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review 2018-04-25 08:34
mixed feelings
Royally Roma (The Royals Book 1) - Teri Wilson

Julia had a prince in her bed and julia was a commoner or actually she was pretty much an outcast in American social circles. But in Rome she was just a nobody and julia loved that. It had been a while since Julia had looked at any kind of tabloid not since her father was the embezzler lucas Costa. Julia had sworn off all social media since her family’s turmoil had been a trending topic.Once again Julia had fallen for the wrong man her ex fiance had stolen all her money when everything came out about her dad.  Julia was now a tour guide while she studied for her PhD in Archeaology. Julia had mistaken the Prince for her next client an toike him on a private tour. When Julia looked at Harry she forgot to breathe. She needed more time to absorb this bizarre turn of events. Time to figure out what to do with him. Julia’s closest friend was Chiara. Julia hated anyone thinking she was naive, she had already played the role of the trusting innocent. She definitely wasn’t naive anymore. Just when things were turning around for Julia. Just when she thought fate may at last be on her side she met a prince and didn’t even know it at first. He had lied to her , got her fired from her job, and owed her money. He had lead Julia on a wild-goose chase through Rome. Then he made her want dangerous things and now it would all be front page news. She’d be the laughing stock of Italy. Reduced to little more than scandal again. Her face would be on every newsstand on every corner in all of Europe.  They would dig up her family history and say she was trying to extort the prince. Worst of all they would say julia threw herself at Harry. This was more about a pressing need than sex. This was about self respect and money. He owed her a lot- 1000 Euros. She wasn’t letting Harry out of her sight until he paid her. She had gave him a full day’s guided private tour. Then harry told he never carried money. What had the past two days meant to Harry- was she some royal joke? Niccolo/ Nico threw the front page of Repubblica on a pile of newspapers on the table. His Royal Highness Crown Prince of lazaretto. Nico was grandson to the king, heir to the throne, lord of the manor, duke of a few small territories. Sometimes Nico lost track of the royal titles. There were a lot. Out of all his various roles, one was a standup as far as grief it caused him , every headache, bout of insomnia, every clench of his jaw could be attributed to his one position only- older brother to Cassian La Torre - more often than not the role weighed on Nico more than all the others combined. Nico was the face of the Torre family. He was the P R man, the one who went from country to country shaking hands, cutting ribbons, supporting every charity under the sun and more often than not cleaning up after his younger brother. Nico was tired of covering up for his brother. So needing a break from his responsibilities he takes advantage of Julia’s mistaken identity of him as her next tour. But then Nico could not pay his bill and then his identity came out andher past is revealed.

I had mixed feelings on this book. The first chapter was on the present and then went to the near past in the next chapter and I didn’t really care for that. I did like the plot and fast pace for the most part. This was a light easy read. I would have liked more build up to the romance but also understood that Nico really didn’t have much time. I did enjoy how the author described things. I also enjoyed the adventure. Very unrealistic and I felt there should have been at least some realism. It very annoying a prince out and about with no money at all. Then took advantage of Julia’s mistake and went for an all day private tour and even cost her the tour job. I did chuckle at times though I did like the passion Julia showed for the history and archaeology of Rome since I have visited there. This did somehow managed to drag for me at times. I also felt the ending was just to abrupt. But as I said I had mixed feelings about this book.

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review 2018-04-04 08:50
BUILT by Roma Agrawal
Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures - Roma Agrawal

TITLE:  Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures


AUTHOR:  Roma Agrawal


DATE PUBLISHED:  2018


FORMAT:  ebook


ISBN-13:  978-1-4088-7034-1

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In "Built", Roma Agrawal conveys her passion for structural engineering - for building bridges and skyscrapers.  The book is a mix of personal anecdotes regarding her experience as an engineer, stories of historical engineering feats, and a smattering of engineering concepts.  The writing style is fairly personable and chatty.  I found the information regarding the historical engineering feats the most interesting, but was ultimately disappointed in the superficial (and minimal) treatment of engineering concepts.   This would probably make a good, basic (if somewhat superficial) introductory book about sturctural engineering for someone who knows nothing about engineering or architecture, and would like to know a little more without the physics and maths.  In short, this is an enjoyable but superficial read.

 

 

OTHER RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

-Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture by Mario Salvadori

-Structures or Why Things Don't Fall Down by James Edward Gordon

-Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis by Laurie Winkless

-Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home by Chris Woodford


 

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review 2018-02-22 20:33
Entertaining Quick Read
The Orphan Next Door: A Single Daddy Nex... The Orphan Next Door: A Single Daddy Next Door Romance - Alisha Star

The Orphan Next Door by Alisha Star is a fairly quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time.  Ms. Star has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are engaging and fun to read.  Emily aged out of the foster system and is living on the streets when she wins the lottery.  Grant is Emily's new neighbor.  Their story is full of drama, suspense, action and sizzle.  I enjoyed reading The Orphan Next Door and would happily read more from Alisha Star in the future.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a complimentary copy of this book that I received from Bookfunnel.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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review 2018-02-09 22:22
Historical Romance
Three Abductions and an Earl: A Steamy R... Three Abductions and an Earl: A Steamy Regency Romance (Sexy Lord Included) (Parvenues & Paramours Book 1) - Tessa Candle

Three Abductions & An Earl by Tessa Candle is a rather fun historical romance.  Ms. Candle has given us a well-written book filled with phenomenal characters.  Lydia wanted to be left in peace in the country.  Instead, she is forced to London to be a debutante.  Aldley is an Earl trying to avoid the earl hungry debutantes and their mothers.  Lydia and Aldley's story is loaded with action, suspense, sizzle and drama.  My favorite thing about this book though is the way Ms. Candle has slipped the humor in where you don't expect it.  I enjoyed reading Three Abductions & An Earl and look forward to reading more from Tessa Candle in the future.  Three Abductions & An Earl is book 1 of the Parvenues and Paramours Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-01-16 22:00
Great Suspense
The Undercover Billionaire: A Billionaire SEAL Romance (The Tate Brothers) - Jackie Ashenden

The Undercover Billionaire is another gripping story by Jackie Ashenden. Ms. Ashenden has once again delivered a story that will grab your attention on the first page and hold you hostage till the end. Wolf is the youngest of the Tate Brothers and I think his story has more angst than the first two books of this series. Wolf kidnaps Olivia de Santis from her father's home, Cesare de Santis is an enemy of the Tates. Olivia and Wolf's story is loaded with action, suspense, drama, humor and sizzle. The characters, especially Olivia, and phenomenal. I enjoyed reading The Undercover Billionaire and look forward to reading more from Jackie Ashenden in the future. The Undercover Billionaire is book 3 of the Tate Brothers 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 that I received from NetGalley.

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