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Slightly Wicked
Mary Balogh
I am Forbidden
Anouk Markovits
Fragments
Dan Wells
Wild Child
Molly O'Keefe
Left: A Novel
Tamar Ossowski
Through the Ever Night
Greetings from the Flipside: A Novel
Rene Gutteridge, Cheryl McKay

The Terror

The Terror - This book was complicated. Will have to think about a review.
The Spymistress - Jennifer Chiaverini I enjoyed this historical book about the Civil War. When the War breaks out Lizzie Van Lew and her mother Eliza are Northern sympathizers and are shocked at the way their fellow Confederates are acting. She doesn't agree with the War and doesn't want to help the South in any way.Lizzie chooses to reach out to the Northern prisoners of war in the local prison. She meets with a lot of resistance but is able to get in and from there she realizes this is how she will help with the war efforts. Although it's very dangerous for her to keep going to the jail, she insists on pushing on with it.Lizzie tries to be as careful as possible and balances her prison efforts with entertaining of the South officers and even opening her home to them when a few need a temporary place to stay.She begins to help with passing notes along to the North and to help the underground movement during the war.I found this novel to be a good representation of life during the Civil War. I felt that the danger Lizzie found herself in to be suspenseful and true.I enjoyed reading about the sacrifices people made for what thy believed in.I received this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review

Own the Wind (Chaos, #1)

Own the Wind  - Kristen Ashley Meh.
Five: Out of the Dark - Holli Anderson This story is about 5 teenagers in Seattle who find themselves with magical powers. They're living in the underground on the run from their families who don't get their new powers.I thought this was overall, a good book. I liked some of the world building and the coven aspect of the book. The teens banding together to create their own chosen family was the best part of the book.I didn't like some parts of the book just "falling" into place. Especially the beginning seemed very convenient. Holli stumbling onto the first member of the coven happened very quickly and just seemed to be a way too lucky setup. There were a few other instances where this happened too.Other than the way too convenient setups I enjoyed the book.
A Cat Called Dog - Jem Vanston Cute book with lots of cat and dog puns but also included some human humor as well.I received this ARV from net galley in return for an honest review.
Her Favorite Rival (Harlequin Superromance) - Sarah Mayberry Audrey was featured briefly in the novella "Her Favorite Temptation" as Leah's sister who was greatly ignored by her family. Audrey is the main character in this full length novel. She is highly driven and has worked hard for everything she has. Which is why Zach, a co-worker irritates her to no end. He drives a fancy car, wears expensive suits and appears to have things handed to easily.To her horror Audrey and Zach are assigned to work together on an important assignment. She quickly learns that her first impressions were way off - Zach has worked just has hard and had to move past his own family issues.They start to work together closely and find that they have more in common than they once thought. When they realize how much they both like each other Audrey has to figure out if this is something she wants to pursue and how exactly this will affect her future at their workplace.This is by far the best contemporary romance I've read in a while. My favorite aspect of this book is how incredibly realistic and relate able these characters are. I felt like I knew Audrey and she could easily be a good friend of mine. Zach was the same - both were hard working and just trying to deal with their family issues the best they could. It's rare to find a romance novel that doesn't have a paranormal feature to it, or some incredible angst the characters can't get past. Don't get me wrong- those are some of my favorite romances but this one was able to bring humor, amazing characters and great dialogue without having to delve into the unbelievable. I think this is my favorite of Sarah Mayberry's book so far and I can't wait to read pretty much anything else she publishes.

Lash

Lash - L.G. Castillo I'm not a big fan of this cover first of all. The bodies just kind of disappear and I think it looks odd.Lash is an angel who was sent on a mission to save one little boy. While trying to complete this mission he also saves a girl, Jane. She was not meant to be saved and Lash is punished by being banished to Earth.35 years later he is given a second chance - to watch over Naomi, the daughter of the boy he originally was assigned to save. But can he do his job while falling in love with her?I liked the back story of this book - all of the angel lore and their stories. Some of the plot was too complicated and some too simple. It was a quick read.I received this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials

Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials - Marilynne K. Roach This book is obviously well researched and there is quite a bit of information. It's a long book and I had a hard time getting through the first 20% due to a heavy amount of numbers and figures, dates and timelines without much interesting information After I got past about 20-40% of the book I was more adapted to the rhythm and able to get into it. I found the information fascinating and was mostly new to me.I received this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
The Countess's Groom - Emily Larkin This is a quick novella that is an easy read with a nice HEA. I enjoyed it and since I hadn't read anything by Emily Larkin before I liked it enough to want to look into her other books.I received this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Countdown

Countdown - Michelle Rowen Kira and Rogan wake up in total darkness, not having a clue where they are and find themselves shackled in a room. They both have relatively dark pasts and are unsure what's going on. Slowly Rogan realizes they might be in a new underground "game" called Countdown. This is a highly exclusive game that is only broadcast to subscribers. This is a game with high stakes- literally life and death.Rogan and Kira have to maneuver through this game and try to stay alive while also trying to figure out if they can trust each other or not. The makers of the game who pull the strings try everything they can to make sure that the trust between the two never develops.This was a fast paced, interesting dystopian novel. The dystopia part was not explained in depth but that actually didn't bother me at all, it was kind of a relief to get into the action part without a long, drawn out explanation. The game itself was intriguing and when it was combined with the manipulation of the game makers it made the book very suspenseful. I found myself wondering what was going to happen next in and out of the game.Out of the game I enjoyed Rogan and Kira's interactions. Kira was hesitant to trust Rogan, but with good reason. I found the ending satisfying and wasn't left wanting more - the book was just the right amount.
The Death of Bees - Lisa O'Donnell Hated the different points of views that switched so often. This caused me to not get into the book at all.

Revealing Us (Inside Out Trilogy, #3)

Revealing Us (Inside Out Trilogy, #3) - Lisa Renee Jones Revealing Us didn't seem to have nearly as much action in it as the others in this trilogy. Or wait, I guess it's not a trilogy anymore?? It seems to be a series now and somehow I completely missed that until the end of the book.The plot picks up right after the end of Being Me - the very next day and Sara decides to go to Paris with Chris. The mystery of this book seemed to be what Chris's big bad secret was which they kept dancing around. Sara also had quite a few jealous interactions with Chris's former lovers.Those two things are really the only action in this book, it all revolves around those. When Sara learns Chris's secret it was kind of a let down because there was no drama or issue with the secret. I was happy to see the two together and dealing with their issues. THe book did resolve all of that and they seem to get their HEA. However the epilogue came out of nowhere, dealing with Ella's disappearance. Yes, Sara was investigating that throughout the book but all of a sudden we had a very minor cliffhanger that dealt with Ella. It felt out of place.I'm not sure if I'm going to continue with this series. I'm happy with the wrap up of Chris and Sara and I think that's all I needed.

How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance

How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates - Jane  Linfoot This was a another cute book that was a quick read. Millie is a head strong woman who knows what she wants. And that doesn't include ever falling in love again. Ed is a rich man who is convinced to take a challenge of going on 10 dates with the same woman. Millie doesn't bend easily to what Ed wants and both are a little guarded. At the end I took away bring true to yourself and not changing for others. I received this arc in return for an honest review.
Selling Scarlett (Love Inc., #1) - Ella James I was not expecting this book to be so vulgar and up front. In the first few pages the main character describes what he was doing in graphic detail. The difference is there was no romance in it. I don't mind sex in books but this was right away and surprised me. That set the tone for the book for me and I never got past it. I received this arc in return for an honest review.
Say When (Something More #1) - Tara West This was a quick read. Christina dumps her fiancée on her 21st birthday and ends up in bed with Andres, a hot Latin guy she met that night. He's a returned vet and has issues but so does Christina. Her friend Karri was a bad influence but I didn't like the way Christina kept describing her as a slut, and a stupid slut. I also didn't like the dual pov's. They switched from first to third character which drive me crazy. The romance was good and I was surprised at the ending.
The Outlaw of Cedar Ridge - Lori Connelly Evie and Bens marriage is on the rocks thanks to his shady ways. The whole town is against Ben since he's cheated or lied to most of the town. When Ben is attacked he loses his short term memory and most of his marriage. Evie is hesitant to trust anything that comes out of Bens mouth. As they leave the town that wants nothing to do with them they go over what has happened in their marriage in the hopes it will jog his memory. But can it do more? Is it possible to reignite the sparks they once had. This was an enjoyable book, I always like the rare married couple books. Well written and easy to read.