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Theatres in small towns: Book Review

miranda - Theatres in small towns: Book Review Miranda Rewritten
Durango Street Theatre Series, Book 7
by Emily Mims
Women's fiction, Contemporary fiction
Boroughs Publishing Group
Pub Date 29 Jun 2021
four star - Theatres in small towns: Book Review

THE BEST KEPT SECRETS

Durango's production manager, Miranda Jenks is straightforward and honest. She deals with life head-on no matter what it brings, and she's not afraid to speak her mind. But... she's been harboring a soul-destroying secret for years, and when Ross Ellis returns to town to try to clean up his mess, she can't tell him the truth.

Ross has made more mistakes than he can count, and all of them are worse than horrible. The only reason he's bothered to come back to his farm is for his teenage daughter, and he hopes like hell she'll let him make amends.

Miranda is the last person he'd thought would forgive him, and as they spend more time together he finds they fill each other's gaps. Until he uncovers the lies she's been keeping for years.

Two lonely people who understand each other better than most must find a way to heal the breach or they'll never get to the happy they're reaching for.

 This is a small town romance with Miranda being the starring character of the story and also the general manager of the small town theatre company around which the story circulates.

We also have a character who managed to have Covid very severely and so this story was written during the pandemic.

The book covers a wide range of issues that could affect a person, from how alcoholism can affect lives until the nth generation. It is not true, although often said, that alcoholism is a reflection of an addictive personality. It is not. What people have is a Substance Use Disorder, to which genetics can contribute 40-60% of the likelihood of a person acquiring it. But it is not set in stone that will happen. But it is more likely when the person also has a mental health condition which affects them.

The story begins with Miranda pondering the fact that she covered up for her best friend who died in a terrible car accident. At the time her friend was coming back from committing adultery with Miranda’s brother, but she permitting her friend’s husband and the family to believe that instead she had been coming back from a late session with the local amateur dramatic society. Her friend Renee had a daughter who Miranda loved, but also an alcoholic abusive father, who blamed the theatre company for his wife’s death and refused to let his daughter become involved. And who then disappeared so that his daughter had to live with her grandparents.

One reason that Miranda championed Emma was because she had remained a stalwart friend to Miranda’s young son who had dies of childhood cancer.

So the story starts with grief and emotional issues upfront.

Miranda however, as the story proves, is a forgiving soul and likes to help others as it mitigates her sorrow at her son’s death.

We thus have a cast of characters with many faults and issues to deal with. Which are covered empathetically. The style draws you in and the rawness of the emotions keeps you reading. Overall, this book would be good to read if you are in a similar situation to young Emma, as the trauma caused by SUD is covered in such a way that it can be easily understood, and the awareness that this is not an illness that can be cured, but rather one that needs constant attention and work.

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Don’t listen when they scream! Book Review

banshee - Don't listen when they scream! Book Review Banshee Cry: A Steamy Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Jen Katemi
Paranormal Fantasy Romance Sci Fi & Fantasy
Flourish Books
Pub Date 9 Nov 2020 |
four star - Don't listen when they scream! Book Review

This banshee will do anything to save those she loves. Even climb into bed with her enemy. Worthless. Useless. Helpless. That's how I feel. A banshee without a voice. Well, half banshee and half human, and my human side failed my father, Got him killed. But that was a long time ago... Now, there's a sexy vamp on my doorstep wanting me, needing me. He's the hottest being I've ever laid eyes on. His blood sings to mine, in ways I can't explain, and in ways, I am determined to uncover. But with my past, my fear, my pain, I want to stake him--right through his cold, undead heart. If we don't team up, everything I know and love will be gone, Just like before. This time, I will do anything to be heard, With or without that banshee cry.

There are 2 books to be reviewed here – Banshee Cry and Banshee Song, although there is a 3rd in the series, Banshee Power. It is the Blood Fae Chronicles series.

A fantasy novel which takes on a Banshee as a main character which is so different from a witch or a were or…

The thing we all know about Banshees, is that they cry when a death is to happen. Well not so much a cry as a scream. Except that our heroine Banshee has a very soft voice. So not much use as a warning. And she is only part Banshee, the other part is immortal Fae. Which means she has powers.

A good set of fantasy stories. With lots of different Fae and other creatures. Some battles/fights, some power plays, and other normal issues between the various races.

If you like fantasy, then read the 3 books

BLOOD FAE CHRONICLES:
Book 1 – BANSHEE CRY
Book 2 – BANSHEE SONG
Book 3 – BANSHEE POWER

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Wolves at large: book review

wildwolf - Wolves at large: book review Wild Wolf
(Wolf Hunt Book 2)
RJ Blain
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Pen & Page Publishing
(19 Jan. 2021)
five star - Wolves at large: book review

After making his escape to Russia, Declan McGrady believes he finally has the chance to start over. Mysterious deaths in the place he’s chosen as home serve to shatter his delusions. He can’t hide forever, and in Russia, folklores aren’t just tales of the past: they’re real. Alone, Declan has no chance of stopping the wild wolf preying on the innocent. For any hope of victory, he must rely upon those he’d abandoned on Bodwin’s mountain—if he dares.

Excellent.

I really can’t wait to find out – what they find in Tibet.

And how big can a black and white fox grow?

Hurry along RJ with the next book please.

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Comet’s First Christmas

comet - Comet's First Christmas Comet's First Christmas
The North Pole Chronicles Book 1
by Delilah Night
(Adult) | Romance
GPub Date 20 Oct 2020
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A bad Santa is turning believers faster than melting snow. Can the mystery be solved in time for Christmas? Claudia I’ve dreamed of this day for years, and now it’s reality. I’ve been called up for the Big Show. Official Pole phone and email, Naughty-or-Nice login, and upgraded I.D. with my new job title—Comet. In three weeks, I’ll be part of the team flying Santa around the world. In an instant my life goes from peaceful, if boring, to a blizzard of last-minute flight preparations, route planning, and anxiety-triggering stress. The moment I meet my P.A., Jillian, her beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes are an oasis of calm. But I’ve barely got enough time to wonder if her plump lips taste as sugarplum sweet as they look. Disturbing news has popped up on Santa’s radar. Someone is turning Santa’s most fervent believers into non-believers overnight. If we can’t find and stop this hacker, there won’t be enough reindeer cutout cookies and hot chocolate in the world to restore balance to Santa’s Naughty-or-Nice list in time for Christmas Eve. Note to reader: What sweet Christmas romance would be complete without reindeer, The Nutcracker, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, and New York pizza?

This lgbtq novel is not full length but rather a sweet novella. It is full of magic and elves. And as it is set at the North Pole we also have reindeer shifters and blue snowmen. But the storyline is all about the grinch who wanted to steal children’s belief in Father Christmas and the magic of the presents that came from their letters and wishes as told to the department store (etc) stand-ins.

It was sweet but…the main issue with all novellas is that they are too short to really develop the characters and the storyline. Thus, it was all too easy to solve the mystery and get things organised at the very end..

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Who’s a Grump then?

Perfect Grump
Enemies to Lovers
Nicole Snow
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: Aug 18th 2021
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Perfect Grump

by Nicole Snow

Wall Street Journal bestselling author @nicolesnowbooks returns with a laugh-out-loud wild office romance where two total opposites fight to deny their perfect chemistry.⁣

Perfect Grump is a full-length enemies-to-lovers romance overflowing with hilarious quips, teary-eyed twists, and slow-burn steam that sizzles off the pages. A magnificently bad-tempered boss pursues his spitfire driver in a knock down, claiming, need-you-to-live whirlwind to the Happily Ever After.⁣

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I’m in the arms of Chicago’s hottest billionaire bad boy. Only, he’s no bad boy, no scandalicious ticket to tabloid-worthy misadventures.

He’s morphed into Prince Charming. He’s too well-behaved.

I’m scared.

“Hey, Nick?” I whisper.

“Yeah?” His warm minty scent tickles my nostrils, a rich cologne tinged with a hint of his sweat and heady testosterone.

“What’s really going on?”

He looks down at me, his head tilted. “What do you mean? Last I checked, you lied about how much you suck at dancing, Reese. Everybody’s watching us and they love it.”

Not what I’m getting at.

I’m about to ask what I’m really here for tonight and why, because it’s obvious to me there’s more going on here.

This doesn’t add up, and it’s not my paranoia speaking.

Yes, I’m playing a part—his fake date.

I’m here, spinning in this beautiful ballroom, hanging on his arm. I’m not even freaking out as we fade into each other, as he enthralls me a little more with every breath, or when people start aiming their phones at us for pictures.

But this isn’t what we’re here for. I’m guessing everyone in this room has an opinion of Nick Brandt, one way or another. We’re not here to impress them.

Who, then? What? Why?

Before I can ask, the lights go lower. The dancing turns infectious, and we’re surrounded by gently twisting bodies, happy couples glued to each other’s eyes and following his lead. Our lead.

A few of those couples wear their desire, their love, full of longing looks and knowing glances and wandering hands.

Oh, God.

Maybe it’s the atmosphere or maybe it’s his smell, but before I know what I’m doing, I’ve leaned my head on his chest. And then I’m just lost in the moment, his willing captive, too overwhelmed for words when his thick hand caresses my face.

His fingers dip under my chin, urging me up to a beautiful doom.

It’s in those eyes. They glow like soft green stars, intense and urgent, asking a silent question—or is it a demand?

What will you do, Miss Halle? I hear him saying in my head. What will you do if I take that mouth right here? Right now?

My toes scrunch up in my shoes. Our movement slows, our eyes lock, our breaths turn heavy.

And when his gorgeous face sweeps down, so ready to devour me, I don’t even have a prayer.

Our lips collide like they’re opening a portal to another world, hot and wet and wild.

He tastes as good as he looks.

He deepens his kiss, drinking me in with a muffled groan.

He swipes his tongue in my mouth, chasing me, swinging between a litany of teases and filthy, claiming strokes.

The nip of teeth against my bottom lip makes me squeak—but holy flipping bossman, I don’t care.

All the tension that’s been choking us for months—all the magnetism since the day he truly met me as a woman at that office pizza party—boils up my throat and into my fingers.

I’m clinging to him, moaning, soaked and wanting and too stunned for words. He gives back a guttural noise that’s too much like the sound I imagine he’d make inside me.

Insanity, it’s nice to meet you—and that’s a big fat problem.

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