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review 2017-07-16 22:27
Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Barker
Mendoza in Hollywood: A Company Novel (The Company) - Kage Baker

Series: The Company #3

 

This installment of the Company time travel series finally reveals who Mendoza is telling her story to. I’d forgotten about this aspect of the first book because the glimpses of it are so quick, but I’m pretty sure they were there. This mostly takes place in Los Angeles, California, in 1862 where Mendoza is tasked with saving botanical specimens from their upcoming extinction due to the upcoming droughts and subsequent over-grazing. Anyway, there were some interesting Civil War aspects to the plot with the Company operatives uncovering a British conspiracy to gain control of California.

 

There was one really long chapter that covered one of the operatives’ movie nights in excruciating detail that I feel could have been mostly cut, but I’m left with more of a desire to continue the series now that I had at the start of the book.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square Cars Land 16 “Read a book set in…California”. Various sources put the paperback page count at 352 so I’m adding another $9 to my bank balance since this the second time I’ve landed on this square since the shake-up.

 

New Bank Balance: $229                  

 

Previous Update:

77%

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text 2017-07-16 16:16
Reading progress update: I've read 77%.
Mendoza in Hollywood: A Company Novel (The Company) - Kage Baker

The setting for this book is (mostly) Civil War era California:

"As far as I can tell, the Yankee’s idea of freedom is his right to carry a pistol with which he may shoot strangers in the street."

On a previous page, the same character had remarked:

"Surely there’s been enough blood shed in this poor country. Wouldn’t you like to live in a city where you could walk down the streets without fear of being shot? I can assure you, in her native land your mother had no need to wear a pistol. Order and safety and the rule of law, that’s the blessing of a modern empire."

By the way, this book was first published back in 2000.

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review 2017-06-29 01:35
great story and characters
Heartbreaker (Hollywood Hearts Book 2) - Belinda Williams

Marc is a security expert who has to protect Lena Lyons from a stalker. Lena is a fairly famous actress. But Lena doesn’t want a bodyguard. Also Lena is in the middle of a divorce. Marc has to pretend to be Lena’s boyfriend. The kind of job Lena hated. Lena’s mom had died from cancer when she was a teenager.Her father had left when he found out Lena’s mom had cancer.  Then Lena turns to modeling to support herself. The production company Lena works for.  had hired Marc  Marc had survivor's guilt from when he was in the Marine’s and had a tour of duty in Afghanistan and lost some of his friends. Then Marc’s family made him feel like an outsider as he was not creative in any way and they were. Marc is a reserved man and hates the Hollywood lifestyle. But Marc was good at his job. Lena’s best friend is Ally and Jay was once Lena’s bodyguard and both would do anything for Lena. Marc had a young daughter who he is very close to. Lena’s house is set on fire and Marc takes her to his cabin for a safe house. Marc and Lena get to know each other.

I loved this book. I loved the action and suspense. This also had a good plot. I feel this is very realistic. This was also well written. I loved how Marcus was with his little girl. Definitely kept my attention through the whole book. I just loved this book. I felt bad how Marc’s family made his feel and the guilt he carried . I loved the characters  and all the ins and outs and I highly recommend.

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review 2017-06-23 22:37
Faith (rocks)
Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine - Pete Pantazis,Jody Houser,Dave Sharpe,Stephanie Hans,Joe Quinones,Andrew Dalhouse,Michael Spicer,Francis Portela,Marguerite Sauvage

This was so worth the read. I can totally see Rebel Wilson playing Faith in a movie of the Renegades. She was so relatable, funny and plain real. Finally, a superhero that's curvy and into things real people are. She works at a Buzzfeed type social media company like so many other modern journalist, she loves sci-f and complains about traffic. This is a real hero for real people.

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review 2017-06-16 21:42
This was good!
Bombshell (Hollywood A-List) - CD Reiss

Bombshell (Hollywood A-List) - CD Reiss 

 

This was a departure of what I'm used to with CD Reiss, but I really enjoyed it.  The drama, the overtop parents, the sex...it was like watching reality TV.  

 

I was glad that Brad got his head out of his you know what and made things right with his daughter.  I'm also glad he got to keep Cara as well.  The epilogues were adorable.  :)

 

This is supposed to be first in a series, so I'm interested on seeing where the series is headed.

 

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