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review 2018-10-01 01:22
ARC Review: Hard Truths by Alex Whitehall
Hard Truths - Alex Whitehall

On one hand, this book was less superficial than I expected, considering the blurb. I love the fake boyfriend trope, and I was looking forward to a fun book. While there was lots of humor, the depth within surprised me.

On the other hand, I would have liked to repeatedly smack Isaac over the head, not only for continuing to hide Logan being his boyfriend, but also for not realizing that family isn't always determined by blood, especially when your parents are homophobic racist jerks. 

I think what bothered me the most is that Isaac often sounded much younger than I was told he is, especially when he's around his parents, and that he was too blind to realize that he was hurting Logan, and his friends, with his ridiculous stance. While I could understand his fears, those fears blinded him to what he already has, and he only saw what he stood to lose. He lives a couple of hours away from his parents, and he's out to everyone in his life, except for them. But every time he goes home, it is very clear that not only does he not like his parents, especially his father, but he also mocks and ridicules them. And thus I couldn't for the life of me understand what was stopping him from telling them to shove it and tell them who he truly is. 

The romance is definitely whirlwind, much like the blurb promises, and there is hot sex and cheesy puns, and I believed that both Isaac and Logan had feelings for each other. They have a lot in common, and the growth in their relationship felt realistic to me given the timeframe of this book. 

I guess Isaac still needed to grow up. And I guess he does by book's end; he just leaves a whole lot of hurt in his wake that could have been avoided, had he been more emotionally mature. 

The entire book is written from Isaac's POV, so we don't get a whole lot of true insights to Logan, and Isaac's friends, since his view is somewhat skewered and distorted though his lens. The humor was fun (not cheesy, really), and outside of Isaac's behavior with his parents, I did like him as a person. He's kind and considerate to others - just emotionally stunted. Which is likely a result of his upbringing, but I didn't see the same in his sister, and she grew up in the same emotionally stunted home. 

I liked the writing style, and I'm definitely going to check out more books by this author. 


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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review 2018-09-30 05:41
Hardest
Hard Truths - Alex Whitehall

Isaac meets Logan at Christmas, as his sister's boyfriend.  Talk about your forbidden choices.  He will just have to put what he wants aside.  He does not believe he is worthy of a great relationship.

 

Logan has no problem telling Isaac he wants him.  He is only doing a friend a favor.  Their attraction is obvious to anyone who looks at them together.  

 

The characters had an obvious connection.  The sparks definitely fly around them being together.  Very realistic, with a slower pace than I expected.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-04-15 17:10
Review For: Changing the Earl's Mind by Kristen McLean
Changing the Earl's Mind (The Lords of Whitehall Book 3) - Kristen McLean

'Changing the Earl's Mind' by Kristen McLean is book Three in the "The Lords of Whitehall" series. This is the story of Drake Ramsey, the Earl of Saint Brides and Sarah Tindall. I have not yet read the other books so for me this was a standalone book. Although I enjoyed this one so much I hope to read the others soon!
Sarah is from America and has only been in London for 1 month. Sarah married a man she thought she could trust. They had made a deal that she would get half of her dowry and he would get the other half. This way Sarah though she could live her life independently on her own with her money. But her 'husband' gambled everything they had and left her with nothing. Then someone seem to have killed him and now she is being framed for his death. So Sarah went on the run but it didn't take long for her to be found by Drake.
Drake is in Home Secretary but has take a break and leaves to return to his home. Drake goes by his father's old hunting cabin and finds Sarah there. Drake gets most of her story out of her and even covers for her when the local law comes looking for her. But Drake assures her that she is pretty much in his custody .
Drake has pretty much cut himself off of emotional ties but can he keep that attitude around Sarah when he is finding her the most attractive and interesting women he has met?
Can Sarah convince him to believe her?
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review 2016-12-31 00:00
A Christmas for Oscar
A Christmas for Oscar - Alex Whitehall A Christmas for Oscar - Alex Whitehall Not for me. Editing issues, an anti-Christmas plot, unlikeable characters. Just not the story or author for me.
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review 2016-07-18 03:19
On His Blindness (Whitehall Season 1 #3) by Barbara Samuel
Whitehall - Episode 3: "On His Blindness" - Barbara Samuel,Liz Duffy Adams,Delia Sherman,Mary Robinette Kowal,Sarah Smith,Madeleine Robins

A king and queen wage a war of wills in the third installment of Whitehall, an episodic royal tale full of true history and sensual intrigue, new from Serial Box Publishing.

The honeymoon is over as Charles and Catherine cross swords over the matter of his sultry mistress. With her eye on a lofty position in the queen’s inner circle, Barbara’s manner of persuasion proves pleasurable for some and painful for others.

This episode is brought to you by Barbara Samuel, who could persuade the devil himself.

"On His Blindness" continues the 13-part serial, Whitehall, presented by Serial Box. Intrigue, romance, and scandal fill the palace halls in this historical tale, collaboratively written by Liz Duffy Adams, Delia Sherman, Barbara Samuel, Madeleine Robins, Sarah Smith, and Mary Robinette Kowal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review:

Tension rises in this third installment as Catherine, the King and Barbara all butt heads as Catherine tries to establish more control of her surroundings and Barbara tries to assert her own form of control by manipulating her way into Catherine's inner circle.

Again, I had to set aside actual historical expectations and maintain that this was purely unstudied fiction.

I think I enjoyed this installment a lot more than the previous one but again I felt it was a little bit short on development and detail which I wish had been a bit more but when you're involved with a serial there tends to be minor skipping for lack of page space to rush readers from point a to point b.

I would really like to see this serial brought together as a whole cohesive book with more fleshing and detail. I think it would be fantastic. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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