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review 2017-06-21 17:39
The Parkhurst Years: My Time Locked Up with Britain’s Most Notorious Criminals - Bobby Cummines

Bobby Cummines is a British ex-con who, during the 1970's and 1980's, served twelve years in some of the UK's maximum security prisons. He has penned a memoir of his early years of crime, his time in prison, and how he used those experiences to turn his life around. Upon release from prison, he founded a company to help people with criminal convictions reintegrate into society. A program similar to whats being tried now in America, only 30 years earlier.
Cummines pulls no punches, he is very honest about his life of crime, and what he has done and seen. No "I'm a victim of a set-up", he accepts his actions wholeheartedly.
The book is full of interesting stories and characters. The author relates his dealings with the infamous British inmates of the time. I especially liked hearing his language, and some of the terms he used that were unfamiliar to me. Screws, banged up, a bit of work, loo, bird, bum smuggler, nicking, Old Bill; the list goes on and on.
After working in US Federal Prisons for 21 years, I found this story to be very engaging. Even as different as British and American prisons are, there were still times I found myself thinking, "yeah, that happened to me, too". Cummines has a way of pulling you into what he is experiencing.
All told, this is an interesting book. I recommend it.

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review 2017-06-14 18:00
Review: "Locked and Loaded" (Death and Destruction, #4) by Patricia Logan
Locked and Loaded - Patricia Logan


~ 3 stars ~

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review 2017-05-26 00:00
Locked in Temptation
Locked in Temptation - Brenda Jackson How to a create a heartbreaker ...

Just ask Brenda Jackson. Stonewall is a prime example. He's a protector from his larger than life personality to his wicked good looks. He's the ultimate bad boy. A man with his own demons to bare and the muscle to hold back the darkness that hovers around one special lady.

Joy is used to fighting her own battles. Her job is to help others and she does that with the ferocity of a lioness. What happens when the lioness finds herself on the receiving end of danger? She just may get more than she bargained for. Locked in Temptation dominates from beginning to end. Joy and Stonewall are a power couple. Every step pulled me further into this seductively written dance of danger.
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review 2017-05-01 10:13
The Locked Room - RayeAnn Carter

Interesting novella. At first I thought it was going to be more or less fade to black on the sex scenes, until the end. I don't know if this was a conscious decision on the author's part but it worked. The only scene we see in detail is the one where West has revealed the secret that he has been hiding, so we see and understand the importance of that one scene and of Klin's acceptance.

I think Klin's easy acceptance was helped by the way the first half of the book was written. The disjointed half scenes gave a great sense of stolen moments, and the broken up narrative showed the strength needed to stay together. And despite having spent more than a page or two on any scene, that start gave the relationship the solid foundation it needed to weather both West's secret and West meeting Klin's brothers.

I guessed West's secret long before the brothers broke into the locked room. Probably because I knew (hoped) it couldn't be either of the options the brothers put forward.

The brothers, twins Jack and Harry were hard work. Jack seemed sweet and accepting but he was easily led by Harry, who was smarter but manipulative. The way Jack was written implied to me that he had possible social or learning disabilities but this is purely my conjecture and wasn't written in the text. Both brothers certainly acted much younger than Klin, even though they weren't. Harry's manipulation seemed to stem from a desire to have both his brothers with him at all times and he was willing to wreak both their relationships (and anything else) to do this.

At 20,000 words this book was easy to read all in one sitting. It kept my attention throughout and was well worth an hour or so of my time.

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text 2017-03-30 00:10
Reading progress update: I've read 89%.
Locked - Brooke Blaine,Ella Frank

“The first thing you asked me is what I’m doing here with you.” Entwining our fingers, Ace took a deep inhale, and when he let it out, it was as if it were the first full breath he’d taken since he’d last touched me. Then he whispered, “I’m living.”

I could feel tears welling in my eyes, and when I shut them to stave them off, I heard him say, “Look at me, Dylan.”

And when I blinked and refocused on him, I was shocked to see his own eyes were glistening. “The second was why. Why am I with you…” As Ace’s voice trailed off, he brought his other hand to my cheek and asked, “Where else would I be?”




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