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review 2017-06-25 23:30
Playing For Keeps (York Bombers #3) by Lisa B. Kamps
Playing For Keeps: A York Bombers Hockey... Playing For Keeps: A York Bombers Hockey Romance (The York Bombers Book 3) - Lisa B. Kamps

Lisa B. Kamps scores a hat trick with the third book in the York Bombers series, PLAYING FOR KEEPS.  AHL Goalie, Tyler Bowie, is off his game.  On top of that, he is interested in his team mates little sister, Jennifer Emory.  A relationship that is off limits due to the bro code.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. 

 

Lisa B. Kamps continues to do a great job with this series.  The story is new and original but has consistent elements with the previous books.

 

I felt bad for what Jennifer went through with her previous boyfriend, Viktor.  He is a complete slime.  I appreciated the hockey scene where the boys got into it with him.  There is a difference between liking hockey players and being a puck bunny.  Jenny is no puck bunny. 

 

Tyler is a likeable character.  I could understand why his concentration and game were affected.  It would be hard to not be jealous in his situation.  He is a good guy who is protective and fair. 

 

I like that the story takes place during the same timeline as the previous book.  It is interesting hearing different perspectives of situations from the characters, especially with Jason. 

 

I like that Jenny and Magan became friends.  I loved the ending of the book.  I’m looking forward to Zach Mummert’s story in book four, PLAYING IT UP.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-06-25 18:06
The White Lotus and Persian Rose by Libbie Hawker
Persian Rose: A Novel of Egypt's Fall (White Lotus Book 2) - Libbie Hawker

As with many of Libbie Hawker's other books, I am enjoying this series, but I do have to mention that there are many spelling and grammatical errors which could put off some readers. It didn't bother me so much because the storyline really drew my attention, but I did take away one star because of it. However, there were so many intrigues going on and I just had to know what was going to happen, so I kept reading.

 

This is the story of Rhodopis, one of only two known hetaerae mentioned by name by Herodotus, the other being Archidike, who is also in the book. From being plucked off the streets by essentially selling herself so her family wouldn't starve, to her training by her masters right hand man, Aesop...yes the very one who wrote all those lovely fables we know of today. I wasn't even aware that he existed that long ago.

 

Anyway we go from her training to her introduction as a hetaerae into society at the time of Pharaoh Amasis, who is none too popular, because his love of anything Greek is brewing tension in Memphis. Too many Egyptians feel that the Greek people and culture is doing away with their identity as a people. So it is in this time that Rhodopis finds herself, at the center of a crisis that is about to boil over. That is all I will say about it, because I don't want to give anything else away.

 

 

Book three is supposed to be released this fall, so I am looking forward to the conclusion of her story.
Recommended (if you can overlook the grammatical errors). This review is for both books currently in the series, The White Lotus and Persian Gold.

 

 

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review 2017-06-24 04:16
Review of "Behind the Throne" (Indranan War, #1) by K.B. Wagers
Behind the Throne - K.B. Wagers

I'm not even going to try to write a better review than Bookaneer's review.   That one says it best.

 

I will just say it was a great adventure that I enjoyed very much. Read in one sitting; gripped start to finish.  Enough intrigued me and enough desire to know what happens next that I'm eagerly waiting to read the next in series.

 

Science fiction? Space Opera? Not so much.

 

Yes, it starts with her dragged off a space ship back to home planet. But, the "atmosphere" was more British Empire rulers in India or Africa during 1700's-1800's than a galactic empire 2500 years in the future. Maybe because mostly took place in the palace from POV of princess with a few bits of tech terms and weapons, other planets may as well have been other countries for all the sociological/geographical detail, and only one race of aliens that could have passed for invaded natives in a subservient position (okay, so their religion made them healers but pretty much not fleshed out or alien).

 

A great story for all that. Plenty of glimpses of material that could go into a well-developed series and even get developed into good space opera. Next book in series, After the Crown, will tell.

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review 2017-06-23 09:13
Why Not Me? - B.J. Novak,Greg Daniels,Mindy Kaling,Mindy Kaling

I love Mindy Kaling! I really really do. And I must admit I started this book a little cautious because I read her last one with high expectations and felt a little let down at the end. This time I found myself laughing out loud almost all through and nodding like a crazy person when I agreed with her witty observations (thank goodness it was my bedside reading and not my commuting book). I'm sure her humour is not for everyone but it's certainly worth a read just for the text/email relayed love story close to the end. Loved it!

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text 2017-06-22 00:31
Reading progress: 5%.
Behind the Throne - K.B. Wagers

Spaceship with supposedly tough heroine, a beloved AI and aliens, check.  Murky conspiracies and return to what sounds like feudal society planet forced against her will by what descriptions make seem might be a love interest, not so much but could be written well.  

 

Not sure how much of this will be a spaceship type of read, but so far enjoying.  I hope there is more "show" of her toughness rather than devolving into the princess only described as tough to be special compared to the wimpier, more hide bound sillier girls back on her planet — I've clearly been scarred by recent samplings of one too many bad YA books.  

 

Honor Harrington, Cordelia Vorkosigan and Serrano worked for me; maybe Hail will, too.

 

 

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