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review 2018-01-21 21:36
A Cowboy's Midnight Kiss: Romancing Griffin Stone
A Cowboy's Midnight Kiss: Romancing Griffin Stone (Romancing the Stones) (Volume 1) - Victoria Vane

Title: A Cowboy's Midnight Kiss: Romancing Griffin Stone
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Vane Publishing LLC
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"A Cowboy's Midnight Kiss: Romancing Griffin Stone" by Victoria Vane

My Thoughts..

What all will happen when a divorced Cassidy Cantrell best friend ask her to go on holiday at a Ski Resort with her and there she meets one delicious treat of meeting a cowboy Griffin Stone? Well, be ready for a wonderful captivating read with lots of banter with lots of flirtatious and playful humor with a little sadness thrown in. I loved the characters along with Cassidy, Cassidy's best friend Liz and daughter Mandy, Griffin and his sweet nephew. What will happen as Cassidy finds Griff one whole package...'caring, sexy, funny and smart?' What is up with Cassidy's ex when he blackmails her? Now that Cassidy has been with Griffin who has also been in a bad relationship [being jilted] will she choose to stay with him or will she go back to her ex who is trying to get her back? To find out what all it is about you will have to pick up "A Cowboy's Midnight Kiss: Romancing Griffin Stone" to see how well this author delivers to the readers a wonderful HEA. .

If you are wanting a short, sweet romantic novella then you have come to the right place to enjoy this read.

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text 2018-01-20 19:19
2017 Year in Review: Stats
Shadowhouse Fall - Daniel José Older
Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee
A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) - Sherry Thomas
Food of the Gods: A Rupert Wong Novel - Cassandra Khaw
The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle
The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley
The Heiress Effect - Courtney Milan
An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) - N.K. Jemisin
Clean Room Vol. 3: Waiting for the Stars to Fall - Gail Simone,Jon Davis-Hunt
Did anyone else end up with a broken counter on the Goodreads stats page? I know they had an issue with the date read field earlier in the year. While that eventually worked itself out, my total for 2017 is way off. The states page claims over 100, but the list is really only 79.
 
My breakdown of the 79 "books" I finished in 2017:

anthologies: 0
collections: 0
Adult novels: 50
YA novels: 8
MG novels: 0
graphic novels: 1
art book: 0
comic omnibus: 15
magazine issues: 0
children's books: 2
nonfiction: 3
 
I make a demographics list every year as a way of giving myself the opportunity to think about who I've read and how I can do better.
 
Across all categories:
  Written by Women: 53 (67%, down from 72% in 2016)
  Written by POC: 29 (37%, up from 17% in 2016)
  Written by Transgender authors: 5 (6%, up from 1% in 2016) 
  Written by Non-binary authors: 2 (3%, up from 1% in 2016)
 
While this looks like a large improvement from last year, I should note that this is not unique authors, but total across all my reading. I went on Cassandra Khaw and Daniel José Older benders this fall that account for a lot of my non-white reading. I also went on a Courtney Milan bender in January that is helping inflate the written by women category. 
 
My favorite book from 2017 were really hard to select! It was a great reading year, but I narrowed it down to 10. Please don't ask me to order them as that's clearly an impossible task. They should all appear in the banner at the top, but here's a list, alphabetically:
 
 
I reviewed all 79 titles read in 2017, which is really more than I expected. Not all those reviews are great, but in terms of quantity, I beat my expectations. 
 
My favorite new-to-me author of 2017 is Cassandra Khaw. She's talented and her range includes (nay, celebrates!) splatterpunk. 
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review 2018-01-15 18:06
Harry Potter and the Philosopher´s Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Stephen Fry

It´s simply not possible to give this book less than 5 stars. The story is magical and Stephen Fry´s narration is perfection. 

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review 2018-01-14 22:16
Nope and no no no no !
Dad's Best Friend - Candy Stone

I never realised that so many things can be so wrong in just a 24 page story... damn... wish I never knew.

 

So... the heroine gets dumped by her boyfriend whom she took for granted then we jump to several weeks later when she's going on a small vacation and her car breaks down in the mountains so the guy who comes to pick her up along with her car is an overweight stereotype of a man and of course, a rapist from whom she is saved by the man she calls uncle Jimmy who is not her uncle and she practically forces her dad's best friend to fuck her. Then the ending:

 

They never tell her dad, this never meant anything to them besides a good fuck, he marries and never tells his wife, the heroine marries and divorces and still receives regular sex visits from despite him still being fucking married. And yes, that is all said in the last couple of sentences.

(spoiler show)

 

If I would rant on everything that is wrong with this story I would write three times the length of this actual story so I'll keep it simple and short.

 

1. This book isn't romance, it's an episode of a sexual encounter that seems quite forced on the older man.

 

2. This short story makes no fucking sense! She forgot her dad's best friend in life also has a cabin near the place she wants to go on a vacation to despite the fact she spent half of her childhood there. And she gets into a car with a man who clearly insinuates he wants to have sex with her and then she is so damn surprised when he actually tries.

 

3. Jimmy, her dad's best friend and our hero in this story, is trying really hard to resist this woman because he says it isn't right and she just keeps on going, jumping into his bed and masturbating, getting outside naked and stretching before going swimming, taking his fingers and dipping them into her private parts and so on until he actually gives in and they fuck for one night.

 

4. First Jimmy keeps on saying no and resisting and running away from her then when he snaps and wants her she runs away screaming no and then she returns and seduces him again. What in the actual fuck? Why am I even reading this argh !

 

5. The ending, if the story didn't get you miserable then this ending surely will. Clustered in a few last sentences you realise they remain assholes for the entirety of their lives. Oh I am so happy having to read this, truly my life now is oh so much richer than it was an hour ago.

 

 

Conclusion !

 

Don't be a fucking asshole in life and maybe better things will happen to you.

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review 2018-01-10 19:41
Dear Martin
Dear Martin - Nic Stone
As Justyce keeps a journal, making inquiries to Martin Luther King as to why his life is turning upside down, Justyce is confused on how to proceed forward. He sees these inequalities, these injustices that are based upon the color of his skin, and it infuriates him. But what can Justyce do about them and why can’t everyone else see them? As I listened to this novel, I can’t tell you how many times I said out loud, “What?
 
You have got to be kidding me?’ I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing through my speakers. I felt for Justyce as he tried to figure out what his next step would be. I was frustrated, angry and ticked as people tried to use their power to win. I know this is a problem that needs to be addressed and fixed and I am glad that this book addresses it. The truth of the matter is, no one is really listening. No one wants to listen, they are using their other senses but not really listening to what is happening or what occurred. I think this happens in the lives of other individuals too and not just African Americans.
 
All lives matter. Listen people, for once keep quiet and listen to the voices of those around you. They are important too. You just might learn something.
 
It’s a powerful novel and one that will surely make you think.

 

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