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review 2017-05-22 11:35
The Gift: The First Book of Pellinor - Alison Croggon

I really wanted to like this book a lot more as it’s an epic fantasy with a lot of elements I love - young female protagonist who is unaware of her role as “the one” and discovers her abilities through a number of confrontations with forces of evil – you get the gist. The story was interesting enough but dragged in so many places that I found myself skipping pages. The fact that I didn’t miss much by doing so says a lot. Overall, a good read, but I wish it held my interest more.

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review 2016-03-26 11:54
Good Story and Characters
A Royal Christmas Gift (Happily Ever After Book 1) - LuAnn McLane

Nick was a prince who had slipped away from his palace with no one the wiser and left. He met with agent Dylan Thompson who wanted to make sure they were in the clear. The FBI had been all over his island and finally he got away to meet with one of the agents. Dylan confirms Calloway Island is being used for a tax haven for the wealthy and some were from the U. S. The island was also being used for international drug lords using the island’s banks to launder money. Nick feels the best thing he can do is start the process for the island to become a U.S. territory. Dylan wants Anna Lee Brody to let Nick hide out there. She owes a lot of back taxes and they would wipe them out if she allows Nick to stay. The FBI set up an alias for Nick as Nick Worth - high ranking member of the national Historical Society. Nick could go there offering a grant  to help restore Anna Lee’s home.  Nick’s parents have been killed in a car accident 8 years earlier. Anna lee had promised her grandfather she would keep the house in the family.

A very sweet romance. I like the plot and helping someone while being in hiding. I liked the fact Nick was worried about Anna Lee and her family being put in danger. The only thing I didn’t like was it was a cliffhanger  to a degree and I hate those.But i did enjoy this enough to wait for the second book. The characters were good. I really liked Anna Lee and Nick and all the ups and downs they went through. I recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2016-03-21 02:36
The Gift, Book 1
The Gift, Book 1 (The Billionaire's Love Story) - Lily Zante

This didn't work very well for me.


Savannah has a six year old son.  She's moved with him to New York to escape an abusive ex-husband.  She is staying in a relative's (cousin, I believe) apartment rent free.  But she is apparently dirt poor.  She takes a temp job at the hero's business and doesn't bother to ask the temp agency when she'll be paid.  It turns out it won't be until January and it's before Christmas now.  She can't afford to give her son Christmas.  She has to get food from the food bank just before Christmas.  But, when she has to take her son to work with her the two days before Christmas and forgets to pack lunches, she has sufficient funds to run out and buy them lunch without batting an eye.  Also, she was in that abusive relationship with her husband.  It isn't detailed, but it was apparently verbally and physically.  Now, however, she has balls of steel.


Tobias is the "hero".  He's a billionaire.  He doesn't trust anyone.  He keeps everyone at a distance.  His personal assistant is pretty familiar, though.  And he has a "Naomi".  She's a high priced call girl.  His DEDICATED call girl. She doesn't have any other clients.  Just Tobias.  And he seems to only pay her when he needs her services.  I wonder how she makes money all the other days of the week.  He likes her because she knows what he needs and she doesn't ask questions.  But, the first scene we see of them together, she asks questions.  And he takes her on vacation with him at Christmas every year.  That whole scenario there seems contradictory.  And it's a huge turnoff for me.  I wish I'd know this story contains an "I only pay for sex because I'm so damaged" hero.  I would've skipped it entirely.


This is a serial, which is stated on the description page, so I knew that going in.  I won't be continuing.

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review 2016-01-14 00:23
Carnal Gift (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy #2)
Carnal Gift: Kenleigh-Blakewell Saga, Book 2 - Pamela Clare

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I wound up having a few problems with it. First and foremost, it felt almost exactly like the first book in the trilogy, just in a different country and with a role reversal! Secondly, I kept feeling like Bríghid kept expecting Jamie to abandon her because she was poor, Irish, Catholic, or any other reason she could imagine. For someone to be so "independent" of a heroine, she certainly had no sense of self-worth! It got very irritating! Because of these flaws, the book really dragged for me, to the point of me not wanting to read it anymore! I've been challenged to read the third book, but I really don't want to after this!

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review 2015-12-22 04:48
The Gift Wrapping Book: Over 150 Ideas for All Occasions
The Gift Wrapping Book: Over 150 Ideas for All Occasions (Dover Craft Books) - Caroline Birkett

This close to Christmas, I couldn't help myself when I saw this book available on NetGalley. Wrapping presents is a favorite pastime when I actually have time to manage it (and not just stick everything in dollar-store bags Christmas Eve, which...happens more than I should probably admit), so anything that offers to be useful on that front wasn't going to be passed by.


The book was quite useful in that regard. I enjoyed the different suggestions on how to wrap differently shaped objects (stupid round things have always gotten me!) as well as the more generalized tips, some of which seem like common sense (Wrap on a hard surface to get crisp lines!) once you hear them. I've spent my entire life wrapping presents on the floor. It really explains a lot.


There are a crop of interesting ideas here, so if you're interested in stepping up your wrapping game, this is a nice selection of thoughts on the process. I'll probably be making a few of my own boxes and trying out some of the other suggestions from this for my Christmas presents this year. It'll add a special touch to make the wrapping paper I wrap something I made in, I feel.


This is a good resource for those of us who kind of want our presents to be pretty under the tree, and yet never quite manage it.


This book was provided to me for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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