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~ Review: Wounded Hearts by Allyson Carter ~

810En5ujPDL._SL1500_SynopsisAfter a bitter divorce, Shelby Johnson is looking to rebuild a life for her and her daughter, Hannah, while avoiding the thing she mistrusts most: men. Her resolve is tested, however, when her brother’s best friend, Mark, moves in across the street and her long-buried feelings for him return. Can she possibly open up her heart again? Is she willing to let herself love? When someone threatens her life she quickly realizes that her heart isn’t the only thing on the line and she turns to the only man she feels she can trust.

Reliving everything he lost overseas, Mark Daniels goes back to his hometown to try and live a peaceful life but instead gets caught up in Shelby’s troubles.. He knows she needs someone to protect her but can he be that man? Except, being near Shelby again is making him feel things he’d rather never feel–again. When his past comes to haunt him in a way he never excepted, he vows to protect Shelby and her daughter until his last breath.

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Wounded Hearts is a sweet, suspenseful read. Shelby is a single mother to a sweet little girl, Hannah, who is in the process of making a new life for herself after a bitter divorce from her high school boyfriend. Mark is a soldier from the war in the Middle East, who has returned home with plenty of dark secrets. He is also Shelby’s brother’s best friend. They both had harbored feelings for each other while they were in high school and before Shelby’s ex, James, entered the picture. Mark has unknowingly moved across the street from Shelby, and when the two realize they are neighbors, old feelings arise to the surface. They try to stay away from each other, but that doesn’t work for long. When Shelby finds herself in danger from a twisted stalker, Mark vows to do everything he can to keep her safe.

Even though there is a romance developing between Mark and Shelby, this is more of a suspense novel in my opinion. However, that doesn’t take away from the book. The characters were well-developed, and I found myself really cheering for them. Shelby had a really horrible relationship with her ex, and Mark saw many horrors while he was in the war…not just in battle but with other soldiers as well. I really wanted them to be able to overcome those things and make a future together. While the characterization was great, I felt the events and the suspense was too rapidly developed. I think writing the suspense at a slower pace would have added to the story, but I did enjoy it. There were some religious themes sprinkled throughout the book, but I thought that was very realistic. They had to rely on a higher power to help them make strides in their present, and it did not come across as judgmental or preachy.

All in all, I thought it was a pretty good read. If you are in the mood for a sweet romance with a good bit of suspense added in, then you should give this one a try!

** ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review **

Abou the authorAllyson writes in the sweet, suspense, and Christian romance genres. In her books, you’ll find emotionally stirring story lines, as well as suspense with faith mixed in. She resides in Missouri with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. When not spending time with her family, you can find her knitting, and watching way too many suspense shows and reality TV.

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It Takes a Spy
by Sheridan Jeane
Secrets and Seduction
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance

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In 1851, Cecilia Paring has serious reservations about marrying her fiancé, Devin Montlake. Gone is the boy who could capture her heart with a word or a glance and in his place is a man who has made it clear that to be a proper barrister’s wife, the exciting and impulsive Cecilia must change as well.

Although Devin Montlake loves his orderly life as a barrister, he’s determined to follow his roadmap to achieve his goal of becoming a judge. His biggest obstacle seems to be convincing his headstrong fiancée to fulfill her social obligations with a modicum of propriety.

But when the jewelry collection belonging to Cecilia’s family is stolen the night before it is to be auctioned off and Devin is framed for the crime, he discovers that following his much-loved rules won’t solve this particular problem. He’ll need the inventiveness of his irrepressible fiancée to catch the thief.

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Sheridan Jeane writes exciting and emotion-packed historical romances set in the Victorian Era that confront issues of trust and conformity.

With the advent of the industrial age, life was changing. Many people tried to hold on to the old ways of life while others embraced the new opportunities open to them.

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Sheridan has always loved books, history, and stories about amazing people who blaze new trails.

Despite naming their daughter Sheridan because they thought it might someday look great on the cover of a book, Sheridan’s parents urged her in a more practical direction for college. Sheridan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in English.

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Fractured Dream (The Dreamer Saga, Book 1) by K.M. Randall

Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale

Published: June 21, 2014 by Booktrope Publishing

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Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliott and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods.

Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.

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As a girl, K.M. always wished she’d suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates in writing fantasy and delving into the paranormal. When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she is the editor-in-chief of a blog covering the media industry, as well as an editor with Booktrope Publishing. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. K.M. lives in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region with her husband and her extremely energetic little boy. Fractured Dream is her first novel.

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Violet Addiction – by Kirsty Dallas
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There was no bright light in my death, but perhaps that is because I wasn’t destined for the angelic beauty of heaven. No, my short lived life had been
played out with so much sin and excess that there would no doubt be a special cage in hell with my name on it. In my death, I felt and saw nothing. No
warmth, no cold, no light, no darkness, just nothing. When I woke, he was gone, the only piece of perfection in my ugly world. Part of me was grateful that
he had finally found the good sense to leave. Another part of me was broken, irrevocably and agonizingly broken.

Reader Warning – This book is intended for mature audiences. It contains language which some may find offensive, sexual content and drug use. There is also
a sexual scene of questionable consent which some readers may find difficult to read.

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I grew up on the beaches of North Queensland, Australia before migrating south to the iconic Gold Coast in 1995. I traded the surf and my bikini for
pajama’s and a computer when I embarked on writing professionally in 2012. I’ve since developed a wicked computer tan and my mad ninja skills have been
finely honed following many hours of reading paranormal and dystopian romance.

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