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review 2017-07-21 20:29
Well Built - Carly Phillips,Erika Wilde

Kyle Coleman and Ella Fisher were high school sweethearts until one fateful night when their siblings caused their world to come crashing down.  Kyle left Woodmont, IL ten years ago, broke and determined to make something of himself.  Now living in Chicago, Kyle is a part owner of Premier Realty with his 3 best friends, and a successful multimillionaire.

After that fateful night, Ella dropped her dreams of college and took over running the family grocery store since her father was unable to.  Now that the old building next door to the grocery story has finally gone up for sale, Ella has plans of buying that building and expanding the family store.  Imagine Ella's surprise at the bidding sale when someone else also makes a bid on the building....none other than Kyle Coleman...the guy she still has never gotten over.  She may have recently broken off an engagement to another guy, but her heart has always been with Kyle.  Kyle knows he is crushing Ella's dreams, but he has plans of his own....he want to fulfill his mom's dream of owning a bakery and an event center.

In the beginning there was some fun sparring between these two.  It was obvious that the chemistry between these two was still strong.  When Ella tries to convince Kyle that he should sell her the building that is when the fun begins!  Car trouble, stuck in Chicago, Kyle's place....etc....it didn't take long for these two to give in to their feelings.  Afterwards, Ella lets Kyle know that their hookup has to be a one time thing because her father couldn't handle her being with a "Coleman boy" and she couldn't risk his health any more.  Of course this doesn't last long and soon they are sneaking around like they did back in high school.  Eventually problems arise and all hell breaks loose.  It takes some long and hard soul searching for these two to finally make it back to their happy ending, but they finally do.

I just adore these characters.  Kyle was just a perfect dream man...exactly what someone would want in a guy.  Ella had a hard time standing up to her dad because she was always the "good" daughter and this caused her to really end up putting her life on pause.  Once she stood up for herself you just wanted to tell her...way to go Ella!  Overall this was a great, second chance story of two characters who never really gave up the thought of the other, even 10 years later.

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review 2017-07-14 04:53
Review of "Breath of Heaven" (Well of Sorrows, #3) by Benjamin Tate (aka Joshua Palmatier)
Breath of Heaven - Benjamin Tate,Joshua Palmatier

Well written and kept me reading.  Still, somehow I could not connect with this final entry in the series.

 

The characters seemed distant to me.  Maybe just because it took so long after second book for me to read this one.  Maybe because I so loved his other series, Throne of Amenkor that began with The Skewed Throne, that it suffers by comparison.

 

It didn't help that there was a lot of action and battles taking places with lots of different — even though familiar from earlier books — characters where it was hard to invest.  Pretty glum with lots of dire straits, bad things happening, and outnumbered armies.  The only respite quite a few exciting heroic moments.

 

I really loved the first two books (okay, the very beginning was a bit too much wagon-train-taking-settlers-west for me but once I got into it I was hooked).  

 

The ending of this one *sigh* — well, in a way, I guess it came full circle?  

So much destruction despite a bit of deus ex machina,  that all three races are now wagon-train-ho to start new settlements.

(spoiler show)
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text 2017-07-14 00:09
Reading progress: 71%
Breath of Heaven - Benjamin Tate,Joshua Palmatier

Truthfully, before starting this last book of the trilogy, I wasn't sure how the author would be wrapping up in one book the events set out in the previous books.  Both were rather … leisurely … with some frantic-paced moments where I thought the series would take longer than three books.

 

I'm enjoying this (always enjoy Palmatier's writings) — but, parts have been a big "meanwhile back at the ranch" following various allies and foes and battlefields.  Lots of battles (unusual for Palmatier).  Not remotely nearly as bad about it as Jordan's Wheel of Time.

 

I'm getting satisfied it will be a proper finish and a proper story arc.  Colin — not at all incidentally — is definitely not a legend and had just set out for something that should prove quite pivotal.

 

 

 

Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline CareyOld Man's War - John ScalziFourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda JonesDeath's Mistress - Karen Chance

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist plus binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free has turned out to be  Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey  — plus 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 

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review 2017-07-14 00:00
Well Built
Well Built - Carly Phillips,Erika Wilde Erika Wilde and Carly Phillips are an explosive combination. With Erika's spicy dialogue and Carly's blend of complication and emotion, Ella and Kyle set fire to the pages. Kyle creates his own brand of smooth from brash antics to suave words, he has the moves to make a woman forget herself. Ella is the spark that lights him up. She's a good girl that knows how to work her inner bad girl. Well Built gives a well written nod to the seductive while going for broke with some sweet romance. When greatness is expected, it's no surprise when it's delivered.
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text 2017-07-12 16:16
Reading progress: 40%
Breath of Heaven - Benjamin Tate,Joshua Palmatier

Spectacular efforts by the dwarren — and the allies have caught on so are moving legions into place.

 

Now if the Flame traitors would stop underestimating the wraith in their arrogance ...

 

I do love a traditional epic fantasy!

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