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review 2018-10-21 05:40
Big Stick (Aces Hockey, #7) by Kelly Jamieson
Big Stick - Kelly Jamieson

 

 

Jamieson is known for her stories of fiesty women and the men who charm them. What makes Big Stick stand out is that Jodie and Nick give readers a look at both sides of the coin. He's the man that has it all. She's a woman struggling to make a better life for herself and her child. Jodie is ever the optimist. Nick is a victim of his own celebrity. This is a pairing that shouldn't work, yet totally does. A situation of convenience takes an unexpected turn when hearts become involved. Jamieson proves she can do no wrong when it comes to romance. Her language is one that only the heart can understand and mine is well versed in perfection.

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review 2018-10-21 05:30
Tempting Brooke (Big Sky, #2.5; 1001 Dark Nights, #90) by Kristen Proby
Tempting Brooke - Kristen Proby

 

Brooke may seem like an easygoing sweetheart, but she's no pushover. She knows how to get what she wants. When the business she loves is threatened is when the gloves come off and the battle begins. Brody is the enemy. He wants to take away the one thing that makes her happy and brings joy to the people of her community. So why can't she keep her eye on the prize and her heart out of the equation? A battle is brewing and the outcome is not to be missed. Kristen Proby steams up the bookshelf with her stories of fierce women and irresistible men. Tempting Brooke is another firecracker that leaves it's mark on the heart.

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review 2018-10-21 05:22
A Brand New Ending (Stay, #2) by Jennifer Probst
A Brand New Ending - Jennifer Probst

 

 

First love equals heartache for two star -crossed dreamers. Will fate give them the chance to finally get it right? Kyle and Ophelia were a love song interrupted. Life had other plans. Kyle made his dream a reality. Ophelia lost hers somewhere along the way. Haunted by the love that was, Kyle wants a second chance. Can Ophelia open her heart to the possibility that happily ever after still exists? A Brand New Ending is a tale of two lost hearts trying to make their way home. Probst brings the allure of romance to an emotional story. How do you heal a broken heart? Pick up a Probst novel and let the healing began.

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review 2018-10-20 22:23
The House of Broken Angels
The House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea

When I first read the description of this book, the first thing that came to mind was a book I read about 15 years ago, about another Mexican patriarch on his death dead, La Muerte de Artemio Cruz (1962) by Carlos Fuentes. As I started the book, I realized that I was indeed reading the death bed story/confession(?) of the next generation.

 

There were the subtle similarities, very similar clan surnames (Cruz vs. de la Cruz), similar character names (Artemio Cruz vs Antonio de la Cruz), similar narration techniques and multiple narrators and points of view. However, Urrea's story, while perhaps an homage to Fuentes, is very much the story of the 21st century Mexican-Americans--the boomers, the millenials, the genXers-- those a generation or two on from the characters Fuentes wrote about. It is a story about assimilation, about working to hard to provide for one's family and to give the next generation a leg up in the world. It is about the bonds of family, the strength of women, the changing mores not just of the barrio but of society in general. And you get the gist.

 

I never read books narrated by the author (unless they are read by an actor) but after reading the reviews, I decided to go for it. Urrea reads beautifully. His voices and pronunciations were spot on--in both languages.I don't think any other narrator could have done the story justice.

 

My only disappointment in the whole book was what I felt was a weak ending and that maybe it was one last coda too many. But honestly, that does not stop me from recommending this book.

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review 2018-10-20 08:58
Audiobook Review: Colton (Wild Men, #1) by Melissa Belle (Author), Jeremy York (Narrator), Lacy Laurel (Narrator
Colton (Wild Men, #1) - Jeremy York,Lacy Laurel

 

 

Colton brings a hint of sentiment to a risque romance. Sky is the girl that got away. Colton is the boy she can't seem to forget. What began as a teenage infatuation takes ten years to blossom into more. With the written talents of a hopeless romantic like Melissa Belle and the suave vocal stylings of Laurel and York, it's easy to understand why this duo lays claim to the heart.

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