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review 2017-07-04 13:14
Who knew
The Hook Up - Tawna Fenske

This is the 3rd book in the First Impressions series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  In order to avoid spoilers, and have a better grasp of the series, I recommend reading in order.


Ellie meets Tyler in the middle of a misunderstanding.  Right from the start there are sparks flying between the two of them.  The attraction is obviously mutual.


Tyler wants to help Ellie.  He just thinks she does something else for a living.  He never planned on meeting someone who would change his future plans.  Now, he is not sure how to live without her.


With all the fun I have come to expect from this author, I was happily reading and enjoying the humor and heat.  These characters were a joy to read.  I think this book fits well in to this very sexy series too.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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review 2017-03-08 17:17
The Fix Up (First Impressions, #1) by Tawna Fenske Review
The Fix Up - Tawna Fenske

Uncovering this sexy geek’s charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.


Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.


With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?




l ove me a nerdy hero and Ben is grand.

The cute meet in this book is silly as is the fast dropping of pants but it manages to be a charming sexy read with some added depths as well.

Ben is great. He wants to change his company for the better and is a genius. He knows he needs to smooth his image but likes who he is and isn't afraid to be who he is. Plus, he is sexually confidant but not it a jerk way.

The heroine clings a bit to self protection and rules she doesn't obey in the magic of romance novel lust fog but I like her anyway. The turn around that caused her divorce is a bit contrived however, the issues she has that makes her take on Ben as a client is a real one and makes for a good conflict.

What I really loved about this book (beside nerdy dirty talk, sex, and flirting) is how much Ben respects the heroine and the direct address of sexism in corporate culture.

As usual with Fenske (who I like a lot as a writer for all the little details in her characters) the ending comes too soon and we don't get enough time to enjoy the couple but it is a very good book

I was given this book for my honest review. So there you have it!

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review 2016-10-03 00:00
First Impressions
First Impressions - Nora Roberts This might be considered spoiler-y. Technically, I haven't given away real details, but some folks are pickier. So be warned.

So here's the thing. The Big Misunderstanding trope is used constantly in this book. And it's always because Shane absolutely refuses to allow Vance to finish a fucking sentence. He tries to explain things numerous times, but she always talks over him. She just plows right on through and completely misses the mark - half the time she's flat out wrong, but she's like a runaway train and nobody can stop her. I wanted to grab her, shake her, and demand that she shut the hell up for two seconds so Vance could give her the explanation she's demanding so violently.

And then there is a scene where Shane lets her mother break her heart again. Like, you know this woman is poison and wants to hurt you. You've been preparing yourself for her to show up and pull some shit. So how the hell are you so surprised and gullible when she shows up and pulls some shit?

So she falls for her mother's bullshit and goes tearing off, screaming for an explanation, which she won't shut up long enough to get. She does this whole "I trusted you and you were laughing at me the whole time! You were laughing at me! How could you laugh at me?!" Which mostly reminds me of the movie Carrie, when she's having that psychotic break and hearing her mother's voice in her head saying "They're all gonna laugh at you! They're all gonna laugh at you!" On and on with this laughing shit with Shane, when it's horribly obvious that nobody would find it funny. It's not a prank or con somebody would pull because it makes no sense, there is no payoff to doing it. I could have understood if she was just upset about being misled, but I don't get her thinking at all. Of course he wasn't laughing at you, dumbass. Be quiet and let the man speak!

She was so melodramatic while ranting and raving, totally incorrect and illogical, but entirely unwilling to allow anyone to speak long enough to correct her. I hated her by the end of the book.
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review 2016-10-02 00:00
First Impressions / Blithe Images
Omnibus: First Impressions / Blithe Images - Nora Roberts Whoooaaa... I started with Blithe Images and that shit is super rapey. No, thank you.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-08-02 17:44
TheeStoryTeller Speaks on...The Einstein Prophecy
The Einstein Prophecy - Robert Masello

I've been reading a lot of Young Adult fiction lately, so it was refreshing to read and adult fiction book that still had my favorite elements, paranormal or fantasy. Masello mixes these elements well with the real world.


Einstein and the Others


I don't know much about Einstein and his history to be honest. I'm an English major, so we steered clear of the whole relativity thing.

But Masello has created an Einstein that is easy for me to believe. All of his characters are very well developed and have unforgettable characteristics, but I was most impress at how he was able to bring Einstein to life without turning him into a caricature. 

Yes, the familiar wild hair and heavy German accent are there. Did he always repeat the last words of his previous sentence in real life? Not sure on that one, but it's something I could believe. Masello made him very human to me. Having read this, I feel like I know a different side of Einstein that not many people are exposed to, and thats a true testament to the writer. 


The Plot



The one thing I will say that may be seen as a con of this book, it takes a while to kick off.  I came close to putting this on my lost interest shelf, but I just kept willing myself to continue reading it. But I'm glad I did. Once you get past the first few chapters, meaning once the first person is "attacked" by the ossuary, things pick up. And once it does, it doesn't slow down. But this is not a page turner, edge of your seat thriller. It takes its time, doesn't leave you on any cliffhangers, and allows you to soak in the events of the story, which was a very interesting one. I enjoyed how Masello weaves historical events into his fiction. Like how Lucas and Simone witness the iconic Sailor and Nurse kiss that became one of the most famous photos in history. And to think that Einstein could have helped to create the atomic bomb, well, that's not too far of a stretch is it?


What sometimes got on my nerves while reading though were the extremely long, comma ridden, sentences that had the author, who otherwise was a great writer, constantly interrupting himself to add anecdotes or descriptions, and making the sentence very convoluted.


A lot like the sentence I just wrote. That got out of hand sometimes, and I found myself reading a sentence over and over, trying to figure out what was said. But honestly, after a while I got used to it, I guess.


Overall it was a good read. Pretty straight forward and I enjoyed it. It's a story I wouldn't mind reading again.

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