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review 2018-08-13 20:17
Feel the Heat
Feel The Heat (Rockford Fire Department Book 1) - Kathryn Shay

Francey (Francesca) is a firefighter (I know- a female firefighter!). Her grandpa, dad, and a brother are also firefighters. She and her crew get called out to a fire. She rescues Alex, who fell asleep at his desk. 
I like both both Francesca and Alex. Fran is a tomboy and is one of the guys. Alex sees her and is intrigued. It helps that she doesn't fawn all over him. They play at being friends and later have things they need to work out.
I liked the firefighting terms and learned a little. I thought it was realistic at how a busy, city fire department is, with the stress of the job, but also the stress it puts on the family. There is a strong secondary story-line here too with Fran's parents, Ben and Diana who divorced when she was 3. 
The fire that Alex is saved from; that was predictable and I had wondered, at first, if that would have been a suspense point. Hint- it's not. Anyway, I was right.
Points off for this: "But it was her eyes that snared him. They were huge, almost translucent and the oddest color, indigo fanning out to deep purple." This is NOT a paranormal! (Natural) purple eyes do not exist!

Ripped Bodice Bingo:  firefighters square!

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review 2018-08-13 20:02
Sweet Heat at Bayside - Addison Cole

Sweet Heat at Bayside is the perfect book about love, friendship, and family.     Never is there a doubt that these Bayside friends and family will protect, love, and help you with whatever you need.    Most of the time you do not even need to ask, they just do it and instinctively know what is needed at any given time, even if it is to leave a person alone to figure things out themselves.       The heat part of the story is my favorite.  Addison Cole writes a clean and steamy story.    She leaves some of the story to the readers imagination but leads them right to the edge before letting them go.    

 

While this is part of a series it can be read easily as a stand-alone story.   Each book is its own complete story with the characters from other books just checking in to let the reader know what is going on with them.   The past characters are just as fun to read about as the characters that the book is actually focused it.   You learn about babies, weddings, and anything else that is happening.    

 

Sweet Heat at Bayside tells the story of Drake and Serena.    They have been friends since childhood, best friends for many years, and have worked together for 4 years.    Circling each other, feeling the heat between them, but never acting on it is how their relationship has been.    The timing just never seemed right to move their relationship to the next level.    Yet, with Serena moving to Boston for a new job it is time for Drake to let his feelings out and oh was it wonderful.   There was no easing into it, no doubt of feelings, and no going slow.    Drake just jumped right in, took what he wanted and Serena loved every minute of it.    

 

As I am a big Addison Cole fan, I thought I knew what to expect.    She managed to surprise me with how much control Drake kept when it came to pushing Serena in their relationship.    He could have asked her to stay, asked her to move back, and Serena probably would have but he respected her so much that he never did.   He let her spread her wings, find her way, and supported her with each step.  

 

Pick up this book and the rest of Addison’s books.   They are sweet with heat.   They have amazing friendships and wonderful relationships.

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text 2018-08-13 17:20
Heat Exchange By Shannon Stacey Free!!
Heat Exchange (Boston Fire) - Shannon Stacey

Lydia Kincaid’s shipping back to Boston, but she’s not happy about it. She left to get away from the firefighting community—her father was a firefighter, her brother’s a firefighter and, more importantly, her ex is a firefighter. But family is number one and her father needs her help running the pub he bought when he retired. Soon, Lydia finds it hard to resist the familiar comfort and routine, and even harder to resist her brother’s handsome friend Aidan.

Aidan Hunt is a firefighter because of the Kincaid family. He’s had the hots for Lydia for years, but if ever a woman was off-limits to him it’s her. Aside from being his mentor’s daughter, she’s his best friend’s sister. The ex-wife of a fellow firefighter. But his plan to play it cool until she leaves town again fails, and soon he and Lydia have crossed a line they can’t un-cross.

As Aidan and Lydia’s flirtation turns into something more serious, Lydia knows she should be planning her escape. Being a firefighter’s wife was the hardest thing she’s ever done and she doesn’t know if she has the strength to do it again. Aidan can’t imagine walking away from Boston Fire—even for Lydia. The job and the brotherhood are his life; but if he wants Lydia in it, he’ll have to decide who’s first in his heart.

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text 2018-08-07 10:43
Germany & Central Europe, seen from the International Space Station

Tweet by the current commander of the ISS, German Alexander Gerst.

 

I'd been planning to shut up about the weather, but this just came too pat ... Will finally be shutting up now, though.

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text 2018-08-06 22:53
Let the Cult Begin ...

So here's my super-shiny, super-pretty, brand-spanking new card, with very many thanks to Moonlight Reader, um,  Madness:

 

 

First -- still very vague -- book ideas:

 

Country House Mystery: No specific idea yet, but I'll try to combine this one with my Detection Club quest, if possible.

Cryptozoologist: Probably either a book from Terry Pratchett's "Night Guard" Discworld subseries, or Patricia McKillip's Fantastic Beasts of Eld.

Romantic Suspense: I still haven't gotten around to the book I was planning to read for this square last year, Candace Robb's Apothecary Rose.  Either that or something by Mary Stewart.

Terrifying Women: If I don't come up with anything more specific, likely either Shirley Jackson or Patricia Highsmith.

Terror in a Small Town: Another one to combine with my Detection Club quest.

A Grimm Tale: Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber (Richard Armitage audio).

Genre: Horror: Michael McDowell: Gilded Needles (R.C. Bray audio).

Gothic: I've been planning, for quite a while, to do a comparison listen & review of the two audio versions of Du Maurier's Rebecca that I own on CD (read by Emma Fielding and Anna Massey, respectively) -- this just might be the moment to finally get around to doing that.

Murder Most Foul: ... and another one to combine with my Detection Club quest.

Doomsday: If MM OK's it, Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora.  Otherwise, possibly one of Sheri S. Tepper's dystopias.  Or if I feel like I need some comic relief, I might just revisit Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, what with a screen adaptation now in the works and all.

13: You guessed it ... The Detection Club: Verdict of 13.

Supernatural: Patricia McKillip: The Riddle Master.

Free Space: TBD.

Amateur Sleuth: Amateur sleuths are a golden age mystery staple, so ... another category suggesting itself for combination with my Detection Club quest.

Southern Gothic: Either Barbara Hambly's Free Man of Color or Michael McDowell's Blackwater saga (Matt Godfrey audio).

Ghost Stories: Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White (Nigel Anthony / Susan Jameson audio).  (Might switch this one with "Classic Horror", though, see below.)

Cozy Mystery: Yet another possible combination with my Detection Club quest.

New Release: C.J. Sansom, Tombland.

Diverse Voices: Esi Edugyan: Washington Black.

Creepy Carnivals: Angela Carter: Nights at the Circus (Adjoa Andoh audio).

Fear the Drowning Deep: No idea yet -- I'll probably be revisiting a classic here.

Classic Horror: Edith Wharton's or Charles Dickens's ghost stories (but might switch this one with category "Ghost Stories," see above).

Darkest London: If I feel up to yet another 600+ page whopper (besides the new C.J. Sansom), J.K. Rowling aka Robert Galbraith's Lethal White. Or Andrew Taylor, The American Boy (Alex Jennings audio).  Otherwise, obviously one more category that suggests itself for combination with my Detection Club quest.

Genre: Suspense: Ditto here (Detection Club), also obviously.

Relics and Curiosities: Probably one of the Medieval Murderers books I haven't read yet.

 

On a related note, I was planning to use the audio version of Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis for "Modern Noir" -- since I didn't happen to end up with that category, I'm pretty much hell-bent on working it into another category.  It's read by Richard Armitage and I already downloaded it (had, in fact, before MM even posted her first "Halloween Bingo" alerts) ... there is no way I will not be using it as part of the bingo!

 

Though all told, it's probabably just as well we have another three weeks to go until the start, because with temperatures like these, who actually needs to read about horror?  (Sigh.)

 

(Source)

 

(And now I promise I'm done bitching about the weather ...)

 

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