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review 2019-02-18 21:01
Timepiece
Timepiece - Heather Albano


I read time travel, so count me in. There's an introduction in the book about the special setting where, from our POV, people from one historical setting visit another one. Besides it is set in an alternative steampunk London where monsters and the machines that were meant to keep them in check roam around.

This is a good example of how thing gradually became worse, with the solution being even worse than the problem and this for several problems. Luckily there is a bunch of time traveling pocket watches available and some young people who are willing to use it to rid the world once and for all of these problems. Our main characters are from Georgian England and it is clear that HG Wells and the like have not yet been around, because of course they should have realized right from the start that History doesn't want to be changed and that these things NEVER end well.

The story was a bit slower than I expected. While they do jump around in time quite some, I was perhaps still used to the mayhem that is St Mary's in that other Time Travel series that I'm reading. I'm however, not entirely on board with the rules of the time travel in this one, especially since they glance over (or at least give a unsatisfactory answer) to two of the most important paradoxes of time travel. I hope this will be resolved a bit better in the next book, which I hope to read soon.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2019-02-08 04:33
Review of "Undeniably Yours (Lucy Valentine #5)" by Heather Webber
Undeniably Yours - Heather Webber

A good read; not quite sure it worked as part of the series (possibly the last book) for me.  Not my favorite of the series.

 

Partly because it tried hard to tug at some heartstrings with babies in danger.

 

Lucy's love, Sean, was very much exactly what she needed him to be.  Oh, some romantic moments but mostly not nearly as wacky or as interesting on the romance side. I like these two together, the emotions make sense and it's nice that the angst has died where they are confident in their togetherness.  Just disappointing though that Sean turned into cardboard perfection behaving exactly as she wants.

 

Maybe because Lucy did so much without the usual posse in this one, something was lacking.

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review 2019-01-28 22:34
Great Story and Characters
A Rose in the Highlands - Heather McCollum

Evelyn Worthington leaves England behind to create a school for ladies in her brother's newly purchased Scottish castle. After the long, difficult journey north, Evelyn is shocked to find that not only has the castle been scorched by fire, but a brawny, half-dressed highlander bars her entry – at sword point. Clan chief Greyson "Grey" Campbell would rather die than see his family home, Finlarig Castle, fall into English hands. So when the beautiful Sassenach flashes a bill of sale before him, it's war. But when the battles between them grow hotter, passions flare. Grey has more to worry about than a headstrong English lass and as secrets are revealed and muskets are lit, everything – the fates of the Campbell Clan, Evelyn's school, and their lives – are in jeopardy.

This was a great story from start to finish. I always love books with strong women, especially HRs because they are set in times when very few women had any rights. I’m glad that this book wrote great characters with compelling stories. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2019-01-28 21:02
Good Story and Good Characters
The Right Kind of Reckless (Reckless Hearts) - Heather Van Fleet

Collin is raising his nine month old daughter Chloe with the help of his wto friends Gavin and Max. As his girlfriend had died while he was deployed, he had been in the Marines. Collins world was now Chloe - his peace, his rock. The sanity of being a dad outweighed the occasional insanity of Collins best friends Max and Gavin..Collin had met   Gavin and Collin in basic training. Collin, Gavin, and max played Rugby. After the game Jonathan asked Collin if he was going to O’Paddys with the team. Gavin said they would be there.Than added Max was watching Chloe so they could go out. Normally Gavin preferred a quiet house to a loud barThe three of them all had something they were good at. Max was a people’s person and had the ability to make people laugh and feel comfortable. Gavin was the one who worked to take care of others - to keep them safe and healthy. He was an EMT and ex medic from their days as Marines. Quiet but honorable , someone who would always have your back. Collin did the best he could with what he was given. Anything else was just details . Addison/Addie felt she could use a blindfold and earplugs as she witnessed first one Rugby player after another party at O’Paddy's. Her best friend was McKenna/Kenna  who was getting wasted quickly. Paul was McKenna’s ex and she was messed up over their break up. Paul had told McKenna she was weak. Addison had been avoiding issues like her rent being due in three weeks and she had been jobless for two days. The preschool Addison had been working at just shut down with no explanation or notice. She would never ask Mckenna for a loan and her parents had all but forgotten she existed. She would get through this Addison had no choice. What Addie needed right now was to find something to bring in a steady stream of cash to pay her rent, other expenses and the last. Addie had seen about fifteen men from a rugby team there.She focused on the man in the center of the group. Krnna said “ that’s sure a lot of man” talking about number six. Kenna said maybe she needed one of those to get her mind off Paul who was her ex. Addie than said Kenna need to go to Maine with your family and maybe avoid men all together. Find some inner peace. Than one of the rugby players hit the side of Kenna and she slid off the stool the man helped her back up. Another half hour was all Addie had left on her watch,Kenna was flirting with the guy who had helped her with she fell but for the first time since Addie had been hanging around kenna for about two years the wasn’t taking the bait.Kenna gave up and asked Addie if she was ready to go.  Than Kenna said she had to go to the bathroom but it would be weak to have her best friend go with her and Paul was wrong Kenna wasn’t weak. Than a guy came up behind Addie and said he wanted to talk when Addir turned around it was number six. Addie said she had to find her friend than she saw Kenna walking toward her with the help of the guy that made her fall earlier. He said he found Kena outside the bathroom taking her dress off. Addie let the guys help her get Kenna home than rudely disced them right after. Addie’s job search had not been going well the only thing she had found was a job at Waffle House. Than a girl she had liked who worked at the coffee house she went to told Addie ashe had the perfect job for her. So Addie had an interview to be a nanny but when she went to the house she found out Collin-number six that she had disced after he and his friend had helped her was the person who needed a nanny for his sweet little girl. Bit when Collin seen Addie he said no right away. Even though Addie had a teaching degree for children. He couldn’t have someone taking care of his daughter while he worked that he wanted in his bed. Addie hurriedly left.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved Addie and Collin together . I did like how collie acted toward Addie at first but he changed his attitude after a while. I loved watching the relationship grow between them grow. It wasn’t an instalove/lust thing. Although they had a hot chemistry between them. This was a predictable but for me that didn’t take away from the book. I loved seeing the different POVs , sometimes that doesn’t work in a book but it did in this book but it did in this one.  I think Collin and Addie should have worked things out sooner between each other. I choked up at times whole reading this book. I think it should have had less fdra,ma in this book. I loved the relationship that Collim and Gavin and Max had. So close and they immediately joined together to help Collin raise Chloe and do whatever needed to be done. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and i recommend it.

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review 2018-12-31 16:35
Not As Good A First
Blood Lite II: Overbite - Heather Graham,Jeff Strand,Kelley Armstrong,J.A. Konrath,Janis Ian,Derek Clendening,Amy Sterling Casil,Sam W. Anderson,Aaron Polson,Brian J. Hatcher,John R. Little,Joel A. Sutherland,Jordan Summers,Allison Brennan,Lezli Robyn,Scott Nicholson,Sharyn McCrum

This is the second book in this anthology theme. Inside is a collection of short stories that connect fantasy and a little humor. 

I think it was a great idea to shoot for a sequel anthology because the first one had a little magic in it’s writing. Some stories from the original still linger in my brain. 

After reading and enjoying the first anthology, Blood Lite, I expected not just funny stories in fantasy settings but memorable. Fact is I can only remember one story in Blood Lite II: Overbite and had to do with a guy out with his girlfriend at a diner. The description of the girlfriend was disgusting and not funny. The other stories are lost from my memory. I even had to re-read quite often.

This one missed its mark but there is a third installment and...I probably will read it too.

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