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review 2017-09-25 17:51
Breath of Stone by Blair MacGregor - My Thoughts
Breath of Stone (Desert Rising Book 2) - Blair MacGregor

This little series - 2 books so far - is one of my favourite fantasy reads EVER.  (Blair's other full-length novel, Sword and Chant, which I think is set in the same universe at a far different time is really good too!)  It's smart, non-formulaic, adult, thoughtful, fun, action-packed and dilemma-filled.  But not the kinds of dilemmas that are huge and bombastically dramatic, but more personal, character-driven and complicated in their effects.  It's darkish, but never grim.  Serious, real shit is happening, but there's always a wee bit of hope.  :)

Blair writes beautifully.  Her prose is simple, yet filled with impact.  You FEEL the desert and the heat and the cold.  And her characters!  OMG, they are so rich and well-rounded, filled with wonderful qualities and all too human flaws.  Even the bad guys of the tale have multiple dimensions.

Speaking of the characters, all my old favourites are back and we are introduced to some new ones along the way.  Also, we see changes in some characters who are coming into their own.  One of them, Layla, who I despaired of in the first book, has grown and has some substance now.  I love authors that can do that, make me enjoy a character I once disliked or had no time for.  :)   

When I think of this book and its predecessor, I tend to put them in the same corner of my mind with Guy Gavriel Kay.  Wonderfully written, diverse characters drawn with skill and depth, a way of writing setting and location that puts you RIGHT THERE and just... well, just everything that's good.  (And the covers are gorgeous!)

This is one of those books that makes me wish I could write reviews that are pithy and fabulous, but sadly, that's not my forté.  I wanted to gobble the book up as quickly as I could, but I also wanted to take a long time and savour ever little bit of the journey - I think I ended up somewhere in between.  I cannot recommend this book, this series, highly enough!  I think they're little known in fantasy reader circles and that's a shame.  Blair is one of my very favourite fantasy authors, along with GGK, GRRM and Katherine Kurtz so go READ THEM!!!  :)

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review 2017-09-25 07:35
Again
STILL (Grip Book 2) - Kennedy Ryan

This is the 2nd book in the GRIP series.  This series is a spin off to the acclaimed Soul series by the same author.  I recommend reading these titles in order to avoid spoilers and enjoy the series for what it is.

 

Marlon AKA Grip & Bristol's story continues in this heartfelt novel of love and all that it colors in your life.  It took him eight years to convince Bristol to give him a chance he has no intention of blowing.  All around him there are factors at work trying to sabotage the relationship he has finally won.

 

Bristol feels like she is on a learning curve.  There is so much about Grip's life she is still adapting to.  She does not want to give him any regrets for choosing her.  Only there is so much coming neither of them is prepared for.......

 

This was truly an emotional read.  With such a beautiful story, even the words are very poetic and I find myself wishing I had them set to music that I could listen to.  Like the other books in this amazing series - it slowly takes a hold of your heart and squeezes.  These are characters that will live on in my heart for a good long while.  I sure hope to see more of these deep and interesting characters.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-09-24 13:41
Mine For the Week (Wild Love) by Erika Kelly
Mine for the Week (Wild Love Book 2) - Erika Kelly

 

Head, heart and humor collide to upend love as we know it.  For Sophie and Ryan instant attraction has changed the course of their lives.  Now they have to decide to listen to reason or let their hearts lead the way.  Ms. Kelly hit a home run with Mine for the Week. There's a sweetness to the story that gives it an almost ethereal quality and the passionate side gives off that addictive hint of naughty.  A MUST HAVE READ!

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review 2017-09-23 03:56
A journey of the heart
Country Boy (Hot Off the Ice Book 2) - A. E. Wasp

This second book in the series focuses on teammates, Robbie and Paul. It is a sports romance, and kudos to the author for including some actual game play in the story. This one also has a little bit of a second chance romance since this pair did have a night together a couple of years before becoming teammates. Make no mistake, it is quite the journey for Paul and Robbie as they figure out their way in the world of relationships and hockey and they do veer off course a time or two. The story is emotional at times and pulls at the heartstrings, but it also has its moments of levity to balance things out. Paul's innocence and excitement is so endearing and he and Robbie are so sweet together in this pair finds their way to happiness. Overall, a nice addition to the series. 

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review 2017-09-21 19:21
The Player and the Pixie
The Player and the Pixie (Rugby Book 2) - L.H. Cosway,Penny Reid
Rugby, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Next in the series.

The Characters:

Lucy Fitzpatrick: Little sister with the patience of a saint
Sean Cassidy: World renowned player (both on and off the field) and arsehole.

The Story:

Overall I enjoyed Sean and Lucy’s story. I’m not quite sure I could do for any man what she does for Sean so good on her. I carry a grudge with Sean from book one and in the end I won’t say I like him but I understand him and I love him with Lucy. He treats her like a queen.

I had a rough time with the beginning of this book but sticking it out was totally worth it. I like where their story is going and I hope to see more of it in the future.

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3.5 Stars
 
 
 
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