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review 2018-12-18 00:09
The Tin Box (Audiobook)
The Tin Box - Kim Fielding

Wow, that was maudlin.

 

Appropriately so, given the subject matter, but...damn, that was maudlin.

 

I gotta say, I didn't care much about the romance in this one. Not that Colby wasn't sweet - if on the flighty side - but this really was more about Will accepting himself as a gay man after spending the last 33 years of his life trying to pray the gay away, even going so far as to marry a woman he's now divorcing. He's having to do all the self-discovery stuff most people do in their teens and twenties, and he doesn't even know the first thing about gay sex. Colby takes him under his wing, literally being his wing man as well as his friend as Will figures himself out.

 

But it's Will's discovery of a tin lunch box hidden in one of the cells of an abandoned mental institution that really helps him with his journey. Will's working as a caretaker for the abandoned hospital while he works on his college dissertation, and he finds letters that the patient, coincidentally named Bill, wrote to his lover John. Obviously, John never got said letters but Will slowly reads through them and discovers the strength and desperation of this one-time patient as Bill was forced to endure one "cure" after another for his homosexuality, at that time considered a mental illness. Some of the details are not easy to hear and learning Bill's ultimate fate is enraging, so you've been warned, but the way Will decides to honor Bill's life and legacy is indeed touching.

 

It took me quite awhile to get into the audiobook. The narrator, KC Kelly, has a pleasant enough voice and speaks clearly, but I wasn't quite feeling his voice at first, and he doesn't have a lot of range with the voices. Still, it did grow on me by the end.

 

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review 2018-12-17 14:40
SEASON'S READINGS Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler

 

 
Christmas CampChristmas Camp #1, This is a quintessential lighthearted Christmas romance where someone learns to appreciate the spirit of Christmas. Haley Hanson isn't really a Grinch, she really just indifferent to Christmas. She grew up poor and never really celebrated it, as an adult now she'd rather take her parents to the Bahamas then stick around all the Holiday craziness. Haley is in marketing and her next promotion depends on her next big client. Unfortunately the big client Haley brought in was given to a co-worker why, because it was a Christmas campaign for a Big old fashioned toy manufacturer. Haley's boss is willing to let her present her idea but she has to go to Christmas Camp.

Christmas Camp was founded by Ben Jacoby and his wife. They hold it every year at their inn the Holly Peak Inn and even now after the her death Ben continues to do it in her honor. What they wanted was a way to rejuvenate someone's holiday spirit, remind the of the magic of Christmas and that the most important thing during the season is family and friends, and a way of learning some new traditions. Haley goes figuring she came breeze  through the week work on her presentation at the same time get her certificate land the client and get her promotion. What really happens is that Haley finds her Christmas spirit and discovers what she really wants to do and falls in love with the innkeeper's son.

Jeff Jacoby loves Christmas, he loves his job as an architect, and he loves his father but after the death of his mother Jeff has put his personal life on hold to take care of Ben. Jeff wants Ben to sell the inn and move to Boston closer to him. Ben's getting older Christmas Camp is getting harder to do with only the housekeeper, Laura, to help and he's not making as much money as he needs to keep the place going. Jeff thinks his way is the best thing to do but Ben loves Christmas Camp to much to stop doing it but doesn't see another option that is until Haley discovers the problem and comes up with a brilliant idea. As Jeff helps Haley discover Christmas magic they start to fall in love but Jeff is an idiot and gets mad at her for wanting to help his father save Christmas Camp.
 
Overall, this was a good read.  I really think it would be better as a movie. I watched The Christmas Prince and this year's sequel and wasn't that impressed with either and compared to Christmas Camp I preferred Christmas Camp and of course like with The Christmas Prince this book is getting a sequel, Christmas Camp Wedding. It was easy to read, heartfelt and funny; it has an adorable dog, and has side characters that really bring it all together. This is a good Holiday read and when NetFlix makes it into a movie I will watch it.       
 

 

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text 2018-12-17 07:10
Release Blitz ★ Hoops Holiday

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HOOPS Holiday, a Christmas bundle featuring all-new, never-before-published content by Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

 

 

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MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.

 

They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck's first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they've climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn't changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . .

except them.

 

But that was then.

 

The only question is...what about now?

 

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** Hoops Holiday consists of FULL-COURT PRESS, a HOOPS novella originally published in the TEAM PLAYER Anthology. It has been expanded with all-new, never before published content & epilogue.

 

It also includes Christmas-themed bonus material for LONG SHOT (Iris & August) and BLOCK SHOT (Banner & Jared).

 

*All HOOPS Stories are standalone, and can be enjoyed individually or in order.

 

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About Kennedy:

 

A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most.

 

A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism. 

 

 

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review 2018-12-17 01:06
Better than average
Blindsided - Gwen Hernandez

How could he not admire a woman who understood camouflage?"

 

A Marine scout sniper working now as a security expert and a hacker who has tried to go white hat from her childhood black hat days.

 

I loved this heroine, she was smart, not only in her computer abilities but understanding how the hero was better equipped to handle certain situations and listened to him. However, there wasn't a lot of that happening as she was the one who dictated a lot of the efforts to help them out of their bind. 

 

The gist of the story is that her employer has clients that hire them to find security leaks in their computer systems, except the employer is lying about the companies hiring them and takes the weaknesses the heroine gives him and uses it to steal information from the companies. The hero is hired by the employer in a set-up situation as he tells him he thinks the heroine is the one stealing from the companies but is really a big set-up to make it look like the hero is helping the heroine. 

 

I promise you, it makes sense in the beginning and you'll think the employer is an evil genius but the reader doesn't get much insight to the villain and the suspense side gets pushed to the side too much in the middle. Basically, the suspense side started off very strong but faded away and rushed at the end. 

 

This couple was great in that the hero and heroine meshed super well and it was understandable that such an accomplished guy like the hero would be a little rattled about how competent the heroine was and how her skills were more important in this situation, he gets rattled but he also found her hot because of this and I find him hot because of that. Along with the suspense side, I thought their romance stalled a little in the middle, even though the story slows to focus in on it more. I thought the middle meandered or slowed too much overall. 

 

I'm definitely going to find the other two in the series and read them as this author intrigued me with her suspense writing and different characteristics to her characters. 

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review 2018-12-16 19:13
[REVIEW] The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

I loved, loved, loved this book then again, I love a book that makes me feel, and this one made me feel so many things, all colliding within me at the same time. Easily my favorite romance novel read this year. All I want to do is squee!

I wanted to ignore people so that I could read, that's how much I loved it. Somehow it hit all my favorite things, some that I didn't even remember that I liked. 

Do you want love and light and fluffiness but also angst? Read this book.

 

 

Reading progress notes

 

page 19
...the most stunning pair of soft brown eyes.

My heart melted a little.
 
page 63
Holy hell *fans self*
 
 
page 114
omg that was HORRIBLE and AWKWARD. Poor Stella.
 
page 194
He’s giving her a gift. For all the birthdays where he didn’t know her.

*SOB*
 
page 205
I just let out a scream. HELL NO. WHY.
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