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review 2017-11-06 14:02
Review: Defending Rebecca by A. K Bruinn
Defending Rebecca: a novella - A. K. Bruinn,M. John Harrison

Self-published (6th March 2017)


Source: Author


ISBN: 978-1520774275



This is the true story (with a little fiction thrown in) of how hiring a Finnish au pair as part of a reality show wreaked havovc on Emma's quiet family life in Vancouver. All she wanted was a little help with her kids...



The idea behind Defending Rebecca caught my attention as I love stories with some truth behind them, and the idea of an au pair and a film crew had endless possibilities for disaster! I really like Emma. She came across as such a warm and generous person. She seemed to have a genuine reason for wanting to take part in the programme in the first place, to have an au pair to help her with the children. She seemed to really want to like Rebecca too. She seemed to be pushed and pulled this way and that by all the people in her life and I felt a bit sorry for her.

Rebecca is an odd character. I really couldn't work her out, which I secretly like.

The children are brilliant characters, especially Ryland.

I like the way the story flows and the character interaction is great. It feels natural and the amount of observation is fantastic. This novella is funny in places, and at the end of the story I was left wanting to read more.



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review 2017-10-28 03:37
Yippee ki-yay! This is just fun.
A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic - Doogie Horner,JJ Harrison

This is going to be short and sweet. The premise: Take <b>Die Hard</b> one of the greatest action films ever made, one of the greatest Christmas movies ever made, and an all-around pop culture touchstone and turn it into a (<i><b>NOT</b></i> for kids) rhyming picture book.


I'm not sure I really need to say more, do I?


Horner does an admirable job with taking the flick and turning it into a series of rhymes -- it doesn't feel like a gimmick. A lot of what he doesn't grab, Harrison takes care of in the illustrations. It's not perfect, things are left out, but with only 32 pages -- you pretty much have to. Only 1 four-letter word, too (technically, 12 letters, but you get the point).


The art is great -- although you could make the case that Harrison gave McClane too much hair. The art is dynamic, you can feel the action, the characters all look just right. Some samples of the illustrations are <a href="http://jjwharrison.com/projects/a-die-hard-christmas/" target="_blank">here on Harrison's site</a>.


One complaint? No Argyle. Which I guess makes sense given the limited space, but man . . .

This is a hoot -- yeah, a novelty book, but well executed and well worth a read. Something to bring out every December (if you're the type to do that).

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/10/27/a-die-hard-christmas-by-doogie-horner-jj-harrison
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review 2017-10-08 20:13
Missed the mark
The Dirty Book Club - Lisi Harrison
When I read the blurb for The Dirty Book Club, I was intrigued by the premise, and when I started reading, I found the beginning both engaging and promising. Sadly, that fizzled quickly as I found less and less to like about main character, MJ. 
Let me add that each of the characters have their flaws and that's okay. I didn't expect them to be perfect and several times, I've found the flawed characters in a story the most endearing. That was the case with the 1960's book club. Not so much with the modern day club. 
MJ is rather disconnected from living life and that's understandable considering the the loss she's suffered. She throws herself into her career to keep from dwelling on that loss, which is also something the reader can empathize with and understand. As time goes on, MJ's long distance love interest, Dan, tries to convince her to move across the country so they can be together. This is where my problem with this character began. Things don't go as she's planned in her career, so she heads to California and to Dan. She then spends most of the story waffling between wanting to be with Dan and wanting to run back to New York and her job. Indecision, I can understand. She's spent considerable time on her career, but it came across like Dan was nothing more than a backup plan, the second choice. More than once, she asserts that she gave up her career and sacrificed for Dan, when that isn't the case. She gave up her career because things didn't go her way. She didn't get what she wanted, so she fell back on the second choice. Basically, I found her whiny and petulant, and I spent most of her story wishing Dan would wake up and send her packing. 
The other characters in the modern day book club weren't exactly likable, but at least they did have some wit and even some charm about them. 
 By the end of this journey, I found the letters from the 1960's book club to be the most interesting parts of the story and the only modern day character that I really liked or rooted for was the good and giving doctor, Dan.
I will say the the author is talented and writes well, but this one completely missed the mark for this reader.
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text 2017-09-30 18:14
Oracle’s Moon By Thea Harrison $1.99 Great Paranormal Romance!
Oracle's Moon - Thea Harrison

As a second daughter, Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But when her sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister’s two young children—neither of which she is prepared for.

Yet, she is not alone. Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid—driven by his genuine caring for the children—has decided to make himself a part of the household both as their guardian and as an exasperating counterpoint to Grace’s impudence towards the Elder Races.

But when an attempt is made on Grace’s life, she realizes that Khalil is the only one can protect her—and offer her more than any mortal man...

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review 2017-09-28 02:42
Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison
Storm's Heart - Thea Harrison

NOT AGAIN. I stinking did it again. I need to make it a rule that I at least rate every book read. This a I made to 60% before I realized I had done it again... unknown re-read.

This is the second book in the Elder Races series. We have Tiago and Niniane (aka Tricks). I like em both! Niniene has just inheritated the dark fae throne after years of keeping her identity hidden. Tiago had the hots for her in the first book, but didnt admit it to himself until he went to her rescue after someone made an attempt on her life. Sparks fly, then stupidity and denial raises its head and love is ignored for the good of a race, then amends are made, happily ever after! 

I like the writing, I like the story. On to book three.

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