Wild Irish Heart (Mystic Cove, #1) by Tricia O’Malley

Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: 12 September 2014 by Park & Stowell

Genre(s): Paranormal Contemporary Romance; Magic

Pages: 258 (Kindle)

From New York Times Bestselling author, Tricia O’Malley, comes a romance series set on the rocky shores of Ireland.

It is time…

An ancient book, a power untouched, and a heart unloved lead Keelin O’Brien from her graduate studies in Boston to a small village on the coast of Southern Ireland. Determined to unearth the secrets lying hidden in the enchanted waters of the cove, Keelin has little time for a surly Irishman who infuriates her during the day and haunts her fantasies at night.

Inexplicably drawn to the woman who has stepped from his dreams and into his world, Flynn fights a stubborn battle against his increasing attraction for Keelin. Forces unknown have better plans for the two.

Only the secrets of the cove can show Keelin who she really is, the beauty of her mysterious power, and a love that will break the bounds of what she knows.

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Painless by Marty Thornley

Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: 12 January 2018 by Marty Thornley

Genre(s): Horror; Mystery Thriller

Pages: 284 (eARC)

The debut psychological-horror novel from author Marty Thornley is a page-turning ride, a front row seat to a clinical trial gone horribly wrong. 

For Greg Owens, this was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind as the pills took control.

Instead, as the patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them – obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The side-effects grow worse, and the suspense ratchets tighter. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on a collision course with a crazed doctor, determined to protect his life’s obsession.

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Quick Review: Contamination Boxed Set (Contamination, #0-3) by T.W. Piperbrook

Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Published: 29 October 2013 by Post Script Publishing

Genre(s): Post-apocalyptic science-fiction; Zombies

Pages: 463 (Kindle)

This bundle contains the first four books in the CONTAMINATION series:
*Contamination Zero
*Contamination 1: The Onset
*Contamination 2: Crossroads
*Contamination 3: Wasteland
ABOUT CONTAMINATION: The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving a chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day…

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This series is an easy light read. It gives readers what they want if they’re looking for some zombie fiction. It’s.. dare I say, formulaic? Contamination is not unlike most of zombie movies available out there.

T.W. Piperbrook’s writing is efficient in its storytelling. The drama and tragedy of the characters pasts are detailed but they don’t take centre stage. The focus is honed in on survival.

I must give fair warning. The first four titles in this series don’t give much in terms of progression. So if you aren’t one to be able to just leave a plot hanging and not willing to go all in by buying the whole series, I wouldn’t recommend this book.

Burning Sky by Weston Ochse

Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: 25 September 2018 by Solaris

Genre(s): Horror; War; Military fiction

Pages: 393 (eARC)

Everything is dangerous in Afghanistan, nothing more so than the mission of a Tactical Support Team or T.S.T. All veterans, these men and women spend seasons in hell, to not only try and fix what’s broken in each of them, but also to make enough bank to change their fortunes. 

But seven months later, safely back on American soil, they feel like there’s something left undone. They’re meeting people who already know them, remembering things that haven’t happened, hearing words that don’t exist. And they’re all having the same dream… a dream of a sky that won’t stop burning

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How Hard Can It Be (Kate Reddy, #2) by Allison Pearson

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: 5 June 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre(s): Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Pages: 384 (eARC – Kindle)

Few sequels beat the original, but How Hard Can It Be? does so hands down.

Kate Reddy’s comeback as a pushing-50 “Returner,” re-entering the workforce after a spell on the mommy track, is zesty, razor-sharp, and hilarious. With a robust absence of self-pity, she has defined the humiliating onset of “invisibility” that coincides with the onrushing pressures of parents, teenage kids, and a marriage gone flat, all while attempting to reinstate her perilous professional worth. It’s full of such quotable casual profundity on the female condition I couldn’t read it without a pencil to underline the abundance of great lines. Get ready for Kate!” —Tina Brown

Allison Pearson’s brilliant debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world. Called “the definitive social comedy of working motherhood” (The Washington Post) and “a hysterical look―in both the laughing and crying senses of the world―at the life of Supermom” (The New York Times), I Don’t Know How She Does It introduced Kate Reddy, a woman as sharp as she was funny. As Oprah Winfrey put it, Kate’s story became “the national anthem for working mothers.”

Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.”

Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

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Resurrection: A Zombie Novel (#1) by Michael J. Totten

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: 10 March 2014 by Belmont Estate Books

Genre(s): Fiction; Horror; Zombie

Pages: 315 (ebook)

Welcome to a world turned to ashes.

Annie Starling is missing her memory of the last eight weeks—the most devastating in history. It started in Russia and went global in a matter of days, the most virulent virus the world has ever known. It’s stripping its victims of every last thing that makes them human. And that’s just the beginning. The other survivors are no less dangerous than the infected.

She meets Lane, who stops at nothing to assert power and control over everybody who’s left; Kyle, who dreams of building a new world upon the ruins of the old; Hughes, who lost the ability to feel after burying his family; and Parker, who threatens to tear himself and his companions apart.

And when her memories finally return, Annie discovers a terrifying secret that could change everything—but she can’t tell a soul what it is.

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The Keys to My Diary by Ann Omasta

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: 7 June 2014

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance; Chick Lit

Pages: 240 (Kindle)

Would YOU like to take a peek inside my diary? I guess I’m jumping ahead…we haven’t even been introduced. My name is Fern Burns. (Yes, I know it is a ridiculous moniker. If you met my flighty mother, you would understand.) I am 42-years-old. By some wonderful stroke of good luck, I live in the beautiful, tropical Florida Keys. Oh, and I am not your typical Contemporary Romance heroine.

In this journal, I share the sometimes wacky, often wild, and always entertaining stories of my life for the year. From the love-hate relationship I develop with the book, The Secret, to having to deal with cursing parrots and a road filled with skittering crabs, the summations of my offbeat daily life should make for an interesting and fun read.

I treat my diary like my best friend as I openly write about my hopes and dreams, my thoughts and fears, and my triumphs and embarrassments. This is a particularly exciting year because I finally meet the man of my dreams! Or is he?

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