I began to find Remy’s double life and her secrets just too annoying in the end to give this book he final star it should have had.
The general trope of the football star and the not-groupie wife worked for me, for a while, but he came across as ‘thick’ despite the degree – in that he knew her problem and yet hadn’t set up the stashes of cash and IDs for her, that any good spy/terrorist etc has. ok, maybe bank accounts would not work, but why was she taking money out of her accounts and not his? He should have set up boltholes all over Canada, apart from his family farmhouse, and other French speaking countries friendly to Canada! and where were the disguises? The wigs?
So for me, this story failed on the plot but not on the writing style. I liked the style but …
Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.
Like Joan in The Diary of a Late Bloomer, I love to read Tarot cards. There is something magical about creating a story based on the different cards that are out on a spread. They give so much insight, pointing out blind spots in our logic.
I can still remember how excited I was when I brought home my first tarot deck, Legend; Arthurian Tarot, which I got at Costco.It was an impulse buy, but I was drawn to it because I loved the Legend of Arthur and Merlin. One of my favorite novels when I was younger was The Return of Merlin by Deepak Chopra which turned me on to Merlin and his legend. Great novel by the way.
Learning how to read the Tarot took me a long time. I had to memorize the cards, all 78 of them, and their meanings. The pictures on the cards always helped but I felt proud when I could name the cards and what they represented. It was sort of like learning a new language.
At first, I only did readings for myself, mostly questions about my crushes and how I would do in certain classes. Then to test out my new skill I read the cards for my family. As I began to feel more confident, I read them for my friends. It was a pretty amazing feeling when my predictions came true.
Over the years I didn’t play with the tarot as much because life became hectic. But during the quarantine I found YouTube tarot readers to watch which rekindled my love of reading the cards. As a bonus I learned how to us oracle cards in my readings.
They all made tarot card reading look like so much fun and they used pretty props. I couldn’t resist joining in the fun, so I recently started my own YouTube channel where I do Pick-a-card readings. It is a whole new adventure for me.
My channel is still young and I am learning things constantly, especially after making a ton of mistakes, but like Lo I’m giving it my all. As My tarot card deck and oracle deck collection keeps growing, so does my fascination with the art of reading tarot cards.
this was an interesting story about a young sports journalist – female in a
world which is more than dominated by male journalists and her slow burn
romance with a baseball player. Slow burn because of who they are and what he
has going on in his personal life – that is a very small baby!
found the story credible and engaging and enjoyed Karma and her delight in her
Indian heritage and her father’s friends were a hoot… clearly all needed much
more to do in their retirement.
author is happy to cross some ‘lines’ about race and sexuality that many
authors shy away from from and this is refreshing especially as it was just
added in as a normal part of the story. No big deal.
As the author herself says, there is a certain
fascination with a Native American as hero, especially if they look like this
author makes them! The archetype that is portrayed of a strong, silent, deep
person, with hidden emotions, capable and surprising and loyal.
This is how she writes Tallchief and provides him
as a foil to the pale, apparently weak, heroine of the story. Someone he could
rescue, cherish and take away from her cage and set her free to flourish.
But it turns out that she has hidden depths too,
and is more capable than he imagined.
The father is the villain here, and hs crimes are
very nasty indeed.
Overall a nicely crafted story but not original in
concept even if different in delivery.
And just FYI. This author has written a series of 4
novels earlier in her career about Native American heroes and the storyline is
very similar. The heroine is nearly always blonde and pale and from the North,
and they are mostly set in Florida. Basically, she writes the same story with
slightly different settings and careers and backgrounds, but always with two
different ethnicities and cultures at play.
I loved the concept here and would recommend people to read this book.
The title is slightly misleading in that it implies bromances – ie romances
between men – but it is not that at all. It about a group of men who get
together when their romances get into difficulties and read romance novels to
give them hints as to how their women would like them to behave – and what they
An interesting idea and hey do consider one book in particular, but it
might have been nice to find out a little more about the other books they had
read ad why and who, choose them.
The issue is that these are men who are archetypal alphas, with women
usually falling over themselves to be with them, and thus have never had to
actually woo a woman. So when their partner decides that is not who she is, or
never was, they find themselves unable to respond in a suitable manner and need
to learn different behaviour and speech patterns.
It has some fun situations but does bring up the basic problem,
particularly in the US I believe, of the hero worship of sports stars, which
means that these men fail to fully grow up and take responsibility as they have
never needed to. They are cushioned by the clubs that they play for and the
people hired to ensure that they have everything that they need and that any
trouble is just magicked away. So they are spoilt.