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review 2017-09-26 00:30
Fluffy crack + amnesia trope = I'm reading!
Forgotten Paradise (Dreamspun Desires Book 32) - Shira Anthony

3.75 Stars-- Amnesia trope, vacay in the DR and cracky fluff? I'm all over it!



Shira Anthony's Forgotten Paradise is all about twenty-something ginger businessman Adam and thirty-something scuba instructor Jonah. Set in the Dominican Republic (for the first half), they meet while Jonah is working and Adam is lost at the resort on a forced vacation. Adam's family business which he was instrumental in saving, is being hounded by a Silicon Valley giant. He needed to destress.

And why not with the hunky diva instructor, Jonah? Jonah and Adam circle around their obvious attraction for a week. But Jonah has a past he can't remember due to having amnesia for 10 years! Something about Adam triggers his memories and then there are twists and turns!

The story was kind of staid until 40%. A lot of diving descriptions, some Dominican food descriptions (the food is amazing I can attest) and the men aren't heating it up, though it's obvious they get one another.

Once Jonah's identity was revealed, I was invested and breezed through the 50-ish%.

Amnesia tropes are my fave of mine. I liked the author's take on it. Jonah not only learned about his past self, he also grew as a person. There is a little mystery and a second plot twist I was surprised about (view spoiler)

This story has the max Dreamspun Desires sex scenes and it was nice, passionate.

I'm happy with the fluffy HEA and the epilogue was fitting for the fluffy feels the story gave. (It read like a Lifetime movie - comfort type of fluffy read)



Overall, a good addition to the house line.

P.S. (Anthony's first Dreamspun is in my top faves of the line: First Comes Marriage - features a GINGER billionaire!)

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review 2017-09-05 12:26
Wish by Joseph Monninger

I would like to point out that I got this book on a whim because it cost .79 cents used. I am so glad I got it.

 

This book was fast paced. I did like it, though the mother annoyed me. I get why she is that way, but still!

They are on vacation for their son's wish (similar to the make a wish foundation for cancer patients. He has cystic fibrosis) and the mother is flirting around and leaving them alone to go on dates. That just seemed unusual and cruel to the kids.

I know she is craving attention from men, but the book made it sound like she was always doing things like that. A vacation should be family time, but that is my personal opinion. Making friends are fine and dandy, but don't go off leaving your kids alone all night, leaving them to wonder where they heck you are and if you're coming back.

I can understand why the kids did what they did; the mom had every right to be worried..etc, but to me it seemed like they were copying something she often did. They had no idea when she would be back and a limited time to do things. I probably would have left, too and had a mini adventure.

I do think the sister should have put her foot down about letting her brother surf. I know it was a once in a lifetime thing for him, but he really could have died. I might have let my heart win too and let him surf as well, but if I am ever faced with a similar situation, I hope I am thinking rationally. However, I can understand the brothers feelings of wanting something so bad, but your body not able to do or enjoy it.

(spoiler show)


There are some moments that made me tear up. I love when books can give me strong emotional feelings and this one delivered.

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review 2017-08-24 22:55
Too Much Stuff, Yard Sales and Crazy Relatives
Owls Well That Ends Well - Donna Andrews

Meg and Michael have purchased their home together and it is from the cantankerous Sprocket family. They won't clean it up, fix the major issues and want money from the sale of all the stuff in the house, without doing any work. 

 

So for months, Meg has been organizing, selling and preparing for a huge yard sale, to get rid of the items found in the house and getting her family to come in and help at the sale, allowing her large extended family to also set up tables to sell off things as well. True to form, people who want to go to a yard sale, want to start earlier than anyone else and have started ringing the door bell on her house at very early hours, while she and all the house guests are sleeping in sleeping bags on the hard floor because she and Michael cannot have any of their own items in the house, because the Sprockets will accuse them of stealing from the estate. 

 

One of the Sprockets (Barrymore) has shown up and said he is there at the wishes of the family to get their fair share of the sale. 

 

While all this is going on, Gordon (you-thief) has also shown up early and been doused with water for trying to gain an early entry. Gordon has many enemies due to poor business practices, a poor marriage, and just generally being a poor person. When he is found murdered in a trunk, found in the barn, locked, the first person suspected is a friend of Michael's is suspected. Meg feels that she needs to prove that he didn't do the deed. 

 

She finds that many of the people that were interviewed by the Police Chief, lied and she finds the truth and keeps going further along to find the truth. 

 

Another fun story, showing that having a yard sale can be very difficult and frustrating. People showing up before people are ready and people asking for lower prices on items because they are out to get a good deal. People parking wherever to get to the sale. 

 

 

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review 2017-08-07 02:42
Conspiracy Theory or Stop and Think
The Overton Window - Glenn Beck

This book did make me think about some of the things that have happened over the years. We have given up a few of our liberties on the basis of wanting to be safe. When you look at other times where liberties were surrendered in the name of safety, worse things happened. This book was hard to get into and then the middle was a good read and then the ending was hard to finish. 

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review 2017-07-28 22:59
That Which is Fashionable Looks Costumey (is that a word?)
We'll Always Have Parrots - Donna Andrews

    I recalled looking in my high school year book recently, and noticing, to my surprise, that from a distance of nearly two decades, the cool people didn't look nearly as cool anymore. The fashionable clothes and trendy hairstyles hadn't worn well. And all of the rest of us, the little people who'd despaired of ever being that cool--we looked rather normal. Time, the great leveler. Pg 213 "We'll Always Have Parrots" by Donna Andrews.

 

 

That quote is so appropriate. I went to an all girl private school and we wore uniforms. But shoes (penny loafers) and hair (big puffy styles) were all the rage. Hairspray anyone. 

 

Meg and Michael are attending a convention for followers of the tv show that Michael performs in and has to attend conventions. QB demands that as many cast members attend the events as possible and made it part of the contract. While they are there, parrots and monkeys are brought into the hotel and someone released them and they are running all over the hotel. QB has decided to stay drunk through most of the Convention and difficult. She has to be coaxed out of the room. When she finally deems it time to come out of the room, she terrifies Meg's nephew and when Meg finds out, she goes and demands that QB signs her nephew's  program and learn how to behave. 

 

Later, Meg has to break into QB's room and finds her murdered and hears the last words ever said, repeated by an African Gray Parrot. Michael, Walker and a few others are looked as suspects and Meg makes it her goal to find who really killed the QB and keep Michael and Walker from being taken to jail. 

 

Along the way, she meets a whole cast of crazy characters who are like her family in some ways, but her family (mother, father, and nephew) are at the convention, too. 

 

It is a good read, but not as many laugh out loud moments as when she has more of her family. 

 

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