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text 2017-03-17 22:02
Thank You Mr. Falker
Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco

This text is not so much instructional as the others I have posted, but it sure is empowering and inspiring. I do not know anyone who is dyslexic but I am sure I will have a student who is in years to come. This story could be used to prevent bullying and also encourage a child who may have dyslexia. Not only is this text inspiring to a child who faces these challenges, but it is inspiring to us educators who at times can forget the reason we love teaching. Our calling is to empower and help our students be the best they can become. This text is quite lengthy but the message behind it is very powerful. Along with the text, the pictures are exquisite and help the reader understand the text on an emotional level. Tricia struggles to overcome her dyslexia and is passed on by all her previous teachers until being placed in Mr. Falker's class. He truly teaches her to read and feeds her hunger for knowledge unlike any teacher she has had before. This book must be read to receive the full extent of the message. This book is leveled at 4.1 on the AR leveling system. 

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review 2017-03-17 09:33
Not mine
Maybe This Time - Jennifer Snow

Coming home at the end of a bad marriage, Abigail and her daughter have to find their way.  Jackson has always been there, but not always friendly.  What could happen now?

 

Jackson has been in love with his best friends girl since before they knew what a relationship meant.  He has suffered through her being someone else's, and now he hopes for a chance to change that.

 

The story is rather cute.  I always love a good hockey book.  This one came across a bit forced.  The pace is good, dialogue original, but the story just does not seem smooth.  I give this book a 2/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-03-12 04:31
Take care
Under Pressure - Lori Foster

Leese meets his new charge under less than perfect circumstances.  He can see why she needs protection.  He just wants her to trust he will keep her safe.  Even when it gets ugly.

 

Catalina has been surviving on her own, and does not feel she needs help.  Those that are after her are beyond reach, so what is the point.  Now, some hot time, that she could use.  There is more to this than just security.  

 

This book was an excellent start to a new series!  I loved the characters.  How strong the female lead is, how sassy.  She knows what she wants.  I am surprised the pages did not melt.  The book is HOT!  This author always gives us her best.  I cannot wait to read the next book in the Body Armor series.  I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-03-12 04:20
Start over
At Attention - Annabeth Albert

This is book #2, in the Out Of Uniform series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading series in order.

 

Apollo has known Dylan for almost 20 years.  His big brother is Apollo's best friend.  He has always thought of him as a "kid."  Being attracted to him is a shock.  

 

Dylan has been in love with Apollo for as long as he can remember.  Now it is like breathing.  He knows Apollo needs his help, but he wants to be more.  What will it take to be seen as an equal?

 

This was a story that made me feel everything.  I laughed, cried, and wished for them to get together pretty much right away.  This author never disappoints.  I always love seeing the big alpha's fall.  Great addition to the series.  I cannot wait to read the next book.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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review 2017-02-22 01:19
ARC Review: Dating Ryan Alback by J.E. Birk
Dating Ryan Alback - J.E. Birk

Well... this was different.

We all know the trope - rich actor meets regular guy and romance ensues. And this book has that trope, except the way the rich actor meets the regular guy is unusual.

Ryan Alback, the actor in question, is a very private person and hates the limelight. He loves his job, but doesn't like being in the public eye. He's more or less a recluse, after a bad Hollywood relationship turned very sour and Ryan felt used.

During an interview shortly before Valentine's Day, the talk show host launches a Dating Game - people can write in to the show to possibly win a basically blind date with the hot actor. Reluctantly, Ryan agrees.

Fast forward a few weeks, and Jason Santos, a somewhat shy teacher who only allowed his friend to enter him if she would then leave him alone about his love life (or lack thereof), has been chosen as Ryan's perfect date, and the talk show is paying for a long weekend at a nice romantic hotel.

Both men have been burned in the past, and neither expects anything good to come from this weekend date, but they find that they do have some major things in common, and actually enjoy themselves. I really liked how the author didn't make things easy for them - their early interactions are rather awkward, like you'd expect two men to behave after having been put in the same location as nothing more than a publicity stunt.

Ryan had a very difficult time trusting Jason, and Jason seemed to be still very hung up on his ex-boyfriend (the guy who refused his marriage proposal and broke his heart), and I didn't really feel that there was any kind of spark at first between the two men.

Both of them were also really nice guys - Ryan being super normal and not blinded by his success, and Jason intent on starting a non-profit to help kids whose parents were undocumented immigrants.

Over the long weekend in Vermont, as they spend time together, both men realize that there might be something there after all, despite their somewhat unconventional way of meeting.

Of course, smooth sailing is out of the question, and Ryan's distrust for most people rears its ugly head when a tabloid posts pictures of them together, with what seems to be a quote from Jason.

I understood how Ryan could have misjudged this situation, and how angry he was, so angry that he wouldn't even listen to Jason defend himself and deny the accusation.

Obviously, at that point, the weekend is over and Jason flees the hotel at once, heading home and moving on.

I liked this a lot, and I was engaged from start to finish. Their story just easily flows, with ups and downs, and at no time was I bored. There aren't any major lulls, nor are there any rapid time jumps, and the development of their relationship seemed natural in the time frame in which it takes place.

Both Ryan and Jason must learn to trust each other, and this obviously takes time, especially considering how they both have been hurt before. I liked that Jason didn't look at Ryan as some famous movie star, but took the time to get to know the person behind the famous face. He also had some backbone, and didn't easily let Ryan off the hook.

What bothered me a bit, because I wanted them to have a HEA, is that at the end of the story it's not quite clear how they'll actually plan to be together - is Ryan going to move? Is Jason? Still, that didn't distract me from my enjoyment.

Extra points for including a sweet dog (Alby) who's afraid of her own shadow but who warms up to Jason eventually just the same as her owner. The rest of the supporting cast (Ryan's actor friend who gives him some long-overdue advice, Jason's teacher friend who meddles) was well done.

There is but little steam in this book, and while there are a few bedroom scenes, they're not super explicit. This story didn't need it - it's a sweet and adorable romance, and it should be read as such.

Recommended.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher via Netgalley. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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