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review 2017-09-02 00:02
Unscripted Love (Road to Blissville, #1) by Aimee Nicole Walker Review
Unscripted Love - Aimee Nicole Walker

Kyle Vaughn had three goals in life: become a vet, find the man of his dreams, and start a family. He easily checked off the first item on the list when he took over his grandfather’s veterinary practice. Too bad he wasn’t as lucky in love. 

Chaz Hamilton took a leap of faith when he decided to pursue a career in writing, but one best seller didn’t mean he could quit his day job. All work and no play threatened to make Chaz a very dull man when the only romantic action he saw was in the pages of his manuscript. Too bad he couldn’t write his own happily every after.

Circumstances pushed the two men together, and one magical kiss beneath fireworks and stars changed everything. Kyle knew his luck had finally turned around and Chaz found a man far better than any book boyfriend ever written. There was just one problem. Chaz has kept a secret from Kyle that could ruin their chance at a beautiful life together. 

Kyle and Chaz learn that the best-laid plans often go awry, the heart has a mind of its own, and the greatest love is unscripted. 

 

Review

 

This wasn't a bad read but it was clunky. The pacing was slow and then fast, drawn out and then rushed. 

There were lovely parts like the heroes personality, the circle of friends, the family, the pets.

It was sometimes charming but certain aspects were just uneven. The secret went on too long despite the promising opening. The hot and cold was annoying. 

It dragged and then we didn't get enough of what was good.

So, uneven. 

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review 2017-07-15 14:52
Unscripted Love - Aimee Nicole Walker

Unscripted Love is the first book in a spin-off series of the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries. And it went pretty much like the first book in Curl Up and Dye as far as the relationship part goes: One amazing guy chasing after a somewhat flighty one who runs hot and cold on him for most of the book. It drove me nuts then and it drove me nuts here.
And Unscripted Love didn't have a murder mystery to go along with the drama so I basically ended up feeling cheated. I had hoped for more, but I will probably still read the next one as there are some interesting characters waiting to get their story.

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text 2017-07-13 09:20
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Unscripted Love - Aimee Nicole Walker

Kyle inhaled deeply through flared nostrils like he was working to calm himself. I expected him to yell, or walk away from me, but never would I have guessed that he would toss me over his shoulder caveman style and carry me out of the party.

 

Off to a very good start, I’d say :)

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review 2017-07-03 04:27
What would you do to save yourself?
Every Ugly Word - Aimee L. Salter

 

People do what they want. They love who they love. No one else can change that.

The only thing you can control is you.

- Chapter 5

 

That was the last straw. I breathed too hard, then I broke. All the pieces inside snapped apart and fell away, tinkling to the floor of my life and leaving a yawning hole where my heart should have been.

- Chapter 28

 

It might not get better tomorrow, but it will get better.

- Author's note

 

This book is heartbreaking, and yet hopeful. Teenage main character Ashley is in love with her best friend Matt, but he thinks of her as just a friend. He is popular at school and Ashley is constantly teased and bullied. In the first chapter, we find Ashley speaking to her psychiatrist and hoping to be released from the institution she resides in. He is asking her to recount the events leading up to "the incident" which resulted in her stay at the institution. We find out that Ashley sees an older version of herself in the mirror. Older Ashley gives her advice and tries to help her change her life. Older Ashley wants Ashley to have a better life than she does. But, she leaves out details in the hopes of protecting her younger self.

 

That might seem a bit confusing, but the book is not. We see Ashely's attempts to be strong and we worry about what will happen to her. Ashley's mother is almost as bad, if not worse than the kids at school. Her mom treats her as if she is the one doing something wrong. If she could just be more normal, then she wouldn't get bullied or if she could just fly under the radar and not do things to aggravate the other kids. Seriously?? Bullying is never the fault of the victim. Ashley's mother should have been her protector, not someone who makes her feel worse.

 

I liked this book. I felt bad for Ashley, and yet hopeful that she would find the strength to survive, despite everything and everyone who hurt her. At the end of the book, the author talks about how bullying is a form of torture and that she was a victim herself for many years. She talks about how she wants readers to know that they deserve help and gives them phone numbers and websites to use for help.

 

I read this for the Electric Company space, author's first and last name contain all the letters in "Tesla"

It has 282 pages and is worth $6.00

 

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text 2017-06-28 13:06
28th June 2017
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

My genes, my love, are rubber bands and rope - make yourself a structure you can live inside.

 

Aimee Bender

 

Happy 48th birthday, Aimee Bender! The American author writes books marked by surrealism and light, that still manage to stab the reader in the heart.

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