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review 2018-10-06 21:23
Book Review for Smiley by LeAnn Ashers The Grim Sinner's Originals MC Series
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Smiley
Series: The Grim Sinner's Originals MC Series
Author: LeAnn Ashers
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2018
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
Arc copy provided for honest review
5 stars
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


Adeline

 

It was completely unexpected. I’d never imagined he would come into my life. From the moment I met him, I knew there was no going back. He made me feel things I had never experienced before:

Safety

Love

Happiness

I was floating on air. Nothing could touch me with him by my side. He became my everything.
 
 
 
Smiley
 
I’d never expected my life to change upon walking into the Devil Souls MC. At first glance, I almost fell on my ass, and I knew I had to have her. She was everything I never knew I wanted, and hell if that didn’t stir something in me. Adeline gave me something I had been missing my whole life:
Passion
Desire
Contentment
 
I’m the retired president of the Grim Sinners MC but, in the end, you never really leave. The Devil Souls and The Grim Sinners clashed and were brought together to fight the biggest battle yet.
 
We had to protect our families at any cost.

 
 
 
 
I really don't know where to start with this review other than to say the minute Smiley looked up from his phone and into Adeline's eyes and said "Your having dinner with me tonight." I fell head over heels in love with him.
 
Warning-This story touches a lot on subjects such as abuse, rape,torture,prostitution , vengeance,pain suffering and trauma all this things that happened in Adeline's past that lead her to having PTSD and nightmares.
 
Before reading this story you need to read the other stories in which Adeline was introduced to  get the full background of the horrendous life she had lived prior to this book.
(Recommend reading Techy at least first)
 
I love a book like this all about second chances especially when you think that it is a not possibility and that your never going heal from your past but, it is possible when you have the love of a large mc family named the Devil Souls.
 
Most MC's do not co-habitat unless its with their affiliate chapters but, Adeline's daughter is the old Lady of one of the Devil Souls members and Smiley's daughter is married to a member also so the MC family for Adeline is a combined one. That's one lucky Gal!
 
This time around its hard to pick a favorite but, I have no choice than to pick Smiley hands down !
 
 
What made the choice for me to pick him was that Smiley at every turn surprised me not only with his deeds but, with his overwhelming protectiveness and kindness and love that he showed his woman as well as his children and grand-children.I loved how patient and kind and gentle he could be but, he had a whole other dangerous side to him where he put the fear in god in most people.
 
Omg! Just thinking about the pain ,suffering and torture Adeline endured her entire life broke my heart each and every time her past was brought up.She became a women to be admired for her strength kindness and courage and the determination to survive the horrors she endured and still walk away with a mind intact, this alone was a milestone in her recovery of taking her own life back.
 
I loved the nicknames they had for Adeline but, most of all I loved how the entire club of children called her Gigi and they all loved her as much as she did them.
 
I loved the romance between Smiley and Adeline and how it slowly developed and just by Smiley giving her experiences she had never thought she would have and making some of the little things she wanted to enjoy out of life come true we watched a small miracle of this women being re-born.I loved being on her journey of healing and finding herself once again.A character that you could not help but love as she was nothing but goodness personified.
 
For me the most heart breaking moment and turning point in the story for me was the moment Adeline aka Gigi stepped out on that beach with all those children in a two piece bathing suit. These children all saw her as their grand-mother and vice versa but, for me I saw a moment in time that Adeline had finally let go of her past once and for all.
 
All in all we loved the story from cover to cover.I loved the little miracles that occurred throughout the story as well as god interventions and his little gifts as some would say this just made the story more endearing and more lovable.
 
Recommended read to all who can handle a book with the subject matter as this one had !
 
P.S. My final thoughts would be I would want a guy like Smiley to have my back each and every time .Adeline was full of so much kindness and goodness that she not only had Smiley at her back but each and every member of both The Devil Souls and The Grim Sinners....
 
My kind of Gal!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LeAnn Ashers is a blogger-turned-author who spends her days reading and writing. She released her debut novel early 2016, and can't wait to see where this adventure continues to take her. LeAnn enjoys writing about strong-minded females and swoon-worthy, protective alpha males who love their women unconditionally.
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2018-08-20 16:47
Smiley's People / John le Carré
Smiley's People - John le Carré

In London at dead of night, George Smiley, sometime acting Chief of the Circus (aka the British Secret Service), is summoned from his lonely bed by news of the murder of an ex-agent. Lured back to active service, Smiley skillfully maneuvers his people -- the no-men of no-man's land -- into crisscrossing Paris, London, Germany, and Switzerland as he prepares for his own final, inevitable duel on the Berlin border with his Soviet counterpart and archenemy, Karla.

 

 

***2018 Summer of Spies***

In the spy genre, if James Bond is a boxing match, then George Smiley is a chess game. Lots of planning ahead, knowing your opponent, and biding your time to make the right move. Smiley and Karla match wits again, but George has a new advantage—Karla can no longer manipulate him via his wife.

Fans of fist fights and gun battles may find this boring. People like myself, who have spent many years researching and working within libraries and archives, will find ourselves mesmerized as Smiley reads files and interviews other ex-employees of the intelligence services in order to build the perfect mousetrap.

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text 2018-08-09 20:05
Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 335 pages.
Smiley's People - John le Carré

 

So I took an early lunch, because three of the stooges from my coffee time debacle had chosen to have a long, loud training session at the work station just behind mine.  And what happens?  Madame Speech Impediment shows up and sits close to me.  She is then joined by Ms. Slyly Malicious and Miss Self-Righteous Gossipy-Pants.  And they proceed to have a loud conversation.  Never-ending.

 

I cannot get out of here fast enough!  2.5 hours until I can escape.  I usually don't take an afternoon coffee break, but you can bet I will today and I'm going to go out & sit in my car.

 

Signed, Ms. Cranky-Pants.

 

 

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text 2018-08-09 18:11
Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 335 pages.
Smiley's People - John le Carré

 

Trying to get started on this spy novel over my coffee break this morning.  Unfortunately, in our new building the coffee room doubles as a meeting room.  So, I'm at one end, attempting to read.  At the other end is a meeting of four people--two of them speak English as a second language, one has a speech impediment, and the fourth is (let me be blunt) dumb as a sack of hammers.  They are discussing a rather complex fix that needs to be done in our new computer system and trying to make themselves understood to each other.

 

I cut coffee short and I am so glad that I'm going to start vacation at 3:30 pm this afternoon!  I apparently really need the break.  I'm cranky.

 

 

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text 2017-11-25 15:02
Großteil des Buches etwas zäh und ohne Spannung
Das Vermächtnis der Spione: Roman (Ein George-Smiley-Roman, Band 9) - John le Carré,Peter Torberg

1961: An der Berliner Mauer sterben zwei Menschen, Alec Leamas, britischer Top-Spion, und seine Freundin Liz Gold. 2017: George Smileys ehemaliger Assistent Peter Guilliam wird ins Innenministerium einbestellt. Die Kinder der Spione Alec Leamas und Elizabeth Gold drohen, die Regierung zu verklagen. Die Untersuchung wirft neue Fragen auf: Warum mussten die Agenten an der Berliner Mauer sterben? Hat der britische Geheimdienst sie zu leichtfertig geopfert? Halten die Motive von damals heute noch stand? In einem dichten und spannungsgeladenen Verhör rekonstruiert Peter Guilliam, was kurz nach dem Mauerbau in Berlin passierte. Bis George Smiley die Szene betritt und das Geschehen in einem neuen Licht erscheint.

Fazit:
Einstieg und Ende des Buches konnten mich überzeugen und haben mir gut gefallen; der Einstieg konnte auch definitiv mein Interesse wecken. Leider geht es dann etwas bergab, der Großteil des Buches geht sehr schleppend und zäh voran - es ist "mühsam" weiterzulesen und oft musste ich mir dafür die Motivation erst suchen.
Ich finde, das Potential dieses Buches konnte leider keinesfalls ausgeschöpft werden.
Zum Ende hin, wurde es dann wieder etwas besser - im Großen und Ganzen konnte mich das Buch aber nicht überzeugen.

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