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review 2021-06-23 14:34
Review: Beautiful Enemy (The Enemies Trilogy #1) by: Piper Lawson
Beautiful Enemy (The Enemies Trilogy #1) - Piper Lawson

 

 

 

Beautiful Enemy by Piper Lawson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The battle lines have been drawn. Beautiful Enemy has the spice of romance and brute force of a cage fight. Rea and Harrison are fire and ice. The sparks are evident, right from the start, but so is the drama that ensues. Heartache. Drama. Suspense. Temptation. Lawson finds a place for each and every conflicting emotion and creates a combustible inferno. This grudge match refuses to be tamed and that's what makes it all the more intriguing.



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review 2021-06-23 14:23
Review: Beautiful Sins (The Enemies Trilogy #2) by: Piper Lawson
Beautiful Sins (The Enemies Trilogy #2) - Piper Lawson

 

 

 

Beautiful Sins by Piper Lawson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Intense with a side of sinful and a dash of intrigue. Harrison and Rae are the best kind of heartache. A dangerous addiction that thrives on being unpredictable. Lawson keeps the senses on full alert with an edgy couple that aims for the heart and hits it's target every time. The right kind of naughty packs the perfect amount of heart. Beautiful Sins is a MUST READ!



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url 2020-08-10 14:49
A beautiful mind, Interview with Sunday Times Nataša Pantović about her Novels Ama and Tree of Life
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma: Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Seated on a panel with her fellow writers, Maltese-Serbian novelist Nataša Pantović has been known to use slam poetry to perform her poetic body of work. Like her prose, the improvised words, tribal music, percussionist sounds, lengthy ‘aum’ chanting, are neither too preposterous nor too earnest but endlessly curious. A bridge builder between East and West, following ancient archaeological findings, she often dives into historic settings more than 2,000 years back in time. In her novel, Ama: Playing the Glass Bead Game with Pythagoras, the 52-year-old author makes a bold swerve into less-traveled territory. She chooses for her protagonists Ama, an African priestess, living in China’s Macao in the 17th century; Ruben, a Portuguese Jesuit priest; and Fr Benedict, an Orthodox Christian. The book explores the rapidly-growing Macao, its changing sights, sounds and smells from different perspectives, from that of a bat to a goddess to a spirit. Its miracle and its enigma are within the worlds of inner alchemy of the Age of Enlightenment. Can you tell us about Ama: Playing the Glass Bead Game with Pythagoras? Both Hesse and Tolstoy were my first spiritual gurus...

Nataša Pantović Sunday Times Interview and Ama book review A Beautiful Mind

Source: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/a-beautiful-mind.810384
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review 2020-04-27 12:15
Review: The Beautiful
The Beautiful - Renee Ahdieh

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I really, really, really wanted to love this. I was so excited to see vampires starting to make a comeback in YA fiction. I was thrilled when my review request was approved, then it was hinted at it would be in one of my YA subscription boxes – so I got a pretty signed hardback with sprayed edges. I did wait until the hype had died down a bit before delving in.

 

There were parts of it I really enjoyed, parts of it that were eye-rollingly stupid and parts that were just boring. The end was wholly unsatisfying (though thankfully I have pre ordered the sequel and had my review requested granted). Though there was enough of a what the??? To want to know more.

 

The 1800s New Orleans setting is vividly described. The main character, Celine is running from a terrible incident in her past in Paris and sets sail for the US with a convent, whose aim seems to be helping young women find suitable husbands. There were times I loved Celine’s character – she was strong willed, sassy and smart. Despite her worries about her past catching up with her she seemed very confident and together. She also came across as highly opinionated.

 

One thing I did like was the female friendships – Celine bonds with one of the other convent girls, Pippa, who becomes a real friend. As a former dressmaker – Celine’s stitching work for the convent catches the eyes of the beautiful and mysterious Odette who hires her to make a gown for a masquerade. Odette appears flippant and over the top, but she embraces Celine and seems keen for Celine to join her rather than head back to the convent.

 

Odette is part of a group of dangerously beautiful and alluring people, none of which seem quite normal. There’s something distinctly different about them, curious and bordering on frightening. Naturally Celine is intrigued by them. I found the male love interest, Sebastian, to be rather bland and uninteresting. A very typical stereotype – rich, well spoken, devious, and charming with a sense of darkness and foreboding. Nothing I haven’t seen in vampire novels before. He and Celine rub each other the wrong way yet unsurprisingly are annoyingly attracted to each other.

 

Doesn’t help when the bodies start turning up with strange symbols, and the police officer heading the investigation clearly has some sort of history with Sebastian and Odette and their group. Doesn’t help either that Celine seems to keep getting in his way. And she’s got things to say as well. Some of the mystery aspect was quite interesting and the plot did get more and more interesting as the novel progressed.

 

One thing that drove me up the wall though was the chapters from the killer’s point of view. To me they sounded just ridiculous. I think they were trying to sound like a sophisticated creature who has been around for centuries plotting his revenge against some perceived wrongness. It sounded woe is me over the top and stupid. Though to be fair, I didn’t actually guess who the culprit was.

 

This was a mixed bag of a novel, with good things and bad things. However, enough of a grip in the story telling that I need more from this world.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for approving my request to view the title.

 

 

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Rochas Man Cologne

This Rochas Man cologne is was created by perfumer Maurice Roucel in the year 1999.
Roucel is one of the best perfumers and has won several awards for his perfumery achievements. His awards collection also includes the Prix Franҫois Coty award.
The designers who designed the unique bottle for the Rochas man Cologne are Michael Fõrster and Franzrudolf. Rochas man is a masculine smell, it’s strong, sweet, intoxicating, with a nice touch of flowers. You can get this cologne in the market in 50 and 100 ml sizes and as eau de toilette form.

Rochas Man Cologne
Source: fragrancesscologne.blogspot.com/2020/03/all-about-rochas-man-cologne.html
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