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review 2018-02-04 19:38
The Secret Service vs. The Counterfeiters
The Road to Silver Plume - Tamara Allen
I love this author and her prose. 
She always manages to build a BELIEVABLE romantic relationship between characters who seem to be impossible to fall for each other. 
Very original plot and unexpected turns. I adore her brave and trustworthy characters.
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review 2018-02-04 19:31
Made My Heart Sing
Whistling in the Dark - Tamara Allen

"And jazz- it didn't sing sweetly, like the music he'd been raised on. It shouted out, fierce to lift the weariest spirit. It could own a fellow's soul if he let it- and even if he didn't " 
I wish I could hear that jazz, played in clubs in New York at that time.

It's one of those books whose characters I want to know personally.
I wanted to listen to Sutton play, go wander the streets at 2 am with Jack, go to their parties and have a drink with them. I wanted to have a friend like Harry...

The author has done an amazing job composing the setting, building masterfully a character at a time when PTSD did not even exist as an idea, when free jazz and "Dixieland" did not hold the significance they do now, and the Prohibition knocking on the door.

This is my favorite book by Tamara Allen and for some strange reason while I read I remembered Palahniuk's words describing the world we live in now : 
" We're the middle children of the history man, no purpose or place, we have no Great war, no Great depression, our great war is a spiritual war, our great depression is our lives " 

Whistling in the dark is that one work that made me want to time travel and shake the hands of those characters, who've lived and experienced all that we / for better or worse / can never have

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review 2018-02-04 19:27
If It Ain't Love - Tamara Allen
I remember talking to a friend and me telling her I sometimes like sad stories not necessarily with a happy ending, because such is often life, and then she asked me : 
- Why write about desperation and hard times if there's no hope in the end?
I think this is what those 34 pages are- a tale of hope in times when it's very hard to be expectant for better days and wish for a happy ending. It's remarkable how such a short story managed to convey such a message and I'm glad I found it.
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review 2018-02-04 19:13
Be Careful Whom You Trust
The Only Gold - Tamara Allen

I am not sure if the romance blooms slowly, to me the story had a certain flow and then at some point it made a very sharp turn which I totally didn't see coming...

My opinion about Jonah changed dramatically and I think I began understanding his reasons.
I liked Reid / of course/ as well as the side- characters. Tamara Allen is great at creating strong and likable side characters.
Beautifully described historical setting as usually for this author and I am always in love with everything she writes. 

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review 2016-08-24 00:00
Whistling in the Dark
Whistling in the Dark - Tamara Allen,Me... Whistling in the Dark - Tamara Allen,Meral Mathews

I knew I knew I knew it!


You can ask me HOW COULD I KNOW?

[b:Whistling in the Dark|6112351|Whistling in the Dark|Tamara Allen|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1397431867s/6112351.jpg|6290310] was just my SECOND book by Tamara Allen, and the first one, [b:Downtime|13600507|Downtime|Tamara Allen|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1334335668s/13600507.jpg|6855119], I rated with ONLY 3 stars!


Let me explain you something:

-there are authors I read, rate with 3 stars and I know, I probably NEVER EVER read anything by these authors in my life again.
-and there are authors I read, rate with 3 stars and I know I just NEED to read more of their works. Tamara Allen belongs to THOSE authors.

I think Tamara Allen writes what I expect/like/enjoy in MM Romance.

- a slow-building romance

- characters that make you FEEL/CONNECT

-PLOT!!! It is a story behind. A real story

-SETTING/historical aspect


Of course I'm going to read EVERYTHING this talented author wrote. But I have to warn you:
Even if I rate some of her works with ONLY 3 stars...consider it just as a full moon problem (Ask my hubby, he can explain it to you better). In other words, a bad timing, not a proper mood, common trivialities.

I love the story, I love the characters, oh and HOW I LOVE the ending!..
It is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo romantic, beautiful, touching and emotional.

Some words about the audio book:

I have to add Meral Mathews to my fav narrators.
He created a real great theater/movie in my head.
I didn't have a feeling that it was just a SINGLE narrating person: women, men, old, young, everything(depending on) sounded soooooo different! Simply GREAT!

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