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review 2017-11-19 02:00
All's Fair was definitely all good...
Fair Chance - Josh Lanyon,J. F. Harding

Wow, this one was awesome. Everything's come full circle. Elliot's consulting on the case that started it all as things come to a close. Tucker and Elliot are together and both men are determined to make this a forever thing. Things however start to get dicey again when it comes to light that maybe 'The Sculptor' wasn't acting alone and he had an accomplice...suddenly no one's safe again and when Tucker disappears. 

Elliot knows it's The Sculptor at work and he's sure that time isn't on his side but he's not ready to give up on finding Tucker. I found myself totally absorbed by this one following Elliot as he searches for his missing partner. While the body count rises and the clues begin to add up Elliot does his own soul searching and realizes that having the future he wants can only happen if he finds the man he loves.

From start to finish I've loved this series. The mystery, the romance, the characters have all come together to create a series that gave me one hella' good reading/listening experience that I know I'll be revisiting in the future. I don't know if Ms. Lanyon has more in store for Tucker and Elliot but if she does I am so there and on board for the adventure.

J. F. Harding was once again the narrator for the third installment of this series and I thoroughly enjoyed his contribution to making bringing this story to life with what once again proved to be an enjoyable narration. Having listened to him narrate 'Fair Play' made this book feel very much like I was spending a few hours with people I knew. Elliot and Tucker's voices were recognizable and felt familiar. It's truly a pleasure to listen to a series with the same characters when you are given the same narrator and while it's not one of the boxes on my 'things I look for in an audio book' I think I may have to add it because consistency...it's a thing or at least for me it is.

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review 2017-11-07 00:18
Review: Risking It (Stolen Moments #2) by Angela Quarles
Risking It: A Romantic Comedy (Stolen Moments Book 2) - Angela Quarles

This story was delightfully sexy, quirky, and so much fun! It’s the second book in the Stolen Moments series but it can totally be read as a standalone. 

In short, Aiden and Jane had a fun night together, but strange and great thing, they only netflix’ed and chill, literally, and to them it was enough to know there could be more between them. However and apparently because no one taught them how to communicate, and because you know, pride and prejudice before getting to know people, they parted ways and ended up not talking after that one night. 

I thought the way those two went from strangers to friends to lovers was managed in a super fun and brilliant way. They obviously liked each other physically but they knew that jumping into the “sex” wagon at the first chance was going to lead nowhere but heartache. Jane had serious self-doubt issues and Aiden had a history of relationships ending badly. Their friendship was handled in an incredibly gratifying way and at the perfect pace and their playfulness made them more relatable. 
I had some problems with the way Jane’s generalized bookworms solely based on her own lack of confidence however I was ruined for life with the way Aiden opened up to her and the way he behaved during the road trip and afterwards. I think he became one of my favorite BBF ever! Overall this was a great love story and I’m looking forward for more books by this author.

** I was gifted a copy of this book and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.**

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text 2017-11-02 04:13
DNF for disbelievability
Last Chance for Murder (Lisa Chance Cozy Mysteries) (Volume 1) - Estelle Richards

Chapter 1

It's 687 miles from Hollywood, California, to Moss Creek, Arizona. On a day with light traffic, no construction, and a driver who doesn't have to pull over every few miles to cry, the drive takes about eight and a half hours. Crying and driving, Lisa Chance took twelve hours on the road home to Moss Creek.

Richards, Estelle. Last Chance for Murder (Lisa Chance Cozy Mysteries Book 1) (Kindle Locations 18-21). Kindle Edition.


Moss Creek is a fictional place.


Lisa's route from Hollywood, per the next two paragraphs of Chapter 1, goes through Needles, CA, and Kingman, AZ.  Following that route, Holbrook, AZ is 561 miles from Hollywood.  Driving another 120 miles in just about any direction from Holbrook puts Lisa Chance in the middle of the Navajo Nation or national forest.  Where, then, is this Moss Creek town?



The author has lost my trust in three paragraphs.


When an author chooses to set a story in a "fictional" town in a real state, the details matter every bit as much as when the story is set in a real town, maybe even more so.  The author has to make the reader believe this place could exist, even though it doesn't.


Most readers aren't going to care that Moss Creek, Arizona would probably be a lot less than 687 miles from Hollywood.  Most readers aren't going to care that there are very few towns in the middle of the Navajo Nation, or the middle of the Coconino National Forest.  Is Moss Creek in the White Mountains near Springerville?  What's this town of Moss Creek like? 


Later, the reader learns that Moss Creek is only an hour's drive from the Grand Canyon.  No mention of the National Park boundaries.  Lisa Chance and her friend just drive up to "the Grand Canyon overlook favored by locals."


Now the author has taken us in yet another direction.  If not all the way to Holbrook, did Lisa Chance's route from Hollywood only go to Flagstaff before veering off into the hinterlands?  Is the author aware that there are still reservations outside the national park boundaries? 


I know, I know, I know.  It's so damn nitpicky.  But when I read a book, I want to be totally lost in it. I want to believe in it.  If I can't believe in the setting, how can I believe in anything else?


I would be the same way if there were something about the character that pushed my willing suspension of disbelief beyond its limits.  But if the author loses my trust, how can I trust anything else she writes?


Other readers will probably love this story.  They may even believe in it.


I can't.


Most readers won't care, and won't notice.  But I care and I noticed.



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review 2017-10-23 18:55
Abby: A Second Chance Novel (Second Chan... Abby: A Second Chance Novel (Second Chance Novels) (Volume 3) - Tina DeSalvo

Abby by Tina DeSalvo is an awesome read.  Ms. DeSalvo has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are lively and lovable, and my favorite part of the book.  Abby, a lawyer from LA is in hiding from the paparazzi in cajun country.  Jackson is retired Navy JAG and now a lawyer in the small town where Abby is hiding.   Their story is fun to read with plenty of suspense, drama, sizzle and laugh out loud humor.  I totally enjoyed this book and look forward to my next book by Tina DeSalvo.  Abby is book 3 in the A Second Chance Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I voluntarily read a copy of this book that I won in a giveaway.

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review 2017-10-21 07:43
Review: Tempted at Christmas by Kate Pearce, Jane Charles, and Elizabeth Essex
Tempted at Christmas - Kate Pearce,Elizabeth Essex,Jane Charles

I had the pleasure of reading the The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series and I loved it so much that of course I couldn’t let the chance of reading these stories pass. Although the stories pretty much take place in the same setting they are not wholly intertwined so there is no specific order in which to read the books. 

The first story, Elizabeth Essex's A Merry Devil was a mix of a second-chance romance with a thrilling adventure. I particularly liked the way the relationship between the main couple developed and the little detail about the hero’s abilities was hidden until the end that also explained much about his past. 
The second story was And a Pigeon in a Pear Tree by Kate Pearce. A mistaken identity of sorts created the perfected setting for a romantic tale where the hero falls for the woman that sees the man and not the title for the first time ever. If only he could forget about the responsibilities that said title represented. This one had me laughing out loud and even though I kind of saw that end coming I was still hoping it ended the way it did. 
Last but not least was Jane Charles' His Mistletoe Miss. This was a sweet, clean story –no steamy or graphic sexy scenes- and the one with the most spirits and magical aspects. I thought the enchanted mistletoe was a lovely Christmas touch and the fact that it kept flourishing at the most unexpected times kept the story light. 

All in all in was great read and I absolutely recommend it. I will continue reading the series and will read more from each author. 

** I was gifted a copy of this book and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.**

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