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review 2017-08-06 20:59
Spectred Isle by KJ Charles - My Thoughts
Spectred Isle - KJ Charles

This book hits so many of my sweet spots.  KJ Charles - one of my favourite authors, the time period of the early 1920's, the setting of England and all its history, legends and folklore, magic tied to the land - practically perfect!

I love how KJ writes.  There's one scene, about 1/3 of the way through the book, where it gets really spooky and otherworldly and it was so amazing - it was in the humid mid-eighties temperture-wise and I swear, I was shivering as I read it! 

The two main characters of Saul and Randolph are lovely.  Okay, so Randolph can be a bit of a trial at times, but I love his British upper-class snark and his crankiness and being difficult just endears him to me because he really does have a mushy centre when he allows it to be seen.  And Saul, the everyman who has seen such horrors and been through such an awful time through no real fault of his own, the fact that he's still a functioning human being is amazing, and when he finds something to grab on to (Randolph) well, he is so stalwart and brave and human.  I loved him. 

This is the first book of a trilogy and as KJ likes to do with her trilogies, there is an over-arcing plot for all three books, the beginning of which we read about here.  And old evil, the historical figure of Geoffrey de Mandeville (Man-Devil, see?), the aftermath of the War Beneath (what we didn't see in WW1) versus the group of Green Men (there are women too) who are there to protect England - that's the big picture against which the love story of Saul and Randolph plays out.  For my taste, there was a really good balance between the love story and sexytimes and the paranormal mystical stuff. 

So yes, Spectred Isle is one of the best books I've read this year, proving once again, that KJ Charles never lets me down. 

Oh, and I have to say a word about the cover of the book, created by Lexiconic Design.  IT'S GORGEOUS! 

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review 2017-03-29 21:33
Hot Green Tea
Hot Green Tea: The Delicious Series Vol.3 - Yolanda Williams,Yasmine Jameson


Title: Hot Green Tea
By: Yolanda Williams
Publisher: Moore & Poesy Publishing
Series: The Delicious Series Volume 3
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
Review:

"Hot Green Tea" by Yolanda Williams

My View:

This erotic poetry by this author is very explicit and as it brings out this tale of 'Boiling Water and Flamin.' All I can say is drinking a hot cup of 'Green Tea with honey and lemons' will never be the same for me after reading this author's steamy hot read about how it can make one feel definitely with the right partner. Now this is a very adult read so please be aware of that and it is also a very short read that is one well written piece of poetry in a very sexy erotic poetic setting. All that is left to say if you want to read it ... do as I did and pick it up and see what 'Hot Green Tea' is all about and how it has been presented especially for any of you have a 'fetish for hot green tea.'

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review 2016-03-15 18:57
Jack in the Green by Diane Capri
Jack in the Green (The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Book 5) - Diane Capri

Jack in the Green by Diane Capri is a Jack Reacher story.  It started with a strong hook about Jack being charged with a murder he didn't commit.  I gave it four stars because it kept my interest & was a fast moving book.

 

Carlos Gaspar is working with Special Agent Kim Otto.  His Boss paired them for some unknown reason.  Their partnership was slowly improving.  They were at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

 

"They’d been warned to watch out for Reacher, who came, destroyed and departed like a liger.  Neither he nor Otto needed to be reminded to watch for him, but Gaspar wanted to believe it unlikely Reacher would try to get Weston today.  Their feud was sixteen years old and surely even Reacher might have lost track of Weston in all that time.

 

'Weston has stayed out of Reacher’s way all this time,' Otto said.  'So why is Weston sticking his neck out by attending this particular memorial ceremony?  He could have come any time.  The base holds these generic memorials for military family members to pay their respects every year.  Weston contacted them a month ago and said he wanted to attend this particular service.  It doesn’t make any sense, does it?'

 

'Not to me,' Gaspar replied.  'So we do what we do.'

 

'Meaning what?'

 

'Meaning we stay alert.  We’re missing something important...'"

 

Otto was tiny, but fierce.  Gaspar liked that about her.

 

Upon meeting Weston for a few words before the ceremony, Gaspar ..."slouched a little & settled his hands into his trouser pockets because it made him seem friendlier.  Gaspar knew many successful interrogation techniques, but none of them worked unless the subject wanted to talk.  Most of the problem was making them want to.  Once they wanted to tell him everything, witnesses were nearly impossible to shut up."

 

After observing Weston's behavior in attempting to intimidate Otto, he realized that he was a sociopath.

 

After a shooting..."Within minutes the entire base was locked down.  The voice came on the speaker advising everyone to 'shelter in place.'  Meaning hunker down until the situation was secured."

 

I received a complimentary copy of Jack in the Green from the author.  This did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Green-Hunt-Reacher-Book-ebook/dp/B00JWZZDE2

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review 2016-02-07 01:54
The Legend of Lyon Redmond: Pennyroyal Green Series - Julie Anne Long

"Whiskey in the Jar Likes to Read" wrote a great review of this book on Booklikes.  Nothing to add or take away from it! 

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text 2016-01-08 04:59
{Bout of Books 15} Day 4 Update
Anne's House of Dreams: Anne of Green Gables Series - L.M. Montgomery
  • Books Read Today: Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
  • Pages Read Today: 125
  • Hours Spent Reading Today: 2 hours
  • Challenge(s) Completed Today: The Villain Mashup hosted by Bingeing On Books

 

  • Total Books Read: 1
  • Total Pages Read: 262
  • Total Hours Spent Reading: 5.5 hours
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