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review 2019-02-04 19:33
Review: "Torch" (Unbreakable Bonds, #3) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Torch - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

Yep. Still on a winning streak with this series.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2018-12-27 15:08
I did not like Blue!
A Deeper Blue - S.E. Harmon
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. A year ago, Kelly and Blue took the friendship to a whole other level. But Blue plays football, and doesn't wanna come out yet. He just needs to bide his time. Kelly, however, is growing impatient with Blue. Can Blue keep Kelly happy, while he gets himself together? This is book two in the Rules of Possession duet, and you NEED to read book one, The Blueprint, first. I listened to book one, and I said that I found that the narrator for Blue didn't quite for me, even though Sean Crisden is a firm favourite of mine. However, since READING book two, I've decided it's NOT the narrator, but Blue himself who is the problem! I could hear Kelly when I read his chapters, but not so much Blue. I connected better to Kelly than Blue. I loved Kelly, but Blue?? Nah, wanted to punch him so bad! Keeping Kelly happy is Blue's number one priority, but he still has to work, to play football, and to leave Kelly from time to time and that does rather kill Blue. He DOES love Kelly, that much is obvious, but he just can't come out yet, not to everyone else. BUT everyone else? Those around Blue and Kelly all the time?? THEY know, they knew BEFORE Kelly and Blue did! When a couple of players voice what they know, and Blue gets caught kissing Kelly on their vacation, he knows he has to come out. And he does. I just *insert sigh* expected the fall out of that to be . . . MORE . . . you know?? Blue goes on about how big a deal it is, to come out as a football player, about how BAD it will be, and I expected the fall out to be nuclear. But it's more of a damp firework, to be honest! I DID enjoy reading this, but the thing I struggled the most with was Blue himself. But Kelly's voice is so strong, it balances out Blue perfectly. And the story rounded off beautifully, in a very Kelly way! 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-12-19 17:00
Review: "Christmas Homecoming" (The Christmas Angel, #4) by L.A. Witt
Christmas Homecoming - L.A. Witt

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2018-12-11 16:14
Friends Dogs Bullets Lovers
Friends Dogs Bullets Lovers - Lennox Randon
This novel begins quickly as two, long-time friends take their dogs out for a walk and apprehend a pair of serious criminals. As a result of their success, these two single guys must now try to reinvent themselves in a new city and end up finding out that it’s hard to let go of their past. It’s a great story that I found both intriguing and humorous.
 
Noah and Lee have been friends since they were young. As they take their dogs out for a run in Maquoketa State Park, they run into some trouble. The two friends locate and apprehend the suspects after gunshots were exchanged, following a confrontation. The police make the arrest and after Noah and Lee have made their statements, the two friends are placed in the Witness Protection Program. No longer in Iowa, the two are moved to Texas, where eventually they are reunited with their dogs.
 
In the Witness Protection Program, the two friends must make an overhaul of themselves: changing their appearances, their jobs, and they must not reference their previous lives. Easier said than done, with these two. Noah used to be on the police force and this will always run through his blood. His first job doesn’t go so well and being in a new community is hard for him. Lee on the other hand is a flirt, he is all over the place. His “I know a guy” stories, allow him to talk about their previous lives with anyone. These talks also get the two of them into a secret of line of business that the Witness Protection Program is unaware of.
 
Instead of laying low and keeping quiet, the two of them seem to be out in the open a lot, which gets them in trouble with their contact in the Program. They both are single so I anticipated some dating to occur in the book, which did happen. It was interesting how the two friends handled this, as they were not supposed to reveal their past to anyone.
 
I liked the quick pace of the book and I liked the characters. I liked how the characters fed off each other and their light-heartedness. I enjoyed the struggles they had trying to remain under the radar and their business venture together was entertaining. This novel wasn’t deep, it was a light and fun novel to read. I was glad our book club read this novel as I don’t think I would have picked it up otherwise.

 

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review 2018-11-24 20:26
The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3)
The Countess Conspiracy - Courtney Milan

I thought I would enjoy this more since I've enjoyed Sebastian and Violet since the first book, and it was pretty obvious they'd end up together. Violet was a much different person than I thought she'd be once we got into her head though, and it took awhile for me to warm up to her. 

 

Seeing Violet and Sebastian both doubt themselves - for different reasons - and trying to prove themselves worthy to their family was frustrating at times. Their insecurities made them vulnerable in similar ways, and they could really only be themselves when they were working together on Violet's theories.

 

Yes, Violet's theories! (That's in the blurb, but also becomes immediately obvious in the first chapter, so it's not a spoiler.) Violet wasn't allowed to publish her theories under her own name, since no one would even read them given that she's a woman. So Sebastian has been presenting her theories as his own, and the constant lies and the derision from some of the public have worn him down. Women having to hide their intelligence and discoveries behind men's names was sadly not unheard of, and I found this aspect of the story engaging, even if it ended a bit more fairy tale than could be believed. (Or the author decided to not focus on any of the negatives

after Violet went to prison.

(spoiler show)

 

I really liked seeing these two friends break down their barriers and become more than friends, but it didn't quite grab me as much as the previous couples. 

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