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review 2018-10-18 07:09
Loving A Warrior - Melanie Backe-Hansen

Matt literally runs into Shane the week before he begins his training.  When they see one another next, it is under high pressure conditions.  He cannot help that he is attracted to his buddy.  He just has to be a big boy and control it.


Shane is equally attracted to Matt.  Which will break and act on it first?  Being a SEAL is what these men want.  That means giving to their country, more than to themselves.  Shane is not sure he can choose that anymore.


I was truly impressed with both the characters and the information given about the scenario.  This was a really well written story and I could not put it down!  I loved the banter, and the humor.  I especially loved how real the book felt.  Like I was with them in the moment.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2018-10-15 15:24
The Killings At Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham
The Killings At Badger's Drift - Caroline Graham

An old lady witnesses something in the woods as she's searching for an orchid. Something so terrible, someone is willing to kill her to keep it hidden. But as soon as the police is involved, thanks to the lady's nosy neighbor, more and more secrets are coming out...

An interesting murder mystery with multiple possible suspects, loads of red herrings and a surprising final reveal.

Unfortunately, it was also very slow with a quite a plodding pace and some of the filler scenes were rather boring and dull.

I much prefer the series, actually, including the characterization of Barnaby and Troy.

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review 2018-10-15 05:58
To Dare A SEAL - Sara Jane Stone

This book is #2 in the Sin City SEALs series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For more understanding of the series, and to avoid being spoiled, I recommend reading this series in order.


Jack has been biding his time for the perfect time to try a relationship with Natalie.  She makes the first move.  It's a complete surprise - and one he wants to explore over the wedding weekend for her sister.


Natalie knows she should not have given into temptation.  How to resist a spectacular man, as well as a SEAL of all military?  Now she has to figure out if she can see herself long term with someone who is already planning to be gone.


I found this book to be a sexy and fun read.  Lots of humor, heat, and happy times to make the reader glad they keep turning the page.  This series is really such a great read.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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review 2018-10-15 05:23
Fractured Honor - Kaylea Cross

Beckett has had the hots for Sierra for a long time.  She is the sister to his best friend, so he never intends to act on the urge.  As a military man, and a good friend, he has kept himself away from temptation - until now.


Sierra has wanted Beckett for such a long time.  She knows he has started to look at her differently, but she also knows he is avoiding her as well.  Her brother's best friend is a fine specimen and she means to have him.


This story classifies as a slow burn.  The heat is there.  The want is there.  The mutual feelings are there.  I loved the characters loyalty.  I loved how clear the feelings and worries came across.  Good sold story and a great read.  I give book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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review 2018-10-10 06:05
As comprehensive a history of the battle of Kursk as is possible
Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka - Christopher A. Lawrence

It is possible to write an all-encompassing history of a subject, particularly when that subject is the largest battle in human history? This is the question that Christopher Lawrence's mammoth book on the battle of Kursk seeks to address. It is a massive tome of a book, coming in at a little under 1700 pages of multi-columned text generously supplemented by maps and statistical tables, all of which reflect the nearly quarter-century of labor the author and his associates put into compiling every available bit of data. This Lawrence then employs to parse the chaotic events of July and August 1943 in order to construct a comprehensive description of the battle. This is no small feat, and on its own deserves respect.


Lawrence's efforts are tinged with a degree of irony, for one of the points that emerges early on is that, for all its scale, the battle was in some respects anticlimactic. As he explains, the battle of Stalingrad forced a fundamental reconsideration of Germany's strategic goals on the Eastern Front, as it was uncomfortably apparent that with the destruction of the Sixth Army Germany no longer had the forces necessary to defeat the Soviet Union. With the prospect of a second front in France looming, German planners knew that 1943 would be the last year in which they could design a campaign without worrying about splitting finite resources with their comrades in the west. Yet the best that could be hoped for now was a stabilization of the front and consolidation of Germany's gains. An outright Soviet defeat was simply not possible anymore.


The strained German resources helped determine Germany's focus on the Kursk salient, as collapsing it would help the Germans to consolidate their lines. This was also obvious to Soviet leaders, who began concentrating their forces in the area as well. Thus when the Germans launched their offensive on July 5, their territorial gains were not followed up by the breakthrough that had characterized previous Wehrmacht offensives. Moreover, once the Soviets counter-attacked a week later, it was the German armies which suffered massive casualties and which were forced to retreat, signalling an end to the last major strategic offensive on the Eastern Front and the surrendering of the initiative to the Soviets.


Lawrence relates this in a book rich with detail. While incorporating the strategic dimension and quoting freely from personal accounts collected in the decades that followed the war, his focus is primarily operational, as he recounts the movement of units and their engagement in combat. Nor is his account focused on the ground war along, as his chapters on the fighting in the skies above explain the impact of the air campaign upon the battle for both sides. Throughout he engages in asides that offer brief biographical portraits of the main figures and consideration of longstanding issues about the weapons and their roles in deciding victory. Though the sheer mass of it can be daunting, this is an absolute must-read for anyone with a desire to learn about this battle in nearly every detail, with an analysis of the fighting that will factor into every subsequent study of the conflict. Just be sure to lift it with your legs.

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