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Review of Branches of Healing (Tales of Unsung Heroes) by Autumn Sand, Amy Allen, Ava Lynn Wood, Bella Emy, J.L. Leslie, Lorah Jaiyn, Natalia Schellhaas and Valene Landon

Loss, Healing and Love!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 337 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

A compilation of stories brought to you by eight of your favorite authors. These stories will focus on the people who serve in armed services and the people who love them. All proceeds to go to Healing Paws for Warriors.

Mindy’s Review:

**I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Branches of healing is an anthology from many different authors. Majority of the stories focus around one event and how it effects people in different ways. I usually find myself not liking at least one of the stories when it comes to anthologies. I absolutely loved all of these stories. I am not going to lie to you, I cried for the majority of them. My family has military background and these stories hit me right in the heart.
You get to read about different aspects of loss, recovery and loving again while getting lost in these beautiful stories. I am in just absolute awe!
Go get this book. Read it, feel the joys, heartbreak and fall in love with all of the authors hard work!!

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Review of Unbroken (The Monroe Family #9) by Nicole Dykes

“You miss my body, but I miss your soul.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 173 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Dani
It was supposed to be a job, plain and simple.
But it became so much more than that. I fell hard for Michael Monroe and ruined my life in the process.
I lost everything I cared about. But in the end, I did what I came to do.
He’s back with his family, starting to heal. And I’m left with a crippling addiction to that same charming, damaged boy-turned-man.

Michael
I have my family back, but I lost her.
I let her in more than anyone before. And now, she’s gone, taking my secrets with her.
Part of me is happy she’s far away from me. The other part aches to be near her again.
When it comes to Dani, I don’t mind this crippling addiction.

*Unbroken is part 2 of Michael and Dani’s story. It’s recommended that you read part 1, Unbreakable before reading this one.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Remember when Nicole dropped that cliffhanger on us when Unbreakable ended? Yep, she did that. But now she has blessed us with this jewel!

Dani lost everything when she took the job to make sure Michael did not get into any trouble. Once his family realized that he was back Dani lost her best friend Cassie for lying to her and she lost Michael for falling in love with him.

Michael is now doing great in his racing career and staying out of trouble with a new assistant. He has his family back and spends time with them often.

Unbroken picks up a year later. I honestly think that Dani and Michael needed that time apart. They are going crazy without each other but I think the time apart makes them so much stronger. They are both addicted to each other and are unable to get enough. They have so much love for each other that the pages are on fire (or at least my kindle was).

I cannot wait to see what else we get from the Monroe’s. Yes, I am in love with this family!

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Review of Hooked On You by Brittany Anne

“Sometimes, you need to fight for what you want in life.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 217 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

They were each other’s biggest mistakes. Hers, for letting him in, and his, for letting her go.

Seven years after what was supposed to be the best night of Victoria’s life, she is finally ready to return home and face the memories that she spent so long running away from. She is certain she has moved on, but the minute she sees Gabe Matthews, all of the feelings she repressed come right back up to the surface. Gabe says he’s changed, but can she ever truly trust the man who shattered her heart all those years ago?

Gabe Matthews was not a good man, but he had spent the last three years doing everything he could to redeem himself. When the only girl he ever truly cared for walks back into his life, he is faced with the ultimate test: do the right thing and let her go, like he tried to do so many years ago, or be selfish and make her his. He wants to be the good guy, but sometimes, chemistry just can’t be controlled, and Gabe will be damned if he lets Victoria walk out of his life a second time.

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This book contains mature content and language, including (but not limited to) sexy romance scenes and plenty of f-bombs. You’ve been warned.

Mindy’s Review:

Gabe Matthews has spent the last several years trying to be a better man. Losing his sister at a young age made him get sober. He feels it is his fault for not being a good example. Gabe has made some bad decisions in his life and all he wants to do is find happiness.

Victoria knows all about Gabe and who he is. When he walks into her life again she tries to keep her feelings suppressed and remember that her heart was shattered by him all those years ago.

Gabe and Victoria have a rocky past. She was in love with him for so long. That is until he slept with her and then acted like nothing happened the next day. Victoria knew not to get involved with her best friends older brother but her heart lead the way.

This book deals with loss, addiction and love. I really felt for the characters. I could feel their pain while talking about Gabe’s sister. I love how this book was written (although it was predictable). Feeling like you are part of the characters is what really draws you in.

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Review of Knocked Up (Crazy Love #2) by Stacey Lynn

“I’m not falling for Braxton Henley. I’ve already landed.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 3394 locations (estimate)

Book Description/Synopsis:

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage. Just not necessarily in that order. . . .

Braxton: I should probably be dead or in jail right now. Instead, thanks to some tough love, I worked my ass off and now I own a string of tattoo parlors throughout the Pacific Northwest. And yet the one thing I’ve always wanted—a family—still seems out of reach. When my best friend gets married, I’m just hoping to blow off some steam with the super-hot maid of honor. But after Cara Thompson tracks me down to tell me she’s pregnant, she’s more surprised than I am when I tell her I’m all in.

Cara: For the first time in my life, I’m living for myself—not for my parents and their ridiculous expectations. I gave up on my MBA, dropped out of the Ivy League, and moved to Portland to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. And what’s the first thing I do? Get knocked up. For a tatted-up sex god, Braxton Henley seems way too eager to “be there for me.” Is this guy serious? Maybe. He sure is patient. Because he won’t back down until I admit what I know in my heart: that our one night standmight’ve led me to the one.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Braxton and Cara have a hot one-night stand at their best friends wedding. Neither one are looking for a relationship but some fun in the sheets cant hurt, can it?

Braxton gets a surprise visit from Cara letting him know that he is going to be a daddy. After letting him know she passes out from being so sick. Cara ends up having a condition that makes her have severe morning sickness throughout her entire pregnancy. Braxton wants to take care of her any way that he can. Including having her move in with him.

Braxton has all he has ever wanted except or a family. Cara seems to bring that straight to him. He will do whatever it takes to make sure that Cara and his baby have all that they need. Braxton never had a family growing up and Cara’s parents are not the parenting type. Together they can make their future very bright. They have to realize they are in love with each other first. Braxton has a hard shell but underneath he is a soft teddy bear that has a heart of gold. Cara wants to be independent but loves being taken care of by Braxton.

This is a very fun book to read. I was unable to put it down once I started.

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Review of Me + You (A Summer Romance Anthology)

A Scorching Summer Romance Anthology!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.):  649 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

17 Amazing Authors have come together to bring you these scorching tales of summer romance. Time to heat up your e-readers, dust off your sandals, and fall in love. Curl up in the sun or relax in the shade and let us bring the warmth of summer to you.

Caution: Stories not responsible for melted Ice cream, warm drinks, or burnt fingertips.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from an author in exchange for an honest review*

17 authors come together in Me + You with some great touching stories. Some found true love, some lost loves and some fulfilled their dreams.  Out of all of the stories there was only one that I could not seem to get past the first page (Could have been my mood for the day).

This anthology has something for everyone. I can see me reading all of these stories again sitting on a beach and getting lost with all of these characters.

I fell in love with all of the stories that I read. I highly recommend anyone that loves romance to pick this up and get lost in the pages as much as I did. Wow, what an amazing group of authors!

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Review of Chasing a Legend (Kavanagh Legends #4) by Sarah Robinson

“Pizza. Sex. Boyfriend. It was a modern day fairytale.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MMA Romance

Book Length (Est.): 227 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The most soulful Kavanagh brother tackles the challenge of a lifetime—with a little help from the girl of his dreams.

A topnotch manager and agent, Quinn Kavanagh pictures a life outside of his family’s renowned MMA gym. Beneath his sleek exterior, Quinn has a secret passion for sculpting. But after a nearly fatal motorcycle accident, he’s struggling just to walk again, let alone get back to the studio—and it doesn’t help that the doctor in charge of his physical therapy is his childhood crush. Quinn’s always ready for a fight, but the bittersweet sting of unrequited love has him begging for mercy.

Dr. Kiera Finley is determined to make her medical residency a success. Six years ago, she gave in and shared a single passionate night with Quinn. Now she’s just hoping the cocky lover from her past doesn’t derail her plans for the future. Little by little, though, Kiera gets to know another side of Quinn. She knew he was a family man, devoted to his parents and brothers, but he’s also a free spirit trapped in a cage—and only she has the key. To heal both Quinn’s body and soul, Kiera’s tempted to give him a special kind of medicine.

With their own heartwarming HEAs, Sarah Robinson’s Kavanagh Legends novels can be read together or separately.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Quinn Kavanagh was in love with his best friend and got his heart broke when she left for college. Now, six years later he is a manager for his brothers and their MMA business. He does not really love the MMA circuit like his family does but wants to make his family proud. Quinn wants to do something else with his life but is afraid that his family will not support him.

Kiera Finley is in her medical residency and will not let anything get in the way of her dreams. Including her feelings for her old best friend. Now that she is older and is getting to know the real Quinn she finds herself falling in love with him. She opens his eyes to the possibilities of his dreams coming true.

This is the fourth book in the series. I have been waiting for this one and I was not let down. I love the Kavanagh family and how much love and support they have for each other. It really shines in this book.

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Review of Katy’s Choice (A Ravens MC Novel #3) by J.L. Leslie

“I had a choice to make and I chose my heart.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance

Book Length (Est.): 279 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

I left home seven years ago, trying to pursue my dream. California was going to give me everything. Life. A career. Money. I had no idea how quickly a dream could turn into a nightmare.

A motorcycle club is about family, trust and loyalty. Break that and you will have an enemy on your hands that you can’t defeat. Run from it and you will be looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life.

I broke it and I ran.

I’m trying to start over. Trying to figure out who I am outside of that lifestyle, but does Katy McGuire even exist anymore? I can choose to get entangled in the motorcycle club my sister is in, be drawn back into the life I ran screaming from,
or I can choose to forget that part of me ever existed. That part of me that feels comfortable in the nightmare.

“I had a choice to make and I chose my heart.”

*Katy’s Choice is book three in the Ravens MC Series, but can be read as a standalone novel. It has references to characters and events from Raiden’s Choice (A Ravens MC Novel: Book One) and Lincoln’s Choice (A Ravens MC Novel: Book Two). It contains adult content, adult language, violence, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Katy was abused and her life was pretty much taken away from her. She was at the mercy of the Sinner’s MC President. When she gets a chance to run she takes it. The local DA helped her get out and brought her back to her sister. She just so happens to run right back into a club that her sister is part of. All Katy wants is to get her life back. She hates living with fears every day that her past will come back to haunt her and everyone that she is around.

Kane is an enforcer for the Raven’s MC and he has his eyes set on Katy. The only problem is so does Griffin, the DA that helped her get her freedom back. She feels like  Griffin is a safe choice and she could possibly live a normal life with him. But Kane brings out the true side of Katy, the one that lives on the edge and loves a bad boy.

Katy’s past will eventually catch up with her and she does not even realize that she has something that the Sinner’s want. And they will stop at nothing to get it back from her.

This is the third book in the Raven’s MC series. I loved this storyline, the writing is brilliant as always with this author. Yes, J.L. keep them coming!

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