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What Matters Most by Reana Malori

81Kz4VN1ixL._SL1500_Title: What Matters Most
Series: Heroes Crossing, #5
Author: Reana Malori
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (51apages)
Publisher: SHara Azod, LLC; First Edition (February 15, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Major Evan Knight was a battle-hardened man who had always put the Marine Corps before his own needs. Sierra Walker, a single mother raising a nine-year old son, wanted more from life than what was in front of her. A school project for her son would bring Major Knight into their lives and give them all something they never knew they needed…each other.
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Reviewer: Portia
Review: I don’t know what I was expecting with What Matters Most, but I was intrigued when the opening paragraphs weren’t about any kind of grown up love. Instead, the book starts with a young boy writing a letter to a soldier. His childish words brought a smile to my face, and it was so easy to hear Dust’s “voice” in my head. Yeah, I’m a sucker for a good love story that includes kids.

Sierra is so well crafted, as a character. I got the feeling that she did not sign up for single motherhood, but once she accepted that her baby daddy wasn’t her forever guy, she handled her business. I could relate to her wanting to keep her son safe, yet wanting him to experience new people and activities.

And, I’m also sure that falling for Evan was not in her master life plan either. But, I loved the fact that she didn’t run from her attraction…but she also didn’t fall into the trap of playing the woe is me card. Their romance had a nice pace.
Now don’t get me wrong, when she did finally give up the panties, he made it well worth her time. I don’t normally quote from books, but I swear, when I read,

“I’ve been watching you all night, and I need you, Sierra. I pray to whoever listens to battle-hardened Marines that you want me the same way.” His breathing was deep and ragged, as if saying this words drained every ounce of will he had inside him. “If you want me to leave, I’ll leave. But know this–if I stay tonight, I will make you mine in every sense of the word and I will not let you go in the morning. Decide. Now.” Evan pulled away slightly, giving her time to make a decision, although one of his
hands never completely stopped touching her. All the time in the world would not change her mind at this point. It was time to go big or go home.

I was hollering at my Kindle for that woman to give that poor man some…or I would.

I recommend this title to readers who like real woman lovin’ real men and sweet little boys who love them both.


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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Book Review


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Full Circle by Chudney Thomas

81GPdFWSMOL._SL1500_Title: Full Circle
Series: Central Florida Pack, #1
Author: Chudney Thomas
Genre: Paranormal/Interracial
Length: Novella (75 pages
Publisher: Chudney Thomas (September 24th, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Kisses
Blurb: He’s waited years for her…

In a pack of werewolves, a half human isn’t exactly at the top of the food chain. Half-human, half-werewolf, Ria Marlett knows her place in the pack. And she knows exactly how the pack’s alpha, Drake Neilson, views her; as a convenient lay. So far she’s managed to avoid his advances, but she knows his patience is growing thin.

Now he’s ready to claim her.

Ria does her best to avoid Drake, but the sexy woman can’t hide who she is. Tired of waiting, now he’ll do whatever it takes to win Ria, even woo her while dealing with rabid lone wolf attacks. With the pack in danger Ria is forced to face what Drake has been telling her all along, she just might be the strongest of the pack.
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Reviewer: Portia
Review: In the pack hierarchy, Ria is as close to the bottom as you can get. Half human/half-werewolf, with nothing to show for it. No enhanced sense, no ability to shift…nothing but a passionate love for her pack…and it’s Alpha.

OMG…I loved this book. With both interracial and paranormal being hot genres, at the moment, it would have been really easy for Chudney Thomas to fall into the trap of stereotypes and clichés. Instead, she’s created a world with just a touch of suspense, enough heat to keep me turning the pages, and characters that made me care about them.

Ria has no idea just how valuable she is to the pack. And the idea of being with Drake seems more like a fantasy than anywhere near a possibility. But, Drake has waited, and not so patiently, for Ria to grow up and be ready to take her place as his Alpha Mate. Now he just has to get her used to the idea. Throw in a few rogue wolves and some designer drugs and this is a fabulous story.

The writing is really well done. My only issue was with plotting. As much as I enjoyed the book, I didn’t feel like I got a proper ending. But, neither was it a HFN. It just felt like someone clipped off the last chapters. But maybe that is Chudney’s evil plan to get me to buy the next installment of the Central Florida Pack. 

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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Book Review


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