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review 2018-03-06 18:45
Sean Crisden saved the day on this one...
Memories of the Heart - Felice Stevens,Sean Crisden

I'm getting reviewed out here and truthfully I listened to this one because I felt like it and for no other reason...thank you once again Audible.com Romance Package. So I'm going to try and keep this one short and sweet.


First off there are already some really good reviews out there for this book both for and against so to speak. Truthfully for me the story was maybe 2 or 2.5 stars with the rest of the stars that make up my 3 stars rating being for Sean Crisden and the awesome job that he did on the narration of this one.


I needed the story to be a little tighter...which translates to a bit shorter to get rid of some of what felt like repetitive thoughts/ideas/conversations. I needed Micah to just generally be different...not as whiny, with a more believable transition to being the kind, courteous person that he became.


I needed the 2 hospital administrators who were such huge dicks to just generally not exist because along with just generally being a**holes, they were TSTL!!!


And let's not even discuss Josh's ex and his sister who owned/ran the coffee shop where Josh worked because truthfully I'm not sure which one of these two idiots I liked less and then we have Micah's best friend Alex and Rafe the vet who took care of the dog that Josh found...seriously I probably liked these two characters the most and we saw them the least.


So, quick summary I loved the narration on this because Sean Crisden...he's another fave of mine, the story was good in theory and fell short in execution and book #2 'One Step Further' and #3 'The Greatest Gift' are both centered around Alex and Rafe...so bizarre as it seems because I really liked these two men, I'm probably going to at least give 'One Step Further' a chance to see how it goes and then we'll see if there's a book #3 in my future.

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review 2018-01-22 00:00
Mail Order Memories
Mail Order Memories - Kirsten Osbourne Mail Order Memories - Kirsten Osbourne Somehow I missed this one when I originally read this series last year. It's short but so good! I've loved all of the Brides of Beckham books but this one definitely ranks high on the list of favorites.
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review 2018-01-21 14:38
Loved it!
Captured Memories - Katherine McIntyre

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibraian – I Dig Good Books


This story was short, sweet, and to the point. It was a cute romance that allows you to escape the real world for a bit. The characters are sassy and fun. The story is realistic and the details were great. I enjoyed this quick little read.


I will say as I was reading this story, I felt like I just knew the story was going to come up short. I felt like there was going to be missing details and / or descriptions. It was a fast-paced story, a little more than a novella, but as I was reading, I just had this feeling I was going to come up short, missing details or missing a history or future. I am very happy to report I was wrong. The author did a great job providing just enough detail to keep the story flowing, keep the picture scrolling, but not overwhelm you, as the reader. I was very pleasantly pleased with the story writing and boy was I wrong!


There are some heavy emotions in this book. There is a history, there is a present, and there is a future. The history is dark and damaging. It is like walking on broken, shards of glass. The present is walking on a smooth floor with the wounds from the glass covered floor, slow but for sure they are healing.  The future is walking on a smooth floor with nothing but a few scars. Those scars will never allow the past to be forgotten but allows the present to be bearable and to know the future will be better.


The characters were enjoyable. They were the types of people I could befriend in real life. They are the types of people you want to have in your corner. They made the story that much better.


If you’re curious, yes of course, I would recommend this story to you. It won’t take a lot of time to read it but you’ll be happy you did!


*A Copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.

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review 2018-01-20 22:13
A Good Classic Story
Corduroy - Don Freeman

When I see the book, "Corduroy", I get a nostalgic feeling. It brings back memories of my childhood sitting in the elementary classroom listening to this story while each classmate passed around a stuffed Corduroy bear. I had this book in my personal childhood collection and it remains a staple now. Corduroy is a stuffed animal left on a toy store shelf to wonder when someone will come along and take him home. One little girl comes along and wants to take him home, but her mother says no due to his missing button on his overalls. Corduroy was so sad so he sets off into the mall to find himself a new button! To his disappointment, he doesn't find one, but that doesn't stop a very determined little girl. This story is a sweet reminder that everyone has a place and someone to love them no matter who you are. "Corduroy" can be used at the beginning of the year when students are making new friends and might be a little nervous. This story represents how friends can make us feel special and comfort us.


Lexile: 600L

Guided Reading Level: K

Suggested Grades: K-2


Link posted for "Corduroy" extensions.

Source: www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/corduroy-extension-activities
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review 2018-01-18 08:39
Release Day Blitz - A Way With You

TitleA Way with You
Series: A Way With, Book 2
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Amazon
Release Date: January 18, 2018
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 30K
Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Humor, Office Romance, New York City

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Reeve Nelson is determined to make it in Manhattan. He’s hardworking, dedicated and willing to put in the extra hours required to be successful at his new job at a prestigious real estate firm in the city. There’s no way he’s going back to small-town living and an ex-girlfriend who won’t let go. But his boss isn’t making it easy. 
Leo Rodriguez enjoys his reputation as a ruthless businessman. He’s a lone wolf who’s scraped his way from the gutter to rebuild his life and launch a distinguished career on his terms. When an opportunity to expand in the market comes up, Leo wants the eager new agent with a sense of wonder on the project. But nothing goes quite as planned. Reeve expected to be intimidated and overwhelmed by Leo, however, the explosive mutual attraction and fierce desire between them is a big surprise. Neither man is looking for love and yet, something special just might happen if they can find their way…together.





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Yeah, this was my idea but I wasn’t prepared to be this close to Leo again. His mere presence overwhelmed me. He smelled so good. I wanted to bury my nose in the collar of his button-down shirt and just…breathe. I told myself Leo was a regular guy like every other guy here, but truthfully, he wasn’t the least bit ordinary. Even in executive chic, Leo turned more heads than the shirtless bartenders. And when he smiled at the young man next to me who offered him his stool, he added another admirer to his list.
I’d never been around anyone who changed the temperature in a room simply by entering it the way he did. It wasn’t his appearance either. His height and sharp sense of style might garner a second glance, but his true appeal was innate. It was in the way he spoke and moved. He didn’t mince words or waste time. He was concise and direct and acted with purpose. I got the impression Leo Rodriguez had a reason for everything he did, including wanting to meet with me.
Leo perched on the vacated stool and then hooked his thumb at me when I didn’t reply. “He’ll have a martini too.”
“No. I mean, yes. But with olives, please. No onions.” I thanked the bartender then swiveled to face Leo, accidentally bumping his knee.
I muttered a quick apology and cautioned myself to pull it together. Leo wasn’t my boss anymore, for fuck’s sake. I just wished he didn’t make me so anxious.
Commence the nervous chatter.
“Onions? No one orders onions,” I snorted. “And vodka-soaked onions are especially gross.”
Leo’s lip curled on one side like a pirate. “When was the last time you had a vodka-soaked onion?”
“Uh…well, never,” I admitted with a frown. “But it sounds gross.”
“Chocolate covered scorpions and braised frog legs are gross. Onions aren’t in the same zip code.”
I made a face and shivered. “Have you actually eaten those things?”
“Yeah, and actually, they’re not so bad. Chocolate hides the taste of anything, even insects, and frog legs taste like chicken. But you never know unless you try.”
“No thanks.”
Leo tsked playfully. “You have big opinions, a big mouth, and a hot temper, Nelson. No wonder I like you.” He nodded his thanks when the bartender delivered our cocktails then raised his glass in a mock toast. “To onions.”
“We sure as fuck ain’t drinkin’ to olives,” he quipped.
I chuckled at his comedic expression then sipped my martini while I wracked my brain for a non-confrontational topic of conversation to stall the inevitable one.
“What do you have against olives?” Weak. But it was better than nothing, and Leo seemed willing to play along.
“Nothing. It’s a texture thing. I don’t eat them if I can help it but I love olive oil. And tapenade is cool as long as those little suckers are chopped really fine. Otherwise, olives are a hard pass for me. Everyone has a food like that. What’s yours?”
“Kidney beans,” I replied quickly. “I like them in chili but not in salad. I have a great recipe for spicy chili that requires multiple glasses of water on standby. My grandmother made it when we were kids and”—I stopped to take a gulp of my drink before braving a look his way—“I’m sorry. You make me nervous.”
“Why, Reeve?” he purred, leaning into his elbow on the bar next to mine. “Is it because of last night?”



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A Way with YouA Way with You by Lane Hayes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is book #9, in the Memories With The Breakfast Club series in the Kindle Worlds. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.

Reeve applies for his dream job in the city. Then his boss makes him offer he has to refuse. To make matters even worse, the attraction between them intensifies. You just cannot be intimate with your boss.

Leo has been hurt so much in the past. He has so many walls up. Each day it seems like Reeve is breaking them down one by one. Can he trust that his heart is telling him the truth?

This was such an amazing story. There is so much to it. The characters are both strong. The banter is set at a nice quick pace. This was a great addition to this series. It was exciting to read the character development and see the conclusion come together. This book was a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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

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Meet the Author:



Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.


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