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review 2018-12-30 00:11
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
99 Percent Mine - Sally Thorne 99 Percent Mine - Sally Thorne

A special thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Darcy Barrett has travelled the world and can safely say that there is no man that measures up to Tom Valeska.  Tom's only flaw is that Darcy's twin brother, Jamie, claimed him first and that he is 99% loyal to her brother.    

 

When the twins inherit a rundown cottage from their grandmother, they are tasked with restoring it and selling it.  Before Darcy can set sail on her next adventure, house-flipper Tom has arrived in a tight t-shirt with his power tools (and hot tool belt) and he's single.

 

Darcy decides to stick around for a while.  It's not because she's been in love with Tom since she was eight-years-old, or that his face has inspired her to pick up her camera after her failed stint as a wedding photographer left her doubting her talent, it's to make sure that Jamie doesn't ruin the cottage's aesthetic with his modern taste.  Right?  

 

Can Darcy's delicate heart take being this close to Tom?  And can she turn the tables and make Tom 99 percent hers?

 

I loved The Hating Game.  It was clever, sharp, and cheeky!  But this book...I only liked it.  Okay so here's what I think happened: Thorne fell down with her character development.  Take Darcy for example, she's honest, and raw, but uses sarcasm and snark to hide behind her perceived tough exterior.  But this felt a bit forced and clichéd, and she ends up just being difficult and unlikeable.  Tom is your classic 'boy next door' type and although endearing, he was almost too good and dare I say...flat?  It felt like he was written to be the polar opposite of Darcy to make their relationship more layered and complicated, but again, this seemed to be a tactic.  You never get a sense of who he really is and he seems to be constantly eclipsed by those closest to him (his mother, his best friend, and now Darcy).  And can we just talk about Jamie for a second?  What a jerk.  I have the sneaking suspicion that he was underdeveloped because he will be a main character in another book.  

 

The plot came off as formulaic and a bit basic.  I don't want to get into too much detail here as to not give anything away, but I'm sure you can guess what happens.  I wanted the goods—I wanted more of their childhood, more about Tom and his mother, about Darcy's travels and her "Felicity" moment of cutting her hair, and more about Jamie (maybe then I wouldn't think he was such a tosser).  These relationships are the framework of the character development but they were underdeveloped and therefore produce some underwhelming characters.           

 

Where Thorne excels is with the ability to completely draw the reader in and not let go until the end.  She is incredibly engaging and I completely devoured both of her books in one sitting.  It is for this reason that she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and I will read anything she writes.  There is an ease to her writing and she has such an ear for conversation and banter which translates extremely well on the page.  

 

While this book might not have been everything I had hoped it would be, there are going to be those that love it.  I just didn't love it as much as The Hating Game.  I mean, Josh Templeman...  Enough said.  

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review 2018-12-22 03:04
Suddenly Mine (Montgomery Brothers, #8) by Samantha Chase
Suddenly Mine - Samantha Chase

 

 

Christian and Sophie come from totally different backgrounds. He's a big city businessman who spends his days drowning in responsibility. She's a small town girl who needs a fresh start. When tough choices and a bruised heart bring small town to the big city these two opposites discover they are not all that different where it counts. Suddenly Mine tells the story of two strangers trying to break free of heartbreaking pasts and create something new. Chase wards off the chill with a hint of heat, a ton of heart and some awesome romance.

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review 2018-12-19 09:20
How to mine Litecoin

How to mine Litecoin | Best Litecoin Miner

 

Mining coins have become one of the favorite ways for many hobbyists who want to earn digital currency and increase their assets by mining cryptocurrencies. Although mining needs an understanding of complex algorithms, it has still garnered favoritism among many people. Here you will learn a few tips to mine Litecoin

 

 What is Litecoin mining?

We need specialized computers and hardware for mining Litecoin which serves two main purposes:

1) It verifies transactions and secures the network.

2) New Litecoins are paid as a reward to the miners

Litecoin uses a distributed ledger known as a blockchain, just like Bitcoin. Thousands of miners manage the ledger with their computing power to verify transactions and secure the network.

In short, miners are given with complex mathematical equations that can only be solved using computers. By solving these puzzles, the miners can verify blocks of Litecoin transactions and as a reward for their hard work done to solve these puzzles, they receive LTC.

 

How do I mine Litecoin?

Assess the pros and cons of each of the three mining methods i.e.

  • Solo mining, where you don’t need to share mining rewards with anyone else. However, it has a disadvantage that you’ll need to pay for the electricity required to run the equipment, and you may also go for long periods of time without gaining any block rewards
  • Joining a mining pool where these mining collectives allow you to join hands with other miners and put your combined computing power to work on mining the Litecoins
  • Using a cloud mining service where it allows you to lease Litecoin mining equipment for a set period of time.

After you’ve decided which method is the right for you to mine Litecoin, You can follow the below steps and instructions on how you can start mining Litecoin.

  1. Litecoin mining at home
  • Create a Litecoin wallet first
  • Make sure you’ve set up a private wallet where you can securely store your LTC, before you start mining.
  • Choose your hardware to be used. You can compare the hardware options available for mining Litecoin, for example, you can see whether you will be setting up a rig with multiple GPUs or investing in an ASIC miner?
  • Also, remember to consider the cost of the power and the adequate ventilation when you are organizing your setup
  • Your hardware will most likely come with a pre-installed mining software while installing the software if you’re using an ASIC miner. If you’re mining using a graphics card, then you will also need to download and install free mining software. In this case, choose and download from a trusted website.
  • After following the instructions in your software package, start mining.
  • Store any LTC you earn in a secure wallet and remember to monitor the performance of your equipment and the price of best litecoin miner regularly to make sure that your mining remains profitable.
Source: www.cryptonewstoday.org/how-to-mine-litecoin
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review 2018-12-18 19:54
Dirty Rich Obsession: All Mine (Dirty Rich #8) by Lisa Renee Jones
Dirty Rich Obsession: All Mine - Lisa Renee Jones

 

 

Carrie and Reid are back to slay more dragons. This time as a team. Jones has one more hurdle in store for these battle tested lovebirds. With feuding fathers, resurrected enemies and other unknown drama headed their way, will these two fighters ever get their happily ever after? All Mine is a power ballad with a fierce delivery and a melody that just won't quit. Loved it.

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review 2018-11-21 21:58
A Sweet and Sassy Country Music Story that's sure to please...
You'd Be Mine: A Novel - Erin Hahn

๏ ๏ ๏  Book Blurb ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

 

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.


Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

I really thought this was going to come off as overly heavy with the Young of Young Adult, but it surprised me, it deals with some heavy issues and does it surprisingly well.  With a feel that reminds me of Open Road Summer, this story did not disappoint and I think I liked this even more than that book.  The romance has all the feels, even for YA...and I loved every one of the characters so much.  I was also blown away by the songwriting, especially "you'd be mine" and how it embodies the whole story. I would love to hear it put to music.  Since I'm from Michigan, I loved that Annie and even the Author is too.  There was even a shout-out to Grand Rapids, which I live only a little north of.


๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

 

 Breakdown of Ratings  

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5

Main Characters⇝ 5/5

Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5

The Feels⇝ 5/5

Pacing⇝ 4.5/5

Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5

Originality⇝ 5/5

Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.

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Book Cover⇝ It's okay...

Setting⇝ Michigan/Indiana and all over the United States

Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 

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