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review 2017-11-02 19:37
Review: A Wanted Man
A Wanted Man - Robert B. Parker

Truth be told, this book was a bit jumbled at first. We jump right into Ben's life and there's very little explanation. I would have preferred a little introduction but we do get a bit of history and context as the book progresses. Needless to say, there is some graphic violence discussed, so be wary of that.

By the middle of the book I was really enjoying it. I did figure out one of the plot twists pretty early on, but that didn't particularly deter from the story. There was, in my humble opinion, a bit too much discussion of the various settings Ben encounters. While I do enjoy knowing the world the characters are experiencing (especially since I've never been there), there was just a lot of unnecessary inclusions that made the story drag a bit at times.

However, I really enjoyed Ben as a character and the ending was an interesting outcome. Ben is a vigilante and lives by his own set of rules, which aren't clear at the beginning of the story. I found myself waiting to see what his next move might be, and I was consistently surprised. I'm definitely interested to read his next adventure.

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text 2017-10-30 17:26
I’m Looking for Help in Hosting the Library Love Challenge

 

HELP WANTED

 

Bloggers if you are interested in hosting a reading challenge. I’m looking for someone to help me host the Library Love Challenge. 

 

If you are interested please email at tigerlilly_liz (at) hotmail (dot) com for more details. 

 

Check out last years library love challenge HERE

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-09-01 03:51
This one's definitely a little bit on me...
Wanted, A Gentleman - K.J. Charles

I was really looking forward to this one. I've heard some really good things about KJ Charles and I've only had the chance to read a couple of short stories by this author but I admit I really liked them. My only reservation here was that the stories a historical and that's not always a winning genre for me but when I like it I usually really, really love it...Joanna Chambers' 'Enlightenment' series...love it! J.L. Hawk's Griffin and Whyborne series...again love it! And that's about it for me and historical books in the M/M genre so...I'm a pretty tough sell in this area.

 

Even though I didn't feel totally wowed with this one. I found a lot of stuff in this one. I like the pacing of the story. Both Martin and Theodore were both likable and interesting characters. The story was definitely interesting and while it wasn't what I would call riveting, it definitely held my attention.  

 

'Wanted a Gentleman' takes place during the early 1800's in England. Theodore runs a local paper called the Matrimonial Advertiser and needless to say the name of his paper pretty much says it all. It's the 1800's version of 'OkCupid' or 'Match.com' open a profile or in this case place an add and see what happens. It's also the perfect way for lovers to pass messages back and forth as Theo finds out when a rather irate Martin appears in his offices one day demanding information about a certain add. Martin St. Vincent is a freeman and a respected merchant who is in search of a young lady at the request of her parents. He's determined to find the girl and return her home before anything untoward should happen to her and if this means conscripting a less than willing Theo to aide him...so be it.

 

While Theo at times appears to be a less than willing participant in this grand chase, his reasons are not readily apparent and as their journey progresses Theo's reluctance seems to fade at time but it's the reasons for his reluctance that may end things between these two men before they truly get a chance to begin. 

 

For me this was  one of those times when I just didn't fully connect the story and really haven't been able to fully define why. But I did find that there were two things about this audio book that definitely contributed to holding my attention and making me want to hear the entire story. 

 

The first was the authors writing style. I liked it and found that I'm definitely open to the idea of reading more of their books...of which I thankfully have several.  One of the things that will put me off of an historical novel really quickly is when the author's writing doesn't feel like it fits the period that they're writing about and for me that was not a problem with this story as it was the authors writing style that drew me in allowed me to envision the setting and time frame effortlessly.

 

The other thing that worked incredibly well for me was the the narration of Greg Patmore. I felt that he did a wonderful job of capturing both the voices of the characters and the time in which they lived as much as the authors writing style Mr. Patmore's delivery of this story was a big plus in getting and holding my interest. 

 

'Wanted a Gentleman' may have only been a 3 star audio book for me but as well as entertaining me for nearly 5 hrs, it was also a pleasant reminder that I have yet another talented author whose books need more of my attention and it introduced me to a new narrator that definitely bares further investigation...so all in all it's a 3 star book that did it's job well.

 

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An audio book of 'Wanted, A Gentleman' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-07-30 02:19
Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson $1,99
Wanted and Wired (Tether) - Vivien Jackson

A rip-roarin' new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places...

Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive
Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what's left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark
Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it's the perfect storm...

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review 2017-07-28 19:25
great story and characters
All I Ever Wanted (The Heartthrob Series... All I Ever Wanted (The Heartthrob Series Book 1) - LuAnn McLane

Grady  said no to offering Arabella the job of choreographer for the reunion concert . Oliver, Jesse, and Jimmy- all Grady’s brothers- protested. They were doing the Heartbreak reunion in honor of their late mom. But Arabella had walked out on Grady and wouldn’t believe he was innocent of cheating and wouldn’t take Grady’s calls but that was twelve years ago. Grady said he would do anything to help find a cure for Lupus. Including a cheesy boy band reunion. The brothers had been in a boy band called Heartbeat many years earlier. Arabella now had a business called Hip, Hop, and Health and seemed to be doing well so Grady thought. When the brothers had ended the boy band Heartbeat they moved home to Sea Breeze, Florida as their mom’s health had gotten worse and she had hidden a lot while they had done their world tour. Grady had been the biggest target of the Paparazzi back when Heartbeat was still together as he was the oldest and the front man of Heartbeat. Jimmy was the quiet voice of reason and had held everything together. It had been a wild four year ride for the brothers. Jimmy was a songwriter now and happiest when he and his guitar were on his balcony. Arabella had been the only one to ever break Grady’s heart he had never gotten over her. Grady nor his brothers were into lasting relationships at this time of their lives nor had they been other than Grady with Arabella. After the boys lost their dad in a fatal car crash and losing their mom to a horrible disease that attacked her body they knew how much it hurt to lose someone you love. Whoever came up with the notion losing love was better than never having loved was certifiable crazy as far as the brothers were concerned. Arabella’s dance studio was in financial trouble and she would do anything she had to as long as she kept her business going. Oliver had called Arabella a week after the brothers had been trying to get the moves the brothers had done as teenagers right. It had been thirteen years ago when Grady had broken Arabella’s heart. Arabella had expanded to fast with her dance studio and if she didn’t want to bring Maxine and all her horrible ideas for change into her business she really didn’t have a choice but to take the job offered to her by Oliver. Besides the three months by the ocean with free accommodations in a beautiful home. But Arabella knew confronting Grady would be hard. Arabella wanted to turn around and go back to LA but she needed the money this job would pay her for her business.

I loved this story and I especially loved the ending. A very sweet second chance romance. This had a great plot and pace. I loved the relationship between the brothers. I also loved the relationship between Arabella and the brothers. This was just a great fast read and I couldn’t find anything to complain about which was great. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.  

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