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review 2018-11-08 06:14
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Hockey Holidays - RJ Scott,Kat Mizera,Susan Scott Shelley,Melody Heck Gatto,Jennifer Lazaris,Jaymee Jacobs,Jean Joachim,Melanie Ting,Toni Aleo,Stephanie Kay,Lily Harlem,Kate Willoughby,Lisa B. Kamps,Jami Davenport,Stephanie Julian,Shannon Stacey

This 18 book collection by some of the most amazing authors was such a treat to read!  I loved the humor, heat, and you betcha - even the hockey that was represented in each story.  I have 2 book reviews that I am sharing from this collection for you below.

 

A Second Shot by Shannon Stacey:

 

Heartwarming and truly charming, this short and sweet story has us on our toes as we read about a couple who should be together, but have been apart.  Great read of sexy and fun. 

 

A Wolfe Brothers Christmas by Jami Davenport:

 

 

Little bit of suspense mixed in with a sweet holiday story that brings a lot of sexy charm to the table.  If you loved her men in their previous stories - you are going to be glad you grabbed this little bit of heaven.  I do recommend that you read the Game On In Seattle series first, however, to avoid spoilers.  Believe me this is worth it!  

 

Each short story included gives a unique and truly hockey flavored look at romance.  What I enjoyed most was that it gave me a chance to relax and enjoy love in my favorite sport.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

 

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review 2018-07-17 02:35
An American Killing ★☆☆☆☆
An American Killing - Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

Ugh. It started off so well. The characters seemed interesting and the writing was okay and I was curious to know more about the powerful politician found dead in an apparently accidental case of autoerotic asphyxiation, but maybe was murdered instead. Then it all went to heck on page 18, when the first person narrator suddenly began swinging between present tense and past tense, the story became clogged with celebrity name-dropping, and it became painfully obvious that the author was drawing so heavily on the Ann Rule/Ted Bundy story that it completely kicked me out of the story. I did power through to page 50, but there’s no way I could bring myself to finish the book.

 

DNF on page 50. Hardcover, purchased years ago on a whim from a clearance table at a big box bookstore that has long since gone out of business.

 

Previous Updates:

7/15/18 – 15/368 pg

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text 2018-07-15 15:09
An American Killing - 15/368 pg
An American Killing - Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

A serious writer like me gains notoriety when her books are made into successful movies with A-list stars, the same way nonserious writers gain notoriety. 

 

This book is off to a good start, in spite of the setting. I don't usually care for national politics/intrigue kinds of stories, but I think that's just going to be the stage for a murder mystery thriller. The main character is sort of fun, an unlikeable cynic for whom every human interaction is a self-centered negotiation. 

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review 2017-03-09 20:01
The Coach and the Secret (New Hampshire Bears #5) by Mary Smith
The Coach and the Secret (New Hampshire Bears Book 5) - Mary Smith,Kathy Krick

Mary Smith’s THE COACH AND THE SECRET was a heartbreaking and touching story.  The fact that it is based off a true story about a man whom Mary Smith met while working at a domestic violence shelter is even more compelling.  I love that the proceeds from this book are going into a trust fund for his daughter.  THE COACH AND THE SECRET had me crying and emotionally spent.  My heart completely went out to the characters.  This was an amazing book that is well worth the read.

 

Mary Smith did an incredible job with this story.  It was believable and well executed.  I fell in love with Coach Taden Long.  My heart went out to him and what he experienced.  He was a good man, with a big heart.  He was hard on himself. He was messed with both physically and emotionally. I appreciate that he gets a second chance with Macy. I love Coach’s daughter Janan and his niece Nova.  They are incredible girls who went through a lot.

 

THE COACH AND THE SECRET is the perfect example of how anyone could be subjected to abuse.  It shows that people can change for better or worse.  It also demonstrates how people have different coping-methods. This by far is my favorite story written by Mary Smith.  It is a story that was meant to be told, and she did the story justice.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2016-08-28 22:47
Life as an expat wife in Afghanistan.
No More Mulberries - Mary Smith

This was quite an unusual slant on the Afghan novel, drawing on the author's experiences of living in Pakistan and Afghanistan, training female volunteer health workers.

 

Eve is Scottish by birth, but her first husband was Afghani and she had fallen in love with the country. When he is tragically killed, she finds herself adrift with a young son. Desperate to remain in Afghanistan, Eve is happy to accept the proposal of marriage from a young Afghan doctor, Iqbal, who takes her and her son to live in his village and set up a clinic for women.

The book opens with her battling his decision to stop her teaching English to two young boys because it might bring shame to his house. She misses the relative freedom she had become used to in town and finds living in his village very restrictive.

When an opportunity arises for her to attend a training camp as a translator, Eve is keen to go but Iqbal won't hear of it. He is overruled by the camp's director and steamrollered into letting her attend.

 

The book follows Eve's experiences at the camp and her subsequent decision to visit her first husband's grave. 

It is a fascinating insight into the lives of Afghan women, their lives and opinions. I'd really like to follow up with Mary's other book, the semi-autobiographical, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni, which concentrates more on the individuals that she met.

 

 

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