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review 2017-05-18 08:00
Review: Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong by Gina Kirkham
Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong: The perfect laugh-out-loud comedy - Gina Kirkham

Published by: Urbane Publishing (18 May 2017)

 

ISBN: 978-1911331711

 

Source: NetGalley

 

Rating: 4*

 

Synopsis:

Meet Mavis Upton. As mummy to 7-year old Ella, surrogate to far too many pets and with a failed marriage under her belt, Mavis knows she needs to make some life-changing decisions. It's time to strike out into the world, to stand on her own two feet … to pursue a lifelong ambition to become a Police Officer. I mean, what could go wrong?

 

Supported by her quirky, malapropism-suffering mum, Mavis throws herself headlong into a world of uncertainty, self-discovery, fearless escapades, laughter and extra-large knickers. And using her newly discovered investigative skills, she reluctantly embarks on a search to find her errant dad who was last seen years before, making off with her mum's much needed coupon for a fabulous foam cup bra all the way from America.

 

Follow Mavis as she tackles everything life can throw at her, and revel in Gina Kirkham's humorous, poignant and moving story of an everyday girl who one day followed a dream.

 

Review:

Based on the author's experiences as a police officer, this book is funny yet touching in parts. Mavis herself is larger than life, getting herself into all sorts of mischief and is all the more likeable because of it. I'm not sure she's entirely believable, but that doesn't seem to matter one bit. 

 

I like that we get to see both sides of Mavis - the police officer and the mum/daughter. Her interaction with her fellow officers is great, I love the banter; it's like taking a step back in time into one of the British comedies of yesteryear. The interaction with her mum is fantastic too, had me laughing out loud!

 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a giggle, likes humorous books and likes a moving story. Thanks to Matthew at Urbane Publications and NetGalley for providing an ARC in return for my honest review.

 

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review 2017-05-09 07:16
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks - Gina Sheridan

Ok, I thought this collection of anecdotes from librarians was hilarious.  Hilarious enough that I laughed out loud several times and tortured MT with more than a few of them.

 

I know a few readers thought some were having fun at someone else's expense, but honestly I didn't really pick up on that.  The one chapter devoted to a single, named, person was included with that person's full knowledge and blessing, so I was ok with it (if she was, why not me?).  That might say more about me than the book though, so ymmv.

 

It's a small little book, but it packs a lot of chuckles. 

 

"I laughed so hard I fell asleep."

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text 2017-04-29 09:08
Book Haul
Conan Doyle: Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes. - Andrew Lycett
The Penguin Book Of Etiquette: The Complete Australian Guide To Modern Manners - Marion Von Adlerstein
The Book of Killowen - Erin Hart
The Library of Shadows - Mikkel Birkegaard
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks - Gina Sheridan
Blade Bound - Chloe Neill
Dangerous To Know - Renee Patrick
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle

It's not all decomp and deodorisers here at la casa de la rata muerta; I hit up my local FOTL semi-annual book sale yesterday and came away with a few possible gems.

 

 

(Three of the above actually came this week in the mail; 2 new, 1 used.)

 

Conan Doyle: Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes. I know nothing about this biography and can only hope it's enjoyable.

  

The Penguin Book Of Etiquette: The Complete Australian Guide To Modern Manners This one is likely going to tell me it's rude to post gross disgusting stories about dead animals in your walls, but better late than never.

 

The Book of Killowen I was sucked in by the story about a book.  Of course.  Seems to be a mid-series entry, so hopefully it'll work as a stand-alone. 

 

The Library of Shadows I think I've heard about this one before - might have even looked at it in a bookshop, but again, it's about books so of course I bought it.

 

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks 

 

Blade Bound The last in the Chicagoland series.  *sniffle*

 

Dangerous To Know The first one was excellent, I hope this one lives up to expectations.

 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I had a suspicion I already had a copy, but just in case... (of course I did).

 

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review 2017-04-25 21:29
Hot for the Fireman - Gina L. Maxwell

I just adore Gina L. Maxwell's books!  She has a way of writing something serious or sweet and then POW...laugh out loud funny!  It's usually best not to drink anything while reading her books!

Boston firefighter Erik Grady had some PTSD issues from his 10 years he spent in the Army where he was a Lieutenant.  Erik has kept his PTSD under control until a recent incident on the job triggered an episode.  Now Erik is bound to desk duty until he goes through the proper therapy he is required to do.  Erik is used to being in charge and having his men follow him and not working is showing weakness, something that he hates.  After leaving a bar one night with his friends, Erik stops at a convenience store to pick up some alcohol.  In the store he see the most gorgeous female he has seen in a while and he is intrigued.  She is on the phone with a friend stating what she wished a guy would just do....

Next thing you know, Erik is talking with said girl and they decide to have a one-nighter and boy what a nighter it turns out to be.  The morning Erik wakes up and the woman is gone.  Lucky for him he ends up getting her name from the hotel worker since she ended up paying for the room with her credit card.  Imagine Erik's surprise when this woman is the same woman he has to have therapy with!!!!

Olivia Jones normally doesn't do one night stands and then to see this man, standing in her office is just too much to handle.  Since Erik isn't ready to give Olivia up, he convinces her to let her uncle take his case and then she will go on three real dates with him.  After the three dates if she doesn't think they should continue, he will stop pursing her.  Oh, boy.....let's just say that Erik can be really convincing when he needs to be.  I just fell in love with this character.  He was sweet, sexy and all alpha and a fireman to boot! ;)  Olivia really had no choice, but to fall hard.  I really enjoyed the time these two went on dates.  It was so fun seeing what Erik was going to come up with next.  Such a thoughtful guy which made it all that much harder having to see him go through PTSD.  It's such a tough illness that often gets overlooked.  Gina L. Maxwell did a great job showing you how this disease affects people.  It made you really root for Erik to overcome his battle.  It was a tough road to get to Erik's happy ending with Olivia but it was worth it!  I just really liked the way these two characters were with each other.  I also can't wait for Dozer and Angie's story!  That one seems like it will be explosive!

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text 2017-04-19 18:25
Kiss the Earl by Gina Lamm $1.99
Kiss the Earl (Geek Girls) - Gina Lamm

 

When Ella Briley asked her lucky-in-love friends to set her up for an office party, she was expecting a blind date. Instead, she's pulled through a magic mirror and into the past...straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy.

 

Patrick Meadowfair, earl of Fairhaven, is too noble for his own good. To save a female friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he's agreed to whisk her off to wed the man she truly wants. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride and kidnaps her instead.

 

Centuries away from everything she knows, Ella's finally found a man who heats her blood and leaves her breathless. Too bad he's such a perfect gentleman. Yet the reluctant rake may just find this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist...

 

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