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review 2017-10-29 20:51
Bones To Pick - Linda Lovely

I really, really liked this book and the main character, Brie Hooker, a lot! At first. 

Then I began to feel like her being a vegan was something extra special and that she was. Then the endless preaching about how she was a vegan. Well, it just grated on me. A lot! Using the Shania Twain song: "So, your a vegan, that don't impress me much". It really got in the way of the mystery for me. Okay, I figured out she was vegan - did I really need to be reminded every other page? 

And her stance on men. She had been cheated on by her fiance whom she had broken up with over about a year ago. She was done. Yet every other page, she was lusting after the two single men in the book. 

I think this could have been a humorous, cute little cozy mystery. However, all this vegan and lusting, it just really got in the way for me. 

There were also a few times when a paragraph would be rewritten in its entirety just a few pages later. The first one was when she needed to learn about the breeds of goats said during her "market days event". The second one was when her aunt scolded her about talking to the customers of cholesterol count in cheese. That's just the times I remember.

I did not finish this book. Although I did read the last couple of chapters and yes, it ended like I thought it would. However, the way I went about saved me probably several thousand more reminders that Brie was a vegan. 

I've given an extra star for the author's time spent.

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-10-15 19:55
At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans... At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces (Queer Action/Queer Ideas, a Unique Series Addressing Pivotal Issues Within the Lgbtq Movement) - Mary Collins,Donald Collins


I received a copy of this book through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

Overall, I liked the book. It is composed of essays from Mary Collins and Donald Collins and interviews with other people who are trans and families of people who are trans.

The book details what Mary and Donald both went through in various stages of Donald's transition (Donald coming out as trans, starting hormones, perusing various surgeries). They discuss how their relationship changed and places they did and did not find support. 

The interviews were also interesting. They follow mostly white males, but also include perspectives from some people who identify as nonbinary.

The drawback for me with this book was I wanted to hear more from Donald's perspective. Looking back now, I see they have the same number of essays and roughly the same number of pages so maybe it wasn't the amount of material but rather the strength of the voice that put me off. Mary's sections were very domineering and reading them felt like the majority of the book. Perhaps it was because I didn't really like or agree with her perspective. She spends a lot of time talking about the people who did her wrong and less about her transgender son. I feel horrible saying that, because she complains about people telling her she was wrong and not supporting her, but I can't help but lean more in their favor. It was very brave of her to write this book, but it is very clear that she is still not 100% behind her son's decisions. 

A good book, especially for parents and families of people who are trans and looking for some perspective.

The book contains word banks with pertinent words such as "gender identity", "top surgery", "gender confirming". There is also a reading list including in the book with recommended works of fiction and non-fiction pertaining to gender and trans issues.
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review 2017-08-19 22:09
Mystery good romance bad
Bone to Pick - TA Moore Bone to Pick - TA Moore

Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home. He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better. This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.



Dear TA Moore, I really enjoyed your book “Liar, Liar” and reviewed it here at DA, so when I saw you had a new one out, I happily one clicked.

This review will be easy to summarize in one sentence. It was a good mystery, but for me did not work as romance at all.

The blurb gives you a good set up. Our men have to work together while investigating the kidnapping of the child. And I thought mystery storyline was once again done really well. I thought it was complex enough, but at the same time possible to figure out based on the clues when one looks back. I liked how investigation was done and enjoyed reading about Cloister (don’t ask! Actually do ask because if my parent ever did that to me, I would be very pissed off J) interacting with his dog Bonnerville.

Let me once again give my usual speech about romance in the gay mysteries and thrillers. I *don’t need* it to be present at all, I would happily read about investigation alone, but it is always a nice bonus to hear that the investigator/detective/policeman has a loved one at home.  So what I am trying to say is that I am totally fine with romance storyline being as brief as it could be in the mystery book (or not be there at all). But I am thinking that if one puts the two guys who clearly physically attracted to one another front and center, if one puts *their physical attraction* front and center, shouldn’t there be some signs of deeper attraction as well? Some chemistry maybe?

Moreover, this is a book published with romance publisher. It is not even part of their DSP publications line, where romance often takes a secondary role and other storylines move front and center and I enjoyed so many of those books.

So what do we have here? We have here one of my favorite tropes (and I am usually deeply ambivalent to tropes, but still enjoy this one) – from enemies to lovers. I would also argue that the execution of this trope was not well done at all. Now when I am finished with the book I can see the similarities as to how “romance” was done in “Liar! Liar” to this book, but while “Liar!Liar!” worked for me, this one didn’t at all. I get that the author was going for the understated chemistry here as well, but to me it was so understated that I could not feel anything at all from either of them. More importantly, I was totally fine with Javi being an asshole in general. I especially did not think that he was being an asshole while doing his job – no he did not coddle anybody and investigated every angle and while I absolutely could understand Lara while they were trying to look for her boy, when all was said and done IMO she should have been just as grateful to Javi as he was to Cloister.

Heck, I could have even handle Javi being an asshole to Cloister. As I stated before I love well done antagonistic chemistry. What I could not handle was Javi being an asshole to Cloister *for no reason at all*. Just what did the poor guy ever done to him I had no idea even when I finished. My only answer was that he was hiding a desire behind being an ass and I am sorry I thought he was being stupid.

At least I thought ending was fitting. I don’t even know if I would call it HFN, but I guess you can call it that way since they are going to continue their sexual relationship.

Grade: B for mystery D for romance




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review 2017-08-16 09:05
freaking LOVED this!
Bone to Pick - TA Moore Bone to Pick - TA Moore
I won an early ARC copy of this book, for my honest opinion. Cloister is a man with a dog. Bournville is his best friend and she always finds what she is looking for. When called in to help search for a missing ten year old boy, Cloister is and Bon Bon are again boughtinto contact with FBI agent Javi. Against a back drop of cold cases running hot again, Cloister and Javi must work together to bring the child home alive. This is the first book of TA Moore's I have read, I do have Dog Days to read and I will pull that to the top of the TBR pile, because I freaking LOVED this!! Cloister and Javi have, quite clearly, come into contact before and Javi made his opinion of Cloister as just a dog man perfectly clear. Here though, Javi's mind and indeed, his body are running off a whole nother page! But what I really liked is, we don't get the full picture of that meeting. You get enough to keep you wondering, but only JUST enough. Loved that! The guys attraction to each other creeps up on them. It's not an instant thing. But when they get it on?? oh hell yeah! And after?? Oh, that was brilliant! Random thoughts, things said, or the way they were said set each guy off. You never knew just what would cause the reactions! Loved that! Well played there, Ms Moore, very well played! I couldn't see where the missing child storyline was going until it was revealed in the book and I do so LURVE being kept on my toes. And I did NOT see the way that went down coming at me, not at all. There are some interesting comments and hints about Cloister's family and his history. Hints that left you with questions. Questions that need answering in another book. Because there HAD better be another books! There isn't a happy ever after as such for the guys, more a happy for now. Both men have commitment issues that will take some working through before they get their HEA. So, again, another book, Ms Moore! So, Because I almost read it in one sitting but the darn dayjob got in the way. Because I'm left with so many questions about their meeting before, and about Cloister's family. Because because because, oh just bloody because. . . . . 5 full and shiny stars, even if they are covered in dog hair! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2017-08-16 00:00
Bone to Pick
Bone to Pick - T.A. Moore Bone to Pick - T.A. Moore Bourneville was my favorite character of the book. I loved the interaction she had with Clositer and the interpretation of her behavior. I enjoyed getting to know Cloister and Javi. They were interesting enough and I was really curious about Cloisters background and his family. I wish the author had delved in deeper. I really hope there will be another book.
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