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text 2017-09-24 08:14
Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 293 pages.
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

Since Dandelion Wine was a bust for Chilling Children (not much chilling in that book, though it fit nicely into Magical Realism), and I have my second choice on hand, here I go for more Bradbury.

 

Already in love

 

(Will/Some boys) they'll get hit, hurt, cut, bruised, and always wonder why, why does it happen? how can it happen to them?
    But Jim, now, he knows it happens, he watches for it happening, he sees it start, he sees it finish, he licks the wound he expected, and never asks why; he knows. He always knew. Someone knew before him, a long time ago, someone who had wolves for pets and lions for night conversants. Hell, Jim doesn't know with his mind. But his body knows. And while Will's putting a bandage on his latest scratch, Jim's ducking, waving, bouncing away from the knockout blow which must inevitably come.
    So there they go, Jim running slower to stay with Will, Will running faster to stay with Jim, Jim breaking two windows in a haunted house because Will's along, Will breaking one instead of none, because Jim's watching. God how we get our fingers in each other's clay. That's friendship, each playing the potter to see what shapes we can make of the other.

 

 

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review 2017-09-22 19:44
Missing the humor
Transformers: Lost Light #9 - James Roberts,Priscilla Tramontano

And the real problem is that as serious, and mind-bending, and tragic, and thoughtful as this book gets, the humor is really what ties this all together.   It's not that Roberts can't wring a gut-wrenching story that I lapped up without the humor - but because I've seen how he handles it with humor, I know there's something missing. 

 

The real problem for me is within all this tension?   The humor broke it up.   And there just wasn't as much, and it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny for me, and I kinda ached for that. 

 

Still, the whole issue of selling grief is compelling, especially when the reality is shown to be different than the concept: it's eerie to know that even though we knew it was going to happen, we didn't know what it would look like in the end.   Then again, neither did anyone in the book. 

 

I'm sure this will be a continuing theme - and I want to see how it plays out.   Soon, I'm sure.   Soon.

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review 2017-09-22 00:48
Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice) by Jennifer Snow
Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice) - Jennifer Snow

 

A wish, a risk and a kiss light up the season this holiday. Ms. Snow mixes business with pleasure in this friends with benefits romance. What happens when a hockey star is forced to spend the holiday with his endearingly, overbearing family? He discovers the girl he left behind is starting to look like the woman he can't live without. The people we love most are sometimes the ones we appreciate the least. Maybe This Christmas is a reminder of the precious moments and the special people that grace our lives and live within our hearts.

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review 2017-09-21 11:12
I think this was the best Shadowlands book so far.
This Is Who I Am - Cherise Sinclair

I think this was the best Shadowlands book so far. With a great mix of erotic scenes, real life and a side order of crime syndicate and FBI, the story just flowed.

Sam as our male lead showed another side to the Gods of Shadowlands; older, sadist and emotionally closed, all something a little new! He didn't always get it right, he wasn't always perfect!

Linda, our female lead and submissive in this book, was again, something a little different. Older, mother, and masochist, Linda is also a survivor and tough as nails. Not that the other subs weren't, but this was just different, more real!

Despite the S/M relationship being a strong part of the story, and not to my tastes, I thoroughly enjoyed the story with all of it's ups and downs.

Things in the bedroom got a little repetitive and dare-I-say-it 'boring' at either of their homes, but Shadowlands play sessions were amusing and exciting despite being pain related. Towards the end of the book things got more interesting which helped the pacing around the climax.

I liked that serious relationship issues, including failed marriages and communication concerns were explored and felt very natural to the relationship. This was by far the best representation of relationships I've seen from Cherise.

Some of the supporting cast had large life events in this book which was a nice touch to remind the reader that the lifestyle isn't all sex and chains, but that real life continues too, with all its craziness.

If you're put off by the S/M relationship, don't be, it was handled well and the pain rather delicately described. Quite a few explosions and pleasure waves were ridden between these covers.

To me, this was one of the sadder tales in the Shadowlands series. And that's not because the others lacked sadness, but more that these characters felt very real, with Linda's self-loathing and doubt and Sam's emotional withdrawal. They both did and said things that real people do. 

The added sweetness of Conn, Sam's trusted canine companion, and the lovely ladies of Linda's seaside hometown wrapped things up nicely.

I am quite interested to see what happens in book 8, the next one in the series! I will be getting to it in short order!

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review 2017-09-14 20:37
Fantastic Historical Romance Christmas Book
With This Christmas Ring - Manda Collins With This Christmas Ring - Manda Collins

With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins is an awesome holiday read.  This is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Collins has given us a well-written book and loaded it with amazing, lovable characters.  Alex and Merry's story is a second chance romance that is heartwarming and entertaining. There is plenty of drama, action, humor and spice to keep readers invested in the story.  I totally adored this quick Christmas read and look forward to reading more from Manda Collins in the future.  With This Christmas Ring is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.  

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.

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