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review 2018-12-11 18:46
Mixed Feelings
Tempting Fate (Heart of Crystal) (Volume... Tempting Fate (Heart of Crystal) (Volume 1) - Anastasia Nil

Crystal got out of the cab to go into Bar Congress. This was the hangout spot for most f the students of legal drinking age from the University Of Texas in Austin. Some of Crystals friends were waiting inside for her. Some f Crystals friends had started drinking before they were 21 but not Crystal ans she was twenty one today. She had wanted to respect her mom. Crystal’s mom was more of a friend all of Crystal’s life. Crystal’s mom was her pillar of strength and go to person for anything and everything. Crystal kept no secrets from her. Than at the door Crystal can’t find her ID and the bouncer told her it was time she went back home but than a man with a distinctive voice and pleasant accent said he thought she had dropped this and it was her ID. Then she starts to fall she doesn’t usually wear high heels but the man puts her arms around her and she doesn’t fall after all. Crystal tells the man she owes him and one. He tells her she can bet that he will hold her to that. Jen ran toward Crystal as she came into the bar. Jen was always looking out for Crystal even if she was bossy. Ethan was another of Crystal’s friends and had a very analytical mind  and Crystal was inspired by him Yet another friend was Rick and he asked her is she planned on breaking some hearts today. But Crystal knew she wasn’t that lucky or brave enough to approach anyone. Crystal wouldn’t trade her four friends for anything. Especially Jen and Ethan. Than Crystal mistakenly goes to the mens room- she was a bit tipsy- and too drunk guys try to get her in the bathroom with them and pushed her against the door and blocked her way and the man who had found her ID and preventing her fall came out of the bathroom

But then the guy who had found her ID earlier and the two drunk guys backed off he than led her to the ladies room but also gave her a lecture he was there when she came out and introduced himself as Aidan  Drakos. Than Crystal told him her name. Every part of Crystal was drawn to Aidan. He then kissed her thoroughly . Than she goes back to h

Crystal got out of the cab to go into Bar Congress. This was the hangout spot for most f the students of legal drinking age from the University Of Texas in Austin. Some of Crystals friends were waiting inside for her. Some f Crystals friends hd started drinking before they were 21 but not Crystal ans she was twenty one today. She had wanted to respect her mom. Crystal’s mom was more of a friend all of Crystal’s life. Crystal’s mom was her pillar of strength and go to person for anything and everything. Crystal kept no secrets from her. Than at the door Crystal can’t find her ID and the bouncer told her it was time she went back home but than a man with a distinctive voice and pleasant accent said he thought she had dropped this and it was her ID. Then she starts to fall she doesn’t usually wear high heels but the man puts her arms around her and she doesn’t fall after all. Crystal tells the man she owes him and one. He tells her she can bet that he will hold her to that. Jen ran toward Crystal as she came into the bar. Jen was always looking out for Crystal even if she was bossy. Ethan was another of Crystal’s friends and had a very analytical mind  and Crystal was inspired by him Yet another friend was Rick and he asked her is she planned on breaking some hearts today. But Crystal knew she wasn’t that lucky or brave enough to approach anyone. Crystal wouldn’t trade her four friends for anything. Especially Jen and Ethan. Than Crystal mistakenly goes to the mens room- she was a bit tipsy- and too drunk guys try to get her in the bathroom with them and pushed her against the door and blocked her way and the man who had found her ID and preventing her fall came out of the bathroom

But then the guy who had found her ID earlier and the two drunk guys backed off he than led her to the ladies room but also gave her a lecture he was there when she came out and introduced himself as Aidan  Drakos. Than Crystal told him her name. Every part of Crystal was drawn to Aidan. He then kissed her thoroughly . Than she goes back to her friends and Aidan to his after she had offered to buy him a drink for helping her a couple of times. Crystal figures she will never see him again. But one day on campus a man bumped into her making her drop her phone and the screen cracked- her mother had got her this expensive phone for her birthday and she became furious and pushed him and he went down when he got back up he grabbed Crystal by the throat and was choking her. She hears a voice speak in another language and the man -Vadin lets her go . It turns out Vadin was Aidan’s cousin and he is the one who again helped her and he gave her his phone number and told Crystal he would pay for a new phone. Crystal calls him he is busy but calls her back that night and than the next day he takes her out to dinner. And after they eat they walk around than Aidan passionately kisses her again than abruptly stops and says they have to stop there. Crystal and all his friends are having their usual Thursday night movie and Ethan has a friend with him and it’s Aidan. Jen makes sure Crystal sets next to Aidan and Aidan takes her hand when she is scared and doesn't let go. He seems happy to see her. He texts her that night and wants to see her again. Ethan acts jealous about Aidan. They meet up the next day at the Crown and Anchor Pub. Aidan talks about when he was younger and that he had a bad temper. Than Aidan takes her to his condo and they have sex and Crystal spends the night with him. A couple days later Crystal says she knows it is to soon but she loves him and Aidan ends things between them.

I loved this book right until the last chapter. I feel it was a cliff hanger to a degree and it makes no sense to me that she would never hear from Aidan as he never lied to her and he said he would be back but then again he didn’t call her when he landed but still it just ruined the book for me and I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED. I do think Crystal was very immature grounded by her mother at 21 afraid to stay overnight with her boyfriend that is young teenager her stuff. Her mother needs to back off and let her mature. How is she going to handle an internship in NYC with her degree of immaturity?  This was a five all the way to the end. But than I am a romantic at heart and read romances for the HEA. I did love Crystal’s friends but they also needed to force her to grow up and make her own decisions and act like a adult and not a young teen. I rated this a three I loved the characters and the ins and outs but I now have mixed feelings about this book.

re friends and Aidan to his after she had offered to buy him a drink for helping her a couple of times. Crystal figures she will never see him again. But one day on campus a man bumped into her making her drop her phone and the screen cracked- her mother had got her this expensive phone for her birthday and she became furious and pushed him and he went down when he got back up he grabbed Crystal by the throat and was choking her. She hears a voice speak in another language and the man -Vadin lets her go . It turns out Vadin was Aidan’s cousin and he is the one who again helped her and he gave her his phone number and told Crystal he would pay for a new phone. Crystal calls him he is busy but calls her back that night and than the next day he takes her out to dinner. And after they eat they walk around than Aidan passionately kisses her again than abruptly stops and says they have to stop there. Crystal and all his friends are having their usual Thursday night movie and Ethan has a friend with him and it’s Aidan. Jen makes sure Crystal sets next to Aidan and Aidan takes her hand when she is scared and doesn't let go. He seems happy to see her. He texts her that night and wants to see her again. Ethan acts jealous about Aidan. They meet up the next day at the Crown and Anchor Pub. Aidan talks about when he was younger and that he had a bad temper. Than Aidan takes her to his condo and they have sex and Crystal spends the night with him. A couple days later Crystal says she knows it is to soon but she loves him and Aidan ends things between them.

I loved this book right until the last chapter. I feel it was a cliff hanger to a degree and it makes no sense to me that she would never hear from Aidan as he never lied to her and he said he would be back but then again he didn’t call her when he landed but still it just ruined the book for me and I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED. I do think Crystal was very immature grounded by her mother at 21 afraid to stay overnight with her boyfriend that is young teenager her stuff. Her mother needs to back off and let her mature. How is she going to handle an internship in NYC with her degree of immaturity?  This was a five all the way to the end. But than I am a romantic at heart and read romances for the HEA. I did love Crystal’s friends but they also needed to force her to grow up and make her own decisions and act like a adult and not a young teen. I rated this a three I loved the characters and the ins and outs but I now have mixed feelings about this book.

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review 2018-12-03 15:45
"Fate", by Ian Hamilton
"Fate" - Ian Hamilton

Uncle Chow Tung book #1

This new series takes us back in time when Chow Tung left China for Hong Kong as a nobody and became the Dragon Head of the Fanling Triad after the death of their master. 

If you haven’t read the Eva Lee series by this author you may wonder why is he giving us this story but if you are a fan you will appreciate knowing where Uncle had his roots and how he became such a revered leader who played an important role till his death in “The Eva Lee Mysteries” series. This new series is an excellent spin off.

Mr. Hamilton seems to know quite a lot about the Triad’s hierarchy and how its structure works. In a spin of his own the mystery brings to life the struggle to replace the Mountain Master after he was killed in a traffic accident. Normally the Deputy is the next in line but others have someone and other things in mind….

After a short introduction we are fast plunged into the action and it doesn’t take long before knowing that Chow known as Uncle is the lead that could fend off the threats and unite the membership…..By the end Uncle is elected Dragon Head…..The mystery is slow moving even with the threatening moves from the other gangs but Mr. Hamilton knows how to pull us in drop by drop into an exciting saga that will make you flip pages till the very end. 

As always, the story is well presented, the smooth narration is intercepted by strong dialogues. The characterization is excellent and I love how each one played their roles in such an entertaining manner. No doubts I am a huge fan of this author.

I received this ARC from the publisher House of Anansi via NetGalleys for my thoughts.

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review 2018-11-02 07:44
Burn
Owned By Fate - Sean Michael

This is book #5 in the Dragon Soul series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to better understand this great series, I recommend reading this in order.

 

Mike knows he should be with his mate.  Being sent away has made him bitter and resentful.  If only he could forget.  If only he could go back in time and talk him into taking a chance.

 

Corryn knows in his heart who he should be with.  He has always known.  Now, with his mate avoiding him - his heart is one big ache.  Magic has helped him survive this long - maybe it will keep him warm while he waits....

 

Destiny plays a major part in this whole amazing series.  However, in this case it could literally cause a problem for these two characters.  I found this story to be both compelling and profound.  Quite frankly, this author's best work yet.  I was moved, and eagerly turning each page.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2018-09-28 00:00
The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe
The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe - Stephen Hawking Review coming on Monday.
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review 2018-09-27 04:20
Great Book and Great Characters
Defying Fate - Heidi Lis,Emma Mack

Waking up Izzy felt refreshed even though she had slept on the floor. That all she had in the two bedroom house she rented was what she could fit in her car. She left the rest in Iowa.Dominic is Izzy’s ex and took everything from her and left her broke.Kara is Izzy’s best friend but also is Dominic’s sister and helps Izzy escape.   She only had the essentials. Izzy’s family hates her now. and she had them behind her. The stares and the gossip about Izzy was spreading like wildfire. Izzy ended up in Washington state. She lived in Monroe now. A small town with a great feel to it. Izzy knew she needed to get a job. Izzy felt to sleep in a bed and cook a meal for herself would feel like heaven. Evelyn was the homeowner Izzy knew she would love her. Kara called Izzy to check o  her, she had already told Izzy to find a hot biker and leave. They both loved bikers from when they were teens and read MC books. Izzy was out planting some flowers when she realized someone was there, it turned out to be a little girl of six or seven.They started to talk the little girl was Eve and she lived at the end of the block. She says her money isnt around but she lives with her daddy. Izzy says if it is ok with her daddy Eve can come over the next day and help. Izzy wondered how long it had been since she had a fun time with another female.  Izzy and Eve planted flowers for two hours. Eve was like the daughter she would never have. Izzy carrying a child is close to zero, Domonic toje that form her. On Saturday morning Izzy is woke up to knocking on her door and it’s Eve They spend time together then her dad- Braxton Ryles /Brax stops by, Brax is Hot and TROUBLE. Then Eve’s dad offers Izzy a job at his shop as a front office girl. The shop is Ryles Custom Shop. Brax surprises Izzy so much she is out of her element. Brax is like a tornado ready to knock Izzy on her butt. He just blew into her life , and she somehow changed it forever. Braxton will do anything to make Eve happy.  What’s it gonna be like working for this smooth-talking- sexy-as- hell badass biker? Saturday night Brax showed up with dinner for her. He had grilled chicken and said “didn’t want you going hungry”, winked at her and left to walk back down the street to his house. Izzy likes calling him Braxton. Izzy realizes Braxton may be complex,and a master of mind games, but he is also vulnerable. He is a man in need of something special. He also has a big heart. Braxton’s best friends/co-workers are Knox and Brody. Eve’s mother is Tiffany and trying to be a mom although Braxton has his doubts in that. Tiffany comes into Izzy’s office at work when she is hugging Braxton in comfort and Tiffany tells Brax have that girl-Izzy- to take her hands off Braxton. Brax tells Tiffany she lost the right to say anything a long time ago as he pulled Izzy closer to him. Tiffany won’t let go even though Braxton told her they had been over a long time. She doesn’t want Braxton but wants no one else to have him.Tiffany tracks down Dominic and tells him everything and   Dominic is determined Izzy is going to be with no one but him, and he knows about Izzy and Braxton and where Izzy is. Dominic kidnaps Izzy and tortures her, he even cuts her. Kara is determined Izzy will be free of Dominic.

I absolutely loved this book I loved Izzy and Braxton together and how they interacted except when he hurt her emotionally. I loved Eve and felt she definitely added to this book/ I loved the drama, suspense, and betrayal in this book. I loved how Kara was such a best friend to Izzy especially as she was Dominic’s sister but then again… This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster but you don’t want to put this down. This had me from page one until the last page. This made me chuckle at times and choke up at others. I loved the twists and turns . The author did handle the subject of domestic violence very good in this book. I do think Izzy fell a little too hard fr Braxton a little too quick especially after what Dominic put her through. She also forgave Braxton too easily after he hurt her emotionally because he made a mistake hasn't she been through enough get some backbone Izzy. This was a great debut novel in my opinion. I hated Tiffany but more so Dominic but that was their purpose. I loved this book, the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I highly recommend it.

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