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review 2018-08-14 21:30
Nobody's Baby But Mine
Nobody's Baby but Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
A friend lent me this book and I needed a book with a baby on the cover for Ripped Bodice Bingo. I'm using this shitty book for that square! And here's why I thought it was a shitty book: rant ahead. And maybe a little spoilery. And maybe a little cussing. You've been warned.

So, Jane. Jane is a GENIUS and DESPERATELY wants a baby. So does she do what a NORMAL person would do? Fuck no! Why would one use a sperm bank (don't cha know that medical students are notorious for sperm donation?!) when one could trick an unsuspecting guy instead?! Now, granted, she doesn't get pregnant the first time when she sabotaged a condom. No, that happens the second time when they have unprotected sex. But, see it's okay becomes she didn't enjoy herself. Amiright? 
The whole "I'm super smart and it was hard for me growing up, so I want a less intelligent baby! So, I'm going to pick a football player because they all lack intelligence!" just pissed me off. Judgmental much? She's such an idiot. 
On the other side, Cal. I really didn't like him either. "...why should he chose a desperate 30 year old..." Yeah, he is 36. Anyone over 24 is "too old." FUCK YOU ASSHOLE!! I thought he was mean, spiteful, ageist. Granted, he had every right to be pissed, but he took it too far.
I could not forgive (or forget) anything that they did.  Much less like them or even want these 2 toxic people to be together.  What she did was mortally and ethically wrong. 
The best parts of this book were Lynn, Annie, and Jim.
This just hit a lot of my hates. It definitely feels like I didn't read the same book that so many others read (and loved).
 
 

 

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review 2018-08-01 20:34
Mine to Take - Cynthia Eden

First book in the Mine series was intense, fast, and short.  Definitely a novella, but without falling to the curse because they knew each other ten years ago while in foster care.  When she shows up at his office needing help, he sets out to win her back and keep her this time instead of pushing her away.  He is an intense male lead and the conflict was dark, scary, and moved quickly.  She was much softer and I think that made for a good match for his intensity and darkness. The plot line was enjoyable and the conflict was strong; it definitely had a creepy bad guy. I enjoyed the quick read.

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review 2018-06-05 00:00
Unconditionally Mine (Miami Dreams)
Unconditionally Mine (Miami Dreams) - Nadine Gonzalez Gonzalez turns fun in the sun into a spicy tryst. Unconditionally Mine is set in the perfect location. Miami is just the place to shake off the blues. So it's fitting that a woman that puts business before pleasure, finds her happy place there. Sofia needs to get away and Jon may be the only one to help her get there. What began as a hoax is destined to become the real thing, if real life doesn't get in the way. Fun, flirty, fabulous summer lovin'.

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review 2018-05-31 03:35
The most enjoyable mystery I've come across in months!
Trouble is a Friend of Mine - Stephanie Tromly
Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digby's friend wasn't that different from preparing to survive the apocalypse.

 

I don't remember exactly what I was reading, but I came across a reference to this book filling the Veronica Mars dialogue hole for the writer (or something like that -- I stupidly closed the tab and moved on so I can't get the quotation right, or credit the source...). That sounded good enough to try, and boy, oh boy, am I glad I did. I doubted it'd come close to Veronica Mars, because none of the things I've read compared to it have ever come close (not that I haven't enjoyed many of those things, even in their non-Mars-ness), but that was wrong of me -- there's a strong Mars-like vibe here.

 

Actually, that'll work for a very reductionistic and not very accurate summary of this book: It's Veronica Mars, gender-flipped, narrated by the Wallace figure.

 

I should've paid more attention to the piece I skimmed, I didn't realize until I'd started that this was a YA mystery, but it works okay for older readers. There's a soupçon of romance -- and only that. I just want to throw that out before some of you decide to bow out of this one from the start.

 

So, post-bitter divorce, Zoe and her mother move to a small town from NYC. Mom's an English professor at a community college and Zoe's trying to fit in -- temporarily. Her plan is to blow this popsicle-stand and move on to a Private School, make her mark there and step on to Princeton. She just needs to nail this semester.

 

Enter Digby. This odd boy who always wears a suit and refuses to fit in. First, ropes her into working on an insane independent study project (which he shows no signs of ever working on), showing up in the least convenient places, and leading her into all sorts of trouble -- despite her best intentions.

 

Digby has a dark past, the events of which shape his every move (that's obvious, I know -- but he's self-conscious about it) and the way that everyone in town sees his every move. It'd be very easy for this past to turn Digby into some sort of Bruce Wayne-y do-gooder crusader; or angry, rebellious young man -- neither ends up being the case. He's a brilliant kid with little regard for societal norms (not that he's not very aware of them and how to use them for his own benefit). I'm doing a horrible job describing him -- while there's all that going on, Digby is observant, quick-witted, a creative thinker, resourceful, with a sharp-tongue, an odd-sense of humor and the teenaged-boyest teenage-boy appetite.

 

Zoe is strong-willed (except when it comes to Digby or her father), smart, careful, cautious, determined and focused. But she wants to be more -- she wants to be adventurous, popular. I just don't think she can admit that to herself. She's a great character with a voice that makes you just like her.

 

Speaking of voice, I've gotta give kudos to Kathleen McInerney. She narrates this tale with life, verve, and humor. This is good material and she makes it live.

 

In addition to Zoe and Digby, we've got Henry -- an old friend of Digby's, the clean-cut quarterback -- and many other mainstays of high school fiction (the meangirl, the computer geek, the bully athletes). Zoe's mother is a better-than-average adult character for YA fiction, she's not perfect, but she's a committed and caring mother. Her father, on the other hand, is a little more typical -- over-bearing and focused on his goals for his daughter (that's typical for a character, not a father, I want to stress). The characters and the relationships between them feel grounded and believable -- which makes it easy to want to see them succeed and to buy into the outlandish situations that Digby introduces Zoe and Henry to.

 

I've gone on a lot without talking about the plot -- what kind of situations are there for Digby to involve his friends in? Let's start with the cult with a headquarters across the street from Zoe's house, and the very creepy guys who live there. There's drug dealing, a missing high schooler, some dumpster arson, a gynecologist who definitely needs to review the Hippocratic oath, a case the police have given up on, and high school drama. It's actually very difficult to say the plot is about X, because Digby has an agenda that he really doesn't fill people in on until the last minute. And he seemingly hops around from caper to caper in an ADHD-manner. Minor spoiler: it's not the case, he as some kind of a plan.

 

I've done a lousy job selling you on this book, some of that is because it's such a quirky, oddball of a story -- and the rest is due to a sloppy job on part, so let me sum up before I make things worse. The book moves swiftly and smoothly, making you smile frequently -- impressed with Digby's dogged determination and enjoying (even while rolling your eyes at his antics). The dialogue is snappy, the characters are likeable, you'll find yourself invested in this crazy story -- even if you're a couple of decades past the target audience. Trombly has given us a great gift in Zoe and Digby, give this a shot, you'll have a great time.

 

2018 Library Love Challenge

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/05/30/trouble-is-a-friend-of-mine-audiobook-by-stephanie-tromly-kathleen-mcinerney-the-most-enjoyable-mystery-ive-come-across-in-months
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text 2018-05-24 14:45
Nobody’s Baby but Mine By Susan Elizabeth Phillips $1.99 Love this one!
Nobody's Baby But Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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