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Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan – Interesting Court Room Drama Introduces New Series

Deadly Proof Rachel DylanABOUT the BOOK

Author: Rachel Dylan

Publisher: Bethany House

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Mystery

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Rating: ★★★ ½

REVIEW | If there is one thing everyone who knows her can say of Kate Sullivan, it’s that she doesn’t back down. It’s this tenacious part of her personality that’s about to come in handy. As one of the best attorney’s at her firm, Kate is about to try a big pharmaceutical case; a case that involves clients who suffered terrible losses. Their loved ones were all victims of a new drug with the Mason Pharmaceutical label. A conglomerate corporation, Mason has the resources (and money) to sweep this under the rug, and they begin by hiring the best law firm money can get. Continue reading “Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan – Interesting Court Room Drama Introduces New Series”

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All this Time Melissa Tagg
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All This Time by Melissa Tagg – The Walker Saga Concludes with Most Anticipated Story

All this Time Melissa TaggABOUT the BOOK

Author: Melissa Tagg

Publisher: Larkspur Press (Indie Published)

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

Source: Author Provided e-copy; thanks, Melissa!

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Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | Time stands still for Bear McKinley. His dream of missionary work in Africa has just vanished from his future thanks to a checkered past. This leads him to wonder about the future.  His immediate future leads him to Georgia and the door of his sister-in-law. Instead of a welcome, she refuses to tell Bear what’s going on with his brother (who’s life is riddled with mistakes), but she does rush him out the door, and sends her two kids with him. All he knows is she begs Bear to keep her children safe… and the best way he knows how to do this is by returning to Maple Valley.

BOOK REVIEW | Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg – Wit, Wisdom and Winsome Charm

Maple Valley is safety to Raegan Walker. It’s the only place she’s known and it’s the only place she wants to be. Unlike her siblings, she isn’t about to leave it or her close-knit family behind. The one person who could have shaken her safety net is Bear McKinley. Until he left her behind. Now Raegan protects a broken heart. When he returns with two small children in tow, Raegan will have to check her emotions lest she again fall in love with this enigma of a man… Continue reading “All This Time by Melissa Tagg – The Walker Saga Concludes with Most Anticipated Story”

Moving Target Lynette Eason
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Moving Target by Lynette Eason – Fast Paced Romantic Suspense at its Best

Moving Target Lynette EasonABOUT the BOOK

Author: Lynette Eason

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance / Suspense

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Rating: ★★★★½

Quick-Witted, smart and fast paced, Moving Target is sure to entice the romantic suspense enthusiast in all of us. Buckle in and hang tight for an adventure, and the thrill of “the chase” as only suspense fiction can provoke.

REVIEW | Brushes with death is an experience Maddy McKay knows well. She’s too familiar with the sensation and fear. First when her life was nearly taken from her months earlier. Now, her best friend (and the man she’s crushing on), Detective Quinn Holcombe is recovering from a similar experience. In the hopes this new bond they’ve formed will be the start of a new normal, Maddy spends her waking hours helping Quinn during his recovery. Continue reading “Moving Target by Lynette Eason – Fast Paced Romantic Suspense at its Best”

Lucky in Love Kasie West
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Lucky in Love by Kasie West – A Golden YALit RomCom Sure to ‘Win’ the Heart of its Reader

Lucky in Love Kasie West
A B O U T THE B O O K

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: Scholastic

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Genre: Fiction; YA Contemporary, Teen Secular

Rating: ★★★★★

…West strikes gold (and plenty of good luck) in her latest novel. Bubbly and bright, happy and hip, Lucky in Love is the kind of novel one wants to read over the hot, humid and hazy summer days.

Times are tough inside the protective walls of Maddie’s house. Her parents are fighting constantly thanks to a one-income household, and Maddie’s brother is falling farther and farther away from returning to school. On her 18th birthday, Maddie’s big plans fall apart when none of her friends show up. In the wake of this, she impulsively buys a lottery ticket (at the cost of her favorite sweet treat), and the following morning, she discover, she wins!

Overnight, everything changes. No longer does Maddie – nor her family, have money troubles. The responsible girl now believes everything will be ok. But Maddie soon learns money and comfort doesn’t heal wounds or fix problems. The only person Maddie comes to trust is her cute co-worker, Seth who coincidentally also seems to be the only guy who doesn’t know about Maddie’s new found fortune. Continue reading “Lucky in Love by Kasie West – A Golden YALit RomCom Sure to ‘Win’ the Heart of its Reader”

Unraveling Sara Ella
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Unraveling by Sara Ella – Solid Sequel Follows up YA Fantasy Debut, ‘Unblemished’

Unraveling Sara EllaA B O U T THE B O O K

Author: Sara Ella

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Publication Date: 2017

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Genre: Fiction; Fantasy, Young Adult Contemporary

Series: Unblemished, Book 2

Rating: ★★★★½

Romantic, adventurous and fulfilling, Unraveling soars above the fray with its poignant themes of true beauty and true love.

REVIEW | In the aftermath of her life forever changing, Eliyana Ember is about to be crowned queen of her new realm (aka the place she’s meant to now call home). Growing up in contemporary New York, El is thrust into a world of fantasy and unexpected dangers. Being queen of this realm means she must prove wrong the deflated expectations her subjects have of her reign.

Further complicating things is the Kiss of Infinity she shared with a boy gone physically, but never far from her mind. Their bond won’t be denied despite the efforts of her fiancé, Joshua. The boy El once thought she loved without reservations. Now she questions everything. Is Joshua still the boy she loves? Why does she have this unexplained connection to Ky? And who or what is behind the Callings failure? Continue reading “Unraveling by Sara Ella – Solid Sequel Follows up YA Fantasy Debut, ‘Unblemished’”

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What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum – YA Contemporary about Friendship and How NOT to Be Awkward

A B O U T THE B O O K

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Publisher: Random House

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Publication Date: 2017

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Young Adult/Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Dreams haunt Kit Lowell. Dreams triggered by the unexpected death of her father. Despite this, every day, she pretends nothing is wrong. She listens to her friend’s petty complaints, goes to school and follows the same routine. Until today. Today she fits at David Drucker’s table. David is weird (or so he tells us), but as Kit sits at his otherwise empty lunch spot, she discovers he’s a “good” weird.

David is different. And he knows it. Boasting an unusual personality, David doesn’t trust anyone. He’s been on the bad end of school pranks one too many times which is why he relies on his elder sister’s “guide book” on who not to trust. Kit Lowell is on the good list. Kit is the girl David has had a crush on for years, and when she asks him to help to make sense of her father’s accident, David readily agrees. Continue reading “What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum – YA Contemporary about Friendship and How NOT to Be Awkward”

A New Shade of Summer Nicole Deese
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A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese – Contemporary Fiction Sure to Set Hearts Aflutter

AA New Shade of Summer Nicole DeeseBOUT the BOOK:

Author: Nicole Deese

Publisher: Waterfall Press

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

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Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | If you adore swoon-worthy stories with heart, A New Shade of Summer is one that rivals the best of the best. It’s smart, funny and beautifully romantic in all the right places, spaces and ways. It’s a story sure to set hearts aflutter. Failure is something Davis Carter feels the crippling weight of. As a single parent, he’s trying to find the hole in his relationship with his son, Brandon, which will allow him to slip past the kid’s defense. Between his son and running his vet client, he has very little time for anything. Furthermore, Davis is having to deal with bothersome in-laws that cannot – or won’t, respect Davis’ role as Brandon’s parent. 
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The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo – Complex Study in Characters and the Grieving Process

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Amy  Matayo
Publisher: SYG Productions (Indie)
Source: Author provided – thank you, Amy.
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: ★★★★½

At the top of the charts that command the success of his profession, musician Cory Minor has everything. Or that’s what the paparazzi and outward world sees. Inside his own private world, Cory’s life is another story. Losing himself in woman enamored by his lifestyle and the buzz of a new city every night, Cory’s life is on the fast track to disaster. Tragedy strikes when, while leaving his latest tour stop, his tour bus hits a car with two teenage girls inside. Continue reading “The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo – Complex Study in Characters and the Grieving Process”

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Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Family
Rating: ★★★★½

“Smart, sassy and sensational, Jane of Austin is a classic in its own right; a book worthy of placing next to its Austen inspired tome.”

REVIEW | Change is threatening to sweep the Woodward sister’s into its vicious cycle. In the wake of their father’s scandal, the sisters reinvent their life by opening a tea shop. Now, their landlord has died and his family no longer believe they’re good tenants. Forced to leave behind their home and business, the three sisters pack up and make the move from California to Texas, where distant relatives await. Continue reading “Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’”

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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, 1
Rating: ★★★★

An exciting adventure awaits the reader as we journey with Sofi Snow.

REVIEW | There are two things 17-year-old Sofi Snow is good at. Keeping her guard up, and protecting her bother. It’s all she’s ever known. She’s fierce in her every day and as an online gamer. Her world is an Earth ruled by cooperation’s rather than a form of government. Her primary goal though is to keep her young brother, who is a part of the games’ virtual and physical arena fights, safe. When an explosion rocks the arena, Sofi is injured and Shilo is nowhere to be found.

Convinced he’s a alive, Sofi escapes the hospital (after overhearing the sinister plans for her) and sets about finding her brother. To enter the forbidden world where the Delonese live (the alien planet surrounding Earth), Sofi needs help. She’ll need the kind of help only Earth’s playboy, Miguel, one of the Delonese’s ambassadors, can offer. A dangerous possibility not only because ambassadors aren’t allowed on the planet, a complication further agitated because they share a history both wish to forget. Continue reading “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World”