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review 2016-07-05 21:23
ROADTRIP!!!!!!!!!!!
Wildflowers - Suki Fleet

'Wildflowers' is only the second book that I've read by this author and yes, I know if you're a fan of hers your now asking yourself 'what is wrong with this woman?' it's a first world problem folks it's called "Too Many Books, Too Little Time" but I do hope to remedy it. Heaven knows I keep trying.

 

But be that as it may, I am so glad that I found the time to read this one. So basically what happened here is that Ms Fleet ripped me open and reduced me to a puddle of tears and then she put me back together, made me smile and feel blissfully happy and left me wanting more (the sign of a truly awesome book in my world). 

 

This story is only about 80 pages long but it's filled with love and heartache and so beautifully told. My biggest disappointment is that no matter how hard I try I don't seem to be able to find the words to describe what a beautifully poignant story Ms Fleet has created with these mere 80 pages. 

 

I feel like the only thing I can really say that matters is grab your tissues, grab your teddy, curl up in your favorite chair and be prepared to take a road trip with Sam and Xavi. Trust me you don't want to miss it.

 

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An ARC of 'Wildflowers' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-11-14 10:28
Stand Down by J.A. Jance
Stand Down: A J.P. Beaumont Novella (Kindle Single) - J.A. Jance

I found this short novella a perfect read since I haven't read any books in this series, but I have the book in the latest book in the series; Dance of the Bones waiting to be read. And, since Dance of the Bones is book 22 felt it good to start off with a novella where I could get to know the characters, some background and also see how I would like the writing style. And, I can say that I found this story quite good. 

 

For one thing, I liked that even though I haven't read anything about J.P. Beaumont (Beau) before did I feel that this novella gave me enough information about him, about his wife and some people around him. It also explained how it is that he is retired by explaining the terrible accident that led to the Special Homicide Investigation Team that he was leading was disbanded. His wife Mel has a new job,  chief of police in Bellingham, Washington and he is trying to adjust to the changes in their lives and Mel hasn't it easy either since there are tensions at her workplace. 

 

Then one day when Beau shows up to the construction site and finds Mel's car there, but she is missing. Has someone kidnapped her and if so why?

 

I think this novella was very well done, but the thing is that the "case", with Mel missing felt like a very little part of this story. I enjoyed reading about Beau and Mel, their new life, past events and their future plans, but the kidnapping case felt a bit like thrown into this story to make it a bit more suspenseful, but I felt that it could have been more interesting if it has been given more space in a book instead of a novella. It was over so quick that it never really got thrilling to read. And, that's unfortunate because the idea was good and I liked the novella. 

 

One thing for sure I do look forward to reading Dance of the Bones after reading this novella and I'm also looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.

 

I received this copy from Witness Impulse through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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review 2014-06-10 22:26
Have LOVED Napoleon from first meeting!
Napoleon: A stand-alone novella (The Pierced Series Book 5) - J. C. Mells

I don’t know whether to be happy – or to cry!! I just finished Napoleon, a novella in the world of the Pierced series. And this is going to be the last in the series for a while, as J.C. is going to be moving on to other writings for a while.

 

So – one of my favorite character’s stories comes to a head – but I don’t get my Pierced now! Ah well. I can always go back and reread when I miss Pierce, Lucas, Napoleon and all the gang. And hey, if you haven’t read the series yet, you are in the enviable position of being able to start at the beginning and go straight through, so there is always that!

 

Napoleon is such a great character. But let’s back up a bit. When Pierce and Lucas, the main characters of the series, first meet, Lucas is wearing a pink gay-pride T-shirt while trying to kidnap her. So, through the rest of the series, she calls him “Pink” – which is hysterical as he is a huge guy, rough, tough and no nonsense. But he wears this shirt, and many others in the same theme throughout the series, to support his sister’s adopted child, Napoleon, who is gay. And of course, being a gay werewolf is pretty far outside the realm of “acceptable behavior” in the wolfie world.

 

Now, after all the trials and tribulations of the previous books, we pick up from the last as Napoleon and his friend, Moused, take off for the Big Apple and college.

 

Moused and Nap go to New York. There ought to be a movie about that, surely.

 

The only problem is the very hunky, very straight, and undeniably uber-arrogant and spoiled future heir to the Uppsala Pack of Sweden, the largest pack in Europe. Living in Nowhere, Nevada for the summer, the home of Napoleon’s pack, the Prince has made Nap’s life a complete misery, alternately flirting with and flinging Nap away. Thank goodness Prince Sixten Dahl is off for Oxford while Napoleon is for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Moused for Columbia. OH, but wait . . . there’s more! For Six is not headed for Oxford after all – and Nap’s life has just become a living hell once again. Crushing on the straight guy. Oy.

 

J.C. Mells has brought me so much joy with her Pierced series. Her Nowhere Pack is a true treat – mixing wolves, vamps and humans, straights and gays. All the things the straight-laced Packs really, really don’t comprehend. Read the series. If you follow my reviews, you will know if you like the same books I do. And this series is one of my absolute favorites!

 

And remember, J.C. is still giving away free copies of her second in the series, Escaped for a link to your Amazon review of Pierced!

 

Let me know how you like the series! Bet you will . . .

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I received the book from J.C. because we are friends, but all statements are my own. I LOVE me some Pierced series!!

Source: www.soiredthisbooktoday.com
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