Liquid Cashmere by London Michelle – Review by Layna

Rejected by her father, Giselle returns home feeling defeated. Malia, her best friend, is the only one there for her and was not about to let Giselle ruin what might be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

All Ryker wanted was for them to be free to love each other, but when everything goes wrong, she shuts him out.

Will Giselle listen to her bestie and be with the man who knows his way around her heart or will she give in to her dad’s wishes and end all possibilities of happiness?

Disclaimer: This book is meant for people 18 years and older. The characters in this story are purely from my imagination. Any names, businesses, or towns do not represent any real entity. This book contains content that is not for the easily offended. Some situations may be too intense for some. Foul language and descriptions within this book are intended as entertainment for mature adults.

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Touched by Death by T.L. Martin – Review by Layna

What if Death was more tempting than you had ever imagined?

With Grams’s recent passing and a boyfriend who cares more about his next drink than her, Lou Adaire only wants to run. To start over somewhere new — maybe in a town where her family has history.

But when a storm sends Lou’s truck plunging into Tuttle Creek Lake, she discovers exactly what it’s like to fight for your life. To gasp for air only to have your lungs fill with icy water. To die.

What comes next changes everything.

Dark eyes. Consuming presence.

Death. As vague as a dream yet as intense as the lightning flashing above her still heart.
Everything about him calls out to her, tugging at her with the warm vibration of his pull. He’s supposed to take her; they both know it. She wants him to.

When she wakes in the hospital in a new town, she can’t forget what she saw. That impossible sensation of him breathing life back into her, a strong beat playing in her chest and a flutter running down her spine.

Trying to move on with her life in a foreign place is hard enough, but when he comes back for more — his burning touch against her skin, his consuming presence weaving in and out of her life, and his own scars running far deeper than hers — Lou begins to realize there’s more to Death, and to the sleepy Kansas town, than she ever expected to find.

Lou lived. But what if she’s not the only one in need of saving?

Guarding Greatness by Lena Jakes – Review by Layna

Gage Martin is protective of his friends, his past, and his heart. He’s seen true love, but doesn’t trust it – so he vowed long ago to live his life in darkness with no ties or roots as he puts out political fires around the world.

Genna VanJohnson is an every-woman – as much as she can be while also being the cousin to a Prince. She knows that a giant spotlight is never far away from her family, and does everything she can to live a normal life for as long as she can – before the spotlight finds her.

Gage and Genna find their worlds colliding when the small island chain Genna calls home becomes the center of a political game of cat and mouse. They’ve been partners in the past, but when the job – and the partner – get personal, they will have to decide if their pasts will bind them together, or tear them apart.

Sparkle by Arin Kambitsis – Spotlight

The magic of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling meets the heart-pounding frights, and thrills, of Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Clive Barker.

It is real…and it wants in.

Peter and Alyssa Huffy have just moved to the beautiful town of Sparkle, Pennsylvania. But Sparkle is a lot more than it appears. It has a history that few would truly understand, and even fewer would believe.

Soon after moving into their big, new house, the founder of the town, a long-dead British adventurer, starts to visit Peter in his dreams. He soon finds himself being drawn into a bizarre dreamworld that’s too real to be his imagination, and too strange to be real. There is a gate there that leads to somewhere fantastic. Heaven? Hell? The ghost does not know, but he assures him that what lies on the other side of it is as important as life itself. But they are not alone here. There is something dangerous there that lives in both worlds, at once.

Twelve-year-old Derek Windward is a descendant of the founder of the town, and the sole keeper of Sparkle’s greatest secret. He is the only one who has faced the terrifying evil that is hiding in the dark parts of the forest. It is called the Bunyine – a giant, tormented creature born eight-thousand years ago in the Garden of Eden. In some distant corners of the world, the Bunyine is just a story told to scare children. In Sparkle, it is all too real.

Whether in a dreamworld, or in ours, both Peter and Derek have the same deadly problem, one that is waiting for its chance to strike. Though what the Bunyine wants is uncertain, what it would do to get it is unthinkable.

Sweet Sacrifice by L.D. Rose – Spotlight

Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.

As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

The Amazing Captain Casual by J. Lee Smrz – Spotlight

DASTARDLY DANGER! MALICIOUS ROBOTS! SUPERHEROES THAT TRIP OVER THEIR OWN TWO FEET! This book has it all, and MORE! Join the Amazing Captain Casual and friends on his thrilling first adventure!

IN THIS ISSUE:

Will Archer and Cole Stephenson have two things in common: they attend the same high school, and they both have after school jobs. However, where Cole works in construction, cleaning up messes caused by Supers and trying to raise money for college, Will has been fighting crime under the guise of his alter-ego, the amazing Captain Casual! So when their worlds collide in an explosive fashion, the question becomes: can these two put aside their differences to form a new iconic duo, or is betrayal inevitable? Who knows, perhaps neither will happen and they’ll instead simply part ways, neither friends nor enemies, just awkward acquaintances people sometimes have. This is a superhero novel, though, so probably not. Read on to find the answer in, THE AMAZING CAPTAIN CASUAL!

A Time for Penance by Robin Storey – Spotlight

She murdered her husband. Now she has a chance to undo her crime.

For 20 years, wealthy socialite Eva Dennehy has borne the guilt of murdering her first husband Charlie, who was planning to leave her for his mistress.

When Eva is offered the opportunity to travel back in time, and undo her crime as penance, she accepts – what does she have to lose? Back in her old life with Charlie, her passion for him surpassed only by her torment at his infidelity, she is more determined than ever to prevent him from leaving her.

But her plan plunges her into a world of crime and depravity, and she soon discovers she has even more to lose this time around.

This taut, gritty novel about jealousy, betrayal and the dark side of love will appeal to fans of suspense, crime and modern noir.

The Shift of the Tide by Jeffe Kennedy – Review by Layna

A QUICKSILVER HEART

Released from the grip of a tyrant, the Twelve Kingdoms have thrown all that touch them into chaos. As the borders open, new enemies emerge to vie for their hard-won power—and old deceptions crumble under the strain…

The most talented shapeshifter of her generation, Zynda has one love in her life: freedom. The open air above her, the water before her, the sun on her skin or wings or fur—their sensual glories more than make up for her loneliness. She serves the High Queen’s company well, but she can’t trust her allies with her secrets, or the secrets of her people. Best that she should keep her distance, alone.

Except wherever she escapes, Marskal, the Queen’s quiet lieutenant, seems to find her. Solid, stubborn, and disciplined, he’s no more fluid than rock. Yet he knows what she likes, what thrills and unnerves her, when she’s hiding something. His lithe warrior’s body promises pleasure she has gone too long without. But no matter how careful, how tender, how incendiary he is, only Zynda can know the sacrifice she must make for her people’s future—and the time is drawing near…

Darkwater by DW Johnson – Spotlight

War is hovering over Xenkur. A war so large it will engulf the continent. Three factions lust for a never ending struggle for power and land. One small group caught up in the whirlwind that sweeps across the continent has what everyone seeks.

One mage, young and unaware, carries the secret everyone searches for and she has no idea she holds it. The magic of the ancients has power beyond measure. But can just one young mage harness that potential and even more will she wield that power for good or evil?

Shadowzone, Into the Web, Black Dawn by Simon Rose – Spotlight

While watching intense flashes of lightning during a violent storm, Ben experiences mysterious and disturbing visions of another world, one very different from his own. In the chain of events that follow, Ben encounters Charlie, a girl from a dark version of Earth, a planet doomed by the effects of environmental catastrophe, where the leaders will stop at nothing to complete their deadly mission.