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text 2018-06-29 20:50
June 2018 Reading Wrap Up
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
Drifting to You: Cape Fear Shipworks - Kianna Alexander
A Radiant Soul: A Sweet Way to His Heart Novella - Kianna Alexander
The Valcourt Heiress - Catherine Coulter

2018 is now half over....I feel like I have lived 4 2018s honestly. 

  

Read

1. Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer - America's Deadliest Serial Murderer by Anne Rule - 3 stars

 

2. Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family #3) by Melissa de la Cruz - 3 stars

 

3. When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek #3) by Brenda Novak - 3 stars

 

4. Drifting to You: Cape Fear Shipworks Novella by Kianna Alexander - 4 stars

 

5. The Valcourt Heiress (Medieval Song #7) by Catherine Coulter - 3.5 stars

 

6. A Radiant Soul: A Sweet Way to His Heart Novella by Kianna Alexander - 4 stars

 

7. Wishing Lake (Finding Home #3) by Regina Hart - 4.5 stars

 

8. After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder; A Daughter's Search by Sarah Perry - 3 stars

 

9. The Spirit of '76: From Politics to Technology, the Year America Went Rock n' Roll by David Browne - 2.5 stars

 

10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - 2 stars

 

11. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald - 5 stars

 

  

 

 

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review 2018-06-14 21:35
The Valcourt Heiress (Medieval Song #7) by Catherine Coulter
The Valcourt Heiress - Catherine Coulter

What a fun ride this book turned out to be! I don't know how I came in possession of it but I have had the book on my physical book shelf since we lived in California and never felt in the mood for a medieval. So it gathered dust until I was making a list of books for the Ripped Bodice Bingo and saw that this book would be good filler for a square (the "Pre-Renaissance" box). On a whim I started the book and was immediately engrossed in the story involving a second son inheriting a mid-size keep that was left in almost ruins, a runaway heiress, a wannabe sorceress who is the heroine's mother, dubious "natural" deaths of relatives, the stupidest villains in all of England, several kidnappings, and just King Edward enjoying the real life drama of his citizens while thinking of the value of the coins can help him squash the Welsh and Scottish uprisings. 

 

A lot is packed into this story line, but the developing romance between Garron of Kersey and Merry (the heiress in the title) was actually real and I rooted for them to get their HEA, whatever that looked like. He didn't really notice her until she mentioned her preference for making lists to help with big projects (like restoring a mid-size keep to its' former glory), then he was like "hey! you seem like a decent person to have help me" - no pants feeling at first, theirs was a meeting of the minds and intentions. Merry to her credit had major administration skills, as she was running things over at Valcourt until the death of her father, plus she didn't mind doing menial labor, like making soap or milking Eric(a) the goat, while also advising Garron on the political situation outside the walls of Wareham. 

 

A highly entertaining read.

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text 2018-06-08 12:03
Friday Reads - June 8, 2018
Drifting to You: Cape Fear Shipworks - Kianna Alexander
A Radiant Soul: A Sweet Way to His Heart Novella - Kianna Alexander
The Valcourt Heiress - Catherine Coulter

Tomorrow is the kick-off of COYER Big Summer Birthday Bash. To start, I am reading two books off my COYER reading list, Drifting to You and A Radiant Soul by Kianna Alexander. These were historical romance novellas from two different indie published anthologies that are now sold separately, at least in the Kindle store. 

 

I already have two books done for Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo this week: Winds of Salem for "time travel" square and When Summer Comes for "heroine is older than the hero" square. Right now I am working on a third, the one for the "Pre-Renaissance" square (The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter, set in medieval England).

 

I gave up on that WWI book because I couldn't get through the first chapter. I am taking the summer off from the reading list and will get back to it in September.

 

Started the grad school application process this week. Hopefully by September I will be back in school along with my kids.

 

 

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review 2018-04-24 19:49
The Sixth Day (A Brit in the FBI) - Catherine Coulter,J.T. Ellison

Drones? Very old manuscript? Bitcoins? Vlad Dracul? Trained falcons? Bram Stoker? Political figures mysteriously dying daily on a daily basis?

What the heck? How do all these tie in together you ask? Well, just leave it to Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison. They absolutely had and have the knack to do so while keeping you on your toes with your pulse racing and your heart beating right out of your chest.

This is definitely a duo that when I see their names together, I am immediately raising my hand to sign me for their reads. As usual, this one did not fail to disappoint. Psychotic villains who went way above and beyond the "what if" scary factor.

This book had me racing through it. The action is non stop and believable (scary!!). I loved how hemophilia and Dracula were able to come together in this unputdownable read. I especially loved the little bit about Bram Stoker - genius!

Grossest part? "He gave her a chicken neck from his pocket." OMG, I could literally smell that rancid thing and even now, I am still getting a little nauseous.

While only my second book in the series, I look forward to more and hopefully find time to go back and read the others.

Excellent read that I read in one sitting.

Kudos to the authors and thanks to Gallery, Pocket Threshold Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-04-03 19:41
Heroine dropping some truth bombs
The Hellion Bride - Catherine Coulter
“I love you, Sophie Sherbrooke . I never thought such a thing existed, but evidently it does. I love you and I will love you until I cock up my toes and pass to the hereafter and I will still love you even as I float about in eternity. And I will continue to force you to pleasure until you accept my love and take me into your heart as well as into your body.” 

I really liked the first half of this, the leads snapped, sparked, and challenged each other. The heroine had numerous great quotes about the crap women have to deal with and calling out the injustices. The second half went downhill for me. There were some forced and feeling pointless plot points but the biggest disappointment was the lack of romance I felt between the two.

The heroine has well deserved trust issues with men and needed time to learn to trust Ryder, heal, and become confident and comfortable with not only her own sexuality but being intimate with Ryder. The above quote is moving and all but the last sentence is the problem I had with the whole second half. Ryder decides and forces Sophie to sexually accept him on his timetable and what he thinks is best for her. No, dude. The sex scenes were awful, a book club would need more than one meeting to discuss the consent and emotional issues. 

I ended up not believing in their romance, the murder-mystery plot fizzled, and two pointless zombie lusting characters make a pointless appearance. 
Enjoyed the first half and was disappointed in the second. Rounded up because of the heroine and her truth bombs she liked to drop.

For more quotes, comments, and discussion - Buddy Read The Hellion Bride
 
 

 

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