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Review of Griffins Choice (A Ravens MC Novel #4) by J. L. Leslie

“He lost control, and it was stunning. He was a masterpiece. Just like I knew he would be”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 128 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

I grew up near Verdana, California – the tourist town I now live in. It’s the perfect small town with beaches, shops, and beautiful people. Verdana has just one imperfection though – it’s a haven for motorcycle clubs.

I knew when I was younger that I wanted to save Verdana from them. Make it a better place. Make it the place I always loved. I became an attorney and started putting the criminals behind bars, including the infamous club members.

Somehow I lost my way. I can no longer decipher where the line I drew between right and wrong is – or if it even exists anymore. I’m muddling through a gray area, trying to figure out who I am and where I stand with the Ravens MC – the very same club I vowed to take down. Am I the same man I was when I started this vendetta or am I a few decisions away from becoming aligned with my enemy?

“She could be my final undoing. That darkness that pulls me completely into the gray.”

*Griffin’s Choice is book four in the Ravens MC Series, but can be read as a standalone novel. It has references to characters and events from the previous Ravens novels. It contains adult content, adult language, violence, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Mindy’s Review:

**I received an ARC of this book free from the author**

Griffin was raised near the small town of Verdana that he now calls home. He is the District Attorney that has somehow lost his way. Is he the good guy or has he become the guy that he was trying to save the town from?

Spencer is currently an old lady to the Sinners MC President. She lost the one man that she truly loved. She just wants the truth on how he died. She knows that she does not have the entire truth. Spencer kind of plays all sides when it comes to the rival clubs and the DA. She is secretly giving information to the Griffin in hopes of finding the truth that she wants and staying loyal to the Sinners.

I will be honest that I have never been a fan of Griffin. I did not care for him in the other books and when a girl that he liked fell for someone else I cheered her on. (I know, I know its all because I have love for all of the Ravens). I was curious to see how I was going to feel when I found out he was getting his own book.

Well, let me tell you that J.L. made me go and fall in love with Griffin (I know, I know) and Spencer. I see now why Griffin was a big pain in the butt previously. I love how he truly wants what is best for Verdana. He has a huge heart for his town and his friends. I love how this story played out. And let me tell you Griffin and Spencer are freaking HOT together! I have to admit that this is the perfect ending to this series.

This is the forth book in the Ravens MC series. If you have not read the other three you are truly missing out on a great series. I would recommend you read the first three before this one since Griffin has been around in all of them. Although you can read this as a stand alone, you will want to go back and get the rest of them.

J.L. Leslie, Thank you so much for an incredible series, a book family to love and blowing me away with your stories!

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Review of Tangled In You (A short fairytale re-telling) by J.L. Leslie

“But I see someone that I will wind up destroying and I know that I shouldn’t…that I cant allow myself to get tangled in you”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 61 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Miles Princeton doesn’t believe in the fairytales he reads to his niece. His sister is sick. Her husband is deployed. Now to top it all off, he’s dealing with a stubborn property owner…a feisty, blue-eyed blonde…who is standing in the way of the job he was contracted to do.

When he starts digging into her family for some dirt, he finds out her secret…only he believes it was something meant to be kept hidden forever. Getting tangled in family lies isn’t something he wishes to do, but Rachelle Zellis is different. And maybe she doesn’t know who she truly is at all!

“I see you Rachelle, and I see someone so beautiful. But I see someone that I will wind up destroying.”

*Tangled In You is a short fairytale re-telling inspired by the fairytale Rapunzel. It includes mature language, adult content, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Mindy’s Review:

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

Rachelle Zellis is you real life princess. She lives with her wicked controlling mother since her father died when she was younger. She works at her families wig company but all Rachelle really wants is her own freedom. She wants a place to call her own without her mother controlling every move she makes. But first she must get rid of this handsome man that is trying to take her mothers home.

Miles Princeton is trying to buy the home that Rachelle and her mother live in. He is getting no where with these ladies. Trying to dig up some dirt to hold over the mother gives him more than he ever asked for. The only thing that might be in jeopardy is his heart and his new relationship. All he is really trying to do is take care of his sick sister and his niece.

Tangled In You is a re-telling of a child’s fairy tale…….but way better! This is a very sweet, short story of secrets being revealed and finding love.

I am not used to a story like this from J.L. Leslie but I really enjoyed it. I was hooked on this from the time I started reading until I finished. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to read a fairy tale with a twist.

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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 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 Besting Brady (Hearts of Hollis #2) by J.L. Leslie and Nicole Dykes

Loving the town of Hollis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 285 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Brady…
I have lived in Hollis my entire life. All of my memories are here. The good and the bad. I wouldn’t change anything about this town. My life is carefree and I live it without regrets. Sure, I’ve made mistakes…some of them I see every day…but I wouldn’t change those either. I’m just not meant to settle down. No woman will ever get the best of me. They’re just lucky to get part of me.

Lilly…
I don’t get the attraction about Hollis. Not at all…but it did bring Madden Steele here and his brothers followed suit. I at least have to give it a try…even if it’s temporary. The Steele brothers wouldn’t be here if it didn’t hold some attraction…and I can admit there’s definitely one good thing this town has going for it. For all I know, this town could change my life.

** Besting Brady is book two in the Hearts of Hollis series co-written by Nicole Dykes and J.L. Leslie. It is written as a stand-alone novel. It is not necessary to read book one in this series. It contains adult content, language, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.**

Mindy’s Review:

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

Brady has lived in the small town of Hollis his entire life. He has his friends, the bar and all the girls that he wants. Brady is living the carefree life with no worries. That is until a very special woman walks right into his life.

Lilly has ran to the small town of Hollis after finding out that she was adopted. She is not running away because she is scared or mad. She wants to confront her brothers. Wanting to get to know them first she takes a job as a waitress at the local bar.

This is the second book in the Heart of Hollis series. I truly loved the first one and could not wait for this one to come out. I was not disappointed at all. Lilly is just what Brady needed in his life. The chemistry is hot! I read this book in one day because I could not put it down.

All I know is I need Hollis to be real and I need all of the characters to be my friends. Because I love, love, love all of them and I really love the small town feel of Hollis. I cannot wait to see what else comes out of this small town.

 

 

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

Back to the real world. Or my pretend world.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 274 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

I was raised in a motorcycle club. I saw things no little girl should ever see. Did things no little girl should ever do. That was my life and I loved it. The Ravens taught me about family. Loyalty. Even loss. Now I live a different life. I’m no longer part of that family. I’m no longer part of the club. I live a life where I pretend to be the person I am. I put on a show for the world and I’m good at it. I’ve perfected it. At least I thought I had. It didn’t take him long to see right through me. I have a choice to make. Keep playing pretend or finally be who I have always wanted to be. “When you’re ready to stop hiding who you really are, come find me.”

**Raiden’s Choice is the first book in the Ravens MC series. It is a standalone, full-length novel and is suitable only for mature readers. It includes adult content, adult language, sexual situations, drug abuse, violence, and talk of rape.**

Mindy’s Review:

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

Raiden was raised in the MC world. Her mother died when she was young and her father raised her around the club. She has seen and done things that she might not be proud of but it is all to protect her family. Now she lives a separate life as a nurse dating the ADA. She is dating the one man that wants her father locked up. Raiden lives as if she is two separate people. Can she have the life that she wants and protect her family as well?

Luka has never wanted to be part of any motorcycle club. His brother is in jail and Luka will do whatever it takes to get him out. Joining the Ravens MC is what he is set up to do by the wonderful District Attorney. It’s simple really, Luka gets info on the MC and his brother gets out of jail. Oh, if only it was that easy.

Raiden sees Luka for exactly what he is. She knows that he is trouble but he sees right through her. He knows that she is living a lie. She loves the smell of leather and being on a bike is where she is meant to be. He is so drawn to her that he might just forget what he is trying to accomplish. That is until Raiden and her father realize what is happening as their secrets get revealed.

This was a great read. This is the first MC book that I have read from J. L Leslie and I am in love. I was sad when the book ended just because I want to know more. This is written so good that it just pulls you in. You feel you are part of their world and just keep turning the pages. I cannot wait for more!

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Review of Marking Madden (Hearts of Hollis Book 1) by Nicole Dykes and J.L. Leslie

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Sometimes love is unexpected..

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 167 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Jade…

I came to Hollis to leave my past. I couldn’t get away fast enough. I made new friends and I found a new life. I even found love. Of course, there was heartbreak too, but I’m tough. I can handle it. But I don’t know if I can handle him.

Madden…

She said yes and turned my world upside down. She was supposed to be mine. Not his. Not my brother’s. So I left and I haven’t looked back. I never expected to find someone here who’d make me forget. Someone unexpected. Someone who would mark my heart forever.

**Marking Madden is the first book in the Hearts of Hollis series co-written by Nicole Dykes and J.L. Leslie. It is written as a stand-alone novel. It contains adult content, language, 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*

Madden Steel has grown up with the finest things in life. He has been shaped to work for his father’s company with his brothers. When the woman he loves accepts a wedding proposal from his brother he knows he just needs to get away for a while.  So what does he do? He steals money from his father and runs to the smallest town that he can find.

Jade lives in a very small town in Texas. She found the town of Hollis when she wanted to get away from her upbringing and start a new life. Working as a bartender at the only bar in town she knows everyone. When a mysterious man walks into the bar to rent a room she is instantly drawn and wants to know all about him.

Madden and Jade becomes friends pretty quick. Jade is still upset about a past break up and Madden is running away from his family troubles. The best way to get over the past is to rub it in their face. Madden helps Jade make her ex-boyfriend jealous but what they didn’t count on was having feelings for each other.

This was a very fun read. I was unable to put it down once I started reading. The chemistry between Madden and Jade is scorching and the storyline makes you feel as you are part of the small town and all of its drama. I cannot wait to see where this series takes us!

My Favorite Moment: I really enjoyed the night of the street dance.

 Mindy 5 Heart

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