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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    This is a fun short story that could actually happen if you think about it. I enjoyed this read although I want that it was longer.

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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    This book surprised me as I don't usually have fun futuristic tales. Despitethis, it only took me a few pages to realize that this was a well writtenlove story full of intrigue, danger, romance, fresh experiences, sizzlingchemistry, acceptance, and well-deserved punishments.Endeavor Zone Station was the only home that Marisol at ever known,but her time had come to be sent to Earth as a bride. Marisol washeartbroken at being sent to Scotland instead of the tropical paradisethat she had spent year's studying and dreaming about. Would all ofof her hard work and study be for nothing? She knew nothing aboutScotland or its culture except that it was a create dominated in in Scotland in 1500 AD was difficult for Marisol, and it did not takelong before she found herself over her fresh husband's knees. Lennox is a kindman, but expects Marisol’s obedience. The concept was fresh to Marisol, it onlytakes his hard hand placed on the right put for her to learn to adjust risol was to be admired for her never give up attitude. She adaptedquickly to her fresh life and to being a wife. There were bumps along theway that only created the story more appealing. Seeing the beauty of Earththrough Marisol’s eyes for the first time was endearing. I enjoyed readingabout the Scottish wedding traditions. This was a short but entertainingread.

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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    60,000 lightyears from Earth in the year 4000 A.D. we search Marisol Adams who lives on the Starship Endeavor but has interviewed to be accepted into the bride program to go to Earth for repopulation. Her studies and her dream have been to go to Polynesia. When she is accepted, she is ecstatic, but that ends quickly when she finds she will go to an entirely various colony because of her red hair. I love this character. She has just enough spunk and contrition to create the book risol’s husband-to-be is Lennox Ferguson, son of the current chieftain of the Scotland Colony and future chieftain. Lennox is thrilled at his choice of bride but must give her the first of a lot of “lessons” in behavior. Yep, this is a man’s globe where spankings are expected for female is was a fast, well-written, intriguing and very steamy book. I wish to know about the girl at the station in manacles going to the western colony and what about Marisol’s parents. Will they survive? I volunteered to review an ARC of this book and give it at least 5 steamy stars! Truly loved it.

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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    The premise of this story, humans from Earth doing their best to survive in outer space, and women of age being sent to Earth to support repopulate it is both special and intriguing. And the story is well written, but parts do not create sense. Why would the colony use a cottage outside of the castle fortress for any reason, much less as the put where Marisol readies herself to marry her chosen highland mate, when it is risky to be outside the castle grounds? It appears as simply a contrived part of the story so Lennox, her husband, will have a reason to spank her. And the story seems too short. As I reader I wanted to read more about Marisol and Lennox. They certainly were in a challenging situation, and life would have been so much more strange and harder to adapt to than it appears to be for Marisol. I would have liked to have seen more of those types of challenges explored.I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    Please please tell me that this is the beginning of a series! I really loved this and the characters are just too alive and have too a lot of more stories to tell!

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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    Marisol has never seen the earth having grown up in zone on a floating people carrier that are very quickly running out of time and trying to ensure that all of the young brides are sent to fresh homes around the re-established settlements on the planet in an effort to rebuild their ever, she had believed that she would be going to the Hawaiian Islands and had learned everything that would be of use, unfortunately she was given the choice of Marrying a Scotsman living in a timeline related to the 1700, in a farming environment.When she accepts the position on the earning of her parents who know how dire their survival in zone is she soon realises that there is much she can contribute to the community and she also finds that she is more than a small attracted to her is is a story filled with action and adventure, love and loss and also men that are willing to give their very lives to hold their families safe and sound. Once you start reading this story you will not be able to place this book down until you reach the end.I voluntarily received and review an Advanced Reader CopyI thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading any future publications; hold up all the amazing writing.

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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the story line was good. I couldn’t place this book down until I finished it.

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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    Wow! I just love a romance by Ameila Smarts, the characters are just so vivid, they just burst off the pages and into your imagination so you feel as if your standing their as the happenings in the story come to life. Marisol was expecting to become a bride for the Polynesian settlement and had trained degilently, but with her red hair the committee felt the Scottish settlement was a better placement even knowing she had no training for life there. This is the first time she had ever been off the space, ignorant to the culture she would need the firm but gentle guidance of her husband and future chieftain Lennox.

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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    I enjoyed this book. The characters were very well developed, the pace was good, and the plot kept you very interested. There's something about the story that created it feel as it could be real. I liked that any disciplinary measures taken were for a amazing reason and not just because somebody wanted to beat on somebody else.

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    Given to the Highlander []  2021-4-7 0:37

    I found this to be an interesting take on the Earth Bride theme. Instead of human women being sent to another planet as brides, these were humans who were living in space, being sent back to repopulate Earth. Marisol had been studying for years to go to Polynesia, but was sent to the Highlands instead because of her red hair. She had a lot of adjustments to make. I really enjoyed reading about her awe at seeing grass, tasting water, and seeing her first sunset. I found it odd, though, that in all of her studies, she had not been introduced to things like how to eat "real" food, what utensils were, and what other clothing option she might encounter. You would think that those in charge...and they were highly educated...would wish the brides to learn practical things as well!As another reviewer said, it was odd that they would use a cottage outside of the fortress (should be a Hold in the Highlands) when there were unsavory characters about! I also was hoping for more adjustment times between Lennox and Marisol. She adjusted method too quickly - especially to the idea of discipline. She also acted like a brat in refusing to listen to Lennox when they were helping the farmers. From her life experiences, she'd know that not listening to someone who had more experience than you could be life-threatening.I also wonder why the starship wouldn't bring everyone back to Earth when there is a chance of running out of breathable air. A lot of questions that I hope will be answered with another story.

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    I love that Neurosis does not stray from their roots. It's hard to compare to their other albums but if you are a doom metal fan, you should have this album.

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    I first heard and saw Neurosis live in Los Angeles 1994 and they have been one of my favorite bands. Albums in the 90's were masterpieces or doomy, psychedelic beauty and chaos. After somewhat going to a new, more ambient sound in 2000 it took me awhile to like their fresh style but loved A Sun Never Sets and the Sovereign EP. Really, after listening to Sovereign it was obvious the direction they were eventually going towards. I thought Eye of Every Storm was a amazing idea going even to a softer sound but seemed like the attempt of overdone vocals and poor mixing somewhat was disappointing considering the melody itself was bland and not that interesting, I was wondering if that was the latest of this is album though is incredible. Definitely the best album since Times of Grace I think. The melody itself is back to being a related wonderful sound they have been known to do while having a amazing balance of vocals that is a small more in the background this time around. Has an eerie, uncomfortable sound scape to it that has a small bit of elements of the 90's sound with ideas from Eye of Every Storm but is really in entire class of it's own. I just hope I am able to see them live once again because as amazing as they are on record, the live experience is something I never forgot.

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    Fast-paced with a storyline that'll pull you in from the first page til the last,you'll adore everything about this couple.Sweet devotion,intense passion,extreme possessive obsession,smoking hot love-scenes,the war for love,life&death and a excellent HEA create up this fabulous read that'll leave you smiling with satisfaction. I recommend this book as well as the entire Olivia T. Turner library.

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Normally, I give all OTT's books an automatic five stars, but this one is a small too various for me. I liked it, but I didn't love it. There's a first time for everything!

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    A y gladiator about to victory his freedom, the slave girl he falls in love with, corruption, battle, y times, what is not to like about this book? Another amazing OTT tale from Olivia T Turner.

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    What is the appeal of this kind of rot? The vocals sound like The Cookie Creature from a children's program; the lyrics are dark for no reason but for being dark; the melody is hopelessly one-dimensional and boring. How could this in any method better one's human existence?

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    I usually steer clear of historical romances because they tend to bore me. But Olivia's? She kept me engaged and wanting to see how Kaseo and Elovissa's fate turned out. I loved how Olivia kept with her over the top alpha male hero and all the steaminess that her stories have, but I really love how she stepped out of her own box and wrote something like this - completely fresh and various from her past stories. This is the excellent example as to why she is my favorite fast read romance authors. I can't wait to see what she brings to my kindle next.****I received an ARC of this directly from the author in exchange for my honest review****

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    I really loved this book! I usually don’t read period books like this but it was refreshing to read something outside my regular reading list. I enjoyed Elovissa, she didn’t settle for less and ended up with a fierce, protective, loving man who worshipped her.

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the story line was good. I couldn’t place this book down until I finished it.

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    Talk about an influential band! Can you name one modern-day post/doom/progressive metal band that is not influenced by Neurosis? There are probably a few out there on the shop today, but this reviewer is sure struggling to think of who those might be. (Mastodon, Gojira, and Isis are but three examples of bands that are hugely influential themselves, but got their begin only from listening to a few classic Neurosis records.) But even the most monstrous and untouchable of progressive metal titans are not without some flaws. In the case of this band, those imperfections came with 2001's "A Sun That Never Sets" and 2003's "The Eye Of Every Storm," two releases that met with decisively mixed responses from fans.But following up these two "good but not great" albums proved to be a surprisingly simple task for Neurosis, as all they had to do was return to form. And that is precisely what these California natives did for their ninth full-length. 2007's "Given To The Rising" embodies all that is unbelievable about them, as it is heard ranging from post-hardcore to crust-punk to sludge/doom metal to industrial rock to unmistakably special progressive metal. It is a superbly written and flawlessly-performed affair that utilizes such elements as guitar feedback, industrial music-lite keyboards, tribal-tinged drumming, and even a few church organs to maximum effect, thus producing a truckload of chilling ambiance and an irresistible soft/hard e album begins on a rather surprising note, with the introductory title song beginning rather heavily and forcefully, with a strong, moaning, Sabbath-y riff and aggressive, mad growled vocals. The nine-minute long epic does occasionally break off into tuneful territory, with ambient acoustic strumming, though. This is then followed up by the distinctly Tool-esque "Fear And Sickness," and the multi-faceted "To The Wind," which opens with a attractive melodic guitar intro accented by distantly crashing cymbals and a fairly melodic, beeping bass line. The piece does eventually ascend to massive and doomy territory, though, as a droning, bottom-heavy guitar lick and effects-laden vocals come into play later on. And track four, "At The End Of The Road," follows a similar-sounding blueprint, playing like an darkly dramatic, eight-and-a-half-minute long epic. It begins with a terrifically moody, lengthy, and proggy introductory soundscape (that is sure to obtain the hairs on the back of your neck to stand straight up, by the way), before morphing into an ominously droning sludge metal riff. Things obtain more mellow, right away after that, though, as we are then treated to a trippy, mood-enhancing instrumental interlude by the name of "Shadow."The second half of the album kicks off with another prototypical Neurosis epic in "Hidden Faces," an epic that offsets occasional melodic breaks with a brutal and very risky doom metal riff slice. It is almost (if not quite) overshadowed, however, by "Water Is Not Enough," which opens on a straightforwardly massive note, with hefty, chugging guitar leads. These guitar chops are occasionally offset by melodic flourishes (i.e. occasional synth flourishes and dramatic, creepy, spoken word vocals), sure. But for the most part, "Water Is Not Enough" begins on an aggressive note and only gets heavier from then on out. And when a huge, momentously meaty and pounding power chord kicks in, you know the song has reached its climax. And this outro flows seamlessly into "Distill (Watching The Swarm)," which opens on a trance-inducing note (with a dangerously repetitive, looping guitar line accented a crashing drum beat.) The number then proceeds to transition through a lovely acoustic/melodic string section and a new-wavy, industrial music-lite keyboard section before finally and once again dropping the almighty doom metal hammer. (The end effect sounds not unlike some Killing Joke stuff.)Up next is the very aptly-entitled "Nine," which is more-or-less the sister song to the aforementioned album centerpiece ("Shadow") in that it is a 2.5 min long instrumental interlude spiced up by trippy keyboards and creepy spoken word vocals. And finally, the album closes on an especially epic note, with the roughly twelve-minute long "Origin" being a tune that is layered in bouncy, dexterous, tom-tom-heavy drum fills (which resonate away at the bottom of the mix), futuristic-sounding keyboard lines, and gorgeous acoustic guitar flourishes. The chop even goes so far as to discover some acoustic guitar leads and/or soloing -- but this is all before a monstrous, serrated, and very dissonant electric guitar comes smashing into the mix at around nine mins in.Extremely meticulous, darkly dramatic, truly timeless, superbly-crafted, and massive in both the traditional and non-traditional ways, "Given To The Rising" is an eminently memorable, accomplished, and certainly very enjoyable affair that was seen topping many-a-prestigious "album of the year" list in 2007 -- and rightfully so, too. It boasts a sound that manages to be both immediately recognizable, yet simultaneously innovative and original. Its true magic, though, lies in the fact that it might take a few listens to completely absorb, but once it does begin to sink in, the results are ambrosial. And hey, I dare you to search me one Neurosis fan that would have it any other way.

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    Neurosis have been defining post-metal for two decades, and here they continue to present us what it really means to be heavy. Heaviness is not non-stop groaning and bashing and screaming, like you obtain from every two-bit nu/extreme metal cheat who's currently polluting the market. Instead, real heaviness comes from nuance, intelligence, and dynamics, and Neurosis continue to elevate metal to its deepest potential. This album is a masterpiece of sonic landscaping, with gutbucket riffs and insistent rhythms sharing zone with atmospheric keyboards and chaotic noise. The Neurosis tactics of tightly coiled aggression and relentless aural design effect in melody that is somehow both terrifying and illuminating. The bludgeoning opener "Given to the Rising" is a excellent indicator of the full Neurosis assault, while the introspection-to-aggression dynamic is most evident in "To the Wind," which even starts with a small incisive balladry. This album peaks with the one-two-three punch of controlled violence in "Hidden Faces," "Water is Not Enough," and "Distill (Watching the Swarm)." Metal that's not afraid to slow down, focus its aggression, and control its attack will have the fullest impact with the thinking listener. Neurosis have helped define that attack throughout their history, and they continue to excellent it here. [~doomsdayer520~]

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    OTT does it again!! This book was SO good! It was various than her other stories, but it was even better!! A gladiator fighting for the love of his life?? What could be better than that? Various story, but same Alpha male love and a powerful female lead! I absolutely love Olivia T. Turner's Over The Top love stories!!! I've read them all and can't wait for the next book!

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    I was very surprised the author wrote a historical romance this time, but she did a VERY amazing job. I loved the roman empire theme. I also liked how the author added some action scenes inside the fighting arena. Overall, this book is packed with hot romance and action. I definitely recommend this book. Buy it now!!

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    Take a trip to a darker, more honest world

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    First and foremost, I would like to create clear that I by no means claim to be an authority on Neurosis, or any form of post, sludge, drone or whatever term would normally be attached to this special piece of metal. Formerly the only exposure to this genre that really caught my ear and kept my avid attention was the amazing band Isis. Most other post-metal acts generally leave me vaguely dissatisfied or completely uninterested. Isis seemed simply light years ahead of the likes of Jesu, Red Sparowes and a myriad of others. Perhaps it is a bit unfair for me to disregard every other band of the growing post-metal movement that fails to live up to the standards that Isis set with the vividly colourful and ever evolving release "Oceanic," but I simply cannot support myself. After all, Isis was my first exposure to this genre, and unavoidably the most lasting. Soon after experiencing the widely acclaimed release "Black One" by the oddly named Sunn o))), I completely gave up on dark-drone-whatever metal, writing it off as largely uninspired, or as in the case of "Black One," completely and utterly laughable. When "Given to the Rising" was released, my attention was briefly drawn back to this obscure spectrum of metal. Neurosis had been a band I had always intended to sample, but not desperately enough to gamble on getting another slab of mediocre waste. With nothing left in my Amazon want list, and a couple of bucks to blow, I decided to risk it. The gamble was well worth the reward, being a complete and absolute rejuvenation of faith in the genre of post-metal."Given to the Rising" is a beautifully, and utterly bleak sound scape. Mountains of lead-heavy riffage crash versus each other layered more often than not with almost Sonic Youth-esque ars of haunting noise and feedback. (Fear not those who have yet to experience Neurosis, this sounds NOTHING like Sonic Youth. I am merely trying to paint a close to accurate picture of what you are in for, and at the moment, no other band I can think of adds white noise to their melody with such powerful end results. I would hate to scare you away from such a amazing band by mentioning the largely despised Sonic Youth in reference to this masterpiece, but you know, for lack of a better example..) Those who have experienced "Given to the Rising" could understand this, those who haven't might be a small place off by this description. Neurosis do not simply offer metal with a dose of noise, the mix is masterfully crafted into something delightfully haunting and highly artistic. This is, as cliche as it sounds, simply one of those albums you have to hear to e riffage in "Given to the Rising" much like Isis, is dominantly repetitive, and at times quite melodically complex. Also, like any Isis album, "Given to the Rising" is completely demanding of your unwavering attention. This is not just another mindless metal album that bashes you over the head with raging rivers of adrenaline, nor is this something to be used as background music. This album is most appreciated when listened to in its lengthy entirety, (at about 70 minutes) and with minimum unnecessary stimuli. "Given to the Rising" is a sensory experience that you wish to totally immerse yourself into. Littered with sometimes subtle, sometimes terraced dynamic shifts, abstract and haunting things event in the background, and an overall thick, foggy, tar-like atmosphere, "Given to the Rising" offers a multitude of rewards to the careful, imaginative om someone largely unimpressed and relatively ignorant concerning the post-drone-sludge metal scene, I nevertheless urge you to give Neurosis' "Given to the Rising" a chance. Presenting us with an album that gives other amazing albums of 2007 (Such as Ulver's "Shadows of the Sun," Pain of Salvation's "Scarsick," and Porcupine Tree's "Fear of a Blank Planet,") some very stiff competition, Neurosis have definitely won at least one fresh fan with "Given to the Rising," and I imagine there will be plenty more to follow.

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    It was cute story, and I saw a lot of simalirities to the film gladiator, just not sure woman would actually behave the method elovissa did but I'm just the reader and it was a fast read so hot and steamy just like all Olivia's others and method to damn short , that usually my only complaint reading her work ,

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    GIVEN TO THE RISING is definitely one of the best Neurosis albums, and my private favorite. After swerving from the path of all-out intensity to the inward-looking, ambient sounds of A SUN THAT NEVER SETS (2001) and THE EYE OF EVERY STORM (2004), the band returns to the "hypnotic, super-heavy loud music" they are known for. The simplest method to describe the sound of GTTR is to say that it takes TIMES OF GRACE (1999) and adds a touch of the ambient atmospherics of urosis began as a hardcore punk band in Oakland in 1985. They shared the speed, intensity, and anarchist politics of that movement -- versus war, racism, Reagan and Thatcher. SOULS AT ZERO (1992) was the turning point when they slowed the melody down and began to develop their innovative, massive, metal sound. (They're usually mentioned as a key influence on "post-metal," but their trajectory was actually from punk to metal, so post-punk.) Building this fresh sound further on ENEMY OF THE SUN (1993), most fans seem to agree that they produced their Nineties masterpiece with THROUGH SILVER IN BLOOD (1996), which is a maximum sonic assault with sound samples (very Eighties), psychedelic flourishes, and quieter passages mixed with the titanic guitar chords and tribal e band's more latest melody seems to have a smaller audience. (Why so few reviews of this amazing album?) On TOG they stripped down the sound with the support of producer Steve Albini, creating a more austere sound that to my ears sounds more powerful. This is what they continue on GTTR (he has produced all their albums since 1999), but to my ears it's even e lyrics of Neurosis are poetic and oblique, and evade any simplistic, literal interpretation. So here is my interpretation of what the band is about, based on lyrics, interviews, history, and my own listening and experience. All metal is about death and pain. This is part of its appeal, in addition to the sheer energy and intensity. But whereas metal by definition deals with the fact of death, which we must all confront, it seems to me that Neurosis has extnded their early Eighties punk politics to a more sweeping indictment of industrial capitalist "civilization." The lyrics tip at a neopagan vision of life in intimate connection with the Earth, with the seasons, with all Life. This is not adolescent rebellion, and it is not nihilism. Neurosis confronts the death of our method of life, both now, in its alienation, its separation, from the Earth, but impending ecological collapse as the ecosystem is methodically destroyed. Was the Nineties a time to celebrate the win of capitalism? No, it means alienation and ecological devastation have been in hyperdrive.Hendrix said "I Don't Live Today," -- "existing -- nothing but existing." This alienation fuels much punk and metal. But I believe as the members of Neurosis have grown older they still feel that, feel it more deeply, rather than moving on from it and seeing it only as an adolescent phase -- they refuse to "become comfortably numb." Steve Von Till, the source of the quote in my review title as well as the "hypnotic, super-heavy, loud music" quote, has said the band attempts to go "somewhere deeper, somewhere more emotional, somewhere elemental.""When you learn to surrender to something bigger than yourself, you're acknowledging the realm of spirit -- and where else does melody come from? I have no idea, but it feels like it's not just deep in the core of us, but deep within the core of the Earth, the stars, and everything else."I see this melody as an expression of a deep connection with the ground of being, with life, with the elemental. There is a dark side to this, yes. What Jung called "the shadow" is respected and recognized. Darkness is part of the cycle of light and darkness and to fail to absorb this is to fail to be fully alive. Moving through darkness, moving through pain, moving through ritual, and emerging stronger is an ancient core human ere is something Wagnerian in Neurosis, something tragic and grandiose, but their melody does not involve stories about characters. There are no masks. The bellowing vocals are the first person "I," the I of every one of us. What the melody expresses in all its raging intensity is something inside us that is wounded, something that connects us to all urosis is a amazing band, and this is one of the band's best records, with phenomenal artwork by Josh Graham. They don't exactly have a high profile -- I am very satisfied to have finally discovered them!

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    GIVEN TO THE RISING is definitely one of the best Neurosis albums, and my private favorite. After swerving from the path of all-out intensity to the inward-looking, ambient sounds of A SUN THAT NEVER SETS (2001) and THE EYE OF EVERY STORM (2004), the band returns to the "hypnotic, super-heavy loud music" they are known for. The simplest method to describe the sound of GTTR is to say that it takes TIMES OF GRACE (1999) and adds a touch of the ambient atmospherics of urosis began as a hardcore punk band in Oakland in 1985. They shared the speed, intensity, and anarchist politics of that movement -- versus war, racism, Reagan and Thatcher. SOULS AT ZERO (1992) was the turning point when they slowed the melody down and began to develop their innovative, massive, metal sound. (They're usually mentioned as a key influence on "post-metal," but their trajectory was actually from punk to metal, so post-punk.) Building this fresh sound further on ENEMY OF THE SUN (1993), most fans seem to agree that they produced their Nineties masterpiece with THROUGH SILVER IN BLOOD (1996), which is a maximum sonic assault with sound samples (very Eighties), psychedelic flourishes, and quieter passages mixed with the titanic guitar chords and tribal e band's more latest melody seems to have a smaller audience. (Why so few reviews of this amazing album?) On TOG they stripped down the sound with the support of producer Steve Albini, creating a more austere sound that to my ears sounds more powerful. This is what they continue on GTTR (he has produced all their albums since 1999), but to my ears it's even e lyrics of Neurosis are poetic and oblique, and evade any simplistic, literal interpretation. So here is my interpretation of what the band is about, based on lyrics, interviews, history, and my own listening and experience. All metal is about death and pain. This is part of its appeal, in addition to the sheer energy and intensity. But whereas metal by definition deals with the fact of death, which we must all confront, it seems to me that Neurosis has extnded their early Eighties punk politics to a more sweeping indictment of industrial capitalist "civilization." The lyrics tip at a neopagan vision of life in intimate connection with the Earth, with the seasons, with all Life. This is not adolescent rebellion, and it is not nihilism. Neurosis confronts the death of our method of life, both now, in its alienation, its separation, from the Earth, but impending ecological collapse as the ecosystem is methodically destroyed. Was the Nineties a time to celebrate the win of capitalism? No, it means alienation and ecological devastation have been in hyperdrive.Hendrix said "I Don't Live Today," -- "existing -- nothing but existing." This alienation fuels much punk and metal. But I believe as the members of Neurosis have grown older they still feel that, feel it more deeply, rather than moving on from it and seeing it only as an adolescent phase -- they refuse to "become comfortably numb." Steve Von Till, the source of the quote in my review title as well as the "hypnotic, super-heavy, loud music" quote, has said the band attempts to go "somewhere deeper, somewhere more emotional, somewhere elemental.""When you learn to surrender to something bigger than yourself, you're acknowledging the realm of spirit -- and where else does melody come from? I have no idea, but it feels like it's not just deep in the core of us, but deep within the core of the Earth, the stars, and everything else."I see this melody as an expression of a deep connection with the ground of being, with life, with the elemental. There is a dark side to this, yes. What Jung called "the shadow" is respected and recognized. Darkness is part of the cycle of light and darkness and to fail to absorb this is to fail to be fully alive. Moving through darkness, moving through pain, moving through ritual, and emerging stronger is an ancient core human ere is something Wagnerian in Neurosis, something tragic and grandiose, but their melody does not involve stories about characters. There are no masks. The bellowing vocals are the first person "I," the I of every one of us. What the melody expresses in all its raging intensity is something inside us that is wounded, something that connects us to all urosis is a amazing band, and this is one of the band's best records, with phenomenal artwork by Josh Graham. They don't exactly have a high profile -- I am very satisfied to have finally discovered them!(I'm not generally too interested in melody videos, so I picked up the audio-only version.)

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    Given To The Rising []  2020-1-31 9:48

    You can almost hear the "huzzah!" from the Neurosis fanbase. It's been a while since they've sounded this tight and @#$%ed off. As much as the band is shying away from grandiose return to form announcements, that's almost what you have to consider Given, as I thought they had "matured" beyond this stuff. 2001's A Sun That Never Sets dialed down the distortion and played with folk influences, while The Eye of Every Storm deviated even further with some mopey shoegazing of uneven quality. Not exactly bad, but not amazing either. Meanwhile the art-metal craze that Neurosis helped pioneer took off like a nuclear-tipped rocket, as bands like Isis and Transmission0 took the quiet-to-loud thing and ran with it. It's a pleasent surprise, then, that the leaders have returned to take their rightful put at head of the pack. You can almost picture the look of rapture on the listeners face as the opener gets right into things and dumps you off into an active volcano. This is Neurosis at their best - they're trippy, heady, and can stop a rhino in its tracks. On the "heavy" parts anyway. Of course because this is Neurosis those parts come bookmarked by quieter, harbringer-of-doom moments (instead of just doom), all wrapped up in a sound that wound create Zeus wet his pants. A worthy effort.

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    Given to the Gladiator []  2021-4-6 22:59

    An okay short read. Not my favourite OTT book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it either. It had a lot of typos. I could not connect with the story. It had a lot to do with the constant back and forth of the language between modern and ancient. Probably should have chosen one style. Still, I'm a fan and look forward to future OTT books.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    So this book wasn’t for me. The book is about a 18 year old girl who is sent away basically to be a slave to 3 dominant males. There are lots of punishment/ spankings, public embarrassment and age play. The book is quite descriptive about what is event to Dorana as a young virgin. The book up and ends quite suddenly where I didn’t think it was finished. Left wondering a bit... Although the characters claim love it doesn’t have the feel of love with any of them.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    Emily Tilton is a fairly fresh author for me but I can assure you that she will become a favorite quickly. Ms. Tilton has a method of drawing you into her books and her characters are so delightful that you can't support cheer for their happily ever after. Dorana, Jason, Carl and George's story is one of finding yourself in a situation that you don't think you will have fun but realizing that it's just where you wish to be. This story has everything that you would want; comedy, drama, joy, tears and hot romance. Even if this story isn't your cup of tea (even in your fantasies) you will be sorry if you miss this one!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    Dorana's life has changed she is now going to be used as a toy for Magisterians. Now for most readers, this is just a naughty tale and it is. Then again there is a much more serious note in the story. Her planet had joined into Vionian Empire battle versus Magisteria the author is clear to allow it be known this was an unjust war. Now every year the victors take three young ladies and use them for two years until returning them back home yet they still control them for another year. This is a naughty tale about control and payment by those who had no say before the battle and now. If you are looking for something naughty then this is one to pick up but this book may have more to it if you can see the forest for the trees. I did keep a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    An quick paced kinky erotica tale. I just want I was longer. Dorana is Eighteen years old and is been chosen to be submissive towards three aliens warriors. She is to be obedient and follow their every whim. How will she obey?I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    When Dorana's home planet is conquered by the Magisterians there is a price to pay. And they pay that price with sending their daughters to be slaves to the conquerers. How Dorana can please her 3 Magisterian "daddies" Jason, Carl and George and overcome what she feels is humiliating, degrading, and overwhelmingly erotic encounters is an interesting read. Like all Emily Tilton's books, the girls are naive, the daddies are alphas, and the stories are fun, steamy readsI received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    I knew this story would be titillating and wasn’t surprised that the story was mostly composed of intimate scenes that were filled with dark and dominant actions. I want there had been more story to this book. The depth and detail was lacking in order for it to be higher rated in my opinion. The blurb sounded very intriguing but the story allow me down.I requested a copy of this book so I could provide an honest review.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    I kept wondering where the rest of the story was. Very unrealistic that they should say the were in love in just a few days. The story was just about dominating another being for self gratification. No globe building, no building the personalities of any of them. Don’t recommend if you wish a beginning, middle and end of a story line. No love here at all. Just self indulgence for the males.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    This is a unbelievable read, engaging and feisty characterDorana has just turned eighteen and knows that every year three women will be taken from their homes and their lives and are then given to the fighter race that had beaten them for them to use as they e planet has now become one of the Vionian Empires battle versus the Magisteria and it is created clear that even after the two years of control and discipline by the men that are given the women they are then returned back home where they continue to be controlled for another is is a story that has plenty of twists and turns and it is apparent that some females refuse to be broken by their Daddies and remain defiant and powerful willed no matter the punishment they keep or the humiliation, some will rise above it.I voluntarily received and review an Advanced Reader CopyI thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading any future publications; hold up all the amazing writing.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    While I enjoyed the story or Dorana and her 3 daddies and darkly erotic woven tale about the Paternia's Reparation to the Mageserians, I felt that the story stopped short of exploring the relationship between the three of them, when it seemed that compared to the norm of others this one was to be so much more. It just felt incomplete and left me wanting more. Overall, I still enjoyed it.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Daddies (Galactic Discipline) []  2021-4-7 0:37

    Dorana is abruptly taken from her home and given to lord Jason and his two friends. She is to call them daddy, but in order to obtain rewards she must go from the nappy scene then back to the panty scene and then to please her daddies she must do as she is told, and having tantrums is not accepted and that will sorely earn her a spanking.I really enjoyed this story, and i know readers will as well.

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    The book describes her war with scene 4 gallbladder cancer diagnosed in 2007 and all the medical procedures she has survived. It also describes her spirituality, her upbringing, the part walking has played and her indomitable spirit.Edie had remarkable parents who raised a huge family during the dust bowl era of Oklahoma's history. What they lacked in money, they created up for in character, dignity, perseverance and belief in e was told she had 3 months to live and obtain her affairs in order. That’s when she went into an all out battle versus cancer. Searching out the doctors, self educating on the internet, insisting that she have operations to remove any cancer, surviving the chemo, having amazing insurance and walking. If she could walk, she was alive and that became her gratitude for her prayers being answered with an extended lease of life and the part that walking had played, she decided to walk the El Camino True in California. She walked the 800 plus miles from San Diego to Sonoma and lit a candle in each of the missions. Having accomplished that feat, she set out to complete the entire mission walk which starts in Loretto, Mexico. The 900 plus mile trek in Baja Mexico will leave you will learn about the missionaries who founded California. You will be comforted and encouraged by her Christian faith. You may scratch your head to ask why but you will never cease to be amazed at her determination to never give up.

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    I loved reading this book and was drawn to it months before it became available. Edie Littlefield Sundby is an awesome woman that lived through hell on earth and survived to share her story! Her attitude and determination while standing at death’s door was nothing short of miraculous. It may not be surprising that in midst of ill health, Edie planned her walk. Her Mission Walk was inspiring despite facing soaring temperatures and a challenging landscape. Learning pieces of the early Mexico/California history was fascinating, as well as Edie’s shared stories about her tutorials and the locations they stayed along the way. My private love of walking/hiking drew me to the book in the first place, but Edie’s story is what created me read it cover to cover... and then again! (God bless Edie!) I’m happy, too, that I bought the hardcovered book as opposed to the a lot of Kindle books I purchase throughout the year. I hold The Mission Walk book out on a coffee table to pick up and read again or to share with someone else.

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    If you wish to search encouragement because you are faced with a challenge that can not be overcome read this is is not an unbiased, neutral statement on this book. I am a cousin to Edie and cannot approach this book nor her story dispassionately. My review carries 5 stars but that is an artificial construct to create sure you consider this book.Edie in life and in her book has a lot of catching expressions. When you greet or depart Edie she will hug you but opposite to what we normally do while warmly saying "hugs on the heart side". This book is about heart and the roots of that heart. An expression that Edie uses to describe her early confrontation with cancer is one that I have learned to adhere to tightly. She states that she was "arrogantly healthy" and I believe sooner or later we all must confront this reality. The question is how do we answer to that reality? Edie offers not a response to be copied but one that was private to her and one rooted in her life story. Her heart's journey is in her story from the hard soil of south central Oklahoma to corporate and professional success. But her journey is not just in the stories but listening to what they and her heart told her to do. We all have our own life stories and our hearts. When confronted with unimaginable challenges all we have are our life stories and heart. This book is about Edie's story and heart...read it and contemplate.

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    I loved this book, it's so interesting and so inspiring. I felt as if I were on the journey myself, though I know I could never have done this as she did! The first phase was the story of having and battling cancer and Ms. Littlefield-Sundby has shown what that is like, physically and emotionally; she shares what it's like and how it interrupts everyday life that we mainly take for granted. She writes with candor and wit and so a lot of bits of wisdom that I plan to read again with a marker to highlight the insights I want to remember and incorporate in my life. The middle was amazing fun - her walks and experiences on the Trail in California, her strength and powerful will to live and experience all of life - even the very unpleasant - amazed me. The third part took me into another world, like a fly on the wall, walking this trail in Mexico with history of the missions and a view of other life styles and other culture woven in, plus her wonderful spirit and kindness in the face of adversities and human frailties were impressive, to say the least. I would turn to the pix to see what each tutorial looked like, google the mission names. And then, when I least expected it, it all went crazy bad, difficult and risky for that latest leg of the trip. So much suffering poured on by Mother Nature (and human nature!) and yet her gratefulness to be alive is expressed so succinctly and wryly at times you'll laugh out loud. Highly recommend!

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    The Mission Walker is a fresh book coming out soon by Edie Littlefield Sunby. This well-written book is intriguing. The book is a memoir as well as a history of the missions of California. It is a journey of self-awareness and faith.Edie was diagnosed with cancer and with the support and help of her family and the doctors, she managed to beat it into remission. She had been a walker prior to this and was interested in the history of the mission bells in California. She learned about the mission trail the early missionaries had followed as they set up missions. She walked the eight hundred miles of the Historic California Mission Trail from the California border to Sonoma. Her descriptions of the trails and the missions are breathtaking. The descriptions of her journey through her faith are compelling and interesting to ter her journey, the cancer returned. Once more, after her treatments, she decided to walk the remaining eight hundred miles of the El Camino Real. This leads from southern Baja California to the California border. This section of the mission trail is much more severe and much less mapped out. She was needed to have vaqueros accompany her on this section of the journey to even search the trail. Each of the vaqueros had his own personality and his own method of doing things which makes the journey even more interesting. The people she meets along the trail are so welcoming to her and do their part to support her along the way.Edie was given a 0.9 percent possibility of survival with a three-month time limit before she began her walks. She survived both walks and is still surviving. As an Oklahoma-bred woman, she has shown the sturdiness and bravery of a woman whose ancestors had survived the Dust Bowl. Edie happens to be a relative of mine through her Littlefield relations. I met her in May 2017 at a family reunion. She is one of the organizers of this reunion which has met yearly for 90 years. I was deeply impressed by her acceptance of the cancer and her need to continue to war versus its reoccurrence The book is totally an embodiment of the author.I strongly recommend this book. It is a testimony of faith and courage.

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    A amazing read for those that need a new perspective on life in this crazy globe we live in. The Mission Walker is an wonderful story of one woman's fearless war versus cancer. Memoirs are typically slow reads for me, but this was a real pager turner that reads more like an adventure novel. I couldn't place it down as soon as I started reading it. The story is so descriptively written you feel like you are walking with Edie on her entire journey. You will go from crying to laughing to absolute astonishment of how anyone could actually accomplish the physical and mental feats she did on her adventure through Mexico. It puts life in perspective and makes you want you could have just a fraction of her attitude, faith and fearlessness. Her outlook on life is truly beautiful. With all the struggles and politics in today's globe it makes you realize what is really important. It also leaves the reader yearning for a follow on book to learn more about her life as a child, a female executive etc.A amazing read for those loving outdoor adventure (Think Into the Wild) while also appealing to those interested religion, history, faith, mindfulness and health. It really will be a various notice and appeal to all that read it. Highly recommend as a book club read because you will wish to discuss the book with others as soon as you are done.

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    This book, when I was disparaging, was given to me by my husband just weeks before he received his diagnosis of lung cancer, which unfortunately took his life less than two months later. Weakened by sickness, he created extreme efforts to hear Edie speak. When I picked him up afterwards, he was animated, positive, and determined that I should read "The Mission Walker", as he would along with me; another journey on our 50-year walk together. Some books inspire by words; this book inspires by deeds... To think of all the challenges that Ms Sundby overcame in pursuing her compulsion to renewed health is an awe-inspiring statement of unwavering faith. What Edie Littlefield Sundby achieved in her wonderful walk tracing all the California missions, near freeways in the north and cutting through cactus on an untraveled 250 year-old route in Baja Mexico shows what can be done versus seemingly impossible odds.

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    I was deeply moved and touched to the core of my soul throughout this well written book: Page 103 where Edie described being touched by the Hand of God was inspiring. I cried on page 109 where the writer lamented over so a lot of precious souls battling adversities beyond my comprehension. Edie's eloquent writing literally transformed me from my show and took me on this journey. I loved the method she place the historical facts regarding each mission and missionary, their courage and strength being a fuel for her own travels. What an interesting method to connect with history while deepening the experience of how a mans journey so long ago, could bring blessings to us today. On page 146 I laughed out loud as Edie described the female donkeys behaviors. On page 161 Edie describes being outside in the bright moon and the stars felt so close that I could reach up and touch them myself and it truly created my heart sing! On page 191 in the mist of the most unimaginable adversity Edie is able to calm herself and this gave me strength and courage: "The spirit can remain powerful even when one's heart is broken". I felt adventurous when Edie carried the Linck's map. I was empowered when she would replace the fear of death with peace, how it is within us to obtain rid of fear. I grew deep desire to be in a deeper relationship with my spouse by the description of her love for her husband. Whenever I feel defeated or challenged and struggle with difficulties, I pick up this book and obtain energized to war my day. I place one foot in front of the other.... binding uncertainty and fear and doubt. I learned to live a full and abundant life regardless of the cirtance that may arise! Bravo and Bravo. Inspirational, educational, adventurous, defying... truly a magnificent read!!!

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    I don't really know where to start. For a begin one of the 5 best books that I have read in my life and I'm 72 and a large reader. I have had a fascination w/ Calif. missions since moving to Calif. in 1978. Visiting and reading every book that I can track down thru research. My largest issue was forcing myself to place the book down and do something else instead of reading in one read. it was additive. I understand the Mexican culture and language so I could visualize the different situations on the Baja trail. A vast number of times, the poorest are the most friendly , caring and will share their latest bit of meal with a total stranger. How Edie managed to create the mountain trails and desert crossing w/o meal or water and small sanitation or med. supplies is a tribute to her strength. Surviving cancer and the different operations was a real miracle. My mother had leukemia in 1969 for 3 yrs. and underwent countless chemo's ( hell on earth ) Edie is a true and real Navy Seal times 10. A must read. I hope that Edie does a TED TALK about real grit and determination. More satisfied trails for Edie.

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    The Mission Walker: I was given three months to live... []  2020-1-16 2:41

    This book engaged me on two levels. 1) I, too, am a cancer survivor so obviously the first-part of the book was a amazing inspiration. 2) I am also a fervid outdoor type who likes any kind of difficult challenge that goes down, up or across the earth...so again how could I not be rocked by Edie’s remarkable but insane trek through locations I probably would never wish to take on...the traffic of Southern California or the cactus grill of old Mexico. I wouldn’t mind walking from Torrey Pines to The Bed and Breakfast at LaJolla, though. But I am glad Edie had the momentous mindset to do the impossible because it created for some hot-flash reading. Edie, you are a muse of the highest order and a Littlefield icon.

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    This is the third book I've read this summer that I saw mentioned in a magazine under the headline "Recommended Summer Reading" that I definitely didn't like. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I don't automatically dislike a book because it's depressing. Life is tragic sometimes and I think we can all benefit by gaining some understanding of the pain and hardships that others go through. This plot of this book was so unbelievable, though, that it seemed more like a gruesome fairy tale than a story about true people. At the end, in a conversation with the author, she mentions how much she liked "Flowers in the Attic" when she was younger. If I'd known that, I never would have bought the book.

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    I wanted to love The Life She Was Given but I didn't. The idea was interesting and I'm fascinated by, and even wrote about, sideshow performers myself. And I enjoyed the reveal, though it was simple to see coming. But there was something off about her descriptions. Someone was always hauling someone around by the hand, Lily was always ruminating in the exact same way, so I felt as though I was reading something not quite worked out in the author's head. It was all right but I don't think I'd recommend it.

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    This book was so sad it gave me nightmares. The tacked-on "happy" ending was no help. I'm actually sorry I read it.

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    I just finished EVER !!!!! The Life She Was Given is Ellen Marie Wiseman's fourth novel and in my opinion her best.......and that speaks VOLUMES because I have loved each and every one of the other three books she has written. Ellen writes with info and descriptions that bring the reader to the time and put of her story and create each and every hero so real. From the very beginning, my heart was aching for both of the main characters, Lilly the young girl who was hidden in the attic by her parents and then sold to the circus and Julia, the teenager who was trying to survive on her own at a very young age. Their stories will have you turning the pages quickly not just to search what direction their lives take, but to search out how their stories might be connected.I suggest having a box of tissues nearby also!

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    I couldn't wait to read this book with all the pre-order hype that surrounded it, and now that I've finished it, I'm sorry I ever bought it. I hadn't read any of the author's previous books, but this one looked really good. I thought the beginning was rather melodramatic, but as tension built in the middle section, I couldn't place it down. Amazing writing. Amazing hero development. And then I came to the final third of the book and I couldn't believe what I was reading. Steven King's "Misery" was a joy ride compared to this. I have never read a book that took human and animal cruelty to such an extent.

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    This book seemed to have it all. Heartbreak and redemption. I found it to be unremitting depressing. From begin to finish nothing but sorrow. The stage of the animal death was truly ghastly. To me there were also a lot of lose ends. The ending just chopped things off. I doubt I'll 'll be reading anymore of her books.

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    Review OMG! Ellen Marie Wiseman has written such a thought provoking, emotional and intense novel, "The Life She Was Given". My head is literally spinning! I love the method that the author describes the settings, and tells the story. The genres of this novel are Historical Fiction, and Women's Fiction. Kudos to Ellen Marie Wiseman for the historical research done for this story set around 1931 during the depression. In coal mined towns such as Pennsylvania, work was scarce, and people did what they could to survive. Some worked in the Circus. Kids and "people" who were various were treated in a not good way. Some were sent to ere was poverty and e author describes two young girls who lived at Blackwood Manor at various 1931, Lilly was a young girl locked up in her bedroom in the attic for the difference in her appearance. Lilly winds up being part of the Circus. During these depressive times, there were rules to follow and consequences. Lilly has a method of bonding with animals. It's almost like she is an "Animal Whisperer". The crowds can be dangerous, and the managers of the Circus were ruthless. There was much cruelty and no ound twenty years later we meet Julia who ran away from her parents at Blackwood Manor. Her parents didn't provide love and emotional support. Julia is almost homeless, when a man looking for her informs her that she has inherited Blackwood Manor. Both of her parents have died, and have left Julia the mansion, the horse farm, and a tremendous amount of money. Julia finds that she has a unique method relating and working with the horses. She discovers that her parents had a lot of e author describes some of the characters as mean, evil, and unlikeable Most of the characters are complex and complicated. I like the method the author describes the themes of family and friends, betrayal and secrets, love and hope.I wish to thank Kensington Publishing, Edelweiss and Ellen Marie Wiseman for the Advanced Reading Copy of "The Life She Was Given" by Ellen Marie Wiseman for my honest review.I highly recommend this novel as an amazingly well written and descriptive, intriguing novel. Be warned, have tissues on hand.

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    Extensively researched and well written, but the story had some issues for me at the end of the novel. First, anger aside at the ending, which ruined my night, I felt a number of things went unresolved. Compared to Water for Elephants in details, this one had a bit too a lot of and while the characters were developed, I think the novel was negative in the extreme. I know that some elephants were killed for risky behavior, but the overall negativeness of this novel I found terribly depressing. While I don't hope for super satisfied endings, though this one did have a somewhat resolved ending, I absolutely hated what happened to Lily and it really didn't create sense to me...too much like a horror novel.

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    This book was awful! I was so disappointed. In today's globe when all you see & hear is pain & heartache, I found myself drawn to this book that seemed to tip at a satisfied ending. "Make Blackwood Manor a put of healing at last" was about as far from satisfied as you can get. I came to care for the characters & wanted so badly for then to overcome but was left sad & depressed. She allow them down as well as me.**Spoiler Alert**I don't think I'll ever obtain over the cruel visual of a brutal killing of the elephant. If this would upset you, then avoid this book!!!

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    The Life She Was Given []  2020-1-27 22:29

    Allow me start my review by saying that I received an Advanced Readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I brought it on vacation with me and it was "allegedly" taken out of my suitcase (along with some other items) during a TSA inspection. I was halfway through the book and greatly enjoying it, so I purchased an actual published copy so I could [email protected]#$%!.What initially grabbed me about the book was the fact that it took put in an "old-fashioned" circus, along with the "freaks." Stories about circuses and circus freaks have fascinated me, including Water for Elephants,Freaks, and American Horror Story: Freak e story alternates between two timelines and two women, Lilly Blackwood and Julia Blackwood. Lilly's story takes put in the 1930s; Julia's in the 1950s. I can't really say much more about the story without giving away some spoilers. There aren't large mysteries or surprises, but just the same, I'll allow the readers search out for themselves.I've never read anything by Ellen Marie Wiseman before, but I liked her style of writing. It was conversational and simple to read. She offered a amazing balance of description and dialogue, moving the storyline forward. She provided perfect hero development, letting me meet these two women, learn their individual life experiences that created them who they were, and learn to like both of them by stepping into their I'm sure we all know, circuses in the 1930s weren't always kind to their performers or their animals. I could handle physical and mental abuse of the people, but the animal abuse actually created my stomach churn. I guess I can owe some gratitude to Wiseman's perfect writing, but it was very disheartening to see these innocent monsters be mistreated. I want this abuse wasn't in the novel, but it is somewhat integral to the ter reading this novel, I definitely wish to check out Wiseman's previous (and future) novels.

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    While the main hero was young and had a lot to learn, I enjoyed watching her grow in this book and the sequel. Magnus is an amazing hero, with a delightful sense of humor. I enjoyed watching them learn about marriage and the sacrifices and commitment that it requires. The book also addresses friendship and loyalty. The time travel for this book had a various spin by bringing the character forward.. The alien aspect of the technology was also unique. I can't wait for the third book in the series!!

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    This is the fourth book in the Highland Brides series and each book can be read as a standalone title. In this book we obtain to see Lady Murine Carmichael and Dougall Buchanan journey. We have previously met both of these characters and I really enjoyed meeting them in the previous books so was really glad that they got their own story. This was just quite a story and I just didn’t know what was going to happen next. I have just absolutely loved this series it just keeps getting better and better and is full of unbelievable characters that I hope obtain their own story. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    I could not place this book down! It was a really amazing read and I look forward to learning more of Kaitlyn and Magnus’s journey. It does have that Outlander vibe, but Kaitlyn and Magnus have their own attractive story and I just couldn’t resist falling in love with it! I stumbled across this book from a Fb add and I almost scrolled past it. So glad I gave this series a chance! You won’t be disappointed.

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    I have read several of Lynsay 's books but this is the first time I've given a review. While I have a number of favorite authors ; I hold returning to Lynsay 's books time and again , because not only are the characters well developed, and the love scenes scorchingly hot, this woman has got a unbelievable sense of humor! There's nothing like a y Highlander in a kilt to create my heart go all a-flutter (unless he would be out of the kilt, well then , my heart would be pounding; and not to mention what it would do with a y vampire!) Lynsay Sands is the respond to life's daily stresses; just take one of her books (any of them) , but please don't call me in the morning, I'll be too busy reading another book!

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    The recent in Lynsay Sands' historic Highlander series follows Murine Carmichael, who readers familiar with the series will remember as the woman who was fainting all the time in previous books. Readers less familiar with Sands' work will wonder if it is possible to turn a woman known for fainting into a heroine powerful enough to match one of Sands' fiery Highland heroes. Fear not- it can be done!Heroine Murine Carmichael may have had more than her share of poor luck over the latest few years (both parents dead, several siblings dead, getting stuck with a reprehensible English half-brother as a guardian, her father thinking she was too weak to lead her guild and leaving it to a cousin she's never met . . .) but she has finally reached the end of her patience. Her half-brother and guardian has not only gambled away her dowry, he is now trying to barter her off in exchange for some horses. When horse-breeder Dougall Buchanan refuses to accept the deal, brother Danvries starts thinking about who else he could loan Murine out to in order to obtain enough coin to pay for the horses. Murine isn't stupid and knows even after Dougall refuses to do business with him, Danvries isn't going to allow this fresh money-making idea go. She takes the only option she can and runs away. Her plan is to obtain to her mates Saidh and Joan, but she quickly lands an unlikely escort- Dougall Buchanan and his brothers! The Buchanan brothers are gentlemanly enough to offer to support Murine obtain to safety, but aren't sure how to handle a weak woman on a journey. When they realize Murine is their sister Saidh's best mate (and the woman who saved Saidh from being murdered), they have a hard time reconciling Murine's various facets. Brave, strong, and weak? As they obtain to know her they realize the fainting fits are more a lack of meal than anything else and that Murine is as brave and powerful as any Highland warrior. Dougall is attracted to her from the beginning and soon the idea of marrying her to protect her from Danvries seems like the excellent solution. But mysterious accidents, disappearances, and attempted murder soon have them realizing that nothing is as easy as they thought!Murine is the type of heroine that I like best- someone who doesn't believe she is brave or powerful but is obviously that to those around her. The more time she spends seeing herself through the Buchanan's eyes instead of her half-brother's the more she comes to believe in herself. She acts when there is problem and doesn't depend on others to save her. These very things appeal to Dougall while at the same time drive him crazy- how can he fall in love with a woman so prone to problem and so determined to support herself instead of letting him do the rescuing? It takes the not good man a small while to figure out his emotions and for Murine to believe he's genuine, but in classic Lynsay Sands style, after the mayhem settles, our heroes are confident in both themselves and each other's love.Falling for the Highlander is everything long-time Lynsay Sands readers expect: full of humor, mayhem, disasters, sweet romance, and sizzling chemistry. Those fresh to Sands' books will wish to read more (each book in this series is stand-alone and they don't need to be read in order, but characters cameo in them all and if you have fun one you'll certainly have fun them all). If asked to choose a favorite stage I'd be torn between a highly memorable waterfall stage and Murine rescuing the Buchanan brothers from a burning building. The younger Buchanans are amazing and scenes where we obtain to see all the brothers interacting are lots of fun! While the mystery behind who is trying to slay Murine seems beautiful obvious- brother Danvries seems beautiful tailor created for the role of poor guy- I enjoyed how the Buchanans, Sinclairs, and others pieced together their suspicions and helped Murine to realize that she had a lot of people in her corner. Four armies by the end of the book! Long-time Sands readers will also hold in the back of their minds that Lynsay likes to throw curve balls to her readers and even a straight-forward mystery is never entirely what it seems!A fast-paced and fun read full of wit, humor, and heart. You'll fall in love with Dougall and cheer Murine on to a guaranteed and well-deserved satisfied ending.

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    I really wanted to like this book, but honestly, I found it super boring. A lot of internal dialogue and not enough banter between the two main characters. The premise of the book had so much promise, but it just felt extremely rushed. Instead of the long drawn out explanations of how they're feeling, etc. the actual storyline could've been developed more. I've always been a fan of Lynsey Sands, so for that reason I finished the book, but it was a struggle.

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    I was VERY skeptical about this book because I’ve loved Outlander for 15 years. I thought it was a rip off and ignored it when it popped into my recommendations. I’m so glad I have it a chance! This series has me hooked! It’s not a rip off and has its own story. I read all 3 books in a week. I’m anxiously waiting for book 4. I highly recommend!!!

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    Admittedly, by the second chapter, I was ready to leave this book alone. However, it gets better after that! Kaitlyn is an annoying twenty-something, but she quickly matures. And Magnus is, well... a dreamy Scot. Don’t allow the negative reviews give you pause. Definitely read this if you’re a fan of Outlander!

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    I loved this book! What a great, fun and too fast read - will leave you wanting more... AND there's more! The story is engaging and you really root for Kaitlyn and Magnus to be together. So grateful there was book 2 and 3 and number 4 in in the works.

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    Congratulations...You're Gifted!: Discovering Your God-Given Shape to Make a Difference in the World []  2020-1-19 22:47

    Overall a amazing book for youth ministry! If it had a spiritual bonuses try in it I would have given it five stars.

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    Given to the Alien Rogue (Zunatorian Warriors Book 3): A Dominant Alien Abduction Romance []  2020-1-22 20:39

    A well known alien warrior,Zark, despite his reluctance, is tasked by his King with choosing a mate. Freya is from Earth and is captured and sent to Zark’s planet to be sold at an auction. These two would have been the most unlikely pair to be together but it works out in their favor as the attraction to one another is instantaneous. I have to say that Zarks treatment of Freya was not what I expected and was pleasantly surprised at the care and patience he had with her. A amazing provider, gentle but demanding lover and swift and harsh protector of what is his, Zark is all that Freya needs to create this Alien planet her home. Freya herself is quiet, thoughtful, unassuming, and carries herself like the Princess she was known as on Earth. Excellent combination of two people who never thought to acquire more or to be blessed with all they have. Amazing book that’s straightforward and simple to follow and read.

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    Given to the Alien Rogue (Zunatorian Warriors Book 3): A Dominant Alien Abduction Romance []  2020-1-22 20:39

    I enjoyed this read. I’m glad Freya was able to obtain away from her oppressive father. She was able to search a fresh life with Zark. I’m glad they both got their HEA!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Orc Hunter: A Steamy Monster Romance (Orc Bride Fated Mates Book 2) []  2020-11-24 18:52

    The second book in the "Given to the Orcs" series was even better than the first. There is a small more globe building about the Orcs and their lives than there was in the first one, which was quite good. The overall general opinion I have about that convent and the nuns who run it are these: first of all, the church really needs to investigate that place, and do something to penalize all those poor nuns who have been in control there; and secondly I think some of those same nasty nuns missed their " real vocation ", and would have been better employed at a "house of pain" type brothel; because there was definitely nothing remotely holy nor devout about the Mothers' Superior! Overall, a amazing action- adventure steamy romance story. I look forward to reading extra stories in this series.

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    Given to the Orc Hunter: A Steamy Monster Romance (Orc Bride Fated Mates Book 2) []  2020-11-24 18:52

    Loved this second book in the Orc Brides series. The story continues to build the globe and characters we met in the first book. There was hope and love and heat - as well as drama and action, too. I hope the story continues so I can see the evil sisters obtain what is coming to them, and I'd like to see more satisfied endings for those girls. I received an ARC copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    I’m nearing 60 years in age and read literally everything — fiction, non fiction, short stories and on up to an occasion mega novel. Because my life has become extremely busy, I especially love a fast read. KAITLYN AND THE HIGHLANDER is definitely a fun, fast read, simple to latch onto the story from the very first chapter. I appreciated using the free book offer from Kindle Unlimited but found I liked the storyline so much that I wanted to continue with the series and soon purchased all 4 books, currently tedious and time exhausting details, just pure fun with romance, mystery and humor. Yes, there are violent and uncomfortable situations but not unlike what you’d search in the 18th century. (Um, half of the story does take put in the 18th century, after all.)All 4 books read within 10 days, each one delivering an ongoing yet completely fresh adventure and an ever maturing Kaitlyn and her Magnus.Heck, I haven’t had this much fun with a book series since my time spent with a waitress from Bon Temps!

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    I was in my twenties, a long, long, long time ago. I walked the beaches Kaitlyn walks, a gazed up at the rich people's houses and wished I could go inside one someday. I don't know anyone growing up in my little beach city that didn't, at some point, have some variation of being swept the F out of that city by someone hot AND/OR getting in a time machine and just going... away. This story isn't my usual style for reading. The characters sucked me in, though, and three books later I'm kind of like "wait a minute, but I need to know what's event next!". I love the plain language, and like the relatable characters and I like that the author has woven in some of the realism that is part of being in the same zone with another human being. The concept of the series now appeals to me a lot, and I'm anxiously awaiting the next release.

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    I was a small apprehensive when I heard it was like Outlander but in reverse, but gave it a shot. I am so glad I did! Outlander lost me on the 4th book, 15% in 5 years ago and I still haven't gotten around to picking it back up. I love the relationship that grows between Magnus and Kaitlyn! I love the more modern setting mixed with time travel as well.

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    I really enjoyed this book, but I will be honest - it has been so long between books in this series, that I honestly don't remember reading about Murine in the previous rine has been living with her half-brother in England since her father died the previous year. She is not satisfied in his home and feels isolated - she has not heard from her mates since she moved and is beginning to wonder if they are getting her messages. When she learns that a group of Scotsmen are coming to see her brother, she wonders if she can convince one of them to carry her notice to ugall has come to England to sell horses to Murine's brother. When her brother cannot produce the coin to pay, he offers Dougall his sister in exchange - not to marry, just to "use" until he feels the debt is repaid. Dougall is outraged and disgusted by the offer and refuses. When her brother suggests that they wait a day because he is sure his neighbor would pay to use his sister - Dougall makes it clear that even if Montrose got the money, Dougall would never sell his horses to him. He and his brothers immediately leave the castle and travel to the rine is humiliated and appalled by her brother's offer and knows that he will sell her - she decides that she must leave and travel to Saidh's home and hope that she can support her.When she meets up with Dougall and his brothers on the street - they are surprised to learn that she is their sister Saidh's mate - the very mate that saved her life! They agree to take her to Saidh and protect her from her brother. Before they can begin out - men from her brother's castle come looking for her and Dougall orders his brothers to hide her. While hiding, Murine faints, Dougall takes her up on his horse and holds her so tightly, that each time she comes to, she faints again from lack of air. When they finally stop to rest the horses - it is amusing to see Dougall and his brothers doting on e trip to Scotland is plagued with "accidents" which Dougall believes are caused by Murine's tendency to faint - even when she insists that she did not faint. Dougall and his brother's agree that Murine must be saved from her brother and think that she should marry as soon as possible. Several of the brothers offer, and even though he is not in the shop for a wife - Dougall doesn't wish anyone but him to marry her. There is a bit of a misunderstanding between Murine and Dougall after they ey realize that they are being followed just before they reach their home and Murine is injured - Once they arrive in the gates - Dougall announces that he is going to marry Murine. But first she must be tended. While Murine is recovering - Dougall and his brothers learn that Murine's brother is nearby and looking for her - Dougall takes Murine into hiding and their relationship begins to appears that these two will obtain their HEA, but first they will have to solve the mystery of who is trying to slay them and is was a amazing book, it is well written and flows nicely, the love scenes were steamy, the mystery was well done and while it was amusing, it was not nearly as funny as previous books by Ms. Sands. I especially enjoyed catching up with Saidh and Greer and Dougall's brothers are always entertaining (seriously hope they all obtain a book!) I would be satisfied to recommend this book and am looking forward to the next installment in the series.

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    Setting: Scotland During the reign of James VI? Not nre: RomanceWhen Lady Murine Carmichael 's half brother decides to sell her virginity in exchange for either the horses he wants or the coin to buy them, she takes off. When Dougall Buchanan and his brothers meet her on the street they impulsively decide to hide her from her brother's men. When they address her as "Lady Danvries" (her brother's name) she corrected them, at which point they figured out that she was their sister's mate who had played an necessary part in her (the sister's) story. So this book revolves around her escape from her brother's men and the mystery of what is going on in his household. Murine and Dougall are attracted, as will happen in love stories, and happenings happen nds is a very experienced author. She has grammar, usage, and pacing down pat. The dialogue and situations are engaging. I love the humor she weaves through what could be a serious story. I generally don't read her historical romances, mostly because I can't put these books in an era of time, and that just bugs the sh*t out of me. A king is mentioned, but Scottish or English? I'm leaning toward James VI of Scotland/James II of England given history, but I'm not sure.I got it in both Kindle and audio for the Whispersync. The narrator does an amazingly unbelievable job. I first heard Elle Newland performing Samantha Young's books, and she place just as much talented energy into this,

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    Murine was introduced in a previous story and has a penchant for fainting. The story does a amazing job of making these faints almost comical and I liked how her traveling partners kept at her to eat more. Even Dougall, finds her too skinny and wants more meat on her bones. Yeah!!!!! The storyline slowed a tad when trying to search a safe haven for Murine from the evil clutches of her brother. Or is it someone else? Dougall's simply plan turned into HEA.

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    I like heroines to be intelligent and able to deductively reason the whys and wherefores of their lives. Lynsay Sands recent offering Falling for the Highlander has a heroine who lacks this ability. Sometimes innocence and trustworthiness can be charming but in this instance, the heroine is a bit too stubborn and it takes her a long time to come to some rather obvious dy Murine Carmichael has resigned herself to spinsterhood thanks to her grasping greedy brother who has used her dowry to pay off gambling debts. She is alone in the world, save for her half brother and a cousin who has taken over her father’s ugall Buchanan is a Scot who is looking to sell some of his horses to Lady Murine’s brother. When it becomes apparent that Murine’s brother has no cash to pay for the horses, he offers Murine as payment. Dougall is appalled and vehemently says no but Murine’s brother is willing to trade her to others for money. This causes Murine to run away, hopefully to one of her friend’s homes, though they are far away. She takes her pet cow and rides him, running into Dougall and his brothers. When they hear of her plight, they decide to support her, especially because she is mates with their sister and had saved her life. (There must be a prequel to his book)Dougall instantly is attracted to Murine and so are his brothers. They are all just a bit gaga over the attractive Murine, who seems unaware of the men’s feelings. Murine is a fainter. She can practically faint on cue. This is how a lot of of the chapters end with Murine fainting when she is overwhelmed or anxious. Dougall always seems to be there to catch the her. Murine it seems needs some herbs and some meal to hold her from fainting, she eats like a rine can be trying and not because she faints. She is impetuous and she is in a word oblivious. Dougall thought she was intelligent and brave. I did not understand how he came to such a conclusion of her intelligence because Murine is entirely trusting to the point that she does not piece together clues to her own not good situation within her family. It takes others to convince her and even then she argues with Dougall’s sound judgement. Although Dougall has his moments too like not understanding that that medicine he gives Murine might just be making her sleep for days.A amazing portion of this book is Dougall trying to control his lustful feelings for Murine and failing and Murine being awakened to hers. The couple does have heat and chemistry to be sure. In fact, the reader will not doubt that they are attracted to each other. The other conflict is getting Murine away from her ere are some sweet moments in this story, like Murine’s pet cow and her friendship with Dougall’s siblings. And as far as a couple, the leads are passionate. What is so surprising is that the heroine lacks the ability to connect the dots in so a lot of locations that she comes across as flighty and it takes a man to figure out her cirtances rather than her own reasoning skills.

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    They meet when the Scott comes to England to sell him horses. The Englishman lord doesn't have the cash to pay but offers his lady sister as payment, which maddens the Scott so much he refuses, naturally, and leaves. She is so furious with her brother she sneaks out of the castle that night and heads toward Scotland as she is actually Scottish and daughter of a laird. Their ensuing journeys soon meet and the tale gets very interesting from there. You won't be able to place it down. Enjoy!

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    Falling for the Highlander []  2020-2-1 8:42

    I have been waiting for Maureen's story!! We saw her always passing out, yet saving her friends! Maureen has a half brother (Malcom)who is more interested in his own comfort and is a spend thrift. When Malcom tried to trade Maureen for some horses from some Buccannans, she takes matters into her own hands and decides to escape to her mates for help. the Bucannans are her mates brothers and they support rescue her...along the method there is some odd events and you know someone is watching and waiting, but who!!! I couldn't give this a five star like I wanted because it ended so abruptly! Would have liked to have seen her go back to her clan..

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    This was a marvelously entertaining read! Admittedly, I did feel a bit distant from the youthful characters, with all of their overindulging in alcohol. My days of that sort of behavior are long gone! But, I so enjoyed the premise of the book, and, like my favorite parts of other novels, the tasks of setting up a house and hiring staff, Kaitlyn's well-placed anger at her all-for-the-money mother at not showing Magnus anything about how modern technology works (Oh, I SO felt her frustration!), the discovery of the fresh as experienced by Magnus and HIS mother - all thoroughly pulled me in, and left me wanting more! It's also been fascinating to know that the areas are real, and a lot of can be seen online.I do tend to read a lot in the Hot Scot/Time Travel genre, and I must say it's refreshing to meet Magnus: tall, amazing looking, strong, and a fierce warrior, but so amazingly humble, quiet - so NOT full of himself! His relationship with Kaitlyn is sweet and innocent, and all the more unique for it. I have read the next two books in the series, and am waiting for number four!Another thing is - the writing itself is strong, compared to a lot of other novels in this genre. The author has a amazing grasp of grammar, and believably-styled conversations. Definitely a thumbs up!

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    Kaitlyn and the Highlander []  2020-1-16 0:42

    First, romance is most definitely NOT my genre. I just don't gravitate toward anything in the romance realm, time travel and Scotsmen or not. Several of my friends, however, had just read and loved "Kaitlyn and the Highlander" and suggested that I give it a read.With weather so hot that I've had to invent new fresh metaphors to describe it, most of my brain has melted and I can't really focus on massive plot lines. Plus the latest book I read just depressed and overwhelmed me. I required to follow up with something breezy and fun, just pure escapism."Kaitlyn and the Highlander" is charming, sweet fun and did exactly what I required it to do: provide a pleasant escape from my own meh life. I loved that the hottie Scottie required Kaitlyn, making her a stronger hero and not just a beautiful face being wooed and rescued. And is anything ier than a hot Highlander with true vulnerabilities? Overall, Kaitlyn is a fast and simple read that doesn't demand too much from the reader and offers much entertainment in return. I'm looking forward to continuing the s, if you're looking for a hard-hitting literary tome or a book that plumbs the depths of the human condition, you're not going to wish this book. If, on the other hand, you just wish a quick, simple read that makes you laugh and takes you out of your life for a bit plus a y guy in a kilt, then this book delivers.

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    Given to the Alien Rogue (Zunatorian Warriors Book 3): A Dominant Alien Abduction Romance []  2020-1-22 20:39

    by and1515Absolutely amazing over the moon satisfied for this amazing sci-fi romance eya and a lot of other women are brought to the planet Zuna as friends for a lot of e doesn't remember anything and Zark doesn't believe he should have one even after hechoices Freya it takes awhile for the budding romance to explode. These two have such greatchemistry together. I hope this doesn't come across as too much info because I don'tdo spoilers.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Alien Rogue (Zunatorian Warriors Book 3): A Dominant Alien Abduction Romance []  2020-1-22 20:39

    This book hooked me from the obtain go I just couldn’t place it down I fell in love with these characters and omg what a story just a perfectI received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review

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    Congratulations...You're Gifted!: Discovering Your God-Given Shape to Make a Difference in the World []  2020-1-19 22:47

    This is basically a remake of S.H.A.P.E. targeted to youth.Unfortunately it is rather thin on content and a stretch to call it a e font is very spaced, and huge and there are a lot of pages with no words at all. A lot of labored references to commercial establishments and pop culture in an effort to speak the language of its targeted group. "Non hip, can't pretend to be hip".The youth in our church did not answer very well to the content and they mostly were laughing at it which wasn't the intent. They are 14-18 years old so maybe it would work on 9 - 12 years old. I think there are more comprehensive study books for young adults to engage in and grow in their spiritual ere are some theological and biblical presumptions in this book that are debatable and mostly serve to help the premise of the idea that we are all gifted and wish to search what those bonuses are so we can be more effective in our world. The notice itself is beautiful, but to assume it is the sole property of evangelical christians is inaccurate.I think Rick Warren and Erik Rees have done very well with their book sales though marketing, but in this case, I would strongly suggest reading it before recommending it to a group. Maybe it will work well for you. It didn't for us. It is underwhelming as a book, and should at best be a leaflet or tract.I think our youth could have actually grasped the elementary notice found in S.H.A.P.E. anyway. No more dumming down was necessary. (or possible)I would be interested in reading other feedback.

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    Given to the Orc Hunter: A Steamy Monster Romance (Orc Bride Fated Mates Book 2) []  2020-11-24 18:52

    I enjoyed reading this book. The plot seemed to obtain a bit deeper than I remember the first one getting. It was fun to see some familiar faces from the previous book, though the evil sisters are just as much of a issue as before. The romance was a nice combination of sweet and hot. I'm eager to see what happens in the next book!I received a free copy from the author and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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    Given to the Orc Hunter: A Steamy Monster Romance (Orc Bride Fated Mates Book 2) []  2020-11-24 18:52

    I enjoyed the loving relationship between the Vakar and Nya. The book was super spicy 🥵 A++. I couldn’t place the book down. Amazing fast read!!! I can’t wait for the next book in the series with Hana!!!

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    Given to the Alien Rogue (Zunatorian Warriors Book 3): A Dominant Alien Abduction Romance []  2020-1-22 20:39

    This was an amazing book that I really enjoyed. The story and characters grabbed me from the beginning and I couldn't stop reading. I loved the characters and watching them grow together, they were well written and went well together. I found this book awesome with amazing word building making me feel apart of the story and watching it unfold in front of me. A definite must read for any fan and I can't wait to read more from this author!!!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Alien Rogue (Zunatorian Warriors Book 3): A Dominant Alien Abduction Romance []  2020-1-22 20:39

    Its amazing that Freya now has her own story. It is well written, entertaining and holds your attention. Freya is mated to Hvit’zark, a Zunatorian fighter who does not really wish a friend but the King decrees otherwise and so their story begins. It takes awhile for the final consummation of their mating but when it happens the love they share is memorable. There is a HEA with their love growing by leaps and bounds. I loved the story and would highly recommend it as a amazing read.

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    Given to the Alien Rogue (Zunatorian Warriors Book 3): A Dominant Alien Abduction Romance []  2020-1-22 20:39

    Freya and Zark search their happiness and fulfillment in each other. I received a free copy of this book. This review was posted voluntarily.

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    Given to the Orc Hunter: A Steamy Monster Romance (Orc Bride Fated Mates Book 2) []  2020-11-24 18:52

    I was hooked by chapter two of the first book and I’m absolutely loving this ere will be spoilers- I was excited that this book started off exactly where the first book ended. Unfortunately the convent is still under tyrannical rule and Nya is suffering even more then before but she does obtain her own brave orc warrior.I can’t wait to read Hana’s story and for the evil nuns to finally obtain what the deserve, hopefully a slow painful death.

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    Given to the Orc Hunter: A Steamy Monster Romance (Orc Bride Fated Mates Book 2) []  2020-11-24 18:52

    Ridiculous first meeting aside this story was actually super sweet and heartfelt. I appreciated the huminazation of both characters though the villains were laughably one dimensional

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    Congratulations...You're Gifted!: Discovering Your God-Given Shape to Make a Difference in the World []  2020-1-19 22:47

    Awesome resource for working with students, especially those looking into making a difference through their God-given bonuses and abilities.

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    Given to the Alien Rogue (Zunatorian Warriors Book 3): A Dominant Alien Abduction Romance []  2020-1-22 20:39

    I never thought I could love more of these Zunatorians, they are just so adorable giant aliens. And I can’t obtain enough reading about them and their human mates.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Given to the Orc Hunter: A Steamy Monster Romance (Orc Bride Fated Mates Book 2) []  2020-11-24 18:52

    This is the second book in the series. I love how protective Nya's Orc Vakar is of her. We obtain a better feel and understanding of the Orc village. I enjoyed this book more than the first because we learn more about the orcs. I hope that in the books that follow we will learn more about the convent that Nya comes from and why it's allowed to be run by cruel, vicious and abusive women. Some of the scenes were too steamy and over the top for me so I skipped some of them. Loved the ending.I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.

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    Given to the Orc Hunter: A Steamy Monster Romance (Orc Bride Fated Mates Book 2) []  2020-11-24 18:52

    A true effort is being created to make various heroines that are persevering in the face of evil. We're learning more about the orcs and the suffering of the women as this universe is built. It's still a bit odd the anachronism of nuns and orcs with modern vernacular but I think this writer is working out her voice and I look forward to the next book.

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    Given to the Alien Rogue (Zunatorian Warriors Book 3): A Dominant Alien Abduction Romance []  2020-1-22 20:39

    This book had a lot of promise, but there were a few things like the situation with the Aurraks that just seemed too much of everything in a very cookie-cutter kind of way. And there were a lot of info that were introduced but not followed up again, which left the book kind of feeling unfinished, despite the sweet epilogues. However, I liked the main characters and the overall plot and am giving this book 4 stars based on that.I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

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