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text 2018-03-12 16:36
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Throwing Stones - Avery Cockburn

“Those rocks we obsess over, we’re seeing them in the raw in the place they were born. It’s like going to Bethlehem or something.”
“It does feel sacred,” Oliver said.
Garen looked up at him. “Will you give us a prayer?”
“Oh jeez, no.” Oliver took a step back. “I’m not really a praying person.”
“But you’re Canadian,” Garen said. “That makes you like a high priest of curling.”

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text 2018-03-12 16:31
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
Throwing Stones - Avery Cockburn

“You’ve all lost the plot.” Luca jammed his coffee into the cup holder and put the MPV into reverse. “We’ll go to this tournament and curl the best we can, and we’ll forget about Team Boyd until it’s time to meet them on the ice.”
“Okay,” Ross said. “Except we’re on a boat with them to Ailsa Craig in an hour.”

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text 2018-03-11 16:47
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
Throwing Stones - Avery Cockburn

Under the rustle of plastic he heard Luca murmur, “Nova Scotia.”
“Sorry?”
Luca pointed to the emblem on the bag beside Oliver’s chair. “It means ‘New Scotland,’ aye?”
“Aye. I mean, yeah.” Oliver sucked his lollipop and kicked his tired brain into banter mode. “New and improved.”
Luca gasped. “Ooh, sassy. I thought Canadians were meant to be nice.”
“And I thought Glaswegians were meant to be obnoxious. Oh, wait.”

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review 2018-02-14 03:14
Throwing Stones (Glasgow Lads on Ice #1)
Throwing Stones - Avery Cockburn

I have no idea what curling is and honestly it always looks boring as hell in the Olympics, but it's Glasgow Lads! I'm in!

Update:

And now that I've read this, I still don't understand curling, LOL, except to say that it is a lot more complicated than it looks. The author is kind enough to include a crash course at the end and she gave detailed play-by-plays during the competition sections, but as I've never even watched more than a few minutes of any game - and that was years ago - I had a hard time picturing what was going on. Still, Ms. Cockburn was very good at making the stakes clear at all relevant points and that's what really mattered more than anything else.

Anyway, this is another great story from Ms. Cockburn, and we even get a few cameos from the main series. Oliver is an ex-curler from Canada trying to start over in Scotland as a coach for Team Boyd. Luca is the leader of Team Riley, the rival of Team Boyd. He's also the brother-in-law of Team Boyd's leader, Jack. Oliver has ADHD and Luca lives a Zen lifestyle on and off the ice. They appear polar opposites on the surface, but they click immediately and their stories end up paralleling each other in interesting ways.

This is a little insta-love since the story takes place over a week, and it seems especially quick since Luca identifies somewhere on the ace spectrum though he's not really sure where. So the quick pace was a little off but in the end didn't bother me too much since we actually get ample page time of the two getting to know each other since they initially agreed not to start anything because of the conflict of interest. Of course, that doesn't last long - and for those of you who need steamy sex, you're going to be disappointed. There's one sex scene and it's vague on details, focusing instead on the emotional components, which means it was right up my alley. :D

Oliver and Luca have their own baggage and challenges, and some of their decisions, especially Luca's, were frustrating but in a realistic way. I don't need my MCs to be infallible, and these two definitely aren't. I do need them to learn and grow, and Luca and Oliver do that by spades.

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review 2017-11-29 15:25
Dig Two Graves: A Gripping Crime Thriller (The Detective Solomon Gray Series Book 1) - Keith, Terry NIXON, Allison STONES, BUSBY

10 years ago, sergeant Gary's six year old son disappeared at a fun fair. Needless to say that this tragedy had a deep impact on Solomon Gray and his family. Now he is investigating the suicide/murder of a sixteen year old boy and the murder of a priest(who was well known to his wife).The thing is, I just couldn't connect with Solomon Gray. He is aggressive, keeps vital information to himself, lies,is arrogant, self centered...He is just thoroughly unpleasant(in any normal police station he would have been put on indeterminate leave a long time ago). That said,his character is extremely well elaborated while the other characters are cardboard figures, pastiches perhaps. One has the impression that the story is not so important, that it comes second to the development of the character of Solomon Gray...

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