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review 2017-09-09 08:05
Cool as ice
Maybe This Love - Jennifer Snow

This is book # 2, in the Colorado Ice series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and have a better understanding of the characters, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Olivia & Ben had history of a hot night together.  When they see one another again, she has a whole other future in mind.  She tries to stay away, but the pull between them is stronger.

 

Ben is so happy to see Olivia again.  He cannot stop the heat between them anymore than she can.  There are so many things that could pull them apart, and neither is ready to let go.

 

 

This was a sweetly hot story.  I like this series and these characters are a lot of fun to read.  This book was hot with bit of a capital H.  Great addition to the series, and some of our fave characters from the previous book in here also.  I cannot wait to read the next story.  I give this installment a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange of an honest review only.

 
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review 2017-09-05 08:26
Magnificently Unnerving
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller

By the way, I went looking into the publishing date, and in typical wiki walk style, ended up learning about the difference between horror and terror. I need a new shelf, because this one goes into the second without question.

 

Points I can praise without spoiling (much):

 

The way everyone chats and snarks, cool as cucumbers while all the shit is going down. At times it made me laugh, at times I would tilt my head and wonder whether everyone was just crazy, and at times I would go back a paragraph wondering if I had miss-read

 

about the freaking blood/writing/thumping.

(spoiler show)

 

The dialogue (again), and how it crosses, goes over each others lines, interrupts, repeats, mixes conversations. Very natural. And sometimes confusing. You have to be engaged, because it goes fast.

 

Eleanor's thought process. Yeah...

 

All the commentary on social interaction. Jackson is a scary observant woman.

 

"She knew, of course, that he was delighting in exceeding his authority, as though once he moved to unlock the gate he would lose the little temporary superiority he thought he had—and what superiority have I? she wondered; I am outside the gate, after all. She could already see that losing her temper, which she did rarely because she was so afraid of being ineffectual, would only turn him away, leaving her still outside the gate, railing futilely. She could even anticipate his innocence if he were reproved later for this arrogance—the maliciously vacant grin, the wide, blank eyes, the whining voice protesting that he would have let her in, he planned to let her in, but how could he be sure? He had his orders, didn’t he? And he had to do what he was told? He’d be the one to get in trouble, wouldn’t he, if he let in someone who wasn’t supposed to be inside?"

 

Not able to comment on without spoiling:

 

The deep uncertainty that comes from viewing this story from Eleanor's head. Was she just that deranged, lonely, needy and possibly in-denial-lesbian? Or was she not deranged (the other are more or less foregone) and the house gave her a last push? There is also the opening, that if I were take on the context of Eleanor's situation, could mean that when all her illusions and daydreams were ripped from her, she had no avenue left but suicide. She could not cope with her absolute reality.

(spoiler show)

 

At any rate, an excellently written spook.

 

“God God—whose hand was I holding?”

 

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review 2017-08-24 06:57
Maybe I Do (Whiskey and Weddings) by Nicole McLaughlin
Maybe I Do: A Whiskey and Weddings Novel - Nicole McLaughlin

 

Whiskey and weddings. Not necessarily a good match, but in the case of Charlotte and Dean it proves a winning combination. As card carrying members of the broken hearts club, successful careers have made them unlucky in love. When work brings them together will the pain of the past tear them apart? Sparks fly, hearts break and hope springs eternal in this temptingly charming total eclipse of the heart.

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text 2017-08-17 13:39
Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
Skeen's Return - Jo Clayton

Setting this aside.

Maybe it'll be better if I read book 1 first.

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review 2017-07-11 01:06
Maybe This Summer (Colorado Ice, #2.5) by Jennifer Snow
Maybe This Summer - Jennifer Snow

Maybe This Summer by Jennifer Snow is a heartfelt and wonderful read.  After a horrible assault, Paige Adams’ life changed.  She began a new life working for the Burn Treatment Center at the Colorado Hospital.  Colorado Avalanche's team mascot, Owen McConnell, is used to be ignored when he is with his NHL buddies.   However, after meeting Paige, he is determined to get her attention.  This contemporary romance is suitable for adult audiences.

 

Jennifer Snow does an admirable job with her character development.  Owen is a noble character.  He is a former NHL star.  Later, he was injured after serving his country in the Marines.  He is no longer able to work in either profession.  He is currently the PR manager and mascot for the Colorado Avalanche.  He is a good guy, with a big heart.  I like that he is persistent and hard working.   

 

Paige is an amazing character.  She was left scared both physically and mentally after a horrible attack.  She began a new life helping burn victims.  I know someone who had over 80% of his body burned at the Pentagon on 9-11, so this story captured my attention and felt relevant.  I love that Paige decided to help others that have suffered like her. 

 

I enjoyed the plot.  I appreciate that these two come into each other’s lives.  They are both strong and have a lot in common.  They both know what it is like to have your life altered after an injury.  MAYBE THIS SUMMER is genuine and sweet read.  The story is well-written and entertaining.  The characters face some interesting challenges that enable them to grow throughout the novel.  I like how the story ended.  It was a fun and well concluded. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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