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review 2017-12-23 20:01
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 - Christmas: All the Right Feels
The Santa Klaus Murder - Mavis Doriel Hay
The Santa Klaus Murder - Mavis Doriel Hay,Anne Dover,Gordon Griffin

Of all of my Christmas reads this year to date, I can't think of a more fitting candidate for the Christmas holiday book bonus joker.  This is a nicely plotted Golden Age country house holiday party mystery, with decidedly more likeable than non-likeable characters, a light enough touch to make the non-likeable characters gentle satires rather than gratingly annoying or rough-hewn bores, all the Christmas feels (which are maintained until the very end), decent enough writing ... and, I mean, seriously, can you beat that title?  Call me sentimental, but I did enjoy this enormously.

 

P.S.: As an aside, I also truly enjoyed the narration by Gordon Griffin, one of the audiobook narrators of the very first hour ... and in case you didn't know, also the guy whose voice tells you to "Mind The Gap" when you're travelling on the London Underground.

 

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review 2017-12-13 23:58
The Aspern Papers (Dover Thrift Editions) - Henry James

“Furfante di uno scrittorucolo!”

 

 

La gondola scivola pigramente lungo il Canal Grande, nell’abbraccio molle e indefinibile di un’estiva notte veneziana. Non lontano c’è il palazzo grigio e rosa, un tempo certamente splendido, residenza delle signorine Bordereau: l’ultracentenaria Juliana, che fu amante e musa ispiratrice del poeta Jeffrey Aspern, e la non più giovane nipote Tina. Pare che in casa sia conservato il carteggio amoroso fra Juliana e il poeta. Quivi giunge il protagonista, critico letterario, studioso e grande estimatore di Aspern, nonché voce narrante, disposto a tutto pur di prendere possesso dell’epistolario. Riuscirà a guadagnarsi la simpatia di Tina, a farsi ammettere in casa Bordereau. Si presenterà sotto falso nome, si offrirà di pagare qualsiasi cifra pur di avere qualche stanza del palazzo in affitto. Poi inizierà il suo lavoro diabolico e sottile.

 

Da una parte pare si cerchi  un accordo in nome dell’arte, dall’altro in quello dell’amore. Ma a ben guardare, è solo questione di profitto personale.

E il prezzo, come sempre in questi casi, è davvero alto.

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review 2017-10-02 03:15
Heat
Blocked: A Breakaway Novel - L.P. Dover

This is Book # 2, in the Breakaway series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Dallas is a Goal Tender for a hockey team.  He is also a hothead.  He is having a hard time adjusting to having to teach someone to be his backup.  Dallas is also incredibly attracted to Callie.

 

Callie is a nurse, who cannot seem to find a good man.  Her brother plays on the same team with Dallas.  He wants her to stay away from hockey players.  If only she could.  For some reason she is drawn to him.

 

This was an amazingly hot and sexy book!  Has lots of heat in many other ways too.  The characters just mesh so well.  I love this Breakaway series and I hope we get more stories.  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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text 2017-09-26 18:27
Hard Stick By L.P. Dover 99 cents
Hard Stick: A Breakaway Novel - L.P. Dover

On the ice, I’m Kellan Carter, powerhouse enforcer for the Charlotte Strikers. Off the ice, I’m just a regular guy. The last thing I want is to get mobbed by a bunch of groupies who are only after me for my fame and money. My ideal woman knows how to enjoy a little good, clean fun—and maybe some not-so-clean fun too. That’s the kind of girl I’d never let go.

When Kristen Robinson, the gorgeous, down-to-earth bartender I’ve been crushing on, agrees to let me take her out, I’m thrilled. We have an amazing night together, culminating in the most electrifying kiss of my life—and that’s it. Kristen tells me we can’t see each other again, but I know that kiss meant as much to her as it did to me. What I don’t know is that Kristen has a dangerous secret. . . .

I’ve proved to Kristen that she can trust me with her body and her heart. But when her past comes back to haunt her, I need to prove that she can trust me with her life. And I might have to get my hands dirty after all.

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review 2017-08-22 20:28
great story and characters
Aim: A Circle of Justice Novel - L.P. Dover,Crimson Tide Editorial

Grace had worked more hours than she cared to admit. Grace enjoyed being the Event and Marketing manager at one of the top hotels in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Mya had been Grace’s best friend since kindergarten and was now more a sister than anything. Their fathers had even been partners on the police department until Grace’s dad became Chief Of Police. Mya was a HS teacher but she was also an amazing artist. Myr’a mentioned how Grace’s boss Jared was in love with Grace but Grace   said they worked together for a long time and Jared had never crossed the line. Mya then mentioned Ian but Grace didn’t have the time to compete for Ian against all the the women who wanted him. Asher job was her life. Also with Ian’s schedule and hers there was no way they could have a solid relationship. Then Jerad the owner’s son and joint manager stopped Grace and told they were having drinks tonight with his dad and he wanted to make sure Grace came as there was mention of a promotion for Grace. Grace’s life was lonely at times but she had  but she had been cheated on by the man thought she was going to marry.  So Grace’s heart was guarded Grace was going to her car when she saw a shadow then felt pain shot through the back of her head and then she passed out. Ian had a twin brother named Bryce who was also an FBI agent.and were part of the Circle of Justice - a group of assassins who targeted those who escaped  the system. They were currently going after a mob leader and those jobs were always more complicated than others as those guys ready to fight. For the past year Bryce had been working undercover no one in the family new but Ianas Bryce was in too deep. Being part of the mob was a whole new world. Ian hadn’t personally hadn’t been stuck on the inside but he did see it through Bryce’s eyes. Bryce had done so much to get the mob’s trust Ian wonders if Bryce will ever be free again. Ian didn't enjoy killing people but it was his job. Then the chief of police called - Colton- called Ian and told him Grace was missing. There had been men missing lately but Grace was the only woman. Some of her blood was on the ground with her purse and phone outside of the drivers door. Two of the men missing were from the area. All the locals missing were the same- no struggle or any indication of foul play other than the blood outside of Grace’s car door. Grace came to when a man let out an ear deafening scream. Grace’s hands were tied behind her back and her legs to her ankles. It smelled like Grace was in a barn. Then Grace called out Hello and said her name and the man said he was Chuck and he said he had to get out of there as they were going to kill him. Chuck added they would let him go then hunt him down just like all the others. Grace felt no one had wanted to kill her and how did she end up here. Then Grace showed up on Ian’s porch and he is determined to keep Grace safe and find the other people missing. Grace and Ian get close while he is trying to protect her. Reed also got involved with protecting Grace and was very protective.

I loved this story, the plot and the pace too. Also loved the suspense and danger in the story. I loved the twist in this story. I didn’t want to put this down. I did chuckle at times but also it made me choke up a bit.  I loved how the book grabbed you right in the beginning and wouldn’t let go until the end. This was a great read. I also loved the romance in the story.I loved how a stronger loving relationship grew between Grace and Ian. This kept me guessing on who wanted Grace killed. And why. I loved the characters in this story and the ins and outs and I highly recommend.

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