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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, Books, Fiction, HEA, Romance, Suspense

Saved ~ H.L. Anderson

 

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Title: Saved
Author: H.L. Anderson
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: October 16, 2017
Pages: 286
Format: Kindle (Curiosity Quills Press)

I won’t lie to you… Thrillers aren’t usually my thing because it’s too close to the Horror genre for me. With that being said, I couldn’t put this book down. This was great storytelling, even when Theresa frustrated you! Let me back up… Theresa is a nurse who is married to a man who is down on his luck and snaps. He brutally attacks her and she’s saved by Ryan, a successful movie star who is barely existing.

Over some time, they do get to know each other, and they are attracted to each other. Ryan finally starts to live again, and Theresa is moving on with her life. The only problem, Theresa’s husband is still out there. Can the two of them finally get a chance to live their best lives? Ryan was a put in a few unfortunate situations that were beyond his control, and Theresa made decisions based on those situations (without having the full information). Her decisions did make sense but as the reader, you are frustrated because you know the full situation. One of the things I loved about this story was usually the female lead would make horrendous decisions and try to justify them. With Saved, Theresa’s decision made sense.

This was a great story from start to finish. I’m happy I was approved for this story, so thank you Curiosity Quills Press!

 

18+, Book Review, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, HEA, Romance, Sci-fi, series

Redemption ~ Laxmi Hariharan


Title: Redemption (A Many Lives Story, Book 3)
Author: Laxmi Hariharan
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Lotus and Sun
Date of Release: March 14, 2017
Pages: 221
Format: Nook (Author)

Leana is a shifter who made one mistake in her past and now she’s paying for it. She cage fights for money to help her orphanage. Mikhail has no memory of who or what he is. What he does know, he wants Leana. Rohan is Leana human cousin who has fallen in with the wrong crowd. The book starts off with Leana in a cage match. You get a glimpse into her mindset, but as the book progresses her mindset changes and she becomes stronger. I love a strong female lead.

There are so many rich characters and elements to this story that you’ll have to read this twice to appreciate it all! There are vampires, shifters, and humans. Add to that, this book can cross so many genres. There’s mystery, thriller, romance, fantasy/sci-fi. What is awesome about this story is Ms. Hariharan gives just enough backstory without retelling previous stories. It’s easy to follow along without having to read the previous stories, however it’s written in such a way that you are intrigued in other characters… so you HAVE to read the previous books. Since I am NOTORIOUS for reading series out of order, I have some catching up to do. And it will be totally worth it!

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

To Win Her Back ~ Mackenzie Crowne

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Title: To Win Her Back (Players Series, Book 4)
Author: Mackenzie Crowne
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Date of Release: January 24, 2017
Pages: 216
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

For 3 books we have been following Victoria “V” Price, indirectly. Each book making you more curious than the last about what her story could be. It is quite the story, indeed. Fifteen years ago, V accepted the marriage proposal from her high school/college sweetheart, Sam Fitzpatrick. After an injury derails his pro-football dreams, V made the toughest decision of her life. She left, with no warning. Both have spent the last 15 years trying to come to terms with the decisions that have led them to where they are, and neither ever thought their paths would cross again, until The Marauders need an offensive line coach. Sam is the perfect man for the job.

Two adults fighting their feelings, one hiding a deep, dark secret, a teenager with spunk and a reunion with some beloved characters equals quite possibly the best book in the series. This story starts off as a revenge plot, but as the story progresses it becomes a second chance story line. With some match making from GGG (Gracie’s Gridiron Girls), Lucy (Sam’s daughter), and Caroline (V’s and Sam’s boss)… V and Sam have no choice but to put their stubbornness to the side and learn to bend. This teaches you that you don’t always get a second chance. If you are fortunate enough to get a second chance, don’t waste it! If this is the end of the series, it ended on a high note and I am grateful to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review the series.

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Hers To Heal ~ Vonnie Davis

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Title: Hers To Heal (Black Eagle Ops, Book 2)
Author: Vonnie Davis
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Military
Publisher: Loveswept
Date of Release: November 22, 2016
Pages: 277
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Welcome back to Eagle Ridge Ranch, and give a big Texas hello to Reece Browning! Reece is the newest member of ZQ’s old team to come to the ranch for recovery after the loss of his arm. After the trauma he endured at the hands of his captors, Reece has taken to not speaking. Gina, his physical therapist, is the polar opposite. She’s quite the chatterbox. In the beginning, it looks as though it bugs him that she talks non-stop, but it’s really just to get him to open up. He slowly starts to open up, and you get to see what Reece may have been like before becoming a SEAL. As the story progresses, you get the backstory of Gina and Reece. You also meet Gina’s daughter, Piper, who is the smartest 6-year-old you will ever meet, and she’s looking for a father. While their friendship develops into a relationship, trouble is brewing. Will ZQ and his team be able to step in and prevent a crisis, or will they be too late?

I had moments of frustration and moments where I literally laughed out loud. As I relived the traumas with Gina and Reece, I gained a deeper level of appreciation and respect for the men and women in our Armed Forces. It reminds you how real PTSD is and how poorly it’s being treated. I thank Ms. Davis for bringing attention to the subject.

I fell in love with the secondary characters. I found Piper to be absolutely adorable. She’s reminded me of Bryce’s daughter, Colleen, from A Highlander’s Passion. I cannot forget Junebug and her love for Jack. It is truly hilarious. I enjoyed getting to know and (slightly) understand Ashley and everything she has been through. I’m not sure whose story I’m more looking forward to, ZQ or JJ. All I know is I can’t wait.

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

Nic ~ J.M. Stewart

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Title: Nic (Rossi Brothers 2)
Author: J.M Stewart
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Date of Release: November 14, 2016
Pages: 122 pages (Approximately)
Format: Kindle

Warning: There is a bit of a sensitive subject matter of abuse. It’s not explicit, but it is an important element to the story.

We first meeet Nic in Luc, having a little fun at his brothers expense. In this story, you get a sense of Nic’s insecurities. You get the full extent and full understanding of why… and it’s truly heart wrenching. On one fateful night, Anna and her daughter, Lacey enter the Rossi’s restaurant after hours and meet Nic. Both Anna and Nic have experienced traumas in their lives and are extremely open to insecurities, but on different levels.

Anna and Lacey are on the run from Anna’s abusive ex-husband, Tony, and as a result, land themselves in Angel Bay. It’s a nice safe town and a great place to raise a family. As they get to know each other and grow close, love and danger is just around the corner. What do you do? Stand and fight for what you want? Or do you flee?

This is a charming story of love, loss, fighting for what you want in life, and having the courage to receive it. Anna starts off as a woman terrified of all men, especially Nic as there are physical similarities between Nic and Tony. As the story progresses, Anna grows strong and she not only finds her voice, she finds herself. Nic thought he could never love again. He let his guard down and amazing things happened!

Highly recommend to anyone looking for a quick love story!

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Atlanta Burns ~ Chuck Wendig

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Thank you to NetGalley for approving me for this book! I enjoyed the book for what it was, but as a warning… this book is pretty dark (or at least it has some dark moments… ) Atlanta Burns is a high school student with a troubled past. She moves from North Carolina to Pennsylvania as a result and she comes with a reputation. She’s a total badass who does not stand for bullying of any kind. What I can appreciate about this book is that it touches on quite a few issues such as discrimination (of all kinds), dog fighting, and sexual assault.

The book starts with her saving a kid named Shane from being bullied because he’s Venezuelan.  For that, she’s made a friend. But she also gains the reputation of being the problem solver. Shane has a friend, Chris, who was bullied and sexually assaulted because he’s gay. The three of them become great friends, but they want revenge. The more they plot their revenge, the more you notice how racist and unaccepting the town really is. As a result, all revenge plots are never perfectly executed. Atlanta feels like everything she touches goes bad, but her heart is in the right place. Just when she feels like she’s settled into her place in life, tragedy strikes… and she feels like it’s her fault. It’s up to her to set it right.

The dialogue was a bit awkward at times, but it’s been a while since I was a teenager. This book has breached subjects such as prescription drug use, sexual assault, and discrimination that makes conversations warranted. The message at the end was inspiring. There was a mention in the beginning of the book how there’s tons of videos on youtube telling you that it gets better. Atlanta tells you it doesn’t get better… if you choose not to stand up and take a stand against bullies. So hopefully, conversations will start.