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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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-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 4 hours ago 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 2 days ago at Immersed in Books
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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 4 days ago at Immersed in Books
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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 6 days ago at Immersed in Books
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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
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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
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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
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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
As a reviewer I keep a scribbled three-section list tracking my reading of review books. I track the books I still have to Read, Books I have read and need to review and I keep a tally of all the review books I started to read and ended up abandoning.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Immersed in Books
I read a lot of good books this year, some really great ones, and a lot of okay ones. This is purely subjective list of some of my favorite books from this year. Not all the book on this list were 5 star books for me, but they are books... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Immersed in Books
The Secret Heart: In The Secret Heart, we are introduced to Caroline Small, a mercenary debutante, the daughter of a dissolute Viscount. Caro was raised by his mistress Giselle, a former ballerina he had installed in their home as governess. She armed Caro with a cynical world view, coquettish charms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Immersed in Books
Last month a listener to the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books/Dear Author podcast wrote in asking about depictions of Clergy and church-going in contemporary romance. I wrote to Sarah Wendell with my thoughts after listening a few weeks ago. I am not sure they will get around to using my letter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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Winter Rain is the second anthology of short stories published by Pink Kayak press benefiting RAINN. I read and reviewed Summer Rain earlier this year. Like most anthologies this collection showcased a lot of variety in terms of style, tone & setting. My favorite stories in this collection, Suleikha Snyder's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Immersed in Books
I usually avoid romances featuring billionaires, but I made an exception for Rai because it is not everyday you see abrasive self-made billionaire heroines. You can find heroes fitting that description all the time, but not heroines, and she isn't simply an alpahole in drag. Akira is the driven &... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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I enjoy watching sports, and used to be a big baseball fan, but I don’t read a lot of sport themed romances; Kat Latham’s London Legends series is the exception. Tempting the Player is the third book in the series. The heroes are all been members of the London Legends,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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This summer I read Jeannie Lin’s beautiful “Lotus Palace” and the beauty of that book won her a place on my auto-buy list. I have been stockpiling her other earlier China-set historical romances for the TBR. Gunpower Alchemy is the first book in the Gunpowder Chronicles a steampunk flavored speculative/alternative... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Immersed in Books
At RCRC I have the incredibly privilege of helping lead one of our adult Sunday school classes. We have two adult Sunday school tracks at RCRC, one is a bible-study track and the other a book-discussion group. In our book-discussion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at A Coqui in Winterfell
Between work conferences and family visits I have gotten too far ahead on my review reading and fallen behind on my review writing so I had all these mini-reviews floating around in my head. These are some of the books I read and enjoyed reading in October and November that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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Having recently recaptured an interest in historical romances I thought I should test my limits by picking one of the historical romance ARCs that have been languishing in my Kindle since the end of summer. With the weather turning cold I am finally able to at least consider reading something... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Immersed in Books