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review 2018-09-24 10:01
She Wants It
She Wants It - Jill Soloway

[I received a copy of this book through the First To Read program, in exchange for an honest review.]

I had only watched the first season of “Transparent” before, but I guess I knew enough then to recognise the author’s name, and be interested in the book’s premise. As a word of warning, though, if you’re in the same case… uh, the book contains spoilers as to the next seasons. I wasn’t too happy about that, especially since I had been able to avoid them so far. Or maybe it was just unavoidable for starters?

It’s also different from what I had expected, that is to say, more of a memoir, and not exactly “essays” or more structured writing about feminism, being non-binary, questioning, and so on. As such, while it remained interesting, spoilers notwithstanding, it felt kind of disjointed in places, and at the end, I felt like it hadn’t gone in depth into anything.

The last part about Me Too and people coming out about Tambor was also… well, it played straight into the unfortunately usual “she came out about this and now the actor/the show is going to be ruined, we should’ve talked about this among ourselves only and seen where to go from there”. Soloway does acknowledge that it’s wrong, but it still felt like there was much more to say here, and it was brushed over. It’s not on the same level as powerful men paying women they have abused so that they keep silent, but the feeling remains somewhat similar nonetheless, like an afterthought, like something that was mentioned at the end only so that people wouldn’t dwell on it too much. I didn’t like that.

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review 2018-09-24 04:49
For the Love of the Lady (The Noble Hearts Series Book 4) by Callie Hutton
For the Love of the Lady - Callie Hutton

 

 

It's been fun watching Selina and Henry tap dance around their feelings. The attraction has always been an obvious one. Now it's time to explore where their hearts can take them. For the Love of the Lady is a hint at goodbye and a glance at a new beginning. Hutton has drawn up an alluring tale of love that could be precious, if the prospective groom can convince his unwilling bride to risk her heart on him. I'm sad to have come to the end of such a captivating series.

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review 2018-09-24 04:20
Strong (Stage Dive #4.5; 1001 Dark Nights #88) by Kylie Scott
Strong - Kylie Scott

 

She refuses to be tamed. He loves a challenge. The heat is on and is quickly reaching a fever pitch. Each thinks they have the other figured out, but looks can be deceiving. Scott has created a world of tempting sin that kicks the heart into overdrive with the sensual, but melts your emotions with it's sensitivity. Sam and Martha are proof that sometimes imperfect could end up being the perfect fit. Strong is a tale of living your own truth and wearing the scars to prove it. It's sexy, it's gritty, it's fabulous.

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review 2018-09-24 03:52
Make Me Fall (Books & Brews, #2) by Sara Rider
Make Me Fall - Sara Rider

 

 

Nora Pitts may be dreaming with a broken heart, but when this beauty allows herself to let go of the heartbreak is when the sparks start to fly. Rider takes an empathetic look at love with a comedian's eye and a human touch. Make Me Fall speaks to that insecurity we all know is there, but try our best to ignore. Starting over is never an easy thing to do, but there at times when it's for the best. After a broken heart, Nora is learning how to be the best person she can be. A new town spells an awkward start that could be a perfect fit for her heart. A sassy presentation of a sweet romance that proves to be an irresistible find.

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review 2018-09-23 12:53
Mistletoe in Texas (Texas Rodeo #5) by Kari Lynn Dell
Mistletoe In Texas - Kari Lynn Dell

 

 

What's that saying about pride before a fall? Young love becomes adult mayhem, when a wandering cowboy revisits his past regrets. Mistletoe in Texas is a look at how foolish pride could have life long repercussions. For Grace and Hank emotions didn't turn out so well. The first time around was a bust that left a great deal of collateral damage. Neither realized the impact of the choice they made to walk away. As they say too little to late. When the life found turns out not to be the one hoped for is when it helps to rethink a few things. Whether you agree or disagree with many of Grace's choices and a few of Hank's, a few things have to be remembered. When young we don't always use our heads, but listen with our hearts. That's a casualty that makes us human. The lessons we learn from our mistakes are what help us to grow into a more understanding person. Dell reminds us what it means to be young and in love. The innocence, heartache and hopefulness, but loving also means a willingness to forgive and move forward. In this maze of hurtful secrets and foolish pride, we find the truth of what love is...FORGIVING.

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