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Book Review: Haunted Souls ~ Kathryn Knight

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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: 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

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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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Book Review: Clutch ~ Lisa Becker

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Title: Clutch
Author: Lisa Becker, Narrator: Suzanne Barbetta
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewer: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Unknown
Date of Release:  October 15, 2015
Pages: 268 (8 hours, 12 minutes)
Format: Audio (Audio Obsession)

Clutch is a light, fun read that will have you laughing out loud sometimes and frustrated at other times. Join Caroline in the world of dating as she tries to find her “Happily Ever After,” her Clutch.

Early on, you know how this is going to end. I didn’t mind that, but I was interested to see how we would get there. Caroline went on a series of dates over time, and each guy represented a purse of some sort. In a weird kind of way, some of the guys I found a little endearing, while I found others tried my nerves a bit. Reading about Caroline’s dating escapades did give some exaggerated misadventures, but over glasses of wine, it was fun to hear her tell her best friend and bar owner, Mike, about them.

One of my issues with this was there really wasn’t any character building. At times it felt as though you knew more about Caroline’s dates than Caroline… or Mike for that matter. As someone who hasn’t been to California (yet), it would have been nice to have some sort of details about Caroline’s surroundings.

Becker’s writing is fun and easy, making this an interesting read. She accurately describes everyone’s fear of growing old alone. The narration by Suzanne Barbetta was spot on with each character creation. Each character was distinct and brought to life. While predictable, it was still worth the read.

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Book Review: Pirate’s Passion ~ Lisa Kessler

 

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Title: Pirate’s Passion (Sentinels of Savannah #2)
Author: Lisa Kessler
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Date of Release: November 12, 2018
Pages: 300
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

This post is late because I’ve read this book twice in a row! If I thought I loved the first one, this one takes the cake! And it’s longer, so I get more Keegan! What do you do when the lead singer of your favorite band is an immortal pirate… and is sexy as all get out?! You help him keep his immortality! The interactions between the two are striking and passionate! For a guy who didn’t consider romance to be in his cards, He has quite the thing for Char… and who doesn’t love a smart girl!? The writing is impeccable and kept me wanting to more. Between the love scenes and all the action, I couldn’t get enough. Please let there be a book 3!