THE BOOKS OF THE MONTH





JUNE 2020

Intricate Deceptions (Intricate, #1) by Jennifer Rayes

Waking up in a desolate cell, Gaia realizes that she has been kidnapped by a human trafficking organization, doomed to be sold to the highest bidder, and unable to remember anything before her capture.
An opportune rescue by Raoul, the Prince of Kayamato, saves Gaia from a gruesome future, and she is thrown into a world of luxury and privilege. As she struggles to regain her memory, Gaia learns that her rescue was no accident and finds herself in even more danger, hunted by a powerful drug lord, targeted by a thrill-seeking pirate, and betrayed by those she thought closest to her.
Fighting for sanity and survival, she works to unravel the truth behind her capture, each revelation more shocking than the last. The intricate web of deceptions spun around her family will shatter her world, leaving her unsure if she will ever trust again.
Through it all, she must survive to save a friend before it’s too late… Review


Intricate Intentions (Intricate, #2) by Jennifer Rayes

Blow after blow has tried to knock her down, but Gaia is determined to fight till the end. Now Queen of Ica, the tables have turned. The hunter becomes the hunted as the balance of justice is forced to shift.
As her name and actions begin to spread across the kingdoms, she sets out to wage war against the corrupt, and be the voice of the oppressed.
Is her will strong enough to withstand? Or will it break? Review

Intricate Obsessions (Intricate, #3) by Jennifer Rayes

Gaia and Raoul have recovered from the poisoning, but the assassination attempt has fractured their relationship beyond repair. Dominique has lost his mother, his crew, and his purpose, and is trying not to lose his sister while playing a dangerous game with the Governor. Salim has confessed his treason and has threatened to eradicate Kayamato with the release of a deadly disease unless he's given reigning power. Beneath it all, Antione's obsession simmers as he moves his final pieces into place. Will the players are able to fight their individual threats by coming together, or will they be picked off, one at a time, one after the other? Review


APRIL 2020

Something Right by Rose Fresquez

Jake Larson is good at everything…except relationships. When his marriage ends, it leaves the firefighter with doubts he’s never experienced before. Now he’s determined to protect his crushed heart the only way he knows how: avoid falling in love at all costs. And thanks to his friend Ezra, Jake is more than content to fill the hole in his life with a newfound faith in Christ and the hope for a brighter—if single—future.

Renee Buchanan is one of the best interior designers Colorado has to offer, and she knows it. She’s young, skilled, and confident…except when she’s around Jake Larson. Every time Jake steps into a room, her carefully crafted professionalism crumbles, and she finds herself lost.
And that’s a problem when Jake hires Renee to decorate his fixer-upper of a home. Not only is Jake her brother’s best friend, he’s also the gentleman of her dreams. And no matter how determined she is to make this the well-designed house of her career, and how thick the walls around Jake’s heart are, something new sizzles up between them, something they can’t help but be drawn toward.

As they work together to chip away at the walls of both Jake’s house and his heart, Jake is faced with a life-changing decision: let himself fall for his best friend’s beautiful sister, or stay single but keep his friendship intact. Either way, Jake knows he must let go of his past before he can grab hold of the future…or else risk losing the second chance he desperately needs.
Something Right is a sweet interracial romance between a damaged firefighter and the interior designer determined to make him whole again.
Something Right is the second book in the standalone in series; The Buchanans. Review


Roses and Robots by D.P. Rowell

Legend has it. . .

the town of Netherburg got its name because it was built in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, but Jasey Rose Foster’s theory is that it’s the closest they could get to Nothing-Burger without being so brutally honest. Funny enough, her arch-nemesis and Netherburg’s most famous and beloved musician, Mickey Ryker, agrees with her. Destined to make a name for themselves, they’re both in search of a way out of this wretched town.

When the science fair arrives, offering a large cash prize for 1st place, Jasey thinks it’s her ticket out—but secretly Mickey does, too. When Jasey discovers not only is Mickey secretly entering the science fair, but his project is an A.I. robot, she gets a wicked idea. She hacks the robot so she can control it from her computer.

One day, the robot “comes alive.”

Mickey thinks he’s a genius, Jasey thinks she’s got him wrapped around her finger.

They’re both in for a surprise.  Review

Intricate Obsessions (Intricate, #3) by Jennifer Rayes

Gaia and Raoul have recovered from the poisoning, but the assassination attempt has fractured their relationship beyond repair. Dominique has lost his mother, his crew, and his purpose, and is trying not to lose his sister while playing a dangerous game with the Governor. Salim has confessed his treason and has threatened to eradicate Kayamato with the release of a deadly disease unless he's given reigning power. Beneath it all, Antione's obsession simmers as he moves his final pieces into place. Will the players are able to fight their individual threats by coming together, or will they be picked off, one at a time, one after the other? Review

MARCH 2020

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb

After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents’ home on Lake Superior to pull herself together—only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman’s curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She’s seen her before. In her dreams…

One hundred years ago, a love story ended in tragedy, its mysteries left unsolved. It’s time for the lake to give up its secrets. As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations. Now, it’s Kate’s turn to listen.

As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back. They must come together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past. Review

Rise of the Indies: Prequel to the Emerson Chronicles
by D.P. Rowell

In Yutara, no one knows the witches have taken over.
Marty Halder is a corporate rock star, and he's about to reach the top of the ladder when he discovers something. His company's clients are exhibiting strange behaviors and symptoms, and upon further investigation, he discovers something even more peculiar. Witches might be behind it all, and Marty's snooping around is making him their primary target.
Then it gets worse.
Upon his final hours, Marty's father passes something down to him. He calls it a family heirloom, but Marty soon discovers it's something of much greater value. And danger. This is the Emerson Stone, and as legend has it, it's the only thing that can stop the witches from taking over Yutara.
There's just one problem. Analysts aren't trained to fight witches.  Review


The Pineys
by Tony DiGerolamo

From the creator of the Jersey Devil comic book comes a story about four cousins cursed by their ancestors, brought together by destiny and trying to keep South Jersey from going to Hell.

In 1732, Mother Leeds gave birth to the infamous Jersey Devil, which has roamed the Pine Barrens ever since.

Or so the story goes…

The truth is, Mother Leeds was a witch and opened the portals to Hell unleashing hundreds of devils into woods. But the villagers next door in Abe’s Hat noticed and formed a secret hunting society to track down the fiends and send them back to the Abyss. Their descendants continue the Hunt in secret to this day.

So grab your pork roll, put on your Piney Power hat and join the hunt, because the Galloway cousins are coming to save you whether you like it or not.  Review

Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign 

The SCION SAGA SERIES is an exhilarating young adult series of adversity, bravery, and determination that chronicles the lives of 16-year-olds Adam and Carly, who embark on a familial adventure, discovering their supernatural abilities are accompanied by the most dire of consequences. These teens are Descendants of extinct Russian bloodlines, easily identifiable by their glowing Limbal Rings. They're under constant threat of extermination at the hands of The Iksha -- an elite,but murderous group of scientists. The series includes a veritable myriad of familial situations that create stronger bonds between the bloodlines as they band together to fight for their existence.  Review

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