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review 2017-12-14 16:22
The cover totally matches the story on this one both were adorably cute and just so much fun...
Love Happens Anyway - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Derek feels like his life is spinning out of control. He’s feeling like the job he has is neither the job he was supposed to get or the one he wanted, he’s at odds with his parents and feels like they’re constantly trying to marry him off. If he could just catch a break, put a little distance between him and the rest of the world.

 

Derek finds his buffer in the form of Luke…a former fireman who’s in need of twenty thousand dollars to finish paying or the renovations to on Halligans, his family’s bar in NY’s Financial District. So, when Luke’s friend asks him for a favor…a favor that will bring in Luke’s much needed money. Luke finds himself reluctantly agreeing to be Derek’s pretend boyfriend for the holidays…4 dates that’s all he needs to get through and then he’ll have the money he needs…what could possibly go wrong with just 4 dates?

 

What neither Derek or Luke is prepared for is that things would go right…so much righter than either man is prepared for as they find that not only is there a definite attraction between them but as they get to know each other they’re also finding that they like each other.

 

I admit I was fairly certain that I was going to enjoy this one before I even opened the book…the author’s R.J. Scott and for me that pretty well makes it a done deal. For me Luke was the perfect person for Derek. He saw past Derek’s exterior with his pretense of confidence in an effort to cover his insecurities. Luke saw a talented man that he knew he could both like and respect. For Derek, Luke was his dream man come to life.

 

One of the things about this story that really capture my attention was the relationship dynamics between Derek and his parents. So often in stories the relationship between adult children and their parents are portrayed as either being good or not good but for Derek and his parents that’s not the case. Derek loves his parents and they love him and are supportive of him, but Derek doesn’t see it this way and that’s largely due to a communication issue or more accurately a case of miscommunication. Which for Derek is a more common event in his life than it needs to be because of the defensive barrier he’s built around himself.

 

Luke’s efforts to get past Derek and his façade of confidence has a trickle-down effect on Derek’s life allowing him to re-evaluate his interactions not just with Luke but a lot of the other people in his life…colleagues, friends and his parents.

For me the fake-boyfriend to boyfriend premise of this story was well done. It was sweet, and not only did we get to see the relationship develop between these two, but we got to find out a bit more about each of them, their past, their present and what they wanted for their future.

 

‘Love Happens Anyway’ is an enchanting holiday story and while a lot of the issues stem from miscommunication it’s not intentional or surrounded by any over the top angst or drama and the icing on the Christmas cake for me in all of this was the ending…I loved the ending. It was sweet and filled with the joy of the holidays…definitely recommended for anyone wanting a sweet holiday story filled with fun, cheer and two sexy men who make the holiday just that much brighter.

 

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An ARC of ‘Love Happens Anyway’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-12-14 15:16
Sign Up Open ~ 2018 Library Love Challenge

 

Welcome to the second annual Library Love Challenge hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Brooke Blogs.

 

I hope you will join use in celebrating and support libraries.

 

If you are like use then you like to purchase every book you want to read. And, well that can put a hurt on your wallet. One way to help lessen the hurt is to check out books (prints, ebooks, or audios) from the library. If you do this then it will help save you LOTS of money $$.

 

Getting a library card in most places is FREE. So, if you love to read and/or listen to books then grab your library card and join the challenge.

 

Details:

 

Runs: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. You can join any time.

 

  • Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it below. Make sure it’s public.
  • The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
  • Any format will work for this challenge (prints, ebooks, or audios); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
  • Write a review to enter the giveaway – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me.” “I enjoyed the story and really liked the characters.”
  • As an added bonus: We are offering up a GIVEAWAY with this Challenge. Winner will be picked at the end of the year!! The entries are the direct links to your book reviews and you will have until Jan. 3rd, 2019to enter your reviews in the linky and then the Rafflecopter. Go here to enter the giveaway: 2018 Library Love Challenge Review Link-ups.

 

Levels:

 

  • Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
  • Library Addict: Read 48 books
  • Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books

 

To join the 2018 Library Love challenge,

 

  • Please link your sign-up post in the linky below
  • To enter the giveaway make sure you use the 2018 Library Love Challenge Review Link-ups page foundHERE 
  • Grab the 2018 Library Love Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post, so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads/LibraryThing (as long as you have a dedicated shelf someplace).

 

Once you have your sign up post live, add your link below!

Please grab the button to share, too!

 

Angel's Guilty Pleasures
 

 

What you could win: Winner gets their choice of (2) Books, eBooks, or a combination eBooks/Books of their choice up to $12 each. The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here!) And, if you are a US winner, I will most likely ship from Amazon – because it will be there for you sooner! If you prefer, an eCopy I will send a Kindle, Kobo, or Nook edition. 

 

Find the Giveaway HERE. For signing-up you get one entry in the giveaway.

 

Join the Goodreads Group Library Love Challenge, where we talk, share, and discuss the books we snagged/read during the 2018 Library Love Challenge – Click Here

 

 

SIGN-UP on the Linky HERE

 

Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/12/sign-up-open-2018-library-love-challenge
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review 2017-12-14 12:21
Vertigo!!!
 Vertigo: Of Love & Letting Go - Analog De Leon

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

I requested this because of the cover. Let's be real about this for a second. I just love beautiful covers that much. I mean, look at it!!!!

The poetry itself was pretty good. I didn't love it but I liked it enough to keep going and finishing it. In the beginning I found so many parts that I just had to highlight and I thought this was going to be my new favorite things. It didn't.

 

The farther I went into the book, I didn't feel anything anymore. The words were beautiful but they just didn't speak to me and didn't move me in a way that I wanted them to. So this is once again a 'It's not you, it's me' book, cause it's beautiful (the words and the pictures!!!), it just didn't work for me, but I totally see how this would work for other people.

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url 2017-12-14 10:59
Mindfulness Training Exercise: How to use a Spiritual Diary
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Chanting Mantras with Best Chords - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit

When we keep a diary, we practice the self-remembering. We remember only if our attention is alive, only if we are awake. That is why we do not remember what we’ve done only a week ago, how did we spend our days…

Spiritual Diary Questionnaires 

        

Emotional and Mental Development Mindfulness Training Tools by Nuit

 

‘If we do not respect our Earth, the World of Emotions & Mental development will suffer.  We all need Rhythm in our food consumption, sleep patterns, cleanliness & exercise regime. This Routine does not come naturally and it is learned and exercised from very young age.’ Nuit

 

Read more: Spiritual Diary

Source: www.artof4elements.com/entry/205/spiritual-diary
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text 2017-12-13 21:12
Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art
Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art - Gene Wilder

We've all seen this wonderfully colorful and humble man, and incredibly talented and brilliant actor on our small television screens back when we were young, we've all laughed and we've all cried when he made us laugh out loud or cry our eyes out. But you know what? None of us really knew what was going on behind the scenes of those block buster movies he has filmed. None of us really knew what was he like in person when he wasn't portraying one of his characters that are still widely recognized all over the world, to this day. Well, this wonderful memoir written in his words, from his heart, and from his soul, sort of answers all those questions regarding his life, but it delves a lot deeper into his psyche, and into his mysterious personality. He's incredibly sincere in it from the very beginning and he doesn't stop being sincere until the very end. He shares with us the stories from his life, the kind most of us would rather not mention if we were writing our own memoirs, and he shares all the demons he has had to face throughout his life as an actor, as a public persona, and as a private man of wit and integrity. What I loved the most about this memoir, was the way he opened himself to me, his reader, and the way he was slowly uncovering his true self and unveiled his mistakes and imperfections. I don't know if I've ever encountered a memoir as sincere as this one, and I am deeply grateful to the lord for giving us this man who has brought smile to my face when I was young and always made my day a lot brighter with his brilliant delivery of his lines. He has truly found his love and his art, and was a true master of his craft, and if I may add, he was also a very talented writer. I'm still sad that he has left us, but I do know that wherever he is right now, or wherever his soul might be at the moment, he will always be remembered not only to us for his roles, but also to his family for his caring heart.  

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