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Meant to Be
Terri Osburn
The Plot Whisperer: A Groundbreaking Approach to Story Structure That Any Writer Can Master
Martha Alderson
Eaters of the Dead
Michael Crichton

Her Boss The Alpha

Her Boss The Alpha - K.S. Martin I love boss/workplace romances but the idea of an accountant being measured by her keystroking speed was preposterous. I cringed at most of the other unrealistic business-y plot points too. I've been an accountant / corp exec for over 30 yrs and the closest thing I can think of that requires key stroke speed is a ten-key (adding machine), and that would be incredibly archaic in today's business world since most people use spreadsheets. Historical romance readers like factual accuracy. I'm the same way with workplace romances. Just unable to bite my tongue with this one. Sorry.

Editing and formatting in need of a hefty overhaul. Not sure if the author put her paragraph breaks in the wrong place or if the formatting messed up, but the dialogue of person A followed in the very next sentence by the actions of person B in same paragraph followed by dialogue of person B in a new paragraph made it very difficult to read at times and understand who was doing or saying what or whose point of view we were in. I've had paragraph breaks get corrupted with my ebook files however, so that really might be a formatting conversion issue. Far too many missing words also messed up the flow.

I liked Jake's intensity though and I loved the term "soldiers of rush hour". Book was engaging enough for me to read in a single afternoon.

A KDP free read.

Second Chance Layover

Second Chance Layover - Sandra Bunino,  Lila Shaw,  Claire Gillian Christmas may be over, but you can now download all 4 volumes from Smashwords and ARe and coming soon to Smashwords' affiliates.
The Last Hour of Gann - R. Lee Smith Epic and amazing. A sci-fi Outlander. A little too long and villains (mostly the human ones, I liked the alien ones actually) were a bit mustache twirly. I loved the whole faith theme running through the story--in a higher power, in those we love and our most basic truths down to which beasts are deadliest vs least threatening--and how even when that faith is tested over and over again those who hold on tightest are the survivors.
Fireheart - Giulietta Maria Spudich Despite not loving fantasy, I enjoyed this. Solid writing, enjoyed the heroine and hero. Loved George and his lady dragon and the light people. Didn't quite "get" the villain--why he seemed so evil to Arianna but benign to others. Ending is prep for a sequel as there are many unanswered questions, though at least heroine is on a happier footing...for now.
Predator's Kiss - Rosanna Leo A lovely introduction to Ms. Leo. She has a very romantic style of writing that really draws you in. Nicely done. A recommended read.

Alone No More

Alone No More - Terri Rochenski Very nice, Terri.
Abandon - Meg Cabot Cliffhanger alert. Grrr.
Run To You - Charlotte Stein Lovely!
Bully (Fall Away, #1) - Penelope Douglas I enjoyed it despite the faint scent of Mary Sue cologne.
Crazy Little Thing - Tracy Brogan Lovely and very funny. Scottish doctors...sigh.
Dizzy - Nyrae Dawn,  Jolene Perry Weird that there was no copyright page or table of contents. Quite a few typos that were distracting and pulled me out of the story because I had to pause to figure out what was trying to be conveyed. Especially toward the end. Cute story though.
Tangled - Emma Chase Gotta say, this book had me at the FILO (first in, last out) workday showdown: coffee cups in hand, vulture screeching in the background like the showdown at the OK corral. Thanks to Dear Author for excerpting that scene because that sold me on purchasing the book (which wasn't out when I went looking for it, damn it), and Jill's review for reminding me to buy it after it released.
Graffiti Moon - Cath Crowley Wonderful.
Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend - Cassie Mae,  Becca Ann I adored this awesomesauce book.
Beauty From Pain (Beauty Series) (Volume 1) - Georgia Cates Thanks to Tasmanian Jill for lending me her copy. I'll definitely be buying and reading Beauty from Surrender come May/June. Cheers.
On the Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves Most amazing book ever! Thanks to Tasmanian Jill for recommending it. She has excellent taste. ;)