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review 2019-08-18 23:22
Fun At The Office
Happy-Go-Lucky - L H Cosway

This sweet romantic comedy with a twist of a mystery too was one of those books I could not put down.  LH Cosway alway writes fantastic characters who clash and enhance each other. The battle for a relationship between these two was unexpected and so fun to watch develop. Grant was gruff, elusive, combative, a loner, and her superior. Maisy was the "happy go lucky girl" always chipper, giving, open and forgiving. But we all know those first looks are only the surface. When they are brought together one drunken office Christmas party night, the outer shell starts to crack and the fun begins.

Maisy works hard, tries hard to make everyone smile, and she's treated like a doormat by a few of her colleagues. She is a researcher for a PI firm, and does an excellent job. She's offered a promotion and a chance to train under Grant (waggle eyebrows) she takes it and together they undercover many mysteries layered while getting to know each other.

This was such a fun read, romance, strife, mystery and comedy, all under these covers. Omg this would be the best movie !

I received a copy of the book from the author for a honest review

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review 2019-08-17 01:04
#BooksFromTheBackLog – Water’s Blood by Elaine Calloway @writerscanvas
Water's Blood - Elaine Calloway

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.


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Here we go again, another book I don’t know who gave it to me or when I got it, but Water’s Blood by Elaine Calloway was released 1.28.13. So I will share a one sentence review.

Water's Blood (The Elemental Clans #1)

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Walking the New Orleans streets, the Elementals search for the Minare, the Fallen Angels, but Brooke, a Water Elemental has an even more important mission of her own, to save her human family, and everything about the book made me want to read it, though, I did have some trouble with Ella, until I let my mind go and the fantasy take me where it will.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos4 Stars




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text 2019-08-16 15:54

And for more on Song of the Siren, set 25 years or so later than Silent Water, here's a post where for once I'm answering questions instead of asking them.


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review 2019-08-16 14:10
ARC REVIEW The Boyfriend Collector by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

In case you missed it....
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes 
The Boyfriend Collector.
Find Mr. Right in 30 days? Challenge accepted.
Treated like a servant in her own home, twenty-year-old Rose Marie Hale can’t stop dreaming of her next birthday. It’s the day she’ll inherit a fortune, break free from her cruel family, and finally start living her life—finish school, travel, find love. After a lifetime of hardship, it’s all she’s ever wanted. But when Rose discovers she must marry before her twenty-first birthday to claim the money, she has no choice but to push herself out into the world in search of a man she can love and trust.

Unfortunately, those are the very things that have been used as weapons against her. With only a month to go, can she find true love? Or will her past hold her back, leaving her penniless and alone? (Part One of Two)


From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes 
The Boyfriend Collector Book 2.
My name is Dr. Bex Hughes, and like many men, I am in love with Rose Marie Hale. Her fire and beauty leave us speechless and dropping to her feet wherever she goes. Truly, she is the perfect woman in every way. Except one.
Rose was once a real-life Cinderella, but now she’s wealthy, single, and free. Only, she’s not. Free, that is. Rose is convinced that love is used to hurt people, family tries to murder you for money, and no one can be trusted. It’s all she’s ever known.
I can help Rose find her way to real happiness, but to do it, I am bending every rule I’ve ever lived by and seeing her as my patient. A taboo in the eyes of the world. A professional sin in mine.
The question is, how much longer can I stand listening to the details of Rose’s romances with other men? My jealously is getting the best of me, and I can’t afford to lose our fragile connection.
(Part Two of Two)


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The Boyfriend Collector continues right where it left off. Yes, I would recommend reading the first book first. While this isn't my favorite of Mimi's books it's still really good and it's so refreshing to have a character like Bex. The emotions and the feels are all there, Mimi's usual twisted humor as well. I think Waylon deserves his own spinoff. It was a good read an excellent conclusion to the story.  


About the Author

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams. Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.
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text 2019-08-16 12:44
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Son de Mar - Manuel Vicent
Der Gesang der Wellen - Manuel Vicent

Finished the first chapter.  So far, this is shaping up as a story told with gentle irony -- foil rather than epee or broadsword. Several passages had me laughing out loud; I particularly like the juxtaposition of a Spanish seaside town somewhere south of Valencia at the full, exasperating and more than just a little ridiculous height of the summer tourist season with the fierceness and elegance of the story of Ulysses / Odysseus and Circe ... and Penelope (whose name here is Martina).


And I can already see that to me, this is also going to be an a study of translation.  I notice that the German translator -- while by and large fairly literal -- at least occasionally sets literal accuracy at naught in order to catch the spirit rather than the words; e.g., when inane lyrics such as

"Corazón de melón, de melón, melón, melón, corazón"

are rendered by the equally inane and rhythmically similar

"In meiner Brust schlägt die Lust, Lust, Lust, in meiner Brust"

-- never mind that the actual words are entirely different. (I bet Willi Zurbrüggen, the translator of the German edition, had a lot of fun looking for that one, and I actually wish he'd had that kind of courage a bit more often.)  And now, of course, I also want to know how that particular bit was dealt with in the English translation ...


Having just finished Sarah Bakewell's The Existentialist Café, one of the passages that had me laughing for reasons that the author may or may not have intended was this:

"Entre las personas que aguardaban al juez no había ningún filósofo. De ser así, mientras llogaba el informe oficial de la muerte, se pudo haber discutido de fenomenología, de la apariencia de los seres o de la realidad de los cuerpos presentes."


"Ein Philosoph befand sich nicht unter den Personen, die auf den Untersuchungsrichter warteten. Wäre dem so gewesen, hätte man, bis der Tod offiziell festgestellt war, die Zeit mit einer phänomenologischen Diskussion über die Gegeständlichkeit der Wesen oder die Wirklichkeit vorhandener Körper überbrücken können."

What goes around comes around!


(Though, I don't think "die Wirklichkeit vorhandener Körper" fully captures the meaning of "la realidad de los cuerpos presentes" , but anyway.)


Onwards to chapter 2, where we supposedly learn how this book's Odysseus and Penelope first met.

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