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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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Apr
15

Sunday Snippet: On the Line by Liz Lincoln

Sunday Snippet: On the Line by Liz Lincoln  About the Book On the Line    Author:  Liz Lincoln Publisher:   Ballantine/Loveswept Released:  April 17, 2018 Series:   Milwaukee Dragons #1 Genre:  Contemporary Romance Snippet: She took several long, slow breaths with her eyes closed, trying to ground herself and remember all the reasons she couldn’t throw herself at Seth and kiss him right that instant. When she finally got her pulse back in the vicinity of normal, she opened her eyes, scanning the lot for a trash can. She didn’t want her mostly empty cup to drip in Seth’s car. She spotted one near the building and pushed off the hood to walk away. “I’m going to—” The rest of...
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Apr
13

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Scourged by Kevin Hearne

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Scourged by Kevin Hearne Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Scourged Author: Kevin Hearne Narrator: Luke Daniels Audio Speed: 1.25x Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #9 (Final book in series) Source: Penguin Random House Audio I have so many feelings. I’s overwhelming. Saying goodbye to a favorite series is like saying goodbye to a beloved friend when they move across the globe; you hope you’ll see them again, but you are pretty certain you won’t – and if you do, it won’t be the same. Yes, Hearne is writing more Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries (THANK GOD!!), but those are standalone, amazingly entertaining stories, and not the Iron Druid Chronicles.  Scourged is the story...
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Apr
13

#FitReader Update: April 13, 2018

#FitReader Update: April 13, 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 2 – April 8, 2018): Coming into April, I was feeling a bit frustrated, not necessarily because of my progress, but because I wasn’t sticking with my goals and plan. But I did much better this first week...
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Apr
12

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rosett

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rosett Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Reviews: Death in the English Countryside Author: Sara Rosett Narrator: Sarah Mollo-Christensen Audio Listening Speed: 1.5x Series: Murder on Location #1 Genre: Mystery Source: Tantor Audio Death in the English Countryside is a delightful cozy murder mystery.  Though the culprit was a bit obvious, the motive was slyly hidden amongst plenty of red herring leads.  This new series, Murder on Location seems to revolve around Kate, a location scout.  I was able to relate easily to her professional type ‘A’ personality.  She is intelligent but also compassionate, as well as an avid Jane Austin fan.  When her boss...
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Apr
12

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Shadow of Doubt by Linda Poitevin

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Shadow of Doubt by Linda Poitevin Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Reviews: Shadow of Doubt Author: Linda Poitevin Narrator: Desiree Fultz Audio Listening Speed: 1.5x Series: Standalone Genre: Romantic Suspense Source: Author Shadow of Doubt is a captivating romantic suspense novel.  Ms. Poitevin gives a nail-biting race for two closed-off officers to find freedom in not only a conspiracy but from their own walled-in hearts. I really enjoyed this slow-burn romantic suspense story.  Kate, a Canadian police officer is one tough cookie though not without compassion.  Her cop senses urge her that maybe this wanted U.S. ATF agent is not guilty of the crimes laid on his name.  Still...
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Apr
11

Review: Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R. Green

Review: Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R. Green Into the Thinnest of Air Author: Simon R. Green Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: B  What We’re Talking About: After the revelation in the previous Ishmael Jones novel, we were surprised by Into the Thinnest of Air.  We weren’t expecting an intermission. Simon Green’s witty mystery/suspense series with a science-fiction twist has fascinated us for four novels.  Ishmael and Penny brave the strange and horrific, sleuthing out the culprit(s) while maintaining witty banter.  After the hint given in the previous book we had hoped to learn more about Ishmael’s mysterious past or see if Ishmael decides to dig into it.  What we didn’t expect is for Penny to surprise...
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Apr
11

Review: Peachy Flippin’ Keen by Molly Harper

Review: Peachy Flippin’ Keen by Molly Harper Peachy Flippin’ Keen Author: Molly Harper Reviewer: Jen Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: I’m going to put this out there right up front… I am giving this book a C+, even though I really liked the main charters, and I found the story engrossing and dialogue sharp. But here is why it’s not getting an A or B… Peachy Flippin’ Keen starts the story of Frankie McCready and Eric Linden, but comes no where close to finishing it. Peachy Flippin’ Keen is a fantastic beginning, but without the closure of the primary plot nor an HEA/HFN.  Told exclusively from Frankie’s POV, we learn about newcomer Sheriff Linden, who...
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Apr
10

Review: Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie

Review: Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie Marry in Scandal Author: Anne Gracie Reviewer: Ang Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Marry In Scandal is the second title in the Marriage of Convenience series, but it can picked up and read by itself without any issues. If you are familiar with the series, you will enjoy visiting with characters you’ve come to know. If you are new to them I think you will still likely enjoy spending time in their company. The main characters are Lily and Edward, who are forced into marriage after a kidnapping and rescue bring them together. But despite their lack of choice in the matter they are able to find love,...
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Apr
10

Review + Blog Tour: Once Burned by L.A. Witt

Review + Blog Tour: Once Burned by L.A. Witt Once Burned Author: L.A. Witt Reviewer: B. Rating: B What I’m Talking About: On the surface, Once Burned has all the elements this series has been built on: undeniable physical temptation that evolves into real affection, the Navy’s unyielding and destructive rules, and an eventual path to happiness for the two heroes. Unlike its predecessors, however, this story not only concerns Naval policy, but also delves into the even more infuriating topics of immigration and veterans’ rights. While there’s no denying the physical—and later emotional—connection Diego and Mark share, the familiar feeling of time running out was much more palpable here than in previous Anchor Point titles. Though it...
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Apr
9

Review: Blood Veil by Megan Erickson

Review: Blood Veil by Megan Erickson Blood Veil Author: Megan Erickson Reviewer: Jen Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Celia Valerie is the half-human, half-vampire, daughter of the Valarian king, enemy of the Gregorie Clan. But she has no clue who she is or where she came from. Raised in the human world, abandoned by her parents, she made her way through the system and works as a nurse at Mission Hospital. Idris, the once future king of the Gregorie Clan, feels more comfortable in his roll as military leader now that the truth of his father’s betrayals is out. He wants revenge on the Valarian king, the vampire who turned his own father, the...
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