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text 2017-03-30 00:36
Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 457 pages.
Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World War - Taras Grescoe

hook a brain up to a book like this...and presto, you've got a Time Machine! can do! I've got a brain--it's not the best brain, but it's a brain. (it's not Abby Normal's brain, anyway.) and I've got the book. zzzz-zzzzzzat! off to Shanghai in the 1930s. probably no Daleks to fight, but, still....

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text 2016-07-21 08:35
Audio Tour w/Review - SCOTTISH WEREBEAR

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Scottish Werebear: A Collection of BBW Bear Shifter Romances


by Lorelei Moone

Scottish Werebear #1-3

Publication Date: June 16, 2016

Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Audiobook, Shifters, BBW


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Synopsis: 3 for the price of 2: For the first time ever, a handy collection of the first three novellas in the Scottish Werebears series.  Titles include: An Unexpected Affair, A Dangerous Business and A Forbidden Love.



Scottish Werebears: An Unexpected Affair

When romance novelist, Clarice Adler, hides herself away in a secluded holiday cottage to finish a book, the last thing she needs is another relationship. Imagine her surprise when she falls head over heels for the man who runs the place. Derek McMillan knows Clarice is his mate, but he’s a bear shifter and she’s human and the two simply don’t mix. They are literally worlds apart; can they find a way to come together?


Scottish Werebears: A Dangerous Business

As part of the Alliance, bear shifter Aidan McMillan is hunting the Sons of Domnall, a secret society of humans sworn to destroy all shifters. Along comes Heidi Blackwood, his fated mate, and it suddenly becomes nearly impossible to focus on the job.


Scottish Werebears: A Forbidden Love

Alison Campbell has been told that shifters are evil and the world would be a better place without them. In her efforts to infiltrate the Alliance to gather intel for The Sons of Domnall, she comes across Jamie Abbott, bear shifter and Alliance leader, who doesn’t seem so bad at all. In fact, he seems to be all her heart desires and the feeling is mutual. Where will her loyalties lie when it becomes time to pick a side once and for all?





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A Forbidden Love (Scottish Werebear, #3) Cover









Lorelei Moone



Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. Her first book, Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair has hit the virtual shelves on Amazon on 25 September 2015, and her second, Scottish Werebear: A Dangerous Business a month later on the 25th of October. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.


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review 2016-07-20 19:52
Audiobook Review - Scottish Werebear 1-3
Scottish Werebear: Books 1-3 - Lorelei Moone

BOXED SET of 1-3.  Titles include: An Unexpected Affair, A Dangerous Business and A Forbidden Love.  Each story is connected.  I recommend reading them together.  


An Unexpected Affair

Clarice & Derek clash almost right away.  They really do not seem to get along.  Derek is more than attracted.  He has never felt this way about anyone, human or otherwise.   


A Dangerous Business

Aidan & Heidi have to work together to get closer to the Sons of Domnall.  Can they resist the pull that is bringing them closer together?  Aidan waits for her to come to him.  They get closer and when the enemy strikes 


A Forbidden Love

Jamie is attracted to a human.  Fated to love a woman who he has seen in years.  Can their secrets remain hidden, or will they tear them apart?


These couples are meant to be together from the start.  The sparks fly and the heat is intense.  Such sweet, and sexy stories.  The narrator has a strong, flowing voice.  He helps enhance the story by making it feel more rich.  I give it 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-07-15 17:40
"Steadfast" by Sarina Bowen
Steadfast (True North Book 2) - Sarina Bowen

I really enjoy Sarina Bowen's books, and I loved the first in this series, Bittersweet (True North #1). The books are set in rural Vermont, where I live, and they feel authentic and genuine (unlike most small town contemporaries, which depict a more Hollywood-esque perfection of imagined small town life). I was really looking forward to Steadfast because of the premise: the hero is a recovering heroin addict who has just gotten out of jail for killing his girlfriend's brother while driving while high. I mean, that's some pretty heavy conflict, right? And I love a good redemption story.


Sadly, while the writing was good and the main characters were compelling, and Bowen did a really good job in depicting Jude's addiction and his daily struggle in recovery, Steadfast was a disappointment. The supporting characters were not well developed -- the main characters' parents, siblings, and friends were very two-dimensional, which made plot lines involving these characters less compelling and often less believable. Also, in an effort (I think) to make the hero more heroic, the plot took shortcuts that really disappointed me. (SPOILER HERE:

we learn in the end that Jude wasn't actually driving in the accident that killed the heroine's brother, which struck me as a cop out -- the story would have better if Jude had been redeemed rather than exonerated

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I was also distracted by some of the things Bowen got wrong about Vermont's criminal justice system, which likely wouldn't bother anyone who doesn't work in the field. The silver lining, though, is that the morning after I finished the book, I emailed Sarina Bowen (which is not something I ever do; generally I prefer not to directly interact with authors) and offered myself as a contact should she ever have research questions (I've been a prosecutor for 14 years) or need a beta reader, and she wrote back immediately and was thrilled by my offer. So, that was kind of exciting.

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review 2016-07-04 21:27
Forbidden Love In Timbuktu: Woman From Another Land
Forbidden Love in Timbuktu - Brenda Smith

Title: Forbidden Love In Timbuktu: Woman From Another Land
Author: Brenda Smith
Publisher: Xlibris U. S.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Forbidden Love In Timbuktu: Woman From Another Land" by Brenda Smith

My Thoughts.....

"Forbidden Love In Timbuktu: Woman From Another Land" will keep your attention till the very end and will leave you wanting to know more. This author did a excellent job at giving the reader one good story of Kieta Toura, a native from Timbuktu. Ms Toura did not have the greatest life but after her father took her from her home to the Soyinka's to live with them under the watchful eye of Wakesa maybe life would not be so bad for her. Becoming friends to the Soyinka daughter Marissa life was going good and even greater meeting a certain person. But would her life be the same after something horrible happens to her though the dealings with the 'new rules of citizens to follow?' The characters in this read were all very well developed, portrayed and so believable that you find yourself feeling you are right there in the mist of what all is happening. The story really picks up as we find Kieta being taken from one country to another and to some good people. Now how did that come about for Kieta? It looked like finally Kieta was going well with her new family, in school and even having found a good friend. However, there was always the desire for Kieta to know what had happen to her friend in Timbuktu and how did she get to where she was now in Florida. As life goes on for Kieta she is now in law school in New York having been blessed to do so by her new family but still Kieta wanted to know how she had gotten to America from Timbuktu and what had happened to her dear fellow whom she had loved so very much. The way this author brings this out to the reader was very well done and with saying that I don't want to tell to much more because believe me there is another part of this story that centers around what Kieta's friend Charlotte brings to the table. Who would have ever thought this would happen for Kieta but I started to get the idea of something was happening with Kieta's girlfriend Charlotte boyfriend [Jason]...who was a detective. Now, I really will really stop here and say this is definitely one of those story that you will not be able to put down and in the end well, you will see for yourself what I am talking about. Would I recommend this novel? YES for it will have you turning the pages rapidly to the end to find out how this will all come out!

Thank you to the author for the gift of a signed copy "Forbidden Love in Timbuktu" for my giving my honest opinion of the read. I enjoyed it so well I brought a Kindle copy so I could listen to it too!


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