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text 2017-04-07 10:30
Book Haul!
Lincoln as I Knew Him: Gossip, Tributes, and Revelations from His Best Friends and Worst Enemies - Harold Holzer
The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books - J. Peder Zane
The Animal Review: The Genius, Mediocrity, and Breathtaking Stupidity That Is Nature - Jacob Lentz,Steve Nash
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) - Betty White
Living With Books - Alan Powers

So after all that cleaning and tidying of the library last weekend I felt the need to undo all my good work, and went on a small binge.  Ok, medium sized binge.  The first batch arrived today, which was pretty good timing because a trip to the city centre of Melbourne had me pretty cranky with humanity.


Normally, I'd include a pic of the books, but, while my library might be tidy, my coffee table is absolutely not and I'm not letting y'all see my mess.  


A bit of everything in this box, including Living With Books, which is probably what I'm looking forward to most, and the title that will surprise everyone the least. 


Here's hoping everyone has a lovely weekend!

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review 2015-08-11 03:22
The Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell

5 stars.


Makes me more determined, when I am well someday I want to fulfill the dream from my early 20s and own or work in a bookstore. I would also like to travel to all of these bookstores, particularly, for some reason, the ones in Wales tempt me.

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review 2014-08-21 03:45
Early Review: Colors of Us (McAvery Brothers #1) by Sandra Bunino
Colors of Us (McAvery Brothers Book 1) - Sandra Bunino

~*~ BLURB~*~


Everything she knew to be true fell apart. Then fell apart again…

Michelle Willis is running from her past. What better place to hide than in the anonymity of New York City. Finding refuge in a tiny SoHo art gallery, she rebuilds her life one painting at a time.


A wrong turn sends Hunter McAvery on a crash course with disaster. He fights his own demons by following his big brother’s lead – drinking and bed-hopping his way through Manhattan.


A glance at Michelle’s self-portrait triggers emotions Hunter can’t tamp down. Driven to meet the artist, he discovers a fiery chemistry as their lives collide. But when their past threatens to tear them apart, can their love survive?


~*~ MY REVIEW~*~

I've read several, if not all, of Ms. Bunino's books but haven't come close to loving any of them as much as I loved this newest one. This was a great introduction to the McAvery brothers, Hunter and his older twin brothers, Alex and Liam.


Michelle was introduced to us as a somewhat broken character. She had no family, she often had nightmares, she never took the subway, she didn't socialize, and her only friends were Chey and Miranda from the gallery. Eat, sleep and work were all she knew. And then a sexy, tattooed bad-boy walked into her life. I loved the heroine from beginning to end. Her past was revealed slowly, but she didn't elicit feelings of pity, nor did she speak to the people she came into contact with any discernible reservation. On the surface she appeared normal. Despite having a player-type show an interest in her, she didn't run away from him, but she didn't make it easy for him to get to know her either.


Hunter was a more complex, tortured character. He suffered from survivor's guilt over the loss of someone close to his heart. Hunter then followed in Alex's footsteps, drinking and sleeping his way through women, to escape his demons. By the time he met Michelle, he'd somewhat got his act together. It became evident that he wasn't really the player type. Of all the brothers, he was the softer one, the one most likely to make something more of himself. Throughout the story, he struggled heavily with moving on. Not just from the past but also getting out of the bar life and going back to his old job. I felt sorry for Hunter when Alex kept reprimanding him for something or other, or when Michelle kept catching him with some woman hanging over him. My heart broke for Michelle in those moments, and I wanted so badly to smack him upside the head.


If you're expecting a lot of sheet-gripping, sweaty sex from the get go, you'll be disappointed. Their attraction was instantaneous, but the progression of their relationship was a very slow burn. They got carried away a few times, but it never led to more. Instead, you're in for a wonderful development of a friendship where they opened up to one another about their ghosts, Hunter helped build her confidence through boxing, and whenever he f*ed up, she allowed him to explain himself. The sheet-gripping didn't happen until near the end, but it was so worth the wait and suited them perfectly. The ending was a tear-jerker. That had to be the saddest "ending before they even began" scenario I'd ever come across. But don't worry, these kids eventually got their act together for their HEA.


Alex turned out to be a decent guy in the end, and the tension with Miranda has me excited for their story.



“I don’t want to be seen as the girl with the problems. That’s why I moved to New York, to blend into the scenery. To be that nondescript person you forget the moment she’s out of sight. As soon as I unload my issues, I become the girl with issues."


“I’m trying like hell not to kiss you.” Hunter straightened his back but didn’t loosen his grip on her arms.


Her skin prickled from the nearness of his body, and she let her gaze drift to his lips. “Why?” she whispered.


He blew a slow breath between his teeth. “Nothing good would come of it. I’m not capable of giving or feeling… or offering much to you right now.” He shook his head but didn’t move from her body.


“Kiss me, Hunter.” Raising her lashes, she dared to look him in the eyes, almost afraid of what she’d see.


“You don’t understand. You’re too… good.” He averted his gaze.


“Maybe you should let me decide what’s good for me.”

“I want you more than I have anyone or anything in my life. I can’t promise you anything past this minute. So say the word, and I’ll walk away. But if you let me in, I promise to love you like you deserve. I plan to explore every inch of your body, to learn what makes you sigh and moan.”


*Complimentary copy provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review*

Source: msromanticreads.com/2014/08/early-review-colors-of-us-by-sandra-bunino
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review 2014-07-19 21:17
Review: Ricochet (Renegades #3) by Skye Jordan



by Skye Jordan

Series: Renegades #3

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: July 14th, 2014

Publisher: Cygnet Books

Format: eBook

Length: 341 Pages

Source: eARC from author + Purchased

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After a tragic incident in Afghanistan leaves Master Sergeant Nathan Ryker the only man standing in his tight-knit team, he spirals into an alcohol-and-sex induced escape. A call from his lifelong buddy pulls Ryker from the shadows with a request for help with his stunt company’s latest blockbuster. If Ryker can survive the next three weeks of leave and get back to his remaining men, he might just be all right. But a sexy woman who can take his mind off his trauma is too hard to resist, and when he hooks up with Renegades’ sultry, snarky office manager, his sanity takes a backseat to his first glimpse of a future he isn’t sure he deserves.


Still reeling from a bitter romantic betrayal, Rachel Hart wants nothing more than an uncomplicated hookup. So when the mysterious Nathan seduces her with a little dirty talk and one delicious kiss, Rachel drowns all her good sense in a Mandarin and soda and gives herself over to a night of sexual bliss. But her memories tarnish in the morning light when Rachel discovers his real identity and his link to Renegades. Her job and her friends are the only thing holding her life together, and she won’t be ruined by one sultry night with this damaged and dangerously sexy man.



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Source: msromanticreads.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/review-ricochet-renegades-3-by-skye-jordan
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review 2014-07-02 22:48
Review: Doms of Dark Haven 2 (Anthology) by Cherise Sinclair, Sierra Cartwright, Belinda McBride


Doms of Dark Haven 2: Western Night

by Cherise Sinclair, Sierra Cartwright, Belinda McBride

Series: Truckee Wolves #3, Mountain Masters & Dark Haven #2.5

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance

Categories: BDSM & Fetish, Multicultural, Fantasy & Paranormal, Shapeshifters

Published: May 17th, 2011

Publisher: Loose Id

Format: eBook, Trade Paperback

Length: 282 Pages

Heat Level: 5

Source: Self-Purchase

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A Good Sub Would... by Sierra Cartwright


Genre: BDSM Erotic Contemporary


Shelby, a wanna-be sub, hasn’t found a Dom strong enough to push past her need to be in control. Her experiences as a sub have been yawn-inducing. She’s fantasized plenty, though, about Trevor Lawton, one of Dark Haven’s legendary, mouthwateringly firm Doms. As the stakes get higher at the charity poker match, Dom Trevor Lawton is fascinated by the woman kneeling across the table from him. Problem is, she’s not a good sub. Oh, she tries, and she’s lovely. But she’s not very good at following orders. The woman needs a firm, unyielding hand…his.


Hunting Holly by Belinda McBride


Genre: BDSM Shape-shifter Paranormal Menage

Related Titles: Educating Evangeline, part of the Doms of Dark Haven anthology


When Holly left the Truckee pack, she left her family, her safety, and the two men she loved. Now she's in San Francisco training as a Domme at Dark Haven. She thinks she's found herself, but tonight, Tex and Hunter have found her. And they are not happy with their little wolf. She's been keeping secrets from them. Tonight, someone's gonna beg.


Additional Publisher's Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, caning, sensory deprivation.


Welcome to the Dark Side by Cherise Sinclair


Genre: BDSM Erotic Contemporary

Related Titles: Master of the Mountain; Master of the Abyss; Simon Says: Mine, part of the Doms of Dark Haven anthology


Real Doms terrify her, so Summer plays with lightweights only. And only in the safety of her club, Dark Haven. But on Western Night, the tough cop who wins her in a sub-roping game is as powerful as they come. Virgil's first taste of BDSM was disturbingly enticing. Hoping to burn out his interest, he visits an infamous San Francisco club, where he wins himself the prettiest little sub he’s ever seen. He’s in a quandary. A man shouldn’t render a woman helpless, let alone spank her ass. But the nervous little submissive clearly loves being in his ropes. Her need to be controlled is as powerful as his need to control. So he indulges himself, and her. That one night could be the beginning, but instead it's the end. She won't play outside the club and he lives too far to come play. He'll just have to find a way to forget her...or get her in his ropes to stay.


Publisher's Note: All of the stories within this anthology contain explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: strong BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to: bondage and spanking).



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Source: msromanticreads.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/review-doms-of-dark-haven-2-anthology-by-cherise-sinclair-sierra-cartwright-belinda-mcbride
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