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text 2017-10-02 07:37
September: Coda
It's a Book - Lane Smith
Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores - Otto Penzler
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews
White Hot - Ilona Andrews
Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier
Magic and Macaroons - Bailey Cates

I'm going to preface this monthly wrap-up with the disclaimer that there were a lot of short books and short stories in the mix this month.


Total number was 26 - A number I was completely unprepared for.  I think the Bingo game sort of distracted me from paying attention to numbers, even though on some level I knew I'd read enough to complete my bingo card. 


Not including re-reads, I had one 5-star read this month; a children's book that I recommend for all ages, It's a Book by Lane Smith.  If you see it in the library or store, read it - even if you have no reason to buy it, it'll make you laugh when you get to the end.


I had three 4.5 star reads, one an anthology (up front, I've only read a few of the stories - the rating reflects the stories not the overall collection), and the first two in Ilona Andrews' new urban fantasy series, masquerading as paranormal romance.


My least favorite read was easily Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier; literary classic or not, that ending was horse-shit.


In the midst of all of that were a lot of 4 star reads, and the completion of my 2017 Reading Challenge (Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates on 14 Sept), all of which tally up to a very successful reading month.  

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review 2017-09-16 04:46
It's a Book
It's a Book - Lane Smith

A children's librarian showed me this book a few years ago and I fell in love with it based solely on the last page.  Today at a church book sale, I found a copy that looks like it's never even been touched, and I snapped it up.



Because I love any children's book that ends with:


It's a book, Jackass.

(spoiler show)


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text 2017-08-22 22:54
Book Review For: Rogues Like it Scot
Rogues Like it Scot (Must Love Rogues Book 5) - Eva Devon

'Rogues Like it Scot' by Eva Devon is Book Five in the "Must Love Rogues" series. This is the story of Damian Peterboro and Lady Andromeda Gateshead, Marchioness of Schollingbrook. This is my first book that I have read in this series so far, so for me this was a standalone book
Damian left London to head to India as a Captain on' His Majesty's Army' but left about three years later and heded to Asia and the Ottoman Empire. Damina had not been heard of since until a party at Andromeda where she was having Explorer and Poet Lord Peregrine Brinkley speak. Damian spoke out against all that Lord Brinkley was saying. Although Andromeda seem to agree that Lord Brinkley spoke of nonsense her and Damian butted heads.
Andromeda had a abusive relationship with her husband and now that he is dead... she feels free and her passion for hosting parties has given her a purpose. In addition, she is wealthy and is a sister to The Duke of Clyde so she has no need to remarry.
Damian has his own issue and the scars on his face and sole show that. Damian once was a friend to
The Duke of Clyde who is Andromeda's brother, but hasn't seen him in 20 years. But they pick up their friendship which leads him to get to know Andromeda more. Damian finds her very smart and beautiful.
This was a enjoyable easy read that I really enjoyed.
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."


Source: www.amazon.com/Rogues-Like-Scot-Must-Love-ebook/dp/B074YDKBFD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503436173&sr=8-1&keywords=Rogues+Like+it+Scot
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text 2017-07-25 22:48
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles.
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel - Amor Towles

I'm putting this one aside and may not come back to it. Much praise has been lavished on it, but it has too little narrative thrust for me, and I find that its charm can be overbearing to the point of preciousness.

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review 2017-06-15 06:06
Faking It (Ringside Romance Book 2) - Christine d'Abo

This story is book #2, in the Ringside Romance series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to better understand the series, I recommend reading this in order.


Grady has reasons for being far from home.  He is helped by a stranger one night, a night he barely remembers.  What does impress him, is how little the stranger cares about his celebrity status, money, or h is family.


Max has his focus on his club, his friends, and keeping Ringside open.  When he meets Grady, some of that focus is off.  He cannot help but be attracted and quickly smitten with someone who needs him so badly.


This couple is obviously meant to be.  It is a joy to read about men who can be both strong and sensitive.  This book is packed full of lots to enjoy.  There is heat, heart, and some hot sexy times.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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