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review 2017-10-13 20:49
mixed feelings
Begin Again: Allie and Kaden's Story - Mona Kasten,Toby Axelrod

Ally moves to college. And is looking for a place to live as the dorms were already full,  and then finds out Kaden has a spare room. Kaden is nasty and rude at first.  He doesn’t want to live with a girl but Ally talks him into giving her a chance as a roommate. Kaden has some rules: 1- don’t talk about her girl problems,  2- keep her mouth shut if he brings someone home, 3-  they will never hook up.    Ally escaped her rich controlling family to go to college and she made  sure the college wasn’t close to her family. Ally didn’t take Kaden’s bs though. Kaden was a hot but tortured guy. Who really usually only does one night stands. Ally and kaden both have a troubled past and both have issues. Kaden has tattoos and each one represents a memory from his past. Kaden and Ally become friends and start to become more. Then Kaden’s brother shows up and he threatens to tell Ally about kaden’s past which he is ashamed of.

I had mixed feelings about this book. It had a good plot. I didn’t like Kaden at first he was just rude and mean. I do believe some things got ,lost in translation as this was originally written in german by a German author. I do think the issues portrayed in this book are realistic. This had a pretty good ending. But this was fairly predictable. I liked how Ally didn’t take Kaden’s bs. I loved how there was a build up yo kaden’s and Allys relationship. I thought this book was a little too long and could have been shorter. I didn't like the back and forth had about being together or not. I didn’t really care for kaden’s mood swings. I also didn’t like how Kaden blames everything he does wrong on his bad past. I said I had mixed feeling on this book.

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text 2017-09-16 08:12
Wir finden Hyänen leider scheiße!
Schiffbruch mit Tiger - Yann Martel,Gabriele Kempf-Allié,Manfred Allié

Schwupps, und schon wieder durch mit dem Buch.

Nach einem etwas zähen Anfang, wo man erstaunlich viel über Faultiere lernt (I like!) und philosophischen Abschweifungen über Gott (not so much!) geht es in rasantem Tempo weiter. Zumindest was die abnehmende Anzahl an Protagonisten angeht. Wer hätte gedacht, dass die Geschichte eines Schiffbrüchigen auf See so spannend sein kann. Robinson Crusoe hatte ja immerhin mehr Spielfläche...

Obwohl Pi seltsam altbacken redet, kann man einen gewissen Humor nicht leugnen. Zu meiner großen Unterhaltung. Davon abgesehen gab es Momente die mir den Magen umgedreht haben und zum Schluss sitzt man mit Schnappatmung wie der Fisch auf dem Trockenen und wundert sich, wie, wo, was. Soziale Gefüge in Notsituationen sind kein Ort an dem ich mich in meinem Leben zwingend wiederfinden wollte! Moral ist schwierig.

 

Tüpfelhyäne. Gar nicht mal so hässlich.

 

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text 2017-08-31 07:30
August 2017 Wrap Up
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings
Homicide in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
Her Holiday Family (Texas Grooms (Love Inspired Historical)) - Winnie Griggs
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
The Dragon and the Pearl - Jeannie Lin

 I am burning out on COYER. I need something other than Harlequin romance. Bring on Halloween Bingo!

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 128/150; 85% completed

Pop Sugar: 2; 42/52 prompts filled

Library Love Challenge: 2; 42/36 for the year

COYER: 12; 82% of list read from June-August

 

1. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings (COYER) (Pop Sugar) - 5 stars

 

2. Homicide in High Heels (High Heels #8) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) (Library Love) - 4 stars

 

3. Chaucer's Major Tales by Michael Hoy and Michael Stevens (Pop Sugar) (COYER) (Library Love) - 2.5 stars

 

4. Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs (COYER) - 4 stars

 

5. Mission of Hope by Allie Pleiter (COYER) - 4.5 stars

 

6. The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall (COYER) - 3 stars

 

7. Emma and the Outlaw by Linda Lael Miller (COYER) - 1.5 stars

 

8. The Bootlegger's Daughter by Lauri Robinson (COYER) - 1 star

 

9. Love, Special Delivery by Melinda Curtis (COYER) - 2 stars

 

10. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin (COYER) - .5 star

 

11. The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin (COYER) - 4 stars

 

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text 2017-08-31 07:25
COYER Summer 2017 Wrap Up
A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo) - Sarah Mallory
A Mistress for Major Bartlett - Annie Burrows
The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch) - Allie Pleiter
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter
The Doctor's Undoing (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings

 

I am cutting COYER short to make room for Halloween Bingo. Between IRL obligations and running this beehive, my reading time is shorter than it was in the beginning of summer. So here is my wrap up post.

 

I chose the reading list option for this challenge, which helped a lot because I didn't spend so much time choosing which book to read next - it was already done for me. I tried to pick books that were languishing on the TBR for a long time. I only read 2 books not on my list.

 

When it came to the quality of what I read, there are some highlights: book one and two of the Brides of Waterloo trilogy, all of Allie Pleiter's books, Falling for the Enemy, and The Complete Persepolis. Some lowlights include the Midnight Breed novella, Butterfly Swords, and a few books I received at RT that failed to impress.

 

I completed a trilogy in the first read-a-thon of the challenge (Brides of Waterloo). I got ahead of a few series as well. The first two read-a-thons went well, the last one I tanked hard. I also did BL-opoly for a little while and did two outside read-a-thons (#24in48 and BoB Cycle 20). I also got a few more prompts from the Pop Sugar challenge filled.

 

For the most part, I kept up on reviews and participated in the FB group most days. The Instagram challenge went well for the first 18 days, then I completely lost the will to keep going - this is still MUCH more than I usually do, so I am happy. I won during one of the Twitter chat parties, so I just have to pick out my prize.

 

Overall, I am happy with my work in this challenge and look forward to the winter edition. For the winter edition: sign ups start November 18th, challenge starts December 18th (not as long as the summer one). The title of the winter edition is Winter Switch, and there is hints at having another list option and new rules to play by. Stay tuned.

 

Stats:

45 books total on the list (30 original and 15 additions)

37 books read

     .5 star - 2 books

     1 star - 4 books

     1.5 stars - 2 books

     2 stars - 10 books

     2.5 stars - 1 books

     3 stars - 3 books

     3.5 stars - 3 books

     4 stars - 4 books

     4.5 stars - 3 books

     5 stars - 3 books

6 books sent back to the TBR pile

2 books DNF'd

6 books from the library, everything else was from my personal library

3 non-fiction books

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-28 22:57
Awesome Suspense!
Seek and Destroy (TREX Book 5) - Allie K... Seek and Destroy (TREX Book 5) - Allie K. Adams

Seek And Destroy by Allie K. Adams is a fantastic read.  Ms Adams has delivered a book that is well-written and suspenseful.  The characters in this book are amazing and a perfect fit for the story.  Charis and David's tale is loaded with drama, suspense, bits of humor and smokin' hot sexy bits.  I totally enjoyed Seek And Destroy and look forward to reading more from Allie K. Adams in the future.  Seek And Destroy is book 4 in the TREX Series and book 2 in the Nassd Counter-Terrorist Agency Series but can easily be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I read a print copy of this book.

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