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review 2018-02-07 21:25
Retrosexual
Retrosexual (Frisky Beavers Book 0) - Ainsley Booth,Sadie Haller

Frisky Beavers, Book 0

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continuing the series

The Characters:

Stewart: Gavin’s Chief of Staff
Adrienne:


The Story:

A sweet and sext short story reminding us that life gets busy but you should make the effort to take a time out and reconnect with your spouse(s.o.). I love that Adrienne wasn’t afraid to tell her man “hey I need a time out” and I love that he surprised her. What a fun little game and I even liked the way she flipped it on him.

Overall a great little time out from the real world for me too. I would like to see more of this couple in the future.


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The Score Card:

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3.75 Stars

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review 2018-01-23 22:19
New Year’s Eve
New Year's Eve - Sadie Haller,Ainsley Bo... New Year's Eve - Sadie Haller,Ainsley Booth

Frisky Beavers, Book 1.5

I Picked Up This Book Because: I enjoy this series.

The Characters:

Ellie:
Gavin:


The Story:

This is a quick little peek into Ellie and Gavin’s life post engagement. There is some talk about the wedding, a great amount of excitement regarding starting a family and a titillating sex scene. Gavin and Ellie love each other quite a lot and I can’t wait to read about the wedding.


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4 Stars

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review 2017-12-08 18:23
British man lives in a country different from where he was raised; shares trivia about the region.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia - Michael Booth

Not sure what drew me to this book but it sounded like it could explain why some people think these particular countries are heaven on earth or at least the closest thing to it. Instead, I found a British guy (also a journalist) who had some stories to tell, had some quirks he wanted to talk about and really nothing that added to my understanding or even made it fun. 

 

It honestly would have been better if the author (or publisher?) acknowledged this as his own personal experiences and as other notes, it was uncomfortable to watch as a British person mock another country with some rather xenophobic undertones. It somewhat made me wonder what it would have been like if he had ended up in some place like Australia or China or Ethiopia (or take your pick) and how horrible this could have been if he landed elsewhere.

 

Sometimes these types of books can go very well. They can be very charming and funny while not falling victim to tropes and stereotypes. That didn't happen here.

 

Regret buying it even though it was a bargain buy. Would recommend borrowing it from the library or skipping completely. There are better books by better authors, I'm sure.

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review 2017-07-10 15:46
Garden of Fiends
Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror - Johann Thorsson,Max Booth III,Glen Krisch,Jessica McHugh,Kealan Patrick Burke,Mark Matthews,Jack Ketchum

 * The reality of addiction is darker than any fiction. *

"Drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience.

It's the promise of heaven on earth,

but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness."

 Before I read even one story in this 'reality horror' anthology - Mark Matthews had me crying so hard that I could barely see. He presents an addiction anthology with compassion, casting no aspersions on anyone. I wan't to meet Mark Matthews, and give him the tightest hug ever.

 

"Imagine yourself drowning and being told not to swim to the surface for air. Obsessions should be so mild."

 

 

I'll have the full review posted soon - I was going over my notes for this review, and I'm bawling again. 

 

shortlink: https://goo.gl/HGRbsX

 

Source: goo.gl/HGRbsX
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review 2017-07-04 20:57
Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West
Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West (Rebirth) - Dan Abnett,Brett Booth

This didn't really feel like a good point to jump on if you're not familiar with Wally West. Although the name suggests this is a team book, this first volume is really all about Wally with the other Titans as supporting characters. Wally has reappeared after being stuck outside of time and everyone in his life forgetting about his existence. He is able to get his former team to remember him, but is unable to do the same for his former wife, Linda Park. Most of the book has the Titans trying to discover what exactly happened to Wally.

 

Wally's my favorite Flash (thanks in large part to the Justice League show), so I was happy to have him back in action, but I haven't really read much that featured Linda, so all the scenes about how much he missed her fell flat for me because I just didn't have any emotional connection to the two of them as a couple. His scenes with his friends worked much better for me because I'd read plenty of stories of them as a team. I'm not just how everything would work for someone new coming in because a good chunk of the story relied on nostalgia. However, the ending gives me hope that the story will be moving away from looking wistfully back at the past and instead focus on moving everyone forward.

 

It was great seeing the Titans back together, but I need more than nostalgia to keep me interested in the story. I'll definitely be checking out the next volume to see if we'll be getting a true Titans series that spreads the focus across the entire team.

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