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I still remember my cousin loaning me this book while I was at her home for vacation. I was so engrossed in the book, I didn't wish to go to the beach or anywhere else until I was done! Thankfully, it was a short book... When I got home, I went on a find to search my own copy. When I loaned it to a mate in college, I never got it back from her. Over the years, I bought this book whenever I saw it in the store, as I would hold loaning my copy to people and never getting it back! With online bookstores, thankfully it's a lot easer to obtain my replacement copies!I wrote to the Oprah Winfrey show, I think she would LOVE this book, and it would be amazing to see it obtain the kind of exposure being her Book Club pick would bring, so if you love it, write to them too! The thing that amazes me about One Child, is how few people have ever read it, I don't think anyone I've mentioned it to has ever read it, until I give them my copy. And of course, everyone loves the book!P.S. Be sure to read the Tiger's Child, not quite as emotionally strong as One Child, but a amazing book on how heartbreaking reality can be sometimes.
My 13-year-old daughter first read this book and was so moved by it that she encouraged me to read it as well. Like my daughter, I was riveted to this book and could not place it down. The main character, Sheila, just enters your heart and being. You are horrified and heartbroken by her experiences, but inspired by her innate goodness and a lot of other unique qualities. Equally so, you are fascinated by Torey Hayden -- the author of the book and the teacher who believed in Sheila so fiercely and never gave up on her. Through Hayden's words, you learn to see past the superficial aspects of Sheila's daughter & I went out and bought all of Hayden's other books as well, incl. the sequel to this is book is for anyone who cares about, and believes in, children. I especially think this should be needed reading for politicians or education administrators who are contemplating the cessation of unique education programs!
I was needed to read this book for my Intro to Kids with Disabilities college course. I admit, I hate reading books, and most books do not keep my attention, but this book did. I sat down and read the entire book in 1 day. I've never done that with any other book. It's an simple read. Some chapters were heartbreaking, but it's defiantly worth the read.
The reviews of Torey Hayden's books convinced me to wish to read the series. My pursuit of the first book One Kid found a Plot Synopsis and Study Guide. Disappointed until I found the actual book based on her real experience on Amazon and read it through in two sittings. Now see how other reviews are spot on and I will be reading through all the series! I have read through all the Cathy Glass books and was looking for something as engrossing and Torey Hayden fits the bill.
I read this book in under a week, and its sequel I read in a couple days. Even if you have no ties to the educational world, you should give this One Kid a read. It is a solid read that will take you on an emotional ride that so few books do. I dare say if you haven't shed a tear by the end of the book you might wish to ask yourself if you're Dreaming of Android device Sheep, because you might be a replicant.
I found value in the reviewer who similar the history of the eugenics movement to the gifted kid movement. However, we're all biased. Perhaps the problem was that if Sheila wasn't gifted she may have been institutionalized. I seldom read books cover to cover for different reasons of time and life situations. I was hell bent however at being a social worker or something of that nature at one point, and I ate this up. I read it all, and I cherish the emotional bent that keeps these women fighting for children and loving when it's hard. This is essentially a attractive story whether you buy it or not. I don't search it strange thAt Torey would seek out Sheila if only for her second book about it as it can't be so really: It must be so rewarding to see someone flourish that you helped and who cared for you aNd vice versa.
This book is amazing. It will have you laughing, crying, and everything in between as you learn about a small girl who due to the insight, love, empathy, and dedication of her teacher overcame amazing odds. It will also introduce you to what a teacher of emotionally impaired students might have to deal.I have used the book in a speed reading class several times and the students have loved it. I am now going to use it in another reading class to broaden the students' point of view and cultural awareness. Everyone I have shared the book with, has loved it and shared it with others. The read will hold you involved and create you wish to read other books by Torey Hayen.
Another enjoyable page-turner from JoJo Moyes. Once again, the theme of pitting the 1% and the other 99% versus each other reaches an enjoyable conclusion. The characters are engaging and multidimensional. I never thought I would have fun romance novels as much as I am Moyes' works. Partly it's because she celebrates the working class, and the qualities of grit and determination that inspire the reader. Also, her female protagonists aren't virginal; they're well-rounded, realistic people. Of course, it's amazing to have a guy on a white horse canter up, but in Moyes novels, the girl proves herself capable on her own. I will definitely buy more of this author's books.
Another unbelievable read from Jojo Plus One tells the story of single mum, Jess ,struggling every day cleaning other people's houses and working in a bar at night to bring up her daughter Tanzie who is a gifted child, and Nicky her withdrawn teenage step-son who is bullied at school.Tanzie, 8 years old,is offered a scholarship to attend a prestigious Girls school to further her maths but there is no method Jess can afford the little difference in fees..Jess asks for support from her estranged husband who has given his family no help since leaving two years of Jess's housecleaning clients,Ed, comes to the rescue after finding himself at a loose end whilst in the midst of his own problems.He takes Tanzie and her family on a street trip to sit a mathematics Olympiad exam in the hope of winning first prize , a money prize of Two Thousand pounds which would enable Tanzie to attend the fresh is an hilarious street trip and Ed gets taken in by Jess and her two children. All four,and the dog Norman, have their own story to tell and the street trip brings them all together versus all odds.Or does everything go horribly wrong?
This was a amazing rainy day read. I am from America so some of it was a small hard for me to understand, but I really enjoyed it. Their journey up to Scotland together was very unique. I'm so glad it had a satisfied ending because there were parts that I was afraid it was going to end up bad. I like to end on a amazing note. :) If you need a book to obtain you through a beach trip or on a long vacation then give this a try.
To be honest I was not excited to read this one as I have read all of Moyes other books and didn't think this one could be as amazing based on the plot. I am so glad is was proved wrong! One Plus One has become my very favorite of all of Moyes e characters are deep and very well written. They draw you in and create you completely invested. The book reads like a movie- I could see the scenes in my mind as I read. I LOVE Ed's hero and the steadfastness and growth you see in him throughout the will fall in love with that characters. I would LOVE to read a follow up story to see what they are up to after this book ends. :)
I thought this book would be a chick flick kind of story. You know a mushy romance novel, and I was okay with that. Instead it dealt with reality. Kindness, bullies, positive thinking, financial and family stress, and yes even love. I will recommend this book to my mates and family because it touches close to home. So much is going on in this book, some things predictable, some not. Bottom line it created me wish to be a better person, less cynical. It's so simple to fall into that mindset, but this book reminds me that what's necessary is doing the best you can with what you have and reaching out to others if there is any method you can. Things usually work out for the best even if you can't see it in those darkest hours. This is an wonderful story of being there for your family and others at all costs just because you know deep down it's the right thing to do. Remarkable story!
Tanzie's maths interest are very wide and simply attributed by there name or category. But in the closing pages one of those are cited and frankly the most mysterious of them all. And we are left either to be impressed with JJ's depth or sent on our method to satisfy our own curiosity. That one is "Strong Emergence". Look it up and drown in the maths mystique of the highest order. I will test to demystify the concept which has been of latest vintage emerged in the cloak of maths language, equations, and symbolism. Allow me support with a metaphor that will take some of the mystery out of the e popular proverb: "The straw that broke the camel's back" is an example of (strong ) emergence . The theory has imbedded in it without quantifying the different properties of the system: I.e. The strength of the camel, the weight of the straws, the time constraint on the endurance of the camels, and other physical variables. We know by our experience with logic that the load is not infinite, and we can feel the continuity of the growing burden that the camel must endure. But we know that the latest straw is imbued with a role not attributed to any other of the equivalent components. Think about it and test to search a related maths explanation If you search one allow me know. I stand guilty of over simplification, but how else to attempt at layman C. Pulseinc @
Jessica Rae Thomas has got to be one of the most positive people and rightful people on the world. She is broke to the bone and has two kids to raise. Her husband is off "for recovery" and not supporting her family with a single pound. Still, she wants to grant her daughter the opportunity of lifetime by enabling her to go to a costly personal school which will be targeting Tanzie's math when she decides to take a run down vehicle to drive her family plus dog from South England to Scotland for a maths tournament that might pay for Tanzie's tuition fees, and that vehicle actually breaks down in the middle of the road, she never thought that Ed Nicholls would be the one to come to her rescue. The arrogant wealthy arse who's beachhouse she cleans on a regular basis. However, Ed has problem of his own and for some reason, he decides to embark onto tthat chaotic trip to Scotland with nce I read and absolutely loved Me Before You from the same author, it was nearly impossible not to read this fresh book, especially given that the plot sounded so new and nice. Who doesn't love a geeky millionaire and a family in be very honest with you, this felt like a true life parody of Small Miss Sunshine. The similarities were absolutely obvious: you have the eccentric small daughter going of to a tournament (maths/beauty pageant - sounds about the the same) and that troubled teenager with a goth haircut, and a mother who is hell bent on making this trip work out so she can give her kid what she feels it deserves.But apart from those similarities, the whole story was very-well customised and exudes the lovely english charm that I don't come across often, given the very small "english" books I read. It is also a very striking comparison of two worlds: the huge town London life were yuppies and self created men indulge in fancy things, and the life on the outskirts of the city, where a family barely has £12 a day as a meal me parts of the story will create you laugh and some parts will create you cry. You will most definitely fall in love with Jessica's quirky hero and positive vision of life, and you will become a amazing fan of Ed Nicholls and witness how something even more chaotic than the professional predicament he is in can actually bring him peace and happiness. It's a attractive story about unexpected situations, finding happiness, and starting ever, do not expect any steamy scenes here - everything is being kept on a very light level, but the story is so sweet you don't actually miss it...
Ok, with so a lot of unbelievable reviews, I'm beginning to feel poor that I liked it but did not love it. It's a amazing book but it's not great. Having said that, I really did search myself liking all the characters and feeling for them. You wish it to work out even though you know that in true life, it would per my sometimes usual review format...Did I learn anything from this book?I think how hard it is to obtain ahead when living on the minimum wage was reinforced. Some people have it really hard and those of us who don't have no clue. I don't know that this knowledge will change how I live my life but it does support to be a small more aware.Did I think about the book when I wasn't reading it?Not at first but yes, towards the end, I was thinking about it when I was not reading it.Did I wish to read this book when I wasn't reading it?Yes - I wanted to know what happened.Will this book stay with me long after it's over?Not all of it... it's amazing but not that good. However, there is a section where Jess explains to Ed how hard it is to obtain ahead once you have a baby at 17 and are always behind trying to catch up and this will stay with me. It is very well said. And there are comment about living as a single/solo parent on the minimum wage and yes, those will stick.SPOILER ALERT: I enjoyed all of it except for when Jess and Ed obtain together and then it just gets too pathetically mushy. I was almost satisfied when they broke up so we could obtain back to being real. For a while there I thought "Oh God, Mills and Boon/Harlequin Romance" and this is not what I signed up for.
Allow me begin by stating I just cannot bear most romance novels. While some might classify this as a romance novel, I found it to be more of an interesting tale with some quirky characters. I found it interesting to see how two strangers from various ends of a spectrum could develop a friendship through easy acts of compassion and through that arrive at an even deeper connection. While Jess is a financially struggling single mother, Ed is wealthy and a lot of might assume that he would not have a care in the globe due to his wealth. As Jess develops a friendship with Ed, she becomes aware that he has a lot of problems that are equally as challenging and heartbreaking for him and that cash does not guarantee a issue free life Each learns that everyone has issues sometimes just as heartbreaking as yours. Through Jess's life, Ed is able to see a powerful woman fighting for her children's welfare and a mother that always puts her kids first, although in one instance a lot of would question whether that commitment to her kids justifies some of the actions that she takes.Without giving away more of the story, I'll just conclude that this is an intelligently written novel of a romance, but not a "romance novel". It was interesting to see how two people from various walks of life were able to connect.
This is a amazing book! The main hero is Jess, a single parent trying to raise her daughter, Tanzie, and her x-husband's son, Nicky, by herself because her husband has deserted her. She has several jobs just trying to pay the bills. There are no extras! She cleans for Ed, another main character. He is on the other end of the cash issue. He has lots of money, but gets himself into some problem which will cost him ss attempts to take a street trip to Scotland where her daughter has been offered a possibility to take a prestigious math exam and if she passes will create it into a amazing personal school. Jess cannot afford to send her there otherwise. She, however, takes her x's old vehicle which doesn't run properly. She is pulled over by the police, and Ed accidentally drives by and rescues her and the om there the story really begins. They are on this street trip and have all kinds of experiences!!! There is never a dull moment!One of the problems brought out in this book deals with bullying. There is a poor group of children living in Jess's neighborhood who bully Nicky. This is another reason Jess so wants Tanzie to attend a various school. Yet, even at the personal schools, there can be a bit of bullying. When someone is different, they just appeal to those who think they are better!!!This is a story about hardship, bullying, honesty, determination, friendship, family, and love. It makes you laugh, and it just may create you cry a couple times! I highly recommend it!
Amazing application and amazing concept. However, it should have an option to record your own songs on the front page. Since there are only a few categories of songs, there should also be the option to request a song on the home page. (For example, there are no country songs, edm, etc). There should also be a feature of connected apps if other apps work with the one. Giving four stars because I know it just came out and hopefully updates will be coming soon. Have high hopes, amazing concept!
One Dinosaur One Bullet has a fun premise and is an engaging read from begin to finish. The upper management of W&W Investments goes on a safari like no other, and when things go south, they will have to come together to survive in the prehistoric past. These characters are compelling, and the interpersonal dynamics at play here are a neat addition to this story. But what I really liked was the kind of “Schroedinger’s Dinosaur” that is at play in this story:“The animal’s death had become a cruel cosmic joke—like a demented god playing a android game where an innocent monster had become a martyr forced to die again and again.”The setup is kind of like a giant déjà vu that the company exploits for hunting purposes, but when some things in that moment begin seeming off, the adventure throttled forward. I really liked that aspect of the book, and I think you will, too.
ONE DINOSAUR ONE BULLET is a strong action-adventure sci-fi horror story with an emphasis on action horror!What makes it powerful?Strong, complex characters.Well-presented scifi pelling action sequences and tension building.A brilliant and brilliantly written l of the is quick paced and brutal tale redefines the term “monster” under Dane Hatchell’s skillful writing as several levels of horror flow from the pages. A highly recommended must-read!
One Dinosaur One Bullet is a really amazing read with interesting characters and fast-paced action. The science involved is kept simple, giving time for the characters to develop during the hunt for dinosaurs. The story took twists each time I thought I knew where it was headed. The ending did not disappoint.If you’re looking for some dinosaur fun, One Dinosaur One Bullet is a five-star hit!
Really enjoyed this one. Even the named "One Dinosaur One Bullet" has a catchy ring to it and solid branding. This was a short read, but an intense one at that. Something that I often wonder is why SyFy Channel doesn't adapt something like this into a created for television movie. This book could easily give Sharknado a run for its money. Just saying. Well done and well worth your time.
"Dane Hatchell",Gives The Reader a Tale Of Prehistoric Carnage and a Terrifying Adventure In His Novel,"One Dinosaur One Bullet." In The Distant Future Time Travel Is a Reality. Dan Webber Owner Of "Prehistoric Dinosaur Safari's Is Taking a Group Of People On a Tour To a Destination That Will Bring a War For Survival Versus Savage Prehistoric Beasts When a Malfunction Causes Them To Become Stranded. But There Is Also Something In This Safari That Is More Savage,Sinister,and Terrifying Along With The Dinosaur's. Read This Terror and Action Packed Adventure To Uncover The Madness and Horror For Yourself. "A Mustread"
I love books about books, and this one is amazing for parents who are wanting to streamline their library visits and obtain to the best-of-the-best for titles with a global theme for ages the first 40-ish pages, we are introduced to author Jamie Martin and her global family. She shares the story of how they came to be (LOVE IT!) and offers some practical, doable ideas for how we can broaden our understanding of the globe with our children. Next up leads us to the premise of the book: build your family culture around books, and travel together around the globe with amazing e book lists are organized by region and age interest level. They list title, author, illustrator when applicable and a short synopsis of the book. Sometimes, we'll have a note on whether a book includes religious elements, in case a parents wishes to avoid or have a discussion prior/e indexes are helpful. We have one by author, one by country/region, and historical index, and title index. This will support you on your library hunt. (by the way, if your library allows you to reserve a bunch of titles on hold, do it! Allow them do the legwork of finding your books and putting them together for you. Makes library visits with small ones easier. Obtain your holds and browse, or obtain your holds and obtain on outta there. Oh, and if your library doesn't have a title, search out if they do interlibrary loan.)Sprinkled throughout the book recommendations, we hear a lot of families respond the question: "How do you give your kid the globe in your home?"Now. As I love amazing book lists and we read a ton around here, I will say that a lot of of the titles I already recognized from our own library perusal or other book lists. Some Five in a Row titles are within; and others I have found already from my treasured All Through the Ages by Christine Miller. There is some overlap in titles for this book and Miller's. In Martin's book, we have a longer synopsis. One zone where Miller's book has an edge, is it simply has method more titles (plus, history and geography and more sections), and it also reaches interest levels beyond the age 10-12 set; Miller's reaches high at said, there are some new-to-me titles in Martin's book, and there are certainly room for both books on my bookshelf. I will use both when browsing titles when we're doing a regional study, country study, or just wanting to add some more living books to our library list.
This book is going to be such an awesome asset to our homeschooling life. We are about to do an "around the world" curriculum and this will be PERFECT for that.We will continue to read through these books beyond this homeschool year as well. The suggestions look awesome and the intro section choked me up at how beautifully she wrote about the power of stories.Edited to add: although this is classified as Christian category, it is still a amazing tool for a secular homeschool family like ours.
I saw this book advertised on Fb over and over ... and over and over ... and I finally checked it out from the library, thumbed through it, and immediately ordered my own copy from Amazon! This book is an invaluable resource for homeschool families of elementary/middle school aged children. The first few chapters discuss why the author wrote the book and give some really helpful/encouraging hints and reminders in regards to reading to our children. It is that type of encouragement that every parent needs to hear! The next eight chapters highlight various regions around the world, covering everywhere from Africa to Antarctica. Each chapter contains books for kids ages 4-6, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12 years old. Each book recommendation (I'd roughly estimate, without the book right in front of me, that there are 10-15 books for each age group for each region) has a brief summary, as well as notes on whether it includes religious elements. Our mid-sized local library has most of the books. I have checked out almost all of them from the first chapter (multicultural) and they are very appropriate for the age groups they are listed under. We plan to use Give Your Kid the Globe as the base of our Language Arts and Social Studies studies this year, with four children ranging in age from 4 to 13. I REALLY hope the author will write a related book about other subjects (history, maybe!), as this is EXACTLY what I had been looking for for years.
I have my copy and am beyond happy with it. It's even better than expected. It's basically my dream come real book. It lists books, with age suggestions, and a brief overview, by regions of the world! You guys! You can study a region of the globe through amazing literature and the research about which books to choose has already been done for you! AND, there is an index in the back in case you are looking for stories that relate to certain time periods. It is truly amazing! My favorite homeschool resource EVER. But it's not just for homeschoolers; I'll be buying it as bonuses for all my fresh mama friends.We have already read TONS of the suggested stories and every single one is AMAZING! I no longer have to go to the library and randomly pluck good-looking books off the shelf hoping that I obtain a few amazing ones (okay, I still do that too, I mean, BOOKS!). I actually carry this book in my purse, pull it out when I obtain there, and leave with a pile of all amazing books!
First off, my book arrived damaged- almost like there was a chop to the binding. It doesn't seem to affect the structure of the book (no pages falling out), but I was disappointed with the condition of my supposedly "new" at said, this book is already a unbelievable resource. I could do without the religious references- the content stands on its own without that aspect- so if that subject sprinkled throughout bothers you, consider yourself warned.I've already used this book as a reference to find our library for amazing books, and I'm glad someone else has already done the work of tracking the titles down. A must have for any parent who wants to offer their children a view into the outside world, without spending hours online (or dozens of cash) researching.
This book is FABULOUS! I know that she wrote the book for the world, but secretly, I am thinking that it was just for our family (American mommy/daddy with Korean-adopted kids). We are going back to Korea next year and this will be an amazing method to kick off our global-travel-bug! So fun to see all of our favorites in the Asia section. I just cried reading the family-making stories in the beginning of your book. Oh, the love and challenge and feelings and unknowns and humility – we know all of those! Thank you so much for working on this project so that we are graced with its beauty and families everywhere can look to their neighbors to make peace in the world. We are clapping over here in Oregon! Here are a few specifics I love about the book: organized by region. This is amazing for homeschoolers who do unit studies, as we do, and it's excellent as a helpmate to geography or history studies. I also love the breakdown within each region by age appropriateness. The global-minded hints sprinkled within the chapters to support families with the mindset of raising children to embrace difference is awesome. They are simple, authentic and doable. Thank you, Jamie, for such a treasure for our bookshelves.
The best! I am a homeschooling mom of four young children, and this sweet book has become an invaluable resource in our home. I love reading the descriptions of the recommended books - it is saving me a ton of time and research. After reading each section, I order all the books I wish online from the library - then I can go pick them up - and I have a curated, wholesome and enriching curriculum supplement for free! I love how it's broken down by regions and also by age levels. This is helpful for me, since I have children from toddler up to age 10. I've been a reader of Jamie's blogs (both Easy Homeschool and Steady Mom) for a lot of years, and she has been a large inspiration to me in my private homeschooling journey. I am so grateful to live in a time when we have awesome resources and people like Jamie, who are putting so much light into the globe through her passion and hard work. I am so glad I bought this book - it is now my "go-to" bonus for my mates who are parents! :-)
I pre-ordered this book with amazing anticipation. The description sounded like an approach to geography that would work well with my teaching style. I created the decision to use this book as a tutorial for geography in a co-op setting. The book selections have been outstanding. I love that I don't have to spend hours searching for the excellent books for a particular area. The selections are also broken down by countries and/or region. I would recommend this book for any home educator or to any parent that wants quality stories. I will add that the stories set in the Middle East are not the sunniest stories, however, given the situation the books were very well chosen. It gives an honest look into those countries but at an age appropriate way.
I'm so glad I found this book! I'm a homeschool mom with 2 boys, ages 5 and 7. I planned an entire "Around The Globe with Story's and crafts" unit using this book and a couple other resources. I've been super happy with the selections the author chose for each country. I especially love how well this book is organized to quickly search what you are looking for. First by continent, they by audience age, and also by country. This book saved me hours of research and is an perfect resources for any family that loves literature and various cultures! I've recommended this book to so a lot of mates I should be making a commission! 😉
As a follower of Easy Homeschool and fan of Jamie Martin, pre-ordering this one was a no-brainer. And I am SO glad I is book was purchased as a homeschooling resource to support with our study of history, geography, literature, and globe cultures. I soon discovered, however, that this book is fit for ANY parent wishing to enrich their child's reading with stunning, high-quality books. This tutorial is largely a treasury of titles, but you'll also search easy ideas for weaving a global perspective into your family's day in very true ways. We're not a family who travels much, especially beyond our own country's borders, but I've found in this book extremely helpful in bringing the globe to US.I'll admit that perhaps my favorite part of the book has been reading the story of Jamie's family - created up of people from a few various continents - and how they test to stay real to the various cultures that create up their diverse clan. I love that a huge part of the research for this book was probably done curled up together on the couch, reading story after attractive story in an attempt to do exactly what the title suggests...to give their kids the world. Even more, I love that my family gets to reap the benefits of years of said "research" and of Jamie's dedication to sifting through all the titles for us, so that we need only to relax and enjoy. That's a sigh of relief to this mom's soul.
Allow me begin by saying this, I love harry potter. I read the books 2-3 times per year since I was a child. I've grown up with these books. These books are a part of me, I've named my kids after characters in these books. I have 3 tattoos, all of which are harry potter. I'm a dedicated fan, entirely obsessed to be candid. I have waited for this book like the rest of you.I can handle the fact that it's written as a play, I was expecting this. I was fully prepared to accept this. I waited all night for this to be released to my kindle (it's 3 a.m and I've just finished). I sped through the cursed kid and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I obtain more of a harry potter vibe from the unbelievable beasts trailer than this entire book. The plot was bad, almost everything was bad. It was like a poorly written sucks that I'm saying this because harry potter is a part of soul. I went into this thinking it was everything I'd ever hoped for.I'm not saying don't buy the book, by all means buy it. Read it. See for yourself. I'm not being cynical, rowling is the queen of my world. This is the first and likely only poor review I will give regarding her.Just be warned, this does not feel like harry potter. This was not intricate, well excuted, thought out, or clever. The characters were not real to themselves. I think the best method to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the real works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will test to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have huge hopes for unbelievable beasts and that's enough for now.
Spoilers!!Huge Harry Potter fan-- 16 years of reading!! So I was incredibly excited for the fresh one. I hold wondering if there's a therapy group where all the disgruntled fans can congragate and weep together. I'm also refusing to consider in cannon as it was not JKR herself who penned. What they did to the INTEGRITY of these characters. I'm sick over it. The entire 7 book series was about friendship, love and loyalty, and Harry knew that; and most importantly, knew that's what created him various from V. You're telling me, he, Ron and Herm didn't continue to live and instil those values in their children? Rose was a bully, who was prejudice versus someone without knowing them first. Harry would never said he wished his child wasn't his, or sacrificed his kid's only friendship over gosip. Harry wouldn't have choosen work over time with his family, which after all he'd been through WAS ALL HE EVER WANTED.If someone were to ask me, what is your favorite thing about Harry Potter?, I would hands down reply: Harry Potter's moral integrity, that is the heart of the series. It's his choosing to sacrifice himself for what is good. It's choosing friendship over suspicion. It's a defiant effort to turn towards the pain of loving and losing, then choosing not to love at all. It's choosing to do what right, and best for others even when it hurts, is inconvenient, or scary. It's fighting for truth and justice, even when you're the only one doing it. And when you move away from those central themes, the integrity of who we know Harry (and friends) to have PROVEN himself to be, you destroy Harry Potter and all that he stood for for 7 books. This fresh book is the worst kind of trash, the one that destroys the soul of our so, what they did to calm, measured, quirky, wise Dumbledore, making him a weepy, rude mess, who spoke in cliches, issuing a completely unnecessary "apology" to why Harry was at the Dursleys, when Dumbledore had already apologized profusely for that in HP5 AND severely told off the Dursleys in HP6 for their abusive behavior! It was just phony emotional porn! And Ron's a proper idiot who got drunk during his wedding?! He would have never disrespected Hermione like that. Hermione was neither clever, nor charming; she didn't come up with hardly any solutions. And what a weak, floppy mess Harry was during the war scene?! His 16 year old self could have fought better. It's like they sucked the soul out of the books, like a dementor wrote it!! This is not even pointing out the horrible plot holes! No, I refuse this book is real. It's a bloody mess!
I wish to begin this by saying that I am a large Harry Potter fan. I grew up with Harry, I went to midnight premiers of the books and movies. I was so excited for this play. I wanted to like it. I really really did. If you are a fan I would say read it and form your own opinion. Here is what I thought:- Where was George?- Where was Teddy? Because he was in the station in th epilogue.- Where was Hugo? You know the other kid Ron and Hermione have.- Lily and James Potter… MIA for most of the play. Like James? Was he even in it?- Why was Ron running the joke shop? He is an Auror. WHAT HAPPENED TO GEORGE? WHY WASN’T HE RUNNING THE SHOP?!- Let’s talk about Ron. Why was he so non-Ron like? His character, all jokes no supporting and listening to Harry and Hermione. Also he is hardly in the play.- Harry’s relationship with Albus. Everything about this is upsetting.o In the latest book when they are dropping off the kids at the Hogwarts express, the children are genuinely confused as to why everyone is looking at them and Ron makes a joke saying “I’m famous”. It is deduced that the children do not know the extent of everything their parents went through to save the world. Yet Albus feel the weight of his dad’s legacy. Huh.o Then we have Harry SEPARATING Albus and Scorpious. Let’s go back to that epilogue where they all see Draco with his family and a joke gets created about not playing with his son. Which then Hermione corrects and Ron says to beat him on try but not to obtain too cozy and marry him. Again, making it seem that everything in the past is in the past. Then there is Harry’s history of mates at Hogwarts. He knows. He would not separate his son from his ONLY friend.- Albus choosing Slytherin for a friend? Awesome.- The rumors of Voldemort having a kid and that not being stopped by the ministry? Stupid. The ministry would have stopped panic about an heir being possible. Also Voldemort was conceived without love. He never cared about having an heir because he wanted to be in power. An heir would have been tournament for him.- More on that point. Bellatrix pregnant. She would have loved to mother the Dark Lords child; there would have been no greater honor. But. This does not work with the original time line. Bella is never pregnant, she wars at the battle. And then the gang goes to Malfoy manor there is no baby in sight. And if. IF. Voldemort would have wanted an heir; wouldn’t he have created it a horcrux and offered it more protection?- Sexual tension between Scorpious and Albus. Yet Albus has a crush on Delphi and Scorpious on Lily. I feel as though either they should have been opened about their romantic feels towards each other or this should have not been included.- The flashbacks/dreams Harry has. When Dudley is mentioned (yay!) and you search out petunia is dead. I know she was horrible but I do think Harry would have deep feelings about his mother’s sister passing. I liked the blanket part.- Bellatrix husband somehow got out of Azkaban and raised Delphi. How did he escape Azkaban? Because there is no method he got pardoned. So how did he escape? And after escaping how was there no alarm over him escaping. Sirius Black escapes and the freaking muggle minister is alerted! Then there is a heavy breakout and it is all over the everyday prophet. But hey, this guy who tortured the Longbottoms into insanity he escapes and it’s cool. Yeah, sounds legit.- The fresh prophecy. First of all: how did it happen with no one knowing about it except Delphi. Who created it? It’s sounding more and more as if this witch convinced herself that she is the heir of the dark lord.- Cedric. Cedric a hero who was noble and amazing and died oh so tragically. This hero who was loyal and kind and helped Harry turns DARK SIDE?!?! BECAUSE HE LOSES THE CUP. WHAT?!?! CEDRIC A DEAD EATER HAHAHAHA NOPE NOT FUNNY. Thank you for turning a amazing hero and completely changing him for the worse. Thank goodness you did not contain Sirius Black in your play.- On that same characters changing note. The trolley lady…. Hm. I will just leave it at that.- Polyjuice potion. That s*** takes a month to make. I read the chamber of secrets. A lot of times. It takes an effing month. And you need a piece of the person you are changing into. But wait not, here I got some polyjuice potion here in my back pocket and I just happen to carry my dad and his best mates hairs at all times. So let’s change into them and break into the ministry.- Btw that potion is not important because you can transfigure a HUMAN. Seven books and that never came out. Must be very dark magic.- On the dark magic note. Harry duels Delphi (a eighteen year old) and she is stronger? Um. Do we not recall Harry being a teenager and he beat Voldemort. His wand is the s***. So yeah how does this even create sense?- The no sugar diet. WHAT. Sounds like something film Ginny would do, not book Ginny.
First and foremost, I was well aware that this was a play, not a novel; but even by those standards this is a disgrace. If it was possible I would give 0 stars. I am horrifically obsessed with these books, for the past 19 years (tattoos, pet names, my adult apartment covered in maps and memorabilia - you obtain the point). Every Christmas and July 31st I have my own HP marathon - movies, and books, respectively. After re-reading the entire series just a day before reading this I was almost in a HP PTSD shock. I have read awful, poorly written, fanfiction that was lightyears better than this tragedy of a story (even calling it that seems overly kind).The characters you love and adore to abhore are completely missing - just their names remain, and little fragments of what seems to be a stolen history of their lives. I sighed, scowled, and groaned mercilessly while reading, and eventually completely gave up trying to understand even a semblance of what was going on in this is is NOT cannon, nor something I can physically or mentally endure sitting on my bookshelves next to what was the light of my childhood (and early adulthood if I'm honest). I will rightly say that I had a heavy nerd freak-out, and actually tore the book to pieces to prevent myself from re-reading it, as I knew I would as a sadistic form of torture - and it was cathartic as hell.If you only watched the movies, you may be able to endure this story; but the Potterheads who live and die for these books are just testing their patience, never-questioning love of all things HP, and the sainthood of Rowling by reading this story. (I am aware it is not her writing, and that with the play coming out she was in bind to publish, but that does not excuse this abortion of a story. Even as a play the plot alone is only a modicum of what anyone truly in love with these characters and globe would be expecting.)**SPOILER WARNING** So a lot of issues: the timeturner now apparently having the ability to go back decades, and make butterfly result implications; Hermione's visage as a cold, cruel, DADA professor; Harry's Hermione-like myopic focus on his work, above his family; Ron - as a whole; too a lot of others to list without losing my cool once ter waiting 9 years for another story, this is truly heartbreaking, and worthy of tears!**And yes, that's my cat, Albus, looking on approvingly of the tattered remains of my sanity that night.
I'm just so disappointed. I'm finding it difficult to search the words.Obligatory remarks: I have loved Harry Potter for 20 years. I'm reading the books to my daughter, I have read the 7 books more times than I can count, I have led my students in countless discussions and debates about the books over the latest 15 years. I also read more Harry Potter fan fiction than is normal or healthy. I've read every possible scenario of what happens to these characters after the canon books.I was so excited about the Cursed Kid that I could barely sleep this week. I knew it was a script, I knew Jo didn't write it. But I was excited. Now, I'm bummed.******I WILL NOW BE SUPER SPOILERY:SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERSThings I liked:-Albus is a Slytherin! Yay!! This was my one want for this book, along with hoping Scorpius wasn't the antagonist.-Scorpius. I'm a large fan of all things Malfoy. Seriously, Draco Malfoy is my favorite character. I'm happy with how Scorpius was written in the play. The rumor that he is Voldy's son? Brilliant.-There were times when I could really see the original Ron and Ginny in their characters here. Not often, but occasionally.-Who wouldn't like to see Snape again?-I'm glad to see that Harry is struggling with his experiences. Let's face it, with all he's been through, he would definitely have PTSD. The epilogue in Deathly Hallows always struck me as a small too "shiny happy."The disappointments:-Time moves too quickly, and we obtain almost superficial glimpses of why both Albus and Scorpius are struggling in school. I would have much preferred for the story to focus more on their experiences at Hogwarts. With Rose as the antagonist with a Malfoy prejudice? That would have been great. Truly great. And unexpected.-Slytherin. On a deep, gut level, I've required Albus to be a Slytherin. I've always been troubled by the portrayal of Slytherin House in both the books and the movies. They are the Evil House. Why, WHY would Hogwarts condone the sorting of a quarter of the school into Death Eater training grounds? If Salazar Slytherin was so evil and essentially a racist, why does Hogwarts still have a Slytherin House? And what is the notice to the students who are sorted into Slytherin? "You're evil, kid. Have fun being a Death Eater!"Wasn't the takeaway in Books 1-7 that we shouldn't judge Slytherins unfairly? Draco actually saved Harry by not "recognizing" him at the Manor. Narcissa saved Harry by being brave enough to lie to Voldemort. Snape is by far the bravest, most extraordinary hero in the series. And let's not forget Regulus Black, who knowingly sacrificed his life at a young age in order to destroy ONE Horcux and give others a possibility to finish the job. Slytherin more than redeemed itself in the series. And the epilogue reinforces this when Harry tells Albus that it's okay to be in Slytherin. I knew in 2007 that Albus HAD to be a Slytherin. Surely the House system has changed by the time he goes to school? Surely Hogwarts is sorting students on their qualities and recognizing that all four Houses are valid and none are evil? Surely Hogwarts would rather abandon the House system than continue to train dark wizards in Slytherin?Yes, in The Cursed Child, my dream came real and Albus was sorted into Slytherin. And he became best of mates with Scorpius, just like I had hoped. But there is no redemption for Slytherin to be found. The Slytherin children continue to be [email protected]#$%!&, even to "their own." They bully Albus and Scorpius. We are never for a second shown that Albus possesses Slytherin qualities, nor are we shown that a lot of people can possess the Slytherin traits (cunning, shrewdness, leadership skills) and still be a amazing person. This play just reinforces the same old Slytherin prejudices. There was an opportunity to redeem Slytherin, and it was lost. Spectacularly.-Everyone else has said it and I will say it, too: Time-Turners. No. Just...no. There was plenty of material possible without having to revisit the "greatest hits" dates of the original series. How convenient that the play ends on October 31, 1981. It's Back to the Future. And not in a amazing way. I actually groaned when I saw the date. And again, not in a amazing way. Not to mention that Time-Turners have always been self-fulfilling; they are a closed loop, if you will. We've never seen them change anything. Going back in time always happened. Essentially, when you go back in time, you're only doing what you've ALREADY done. In Azkaban, Harry and Hermione always were there- they didn't change anything. They didn't change time. They just repeated what they had already done. We also have never seen anyone "go back" with a Time-Turner. They just catch up with the e you telling me that there are no other stories to tell? There are- fanfic is full of better ideas that don't involve traveling through time (and don't obtain me started on the fact that a canon Time-Turner can't travel that far back.) I was hoping this would be a Hogwarts fic, maybe interspersed with Harry dealing with his issues. Maybe even Snape wasn't dead. In canon, we never see a body after the fact, not a grave, or a funeral. A find for Snape would have created my heart so happy. But maybe I read too much fanfic. There are logical ways to create that happen, too. Draught of Living Death, always carrying Nagini's antivenin with him, etc. Or, barring that, what if Snape's portrait was included instead? Albus befriending the portrait at Hogwarts? Portrait Snape as Albus's mentor and advisor? Sign me up.-Cedric. Where do I begin with Cedric? I'll begin here: how convoluted is it to imagine that Cedric living would have resulted in Harry's death and Voldy's success? There is no possibility that this is where Delphi would have started, prophecy or no. No chance. If I had the ability to travel through time, and I wanted Voldemort to win, I would not begin with Cedric Diggory. I would have started with convincing V not to attempt to slay Harry. (I know she gets there eventually, but it's a Plan B.) I would have traveled to another time and killed Harry. Or prevented the destruction of a Horcrux. Or talked V into changing a Horcrux into something less obvious. Or talked him out of taking Nagini to the final battle. Or corrupted Harry into joining V instead. The possibilities are endless. But saving Cedric is not on that list. It's not. It can't be defended. It's a HUGE coincidence that saving Cedric would cause him to become a Death Eater. And logically, Delphi would have not known this or even considered the possibility. The "prophecy" was a ridiculous, clearly last-minute addition in order to lend some credibility to going back to the Triwizard Tournament. But we know Cedric. There's not a possibility that he would become a Death Eater. He's the most loyal, fair-minded hero in the entire series. It's not even slightly believable.-There's a second Time-Turner? What?? It's like the second begin device in Contact. I know I'm mentioning too much fanfic, but seriously, there are better amateur stories. And better HP time travel stories out there. JK destroyed all the Time-Turners for a reason during Order of the Phoenix. So they wouldn't ex machina the entire story. Are there really no other ideas?? Here's one: Harry being the Master of Death creates some interesting possibilities. I know he destroys the Elder Wand, but maybe he still is the Master of Death as the latest owner of the Hallows? Wouldn't that be a better story? Harry discovering he can't die? Or maybe gifted with unique powers from Death?-We come to the worst of all. Voldemort has a child. Voldemort. Has. A. Child. It's hard to write that, because that's ridiculous. It's dumber than what most 12-year-old fanfic authors would come up with. It's rehashing the same old tired storylines, a issue that plagues most sequels. "But this time, Voldy's a hot chick!" Not to mention, the logistics of her birth are impossible to believe. This means that Bellatrix was heavily pregnant at Easter, when she tortured Hermione at the Manor. Also, who would have returned to the Manor after the final war to search a baby? Well, logically, the Malfoys would have. So Draco should know, at the very least. If we insist on this storyline of V's baby, I would have preferred (by a LOT) that Scorpius really was Voldemort's kid. We all knew from the beginning that he wasn't, because we all just knew the story wouldn't have gone that way. What an amazing shock it might be to have Draco produce the second Time-Turner and explain that the rumors are true! And how does Scorpius deal with that? How would his friendship with Albus have progressed? How would Harry feel about his son in any kind of relationship with Voldy's kid? See? It's a more intriguing story than what we were given.-Lack of complexity. Books 1-7 were brilliantly constructed, with tips of what was to come almost from the beginning. The Cursed Kid is not complex. There is no challenge. I love reading to my 7-year-old and exploring those complexities in the first 7 books. It's work for her, but ultimately worth it. TCC is formulaic and lacking the depth and cleverness of the originals. Hermione puts easy riddles on her bookshelf to hide the Time-Turner? Really? That's only one example!-I know that this next point is the ultimate fanfic reader hang-up. Let's face it: everyone's gay in fanfic. But I believe I know why, or at least why I have fun it. Fanfic is the best possibility to see how small changes might affect a well-known story and well-known characters. What if Harry were sorted into Slytherin? What if Voldemort didn't bring Nagini to the final battle? What if Lily died but James didn't? What if Sirius didn't go after Peter in '81 and had the possibility to raise Harry? These sorts of hypothetical situations are the cornerstone of amazing fanfic. And they are why fanfic exists, to be honest- to see the ripples in the pond that small changes can make. I think this is why everyone is gay in fanfic. It brings up some interesting ideas: If Harry had a crush on Draco, how would that have affected Sixth Year? Or if Harry had been in a relationship with Cedric, how would that have changed the Triwizard Tournament? Would he have personally tried to save Cedric after the fact? Love and relationships are the big, pivotal plot points in most stories on the planet. Changing relationships up helps us see various possibilities in a well-worn story. It's a fun exercise!I say the above because I wish you all to be aware that I am not some fanfic-crazy woman who wants all the characters to be gay. I just like the mental exercise of imagining how small changes affect the entire story. When I heard that the Cursed Kid would be about Albus, and then I saw the pictures of Scorpius, I beautiful instantly hoped first that they would be friends, and then I wondered how them being more than mates could affect the characters (Harry and Draco can handle being civil, but could they be in-laws?) And I almost got my wish. Scorpius seemed to have deeper feelings. It is expressly written that he has problems with Albus flirting with Delphi. That he was jealous. I know Dumbledore is gay. But come on- they can't be afraid to insinuate that at least a few people in the wizarding globe are gay. Statistically, a lot of of them should be. At least leave it ambiguous, like with Dumbledore. Instead, they have to contain at the very end that Scorpius likes Rose. Rose, the least interesting hero in the whole damn play. And that's saying Thoughts:I suspect that the play itself is spectacular. The acting, the costumes, the sets, the unique effects, all of them are most likely breathtaking and divert from the plot issues. But reading just the script exposes all the issues. We have no opportunity to be distracted by the spectacle. That's why I think releasing this was a large mistake.I'm worried that this has tainted the first books for me. I don't wish to read Goblet of Fire and picture Albus and Scorpius (and Scorpius 2) there during all three tasks. Ultimately, this story adds nothing, only subtracts. There must be literally thousands of stories in the wizarding globe to tell. I'm so disappointed that JK signed off on a story that included Time-Turners, happenings from Books 1-7, and Voldemort 2. It's poorly-constructed fanfic that we now are forced to accept as canon.I want this all hadn't happened. I was enjoying picturing what the whole gang was doing now. Now that I know, I want I didn't know. I'm going to go back to better stories. I'm going to eat my feelings and pretend it didn't end like this.
I should say, I'm a heavy Harry Potter fan. I'm such a fan of the novels that, at times, I can't watch the movies because they are nothing like the books. I eagerly awaited the arrival of this script, and hoped that it would continue the story in a method that left me longing for more. I was severely 'll read it in the other reviews, I'm sure, but the plot holes and characterization of this story were just horrendous. There is no other word for it. You might search yourself, as I did, occasionally swept along in the story, but that doesn't create it a amazing story. It certainly doesn't excuse the not good writing which is filled to the brim with trope after trope, cliche after cliche, corny phrase after corny phrase. That JK Rowling would lend her help to a script of such not good quality is inconceivable. Perhaps she was confunded?By page 42 I was ready to be done, by page 242 I was laughing hysterically. This script is pure tripe. I don't have a issue reading it in script form. I would rather read it in a script than be distracted from its flaws by flashing lights and (what I'm sure is) amazing n't pay to read this book. Rent it from the library, or borrow a copy if your curiosity is that insatiable.
So, I just finished reading Cursed Kid and...I'm incredibly disappointed. I knew full well that this was merely a script and not a full-blown story. I'm totally fine with that..except for the fact that it's terrible.*possible spoilers*The initial excitement of holding a fresh HP book wore off incredibly quickly. The characters in CC have almost no semblance whatsoever to their real HP counterparts. They are flat and dull in so a lot of ways.And what's with the relationship between Scorpius and Albus? I fully expected this to turn into a full-blown romantic relationship because they reiterate their feelings for one another over...and over...and over...But it doesn't really add anything to the plot when they do!Speaking of plot...this one is terrible! Time travel, angsty teenage drama, more time travel, random daughter of Voldemort, more time travel...There are more holes in this plot than a cheese grater!Ugh..I have read the original HP series through a lot of times, and will continue to do so. But this book will never be reread. I will likely give it away or give it to Goodwill as soon as my wife finishes reading it..o stars because I can't 'hate' anything HP, but this is cutting it incredibly close.
I too am a large Harry Potter fan. I have read every book and watched every films multiple times. I was so disappointed with this play. I love reading plays so that wasn't the problem. The story itself was awful, boring, and so predictable. I knew the min the hero was introduced that she was going to be the person who caused all the mess and it really wasn't even an interesting mess. It was just not up to JK Rowling's writing standards -- I was quite shocked frankly that her name is on this.
Read this as a library copy before deciding to buy it. It's that e play format isn't obnoxious; it's simple to read. That's the only thing going for this book; you'll obtain through it quickly, provided you don't hurt it too badly throwing it across the room in disgust every time you encounter another badly-written passage. Everything other reviewers are saying about this being a fanfiction is true. The characters are underdeveloped; after everything we saw in the first books, there was a lot they could have drawn on for who these characters are. They also don't seem to be very British anymore, which is odd. The interaction between characters is wooden and in locations just ridiculous. The plot... I won't give spoilers, but let's just say that there's so much deus ex machina that it's downright disturbing. Rather than inventing a fresh plot, they contrived a method to retread the old plots, which feels cheap and e teenagers don't act like teenagers. Too a lot of of the conversations are exposition tools, and in stilted language that children don't use. It's as if they didn't actually know any teenagers when they wrote this. The adults, however, DO sound like teenagers. They simultaneously kept the teenage mannerisms of the main HP characters, without keeping their inherent deeper personalities.I don't believe in poor books. But... this is a poor book. Even on its own, it would be a brutal read; as part of the HP universe, it's a bitter disappointment.
5 Stars to The Hot One by Lauren uren Blakely has me addicted! I have loved every single one of her books that I had the pleasure of reading. Her heroes are amazing! Sexy as hell. Hot damn!Tyler and Delaney.......Tyler and Delaney were college sweethearts. In fact they were truly in love with each other. They planned out their futures together and couldn't be happier.Until it was over.Tyler decided that he couldn't afford to be distracted while pursuing his dreams of becoming a lawyer. So he broke up with Delaney, tearing her heart to shreds. Yeah...not his finest forward eight years and a possibility moment finds them seeing each other for the first time since their break up.Tyler is speechless when he sees Delaney. He is shocked. But at the same time he is excited and hopeful. Tyler is determined to victory her back. He knows that he damage her badly. Tyler deeply regrets his callous decision to end things with Delaney. He wants a second possibility desperately. Once he decides to victory her back, he knows he'll do anything and everything to create that n I just say how much I loved Tyler? I loved watching him war for Delaney. He was aggressive in his pursuit, however he was so sweet and romantic at the same time. Tyler is totally swoon-worthy and the truth is...Delaney never had a for Delaney, I'm glad she didn't create things simple for Tyler. She had every right to be mad with him as well as being wary of trusting him once again with her heart. I usually have fun the antics of a groveling character but I found myself forgiving Tyler quickly. I could not support it. He was just too sweet, too sexy, and over the top romantic. Most importantly, he knew he was wrong and he regretted hurting and losing her. Tyler always place Delaney's feelings first. He understood her hesitancy and was a gentleman as he pursued her. Tyler did not create it simple for Delaney to resist. Simply put, he was so ere were a lot of fun and witty moments in this book. I read with a constant goofy grin on my face. My heart was so full for Tyler and Delaney. I was very satisfied with their ending. Or should I say their 'beginning?'Lauren Blakely's characters are so lovable. Her heroines are sassy, smart and headstrong. Her heroes are imperfect and excellent at the same time. Not to mention...they are strong, fit and sexy!
Oh yes! Lauren Blakely's The Hot One gives "go huge or go home" a whole fresh meaning. It sure didn't damage that Tyler Nichols had the goods to back up the swagger. The writing was fun, easy, steamy and also sweet.I really enjoyed this second possibility romance. Tyler and Delaney's first meeting in almost a decade was full of awkwardness and tension. Sexual tension. These two were insanely attracted to each other. But Tyler has A LOT of making up to do. And does he ever because his heart can't deny what his head did years ago. He wants this woman. He needs this woman. But Delaney is fiery and feisty, she wasn't just going to allow him worm his method back in. She had a plan...her best mates helped her with it. However, Tyler has a plan too....I'm going to take a moment to fan myself because there is one stage that I am lucky I wasn't reading in public. HOLY HOTNESS!! Delaney and Tyler sure are adventurous- always had been but this one really amped things up. From there on it was almost smooth sailing.I think I was just as shocked as Delaney when Tyler revealed the ace up his sleeve. I mean jaw on the floor, completely out of left field didn't see that coming in the least. Amazing on Delaney for sticking to her guns and not giving in. For making Tyler earn it. For for letting him love her- quirks, polydactyl cats included, and all. But most of all for loving him. Lauren Blakely has done it again,left me all swoony and smiley and wishing there was more to this story!
Tyler broke Delaney's heart 8 years ago when he broke up with before going to law school. Now he sees her in a park and wants to obtain to know her laney thouggt she was over Tyler, even though she dreamed of him ever since. When he reappears in her life again she doesn't know if she should give him a possibility again.Tyler is nothing but persistent and will not give up on having Delaney even if he goes about things the wrong way. But he learns he can't chop corners when trying to build the relationship. Will he explore this too late though to present Delaney that he wants her forever?The Hot One is another amazing book that ties characters that we already know and love. Lauren knows how to do this so well and to bring us into the next book.
This book was honestly really emotional for me! The second-chance romance aspect really got to me and I felt like crying just about the whole book because of how the breakup in college affected both Tyler and Delaney and how it continued to affect them in the present!! I wouldn't say this is my favorite by Lauren but it is definitely near the top!! I don't typically go for second possibility romances because I just hate how the first breakup is told and it's just always gut-wrenching. Delaney's friend, Penny, has her own book, a novella, which I feel I need to read now. Her other friend, Nicole, was not my favorite in this book. At the end, she got on my amazing side and I obtain that she was trying to protect her friend, but at the same time, she required to allow Delaney create her own choices. I've had the Kindle ver on my phone for a while but recently got into audible and I listened to this about a week ago as I'm making my method through Lauren's books on there. I will definitely give this a read on my Kindle within the next year or so to have a various reading experience. Overall, just very satisfied with how this book went!!!
This was my favorite Lauren Blakely book to date and I love them all! From the polydactyl cat named Crazypants to Delaney and Tyler's relationship that I just loved! Wouldn't you love to have him strip for you ? Amazing lord! And...he likes cats!I loved the banter and just everything about this one. It was sweet, swoony and sexy uren is the queen of romantic comedies and she can do no wrong!The audio on this one- the best! Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt knocked it out of the park! He even meows!
Lauren Blakely provided yet another delight in The Hot One. This was a classic second-chances love story with characters I adored, especially Carly, witty, clever banter, and wonderful, close friendships. It was one of those reads you can rely on to captivate and enthrall.I'm thankful authors like Blakely exist, because they consistently provide delectable morsels to consume. So looking forward to Nicole's story next.
I believe my expectations were too high. I had to really analyze my feelings after finishing this ’s the breakdown: Tyler and Delaney were college sweethearts during their senior year. They had explosive chemistry in and out of bed throughout their 1-year relationship. Tyler unexpectedly ends the relationship and doesn’t look back. Until a possibility meeting in the park changes things, Tyler had always been the one who got away. What’s a girl to do when the hottest guy she’s ever been with is also the one who broke who heart? In an attempt to victory another possibility at Delaney’s heart, Tyler makes a bold statement as apology for his past behavior…but will it work?That storyline is the basic focus of the book for the first 65-70%. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with either hero during that span of time. My problems were primarily with everything else going on in the periphery. There are several secondary characters who feature prominently here, and I found them distracting. I’m certain that’s my issue. I also had a slight problem believing the connection between the characters. They are night and day, complete opposites. That trope normally works for me, however, I didn’t buy it with these two. There was too much push and pull. But here’s the true issue, Delaney and Tyler don’t really reconnect until late in the book. It was a much slower begin than I expect from this author. Again, this is a purely subjective review. These are my ’s the amazing new…after the couple finally gets over their past mistakes and discuss the cause of their separation I started to engage more with each of them. I enjoyed learning more about Delaney’s family history and why her career path changed so drastically. I fell for how sweet Tyler behaves and really started to have fun the story much ’s what I really enjoyed:Tyler is sweet, honest, and a super fun character.I loved getting to see Clay and how fatherhood is treating uren Blakely is a master at writing super sexy scenes. These definitely didn’t disappoint.Overall, this is a sweet romance. If you’re a fan of romance series, Lauren Blakely should be on your list of top authors. Although this wasn’t a top fave for me, I know others will really have fun getting to now Tyler and Delaney.
Loved this. Loved the characters. Tyler broke Delaney's heart 8 years ago doing what he thought he had to do. Circumstances changed for them both and they didn't go down the paths they'd thought they would as college students. Now 8 years later and unexpectedly, they see one another again. The passion is still there. I loved following their story as they got to know one another again. Tyler was yummy and the lengths he went to at times created me laugh.
The story goes something like this: A sweet young lady named Alicianne Del Mar is hired as a baby-sitter for a small girl named Rosalie Nordon, who has just lost her mother. When Alicianne is driving to the Nordon's house, her vehicle breaks down and she is kindly assisted by Mrs. Whitfield, an elderly woman who lives in the area. Mrs. Whitfield also tells Alicianne that the Nordons are a very peculiar family and that she doesn't like them very much, especially small Rosalie. Mrs. Whitfield thinks Rosalie is responsible for a lot of poor things that happen in the woods, but the baby-sitter doesn't take the accusations very seriously and she assumes that the small girl's poor behavior may have to do with the fact that she has recently lost her mother. When Alicianne arrives to the house, Mr. Nordon doesn't exactly offer her a friendly welcome, but his older son, Len, apologizes for his father's rustic manners. At first, Rosalie seems satisfied to have Alicianne in the house and they become very attached, versus all odds. Rosalie is actually not very sociable, she doesn't have any mates and does a lot of strange things, like, walking around the cemetery during the night. She behaves in a very cynical and downright sinister method and is disrespectful towards his father and defies him constantly. Eventually, Alicianne becomes Rosalie's target too, reaching the point of receiving threats. Things go out of control completely and Alicianne understands that Mrs. Whitfield was right all along and Rosalie is not an ordinary girl. When she discovers the truth, she squads up with Rosalie's brother in order to obtain out of the house before it's too late. Less than excellent as it is, "The Child" offers a very dark and unsettling atmosphere. I don't know anything about the filming locations, but the woods and the huge house where the story take put are eerie and both sceneries convey a feeling of isolation and gloominess. I don't search nature and isolation depressing per se, but when you place these characters in this sceneries, I really do. Rosalie (the so-called "Child") is very dark and the relationship between her and her father is, in my opinion, what makes "The Child" a very special and disturbing film. We have seen enough horror movies about evil kids and it's a shame that Rosalie is not highly appreciated as some of her counterparts (although, it could be possible that the lack of distribution may have something to do with Rosalie's anonymity as a horror icon). Strange as it may sound, I consider Rosalie a very memorable horror hero and I have seen my decent share of horror movies in 27 years. If you set your expectations bar low and can obtain around the mediocre unique effects and the amateurish acting, you might have fun "The Child" for what it is. My main issue with this movie is that we never obtain to know enough about Rosalie's late mother, which is crucial to the story. Apparently, Rosalie's disturbing behavior was hereditary and while some of her background story is revealed by some of the characters, in my opinion, it wasn't enough. I think this movie could have been a lot better if they revealed more about this particular character. Other than that, "The Child" is a very enjoyable small flick and I highly recommend it to horror fans who don't take movies too seriously all the time.
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.
People who truly love dogs experience intense cycles of joy, trust, hope, pain and loss. It's the human experience of love compressed into a too-short lifetime of about fifteen years or less. Kay Pfaltz generously opened her heart and home to a funny small abandoned dachshund (with a "parsnip nose") while she was still grieving over the loss of her cherished Lauren, whom she wrote about so beautifully in Lauren's Story: an American Dog in Paris - another amazing book.Flash required Kay, and Kay soon learned that she required Flash. This book is no mere "dog story." It is a gentle, introspective and inspiring book about human growth. Each chapter is headed with an insightful quote from such amazing minds as Jonathan Swift, Ursula LeGuin, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sophocles, and the people surrounding Kay during her journey with Flash are vivid, fascinating, thoughtful and endlessly interesting. But the favorite quote I've brought away from it is the author herself saying:"...maybe the respond was much simpler than we could imagine. Maybe we just required to be here and be show every single moment and see the miracle of it all."It sounds so simple, doesn't it? It isn't, though - it's a lifetime challenge. In Flash's Song: How One Little Dog Turned into One Huge Miracle, Kay Pfaltz unfolds a beautiful, moving, often funny, always involving story of the miracles that people are and the miracles that dogs are and the wonders that they can bring to each other.If you love dogs, or love people, or love... love, I think you will love this book.
Mortality is a sentence passed on all of us, two- and four-footed alike. There are temporary reprieves, but there are no pardons.If we read a book and really like the protagonist, we hope that the sentence won't be carried out while we're watching. We can pretend that time is frozen when we turn the latest let's create it clear right now – and it's scarcely a spoiler – that we don't obtain our want when we read "Flash's Song: How One Little Dog Turned into One Huge Miracle" by Kay Pfaltz. But the subtitle is accurate. Mortality does not preclude miracles. Kay Pfaltz lets us watch them happen."I don't ever wish another dog." A lot of of us have said that after the death of a much loved dog. That's where Ms. Pfaltz is in her life when the book begins. But she has a sister who knows better than that, which is how, one October day, she finds herself in the parking lot of a Barnes & Noble accepting delivery of a smooth black dachshund, resembling "a huge salamander," who had been flown to Virginia from Arizona, where he had been dumped for a car. And, as one of the customers in her shop/café says, "I guess we search love where we can. And love finds us when it's right."Flash joins Ms. Pfaltz in a period of emotional turmoil for her, and, as dogs are wont to do, he makes the turmoil easier to bear, sometimes by just plain love and sometimes by being enough problem to take her mind off her other en, one November day, Flash is rushed to a clinic for back surgery. What was supposed to be normal IVDD turns out, instead, to be an inoperable tumor. And sentence is passed. Flash will live another two weeks. Three at most.And that's where the path to miracles begins. You know that the word "miracle" is in book's title, and you want, desperately want, the fairy tale ending, even though you know that the book is non-fiction. And you obtain miracles, even if not the one you want. The miracles come slowly, as Ms. Pfaltz explores different purported homeopathic cures and gratefully accepts the days that are given to her to be with her beloved boy. He makes it to Thanksgiving. He makes it to Christmas. She wants him to see the flowers bloom in her backyard in the spring, but that seems so much to is is not a suspense novel, but we will still let you to follow the spiritual journey – for this is a deeply spiritual book – of Ms. Pfaltz and Flash for yourselves. On the journey, she discovers, accepts and embraces her own feelings and destiny, just as she does for Flash.Flash loved to sing, and in this book you will hear his song in satisfied times and sad. You will hear it still once you've closed the book.
This is truly the most moving, heartfelt, wonderful book about the bond shared between a pet parent and a small black and tan Dachshund named "Flash." Every pet parent should read this story. It's a story of fun, bravery, persistence and uncondtional love between Kay (the mom) and [email protected]#$%!& will draw you in, and create you feel what the author experienced, trying to create her best mate healthy after learning Flash has a tumor on his spine. I really couldn't place it down, and I will never, ever forget it, as we have canine children of our own that we would do anything for, too. I highly recommend it. If there is one book you'll wish to read about a relationship with a dog, this is the one.
I must say this book is one of the best books about a dog and his owner that I've ever read! Being a dog lover, especially a dachsund lover, I have read a lot of books, and this is my favorite one! I struggle with fear of death, and love, and life, and this books nails how I was feeling right on the head, as well as confirmed that I am far from the only one feeling this way. How unbelievable it was to read that a fellow dachsund lover learned about life and love from her dachsund, just like I did. I have 3 dachsunds. I work as a registered veterinary technician, and I see sick dogs all the time. I was obsessing with the death of my oldest dog, Nena. She was the only one I had for 10 years. I didn't wish to betray her by getting another dog, feeling like I wouldn't love her as much if I got another dog. I saw a puppy at a dachsund meetup, and that was the end of it! I went out and found a chocolate puppy 2.5 months, and fell in love. And then 1 year later another one, named Zellie! This house is now so full of love. No more fear, just day by day living, just like the dogs. There's no other method to live, or you will live your whole life not loving for fear of dying and losing love! This book is a gem! The author donates 100% of all profit to dogs, so please, obtain this for a friend, or for yourself!
Flash’s Song is a heartwarming – and sometimes heartbreaking – story of the love between a rescued dachshund and his adoptive “mom,” author Kay Pfaltz. Reluctant to adopt a dog while still grieving for her beloved beagle Lauren (about whom she's also written a book), Pfaltz nonetheless develops an unbreakable bond with Flash, a joyful small dachshund with an overbite and an uncommonly long nose. Pfaltz tells of her own interpersonal (human) relationships along with her everyday adventures with Flash and two beagles she also comes to adopt. Then, at age 13, Flash develops cancer in his spine, and is given three weeks to live. Pfaltz initially rages versus his illness, but then decides to create Flash’s latest days to be of the highest quality possible. The three weeks miraculously expand to over five e author shares experiences that present her becoming a wiser, kinder, and more forgiving person during this time. I highly recommend this endearing book to anyone who likes dogs – or who enjoys marvelous storytelling.
In Flash’s Song, while grieving a broken romance, Kay Pfaltz reluctantly adopts Flash, a homeless Dachshund, to add to her family of two rescued Beagles, Sasha and Chance. The four have fun the sort of funny satisfied home that only a package of dogs and a doting human can make until Flash is diagnosed with cancer and Pfaltz begins her find for healing, both of Flash’s ailment, and her own grief. The odyssey both medical, and spiritual, delivers the author from the mundane to a transcendental perspective where Love, for Flash, her Beagles, nature, and the people she meets along the way, performs miracles and is the only currency. Attractive quotations by compassionate thinkers head the chapters and the peace Pfaltz found on her journey is beautifully expressed and transformative. This book is a balm to all those who have loved a pet.
“I have admired Kay's writing for so a lot of years--what a bonus she has for helping us connect to animals and see and feel the beauty and wonder they bring into our lives. Like Lauren's story, Flash's Song is a gem, not to be missed. If you have ever loved an animal, you will feel a kinship with Kay as she so beautifully describes that precious bonus of unconditional love that they give us. If you have ever grieved the loss of an animal friend, Kay understands the depth of that loss. As an animal rights advocate, I also love Flash's Song, because I believe it can support us all see the sacredness of each individual animal in the world--that they all--like Flash--have a story to tell, a family to love, mates to cherish, and a right to be free from harm. “ --Judy Carman, Peace To All Beings, Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul; and co-author of The Missing Peace
I was attracted to this book because I grew up with a dachsund, my favorite breed!—but primarily because I read Kay Pfaltz's other unbelievable book, Lauren's Story, and I know the author is a superb and sensitive writer. Flash's Song, also autobiographical, is excellent, moving, and explores somewhat various location than the first book. It is in a lot of ways more revealing, poetic, and introspective. It is a story about life itself, our inner journeys, our connection to the globe and time. Definitely recommended!
Give this book to anyone who needs to be lifted. I was given this book on Christmas day and I finished it an hour ago. I couldn't place it down.Flash is a miniature dachshund who the vets say will only live three weeks. And Flash's Song is the story of how one small dog defies the odds, and what his person does to support him not only live longer, but live a life of quality. But the story is 'deeper' than that. There is a beauty in the author's love and appreciation of life, of all things. This is an honest book with very small negativity, something for which I was grateful. It is a attractive book of the love and miracles that are available in life. While the story of Flash takes center stage, (excellent descriptive passage about dachshund life!) there are passages of attractive writing that lovers of amazing literature will particularly appreciate. There is also an intimacy in reading Flash's Song that drew me in. The author is honest in sharing doubts and fears, but the focus remains on Flash. A beautiful, touching book. I recommend this to dog lovers and anyone seeking a miracle in his or her life. Amazing quotes too.
Kay' Pfaltz's book affected me in the same method as Flash's sweet face on the cover - it opened my heart. It's a well-written story that touches every emotional aspect of life and shows us how animals play such an necessary part in our spiritual growth. Read this book if you wish to feel really good!
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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.