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review 2017-01-27 00:00
Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1)
Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1) - Jana Deleon 4.5 stars.

Just like others have said -this book is a bit like the movie "Miss Congeniality" and it is since Fortune is a CIA agent ...but instead of a group of beauty queens trailing around, Fortune has what is known in Sinful Louisiana, as the Geritol Mafia getting her into mischief *rolls eyes*. So think of this as a mix of The Godfather, Miss Congeniality, and Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich series!

This book was a hoot and I got a LOT of chuckles out of it. I loved the mystery and action scenes. The character's are well written and the plot/mystery very well planned and executed. There are a couple of really bad and very humorous typo's -but it didn't put me off.

I have already started book 2 and instead of the usual week's month's or even years going by the next book start the very next day. I loved this book and have very high hopes for the rest of the series.
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review 2017-01-21 07:05
Sale Blitz - Good Girl
 
 
"a delicious bite of Southern seduction with chemistry that sizzles." 
- Rebecca Yarros
 
 
 
 
 
GOOD GIRL
a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Released May 17th, 2016
Loveswept
 
 
New York Times BESTSELLER • Lauren Layne brings all the unpredictable heat of Blurred Lines to an all-new cast of characters! Country music’s favorite good girl is hiding away from the world—only to find herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.
 
Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.
 
Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.
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Noah

 

What time did you say this chick was arriving?” Finn asks around his cigarette.

 

Tomorrow morning,” I say, rapping my toe against a funny-looking floorboard and wincing when it buckles.

 

Huh.” Finn exhales and looks out the window.

 

I know that tone. “What?”

 

Seems she might have gotten here early,” he says, a second before the quiet afternoon erupts with the sound of my dog losing his mind, mingled with the shrill piercing yap of a much smaller dog.

 

Seriously?”

 

Finn shrugs and nods. “There’s a girl outside.”

 

Shit,” I mutter as I head toward the stairs, dodging the two broken ones.

 

Ranger’s about as good a dog as they come, wouldn’t hurt a fly. But he’s a big dog with a big bark, and one serious weakness: gleefully humping smaller dogs. He’s a rescue, and though he was fixed after they brought him in, he’d already gone through canine puberty, or whatever. He’s still got the fierce urge to hump, although it’s more habit than hormones.

 

I exit out the front door just in time to see my big brown Lab leap forward, his clumsy paws finding the shoulders of a blond girl who lets out a shriek, holding a cat above her head like that scene from The Lion King.

 

Ranger, no! Down.”

 

I run forward, my hand finding the collar of my dog and yanking him backward as I search the ground to find the source of the small-dog barks still piercing the air.

 

Then I register that the sound is coming from above, and realize . . .

 

The cotton ball isn’t a cat.

 

That orange piece of fluff is a dog, and Ranger is apparently in love.

 

What the heck is wrong with your dog?” the girl says as she slowly lowers the puffball from over her head, cradling the hideous little monster against her chest as it continues its high-pitched bloody-murder yips.

 

At least my dog is actually a dog,” I say, staring in horror at the pointy face of a canine that could fit in one of my hands. “I’ve seen dust bunnies bigger than that thing.”

 

Dolly’s a Pomeranian,” she says, setting a hand on top of the monster’s head. “She’s supposed to be this tiny.”

 

Well, Ranger’s a Lab. He’s supposed to be this normal.

 

He attacked me,” she says, giving Ranger a wary look as his tongue hangs out the side of his mouth, his eyes locked lovingly on Dolly.

 

He didn’t want you, he wanted the . . . dog,” I say, forcing myself to acknowledge that the creature in her hands might be part of the canine family.

 

For what, dinner?”

 

I don’t respond, because now that the crisis is averted, I’ve managed to shift my attention from the dogs to the girl, and . . .

 

Holy shit.

 

I’m not sure I’ve ever been sucker-punched by equal waves of lust and disdain before.

 

Jenny Dawson is hot as hell.

 

I knew that going in, but up close she’s even more mouthwatering. Her white skirt is short and tight, her legs long and toned.

 

She’s wearing some billowing pink top, so I can’t get a good look at what’s happening there, but it doesn’t really matter. I’ve always been a legs man, and I can’t stop looking.

 

The legs are a 10.

 

The face is a 10.

 

And the long blond hair spilling over one shoulder definitely begs to be spread over a man’s pillow. My pillow.

 

And yet even as my cock says yes, my brain is saying hell no.

 

Gorgeous as she is, she screams diva from the pink toenails to the sky-high stiletto sandals and all the way up to the carefully made-up face.

 

I just turned my entire life upside down trying to get away from a woman exactly like this one, so this is definitely a look, don’t touch situation.

 

But I’m looking. I’m definitely looking.

 

 

 

Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly, #2)Good Girl by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book # 2 in the Love Unexpectedly series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. The books in this series are really good reads, so I encourage you to read them in the order intended.

Noah AKA Preston meets Jenny when she rents his old home out in the middle of nowhere. She is glad to get away from the buzz and hype of the tabloids and get back to simply writing music. She is not counting on the attraction that shocks them both.

Jenny is famous. Noah cannot get past the part where she lives another life where he does not fit in. Even if they give in to these sparks that are flyin' - where could this really go?

The heat and the banter are what make this book so much fun! As usual, the author gives us a book we cannot put down. There are surprises in store for the reader!


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

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Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.
 
In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.
 
In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.
 

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!
 

 

 

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review 2016-12-16 05:48
Awesome Holiday Read
Christmas Knight: A Holiday Novella (Lou... Christmas Knight: A Holiday Novella (Louisiana Knights) - Jennifer Blake

Christmas Knight: A Holiday Novella by Jennifer Blake is a fairly short read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Blake has gifted us with a well written book.  The characters are fantastic.  Donna and Jake's story is filled with drama, humor and sexy bits.  I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Jennifer Blake in the future.  Christmas Knight is book 4 of the Louisiana Knights Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2016-11-06 18:41
Shots on the Bridge by Ronnie Greene
Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina - Ronnie Greene

Horrifying. Disturbing. Shameful. Criminal. Murderers. Five words I would use to describe a group of New Orleans police officers so out of control and above the law it's almost impossible to believe. Hurricane Katrina brought out the best in most and the worst in others. I don't care how unprepared, overwhelmed, and overworked the NOPD was for the devastation that Katrina left in her path, NO EXCUSE is ever going to convince me that the actions taken by these officers couldn't have been easily avoided. You had one job and it wasn't to kill innocent victims of natural disaster. I love New Orleans. It's a fabulous place with good, happy folk. This was painful to read. Heartbreaking.



*I was provided with a DRC from Edelweiss for review purposes. Opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

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  The accused are found guilty.

 

The Danziger Bridge shootings were police shootings that took place on September 4, 2005, at the Danziger Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana. Six days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, members of the New Orleans Police Department killed two civilians: 17-year-old James Brissette and 40-year-old Ronald Madison.

 

Danziger Bridge shootings - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danziger_Bridge_shootings
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review 2016-09-10 00:00
Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color
Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color - Sybil Kein This university press collection of essays both historical and contemporary addresses multiple aspects of lives of free Creole people of color of New Orleans mainly in the nineteenth century with occasional jumps to the twentieth. Topics include food, labor, Marie Laveau, language, race, and many others. Perhaps the only poorly developed theme was that of religion; while reference is made to the mostly Catholic faith of the Creoles, the influence of African belief systems, and the influx of Anglo-American Protestants, no one essay explores how this interaction shaped the lives of the Creoles. The collection is marred by some academic gobbledy-gook substituting long tired words for analysis and occasional specious reasoning from the facts presented (for example, the author of one essay on “passing” as white stated boldly that most blacks who could “pass” did not want to … but then goes on to cite many counterexamples as well as economic data showing the gains to be made by so passing, which undermined the author’s conclusion). In general, however, this was a readable collection providing decent depth on the given topic and raises questions about a future more mixed-race America.
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