Reunited by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Reunited
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Author: A.J. Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Pages: 175
Kisses: 4.5






Blurb:

Once a US Marshal, always a US Marshal. When a beloved friend is abducted by a dangerous lunatic, Kieran Fox and Jubilee Mason don’t hesitate to dust off their badges and pack their weapons to kick some serious ass.

It’s been two years since we last saw the four couples from the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. They are all still close, though Jubilee, Kieran, and their son are a long way from their US Marshal family with new lives and jobs in Vancouver, Canada.

An unexpected kidnapping of one of their own brings the two men to the US where they swear in once again as marshals to join forces with Nicholas, Sean, Sam, Marco, and Trace, in Indiana for a manhunt.
Teaming up with several other law enforcement agencies for a wild and treacherous rescue effort in a remote forest, the reunion of all the men fortifies the friendships, solidifying family ties of this unorthodox US Marshal family. One couple moves to Canada, another considers adoption. And through it all, the bonds between them strengthen and deepen… heralding a new kind of Orgasmic Texas Dawn… Being reunited never felt so good.

Review:

Reunited is the last book in the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series by authors DJ Manly and A.J. Llewellyn. Those who have read the other stories in this enjoyable series will want to make sure they remember to pick this new book up right away. Set two years after the end of book twelve, our couples have gone through many changes yet are still as close as ever. When tragedy strikes and all the Marshals come together to help it is easy to see the close family ties that run through the group.

This was one of the best series I have read in a long time and the fact that the authors chose to wrap it up with a final book gives the readers closure in a way that just throwing an epilog at the end of book twelve would not have. I loved being able to catch up with all the couples, and the fact that some were having a rough time made for a more believable story. As for the mystery that is woven throughout the book, this one is really intense. The personal aspect of the crime plays a toll on each of the couples, something that the authors do a great job showing.

Reunited was a well done follow up. This is a series that really must be read in order. Each book builds on the layers that make up the various characters making them and the situations they find themselves in more believable. These two authors have quit the following and once you read one of their books you will understand why.

Reviewed by: Lydia

Burning up the Sheets by D.J. Manly


Title: Burning Up The Sheets
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Quill
Pages: 77
Characters: Ray, Lautrel
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Action/Suspense
Kisses: 4.25


Blurb:

Police officer Ray Nixs has just come off a hard case, and he’s still mourning the death of some children he was unable to rescue from a psycho. His partner wants him to return to work, yet Ray has enough troubles just dragging himself out of bed each morning.

Then Ray is offered a different type of job, a chance to guard a famous rock star for a few weeks. Ray knows he definitely needs something to help himself get back on track, to ease himself into work again, and the rock star in question, Lautrel Jennings, is someone Ray actually knew in high school, so he decides to take what he hopes is a cushy assignment.

Could the handsome, out-and-proud rock musician be the right kind of therapy for Ray, or are the men just too different to even get along?

Review:

Ray had a really bad case at work, and he needs a break, or he’ll have a breakdown. He becomes the bodyguard of an infamous rock star, Lautrel, who he also knows from high school. Lautrel is a shameless flirt, and Ray finds the man hard to resist. But Lautrel has a serious problem with an obsessive stalker, and there’s nowhere to hide.

The writing’s good, the pace just right, and Ray and Lautrel complement each other’s characteristics extremely well. Ray may seem stoic and strong, but he’s had some awful experiences on the job, which show us the vulnerable man behind the badge. And Lautrel may appear wild and untamed, reckless and casual with his flirtations, but he’s kind at heart and he wants to love.

Yes, some of the story is predictable, and yes, at times you’ll see the movie Bodyguard flashing before your eyes. Nonetheless, overall, a good story with hot and tender moments, plus some danger toward the end. Not bad at all.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Love Most Inconvenient by DJ Manly


Title: Love Most Inconvenient
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Pages: 91
Characters: Multi-Characters
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 2.5


Blurb:

Sometimes love can be most inconvenient.. At least it sure is in D.J. Manly’s new trilogy of deliciously devilish, sexy, romantic contemporary comedies featuring three couples, who most inconveniently meet the love of their lives!

In No Vacancy, Manuel returns to his apartment late at night fresh from an undercover job only to find a strange man in his bed.

In Right Before My Eyes, it’s love at first sight for Paul, who falls for the smokin’ hot DJ at the rock and roll radio station where he gets his dream job, only to discover that this guy could be the bloody poster boy for heartbreaker of the year!

In My Name is Dane, Mark kidnaps the guy responsible for getting his sister pregnant, a guy who insists his name is not Christopher, but Dane!

Experience the love, the lust, and the calamity, and see firsthand how love won’t be denied, even if it is bloody inconvenient.

Review:

I admit wholeheartedly this collection of three stories wasn’t for me. I thought it was mainly rubbish. The writing was good, but the stories themselves… Let me explain.

In the first story, No Vacancy, Manuel breaks into an apartment and is hit over the head with a baseball bat—and he continues like nothing happened! In the real world, you hit someone in the head with a baseball bat, their skull breaks and they don’t come up again, let alone to flirt with John, the stranger who did it. Completely insane. And this is just the beginning! Manuel is a detective, so when John gets the police involved when Manuel threatened John with implied rape and murder, the cops apologize to Manuel and leave! I mean, Manuel’s name isn’t on the lease, and yet they laugh at John’s statement about an intruder because he’s an actor and Manuel’s a cop! Even cops today wouldn’t be that dumb! I’d sue their incompetent asses!!I suppose all the above was supposed to be humorous, but NO. It wasn’t, just stupid. Someone else might find all this funny. Have at it.

The second story, Right Before My Eyes, was the best of the three. Paul falls for Marco, but nothing comes of it. Then he falls for Philip, a closet case and a liar and a cheat. Years later Paul has to accept he made a mistake. Is it too late to have Marco? This story was a good example of inability to see faults in someone you love. That blindness can be harmful. This was realistic and compelling. You want to shake Paul to see what’s right in front of him, but it isn’t easy to let go of love, even if it’s bad. I liked this story the best, and it was the only reason I brought the rating up from two stars to two-and-a-half.

Now we come to the last story, My Name is Dane—quite probably the worst story I’ve read in a long time. Mark claims to be a good man, but he allows his gangster-wannabe brother Frankie beat up a man with brass knuckles, and then abducts him and ties him to a bed in a remote cabin just because their dumb sister managed to get herself pregnant by another gangster. In what world is this acceptable, let alone erotic? And the man Mark kidnaps is the wrong man, Dane, not Christopher! This was by far the dumbest, most aggravating story ever! Hated every minute I wasted reading it. I mean, really: A man beats you, kidnaps you, ties you down, and threatens your life—and Dane decides to flirt with and kiss Mark?! WTF?! I couldn’t read the whole thing, it was just too effing idiotic. I jumped to the end. And… Dane lets Mark get away with it all ’cause he has a cute butt and he falls in love. OMG…. *eye-roll*

As is, there are way better anthologies about inconvenient love scenarios out there. The writing is skilled and good, but the content? Sorry, not for me. See for yourselves if you want a second opinion. Who knows? You might like this.

Reviewed By: Susan

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At Heart by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly


Title: At Heart
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 190
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Sam Channing has enrolled at FLETC for the rigorous seventeen week training program for US Marshals. Though Marco visits him when he can, their snatched moments together are precious few. Sam begins to realize how much Marco means to him, especially when he learns that his lover is working on a crazy case with wacko, drugged out Canadian movie star, Ezra Winters.

Things turn violent when Ezra’s female co-star is taken hostage but Marco has plenty of backup. Sam gets to see his new Marshal family in action firsthand. In spite of everything, at heart, it’s all about love and the extraordinary lengths the men and women of law enforcement will go to in order to defend and protect it.


Review:

At Heart is the eleventh book in the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series by authors DJ Manly and AJ Llewellyn. Like the other books in this series, this newest book is a romantic mystery with Sam Channing and Marco Dellburn taking center stage. In this story readers find Sam in training to be a US Marshall. I will admit that, for me, this had a “jumping the shark” aspect to it because of Sam’s previous illegal history, but I since I love this series, this is something I choose to overlook. I did like the way the authors choose to make Sam’s experience at FLETC difficult, as it is easy to see why others would hold his past against him.

As for Marco, he once again finds himself involved in one crazy case after another. Some of the cases Marco, and the other US Marshall, have found themselves in during the course of this series are, at times, over the top and this time is no different. I could not help wondering just how the authors came up with these ideas. Through all of this the two men continue to move forward in their relationship, something that is not always easy.

As fans of this series have come to expect, previous characters show up to lend Sam and Marco a hand. This is one of the aspects of this series that I have really come to enjoy. The authors do a wonderful job bringing the family relationship shared by Sam, Marco, Kieran, Jubilee, Sean, Nicholas, Trace, Pauline, and of course the boys, across for the readers to see.

I am a big fan of both these authors, and besides this series, have read several of their previous stories. I would strongly recommend At Heart to anyone who has not yet tried it, but remember this is a series that must be read in order.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Touche by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Touché
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Pages: 190
Kisses: 4





Blurb:

US Marshal Marco Dellburn faces new and difficult challenges in this tenth exciting installment of the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. His relationship with motorbike gang Born Evil leader, Sam Channing, undergoes huge changes as Marco grapples with a secret, and potentially fatal, prescription drug addiction. Unable to cope with his increasing dependence on pain medication stemming from the attempt on his life, Marco fears losing his job. Worse, he worries that Sam, who suspects Marco’s addiction, will leave him. Nothing seems to work on the intense pain from his lingering injury and Marco curses what he believes to be his own weakness.

Add to that, Sam agrees to go undercover for the US Marshals in a drug sting operation in Colombia, South America that may finally take down the Carter Family cartel once and for all…

Review:

Touché is the tenth addition to the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series by co-authors, AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly. This story continues the saga of Marco and Sam, two former bad guys who are trying hard to turn over a new leaf.

Marco is now a US Marshal, while Sam continues to waiver in his role as leader of the Born Evil biker gang. The relationship between Marco and Sam continues to grow stronger, and while in the beginning I would have liked to have seen Marco with someone else, now I cannot imagine him with anyone other than Sam. I was still curious to see how the authors would bring these two together in a way that is believable, given the fact that Sam is in serious trouble with the law and Marco is a newly made US Marshal. Besides the relationship aspect of this story, there is also the issues each of the men are facing in their private lives. The authors seem to enjoy throwing the heroes into one mess after the other and this time is no different. I found myself holding my breath more than once as issue after issue was thrown at the two men.

One of my favorite things about this series is the connections between all the main characters of this series. I love seeing all the previous characters show up to lend Sam and Marco a hand. The snappy re-marks between them helps show the close family like relationship that exists between all the men.

Touché is a story that fans of the authors should not miss, but remember this is part of a series that should be read in order. If you have not yet read anything by either author then this is a great series to start with.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Joy by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Joy
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 215
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

In this twelfth chapter of the best-selling Orgasmic Texas Dawn, all four couples whose lives have come together personally and professionally, tackle Christmas. The holiday season heralds the birth of Trace and Pauline’s baby, and one truly bizarre case.

Kieran, Jubilee and Juan travel from Vancouver to visit, not realizing their lives are about to be forever changed. Neither do Sam and Marco, who are getting ready to move into a new house. Nicholas and Sean are challenged by a dramatic new case that brings them face to face with a violent old foe. But for Trace, Pauline, and their twins Philip and Andre, old memories give way to the new blessings of a baby.

For all four couples, it’s a season of joy.


Review:

Joy is the twelfth book in the romantic mystery series, Orgasmic Texas Dawn. The last book centering on Sam and Marco finds Sam graduating from FLETC. While readers are able to see the changes Sam makes during the course of his and Marco’s story, this book gives readers an even clearer look at the former biker gang leader’s vulnerability. I did not expect him to be so nervous and thought that this made him more loveable. Unfortunately, what should be a happy time for everyone involved turns sour fast I did not see this little twist coming and while shocked by the outcome was not surprised by who pulled off the deed.

Of course, as those who have been reading this series know, the authors throw more than one mystery into the stories and the primary case in Joy has so many twists that readers will have a hard time guessing what will happen next. I could not believe all the little twists that were going on, and when Sean breaks down I wanted to cry. All the mystery aside, and it is a good one, the best part in the whole book has to be Trace coping with Pauline’s pregnancy, and later labor. There were times during this story when Trace had me laughing.

It is easy to recommend any book in this series to readers who have not yet given it a try. However, this is a series that needs to be read in order as each story flows into the next. This series is also a good one to start with if you want to get your feet wet in the m/m genre as each book is a solid story with the right mixture of sex and mystery.

Reviewed by: Lydia

Turmoil by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Turmoil
Author: A.J. Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 228
Characters: Marco Dellburn and Sam Channing
POV: Alternating 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Series
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Marco Dellburn is anxious to change his life and become a US Marshal. He’s found a family with his favorite law enforcement officers. There are those in his past, however, who will do anything to stop him–and destroy him–completely.
Marco Dellburn’s past as an abused teen has provided him with the toughness needed to be a US Marshal. Supported and encouraged by his idol, Jubilee Mason, Marco takes his advice and enrolls in all the grueling courses the Marshals have to offer. He even attends intense FBI workshops and upon graduation, finds he really does have a family in Jubilee and his husband, Kieran Fox, Nicholas Fournier and his lover Sean Mercado and especially Trace Thatcher, his surrogate dad and landlord.
Living in Trace and Pauline’s home, Marco finds the protection and acceptance he never had at the hands of his brutal father, Kenny Dellburn, the leader of the vicious motorcycle gang Born Evil. Trace, who shot Kenny in defense of Marco, is now a marked man wanted by Born Evil. There’s another big problem too. Marco is deeply in love with the gang’s new leader, Sam Channing… the man he can never be with and can never, ever stop loving. There’s a heavy price to pay for this passion. There’s turmoil. And death.

Review:

Turmoil is the ninth book in the ongoing series, Orgasmic Texas Dawn, by authors AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly. This is an outstanding series, one I fell in love with from the beginning. The authors have split the series up into groups of four, and this newest book is the first book in the last set. If you have been following the series, and it is important to know that you must read the books in order, then you will not be surprised to know the book is about Marco and Sam.

When we first met Marco he was a wise cracking, sometimes trouble making, juvenile delinquent, but I could not help liking him. I loved how he drove Sean and Nicholas crazy, and the relationships he has with Trace and Juan are truly special. But Marco’s life has not been an easy one and he has a lot to put behind him. With his troubled past I was curious as to how the authors would handle Marco’s character and was surprised when they made him the Marshal. I also wondered about Marco’s love interest.

Readers of this series know that Marco has been in love with Sam for some time, yet Sam is not the type of character most would see as a hero. Although you could see how much Marco loved Sam, I wondered if they would find a way to pair them together or bring in someone new. I loved the way their story unfolds.

Turmoil
has so many twists and turns that readers will spent a good bit of time on the edge of their seats. I was surprised by the direction the story took, and more than once found myself thinking “Oh Crap”. Many of the secondary characters are well known to the readers, as they have been present throughout several of the stories. Even the bad guys will be familiar.

Unlike the previous books, Turmoil is light on the passion, although when Marco and Sam come together the scene between them is intense. I like that the authors used this story to build up a connection between the men. Although I hate the idea that this series will soon come to an end, I am curious to see how each future book will play out.

Reviewed By: Lydia

The Crimson Cat by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: The Crimson Cat
Author: D.J. Manly & A.J. Llewellyn
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Pages: 81
Characters: Tomi Hadly, Dusty Grayson
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

When Tomi Hadley and his brother, Ren, make fun of their Japanese-born mom’s annual Setsubun bean-throwing celebrations, she’s furious. She warns them that their ridicule of her folkloric beliefs could be deadly. As if to prove her words, shortly after leaving her house, the two men are almost killed in a car accident by a hit-and-run driver.

Tomi’s whole world collapses. Worried about his brother, whose injuries are severe, Tomi struggles to put the pieces of his life back together. This is nearly impossible, however, since he loses his dream job due to his inability to work, and then there’s his mom’s insistence that oni, Japanese demons, caused the collision.

But one day, when Tomi sees a man washing his car on the street, he realizes it’s the same vehicle that caused the accident—a classic red sports car called a Crimson Cat. And the driver, the surprisingly handsome attorney Dusty Grayson, seems to be a man of hidden depth and many, many secrets…


Review:

Regardless of whether Japanese demons can be appeased, Tomi and his younger brother Ren are forced to do so for a family tradition. They scoff at the ritual—and next thing they know, wham! A car accident. A classic car hits them, and causes severe injuries to the brothers. Tomi vows to find the guy responsible. When he does, behind the wheel is a man, Dusty, who seems like an all-around good guy but with tons of baggage and secrets. Tomi wants to know the truth, and Dusty has choices to make.

Tomi is a strong character as a brother, a responsible adult. Dusty is used by a lot of people, and he sees no way out from the pressuring situation. Yet Dusty is honorable, and Tomi brings out the best in him. The story holds quite a few surprises and a whole lot of suppressive atmospheres. Even I felt depressed at reading how life and horrible people bruised these good men.

As a mystery, the plot’s predictable. As a suspense, there are a few curveballs. As a romance, this is sweet with two overall nice guys getting together through thick and thin. There was some melodrama but the reasons are given. It didn’t need to be much longer since both men were given enough depth of personality and they evolved as the story progressed. The writing’s okay, though there were a few editing bloopers, like Dusty’s name being Rusty at one point. But that doesn’t matter because the story pulls you in, and you keep rooting for these guys to have their HEA. I liked this story.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Winter Frost by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Winter Frost
Author: A.J. Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 214
Characters: Nicholas, Sean, Jubilee and Kieran
POV: Alternating 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Series
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

As Nicholas and Sean begin to fully embrace their new lives as US Marshals, fate has other plans in store for Jubilee Mason and his husband, Kieran. Will a shocking opponent to their adoption plans wreck the two couples’ friendship?

Kieran, Jubilee, Sean and Nicholas tackle two highly unusual cases in the seventh exciting chapter of Orgasmic Texas Dawn. First they must track down a serial killer from Dallas who travels every weekend killing women in the notorious La Zona district in Mexico. This homicidal maniac kills with such surgical precision he’s nicknamed The Ripper…

Meanwhile, what turns out to be a routine protection assignment for Sean and Trace turns out to be anything but…and on the home front. Kieran and Jubilee are still fighting for legal custody of Juan. Will they soon taste victory or will their lives, like the weather, soon turn to winter frost?

Review:

Winter Frost is the seventh story in the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. As this series continues to evolve the stories no longer center on just two main characters, instead it now focuses on Jubilee and his husband Kieran, as well as Nicholas and his lover and fellow Marshal, Sean. The men’s personal, as well as, professional lives come into play throughout the course of this story.

The relationship between Nicholas and Sean is going strong, the love they have for each other is easy to see and the chemistry they have continues to heat up the pages. As for Jubilee and Kieran, these two are as hot as ever and while I love the stories with Nicholas and Sean, Jubilee and Kieran continue to be my favorite couple. I love the close friendship these two couples have and was shocked by the twist the authors threw into the story. Without giving anything away, this was a complication that I did not expect Jubilee and Kieran to face in their quest to adopt Juan. And to find out who is behind everything was a totally surprise. To say that it affects all four of the men is an understatement.

Unfortunately, while all four men are having to deal with the issues in their personally lives they must continue with their jobs. The first case is a little on the gruesome side, however, there are some twists in there that I did not see coming and was shocked by what was really going on. I have to say that I was also more than a little worried about Nicholas from time to time. The authors did a wonderful job wrapping this case up and I liked the way it was tied to a previous one.

While not as gruesome as the first case the men find themselves involved in several small but interesting cases. It is their last one however, that really will make the readers gasp. While I was hoping for a conclusion to Kieran and Jubilee’s current problem, I did not expect the authors to end it in that manner. I was really surprised but loved what the authors did.

Fans of this series are really going to love this new book. The relationships between the individual couples, as well as the four men together, are tighter than ever and that closeness really helps make this an enjoyable series. I find myself attached to all four and wonder what will happen once all of Jubilee and Kieran’s problems are settled. This is a series that must be read in order so please don’t think you can just start anywhere.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Spring Leaves by DJ Manly and AJ Llewellyn


Title: Spring Leaves
Author: A.J. Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 224
Characters: Jubilee, Kieran, Sean and Nicholas
POV: Alternating 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Series
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Spring is in the air in Lone Trail, but murder is in the heart of one man… or more. A missing mother long feared dead, is allegedly buried near Old Westmoreland Mockingbird Bridge made famous by Bonnie and Clyde, two of Dallas’s most notorious outlaws. Jubilee, Nicholas and Sean join forces with the Texas Rangers and the FBI to find her remains. But all is not as it seems.
Jubilee, already struggling with custody issues and his husband, Kieran being on a mission for the Canadian Mounties, learns that he has been betrayed. Lone Trail is no longer home. The US Marshals have hurt him one time too many… some fallen leaves are best left where they are.

Review:

Once again authors AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly bring us a great addition to the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. Spring Leaves is a bit of a heart wrencher, and with all the little twists that occurred in this story, I can’t wait to see what they have planned for the next book. Spring Leaves picks up shortly after the end of the last book and we find Kieran and Nicholas heading back to Canada to help Kieran’s father. While the case is interesting, and Nicholas finds himself once again in trouble, it is really what Kieran’s being in Canada means to Jubilee, and to some extend Sean and Nicholas, that’s important.

While Kieran and Nicholas are working in Canada, Sean and Jubilee are just as busy with a cold case that becomes important once again. Like the other stories, this one is hard to review without giving away too much. Suffice it to say, Jubilee is not treated very well by those he works for. I was shocked by not only what was done to him, but also by how blasé about it some of the higher ups appeared. I could not blame Jubilee for his anger or his desire to leave. It is also during this time that some of the secondary characters who have peppered this series begin to step forward.

Marco’s father returns to cause the Marshal’s a little bit of trouble, especially for Trace. While I was hoping Trace would get some type of story, I did not expect to see what the authors give us. In fact I like this side story and could not have planned anything better. As for Marco, he really steps up and I like the change in him. I have to wonder a little about Sam, however, and whether he and Marco will be the center of the last four books in this series.

As usual there are several little cases woven into the story, and the last one is a humdinger. I could not believe that Sean ended up in a beauty shop, or that once again Nicholas finds himself in a pickle. Although the case does have its serious moments more than once I had to laugh.

The authors have once again written an entertaining story that kept my attention from the beginning. Each story feels new and different, yet at the same time like I am returning to old friends. This is a series that should not be missed.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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