The Wicca Series (aka The Sweep Series) by Cate Tiernan {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: The Complete Wicca Series/Sweep Series
Author: Cate Tiernan
Series: Wicca Series

Synopsis:
Something is happening to me that I don’t understand.

I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. It scares me.

I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I’m starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.

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Review

15 book later, there is a review!

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Easy (Contours of the Heart #1) by Tammara Webber *New to Me Author*

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret.
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

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Review

Easy was one of those audiobooks I’ve had sitting in my Audible Library and kept avoiding. Maybe it’s the cover… yeah, it’s probably the cover. My being-in-love-with-emo-boys expired a good decade ago, so I’ve been a bit deterred.

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The Siren by Kiera Cass {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass

Synopsis:
“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”
The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

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Review

I enjoyed this story!

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With Ties that Bind Series by Trisha Wolfe

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: With Ties that Bind Series
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon
Synopsis:
Detective Ethan Quinn has questions. The Arlington Slasher case is closed, the UNSUB no longer a threat—but Quinn can’t quiet the suspicion he harbors toward his partner and the young, attractive ME. Not only does he loathe his uncertainty, he’s torn between doing his job and protecting his team.

Burying himself in cases no longer works. He’s restless. On edge. And tired of fighting his compulsions. Quinn has always viewed the law in black and white. Only now his world is swirling with a murky gray that threatens to devour him.

When lead medical examiner Avery Johnson careens toward a dangerous path, she pulls the unwitting detective into a dark web of deception and lust, triggered by a spree of recent killings.

Is this new player linked to the Bathory murders, or is it another copycat?

Time almost took Avery from him once before. As the clock ticks, Quinn will stop at nothing to protect her, refusing to let Avery become a victim again. Against his uncompromising logic, Quinn can’t deny his feelings. Avery forces him to acknowledge his darker desires, tempting his control—which weakens with every second he spends with the feisty ME as they hunt down the perpetrator threatening to tear them apart.

 

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Review

Quinn and Avery are no Colton and Sadie, but I enjoyed diving back into the world of Broken Bonds.

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Lover by Marni Mann and Gia Riley

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Lover
Author: Marni Mann and Gia Riley
Format: Hard copy purchased from the Author

Synopsis:
The attraction was undeniable.
I couldn’t escape him.
I didn’t want to.
I was his.
He was mine.
But he wasn’t my husband.

My once treasured marriage was now flawed and imperfect.
By the time the guilt set in, it was too late.
Reality was trying to keep me away from my obsession.
My husband was that reality.
My obsession was West.

But West was forbidden. Taken. Married.
We were swingers.
It was the perfect arrangement.

Until I fell in love…
With West.

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Review

Lover certainly took me on a whirlwind of a journey.

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Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Reached
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched

Synopsis:
After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.

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Review

Poetry can be underrated in books but let’s all be honest, IT SHOULDN’T!

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{Review by Kayla} Keepers by Kenechi Udogu

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Keepers
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Series: The Mentalist Series
Format: eBook Received from Author in Exchange for an Honest Review

Synopsis:
The dust appears to have settled after the brief descent of the Progressive Empaths on Sandes. But, if there is any truth to Anthony’s story, Gemma and her friends know they might soon have to face the mysterious Keepers. Myth or real threat, one thing is certain; running is no longer an option, for any of them. Can Gemma protect the ones she loves without forming an unlikely alliance?

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Review

The moment I found out that this was told in Gemma and Russ’s point of view I got so excited!

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I Flipping Love You (Shacking Up #3) by Helena Hunting

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

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Review

Despite being a huge Helena Hunting fan, I wasn’t too excited about this novel. I’m not sure why. I mean, I’m a huge fan of HGTV and romance, so you’d think the combo would be perfect for me, but it seemed… I don’t know… cheesy I guess. Likely because of the title.

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Recovered by Jay Crownover

4-stars
Overall Rating: # Stars
Title: Recovered
Author: Jay Crownover
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
It was hate at first sight…

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

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Review

This was a classic case of, “Almost, but not quite,” for me.

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Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City #1.5) by Penny Reid

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Neanderthal Marries Human
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1.5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

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Review

This is a series that I constantly ask myself why it is taking me so long to read. I’ve read 3 books from this series and really enjoyed every one of them, but I’ve also waited months between each book.

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