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March 26, 2015

Book Review: Served Hot (Portland Heat #1) by Annabeth Albert

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Served Hot is a cozy read about two men who meet and dance a slow, heartwarming romance over coffee. The story is told from Robbie’s POV in first person, which really showcases his adorable personality and geeky Portland ways. David is very “accountant”, with his starched shirts and awkward segues, and harbors a painful, emotionally debilitating past.

There were moments in this story that gave real, truly touching, glimpses into the deeper emotions that blend together a couple’s yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. The plot didn’t feel contrived or [...]

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September 5, 2013

Micro-Review: Bridge (A Shade series short story) by Jeri Smith-Ready

I picked this up as a quick filler read to get a feel for Ms. Smith-Ready's style and was completely sucked in by her artistry. Without giving too much away, seeing as how this is a short story and uncovering the story nuances are half the experience, Bridge is a short story in the larger Shade universe about setting things right and not giving up on the people who matter. It's written song-style, as if it should be sung or read aloud to be fully enjoyed, which is something I've never seen before in this genre of literature (which, loosely, would be Young Adult edging toward New Adult) and it leaves behind a lingering poignancy and melancholia. I'm not usually one for ghost stories but [...]
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August 22, 2013

Micro-Review: Heart of Rock by Karyn Gerrard

I have mixed feelings about this book, in all honesty. I like the broken man needing healing angle, sure, but he really hits rock bottom at the beginning and it’s hard to like Brogan at all. However, as he’s forced to clean up and he realizes just how bad he’d gotten, he kind of grew on me. I like Carly, especially for how she manhandles Brogan, but she gets reckless with him. I appreciate his transformation and her role in making it happen, but I don’t know how much I liked exactly how it played out. Their love scenes weren't bad, but I think I liked their general chemistry better. I loved a few of the secondary characters and I’m disappointed we don’t get more of them, such as [...]
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August 14, 2013

Micro-Review: Kissing the Maid of Honor (Secret Wishes #1) by Robin Bielman

This was a really cute story full of family devotion that I fell in love with. With Sela being Luke’s little sister’s best friend and his best friend’s little sister, she’s all kinds of off limits to him. That doesn’t stop his body from wanting or his mind from wandering. He doesn’t handle it outwardly very well though and there lies the drama. Watching the two of them iron out their history and dance around the present is cute and fun, though occasionally frustrating as they’re continually being told to stay away from each other and not talking about the important things. The love scenes are closed door unfortunately, but the chemistry is so strong and tangible that you don’t mind [...]
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