Repercussions by Jessica L. Webb

Repercussions by Jessica L. Webb is nothing short of phenomenal. This book is everything you want and more. It is one delicious story, with amazing characters and an exciting plot…I could go on for days about how freaking fantastic this one is. All of Webb’s books are home runs, but somehow, someway, she took it to the next level with Repercussions. This is going to easily be in your top 5 books of 2017, if not number one.

Our main character is Edie Black. Life has given Edie a hard knock, literally. Run over while on a jog, Edie suffered multiple injuries, but the one that is the hardest to recover from is a severe concussion. Edie, a one-time investigative correspondent turned journalism professor prides herself on gut decisions and quick-thinking. The concussion-marred her self-identity and the inherent belief in her own abilities. Now Edie, runs the gamut of being in pain, loss of memory and an overwhelming sense of paranoia. She feels constantly as if she is being followed.

Our other main, is introduced to us while Edie is preparing coffee for the acquired brain injury support group. Skye Kenny, a former soldier with the Royal Canadian Regiment turned private security specialist is also in the building for a PTSD meeting. These two instantly attracted to each other, and make a point to see the other at the next meeting. Cupid’s in the house! Edie’s’ date with the sexy strong silent, Skye turns into more than either one bargained for. Finally, all of Edie’s paranoia is confirmed. This lady is totally being followed!

This book is going to hook you on by the first chapter. Don’t you just love that? Go ahead a get ready for that Americano in the morning because you are going to need it. A roller coaster ride of awesomeness is awaiting you with this book. This book has it all, and if I could give it 10 stars, I would. Massively large stars to boot!

5 out of 5 stars…Massive ones

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Huntress by A.E. Radley

You know you have read a fabulous book when you desperately hope that there will be a sequel. Not in the ending was left dangling kind of way, no more than anything you want to read these amazing characters again. This is exactly what the Huntress does, you love every second with this book and more than anything don’t want you time with it to end.

Amy Hewitt is a coffee barista at Tom’s Café. Amy loves the consistency of her job. Is it what she should be doing with her life? Everyone tells her no but Amy loves it none-the-less. Sociology with honors degree is doing Amy a lot of good at this point. One particular plus of her barista job is the chance of meeting up with Cara every day. Cara is a beautiful, professional woman who is drop dead gorgeous. Cara stops in Amy’s shop every morning, orders the same thing and spends a little bit of her time flirting with Amy. Amy lives for this moment of her day, seeing as Cara is completely out of her league in looks and station in life. All of this spins completely out of control when Cara stops showing up for her morning coffee and Amy’s quest to find her lands her in the sights of MI-5’s terrorism unit.

What I can tell you about Amy, an amazing character who is unbelievably endearing. She’s brilliant and empathetic. Her kindness radiates off of her in such an extreme that she can literally tell a stranger she is a fugitive on the run and they will open their home to her. As her quest to find Cara, all hell breaks loose and Amy and her bestie, Kerry, embark on a dangerously epic adventure. They risk life and limb to find the truth. All the while, Kerry and Amy are being chased by Claudia McAllister, a famous analyst who is known for finding criminals on the run.

This book engages the reader right from the very start. It a rollercoaster of zany mishaps that have you both simultaneously on the edge or your seat and laughing till tears fall. The plot is of twists and turns that keep you in Amy’s world of delightful chaos. This book is a fun, lighthearted mystery with just a touch of romance. It was a delightful read, and I enjoyed every second of it!

5 out of 5 stars

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Pieces by G. Benson

MOVING. POWERFUL. CAPTIVATING. All caps, bolded, if I could I would put in flashing neon lights. This book is all of these adjectives and so much more. This story pulls you in and holds you till the very end. I cannot do this book justice in a review. All I can say is read it, you will not be disappointed. G. Benson brings you another amazing story. She is truly a remarkable writer.

Carmen Garcia is sixteen, but you wouldn’t know it. The child of a drug addicted mother, Carmen has had to walk a tightrope all of her life. She cannot just be a student, a teen. She doesn’t know how to be those things because that was never an option for her, that is a luxury for her classmates. No, she is the caretaker to her 8-year-old brother, she pays the bills, she keeps her mother’s secrets so her family can survive. She has been a product of the foster care system before, her brother has too. To say that went poorly would be a terribly unjust understatement. It was bad enough that Carmen live on the streets, surviving by the skin of her teeth. Her worst nightmare becomes a reality when a knock at the door in the wee hours of the morning comes from a police officer letting her know her mother has been found dead.

Ollie is our other main character. Ollie has a huge heart. Her kindness is truly an endearing quality. She is an artist who tends to live in her head but is brought back from the clouds by an amazing group of friends and supportive parents. Ollie notices Carmen one day at school and is intrigued, and also totally smitten. She finds a way to “accidentally” bump into the newcomer. That moment bonds these two teens in a way that neither excepted but both so badly need.

I could talk about this story forever, it’s just that good. You don’t need me to do that though. I’ll ruin it for you and what truly is my main point is that you want this book in your life. Get your hands on this one, you will not be sorry. The romance is deliciously sweet. The story is enthralling and so beautifully written. G. Benson gives so many diverse characters a strong voice. This is an easy 5 stars.

5 out of 5 stars

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Tricky Chances: The Clinical Years (Tricky, #2) by Camryn Eyde

Tricky Wisdom was one of those books that just stayed with you. I will honestly tell you I have read it more than once. Yes, I am one of those people! What I loved about the book was how complicated and multifaceted each of the two main characters are. As the book went on you learned more about them and it didn’t help that the sexual tension was off the charts. I love a great story full of angst and bits or humor. So, with that being said I needed the sequel in my life. Thank the heavens it finally arrived this week. Tricky Chances: The Clinical Years is absolutely as good as its predecessor is not just a hair better. Don’t you just love it when a sequel is awesome! Not an easy feat, I applaud you, Camryn Eyde.

We come back to the story, (yes you must read the first one first) as Darcy and Olivia head into the second year at Harvard Medical School. If they thought the first year was difficult, well just add in clinical rotations on top of class and studying. You got it, they barely have time to breath much less eat or sleep. This new schedule causes havoc on their social lives and their relationship. You see the daily stress they are under, those hairline fractures in their love become under a constant pressure. What it makes for is strain, anguish, and some tears. What it gives you as the reader: a fantastic story that will be damn hard to put down.

If you ready the first one in this series, hold your hat, cause you are in for one hell of an awesome ride. If you haven’t, well I’m a little jealous of you getting to read that book for the first time. Darcy and Olivia are characters that will steal your heart.

A big 5 stars!

Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

Ah-freaking-mazing!!! This book is beyond good. There is not a review that will do it justice, I will try, but I promise you it will fall well short of conveying how awesome this book truly is. Emily O’Beirne is a masterful writer, every single one of her books blows me away for so many reasons, dialogue, characters, tension, everything is hands down done to perfection. This book may be her best yet.

Finn is this amazingly grounded teenager. She is inherently good and people can see that from miles aways. You know that this young woman is meant for greatness because she is one of those rare people who have character, charisma and exudes compassion for others. It’s a no brainer that she is chosen by her classmates to lead their group for the leadership camp.

The other main character is Willa. Willa is all business all the time. She is serious where Finn is lighthearted. Willa sees school as her chance to succeed in life and provides financially for her family. As a young child, Willa had to grow up too soon after the loss of her mother. Willa helps her elderly grandmother raise her two younger siblings, she works and attends an upper crust all-girls school on scholarship. She takes her responsibilities to heart and carries the load. She much older that her seventeen years. Her classmates view her as aloof in social settings but the ultimate competitor when it comes to academics. She’s the kid that studies when everyone else is having fun. She has too, success is the only option she sees for a bright future. Therefore her goal for leadership camp is to win, it is what is expected of her by her competitive classmates as well to herself.

These two couldn’t be more opposite but they are drawn to each other right from the beginning. Two very strong females, each with different assets but also so very kind and sweet. To me, I think they were drawn to each other by their strengths and they impressed by what they saw in each other. These characters are complex, multi-faceted and O’Beirne delivers them to you so you become 100% invested in their future. Finn and Willa are described so well you feel as though you know them in real life. You want to know them in real life!

The first half of the book is told from the perspective of Finn. We learn of her struggles leading her group that really doesn’t want to be there. They have drawn the wild card and have to play the role of refugees, no land, no resources, depending on others for survival in the game. Her friendship with Willa pushes her to be a better leader and to find her voice. I loved that the book then flipped to Willa’s point of view. It was fantastic to see the interworkings of her mind and just how smitten she was with Finn. For someone so serious to just have her heart stolen, those moments were amazingly sweet and tender. The little moments between them made a great book, phenomenal. Your heart is stolen right along with them.

I love how Emily O’Beirne includes diverse characters, bisexuality, and world issues all into a romance novel. It’s not preachy, or overdone, but she makes the reader stop and think all within the context of an amazing love story. This writer has serious skill! I loved that each of our mains had strength and frailty. They made each other better, they made others be better. Willa and Finn were awesome characters. I hated to see this book come to its end, and let me tell you when I found out there will be a sequel, there could have been some fist-pumping happy dance moves.

5 HUMONGOUS Stars

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Worthy of Trust and Confidence (Agent O’Connor, #2) by Kara A. McLeod

Kara A. McLeod knows how to write a great story with characters that have strength and at the same time are vulnerable. A hard mix but when is done well gives the reader a character that is absolutely captivating. Worthy of Trust and Confidence, gives you not one but two leading ladies that will capture your heart.
First off if you haven’t read Actual Stop you need to stop right here and go read it. You cannot read this one first, you’ll be totally lost. Take it from me it’s damn good and you want this in your life.

We pick back up with Special Agent Ryan O’Connor recovering from bullet wounds after the assassination attempt on Iran’s president. Ryan is haunted by the death of her former lover and riddled with guilt because she survived and Lucia didn’t. She holds back her pain from everyone, including her now girlfriend, Special Agent Allison Reynolds. Why to be tough? No that’s not it, but because she doesn’t want Allison to feel guilty as well. Her text message saved Ryan but cost Lucia the ultimate price. Ryan wants to shoulder that guilt all herself, even though she desperately needs to talk about it. She also is walking on eggshells with Allison. Old wounds from the past keep her from leaning too heavily on the love of her life. She doesn’t want to screw it up when they just go back together. All the while Allison’s heart is breaking Ryan won’t open up, she is also dealing a boss that is causing her hell on Earth.

So while the last book was a little heavy-handed on secret service procedures, this one is not. Not at all, this is an action-packed adventure with two badass female leads with smoldering hot chemistry. Once I got started, there is no way in hell you could have dragged this book from me. I needed to finish this one. It is that good! You have a fantastic mystery, a ton of corruption and a love story that just won’t quit. This one surpasses the first in the series and is every bit deserving of its five-star rating.

5 out of 5 stars

Troop 18 (A Dr. Kate Morrison Mystery, #3) by Jessica L. Webb

I really could go on and on about how much I have adored Jessica L. Webb’s novels. Every book has been just outstanding.

Troop 18 comes from Andy’s perspective and picks up fairly soon after Kate left Andy in Pathogen. Right out of the gate you feel Andy’s despair of their quasi-breakup. She has counted the days that Kate has been gone with no contact. Not a phone call, nor a text to let her know where they stand or how she is. Andy’s heart is broken and she is terrified of a future without Kate. Her pain is palatable, you feel it just radiating right of the page. Jessica Webb, you are so good! I love a book that makes you feel, even if it hurts. Of course, Andy turns to work as her salvation, and this takes us right into a bizarre case dealing with a group of RCMP cadets, who may or may not be up to something nefarious. Andy is needed to root out what they are hiding and whether this troop needs to be allowed to continue their training. Not life and death craziness of like the past two novels, but interesting nonetheless.

When Kate does come back to Andy, well I could just gush about their reconnection. These two ripped their hearts out, spoke the truth and held nothing back. Their reconciliation was done masterfully! Emotions, oh the emotions! This is basically the heart of this one. While the mystery is very mysterious, it’s the emotional journey of the Andy and Kate that is the main focus. Of course, I love it, total romance junkie here.

Is this the last of the series, if I was a betting woman I would say yes if felt like the end of the road to me. The characters of Kate and Andy have been phenomenal. What a fantastic series this has been. It is definitely a series to treasure. Webb is easily on of the best authors in this genre, I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.

4.75  out of 5 stars

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