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review 2018-08-15 18:04
The Glasshouse (Lavender Shores #6) by Rosalind Abel 3.5 Stars!
The Glasshouse (Lavender Shores #6) - Rosalind Abel

Adrian Rivera lives as he damn well pleases, defying his Lavender Shores family to spend his days farming the beautiful Northern California land. Not one to daydream of true love and romance, Adrian’s social life has always been filled with sex and plenty of good times. 

Harrison Getty went from NFL star quarterback to America’s gay heartthrob, to reality TV star—with his wedding day broadcast live on national television. But Harrison feels trapped in a Hollywood life dictated by others. To breathe again, he runs from it all… 



 

Adrian’s attraction to Harrison has been building for months—even as Harrison prepared to marry another man. Lightning strikes between them, stirring emotions and passions as Adrian finds “the one,” a love that’s meant to be. But can Harrison stop running long enough to know his own heart? 

Amid scandals and betrayals, Adrian and Harrison struggle to grow their new love even as life’s storms threaten to shatter it all…


 

Review

 

 

The Glasshouse is likely the most Soap Operay of the books I have read in this series with warring family, runaway grooms, sex tapes, and public throw downs. 

At the heart of the story though is Harrison's need to center himself. Harrison character is really well developed. Adrain is well done as well, even if I think he could have been more thoughtful about what was happening with Harrison at the start of their relationship. However, he redeems himself by waiting and supporting when Harrison gets to a point he is ready to really deal with his demons.

The outside conflicts could be much better written but the romance, setting and circle of friends are well done.

I hope Will gets his own book. :)
 
 

 

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review 2018-08-15 10:00
Review! Snowbound (Secret Heart Ink #1) Deborah Cooke!
Snowbound - Deborah Cooke

 

 

Flatiron Five has a new tattoo shop—run by the enigmatic and legendary tattoo artist Chynna. When the moon is full, Chynna creates one tattoo to set two hearts afire and gives it away, with the goal of making romantic dreams come true. Who will be next?

 

Olivia trusts in here-and-now...
Olivia doesn’t believe in magic or everlasting love—she’s a scientist, after all—but winning a tattoo from Chynna convinces her to take a chance. She’s always admired her best friend Lexi’s big brother Spencer, maybe because opposites attract. What would it be like to seduce him? Would it end her fascination with him? With a little help from her friends and a blindfold, Liv decides to find out. The bonus is that Spencer will never know his secret lover was her…

 

Spencer believes in forever.
But Spencer guesses the truth almost right away. He’s good with having Olivia want him—having her alone in his cabin is the perfect chance to teach her to trust sensation and him. A blizzard interferes with Olivia’s plan, giving Spencer more time to work his own persuasive magic. He knows a night or two will only be the beginning of what he wants to last forever. Can he convince Olivia to give love a try, or will she leave him forever as soon as the snow melts?

 

 

The first book in the “Flatiron Five” spin off is a delightful contemporary romance full of passion and magical charm.

 

The characters are strong and easily connected to, drawing readers in and holding them hostage with their story. The romance is sweet but has a major obstacle, Olivia doesn’t believe in love but she does believe in passion and she’s wanted Spencer forever so with a little help she decides to engage in a one night stand which is one hot night with lots of sizzling chemistry and heated passion. Spencer want more than one night and the readers are held captivated by the suspense and the hope that Olivia will reach for that happily ever after that readers long for. The plot is fast paced and flows smoothly from start to finish with beginning adding a magical element to the story that adds a little something extra to this enchanting romance.

 

This is the first contemporary romance that I have read by Deborah Cooke and I have to wonder –what was I thinking! I am certainly intrigued with the “Flatiron Five” series and the “Secret Heart Ink” series so I have added them all to my TBR pile.

 


Snowbound

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39326114-snowbound

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/snowbound-by-deborah-cooke

 

Author - https://deborahcooke.com/deborah-cooke-books/secret-heart-ink/snowbound/

 

 

 

is the 1st book in the Secret Heart Ink series

 

Author - https://deborahcooke.com/deborah-cooke-books/secret-heart-ink/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBC4211?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.ca/Cooke_Delacroix/secret-heart-ink/

 

 

which includes


1 Snowbound
2 Spring Fever
3 One Hot Summer Night

 

 

& is the spinoff series of Flatiron Five

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/213426-flatiron-five

 

Author - https://deborahcooke.com/deborah-cooke-books/flatiron-five/

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBFZ665?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.ca/Cooke_Delacroix/flatiron-five/

 


Snowbound is available in print or ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BF56MYN/?tag=authdebocook-20

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/snowbound/id1346848281?mt=11&at=11lqeS

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/snowbound-deborah-cooke/1127942220?ean=2940158899201

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/snowbound-60

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Deborah_Cooke_Snowbound?id=6JtQDwAAQBAJ

 

Direct from Deborah Cooke - http://selz.co/VkVRYXWtE

 

 

For print options see the author's book page (link above).

 

 

Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

 

Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of Novelists Inc.

 

Currently, she’s writing paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke, and medieval romances as Claire Delacroix.


Website - http://deborahcooke.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005984.Deborah_Cooke

 

Blog - https://deborahcooke.com/blog/

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/Cooke_Delacroix/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Cooke_Delacroix

 

SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/debclaire

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahCookeFanPage

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DeborahCooke_writer

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/deborah-cooke

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/deborah-cooke/author,391126

 

Claire Delacroix -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12694.Claire_Delacroix

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix/

 

Claire Cross -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74485.Claire_Cross

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-15 02:35
My Magical Palace - DNF @ 30%
My Magical Palace - Mugdha Sadhwani,Samaresh,Kunal Mukherjee

This wasn't badly written. It just wasn't holding my attention. 

 

The storytelling device used just didn't work for me, for starters. The bulk of this book is Rahul telling his partner about growing up in India and how homophobic and traditional his family and everyone else around him was. The thing is I would have expected this conversation to have already happened since the characters had already been together for awhile at the start of the book. The trigger event for Rahul finally telling his story was ... overly dramatic, or at least it felt that way since we don't know this couple, and it was the first time this situation - Rahul's parents wanting him to meet a daughter of a friend to a possible arranged marriage - has come up, I thought Rahul's partner kind of flew off the handle. Especially since it's hardly like India has the monopoly on treating gays terribly, especially for the time period the flashback story is based in, which is the early 1970s.

 

As for the flashback story - can it be a flashback when it's the bulk of the story? - was very rambling and while it was nice to read about different customs and such, I just finally wanted Rahul to get to the point already. The writing is also very simple, which wasn't helping it any. It just wasn't hooking me in, to the point that I could put it down for several days and not think of it once. I was already skimming by around 25%, and I finally just skipped all the way to end to find out what the moral of the story was, and it was ... be true to yourself! Awwww!

 

There are good bones here, but it needs editing to tighten it up, and something to make me care about the present day stuff.

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review 2018-08-15 02:03
ARC Review: Camwolf by JL Merrow
Camwolf - J.L. Merrow

This was an interesting take on the shapeshifter sub-genre, and a much darker tale than what I'm used to from this author.

Dr. Nick Sewell is a professor at Cambridge university. He's also a werewolf, bitten and turned by an ex-boyfriend, and still struggling a bit with the wolfy parts of him.

Julian, a new student from Germany, causes an immediate reaction in Nick, even more so when Nick realizes the younger man is also a wolf. Nick is all alpha-wolf, which works well since Julian is more submissive in nature. 

Nick is still angry with the ex-boyfriend - he didn't ask to be bitten and turned, and the ex disappeared on him, more or less, so Nick has had to figure out pretty much on his own how to deal with the pull of the moon and the change. And now he's all growly and jealous and finds that he has this urge to be near the new student as much as possible, even though that creeps him out and he knows he sticks out like a sore thumb. 

Julian's backstory comes out slowly, and there were moments when what I found out made me so. fucking. mad! 

The author did a fine job with her characters - both are complex and flawed, polar opposites at first glance, but in many instances more alike deep down than they realize. The book is told from Nick's POV, switching with Julian's friend Tiffany's POV, which I found unusual and somewhat unfitting, since I really didn't have much interest in Tiffany, but the more I thought about her narrative, the more I realized that she actually brought some depth to Julian's character that may not have been as clear if we'd only heard from Nick. 

The thing that bothered me the most was how the situation with Julian's father's Beta turned out - and how his father seemed unapologetic for what he put his child through. Julian's mother seemed very weak, but we only saw her through Nick's eyes, and those were a bit biased. What didn't help was that there was a distinct lack of world-building - the werewolf lore used wasn't really explained, for one, and while Nick learns a bit more about changing into a wolf, he didn't really delve any deeper than what Julian told him. 

And it raised additional questions - like, is Crack fully human? And will he get his own book?

It's a rather dark novel, much darker than I expected, but I enjoyed reading it. I am German by birth, and most of the German used in this book was accurate. A few things were, while spelled properly, not exactly how a German would express themselves (at least not one from where I grew up).


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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review 2018-08-14 22:49
Review: Miss Behave
Miss Behave - Traci Highland

If you're in the mood for a light, funny book then you should pick up Miss Behave. The inclusion of Piper's advice column from the paper really made me choke on my drink a few times from laughing so hard. Highland does a wonderful job making Piper into a totally relateable and charming character.

 

This wonderful gem has a little bit of everything for you, family craziness, overbearing mothers, naked runs in the forest.... you won't want to miss a moment of Piper and Mr. Brookes chaos. Each new development in the story makes you laugh out loud and question your own sanity. Piper has a sarcastic wit that I would adore in a friend, and Mr. Brookes is a great match for her personality. Their banter and flirting is absolutely hilarious and swoon worthy.

 

I can't wait to read the next installment of the Anderson Family series. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy fun, romantic, sarcastic lead characters.

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