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review 2018-01-09 18:47
Unraveling Rose by Brian Wray
Unraveling Rose - Brian Wray,Shiloh Penfield

Title:  Unraveling Rose

Author:  Brian Wray

Artist:  Shiloh Penfield 

Genre:  Toys / Friendship / Children's / OCD / Mental Health

Year Published: 2017

Year Read:  2017

Publisher:  Schiffer Publishing  

Source: eARC (Edelweiss)

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)




4.5 stars

I would like to thank Edelweiss and Schiffer Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

2017 seems to be the year where I am able to find many children’s book that deal with mental health issues and I loved the fact that I am able to find such children’s books since I wanted to read more about mental health and these books were essential to my reading choices! So, I picked up another book from Edelweiss called “Unraveling Rose,” which was written by Brian Wray along with artwork by Shiloh Penfield that dealt with the issue of OCD and I really enjoyed this book!

Rose was a stuffed bunny who was loved by a little boy and they would do all kind of activities with each other like read books and play in the park together. Also, Rose likes everything to be perfect such as making sure that the books on the bookshelf were straighten up and making sure that the tea cups were facing the right. One day, however, Rose noticed that there was a loose thread dangling from her arm and even though Rose tried to ignore the thread, it ended up being the only thing that she thought about and she ended up pulling out the thread. Unfortunately, the thread ended up stretching out even longer and it got to the point where Rose could not do much of the activities that she used to due to the thread pulling out the stuffing in her arm and rendering her arm useless.

Will Rose be able to play with the boy again and can she get over her obsession with fixing her loose thread?

Read this book to find out!

I must admit that I was quite impressed with this children’s book as it is rare that I read a children’s book that dealt with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Brian Wray has done a great job at conveying the signs of having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which includes making sure everything is perfect, to the point that it becomes a massive obsession. I really enjoyed the relationship shared between Rose and the boy as it reminded of the relationship shared between the boy and the stuffed rabbit in “The Velveteen Rabbit,” which is where the boy truly cares about Rose, even if Rose was losing her stuffing out of her arm. This story also seems to be extremely similar to the classic children’s story “The Velveteen Rabbit,” as both stories involved a young boy playing with their stuffed rabbit. The only difference between the two is that this story has the “Velveteen Rabbit” character (Rose in this case) suffer from OCD and we get to see how Rose handles having this condition. I also loved the fact that Brian Wray provided some information about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the end of the book as it gave me more insight on how OCD works and how you can help a person who is suffering from OCD. Shiloh Penfield’s artwork is adorable to look at, especially of the images of Rose herself having a cute white dress with pink polka dots on it and the small boy having large glasses and a friendly expression on his face.


The reason why I took off half a point from the rating was because I felt that the pacing was a bit slow in some places and I often found myself trying to read through this book rather quickly as I wanted to hold my interest in the story.

Overall, “Unraveling Rose” is a truly cute book about teaching children about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how to deal with it. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing objectionable in this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2017-12-18 00:00
The Christmas Mansion (sweet gay romance)
The Christmas Mansion (sweet gay romance) - Hollis Shiloh This was okay. There were some really cute parts, as it's more of a sweet romance than hot, but there were still problems, for me.

Despite my Kindle deleting all my notes, I can still remember the problems from last night's reading - namely that the story hints at being "historical" all the way through, even in the blurb, yet the only thing even remotely historical about it is the fact that they use gas lights and horse drawn carriages. And the mention of a magician is such a small factor in the plot that it could have been missed out entirely and the story wouldn't have been affected. To me, it read as a contemporary story - everyone was wearing jeans, talking in modern speech, and men were dancing with and kissing other men out in the open, flirting with perfect strangers, without the slightest hint of being caught or it not being the "norm", as it would in a historical. For me, I might have believed it more without the magical aspect and the historical attempts, because they just didn't fit the story.

I liked the characters. They were decent, if not as explored as I would normally like. For the length of the story, it was adequate. I had a problem with the insta-love issue, but other than that, it was a decent read and I'd read more by the author in the future.
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text 2017-11-10 07:05
Release Boost - Risk Me

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Can you risk it? RISK ME by Bella Love-Wins & Shiloh Walker IS NOW LIVE!



risk me - FINAL



She was mine before I ever laid eyes on her.
It took an instant to know we were meant to be. She wanted an escape and my arms were wide open. She endured a life of pain. I could give her solace. She saw baggage. I saw hope and connection. But most of all, to her, I was forbidden. I wanted her more because of it.
And just when I thought I had her, we were ripped apart.
One innocent act to escape forced our families onto a collision course. I was fooled into believing she could risk everything for me. Her hands were tied. She was more of a prisoner than I'd even thought possible. She was just out of reach. And watching, waiting and wishing wouldn’t bring her back to me. But people like us never got lifetimes of happiness. Moments, maybe.
We didn’t get fairy tale endings.
Our love story was destined to end in tragedy.
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Everything happened in the blink of an eye.


Less than a week after LeVan and his mother walked into the boutique where I worked, he and I were together.


A couple.


In secret.


Although there were few secrets in this small town, we tried. And probably failed. It could’ve been that the rumor started right there in the boutique when I took his hand and held on for too long. It didn’t matter. For one week, I spent every spare moment with LeVan. I’d sneak out of the house every night Mother was on one of her continual drunken benders.


The cat was away, so this mouse got out, and boy did I ever play.


But it was more than that.


What LeVan and I discovered was that we weren’t just playthings to each other.


We were in love.


Love at first sight.


Love at first touch.


And our first kiss was nothing but magic.


Then I gave myself to him completely.


And he did not take the gift for granted.


LeVan treated me like a princess.


Tonight, it was our one-week anniversary since the day in the boutique.


“Pretty lady.”


I loved it when his voice got all rough like that.


LeVan Vanderbilt had a voice like sweet cocoa, thick and rich, almost excessively so. It only got rough like this because of one thing…me.


I absolutely loved what I did to him—and what he did to me.


I loved him, period.


The weight of his dreads fell toward me, rubbing against my bare chest as he kissed a path lower, lower, lower…


When he pressed a kiss to the short, neatly-trimmed hair at my mound, I closed my eyes with a moan and reached for him.


“Not yet, pretty lady,” he said, nuzzling me.


“You’re a tease.”


“And you love it.” He bit my clit. I shivered at the sensations, hot and cold chills licking their way up my spine as he licked his tongue straight into my core.


He growled against me and I knew—I knew—that if I could just touch him, he’d stop this and put his hands, his weight on me, thrust inside me and put an end to this never-ending ache.


But he’d pinned my wrists to the bed and now, as I arched my hips up to meet his mouth, I moaned again, need driving me to the edge.


“Come for me, baby doll. Come on, Thea…let me feel it.” I came.


It wasn’t like he gave me a lot of choices.


When it came to my body, he owned me completely and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t coax out of me.


And just when I thought I had everything I could ever need, we were ripped apart.



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About the Authors:


BELLA LOVE-WINS is a Wall Street Journal (Begging for Bad Boys, April, 2017) and USA Today (Begging for Bad Boys, Alpha for the Holidays, Shifters in the Snow: Bundle of Joy, Shifters in the Shadows) Bestselling Author.


She loves reading and writing steamy, high-action romance stories about firefighters, billionaires, and alpha males who know what they want and aren’t afraid of laying claim to the women who catch their interest. She loves a happy ever after ending. She enjoys reading, hiking, the countryside, and traveling to destinations unspoiled by commercial tourism, like Las Vegas…

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review 2017-09-22 19:46
Shelter (Shifters and Partners #7) by Hollis Shiloh Review
Shelter (shifters and partners Book 7) - Hollis Shiloh

It's only a dog, the FBI agents think when they descend on the drug lord's home. Only a dog, chained in the back yard, half starved and with almost glowing eyes it's so filled with rage and fear.

It isn't till they get closer that someone says, "That looks like a wolf."




This is a sweet short story about an older FBI agent and a traumatized wolf shifter. It is very slow burn ending really with the hint of a sexual relationship. The tone of the book is very removed but it is still engaging.
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review 2017-08-09 00:00
All My Broken Pieces
All My Broken Pieces - Hollis Shiloh All My Broken Pieces - Hollis Shiloh Timothy (Tim) Nichols is a slightly deformed shifter working with the police department for the last ten years. He's content with his life even if it means being ridiculed by his coworkers and barely making ends meet. That changes when Aaron Knowlton, an observer from shifter and partner program, arrives to evaluate the department Tim is employed by. The evaluation doesn't go well for the department and Tim has to become certified.

The night before Tim's to arrive at the facility for the program he decides to scratch an itch. He picks up, Levi Cardwell, the two have quite a lovely time together. When they part way Tim doesn't expect the two to meet again. Unbeknownst to the two is that they're both enrolled for the same certification program. Tim thinks he knows how to handle the awkward surprise. Levi has his own thoughts on the situation and how he'll like to handle it.

I thought this was quite a cute read. I loved Tim for being so straightforward. He made me laugh so hard when approached Levi and said what he did. Levi's reaction was pretty priceless. Tim's self image and confidence were will portrayed and it was a feeling we all have felt at one time in our life.

I was glad seeing Tim having such a great support team composed of Levi and Kieran. I also like that total strangers he came across were more than willing to accept him as he was.

The PT portion towards the end made me feel said for Tim. I could understand the amount of pain he was in and could really relate to him. It made me cry a little and I enjoyed it immensely.

A free copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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