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review 2017-11-20 12:38
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Trusting Him (Bromley Brothers #1) by Laura N. Andrews
Trusting Him - Claire Smith,Hot Tree Editing,Laura N. Andrews
Trusting Him is the first book in a new series by Laura N. Andrews. In this story, we meet the brothers but concentrate on Trey, the youngest of the Bromley Brothers. To be fair, my first impression of him wasn't that good, when he mouths off at a bouncer just because the bouncer won't speak to him. However, this does lead up to the rest of the story, so it was forgiven once I got into the story itself.
 
This is a 'cute' story (although I am loathe to use that term!) There is some low angst, caused by misunderstanding and miscommunication, but there is also lots of support too. The characters are all well-rounded, with their own individual personalities. Trey is a highly strung individual who is balanced out by David. It doesn't appear that his brothers will be quite as highly strung, but I'm sure that their secrets will be revealed in due time.
 
Trusting Him is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The scenes change smoothly, the storyline is smooth, and the whole thing was a delight to read. I loved delving into the world of the Bromley Brothers and can't wait to continue their stories. Definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/11/blog-tour-review-giveaway-trusting-him.html
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text 2017-11-12 22:44
Book of the Month Winter Catch-up
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett
All at Sea: A Memoir - Decca Aitkenhead
Swing Time - Zadie Smith
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel - Lindsey Lee Johnson
Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
American War - Omar El Akkad
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

Usually, in November I do Nonfiction November. But since It ran long and I have been neglecting my Book of the Month selections, I'm skipping the November reads and going right into my December pile. December is dedicated to catching up on what selections I didn't get around to reading through the year. Well, I still have some from 2016, let alone 2017. Yeah.... I need to get that stack down. Let's see how many of these I can knock out. I can' even remember what some of these are about.

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review 2017-11-10 12:36
Whispers Under Ground ★★★★★
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Another fun murder mystery in magical London, solved by the Metro Police’s apprentice wizard, Peter Grant. I enjoyed it as a mystery, although I’m not sure I could have figured it out from the clues sprinkled throughout the book – it depends on an intuitive leap on Peter’s part at the end. The charm, though, is in the story, the characters, and the world created by the author.

 

Every book in this series adds to the magical London that the metro police’s “unusual” events unit must deal with. We got a little visit with our old friends, the sassy river goddesses, and to meet new ones, half-fairy (or is that half-goblin?) and those who live in the secret places that they’ve carved out underneath London, all of whom have their own set of natural laws and etiquette that Peter must learn to navigate. It becomes apparent that Nightengale isn’t exactly infallible or omniscient. And more Lesley – I’m really looking forward to how her character evolves over the series.

 

Audiobook, via Audible. Once again, the performance by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is perfect in every way. I could listen to that man’s voice all day, every day.

 

I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, Square 9: December 21st. Book themes for Yuletide: Read a book set in the midst of a snowy or icy winter. This story takes place during a rare London snowstorm, a few days before Christmas.

 

Oh, who am I kidding. I read this book because I needed something that would be guaranteed fun after the last two books I chose were complete duds, then I found a game square to fit.

 

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review 2017-11-10 04:41
Sweet, sexy romance
The Royal Marine - Claire Smith,Hot Tree Editing,Dahlia Donovan

Akash's friends seem to all agree that he needs a date, but it's apparent that they didn't communicate when he shows up at the Sin Bin to find two blind dates - one with a chip on his shoulder and the other a stoic royal marine. It doesn't take long for the attraction to bloom between Akash and Hamish, but their romance is a slow burn with them taking the time to get to know each other. We also get the added element of suspense with a mysterious fire and Hamish's dangerous job. 

Dahlia Donovan is new to me, so I hadn't read the earlier books in this series, but other than so many names being mentioned at the very beginning, I had no problem following the story. There is plenty of interaction with secondary characters, but this one is primarily about Hamish and Akash. I have to say that I was quite impressed with the author's writing style. The book is wonderfully written, the characters are interesting, and the dialogue is witty and often funny. 

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text 2017-11-09 02:10
Whispers Under Ground - 46%
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

If, like me, you spent two years as a PCSO and another two as a PC, patrolling Central London in the late evenings, you become something of a connoisseur of street violence. You learned to differentiate the bantam posturing of drunks, or the shrieking huddle of a girls' night out gone south, from the ugly shoving of a steaming gang, and the meaty, strangely quiet crunch that indicates an intense desire by one human being, to do actual bodily harm to another.

 

 

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