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review 2020-05-02 07:01
Loved You Once (The Baker’s Creek Billionaire Brothers #1) by: Claudia Burgoa
Loved You Once (The Baker’s Creek Billionaire Brothers #1) - Claudia Burgoa




Another sad love song finds the heart to be happy. Loved You Once is a tale of battered emotions, bruised egos and finding the courage to fight heartache back from the brink of despair. Hayes and Blair are one regret short of a happy ending. Will they have the courage to turn what if, into forever after romance? Burgoa dares to be vulnerable. Blair and Hayes are perfectly, flawed. Haunted by the past. Fearful of the future and hopeful in the present. Burgoa and her characters are a beautiful kind of mess that speaks to the deepest recesses of a heart and inspires it to take a chance on love.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-05-01 14:21
Review: Watchers
Watchers - Dean Koontz

So my first experience with this story is the Corey from the late 80s early 90s. I loved it and when I realized it was based on a novel it was immediately added to my TBR.  I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator brought Fur Face to life. And yes, I realize his name is Einstein, but he was Fur Face in the movie and will always be that for me.  The performance was excellent. I could really picture everything thing happening and I felt the emotion of the situations.


So Fur Face is a genetically engineered golden retriever that escapes the lab he was created in.  He finds his way to Travis who is a lonely man at the end of his rope. He's not quite suicidal, but he's pretty much given up on life.  Fur Face is just what he needs to bring him back to life, especially when the dog reveals his human-like intelligence.  Travis instantly falls in love with Fur Face.  Travis now has a companion to love and care for, and Fur Face gets the same on top of having freedom from the tests and cage he was in at the lab.  


Fur Face leads Travis to Nora, a woman who was raised almost entirely by her miserable, horrible aunt.  She never went to school or had friends, her life was completely controlled by her aunt until the woman's death.  While Nora is attempting to learn how to live a life free of her aunt, she is targeted by a creepy man who wants to control and use her until he's had his fill.  Fur Face leads Travis to her and together they rescue her from the horrible man.  The two develop a friendship that eventually develops into love.


Together Travis and Nora discover just how intelligent Fur Face actually is and create a means of communication. They learn about his past and that he was not the only experiment that escaped the lab.  The Outsider is an abomination that has a deep hatred for Fur Face. Somehow they are bonded and can sense other another.  The Outside is searching for Fur Face because he wants to destroy him.  And then there's the  problem of the NSA and a hired hitman on Fur Face's trail.


The trio go on the run getting far enough away to give them time for The Outsider eventually finding them.  They have a final battle where the Outsider nearly kills Fur Face, and Travis kills both the hitman and The Outsider.


This is so ridiculously well written I could literally listen to the audiobook all over again.  I felt the emotions and humanity in Fur Face, but also you felt empathy for the Outsider. He was created to be a monster, a killing machine.  He grew to hate himself for being an ugly monster and his hatred toward Fur Face was really his envy at being the beloved child while The Outsider was clearly feared and even hated.  In the end I felt for the Outsider and wished that he could have been saved.  His death was actually very sad.  


I enjoy the heck out of this book. It was excellent from start to finish. I felt completely satisfied with the ending.  I don't know why anyone would need a sequel. Travis and Nora lived happily ever after. And Fur Face lived, got a mate of his own and had children.  What more was needed? 

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review 2020-04-27 03:01
Goblet of Fire - audiobook
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4 - J.K. Rowling,J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale


Book 4. I was flying through these, but now I feel like I need a break. Maybe it's because this was the first really heavy book emotionally (for me anyway). I still LOVED it and I will always love Harry Potter. It's great to be able to come back to this series whenever I want to escape the world.

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review 2020-03-04 19:32
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon ★★★★★
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King

This was a re-read (or re-listen) of a favorite old book. Rather than go into details, I'd urge you to read the excellent reviews by Chris' Fish Place and Mike Finn, both of whom were more eloquent than I could hope to be. This is one of King's books that is more character exploration than horror novel, although it has plenty of dark and frightening moments. As a baseball fan, I really connect with the way Trish is anchored by her favorite team and player, and the way the elements of the game reflect the ordeal she endures and how she copes and survives. 


The ending is not quite as weird as I remembered it, this time, perhaps because I read it this time with the context of knowing the full story. 


Audiobook ripped from CD, with a fantastic reading by Ann Heche. I had planned to post some photos of the popup book version that I also own, but when I pulled it off my shelf, I realized that static photos just won't do it justice. The charm is in the dynamic as the pages are turned and interacted with. So I'll have to do a video of me leafing through the popup book instead. I'll try to get that done this weekend. 

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text 2020-03-01 17:23
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - 0%
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: A Pop-up Book (Novelty Book) - Kees Moerbeek,Stephen King

I'm slowly climbing my way out of my winter depression, catching up on wherever I was when I sank last November. I've been sustaining myself with re-reads of old favorites, and am starting my last re-read today, with the audio of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. This isn't one of the usual SK fan favorites, but I've always adored this one. It's only slightly marred by one of Uncle Stevie's usual wtf endings. I also have this one as an absolutely amazing popup book, and I can't believe I've never reviewed it here. So I'll post a few pics of the popups along the way. 


Meanwhile, I'm looking at all the books I had listed as in-progress at the time I stopped updating, and although I know I finished them, I don't remember enough about them to post any kind of review. I'll probably do a summary post for posterity, though. 

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