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review 2017-12-12 21:05
Forbidden Love - Andie M. Long,Anna Bloo... Forbidden Love - Andie M. Long,Anna Bloom,Bethany Lopez,Grace Augustine,Jade C. Jamison,Jeanne St. James,K.L. Shandwick,Kat Mizera,L.A. Remenicky,Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

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  On the whole this series of short stories is good to the point of me looking for books following on or related to the characters in some of them, some really stood out as slightly better than others like Anna Bloom's and Kat Mizera. KL Shandwick's Under The Radar is related to her Ready For Flynn series which I have read, so I really enjoyed this story especially since I was already familiar with the characters and some of their story. It is focussed on their relationship and a discussion on mov On the whole this series of short stories is good to the point of me looking for books following on or related to the characters in some of them, some really stood out as slightly better than others like Anna Bloom's and Kat Mizera. KL Shandwick's Under The Radar is related to her Ready For Flynn series which I have read, so I really enjoyed this story especially since I was already familiar with the characters and some of their story. It is focussed on their relationship and a discussion on moving forward with it, one character wants more the other is worried how it would effect her job and son. Very intense and emotional, well written and enjoyable. If you have read the series then I would definitely suggest getting this for that story alone. There were a couple of stories I felt were very rushed, the wording and sentences almost clipped as though a read through or edits and corrections hadn't been made. This is a shame as the stories themselves were quite good but this did let them down and I must say I have read arcs with much better layout and spelling, luckily this is in the minority in this box set and was only two stories so didn't spoil it to much. Most authors had done a thorough job and I really enjoyed reading them.

 

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text 2017-11-22 20:17
Early Friday Reads/Holiday Weekend Reading
Through Waters Deep - Sarah Sundin
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace - Lynn Povich
The Toymaker - Kay Springsteen
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton

To all my fellow Americans...

 

We have plans to have our holiday meal at a friend's house with other military families. Today I baked 3 pumpkin pies, 1 apple crisp, and defrosted one pecan pie (requested by my friend's husband and courtesy of my friend Marie Callendar). The rest of the weekend will be spent reading and watching movies - I DO NOT DO BLACK FRIDAY. I worked at Wal-Mart prior to going into the military and worked 3 BFs - honestly I would rather go back to Iraq than ever participate in the BF madness.

 

Here's the reading I hope to get done by the end of November:

1. Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin (for the second square)

 

2. Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich (for the first square- black and white cover)

 

3. The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen (for the first square - heroine is named Ivy)

 

4. Bloom by Kelle Hampton (Pop Sugar challenge and hoping to fill in another square on the 16 Tasks)

 

 

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review 2017-11-03 17:37
Bloom Box (Heartsville) by Cate Ashwood Review
Bloom Box (Heartsville) - Cate Ashwood

If there’s one thing William Sullivan knows less about than how to run a business, it’s flowers. When Will is left carrying responsibility for the flower shop he’d leased for his cheating ex-boyfriend, he is sure it will lead him into financial ruin. 


Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, in walks Milo Hart—young, overflowing with energy, and perhaps best of all, a genius when it comes to flowers. Will hires him on the spot and they begin a working partnership that might be Will’s only saving grace. The more time they spend together, the more Will’s feelings for Milo evolve and Will must choose between keeping things strictly business, or taking a chance to let love bloom. 

 

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I love Milo. He is so much himself and in hot pursuit of the man he wants.

 

Watching the flower shop come together is as fun as the romance. I would have liked more of the couple's outside relationships and less plot holes  but this is a lovely little sexy romance.

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text 2017-11-01 08:00
November 2017 Reads
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War - Lauren Willig,Joshilyn Jackson;Hazel Gaynor;Mary McNear;Nadia Hashimi;Emmi Itäranta;CJ Hauser;Katherine Harbour;Rebecca Rotert;Holly Brown;M. P. Cooley;Carrie La Seur;Sarah Creech,Jennifer Robson,Marci Jefferson,Jessica Brockmole,Beatriz Williams,Evangeli
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
Death of a Christmas Caterer - Lee Hollis

Winter has come to East Anglia. Good weather for bundling under blankets with a cup of tea and a book. COYER Winter Edition sign ups start mid-November, and the challenge starts in mid-December. And I have been working my way through the SBTB GR Oct-Dec challenge. I'm going to participate in the festive holiday game here on BL with MbD and TA hosting. All this plus meeting my BL/GR reading challenge (just one more book)!

 

Here is what I hope to read in November....

 

1. Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Various Authors

    Will use for Pop Sugar Challenge, just don't know where yet. Can also use the book to fill the prompt "veterans' day" in the SBTB GR challenge.

 

2. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton

    Pop Sugar prompt: By/About a Person with a disability (memoir about motherhood and raising a child with Down's Syndrome)

 

3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

    I have already seen (and loved) the movie, but I wanted to read the book for the Pop Sugar prompt 2017 movie adaptions.

 

4. A Gentleman's Game (Romancing the Turf #1) by Theresa Romain

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "game day"

 

5. The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston

     To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "give thanks" 

 

6. Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "food coma"

     

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review 2017-10-27 19:17
Hearts & Other Body Parts
Hearts & Other Body Parts - Ira Bloom
This was a cute story. I really enjoyed the talking demon cat Esme. Esme was a very sarcastic feline and he was a deep thinker. What he had to say a lot of the time had a great deal of truth in it, sometime more truth than what others wanted to hear. The relationship of the three sisters, the Wiccans, was creative and entertaining. I was hoping that they could work as a team, that their inner circle could be strengthened as the novel continued but when the girls met the boys, my hopes began to fade. Each of the girls saw someone different when they met Norm and Zack and this reaction told me more each of their characters.
 
I don’t believe this novel is for everyone as I can see how some individuals might see this novel as childish and silly. A talking cat, casting spells, a vampire and a large strange looking boy are not normal items you find in a novel. I found the novel funny and enjoyable.
 
This could be used for Halloween Bingo Witches square.

 

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