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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 2018-12-11 13:00
The Heart of an Assassin by Tony Bertot
The Heart Of An Assassin - Tony Bertot

A professional assassin, a mafia family, the FBI and the NYPD… mix them up in intelligence and counter-intelligence, you get a page-turner of a novel.

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review 2018-12-09 16:43
Dragons and more dragons, but...
Sunshine in the Dragon's Heart - Jaime Samms

I have to say these dragons are not like the rest...

 

I love dragons...we all know Karen loves dragons so when I saw this one...well, my little dragon brain said...Ooooohhhh!!!! What's this...dragons...me wants! Plus Jaime Samms... an author that writes a damn fine story. So, yep, I was all in before I even read the story and oh yeah, before I forget it's set in northern Ontario!!! And ironically that's where I was when I read this one.

 

So let's start with Sunny. He's not a dragon, just a mere mortal like the rest of us and although it's been a year since his parent's died...he's having a hard time dealing with things. It's with his sister's help that he moves to northern Ontario hoping that being with nature and away from all the pitying looks of the people he knows back in the concrete jungle will allow him to begin to heal from the loss of those he loves most.

 

I liked Sunny. He was grieving but his character wasn't whiny or annoying and I guess having lost my own parents I understood his feelings. While most of this story is between Sunny and Emile (he's our dragon...or at least the main one). 

 

Emile was probably the most unique dragon, I've encountered in a while...actually let me clarify...not just Emile but the dragons in this story in general are unusual and not presented in quite the same way as dragons are generally presented to us...not so much so that I was left thinking...'What the hell? These are not dragons...nope if was more of a 'well this is an interesting take on dragons and magic in general...me likey! 

 

While magic is probably the part of fantasy that has the widest range of interpretation I really liked how it was dealt with in this one and most of all the fact that for me it was shown with two different aspects there was the magic that belonged to one side of the fold (other stories call this the veil or the fade...it's basically the barrier between the world of the mundane...humans and the world that contains the creatures of magic) and then there's the magic as it manifest on the other side of the fold. 

 

'Sunshine in the Dragon's Heart' is about what happens when the barrier between the two worlds is crossed and the magic from the world of fantasy meets the magic from the world of man. 

 

I admit that in part how easily I was drawn into this story was because...dragons!!! they're a favorite of mine so of course I wanted to read the story, but I can also say with a certainty that just because there were dragons didn't mean the story being good was guaranteed. Sad to say I've read some not so great dragon stories, but this one isn't one of them. While I was admittedly a bit confused at the beginning I just had face and continued to read and sure enough as I read things fell into place for me and my tiny bit of confusion over a couple of things was easily sorted out and I was left having read a very enjoyable story about a man, a dragon and the magic of love.

 

So maybe, this wasn't quite a 5 star read but still a very enjoyable and different story that I would recommend to anyone looking for a story that's different and has dragons, magic and love...one really large salamander named Glimmerglass, brownies, sprites, dryads and one really awesome sister.

 

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An ARC of 'Sunshine in the Dragon's Heart' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-12-07 20:52
Reclaim Your Heart Review

The book begins with the topic of ‘Attachment’ and as I finished that section I was already pondering over the fact that how many things I keep clinging to in this world. I cling to people, I cling to my possessions and I cling to certain dreams and desires causing so much pain to myself. As I read further, I felt like this book was customized for me, for my emotions, for the things I do and for the pain I have been through. Every sentence is so marvelously inspiring. It left me astonished at the wisdom of Allah and what all have been prescribed in the Qur’an. I have fallen in love with my Creator and the life to come ahead, all over again.

 



I have never really been a fan of self-help books. Many a times I had picked up a self-help book only to put it back on the shelf. But Reclaim Your Heart got me hooked from the first page itself. I can’t say I have completely transformed but I am surely on my way to freeing myself from the shackles of this life.

I will certainly recommend this book to all my readers who want to strengthen their relationship with Allah and who wish to find a deeper meaning to their lives. Reclaim Your Heart is an eye opener to what lies beyond this world.

 

Reclaim Your Heart is not just a self-help book. It is a manual about the journey of the heart in and out of the ocean of this life. It is a book about how to keep your heart from sinking to the depths of that ocean, and what to do when it does. It is a book about redemption, about hope, about renewal. Every heart can heal, and each moment is created to bring us closer to that transformative return. Reclaim Your Heart is about finding that moment when everything stops and suddenly looks different. It is about finding your own awakening. And then returning to the better, truer, and freer version of yourself. Many of us live our lives, entrapped by the same repeated patterns of heartbreak and disappointment. Many of us have no idea why this happens. Reclaim Your Heart is about freeing the heart from this slavery. It is about the journey in an out of life’s most deceptive traps. This book was written to awaken the heart and provide a new perspective on love, loss, happiness, and pain. Providing a manual of sorts, Reclaim Your Heart will teach readers how to live in this life without allowing life to own you. It is a manual of how to protect your most prized possession: the heart.

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review 2018-12-05 13:21
The Curious Heart Of Ailsa Rae - Stephanie Butland

Ailsa Rae has reached the age of 28 and never really lived. She was born with a cogenital heart defect, not expected to reach her teens. But now she has a new heart and has to learn live, and find out who she really is now her illness doesn’t define her.

 

Ailsa is a lovely character. She is struggling to find out who she is, having been defined so many years as the girl with the broken heart. Her health, and later her need for a transplant, have governed her life, meaning that decisions haven’t really been there to be made, or at least, any decision making has been taking out of her hands. And so when this power is returned to her she struggles to know what to do, to see what would be the right path for her, conscious that she doesn’t waste this second chance. She therefore turns to her blog followers to decide things for her. Some of the votes have a dramatic and unforseen impact on her life. It is lovely to see Ailsa develop as the story develops, gaining the confidence to believe in herself, that it is ok to make mistakes and that at some stage she has to take the plunge and make decisions for herself.

All of the other characters add something to the story, be it those who just appear on the page briefly or those like her mother, who have more of an impact on her life.

 

The story moves between present day and the past, where we learn more about Ailsa and her relationship with Lennox, her first love, who unfortunately didn’t survive long enough for a transplant. I liked the writing style, it felt comforting and friendly and yet not too frivolous. I found myself whizzing through the pages and I would have finished it in a day had not the urge to sleep overwhelmed me.

 

The book looks at many things in a fun, moving way. It exposes the need for donors and the life changing effect their selfless acts can have, from something as huge as a heart to something as small but vital as a cornea. It is a love story, with hints of Notting Hill to it. It is also a story about self realisation, about accepting ourselves but also realising we can change and grow, no matter what our age.

 

The warm writing and wonderful characterisation that ran through Lost for Words returns here in the lovely, moving, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae. I’m eagerly looking forward to Stephanie Butland’s next novel.

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