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review 2017-11-11 00:00
Santa, Baby (Rock Stars in Disguise: Peyton): A Rock Star Surprise Baby Christmas Romance
Santa, Baby (Rock Stars in Disguise: Pey... Santa, Baby (Rock Stars in Disguise: Peyton): A Rock Star Surprise Baby Christmas Romance - Blair Babylon Book Reviewed: Santa, Baby (Rock Stars in Disguise: Peyton): A Rock Star Surprise Baby Christmas Romance
Author: Blair Babylon
Publication Date: 11/9/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


REVIEW
This is Peyton's story and oh I just fell inlove.
Peyton falls head over heels for Raji when they met at a party given by friends. Raji is still an intern, and Peyton is of course in Killer Valentine so it's not easy but Peyton would move the world for her. She doesn't want to ruin her future but then the unthinkable happens. What will Raji do? Can Peyton win her hand and heart?

Totally loved this hot, sexy, holiday story.

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review 2017-08-04 04:52
Rezension | Babylon von Yasmina Reza
Babylon: Roman - Yasmina Reza,Frank Heib... Babylon: Roman - Yasmina Reza,Frank Heibert,Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel

Beschreibung

 

Elisabeth gibt zum ersten Mal in ihrem Leben eine Party. Es fehlt ihr daher nicht nur an Gläsern sondern auch an Stühlen. Wieso diese also nicht von den Nachbarn, Jean-Lino und Lydie, einen Stock höher ausleihen? Selbstverständlich werden diese dann auch zur Party eingeladen. Trotz der ganzen Aufregung läuft die Frühlingsfeier ganz gut, bis es durch ein Bio-Hühnchen zu Spannungen zwischen Jean-Lino und Lydie kommt.

 

Alle Gäste sind aufgebrochen, Elisabeth und ihr Mann Pierre zu Bett gegangen – es klingelt an der Wohnungstür. Völlig aufgelöst steht Jean-Lino da und berichtet, dass er seine Frau erwürgt hat. Um sich von dem Unglaublichen zu überzeugen, gehen Elisabeth und Pierre in die Wohnung über ihnen. Jean-Lino bittet Elisabeth um Hilfe.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Die französische Schriftstellerin Yasmina Reza ist nich nur durch ihre Romane, sondern auch durch ihre erfolgreichen Theaterstücke wie z. B. „Der Gott des Gemetzels“ bekannt. Laut ersten Rezensionen hält sich Yasmina Reza auch in ihrem neuen Roman „Babylon“ an ihrem altbekannten Erfolgsrezept fest. Bisher ist mir nur die Filmversion von „Der Gott des Gemetzels“ bekannt, ihre Bücher habe ich bisher nicht gelesen – daher kann ich dazu keine Aussage treffen.

 

"Alles ist ungewiss. Das ist eine Grundkonstante des Daseins." [Seite 20 (epub Version)]

 

Die Autorin führt den Leser gekonnt in eine völlig alltägliche Lebenssituation mit authentischen Charakteren. Elisabeth lebt mit ihrem Mann Pierre im 17. Arrondissement in Deuil-l’Alouette und ist als Gastgeberin ihrer ersten Frühlingsparty ziemlich aufgeregt. Die Feier verläuft in ganz normalen Bahnen, es wird geplaudert, getrunken und gespeist – bis ihr Nachbar Jean-Lino zur Erheiterung der Gesellschaft eine Anekdote über Bio-Hühnchen beisteuert. Die Situation eskaliert. Das ganze Ausmaß der aus dem Ruder gelaufenen Situation wird jedoch erst später klar, als Jean-Lino beichtet seine Frau erwürgt zu haben.

 

Die Spannung des Romans ergibt sich hierbei nicht aus der Tat oder Auflösung des Tathergangs, sondern aus der urkomischen Alltagssituation die einen sogartig erfasst. Mit einem Augenzwinkern zeigt Yasmina Reza neben der alltäglichen Belanglosikeit menschliche Abgründe auf und spinnt ein einzigartiges Beziehungsnetz.

 

Rezas pointierte Dialoge verleihen dem Werk eine lebhafte Atmosphäre, die einem Theatererlebnis gleicht. In „Babylon“ wird klar, wie dünn die Schicht zwischen beherrschter Bourgeoisie und den wahren Tiefen der Menschlichkeit ist. Schon der kleinste Riss löst Chaos aus – genau so eine Situation hat Yasmina Reza in Perfektion zu Papier gebracht. Das Schönste an der Geschichte – man kann sich wunderbar in Plot und Protagonisten hineinversetzen da sie so alltäglich und unaufgeregt daher kommen. Ein jeder könnte dies erleben und sich selbst von der tragischen Dramatik dieser ungewollt komischen Szenerie überzeugen.

 

"Die Sprache drückt nichts anderes aus als die Unfähigkeit, sich mitzuteilen." [Seite 63 (epub Version)]

 

Fazit

 

Ein unterhaltsamer Roman über Menschen, menschliche Abgründe und deren Beziehungen.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-babylon-von-yasmina-reza
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text 2017-07-10 05:07
Second Chance by Suzanne Jenkins
Second Chance: Pam of Babylon #15 - Suzanne Jenkins
 
 
 
Second Chance
Pam of Babylon series, book 15
by Suzanne Jenkins
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Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction

 

Just when life settles down to a dull roar for those people whom Pam holds closest to her heart, the pendulum swings in the opposite direction and everyone is tossed into the air. Who will they hold on to as they fall back to earth?
 
Gladys finds the son she gave up at birth forty years ago; he's a single firefighter on Staten Island. At their first meeting, he sees Pam's beautiful daughter, Lisa. Will it be love at first sight? His appearance at the beach coincides with a long laundry list of drama involving Ryan and Maggie Lily, Alison and Ryan.
 
Who isn’t going a little crazy? Even Dan and Julie, who maintain the most peaceful existence, have a little fire lit under them when Julie’s sister, Angela brings Tamara home for a sleep over.
 
Cara is offered an ultimatum, and she doesn’t like the choices. But when she takes Lisa’s advice, and chooses what will be best for her son, something wonderful happens.
 
Pam and Randy take a trip to his cabin out west with sensational consequences.
 
Big Ed leaves Gladys, his wife of almost forty years for Melody. The unexpected? Gladys falls into the arms of the eligible bachelor, Dave, owner of Organic Bonanza. Will it be a case of I'd don't want her, you can't have her?
 
Sandra starts up an unusual relationship with her late ex's ex-wife. But history might repeat itself; Sandra can not be trusted.
 
July. Fire House A-89, in the northeast corner of Staten Island. Early Saturday morning, as the sun rose, fire fighter Dale McGuire stripped off turnout gear and hung it to air out on a hook on the outside of his locker. Coming in from a call for a small brush fire at the side of the highway right before the Verrazano Bridge entrance, Dale looked forward to coffee, something to eat, and bed for a nap, in that order.
 
Grabbing a towel, he walked to the shower, whistling.
 
“McGuire is happy this morning,” his colleague, Paul shouted, coming on his shift
 
“Yeah, because he gets to go home,” another firefighter called out.
 
Chuckling, Dale nodded. Life was so peaceful, if it weren’t for the fires he fought, the lives occasionally rescued, he’d have to consider getting a hobby just to prevent boredom from setting in. Mind a blank as he lathered up, he thought of getting home to his dog, Tilly. She’d be on the back of the couch, waiting for him.
 
“Jesus buddy, I’m embarrassed to strip in front of you,” Paul said, pointing to Dale returning from the shower. “Look at this guy’s abs.”
 
Quickly pulling his towel up higher, Dale laughed. “You’re not my type,” he said over the hilarity. “I won’t watch you if it’ll help.”
 
Locker room banter took some of the pain the exhaustion the night shift firefighters experienced away. “See you Monday,” Dale said when he was dressed, grabbing his duffle bag.
 
He lived in the house his late parents’ left him on Todt Hill, within walking distance to the firehouse. Volunteering there during high school, he bypassed college, much to his parents’ chagrin, and took a full time position as a firefighter rather than go away to his father’s alma mater in Philadelphia.
 
“It’s an honorable position, Douglas,” his mother had said in Dale’s defense. “Don’t make yourself sick with disappointment.”
 
“I wanted our son to follow in my footsteps. A McGuire at Penn is a tradition.”
 
Twenty years later, they were both dead, a fatal car wreck snuffing out the lives of Dale’s favorite people. Walking up the hill, he glanced up at the imposing structure in the bright morning sun. It was a grand house, but too big for a single man approaching middle-age.
 
Parents gone almost three years, he’d taken over the house as his own and couldn’t imagine anyone else living there with him. The scariest part of that; he knew he was becoming so set in his ways that if he didn’t fall in love soon, it might be too late. Feeling a sense of impending adventure in there air, there was definitely excitement looming. Hold it together, buddy, he told himself. You probably just need sleep.

 
 

 
 

Pam of Babylon is #free on all book sites.
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Don't You Forget About Me ✯ Dream Lover ✯ Prayers for the Dying
Family Dynamics ✯ The Tao of Pam ✯ In Memoriam ✯ Soulmates ✯ Save the Date
I'll Always Love You ✯ Beach Spirits ✯ South Shore Romance ✯ Meet Me at the Beach 
Pam's Adventures in Babylon ✯ Second Chance
 

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Free on author's website: First Sight, A Good Beach Day




Suzanne Jenkins Bio Suzanne writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women's fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The Detroit Detective Stories, beginning with The Greeks of Beaubien Street are a reflection of American fantasy with historical reality. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama with over 500,000 downloads. A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins lives in Southern California.
 
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review 2017-06-30 16:33
A powerful tell-all!
Kennedy Babylon: A Century of Scandal and Depravity - Howie Carr

The unimaginable, blatant corruption involving blackmail, theft of records, possibly murder, certainly payoffs is mind boggling and is evidence of that same kind of entitled liberal behavior we are witnessing today. To gain control, it would seem that nothing is beyond the pale. The fixing of elections, falsely attacking opponents and arranging positive personal publicity has been a long standing practice in the politics of the Kennedy family, and now, it seems it has spread to the party at large. The Kennedy’s obviously believed that they were above the law, and their contacts insured that they were able to project and maintain that image. They slept with strange bedfellows, literally and figuratively. Somehow, their money and influence controlled all of the powers that be and their willing co-conspirators, a team of “good old boys”, went along with all of their schemes. Their friends were in high places, and they respected and revered the Kennedy name, yet it would seem, in retrospect, that it was an undeserved homage. The book centers its focus on the scandals of the Kennedys and all of the people associated with them. They lived their lives with abandon, chewing up people and discarding them. They disregarded the laws that most people feel compelled to obey. Drugs and alcohol, sex in any form, and outright lies, seemed to be de rigueur for all of them. There was no law that was inviolable, no rule that they wouldn’t break, no lie that was beyond them in order to protect themselves or each other. There certainly was honor among those “thieves”. They seemed impervious to normal standards of decorum. For me, the worst observation about their lifestyles was the fact that those who could have exposed them for what they really were, actually supported their horrific behavior; they were actually in cahoots with them, colluded with them to protect them from scrutiny and appropriate verdicts and sentencing even when laws were broken beyond the shadow of a doubt; they prevented them from being punished and their victims from attaining appropriate retribution and justice. They painted a picture of the Kennedy’s that was indeed a fairytale, that truly was a fictional Camelot, but surely it did not exist in America. Yet the myth pervaded the country, especially after the death of JFK. They and the people surrounding them were dishonest, corrupt and corruptible. They were sycophants, plain and simple; but how could there have been so many, so willing to cover for them for their own fifteen minutes of fame? There are secrets revealed in this book that are titillating, but today these same kinds of stories are not secrets, but are worn as badges of honor. President Clinton wore his badge named Monica Lewinski among others, without real detriment, and he still enjoys the praise and respect of his party and his followers, even as they cast aspersions and condemn those who have done far less. The Democrats were apparently corrupt for years under the Kennedy dynasty’s leadership, fixing affairs of the heart, hiding affairs of the heart and arranging affairs of the heart. They dealt with anyone who could advance their causes, bar none, and that may be ultimately what brought them down, in the end. You lie with dogs, you do get up with fleas. The patriarch, Joe Kennedy was the worst one. Among other things he was a bigot. He began the crusade of lies, secrets and threats that invaded the family history. He used his money to buy influence and peddle it. He bought the office in the Senate for his son and later the Presidency as well. Still, those on the left don’t own up to this charade and still honor the memory of the Kennedys as superheroes, even though they were no better, in retrospect, than the mob. They were thugs. They were lords of the manor and had their own personal fiefdom. They also had more than their share of tragedy. This first of a two volume tell-all book, will be an eye opener and a shocker for most readers who were brought up with the absolute fairytale idea of Camelot and JFK. Their collusion with mobsters, the bribes and the strong arm tactics they used seem quite truthfully, horrifying, and even more so today, because they are the stuff of reality, not fiction. One has to wonder if this kind of corruption continues. I am not sure that this book will be fully comprehended by those who have no real knowledge of politics in Massachusetts. In some cases, it felt as if the author assumed everyone who was going to read it was from Massachusetts and was familiar with the commonplace corruption and shenanigans still ongoing today in the party as a whole, a party that has, by and large, not played by the rules for years, as evidenced by their underhanded tactics in our most recent Presidential election of Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. The book is not a fast read because there is so much “dirt”, that turns out to be real that it is hard to absorb it all at once. On a practical note, I thought the heft of the book itself was too heavy, and it made it hard to handle easily. My advice for the second volume is to try and use paper stock that is lighter and more pliable. Also, since I couldn’t recognize all of the cartoon caricatures on the cover, I suggest they print a name underneath, or include a footnote identifying them. Also, after attending a very entertaining presentation of the book by Howie Carr and then reading the book, I realized he presented too much about the book in the public forum, so that when reading it, it felt repetitive. It would be better if he simply hinted at information in the book because exposing it with a detailed powerpoint presentation. It almost made it unnecessary to read the book, and it would be a shame if it didn’t get the readership it deserves.

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review 2017-06-28 00:00
Dream On (A Collection of Short Stories, Epilogues, and Extras) (Billionaires in Disguise Book 5)
Dream On (A Collection of Short Stories,... Dream On (A Collection of Short Stories, Epilogues, and Extras) (Billionaires in Disguise Book 5) - Blair Babylon Book: Dream On (A Collection of Short Stories, Epilogues, and Extras) (Billionaires in Disguise)
Author: Blair Babylon
Publication Date: 6/22/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


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First I want to say KUDO' to the author for listening to her fans. Second. Thank you for taking the time to break the stories down a bit more and give much more. I personally have enjoyed every single book I have read by this author, and this just adds to that. I absolutely love the angst and suspense with Billionaires in Disguise, and I am so in love with Xan and his merry misfits in Rock Stars in Disguise and in this book we get so much more. Perfect for the first time fan to read or even ones such as myself who have enjoyed many books by this author. One scene I loved was the asking for her hand in marriage by Ford to Charley.




“I was gifted this book for my reading pleasure and I am choosing to write a review for it.”
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