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review 2018-01-13 00:00
The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby
The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby - Kira Archer Brooks greatest strength is being the life of the party. The goofball with the wicked sense of humor, a thirst for sexy women and a need to be the center of attention. It turns out Mr. Party Animal is full of surprises and the his biggest critic is himself. Kira Archer knows how to throw a party. Her talent for writing fiction that entertains is legendary. However, she is also good at pointing out the obvious in her characters and doling out some big surprises when it counts. Brooks and Leah were a surprise that counted. Who would have thought that good time Charlie would be such a great catch? The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby mixes realism, humor and heart with a maturity that turns the tale on it's head. The man who never met a responsibility he liked, may risk it all for a woman who prides herself on that very trait. Ms. Archer aims for the heart and she surely hits her mark.
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review 2017-12-25 00:00
Bayside's Most Unexpected Bride
Bayside's Most Unexpected Bride - Kerri Carpenter Carissa got her second chance, Ellie landed herself a hot romance and the town got some hot gossip along the way. Bayside and it's trademark blogging Bugle is at the center of the know, but there is one reveal that we have yet to figure out. Kerri Carpenter saved her greatest reveal for Riley and Sawyer's story. Bayside's Most Unexpected Bride is the sweetest end to an entertaining series. Not only is identity of the blogging reporter revealed, but Riley just may get her own happy ending. Saved by the Blog has delivered moments of heartwarming fun, from beginning to end. I had so much fun the first time around, I may just have to read them again.
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text 2017-12-23 19:10
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square #12: Festivus
The Spy Who Loved Me - Ian Fleming
The Unexpected Guest - Charles Osborne,Agatha Christie
Courts of Babylon - Peter Bodo
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne
Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles

 Tasks for Festivus: Post your personal list of 3 Festivus Miracles –OR– post a picture of your Festivus pole (NOTHING pornographic, please!), –OR– Perform the Airing of Grievances:  name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you - tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed to live up to expectations.

 

2017 has brought a great many books and thankfully most of them were good or entertaining or at least ok. However, there have also been some real stinkers*, and of those the following tomes have taken the proverbial Christmas cookie:

 

(* I have only considered books that I read in full. If I had considered DNF's, this list would be much longer.)

 

 

1. The Spy Who Loved Me - Ian Fleming

 

I thought I had already read the worst that Fleming could dream up when I tried to suppress to throw up all the way through From Russia With Love but this was nothing compared to the sick-fest that was The Spy Who Loved Me. I seriously would have liked to hit Bond and his creator with a shovel, repeatedly, hard, when reading that book. Even thinking about the book still brings up feelings of rage and nausea. 

 

 

2. The Unexpected Guest - Charles Osborne

 

I refuse to cite Agatha Christie as the author of this. She may have written the original play, but Osborne managed to destroy the original work as only Osborne can - with gusto and beyond any hope of repair. Even if Dame Agatha's works are sometimes a bit twisted, Osborne managed to turn this one into a farcical hot mess. Again. Like the other Christie books he turned his hand to.

 

 

3. The Courts of Babylon - Peter Bodo

 

Boy, oh boy, oh boy. This was the book that tried to set a new record of how many dumbass comments one author can cram into a book. I have no motivation to find out whether Bodo really did set a record here, and I am sorely disappointed that not only Bodo represented sports and sports reporting to thousands of viewers, readers, listeners who have over the years been subjected to his self-congratulatory, patronising, imperialist, sexist, and bigoted comments, but also that I actually finished reading this book.

 

 

4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

 

Well, this will be brief: the author's got pretty much all of the HP characters wrong and their plot had some serious holes. This was fan-fiction at best, which is an insult to fan-fiction because this was really bad fan-fiction. No, seriously, just give it a miss and enjoy a re-read of the original HP books. 

 

 

5. Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles

 

I don't even know what this book was. I'm still more puzzled that this book apparently made Jane Bowles into some sort of adored writer. I don't get it. At all. This was one of the most boring, underwhelming, inconsequential books about drama-lama main characters who were so wrapped up in their first-world not-even-close-to-real-problems that ...

Nah, I can't even be bothered to waste energy airing my grievances about this one.

 

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review 2017-12-20 16:39
REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Unexpected Santa (The Sin Bin #5) by Dahlia Donovan
The Unexpected Santa - Claire Smith,Hot Tree Editing,Dahlia Donovan
The Unexpected Santa is the fifth book in The Sin Bin series, and this story focuses on a particular holiday, which you can guess by the title. Scottie is one of the Sin Bin members that I have always had trouble warming up. He is brash, obnoxious, and is more than happy to throw his own pity party - drink included. With stalker tendencies, and an amazing ability to sulk when things don't go his way, I wasn't 100% sure about reading this book. However, after seeing how Gray dealt with him in Akash's book, I was willing to give him a go.
 
I'm glad I did!
 
Now, don't get me wrong - Scottie is still a big pain in the posterior! He has a lot of learning to do, and I think that Gray is just the one to help him. In the meantime, Gray has promised that he will look out for the twins, and will protect them from everyone and everything - even Scottie. In turn, the twins help tone down some of Scottie's rough edges, as even he can't be awful all the time. With the twins and Gray on his case, Scottie doesn't stand a chance. He just doesn't realise it yet. He is just what Gray has been looking for, and in return, Gray will give Scottie everything he needs. In turn, I'm hoping that Scottie will become a character I can read about without giving myself eye-strain as they involuntarily roll so much.
 
With seasonal cheer from two Christmas grumps, this book is an unexpected delight, and a wonderful addition to The Sin Bin series. No editing or grammatical errors disrupted my reading flow, and the pacing was smooth throughout. With enough to satisfy and yet still keep you wanting more, I have no hesitation in recommending this book or the series.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

 

#Contemporary, #M_M, #Romance, #Seasonal, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/theunexpectedsantathesinbin5bydahliadonovan
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text 2017-12-19 15:36
Review: Bloom by Kelle Hampton
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton

What a load of narcissistic, inspirational porn from a shallow, insecure woman-child. This book wasn't about her relationship with her new daughter and the daughter's diagnosis (Down Syndrome), but her unending whining about how her ideal family life was not made into reality. The author is emotionally and mentally exhausting, and her cabal of enablers (friends, family, husband) just kept her cocooned in her grief. Everything that pertained to her daughter or her condition had to have the author at its core and the author had to have someone hold her hand and do the work for her.

 

When she did bother to think of her daughter, the writing went into treacle, inspirational porn territory. So many "getting through pain to the beauty" "pain comes with beauty" etc. Vague enough to fit any circumstance, cute enough to write in a cursive font over a picture of a sunset and post to IG to show how "deep" you are. UGH. Every person with DS that she came into contact with was a vessel used by God to show her the beauty in being different. DOUBLE UGH.

 

Stay away. 0 stars.

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