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review 2020-09-22 07:30
Tools of Engagement - Tessa Bailey

This is book #3 in the Hot & Hammered series. This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader to enjoy and avoid spoilers, I would recommend reading the series in order.


Bethany likes to have her life in order.  She prides herself on the ability to be the best at what she does.  Then the one man who can spin her whole life out of control is the one who volunteers to help her when it counts.


Wes is glad to have a good job and be appreciated.  He also has been trying to get Bethany to go out with him for so long.  Now they must work together and dating and more is off the table.  Better to help her get her business off the ground.


This story was a slow burn.  The attraction between the characters is obvious from the beginning.  The book picks up pace, and so does the main characters.  Then they are invited to do more and add humor, and well I cannot spoil it.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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review 2019-08-08 14:47
Fix Her Up - Tessa Bailey

Seriously the most insipid characters I have read in a romance novel in some time. I loathed the heroine who just needed to get any type of life, hated her sister in law who was a nasty piece of work to her husband, and thought the hero was lame. There's also a women's only league that the heroine starts and I ended up disliking every damn woman that popped up in this book after that.


"Fix Her Up" follows former baseball star and now wash-up Travis Ford as he tries to get his life together after being booted from the majors. His best friend's little sister, Georgette (Georgie) Castle has had a crush on Travis since she was a kid and now that he's back she's determined to get him back on his feet again. When Travis is offered a new job opportunity that entails showing the world that he's changed into someone whose settled down, he does some fake relationship nonsense with Georgie. Blah blah blah romance and cringe inducing love scenes commence.


So I thought Georgie was exhausting. She's a virgin (of course) who is just focused on Travis because of a crush. I didn't see what she saw in him since he acted like an ass for a good portion of this book and then they started the stupid fake dating thing and I just said good lord. If I can see why a hero wants to be with you, but not you with him, it's not working. Also, Georgie is a literal clown as her job and.....look I kept flashing to Pennywise and laughing (not in a good way).


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Georgie's whole thing is to have her family to stop discounting her, but she does continue to act like a child (at least to me) and her fake mess with Travis didn't help matters.


BTW please read Sam (AMNReader)'s review because it's hilarious and it's spot on with the nonsense regarding Travis and his nickname (Two Bats). I can't add anything more to it beyond the paternalistic nonsense that Travis had going with Georgie was creepy as hell. 


The secondary characters were blah. Georgie's sister in law was a jerk. Constantly punishing her husband Stephen if he didn't do exactly what she wanted when she wanted it. And he's literally begging her to have children the whole book. I just could not. They are going to end up divorced or he's going to write into Dear Prudence one day asking why doesn't his wife seem to like him and plays games like she's a teenager.

Speaking of Stephen again, why in the world didn't we see more of him with Travis? He is whipped by his wife and seems to have no personality beyond making her happy. 


The writing was uninspired. Back to Sam's review again, she's right the dirty talk was embarrassing to read. I think there was a sentence that was like, you are about to meet your God (his penis) and I shrieked and I kid you laughed so hard I started to cry last night. If I had time I would have posted screenshots from the paperback but didn't want to inflict this on other people. There is also the fact that a couple of times Travis refers to Georgie as "little sister" during sex or thinks it (I can't remember and refuse to look this up again) and I shuddered each and every time. Also I hate hate hate being called "baby girl" so the fact that was another name that Travis had for Georgie made me roll my eyes. 


The flow was off for me after the first couple of chapters. Until we get to the fake dating thing you don't know where Bailey is going and how she's going to get the two characters to realize they are in love. Of course there's a misunderstanding that was beyond dumb and I just struggled read until the end. 


There's other stuff but I just want to put this review and bad book behind me. 


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text 2019-07-28 23:11
Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 400 pages.
Fix Her Up - Tessa Bailey

Sighs so deep that I cause my cat to flee the room.

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review 2018-12-23 15:52
Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Hammered - Luke Daniels,Kevin Hearne
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

It really should be no surprise that I had a good time with this book. After reading and enjoying the first two books in this series, I was really excited to dive into this third installment. Just in case you are wondering, this is a series that should be read in order. The book started out with a lot of action and really kept the pace up until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed going on this adventure with Atticus.

Atticus has a few debts to pay in this book. The first order of business is retrieving a golden apple for a local witch. Even though this sounds like a rather simple act, it proves to be anything but. He then is tasked with leading a group to kill Thor. I wondered why this group would be so determined to end the life of Thor but as each member shared their history with the god it became quite evident.

This was an action-packed tale that kept Atticus on the move for the bulk of the book. There was a whole lot of action worked into the story and I felt like Atticus was in a whole lot of danger during several scenes. My biggest complaint with this book was that I really would have liked to see more of Oberon but that is just because he is my favorite character in the series. I love the fact that there is a lot of humor worked into the story to balance everything out. 

Luke Daniels does an amazing job with this book. I think that he really does take this story to the next level and I couldn't imagine experiencing this series in any other way. He is able to handle a very large cast of characters with ease and uses distinctive voices for all of the key players. He even narrates the voice of Oberon, a dog, convincingly. I think that he was able to add a lot of excitement to the story through his reading and I found myself wanting to listen to this book for hours at a time.

I would highly recommend this series to others. I think that this book is able to combine great characters, a lot of excitement, a few laughs, and some tension very well. I can't wait to continue reading this wonderful series.

Initial Thoughts
This was good with lots of action. I wish that Oberon would have been around for more of the fun but that is just because he is my favorite character. Atticus is on the move for much of this book with a trip to Asgard to retrieve a golden apple and another trip to lead a group to kill Thor. Yep, they are off to kill Thor in this book and it is just as dangerous as it sounds. Some of the glimpses into Thor's history proved that he really deserved the revenge headed his way. Luke Daniels did a fantastic job with the narration making this a very easy book to listen to for long periods of time.

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text 2017-07-19 19:27
re-read to clear my head
Hammered - Elizabeth Bear

damn i forgot how much i liked this one.

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