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review 2018-12-18 16:55
Seriously good stuff here...
Pretty Pretty Boys - Gregory Ashe,Tristan James Mabry

and Tristan James as always is doing a damn fine job on this one. I'm on to book #2. So for now this is it...I may come back to do a more complete review but in case I don't...
awesome mystery - yes
well written story - yes
MCs I like - yes
Narrator I like - oh hell yeah!!!
New to me author - yes
Would I recommend this - to anyone who loves a good mystery & slow burn on relationships totally.


Ok I'm back to book 2.

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review 2018-12-18 02:59
The Christmas Prayer
The Christmas Prayer - Wanda E. Brunstetter

Looking for a good Christmas story. Wanda give you one. I really liked it. They wonder what it like to be on trail to west to California. It about Three wagon trains that meet up and are all set to travel to get to California.

There a young girl that is to marry a fellow traveler? Will she do so to help her mother or will her heart win out? For there are two others that are interested in Cynthia. There are quite adventure for all of them.

They seem to get stuck in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Will they survive or will they not. Will Christmas bring them together or will is pull them a part. Will Cynthia get her Christmas payer be answered?

Wanda does a wonderful job with showing us the hardships of Oregon trails and natures? She show us what it like on the trails though a young woman and always the friendship that are built.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/12/review-christmas-prayer.html
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text 2018-12-17 21:23
Spinning Silver
Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik

I am just going to admit defeat. This book is so dull it's making me dread it. The characters are much more likeable than in Uprooted. But I still don't like them. So I just sold the book to Half Price while I was there this weekend and I'm returning the audiobook. I'm giving up on Novik. While the worlds are unique, everything else is just no. Dense, wordy, boring. At times, down right stupid. Next.

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review 2018-12-17 17:38
Let’s consider a little thing called ‘the law of probability’…
A Holiday Tradition - Chrissy Munder

which takes more time to explain than I have so let’s just say that in simple terms it’s the formula that determines the likelihood of something actually happening…so, what do you think the probability is of an attractive 30ish gay man managing a trailer park largely frequented by seniors being the trailer park where another said 20 something gay man ends up with his grandfather for the Christmas holidays would be? I’m betting fairly slim now what do we think the probability of me enjoying said story would be…well, before I read I it, I would have told you the odds were fairly slim. So, all of this just goes to show you that even the best guess is never more than just that…a guess.


‘A Holiday Tradition’ was a cute, funny, holiday story about a young man trying his best to earn his father’s approval by being what he thought his father wanted rather than what he truly was and it takes someone who’s already been there to help him see that more important than being what someone else wants, is being who we truly are.


Paul Carpenter’s father has his life mapped out and Paul desperately wants his father’s approval so he’s determined to follow that plan even if it includes ‘babysitting’ his grandfather over the holidays. Spending the holidays with a bunch of seniors in a trailer park sounds like the ideal, distraction free location for him to catch up on his studies and complete the paper that’s going to keep him from loosing his year at school. Of course, no one told Paul that the owner/manager of said trailer park wasn’t a senior but smoking hot, gay man only a few years older than Paul.


Kevin Lombardo is a sexy, confident man who knows himself and what he wants out of life and one look at Paul and he knows what he wants for Christmas…at the very least.


Where this one fell short for me was in relationship to the ending. There was a time gap of about a year between the ending and the epilogue and it gave me a bit of a jolt. What I got as a reader was a few sentences…maybe, 3 or 4, explaining very briefly what transpired during that time and while I’m pretty sure that I didn’t want to relive the entire year I think maybe a little more detail would have kept me from feeling like things were suddenly being rushed along and easily taken my 3.5 stars and turned them into at least a solid 4 star read.


Once again, I enjoyed watching these two men get to know each other as they became friends. Paul’s determined to stick to his father’s plan, but Kevin’s equally determined to get to know Paul and to make sure he also has some fun. I enjoyed their conversations and the fact that while there was a definite attraction, they didn’t just fall into bed right away.  While there was definite attraction and a kiss or two, what there wasn’t was any on page sexy times and that’s ok because after all it’s a Christmas story.


Chrissy Munder is a new to me author and for me this one held a lot of potential and I’m hoping to see what else this author has to off that I might enjoy as much or more than ‘A Holiday Tradition’.




A copy of ‘A Holiday Tradition’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-12-16 21:55
It's been a long time since I read this one...
Highway Man - Eden Winters,Darcy Stark

and when I saw it on audible I just couldn't resist the opportunity to enjoy it on audio.


Every since the accident that claimed his life...Killian Desmond has lived his life in the shadows letting the world believe that the accident that claimed  him brother and bandmates also claimed him. But when the opportunity to earn a night's pay filling in with a tribute band presents itself Killian discovers that not everyone in the band is easily fooled and Tex sees past the shadows to the man who's hiding.


At less than 2 hours 'Highway Man' packs an emotional punch that will leave the reader reaching for some tissues and a little red around the eyes. It's been at least 6 years since I read the e-book but despite the years between then and now, the one thing I had no problem remembering was how much I enjoyed this story so there I was 'Highway Man' by Eden Winters and narrated by Darcy Stark...no thought needed on this one...I  clicked the buy button and it was a done deal.


'Highway Man' is a story of love and loss, of starting over, forgiving yourself, healing and second chances and it's 1 hour and 43 minutes of pure emotion. This is the 5th book that I'm enjoyed by this narrator and I know I have at least 2 more to go because he's also the narrator for Ms. Winters 'Diversion' series and I definitely looking forward to enjoying that series on audio...I've already got the first to books ready to go and as soon as the rest are available me and my grabby hands will be all over them.


If you're not familiar with this author or this narrator 'Highway Man' is a very enjoyable way to fix that little oversight...this one's definitely recommended.

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