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Review: Spring Cleaning

Spring CleaningPublisher: Self-Published
Author: Brandi Salazar
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary (Goodreads)
Sometimes, relationships can be deadly.
Terri thought she was marrying a strong, loving man, only to find that beneath that handsome face lies something cold, brutal, and dangerous. After years of abuse, Randy takes things a little too far, and Terri finally summons the courage to take matters into her own hands and make her escape. But freedom comes at a price.
Forging a new life, Terri tries to forget her past, but she can’t help looking over her shoulder at every turn. When prison bars can no longer hold Randy, and her past comes knocking, Terri finds that the strength to trust again may be her only salvation

My Review:
This is the first book I have read from Ms. Salazar and I would like to continue to read more of her books! Spring Cleaning starts off kinda more into the storyline then I wanted to be. I think it would have been better if we could have built up getting to know the main characters like Randy, and how his rage/anger started.
The book definitely had me wanting more by the time I was turning a page. I would get through a chapter then another one, till I was almost half way through the book. It is scary to think some women go through this abuse on a daily basis. I would have purchased an alarm system for everything I owned, or tried to. I know Terri’s money must have been tight with her working at a club.
I love how Luke could feel Terri’s emotions without asking her a billion questions. He knew when something was wrong, and wanted to help right then. He was a remarkable character in the story!
Spring Cleaning is a book that would be enjoyable by a fire, the story is very appealing, and will have you wanting more!

About the Author:
Brandi Salazar started writing poetry, short stories, and novels at a very young age, weaving tales to share with her friends that were geared toward making them laugh. Today her writing habits reflect that, ranging from mystery/suspense/thriller to paranormal and YA romance, and no matter how different her works may be, you can always find a healthy dose of action, romance, and humor. Under the pen name J.C. Valentine, she also writes erotic romance fiction.
A longtime resident of Ohio, Brandi lives with her husband, three children, a dog and five cats that keep her very busy. She holds a degree in Business and has plans to continue her education so she can one day become an editor to authors everywhere. When she isn’t crafting her next novel, toiling away at schoolwork, or hanging out with family, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair with her nose buried in a book.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let DiePublisher: Self-published
Author: Bianca Sloane
Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary: (Goodreads)
Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages
On a bitterly cold January evening, Tracy Ellis went for a jog along Chicago’s snowy lakefront and disappeared. Her body was discovered days later, her beautiful face bashed in with a rock. Police determine her brutal death to be a mugging gone wrong and drop the matter into their cold case files.
Over a year later, Tracy’s sister, Sondra, still can’t come to grips with what happened. She throws herself into her work as a documentary filmmaker to try and forget the cruelty of her sister’s death. However, a chance encounter with a man from Tracy’s past rips the wound open and sends Sondra on a desperate search for answers about the secrets from her sister’s life that may have led to her death.
As Sondra struggles to uncover what happened to Tracy, she’s launched into a tangled web of deceit and danger that put her on a collision course with life and death…

My Review:
Goodness what a ride this book brings you on! The whole book you are wondering what happened to Tracy. Every page is full of suspense, and thrills! I read over 80% of this book in one day and loved it.
I enjoyed the details the author threw in, adding to the characters, which came off with realism. I will definitely be recommending this book!
Each chapter was told in another light of a character, giving the book and story it’s mold, and shape. The plot was rounded enough that I was on my toes, or fingertips, either way. Do not stop this read, even if you think that you might have it figured out, there is always a turn, and your guessing could be wrong.

About the Author:
Bianca Sloane is a freelance writer living in Chicago. When she’s not writing, she’s watching Bravo TV, Investigation Discovery, reading or cooking. “Live and Let Die” is her first novel.

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Entangled

EntangledPublisher: Self-published
Author: Nikki Jefford
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: Spellbound #1
Review Source:  NetGalley

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

Summary: (Goodreads)
Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.
Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.
The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.
Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

My Review:
Isn’t the cover stunning? Beautifully Amazing.
In the beginning of Entangled, you will learn that Char and Gray are completely polar opposites, as being identical twins, they are nothing alike.
The first of the story was hard to follow, didn’t know much about characters before the story starting unfolding, scenes were jumpy, but I think it would be a good idea to put stars or something when a scene ends, so that way some confusion can be cleared up. However, I think the story line is great! Once I got out of 5th chapter I kept wanting to know what was next, what secrets were coming out, and what was behind the madness. I also loved the fact that there wasn’t any “instant” love sorta thing, sure there was some lusting, but what teens doesn’t do that?

Char does seem to be selfish, and thinks about herself a lot, but yet Gray is suppose to be in the background as everything gets settled, and figured out, which I guess is understandable.
Raj, who wouldn’t love this character? He is complicated, but who isn’t? He has to be the one character that is interesting to read about, well him, and Gray as they both build character about the same time.
It is enjoyable, I would suggest this book to people who have patience with plot and like for the story to build. I hope I can get my hands on the next sequel because I will definitely read it, I really want to know what happens next!

About the Author:
Bookaholic, nature girl, and animal lover. Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada. She married the love of her life, Sebastien, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They reside with their Westie, Cosmo. Loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.