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I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

Interesting way to look at death.  It took me 80 pages to get into the book then I enjoyed it.  I also had the wrong Lincoln, which did not help at the beginning.  I liked how the historical records were interwoven into the story with the ghosts.  I also liked how Vollmer and Blevins wanted what was best and right for Willie.  They were funny at times.  The three bachelors and their hats were comic relief.  I liked how we readers got to learn more about the cemetery inhabitants as they tell their stories in their own words.  Some are very quick.  Others linger.  Not what I expected but worth reading.

THE MISTLETOE INN by Richard Paul Evans

The Mistletoe Inn: A Novel (The Mistletoe Collection) - Richard Paul Evans

Kimberly, a divorced would-be romance author, is trying to deal with her divorce and learning that her dad is sick. Christmas is coming and her dad wants her to go to a writing conference as his gift to her. She goes where she meets Zeke who becomes her writing partner for the conference. They share secrets but not the whole truth.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters. I liked Kimberly's father. He is so upbeat and full of life. Kimberly has a lot to deal with and she is not equipped to deal with it all. Trust is hard for her. Zeke also has to learn to trust. I liked watching their interactions. I also figured out the secret fairly early on. While the Hallmark movie was good, the book is so much better.

 

 

A STORY TO KILL by Lynn Cahoon

A Story to Kill (A Cat Latimer Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

Sets up the series of Cat opening a bed and breakfast and hosting a writer's conference monthly.  At her first one, one of the guests is killed.  Now, to save her business, she needs to find out why and whodunit. 

 

I enjoyed the story.  I also liked how some of the characters' backstory was slowly given.  I did not figure it out until the end nor the why.  It was interesting.  I was also intrigued to discover that there may be an overarching story lines between books.  I want to see how that plays out.  Can't wait to read the next book, which I have.

MISSION IMPAWSIBLE by Melanie James

Mission Impawsible - Melanie  James

Kelly needs help from her friends to keep her boyfriend from remaining in his shifted shape.  It was a fun read but would have been better had I read the first book in the series first. 

BE QUIET! by Ryan T. Higgins

BE QUIET! - Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins

This is a spin-off of the Mother Bruce series.  One of the mice wants to write a book with no words but his cohorts won't cooperate and keep talking.  I howled as he explained his idea trying to get his friends help. 

THE UNMENTIONABLES by Megan McFerren and Val Prozorova

The Unmentionables - Megan McFerren, Val Prozorova

Wow!  What an emotional roller coaster.  Set in the 1950's during the era of McCarthyism, James and Henry, fall in love.  Both are married but live for the times they can be together.  Henry is under suspicion by the government because he is an immigrant.  James works for the FBI but when they decide they must interview all their employees, the stress becomes too much for James and he has a breakdown and ends up in a psych hospital.  When Henry finds out, he does what he must to get James out before permanent damage is done.  As James heals, things come to a head with their wives and the men are left with only each other. 

 

This was one fantastic story.  Tightly written, the tension of that time comes through as you did not know who to trust.  I was on the edge of my seat caught up in the story.  I loved Henry and James.  They are opposites of each other but devoted to one another.  Their futures were different than what they ever anticipated but they were pioneers at that time.  Courageous, strong, devoted men.  I wanted everything to turn out well.  I would also like to see more into their futures to see how their story ends.  Well done!

THE GHOST FUCKER: HUNG LIKE A DEAD MAN by Fannie Tucker

The Ghost Fucker: Hung like a Dead Man (Paranormal Strangulation Erotica) (The Ghost Fucker Chronicles) - Fannie Tucker

Kevin is hanging around his home after his suicide.  He cannot pass over so his widow hires Katrina to rid the house of Kevin.  She has a different way of ghost busting.

 

This is a short quick hot read.  It is fun.  Katrina gives Kevin what he want so he can pass over.  I enjoyed it and plan to read more of the series.

EARL OF SCANDAL by Mary Gillgannon

Earl of Scandal - Mary Gillgannon

Christian Faraday crashes his horses and curricle into Merrisa's wagon.  Since it is cold out and his one horse is injured she invites him to her home.  Merrisa is not one to hold her tongue and Christian, being an earl, is not used to others saying what they think.  He and Merrisa are attracted  to one another but not in the same class so both think the best thing would be to stay away from the other but scandal follows Christian into the country and Merrisa goes to London to save her brother where Christian must rescue her. 

 

I liked Merrisa.  She is sharp-tongued and feisty and takes on all.  She may be afraid but she knows how to give a set down.  I can see her in my mind going up against the roughest, toughest people.  I chuckled at her as she often bests the rest.  I liked Christian.  He is all the negative things he thinks but Merrisa sees more in him, once she lets her prejudices slide (just a little.)  Merrisa keeps Christian on his toes.  I chuckled as the two of them went after each other.  Elizabeth, Merrisa's sister, is a good foil for her.  Their brother should be kicked where the sun don't shine. 

 

I enjoyed the story.  It moved quickly and was fun.  It shows the hypocrisy of the times.  Keep it discreet and you can do anything.  I like how Merrisa does help Christian with a certain problem.  I would read this author again.

CAST FROM THE EARTH by Leandra Vane

Cast From the Earth - Leandra Vane

Cordelia ends up at the poor farm when she is accused of begging.  There she meets Sara, Dan, and Grace.  They flee the farm after destroying people who have become monster cannibals.  They travel to a town further west where Jack, a man from Sara's past, lives.  He helps them to establish themselves in his town.  But the monster cannibals, now called zombies, come calling causing their lives to disrupted again.

 

I enjoyed this story and I am not into zombies at all.  But this book is more than that.  It is a story of people overcoming disabilities and society's disapproval.  Sara, Cordelia, Dan, Grace, and Jack are outcasts by societal standards--some because of physical/mental disabilities, other by their sexuality.  I loved how they showed their strengths and became a family that protected, took care of, and loved one another.  They are a unit.  They worry about each other and, when circumstances cause them to be separated, they strengthen their bonds with each other.  I also liked the honesty and openness they show one another.

 

This is well done.  I was pulled into their world and story and read it in one sitting.  I would read Ms. Vane again.

HEAD IN THE GAME by Lily Cahill

Head in the Game: A College Football Romance (Game Day Book 1) - Lily Cahill

Lilah does not like football players because of her past.  Riley is going to help her overcome her aversion to football players.  She is also is art professor for the summer semester. 

 

I liked the characters.  I enjoyed the story as Lilah goes from deep dislike to love.  Riley changes also with Lilah's influence.  He starts to see other possibilities for his life.  Proofreading could have been better.

 

I plan on reading the rest of the series.  This is a good start for it.

HOTEL BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins

Hotel Bruce - Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins

Bruce and the goslings come home from the south but find their home turned into a hotel.  Bruce takes it as long as he can then he has enough.

 

What a guest list!  Bruce tries for the goslings' sake but enough is enough and we find out what a softie Bruce is.  I loved the illustrations.  I laughed out loud again.  Just delightful!

MOTHER BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins

Mother Bruce by Higgins, Ryan T. (November 24, 2015) Hardcover - Ryan T. Higgins

Bruce is a bear, not a nursery rhyme kind of guy, but somehow the goslings think he's their mother. He tries to teach them to fly south but the lessons never take so he must take them south.

This is one of the funniest, laugh out loud tales I have read. I loved it! Nothing like guilt to motivate one. Delightful, whimsical, fun!

CAPTAIN NO BEARD by Carol P. Roman

[ { CAPTAIN NO BEARD: AN IMAGINARY TALE OF A PIRATE'S LIFE } ] by Roman, Carole P (AUTHOR) Jul-03-2012 [ Paperback ] - Carole P Roman

Delightful story of Captain No Beard and his crew which include his cousin and three animals.  They come upon a mermaid and treasure.

 

Fun!  Wonderful!  Great illustrations!  I plan on reading the rest of the series and giving them as a Christmas gift.

HARRY'S SPOOKY SURPRISE by N. G. K.

Harry's Spooky Surprise! (Harry The Happy Mouse Book 3) - N K, Janelle Dimmett

Harry the Mouse is asking his friends to borrow things then invites them to his home later in the week.  It is scary walking in the dark to borrow the items.  But it all turns out alright.

 

I enjoyed this story.  It is good for the little ones with repetition and good manners.  It is not too scary but realistic about what scares Harry.

POP-UP TRUCK AND PERIL by Harper Lin

Pop-Up Truck and Peril (The Pink Cupcake Mysteries Book 5) - Harper Lin

A secretary is murdered at Master Ketchup where Christine, Amelia's best friend works.  Christine is afraid that the murderer meant to kill her as Danielle, the secretary, was temporarily assigned to Christine's marketing department. She asks Amelia to move her cupcake truck to outside Master Ketchup so she could investigate the murder.  Dan, of course, has asked Amelia to stay out of the murder investigation.

 

I enjoyed this story.  John's wedding plans are heating up and people are getting upset over those plans.  Amelia supports her children no matter what.  Dan is fitting very well in Amelia's and the kids' lives.  I liked that the murder was fit into the daily lives of the characters involved but that it was only a part of their lives.  We get more of who they are and their relationships with each other.  I figured out who the murderer was and why (unusual for me.} 

 

I look forward to more in this series.

THE SCATTERBRAINED MAGICIAN by Anthony Clark

The Scatterbrained Magician: A Magical Children's Chapter Book (The Scatterbrained Magician Series 1) - Anthony Clark, Maulik Mehta

Foxworthy and Moxie, magician and assistant.  Moxie is planning on leaving Foxworthy high and dry when a coffee shop barista shows him the error of his way.  

 

I enjoyed the characters and story.  This sets up the series and introduces the characters.  I plan to read more of them.