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review 2018-08-04 20:19
4.3 Out Of 5 "Surprising" STARS
Gentleman Nine - Penelope Ward

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~BOOK BLURB~

Gentlemen Nine

Penelope Ward

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Growing up, the three of us were friends. 

He was the nerd. 

I was the playboy. 

She was the beauty. 

 

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. 

 

He lied. 

 

I went off to college, and he got the girl. 

Amber never knew how I felt. 

They were together for years—before he broke her heart. 

 

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. 

When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room. 

 

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men. 

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings. 

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity. 

Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message. 

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.) 

 

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. 

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I purchased this as an Audible "Deal of the Day" and it surprised me.  Early on it felt like it was going to be everything I hate about this genre, but it actually turned out to be a story with substance.  The characters were fairly likable and while their chemistry wasn't off-the-charts hot, it was still hot. They had real-life issues and not some overtly contrived dribble.  It won't be that for everybody, I'm sure…but for me, I liked it.   A few elements of the story actually resonated with me, personally.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ That guy is seriously hot…

Narration~ 5 for Sebastian York & Andi Arndt, these two are masters at this genre, especially when they are together in one book.

Setting~ Boston and a little Chicago

Source- Audible Audiobook

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review 2018-06-21 14:25
Book Review - Antarctic Tears: Determination, adversity, and the pursuit of a dream at the bottom of the world
Antarctic Tears: Determination, adversity, and the pursuit of a dream at the bottom of the world - Aaron Linsdau

A true life account of one man's battle against the ultimate force on planet earth, Mother Nature and her greatest creation Antarctica and the wilderness that beholds her. How many of us have had the courage to follow our ultimate dream and actually done something about it?  From a very young age our intrepid author was obsessed and driven by the drive to conquer Mother Nature and this books tells us how he achieved it.

From his childhood the author had a liking for the great outdoors, joining the scout movement and raising through their ranks learning how to survive. The determination and drive for this guy to achieve his dream of a solo walk to the South Pole is awe inspiring.

This will be loved by anyone who has a great interest in mans basic skill on how to survive the ultimate challenges that Mother Nature can throw at us. Honest and down to earth the author brings to life the images of snow storms and snow blindness along with knowing that one false step can lead to serious injury or even death. Pure grit in his deepest hour shows how far we can push the fragile human body and at times it is not the body that is the main ingredient to survive but the mental power to function and focus on one step at a time.

A book for adventures and travellers, appealing to hard core extreme sports and gave us an insight on how to focus mind and body to achieve our dreams. 

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2018/06/lost-at-windy-corner-lessons-from.html
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text 2018-05-03 21:31
Just saw Avengers: Infinity War.

I feel like I just read, in one sitting, every Nicholas Sparks book ever written plus a few that have yet to be. That ending? The studio has some massive brass balls. WTF What.The.Actual.Fuck?!

 

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quote 2018-04-19 15:32
"And you're going to keep it! You're not going to help anyone!" "There's nothing anyone can do."
Crocodile Tears - Anthony Horowitz

"What's happening" You may ask. So Alex got captured by Mr. McCain. Since McCain thinks he will kill Alex he tells him his entire plan, he plans on starting a plague in Kenya and Uganda. McCain owns a charity called "First Aid" and if there is a disaster he keeps alot of the money from the donations. When McCain says "There is nothing anyone can do" he mocks Alex and tries to show him how helpless he is.

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review 2018-03-30 00:04
White Tears, by Hari Kunzru
White Tears - Hari Kunzru

It was difficult to read the first half or so of this book because the protagonist (Seth) and his best (and only) friend (Carter) are aggravatingly ignorant of their appropriation of black culture. They're even more offensive for thinking they're woke or genuine in their fetishistic consumption of the rarest blues, at least in Carter's case. Seth is less than sympathetic in his own distinct way; he's such a follower that he barely has a personality of his own. As little as I could bear the privileged Carter, Seth is consequently even harder for me to care about given that he follows Carter like a puppy. I don't know what to make of the fact that both have or have had mental health issues. And I don't know what to make of Seth's thing for Carter's sister.

 

I patiently waited for these guys to get some sort of comeuppance. When it came, it was a whirlwind of genres, a mishmash of past and present, a blurring of identities. Formally, stylistically, this novel took off, grabbing me by the collar. It was hard to put down. I hadn't known what to expect at the beginning, which is a gift for a reader. I do think at times the cues or signals were overdone; we could have been better trusted to follow the shifts in time and perspective. But what a ride.

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