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review 2018-05-24 20:51
The End of the Day - Claire North

I only read this book because my library didn't have THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST, which is what I really wanted to read, and this was by the same author. But I'm glad I did. It was a fascinating first foray into literary fiction. 

 

This is a book with very little plot. I had no idea what the payoff would be. After three decades of reading genre fiction, I had no idea how to feel, what to feel, what to expect on the next page, let alone by the end of the book. I didn't know whether it'd be happy or sad or something in between. I didn't know the POINT. And that was fascinating. I wonder if I would have been more in tune with the lack of plot if I'd had more experience with lit fic. I really don't know.

 

Some of the book was in present tense, some in past. And there were interruptions of overheard soundbites throughout the book. And not just one or two, but pages of them. I think this book was trying to be a capturing of the zeitgeist. I didn't like the soundbites -- because they were so real -- but I see how they fit into the book. 

 

The book started with the ending. The very first scene is Charlie's attempted suicide, so I guess the "tension" of the "plot" is following him through his emotional collapse and the question of will he or won't he succeed. But that really gets a bit lost in the details of the episodes he goes through. 

 

I'm glad I read it. I'm not sure I enjoyed it.

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text 2018-05-24 19:59
Bittersweet By Sarina Bowen Free! Great book!
Bittersweet (True North Book 1) - Sarina Bowen


The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago. 

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

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review 2018-05-22 00:00
Royal Service
Royal Service - Leslie North A dashing hero, a feisty heroine and a reality show are a few of the highlights from the modern day twist to a Cinderella story. With the recent surge of royal fever Phillip and Ella couldn't have come at a better time. North brings the sexy and heart with a sprinkle of humor to modern romance. Ella dreams with her heart and it's those fantasies that have saved her from the heartbreak that is her life. Phillip is a realist that has forgotten how to dream. Funny that it takes a Bachelor type setting and a determined mother to remind him how. Royal Service is an enchanting reminder that despite the odds, it's the dreaming that give us the hope and will to survive.

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review 2018-05-21 21:29
Review: True North (True Born Trilogy #2) by L.E. Sterling
True North - L.E. Sterling

It’s not you…it’s your DNA. Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure. While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning. As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley  and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

1 ½ ★

 

I really was hoping this series would get better but sadly I thought it got worse.

While in book one we still got some plot , this book most of it felt forced and as pages fillers. I couldn’t really connect to the story at all this book.

Lucy was just TSTL the entire book, and really it seemed like she kept thinking she is ever so smart and trying to outsmart people when she really was just dumb.  And that was her without having  Price around and with him. Omg there are no words.

If that is even possible he as even a bigger a$$ in this book and I didn’t think there was anything sexy about him. He was just creepy, controlling and over all a jacka$$.

I had to force myself to finish it which wad sad because I really wanted to like this series.

I rated it at 1 ½ ★ and with hat will not continue with the series.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-20 14:31
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Speakeasy - Sarina Bowen

This is book #5, in the True North series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and have a better understanding of this incredible series, I recommend reading this in order.

 

May has always crushed on Alec.  Having him return her feelings would be a dream come true.  After a bad breakup, he is the one who rescues her.  With a little luck, she can rescue him back.

 

Alec cannot believe his luck.  Things with May around seem to be much better.  All the pain and grief that was coming his way seems to subside with her around.  With her in his arms - who knows what could happen?

 

This is best book of the series in my opinion.  This author is a must read already but this story just bowled me over.  I love how the banter and charm of the MC's just swept me away in this book.  I could not put it down.  The pace was good, the heat was high, and the story just really really good.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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