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review 2018-06-18 06:53
Deadly Intent by Pamela Clare
Deadly Intent - Pamela Clare

Joaquin Ramirez, I-Team's resident photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner, arrives at a supposed-homicide-with-body-disappearance scene, only to be met with anger by a bystander. Turns out, the woman knows the victim and is the last one to have seen the man alive.
Mia Starr dislikes photojournalists. She's seen first hand, what an unscrupulous photo bug can do to get a story, but Joaquin seems to be different, and quickly turns out to be different, since he puts her first instead of the story.

Someone is killing former soldiers and trying to pin it to Mia, and Joaquin is there to help her out. And when the killer with the grudge turns on her, it's Joaquin to stand there, between her and a bullet.

A month after the hostage situation at a Christmas party, the I-Team is back in the thick of it. This time it's Joaquin's turn to shine, and to save the day.

I never really thought about Joaquin as a main protagonist. He had sidekick and friend written all over him in the other books. I'm glad, though, I got to see this other side of him. Looks like I underestimated him, and let's face it, side by side with Julian, Marc or Zach, he didn't stand a chance.
But in his story, the hero side of him came out, alongside the salsa-dancing, and yeah, I could understand Mia perfectly. ;) He was tender and gentle when he needed to be, determinedly protective, and definitely heroic there toward the end of the book. A truly wonderful hero.
His heroine, Mia, was an acquired taste, with her idiosyncrasies and all her contradictions and insecurities. It took a special kind of man to show her just who and what she truly was.
I didn't really buy their rushed romance, but I'm glad they found each other in the end.

The villain also had much to be desired, although the big reveal as to his identity came as a surprise (I certainly didn't see it coming); his motive left me scratching my head&mdas;why go after all those people, instead of just focusing on Mia?
But the suspense was gripping and served as a nice little catalyst for the two protagonists to meet and for the "romance" to bloom.

The characters were great as always (I loved all the "cameos", and it's always a pleasure seeing Julian and Marc in action, complete with marital spats and bickering), the pacing spot-on, the writing superb...This one is definitely one of my favorite series.

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text 2018-05-21 14:59
Reading progress update: I've read 53%.
Death and the Courtesan - Pamela Christie

Once upon a time, ribbons were sewn around condoms to help courtesans know what size they were. Apparently you did not want a yellow ribbon.


I'm telling my husband this and he stops me mid-sentence.


"So they poked holes in them? To put ribbons in them?"


"That's my understanding."


"The first thing every guy in college learns is that you only want one hole in your condom."


"What's the second?"


"When in doubt, use two."


Meghan Markle has a lip biting husband who tells her how amazing she looks. Mine is telling me about condoms and college boys. I think it's safe to say we are out of the newlywed phase.

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review 2018-05-16 22:43
His Majesty's Measure (The Crown Affair Book 2) by Pamela DuMond
His Majesty's Measure - Pamela DuMond



When Vivian agreed to marry Max, she dreamed of a storybook happy ending. What she got was a heartbreaking detour with a ton of personal drama, played out in front of the world. His Majesty's Measure is romance at It's most complicated. Pamela Dumond tries to keep it light and tempting while throwing in the intrigue to keep readers on their toes. What you get is a well rounded, over the top, enticing tale of friendship, loyalty and love. The surprises are endless but the ride is irresistible.

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review 2018-05-02 05:25
Billy Go to Bed by Pamela Malcolm
Billy Go to Bed - Pamela Malcolm

Billy Go to Bed by Pamela Malcolm is a cleverly written and illustrated children's story for ages three to nine. It is a fun to read story and my favorite little boy asked me to read it again and again. For that reason, I gave it five stars. It is a good book to read for any child that might not want to go to bed.


Billy stalls going to bed and finds various excuses to come back downstairs to interrupt his parents with his reasons for not staying in bed. Finally they become impatient and demand that he stay in bed. He then sees "aliens" outside his window and is initially afraid but discovers they are friendly and want him to visit their planet which has all sort of good things for children to do. The next thing he knows is his Mother is waking him to get ready for school. He realizes he can visit the friendly aliens in his sleep any time he wants.


I received a .pdf copy from the author in a promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.


Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Go-Bed-Bedtime-children-ebook/dp/B01GDH7WFY

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review 2018-04-02 10:31
My Life with Bob: Flawed heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues
My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues - Pamela Paul

I had no real idea what to expect from this book; the subtitle guaranteed I was going to read it, but how do you write a book about your personal reading list?


You don't, as it turns out.  You use it as context, a frame from which you hang your memoirs.  That's not to say that books and a love of reading isn't prominent - it is.  I'd call it a 60/40 split, memoir to books.  But at the end, the reader is going to know way more about Pamela Paul than about her list of books read.


And Pamela Paul is an interesting person on paper (I don't presume to know what she'd be like in reality).  Some readers might find the focus on her world travels heavy-handed, but she spends enough time on her childhood to make it clear hers was not a privileged upbringing.  She and I are the same age, and our lives, both in childhood and early adulthood have some interesting parallels, although quite a few ginormous differences. (Among others, she assumes every girl of our generation who read A Wrinkle in Time found it a life changing classic.  I did not.  Even as a kid I was bored by all things space, dooming it from the start, but I clearly remember reading it as part of my schoolwork and thinking it heavy-handed and ... please forgive me for saying this, condescending.)  


Overall, I felt it easy to relate to her and the inner-self she lets the reader see, and how books played a pivotal part.  Just about everything I read about the book beforehand mentioned the humor and wit with which it was written.  I can see that's true, but - and this bugged me the entire time, because I couldn't figure out why - I couldn't feel it.  I knew there were parts that were meant to be funny, but they didn't affect me the way they were meant to, nor the way I thought they should have.  Somehow, the timing of my reading and her writing were off.  This meant that while I really enjoyed the book, I finished it feeling like there was a failure somewhere in the transmission from the page to my brain.


It's a thought provoking read both in terms of how and what we read, and the events of our lives.  Will possibly do terrible things to a reader's TBR.

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