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review 2019-02-07 09:06
A Bad Case of You (Soulmates of St. Vincent #1) by Taylor Holloway
A Bad Case of You (Soulmates of St. Vincent #1) - Taylor Holloway



Taylor Holloway helped turn something I HATE into something I LOVE. Never have I ever enjoyed reading medical romance. Can't even watch a medical drama on TV. Oversexed, dramatization is not entertaining. It's just sad. With A Bad Case of You, Holloway delivers what most medical stories are missing. She packs it with heart. Her characters tempt with witty dialogue and heartbreaking emotion that remind us there's a human element beyond the science. Far from perfect, but these characters hit you where it counts. THE HEART.

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review 2019-01-30 22:42
Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France - Jean-Vincent Blanchard

As a history of the politics of France at the time, this is excellent. As a biography of Cardinal Richelieu, not so much. You learn more about the power struggles while the Cardinal remains a somewhat mysterious figure.


And the reader of the audio book sounds like Alexa.  Which annoyed me.

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review 2019-01-30 05:32
Review: A Song for Bellafortuna
A Song for Bellafortuna: An Inspirational Italian Historical Fiction Novel - Vincent B. Chip LoCoco

A Song for Bellafortuna is a decent story. Though I am not sure exactly what the plot of it really is? I got the feeling that it was more about the village of Bellafortuna and it people. Though it was a told though a person or persons of Sanguinetti's family.


Is seem to be more about the Giuseppe's life and his family did and trying to make it right for a fight for freedom for his village and it villagers. I did not get this until about Carlo Vasino's death and a really good friend of Giuseppe's dies who name is Baggio.


I really could not get why the book was called what it was it was about. It more about the village of Bellafortuna. The author writing is what makes me want to rate it low. Though we do get lots of history about Italy and it surrounding city with history about Bellafortuna, Sicily.


The chapters leading up to finally getting where we get to the action and why they seem to get this one favorite and greatest tenor in the world named Caruso is the most interesting part and where I could not put the book down. Before that I really could put the book down and really did not want to complete it. Though the story of love, and friendship is though out the book.


The history and scene of views is talked about and created is really can be captured this this book. This is the only thing that keeps me reading the then the action of if they villagers get that freedom?


Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2019/01/book-review-song-for-bellafortuna.html
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review 2019-01-16 12:19
"Ways To Hide In Winter" by Sarah St. Vincent
Ways To Hide In Winter - Sarah Vincent


From the start, "How To Hide In Winter" is strong on atmosphere: isolated - cold - damaged and with more damage to come - a history like a shadow beneath the ice on the lake.


The story is told through the eyes Kathleen, a young woman working alone in the only store still open in the National Park on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania in the depths of winter. She spends most of her day alone, reading and thinking.


Then "The Stranger" arrives, a lone Uzbekistani man, not dressed for winter, not sure of where he is or why.


She's trying to pretend she doesn't limp and isn't in pain from her injuries. He's scrupulously polite and unaggressive, trying hard to be invisible. Both of them are tantalisingly unexplained.


What follows is a powerful, beautifully written, deeply thoughtful novel that tackles raw emotions and complicated ideas without ever becoming dry or self-consciously literary.


On the surface, "Ways To Hide In Winter" could be seen as one of those woman-with-dark-secrets-in-her-past thrillers. If that's what you're looking for, this book will disappoint you. It's not a thriller nor a simple narrative about discovering the dark secrets in the pasts of the two main characters. It's a deeply meditative book, filled with the cold silence of winter and the slowly thawing emotions of rage and compassion of a woman who has been abused and traumatised.


Winter is central to the feel of this book. The physical winter in the Appalachians in Pennsylvania is almost a character in its own right: bleak but beautiful, familiar but deadly, ubiquitous and inescapable. It is also an extended metaphor for the emotional state of the two main characters, each with their own story of abuse, betrayal, secret shame and physical and emotional trauma that have left them scarred, isolated and trying to hide from their futures as much as from their pasts.


Like water beneath the layer of ice on the lake, Kathleen's emotions run deep, slow and cold. Her rage is fierce but struggling to find expression. It is the fevered heat experienced by the hypothermic as they struggle to survive the cold.


She is consumed with a quiet, barely contained rage. She rages at how her community is treated by the government:

 “They sold us pain and said it was fine... They had such contempt for us, and they thought we didn’t see it. Just because we lived where we lived and were who we were.”

Rage at those in power, in Uzbekistan and in the US, who use torture, pain and humiliation to punish their enemies.


Rage at her recently deceased, violently abusive husband. Rage at all those who failed her: her parents, her priest, herself.


There is the possibility of hope, of support from her best friend and from men who are interested in her but she finds hope hard to trust, partly because she is not sure that she deserves it.


There is guilt and shame: her addiction to painkillers, her belief that everyone holds her accountable for her husband's death. There is responsibility for her sick grandmother. And there is, eventually, compassion, initially for The Stranger and finally for herself as she slowly and carefully considers what a person deserves.


The Stranger gives Kathleen another focus, someone as damaged and as vulnerable than she is. Someone quiet and indirect who may have done shameful things but who shows her only gentleness. Someone who makes her think about what living means. Through her contact with him, she starts to understand that by continuing to hide she is refusing to live. Staying where she is just a slower death, not survival.


The language is simple, beautiful and powerful. The pace is slow but in a way that builds tension, grabs attention and makes you focus on what's really happening. It demonstrates a nuanced understanding of abuse and powerlessness and their impact on identity and will.


The ending of the book doesn't offer any easy solutions. It seems to say that we all of us go through more than one winter. We move between light and dark. Perhaps being alive is about keeping moving. Perhaps compassion for others can help thaw our personal winters. Perhaps compassion just mitigates our guilt. Perhaps staying hidden is unsustainable because it is an extended act of abnegation.


"Ways To Hide in Winter" is Sarah St, Vincent's first novel. I'll definitely be reading her second.


I listened to the audiobook version which was performed brilliantly by Sarah Mollo-Christensen. To hear a sample of her performance, click on the SoundCloud link below.

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text 2018-12-22 11:00
Book Tour & Giveaway! Boys of Brighton (Books 1-10) M. Tasia!






Welcome, Come on and join me as we visit with the Boys of Brighton by M. Tasia! Enjoy your visit with each of these boys and don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!





Boys of Brighton Book 1
by M. Tasia
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance



Fifth-generation firefighter Gabe Mason saves Johnny from the flames of an office building fire, and Johnny will save Gabe from himself.




Gabe Mason is a fifth-generation firefighter unable to move forward with his life after a devastating betrayal two years earlier. Graphic designer Johnny Jeffrey relocated to Brighton, Texas, to flee persecution and fear, and to begin living again on his own terms. The two meet amidst fire and smoke, and soon Johnny is in Gabe’s arms, right where he should be. The connection is palpable, undeniable, and hot, and healing from the past is within reach of both men. And yet, the office-building blaze that brought them together is only the beginning of their struggles. Not family, not faith, not a lunatic’s rage. It took a fire to bring Gabe and Johnny together. Nothing will tear them apart.


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31928083-gabe


BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/books/gabe-boys-of-brighton-book-1-by-m-tasia


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/book/9781537594163


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Sam's Soldiers
Boys of Brighton Book 2


Emergency room nurse Samuel Mason is offered a ménage relationship with two ex-military men and discovers a love more dangerous—and more exquisite—than he anticipated.


Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.




As an emergency room nurse at Brighton General, Samuel Mason spends most of his days caring for the sick and injured, and his nights alone. Until now.

Jack “ Spider” Forrester and Dante Snow have arrived. Retired from the Army, they provide protection to those in need. They’ve come to Brighton to guard Sam’s cousin from a dire threat, but it’s Sam’s world they turn inside out. Jack wears his heart on his sleeve but is no pushover, and Dante is scarred from a past he’d sooner forget. They two are partners in all things, from the bedroom to the office to the street, and they want Sam to join them...for as long as they’re in town. But there is danger ahead, and not just from the type of men these skilled, muscled heroes have sworn to take down. The danger of falling in love.


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33640119-sam-s-soldiers


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/sam-s-soldiers-boys-of-brighton-book-2-by-m-tasia


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/book/9781541370593


Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/586b78a71b1bdc01780f25ba/sams-soldiers-m-tasia



Rick's Bear
Boys of Brighton Book 3



Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.




Clem “Bear” Mitchell owns the only diner in Brighton and prefers to be left alone. After growing up in—and barely escaping—one of the toughest motorcycle gangs out of Chicago, he just wants peace. Librarian Rick Johansson is the same. Due to his anxiety, he has always lived on the outskirts of society, finding it far safer to stay in the stacks. But no man is an island, and when the two are thrust together by dangerous events playing out around them, they see that life is better together. The tattooed, bear of a biker and the quiet, unassuming librarian will soon show the residents of Brighton that the local bookworm can teach an old bear new tricks.


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34456464-rick-s-bear


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/rick-s-bear-boys-of-brighton-book-3-by-m-tasia


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/book/9781544220789


Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/58be87540d3299c6e05ae1e2/ricks-bear-m-tasia



Boys of Brighton Book 4


Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.




Royce Evans has worked as a paramedic in Brighton since graduating college. After the accident, though, his life seemed over. His husband died. Then he met Jesse. Handsome, brave, loving—the short-order cook is everything Royce desires. Everything he’d thought forever gone. Now Jesse’s tan, muscled body has brought him back to life, and nothing is going to shut that down. Not his own fears of heartbreak. Not Jesse’s past, or the fact that he ran from it. And definitely not Jesse’s crazy violent family, the Redemption Squad.




Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35258977-jesse


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/jesse-the-boys-of-brighton-book-4-by-m-tasia


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/book/9781547110209


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Boys of Brighton Book 5



Running from parents who didn’t know how to love him and a past he’d sooner forget, private security contractor “Coop” Stenson must protect from danger the unexpected happiness he finds with beautiful but accident-prone Matthew Whitton.




King of the one-night stand, Coop Stenson knows his warped upbringing and chosen profession with the Sentinels, a private security team, has conditioned him to avoid romantic attachments. Yet when accident-prone Matthew Whitton literally falls into his life, one thing is abundantly clear: Matt deserves more than a man-slut.


Matthew’s love is overpowering, and just as Coop is ready to take the plunge, having fought its inevitable pull for as long as he could, an old nemesis targets the partners of the Sentinels. So keeping Matt safe is about more than just another job or set of logistics. It’s about the rest of his life.



Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36118044-coop


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/coop-boys-of-brighton-book-5-by-m-tasia


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/book/9781976150715


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Boys of Brighton Book 6





After living on the streets and in his car, Travis has found a home in Brighton, Texas. His job as a cook at the local diner pays enough for him to afford a small apartment, and, for the first time in years, he's able to feed his passion, buying a few art supplies so he can sketch. He's safe, and, oddly enough, feels accepted in this small town. And, for reasons he cannot fathom, Bo Mason, a gorgeous cop, seems interested. While flattered, Travis knows if his secrets are revealed, Bo won't want to have a damn thing to do with the likes of Travis Boone.




From the moment he saw the new blue-eyed cook at Brighton's diner, Bo Mason fell. Hard. And while getting close to Travis Boone has been like gentling a terrified animal, Bo knows there's a special person hiding behind those small smiles and closely guarded secrets. Slowly, Bo starts to peel back the layers cocooning Travis and learns the heart of an angel beats inside the most beautiful man Bo has ever known.


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36553963-travis


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/travis-boys-of-brighton-book-6-by-m-tasia


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/book/9781979735827


Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5a0ea6b53ffdba6147252382/travis-m-tasia




Boys of Brighton Book 7





After coming out, Grady Reynolds is disowned by his family, and is forced to leave his job in the Dallas PD. Becoming an officer in the small town of Brighton, Grady has to start over while feeling adrift and alone. When he meets firefighter Ben Mason, life takes a sudden, happy turn until Ben tells Grady they have to keep their relationship on the DL. After months of loving a man who thinks of him as no more than a booty call, Grady has had enough and wants out.




Ben Mason loves Grady Reynolds like crazy. But Ben can't tell his lover how he feels. He can't acknowledge him in public. He can't claim him as his own. Ben wants to tell Grady the truth, but the danger in that is deadly, and Ben won't risk it. But peril and menace find Grady anyway, and Ben's lies and deception come crashing down around him. Just when he thinks he's lost everything, he learns that a love as deep as theirs can survive anything.


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38880493-grady


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/grady-boys-of-brighton-book-7-by-m-tasia


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/book/9781986055987


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Boys of Brighton Book 8





When he moved to Brighton, novelist Tristan Michaels was thrilled to leave his past behind. Trauma and danger had shattered his world and almost ruined his life. When everything finally seems to be settling down, he becomes embroiled in his best friend’s drama, which leads to more danger and…Vincent. And while love at first sight had been the stuff of Tristan’s books, when he meets Vincent fantasy became reality.




Vincent Greyson has spent his life fighting for what’s right, first as a Navy Seal, and now as a member of the elite team known as the Sentinels. When he meets Tristan Michaels, Vincent knows his heart will always belong to this magnetic, special man. But love and patience is tested when horrible fates keep befalling Tristan, and Vincent vows that he’d do anything for his love, even leave the Sentinels.



Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40851513-vincent


BookBub - https://www.romance.io/books/5b51982e01dbc864fb8ca4ea/vincent-m-tasia


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/book/9781723236921


Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5b51982e01dbc864fb8ca4ea/vincent-m-tasia




Boys of Brighton Book 9






Imagine knowing your family hates you and has no problem sending you away to be abused – to die alone. Randy Reynolds was living that reality until he was saved by a man called Shadow. What Randy learned about himself and the people who were supposed to love him was nothing short of horrific. What he found with the Sentinels and Shadow was everything miraculous.




Jake Kennedy’s past haunts him. Ghosts drove him into the shadows until he became Shadow. Unseen and not really there, he lived his life without any connections but for the Sentinels, the team that saved him from oblivion. Then a mission changed his life and forced him to shed the shroud that kept his heart from feeling. Now, for Randy Reynolds, Jake will come out of the shadows, he’ll be present and whole instead of the man who had kept himself hidden for twenty years.



Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42434793-shadow


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/book/9781729566770


Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5bdeb55a01dbc864fb93c6cd/shadow-m-tasia



**New Release!!**


The Holidays
Boys of Brighton Book 10



It’s the holiday season in Brighton, Texas, and there’s a wedding too – everyone is invited to share in the love all these men have found.

'Tis The Season

Some had waited years to find "the one," while others had given up on love and had closed themselves off from feeling anything. But each of these men have found the person that makes them whole, gives them hope and strength to face whatever life throws at them, and to show them what love really means. Welcome to the holidays in Brighton, Texas. Sit down and stay a spell. We invite you to soak up the joy of the season with your favorite lovers.


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42973188-the-holidays


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-holidays-boys-of-brighton-book-10-by-m-tasia


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Gabe-Boys-Brighton-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01LVXE24H


~Sam’s Soldiers~

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Sams-Soldiers-Boys-Brighton-Book-ebook/dp/B01N0W22AQ

~Rick’s Bear~

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Ricks-Bear-Boys-Brighton-Book-ebook/dp/B06XDSSHMR



Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Jesse-Boys-Brighton-Book-4-ebook/dp/B071SKB8XZ




Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Coop-Boys-Brighton-Book-5-ebook/dp/B075272K1Z



Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Travis-Boys-Brighton-Book-6-ebook/dp/B0777RTF1X


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Grady-Boys-Brighton-Book-7-ebook/dp/B07B4C1GPF



Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Vincent-Boys-Brighton-Book-8-ebook/dp/B07FMB1TBG



Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Boys-Brighton-Book-9-ebook/dp/B07JNC6SXZ


~The Holidays~

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KXWH7RB





$25 Amazon


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M. Tasia, is an author who lives in Ontario, Canada. She's a member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter, the Toronto Romance Writers. Michelle is a dedicated people watcher, lover of romance novels, 80's rock, and happy endings, who grew up with a love of reading. Mother of three wonderful children, wife to one understanding husband and servant to two spoiled furry children who don't seem to realize, that they're actually cats.


Michelle writes both contemporary and paranormal romance and believes love should be celebrated. After all, we deserve to have romance, excitement, intrigue and passion in our lives.

Website - http://mtasiabooks.com/


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mtasiabooks


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Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/M.-Tasia/e/B01MT6I9FP


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Thanks for visiting with me & the Boys of Brighton! I hope you enjoyed the time and found some boys to take home with you!



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