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Mar
8

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs Author: Patricia Briggs Narrator: Holter Graham Audio Speed: 1.25x Series: Alpha and Omega #5; Mercy Thompson World #15 Source: Penguin Random House Audio With Bran away, Charles is charged with looking after his pack. Danger strikes close to home, endangering the Wildlings, lone wolves who are too wild to be part of the pack, but remain under Bran’s protection. Unable to reach Bran, Charles and Anna are left of save and protect the Wildlings while trying to uncover who within the pack is a traitor. While Burn Bright is the continuation of Charles and Anna’s story,...
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Mar
7

Review: Heat Trap by JL Merrow

Review: Heat Trap by JL Merrow Heat Trap Author: JL Merrow Reviewer: B. Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Having enjoyed the first two Plumber’s Mate Mysteries a great deal, I was happy to jump into Heat Trap fairly soon after finishing the second story. And while the half-year interim in the timeline is plenty long in some ways, certain aspects of Tom’s life appear not to have progressed much at all. Granted, Tom was dealt a tremendous shock at the end of Relief Valve, but I was left feeling uncertain at times as this narrative unfolded. Tom continues to be a likable character, even though I was disappointed by some of his reactions, especially...
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Mar
6

Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs Burn Bright Author: Patricia Briggs Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: A What We’re Talking About: Burn Bright is another fascinating and thrilling installment in the Alpha and Omega series.  Gikany and Una were fascinated by the more in-depth look into some of the relationships in the Mercy Thompson World. This series is one of our all-time favorites: the world-building, the characters, and the ever-changing politics – it’s all captivating.  The contrast of the Alpha and Omega series is that we experience Mercy’s world from a completely different perspective (sometimes several).  There is an interesting insight presented early in this novel about Bran.  In fact, though he is absent for...
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Mar
5

Review: As the Devil Dares by Anna Harrington

Review: As the Devil Dares by Anna Harrington As the Devil Dares Author: Anna Harrington Reviewer: Jen Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: In an effort to seek the approval of his deceased father, Robert has spent the past two years planning for the chance to be part of Winslow Shipping and Henry Winslow’s partner. The catch: Robert must find a husband for Winslow’s unruly daughter, Mariah, aka the Hellion. Mariah grew up without her mother, at her father’s side at the docks and shipyard. She knows Winslow Shipping inside and out and hopes to run the family business someday. But her father wants Mariah to be a proper lady, and instead seeks to find a partner...
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Mar
5

Review: Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London

Review: Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London Bad Bachelor Author: Stefanie London Reviewer: Nima Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: I liked Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London much more than I expected to.  Reformed bad boys are a popular, possibly overdone, trope in contemporary romance and it takes skill to do it well.  The difference for me was that I genuinely liked all the characters in Bad Bachelor.  London successfully managed to create conflict without any real bad guys.  There was no one I wanted to hate or inflict with bodily harm for being a jerk or worse, being immature.  All the characters had jerk moments, but it didn’t consume their character.  London carefully walked a...
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Mar
4

Sunday Snippet: The Instigator by Stephanie Julian

Sunday Snippet: The Instigator by Stephanie Julian  About the Book The Instigator   Author:  Stephanie Julian Publisher:   Self-published Released:  February 16, 2018 Series:   Redtails Hockey #4 Genre:  Contemporary Sports Romance Author contact links:   Website Purchase links:  Amazon, BN, iBooks, Kobo REVIEW Snippet: “So what do you do for fun?” Her eyebrows rose, her expression suddenly totally serious. “What? Work, study and chasing after tiny heathens isn’t fun? Are you questioning my life choices?” He opened his mouth to laugh at her joke but caught himself before he did. Shit. Maybe— Her laughter rang out again. “I’m sorry but the look on your face is priceless. You can’t play poker to save your soul, can you?” Grinning openly again,...
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Mar
2

#FitReaders Update: March 2, 2018

#FitReaders Update: March 2, 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 (February 19 – February 25, 2018): I arrived in Daytona, FL, on Wednesday, and attended the Coastal Magic book convention until Sunday. I did get in walks most mornings, or found a way to get in steps and exercise....
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Mar
1

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Tombyards & Butterflies by Orlando A. Sanchez

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Tombyards & Butterflies by Orlando A. Sanchez Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Reviews: Montague & Strong Case Files Tombyards & Butterflies Author:  Orlando A. Sanchez Narrator:  Kevin T. Collins Audio Listening Speed: 1.25x Series: Montague & Strong Case Files #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy/Detective Source: Tantor Audio Tombyards and Butterflies is a well-balanced mixture of humor and action/drama in this new urban fantasy detective drama, the Montague & Strong Case Files series.  I look forward to listening to the next adventure of Simon and Monty.  Please note that since I am listening to the story, names and other terms may not be the correct spelling as printed. The premise and the...
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Mar
1

#FitReaders Commit to be Fit: March 2018

#FitReaders Commit to be Fit: March 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. How to Participate: This year brings a few changes from our previous years. On the first day of each month, Felicia and I will post “Commit to be Fit” signups. You can use the comment section to add your name to the list and/or leave your month goals. Weekly check-in blog posts are optional, but we will be checking in each week in our Facebook Group – so be sure to...
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Feb
28

Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop Lake Silence Author: Anne Bishop Reviewer: B. Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: As a reader who mostly enjoyed the original five stories of The Others, I was both hopeful and concerned about the direction the author might take as the series continued. Having finished Lake Silence, I still feel somewhat conflicted, even though there was quite a lot of time spent establishing the new environment and characters that will make up this part of the same universe. The glimpses of the wild country that were given before were both distant and brief, and there were even fewer details about what life would actually be like in small human...
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Feb
27

Review: Dead Eye by Alyssa Day

Review: Dead Eye by Alyssa Day Dead Eye Author: Alyssa Day Reviewer: Jen Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Tess has lived in Dead End her whole life. Although the town is no stranger to the weird and unexplained, she’s a bit of an oddball; able to see a person’s death when coming into contact with another. She runs a pawn shop, which she is now partial owner, and genuinely loves her job. Jack, a tiger shifter, has been away for ten years, leading the human resistance against vampires and working side by side with the Atlanteans. He recently discovered his uncle (and only family member), Jeremiah, was murdered, and after being back in Dead...
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Feb
26

Review: Maybe This Time by Nicole McLaughlin

Review: Maybe This Time by Nicole McLaughlin Maybe This Time Author: Nicole McLaughlin Reviewer: Nima Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Teenagers, almost all of them, go to high school.  It’s unfortunate that Twilight has ruined high school as a setting for too many authors. I confess, when I was introduced to teenage Jen MacKenzie and TJ Laughlin and the two had a crush on each other, but each thought the other one hated them, and then had to work together on a school project…yeah, Twilight.  It’s not fair, but it’s there.  Maybe in another decade my mind won’t go there immediately.  To McLauglin’s credit, I forgot about Twilight as soon as she continued to develop...
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