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An opposites-attract, and friends-to-lovers story: Review of My Bad Decisions

‘My Bad Decisions’ is the final book in the ‘On My Own’ series by Carrie Ann Ryan, and features Tanner and Natalie.

This is an opposites-attract, friends-to-lovers romance.

They’re the last two ‘single’ roommates between the two houses.

He considers himself to be from the ‘wrong side’ of town, and she’s the ‘rich’ one in the group–the one ‘out of his reach’.

An night out with some high school classmates and Natalie accidentally ‘discovers’ Tanner’s college occupation.

What do stolen kisses, a broken window, and an afternoon together add up to?

The answer(s) can be found within the pages of ‘My Bad Decisions’.

While completing their final semester of college, can Tanner and Natalie also weather the drama of both their families, and figuring out if they’re just ‘friends’ or more than friends?

I absolutely loved the book and how it wove a wonderful ending together for everyone: Dillon and Elise, Percy and Mackenzie, Miles and Nessa, and Tanner and Natalie. While I was sad that the series has ended, I’m hoping to periodically catch glimpses of the couples in future Montgomery Ink books—since they are part of the Montgomery Ink family.

I give ‘My Bad Decisions’ five out of five stars, and hope that there may be a novella or two ( or perhaps four) in the future allowing us to catch up with these wonderful couples.

If you haven’t given the On My Own series a try—go for it, you won’t be disappointed.

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Mix one part road-trip, two parts secrets, & tequila. Results: Inked Devotion.

Welcome back to the Fort Collins’ branch of the Montgomery family.

Inked Devotion picks up after Inked Obsession (so while it is a stand alone book—it may be easier to understand if you’re read the first two books in this mini series), and focuses on Benjamin and Brenna.

Brenna Garrett is use to large family gatherings, after all she has six siblings—so she usually feels right at home with the Montogomerys.

Though, unbeknownst to everyone she has been keeping a rather large secret (though she did try to tell Beckett).

During lunch with his ex-girlfriend and her wife, Benjamin is surprised by a favor they ask of him.

Brenna has decided to drive back to Virginia for a family reunion—making use of the time to think about how to tell people about her ‘secret’.

Not wanting to deal with his siblings yet, Benjamin asks to tag along so that he can also think on his ex’s request.

Throw in a storm, some tequila, sharing a room for a night, and Benjamin meeting Brenna’s family—and everyone’s plans get shaken up.

Can Benjamin and Brenna figure out how to make their relationship work?

How will the rest of the Montgomerys react to their news?

The answers to both of these questions and more lie within the pages of Inked Devotion; I give Inked Devotion five out of five stars. While I love all the books within the Montgomery Ink world, I’ve really been enjoying the Fort Collins branch. I’m looking forward to the last two books (Paige and then Archer), to see how those two get their happily-ever-afters.

Inked Devotion will be released on October 26, 2021.

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Reunited Lovers Escaping Their Past: Review of Inked Kingdom

The ‘series’ page for Underworld Kings gives the best description for the series.

“A multi-author series of standalone books filled with mafia families waging war, danger and violence, arranged and forced marriages, angst, love, and everything in-between. Light or dark, twisted or sweet, the Underworld Kings has something for everyone.”

So, while I don’t go with the underworld, biker club, mafia family backdrop all that often, I was curious to see how Carrie Ann would weave it into her much larger Montgomery Ink world. Because you know if the word Inked in is title–some Montgomery is going to be making an appearance.

Inked Kingdom introduces Stone as he is trying to figure out how to get out of the ‘kingdom’ that he no longer wants to be a part of—but knows that the only real way out is death.

With some unexpected ‘help’, he is able to escape and makes his way west.

Sarina managed to escape the ‘kingdom’ years ago and is making a new life for herself in Denver, though she still looks over her shoulder for the past. She has found a place for herself working for the Montgomerys and another ‘kingdom’ escapee.

When their paths cross in Denver, can Sarina put her fear of the past repeating itself behind her and reconnect with who Stone is now—or will the Kingdom be able to keep them apart?

The answers are within the pages of Inked Kingdom.

I enjoyed the introduction of Stone and Sarina, and the visit with the Montgomerys, and will be interested to see if they show up in future books. I give Inked Kingdom five out of five stars.

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Mix together one poltergeist, one departmental audit, and an unexpected past. Catnip & Curses: A Review

The FBI division of Occult Crimes is getting an audit, and a new poltergeist case all at the same time.

To keep their division from being shut down, Elena Rivera and Logan Hawthorne have to prove that the things that go bump in the night are real.

Having converted her ‘non-believer’ partner into a believer, one would think that dealing with their ‘shadows’ would be easy.

But, once you mix in a mad poltergeist, two very staunch cynics, vivid dreams, and a past that no one was expecting—and you have the perfect setting for Catnip and Curses.

I’m looking forward to the final book being released next month and finding out how Elena and Logan deal with their respective pasts, and what the future holds for the Occult Crimes division of the FBI.

I give Catnip and Curses five out of five stars, and highly recommend both the book and the series to anyone looking for a lighthearted mystery, with both a touch of the paranormal and romance.

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Review: My Next Play. A friends to lovers tale

‘My Next Play’ is the third book in the ‘On My Own’ series by Carrie Ann Ryan. This book picks up shortly after ‘My Rebound’ and features Miles and Nessa.

What happens when you’re trying to move on from a crush on your roommate’s now boyfriend?

In addition to realizing you may have feelings for one of his roommates? Who has been hiding his feelings for you?

You accept an invitation to go out with someone else…but there aren’t sparks (at least fro you).

Add in various family dramas and secrets…and you get the premise of ‘My Next Play’.

Both Nessa and Miles have family ‘issues’ that pop up, giving insight into both characters. I like how Nessa had ‘ties’ to the Denver Montgomerys even before she met Dillon (who has ties to the Colorado Spring Montgomerys), and weaved a little of that world into the book.

Are Nessa and Miles strong enough to weather the combined storms of their families and the other dangers facing them? The answers lie within the pages of ‘My Next Play’.

I give the latest entry of the ‘On My Own’ series, five out of five stars and can’t wait for the final book that will be featuring Tanner and Natalie.

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Missing children, goblins, & a new partner..what could go wrong.. Introduction to the Faerie Files

What happens when the FBI division of Occult Crimes is finally informed about the disappearance of hundreds of children?

They send in their specialist…With her new partner.

Elena Rivera was recruited by the FBI for her unique abilities and talents—especially those that could deal with the things that go bump in the night.

Logan Hawthorne was just promoted to Senior Special Agent and assigned to the Occult Crime Division.

What happens when you have a play it by the book agent and an agent that trusts her gut and senses, partnered together on a high-stake case?

A team that is sent to the Smoky Mountains to figure out why children have been disappearing, where they are and how to get them home.

Add in the antics of a small mountain town, and you have the perfect ingredients for a paranormal mystery.

I enjoyed the escapades and introduction the Faerie Files Series, and am looking forward to reading the second book (Catnip and Curses) this weekend, and waiting impatiently for the third book (Hexes and Hairballs) to be released in October.

I give Wiretaps and Whiskers five out of five stars, and highly recommend the book to anyone looking for a lighthearted mystery with a touch of the paranormal.

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Combine one ‘cold-case’ disappearance with a missing flash-drive/CIA agent, & you have the latest installment of Savich & Sherlock: ‘Vortex’

The latest installment of Catherine Coulter’s FBI thriller series came out two weeks ago. There are twenty-five books in the series, and while all books feature Dillon Savich, it is from book two onwards that we also see Lacey Sherlock (his wife).

The latest installment in the series is ‘Vortex’, and it starts right off with a murder/mystery before moving to the present time.

Seven years ago, a college student vanished from a party never to be seen again.

While, everyone moved on with his or her lives–a few blurry pictures from that night has one person vowing to figure out what happened to her friend.

Though she’ll have to tread carefully, as there could be political ramifications to solving a seven-year-old mystery.

What happens when the routine ‘extraction’ of an agent goes sideways?

The FBI is called into investigate when there is an attempt on one of the survivors back in DC.

These are just two of the mysteries that Special Agent Dillon Savich and his wife Special Agent Lacey Sherlock try to unravel, in addition to a triple homicide and unearthing a ‘mole’ within one of the agencies.

I love Catherine Coulter’s FBI series, as each book introduces new characters and at the same time revisits some old friends from previous books. Each book in the series is a stand-alone book, though at times it can be beneficial to read them in order. Though I would like to know if Special Agent James Quinlan (and his wife) are going to make any guest appearances in future books.

I give Vortex five out of five stars, and highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good mystery.

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Review: Dawn Unearthed. Introducing a world of witches, shifters, and fae

So, Carrie Ann Ryan has come out with a new paranormal romance series: Ravenwood Coven.

This series is based in Ravenwood, Pennsylvania and focuses on the citizens of the town: the witches, the shifters, and the fae.

Dawn Unearthed introduces us to the world, as Sage (Prince) Reed moves to Ravenwood, Pennsylvania with the palns to open a bakery and start fresh, away from the grief of losing her husband, and the constant memories that surrounded her.

Sage is introduced to her heritage and the secrets of the town, both sooner than expected and in a way that was not foreseen.

The town has been able to keep its secrets for years, even with the everyday citizen that may live in town, and the visitors passing through.

What happens when a witch (still learning to control her powers), meets a semi-grumpy bear shifter, and finds more trouble than she can handle on her own?

She may find her ‘sisters’, her mate, and her future–all within Ravenwood and the coven, if they can survive the darkness that is threatening the town.

What are the ties between the Ravenwood Coven and the dark forces that seek to engulf the town? Those answers will be unveiled throughout the series, and it starts with Dawn Unearthed.

I enjoyed the introduction to Ravenwood and its citizens. I look forward to see what the future holds for Laurel, Rowen, and the others.

I give Dawn Unearthed five out of five stars and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal (or even just shapeshirter) romances.

Dawn Unearthed is available for download at Amazon on August 19, 2021.

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Friends to Lovers via a weekend getaway: Inked Obsession Review

Welcome back to the Montgomery Ink World. This is a ‘large’ world that encompasses a total of seven different series and fifty-nine books (novels and novellas–though some won’t be out until 2022). One thing I love about this world–each book is a ‘stand-alone’ book, and a good entry point into the Montgomery Ink World.

Inked Obsession is the second installment for the Fort Collins branch of the family and focuses on Beckett Montgomery and Eliza Wilder-Strong. It picks up about a year after Inked Persuasion (which introduced the Fort Collins Branch of the Montgomery family).

What happens when various ‘secrets’ come to light and both are urged to take a weekend vacation away?

So, while it isn’t necessary to have read Inked Persuasion–it does give a little background to Eliza’s story and the ‘secret’ bomb her in-laws drop on her.

A year after her world was rocked, Eliza is slowly starting to develop a ‘new’ identity and life, when her in-laws drop some news on her that she didn’t know.

She is urged by her siblings and friends to go away as the anniversary of losing her husband is coming up.

When Beckett Montgomery’s siblings and friends discover his ‘secret’, they also urge him to take soem time to relax and regroup–a weekend away if you will.

They end up ‘neighbors’ on their solo weekend getaway. While things heat up, they decide to take it day-by-day back home (as they’re still processing the prior news), but nothing can keep a Montgomery down for long, or away from the one they choose.

To find out more about these friends to lovers–pick up Inked Obsession, out now.

I absolutely love this world, as there are numerous doors and families to get know and fall in love with, plus old friends to visit with as well. I’m hoping that there will be a spin-off series for Eliza’s brothers coming soon as well–I’d like to get to know the Wilder brothers better.

I give Inked Obsession five out of five stars and highly recommend both the book and the ‘Montgomery Inked World’ to everyone.

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Bouncing Back with Mackenzie and Pacey: Review of My Rebound

So before getting to the book review, I realize that I’m running a little behind on getting my reviews written and published on the various fiction books that I’ve been reading lately. I think I’m either going to have to make a curated list and then re-read (or skim to refresh my memory), write the reviews and then slowly post them over the next few weeks-or start ‘fresh’ with the books that are coming out this month and move forward from there. Knowing how I do things–it may end up being a combination.

Now on to the book review:

My Rebound is the second book in the ‘On My Own’ series by Carrie Ann Ryan. This is a four book series that is following four roommates and their friends through the last two years of college (at least that is my take from reading the first two books). I’ve read teh first book (My One Night), and will be hopefully getting that review up on the blog as well soon.

My Rebound picks up shortly after the end of ‘My One Night’ and features Mackenzie and Pacey. What happens when you walk in on your boyfriend and catch him cheating?

Those long ago made plans start floating out the window, leaving Mackenzie wondering how is she going to ‘create’ new plans with an already overflowing semester?

Spring is here, and Mackenzie is looking for a rebound–here enters Pacey, friend and all around nice guy (with a secret or two of thier own).

What happens when they both become more emotionally involved than they originally planned?

The answers can be found within the pages of My Rebound.

I loved this book, and can’t wait for the next one, which focuses on Miles and Nessa. I like how Carrie Ann has spun such an interconnected world among her contemporary romance novels. While this is a stand-alone series, it is tied into her larger Montgomery Ink world via Dillon (from My One Night), who is the younger brother introduced in the Fractured Connection series, which branched off from the Montgomery Ink: Colorado Spring series.

Her books are great, because while it is a large world it doesn’t matter where you enter, you are introduced to a small set of characters and a large number of books and series to binge read on those days when you don’t want to deal with the real world.

I give My Rebound five out of five stars and highly recommend it to anyone who loves Carrie Ann Ryan’s books or is looking for a new romance author to try.

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