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a-skirmish-of-wit-and-lit · 32 minutes ago
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Review: To Sir Philip, With Love by Julia Quinn (Bridgertons #5)
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I can't believe I'm about to say this but--I disagree with Mama Bridgerton. Now, before you exclaim HOW DARE YOU obscenities at me, I'd like to clarify by saying that it isn't so much that we disagree but that our opinions diverge when it comes to what makes Eloise a charming lady. Violet says that it's her daughter's impatience. For me, though, I think her appeal as a person, as a character, comes less from her impatient nature and more from her frank and restless chatter. So what if she talks a lot? Who cares if she asks questions, probes for a two-sided conversation? It's endearing! It's infectious! It's genuine! She's a curious person who wants to get to know people, really know them. She strives to get along with everybody she meets, to understand them, and I think that's charming, indeed! The constant stream of Eloise's chatter can be grating or bothersome at times, sure, but only when someone else is desperate to be heard or to get a word in edgewise. Despite that, there's still something lovely about Eloise being open and secure enough in herself to want to share her thoughts as soon as she has them. I couldn't help but like her for that. Admire her even. I wish I could be more like that instead of swallowing most of what I want to say. I was markedly less invested in Philip as a character, however. He came across as petulant and "woe is me" at times, particularly when he was discussing his unhappy marriage with Marina, who was clinically depressed. (Sensitivity, understanding, and nuance was lacking in the writing here.) His behavior toward Eloise wasn't fabulous at times, either. I'm willing to go easier on him on that score, though, because part of his arc included learning the difference between expectation/convenience in marriage vs. reality/compromise in marriage. The children, Amanda and Oliver, were also a nice addition. They reminded me of the rambunctious havoc my brothers and I used to wreak as kids. We never pulled a flour prank that I can remember but there were a few blocks-to-the-face, pool-strainer-over-the-head, dares-that-resulted-in-stitches moments of our own. I do think Eloise and Philip are a well-suited couple overall. They had fun banter, decent conflict. I'm only disappointed we didn't get more of them connecting over letter-writing because I think that was a missed opportunity. I wanted it! It's a lost art form, okay? ALL THE ROMANCE POTENTIAL. Oh, and the Bridgerton brothers bursting into the place to defend Eloise's honor was the best scene of the whole book. Probably my favorite sibling intervention of the series, if I'm being honest. My brothers would also put a guy in a chokehold and demand to know if he'd been a gentleman if I absconded to his country home without warning.
3/5 stars
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euron131 · 55 minutes ago
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beautyandthebooks · an hour ago
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Hour of the Assassin
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Rating: ⭐⭐
Summary: 👨🏻🕵🏻‍♀️☠😈👮🏻‍♂️🚙
This book is about an ex-Secret Service Agent Nick Averose. He spent 10 years as a Secret Service Agent, and now he’s what they call a “red-teamer’” Using his skills, he poses as an assassin, test security for his high-paying clients. His latest assignment is to pass security at the former CIA director’s home. When gets in, he finds the man unconscious, and that someone else has been there. As he tries to save the man’s life, he contaminates the scene and becomes the main suspect. In order to clear his name, he must find the men that did this.
Listen, I really wanted to like this book. It sounded like it would be a great plot, and I love thrillers and mysteries. It was just... okay. It was kind of slow and boring. There were some decent parts, but overall I would not recommend it.
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twochicksobsessed · an hour ago
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Nothing Special VIII: SWAT Ed.: Fox & Bull by A.E. Via: Blog Tour, Excerpt, New Release Review *2 and Giveaway
Nothing Special VIII: SWAT Ed.: Fox & Bull by @AuthorAEVia: #BlogTour, #BookExcerpt, #NewRelease #BookReview *2 and #Giveaway #lgbtq #gay #mmromance #gayromance #alphas #copsinlove #series #4stars #5stars
A fox can set many traps to catch his target—but this one only needs one to catch his. Dominic “Bull” Walker is used to the simpler things in life. Give him his own land to work, a strong horse, and twelve hours of daylight, and he is a contented man. But when someone threatens to take away the successful ranch that took him two years to rebuild, he’ll accept any help he can get to defend…
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moviesandmania · an hour ago
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SAINT MAUD (2019) Reviews and Amazon Prime release news
SAINT MAUD (2019) Reviews and Amazon Prime release news
‘Your savior is coming’ Saint Maud is a 2019 British horror feature film in which a pious young home nurse becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient. Written and directed by Rose Glass (A Moment of Horror), making her feature debut, the movie stars Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle and Lily Frazer. Plot: Live-in nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark) arrives at the home of Amanda…
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nethudara · an hour ago
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Yaya Bey - The Things I Can’t Take With Me EP Music Album Reviews https://ift.tt/3tA17Jh
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meraki97 · an hour ago
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List of movies I have watched in 2021:
1. Minari 2020.
Such a lovely and delicate movie.
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