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On the Edge: My Story
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I was a fan of the BBC show Top Gear in which Richard Hammond is a presenter. I'm not into cars, but the chemistry between he and the other presenters, Jeremy Clarkson and James May, was so special it was like watching three kids with a toy. I said "was" because the three now have a new unnamed show on Amazon Prime. I had heard mentions of Richard's accident, and saw it on YouTube. Horrific. Both Richard and his wife, Mindy, are respected journalists. It isn't often you get the victim and the carer's experience with a head injury. Reading about the events from different points of view, makes you realize that head injuries are an injury while unseen from the outside, are taken for granted if the person recovers that they are "well" and if not a vegetable. An excellent book for a wide ranging audience.


The Alpine Advocate (Emma Lord, Bk 1) (Large Print)
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Have read most of the Alpine books and have enjoyed them all.


The Tricky Part : One Boy's Fall from Trespass into Grace
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An absolutely excellent and sensitive book. I am going to keep this one.


The Art of Racing in the Rain
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Very fun read , now I love my golden even more !


The Bourbon Kings (Bourbon Kings, Bk 1)
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Here it is, one of two big releases in July and a much-touted hardcover by JR Ward, the author who made a name for herself with the angsty vamps of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The Bourbon Kings is a classic "sweeping family epic" replete with stereotypical characters and tired plot elements:

Daddy Dearest (who married the family with the fortune) - Abusive, controlling, hateful, liar, cheat, embezzler, and all around utterly despicable man. (He probably had bad breath too.)

Absent Mother - Weak, insipid, lame, and a nonentity. Rather than crawling into a bottle of the family's bourbon she climbed into doctor's drugs and lives - if you can call it that - in her bedroom.

Eldest Son - Heir to the business and respected by the board, he was quickly moving into position to take over the family business. Physically broken by a South American kidnapping (likely engineered by said Despicable Daddy Dearest) who turns alcoholic horse-breeder.

Youngest Prodigal Son - Our 'brooding reluctant hero'. Screws clinging deb, leaves deb, falls for head gardener, declares love for gardener, learns deb is preggers, marries deb, leaves for NYC and the sofa of an old college chum where he crashes for 2 years trying to drink himself to death while torturing self for his mistakes. Oddly, he seems incapable of calling a divorce attorney, so stupid comes in here too, though I think we're supposed to see tortured hero. hummmm .......... Apparently 'stupid' has a new definition.

Vacuous Deb - Gets knocked up deliberately to coerce youngest to marry her. Stays at family mansion when new hubby deserts her for a couch in NYC. Gets abortion to keep her figure. Is screwing Daddy Dearest and ........ well, some history just repeats itself.

Middle Son - WHO?????

Slutty Sister - Vain, vapid and manipulative and does phone sex while hairdresser works on her, so throw in tacky. (Or just throw up. Your choice.) Complete with out of wedlock child at 17 and now a parasite on the family fortune. Sold to a yucky toad son of liquor distributor by Despicable Daddy Dearest for an advantageous contract. Realizes family is broke - runs to toad. Underwear optional.

Daughter of Arch Competitor - In love with broken eldest son and holds mortgage on their family estate. Juliet to his unwilling, alcoholic, self-loathing Romeo. These people all need shrinks.

Loyal Head Cook - and the 'real' mother to the boys. Her being taken to the hospital means the Prodigal returns to the bosom of his family.

Head Gardener - Blond, hard-working, honest, loyal, and a glutton for punishment for hanging around this estate despite a masters in horticulture. Leaps to conclusions. Maybe she should have applied to Longwood Gardens and skipped the whole nightmare of 'forbidden love'.

Assorted hangers on, supporting players, fast cars, family jet.

Missing - Shoulder pads, big, hair, catchy, dramatic theme song while panning opening film of dynastic estate, and JR Ewing - who would have at least made things interesting. (Just a moment, I'm having an '80's flashback to Loverboy doing Everybody's Working for the Weekend and need to regain my sanity.) Great, now I have an earworm. OK, so let's assume you miss the original Dallas, Falcon Crest, and Dynasty, (and I'll ignore your obvious need for therapy), well rejoice!!!! You have found your book! Shallow, predictable, boring, trite, tedious, boring, ...... wait I said that, hang on ...... insipid, dull, humdrum, and .............. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

The Bourbon Kings is a melodramatic, overwrought, snoozefest and gets a resounding D (2*) and a suggestion that you SAVE YOURSELF! Go buy something else, I beg you! I swear I could feel brain cells dying by page 60. Purchased from BAM and I should have just burned the money. I could have toasted some marshmallows in the flames.


The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus, Bk 1)
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This is the first book in the Peter Decler/Rina Lazarus series and I found it very interesting. In was a great introduction to the Orthodox Jewish lifestyles. The author is very good in grasping the reader's attention and keeping one involved with the storyline. Each chapter flows into the next. The characters felt real, the plot was believable and it was written in such a way that it made it difficult to put down. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway, Bk 2)
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I enjoyed this 2nd book in Ruth Galloway Series. Elly Griffiths has crafted an engaging mystery that keeps the reader in suspense to the very end. It is an entertaining blend of romance, mythology, mystery, and psychological suspense which keeps the pages turning. There is a delightful humor to her writing that particularly appeals to me. The only disappointment was a somewhat rambling plot with too much going on. Of most interest to me is the relationship between Ruth and Harry Nelson which has a complicated start. All in all, the series is enjoyable and I look forward to the installment.


Wicked Desires
Wicked Desires
Author: Eliza LLoyd
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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CAUTION: EROTICA. If that is not to your taste, please do not request this book.


Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel
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This book can't figure out if it wants to be chick lit, Jodi Picoult, or a mystery/thriller, and as a result, does very poorly. The main character is shallow and unsympathetic, as are her parents. Skip it. Don't waste your time.


Primal Heat
Primal Heat
Author: Susan Sizemore
Book Type: Paperback
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When I began this book I didn't realize it was a series, so when I began the book I was a little lost on the beginning. After I read through a few chapters I didn't feel like I missed much. I guess each book is a stand-alone, with a few references to characters in previous and future books.

After just the first chapter this book reminded me of the books written by Lynsay Sands, the "Argeneau" series. Both books are about Vampires who are not evil, but who have occasional rogues that murder humans and must be tracked down and killed. They both have hunters who track down the rogue and vampire hunters who want to kill them all.

Primal Heat is the fifth book in the series. This book is a story about a young woman, Phillipa, who feels she has lost control of her life. She use to be a cop, but is now afflicted with diabetes and is insulin depended, which has effectively ended her career. She feels drawn towards Bridger a man she meet a few years ago and who she still craves. Bridger hunts rogues and knows Phillipa is his mate, but refuses to claim her. He's afraid of placing her in harms way after the previous hunter lost his mate to a vengeful vampire.

This book contains some exhilarating moments when vampires, hunters and vampire hunters have their fight scenes. Some very close calls make the reading fun and hard to put down mid chapter. The hot and heavy moments were great but the story line was what made me not want to put the book down.

I love finding books with action, love, some violence and a plot that makes you not want to stop reading. I'll definitely be looking for more of Susan Sizemore's books.


Scepters (Corean Chronicles, Book 3)
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This is a great fantasy series. If you enjoy stories of individuals discovering their special talents and using them for the good of everyone. The Corean Chronicles are for you. Once again Modestitt has created a great fantasy world. This is book 3. Be sure to start with the 1st one, Legacies


Primal Heat (Primes, Bk 5)
Primal Heat (Primes, Bk 5)
Author: Susan Sizemore
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Hardcover
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When I began this book I didn't realize it was a series, so when I began the book I was a little lost on the beginning. After I read through a few chapters I didn't feel like I missed much. I guess each book is a stand-alone, with a few references to characters in previous and future books.

After just the first chapter this book reminded me of the books written by Lynsay Sands, the "Argeneau" series. Both books are about Vampires who are not evil, but who have occasional rogues that murder humans and must be tracked down and killed. They both have hunters who track down the rogue and vampire hunters who want to kill them all.

Primal Heat is the fifth book in the series. This book is a story about a young woman, Phillipa, who feels she has lost control of her life. She use to be a cop, but is now afflicted with diabetes and is insulin depended, which has effectively ended her career. She feels drawn towards Bridger a man she meet a few years ago and who she still craves. Bridger hunts rogues and knows Phillipa is his mate, but refuses to claim her. He's afraid of placing her in harms way after the previous hunter lost his mate to a vengeful vampire.

This book contains some exhilarating moments when vampires, hunters and vampire hunters have their fight scenes. Some very close calls make the reading fun and hard to put down mid chapter. The hot and heavy moments were great but the story line was what made me not want to put the book down.

I love finding books with action, love, some violence and a plot that makes you not want to stop reading. I'll definitely be looking for more of Susan Sizemore's books.


Primal Heat
Primal Heat
Author: Susan Sizemore
Book Type: Hardcover
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When I began this book I didn't realize it was a series, so when I began the book I was a little lost on the beginning. After I read through a few chapters I didn't feel like I missed much. I guess each book is a stand-alone, with a few references to characters in previous and future books.

After just the first chapter this book reminded me of the books written by Lynsay Sands, the "Argeneau" series. Both books are about Vampires who are not evil, but who have occasional rogues that murder humans and must be tracked down and killed. They both have hunters who track down the rogue and vampire hunters who want to kill them all.

Primal Heat is the fifth book in the series. This book is a story about a young woman, Phillipa, who feels she has lost control of her life. She use to be a cop, but is now afflicted with diabetes and is insulin depended, which has effectively ended her career. She feels drawn towards Bridger a man she meet a few years ago and who she still craves. Bridger hunts rogues and knows Phillipa is his mate, but refuses to claim her. He's afraid of placing her in harms way after the previous hunter lost his mate to a vengeful vampire.

This book contains some exhilarating moments when vampires, hunters and vampire hunters have their fight scenes. Some very close calls make the reading fun and hard to put down mid chapter. The hot and heavy moments were great but the story line was what made me not want to put the book down.

I love finding books with action, love, some violence and a plot that makes you not want to stop reading. I'll definitely be looking for more of Susan Sizemore's books.


Primal Heat
Primal Heat
Author: Susan Sizemore
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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When I began this book I didn't realize it was a series, so when I began the book I was a little lost on the beginning. After I read through a few chapters I didn't feel like I missed much. I guess each book is a stand-alone, with a few references to characters in previous and future books.

After just the first chapter this book reminded me of the books written by Lynsay Sands, the "Argeneau" series. Both books are about Vampires who are not evil, but who have occasional rogues that murder humans and must be tracked down and killed. They both have hunters who track down the rogue and vampire hunters who want to kill them all.

Primal Heat is the fifth book in the series. This book is a story about a young woman, Phillipa, who feels she has lost control of her life. She use to be a cop, but is now afflicted with diabetes and is insulin depended, which has effectively ended her career. She feels drawn towards Bridger a man she meet a few years ago and who she still craves. Bridger hunts rogues and knows Phillipa is his mate, but refuses to claim her. He's afraid of placing her in harms way after the previous hunter lost his mate to a vengeful vampire.

This book contains some exhilarating moments when vampires, hunters and vampire hunters have their fight scenes. Some very close calls make the reading fun and hard to put down mid chapter. The hot and heavy moments were great but the story line was what made me not want to put the book down.

I love finding books with action, love, some violence and a plot that makes you not want to stop reading. I'll definitely be looking for more of Susan Sizemore's books.


Primal Heat (Primes, Bk 5)
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When I began this book I didn't realize it was a series, so when I began the book I was a little lost on the beginning. After I read through a few chapters I didn't feel like I missed much. I guess each book is a stand-alone, with a few references to characters in previous and future books.

After just the first chapter this book reminded me of the books written by Lynsay Sands, the "Argeneau" series. Both books are about Vampires who are not evil, but who have occasional rogues that murder humans and must be tracked down and killed. They both have hunters who track down the rogue and vampire hunters who want to kill them all.

Primal Heat is the fifth book in the series. This book is a story about a young woman, Phillipa, who feels she has lost control of her life. She use to be a cop, but is now afflicted with diabetes and is insulin depended, which has effectively ended her career. She feels drawn towards Bridger a man she meet a few years ago and who she still craves. Bridger hunts rogues and knows Phillipa is his mate, but refuses to claim her. He's afraid of placing her in harms way after the previous hunter lost his mate to a vengeful vampire.

This book contains some exhilarating moments when vampires, hunters and vampire hunters have their fight scenes. Some very close calls make the reading fun and hard to put down mid chapter. The hot and heavy moments were great but the story line was what made me not want to put the book down.

I love finding books with action, love, some violence and a plot that makes you not want to stop reading. I'll definitely be looking for more of Susan Sizemore's books.


Abuse of Power (Jack Hatfield, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
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Awesome. Well written. Lots of twists in the plot. Good character development


While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
Author: Wendy Wax
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I wasn't sure I'd like this book, not having ever seen Downton Abbey, but I should have known that Wendy Wax would not disappoint me! She is one of my favorite authors, and if you haven't read her three books Ten Beach Drive,Ocean Beach and House on Mermaid Point, -you really must!
This was the story of a group of women,all with so much drama going on in their lives. She delves deeply into each character,and you find yourself cheering for each one,as in all her books.


Distant Shores
Distant Shores
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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I am a Kristin Hannah fan,and love everything she writes. So much so, that a few chapters into this book, I realized I had read it already, but enjoyed it all over again! I love stories about families and relationships.This one was interesting, in that we watched the main character, Elizabeth, finally become her own person after living in here husband's shadow for their whole married life.


Macworld Mac Upgrade and Repair Bible
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Great book - must have!!!


The King (Patrick Bowers Files, Bk 7)
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A weak 3 stars from me.

I have liked all the Bowers books but this one just wasn't as good, it is way too long and wordy, I found myself skipping pages just so I wouldn't have to read so many pages of a 'wordy' explanation of something and it just went on and on and on about things that just weren't interesting so I skipped a lot of pages

I thought it was so predictable it wasn't very interesting and some of the happenings in it just didn't ring true, I didn't find it exciting or thrilling.

More hopeful for next book and this series needs to finish up.


Medals in the Attic (Annie's Attic, Bk 2)
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Love these stories they make me feel like I'm right there in Stony Point with Annie and her friends.


The Nightmarys
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I really enjoyed this book. A great mix, tastefully done, of spooky, mystery and thick plot rolled into one.


Four Nights With the Duke (Desperate Duchesses by the Number, Bk 2)
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The book starts when Mia and Vander are fifteen years old. They have an odd connection because her father has been carrying on an affair with his mother, one that is no secret to anyone. Mia has also developed a crush on Vander and has written a truly awful love poem to him. Unfortunately for her, he finds it, and with his friends, makes fun of it in ways that only teenage boys can do. Overhearing what they are saying, Mia is humiliated and tells him that he's the last person she would ever consider marrying.

Flash forward thirteen years, and Mia finds herself having to eat her words. In order to retain guardianship of her orphaned nephew, she has to marry and marry soon. Her fiance stood her up on their wedding day, and she is desperate to find a husband. Enter Vander, the last man she wants, but the one she has the means to force into marriage. She succeeds in gaining his agreement, but he has conditions of his own.

I had love-hate feelings for both Vander and Mia. I really liked Mia's independence and determination to do whatever necessary to protect Charlie. She has an excellent career as a romance novelist, is smart, funny, and loving. She also has some serious self esteem issues when it comes to her appearance, seeing herself as fat, plain and unappealing to men. These feelings had been reinforced by the comments of Vander and his friends way back, and she has never really forgiven him for them. For the most part,Vander seems like a decent man. He takes care of his uncle, runs his estate well, and is dedicated to his horses rather than being out wasting time in society. He doesn't play by society's rules, being pretty plain spoken. He's also used to getting his own way, whether it is something to do with his horses or women. But when it comes to Mia, he is a bit of an ass.

When she comes to him with the marriage proposal, he is convinced that she wants the marriage because she is still in love with him. He figures he'll get even with her by denying her what he thinks she wants - his body. He's surprised when she insists she doesn't want him. and really doesn't believe her. But having made his demands plain to her, he finds himself regretting it when he discovers that he is very attracted to her. I was pretty disgusted with his attitude, and how he was constantly making lewd remarks to her, even after she told him to leave her alone. He had been determined never to marry because of his parents' actions, and seeing what "love" caused them to do. With his marriage to Mia, he refuses to allow himself the same kind of obsession he saw in his mother, but he can't stop thinking about her. What made me mad at him was that it mostly seemed to be about sex with him. Once in awhile there would be something else about her, something she said or did, that makes him realize how smart, funny, loving, etc, she is, but then it would go right back to sex. It isn't until near the end, when he nearly loses her, that he realizes that his own actions have driven her away. Then he has to figure out how to show her how he really feels.

Mia also frustrated me on a regular basis. I loved her independent spirit. She doesn't really care about society, as she has never wanted to be part of it. She's made a good life for herself writing popular books. She wasn't particularly happy about her father's affair, but her romantic nature saw how much he and Vander's mother cared for each other. When she becomes the guardian of her nephew, she will do anything she has to in order to keep him out of the hands of his uncle, even marry Vander. I really enjoyed watching her poke holes in his conceit by telling him she had no intention of asking for any of those four nights. I felt bad for the way she thought she was so unattractive, even when Vander made it obvious he was attracted to her. But what really bugged me was the way that every time Vander made advances, she would immediately forget her resolve to resist him and give in to the desire. Her brain would be telling her no, but she ignored it. I really wanted her to make him work for it. She would complain about his lack of respect for her, but she didn't seem to have any respect for herself either.

In spite of it all, they did get closer. Vander did see what a wonderful woman Mia was. He did his best to show her that he found her very desirable. He did come to love her, but he had no idea how to show her. Mia realized that she had never stopped loving Vander, but she didn't think he loved her back. His actions when her former fiance reappeared reinforced those feelings. I liked the ending and seeing how Charlie helped Vander. It was sweet to see Vander finally find a way to speak about his feelings. Charlie's uncle makes a brief reappearance, and I loved Charlie's part in vanquishing him. I loved the epilogue.

I really enjoyed two of the secondary characters. Charlie was adorable. I loved seeing the way that he and Vander connected. Charlie really needed the kind of support that Vander provided. I loved their first meeting and the way that Charlie stood up for himself. He also had a pretty good perspective on life, and I loved seeing his determination to deal with his handicap. The other one I like was Jafeer, the horse. It was so much fun to see tiny Mia do things with the horse that all those big men couldn't manage.


Never Never: Part Two
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I love this book... Even though I have no clue why, other than making more money why they made this a 3 part book.. it could easily be one full book. This one we do get to find out more of the past which was great. I do think it was a fast, but intriguing book. I cannot wait to read the final part however I have no clue when that is coming out... soon I hope, I want to know how this ends.


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