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review 2016-04-04 04:14
Spring Fever (Poppy Dennison)
Spring Fever (Holly Creek Book 2) - Poppy Dennison

3.5 stars

Cute. Quirky. Fun.

Definitely still enjoyed this small town and its residents. Including Mr. Hartman's dog *lol*. Jefferson has a mouth diatribe that entertained the hell out of me. I loved reading his dialogs *lol*.

I really liked the fact that Jefferson and Zane actually talked out their trust issues -- even though it happened AFTER Jefferson and Clover got into trouble (of course). With books that feature same couples throughout, I love to see they progress to the better, and them talking is definitely the step towards a more solid relationship.

But man, that ending. What the hell was that?!? Urgh, book #3 better not be released next year or something O_O

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review 2016-03-30 00:34
ARC Review: Spring Fever (Holly Creek #2) by Poppy Dennison
Spring Fever (Holly Creek Book 2) - Poppy Dennison

Fabulous revisit with Jefferson Lee and his hunky cop boyfriend, the good Sheriff Zane, and all the characters from Holly Creek.

Jefferson Lee is busy planning another festival, Zane is busy being the long arm of the law, and both are busy with each other. Except Zane starts hiding some phone calls he's getting, and Jefferson Lee's jealousy flares to light.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, their antics, the brilliant Southern Charm, and all the people, including Tall, Dark, and Handsome Mr. Stranger who stands no chance, none whatsoever, when Clover sets her sights on him.

Wonderful, giggly fun, with two men hot and heavy in love who both still have a thing or ten to learn, but who are working their way through the murky waters to strengthen their relationship.

And all because they finally really communicate with each other. Who'd have thought?

Seriously, if you loved Dogwood Days, you're not going to want to miss this one!

My only complaint is that it was over much too quickly. I hope the author decides to write us another story from Holly Creek!


** I received a free copy from the publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2016-03-04 23:31
Body Magic (Triad #2) by Poppy Dennison
Body Magic - Poppy Dennison

WARNING: spoilers!

But then the book is predictable, if you read the first installment, I am sure you figured the juicy bits out already.

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This is a Happy Book, A Jory Book ...only better! We all know Jory is good with in-laws, grumpy old men, wolves ...um, dogs ...same crap, children, dishes; plus he is adorable and sexy. Guess what? Simon is all that, plus he sparkles and levitates.

Then there is Cade and Rocky, hornifying each other in every bush, corner and building of the village. Then of course, there is Gray and Simon sexing like rabbits in between breakfasts, coffee, pancakes, games with children, computer games, plants and other happy things. For like 70%.

Speaking of children in or near my books:



Then at 70% poop hits the fan. Everyone is fighting or dying or chasing deadly things, except for the council, of course. Seems, they dropped directions to all the uber spots in the toilet and missed all the fun, including dog fights (and, I guess, bets?). Now, who wouldn't be cranky after that? So, the old pervs decide to confiscate the only shiny they could still get their claws on - Simon.

BUT - thank god for Rocky! The lowly omega saves Simon, shames the balls off the council and grucks Gray's beta in the... oh, that would be a spoiler :P

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This book: first 70% - happy, happy, happy; last 30% - gruesome and violent with a cliffy.

I like: first 90% - gruesome and violent; last 10% - happy, or somewhat happy.

Told you, it's me. ONE STAR.WARNING: spoilers!

But then the book is predictable, so I am sure you figured the juicy bits out already.

==================================

This is a Happy Book, A Jory Book ...only better! We all know Jory is good with in-laws, grumpy old men, wolves ...um, dogs ...same crap, children, dishes; plus he is adorable and sexy. Guess what? Simon is all that, plus hesparkles and levitates.

Then there is Cade and Rocky, hornifying each other in every bush, corner and building of the village. Then of course, there is Gray and Simon sexing like rabbits in between breakfasts, coffee, pancakes, games with children, computer games, plants and other happy things. For like 70%.

Speaking of children in or near my books:



Then at 70% poop hits the fan. Everyone is fighting or dying or chasing deadly things, except for the council, of course. Seems, they dropped directions to all the uber spots in the toilet and missed all the fun, including dog fights (and, I guess, bets?). Now, who wouldn't be cranky after that? So, the old pervs decide to confiscate the only shiny they could still get their claws on - Simon.

BUT - thank god for Rocky! The lowly omega saves Simon, shames the balls off the council and grucks Gray's beta in the... oh, that would be a spoiler :P

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This book: first 70% - happy, happy, happy; last 30% - gruesome and violent with a cliffy.

I like: first 90% - gruesome and violent; last 10% - happy, or somewhat happy.

Told you, it's me. ONE STAR.

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review 2015-11-19 15:23
ARC Review: Dogwood Days by Poppy Dennison
Dogwood Days - Poppy Dennison

I adored this book. I adored the characters, the setting, the writing - it was all just fabulously well done, and I want to read it again and again.

There's no drama, no angst, no OMG, what's happening, and it just flows sweetly and fluffily along, like a gentle river without any rapids. This is the kind of book you read when curled up on a comfy chair with a beverage of choice, and just immerse yourself in its story.

Jefferson Lee Davis returns to his hometown to help his uncle Sherman who took a bad fall, and gets immediately sucked back into small southern town life. Everyone but the Sheriff seems happy that Jefferson Lee is back in town. They don't give a hoot that he's gay - he's beloved, no matter what - and with the town's big festival, Dogwood Days, coming up, Jefferson Lee is busy doing what he can to help.

Except the Sheriff is actually happy too, because he may have a thing for Jefferson Lee, and the two embark on a journey of lust and love, and it's amazing to watch it all unfold against the backdrop of Holly Creek, small southern town.

Poppy Dennison just hit it out of the park with this fluffy romance, with humor and snark, and while it may be slightly fantastical to think that folks in the town are all so very accepting, I didn't care at all that it was entirely realistic, because the story sucked me in, and I LOVED it. It made me laugh out loud more than once, and I giggled a lot at the antics and idiosyncrasies of everyone in the story. With small town politics, nosy gossiping townsfolk, apple pies and southern comfort food, Uncle Sherman who's maybe, just maybe, romancing the Mayor, and super hot Zane, Mr. Sheriff himself - this book had it everything I needed.

Super fun, super fluffy and sweet, this was exactly what I wanted to read when I read it.

I want y'all to read this when you need a pick-me-up and a break from all the dark and angsty stuff - this is marshmellowy perfection inside a book.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2015-10-28 20:39
Dogwood Days (Poppy Dennison)
Dogwood Days - Poppy Dennison

3.5 stars

I love small-town romance -- where everyone seems to know everyone else and there is a strong sense of community involvement with a douse of neighborhood drama. However, I tend to get my dose of small-town romance from MF contemporary. I haven't found one in MM that fit to my liking. Most of the time I find the character in MM romance cannot wait to leave their small town because of the homophobic attitudes of the people or that they want to embrace their freedom of having more gay community in the big city.

Dogwood Days is a departure of Dennison's usual genre -- I think previously she just deals with paranormal -- and I enjoyed this, more so than my previous experience with Dennison's books. It definitely had the charm of small-town romance I usually get from MF, including its 'politics'. The town and its people are strong in vineyard gossips, and they make huge things on what we probably think as small things, but I found it charming since they also know how to take care of their own. This fictional small town of Holly Creek also is not filled with homophobic stance towards the gay men -- heck, they even have a gay Sherrif and a gay mayor! *lol*

Jefferson is a DELIGHTFUL character, his snark is entertaining. I thought the dialogs here was also a winner. It has a quick rat-tat-tat-tat tempo, like banters that I can find while watching classic movies (you know, like Hepburn and Tracy's). It made the pace moved pretty fast. I did think that the love interest, Sherrif Zane, might not be as better developed as Jefferson though. I mean, he was okay, he had his charming moments, but I thought Jefferson's Uncle, Sherman, and his friend Clover Crofton had stronger presence whenever they were around compared to Zane. Heck, I was even more intrigued with Sherman and his mayor compared to the development of Jefferson and Zane's romance.

This story lacks sexy steamy moments, which is totally fine by me. However, because of the reason I previously explained, I couldn't give four stars to this yet. There was also a mention of a murder case which I thought was a bit out of context, like it was referring to an event that happened in the prequel of this book or another series, which I need to know about but don't, you know? Plus it didn't fit with the vibe of the story.

Having said that, if this is developed into a series, I am interested to be with the Holly Creek people again. To say the least, I need to know if Sherman and Charles finally will seal the deal, or if Mary Jane will win the Rose Festival and take the mantle from Clover, and how Jefferson deals with the ins and outs of 'making good things' for the town.

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