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Book Review: Mergers & Acquisitions

Title: Mergers and Acquisitions
Written by: A.E. Radley
Pages: 270
Publisher: Heartsome Publishing

About This Book (as seen on Amazon.com):
Kate Kennedy prides herself on running the very best advertising agency in Europe.

One day her top client asks her to work on a lucrative project with the notoriously fastidious Georgina Masters, of the American agency Mastery.

The temporary merger causes a fiery clash of cultures and personalities. Especially when Georgina sets her romantic sights on Kate’s young intern, Sophie.

Review:
She’s done it again!  A.E. Radley is by far my FAVORITE lesfic author.  Every book she writes that I can get my greedy little hands on I can’t put down, and this is no different.  I injured myself while on a walk during my lunch break at work.

She does a fantastic job of writing characters.  They are well developed, and I can’t help even to love her dragon ladies as well.  After I’m done with reading the books, I can’t help to think about the characters and what they’re doing now like they are my old friends.  I have repeated this time and time, but I love how she does not use sex in her books.  I love that the focus is on the relationship.

The one thing I didn’t like was how Sophie’s relationship with her long-term boyfriend panned out.  It left too many open-ended questions for me.  It felt weird that she dumped him on the assumption that he was cheating on her and then fell into the arms of an older woman. It didn’t sit well that I just had to accept she was in a relationship for so long and that was that.  I was also worried about a love triangle, but it all shakes out in the end.

I do love Radley’s use of a bisexual character.  I don’t see much of those in books.

All in all, I simply loved this book!  It’s an easy and fun read.  And I can NOT wait to read her next book!

 

How to get your copy:
Amazon.com
Heartsome Publishing

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Book Review: Huntress

Title: Huntress
Written by: A.E. Radley
Pages: 325
Publisher: Heartsome Books

About This Book (as seen on HeartsomeBooks.com):

Amy is stuck in a rut. After graduating, she never left her temporary job at the motorway service station. Daily visits from a mysterious woman are the highlight of her days.

Until one day, when the mystery woman vanishes.

Amy investigates the disappearance and makes a shocking discovery. Suddenly, she’s being framed, and no-nonsense Claudia McAllister is being sent to arrest her.

Will Amy’s unique approach to evading capture prove successful?

Review:

This book is different from the Flight Series in that it’s a crime book.  At first, I was a little nervous reading this. Crime stories aren’t really my thing. I gave it a shot because I love what A.E. Radley has put out so far. Luckily, this story did not disappoint.

The story follows Amy – a woman who is brilliant and intelligent but sells herself short by remaining at a dead end job.  The only thing that makes her dull day-to-day worthwhile is the beautiful and exotic Cara. After the woman goes missing, Amy takes upon herself to search for her and chaos ensues.

The book is a funny and -at times – a scary tale about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Radley – as always – does a FANTASTIC job with her character development.  I love Amy.  She is adorable with her big mouth.

The only issue I had this book is that it was too short.  I wanted more!  I sure hope there’s a sequel to this.

I highly recommend this book.


Huntress is available for pre-order at HeartsomeBooks.com.

 

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Book Review: Leaving Normal – Adventures in Gender

Title: Leaving Normal – Adventures in Gender
Written by: Rae Theodore
Pages: 116
Publisher: Blue Beacon Books by Regal Crest

About This Book (as seen on Amazon.com):
Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender is a literary memoir that takes an unflinching, humorous and sometimes heartbreaking look at living as a masculine-centered woman in a pink/blue, boy-girl, M/F world. It’s a story for anyone who has ever felt different, especially those living in the gender margins without a rulebook.

Review:
I won this book… a long time ago.  I meant to write a review… a long time ago.  Sorry, Rae!

This book was a very interesting read!  Being a femme lesbian, this book really opened my eyes to what those who are not gender-conforming go through. This book – for me – was very educational for someone who has came out not too long ago-ish, as well.  I tend to be a little ignorant about my community and memoirs like this help me be more educated and in turn, I can help educate others.

I recommend this to every orientation, identities, and genders.  Thanks for sharing your story, Rae! We need more stories like these.

Buy The Book: Leaving Normal – Adventures in Gender
Check Out Her Blog (it’s pretty fresh):  The Flannel Files

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Book Review: On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft (Audiobook)

Title: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Stephen King
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
Type: Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 10-04-00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Publisher’s Summary (as seen on Audible.com):
“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.” Here is Stephen King’s master class on his craft.

On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King’s childhood and his early focus on writing to tell a story. A series of vivid memories from adolescence, college, and the struggling years that led up to his first novel, Carrie, offer a fresh and often funny perspective on the formation of a writer. King then turns to the tools of his trade, examining crucial aspects of the writer’s art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection.

King was in the middle of writing this book when he was nearly killed in a widely reported accident. On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how his need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life.

©2000 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Review:
This little gem is a delight. I had one more credit to use on my Audible account for this month and I couldn’t decide on which book to get. I sifted through the long list of Fantasy books because after all ‘You are what you read.’ I just really couldn’t decide. I came upon this title and I’ve heard that I should read this as a budding writer. I decided to go for it.

I love listening to memoirs that are narrated by the authors. It’s an obsession of mine now.

I don’t read Stephen King novels. My girl is obsessed with them. He is her favorite author (besides me, she reassures me). I listened to his anecdotes about his life and I seriously have some major respect for this man. He talked about all of the rejection slips he got from different magazines. Yes, people. You read that right. They rejected Mr. King a lot. I suddenly felt that he was a human being and not this creature from another planet that has a magic pen and won’t share with anyone. So rude!  I also loved how he spoke about his wife.  It was so adorable.  Yes.  Stephen King can be adorable.  Don’t believe me?  Get this book.

When he got to the writing advice portion of the book, it was an eye opener! As I’m typing this, I keep hearing all of his don’ts in my head. Shhhhh, Stephen… I’ll get there. He mentioned lots of resources that I never knew existed. I am forever grateful for choosing this book.

If you’re a write, you need to pick this book up. Even if you’re not, still pick this book up! It is a great read!

“The road to Hell is paved with adverbs.” – Stephen King
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Book Review: Buffering – Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded (Audiobook) 

Title: Buffering – Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
Author: Hannah Hart

Narrated by: Hannah Hart , Judy Young
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:10-18-16
Publisher: HarperAudio

Publisher’s Summary (as seen on Audible.com):

The wildly popular YouTube personality and author of the New York Times bestseller My Drunk Kitchen is back! This time she’s stirring up memories and tales from her past.

By combing through the journals that Hannah has kept for much of her life, this collection of narrative essays delivers a fuller picture of her life, her experiences, and the things she’s figured out about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship, and fame.

Revealing what makes Hannah tick, this sometimes cringeworthy, poignant collection of stories is sure to deliver plenty of Hannah’s wit and wisdom – and hopefully encourage you to try your hand at her patented brand of reckless optimism.

Review:

Let me to start off by saying that I honestly didn’t want to have anything to do with Hannah Hart only because before Honey Bee and I started seriously dating, she had a huge crush on her. I went out of my way to not like her because I can be stupid with jealousy sometimes. I gave her a chance after Emma watched Ghostbusters and fell in love with Kate McKinnon (my celebrity crush who she wasn’t giving the time of day to). So I was like OK if she can give my girl a chance, I’ll give her girl a chance.

If y’all don’t know who Hannah Hart is, she’s one of the YouTube Goddesses. You can peep her stuff here. Educate yo selves.

This insightful memoir tells the rags to riches story of Hannah Hart. Her collections of stories are very revealing and they really made me think and reflect about my own like. Some of the stories I was like been there! Done that! Other stories, I couldn’t imagine what that would be like.

At the end of this book, I had new respect for this woman. She has been through so much and yet she kept marching on. She is completely relatable to me because she still admits that she’s a work in progress. She has a big heart and she has done so much for those less fortunate. She made me feel like I could do anything and that I should anything in my power to help those who can’t help themselves.

This is a very important book for people to read considering the way things are today. After I read it, I immediately felt the call for action.

I totally recommend this book and I recommend that you have Hannah read it to you. It’s seriously powerful to hear her story from her own mouth.

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Book Review: Grounded

Title:  Grounded
Author:  A.E. Radley
Pages:  357
Publisher:  Ylva Publishing

Description as seen on the Ylva Publishing Webstore:   City professional Olivia Lewis is coming to terms with her latest romantic failure by attempting to throw herself into her work. But with clients suddenly leaving Applewood Financial in their droves it becomes clear that old enemies have decided to strike and Olivia realises that she is losing everything.

Meanwhile the world of first-class flight attendant Emily White comes crashing down around her when she loses her job with Crown Airlines. With no income, enormous debts and a broken-hearted five-year-old son she thinks that things can’t get any worse. That is until a blast from the past threatens it all. When a twist of fate brings them together will they finally be able to understand each other?

This sequel was a long time comin’.  Let me tell you!  Radley’s first book in this series is titled “Flight SQA016”.  You can read my review of it here.  I fell in love with characters in this book.  I couldn’t wait to get my greedy hands on “Grounded” to see what happens to them.  Radley did not disappoint.

When I started reading it, I realized how much I missed everyone.  It was like seeing old friends for the first time in a long time.  I can relate so much with Emily.  She’s a single mom just trying to do her best for her kid even when the avalanche of life fast approaches.  I understood how hard it could be to ask for help when you’ve been doing it all on your own for so long.

In this book, I was able to see the relationships of the all the characters deepen.  I loved seeing the interactions between Emily and all of the people around her.  I wanted to be best friends with Simon.  Tom and Lucy were so very sweet.

I also couldn’t help but gush over her and Olivia’s relationship.  They are very sweet to each other despite personality flaws of both women.  I was able to feel how much they cared for each other.  And as I said in my review for “SQA016”, I loved that the story was about their relationship and not about their sex life.  I have a well-developed imagination.  I don’t need someone telling me how to have amazing sex.

The interactions between Olivia and Henry were beyond adorable.  I could really see how she cared for him as his own and he loved her so much.

I finished this book in a day because I had to know what was going to happen next.  I needed to know that things were going to be ok.

If you like Lesbian Romance novels, you are going to LOVE this book. Hell, you don’t have to be into lesbian romance to love this story. It’s a sweet story about how love endures no matter the obstacles.  I highly recommend it.

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Book Review: The Price of Salt

Author:  Patricia Highsmith
Pages:  256
Synopsis as seen on Amazon.com:  A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is shattered when Carol is forced to choose between her child and her lover.


Honestly, I happened upon this book because of the parody Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani did of Carol at the Spirit Awards.  I thought it was friggin’ hilarious! I knew about the movie Carol but I didn’t really research it until I saw that clip.  I told EJ that I had to see that movie and see what that scene is really like.

As I was reading the reviews for the movie I came upon this review:

“The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith was a powerful and elegantly written book when I read it as a young lesbian. Nothing else compared to it at the time and it actually had a hopeful ending. And here in 2015, I feel the movie takes an equally important and endearing place in its genre because it doesn’t sell out to the hets and homophobia (as our films continue to do). There are no pointless and gratuitous M/F sex scenes. No tragic headcases who depressed me for two hours and feed the long-standing misconception that we’re all mentally ill. No lesbians die in the end!! The ending remains an utterly hopeful one. And for once, IT’S NOT A PIECE OF S***!!!!!!!!!!! Ack, it’s been years since I’ve been able to say that about a lesbian film!! LOL.”

A book?!  There’s a book??  I downloaded the sample immediately.  It was only 99 cents to buy and I told EJ that I would probably buy it.  I could NOT put this book down.  It was amazing!  It was real and authentic.  I felt it all.  All the love, hate, shame, guilt, lust, hurt… all of it.  I connected with Therese on so many levels she was me. And I remember wanting to be like Carol at other times in my life.

This book was published in 1953 when the gay community was criminalized. This was a beautiful story between a young woman seemed to have a life that was a bit lack luster. Therese worked in a department store for the holiday season while she tried to find work as a set designer when she met Carol. Her life was turned upside down by this beautiful and confident high society woman. I felt the flutters in her stomach. I felt all the questions she had in her mind. This was a very tasteful story about two women connecting on a deeper level. It was love not lust or because they were deviants or were abused in some fashion. They truly loved each other.

There were so many quotes that loved from this book that completely spoke to me.  Here are a couple:

“I think there’s a definite reason for every friendship just as there’s a reason why certain atoms unite and others don’t – certain missing factors in one, or certain present factors in the other – what do you thing? I think friendships are the result of certain needs that can be completely hidden from both people, sometimes hidden forever.”

 

“How was it possible to be afraid and in love, Therese thought. The two things did not go together. How was it possible to be afraid, when the two of them grew stronger every day? And every night. Every night was different, and every morning. Together they possessed a miracle.”

As I read these quotes, I thought of EJ.  This is how I felt about my strikingly beautiful girlfriend. This is why this book felt real because these were real feelings to me.

I definitely recommend this book.  And I will be watching the movie Carol this weekend wishing that EJ was with me.