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Review – Blade of The Destroyer by Andy PeloquinBlade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin
Published by J. Ellington Ashton Press on July 11th 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 298
Source: Author

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The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Haunted by lost memories, he is bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power but denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

The hunter is constantly trying to appease the voice of his blade that urges him to kill and feed it with the lives he takes. He does not know where he comes from but he is a killer for hire. When a certain assignment puts the city in upheaval he finds more about himself and has to decide if he is going to feed the demon within or help save humanity.

In an Oyster shell – This was a good story a little violent for my taste but it kept my attention and I want to read the next book.

The Pearls – The world building was on point and believable.  I liked the multi-layered political structure that the city was founded on. The hierarchy in the city and Hunter’s interaction with it made for a compelling story.

I’ve heard the term Anti-Hero but I’ve never seen it in action until now. Hunter was well developed. He was intriguing to follow. The struggle between killing and his humanity was compelling. It was heart wrenching some things that he went through but it made me more empathetic to his character.

The Sand – It was a bit more violent than I’m used to but I am looking forward to the next book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Andy Peloquin

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle–it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

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Review – His Best Mistake by Lucy King

Review – His Best Mistake by Lucy KingHis Best Mistake by Lucy King
on January 22, 2018
Pages: 145
Source: Netgalley

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Is it too much to ask for a relationship that works?

When Stella Grant realises her perfect romance is a lie and that she's the other woman, she flees to her remote cottage in the Highlands to lick her wounds.

Billionaire currency trader Jack Maclean has nothing but contempt for the woman who stole not only his sister’s fiancé but quite possibly a family heirloom to boot. Nonetheless, he wants answers and he intends to get them. A quick trip north should do the trick. Never in a million years could he have predicted a kamikaze sheep and inclement weather would leave him stranded.

Jack might be gorgeous but Stella isn’t in the market for a man, especially one who hates her. No matter how attractive he finds her Stella is the very last person Jack should want. The trouble is, they’re all alone and the chemistry is irresistible, and, well, what happens in Scotland stays in Scotland, right?

Stella Grant escapes to the high lands to hide from her humiliation of being duped by a guy who had a fiance.  Jack Maclean is furious with Stella and hunts her down to face her for breaking his sister’s heart. Stella holds her ground and informs Jack that she was lied too just as much as his sister was. Jack is not expecting to be so attracted to Stella. They have a torrid affair that results in her pregnancy. Jack is haunted by the past of losing his wife in her pregnancy and is doing his best to guard his heart while supporting Stella. Jack will do anything to make sure history does not repeat itself.

In an Oyster Shell –It was a brief story that I really enjoyed it was a unique storyline that kept my interest.

The Pearls – I really enjoyed the unique storyline. I read a lot of romances and this one stands out from them all. I liked the European setting. I enjoyed the concept of an unplanned pregnancy and that bringing the two characters together.

I really liked Jack. He was stormy not expecting to have his feelings stirred up by Stella. Stella helps Jack break down his walls with presenting him with challenges. The couple was well paired.  It made for a good story.

The romance was good. I wanted more of it. Jack had a lot to overcome. Stella had to stand her ground. It made for a great story.

The Sand –  I wish it was longer.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars
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Review – Final Siege by Scarlett Cole

Review – Final Siege by  Scarlett ColeFinal Siege by Scarlett Cole
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Published by St. Martin's Press on January 30th 2018
Pages: 300
Source: Publisher

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IN THE LINE OF FIRE…

Former SEAL Malachai “Mac” MacCarrick is all about the future he’s created with his Navy brothers in Eagle Securities, taking assignments in the most dangerous places, and doing things no one but ex-military would attempt. But when an urgent phone call brings his troubled past—and the woman he once loved—into the present, it’s a chance to redeem himself that he can’t refuse.

STRAIGHT TO THE HEART…

An investigative journalist researching an explosive story, Delaney Shapiro tells herself she got over Mac—and his role in her brother’s death—a long time ago. But the first moment she sees him at her bedside in an overseas hospital, she knows it’s not true. Every moment together rekindles the desire that once burned between them, and now that she’s a target for an emerging Russian arms dealer, Mac won’t let her out of his sight. To protect her, he’ll risk it all—including his life…

Malachai “Mac” MacCarrick is all about working with his brother in arms at Eagle Securities. He takes a few days off to go help investigative reporter Delaney Shapiro who was kidnaped by terrorists trying to stop her from getting to the bottom of her current story. Mac has been in love with Delaney forever. Delaney hates Mac as she blames him for the death of her brother. Mac will do anything to convince Delaney the truth of what happened while keeping her safe. There are those who will stop at anything from Delaney getting the scoop on her story. Mac will die trying to help her and keep her safe.

In an Oyster Shell – It was a steamy romance that was a great addition to the series.

The Pearls – I like this series. I love stories about the former military. These Navy Seals stories are compelling. I like that the previous characters in this stories have a great supporting role in this story.

The characters were well developed and intriguing. Delaney was strong and often stubborn but Mac was a good match for her. The supporting characters were good and I hope to follow them in other books in the series.

The romance was fun and challenging. It wasn’t an easy task for Mac to get Delaney to trust him again. The journey of following the story kept me turning the pages.

The Sand – It was not a clean romance.

3.5 Pearls

3.5 Stars

About Scarlett Cole

The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I’m getting the chance to follow that dream.

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Review – Wedding Day Erin Bevan

Review – Wedding Day Erin BevanWedding Day by Erin Bevan
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on April 13th 2016
Pages: 236
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Famous Bull Rider Dallas Day met Cassie Bailey briefly in high school, but her plain looks and quiet personality left no lasting impression on him. Cassie, however, couldn’t say the same about Dallas.

Their paths cross again ten years later when Dallas is home recovering from an injury, and Cassie is the only veterinarian who volunteers her services at the home-town rodeo. She’s jump-starting her new practice, and every eligible man within a ten-mile radius is trying to land a date with the attractive vet.

Dallas’ older brother bets him that, even with all his charm and fame, Dallas can’t land a date with the reserved lady vet. Not one to turn down a challenge, Dallas makes it his mission to win a date with Cassie. After seeing her, he realizes they’ve met before, but he doesn’t remember her being so pretty. His persistence pays off, but when Cassie finds out about the bet, their new love is put to the test.

Determined to win her back, Dallas meets his biggest challenge yet: saving her life when a casual admirer turns into a deadly stalker.

Cassie Bailey is settling down to be the towns new vet. Dallas Day is home to recover from a bull riding injury. Dallas’s brother makes a bet with him that he won’t be able to land a date with the lovely new vet. Dallas, not one to back down from a challenge does his best. Little does he remember that she was the shy one in high school. Cassie is weary to get her heart broken by Dallas whom she has had a crush on since high school. He paid little attention to her then and she doesn’t trust the attention he’s given them now. Will Dallas be able to convince her to go out with him?

In an Oystery Shell –  It was a well-crafted really sweet story that puts this author’s other books straight on my TBR.

The Pearls – I met this author at a conference and she was really sweet. I was really happy when I was able to see her personality come out in this well-written story. It was sweet and clean my favorite kind of romance.

The characters were well developed and easy to follow. I thought Dallas was a fun character he was very confident and it was fun to see him try to win over Cassie. Cassie was sweet with a bit of sass. Her daughter was a fun addition and had a moving backstory.

The romance was sweet. I liked that Dallas really had to work to get Cassie’s attention. It was fun that Cassie had a boyfriend at the beginning of the story which threw a wrench into Dallas’s plan.

I liked that this story had some suspense woven into it. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

The Sand – This was a good story.

 

4 Stars

About Erin Bevan

I’m a wife, mother slash little bit of writer on the side. I spend most of my days shuffling three kids around, rocking our newest screaming addition to the family, cleaning the house and writing whenever I get the opportunity.

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Blog Tour with Review – Breaking The Ice by Julie CrossBreaking the Ice by Julie Cross
Series: Juniper Falls,
on December 26th 2017
Pages: 300
Source: Chapter by Chapter

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The second book in the Juniper Falls series from NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Cross, perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally and Abbi Glines.

Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her Civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she’s sworn them off completely until college.

Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He’s always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he’s finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner.

But leave it to a girl who requires perfection to shake up a boy who’s ready to break all the rules.

Haley Stevenson is stuck in Civics class for the summer. She is struggling to keep her GPA up. Determined to succeed she asks Fletcher Scott to be her study partner. He is less than thrilled to be paired up with the Juniper Falls princess but agrees. Working with her opens up doors to get in with some of the Hockey players Fletcher’s first love. Haley is thrilled to work with Fletcher but wants to break through his walls and uncover his many secrets.

In an Oyster Shell –  It was a really good romance, I really like this series and can’t wait for it to continue.

The Pearls – I don’t like sports but I like sports novels. I really liked the first book in this series that features Hockey players so I gave this one a whirl. I was not disappointed. Fletcher is not your typical athlete and that made the story interesting.

Fletcher was a great character. He had lots of layers that the author expertly peeled back in the narrative. Haley was a good compliment to him and was a great component to uncovering the layers.

The romance was sweet. Taking the wallflower with the princess made for a classic storyline that I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked that Fletcher was a mystery that was fun to see unravel.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

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About Julie Cross

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).
She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Review – Burning Resolution by T.M. Cromer

Review – Burning Resolution by T.M. CromerBurning Resolution by T.M. Cromer
on April 23, 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Pages: 308
Source: Author

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Armed with a New Year’s resolution and a surly attitude toward physical fitness, Erica Sutton hires a personal trainer to whip her pudgy self into shape. What she hadn’t bargained for was Zack Sharp - the owner of Workout World - assigning himself to be her workout nazi.

An obsessed ex-lover of Zack’s notices the attention he is paying Erica and sets out to remove the competition by any means possible.

Now, Erica and Zack are holed up, debating the merits of donuts, sex, and love while their crazy stalker sets out to light their world, quite literally, on fire. It’s a race against time to find their assailant before the relationship they’ve started to build is burnt to the ground.

Erica Sutton is determined to get in shape though she abhors exercising. New Year’s day she goes to Workout World that is run by her old high school crush Zack Sharp. He ends up being her personal trainer and wants to spend time with her. A stalker he didn’t know that he had started attacking Erica and burns her house down. Until they figure out whats going on Erica stays with Zack were the flames of the stalker is not the only thing heating up. It’s an uphill battle to get Erica healthy while keeping her safe from the stalker’s clutches.

In an Oyster Shell – It had some pacing issues and technical flaws but had an overall good storyline and lovable characters that made for a good story.

The Pearls – My favorite part of this book was that Erica was a writer. As a growing author myself, I felt like the writer put some valuable nuggets about writing that I could glean from. I love the irony when an author writes about a writer. It’s fun and you have to wonder how much of it is a little bit of a caricature of their own life.

The suspense was good. The action was fairly constant. I liked that even though the world was literally burning around them they have a good chance to build a relationship with Zack and his son. The conflict didn’t stop the relationship building. If anything it made it stronger.

The romance was steamy. Zack and Erica made for a fun couple. Even though Zack was a trainer he was fair in how he dealt with Erica. I loved his open acceptance of her that made for a loving relationship.

The Sand – The pacing was really off.

3.5 Pearls!

 

3.5 Stars

About T.M. Cromer

Job titles she currently holds: Author, Professional Waster-of-Time, Hammock Mounting Safety Instructor, Margarita Mixologist, and Spoiler of Dogs.

On a serious note: Until now, “a jack of all trades, master of none” best described T.M. Yet, through all her career changes, her husband has been a SAINT. He would always gently encourage T.M. to return to her real love – writing. She’s always felt it is important to be true to yourself, and to feed your soul. So, here she goes on this wonderful new adventure. She hopes you’ll join her.

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ARC Review – Another One Bites the Crust by Ellie AlexanderAnother One Bites the Crust (A Bakeshop Mystery #7) by Ellie Alexander
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
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Torte―the beloved small-town bakeshop run by Jules Capshaw―is set to hit the stage. But who would have guessed that murder would makes a surprise appearance?

It’s the role of a lifetime for Jules. The Shakespeare Festival has returned to Ashland, Oregon, for the season and Torte has been cast as the supplier of Elizabethan-era treats for the main event. But on the eve of opening night, a brawl between Jules’s friend Lance, the artistic director, and a strapping young thespian named Anthony almost brings down the house. . .and the next morning, Anthony is dead. Jules knows that Lance loves his drama―and his just desserts―but she also knows that murder is way off-script for him. Now it’s up to Jules to cut through a bevy of backstage betrayals and catty co-stars who all have their own secrets―before the curtain drops on someone else. . .

Jules is back in Ashland gearing up for the new theatre season. She’s worried about her dear friend Lance who seems to be falling apart at the seams. He is certain that a certain actor is turning the board against him. Things get turned upside down when that actor turns up dead and Lance is the leading suspect. Jules has to find out who the true killer is so she can get Lance off the hook. She does her usually sleuthing while creating tasty treats in Torte.

In an Oyster Shell – It was an amazing installment of the bakeshop mystery series featuring my favorite character Lance.

The Pearls –  Lance is the star of the show in this book. He is my favorite character. His over the top theatrics always make for an entertaining story. That Lance gets the vital roles in this story was really appropriate and a real treat.

Jules is coming into her own even more. There was less focus on the romance. A little hint of it to keep it interesting. I really liked this story that Lance and Jules’s friendship was the showcased relationship.

The mystery was good. I am amazed that Alexandar creates an intriguing mystery over and over again. It will keep you on your toes with tasty tidbits along the way.

The Sand –  It was a really good book, can’t wait for the next one!

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 Stars

About Ellie Alexander

Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her blog at

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Review – My Fair Lily by Meara Platt

Review – My Fair Lily by Meara PlattMy Fair Lily by Meara Platt
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Published by Booktrope on October 16th 2014
Genres: Regency
Pages: 266
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London is never the same after the boisterous Farthingales move into their townhouse on Chipping Way, one of the loveliest streets in fashionable Mayfair. With five beautiful daughters in residence, the street soon becomes known as a deathtrap for bachelors.

Ewan Cameron, estranged grandson of the Duke of Lotheil, is in London because of a deathbed promise made to his father and has no intention of staying beyond his three month obligation. Nothing can tempt him to remain, not even Lily, the beautiful bluestocking determined not only to restore relations between him and his grandfather, but to turn Ewan into a proper gentleman. Ewan, proud of his Scottish heritage, refuses to admit that Lily, a blue-eyed, English girl, has claimed his heart. It doesn’t matter that his big lump of a sheepdog is madly in love with her. Nor is it significant that Ewan can always tell Lily apart from her identical twin sister. Always.

Lily Farthingale, the scholarly twin, dreams of becoming the first female member of the Royal Society. She grabs at the chance when the elderly Duke of Lotheil approaches her with a proposition—he’ll admit her into the Royal Society, if she helps him to establish a relation with his estranged grandson, Ewan Cameron, a very rough-around-the-edges Scotsman who hates everything English. Between shootings, explosions, and Lily’s abduction, Ewan ends up falling in love with Lily in this Pygmalion-inspired story.

Ewan Cameron is in London to fulfill a deathbed promise to his father to live with his grandfather Duke of Lotheil. He has no intention of getting involved with any of the gently bred ladies. He is going back to Scotland in three months time at the end of his agreed-upon stay. Lily Farthingale is focused on getting into the Royal Society intending to be the first female to do so. The Duke of Lotheil who is the head decides to use that to his advantage to socialize Ewan. Neither Ewan and Lily have plans to fall for each other.

In an Oyster Shell –  It was a little slow for my taste and didn’t keep my interest as much as I would have liked.

The Pearls – I love a good Regency. This had all the makings of a good one. It had society dukes and ladies. I always love the descriptions of the dresses and food. This book had it all.

The characters are interesting. Ewan was a fun character because he was a stubborn Scot. Lily was ahead of her time with her scholarly knowledge and ambition. It worked well in this story. There was some fun supporting characters.

The romance was sweet. The two characters made for an interesting mix. Ewan’s resistance made a good story.

The Sand – The pacing was slow and it was hard to stay interested in the story. It was not my favorite Regency.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Meara Platt

Meara Platt is happily married to her Russell Crowe look-alike husband, and they have two terrific children. She lives in one of the many great towns on Long Island, New York, and loves it, except for the traffic. She has traveled extensively, occasionally lectures and finds time to write. Her favorite place in all the world is England’s Lake District, which may not come as a surprise since many of her stories are set in that idyllic landscape, including her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award winning story.

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Review – Topaz Reign by Teresa Richards

Review – Topaz Reign by Teresa RichardsTopaz Reign (Altered Stones, #2) by Teresa Richards
Published by Evernight Teen on September 29th 2017
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 304
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Fairy tales are simply tales, told and re-told, but changed over time.

It has been four months since Maggie learned the dark truth behind the tale of the Princess and the Pea and freed Princess Lindy from the cursed Emerald. Lindy is now back in the past where she belongs, queen of her tiny Scandinavian country, and Maggie is a fully reformed ex-stalker.

Except … she can’t stop doing internet searches on Lindy and her country.

One morning, Maggie wakes to find history turned on its head. Apparently, you can’t destroy a centuries-old curse without consequence. In order to prevent the changes in history from wiping out the present, Maggie resurrects her stalking gene and learns that fairy tales don’t stay dead for long.

Or at all.

Back in 1623, Lindy is juggling a threat to her family, a handsome new guard she’s not supposed to have feelings for, and a cursed Topaz with ties to the tale of Thumbelina. When past and present collide, Lindy and Maggie are brought together again, and another of Andersen’s tales turns from twisted fiction to chilling fact.

Maggie is back in present time with Lindy in the past. Maggie is constantly checking history on Lindy when one day she finds it changed. She is alarmed and Lindy’s brother goes back to find out what is going on. Turns out there is another altered stone that is changing history. Maggie and her brother go to another country to investigate what is going on. They find something there they never expected. They are then sucked into another time to help turn history back to the way it should be and save their family from a wretched curse.

In an Oyster Shell – A satisfying sequel to Emerald Bound.

The Pearls – This is a great series that is imaginative and well done. It would help to read the first book as there is a lot of references to it but not a lot of explanation. I would not recommend it as a stand-alone but both books are really great so its worth it!

The characters are distinctive and well-developed. Maggie is a strong heroine. There is a vast cast of characters but they all stand strong on their own and there is no confusion. I really liked Maggie’s brother he was a supporting character but he added so much depth. Other supporting characters did the same.

There was a smattering of romance interwoven in the story which I really liked. I feel the choices that the author made with one of the romances was really bold and refreshing. The ending was imaginative.

The Sand – The ending got a little philosophical it wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t bad either. It’s just personal preference.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Teresa Richards

Teresa Richards has published short stories in The WiFiles and Bewildering Stories, and has two stories in Z Tales: Stories from the Zombieverse by the Fairfield Scribes. When she’s not writing she’s usually chasing after one of her five kids, but sometimes manages to sneak away to eat the last of whatever treat happens to be in the house. Emerald Bound is her debut novel.

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Review – Untouchable Christmas by Cindy Skaggs

Review – Untouchable Christmas by  Cindy SkaggsAn Untouchable Christmas (Untouchables #1.5) by Cindy Skaggs
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 14th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 84
Source: Entangled Publishing

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Sofia Capri survived life as a mob wife, but living with drop-dead gorgeous FBI agent Logan Stone has its own challenges. Step one? Host his family for Christmas dinner.

Rescuing Sofia from her former mob life and saving her kidnapped son was enough to earn Logan a place in her life, but a mysterious phone call before dinner threatens the security he'd give anything to provide.

When Sofia's son and Logan's nieces disappear from the festivities, the illusion of a normal Christmas shatters, hurling Sofia back into her nightmares.

In an Oyster Shell –  A short novella that gives you a peek into the stories of the characters in the series.

The Pearls –  A Christmas romantic suspense is a unique genre that I thoroughly enjoyed. The suspense in this story kept you on your toes.

The characters were well established. It helps that there was a lot of backstories. Logan was stoic but full of romance for Sofia. Sofia was a little skittish but Logan worked hard to break through her defenses. It made for a great story.

The romance was firey. There was some hesitancy on Sofia’s part but it had a satisfying ending in the long run.

The Sand – Sofia was a bit off-putting at times.

3 Pearls!

 

 

3 Stars

About Cindy Skaggs

Cindy Skaggs started gambling because she needed a quick financial turnaround for an investment opportunity, and her father was right there to pony up the bankroll. She learned valuable lessons that night in betting, bluffing, and folding, until she’d turned a dollar in nickels into some serious money: twelve dollars for a middle school yearbook.

Cindy grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Most of those stories were even true. She has ten siblings, some of whom are older than her mother, has nieces and nephews older than her, and once went to a horse auction with John Wayne. Well, with him in the sense that he was there, and she was also… there. She was the munchkin in line for his autograph with tangled hair and bruised knees that liked to dance on her daddy’s dusty cowboy boots and listen to his tall tales.

With her love of storytelling and heroes, it’s no wonder she turned to books and stories after her father died. She skipped most of the eighth grade to bury herself in books while hidden in her closet, because she was still looking for the perfect story and the last honest man. Her search took her around the world with the Air Force as well as around the world with her education. She’s visited more countries than she can remember, nearly every state in the U.S., and has more degrees than the Tin Man.

As a single mom, she’s still gambling, betting on herself for the first time in her life, turning her lifelong love of storytelling into the one thing she can’t live without: writing. She writes 10,000 words a week in cafes and coffee shops, and some of those 10,000 words are even worth reading. She has an MA in Creative Writing, is working towards her Master of Fine Arts, and has three jobs, two kids, a Pushcart Nomination, more pets than she can possibly handle, and more works in progress than the crew filling potholes after a long Colorado winter.

Facebook is her guilty pleasure, the Twitterverse her happy place, and her blog the one place she’s not telling stories (fictional, anyway). This time around, she’s holding out for the last honest man.

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