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Review of Stunt by M.L. Rosado and A. Cely

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Was asked to review this by one of the authors, M.L. Rosado and sent a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I found myself saddened by this book. It’s a great story with brilliant characters and I did read it all the way through but…there are some problems with the writing. I’ve given it three stars on Gooodreads and Amazon which is not a kick in the pants.

The Good Bits

I don’t want to go in giving you the impression you shouldn’t read this so I’ll begin with all the good stuff about it. The characters are well realised and different. It’s easy to tell who’s speaking as their personalities come through.

Ginny’s on the run from her old boss and joins the traveling show Stunt to get away from him. She almost Immediately falls For Remo, the solidly muscled star of the show, not knowing anything about the different supernatural powers some of the cast have.

Tension builds as there’s a lot of ‘will they, won’t they?’ and some very steamy scenes happen between the two even before they’re officially together.

There are other characters to love in here too. Matt and Lisa are both interesting in their own ways, while Vlad and Bruce provide a number of comedy and touching moments.

The book is written from the perspective of the two main protagonists, Ginny and Remo, taking turns at telling their side of the story.

There’s quite a lot of sex in the book so if you enjoy reading erotic stories it’s definitely worth a look.

The Bad Bits

In almost every page, every paragraph, in fact every sentence there are conflicting tense issues. I’ve got no problem with different time perspectives but not in the same sentence. For example,

Producing television was very exciting, but I believe this is a good move for me.

and…

I’m grateful, but it is time for me to move on

Some might find it distracting, I managed to read through them but it was difficult.

There are a couple of other things too. To begin with we are told the superhuman characters refer to humans as ‘criers’ as they’re unable to cry, yet at the end of the book two different supernatural characters do just that.

The character’s speech is archaic and not representative of how anyone speaks any more. While the pair do use contractions they’re few and far between and more likely to be used outside speech than not.

“Do not talk about me when I’m standing right here, sir,”

There are quite a few cannot’s and do not’s peppering the speech it makes things seem a bit odd.

Overall I managed to get through the story in spite of these mistakes but it would have been an enjoyable read if it had been proofread and edited.

According to the book it was published by The Hartwood Publishing Group, LLC, a company I know nothing about. Having said that, if this is the quality of thing they are publishing, I’d avoid them at all costs.

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Nights Arose by Andrea Roche

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Amazing, detailed and completely believable. I was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Nessarose begins her story through the use of her talent to astral project and see into her recent past. She examines her younger self as she grows into womanhood and spends time aboard her uncle’s ship with the slightly older Blaze as companion.
As heiress to her father’s estate, Arose is expected to be demure and ladylike. In reality she is anything but, strapping her breasts down and exploring her world as a young man who not even her childhood friends recognise.
She’s a fighter of demons, friend to a dragon and has a necklace with a protective spirit inside. Yet these are all things the local Voodoo priestess and her family want to take from her along with her wealth and power. And who is the intriguing, sexy Captain St. James?

Roche has conjured a snapshot of Jamaica’s past, filled it with characters that are incredibly alive. Detailed descriptions bring her world to life and the pacing is consistent. I didn’t notice any errors in the book which makes it an easy read.

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Survival: From a broken childhood to PhD by John Fahey

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Got to start by saying I don’t usually read or particularly enjoy autobiographies but when the author asked me to review this I said I would. I’m glad I did as this is the story of a child who survived adversity, survived rejection and survived being ostracised by a prejudiced society.
John Fahey was routinely beaten by his alcoholic father, beaten because he wanted the money from his paper round, beaten because he wanted to get an education and beaten just for the sake of it. Rather than letting this constant abuse get him down, John escaped into the world of books, reading novels and non-fiction books with equal fervour. This, along with his natural intelligence, started John on his road to getting an education. He was employed by ICI at the age of seventeen and thrived in the laboratories there, taking night school and day release to further his learning. It was then he learned he had been offered a place to study for his BSc at St. Andrews university.
Although not a unique story, this is an incredibly well written and heart warming account of an individual’s desire to better himself, ridding himself of the stigma associated with his father. Frank and forthright, John writes from the heart, telling the stories of the many people who have affected him in a positive way.
I spotted a few little mistakes but overall the editing and proofreading is good and the language is accessible with very few of the confusing chemical names and processes he could have packed this with. Definitely worth reading, especially if you enjoy uplifting autobiographies. I downloaded this book for free and received no financial compensation for this review.

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The Flirting Games Book 1 Review

Okay then, straight off with the first review of The Flirting Games Book 1 by Stella Wilkinson.

The Flirting Games (The Flirting Games Series Book 1) by [Wilkinson, Stella]

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I was surprised at how much I liked this book. To begin with I thought it was going to be dull and nothing like anything I’d normally read.
Ellie and her brother attend Compass Court boarding school along with two cousins and a young American girl called Flora. Being written about a group of fifteen to seventeen year olds at a boarding school put me off initially but as I read further I started to warm to the main characters. Ellie tries to distract the attention of Nate who has his sights set on her cousin Rose. Rose is sweet and innocent and Ellie vows not to let Nate use her like he has so many other girls at the school.
Nate himself is well aware of Ellie’s intentions and decides to play her at her own game. However, somewhere in all the moves and counter moves the pair start to have real feelings for each other and a love blossoms between them.
Stella Wilkinson has created a complex and believable set of characters in The Flirting Games and it’s easy to empathise with how they’re feeling. Throw in a healthy dose of humour and a bit of kissing and you’ve got a nice little read.

The Flirting Games Book One is currently available on Kindle for free, click here for your copy.