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review 2018-02-09 20:37
Taking a Knee by Sean Ashcroft 4 Star Review!
Taking a Knee - Sean Ashcroft

Noah’s otherwise average life has just hit a wall. As an out-and-proud roller derby player, his team is right in the middle of qualifying for next year’s national competition when he suddenly loses his job--and therefore the work visa that was keeping him in the country. 

Unexpected help comes in the form of Jace, his straight best friend and ‘derby husband,’ the guy who always looks out for him on the track. The solution to all of Noah’s problems? Get fake married to Jace, get his green card, and play out the rest of the season after all. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Jace has two loves in his life: his career as a pediatric nurse, and his roller derby team. When he finds out that their star player is on the verge of being deported, he’s willing to do anything to stop it--including marrying the guy. It’s only for three years, and it’s not as though anyone's going to get hurt.

Things get messy when Jace begins to realise he may not be as straight as he’s always thought he was. Since when did Noah have such pretty eyes? And why the hell is he thinking about him all the time? 

Between a jealous rival, Noah’s ex-boyfriend, and the mother-in-law from hell, Jace comes to realise that he wants more out of this marriage than the chance to head to the national championships.

All he has to do now is summon the courage to tell Noah that. And win the rest of the games in the season. And deal with his new mother-in-law. Easy.



This romance has a ton of catnip for me which made me really like it and forgiven some of the lighter brush stokes of plot, character, and family.


It is a great friends to lovers, marriage of connivence, green card marriage plot.


Both heroes were great and while there is a discovered sexuality theme, the angst level is low. There is a lot of love here.


And then the awesomeness of Roller Derby. Which is awesome.


A great deal of fun to be had here!

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review 2018-02-07 03:18
Taking Out the Trailer Trash - Janice Ivy

Charlene is a writer making a living managing a trailer court.  She has an array of tenants that make for a wild ride especially when they start dying.  Turns out peoples' pasts are coming back at them.


This book held my interest.  The characters are some of the best I've read.  They are well defined and you know who they are.  The story was good.  I wanted to know what secrets were being hidden.  I loved Charlene.  She thinks she is a mild mannered good woman but, wow, when she needs to defend herself, she can. 


I look forward to more of the series.


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quote 2017-12-12 09:47
“You're dressed way too nice for what I have in mind to do to you.”
Taking a Shot - Jaci Burton

― Jaci Burton, Taking a Shot

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review 2017-11-28 18:39
A little more nostalgia...
Taking you Home - Cooper Davis

Well this was an interesting experience. When I saw Cooper Davis's 'Boys of Summer' and 'Taking You Home' on audio I was just too tempted so I snapped them up and Brian Pallino was the narrator for both books and he did a solid job on both of these stories. I liked the voices he gave the MCs and the other characters were also well done...no the interesting part for me was the story itself.


It's been a few years since I've read either of these stories and while I can't honestly say that I enjoyed them quite as much this time around I found that with 'Taking You Home' I had a deeper appreciation for some of the things that happened and even though it's been less than 10 years since the book was written the difference in the world as it was back when Cooper Davis wrote this book and now is pretty significant. 


So once again maybe this one didn't resonate with me quite as strongly as the first time when I read the book...it was still a story worth revisiting.


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text 2017-10-30 00:59
Exciting November New Releases TBR
Mustard Seed - Laila Ibrahim
The Austen Escape - Katherine Reay
Out of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd) - Jen Turano
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
Perennials - Julie Cantrell
Secrets of Cavendon: A Novel (Cavendon Hall) - Barbara Taylor Bradford
Moonlight Over Manhattan - Sarah Morgan
A Hope Divided (The Loyal League) - Alyssa Cole
Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto - Bryan W. Van Norden,Jay L. Garfield
The Diamond Empire (A Diamonds Novel) - K'wan

I'm super excited for these reads. It's a good variety. I have very high expectations for A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole. I will need to read the first book (I do have it) An Extraordinary Union. I read The Diamond Empire last month and loved it! I gave it 4 stars. K'wan knows how to draw you in and keep you there. Moonlight Over Manhattan will be my first read by Sarah Morgan. So many readers love her books. Since I'm familiar with the works of authors Jen Turano and Katherine Reay I know these will be awesome. Over the years I've seen the works of Barbara Taylor Bradford in bookstores and have been curious about her writing. Finally, I can see why she's so beloved. The big book of the month is Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race. This book has been read widely and is being promoted everywhere. Overly hyped books scare me and I usually try to keep them for some time to not be influenced by frenzy.



November 1


Beyond Freedom: Disrupting the History of Emancipation by David W. Blight


A Tangled Web: Mata Hari: Dancer, Courtesan, Spy by Mary W. Craig



November 7


Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge


Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim


The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay


Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano


Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Bryan W. Van Norden





Perrinials by Julie Cantrell



November 21


Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford


Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart



November 28


Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sara Morgan


A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole

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