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Book Review: Losing a Piece of Me ~ K.B. Andrews

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Title: Losing a Piece of Me
Author: K.B. Andrews, Narration: Sarah Puckett
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Unknown
Date of Release: June 20, 2017
Pages: 310 (6 hours, 54 minutes)
Format: Audio (Audiobook Obsession)

Sometimes a secret can change everything… and I do mean everything. It was a secret so big, Lex was forced to leave everything behind… Striker included. Forced to return for her sister’s wedding, Lex comes face to face with Striker and is looking for answers. He’s waited 6 years for this moment. Will Striker be able to handle what he hears, or will he turn Lex away forever?

Oh. My. Word! This tore me apart. The strength Lex exhibits was astounding. There was more to this secret and Lex than what meets the eye. Striker is a character that is easy to fall in love with. He gives you just enough “bad boy” vibes, but also has a heart of gold. This story was told from dual POV and it was lovely. Sarah Puckett’s narration was spot on with giving each character their own personality. The one complaint I have is it was difficult to tell when the characters were having a memory. This happened quite a bit, but I didn’t realize it was a memory until Lex or Striker were almost done reliving the memory. It probably reads better in print. I will say it didn’t stop me from enjoying the story.

 

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Book Review: Barreled Over ~ Jenna Sutton

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Title: Barreled Over (Trinity Distillery, Book 1)
Author: Jenna Sutton
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Jenna Sutton
Date of Release: December 26, 2017
Pages: 369
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Every now and again, you read a book that frustrates you… but you love it! That is this book for me!! “Barreled Over” is about Ava Grace, one of country music’s biggest stars, and Jonah Beck (known to friends and family as Beck), son of the family that is synonymous with bourbon. While Ava Grace is battling her record company who wants her top broaden her fan base of just women, with wacky ideas of how to do that, Beck is trying to make a name for himself. Together, they can help each other, and find love at the same time!

Everything about this story is adorable and funny, with great characters. While the two main characters have some not-so-great things in their in past and I  understand why they are the way they are, I found myself almost liking the secondary characters more than the main characters. As this is my first book by this author, it felt as though I should already know some of the characters. It didn’t detract from the story, but it did make me wonder if I was missing out.

The chemistry between Ava Grace and Beck is wonderful. They have great banter and the chemistry is instant. What I loved about this book is the bourbon lessons you get! I know it’s not the point of this book, nor is it meant to be the focus, but I thought it was fascinating and a nice addition to the story. I am intrigued to see where this series will go, as I enjoyed getting to know Ava Grace and Beck.

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Book Review: Truth ~ Avery Woods

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Title: Truth (Book of Secrets, Book 2)
Author: Avery Woods
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Date of Release: August 31, 2018
Pages: 293
Format: Kindle (Publisher)

Truth was a nice introduction to Avery Woods. This was thoughtful and engaging. Cori and Jesse were interesting characters for me. While I felt for Cori and what she was going through, I wanted more of Jesse. I felt like I didn’t get enough of Jesse’s story. I would have loved for his character to be fleshed out a bit more, with that being said… I adored Jesse. I just wished he was a bit more expressive. As this is book 2 and I have not read book 1, I felt like I was going through the emotional wringer. There were a few funny moments for me so that it didn’t seem so heavy, there were moments where I didn’t know what I would do if I were in their shoes. It caused a bit of self-reflection for me, and I for one appreciated it. With this introductory read of Avery Woods, I’m intrigued to read the first book of the series… knowing I need to have my tissues handy!

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Book Review: Dark Alpha’s Hunger ~ Donna Grant

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Title: Dark Alpha’s Hunger (Reaper, Book 6)
Author: Donna Grant
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Date of Release: August 7, 2018
Pages: 158
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Reaper, Eoghan, is trapped in what seems to be another dimension, being chased by a demon. What could save him is the music being played by Thea, a half-fae, extremely gifted with the violin. There is a rock formation that calls to her. She doesn’t know how or why, but when she was finally able to travel there on her own, she made the most of it. She just had no idea what was waiting for her on the other side. Can Eoghan come into the right dimension to help prevent a war, or will he stay trapped in his own version of hell instead?

In typical “me” fashion, I read this series out of order. I did not realize this was a series when I requested the book. I won’t say this could be read as a standalone, but there is enough backstory on other characters which allowed me to follow along with ease. Both Eoghan and Thea have such heartwrenching pasts, and it makes you root for them. Donna Grant has a way of taking a novella and making it feel like a full-length novel. She gives so much information without you feeling overwhelmed. She also made me feel so intrigued by other characters, and I can’t wait to go back and read about them!

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Book Review: A Rake’s Redemption ~ Cynthia Breeding

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Title: A Rake’s Redemption (Rake Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Cynthia Breeding
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Date of Release: July 23, 2018
Pages: 330
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

After trying to thwart her uncle’s plans to marry her off to someone she didn’t love, let alone like, Inis Fitzgerald runs away to London. After an interesting turn of events, Inis finds employment with Alexander Ashley, a self-proclaimed rake who has one agenda, seduce the women of the ton. He’s doing so well at this, there’s a club. However, as he gets to know Inis, he realizes she’s perfect for his scheme, teach Inis all about how to be a lady… just enough to fool the ton. Can she maneuver Alexander and complete his plan of being a “lady” long enough to carry out her own plan?

This was amazing and witty. Inis was her own person, and she wasn’t manipulative. I quite enjoyed Inis for the simple fact she wanted to live and love on her own terms. She spoke her mind without being disrespectful, which is why I also enjoyed Alexander. He encouraged Inis to be herself. When the two were together, they let their guards down and it was great. The chemistry… it wasn’t overpowering, but it was nice… subtle. The relationship started as employer and employee, however, it was nice to watch the relationship evolve to friendship to lovers. I enjoyed reading the wit, the mystery, the romance. It was well done.

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Book Review: How to Train Your Baron ~ Diana Lloyd

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Title: How to Train Your Baron (What Happens in the Ballroom Series)
Author: Diana Lloyd
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Date of Release: July 23, 2018
Pages: 333
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Elsinore Cosgrove got more than she bargained for when she left the ballroom in search of Lord Byron. Quin Graham didn’t exactly sign up for a bride when Elsinore got her hand stuck in a guillotine, but hey everything happens for a reason, right? How to Train Your Baron is a delightful story of a young woman in search of adventure before having to be forced into a marriage she wouldn’t want, while a young man, who has experienced more tragedy than one should have to bear, tries to find redemption. Can they let down their guards and let each other in?

What I loved about this story is there was humor, love, and mystery. This was extremely well written, and you didn’t notice you were reading over 300 pages. While I understood Elsinore’s need for adventure, there were moments of, “Well, that was unnecessary…” but those moments set up scenes of hilarity. I would be interested in reading other books in the series, however many that would hold!

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Book Review: Pieces of Forever ~ Heather D’Agostino

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Title: Pieces of Forever
Author: H. D’Agostino
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Unknown
Date of Release: July 19, 2018
Pages: 151
Format: ePub (H. D’Agostino)

I have to say, this is quite a difficult book to review without giving anything away… but I shall try. Jackson had everything he ever wanted, a wife, a daughter, and a business he loved. He thought to do right by his family, he needed to make his bar as successful as possible. He learned the hard way, everything can change in the blink of an eye! This was a heartwarming and gripping story of hard endings and new beginnings. This book can be devoured in one sitting. This is the second book I’ve read by H. D’Agostino and each time, she has made my cold, dark heart feel something. This is an emotional story and handled quite well. I wish I could go back and read it for the first time again.