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Kindles in the Wild – Grigori – Lauren Smith – July 3, 2022 - Kinzua Bridge State Park

I was so excited to finally make it to this next location. My friend first pointed it out to me over a year ago, and it’s taken a while to work it into the schedule. Too long, if you ask me. Okay, part of that may be because my youngest gets sever motion sickness and the thought of a 4-hour drive on windy back roads might have made her bulk. The other being that when I had time, I only had one of the girls with me and we wanted to make this a family affair.

The bridge is an absolutely spectacular sight out in the middle of nowhere that will stick with you, if you are brave enough to dare. It’s a railroad trestle bridge that was struck by a tornado traveling in the wrong direction and, rather than repair the bridge entirely, they made it into the tourist attraction it is today.

The bridge is easy access from the parking lot and has both an indoor 2-story museum section and the bridge, with a hiking trail to view it from the valley and photo platforms to capture it from the side and beneath.

For those of you who brave the heights, the train track is in the center of the bridge and leads to a glass section where you can stand and truly see what it means to look down on the world. After which you can visit the gift shop and grab a t-shirt proclaiming to the world that you survived.

While a tornado may have taken out the bridge, it did not destroy the grandeur of nature and the ingenuity it took to design such a sturdy work of art. If you haven’t been there already, you are going to want to add this location to your bucket list.

The book I took on this journey is one that has thrown me down the series rabbit hole, what can I say? It happens a lot. The characters have also been ravaged by time and weather, and yet they manage to stand tall and regain some of their former glory. Like the location, the book is a must see that is as intriguing as it is awe inspiring.

Happy Reading


Kinzua Bridge State Park

1721 Lindholm Drive

Mount Jewett, PA 16740

Grigori: A Dragon Shifter Romance (Brothers of Ash and Fire Book 1)

Published to Amazon on July 26, 2021

Author Lauren Smith

Mythological researcher Madelyn Haynes is running out of time to prove dragons are real. But she never expected her hunt for the truth would cause her to become the hunted. When the wickedly dangerous Grigori Barinov learns a mortal is onto the existence of his magical bloodline, he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to stop her. But when Grigori catches Madelyn’s irresistible scent, all bets are off for the strong and powerful dragon shifter and his intended mate. He’ll do anything to make her his, including kidnapping and seduction. Loyalties will be tested as Grigori and Madelyn war with themselves, and each other, over their duties and their hearts. But when the surprising and scorching truth of Madelyn’s past is revealed, who will come out on top?

Official published review:

Teach me to fly

I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to read this book, but I am absolutely in love with it! The characters are phenomenal and I love the depth the author brought to their personalities and emotions. She brought my favorite things together, Russian history and dragons, and gave them an over the top adventure to find their HEA. I love the family rivalry and the unexpected turns that made each turn of the page so much more exciting. I find myself so intrigued that I am ready to launch into book two.

5 stars


USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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