Is shaped like a lemon...
Have a good night everyone!!
to read the first book second...
'Making It Personal' is the first book in K. C. Wells 'Personal' series and it's about Blake Davis the CEO of Trinity Publishing and he's proud of what he's accomplished over the past 6 years turning Trinity Publishing into a successful up and coming publisher. He's done all this while firmly ensconced in his closet. Stepping out only long enough to utilize the services of a very discreet escort company to fulfill his needs before slipping back into his closet and returning to Narnia.
Will Parkinson's life has been less than easy but he's a fighter and he's survived it all to get back on his feet and if that's had to include working as a highly paid escort with benefits well than it is what it is and how bad can it be if you get to spend the night with a really hot and sexy guy the night before going to an interview for your dream job with the head of an up and coming publisher as personal assistant to the CEO...oops...this could be the proverbial awkward moment.
I liked this book a tiny bit better than 'Personal Changes'. I really liked both Blake and Will. While Blake maybe needed to loosen his tie a little, Will was definitely the man to do it. I really liked that Blake accepted that Will did what he did to survive but he never felt the need to pass judgement or make will ashamed of himself. If anything as their relationship progressed it felt more like Blake truly respected him for having the strength of character to do what he had to, to survive get ahead in the world but still maintaining his integrity and dignity.
'Making It Personal' is the story of a CAO and his PA who really know how to put the 'personal' into things. Woven in between the relationship developing between these two are the threads of their personal lives and those of their friends...creating a fun and interesting background for their story to play out against.
'Personal Changes' is actually book #2 in K. C. Wells series 'Personal' but apparently I'm not very observant these days because I listened to the audio book for this one first. Cornell Coliins is the narrator for this one as well as for books 1 & 3 and he's a new to me narrator.
The MCs for this story are Rick Wentworth and Angelo Tarallo. We were introduced to Rick in 'Making It Personal' or at least those of us who read or listened to this series in order were. Not being in that group I can officially say 'There's no problem reading this series as standalone stories'. While there is some cross-over with the characters in the stories. As I said Rick was in the first book and Blake and Will the MCs from that story appear in subsequent stories as do other secondary characters I had no difficulty following who was who and what they did, etc. Blake is Rick's boss and Will who is now his partner was his PA but well get to that in my review for 'Making It Personal'.
The other thing that we found out in the first book was that Rick had a longstanding crush on Blake, whom he'd believed to be straight and this is part of what leads to Rick's realization that he needs to make some 'personal changes' in his life. Rick's tired of the club scene and one night stand, bathroom hook-ups. He wants what Blake and Will have a real relationship, commitment, someone who looks at him as if he's the center of the universe. in plain English he wants what most of us want...a partner who's as committed to us as we are to them. So he makes the decision to change his lifestyle no more f*cking on the first date with essentially nameless people. He's going to take the time to get to know someone see if maybe they could have more than just one night. It's this decision that brings both Angelo an Julian into his life.
Rick first encounters Julian at a local club and as the evening goes on he begins to wonder if he hasn't met Mr. Perfect. Julian seems to be everything he's looking for and he just seems to do everything right and here is where I need to add that ironically, for me, Julian's voice was the one voice that just didn't work and maybe this is superficial on my part but Julian's voice made me skin crawl it was whiny at times and held an undertone that just make me think 'what are you up to?' from the word go I did not trust that voice and as the story progressed...surprise! I was right, Julian was a sleezeball not to be trusted.
Equally as ironic is the fact that while Rick is being charmed by Julian, he's also being watched by someone who decides from the minute he lays eyes on Rick that he wants to get to know him. Everything that he sees tells him that this could be the man for him. But it's not until Angelo and a friend rescues Rick from the less than welcome advances of the less than Mr. Perfect, Julian that we truly meet him and begin to get a sense of who he is. (This is all in the blurb so have no fear there were no spoilers here).
Now for as much as I didn't like Julian's voice I did like Angelo's. I actually found Angelo's voice to be soothing and comforting and as the story progressed I really came to like Angelo. I liked Rick as well, but I do have to admit in this story Angelo was my favorite.
Angelo comes from a traditional Sicilian family and unfortunately this is a bit of an obstacle for these two men and also created a bit of a problem for me with some of the ending. Overall the story worked for me. While it was good and enjoyable I wasn't totally enthralled with it.
I liked Cornell Collins narrations with the exception of Julian's voice the other character voices worked for me and I was comfortable with them. They were definitely expressive and conveyed emotion well.
'Personal Changes' was an enjoyable story about how what we think we want isn't always what we get but if we're lucky fate will make sure that we end up with who we really need.
First Read: 3rd/4th grade
I first read Watership Down after seeing the cartoon. I was dusting my parents’ bookcase, and boom there the book was. So, I read it and loved it. Except for that one chapter.
The basic plot of Watership is a quest by a group of rabbits as they try to find, first, a home and then female rabbits. The rabbits have a trickster god called El-ahrairah. The chapter that freaked me out when I first read it was a story about El-ahrairah going to the Black Rabbit (death). El-ahrairah wanted to save his people so he gambled with the Black Rabbit. Each time he lost, he lost body parts. His ears were replaced with cabbage leaves and so on. It freaked me out. Really freaked me out. It was the only time I ever needed a night light.
It was the cabbage leaves.
Yet, even this chapter couldn’t kill my love for the book. I re-read pretty much every year though college. Until high school, I skipped that scary chapter. But then I read it again and loved it.
The great thing about Watership Down is the whole language. The whole world building. The characters – Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, Dandelion, Blackberry, Pippin, and Keehar (who is not a rabbit).
I love those characters. I love this book.
Rabbits taught me much.
Q. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
A. My dear life explorers, if you are reading this interview it is likely that this amazing Holographic Universe got us together for a reason. Our thoughts have already met, it is now time for us to meet. Endless life lessons and endless questions connect our souls search towards the path of love, peace and harmony and this magic key is in our hands. While examining this supreme alchemy of soul I had to write…
Q. Tell us about your books.
A. Believing that we are all innately divine the Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training Series of 9 books explores the alchemy of the soul: the preparation, transformation and initiation process as an underlining method of personal development and growth.
The Series is a spiritual not religious endeavor that uses life-coaching tools from various philosophers, gurus and sages of our past and present. The Series of many genres, includes; poetry, personal development, and historical fiction.
We attempt to explore: Virtues, Core Beliefs, Ancient Tools such as: Meditation, Mandalas, Dream and Soul’s Diary, explore relationships designing a relationship Plan, Training Willpower, building the motivation and discipline, Choosing a Perfect Healthy Nutrition,
working with Creative Intelligence: Improving our capacity for logic, emotional knowledge and problem solving.