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review 2017-11-15 14:48
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan,Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner 
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan,Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner

I picked up the book for Milan, but also, Hamilton! Three charming stories that explore three different couples with different connections to the the war. All three of these do what I love most in an historic setting: create a realistic scenario, but focus on characters who are traditionally overlooked: Jews in the Revolutionary war, slaves and freedmen of color, and the ways in which women serve both in uniform and not during wartime. And also, three different but concordant pictures of Eliza Hamilton and her great work.

 

Personal copy

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text 2017-10-20 16:39
#Dewey Readathon, Fall 2017: The Prep
Saga, Volume 2 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Saga, Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Saga Volume 4 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan,Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner
Frostbite: The Graphic Novel - Richelle Mead,Leigh Dragoon,Emma Vieceli
Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy) - Richelle Mead
Final Crisis - Grant Morrison,J.G. Jones,Carlos Pacheco,Jesús Merino,Marco Rudy,Doug Mahnke,Christian Alamy
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage

So Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon is tomorrow! My start time is 1pm, so I have time to run errands and do some household chores prior to reading.

 

Goals:

1. Participate in the social aspect here and on my IG account.

2. Read for 12-15 hours (tracked via the stop watch app on my phone).

 

TBR:

1. Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2) (Amateur Sleuth square)

2. Saga Volumes 2-4

3. March, Volume 3

4. Hamilton's Battalion

5. Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Chilling children square)

6. Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampires square)

7. Final Crisis (Supernatural square)

8. DC Bombshells, Volume 1 and 2

 

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text 2017-10-18 21:36
It's Here!!!!
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan,Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner

I don't pre-order books normally and especially don't pre-order ebooks (they tend to go on sale pretty quickly after release date). I made a big exception for this gem. Came home yesterday after another long day to find it sitting on my Kindle. I may end up reading it during Dewey because I can't hold out until after Halloween bingo.

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url 2016-08-03 16:54
Promo + Review + Giveaway: One Size Fits All (Anthology)
One Size Fits All - Shari Ryan,Courtney Cole,Gina Whitney,Danielle Jamie,Isabelle Richards,Misha Elliott,Gia Riley,Meghan Quinn,M.C. Cerney,Alexis Noelle
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review 2016-04-28 02:24
Review for Before We Fall by Courtney Cole
Before We Fall - Courtney Cole

This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

 

Dominic Kinkaide is a world famous actor. He's very good and it's mostly due to the fact that he likes to bury himself in his roles. A tragic accident in high school has haunted him for his entire adult life and acting helps him forget. Acting and fulfilling his dark fantasies. Jacey Vincent is just trying to make it by until she can finish her business degree. After that, she'll be home free, but until then, she's stuck working as a waitress for a catering company in a skimpy outfit. That is until she and Dominic are thrown together for a possession charge even though both claim the weed wasn't theirs. Regardless of their guilt, they are both stuck with community service hours at Joe's. The two hate each other and then respect each other and then something more. But can Dom escape his demons enough to make things work with Jacey or is his life as doomed as he believes?

 

I'll go ahead and get this out of the way now. SPOILERS AHEAD. I REPEAT, THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. I've been trying to do spoiler free reviews, but I can't do that with books that severely irritate me and, sadly, this book did just that. So, knowing that there are SPOILERS AHEAD, you may proceed.

 

Dominic was a character that didn't annoy me instantly, but the more I learned, the more I disliked him. To be fair, I'm not a huge fan of the Alpha Male character. He's a dick and his logic over why he won't fornicate is stupid. I just wanted to shake him. Then, we finally learn about his past and what happened with Emma and I wanted to fucking shot him.
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I get the undeniable rage that comes with the knowledge that you're girlfriend and best friend got drunk and got it on. That's fine and they both deserve to be shunned for such behavior. That reaction I was fine with. The next one, not so much. Emma realizes that she is pregnant as a result of that night and Dom flips shit and demands an abortion. The first issue I have with that is a very controversial one. I don't believe in abortions. The whole right to choose thing is bullshit. You had a choice, to have sex or not. Period. You chose to have sex, knowing that no method of birth control is 100% effective. That was your choice. Now that is done and a human being is growing within you. I know there are extenuating circumstances sometimes and that's fine, but that is how I feel regardless. Even with that, you are so sure that there is no possibility this child is yours? Condoms are not 100%. That baby could very well be yours and you are demanding it be murdered. I would have been sympathetic towards him due to his situation, but that it is too much. You were right, jackass, you are partly to blame for Emma's suicide. There is a good possibility that she would have done it anyway because she couldn't live with her mistake, but we'll never know.

 

I wasn't anymore in love with Jacey. She's better than Dom, but not so much so that I can see her as a role model for him to emulate. Then there was the whole Brand thing. It's obvious he's in love with her and she knows it, but she just doesn't feel that way about him.
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That's all I really need for her, one massive eye roll gif. Everything she does gets that reaction from me. Her comments on her job and how she needs it.
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Her knowledge that there is more to Dom and her need to "help" him.
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Every single thing about her just rubbed me the wrong way.

 

Brand is probably the only character I liked out of the whole novel. He was nice and normal and went out of his way to help Jacey. She doesn't really deserve it, but he's dedication is admirable all the same. I generally like the nice guys who never win. I want them to win, even if I like the asshole or two on occasion.

 

This has a love triangle and characters I hate. I'll have to emphasis again how important characters are to me. If I don't like them, the probability of me enjoying the novel are slim. And these characters were not for me. It just wasn't the novel for me. I do, however, plan to read the others in this series. This series is about Jacey's family/friends and the next novel is about Brand, so I'm all for that! I am really disappointed in this. I really enjoyed Cole's Dante's Girl and had high hopes for getting to read this, but, as I keep saying, it just wasn't for me. Dominic's character irritated the fuck out of me and there was no getting around that.

 

AUDIO NOTES:
I really enjoyed Shannon's voice, but Bunny irked me. This is probably because of the source material as I know a narrator can only work with what they are given, but still, she bugged me. They had good pacing, though, and brought me through the story well enough. I'm not overly talented at commenting on audio yet, but I'm working on it! Shannon did a decent job of differentiating between characters, but Bunny didn't. It's obvious she tries, but I still had a difficult time determining who was talking.

 

****Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****

 

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