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review 2018-01-16 20:08
The Magic Misfits
The Magic Misfits - Neil Patrick Harris,Lissy Marlin,Author

Magic Misfits, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a huge fan of NPH.

The Characters:

Carter Lock(e):
Theo, Leila, Ridley, Olly, Izzie, Mr. Vernon and Mr. Vernon

The Story:

This book was awesome for young readers. Carter has it pretty rough, his parents disappear, he is stuck in the care of a shiftless petty criminal uncle. One day he’s had enough.really teed off said uncle and hops a train and lands in Mineral Wells. In Mineral Wells Carter finds friends that share a love of magic and a distaste for criminals. That’s fortunate because one of the rudest is in their town. Carter and the rest of the Misfits work together to take down the criminals. And we learn that maybe Carter’s landing in Mineral Wells wasn’t just luck but fate.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were easy to imagine and Neil Patrick Harris brought them to life masterfully on the audio book. I only regret I wasn’t on a road trip with my nieces and nephews to share the story with them.

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4 Stars

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review 2018-01-16 00:58
HOT SEAL Bride (HOT SEAL Team - Book 4) - Lynn Raye Harris

Let me just say right up front HOT SEAL Bride is one of my favorite books ever written by Lynn Raye Harris. Seriously, I read every single chance I had as soon as it hit my kindle. I've loved Cash "Money" McQuaid since he first appeared on the page and was so glad to see him get his story.

 

I think part of why I couldn't wait for Cash to meet the woman who was his match was because he gave all the other guys such a hard time when they fell in love and always said it would never happen to him. Enter Princess Antonella Rossi and all bets were off. I loved Ella from the moment she appeared on the page. She was such a dichotomy of innocence and sexiness. She has been basically kept hostage by her aunt and uncle since her parents were killed and hasn't been allowed to be around others and her education was limited to what her aunt and uncle allowed. Yet part of her education came from her aunt showing her porn to prepare her for the wedding night for her arranged marriage with the sheikh her family had basically sold her to. Luckily, when she runs away, Cash is the man to appear to help her escape from her family.

 

I loved Cash and Ella together pretty much from the moment they met. I really think they both started falling for one another right away, even if Ella promised she wouldn't fall for him and Cash promised he would never fall for anyone. I felt an instant connection between Cash and Ella. Yes it started out as a friendship, but it was quickly obvious how attracted they were to one another. I loved how much honor Cash had when it came to keeping his hands off Ella so she could save her virginity for her husband and adored just as much Ella driving him crazy trying to rid herself of said virginity. All I can say is when they finally got together the screen on my kindle fogged up it was so freaking hot! I knew Cash would freak out at some point about his growing feelings for Ella and he didn't disappoint me. He also made amends in a huge way. Only made me fall a little bit more in love with Cash to see him finally fall in love.

 

Honestly the only thing I didn't love about his book was Ella's family. Her aunt and uncle were pretty much reprehensible and I wanted to smack them around so many times for how they treated Ella and how they lied to Ella. I love the Ella instantly became family to all the HOT members on Cash's team and she finally had people in her life that cared for her. 

 

HOT SEAL Bride is another winner in the HOT SEAL Team series. I've loved each and every book in the HOT and HOT SEAL series and drop everything to read each new installment as soon as they hit my kindle. Lynn Raye Harris has defiantly found her true voice with these stories.

 

 

Rating: 5 Stars (A)

Review copy provided by publisher

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review 2018-01-14 05:11
Dive in Silence by Noah Harris
Dive in Silence - Noah Harris

A quick note: The writing is immature and the editing is simply not there. The plot is nothing new except for one bizarre twist in the middle, and that twist is so shocking that while you feel horrified and repulsed you can't stop reading. I personally was mesmerized @.@ (still is - lol).

 

This book is drenched in double-entendres, and the first thing that comes to mind is sex related, since our main character is Josh-the-Jock (NSFW-ish-ish, 18+):

 

- Two boys in the shower, Josh is checking Andrew's penis, while Andrew grabs "golden shower handle".

- "It’s the last swim session before the (frat) party. The last hard Saturday morning set that makes everyone stiff till Monday." Italics are mine. 

 

Several passages left me, not a shy person and not a prude, with my jaw hanging. The level of creativity in some descriptions stunned me. I can safely say I've never read anything like this before.The book is greatly entertaining and certainly memorable. I am adding a star for that.

 

Now, a few silly parts:

 

- Not sure what a werewolf was doing in the swimming pool. Turtle would have made much more sense, but you can't have a wild mind-blowing sex with a turtle. I get that. At least Josh wasn't a werecat, I mean can you imagine? lol

 

- Cream - CREAM - carpet in a fraternity house with 20+ boys. Kid you not! I had to read that paragraph twice.

 

 

- Sex with no lube and no preparation. Poor Andrew, OUCH!

 

- Twenty year old students are drinking beer - not shocking. What shocking is that the frat house is well stocked on wine, beer and food. Like real food, not pizza or ramen noodles. There is a wine and food cellar. How well off are these boy-students? Where is this University? O.o I want to know which country this is!

 

***

 

Bottom line: if you are into weird and bizarre things (like PL Nunn weird and bizarre), if you can put up with bad editing and if you are willing to laugh with the characters instead of at them, you might find this story not so horrible. Although even good humor might not save you from the shock of a mind blowing werewolf sex-scene ;)

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review 2018-01-10 20:33
Where Serpents Sleep aka the Book Where Everything Picks Up
Where Serpents Sleep - C.S. Harris

Author: C.S. Harris

Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #4

Rating: 4 stars

 

I only mildly enjoyed the first few books in this series.  When I expressed this, fans of the series told me that Hero's character- who plays a prominent role in this installment -  is a great addition to the cast and turned it around for them.  Considering this, though I had said I would read the series no further, I decided to give this one a shot. 

 

They were right.

 

 

In this installment, Sebastian comes to the aid of Hero, his enemy's daughter,  who is investigating the death of prostitutes killed under suspicious circumstances. The subsequent mystery is very much tied up in history- Harris takes a historical event and has spun her own story as to the motivations behind it. It is well done.

 

The characters were rich with depth. Harris' descriptions make them come alive as you're reading.  Sebastian still isn't my favorite character, but my least favorite has taken a huge leap back from the forefront and that improves things considerably. I'd elaborate more but #spoilers.

 

 

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to continuing on with this series.

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review 2018-01-08 19:50
The Lump of Coal ★★★★★
The Lump of Coal (Audio) - Lemony Snicket,Neil Patrick Harris,Brett Helquist

An adorable anthropomorphic lump of coal goes on a journey to find his destiny. Loved it.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive, with an excellent reading by Neil Patrick Harris, as if he could do anything but provide an outstanding performance of a Lemony Snicket story.

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