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review 2017-06-29 23:08
Cover has nothing to do with the story
Bad Beginnings (Anchors) (Volume 1) - Nicole Field

The cover had nothing to do with the story that I could see, although it did make me hungry.


This is the second story in the Anchors' series. I haven't read the first story as it is M/F and not a genre I read.


This was a 2 to 3 hour read but I have to admit that it felt longer, I think this is because the story got bogged down in unnecessary parts of the story.


I enjoyed parts of the story more than others and I think the author missed an important focus of for story, and one that she had set up at the beginning of the story.



Dante - come on, he owns a comic book shop, he needs a 'hobby' so decides to open a drop in place for trans/queer teens, he's respectful and considerate to his partners. What's not to like?

Did I mention the drop in centre for trans/queer teens?

The relationship between Dante and Kit. Very sweet. Respectful.

The relationship between Dante and Con (his brother, who is trans) and the support given between the two. 

The 'family' dynamic was perfect. 



Story got bogged down in too much information when it came to the law suit. I skimmed a lot of the law suit information. It had no bearing on the relationship and added nothing to the story.

The teen centre idea was introduced early on but wasn't given full rein until the end. I would have liked this to be a partial focus of the story rather than the law suit.

Not enough on-page relationship development. This links into my next point...

Time jumps. There were several annoying time jumps where you would expect important relationship developments to take place. In fact after one of the most important events there was then a 4 week time jump, which was disappointing.


Overall I enjoyed this story but it could have benefited from a deeper/stricter edit.



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review 2017-06-04 12:57
Review: New Beginnings: Abel's Journey by Nicky James
New Beginnings: Abel's Journey by Nicky James - Nicky James


This was so beautiful.!! Abel's journey to happiness was so painful. His grief was unbearable and it was slowly killing him.

How happy I was for him that he found a friend in Kieran. Kieran who understood him and stood by him in his grief. And to see them develop feelings for each other, it would've pleased Landon so much...

"I’ll never be far from you. Just close your eyes and put a hand on your heart. That is where I will live eternally. You gave me more than I ever could have hoped for. You stood by my side through all of it. I love you, Abel. Please take care of yourself."

*wipes tears away


Although this book can be read as a standalone, I wouldn't recommend it. To really experience what Abel went through, you have to read his story with Landon first



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review 2017-06-01 19:28
New Attitude (A New Beginnings Book 2) - Kathryn R. Biel

For a star rating and full review please visit InD'tale magazine online, June 2017 issue. http://indtale.com/reviews/contempora...

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review 2017-05-05 14:27
A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons by Geoffrey Hindley
A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: The Beginnings of the English Nation - Geoffrey Hindley

A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons covers the Anglo-Saxon history from A.D. 400 (around the time of their invasion of England) through to the 1100s (the ‘Aftermath' of the Norman invasion).  Geoffrey Hindley not only includes the Anglo-Saxon influence on the British Isles but also how they influenced mainland Europe.  Despite being a "brief" history, this book covers a wealth of information, including culture, religion, and literature as well as military aspects.  Geoffrey Hindley has a scholarly writing style that none the less manages to convey the history of the Anglo-Saxons in an interesting and informative manner.  Maps, photographs and genealogical tables are included in this book.

I much preferred this book by Geoffrey Hindley in comparison to The Anglo-Saxon Age by Martin Wall, which has a more informal writing style, but leaves out mainland Europe completely and ignores the Anglo-Saxon cultural history in favour of a simplified military history.  



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review 2017-04-16 00:38
The Garden of Small Beginnings - Abbi Waxman

I was able to read an early copy of this book because I won it from a Penguin House Contest.

One of the things that make this book a little different is the gardening tips that are at the beginnings of the chapters. I wasn't sure at first if I liked that about the book but I found it a very interesting addition that makes this book unique.


Its a love tale that has a little bit of everything. It addresses divorced people, a widow, and a same sex couple. Even a married couple of a large age difference. It is well written and I found it an enjoyable book. I liked the way all the different people learned to work together and some fell in love.


The main tale was about a widow that learns to move on after the loss of her
husband. Its good reading.


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