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Today will be a good day…

Today will be a good day...

… and this is why 🙂

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Love, Like Water ★★★★✩

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Title: Love, Like Water

Author: Rowan Speedwell

Genre: m/m romance

Print length: 261 pages

Publication date: July 9, 2013

Rating: Four Stars

Blurb: Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle’s ranch.

Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project.

Joshua’s plan seems to work—maybe a fresh start was just what he needed. Then, just when he has finally found a sense of peace, crime and hatred nearly destroy all his hard work. forcing him to reevaluate what he wants out his relationship with Eli and his own life.

 
Review:
Let me first say that I don’t like cowboy romance. I’ve read at least a dozen of similar novels and they were really bad. I mean, really, really bad. I don’t know what it is about cowboy romance that makes even decent authors reach for cliches and vulgarity. So I decided, no more cowboys for me. Who has money to waste?
But I like Rowan Speedwell. As an author, she is remarkably dependable. When you get your hands on one of her books, you can be sure that genuine effort has been put into every aspect of it. So when she came out with this book I hesitated for a day or two then threw caution to the wind. I remember thinking, ‘It’s Rowan Speedwell, it can’t be that bad.’
And it wasn’t. It was surprisingly good. For this type of romance, incredibly good.
Joshua is not your typical wounded character. He’s broken but still complex. I’m glad he wasn’t made out to be some sort of a pretty boy from the very beginning. Years of heroin addiction do not leave anyone looking attractive; that’s just reality. Watching him slowly get back on his feet through Eli’s eyes was so much more powerful than it would have been otherwise. Eli’s character must have taken serious skills too. In some ways, he’s your typical cowboy, the ranch foreman, quiet and steady. In less capable hands, he would have fallen flat and become just another slow-drawling, horse riding, stetson-wearing guy. But instead, he’s wonderfully fleshed out and stays consistently so throughout the book.
The chemistry between them was very sweet. If you’ve read Rowan Speedwell’s work before, then you know that she has the romance down pat every time.
The descriptions of the landscape were lovely without being overpowering. Some authors will spend pages and pages making sure you’re familiar with every blade of grass. It’s unnecessary and most of the time, boring. True ability lies in drawing a complete picture with just a few well-worded sentences and this is something Rowan Speedwell accomplishes with ease.
The story line was good, but it stuttered in a few places. The incident with Eli in the city seemed just a little too convenient. But the flow was relatively smooth and the happy ending left me with a smile.
All in all, I now finally have a cowboy romance to add to my ‘favorites’ pile. Don’t even bother with the others, they’re not worth the time or money.
 
 
 
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Some of this and some of that

Some of this and some of that

Pretty boy, just for fun.

On a more serious note, I’ve decided not to do any more book reviews if I can’t give a book at least 3 stars. I don’t like writing bad reviews any more, it makes me feel all icky and cranky.

Also, I’ve read at least ten books in the last two weeks and I’m really behind on my reviews. Eliminating bad reviews means that I can actually devote my time to gushing about the books I did like. Which makes me feel all happy and gushy. Because it’s all about me, after all 😛

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UNACCEPTABLE!

I just read something that made me freaking FURIOUS!!

NEVER in all my years of reading, have I come across such blatant and brazen plagiarism! Check out the link below, then please show your support for JP Barnaby. Even if you’re not fond of her work. No author should ever have to put up with something like this.

http://www.jpbarnaby.com/?p=1260

 

 

The link to the original novel on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Aaron-ebook/dp/B009N90NBA/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1373898167&sr=8-1

 

The link to the plagiarized copy: http://www.amazon.com/Shane-ebook/dp/B00DV89518/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1373898262&sr=1-2&keywords=shane

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Guest Review: Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov

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Reviewed by Nishka G.

TITLE: Skybound
AUTHOR: Aleksandr Voinov
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 44 pages
BLURB: Germany, 1945. The Third Reich is on its knees as Allied forces bomb Berlin to break the last resistance. Yet on an airfield near Berlin, the battle is far from over for a young mechanic, Felix, who’s attached to a squadron of fighter pilots. He’s especially attached to fighter ace Baldur Vogt, a man he admires and secretly loves. But there’s no room for love at the end of the world, never mind in Nazi Germany.

When Baldur narrowly cheats death, Felix pulls him from his plane, and the pilot makes his riskiest move yet. He takes a few days’ leave to recover, and he takes Felix with him. Away from the pressures of the airfield, their bond deepens, and Baldur shows Felix the kind of brotherhood he’d only ever dreamed of before.

But…

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5 Traits of the Successful Author

Love this!

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I am off to THRILLERFEST in NYC, and I’m sure it will be thrilling….bada bump *snare*. Today, I want to talk about some fundamentals. We can have all the talent in the world, but without these five ingredients, we will be hard-pressed to ever reach our dreams.

Passion

This should be a, “Yeah, no duh,” but, sadly, it isn’t. I meet a lot of people who say they want to be a professional author, but the second they face any opposition or criticism they give up. Here’s the thing:

If we truly LOVE it, we won’t give up.

One of my favorite stories is about a music master who traveled village to village in search of proteges to train. A young boy who played the violin practiced extra hard in anticipation of being chosen. On the given day, he played for the master and, at the end, the master said, “No…

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Vacation and a new tattoo :0)

Vacation and a new tattoo :0)

My baby sister and I got matching ones this time. So silly, but I love the way they look.