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review 2018-03-12 23:32
Insanely long dystopian/apocalyptic novel that holds on to you tightly; vivid imagery, could be shorter
The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill

So I read this as it was someone else’s pick for the ‘Horror Postal Book Club’ I’m in, and my first reaction when I received it was ‘oh my goodness, this book is huge’. It happened to be the first Joe Hill novel I’ve got around to reading, and it really was a wild ride. A long one.
It feels dystopian, apocalyptic, and sometimes sci-fi, and has huge sections that have a lot of action, but then it also felt quite slow in parts. I definitely feel like it could have been a lot less than 762 pages to get the story told.
Since I’ve journaled my way through my reading of this for my book club (we are mailing the book to each other; all the way from Singapore to me in Seattle, and back to out to Asia by way of BC, Germany, and Spain), I won’t babble too much here, especially since there are tons of reviews. My next Joe Hill will have to be NOS4A2, so I’d love to see how his writing compares between novels. This is entirely entertaining (and depressing, in too many ways!), but not the quickest read.
*Note: I don’t like it when the Space Needle gets hurt in books...

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review 2018-03-11 10:15
Blog Tour w/Review - Fireball

 

 

 

BLURB: 
 

He’s infuriating…

 

Dempsey Jones has been a nuisance my entire life, the straight-laced Boy Scout grown up to be a firefighter, of all things. He was the one helping kittens out of trees and old ladies cross the road while I was lighting cherry bombs with my best friend in abandoned buildings, and now that we’re all grown up—even if my Dad doesn’t agree—he’s still just as annoying. 

 

She’s impossible…

 

Taite Ridley has been a constant my whole life, the curly haired mischievous daughter of the police chief, charming and devious and alluring. She was wild in ways I never dared to be and too big for our little town. But she’s here, a small town cop, and I can’t avoid her, even if I wanted to. 

 

And I don’t want to. 

 

It’s like mixing fire and gasoline and when these two collide, someone is gonna get burned…

 

 
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Fireball (River Street Bar, #1)Fireball by Nazarea Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Taite and Dempsey have known each other since they were children. Been friends and enemies alike. The new dynamic between them has been leaving them both unsettled.

Dempsey wants to try for a future with Taite. He knows that the animosity she shows toward him and the fire department is part of the job. Behind closed doors, there are secrets that may get out. Sooner or later someone in their small town will know.

This was such a great story. Kind of a slow burn, (pun not intended - but I'll take it.) These characters are such a great balance for one another. They have a lot in common, they both have this electric attraction with such intense heat. It seemed like it was a only a matter of time for this compelling story to find them on the same page.



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Author Bio:

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.


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review 2018-02-13 00:07
Ok, I admit it sometimes...I have no control over my inner 12 year old...
The Fireman's Pole - Sue Brown,Finn Sterling

I mean let's talk about the elephant in the room...or in this case 'The Fireman's Pole' best book title. I admit it any book with a title that makes me blush and giggle like a twelve year old is totally ok with me. 

 

'The Fireman's Pole' really is a fun and fluffy story about Dale Maloney the newest addition to the Calminster Fire Department and Benedict 'Ben' Raleigh, the Baron Calminster.  Shortly after they meet Ben ends his relationship with his 'girlfriend' and the sparks between Ben and Dale ignite into a full scale fire. Unfortunately it's not the only fire in town as someone's been setting fires around town and there's also the whole incident of a certain fire truck hitting a maypole.

 

As if this isn't enough Ben's has an unscrupulous business partner trying to take control of his company and he's not going to stop just because he failed to get Ben to marry his daughter. A daughter that quite honestly everyone seems to have underestimated...this one's feisty and business savvy...oh hell, let's not lie here when it came to business this lady was a barracuda and even though he didn't want to marry her, Ben was pretty sure that when it came to business he wanted her in his corner.

 

From start to finish there's a lot about this story that's both unlikely and improbable but it's also just a lot of light fluffy fun. Filled with awkward moments, humorous disagreements and one of the busiest small town fire departments I ever remember coming across, 'The Fireman's Pole' is a cute modern day fairy tale. It's what happens when Cinderella (Dale only instead of the evils steps, he's got an evil ex)  gets mashed up with Beauty and the Beast (Ben until Dale broke the spell he was under... complacency)  and someone throws in a bit of dash of Sleeping Beauty for good measure (there's a fairy godmother in here masquerading as a sweet elderly housekeeper/cook) and of course there's a villain or two because really what's a good fairy tale without a villain or two? 

 

This is the second book narrated by Finn Sterling that I've listened to and while the first one was just ok, not all of the voices worked for me, things definitely went better with this audio book and I enjoyed the voices that were given to these characters and the fact that they were unique, consistent and expressive...ticking off that basic check list of what I look for in an audio book quite nicely.

 

I was looking for a story that was just a bit of cute filled with fun  and fluff when I listened to this book and it was. I smiled and chuckled my way through this adorable British romance and I have to admit this is one that for me was definitely more enjoyable as an audio book than it would have been to read.

 

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An audio book of 'The Fireman's Pole' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-12-12 11:08
Starting now
On Duty (Smoke & Bullets) - A.R. Barley

Troy has one thing happen after another.  When a really bad situation turns good thanks to a new roommate, he tries to settle into a new routine.  If he finds his friend attractive, does that make him a bad person?

 

Alex was interested in Troy from the moment he saw him.  Getting him moved in was just a bonus.  He is hoping they can both overcome the past, and make a bright future together.

 

This book was really such a bright spot.  I was pleased the characters had such a banter, that they came across as a couple right away.  The main hero was just fun to read.  I loved the humor and the real pieces to the story that made it fit just right.  This author is always a go to purchase, and this was this author's best work yet!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-10-16 00:47
Release Day ARC review: The Fireman's Pole by Sue Brown
The Fireman's Pole - Sue Brown

This book is pure fluff. Which, let's be honest, fits perfectly within the Dreamspun Desires titles. And the cheeky title - hahahaha!

Here we have Dale, a firefighter who recently moved into the little village of Calminster, still smarting from a bad break-up with his closeted, cheating ex, hoping to lick his wounds and put his hopes and dreams for that relationship behind him. Unwilling to be in the closet himself, he's open about his sexuality, but has no aspirations to find himself another boyfriend.

Called out for a fire on his first shift, he manages to rescue the homeowner, a sweet elderly woman, and draw the ire of his Lordship at the same time. Shortly thereafter, he backs the big fire engine into the maypole, which was originally erected by his Lordship's great-great-grandfather. So, having blown his opportunity for making a good first impression, Dale offers to fix the pole in hopes to calm down Ben, Lord Calminster, who is behaving like an ass both during the fire and after Dale's unfortunate mishap with the big fire truck and the maypole. 

Don't expect any kind of realistic or believable relationship development - there's none. 

Ben, the lord of the manor, has kept his own sexuality hidden to the point where he's got a girlfriend/beard. Of course, he takes one look at our hunky firefighter, feels the stirring in his loins and finds the backbone to break things off with the woman he's been dating. 

Dale was a nice guy, and I liked him. Ben, once he removed the stick from his ass, was a nice guy too. I liked him fine as well. 

It's just that nothing here between Ben and Dale felt anything close to realistic. Dale states that he's still hurting from the break-up and doesn't want to fall in bed with yet another closeted man, but then shortly thereafter dismisses that notion and jumps right in with Ben. 

Ben apparently, after meeting and tongue-lashing Dale twice, is willing to risk a whole lot for the possibility of being with Dale. Perhaps exchanging angry words with the firefighter turns him on. 

There's a bit of mystery here with someone unknown setting fires all over the village, a subplot that culminates in an edge of your seat sequence of events that not only casts Dale as a hero again but also firmly pulls Ben right out of that closet for good. 

Since I usually suspend disbelief whenever I read one of the Dreamspun Desires titles and don't expect anything realistic, I didn't mind the rapid development of the romantic relationship. What I did mind however is that we're merely told these two men have the hots for each other - we're not actually shown that they do - so this book ended up in three star territory. Sure, there are sexy times within, but I didn't really feel their passion - I was only told about it.

Still an enjoyable read that fits perfectly within this harlequin-esque series. 


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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