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review 2018-12-15 03:23
The Suffragette Scandal (Brother's Sinister #4)
The Suffragette Scandal - Courtney Milan

Frederica "Free" Marshall has been a delight from the first moment she graced a page in this series, and here we get to see the kind of woman she's grown up to be: an investigative reporter running her own newspaper, written by women for women. She takes her fierce spirit with her like a shield as she uncovers injustices and campaigns for women's right to vote.

 

Edward Clark is a scoundrel with a past he'd sooner forget and charm oozing out the wazoo. He's determined to save a friend from the machinations of his brother and is willing to use Free to do it. Only Free doesn't cooperate, even when he mansplains the futility of her goals - and he finds out he's no match for Free. 

 

Once again, Ms Milan finds a couple of protags who are evenly balanced for each other. They're both struggling with their paths in life, but while Edward has succumbed to the dark side of the force, Free embraces the light. She pulls Edward kicking and screaming into the light with her. Of course, he is a scoundrel and isn't telling her everything. Now, all of the books in this series involve a secret of one of MCs or the other, but the truth has always been spilled before anything physical happens. That's not the case here, so that kind of dampened the intimacy here for me. The resolution was also a little too neat and quick. I still really enjoyed this though and watching Edward falling hopefully for Free despite his efforts not to was a treat.

 

There was also a small f/f subplot with Amanda, who we met in The Countess Conspiracy, and an implication of a gay relationship between a couple of minor characters in a "squint and you'll miss it" or maybe even a "YMMV" kind of way.

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review 2018-12-14 20:38
[REVIEW] What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 7 by Fumi Yoshinaga
What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 7 - Fumi Yoshinaga

That first chapter nearly broke my heart because it's so damn beautiful. I also loved seeing Kenji making the meals in the last chapter. They are so good at taking care of each other in their own way.

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review 2018-12-14 20:32
[REVIEW] What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 6 by Fumi Yoshinaga
What did you eat yesterday ? Volume 6 - Fumi Yoshinaga

I think this might be my favorite volume so far, mostly because you get to see Shiro's devotion to Kenji in small ways and I just love them so much. I teared up, I got the feels. This series is truly a slow burning one but I think that's what makes me love it so much. It's all about the quiet moments in the relationship.

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review 2018-12-14 20:29
[REVIEW] What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 5 by Fumi Yoshinaga
What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Volume 5 by Fumi Yoshinaga (2014) Paperback - Fumi Yoshinaga

I am taking my time to savor this manga. It’s impossible for me not to smile as I read. Almost feels like I’m recharging my soul.

There’s a recipe I want to try and it’s the banana bread with pancake mix. I’m like whaaaat? I will report back once I make it and if it’s any good.

It’s hard for me to describe just how lovely this story is. It’s slow and soft but it’s so lovely and important and great to read on Pride Month.

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review 2018-12-14 18:21
Where You Lead by Mary Calmes - My Thoughts
Where You Lead - Mary Calmes

I would call this a longish short story.  It was also a little frantic and frenetic, I thought.  Written in the first person, I honestly never got a feel for Pete, the main character.  And consequently I never got a feel for his partner, Carver.  Pete is a Treasury department agent and Carver is an artist. 

There was a lot of banter between the two, but I wasn't overly fond of it.  Some of it sounded a little mean-spirited and too snarky.  And I wasn't sure exactly why Pete had fallen for Carver and vice versa, aside from the physical attraction - which was mightily indulged in throughout the story.

So I was disappointed, because I like Mary Calmes' work.  And it illustrates why I tend to shy away from works of this length. 

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