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review 2018-04-26 03:08
Tempting the Rancher (Meier Ranch Brothers, #1) by Leslie North
Tempting the Rancher - Leslie North

 

She's a distraction he doesn't need. He's a responsibility she doesn't want. So how can it be that the wrong fit seems to be their perfect match? When it comes to the call of the wild, North proves she's well versed in that language. Sparks fly, hearts break and love conquers all.

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text 2018-04-18 20:11
A Queen from the North by Erin McRae 99 cents!
A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book - Racheline Maltese,Erin McRae


Lady Amelia Brockett, known to her family as Meels, is having the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the family. 

But when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a chance meeting with Arthur, the widowed, playboy Prince of Wales, offers Amelia the opportunity to change her life -- and Britain's fortunes -- forever.

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review 2018-04-17 03:30
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
Bittersweet (True North Book 1) - Sarina Bowen
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had such a good time listening to Griff and Audrey's story! I recently discover Sarina Bowen's work when I listened to and fell in love with Bountiful. As soon as I finished that book, I knew that I was going to have to go back and listen to the rest of the series. As soon as I realized that this book was about Griff and Audrey, I almost jumped for joy since they were key characters in Bountiful. I went into this book with pretty high expectations and they were met. This really was a fantastic romance.

I loved Griff and Audrey. Griff was a bit of a grump which I found completely adorable. I guess he had a few things to be grumpy about since he gave up his chance at football to come back home and run the family farm after his father's death. Farming is hard work and a lot to manage. He has taken on the responsibility of making sure that all of his family's needs are met. Audrey is passionate about cooking. She is a chef and has excellent skills. Unfortunately, her employer doesn't let her use those skills. Her current assignment is to visit farms in Vermont to get produce for the restaurants. She is determined to do what it takes to prove herself so that she can get her chance at running a kitchen.

Griff and Audrey knew each other in college. It is obvious from their first meeting that they haven't forgotten each other even though their relationship was extremely brief. These two were perfect together from the very start of the book. I loved the way that Audrey just kind of fit into Griff's world even when he didn't think she would. Audrey didn't seem to mind Griff's grouch like behavior and seemed to really understand him from the start. They had fantastic chemistry and seemed so much better together than they were apart. 

This was the first time that I have listened to both Saskia Maarleveld and Tad Branson and I thought that they did a fantastic job with this audiobook. I do really enjoy romance novels that utilize dual narrators and thought their narration styles really worked well together. They were really both able to capture their character's personality and make them come alive. I think that they were able to bring a lot of emotion into the story as well. I would definitely listen to either of these narrators again in the future.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a really well done story filled with characters that I grew to love over the course of the story. I had a really great time listening to Griff and Audrey find their happily ever after. I can't wait to experience more of this wonderful series very soon.

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I loved this book! Griffin and Audrey were both great characters and I loved seeing them together. Griffin was such an adorable grouch and everyone seemed to love Audrey. The narrators did a fantastic job with the story. I can't wait to listen to more of this fantastic series!

Book source: Library via Hoopla
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review 2018-04-12 00:00
The Sheikh's Unexpected Wife (Zahkim Sheikhs Series Book 3)
The Sheikh's Unexpected Wife (Zahkim Sheikhs Series Book 3) - Leslie North Good intentions have a way of turning into big trouble. A favor for a friend has landed Ginni in the middle of a national incident. Married to a sexy Sheikh, feuding with her father and possibly the cause of impending war. Nasim is on the verge of uniting two countries, until his cunning bride pulls the wool over his eyes and makes a run for the border. In one instant all his plans go up in smoke and as battle lines are drawn, a bridal stand in lays claim to his heart. The Sheikh's Unexpected Wife is a battlefield of feelings. Whether good or bad, naughty or nice it's temptation till the very end.
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review 2018-04-06 07:21
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now - Erica Henderson,Ryan North

DNF: Page 49

 

I checked out this book while I was doing my Comixology free trial and the work did not click with me.

 

The artwork was a bit offputting for me. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't like the art style because of how the facial expression was drawn. Most of the characters share the same goofy looking faces in the panels I read. I don't mind silly facial expressions for a few scenes, but frequently seeing them becomes old.

 

The main thing that I couldn't stand in this book was the writing. I'm willing to deal with art styles I don't like if the story or writing is intriguing and entertaining (Higurashi and Umineko visual novels for example). Unfortunately, the comic's writing was the weakest point. It tries too hard to be funny and quirky. The worst part would have to be when the writer points out stuff to the reader like this example: "From Wikipedia. You can tell because this looks a lot like a Wikipedia entry." Lines like that example happen a lot in this comic from the panels to the margins at the bottom of the pages. I don't find those funny, and it breaks me away from the plot. 

 

This comic was not for me. 

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