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Ana and Chris
Ana and Chris love books, baseball, travel and our families
Interests: Baseball, Comicbooks, romance novels, traveling
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Dead Heat is the fifth story in Patricia Briggs' Urban Fantasy series, Alpha & Omega. I discovered the the Alpha & Omega series a couple of years ago when I ran out of her excellent yet heart-wrenching Mercy Thompson books to borrow from my library's audio-book collection. Set in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Immersed in Books
Last summer I listened to the first two books in The Others series, Written in Red and Murder of Crows and I fell in love with the series. The Others series is set in alternate Earth, called Thasia, where humans are not the dominant species. Instead humans are a vulnerable... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Immersed in Books
I read these two novellas last month. I didn't review them right away because I needed to think about how I felt about them. I liked a lot of what Ms. O’Reilly was doing in these novellas, and I found them undeniably hot but I struggled a bit with some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Immersed in Books
On what was supposed to be her wedding day, Amy Morrison is seeking refuge at her empty office on the 49th Floor of a swanky office building in downtown Toronto. Everyone she knows is at her wedding, but there won't be a wedding because her fiance and boyfriend of seven... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Immersed in Books
Last year I was talking about Canadian authors on Twitter with one my favorite bloggers and twitters friends, Kay from Miss Bates Reads Romance. She confessed to not liking Margaret Atwood, and I asked her what Canadian authors she loved. She recommended I read some Susanna Kearsley, and suggested I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Immersed in Books
I love reading, I love books and I usually love talking about books. But right now I am tired. I am tired of hitting “hide post” or scrolling furiously past yet another concern trolling article. It seems to me that every few years whenever some new book takes the world... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Immersed in Books
One of the magnificent pleasures of our Maunabo apartment is it's fantastic ocean view. I love just sitting in the living room, reading or writing and being able to look out at the view. It is always captivating, always changing.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at A Coqui in Winterfell
I read a handful of Karina Bliss’s Harlequin SuperRomance titles when I first started reading contemporary romance. I found them emotional without being manipulative, engaging and fun. Which is why was very interested in reading Rise. Rise is the story of Zander Freedman who appeared as a supporting character in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Immersed in Books
Once upon a time in a rose-filled valley in southern France, Layla Dubois, lost and stranded, walks into a stranger’s house and is nearly mauled by the big resident bear. Matthieu Rosier, heir to that rose-filled valley is the blushing, growling, sweetly fumbling but very drunk bear of a man,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Immersed in Books
When the news turns ugly and I can't read anymore I often retreat to books. One of the books that has provided me with solace in the past month was Radio Silence. Radio Silence is an post-apocalyptic NA with diverse cast, set in Western New York. Arden, who is African... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Immersed in Books
Forbidden is the second of Charlotte Stein’s novels of longing and thwarted desires for Avon Impulse. In the first book, Intrusion, featured two characters deeply scarred by violence whose desire is paralyzed by fear. In this novel, the hero Killian is a young Irish seminarian months away from taking priestly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Immersed in Books
-That if I am left to my own devices I will go to sleep every night by 9:30 and like it (this is my kind of sabbatical) -That routine is my best-friend, but that I can just change it when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at A Coqui in Winterfell
It is unlikely that in all of Berkeley there is someone less interested in the good opinion of a spoiled billionaire’s son as Tina Chen. She has absolutely no time for him. She is not some fluffy co-ed happily paying her bar-tab with her daddy’s money. Her life is dangerous... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Immersed in Books
Autumn Sage is the second novel in Genevieve Turner’s Las Morenas series. The books are set in the late 1890’s California, at a time where old Spanish & Mexican Californian families are losing power to new American settlers in the area. Traditions & communities are changing, and Anglos, Blacks and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Immersed in Books
This is my first 2015 TBR Challenge Review, this month's theme is "We Love Short Shorts! (Category romance, novellas, short stories)". I read a couple of novellas and category length books off of my non-review TBR pile but none that I really loved or had much to say about till... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Immersed in Books
Blurb: The Bad Boy Is Back Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Immersed in Books
It is really cold outside, but we can't just stay home everyday. There is school for Aay, Karate practice, Drs & Vet appointments to go to, groceries to fetch, church activities & meetings to attend. However I feel we have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at A Coqui in Winterfell
Indecent Proposal is a marriage of convenience story whose premise is one that I can actually believe in for a contemporary setting. Ryan is a former model & bartender in New York City who has an impulsively and ill-advised one-night stand with Harrison Montgomery, the scion of a troubled political... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Immersed in Books
Homeschooling has been going well, it has been fun to order books, to experiement with our schedule. Instruction has been going well. But there is nothing like filling out paperwork to remind me how much a big deal this is.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at A Coqui in Winterfell
Are you experiencing BDSM-romance exhaustion? I am. I have mostly moved away from reading books where BDSM is big part of the story, which is why I almost missed reading Tamsen Parker's excellent Personal Geography (The Compass Series Book 1) . I will also admit to being wary because I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Immersed in Books
Tomorrow it will be a week since Chris left for Sabbatical. We hear from him every other day, and I love hearing how well things are going. He is running into old friends and professors, he is enjoying the classroom... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at A Coqui in Winterfell
Susan, That was totally her call. I didn't read P & P till high school. She wanted to read it because one of the girls she admires at school, another 5th grader and lover the classics read it in the 3rd grade. That kid, refer to Great Expectations as her favorite book. She is enjoying it, and the cuddle time, she gets during ROL time.
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I want to thank everyone who reached out to checked-in with me via email, phone, text or message to make sure we are doing well. We are. Despite it being incredibly cold outside, our house is warm. Chris is doing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at A Coqui in Winterfell
Party Lines opens with a world-weary Michael Picetti sitting at a gate in O’Hare airport waiting for a flight to Iowa in December. He is heading back to work on a presidential primary campaign, after seeing one of his best-friends get married & realizing the other will be marrying sometime... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Immersed in Books
Today was a very big day in our household. Chris left for Grand Rapids Michigan this morning. He will be there for most of the next month, serving as guest lecturer and co-teacher for an interim class at Calvin College.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at A Coqui in Winterfell