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I was thrilled to search this reprinting because tracking down 11 trades from over 10 years ago is not an simple task if you expect them to be on amazing quality. This book was everything I wanted it to be and the binding was thick and hard enough to sustain reading close to 400 pages without so much as a wrinkle. Mike Carey has done an perfect job at humanizing this ethereal cast of characters and making their plots and ambitions believable. I especially love what an intellectual [email protected]#$% they created the former lord of hell, it suits him well. Definitely a book for mature readers, a lot of situations although not graphic and at times implied are very adult in nature. You don't need to physically see the neo-Nazi shove a broken bottle up a gay man's ass to understand that it may be disturbing to a younger reader. The dialogue is also written with a verbose vocabulary which may have younger readers consulting a dictionary once per page. That being said, to the adult reader, I cannot recommend this enough.
Where a lesser writer would use gods and magic as a cheap method to hold your attention, Mike interweaves everything into the narrative with passion and soul. As a fan of mythology and religious ideas this was completely engrossing. It kept me excited both with the unfolding story of Lucifer himself, a rich and mysterious hero in these comics, not the one dimensional villain we typically see, and every topic that was delved into, from Tarot, to Japanese deities, and so on. The writing itself should also be mentioned as it can be beautifully poetic and evocative.
I loved Sandman. I would argue that I love this more. Sandman is more episodic, whereas this series is one story with multiple POV characters. That being said, I think my own understanding of the Sandman series enhances this series since there are certain things that I know that I take for granted knowing having read Sandman.Either way, this series is brilliant. I have been wanting to read it for a while and finally got down into it. Holy crap. As a sci-fi and alternate reality lover, this story makes me drool with delight. Fascinating all the method through.
I had never heard of the Lucifer series until the tv present based upon it premiered on Fox this year. I really have fun the present and since I love comics, I decided to test the source material (which spun out of Gaiman’s Sandman series). As is often the case, the present is really only inspired by the comic with some of the same hero names and areas but not much more. Nevertheless, both are perfect in their own e graphic novel is much darker, and Lucifer is less charismatic and more enigmatic. The premise, that Lucifer has retired as Lord of Hell and runs the piano bar Lux in LA, is the same. Here though, Lucifer has an end android game in mind and all his “adventures” throughout the book are to further that goal. He’s ruthless and calculating, but weirdly honorable as well. This Lucifer is somehow more fitting (nee realistic) than the familiar fire & brimstone ver of theology. He’s also far more strong than the television counterpart. Though he is the protagonist, the stories often focus on other people until their paths cross with his. One of these narrators is a small girl who can see the dead. After her best mate dies in an apparent suicide, she must explore what really happened. The story seems unimportant at first, until it isn’t – a common factor for all the stories cifer isn’t as likeable as the television version, so it’s not so simple to “root for” him. However, he’s so cunning and so aware that I wanted him to succeed just to see how things panned out. It also helps that no one else is likeable either. The heavenly host, including the Amenadiel, are not so angelic despite being angels. The series makes it clear they are not human, with our emotions or even compassion. It’s an interesting counter balance to Lucifer himself. Overall, I enjoyed this book enough that I intend to finish the series. Highly recommended.A note about the book itself. The price is perfect for the amount of material collected (just look at most Marvel or DC collection that cost $30-35 with half the material or less), but that means that the production quality is also not as high. The interior pages are not glossy like most graphic novel collections, but at least it is in color. Though disappointing, I didn’t deduct any stars because the price balances that out.
Who would have ever thought that Lucifer, the lightbringer, the fallen angel, could carry his own series? But this, a spin off from the brilliant Sandman, works on every level. Characterization, back up characters, the story, all grab the reader and hold one interested. Recommended.
Purchased the Kindle and the Hard Copy for my daughter who loves this hero as much as I do. Flawless story line that takes you through a series of emotions and tests every notion you've had about amazing and evil, as well as relationships within families!
Amazing Book!Loved the characters, as book progresses you will be introduced to a lot of colourful cifer is brilliant; cunning, very cleaver and handsome. His resonating personality just streaks out of the pages and into your e elements of supernatural is intriguing. The philosophy of free will, human nature...good and evil is what fascinates.I really do love and appreciate Mike Carey's literate, creative story telling and writing.If anything, i think the credit deserves to go to him as the creator of Lucifer.I am saddened that Lucifer is not given enough attention he deserves.He should be with of those top amazing graphic novels and t them all (Like i did, and still waiting for book 5) and proudly hang it on the shelf...you will not be 's a book to be remembered for years to come.
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I loved this book and it was a amazing deal. You obtain many, a lot of of the classic Berenstain Bear books that will hold your small one entertained for quite a while. Simple for young readers and entertaining for parents to read at bedtime.
I won an ARC of this in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, Thank an Advanced Read Copy there are a few spelling mistakes but that can be taken care of by the finished product. I liked how she switched to various peoples perspectives during the story. I also enjoyed her powerful female characters.I must begin this review saying that every expectation I had from a Nora Roberts book was swept away. I've only read two of her other series and I wasn't sure what I would be getting myself into. This story embraced, ensnared, and enchanted me.“When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no method of knowing he’d killed himself. And billions of others.” I was reminded painfully of The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Result is the power to cause a hurricane in China because of a butterfly flapping its wings somewhere in the world.... If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, then the hurricane would not have happened-The Butterfly Result and Chaos Theory. So when he shoots the Pheasant he set in motion a greater effect. I found it significant that Ross MacLeod had left blood there when he was a kid and then the Pheasant died there, I believe that is what triggered it. I was left wondering why nobody went to Scotland to test to figure out the cause and stop the Doom at the source.I cannot wait until the next book because I read this book latest night and I was left with so a lot of questions, I do hope in the next book that we obtain to hear what is event at Fresh Hope and that it doesn't rush through the Thirteen years without a telling us what had been event elsewhere. I wish to know if the lady who predicted the Doom is an Uncanny. I wish to know what happened with Max's brother. I also hope that instead of rushing Lana into her fresh relationship that Nora takes the time to discover their feelings and taking care of Fallon. I wish more of how the Uncanny's react to all the people hunting them, it reminded me of racism and I wish to see how they over come it and what Fallon's role is.
I WILL FOREVER WORSHIP AT THE HOUSE OF ALEATHA ROMIG!!!Yes, I said it and I may be a bit bias; however, when I started to read this book I knew that Aleatha was going to provide us with something different. That can be very scary for authors. I can now truly say that Aleatha Romig has my complete heart. I know that she can give me dark, twisted and crazy but now I know she can also give me light and is book, these characters - Duncan and Kimbra had me laughing out loud in public, fanning myself from the chemistry that jumped off the page, and reminiscing about how families truly are crazy but you love them anyways. I think I loved Duncan right from the begin even with some of his questionable actions never created me not love him. Kimbra is so powerful and independent like so a lot of of Aleatha's female characters are but she was also struggling with true life problems that I could relate too. I can't do this review without mentioning Grandma Helen...she was FABULOUS!!! I just ADORE her and all of her crazy!! I wish a Grandma Helen, I think everyone NEEDS a Grandma Helen in their lives!! I will reread this book especially if I need something light, fun, and sexy!!Provided as an ARC for an honest and voluntary review.
Plus One by Aleatha Romig is a standalone sexy and funny romance told in dual POV and is much lighter than the usual Aleatha fare. If you are looking for and expecting dark and twisty you will NOT search that in this book. You will search sexy times, a funny leading lady with a huge set of lady balls and a sexier than sin business owner who has been biding his time for three years for the opportunity to create a Deal with his HR bra is amazing at her job. It's all she has ever wanted... To live in Fresh York, succeed in her career in HR and she is fabulous at it. Until that time she catches her boss in a compromising position in the ladies room with another employee and gets this crazy idea to blackmail him into being her plus-one for her cousins wedding. She gets much more than she bargained for...Duncan has noticed Kimbra since her first day with the company over three years ago. When she tries to blackmail him into being her plus-one for her cousins wedding in Indiana he practically leaps at the opportunity to obtain closer to her and explore what the keep is that she has had on him for these past years. He never expects to allow his guard down and explore everything he never knew he wanted!Funny, sexy, and stimulating (**wink**) - this book was originally released in a much shorter format by the then unknown Jade Sinner, a writing duo of two anonymous authors that wrote a handful of steamy novellas - (Quite literally some one-handed reads). The cat is now out of the bag and the duo was none other than our very own Aleatha Romig and Georgia Cates and this story is a very thorough expansion of the story, Duncan - The Deal. So if it sounds familiar you very well may have already read the basics but this expansion is so much more - taking it from a one-handed read to a romance to savor. Enjoy!
Aleatha Romig has been my queen of dark for years now. She is one of a few auto buy authors for me. When she announced she was writing a rom-com, i'll admit I was a small hesitant but ultimately knew that I was going to give it chance. Plus One proves that not only is Aleatha queen of dark, she can write sexy and fun just as well. It also reveals Aleatha's sexy side, which I was pleasantly surprised by. Some of those scenes were H-O-T!!!Duncan and Kimbra had a chemistry that burned brightly from the very beginning. What Kimbra thought of as blackmail to hold her family from asking questions, Duncan thought of as the opportunity he'd been waiting for. When he agreed to be her plus-one to her cousin's wedding, neither one was prepared for the onslaught of emotions they would One is a sexy office romance that will have you laughing out loud and falling in love with Kimbra and Duncan. The only element that I felt this book lacked, but in NO WAY did it take away from the story, was some conflict. It was a quick, sexy, funny book that will leave you with a smile on your face and a satisfied heart. I am definitely looking forward to more from the lighter side of Leatha.
I average 3-4 books a week and always leave a review, basically to remind me whether I enjoyed the story or not. I've been a staunch fan of Aleatha Romig since Consequences: Book 1 of the Consequences Series (which, if you haven't read yet, you're missing out...it's a deliciously dark treat!). I test to read anything she publishes...she’s never allow me down. Anyway, this story was a cute and fun retreat from AR's norm...the story of a dedicated office professional. Smart and competent Kimbra Jones (25) thinks she's got the goods on her playboy boss and uses her newfound knowledge to blackmail him into pretending to be her boyfriend for a weekend at a family wedding. (Her desperate reasoning makes for desperate measures). Except she doesn't realize that her boss, Duncan Willis (32), has lusted and fantasized about her for three years and she's playing right smack dab into his hands. It's not blackmail....not at all...(as if anybody could ever successfully blackmail HIM!). He’s dancing a jig. Rubbing his hands together with his evil, mischievous smile..let the android game is story was just so much gosh darn fun. Full of intoxicating, erotic steam and very humorous, laugh out loud moments. This was a light hearted escape about a wealthy, successful boss who seizes an opportunity of a lifetime to create his fantasy come to life. Very small drama..with no true controversy, it's all amazing fun and conveyed so perfectly well...Aleatha Romig style. Strong, smart characters. Powerful descriptions. Powerful connection. It was everything Ms. Romig intended it to be.
"Kimbra, no promises about anything beyond this weekend. But for this weekend—the next four days—I'll be the best boyfriend you've ever had. I'm ready to see if my imagination has even been close when it comes to what's under your skirt."Kimbra Jones has admired Duncan Willis from afar since she began working for the company where he’s party owner. But beyond the fact that he’s sort of her boss, she’s sure that she doesn’t even register on his radar. After all, he’s got GQ-worthy amazing looks, is wealthy, successful, and in her mind, method out of her league. Bummer for her too because she’s in need of a date for her cousin’s wedding and showing up with someone like Duncan on her arm might just obtain her family off her back with their constant questions about when she’s going to settle down. When she inadvertently catches Duncan in a compromising position, she decides to blackmail him into being her plus-one in exchange for her keeping her mouth shut. What she doesn’t realize is that Duncan’s had his eye on her since she walked into his office three years earlier and her adorable attempt at blackmail is just the opportunity he’s been waiting for to obtain to know her better and he’s never been one to squander a golden opportunity!"Thank you.""For what?""For letting me blackmail you."He shakes his head. "Seized opportunity."This was such a fun and simple breezy read! In preparation for the release of Another One, I noticed this book was on sale so I decided to grab a copy and give it a read before the newest book releases. They can definitely standalone but since there are overlapping characters I wanted to search out Kimbra and Duncan’s story first! I’m glad I did, this book was a lot of fun to read. It was very low angst, had plenty of humor (Kimbra’s family was a riot!!), and was very steamy. Not to mention, Duncan was so sweet and will leave you swooning. For someone as successful and wealthy as he was, he was very down-to-earth and it was amazing seeing him on Kimbra’s family’s farm and interacting with her crazy relatives. He was such a amazing sport about the craziness and treated Kimbra so well. There’s definitely method more than meets the eye as you obtain to know the man beneath the playboy exterior. I also really loved Kimbra, she powerful and independent and I loved seeing her finally coming into her own over the course of this book. If you’re looking for something light that’ll leave you grinning, definitely check this out!"Kimbra, I don't know what you've done to me, what spending this latest weekend with you has done, but whatever it is, it's not pretend. Honestly, it's not even fantasy. I could never have made fantasies that would live up to the true you.”
I Love this BOOK! Plus ONE is a Hit for me, its everything you wish in a book! Amazing hero buildup, a super sexy romance, hot sex. The Mile High Club is the first bit of action and it never goes down from that. So if these are NOT the things you are looking for in a Standalone with an HEA well I dunno really what you look for in a book but its right up my alley!Oh Boy if this is the Lighter side of Leatha, WE NEED MORE MUCH MUCH MORE!!! I loved that its a well thought out story line, that it makes you laugh and wish to tear up, it has amazing hero build up along with dozens of side characters to love and that she could Give Us More Stories With. It has some suspense that we didn't know about, I kept thinking someone was going to walk in an ruin the moment! She clears up most of the mystery we are given and Ends it Well and with someone staring in another persons direction....so does it end here? Well did you here that it ENDS! Ha yes, yes it does its a nice clean standalone AND she names someone with my latest name, Price so you know I gotta love that!Meet Duncan and Kimbra or Kimberly Ann by her family! They work together he is part owner in a business company in NY and he [email protected]#$%! it huge time, he went into business with his buddy from college Mike and they set the bar high and it is achieved, they have the corporate office in NY and satellite companies all over the country, they did it, created the huge time and have all cash they could ever want! Mike is married to his college sweetheart with two children and Duncan well he is still enjoying being a bachelor with no plans of Ever settling down, marriage is out of the question for him and we learn why! Kimbra is hired new out of college into his company in NY and works in the HR dept.on Duncan's side of the business. They are both attracted to each other but neither ever acts on it. Kimbra thinks he would never wish anything to do with her because she just thinks he is method to amazing looking for her and he has created it at such a young age and he can have anyone he wants, he wouldn't be interested in someone that works in his HR dept. He can have anyone, a model from Saks were her best mate and roomie works if he wants but her, she thinks no way, she doesn't have much confidence in herself! So she just does her job, for 3 years and never so much as looks at him in a method that isn't professional, they have a work put policy that you cannot fraternize at the work put but outside of the work put you can do whatever. At one point Kimbra is in a relationship with a coworker, one of her managers until she finds him screwing someone in accounting at a Fresh Years Eve Party. His name is Timothy and her parents knew she had a boyfriend, she had been proud of the relationship, it was one of the more stable ones she had since being out of college and settled into her job, but she was to embarrassed to tell them. Her cousins wedding is coming up soon, her mom calls to remind her this AND they need to use her Boyfriend in the wedding because one of the guys has broken his leg, well this is a Large issue because when she clicks the small box for herself and a plus one she is with someone. She is beside herself, she does not know what to do until a very embarrassing personal moment happens with her in the bathroom, yep presents a huge moment in her mind and panties even... Duncan comes in the bathroom with a woman while she was washing out a coffee spill and is about to hit the dryer, with no shirt on she had ducked inside the toilet when the door opened she had no idea what was about to happen and she wouldn't have even been in the bathroom cleaning her blouse had it not been for Mr Willis calling her by name in the coffee shop! Yep she had just bumped into him and here he is in the bathroom with some woman, she is furious and then well after she listens she is shocked to realize she is getting hot and bothered, what is wrong with her she makes a noise because she is so turned on, they realize someone is with them, they run out but she knows it was Duncan, she saw his shoes, the same shoes she had seen just mins before in the coffee shop. She doesn't know the woman, she goes to her desk and wonders who was the woman and then she immediately goes to his office that takes us to a bribe to a Plus One for a wedding, yep the HR straight and narrow has waltzed into his office and said she knows what he did and demands he do this favor, he considers it for a few mins repeats it they talk about seeing each others shoes and he quickly Agrees and with a smile on his face he gets up gets closer flips the personal glass and kisses her right in the office, she is shocked after she enjoys and kisses him back and then he says well you going to tell on me? Well that wouldn't work well for her Plus One would it now!!! Oh the things we search out about these two characters while gone from the office, how he has been watching Kimbra just biding his time, he thinks this is a walk in the park he gets to be in her bedroom for 4 days and nights yes he is Ready, has been ready! Its a created up romance to prove she isn't alone and will become an old maid, and that moving to the huge town of NY is exciting and she is making it, it wasnt a mistake as all her family thinks it is and wants her to move home and settle down with the boy from long ago that owns a present store. Well she knows that is never going to happen, that showing off this hot guy, the pretend for her and fantasy for him ...well lets go! And they do seem to hit it off so hopefully they can pull this off! If so will her family leave her alone, she sure hopes so! But what about Duncan, is he in? She now ponders for days how to test and obtain them both out of going, back and forth on how its a mistake but she hasnt seen him all week and she is wondering, still pondering if its all a large mistake, what if he tells she is bribing him, but that kiss why did he kiss her? She does not know yet but she will and it was a very nice panty melting kiss now if he will even present she thinks. But that night he calls with instructions for her for the next day they will leave from work, it has to be a half day because they are expected to arrive, she is shocked with his call and how he has everything arranged this is happening, in his a lot of sides of Duncan we do not yet know but will meet, HE with be Her Plus ONE!Bravo Aleatha Romig! You Dog On Done Went and Done It Again! Love and Romance was quickly in the air even though it wasn't suppose to be you just don't have this chemistry with anyone, is it just the wedding, is the lust they been holding for 3 long years well they sure think it is and they jump on it quickly because what better method to prove they have truly been dating for 5 months than to obtain up and close on the method to Indiana and I mean up close and very sexy and private and Hot Dirty Sex!!! I LOVED DUNCAN AND HIS FLOWERSYep Dating for 5 months when truly they only work together, they had one outside of work conversation just a few days before and she thinks up this farce of a plus one with the sexy owner, he was on a date then with another co-worker, but they do talk, he says it was a dinner meeting that he did have a date and they cancelled and so he asked his coworker to take the meeting there since he already had the reservations...yeah, well she doesn't care what it was, its out of the office so its not her job to hold up with him and he has BIG rumors to fulfill that float around the office. She even tells him about her roommate and a small of her family where she is from and he gives her just a bit of info about college and starting the business its a nice chat, she had just wanted to clear her head before getting on the subway from gulping down her wine and not eating very much from shock! She has learned from her roommate Shana that safety is in numbers on the subway but she is about to ride it alone so she needs her head straight from those couple glasses of wine with Shana, they had met in this fresh upscale Restaurant that every one is talking about, Shana had called her that day and said I have us a table and its my treat and Kimbra is ecstatic to go but she gets Shana's amazing news, she has been giving a huge fresh job and its in London, Shana is a buyer at Saks and she is going to be helping to create huge purchases for huge name clothes!!! But she is leaving her best mate but Kimbra is satisfied for Shana she absolutely knows this is large for Shana's career and she is proud but sad, however the timing could have never been better for a bit of obtain to know each s Hot, Its Sexy, Its Funny and the side characters are off the charts laughable, A grandma that has you cracking up every single time but also makes you think as well. I loves that it has a wedding in IN a put Duncan is so unfamiliar with and she gets to present him about things with the farm and country feel but I also the busy part in NY were they work! its all done Perfect!One Click this jewel because Aleatha Romig has just shown us she can do method more than dark and I love that and I bet you do as well!
I wasn't too familiar with this author, but I read the reviews and decided to purchase this book. OMG. This book was so funny and so lovable. I loved the characters in this book (minus the s--tFrom accounting). H/ h were so likeable. I want I was part of their close knitted group/family. And the blackmail attempt that started all this was so hilarious, it reminded me of a stage from America's dumbest criminal. I laughed so hard at the library, people were giving me the look. In love this book. It will become one of my favorites.
The First book by Leatha (the lighter side of Aleatha Romig) in a genre that is completely various from her usual writing. I must admit I was greedy for this book.I did love this fresh lighter side of Aleatha and the fact that she would break out of her usual writing to write something so light.I must admit that it did take me a wee while to obtain into this book, longer than I do her dark writing; I think this was because at the begin there were some similarities to another book I had read, however, saying that did not dispel me from reading.I love Aleatha’s writing and that will never change and once I got into this story I found the complexities very appealing, the apprehension was palatable and you could feel how Kimber (the heroine) was feeling and I fell in love with the characters. I would have liked the ending to go on a bit further and expand a bit more but was satisfied in the method it all worked have Kimbra Jones who is in HR for a pharmaceutical logistics company in Fresh York City, she is amazing at her job and loves it, this is her dream job, however, she has a wedding to attend and no date to take. Kimbra has not informed her family that she would be going solo. Kimbra needs to come up with an excuse or an alternative to her former cheating e opportunity arises when she catches her boss and owner in a compromising position with another member of staff, unknown to Kimbra though, her boss Duncan has a sweet spot for the lovely Kimbra and although she feels she is duping him into being her Plus One, he is going into this e antics, laughter, and general fun this book has and what Leatha comes up with once these two are together is comical and exceptional writing. I would strongly suggest reading this book for yourselves, there is just something so light about it that makes you smile.
I LOVE the lighter side of Aleatha, I hope that we see some more of this side. Don’t obtain me wrong, I love her dark side something fierce but this book was everything! I devoured this bra is this powerful independent woman who knows what she wants. She’s feisty, beautiful, intelligent and career driven. When she sees an opportunity to obtain out of an awkward situation with a small blackmail, you bet she’s going to take it!Duncan is GQ sexy, a successful business owner. When the opportunity arises for him to finally obtain something (or someone) that he has been longing for he seizes the at is where the fun begins! The chemistry is off the charts for this couple. The pages practically melt in your e supporting hero in this book are hysterical. I want my family was that funny. I really hope Aleatha has plans for another book or at least a few novellas! I hope that she plans to write a book for Shana and Trevor. I have a feeling there is going to be a trip to London in his near future. Grandma Helen needs a novella for sure!The book is intelligent funny, witty and sexy as hell. I wish more of this couple, but that isn’t saying much because I always wish more of Aleatha’s characters.A must read!
Aleatha Romig has been on my radar for a while now, and as I was browsing for my next audio book read, I came across Plus One. It was a fun and sexy read that I devoured whenever I had the possibility to listen to it. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of both Samantha Prescott and Brian Pallino, as they gave voices to the characters that consumed my imagination. They were simple to listen to and really brought the story to ere was attraction between Duncan and Kimbra right from the beginning, as they had both fantasised about each other but never acted on those feelings. When Kimbra cornered Duncan and basically bribed him to go to the wedding, it turned out to be a win/win situation for both of them.I liked how laid back both characters seemed to be. They were career driven, but taken out of that situation they really relaxed and got along well. Duncan did a lot of sweet things to kind of whoo Kimbra and they were sizzling hot once they got intimate!Although this began as a fake relationship, I knew that it would always become something more, despite Duncan's hesitation. He really fit into Kimbra's globe and got along with her family. It really was a amazing light romance and I'm glad I took the plunge and tried Aleatha Romig's work. She sure can build a globe that you can obtain hooked to. I'll be trying more of her work, hopefully soon!
This type of book is NOT my usual genre . I selected this book from Kindle First simply because none of the other selections appealed to me, and I liked the cover art.Let me first send a huge thank you to to the authors for including a glossary of all the acronyms used in the book! Other reviews have discussed the plot so I won't go there. I was engrossed in this story from the very first page. The plot is, unfortunately, very realistic in this time in history. I experienced several various emotions during the reading of this book. I was fascinated by the plot twists and turns , saddened by the losses of life and the sacrifices of private happiness created by the hero, fear because the plot was so realistic it could be a harbinger of happenings to come, and lastly, satisfaction at an ending well is book is so well written that the use of acronyms did not seem excessive, a reader not familiar with military lingo can easily follow the story.I am very much looking forward to reading more books by this writing duo.
A former SEAL who finds a fresh identity as a spy, Jack Dempsey has a score to settle. Traveling the world with his fresh squad that is just beginning to form a bond, he will face perhaps the most serious terrorist plot since 9/11. Racing versus time, will he and his squad be able to figure out the plot and intervene before time is up?I love a amazing thriller, and Andrews and Wilson do not fail to deliver in Tier One. I found myself consistently engaged in the storyline and loved the characters, especially Jack Dempsey. The plot was so realistic it could have been ripped from the headlines (though thankfully it was not!). The action was non-stop, and the authors' writing style flowed well and was authentic to the happenings portrayed in the book.I was hesitant about choosing this as my August Kindle First selection I realize this is a bit silly, but I do tend to judge books by their cover, and I really did not like the cover artwork for this title. However, I was very happy with the book and found it to be one of the best Kindle First selections I have read in some time. I am looking forward to reading future installments in this series, and can't wait to see how the characters will develop over time. The brotherhood and bond between the squad members really added to the hero development, and the authors also left room for some romance in future sequels. Thomas and Mercer have another hit series on their hands!
Retired USAF Medic. Medical descriptions of medical equipment and in field procedures were well described and appeared to be based on current techniques. The high demands of unique ops personnel ,and the physical and mental toll exacted on themselves and their family members are understood by few, outside of their community. Hopefully civilian readers of this book will garner a better understanding and appreciation of how these elite units contribute so much to our (and other) nation's security. A amazing read with detailed descriptions of operational particulars that makes it obvious that input came from some of the "real "McCoy's" currently, or formally involved in this "area of expertise".
Action CheckThrilling Double CheckBuckle your seat belts Triple CheckNo decision for me on my selection for the Kindle First book for August. How could I possibly choose anything other than a novel about Navy SEALs? And, the end effect is that I was not disappointed for one min while reading this book. It is filled with action which starts in the Arabian Sea where the reader first meets Senior Chief Jack Kemper on a mission with his fellow SEALs.We learn that during his 20 years of service he is used to the harried missions that begin with the 3 beeps on his cell phone. So, he takes each one in stride with his thoughts of 'Blow up, Clean up or Pick up'. Life goes on with the SEALs and along the method we obtain a refresher course concerning Iran's nuclear program in the description of this book mentions, the story delves deeply into the line between duty and revenge. Al Queda plays an active part in this one and I actually felt shaky when reading the stage in the Tactical Operations Center in Djibouti on the horn of Africa.Powerful, poignant and packed with action that will not disappoint readers that like military action. The trident symbol for the SEALs has always been so necessary to them. There is a stage concerning the passing of a trident that will create one tear up with emotion. And, yes, justice comes into aracters are well developed as is the plot and the story flows smoothly from the beginning to the latest page. There are a lot of acronyms in this book and all are well explained. So like the military in every day st highly ease note that this my Kindle First selection for August.
My genre of choice these days is Military Thrillers. Covert Ops, Black Ops, whatever you wish to call them, that's what I love to read about. This book does NOT disappoint. My first read from these authors turned me into a fan immediately. I don't like to give away any parts of a story. If you like military backgrounds mixed in with human relationships, brotherly love between tight knit secret teams, add this to your list of books to read. It's the first of a series by the same name (Tier 1 Series) followed by Battle Shadows and Crusader One, which I preordered for my Kindle already. It's hard to search fresh authors that can stand up to the elite like Vince Flynn, but these guys have what it takes.
I read this engaging story while on a trip abroad and felt very invested in the story line. The characters at times seemed needlessly evasive even in their own thoughts, and as a effect of was hard to search myself able to attach to them individually. In the end I cared far less about them then I wanted too but enjoyed the story. The end was too predictable and honestly seemed like a cop out by the writer to set up the series, they could have done that gag much less obviously. I am left unsure as to if the series will draw me in for book 2 as a effect of the cheesy conclusion.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted. It is violent, forceful, gut-wrenching, and paints a picture of a globe virtually nobody knows. My own private military globe crossed paths with the globe described in "Tier One." This gives me some insight into the hero and make-up of the heroes who populate this world. This story is not just about heroism, however. It also tells the real story of Militant Islam and the role Iran (Persia) is even now playing behind the scenes. More than anything, "Tier One" is a wake-up call to our leaders that if we don’t take appropriate action now, we may forever lose the possibility to do so."Tier One" is a no-holds-barred, no-pulled-punches look at the best of America’s Unique Operations Forces. It is very well written, giving the reader insight into the minds and thoughts of not only [email protected]#$% field operators, but also the men calling the shots from the TOCs. Pick a weekend to read it, because you will not wish to stop reading!
It keeps the reader on the edge from the begin to the finish. The main hero is a powerful and dynamic seal squad leader. The plot exciting, dramatic, and takes the reader along for the ride. The ending is surprising and and unexpected. I highly recommend this book!
Amazing writing at times (enough so that I finished the book). But not good story telling overall. Premise of the book is absurd. Ending of the book was both predictable and anticlimactic. I just did not connect with the main hero at all. In fact, main characters feel whiney and their dialog got annoying. I guess when you wish the main characters to die that's a sign that it's just not a amazing read.
I thought this book was very entertaining and captivating, but the language was bothersome. I am hesitant with harsh language, unless it is important for the story. I think this story did need that element due to the fact that the characters were in battle zones and dealing with life and death situations....this is reality. It did not feel gratuitous. So now that we have established that the language was too much at times, let's obtain to the story...I thought this story was well told and slightly suspenseful. This won't victory any awards for amazing literature, but it is a well told suspense novel. I think that Brian Andrews did a amazing job of keeping my attention and keeping me engaged in the characters and the storyline. Overall, this was a amazing book.
Katy Regnery proves without a shadow of a doubt with It's You that no matter the genre, the woman knows love. Plain and simple. I fell hard for not only the story-line but each of the characters in this tale and I don't typically read PNR. But when you are reading exceptional words, you search that it doesn't matter that Darcy Turner and Jack Beauloup, the man she is bound to, may be a bit various from each other. That underneath all the mystery, the important deceit and the a lot of years apart, the heart knows what the heart wants and any uphill war to be together will be worth it in the is book captured my interest from the very start. I went in blind and once I got to reading, I was completely absorbed in Darcy and Jack's journey. I loved that the first part is told in Darcy's POV and the second in Jack's. This way, we obtain the entire story of how they met and why they had to be separated. There is awesome chemistry between the two and I felt every ounce of their passion for each other. You can't support but obtain so caught up in their spell. I honestly could not look ere are engaging secondary characters that add the right touch and are absolutely important to the story. In fact there is more than one love story being told here and it's my hope with the conclusion in book two, that we obtain some satisfying declarations of love in addition to those of our main couple.Katy Regnery does her homework and we are rewarded with rich descriptions and glorious info that bring the story to life without it ever being over the top. Getting to fully experience a globe unlike my own when we obtain to be with Jack during his extended trip home was fascinating. His life has never been an simple one yet his feelings are the same whether or not he is of this globe or another. I have to admit I always seem to dismiss the notion of even wanting to read a book that is a genre not to my usual liking. But then a book like It's You crosses my path and I realize that amazing writing is amazing writing. ve this one a try. If you have read any of the author's books before, you know she delivers every single time and that you obtain to read about a love that will undoubtedly consume you from the very first pages. It's a attractive story that will blow you away. That is a promise.
My rating: *** 5 howling STARS *** 🙂Okay! I have a confession – I am a paranormal book virgin who has never been brave enough to test this genre until now. Katy Regnery’s It’s You is my first and oh my! What an awesome first!!! She might have changed my mind completely, brought me out of my shell and I am freaking hooked by this story. But I am going to slay her because WHERE IS BOOK two? I NEED IT NOW!I am not sure how I’m going to write a spoiler free review of this book :/ … It’s You is a love story between Jack and Darcy. Their romance began when they first met as teenagers in high school. Jack was two years older. During that latest summer before he graduates they were in a play together. Jack was attracted to Darcy but he tried his hardest to stay away. Deep down he knows he is not amazing for her. With the exception of a few stolen glances from a distance, light touches in passing and only speaking whole on stage, Jack was successful for the most part in resisting temptation. The night before the final present Jack broke – he kissed Darcy and they were forever bound. Darcy has been crushing over the brooding Jack ever since she laid eyes on him but she thought he was not interested. So, after that scorching hot kiss, she was over the moon happy. Unfortunately, it was short lived. The next day, Jack disappeared without a trace. Two decades later, Darcy saw Jack again for the first time at her cousins wedding as a family guest. It was like no time passed – all her feelings for Jack came back in a rush. She moved on but never forgot about him. Darcy was confused, angry, damage … so a lot of unanswered questions as to Jack’s whereabouts all these years. Jack had broken her heart and she wanted answers. She wants the truth but can she handle the truth? Well, you have to read and search e characters – can’t really talk about their secrets and talents without spoilers . The chemistry between Jack and Darcy is undeniably sexy and steamy. Twenty years in between? No problem! Everything about them screams desire and passion. The kiss, the sex, the flirting, the love, even the wars … all very consuming. Jack is all alpha, protective but also so sweet and swoony. Darcy is intelligent and attractive – inside and out. I feel a bit heartbroken that she was left behind, sad, confused … so much time lost. She finally got some clarity but has a difficult street e plot – it’s paranormal but a love story at heart and obviously something I have never read before. I have a feeling the storyline is special even for this genre. I wonder how Katy came up with the concept for this plot in the first put (legend, bound, going inside etc.). It is so far away from what people imagine exists. I would think it is based on some realistic concept in ancient past? I need to do some research myself because I am that intrigued. Is it real? Probably not. Is it believable? is thing – Katy’s writing is like a drug to me. Combined with a special storyline – you will be addicted to this drug too my friend. Katy is brilliant at storytelling… she will reel you in and hold you turning the page until it is done. I have read most of Katy’s books. She is a very versatile writer. She can write virtually anything, any genre, making me a this book is a paranormal but it’s a love story and since I am a believer in spirits, legends and all that jazz, some parts are not that unreal to me. Maybe I am crazy to think that? Maybe Katy is just a genius at twisting my mind? I am not sure but I think it’s a ladder 🙂Book #1 ends in a cliffhanger – I am dying for the grand finale. I think it will be EPIC!!!READ IT!!!!
I am HUGE lover of Paranormal Romance. HUGE. Next to Historical it is my favorite genre. So, I was excited to see what one of my contemporary romance authors would do with it on her first attempt.I was NOT ready for the AMAZING story that unfolded in the pages of this book. I thought I knew what to expect. The blurb sort of makes it clear. Jack comes back for Darcy after 20 years of separation. There are some secrets that will be is is just one of the MANY layers of this is SUCH a trip. I urge you, if you are reluctant because you do not read PNR, to read this. It is first and foremost a love story. I also urge you, as a lover of PNR, to read this because the attention to detail in that aspect of the story is DIVINE. I love shifters and this was will fall in LOVE with Jack and you will have so much respect and empathy for Darcy.Katy Regnery KILLED this story. It is unpredictable. It is angsty. It is SO DAMNED romantic, it is steeped in well researched lore and it BLEW my I even need to say that this gets 5 stars? I need to book 2 like yesterday.Anyway, satisfied reading Lovers!!
First book I have read by Katy Regnery, and she didnt disappoint. I love paranormal romance, especially shifters. Once I started It's You, I couldn't place my kindle down. I literally pulled an all nighter to finish this book because there was no method I was missing what was to come next. I really loved Jack and all that he accomplished to be with the one he was bound to, Darcy. He really makes a girl swoon and sweeps her off her feet. Darcy at times I wanted to smack her upside the head and knock some sense into her LOL But I loved her hero as well. Every turn of the page there was something else, Katy Regnery really keeps her readers wanting more, keeps them at the edge of their seat wanting to see what will become of these characters. Im so hooked and hungover on this book that I have already purchased book two and plan and dont plan on sleeping til I see what happens next because I must know. These characters have me hooked!
When I found out Katy Regnery "aka" K.P. Kelley was writing a fresh series I was all en to search out it's paranormal I couldn't wait to obtain my hands on 's been a while since I've read the genre so this was my method back is is Darcy Turner and Jack Beauloup’s story, part one of two so I knowI’ll be mourning the cliffhanger until I obtain my hands on part e authors writing pulled me in with their first kiss, one that lingered deep in their soulsfor 20 years to their first walk in the woods and what a magical walk it was.Darcy had a crush on Jack in high school but he didn’t message her.Or did he?One mind blowing kiss and their fate was blem is Jack left city leaving Darcy replaying that kiss over and over in her mind for the next twenty e knows he’s back, she doesn’t know how, but she feels his return.Jack, I like saying his name. I became quite fond of him and his deliciousFrench expressions. He was strong, compassionate and cautious ofpulling Darcy into his world.I shivered during their non-spoken communication.He makes me wish to howl at the moon even if there wasn’t one.I was so immersed in their walk in the woods I could smell the mold on the plants, hear the twigsbreak under my feet and imagined any min a bird would fly down and perch on my lightful!I soaked up the French-Canadian connection and the myths and beliefs of his family.I was ready.But was Darcy know the truth, she desperately sp…hurry Jack
This book is a MUST READ for anyone who loves PNR or romance books. OMG, WOW!! It has been a LONG time since I have been able to read a book straight through. I could not stop reading until I got to the end and CLIFFHANGER! I can't wait to read book 2. I like PNR, but It's You takes you far beyond your typical PNR read. It is a brilliantly woven tapestry of everything that makes any book amazing. Beautifully developed characters, a story line that sucks you in from the first page and leaves you wanting more on the last, wonderful moments that create you believe, and so a lot of swoonworthy phrases that feel like every romantic thought ever thought all rolled into one that bury themselves deep within you. They create you ache for that soul deep connection with someone. They create you ache for Jack and Darcy. This book just may be up there with Never Allow You Go, and any of my reading friends, and Katy, know that NLYG is my favorite book ever! I watched the trailer after I read the book, and it still gives me chills. Watch it! Then read it!!This book is a MUST READ for anyone who loves PNR or romance books of any kind!
Katy Regnery is an automatic buy for me,but,Paranormal and romance don't always work together,unless of course Katy Regnery is the e has a method of capturing your complete attention, where time stands still until the latest Jack abs Darcy shared a kiss when they were teens in high school,but,not your daily teenage kiss,no see Jack isn't your daily teen boy,he's a wolf shifter, and that kiss bound the 2 together. Sounds sweet right. But then Jack disappeared, Darcy is left not knowing what is going on until 20 years later when they meet again. And then the story really starts. Told in 2 parts,over in Darcy's POV, then in Jack's POV . Katy is a consummate storyteller,she knows the human heart like no one else I've read who writes romance. Katy tells a story of second chances, miscommunication,lies,( in the intetest of ,how do i tell obtain I'm a wolf shifter ), betrayal while still keeping to the telling of a real love story, because Paranormal or not It's You is a love story and no one falls in love in a vacuum,there is family obligation, loyalty to your clan, loyalty to yourself.Darcy's reacted to Jack's actions as any normal ,human woman would,the method I would, but Jack!!!! oh swoon worthy,he loves Darcy and will do just about anything to victory her back, or will he?The secondary characters,the family dynamics it's all here in ,Its you know this is a 2 part story,and it does end in a cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers but,don't worry It's You part 2 will be here very with any book Katy Regnery writes, all I can say is read it! Her writing ,her globe building her hours of research she must have done to bring this story together is worth any cliffhanger endingI am looking forward to Jack and Darcy's HEA,I trust Katy as I trust Jack and Darcy to search their C graciously provided for by the author.
I had high hopes for this book until I got to the middle. I just couldn't stand the heroine anymore. For being a 35 year old woman, age acted like an immature spoiled brat; I refused to continue. I honestly couldn't stand her anymore...either love the guy or don't. He's the one I felt poor for because he's bound to her forever. But I am not. That is why I am doing something I hardly ever do...stop reading the book.
I've read all of Katy's modern fairy tale books so when she announced a paranormal romance, I couldn't wait to read it. It didn't disappoint. The writing is flawless, the characters are well developed and likeable and there is plenty to hold you turning the page. I found myself wondering from the very begin who the mysterious jack was and what secret he held. I wasn't expecting what it was and that was a surprise. I found the book exciting and I was glad I had book two to jump straight into. If you have fun paranormal romances, this is a amazing read.
Having read several paranormal romances, this is exceptional. It's more mature than the teenage stories (like Twilight, Shiver, TVD). *sigh of relief* It actually explains how the two characters are drawn to each other. Their romance is hot and raw. Half the book is her pov, the second half is his pov. It blends well without going over the same scenes and dialogue too much. Well written. Amazing cliffhanger at the end! Can't wait to read the 2nd book.
This is a collection of the Berenstain Bears "Big Chapter" books. I had a few of these as a child and loved the transition from the classic "First Time" Berenstain Bears stories to more "grown up" stories about romance, cheating, peer pressure, bullying, and being yourself. The books run about a hundred pages, and the appropriate reading level is upper grade (3-6). I was excited to see this come up for offer on BookBub and it does not disappoint! Nerdy Nephew and Bermuda Triangle will always be my favorites.
I was very displeased with this purchase. Every shop is centered around a very "politically correct " idea, i.e. feminism, gun control, etc. Not the books I remembered reading when I was a child. The Berenstains have strayed far from writing amazing solid children's books to pushing a left wing agenda. I was extremely disappointed and will certainly not be reading them to my children.
This collection is awesome! Long out-of-print, this is a collection of books from the Huge Chapter Series that was famous in the early- to mid-90s. Some of the stories are a bit dated now, but these are all books they are not available anywhere else. Thank you for re-releasing these, even if it's not the fanciest edition. PS I am a small confused by some of these reviews. THESE ARE REAL Berenstain Bears books but not from the First Time picture book series that some are most familiar with. Read the title: chapter books! Lol. The cubs are more "middle school" age and encounter more mature issues like smoking, guns, bullying, relationships, etc.
So poor that we returned it, and we never return books: - Unclear who intended audience might be-- vocabulary and point of view are adult (not cursing, but throwing around phrases like, "This is the culture of violence")- Completely dictated by theme. Very very preachy (e.g. Let's discuss gun control but use bears instead of humans! That'll create it cute!)In short: skip it. Really. If regular Berenstein bears are sometimes treacly, well, this just makes me wish to grind my teeth.
The Book of Dust, Phillip Pullman's "equal" (both before and after His Dark Materials) is a delight--a wonderfully welcome return to the familiar but strangely various parallel globe of Lyra Bellacqua, Lord Asriel and the chilling Mrs Coulter. Like our own planet, theirs is beset by ecological catastrophe--not heating up but dripping wet as they suffer deluge after deluge. As with global warming, nobody believes a catastrophe is nigh (except the water-wise Gyptians) until it strikes. Apparently, when Reason meets Superstition the latter will victory no matter where in the Multiverse you reside. The forces of conservatism are stirring and the iniquitous Magisterium is ascendant. Baby Lyra is prophesied by witches to be of vital importance to the future. Needless to say, she is a person of interest to both the forces of Reason and the author's previous work, La Belle Sauvage is unapologetically political and unabashedly Liberal. There is, for example, The League of Alexander, a club of adolescent religious snitches who squeal on their families' or friends' slightest misdeed (the League's eponymous character turned his family in for execution). They're small angels compared to the positively terrifying Sisters of Obedience who are running what is essentially a kid abuse and slavery racket. Some people of faith escape his scorn but not many. To those who complain Pullman is anti-Religion I say "you're definitely on to something." If it bothers you, don't read him. In addition to Organized Evil (religion), there is just plain wickedness, personified in the wonderfully smarmy and grotesque hero of Gerard Bonneville complete with a leg-gnawing hyena daemon. A former professor and full-time pervert they share some of the creepiest and therefore most gripping Belle Sauvage starts off rather slowly introducing fresh characters, providing backstory to the main character, Malcolm Polstead and his coterie of mates and newly created enemies. Malcolm reminds one of the adage "still waters run deep" and like Lyra and Will Parry he is young enough to be naive but a bit reckless in his bravery; not classically educated but instinctively intelligent, and always curious. He and his daemon Asta (who hasn't settled into a single form yet) make a hero whose depth and humanity is surprising in one so young but entirely believable. He and his motley crew--the scholar Hannah Relf, Gyptian Coram von Texel and Alice the kitchen maid are a formidable force for Good. Their first priority is to save Lyra from the clutches of the Church and her vicious mother. When the flood hits, the action rises with the waters. La Belle Sauvage kicks into a higher why not 5 Stars? Frankly, The first book lacks the poetry of His Dark Materials, a brilliant riff on Milton's Paradise Lost. There are no gay angels falling in love, Serafina Pekkalas bashing about on a broom, Subtle Knives, peculiar Texans or talking polar bears with a drinking issue dressed in armor. La Belle Sauvage is very Sauvage but not so Belle. Compared to the first trilogy The Book of Dust seemed prosaic. In fact, Malcolm resembles Will a bit too much; one could swap out Coram for John Faa. The Book of Dust feels comfortable rather than electric. That's not to say it isn't entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. It is, however a bit of disappointment. I was hoping for more spark and inventiveness, not the occasional shiver. However, I am very glad the author has revisited his finest creation. I will be waiting in line, eager to read books 2 and 3. So too should you.
I’m already 97 pages in (chapter 7) and I’m thrilled to be drawn back into Lyra’s Globe of Daemons and the mysterious Dust. I have fun the back story, building of the characters and draw of immersing into a unbelievable fantasy globe of thrills and mystery and action! I recommend it for the adventure alone and can’t wait for the other books to follow! Trying so hard to pace myself LOL!! I might have to reread the golden compass, amber spyglass and subtle knife again!! Thank you Mr. Pullman for sharing your brilliance by creating a fascinating story!!
I really enjoyed this window into a collage of experiences that I, as a white person, cannot directly relate to for the most part. Williams-Garcia addresses abandonment, too-early responsibility, and the day-to-day life of the late-60s Black Panther movement in Oakland. While I know something about being the daughter of a woman who is not capable of being a mother, I only know snippets about the Black Panthers, and they are largely shaped by mainstream media. Regarding this theme, there are a lot of nuances to be gleaned between the lines, such as a woman's reticence to fully engage in the movement, or the implications of a kid ratting out a fink. Published in 2011, this book still holds current cultural significance for huge portions of our society. Personally, this is one of those times when an artful novel brings me some understanding of a life I'll never experience, and hopefully enlarges my own humanity in doing so. May I approach the enlightenment here offered as a fellow being on this planet, and not a sightseer snapping a image to capture gooey crooning over foreign-to-me cuteness.
Grade: A+During the summer of 1968 eleven year old Delphine and her two younger sisters fly from their father's home in Brooklyn to their mother's in Oakland, the same mother who abandoned the six years ago, the same mother who doesn't wish them now. They attend a Black Panther camp and Delphine discovers the Panthers are so much more than the negative press from the media. With sometimes poignant irony, she learns to stand up for herself, to respect herself and to war for what's right,Although ONE CRAZY SUMMER is listed as a boon for middle graders, children, teens and adults will search things to savor from Delphine, her sisters and everyone they encounter. Rita Williams-Garcia doesn't sugarcoat the serious events, but tells the story through Delphine's serious, insightful mind. This would be a amazing read in English or History classes for older kids, because a lot of of the problems are still topical. ONE CRAZY SUMMER is so amazing I wish to read everything else Williams-Garcia has emes: sisters, family, emotional abuse/neglect, activism, prejudice, history, slanted media coverage
Loved the accuracy of the history and the authentic protagonist's voice. Learned a lot about the Black Panthers and Oakland in the 1960s. Amazing to use as a comparison to the ideas of MLK, Jr. and Malcolm X. In light of latest tragedies and crimes versus unarmed black men, it is also an perfect conversation starter. Since it's geared for 4-6th grade, it's the kind of book you could read with adults and have a amazing conversation. Sometimes the BLM conversation is too tough. This removes the tension a small and still allows for honest dialog. HIGHLY recommended (get your Kleenex, too).
Not what I expected, but a amazing garding the mom: You wish to hate her, but only an older kid (and/or adult) will realize forgiveness is to love her. There are other roles and scenarios which also need further explanation throughout the book. Plus, the fact that the setting is in Summer me parts were complicated and difficult to explain to an 8 yr old, which is why I think older kids would be a better ve it 5 stars for expressing what abandonment might feel like to children, because not a lot of authors describe it with as much uncategorized pain, confusion and eventual dissonance it tends to make for many.I liked that the story honored the single father's role, as well as, the perspective of love and respect expressed by the CA mate in regard to his own father's role; regardless of dad being away. Father's play a huge role in a child's life and not a lot of author's give them credit for the positive influence.
The book was interesting right from the start. I'm from Oakland and the same era. I would recommend this book for young readers. I haven't been able to read a book for several years. This book was the excellent book to read and let me begin back doing a much loved and missed latest time
I loved this book and felt it captured a summer for me in California with my brothers , sister and cousins. We actually went to a black panther summer program and it was unforgettable and life changing. Thank you Rita for writing it. I loved the characters and your words. I had tears in my eyes. I have two more of your books in this series , a bonus from a mate who is a teacher. I can't wait to read them!
I don't know if readers too young to remember the happenings that are the background of One Crazy Summer will love the novel as much as I did, but it is still a unbelievable historical fiction/realistic family story. I was the same age as oldest sister, Delphine, in the summer 1968, and I remember from the TV news and adult conversations the happenings Delphine is experiencing. I, too, could not figure out if the Black Panthers were amazing guys or scary guys. But I was watching it on TV; Delphine was living it. Sent away from her safe, sheltered life in Brooklyn to Oakland, to visit the mother she has not seen since she was four, turns Delphine's life upside down. She spends her days at a Black Panther day camp learning how to organize demonstrations and stand up for her rights when confronted by police. She learns she is not colored, she is black. She learns her mother is not crazy, she is a victim and a survivor with a powerful attractive poetic voice. She learns her younger sisters can teach her as much as she teaches them. She learns life is complicated. She will teach much to all readers.
Yes, it's a middle reader book, but so. well written in the first person, I felt Delphine was speaking to me. I remember those times and people - both in NYC and e point of view of an 11year old was refreshing. True, some of the perceptions were adult like. But weren't we all a small adult like as tweens?Looking foreword to reading book two.
I really liked this book for it's pro freedom of speech ideology. I picked it up for my son, who didn't understand the dialect (even though it was minor) and was completely distracted by it. He's also at the age where all girls have cooties so I chose to drop it for a few months. I love juvenile fiction that depicts happenings in is book tells about a snippet of time (a summer) in the lives of three girls abandoned by their "revolutionary-minded" mother. Not a sugar coated - everything is resolved at the end kind of novel. Worth the read.
This book opens with three young sisters, ages 11, 9 and 7, on a plane flying alone to meet their mother who abandoned them soon after the birth of the youngest, and who doesn't wish them now. At this point, everything that is decent in you should be screaming, "What the hell kind of a "parent" would ship their kids off to a "parent" who didn't wish them?" Pay attention to that feeling - it's necessary to this t unexpectedly, the girls' "mammal birth giver" is less than warm or receptive upon their arrival. She shows up late to claim them like so much baggage and then can't be bothered to cook or care for them or even waste time on them other than making a few offhand cruel comments. The caring part falls to the eldest, our narrator Delphine, who is amazingly amazing at it. She knows just how and when to break up a fight, how to hold her sisters from making a "grand Negro spectacle", and how to comfort and reassure even when she's far from comforted herself. You have to wonder how she got so amazing at all of that, especially since she lives with her father, Papa, and her grandmother, Huge Ma. Don't you think that they should be parenting the younger girls so that Delphine can be a kid herself? Are you getting that feeling again?The majority of the book is about how Delphine and her sisters cope with their month in hostile territory. How they spend their days at the Black Panthers' summer camp. How they learn to deal with and even fit in with the other kids. How they adapt to the "black" identity they are being taught after their proper "Negro" upbringing. How they eat Chinese meal every night until Delphine demands to be allowed into her mother's sacred kitchen because the girls need home cooking.But behind it all, their mother's absent presence lurks, along with their father behind that. Cecile aka "Nzila" remains a mystery until nearly the tail end of the book, and the book is really about Delphine's (and her sisters') drive to reach their mother somehow. Over and over again the girls reach out in small, tentative ways, and over and over again they grasp small but air. Nevertheless, Cecile/Nzila's presence slowly and subtly grows in the background until we - and Delphine - can start to create out at least the bare outlines of a true person. Maybe even a person who isn't quite so contemptible as we think. Maybe there's even the slightest bit of sympathy left in her.And then we search out the horrible truth that crystallizes those niggling feelings, those cold small suspicions of Papa and even Huge Ma. Suddenly we learn just exactly what kind of man sends his children alone to a mother who doesn't wish them. At this point the book almost tries to convince us that a miraculous transformation has occurred and maybe Cecile isn't such a poor mother after all. But the attempt at a feel-good ending isn't quite convincing, and maybe we still don't really like Cecile all that much. But maybe we understand her just a bit better, and maybe we realize that our contempt has been misplaced. Cecile may not exactly be honorable, but our contempt should be reserved for the man who made the whole situation in the first is is a very hard book to rate. Overall, the book is very well written. Ms. Williams-Garcia has a method with words, and she's drawn up some believable, three-dimensional characters. Delphine's narrative voice is pitch-perfect for the overly mature and responsible woman-child that she is, and I could see the globe clearly through her eyes. Ms. Williams-Garcia is at her best in describing the close/dysfunctional relationship among the three motherless small girls, and their ambiguous relationship with the adults in their e parts of the book dealing with the Black Panthers and life in 1968 Oakland felt a small weaker to me, but then, it almost seems like just the background to the story Ms. Williams-Garcia really wanted to tell: the story of a predatory man, the girl he used, and the rippling effects on the generation they created. That story is powerfully told, but it's not a pleasant story. It's the kind of story that leaves you both heartbroken and in need of a though there is nothing overtly violent in the book, there is a level of cruelty, even depravity, that I think calls for a more mature audience than the intended target of this book. In order to appreciate this book, kids must be able to move beyond black/white, good/bad dichotomies and be able to understand nuance and circumstance. I'd suggest that parents of younger readers provide some guidance, perhaps even read it with your child. Although the publisher's guidelines say that it is for age 9-12, I wouldn't recommend it for children much younger than 12 without adult support.
I have tears in my eyes! I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! So undeniably, unequivocally, irrevocably in love with this book. It was gorgeous. From the first chapter I felt myself beginning to fall. Everything about the storyline and the characters captivated me. Emme and Nate are delicious together. Their personalities, their conversations, their chemistry... my my my! I was a goner, charmed beyond words. Only You is so well written. Melanie knows how to capture and secure the heart of her readers. She is an perfect writer with books that ooze heartfelt goodness. And gosh, did I ever fall in love. I can’t catch my breath right now. This was blissful. ALL THE THINGS I live for in romance. I can’t recommend it y You starts off HOT. Nate and Emme are a hilarious breath of new air. Their distinct personalities victory you over immediately. Where Emme is full of life—wild with emotion, a dreamer, optimistic—Nate is the opposite. He lives a “surface level” kind of life. He NEVER involves his emotions in anything. He thrives on control. These two are polar opposites, yet they’ve developed an awesome friendship over the latest 3 years. A divorce attorney (Nate) and a wedding planner (Emme), they live across the hall from each other. They have two completely various outlooks on love and that shows when an unexpected surprise (in the form of a baby) lands on Nate’s doorstep. And gracious me, I loved that so much! I ate up each page of this romance. Watching Nate and Emme’s relationship grow was fun and sweet and sexy and so ween laughing at how charming these two are together and wanting to swoon forever as Nate transforms from this closed off, jaded playboy into a open, caring man, I was in book heaven. Every moment spent with these characters was an ultimate pleasure. I had belly flutters, small electric sparks zapping me as I read. There’s such beauty in this love story, such decadent sweetness in the friendship to lovers romance that transforms Nate and Emme.On top of all that, we obtain to see Coco and Nick and Mia and Lucas from the Frenched series. Hooray! As a MEGA fan of those books I was delighted to see those characters again. Emme is Mia’s cousin, and partners with Coco at Devine Events. Getting to see them all together created me happy. And I must say, if you haven’t read the Frenched Series (what the heck? You should do that), reading this first shouldn’t damage your reading experience at all!Overall, Only You felt like a treat. A big, delicious romantic treat for the heart! I can’t stop swooning! I’m absolutely smitten with every small detail that makes up this story! Melanie did an awesome job and I think this is her best book to date (which is saying a lot because I’ve read and loved most of them)! To say I recommend it would be an understatement! You should absolutely read it! I think it’s one the best books of the year!
Seriously, this book is perfection. It's filled with all the heat and humor I crave and all the heartwarming, heartbreaking emotion that I can't obtain enough of. From the first hilarious moments, through the upheaval of sudden fatherhood and burning attraction, Only You kept me glued to my kindle. This was a one sitting read for me, so engaging in so a lot of ways.Emme and Nate are mates who didn't realize how much they required each other until life threw them together day after day.Emme's awesome, a successful woman with a bit of a clumsy side. She's relied on Nate since they've been neighbors. When an unexpected surprise shows up on Nate's doorstep, it's his turn to rely on her...Nate is wonderful. Hot Alpha, definitely. Witty, generous, and vulnerable too...I loved the moment he found out he had a eir friendship grew out of respect and lighthearted teasing, but that hasn't stopped Nate from fantasizing about Emme and vice-versa. Neither know the attraction is eir journey through friendship, love and life is breathtakingly beautiful. The tearful, emotional feelings that Melanie Harlow writes so well fill the pages of this story. Do yourself a favor--don't pass this book by. There aren't enough stars for this one.
I'm a sucker for mates to lovers stories but add in a sexy single dad and I'm a complete goner! Melanie Harlow did not disappoint with this heartwarming, sexy and emotional story that hit all the right notes. Beautifully written, Only You is a journey of self discovery and finding the inner strength to face life's largest challenges. It's realizing that life doesn't always go according to plan and sometimes the diversion is exactly what you didn't know you needed.I loved the hero of Emme. She was flawed in a method that most women can identify with and that created her more real. She's powerful and intelligent but longs to search the love of her life and is constantly disappointed and damage by the men she chooses to date. Nate is the playboy who suddenly finds himself in a situation he never saw coming. Unexpectedly thrown into fatherhood, this perennial bachelor struggles to search his method as a parent. As Nate transformed from sexy alpha into a tender, loving father, my heart melted. I loved seeing him brought to his knees by this adorable small angel. There's nothing quite like a father and his daughter! Emme and Noah have dozens of chemistry and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow. They sizzled both in and out of the bedroom and their back and forth banter was truly entertaining. Harlow provides comic relief throughout the book to balance out the more serious parts of the y You is the type of book that you pick up and don't wish to place back down. With Harlow as the author, you know you're getting a well written and well developed story that will suck you in and cycle you through the gamut of emotions. It's witty, fun, swoony, attractive and everything in between. 5 stars for Only You!
This was my first book by Melanie Harlow and I loved every single page! A story about Nate, a hot, alpha male divorce attorney who is perfectly satisfied with his bachelor life, and Emme, a huge hearted wedding planner who's down on her luck in the android game of love. Nate and Emme are not only neighbors but stuck in the mate zone. When Nate gets the surprise of a lifetime and finds a baby on his doorstep, he needs Emme to be more than the girl next e chemistry between these two is so amazing. I found myself smiling and laughing so much while reading it. The interactions between the two when Emme is teaching Nate how to care for the baby is so funny. They have an undeniable attraction but Nate feels he cannot be the man Emme needs and deserves. Emme knows what her heart wants and the more time she spends with Nate, she sees the man and father he has become and she wants to be a part of that life.A totally swoon worthy romance that will leaving you wanting more from Nate and Emme. Melanie has a method with words and some of the scenes are scorching! From the back and forth banter, to the steamy evenings spent together, Emme & Nate soon search out everything they required to complete their lives was right across the hall all along. A five star read for me!
Finished reading an early copy of Only You by Melanie Harlow that I received for an honest review, I don't know which damage more through out my read, my heart or my cheeks from smiling. To fear the feeling of heartbreak...OMGosh! It killed autiful, Captivating, Frustrating, Heartbreaking, Passionate Mates to Lovers Romance ❤📚🍷⏰This story stole my heart with the characters and attractive heartbreaking storyline. This is another story by Melanie Harlow that I could not place down. She wins me over with her complicated men, powerful women and a sweet pea that brings them together.What can I say about Nate Pearson that will do his gorgeousness some justice and wrap all his glorious assets up in a sweet package? He is the epitome of a womanizer, a man who has one night stands to avoid a commitment. That's until a one-night stand comes back and opens his globe to a whole fresh bunch of possibilities, the chance of being a amazing dad and allowing to love and allow love in. Nate's doubts can be so frustrating and heartbreaking, but his falling in love will wrap around your heart like the sweetest hug ever.Emily Devine is one lucky woman, having a guy that is simple on the eyes as a neighbor. It makes coming home a amazing thing, especially when they obtain to spend time, banter, and watch the hottest secret service man on the little screen together. Emily knows that Nate being a divorce attorney and her being a wedding planner can complicate a relationship, but since he avoids commitments, falling in love with him was something she rarely thought about. Now, that he needs her baby sitting skills more than ever, she can't support but see the man holding a baby in a various light. Can she protect her heart and not fall in love with the man who had a rotating door of women going through his apartment or will she be able to look past that and see the person he is becoming?I loved everything and I mean everything about Only You! I loved it so much that I found myself wanting to obtain to know the other characters in this story. Which means I must have missed a Harlow read somewhere down the line.I 5 Stars recommend this mates to lovers, single dad falling in love story with all my heart.
When I think Melanie Harlow, I think automatic one-click. She is one of my go to authors because I equate her with the romantic comedy films that I love to watch over and over again. Her characters are always well written with a lot of witty banter between the couple and mates or siblings and I will experience every emotion within the te and Emme's story is no different. Like so a lot of Harlow books, I was chuckling in the first chapter and then swept into Nate and Emme's story. This story gave me all of the feels and it was such a amazing mates to lovers story. I also loved that we got to reconnect with some of my favorite characters from earlier Harlow books. It's always nice to reconnect and catch up on characters that you loved.If Passionflix is looking for some amazing romantic comedies, they need to take message of Ms. Harlow's work! Loved Nate and Emme's story and I can't wait for the next book in this world.
Just when I think Melanie Harlow’s books couldn’t obtain any better...BAM..she hits it right out of the park!. Emme is a wedding planner, looking for love, and finding lots of frogs on her find for a prince. Nate, is a amazing looking divorce attorney, jaded by life and swearing off love forever. They have been neighbors and mates for years, each attracted to the other, but knowing they are looking for various things from life. One night, they are hanging out watching movies, when a baby is left on Nate’s doorstep. That’s when everything changes in both of their lanie’s writing makes me feel as if I truly know these characters. Since it is written in the first person, from both points of view, we can see right inside Emme and Nate’s heads. This book is romantic, funny, heartbreaking, heart warming and extremely sexy. I loved every min of it!I loved that we obtain to see updates on characters from some of Melanie’s previous books, but this can definitely be read as a standalone novel. I can’t wait for Melanie Harlow’s next book!
I was totally captivated with Nate and Emme!! I have a soft spot in my heart for mates to lovers stories. I love seeing the friendship the characters have and how they obtain along before the idea of "something more" comes into play. It is also fun to hear the thoughts of each hero if the other has a boyfriend or girlfriend, or in Nate's case, a revolving door of one night stands.Poor Emme seems to always fall for the wrong kind of guy, the type who never puts her first in any way. And Nate has no type, other than someone who is just looking for one night of fun before they go their separate not only is this a mates to lovers story, it also turns out to be a single dad story. One of Nate's no string flings has resulted in a baby daughter that he finds on his doorstep one night with a note from the mother. Talk about turning your life upside down! Luckily Emme is there to support Nate, as he has been there for her on a lot of occasions.I loved seeing these two progress from just mates to "friends with benefits" to figuring out they had deep feelings for each other. But Nate has experienced some life changing happenings in his past that have scarred him deeply and caused him to swear he would never, ever fall in love or obtain married. So how's that going to work out for Emme, who has created it clear to Nate all through their friendship that she wants nothing more than to fall in love, obtain married and have a family?The emotions in this book run deep. Not only was I falling for Nate because he was such a amazing daddy, even if he was scared to death to be one, but I loved seeing how much he wanted to see Emme search love and happiness, even if it wasn't with him. And Emme, God she was such a powerful woman, even if she felt like she was falling apart at e supporting cast of characters rounded out this story, with Emme's two sisters being her rock. And I'm sure plenty of people will recognize two characters from previous books of Melanie's. And Nate's mother. It was heartbreaking to see how devastating past happenings have affected her lanie really did an awesome job with the tough topics in this story. Feelings of insecurity on Nate's part, him being scared he would never be amazing enough or be able to love another person. His vulnerabilities where his daughter is concerned. His worries about his mother. And Emme's fears that she will never search someone who will love her as strongly as she will love them. Her struggle to believe that she deserves better than what she's been getting from men.If you are a fan of mates to lovers, you love this story. AND if you happen to also love single father stories, you are in for a double treat! I really, really loved Nate and Emme!!
I always look forward to a Melanie Harlow read and this is no different. A various take on a single dad romance with a mates to lovers twist, not what I expected in a amazing way. Nate and Emme has such opposite thoughts towards relationships that being she’s planning weddings and he's a divorce attorney. Not only that how they view feelings, sex and love with physical and mental, Emme is an idealist and Nate pragmatic. Despite that though they remain amazing mates and confidants. So when things suddenly change in Nate's life in form of a baby his closely held control is 's interesting that Nate didn't embrace everything like most single dad left with baby stories and that felt real. It was a shock and he didn't deal well at first. Then he opened up to the idea with Emme's helped slowly learned the ropes and it wasn't all smooth sailing but it was honest. It's a begin though and he stepped up where a lot of wouldn't. I liked how the co parenting situation was unconventional enhances the plot though. But also it created Nate realize what a amazing person Emme is and her importance in his 's through these small things that develop their relationship into more. From just plain hot guy lawyer to loving dad who dotes on a baby. Seeing the person in another method inspires more feelings from both but mates to more is tricky lines to cross and the timing might be a challenge. I was holding my breath for them both and falling for Nate he makes such unbelievable dad. Of course he has to obtain past his problems with needing someone and somehow they will search their method in time. I like the transition from mates to more it felt very natural. The whole thing makes them learn more about themselves which is great. I loved them together.Oh the ending is awww inducing and will tug on your heart too. I'm looking forward to the next book which is Emme's sister Maren!
Melanie continues to surprise me with awesome books that suck you in from word one! Her characters are so true and irresistible. This was such a fun book to read. Seeing Nate and Emme together as mates and neighbors was amusing, especially when Nate gets an unexpected surprise one night. But watching them evolve and fall in love was captivating. I kept saying to myself this relationship could happen in true life. It’s not that most relationships in romance books couldn’t happen in true life, but the method these characters are written they just felt like you could look across a restaurant and see them having dinner and doing their thing.Let me back track a bit and give you a small look at this stand alone book. We have Nate and Emme. As I said above they are neighbors and friends. Emme is accident prone and needs rescuing from Nate her, how do we say, Bond like neighbor. He comes to the rescue but is an island and doesn’t need a long term relationship. He’s a love em and leave em kind of guy. His past has created him a no relationship kind of guy. Where as Emme loves love and falls for every guy she’s in a relationship with, even if they are not on the same page as her. She’s had her heart broken quite a few when Nate finds himself in a situation he is not prepared for, he leans on Emme and in turn starts to feel things he’s never felt before. Could it be he’s been wrong all this time and there is someone out there to be the one he can’t live without?
I am an English teacher constantly searching for books that will inspire a love for reading, and it seems that wholesome books for older elementary and junior high boys are the most difficult to find. Brady's Trapped in a Video Android game is excellent for this group! As the narrator's voice becomes clear, the story is undoubtedly relatable, humorous, and engaging! When I finished the book, I found myself thinking "That's it?!" I'm sure I echo the sentiments of other readers when I say that I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I will definitely recommend this book to students in my own school!
My 9 (almost 10 year old) LOVES this book! He hasn't been much of a reader but this is the FIRST book he reads without prodding. He talks about it a lot and always tells me what happened. The chapters aren't too long or overwhelming for early chapter readers. An simple read. It's refreshing to search a fun, adventure book without a lot of "dark" themes. A rare find!
My 8 year old has to read every day for 30 minutes. He could not place this book down. He loves it!! What more could you ask for as a parent? He is engaged and excited to read the next book in the series. In addition, some of the terms the book used opened more learning branches. He asked what the about Hindenburg. I am buying book 2 now.
Jonathan Morley's book is an essential foundational read. As the blockchain zone evolves, the key concepts and terms explained in this book will serve the reader well. My favorite part, he explains blockchain before bitcoin. This framing of info allows the reader to imagine the possibilities instead of being limited by Bitcoin, its first of a lot of implementations. This book is what I will recommend when I am inevitably asked, where can I learn more about blockchain?
...and an even easier finish. Jonathan walks through complex subject and creates easy framework in the process. Some amazing high level views on building blocks and primer on the hash. A view comes through but only enough to create for an interesting read. Worth getting for you and your colleagues.