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review 2018-10-16 00:28
My review of How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan & Joanna Shupe
How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology - Sophie Jordan,Sarah MacLean,Tessa Dare,Joanna Shupe

How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology - Sarah MacLean,Tessa Dare,Joanna Shupe,sophie jordan 

 

For starters, DUKES! I don’t care how many make-believe dukes have been created, I’ll read them for as long as they keep writing them. Secondly, Christmas! I’ll admit that I prefer to read dark, scary, paranormal stories during the month of October, but c’mon, who can say no to Christmas stories, specially when they are written by some of your favorite authors and they all come together in one pretty package!
And that actually brings me to say that thirdly, it’s freaking Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, and Joanna Shupe, what?! If you haven’t read books by them then let me tell you, you are missing out on some serious awesomeness. And in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a super fan of all of these ladies so forgive me if I gush too much.

 

Tessa Dare’s Meet Me in Mayfair was clever, funny, and oh, so romantic. It probably is one of the most charming and memorable “date” nights I have ever read.

Sarah MacLean’s The Duke of Christmas Present is a second-chance love story. There were some serious tug-at-your-heart scenes, specially when the heroine returns “home.” It was kind of hard for me to understand the reasoning behind both the hero and heroine’s actions but once I got to the end, everything made complete sense.

 

Sophie Jordan’s Heiress Alone was another great example of how chemistry between hero and heroine affects a story, even if it’s a short one and even if the romance happens rather quickly.

 

Joanna Shupe’s Christmas in Central Park had me worrying and suffering along with the poor heroine, and had me wanting to slap the hero upside the head for acting like a spoiled brat that just had to have his way. Their love story may had been full of funny and cringe-worthy moments but the way their forgive and reach their HEA made it all worth it.

 

In short, four different settings, four different kinds of delicious dukes, four great Christmas stories, and one happy reader that recommends this set to all historical romance lovers. Even if Christmas is not your cup of tea, the romance alone make this a perfect read. 4.5 stars.

 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher**

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review 2018-10-13 20:13
WTF...this series just keeps getting better, while others did not...I felt this second book surpassed the first.
Wayward (The Wayward Pines Series, Book Two) - Blake Crouch

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~SERIES BLURB~

Wayward Pines

Blake Crouch

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The plot surrounds Secret Service agent Ethan Burke's introduction to the remote small town of Wayward Pines, his new home from which he cannot escape. The mysteries and horrors of the town build until Ethan discovers its secret. Then he must do his part to keep Wayward Pines protected from without and within.

 

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~MY QUICKIE (non-spoiler) REVIEW~

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This is the type of story that you should go into blind…or at least semi-blind.  So I won't say anything about the plot itself.  I was completely absorbed in this audiobook, other than the beginning where I struggled to remember what happened at the end of Pines, I eventually fell into the story and started remembering.  If you decide to read this series...don't watch the TV show, after finishing the first book, I watched about an episode and a half and it has differences in how things play out, that only confused me when I started this book.  What a crazy-scary AF atmosphere that Blake Crouch has masterminded here in this series.  I cannot wait to listen to the third and final book in this series.  

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4.7/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.7/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Yeah…you could say that.

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Book Cover~ It's fitting…

Narration~5 for Paul Michael Garcia, he is perfect in this series.

Series~ Wayward Pines #2

Setting~ Wayward Pines

Source~ I own Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Terror In A Small Town Square for Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2018-09-19 02:16
Mrs. Brodie's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies by Shana Galen & Theresa Romain
Mrs. Brodie's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies - Shana Galen,Theresa Romain

Mrs. Brodie's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies - Shana Galen,Theresa Romain 

 

I'd describe this duo as one of those that give you an AWWWW! feeling and that feeling stays with you long after you put the book down. Both stories are about second chances. 

The Way to A Gentleman's Heart by Theresa Romain stars Marianne, a lady of society-turned cook, and James, a man with plenty to regret but willing to make amends and hoping for forgiveness. I always find this author’s stories kind of hard to understand in the sense that I don’t connect with the characters right away. At first I thought James had hurt Marianne too much and grueling for the rest of his life wouldn’t be enough to deserve forgiveness, however once Marianne’s musing put their relationship in a different light and she realized he was a worthy man I too realized just as much. 

Counterfeit Scandal by Shana Galen intertwines characters from No Earls Allowed, book 2 in her The Survivors series but you don’t need to read that book first in order to read this one. Bridget and Caleb were forced to part ways at a moment when Bridget needed him the most. Fast forward several years later and Caleb seems to be the only one to help her find what she once lost but loves the most. I liked this story a lot. The author was able to pack plenty of character development, emotions, action, and redemption in only a few pages. The fact that Caleb was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for Bridget was kind of the cherry on top. 

I think this set perfectly represents what each author is about so if anyone's thought about trying something by either one I encourage you to give these novellas a go. 

I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.

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text 2018-09-10 12:46
5 PLACES TO SHOP FROM BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS

Ladies love to be pampered and dress up nicely for any particular occasion. But since life can be hectic and with new clothing range coming out every year it can be difficult to shop the latest clothes, accessories and shoes. That is why we have set aside 5 amazing stores for you to shop from before this year ends. The stores have amazing discount and deals just for you. So, go on a shopping spree before the year ends and look fabulous without worrying about your budget.

 

MODA IN PELLE

 

 

 

Moda in Pelle is one of the finest stores in UK that offers its consumers with top quality of shoes, Sandals, Boots and so much more in a single place. For all the ladies out their looking for top quality of shoes that are elegant and trendy. This is the perfect place for you to shop from. Best of all now you can get a great opportunity to avail all of their amazing products at a fraction of its original price thanks to the upcoming Black Friday Deals. With these deals shop to your heart’s desire without worrying about your budget from Moda in Pelle.

 

WHITE STUFF

 

 

 

If you are a resident of UK then you might have heard of White Stuff before. They are one of the leading retailers in footwear apparel located in UK. When you visit their website you can easily find the perfect footwear regarding your outfit along with some amazing accessories to keep your shoes, Sandal and Boots in their peak condition throughout a long period of time. With Christmas Knocking on your door why not head on down to their website and avail their amazing products by using the Christmas Voucher Codes and shop for the product of your choice at a fraction of its original price.

 

FEEL UNIQUE

 

 

 

Putting shoes aside for a while your skin is one of the most precious thing in your body so why not glamour it up a little with amazing products from Feel Unique. You can get a wide range of beauty products from their website at an amazing price by using the Cyber Monday Discount Codes and best of all the products available on their website are not just for the ladies. They also have quite a few amazing products for men. Making it your one stop shop for getting top-notch beauty products at a great discount without a hassle.

 

QUIZ CLOTHING

 

 

 

In search of an amazing store that has top quality clothes and accessories in a single place? Well then look no further because Quiz Clothing is the place for you to shop from. Having a wide range of clothing products it will be difficult for you to not find the perfect outfit you may be looking for in a single place. If you were to shop from their website you can also get a great advantage by getting a hefty amount of discount on all of their products thanks to the New Year Deals.

 

BELLA DI NOTTE

 

 

 

Bella Di Notte is one of the best stores in UK that has a wide range of clothing apparels and accessories available in a single place for its consumers. All you just have to do is visit their website and scroll through all of the amazing commodities available on their website pick the one that you prefer and before buying just use the Black Friday Voucher Codes to get a great amount of discount on your favorite product without a hassle.

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text 2018-09-09 16:57
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum has a very unique name. Her peers makes fun of her for having a unique name. At one point she she wanted to change her name but  the support of her parents and her teacher made her more confident with her name. This book could be used to teach students to accept things about themselves that they can not change and that everyone is different and unique! I can have the students talk about one special characteristic about themselves and discuss it with the class.

 

 

5 stars

Lexile 570L

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