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review 2017-06-20 12:17
Review: Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise #4/Magnolias and Moonshine #18) by Merry Farmer
Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise Book 4) - Merry Farmer

If more contemporary romances were written like this, with characters like Dennis and Angie, I would read a ton more contemporaries! Dennis returns to Atlanta to woo his childhood friend/object of his teenage crush, Angie, to work for his employer, Paradise Space Flight. Angie just graduated with her PhD and is being pursued by different employers, the main ones being Paradise and NASA. Angie hated the way she and Dennis parted and seeing him again both raises her love for him as well as the guilt in the way she handled their friendship. There is a side plotline in that Angie and Dennis' friend Latoya (who needs her own book damnit!) refurbing some of the homes of the senior citizens in their neighborhood to help keep up home property values, make the homes safer for the occupants, and give Latoya's company some PR.


The chemistry between Angie and Dennis is intense and the sexy times are pretty damn hot. I also really loved Angie and Latoya's friendship - Latoya doesn't tell Angie what Angie wants to hear, she tells her what she needs to hear but not in a mean way. Angie does so much to redeem herself in her eyes and that helps her let go of past hurts/insecurities and embrace her new job and relationship with Dennis. I enjoyed learning her reasons for choosing the employer she does.  I loved the seniors and the neighborhood vibe of the story. I want to read the entire series!


Alternative cover model is closer to what Dennis looks like in the book:

Title: Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise, #4), Author: Merry Farmer


Read for BL-opoly Free Friday

104 pages = $4.00

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text 2017-06-16 12:54
Friday Reads - June 16, 2017
Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise Book 4) - Merry Farmer
His Very Own Girl - Carrie Lofty
The Silent Governess - Julie Klassen
Midnight Unbound - Lara Adrian
Midnight in Legend, TN: Small Town Romance in the Great Smoky Mountains (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee Book 1) - Magdalena Scott
The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty. Mary Nichols - Mary Nichols

Free Friday BL-opoly Read: Heat Wave by Merry Farmer, in honor of the heat wave the UK is facing this weekend and into next week. This is one of 30 novellas that RT convention 2017 commissioned for its Magnolias and Moonshine campaign for Atlanta; it is also part of her Nerds of Paradise series. It is a contemporary romance with interracial couple. 104 pages = $2.00.


BL-opoly Read (pre-shake up): Trying to get through His Very Own Girl by Carrie Lofty. It's boring me at the 20% mark, so if it doesn't improve by the 50%, I am going to DNF. I can't wait for D-Day so at least something happens.


Pop Sugar Read: The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen. This is so boring and a bit unrealistic. Christian romance set in rural Regency England. I'm giving it until 50% to get better before I pull the DNF card.


COYER Summer Vacation Reads: Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breeds #14.5) by Lara Adrian, because I wanted something different than historical romance. Since it is a short book, I am also going to try and knock out Midnight in Legend, TN by Magdalena Scott as well.


Ripped Bodice Bingo Read: The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty by Mary Nichols. I just finished this one for the "person in uniform on the cover" square. A Georgian-era romance that takes place in Lisbon and London. I borrowed from the library, so a Library Love Challenge book to boot.


So my son's last day of Kindergarten was yesterday. I can't believe my little boy is going to be a 1st grader already. I forgot how much energy little boys can have, lol.

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review 2017-05-30 20:18
An eye-opener!
Paradise Denied: How I survived the Journey from Eritrea to Europe - Zekarias Kebraeb,Marianne Moesle,Andrew Godfrey

This is a book that definitely deserves a wider audience.

It is excellently summed up by the blurb on GoodReads: "Paradise Denied gives a face to the thousands of refugees who have no choice but leave behind their homes and risk their lives while hoping for a better destiny for themselves and their family."


Zekarias Kebraeb is Eritrean by birth. He enjoyed his childhood until, at the age of 17, he finished school and the bus was waiting at the school doors to transport the graduates off for their National Service - a duty that could last for 18 months, or could be a life-time commitment, no-one knew.

He had heard stories about National Service - his cousin had committed some perceived misdemeanour and been confined for two years in a metal shipping container as punishment, in intense heat and with little water or food.

Little wonder that he decided to attempt the treacherous journey to 'freedom'.


Having battled his way across the desert of the Sudan and then the stormy waters of the Mediterranean, he was horrified to discover that freedom was not waiting for him, in fact, many of his compatriots are shipped straight back to where they came from. The reception that awaits them back in Eritrea, is chilling.


This is a topical subject and I think it would give us all a more humane view if this book were more widely read.

I can't recommend it highly enough.

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review 2017-05-26 20:11
Book Review For: Shifter in Paradise by Susan Kearney
Devil in Paradise - Susan Kearney

'Shifter in Paradise' by Susan Kearney is the story of Ari Dillon and Samantha Bessinger.
Samantha is a business women who has not time for relationships.
Ari is a shifter who took on the form of Samantha's pilot to get close to her. Samantha is a hard person to get alone. Ari family we learn have a history of looking for their sole mate until they find them. Samantha is Ari sole mate and he is stopping at nothing to claim her....even learning how to fly a plane to take her.
So Glad to find this author...I will be looking for more of her books.
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."


Source: www.amazon.com/Shifter-Paradise-Susan-Kearney-ebook/dp/B00H9H6J9I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495824627&sr=8-1&keywords=Shifter+in+Paradise+by+Susan+Kearney
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text 2017-05-22 08:05
Cover Reveal - Bandicoot Cove
I am thrilled to share the exciting new look for a beloved series from a group of amazing authors today! If you love your romance hot and your heroes even hotter, then you do not want to miss the sexy, seductive novellas of the Bandicoot Cove series! Theses are sexy beach reads at their absolute best, and today I have the brand new covers to share! Read on for details and the stunning covers!

Paradise Found by Vivian Arend


A vacation on the exotic Bandicoot Cove Island resort will be a fitting end to the erotic fun Paige and her Australian lovers, Trent and Mason, have been enjoying. They’ve fulfilled her every fantasy in this no-strings-attached relationship. But Paige has broken the rules and fallen in love with both of her men. It’s better to leave them both than be forced to choose. Trent and Mason want to take their paradise-perfect arrangement to the next level, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to convince Paige to stay


Island Idyll by Jess Dee


Sienna doesn’t expect to find an old crush at the exotic resort where she’s holidaying, and she certainly doesn’t expect her ex to show up, too. Josh wants Sienna just as much today as he did all those years ago, and there’s nothing to stop them getting together—except her ex. Ben is determined to win Sienna back, but he also sees the way she looks at Josh, so he makes a crazy, erotic offer... Sleeping with both men together in order to decide between them could be a recipe for disaster or the start of something unexpected.


Sunlit Surrender by Jess Dee


Bianca Rogers is ready to forget her worries for a while and celebrate her brother’s wedding at the exotic Bandicoot Cove resort. The last thing she expects is to be knocked off her feet—literally—by Brody Evans. The chemistry between Brody and Bianca is undeniable. She’s everything he wants in a woman. She’s sexy, warm, friendly…delicious, and overwhelming attraction quickly grows to full-blown lust. As desire transforms into love, it’s time to see if the past is going to get in the way of any happy-ever-after there could be in their future.



Moonlight Mirage by Sami Lee


Hayley Bryant’s travelled the world and is a grown woman who knows just how to get what she wants. It’s been two whole years since her boss’s rejection sent her running, so coming face-to-face with him shouldn’t affect her. Except it does. Pushing his young intern away was the right thing for Mitch Wood to do at the time, but he can’t deny the attraction to his little sister’s friend now. This time, he’ll have to come to Hayley, and her plus one might prove to be an obstacle. Fortunately, Mitch isn’t one to shy away from a little competition.



Sunset Heat by Lexxie Couper


Kennedy never expected to run into Luke, the hot Australian firefighter she had a mind-blowing one-night stand with on the tropical island, nor did she expect to be equally turned on by his hunky British cousin, Addison. Luke hasn’t been able to get the feisty, flirty American he met in a bar out of his head, so why is he now picturing sharing the woman of his dreams with his cousin? Always the player, Addison is at the sinfully hot Bandicoot resort looking for some fun. But how can he tell his cousin they’re interested in the same woman?



Tropical Sin by Lexxie Couper


Infamous Nick Blackthorn is no stranger to a hedonistic rock-star lifestyle, but he’s surprised to be so drawn to a sexy couple while on holiday. McKenzie Wood convinces her BFF to pose as her partner at the sinfully exotic Bandicoot Cove Resort as part of her cover. Luckily, Aiden is always up to any challenge. Firefighter Aiden hasn’t told his best friend he’s in love with her, but an island vacation with her seems to present the perfect opportunity. The island heat burns away inhibitions, but this threesome is rocked when secrets come out and hearts and truths are exposed.


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