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review 2017-05-24 04:43
Every time
One Night with Rhodes (One Night Series Book 4) - Eden Finley,Book Covers by Design,Kelly Hartigan

This book is #4 in the One Night series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers and understand the series, I recommend reading series in order.

 

Blair tells his friends he is attracted to both sexes.  They really have nothing to say.  He figures that means they do not approve.  He cannot help the way he feels for his best friends older brother.  Since that is just a dream, he keeps looking for the "one."

 

Garrett does not want to be attracted to men.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to hide that he is.  He has always had a playboy reputation with women.  What he wants is a real relationship that he does not have to hide.

 

Theirs is a complicated relationship.  I love the banter, the heat, the laughter, and more.  This series is so much fun since it is about a group of friends.  There is something for everyone.  I hope to see more of these characters.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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review 2017-05-21 03:29
The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay
The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay - Kelly Harms

I don't normally draw parallels, but think Mary Kay Andrews, or Jennifer Crusie minus the purposeful hilarity, and you have a good idea of what The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay is going to deliver.

 

Lily is one of those artists who has the potential to make it big, but she's a doormat; a cheerful, I-just-want-everybody-to-be-happy, doormat.  Normally I'd have tossed this book aside because I don't like reading about doormats, but Lily never wallowed, so that during the clueless stage of the story the irritating bits washed over me.  

 

While packing to move out of her apartment, Lily stumbles across a 10 year old notice from Nevada telling her the annulment she applied for is incomplete.  She's been married to a guy she can't even remember for a decade, and of course she's feeling all her shortcomings so determines to go to Minnow Bay to apologise in person and fix things.  This is when she has her "I'm a doormat" epiphany, and while her turnaround is a work in progress, her wry humor about herself and the way she owns up to her shortcomings made it easy for me to relate to her and like her more than I normally would.

 

Added to her likeable qualities are the characters of Minnow Bay, all of whom are poster-small-town-perfect and quite a lot of them the kind I wish I had for neighbours.  Colleen and Jenny's antics trying to keep Lily in Minnow Bay are funny and Simone is acerbic but hilarious.

 

I thought the writing really readable and I easily finished it yesterday afternoon and evening; it's not a long book and the engaging narrative sucked me in.  I'm not sure I'd say it's worth the sticker price, but it's definitely worth the used bookshop price (in hardcover) and I thought it was a fun read, perfect for the mood I was in.

 

 

 

 

Total pages: 280

$$: $3.00

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review 2017-05-20 18:10
He Said/She Said
He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly

It’s so creepy and so good! This novel is not about the act of rape so don’t worry about having to get caught up its illegalities, this novel is a thriller which might catch you off guard if you aren’t watching.

The novel opens with Laura pregnant with twins. Kit, her boyfriend, is off hunting down another eclipse. Laura knows that Kit must go on this trip but she knows that she will be worried the whole time that he is gone. The couple have been living in seclusion for years and they fear that one day, their lives will be turned upside down. Of course, I am confused at what is happening within Laura and Kit’s life and why they would live in seclusion so many year but now the novel has switched to the year 1999 and hopefully I will learn why.

 

Laura and Kit are at a festival. It’s crowded, it’s lively and the highlight of this festival will be an eclipse but for now, they are walking around. They have found their way into a secluded section, they see a couple having sex. Laura notices the look on the woman’s face. Is this couple having consensual sex or is it rape? The woman is not responding when Laura tries to talk to her so they call the police and set things in motion. This act will change their lives forever. In the trial, they are the witnesses but it does not end there as the author wants us to squirm some more as these individuals encounter each other again. It was beautiful, this novel was a great page turner, one which left me speechless and wanting more! I highly recommend it but be ready for the novel to consume you. I only wish I could erase my memory and I could read it again.


I received an advanced copy of this novel from Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review- thanks Minotaur Books.
#HeSaidSheSaid #WhoDoYouBelieve

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review 2017-05-20 13:01
Good message, told in forced dialogues
Constance & Nano: Engineering Adventure #1 - Kelly Thompson,Nicoletta Baldari

So, I really kinda love this comic.   It's about Constance, a girl who lives in a town where flooding happens more and more often.   This flooding is a great cause for concern: her friend got hit by a car when the street he used to get to school was flooded, and Constance herself almost gets hit until she's saved by the local superhero, Nano.   When she asks her teacher why the street gets flooded, he sets up a meeting between the girl and his friend - a woman - who's an engineer.   Constance not only learns about what's happened, and what's being done to fix this problem, but she also learns about Nano's secret identity and figures out why her mom's garden is flooding.   She uses her newfound knowledge about engineering to fix the garden problem, because she can, and she knows the town is working on fixing the bridge.   This comic is put out by the Society of Women Engineers (or SWE) and it's a great message: women are engineers, and if we want more women engineers, we should foster that curiosity young.   (I'm also glad that this doesn't skew only to women engineers.   That is obviously the focus, but you see women and men working together when there are panels showing what the engineers are doing - like surveying - to start to tackle this problem.   It's subtle, but the message is there: men and women are working together to fix this.)

 

Everything, from Nano's identity to the big problem of the flooding of the town to the relatively smaller problem of the garden flooding are dealt with and wrapped up, as much as they can be in this short comic.   (Solutions are presented, but the changes don't happen immediately, because realistically it just won't be fixed with the snap of a finger.   Nano says she trusts Constance to keep her secret, which seems weird since they just met and Nano doesn't have any real basis for believing that a young child would have the necessary willpower to keep this secret.)

 

If only the dialogue didn't feel so stilted and forced.  I understand: the message was the points and it came on so strongly.   Which again is a great message, encouraging and empowering girls to learn about engineering.  But the message overtook any plot, any natural dialogue, and I kind of cringed at this fact.   Still, the importance of the message really overtook any reservations I had.     I'll take it, stilted dialogue and all.   

 

The art is bright, highly stylized and just excellent.  Adorable, very cartoonish, this fit the message, and the people this message was intended for, so very appropriate here.   Love, love, love the art.   

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review 2017-05-20 05:26
Above the Paw (Paw Enforcement, #5)
Above the Paw - Diane Kelly

Another so-so entry.  Kelly has the plotting down pat, but she struggles with the amount of research to share with her reader; even when it's interesting stuff, it's over-bearing.

 

Megan and Brigit go undercover at a local University to try to break up an ecstasy dealing ring.  Kelly writes this series from multiple POV: Megan's, Brigit's (which is, thankfully, usually only a paragraph or two, because there's only so much doggy POV a reader can take) and the villain's.  She does a bit of slight-of-hand with the villain's POV here and I'm not sure it totally worked.  It did obfuscate things nicely, but she failed to tie it all together in any satisfying way.  

 

It was a good enough read to hold my attention but not quite strong enough to suck me in.  I'd read another one happily, but I won't wait on the edge of my seat for it.


 

 

 

Total pages: 370

$$:  $3.00

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