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review 2019-06-27 00:21
‘Third Times the Charm’ was my first time reading this author...
Third Time's the Charm (Boston Seasons #1) - K. Evan Coles

...and I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be my last because at the very least be looking for the next book in this series.

 

Between running his computer programming company with his friends, being the primary caregiver for his 10-year-old niece with everything that raising a 10-year-old entails the last thing that Luke Ryan has time for is a relationship.

 

Finn Thomason’s new to Boston and with his hours in the ED at the hospital, trying to find himself a place to live and the whole reason he left Chicago there’s no way that he’s looking for a romance.

 

Yet when these two men spot each other in line at the local Starbucks and then meet again when Luke’s caught without an umbrella during a torrential downpour and stops under the awning of the nearest building to wait out the storm. Not willing to just walk away from someone that they’re so attracted to the two men decide that where there’s a will, there’s a way and some how they’ll find the much needed time to spend with each other.

 

I can only imagine how frustrating things were at times for Luke and Finn, since I found things to be more than a little frustrating at times. But my frustration was also due to the fact that I really like these two and I wanted to see them together as a couple.

 

I really can’t say that I would call this story a slow burn, it was more a case of constant progress interruptus… over and over again. You know that old saying ‘life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans’ well for Luke and Finn it was also a case of ‘Life is what happens when you’re trying to have one. While a busy life wasn’t the only problem these two faced at times there was also a definite breakdown in communication; another one of those real life things that can happen sometimes no matter how hard we try to avoid them and sometimes it seems like the harder we try the more things can break down.

 

Interestingly enough Luke’s niece turned out to be a bit of an emotional quandary for me.  I loved her bad jokes and while I wanted to like her I also felt like she was keeping me at arms length along with Finn and it was this same thing that had me thinking the author did an awesome job portraying her character since given her circumstances she really didn’t come across as a child who would be open and affectionate with the world. Ella knows the pain of having someone you love and who you should be able to depend on more than anyone else in the world leave, she’s not a bad child by any means just one who’s scared of being hurt again. So while I did get where she was coming from I still found myself getting a bit frustrated with her as well.

 

Overall I enjoyed this story there were a few moments in the pacing that just felt a bit too slow for me causing my interest to wane and ironically at the ending I almost felt like things were a bit rushed…maybe a bit of the story time could have been shifted over to add to the ending but then again if you ask me where to take that time from I’d tell you I don’t know because while there were parts of the story that the pacing seemed slow for me everything connected…so I guess when it comes right down to it, I really just wanted a bit more ending.

 

One of the things about this story that I actually enjoyed the most was just how easily it was to imagine a relationship like Luke and Finn’s happening in the real world…how many times have any of us made a comment like “there just aren’t enough hours in a day.” Well for some of us that could be a daily mantra and that’s the case with Luke and Finn. I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series with the hopes that it will fill out the ending from this book making me a very happy reader.

 

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An ARC of ‘Third Times the Charm’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2019-06-25 02:14
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 650 pages.
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

The Crowdsourced! list has already paid off! I've been planning on reading this forever, and now that it showed up on the list and I need a book that has been adapted for film, here we go!

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text 2019-06-25 02:00
Booklikes-opoly 2019 - the tracking post updated 6/2/19

Game Updates

  

 

Game Play

 

Bank: $41.00 

Novelty cards currently in my pocket: Robot & Cat (2)

 

Bank Transactions:

 

5/20/19: Beginning balance, $20.00

5/22/19: Palace of Treason, +$5.00

5/24/19: Family Matters, +$3.00

5/24/19: Pass Go, +$5.00

5/31/19: The Moonstone, +$3.00

5/31/19: A Fatal Inversion, +$5.00

6/2/19: The Division Bell Mystery, +$3.00

6/2/19: Pass Go, +$5.00

6/9/19: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, +$3.00

6/9/19: Below the Clock, +$3.00

6/9/19: A Local Habitation, +$3.00

6/11/19: A Passage to India, +$3.00

6/13/19: A Great Deliverance, +5.00

6/13/19: Pass Go, +$5.00

6/15/19: My Cousin Rachel, +$3.00

6/17/19: The Colour of Murder, +$3.00

 

Total: $77.00

 

Roll 11:

 

OK, I've been so busy with the Crowdsourced booklist project, that I haven't had a chance to roll. I'm listening to The Lost City of Z by David Grann for space #14, which is an audiobook, and pursuant to the audiobook exception, that means that I can continue to listen and roll again! So, here I go!

 

 

This puts me on the cat, which I will tuck into my pocket and roll again!

 

Which puts  me on:

 

25. Read a book that has been adapted for a film.

 

This one gives me lots of choices! 

 

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review 2019-06-24 15:21
Review: Fortuna Sworn by K.J. Sutton
Fortuna Sworn - Kelsey Sutton

 

 

Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind.

Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on... until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie.

He makes no attempt to hide that he desires Fortuna. And in exchange for her, he offers something irresistible. So Fortuna reluctantly leaves her safe existence behind to step back into a world of creatures and power.

It soon becomes clear that she may not have bargained with her heart, but her very life.

 

 

 

 

*I received a free e-copy from the author and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

4.5 ★

 

I absolutely adored this book. It had everything I love in a good book. Supernatural beings, snarky humor, romance, action and many surprises along the way.

We deal with the Fae mostly but there are plenty of other supernatural groups as well. Overall I must say the world building was awesome, I loved their world mixed with ours. The author did a great job with world building, no info dumping but also not too slow or boring. I also enjoyed that some of the lore we know, does not apply in this world. Some do and others get a fresh spin on it.

The overall pacing of the book was good as well, there were a few times it just sped up out of nowhere but overall it was steady and great.

I loved Fortuna, she was strong, funny and still had a good head on her and made good decisions……. Most of the time. I liked that she stood her ground and did what she thought was best no matter what others said. She also accepted her faults and short comings and made it work.

Collith, I really liked I also liked that he is somewhat of a mystery and we along with Fortuna have to figure him out.

Laurie was one of my favorite characters and I’m dying to know more about him.

Oliver, …. Hmmmm not sure to be honest, even at the end……..   Sometimes it just left me a bit confused.

Overall. I really loved this book. Going in, I had no idea this is a new series and when I saw the ending I knew…… But man, what an ending it was. We get a major cliffhanger that keeps you begging for more and that I, myself did not see coming.

If you like fantasy or even urban fantasy, I highly recommend this book I’m so glad I had a chance to read it and find a new series to look forward to.

 

 I give it 4.5 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will be available July 9th 2019

 

 

Amazon 

 

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/06/24/review-fortuna-sworn-by-k-j-sutton
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text 2019-06-24 12:48
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