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Review of Girl Love Happens Season Two by T.B. Markinson

 

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*I received a review copy, but I also purchased a copy because this series is great!

 

Genre: Romance, LGBTQ

 

Girl Love Happens Season Two by T.B. Markinson is the second season in a series. I recommend reading Season One before starting this book. This review potentially contains spoilers for Season One.

 

Blurb:

 

Tegan and Gemma are about to discover how complicated growing up can be.

 

Colorado, 1993. Tegan wants her second year of college to be drama-free. But a case of blackmail forces Tegan to take extreme measures. After attempting to eliminate potentially damaging evidence, Tegan gets embroiled into one crisis after another that could destroy her relationship with Gemma.

Ever-loyal Gemma tries to be Tegan’s rock, but can she keep her green-eyed monster in check and help Tegan navigate the tricky waters that threaten their relationship bliss?

 

My Review:

 

Girl Love Happens Season Two by T.B. Markinson kept me just as enthralled as the first season. Tegan’s antics frequently made me chuckle—and sometimes cringe. I enjoy Tegan because she’s a goofy person with a good heart, and her naivety makes her an endearing character. Gemma is much more confident in life and love than Tegan is, but she uses that confidence to help build others up, which made me love Gemma. She genuinely cares about her friends, and although she likes to tease Tegan, it’s always in a good-natured way. One of the things I really enjoy about Markinson’s books is that they often go beyond the getting together of the couple and delve into the ups and downs of the relationship.  This is true of this season of Girl Love Happens as the romance between Gemma and Tegan is fairly well-established, but there are many obstacles to happily ever after for them. The drama of friends and family, the complications and pleasures of a new relationship, and the difficulty of learning to be an adult are all dealt with in a very realistic way in Girl Love Happens. As someone who grew up in the 90s, I loved that these books are set in that time period. I was hooked by the great characters and the realistic setting, not to mention the hot love scenes! I highly recommend reading Girl Love Happens.

 

You can purchase Girl Love Happens Season Two here.

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Review of A Family Woman by TB Markinson

A Family Woman

 

Genre: LBGT, romance

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

A Family Woman by TB Markinson is the third book in the A Woman Lost series. If you haven’t read the other two books, I recommend doing so before reading this one. You can find her books here. A Family Woman is the latest installment in the journey of love between Lizzie and Sarah. Lizzie and Sarah have just found out they are about to be parents – to twins! As Sarah’s pregnancy progresses, both women realize that family has more value to them than ever before. With this understanding of the importance of family, Lizzie and Sarah work to bring what remains of Lizzie’s family closer together. But Lizzie’s family takes an unexpected turn when her father announces his engagement to his long-term mistress. Can Lizzie and Sarah face the challenges of becoming new parents to twins while undertaking the obstacles of bringing together Lizzie’s family?

 

A Family Woman is a fantastic read, and so far, it’s my favorite in the series (although I have enjoyed all three). Lizzie’s family has always been complicated and difficult, but her family changes in many ways in this book and I loved how the changes have made Lizzie (and even her brother, Peter) grow so much. I love the characters in this series because they are so real. Their flaws are abundant, and I love that although the characters do grow, they don’t lose all of their flaws and they don’t change overnight. The family dynamics are extreme, which makes for a fantastic read, but even though they are more extreme than most, they are still dynamics with which the average person can identify. I love how Markinson captured the essence of being a new parent so well, the sleepless nights, the joy of these strange little creatures, and the way that little ones bring people together, even when those people aren’t so sure they like each other. A Family Woman is a love story that shows us the struggles and joys beyond “happily ever after.” I highly recommend reading it.

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Review of Burning The Devil by Jen Ponce

 

 

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Genre: mystery, suspense, horror

 

Synopsis

Gwen Colburn hasn’t had an easy life, so when she meets Neo Tucker, it seems too good to be true. Gwen’s rough childhood makes it difficult for her to trust, but Neo’s respectful and caring manner make her drop her defenses. Not everyone in Gwen’s life finds Neo so trustworthy, however. Sam has been following Neo’s story for years—and the many lives that are lost in his wake. When the man who murdered Gwen’s sister returns, Gwen wonders if he may be connected to Neo. Is the killer really connected to Neo, or do the rumors of supernatural involvement hold some truth?

 

My Review

Jen Ponce once again had me riveted to my iPad while reading Burning The Devil. I was hooked from the beginning by the intriguing character of Gwen. She’s a mechanic with a horrific past, and she can’t quite disentangle herself from the emotional damage it inflicted upon her. I could feel the burden and the pain that Gwen lived with and could easily imagine how difficult that must make her life. Neo was the swoon-worthy gentleman of a woman’s dreams. He was kind and understanding of Gwen’s issues, and he was a good man that asked Gwen’s permission to kiss her. All of the characters were complex, with both dark and light sides, which made them identifiable and kept me engrossed in their world. Burning The Devil has elements of mystery, suspense, romance, and horror, and the pace of the story was perfect for keeping me captivated. I think Burning The Devil has enough layers to appeal to a broad range of readers, including those who like a little romance and supernatural, in addition to readers who love mysteries and thrillers. I recommend giving Burning The Devil by Jen Ponce a read. And be sure to check out her many other incredible books at her website, www.JenniferPonce.com. You’ll be glad you did!

 

About the Author

Jen Ponce author

This world needs more readers. Readers are open-minded, imaginative, and more empathetic. Picking up a book, whether one of Jen’s fantasy-fueled novels or someone else’s thriller, puts another person’s perspective of the world in your hands. (Unless you’re telepathic, then you’ve already experienced being in another person’s head. Good thing about books? Organized thoughts. Bad thing about people’s heads? Unorganized chaos, judging from my own stream.)
Pick up a book and enter a new world. See Tibet without getting on an airplane. (Good for those of you who are afraid to fly.) Live with cannibals without getting eaten. (Good for those of you who don’t want to be eaten.) Become a lion-tamer, an assassin, or a lover. Ride a dragon, eat a dinosaur (Come on, who hasn’t wondered what they taste like?), or fall in love with a man who looks like Fabio.
Do it from the comfort of your couch, your bed, the hard, plastic seat on the subway next to the man dressed in pink taffeta, singing songs about chickens. Whatever you do, don’t stop reading. And if you haven’t started reading, grab a book!
Jen’s love for reading came from her mom, who valued books above all things (except maybe the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jordan.) She writes for the same reason some people run marathons, climb mountains, sculpt, paint, or put on suits of Mentos and jump into vats of Coke: because there is a fire burning inside her that doesn’t let her NOT do these things. Writing is necessary, like breathing or double chocolate chip cookies and perfectly salted potato chips.
Reading is not a lost pastime and Jen refuses to believe that something so magical could ever go away. Even during the zombie apocalypse, she will be reading. She will have to learn how to wield an ax in one hand while holding her book in the other.
Jen lives in the Panhandle of Nebraska, with her boys, her cats, her goldfish Reggie and a large supply of books that help insulate the house in the winter and expand her mind.
She loves connecting on Twitter (@JenPonceAuthor) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/JenPonceAuthor) You can also send her email and she’ll write back. Visit www.JenniferPonce.com to figure out how to do all of the above.
Jen. Writer of kick ass women and oogy monsters. One-handed, ax-wielding zombie hunter/reader.

 

Books By Jen Ponce

Devany Miller Series (Dark Fantasy):
The Bazaar: Book 1
Slip Song: Book 2

Demon’s Cradle: Book 3
World Weaver: Book 4

Queen Trilogy (Horror):
Bug Queen: Book 1

Blood Tetralogy (Horror, LGBTQ, Erotica)
Blood Curse: Book 1
Blood Drunk: Book 2

Test Brothers Series (Romance):
Counting On Your Love: Book 1

Hell Wrecker Serial (Dark Fantasy)
Addiction: Part 1

Craving: Part 2

Short Story Collections:
Things That Creep
Touch But A Web

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Review of The Bazaar by Jennifer Ponce

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*Disclaimer: I won a free copy of The Bazaar. It was not in exchange for a review.

 

Genre – Urban Fantasy

 

Devany Miller is an average woman. She has a husband she loves, a job she feels makes a difference, and two children who are her world. However, nothing can last forever, and Devany’s world spirals when a freak accident at the Bazaar leaves her with a witch, an assassin spider, and a magic heart inside of her. When a demon confronts her about having his spider and magic heart, Devany finds herself even deeper in an unknown world as she becomes the demon’s assassin. Caught up in a world of magic and demons that she knows nothing about, Devany desperately does whatever it will take to keep her children safe from the dangers lurking about. To make matters worse, Devany’s marriage has fallen apart. Without the slightest idea what she’s doing, Devany must protect the innocents, learn magic, and deal with an Originator demon.

 

The Bazaar is full of twists and turns. Every time poor Devany turns around some new awful thing is happening. This story had so much going on that I didn’t want to put it down. The characters were fantastic. Devany is a caring mother and has a fierce protective side. She’s constantly doing things she should not do because she’s running blind in this world of magic since no one has told her any rules. Jennifer Ponce has created exciting and intriguing worlds and a whole host of great creatures. My favorite is definitely Neutria, the bloodthirsty assassin spider. She is a badass even if she is a little crazy. A close second is definitely Tytan though. Although he is a demon, he has a sweet side. And a sexy one, which he loves to torment Devany with. The worlds are well explained, and I could easily imagine they were real. This book is a great start to the Devany Miller Series, and I absolutely recommend reading all of them. There are three books out currently, and I will be reviewing the others in the not-too-distant future.

 

About the author:

Jen Ponce author

 

Jen Ponce lives in the Panhandle of NE with her kids, cats, and fish. She loves stories with elements of fantasy or horror and works hard to put the fantastic in the mundane. Writer of kick ass women and oogy monsters.

 

You can stalk Jen Ponce here:

www.JenniferPonce.com

www.Facebook.com/JenPonceAuthor

www.Twitter.com/JenPonceAuthor