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review 2016-11-27 05:50
Lacking holiday feel
Once Upon a Holiday: Holiday HeatCandy ChristmasChocolate Truffles - Beverly Jenkins,Adrianne Byrd,Kimberly Kaye Terry

 

Task the Fifth: The Kwanzaa:
- Read a book written by an African-American author or set in an African country.

I was impressed that all three felt like complete stories, not rushed, which is usually my biggest complaint about novella/short stories. The first story Holiday Heat had a very believable compatible couple, the second Candy Christmas was the most sexual with plenty of dirty little scenes, and the third Chocolate Truffles was my favorite with the build up of love with the balance of sexy times and relationship building being fantastic.
I rounded down because I didn't really get a holiday feel from the stories, they take place on or around the holiday season but it wasn't really focused on.

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text 2016-11-24 00:01
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Once Upon a Holiday: Holiday HeatCandy ChristmasChocolate Truffles - Beverly Jenkins,Adrianne Byrd,Kimberly Kaye Terry

 

Task the Fifth:  The Kwanzaa:

- Read a book written by an African-American author or set in an African country.

 

Thought picking an anthology would work best for the next couple days with the short bursts of reading I'll probably only be able to get in.

 

Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving and with the recent actions of police/military against the protesters of The Dakota Access Pipeline, it feels extra poopy to be "celebrating" it. I know most of us view it as a chance to gather with family and friends and not really think about the origins of the holiday but as you're, hopefully, enjoying some good food and no racist/sexist/bigotry rants, please think about throwing some support towards the protesters cause,

 

Support the Dakota Pipeline protests 5 ways

 

Organizational Allies of Oceti Sakowin

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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review 2016-11-18 21:49
Enjoying me some Lillian Byrd
Damn Straight (Lillian Byrd Crime Series) (Volume 2) - Elizabeth Sims

Damn Straight (Lillian Byrd Crime Series) (Volume 2) - Elizabeth Sims 

 

This is my second foray into this mystery series and the author didn't disappoint.  Interestingly enough, Lillian's life hasn't changed much since we last left her.  But, this time her adventures takes her out to California to meet up with old college roommate.  In a sequence of events that I won't give away here, they two of them end up at a LPGA golf tournament in Palm Springs.  And from there the mystery ensues.  

 

There's love, betrayal, discovery, loss, and of course the mystery.  It was great.  I couldn't stop listening to it.  Every time I thought I had things figured out, there was another piece to the puzzle that confused things.  It all came out and the end though, but I was left feeling a little out of sorts.  I wanted Lillian to get a little happiness out of this one, but I guess it wasn't in the cards.

 

There's no way I'm stopping with this series now.  I enjoy the quirkiness of this character.  She's definitely entertaining.

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review 2016-11-17 18:54
Great new series!
Holy Hell (Lillian Byrd Crime Series) (Volume 1) - Elizabeth Sims

Holy Hell (Lillian Byrd Crime Series) (Volume 1) - Elizabeth Sims  

 

I was looking for something different to read after just ending a 4 1/2 month long reading challenge and searched the kindle unlimited options and found this series, and I am super excited!

 

The Lillian Byrd Crime series starts with this first book and we get to meet our titular character, Lillian Byrd.  She's a newspaper reporter in a small town outside of Detroit, just getting out of a relationship with her girlfriend, getting frustrated with her boss's son who keeps sexually harassing her.  

 

Well, she gets involved in this murder case, ends up going postal on her boss's son, loses her job, and falls back into bed with her ex.  And that's all just in the first few chapters!  What comes next is just an entertaining cozy mystery with a heroine I really enjoyed spending time with.

 

The mystery got to be a bit creepy but it was interesting.  Lillian couldn't seem to keep herself out of trouble, but the entire time, you couldn't help but root for her.  Things worked out in the end, but you just know she's not going to stay out of trouble for long.  

 

I really enjoyed this book and I will be adding more of the series to my Kindle Unlimited library ASAP.  I listened to this one on audio for most of the book only switching to reading when I couldn't listen.  The narrator, Dina Perlman, did an excellent job.  I will likely listen to the rest of the series since I enjoyed her narration so much.

 

I likely would not have found this series if I hadn't been looking on Kindle Unlimited.  I've been a member for a few months now, and I have found some great authors.  I've been really pleased with it.

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review 2016-05-20 15:35
Daughters of Hampshire
Bride of a Distant Isle: A Novel (The Daughters of Hampshire) - Sandra Byrd
I am always excited to get one of Sandra Byrd's novels. Bride of a Distant Shore is no exception. The second in the Daughters of Hampshire series. In Victorian England, Annabel Ashton is called back to the home of her cousin Edward, Highcliffe. He has run out of money and wants to sell the family home and can not continue to pay for Annabel to stay at the Rogers Day School for Young Women, where she is a teacher.
 
The family has always claimed that Annabel was illegitimate, supposedly the daughter of a man from Malta and because of this she is unable to inherit. Annabel does not believe this and she starts on a mission to clear supposed her illegitimacy and clear the name of her mother who died in an insane asylum put there by her family because they claimed she was insane. 
 
Now her cousin Edward wants her to marry and finds a man who Annabel does not like but who would line Edwards coffers. As time goes on secrets come to the surface and Annabel makes the acquaintance of Maltese Captain Dell'Acqua. There is an immediate attraction between them. Can Annabel right the wrongs that have been done to her mother and her good name? I sure do hope so!! But you have to read the book to find out.
 
Like I said before, I have always loved Sandra Byrd's work, from her Tudor stories to this series. Her research is impeccable, her writing understandable, the pacing fast, exciting and sometimes creepy. This is a mystery as well as a romance so you get a bit of both! You certainly can not go wrong with this wonderful author! I look forward to the next in the series, A Lady in Disguise, publishing in 2017.
 
 
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