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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: Life Goes On ~ Kelly Moore

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Title: Life Goes On (Epic Love Story, Book 3)
Author: Kelly Moore, Narrator: Sarah Puckett
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Kelly Moore
Date of Release:  January 8, 2019, March 19, 2019
Pages: 155 (3 Hours, 53 Minutes)
Format: Audio Book (Audiobook Obsession)

I was warned to be prepared for this story and how I would need a box of tissues. While I had considered myself warned, I still wasn’t emotionally prepared for what this story would do to me. This is a beautiful story of Olivia and Silas, who were the epitome of love. When Silas unexpected to passes away, Olivia is devastated but learns via Silas that her life must go on. How do you go on when the only person you’ve ever loved is no longer there? Sarah Puckett’s narration truly brought this story to life and I found myself sitting at my desk wiping tears off my face. I remember thinking halfway through the story “I’m not okay.” This story was beautiful, tragic, beautifully tragic. Do have tissues available because you will need it.

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Book Review: Breaking His Rules ~ Aliza Mann

Breaking His Rules


Title: Breaking His Rules
Author: Aliza Mann
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: LoveSwept
Date of Release: April 2, 2019
Pages: 241
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Ashton lived his dating life by a set of rules: 1.) Never date the prettiest girl in the room. 2.) No dates on Friday or Saturday night. 3.) No discussing family history… you get the gist. His mind is completely blown when he meets Terra, who makes him challenge every one of those rules. Terra has her own set of drama, in the name of an ex-husband. As they get to know each other a little better, the drama unfolds. Can Ashton get past her walls? Can Terra make him forget all of his rules?

I initially wanted to read this because I love interracial romance, and it had a great synopsis. LoveSwept hasn’t produced a book I didn’t like. Upon reading it I will say I was a bit nervous. Could this be the first book that doesn’t live up to my expectation? I have to say, it did live up to my expectations. I did have to get past a chapter or two, but it was totally worth it. While it does start off a bit slow, getting to know the characters, watching them interact with each other, watching the development… it gave the story so much depth and kept me enthralled. I am new to Aliza Mann’s work, but I would enjoy reading more of her work.

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Book Review: Layla’s Chance ~ Mika Jolie

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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: 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: What Happens at Midnight ~ Laura Chapman

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Title: What Happens at Midnight
Author: Laura Chapman
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Laura Chapman, Narrator: Kay Heart
Date of Release: November 8, 2016 (ebook), January 11, 2018 (audio)
Pages: 125 (2 Hours, 55 Minutes)

After a bad encounter at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Natalie had just about given up… but then Rob came to her rescue. Every year since they meet on New Year’s Eve… until one year they didn’t, due to a misunderstanding.

While I enjoyed the story, I was frustrated with Natalie. She had a backbone, which I appreciated. What frustrated me about her was when she chose to assert the backbone. There were moments when I thought she was too hard on Rob, but not nearly as hard as she should be with her ex-boyfriend. I understood why she was hard on Rob. I truly understood; a conversation could have saved them both some heartache, especially the hopeless romantic, Natalie. However, she felt like a pushover with ex-boyfriend, Troy. For me, her brother Ian made up for what annoyed me about Natalie. What I did like about Natalie was in the end, she owned up to her own faults and misgivings.

The fun and easy banter between Natalie and Rob were endearing and they made a fantastic couple. The narration was spot on. The voices for each character matched what I saw in my imagination. It’s an enjoyable and quick read/listen. Give it a try!

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Book Review: Clipped ~ Remy Blake

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Title: Clipped (Men at Work, Book 1)
Author: Remy Blake
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Remy Blake
Date of Release: July 16, 2017
Pages: 143
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Sometimes people don’t realize how much names can hurt. In high school, names can hurt. No one knows that better than “Anal Avery”. That was a name she couldn’t escape when in high school. It was a name given to her by Wes, who had a massive crush on her… because that’s what you do when you really like someone, you tease them. As a result, Avery couldn’t wait to leave her hometown at the first opportunity, which is college!

Unfortunately, an emergency brings Avery home after being away for 8 years. The first person she sees is Wes, and the sparks fly. Wes is a completely different person than Avery remembers. He helps her sister with her 5-year-old son, he’s a successful business owner, and he wants her! Wes is relentless in his pursuit of Avery, but a misunderstanding can completely undo all the damage he caused back in high school.

Where has Remy Blake been all my life?! Her writing was engaging and I felt like I’ve known Avery and Wes my whole life. The story was funny and heartfelt. It’s the first book in the series and if the second book of the series is as good as the first, I’m in for a really good treat!