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review 2017-08-18 17:10
The Velvet Prison
The VELVET PRISON - Sheldon Friedman
Travis Kane grew up under the watchful eye and heavy hand of his grandfather, Barclay Kane.  Travis' father was killed fighting in the Great War, meanwhile, his mother continued to grow distant until the birth of his baby sister.  Shortly after giving birth, Hannah Kane gathered up her things and her new baby and disappeared.  Left with his grandfather, Travis continued to practice the art that he loved, but was continually pushed toward a career in law by Barclay. When Travis becomes serious about his art, he decides to show and sell some paintings in a speakeasy.  Through the speakeasy, Travis finds friends that pull him into the underworld of rum running, but also opens him up to the world of professional art. Meanwhile, Lindsay Wayne is entering the world of professional theatre with the help of her mother.  Lindsay and Travis' worlds soon collide through Travis' friend, Gino. 
 
This historical saga took me on a journey from the end of WWI through the beginning of WWII. Through Travis and Barclay I had a very unique view of the politics of World War I, prohibition, the depression and the tensions rising to World War II.  More interesting than the perspective on history however, was the family dynamic of the Kanes.  From the beginning, the family had significant issues. Clearly, Travis' mother felt uncomfortable in Barclay's house, there are several reasons explored throughout the story, but none that we know for sure.  Though, there was something strong enough for Hannah to force herself to abandon her son and leave with her newborn daughter.  Travis is the most affected by his mother's abandonment and his grandfather's pressure to make him into something he is not.  I'm not sure his character ever really comes to terms with his mother's actions or his grandfather's will.  However, I am glad that Travis seems to finally do what makes him happy in the end.  I was really interested in Travis' artwork, his style and the mission he was sent on.  Hopefully I will discover more in book two!
 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
 
 
 

 

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review 2017-08-05 16:34
Sci-fi/Paranormal/Romance
Draekon Fire: Exiled to the Prison Plane... Draekon Fire: Exiled to the Prison Planet : A Sci-Fi Menage Romance (Dragons in Exile Book 2) - Lili Zander,Lee Savino

Draekon Fire by Lee Savino and Lili Zander is a fantastic read.  This is a fairly quick read, a great choice for those sci-fi/paranormal fans with limited time for reading.  Ms Savino and Ms Zander have delivered a well-written book.  This is a menage though, so it may not be for everyone.  Vulrux, Dennox and Harper's story is packed with drama, humor, sizzle and suspense.  My favorite part of the book is the awesome characters.  I enjoyed reading Draekon Fire, even though I'm not a fan of sci-fi, and look forward to reading more from this talented author duo.  Draekon Fire is book 2 of the Dragons In Exile Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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review 2017-06-03 16:19
Jailed (Terran Times) Viola Grace Review
Jailed - Viola Grace

Kori makes a friend in prison who introduces her to a world where sensation rules and pleasure is the first rule of hospitality.

Kori has spent six months in Janial prison for breaking etiquette and stepping in a puddle. It was complicated.

When she is released from the prison, she has to find a job and her friend from inside offers her as much time as she likes on a world where heat and minimal clothing are the standard.

Kori gives in to the new culture and finds herself in the position of being seduced in the name of hospitality.

The small woman with the blue hair and ability to wrap his sister around her little finger intrigues Norod. When he touches her skin, he is enthralled and wants to explore more, and there is one way to give him the opportunity. He will insist on his duties as host. Giving pleasure is his duty and his only window into her bed

 

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It is always interesting to see a character adjusting to freedom again and seeking a new life. The romance in this one is very sexy and heroine gives even better than she gets. 

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review 2017-05-18 03:01
Sci-fi/paranormal mix
Draekon Mate: Exiled to the Prison Plane... Draekon Mate: Exiled to the Prison Planet (Dragons in Exile Book 1) - Lili Zander,Lee Savino

Draekon Mate by Lee Savino and Lili Zander is a fairly short read.  This would be a great choice for sci-fi/paranormal fans.  This is a menage book, so it may not be for everyone.  Ms Savino and Ms Zander have given us a well-written book.  I love the characters in this story, a perfect fit.  Viola, Nyx and Arax's story is fast paced and loaded with drama, action, humor and melt your kindle sexy bits.  I'm not a fan of sci-fi and not a big fan of paranormal but this book I enjoyed and look forward to reading more from the Savino/Zander team.  Draekon Mate is book 1 of the Exiled to the Prison Planet Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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review 2017-04-23 05:56
Not your average grandparents!
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules: A Novel - Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

A delightful and funny read!!

Martha and her group of friends had decided that they were all going to live in the same retirement home. For the first few years, things were good. But when management changed, they find their luxury living is coming to an end. Nurse Barbara is a constant thorn in their sides. They are bored and looking for excitement.
That is when Martha gets the bright idea to commit a crime so that they can go to prison, where they would get better food and have a bit more freedom. But when they commit their crime, and go to the police to confess, they are initially brushed off as crazy. But they lay out how they have committed the crime, the police have no choice but to charge them and bring them to trial. As they spend their time in prison, they find it is not all what it was cracked up to be. But they spend their time working on planning new crimes, trying to figure out what happened to part of their ransom money, and wanting to get away with the next one.
Brains and Martha find a way to send messages back and forth through a clergyman who has been visiting them.
What transpires is a tale of hilarity, with the League of Pensioners center stage working to get a better life, and find a way to help other senior citizens who are in the same boat that they are.

This book was such a delight to read. It was funny and engaging. The characters were well fleshed out, and one can almost imagine Martha being their grandmother! This is a book that everyone needs to read and pass on to someone else to enjoy!

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