more from her. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled: Indulgence for giving me the chance to read and review. For also showing anyone can turn over a new leaf, and become a better person.

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Spotlight: Giving Up the Boss ~ Victoria Davies


Title: Giving Up the Boss
Author: Victoria Davies
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Release: July 9, 2018
Pages: 195


Synopsis: Executive assistant Lori has finally said those three little words to her boss, Jackson Sinclair, that have haunted her for months–– Goodbye, I quit.  Yep. That happened. Then she sort of ran over him. It was an accident. No. Really. It was. Now he can’t remember anything––and it’s up to her to keep his billion-dollar corporation running until he gets his memory back.

Billionaire Jackson Sinclair wakes up in a hospital to a life he can’t remember. The only person who feels familiar is Lori. The more he learns about his past, though, the more it disturbs him. He was kind of cold, and he can’t imagine why the lovely Lori put up with him. And she is lovely, as in, he can’t stop thinking about her. But he has a company to save, and there’s no time for that sort thing. Especially when it seems like his assistant is hiding something from him.

As his condition shows no signs of healing, Lori can’t help wonder what’s best, telling the truth about his accident and losing the man of her dreams or keeping quiet and living the best lie of her life.

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1897905_1045486625495793_6302369643708423371_nAbout The Author: Victoria Davies’s passion for writing started young. Luckily she had a family who encouraged believing in magic and embracing imagination. Her love of storytelling developed from stories quickly scribbled in bright pink diaries. Since then her characters may have evolved and her plots may have grown decidedly more steamy but she never lost her love of the written word. Writing is not only a way to silence the wonderful voices in her head, but it also allows her to share her passions with her readers.

Currently she writes from Toronto, Canada. While she has a healthy love for traveling and exploring the unknown, this corner of the world will always be her home.

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Book Review: Playing Her Secret Crush ~ Casey Griffin


Title: Playing Her Secret Crush
Author: Casey Griffin
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Date of Release: July 2, 2018
Pages: 270
Format: Kindle (Entangled Publishing)

Sometimes, there are words that are better left unsaid… This was totally not one of those times! Katie and Alex have had a crush on each other for quite some time. For good reasons, they never said anything. Now that senior year is here, it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Katie wants to be more outgoing and get a boyfriend, Alex wants a steady relationship. Can they overcome their own obstacles and get out of their own way?

What I loved is this book is every nerd’s dream! Who doesn’t love talking about gaming!? Both Katie and Alex are sweet and endearing, but at the same time, they do frustrate you as a reader. You know there are things they should say but don’t, but you also know and understand why. Their chemistry was great, even with the secondary characters. I would love a second book… if it’s written in the stars!

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Playing her Secret Crush ~ Casey Griffin


PLAYING HER SECRET CRUSH by Casey Griffin.jpg All her life, Katie has been chosen last for everything: the last picked on the playground, the last picked by her absent father, and definitely the last picked by boys—even her secret crush, Alex, friend-zoned her. This senior year, Katie is determined to come first.

But then Alex asks her to help him find a date?!

Alex has been living life in the fast lane, but he’s ready to slow down—with a girlfriend. The last person on earth he’d consider? The girl his brother developed serious feelings for before he died: Katie. The only way Alex is going to get over Katie is by falling for someone new. And who better to help him find his new crush than the girl he can’t stop thinking about?

What can possibly go wrong?

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casey_griffin_2Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400-ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion, and she is currently busy writing every moment she can.

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Book Review: Bring Me Their Hearts ~ Sara Wolf

Bring Me Their Hearts
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Title: Bring Me Their Hearts (Book 1)
Author: Sara Wolf
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Folklore, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: MacMillan
Date of Release: June 5, 2018
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback (Entangled Publishing)

When asked to not only do a cover reveal but a read and review, I had to jump at the chance!

One night, a group of bandits killed Zera’s parents and almost killed her until a witch, Nightsinger, saved her life by making her heartless… literally. Being a “heartless” isn’t too much different from being a zombie, except you still look human.  Now she is under the control of Nightsinger. Zera was made an offer she couldn’t refuse, bring me the heart of Crown Prince Lucien and I’ll give you your freedom… but fail, and your heart shall be crushed. Decisions, decisions!

I knew immediately I would love Zera! Who doesn’t love a sassy, smart-mouthed, strong young lady?! I appreciated her internal battle for her humanity. The relationship between Zera and Prince Lucien really worked for me. It felt like time was taken for them to get to know each other. The only issue I had with the book was the pacing… it was a bit slow for my liking, but still an enjoyable story. The cover is stunning, great storytelling, and I’m already excited for the next installment. I can’t wait!