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Emotional story

Your Biggest Fan - Graylin Fox

I liked this story. There are a lot of ups and downs, and the ending is not what I expected. This story follows Mary from her youth to her adult life. She has an obsession with her favorite musician, even while in college. With some help from new friends, she learns to let go and tries to find happiness. She finds that one that she wants to build a life together but is not prepared for the rough road. Her unhappiness culminates with a very unhappy woman who feels she does not have any choice. I cried as I read, felt the emotions Mary experienced.

I received a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

Gritty path to love

Wynter's Bite - Brooklyn Ann

Bethany fell in love with Justus at a young age. After she spills his biggest secret, her family send her to an asylum where she spends the next eight years. Justus finally finds her but only after he loses his standing in his circle. Danger surrounds them as they try to find a safe haven to live. She has many doubts but realizes that life with Justus is better than anything else. I enjoyed the ups and downs of this story and of meeting old friends from earlier stories in this series. I recommend this story.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Dark, touching story that kept me interested

Courting Darkness - Yasmine Galenorn

This is not my usual genre to read. I decided to give a listen (I had an unabridged audio CD version) and was pleasantly surprised. This is tenth in the series but it does not detract from this story. Camille is one of three sisters who are finding their powers, special abilities in order to deal with evil here on Earthside. She is a priestess to the Moon Mother and is preparing for a ritual that will push her father further away from her. Trouble comes to her home and she faces pain and anguish beyond her expectations. Her family help rescue her and get beyond her nightmare. The battle coming will be rough, but the sisters are ready for it. The strength these women show, the love that surrounds them, the emotional storytelling had me sitting in my car wanting to find out what happened next. I recommend this story and will be reading more.

This was a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

love amongst tigers

Tiger Tail - A Tiger Shifter Romance: (BBW Shifter Baby Romance) (New Adult Paranormal Romance Short Stories) - Sky Winters

This is a quick read. Tabitha has been jilted and accepts an assignment to travel to India to get the story on the tiger conservation efforts there. Matt is to be her guide and does not make a good impression. The trek is not what Tabitha expects but she continues through the rough patches. One night, trouble is at the door of their tent, and she begins to question her safety. As the danger of poachers escalates, Matt's secret comes out, and Tabitha needs to deal with that, their attraction, and her future. I enjoyed Matt's teasing and finally showing Tabitha his world as well as her acceptance of his secret. My rating is only for this story as there are bonus stories which I have not read as of yet.

I received a copy of this story as a gift. This is my unsolicited review.

Dark journey to love

The Duke - Kerrigan Byrne
I found this book hard to put down. It is the fourth in the series, but I felt it stood alone. Ms. Byrne's style of writing is not the usual historical romance. There are a lot of incidents of despair, violence, grit, but hope grows and shows the way to love. This is Cole's story, and he is battle-hardened with scars inside and out. The only thing keeping him going is the one night he spent with a woman who made him feel. Imogen did not forget that night either, but the outlook for her future became bleak so she took the option to help her step out of the filth. As they come together again, the secrets stay front and center until danger is knocking on Imogen's door. I highly recommend this book and the series, but be prepared for a darker journey toward the light.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and it is a Book Obsessed Chicks Star Review selection. This is my unsolicited review.
 
 

 

Hot steamy romp.

Jacked Up: Birmingham Rebels - Samantha Kane

This is a hot steamy read. Trying to let go of your good girl persona, Jane has a one-night stand with Sam and King. Awkwardness and doubt surround her when they meet again. Sam has his own doubts and works through them and his PTSD with help from King, Jane, and his therapist. King is a wonderful person, takes everything as it comes, is kind, and loyal. As they found their way together, I had a few tears, a few laughs, and an enjoyable read. This is the third in the series, and other than bumping into characters from the other books, it stands alone.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and it is a Book Obsessed Chick Star Review selection. This is my unsolicited review.

Fun and touching

Accounting for Love - A Long Valley Romance: Country Western Small Town Romance Novel - Erin Wright

This was a fun quick read. Stetson thinks the worst of Jennifer when she comes to audit his books. She is used to this type of reception. The spark grows as they realize their attraction and give in. Jennifer is smart and knows things should not be happening the way they are but goes with her instincts. Stetson is adorable as a spoiled child, gentleman, and knight in shining armor. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and will look for more in the Long Valley series.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Suspenseful quick read

Brock (BBW Bear Shifter Romance) (Big Easy Bears Book 1) - Becca Fanning

Quick read. Gia wants to be a better businesswoman so that she will make a great CEO. Her father agrees and sends her to Brock, the new mayor, to be his assistant. Troubles abound as Brock is also a werebear and there are people who do not like the idea of a shifter in a position of power. The attraction between Gia and Brock catches fire quick, but both are hesitant because of their situation. Several attacks on Brock, his business, and his job test their feelings for each other. A couple of times, the story felt a little predictable but I enjoyed the story just the same.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Strong characters, intriguing story

Dirty Deeds - A.J. Nuest

Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Eden's strength to survive her past and still care about others blew me away. Kelly's honest ability to read her despite her games, disguises, and secrets ensnared me. The ups and downs, dangers, and love that happens between these two was worth the read. My emotions followed the two as they traveled to their HEA. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to the next one.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

Quick steamy read

The Grizzly's Tale - Nara Malone

Interesting, spicy read. Katya plays an online hunt/prey game and has hot virtual sex with some of the other players. They request a face to face meeting before a real hunting game. Katya has other issues but decides to meet them. As she wins the tasks, she finds that she loves these men. Kodie, Grizz, and Oso already love her from their online conversations and game play. Surprises on all sides, secrets revealed, and fears confronted make this story move along after a slow start.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Interesting beginning to what looks to be a fun series.

Royal Scandal - Marquita Valentine

Colin and his family were exiled when he was young and moved to America. Della took him to task for evicting her and her stepmother. He apologizes and corrects the situation. Over the next ten days, their friendship builds. His past and present finally collide, and Colin asks Della to help him try to rescue his heritage. I fell in love with this protective, caring, and strong young man. He may have made his mistakes and kept his secrets until almost too late, but I wanted forgiveness between Colin and Della as well as a future. I enjoyed this story and recommend it.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

Second chances, protecting his love

Dallas Fire & Rescue: His Burning Desire (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Sparks Of Desire Book 1) - Valerie Twombly

This is a second chance story. Jenna ran from Connor because she felt that she would be unworthy. Connor waited for her to return on her own. By accident, Connor finds her as danger comes close, and he throws caution to the wind when he almost loses her. I enjoyed the suspense side of the story as well as the romance. When Connor saved Jenna as well as others, I fought back the tears. I recommend this story.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Quick read, kept my attention

Circle Eight Millennium: Samuel - Beth Williamson

Samuel does not truly remember Kim. She cannot forget him. She spills coffee on Sam in a repeat of ten years ago. This starts a quick moving romance. Kim has finally gotten into a good place in her life, but Sam's attention brings back old feelings of insecurity with her size and remembrances of high school taunts. Sam sees right to her core when he looks at her photos. Wanting to keep her close as well as improving his business, he offers her a job. Kim's uncertainty reached into me, and I loved Sam's honesty, chivalry, and willingness to step into a more permanent relationship so quickly. I recommend this book as well.

I received a copy of this book through Book Obsessed Chicks Star Review Team, and this is my unsolicited review.

Nice debut

The Laird's Son - Fiona McKellar

Turning down the wrong man leads to trouble for Catriona. As she deals with gossip, she runs into Bhaltair. He helps her and she has no idea why or even who he is. When they meet up again, her world spins out of control. Bhaltair is a gentle, accepting man and realizes that he has feelings for Catriona because of her strength and kindness. I loved their excursions and watching their love blossom.

I received this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Action filled, full of twists

Renegades - Ciana Stone
This story kept me guessing. Who were the good guys? Who was the snitch? There is a lot of action in this story almost overshadowing the triangle between Roxy, Zeke, and West. As layers are revealed about the threesome, I rooted for the three to find their way back together. Roxy is a driven woman, trying to sort out her life. Zeke wants more from his MC and puts that before Roxy. West is expected to take down the MC of his old friend. With everything falling down around them, the trio wonder if their memories are real and if they can live beyond them. The story does not end here, and I look forward to more about Roxy, Zeke, and West.

I received a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.
 
 

 

Naked Men is a good series

Giving It All: A Naked Men Novel - Christi Barth

I have been enjoying the journeys of the Naked Men. This is the third, and it continues to hold my attention. Brooke has been struggling with a traumatic event and hiding from life. With a push from her family, she takes a trip and finds more than a respite. Logan is always on the move but is trying to return home to meet the sister he never knew he had. Hurricane Danielle brings this pair of friends back together and helps them heal. Misunderstanding, miscommunication, and secrecy make this a bumpy road for both, and as they came to understand themselves as well as each other, I had tears in my eyes. I recommend this book and the series.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.