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review 2017-09-14 12:15
Not Fiona McCallum's best, but still might appeal to horsey people who don't mind reading about characters that are annoying and downright unlikable.
Leap of Faith - Fiona Mccallum

This is the third Fiona McCallum book I've read, and the second one I've rated two stars. There's one main reason this book tanked in my opinion. 

Apologies in advance for the tirade below:

Jessica, the main character, is a self-centred, immature and selfish adult-child. The constant inane babbling of her inner thoughts drove me batty, and her complete inability to think about anyone outside of herself left me wanting to wring her scrawny neck. 

Add to this continued form of abuse to the reader, Jessica's incapacity to put basic symptoms of pregnancy together after the reader was subjected to copious PG-rated coitus between Jessica and Steve, her rough-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside husband, and you're left wondering how this TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) character even made it to adulthood. 

Considering the amount of inner dialogue the reader is subjected to, Jessica's character has very little character growth, the one tiny speck of change really didn't warrant the 220 pages of torment within the covers. What's with that?! Really? Are there people like this in the world?

This book gets added to my swear-tastic shelf, not because it has a lot of vulgar language in it (there is a little, it's fairly light on), but instead it's added because of the quantity of vulgar language it elicited from me as I read it.

The ONLY reasons this book gets 2 stars instead of 1, is Laurel and Hardy, the farm dogs who were adorable, and the Plain-Jane-but-not-really, Faith. The little filly, Faith, is a welcome piece of sunshine and amusement to the book. If only we'd spent more time in her mind and less in Jessica's. 

I was left thinking:

Throw it in a dumpster, burn it

Not Fiona McCallum's best, but still might appeal to horsey people who don't mind reading about characters that are annoying and downright unlikable.

**Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the Publisher in return for an honest review**

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review 2017-04-07 19:26
it proper whoops you upside the head!
Leap of Faith - Jackie Keswick
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Kieran and Joel have worked together for 4 years. They have each loved the other for the same amount of time but neither wanted to ruin what they had. But when both man get caught up in something that nearly costs them both their lives, all bets are off. This sort of creeps up on you, and slaps you upside the head when you aren't looking! It starts off slow, and then rapidly increases speed till we are at rocket speed and I loved this book! Its seemed only short, the some 125 pages, according to Goodreads, but Amazon tags it with 205 pages, but it packs a powerful punch. Both men have suffered, and both have learned the other soothes their soul. Joel won't sleep till Kieran is close by, and Kieran's nightmares are held back by Joel's simply telling him he's there. And this is BEFORE they get their act together and admit how they feel. It does get a little.....messy, when Kieran gets caught snooping, and when they are talking about what happened the week before. That's why I've filed it as darker/grittier. Its painful reading, but only because of the subject matter, not how its written. There is a cast of supporting characters whom I hope will appear in future books, not least Joel's dad and uncle. Oh and the doctor who helps them. OH!! the doctor and the uncle, now that would be great!! I really don't care who appears in future books, I just want to read them. I've read The Power of Zero books, one through three, and I loved them. This is on a par with them. so, because it whoops you upside the head outta nowhere.. 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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text 2017-04-05 14:02
REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Leap of Faith (FireWorks Security #1) by Jackie Keswick
Leap of Faith - Jackie Keswick

Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They have each other’s backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry.

When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss what’s closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more.

Faced with bombs, assassins and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why they’re targets, who is after them and—most of all—how each would feel if he lost the other. Can they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/04/review-tour-leap-of-faith-fireworks.html
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review 2015-06-01 16:02
Lady Faith Takes a Leap: The Baxendale Sisters (The Baxendale Sisters Series Book 2) - Maggi Andersen

Vaughn and Faith are both easy to love characters. I was rooting for them from the start and knew they would find their way together, even when things looked bad. There was some light drama, but it was quickly resolved without any major incidents. A cute, sweet and quick read with a little heat at the end.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Source: jensreadingobsession.blogspot.com/2015/06/lady-faith-takes-leap-baxendale-sisters.html
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text 2014-07-16 20:38
I just did a scary thing...

I joined Wattpad. -And I put the first several chapters of the book I've been working on up there. And this is really, really scary, because I haven't shared my work with anyone but my wife since college, and now I'm putting it out there for anyone in the world to read and judge. (Though a big part of me will be shocked if anyone actually cares enough to read it.)

 

Anyway, if you want to check it out, here's where you can find me. http://wattpad.com/ClioReads

 

Be gentle, friends; I'm new at this.

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