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review 2018-09-12 14:18
Maybe a little drama llama would be ok...sometimes...
His Leading Man - Ashlyn Kane,Kenneth Grahame

Drew Beaumont is a successful actor who's bored with the usual Hollywood fare when it comes to movie roles. So when he gets the chance at something that's different and pushes all of his acting buttons...there's not much that Drew won't do to not only have a role in it but to make sure the movies gets mad.

 

Steve Sopol is so close to having his dream come true of seeing his first screenplay become a movie...but is he desperate enough to step out from behind the camera when the leading man wants Steve to take on the role of co-star. Is Steve brave enough to speak the words he's written in front of the camera?

 

I wasn't looking for big, convoluted problems or overly dramatic resolutions and for the most part what I found was that any problems or conflicts seemed too be resolved just a little too easily to the point of bordering on tedious at times.

 

The steam and sex were fairly low key in this one and that's not an issue, but something somewhere has to happen to make me feel the connection between a couple and while I'm not a fan of over the top excessive amounts of sex. I am a fan of steam and heat and attraction...something that makes me say 'yes, these two are going to melt my e-reader' ...there has to be something that still gives me a sense of their connection, makes me feel a little melty inside but I just never quit felt it with this pair.  I could see where it was possible. On paper they're a good match. But I wanted to feel that connection not see it as a logical forgone conclusion...sorry, I'm a romantic sap about this stuff. 

 

While both men had their problems to deal with...as well as being a self professed diva Drew's every move is scrutinized because of his fame as an actor and there was of course an ex or two in his past. Steve ironically has a bit more to deal with as well as an ex who thankfully stayed in the past but left his mark on Steve in terms of emotional damage. Steve has reasons why he wants his personal life to remain private but with stepping into the limelight it becomes not a matter of if things will be revealed but when.

 

Also just a quick mention as far as secondary characters go I really liked Steve's mom, she was one of the only sparkling moments in what turned out to be an ok but rather lackluster story. I truly don't need a lot of over the top drama in a story but I have to admit this one went a bit to far the other way.

 

It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author and I guess maybe I was looking for something more along the lines of 'Return to Sender' or her 'Lost Boys and Love Letters' series, I loved the hell out of that series...like really loved it...maybe it's time for a re-read? Or maybe if the audio gods are smiling on me these will be on audio one day (yeah, that's totally a hint on my part, but hey, you don't get, if you never ask, right?)

 

Thankfully, Kenneth Obi was the narrator for this one and while the story may have had some lackluster moments his narration did not and kept me on track with things making for a more enjoyable story experience.

 

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An audio book of 'His Leading Man' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2018-08-30 11:00
Release Week Review! Twilight Desires (Morgan Creek #3) Amanda Ashley!
Twilight Desires - Amanda Ashley

 

 

“A master of her craft.” —Maggie Shayne

 

Sofia Ravenwood was once fascinated by vampires—their seductive power, their inhuman strength, their dark desires. Then one of them attacked her family, and she threw out her goth attire and vowed to keep clear of her enemies. Until she heard about Ethan Parrish: a sweet, sizzling-hot former college football player, turned into a vampire against his will.

 

Wandering the deserted streets of Morgan Creek, Wyoming, Ethan’s sure he'll be alone forever—a monster like him deserves nothing else. Then beautiful, complicated Sofia agrees to meet him, fangs and all. The need she ignites in him is more than just the pulse of her blood or the scent of her skin. But he's not the only bloodsucker desperate to make her his own . . .

 

Praise for Amanda Ashley and Twilight Dreams

“A tender paranormal romance exploring love and family ties, and it’s tinged with intrigue and vengeance. . . . This portrait of new love is sweet and endearing.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Author Ashley is no stranger to paranormal romance . . . Intriguing.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Master storyteller Amanda Ashley weaves a classic vampire tale of sensual, spine tingling suspense.”
—Christine Feehan

 

 

Passion and excitement explodes from the pages of this thrilling traditional vampire romance as Sofia and Ethan try to overcome some traditional issues regarding vampires and some not so traditional ones. The characters are strong and convincing as they draw readers into their story as Ethan has trouble accepting what he is and has lots of worries that go along with being turned into a “monster,” while Sofia has to wonder if being with Ethan is the best thing for her and her future. This has lots of emotional turmoil that readers can understand as well as keeping them glued to the pages as they wonder if this couple will reach a happily ever after or will their difference be more than they can handle.

 

The plot is steady to fast paced plot and keeps readers hanging on the edge of their seat with lots of thrilling suspense as Sofia and Ethan not try to move forward but a fight with an enemy that has set his sights on Sofia and the town of Morgan Creek. This enemy takes some elaborate measures to get what he wants most of which are deadly and brings unknown elements into the mix. Which gives readers as well as Ethan and Saintcrow, quite a few surprising twists to become caught up in.

 

The author is instigating some changes to the town of Morgan Creek and I have to wonder where she is taking this thrilling and mesmerizing series, especially since I can imagine several different paths she could take from here which could mean more wonderfully spine tingling vampire romances to come for readers. Note: While the story may be in the more traditional style of vampire romance, it is in no way boring and readers are easily smitten and charmed by the sexy vampires of Morgan Creek.

 

 

Author book page - http://members.authorsguild.net/amandaashley/twilight_desires__12444.htm

 

 

Add Twilight Desires to your shelves at:

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37802513-twilight-desires

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/twilight-desires-by-amanda-ashley

 

 

Twilight Desires is the 3rd book in the Morgan Creek series -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/189398-morgan-creek

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0785KFKDY?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

Morgan Creek includes


1 As Twilight Falls
2 Twilight Dreams
3 Twilight Desires

 

 

in print or ebook at

 

Kensington print - http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/36656

 

Kensington ebook - http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/36657

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/s/?field-keywords=9781420147407

 

iBooks - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781420147407?uo=8

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9781420147407&c=books

 

B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/9781420147407

 

Kobo - http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=9781420147407

 

Hudson Booksellers - http://www.hudsonbooksellers.com/book/9781420147384

 

BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/search?query=9781420147384&where=All

 

Target - https://www.target.com/p/twilight-desires-morgan-s-creek-by-amanda-ashley-paperback/-/A-53746319

 

IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781420147384

 

Walmart - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Twilight-Desires/838956859

 

 

Amanda Ashley is one of those rare birds—a California native. She's lived in Southern California her whole life and, except for the earthquakes, she loves it. She shares a home with her husband, as well as an adorable Pomeranian named Lady, a wild house sparrow named Tweety, and a tortoise who remains nameless. Amanda and her alter ego, Madeline, have written 60 books. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it. Her books have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. You can get a sneak peek at her next book on her website AmandaAshley.com.

 

Website - http://www.amandaashley.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/48190.Amanda_Ashley

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amanda-ashley

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/vampyrewritr

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AmandaAshleyFanPage?fref=nf

 

 

 

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review 2018-06-11 02:58
The romance begins when the semester ends...
Teaching Ben - Shae Connor, Kenneth Obi

Ben Miller and David Powell may be the same age but they've lead very different lives... ironically, Ben's spent the past few years in the military as a way to escape his overbearing father and earn his freedom to discover and be the person he wants to be.

 

David comes from a life of privilege and ultimately excess leading to his ultimate downfall. But thankfully David's grandfather refused to turn him back on him and after some tough love David's turned himself around and now he's back in school with a plan for his life.

 

Though they've led very different lives Ben and David quickly discover that they share a mutual attraction and respect for each other and a friendship quickly begins. David is the TA in one of Ben’s college classes and while they’re attracted to each other neither man wants to complicate their life with a relationship while they’re student and TA so they’re determined to keep things strictly platonic until the semester is done even though there is no actual rule against them dating or having a more personal relationship. David’s got things in his past that have him wanting to ere on the side of caution and Ben’s just stepping out of the closet, so he simply wants to proceed with caution and he’s not looking to complicate the life of someone that he’s pretty sure he wants to have a life with.

 

I really enjoyed this one it was sweet and at just under 6 hours of listening time things were kept moving at a good pace without becoming boring or repetitious. There were some interesting secondary characters David’s sister and Ben’s laundry friend who took him underwear shopping…yeah, that was a fun time and if you want to know more you’ll need to check out the story.

 

The focus of this one is on the relationship and not the sex…sorry, but facts is facts. Now be that as it may I still found David and Ben to be an adorably sexy pair and their interactions were delightful and it was nice to have both David and Ben’s perspective on things as the story alternated between them. As with any interesting and entertaining story we are given at least one obstacle for our MCs to overcome and I liked how Ben and David came together to resolve their obstacle and I loved David’s family they were truly delightful…especially his mother. I got more than one chuckle from her.

 

‘Teaching Ben’ is only the second book that I’ve listened to that was narrated by Kenneth Obi but I have to say I’ve enjoyed them both and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to listen to more of this narrators works. I liked the voices that each of the characters were given and they definitely meshed with any ideas that I might have had regarding how a character sounded and I also enjoyed that the voices were expressive and conveyed emotion and feelings within what felt like an appropriate range…in other words things never felt so extreme that I wanted to roll my eyes in exasperation. The conversations had a natural feel and sound to them and for me that’s a good thing. 

 

So for me Shae Connor and Kenneth Obi are each 2 for 2 and I’m looking forward to whatever comes next from this author and/or this narrator.

 

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An audio book of 'Teaching Ben' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-05-30 11:32
Reading a Book Over and Over: “Devices and Desires” by P. D. James
Devices and Desires - P.D. James

“’The victim's hair was damp, which suggests she died after her swim and not before it’"

 

In “Devices and Desires” by P. D. James

 

 

I’m no detective but that is some incredible deduction Dalgliesh…

 

 

I'm only going to be on this earth for a limited amount of time, and in all likelihood I won't manage in that time to get through all the great books that have ever been written. But I should at least try my best to. I only re-read books if it's so long since I read them that I barely remember them at all, (and even then it's rare). My bookshelves are heaving with books, and I buy them quicker than I read them, so I've got to try my hardest to keep up. And I certainly can't help thinking that if one is re-reading the same book every year, one could do with broadening our horizons a bit. Nevertheless, re-reading should be adopted by all serious readers. Last year I went through some of my favourite SF books of all-time, and what a joyous ride it’s been. Unfortunately that particular objective kept me away from reading some new stuff coming out. Moreover, to re-read a good book lifts the soul, but to re-read one twice or more puts authors on the dole….lol.

 

 

Read on, if you're so inclined.

 

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review 2018-05-14 02:45
Dark Desires
Dark Desires - Eve Silver

I really enjoyed this one.  Darcie is a survivor and has been through tragedy.  She finds her sister, Mrs (Abigail) Feather, who runs a brothel.  Abigail is also a survivor and has made the best of her situation.  She directs Darcie to seek employment with Dr Damien Cole.

Damien is a mystery.  There was certain moments where his motives and character where questioned.  Darcie, at first cautious, gradually trusts and throws caution to the wind.  Not everything is as it seems.  

I admired Darcie for her escape from a harrowing event.  She shares her story with Damien.  Damien finally comes clean with his secret.  There were times that I thought Darcie was a little too meek, but then she'd shrug it off.  She did have one TSTL moment at the end.  But, hey, the killer was unmasked.

What I really liked about Damien was his being able to see women as equal to men.  "There are not women in medical school, " Damien repeated.  "Yet."  

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