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review 2021-02-16 00:52
FInding Southern Comfort by Barbara Lohr
Finding Southern Comfort: A Heartwarming Prequel (Windy City Romance) - Barbara Lohr
A romance is what the bookish heart needed for Valentine's Day.
It didn't disappoint either! It had every element that I look for in a romance. It had great characters with chemistry. There was side elements that deepened the plot. There was passion in parts.
Still it wasn't the best romance that I have ever read.
Sometimes you weren't sure who was telling the story though. Was Harper the protagonist or Cameron?! At one point, I actually stopped reading and was like, "what the heck, I thought I was reading from her point of view." So that I wasn't a fan of. Nor was I fond of the loser making an appearance at the end of the story. Totally unnecessary.
In the end, it was a solid story that ended up coming together. Yeah, I will probably read the next book in the series.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/02/finding-southern-comfort-by-barbara.html
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text 2020-12-22 04:19
Hire a Trusted Company for Better Property Maintenance Service

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review 2020-06-09 02:03
Lucky in Love (Southern Bride #4) by: Kelly Elliott
Lucky in Love (Southern Bride #4) - Kelly Elliott




Lucky in Love by Kelly Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The simple approach got quite a reaction from my heart. I think I just fell for a mischievously, sly three-year old and her clueless, klutzy, irresistibly, adorable father in training. Lucky in Love goes for the little things and that makes for a greater impact. Elliott knows what the heart wants and refuses to settle for anything less. Truitt and Saryn are the icing on the cake, but I think is Liliana gives the heart a reason to smile.

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text 2020-05-14 17:29
Tamarillo Tart (Southern Lights #2) by Jay Hogan
Tamarillo Tart (Southern Lights #2) - Jay Hogan

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CASSIDY MARTIN is a country boy through and through. He loves his horses, his Lord of the Rings tourist business, and his isolated paradise at the foot of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Not that everyone appreciates the seclusion he craves. Take his ex-wife for example.


The sexy-as-hell guy on his latest tour might be whip-smart and push all of Cass’s buttons, but he’s about as country as a pair of Louboutins, and Cass has been there and done that. Broken heart with the T-shirt.


STEFAN HAMILTON doesn’t do ‘outdoorsy’, he’s a city boy, born and bred. The closest Stef gets to the country is ‘Cowboy Night’ at his favourite Auckland gay bar even if the music makes Stef want to rip his hair out by the roots.


But Stef is also a hardcore Lord of the Rings fanboy. So, when he gets the chance to go on a horse trek to the iconic film locations in the Southern Alps, he sucks up his fear of the gigantic animals and his allergy to camping for the chance to let his nerd flag fly. But when his mate pulls out at the last minute, Stef is left to negotiate the horses, the wrath of mother nature, and an inconvenient crush on the cowboy leading the tour.


City meets country and the sparks fly.

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/post/tamarillo-tart-southern-lights-2-by-jay-hogan
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review 2020-05-09 13:18
"The Southern Book Club's Guide To Slaying Vampires" by Grady Hendrix - highly recommended
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel - Grady Hendrix,Bahni Turpin

From the title, I assumed 'The Southern Book Club's Guide To Slaying Vampires' would be a soft, fluffy story. Boy was I wrong about that.


To be fair to myself, while my reading before Grady Hendrix had told me that vampires, (except for the sparkly vegetarian ones) were scary predators, it had also told me that they'd be kept in check by:

  • A Vampire Council committed to maintaining secrecy
  • Other supernats committed to maintaining secrecy
  • 'Have Stakes. Will Travel' vampire hunters for hire
  • A teenage girl with exceptional martial arts skills and a devoted set of friends

So I tended not to worry about them too much.


Grady Hendrix rejects all of that, His vampire is a lone, ungoverned, insatiable predator who won't be stopped except by desperate, ordinary people who have nothing to lose and it won't be easy.


One of the things that will make it difficult is that ordinary people like you and me, we don't really believe in vampires any more than we believe in Tinkerbell.


Hendrix poses the question, 'How do you fight what you believe isn't real?'


Part of the answer to that question is likely to be 'Alone', because who's going to believe you?


Except maybe the women you meet every week at a book club devoted to discussing serial killers?


This way of looking at vampires makes them a lot more threatening.


At the start of the book, I assumed, wrongly, that all that was needed was for the women to form their own Scooby-gang and the vampire would be done for. At that point, the vampire seemed menacing but no more than that. Once he was unmasked, what harm could he do?


Grady Hendrix didn't make it that easy.


I raised my threat assessment level when the vampire sent killer rats to swarm helpless women in their own homes but I didn't really understand what I was dealing with until two of the middle-class white women from the book club went to visit the home of the black nurse who was hurt in that attack. While they were waiting to be let in they heard little girls singing a skipping song about the Boo Daddy who is coming at night to steal children. The matter-of-fact tone of that song and the internalised fear it represented was more chilling than the rats.


I knew then that Hendrix wasn't just talking about vampires here, or perhaps it's more accurate to say that the vampire isn't just a vampire. The vampire is an evil that lurks beneath the surface of our society but that we don't talk about.


I think the Boo Daddy that the children sing about and that the adults put effort into not seeing, represents the white male predators who move unpunished through our world because we don't believe that racial hatred, misogyny, and twisted lust will really rip away the lives and happiness of the people we love. We tell ourselves that ours is not a culture that condones rape and abuse and killing, even though all the numbers tell us a different story.


Hendrix's vampire is an embodiment of insatiable male greed. He's charming and charismatic, has the knack of making the men around him want to follow him and feel better about themselves for doing so, even as he takes every opportunity, politely and with a smile, to undermine, demean, mock and threaten their wives. He is a corrupter, a sower of discord, a parasite.


Hendrix's vampire isn't some stuffy Transilvanian Count pining for his glory days, he is 100% Pure American Prime Raggedy Man. He's the hustle that has always sold the American dream without ever delivering it.


Men don't come out of this story well. For me, one of the most disturbing scenes in the book was where the husbands of the women in the book club behave (entirely believably, I'm afraid) like a group of pompous, patronising, patriarchal pricks, treating their assembled wives like children needing correction from wiser heads. This scene made me think that the women should make the suspected vampire a second priority and come together to devise a way of teaching their husbands the need to respect the women they're married to. Except, most of the ways I could immediately think of to do that would have turned the women into widows.


It's that mix of fury and impotence that sets the tone of this story.


What I liked most about the story was its message that knowing the vampire is there, knowing who he is and what he does, isn't enough to defeat him or even to convince the people who love you to help you because this vampire has seduced not the women but the men. He's turned them into the worst version of themselves and used them as a rod to impose his authority. Any woman who stands against him risks losing everything and with no guarantee of success.


Look around the world today. The vampires are there in plain sight shielded by men who admire them and who are willing to look the other way while they prey on the weak.


I think Hendrix is telling us that the only way to stop these predatory white men is for ordinary women, the mothers who protect all of us, to acknowledge the existence of the Boo Daddy and work together to rip out its heart. He's also telling us that that kind of thing has a price that has to be paid for in blood, lots of blood, some of it your own.


I recommend the audiobook version which is perfectly delivered by  Bahni Turpin. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.

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