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Book Review: Life Goes On ~ Kelly Moore

Life Goes On


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.

18+, Book Review, Books, Fiction, HEA, Romance

Book Review: Layla’s Chance ~ Mika Jolie

Layla's Chance


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: Southernmost Murder ~ C.S. Poe

Southernmost Murder


Title: Southernmost Murder
Author: C.S. Poe
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
Publisher: DSP Publications
Date of Release: January 9, 2018
Pages: 200
Format: PDF (The Romance Reviews)

We get Aubrey’s story!

We meet Aubrey in the¬†Snow & Winter¬†series. Aubrey is a great friend to Sebastian and is located in the sunny location of Florida, providing a nice backdrop to a well-told and hilarious murder mystery. Aubrey is the property manager of Smith Family Historical Home. He’s ready for a bit of downtime with Jun Tanaka, FBI agent, and partner to Aubrey’s ex-boyfriend. There’s a skeleton in one of the closets and this sets off a series of events. You don’t have a “Sebastian” level of interference from Aubrey, but you do get to see the investigation play out… with some instigation from Aubrey.

An interesting aspect of this story was Aubrey’s narcolepsy. Like with Sebastian’s colorblindness, you get details of the condition and it plays a small part in the storyline. It doesn’t overwhelm the story, but it was interesting to get a day-to-day rundown of what it would be like to have narcolepsy. Aubrey and Jun were perfect for each other. They balance each other very well. Aubrey had “in your face” style of humor, whereas Jun’s was nice and subtle. While this could be read as a standalone, you can read it along with Sebastian’s series. (Read it after “The Mystery of the Curiosities”. This takes place directly after book 2). I hope this is the start to a series, it’s that good!

18+, Book Review, Books, Fiction, HEA, Romance, series, Suspense

Book Review: Fighting for Mr. Beautiful ~ Caterina Passarelli

Fighting for Mr. Beautiful


Title: Fighting for Mr. Beautiful (The Eternal City Love Series, Book 2)
Author: Caterina Passarelli
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Caterina Passarelli
Date of Release: November 21, 2015
Pages: 145
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Fighting for Mr. Beautiful picks up, literally, where we left off. Elena saves Leo’s life, but it may be at the expense of her own. Waking up in a hospital with no recollection of how she got there or why she’s in Italy at all was jarring, to say the least for Leo. It means she doesn’t remember falling in love with him. Leo needs a plan and he needs one now! Good thing he’s prepared. He either needs to help her regain her memory or make her fall in love with him again! Easy, right?! Hold your horses! Everything you remember about Elena isn’t the “Elena” she knows. With the help of her friends, can Elena regain the happiness she once knew?

There were a few discrepancies in this one… it didn’t take away from the story, but it could make it hard to follow. There were moments I was absolutely in love with Leo. He was endearing and patient. He was understanding and dealing with a lot. He was fun, flirty, he was perfect. The hashtag usage after a while started to become too much. Not a deal breaker, but it felt like there was #this or #that on every page. With that being said, I devoured this story in one sitting. I read this entire series in one night. I think this could have been flushed out a bit, but that could just be me trying to get a third book out of this series!

18+, Audio, Book Review, Books, Fiction, Romance, series

Book Review: Rebound ~ Aidy Award

Rebound


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.