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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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I am so incredibly thankful to everyone who provided feedback, prompt suggestions and encouragement. I look forward to a great month of romance-related conversations. Feel free to respond to these prompts however you want starting on May 1st. It can be a tweet, a blog post, an IG post, just... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This weekend I indulged in a mini-binge of books that can be summed up as beards and emotional baggage. First off I read Adriana Anders, Under Her Skin (Blank Canvas 1). It is a story about finding a safe harbor, working toward self-acceptance, and starting over. There really great depictions... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
My Review of for Unseen Attraction is out from behind the paywall. You can read it here: I also reviewed the second book and actually loved that one even more, so save yourself time and buy them both at the same time and then join me in waiting for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Mary Balogh's Indiscreet (1st book in the Horsemen Trilogy) was reissued last fall and I bought it last month when it went on sale ($2.99) Balogh was one of the first romance novelists I encountered when I started raiding my library's ebook collection in 2011. Although I usually enjoy her... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Several times this year I have participated in knitting-related Instagram challenges. Organizers post a list of prompts and those participating post pictures or collages that respond to the prompt. Participating in these fun, joy-sharing challenges has lightened my mood, connected me to new people and let me get to know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I love the RITA finalist day on twitter. It is so fun to see author reacting to getting their calls or eagerly congratulating others. I know it must be hard to send your book out and not get that call but the overwhelming responses seem to be celebration and discovery.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
It has been a long-time since the first book in this series came out. After I dug up my review of Truly, I realized I hadn't imagined the long wait, I had in fact read Truly back in 2013 when Loveswept was experimenting with serialization on WattPad. Thankfully, I am... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
If you look through this blog you will find a half-dozen reviews for Kit Rocha's Beyond Series. I have huge love for that series and was very pleased and satisfied with the way the series ended in Beyond Surrender. Bree Bridges and Donna Herren, who co-write as Kit Rocha, are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I just saw that a bunch of my reviews for RT are no longer behind the paywall!! These are some of the books I've reviewed in the last few months for them: The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel: Taut Danish Mystery Silverwolf: by Jacey Bedford: Disappointing fantasy sequel Fury on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
But she was Sarah Soon, ob/gyn, maker of lists, taker of names, kicker of asses, and she had gotten over terrible things before. She always got over them. And she did not give a fuck what Jake Li thought of her. Ruby Lang's books get better and better. I liked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Due South by Tamsen Parker: I love Tamsen Parker’s Compass series but this story can stand alone, and I highly recommend it if you have not read any of the others. As I said on twitter it is the sexiest book you will ever read about two people working crazy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Reading has always been a refuge for me. Romance the lifesaver I clung to when my family hit a particularly rough patch. Our country and maybe the whole world is in one such rough patch right now. As a reader I’ve retreated to series and familiar authors. To world or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
2016 has been a hard year for a lot of people. For my family it was a year of transitions, and although we’ve come out on the other side of those changes happier and healthier, there were many points in this past year where I’ve depended on books to provide... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Make Love not War goes the 60’s refrain but that is not a choice the lovers in these two books can make. War is raging and they can’t retreat or escape it. Their choice is to make love and war. Beyond Surrender by Kit Rocha is the final book in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Charlotte Holmes, the youngest Holmes daughter's incisive, logical mind and assertive attitude at first delight, but later irk her conventional father. Beautiful, soft and feminine, he wants her to satisfy herself by becoming a triumph in the marriage mart, while she rather be educated, so she might provide for herself... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I lost most of July and August to KU shifter and SFR romance novels. I don't regret it. They were for the most part highly enjoyable, just the right mix of fun WTFery and genuine emotional conflicts. Fun, quick and generally satisfying. I still find KU very hard to navigate,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I've been binge reading bear-shifter books on KU for the past month and not writing much of anything although I have several posts percolating. I'll review my epic dive into TS Joyce's bear shifter books in the next few days but since I haven't posted my RT reviews here since... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1): Garrett Reid is serving the last 9 months of his military career deployed in Afghanistan. He spends his precious few hours of downtime playing video games, where one day he is mercilessly destroyed by an overpowering opponent. Angry he decides to virtually track down the Orc... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I love historical fiction, mystery and adventure stories and this book had all of that and a touch of romance. This is the first book in a new mystery series set near the end of the Victorian Era, around the time of the Queen's Jubilee by Deanna Raybourn. I loved... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I loved this anthology. Rich characterization and intriguing stories about resourcefulness, resilience and redemption that are never repetitive despite sharing a common plot element. As this anthology includes many of my favorite authors I hope many people take a chance and explore some of their other novels and that they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
My last review for my blog was May 10, when I hit a stress bubble in my offline life and had to let something go for my sanity. I kept on reading and writing 140 character reviews on twitter but I didn't have any time to just think and write.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Growing up we didn't grill steaks very often but if we did, they were well-seasoned skirt steak smothered in salty-garlicky chimchurri. Chris and the girls don't have the same garlic addiction I have so over the years I've stopped making... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at A Coqui in Winterfell
Brenna Nakmura left the corporate world behind to train as massage therapist. It cost her fiancee but she loves her job and doesn't regret her choices despite how hard it is to make ends meet while getting her small business off the ground. Every job matters and she won't do... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I'm a a semi-reviewing hiatus right now. I've been really tired recently, so instead of staying up reading books or using my time to write reviews I've mostly been sleeping. I'll be back to reviewing soon, as I am starting to feel a little less tired. I've read some really... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Level Up by Cathy Yardley: Every so often I'm assigned a book for RT that I actually already own but hadn't read. Level Up was already on my TBR based on twitter recommendations by Courtney Milan and Bree Bridges on twitter. The book exceeded my expectations. I found it fun... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books