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review 2018-06-21 15:53
Shelter in Place
Shelter in Place - Nora Roberts
SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts
SHELTER starts out as a horrific massacre in a shopping mall but quickly becomes a combination love story (an intelligent love story) and a thrilling search for a murdering mastermind.
Roberts has a genius for writing characters her readers fall in love with. SHELTER is no exception. Simone, CICi and Reed, the lead characters, are richly endowed with personality complete with interesting quirks. The supporting characters, while not as intimately drawn, are fully developed. The Maine coast is a major player in the tale. You will hear the waves crash and smell the flowers. Two of the main characters are artists and their talent is clear from the text as are their methods of expression.
The plot is terrifying and builds to a crescendo of a climax.
Readers of mysteries will enjoy the twists and turns of the plot. Readers of love stories will watch as the characters grow into a satisfying relationship. If you are squeamish, you may find the violence off putting, but it is necessary to the story line. The sex is present, but not overdone or gratuitous. Foul language is present, but, again, fits with the character and story line and is not omnipresent. Altogether an enjoyable read.
5 of 5 stars

 

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text 2018-06-20 08:12
Amazing Home Decor Ideas To Give It A Classy Look

A home is always called your sweet home when it gives you a feeling of ‘heaven’. Your home is where your heart resides and we all know that heart fall in love with its elegant decor. That means the main root to call it your dream home is behind its lavishing decor which truly enhances the beauty of your home. So why not make your home look truly classy and of your own touch. The best way to start things up is to check out the best place to buy home decor online and embellish your own home in your own style. Although choosing your own home decor is a rewarding experience which will excite you a lot.

 

To guide you better, below are a few home decor ideas that you should consider to make your house a ‘dream home’ and give it a much classy & elegant look.

 

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Your home is a mirror reflection of your own personality, who you are in real life and for today’s energetic world, Bar Accessories for Home are the perfect addition for a classy look of a house. To entertain your friends, colleagues, boss or relative, a high-class bar in a home will define your status and make you recognize as a high profile person in the society.

 

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Smoking a cigar is one of the symbols of classy, royal, and stylish man. It doesn’t matter whether you smoke habitual or not but having the presence of its humidors in your home will make you call as a royal person.  After all, you want an addition of royal touch in your sweet home. Right? And that’s exactly what we try to figure it out.

 

Amazingly incredible! These options excite me a lot. I can imagine how much you are curious to buy them. There are tons of cheap decor stores online you can get for endless options of best classy home decor products like billiards, wine coolers, theater seats, gaming table, wine racks, and licensed US military products. So, what are you waiting for? I have already picked my favorite home decor items. Are you still thinking? Don’t be after all; you are doing all such efforts for your own home. So, it's absolutely worth it!

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review 2018-06-11 16:43
Review: Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
Shelter in Place - Nora Roberts

On July 22, 2005 three teenagers enter a small-town mall and open fire. The first nine-one-one caller is a sixteen-year-old girl who luckily went to the bathroom as one of her best friends is killed in the theater, while the second gets critically injured.
The second nine-one-one caller is a college student on break from his summer job at the mall's Italian restaurant who hides in the kiosk with the body of the girl he invited on a date and a four-year-old boy separated from his mother.

The rampage lasts only eight minutes, but it will impact many lives in the years to come. The college student will become a cop, searching for answers and justice, while the girl will go on pretending like nothing happened, until their meeting, thirteen years after the massacre will force her to look and to embrace the past...And her future.

But there's someone else embracing the past, fanning the flames of rage, and demanding vengeance for the "unjust" death of one of the shooters. Someone who orchestrated the assault, and is now targeting all those that survived it.



This book was a study in calm before the storm and the storm that follows said calm. But instead of only one storm, the story was comprised of many, with calms between them serving as perfect augmenters of suspense and anticipation.

The book starts with a traumatic, aggressive event, a very contemporary topic of a mass shooting in a very public place with many casualties. Friends, families, loved ones are dead, those that survive have to live their lives with scars—some with physical, but all with deep emotional and psychological ones.
And this story shows us how different people cope with the same event and its aftermath. Some choose to embrace the event, letting it hone them to be better, to find answers, look for justice...Some stick their head in the sand, refusing to acknowledge it even happened, alienating those that love them—until they're eventually forced to really look at what happened and finally process it, and maybe find some sort of peace and absolution from guilt.

It wouldn't have worked the way it did without the characters, of course, and Nora Roberts is a true master of character portrayal and development. The cast was a motley crew of individuals and different personalities, but it all worked, flowing together seamlessly, pushing the story forward, keeping the reader engaged, and eagerly awaiting what would happen next.
The romance, though rather rushed (in hindsight) worked for that very reason—I got to know the two characters before they were together, I became invested in them, and I could see and understand what drew them to each other and why they were, in the end, perfect together.
I loved both Simone (the usual NR heroine, flawed, scarred and with deep issues) and Reed (the typical NR hero, affable when he needed to be, but with a core of steel, a protective streak a mile wide, and a great sense of humor), but I must say Simone's a little psychic grandmother, CiCi, ended up being my favorite character of the bunch.

And let's not forget the villain. Unlike most NR novels, where the baddie isn't revealed until the very end, we got to "live" the story through the villain's eyes as well in this book. And let me tell you, those scenes with the vengeful sociopath as "main character" made for a pretty chilling reading, yet gifting us with a hefty dose of suspense and thrills.

This book was a perfect mix of great characters (even the bad ones), wonderful relationships, hot romance, and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

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review 2018-06-04 12:55
Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts narrated by January LaVoy
Shelter in Place - Nora Roberts

Finished the audio and think I need to listen again. I had many interruptions, because life happens. I enjoyed this book, it is tragic, sad and evil in places but also fun, romantic and sweet. One of Nora Roberts best. 

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review 2018-06-02 06:33
A Place For Sinners
A Place for Sinners - Aaron Dries

Maybe I'm to blame for this one. It was a while since I got this book, and didn't remember what it was about any more and the cover is misleading. However, I don't believe it is just me, since the change in A Place for Sinners was so sudden, from a nice holiday in Thailand to doomsday kind of situations, that I actually had to go back and reread to make sure that was what was really happening.

It is also what continues on the second half. I like a good horror, and I understand there is some build-up where everything seems fine, but here it really was about half the book. With all the changing POVs (many of them delusional) and the non-stop action after the turning point I got lost and found it difficult to connect to the remaining protagonist.

Not for me, I'm afraid.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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