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roachzrivia · 45 minutes ago
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Book Review: The Anxiety Book For Trans People by Freiya Benson
Book Review: The Anxiety Book For Trans People by Freiya Benson #NetGalley #BookReview #BookBlogger
The Anxiety Book for Trans People is a self help guide written by a trans person for trans people. The author has her own experiences with anxiety, giving this book a very authentic tone. The advice is good, but the thing I took most from this book was simply the validation of another trans person speaking candidly about anxiety. The book is written in a friendly, down to earth way, and the…
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kkecreads · 9 hours ago
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Just finished this novel by Karen King. Good character development, with solid twists! #theperfectstepmother #karenking #bookouture #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #netgalley #netgalleyreview #arc #thriller #suspense #twisted #kkecreads https://www.instagram.com/p/CQFRl4yrphM/?utm_medium=tumblr
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oracleofmadness · 16 hours ago
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This book is simply a masterpiece.
Tragedy came in the form of Bandits. The girl (the only name she goes by at this point) was soon completely alone after the murder of her father and the death of her brother. Soon after burying their bodies she learns that she can see ghosts. Taking on her brothers name, Zhu Chongba, she travels to a monastery and begs admittance. This is her final hope for survival and it is also where her true story begins.
This story is so meaningful for various reasons: gender dysphoria, feelings of not belonging, complex characters, and dark and brutal themes of war.
I highly recommend this read and I don't think I'll ever forget these characters or this harrowing tale.
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beingfictional · 22 hours ago
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Far Gone
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Title: Far Gone Author: Danielle Girard Genre: thriller Thank you Netgalley for this book! I requested this one because I had the first book, White Out, on my kindle to read. So, I read that one a few weeks ago and thought it was okay. The plot was a bit over-the-top for my liking. But I thought the characters were great and was excited to revisit them in this one. And again, this plot was a…
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shannonrygg · a day ago
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My Netgalley ARC review of IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU by Farah Naz Rishi:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I had in mind to start this book, get at least a third if not halfway through it, and then pick it up the next day to finish and then evaluate. Suddenly, it was ten thirty at night and the book was finished, so that already makes this a great read. Its a five-star read because of the details and the fact that it fit my particular taste.
Kiran's sister Amira is near set to marry Faisal, who happens to be the older brother of Deen, Kiran's secret ex, who on the side plays as Foxx in an MMORPG whose online best friend is Kas, who just so happens to be played by Kiran, through neither of them know that. This was what I understood by the top of chapter two and I had an inkling from that knowledge alone that this would be one of my favorite reads of the year. I was so glad to be proven correct.
The chapters alternate between Kiran and Deen's first-person POVs, but they were both distinctive, and I could easily get into their emotional state from the first page or two. The in-between chapters were either chat logs from Deen and Kiran's past or their in-game personas, and those also helped the reader to take a step back from being in the mind of one character, allowing for a limited third perspective, and then back to first for the other MC.
The time and plot progression was very smooth. There wasn't anything that happened that took me out of the book, other than reminding myself where each character was, as the bulk of the book flips back and forth between Philly and NY/NJ.
Kiran was very realistic to me; all of her actions, though sometimes awful and misguided, made sense for her character and the place that she was in in her life. Same goes for Deen, though I (perhaps as an older reader aligning myself with the older character) found it easier to connect with his actions over hers. The ending also made a lot of sense for them and I was glad to see the author took a realistic approach with everything, rather than giving a fairytale happy ending.
The fairytale came in the descriptions of everything: the food, the clothing, the wedding-- it was all described so vividly I was able to get a very good picture of each scene.
If I had one wish, I would have asked for, perhaps, another paragraph and then maybe a few more at the end of the last chapter, because the ending had me catching my breath and wanting more. The title is the perfect fit for this book.
Yes, I will be recommending this book and I will absolutely be getting a copy for myself in September.
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Constellations of Scars
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So much happened in this book. Amelia's story was hard to read at times and she was a very resilient character. Her ability to create pearls was never totally explained, but it was honestly something I'd never thought of and the repercussions of it were fascinating. Her mother made me want to scream a bit (and so did another character!) but I loved the other characters, especially brooding Gabriel. The museum felt very vibrant throughout the story and I really felt like I knew it. Around 3/4 of the way through the story, there was a HUGE plot twist that kept me totally stressed for the rest of the book. I was left with a few questions, but overall it was a quick, and exciting read.
Favorite Quote: It’s your life. You get to decide how much of it to share, and who’s allowed to be part of that. 
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Author: Melissa Eskue Ousley
Note: I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley.
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whimsicaldragonette · a day ago
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ARC Review: Even and Odd by Sarah Beth Durst
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4 stars
I wasn't sure what to make of this at first - the twins are young and read like it, and the young unicorn named Jeremy obsessed with the mundane world was a bit weird, and the kids' dad had rainbow hair. I thought it was going to be too young for me and the rare Sarah Beth Durst book that didn't really grab me. And then it grabbed me.
Yes, the characters are young - and aimed at young readers - but their adventure gets more complex as they go and acquire real consequences, and they learn some valuable lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed this once it got going, and even the details I at first found ridiculous ended up fitting and feeling right by the end.
My one quibble is that the plot twists are very predictable -- I saw each one coming from a mile away. Now, young readers might not, having not read as many books, but I feel like it could have been a bit more subtle.
Overall very enjoyable and I think kids will love it. Even getting stuck transformed into a skunk (complete with requisite skunk stink humor), Jeremy's obsession with soda and farmcats card game, the details and displacement of the magical world, the flying surfboards... It's a lot of fun. I'll definitely be reading it to my 7 year old soon.
It also deftly handles such issues as the problem with hurting people while thinking you're doing what's best for them (without consulting them) and what it's like to be a refugee when your home is destroyed by a natural (or not-so-natural) disaster. And that you don't have to wait until you're grown up to be a hero and save the day (and sometimes even the grownups don't know what to do, and sometimes they lie because they think it's best for you).
*Thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for providing an e-arc to review.
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bookmama · a day ago
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So behind on reviews, so get ready for a lot of review content for the next week or so!
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Thank you so much to @ecwpress and @netgalley for the gifted ALC of Take Back The Tray: Revolutionizing Food in Hospitals, Schools, and Other Institutions by Johsna Maharaj!
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Synopsis from the publisher: A beloved chef takes on institutional food and sparks a revolution with this manifesto, memoir from the trenches, and blueprint for reclaiming control from corporations and brutal bottom lines. “With hard-won insights and deep commitment, Joshna Maharaj takes us on a mouthwatering tour of what our collective food future might be.” ? Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System Good food generally doesn’t arrive on a tray, but Chef Joshna Maharaj knows that institutional kitchens have the ability to produce good, nourishing food, because she’s been making it happen over the past 14 years. She’s served meals to people who’d otherwise go hungry, baked fresh scones for maternity ward mothers, and dished out wholesome, scratch-made soups to stressed-out undergrads. She’s determined to bring health, humanity, and hospitality back to institutional food while also building sustainability, supporting the local economy, and reinvigorating the work of frontline staff. Maharaj reconnects food with health, wellness, education, and rehabilitation in a way that serves people, not just budgets, and proves change is possible with honest, sustained commitment on all levels, from government right down to the person sorting the trash. The need is clear, the time is now, and this revolution is delicious.
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I am a huge believer in the healing power of healthy food. This book was both enlightening and at times frustrating that these institutions, that we should be able to trust to provide healthy food, will go back to unhealthy options when not pressured. This is a great book for anyone who:
-Enjoys foodie reads
-Would like a behind the scenes look at how menu decisions are made in major institutions.
-The progress and road blocks in making healthier options more widely available.
-Loves nonfiction.
Pub date July 2021.
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whimsicaldragonette · a day ago
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ARC Review: The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
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DNF - 2 stars
This is one I absolutely thought I would enjoy, as a fairy tale with beautiful writing is one of the things I most enjoy in a book. And yet....
I don't know. Sometimes the writing was quite beautiful, and sometimes it was just that little bit strange that made the words tangle and trip me up.
I actively disliked the characters from the beginning, and that never changed. They became slightly more interesting once they were separated from the others and became closer, but they still mostly just irritated me.
I wasn't interested in the brutal religions and that ended up being a lot of what the story was about.
It's just not for me, I think. However I can see it being popular with others who don't mind the characters and writing style.
*Thanks to NetGalley and Avon Harper Voyager for providing an e-arc to review.
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whimsicaldragonette · a day ago
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ARC Review: A Bargain of Blood and Gold by Kristin Jacques
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This one looked interesting and at first the story moved at a decent clip. I didn't much like the writing style, but I thought I could ignore that in favor of a good story. It seemed like a light romance with a backdrop of murder.
And then it got.... weird. The characters became strange and the plot took a dive toward horror. It was uncomfortable to read. Once Stebbins and his off-putting and strange behavior got introduced it felt like a bit of a caricature of cobbled-together symptoms of a mental illness. That's a major nope for me and it was the last straw that had me putting this down.
*Thanks to NetGalley and City Owl Press for providing an e-arc for review.
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Artie and the Wolf Moon by: Olivia Stephens
Artie and the Wolf Moon by: Olivia Stephens
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC So, this is a short graphic novel for young tweens/teens about a young Black girl who discovers she comes from a family of werewolves. And for what it is? I give it five (5) stars. Artie loves photography, it’s how she feels connected to her late father. And one day, she asks her mom, a park ranger, if she can go out late to photograph the…
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Six Crimson Cranes by: Elizabeth Lim
Six Crimson Cranes by: Elizabeth Lim
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC. This book was exciting in premise but it failed for me. I’d neve read anything by the author previously and I was hoping this would give me a new name to put on my shelves. Instead what I read was awkwardly paced with weak characters. Our main character is the only girl out of seven children. She has six brothers and I couldn’t tell any of…
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pollyssecretlibrary · 2 days ago
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“When a Duke Loves a Governess”, by Olivia Drake
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I read this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review RELEASE DATE - JULY 27th 4 STARS/HEARTS/KITTEN/WHATEVER
This is the third book in the Unlikely Duchesses series
Governesses and masters (widowed fathers, older brothers, uncles, guardians…) is one of my favorite tropes. Whenever I find the word “governess” on the cover I have the instant feeling that the book is calling me. So, of course I wanted to read this book as soon as I was offered it.
And what a sweet little story it is. What a lovely time I had reading it. I almost read it in one sitting, and I would have if I hadn’t started it late one night. It was rather an allies than enemies to lovers although it starts with such a big lie.
Guy Whitby left her baby daughter in the care of her maternal grandparents after his wife’s death in childbirth. He’s a botanist and a gentleman and he has a curiosity about the plants of the world. So he buys himself a ship and he sails the seas for four years. Until one day he learnt of the death of his grandfather and he had to return to England with a new title, new responsibilities and a very spoiled daughter. Such a wild creature is Sophy that she’s had several governesses in the time Guy took charge of the situation. But then a very young woman with no references whatsoever and an obvious lie for a background applies for the position.
Tessa James is not a lady. She used to work long hours sewing at a Milliner’s while daydreaming of starting her own hat designing and milliner shop. When hearing about the case of the duke of Carling’s very spoiled daughter she decides to apply for the job even if she has no education to speak of apart from her letters. She got a very fine accent thanks to her mother who taught her how to read and how to behave until she was run over by a carriage when Tessa was six. Ever since then the girl wears a pendant with a coat of arms engraved and in her memory a few last words from the mother which are the clue to find her father; the man that had got her mother pregnant when she was a maidservant in his home.
Tessa was sent to an orphanage and in time she was in charge of the younger children. That’s why she knows she will be able to handle Sophy. This is a story of a very lost little girl and a woman who understands her, teaches her how to love and creates a bond between father and child. Falling in love with a duke in the process. At the same time mysteries surround this very sweet little family. Tessa needs to find her father in order to set herself free and Guy has a very pessimistic aunt who claims that there is a Curse in the family only because his grandfather, his father, his two uncles and a cousin died in the lapse of a year. Guy only wanted to write a book on his discoveries and live in peace with Sophy and Tessa!
The book is full of surprises. One of the mysteries was very predictable, but the twists and turns made up for that. There’s a mutual attraction at first sight but they only start having that kind of relationship when they confide in each other, which is very early in the novel. I was happy that they talked and that they became parents before becoming allies and allies before becoming lovers. I wouldn’t have liked it as much if their love was deceitful. Even if they don’t trust anyone else I liked that Guy and Tessa were partners even when he knew her full story.
Another subject in the novel was the class and rank talk. Tessa is a working class woman, she’s proud of making her way in the world with her own effort and talent. She has pride in achievement and failure when they are of her own making. She would be a very eccentric duchess but luckily Guy is a scholar, a botanist and he wasn’t born a duke, so until they realize that none of them are society people they won’t be able to have their happy ending.
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cathygeha · 2 days ago
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Blood on the Table by Gerry Spence
 Compelling critical look at situations that were often difficult to unsee. The law is supposed to be blind and see innocence rather than prejudge or indict without facts. It is supposed to be honest and just but that is not always true. This story made me think and care and wonder and wish…and in the end it left me with a bit of hope.
 What I liked:
* Ringo: honest, loving, kind, artistic, giving, good son, admirable, stalwart, a good man, someone I would like as a friend/on my side.
* Ben: father, husband, shepherd, father, honest, a good man, taciturn, quiet, bottled up emotionally, falsely accused, intriguing in the way still waters sometimes run deep.
* Sarah: mother, wife, secret keeper, lonely, would do anything for her family, hard worker, conflicted, dreamer, enjoys beauty, dreamer, made me think about what I would have done in her situation
* Hampton: lawyer, husband, truth seeker, honest, intelligent, interesting in the courtroom
* Meg/Isabelle: college student, artist, pragmatic, traveled, deeper than expected
* Ham & Jamey: two boys that deserved so much better
* The way all the pieces came together eventually…though I wondered at times if they would.
* Kind of liked the ultimate outcome and decision of the jury…though had hoped for something else
* That the story made me think and care
* The 1940’s era
* The location in Wyoming
* Mrs. Foley – the foster mother
* That though I thought about giving up in the beginning as it seemed slow…I was once again drawn in and could not put the book down.
 What I didn’t like:
* Those I was meant not to like…and they were many. It was easy to hate them and hard to see the shenanigans they got up to.
* The way some were willing to use their power negatively and too often got away with it
* The damage done to so many
 Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Yes
 Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the ARC – This is my honest review.
 5 Stars
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 Blood on the Table brings to life the same powerful emotions and riveting excitement that Gerry Spence evoked from juries when the blood was real. Blood on the Table is a blend of darkness, sex, and violence, with characters who are far from perfect and often are their own worst enemies. Spence takes the reader to savage--back country Wyoming, where an eleven-year-old boy must take the witness stand against a vicious prosecutor, corrupt police, and a prejudiced judge, to keep his family safe.
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     AUTHOR BIO
 Gerry Spence is a trial lawyer in the United States. In 2008, he announced he would retire, at age 79, at the end of the Geoffrey Fieger trial in Detroit, MI. Spence did not lose a criminal case in the over 50 years he practiced law. He started his career as a prosecutor and later became a successful defense attorney for the insurance industry. Years later, Spence said he "saw the light" and became committed to representing people, instead of corporations, insurance companies, banks, or "big business."
https://gerryspence.com/
https://us.macmillan.com/author/gerryspence
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michaelabanes · 2 days ago
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misha you wanna put your poetry book on netgalley. you wanna put your poetry book on netgalley so bad
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dkafterdark · 2 days ago
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*I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Cover image and summary from Goodreads*
Julián Luna has a plan for his life: Graduate. Get into UCLA. And have the chance to move away from Corpus Christi, Texas, and the suffocating expectations of others that have forced Jules into an inauthentic life. Then in one reckless moment, with one impulsive tweet, his plans for a low-key nine months are thrown—literally—out the closet. The downside: the whole world knows, and Jules has to prepare for rejection. The upside: Jules now has the opportunity to be his real self. Then Mat, a cute, empathetic Twitter crush from Los Angeles, slides into Jules’s DMs. Jules can tell him anything. Mat makes the world seem conquerable. But when Jules’s fears about coming out come true, the person he needs most is fifteen hundred miles away. Jules has to face them alone. Jules accidentally propelled himself into the life he’s always dreamed of. And now that he’s in control of it, what he does next is up to him.
This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster! I loved everything: the characters, the story, the romance. Watching Julián get the chance to openly be himself was amazing and freeing, though his coming out does lead to some of negative consequences he feared, like bullying and feeling unsafe. Without spoilers, things get bad for Jules but he does find love and support from friends and family and Mat, his Twitter crush. The relationship that blooms between Mat and Jules is sweet and intense. They are literally the sun and moon dynamic, with Mat pouring out love and hope into some of Jules' darkest nights, and Jules being a steady support for Mat.
If I could pick one word to sum up this book, it would be vibrant. Jules and his friends, Mat and his family, they all bring the best energy and heart to this story. They have great conversations, do typical high school stuff, party, joke, and support each other no matter what. I love the diversity of this cast of characters: Julián is Mexican-American, Mat is Vietnamese-American, Jules' friends are Latinx and Black, and the text is peppered with Spanish and, later, Vietnamese.
Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun is a beautiful story about coming out, finding love, friendship, and looking to the future with hope instead of fear.
CW: abusive parent, bullying, homophobic language and slurs, forced outing
This book is OUT NOW!
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showthisbooksomelove · 2 days ago
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The Sweetness of Life ~ Kathryn Andrews
The Sweetness of Life ~ Kathryn Andrews
Rating: 3/5 Absolutely predictable, yet still delightful. The Sweetness of Life is a romance set in the South on a winery. Shelby is a critic, Zach is a winemaker, and therefore they fall into a classic enemies to lovers trope. Enemies to lovers is not my favorite in the romance genre, and unfortunately this story doesn’t even have a solid platform upon which to stand as to why these two are…
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cathygeha · 2 days ago
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It Takes a Thief by Sloane Steele
Counterfeit Capers #1
 Jarred and his cousin Mia have a plan they have waited years to implement. It is a bit Robin Hood-ish and meant to right wrongs perpetrated by their fathers. To achieve their goal they need some help, though. So, a few savvy women are hired to carry off a heist and in the process of perfecting the plans…a team is born, friendships are made, and romance is kindled. What more could one ask for in a book?
 What I liked:
* Jared/Jay: intelligent, focused, dedicated, strategist, secretive, warm, rich, problem solver/fixer, witty, likes Audrey
* Audrey: computer hacker, IT savvy, brilliant, loves her grandmother, hard worker, values honesty, likes Jared
* Mia: a bit stiff and by the rules, rich, has her guard up, prickly, rules oriented, focused, intelligent, intriguing – can’t wait to read her book
* Nikki: thief, quirky, good friend, skilled at her job, adrenaline junkie, loves money, moral compass iffy, hope she has a book of her own
* London: counterfeiter, artist, quiet – still waters run deep, would like to learn more about her and hope she has a book
* Grandma: has Alzheimer, raised Audrey, the reason her granddaughter works so hard and is working to make ends meet.
* The plot and future books to look forward to
* The way the three women worked together to solve problems
* The friendship that developed
* The growth exhibited in characters
* That the couple has a HFN ending
* Knowing that there are more books to look forward to
 What I didn’t like:
* The fathers of Mia and Jared and what they did
* That it took me more time to engage with the story than I thought it would
 Did I enjoy the book? Yes
Would I read more in the series? Yes
 Thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for the ARC – This is my honest review.
 3-4 Stars
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 “A charming, action-packed heist.” —Publishers Weekly Don’t miss this new high-stakes romantic caper series, where they’re planning the art heist of the century—to right the wrongs of the past. When catching a thief requires becoming one. Jared Towers has skills. One of them is being able to talk his way out of—or into—anything. Audrey Abbott has skills, too. Need something hacked and only the best will do? She’s your girl. He’s charming. She’s reclusive. They have absolutely nothing in common—except for a driving desire to take care of those who need it the most. For Jared, that means assembling a team of thieves to steal back what rightfully belongs to the victims of a crime perpetrated by his own father. For Audrey, it means doing whatever she can to make sure her grandma never has to worry again. And now they have something else in common: the art heist of the century. It was supposed to be all business. Get in and get out, then move on to the next target. But when Jared finds himself falling for Audrey, artwork isn’t the only thing at risk of being stolen... Counterfeit Capers Book 1: It Takes a Thief Book 2: Between Two Thieves Book 3: To Catch a Thief
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staceyjhubbard · 2 days ago
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Book Review: Behind the Sequins by Shirley Ballas
Book Review: Behind the Sequins by Shirley Ballas
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5. Kindle Edition of the book provided free of charge by Netgalley in return for an honest review. Image Credit Strictly Come Dancing is one of those Saturday night guilty pleasures for me and I have grown to love the judges so was surprised when Len stepped down from being head judge. I hadn’t heard of Shirley Ballas before she joined Strictly as a judge so when I had…
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strangevoyages · 3 days ago
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NetGalley put together a fabulous list of 20 Asian authors whose books are coming out in 2021, and guess who's on it?!
me! 🙈
Check out the list (which includes all genres) at the link here!
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