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review 2018-04-02 23:56
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Beauty and the Feast - Julia Rachel Barrett

Beauty and the Feast by J.R. Barrett is an entertaining contemporary romance.  Ms. Barrett has delivered a book that is not only well-written but a fun read.  Kudos to Ms. Barrett for the way she blended the humor in this story, well done.  Eva is a chef working for All Things to All People.  She creates meals, cleans and adds a special touch with all her clients.  Gabe hires Eva to cook a dinner for him and a date.  Their story is packed with phenomenal characters, drama, laugh-out-loud humor, sizzle and suspense.  This book hooked me at page one and I couldn't put the Kindle down until the end.  I loved it and would be happy to read more from J.R. Barrett in the future.  Beauty and the Feast is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-02-27 03:39
Wild Beauty - Anna-Marie McLemore

I received this book for free through BookLikes’ Giveaways.


This was such a unique read. I have never read anything quite like this before. It’s really hard to explain what this book is about, because you kind of have to read it for yourself to find out.


I loved a lot about this book. First there was all the diversity! All the main characters are Latinx. In addition there was also great LGBT rep. All 5 of the girls were bisexual and had a crush on the same girl, and the girl they had a crush on ended up being genderqueer.


I loved the writing style of the book as well. The author writes so beautifully. The atmosphere the author creates is magical. In general, I loved the Latino folktale vibe of the entire book. It was so refreshing to read a book from that perspective. I also really liked all the witch allusions. The women were often referred to as witches and that word just holds so many connotations. It really showed how feared these women were but also their strength.


This is random, but I liked how the book talked about periods. Periods are mentioned a few times and I’m glad the author mentioned them because it is a part of life and being a woman.


There was one passage that I really loved and want to share:


“As though their daughters loving men and women meant they wanted all of them in the world. There was no way to tell their mothers the truth and make them believe it, that hearts that loved boys and girls were no more reckless or easily won than any other heart. They loved who they loved. They broke how they broke. And the way it happened depended less on what was under their lovers’ clothes and more on what was wrapped inside their spirits” (242).


I thought this was so powerful and showed that love is love while also dispelling the common belief that bisexuals are promiscuous.


The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that it still felt like things were unresolved at the end. I had wanted a bit more than what I got.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book and if you are looking for a different kind of read, then consider picking this book up.

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review 2018-02-25 18:06
Beauty and the Brain - Elizabeth Bevarly

First off, I couldn't read this in one sitting. I don't advise trying.
Second off, this is not the sort of book I expected from this author.


I hurt for the h. She's 2 years older than the H - child prodigy - and got stuck with him as a lab partner in their Jr year in HS. Chemistry was not her strong suit. He was...not nice about it in his constant disparagement of her intelligence. Add to that, a mother who expressed disapproval at her failures... She's a travel agent now, who can't travel because she doesn't travel well. She never pursued her strengths - geography, art - because her self esteem got tangled up in her weaknesses.


He's back in town to study the comet. Her mother - mayor - generously offers her house (that the h rents from her) for him to stay in, forcing them in close proximity. He's still verbally abusive. It's because he's attracted to her and doesn't wanna be <eye roll>.


She tries v. hard to play nice, and when that fails, tries avoiding him. Every now and then, an olive branch of sorts gets extended, they have a few minutes of civility, then he manages to remind her that he thinks she's stupid. The night of the comet, they spend the night together, causing him to miss it. He doesn't react well the next morning.


More avoidance (not that I blame her). He reads her old school stuff and figures out she'd had a crush on him in spite of his being an ass when they were kids. Decides to make lots of amends, HEA, the end...


Do I believe the HEA? Strangely enough, yes. BUT...SOMEbody has his work cut out for him both in his own mindset and in building up that self-esteem he's systematically shredded. That actually might be the only reason I believe it - she has such a low opinion of herself that she'll take whatever crumbs he offers.


I just...wonder I guess...why these three women stayed here. The other one of the trilogy I read, the h's father was a patronizing ass toward her. This one, her mother considered her a colossal disappointment. The third one, I don't know if I have that one but what little I've seen of her, the town seems to have put her on a pedestal with a "do not touch" sign on its base.

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