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review 2020-05-30 09:35
Review: Kidnapped by the Pirate
Kidnapped by the Pirate: Gay Romance - Keira Andrews,Cornell Collins

M/M historical romance.  The story was well put together.  It held my attention and made my heart race in all the right  places.


Nathaniel is sailing to a New World Colony with his sister when they are set upon by pirates.  As it turns out this is the very Privateer turned pirate at the betrayal of Nathaniel's father.  Once the Hawk knows who he has in his midst, he kidnaps Nathaniel as he is the only son and heir of his bitter enemy.  Hawk's plan in to ransom Nathaniel and finally visit revenge upon the man that took his legal life as a Privateer away.  What Hawk doesn't count on is falling for his captive.  Romance, mutiny and adventure ensues.


The plot was good, the characters were likeable, the romance was sweet and hot where it needed to be.  The narration was spot-on.  There was emotion and I felt as though I were truly "hearing" the characters.   Job well done.



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text 2020-05-30 06:43
Reading progress update: I've listened 300 out of 606 minutes.
Kidnapped by the Pirate: Gay Romance - Keira Andrews,Cornell Collins

This is pretty damn good. Good story, and hotness. I'm happy with this pick.

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text 2019-11-30 23:37
24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 - St. Andrew's Day: Task 1
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson,David Rintoul
Rebus's Scotland: A Personal Journey - Ian Rankin
The Daughter Of Time - Josephine Tey
Out of Bounds - Val McDermid
The Blackhouse - Peter May

Six favorite Scottish writers:


Arthur Conan Doyle: Elementary.


Robert Louis Stevenson: For Kidnapped alone -- though his Edinburgh Picturesque Notes, even 150 years after their first publication, remain one of the best portraits of Edinburgh you'll ever read, and his short stories are right up there with the best of them.


Ian Rankin: The man who made Edinburgh a character in his novels unlike any other, to the point of making you feel you'd know your way around even if you never actually get to visit.


Josephine Tey: In the space of a mere 200 pages or so, she revolutionized modernity's perception of Richard III.  Alas, she only wrote a handful of novels and plays and I've yet to explore even all of those, but what I've read of her, I like enormously.


Val McDermid: Tough, no-nonsense crime fiction featuring strong, independent women investigators; including and in particular the Karen Pirie series (also (chiefly) set in Edinburgh).


Peter May: Nobody captures the Western Highlands and the Hebrides like him -- particularly the stark, windswept beauty of Harris and Lewis.


(Task: Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?)


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review 2019-08-27 23:44
3 Out Of 5 STARS for Losing Leah by Tiffany King
Losing Leah - Tiffany King





Child Kidnapping
Aftermath Of Her Kidnapping
Twisted and Twisty
Mental Illness
High School Bullying
Overwhelmingly Sad



LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE--or something like that)








I'll admit the title is what initially drew me to this book...I'm a sucker for a book that has a character with my name. This book had me completely, I was unsettled while reading Leah's POV...I kept picturing Mother (her kidnapper) to look like the Mom from the Goonies because she was pure evil just like Mama Fratelli.


Then came the first twist and I was like, okay...that threw me for a loop, but moving on...then came the second one, and I was...not buying it. Overall, it felt like some elements were being done as a ploy to achieve a gotcha kind of moment and it became too problematic to believe.


I wanted a happy ending for these characters...and I didn't feel like I got it...and that's all I'm going to say about this since it is almost impossible to say how I feel about this book, without giving away spoilers.



Plot⇢ 3/5
Characters⇢ 4/5
The Feels⇢ 3.3/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 3.5/5
Originality⇢ 3/5
Ending⇢ 1.5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ ???


Book Cover⇢ It's all right...
Setting⇢ Somewhere with a warmer climate...I don't think a city is mentioned at all.
Source⇢ Kindle eBook (Library)
Length⇢ 312 pages


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review 2019-06-08 11:22
A Heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey
A Heart So Wild - Johanna Lindsey

Well, I liked and at the same time didn't like the story. It was interesting to follow Courtney's growth as a person but the hero of the story was despicable. I didn't like his way of thinking and the way he treated Courtney was awful. He was a mean bully. 

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