Manga Review: Haikyu!! Vol 1 by Haruichi Furudate

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I decided to give this a whirl because I see a lot of buzz about the series online, and because the library actually received a digital copy of volumes 1 and 2. Generally, I enjoy sports manga, though I will admit that volleyball is not my favorite sport. If not for Crimson Hero, one of my favorite, and vastly underrated, shoujo manga, I would have given this a pass. But there’s something about team work, and overcoming insurmountable odds, that makes sports manga alluring.

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Review: Stake Night by Susan Archer

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I borrowed Stake Night using Kindle Unlimited because it is about Saddlebreds.  I was wondering how accurate the author would be portraying the run up to showing at the World Championship show in Louisville, and because I love reading about horses. There aren’t a lot of books about the saddleseat disciple, so I was eager to give this book a spin.

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Review: Intercepting the Chef by Rachel Goodman

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I’m not sure what attracted me to this title.  I am not  particularly attracted to stories with chefs, but I do like professional athletes.  So I thought what the heck, I’ll give it a try.  I wasn’t completely hooked at first, but as I got to know Gwen and Logan, I really started to enjoy this story.

Gwen has worked hard perfecting the menu at her famous chef boyfriend’s restaurant.  She wants him to enjoy every success, even while he’s busy with other pursuits to enhance his brand.  When the restaurant wins a prestigious award, Gwen doesn’t receive the thanks she anticipated.  Instead, her douchebag of a boyfriend fires her, throws her onto the street, and tries to tarnish her reputation as an up and coming chef.

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Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

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I was really excited to start reading Pipe Dreams. Beacon wasn’t my favorite player, but I was intrigued by Lauren.  What was the deal with her, anyway?  So cranky and contrary, there had to be a reason for her unpleasantness, especially when it came to hockey.   She was obviously good at her job, or Nate would have ended her employment instead of promoting her.  The girls in the Bruisers organization, however, had nothing good to say about Lauren, and I wanted to know why.

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Review: Heavy Hitter by Sarina Bowen

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I really liked O’Doul from Rookie Move, so I was looking forward to reading his story.  At first I didn’t find that there was much chemistry between Patrick and Ari, and I was a little disappointed.  Maybe I wasn’t totally behind Ari as his love interest. I’ll be honest; a yoga instructor just isn’t on my list of to-die-for occupations.  It’s like my disinterest in chef characters. While I love to eat, I have no love for cooking.

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Review: The Big Break by Cara Lockwood

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Both Jun and Kai are flawed, flawed characters.  Jun is trying to raise her son on her own, after being rejected by her tiger mother, who died shortly after.  They never reconciled, leaving Jun wounded and defensive.  Her mother was perfect and wise, and Jun obviously screwed up by listening to a smooth talker when she was 19 and ending up pregnant and abandoned by both the father AND her mother.

 

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Review: I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

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Review:

While I enjoyed this novel overall, a few things didn’t work for me. Every time Madison stuck her nose into Jackson and Mollie’s business, I wanted to wring her neck. Every time Mollie felt guilty or sorry for Madison, I wanted to wring her neck. Madison had zero depth, and it made her irritating. The fact that anyone cared about how she felt was astonishing, considering she’s the one who divorced Jackson at a time when he needed her support the most. Ugh!

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Broken Play by Samantha Kane

 
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BROKEN PLAY
Birmingham Rebels #1
Samantha Kane
Releasing Sept 1st, 2015
 
 
Perfect for fans of Shayla Black and Lexi Blake, the deeply sensual new Birmingham Rebels series introduces an unforgettable team of chiseled football gods—and the daring, provocative games they play behind closed doors.
Birmingham Rebels offensive linemen Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are inseparable, on and off the field. Cass, the captain with the cowboy swagger, is a loose cannon. Beau, the veteran tight end, is cool under pressure. And ever since they were caught on tape in a steamy threesome, their exploits have fueled more than a few tabloid headlines—and naughty fantasies.
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