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Apr
25

Review: Bound To by Sionna Fox

Review: Bound To by Sionna Fox Bound To Author: Sionna Fox Reviewer: B. Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Having lived her entire life in a small college town where she never really fit in, Jolene Mae Whitford finally decided to make a fresh start for herself in Boston. But, living nearly rent-free in her former roommate’s spare room, without a steady job, while constantly dreading her next anxiety attack isn’t working out so well, either. The only bright spot was meeting Matthew Ward—the older brother of another college friend—and realizing that he she needs to give him control during sex as much as he needs to accept it. In fact, submitting to Matthew is...
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Apr
25

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Twice the Witch by Danielle Garrett

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Twice the Witch by Danielle Garrett Welcome to our feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Twice the Witch Author: Danielle Garrett Narrator: Amanda Ronconi Audio Speed: 1.5x Series: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries #2 Genre: Paranormal Mystery Source: Tantor Audio Picking up about a month after the conclusion of the first book, Twice the Witch finds our heroine Holly settled into her life in Beechwood Harbor. She spends most of her time working at the local coffee shop, Siren’s Song, having to cut short time spent with new boyfriend, housemate and werewolf, Adam. Holly contemplates her current situation, knowing she doesn’t want to spend her life working at the coffee shop, hoping to grow her mostly...
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Apr
24

Review: Total Bravery by Piper Drake

Review: Total Bravery by Piper Drake Total Bravery Author: Piper J. Drake Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: Total Bravery is latest novel in Ms. Drake’s True Heroes series.  After it seemed like all of the men of Hope’s Crossing found their HEAs, we wondered what was next in this series.  We liked this segue into a related group. We are not fans of instant love in the contemporary romance genre.  This is a big reason why the romantic thread in Total Bravery is one of our favorites in this series.  We loved how patient and honest Raul is with Mali.  Although he is strongly attracted to Mali in a way...
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Apr
23

Review: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey

Review: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey Hot Response Author: Shannon Stacey Reviewer: Jen Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Working as an EMT in Boston keeps Cait busy. Couple that with the time spent taking care of her grieving mom and teenage half-brother, she has no time for a social life. And while she is attracted to Gavin Boudreau, he’s always gotten under her skin, especially after he referred to her as “ma’am”. But when she implies he doesn’t take his job seriously, Cait recognizes the need to make amends, offering him an olive branch in the form of breakfast. Gavin isn’t sure what he did to tick off Cait, but he’ll gladly accept a...
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Apr
23

Review: Loving the Secret Billionaire by Adriana Anders

Review: Loving the Secret Billionaire by Adriana Anders Loving the Secret Billionaire Author: Adriana Anders Reviewer: B. Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Loving the Secret Billionaire is actually a retelling of the same novella previously published as “Grassroots” in the Rogue Desire anthology earlier this year. Per the author’s notes, after its initial release, she realized that there was more to Zack than was originally apparent, thereby opening the door to a richer, more thorough version of Veronica’s story. While I wasn’t able to finish the original prior to this review myself, I think that the addition of Zack’s perspective did enhance the part of Loving the Secret Billionaire that I read.  The nature of the...
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Apr
22

Sunday Snippet: Asleep from Day by Margarita Montimore

Sunday Snippet: Asleep from Day by Margarita Montimore About the Book Asleep From Day Author:  Margarita Montimore Publisher:   Black Wing Books Released:  January 10, 2018 Genre:  Literary Fiction with elements of psychological suspense, romance and mystery Author contact links:   Facebook, Instagram, Newsletter, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, B&N, Google Play, iBooks, Indigo, Kobo  Snippet: I’m sitting in the dark. There’s murmuring around me.  A male voice behind me whispers in my ear, “Don’t make any noise, don’t stand up, and don’t turn around.” “Are you going to hurt me?” I ask. “No, the opposite.” “Then why can’t I look at you?” “Because you need to see this first. Here, have some.”  Something is placed in my lap. I...
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Apr
20

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Man Card by Tanya Eby + Sarina Bowen

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Man Card by Tanya Eby + Sarina Bowen Welcome to our feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Review: Man Card Authors:  Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby Narrators:  Luke Daniels and Erin Mallon Audio Listening Speed: 1.25x and 1.5x Series: Man Hands #2 Genre: Contemporary Romance Source: Blunder Woman Productions Ash and Braht, frenemy coworkers competing for sales, have been partnered to sell their friend, Tom’s huge home. This sets off a series of pranks and sabotages to give one the upper hand over the other. Yet what it really does is put the pair in a position to spend more time together, something Braht wants and Ash avoids. Man Card is the delightfully entertaining follow...
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Apr
20

#FitReader Update: April 20, 2018

#FitReader Update: April 20, 2018 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. Info: #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group I check in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. Last Week (April 9 – April 15, 2018): This past week was a pretty average week for me. I ate over my allotted calories… but not in one big meal out, it was more like a couple hundred each day. That’s...
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Apr
19

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: To Seize a Wayward Spirit by R.L. Naquin

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: To Seize a Wayward Spirit by R.L. Naquin Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Reviews: Djinn Haven series To Catch a Stolen Soul  Author: R.L. Naquin Narrator: Chandra Skyye Audio Listening Speed: 1.5x Series: Djinn Haven #2 Genre: Urban Fantasy Source: Tantor Audio Though a touch less silly, To Seize a Wayward Spirit was another humors urban fantasy novel in the world of Djinn Haven.  I enjoyed the continuing adventures of Kam, her trusty sidekick/intern Ash and Kam’s complicated new trainee, Tahm.   At the conclusion of the previous novel, To Catch a Stolen Soul, Kam is reunited with her family-arranged betrothed, Tahm.  Now trained as not only soul chasers but soul reapers...
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Apr
18

Review: Running the Risk by Lea Griffith

Review: Running the Risk by Lea Griffith Running the Risk Author: Lea Griffith Reviewer: Jen Rating: B What I’m Talking About: After watching the love of his life die a year ago, Jude continues his work with Endgame Ops, although there is a huge whole in his heart. That is until he sees Ella alive and working with their enemy. Since then, a mix of dark emotions war within Jude, causing him to track Ella down and eventually confront her.  Ella hates deceiving her Endgame teammates, but she firmly believes in the mission-within-a-mission that their leader, the Piper, set in motion. However, the deeper Ella dives, the more convoluted the mission and motives appear. Yet, she...
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Apr
17

Review: A Gentleman Revealed by Cooper Davis

Review: A Gentleman Revealed by Cooper Davis A Gentleman Revealed Author: Cooper Davis Reviewer: B. Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: While A Gentleman Revealed is the beginning of a series, I believe that the narrative would have benefitted greatly if I’d read the original stories that prefaced it. There are private jokes and intricacies which are crucial to the various relationships that define the characters, but left me confused, and sometimes very irritated, without an understanding of these previously defined behaviors. After carefully perusing several synopses and lengthy reviews of the first series, things made more sense. As such, it might be helpful to new readers to do some research into the earlier novels if...
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Apr
16

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Reviews: The Uninvited Corpse Author: Debra Sennefelder Narrator: Callie Beaulieu Audio Listening Speed: 1.5x Series: Food Blogger Mysteries #1 Genre: Cozy Mystery Source: Tantor Audio I enjoyed this first book in the Food Blogger Mystery series.  Hope was a fascinating character and I can’t wait to see what happens next. This cozy mystery reminds me of several different shows.  It’s like Ms. Sennefelder took a piece of Hope Floats, Murder She Wrote, Julie and Julia, and mixed it with a fresh, beautiful New England town and modernized it.  But though it pays homage to these other stories,...
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