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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: The Mystery of the Curiosities ~ C.S. Poe

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Title: The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter, Book 2)
Author: C.S. Poe
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
Publisher: DSP Publications
Date of Release: March 7, 2017
Pages: 200
Format: PDF (The Romance Reviews)

Oh, how I have missed Sebastian and Calvin! It has been too long, I tell ya! Sebastian and Calvin are now dating, and things are going well for them. Right until a brick comes flying through the window of the Emporium… sigh… and so the adventure begins!

Someone is going through Calvin’s cold cases and leaving messages for Sebastian to solve the case, with each clue being about PT Barnum! With each clue being more interesting than the last, Sebastian and Calvin must race against the clock to stop the killer before the body count rises!

I absolutely loved this series! C.S. Poe’s writing style leaves you wanting more with the mystery and the romance. Just when you think you know who the killer is, there’s a twist! Sebastian is absolutely adorable, full of intelligence and sass! Calvin exudes confidence and intelligence. The two of them together are absolutely perfect. They have the perfect partnership. Also, meeting Sebastian’s adorable father is the cherry on the cake. This story was so endearing, I immediately started re-reading it as soon as I finished.

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(Book Review) Joy ~ C.S. Poe

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Title: Joy (States of Love)
Author: C.S. Poe
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBT, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date of Release:  April 5, 2017
Pages: 76
Format: PDF (The Romance Reviews) 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading JOY. I read this in one sitting.

There’s something about a guy who’s down on his luck and the sweet and silent guy. Gideon and Silas are perfect for each as they balance out one another. Gideon’s hints at insecurity is endearing and frustrating all at the same time. Silas being a man of few words gives you the wrong impression of him in the beginning, but once you get to know him… the book blossoms!

C.S. Poe’s writing is great. The intent of all characters are clear and simple, and the writing is easy to understand. I’ve read one other C.S. Poe story and I enjoyed it. I can definitely add this author to my list of favorite authors.

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The Fortune Teller’s Garden ~ Frances DeleCourt Winters

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Title: The Fortune Teller’s Garden
Author: Frances Delecourt Winters
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing, LLC
Date of Release: October 15, 2014
Pages: 148
Format: Kindle (The Romance Reviews)

Quite the most charming story I’ve read in quite a while.

Keighley’s grandmother is a renowned fortune teller. She and her grandmother had different styles of reading fortunes and she’s quite lonely. She’s quite great at telling others what they need to hear, but you know how it is… you know what’s good for others, but not for yourself. In walks Connor Jakes, a journalist, dead set on exposing Keighley as a fraud. The problem… there was a spark.

I thought this was quite magical. Their interactions were beautiful. While everything between them was subtle, it was sweet. It was a fun read and I adored every minute of it.

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Torched ~ Katie Mettner


Title: Torched
Author: Katie Mettner
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewer: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Katie Mettner
Date of Release: February 7, 2017
Pages: 236
Format: Kinde (The Romance Reviews)

It must be extremely tough to be an author. You have to put yourself out there for criticism, plus dealing with your editor, plus dealing with your publisher… going to book signings, etc. Who knew this life would be a killer?! Definitely not Constance, who is an author and graphics designer. Learning of the betrayal of her publisher, Alexis, a close group of authors doesn’t take it very well. As Constance has always been a person of high morals, she doesn’t agree with what the authors want to do. However, she doesn’t have time to deal with that. Someone is killing authors who have a little something in common.

By chance, she meets Mack, the owner of Barney & Me, who has a simple outlook on life. He is quite the sweetheart and a great listener (with pretty awesome advice), but he is no pushover. The two of them mesh very well and quite quickly. With a killer on the loose, can the two find love in each other while staying alive?

While the story was interesting and it had mystery and intrigue along with romance, it was missing something. Parts of the story was written to interact with the reader, which is fine, but it felt like everything was spelled out for you… literally everything. Because of that, the book felt longer than it actually was. With a little editing, this story would be wonderful!

The mystery aspect of the story was well done. The killer wasn’t my first guess, which is awesome, but it was my second guess. It was also quite interesting to get a little insight into what it’s like to be an author. It is a lot of work which can be rewarding, and I’m glad authors exist!

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The Wanderer ~ Dahlia Donovan

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Title: Inherited Love  (Dalton Siblings, Book 1)
Author: Katie Mettner
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBT, Romance, Humor
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Date of Release: April 8, 2017
Pages: 248
Format: PDF (The Romance Reviews)

 

Weddings tend to bring out the romantics in everyone. BC and Graham are no exception! They never thought they would see each other again, only to have a few cupids interfere. Once they encounter each other for the second time, they become inseparable. Doubt and insecurities have Graham running for the hills, but an illness has BC running to Graham. Through such a trying time and mortality on the line, will love conquer all?

The natural ease and flow of conversation between the two characters made this book quite an enjoyable read. There is a natural attraction and a humor that kept the story from being too heavy. There are moments where I couldn’t get the tears to stop falling. BC and Graham are absolutely great characters and very well developed. Their personalities, while quite different, they work very well together. I wish this was a series! (Psst! It looks like it is!)

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Inherited Love ~ Katie Mettner

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Title: Inherited Love  (Dalton Siblings, Book 1)
Author: Katie Mettner
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Release: April 7, 2017
Pages: 237
Format: PDF (The Romance Reviews)

Life for Cinn hasn’t been easy. Let’s start with her name… Cinnamon Mabel Dalton, after her grandmother, Mabel. It’s a mouthful. But her personality makes up for how wacky she thinks her name is. The book opens with Cinn sitting in her grandmother’s funeral. No one knew Mabel well, if at all. Cinn took the time to get to know Mabel and in return, Mabel got to know Cinn and the musical gift she has. So it should come as no surprise at the reading of the will that Cinn inherits Mabel’s house and dog, Brutus.

Through Cinn processing her grief the best way she can and getting to know the woman she called grandmother, she meets Foster, the director of the Humane Society and vet. They hit it off and became quick friends. What makes them the perfect couple is neither of them is perfect, with insecurities. When vandalism comes to the dog park, one part of town everyone cares about and Mabel loved, it puts Cinn and Foster together to find the culprit. While it was pretty easy to figure out the mystery, it was a sweet story of watching two people deal with their insecurities (and they have great reasons to have those insecurities) and having a passion for what they do.

The writing was simple and the story had quirky moments, which was great. This is the first book of the series, and I’m quite interested to read the next one!