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review 2018-04-17 13:42
Breaking Away Series Box Set by Meli Raine
Finding Allie - Meli Raine
Keeping Allie - Meli Raine
Chasing Allie - Meli Raine
Breaking Away Series Boxed Set - Meli Ra... Breaking Away Series Boxed Set - Meli Raine

I usually like Meli Raine’s books. This set was the exception. I found it melodramatic and immature. A couple of places I thought the story would redeem itself but unfortunately the disappointment lasted throughout the whole set.  Let me just say this, if a drug lord had me in his sights, I believe I would look for help and not hang around until caught. Just saying. 

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review 2018-04-07 00:00
Keeping Her
Keeping Her - Kelly Lucille I seriously cannot believe that I am giving a four-star review to an author who apparently suffers from a complete inability to use apostrophes correctly (you're/your errors make my brain sad) but here I fucking am.

On the one hand, I feel like I shouldn't be rewarding this kind of behaviour on the basis that it'll just make this author (and other authors) think that spelling and grammar are optional in works you expect people to pay actual honest-to-god money for. On the other hand, the fact that I not only finished the book, but actually enjoyed it means that, language issues aside, Kelly Lucille is a fucking genius.

I was literally one more error away from DNF-ing this thing on page one when there was a line that was so fucking laugh-out-loud funny that I just couldn't not finish it.

Having now read all of this author's Keeping Her books, I can tell you the following:

* Yes, it does get better. Books 2 and on have far fewer grammar mistakes, but still a few.

* Yes, it's probably worth wrestling with to finish, because the stories are sweet, sexy, and emotionally affecting.

* As far as I can tell, Lucille still does not have an editor, beta reader, or friend-with-a-pen reading through her work to check for grammar, word substitutions, or homonyms.


Enough ranting about that (not really, I have MUCH TO SAY on the subject of people who sell shoddy work for actual fucking money, but I'll save that bile for a book I haven't found myself forced to like despite issues that would normally make me bleed from the eyes).

On to the plot.

It's a pretty cute story. Demon and Clytie meet while she's waiting for her blind date to show up. The chemistry is off the charts. Demon is rude, because he's not good with pretty girls who don't find him terrifying, and Clytie is sassy. Her date is an ass, and Demon utters the immortal words "I like you. Let's go fuck.". Oh yes, he's a smooth one...

Anyway, for some reason she doesn't kick his balls up between his ears and things proceed from there.

There's a bit of drama with Demon hiding his shifter nature from Clytie, some drama from his former pack, and almost a murder, but a very sweet HEA so never fear.


Seriously. You don't need anyone to tell you how to plot, or how to construct a scene, or any of that. You literally just need someone to fix your bloody language. Hell, I'd do it for free if you want, as long as someone fucking does it because grammar errors on a work like this is like spraypaint on the fucking Sistine Chapel.
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review 2018-03-26 15:28
The Keeping (Law of the Lycans #3) by Nicky Charles
The Keeping - Nicky Charles
The Keeping is one of the main laws of the Lycans. They can't tell anyone about their existence, or dire circumstances will follow. The photograph Ryne took of Kane comes into play in this book. Billionaire 'Greyson' has the photo, and makes a discovery. To follow up on this, he makes sure his lawyer, Aldrich, hires Melody to find Ryne and get an interview. You don't know Greyson's reasons for this until the end of the book, so you are kept in tenterhooks. Melody and Ryne have an explosive time together, but the line between 'yes' and 'no' is blurred in this story, so consider yourself warned. On a positive note, we catch up with Elise and Kane, so that's good.
This is an intricate tale, with plenty of mystery left to the end. Smoothly written, and with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, The Keeping is another jewel in the crown of The Law of the Lycans series. This book will definitely keep your interest, whether it is the mystery side, or the sexy times ;) Absolutely recommended by me.
Verified Purchase ~ April 2013 *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thelawofthelycans1-5bynickycharles
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text 2018-01-09 10:02
I need to read more Alan Bennett
Keeping On Keeping On - Alan Bennett

Have you ever "discovered" an author for yourself who had been in front of you for years? One whose works you've enjoyed but didn't appreciate who the author was until something was brought to your attention?


This is what happened with me and Alan Bennett. Yesterday I was reading Fintan O'Toole's review of the newest collection of Bennett's diaries and essays and I realized that Bennett is an author whose writings I've enjoyed when I've been exposed to them without realizing who he is. In many ways he's a giant of postwar British literature, yet apart from the 1994 film adaptation of his play The Madness of George III, I had never really seen or read his major works.


Reading O'Toole's essay made me appreciate that I need to change this. Part of it was that he connected a lot of dots as to who Bennett was. Not only did he start out as one of the members of Beyond the Fringe (and I don't know how I missed that), but he also wrote a number of plays that I keep seeing mentions of, as well as the novella The Uncommon Reader, which has always intrigued me based on the description. Yet for some reason I never realized how all of this was the work of the same author.


But it was O'Toole's description of Bennett's perspective, though, that really intrigued me. Reading of his wry and humane outlook left me thinking that I would find a lot in his personal writing to appreciate. I've long enjoyed reading the diary collections of British authors and politicians (which I have found is a form that most writers on this side of the pond can't quite master for some reason), and his sound especially appealing. I think I'll check out one or two of his books before deciding whether to go all-in and build up a collection of his works, but already I anticipate that I'm going to be richer for the experience.

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review 2017-12-03 16:57
Keeping the Moon
Keeping the Moon - Sarah Dessen

Just read if you want to read all the Dessen books. Otherwise, skip it. The book abruptly ends and there's no real closure to Colie's slightly frayed relationship with her mother. One good thing I will say is that I enjoyed Isabel and Morgan's relationship/friendship.


Colie is sent to stay with her Aunt Mia for the summer. Her famous mother is traveling and Colie is shuffled off for the summer. You may initially get the impression that Colie's mother doesn't care, but she does. We just don't get a lot of time getting to know them much cause Dessen drops tidbits here and there and jumps around.


We find out that Colie is having a hard time at school and that rumors about her have caused her to hide herself. Meeting Morgan, Isabel, and Norman slowly has her coming out of her shell. I do say though I'm not a huge fan of suddenly a girl being "gorgeous" by getting her hair done, eyebrows plucked, and makeup being applied. I think ultimately Dessen wants young girls to read this and realize they are beautiful no matter what. She kind of negates all that with the reveal about Isabel though making it seem that when you get older,you automatically are going to be a beauty.


The character of Mia is pretty much ignored, no real depth there. I'm surprised Colie at least doesn't bring up how hard her and her mother's life was while I was sitting on money. Most of this book felt like things were left unsaid.


The book is fairly short. Probably why I felt like a lot of things were left undone. I would have liked some scenes with Colie back home, dating, standing tall against her tormenters.

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