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review 2018-05-12 01:11
Starling (Love in Los Angeles #1) by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese 3.5 Star Review!
Starling - Racheline Maltese,Erin McRae

Hollywood's newest star, 21-year-old J. Alex Cook never wanted to be famous, he just wanted to get out of Indiana. When he hooks up with Paul, a writer on a hit TV show, Alex is thrown into a web of relationships involving friends, lovers, and everything in between. 

Forced to figure out what it means to live -- and love -- in the public eye, Alex's quest to find his own happily ever after will make you believe love is possible... even in Los Angeles.

Please be aware, this is a high-heat, high-angst romance and includes characters with a past history of self-harm.

 

Review

 

We get a hard earned Happily for Now in this romance about two heroes who have a great deal of emotionial unrepressing to do. 

It is a compelling read as the heroes struggle with fame and ambitions and creativity and inexperience in many aspects of their lives.

The age gap is handled with depth. There is a separation which off putting while reading a romance as the heroes get together with other people, it reads true to character and the story.

The writing... in some ways it is great but in others the tone is too removed for me. I feel like I am looking through a peephole at times because of the shut down emotions or swallowed ones anyway and lack of self awareness or rich conversations of the heroes. Not my favorite.

I will check out other books in the series as these writers explore some complex ideas about friendship and love.
 
 

 

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review 2018-04-17 20:44
Fame Is a Killer: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1 by Meredith Potts
Fame Is A Killer - Meredith Potts

Actress Hope Hadley thinks things cannot get any worse for her. She has just finished filming the last episode of her hit detective show, she has been told she is to old for other parts she has tried out for, and her boyfriend has left her for a younger woman. What else can go wrong?

 

Less then 24 hours later a whole lot goes wrong. Her ex-boyfriend has been murdered and guess who is a suspect? Yep Hope!

 

Hope decides she must clear her own name and help the police find the real killer. After playing a Detective on her hit show she decides she has picked up some skills help her do just that. 

 

Can hope find the killer and clear her name or will she be found guilty of a crime she di not commit. 

 

Meredith Potts has done a great job with this short mystery. It is only a little over 2 hours long. This is a clean book no foul language or sex scenes, and even the violence of the murder is down played. 

 

The book is narrated by Rachel Carr.  I really enjoyed her voices and she kept me entertained and kept my attention. 

 

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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review 2018-03-23 11:21
"Correo literario", de Wislawa Szymborska.
Correo literario - Wisława Szymborska

¿Qué pensaríais de mí, si os dijera que he leído un libro de una poetisa polaca que ganó el Nóbel en 1996? Pues diríais, uy, qué tío más leído y listo y sensible que le gusta la poesía polaca de finales del siglo XX. Vosotros que pensábais que yo sólo veía los partidos de segunda división y "Ven a cenar conmigo", quedaríais extasiados tras esta revelación.

Pues abandonad toda esperanza de encontrar en mí a un amante de la poesía. He leído, efectivamente, el librito de esta señora, que esconde bajo ese rostro de viejecita venerable una pluma venenosa como el colmillo de una mamba negra (qué bien traída me ha quedado la metáfora).

Da en ser que esta señora era en su día editora de una revista en Polonia (la auténtica, no la de Tururull), y sistemáticamente en la redacción recibían todo tipo de escritos, en prosa y verso, de aspirantes a premio Nóbel. Pues este libro recopila las contestaciones que esta señora les remitía. Con algunas, lo prometo, he llorado de risa.

Asi que, directiro, al Salón de la Fama.

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review 2018-03-19 11:13
"Lullaby", by Leïla Slimani.
Lullaby - Leila Slimani

Pocos personajes tan mezquinos he encontrado en los libros que he leído últimamente, como la tal Louise, encargada de cuidar de los niños del matrimonio Massé. La historia, pese a que no tiene demasiado de novedoso (la típica niñera que al principio es fantástica y que luego resulta que ya no lo es tanto), está muy bien construida de principio a fin.

Sin duda, de lo más recomendable.

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review 2018-02-04 08:40
"Solo las bestias" de Colin Neil. 5/5. Este lo va a petar.
Solo las bestias - Colin Niel

De lo más original que he leído en mucho tiempo. Como si fuera una película de los hermanos Cohen, nos encontramos con una historia que cruza la vida de varios personajes, que en principio no deberían tener relación entre ellos, y que al final acaban todos enredados en la trama.

La acción se desarrolla en el Causse, una región (se supone que de Francia), y comienza con un clásico: una mujer, Evelyne Ducat, ha desaparecido. Hasta ahí, todo normal. Pero la cosa empieza a compicarse cuando se empiezan a destapar las relaciones de la desaparecida con una asistenta social, su marido, un granjero, una hippie friki y alguno más que no desvelaré.

Interesante de principio a fin. Directamente al salón de la fama.

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