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IF I’D KNOWN (Cursed #1) by REBECCA DONOVAN

SURPRISE RELEASE from REBECCA DONOVAN!!!
Continuing Mature YA Series – angst and emotion

 

SYNOPSIS

“We’re all cursed—every single one of us.”

Lana Peri isn’t afraid of telling anyone exactly what she thinks, even if it gets her into trouble—which it usually does. But the thing is, she can’t lie. Her unfiltered honesty doesn’t exactly make her many friends, although it does get her kicked out of class regularly. Lana knows the truth will eventually be her undoing. If only she’d known it would begin today.

It’s meant to be a night Lana and her best friends will never forget. And it is… for all the wrong reasons. Lana witnesses not just one, but two violent crimes committed by the same person. Except she can’t say a word. Not if she wants to protect her friends.

Lana’s silence will implicate her and inadvertently cover for him. But it’s not like she has a choice. He is powerful. Connected. Untouchable. And a friend of Joey Harrison—the guy Lana is uncharacteristically drawn to the moment they meet. Joey’s also the only one who is told the truth.

His lies will ruin her. Her silence will keep them safe. The truth won’t save any of them.

IF I’D KNOWN is available to purchase in the US
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REVIEW

Complete Spoiler-free Review

‘I wonder if I’m the only one who sees it – the weakness within us. I don’t know if we’re born cursed or if it’s bestowed upon us at some pivotal moment in our lives, but it defines us and ultimately leads to our demise. So we can either accept it or live in denial. Most live in denial, holing out hope for their “Happily ever after.”’

Rebecca Donovan has always had a special place in our reading hearts, her words first stole our breaths over six years ago and she’s never failed to wow us with her stories. They’re always compelling, brilliantly written and have such depth and detail. Along the pages she passes on messages of life and wisdom through her wonderful characters. We’ve been waiting patiently for her next book as we knew we’d be guaranteed that within those pages we’d find her heart and soul intricately woven into her words. We were not wrong. Rebecca Donovan is unique in the way she writes, you’d recognise her words anywhere but you’d only find them in her stories.

‘I’ve come to accept that, regardless of how honest and silent I am, the truth is fated to destroy my life.’

Lana is a very clued up fifteen year old. Hard exterior and a no nonsense attitude that doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She is older than her years in so many ways, yet underneath all that lies a dormant vulnerable teenager. Whilst she seldom makes an appearance we saw glimpses of her. Lana is honesty personified; a sweet and caring daughter to her single Mum whose life is changed dramatically when one fateful night puts her in the company of someone whose actions will have dire repercussions. Secrets, lies and omissions will suddenly turn this honest girl’s life upside down…

“If I can tell you one thing…it’s don’t think that anyone’s ever going to give you anything in this life. If you want it, you have to fight for it, even if that means drawing blood.”

We loved If I’d Known so much we wish we had the next book in this series already. It felt like a step back in time to the books we used to read and love. Old school YA angst if you will. What a fabulous start to a series we just know will be everything we love. Dark, hard hitting, cold and sombre with an innocence that’s been provoked by life.

“Lying is the worst kind of betrayal. Don’t ever lie to protect someone from the truth. Untrue words hurt as much as a knife to the heart.”


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OTHER TBB REBECCA DONOVAN RECOMMENDATIONS

Gripping and emotional seriess to be read in order –  Some days Emma Thomas is thrilled to be alive. Some days she struggles for a reason to breathe. Discover
BREATHING SERIES by REBECCA DONOVAN
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Reason to Breath Book ONe : Amazon US | Amazon UK
Barely Breathing Book Two: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Out of Breath Book Three  : Amazon US | Amazon UK


A beautifully moving standalone
WHAT IF by REBECCA DONOVAN

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KILL GAME (Seven of Spades #1) by CORDELIA KINGSBRIDGE

5 gripping ‘we need more‘ stars!
MM suspense thriller romance series – the deck is not stacked in their favor with this game-playing killer.

SYNOPSIS

Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo.

Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away.

The Seven of Spades is ruthless and always two moves ahead. Worst of all, they’ve taken a dangerously personal interest in Levi and Dominic. Forced to trust each other, the two men race to discover the killer’s identity, revealing hidden truths along the way and sparking a bond neither man expected. But that may not be enough to protect them.

This killer likes to play games, and the deck is not stacked in Levi and Dominic’s favor.

KILL GAME is available to purchase below

           


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“I want the people of this city to know I’m on their side, and the animals to know I’m coming for them.”

Wow….wow…WOW we loved this book. We are so excited to find this new to us Author and a new series to fall in love with. Everything about Kill Game by Cordelia Kingsbridge was just perfection. A thrilling who-dunnit set in Las Vegas with a simmering love story that had us hooked from the first page. We cannot wait for the next book in this series.  Kill Game was so well written, it enticed us, thrilled us and we were compelled by this story. Whilst we’d love to talk late into the night about this book we really do not want to spoil anything so we’ll be purposely brief.

“I keep going back and forth with myself on whether you have balls of steel or you’re just insane.” A grin broke across Dominic’s face. “I’m choosing to take that as a compliment.”

There’s a serial killer on the loose dubbed the ‘Seven of Spades killer’ for the simple fact that he or she places his calling card on every victim he leaves for Homicide Detective, Levi – the lead investigator. Every single victim has a story of their own but it’s never a good one; they’re all ‘criminal’ in their own right and it seems the Seven of Spades is committing his very own elaborate brand of justice.

“It’s a little disorienting, finding out that everything I’ve always assumed about you was wrong.”

Levi is feeling the stress of not only the added hours at work but the crumbling of his relationship with his rich boyfriend, Stanton who wants Levi to quit in order to be safe and more available to him. The pressure of an active serial killer, a haunting incident at work, as well as the difficulties in his personal life sees an exhausted Levi questioning everything he knows. Levi was a brilliantly written character who we immediately took to our hearts and we were rooting for him throughout this book. Although a forceful character to be reckoned with, he had real flaws and an endearing vulnerability.

“There’s something wrong with me,” Levi whispered.

“No, there’s not.” Dominic said, so firmly that Levi gave a startled jerk.

“You’re just human.”

The investigation of this case brings the bounty hunter Dominic too close for comfort. Whilst Levi has had prior fleeting interactions with him, the circumstances of this case means the two of them become closer and are having to work together. Neither are ready for the complications this brings but the chemistry is undeniable. Dominic, whose ex-army is a brute of a man who comes with his own inner demons fresh from battle. He too has a sensitive protective side that had us falling hook line and sinker. The pair of them had us swooning, tearing up and laughing at various stages throughout this story.

“You believe in soulmates?” Dominic asked surprised. He couldn’t reconcile that romantic notion with the practical, matter-of-fact man sitting in front of him.

“I believe that people can complement each other so well that they’re like two halves of one whole, yes.”

What we loved mostly about Kill Game was the way it centred on the suspense and chase to find the Seven of Spades killer. The added element of a slow building friendship and romance between Levi and Dominic was enticing and perfectly added the human element of showing the hearts and vulnerability of the characters. Now we wait for the next instalment with baited breath, and how excruciatingly exciting that is as theories still swirl round our heads. We haven’t read this type story in a long while and highly recommend it to readers of mm romance and thrillers.

“This isn’t how it happens, you and me,” he said quietly. “Not like this.”

ABOUT THE SEVEN OF SPADES SERIES

Las Vegas has never seen a serial killer like the Seven of Spades.

The self-styled vigilante is on a mission to cut down the wicked and treacherous, and Sin City has no shortage of targets for their bloody wrath. What happens in Vegas . . . ends with the Seven of Spades’s calling card on a grisly corpse.

Standing against the killer are Levi Abrams, a dedicated homicide detective locked in a constant struggle to restrain his own dark side, and bounty hunter Dominic Russo, a charming rogue with a heavy secret weighing on his shoulders.

The hunt for the Seven of Spades sends Levi and Dominic on a collision course, igniting a passionate relationship forged in conflict and sealed with blood. Together they’re stronger than the sum of their parts, but a wily, elusive serial killer isn’t the only threat that will strain their bond to the breaking point.

Ante up, because the Seven of Spades is all in. Are you?

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BLOOD GUARD (A Mission Novel #1) by MEGAN ERICKSON :: REVIEW

Sexy, addictive Vampire Paranormal – can be read separately or as a series 

SYNOPSIS
Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change mydestiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

BLOOD GUARD is available below

          

BLOOD VEIL Book Two
Available to pre order below releasing 3rd April

          


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

‘Mission was not a city where dreams were made. At least, not for people like me.’

It’s no secret how much we love our paranormal reads! It’s our go to when we’re in a book funk and our pleasurable indulgence. We immediately got sucked into…pun intended…Blood Guard by Megan Erickson and loved the initial world building and introduction of a Vampire world living under the streets upon which humans walk unbeknownst to them what lurks beneath.

‘Maybe we weren’t all meant to belong somewhere.’

This was a slow build romance which perfectly set up a forthcoming series full of vampires, turf war and ultimately love. We have to mention that reading Blood Guard took us back to how we used to feel when reading paranormal books. For want of a better description, the way in which this story was written and how it made us feel was like proper old school PNR which is why we loved it so much. We were filled with nostalgia for the time, back when we first became addicted to this romance genre.

First we meet Tendra, who works as a bartender and comes across as a bit of a loner and orphan to boot; having been shifted from pillar to post by her deceased single mother. She feels unlucky in every aspect of her life yet keeps a sassy attitude with an inner quiet strength that stands her in good stead when her whole world is turned upside down. Along with her cat she finds herself in a situation that shocks her to her core. It all begins when she notices a somewhat intimidating man watching her in the bar where she works who then follows her into the night.

‘The sun on my face was like life. I’d spent all of my life looking at the sun as my killer, and now I saw it as my savior.’

Athan is the sexy warrior brother of the future Vampire king, Idris, and has one mission. To retrieve and bring home the woman whose blood is prophesised to give his brother the ability and strength to fight and overcome a clan of vampires set to destroy the human race and make them blood slaves. There’s a revolt happening and it needs to be stopped. But just who is pulling the strings for a change that will affect not only humans but the vampire race too?

‘I’d never abandon her, and if my father forced my hand, he’d see just how strong his youngest son had become.’

Athan and Tendra’s journey was jam packed with action, humour and sexual tension.  We loved every minute we spent with them wishing we had more! Their story set up a series we just know we’re going to love. Whilst Blood Guard can be read as a standalone in the sense that each book will feature a different couple, the overall storyline does continue from one book to the next.


BLOOD VEIL – BOOK TWO

SYNOPSIS

In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide.

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

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ROYALLY ENDOWED (Royally #3) by EMMA CHASE :: REVIEW

5 Stars!
Royal romance series – slow burn, funny swoony and sexy romance.

SYNOPSIS

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??Sexy. As. Hell.And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

ROYALLY ENDOWED can be PRE ORDERED below for release on 14th August

                    


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘What I do know, what I’m sure of, is that I would die for Ellie. Kill for her, live for her. The vow echoes through me with every beat of my heart.’

We absolutely love this series from Emma Chase. We’ve laughed and swooned in equal measure and gotten a bit hot and bothered too. Waiting for Logan and Ellie’s book was exciting as we had no idea where it was going to go or how it would play out. We had no real expectations and sometimes that is exactly when you end up the most pleasantly surprised, and didn’t we just! We loved this slow burn romance that burnt up the pages with sizzling attraction born out of what can really be described as a protective friendship spanning years, the emotional impact from how it played out won our book hearts, word by word.

‘- he makes me feel wanted. Valued and important, like I’m someone worth protecting. Knowing this man would give his life to shield me, guard me from pain or danger – it’s a heady thing. An arousing, stirring thing.’

We’ve loved Ellie since we first met her. She’s embraces life; she’s vivacious, honest, loyal and hard working. She’s the kind of heroine you root for the minute you meet her as she steals your heart. We kind of feel like we were there watching her as she grew up; and what a wonderful woman she grew up to be under the watchful eye of her gorgeous Royal bodyguard, Logan.

‘I’ve always wanted to be a part of something bigger -something noble and lasting- and now I am.’

Logan has been a bit of an enigma until now. Fierce, protective and loyal to the Royal Family, he’s the young man who grew up on the opposite side of prosperity yet fought create a better life for himself. We knew he had a mouth on him and a cheeky side that came out every so often, but we loved discovering that this man had an endearing vulnerability underneath his intimidating armour. Whilst we knew of his feelings, this man valued loyalty and friendship above any romantic notion. His values and boundaries were always at the forefront and as far as heroes goes, Logan is up there as one of our all-time favourites. He was just such a real man with such a real heart.

“You’re always doing this,” she whispers.
“Doing what?”
“Saving me.”
I smile, just a bit. “I don’t mind.”
“Hey Logan?”
“Yeah?”
“One of these days…I’m going to save you back.”

We loved the fact that Royally Endowed took place over several years running parallel with Royally Screwed, Royally Matched and beyond. It meant that we got to catch up with Nicholas and Olivia; Henry and Sarah as well as experience the sharp tongued yet amusing Queen Lenora once more. It was like being back with family. The laughs, the romance, the emotionally poignant moments, and the dramatic twists. We loved every minute of it and didn’t want it to end. Without question the centre of this story was the deliciously building and much anticipated romance between Logan and Ellie, added with just the right amount of emotional drama and funny family antics. The exact reason for why we love Emma Chase. Romantic, funny and so very passionate, we can’t end this review without saying that once again Emma Chase gave us an epic epilogue that left us in swoony puddles combined with tears from laughter. What a royally fantastic series this has been, one for all the hopeless romantics out there. One for the book loving heart.

‘So many memories and moments. We’d circle each other, watch one another, veer away or try to fight it…but we were always pulled back together. Colliding. Connecting.’


TBB RECOMMENDS THE ROYALLY SERIES
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TBB ALSO RECOMMENDS by EMMA CHASE

LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES – CAN BE READ AS STANDALONE’S

Join Jake & Chelsea, Stanton & Sofia, Brent & Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life and the law in this bloody fabulous series that will have you swooning, giggling and fanning yourself! One of our faves.

‘I’m not good with flowery, romantic kinds of words. But she makes me wish I was.
Because she’s more than my wife – more than the owner of the pussy that has me so very whipped. She’s my love, my home, the solace to my soul, the keeper of my heart, the center of my entire fucking world. The only reason I really believe in my own goodness is because I see it reflected in her eyes.’

Legal Brief Series

Purchase The Legal Briefs Series below:

OVERRULED BOOK ONE

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SUSTAINED BOOK TWO

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APPEALED BOOK THREE

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SIDEBARRED BOOK #3.5 (Must read Sustained first)

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THE TANGLED SERIES – CAN BE READ AS STANDALONE’S

Join Drew and the gang. The man who started it all will have you in absolute fits with his unique outlook on love, life and relationships. You’ll be laughing like crazy over this one!

“For many men, their car is equivalent to the perfect woman. We can build her to look exactly how we want, we can ride her hard and she won’t complain, and we can easily trade in when a newer, younger model comes along. It’s pretty much the ideal relationship.”

Emma Chase

Purchase The Tangled Series below:

TANGLED BOOK ONE

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HOLY FRIGGING MATRIMONY BOOK #1.5

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TWISTED BOOK TWO

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TAMED BOOK THREE

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TIED BOOK FOUR

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THE MOON SHINES RED (Heart of Darkness #1) by PAMELA SPARKMAN :: REVIEW

Paranormal fantasy forbidden romance

SYNOPSIS
Award winning author, Pamela Sparkman’s fantasy debut novel is tantalizingly wicked, drawing the reader into a world of forbidden love where nothing is quite what it seems.

Lord Lochlan was cursed in the womb, condemned by the perceived crimes of his parents. On the thirteenth year of his birth, the red glow of the moon washed over land and sea like a faded bloody stain. Everything was bathed in it, including him. A constant reminder of the curse that marked him before he was born. Every night he gazed at it like he was lured and haunted by it. It followed him, it beseeched him. It called out to him. Just once he wanted to see the moon glow as everyone else saw it. Bright and illuminating. But he knew that would never be possible.

The all too familiar feeling of despair suffocated him, like long gangly fingers squeezing his neck, cutting off his air. He fell to his knees and begged for the sky to fall on him. He had suffered long and tirelessly and he was desperate for it to end. And yet, he fought to breathe. He fought to stand back on his feet. Because fighting back was as instinctual to him as breathing. He had come too far to let his loneliness and despair get the best of him now. He was battle worn and weary, but he still had a reason to live.

Or so he hoped.

He stood back on his feet and he fought against the doom that hovered over him since the day he was born and he stared up into the darkened sky.

At the moon that shines red only for him.

I should have stayed away from him. But I couldn’t.
HE was my love…my life. And he just might kill me.
So I guess that means…he may also be my end.

THE MOON SHINES RED is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘He smiled today. His smiles are as rare as mine, so I took his smile and tied it to the ribbon around my heart, where I can treasure it always.’

Pamela Sparkman is a new to us author and after reading and falling in love with this book, you can bet we’re eagerly awaiting the next Heart of Darkness story, because the secondary character this story will be about, completely captured our imagination and fascination and we need more!

The Moon Shines Red is a standalone and does have a conclusion, so if you’re worried for continuance or cliffy’s, don’t be. Just dive straight into Lochlan and Elin’s enchanting and beautiful story and prepare yourselves for a magical adventure in this urban fantasy romance.

We adore tales about the Fae fantasy folklore. Those pesky, treacherous creatures with their half-truths riddles and tricks, the alpha Fae who falls and fights for his love….the trysts, the curses, tricks and legends…sigh…they enthral us time and again, and we’re happy to say Pamela Sparkman most certainly treated us to an alluringly expressive and beautiful read, satisfying our much needed PNR fix.

The premise of the story captured our imaginations and hearts as poor Lochlan cut such a sad and lonely figure. This is a man who has only known isolation; never being able to experience the comfort of a touch, the warmth of a hug, the love of a woman after a curse was bestowed on him at birth, resulting in dire consequences for the person if they ignore the curse and touch him.

‘If he could make one wish, he would wish to have one moment in time where he could just touch her.’

Banished to a monastery with Searly, a Monk as his only true friend, (and what a heartfelt relationship it was) the pair have struck a firm friendship, with Searly showing a dogged determination to try and seek a reversal to the curse affecting his friend.

Lochlan has resigned himself to a life of seclusion and loneliness until he comes upon the beautiful human, Elin. This makes him want and need that human affection he has been denied all his life. However, little did they know their world was about to be turned upside down.

“Do not hide your pain from me, and I will not hide mine from you.”

Now, we could go into detail here about what unfolds, but where’s the fun in that? Oh no, you need to experience this authors bewitching story for yourselves firsthand, because there are surprises and twists galore to be enjoyed in this one!

‘For a reason unbeknownst to him he needed her to like him.’

This author had our hearts soaring over the lengths this man went to for love, she had our hearts beating and never failed to grip us with the surprises, twists, emotion, suspense and passion of this fantasy. The passion in this case coming from the connection between Lochlan and Elin. Their love was true, innocent, subtle, yet fiercely heartfelt. We believed it, we felt it, and we loved it. We certainly didn’t need a graphic sex scene on every page to convince us of the connection between these two, that’s for sure.

“I was willing to give you all the time you needed, I would have given you forever if you’d asked for it.”
“I know.”

Love, loyalty, friendship, forgiveness and hope. Pamela Sparkman did an amazing job of lovingly bringing Elin and Lochlan’s story to life, telling it with an old world storytelling charm that only added to the atmospheric surroundings. The vividness of the Faery realm, the beauty of her characters and the way in which she kept us glued to our Kindles was testament to the terrific story she delivered!

“…so you see, you love…it does matter. It matters very much.”

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