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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-20 19:20
For me, it was meh. YMMV.
Home For the Haunting - Juliet Blackwell

I borrowed this from my public library's ecloud collection because . . . I did.  It has a lot of colors on the cover, so maybe I'll use it for that Festive Holiday square, whenever I get around to toting them up.

 

Mel Turner -- her first name is Melanie -- is in the process of taking over her father's construction company.  Mostly they do remodels and historic restoration, but she's currently involved with some volunteer group that rehabs older homes for low income people.

 

She also sees ghosts.

 

While she's working on this rehab job for Monty, a whiny guy who needs a wheelchair ramp added to his home and a new roof and a bunch of other stuff, she keeps seeing ghosts in the big, mansion-y vacant house next door.  Then a recently deceased body is discovered in a storage shed that serves both Monty's property and the vacant house.

 

The vacant house, she learns, was the site of a horrific murder-suicide.  Are the ghosts she keeps seeing related to that?  And what about the body in the shed?

 

For the uncritical reader who's looking for some light entertainment with a bit of a mystery, this might do fine.  For me, it was just blah on a whole lot of levels.  So, now there will be lots of little spoilers.

 

There was very little with the ghosts, for one thing.  Mel sees them in the house while she's working on the rehab project, but she doesn't show much reaction.  This isn't the first book in the series, so maybe there's more shock, surprise, disbelief, whatever in earlier volumes, but there sure wasn't much in this one.

 

The mystery to do with the two murders, both the body in the shed and the other one thirty years before, seemed a minor part of the book.  The information about the older crime was easily obtained from neighbors who had lived there at the time and from the lone survivor.

 

I'm not sure why I didn't buy the character of Hugh, the boy who escaped the murder scene and went on to an illustrious writing career.  He seemed too emotionally fragile.  Nor did I buy Simone, his wife.  Both of them lacked substance, though I'm not exactly sure why.  Maybe if I were giving this book a thorough analysis I would look at them more closely, but while I was reading it, I just didn't care about them.

 

There were a lot of secondary characters who never came alive for me either.  Mel's dad was a little better than cardboard, but not much.  Then there was Stan, and I didn't really know how he fit into the picture.  Mel's sister was just another cartoon character; there was so much room for development there that I could have wept when it all just went poof! in a happy smiley explosion of unicorn glitter.  The semi-sorta boyfriend Graham actually had more substance.

 

Two elements of the overall characterization rang sour notes for me.  Hugh and Simone were flat, but not sour.  Monty was just all wrong.

 

Supposedly he was in some kind of accident and that's why he's now unable to walk and in a wheelchair.  How long ago this was, I'm not sure, but he's been unable to leave his house unassisted ever since.  Now all of a sudden he's finally getting a ramp installed so he can come and go as he pleases.  There's no mention of any social services that come to his assistance -- shopping?  doctor visits? -- or what kind of income he has.  There's an assumption that he gets a disability income.

 

However, as soon as there are suspicions that Monty is in fact not disabled and is faking his reliance on the wheelchair, I saw lots of red flags.  Social Security doesn't just grant disability payments because you apply for them.  There has to be evidence, as in doctors' statements and so on, that the person really can't work.  He would have been found out a long time ago.

 

I also didn't quite understand how and where he originally found the body, but that may be due as much to my not paying attention because I had lost interest as anything else.  Nor was there ever a clear explanation of how that death tied in to the rest of them -- was the victim killed by the same killer, or was it an accident, or what?

 

Monty turned out to be kind of a slimeball, though he wasn't the killer -- ooops, sorry for that spoiler -- but the character who really wrinkled my nose was Mel herself. Her silly spangles-and-fringe dresses worn with steel-toed work boots just seemed . . . stupid.  Stupid as in gimmickry for the sake of gimmickry.  No reason was ever given, or at least not one that made any sense.  She's supposed to be running a contracting business; why dress like a phantom from the 1960s caught in a time warp?

 

This wasn't a particularly long book -- I read it comfortably in a day -- and maybe that was its problem.  With all the various threads going on, maybe it needed to be longer, more like the hefty books of Rendell and Grimes that allowed for the interweaving of personal and professional life along with the details and atmosphere of vocation and location.

 

The details of a single historic San Francisco home would have made wonderful atmosphere, but author Blackwell didn't dwell as much on that as she did on the two smaller homes in the neighborhood that weren't involved in the mystery or the ghosts.  The "Murder House" should have had star billing, and the appropriate weight in the text.  I felt it got shortchanged.

 

The writing was okay, other than that one horrible paragraph where everything sat, sat, sat, sat, sat on Hugh's desk, but it wasn't anything special either.

 

As I said, other readers may enjoy this.  It just wasn't all that great for me.

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Family comes first when you’re a Kendall. So when the six siblings are forced to spend Christmas apart, they each struggle to redefine the holiday.
 
Some have found true love, and most have started their own little families. But not all feel merry and bright this holiday season, especially as they’re spread out across the country. Some still strive to find true happiness, and one fights simply to keep going.
 
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Jennifer Ann is an award-winning and bestselling author of contemporary romance with darkly complex plots. Much like her characters, she's in love with the city of New York, trips on airplanes or the back of her husband's Harley, and everything rock and roll.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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review 2017-11-14 21:08
Il ragazzo con la valigia - Chris Ethan

Una storia che nonostante i temi trattati riesce ad essere dolcissima e commovente, con un'atmosfera fiabesca e un messaggio chiaro e importante, un messaggio di amore, speranza e denuncia nei confronti di una società che troppo spesso chiude gli occhi di fronte alla sofferenza altrui e maltratta persone che hanno l'unica colpa di non avere un tetto sopra la propria testa. I due protagonisti con il loro background doloroso ti entrano nell'anima e nel cuore. Impossibile non affezionarsi a Pierce, con la sua lingua lunga, un giovane alla ricerca di un posto nel mondo dopo essere stato brutalmente cacciato dai genitori, scandalizzati dalla sua omosessualità e a Rafe che per proteggere la sua mamma è scappato di casa, da un padre violento e omofobo che lo maltrattava e non contento sfogava le proprie frustrazioni sulla moglie , un ragazzo solo e malato che è stato costretto a vendere se stesso e la sua dignità per sopravvivere. I due ragazzi si ritrovano a fare i senzatetto cercando di sopravvivere al loro triste destino. Ed è proprio il destino che li fa incontrare/scontrare, un incontro che cambierà per sempre le loro vite. Ben presto tra i due nascerà una dolce e tenera amicizia che con il tempo e le difficoltà si trasformerà in un rapporto d'amore autentico, un amore che salverà entrambi e li porterà alla felicità, a un futuro luminoso e inaspettato. Una storia meravigliosa, ricca di positività e speranza, che mi sento di consigliare a chi è alla ricerca di dolcezza e romanticismo, al classico happy ending che scalda il cuore ma che non si accontenta solo di questo cercando anche una storia profonda con un grande significato e dei temi importanti. Se è questo che cercate non rimarrete delusi se invece volete qualcosa di più...erotico beh... girate al largo, purtroppo o per fortuna di erotico c'è ben poco anche se vi posso assicurare che la dolcezza e i sentimenti tra i due innamorati riescono a tenere incollato il lettore senza fargli sentire la mancanza di momento più hot e piccanti. Una storia meravigliosa che a mio avviso merita senza dubbio 5 stelline e spero con il cuore di poter leggere in futuro altro sulla dolce coppietta o perché no, sul grande boss Vance, un uomo all'apparenza un po' rude ma di buon cuore che nel libro non ha esitato ad aiutare Pierce e Rafe dando loro non solo la possibilità di lavorare ma anche una spalla su cui piangere, un vero amico di cui mi piacerebbe un sacco approfondire meglio la storia prima e dopo l'incontro con i due senzatetto

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review 2017-11-14 06:34
Chance
Rescuing Rayne (Delta Force Heroes Book 1) - Susan Stoker

Keane AKA "Ghost" is on his way home when he meets the amazing and alluring Rayne.  The night they spend together is epic, to say the least.  Not knowing when or if they will see on another again is frustrating, but in Ghost's job - it really is better that way.

 

Rayne is totally and completely floored by the way she looks back on her night with Ghost.  He made such an impression on her, she still feels it.  When the worst happens, is him being there a good thing?

 

Completely impressed with the hot topics found in this book and how they are handled.  You feel the tension rise with each page.  Both in the romance, and in the suspense.  Gripping & compelling, this story will have you wishing you had time to read the whole series right now!  I found the characters charming, and the sexy times really HOT!  I cannot wait to read the next installment in the Delta Force Heroes series.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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