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review 2017-04-16 06:05
The return
Cracked But Never Broken - Kari Holloway

Damien comes home to the ranch, after military service.  He has to adjust to being home, and all that it entails.  There are just so many changes....

 

Lexi thought he would never come back.  He seemed to like staying away.  What was once a promise now actually may be a possibility.  Only danger lurks....

 

This story caught me off guard!  There is action, humor, heat, and more.  I found that there were some character I really liked, and some I just wanted to off myself!  The main characters are easy to root for, only theirs is a more complicated story.  Fun and quick read.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-03-06 00:31
A solid start with a strong appeal for Sherlock Holmes fans
A Study in Silks - Emma Jane Holloway

This, the first book of the Baskerville Affair, is a solid start to a trilogy that will appeal strongly to any who count themselves fans of Sherlock Holmes, so long as they don't mind a bit of magic alongside their mayhem. 

 

While it wasn't a perfect book, with a complex and sometimes difficult-to-follow plot floating between multiple characters' points of view, I did find it highly intriguing and have to wonder if I read the same book as those who claim nobody cared about the murder 200 pages in. I also normally abhor love triangles, but again I wonder if I read the same book as those who said that the love triangle was the sole focus of the book.

 

It really, truly was not. The complex murder case and the intrigues going on below the surface were what grabbed my attention as being the focus of the book, which was, I believe, much the purpose of the book. All that said, I personally really enjoyed this book and am glad I have the other two books in the series to read. I'll be hard-pressed to resist jumping into A Study in Darkness right away.

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review 2016-11-16 19:23
Cowboy and Willis Review
Cowboy and Wills - Monica Holloway

“Mr. and Mrs. Holloway, I have some news concerning about your son.”

 

When a parent hears this from their doctor, they know right away something is wrong. At first you don’t want to hear it. You don’t want to accept that there could possibly be anything wrong with your child. Yes, he may show some signs of being too clingy, he’s terrified of strangers, won’t look you in the eye, and a simple bubble bath is an excruciating experience, but there can’t be anything seriously wrong with him, it’s just….HIM. But when the Doctor confirms that your son has Autism, and that it is a “lifetime affliction” that there is no cure, it changes your life forever. The first thing that usually pops into a mother’s head is “How am I going to do this? What can I do to help my child? Will he ever know how much I love him?” Monica Holloway is lost in trying to find these answers for herself, but because of her unconditional love to her son she wants to make his transition to life smooth.

 

It is a memoir of an unconditional love of a mother whose son has autism. Monica Holloway has read all the books; she read all the forums on the internet; she knew that some way, somehow her son was going to be alright, was going to be able to see the world for what it is and not be afraid of it. Monica didn’t realize that with all the doctors in the world, it was the love from a puppy that would change her sons’ outlook on life.
The moment that her son was diagnosed, she went out to buy some fish to get Will interested in something. He seemed to be interested in the fish, in the hermit crab…a rabbit…a hamster and a sea turtle. Animals seem to keep her son stay in tune with life, and not crawl into his own shell. But with all those animals, Monica never imagined how much one Golden Retriever puppy would transform her son’s life….and hers. Because of her love for her son Wills, she bought him a Golden Retriever which Wills named her Cowboy. Cowboy is a female. She has blonde fur. While Wills not be able to look you in the eye, Cowboy would lick anybody close to her. Wills is in love. Where ever the dog went, Wills was sure to follow and vice versa. Wills wouldn’t leave the dog side for anything. And in turn, Cowboy showed that the big world that Wills is so afraid of isn’t so bad after all.

 

A memoir so rich, so unforgettable that had me reaching for tissues, that I know you all will love and cherish.

 

(I would like to dedicate this book to my cousin who has Autism.)

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/6290336-cowboy-wills
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review 2016-05-29 00:00
Tempting Death
Tempting Death - Elizabeth Holloway Tempting Death - Elizabeth Holloway Very interesting premise - hope it's good!

Loving the cover...
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review 2016-05-04 23:19
I got YA bamboozled and enjoyed it!
Playing for the Other Team - Sage C. Holloway

3.5 Hearts--I went to prom whether I wanted to or not...



I saw this story tagged as New Adult, so I was hoping the high school setting wasn't going to be as central as it was. This story is YA w/ light sexy times, in fact I think this could be tagged as YA that adults can read and enjoy.



For my first Sage C. Holloway, I can say I was intrigued by Playing For the Other Team. I was left wanting to know more about the boys, their school and home lives. The book's central theme is coming out/ self actualization for high school senior Bryson.

Bryson with the natural silver hair (his hair is prematurely gray) who is not only a baseball jock and has graduation on the horizon. Bryson has been questioning his sexuality and finally does something about this crush on his fellow art class classmate, Jasper Reyes. Jasper is out of the closet, not hiding his sexuality in the least. So when Bryson blurts out his feelings to his crush, it changes everything.

This story goes through the final days for both seniors. That is stressful enough, add in strong personalities of side characters and this story delivers something that is readable. Loved the chapter names. Playing For the Other Team is told in Bryson's first POV. I enjoyed being in his head. Both boys barely spoke to each other throughout their high school careers and that fateful prom night changes their course.




I liked the overall tone, it seemed appropriate for the setting and the characters. For example, first crush panic or coming out to family and friends. Bryson has a d-bag BFF named Trip (who already didn't win points for me with the name alone), a mother who needs tips on parenting, a supportive sister and a childhood full of crap memories. Jasper helps guide him in accepting he is gay and that the world doesn't suddenly build a sign on your forehead declaring all who you meet that you're gay.



"What sort of stuff do gay guys generally talk about?"
"Oh you know. Fashion. Rainbows. Makeup."
I snorted. "You forgot unicorns."
"That's implied," he said with an impressively serious face.




Sadly, this isn't a five heart read for me despite enjoying the main characters, especially Jasper. The story got wonky with certain decisions made:

the stalking angle - I think the story had enough meat on the bone to have to add an abusive ex for added drama. The crazy ex also gets his hands on confidential documents (how?) and breaks HIPAA without any retribution or consequence. And the school blames the victim which was inconceivable for me. I don't care how small the school was, it was a bullshit decision.I find the entire school's response to be BS and there should have been a parent involved from the start.

retribution for stalking/gay bashing - the ending was bland compared to the story's stronger first half. Trigger warning: gay bashing The gay bashing - though the perpetrator and co going for the second victim didn't make sense. If someone spread rumors you and you're a homophobic douche, wouldn't you go for the one spreading the rumors in the first place? And the consequences of their actions was rushed. I think apologies and jail time was in order.

Some of the actions I thought were effective in being realistic. Teens have sex. Teens make stupid choices. These teens in this book have sex and make stupid choices.




No walking Ken dolls here, though there isn't an abundance of sex here - what was given fits the main character's personalities. Kudos for not jumping into things when not both people are ready.

I wish this story could have been a little more concrete in a few areas including the HFN ending. I wanted to know more about the future of the boys. Maybe there will be a sequel? The story deals with heavy topics: gay bashing, being raised in a single parent home with a parent who checks out from life, being forced out the closet, bullying, stalking, abuse from past relationships, STDs to name a few.

And through it all the boys developed a strong friendship and a sweet little romance with a light tone.



I'd totally read more from this author.

Prom wasn't so bad after all.



A copy provided for an honest review.

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