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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."

"Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened."

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

What fun!  Seriously.  This is adorable.

5/5

128 pages

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Memoirs of a Dragon Hunter by Katie MacAlister

I love Katie MacAlister's world building and have been reading her dragon series for years. This one didn't strike my fancy as well as the rest of her books, but it was still a good time and kept me invested until the end.

Rating: 3/5

Pages: 352

Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets: An Audible Original

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you'll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. 

Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we're told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the 'forbidden' festering beneath Victorian society? 

Across 12 episodes, Stephen presents a series of true accounts of the dangerous low life and debauched high life of Victorian Britain.

I LOVE me some Stephen Fry.  Oh, yes I do. :)

This audiobook 'read' more like a podcast.  The lovely Mr. Fry narrates twelve info/stories that are anchored by experts and sprinkled with actors.  I definitely enjoyed it, and I learned some new things about Victorian England.

4/5

7 hrs & 33 mins - This is not available in print form, so I'm not sure how to grant myself pages.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The King's Deception (Cotton Malone, Book 8) by Steve Berry

Cotton Malone and his fifteen-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown—an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

At its heart is the Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, who is set to be released by Scottish authorities for “humanitarian reasons.” An outraged American government objects, but nothing can persuade the British to intervene.

Except, perhaps, Operation King’s Deception.

Run by the CIA, the operation aims to solve a centuries-old mystery, one that could rock Great Britain to its royal foundations.

Blake Antrim, the CIA operative in charge of King’s Deception, is hunting for the spark that could rekindle a most dangerous fire, the one thing that every Irish national has sought for generations: a legal reason why the English must leave Northern Ireland. The answer is a long-buried secret that calls into question the legitimacy of the entire forty-five-year reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land. But Antrim also has a more personal agenda, a twisted game of revenge in which Gary is a pawn. With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone is caught in a lethal bind. To save Gary he must play one treacherous player against another—and only by uncovering the incredible truth can he hope to prevent the shattering consequences of the King’s Deception.

Historical/government conspiracy novels are my guilty pleasure, and I have extremely positive memories of the early Cotton Malone books.  They are well-written, suspenseful, and have just enough historical information thrown in to give context.  But - I never finished the series.  I stopped in the middle, years ago, with this book.  So, I thought I'd give it another go and thus could move on in the series again.  

This is not good.  There are SO MANY opportunities for it to be amazing.  But no dice.  It feels forced, the historical elements are overdone and throw you out of the story rather than enhance it.  I found the characters flat, the suspense weak, and worst of all, the plot completely unengaging.  I just didn't really care what happened.  

So - please pick up some of Steve Berry's early works featuring Cotton Malone.  The Alexandria Link is great, as is The Venetian Betrayal.  When you hit this one - read the summary.  I'll be moving along with book 9, and hopefully he can pull it back together.  I rooting for you Steve!

2/5

640 pages

Friday, December 7, 2018

Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan #1)

 Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan #1)
by Laura Lippman
Pages: 336
Rating: 3 out of 5

Tess is a former reporter (the newspaper closed) who knows every inch of her town. A city where someone is murdered almost every day. When attorney Michael Abramowitz's  is murdered his death should have been just another statistic, but the slain lawyer's notoriety makes the case front-page news in every local paper. Tess's friend, Rock is now the prime suspect and Tess has to do some unorthodox snooping to clear his name. This is a solid first book in a series. As with most first books, the author has to introduce her to her main character and the setting. Having read a couple of the later novels in the series I know that the action and writing style-pick up in future works. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Books, Books and More Books!!!

Forbidden Puck: A Hockey RomanceForbidden Puck: A Hockey Romance by June Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a best friend's sibling story, and I don't know there is just  something about them that draws me in.   228 Pages

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Ice Daddy: A Secret Baby Hockey RomanceIce Daddy: A Secret Baby Hockey Romance by June Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Swoon!!! Lance!!! He was such a amazing guy!!!  209 Pages

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Running into Love (Fluke My Life, #1)Running into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have not really come across books from this author that I have not got sucked into the series needing to read all of them.   244 Pages

Book 2: Stumbling Into Love  200 Pages
Book 3: Tossed Into Love  208 Pages

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Moonshade (Vampire Conclave #1)Moonshade by S.J. West
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was really hoping that I would like this more, and I think that if I didn't read so much of the same type of books I could have really liked this, but it was just missing something for me.   305 Pages

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Rush Too Far (Rosemary Beach, #4; Too Far, #4)Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted a little more out of his point of view. This book didn't offer much more than you could have already figured out from her point of view. So this book didn't offer anything new that you already don't know from the first 3 books in this series.   242 Pages

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Twisted Perfection (Rosemary Beach, #5; Perfection, #1)Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aw, Woods is such a sweet guy. I’m curious to see what happens next with them...  290 Pages

Book 6: Simple Perfection   256 Pages
I was happy with the way that their story ended, but I am finding that I am losing interest in the other couples that are remaining in the next books.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Tuesday Club Murders (Miss Marple)

 Tuesday Club Murders (Miss Marple)
by Agatha Christie
Pages: 256
Rating: 5 out of 5

Collection of short stories featuring Miss Marple and a group of friends that meet on Tuesday evenings to discuss murder cases. The person sharing the story has to know the final outcome and the others compete to see who can get the closest to solving the murder. Fun, quick read. As always the calm, serene Miss Marple shows up her younger, more-learned friends with her observations of human behavior and motivations.

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner

James Renner has a history of losing himself in seemingly unsolvable crime cases, beginning with the disappearance of Amy Mihaljevic when he was 11-years-old. The case would leave a lasting impact on him and he would grow up to become an investigative journalist. After losing his job, Renner would become totally consumed by the case of Maura Murray, a missing 21-year-old nursing student at UMass. How did she manage to vanish without a trace after wrecking her car on Wild Ammonoosuc Road? Why did her family and friends seem to want the case to receive as little attention as possible? In Murray's case, there are more questions than answers, and the few answers given only lead to more questions.

280 pages.

November Books

Never Kiss a Stranger (Never #1)Never Kiss a Stranger by Winter Renshaw
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I felt like this book was okay, but was missing something. 274 Pages

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Caught Up in Us (Caught Up in Love, #1)Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just another typical romance book. 240 Pages

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  Overruled (The Legal Briefs, #1)Overruled by Emma Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series was really good. I think that as it moved forward, it got better and better.

Book 1: Overruled  272 Pages
Book 2: Sustained  288 Pages
Book 3: Appealed  288 Pages
Book 3.5: Sidebarred  101 Pages

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Checkmate: This is War (Travis & Viola, #1) (Checkmate Duet, #1)Checkmate: This is War (Travis & Viola, #1) by Kennedy Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this series, and enjoyed that each couple got two books. Book 1 and 2 were about Travis & Viola, Book 2 & 3 were about Drew & Courtney, Book 3 & 4 were about, and Book 5 & 6 were about Logan & Kayla.

Book 1: Checkmate: This is War  414 Pages
Book 2: Checkmate: This is Love  433 Pages
Book 3: Checkmate: This is Reckless  404 Pages
Book 4: Checkmate: This is Effortless  402 Pages
Book 5: Checkmate: This is Dangerous  232 Pages
Book 6: Checkmate: This is Beautiful  233 Pages

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Bryce (Scandalous Boys #1)Bryce by Natalie Decker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bryce is your normal bad boy but behind that he is really a nice sweet guy. I really didn't like Sarah and the way she walked in and took over Madison's life like that. How she was able to turn her family and friends against her so fast. Madison is a very strong person for all the crap that she puts up with from her family and friends. My only wish would have been to know more about them before Sarah coming, that would have gave a better idea of what it was like compared to what it turns into.  328 Pages

View all my reviews Graham (Scandalous Boys #2)Graham by Natalie Decker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t excited about reading Sarah’s story at first, since I didn’t like her in “Bryce”. But the author did a good job turning her around and making it so I enjoyed this book. I have it five stars because I really didn’t think I would like her story at all, but once I got going I could not stop. I also love when authors bring the first couple back and provide details of what is going on with them.  199 Pages

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Kyle (Scandalous Boys #3)Kyle by Natalie Decker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kyle came off as a nice guy the whole book. I was worried because he isn’t talked about in the manner in the other books, besides that him and his sister are close. I’m not believing that Emily wouldn’t even tell her best friend about what happened in college especially if she feels like he is falling her.  169 Pages

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Dirty English (English, #1)Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A tattooed British street fighter! Yes please... I really enjoyed the story line, it's hard to deal with sad story lines, but I think this author did a great job of dealing with it. I don't really get why Elizabeth turns to one night stands to deal with her past, but it works for this book.  272 Pages

Book 2: Filthy English  I loved his brother's side of the series.  312 Pages

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TyedTyed by L.J. Shen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish that we could have had Ty point of view for this book, that would have helped give a better understanding of what he was thinking. This wasn't my favorite book, but it was still pretty good. About half way through I wasn't for sure that I would finish, but I decided to keep going.  222 Pages

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Dirty HeadlinesDirty Headlines by L.J. Shen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved it!  328 Pages

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Midnight BlueMidnight Blue by L.J. Shen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was stuck between 3 and 4 with this book. It was kind of hard to deal with what an A** Alex is for over half the book. He was just hard to deal with, he was over the top with the way that he acts. I was shocked to see how much set up was in this book, it was a shocker. This is one book were I would have been happier if it ended differently.  338 Pages

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Sweet Addiction (Sweet Addiction, #1)Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the added humor in this book!! It starts out with a bang!! She meets a Dylan at her ex-boyfriend's wedding and they end up spending more time with Dylan and you can tell that they both began to fall for each other fast.  289 Pages

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Sweet Possession (Sweet Addiction, #2)Sweet Possession by J. Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes! I was really happy with the ending of their amazing story! But again I would have like to know it from his POV as well.  257 Pages

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Vicious (Sinners of Saint, #1)Vicious by L.J. Shen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series was dark, additive, and very HOT! I dropped stars because Vicious can be very mean and hard to imagine that anyone would want to put up with that stuff.

Book 1: Vicious  338 Pages
Book 0.5: Defy  165 Pages
Book 2: Ruckus  498 Pages
Book 3: Scandalous  315 Pages


View all my reviews The Real DealThe Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a funny cute story!   368 Pages

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At Any Price (Gaming the System, #1)At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At some point this book was super cute and sweet. But there are lot of the story that I didn't like.   391 Pages

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Trying Not to Love You (Love, #1)Trying Not to Love You by Megan Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this series, and think that it got better and better as the books moved forward.

Love Series
Book 1: Trying Not to Love You  291 Pages
Book 2: Easy to Love You  270 Pages
Book 3: Hard to Love You  246 Pages
Book 4: Let Me Love You  250 Pages
Book 5: Made to Love You  218 Pages
Book 6: Need to Love You  219 Pages

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Craving (Steel Brothers Saga, #1)Craving by Helen Hardt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book!! I think I dropped the star because you have two more books to finish out their story.   288 Pages

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If I Only KnewIf I Only Knew by Corinne Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was sad and happy at the same time.  316 Pages

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Too LateToo Late by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was confused when the Epilogue started so soon, it was just a different way of writing a book. Over all though I really enjoyed this book, at times it was very hard to read because of the type of story it was. Asa is totally messed up!  395 Pages

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  Say You'll StaySay You'll Stay by Corinne Michaels

This was a great second chance romance.   310 Pages


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Crew (Crew #1)Crew by Tijan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Tijan, one of my favorite authors. I only gave this 3 stars because I just felt like a lot of this story was missing.  500 Pages

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Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series starting out with my being very addicted to the hot mess of them, however has the series moved forward I began to lose interest so I stopped.

Book 1: Addicted to You  324 Pages
Book 1.5: Ricochet   260 Pages
Book 2: Addicted for Now  488 Pages
Book 2.1: Kiss the Sky  442 Pages
Book 2.2: Hothouse Flower  479 Pages

View all my reviews Beautiful Broken Rules (Broken #1)Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really didn't enjoy much of this book.   275 Pages

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Seducing SimonSeducing Simon by Maya Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had to reread this book, I loved it just as much the second time.  211 Pages

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Hotter Than Ever (Out of Uniform, #9)Hotter Than Ever by Elle Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't know about this book when Becky said it was good... but WOW it was really good!!  348 Pages

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Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys, #1)Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like this series, the first two books had humor which made them better than the last two. So I gave the first two more higher stars while the last two didn't pull me in.

Book 1: Wrong Number, Right Guy  351 Pages
Book 2: Wrong Place, Right Time  330 Pages
Book 3: Wrong Question, Right Answer  335 Pages

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Gentleman NineGentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

This was a great twist to friends to lovers romance book.  252 Pages


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Say I'm YoursSay I'm Yours by Corinne Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knocked down a star because I just felt like Trenton wasn't a good guy, never did he prove that he was a nice guy that deserved her. He would only go a few months before he would start the same drama over again. I was kind of hoping that she would have ended up with the other guy, because he seemed to be super sweet and understanding. But I guess that heart want's what it wants.

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Show Me the Way (Fight for Me, #1)Show Me the Way by A.L. Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Single Hot Dad... no need to say anything else.   356 Pages

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The PlayerThe Player by Claire Contreras
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved how he had to work to get her attention.  320 Pages

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Torn (All Torn Up, #1)Torn by Carian Cole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the story, but there is a huge part of this story that I just could not look past.   422 Pages

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Fired (Worked Up, #1)Fired by Cora Brent
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was just like any other romance book, nothing really that makes it stand out.  318 Pages

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Hate NotesHate Notes by Vi Keeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

He tries to be a bad guy, but she really knows that their is much more to him. His grandmother is super funny and great addition to this stories.  301 Pages

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A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars, #1)A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book, but it was so much like another romance book that I had read. 383 Pages

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Corrupt (Devil's Night, #1)Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!! This book, kept me biting my nails and wondering what was going on from the first page until the last.  460 Pages

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Fraternize (Players Game, #1)Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, I love both of the guys! I really didn't know who I wanted her to end up with at first...but I can say that I am happy with the way that it all turned out. I think that she ended up with the correct person.  320 Pages

Book 2: Infraction  278 Pages

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