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review 2017-11-09 16:52
Sweet and sexy
Work Me Up: A Sexy Billionaire Single Dad Romance - Sasha Burke

Work Me Up is a fast-paced, wonderfully written romance. The book is novella length, but there is so much emotion and fun packed into those pages. Logan is such an endearing character with his complete devotion to his daughter that you can't help but fall for him, and Nicole has plenty of sass and a call it as she sees it attitude that keeps Logan on his toes. They are so good together and the author does a fantastic job of conveying the sexual tension between them, even when they are squaring off in disagreement. 

This second book by Burke is more on the sweeter side than the hilarity of her first book, but it is just as good and further shows her talent. Work Me Up is an engaging tale with the perfect mix of sweet and sexy, endearing characters, and witty dialogue. This author is fast becoming a favorite for this reader and I'll be anxiously awaiting whatever she has in store for us next.

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review 2017-11-07 19:25
So I did this thing...
Single Malt - Layla Reyne,Tristan James

I've heard so many good things about this series and when I saw them for sale as audio books my 'buy-now' finger went to work and that was all she wrote, the deal was done and they were mine. 

 

Action, intrigue, romance...it's all here and I loved it. Aidan Talley and Jameson Walker were for me a totally perfect pairing and I was all in from the word go with this series. 

 

Layla Reyne has created an intriguing story filled with a collection of interesting and unusual characters that were brought to life for me by the awesome narration of Tristan James. 

 

So there you have it short, sweet and to the point I loved the characters, the story and the audio narration only made it all that much more enjoyable and of course I happily went on to  'Cask Strength' the next book in this wonderful romantic adventure.

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review 2017-09-13 20:51
Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey - My Thoughts
Taste of Marrow - Sarah Gailey

I pre-ordered this book (something I very very seldom do) because I enjoyed the first, River of Teeth, so much.  It was fresh it, it was different, it was intriguing and it was well written and peopled with lovely characters.  This book, Taste of Marrow, was still all that, but at a lower level, I'm afraid. 

Now, both books are novellas and I honestly think the story suffered from that in two ways.  First off, I felt that the story over both needed more fleshing out.  I wanted more... depth?  No, because what's there is plenty deep enough, but it just seemed that I wasn't getting the whole story as I should be.  I wanted more meat. 

And secondly, I don't know why it had to be split over two novellas.  The first half of this one, I didn't really understand why one of the main characters was so manically obsessed with finding one of the others - big love notwithstanding.  I still don't get why it was so manic and I suppose I'd have to go back and read the first one again to see.  And I only read that one in May!  Anyway, put them both together in one normal sized novel - it would only be 75K words or 260 some odd pages.  Not even CLOSE to epic.  *LOL*   I also had trouble remembering why one of the bad characters was so important to the whole story.  So yeah... a single novel please? 

The other thing that I found bothered me again was the gender-neutral use of the pronoun 'they'. It's bloody confusing, I'm sorry.  I apologise if that sounds insulting in anyway.  I have absolutely NO problem with gender-neutral/fluid people.  It's just that the word, after 55+ years of reading and 60 years of talking indicates more than one person to me.  I was confused so many times looking for the second or other people in the scene.  It brought me up short and took me right out of the story.  Which saddens me because I had to take off a .5 star for that because it did impact my enjoyment of the book. 

So yeah, I was somewhat disappointed by Taste of Marrow.  I do hope the author continues to write in this universe however, and maybe even with some of the same characters. 

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text 2017-07-31 22:36
Booklikes-Opoly - BrokenTune's Final Game Wrap Up
Making History - Stephen Fry
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood
Die So Geliebte. Roman Um Annemarie Schwarzenbach - Melania G. Mazzucco
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
Howards End - E.M. Forster
Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum - Richard Fortey
Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry - Jules Verne
The Day Of The Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss,Michael Glencross

July 31st:

 

Bank account: $215

 

Many thanks to Obsidian Blue and Moonlight reader for hosting this game. It was so much fun! Both playing and watching everyone else's updates - a special shout out to Magnetic Monkey and Penni, who have been quite the entertaining duo.

 

My personal goal for this game was to tackle my TBR shelves, both physical and electronic, and try and read as many books that I already own as I could. 

 

In that, I think it has been a resounding success. I managed to read 

 

40 books. Which added up to an amazing 12205 pages! And I loved many of them. Even ones that were outside of my normal reading comfort zone - Hello Sci-fi! and time travel. 

 

In fact, I managed to re-connect with one of my favourite childhood authors - Jules Verne. Not that Verne is a children's author. I just happen to have had my first encounter with Verne when I was a child. Now I want to read more of his works. They are just amazing!

 

Overall, not all of the books I have read over the game have been impressive. There have been 3 DNFs, and all the books together averaged a 3.36 rating.

 

However, there were some honourable mentions which I have linked above.

 

The Thorn Birds, Howards End, and Journey to the Centre of the Earth were re-reads, so the most surprising or best discoveries of the last three months have been Making History by Stephen Fry and The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulff.

 

Again, many thanks to OB and MR and to all the other BLikers who have taken part or cheered from the sidelines. You all rock!

 

 

Below (after the page break) are all my game updates.

 

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review 2017-07-30 16:31
Cute
The Single Undead Moms Club - Molly Harper

It was not outrageously fun like "And one last thing...", and could have done without the murder hit ass-pull escalation (seriously, what need was for that given the over-all tone?), but I liked it.

 

It was a comfy, easy read to get some smiles and dig myself out of a mild reading slump.

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