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review 2017-07-19 17:04
The Last Wave - Gillian Best The Last Wave - Gillian Best

Two and a half stars
Intriguing cover, intriguing idea. Martha has had a lifelong love affair with the sea and has swum the channel several times. I just wasn't grabbed by this and it was confusing on an e-reader as each chapter jumped from different times and different people - certainly keeps you on your toes though. Sad to say I found all the main characters quite charmless and it was hard to see anything likeable in them. Sorry but this book never really got going for me.

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text 2017-06-30 22:17
June 2017 Wrap Up
Alibi in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise Book 4) - Merry Farmer
Double Trouble - Susan May Warren
A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo) - Sarah Mallory
A Mistress for Major Bartlett - Annie Burrows
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter
The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch) - Allie Pleiter

 June's reading was all over the place - I read some great books, some average books, some awful books. But I didn't realize how many books I read until I finished this post. This doesn't count the 4 DNFs books or the 2 I didn't even get to 10% before giving up.

 

I can't believe the second half of 2017 starts tomorrow. Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!

 

Currently reading Rock Courtship: A Rock Kiss novella by Nalini Singh for RB Bingo and COYER.

 

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 97/150

Pop Sugar: 1

Library Love: 3; 35/36 for the year

COYER: 7/30

RB Bingo: 9/25

 

1. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston (RB Bingo)- 2.5 stars 

 

2. Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cummings (Pop Sugar prompt - family member term in title) (Library Love) - 4.5 stars

   

3. Loose Lips (Dusty Deals #5) by Rae Davies (COYER) - 3.5 stars

 

4. Undercover in High Heels (High Heels #3) by Gemma Halliday - 3.5 stars

 

5. Christmas in High Heels (High Heels #3.5) by Gemma Halliday - 1 star

 

6. Alibi in High Heels (High Heels #4) by Gemma Halliday - 5 stars

 

7. A Charming Cure (Magical Cures #2) by Tonya Kappes - 2.5 stars

 

8. Any Means Necessary (Luke Stone #1) by Jack Mars - 2 stars

 

9. A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce (Gentlemen of Scotland Yard novella) by Jillian Stone - 3 stars

 

10. An Encounter in Hyde Park (Anthology) by Various Authors (RB Bingo)- 2 stars

 

11. The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty by Mary Nichols (RB Bingo) (Library Love Challenge) - 1 star

 

12. Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise #4/Magnolias and Moonshine) by Merry Farmer (RB Bingo) - 4 stars

 

13. Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.5) by Lara Adrian (COYER) - 1 star

 

14. Midnight in Legend, TN (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee #1) by Magdalena Scott (COYER) - 1 star

 

15. Double Trouble (PJ Sugar #2) by Susan May Warren (Library Love Challenge) - 4 stars

 

16. The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch #3) by Allie Pleiter (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 4 stars

 

17. A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo #1) by Sarah Mallory (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 4.5 stars 

 

18. A Mistress for Major Bartlett (Brides of Waterloo #2) by Annie Burrows (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 4.5 stars

 

19. A Rose for Major Flint (Brides of Waterloo #3) by Louise Allen (COYER) (RB Bingo) - .5 star

 

21. Homefront Hero by Allie Pleiter (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 5 stars

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-06-24 15:18
Mandate (Terran Times Second Wave Book 12) ... Viola Grace Review
Mandate (Terran Times Second Wave Book 12) - Viola Grace

Wren takes care of those around her, but will a bunch of Guardians be more than she can keep in fighting shape?

Wren has been a caretaker for all her adult life. The offer to take up a new life in the stars comes as part of her career comes to a sad end.


They ask her to change her DNA, she does. They ask her to engage in combat training, she does. They ask her to channel the new talent that roars through her bloodstream, she focuses. If they had asked her if she was willing to mate with a stranger, she would have considered it.


Drovin has been waiting for the day when his mate would arrive on his world. He knows what she looks like and who she is, but her personality is a mystery. Binding them together before she arrived was his idea, but it might have been an incorrect impulse when she can find all of his weaknesses in an instant.

 

Review

 

Wren is a wonderful heroine who we get to see come into her own during this story. The fated mate romance is an interesting one and the world building is well done. 

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review 2017-06-20 12:17
Review: Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise #4/Magnolias and Moonshine #18) by Merry Farmer
Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise Book 4) - Merry Farmer

If more contemporary romances were written like this, with characters like Dennis and Angie, I would read a ton more contemporaries! Dennis returns to Atlanta to woo his childhood friend/object of his teenage crush, Angie, to work for his employer, Paradise Space Flight. Angie just graduated with her PhD and is being pursued by different employers, the main ones being Paradise and NASA. Angie hated the way she and Dennis parted and seeing him again both raises her love for him as well as the guilt in the way she handled their friendship. There is a side plotline in that Angie and Dennis' friend Latoya (who needs her own book damnit!) refurbing some of the homes of the senior citizens in their neighborhood to help keep up home property values, make the homes safer for the occupants, and give Latoya's company some PR.

 

The chemistry between Angie and Dennis is intense and the sexy times are pretty damn hot. I also really loved Angie and Latoya's friendship - Latoya doesn't tell Angie what Angie wants to hear, she tells her what she needs to hear but not in a mean way. Angie does so much to redeem herself in her eyes and that helps her let go of past hurts/insecurities and embrace her new job and relationship with Dennis. I enjoyed learning her reasons for choosing the employer she does.  I loved the seniors and the neighborhood vibe of the story. I want to read the entire series!

 

Alternative cover model is closer to what Dennis looks like in the book:

Title: Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise, #4), Author: Merry Farmer

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Read for BL-opoly Free Friday

104 pages = $4.00

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text 2017-06-18 17:54
Magnet (Terran Times Second Wave Book 14) ... Viola Grace Review
Magnet (Terran Times Second Wave Book 14) - Viola Grace

Attraction takes a strange turn when Polly finds herself stepping into the position of a planetary guardian, but there is someone in her space.

Polly takes the position of Guardian with a talent for magnetic attraction with an open mind. Meeting her first W’lyn sets her sights on a one-night stand, but Loesh wants much more.

On her first day, Polly shows that she is competent in battle and able to think on her feet, but when she is exposed to experimental nanites, her entire life takes a sudden shift, and what she sees isn’t necessarily what is in front of her.

Loesh wants a Terran mate for the potential to have a family and a woman who can match him skill for skill. Polly’s skills are already developed, and her attraction to him is obvious. Screwing it up should be difficult, so why does it come so easily.

 

Review

A great heroine with unexpected twists and turns in the plot. A fun science fiction romance short story. 

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