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review 2017-07-20 07:03
Great Read!
Unbreakable: An Unacceptables MC Romance... Unbreakable: An Unacceptables MC Romance (Volume 3) - Kristen Hope Mazzola

MC Romances aren't usually my thing. I've read a few, but most times, I can take them or leave them. That's not the case with this one. It's so well written and there's a lot packed into this novella length book. The author's talent for storytelling shines in this gripping tale. While it does get into the MC side of things, it also shows the family side of things and how much love these characters have for each other. 

Ryder and Raine's story is emotional, tragic, full of action, sweet, and sexy, all wrapped up in one great book. This is my first read by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. 

 

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text 2017-07-19 22:32
Destined for an Early Grave - Jeaniene Frost

All in all, not a bad book. While not quite a fluff piece, it certainly wasn't all that meaty. Going with the food analogy, it was like chocolate chip ice cream. Smooth, tasty, over quickly but little chunks of more to munch. Having read the stand alone offshoot novels first, I was actually able to overlook some of the sillier parts of this book, especially the one where Cat and Bones don't actually talk to each other but go completely on assumptions, wedging themselves further apart in the process. Dumb. 

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review 2017-07-19 20:38
A horse trainer and a retired surgeon...how could things possibly go wrong?
An Unexpected Truth - S.A. Meade

‘An Unexpected Truth’ is my first book by this author…definitely not my last. I was pretty much enchanted from the word go when I realized that the story was set in England. I have a definite fondness for England…maybe, my in-laws are from there and maybe my mother’s family is from there and maybe it’s just a beautiful country but whatever, I love it so reading a book with England as the setting was definitely no hardship add in that it’s set in the countryside and there are horses and things are just getting better and better.

 

Brendan Matthews trains racehorses for a living and he’s happy with his quiet life but he’s also not a foolish man so when opportunity brings 6 yearlings that display more than a little potential to him and they happen to be owned by a man who’s ‘not to shabby either’. Who is Brendan to not open the door when opportunity knocks.

 

Adam Ahmadi is a wealthy orthopedic surgeon who’s looking for something to do with his time and money after an accident damages his hand forcing him to retire early. He was thinking horses but one look at Brendan and Adam’s interest go beyond having Brendan train his horses.

 

I really enjoyed this story from start to finish. The first part of the story focused on Brendan and Adam’s relationship and it was wonderful. These two men getting to know each other was sweet and a slow burn. They spent time together taking care of the horses, cooking for one another, taking walks, getting to know one another. There was no insta-love here and while there’s a bit of an age gap it’s not a big deal…so much not a big deal that I really can’t remember exactly how big of an age gap it was…so definitely not an issue for me.

 

The relationship between Brendan and Adam unfolded beautifully and was definitely one of my favorite parts. Also, there was a bit of drama and suspense unfolding in the background and while this part of the story was more prominent in the latter part of the book and for a while it was the dominant part of the story it was necessary in order for things to play out to a conclusion that brought us back to Brendan and Adam’s relationship and the HEA that these men so deserved.

 

As Brendan and Adam’s relationship deepens Adam’s past rears it’s ugly head forcing them apart and leaving Brendan more than a little mystified about what Adam’s feelings are and whether or not the future he wants with Adam can be a reality or not.

The ending of this one worked for me. There was just enough going on to hold my interest but not enough to make it overwhelming or confusing since most of what happened around Adam’s past wasn’t really revealed or dealt with until the last half of the book.

 

For me ‘An Unexpected Truth’ was a story that I was easily able to slip into reading and enjoy. The writing style was so enjoyable and easy to follow, the characters worked well together and I found myself enjoying all aspects of the story…the romance, the suspense, the little bit of a plot twist that I didn’t quite see coming. It all came together to create an unique and enjoyable reading experience that I look forward to experiencing again.

 

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A copy of ‘An Unexpected Truth’ was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-07-19 01:46
The Chase (An Isaac Bell Adventure) - Clive Cussler

This was a good mystery with a cowboy type hero although he had no horse. He drove a fast car. I really enjoyed all of the historical details that were woven in with the story. This story has a western feel and is captivating even without cursing and graphic scenes. Once I got half way through the book there was no putting it down until the end. The "chase" scene made you feel like you were on board.

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review 2017-07-18 14:08
Book does not do this interesting man's story justice.
Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of G... Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances - Leland Melvin Phillips

Honestly, the only reason why I picked up this book was because I recognized the picture of Mr. Melvin with the dogs. It's a picture that has been around the internet and occasionally pops up now and again. So when I saw he had a book (although admittedly I had never heard of him before seeing the picture) I thought, why not? Someone who uses that picture as the cover of the book (and for other purposes I imagine) must have an eventful and fascinating life story.

 

And he does. The reader learns about Melvin's life and times, from being an NFL receiver to becoming an astronaut despite suffering an injury that temporarily left him deaf. Just getting into the NFL OR becoming an astronaut that actually goes into space (despite the injury) is tough. But doing both? Whoa. 

 

That said, the critical reviews are on the mark. Melvin himself seems like someone you'd love to be friends with and listen to his stories but the writing does not do him justice at all. It's tedious, it doesn't do a lot to make the reader want to turn the pages and learn more. He sound like an earnest, humble guy from the "voice" of the writing and I'm not sure if that might have constrained him a bit or if the editor/publisher wanted that voice at the cost of telling the story.

 

That said, it's still worth a read. If only for the journey but he covers other topics as well. He discusses setbacks (like how he was injured) and darker issues like mentioning how he had been sexually abused by neighbors as a child (he doesn't describe what happened but more of the aftermath so this is more of a heads up), how he had been accused of cheating for an exam while at college and how he had his own brush of not so nice interactions with the police. Again, while some he probably doesn't want to discuss further I still wonder if the publisher/editor deliberately had it that way so this could be arguably more marketable for younger audiences.

 

I enjoyed it, though and don't mind reading it. I'd say I'd like this a little better than say 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth' which tried to be both a biography and a bit of a self-help guide. But I also don't think the book really gets his story in some ways either.

 

Definitely recommended for people who have an interesting in NASA/astronauts, perhaps for people who enjoyed 'Hidden Figures' (movie and/or book) or know a younger person in high school or college who has an interest in science, space, etc. I understand that there is a YA version of this book too so that may be more appropriate if the reader is younger. Otherwise I'd say it's a good library borrow.

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