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Sunday, October 1, 2017

#Book #Review {6} The Earl's Defiant Wallflower by Erica Ridley




Description

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn't marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn't be trading kisses with a penniless debutante... no matter how captivating she is!
Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can't get out of her mind is the one man she can't let into her heart.

 My Thoughts:
 This was one of those no build up, instantly fall head over heels in love stories. Secondary characters weren't fleshed out even the smallest bit. Grace didn't seem to "fit" into her setting and year. There are expectations and while it's always a little fun to be the one that doesn't conform - there has to be some middle ground.

For some reason, perhaps maybe even my mood while reading - though I'm not sure - I just couldn't get into it and see the wonderful writing in this book. In my opinion there were a lot of missed opportunities to really play on some of the other characters I wondered about (friends, grandparents, etc) and possibly missed opportunities for some really great future series books.


 My Rating: 2 of 5
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

#Book #review {5} Unlaced by the Outlaw by Michelle Willingham



Description

A lady and an outlaw…When straitlaced spinster Margaret Andrews tries to stop her headstrong younger sister Amelia from eloping with the wrong man, the last thing she expects is to be caught in a coach accident. Stranded in Scotland with a dangerously handsome Highlander, she must put aside her genteel sensibilities and learn to survive.

Cain Sinclair rescues the prim and proper Margaret, but he knows she’ll never want a man like him. As a self-proclaimed sinner, he lives his life from one day to the next. He unravels every thread of decorum she possesses, tempting her to throw away propriety.

Margaret sees a man worth saving, but Cain fights her efforts to reform him. When Cain risks everything to save his brother from the hangman's noose, Margaret must break all the rules to get him back…or lose him forever.

My Thoughts:
Can you hear me sigh? Seriously. Here's another that I didn't catch a series from the beginning. If you've been following my recent reviews, you'll know this is starting to make me feel as though I haven't been paying much attention to all the authors out there. In allowing for full disclosure, I have read viking romance by this author so I was curious as to where things would go with this.

The great part? There were three plots/story lines working their way through the story. I love when more than one thing is going on. However, at points I wondered if perhaps it was too much and perhaps drawing away from the main concept of what was the real story of this novel.

There were also several unrealistic parts based on the time period and setting of the story. However, all in all not a bad read.



 My Rating: 3 of 5
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Friday, September 29, 2017

#Book #Review {4} You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz


Description

This New York Times Bestseller is now available in paperback and makes for an exciting and thought-provoking selection for any book club!
Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the SCHOOL she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

My Thoughts:
I'm sort of undecided about this book. It seemed to move really slow with far too much "fluff" and not enough actual "meat." It was very slow moving for me and I had to keep stopping myself from skimming most of the book. Sadly, the plot was a good one, it just wasn't well-developed and drawn out by the author. Too much time was spent focusing on things that didn't really matter.

It didn't really work for me - but tell me what you all think after you read it.


 My Rating: 2 of 5

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A Little More About Coffee, Crochet & Books

Coffee, Crochet, & Books

Welcome to my new little home in the vast space of internet-ville. I can't promise how much will be here or how often I will post. As a mater of fact, I can't even promise how coherent some of my posts will even be. I am definitely not a professional.
FAIR WARNING - I am the typo queen. You have been warned.
But I do love coffee. So you will see images and coffee reviews. Also tea. It's a favorite. But, coffee is a daily have to have.
Crochet is something I have done on and off for years and to be honest - while I enjoy buying supplies and starting new projects, I rarely manage to finish any of them. I am hoping this blog will give me a bit of motivation (and accountability) to see things through to completion. I must have 40 blankets started...and yarn everywhere.
Books - I LOVE paranormal. As a matter of fact, I devour it. I do tend to prefer erotic paranormal vampires - but I do read others as well. So watch for reviews and maybe even a few giveaways too. My second favorite genre is military romance. So, you may see odds and ends of that appear as well here.
FULL DISCLOSURE: You may eventually see all sorts of things here. Never know which way I will head as I really start doing it. Things always sound better in my head.
Though I don't have much going on just yet. You can find me on blog (right here) as well as on the following:
Twitter: @BooksCrochet

I can also be reached by email at coffeecrochetandbooks@gmail.com

I'd love to connect and hear from you.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

#Book #Review {3} Drawing the Devil by Jon Keys




Description

A heart can live a lifetime in eight seconds.Ever since his father caught him with another boy and threw him out at the tender age of sixteen, Dustin Lewis has been fighting his way up the national bull-riding rankings. He’son the brink of qualifying for the National Finals when he draws Diablo, a notoriously rank bull—and the ride goes bad.When bullfighter Shane Rees frees Dustin from the rigging of the same bull that nearly destroyed his face, he comes dangerously close to dropping his guard. Shane knows the potential consequences of being gay in a sport loaded with testosterone-overdosed cowboys,and the resulting scars of mind and body have left him with little self-worth.Their near-death-by-bull first meeting sparks an attraction that awakens every last one of their personal demons. Yet as the National Finals draws closer, so do they. But they'll have to overcome emotional highs, near-tragic lows, and bone-crushing danger before love can bust out of the chute.Warning: Contains man-on-man boot knocking, rawhide and raw emotions, badass cowboys and even badder-ass bulls. This ain’t your old man’s rodeo.

My Thoughts:

Admittedly I don't review a lot of gay romance. However, the cover and book description drew me into wanting to do one for this  book. I mean, who doesn't love a cowboy - gay or straight?

This book is bull rider versus bull fighter. (See? Tell me that didn't make you seriously give it a bit of thought?) This book was edgy/crude like most cowboys are. Yes, cowboys have their sense of respect, but when they're around other cowboys it all gets thrown to hell and they're off in their "other" cowboy way.

At first I had a deep dislike for Shane, however as the book went on, he seemed to improve for me.

In the end, this was an enjoyable read that was steamy-hot. Perhaps even more realistic because it wasn't written by a woman. A definite pick up for a night you're looking for some yummy cowboys.


 My Rating: 4 of 5
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Do You Have A #Holiday #Read?

It's that time of year and I'd love to fill my December with holiday book reviews. Have you written one? Email me at coffeecrochetandbooks@gmail.com to get your spot. Spaces are first come - first serve and I do also need time to read the books. :)
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

#Book #Review {2} Stolen Innocence by Mac Flynn


Stolen Innocence
By Mac Flynn

I just don't even know what to think about this one. It's a short nine chapter read, so I expected things to move quickly.
They did.
But I'm honestly not even sure how half the stuff happened and how it all flowed together. It seems like this should have been turned into a longer work for it to be enjoyable.
Faith Luvena works in a flower shop. Simon Crour comes in and instantly has an interest in her (yes, like instantly...to the point he spends hundreds on flowers to be delivered and even insists that Faith delivers a boquet to his place...after gaining the approval of her jerky boss).  Of course, Simon is a very rich vampire of over 500 years old.
There's some things about stolen jewelry and it seems that Simon is likely the theif but that's never solved or spoken about after a few mentions. There are fledglings that come from somewhere to create trouble with Simon (but we don't know why they're even there).
Needless to say, he bites her at a party he asks her to go with him too as he'd already researched her dress size to have one waiting for her when she delivered flowers.
Very odd novella.

What I liked:  Honestly, maybe just the yellow roses. I'd like to have some, it's been a while.
What I didn't like:  Mostly everything. Simon was just plain strange. Faith was strange. Felicia, some sort of roommate or something was mentioned and then gone. Nothing really fit or was solved.

My rating: 1/5


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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EMAIL ME - coffeecrochetandbooks@gmail.com

Items I will review:

1) Books - print and ebook: priority currently given to print as I have to buy a new Kindle. Please email for mailing address. This is for both traditional publishing or Indy authors.

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2) Guest Post - Topic of your choice. Please send all info needed as mentioned in option 1.

3) Interview - I have a couple options for interviews so you may interview more than once. However, I ask that it's only one per 6 months.

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#Book #Review {1} My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannan


My Viking Vampire
By Krystal Shannan
**Disclaimer: Book purchased by me (either paid for or on Amazon or Play Store for free). Review and opinions are my own and without any influence.**

"The government sees everything....."
"Questions only lead to death....."
Those two very distinct, stand out, sentences really caught my attention in the prologue. Honestly, I thought this book was going to go a completely different direction than it actually did. Perhaps a bit misleading.
That, however, did not keep the book from being enjoyable, for the most part.
I mean - enter - hot 1000 year old Viking Erick Thorson (may I just add...well over 6 feet and blond hair with blue eyes). Along with human (and broke, desperate) Bailey Ross.
"Humans have rights. Others don't."
This book classifies Vampires, pixies, werewolves, etc as "Others" after they "came out" (sounding a bit True Blood-ish, but that's not the direction it takes. There's no synthetic blood and so on. Promise.). The US is divided and some states allow Others, and some do not.
Texas, as Bailey finds out, has an entire town dedicated to just Others.
Luckily for her - it becomes her saving grace. Well, almost anyway.
Erick quickly falls for Bailey and much steamy sex follows. Dead Djinns and psycho ex-boyfriends.
What I liked: Steamy hot Erick. A good bit of steamy sex (which you will find, if well written drags me in every time. I need to get out more, I suppose.).
What I didn't like: Bailey turning Vampire (I do tend to move toward human/vampire rather than human t first then turning vampire/vampire).
My rating: 4/5




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Coffee, Crochet, & Books

Three of my very favorite things.

A number of years ago, I ran a very successful book review blog. I had so much fun doing it. Then - life happened. And it seems to never slow down. After so many bumps in the road (so to speak) I have realized there's never a perfect time for anything.

So, it's time to stop waiting and start back up.

You'll find book reviews, movie and television reviews (most likely), coffee & tea information and reviews, product reviews, and spots to feature authors and publishers.

The top info is set up on blog but no active links as of yet. Also, the social network buttons I will work to slowly update - so please check them often.

The top slider? Yup - I'll figure it out one day :)

I hope you'll bear with my growing pains and check here often to see the updates.
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