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review 2018-07-20 18:13
great book and great characters
The Sheikh’s Pregnant Fake Wife - Leslie North

Sheikh Feraz Bin Haik Al Naziam is overjoyed that his estranged wife is at last pregnant, they had been trying since the day they got married two years ago. The first time Feraz met his wife Roxanne was on the beach of a luxury resort in his country Djeva. Feraz had become determined to have Roxanne in his bed and Roxanne ahd come willingly. But Feraz had learned after they married what the marriage would cost him nothing but the best for Roxanne from clothes to hospitals to husbands. Roxanne choice to live in the U. S. away from her husband’s native home. At first Feraz had hoped Roxanne would adjust to life in Djeva. But instead Roxanne became more and more withdrawn. They argued so much everyone was miserable including Feraz’s family. So Roxanne and Feraz came up with a compromise she would live alone abroad and return for the occasional state function or other required duties. It had been a long time since Roxanne and Feraz had been intimate , this child was not conceived in the normal way. Roxanne had a twin sister Isabella, who had died recently in France or so everyone thought. Isabella had always been the quieter, shyer one preferring her books to parties. Odd that Isabella had died running around with a married playboy in France. Feraz estimated Roxanne to be about five month pregnant. Roxanne had been the Queen of Fickle. It was not Roxanne at this ultrasound  but Isabella. Feraz didn’t know he had married was dead and her twin Isabella carried his child. Isabella had always secretly loved Feraz and had never called to inform him of his wife's death she had wanted to but…. Isabella chose to play the part that she had never wanted as she needed the money for her terminally ill mother. This had been her mother’s idea - changing ID’s with Roxanne before her trip to France to visit her latest boy-toy. Isabella had been heartbroken at the death if her twin even if Isabella had been a total user. Their mother had made her living off of manipulating emotions- her own and everyone else's. SHe had talked Isabella into not calling Feraz with news of Roxanne’s death. After the doctors visit Feraz told Isabella/Roxanne they were going back to Djeva at least until the birth of their child. Then while at her new doctor in Djeva Isabella and Feraz find out they are having twins- a boy and a girl.

I loved this book. Once again Leslie North wrote a great fun easy romance that involves a sheikh and I loved Feraz and Isabella and glad he found his soulmate even in such a roundabout way. I love how Feraz interacted with each other and how isabella interacts with his family. I loved the plot and pace and read this in one setting. I could find nothing to criticize in this book happily. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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review 2018-07-19 11:52
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

Quite a while ago I read the synopsis and purchased North and South from Audible. I haven’t been a great lover of fiction set in this era in the past (1800’s) and have always preferred reading to listening, so kept putting it off. I wish I hadn’t, though, because this was probably the finest reading experience I’ve had this year, elevated by the fantastic performance of Juliet Stevenson.

 

North and South begins with us meeting Margaret Hale, a nineteen-year-old who’s living with her cousin and aunt in London. Her cousin is getting married so she decides to move back home to live with her parents in Heston. Soon after she arrives, her father, a clergyman, informs her he has had doubts concerning his faith and wishes to leave the church. This comes as a huge shock to Margaret and her mother, who are very much in love with Heston and their way of life.

 

They then move to the manufacturing town of Milton, where her father intends to tutor in order to secure an income. One of his pupils is Mr Thornton, a mill owner and a key player in the industry that supports the town.

 

One of the things I enjoyed the most was watching the transformation that took place within Margaret. When she moves to Milton she’s very naive and unaware of the hardship that factory workers face. She quickly learns of their struggles when she becomes friends with Bessie, a local girl of the same age who’s ill due to the conditions she had to bear. Margaret is told of a strike that’s taking place due and much of her discourse with Mr Thornton is concerning this.

 

The characterisation was fantastic, from Margaret’ seemingly passive father, who admittedly tried his best, to Mr Thornton, a man shaped by his past with very concrete ideas of what it means to be a master.

 

The plot was fantastic. I was literally dumbfounded with shock at some of the events that took place. None of it seemed sensationalist, though. It was authentic and believable the entire way through.

 

What was so great about this book is that it did something I’m not very familiar with in fiction of that era, namely challenge the status quo. There was diverse opinion so the reader could make up their own mind. Nothing was forced upon me, no views or ideals, just the facts.

 

Inequality is something that bothers me greatly and for the longest time I didn’t want to read anything set in this era. Books like this one show me that there was an appetite for change then and I’ll always find a differing perspective if I look for it.

 

If I had one slight criticism it would be that Margaret had little in the way of a flaw, just her naivety. That’s the only thing I can say in the negative, though.

 

I highly recommend this to everyone and anyone, the TV adaption, too. I marathon watched it last Friday night and I can honestly say I’ve never seen one that good before. I plan to watch it again and again, just like I intend to read this over and over. It’s now firmly placed as one of my favourites of all time.

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review 2018-07-18 01:29
Double Up (Lake Lovelace, #1) by Vanessa North 4.5 Review!
Double Up - Vanessa North

Knowing he’s loved can make any man fly.

Fifteen years ago, Ben Warren was a wakeboarding champion: king of big air, ballsy tricks, and boned grabs. Until a career-ending injury left him broken in ways he still has no hope of fixing. Now he takes his thrills where he can get them, and tries not to let life hurt too much.

Then Davis Fox arrives in Ben’s sporting goods store with a plan to get in touch with his estranged brother by competing in the annual wakeboarding double-up contest. The catch? He’s never ridden before. It’s crazy, but Ben’s a sucker for the guy’s sob story—and for his dimples, too—so he agrees to coach Davis.

Davis is everything Ben isn’t: successful, confident, and in love with life. And he wants Ben to love life—and him—too. But before Ben can embrace a future with Davis, he needs to remember how to hope.

 

 

Review

 

Vanessa North writes this tale of a former pro athlete and a younger hero with care.

She explores the sport of wake boarding. addiction, and friendship.

What I like best about this romance is that Ben and Davis have this dance of what real success means. Ben is stuck and Davis is willing to move forward.

We don't get enough time with Ben's talents and work nor a fully understanding of his mother but we do get the engrossing details of a romance with characters and connections that make me savor each moment.
 
 

 

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review 2018-07-14 19:12
Ride with a Seal (Norse Security) by Leslie North
Ride with a Seal - Leslie North

 

Hold on to your hearts, Leslie North is sure to take readers on a bumpy ride. Ride with a Seal proves that packing heat can mean so many things. Despite having a surname like Thursday, trouble seems to find Camden whatever day of the week. Only this time it comes in the form of Everly Knight. She's dangerous. A woman with a good head on her shoulders and the combat skills to back it up. Born into a world of shady deals and dangerous power plays, she is determined to go legit. This is no joyride. One missed step could be the end. Looks to be the beginning of a treacherous friendship.

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text 2018-07-13 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

What a beautiful ending. I loved this so much.

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