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review 2017-06-27 06:28
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The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel - Vi Keeland

Brody was known for being a player.  In more ways than one.  When he met Delilah in the locker room, he horrified and excited her at the same time.  Keeping her interest when she is trying to stay professional, is a whole new game.

 

Delilah has to be taken seriously.  In an almost exclusively male career, she wants to just be known for her own merits.  When the hottest man in tight pants (or out of them) puts the moves on her, she finds herself wanting to say, "yes."

 

This was an amazingly hot read.  I loved these characters.  I found them profoundly honest and it was refreshing.  The heat level in this story was also turned up.  Was a perfect summer read.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2016-10-28 17:30
Dark Planet Falling (Dark Planet Warriors #2) by Anna Carven Review
Dark Planet Falling: SciFi Alien Romance (Dark Planet Warriors Book 2) - Anna Carven

he Prince
Prince Xalikian Kazharan has a dilemma on his hands. Now that the Kordolians have landed on Earth, he somehow has to convince an entire planet of Humans that his people mean them no harm. It's easier said than done, especially when one's race has a reputation for brutally conquering the Nine Galaxies. Perhaps this stubborn female journalist called Sera Aquinas, who thinks she can just walk up to his front door and ask for an interview, might be able to help him.
But first, he has to gain her trust, and that's not so easy when her presence drives him to distraction.

The Journalist
Sera Aquinas doesn't trust the charming amber-eyed Prince when he says he doesn't want to take over her planet. As a hardened journalist, she's seen her share of duplicity and corruption. So when Xal tells her the Kordolians are looking for Human females, she thinks he's messing with her. Seriously? Who would believe that lame excuse?
She has to admit however, that Xal is one fine looking alien, and a part of her is curious.
It's absolutely far fetched, but what if he's telling the truth?
What if Humans and Kordolians are compatible?
And when it comes to Xal, why does her body keep betraying her when her head is telling her to get the hell out of there?

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Finding this series is like finding a box of bon bons. Fun!

 

There is a ton of action and hero and heroine I really like. They treat each other well and the sexy times are on an equal footing and smoking hot.

 

I think this book is more pleasurable if you get to know the Prince in the first book of the series but it is good on its own.

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review 2016-07-25 00:00
My Time with the Kings: A Reporter's Recollection of Martin, Coretta and the Civil Rights Movement
My Time with the Kings: A Reporter's Rec... My Time with the Kings: A Reporter's Recollection of Martin, Coretta and the Civil Rights Movement - Kathryn Johnson Kathryn Johnson AP journalist, reported one of the most amazing part of the History of the XXth century in this book: My Time with the Kings published by RosettaBooks and picked up by me at netgalley.com: the fight for building a good and equal society for everyone, rich and poor, black or white.

This human Flag Martin Luther King Jr.
He worked hard for bringing peace and equal rights between black and white. The legacy of King continued also after his assassination in Memphis April 4th 1968 at the Lorraine Motel.

Kathryn fought other personal battles as well. When she was born in 1926, no one expected from her the choice of a work like this one. At that time women were devoted just for family, or they became nurses. Good jobs of course, indispensable but...a reporter... It appeared more than a dream.

Kathryn not tall but plenty of energy, a degree in literature studied also journalism and later knocked at the door of the AP of Atlanta. The chief bureau put in clear that they didn't want around any woman with these dreams, but there was a place as secretary if interested.

Kathryn must have thought: let me be in and then I will let you see....

;-)

And in fact...

No one wanted or was interested at giving coverage to the various news of assaults against black people, or other racial stories. So these stories assigned to Kathryn. De fact, from a simple secretary, Kathryn became a staffer of the AP, Associated Press of Atlanta.

Apart the prestigious place, Kathryn is part of the History.

This little lady would have become a great reporter, with a special privilege: the one of reporting a big portion of one the most important crucial events of the last century.

The ideas of Martin Luther King, the fights against black people in various cities, the death for assassination of Luther King and previously of JFK, and later of his brother Bobby Kennedy, the at the end bill of rights for black people that would have changed their life for better after the march of Selma.

People that years died in various pacific demonstrations just for the desire of bringing freedom and setting free from physical and mental slavery black people.

That wonderful XX century....It was able to create idealistic people as Martin Lither King Jr. Kennedy, Gandhi. The list is endless but each of them was unique because they were people of great intellectual value.

People thought it was indispensable to fight for a better future and a best conditions for everyone.

Kathryn shared with the readers, at the beginning her biggest privilege: to be one of the closest friends of King's family.

Everything started for case when once she re-accompanied home mr King, and his wife asked her to come on in for drinking some coffee and resting for a while.

A friendship this one of the reporter with Martin Luther King and his family told with great love and continued for decades and decades


The day of the discovery of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis Kathryn the only reporter entered at King's house. She wasn't there only as a reporter, but she was there as a friend, so she helped King's wife answering the various messages of condolences received from all the world, she baked and cooked as well while she waited for the arrival of Jackie Kennedy for the condolences.

An extended member of the family able to present some comfort and relief at four desperate children who lost their beloved dad too soon and at a poor devastated widow.

Kathryn reports her impression of the funeral of Martin Luther King and what it meant to live in the South in a moment in which the racial condition could implode abruptly in every corner of city or little village with great simplicity.

Although another century passed by from the Secession War started in 1861 and ended up in 1865, constricting the South that lost the war at setting free their slaves a lot of things in 1950-1960s not yet sorted out in the South and other part of the USA.

Kathryn remembers many anecdotes.

In a trial she was also treated differently from the rest of the reporters because a woman and so put in a different place close to other black men.

We mustn't never think that Kathryn obtained with simplicity what she obtained: freedom of reporting facts.

She fought and she won the discrimination! this time against women, a portion of History, like the racial one not yet sorted out.

A man said her during this trial: "You shouldn't stay here. You should stay home taking care of your family."


Although I didn't know many anecdotes for sure I knew of the march of Selma, last year the 50 anniversary of this important march that brought the approval of the bill of rights.
What was the South 50 years ago?

Bands of Ku Klux Klan dangerous with white supporting blacks and black people.

Bars, café schools universities, buses...There wasn't permission for black people to enter in a place for "only white people" or staying sat in the same bus or in a café with white people.

Trying to force this guideline would have meant violence and interruption of the service.

There were universities just for black people and the introduction as explained in the book in an university in Alabama of the first two black students a male and a female that Kathryn followed like a shadow, their lessons and so on, caused some turmoils as well.

The students later suspended and re-integrated.

One of them, the girl, became a NYT's journalist and collaborator of the The New Yorker. We talk of real brains, very acculturated and at the same time discriminated because of the color of their skin.

The racial condition is modern and of great actuality because a real, plenty integration of these two communities, reading here and there, for what I can see, still distant, and black people are still feeling the white as their enemies, and the white lives sometimes black people as distant ones.


What I loved the most of this book well, being a reporter, the work of Kathryn. Because yes, of course it's also great to work everyday in a newsroom, but Kathryn...Kathryn went out, searched for the facts reporting them as more quick as possible for not burning the news.

She has seen with her same eyes the History and its Protagonists, reporting it.
This is simply, incredibly, priceless.

If you want to read a beautiful book, quick, written with love without too much sentimentalism go for this one.

It's human and real like life is.

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Smart and sexy Dani Carr knows as much about football as any man--maybe more. It’s always been her dream to make a living talking about the game she loves. But Dani’s not interested in being just the usual eye-candy sideline reporter; she wants to be the first woman analyst on a pre-game show, the ultimate in exclusive boys-club jobs. And it turns out, that despite the odds, she has the talent to get her there.

Star quarterback-and heartthrob--Tyson Palmer always did things in spectacular fashion, including ruining his career after debuting as a first-round draft pick. When the head coach of the Austin Mavericks refuses to let him waste his million dollar arm, Tyson makes a Hail Mary pass at redemption and succeeds with everyone…except Dani, who appears to be using her high-profile commentator job to make a name for herself at his expense.

Dani refuses to let anyone forget about Tyson’s transgressions….and for good reason. There’s history between these two, sizzling history that dates back to their college days, and it ended in another spectacular flame-out of Tyson’s. He’s conveniently forgotten all about that episode because Dani is no longer the cute girl next door he barely remembers--she’s a bombshell with huge ratings and a long memory.

But can a woman trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other in the process? And what will happen when Tyson-riding high on his career comeback-realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani?


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Tyson scowled defensively, before leaning his forearms down on the table between them. “Then I guess there really isn’t any story left to tell. Sounds like you know it all.” He was sorry he had offered her a seat, much less his drink.

 

“I told you, Tyson, I want to try to help you,” she reiterated.

 

“Why?”

 

“Because I believe in you,” Ella stated with conviction, as if that was enough to earn his trust. But Tyson Palmer was long past trusting anyone, including himself.

 

“Why?” he repeated, now angry.

 

Ella looked down at the table for a moment, then said quietly, “Because I remember the guy I tutored. Who was serious about his game and never had a problem taking no for an answer.”

 

He wanted to laugh in her naïve face. To mockingly tell her at the time she hadn’t been worth the pursuit, if for no other reason than to get her to leave him alone. He wanted her to stop looking at him in the way she was, like he was not a total disaster. But most of all, he no longer wanted to be reminded of when he was in control and held the world in the palm of his football-throwing hand.

 

“That kid doesn’t exist anymore. When you graduate and join the real world, you’ll realize that people change, usually not for the better,” he spat out cynically.

 

“I refuse to believe that.”

 

Tyson sighed and ran his hand through the shaggy brown hair that had outgrown his clean cut months ago. She was being way too persistent, but her sincerity was admirable, and part of him wanted to believe her.

 

“Okay. We’re friends, now what?”

 

She brightened with his acquiescence. And she really did have a pretty smile. “Now you let me be a good friend and help take care of you. You look so tired. ”

 

This time he didn’t hold back the laugh, and while it wasn’t exactly harsh, it still was hollow. She wasn’t able to help him any more than he could help himself. And she made it sound so easy, like she could perform some sort of exorcism and all his demons would flee. The more likely story was she was trying to get close to him under the misguided impression that he had something left to offer.

 

“You’re good, Mother Teresa. Why don’t we go someplace quiet where I can confess my sins and you can absolve me? Make sure you turn your phone on to record, so you don’t miss the good stuff.”

 

“You’re wrong, but I understand you being leery,” she patiently explained. “I . . . I always liked you, Tyson, and you were always so nice to me. You deserve to have someone on your side. I know this is all just your circumstances talking.”

 

“Sorry, not interested.” Tyson took back his now-empty glass and went back to sucking the last remnants of Gentleman Jack off the ice. Damn his mouth was dry, always so dry. As far as he was concerned, the conversation was closed. He wanted her to get out before he settled back into the dark side.

 

“What would it take for me to get you interested? For you to consider coming home with me, at least for a decent night’s sleep?”

 

Maybe it was the way she asked it, completely oblivious to the fact that the question itself made her sound like a hooker. Maybe it was the pity or her dogged insistence that he see himself for something other than he was, which was a lost cause. And then, like a lighthouse shining through the fog in his brain, it dawned on him. His cute little virtuous tutor had joined the ranks of pleasure seekers and was trying to get him into bed. At least that explanation turned the exchange from ludicrous to one that made sense.

 

“You still a virgin, Ella Bella?” He answered her question with one of his own, accompanied by a smile of complete impropriety.

 

Finally she blinked. Her grip tightened around the handle of the purse in her lap, and she stared at it before looking back up at him and meeting his gaze head-on.

 

“Yes.” She spoke her one-word answer unemotionally, even as the flush crept up to her cheeks.

 

Tyson sat back in his chair, the recesses of his drug-addled mind jarred. Wrong answer. She was supposed to have forsaken her outdated notion of chastity. She was supposed to have been tainted by now, like everyone he knew. As corrupted as he was.

 

“Hey Ella Bella, what do you say to you and me going someplace to get freaky?” Part of it was said in jest, trying to recover from just how badly she managed to throw him. Another part of him longed to engage in just a little bit of the same harmless banter from the days when she was a sweetheart and he was a hero.

 
“Your place or mine?” Her answer was so unexpected and sounded just as foreign to his ears.
 
 
 
The Total PackageThe Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tyson Palmer and Dani Carr go way back. College was a place where they had a friendship, when she was his tutor. Until things changed, that is. His addiction and anger took their casual hook up to another level.

Now, having to work together, in a way - feels impossible. Dani hates him and goes out of her way to avoid him. After all he has worked for, can he be patient with the one that counts? He wants to be known as the man he is today.

Dani is hiding secrets from the past and being face to face with Tyson only makes this more real. Can she come clean and make everything better? Will it be only a matter of trust? Seems that both of them will have to meet the other halfway.

In a true redemption book, this one has it all. We read all about it, so to speak. I found the characters to be real. The insight and banter made this book a great read. This is an author who always brings her "A" game.


***This ARC was given by Edelweiss and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-04-01 07:50
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The Total Package: A Novel: 3 - Stephanie Evanovich

Tyson Palmer and Dani Carr go way back.  College was a place where they had a friendship, when she was his tutor.  Until things changed, that is.  His addiction and anger took their casual hook up to another level.

 

Now, having to work together, in a way - feels impossible.  Dani hates him and goes out of her way to avoid him.  After all he has worked for, can he be patient with the one that counts?  He wants to be known as the man he is today.

 

Dani is hiding secrets from the past and being face to face with Tyson only makes this more real.  Can she come clean and make everything better?  Will it be only a matter of trust?  Seems that both of them will have to meet the other halfway.

 

In a true redemption book, this one has it all.  We read all about it, so to speak.  I found the characters to be real.  The insight and banter made this book a great read.  This is an author who always brings her "A" game.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC was given by Edelweiss and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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