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Book Review: Haunted Souls ~ Kathryn Knight

Haunted Souls


Title: Haunted Souls
Author: Kathryn Knight
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Date of Release: June 1, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle (Author)

Love, distrust, family, ghosts… just a few topics Haunted Souls touches on. Emily and Brett had a fling 4 years ago. They decided to end the fling due to his deployment. What neither realized was Emily was pregnant. Fast forward, Emily is a single mother of a son named Tyler. Brett’s deployment is over and he finds out he is a father. Tyler makes a friend with ghost name Josiah. There’s hurt, angry, and fear. Can the 3 (technically 4) save each other?

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I can say… I truly enjoyed the story I got! It was difficult to walk away from this story. Both Brett and Emily showed such a vulnerability which made you feel for them and root for them. You completely understood their feelings toward each other and the emotions they were dealing with. Their relationship was complicated, yet had an ease to it which made you want to grab one of them (and at times grab the other) and give them a little shake. While this was a GREAT second chance romance, this was also a really good ghost story. I was slightly surprised with myself that I enjoyed this aspect of the story. I, generally, don’t like horror, but this element added to the story and showed me different sides of this story and the romance.

Kathryn Knight’s writing isn’t overly complicated, yet it isn’t simplistic by any means. She can write and twisted, yet beautiful story of love and forgiveness, you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of the action. I recommend Haunted Souls to anyone who loves complexed and damaged characters who you’ll love.

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Book Review: Rebound ~ Aidy Award

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Title: Rebound (Curvy Seduction Saga, Book 1)
Author: Aidy Award, Narrator: Lacy Laurel
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Coffee Break Publishing
Date of Release: September 1, 2018 (ebook), October 25, 2018
Pages: 184 (5 Hours, 21 Minutes)
Format: Audio (Audiobook Obsession)

This is the second book I’ve listened to by Aidy Award and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Angelina is a wealthy young woman who found her fiance cheating with her best friend. She thinks she has come up with the perfect solution but may have gotten more than she bargained for! Gray had been hired by her dad as a bodyguard. She has flirted with Gray for quite some time, but he never gave any hint of whether or not the flirting would be well received. Unbeknownst to her… they would be if she wasn’t in a relationship. Gray desired Angelina from the moment he saw her. However, with her being a relationship with her douchebag of a fiance complicated matters.

There was humor, there was sex… a lot of sex, but well written. Angelina was a bit wishy-washy for me, but I was in love with Gray. He’s protective and loving and just an all around great guy. He’s the type of guy who should get the girl. Lacy Laurel’s narration brought the story to life with humor and personality. This story does end in a cliffhanger, but it sets up book 2 perfectly.

 

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Release Blitz: Saving Infiniti ~ Rose Garcia

Title: Saving Infiniti
Author: Rose Garcia
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: December 14th, 2018
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Infiniti Clausman is making the most of senior year. Throwing parties, pulling pranks, and breaking all the rules, she’s determined to graduate with a bang! But there’s one thing on her senior year bucket list she hasn’t been able to cross off yet—falling in love. In fact, she’s never even been kissed.
Infiniti hopes to change this when she travels from Houston to Colorado for the holiday break. Instead, she finds her world turned upside down when she discovers all things supernatural exist, time travel is real, and her very life is at stake. Suddenly, that kiss is the least of her worries.
Joe Greg will never forget the injured girl he and Kase Kasun found on the side of the mountain. It was 2012, and he was only twelve, but the image of the wreckage and his interaction with the girl has never left him. When he sees the girl again in 2018, she looks exactly the same. He figures out that she’s time-traveled to his present, with a reaper on her heels and a mystery to unravel. Drawn to protect her, he’s hell-bent on standing by her side. Even if it means his death.
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Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who’s always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she’s been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Rose is known for bringing richly diverse characters to life as she draws from her own cultural experiences. Rose lives in Houston, Texas with her awesome husband and two amazing kids. You can visit Rose at www.rosegarciabooks.com.
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Her mind reeled at the pieces of her ordeal filtering back into her memory. Throbbing pain. Splattered blood. Shards of glass. The guy looking younger and transforming into a wolf. What the hell was happening?
“Who are you?” the guy whispered.
“I’m Infiniti. I’m from Houston. Who are you?”
“I’m Joe, and I’m from here. Havenwood Falls.”
“Havenwood Falls?”
“Yeah.” He leaned over the table. “The town close to where you crashed. You were transported to the medical center.” He moved in even closer. “You disappeared.”
She stared at him in disbelief. She pressed her back against the booth. It took her a minute to find her voice. “I what?”
“You vanished. We searched for you for days. Months even. With no leads, we had to give up.”
Her hands folded and unfolded on her lap. Her mind raced. “I crashed. I woke up, and I walked over here.”
“You woke up? As in, just now?”
“Yes.”
Now now?”
“Yes. Like ten minutes ago now.”
His brows stitched together. He rubbed his chin. “So what happened to the last six years?”
Six years?
She examined his face. He most definitely looked six years older, but her car crash had happened that day. So that would be impossible. But then she thought of all the sci-fi movies she’d seen, and all her supernatural paraphernalia at home—her Ouija board, the spiritual cards her neighbor Jan had given her. She was a believer in all things unexplained, but had something otherworldly really happened to her? As in, for real?
Her hands trembled. She shivered. “It’s 2018?”

“Yeah, it’s 2018.”

***

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Book Review: my life as a country album ~ LJ Evans

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Title: my life as a country album (my life as an album series, volume 1)
Author: LJ Evans, Narrator: Sarah Puckett
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: LJ Evans
Date of Release: April 17, 2017 (Print, ebook), November 14, 2018
Pages: 369, (10 hours, 17 minutes)
Format: Audio (Audio Obsession)

It has taken me a few days to gather myself and get it together. I’m not usually one who goes for sappy, cry my eyes out, however, when the opportunity presented itself, I’m glad I took it. My Life As a Country Album is the type of story that is both beautiful and tragic. It was a love to last throughout the ages, the type of love everyone searches for. Cam and Jake were meant to be together and as you read about how they went through life at each stage in their life, you get so emotionally invested that you end up at your desk crying and you can’t explain why. (Mostly because you’ve been crying too hard and you can’t speak, or too embarrassed to tell anyone why you’re you’re crying!)

You fall in love with Cam and Jake from the very beginning. They are absolutely relatable and adorable. LJ Evans is new to me and I have to say the writing was spectacular. Let’s not forget the narration by Sarah Puckett! She truly brings every character to life with personality and vulnerability. What also made this interesting is this story was told to the catalog of Taylor Swift. There were a few songs I wasn’t familiar with and this book made me intrigued enough to take a listen. I can’t wait to read the next one!

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Book Review: The Mystery of the Moving Image ~ C.S. Poe

The Mystery of Moving Image


Title: The Mystery of the Moving Image (Snow & Winter, Book 3)
Author: C.S. Poe
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
Publisher: DSP Publications
Date of Release: September 11, 2018
Pages: 214
Format: ePub (The Romance Reviews)

This series is seriously addicting! Calvin and Sebastian are adorable and they are taking the next step in their relationship, moving in together. Sebastian receives a package to The Emporium, so naturally, he’s curious. It’s a movie viewer along with a film of a boxing match thought to be lost forever, and a bonus scene… a murder being committed a century ago. What Sebastian learns the hard way… some people are willing to kill for the footage.

It was great to get reacquainted with Sebastian’s dad, Neil, and Quinn… but a new player comes in, and he is Calvin’s ex. He brings out all the insecurities of Sebastian and it makes Sebastian endearing to me. Every book in this series is amazing and I can’t wait to see where it goes. While each book could be read as a standalone, I personally would recommend reading them in order. Not only are they great stories, but it’s also awesome to see the progression of each plot as it correlates to Calvin and Sebastian’s relationship.

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Book Review: A Touch of Fate: Fated for Curves – Book One (Magic, New Mexico 16) ~ Aidy Award

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Title: A Touch of Fate: Fated for Curves (Book 1)
Author: Aidy Award, Narrator: Gwen Cross
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Coffee Break Publishing
Date of Release: July 24, 2018
Pages: 151 (4 hours, 54 minutes)
Format: Audio (Audio Obsession)

A Touch of Fate had me laughing out loud one moment, and balling my eyes out the next. Kady was just trying to get her truck to start when all of a sudden an alien spaceship crashes into her property. Who knew that alien spaceship carried her fated mate?! Who knew she was even a witch?! She didn’t! When the Men In Black come sniffing around, will she protect the alien, Black? Or will she turn him into the government? Are they even the truly government? When things take a turn for the worst, can Kady save them both?

The story and the narration were absolute perfection. Each character was unique and distinct. Gwen Cross was brilliant. Her southern accent was on point. The personality she attached to each character left me wanting to know what happens next to each character. This was brilliantly done and I loved the excerpt of Book 2 at the end left me wanting to get my hands on the next installment!

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Book Review: Holding Out ~ Lila Rose

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Title: Holding Out (Hawks Motorcycle Club, Book 1)
Author: Lila Rose
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: NA, Romance
Publisher: Unknown
Date of Release: November 16, 2017
Pages: 328
Format: Kindle (Purchased via Amazon)

Everyone has a past. Some more tragic than others. No one knows that better than Zara Edgingway. She left her past behind her, with the help of her best friend, Deanna, and had been looking over her shoulder for 6 years. Talon, leader of the Hawks Motorcycle Club, has had his eye on Zara for the past 6 years and decided today was the day. She made quite the impression on him the first day they met and he couldn’t stop thinking about her. Now her past is catching up with her, and Zara has a decision to make. Do I run or do I stay and fight? Talon, too, has a decision. Will he let her run, or will he stand and fight for her?

I had purchased this book several months ago, with every intention of reading it as soon as I purchased it. Every time I was going to start reading this, I would find another book to read, for fear of being disappointed in this book.  I had been in a reading funk lately and just I was starting to come out of it, I decided to give this book a shot. I’m so glad I did! I read this in one sitting. Not only did I read this in one sitting, but I also grabbed the next book and read that one too! There was humor, romance, suspense, and mystery. Zara is sweet, kind and beautiful, inside and out. Talon is possessive, protective, foul-mouthed, and loving. I regret putting this story off because I feel like this story (maybe even this series) pulled me out of a funk!

 

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