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review 2017-05-23 15:25
short and so deliciously sweet!
Mr. Plum - Sue Brown
I won my copy of this book and no review was required, but I gotta tell you about this book! Another addition to the Too Stinking Cute shelf, and I really rather loved it. Its only short, some 30 odd pages, but its so deliciously sweet! Tom will tell the story of his and Dave's relationship with the beginning in the launderette. But Dave will tell you, it goes back far before then, to a cup of coffee in a paper sleeve that matched Tom's tie. Even though only Dave has a say, and Tom doesn't get a word in, at all, I still enjoyed it. Its very written, and you connect to both Dave AND Tom really well, for such a short book. I didn't spot a single spelling mistake or editing errors. Sue Brown in a new to me author, and this was a perfect introduction to her work. Fabulous little hangover cure, if ever there was one. 4 solid stars **Same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-14 18:01
not needed to follow main books
Tangled In Shadows: Kyn Kronicles Short Stories - Jami Gray
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I was gifted my copy of this book. Four shorts, designed to be read along the main books. Wrapped In Shadows, book 0.5 We are into produced to Raine, Gavin and Xander here. They are Wraith, members of an elite guard with in the Kyn, similar to the humans Black Ops teams. Only Gavin has a say here. Submerged In Shadows, book 1.5 Raine is on an enforced vacation with her uncle, Ryan, when they come across a Selkie, trying to get her skin back. I didn't fully understand the implications of what that meant, though. Raine speaks here. Masked By Shadows, book 2.5 Raine and Gavin are sent to New Orleans to deliver a package, and nothing is ever simple for this pair! Ensnared By Shadows, book 3.5 Ryuu, second to Vidis, of the Motoki Pack, has to deal with Lliana, of the Division, and a rather nasty spider! I don't know what I expected to get from these four little shorts, but I felt a little let down by them. After the first which was an introduction to the Kyn and these people, the other three books seemed kind of . . .I dunno . . .after thoughts, maybe? Oh don't get me wrong, they are nice little shorts, but I don't see their connections to the main books. Maybe that will come in future books, the diverging of the storylines. Nice little shorts, but you don't NEED them to enjoy the main books. 3 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-14 17:51
short, and I needed to hear from BOTH men.
Keeping him Safe - Elizabeth Coldwell Keeping him Safe - Elizabeth Coldwell
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. Faced, quite literally, with the man of his dreams, Xander has to keep the real Jon from ended up like he does in Xander's dreams: dead on the bathroom floor. I liked this! It's only short, some 60 odd pages (according to Goodreads, but Amazon puts it at 15! Go figure!) just under an hours reading time, for me. The first I've read of Coldwell's that I can see, unless there was one in a box set, but it makes me want to read more. Longer, more in depth. It's not overly complicated, nor is it explicit, or graphic. It's very well written and I did not spot a single spelling or editing error. BUT Only Xander has a say! And I know, I KNOW I say it far too often, and I'm gonna have to get over my aversion to single point of view books but I gotta say it here, again! Had Jon had a say, I have no doubt, none what-so-ever, that this would have been a 5 star read! I NEEDED to hear from Jon, I really did. I liked that Xander tried so very hard NOT to fall for Jon, even after that first time. He tried so hard, bless him, but Jon won him over real quick! I loved that Jon was totally unfazed by Xander's revelation about his dreaming about Jon, and it did not bother him at all! Even for such a short book, had Jon had a voice, it would be a five star read but he didn't, so... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-04-13 20:17
best one of three!
Behr Facts (Foothills Pride) - Pat Henshaw
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO version of this book. Book three in the series, but you don't need the others for this to make sense. I loved book one, book two was not quite as good, but this one?? THIS BOOK?? By far the best of the three! Why?? I can only assume that Abe Behr himself, as the only voice in this book, that made this book for me. He shines, he really does. Usually I'll write a separate bit for the book and then a bit for the narration, but I can't split it here. David Ross' portrayal of Abe is just brilliant. He gives us Abe's slow growing affection then attraction to Jeff. Abe's dawning knowledge on who is pulling a fast one with his company. Abe's realization that he, and indeed, his brothers, need a life outside of Behr Construction. And we are shocked when Abe stands up and announces to the town meeting what he does. I loved that bit, because we had no idea what was coming! Also, I usually prefer my male/male books on the more explicit side. HOWEVER, this one is, again, like one and two, totally clean. And you know what?? I'm really REALLY enjoying that they are just so. I gave book one 5 stars because I thought it too cute, and book two got 4 stars because I really didn't like Fredi so much. I think I loved this one a little more than book one, but not because it was too cute. I loved it because it carries a little more emotion, it delves a little deeper, because Abe got to the grand old age he does, and was still a virgin. Because I did not see that coming, I tell ya, I really didn't! 5 stars for the book 5 for the narration 5 overall **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-04-13 19:54
not quite as good as book one.
Redesigning Max (Foothills Pride Stories) - Pat Henshaw
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO version of this book. Max needs helps remodeling his cabin. It's just brown and shades there of. Fredi takes up the challenge. And they both get more than they bargained for. This is book two in the Foothills Pride series and you don't need to have read/listened to book one, What's In A Name for this one to make sense. I have and I loved that one, it was just too stinking cute! But this one didn't quite hit that mark and I don't know why! It is, again, told in the 1st person, single point for view, and it's Fredi who gets a say/ I also think it's because Max didn't have a say. And Max really needed a say, he makes such life changing decisions here. I needed to know why he approached Fredi, to know why he came out as he did. I just NEEDED Max, and we don't get him. Again, totally clean, but I'm not missing it! However, the bigots in the Foothills are getting restless and they turn deadly here. Still, a great little short, 98 pages, hence the hangover tag. David Ross again narrates. While enjoying listening to this for the most part, Fredi's voice grated on my nerves. I've no idea why, I guess some voices just do. David Ross' voices for Jimmy and Guy are consistent from their book, and I had no problem defining who was speaking in multi person conversations. Ross' reading voice is clear and even, and apart from Fredi's voice, I liked how he portrayed Fredi and Max. Just shy of 3 hours listening time. 4 stars for the story (because we don't get Max) 4 stars for the narration (because of Fredi's voice) so, 4 stars overall. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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