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review 2017-09-08 14:06
This book has me wondering; what it's really like for the movers and the shakers' children in Washington DC???
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

Book Title:  The Fixer

Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series:  The Fixer #1

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Setting:  Washington DC

Source: Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.2/5 Cliffhanger: Not so much…but it's not the end of this storyline.

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Seriously though, high school is difficult enough without that kind of pressure added to it. I loved this Author's other series The Naturals, but this first book in The Fixer series has left me underwhelmed and missing that thrill…although, it still has her whip smart style of writing.  Maybe, political intrigue isn't what I'm into right now.  Politics, in general, ugh…need I say more?  Not that this book chooses one side/party or opinion over another, it does really good job of staying neutral, which is very astute of Ms. Barnes.

 

Will I continue this series It's still quite possible…but neither of my library's have it right now.

 

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review 2017-09-06 23:13
The bond of sisterhood…made even stronger with some hella secrets
Those Girls: A Novel - Chevy Stevens

Book Title:  Those Girls

Author:  Chevy Stevens

Narration:  Jorjeanna Marie, Emily Woo Zeller, Nicol Zanzarella

Genre:  Mystery, Suspense Thriller

Setting:  Vancouver & Bear Creek, Canada

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.3/5

Theme or Tone:  3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.3/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  4/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Honestly, the shit that happens to these three sisters is hard to believe at times.  So, if you look at this book from a standpoint of believability, I would probably only give it about 3 Stars…but it's ultimate message of the bond of sisters and finding the strength to carry on; even when life is trying to make that impossible, is what ultimately saved it.  That…and it has a lot of non-stop nail biting action, that had me hooked till the end.  I was literally screaming at my radio while listening to this, especially, in that final hour or so.

 

Will I read more from this Author  It's possible…

 

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review 2017-06-20 11:51
Review: The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty by Mary Nichols
The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty. Mary Nichols - Mary Nichols

The book started out on a great note, but about one third into the story it took a lot of turns into ridiculous land, leaving me thinking the hero should have deposited the heroine back to her father's house and then left her for someone else. All those plot twists hinged on the heroine's impulsive, TSTL actions and all revolved around kidnapping - So. Much. Kidnapping. Seriously, after the third time, shouldn't everyone in this damn story keep one eye out for possible stalkers? No? Okay then.

 

Alex is a captain in the Royal Navy when he inherits the marquis estate from his late uncle and cousin. He is a member of this group of gentlemen who bring criminals to justice using spy and detective methods. Charlotte helps her father run their carriage shop; her father has made a lot of money and connections, but wants a title in the family, so he is shopping Charlotte around the marriage mart. Alex would rather keep his captain persona rather than take on the public persona of a marquis. But there is fun banter and a nice chemistry between the two. Charlotte is the victim of an attempted kidnapping (here we go) one morning in Hyde Park; luckily, Alex is there to thwart the kidnapping and extracts a promise from Charlotte to be a crap ton more cautious. Which she then breaks (over and over again).

 

While her father is away in Oxford on business, Charlotte is kidnapped again and held for ransom. The ransom is just for show, because the kidnappers' boss wants Charlotte (read: her dowry, which her father has made quite public) to be his wife. The father calls in Alex, who with his valet/buddy/muscle Davy go undercover and succeeds numerous times to rescue Charlotte, just for her to do something else stupid. Charlotte is on a boat headed to Lisbon to pick up her "suitor" and then onward to India for a honeymoon, leaving enough time to pass for her to be forced to marry her captor to keep her reputation in society's good side. The more she falls in love with Alex, the stupider her actions become. Lisbon is full of easily-bribable people as it turns out. Finally, after Alex proposes to Charlotte a second time on their way back to England and she says yes does he announce his title. Also the father isn't exactly all that smart either; the impulsiveness of Charlotte can also be seen in her father. The British ambassador to Portugal wasn't much help, thankfully his wife was as well as the nuns....yeah, this book had a lot of crazy sauce to it.

 

Alex is a good guy, and pretty smart. Charlotte was a smart woman until she fell in love. I hate this in romance. I read this for RB Bingo "person in uniform on the cover."

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text 2017-06-16 12:54
Friday Reads - June 16, 2017
Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise Book 4) - Merry Farmer
His Very Own Girl - Carrie Lofty
The Silent Governess - Julie Klassen
Midnight Unbound - Lara Adrian
Midnight in Legend, TN: Small Town Romance in the Great Smoky Mountains (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee Book 1) - Magdalena Scott
The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty. Mary Nichols - Mary Nichols

Free Friday BL-opoly Read: Heat Wave by Merry Farmer, in honor of the heat wave the UK is facing this weekend and into next week. This is one of 30 novellas that RT convention 2017 commissioned for its Magnolias and Moonshine campaign for Atlanta; it is also part of her Nerds of Paradise series. It is a contemporary romance with interracial couple. 104 pages = $2.00.

 

BL-opoly Read (pre-shake up): Trying to get through His Very Own Girl by Carrie Lofty. It's boring me at the 20% mark, so if it doesn't improve by the 50%, I am going to DNF. I can't wait for D-Day so at least something happens.

 

Pop Sugar Read: The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen. This is so boring and a bit unrealistic. Christian romance set in rural Regency England. I'm giving it until 50% to get better before I pull the DNF card.

 

COYER Summer Vacation Reads: Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breeds #14.5) by Lara Adrian, because I wanted something different than historical romance. Since it is a short book, I am also going to try and knock out Midnight in Legend, TN by Magdalena Scott as well.

 

Ripped Bodice Bingo Read: The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty by Mary Nichols. I just finished this one for the "person in uniform on the cover" square. A Georgian-era romance that takes place in Lisbon and London. I borrowed from the library, so a Library Love Challenge book to boot.

 

So my son's last day of Kindergarten was yesterday. I can't believe my little boy is going to be a 1st grader already. I forgot how much energy little boys can have, lol.

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review 2017-06-08 22:12
Great Paranormal
Kidnapped by the Berserkers: A menage shifter romance (Berserker Brides Book 3) - Lee Savino,Lunatic Design

Kidnapped By The Berserkers by Lee Savino is a fairly short read, a great choice for paranormal fans.  Just a warning though, this book does have menage sex scenes.  Ms Savino has delivered a well-written book.  I love, love, love the characters.  Sage, Thorbjorn and Rolf's story is loaded with drama, action, suspense, humor and smokin' hot sex.  Kidnapped By The Berserkers is a fun read, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from Lee Savino in the future. I think I have read all of Ms Savino's Berserker books and this is my favorite so far.  Kidnapped By The Berserkers is book 3 of the Berserker Brides Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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