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text 2018-12-05 21:24
24 Festive Tasks, Door 9 - Thanksgiving UPDATED to include Task 2
Amelia: An Autumn Bride - Hildie McQueen
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 - Adam Hochschild
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner,Courtney Milan
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin
Once Upon a Spine - Kate Carlisle
Bitch Planet Volume 1 - Kelly Sue DeConnick,Robert Wilson IV,Valentine De Landro
Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick
Nightingales Under the Mistletoe: (Nightingales 7) - Donna Douglas

Thanksgiving

 

Book: Today, I read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (Brides for All Seasons #7) by Hildie McQueen (autumn colors).

 

Task #1

The three books I am most thankful for reading this year are:

 

1. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild

          This is what I would recommend to anyone, but especially non-history readers, if they wanted to read one book about World War I. 

 

2. Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole

              I'm not a fangirl of Hamilton or his musical (although I do listen and enjoy the soundtrack), but getting new material from these authors was enough for me to buy it. Courtney Milan's story was my favorite, but Rose Lerner's and Alyssa Cole's stories were wonderful as well. 

 

3. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald

             This book was a door stopper, but read so much like a novel that it didn't feel over long at all. This is the true story of the rise and fall of Enron.

 

Honorable mention: The Lotus Palace and The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mysteries #1 and 2) by Jeannie Lin.

 

Task #2

My perfect meal, created by a chef and his/her/their team, is inspired by my Italian heritage. It would be time and resource intensive, ergo I would never make it for myself.

1. Starters - Caprese salad and friend calamari

2. Main - Zuppa di Pesce e Frutti de Mare (just a ton of seafood in a clear broth)

3. Sides - Baked Fennel with Parmesan and Mushroom risotto

4. Dessert - Tiramisu

 

Task #3

The book I read this year with the most "stuffing" was Once Upon a Spine (A Bibliophile Mystery #11) by Kate Carlisle. Details about the most mundane things with boring vanilla characters and constant wedding talk - and the murder mystery was an afterthought until the very end. 

 

Task #4

Honestly, I can't remember all the freebies I download in a single month, let alone in a year. So here is what I bought this month:

 

1. Bitch Planet Volume 1 and 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al (from Foyles)

2. A Nightingale Christmas Carol and Nightingales Under the Mistletoe by Donna Douglas (from a charity shop)

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review 2018-12-04 21:47
Unique, riveting, intense, dark and at times disturbing...
Criminal Intentions: It's Witchcraft - Cole McCade

These are just some of the words that I would use to explain this series.

 

Somewhere along the line I decided that not only did I want to read this series but I want to see how long I can do this and write reviews for it that...hopefully will at the very least make people to check these stories out and maybe even read them. But I'm going to be honest ans say read the trigger warnings for these book because they are they and for some they're going to be very important. While there may be some moments of humor this is not a humorous or even slightly light, fluffy story

 

These stories are dark and some of the crimes are violent, but they are also incredibly well told. This author has a way of drawing the reader into the story and making you want to stay there from start to finish.

 

I've been extremely lucky with each episode I've had a buddy to e-mail and share the details with and talk about all the things that I won't be writing about here because I'm trying for spoiler free and to be honest if you haven't started reading these stories yet but plan on it. I can honestly say based on my experience while it's not necessary having a reading buddy to share this experience with really is an awesome way to go.

 

Now about this episode of Criminal Intentions...'It's Witchcraft' definitely one of the more gruesome and graphically violent stories in this series so far. Amidst the chaos of a new case yet again involving the death of gay men. Mal and Seong-Jae both have personal issues to deal with...Mal's ex-wife is not only in town but staying with him until she can find a place of her own and he's still recovering from injuries incurred during an earlier case but that's coming to an end if he can just get his supervisor...Seong-Jae to clear  him as fit for work. Yes that's right Seong-Jae is Mal's supervisor because their relationship isn't complicated enough. While Seong-Jae's just returned from testifying in court against  his former partner...as if being the new cop on the force hasn't been hard enough. Mal's not the only one whose past seems be coming back to haunt him and he's ultimately forced to turn to contacts from his past as well to try and find answers. 

 

On the relationship front these two men are beyond combustible...the attraction between them is for me...off the charts! But it's not something that's being rushed into...this one's a slow burn...we're talking s-l-o-w!!! But so worth the wait, I have zero doubt that when things really happen between them...well, let's just say I fear for my e-reader. There were a couple of scenes in this one that were a couple of scenes that had me fanning myself and really all I'm going to say is 'who knew kickboxing could be so HOT!!! and there was a conversation on a rooftop late at night a very private, intimate, conversation, with hugs and just so much emotion and it was HAWT!!! Seriously so freakin' hawt!!! But in a really intensely emotional way...sorry, really don't know how else to explain this.

 

One of the best parts of this series and this story in particular is that it takes place in a very real world. A world where there are all kinds of people in all shapes and sizes who have a variety of preferences and proclivities...there are people who are gay, straight, lesbian, ACE, aromantic, non-binary and the list goes on and on. So while this is one of the best parts of the series maybe in it's own way it's also one of the scariest because it's also very reflective of the world that we all live in. There are no cut and dried guidelines and each person in this story is as individual and unique as you, your friends, family, neighbors and the strangers who fill in the spaces in between all those we know. 

 

Criminal Intentions is a series made to resemble an television show and it all reflects the strangest thing of all...real life.

 

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A copy of 'Criminal Intentions: It's Witchcraft' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2018-11-14 10:14
NEW ROMANCE - Our Sweet Destiny by Addison Cole Author
Our Sweet Destiny - Addison Cole

NEW ROMANCE
Our Sweet Destiny by Addison Cole Author (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens)
Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole's rich and romantic storytelling.

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"From feuding relatives to determined hearts, Cole spins a tale of broken dreams, new hope and fresh starts. Rex and Jade wrap themselves around the heart so intensely, it's hard to break free." ~ Isha Coleman @ I Love Romance

"One of my favorite things is how strong Addison Coles women are. They stand their ground, push their men to do the right thing, and make choices for themselves. Jade is no exception and she helps Rex open his heart, making the right decisions where the two of them are concerned. Rex is a pureblood, rancher with strong family ties and it hurts him to be sneaking around behind his dad but love wins out every time in an Addison Cole book." ~ A Soccer Mom's Book Blog

Find more on the #book, series and author here...
https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2018/09/our-sweet-destiny-by-addison-cole-sweet.html

In OUR SWEET DESTINY…

After ditching a troubled relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is…until her horse is injured and the son of the man her father has been feuding with for more than forty years comes to her rescue. She’s spent forever trying to deny her attraction to headstrong, too-handsome-for-his-own-good cowboy Rex Braden. The last thing she needs is that particular man complicating her life.

Fiercely loyal Rex Braden has never put anyone or anything before his family. Despite the irate family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, unleashing fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love—and causing the rebel in each of them to rear its powerful head. 

Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained as Rex and Jade find out if true love really can conquer all.

Our Sweet Destiny is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you'd expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you're looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Destined for Love, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa's sweet-romance pen name.

 

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review 2018-11-10 21:04
Our Sweet Destiny (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens #2) by Addison Cole
Our Sweet Destiny - Addison Cole

 

 

Life consists of multiple twists and turns. It knocks us down, only to lift us back up. The tragedies we face and lessons we learn, shape us into the people we're meant to be. Our Sweet Destiny is an emotional tale of battle scars, heartache, second chances and the power that love yields. Jade is learning to be human again. A troubled relationship has eaten away at her self worth and she needs a change. Returning home begins a chain of events that will change the course of her life and heal her broken heart. From feuding relatives to determined hearts, Cole spins a tale of broken dreams, new hope and fresh starts. Rex and Jade wrap themselves around the heart so intensely, it's hard to break free.

 

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review 2018-11-10 06:50
I Knight Thee Just Fine
A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole
A Duke by Default - Alyssa Cole

I started reading Alyssa Cole sometime last year. I think I saw her name on a list of women of color writing contemporary romance, and given how tragically white much romance is, I thought I should give her a shot. I read her Off the Grid series, which, in addition to being both science fictional and post-apocalyptic (these things are not necessarily the same things, a distinction I'm happy to fight about), also include a gay romance and one with and Asian dude as the hottie. Oh, and Cole is clearly a nerd and a geek, and she is not afraid of some pop cultural jokes. Really good stuff. 

 

I didn't read more, at the time, because I'm, like, not as interested in modern day princess stories. I once went regularly to this open mic at an Irish bar run by a Welshman, and there was this woman who showed up regularly in full on tartan explosion. (Yes, I recognize that's all very Celticly confused, but this is America; deal). She tended to sit in the booth behind mine, and we were nodding acquaintances. She drove me absolutely fucking bananas with her bullshit.

 

See, she claimed to be some sort of Socttish royalty, like maybe not a duchess, exactly, but more like a countess? Honestly, I find it hard to give a fuck about titles so none of that stuff is going to track for me. Anyway, she had this younger dude who liked to do sweeping bows and a bunch of hand-kissing, probably because he spent too much time at the Ren Fest. Once, he tried to drag me into it, and I was like, sorry, I live in a representational democracy and have zero interest in kowtowing to someone because of who their grandparents are.

 

There was a record scratch noise and some people got pissed at me, but fuck royalty. Some of my people were hapless drunks, others were fleeing various wars, some just hated their hometowns. I feel neither pride nor shame about my ancestors; they were just people: good, bad, and indifferent.

 

Point being, I have something of a chip when it comes to the concept of hereditary monarchy. Sure, fine, if they're figureheads like in Denmark (though I'm still not bowing and scraping), but actual ruling dynasties like the al Saud family are monsters, as one recently brutally murdered journalist could attest if he hadn't been dismembered and murdered, not exactly in that order. 

 

Which is to say, I'm a fucking crank about a little subgenre of romance novels with lighthearted wish fulfillment about being a princess. I recognize I have issues. 

 

So, it came as something of a surprise when I actually earnestly enjoyed Duke by Default. Cole dives right into the class issues of the peerage, and doesn't cut those assholes any slack. Her Duke character is actually the child of a Scottish Duke and a refugee, raised by a step-father and with half siblings who are straight up black. He's not some ponce, and more's the better. Oh, and his love interest is coming to terms with an ADHD diagnosis, which was sensitively written. All told, well done. 

 

Princess in Theory, less so. (Note: I read these books out of order.) The main character, who has aged out of the foster care system and is struggling to make it in the STEM field as a black woman of no means, was a fucking great character. Prince what's his face from an imaginary African country, him I did not like much at all. Sure, some of this is intentional: he's to have a redemption arc from being a rich dickhead to monarch with a heart of gold. But I just couldn't get on board, though of course some of this is my aforementioned frustration. 

 

Anyway! So, one which didn't work so great, and one which knocked it out the park. I would totally read number three. 

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