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review 2018-12-25 20:21
Coming of Age in the Wild Northwest
A Knucklehead in 1920s Alaska - Norma Huss,Norma Collins Huss,William A. Collins

If you like memoirs, history, and humor, you’ll love this. I bought it because I have a friend in his eighties who tells colorful stories about his early life. Our elders are living history, especially when they’re gifted story-tellers. Mystery writer Norma Huss, an elder story-teller herself, wrote up her father’s memoir, which he recorded for her. It’s in his voice and vocabulary, and you can feel Bill Collins’s personality and presence in every page.


In the early 1920s, Collins took off for a summer job in Alaska to make money for his second year of college. Not quite a hundred years ago, the risk and adventure of such an enterprise was extraordinary. Alaska was the Wild West. The wild northwest. Can you picture a college sophomore turned loose in a place like that?


It turned out Collins was suited to the place. Self-aware but not too introspective, fun-loving, hard-working, and impetuous, he was unafraid of a fight, of working with dynamite, of going underground, or of walking insane distances in the snow. He tempted fate a few times, but he survived.


There’s not a dull sentence in this story. I could hear a voice not unlike my raconteur neighbor's, telling tale after tale of his youth. It’s a coming of age story, as Collins matures from a self-described knucklehead to an experienced Alaska man, and it’s part of our country’s still-imperfect coming of age as well. We think differently about mining today—and about many things—than an educated young man of his times did. We choose different words. Part of the vitality of this story is that Collins tells it with only a little of his elder self’s perspective, staying inside his late teens and early twenties point of view instead.


Thank you, Norma Huss, for sharing your father’s story with the world. I feel as if I knew him.

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text 2018-05-31 08:10
Book Blitz - The Boyfriend Experience

The Boyfriend Experience
J.A. Huss
(Jordan’s Game, #3)
Publication date: May 30th 2018
Genres: New Adult Romance Comedy

From NYT Bestselling Author, JA Huss, comes a new sexy standalone in the Jordan’s Game series.


I NEED A BOYFRIEND… and I need one now…


One bad-ass man with boyfriend experience.
Must be willing to fight dirty and work weekends, nights, and overtime.

Bad attitude a must. Bonus points if you’re hot, athletic, and sporting tattoos.


When I asked Jordan Wells for a Boyfriend Experience game I didn’t expect to get stuck with billionaire real-estate agent, Lawton Ayers. He doesn’t exactly fit the job description.



One professional woman with business experience.
Must be willing to build a future together.

Successful entrepreneur a must. Bonus points if you’re a crazy local legend.

When Jordan Wells offered up Oaklee Ryan a last-minute business partner to seal a deal I’ve been working on for years, I didn’t expect beautiful, sexy, and multi-orgasmic to be on her list of qualifications.


But that’s what I got. And she’s perfect just the way she is.

Too bad she doesn’t want me to be HER boyfriend. Because she bought me for someone else…

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She’s smiling up at me, her brown eyes turned slightly yellow from the glow of the lights, her cheeks pink. Flushed from the exertion of sex. Her breathing slower now, but not her heart. Because I can feel it underneath me.


Still pounding.


Waiting for more.


Trying to match mine.


So we can keep time together.


I think that’s what hearts do. Keep time. Keep everything together. Keep this crazy thing called life in perspective.


“One more time here,” I say. “Then I’ll take you inside so I can get you naked.”

It’s too cold to make her take her clothes off. Even though I know she’d do that if I asked her to. I can already feel the chill of her beneath me. But my body heat will help. Will protect her from the cold.


The deluxe package includes a boyfriend blanket on a cold night.


She opens her legs, reaches down between them to pull her panties aside, and my hips adjust enough to allow my cock to slide up to her opening. Her fingers are grabbing my shoulder now. And even through the leather I can feel them dig.


I want to take the jacket off so she can leave marks on me. I want there to be nothing between us. But I want her to be on the bottom at least once. So she can look up and see the surreal fantasy version of the underside of her water tower just like I did. So we can share that special feeling of being with someone you adore in a way that can’t be repeated.


No one will ever make love to her like this again. Not even me. Because this is a moment and moments pass into other moments and no two are ever alike.


She thrusts her hips upward, trying to force me to enter her. I just grin, because not gonna happen. Not until I say so, at least.


“Come on,” she whispers, watching me intently. “Let’s go.”


“We’ve got time. There’s no rush.”


She thrusts upward again. “There is a rush. A rush I want to experience again. Don’t make me beg, Lawton Ayers.”


“Begging?” I ask playfully. “Is that something you do?”


She giggles, then gets serious real quick. She frowns. Pouts her lips. Widens her eyes. “Please,” comes out like a whimper. Like she’s been wounded and needs relief. Relief only I can administer.


“Just take a moment, Oaklee. Feel it with me.”


Her eyes narrow slightly. Like she’s trying to figure out what I’m asking.


“The game is over,” I say. “That’s what I want you to feel. We passed it by some time ago. I’m not sure when, exactly. But the game is over.”


“OK,” she says, her face relaxing. The pout is gone. The confusion is gone. And all her expectations seem to melt away. “We’re real,” she whispers.




Author Bio:


JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller's list 21 times in the past four years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.


Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.


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review 2017-10-10 13:44
Three, Two, One (321) - J.A. Huss

I walked away from this one a bit disappointed. For a time there, there were many things that looked promising. I will say the story kept me engaged. It kept me wondering what would happen next and why. But when it was time to bring all the chaos & mystery together to paint a picture of why this was all happening, it just fell way flat for me. 

The ending, for me, didn't feel like the story was closing. It felt like it was finally beginning.

I'm personally not bothered by all the hotness in this book. For me the hotter the better. What bothers me is that there was no balance between the hotness & the story itself. So I can see why many would be quick to say it was too much sex here. I've read plenty of books with much physical hotness in the mix. The difference between those stories and this one, is that there was a true, clear point/ purpose as to why all the physical love was there. Some how it was one of the many things that showed growth emotionally with the main characters involved.
Here, it feels like it was just thrown in there between the main characters, often, so they could have something to do.

So, yeah.. This held alot of promise overall, but in the end it just couldn't deliver for me.

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review 2017-07-06 00:00
His Turn
His Turn - J.A. Huss His Turn - J.A. Huss I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Elias Bricman seems like a straightforward man, but he is definitely the most complicated of our gameplayers. In order to get the most from this book, you should read books one and two in the Turning Series. ([b:Taking Turns|33192096|Taking Turns (Turning, #1)|J.A. Huss|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1480683459s/33192096.jpg|53888729] & [b:Turning Back|33867511|Turning Back (Turning #2)|J.A. Huss|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1484561509s/33867511.jpg|54871691])

Bric's story unfolds slowly over these three tales, and we get the full effect here. He's left on his own now that Smith and Quin have their happily ever afters. He's happy for them, but it's putting him into a depressing, uncaring spiral of numbness.

He's been "playing" with a member at the club (Jordan), and even though it's not doing much for him, he's intrigued with the latest girl they've been seeing. And he hasn't been intrigued in a LOOONG time.

Nadia isn't suited to their game on the outside, but Jordan sees more. He brings her to Bric as a way to get their own "game" started, and since Bric seems interested, then SCORE. Nadia challenges both men at every turn, and Bric is both frustrated and drawn in at the same time. Between heartbeats he loves and hates her.

There are games afoot, but they may not be what anyone believes they are. Who's playing? Who's left in the dark? You may not know until the very end of this story, and trust me, it's worth it. Ms. Huss even leaves a thread dangling for a spin-off, and I'm hoping we'll see it happen!

Four solid stars. Four and a half for the entire series. If you like angsty, erotic stories - you won't regret reading these books.
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review 2017-06-04 03:35
Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Turston
Detective Inspector Huss - Helene Tursten

I wasn't sure about this one for at least the first 25% - either the writing or the translation seemed a bit stilted. However, I was enjoying DI Huss, so I persevered. And became engrossed.

I really love Scandi crime novels. I stumbled onto Henning Mankell donkey's years ago - long before Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy was published - and fell, not exactly in love with, but in great regard with damaged detective Kurt Wallander. At that time, Nordic Noir hadn't yet crossed the Atlantic or made it into English translation in any great volume. After The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that all changed, and now crime fiction from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and even Iceland are a dime a dozen. Well, maybe not that inexpensive, but readily available for kindle.

As is often the case in crime fiction, the initial impression of the victim as a fine, upstanding citizen, hides a sordid tale of sex, money, and drugs. All the world round, one can depend on mysteries to deliver an indictment of society, through the medium of crime. I'd like to read more about Detective Inspector Huss.

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