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review 2019-08-06 06:59
5 Stolen Stars
Stolen Surrender - Nola Robertson


Phelan Rand was hoping to advance his career with his new job with the special investigation division but his newest assignment has him working undercover with around Tessa – his partner’s sister and his new alpha’s niece. Tessa has a secret, she is empathic and is unable to transform into her wolf and she really doesn’t want the inquisitive detective to find out. When she becomes the target of an enemy shifter, she has no choice but to trust the sexy wolf shifter with her life and possibly her heart and Phelen’s greatest challenge will be resisting the tempting she-wolf.


This explosive series debut has strong, vivid characters that effortlessly draw readers into their story and an exotic and lively setting that adds an exciting atmosphere to the story. The romance between Tessa and Phelan is quite complex due to each of them being determined to keep the other at bay despite the magnetic chemistry. The relationship is full of emotional turmoil that readers can sympathize with and makes it easy for the readers to get to know them.


Readers are unable to put this book down as the fact paced plot keeps the pulse pounding suspense and excitement building non-stop throughout the story. The story very easily engages readers with unexpected twists and has a quite a few unique elements and an original storyline that ensures readers want to know everything, especially in regards to the mysterious pendant filled with a fairy’s essence. This exhilarating and explosive story also has a surprising, very wonderful and happy ending that brings joy to readers’ hearts.


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review 2019-07-28 21:16
5 Star Retribution
Dragons of Retribution - C.R. Robertson


Freya and Saul’s story began three hundred years ago. Saul descends from the Angel of Death and Freya is Valkyrie lost in hell, together their passion threatens to destroy the balance between heaven and hell. Trust has to be earned, vengeance needs to be served, but retribution demands a blood sacrifice. Maybe Saul shouldn’t exist, but with the dragons on the verge of war with the Krakens and the demons ready to battle the angels, a strong warrior is needed to battle the son of the greatest threat in heaven and the winner will claim the Earth and all the souls living on it.


The final book in ‘The Gaian Otherworld’ series is an excellent and exciting experience that calls to readers. As known from the previous books, all of the characters are strong, bold and memorable ones that really grab readers’ attentions and ensure that they want to know everything about them and their stories. Saul and Freya continue that excellent reign with their passionate romance which has been three hundred years in the making. Their relationship certainly has some emotional turmoil and some gnarly conflicts but their chemistry sizzles and has sparks flying right alongside all of the witty quips and snark, which gives readers some chuckles to add to the adrenaline rush.


The plot is fast paced and has some heart pounding and thrilling suspense that keeps readers on the edge of their seat as the good guys pull off some stunning stunts and the bad guys twist some unexpected surprises throughout. Be warned, there is no way to put this book down once readers have started reading it as it holds them hostage with a record breaking romance and a fierce, powerful battle over the Earth and every living soul on it.


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text 2019-07-01 16:52
Re-visiting Reading Journals 1
The Trial of Lady Chatterley: Regina V. ... The Trial of Lady Chatterley: Regina V. Penguin Books Limited: The Transcript of the Trial - Geoffrey Robertson,C.H. Rolph

I first started keeping a reading journal when I was in Denmark in 2000.  I was lucky enough to be in Copenhagen for a month or so.  There had been a used book sale near the Round Tower.  I think it was some local college.  There were quite few English books there, including some of the old orange and white Penguins.    I picked up several books including Lady Chatterley’s Lover (orange cover) and the Penguin publication of the trial, where Penguin was sued by the Crown for publishing the book.  I read Lawrence’s book first and then read the trial.  I was two years out after my masters and done my first year teaching, and I didn’t want to underline the book because it was old.  So, I brought a notebook and began to take notes.  The trial was in 1960.


                There was a man named Graham Hough who answered a prosecutor’s question about authors quoting, “From my knowledge of the habits of authors, it is the last thing I would except for them to quote accurately.  They do it from memory and they always get it wrong.”   It isn’t only a comment on authors, the concerns that we have today about the influence of media on children are also very upfront.  It is depressing when one reads testimony like that of Dr James Hemming who mentions how both girls and boys are led to believe certain things about sex.  Or to read Miss Dilys Powell comment about how the book is less damaging than those shows on television.  She said, “and a great deal of the contemporary cinema seems to degrade the whole sanctity of sex, treating it as something trivial.  But in Lawrence’s book, which has great elements of sacredness, sex is taken as being something to be taken seriously and as a basis for a holy life” (150).  Today there would be people who would take issue with her statement.  Yet, she does have a point.  It is both refreshing and depressing to see that people wrestling with the same issues that we do today.  Refreshing because at least we’re not goofing it up but depressing because we have not solved it yet.


                Penguin does stand by authors, for the most part.  They also went to court when they and historian Deborah Lipstadt were sued by David Irving. Additionally, they published the decision of that trial as well.


                What seemed to have been noteworthy to me at the time was the amount of people that Penguin called and the fact that the persecution didn’t call any which does leave one to wonder if the Crown was even trying.  Cecil Day-Lewis and apparently outed himself as the mystery writer Nicholas Blake at the trial.  This impressed me and I still wonder what people thought about that bit.  Considering the kerfuffle that happened when it came out that Rowling was using a pen name for her Strike books.


                Today, Lawrence’s book is overlooked as people get more concerned about book concerning penguins who raise a chick.  But the question I asked in the writing journal is still good today, do people still fear what is in books because the printing press changed everything, made knowledge more widely accessible?

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review 2019-05-01 04:08
Dragons of Chaos (The Gaian Otherworld #3) - C.R. Robertson


The last descendant of a dragondom, Justus is the strongest Gaian assassin and Celeste belongs to the sacred dragon priestesses whose magic keeps the planet alive in the underrealm. They may be fated mates, but some endings are never meant to be for how can someone love the dark distorted soul of a trained killer or a woman who has learnt survive in a world of pain? With the fate of a planet on the line, the vessels of the gods must stand ready to open the gates of Olympus but are they willing to accept the challenge?


The third book in ‘The Gaian Otherworld’ series takes star crossed lovers to the nth degree as the strong, convincing hero and heroine of this romance struggle to overcome some gripping emotional turmoil that captures the hearts of readers. Justus and Celeste’s romance is energetic and passionate and while they are totally made for each other, they are from two different sides of life in ways that readers can only imagine. Justus and Celeste not only have to struggle with accepting themselves as they now are but along with the rest of the vessels of the gods, they must fight to save the entire planet from the Krakens and a dark fae / Nephilim that wants to devour the world.


The plot is faced paced and full of exciting and suspenseful events that keeps readers completely spellbound throughout as the group engages in some challenging tasks in order to achieve their goals. The story is full of unexpected twists and fresh unique elements that really spice up this story including some twists and turns that have readers’ eyes opening wide in stunned disbelief, but one thing readers know for certain is that this couple will go far.


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review 2019-04-20 17:39
Review ~ Great read!
Dangerous Talents - Frankie Robertson

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


Emergency dispatcher Celia Montrose is out on a hike looking for some lost petroglyphs, but when she finds them her life changes in a way she never would have believed. Transported to another world with no idea how or why, Cele is just trying to survive in a desert with no water. When a group of strange men come across her, she’s afraid, but her need for water is now desperate. She trusts them, but is watchful. The leader of the group, Lord Dahleven, is just as wary of her. Is she a spy, ally, or something else? He thinks she may be Fey-marked, but he needs to hoof it back home to warn his people of impending war, so he drags her along for the ride until he can figure her out. And that’s when things go sideways.


I don’t read too many time travel stories anymore, but this is more like world or dimension travel even if the people of Alfheim are living like times long past. The writing is good, the characters interesting, the world is fascinating, and the plot is decent. My main problem is with Celia. Her singlemindedness to get home blinded her to everything else around her. And this makes her act like a damn moron. Plus, I had a hard time with the insta-love between her and Dahleven. But other than that this is a tale that will keep you turning the pages.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/04/dangerous-talents.html
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