'What We Forgot to Bury' by Marin Montgomery


Truth and deceit blur as one woman’s desperation twists into another’s desire for revenge in this mind-bending psychological novel.

Charlotte Coburn has a tragically dark past. But she’s safe now. She lives in a gated community, protected from danger. When teenager Elle knocks at her door looking for shelter during a particularly severe storm, the woman can’t help but think how lucky Elle’s been to have found someone as friendly as her. Except Elle chose her door on purpose…

She knows all about Charlotte’s secrets because they ruined her family and her life. And it is time that everyone else knew. But Charlotte’s past has left a dark void in her life, so she is concocting her own vicious plan, convinced that Elle can help fill that void.

As events unfold, the truth unravels and pulls both women into a dangerous game that will leave you wondering, Who’s the villain?

I am excited about reading again! I don't give Five Stars lightly. Marin Montgomery slowly paints the background of this twisted tale and gradually clues you in on secrets necessary to put all the puzzle pieces together that will lead to the explosive conclusion. I felt equally bad and angry with both characters at some point in the story, and I was engrossed in this thriller until I reached the end, which left me saying, "Wait, what?" I had to think back over the journey to see how this could have happened, and yes, it could happen, and I didn't see it coming. Charlotte and Elle's tragic lives strategically collide, and they'll never be the same. Sometimes the "bad guy" isn't the worst guy you'll encounter. I will definitely find more work by this author.

'Lord of Fire (Wytchfae Book 5)' by Flossie Benton Rogers

Lord of Fire (Wytchfae Book 5) by [Flossie Benton Rogers]


When The Hawk meets his Wytchfae, the result is spontaneous combustion.

Garnet McAnna chases the demon responsible for enslaving innocent fae familiars. She never expected to run headlong into a mesmerizing stranger known as The Hawk.

Exiled from an elite warrior's brigade, Lord of Fire Gabriel Hawk guards his heart and his solitude. He wants nothing to do with the world of men or the realm of fae. Then a fiery Wytchfae bursts into his life, stirring desire and sparking need. Will darkness conquer this couple or will love burn their souls into one?

This book was well-written; grammar and punctuation were not an issue. The story felt light and superficial, almost fairytale-like; it didn't upset me when Hawk was struck down and could have been dead during Garnet's kidnapping, yet some language and intimate moments marked it not for children. I was surprised to find people turning into animals. I enjoyed the time travel and multi-dimensions. I read the book in one sitting; the story flowed, quick and easy entertainment.


"A Candle in the Darkness" by Karen Black

A Candle in the Darkness by [Karen Black]

Is there life after death? Not according to Valerie. Following the accidental death of her husband, Randy, she Valerie was distraught. With her mother-in-law saying repeatedly that Randy was still with her, Valerie’s grief was amplified. Randy, had been the center of her life, and now he was gone. He was not with her. He died and was buried in a casket in the ground.

In spite of severe storm warnings, and against her in-laws' advice, Valerie set out for Maryland, where she and Randy had been planning to live. It took a tornado, and the words of a stranger to show Valerie exactly how to move on without Randy; or was it with him?

Valerie suffers a significant loss when her husband dies, and she rejects the comfort her mother-in-law blankets herself in: he is still there; he'll always be near. At once sympathetic to the main character, I understand her pain. She gets herself into scary circumstances when she insists on traveling home after the funeral, even though the projected weather is foreboding. The descriptions are vivid, and the setting compelling. She finds 'a candle in the darkness' during the storm, and it changes the way she views death; it lightens her burden of grief. Do you believe a person is truly gone when they leave this earth? A hope-inspiring short tale, I enjoyed "A Candle in the Darkness."


"Shattered Treasure" by Cindy Patterson

Shattered Treasure by [Cindy Patterson, Charlene Patterson]


Addison Morgan has spent years ignoring the broken pieces of her past that etched deep scars in her heart, scars that left her vulnerable to remain in a relationship with an unfaithful boyfriend. Her feelings for him have been fading for months, and after he betrays her again while she’s still hurting over the untimely death of her sister, Addison causes a car accident involving a teenage girl.

Police Officer Logan Tant is devastated when his sister’s in an accident involving a drunk driver. And he’s determined to bring the driver to justice. When he finds out the driver has befriended his sister and family, his anger escalates. It isn’t until he meets Addison face-to-face that the truth becomes blurred and there’s an unstoppable connection that draws him to her.

When Addison falls for Logan, her ex-boyfriend seeks to reclaim her at all costs, leaving her abused and with a life-altering choice to make that will change the course of her relationship with Logan and both of their lives forever.

Tender and emotionally stirring, Shattered Treasure is a tale that reminds us that mercy can mold the most broken of hearts and hope can lead to new journeys that arise from shattered beginnings.

Addison and Logan are compelling characters; their relationship is sweet, and in the end, Logan proves to be a true hero. However, the book is filled with page after page of long-winded stints inside their heads. At about fifty percent I grew tired of the battle between Addison and Phillip and the way she didn't make anything firmly clear to anybody. I would have enjoyed the book much more if the long, boring sections of repetitive internal worries, self-doubts, and insecurities would have been edited out.


Protecting What's Mine: A Small Town Love Story byLucy Score

Protecting What's Mine: A Small Town Love Story by [Lucy Score]


If you can’t stand the heat, don’t fall for a firefighter…

Fire Chief Lincoln Reed is known for his heroics in the fire department and in the bedroom. Life is a never-ending good time. Until she lands in the middle of the accident scene he’s working…and then his backyard. Too bad she’s immune to flirty first responders.

Flight trauma surgeon Mackenzie O’Neil is on a crash course with burnout. She’s got a scar on her face and a shake in her hands. A temporary job as a small-town family physician is just the prescription. She’ll learn to meditate. Sleep more. Take up gardening.

She definitely won’t take her shirtless, firefighting neighbor’s hot body for a test drive.

But Linc and his tattoos are very persuasive. What’s a harmless little adrenaline-fueled fling between neighbors? It’s all naked fun and games until the shadows from Mack’s past find their way into her present. Can Linc be her hero when she needs him the most or will their scars ruin everything?

One thing is certain: Someone is going to get burned.

Author’s Warning: This small-town happily ever after is smokin’ hot, sweetly hilarious, deliciously suspenseful, and a one-two punch to the feels. One-click for a disaster dog, precocious kids, a good ol’ fistfight, nosy neighbors, high-adrenaline first responder heroics, firefighter bromance, and kitchen sexytimes.

I enjoyed the characters in the book, the plot, the relationships, and the setting. The anticipation of Mackenzie and Linc finally giving in to their chemistry was great. Once they had sex, it was often, and it was a major portion of the story. The whole thing could have been shorter. It took a long time to finish.

"Smoke Rose to Heaven" by Sarah Angleton

Smoke Rose to Heaven by [Sarah Angleton]

New York, 1872, Diviner Ada Moses is a finder of hidden things and a keeper of secrets. In her possession is a lost manuscript with the power to destroy the faith of tens of thousands of believers. When a man seeking the truth knocks at her door with a conspiracy theory on his lips and assassins on his heels, she must make a choice.

Spurred by news of a ritualistic murder and the arrival of a package containing the victim's bloody shirt, Ada must either attempt to vanish with the truth or return the burden she has long borne to the prophet responsible for one of the most successful deceptions in US history.

Protecting someone else's secret may save Ada's life, but is that worth forcing her own demons into the light?

Ava's compelling narrative held me tight; the sad tale of her childhood and how she struggled into adulthood with her maniacal aunt kept me reading. The aunt's character traits fell well-balanced between good and evil, and with uncovered glimpses into her life story, it was hard to completely hate her. I highly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading its companion novel to read more about the snake oil salesman, Lyman, who played a large role in Ava's journey.


"The Kiss" by J Robert Brown

The Kiss by [J Robert Brown]

Based on true events, this is a story about a backpack trip taken on a whim. Sitting on a train preparing to leave Poland, the imagery and adventures of the journey are overlaid on the faces of two strangers standing on the platform saying goodbye. The tears, the miles and the forgotten are recounted amid some awkward situations and gentle reflection that end with The Kiss.

I enjoyed the adventure of this tale; powerful in its humor and profound in its sadness; the descriptions, and seeing through the author's eyes. However, it bounced back and forth in time which left me feeling shaken. The love story that he returns to every so often is sweet but repetitive until finally, the young couple's parting can no longer be delayed, and their emotions culminate in a kiss. A quick read worth the time.

Leveling Up: A Miami Football Romance bySultry Reads

Leveling Up: A Miami Football Romance by [Sultry Reads, Abiegail Rose]


First rule: Don’t get drunk and invent fake boyfriends.
Second rule: If you do, make sure he’s smoking hot and willing to make your fake dreams a reality.
Believe it or not. Tasha didn't think anyone would believe her when she drunkenly blurted out that Tank, the NFL’s most eligible Bachelor and tight end of the Miami Dragons, was her boyfriend! She just wanted to stop being set up and he was the first name she thought of since she couldn't get him out of her mind after meeting him earlier in her restaurant.

She also didn't believe that she had sent the real Tank a relationship request on Facebook; until he said yes! Now everyone is going crazy and Tank is doing his damnedest to prove to her that he’s just as good off the field as he is on it!
Tasha’s been hurt before and doesn't know if she's ready to rock with a guy on Tank's level. Between the paparazzi and crazy ex-girlfriends, Tasha is leaning toward calling it quits.

Her friends keep telling her to stop tripping, fight for what she wants, and start leveling up.
Tasha's starting to think that maybe she should!

This book had many grammatical, punctuational, and formatting errors and didn't read smoothly. The story had potential, although predictable. Some polishing to develop the mechanics could serve it well. 


"A Peach For Big Jim" by Lisa Belmont

A Peach For Big Jim by [Lisa Belmont]


In 1947 racially-charged Mills Hollow, South Carolina, Chloe Mason knows not to go near the Negroes who live in the river shacks, especially sixteen-year-old Big Jim. He’s something of a myth, a big black boy known for eating opossums and howling at the moon. At least that’s what Chloe’s brother, Caleb, and her Pa, a fiddle-playing Southerner who waves a Confederate flag, tell her. Yet when Chloe slips into Foxhole Swamp, it’s Big Jim who saves her from an alligator. She secretly befriends Big Jim and takes it upon herself to teach him to read, even bringing him a forbidden peach from Widow Jones’ tree. Chloe meets Big Jim in a tree fort he constructs in the woods, and together they endure the injustices Big Jim suffers – like being whipped by Chloe’s father for trespassing. But once her father discovers their secret meetings and is ready to lynch Big Jim, Chloe’s loyalty is tested to the breaking point, calling into question everything she’s come to believe about herself, her family, and what truly matters most.

A familiar theme in an imaginary place, the message came through. The mechanics flowed smoothly, and the story interested me, but Chloe seemed younger than thirteen to me; maybe it was the time and setting. I found other characters more captivating, such as Widow Jones; the secrets the woman carried could have been a novel unto themselves. The point at which Chloe's father had to choose between her or his best friend and their beliefs, I didn't think I'd ever see that happen; it shocked me. The ending left with me with nagging questions, will there be a sequel?

"The Cowboy and His Runaway (Rock Springs Texas Book 1)" by Kaci Rose

The Cowboy and His Runaway (Rock Springs Texas Book 1) by [Kaci Rose]


Maybe if she'd known that running for her life would have changed her life for the better, she would have done it sooner...

My momma always believed in fate, but I didn't believe until I met him. The sexy cowboy who'd found me hiding in his barn. A series of disastrous events led me to him. He and his family took me in, protected me, and gave me the life I always wanted. But at what cost?

I didn't expect to find the beautiful blonde in my barn that morning. Or the intense rage I'd feel after seeing her bruises. At that moment she became mine. Mine to take care of. Mine to spoil. Mine to protect from anyone who intended her harm. Anyone.

Come meet the small town of Rock Springs Texas with a family that has your back, a town that knows your business, and men who love with everything they have.

There is plenty of horses, nights under the stars, sweet tea, and a few road trips!

Get ready for some HOT Texas Nights!

This is a cowboy romance, with a sexy cowboy and a strong woman who have a lot of heat! This is full-length romance. Complete with a happy ever after, no cheating, and no cliffhanger!
This book may have some trigger points centering around abuse but it is what makes these characters strong and protective. Plus justice is always served!
Readers 18+, please.

This book has promise. However, it needs serious editing and proofreading. Repetitive, slow, and too many grammar and punctuation errors. I wouldn't hold a few errors against it, but the time spent reading and rereading sentences/paragraphs in this novel for comprehension detracted from enjoying the story.


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