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review 2018-04-12 00:00
Skystone Canyon
Skystone Canyon - Diane J. Reed Barrett has seen some dark places. His job brought him face with the ugliness in the world. Danger is his playground. So when he finds himself on a set in tinsel town working a new assignment, he's less than thrilled. Until a face from his not so distant past shows him a glimpse into his future. Lainey Neil is a scrapper. She's survived a life that has not always been kind and become a stronger woman for it. When the boy that gave her hope in her darkest moments reenters her sphere, can she let go the boy she remembers and accept the man he's become? Skystone Canyon is as treachous as any rock formation, yet the depth of the connection between Reed and her characters makes for an inspiringly haunting tale.
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review 2018-03-14 00:00
Dreaming of You (Magnolia Valley, #1)
Dreaming of You (Magnolia Valley, #1) - Cora Reed Dreaming of You is a tale of false starts, lost love and second chances. Cora Reed guides readers through the trials and tribulations of falling in love. The heartache and angst proves even greater when the keeper of your heart turns out to be your best friend. Josie and Calvin are soulmates, yet can never get the timing right. She loves him. He loves her not. He wants her. She fears risking her heart. The drama is real. The emotion is exquisite and the characters relatable. Dreaming of You is an empathetic voice that speaks to the romantic in us all.
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review 2018-03-04 19:50
See those two stars...
I Heart Boston Terriers - Rick R. Reed

They're for Mavis...yeah, Mavis was the only redemptive part of this story for me, so I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this one but as briefly as possible...I didn't like anyone...except Mavis and really sweet little dog what's not to love?


As far as Aaron and Christian go...I got nothin' folks I just didn't care one way or the other with these two. I didn't feel the connection and truthfully just didn't care of one was made. Now as for Aaron's sister...ironically I had feelz where she was concerned and none of them were good...first of b*tch, if you're going to own $1200 Jimmy Choo's than treat them like they're worth something and put store them properly otherwise you deserve to have a dog chew on them or even have your cat use them for a potty and if you can't do that than don't  badger your brother into buying a dog he neither needs nor really wanted but you badgered him into it and then he fell in love with sweet little Mavis so...suck it up buttercup and next time be careful what you wish for...see me...see me rage at Becca the biotch.


Ok, last but not least we have the narration...again, it just didn't work. Tom Askin is a new to me narrator and unfortunately I found the narration at times to be stilted as if the narrator was concentrating to much on pronouncing every word clearly and concisely at the sacrifice of the narrator's voice sounding smooth and fluid...like he was comfortable reading the story.


So at the end of it all...I liked Mavis and hopefully she got a good home...otherwise...it matters not.



An audio book of 'I Heart Boston Terriers' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-03-03 17:56
Lost and Found by Rick R. Reed Review
Lost and Found - Rick R. Reed

On a bright autumn day, Flynn Marlowe lost his best friend, a beagle named Barley, while out on a hike in Seattle’s Discovery Park.

On a cold winter day, Mac Bowersox found his best friend, a lost, scared, and emaciated beagle, on the streets of Seattle.

Two men. One dog. When Flynn and Mac meet by chance in a park the next summer, there’s a problem—who does Barley really belong to? Flynn wants him back, but he can see that Mac rescued him and loves him just as much as he does. Mac wants to keep the dog, and he can imagine how heartbreaking losing him would be—but that's just what Flynn experienced.

A “shared custody” compromise might be just the way to work things out. But will the arrangement be successful? Mac and Flynn are willing to try it—and along the way, they just might fall in love.



The idea of this book is great. I love the emotionial complexity around how to deal with the issue of the dog. I also like how the relationship unfolds and some of the class and regional issues that come up. I also like the complex figures of some of the elders in the story.


What I struggled with the kind of ick portrayal of one of the hero's friends. And then she, after meaning so much to the hero, just vanishes.


Then, one hero makes a pretty big decision which I could believe in if it was really talked out but it wasn't so it feels odd.


We don't get enough after they are really together time to make this love story work for me.


The dog, of course, is great.

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review 2018-02-17 01:52
Reed by Sawyer Bennett
Reed (Cold Fury Hockey) - Sawyer Bennett,Cris Dukehart,Graham Halstead

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this book! It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that follows my reviews that I love this series. I jumped into the series with the second book and have looked forward to each new book. I have yet to be disappointed. I decided to listen to the audio this time around since I wasn't sure when I would have the chance to sit down and actually read the book. This audiobook ended up being such a wonderful experience for me.

This book is all about Josie and Reed. Their meeting at the start of the book was not at all what I would have expected and I really wasn't sure how it would play out. Let me tell you that this book takes Josie and Reed from annoyed neighbors to friends to much more than friends with ease. I loved their journey and thought that they really seemed to work well with each other. They are playful with each other and really just enjoy each other's company. I thought that the chemistry between them was very well done.

I loved the characters in this book. Josie is an emergency room doctor so she is used to making tough decisions. She really is a down to earth character that likes simpler things like beer and pizza more than anything else. Reed is just a nice guy. He is in his off season so he is a bit more relaxed and has plenty of free time. At the start of the book, he is dating a string of Barbies but is quickly distracted by his neighbor. I liked how Reed just seemed to know what to do with Josie and I loved how they trusted and respected each other.

I believe that this was my first experience in listening to both Graham Halstead and Cris Dukehart. The book is told from both Reed and Josie's point of view in alternating chapters and I liked the fact that two narrators were used. I thought that they both did a fantastic job with the narration and really made each of the characters come to life. I think that they both did a great job handling all of the character voices and emotions of the story. I definitely plan to look for more of their work in the future.

I highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was the tenth book in the Cold Fury Hockey series but it could easily be read as a stand alone since it does tell its own story. We do get a bit of a peek into what is going on in Marek's life in this book and I must say that I am really eager to get my hands on his book in just a few short months. 

Initial Thoughts
It comes as no surprise that I enjoyed this book. I have liked all of the books in the series that I have read so far so it was a pretty safe bet for me. Since I wasn't able to get my hands on an ARC for this one, I decided to grab the audio version from the library. I thought it was well done. The initial meeting between Reed and Josie was a little strange but I liked them together more and more as the book progress. I thought that the narrators did a great job. There was enough about Marek in this book to really get me excited for the next one in the series as well.

Book source: Library via Hoopla

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