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review 2016-03-31 00:00
The Art of Going Home (The Art of Living Book 1)
The Art of Going Home (The Art of Living... The Art of Going Home (The Art of Living Book 1) - Nicole Sorrell I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
This is book one in the "The Art of Living " series by Nicole Sorrell. This is the first book by this author too.
I will be honesty I didn't know if I would like the book as I was judging it by the cover at first. But once you get into the book you can't put it down. It is a somewhat different story than usually I would read. There is a murder of Maddie's twin sister at the age of 10.. also this set in motion for Maddie's mother to start having mental issues. Maddie has not been back in 10 years but the death of her ' Aunt Ceci ' has brought her back home. Aunt Ceci took Maddie in after the murder and when her mother had to be put into a Mental Institution. So Maddie would not have a home if not for her. This also puts Maddie on the path to meeting her High School crush Zac again.
This is definitely a book that will keep you turning pages!
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review 2016-03-31 00:00
The Art of Going Home (The Art of Living Book 1)
The Art of Going Home (The Art of Living... The Art of Going Home (The Art of Living Book 1) - Nicole Sorrell I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
This is book one in the "The Art of Living " series by Nicole Sorrell. This is the first book by this author too.
I will be honesty I didn't know if I would like the book as I was judging it by the cover at first. But once you get into the book you can't put it down. It is a somewhat different story than usually I would read. There is a murder of Maddie's twin sister at the age of 10.. also this set in motion for Maddie's mother to start having mental issues. Maddie has not been back in 10 years but the death of her ' Aunt Ceci ' has brought her back home. Aunt Ceci took Maddie in after the murder and when her mother had to be put into a Mental Institution. So Maddie would not have a home if not for her. This also puts Maddie on the path to meeting her High School crush Zac again.
This is definitely a book that will keep you turning pages!
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review 2016-03-08 17:12
Going Home by Kris Ripper
Going Home (The Home Series Book 1) - Kris Ripper

This freebie surprised the hell out of me.

 

 

Firstly, because for a Love Landscape's freebie it was exceptionally well written, the plot complex and with 208 pages, it was a relatviely long read. But more importantly, it threw me right in the middle of a scenario that I tend to avoid in my books.

 

 

The right to own sex slaves has just been made illegal. The government is taking the slaves to a reeducation camp where we can learn to be a part of everyday society. But what they don’t understand is that I’ve been with Master for 7 years and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than kneeling at his feet, with his collar around my neck and being used in any way he needs. I’m his.

 

 

I'm no fan of sexual slavery stories. I don't enjoy dub-con/non-con, falling in love with your abuser is not a trope for me - not in erotica and sure as heck not in romance. Stockholm syndrome is NOT my idea of a romantic relationship. With all that said, nobody was more surprised than me when this little one not only landed on my Kindle, but that I read it front to back. And was interested and invested the whole time. But Rory was a fascinating character. On the one hand slavery was all he's ever known. He was born into it, became his Master's property and was prepared to stay with him for the rest of his life. He thought he loved him, he was okay with how his life was going, he enjoyed the D/s relationship in the bedroom, and was alright with how the rest of his lofe was supposed to pan out. Or so he thought. But when sexual slavery was abolished, when he was taken to another location and contact to his Master isn't an option anymore, Rory's world is crumbling. Everything he thought was right, suddenly isn't anymore. Black isn't black, white isn't white and grey never looked so chaotic. He's changing, the world is changing - even his feelings are changing. It's terrifying, but through all of it there is one thought that prevails: He needs to get back to Geo. 

 

This story sure as hell isn't a psychology handbook. It's also completely different from what I expected. And I liked it. For once, it wasn't a twist on Stockholm syndrom. There was a difference between consensual D/s relationships and the master7slave conext Rory and Geo were used to. It was very fascination to see this struggle, this journey, the psychological and physiological ramifications of their complex, shared history.

 

Was it preachy? MAybe? A little? There were some side characters that - while layered and interesting and sometimes a pain in the ass - loved taking the roles of angels and devils. Sometimes that was frustrating, but all in all not too bad. The story is wordy, though. More so than I usually like in the "preaching and lecturing" department. But all in all, I enjoyed this one, and I liked how much it managed to surprise me again and again. Definitely recommended.

 

 

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review 2016-01-11 23:30
Review: Charlie's Requiem by A. American and Walt Browning
Charlie's Requiem: A Going Home Novella - A. American

When I noticed this book, I was happy.  I've enjoyed A. American's Survivalist Series and while I have not read the fifth book, Resurrecting Home, yet, figured that a novella would be a sure a thing.

 

I was wrong.

 

I am so very disappointed in A. American (known as Angery American).  While I enjoyed getting to know Charlie and the other characters in the world originally created by The Survivalist Series, I was furious to find American and Browning put out what amounts to a serial instead of a novella.  Even more furious when reading their explanation of perhaps there will be more of Charlie if readers respond well.

 

I am giving this novella 4 stars because the characters were well developed and in an era of independent authors putting out (and charging people for) works that are not edited.  Then I am taking away three stars for not putting out even a finished novella.  A. American is a decent author, he did not have to stoop to this despicable tactic.  Shame, A. American and Walt Browning, SHAME. 

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review 2015-12-07 20:21
Going Home - Harriet Evans

A below-average chick lit novel. The heroine starts off well enough but very soon gets irritating, as does her whole family. I liked the on-off boyfriend Jaden but I had no idea what he was doing with Lizzie. It's all rather ridiculous and she ends up with the wrong man who isn't very nice at all. Not recommended.

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