Wives of War by Soraya Lane

Scarlet’s desire to find her fiancé, Thomas, is her priority when she joins the war effort as a nurse. Within hours she has formed a firm friendship with an Irish girl and together they learn just what it means to be a nurse in the midst of war. When Scarlet meets a handsome soldier before leaving England she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him and no amount of guilt can tear her heart away but the brutality of war is about to come crashing down on them all and romance becomes the last thing on their minds.

This is an emotional story about friendship and love but it’s not a straightforward romance. The era has been carefully researched and as we follow the lives of these women as they enter unimaginable horror we get a realistic preview into what it really would have been like.

The story kept me emotionally invested as well as intrigued. It is much deeper than your standard romance and the details are sometimes gory and tragically true to history. It is a book with historic value and most definitely a tearjerker.

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Wives of war

Kitty Cat (Age of Night #1) by May Sage

When the wolves come for Rye’s pride he’ll do anything to protect them so when Daunte suggests staying with a friend of his he jumps at the opportunity. When he meets Aisling, his tiger wants to play but she isn’t interested and with his beta in between them he’s doomed.

I’ve read a few of Sage’s books and I have to say this is my favourite. The romance is sweet, the characters are warm, and realistic and the whole setup is agreeable. I particularly like Aisling’s backstory and as shifter books go this one definitely has something different to offer.

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Kitty Cat

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo hopes the work-related cruise will help to shake the fear of the break in she suffered but within hours she realises that not only has her ex-boyfriend been invited but also, she has some serious mental scars leftover with the bruises. Somewhere in the Norwegian sea, everything starts to go wrong, and she doesn’t know who she can trust. It can only get worse.

Lo is the kind of character the reader likes, can identify with, but also wants to scream at. She can’t help but choose the wrong path every time and this is something we all recognise in ourselves from time to time. Her demise is inevitable and we read with a sinking feeling that is balanced by small rays of hope.

This thriller kept me reading but I can’t say it was a comfortable read. The confines of the boat were stifling and Lo’s anxiety was catching. I was on edge and because I couldn’t tell where the threat was coming from I felt almost as scared as the poor protagonist which is exactly what you want from a thriller.

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the woman in cabin 10

Dead Still (Dr. Annabel Tilson #1) by Barbara Ebel, M.D.

Annabel is excited and optimistic at being finally able to go on clinical rotation. Having spent years in the classroom she can’t wait to start putting the theory into practice. With her father being a well-known and respected neurosurgeon she has some big shoes to fill but she doesn’t expect any special treatment. Special treatment is a far cry from her actual experience and she becomes increasingly deflated with the idea of being a doctor at all and with patience dropping like flies she struggles to keep her composure. It isn’t until her life is on the line that things become a little clearer.

As thrillers go, this is an original and interesting one. A junior doctor fresh out of medical school and at the mercy of a jealous colleague is an unusual narrator, but it worked well. I thought the medical jargon and involvement was just right. I didn’t need a medical dictionary to figure things out and there was enough med-talk to keep it realistic.

Annabel was a likable, intelligent character and Ebel’s style was an interesting mix of thriller, romance, and detective. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Dead still

The Blackburne Legacy (Bloodlines Legacy #1) by Apryl Baker

Alex has been locked up for years and when she’s finally released, she thinks it’s an opportunity to put the past behind her and get on with living her life. Within hours of settling into her new home with her brother trouble finds her and if it isn’t the bad boy Luka with his dangerous gypsy magic, then it is the fact that she’s concealing the madness that seems to be creeping back. The difference is that this time, Alex has friends who also have some pretty crazy secrets.

Alex is a complex character who doesn’t know or understand herself so her mysteries are unraveled slowly, much to the reader and the character’s surprise. Her past doesn’t just come back to bite her it barrels into her like a freight train and changes everyone’s lives which makes for a real action read.

I didn’t realise how much I enjoyed the story until I got to the end when the book hangover set in. Baker has a knack for hooking you in without you realising it so I can’t wait to read the next book.

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The Blackburne legacy