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Book Review: Lies that Bind ~ Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Lies that Bind
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Title: Lies that Bind (Anastasia Phoenix, Book 2)
Author: Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: YA, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: March 6, 2018
Pages: 322
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

I’m going to be honest with you… I don’t even know where to start with this one. Lies that Bind picks up where we left off. With the heroics of Anastasia and Marcus, Keira is with them and safe. Only now, the person in danger is Marcus’s brother, Antonio, or is he? Marcus and Anastasia are off to save him. There’s something about Antonio you can’t quite put your finger on, but when he’s around Marcus, he’s different. Can you trust him? Should you trust him? Just when Anastasia thought she could see an end to this all, the group gets plunged deeper into the world of espionage. Can no one be trusted?

I truly enjoyed this sequel. I enjoyed catching up with Charlotte and Julian, slowly getting glimpses of their relationship developing. I would be lying if I said Keira didn’t frustrate me at times, but I understood she was trying to get some type of normalcy back in her life after her ordeal. I got my wish! We got know Marcus a little more… not as much as I liked, but it was enough for now. With this story, the plot thickens. Everyone you thought you could trust, you couldn’t… not even your own information. excitedly clapping hands I can’t wait to get the next book! And as always, I love the last few pages of pure information on events which really happened. I love when books can take a true event and incorporate it, flawlessly, into a fictional story. This grabbed me and I finished it in one sitting. It was nice to be back at Anastasia’s and Marcus’s side jet-setting across the globe, from Italy to London, back to Boston, to Rio… it was exciting and I can’t wait until the next installment!

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Freebie Friday! A Cowboy to Remember ~ Barbara Ankrum

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Title: A Cowboy to Remember (The Canadays of Montana, Book 1)
Author: Barbara Ankrum
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Release: August 13, 2014
Pages: 162

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Blurb: Twelve years ago, equestrian Olympic hopeful Olivia Canaday and her best friend, Jake Lassen, made a pinky-swear promise to reunite at the Big Marietta Fair on her thirtieth birthday and marry each other if they were both still single. But that was before they grew up and went their separate ways.

Now, after a disastrous divorce and a career-changing accident, Olivia limps home, minus her mojo, her courage and her faith in love. She retreats to her parents’ ranch, determined to play it safe, but when ex-Army helicopter pilot Jake Lassen arrives to make good on their promise, he reignites passion and hope, two things Olivia had forgotten existed.

Olivia resolves to keep Jake at arm’s length, even though the memory of his kisses keeps her up at night. She knows better than to let her heart get involved, but Jake is planning for the future. Their future. Can Jake convince her to risk it all one more time and really make this a fair to remember?

*Previously titled A Fair to Remember

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$2.00 Tuesdays (An apology!)

I am so sorry for being quiet last week! I was so overwhelmed with work that I let my blog fall by the wayside, and for that I am sorry. I know I usually do books that are $2.00, but hopefully this makes up for my absence!

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Title: Tagged for Life (Tagged Soldiers, Book 1)
Author: Sam Destiny
Genre: Contemporary, Military Romance
Date of Release: May 11, 2015
Pages: 356

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Blurb:  Love is never simple. Love doesn’t understand a life plan, a needed vacation, or even lifetime dreams. True love marks you so deeply, you are simply tagged for life.

Life hasn’t turned out exactly how she thought it would for twenty-nine year old Tessa Rowan. She needs time. Time away to regroup, and have fun with her stateside friends. She needs forget all about looking for that all-consuming love she so desperately craves. So a trip to sunny California to see her friends is exactly what her heart craves.

Jesse “Jazz” Conner’s life is consumed by his service to his country. He was born a soldier. The Army is his home, his future, and undoubtedly his first love. His goal is to be the best, and to serve his country with pride. But when Jazz stumbles over a cute, but ragged looking blonde at the Monterey Airport, his resolve to stay focused on service is tested.

Tessa isn’t looking for a holiday fling, and Jazz doesn’t have the time to date . . . but neither of them can forget their first encounter. What begins as a chance encounter soon develops into a relationship neither is willing to sacrifice.

Can Jazz and Tessa find a way to be together? Or will they both walk away from their only chance at true love?

Warnings: contains adult language and situations

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Title: New Hope (Books 1-3)
Author: Emma Nichols
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Release: Apr 3, 2013, Feb 21, 2015, Mar 28, 2015
Pages: 279, 250, 182

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Blurb: Under Umbrellas (Book 1) Sometimes the life you planned isn’t the one you get to live. Sometimes the pain of the past overshadows the future. Sometimes to start over you have to go back to where it all began.

This was how Joe Masters ended up back in New Hope, thick in his thirties with nothing to show for his life. He needed a complete overhaul, just like his father’s old house. Instead of a fast track, he had slowed down and was plodding through a ten year plan, which felt more his speed after his stormy relationship and bad break up. Maybe alone wasn’t so bad. Maybe there would be sunshine in his future.

Martha had weathered her fair share of storms in Vermont. Although accustomed to the cold, both the chill in the air and the cold shoulder in her marriage, left her feeling like she would never get warm again after her miscarriage. Martha’s search for hope brought her to New Hope, South Carolina, a small southern town full of charm and character. So focused on the move, she never imagined her husband would trick her into leaving and never follow. Strong willed and determined, Martha decided to do more than survive, she’d thrive.

Thrown together by chance, Martha and Joe would discover a connection neither prepared for, which would change everything. Inclement weather approached. Somehow, they had to find a way to survive together. After all…

Life is full of storms and love means sharing an umbrella.

Tempest Torn (Book 2) A night of passion. A raging fire. A home destroyed.

The sun returned and Joey and Marti felt they had turned a corner in their relationship. Only when they turned that corner, they ran right into the insurance adjustor, Finn. She wasn’t just any woman, though. She was the one woman Joey always believed he’d spend the rest of his life with, even though they couldn’t make it work. Soon it was obvious she didn’t merely want to adjust the value of the house, but remind Joey of the value of their relationship, and adjust his attitude about the future.

Suddenly, Joey struggled to choose between two women he loved: one who would never hurt him and one who constantly hurt him. He wasn’t the only one with a choice to make. After leaving her cheating husband, Marti vowed to never be with anyone who didn’t see her worth.

A tempest brews. A man is torn. A woman refuses to wait.

Stormy Surrender (Book 3) Six months have passed since Marti agreed to marry Joey. Despite her history, she’s having a healthy pregnancy. They finally have her house to themselves, and Joey has finished her To Do list. Life should be perfect, but it’s not. Joey is pressuring Marti to make it legal before the baby arrives, which is complicated by Blaine who refuses to let go, and Finn, who refuses to go away. Add in a town divided, a legacy to uphold, and a particularly vicious hurricane season, then hang on.

With all its force and fury, a southern storm could be so destructive. Of course, after the storm, the land is washed clean, which is perfect for a fresh start and a forever love, if only they will surrender.

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I hope you enjoy and I’ll try not to disappear like this again! Happy Tuesday!

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Book Review: Dark Wine at Midnight ~ Jenna Barwin

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Title: Dark Wine at Midnight (A Hill Vampire Novel, Book 1)
Author: Jenna Barwin
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal
Publisher: Hidden Depths Publishing
Date of Release: April 25, 2017
Pages: 370
Format: Kindle (Jenna Barwin via AXP )

I have been wary of the vampire genre since The Twilight Saga, however I was impressed with this story and the set up for the series. I will say it did start off a bit slow, but it was absolutely worth it. Cerissa is a scientist who is given a mission to infiltrate The Hill, a society comprised of vampires. She goes under the guise of wanting to build a scientific lab. Henry, a wine making vampire and a founding member of The Hill, doesn’t believe her, but they are drawn to each other. There is more to both than meets the eye… Can they figure out who is trying to assassinate the founders of The Hill before it’s too late?

The writing is fantastic. As I stated earlier, it does start off slow, but it gives you plenty of information to follow along. There were some things about the story line that didn’t jive with me, but it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the story. There were just some personal things I wouldn’t have stood for. Jenna Barwin is new to me and I look forward to the next story in the series!

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Wicked Wednesdays! HERO Force ~ Amy Gamet

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Title: HERO Force Box Set (Books 1-3)
Author: Amy Gamet
Genre: Military Romance
Date of Release: June 19, 2017
Pages: 461

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Blurb:  Meet the men of HERO Force, the Hands-on Engagement and Recognizance Operations team.

Book One: Stranded with the SEAL

Love and danger collide on a snowy mountain road…

Navy SEAL Trevor “Hawk” Hawkins is on a mission to avenge his teammate’s death when he crashes into another car during a blizzard. Olivia Grayson was running from her own wedding, but the accident leaves her struggling to remember anything at all. Sparks fly between Trevor and Olivia, but an enemy is quickly closing in on the remote cabin – and the holes in Olivia’s memory might be the biggest danger of all.

Book Two: Sheltered by the SEAL

He owes her two people.
She’s only taking back one.

Jessa McConnell conspires to get pregnant by Jax Andersson, commander of HERO Force and the man she holds responsible for the death of her husband and unborn child. She assumes a new identity to make sure her secret isn’t discovered, but ends up fighting for her life when she inherits a book intended for the other woman.

Book Three: Harbored by the SEAL

This ship is going down.

Navy SEAL playboy Leo “Cowboy” Wilson has done his best to stay away from Charlotte O’Malley, the sister of his HERO Force teammate, Logan. But when Charlotte books herself on a week-long cruise knowing Cowboy’s there on HERO Force business, she’ll get more than the fling she bargained for, with a terrorist cell placing Cowboy and Charlotte firmly in the path of danger.

This is a novella. It’s more than half the length of a full HERO Force book.

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$2.00 Tuesdays! The Last Tudor ~ Philippa Gregory

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Title: The Last Tudor
Author: Philippa Gregory
Genre: Historical Fiction
Date of Release: August 8, 2017
Pages: 529

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Blurb: The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block, where Jane transformed her father’s greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

“Learn you to die,” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her half sister, Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marriage, she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister’s scaffold.

“Farewell, my sister,” writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy their queens, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving Queen Elizabeth?

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Freebie Friday! Wishful Romance Volume 1 ~ Kait Nolan

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Title: Wishful Romance, Volume 1 (Books 1-3)
Author: Kait Nolan
Genre: Romance
Date of Release: November 30, 2017
Pages: 780

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Blurb: Wishful is a southern romance series written for anyone looking for love in a small town. If you loved Hart of Dixie and miss the residents of Bluebell, you just might fall in love with Wishful. It’s a town where everybody knows your name and hope springs eternal! This volume contains Books 1-3


A David vs. Goliath story with a side of sweet tea.

Wishful, MS is Cam’s hometown. He’s not sure a city girl like Norah can understand the place well enough to help him save it from the corporate big-box store threatening to set up shop. She’s determined, though. She’s falling hard for the charms of town–and the man. But even if they send the suits packing, can she really give up her corner office for a corner booth a the local diner?


The best things happen while you’re acting…

The historic Madrigal theater, in the heart of downtown Wishful, is about to close its doors forever. A last ditch fund-raising effort, a production of White Christmas, is probably the only thing that could bring Tyler Edison back to the stage after all these years. Little does she know that the leading man who broke her heart just blew back into town. Auditions start at six o’clock.


Heroes need not apply

Riley Gower is no stranger to hard work. She’s queen of Doing All The Things—solo. And that’s exactly how she likes it. She’s not holding out for a hero. When disaster strikes her business, former Marine Liam Montgomery jumps in to help–whether she likes it or not. Will they be able to work through their complicated past to save the pharmacy before she’s forced to close its doors forever?

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