The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Strong Female Character 💕 Fake Relationship 💕 Emotional 💕 Adorable

I loved, loved, loved this book! It had me laughing, it had moments filled with tearful emotion, and it had a cast of characters I wanted to be friends with!

Hannah Brooks is a kick-ass woman. I absolutely loved her as the MC. She’s a trained bodyguard, but as she’ll let you know, if she has to use any of that kick-assery…she’s already failed at her job. Her role is to identify the issue before it’s an issue. When she’s assigned to Jack Stapleton, a super famous movie star, things don’t go quite as she planned. She ends up having to pretend to be Jack’s girlfriend to protect his family from knowing he needs a bodyguard.

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The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was an absolutely fantastic book! It had historical fiction, murder-mystery, secret identity, and romance, and I was unable to put it down!

Una is the main character, and she’s a thief on the NYC streets. After losing her mom in a fire, and losing her dad to drugs, she ends up on her own on the streets. She’s an excellent thief. She has rules for herself, and she follows them to keep herself safe. Then, one night when she witnesses a murder, and is framed for it. On the run with a need to go into hiding, she gets admitted to a probationary class for a nursing school.

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The Decadents by M.C. Schmidt

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, this book was a crazy and fun time! I enjoyed the dark setting with the outlandish situations, and I didn’t really want to walk away from it!

So, in this story, we’ve got Phil Ochs. His family is all over the place. His son is terrorizing him through a poetry attack, his wife is addicted to the As Seen On TV toys (but seriously who isn’t?), and now, a competitive enemy is snagging his employees from his fast food chains! What could be next? Well, Phil shares a name with a very liberal, very famous singer…

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A Thousand Miles by Bridget Morrissey

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Second Chance Romance. Sassy Female Lead. Road Trip. Friends to Lovers.

Dee Matthews is a sassy, successful podcaster with a sad, broken heart from a high school sweetheart, Ben. When Ben shows up on Dee’s doorstep asking her to make good on a 10-year-old promise to road trip from Illinois to Colorado, Dee says yes.

I really enjoyed both Dee and Ben’s characters, personalities and emotional journeys. They have such a long and meaningful history with each other, and the road trip gives them such a wonderful opportunity to work through it all.

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Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, once again, I’ve read the second book in a series before reading the first. This is what happens when I don’t read a synopsis before I start a book…I’m a cover-lover. BUT…this was a lovely story, and I didn’t need to have read book 1, so that worked out well 😊!

London Spark and her two sisters own Spark House, a hotel that hosts fantastic events. After breaking up with her boyfriend, her sisters and her head out for some drinks. When a smooth-talking, sexy man hits on her, she hands back his number, but Jackson Holt is not to be deterred and tells her basically, if it’s meant to be, the universe will bring them back together…

And of course, it does.

London Spark

The Craigslist Incident by Jason Fisk

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was so emotional for me. I feel like it really highlights the struggles to get support for mental health. I felt so invested in these characters, and I couldn’t stop reading.

Edna’s father passed away, and she’s really been struggling. She decides to put a hit out on herself in a Craigslist ad. Joe responds to Edna’s ad, and we are taken on an emotional story that jumps between the two characters’ POVs.

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Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just really loved this one! I was absolutely rooting for Lillie the whole way. I was fully invested in her life!

Lillie has just sent her son off to college and settle into the next chapter in her life when her husband blindsides her with a divorce. And she’s pissed off.

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A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Fairy Tale Retelling 💕 LGBTQ+ Rep 💕 Strong Female Lead 💕 Breaking Conventions

This is the second book in the Fracture Fables series, and I loved it just as much as the first one! I would absolutely recommend reading book 1 in the series, A Spindle Splintered. It’s fantastic, and it really sets up what happens in this book.

Zinnia is our MC through this series. She’s got a rare medical condition that she knows is going to eventually kill her, but when she falls into fairy tale versions of Sleeping Beauty, her health improves, and she finds that she gets to be the hero for the fated Sleeping Beauties. But something goes wrong one day, and she ends up in a Snow White story. Now she’s got a whole new set of problems to work out!

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Thank You, Next by Andie J. Christopher

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’m a bit torn on this one. I liked the premise of a woman reaching out to her exes to understand why they moved into a committed relationship directly after the loose one with her. Alex is a woman who doesn’t want a marriage or children. She’s clearly got some emotional connection issues, and we are set up for a journey of self-discovery.

The pacing of this one was an issue for me. I was interested at the beginning, and the middle, and the end. BUT, it kept slowing down and going into these inner thoughts and self-conversations, and I just kept losing interest.

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Finding Ruby Draker by Marianne Scott

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this was such an interesting plot! It is filled with mystery, murder, and secrets! This story is told through Ruby’s perspective, and I really enjoyed the backstories that helped to shape the story. The story is centered in France, and I really enjoyed the location as well!

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Unmasked by Paul Holes

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fascinating. Gritty. Eye-opening. For true crime addicts.

Paul Holes brings his crime scene experiences to life in this memoir of his fascinating career. While this focuses greatly on his career-long quest to catch The Golden State Killer, it covers the solving of so many other cases. The details are fascinating, the cases heartbreaking, and the story unputdownable.

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Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Emotional. Timely. Racial Injustice. Broken Systems. Family. Heartbreaking.

This beautifully written book brings a timely, emotional story to its readers. I could not stop reading this one.

This story follows a young girl whose family has been torn apart one piece at a time. Her father to prison, and then to disease and death, her mother locked away, and now her brother has stopped helping support the two of them. The burden of paying rent and the bills falls to Kiara. It’s not easy for a 17-year-old to find and hold a job though, and time after time she is told no. When one night she is mistaken as a prostitute, and she accepts payment, she unknowingly steps into a life and scandal she can’t back away from.

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