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review 2018-05-18 18:51
great book and great characters
Royal Mess - Jenna Sutton

Tessa had been notified by doctor Barehon they had found a match for her. He provided only three details- male, 31 years old, and in perfect health. The man would give her a large part of his liver was Prince Leo of Alsania. Tessa had been in the hospital for twenty two miserable days and and she looked even worse . Then  the Prince was in Tessa’s hospital room . A lot of Tessa’s friends were obsessed with the royal family but Tessa was too busy being a commoner. The simple act of going to the bathroom exhausts Tessa. Tessa owns a florist shop and she had a good manager was taking care of her shop until she gets better. Tessa has a rare blood type and that was why they had problems finding a live donor for Tessa. Tessa had been adopted and her parents weren’t a match and her sister Cassie  was also adopted but from a different mother so she also wasn’t a match. Leo had a brother Prince Marco who was known as the Playboy Prince, whereas Leo was known as the Polar Prince. Tessa’s personality appealed to Prince Leo. She was positive without being idealistic. Tessa asked Leo if he was afraid and he deflected her question but the truth was he was afraid for both himself and tessa. But helping Tessa was more important for Leo then his fear. It had been a week and so far everything was going as it should be successful for Tessa. She was finally going to be out of isolation It was amazing how much better Tessa felt though she was still sire. Leo doesn’t want Tessa to know he has thought of her all the time since he met her. Leo hadn’t slept with anyone in over a year and he physically reacted to but gets a little angry with himself this woman had been dying not too long ago. Leo’s approval rate had had been down since he got out of the service but since giving Tessa part of  his liver and his approval rate had come up forty percent and that was huge. Leo became a little obsessed with Tessa and he doesn’t know why. He calls tessa every night around bedtime thear her say Leo to see how she was is but also to hear her say Leo it has become his guilty pleasure. Tessa get to Leo like no other woman had. Tessa has been in Helios over a month now -the country home of the King and Queen. Leo had flown planes while in the service but he could also fly helicopters and today he was taking Tessa up for a ride. Tessa was not used to so much free time.on her hands. Leo spent every night with her sleeping sexually together Leo would go back to his own room early in the morning as it was across the hall from her. Tessa already knew she cared deeply for Leo but she had no idea how Leo felt about her.

Book Two- Royal Catch

Cassie is with her sister Tessa at Helios. Now  Tessa is the Queen of Alsania. There is a masquerade ball coming up but Cassie won’t bethere. She is going on her first trip away with Zac her boyfriend that she had been dating a couple of months  now. The next step to their relationship is sex. Cassie isn’t sure she is ready yet, Marco had just returned from Germany on child trafficking. Marco and Cassie both loved kids. Cassie is a second grade teacher.  At the masquerade ball the person Marco wants to be there isn’t there which is Cassie. He hates the fact that Zac had the right to touch Cassie Marcus had fantasized about Cassie since the day he met her. It had already been a year and Marco has been celibate.As Marco thinks about Zac and Cassie, lust, jealousy. And rage swirl in Marco’s mind. Marco is not sure he ever felt this crazy and certainly not about a woman. Marco never thought he would be in the position of wanting a woman who has no interest in him other than being a friend. Cassie had broke up with Zac as for the third time he canceled their plans for work and he told her work was more important to him. Cassie then decided to go to the ball as a bumble bee.  Cassie had been feeling down when she felt the wolf was already gone. Cassie had sex with Marco as she thought he looked like Marco who she

had wanted for a while now. Then five weeks later she found out she was pregnant. Cassie and Marco were camp counsellors together and spent a lot of time together. One night Cassie told Marco about the one night stand-Wolf and Marco realizes he is the father of Cassie’s baby and what a mess he had made. Now he has to fix things but how?

I loved both of these books. I couldn’t pick a favorite. I do think I may have a new favorite  romance author and hope to read many more of her books. I loved both Leo and Tess and Marco and Cassie together. For it to be two royal brothers with two adopted common sisters was a definite bonus as far as I am concerned..  loved the pace and the plot of both stories and didn’t want to put them down. I loved how protective Leo was of Tessa. How Leo went from a “ cold” person to the man he became in his love for Tessa. The same for Marco after his past to become celibate for a year and he thought Cassie only wanted him as a friend. I loved that Leo didn’t care what anyone said and he wanted and made Tessa his own and married her so she would forever be his. . I absolutely loved the ending of both these stories. I also loved how much the Playboy Prince fell for Cassie and had been celibate by choice until the one night at the ball and he had sex with the woman as she totally reminded him of Cassie. I happily couldn’t find anything to criticize in either book. I didn’t want to put either book down! I loved the characters and the ins and outs of both books and I highly recommend both books.

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review 2018-05-16 04:01
Beyond Belief
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

A few things I believe about Scientology:

 

1. L. Ron Hubbard was a con man and this was the ultimate con. He laughed all the way to the bank.

 

2. Dave Miscavige is an egomaniac and he beats his employees. 

 

3. Dave's wife has been missing for over a decade, only heard from through a lawyer, and I'm pretty sure she's dead.

 

4. I feel really bad for people that actually believe in this "religion". And that's coming from someone who believes in the invisible sky daddy. 

 

Jenna's story was so awful that at times it was hard to believe. But then you look up stories of people that escaped this cult and you learn it's an all-too-common tale. From working like a mule her whole childhood to having no true education to the constant paranoia that is the self-policing of Scientology, it was one huge nightmare. I mean, just saying you wanted to call the police was enough to get you a High Crime. A High Crime! They could beat you senseless (which they have done before) and if you say you are calling the authorities, you become the enemy.

 

I'm glad Jenna escaped. I was disappointed her husband wasn't so easy to convince to leave, but I am happy he did eventually go with her. I think books like this need to be shared so that others do not fall prey to cults. As Jenna herself said, Scientology may say to think for yourself, but it encourages the opposite. Brainwashing at its finest.

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text 2018-05-15 17:31
Reading progress update: I've read 48%.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

"...The idea of the Purification Rundown, or 'Purif', was that a person could get rid of residual toxins and poisons from chemicals or drugs in his body by intense sauna treatments. The basic routine was to ingest a bunch of minerals and vitamins, run for thirty minutes, then sit in a sauna set at 160 degrees for five hours a day, with occasional breaks. The point was the first step on LRH's Bridge to Total Freedom."

 

Holy. Fuck.

 

Or you just die. Because no, bodies aren't full of toxins. And no, you should never sit in a sauna for that long on any given day, even with breaks. Did Hubbard actually do any of the shit he implemented? I don't think so.

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text 2018-05-15 17:01
Reading progress update: I've read 47%.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

I've known Clydesdales that did less work than this girl. And they lived in much better conditions with nice people around them.

 

I would also love to know where the fuck these E-meters came from, as opposed to good old fashioned lie detectors. You know, something that's a bit more scientific than just holding 2 soup cans and watching a random needle bounce? It's no wonder so many of these escapees need therapy after dealing with this stuff. If they didn't have anxiety before, they were pretty much gifted it by an auditor with a list of ridiculous questions and a superiority complex.

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text 2018-05-14 22:20
Reading progress update: I've read 28%.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

Manual labor builds character....

 

Aka how to skirt child labor laws and have an army of slaves at your disposal. 

 

No, children are not mini-adults. Stop this madness.

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