PHOBIC (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story #2)

PHOBIC                                                               MICHELLE IRWIN

Sometimes starting over is the only choice. 

Broken-hearted and looking for revenge, Phoebe Reede heads back to the US to take up a new challenge. Only, when she discovers who her teammate and rival is, the challenge might prove too great. 

While she knew life away from home wouldn’t be easy, she never expected to be faced with an unpleasant surprise from her ex-boyfriend, or to be as drawn to him as ever. She needs to remain professional and push aside her feelings for him, but will she let someone else steal her heart away instead? 

What will it take to prove she’s not afraid to take the risk? 

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18. Some books in this series contain content, including sexual assault and violence, that may trigger emotional distress in some readers.**

MY REVIEW:

     Every relationship has it’s bumps and slumps but this just crashed and burned.  All over a misunderstanding of an epic proportion.
     Phoebe Reede had left Australia to drive on an American racing team to make the summer fling she had pay for dumping her and using her.  She is a force to be reckoned with.  So, rather sit out another season at home her family wanted for a while to get a way into the American arena.
     Phoebe being in love was the perfect way not knowing things had already started to go south in the worst way.  She knew this was a big undertaking not only for her career as a driver but as a way for the family to get their foot in the door of American racing.
     Knowing her dad was overly protective and would pull the plug blowing their big chance she couldn’t do that after talking with her bestie, Angel, she decided to show that two timing American race car driver a thing or two.  One, what he was missing by messing around on her.  And two, beating his ass on the track.
     Little did she know that when she gets to the new team she would receive the surprise of her life.  She would be so broken by it she loses that spunk she was so known for and what she had come to America for in the first place to find herself.
     I love this story until the end.  It’s a cliffhanger in the true sense of the word.  I have never been a fan.  But, that’s me.  I get on going stories the dum, dum, dum then nothing. I like a clean ending for me.  With an intention of what is to come but this always makes me feel like it was as incomplete thought.  Remember just me.  Would it make not want to wait for the next book with on pins and needles heck no.  Because I am.  It had me from beginning to the end.  I give this book 5 stars.  I was give this book by the author for an honest review. 

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DOUBTING THOMAS (Tarnished Saints #1)

DOUBTING THOMAS                                       ELIZABETH ROSE

The Taylor Twelve are sons of a preacher but far from saints. Matter of fact, they are nothing but trouble. 

Thomas Taylor is a single father of six boys, accused of his late second-wife’s murder. He doesn’t really remember what happened that night, because he’d drank too much. But he does know he never should have married the no-good woman hoping for a mother for his children after his first wife died, leaving him to raise them on his own.

Angel Dimitri is a social worker, come to vacation on Thunder Lake and also to make an unofficial visit to a man who the townsfolk say is an unfit father. Angel sees the rustic way in which Thomas lives and raises his children, but also sees a man who would never abuse a child but torture himself instead.

When he is about to lose his children and she feels it is her fault, she steps in to do something so crazy that she starts doubting herself instead of Doubting Thomas.

MY REVIEW:
     An amazingly good story one that once I started I didn’t want to put down.  The characters were so well developed and multilayered in who they were it kept them so interesting.  It had such old-world charm with the way Thomas Taylor was raised and how he was choosing to raise his six sons. 
     Yet, it is a modern-day tail of small town living and small mindedness.  As to how closed minds convict because people are different when really that is what we all strive for our own way of doing things or being different than others.  Yet, for Thomas he almost lost it all.
     You see Thomas is a widower twice but the second one he was accused of killing.  They couldn’t convict not enough evidence.  But, because he and his boys lived off the grid so to speak people talked about him being a bad father.  You see when he lost his first wife, the love of his life, the had to sell everything home, business, furnishings, to pay for the hospital bills.  Which he is still paying all these years later.
     Because of the way, he was raised by his preacher father you never took charity.  So, his father deeded his early inheritance a waterfront land on the lake near the forest.  It had a very small on room cabin on it.  So, he and his six boys lived off the land.  The amenities were very limited.  But they were happy.  Until his first wife died.  Then, when he married the second wife things when south very quickly.
     She was murdered six months ago, now one of the neighbor’s daughters worried about her parents.  She has asked her friend to stay at her folks B&B to check in unofficially to see if he is dangerous to her parents or his children since she is a CPS worker.  She was going to be taking three weeks off to spend with her 8-year-old daughter anyway so the lake seemed like the perfect place.  Angel Dimitri is not happy at first with the conditions but little by little as she gets to know the family she is starting to get the environment and sees the goodness in the father.
     This is a book so worth your read time.  You won’t regret the time it takes to read it.  I give this 5++++ stars.  Provided by the author for honest review. 

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THE WEDDING CHARM (Magnolias and Moonshine #4)

THE WEDDING CHARM                     SUSAN HATLER Maid of honor Sarah Carlton hasn’t failed at anything since her high school science ...