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review 2018-12-19 00:41
Seduced by Santa
Seduced by Santa - Mina Carter

This sums this novella up: A little bit of story, SEX, and a little more story. Would have been nice to have been a little more background on Candy & Rhod. I did like the idea of a whole group of Santa's from the same family unit.

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review 2018-12-18 20:59
Bundled Up (Portland Heat #1-3)
Bundled Up (Portland Heat) - Annabeth Albert

This was disappointing. I really liked Albert's #gaymers series and was hoping this would be more of the same, but alas it was not. This contains the first three novellas of the Portland Heat series, and each one is just not up to snuff. They're rather superficial, actually, with each couple falling into lust with each other and that eventually leads to love after lots and lot and lots of redundant sex scenes. Usually, I'll at least skim the sex scenes if they're spread out enough, but there were too many even for that and I just skipped them all. What was left was pretty standard fare, but with MCs that were terrible at communication. At least it took them longer than the standard 30 days to say the ILUs and move in together that's painfully common in romance these days, so there's that. 


Served Hot - 2.5 stars


Robby has his own coffee cart in the business district and has the hots for one of the white-collars who comes to his cart every day. David is a finance director despite being rather young for the position, and he's on the nerdy side. David's getting over a relationship that ended when his lover died, and Robby is the insecure pushy needy emo-dude that he gets stuck with. Yeah, I wasn't feeling this couple at all.


Baked Fresh - 3 stars


Vic is a baker whose addiction to food - and his male relatives' young deaths from heart disease - led him to getting a laparoscopic band surgically placed around his stomach. Robin is a trust-fund baby who's a recovering drug addict and volunteers at a homeless shelter to atone for his past misdeeds while high. He also has a series of sexual hangups that of course can be cured only by lots and lots of sex. *sigh* Counseling is a thing, you know? I did not at all like Vic calling Robin "boy" during sex - brain bleach please! - or the mildly quasi-D/s dynamic their sexual relationship had, but I did like the relationship outside the bedroom. These two actually did the most talking and connecting of these three couples. I could believe they'd actually have a future together.


Delivered Fast - 2.5 stars


Oh, it was fast all right. Lance, a younger cousin of Vic, is going to college to be a physical therapist and working part-time making deliveries for bakery where Vic works. Chris - whose name isn't mentioned until more than halfway through the book - co-owns a coffee shop with his ex. Chris is really old, y'all. He's mid-30s! *gasp* and so of course the age gap becomes an issue, and Chris is an immature dweeb about it. Lance is just barely given any depth, most of it in the last half of the novella. I skimmed a lot of the set-up with this one, because I was bored with the "guy-sees-guy, guys-boink-a-lot-of-times, and eventually start acting like a couple" formula. The blurb promises clever double entendres - I don't think the blurb writer knows what those are. And how do you not hear someone riding up on a motorcycle? That scene made no sense. Well, a lot of scenes don't make much sense in this series so far, but that one took the cake. I also wasn't feeling this couple, though this one started out stronger than it started.

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review 2018-12-18 12:44
Review: "The Magician's Angel" (The Christmas Angel, #3) by Jordan L. Hawk
The Magician's Angel - Jordan L. Hawk


~ 4 stars ~


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text 2018-12-18 09:42
Reading progress update: I've read 254 out of 304 pages.
The Sellout: A Novel - Paul Beatty

This book is so strange


Using a submissive to highlight the wrong of slavery. And use segregation to highlight the wrong of racism. 


The main character going through all that stuff just to get the lost home town back on the map. 


Seems random but thoughtful. Make me think about more about the mind of those who are oppressed yet not able to escape this prejudices even when racism is clearly labelled and exposed. 

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review 2018-12-18 04:02
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley (audiobook)
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place: A Flavia de Luce Novel - Alan Bradley

Series: Flavia de Luce #9


Another good installment of the Flavia de Luce series. This time Flavia is on holiday when she finds a dead body, so at least we're expanding the scope beyond the environs of Bishop's Lacey (sp?). This felt a little more solid than the last, so I'm bumping it up half a star. I wasn't sure it was quite worth four full stars, however.


I'd like to use this for one of the 24 Festive Tasks books, but I'm not sure whether it would best fit. I don't think I can make changes to any of the my already "called" door books, so I could maybe make an argument that some of those squiggles on the cover are water for Door 10 (Bon om Touk), or I think I can fairly confidently say that Flavia is a strong female character for Door 16 (Human Rights Day). I think calling this cover green would be pushing it, though, so those doors are out.

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