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review 2019-06-08 11:37
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
On the Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves

At first, it was rather shocking. I listened to my friend's praise and borrowed it from the library without reading the back cover. Somehow I thought T.J. was older, but he was only sixteen, so I almost stopped reading. Now I'm glad I didn't because it was a beautiful story - beautiful, horrible and so exciting. 
Because T.J. seemed more mature, the love story began years later, and it wasn't "typical" teacher student romance (they were more like friends), I was able to read and even enjoy the story. Author took a very sensitive theme and turned it into an interesting but realistic story. The main characters had a lot of challenges on the island (mother nature is wonderful but scary as hell) but I liked that they also had to face difficulties after returning to civilization. Anna and T.J. had to make an effort to have a relationship and get used to the "real" world. Great book.

 

Cover of the Estonian edition

 

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review 2019-06-02 17:39
Knock Down
Knockdown - Sarah Graves

# 14 by Sarah Graves - Home Repair is Homicide

 

This book starts with a throwback to before her current life and shows Jake dealing with a man and his son. The man is a gambler who cannot stop and the son is crazy as his mother. When the man is thought to be murdered, his son holds a grudge against Jake, for not giving his father $50,000 to give to the loan sharks he owes. Instead, she gives him $500 to take the son to a baseball game and buy him something to eat. Now the boy is all grown up and has a grudge to take care of. He starts threatening Jake and her family, after tracking her down to her new home in ME. 

 

The story was interesting and I did enjoy it. I know some said that they didn't like the throwback start, but it did give some back story, allowing for someone to read the series out of order. 

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review 2019-04-06 19:39
Smoky Ridge Curse
Smoky Ridge Curse - Paula Graves

This was probably going to be a two star read, but it gets an extra star for the fact that the heroine rather quickly refused to let the hero pull the old, "I can't let you get involved because it's too dangerous" trope every time he tried it. She's a highly trained former FBI agent, AND he went to her for help in the first place.

 

I did like the fact that this couple was "older". She was in her mid thirties, and him, I believe in his early forties. Also, insta-love was off the table, because the two had a past and were reunited after eight years.

 

Far too much of the action happens off page, though. The Big Bad was talked about, but never spoke one line or really ever appeared on the page. Neither of the leads interacted with him, and he appeared to be defeated off page. It was frustrating.

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text 2019-04-06 19:30
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Smoky Ridge Curse - Paula Graves
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text 2019-04-02 05:05
Reading progress update: I've read 61%.
Smoky Ridge Curse - Paula Graves
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