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review 2020-04-24 09:52
Faith
The First Date - Zara Stoneley

Rosie had broken up in the past year with her long time boyfriend.  Then she found out he had moved on.  A new relationship, a new location, and it all made her feel as if she could not move on.  So she gets herself out there.

 

Noah meets Rosie when she is stood up by her date.  The no show provides the opportunity he needs to talk to such a beautiful woman.  He is instantly attracted to her.  She lets him know how not interested she is right away.  Then they can be friends and he can help her.  Unless he is the best date she has ever had?

 

This was a new author for me.  I was happily surprised when the story turned out to be so sweet with a some serious sexy thrown in.  The characters were obviously meant to be.  Together they are both happier about life.  I found myself not wanting to put the book down.  I could not wait to get to the end.  Then I was sad I was at the end.  Maybe we will get lucky and we see these cuties in later books?  I enjoyed this one and hope to read more by this author.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given to me by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

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text 2019-08-10 17:52
Act 3, Scene 1
Love's Labours Lost - William Shakespeare,HarperCollins Publishers Limited,Jeremy Brett,John Richardson,Geraldine McEwan,Derek Jacobi

COSTARD Pray you, sir, how much carnation ribbon may a man buy for a remuneration?

BIRON What is a remuneration?

COSTARD Marry, sir, halfpenny-farthing.

BIRON Why, then, three-farthing-worth of silk.

 

LoL. Jeremy Brett as Biron is fabulous.

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text 2019-07-26 01:30
Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
Stone Cold Heart - Caz Frear

A special thank you to the author, Edelweiss, HarperCollins Canada, and Bonnier Zaffre Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

After a brief stint in the Mayor's Office, 26-year-old Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is back at the  London Metropolitan Police’s Murder Investigation Team. She is on the hunt for the killer of Naomi Lockhart, a visiting Australian temp worker who was last seen alive at a party thrown by her boss, Kirstie Conner. Her flatmate, Kieran Drake, an ex-con turned personal trainer, made the gruesome discovery of Naomi's body in their living room.

The evidence points to Kirstie's brother-in-law, Joseph Madden, who Cat recognizes as the owner/barista from the coffee shop around the corner from the police station. Madden insists he's being framed because at the time of the murder he was with his wife. But when the police question Rachel, she contradicts his alibi.

As the force build their case against Joseph, Cat is the one assigned with investigating the Maddens. She knows one of them is lying—she needs to figure out which one while also struggling with her own relationship issues.

Frear explores the secrets we keep from those we love and the ones that we want to remain in the dark.

The second instalment of the Cat Kinsella series is another banger! Frear is meticulous with her execution and is exceptionally gifted with character development and plotting. Even in the passages of Cat's inner dialogue there are so many subtle nuances that add layers to the storyline and ratchet up the tension.

Frear's ear for dialogue is exceptional—Cat and Luigi have such witty banter and I love DI Kate Steele. Why is this series not a TV show? But the best part, Frear has left her readers with a cliffhanger. I can't wait for the next book!
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review 2019-07-21 18:24
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
The Golden Hour - Beatriz Williams

 

A special thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow, and HarperCollins Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Budding journalist Lulu travels to the Bahamas in 1941 to investigate the Duke of Windsor—the former King Edward VIII—and his wife, whose love affair caused the Duke to abdicate the British throne. Her assignment becomes complicated when the Duke's shady politics become apparent and when she falls in love with Thorpe, a scientist, who disappears without a trace.

From the opening chapter, Beatriz Williams captivates her reader. This sweeping novel is beautifully written with elements of mystery and intrigue. She effortlessly weaves together dual plot lines each richly crafted with meticulous details. Williams is one of those authors whose writing completely transcends with her elegant and awe-inspiring prose.

The difference between four and five stars was simply because I wanted more scenes with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and more from the other historical cast. Is that even a criticism, wanting more? Give this slow burn a read, you will not be disappointed.

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text 2018-09-20 17:40
Another Audible 3 for 2 Sale
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie,Hugh Fraser
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. - Ron Chernow,Grover Gardner
Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford - George Newbern,Lisa McCubbin,Clint Hill

What a strangely diverse group of books I have ended up with! But at least I found three titles; sometimes I find nothing in the sale pile. We start with what I know is going to be one of those deep tomes; at 35 hours long how can it be anything but--and it is Chernow so it will be well done. Then an Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot story, which at least I know that even if it is a comparatively light read, it will be a well written and well crafted. And then there is the bit of fluff, which is what I am sure I will get when a retired Secret Service agent and his not quite ghost writer start dishing up on Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Carter.

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