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Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit

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Author: Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Blink

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Young Adult, Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Four years ago, Ashton Keller was accused of murder. Four years ago, all Ashton wanted to be worried about was surviving his first year of high school… and girls. More specifically, his best friend Willow Lamont. Now four years later, Ashton is released from juvenile detention with revenge on the mind little realizing how his conviction altered and damaged Willow and her family.

Prepared for indifference towards everyone he once knew, nearly as soon as Ashton sets foot back in Gilt Hollow, everything changes. Continue reading “Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit”

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Unblemished by Sara Ella – A Mark That Signifies Power. A Girl Caught in the Middle.

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Author: Sara Ella

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Author Provided (thanks, Sara!)

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Unblemished, Book 1

Genre: Fiction; Fairy Tale, Contemporary Young Adult

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: Eliyana isn’t like the other girls. Her normal is hiding in the shadows. Just getting through the day is an everyday accomplishment. The mysterious blemish covering her face puts El in the “freaks” crowd at her school. But everything shifts when El loses her mother. This is when her entire life falls apart. To begin with, El discovers the next door neighbor (the boy she’s been crushing on), Joshua is anything but ordinary. Following this up, she learns there is an alternate world hidden within the New York she knows. Suddenly, El is thrust into a world of trolls, fierce warriors and a dangerous new romance. Continue reading “Unblemished by Sara Ella – A Mark That Signifies Power. A Girl Caught in the Middle.”

Diplomatic Immunity Brodi Ashton
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Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton – An Entertaining Read for ‘Veronica Mars’ or Ally Carter Fans

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Author: Brodi Ashton

Publisher: Balzar + Bray

Source: Publisher ARC

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Young Adult

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

REVIEW | Piper Baird has a dream. Her aspirations reach beyond her public high school which is why she pushes for a scholarship to an elite prep school. Once she’s in, she can compete for the prestigious Bennington award; an award that will open doors to college scholarships, and the best education possible. A budding journalist, Piper begins to work on a “exposé” story about her fellow classmates (most of whom are among the school’s wealthiest) who break rules just because they can. But everything changes when she begins to make friends with some of her classmates. And then there’s Raf, the cute boy who seems to take a keen interest in the new girl. Continue reading “Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton – An Entertaining Read for ‘Veronica Mars’ or Ally Carter Fans”

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

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Author: Melissa Tagg

Publisher: Larkspur Press (Indie)

Source: Author Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Walker Family, Book 3

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5

Beckett Walker has spent his life, in some form or another, running away. During his mother’s illness, he struggled to face facts and deal with the severity of his tilted world head on. He left his small town of Maple Valley in pursuit of corporate law, leaving under the most complicated of circumstances. One of those complications is Kit Danby, the best-friend-turned-love-of-his-life. When feelings changed, Beckett left Kit behind for Boston as she left to pursue a life in London. But know both are unexpectedly back in Maple Valley with a second chance in front of them. But what will they make of it?

For anyone who has been searching for the kind of romantic comedy novel that challenges and delights, look no further than Melissa Tagg’s brand of happy. Inside her novels lies a place that’s as cozy as your favorite oversized sweater. The characters will envelop you in the comfort of a warm hug as will the setting and emotions that stem from that center. The third in Tagg’s popular Walker family saga follows Beckett Walker, and it does not disappoint. Continue reading “Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg – Wit, Wisdom and Winsome Charm”

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Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon – A Satisfying Conclusion to the McGregor Brother’s Saga

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Author: Irene Hannon

Publisher: Revell Books

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Men of Valor, book 3

Genre: Fiction; Romantic Suspense

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Recuperating from a traumatic event is all Dana wants out of her off-the-grid haven. An editor by trade, her refuge – a cabin left to her by her grandfather, is soon the target of vandalism. Furthermore, her life is disrupted by the arrival of Finn McGregor; a seasoned Army Ranger recovering from scars (both physical and emotional) of his own. Though she didn’t plan for it, before long Finn becomes the person she relies most on. Similarly, Dana in Finn’s life becomes the person who helps him open up and heal. But with two such different paths before them, their separate lives and the danger that lurks, what does fate have in store for them? Continue reading “Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon – A Satisfying Conclusion to the McGregor Brother’s Saga”

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The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction

About the Book:The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder Rachel McMillan

Author: Rachel McMillan

Publisher: Harvest House

Source: Author provided E-galley

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Herringford and Watts, book 1

Genre: Fiction; Historical

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | One of my weaknesses is historical settings set in or around the 1900s. I know the blame for this lies squarely on the shoulders of Julian Fellowes and a little drama called Downton Abbey. This is partial reason why the debut novel of Rachel McMillan rose up to be one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. Never mind its premise being completely different, it became the one novel I was 99.9% sure of 100% adoring. Helping to sell this educated guess of mine was the beautiful and swirly cover art that featured the old-fashioned art of silhouettes to say nothing of its gorgeous swirly font. As I turned the pages, within the span of 10-15, I was swept into Rachel’s Toronto and the fascinating historical setting of 1910. Continue reading “The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction”

The Promise of Rayne Nicole Deese
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The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese – Compelling and Complex, a Contemporary Romance

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Author: Nicole Deese

Publisher: Waterfall Press (Amazon Imprint)

Source: Relz Author Services

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review | For Rayne Shelby, accomplishing one career aspiration has become her purpose. Her long held dream has been to take over the family lodge. Her uncle keeps a tight rein on the family, but in his absence (traveling with her politician father as his campaign manager), Rayne is ready to step out of his shadow. And then she makes one mistake. A mistake that, in the eyes of her uncle, is proof positive she’s unable to “protect” the Shelby family name.

Levi is a successful business man whose past is riddled with scars. He’s also happens to have a soft spot for Rayne, and has ever since their senior year. Only trouble is, Levi is associated with the man, Rayne’s family blames for derailing their heritage. Continue reading “The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese – Compelling and Complex, a Contemporary Romance”

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Told You Twice by Kristen Heitzmann – Emotionally Investing and Raw

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Author: Kristen Heitzmann
Publisher: bHd Books (Indie)
Source: Author Provided (via Rel’s Author Services)
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Told You, Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

REVIEW: Stars are finally aligning for Alexis Murphy. She has an adoring fiancé, Jeffrey, and with him, she’s planning a fairytale wedding with Grace Evangeline. All is made sweeter since Grace is married to Exi’s cousin, Devin, the guy who still affectionately calls her by the childhood nickname. Her otherwise ideal life hits a snag when Exi meets Bo Corrigan, the one man Devin distrusts most.

Bo is walking, breathing trouble. Grace sees more to him, but when he expresses interest in Exi, all Devin can see is an infuriating charmer out to break hearts. Bo is struggling internally with his lifestyle. He isn’t sure what he wants and questions everything: including his sketchy past and his infatuation with Exi. All of which could cost Bo a great deal more that he is willing to give. Continue reading “Told You Twice by Kristen Heitzmann – Emotionally Investing and Raw”

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I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones – A Five-Star Stunner for the Keeper Shelf

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Author: Jenny B. Jones
Publisher: Sweet Pea Productions (Indie Published)
Source: Author
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: With each new novel an author publishes, I’d imagine there are jitters. No matter how practiced one is, losing that agitation over the release of a novel likely stays with you. In the Indie world of publishing, I’d guess such emotions are magnified given that, while there are many people who assist you with the story, you are in control of releasing the book you’ve poured tears and smiles into. One of my most favorite authors (ever) is Jenny B. Jones. I discovered her particular brand of bookish happiness when she was signed with Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins) and now, after many years away from the author-ing gig, she returns with a select few novels published in the Indie world. I’ll Be Yours is her latest, and by Jove, it’s not one to be missed.   Continue reading “I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones – A Five-Star Stunner for the Keeper Shelf”

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Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon – The Final Journey to Doon

About the Book:Forever Doon

Author(s): Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Blink

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Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Doon, book 4

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Time Travel, Fantasy

Rating:  5 out of 5

REVIEW: The Scottish adventures of best friends Vee and Mackenna draw to a close in Forever Doon, the final novel of the series. As the story opens, things pick up immediately where Shades of Doon (book three) left off. Vee is in Doon while Mackenna is stuck in contemporary Scotland without means of returning to the place she now thinks of as home. Vee believes her beloved Jamie is dead and gone leaving Doon’s queen solely responsible for the safety of their people. With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed (a feat orchestrated to protect their people), Mackenna and Duncan strive to keep those who managed to cross the bridge safe. But with an evil soul on the throne of Doon, their greatest battle is yet to come. Continue reading “Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon – The Final Journey to Doon”