Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: Growing the Southeast Garden

Growing the Southeast Garden Growing the Southeast Garden by Mark Weathington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I am in the process of creating a garden from scratch at a new house. The only thing there previously are weird bushes planted in strange places and a bunch of wisteria vine that has chocked out everything else that might have grown. Let me say that I never knew how invasive wisteria vines are!!! It has taken a year to clear away the rubbish and I'm now ready to plant when Spring arrives.

This book is broken into the type of plant and has a very clear symbol guide on the various categories gardeners need: shade, full sun, partial sun, around trees, etc. I enjoyed being able to look into the bush section and fining very easily the bushes that I can plant in shade areas and also know how big they might grow, how far to plant them from other things and more. I can also look up specific plants and flowers and find out similar relevant information to see if it would work with what I already have planned. This is an excellent book to have electronically so that I can access it from my phone while out shopping for the various plants needed.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: Guilty Pleasure: Part 1

Guilty Pleasure: Part 1 Guilty Pleasure: Part 1 by Lora Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bound Hearts series is a fun read with an interesting take on the usual alpha male characters. Not as much of the jealousy is these alpha males, but all of the hotness!! Lora Leigh has never broken her stories into the multiple part thing that's become popular but I wasn't disappointed with this. Mostly because it was blatantly clear that this book was written in three parts and the characters and plots still fit in with the series.

If you've read any of this series you've probably been introduced to Khalid as the third in other characters stories. We knew that he has a mysterious past that hast to do with his family. We've also encountered Marty before in the female groups because she was born into the world of the private club of these novels. Their chemistry comes off the pages in waves and is so believable and realistic that you believe all the situations they find themselves in. I was also not disappointed with where this part of the three part series ended.

I recently finished ARC copies of Part 2 and Part 3 as well!  This is an excellent story with all the twists and turns and great character building that Ms. Leigh is great at.  Loved the conclusion but I do think it hints at the next book with it as well!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Review: Wake A Sleeping Tiger

Wake A Sleeping Tiger Wake A Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of Lora Leigh and really enjoy her Breed novels. I read everything she writes so I don't always read the descriptions before I pick them up. Based on the title I was surprised to find that this was one of the Breed series novels. She has a habit of using particular types of titles for her different series and this title was irregular for the Breed series. But that was the only thing that was slightly off about it!!

An imagination inspiring addition to the series. We get another look at rare Bengal Breeds with twins Cullen and Graeme. Although I don't think I've read about Graeme and Cat's story previously, they have a prominent role in this novel as an already existing mates pair. It was also fun to see the secretive Native American society in Window Rock that's been harboring and protecting Breeds for years. We've gotten hints of them in previous novels but this was the first one I've read where the couple were both immersed in that society.

Chelsea is a wonderfully strong woman who has been fighting to become the woman she wants to be her entire overprotected life. She is strong and capable but surrounded by crazy, overprotective family and friends. Her childhood crush being one of them. Her history with Cullen was great and added depth to their interactions. The duel villains is a common theme in Ms. Leigh's novels but she does it so well. One of them, this time, I didn't even suspect until the characters themselves started to see it. Well done!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review: Her Bastard Bridegroom: A Medieval Romance

Her Bastard Bridegroom: A Medieval Romance Her Bastard Bridegroom: A Medieval Romance by Alice Coldbreath
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I stumbled across this book in my Amazon recommendations and have been feeling at sea with my reading this year. All of my favorite authors aren't set to put out a new book for quite a while so I've been looking for something and getting tired of the short, rushed stories and the part 1, 2, 3, stories that have started to flood the market. With the wariness in me, I was exceeding surprised to find this novel.

A historical romance in which Lady Linnet is an orphan heiress that has been under the guardianship of her Aunt and Uncle since she was a child. They have spent her entire life convincing her that she is sickly, can't go outside or leave her tower room. All the while overtaxing her tenants, reporting false expenditures and pocketing the money. In steps Sir Roland, arrived at Cadwallader Castle to break his brothers brothel to Lady Linnet. After he delivers his news, Lady Linnet desperately asks him to step into his brother's shoes and marry her. He is quick to agree since his bastard status will never offer him a better opportunity and leads the way to cleaning house and showing Lady Linnet the lies and subterfuge that have been regulating her life.

It is an addictive read, I was up until two in the morning! Characters are well-rounded, emotional messes that they should be (since everyone whose ever lived is an emotional mess). They journey learning to live together and in Linnet's part, learning how to live at all is amazing to see. The conflicts that arise to due manly stupidity are realistic and her Aunt and Uncle's attempts to get her back under their power add a wonderful twist. I also really did like that although it was a historical romance there wasn't an attempt to place into significant historical time periods. No King William the Conqueror, Henry the 8th in site!

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