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review 2017-06-06 15:37
Jumping Barrel (Cyborg Sizzle Book 7) by Cynthia Sax Review
Jumping Barrel (Cyborg Sizzle Book 7) - Cynthia Sax

He requires an Expert. She needs a hero.

Barrel requires an Expert for the Tau Cetian orphans. He’s looking for a female who is willing to commit to a lifespan-long role, who is comfortable with moving off planet, and who, preferably, has the ability to speak the offsprings’ first language.

Nola wants the role Barrel is offering so badly she bends a few truths. Yes, she was born off planet but she has lived almost all of her lifespan in sheltered Academies. Yes, she has learned Tau Cetian but she has never spoken with a local. Yes, she plans to follow the rules but his deep, sexy voice tempts her to rebel.

When a fact-morphing human academic meets her battle-worn cyborg warrior, deceptions are revealed, passions flare, and circuits sizzle. Wrong seems right. Lies turn into truth. The candidate least qualified for the role becomes the one candidate Barrel can’t let go.

 

Review

 

This is one of those short stories that make me very sad it is a short story. It started off grand. So, funny and sweet.

 

The hero is great and so is the heroine. Then sex. And then done. Sigh. I would have adored another few chapters of living on this world and being together.

 

Zip's story is going to be a blast.

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review 2017-05-31 03:10
"Educating Esmé" by Esmé Raji Codell
Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year - Esmé Raji Codell

This book was definitely entertaining, but I wonder about how much of it was factual. It claims to be the diary of a first-year teacher, but it seemed very idealistic and unrealistic.

And it didn't sit right with me that there was a time when her students stabbed a substitute teacher in the back with a pencil and she wasn't really bothered about it. That's kind of a big deal...

I did love the idea of building a "time machine" filled with books. I might have to use that someday.

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review 2017-05-17 14:09
REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Teacher and the Soldier (Ellery Mountain #2) by R.J. Scott
The Teacher and the Soldier - R.J. Scott
The Teacher & The Soldier is the second in the Ellery Mountain series, and immediately isn't as 'funny' as book one. This is because it is dealing with a serious subject in PTSD! Whilst the story mentions this, it doesn't take over the story of Daniel and Luke, but rather helps to emphasise why people react in certain ways.
 
Daniel already has his network around him, that has now expanded to include Max. Luke only has Zach - his cheating ex that has become his friend. Although Luke didn't have a good time with Zach due to his own issues, I loved how this was written. Zach is a supporting character, but he is witty, warm, and caring. I hope that he turns up in later books, and I'm sure he needs a HEA of his own.
 
Very different to book one, but that is not a negative comment in any way! Very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, this was an ideal short read. Definitely recommended by me.
 
 *A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/05/retro-review-tour-giveaway-ellery.html
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review 2017-04-17 15:24
Nonsensical at Times
Teacher's Pet - Richie Tankersley Cusick

I think that Moonlight Reader and I posted this as a potential read during Halloween Book Bingo. Wow, I had forgotten what a mess this book was. I honestly went into this blind since I didn't recall a thing at all about this book. I know I had it though as a kid since I had most of Cusick's books when I was growing up. Maybe even at that age I knew a bad book when I read one and pushed it out of my head.

 

"Teacher's Pet" follows Kate and her teacher who go to a writer's retreat. Don't ask questions about this retreat though since her teacher is into romance and Kate is into horror. They both go off and go sit in on other seminars and Kate gets some one on one with Gideon Dewe.

 

Now here is the thing, most of Cusick's books follows a checklist, but it's like she upped the ante in this one. Besides having a teen girl who falls for the first guy she sees, she somehow has crushes on and kisses every dude she meets in this book (there are three, Gideon, Pearce, and unfortunately named dude named Denzil) and somehow all three fall in love with Kate and her beauty. Sorry, you can't see it, but I just snickered like I was five when I typed that.

 

I don't even get why Kate likes horror, it seems superficial at best the way Cusick describes it. She doesn't even go into her favorite authors. And Kate's writing is so terrific that she is singled out in class which makes someone jealous enough to kill (she's the teacher's pet).

 

This book had so many twists and turns I refuse to follow them all. And this was a bit more gruesome than her other works (people find body parts lying around) but it still seemed like a haha type murderous place instead of straight up Camp Crystal Lake.

 

Image result for camp crystal lake gifs

 

The writing wasn't very good in this one and the characters we meet are shallow. Once again you imagine there are only really 6 people in this book (Kate, Gideon, Pearce, Denzil, Kate's teacher, and also a young girl named Tawney who will cause you to go, well bless your heart a lot while reading about the things she's saying) and you imagine that other people exist, but not really since Kate never speaks to any of them.


I laughed out loud while reading this ending around 1 am. The evil-doer is found out, I called BS on that whole thing, Kate kisses one dude, and then the other, both dudes still in love with her and promise to fight for her love (why???) and she hops on a train with her teacher. Um, you all were just murdered and there was a fire, why the heck are the cops allowing them to leave just like that just an hour or so after the events are revealed. I have watched enough of The First 48 to know they just couldn't go home like that. Also where are Kate's parents? You think she call them instead of having her heart beat fast cause she's looking at one of her beau's profile.

 

Ah well, too bad there wasn't an ending like this:

 

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review 2017-04-14 13:06
Growing pains
Make it Count - Megan Erickson

Alec does not want to find his best friend's girl attractive.  Lately it has been so much more.  Now, they share a secret.  Will it help or hurt the already tense situation?

 

Katia AKA Kat knows her time is almost up with her boyfriend.  She only keeps men around to avoid getting lonely.  Alec offers more, even dreams of a future.  If she can be brave maybe the future is already here.

 

Started off slow, but then got going so well I was not sure how to react.  This story is what most would call a slow burn.  I love the heat, heart, and humor.  These characters are some I would love to see again.  Loved how such a tense subject was handled.  I cannot wait to read more in the Bowler University series!  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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