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review 2017-11-18 23:37
Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia Book 1) Anne Tenino 4.5 Stars Review
Too Stupid to Live: Romancelandia, Book 1 - Riptide Publishing,Tobias Silversmith,Anne Tenino

t isn't true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now — possibly — ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong...can they?

 

Review

This isn't a perfect book but its delightful and if you are a romance novel nerd like I am it is a must read for the meta commentary on the genre, the love of the gerne, and the playfulness Plus, it is a sexy romantic love story.

 

Same and Ian. I love that Ian isn't attracted to Sam at first because he is shallow but really more because he isn't attuned to himself yet. A great deal of this book his Ian's journey to become emotionally connect to himself and others after having lived a closeted life and believed the cultural lies told by hyper masculinity.

 

His journey is moving as his is falling deeper and deeper in love and lust with Sam. I am so happy Ian is already seeking therapy and continues to do so as the plot develops. I love his relationship with his cousin and the developing relationships with the people at his new job.

 

He tries and grows and does great romantic gestures and emotionial bravery and this makes him a wonderful deserving hero for Sam even when he struggles.

 

Sam is everything I love. A nerd, socially awkward bookworm with great friendships and a loving heart. He is super smart and his thinking of the world through romantic novels themes is at once funny, charming, and wise. He is brave and takes risk as Ian learns. Sexy as hell.

 

This is a well plotted book with great charters and love you can believe in. I liked the second book in the series much better after reading this one and can't wait for a third book.

 

The flaws are slight really. A weird lack of setting in an extra place. Western US not California. We never get to see Same as a grad student, writer, and teacher...just as a reader, friend, and waiter. This leaves some depth out of the novel that matters.

 

This will be a long time comfort read for sure. I am resisting the urge to reread right now!

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review 2017-11-18 21:20
P.S. I Spook You
P.S. I Spook You - S.E. Harmon

Some of y'all said this was like PsyCop.

 

 

This was more like Ghost Whisperer, without the cleavage. Or brain smarts. Or cooperative ghosts.

 

Really, for the first half of the book, the ghosts seemed almost coincidental to the plot. Rain saw some ghosts, mostly ignored them, and then went about his day. Of course, he's new to all this, so I guess in the long-run that makes sense, but it definitely wasn't what I was expecting. 

 

Then the plot seemed to start to gel for awhile as they made some breakthroughs on the case, and I was able to get more into it. And then, Rain went into TSTL territory at 90%, and even though he called himself out on being TSTL that didn't take away the fact that he did a stupid thing that even amateurs would know to stay away from - and him being the so-called FBI profiler should definitely know better.

 

There were also a few plot fails. The first time in the book any kind of timeline was mentioned for the case was the case going cold after two years. Then later, Rain is talking to his mom, who mentioned noticing something of Amy's going missing a year ago and that she figured Amy had given it away. Then later still, it's finally mentioned - twice - that Amy's been gone for five years. These should've been caught by an even half-way competent editor, but this is DSP so I guess that's asking too much. (Yes, it says five years in the blurb, but I don't reread blurbs before I read a book since I expect the book to make these reveals in non-confusing ways. I shouldn't have to read the blurb after the book to clarify things.)

 

Then there's the whole nonsense with 

the storage locker. Amy had paid for the locker in cash under a false name, and yet the locker was still being rented out to her five years later? No discussion on who's been making the payments, if anyone has. No reveal on what name she rented it out on. And if no one has been making the payments, that locker would've been emptied out and the items in it sold, and the locker rented to someone who actually pays. Also, keys are encoded, so it would make sense for the rental office to have a list of key numbers to match with locker numbers, but nope, not here. Maybe this office manager is lazy. *shrugs*

(spoiler show)

 

The romance between Rain and Danny is just kind of there. I didn't feel their connection. They were good as friends with benefits, but I wasn't convinced of their romance/love. Oh, and then Rain's significantly injured right before the first sex scene, but of course this doesn't slow them down at all, and the injuries are never mentioned again even though the rest of the book only spans a week or two at most.

 

I thought Rain's mom was a hoot when we met her, but then she never made another appearance. We meet Rain's sister a couple of times, and they have a great dynamic, but I don't think we ever meet his father. If we did, I already forgot about it. I would've liked to see more of his family, but alas. 

 

The ending was a little too tied with a bow, yet there's this whole thing with Danny's sister that's kind of left unresolved that felt like a weird choice for the story. 

 

There are a lot of good ideas here but it never really came together.

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text 2017-11-14 11:07
Release Blitz - Two Man Advantage

 

 

Two-Man Advantage by Toni Aleo is NOW AVAILABLE!

"Sexy. Emotional. Funny. Aleo's first MM is a spectacular debut into a new genre for her." -NYT Bestselling Author, Melissa Collins

 

 


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Wells Lemiere knew the moment he saw Matty Haverbrooke, he had to have him. Matty was quiet, he was talented, he was beautiful, and Wells couldn’t stay away.

As the youngest and most talented son of the NHL Commissioner, Matty had found the burden of family expectations almost too heavy to carry on even his broad shoulders. He had no intention of getting involved in a relationship with Wells. But the heart he’d given up for dead had other ideas.

Their affair was intense and overwhelming, but when Matty couldn’t bring himself to come out and admit he wanted a public future with the man he loved, Wells had no choice but to honor his vow to live openly…and leave Matty behind.

But then he learns Wells is marrying another, and Matty knows he can't let that happen. Can he throw down his gloves and embrace his future with both hands? Or will he pull the door to his closet shut once more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two-Man AdvantageTwo-Man Advantage by Toni Aleo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Matty loves Wells as much or more than he loves hockey. For a hockey player, that is enough in itself. Until family creates a divide and he must choose.

Wells wants more with Matty than he can have, apparently. He wants it all. With Matty running scared from outside interference, Wells wonders will he ever get his happily ever after?

This is such a great story. Well written and going at a great pace. The angst is real, the heat is super smoking hot, and the feelings jump off the page and grabbed me. I cannot wait to hear more about these guys in upcoming books!


***This ARC copy was given in advance for an honest review.

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About the Author:

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!


When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

 


Connect with Toni!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonialeo1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ToniAleo1
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/toni_aleo/
Intagram: https://instagram.com/tonialeo1/
Bookbub: http://bit.ly/2yGqqR6

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-10-08 03:53
Produce your own Theatre - Free Scripts and Production rights

This time of year is when theatre groups, big and small, amateur and professional, experimental or conventional unveil their new season.

 

I love live theatre. I was even a member of the Vancouver Playwrights Theatre Centre and under their mentorship wrote two plays.

 

One of the biggest thrills I ever experienced was to have professional actors perform a reading of my one-act play, Harry’s Truth. It was truly mind-blowing to witness other people interpreting my work in ways I never imagined while still staying true to the script.

 

To celebrate live theatre I’m offering the scripts of Harry’s Truth and End of the Rope free until December 31, 2017 to any individual, drama class, amateur or professional theatre group to read, workshop or produce. Here’s what one reviewer had to say about Harry’s Truth.

 

“You show the interactions between the five of them and let us have a glance at everybody’s past. A lot gets revealed in every scene. I like the detailed stage instructions and the symbolism in the last scene. One can read Harry’s Truth as if it were a short story. I’d really like to see this play on a stage someday…”

 

Often theatre groups are inhibited by the price of mounting a production. I will sign off on all production rights during that period and also authorize you to reproduce the copies of the script.

 

As the reviewer I quoted pointed out, these plays also make entertaining reading even if you’re not a theatre buff.

 

If you send me an email I’ll forward the website address and the coupon codes so you can download your free e-book scripts of Harry’s Truth and End of the Rope.

 

rod_raglin@yahoo.com

 

If anyone would like to take advantage of this offer I’d love to be involved as a script consultant or in any other aspect (no, I won’t pay to produce the production). Who knows maybe I’ll even come and see it.

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

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Website:   http://www.rodraglin/com

Amazon Author Page:   https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00SD6LEU

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/Rod-Raglin-337865049886964/

 

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review 2017-09-27 21:22
Just Boring
The Street Where You Live - Roisin Meaney

This is going to be short and sweet. Just pass on this book. I read two other books by this author and enjoyed them. I hoped this would be good too. But this reads like a very rough rough first draft. Things are not fleshed out enough by far for half the characters. Things are not really resolved, I guess the author wants us to imagine how things will go. And way too many characters in this with no one taking a form hold in my brain.

 

I was actually surprised to get to the end considering how endless the book seemed to be on the plane.

 

The book takes place over the summer and involves members of an amateur choir and those who are connected to them. So at one point I think we have Molly and Emily (mother and daughter) the choir director Christopher and his neighbor (Freddie) and her daughter, Emily's handyman friend Clem. I feel like there is someone else I am blanking on, but I won't go and look it back up.

 

I don't know what else to get into except nothing flows together right at all. Each character has major issues that they needed to see a therapist about. I didn't care about Christopher and thought he was awful. Emily was way too naive and kind of a jerk about a guy who seemed to like her. Molly was too focused on her son that she had not seen in years. I thought Clem was okayish, but we don't get to spend much time with him.

 

I just felt like this written more as short stories about people living in the same town. I think that if Meaney had pulled a Binchy (write about people who live near each other in a small town) with some small connections here and there, but we get to follow their stories through it would have worked better. The way this was written we just get some barely there development of characters and rush to an ending. 

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