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review 2017-06-25 22:07
Book Review of Throb by Vi Keeland
Throb - Vi Keeland

The rules:


No dating.

No sex outside of the game.

No disclosing the terms of the contract.


Rules were made to be broken, right?


Eight weeks ago I signed a contract. One that seemed like a good idea at the time. A handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations, and a chance to win a prize my family desperately needed. There were some rules though. Lots of them actually. Follow the script, no dating, sex, or disclosing the terms of the deal. After my self-imposed moratorium on men the last year, it wouldn’t be hard to live up to my end of the bargain…so I thought. Until I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil…and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.


Author's note – Throb is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


Review 4.5 rounded up to 5*


This is a stand-alone contemporary romance. I really enjoyed it.


Cooper Montgomery is a wonderful character and I liked him a lot. He is the CEO of a film production company that his father had started. His brother, Miles, has his own company that produces reality TV programmes. When Cooper meets Kate at a poker game, he's immediately attracted to her.


Kate Monroe is also a wonderful character and I liked her too. Her father was a well known poker player. However, due to her father's debts, she signs up for a reality TV show called Throb. When she meets Cooper she is attracted to him, but because of the rules of the show and the contract she signed, she finds herself torn between following the rules or breaking them.


I love reading Vi Keeland's books. I have been a huge fan of this author's ever since I was first introduced to her books in 2013 and I read Belong To You. I downloaded a copy of this book in 2015. Unfortunately, due to my large reading list, I was unable to read it until recently.


I started to read and was quickly hooked. I didn't put this book down until I had finished it.


This book is told through the eyes of both Cooper and Kate, which gives the reader the opportunity to see their thoughts and feelings. The chemistry between Cooper and Kate is extremely explosive from the start and hot enough to scorch the pages. I also loved meeting a few of the other characters who were likeable and lifelike. In fact all the characters were lifelike, with flaws and insecurities which made them more real. Miles came across as a spoilt brat, though he didn't have a lot of page time. I must admit that I liked Flynn Beckham, the bachelor from the TV show. He seemed a really nice guy and I could fall for him myself.


I am not a huge fan of reality TV and I cannot see the appeal of putting on a fake show and calling it "reality". It is not natural or real. Real life is doing household chores, working, raising a family and earning a living the hard way. Not parading around a jungle doing tasks to earn food or sitting in a house full of strangers and again doing tasks to earn specified outcomes, just to earn lots of money and fifteen minutes of fame. Luckily, this book doesn't focus on this aspect, but the relationship between characters who live their lives off camera. The story took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. I loved the dialogue and the way the characters all interacted; I could picture everything in my mind's eye with ease. As this book is a stand-alone, this book doesn't end in a cliffhanger. Having said that, I am now looking forward to reading Beat when I get the chance.


Vi Keeland has written another exciting erotic romance. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting. The story flowed wonderfully too. I love reading this author's work. She is one of my favourite contemporary romance writers, and I will continue to follow her career with interest.


As this is an erotic romance, there are several scenes of a sexual nature that are rather hot and explicit, as well as some strong language. Therefore, I do not recommend this book for readers younger than 18. However, if you love hot, steamy erotic romances, this book is for you! - Lynn Worton

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text 2017-04-29 02:37
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 161 pages.
Unpacking "Chuck": The TV Series Interpreted - G. Walter Bush

if I had started this book this morning, this would have been a "read in one day" book, because it's so short and quite fun to read; but of course I was finishing that Murder Mystery before work, and did not embark on this until this evening. so, with a bit of tiredness coming on, any vague thoughts I had about getting to the end of Unpacking "Chuck" before sleepy-time have flickered out. I'll wrap this up early tomorrow, and then it's on to Suicide Squad.

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text 2017-04-29 00:42
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 161 pages.
Unpacking "Chuck": The TV Series Interpreted - G. Walter Bush

this is all making me want to watch the series again --but I dunno; is supposed to be Futurama for me, after Prison Break. Chuck again, soon, though...

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text 2017-04-28 15:11
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 161 pages.
Unpacking "Chuck": The TV Series Interpreted - G. Walter Bush

years ago, box sets of Seasons of Chuck were on sale at the DVD store, when there were still DVD stores. anyway, at that price I took a chance and bought Season 1. I figured I would find the show silly, and maybe kind of offensive if the woman spy was amazing, while she endured this male dunce named Chuck. so I watched Episode 1, and I loved the show from then on. and I confess right now to falling hard for Yvonne Strahovski. I used to end up over at my best friend's place, with DVDs to watch, and I persuaded him to watch Episode 1 of Chuck. "Even if you don't like the show--and I didn't think it was going to be my kind of humour--and you don't want to see any more episodes..that's fine. But you should see this woman.". Well--there's my friend, as Yvonne Strahovski's face comes on screen for the first time (and he worships Michelle Pfeiffer, so there is normally no room for any other celebrity crushes), and all I hear is "Wow. Is that the woman who is on every week?! What is her name? Wow.".


we watched every episode. we both love "her", but truly, it emerged as one of my favourite shows regardless. admittedly, if YS had left the show midway through, or something horrible like that, it would have seared us both--but I would have watched anyway, because Chuck's growth as a person and as a spy with a conscience, was amazing, the humorous spy adventures are all very creative, and Iove the show.


I did not know about this boo, and its follow-up, but my best friend gave me them for my birthday, and has copies himself. shall be fun revisiting Chuck. no pictures, though--damn.

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review 2017-04-17 20:28
13 Reasons
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

Quick review.


Everyone should read this book once. As a victim of bullying and rumors myself, I definitely feel for Hannah. The topics this book discuss are very relevant and important. Rape culture. Gossip. Slut shaming. Treating women like meat. Mental illness and suicide. This book is a testament to what we must fight to fix in the system. Our children shouldn't feel this way. They shouldn't think dying is the only way out. 

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