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text 2017-09-26 10:47
Book Review For: Duke of Hearts
The King of Hearts: Charles Talbot, Duke of Shrewsbury - Dorothy Hunter Somerville

'Duke of Hearts' is a box set with about 740 pages with the total of Six Books by different authors.
I am a big fan of box sets like this. They give me a chance to read books by other authors who I may not yet had the chance to do so. Box sets are great for people that want a quick read for night time or when we are having to wait for an appointment. Some of the books had been released on their own standing which is always nice too but I appreciate a box set anytime. These all can be standalone books and theme is each male character is a Duke.
Book 1:It's in the Duke's Kiss by Julie Johstone;
Is the story of Lady Emmaline Radcliffe and Lucian the Duke of Blackbourne. Emma always had a crush on Lord Layton and tires to make him see her as a women. Lucian is Lord Layton older brother and when he tries to thaw what he fears is going to happen between them he ends up kissing her.
Book 2; Taming a Duke’s Wild Rose by Tammy Andresen;,
This is the story of Lady Rose Wentworth and Alexander Cross the Duke of Wellington.
Rose's father, The Earl of Essex has taken Rose in hand after her so many of her "falling in love" situations. The Earl has arranged for her to marry his friend the Duke of Wellington. Rose of course is upset because she is in love with Carl. Rose happens to meet "Alex' when she is taking time away from her father to pout about what he has done.
Book 3: Captivated by the Captain by Amanda Mariel;
This is the story of Captain Jasper Blackmore and Prudence Drake. Pru left America with her father on a business trip but it seem she was taken and ended up on the Black Dawn ship. Jasper is the Captain of the ship Marion. Jasper has been trying to take the Black Dawn down for a while and now has the chance. What he finds is Pru on the ship who is a feisty American.
Book 4: The Duke Next Door by Meara Platt;
This is the story of Lady Mallory Goodell and Lucien the Duke of Hawthorn. Mallory always had a crush on Lucien and now she just turned 18 and hopes to get a kiss out of him.
Book 5: The Lion: Lyons of the Hebrides by Hildie McQueen;
This is the story of Maddock Lyon, Laird of Clan Lyon and Ealasaid Lamont.;
Ealasid father traveled to Clan Lyon with her and her mother. Ealasid's father who is no real friend to the Clan Lyon but is greeted to their clan. Maddock is Leary of Lamont. But its Ealasid who has him taken by.
Book 6: A Hidden Ruby by Dawn Brower;
This is the story of Rubina Leone St. John The Duches of Hunt and Noah, The Duke of Hunt. Their story starts after they have been married several months. Rubina was kidnapped and thought dead but is saved by her brother's friend. Noah thought Rubina dead and three years later goes forward with taking a new bride But before the vows are spoken, Rubina walks in.
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."



Source: www.amazon.com/Duke-Hearts-Historical-Romance-Anthology-ebook/dp/B074WDPP23/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1506280896&sr=1-1&keywords=Duke+of+Hearts
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review 2016-08-11 20:41
Review: Not Left Behind by Best Friends Animal Society
Not Left Behind: Rescuing the Pets of New Orleans - Bob Somerville,Troy Snow,Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is an animal rescue and sanctuary in southern Utah. When news of Hurricane Katrina hit the media, some of the founders of the society and volunteers headed out to Tylertown, MO to set up a home base to do rescue mission in New Orleans. Tylertown was 300 miles from the destruction of the Gulf Coast and was a shelter that Best Friends had helped build back in 2000.


Yeah, I am giving this book 5 stars just out of sentimentality and because the folks of Best Friends kicked ass. In total, they rescued more than 3,200 animals, mostly domestic pets such as dogs, cats, and birds; they also rescued some animals left from at a pet shop and took in animals that wound up at the local animal shelters just prior to the storm hitting. There were vets as volunteers on site, but some of the animals rescued were sent to local docs or flown to animal medical specialists to get life-saving medical care. There were animal groomers, who had the task of washing/shearing the animals to rid them of the dirty, oily flood waters.


The temporary base at Tylertown actually stayed open and running until May 2006, eight months after the storm hit. Animals were then reunited with their owners, adopted by new owners, or ended up at the sanctuary in Utah. There was a lot of cooperation between Best Friends rescuers and the military; seems the two groups got together to avoid dealing with city officials - who had no plans whatsoever in rescue/recovery phase of the emergency response in regards to people, much less than the pets left behind.


Although some photographs show animals in perilous situations, there isn't any gory photos or pictures of animals who died; I could recommend this book for kids as well as sensitive adults. The photographs were taken by Troy Snow, who is a volunteer for Best Friends and decided a book chronicling the first couple of weeks of the rescue would make a good historical document of the operation and fundraiser (all royalties from the sale of this book go to Best Friends Rescue Fund.



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review 2016-06-10 00:00
Kei's Gift
Kei's Gift - Ann Somerville 2.5 stars. I enjoyed this, it's a simple story, there is a slow burning M/M romance and nice characters to boot.

Pros: slow-burning, likeable characters, nice setting, a nice resolution and smooth writing.
Cons: when it started burning, the last 30%, too lengthy for its plot points.
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review 2016-05-14 00:25
The Folio Book of Comic Short Stories
The Folio Book of Comic Short Stories - Dorothy Parker,Paul Cox,P.G. Wodehouse,O. Henry,Anthony Trollope,V.S. Pritchett,Muriel Spark,Evelyn Waugh,Saki,Damon Runyon,James Thurber,David Hughes,Robertson Davies,Elizabeth Bowen,Henry Lawson,W.W. Jacobs,Stephen Leacock,Richmal Crompton,Ben Travers,S

An anthology of 22 short comedic pieces, I picked this up on impulse at a UBS, because I'd never read any of the authors before (correction: I've read Wodehouse) and there were more than a couple names here that I'd often felt like I should have read, but hadn't; I was afraid they'd be weighty and, you know, deep.  So here was my chance to read their work without a lot of emotional commitment.


Almost all of the stories here were excellent.  As in any collection, there were a few clunkers: I found the ending of V.S. Pritchett's piece abrupt and nonsensical.  Elizabeth Bowen's and Muriel Spark's pieces left me flat. 


The really great stories out-weighed those though: Wilde's The Model Millionaire was my favorite of the book, with Saki's Byzantine Omelette and Robertson Davies' The Xerox in the Lost Room close behind.  Oh, and A Piece of Pie by Damon Runyon had me laughing at the truly cunning ending.  Stories by Dorothy Parker and James Thurber had more of an emotional edge; the humor from these stories came from a darker, cynical view.


All in all a truly excellent collection; I've already bought a collection of Saki's work based on what I've read here, and I'm looking forward to reading more by some of these authors.

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