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The Girl on the Train
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It's amazing how long the author manages to captivate the reader with the story of an out-of-work alcoholic who spends her time riding trains all day. Each "chapter" is written from a different character's point of view and eventually reveals the identity of a murderer. Due to her personal circumstances, the main character has difficulty sorting out blurry memories from reality, but eventually "comes to" by the end of the book. It is somewhat of a mind-twister, taking the reader down the winding rails of the track to show the perspectives of the characters involved. There is some violence described in the text, along with a few occurrences of bad language.


From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride (Billionaires of Black Castle, Bk 1) (Harlequin Desire, No 2337)
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From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride by Olivia Gates
The Billionaires of Black Castle Series Book One
Rafael Salazar and his âbrothersâ live for revenge. Their childhoods were stolen from them and as adults...they have taken control and are now the ones who will destroy lives. Rafael is getting close to his goal when he hits a problem. A beautiful female problem.

Eliana Ferrreira lost her mother when she was only three. Since then, her father wants to keep her close. Cocoon her in safety. But when she meets Rafael...all safety is gone. As well as her heart. Until the truth comes out.

After receiving the first four books in this series from the author at an RT convention in 2016, they sat on the to-be-read pile until I had time. Finally, I had time and after reading this first book...I'm ready to post my review and crack open book two. I've already ordered books five and six. I really enjoyed it!
**Sexual content
http://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com/2017/09/olivia-gates.html


Heart of the Steal (Volume 1)
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When I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. It started out in a rather off-putting way, and neither of the characters seemed all that appealing. I struggled a bit to get into the story. I'm really glad I stuck with it though, because it ended up being a nice sweet and steamy story, and the characters had more depth than I expected. Vaughn made me laugh quite a bit. I enjoyed watching both characters grow as they learned to depend on each other. I particularly liked the scenes when they found the kitten. I wanted more details at the end of the story though- I wasn't ready for it to end.


Knock Off  (Finley Anderson Tanner, Bk 1)
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A fashion-obsessed paralegal gets dragged into a murder investigation and along the way is attracted to a very sexy P.I. despite the presence of her perfect-but-slightly-boring boyfriend.

First of a series. Janet Eanovitch fans will enjoy this one.


Never Trust a Pirate (Playful Brides)
Never Trust a Pirate (Playful Brides)
Author: Valerie Bowman
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Some of the characters' behavior in this book is not very likely for the early 19th century, and neither is the plot. But this book was so much fun that I just didn't care! The two main characters are great personalities, and the minor characters are well done too. Another big plus: clear communications between the main characters, and no misunderstandings.
The hero and heroine have long, late night conversations, where they slowly reveal their secrets and get to know one another. The dialogue is some of the wittiest I've read in a long time.
Here are a couple of samples:
"If I didn't know any better, I'd wonder if you had been waiting up for me."
She laughed. "Don't flatter yourself, Mr. Cavendish."
He tipped his head to the side. "Half of my day would be in ruins if I stopped flattering myself."
And:
"Oh, no" she replied, scooting away from him. "You're not about to ply me with wine and try to kiss me."
"I'm not?" He blinked, for that was exactly what he'd been planning.
"No."
"Care to tell me why I'm not?" he asked, nonplussed. He was never nonplussed.
"Because that is far beneath your skill level."

Towards the end, there is a great plot twist that I did not see coming. To sum up, it's a lighthearted caper, with good writing. I'll be happy to read more of this series.


Forbidden (Books of Mortals, Bk 1)
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The concept of this book is solid. Its an interesting concept where emotion is null and void besides fear. Fear is the sole driving factor that chokes out all people in a post apocalyptic society and maintains Order. And that is all I have to say for the pros of the book.

Now the cons! The characters are super boring and kind of annoying. It wasn't till the end did I feel any connection to anybody, at which point I've already decided not to pursue the series any further (yeah, they have two more books after this... I also cant believe it). The flow of the book is choppy and takes place in almost the same five settings throughout, really nailing in the boredom. During my read I had one of two constant thoughts: 1) Is this god forsaken chapter almost done? Because I found more entertainment watching CSPAN 2) This character is a frecken idiot and there is almost no reason proposed by the thin character development why they act this way.

Overall, I had a curiosity about the book and still do about the series. But the thought of reading another 300 pages of just filler content before feeling anything, just kind of killed my drive to care anymore.


Dead Silence (Stillwater Trilogy, Bk 1)
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I just finished Dead Silence by Brenda Novak. It is not a new book but it was a very good read. It is about a woman who has been emotionally damaged and is trying to live a normal life. But there is a family secret that is causing great distress. I can't wait to read the next volume in this trilogy.


Sisters
Sisters
Author: Lily Tuck
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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The "sisters" in Sisters by Lily Tuck are two women who are at different times married to the same man. This is a book of wife number 2's obsession. The story is a stream of consciousness tell-all that sounds like it comes from a therapist's couch. The book is memorable for its unlikable main character, its short length, and its unusual approach. Unfortunately, certain turns of this obsession ultimately make this not the book for me.

Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/09/sisters.html

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A Treasury of Curious George
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Appears that all were written long after H.A. Rey and Margret Rey died in 1977, if that matters. I've found the later ones just don't have the zing of the early ones.


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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A great read! Couldn't put it down. Learned a lot about the culture. Extremely interesting.


I Fought at Dunkirk
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I picked this book up in England and thought it was excellent, depicting a part of WWII I was unfamiliar with. Very readable, well-paced, I read it straight through.


Downbelow Station (Company Wars, Bk 1)
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What a delight to find this older science fiction book that is a classic that I'd never read. I thought I'd read most of the really great science fiction authors. Down Below Station creates unique worlds with complex personalities, challenges, and technologies; yet, it adheres to the best in human narratives and story-telling. While the book is chock full of characters, it's still possible to understand what drives each one and be surprised as layers unfold. The plot would make an outstanding film. I'd love to see the special effects in this saga of interplanetary worlds, stations, merchant ships, and beneficent creatures.


Wind Chime Point (Ocean Breeze, Bk 2)
Wind Chime Point (Ocean Breeze, Bk 2)
Author: Sherryl Woods
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I loved this book just as much as I loved the first one in the series, Sand Castle Bay. Here we have Gabi, the driven one in the family, who is facing the total upending of her life. Instead of looking at a possible vice-presidency in her company and a successful relationship with her boyfriend, she is pregnant, her boyfriend has rejected her and the baby, and her conservative company doesn't want anything to do with an unwed mother. Uncertain of what to do, Gabi goes home to Sand Castle Bay and the loving support of her grandmother and sisters.

One of the first people she sees is Wade, the carpenter who had helped with storm repairs in the previous book. There had been some sparks between them that Gabi ignored because she was content with her life. Wade didn't push because he could see that she wasn't interested. But Wade is completely smitten by Gabi and had spent a lot of time just watching her and paying attention. Now he sees his chance and quickly talks her into dinner and a movie as friends - at least for now.

I loved the development of their relationship. Wade is incredibly patient, apparently content to be Gabi's friend for as long as it takes for her to return his feelings. He is an awesome friend, willing to listen without judging, helping her move through her doubts and uncertainty. While he makes it clear that he is her friend, he also lets her know that friendship isn't the only thing on his mind. I loved seeing how well he understood her and offered support without trying to tell her what she should do. Gabi is wary of Wade at the beginning. She has enough on her plate without trying to add a new relationship into the mix. I loved seeing how quickly she became comfortable with him, willing to share thoughts and fears that she doesn't tell anyone else. She isn't quite sure what to do about the attraction between them. She's not sure that she trusts her own feelings, with everything that is going on with her. And she also isn't sure if she can trust that what he feels is real and not just his need to care for the people around him. I enjoyed the slow buildup of her feelings until she finally realized the truth. Her "ah-ha" moment was pretty funny. The ending was sweet and romantic.

I also enjoyed the other assorted relationships. We get more of Emily and Boone as they plan their wedding. The relationships among the three sisters aren't perfect, as each has their own quirks and foibles that sometimes create stress. But the love and support for each other are unmistakable. I also liked the growing relationship between the sisters and their father. He had been distant and hard to please for most of their lives and is now making an effort to be more involved. I loved the scene between him and Wade at the end. I also loved Cora Jane, the girls' meddling grandmother. She is determined to see them all happily married and interferes any way she sees fit. I enjoyed the growing relationship between her and Jerry and laughed at his attempts to keep her from going too far. Wade's relationship with his sister was great. She is older and protective of Wade, which caused a little strain between them when she was less than supportive about his relationship with Gabi. I loved his relationship with his nieces and nephews, which showed his dad-like potential.


even now
even now
Author: karen kingsbury
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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Thouroughly enjoyed this small series by Ms. Kingsbury. I always feel uplifted and full of encouragement and hope after reading her books.


Thunder Over Kandahar (Audio Book Unabridged Ex Lib)
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This book is well-written and well-read (audio version). Informative, educational, insightful, entertaining, and compelling. As a reader of up to ten books a month, I rarely find one that I want to reread and almost never find one I need to keep. Thunder of Kandahar is one of those.

The narrator is 14-year-old Afghani, reared in England, whose well-educated parents returned to Afghanistan to help their society in its troubled culture. Yasmine's perspective allows the Western reader to gain understanding, despite bafflement, of the Afghani people, customs, and dealings with the Taliban.

The reader walks through the streets, classrooms, villages, and jungles with Jasmine and her best friend Tamanna, experiences the tradition of arranged marriages, the confinement of women in head-to-toe clothing, how young boys are taught to treat women and how the Taliban indoctrinates its youngest recruits.


Plugged
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Loved this book! Fast-paced, action-packed and very funny! Really must enjoy in audio as the various accents are delightful. Highly recommend.


Night School (Jack Reacher, Bk 21)
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fast read


Come Sundown
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When the most original characters are the horse and the kidnap victim - in a Nora Roberts novel - then you know they've started on the bottom third of her barrel. NR pounded out too many books out for her publisher to print every year, so there's a backlog somewhere.

One star is for the writing and the plot - at least you can tell it's actually NR writing the words.

One star for Alice's narrative - which is real enough to deserve her own short story or novella.

One and a half for Sundown, because he's a major personality who made the story funnier and provided some of the plot points.

Yes. I enjoyed it. But I was happy to return the library book.

Kuzu


Everything I Ever Wanted (Compass Club, Bk 2)
Everything I Ever Wanted (Compass Club, Bk 2)
Author: Jo Goodman
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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This is a very long read. By the time I read the last page I had lost all sense of the H/H. The supporting characters seemed to dominate the story. The story is complicated with a lot of twists and turns. If you think you have the whole story as you read, you find out in the end you never did. I found myself skip reading the background parts that I had read in the first book. Some of the story could have been deleted to make it a more enjoyable read. Recommend


Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane #11)
Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane #11)
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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One of the best of this series. While you can definitely read the books in this series as standalones (though why would you want to?), you really need to read this one before reading the final book in the series, DUKE OF DESIRE, which is due out 10/17/17. I have read and enjoyed each and every one of the books in this series but this may be my favorite. Hoyt again gives us Historical Romance at it's best with some mystery and humor mixed in to up the enjoyment. If you haven't started this series (I so envy you being able to binge it) or aren't caught up, get to work cause it's almost over and you won't want to miss the awesome ending book coming out in less than a month.


Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane)
Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane)
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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I've read and loved every book in this series! I did not realize until almost the end that this was the last book. I can't believe it's over! This series has been an auto buy for me and is going to leave a hole in my "series I read as soon as they come out" list.
There are going to be those who don't like this book because it is definitely darker and grittier than any of the others and it goes a bit more into detail of The Lords of Chaos's (childhood sexual abuse) history. You need this to get a complete understanding of what the other characters have been fighting for over the course of this series.
I did feel though that Iris wasn't as fleshed out as I would have liked. There wasn't as much romance in this book as in the previous ones. And I so loved the romances in this series. I also would have liked to have touched base more with the earlier couples from the series. That said, the book comes to a most satisfying ending and allows you a glimpse at Raphael's and Iris's future. All in all despite the darker storyline, I feel this book achieved a great series' ending!


Model, Volume 1
Model, Volume 1
Author: Lee So-Young
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Book Type: Paperback
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The art is very nice. This volume was more of a set up (as is with most first volumes) so I can't wait to see where the story goes.


Songs of Willow Frost
Songs of Willow Frost
Author: Jamie Ford
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Has lots of references to Seattle geography of the 20s and 30s, I liked that. The plot didn't ring true to me. I guess I can't handle plots with "nuance and emotion."


Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega, Bk 4)
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I will say his old love Maggie will try to throw her weight around to intimate Anna but Anna will be the bigger person. We get to meet one and only Charles best friend Joseph, son of the Salt River Pack Alpha, human. You'll see a different side of Charlies and later in the book Charles will have a few touching moments and one breaking.
A certain high fae is back to his old Doll Collecting game with human children, felth, changlings and a straight Nguyen of many tragedies. Anna and Charles is looking for a horse for her and her mate wanted to get her and Arabian from his best friend for her 26th birthday. Now a mystery with a side of magic and horse shopping.


The Same Sky: A Novel
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Very bleak throughout . . . until the last two chapters. And then I cried because there was hope for both Carla and Alice. Written in alternating chapters of Carla and Alice's story. Alice - an early 40s woman who owns a barbecue restaurant in Austin with her husband but is infertile. They desperately want a baby and otherwise they seem to have it all - successful business, deep love for each other. But they are unhappy and lost. Carla - from Honduras, her mother left for America when she was 5, her grandmother died when she was 12. She tells the story of how she escaped to America to find her mother. This is difficult reading - extreme poverty, drugs and crime, rape. At the end of the book she finally makes it. You could see in the book how Alice would end up happy but I kept reading thinking there was no hope for Carla even after she made it to America. Then the last chapter when I saw her way out I cried because there was a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel.

This is also the story of relationships between mothers and daughters. Alice's mom died when she was a teenager and she misses her, Her sister is a mom of 3 boys but has a miscarriage, Alice wants to be a mom, Carla misses her mom, Alice is a mentor to a girl from a rough part of town whose mom kicks her out but then lovingly takes her back in. Throughout the book there are mother/daughter relationships and near the end Carla says a few lines about those relationships which were very meaningful and about the tender love, time, and opportunity that should exist between a mother and daughter.

4 stars instead of 5 only because it meandered a bit in the middle and was so bleak in parts.


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