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review 2018-08-21 23:10
Stand by your manny, Give him two arms to cling to...
Stand By Your Manny - Peter B. Brooke,Christopher Lane

Sorry about that but this title just begs for a bit of Loretta Lynn...

 

'Stand by your Manny' is the third book in Amy Lanes 'Mannies' series and while I listened to the first book on audio, I unfortunately took a pass on the second book and I honestly wish I hadn't. I was ok with this one because having listened to the first book on audio I was familiar with Sammy, one of the MCs, Sammy's Uncle Channing and Channing's partner, Tino. Since Channing and Tino are the MCs from 'The Virgin Manny' the first book in this series and Sammy is or was the seven year old in that story.

 

Now, where things fall short for me is that some of the other secondary characters are from 'Manny Get Your Guy', the second book in this series. So needless to say I was a little bit 'who? what? where?' when it came to this part of the story and while it didn't make it hard for me to follow the story it was a bit distracting and I actually found myself going back and reading the blurb for the second book to try and give myself a better perspective of how these characters connected to the others and it did help a little bit. But while I wouldn't say that reading the first 2 books is necessary, I would definitely say that it would have made the reading experience better. So all things considered while 3.5 stars isn't quite my usual rating for an Amy Lane book it's still pretty good and first chance I get I'm going after book 2 on audio and redoing the whole experience...because re-dos on Amy Lane books are such a hardship...NOT!

 

So, as I mentioned before we first met Sammy 14 fictional years ago on the pages of 'The Virgin Manny' when he was a sweet little 7 year old and now he's 21 and basically the light of everyone's life. His family adores him and he's an incredibly gifted young man with so many hopes, dreams and plans...full of ambition and an illness that could keep those dreams from coming true.

 

Cooper's had a very different life from Sammy and his dreams have consisted of having the basics in life...a place to life, food to eat, health insurance all the things that so many people take for granted and eventually to being able to provide those things to a sweet, young girl who like Cooper has fallen through the cracks of the foster care system and has come to be the beginnings of the family that Cooper's going to make for himself.

 

Together Sammy and Cooper begin to make each other whole again...filling in the holes and missing pieces. Creating new hopes and dreams for themselves and for each other.

 

It's not very often that I get to read a book where one of the MCs was a child from a previous story so this was actually a bit of a reading treat for me and it was nice to get a peek at the MCs from the first book so many years later. Plus there were some delightfully humorous moments in this one. 

 

Peter B. Brooke was the narrator for 'Stand By Your Manny' and in spite of the fact that he has 54 audio books to his credit this was in fact my first time listening to a book narrated by him and for me the jury's still out on this one. At times when I was listening to the book I found that things just weren't working for me but there were other times that the narration was going really well so, in all fairness to this narrator I went and checked out the audio samples on a few of those books. What I found was that for the most part his voices in the samples I listened to showed a varied range and there may have been more than a couple of them that are now on my audio TBL list (To Be Listened-to) so at the end of it all for me on this one the narration was ok but I definitely think there's strong potential and I'll be checking out a few books by this narrator...you know purely for research purposes, right?

 

My recommendation on this one...best when read/listened to in order, after enjoying 'The Manny Virgin' and 'Manny Get You Guy'...not required but strongly encouraged.

 

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An audio book of 'Stand By Your Manny' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2018-08-21 08:10
Beat the Back to School Blues Entangled Teen Sale


Summer may be winding down and the school year is kicking off soon. Beat those back to school blues with some of these great steals.

15 amazing YA reads on sale for just 99¢ each!

Fantasy, mystery, contemporary, paranormal and more! No matter what you are in the mood for you will find it here.

 
 

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review 2018-08-20 18:22
This one gets 5 stars, 5 teary tissues and all the feelz from me...
Goal Line - F. Scott Fitzgerald,V.L. Locey

I’ve been crazy about this series from the word go and have loved each book more than the last one. I was honestly at the point where I thought my love for this series was maxed out but nope, I was wrong. This one…this one blew my mind and blindsided me with what has happened…I seriously did not see any of this coming…especially not the tears. My poor hubby came in from taking the dog for his morning walk to find me clutching my e-reader with soggy tissue in hand mumbling “dammit they made me cry!” He patted me on the shoulder and simply said “It’s been known to happen honey.” and went to make his morning tea…with my response of “Not when it’s a freakin’ hockey story. It doesn’t.” well, I was wrong apparently it does.

 

And that’s all the tear talk that we’ll be having today except to say that there were happy tears and sad tears and frustrated tears and some really pissed, angry tears and that’s the end of the tear talk.

 

‘Goal Line’ is puts us back inside the crease as we meet and spend time with fellow Canadian Bryan Delaney. The latest addition to the Railers and back-up for Sven the Railers totally adorable bigger than life Russian goalie. Bryan’s life hasn’t been the greatest, but he’s worked hard to get where he, is in spite of the obstacles he’s faced. Leaving his home in nowhere Canada at the age of 15 he found the beginnings of the family he should have had with his billet family before being drafter to the Raptors and can I just say that it’s a good thing he lived in Nowhere, Canada because I seriously want to get my hands on his parents…they do not deserve to be Canadian and we need to deport them to…the bottom of the ocean sounds good so let’s go with that, ok? I really came to love Bryan and at times his sense of insecurity and lack of self-worth more than anything were what brought me to tears, so the love and positive support that he received from Gatlin were like a balm to my soul. Bryan brought out my mother instincts practically from the word go and I have my milk and cookies ready for him.

 

For Bryan the Railers are a whole new creature when it comes to hockey teams as far as Bryan can see and he’s more than a little lost as to how to fit into this new and different team and when Sven takes him to get some new artwork for his helmet Bryan’s in for one more surprise when he meets Gatlin. Gatlin takes one look at Bryan and sees the history of sadness, heartache and insecurity that Bryan’s tried so hard to hide from the world and all he wants to do is to bring something good into Bryan’s life.

 

When Bryan gets drafted to the Railers he’s leaving behind more than a hockey team…he’s also leaving behind his first love affair…thank heavens because this one’s toxic city.

There’s a bit of an age gap between Gatlin and Bryan and while I’m ok with age gaps but still not a big fan of them. This one worked really well because of his age, Gatlin had the calm and maturity to be the supportive person that Bryan needed…these two men fit together effortlessly in my opinion and I so enjoyed their relationship…it worked really well for me. That’s not to say that they didn’t have some challenges to get there just that I had no problem believing that they would.

 

I think one of my favorite things about this book…actually about the series in general is how much we get to see of the characters from the previous books. It’s like getting a bag of my favorite candy when this happens in a series. I have such a weakness for this and because this story is based around a sports team it would honestly be bizarre to have it any differently.

 

‘Goal Line’ turns out to be a huge game changer for this series and one that I think will be as surprising for other fans of the series as it was for me, but I’m so on board to find out what happens next.

 

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An ARC of ‘Goal Line’ was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2018-08-19 12:35
Blog Tour: MisGiving Hearts by J.Haney & S.I. Hayes with Excerpt and Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for J.Haney & S.I. Hayes’s MisGiving Hearts. We will have info about the book and author, a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

 

Happy Reading :) 


 

They thought they were safe in their elite little world. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

When Charity Daniels was seventeen she fell in love with Literature, and a man who taught it. Their forbidden love was held back until graduation, until legally she could be his.

Flash forward three years, Charity is studying at Yale and still in love with her Princeton Man.

Quinn (Q) Everett is on scholarship at Yale, and finds himself inexplicably in Charity’s path. He tries to stay away, but his mouthy best friend thinks he knows better. Suddenly it’s lunches and crashing private plans for the duo just to see her.

But their flirtations do not go unseen, and Logan’s love turns and goes from jealousy to murderous intent.

Can these unproven lovers stay the course and avoid the devious plot of a scorn man or will everything crash and burn?

*Trigger warning: Violence **Strong Sexual Situations

 

 

 

 

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3-Charity

LAST NIGHT WAS THE LAST TIME I GO OUT ON A SCHOOL NIGHT. I feel like I was run over by a Mack truck. I stayed at Logan’s last night and memories of what happened filtered through my sleep, which left me not sleeping well, and today happens to be one of my longer days. I don’t get out of this place till at least eight. I think, instead of going to see Logan tonight, I’ll call him when I get home and let him know I won’t be over. I don’t have to study as hard as most, but I still do. I walk through the blue light district to get to my class. It’s blue lights set throughout campus. I like having it, especially when I have late classes. I see the gate I need to go through just ahead of me. As I step through, I hear someone say forcefully, “Naked in bed, Iago, and not mean harm! It is hypocrisy against the devil. They that mean virtuously, and yet do so. The devil their virtue tempts, and they tempt heaven!” I drop my Great One, twenty-four ounces of pure black Dunkin’ Donut bliss and my copy of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. I grab my chest. “Jesus Christ!” I get a glimpse of white flesh through black ink reaching for my items. He stands, towering over me with my book and now empty cup. “Sorry, Q-” He pushes the other guy who’s covered by his hoodie. “-over here was just working on something for his class. Thinks he’s Shakespeare or some shit.” He smiles, looking down at me. “I don’t think she cares, Stryker, let’s go,” Q says, walking off. “How would you know what I do and don’t care about?” He doesn’t answer, just keeps walking. Stryker gives me my stuff before walking off and mumbling something to his buddy. I continue my walk to Multicultural Middle Ages class. I notice the two guys once again as I’m walking in. Somehow, they managed to go around me? This is going to be a long class. I try to pay them little mind as I take a seat and start pulling my things from my bag. The professor walks in and is immediately on alert. “Mister Jordan, you know you’ve got no business in here.” “Come on, Prof, I was thinking about auditing today.” Stryker has just slipped into the desk beside mine. “Stryker, is it?” I ask, and he looks at me with what I’m going to assume is his sexy look. “Pretty sure ya can’t handle this.” “Mister Jordan, it’s time for you to go.” “What? Would you like me to recite in its original Italian?” Stryker asks and proceeds to do just that. “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita, mi ritrovai per una selva oscuro, ché la diritta via era smarrita.” I smile. “Actually, it’s oscura.” “Let it go, Miss,” the professor orders, looking at her book, “Daniels. Even if he’s wrong, he thinks he’s right.” “So, just like any other man,” yells a girl in the back. “One day, we will figure out how to teach them just right, but until that day, we just have to chalk it up to foolishness,” I remark. Stryker looks down at me before reaching into his hoodie and producing a card. “I like you, come to the shop anytime.” I take the card and look at it. It reads Lucky Stryke Tattoo Design and Piercing with the address and phone number. “Thanks.”

After class, I messaged Logan to let him know that I won’t be over tonight, lots of studying to do, then I stopped at Seoul to pick up dinner for myself and Hope. If anyone can help me work through what happened last night, it’ll be her. Korean food is one of her favorites, so I get dinner for both of us along with mochi ice cream. Never show up empty-handed. I knock on Hope’s door and wait for her to answer as I hold the food in front of my face. Hope opens the door and demands, “Bitch, where you been?” I lower the bag. “I brought food.” “Oh? You are a lifesaver.” “Seoul, your fave.” “Awesomesauce.” Hope pushes the door open further and lets me in. I head for the dining room as she walks into the kitchen. “I need talk time, and nobody but you can help me.” “Why? Did you wake up with a strange dick in your mouth?” “Kind of.” She stops in her tracks and looks at me, shock plain on her face. “What the hell do you mean, kind of? I was kidding.” “When I got to Logan’s last night, he sort of bent me over the couch, but we weren’t alone.” “Mmm, tell me it was that guy, Toby? You know I always wanted a piece of him.” Hope is a couple years older, but we went to the same high school, so she knew the teachers, knew the stories. “It was Hank Smiley.” I thump my head against the table. “Oh, honey.” Hope pats me on the back. “What happened? “I’m not sure exactly. I didn’t even know he was there till he shot his load on me.” “Well, look at it this way, better on than in, and it’s good for the skin.” “I’m disgusted. I lied to Logan because I’m not even sure how to look at him, then add in this stupid ring.” “What ring, girl?” Hope questions. I dig the ring from my purse and set it on the table. “He popped the question Saturday.” “Why?” “I don’t know. Because he wanted to?” “So, are you finally moving in? Because if you are, that’s cool, you’ll be closer.” “No, he’s moving to New York or Jersey, and I’m staying here to finish school.” “Why aren’t you just breaking up with him and getting on with it?” “Because I’ve spent almost three years with him, and I love him.” “I’ll never understand why. He’s such a cad.” “He just understands me.” “He understands wet, pink hole, thrust, and repeat.” “I didn’t say that I was okay with him asking me, Hope. I just didn’t want to embarrass him because we were in public. I don’t know what I’m doing, and then there’s whatever last night was. I’m so confused.” “Listen, there’s no point in being ashamed of something you’ve done. I’ll tell ya right now, if it were me and I wasn’t fancying another dude on top of me, I’d have fucked him up right quick. Don’t be afraid to say no.” “I’m still nursing my hangover, so I know I drank way too much. I think he knew it too.” “Then he’s even more of a scumbag than I thought because he took advantage of you, and he let someone else do it too.” “UGH!” I cry out. “Look, I know you love him and all, but he’s really not a good guy. Nobody should make you feel bad for who or what you are. You’re not me, don’t let him make you act like it if you don’t want to. You tell him that last night was a one-time deal. Don’t let him push you. Okay?” “Yeah, okay,” I say defeatedly. “Alright, you want to take this outside? Grab the wine and glasses?” “Gotta have that smoke.” I shake my head. “You can take the wine, I’ll just grab a bottle of water. I still have to drive home.” Hope walks out the back door to her porch while I go to the kitchen to grab a bottle of water. By the time I get to the porch, she’s already puffing on her cigarette. “So, how’s school going?” I ask, sitting across from her. “I actually just took the test for LPN, and I’m waiting for my results.” “How do you think you did? You didn’t show your tits this time, did ya?” “A red bra may or may have not been worn under a red blouse, but these things happen.” “You’re hopeless.” “Whatever brings out the grade. We’re not all you.” Before I can say anything, Hope speaks again. “Oh, look at the puppy.” Out runs what I’m pretty sure is an albino pit bull pup with a much bigger one right behind it, which must be the mom. Hope is calling the dogs as she climbs over the rail. “Hope, you’re going to hurt yourself,” I warn as she drops to the ground. Yeah, I’m not jumping, I’d break a bone. “Nonsense, puppies,” Hope says, squatting to pet the dogs. “Nonsense, jump, I’m sure one of us can catch you,” a male voice breaks in. Wait, I know that voice. I stand and walk over to the railing. “Jesus, you again?” I ask as Stryker comes into view. “I’m not the one that followed me home. Hey, Q, little miss Obscura's here.” “I didn’t follow you. I needed to talk to my best friend who happens to live here. Wait, did you just call me obscure?” His buddy walks out in camo pants and denim button up over another shirt. He looks up at me. “If the reference fits. Do you feel we should put a pin between your shoulders and put you on a board somewhere?” “I’d rather you didn’t, I’d never get down. Height problems and all.” “Hmm, shorty got your number,” Stryker quips. Q licks his lips and nods his head before running a hand through his hair. He reaches his hand up to me. “Hey, my name is Quinn, folks around here call me Q.” I put my knees on the porch because I’m not climbing over the railing to fall to my death and take his hand. “I’m Charity and just because I go to Yale doesn’t make me like most of the snobs,” I introduce myself and extricate my hand from his before standing back up and dusting myself off. “I always heard it takes one to know one, and I’ve never known one.” “Hope is the snob in my group. “ “That’s good to know because we don’t associate with assholes.” Hope looks up at me. “Then don’t ask about her boyfriend. Oh, excuse me, fiancé.” I shake my head. “You were just dying to say that, weren’t ya? Can’t even let me decide what the hell I’m doing before you start spreading that news.” Hope stands up and starts dancing and snapping. “Start spreading the news,” she sings. “Hope, we love you, but only if you shut your mouth,” Stryker teases. “Oh, but don’t you know that’s her best asset?” I quip. Quinn reaches down and picks up the puppy. “Walked right into that one, huh?” He gibes before turning to me. “Do you like dogs?” “When they're nice. Never really been around animals. Ma wasn’t okay with them.” “How’s about you come down? She doesn’t bite and neither do I. I promise.” “But who says I don’t?” Shit, stupid filter. “Be down in a minute.”

 

 

 

J. Haney was born and raised in Kentucky, currently residing in Greenup County, Kentucky with her family, where she is the proud mamma to Jessalyn Kristine and co-owner to Proud Momma Designs, which she runs with her amazing Momma. J. Haney’s work tends to lean toward sweet and sexy, with suspenseful undertones giving her readers something to hold onto. It’s what she calls Real Life Romance.

S.I. Hayes was born and bred in New England, currently living in Ohio. Running around Connecticut, she used all of her family and friends as inspiration for her many novels. When not writing Paranormal Drama or Erotic Romance she can be found drawing one of many fabulous book covers or teasers, to see them check out her web site.

The pair met while working for a previous publisher and became fast friends, their split dynamics and views on life, family and love in general led to the idea of A County Fair Romance and A Sex, Drugs and Rock Romance adding to it Working Class Beauties and soon Kincaid Falls. Along with various Standalone novels. So, keep your eyes open and a fresh pair of panties close by, you know just in case.

 

 

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text 2018-08-19 01:11
Out Adventuring...

I'll be away for the next couple of days. 

 

(View from the Elephant House Cafe, known to the world largely because some of the story of a certain wizard was written here. It's a lovely cafe even without that connection.)

 

It's time again for the Edinburgh Festival and I'll be in the in the throng of the mayhem. Well, not quite...I'll be the person going to the performances at the fringes of The Fringe and nowhere near the Royal Mile or High Street because the crowds in that area are just way.too.much. 

 

So, I'll be galavanting around the quieter(ish) parts.

 

I've already started off on a high note with a gin tasting that was also combined with a musical performance. It was pretty good, but I would not call it "cabaret" (as the event's description claimed). But that is the Edinburgh Festival for you - lots to try out, most will not be anything like the description in the programme, but you just need to roll with it. Also, did I mention that the even included a gin tasting? It's all good.

 

I have a couple of other things planned for tomorrow but other than that, I'll just see where the fates of the festival will take me. 

 

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