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review 2018-07-17 10:00
Review! Summer Rhythm - A Night's Embrace Spin-off by Brandy L. Rivers!
Summer Rhythm: A spin-off of Nights Embrace - Brandy L Rivers,Tara Shaner

 

 

Rhythms tend to repeat…


One girl has always captivated Doug Walsh. Every time he thinks she’ll let him in, she proves him wrong. Years later, he spots her in the crowd. He’ll do everything in his power to keep his fool heart intact.


After dismissing her parent’s expectations, Chloe has taken her life by the reins. When she sees the boy who captured her heart, but her mother forbade, she’s drawn back in. This time, she wants to make up for her past mistakes.


Can she change their summer rhythm? Or has she trampled his heart too many times?

 

 

Doug, the Night’s Embrace band member in the Others of Seattle series get his story in Summer Rhythm and what a delightfully sweet read it is.

 

Doug Walsh has always been captivated by one girl and he’ll do everything in his power to keep his fool heart intact when he spots her years later. Chloe is back and this time she is determined to take her life by the reins and live it her way and then means making up for past mistakes in the hopes of winning back the boy she fell for and her mother forbade. These two characters are strong and easily captivate readers with their story as they work to overcome the past in order to hope for the future and this heartfelt romance keeps readers on the edge of their seat as the couple try to overcome family obstacles.

 

Summer Rhythm, although short, is a delightful read with wonderful characters that captured my heart. It is a spinoff of Night’s Embrace, although it is a standalone story. If being read in conjunction with the Others of Seattle series, it should be read after number four to prevent spoilers because the characters from the series do make appearances.

 

 

Summer Rhythm

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25869485-summer-rhythm

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/summer-rhythm-a-spin-off-of-nights-embrace-by-brandy-l-rivers-and-tara-shaner

 

 

is a spin-off of the Night's Embrace book which is the 1st book in the Others of Seattle

series ( https://www.goodreads.com/series/128320-others-of-seattle ) while some of the characters do make an apperance, this book can be read as a standalone and is a contemporary romance and not a paranormal romance, also while this book is short and has a satisfactory ending, the author has mentioned on her website that there may be more in store for Doug.

 


Summer Rhythm is available in print or ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0115PQ0K2/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p4_i8

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brandy_L_Rivers_Summer_Rhythm?id=WooZCgAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/summer-rhythm

 

B&N - print - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-rhythm-brandy-l-rivers/1122591336?ean=9781517077914

 

B&N - Nook - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-rhythm-brandy-l-rivers/1122252669?ean=2940150879249

 

 

I've always loved books, especially about monsters and magic, so I started writing. I'm working on a prequel and the next few books in the Others of Edenton series, and I have a head full of stories to share.

 

I'm a stay at home mother with a wonderful husband who lets me write and write to my hearts content.

 

 

Be sure & visit Brandy at the following locations:

 

Website - http://www.brandylrivers.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054485.Brandy_L_Rivers

 

Facebook - http://facebook.com/brandylrivers

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/brandylrivers

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/brandylrivers

 

Tumbler - http://brandylrivers.tumblr.com/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brandy-l-rivers

 

 

 

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review 2018-07-12 19:32
Living and Dying
The Bright Hour - Nina Riggs
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi,Abraham Verghese
The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
Blue Nights by Didion, Joan 1st (first) Edition [Hardcover(2011)] - Joan Didion
A Widow's Story - Joyce Carol Oates
Missing Mom - Joyce Carol Oates
About Alice - Calvin Trillin
How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter - Sherwin B. Nuland

So, I've been off BL for a long, long time. A lot has happened, I got pregnant and had a daughter. My mom got sick and passed away. I had to clear out and sell my childhood home and all the contents while trying to balance all of that and my full time job. It's been...something.

 

For a while, not long after my mom died (3 days before Christmas 2016 when my daughter was only 5 months old) I started searching out and reading books that dealt with death and grief. I read a lot of Joan Didion The Year of Magical ThinkingBlue Nights. I read When Breath Becomes Air and About Alice and A Widow's Story. I started Missing Mom and couldn't go any further because it was too hard and How We Die.

 

The Bright Hour is one of the most beautiful books I've read, ever. I can't possibly describe it except to use it's full title--The Bright Hour: a memoir of living and dying. It is so full of life, all the messiness and happiness and tragedy and humor and it faces death and mortality head on, unflinching. 

 

I recently reread it, now a year and a half since my mother passed, it still has such power and peace. I can't recommend it enough.

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review 2018-02-25 15:55
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Spin - Robert Charles Wilson

Series: Spin #1

 

I changed my mind. Three stars feels a little too generous for this so I'm going with 2.5.

 

It's a great concept and wanting to find out what had happened kept me reading. Basically, one night all the stars go out and humanity discovers the entire planet has been enveloped in a weird opaque (-ish) membrane that has a simulated sun but doesn't actually let anyone see through it. And somehow Earth's perception of time has slowed way down with respect to the rest of the solar system. So Wilson invokes crazy physics in an interesting way because the general consensus is that some alien race has done this...for reasons.

 

So I really wanted to found out more about these "Hypotheticals" (the aliens) and what they had done to the Earth, but I struggled to get through the book because I didn't actually like any of the characters. Tyler was tiresome, Jason was your sort of typical nerd genius, I got tired of E. D., the abusive father (verbal and mental abuse, not physical) real fast, and I had zero patience for Diane's desire to ruin her life by running off to find religion and marry a controlling husband. Tyler's thing for Diane was more pathetic than romantic, and some of what I would have found way more interesting (the stuff that was happening to Jason) got glossed over near the end because Tyler just wasn't around for most of it.

 

I know Wilson already played the crazy physics card with the Spin membrane but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief very well for the Mars terraforming plan. Mars is just too small for that to work, especially over that kind of time scale. Seriously, you'd lose all the "atmosphere" you liberated unless you repeatedly crashed comets into it, and even then....

 

But I did want to keep reading, which why I debated between 3 and 2.5 stars.

 

Previous updates:

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text 2018-02-07 22:32
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
Spin - Robert Charles Wilson

Maybe I'm being picky, but these kids don't seem like they're twelve- and thirteen-year-olds. Yes, the main character is recounting the story from a point in time in the future, but I'm having trouble suspending my disbelief. And not because all of the stars have disappeared.

 

Perhaps I should look for a book that'll make me less cranky.

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review 2018-01-14 01:35
Audio Book Review: The Dark Wife
The Dark Wife - Sarah Diemer

Veronica speaks as Persephone as she tells the story before all has happened, and as it happened. Veronica does cracking voices full of emotion when the book notes it. She feels to speak with such love and emotion that draws my heart into the story. A stunning vocal performance from Veronica as she relates all the emotions through her voice, and draws me into them.

The story is told from Persephone's view, after it's all happened. We learn this in the beginning of the story.

Sarah's writing feels as though it's poetic with emotions strong in her words. The cadence of the telling, along with Veronica's vocals, felt to fit the old sway of words with the Greek gods and goddesses. The details and emotions invested into this story feel to be strong. There is such love written here. And in the voice! Veronica relates the strength of all the emotions present.

Persephone grows fonder and fonder of Hades. In their small connections it seems that Hades is healing, along with Persephone in heart and mind. They have both suffered some loses or torment from others that starts to heal with each other's presence.

We get a feel of the flip of good and evil where we would think to see it. Zeus and Hades, evil and good. Which is the one that has more compassion for people and souls? We see things from a different angle that opens possible thoughts of it all.

This story is told as Hades as a female, as is Persephone. They fall in love and it's beautiful. This book is all emotion. I didn't get a feel of strong prejudice from everyone present. It's natural to love and it doesn't matter who that love is directed to. Love is an amazing emotion and all should feel it. Though, there is one that's not thrilled with it as it's not him receiving the love as he feels he should. He is also one that seems to look down on a relationship between two woman, but that is only briefly mentioned. The story is mainly a gorgeous telling of Persephone finding her way in the world and finding love.

The story is very drawing with the words and Veronica's voice. But the one scene that touched my heart the deepest was when the dead villagers met others. You'll know the moment and who the others are when it happens. Beautiful.

If you thrive on lush descriptions of all around you and feelings, this is a great read for you.

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