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review 2017-07-07 05:52
Starting over...second chances...finding love...
Uncomplicated Choices - Cara Dee

...'Uncomplicated Choices' has it all.

 

This is my third book in this series...it's the author's fifth and I have to admit my only regret with this one is that I didn't take the time to read books 3 and 4, but in spite of that I didn't have any trouble following the story or making the connections as far as relationships were concerned. I admit I did peek at the blurbs for books 3 and 4 as well as sneaking a look at a review or two. Of course I also admit that in spite of the fact that both books are m/f which is not my normal genre these days, I hope to find the time to read both of them one day soon.

 

Casey is a single dad and he's awesome. As well as being a terrific father, he's witty and funny with his own unique brand of charm. Life's given him, his share of problems and he's managed to keep his humor and rise above things. He's got a strong family but it's not the one he was born with, it's the one he's made with his friends. It's forged from having each other's backs when life tries to knock you down.

 

Ellis and Casey have known each other for a long time. Ellis is one of the members of the eclectic family that Casey calls his own and while he's by no means one of Casey's closest friends, they've shared a few meals together. They've seen good time and bad and been there for each other.

 

But when Ellis borrows a mutual friends yacht to get away for some alone time the last thing he expects to find on board is a hung over Casey. Stuck with just each other for company it doesn't take long for these two men to realize that the attraction they've felt for each other is reciprocated and strong. The more time they spend together the stronger their feelings become, but life not always as easy as we'd like it to be and Ellis's alone time was intended to allow him to sort out his feelings for his soon to be ex-wife not complicate things by starting a relationship with someone new. However, sometimes life is what happens when we're busy making other plans and sometimes it's messy and complicated no matter how many plans we make.

 

While I'm not a fan of cheating...sadly it happens and it was the circumstances surrounding Ellis's marriage that mitigated things for me and there were just so many things about the ending of this one that worked for me. I loved that in the end Ellis and Casey were able to find a way to work with Ellis's wife to create a family that would ultimately be what was in the best interest of not just the children but he adults in their life. Sometimes relationships do have to end, they just need to be redefined and allowed to change.

 

I loved how seamlessly Casey and Ellis brought what the other needed to their relationship. While i do wish I'd had the time to read the third and fourth books for me between what was in the blurbs and what I found in a few reviews there was enough background that I was able to read this one and totally enjoy it without feeling lost or confused. Along with catching up on the stories I missed I'm looking forward to more from this series. Camassia Cove is definitely a place I want to visit again soon.

 

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An ARC of 'Uncomplicated Choices' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-06-04 17:02
Book Review For: Solid Stone: Choices by E.G. Patrick
Solid Stone: Choices - E.G. Patrick
Solid Stone: Choices
'Choices' by E. G Patrick is book Three in the "Solid Stone" series. This is the finial book in the Violet and Adam story. I would highly recommend that you read the previous two books so that you can fully enjoy this book and their story.
This book picks up a few months after Violet leaves home to take a six month job assignment. Violet is still feeling hurt and unsure of what happened with Adam. When she has just a month or so to go before going home Adam shows up to meet with her boss. They talk and Adam finds out why Violet really left which we find out was a total misunderstanding but Adam feels they can't continue. But he does agree to be always be her friend. So they try to move into a friendship zone but can they really move past their love and attraction?
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Revolving Door, Book 1
Odyssey, Book 2
Choices, Book 3
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text 2017-04-02 15:09
REVIEW BY AMY - Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling
Making Bad Choices - Rita Stradling
Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died, as if losing my mother wasn't bad enough.

We hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him, and I thought it was mutual. He had a very different story. 

When I moved to my dad's house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from bitter enemies to. . . something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space, determined to pull me into his life, filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong. 

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed. 

I knew crossing that line could have very serious consequences; because Culter Fuller wasn't just any irresistible boy, Culter Fuller was my stepbrother. 

But, I was always very bad at making the right choices.
 
[Recommended for 16 + this is a mature YA or New Adult book]

 

 

@stradling_rita, @XpressoReads, @Mommy_Amers, #Young_Adult, #New_Adult, #Contemporary, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

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review 2017-02-15 21:59
Mice are Nice
Mice Are Nice - Charles Ghigna

Mice are Nice by Charles Ghigna is a great book to use in a kindergarten to first grade classroom. The setting of the story takes place in a pet store, and the author is telling the reader the best pet to choose is a mouse. Ghigna names the pets in the pet store, and tells the reader, why this would not be a good pet to bring home, besides the mice. He comes up with all these reasons why mice are the best, and the other animals should not be a choice to the buyer. At the end, Ghigna makes it clear that mice are the only pet a person will ever need. This will help students because of the rhyming text and knowing what animals can do.

 

Lexile Level: 130L

 

 

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review 2017-02-11 15:57
Making Bad Choices
Making Bad Choices - Rita Stradling

Cassie Michaels has just lost her mother to cancer. Now she has to leave her friends, her aunt Daisy and sunny California behind to finish her last semester of high school in cold Colorado. She's moving in with her father, her step-mother, her half-brother and her step-brother Culter. Cassie hates Culter, she's hated him since they were kids. But he doesn't hate her, never has. In fact, Culter is in love with Cassie. And Cassie soon finds herself falling in love with Culter.

I thought the writing was strong - things never got boring, it had the right amount of smut, the romance wasn't over the top. I liked how true friends stuck together no matter what. The high school drama and cliques felt real and made me happy those days are over for me.

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