Sunday, September 29, 2013

Review: Temptation

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:52 PM 0 comments

Temptation
Temptation by Sherryl Woods

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I enjoyed the development of Callie's mother throughout the story as much as I did the rest of the story. A quick, fun read.



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Review: Nothing To Lose

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:50 PM 0 comments

Nothing To Lose
Nothing To Lose by Jill Shalvis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A quick, easy read with fun characters. Although I admit to wanting to smack Jade upside the head a time or two.



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Review: Ruthless Corcoran Team, #2)

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:45 PM 0 comments

Ruthless Corcoran Team, #2)
Ruthless Corcoran Team, #2) by HelenKay Dimon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Enjoying the Corcoran Team series. Characters Pax and Kelsey make the story. Some of the story stretches the boundaries of what is believable...but it is fiction. And an enjoyable read.



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Review: Lethal Pursuit

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:40 PM 0 comments

Lethal Pursuit
Lethal Pursuit by Kaylea Cross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Definitely enjoying this series. Maya is one of my favorite characters and she really shines in this storyline.



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Review: Sharpshooter

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:35 PM 0 comments

Sharpshooter
Sharpshooter by Cynthia Eden

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Interesting romantic suspense. Enjoyed the storyline. Good characters.



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Review: Always On My Mind

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:32 PM 0 comments

Always On My Mind
Always On My Mind by Jill Shalvis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Looking forward to more stories about the people of Lucky Harbor.

Some of my favorite lines:
"I just want to get to my bucket list while I can still zip-line in Costa Rica and eat the spicy food in Thailand. And I want to be fit enough to walk through Scotland."

“My mom told me that I should trust the man who could see the sorrow behind my smile, the love behind my anger, and the reasons behind my silence.”



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Review: How to Tame a Wild Fireman

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:27 PM 0 comments

How to Tame a Wild Fireman
How to Tame a Wild Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I really enjoy this series. Lara is the doctor everyone wants to have...caring and willing to take on whatever her patients need. This story line was particularly relevant in my personal life because we are dealing with the same issues that the Callahan's are facing with Big Dog.

Favorite line of the book: "You’re a sandwich short of a picnic, mate."



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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review: The Hero

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:26 AM 0 comments

The Hero
The Hero by Robyn Carr

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



One of the things that I enjoy about Carr's books is that they include contemporary topics. The Hero touches on cults, homelessness, unemployment, and community. [Spencer] "wanted to be a part of a community that behaved with compulsive kindness.? Both Devon and Spencer find that in Thunder Point.

There isn't a truer description of the current economic conditions:
"The high rate of business closures and escalating unemployment rate made it tough for anyone to find work. Many of the jobless were well educated and hardworking, just like herself."




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Review: Blue By You

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:17 AM 0 comments

Blue By You
Blue By You by Rachel Gibson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



An enjoyable quick summer read.

Read this story while vacationing with friends. Funny that one of those friends picked up the nickname "Boo" on the trip.
Boo. She wondered if Sudie knew that the old Cajun endearment had been taken over by Usher and the Kardashians and just about every teenager in the contiguous U.S.? Maybe Alaska and Hawaii, too.




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Review: Serving Pride

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:13 AM 0 comments

Serving Pride
Serving Pride by Jill Sanders

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I was thoroughly enjoying the story...but it comes to an abrupt end. Why does Roy show up when he does out of the blue. Was he responsible for Robert's apartment? If not, who would have done it?

I enjoy Sanders stories but this ending feels incomplete.



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Review: The Sweetheart Bargain

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:08 AM 0 comments

The Sweetheart Bargain
The Sweetheart Bargain by Shirley Jump

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



An enjoyable new series from Shirley Jump. The meddling Sweetheart Sisters, grannies who aren't opposed a little bourbon with breakfast, are more than willing to provide advice with a nudge.

Some of my favorite bits of advice:
"when life hands you lemons, you make limoncello"

"Favors done for the neighbor fine—” “Are best accompanied by a bottle of wine."






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Review: The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:58 AM 0 comments

The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I stopped reading most paranormal romance except for a few series. Love at Stake is still one of the paranormal series that I love to read.



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Review: Deathwatch

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:51 AM 0 comments

Deathwatch
Deathwatch by Dana Marton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A lot seems to happen in little Broslin Creek. Marton's characters are have depth and that keeps me coming back for more.



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Review: Burned

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:43 AM 0 comments

Burned
Burned by Kaylea Cross

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



The series is a continuing story of the fight against a terrorist targeting the US and, specifically, the men of Titanium Security. While the characters continue there is no need to read the series in order.





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Review: Flirting with Texas

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:36 AM 0 comments

Flirting with Texas
Flirting with Texas by Katie Lane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I keep forgetting how much I enjoy this series. A town full of characters; especially Minnie, my favorite "hen," who is a fountain of experience that she is more than willing to share.

"Life isn’t hell; it’s a journey. A wonderful, breathtaking journey. Yes, there will be bumps along the way. And more than a few times, you’ll find yourself down in a ditch that looks so deep you think you’ll never get out. Some folks like to stay in the ditch. They like to moan and groan about how hard life is and blame all their troubles on other people. Little do they know that in the time they spent complainin’ they could have been out of the ditch and standing on top of the mountain.”

“All of us have made mistakes in our lives. All of us have been so angry at what life dealt us that we do things we regret. But that’s the wonderful thing about livin’—a mistake you make one second will be in the past the next.”


Looking forward to what comes next for the folks of Bramble Texas.



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Review: 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

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1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off
1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd

My rating: 0 of 5 stars



I heard an interview with the Author John Lloyd on NPR Saturday edition. During the interview, Author Lloyd "suggests that if this book were taught in schools, students would learn faster and remember more because it reduces real knowledge to its most interesting elements."

For example, from the first page of the book:
Asteroid 1,227 is called Geranium.
The ozone layer smells faintly of geraniums.
The center of the galaxy tastes like raspberries.
The universe is shaped like a vuvuzela.

Lloyd explains "Now these, left bald, they are astonishing and almost incredible. But they're all sourced," says Lloyd. "We can talk about why the center of the galaxy tastes like raspberries and how they know that. And that would be an amazing way of learning about raspberries, galaxies [and] physics."


Learning is the best way to keep the mind active and engaged. My goal for this book is to take each fact and learn from it. Why is Astroid 1,227 called Geranium? When was it found and named? Who found the astroid? Where is the asteroid?

Even if you don't purchase the book, download the Kindle sample and read the introduction. There are great tips on learning.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: The Maverick & the Manhattanite

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:46 PM 0 comments

The Maverick & the Manhattanite
The Maverick & the Manhattanite by Leanne Banks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



More Montana mavericks. Quick easy read with characters from the other Maverick series. One of the things I like about this series is that the books are written by different authors. So while there is continuity of characters and setting, the tone of the books is each authors.



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