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review 2017-07-27 03:07
More like Breast Pride
Paxton Pride (The Paxton Saga Book 1) - Frank Schaefer,Kerry Newcomb

I just want to say, even if I don't end up liking/enjoying the books you all recommend to me, I always get something out of them. I greatly appreciate the time and effort you all take to think of me.

Thank you to Belinda for the recommendation.

 

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Part 3 was were I kicked my skim reading into gear. I just couldn't, y'all. The almost raped yet once again heroine scene after scene had me exhausted. To say this story is problematic would be sugar coating it. The third part the hero and heroine hardly spend any time together as hero has run away to get over his blaming of the heroine for losing their child. Heroine miraculously sheds her city persona and becomes Annie Oakley and takes to running the ranch. Men love her for it and of course, women are jealous of her. The men loving, women hating is so extreme in this, bleh. 

 

Heroine ends up getting kidnapped by villain, lives under constant threat of rape from him, another glorious scene where villains sexual aggressiveness starts to turn her on, a very woman's no can easily be turned into a I really want it yes. An almost gang rape scene, heroine gets tossed and stripped in a circle of men before they are interrupted.

I just don't know how I could stand the romance of it all!!!!

 

These older, longer saga romance reads typically would do a great job with incorporating historical detail and creating a very clear setting, this one is no exception; I enjoyed the western setting. The sexism and racism just ended up ruining it for me. 

 

She was much woman, this one. There was much spirit in her---a real woman's spirit. Not like the temperamental Marcelina. The little one knew how to please a man, knew instinctively and exquisitely where and how to touch him, how to move. But such a girl was for a moment and no longer. There were many more like her. The woman at the fire was one of strength, of character as strong as the hills and rocks themselves. A man who was blessed with the love of such a senorita would need no other woman except occasionally, for the sake of diversion.

 

 

Because of course, the Latina SIXTEEN year old girl is just a natural sexual being, while the white woman only encapsulates the highest virtues. Which, I have to say, home girl only started to lose her spoiled ass attitude only about three chapters back, so singing her virtues seems a bit premature. Also, because I simply can't keep the horror to myself, the sixteen year old and villain end up being brother and sister. Which turns out the villain knew. He knew he was banging his sister. Yep, this was a two for one, dad and brother incest!!!! 

The bonus line of men being blessed with a good woman so they only have to sleep with other women occasionally for sake of diversion, had me feeling spoiled. 

 

So, I won't be continuing on with the series. 

 

A huge thank-you to previous generations of women who worked and work to clear this type of grossness from my younger generation eyes. I only hope to do the same for the next. 

 

 

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review 2017-07-26 23:32
Love, love, love it!!
Her Forever Cowboy (Harland County Series) (Volume 4) - Donna Michaels,Stacy D Holmes

Her Forever Cowboy by Donna Michaels is an awesome book.  Ms Michaels has given us a book that is well-written and loaded it with fantastic, lovable characters.  Shayla and Kevin's story is packed full of drama, suspense, humor and sexy bits.  I loved every page of Her Forever Cowboy and look forward to my next book by Donna Michaels.  Her Forever Cowboy is book 4 of the Harland County Series but can easily be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I purchased a print copy of this book.

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review 2017-07-26 13:17
Das grandiose, runde Finale eines politischen Idealisten

„Hass“ ist der letzte Band der „Opcop“-Reihe von Arne Dahl. Das ist zwar schade, allerdings finde ich es erfrischend, dass eine Reihe mal keine zweistellige Anzahl von Bänden erreicht. Außerdem ist Dahls neustes Projekt bereits verfügbar: „Sieben Minus Eins“ ist sein erster klassischer Ermittler-Thriller und der Auftakt der Reihe „Berger & Blom“. Ich bin ein bisschen skeptisch, weil dieser angeblich komplett ohne politische Einflüsse auskommt, werde dieses Experiment aber vermutlich trotzdem wagen, denn ich bin neugierig und möchte mich nicht von Dahl verabschieden. Schlimm genug, dass ich nun der Opcop-Gruppe Lebewohl sagen musste.

 

Am Grab von Donatella Bruno leisten Paul Hjelm und die Opcop-Gruppe einen Schwur: sie schwören, Donatellas Mörder zur Rechenschaft zu ziehen und Fabio Tebaldi und Lavinia Potorac zu retten. Zurück in Den Haag stürzen sie sich in die Arbeit und sichten das Material, das Donatella über die ‘Ndrangheta zusammentrug. Unglücklicherweise finden sich in den Unterlagen keinerlei konkrete Hinweise, weder zu Donatellas Verdacht, dass nicht die Mafia Tebaldi und Potorac entführte, noch zu ihrem mysteriösen Informanten. Die Ermittlung steckt in einer Sackgasse. Als Opcop zusätzlich mit einem neuen Fall betraut wird, entscheidet Paul Hjelm schweren Herzens, ihre Kräfte zu splitten. Ein schwedisches Biotech-Labor wurde Opfer eines Cyberangriffs. Die Spur der Industriespionage führt nach China – und zu einem alten Bekannten der Operativeinheit. Skrupellose, höchst unethische, gefährliche Experimente mit menschlicher DNA zwingen die Teams, sich auf der ganzen Welt zu verteilen und parallel zu arbeiten. Aber sie werden nicht aufgeben. Sie werden ihre verlorenen Mitglieder finden und rächen. Denn dieses Mal ist es persönlich.

 

Bisher haben alle Bände der „Opcop“-Reihe vier Sterne von mir erhalten. „Hass“ schafft es aus einem ganz bestimmten Grund auf eine Spitzenbewertung von fünf Sternen. Noch nie – und ich meine wirklich noch nie – hat mich ein Thriller zu Tränen gerührt. Ich hätte am Ende tatsächlich fast geheult, weil ich so ergriffen war. Falls einige von euch glauben, politische Thriller wären grundsätzlich kühl, trocken und emotional distanziert, sollte euch diese Erfahrung das Gegenteil beweisen. Ich habe alle Mitglieder von Opcop ausnahmslos ins Herz geschlossen. In den Rezensionen zu den vorangegangenen Bänden „Gier“, „Zorn“ und „Neid“ habe ich vielleicht nicht ausreichend betont, wie stark meine Bindung an die Charaktere ist, weil ich mich von meiner Schwärmerei über Arne Dahls herausragendes politisch-wirtschaftliches Verständnis ablenken ließ. Das muss ich offenbar nachholen. Arne Dahl ist nicht nur der Meister der Recherche und des politischen Thrillers allgemein, er versteht es unnachahmlich, seine komplizierten, anspruchsvollen Kriminalfälle mittels sympathischer, lebendiger Figuren und geschickter, ungezwungener Perspektivwechsel zu transportieren. Auf diese Weise gelingt es ihm, die internationalen Ermittlungen in „Hass“ als stimmiges, klares Gesamtbild darzustellen, das ich ohne Schwierigkeiten nachvollziehen konnte, obwohl der Fall – wenn überhaupt möglich – noch verzwickter und komplexer ist als die Fälle der Vorgänger. Dahl greift Handlungsfäden auf, die ich für längst abgeschlossen hielt und überraschte mich mit umfangreichen Informationen über die Geschichte, Funktionsweise und Hierarchie der kalabrischen Mafia ‘Ndrangheta. Er wagt sich über die Grenzen Europas hinaus und schickt die Opcop-Teams nach Amerika und China, versäumt es jedoch nicht, die Schönheit der europäischen Länder deutlich herauszuarbeiten. „Hass“ inspiriert Fernweh, eine Sehnsucht, den landschaftlichen Liebreiz Europas zu erkunden. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass Dahl diese Ebene seines Romans sehr wichtig war, als wollte er betonen, dass Europa wundervoll ist, obwohl kriminelle Organisationen es als Spielwiese für ihre Zwecke missbrauchen. Außerdem denke ich, dass er im Finale der „Opcop“-Reihe unmissverständlich klarstellt, dass er an die Idee eines geeinten Europa glaubt. Zwischen den Zeilen positioniert er sich pro-Europa und zeigt sich als politischer Idealist, der das (ungenutzte) Potential der Europäischen Union erfasst. Ich fühle mich ihm diesbezüglich sehr verbunden, weil es mir ganz genauso ergeht. Die EU könnte so viel erreichen, wäre sie nicht von Egoismus, Neid und Gier geprägt. Zusätzlich hat sie ein ernsthaftes Image-Problem. Ich bin fest überzeugt, bereits jetzt leisten einige Politiker_innen dort hervorragende, beachtliche Arbeit, doch in die Nachrichten schaffen es lediglich Meldungen über Gurken und Glühbirnen. Es ist unfassbar tragisch, dass dadurch viele Menschen annehmen, diese zugegebenermaßen überflüssig erscheinenden Richtlinien wären alles, was die EU leisten könnte und würde. Ich bin froh, dass Arne Dahl ein anderes Bild vermittelt, das der Realität vermutlich näherkommt als die Berichterstattung der Medien.

 

„Hass“ ist ein grandioses, rundes Finale. Es lässt keine Wünsche offen und wird der vierteiligen „Opcop“-Reihe mehr als gerecht. Arne Dahl schenkt seinen Figuren genau den Abschluss, den sie sich mit harter Arbeit und großen persönlichen Opfern verdienten. Ich bin traurig, mich von ihnen verabschieden zu müssen, sehe aber ein, dass der Reihe ein Ende zustand.
Ich weiß nicht, ob es im Geheimen tatsächlich eine internationale operative Einheit gibt, die Europol untersteht und Verbrechen aufklärt, die an Heimtücke, Boshaftigkeit und Habgier kaum zu übertreffen sind, ohne jemals die Anerkennung der Menschen zu erhalten, die sie schützen. Ich hoffe es sehr, denn der Gedanke an eine Gruppe moderner, sehr realer Held_innen lässt mich besser schlafen. Unsere Welt ist schlecht, doch wenn Menschen wie die Opcop-Mitglieder versuchen, sie jeden Tag ein bisschen besser zu machen, habe ich noch Hoffnung. Danke Arne Dahl, dass Sie mir Hoffnung gaben und meinen Glauben an Europa bestärkten.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/arne-dahl-hass
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Excerpt Reveal - Ready To Run
 
 
A reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: 
a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show. 
 
 
READY TO RUN
I Do, I Don't #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing Aug 22, 2017
Loveswept
 


The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.



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Damn. Charlie hadn’t been lying about the hot blonde.
 
The woman walking straight toward him was all tight jeans, high heels, and confi-dence. And hot. Very, very hot.
 
Charlie muttered something admiring under his breath, and Luke’s gaze flicked to the man beside the woman. Tried to place him. Couldn’t.
 
Not too many guys around here who wore light-purple shirts and white pants with the same easy comfort that Lucky Hollow residents wore jeans and flannel.
 
No doubt about it—neither was from around here. Not by a long shot.
 
The man was a half step behind the woman, and Luke assessed that the woman was calling the shots.
 
His eyes narrowed as he realized that she hadn’t once wavered in her approach.
 
She knew what she was after:
 
Him.
 
She got closer and Luke saw that the face matched the body. Wide blue eyes, full lips, sassy shoulder-length blond hair that was just tousled enough to make a man wonder how it had gotten that way—to want to be the one to muss it.
 
Her gaze flicked over him, and Charlie whistled and muttered under his breath. “She just checked you out, man.”
 
She had indeed, but Luke was far from flattered. It hadn’t been the assessment of a woman checking out a man so much as a predator evaluating its prey.
 
As though she was evaluating him for . . . something.
 
Blondie stopped in front of him, and the second her blue eyes locked on his, Luke felt a little jolt of awareness and was irrationally annoyed. It had been a long time since he’d been quite so aware of a woman.
 
Once, he’d enjoyed the feeling—sexual chemistry was almost the perfect combination of pain and pleasure. A subtle punch in the gut that you wanted to experience again and again.
These days, though, he was having a hard time getting past the pain part. The shitty parts had outweighed the good parts just one time too many. Now he mostly settled for casual hookups with a divorcée a few towns over who was even less interested in com-mitment than Luke was.
 
He had zero use for attraction to a pretty, bold woman in high heels.
 
Luke noticed that for a sheer moment she had a slightly off-balance look, as though she too had felt the annoying zip of arousal when their eyes met, but she recovered quick-ly.
Pasting a sunny, generic smile on her face, she stuck out her right hand. “Luke Elliott. I’m Jordan Carpenter. This is my colleague, Simon Nash.”
 
Good manners had him setting down his equipment and extending his own right hand toward hers even as his brain caught on her name. Familiar, and . . .
 
Shit. Shit!
 
He managed to stop from jerking his hand back, but just barely. Instead, he gritted his teeth, gave her hand a perfunctory shake, and then fixed her with a glare. “You’re wasting your time, Ms. Carpenter. And mine.”
 
Blue eyes narrowed. “Aha. So you did get my emails.”
 
Those. The voicemails. The letters.
 
“Sure,” he said with a nod, shoving his hands in his pockets. “Just like I suspect you got the message that I didn’t want to be a part of your show.”
 
Charlie looked from the woman to Luke and back again. “Show?”
 
Ryan ambled over, his shit-eating grin telling Luke that this damn woman had already spilled the beans on why she was here. “Luke’s gonna be a national heartthrob.”
 
“International,” said the blond guy in the purple shirt.
 
Jordan Carpenter didn’t look at her companion, but all three firefighters did.
 
The other man gave the sort of easy smile that probably had him making friends easily. Luke didn’t want a new friend.
 
Especially not one who wanted to use his shitty romantic past for the sake of TV ratings.

 

 
 
 
 
Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.
 
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she's written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 

 

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review 2017-07-26 02:16
Magicians
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) - Mark Bramhall,Lev Grossman

 

 

I watched the show first.  My husband checked out the DVDs of season one from the library. I quickly got hooked, and when I noticed that the show was based on a book, I put in a request for the downloadable audiobook, from the library's e-collection.  It took a while for the audiobook to become available, and when it did, the library's summer reading program was in full swing.  Since the theme for week four (this week) is "award winner or classic," I hoped against hope that this book was award winner...  And it is!  ALA Alex Award (2010) and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2011).

 

While in the show, Brakebills is a graduate school for magicians, in the books, it is an undergraduate program.  I initially had a moment of "Aw, boo."  But then it occurred to me that this helps explain why, on the show, I thought Brakebills didn't "feel" like grad school.  I am guessing that the change was because certain mature situations from the book might seem less objectionable for 22-year-olds than 18-year-olds.

 

So, The Magician focuses its third-person limited narration on protagonist Quentin  Coldwater.  It traces his acceptance into the Brakebills program, his completion--in four years--of its five-year program, and his first few post-Brakebills years.  I enjoyed this book, though it some ways, the pacing seemed odd.  In some respects, the narrative felt rushed--like years at Brakebills would race to their conclusion.  But then certain conversations and actions would seem dragged out, bogged down with more detail than needed.

 

One of the primary differences between the show and the books is that the first season mapped to one year of school.  Presumably, each season will be devoted to a year of school (though if they want to go more than three seasons, they'll need a post-school era, since the grad program on the show is three years).  One of the things I appreciated about the book is that all of Quentin's friends from Brakebills have read and loved the "Fillory and Beyond" books (a series that, in the book's universe, has the popularity of the "Harry Potter" franchise).  On the show, the other characters treat Quentin as if liking the books makes him a bit of a dork.  Otherwise, although the way the stories are unspooled differs, the show and book hit many of the same major plot points.  But I will say the differences are significant enough that viewers of the show and readers of the books can still enjoy the other medium.

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