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#AudioReview – Bennett Mafia (Bennett Mafia #1) – By: Tijan — Narrator: Natalie Eaton

Bennett Mafia

There were always whispers about my roommate at Hillcrest Academy.

The wealthiest of the wealthy sent their kids to our boarding school, and Brooke Bennett had been at the top, though I never quite knew why. She was fun and outgoing, but she kept quiet about her family. The only things she showed me were photographs of her brothers.

I became fascinated with her second-oldest brother. Kai Bennett.

He was the most of them all. Smoldering. Hypnotic. Alluring.
Kai had eyes that pulled me in and a face that haunted my dreams.

Then I met him.

He came to our school with their father, and that’s when I learned what kind of family Brooke came from. They were mafia, and Brooke’s oldest brother was dead. Her father said accident, but Brooke said murder.

Three months later, her father died, and Kai became the head of the Bennett Family. Brooke left Hillcrest for good, and that was the last time I saw her.

Fourteen years later, I’m staring at her face on the television. Brooke is missing.

Two days later, Kai Bennett kidnaps me.

** This is a 120k complete standalone.
** There is a bonus chapter from another book at the end.

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

I purchased the audio book from Audible.

I am addicted to Tijan mafia books. This audio was good. I enjoyed listening to this story.  The narrator did a good job keeping me engaged in the story. There was twist, turns and unpredictable thing in this one that had me wanting more.

Riley knew how to hold her own she is a strong character. Riley became friends with Brooke Bennett when she was placed as her roommate in school.  After years later Brooke came up missing and Riley found herself being kidnapped by the Bennett family. All because Kai wanted Riley to help find his sister.

Kai Bennett is the head of the Bennett Mafia family. He will do what ever he has to do to protect his family. Kai took Riley when his sister ran off thinking she had assisted in his sister’s disappearance. Kai’s family may not have known his plan and why he did things but he loved them and would do anything to protect them. Riley has to figure out if she can handle being in the Bennett Mafia family.

I had no idea where this story was headed the twist and turns had me all over the place. I enjoyed the tension and attraction between Kai and Riley. I enjoyed this book and would love to get more of this family.

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and Ryan’s Bed among others. She is currently writing to her heart’s content in north Minnesota with an English Cocker Spaniel she adores.

To find what to read next of hers, go to www.tijansbooks.com

WALLSTREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

#AudioReview – Jonah Bennett: A Bennett Mafia Novella (1001 Dark Nights) By: Tijan –Narrators Benjamin Charles and Holly Warren

Jonah Bennett: A Bennett Mafia Novella (1001 Dark Nights)

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tijan comes a new story in her Bennett Mafia universe…

Jonah Bennett wasn’t like his family. The mafia business was firmly what his brothers did, not him.

That changed the day a rival family killed his fiancée.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

I purchased the audio book from Audible.

I enjoyed this Mafia story of Tijan as much as her other books. Benjamin Charles and Holly Warren did a great job of narrating this story.  They both kept the story moving and flowing well.

Jonah Bennett was in the business of saving lives not his family business but that changed the day he watched his fiancée get gunned down right in front of him. Since someone targeted Jonah he has to decide if he is going to keep avoiding the protection of his family or accept who he is and embrace the family. This one had my emotions all over with the suspense and ups and downs.

If you like suspense and action-packed story this is a great one.  The connection and chemistry between Jonah and Carson were great. I also liked reading about the Bennett family especially Kai and Brooke. I will be going back and reading about Kai. I truly need more of this family.

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and Ryan’s Bed among others. She is currently writing to her heart’s content in north Minnesota with an English Cocker Spaniel she adores.

To find what to read next of hers, go to www.tijansbooks.com

WALLSTREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Twinsie Melinda favorite reads from 2021

Writers on the River Attending Authors: Mary Martel, Michel Prince and JM Walker

Its that time again we closed the door on 2021 and starting 2022.  My 2021 was a little crazy and I didn’t get as much reading in as I would have liked. It is hard to escape into books when things in real life are crashing around you. So instead of giving you my top 5 for June through December I decided to post a few of my favorites that I read this year.

For Amazon Buy links click on book covers.

Steel MC Montana Series by: Michel Prince and Wren McCabe

Steel MC Montana Charter: Books 1-5 by [Michel Prince, Wren McCabe]  Cream: Book 6 of the Steel MC Montana Charter  Dreamer: Book 7 of The Steel MC Montana Charter  Topaz: Book 8 of the Steel MC Montana Charter  Nightingale (Steel MC Montana Charter Book 9)

My Review

RoadKill -Book #1 Review

Lil’ Mama – Book #2 Review

Preacher Girl – Book #3 Review

Lil’ Bit – Book #4 Review

Free – Book #5 Review

Cream – Book #6 Review

Dreamer – Book #7 Review

Topaz – Book #8 Review

Nightingale – Book #9 Review

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Finally Us (Next Generation #5) by: JM Walker

Finally Us (Next Generation, #5)

Melinda’s Review

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Dirty Crown by: Mary Martel

Dirty Crown

Melinda’s Review

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The Ties that Bind (Brie’s Submission, #22) by: Red Phoenix

The Ties That Bind (Brie's Submission, #22)

Melinda’s Review

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Canary (A mafia/cartel enemies-to-lovers standalone) by: Tijan

Canary

Melinda’s Review

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Fallen Royal (Mafia Royals, #4) by: Rachel VanDyken

Fallen Royal (Mafia Royals, #4)

Melinda’s Review

Wishing everyone happy readings in 2022.

#WOTR21 – #AudioReview – Damon, The Protectors Series, Book 1 – By: Teresa Gabelman – Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to not only protect his own kind, but humans as well. Crimson Rush is the new drug on the streets, and it’s their duty to find who is behind the selling of vampire blood and stop it.

A social worker, Nicole Callahan, fights for the right of every child placed in her care. There’s a war now, as vampires have stepped out into the spotlight taking their place in society, and the children are at the heart of it all.

Damon and his fellow warriors have been ordered by the Vampire Council to train Nicole and her colleagues against the dangers they now face in their new world. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.

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I read this book back in March 2014. Teresa has just released the audios and I am so enjoying going back and listening to them.  I could not believe how much of the minor things I forgotten over the years. I have to say I still love these warriors today as much as I did 5 years ago.

Nicole is a social worker that takes her job seriously. She is determined to keep the kids safe and it doesn’t matter if they are human or vampire.
Damon, one of the Vampire Council Warriors, was sent to train the social workers on how to protect themselves while doing their jobs. The sparks start to fly as soon as Nicole and Damon first see each other. However, Damon does not want to get involved and attached so Nicole comes up with a “friends with benefits” option.

I love that Nicole is tough and stands up to these big tough Vampires, never backing down never giving up and has no issues getting in their faces. Things start to go bad when Nicole and the others realize there are some pretty mean people out to get her because she is doing her job so well. Damon pulls the “I’m getting too close so I’ll push her away” routine and right after she lays her feelings out on the table.

I also enjoyed the close friendship almost sisterly like relationship that Nicole and Pam have. Seeing Nicole, Pam, and Jared interacting was great. Pam and Jared always made me smile or laugh. I would get aggravated with Damon he would be so sweet and nice and then go all Alpha male thinking he was protecting Nicole but only end up hurting her feelings. Here again Nicole always called him out on it and stood up to anyone she felt was doing wrong by her. I loved that she had pet turtles, Ren and Stimpy, and not the typical cat or dog. The way Nicole collects the money for the kids Christmas party was a gag.

Like i said enjoyed this book today as much as I did when I read it. I am so ready for Jared. The narrator did a wonderful job his voice changes were enough that you realized it was a different character.  I am so ready to listen to all these warriors stories and catch up on all of them.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Teresa Gabelman, writes paranormal romance and contemporary romance with a side of humor in each story. Her heroines are strong and independent keeping the sexy alpha heroes on their toes.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

Website: www.teresagabelman.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teresagabelman/
Email: warriors@teresagabelman.com

Paranormal

The Protectors (Vampire Romance Series)
Damon
Jared
Duncan
Sid
Adam
Slade
A Warrior Wedding
Jax
Sloan
Blaze
The Invisible Warrior
Ronan
Viktor
Bishop ‘COMING SOON’

Lee County Wolves (Shifter Romance Series)
Forbidden Hunger
Forbidden Seduction
Forbidden Desire
Forbidden Temptation
Forbidden Secrets

Stone’s Wolf Sanctuary (Wolf Shifter Romance)
Sanctuary
Refuge

Magic & Mayhem Universe (Reading Order)
Wicked *itch
Sinfully Wicked
Blissfully Wicked

Single Paranormal Titles
The Enforcer (Vampire Romance)
Karma’s Revenge (A Bad Girls Novel)
Claiming Jade (Shifter Paranormal)

Contemporary Titles
Rodeo Romance
Blind Faith

#WOTR22 #Audio #Reread – Unforgotten Family by: Mary Martel – Narrator: Melissa Schwairy

Unforgotten Family: An Ariel Kimber Novel

Ariel Kimber has settled into life with her family and coven. Everything seems to be as it should, and she finally feels like she’s exactly where she needs to be in her life.
Her dad is awesome and she loves getting to know him.
Her guys are the best and she falls deeper in love with them by the day.
Her job at Fortunes for the Unfortunate does not suck and she’s more than happy to spend her days there.
Her guardians have become family to her and she finally thinks she’s living the good life.
But, like everything else in Ariel’s life, that goodness does not last.
When the Council comes to call, she answers and refuses to bend to their will. They are not men who take this lightly and there will be consequences.
And her dream walking has gotten out of control and takes her to someone she can’t forget or leave behind.
Her life quickly becomes a mess, and she’s forced to do things that threaten her relationships in order to try and dig her way out of it. She’ll do anything for the sake of her coven, but at what cost?
And will they forgive her when it’s all said and done?


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I read this book in 2020 and received an audio copy from the author in 2021

I love it when audio books are released a while after I have read a book.  I get to relive it all over again and I love the OH yeah I forgot about that moments. I enjoyed listening to Melissa Schwairy narration on this book.

Review posted from 2020:

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

I had so many emotions going on inside while I was reading this book.  Talk about one heck of a rollercoaster ride. There was so much love and hate going through my heart throughout this book.  I love the boys but there was a time they needed to take a step back and trust what Ariel was doing.  They should know while she does put herself in danger it is usually done out of love and for them.  The boys tend to forget that as they feel they are the ones that need to protect Ariel.

I was so sad when some showed their true colors and I like Ariel do not thing I can come back from that nor will they ever be seen is a good light. Ariel went through some tough times and is able to get back up but this wow I’m not sure this will ever be something she can get over.  I’m afraid it will have some serious consequences but no one could have expected that.  Trust me when you read about it you will understand.  Ariel has a big heart and seeing what she saw will be hard to get past but I’m sure the guys will do their best to get her through it.

I have to say I so enjoy seeing Ariel’s bond with her men grow.  There were so many wonderful scenes between her and the guys.  Loved getting to see more of the twins, Damien and Jullian.  Even enjoyed seeing a bit more of Trenton and Simon their faithfulness to Ariel warms my heart.

I love seeing Ariel’s family grow.  What started as just her has grown into her coven, Rain, Trenton and Simon, Baxter, and Isobel. Her family just keeps on growing and I love this for her.  They also find an ally in Raven.  I’m on pins and needles waiting to see what big thing is going to happen with Ariel and her growing family.

Mary Martel was born in West Michigan and spent the majority of her life there. She currently resides in North Dakota with her husband, and her two beautiful daughters. She’s an avid reader, and when not writing she can be found with her nose stuck in a book.

#WOTR22 #NewRelease #Review – Doc (Steel MC Montana Charter book 10) by Michel Prince and Wren McCabe

Michel Prince is the attending author

Doc (Steel MC Montana Charter Book 10) by [Michel Prince, Wren  McCabe, Leanore Elliot]

In book ten of the Steel MC Montana Charter: Thanks to video chats, Rebecca ‘Doc’ Olson has been helping the Steels process their traumas and heal. When death threats are more than a bluster from an angry patient, it is Rebecca’s time to seek out the care and protection of the Steels.

Over six years ago, Wendell ‘Chief’ Washington got pulled off active duty only to be devastated with news that cut him to the core, scarring him with a loss he believed he’d never recover from. Retiring from the Navy has him returning to a world with no anchor and just in time to attend the wedding of a dear friend in Turnabout Creek. What he didn’t expect to find was a woman who awoke the man inside him that died years ago.

Each of them running…Him from his past and her, from an eminent threat.

As each day passes, Doc is unpacking her life while danger circles around her. If it weren’t for the nights spent with Chief, she would be consumed and lost in despair. While Chief is teetering between a life renewed and losing it all if he fails again, to protect the woman who restarted his heart.

ARC Review by Twinsie Melinda

I received a copy of this book from Booksprout to leave an honest review.

I love this series and these guys are tough but so loving and protective when it comes to their ol’ ladies and family.  I will always “one click” this series, TBH even though I received an ARC I also preordered it and I will purchase the audio when it comes out.  I was not sure about this one before jumping into it only because I didn’t know the main characters very well.  They are not as prominent in the other books but side characters that are known by main characters.  Michel and Wrin did not disappoint this was just as good as the other books.

Doc has been best friends with Red for a long time and has been helping most of the Ol’ Ladies over video chat.  Doc is receiving death threats and need to get away while they figure out who it is.  So she decides that it is time she pays the residents of Turnabout Creek she has been treating a visit. While visiting she runs into another visitor, one she names Chief.

Wendell Washington has been in the Navy for 20 years and is retiring. After loosing his wife and son years ago he doesn’t quite know where he is going to put down roots.  He never had to think of this before because he has always been on a ship with others giving orders.  He makes the decision to go to his friend Annie’s wedding in Turnabout Creek.  He is still haunted by the loss of his wife and son and has to work through a lot of issues while here.

Chief has PTSD when it comes to dealing with the loss of his wife and son but Doc is able to help him with this. Chief and Doc have amazing chemistry from the start but can Chief overcome the thought of being able to protect Doc unlike he was able to with his family. I thought their banter and jabs regarding the others choice of military branch they served in was great.  I enjoyed seeing Chief open up and learn to trust the Steels.

I enjoyed seeing all the Steel men and their Ol’ Ladies. I love when the men jump in and protect whoever needs protecting and will deal with anyone who stands in their way of doing this.  This one had my emotions breaks my heart when emergency’s come up and no matter what Red and his team does, they cannot change the outcome but they do deal with the reason why the emergency came up. I just want to say I loved seeing Hack in this one, I love him so much. We did get to see all the Steels and their family and it was nice to see them all again.  I also liked that we learned a little more about Red. It is always a good day when I get to read about the Steels and their families. Now I have to wait for this one to come out in audio so I can listen to all over again.

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USA Today Bestselling author, Michel Prince, graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

“Ms Prince writing is like summer breeze caressing your body, slow and sultry.”-Amazon review of First and Ten.

“Michel Prince is a wonderful author with a real talent for writing.”-Amazon Review of Triple B Baking Co.

“Prince explores in her novels is interracial romance and friendships. Prince pokes fun at stereotypes, but never allows stereotypes to guide her plot. The focus is on creating two strong, independent characters who can stand on their own, but complement each other as a couple.”- Amazon Review of Silly Girl

“One Last Sunset is a well written story by the awesome Michel Prince that left me wanting to learn more about the rest of the Long family.”- Amazon Review for One Last Sunset.

“I could not put it down, and will definitely be looking for more from this Author.”-Amazon Review of Silly Girl.

With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel has been awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press in 2013, the service award for her local RWA chapter Midwest Fiction Writers 2013, 2014, won 2015 Sweetest Romance from IREA for Chrysalis and is a PAN member of RWA. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and new puppy.

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Wren McCabe lives in Northern United States with her two spoiled canine companions. Hobbies include big trucks, fast cars, motorcycles, four-wheelers, snowmobiles, fishing, hunting and camping. Outdoor enthusiastic keeps her outside during the summer months and on the ice in the winters. Her family will contest she is never far away from a pen, paper and computer.

#Audio #Reread – Reaper’s Legacy (Reapers MC #2) by: Joanna Wylde – Narrators Tatiana Sokolov and Todd Haberkorn

Reaper's Legacy: Reaper's MC, Book 2

Reaper’s Legacy is a raw and intensely erotic tale in Joanna Wylde’s Reapers Motorcycle Club series.

Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart-and her virginity-to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn’t have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach’s step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he’s never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious-her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach’s a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah’s only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands-with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club-to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn’t Sophie’s plan for her son, but Ruger isn’t giving her a choice. He’ll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she’ll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way.

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

I read this book in 2013 and just picked up the audio to do a reread. I forgotten how much I loved this group of guys and their Old Ladies. Tatiana Sokolov and Todd Haberkorn did a fabulous job bringing life to these characters and reminding of the story of Ruger and Sophie.

Original review written 2013

I purchased this book because I was hooked on this series after reading Reapers Property. I was so caught up in this book from the time I picked it up that I didn’t want to put it down. If there was a way to get in the book to slap some since into both Ruger and I wanted to do in on many occasions.

Sophie decides that she is going to lose her virginity to Zach. However, she doesn’t get the romantic setting with flowers for her first time instead she gets a quickie on Zach’s stepbrothers couch. Only to be humiliated by having said stepbrother barge in see her sprawled out on his couch and toss them out. Then Zach informs her that the condom broke and she better not be pregnant. Well eight months later begins a cycle of Ruger being called to help Sophie out when Zach who should won’t and little Noah arrives into the world.

Jump ahead seven years and once again Ruger is called because Noah is in trouble. When Ruger arrives and sees the living arrangements Sophie is in he takes it upon himself to move them out and in with him since his step brother is not stepping up to take care of his responsibilities Ruger decides he will.

They live in the same house she is hesitant to get involved or let Noah around the Reaper’s. Ruger and Sophie both fight the feelings they have for each other. Ruger wants her to be his old lady but she wants a commitment and Ruger is having no part of that. Therefore, as long as he won’t commit to her she refuses to commit to him.

She makes friends with some of the old ladies and others. One night she goes out with Emma and Kimber. Things turn bad when Em and Sophie are kidnapped by a rival Motorcycle club. When Ruger is able to get Sophie back he decides that he is willing to give her the commitment she wants but is it a little too late for Sophie.

I loved the friendships and bonds that Sophie was able to make with the ladies. The makeover the ladies do on Ruger’s basement for Sophie and Noah was amazing and heartwarming. They welcomed her and Noah with opened arms and no judgments. I loved that we got to see Horse, Maria, Em, and Picnic again. I cannot wait to start Devil’s Game to learn about Emma’s story.

Some of my favorites:

He watched as the newborn opened its little eyes for the first time and looked right at him. They were blue and round and confused as fucking gorgeous. They closed again as the baby screwed up its tiny mouth, sucked in a deep breath and let out a piercing wail.

“Sophie’s my nephew’s mom,” Ruger said, voice going hard and flat. “One of her in dirty sweats is worth ten of you naked on your knees, so get the fuck out.”

Joanna Wylde is a freelance writer and voracious reader. You can visit her website at www.joannawylde.net.

#Audio #Reread – Reaper’s Property (Reapers MC #1) by: Joanna Wylde – Narrator: Stella Bloom

Reaper's Property

Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.
Maybe.

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

I initially read this book in 2013 and recently picked up the audio for it to do a reread.

It has been so long since I read this book and hearing it in audio was an amazing refresher. I didn’t realize how much of the small details I forgot until it came to life again in audio.  The narrator, Stella Bloom, did a wonderful job of bringing this book back to life for me.

original review from 2013:

Where do I start? First off thank you to my Friend Angie for suggesting this book to me.

Marie just left her abusive husband and moved in with her druggie brother, Jeff. She is trying to get her life back on track when Horse, a member or Reapers Motorcycle Club, shows up at her trailer to talk “business” with her brother. Horse and the other 2 members of the MC scare the you know what out of her but Horse sees her and decides she is going to be his.

Jeff is caught stealing from the Reapers. Big mistake…now he must pay in blood. To save his life Marie agrees to go with Horse giving Jeff time to repay the debt. She has to do what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants it no questions asked and no complaining. She can walk at anytime but the blood debt has to be paid.

Horse wants Marie to be his ‘old lady’, but Marie wants no part of being someone’s property. There is a ton of miscommunication between the two since Marie has no clue what the biker life is about and Horse doesn’t do a great job of explaining it to her plus his timing on explaining things are bad at times.

I cannot wait to see who the next book is about. There are so many characters that were introduced that I want to know so much more about them all.

Joanna Wylde is a freelance writer and voracious reader. You can visit her website at www.joannawylde.net.

#WOTR22 – #Review – With You (A Novella) by: J.M. Walker

Our world changed five years ago, and it left behind this gaping hole in our relationship.

We were now trying to figure out a way to move past a tragedy without losing ourselves in the process.

Married, with a son, we needed to communicate but neither of us wanted to talk about our loss. Instead, we focused on our little boy.

Finally, after having had enough, we took a trip, learned new things about each other, and fell into an even deeper kind of love.

We revealed new truths about one another and because of that, we could come out of this stronger in the end.

Author note: With You is part of the Perfectly Stated Series but Meadow and Shade can originally be found in With Us, book 2 in The Next Generation Series. With You is a continuation of their story and is 5 years after With Us takes place.

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. FYI should read With Us before With You.

Meadow, Shade and Sunny’s story gutted me. I mean really after loosing Sunny these two would have a rough road.  They were all starting to click each had their own rolls in the partnership and then to have a piece be taken away.  We all knew it was not going to be easy on Meadow and Shade. JM takes us 5 years out after the loss of Sunny.

The anniversary of his death is upon them and they are both struggling with the loss and with how they fit together without their other piece. These two are determined to make it work. Shade decides to take Meadow on a trip. A trip where they can reconnect and remember Sunny. I absolutely love what Shade does for Meadow.  Can I just say the Pizza OMG I could just taste that amazingness.

I absolutely fell in love all over again with Meadow and Shade. To watch all their struggles and how they cover come them or at least figure a way to move forward was heartwarming.  To loss a loved one and be able to fight to continue on without them is moving.

Love the way JM writes real life issues and makes the feelings jump off the pages and into your heart. Makes you feel like you are right there going through everything with the characters good, bad, and ugly. This may have been a novella but it scooped me up and sucked me in with all the passion and love throughout the book.

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who hit USA Today with Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. She loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron

#Review – Prophecy: The Stregheria (Book 1) By: Miranda Shanklin

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Mira thought she had left her father and his obsessions behind her many years ago when she slipped away in the darkness of night. When her past catches up to her, it’s her daughter who has to pay the price and there is nothing she can do to stop it.

Lilly has lived the most boring life imaginable. Then in the blink of an eye her world goes from safe and comfortable to not knowing who she can trust, being torn from everyone and everything she has ever known and finding out why she has never felt like she fit in. Everyone has lied to her and now they want her to trust them. She has to figure out what is true, what she is meant for and how to handle this all on her own.

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Review by Kelly Solomon

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book has a little bit of everything. I love that there is Norse mythology mixed in with the wolves and witches. There are a lot of emotions going on with all the characters. Even with the emotional rollercoaster, the author was able to add some humor, snark, angst, and a little sexy time (wags eyebrows).

Mira thought she escaped her father’s controlling ways when she ran away from Italy to America. She starts a family with a loving husband and wonderful daughter. As her daughter’s birthday nears, Mira’s past has caught up to her, and now the prophecy plays out. However, there have been all sorts of kinks over the years that causes the prophecy to not quite line up like it was supposed to. One thing leads to another and there are gods, goddesses, demons, fates, wolves and witches all involved. All things not of this world and they all revolve around the prophecy and Lilly, Mira’s daughter. Lilly has been shielded from everything her entire life in an attempt by Mira to protect her. Lilly gets a crash course on all things not human but still manages to keep her head and wit. Even though Lilly is spoiled and has to be put back in her place a few times, she definitely grows as a character throughout the story. There are tons of secrets and mysterious shenanigans that surround the gods and goddesses, because we all know nothing is ever straight forward with them. Lots of riddles with twists and turns make this a page turner. I honestly have not read a story quite like this one with the way all the species interact. It is quite intriguing. What is going to happen next is quite the enigma and I am looking forward to continuing this series.

Miranda Shanklin lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and the family security system, a 100 pound lab named Fido. Paralegal by day, mom/wife by night, she writes during those rare but precious moments of downtime. An avid reader her entire life, Miranda’s dream was to someday become an author. That dream was realized in 2015 when her handsome and intelligent husband said three beautiful words: go for it.