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text 2017-12-04 14:59
November Wrap Up!
By Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III (1st) - Sharon Kay Penman
Cremains of the Day (A Tallie Graver Mystery) - Misty Simon
Between Two Fires: A Novel - Mark Noce
Dark Winds Rising: A Novel (Queen Branwen) - Mark Noce
Cheddar Off Dead (An Undercover Dish Mystery) - Julia Buckley
Mustard Seed - Laila Ibrahim
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

I read seven books this past month.

 

Not my best or worst month.

 

The star of the month was by far finishing The Sunne in Splendour.  By far.  Just an excellent book.

 

Artemis was also enjoyable.

 

Cremains of the Day and Cheddar off Dead were my weakest reads. 

 

I read mostly on my Kindle. An adjustment I am trying to make having such limited shelf space in my apartment. 

 

I want to at least get my books up to 8 a month - two a week. Hopefully I can do that in December.

 

 

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review 2017-12-04 03:39
Holiday Magic
Michael: A Scrooged Christmas - F.G. Adams,Julia Goda

When I started this one, I felt like I was missing something and soon realized that the source of Michael's heartache had her own book. However, as the story progressed, I realized that this magical tale wasn't so much about all that as it is about hope, happiness, and moving forward. With a bit of Christmas magic, some determination, and a whole lot of hope, and a few laugh out loud situations, Holly shows Michael what life is all about. 

The book is well-written, fast-paced, and absolutely perfect for getting in the holiday spirit. It's sweet, funny, a bit sexy, and leaves you with a smile.

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review 2017-11-28 00:00
Dragon in the Mist
Dragon in the Mist - Julia Mills Dragon in the Mist - Julia Mills Book Name: Dragon in The Mist - Dragonguard Series Book 26
Author: Julia Mills
My Rating: 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/27/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts



REVIEW
We are finally getting Mara's story and oh my godess what a story this is.

Enter Uther a long lost DragonGuard but he isn't just a guardsman oh no he is something special.

We get the antics of all the others and we get the witches and watch as they all work to finally take out their biggest threat. But will they manage it?

Grab your copy and find out.

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review 2017-11-23 19:23
Yipee, ki yay, mutherf...oops, my bad that's Bruce Willis and this is COWBOYS!!!
Riding Cowboy Flats - Julia Talbot,Adam Gold

'Riding Cowboy Flats' is a compilation of three stories all by Julia Talbot all of which are narrated by Adam Gold...who might I say has an awesome cowboy voice...no seriously I know I'm stereo-typing here but this narrator has that wonderful slow, lazy, drawl that I totally associate with cowboys and yes, I know not all cowboys sound alike but listening to Adam Gold narrate this book I had no problem imagining cowboys and I loved that. 

So first I'm going to just chat a bit about how much I enjoyed this narrator. I loved that he was able to so richly set the tone for these stories with his voice and yet at the same time he also gave each man their own distinct voice...yep, he ticked all my 'things I look for in an audio book' boxes. I have zero doubt that I will be listening to this audio book again just so I can get a cowboy fix. Now as for the stories, let's talk about them one at a time...

Jackass Flats...4 stars 
Tate's only in his thirties but he's feeling like he's just a washed up cowboy...until a certain young soldier, named Dave, enters his life and shows him that he's still got a lot to offer and when things start to go wrong for Dave. It's Tate who's got his back and gives him shelter from the storm.

I loved this one. Tate was honest and straightforward with Dave about things and while he and Dave didn't get off to the best start they still both saw something in the other that kept them wanting more. It wasn't insta-love by any means. From their rocky start to their happy ending Tate and Dave were a sweet and fun pairing. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to their banter and seeing them go from strangers to acquaintances, to friends and ultimately loves and all without angst and drama. 

Just a Cowboy...3.75 stars 
We met Herschel in 'Riding Jackass Flats' he's a friend of Tate's and a fellow cowboy. Hersch is my type of person, he believes that everyone deserves a second chance and when Dalton comes along he knows that this is someone who deserves that chance despite having a past he wants to keep hidden.

Dalton's finally realizes that the future he wants with Herschel is only going to happen when he lets go of the past...too bad the past is nipping at his heels. Luckily for Dalton, he's found a man who has faith in him and is willing to ride to his rescue.

Not quite my favorite but still an enjoyable story. While there were only 7 years between Herschel and Dalton at times it seemed like a whole lot more, but I really enjoyed the simple and uncomplicated relationship that these two shared when the rest of the world didn't intrude and the best part of this story for me was that Herschel really wasn't a judgmental person and when Dalton needed him, he was there for him. Overall just a really sweet story...no angst and lots of love.

Riding the Circuit...4 stars 
Frost Barton rides the rodeo circuit and he's thinking it might be time to retire but when his father passes away and he comes home for the funeral and to help his mother decide what to do with the farm thoughts of settling down begin to tug at him but it's when he meets horse trainer Matt Morales that he really starts to consider staying in one place and if Matt has his way that place will be with him.

'Riding the Circuit' is the third and final story in this cowboy trilogy and a really nice way to wrap things up. As well as introducing us to Frost and Matt, we are given a glimpse of the couples from the previous stories as well. Once again we're given a story with little to no angst but a story that's interesting, sweet and nicely flushed out with details.

'Riding Cowboy Flats' was a sweet, fun and easy listen without an blown out of proportion drama scenes or miscommunication but each story was complete and interesting and had a sweet cowboy romance that I really enjoyed. 

If you're a fan of cowboys than saddle up and head on over to 'Cowboy Flats' I think you'll enjoy what's waiting there.

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An audio book of 'Riding Cowboy Flats' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-11-22 00:23
I think I'll give up on romance.
What Happens in London (Bevelstoke, #2) - Julia Quinn

So a nosy neighbor is intrigued by the possibility that her neighbor killed the woman he was supposed to marry. Said neighbor is actually far more boring and does mundane work. But he notices his neighbor watching him from her window. While it might be just her not minding her own business Sir Harry is roped into a possible conspiracy and must watch neighbor Olivia to see if what her relationship is to a foreign prince who might be plotting against England. Gasp!

 

Or something like that. Admittedly I've never read Quinn before but thought the spy angle would be something that would intrigue me. Nope. This has good ratings but the romance genre is just not for me. Neither the heroine nor hero were particularly compelling, although I felt Quinn really tried with a fascinating backstory (drunk father, grandmother who prefers Russian or French over English, etc. for Harry's background) but...not really.

 

Criticisms were right: I didn't think the writing was very good and find it hard to not agree with the stereotypes of the romance genre. I just don't get it, I guess. Not really sure what drew me to the book (other than the spy angle) but I think it might have been one of those books recommended to me as a gateway to the romance genre.

 

Skip it. It has its fans and maybe it might be a book for you. But I'd recommend the library if you're not sure.

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