Monday, October 26, 2020

Review: Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Title: Chasing Lucky
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published By: Simon Pulse (November 10, 2020)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:
Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.

What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame.

Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is… 

I look forward to ever new Jenn Bennett book like a junkie must look forward to their next hit. I crave them, I'm excited for them, and I do a jump of joy when they are finally, finally in my hands! 

This was everything one would expect from one of Bennett's books. It had all the emotions, relatable characters and story line we have come to love from her, all set in a wonderful small town that was hard not to love, prejudices and all. 

I absolutely love how raw and real Bennett's characters are and how very much you come to love and root for them over the course of her stories. Truly another wonderful tale that was every bit as irresistible as it was good. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Monday, October 19, 2020

Review: Trailwalker by J.L. Bryan

Title: Trailwalker
Author: J.L. Bryan
Series: Book Thirteen in the Ellie Jordan Ghost Hunter Series
Genre: Paranormal
Published: October 1, 2020
Source: ARC Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Book Description:

The old campground in the mountains has a shrouded history wrapped in legend. Located by the mysterious mounds of a vanished people, it was once a popular summer destination for children, but closed long ago under tragic circumstances.

Josh and Allison Conner have moved out from the city, inspired to create a retreat for children in need, a place to build skills and character. They've brought their own children with them, and now they're hurrying to rebuild and update the old camp in time for their first opening day.

But something lurks in the wilderness around the old summer camp, something that strikes against the Conners' best efforts to revitalize it. They feel watched, then threatened, but after sinking their savings and their hopes into the place, they are unwilling to walk away.

Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan must sort history from legend to determine what haunts the camp and how to fight it, before it inflicts more harm on the well-meaning family attempting to bring life back to the remote abandoned campground.


It is no secret I adore this series and even thirteen books in, it just keeps getting better and better.

So without further ado, my top five reasons you need to pick this series up and read it:

1. You will have a spooky good time.

2. The places! I love how even the houses and woods surrounding Bryan's stories seem to come alive and have a life of their own.

3. Ghosts! There is nothing like a great ghost story that will have you turning on the lights and looking behind you constantly.

4. Fabulous writing. It is so easy to get drawn into his stories. He makes everything come to life and pop right off the pages.

5. Realistic, lovable characters. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was not compensated for this review.*

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Blog Tour Review: Touch of Evil by Cecy Robson

 Title: Touch of Evil 
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Book Ten in the Weird Girls Series; Book One in the Touch Series
Published: October 13, 2020
Source: ARC provided by the tour host in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description:
The award-winning Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series continues to blow away modern fantasy and adventure fans with heart-stopping action and romance. Centered around four unique and powerful sisters, it’s time for Emme Wird, the youngest sister, to step into the supernatural spotlight.

Emme Wird, the healer and powerful telekinetic in the Wird family, hasn’t had the best of luck with males. While her sisters have found their mates and forever loves, Emme has found males that are better left as lost. Is a decent meal with polite conversation too much to ask for? Yes, it is.

When a pack member that Emme has dinner with is discovered dead and dismembered, it is up to Emme and her werewolf friend, Bren, to solve the murder. But spine-tingling danger and touches with evil have ways of bringing close friends closer.

Could the male that Emme searches for be right in front of her? Or will evil snatch him away from her, just as it did once before?

About the Author:

CECY ROBSON is an author of contemporary romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and a published author of more than eighteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop writing her stories or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

I've been a fan of the Wird (Weird) sisters from the very action packed, romance filled, swoon worthy, heart pounding beginning. There really is nothing else quite like this series. 

It takes my breath away and I look forward to each new installment with excitement and anticipation but I can say without a shadow of a doubt, I was even more excited than normal when I learned that finally, finally! the next installment would be all about Bren and Emme.

I've loved smart mouthed, sassy, mysteriously brooding Bren from the very beginning and couldn't wait to learn more about this broken wolf in all his shapes and forms. And Emme? What's not to love about this loving soft spoken favorite Wird sister? 

And while this didn't quite go in the direction I was truly hoping it would, I have no doubts that Cecy will do these two justice in the end and I can't wait to read more to get there!

This series continues to be so much fun, so dynamic, and so very addicting and I can't wait to see Bren and Emme grow with each new page. chapter, and story. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco


Title: Kingdom of the Wicked

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Series: Book One in the Kingdom Series

Genre: Fantasy

Published By: Jimmy Patterson (October 27, 2020)

Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher

My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…


From the moment I saw the cover for A Kingdom So Wicked I knew it was something I needed to read. I was already a huge fan of the authors but with the alluring cover and amazing description, I knew it would be the perfect read for October and it's so gratifying to know, I was 100% right!

This is filled with all the good stuff. Curses, demons, angels, mystery, a tiny bit of romance, family bonds, magic and of course all things supernatural. 

Truly a delightfully dark read perfect for this time of year, for fan's of the genre, fans of the authors and will surly make new readers for the author, instant fans as well. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Blog Tour Review: Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas


Book Title: Murder on Cold Street
Author: Sherry Thomas
Series: Book Five in the Lady Sherlock Series
Published By: Berkley (October 6, 2020)
Genre: Historical Mystery
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Book Description:
Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England.

Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited.

Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?

About the Author:

Because actual world domination is too much trouble, USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided that her goal is life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, and a wuxia-inspired duology. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as the New York Times and National Public Radio. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.

And by the way, English is her second language.

The Lady Sherlock series truly has become one of my most favorite series for very good reason. It is always so well executed, so well drawn out, with characters that are both real and lovable that you can't help getting sucked into the story, into the mystery, and into the very lives of each character.

I absolutely adore this rag tag group of people, their relationships with one another, their back stories, how they interact, how they love, how they take care of one another and of course, the mysteries themselves. It truly is brilliantly done. 

And this latest installment has ramped up everything! So much more. More danger, more mystery, more romance (woot!!), just MORE. I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. I both wanted to devour and make it last forever. I can not wait for more in this wonderful world and time that Thomas has created.