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review 2018-07-20 18:28
good book and characters
Rock Legend - Tara Leigh

Piper and Delaney had known each other since nursery school. Piper had not been very nice to Delaney at times and had done nothing to deserve Delaney’s concern or friendship. Piper had secrets to keep and couldn’t afford to let her guard down for a minute. Being friends with a girl like Delaney - someone who cared about more than just clothing labels and boyfriend of the month- terrified Piper. Yet crazily enough Delaney was now Piper’s closest and only friend. Piper was a PR assistant for one of the hottest talent managers- Travis  in Hollywood. Piper had yet to master work-life balance. Delaney was flying out to go to Nothing But Trouble’s show. Delaney’s boyfriend was Shane who was the frontman band. Travis ended up being the reason why Delaney and Piper reconnected. Once Delaney and Shane got together Piper was assigned to manage Delaney’s introduction to Shane’s possessive fans. Rock stars weren’t Piper’s thing - not anymore. Adam was Piper's ex as of twenty minutes ago. He showed up at her car and tapped on the window and Piper ignored him and drove away. Landon was the drummer for Nothing But Trouble and this was the most successful band of the decade. Landon was living the dream except when he wasn’t on stage or in the recording studio it was more of a nightmare. Landon had a lot of luggage he was carrying from his past. Yet he remembers the girl he had let get away her name was Piper and Landon had met Piper when she was a freshman in college they had two wonderful months together - the best of their lives so far. Piper even though Landon may be the one. But then Landon had to choose the band or Piper and Landon chose the band but had regretted that chose in the end. Landon had became a man whore who drank and used drugs a lot and slept with several women. Piper had grown up never doing enough or anything right as far as her father was concerned. Six years later and Piper is trying to keep her distance from Landon. But then after a concert Piper and Landon came face to face. Landon is totally surprised to see Landon yet oddly enough he finally felt whole whe he had felt something was missing and that something was Piper. After one of Landon’s very drunken nights Travis sent Piper to babysit Landon.

I enjoyed this book. I loved Piper and Landon together but at times I got frustrated with them. I liked the plot and the pace. I liked the surprises throughout the book. I like how we are shown why Landon and Piper are as they are. Landon always felt Piper deserved better than him. I felt bad for what piper and Landon had went through in their pasts. There is very hot chemistry between Landon and Piper. I advise you to read the first book in this series so everything runs smoothly as you read this. I would have liked to rate this 4.5. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2018-07-18 16:32
Ok, so other than the grass, this one was pretty darned cute...
Hearts and Flour - Tara Lain,Ry Forest,Stephen Kurpis

So if you saw my updates on GR than you saw my comment about how 'delicious' was't a word that I'd use to describe the smell of a freshly mowed lawn...sorry but while I do like the smell of a freshly mowed lawn it just doesn't make me hungry. But neither am a raw food fanatic like Micah Truveen (yeah, he's one of the MCs in this story)

 

Micah Truveen is a raw food vegan and he's all about the healthy foods. So when he discovers his customers are flocking to the new cupcake shop up the street...you can well imagine that he blows a gasket and then he goes home to find his sleazeball of a boyfriend, Dharamaram doing the nasty in bed with someone else...well he blows another gasket and really who can blame him? Certainly not I. I was so on board with him kicking his backside to the curb and then heading over to his friends anti-Valentine's party (read orgy) where he meets this incredibly sexy, southern belle...Quentin Darby.

 

Quentin likes his pretty things sexy dresses, stiletto heels and can I just say here...I'm jealous because damn, I can't walk in those things but seems Quentin's a runway queen on them. 

 

Quentin moved to California with his southern grandmother to take care of her. I loved Quentin's grandma...she's awesome, I'd move to Cali to take care of her too. Unfortunately Quentin's got secrets from that he's keeping from her. He's afraid of loosing her love if he tells her that he's gay much less that he's a cross dresser. But Quentin's also not told Micah what he does for a living either...maybe Quentin has a cupcake shop...oopsie, this is going to be an awkward moment.

 

'Hearts and Flour' was from start to finish a light fluffy, cupcake of a read. While Micah and Quentin might have met under questionable circumstances and it was definitely lust at first sight. Take heart dear reader two things did not occur 1. neither of them was with anyone else at said orgy and 2. it was insta-lust not insta-love.

 

"Hearts and Flour" was also a chance for me to check out a couple of new narrators...Rys Forest and Stephen Kurpis and I have to say from a purely audio perspective I enjoyed this one. I'm not sure who read what parts but I'm ok with that as well since I can honestly say I liked it all...however, I will say whoever did the voice of Quentin was awesome. When Quentin was dressed as a woman the narrator gave him this wonderful husky, feminine tone that really gave depth to that character and simply enhanced the image of Quentin that I had in my head...it was spot on. 

 

I'm definitely going to keep an ear tuned for more by these two. At present there's only one other book to their credit that I was able to find on audible and it's also by Ms Lain...so, it looks like I've got at least one more Tara Lain book in my future.

 

If you're looking for something cute and fun to enjoy on audio...let's call it summer listening. You might want to give this one a chance. It's a nice way to pass a bit of time on a too hot to do anything summer afternoon.

 

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An audio book of "Hearts and Flour" was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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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 2018-07-14 17:54
Rock Legend (Nothing But Trouble, #2) by Tara Leigh
Rock Legend - Tara Leigh

 

Landon is a walking heartbreak. A playboy with a rocker image, but a lonely heart. Piper was a ray of light in his otherwise dark world. When people continuously treat you like nothing, eventually you start to believe it's true. In a world where image is everything, is it possible to show others the man behind the bad boy image? Leigh is not afraid to expose life at it's most painful. There is more beauty in the hard moments. Only then does strength of character and heart show. Rock Legend is a journey though pain, self-doubt, destruction and survival. Landon and Piper take a road trip through hell to find out what heaven really means. A love sonnet perfectly in tune with the heart.

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review 2018-07-10 04:25
Educated by Tara Westover
Educated - Tara Westover

What else is there to say? This book made me gasp and cringe and shiver. I kept audibly reacting to this book prompting a lot of discussion with my spouse. Westover's was a truly awful experience, vividly rendered in this memoir.

There is much about this book that may seem unbelievable, but I don't doubt that in essence, its true. Many victims go back to their abusers, again and again. It was shocking to find that Westover is a near contemporary of mine, and while I was hunting Pokemon on my GameBoy Color she was dodging iron. Not to mention the scissors. Oh my God the scissors.

This is a one-sitting book, no question about it. I couldn't put it down and you could not get me to shut up about it.

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