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review 2020-05-09 00:53
More Colin and Joshua…what more could a girl want…not much…unless it means having a bit of Nate and David as well.
Love's Lawyer - Janice Jarrell

I am such a fan of this series, but I have to admit even the best of fans can have off days. I jumped at the chance to read this book and part way into it I found myself saying “When did they get married? I don’t remember Colin and Josh getting married, what the hell?” and today my mystery got solved when I realized that I’d somehow managed to miss a book…seriously I missed reading a whole book here and it was the one wherein Colin and Josh got married…have no fear it’s on my e-reader and I will be remedying this unfortunate event at my earliest opportunity.

 

Now you’re probably thinking what the hell, Karen? Seriously who cares if you missed a book. That’s your problem and has nothing to do with me or this book. Well you’re right but it does concern the accuracy of what I’m about to say which is that while you can read “Love’s Lawyer” without having read the previous books and probably without an over abundance of confusion…I strongly recommend at least reading books 2 & 3 in the authors series ‘Revolutionary Heart’ although to be honest reading all of the stories in this series is no hardship. I realize I’m biased because as I said earlier…I am such a fan of this series.

 

I’m going to go out on a bit of a limb here and say that while “Love’s Lawyer” is listed as the first book in what is a spin-off series to ‘Revolutionary Heart’ it could also easily be considered the next book in the series ‘Revolutionary Heart’ because I’m fairly sure that things pick-up for Colin and Josh if not where they leave off in ‘Love’s Glory’ very shortly after that point, since there doesn’t seem to be a huge time gap between where one story ends and the next one begins.

 

Events that started in ‘Love’s Trials’ and carried through ‘Love’s Glory’ as well as the fallout from them continue here in ‘Love’s Lawyer’. Colin and Josh have survived everything that’s happened so far and Colin’s strong and determined and pretty damned fearless…but neither of them are truly prepared for the demands of law school and the Colin’s unrealistic expectations that he places upon himself and in spite of all of his own training, knowledge and experience as a psychologist Josh’s belief in Colin’s strength blinds him to what’s happening right in front of his eyes.

 

I’m honestly not even sure where to begin with this story. Colin and Josh are a relationship that we don’t get to see in a lot of stories. They have their ups and downs, they fight, they make up sometimes…even though we all know it’s one of the worst things a couple can do…they even go to bed angry with each other in other words they feel real, their relationship feels real.  

 

These things happen, I can personally attest to this as someone who’s been married for 31 years to the same person. Sometimes, pride and frustration and just the heat of the moment keeps people from thinking clearly and seeing what’s truly important but at the end of the day they also remember how important their marriage and their love for each other is and that nothing really matters more.

 

It’s not just their relationship that gives me such a strong feeling of connection to these two men.  The situation that they’re in with Colin returning to schools for me is also a very relatable situation, since I found myself similar circumstances when I returned to school following an accident that like what happened to Colin, forced me to re-evaluate my career goals. Thankfully unlike Colin law school was not a career goal for me, so my foray into the world of academia while demanding was no where near as intense as Colin’s.

 

Sometimes it’s nice to read books that aren’t all sunshine and lollipops and sometimes being able to read a book with characters that I could so easily imagine being neighbors or even friends with makes the connection that I’m looking for.

 

Without fail no matter what my mood these Ms Jarrell’s characters and their stories find their way into my heart to share their story with me and leave me feeling like I’ve just spent time with some dear friends and I’m left looking forward to their next visit.

 

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An ARC of “Love’s Lawyer” was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-12-25 00:00
Real Good Man: A Dirty Series Spin-Off (Real Duet Book 1)
Real Good Man: A Dirty Series Spin-Off (Real Duet Book 1) - Meghan March I love a great storyteller. And Meghan March is one of those people that grabs you, sucks you into the story and leaves you wanting - just more. More fantastic characters - more engrossing tales. A Real Good Man is just that story to suck you in.

Although I’ve read the Dirty Billionaire series and it’s subsequent Dirty Girl, it’s is not a necessary to read this story. It completely stands alone. But what I will say is that each series, just gets better. In all ways you want novel to be. I’m a notorious low angst reader. It’s my preference in genre to just feel good about the characters and not have the over the top push/pull. With that said, my feeling are - READ. THIS. STORY. It’s the perfect balance of some conflict, alot of HEAT, and perfect relationship flow. All without not wanting to throw your eReader because the characters are acting like 14 year olds. Banner and Logan are it!!!

I’m anxiously awaiting book 2. If you love a story about real people finding real love, this story is for you! 5 out of 5 stars.

This free ARC was provided by the author/ publisher in exchange for an unbiased opinion. No type of compensation was made. There is no relationship/affiliation between the reviewer and the author/publisher.
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review 2016-08-31 04:28
Six Of Crows - My bookish thoughts
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

I didn't get around to writing a review for Six of Crows it seems, I do recall this book being amazing. Leigh has done an incredible job with the characters, making each voice unique and their own, impressive when there are like POVs. The world building was also imaginative, fascinating and easy to keep track of. I'm highly looking forward to book 2!

 

Couldn't recall how many stars I wanted to rate this book, so I'm going with 4.5 just to be safe.

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review 2016-07-26 17:59
Not Afraid To Love You by Jude Ouvard
Not Afraid to Love You (Ink Series - Spin Off Book 1) - Jude Ouvrard

This was a pretty good romance. Parts were extremely well written, with tragic realism, other parts were a little less so. I did like that some issues were addressed and brought in full view, two tough issues that need this. Nice job. I've given this a 4* rating. Not suitable for the under 18 group.

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review 2016-07-13 19:57
If you've read the Dark Angels series...
Lock and Key - Z. Allora

Than you're probably dying to read this one. If you're like me and you haven't read Z. Allora's Dark Angels series you can still read this one without any problem. However, I will admit that for the sake of the background info on the secondary characters I do wish I had read 'Dark Angels'. But done is done so let's carry on with this review...

 

Zack is young too young for Andrew but he knows what he wants and that's to be Andrew's submissive and to serve him and only him. Unfortunately, Andrew says 'no' he not only feels that Zack is too young for him but their brothers are in a relationship and there's no way that Andrew would do anything to spoil that. He wants nothing more than for his brother to be happy, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness for it to happen.

 

Devastated by Andrew's rejection Zack decides if he can't serve Andrew, he will serve no one and he puts all his energy into becoming the best damned Dom there is. Which ok, I have to admit confused me a little that he could go from one extreme to the other so easily...ok, maybe not quite so easily after all I did attend BDSM 101 with him and I have to say I never would have pegged that for being a boring class but it was, 5 minutes into class and I was looking around for a way out of the room. I'm just grateful that I didn't get dragged back for the second half of the class the following week because if that happened I was totally going to skip class or skim as the case may be.

 

While I liked the overall storyline and for the most part the characters worked for me. There were times when things became too bogged down with details that for me just weren't necessary or didn't seem to enhance the story in a constructive manner, the BDSM 101 scene is a perfect example of this for me.

 

I liked Andrew and Zack as a couple, but, I have to admit that Zack was also a bit of a conundrum for me as well because I found it hard to visualize someone who seems to so clearly recognize his submissive needs,  being able to not only suppress them but essentially go against them by becoming a Dom and apparently a really good one.

 

However, as someone who does not exist in the BDSM lifestyle and really knows very little about it, I'm also not in a position to determine whether or not this scenario would realistically happen so for the sake of argument I chose to suspend any disbelief that I had and assume that this is as likely possible as it is improbable.

 

I was intrigued initially by the authors method or sharing or reinforcing Zacks thoughts/feelings by randomly adding italicized, 3 word phrases such as...

 

"Kneel. Serve. His." or "Kneel, Serve, Not His."

 

or some varied combination of words always italicized and usually in groups of three words. at first I found it to be an interesting way of reinforcing the characters thoughts and mindset. Unfortunately when used excessively this became a little irritating and started to feel more neanderthal-ish than anything else.

 

My favorite part of the story was when Zack and Andrew's relationship first started as friends and they would share lunches and were just getting to know each other...as friends. There were other parts of the story that I liked and little glimmers here and there but I just didn't get enough from this to make me 'over the moon' in love with the story or really with any of the characters. I'm still not sure what to make of Jordon at times I liked him and in the next breath I wanted to shake him and tell him to grow the F@*k-up because he was irritating me so much. Ironically I was also intrigued enough that if Jordon has a story coming I'd definitely give it serious consideration.

 

Overall neither a win nor a loss on this one because while I didn't find it bad enough to be truly bad neither was it good enough to be truly good either. Maybe I'll re-read it once I've read the Dark Angels series and see if that makes a difference for me.

 

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An ARC of Lock and Key was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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