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review 2020-03-16 03:56
Yours In Scandal - Lauren Layne

Robert is just ending his term of being the Mayor of New York City.  There must be a party to celebrate his good work.  Doesn't hurt that he is thinking of running for Governor too.  The people seem to like him and he is good at this job.


Adeline, trying to make the party for Robert, is fighting the feelings she is starting to feel for him.  It is a madhouse to go back into the slippery slope that is politics.  When he finds out who her father is this whole scenario will be worse.  Since he is the first man to make her feel in years should she take a chance?


I absolutely loved the story.  Fast paced, with corners of darkness shadowing the light, I loved the characters and their weaknesses that were showing.  There was banter, and sexual innuendo and frustration at first.  All the more titillating and the sparks were humming as we read the first half.  The second half, however, is where the real scandal lies.  I give this great read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers. 

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review 2019-09-01 13:31
And We're off! On another Halloween Bingo ride.
The Night Mayor - Kim Newman


A prisoner 'escapes' into a Dreamworld of his own making, where it's always 2:30 am and it's always raining.  2 professional Dream creators are sent in to bring him out before he takes over the AI controlling the country? world?  not sure on that.  But they have to do it before getting sucked into the story.


If you like the old black and white murder mystery movies from the 40s & 50s, this is loaded with them.  Names, titles, slang, descriptions.  You name it.    

The story is set far in the future where now watching movies is done as Dreams. Or at least I think that's what the Dreams are, since they call old films flatties.  And apparently, these future people think that what was portrayed on film was how it was in real life.

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text 2019-08-28 13:36
Halloween Bingo Headstart
The Night Mayor - Kim Newman


If it doesn't work for Dark and Stormy Night it should fit elsewhere.


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text 2019-06-01 07:05
Cover Share - On The Corner Of Love And Hate


On the Corner of Love and Hate

by Nina Bocci


When Emmanuelle Peroni’s father—and current mayor of Hope Lake, Pennsylvania—suggests she help with Cooper Endicott’s campaign, she’s horrified. Cooper, one of her (former) oldest friends, drives her crazy in every way possible. But he’s also her father’s protégé, so Emma reluctantly launches her plan to help him win the local election.

It’s not as easy as it looks. Cooper’s colorful love life is the sticking point for many voters, and his opponent is digging up everything he can from his past. It seems that every time Emma puts out the flames from one scandal, another one flares up. Emma knows that if Cooper wants to win, he needs to keep his nose clean. The only problem? She might just be falling in love with the one person she promised never to pursue: the mayoral candidate himself.



About the author:


Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.


Connect with Nina online:


Website ~ Instagram ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads ~ Twitter






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review 2019-05-07 04:10
Got my vote
Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future - Pete Buttigieg

God, yes! A presidential candidate who went to Harvard for LITERATURE. There's even a chapter where he discusses the beauty of "linguistic rhythm."


Oh yeah, he did some other things too, like fight for our country and turn a dying city around. But that's not nearly as important.

Being honest, after 2016 I mostly keep my head in the sand. I wander around, blissfully pretending that I don't live in a United States where a large enough population rejected the most qualified candidate in favor of the least qualified. My plan on 2020 has been to vote for a female candidate, whoever that happens to be.

But Buttigieg has me woke. I still want a female president more than anything, but Pete is who I need right now, in this particular election. He makes a great point that generational change is something to benefit the country rather than hurt it. He's ridiculously mature, level-headed, willing to own up to his mistakes and LEARN from them, and shows unseen adeptness at working with the other side. He stands firm on values, but understands that we can't keep going with this Civil War mindset. Eventually we have to unite - and he has plans on how to do it.

From a purely book review perspective, I think it's fair to say there are a few dull moments. Overall, though, this is a moving memoir from a fascinating public figure who, even if he isn't the Democrat nominee, will be a powerful Kennedy-esque presence on the national stage.

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