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review 2017-07-17 20:55
This one's a little out of order but it still works...
Personal Changes - K.C. Wells

'Personal Changes' is actually book #2 in K. C. Wells series 'Personal' but apparently I'm not very observant these days because I listened to the audio book for this one first. Cornell Coliins is the narrator for this one as well as for books 1 & 3 and he's a new to me narrator. 

 

The MCs for this story are Rick Wentworth and Angelo Tarallo. We were introduced to Rick in 'Making It Personal' or at least those of us who read or listened to this series in order were. Not being in that group I can officially say 'There's no problem reading this series as standalone stories'. While there is some cross-over with the characters in the stories. As I said Rick was in the first book and Blake and Will the MCs from that story appear in subsequent  stories as do other secondary characters I had no difficulty following who was who and what they did, etc. Blake is Rick's boss and Will who is now his partner was his PA but well get to that in my review for 'Making It Personal'. 

 

The other thing that we found out in the first book was that Rick had a longstanding crush on Blake, whom he'd believed to be straight and this is part of what leads to Rick's realization that he needs to make some 'personal changes' in his life. Rick's tired of the club scene and one night stand, bathroom hook-ups. He wants what Blake and Will have a real relationship, commitment, someone who looks at him as if he's the center of the universe. in plain English he wants what most of us want...a partner who's as committed to us as we are to them. So he makes the decision to change his lifestyle no more f*cking on the first date with essentially nameless people. He's going to take the time to get to know someone see if maybe they could have more than just one night. It's this decision that brings both Angelo an Julian into his life.

 

Rick first encounters Julian at a local club and as the evening goes on he begins to wonder if he hasn't met Mr. Perfect. Julian seems to be everything he's looking for and he just seems to do everything right and here is where I need to add that ironically, for me, Julian's voice was the one voice that just didn't work and maybe this is superficial on my part but Julian's voice made me skin crawl it was whiny at times and held an undertone that just make me think 'what are you up to?' from the word go I did not trust that voice and as the story progressed...surprise! I was right, Julian was a sleezeball not to be trusted.

 

Equally as ironic is the fact that while Rick is being charmed by Julian, he's also being watched by someone who decides from the minute he lays eyes on Rick that he wants to get to know him. Everything that he sees tells him that this could be the man for him. But it's not until Angelo and a friend rescues Rick from the less than welcome advances of the less than Mr. Perfect, Julian that we truly meet him and begin to get a sense of who he is. (This is all in the blurb so have no fear there were no spoilers here).

 

Now for as much as I didn't like Julian's voice I did like Angelo's. I actually found Angelo's voice to be soothing and comforting and as the story progressed I really came to like Angelo. I liked Rick as well, but I do have to admit in this story Angelo was my favorite. 

 

Angelo comes from a traditional Sicilian family and unfortunately this is a bit of an obstacle for these two men and also created a bit of a problem for me with some of the ending. Overall the story worked for me. While it was good and enjoyable I wasn't totally enthralled with it. 

 

I liked Cornell Collins narrations with the exception of Julian's voice the other character voices worked for me and I was comfortable with them. They were definitely expressive and conveyed emotion well. 

 

'Personal Changes' was an enjoyable story about how what we think we want isn't always what we get but if we're lucky fate will make sure that we end up with who we really need.

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text 2017-06-21 02:23
DNF: The Brain That Changes Itself
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science - Norman Doidge

While the concept of Neuroplasticity - the ability of brains to continue to change even in adulthood - is fascinating, this book is less so.  I felt like the author was trying to emulate Oliver Sacks to use case studies as a way to tell the history of the change in paradigm from a localized adult brain to the possibility of change, but not quite getting there.

 

 

I skidded out in Chapter 4 Acquiring Tastes and Loves - what Neuroplasticity Teaches us about Sexual Attraction and Love.  And since the book is due back at the library, I'm going to officially DNF and move on to more interesting (fiction) and my next Booklikes-opoly read.

 

 

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review 2017-05-01 20:35
Ok, so I'm really, really late to the party on this one...
Everything Changes - Melanie Backe-Hansen

I bought this back in 2015 when it was first released and then I squirreled...what can I say it's a thing that I do...frequently. But I've been reading long enough that I know a book that I want to read when I see it so I get them and when the timing feels right I drift back and read them. 

 

In this case I was motivated by the opportunity to listen to the second book in this series on audio. While these books can be done as standalones, if I'm going to read a series I like to at least try and start at the beginning and I had a little time so I decided to squeeze this one in and I'm glad I did. 

 

'Everything Changes' is a friends to lovers, GFY story about two men who meet during their military enlistment. Jase is a medic assigned to Carey's marine corp. It's during their enlistment that they develop a strong bond as friends. It's also during this time that Carey losses his lower leg and gets shipped home early.

 

When Jase is finally discharged he goes in search of Carey and helps him through his recovery before returning to his life in California, while Carey ends up in Colorado counselling vets. Still in spite of the distance their friendship continues. 

 

Things Change during Carey's visit and Jase ultimately confesses that he's been in love with Carey for a long time. When Carey's time with Jase comes to an end Carey chooses to return to Colorado under the premise of needing time because 'he's not gay'. 

 

'Everything Changes' was well done and I enjoyed it, but I have to admit for some reason it just didn't put me over the moon the way a story like this usually does and I truly think that it's totally on my this time because I've been pondering this and I have yet to come up with anything that I didn't like or that spoiled the story for me...I got nothin'. However, I can come up with a nice list of what I liked...

 

I like both of the MC's. Yes, I got a little frustrated with Carey, but I could see where he was coming from.  All his life he'd believed he was straight and suddenly he's having not so straight feelings about a guy...yes, it was his best friend, but still it's a guy...so for him it was a bit disconcerting. It wasn't that he was homophobic or anything just really surprised by his feelings and honestly, if I was Carey I'd probably have the same reaction.

 

I liked Jase. He was such an amazingly good friend and so in love with Carey. More than what he wanted for himself what mattered for Jase was Carey's happiness. I loved that for Jase it was about attraction to the person, not the gender. Truthfully the world could use a whole lot more people like Jase.

 

I liked Jase and Carey together. They were awesome friends and scorching hot as lovers. I had zero doubt that once Carey got his mind around things they'd be an amazing couple. I loved that while the epilogue was short we saw that they weren't perfect just two men in love, dealing with life and it's challenges the best they could.

 

In general I liked this story it worked for me...so you see nothing that really stands out in my mind as being wrong or offensive or spoiled the story in any way. Lots that I liked but whatever the reason this didn't go from good to great for me. But I did like it reading was no hardship so I'm looking forward to checking out more by this author and I've got 'Signs of Life' the second book in this series all quayed up and ready to go on audible.

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review 2017-02-12 00:00
Unexpected Changes
Unexpected Changes - A.M. Willard Unexpected Changes - A.M. Willard OMG I get addicted to this series. Loved the feisty Tabitha and the smooth talker Carter. The only thing that disappointed me was that the situation with the ex wife from Carter was suddenly solved from one moment to the next. But loved this HEA.
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text 2017-02-08 15:19
IMPORTANT UPDATE

Hello, everybody! After a crazy beginning to 2017--2 jobs, 1 class, prepping for Valentine's Day, etc.--I'm back to blogging and reading. However, this return comes with several important notes, so please stick with me and check out what's changing this year!

 

First of all: for those of you following me on Booklikes, I'm going to ask you to please follow me on Wordpress: https://bloggerichey.wordpress.com/. It was brought to my attention that exporting is not supported on Booklikes, and so for professional reasons I've chosen to do much of my writing on Wordpress; no worries, book reviews and book info will still be on Booklikes, but I'd love to have you on WP as well.

 

Secondly: for personal reasons, I am no longer on FB or Twitter. While I don't believe that any of you have opted to follow me in that way, please be aware that I have stopped using (or will be stopping using) those social media sites, so connecting with me in that way will no longer be possible. I am still on IG (e_adele), and I encourage followers, so please feel free to follow me there; also, messages via Booklikes or WP will always be answered.

 

Thirdly: due to these changes, I'm reaching out to all you lovely followers to double check that you've not made any changes to your following. If you have a preference for IG/Booklikes/WP followings, let me know! I'm more than happy to follow your IG page, your Booklikes blog, or your Wordpress blog; all you have to do is ask!

 

Thanks for bearing with me. Looking forward to being back and keeping up with you all again.

 

-Emma

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