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review 2017-11-21 14:43
Review: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn
By the Book - Julia Sonneborn

 

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.

Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.

Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past...and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.

I’m always up for a second chance romance, but unfortunately this book was not for me. From the plot line to the characters were things I disliked. For one we had way to many clichés in this. Both character and story wise.  Also it was way to predictable for me, while we get a little of that in a lot of books, this was just too much along with the clichés.

The main characters who us a English Professor is also a bit of a  literary snob, so is also her co-worker who also happens to be her best friend. He wont read anything published after 1920 which would be fine if it didn’t come  over so snotty. Speaking of the best friend who also happens to be gay, he could have not been more of a stereotype, the way her dressed or talked or behaved. I think that could have been much better and less cliché and it would have been more enjoyable. We have come so far when it comes to LGBTQs so there is no reason to throw out all these cliches.

I also was not a big fan of the Anne, who also was been way to overplayed . She lived to much in the what has been and not in the what is happening now. She seemed to play with people because she only thought f herself at times.

Overall, I was not a fan but I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will overlook all the clichés like the book much better.

I rate it 2 ★

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

Will be available Feb 6th 2018

JULIA SONNEBORN IS AN ENGLISH PROFESSOR AND A LOS ANGELS NATIVE. AFTER HEADING EAST FOR COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL, SHE HIGHTAILED IT BACK TO CALIFORNIA,WHERE SHE NOW LIVES WITH HER HUSBAND, TWO KIDS, TWO CATS AND A DOG.

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review 2017-11-08 17:39
Review: Haven by Mary Lindsey
Haven - Mary Lindsey

 

 

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart. Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

I really enjoyed this sort of fresh spin on shifters in this book. This book had a lot of elements to it and not just the supernatural. Rain did not have an easy life so far and did not have a stable home much with his mother’s battle with drugs they were always on the move and often living on the streets. Now moving in with his aunt he has to learn how to trust people again and learn to adjust to a new permanent home. 

As all of that was not enough he also get thrown into the world of supernatural as he meets Freddie and her ”family” . I liked that there were a few new ideas ( for me) as far as the shifter world goes. I liked the watcher part and it was a pretty interesting concept. I liked the characters. Rain was fun and interesting to follow as he stumbles through life. I must say I was not a huge fan of Freddie in the beginning, but she grew on me throughout the book. But in the beginning she was a little too much back and forth. Yes and a minute later no type, which was bit annoying to me. But I think his aunt was my favorite person in the book. The way she took him in and trusted him and the way she adjusted to him but also her past. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and rate it 4★.

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

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Mary Lindsey

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. Her books Shattered Souls and Fragile Spirits have been selected for the 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program.

Mary lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.

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review 2017-10-22 22:55
Review: Nailed It by Cindi Madsen
Nailed It - Cindi Madsen

 

I'm Ivy Clarke. Bartender, best friend, and disbeliever in love. And now I'm in over my head, trying to flip a house all by myself. Thanks, HGTV. I'm not too proud to admit I need some help. Too bad the only one who can help me is the same man I want to throw out this house's second-story window. Jackson Gamble and I can't be in the same room together for more than a minute without devolving into a sparring match. Except for that one time… But enough about that. Jackson's looking for forever, and I don't believe in love, remember? Get in. Renovate. Get out. Keep my heart firmly in tact. Because it's much easier to fix up a house than a broken heart.

Full of humor and dripping with delicious tension, Nailed It proves that every heart can be ready for a little rehabilitation, if only you're willing to open it up

It is no secret by now that I’m a huge Cindi Madsen fan and read pretty much any book she writes and always look forward to her books. I’m also a sucker for second chance romance so when this came up for review it was a no-brainer for me. I enjoyed the characters, they both were well written , although Ivy at times seemed a bit more on the annoying site. But overall I enjoyed her and she was easy to relate to. Jackson was also enjoyable and very swoon-worthy, who also happens to be a funny but yet a bit cocky. I really enjoyed his side of the book/ The side characters were as much part of the story as the main, but didn’t take away from the main couple but perfectly complemented the main storyline. Overall. I really enjoyed this book. Some parts were a bit slower and a bit to predicable but still very fun to read. Another win for Cindi Madsen. I rate it 4 ★

 

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*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

Will be available October 23rd 2017

  

cindi

USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Visit her at www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter and learn about upcoming releases.

Cindi is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun, and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, Cinderella Screwed Me Over and Ready to Wed.

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review 2017-09-29 15:31
Review: Up Against the Night by Justin Cartwright
Up Against the Night - Justin Cartwright

 

Frank McAllister has long since dropped "Retief" as his middle name, but the legacy of his family's history proves harder to shake. His ancestor Piet Retief, leader of the South African Great Trek, was killed by Zulu king Dingane in the 1838 massacre, along with a hundred men, women, and children. Afrikaner legend paints Retief as a homegrown Moses, bringing his people to the Promised Land. But Frank believes something rotten lies at the core of this family myth.

Frank spends his days in his London home with his new partner and her son and the products of his wealth. But the return of his daughter, Lucinda, from rehab in California brings him intense guilt: having sided with him during his divorce from her mother, she crumbled under the weight of the bitter separation. Lucinda has brought home with her a mysterious boy, and they will join the family trip to Frank's beach house in South Africa--not far from the site of the 1838 massacre. In the lulls of their idyllic days, Frank unravels what really happened on that fateful day, and how it may connect to the violence of the apartheid years, and the violence encroaching on them even now.

Up Against the Night is an enthralling tale of personal conflict and intrigue, set against the backdrop of South Africa's tangled past and troubled present, and told with tremendous color and insight. Absolutely original and gripping, it is destined to be as influential as JM Coetzee's Disgrace.

This is my first book by Mr. Cartwright and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But I must say I enjoyed this book and will look into other titles by him.

It was set in South Africa which was very well described and made it easy to follow and feel like we were there.

The family in this book was insane and there were quite the few issues they had to deal with.

Most of the book read fast and was enjoyable but some parts  were a bit di drawn out and could have been a bit smaller so it would not make it boring and make one lose almost interest.  But that were just some parts.

The writing was good and easy to follow, the world building was also well done and I think I enjoyed that part the most about the book. There were some slower parts like I said but mostly it was a steady pace.

I rate it 3 ½ ★

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

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Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright He was born in South Africa, where his father was the editor of the Rand Daily Mail newspaper, and was educated there, in the United States and at Trinity College, Oxford. Cartwright has worked in advertising and has directed documentaries, films and television commercials. He managed election broadcasts, first for the Liberal Party and then the SDP-Liberal Alliance during the 1979, 1983 and 1987 British general elections. For his work on election broadcasts, Cartwright was appointed an MBE.

Cartwright lives in London with his wife, Penny, and two sons.

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review 2017-09-29 15:17
Review: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave - Darynda Jones

 

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

OMG, Ms. Jones has gone and done it again. Every time you think her books can’t get any better the next book comes out and is better than the last. This book was simply put. EPIC. I don’t even know how to put it in words without spoiling anything, so I will just make it short and simple. Just know going into this book that there will be some pretty major plot-twists. Things we thought we knew from book one are all off the sudden not what we thought they are. And it blew my mind. Also know that this book will leave you hanging with a MAJOR cliffhanger that had me screaming. Even now writing the review I still don’t know what to think about all of it and that ending. The book starts off pretty much were the last one ended and oh boy poor Charley barley gets to breathe let alone sleep. I think she gets like a couple hours of sleep throughout the book. She is after Reyes trying to get him to come back to her. Body and soul. Of course that is not easy with everyone breathing down her neck. Archangels, God, hell hounds and so on. As that would not be enough, she also has a case she is taken on and that case proofs to be more than she first thought, While we get not as much PI work from her se still get to see her work and work through things including the dilemma with Reyes. She discovers some pretty shocking things along the way. One thing is for sure no matter how beaten and battled Charley is, she never loses her sense of humor. She still full of snark but that doesn’t mean she cares less. Oh no we saw how much she really cares for her friends and family in this book. Reyes, it is not secret that I have a hate-love relationship with him. But holy smokes did he push my patience with him this book. I think about half way I was ready to give up on the book on him and I needed a break from him. Of course I didn’t but I got close. We don’t get to see him all that much and yet he is always close. Osh. OH MY OSH. That man-child-demon snuck into my heart from the first time we met him. I knew he had great potential and I was not wrong. He really shined in this book. Garrett of course was all smexy and loyal and helpful and showed how much he is willing to give to help the gang out. Of course we have out lovely dead people, that always help, Rocket, Strawberry Shortcake and even Blue. Some big and heartbreaking things are happening that will impact them all in a big way. We also found out what happened to Taft, I think all of that will somehow tie into everything that has been going on, it has to. Last but not the least we have Ubi, Cook, Amber and Quentin, while we not get to see super much of all of them they all still play a major part of the overall plot. Overall we get a lot of things answered and some are truly shocking. The same with the ending of this book. OMG it had me in tears, my heart was ripped out and stumped on and then the unspeakable happened. I still don’t know which shocked me more and I think I will need a while to process it all. I’m very curious to see how she will end it all in the next book, I just wish I could read it now and wouldn’t have to wait a year. I rate this book a full 5 ★

 

Some of my favorite quotes:

“So, what did you tell Uncle Bon?” I asked, unlocking Misery’s secrets and her doors. “That we were going to see a movie.” I bit my lip, then asked, “And he bought that?’ “Of course, only his exact words were. “Tell that niece of niece of mine if she gets you arrested, I’ll make sure she never see the light of day.” “So, he totally bought it. Awesome.”

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I once made pot of coffee so strong, it opened a jar for me -T-shirt

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I’ll tell you what is wrong with society. No one drinks from the skulls if their enemy anymore. -T-shirt

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I try to one day at the time, but lately several days have attacked me at once. –Meme

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*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

Will be available October 31st 2017

  

Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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