TORRENT: AN ANGEL PARANORMAL ROMANCE (ANGELS & DEMONS BOOK 1) BY MEGAN LINSKI: FIRST FIVE©

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What if you were in love with heaven and hell?

My name’s Cassia. When my mother died and my father vanished, everything changed.

I planned to graduate high school and leave my dark past behind me, until I met two very different guys… bad boy Thames, and football captain Cairo.

Except there’s more to these two men than meets the eye. Without warning, I’m caught up in a dangerous love triangle straight out of a storybook, trapped in a world where angels and demons are fighting for the souls of mankind. I find myself in the middle of a holy war, hunted by a monster that’s emerged from the underworld.

My life has been turned upside down, and I don’t know if I’ll survive long enough to taste forbidden fruit

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, TORRENT BY MEGAN LINSKI. THERE IS AN AUDIBLE VERSION OF THIS BOOK AVAILABLE FOR JUST ONE CREDIT, SO I THINK THEIR PRICE IS DISCOUNTED. EITHER WAY? THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: I want to start over.

THOUGHTS: At some point, honey; we all do.

Sentence Two-Three: This seems like the only place left on earth that’s out of my past’s reach. Heaven, Michigan.

THOUGHTS: Hey! Michigan! YAY! Thanks for representing.

Sentence Four-Five: Located in the Upper Peninsula, with an upwards of two-hundred inches of snowfall per year and, I’m pretty sure, more bears than people. Population: Me.

THOUGHTS: The tone here is comical, but factual. Not info dumpy at all. The movement is consistent. Clearly the author wants us readers to know that this MC is making BIG life changes. Big change ALWAYS equals big drama. YAY.

Bonus Sentences: Up here, I’m sure I’ll be lonely. But it’s not like I haven’t been lonely before. “Welcome to your new home, Cassia,” Isolde says with a warm smile as I slide out of the car. “Grab your things and make yourself comfortable.” Isolde stands before a gigantic wooden cabin, nestled against an array of pine trees. Since this is the only house for miles, the cabin is out of place, a castle in a vast wilderness. I know nurses make money, but I didn’t think Isolde could afford this kind of lifestyle. It’s definitely the most illustrious place I’ve ever lived in. “Nice place.” I try to give Isolde a compliment as I reach inside the car for my things.

THOUGHTS: This FIRST FIVE© has got me asking all sorts of questions. Some of them are the same as our MCs; why the isolation? What’re you hiding/running from, MC? Why can’t Isolde take a compliment? The intrigue is there, the story is shaping up too. I think the pace is steady. I wanted this Thursday’s post to be a monster one, but this is as close to that as I got because this FF just left an impression. I know you won’t regret downloading this one, at all. Great job, Megan Linski.

TO CATCH A FAE (WINTER’S THORN BOOK 1) BY MILA YOUNG: FIRST FIVE©

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He speaks in my mind. Seductive words, dangerous flirtations, promises to come for me. My dark Lord.

He exists in a deadly realm where war ravages the land. Where monsters roam the forests.
Where I belong apparently.
In the dead of night, this powerful, sexy fae steals me away to this dark and mystical place where he claims I belong to him, but he isn’t the only one. Two other dark and handsome suitors also want to make me theirs.
They say I’m in danger, that only they can save me.

For I am the key to something important–something I don’t yet understand.
Despite how my body responds to theirs, I fear these brutal lands and these cruel, fae princes’ might drag me into their madness, and I’ll never escape.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, TO CATCH A FAE BY MILA YOUNG; WHICH IS FREE AS OF 1/20/2022. THERE IS NOTHING AUDIBLE AVAILABLE FOR THIS BOOK. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: “Are you awake, Guen?”

THOUGHTS: Is she awake or not?

Sentence Two: Debbie’s voice broke through the silence, startling me back to the present.

THOUGHTS: Okay. Semi awake. Also? I like that we know the MCs gender right off the bat.

Sentence Three: Reminding me that I sat in her office… Not that I hadn’t known that, but sometimes I forgot things.

THOUGHTS: She’s in an office. What type of office? Based on the forgetfulness? I’d say…doctor. Let’s see.

Sentence Four: My foster mom nudged me in the arm, then shifted in her seat, huffing.

THOUGHTS: I really like the subtle way our author is moving us through the information. It isn’t action per se, but there’s a hint of promised drama that has been solidified by the foster mom’s ‘huff’. Well done.

Sentence Five-Six: “She’s always daydreaming, this one. I swear she lives in her head more than the real world.”

Final Thoughts: This last sentence is perfectly placed, and delivered, foreshadowing. Yes, yes. I know I (sometimes) call it “promised drama,” but THIS is more than that because like the author’s slow-burn literary approach? This opener is all about taking your time, absorbing the scene and understanding just how strong the undercurrent of drama is. Mila Young has impressed me, and I cannot wait to dive into this story.

DATING DRACULA: A PARANORMAL CHICK LIT NOVEL (DATING MONSTERS BOOK 1): FIRST FIVE©

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The Legend. The Immortal. My… Boyfriend? 

You know, I really only had two goals in life:

1) Unearth the truth about vampires and,
2) Become hella famous.

Nowhere on that list did I have “die” or “get turned into a bloodsucker.” But guess what? Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Now, thanks to an unfortunate back-alley encounter, I’m the newest member of the undead country club (fangs, coffin, and all). And my savior? Sire? Whatever…

Freaking. Dracula. Himself.

Even stranger, he claims I’m his mate. Like… eternal love. But come on! I don’t have time for that. Not only do I need to track down my attempted murderer, but I also need to learn how to be a vampire. Falling in love is the last thing on my mind right now.

Too bad Dracula has other plans for me.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, DATING DRACULA BY KINSLEY ADAMS; FREE AS OF 1/6/2022. THERE IS AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE AND THE AUDIBLE VERSION OF THIS BOOK SEEMS TO BE DISCOUNTED. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: “THIS IS SO STUPID. Remind me again why I always go along with your plans?”

THOUGHTS: We all have that one damn friend that we listen to when wee know we shouldn’t. If Paranormal Romance has taught me anything though? It’s this: STOP LISTENING TO THAT FRIEND IMMEDIATELY. Starting with drama and implied drama, action and dialogue. You know I’m already hooked.

Sentence TwoI huffed and rolled my eyes. 

THOUGHTS: So, the MC is “that friend.” Fun!

Sentence Three: I loved Lucy.

THOUGHTS: Or…maybe she’s not “that friend” after all.

Sentence Four: She was the best friend a girl could ask for.

THOUGHTS: I feel a BUT coming on….

Sentence Five: But damn, sometimes she was a real stick in the mud, always
 cautioning me to smarten up and think things through.

THOUGHTS: I was right! The MC IS “that friend.” I’m so excited, and I’ll tell you why. MCs that offer up their own character flaw are rare. The admission takes some guessing out of the book, sure, but when authors start him-hawing around obvious personality flaws? Readers start losing faith in the writers story telling ability. Declaring more of the undesirable character traits? Right in the FIRST FIVE©? Well. It’s ballsy, and I’m here for it.

Bonus Sentences: Well, where was the fun in that? Last thing I wanted was to tiptoe through life. Live fast and free, I always said. Gotta grab life by the horns. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I’m loving the nonchalant admissions, self-awareness, drama, promised drama, action and dialogue. It all works to give this opener enough substance, and information, to keep things believable. Though I love PR? (Paranormal Romance) I also love for it to be as believable as possible. Strange? Perhaps. But not as strange as you NOT downloading this book. Great FF!

UNLEASHED (DARK MOON SHIFTER BOOK 1) BY BELLA JACOBS: FIRST FIVE©

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One woman on the run. Four dangerously sexy bodyguards. And a war brewing that will change the shifter world forever… 

I’m living on borrowed time, fighting for survival against a deadly new virus that has no cure and a cult doing its best to brainwash me. But when a mysterious note shows up on my windowsill one night, its chilling message–Run, Wren–launches me out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Within hours, everything I thought I knew about my life, my family, and my origins is obliterated, and I’m racking up enemies at an alarming rate. Between the cult I’ve just escaped, a violent shifter faction out for my blood, and an ancient evil who eats “chosen ones” like me for breakfast, my last hope is to join forces with four dangerous-looking men who claim they were sent to guard my life.

Luke, a werewolf with a rap sheet. Creedence, a lynx shifter who never met a mark he couldn’t con. Kite, a bear kin with a mean right hook and heart of gold. And Dust, my childhood best friend and dude voted least likely to be a secret shape-shifting griffin.

But are these men really what they seem? 
Or are my alpha guardians hiding a secret agenda of their own?

I’m not sure, but one thing is for certain—choosing the right allies will mean the difference between life and death. For me, and everyone I love.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, UNLEASHED BY BELLA JACOBS: FREE AS OF 1/4/2022. THERE IS AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE AND THE AUDIBLE VERSION OF THIS BOOK SEEMS TO BE DISCOUNTED. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: I don’t believe in ghosts. I don’t believe in ghosts. I don’t–Believe. In ghosts.

THOUGHTS: This person is having a hard time. This is action with implied action on its heels. I’m loving it.

Sentence TwoPalms sweating and a sour taste rising in my throat, I stand tall, forcing a smile to my face for the next girl in the cafeteria serving line.

THOUGHTS: I normally don’t like present tense, but this has caught my interest. Plus! The sudden location reveal is super tense.

Sentence Three: She has red hair and moon-glow skin just like Scarlett. 

THOUGHTS: Scarlett is an iconic name. I love it. She is obviously important to the story and I can’t wait to find out how and why.

Sentence Four: But she isn’t Scarlett.

THOUGHTS: Okay. That’s a bummer. Clearly, this MC is missing Scarlett.

Sentence Five: She isn’t, she isn’t, she isn’t…

THOUGHTS: There are some mental issues going on here. Adds tension. Peaks curiosity. Stirs sympathy. Promises more drama. Love it.

Bonus Sentences: This is just my virus-addled brain playing tricks on me. I refuse to get my hopes up. I know better. After eight years and a dozen cases of mistaken identity–racing after a woman boarding a train or taking a stranger’s hand at the farmer’s market–I know my sister is never coming back to me. Scarlett is gone. Forever.

THOUGHTS: Never say never. I’m hooked. I need to know all the things. Very nice. **I have had COVID, so I apologize for my absence. I’m working on getting back to the real world and not dying.**

THE SCHOOL MISTRESS (EMERSON PASS HISTORICALS BOOK 1) BY TESS THOMPSON: FIRST FIVE©

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An untested teacher. A wealthy benefactor. When their attraction becomes undeniable, will they open their hearts to each other?

Colorado, 1910. Quinn Cooper can’t help feeling uneasy. But securing a job as a schoolmarm in a tiny frontier town was the only way to save her family from starvation back in Boston. And her nerves aren’t eased by a stray gunshot that spooks the sleigh horses, casting her into the snow… until she’s rescued by a handsome stranger.

Lord Alexander Barnes knows better than to believe any pretty young woman would willingly become a mother to five children. But the lonely widower finds himself charmed by the lovely newcomer and her easy rapport with his offspring. And after his disgruntled nanny quits, his heart melts at the sight of her joyfully taking over the role.

Determined to prove herself in the schoolhouse and as a governess, Quinn fears her near-poverty will prevent any possible courtship with the affluent Englishman. And between their age difference and prejudicial violence in the town, Lord Barnes is certain this second chance at happiness just cannot be.

Will their love go unspoken, or will their persistence reward them with a lasting passion?

The School Mistress is the delightful first book in the Emerson Pass Historicals sweet romance series. If you like gallant nobles, resilient heroines, and hints of mystery, then you’ll adore Tess Thompson’s Edwardian adventure in the Old West.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, THE SCHOOL MISTRESS BY TESS THOMPSON; FREE AS OF TODAY 12/14/2021. THERE IS AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE AND THE AUDIBLE VERSION OF THIS BOOK SEEMS TO BE DISCOUNTED. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: Had I known of the ways in which Emerson Pass would test my character, I might not have had the mettle to step off the train that autumn day in 1910.

THOUGHTS: Hindsight is 20/20. I’m not one for historical reads, but this one reminded me heavily of Jane Eyre.

Sentence Two: Then again, perhaps I would have.

THOUGHTS: There are days I think ‘if only I’d made a different decision right there, but ultimately? I love how my life has turned out. Even the shit parts. So, I guess what I’m saying is: I relate.

Sentence Three: The path to our true places, our northern lights, are circuitous. 

THOUGHTS: I agree 100% with this idea. So far? This book has a very deep literary feel which I love. It is very different from my usual paranormal romances. Which isn’t to say either genre is better or worse. That is the wonder of reading. You’re never stuck in one place. Genre’s are meant to be explored. Not explained.

Sentence Four: We cannot predict the joys and sorrows that await us on this journey through life.

THOUGHTS: We certainly cannot. These FF© are alluding to hardships galore. There is A LOT of promised drama in these sentences, and I love it.

Sentence Five: Courage is our only map.

THOUGHTS: Well, I don’t know if it’s our ONLY map. Intuition plays a huge part, but I get the idea.

Bonus Sentences: My journey began when we lurched to a stop at the train station with a terrible roar and release of steam from the engine. As I had during the entire way from Denver to Emerson Pass, I wondered if the passenger car would remain in one piece. During our trek higher and higher into the Rocky Mountains, through tunnels and over tracks built on stilts over deep canyons, I’d feared we’d never reach our destination. My wild imagination had run amok envisioning the train falling from the track and killing us all. Would I die in the unforgiving mountains after making it all the way from Boston to Denver?

FINAL THOUGHTS: I am utterly intrigued. This read has a soft cadence I thoroughly enjoy. The drama sort of lingers everywhere WHILE promising more. It’s not my usual genre, but I’m excited to ‘get schooled’ on this one. (You didn’t think I was gonna let that one sit there, did ya?)

BLOOD VOW (KYN SERIES BOOK 1) BY MINA CARTER: FIRST FIVE©

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Human, she can’t be his. Without his help, she won’t survive the streets or the rogue vampires who killed her sister…

He’s the king. And he’s done taking orders. Furious at the Elder Council’s demand that he find a wife, Kyn monarch, Marak, takes to the streets to vent his rage on the rogue vampires who plague the city. He doesn’t expect to find a sexy vampire hunter who has no idea who he is nor his primal and all-consuming reaction to her

She’s human, so he can’t claim her. Rather than see her slaughtered, he agrees to train her, get her ready to hunt… and do his best to keep his hands to himself.

But when a rogue attack almost ends Maria’s life, Marak is forced to give her his bite. Bringing her over into his world, he discovers she’s been keeping secrets. Like the fact she’s not fully human…Rogue vampires killed her sister. Now she’ll make them pay… ALL of them.

Her sister slaughtered by rogues, Maria wants blood. Rogue blood. Lots of it. In vampire society though, even halfbreeds like Maria are cosseted and protected. She must fool her family into thinking she’s the perfect Kyn lady, fight like the demons her ancestors were, and somehow get rid of the annoying but sexy Kyn warrior who just won’t leave her alone.

The problem is, telling lies can be a house of cards, and her sexy warrior has a few secrets of his own. Ones that will either save her… or destroy her.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, BLOOD VOW BY MINA CARTER; FREE AS OF TODAY 12/11/2010. THERE IS NO AUDIBLE ANYTHING FOR THIS READ. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One-Three: “Come on, sweetheart. Verran’s a good man and he cares for you. You could do worse for a husband.”

THOUGHTS: When an author starts with dialogue, I’m always a fan. This dialogue is meant to influence a women into doing something she (clearly) doesn’t want to do. That’s drama plus implied drama. With movement! All good things in my book. We’re off to a solid and interesting start.

Sentence Four: Maria rolled her eyes, doing her best to keep up the appearance of a cosseted but slightly spoiled noblewoman as she turned to face her father.

THOUGHTS: Okay. When noblemen try to marry off their unwilling daughters? The MC’s got problems. It’s a given. As in, readers be ‘given in to the chaos.’ A+ Mina Carter.

Sentence Five: Garen Ravensford stood behind her, a long-suffering expression on his face.

THOUGHTS: As a parent, I can tell you: I often have a “long-suffering expression” on my face. I’m identifying a little more with the dad now.

Bonus Sentences: She bit back a sigh. He was just like all the other vampire males she knew–honorable, protective, and utterly insufferable. Just like all the rest, he was totally convinced all women were delicate little creatures that had to be protected at all times. To be fair though, most vampire women were.

THOUGHTS: There’s the paranormal element! Coupled with believable dialogue? The intrigue is there. The promised drama is there, and the info wasn’t dumped into sentences. It was worked in with maintained speed; which I liked. It may have taken me a little more than a paragraph to download, but I did, and you should too.

DATING A VAMPIRE: LOVE BITES: A DATING AGENCY FOR PARANORMALS: #1: BY ABBEY MACMUNN : FIRST FIVE©

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Witch Harper Clarke is pretty sure misfortune follows her around like a bad smell. Her spells end in disaster, her dating agency for supernaturals has an embarrassing lack of clients, and her love life is a washout. So, when a vampire signs up to the agency and she can’t find him a match, she agrees to date the vamp herself.

Charmer Damon Vertefeuille has it all: power, status, and wealth. Becoming a vampire to get his errant brother out of trouble isn’t what he expected. Newbie vamps aren’t supposed to be dangerous, but one look at his witchy date and he has a sudden desire to sink his fangs into her pale flesh.

Thing is, she wants his bite.

Chemistry sizzles, but when Damon’s brother threatens to tear them apart, the lines blur between loyalty, love, and dark desires.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, DATING A VAMPIRE BY ABBEY MACMUNN. FREE AS OF TODAY, 12/8/2021. THERE’S NOTHING AUDIBLE AVAILABLE IN REGARDS TO THIS BOOK. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One-Two: “Does my bum look big in this?” Harper Clarke twisted her torso, casting a critical eye over her appearance in her bedroom mirror.

THOUGHTS: It’s an age old question. A question that will never stop being asked. This sentence is relatable x 4. I like it.

Sentence Three-Four: “You look fantastic,” said Zarya. “Stunning, in fact.”

THOUGHTS: Good friends hype each other up and I feel like that’s what’s happening here, and I like it.

Sentence Five: Coming from Zarya, who had no trouble getting any man she desired with a mere flutter of her eyelashes and that haunting Siren song of hers, it was indeed a compliment of great magnitude, but Harper still wasn’t convinced.

THOUGHTS: Are women ever really convinced? I’m gonna say maybe 2 out of 10 times. I’m happy though because a paranormal element has been added, the dialogue moves right along and the girl talk is completely relatable. Overall? I don’t think this FIRST FIVE© bites at all. It’s actually very good. Go ahead and splurge on yourself. FREE is the way to be.

CUPCAKES AND CRIME (GOLD VALLEY MYSTERIES BOOK 1) BY APRIL BROWNE: FIRST FIVE©

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The grand opening of Magnolia Winery is sure to make a splash until the General Manager is found dead in the wine cellar. Sophia Bell, owner of Mama Ginger’s Bakery and a not very skilled kitchen witch, is hired to cater the highly anticipated event.

But the job is no icing on the cake, especially when she winds up as the prime suspect in the murder investigation. 

Her mother’s legacy on the line, Sophia launches her own investigation. With the help of her southern assistant, some honesty magic, and two fluffy dogs, Sophia uncovers a secret she never thought possible.

A murderer is living in Gold Valley, and Sophia is next on the list. 

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, CUPCAKES AND CRIME BY APRIL BROWNE WHICH IS FREE AS OF TODAY, 12/6/2021. THERE IS NO AUDIBLE ANYTHING FOR THIS BOOK, BUT IT SEEMS SUPER CUTE, SO YOU SHOULD DOWNLOAD IT ANYWAY. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: Sophia Bell, like her mother before her, was a baker and a witch.

THOUGHTS: This first sentence gives me a huge PRACTICAL MAGIC vibe. Plus, we’ve got the paranormal element right outta the gate. I LOVE having that box checked. Very A+ job, April Browne.

Sentence Two: Unlike Mama Ginger, she wasn’t very good at either.

THOUGHTS: This is a cute, lyrical, bit of prose. It’s informative. It’s blunt. It’s who the MC thinks she is. (Which will probably become a point of tension later.) Now, what else does this sentence accomplish? Well. Promised drama, of course. {For a writer} The purpose of a beginning paragraph should be about the hook. {For a reader} The beginning paragraph is about being hooked.

My FIRST FIVE© reviews are, hopefully, a way to help both groups of people. Writers can take criticism like a champ, but not every critique helps. My hope is to pinpoint what works, in the FIRST FIVE© sentences, and what doesn’t. Readers? Well, I feel readers need to know they’re not alone. They love talking about what really “got” them about a book, and what didn’t. It’s why book clubs exist. They do still exist, right? Right?

Anywho….

Admitting what you read can be difficult. Admitting what key elements snagged your interest? IMO? Can be impossible. Nobody wants to be talking about cowboys, aliens and BDSM at a party, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some damn good books involving all 3. As both a reader and writer? I want to know what tweaked your…er…interest? And if I wanna know? Then you probably wanna know too. Right? Right?

Anywho…

Readers: AIN’T NO SHAME IN THE READING GAME. Love what you love cuz the best thing you can do for a storyteller? (Besides reading their story, of course.) Is leaving a review of their work. What did you love? What did you hate? What made you laugh? What made you sad? What pulled you in? What lost you? My FIRST FIVE© doesn’t go that deep because it’s just how I pick books to read. And (maybe) share. A full review would probably go on and on. Kinda like these THOUGHTS. Uhhhh…. time to get back to it…

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Sentence Three: Oh, she could follow a recipe well enough to keep the family bakery from going under, but ask her to create anything new, and it always flopped.

THOUGHTS: I feel for the MC. Cooking is hard. Baking is harder. You’ve gotta have patience. I don’t have a lot of that. Honestly? I’m more of a hangry Gremlin these days. BUT…when I have to? I can get it done. Recipe sometimes included. So there’s that.

Sentence Four: She’d tried her hand at gluten-free chocolate chip cookies a couple weeks earlier, and they’d come out crumbly and dry no matter what he did.

THOUGHTS: I’ve baked a few gluten-free things in my day and they were pretty tricky. As for the sentence? It’s humanized our MC. In fact, this entire FF has given our MC believable traits that allow for relatability. Because the character is somewhat south of positive there’s promised drama in each line. {{Yes. I do realize the word ‘foreshadowing’ is a term used to identify ‘a warning or indication of things to come,’ but I like my FIRST FIVE© like I like me; right but less than perfect because perfection is unsustainable. BOOM!}}

Sentence Five: Batch after batch failed until her assistant Lemon had found a good recipe online.

THOUGHTS: Love the assistants name. Love the witchy, ‘Practical Magic’ vibe of this book. I’m in to baking shows right now, so that could have something to do with this selection. Whatever the case may be? I don’t need to ‘prove’ (baking term) how good this book is gonna be to you. Read for yourself. Simply hit download.

RIGHT THROUGH ME (THE OBSIDIAN FILES BOOK 1) BY SHANNON MCKENNA: FIRST FIVE©

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Stranger, speak softly…

Biotech tycoon Noah Gallagher has a deadly secret: his clandestine training as a super-soldier gives him abilities that go far beyond human. Yet he’s very much a man. When Caro Bishop shows up at his Seattle headquarters with a dangerous secret agenda, his ordered life is thrown into chaos. Caro is a woman like no other—and her luminously sensual beauty cloaks a mystery he must solve.

Caro’s lying low, evading a false charge of murder. She means to clear her name, and she’ll do whatever it takes to survive—but seducing a man like Noah is more than she bargained for. His amber eyes have the strangest glow when he looks at her—she could swear he sees the secrets of her heart. The desire smoldering in Noah’s eyes awakens her own secret hunger, but Caro has to resist his magnetic pull. Anyone close to her becomes a target. The only right thing to do is run, far and fast, but Caro can’t outrun Noah’s ferocious intensity—or deny the searing passion that explodes between them.

Nothing else matters—until a vicious enemy bent on the ultimate revenge puts his murderous plan into play. Noah and Caro must battle for their lives…and their love…

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, RIGHT THROUGH ME BY SHANNON MCKENNA. THIS READ IS FREE FOR REGULAR KINDLE APP AS OF 12-4-21. THERE IS NOTHING AUDIBLE RELATED THAT IS FREE FOR THIS DOWNLOAD. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: Someone just cut the lights.

THOUGHTS: This one sentence is doing A LOT. It’s movement, drama, tension and promised drama all-in-one. Simple but shocking. Sentences like this one are exactly what you want in a FIRST FIVE©. A+ Shannon McKenna.

Sentence Two-Three: What the hell? Noah Gallagher put down his pen and looked around, startled, as drums began to thump from the hidden sound system of the penthouse conference room.

THOUGHTS: I like that we are starting with a male POV. I also like that the scene has a bachelor party or birthday party (some kind of party) feel. The male MC doesn’t know what’s going on and reading that has given us drama, tension, movement and promised drama all-over-again. Love that. A+ again.

Sentence Four: Some exotic instrument joined in, throbbing and wailing.

THOUGHTS: Party in the penthouse; bound to be dramatic fun. This FIRST FIVE© hasn’t hit a paranormal element yet, but I’m still desperate to know what’s going on.

Sentence Five: The door to the conference room opened to a shimmery jingling sound, then a flash of fluttering purple.

THOUGHTS: This makes me think belly dancers, and why on earth would a person have belly dancers in a conference room? I’m super intrigued across the board. I want to know how this will all tie in to the paranormal element and plot. Mainly though? I wanna know WTF is going on right now; in the opening lines. That kind of curiosity is exactly what a reader needs to get hooked. Great writing and great FIRST FIVE©.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I’m super excited for this read. I know I’ve been a little absent these past two weeks and I’m sorry to say sporadic might be the theme for this month. Some dates to REMEMBER for guarunteed FIRST FIVE© posts are (for sure, for sure) as follows: 12/8/21, 12/11/21, 12/13/21, 12/15/21, 12/17/21. December 17th is my BIRTHDAY! WOOT WOOT. So, that FIRST FIVE© will be something special and exciting for sure. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll celebrate my birthday with everybody, but I’ll come up with something cool before then. Basically? Fun things to come. Now, have a safe and happy holiday month.