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review 2018-08-02 01:45
Against the Rules (Harts of Passion Book 1) by M.E. Montgomery
Against the Rules - M.E. Montgomery

 

Against the Rules dares to be cynical. We're all thinking it, but are not bold enough to say it. Sometimes we have to break a few rules to land on common ground. Jaxson and Grace fought the fine fight, but in the end lost the war. Their hearts claimed the ultimate victory in a surprise upset. Montgomery looks at love in a colorful way. It's not always rose colored glasses and caviar dreams. It's sleepless nights and emotional upheaval with a side of frustration for good measure. Against the Rules is a captivating tale that explores love from all angles with an edgy wit and a heartwarming outcome.

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review 2018-07-23 22:35
Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon - Kerrelyn Sparks

Minus half a point because the Chameleon made an appearance and is still alive.

 

Unlike the previous two, the H gets along with the king - his brother. So no conflict there. Instead, the challenge is to find out the nature of the curse, and by extension, to save (if possible) the current queen. Unfortunately, she's too far gone. Unfortunately too, the h's being the elf makes her suspect.

 

The H has secrets of his own, though I suspected in the previous book when we first met him. Eventually they figure things out. Not in time to save the queen, and unfortunately that lead the king to attempt to bargain with the one who'd been leading him astray. So the Chameleon can shift into a dragon, but has no fire. And as an Embraced, he can talk in that guise too.

 

I would like to know how they're supposed to kill him. He was roasted, nobody was paying attention, and he turned into a phoenix and escaped to annoy us another book.

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text 2018-07-13 11:45
MUST FOLLOW RULES OF INVESTING IN COMMODITY MARKET

 

Everyone dreams of creating huge wealth. Some prefer business while other tries to work things out with their job. But there is this one sector that has the capability to turn a poor person rich and a rich person poor overnight and that is the online commodity market. A vast number of people all over the world try their luck in the online commodity market so as to make some profits and become rich. Well, it indeed is a fast-track method to make money but not every time.

 

People who are in the industry know a lot about it and hence work accordingly. If you too are interested in investing in the online commodity market then you might be in the right direction. However, there are a few things or rules of investing that you should know before jumping into it and losing everything that you have.

 

So, what are these things?

 

Original Source URL here

Source: www.gillbroking.com/blog/what-are-the-must-follow-rules-of-investing-in-stock-market
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text 2018-07-07 02:24
A wrap-up on a bad book
Breaking the Rules - Kitty Wilson

Because I screwed up my log-in on the library's digital site, Chapter Nine of this dumb book opened up this afternoon when I tried to read something else.  It was like a train wreck that I couldn't pull my eyes way from.

 

I guess what bothered me the most about this book was how it upended my trust in readers.  As of today, it has another review, 4-stars, and the consensus seems to be that it's a light, fun summer read, nothing heavy, nothing that would require the reader to actually think.

 

But reading requires the reader to think, doesn't it?  I mean, isn't that the point of reading?  You look at the little symbols called letters that make up the words and the sentences and the paragraphs, and you turn that into something inside your mind so you can "see" what's going on.  Unlike television or movies, where all the action and all the voices and all the sights are put in front of you for passive enjoyment, books require you to activate your imagination at least a little bit.

 

This book didn't provide the necessary detail to prompt the imagination.  At the 25% mark, I had no idea what Rosy looked like, or Matt, or any of the other people.  I didn't know what Rosy's house looked like, or Matt's.  Or the school.

 

Those were just the visual cues.  What about sounds?   Smells?  Textures?  Virtually all of that was missing, along with stage directions and even speech tags.

 

Also missing was consistent, coherent motivation.  Rosy behaved out of character without sufficient reason.  She tossed over her Rule about dating locals without hardly a thought.  She proved to be absolutely spineless in the face of a confrontation with a student's parent and with a school official. 

 

She even ignored basic better judgment more than once by engaging with Matt while still believing he was in a relationship with Angelina.

 

So after I had skimmed through two or three more eye-rollingly horrible chapters, I shook my head in frustrated dismay and returned the book to the library, prepared to move on to something else.

 

This is one of those bad books that's going to stick with me for a long time.  It's one thing for an author to self-publish a book that reads like a rough draft.  It's another for a publishing company to put out something so poorly written.  But it's an entirely different thing when readers don't -- or can't -- recognize even the more basic flaws.  I guess I expected more from readers.

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review 2018-07-04 05:15
Reading progress update: I've read 61 out of 236 pages. DNF, you wall-banger, you!
Breaking the Rules - Kitty Wilson

All prior updates, in order from first to last.

 

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1770638/so-far-disappointing

 

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1770803/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-19-out-of-236-pages

 

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1770829/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-19-out-of-236-pages

 

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1770848/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-25-out-of-236-pages

 

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1770892/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-30-out-of-236-pages

 

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1770900/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-43-out-of-236-pages

 

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1771458/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-57-out-of-236-pages

 

Disclosure:  I accessed this book from my public library's ebook collection.  I do not know the author nor have I ever communicated with her about this book or any other matter.  I am an author of historical and contemporary romance and non-fiction.

 

Breaking the Rules: The Cornish Village School just got thrown against the metaphorical wall.

 

Breaking her rule against dates from the village, Rosy takes Matt to the local pub for Sunday dinner.  I've previously mentioned the Big Miz conversation, which ends up going nowhere.  She doesn't even give the issue another thought.  Is Angelina really Matt's girlfriend or isn't she?  What is their relationship? Does Rosy even want to know what their relationship is?  If not, why not? What changed her mind?

 

More important, what will everyone in town think about now that they've all seen Rosy out in public with this new guy?  This is The Rule for her, that has directed all of her social life.  Suddenly, she throws it all to the winds.  Why?

 

Okay, that's bad enough.  There's no motivation given for this woman to be breaking her sacred Rule already.  No explanation is forthcoming at all.

 

And then she gets drunk.

 

She got drunk the night before and had such a hangover that she was getting ready to barf when Matt called on her that morning.  But here she is, not only breaking her rule and going out in local public with a guy she hardly knows, but getting drunk with him.

 

 

Getting drunk, in public, with a man she hardly knows, breaking her solemn rule.  My eyes nearly rolled into the kitchen.

 

There was also the issue of the word "woah," which my fingers have severe difficulty typing because the correct spelling is "whoa," but even a grammar dragon like me isn't going to report the book to Amazon for that misspelling.

 

And then, at the end of Chapter Eight, as Matt is thinking back on all the things they did in the pub that day . . .

 

 

 

One doesn't pluck a harpsichord.  The harpsichord plucks itself, but the player plays the keyboard.  That was the point at which Breaking the Rules went sailing into the metaphorical wall.

 

Never mind that Matt has made Rosy an absolute paragon, to the point I was afraid I'd have to check my blood sugar. 

 

 

This isn't a bad book, and I am quite certain there are many readers out there who will enjoy it.  That's what makes me sad.  This is a poorly written book that could have been made a whole lot better with good editing.  I don't care that the point of view hops willynilly from Rosy to Matt to the omniscient narrator to . . . whatever.  I do care that the character of Rosy is inconsistent and insufferably shallow.  I do care that the plot -- what there is of it so far -- hinges on a misunderstanding that neither of the characters then pays any attention to.  I do care that everything is told and nothing is shown, that I can't picture anything in my imagination because the author offers so little description.

 

I do care that a so-called publisher put this book out and didn't have the expertise on staff to turn this into a cute bit of entertainment.

 

DNF at approximately 25%, no stars.

 

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