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review 2017-12-17 03:41
All the world's a stage...
Between Loathing and Love - Andrew Grey,Tristan James

Payton Gowan long ago gave up his dreams of being an actor and turned his talents to making things happen for others, but when the reason for his careers change of course steals his treadmill at the gym Payton comes face to face with is past.

 

When Beckett Huntington bumps into Payton at the local gym he doesn't realize that he's not only meeting the person he blames for outing him all those years ago, the person who caused him to become interested in acting but the he's meeting the person who can help make all his dreams come true.

 

'Between Loathing and Love' is a quintessential 'enemies to friends' story. Payton is a nice guy he's honorable and in spite of the animosity of the past between him and Beckett he sees how talented the man is and he's totally professional in how he behaves in regard to Beckett's career. 

 

I wasn't so sure about Beckett at the beginning but as the story progressed he grew on me and I liked the change from the person we were given to understand him to have been as a young man in high school and the adult that he's become. 

 

There's definite communication challenges between Payton and Beckett which for me made sense given their background these two had a long of trust building to do and just generally needed to develop a better comfort level that allowed for open and honest communication.

 

There were some interesting secondary characters in this story...Beckett's neighbor Val was someone whom I'd like to see more of. He was an interesting character and I liked his open, honest nature and I'd really love to see how things turn out with him and Lars and then there was Rob and while I'm not going to say exactly where he factored into things I will say when last we saw him in this story he shared some things with Payton and Beckett that made me want to have more of a story about him. Then there was Beckett's douchebag co-worker while I don't need to see more of him, I will say he did add some interest in this one.

 

I really liked this story but I have to admit what really added to my enjoyment was the narrator...Tristan James. I cannot like this man is one on my top 5 list of favorites when it comes to narrators. If he's reading the story I just sink right in. I love his voice and the character voices are consistent, expressive and unique, injecting a tone that simply compels me to listen and I do so quite happily.

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text 2017-12-16 18:56
My 2017 Library Savings

 

The library is a great place to try out new books and authors. It’s also a great way to save money. I LOVE my library. I’ve saved so much money this year by using my library. Now that doesn’t mean I still haven’t gone out and bought books in one formate or another. I’m still a book enthusiast and will buy those books I’ve loved.

 

Below is a list of all the books I picked up for myself in 2017 from my library. This list doesn’t include all the movies and kid books I picked up though.

 

Featured is the pricing from Amazon as an eBook (why I picked eBook pricing is; because my book collection consists of eBooks) or downloadable audiobook. These prices are what I would have paid had I not used my library and at the end is my total savings.

 

**Please take note that prices do and can change.

 

  Title Price
1 Moon Called (Audio) $23.95
2 Magic Burns (Audio) $17.95
3 Blood Bound (Audio) $23.95
4 Iron Kissed (Audio) $23.95
5 Boned Crossed (Audio) $23.95
6 Cry Wolf (Audio) $23.95
7 Silver Borne (Audio) $23.95
8 Hunting Ground (Audio) $23.95
9 A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses $7.99
10 The Undead In My Bed $3.99
11 Elizabeth's Wolf $11.99
12 Magic Bites (Audio) $17.95
13 Vampire Most Wanted $2.99
14 Skinwalker $7.99
15 Burn for Me (Audio) $12.99
16 The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire $3.99
17 The Immortal Who Loved Me $3.99
18 About a Vampire $6.99
19 Irresistible Force $7.99
20 Force of Attraction $7.99
21 Dragon Soul $7.99
22 Too Hot to Touch $9.99
23 Reaper's Fire $5.99
24 Extreme Honor $5.99
25 Ultimate Courage $5.99
26 My Wild Irish Dragon $6.15
27 Frost Burned (Audio) $20.95
28 Own the Wind $4.99
29 Archangel's Heart $7.99
30 Red Wolf $7.99
31 Wild Ride $5.68
32 Heated Pursuit $5.99
33 Angels' Flight $7.99
34 Must Love Hellhounds $7.99
35 Cat Tales $2.99
36 Storm Front $2.99
37 Wild Embrace $11.99
38 Blood Cross $7.99
39 Fool Moon $5.99
40 Grave Peril $9.99
41 Rave Cursed $7.99
42 Death's Rival $7.99
43 How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days $1.99
44 Primal Force $7.99
45 Summer Knight $9.99
46 Rival Forces $7.99
47 Blood Trade $7.99
48 First Grave on the Right (Audio) $23.95
49 Fair Game (Audio) $20.95
50 Black Arts $7.99
51 Second Grave on the Left (Audio) $23.95
52 River Marked $23.95
53 Third Grave Dead Ahead (Audio) $19.95
54 Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Audio) $23.95
55 Must Love Hellhounds (Audio) $17.95
56 Angels' Blood (Audio) $20.95
57 Slave to Sensation (Audio) $23.95
58 Angels' Flight (Audio) $19.59
59 Visions of Heat (Audio) $19.59
60 Caressed by Ice (Audio) $19.59
61 Death Mask (Audio) $15.95
62 Archangel's Kiss (Audio) $17.14
63 Magic Bleeds (Audio) $17.41
64 White Hot (Audio) $22.35
65 Archangel's Blade (Audio) $19.59
66 Magic Slays (Audio) $17.14
67 Hexed (Audio) $10.36
68 Archangel's Consort (Audio) $12.24
69 Mine to Possess (Audio) $13.99
70 Grave Witch (Audio) $13.99
     
  Total Savings $662.96
     

 

 

 

Make sure to to check out and join the 2018 Library Love Challenge hosted by me Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Brooke Blogs. We’re also hosting a fabulous giveaway during the challenge for those that join in.

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/12/my-2017-library-savings
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text 2017-12-15 23:15
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With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo) - Sarah Mallory
A Mistress for Major Bartlett - Annie Burrows
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch) - Allie Pleiter
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter

5 Books I Appreciated this Year....and yeah I kinda cheated, lol:

 

1. With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin

     Finally a book that features a military heroine! I really loved this story of Tom and Mellie falling for each other in both letters and in person. Can't wait to read the other two books in the series.

 

2. Call of Crows series by Shelly Laurenston

     Got to love female rage mixed with Norse mythology and lots of humor. This trilogy is a great read for paranormal romance fans who want actual strong female characters. I refuse to name my favorite, they are all good in their own way. A very cathartic way of dealing with real life news.

 

3. A Lady for Lord Randall by Sarah Mallory/A Mistress for Major Bartlett by Annie Burrows

      These were the first two books in the Waterloo Brides trilogy (the last book stank). I loved that Regency romance left the ballroom and went onto the battlefield - such a departure from the normal Regency romance.

 

4. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

     The artwork was stark and evoked such feelings as Satrapi told her life story, along with giving readers a history and cultural lesson on Iran. I would recommend reading both books to understand her fresh approach to the immigrant story.

 

5. Allie Pleiter

    Not a book, but an author of historical romance. This was the Summer of Allie Pleiter - from contemporary bull rider returning home, to 1906 San Francisco just months after the earthquake, to World War I knitters who get the Spanish flu and finally to an post-WWI orphange. There wasn't a moment of reading Pleiter's works that I did not enjoy.

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review 2017-12-15 22:33
A satisfying ending to a must-read series...
Undone (Unknown Trilogy Book 3) - Wendy Higgins

 

Book Title:  Undone

Author:  Wendy Higgins

Series:  Unknown #3

Genre:  Apocalypse | New Adult

Setting:  Nevada and Alaska

Source:  I Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.8/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style): 5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I loved this series, Unknown (the series) is a new-adult apocalyptic trilogy.  Combining lovable, capable characters with a mysterious and well written end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it premise.  It freaking rocks.  It was only marred by the ending, where part of it played out entirely too much like a very well-known movie…but I still loved it.

 

Will I read more from this Author? Oh, yeah…totally will!

 

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review 2017-12-14 16:22
The cover totally matches the story on this one both were adorably cute and just so much fun...
Love Happens Anyway - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Derek feels like his life is spinning out of control. He’s feeling like the job he has is neither the job he was supposed to get or the one he wanted, he’s at odds with his parents and feels like they’re constantly trying to marry him off. If he could just catch a break, put a little distance between him and the rest of the world.

 

Derek finds his buffer in the form of Luke…a former fireman who’s in need of twenty thousand dollars to finish paying or the renovations to on Halligans, his family’s bar in NY’s Financial District. So, when Luke’s friend asks him for a favor…a favor that will bring in Luke’s much needed money. Luke finds himself reluctantly agreeing to be Derek’s pretend boyfriend for the holidays…4 dates that’s all he needs to get through and then he’ll have the money he needs…what could possibly go wrong with just 4 dates?

 

What neither Derek or Luke is prepared for is that things would go right…so much righter than either man is prepared for as they find that not only is there a definite attraction between them but as they get to know each other they’re also finding that they like each other.

 

I admit I was fairly certain that I was going to enjoy this one before I even opened the book…the author’s R.J. Scott and for me that pretty well makes it a done deal. For me Luke was the perfect person for Derek. He saw past Derek’s exterior with his pretense of confidence in an effort to cover his insecurities. Luke saw a talented man that he knew he could both like and respect. For Derek, Luke was his dream man come to life.

 

One of the things about this story that really capture my attention was the relationship dynamics between Derek and his parents. So often in stories the relationship between adult children and their parents are portrayed as either being good or not good but for Derek and his parents that’s not the case. Derek loves his parents and they love him and are supportive of him, but Derek doesn’t see it this way and that’s largely due to a communication issue or more accurately a case of miscommunication. Which for Derek is a more common event in his life than it needs to be because of the defensive barrier he’s built around himself.

 

Luke’s efforts to get past Derek and his façade of confidence has a trickle-down effect on Derek’s life allowing him to re-evaluate his interactions not just with Luke but a lot of the other people in his life…colleagues, friends and his parents.

For me the fake-boyfriend to boyfriend premise of this story was well done. It was sweet, and not only did we get to see the relationship develop between these two, but we got to find out a bit more about each of them, their past, their present and what they wanted for their future.

 

‘Love Happens Anyway’ is an enchanting holiday story and while a lot of the issues stem from miscommunication it’s not intentional or surrounded by any over the top angst or drama and the icing on the Christmas cake for me in all of this was the ending…I loved the ending. It was sweet and filled with the joy of the holidays…definitely recommended for anyone wanting a sweet holiday story filled with fun, cheer and two sexy men who make the holiday just that much brighter.

 

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An ARC of ‘Love Happens Anyway’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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