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These Deadly Games

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  Let’s play a game. You have 24 hours to win. If you break my rules, she dies. If you call the police, she dies. If you tell your parents or anyone else, she dies. Are you ready? When Crystal Donavan gets a message on a mysterious app with a picture of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper’s game. At first, they make her complete bizarre tasks: steal a test and stuff it in a locker, bake brownies, make a prank call. But then Crystal realizes that each task is meant to hurt--and kill--her friends, one by one. But if she refuses to play, the kidnapper will kill her sister. Is someone trying to take her team out of the running for a gaming tournament? Or have they uncovered a secret from their past, and wants them to pay for what they did... Author of  All Your Twisted Secrets,  Diana Urban’s explosive sophomore novel,  These Deadly Games , is a must-read, propulsive YA thriller with deadly stakes, stunning twists, and a shocking ending you’ll never forget-

Book Review: Securing His Mate

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  A vow to his ailing mother gives Grizzly shifter, Micah, six months to find his mate, or he and his brothers lose their family’s land. He can’t contemplate a lifelong bond, but one tease of Nicolette’s enticing scent has him and his bear ready to do what it takes to make her his. Nicolette and her sister are all each other have in the world so she protects their existence by living a sedate life. A chance encounter with the charming Micah has her rethinking her decisions. But how will she view him when she learns he’s a shifter and her only experience with that world led to heartache? Micah offers love and security, but can he convince her their bond is meant to be? * * * He’s reluctant to face his destiny. She’s protected herself from more heartache. Their bond will prove fate doesn’t make mistakes. * * * This standalone novella is part of a multi-author steamy paranormal romance series about five Grizzly bear shifter brothers and the women they fall in love with. My Review I have n

The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water

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  When Kendra Brennan moves into her grandfather's old cabin on Hidden Lake, she has a problem and a plan. The problem? An inflammatory letter from A Very Disappointed Reader that's keeping her from writing her next novel as long as its claims go unanswered. The plan? To confront Tyler, her childhood best friend's brother--and the man who inspired the antagonist in her first book--in order to prove to herself that she told the truth as all good novelists should. What she discovers as she delves into the murky past is not what she expected. Facing Tyler isn't easy, but facing the truth of her failed friendship with his sister, Cami, may be the hardest thing she's ever had to do. Award-winning novelist Erin Bartels searches the heart with this lyrical exploration of how a friendship dies, how we can face the unforgiveable, and how even those who have been hurt can learn to love with abandon. My Review I was intrigued by the premise of this book. Yet, I am sad to repor

The Family You Make

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  During the snowstorm of the century Levi Cutler is stranded on a ski lift with a beautiful stranger named Jane. After strong winds hurl the gondola in front of them into the ground, Levi calls his parents to prepare them for the worst…but can’t bring himself to say goodbye. Instead, wanting to fulfill his mother’s lifelong wish, he impulsively tells her he’s happily settled and Jane is his girlfriend—right before his phone dies. But Levi and Jane do not. Now Levi’s family is desperate to meet “The One.” Though Jane agrees to be his pretend girlfriend for just one dinner, she’s nervous. After a traumatic childhood, Jane isn’t sure she knows how to be around a tight-knit family that cherishes one another. She’s terrified, and a little jealous. But an unexpected series of events and a host of new friends soon show Jane that perhaps this is the life she was always meant to have. As Jane and Levi spend more time together, pretend feelings quickly turn into real ones. Now all Jane has to d

Book Review: Chasing the Darkness

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  Chasing the Darkness is a story about vengeance and redemption and takes place in a land called Pandaren where there are two types of people - those with magic, Spectrals, and those without. Azrael, obsessed with revenge and power, undergoes a procedure giving him magic, but an unexpected side effect causes him to feel emotions he’s blocked for years. As an assassin and second in command of the Watch Guard, he has become a liability. Azrael is betrayed by his team and rescued by the people he’s hunted. He learns his beliefs and purpose are based on lies and has to choose the path of vengeance or the road to redemption. Chasing the Darkness entertains readers who enjoy character-driven stories with twists and turns. Chasing the Darkness is a fast-paced novel with magic, sword fights, and romance that keeps readers turning the page. The underlying themes, besides redemption, include forgiveness, sacrifice, and learning that one’s worth is not defined by one’s past. My Review I absolute

Book Tour: Sinful Hands

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Something About You

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  The demons of the past never really go away. ​ They reach up and consume all that you love.  ​ Danny has watched his brothers find happiness and peace with their women. They have the kind of love a person spends their life searching for, the kind Danny believes he will never have. But Fate has other ideas, and Jill Is strong enough to battle the past with him.   ​ Jill has her own demons, though, ones set on destroying the little oasis of peace she has fought so hard for. The problem is, there are some things not even the Mancini Family will be able to help her with.   ​ When the monsters of their pasts claw up out of hell, Danny and Jill must fight their way through love to not only save each other, but the whole family.   ​ The problem is, who are the demons after? My Review I have not read any of the prior books in this series. In fact, I honestly did not know this was the last book in this series when I picked it up. Luckily, I had no issues jumping right into this book and the w

Backslide by Nicole Dykes

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We're on tour with Backslide by Nicole Dykes! Download your copy of Backslide today! About Backslide When you’re young, everything seems brighter, more hopeful, and like anything is possible. Which is great. But it can also lead to so many mistakes. Mistakes you promise yourself you’ll never make again. You promise yourself you'll be smarter, guard your heart, and make better decisions. And you won’t ever let anyone crush you again. But what happens when you’re confronted with the past? Nash Davis is settled and happy, helping his brother and his wife pursue their dreams. But when his biggest regret comes crashing back into his life, will he have the strength he promised himself he’d have? Can he keep his walls up? Or will Adrian Walker’s presence be too much? Will it lead toward an inevitable backslide to where they began? Or can there be a future after so much pain? When Nash and Adrian are thrown together in the Ozarks for months, they’re

The Last Great American Tragedy

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  Blurb  As dictated in Plato's Symposium, Zeus separated humans out of fear, damning them to a life of searching, leaving them with a glimmer of hope, a memory, a longing for their original other half.   Cordelia, an esteemed author, meets her other half under the most unusual circumstances. Grieving her mother's death, she moves to the sleepy little city of Asheville to end her life. After a near successful drowning attempt, Doctor Locke saves her, thus starting a love affair that rivals the gods.   Both broken and troubled, the two hearts dance around each other in a shifting battle of willpower. But as Cordelia starts exhibiting the telltale signs of a body fading away, will the good doctor be able to keep her soul attached to this mortal coil, or will she force him to walk his life alone, never to be complete? My Review To be honest, when I read the premise, I was not really sure what to expect from this book. It read kind of like a Shakespearean meets Greek mythology but

What evil awaits in Unboxed

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  Greg Zipper is a paranormal vlogger whose livelihood relies on his online popularity. When a fight between him and his girlfriend goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Greg purchases a dark web mystery box in hopes of restoring his audience’s faith in him and hitting one million subscribers. But when Greg opens the box, he gets much more than he bargained for, including a Boxer who’s determined to stop him from taking his loved ones for granted. Now Greg must do all he can to stop the Boxer, or else he’ll lose his livelihood—along with the woman he loves. My Review I have read a few books in play format. They are unique and can add an element to a story. I was drawn to this book first by the book cover and second by the concept of the story. I got both the audio and ebook versions of this book. Which I started out with the audio version.  When I got to the halfway point of the audio book, I realized that I could not remember a thing that had happened. Therefore, I read the ebook as I

The Veil

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  Isabelle Ayala just lost her job and is desperate to make ends meet. Valentino Greco is a wealthy man who trusts no one and one night with him will change both of their lives. Isabelle’s best friend invites her to attend an annual masquerade ball but fails to tell her about the dark secret surrounding the ball. Juggling two identities, contracts, secrets, lies, and passion will drive anyone crazy. The Veil is jam packed with constant twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat. My Review This is the third book I have read from author, V.B. Emanuele. Just like the other two books, she really infuses such life into her characters that I the reader become so invested in them, that they are a part of me. That is what happened with this book.  Isabelle and Valentino are great together. They may have started out as casual acquaintances but that changed fairly quickly the longer they spent in one another's company. You could say that the intensity went from a spark to f

Wild Lies

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  Working together, hiding secrets, and fighting attraction… Rathmusen Blackwood, aka Rath, rode off into the sunset on his Harley after a SEAL team mission went deadly wrong and the media dubbed his unit the “Rogue Six.” But he didn’t leave behind the anger that’s pushing him toward his father’s destructive legacy. He needs to find the truth and avenge his comrades in order to prove his worth to his family…and maybe to himself. The mole who fed the U.S. lethally false information is hiding in dangerous cartel territory in Mexico, so Rath breaks into the secluded house where intel says Dan is staying. Instead, he finds Dan’s beautiful daughter, Neesa, who’s risking her life to find her father. Since she thinks Rath is the agent sent to help her, he goes along. He can learn more about his target and keep Neesa safe in hostile territory. Neesa has been desperately searching for her father, dealing with questionable informants while waiting for the help the U.S. government has been promis

Daughter of the Moon Goddess

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  A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e   , in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm and sets her on a dangerous path—where choices come with deadly consequences, and she risks losing more than her heart. Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the powerful Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind. Alone, untrained, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to learn alongside the Crown Prince, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the emperor’s son. To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatur

Stranger Love

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  Blurb      Rose   They say you’ll have the time of your life at university, but it was the handsome stranger in a local bar who gave me mine. Our connection was instantaneous, our conversation littered with inappropriate teasing. And his kiss. Blew. My. Mind. Going home with him was never in doubt. The next day, he promised to call, but I never heard from him again. Trying not to feel rejected, I decided to look at my one night stand as an experience fitting of college life. The unexpected baby wasn’t part of the deal though. I wasn’t down for that particular experience. I’m a final year student and the timing is awful. But despite delivering babies for a living, Callum’s not happy about the pregnancy, making accusations and assumptions every time we meet.  He treats me as if I’m his enemy, and if he’s not careful he’ll make me one, pushing me away for good.     Callum   The green-eyed girl from the bar is standing in my hospital, looking at an ultrasound scan in her hands. I hoped

Red Is My Heart

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  How can you mend a broken heart? Do you write a letter to the woman who left you - and post it to an imaginary address? Buy a new watch, to reset your life? Or get rid of the jacket you wore every time you argued, because it was in some way ... responsible? Combining the wry musings of a rejected lover with playful drawings in just three colours - red, black and white - bestselling author of  The Red Notebook,  Antoine Laurain, and renowned street artist Le Sonneur have created a striking addition to the literature of unrequited love. Sharp, yet warm, whimsical and deeply Parisian, this is a must for all Antoine Laurain fans.   My Review This is not typically my kind of book but I really enjoyed it a lot. The poems really told stories of love lost. You could feel the anguish. Each story really spoke to me in a profound way. There is not one story/poem that I could pick as my favorite as I loved them all. Every reader who reads this book will relate in at least one of these stories. T