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review 2019-05-14 06:07
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A Really Bad Idea - Jeannine Colette

Meadow has decided she is sick of everyone pressuring her to find someone new and settle down.  Her mom gives her a brochure to freeze her eggs and plan to one day have a baby.  Then her best friend surprises her with a plan.

 

Christian has been in love with his best friend for some time.  He only plays the field to cure himself of the lonely nights.  When a chance appears to have a future with his best friend - how can he not take it?

 

Such an amazing story!  I loved the banter, and the heat.  The pace was good too.  These characters made me feel at home.  I sure hope we will see them again.  I really could not put this one down.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP! 

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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text 2019-04-10 11:38
Cover Reveal - A Really Bad Idea
Check out this gorgeous cover for A Really Bad Idea by Jeannine Colette! The release date is May 14, 2019. Pre-Order yours for $.99 for a limited time only! 
 
 
Title: A Really Bad Idea
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14, 2019
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Book Description:
 
Everyone has a best friend. Mine just happens to be Dr. Christian Gallagher— the gorgeous, green-eyed heart surgeon who wants to have a baby with me.

Yes, you read that correctly.

When my mother approached me on my thirty-third birthday with a brochure for egg freezing, it was a glaring reminder that my biological clock is ticking toward its expiration date. I’ve always dreamed of being a mom and had a plan — one that was destroyed when I caught my professional hockey player husband in bed with another woman.

Despite my broken heart I still believe in love. I want the happily ever after, but I also want a child desperately and won't settle in order to make it happen.

That’s why when I decided to take my mother’s advice, Christian came up with his own plan: Let’s have a baby together.

It’s a bad idea. A really, really bad idea. And yet...I can’t stop thinking about how great it could be.

There’s just one condition. Before we have sex (oh, yes, we’re doing this the old fashioned way!) Christian is adamant we go on three dates.

Sounds easy, but it's not.I thought sex would be the hard part, but the dates are only making me fall for the man I’ve known almost my entire life.

Whoever said sex doesn't change things never went to bed with their best friend.

 

About the Author:
Jeannine Colette is the author of the Abandon Collection - a series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. Each book features a new couple, exciting new city and a rose of a different color.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She left the television industry to focus on her children and pursue a full-time writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and Strivright The Auditory-Oral School of New York.  http://jeanninecolette.com
 
 
 
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review 2019-04-03 09:29
Kein Zirkusspektakel
The Troupe - Robert Jackson Bennett

Hände hoch: wer hat schon einmal „Dinner for One“ gesehen? Ich stelle mir ein Meer erhobener Hände vor. Aber wusstet ihr, dass der Silvestersketch aus der US-amerikanischen Bühnenunterhaltungsform Vaudeville hervorging? Das Vaudeville war eine Vorstufe des Varietés im 19. Jahrhundert. Die Vorführungen bestanden aus mehreren in sich abgeschlossenen Nummern, die von Schauspiel, Gesang, Tierdressur, Bauchrednern bis zu Akrobatik und Tanz reichten. Die Theater, die eher an Schaubuden erinnerten, gehörten weitgehend zu großen Ketten, weshalb die Künstler_innen häufig durch das ganze Land tourten. Viele spätere Berühmtheiten wie zum Beispiel die Drei Stooges begannen ihre Karriere im Vaudeville. In seinem Roman „The Troupe“ entführt der Autor Robert Jackson Bennett seine Leser_innen in diese bunte, exotische Welt.

 

Der 16-jährige George Carole ist ein musikalisches Wunderkind. Sein Pianospiel ist beinahe magisch. Niemand versteht, warum er sich ausgerechnet im Vaudeville eine Anstellung suchte. Sein Talent könnte ihm die Türen der großen Konzerthäuser öffnen und seine Taschen füllen. Aber George interessiert sich nicht für Reichtum und Ruhm. Er hat nur einen Wunsch: er möchte seinen Vater kennenlernen. Dieser ist niemand geringeres als der berühmt-berüchtigte Heironomo Silenus. Die Shows seiner Truppe sind in Vaudeville-Kreisen legendär; sie gelten als einzigartig, mystisch, lebensverändernd. Als es George tatsächlich gelingt, Silenus auf sich aufmerksam zu machen und Teil seines Ensembles zu werden, steht ihm jedoch eine entsetzliche Offenbarung bevor. Die skurrile Künstlergruppe führt ein Leben auf der Flucht, im ewigen Krieg gegen die Dunkelheit, die droht, die Welt zu verschlingen. Sie sind die einzigen, die das göttliche Geheimnis kennen und sich dem abgrundtief Bösen entgegenstellen. George wird in einen uralten Kampf hineingezogen, der ihm mehr abverlangt, als er vielleicht zu geben bereit ist…

 

Robert Jackson Bennett veröffentlichte „The Troupe“ 2012. Damit erschien der Urban Fantasy – Roman zwei Jahre vor „City of Stairs“, dem ersten Band der „Divine Cities“-Trilogie, die ich begeistert feierte. Es ist immer ein bisschen ungünstig, sich rückwärts durch das Werk eines Autors oder einer Autorin zu lesen. Zwei Jahre erscheinen wenig, können in der Entwicklung eines schriftstellerischen Stils aber durchaus einen Unterschied machen. „The Troupe“ wirkte auf mich, als hätte Bennett seine individuelle Stimme damals noch nicht so ganz gefunden. Sein formidabler Schreibstil war noch nicht ausgereift, blitzt jedoch schon manchmal auf. Besonders das Ende des Einzelbands, das ein weiteres Mal beweist, was für ein Händchen der Autor für berührende, poetische Abschlüsse hat, zeichnet seinen zukünftigen Werdegang bereits vor. Zuvor las sich das Buch für mich hingegen etwas zäh und träge. Ich konnte lange nicht erkennen, worauf Bennett hinauswollte und war ein bisschen enttäuscht, dass „The Troupe“ meine Erwartungen nicht erfüllte. Als ich erfuhr, dass die Handlung im Rahmen des Vaudevilles spielen sollte (und den Begriff gegoogelt hatte), rechnete ich mit einer Art fahrender Freakshow voller bizarrer Figuren, die reihenweise groteske Auftritte absolvieren. Tatsächlich ist die Truppe, der der Protagonist George beitritt, wesentlich kleiner und unspektakulärer, als ich mir vorgestellt hatte. Sie besteht aus Heironomo Silenus, einer orientalischen Tänzerin namens Colette, dem Bauchredner Kingsley, der Starken Frau Franny und dem Cellisten Stanley. Die fünf sind zweifellos skurril, doch meinem Empfinden nach wurde ihre Ausstrahlung von der Tragik ihrer Biografien dominiert. Sie wirkten schnell nicht mehr faszinierend oder kapriziös auf mich, sondern wie ein ziemlich jämmerlicher Haufen, dem das Vaudeville kaum etwas bedeutet. Das Setting dient ihnen lediglich als Tarnung. Ihre Exzentrik und jeweilige Verbindung mit dem Übernatürlichen stehen nicht im Mittelpunkt der Geschichte, sondern ihre Mission: der Krieg gegen die abstrakte Bedrohung der Dunkelheit, den Bennett in den Kontext eines kreativen Schöpfungsmythos integriert, dessen schlichte, bezaubernde Schönheit eher an ein Märchen als an christliche Narrative erinnert. Die Truppe war anders, als ich angenommen hatte, sie überraschten mich dadurch allerdings sehr oft und verhielten sich unvorhersehbar, wodurch „The Troupe“ eine charismatische, charakterzentrierte Form der Spannung aufrechterhielt. Niemand ist in diesem Buch wirklich heldenhaft, nicht einmal George, den Bennett unverfälscht, ehrlich und erfrischend fehlbar portraitiert. Daher war ich fähig, meine Erwartungshaltung zu korrigieren und der hässlichen Wahrheit ins Gesicht zu sehen: der Kampf gegen das Böse ist nicht glorreich, sondern produziert kaputte Persönlichkeiten, die zu traumatisiert sind, um als Held_innen betrachtet zu werden und dennoch Hoffnung vermitteln.

 

Als ich „The Troupe“ ausgelesen hatte und das Buch zuschlug, dachte ich zuerst, wie unsagbar traurig diese Geschichte ist. Das ist sie definitiv. Wer auf einen bunten, schrillen, fröhlichen Roman hofft, wird enttäuscht werden. Robert Jackson Bennett ist kein Autor für seichte, oberflächliche Unterhaltung. Er skizziert in diesem Einzelband ein Bild exquisiter, ästhetischer Tragik, kein Zirkusspektakel. Ich war von dessen bedeutungsschwerer Tiefe selbst überrascht und versuche immer noch, das Gefühl der Trauer abzuschütteln, das mich überfällt, wenn ich über das Buch nachdenke. Daher fiel mir die Bewertung ziemlich schwer. Einerseits negierte „The Troupe“ beinahe alle Erwartungen, die ich vor der Lektüre entwickelt hatte. Andererseits habe ich viel mehr bekommen, als ich jemals vermutet hätte, nur auf eine andere Art und Weise. Deshalb vergebe ich vier Sterne. Euch rate ich, euch für eine emotional fordernde Erfahrung zu wappnen, solltet ihr „The Troupe“ lesen wollen. Dieses Buch sticht mitten ins Herz.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/robert-jackson-bennett-the-troupe
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review 2019-03-12 01:35
Sometimes the best moves are the ones that aren't made on the dance floor...
A Dance For You - Colette Davison,Neil Macfarlane

‘A Dance for You’ is the second audio book by Colette Davison that I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy and I admit I definitely enjoyed this one a bit more than ‘A Dance for Two’. Even though these books share a very similar title reading ‘A Dance for Two’ is not required in order for the reader/listener to enjoy ‘A Dance For You’. While we do meet Mason in the previous book and Luc, whom we met in ‘A Dance For Two’ is his best friend there’s really no over lap between that story and this so regardless of the fact that I’m glad, I listened to the audio book for ‘A Dance For Two’ I feel fairly safe in saying  that it really had no impact one way or another on how much I enjoyed this one.

 

For me the fact that I enjoyed ‘A Dance for You’ more was directly attributable to other things…those things being in part…the subject matter. For Mason and David, the relationship issues were essentially twofold being their age difference and their work dynamics.

 

David is the guest choreographer for the production that Mason will be performing in at his new ballet company, BalletEast. So while their dynamic at present is one of employee/supervisor it’s not a permanent situation what is permanent is the age difference and since neither of these men are a minor and at no time did I feel like David was using his position to pressure Mason…I actually liked how the author dealt with both of these issues and as the story progressed they became non-issues for me.

 

The other issue addressed in this story that I found to be an interesting touch was the issue of bullying. We often times forget that this happens not just to children in the schoolyard but to adults in the workplace and while we don’t associate it with places that tend to present a more liberal minded attitudes it can and does still happen everywhere. I definitely appreciated how the author dealt with this because so often in the real world it’s the easy solution that’s taken and not necessarily the right one, as was the case here when it was the bully who was made to suffer the consequences of his actions as opposed to making the victim go away since it’s often times easier to make the victim go away than to make the bully accountable for their actions.

 

While I really enjoyed David and Mason as a couple and how they negotiated their relationship the only real niggle that it held for me was the issue of the BDSM. When they were dealing with this aspect of things, I found that at times it felt more like a public service announcement than two people negotiating a new aspect to their relationship and I willingly admit this is very much a subjective viewpoint. I’m sure that for others it won’t seem this way, but unfortunately this was how it came across to me and I think that was due in part to how it was written but also to the narration. However, well it did or didn’t work for me, I did appreciate the fact that the author dealt with this aspect of the story in what I felt to be a respectful manner and we were given two different viewpoints that of someone who has never participated in a BDSM lifestyle and that of someone who as an experienced DOM understands their responsibility to both nurture their potential subs interest and to respect their boundaries.

 

Neil Macfarlane was once again the narrator for this story and I just didn’t feel like his voice held the same emotional level that was there during ‘A Dance for You’. Don’t misunderstand I’m not saying his voice was monotone because I didn’t feel it was that by any means either. So, this could once again very much be a case of it’s not you, it’s me and I may well find that listening to this another time and being in a different frame of mind it won’t seem this way but for now it is what it is.

 

While somethings worked and somethings didn’t work as well, at the end of things I’m left with a story that I enjoyed far more than I didn’t and an author and narrator who have both gotten a spot on my radar as someone that I’d like to read and/or listen to again.

 

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An audio book of ‘A Dance For You’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-01-10 02:02
This one poses an interesting moral dilemma…
A Dance for Two - Colette Davison,S. Neil MacFarlane

What makes someone your brother?

 

Adam and Luc grew up together. When Luc’s mom marries Adam’s dad the two also decide to adopt each other’s child making them all legally family. This was all well and good until the boys are older and Luc realizes that his feelings for Adam are much more than brotherly or even best friends. Luc’s solution is to put distance between them first by how he treats Adam…no longer are they friends, Luc begins to treat Adam horribly pushing him away until the day that Luc goes off to college never returning to his family home…even for a visit.

 

When Luc’s mother calls him years later to help save their failing dance studio. Luc convinces himself that his feelings for Adam are under control but regardless of whether they are or not, his mom needs his help and even he’s not a big enough jerk to ignore a plea for help from the mother he loves.

 

As soon as Luc is faced with Adam he knows the truth of things…he’s not over Luc…he’ll probably never be over Luc.

 

I’ve often said that I enjoy a story that makes me examine my own ideals and values and this one certainly did that. While the premise of the story was more than a little intriguing to me. I found the execution of the premise was ok but there were a couple of things that kept it from being more enjoyable…

 

At times for me Luc was just too aggressive in his pursuit of Adam…aggressive to the point that I felt uncomfortable for Luc.

 

I would have liked for both men to have come to terms with their feelings for each other before becoming involved in a romantic relationship with each other. I’m not a fan of incest stories and at times that’s what this one felt like because both Adam and Luc kept thinking of each other as ‘brothers’ rather than ‘lovers’. (I’ll ramble about this more shortly)

 

My last issue regarding this story and it was probably the smallest of them all was the emphasis on the sexual aspect of their relationship…especially from Luc’s perspective. Don’t misunderstand I think a strong and passionate relationship is important to any relationship and from that perspective this worked, but for me it felt like there was just a bit too much emphasis being put on the physical relationship and I needed the emotional connection to feel like it was as strong as part of their connection as the sex, but for me it just didn’t quite get there.

 

I’m going to go back to my point about ‘brothers’ vs ‘lovers’. For me this was more of a moral or idealistic question and something that we all need to decide for ourselves. I know what my decision was at the end of it all, but in the end it’s a decision that each reader needs to make for themselves.

 

Neil Macfarlane was the narrator for this audio book and it appears to be his first audio book which was part of the reason I wanted to listen to this story…it’s always good to have another narrator you enjoy and while the audio sample went well enough to interest me.  I have to admit I’m still undecided about the book in its entirety. Mr. Macfarlane’s narration was good in that this story is set in England and he has the accent which really helps to maintain the story’s setting. Where things fell a bit short for me was how expressive he was or at times more accurately wasn’t. So here we are back to the sex…so, I’m going to be direct here…if I’m reading a story where two people are as hot for each other as these two supposedly are than when a sex scene happens I need the narrator to convince me that they’re genuinely passionate for each other…I realize this is a fine line that needs to be walked here because…to much expressiveness and it becomes eyeroll inducing at the least and simply laughable at the worst but here it was closer to ‘well…I guess we should have sex now’…sorry but it just didn’t convince me that this was a love affair for the ages. Still aside from this little quirk I did feel that this is a narrator with strong potential and I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye out for future audio releases…one story does not determine things for me with either an author or a narrator.

 

‘A Dance for Two’ was my first waltz with this author and the narrator and while it didn’t work out quite as well as I would have liked. It was still strong enough to get my attention and make me interested in seeing what the future brings from Colette Davison as an author and from Neil Macfarlane as a narrator.

 

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An audio book of ‘A Dance for Two’ was graciously provided by the author through ‘Gay Book Promotions’ in exchange for an honest review.

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