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review 2017-10-19 01:19
Definitely not what I thought it was going to be.
Life is Good: The Book - Bert Jacobs,Joh... Life is Good: The Book - Bert Jacobs,John Jacobs

I'm somewhat familiar with the "Life Is Good" brand, having seeing their products somewhere and once visiting their Boston store. Never purchased anything from them but enjoy seeing their stuff and so it seemed like a good way to support a brand that was so positive and upbeat.

 

Sadly it was not what I thought it was going to be. I had hoped for a story and history behind the brand. And while yes, there is certainly that I also felt it was trying to be too much at once: a biography of the founders, details behind the philosophy of LIG, some self-help tips, etc. All packed in a very slick looking hardcover book with lots of pictures.

 

And that's about it. It actually really reminded me of the same book by the person behind the KIND bars/products. A brand history, a biography of the founder, business tips, etc. Too many things going on at once all published in a very nice looking book that costs quite a bit of money (vs. other books in similar veins). And for the right person such as a die-hard fan or maybe someone who might really want or need advice from this angle it could really work.

 

But a lot of the negative criticisms for this review is on target. It's not exactly a well-researched book and more of a feel-good rah-rah self-help guide. I didn't really need to know the songs the founders like and quite frankly I didn't care about their family history. It is a beautiful book to have on your coffee table but otherwise there's not much here unless you adore the brand.

 

So, obviously it wasn't for me. Glad I bought it as a bargain book to read on my own time. Skim it at the library, bookstore or at an actual LIG store if you get the chance. Unless you're part of a very specific audience of fans or want to model your brand/business after LIG I'm not sure who the target readers are for this one.

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review 2017-09-26 16:43
For Life or Until: Love and Warfare series book 1 - Anne Garboczi Evans,Heather McCurdy,Gregg Bridgeman

For Love or Until by Anne Garboczi Evans
This story starts out with Ness, a Celt and she's warming the water. Cedric loves her since forever. He wants to set up his farmland before he asks for her hand.
She plans her farmland and wants to raise sheep and weave the wool.
After the dance she's informed he had asked someone else to marry another girl.
The Roman tribune, Aquillus wants to marry her to raise their children as Romans and she accepts in retaliation of not being wed by Cedric.
She thought she'd be closer to her family but is not within days of their location any longer. She tries to befriend women and they just hate her, like she's from the wrong side of the tracks.
She has to go through so much pain and heartbreak and you wonder if the couple will ever be happy at all...
Parts that struck me the most were those of what she has to do to survive for her children and herself as she lends to the fields. She follows her passions and something she always wanted to do.
Like that after the Latin phrases are spoken they are translated in English so you can not left in the dark. Enjoyed listening to their traditions as they are explained.
Love the travel and that she had brought seeds for the land she was moving to. Love that knitting is mentioned and things other make and sell to make money for the family.
Love learning new words as I look them up to find out what they mean.
Excerpt from the second book in this series is included.
Received this review copy from the publisher Olivia Kimbrell Press via Bookfun.org and this is my honest review.

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text 2017-09-17 11:36
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon Book 4) - Eli Easton

"The thing about dogs was, they were incapable of artifice or guile. They just wanted to be loved. They were far superior to humans in that regard, and in pretty much every other way besides."

Yep. Dogs are just 100% better than people.

 

 

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review 2017-09-04 20:31
If you’ve ever wanted to read a book that makes you feel good...
How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon Book 4) - Eli Easton

...leaves you smiling and wanting more and makes you laugh every time you talk to your own fur baby and he tilts his head at you like every word out of your mouth is vitally important and he knows exactly what you’re saying and you’ve been left wondering “How much do you truly understand?”…you need to stop right now and check out Eli Easton’s ‘Howl at the Moon’ series because it will do all that and more.

 

I love this series…from ‘How to Howl at the Moon’ to ‘How to Save a Life’ we are introduced to some of the most adorable and loving characters a reader could hope to meet. ‘How to Save a Life’ simply continues this tradition as we watch Rav and Sammy meet and fall in love.

 

Rav was first introduced to us in book #3 ‘How to Wish Upon a Star’. He runs a rescue shelter in Arizona that cares for older and hard to place dogs frequently saving them from surrounding shelters known to have a high kill and this is how Rav and Sammy first come to encounter each other. It’s when Rav looks into Sammy’s eyes after rescuing him from a shelter where his time was running out because dogs are euthanized after 90 days that Rav’s reminded of the dogs he’d met from Mad Creek.

 

Sammy’s life as a dog hasn’t been good. After losing his first person and then being cared for by her sister who loves him but has an abusive partner, Sammy ends up being taken to a local shelter knowing that her partner will only continue to hurt Sammy and she’d sworn to her sister that she’d care for him.

 

Ironically, it’s Sammy’s escape from Rav’s shelter that brings both Sammy and Rav to Mad Creek. While Rav’s drawn to Sammy, it’s actually Mad Creek that calls to him and makes him want to settle there. Rav’s never been a big fan of people but his love of dogs is strong and what motivated him to start a rescue shelter. It’s not until Rav arrives in Mad Creek that he actually meets Sammy in his human form.

 

While Rav is a confident dog loving, bad boy, biker dude who spends his days rescuing dogs. Sammy is a sweet, earnest, naïve and eager to please newly quickened Chocolate Lab.

 

When Rav sees Sammy for the first time he’s definitely attracted to him but he also realizes that if he’s going to get close to Sammy it’s going to take time and patience and since staying in Mad Creek is Rav’s end game giving Sammy some space is something he can do.

 

This one’s a slow burn and probably one of the sweetest building romances I’ve read in a long time…possibly ever. Sammy’s incredible sweetness and innocence combined with his wonky sense of humor and enthusiasm for his new human form and just life in general was for me irresistible, especially when combined with Rav’s patience and the pleasure that he got from just being with Sammy to make this story a total treat to read from start to finish.

 

Along with Rav and Sammy’s story we get to enjoy catching up with the other couples from Mad Creek that we were introduced to in previous stories as the town of Mad Creek pulls together to not only save their town but ensure its future.

 

I’m not sure if Ms Easton has more planned for this series but if she does then just sign me up because I’m there and if this is the end of the journey than I can’t really complain because the trips been a whole lot of fun and puppy love and everyone knows you can never go wrong if there are fur babies involved.

 

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An ARC of ‘How to Save a Life’ as graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-09-03 17:42
Review: How To Save A Life (Howl at the Moon Series #4) by Eli Easton
How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon Book 4) - Eli Easton

 

 

 

 

I just love this series. Get comfortable on the couch and just enjoy..... Sammy's history was horrible and it hurt his trust in humans. Rav had different experiences with humans and was let down also. Basically they were perfect for each other.

 

 

 

 


favorite quote;

"Famous old saying?" Sammy asked with a smile in his voice.

"Famous old saying."

"How about a new saying? 'When a man is a hero, he deserves to be sexed in the ass.'" Sammy cracked up, like this was the funniest thing.

Rav rolled his eyes. "Your sense of humor, Sammy…."

"It's good?" Sammy looked at Rav hopefully.

"It's fucking perfect," Rav said.

 

Although this book ended in a nicely-wrapped-up HEA, I can't imagine never reading about Mad Creek any more!!! What about Simon and the mysterious Rex? Surely Ms Easton can give us their stories???

 

 

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